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    Day 1 of lockdown: More and more factories shut shop; India's count crosses 600

    Synopsis

    With most businesses having to work from home or with minimal personnel, many have temporarily shut shop.

    India lockdown day 01 wrap: What you must know
    Coronavirus

    COVID-19 CASES

    Confirmed
    9,177,840
    Deaths
    134,218
    On Day 1 of PM Modi's 21-day nation-wide shutdown, the number of new cases dropped to 26, with the country's total cases surpassing 600. With most businesses having to work from home or with minimal personnel, many have temporarily shut shop.

    The exercise to update the National Population Register (NPR) and the first phase of the Census-2021 have also been deferred indefinitely due to the 21-day lockdown. The two exercises were supposed to be carried out from April 1 to September 30.

    Here is the latest on coronavirus:

    THE COUNT SO FAR
    - 1 person tests positive in Patna; Bihar tally now 4
    - First 2 cases of Maharashtra now negative, case count rises to 116
    - 54-yr-old patient dies in Tamil Nadu
    - 5 people in Indore test positive
    - 3 new cases reported in Telangana, total now 39
    - 3 new cases reported in Gujarat; total cases 38
    - Samples of 2 patients hospitalised in Noida negative
    - 2 patients recover completely in Jammu
    - 1 tests positive in Mizoram
    - 4 new cases reported in Rajasthan
    - A journalist - present during the recent floor test in MP - tests positive in Bhopal
    - One more tests positive for in UP, count rises to 38

    HEALTHCARE
    - Private hospitals to treat Covid—19 from tomorrow
    - Bengal converts state-run hospital into isolation, treatment facility
    - Key medical glove factories cutting staff 50 per cent amid virus
    - Paswan donates Rs 1 cr from MPLAD fund for patients in Bihar
    - Vivo India donates over one lakh masks to healthcare workers in Maha
    - MG Motor to donate Rs 2 cr to health authorities
    - Doctors from Goa to undergo training for virus testing
    - TN receives approval from Centre to set up 8th testing lab
    - 32 CAPF hospitals with 1,900 beds earmarked for COVID-19 patients
    - Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) designates 285 beds for isolation wards
    - Cricket Association of Bengal, its president pledge contribution of Rs 30 lakh to combat Covid-19

    LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN

    - Government to provide rice at Rs 2 instead of Rs 27, for the coming months
    - Delhi temples follow lockdown as Navratri begins
    - Sabarimala Temple festival cancelled
    - All states and UTs to set up a 24*7 control rooms/offices to address grievances
    - Essential commodities shops to remain open from 7 am to 10 am in Uttarakhand
    - Chhattisgarh govt to provide rice in April, May to poor families for free
    - MHA asks private security agencies not to lay off or cut salaries of guards
    - Puducherry cancels the examinations for the Class I to IX & declare the students as "All Pass"
    - Vaishno Devi Temple shuts for devotee
    - Kerala government shuts liquor vendors
    - No newspaper delivery in Mumbai till March 31
    - Election Commission allows use of indelible ink to mark persons on home quarantine
    - Mumbai Cricket Association postpones all matches amid lockdown
    - Odisha Mining Corporation donates Rs 500 crore to CM's relief fund
    - All ration card holding families in Bihar to get Rs 1,000 each

    SHUTTERS DOWN
    - Foxconn and Wistron suspend iPhone production
    - Flipkart temporarily suspends its services
    - Bigbasket suspends operations
    - Tata Chemicals shuts operations in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    - MRF, Maxxis India suspend production till April 14
    - Godfrey Phillips India shuts three factories temporarily

    BUSINESS & MARKETS
    - Sensex, Nifty post biggest 1-day gain in 11 yrs
    - Experts peg India's cost of lockdown at $120 bn
    - G20 extraordinary virtual leaders’ summit to be held tomorrow to advance coordinated global response
    - OYO offers free stays to doctors in US
    - India bans export of anti-malaria drug seen as a possible Covid counter
    - Pay cut for all GoAir staff in March
    - MakeMyTrip's Deep Kalra, Rajesh Magow to draw 'zero salary'
    - YouTube pauses HD streaming in India
    - Real estate developers in West Bengal seek relief for 6 months
    - Thyssenkrupp to scrap 3,000 steel jobs

    AROUND THE WORLD
    - Prince Charles tests positive
    - Alibaba, Jack Ma send Russia medical equipment to fight virus outbrea
    - Bangladesh releases Khaleda Zia from jail
    - Spain surpasses China toll, with 3,434 deaths
    - Pakistan's tally nears 1000; 7 dead
    - U.S. lifts ban on Malaysian medical glove maker amid shortage
    - US Senate, White House agree on a $2 trillion rescue plan
    - Hubei lifts restrictions
    - China reports 47 new COVID-19 cases, 0 in Wuhan
    - 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed to summer of 2021
    - Bangladesh shuts down public transport, educational institutions, offices
    - Quarantine dodgers in Russia could face up to 7 years in prison
    - UK extends visas for foreigners hit by COVID-19 travel ban
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    10 Comments on this Story

    N,Padmanaban243 days ago
    one of the essential items in these days is facility to recharge mobile and extend the validity of the period,during the locked down period.None of the mobile recharging shops are open and the poor cannot charge their mobiles on laptops and are not familiar with the procedure.Usually they get these things done at mobile shops.Govt should permit opening of mobile recharging shops during the locked out period.If not possible,users may be permitted to use the phones during the locked down period/even after the validity period if it falls during this time.Amount may be recovered after the locked down
    period is over.
    Narasipur Shankar243 days ago
    As roadside vegetable/ fruits selling is banned why not encourage pushcart selling of the same from home to home from vendors as this will reduce person to person contacts and also help provide livelyhood for them ?
    Devendra Kumar243 days ago
    Very nice. please continue this column daily. everyone get entie information of the dat at one place.
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