Coronavirus LIVE: 'With folded hands' PM announces 21-day India lockdown

Coronavirus LIVE: 'With folded hands' PM announces 21-day India lockdown


Coronavirus has infected 402,633 and caused 18,250 deaths. India is under lockdown till March 31. Stay tuned for LIVE updates on Covid-19

LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi locked down India for 21-days barring essential services from Tuesday midnight amid pandemic. 

"If the virus doesn't control in these 21-days, India will go back by 21 years. I appeal with folded hands that please don't  get out of your homes during lockdown," PM Modi said during his address to the nation.

"There is absolutely no need to panic, by converging around shops, you are risking spread of Covid-19," he added

The government had earlier deferred deadlines for filing tax returns, extended a tax amnesty program and unveiled other relief steps, while promising more measures to support the economy amid the pandemic. The pandemic that’s infected over 400,000 people globally and 519 in India and brought normal life to a halt.

DMK lauds PM's call for 21-day lockdown

Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a three week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, saying it should be made into a "self-imposed rule."
Party chief M K Stalin said people should realise there was no alternative to stem the spread of the virus.
"I wholeheartedly welcome the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the (spread) of coronavirus," he said in a Facebook post.
"Let's make this a self-imposed rule," he added.
People should realise there was no alternative to check the virus spread and follow it, he said.

Nissan suspends production at Chennai plant

Japanese automaker Nissan on Tuesday said it has suspended production in India due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, Nissan has announced a temporary suspension of production in Africa, Middle East and India region, the company said in a statement.
This action follows the advice and guidance of respective national governments, and is being taken to safeguard the well-being of staff, customers and communities, it added.

More than 2.6 billion worldwide told to observe lockdowns

More than 2.6 billion people worldwide will be in lockdown once India introduces its measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic at 1830 GMT on Tuesday, according to an AFP tally.
The figure represents more than one-third of a global population the United Nations estimates at 7.8 billion in 2020.
At least 42 countries or territories have imposed a mandatory lockdown, including Britain, France, Italy and Spain as well as Colombia, the US state of California, Nepal, Iraq and Madagascar.

FMCG firms limit operations only to essential items

FMCG companies such as ITC, Nestle and Dabur on Tuesday said they are producing only the essential items at their manufacturing units amid the lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus.
The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, which is producing beverages and foods as well as essential personal hygiene products such as hand wash, soaps and sanitisers that are needed to fight COVID-19, is in talks with local authorities to resume operations at some their units.
Like others, FMCG makers have adopted 'Work from Home' for all employees at their head and regional offices to contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

Italy records 743 new virus deaths, surging to break two-day trend


Airlines headed for 'apocalypse' without aid: IATA

The coronavirus pandemic could spell "apocalypse" in the airline industry without urgent government aid, the global aviation association said Tuesday, warning that carriers could lose more than $250 billion in revenues this year alone.
The International Air Transport Association said its latest analysis showed that annual passenger revenues will fall by $252 billion if severe travel restrictions remain in place for three months.
That would mark a 44-percent drop compared to 2019 revenues, and is more than double the $113 billion drop previously predicted by IATA before countries around the world began introducing sweeping travel restrictions.

RBI likely to allow banks to accept delayed loan repayments from customers

The Reserve Bank is likely to allow banks to give relaxation to customers in paying their EMIs as the forced lockdown across sectors due to coronavirus pandemic has impacted earnings severely, crippling repaying capacity of many businesses and individuals, sources said.
"There has been a demand for this, it will require some dispensation from the Reserve Bank actually. IBA has already discussed the issue with the RBI. This is under consideration," a bank official told PTI.
The banker said that the issue of delayed EMI (equated monthly instalment) is under active consideration of the government.

Supreme Court says will not hear matters listed on Wednesday amid 21-day lockdown


Mizoram govt to form medical team to fight Covid-19

The Mizoram government onTuesday decided to set up a medical team to fight the spread of novel coronavirus in the state.
The decision was taken in a meeting headed by health minister Dr. R.Lalthangliana.
The team comprising medical experts from the government and private hospitals will be led by health and family welfare board vice chairman and ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) MLA Dr. Z.R. Thiamsanga, an official said.
The medical team will expedite coordination among health workers in tackling the coronavirus crisis.
"It was mentioned in the meeting that at least 13,000 personal protective equipment have been ordered from the Centre," the official said.

Jharkhand Governor expresses concern over black marketing

Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday expressed concern over alleged black marketing of essential commodities during the coronavirus outbreak. She also appealed to people not to venture out unnecessarily and adhere to the lockdown imposed in the entire state to contain the crisis.
A Raj Bhavan release said that the governor raised concern that essential items are being black marketed and asked ration and medicine shops and vegetable vendors not to overcharge commodities.
Asking shop-owners to charge legitimate prices, the governor termed as unpardonable the alleged black-market of masks and sanitizer.

Clapping alone won't work, need to ensure medical professionals work sans fear: IMA chief

India will be collectively failing its healthcare workers if adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are not ensured for doctors, nurses and other staff treating COVID-19 patients, Indian Medical Association National President and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Santanu Sen said Tuesday.
"It seems there is a complete confusion among the manufactures of PPEs. The same needs to be addressed at the earliest. Clapping in appreciation alone won't work. We need to walk the talk and truly ensure that medical professionals can do their work without any fear," he said in a statement on.
His statement was made in response to two Change.org petitions started by Dr Asit Khanna, a doctor from Ghaziabad and by Srushti Pinisett, a designer from Mumbai.

UN chief calls for boosting resources for IMF, coordinated fiscal stimulus

UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Monday for more resources to be dedicated to the International Monetary Fund in a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) major economies seen by Reuters.
"I urge G20 leaders to consider the urgent launch of a large-scale, coordinated stimulus package in the trillions of dollars to target the direct provision of resources to businesses, workers and households in ... countries unable to do so alone," he wrote, 

Security of health workers to be treated with utmost importance: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured the healthcare workers that their security was of utmost importance for the government.
Modi, who interacted with doctors, nurses and lab technicians from all over the country via video conference, hailed the selfless work done by them in dealing with COVID-19, a statement from the PMO said.
The assurance from the prime minister comes amid complaints of medical practitioners that many of them were being ostracised by their neighbours who feared that they carried the dreaded virus due to their profession.

Javadekar lauds PM's decision of 21-day nationwide lockdown

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision of announcing a 21-day lockdown and said it will prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"Historical decision by PM Modi to save every Indian citizen and the country from Coronavirus. This 21 days lockdown from midnight today will help prevent Covid-19 from spreading," Javadekar posted on Twitter

NPR exercise, 1st phase of census deferred indefinitely after PM's announcement of 21-day lockdown: Officials


Coronavirus cases reach 100 in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's coronavirus cases on Tuesday reached 100 with authorities reporting four new cases, health officials said.
In view of the rising number of the novel coronavirus cases globally, the country has suspended all international flights arriving in the country.
"We have found four more today and all of them were arrivals from abroad three from Italy and one from the US," Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, said.
On Tuesday, the authorities opened the capital city of Colombo for the first time in four days after a continuous curfew as part of the lockdown to combat COVID-19.

IPL may be off amid 21-day lockdown

The BCCI will be under tremendous pressure as cancellation of Indian Premier League looks inevitable after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day lockdown to tackle Covid-19 pandemic.
When the BCCI had postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier this month, it had said hosting the tournament would only come into the picture if the situation around the pandemic improves. However, it has only worsened since then with cases surging towards the 500-mark in India.
Speaking to PTI, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly did not have much to say considering the grim scenario.
"I can't say anything at the moment. We are at the same place where we were on the day we postponed. Nothing has changed in the last 10 days. So, I don't have an answer to it. Status quo remains," Ganguly's helplessness was palpable.


Executive Magistrates will be deployed by District Magistrate to enforce the lockdown


Suspension of Railways will be extended till April 14: Officials


Hospitals, nursing homes, police, fire stations, ATMs will continue to work during lockdown


All transport services -- road, rail and air -- to remain suspended during the lockdown: MHA


YouTube, Netflix, Facebook reduce bit rate to mitigate network congestion

YouTube, Netflix and Facebook are reducing bit rates for videos on their platforms in India as part of their efforts to help mitigate mobile and broadband network congestion amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Netflix said it will reduce traffic on telecommunications networks by 25 per cent while maintaining the quality of service for users in India, while Facebook said it will temporarily reduce bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram in India.
YouTube said it is temporarily defaulting all videos on YouTube to standard definition.

MHA guidelines for lockdown.


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