Coronavirus: Total 694 cases in India, 633 active

Nellie Chapman
March 27, 2020

Queues of people, wearing masks and some with gloves, could be seen outside small neighbourhood shops across some cities on Thursday as people anxious about access to essential goods.

"My daughter needs allergy medicines regularly. The remedy retailers are open nonetheless how can we attain there?" acknowledged Yash Goswami throughout the northern metropolis of Moradabad. One rickshaw driver, who showed bruises on his calf, said he was defying the lockdown because he was unable to feed his four children otherwise.

The Residence Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, the number of confirmed cases in India rose to 694 on Thursday.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, here on Thursday, indicated that concerns of India Inc, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) segments and other segments hit by the lockdown might be looked at and the government could announce a plan later. That has raised the prospect of a cash-strapped public health sector being overwhelmed. India has merely 0.5 hospital beds for every 1,000 people, as compared with 4.Three in China and three.2 in Italy.

While adding a note of caution, Agarwal said the community transmission phase of the disease will begin if the community and the government do not work collectively and follow the set guidelines of social distancing, home quarantine and treatment. "A little bit of inconvenience now will save so many lives". So far in India, more than 560 people have been found suffering from this virus.

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In New Delhi, Modi met his cabinet at his residence, with ministers sitting apart from each other in a large room.

The package included advancing the payment of one-third of the Rs 6,000 a year pre-2019 general election cash dole scheme for farmers, government contributions to retirement funds for the next three months of small companies with 90 per cent of staff earning less than Rs 15,000, and a Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to healthcare workers. The economy was already growing at its weakest pace in more than a decade.

According to sources, the Indian government has not finalized the package yet.

Modi said he had asked the Union home ministry and police heads of all states to take strong action against those harassing or ostracising doctors and nurses over fears that they might have contracted the virus at work.

Sri Lanka has sealed itself off from the floor world, suspending all flights in and out of the island nation.

A Georgia couple who traveled to India to adopt a child have had to delay bringing their new daughter back to the United States after Indian authorities locked down the country because of the coronavirus.

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