“Airport, railways, bus-stands and essential services are exempted. All service providers, including private sector, engaged in COVID-19 relief services have been declared as Emergency Workers,” Patnaik added.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje took to Twitter on Saturday, 21 March to announce that she and her son, BJP MP Dushyant Singh, have tested negative for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Saturday, announced that the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in India stands at 283.
Meanwhile, with six new coronavirus positive cases being reported in Gujarat on Saturday, the number of infected persons in the state has gone up to 13.
Earlier on Saturday, Indian Railways relaxed refund rules for PRS counter-generated tickets from 21 March to 15 April amid the coronavirus outbreak, issuing an advisory to avoid crowding and practice social distancing.
No passenger trains will begin their journey between 12 am and 10 pm on Sunday, in view of the ‘Janata Curfew’ imposed by PM Modi
- On Friday, British PM Boris Johnson told pubs, bars, restaurants, gyms and other social venues to shut down and stay closed as part of stricter lockdown in the UK
- PM Modi imposed a “Janata Curfew” on Sunday, 22 March, from 7 am to 9 pm to curb the spread of COVID-19
- The global death toll has crossed 11,000, with an estimated 275,000 people infected
PM Modi Thanks Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal for Contributing to COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked the Maldives for contributing to the COVID-19 emergency fund to tackle the spread of the deadly virus in the SAARC countries.
On Friday, he had thanked Bhutan and Nepal for their contributions to the fund.
Addressing the SAARC leaders and representatives on March 15 via video, Modi had proposed the emergency fund with an initial offer of USD 10 million from India for the purpose.
Vasundhara Raje Tests Negative for COVID-19
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that she and her son have tested negative for COVID-19.
Raje and her son, BJP MP , Dushyant Singh were in self-quarantine after they heard singer Kanika Kapoor, who they had recently attended a dinner party with in Lucknow, had tested positive for COVID-19.
“However, as a preventive measure, my son and I will continue to be in isolation for 15 days,” Raje said in her tweet.
Three More Test Positive in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar on Saturday announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. The patients are from Thailand and New Zealand are undergoing treatment in isolation.Goa Seals Border to Curb Spread of COVID-19
The Goa government Saturday had decided to shut down its borders for mass passenger and tourist vehicles, as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, read an order issued by the District Magistrate of Goa’s two districts, South Goa and North Goa.
No Lockdown for Now, But Will Have to Do It If Needed: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said they have not imposed a lockdown for now, but would have to do so if the need arises in light of the coronavirus pandemic, reported PTI.
He announced that those receiving ration from fair-price shops would get 50 percent extra for next month, and also doubled the pension for widows, differently abled and elderly for this month.
The government has also reduced the size of social, religious and political gatherings to not more than five persons.
Contact Tracing in Process, Source Not Yet Known: Health Ministry on COVID-19 Cases
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry on Saturday said that contact tracing for the two positive COVID-19 cases from Pune and Chennai is currently in process. The two cases has domestic travel histories to Mumbai and Delhi.
“As of today, we are contact-tracing around 7,000 cases. Once we get factual information on community transmission cases, we will let people know.” he added.
'Near-Total' Lockdown in 5 Districts, 8 Towns of Odisha For One Week
Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced that nearly 40 percent of Odisha, which includes 5 districts and 8 major towns, will be in lockdown for a week starting 22 March, reported ANI.