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Daily NEWS Summary : 14.04.2020

  • Lockdown for 40 days: In his televised address to the nation today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the national blockade until May 3. He said containment measures will intensify in designated areas through April 20. Subsequently, subject to improvement of the infection rate scenario, some relief can be granted in terms of freedom of mobility, particularly for street vendors and workers with daily wages. He added that detailed guidelines on the contours of this extended blockade will be released tomorrow. The prime minister explained that now is not the right time to release his guard and that the economic cost of a prolonged blockade “may seem huge, but it is not the case compared to the lives of our fellow citizens.” This extension was almost done this morning, as several senior ministers had not only requested such action, but had also taken action and imposed an extension of the restrictions in their own states. The government circular to be released tomorrow could provide more details on how a calibrated exit can be negotiated after April 20, as migrant workers stir in different states.

“I keep in my mind our poor brothers and daily-wage workers when I speak of opening spaces, but even if one case emerges from these hotpots, the lockdown will be back in place again,” Modi said in his address today.

  • All domestic and international flights will remain suspended until the midnight of May 3, according to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The railways have also stopped all passenger trains till May 3.
  • Covid Watch – numbers and developments: The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 11,350 with 390 deaths. Three states are now reporting more than 1,000 cases, Maharashtra, with 2,684 cases, is the most affected. Delhi has 1,561 cases, less than 1,204 cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu. In today’s briefing from the Ministry of Health, officials explained the reasons for extending the lockout period from 21 to 40 days. The assumption is that if we do not report for 28 consecutive days, we have no special case, we need a spokesperson.
  • Migrants baton-charged: Mumbai Bandra (west) train station  was inundated with migrant workers hoping to return home; They expected the patrol closure to end today. The images of Bandra station show a massive crowd and the police had to resort to the lathi-charge to disperse it. The crowd was mainly made up of workers who have been unable to earn a living since the government imposed a national ban on March 25. Meanwhile, in Surat, hundreds of migrant workers rallied and occupied a highway to protest, demanding to be sent to their towns and villages of origin despite foreclosure.
  • Behind in the testing game: Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that massive testing for COVID-19 infection was essential to stop its spread, but the country is currently “nowhere in the game”. Citing figures, Gandhi said that with only 149 tests per million people, India was in the company of countries like Laos, Niger and Honduras. “India has delayed the purchase of test kits and is now very close to them,” he said on Twitter. “With only 149 tests per million Indians, we are now in the company of Laos (157), Niger (182) and Honduras (162). Mass testing is the key to fighting the virus. ‘Now we’re not in the game anywhere.’ “
  • Scholar-activist in jail: Activist and academic Anand Teltumbde visited the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday as part of the Elgar Parishad case. Teltumbde turns out to be the grandson of B.R. Ambedkar, whose 129th birthday is today. Civil rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha also visited the NIA today. The Supreme Court rejected his two bail requests on March 17 this year.
  • Zero rate of growth: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that India’s growth is expected to slow to 1.9% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and return to 7.4% in 2021. The IMF, in its global economic outlook for 2020, also predicted that the world economy would contract by 3% this year due to the collapse of economic activity. He noted that it would be “much worse” than the financial crisis of 2008-2009. At the same time, investment bank Barclays cut India’s growth forecast for 2020 to 0%. He attributed the drastic downward revision to the economic losses caused by the blockade.
  • Pool testing norms: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) now recommends the possibility of using pooled samples for COVID-19 molecular testing to increase the number of tests performed by laboratories. “The positivity rate in cases is still low. Therefore, it may be useful to use pooled samples for screening. A pooled test algorithm involves detection by PCR of a group of samples comprising several individual patient samples, followed by individual tests (group deconvolution) only if one group is positive. Since all individual samples in a negative group are considered negative, it results in substantial savings when a large proportion of the groups are negative, “he noted in his one-page ad.
  • Covid Watch – numbers and developments: The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 11,350 with 390 deaths. Three states are now reporting more than 1,000 cases, Maharashtra, with 2,684 cases, is the most affected. Delhi has 1,561 cases, less than 1,204 cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu. In today’s briefing from the Ministry of Health, officials explained the reasons for extending the lockout period from 21 to 40 days. The assumption is that if we do not report for 28 consecutive days, we have no special case, we need a spokesperson.
  • Migrants baton-charged: Mumbai Bandra (west) train station  was inundated with migrant workers hoping to return home; They expected the patrol closure to end today. The images of Bandra station show a massive crowd and the police had to resort to the lathi-charge to disperse it. The crowd was mainly made up of workers who have been unable to earn a living since the government imposed a national ban on March 25. Meanwhile, in Surat, hundreds of migrant workers rallied and occupied a highway to protest, demanding to be sent to their towns and villages of origin despite foreclosure.
  • Behind in the testing game: Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that massive testing for COVID-19 infection was essential to stop its spread, but the country is currently “nowhere in the game”. Citing figures, Gandhi said that with only 149 tests per million people, India was in the company of countries like Laos, Niger and Honduras. “India has delayed the purchase of test kits and is now very close to them,” he said on Twitter. “With only 149 tests per million Indians, we are now in the company of Laos (157), Niger (182) and Honduras (162). Mass testing is the key to fighting the virus. ‘Now we’re not in the game anywhere.’ “
  • Scholar-activist in jail: Activist and academic Anand Teltumbde visited the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday as part of the Elgar Parishad case. Teltumbde turns out to be the grandson of B.R. Ambedkar, whose 129th birthday is today. Civil rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha also visited the NIA today. The Supreme Court rejected his two bail requests on March 17 this year.
  • Zero rate of growth: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that India’s growth is expected to slow to 1.9% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and return to 7.4% in 2021. The IMF, in its global economic outlook for 2020, also predicted that the world economy would contract by 3% this year due to the collapse of economic activity. He noted that it would be “much worse” than the financial crisis of 2008-2009. At the same time, investment bank Barclays cut India’s growth forecast for 2020 to 0%. He attributed the drastic downward revision to the economic losses caused by the blockade.
  • Pool testing norms: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) now recommends the possibility of using pooled samples for COVID-19 molecular testing to increase the number of tests performed by laboratories. “The positivity rate in cases is still low. Therefore, it may be useful to use pooled samples for screening. A pooled test algorithm involves detection by PCR of a group of samples comprising several individual patient samples, followed by individual tests (group deconvolution) only if one group is positive. Since all individual samples in a negative group are considered negative, it results in substantial savings when a large proportion of the groups are negative, “he noted in his one-page ad.
  • Waiting on crucial PPE:  Indian companies and government entities have ordered 15 million personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, including coveralls and masks, and 1.5 million rapid test kits from China, officials said Tuesday. The Indian government is asking China to comply with these demands, while the Chinese authorities are concerned about strict export regulations for this equipment, following criticism from several European countries regarding the quality of exports.
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