Modi examines ‘alarming growth rate’ of COVID-19 cases at high-level meeting
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-04-2021; Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the COVID-19 situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid an “alarming growth rate” in infections and deaths, with 10 states contributing more than 91% of between them.
- Modi said the five-pronged strategy of testing, locating, treating, appropriate behavior for COVID and vaccination, if implemented with the utmost seriousness and commitment, would be effective in slowing the spread of the pandemic.
- The reasons for the sharp increase in cases could be mainly attributed to the severe decrease in compliance with the appropriate COVID behavior, especially in the use of masks and social distancing, pandemic fatigue and the lack of implementation of containment and contentious Campaign.
- A detailed presentation was made highlighting that there is an alarming rate of growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country, with 10 states contributing over 91% of COVID cases and deaths.
- During the meeting, it was noted that vaccine manufacturers are increasing their production capacity and are also in talks with other domestic and foreign companies to increase it.
- Noting that the situation in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh is of great concern, a presentation at the meeting highlighted that the western state has contributed 57% of all cases and 47% of deaths in the country in the last 14 days.
- Previously, with daily coronavirus cases exceeding 90,000 per day, very close to the figures seen last September, Modi chaired a high-level meeting.
- The meeting, which was attended by senior officials from the Center including Home Secretary, Health Secretaries, Senior Scientific Advisor, Director General of the Medical Research Council of India, revolved around the idea that the increase in cases was due to a “serious decrease in the number of people complying with appropriate Covid behavior”.
- This meant, as several Center releases reiterated over the past month, that people had largely given up on the use of masks, keeping “2 Gaj ki Doori”- (six feet), pandemic fatigue and that the authorities were not effectively implementing containment field level measurements.
- A special campaign, a press release will be organized after the briefing, to ensure appropriate Covid behavior from April 6 to 14, with an emphasis on the use of 100% face masks, personal hygiene and sanitation in the premises / public places, Work and health facilities.
- The meeting noted that the situation in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh was “of great concern”.
- To date, Maharashtra has contributed 57% of total cases in the country in the past 14 days and 47% of deaths in the country during the same period.
- In Maharashtra, the total number of new cases per day reached 47,913, double its previous peak.
- The Punjab has contributed 4.5% of the total number of cases in the country in the past 14 days. However, it contributed 16.3% of the total number of deaths.
- Likewise, although Chhattisgarh contributed 4.3% of the total cases in the country in the past 14 days, its contribution to the total number of deaths has exceeded 7% in the same period.
Maharashtra introduces new restrictions
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-04-2021; While ruling out a strict lockdown, the Maharashtra government, led by Uddhav Thackeray, further tightened restrictions by announcing a night curfew and a statewide weekend lockdown following the outbreak.
- The new rules, which come into force today, provide for a curfew from 8 p.m. at 7 a.m. (Monday to Friday), the ban on meetings of five or more people during the day and, in a resolute attempt to avoid meetings, the closure of shopping malls, restaurants and bars and cinemas will also remain closed, while playgrounds and gardens will also remain closed.
- Instead, home delivery services will be permitted while essential services will continue unimpeded.
- The new rules will last until April 30, according to a government notification.
- To keep the economic radios operational, there will be no restrictions on industrial operations or construction activity.
- Agricultural and allied activities, transport of food grains and agricultural products will also continue as usual. Film shoots will also be authorized, but without crowds.
- Everything except essential services will be closed on weekends. Although no new traffic restrictions will be imposed, public transport will operate at 50% capacity.
- All kinds of stores, malls, markets, except supermarkets, medicines and vegetables, must remain closed until April 30.
Covid update: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,25,77,254 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,66,449.
The bodies of 22 men found during the encounter with Sukma
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-04-2021; Police recovered the bullet-riddled bodies of 17 Jawans in the jungles of Chhattisgarh on April 4, bringing to 22 the number of security personnel killed in a violent shooting with Naxals the day before, the largest massacre besides a year that also left 30 injured.
- Among the dead are members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite unit Resolute Action Command Battalion (CoBRA) and the District Reserve Guard (DRG), the official said. It was not known how many came from which unit.
- Eighteen jawans were reported missing after five members of the security personnel were killed on April 3 during the fierce shooting with Naxals in a forest along the border between the districts of Bijapur and of Sukma in Chhattisgarh, to declare policeman.
- On 4 April, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah met with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and ordered Director General Kuldiep Singh of the Central Reserve Police (CRPF) to visit the site of the meeting. Baghel, who was in Assam for the election campaign, is back in Chhattisgarh.
- Five members of the security personnel, including two from the CRPF, were killed and more than 12 injured during a meeting with Maoists in Sukma district on Saturday.
- Two Maoists were reportedly killed and the body of a female executive was found at the meeting site.
EC rejects Mamata Banerjee’s complaint about tampering
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-04-2021; On Sunday, the Electoral Commission warned West Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, that his conduct at a polling station in Nandigram was under its scan and dismissed his allegations of manipulation and violence on April 1, the day of the vote for the second phase of the elections to the State.
- Ms. Banerjee, who is a candidate for Nandigram, arrived at an electoral college in Boyal in the Assembly segment on Election Day, where she alleged that her party’s voting officer was not authorized to attend inside the booth voting and that strangers were trying to create trouble while central forces protected them under instructions from the Interior Ministry.
- As the Chief minister sat inside a polling station at Boyal Elementary School for nearly an hour, passions ran high among supporters of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP outside.
- The EC criticized Ms. Banerjee for her conduct and wrote that she, as a candidate at the polls and CM, sought to weave a media narrative to mislead voters.
- The EC said tensions outside the voting booth could have had a “negative impact on law and order in West Bengal and could affect other states” while the vote was taking place.
- The EC advised Ms Banerjee that she was reviewing the incident for violations of articles 131 and 123 (2) of the People’s Representation Act, which deal with disorderly behavior outside the voting booth and the attempt to vote. or interfere with free exercise of electoral law.
Pakistani court jails five Hafiz Saeed collaborators
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-04-2021; A Pakistani counter-terrorism court sentenced five leaders of the mastermind of the Mumbai attack, Hafiz Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), to nine years each in a terrorist financing case.
- Three of them, Umar Bahadar, Nasarullah and Samiullah, have been convicted for the first time since the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Tribunal (ATC) rendered its verdict some time ago in the terrorism financing cases registered by the Anti-Terrorism Department of Punjab Police (CTD).
- The other two, JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid and senior leader Professor Zafar Iqbal, had already been convicted for many years in other terrorist financing cases.
- On April 3, ATC Lahore Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar sentenced five of them to nine years in prison. The judge also ordered a six-month prison term for Saeed’s brother-in-law, Hafiz.