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Posted On: 03 APR 2020 7:20PM by PIB Delhi

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 (Contains Press releases concerning Covid-19, issued in last 24 hours and Text Box: •	As of now, 2301 confirmed cases and 56 deaths have been reported. Health Minister appeals to patients & their families, not to create hurdles in the work of doctors and other health workers.•	Prime Minister urges people to light candles, Diyas on 5th April 9 p.m. for 9 minutes in a show of solidarity•	President and Vice President hold discussions with the Governors, LGs and Administrators of States/UTs on Covid-19 response•	Direct cash transfer to women PMJDY accountholders for April, 2020Fact checks undertaken by PIB)







Updates on COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

As of now, 2301 confirmed cases and 56 deaths have been reported. 156 persons have been cured/discharged from the hospitals after recovery. HFW Minister has appealed to the patients and their families, not to create hurdles in the work of doctors and other health workers. He also expressed concern on the misbehaviour towards frontline workers across the country. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also issued an advisory to all the States/UTs for human resource management for COVID-19.


PM addresses the nation

Prime Minister, in his address today said that amid the nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus, no one should feel alone.He urged people across India to switch off their lights and hold candles, lamps and mobile flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, for 9 minutes in a nationwide show of solidarity amid a lockdown to fight coronavirus.


PM interacts with Sportspersons

Prime Minister asks Sportspersons to include five points in their message to people: ‘sankalp’ to fight the pandemic, ‘sanyam’ to follow social distancing, ‘sakaratmakta’ to maintain positivity, ‘samman’ to respect the frontline soldiers in this battle including the medical fraternity, the police personnel etc and ‘sahyog’ through contribution to PM-CARES fund.https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610612

President and Vice President Hold Discussions with Governors, LGs and Administrators on COVID-19 Response

Affirming that people of the country have set an example by showing exemplary courage, discipline and solidarity in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, President Shri Ram NathKovind has expressed concern over two incidents - gathering of migrant workers in AnandVihar and congregation of TablighiJamaat in Nizamuddin, that caused a setback to the efforts..https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610707

Vice President urges Governors/ Lt. Governors to advice religious leaders to not hold any congregations/ functions

Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the Governors and Lt. Governors of States and Union Territories to motivate spiritual and religious leaders to advice their followers to not hold any congregations and observe social distancing norms to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. He also wanted them to focus on the arrangements made to ensure harvesting, storage and procurement of the agriculture produce in their respective States.https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610629

Direct cash transfer to women PMJDY account holders

Ministry of Rural Development has released the lump sum amounts @ Rs. 500/- per woman to PMJDY accountholders for April 2020 under the PM GaribKalyan Package, on 2nd April 2020.In order to maintain social distancing and orderly withdrawal of money by beneficiaries, banks have been directed to stagger the arrival of account-holders at branches for withdrawal of money.https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610606

MHA blacklists 960 foreigners, present in India on tourist visas, for their involvement in TablighiJamaat activities; necessary legal action to be taken


MHA issues an Addendum to lay down SOPs for transit of foreigners stranded in India and release of quarantined persons after being tested COVID-19 negative


Dr. Harsh Vardhan visits Dr. RML and Safdarjung Hospitals to personally take stock of preparedness to overcome COVID-19; also interacts with patients


No dearth of medical supplies across the country to fight COVID-19

Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilizers has said that there is no dearth of medical supplies across the country to fight COVID-19 outbreak.


Armed Forces working hand-in-hand with civilian authorities in fight against COVID-19

Armed Forces are running six quarantine facilities at Mumbai, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Hindon, Manesar and Chennai. 1737 persons have been handled at these centres, of which 403 have been released so far. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610577

FCI ensures uninterrupted food grain supplies across the country during the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak

69 rail rakes loaded today, total 477 rakes moved carrying about 13.36 LMT food grains since lockdown began on 24th March.https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610732

ShriDharmendraPradhan interacts with DNOs about distribution of LPG cylinders, and supply of free cylinders to the PMUY beneficiaries


Agriculture Minister launches new features of e-NAM platform
Agriculture Minister has launched new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to strengthen agriculture marketing by farmers which will reduce their need to physically come to wholesale mandis for selling their harvested produce, at a time when there is critical need to decongest mandis to effectively fight against COVID-19.


DRDO develops equipment for effective sanitisation of public spaces


ShriPiyushGoyal holds videoconference with Start-up stakeholders
Commerce & Industry Minister held a meeting with the stakeholders of Start-up ecosystem, to assess the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on them, and solve their problems.https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610453

DRDO develops bio suit with seam sealing glue to keep health professionals fighting COVID-19 safehttps://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610429

Exemption to Specific Services related from Lockdown Restrictions

On the issue of exemption of specific services during the lockdown, the Home Secretary has written to States specifying the details of such services, including direct marketing of agricultural produce, food & nutrition support to children, women, lactating mothers by Anganwadi workers, and medical services & drug manufacturing under AYUSH category. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610513

Railways ramps up in in-house production of masks and sanitizers

Till 1st April 2020 Indian Railways has produced total 287704 nos. of masks and 25806 liters of sanitizer in its Zonal Railways, Production Units and PSUs.


DST sets up rapid response centre at SINE, IIT Bombay to combat COVID-19


India Watches DD, India Fights Corona

With the re-broadcast of old iconic serials on DD National and DD Bharati during the lockdown, Doordarshan has again reinforced its position in the heart of Indians as the National Broadcaster. . https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610446

Telephone Conversation between PM & His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi had a telephone conversation with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.The two dignitaries discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610479

Telephone Conversation between PM and the Federal Chancellor of Germany

Prime Minister had a telephone conversation with Her Excellency Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany. The two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, situation in their respective countries, & importance of international collaboration for fighting the health crisis. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610467

DST-SERB announces first set of approved projects to combat CoVID-19 & related respiratory infectionshttps://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610399

Ministry of Tourism regularly ensuring circulation of all health related and other advisories and guidelines issued by Government to tourists and tourism industry


Power & Renewable Energy sector PSUs contributing Rs. 925 Cr. To PM CARES fund; https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610671

Indian Railways has geared up its entire machinery in a big way to take comprehensive measures on prevention of COVID-19 virus infection.


Ministry of HRD writes to UGC, AICTE, NCTE, NIOS, NCERT and KVS how to stay safe amid COVID-19 threat; https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1610657

North Eastern Region's international border (Approx 5500 km) has been effectively closed to enforce lockdown: DrJitendra Singh


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