NEW DELHI: As the country entered the eight day of lockdown, the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus cases continued to rise. The local administration and state governments have introduced a series of steps to ease people’s suffering and check the outbreak of the virus.
Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from various cities of the country.
- Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa to donate his entire one year’s salary to the CM Relief Fund Covid 19, he has also urged citizens to do their bit and contribute.
- Supply of cooking gas is likely to be disrupted in the city because of the shortage of delivery staff.
- With a large number of people staying home and with an added focus on washing hands through the day, several apartments in the city have reported an 8 to 10% jump in water consumption over the past week when Bengaluru remained under lockdown.
- The Tamil Nadu police have booked cases against at least 33,510 people for violating lockdown norms from March 24 to 9 am on March 31 and levied fines totalling ₹13,99 lakh.
- Employees of an apparel store in a Chennai mall were asked to quarantine themselves and report to health authorities if they faced any health problems after a second staffer tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
- Eight new cases of coronavirus reported from Ahmedabad, the number rises to 82 in Gujarat.
- Ahmedabad is now among 10 Covid-19 hotspots in India.
- A doctor working at a cancer hospital in Delhi tests positive for Covid-19.
- Delhi government will expand its base to feed the poor and start distributing cooked meal for 10-12 lakh people twice a day at about 2,800 locations from Wednesday.
- Delhi government may soon start delivering dry ration to a section of beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act 2013 at their doorstep.
- Leaked WhatsApp messages from a group administered by a Delhi government official who faces disciplinary action for “dereliction of duty” is being investigated by intelligence agencies as it points to actions which were at odds with the 21-day lockdown announced to stop the spread of coronavirus.
- The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to issue temporary ration cards to those who had applied for digital ration cards but did not get it from the civic body.
- Bread, which is a staple in most city homes, was hard to come by at most markets on Tuesday. The trickle of supply on Sunday virtually dried up on Monday, leaving lakhs discontent about an essential breakfast item disappearing from the menu.
- Sweet-makers in Bengal have appealed to chief minister Mamata Banerjee to consider changing the timings of their shops and allow them to operate between 8am and 1pm, instead of the current noon-4pm slot.
- CESC that supplies electricity to Kolkata, Howrah and parts of Hooghly has extended the deadline for payment of the bills, which had due dates between March 22 and March 31, till April 4.
- As the number of coronavirus cases mount in the state and increase the demand for ventilators, industrial units in Punjab are working to help the state government by developing low-cost ventilators.
- Health department staff, doctors and regular patients in Punjab will no longer require curfew passes, while banks and ATMs will be allowed to operate the entire week, subject to maintenance of protocols, under the revised guidelines issued on Tuesday.
- Coronavirus has given online swindlers a new trick to push their fake websites and trap links on social media platforms such as WhatsApp to hack the bank accounts of mobile-phone users.
- BMC starts ‘sealing’ hospitals if a patient turns out to be coronavirus positive.
- To stem the increase in positive cases of Covid-19 in Mumbai, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has told BMC to deploy flying squads in all 227 wards to initiate a door-to-door survey to track sick people and treat them immediately.
- Considering that asking suspected Covid-19 people to stay in the home quarantine may not be possible if they live with big families or in small cramped homes, the BMC has authorised its assistant municipal commissioners to requisition empty residential buildings, lodges, hotels, clubs, exhibition centres, colleges, hotels, marriage halls, gymkhanas and banquet halls with immediate effect.
- 17,000 sweepers keep Mumbai clean, trash generation dips by 40%.
- Director general of police M Mahendar Reddy has asked resident associations to inform the police if anyone has flu-like symptoms.
- Most mosques in the city have been locked down with entry permitted only to imams and muezzins to offer prayers and make the call for prayer. However, unscheduled prayer calls have been heard from the terraces of houses at nights regularly in certain parts of Old City.
- After a 24-hour search for 157 people from the state, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi, police in 18 districts managed to track down 128 of them.
- From ‘Ram Rasoi’ to ‘Adam’s Kitchen’ and ‘langars’, members of all communities have joined hands to feed the hungry and shelter-less in the moment of crisis due to the lockdown.
- If wholesalers are to be believed, there is enough grocery stock for at least six days to cater to the public demand in the city. However, it is owing to transport issues that the rate of supply from other states and districts is low. This might create problems if the problem is not fixed at the earliest.