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Govt issues guidelines for phase wise re-opening of areas outside containment zones            Inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods allowed            PM pens letter to countrymen on first anniversary of his govt's second term            PM to address the nation in Mann ki Baat programme tomorrow            Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 47.40 per cent           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls up Swedish Prime Minister and Kings of Bahrain and Oman to further cooperation against COVID-19.

  • Centre to review lockdown extension on the request of state governments.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah reviews the preparedness of states; Warns of strict action against hoarders and black marketeers.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chairs a group of Ministers meeting to assess the post lock-down situation.

  • Government invites suggestions for technological solutions to COVID-19 through Samadhan challenge.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain today. The two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and its consequences, including on logistics chains and financial markets. They agreed that their officials will remain in regular touch and ensure all possible support to each other for dealing with the challenges of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had a telephonic conversation today with Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven. The two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 and the steps being taken in their countries for combating  the pandemic. Mr Modi and Mr Lofven also agreed on the potential for collaboration and data sharing between Indian and Swedish researchers and scientists, which would also contribute to the global efforts against COVID-19.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik today and discussed the health and economic challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They agreed that both countries would extend all possible support to each other in dealing with the crisis. The Sultan of Oman assured Mr Modi about the safety and wellbeing of the Indian community in Oman in the present situation. He also thanked the Prime Minister for the recent support provided by Government of India to Omani citizens in India.


Today is World Health Day. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that we should not only pray for each other’s good health and well-being but also reaffirm our gratitude towards all those doctors, nurses, medical staff and healthcare workers who are bravely leading the battle against the COVID-19. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said that we should also ensure that we follow practices like social distancing which will protect our own lives as well as the lives of others. He expressed the hope that this day will also inspire us to focus on our personal fitness throughout the year, which would improve our overall health.


Group of Ministers today met at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's residence in New Delhi for assessment of post lockdown situation in the wake of COVID-19. The ministers discussed possible ways of easing out lockdown after fourteenth of this month. Availability and procurement strategy of medical aids and preparedness of hospitals were also evaluated. The meeting was attended by Union ministers

Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goel, Prakash Javadekar, Ram Vilas Paswan among others. Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla was also present.

Later  in a series of tweets, Mr Singh said the GOM shared the appreciation for the Union Cabinet’s decision to reduce the salaries of all MPs for a year and also the suspension of MPLADS funds for 2 years. He said the amount saved through these decisions would be utilised in strengthening India’s fight against Corona Virus.


Many state governments and experts have requested the Centre to extend the lockdown. Government sources said in New Delhi that the Centre is thinking in this direction. The 21 day lockdown is currently in place till 14th April to contain the spread of COVID-19.


The total COVID-19 cases in country have gone up to 4 thousand 421 with 354 reported since yesterday. Briefing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, the death toll has reached 117 with eight deaths since yesterday. He said, 326 persons have been discharged after recovery. 

Mr Agarwal informed that Government has been adopting a strategy for cluster containment and for outbreaks that are amenable to management. He said, this strategy is producing positive results, especially in Agra and Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, Pathanamthitta in Kerala, Bhilwara in Rajasthan and East Delhi.

Mr Agarwal said, three types of facilities shall be set up for various categories of COVID-19 cases as a mechanism for triaging and decisions making for identification of the appropriate COVID-19 dedicated facility for providing care to COVID-19 patients.

First is COVID Care Center, CCC where mild or very mild cases or COVID suspect cases will be kept. There will be makeshift facilities and it may be set up in hostels, hotels, schools, stadiums, lodges etc., both public and private. If need be, existing quarantine facilities could also be converted into COVID Care Centres. It has to be necessarily mapped to one or more Dedicated COVID Health Centres and at least one Dedicated COVID Hospital for referral purpose.

Second is Dedicated COVID Health Centre, DCHC. It will offer care for all cases that have been clinically assigned as moderate.

It should either be a full hospital or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry or exit or zoning. These hospitals would have beds with assured Oxygen support.

Third is, Dedicated COVID Hospital (DCH). It will offer comprehensive care primarily for those who have been clinically assigned as severe. It should either be a full hospital or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry or exit. It will have fully equipped ICUs, Ventilators and beds with assured Oxygen support.

Joint Secretary in Home Ministry Punya Salila Shrivastav said, status of essential goods and services is by and large satisfactory.

Raman R Gangakhedkar of Indian Council of Medical Research said, over 1 lakh 7 thousand tests have been done till date. 11 thousand 795 tests were conducted until yesterday in which 2 thousand 530 are in the private sector. He said, currently, 136 government labs are working and 59 private labs have been given permission.


Government has urged students, innovators, researchers, educators and startups to come forward and help combat coronavirus infection by participating in Samadhan Challenge. Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in a tweet has asked them to share their ideas to solve the challenges posed by the pandemic.


India will licence paracetamol and hydroxychloroquine in appropriate quantities to all neighbouring countries who are dependent on country's capabilities. Responding to media queries, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava today said the decision has been taken in view of the humanitarian aspects of COVID-19 pandemic. He said India will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic. He added, there should not be any speculation or attempt to politicise the matter.

The MEA spokesperson said the DGFT has notified lifting restrictions on 14 drugs yesterday. He said paracetamol and Hydroxychloroquine will be kept in a licensed category and their demand position would be continuously monitored. He assured that the first obligation is to ensure that there are adequate stocks of medicines for the requirement of India's own people. In order to ensure this, some temporary steps were taken to restrict exports of a number of pharmaceutical products. Mr. Srivastava said these restrictions have been largely lifted after having confirmed the availability of medicines for all possible contingencies currently envisaged.


Pharmacists, popularly known as Swasth ke Sipahi, of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra , are delivering essential services and medicines at doorsteps under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. They are also supplying quality generic medicines at affordable prices to the common people. Chemical and Fertilizers Ministry said, more than 6300 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras are functioning across the nation, covering 726 districts of the country.


All India Radio will broadcast a radio play, Eidgah by Munshi Premchand, at 10:30 PM tonight. It can be heard on news and youtube channels.

All India Radio will also broadacst "Dawn Chorus: A song of birds" on FM rainbow from tomorrow morning.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Dr. M.V.Padma, Head of Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has said that people need to stay home to stay safe and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Neeraj Nishchal, Associate Professor (Medicine) in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi tells why the lockdown is essential and why is it required to follow the advisories.

For listening to other Experts, tune in to our next bulletin.


Hospitals across the Major Port Trusts are prepared to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. Shipping Ministry has said that these hospitals have been supplied with the Personal Protective Equipment. Arrangements to have sufficient staff on duty round the clock have also been made. The Ministry said, over 46 thousand crew members and passengers underwent thermal scanning at various ports. Pro-active steps are being taken to ensure smooth running of shipping and port operations. Ports and Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Shipping have contributed more than 52 Crore rupees from the CSR funds towards PM CARES Fund. Employees of Ports, PSUs and other offices of the Ministry of Shipping have also contributed over seven crore rupees from their salaries towards PM CARES Fund.


Central Government has urged private companies to come forth to make the country self-reliant in its battle against Novel Corona Virus. In an exclusive talk with AIR, NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat said that the government has asked all private and public players to ramp up their productions to meet any situation arising out of Corona Virus outbreak.

He informed that in a meeting of the empowered group of officials chaired by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, broad roadmap was defined for coordination of private sector and NGOs for indigenous production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and diagnostic kits. Several members from the Industry including FICCI president Dr. Sangita Reddy also participated in this meeting. Government has assured that the current demand of ventilators, mask and other protective gears is well under control.


Chess Grandmaster and multi time world Champion Vishwanathan Anand appealed to the people to follow social distancing norms and lockdown guidelines. He said that all guidelines should be followed till the end of the lockdown period to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar appealed to the people to follow all government guidelines in the fight against COVID-19. 


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said that his government will establish Corona testing labs in Headquarter of each and every division in state. He said that his government has managed to start collection centres in all 75 districts of the state.

Addressing the public Mr. Yogi Adityanath said that his government is ramping up the number of Covid-19 testing centres in the State, including at the district level, as the coronavirus cases have increased rapidly over the past few days.

Chief Minister stressed that every step is being taken by the State government, in association with the Centre, to stop the spread of the infectious disease and now 10 testing laboratories are successfully working. 


With 27 more Corona patients reported today in Rajasthan, the number of COVID- 19 infected has gone up to 325 in the State. The capital city of  Jaipur is most affected  where 103 Corona cases have been reported so far.

"Door to door survey is being carried out in the affected areas of the city by the Health workers. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has instructed to work on a war footing level to prevent community spread of Corona in Jaipur. Health Department has prepared more than 10 thousand 500 dedicated beds for corona patients in government and private hospitals in the state. 55 hospitals have been notified by the government for this purpose. Two hospitals having the capacity of 14 hundred 50 beds have been notified in Jaipur. Meanwhile, Director-General of Police, Bhupendra Singh, today issued an order directing to reinstate all the police personal suspended for more than six months so that their services can be utilized in the Corona crisis. - Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


The number of covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu has surged to 690, as 69 people have tested positive today. The state Health Secretary Dr Beela Raesh told reporters in Chennai this evening eight people were discharged today after cure. A 64-year old patient with co-morbidity conditions died of the disease taking the death toll to seven.

Of the new cases, all but 6 belong to the single source. Five have either interstate or international travel history.

Meanwhile, the state government has come out with new initiatives to help the agricultural sector during the lockdown period.

"To help farmers to take their produces to the markets, the Tamil Nadu government has announced four helpline numbers, besides asking them to contact the agricultural marketing officials of the districts concerned. The user charges in the state-run cold chain facilities have been waived off till the end of the curfew period. The decision is expected to help the mango cultivators a lot as the mango season commences in another fortnight. The government has also come forward to lend up to ten lakh rupees to those marketing firms that procure the produces directly from the farmers. The horticultural department has decided to deploy five hundred mobile vans to sell the produces directly to the buyers at their doorsteps. These are expected to help both the consumers and the farmers. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


COVID 19 positive cases in Karnataka has gone up to 175 with 12 new cases reported today. Till now 25 patients have been discharged after finding them asymptomatic. Totally 26,871 persons are under observation in the state, 6542 are in isolation, 5942 are found negative and 175 are tested positive till date. Out of 30 districts in the state, 12 are free from any Corona Virus cases, 18 are impacted and three out of them are the hotspots. Addressing media persons through zoom app, the Primary Education minister Suresh Kumar informed that a committee set up to oversee the Pandemic will submit a report on the methods to be adopted to terminate or extend the lock-down in the state.

"Minister Suresh Kumar has informed that 17 dedicated COVID 19 hospitals with 4030 beds, 494 ICUs are functioning in the state and 11 testing labs in Government and three in private sector are testing samples. Medical Education Minister Dr.K Sudhakar inaugurated the Dashboard today in the war room set up to monitor and regulate efforts to contain the pandemic. It will serve as a single point authentic source for pandemic related information, data and s. A team of Gynecologist and Pediatricians visited construction sites and labour camps in Bengaluru today to conduct health check-up. After an agreement formalised by the Central Government, Karnataka has opened its borders for non-COVID 19 patients coming here from Kerala for medical check up. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru"


The personal residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been declared as a containment zone after a tea vendor near Matoshree has tested positive for the infection. While it is not clear how the vendor contracted the infection, samplesof over 270 people who may have come in direct or indirect contact have beentaken for testing. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has said that police personnel deployed at Thackeray'sresidence will also be quarantined and tested. As the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra inches towards 900, thestate government urged citizens to strictly follow lockdown norms and avoid steppingout of their homes for frivolous reasons. Assuring that the state has enough supplies of all essential commodities, the government has appealed citizens not to indulge in hoarding.

"Maharashtra’s Food and Drug Administration minister Dr Rajendra Shingane today assured citizens that there is no scarcity of essential commodities and supplies of medicines, sanitizers and masks in the wake of rising demand. The minister said black marketing of such goods would be kept under check and strict action will be taken against traders who are found guilty. He informed that citizens  can call on the toll free number 1800222365 to report any irregularity in supply, adding that a round the clock control room has also been set up to ensure that food and medicines reach the needy in time. He further said that blood banks across the state have adequate stock at present to meet the needs of patients, especially those suffering from cancer and thalassemia. Meanwhile, Mumbai’s crime branch today seized hugestock of N-95 masks and sanitizers worth over 27 lakh rupees and have arrested two people in this regard. Besides, the state government has appealed devotees not to venture out of their homes and observe the occasion of ‘Hanuman Jayanti’and 'Shab-e-Barat' staying inside their homes. KUNAL SHINDE,AIR NEWS, MUMBAI


9 more Covid 19 positive cases were confirmed in Kerala today  taking the total number of patients to 263 in the State.

"A total of  336 Covid  19 positive cases were reported in Kerala so far. 71 people had recovered from the infection. The number of people under observation in the State had seen a drastic reduction from 172000  few day ago to over 146000 people presently.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that Centre had assured that the Kerala Karnataka border issue is sorted and accordingly the order had been released allowing patients to access hospitals across the borders. He said that the Essential commodity stock will be increased in the State. Agriculture dept will be procuring the agriculture products to prevent crop damage. Meanwhile some relaxations are also declared in this lock down period. Workshops, spare parts showrooms will be opened on Thursdays and mobile showrooms to be opened on Sundays in the State.Chief Minister also requested Centre to reconsider the decision of withdrawing MP fund as this fund could be helpful in their respective constituencies. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


In Telangana, the situation continued to be grim as the number of cases being tested positive for Coronavirus are on rise. Though the Government bulletin is yet to be released for today, the positive cases are continuing to rise. A head constable in Hyderabad and a 23-day old baby in Mahabubnagar district have tested positive for Coronavirus.

"The alarm in the form of rising number of Covid-19 cases across Telangana is causing concern among the state authorities. A 56-year old head constable at Saifabad Police Station in Hyderabad and a 23-day old baby in Mahabubanagar district have been tested positive for Coronavirus. The unexpected development is prompting the authorities to further tighten the implementation of the Lock Down across the state. Senior state officials and political leadership have appealed to people once again to confine their homes and maintain social distancing. Meanwhile, identification of the confinement zones is being done especially in Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts following a number of Covid-19 cases reported. As part of preparedness, the state Government also declared 22 more Private Medical colleges as Covid-19 hospitals. Besides, a 1500-bedded hospital exclusively for Covid treatment has been readied in Hyderabad as part of preparedness to tackle possible rise in Covid -19 cases in Telangana. Lakshmi, airnews, Hyderabad"


Ayush Ministry has come out with protocols on ways to stay fit and enhance immunity during coronavirus spread. The Ministry has listed out easily doable things that improve health as well as immunity.

Ministry of AYUSH has recommended self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. It has suggested to drink warm water throughout the day, daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation and use of spices like Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander and Garlic in cooking. The Ministry has also suggested people to drink herbal tea or decoction made from Basil, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Dry Ginger and Raisin once or twice a day.  People have been suggested to take Chyavanprash in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar free Chyavanprash. Ayush Ministry said, half tea spoon of turmeric in 150 ml hot milk once or twice a day can boost the immunity. It also adviced people for simple Ayurvedic procedures like nasal application of applying sesame oil or coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils in morning and evening and also oil pulling therapy. During dry cough or sore throat, AYUSH Ministry suggested steam inhalation with fresh Mint leaves or Caraway seeds once in a day. Clove powder mixed with natural sugar or honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation. The recommendations are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI.


In Manipur, a small village of Kang-pokpi district has distributed vegetables for free to its nearby villages.

Villagers of Konsa-khul, a hilly and small tribal village gathered the vegetables from the village and surrounding hills and distributed around two truckload vegetables to nine villages in the nearby areas today.


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