Tough times call for tough measures and India has taken the tough road to safeguard its citizens. After announcing a 21-day lockdown the country has announced a massive relief package to help its poor.
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India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an economic package that will benefit migrant workers including urban and rural poor. Known as the ‘Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan scheme’ it will be worth USD22.5 billion. Direct cash transfers will be made to eight specific groups of people. The government also announced USD66,000 insurance for healthcare workers for 3 months.
PM Modi has made repeated calls to the nation for executing the practice of social distancing and urged citizens to stop going out unnecessarily to make the lockdown successful. He also shared an interactive video that follows the country’s new commitment, to fight Coronavirus with the catchphrase ‘Corona Warriors. India is under lockdown for 21 days starting 24 March 2020.
India has postponed the first phase of its Census 2021 and updating of the National Population Register (NPR) due to the 21-day lockdown announced by PM Modi. Both the exercises were supposed to be carried out from 1 April to 30 September 2020. India conducts its census every ten years. House listing operations of the census will now be conducted at a later date.
Renowned Indian chef Floyd Cardoz passed away on 25 March 2020 in the USA due to Coronavirus infection. Cardoz had traveled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany and had tested positive for the virus on 18 March 2020. He was being treated at a medical center in New Jersey. Cardoz ran the famous ‘Bombay Canteen’ and ‘Tabla’ restaurants and is survived by his wife and two sons.
India has extended the international flight ban to 14 April 2020 as it continues to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The flight ban was earlier supposed to expire on 31 March 2020. As of 26 March 2020, 716 people have tested positive for the virus in India and 14 deaths have been reported. Maharashtra state has maximum cases of COVID-19 followed by Kerala and Delhi.