COVID … Delhi, Mumbai under shut-down; 80 districts brought under emergency regulations

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NEWS COVID SHUT-DOWN

NEW DELHI: Section 144, banning assembly of persons, has been imposed on the national capital on Monday. Delhi is under lock-down, and no public activities are allowed since Sunday, starting with the Janata Curfew called by PM Modi. The Western metropolis of Mumbai is under Curfew – or complete shutdown – and so is the industrial hub of Pune, till March 31. Other major Covid-related developments as follows:

Centre recommends shutdown of 80 districts across 22 states and Union Territories from Monday. Essential services will operate. The Supreme Court announced a closure, and cases will be heard by only one court while the present lock-down continued. 

Delhi airport will continue to operate domestic flights.

The Union Government on Monday issued an advisory, asking states to strictly adhere to the lock-down order.

India reported three new deaths due to Covid on Sunday; taking total toll to seven. The new reports were from Gujarat and Bihar. Total infections in the country put at over 420, as over 40 new cases were reported overnight. A total of 81 fresh cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

Quarantined.. Minister Murali in Delhi

Some 35,000 foreign-returned individuals in Delhi under quarantine at their homes for 14 days since start of this month.

Indian Council of Medical Research, Balram Bhargava says: “It is necessary to understand Covid impact. Some 80 per cent of the infected will experience cold-like fever; and they will recover. Only some may need be hospitalized.”
GLOBAL OUTLOOK
As high as 419 infected people died in the US up until Sunday. Total infections in US rose to 33,549. President Trump says he’s a little upset that China held back info on Covid threat.

After China and Italy, it is Spain that has the largest number of Covid cases as on Sunday, while US occupies the next slot. Spain records 1,700 cases; some 28,000 infections there so far.
New York under shut-down; Mayor Andrew Cuomo asks city to comply with restrictions; only essential services to operate; faces shortage of ventilators to deal with the health emergency.
German chancellor Angela Merkel goes into self-quarantine after a doctor who gave her an injection was tested positive for Covid infection.
China reported 39 new cases on Sunday; all of them foreigners who landed in China recently. Community transmission inside China dwindles.
UK fears worst… PM Boris Johnson says Italy could repeat in UK. Virus spread accelerating in UK. –IHN-NN
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