Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country will go under lockdown starting midnight for 21 days. (Illustration)
Coronavirus Latest Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a full country-wide lockdown, starting from midnight, till 21 days. “If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days, we will be pushed back 21 years,” the PM said in an address to the nation. The number of cases in India has risen to 536, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) confirmed. The death toll across the country stands at 10.
Minutes after the PM’s declaration, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified ration shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder will remain open during the lockdown. The list of exemptions includes delivery of all essential goods, petrol pumps, ATMs and more.
Centre has also warned of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced till March 31 to curtail the pandemic. Violators could either face a fine of Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months if they do not abide by the lockdown orders, the government said. All domestic commercial flights would remain suspended from Wednesday to restrict inter-state movement as a precautionary measure.
Globally, 16,572 people have died due to the pandemic and a total of 381,293 positive cases have been confirmed. While Italy has reported the highest number of deaths at 6,077 and the number of positive cases at 63,927, China has reported 3,153 deaths and 81,514 cases so far. Also, Spain has reported 2,311 deaths, Iran 1,812, France 860 and UK 335.
Coronavirus Latest News Live Updates: India has reported 10 deaths and 536 positive cases while the global death toll is 16,572 so far. Follow coronavirus updates from across the world here. Read in Malayalam
Coronavirus (COVID-19) LIVE Updates: Delhi announced lockdown on Sunday. (Express photo)
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India’s 30 states and Union Territories including Delhi, Chandigarh, West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, Uttarakhand etc. have gone into a lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. The state governments imposed a state-wide curfew, starting Monday, a day after the country observed “Janata curfew”.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extended the last date for filing income tax returns for FY19 to June 30 while assuring that the government would soon come out with an economic package amid businesses and commercial activities taking a hit due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The government has also extended the last date for linking PAN with Aadhaar to June 30 from March 31. Sitharaman said the Vivad se Vishwas tax dispute resolution scheme had been extended by three months to June 30. Those availing the scheme by the extended deadline will not have to pay 10 per cent interest on the principal amount.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday urged people to take the lockdown seriously. “Some people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, your family by following instructions seriously. I request the states to ensure enforcement of the rules and laws,” Modi tweeted.
In Maharashtra, where cases rose to 97, with the sharpest rise of 23 in a day, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced curfew-like measures, issuing strict orders for people to keep indoors, and sealing borders. Violators could either face a fine of Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months if they do not abide by the lockdown orders which have been imposed across states in view of the rising coronavirus cases in the country, the government said on Monday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday warned that the coronavirus pandemic is clearly “accelerating”, but said it was still possible to “change the trajectory” of the outbreak.
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