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India Fights Novel Corona Virus

INDIA UNDER LOCKDOWN (updated March 29, 2020)

India Statistics stand at 693 (Corona infected including 43 foreigners and 13 dead, 43 Recovered and 637 Active cases) as of today.

Twice the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has addressed the nation within a week’s time. As Covid-19 positive cases spiked sharply in the country, in his first televised address, the PM asked Indians to observe a ‘Janata curfew’ – self isolaton of the  1.4 billion population without the imposition of Section 144 , on sunday, the 22nd March, 2020. One man, one word and the entire Indian nation ground to a standstill as if by magic and the Janta curfew proved to be a grand success. India has had bumper harvests from monsoons (in last three straight years). There is absolutely no food shortage and India tops the world in foodgrain production. So when Prime Minister Modi announced complete lockdown of the nation from 24th midnight, i.e., from 25th morning, for next 21 days, with an intent to stop Corona from spreading like wildfire across the country, there is no panic among the masses because,  we are safe and secure in the knowledge that we are adequately and well provided for . India can survive without moving a muscle for another 18 months minimum. Kudos to our farmer community for making this possible, taking care of the food security of the nation.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-on-course-for-bumper-harvest-rabi-sowing-scales-multi-year-high-120011800951_1.html

https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/bumper-harvest-wheat-acreage-rises-9-6-so-far/1793565/

https://www.livemint.com/Politics/2B9xur0n85S5Nl2HRnSzuM/The-story-behind-Indias-bumper-crop-year.html

The center announced welcome relief package for some 80 crore Indians, a vast majority of our population including rationing of food grains at very nominal/subsidized rates. The present allocation of rations to subsist the masses for next three months if we have reasons to continue with the lockdown. No Indian will  be forced to go hungry. No Indian family will be put to hardship because our economy in gradually grinding to a total halt. At this moment, I can say, we are mercifully in strong and good hands. I trust our government and our prime minister to steer us to safety out of this unprecedented crisis that is shaking the world.

https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/modi-govts-largest-ration-subsidy-scheme-for-80-cr-indians-buy-rice-wheat-at-this-price/1909103/?fbclid=IwAR1DRnxZ6VyTjnoMnJZhkPd5G_q_O5zVKjP-4Z2l7_SkUO2DjQnMzDYqUZ0

“Modi-led government has approved the world’s largest food security scheme to benefit 80 crore people across the country. Out of them, every person will get 7 kg ration per month for the next three months, including wheat at a cost of Rs 2 per kg, instead of Rs 27 per kg; and rice at cost of Rs 3 per kg, instead of Rs 37 per kg,” to put it in a nutshell. I wonder whether first world nations like the US or Canada or even the oil rich Arab nations can pull this mammoth feat. India has a well established, disciplined and managed PDS rationing system which now has enabled smart card operations.  India manages Her food distribution chain with exceptional efficiency. One of the best welfare systems in the world anyday. For instance, in my homestate Tamil Nadu, 20 kg rice, Atta, Sugar, Palm Oil, Pulses etc are distributed free or at very nominal prices for every household. Rice comes completely free.

On the economic front, the accounting for financial year 2019-20 has been pushed from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020 by the finance minister Smt. Nirmala Seetharaman, providing a great relief to banks and other financial institutions and businesses. Deadline was also extended for filing Income Tax (IT) and GST returns and for linking PAN with Aadhar for individuals and businesses.

https://www.indiatoday.in/information/story/india-fights-corona-list-financial-relief-gst-indirect-tax-1659613-2020-03-25

1. Last date for filing GST annual returns of FY 18-19 extended till the last week of June 2020.

2. Last date for filing GSTR-3B due March, April, May 2020 returns and composition returns extended till last week of June 2020.

3. No interest, late fee or penalty for companies with less than Rs. 5 crore turnover; For the bigger companies, interest would be 9 per cent.

4. Last date for opting a composition scheme is extended till the last week of June 2020.

5. Payment date under Sabka Vishwas Scheme extended to June 30, 2020.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/coronavirus-live-updates-covid-19-cases-death-toll-in-india-lockdown-section-144-in-delhi-maharashtra-us-italy-wuhan-latest-news-120032300112_1.html

Government today announced relief package for the entire nation in view of Corona virus spread in the country.

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The Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan scheme to have two parts — cash transfer and food security :

The Package is for instant relief only. A much awaited stimulus package for the industry and local economy on the way.

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For Organised sector workers:

The Government of India will pay the EPF contribution of both employee and employer for the next three months. This will be for all those establishments which have up to 100 employees, 90% of whom earn less than Rs 15,000 a month.

For Senior citizens, Rural BPL Families, Women and the Disabled: 

One time ex-gratia of Rs 2,000 to 3 crore poor senior citizens, poor widows and Divyangs through DBT

20 crore Jan Dhan Women account holders covered- Ex gratia amount of Rs 500 per month for the next three months

Women in self-help groups: 6.3 million SHGs get up to Rs 10 lakh collateral-free loans under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya National Rural Mission scheme. The cap has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh. The move will benefit 70 million households

Beneficiaries of the Ujjwala scheme: 80 million households benefitted from the gas cylinders provided under the scheme. These beneficiaries will get free cylinders for three months in view of the disruption the coronavirus lockdown will cause.

Coronavirus lockdown package for poor: MGNREGA Wage increased from Rs 182 to Rs 202 per day. MGREGA is India’s minimum rural employment guarantee scheme.

For Farmers:

First instalment of the PM-KISAN payment of Rs 2,000 to be frontloaded; move to benefit 87 million

Package to directly reach out to the poor: 

— Relief package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore

—  Medical insurance cover of 50 lakh rupees per health worker

80 cr (some 800 million) poor people (BPL families) to get 5 kg wheat or rice and 1 kg of preferred pulses for free every month for the next three months through Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana during lockdown . This is in addition to the 5 kg they already get.

Additionally, each household to get 1 kg of preferred dal for free for the next three months

Rs 50 lakh insurance per health care worker as a medical insurance cover for them for three month.

Some links in support of the above:

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/fm-sitharaman-announces-rs-50-lakh-insurance-for-frontline-workers-5075431.html

India is also helping the SAARC nations fight the  spread of Coronavirus with free medical and material supplies to the tune of 1 million US$

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/covid-19-india-gets-1-million-materials-requests-from-saarc-nations/1903960/?fbclid=IwAR2GHGslBsB4oKXdmU47lGmrsDz2sTU32pzYaN4qzrtiBhQSQnCJHpieqFY

Chennai streets sprayed with disinfectants since last two weeks.

Indian government has banned export of masks and hand sanitizers.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/govt-banned-export-of-n95-masks-body-overalls-on-jan-31-bjps-amit-malviya/articleshow/74778188.cms

Tamil Nadu state govt announced double pay for the medical fraternity as well as sanitary workers employed with govt hospitals and civic administrations.

Indian govt has approved the first Made-in-India test kit within record 6 weeks for coronavirus.

Over 50 private laboratories have been roped in  by government to test for the coronavirus. Here is the list:

MAHARASHTRA

Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur

Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai

SRL Religare Laboratory, Gaiwadi Industrial Estate, S.V. Road, Goregaon (W) Mumbai

Dr Lal Path Lab

Metropolis Healthcare Ltd – Global Reference Laboratory, Vidyavihar, Mumbai (Will be ready by 23 March 2020)

Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, Bhandarkar Institute Road, Pune (Will be ready by 23 March 2020)

SRL Dignostic Laboratory, Dr Avinash Phadake Laboratory, Mahim,Mumbai

AG. Dignostic Lab Pvt.Ltd.Pune

Apollo Hospital, Nashik 31. Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai

SRL Limited, Sector-4, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

SRL Ltd-CoE Histopath Mahim

SRL Limited, Hiranandani Fortis Hospital, 5th Floor, Mini Seashore Road, Sector-10, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

SRL Ltd, Fortis Hospital, Mulund-Goregaon Link Road, Mulund, Mumbai

SRL Diagnostics –Dr. Avinash Phadke (SRL Diagnostics Private Limited), for its facilities at Dadar,Mahim & Andheri

N M Medical Centre, Mumbai

DELHI

All India Institute of  Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi

Dang Lab

Dr Lal Path Lab

SRL Limited , 74, Paschimi Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
Max Lab, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

SRL Limited, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road, New DelhiFortis Hospital, A Block Shalimar Bagh, Delhi

SRL Ltd, Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Lifeline Diagnostics, Green Park, Delhi

Oncquest Laboratories Ltd, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi-110029

Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, Mohan Co-operative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, New Delhi (Will be ready by 23 March 2020)

KERALA

National Institute of Virology Field Unit

Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode

Govt. Medical College, Thrissur

Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

DDRC –SRL Diagnostics Private Limited, Gandhi Nagar, Kottayam-686008, Kerala & Amalagiri P.O., Ammencherry, Kottayam, Kerala

DDRC SRL Diagnostics Private Limited, Ground Floor, Aster Square, Medical College P.O., Trivandrum-695011, Kerala

DDRC SRL Diagnostics Private Limited., Ernakulam G 131,DDRC SRL Tower Ernakulam-682036 Kerala

EI LAB Metropolis, North square build, Paramara road, Cochin(Will be ready by 1 April 2020)

KARNATAKA

National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore

Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan

Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore

Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga

Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore

SRL Limited, Bangalore Reference lab, Next to Jal Bhavan, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore

SRL Limited, Fortis Hospital Limited, 14, Cunningham Road, Bangalore, Karnataka

SRL Limited, Fortis Hospitals Limited, 154/9, Bannerghatta Road, Opp. IIM, Bangalore

SRL Ltd, FortisHospital, #23,Gurukrupa Layout ,800 feet road, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore

SRL Diagnostics Private Limited for its facilities at 51, Chintal Plaza, 10th Main Road, 33rd Cross, IV Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

NEUBERG ANAND Lab, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

RV Metropolis Main Lab, 76/10, 15th Cross. 4th Main. Malleshwaram, Bengaluru (Will be ready by 1 April 2020)

UTTAR PRADESH

Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh

Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

King’s George Medical University, Lucknow

SRL Ltd, B1/12, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

SRL Limited, Fortis Hospital, B-22, Sector-62, Noida

RAJASTHAN

Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar

SP Med. College, Bikaner

Dr. S.N Medical College, Jodhpur

Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur

RNT Medical College, Udaipur

TAMIL NADU

Govt. Medical college, Thiruvaru

Government Medical College, Theni

King’s Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai

Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli

Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai

Apollo Greams Lane, Chennai

Apollo Hospitals, Madurai

SRL Limited, AB-46, First Street, 6th Main Road,Anna Nagar Chennai

Neuberg Ehrlich Lab, Royapettah, Chennai

Lister Metropolis Nungambakam, Chennai (will be ready by 23 March)

UTTARAKHAND

Government Medical College, Haldwani

WEST BENGAL

IPGMER, Kolkata

National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospital

SRL Limited Reference laboratory, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal

SRL Limited, Fortis Hospital, 730, Anandapur, E.M. Bypass Road, Kolkata

Suraksha Diagnostics, New Town, Kolkata

Medica Super Specialty Hospital, Kolkata

MADHYA PRADESH

All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal

National Institute of Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur

SRL Ltd, 34/2 New Palasia, Behind Industry House, Indore

GUJARAT

MP Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar

BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad

Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad

Neuberg Supratech, Ahmedabad

Desai Metropolis Health Services Pvt. Ltd., Near Mahavir Cardiac Hospital, Athwagate, Surat(Will be ready by 1 April 2020)

Sanjeevani Metropolis, Safal -3, Swami Vivekanand Road, Opp. Commissioner Bunglow, Rajkot(Will be ready by 1 April 2020)

HARYANA

Pt BD Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak

BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat

SRL Limited, Clinical Reference Lab, Udyog Vihar,Sector-18, Gurgaon

SRL Limited, FEHRC, Neelam Bata Road, NIT, Faridabad

Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI),Sector 44,Gurgaon

SRL Limited 416, Ashoka Colony, Opposite Kalpana Chawla Medical College, Karnal-132001

HIMACHAL PRADESH

Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra

SRL Ltd, Zonal hospital, Mandi, Room No 813, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

SRL Ltd, OPD NO. 3, Dr RPGMC, Tanda, Dist Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

SRL Ltd. Indira Gandhi Medical College IGMC Shimla Dist Shimla, HP-171001

SRL Ltd. C/o Regional Hospital Hamirpur, Dist Hamirpur-177001 H.P

JAMMU AND KASHMIR

Government Medical College, Srinagar

Government Medical College, Jammu

Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar

Dr Lal Path Lab, B C Road Jammu

JHARKHAND

MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

MANIPUR

Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal

JN Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, Imphal

MEGHALAYA

NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong

ASSAM

Silchar Medical College, Silchar

Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh

Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati

Jorhat Medical College, Jorhat

SRL Diagnostics – Skylab Assam

SRL Limited-Magpins Diagnostics, Paltan Bazar, Dibrugarh

PUDUCHERRY

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry

ODISHA

Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar

Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar

BIHAR

Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

SRL Reach Limited,Sadar HospitalCampus,At Court More, Dhanbad

PUNJAB

Government Medical College, Amritsar

Government Medical College, Patiala

SRL Ltd, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Majitha Verka Byepass Road, Amritsar

SRL Limited, STREET Mundian, C/O Radhaswamysatsang, Beas, Fortis Hospital Building, Chandigarh Road, city Ludhiana, Punjab -141001

Fortis Hospital, Sector-62, Phase-8, Mohali, Punjab

TELANGANA

Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad

Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad

Apollo Hyderguda, Hyderabad

SRL Ltd.Legend Crystal Shop No.06,Ground Floor,Plot No.1-7-79/A&B,Prenderghast Road,Secunderabad,500003

SRL Limitedc/o Ambicare Clinics Kondapur Hyderabad

Medics Labs, New Bowenpally, Secunderabad

TRIPURA

Government Medical College, Agartala

ANDHRA PRADESH

Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada

Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam

Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati

GMC, Anantapur

Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada

CHANDIGARH

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh

SRL Limited, S.C.O-24, Sector-11 D, Chandigarh

CHHATTISGARH

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur

Dr Lal Path lab, Raipur

SRL Diagnostics lab, Raipur

ANDAMAN and NICOBAR ISLANDS

Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar

India is fighting on all fronts the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic. We shall break the chain. We shall flatten the curve. With resolve and restrain as PM Modi vowed. Right now, India is at Stage 2. It is the duty and responsibility of every Indian citizen to ensure that the infection does not reach the Stage 3 Community level wherefrom things can go out of hands very quickly leading to a dreadful situation of chaos and confusion and even complete breakdown of the medical system of the entire country. Let’s stay put at home socially distancing ourselves and contain the spread of Covid-19. This is ‘do or die’ for each of us and for our beloved nation. We could be in here for a long haul until the vaccines arrive. Loads of patience and prayers the need of the hour. Will continue to update with latest developments.

UPDATED; 27TH MARCH, 2020

India pledged with member nations of G20, to jointly inject funds to the tune of 5 trillion $ into global economy to counter the social and economic impact of COVID-19. Leaders of the states also agreed to contribute to the WHO led COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund on individual basis. 

PM Modi attended last evening the extraordinary virtual G20 summit where global leaders united to combat and eradicate the novel coronavirus pandemic that has raised the very existential question of entire mankind.

Reserve Bank of India, the RBI, has announced massive reforms as well to keep the wheels of the Indian economy oiled and rolling.

RBI announced this morning, a rate cut of 0.75% to ensure liquidity.

RBI also announced EMI freezing of homeloans for 3 months

Credit card payments may be deferred by 3 months

Sensex has since rebounded on RBI announcement.

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