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Megha Krishna Reddy donates Rs 5cr to KCR to combat corona


Several prominent personalities have hailed attempts made by the Telangana State government to curtail spread of Corona virus in the State. They have announced large-scale donations as their contribution to the government’s efforts.

Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Company Limited (MEIL) has announced a donation of Rs 5 crore to the CM’s Relief Fund. MEIL MD PV Krishna Reddy handed over a cheque for Rs 5 crore to the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan. The CM thanked the MEIL Group.

Shanta Biotech promoter KE Prasada Reddy met KCR at Pragathi Bhavan here on Wednesday and appreciated the measures taken by the government. He handed over his personal contribution of Rs one crore and 116 rupees through a cheque to the CM for the CM’s Relief Fund.

KNR Constructions owner Kamidi Narasimha Reddy met the CM and handed over acheque for Rs i crore to the CM for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Laurus Labs CEO Dr Satyanarayana, ED Sri Chandrakanth Chereddy handed over a cheque for Rs 50 Lakh to the CM’s Relief Fund and announced that they would give one lakh hydroxychloroquine tablets.
The CM thanked all the donors who made their contributions and for appreciating measures taken by the government to prevent spread of the virus. The contributions made by the donors will support the programmes taken by the government and also inspire the official machinery, the CM said.

Hyderabad –based Meenakshi Group came forward to give Rs one crore to the CM’s Relief Fund. Meenakshi Group Chairman KS Rao, MD C Sivaji handed over a cheque for Rs 1 crore to IT minister KT Rama Rao at Pragathi Bhavan.

GPK Exports and Imports owners Phani Kumar, Karnala Sailaja Reddy have donated 4,000 N95 Masks for the use of Telangana State government doctors, to IT, MAD, Industries Minister Sri KT Rama Rao at Pragathi Bhavan here.

Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) donated Rs 1 crore to the CM’s Relief Fund. CREDAI representatives handed over the cheque to minister KT Rama Rao at Pragathi Bhavan.

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Rs 170,000 cr relief package for weaker sections in Covid-19 shadow

The Centre on Thursday announced a Rs 170,000 crore relief package to protect the weaker sections of the society from the economic fallout of Covid-19.

Announcing the the measures of relief package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana will benefit migrant workers, rural poor and the women.

However, this might not be the final relief package, as the FM clarified to a question that the current package is only for the “poorest of the poor” and the weaker sections of the society.

There were high expectations that the government will announce certain economic relief measures for the industry.

On the relief scheme, Sitharaman said it will work via direct cash transfer, as one set of measures, while another set will include food security-related measures.

“We do not want anyone to remain hungry, so we will be giving enough to take care of their foodgrain requirements, protein requirement in terms of pulses,” she said.

“On the other hand, they should also not remain without money in hand. So several measures through DBT are being taken so that money reaches them so that they can have money in their hands.”

In a step by step announcement, the FM said that the Centre will provide Rs 50 lakh worth medical insurance per person for medical industry workers such as sanitation and Asha workers, paramedics, nurses and doctors who are putting themselves at risk by treating Covid-19 patients.

On the food package component of the scheme, the minister said 80 crore beneficiaries will receive additional 5 kg of rice or wheat free of cost for three months in addition to 1 kg of pulses per household.

“So, five kg (rice or wheat) per person will be provided to all ration card holders per month for the next three months free of charge. This will be over and above what they get under existing schemes. Also, each household will also be provided free 1kg pulses per month for next three months,” she said.

Under the cash transfer part, the minister said that it will largely be based on DBT through which farmers, migrant workers, widows, pensioners amongst others will be provided relief.

For farmers, the first instalment of the Rs 6,000 per year given under PM Kisan Yojana will be given at the beginning of the year itself. So Rs 2,000 will be provided into the accounts of farmers, a move that will immediately benefit 8.69 crore farmers.

The MNREGA wages have also been increased from present Rs 182 per day to Rs 202. “As a result, we expect Rs 20 per worker will be the additional income that will benefit 5 crore families,” the minister said.

Sitharaman also decided to provide cash into the account of 3 crore senior citizens to help them cope with the current crisis. Accordingly, one time amount of Rs 1,000 will be provided in two instalments into their account.

Also, Ujjawala cooking gas connection holders, over 8 crore women now, will get free LPG cylinders for the next three months. The 63 lakh women Self help groups (SHGs), that benefits seven crore households, will be provided collateral free loans, under the Deen Dayal National Rural livelihood mission, of Rs 20 lakh – double the existing amount of Rs 10 lakh.

In yet another relief measure, the Finance Minister announced that the government would bear entire 24 per cent EPF contribution of employer and employees for next three months. This support will be for employees of establishments that employ upto 100 employees and wages of 90 per cent of their employees is less than Rs 15,000 per month.

For organised sector, EPFO regulation will be amended so that workers can draw up to 75 per cent of their contingency expenditure non-refundable advance or three months of wages in advance whichever is less.

Moreover, about 3.5 crore registered building and construction workers would be provided assistance and support from the Rs 31,000 crore welfare funds.

“We will be giving directions to the state governments to ensure that the fund can be utilised for helping those who are facing economic disruption as a result of this particular lockdown,” the FM said.

The Centre has also requested the state governments to utilise the funds which are available under the district mineral fund for supplementing and augmenting all kinds of medical testing activities, screening activities, and also other requirements, which are so necessary now to fight the coronavirus and from preventing its spread.

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Prince Charles declared COVID-19 positive


Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, but is “otherwise in good health”, his spokesman said on Wednesday,

The Prince of Wales, 71, is “displaying mild symptoms, but otherwise remains in good health”, the spokesman said, reported the BBC.

The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus, he added.

The couple were now self-isolating in royal residence Balmoral in Scotland, the spokesman said, adding it was “not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus”.

Charles is not the first member of the royalty to test positive for COVID-19. Prince Albert of Monaco has also tested positive.

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No new COVID-19 case in Telangana, tally remains 39


With no new COVID-19 positive patient being reported in Telangana, the total number of the coronavirus cases in the state stood at 39 at noon on Wednesday.

The status bulletin released by the Telangana Public Health and Family Welfare department on Wednesday indicated that no new cases have been confirmed over the last 15 hours.

On Tuesday, the state health authorities had reported two new cases in the status bulletin released for March 24 at 11 p.m.

The two cases last reported and denoted as P38 and P39 pertain to a police officer posted in Bhadradi-Kothagudem district, and his domestic help. Both had contracted from the police officer’s son, who had returned from London on March 18, and was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The state government has initiated disciplinary action against the errant police officer for flouting self-quarantine regulations in place for foreign returnees.

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Three fresh cases of coronavirus reported in Visakhapatnam


Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday reported three more coronavirus positive cases from Visakhapatnam district, taking the number of such cases in the state to 10.

Following a review meeting on the situation on Tuesday, State Health Minister Alla Nani said that necessary measures are being taken to control the spread of the COVID-19.

Speaking to the media, the minister emphasised that the people’s participation in corona control is very crucial and requested the public to practice social distancing. He also stressed that people should remain at home and strictly follow government orders in this regard.

While stating that the persons returning from abroad are required to report voluntarily for COVID19 clearances, the minister warned that legal action would be taken if the regulations are not followed. On Monday, a youth returning from London to Visakhapatnam had tested positive, taking the total to seven COVID-cases in Andhra Pradesh.

The state government has imposed a virtual curfew till March 31 in line with the Indian government’s moves to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Nani said that 20 committees have been appointed to control the corona. Taking a pot-shot at former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu,the minister said such people should refrain from resorting to scare mongering leading to fear among the people.

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Two more test positive in Telangana


The number of COVID-19 cases in Telangana rose to 21 on Saturday as two more persons were tested positive, officials said.

Two males, aged 33 and 35 years, were tested positive on Saturday. They include a man who works in a cruise in the United States and had come from Dubai. The nationality of the affected person was not known.

The other person is a 33-year-old man from Hyderabad who was primary contact of a patient, who had come from Dubai and tested positive two days ago.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said all the persons who tested positive so far had come from abroad.

Three persons including two Indonesians were found positive for COVID-19 on Friday. With this the total number of infected Indonesians rose to 10. The group, said to be preachers, had stayed in Karimnagar town for two days.

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One more Covid-19 positive case surfaces in Andhra

A third Covid-19 case was reported from Andhra Pradesh on Friday with a person who recently returned from Saudi Arabia testing positive.

According to officials, the man who hails from Visakhapatnam had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 12.

With this, the state reported a positive case for a second consecutive day. A man, who had returned from London on March 15, had tested positive in Ongole town of Prakasam district on Thursday.

The first Covid-19 positive case was reported from Nellore district last week. A youth, who had returned from Italy, had tested positive.

According to a medical bulletin issued by the health department on Friday, results of tests in 12 cases are awaited.

The health personnel have so far identified 966 people for observation and out of them 258 have completed 28-day observation period. As many as 677 people are under home isolation while 31 have been admitted to various hospitals across the state.

As part of the measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, the government has ordered shutdown of all educational institutions, places of worship, shopping malls, cinema halls, amusement parks, gyms, indoor and outdoor stadia besides banning congregation of people.

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COVID-19: As Govt Denies Community Transmission, Experts Say Too Few Tested To Know


Hasibul Nisha, 35, from Dwarka in New Delhi, has been suffering from a dry cough, cold and fever for six days. Her family is worried it might be COVID-19, which has affected more than 200,000 people globally and killed more than 8,000, and is slowly spreading in India. They said they visited three nearby private hospitals in Moti Bagh for tests but were turned away

Nisha’s daughter, Zareena Sheikh, has kept abreast with all COVID-19 advisories and updates and said she believes her mother has similar symptoms. “The doctor keeps giving paracetamol tablets to my mother…The hospitals were really crowded and the doctors said that this is not how checking [for COVID-19] will be done,” Sheikh said

Nisha has no recent history of travel to any affected country and has not been in contact with any confirmed COVID-19 patient that could qualify her for free testing. If Nisha has COVID-19, it could mean community transmission, of which there is no evidence, Indian health authorities insisted once again at a press conference on March 19

Only someone who has symptoms of the disease, such as a cough, fever and breathlessness, can get tested under India’s COVID-19 testing guidelines, if they fulfil one of these conditions: they should have traveled to an affected country and/or had contact with a confirmed case

Until now, India has tested 12,426 people–nearly 9.2 tests per million people. By contrast, Italy had tested 165,541 people until March 18, 2020, or 2,740.75 tests per million. South Korea, which has been able to stabilise the spread of the disease, with a low fatality rate of 0.9%, had tested 295,647 people until March 18, 2020–5,729.6 per million–and is continuing to mass test 20,000 people every day, for free. The UK is testing about 1,500 cases daily–846.7 per million people–and is planning to ramp this up to 10,000.

“Test, test, test” is the message that World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave to all countries on March 16, 2020.

“We need to be doing more testing, we have a very restrictive testing criterion right now… and these [testing] numbers are too low,” said Bhan.

Source : IndiaSpend

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7 more Indonesians test positive for Covid-19 in Telangana


Telangana on Wednesday reported eight Covid-19 positive cases, including seven Indonesians, taking the total number of cases in the state so far to 13 and prompting Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar to call an emergency meeting on Thursday.

An Indonesian had tested positive on Tuesday.

The eight Indonesians were part of a 10-member group which had come to Telangana’s Karimanagar town earlier this week for a religious meeting.

Telangana’s health department released a special media bulletin on Wednesday night to announce that seven more have tested positive.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that a man who returned from the UK recently has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

All the patients have been admitted to the isolation ward of the government-run Gandhi Hospital here. Their condition is stated to be stable.

The state has been reporting a positive case every day since last Saturday. However, Wednesday turned out to be the worst so far with eight people testing positive.

A techie, who tested positive on March 2, was discharged on March 13. All others are undergoing treatment at the Gandhi Hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday night urged the people to be on alert after the Indonesians who travelled to Karimnagar tested positive for coronavirus.

He decided to convene a high-level emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office, the meeting will discuss the preventive measures to be taken and regulations to be followed.

“Since coronavirus is spreading through those coming from abroad, all those coming from foreign countries should undergo tests. People should also be on alert and inform the authorities about those coming from abroad. People should also take measures for their personal health,” the statement said.

The Chief Minister has instructed the officials concerned to allow people coming from abroad to go home only after going through the complete check-up routine.

In the emergency meeting scheduled on Thursday, some more preventive measures will be decided.

The Chief Minister has urged people to stay away from festivals and celebrations involving group activities.

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Three held in Telangana for spreading false news on Covid-19


Telangana Police on Monday arrested three persons and booked a fourth man for spreading fake news about coronavirus on social media.

Three people including a WhatsApp group admin were arrested in Yadadri Bhongir district. Police said they spread false news on the social platforms by forwarding a fake picture.

One of the accused allegedly downloaded a picture of a patient lying on a hospital bed, edited it and claimed that a man hailing from the district died of coronavirus in Hyderabad’s Gandhi Hospital.

Police said the accused forwarded the picture, thereby creating panic among people. They were booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 for spreading false information and rumours.

Meanwhile, Rachakonda police on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Monday booked an unidentified person for allegedly spreading rumours about coronavirus. The man shared a message on WhatsApp claiming that three persons from the area tested positive for Covid-19. As the message went viral and triggered panic, police launched an inquiry and found that it was false information.

A case against the accused was registered under National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Act at Chaitanyapuri police station. Police were trying to track the accused and arrest him.

Police have warned that those spreading false news and rumours on coronavirus may be jailed up to one year.

According to police, those who are spreading false information on social media and creating panic on coronavirus were liable for one year imprisonment under NDMA Act.

At a review meeting with top officials on Monday, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar warned that stringent action would be taken against those spreading false news.

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