Fight against COVID-19 has to be more focused now: Prime Minister Modi

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There is global recognition for India’s success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and Government of India appreciates the efforts made by all the State Governments in this regard. Let is stay the course as we move forward together. – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at the meeting with Chief Ministers on Monday 11 May 2020

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday 11 May 2020, held a 6-hour long video-conference with state Chief Ministers to discuss the COVID lockdown and all aspects regarding its lifting or the option of relaxing it in phases especially keeping in focus the red zones.

This was Modi’s the 5th meeting via video-conference with Chief Ministers to discuss the COVID situation.

Stressing the fight against COVID-19 has to be more focused now, Modi told the Chief Ministers that slowly but steadily economic activities have started picking up and this process will gain momentum in coming days. He also laid emphasis on the need for social distancing to check the spread of COVID.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 67,152. Since Saturday, an increase of 4,213 COVID +ive cases has been noted in India.

Robust indigenous IgG ELISA test for antibody detection developed by ICMR-NIV, Pune
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune has developed and validated the indigenous IgG ELISA test “COVID KAVACH ELISA” for antibody detection for COVID-19.NIV’s scientific team successfully isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus from laboratory confirmed patients in India. This in turn has paved the way for development of indigenous diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2. While real time RT-PCR is the frontline test for clinical diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, robust antibody tests are critical for surveillance to understand the proportion of population exposed to infection.

Indian Railways shall be partially restored from 12 May 2020
Ministry of Railways has decided that train services on Indian Railways shall be partially restored w.e.f. from 12th May 2020 in a graded manner. Fifteen pair of special trains (thirty trains) shall be operated. These services shall be in addition to the Shramik specials for transporting stranded persons, which are under operation w.e.f. 1st May.Other regular Passenger services including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services shall remain cancelled until further advice. These special trains will have only Air conditioned. Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, shall not be permitted. Maximum Advance Reservation Period will be of maximum 7 days. No Unreserved tickets shall be permitted.No catering charges shall be included in the fare. All passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train.

MHA issues Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to facilitate Movement of Persons by Train
Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to facilitate movement of persons by train.Movement of passengers to & fro and entry at the railway station would be permitted only on confirmed e-ticket. There would be compulsory medical screening of all passengers. Only asymptomatic persons would be allowed to board the train. During the travel and at the railway stations, Strict adherence to Health/hygiene protocols and social distancing.

NDMA(MHA) issues guideline on restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown period
Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued detailed guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, on restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown period. State Governments shall also ensure that the off-site disaster management plan of the respective Major Accidental Hazard (MAH) units is up to date and preparedness to implement them is high. It is also advised that all the responsible officers of the district shall ensure the Industrial On-Site Disaster Management Plans are also in place and cover Standard Operating Procedures for safe re-starting of the industries during & after COVID 19 lock down.

Indian Air Force airlifts essential Chemicals to assist State Government in tackling the Vizag Gas leak
Based on the request from Industries and Commerce department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, IAF airlifted 8.3 T of essential chemicals required to effectively control the gas leak that occurred at Styrene Monomer Storage tank in LG Polymers at Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. Also, as a part of meeting the emerging requirements of Govt of India during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IAF continued to airlift essential supplies required to equip state governments and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively. A total of 703 T of load has been airlifted since the time IAF began its operations to assist the government of India on 25 Mar 20.

Repatriated Indians Arrive Kochi Onboard Indian Naval Warship INS Jalashwafrom Maldives
INS Jalashwa, deployed for “Operation SamudraSetu”, entered Kochi harbour at around 10:00 am on 10 May with a total of 698 Indian nationals stranded at Maldives, which included women, elderly people and children.

Operation SamudraSetu – INS Magar Departs Male with Indian Citizens
INS Magar, the second Indian Naval ship to reach Male, Maldives for evacuation of Indian citizens, has departed Male, Maldives after completing embarkation of personnel.Indian Navy as part of Operation SamudraSetu under the Vande Bharat Mission has deployed INS Magar for second phase of repatriation of Indian citizens from Maldives. In the first phase, INS Jalashwa had evacuated a total of 698 Indian nationals stranded in the Maldives on 10 May 20.

177 new mandis from 10 States & UTs integrated with the e-NAM platform for marketing of Agricultural produce
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar today launched integration of 177 new mandis with the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) to strengthen agriculture marketing and facilitate farmers to sell their harvested produce through the online portal. The mandis integrated today are as follows: Gujarat (17), Haryana (26), J&K (1), Kerala (5), Maharashtra (54), Odisha (15), Punjab (17), Rajasthan (25), Tamil Nadu (13) and West Bengal (1). With the launch of 177 additional mandis, the total number of eNAMmandis across country is 962.

Procurement of Pulses and Oilseeds steady during lockdown
2.74 Lakh MT Gram (Chana) has been procured from 9 States.3.40 Lakh MT Mustard has been procured from 5 States.1700 MT of Sunflower has been procured from Telangana.1.71 Lakh MT Toor has been procured from 8 States. About 34.87 lakh ha sowing area coverage under summer rice as compared to 25.29 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year.About 10.35 lakh ha area coverage under pulses as compared to 5.92 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.About 9.57 lakh ha area coverage under coarse cereals as compared to 6.20 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.About 9.17 lakh ha area coverage under oilseeds as compared to 7.09 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year. In Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2020-21, a total of 241.36 Lakh MT wheat arrived in FCI out of which 233.51 Lakh MT is purchased.

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