Indian-American politician Nikki Haley questioned credibility of reports on COVID cases figures provided by China. She argued that China’s claim of 82,000 cases and 3,300 total deaths in a nation with a 1.5 billion population was not accurate. US President Donald Trump also said that he did not believe the figures given by China.
Kerala Govt has issued a notification, urging the Public Works Department to start work to convert public buildings into COVID-19 care centres. Hostels of educational institutions and buildings that have been lying vacant and other buildings will be used for this purpose. About 93,000 buildings have been converted into care centres so far.
The Centre said that any person who is residing in J&K for at least fifteen years will be considered as a domicile in the union territory. The Govt has issued a notification in this regard under Section 3A of the J&K Reorganisation and civil services Act. The Act also defines those who studied there for a period of 7 years as domicile.
Delhi Govt moved to file case against Nizamuddin Mosque event organisers under Disaster Act & Contagious Diseases Act. The Govt said that the event organisers committed a grave crime. There is the Act imposed in Delhi that prohibits the assembly of over 5 people, said Govt. 24 people who were present at Markaz building have tested positive for COVID.
The Centre has made it clear that there is no plan to extend the lockdown over 21 days. The Govt has formed empowered groups to coordinate the management and control of the disease across the country. The group will deal with issues related to the medical emergency, availability of hospitals, isolation, economic and welfare measures among others.
Kerala Govt is considering the option of selling liquor online after reported suicides for the lack of alcohol availability during the lockdown. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the sudden unavailability of alcohol may lead to social problems. The move comes after many reportedly showed acute withdrawal symptoms and suicide cases.