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Coronavirus: MoS Home Reddy Re-assures People Over Measures; Confirms Control Centre

G Kishan Reddy assured the people of the country that all necessary measures required to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been taken by the Central govt

COVID-19

Amid the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday assured the people of the country that all necessary measures required to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been taken by the Central government. He also said that a control a centre has been set up at the Ministry of Home Affairs in North Block, New Delhi.

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MHA's measures to fight COVID-19 

The Ministry of Home Affairs' Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava informed that all the borders of states and Union Territories have been ordered to be sealed and no human movement will be allowed along the borders. She also stated that the labourers returning to their hometowns will be put under a 14-day quarantine period.

"We have arranged food and shelter for all the stranded labourers. All those migrants and workers moving out are subject to 14-day quarantine," she said. She also added that no landlords can evict the workers or demand rent from the labourers or workers.

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Fresh lockdown guidelines by MHA

In an important development on March 25, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued an Addendum to the nationwide lockdown guidelines. Basically, it specifies more categories of essential services exempted during the period of the 21-day lockdown. 

Subsequent to that, the Home Minister had also removed the demarcation between essential and non-essential goods with respect to transport across state borders, and had also allowed farming and allied practices.

The Union Health Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 32 and the number of total coronavirus cases to 1,251 as on Monday. There are 1117 active cases in the country with the state of Kerala contributing the highest number of cases which stands at 202.

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