No evidence of community transmission: Health Ministry

  • The Union Health Ministry on Friday denied evidence of community transmission (CT) of COVID­-19 while reporting at least 700 new cases.
  • The nationwide death toll from the epidemic touched 206, and the Ministry confirmed 6,761 positive cases.


70 health staff in Bhopal test positive

  • 20 health workers, including two doctors, tested positive for COVID­-19 in Bhopal.
  • Taking the number of the affected staff in all to 70 in the city, according to the district administration.


Scarcity of drugs, devices imminent, govt. warned

  • A countrywide shortage of medicines and medical devices is likely in the coming weeks, the Department of Pharmaceuticals has warned the Home Ministry, urging it to take immediate steps to help drug makers resume production under the current lockdown.
  • Drug and medical device makers are functioning “…on an average, at only 20%­30% capacity during the lockdown,”

Bank credit shot up just before lockdown

  • Bank loans grew by a whopping ₹2.31 lakh crore in the fortnight ended March 27, indicating robust loan demand just when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to contain the spread of COVID­1-9, according to the RBI.
  • The lockdown, that paralysed the economic activity, came into effect on March 25.


Choked supply lines to be cleared

  • Stoppered supply lines with trucks waiting on highways, the ongoing harvest season and procurement of foodgrains in various parts of the country are some of the issues that will inform the kind of lockdown the country will continue to have post April 14.
  • Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said each district with groups of farmers would be given specific dates for bringing their crops to the mandis for procurement and the number of mandis would be increased from 1,900 to over 3,000 to make the operations smaller, leading to fewer crowds.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce his decision on the continuation of the lockdown after consulting the Chief Ministers through a video conference on Saturday(11-04-2020), harvesting and movement of trucks will be likely exempt.