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Covid-19 cases increase to 2,301 in the country, death toll rises to 56

125 Covid-19 positive cases confirmed in Karnataka, says Health Minister Sriramulu; Centre exempts more services from restriction under 21 day nationwide lockdown; Social distancing and proper hygiene practices must be ensured, says Centre

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Health, Disease, New Delhi/Bengaluru, April 3:- A total 2,301 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been registered in the country. Health and Family Welfare Ministry today (April 3) confirmed that 157 patients have been cured and 56 deaths have been reported in the country so far.

Friday marks the tenth straight day of ongoing 21-day lockdown across the country announced by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given the approval to 126 government laboratories and 52 private laboratories chains to conduct the test of coronavirus.

In Karnataka, “till date 125 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 3 deaths and 11 discharges. I request people to strictly follow social distancing,” tweeted Health Minister B Sriramulu.

Meanwhile, the Centre has exempted more services from restrictions under the 21-day countrywide lockdown enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Services involved in direct marketing of agricultural produce, anganwadi workers and AYUSH related health facilities are now listed as exempt from restrictions under lockdown.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to the state Chief Secretaries clarifying that people and logistics involved in the running of these services will be exempted on the lines of other essential services.

These services include distribution of food items and nutrition support by Anganwadi workers, once in 15 days, at the doorsteps of beneficiaries like children, women and lactating mothers.

Those involved in direct marketing of farm produce, with assistance from government authorities, hospital and related medical services under AYUSH and manufacturing and packaging of drugs under this category have also been exempted as per the latest directive.

The Centre, however said, social distancing and proper hygiene practices must be ensured. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)
 
 

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