In­dian PM warns against coro­n­avirus ‘neg­li­gence’

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In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day warned In­di­ans against low­er­ing their guard on the COVID-19 pan­demic, and an­nounced the ex­ten­sion of a free food grain pro­gramme un­til Novem­ber.

Sev­eral In­dian cities pre­pared to ex­tend their lock­downs to com­bat the spread of the in­fec­tion on Tues­day, with daily new cases in the coun­try re­main­ing close to 20,000.

Modi an­nounced the ex­ten­sion of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yo­jana till Novem­ber end, which helps over 800 mil­lion peo­ple to avail 5 ki­los of free food grains ev­ery month.

“Ever since (eas­ing of re­stric­tions) started in the coun­try, neg­li­gence in per­sonal and so­cial be­hav­iour has been in­creas­ing,” Modi said in a tele­vised ad­dress, adding cit­i­zens were ig­nor­ing guide­lines on so­cial dis­tanc­ing and hand wash­ing.

West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee on Tues­day said her gov­ern­ment would give free ra­tion to peo­ple till June 2021.

“We will give free ra­tion till June 2021. The qual­ity of ra­tion is beter than that of the Cen­tre,” the CM said min­utes ater Modi’s ad­dress to the na­tion in the ater­noon.

The UAE Em­bassy in New Delhi has is­sued a cir­cu­lar for stranded In­di­ans ex­pats In­dia to ob­tain a travel ap­proval from the UAE Fed­eral Author­ity for Iden­tity and Cit­i­zen­ship (ICA) prior to trav­el­ling to the Emi­rates.

The of­fi­cial ac­count of the UAE Em­bassy in New Delhi, In­dia said on Twiter, “The UAE Em­bassy in In­dia would like to draw the aten­tion of the valid UAE res­i­dence per­mit hold­ers cur­rently present in In­dia, to the ne­ces­sity of ob­tain­ing nec­es­sary ap­proval from the Fed­eral Author­ity for Iden­tity and Cit­i­zen­ship (ICA) while en­sur­ing that all con­di­tions set by the UAE com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties are ob­served.

“Please note that UAE will is­sue no ob­jec­tion leter to travel in some hu­man­i­tar­ian cases only that meet all con­di­tions and re­quire­ments.” The UAE Min­istry of Health and Preven­tion has an­nounced that it has con­ducted more than 63,000 ad­di­tional COVID-19 tests, which re­vealed 421 new cases, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber in the UAE to 48,667.

MO­HAP added that an ad­di­tional 490 in­di­vid­u­als have now fully re­cov­ered from COVID-19, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of recoveries in the UAE to 37,566.

MO­HAP also an­nounced one fa­tal­ity as a re­sult of COVID-19 com­pli­ca­tions, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of deaths in the Emi­rates to 315.

The Euro­pean Union will re­open its bor­ders to trav­el­ers from 14 coun­tries, and pos­si­bly China soon, the bloc an­nounced Tues­day, but most Amer­i­cans have been re­fused en­try for at least an­other two weeks due to soar­ing coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions in the US.

Cit­i­zens from the fol­low­ing coun­tries will be al­lowed into the EU’S 27 mem­bers and four other na­tions in Europe’s visa-free Schen­gen travel zone: Al­ge­ria, Aus­tralia, Canada, Ge­or­gia, Ja­pan, Mon­tene­gro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Ser­bia, South Korea, Thai­land, Tu­nisia and Uruguay.

The EU said China is “sub­ject to con­fir­ma­tion of rec­i­proc­ity,” mean­ing Bei­jing should lit all re­stric­tions on Euro­pean cit­i­zens en­ter­ing China be­fore Euro­pean coun­tries will al­low Chi­nese cit­i­zens back in. Mil­lions of trav­el­ers who come from Rus­sia, Brazil and In­dia will miss out.

The United States can­not count on the avail­abil­ity of a safe and ef­fec­tive COVID-19 vac­cine, the gov­ern­ment’s top in­fec­tious dis­eases ex­pert said on Tues­day, and he warned that the daily surge in cases could more than dou­ble if Amer­i­cans fail to take steps to get the virus un­der con­trol.

The United States could see 100,000 new coro­n­avirus cases a day, Fauci warned on Tues­day.

“We are now hav­ing 40-plus thou­sand new cases a day,” Fauci said in tes­ti­mony to the Se­nate Health and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mi­tee.

“I would not be sur­prised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” Fauci said.

Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son pledged on Tues­day to de­liver an “in­fra­struc­ture revo­lu­tion” to help Bri­tain build its way out of the eco­nomic dev­as­ta­tion of the coro­n­avirus out­break.

He promised £1 bil­lion ($1.2 bil­lion) for school re­pairs and a fur­ther £4 bil­lion for “shovel-ready” projects from road main­te­nance to pub­lic trans­port in what he said was a new “in­fra­struc­ture revo­lu­tion” that would also build new homes.

UAE re­ports 421 new cases, 490 recoveries and a death; EU re­opens its bor­ders to sev­eral na­tions but not to US tourists; Amer­ica could see 100,000 cases a day: Fauci; Boris pledges ‘in­fra­struc­ture revo­lu­tion.’

Reuters

↑ French health work­ers at­tend a protest in Paris as part of a na­tion­wide day of ac­tions to urge the gov­ern­ment to im­prove wages and in­vest in pub­lic hos­pi­tals on Tues­day.

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