Centre Approves Rs 15,000 Crore For COVID-19 Emergency Response Package

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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-funds-centre-to-provide-covid-19-emergency-fund-to-be-released-in-3-phases-2208803

Coronavirus Crisis Fund: Centre has released Rs 11,092 crores to all states (Representational)

New Delhi:

A 100 per cent centrally-funded five-year scheme worth Rs 15,000 crores to strengthen national and state-level health systems was approved on Wednesday as India fights to control the spread of the infectious COVID-19 virus, the government has said.

The “COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package” will be implemented in three phases – from January 2020 to June 2020, from July 2020 to March 2021 and from April 2021 to March 2024. This fund will be divided among all states and union territories.

Activities to be funded under this scheme include the development of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, ICUs (intensive care unit) and supply of oxygen in medical centres.

“With the objective of emergency COVID-19 response, (a fund has been set up for) strengthening national and state health systems to support prevention and preparedness, procurement of essential medical equipment, consumables and drugs and strengthening of surveillance activities, including setting up laboratories and bio-security preparedness,” a circular signed by the Director of the National Health Mission said.

Activities listed under the first phase also include disinfection of hospitals and government ambulances, as well as purchase of PPE (personal protection equipment) and N-95 face masks.

India has reported over 5,700 COVID-19 cases so far, including at least 166 deaths. Maharashtra (1,135 cases, 72 deaths), Tamil Nadu (738 cases, eight deaths) and Delhi (669 cases, nine deaths) are the areas worst-hit, so far. As of Monday cases have been reported from 284 districts across 28 states and union territories.

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Across the country COVID-19 hotspots have been detected (with 20 in Delhi alone) to contain the virus

The scale of the outbreak, and the speed with which it has spread over the past few weeks, has left several states scrambling for funds to fight the virus.

The three-week “total lockdown” imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month – this includes shutting down non-essential industries, commercial establishments and manufacturing centres – has also been testing states’ economic resilience.

States are slashing salaries, demanding an increase in borrowing limits and asking for fund transfers from the centre as tax revenues and reserves dry up.

Both Telangana (427 cases, seven deaths) and Andhra Pradesh (348 cases, four deaths) have deferred at least portions of the salaries of some, including the Chief Minister. The Delhi government has stopped all expenditure except salaries.

The centre too has gone into belt-tightening mode, with salaries of union ministers and MPs, starting with the Prime Minister, slashed by 30 per cent for the coming year.

This week the Union Home Ministry released Rs 11,092 crores from the State Disaster Risk Management Fund. In March the centre also allowed states to tap into their respective disaster response funds (SDRF).

The question of funds to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak became a political issue this week after the centre’s decision to suspend, for two years, the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Fund (MP-LAD) – a sum of Rs 5 crore allotted to MPs every year for their constituencies.

The decision was criticised with Congress MP Karti Chidambaram calling it “absolutely unacceptable“.

Meanwhile, the World Bank has approved $1 billion in emergency funds for India. The funds, the financial agency said, should be used to “support better screening, contact tracing and laboratory diagnostics” among other expenditures.

World

15,80,550Cases

11,39,004Active

3,46,922Recovered

94,624Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 184 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 15,80,550 and 94,624 have died; 11,39,004 are active cases and 3,46,922 have recovered as on April 10, 2020 at 1:38 am.

India

5,865 591Cases

5,218 504Active

478 67Recovered

169 20Deaths

In India, there are 5,865 confirmed cases including 169 deaths. The number of active cases is 5,218 and 478 have recovered as on April 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai496

Pune131

Mumbai Suburban65

Thane31

Sangli24

Ahmednagar20

Nagpur16

Aurangabad8

Latur8

Palghar7

Raigad6

Satara5

Yavatmal4

Buldhana4

Osmanabad4

Hingoli2

Ratnagiri2

Washim1

Sindhudurg1

Nashik1

Amravati1

Kolhapur1

Jalna1

Jalgaon1

Gondia1

Details Awaited*294

1135

946

117

72

DistrictCases

Chennai152

Coimbatore59

Dindigul44

Tirunelveli38

Erode32

Tiruchirappalli30

Ranipet28

Namakkal27

Tiruppur27

Madurai24

Theni22

Karur22

Chengalpattu19

Thoothukudi16

Villupuram16

Cuddalore13

Thiruvallur12

Thiruvarur12

Thanjavur11

Nagapattinam11

Salem11

Virudhunagar11

Tiruvannamalai9

Kanchipuram7

Vellore6

Kanniyakumari6

Sivaganga5

The Nilgiris4

Tirupattur4

Kallakurichi2

Ramanathapuram2

Ariyalur1

Details Awaited*55

738

709

21

8

DistrictCases

South170

Central99

North64

New Delhi55

Shahdara53

South West23

West18

South East17

East15

North East14

North West10

Details Awaited*131

669

639

21

9

DistrictCases

Hyderabad168

Nizamabad26

Warangal Urban23

Medchal Malkajgiri16

Nalgonda13

Jogulamba Gadwal12

Ranga Reddy12

Adilabad10

Kamareddy9

Karimnagar8

Mahabubnagar8

Suryapet8

Sangareddy7

Jagitial4

Vikarabad4

Medak4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Nirmal4

Nagarkurnool2

Mulugu2

Jangoan2

Peddapalli2

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Jayashankar Bhupalapally1

Details Awaited*91

442

400

35

7

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar38

Meerut17

Agra13

Lucknow8

Ghaziabad7

Varanasi4

Baghpat2

Pilibhit2

Ghazipur2

Shamli1

Moradabad1

Jaunpur1

Kheri1

Kanpur Nagar1

Bulandshahr1

Bareilly1

Details Awaited*310

410

375

31

4

DistrictCases

Jaipur67

Jodhpur29

Bhilwara23

Jhunjhunu18

Tonk11

Churu7

Ajmer5

Bikaner5

Dausa5

Dungarpur5

Bharatpur4

Kota4

Jaisalmer3

Alwar3

Nagaur2

Pali2

Pratapgarh2

Dholpur1

Sikar1

Banswara1

Udaipur1

Details Awaited*184

383

359

21

3

DistrictCases

Kurnool42

Spsr Nellore23

Krishna12

Visakhapatnam11

Guntur10

Y.s.r. Kadapa9

West Godavari7

Chittoor6

Prakasam4

Anantapur3

East Godavari2

Details Awaited*219

348

338

6

4

DistrictCases

Kasaragod139

Kannur47

Ernakulam22

Thiruvananthapuram15

Pathanamthitta14

Malappuram11

Thrissur10

Idukki8

Kozhikode7

Palakkad6

Kollam5

Kottayam3

Wayanad3

Alappuzha2

Details Awaited*53

345

260

83

2

DistrictCases

Indore101

Bhopal42

Morena12

Jabalpur7

Ujjain7

Barwani3

Khargone3

Chhindwara2

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Vidisha1

Details Awaited*77

259

243

0

16

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban58

Mysuru34

Bidar10

Chikballapur10

Uttar Kannad10

Belagavi7

Dakshin Kannad7

Ballari6

Kalaburagi6

Bagalkot5

Bengaluru Rural5

Udupi4

Mandya3

Davangere2

Gadag1

Tumakuru1

Kodagu1

Dharwad1

Chitradurga1

Details Awaited*9

181

148

28

5

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad76

Surat18

Bhavnagar13

Gandhinagar12

Vadodara12

Rajkot9

Patan5

Porbandar3

Mahesana2

Kachchh2

Gir Somnath2

Panch Mahals1

Anand1

Sabar Kantha1

Jamnagar1

Chhotaudepur1

Morbi1

Botad1

Details Awaited*18

179

138

25

16

DistrictCases

Gurugram33

Faridabad14

Palwal13

Nuh10

Ambala4

Panipat4

Sirsa3

Bhiwani2

Panchkula2

Hisar1

Kaithal1

Karnal1

Rohtak1

Sonipat1

Details Awaited*79

169

137

29

3

DistrictCases

Srinagar27

Bandipora12

Badgam8

Baramulla7

Jammu5

Udhampur4

Pulwama3

Rajauri3

Shopian2

Kupwara1

Ganderbal1

Details Awaited*85

158

150

4

4

DistrictCases

Kolkata31

Howrah10

Medinipur East7

Nadia5

Kalimpong5

Hooghly4

Jalpaiguri4

24 Paraganas North3

24 Paraganas South3

Purba Bardhaman3

Paschim Bardhaman2

Darjeeling1

Medinipur West1

Details Awaited*24

103

82

16

5

DistrictCases

S.a.s Nagar23

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18

Amritsar10

Hoshiarpur6

Jalandhar6

Ludhiana5

Mansa5

Ropar3

Fatehgarh Sahib2

Pathankot2

Sas Mohali1

Moga1

Barnala1

Patiala1

Faridkot1

Kapurthala1

Details Awaited*15

101

89

4

8

DistrictCases

Khordha31

Bhadrak3

Cuttack2

Jajapur1

Kalahandi1

Kendrapara1

Puri1

Details Awaited*2

42

39

2

1

DistrictCases

Patna5

Munger4

Saharsa2

Begusarai1

Lakhisarai1

Nalanda1

Siwan1

Details Awaited*24

39

38

0

1

DistrictCases

Dehradun13

Udam Singh Nagar4

Nainital3

Almora1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*13

35

30

5

0

DistrictCases

Golaghat9

Marigaon4

Nalbari4

Goalpara3

Cachar1

Dhubri1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

Kamrup Metro1

South Salmara Mancachar1

28

28

0

0

DistrictCases

Chandigarh18

18

11

7

0

DistrictCases

Kangra3

Details Awaited*15

18

15

2

1

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil2

Details Awaited*1

14

4

10

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*13

13

13

0

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

Details Awaited*1

11

11

0

0

DistrictCases

Raipur4

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*3

10

1

9

0

DistrictCases

North Goa5

South Goa1

Details Awaited*1

7

7

0

0

DistrictCases

Mahe1

Details Awaited*4

5

4

1

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0

With input from ANI

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