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Coronavirus Scare: State governments swing into action, schools closed, gatherings restricted

The Odisha Government has sanctioned an amount of ₹200 crores to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Educational institutions have been closed in many states.

The coronavirus outbreak that has affected 75 individuals till now has swung the State Governments into action. All schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh have been closed till March 22 in view of the coronavirus scare. CM Yogi Adityanath assured that the government would look into reports of masks being sold at exorbitant rates.

He also informed that 4100 doctors had been trained to deal with the pandemic. Yogi Adityanath also stated that thermal analyzers have been installed along the Nepal border to detect patients and isolate them.

On Thursday, the Haryana Government declared coronavirus as a state epidemic. 270 isolation wards had been set up along with 1,206 beds in both private and government hospitals. All hospitals in Haryana have been directed to set up ‘flu corners’ to screen suspected patients. People who recently travelled to coronavirus-hit countries have also been asked to report to the nearest government hospital.

Karnataka which reported the first death due to coronavirus has also beefed up precautionary measures in the State. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, during an emergency meeting of State Ministers and senior officials, announced that all malls, cinema halls, pubs, wedding ceremonies have been banned for another one week beginning March 14.

He added, ” We have decided to take all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. “

The Odisha Government has sanctioned an amount of ₹200 crores to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. State Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik was quoted as saying, ” We are faced with a threat that does not discriminate between developed countries and underdeveloped countries, between democratic or non-democratic countries. Rich and Poor societies all are equally vulnerable.”

All educational institutions, except the ones which has exams ongoing, had been closed until March 31 in Odisha. Non-essential official gatherings such as seminars, workshops, conferences have also been cancelled. Cinemas, swimming pools and gyms will also remain closed.

Earlier today, the Delhi government had announced that IPL and other sports events will not be allowed in the national capital. In a press conference held on Friday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia announced that all social and sports gatherings including the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be held in Delhi in the wake of coronavirus outbreak that has affected 6 people in Delhi so far.

He added, “It is our responsibility to stop the spread of coronavirus. Social distancing is the biggest solution to this problem. Even one person (carrier) can infect several other people. Self-restraint is required in such circumstances.”

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