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No Nationwide Lockdown!


In the face of an increase in coronavirus cases in India, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government would not opt for widespread lockdowns and would instead depend on local quarantine. By taking these measures the economy won't come to a complete halt. 

The second wave will be dealt with by local level isolation of patients or households of people in quarantine.

She also mentioned other government initiatives, such as the distribution of LED bulbs, the ethanol blending programme under the National Biofuel Policy, the voluntary vehicle scrapping policy, and the facilitating of electric vehicles, all of which are aimed at achieving renewable, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

In a virtual meeting with the World Bank Group President David Malpass, India's finance minister addressed the value of the Group's cooperation with India, including recent initiatives in civil service and financial sector reform, water resource management, and health, and praised the international institution's efforts to expand lending space for India to boost development finance availability. 

Malpass reaffirmed the World Bank Group's commitment to India's COVID-19 response and efforts to alleviate poverty and promote mutual prosperity. He emphasized the significance of India's COVID-19 vaccine exports, both in the country and globally. 

They talked about India's COVID-19 response as well as the country's extensive domestic vaccine manufacturing capabilities.

During a 24-hour period, India reported over 1.84 lakh new Covid-19 cases, according to the Union Health Ministry. Last week, the daily average of Covid-19 cases across the country surpassed 1.5 lakh. With 1,84,372 new infections reported in the world, the total number of cases has risen to 1,38,73,825.  

India's active count surpassed the 12-lakh mark for the first time. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has screened 26,06,18,866 samples for Covid-19 so far (ICMR)

There have been 1,027 Covid-related deaths recorded in the last 24 hours across the world. This increased the number of the Covid-19 to 1,72,085. In addition, 82,339 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people who have recovered to 1,23,36,036. There are actually 13,65,704 active Covid-19 cases in the country.


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