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693 fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported across the country

New Delhi:6/4/20:693 fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 4067. Out of these, 291 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals, while 109 patients have died. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Lav Aggarwal said,  76 per cent cases have been reported in males and 24 per cent in females. He also informed that out of the total cases,1445 cases are related to Tablighi Jamaat cluster. He said, out of 109 deaths so far, 63 per cent have been reported among people over 60 years age,  30 per cent in age bracket of 40 to 60 years and  7 per cent in the people below 40 years of age.  Mr. Aggarwal suggested to the high-risk people to follow the directive and guidelines issued by the government.

He also urged the countrymen to follow social distancing measures and guidelines to check the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Mr Aggarwal also informed that during the Lockdown period , 16.94 lakh metric tonnes of food grains have been transported across the country till now.  He said, in 13 states, 1.3 lakh metric tonnes of wheat and  1.32 lakh metric tonnes of rice in 8 states have been alloted. He said, Food Corporation of India is having 55.47 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains in central pool.

He said, 1100 crore rupees have already been released from National Health Mission Funds for the states for COVID management and today an additional amount of 3000 crore rupees has been released in this regard.

Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, Punya Salila Srivastava said that the lockdown measures are being effectively implemented. She said, the availability of essential goods and items are satisfactory. In cases related to Tablighi Jamaat workers, Ms Srivastava said, through a massive effort over  25,500 local Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been quarantined and  5 Haryana villages where they visited, have also been sealed and quarantined. She said, out of the 2083 foreign Tablighi Jamaat workers identified so far, 1750 workers have been blacklisted.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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