India

The BJP president lauded the Prime Minister for taking such an initiative in the hour of crisis as the country is under a 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The State Government will be asked to utilise the funds available under District Mineral Fund (DMF) for supplementing and augmenting facilities of medical testing, screening and other requirements in connection with preventing the spread of CVID-19 pandemic as well as treating the patients affected with this pandemic.

Rajnath Singh appreciated the "proactive role" played by armed forces and various departments of Defence Ministry in evacuating Indian nationals as well as foreigners from COVID-19 affected countries.

Naqvi said in the fight against COVID-19, the people need to exercise resolve and restraint and stressed that without their support the government cannot fight with this "unknown enemy".

Those at the frontline of the coronavirus battle -- including doctors, nurses and support staff -- will be given a Rs 50 lakh medical insurance cover.

The Congress chief suggested that the centre consider deferring all EMIs for 6 months and waive interests charged by banks for this period.

According to the Delhi Health Department, 800 people have been quarantined for 14 days as they came in contact with mohalla clinic doctor.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight to deal with the spread of coronavirus, saying that "social distancing" is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly.

The decision by the government is taken in accordance with the Supreme Court's instructions to decongest crowded jails to halt them from becoming fertile grounds for the spread of COVID-19.