India outlines $22.6 billion economic stimulus to help poor hit by lockdown

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Streets were silent across India's cities and towns on the second day of a three-week, 24 hour shutdown as people heeded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call not to step out of homes except in emergencies or to buy food and other necessities.

Some medical companies said the lockdown was complicating their operations, with workers struggling to get to work and products stuck.

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, the number of confirmed cases in India rose to 694 on Thursday. Lines of people wearing masks formed outside small neighbourhood shops in Delhi and Mumbai, among other cities. That has raised the prospect of a cash-strapped public health sector being overwhelmed. More people came in contact with that doctor at the hospital where he works.

While adding a note of caution, Agarwal said the community transmission phase of the disease will begin if the community and the government do not work collectively and follow the set guidelines of social distancing, home quarantine and treatment.

The Modi government at the center may announce an economic stimulus package of 1.5 lakh crore rupees between the fight against Coronavirus.

He urged people to shed misconceptions that the virus wouldn't have much of an impact on India because of weather conditions and food habits. The economy was already growing at its weakest pace in more than a decade.

Government sources said there was no discussion on the origin of the coronavirus or on China at the summit and that the spirit during the deliberations was of collaborative approach in dealing with the crisis.

"We're shaving down our calendar yr 2020 (January- December) GDP forecast from 4.5% to 2.5% and for financial yr 2021 ( April 2020-March 2021) forecast to a few.5%", Rahul Bajoria, chief India economist, acknowledged in a report.

"The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) has been roped in to provide behavioural health modules and educate about mental health while training is being offered to ASHAs and grassroots-level health workers to educate, help in surveillance and assist with care of patients", said Mr. Agarwal.

Sri Lanka has sealed itself off from the outside world, suspending all flights in and out of the island nation. Globally, the death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 21,293 with more than 471,518 cases reported in over 170 countries and territories, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Bangladesh, the second-largest apparel producer on the planet, unveiled a $588 million bundle deal for its export sector, asking corporations to utilize the money to pay workers.



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