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The coronavirus infection that started in China's Wuhan city has now spread to 30 different states of China

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The coronavirus infection that started in China's Wuhan city has now spread to 30 different states of China. VOA

Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, India is currently completely free of coronavirus infection. Coronavirus infection was confirmed among 3 students from Kerala among Indian citizens present inside the country, but now all three students are completely healthy and have been discharged from hospital.

Screening for identification of coronavirus is going on in India on a large scale, but at present no other person has been found to be suffering from this disease in the screening of coronavirus. Significantly, more than two thousand people have died due to coronavirus in China and about 75,000 people are suffering from this disease.

The Union Health Ministry says that after thermal screening of millions of people, samples of a total of 2,654 people went for further investigation on the basis of suspicion. Out of these 2,654 people, only three people from Kerala, who were found to be suffering from coronavirus, are now completely healthy.

Examining the remaining 2,651 people, they have been found to be completely safe from coronavirus. The test has been conducted at high-efficiency laboratories in Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that “India had begun its preparations for timely rescue of coronavirus. As many as 3,21,375 passengers of 2,296 aircraft have been screened. Also, 6,387 passengers of 125 ships have also been screened. None of these people are affected by the coronavirus”.

All 647 Indian nationals based in the ITBP’s Delhi and Manesar camp of the Indian Army have also been sent home on suspicion of coronavirus. All these Indians have been brought to India from Wuhan city of China. Significantly, Wuhan is the only city in China where coronavirus outbreak has spread the most. Wuhan city of China has been completely closed for about 1 month. However, none of these Indians, who have been lodged in the ITBP camp, have been found to be suffering from coronavirus infection.

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Significantly, more than two thousand people have died due to coronavirus in China and about 75,000 people are suffering from this disease. VOA

All these 647 suspects have spent more than 2 weeks in the Chawla camp of ITBP in outer Delhi. All the people living in the camp have been issued health certificate by the Ministry of Health.

All the Indians from China were regularly examined in these camps. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “Investigation has revealed that none of these Indians are affected by the coronavirus”.

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The coronavirus infection that started in China’s Wuhan city has now spread to 30 different states of China. Wuhan is the only state in China where most Indian students and other citizens are stranded. Most of the Indians returning home from China are students. (IANS)

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India’s Lockdown Disrupts Functioning of Amazon and Flipkart

Amazon India Delivery and functioning of Essential Goods via. E-commerce companies Disrupted

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India's coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart. Pixabay

India’s coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart, despite government assurances it would not, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Differing state and district level regulations relating to the 21-day lockdown, which began on Wednesday, are hindering operations, the sources said on Friday, with e-commerce firms finding it difficult to get curfew passes for delivery staff.

The disruptions highlight the difficulties of ensuring the supply of essential goods to 1.3 billion people during the shutdown in India, which has so far reported 724 cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths. Most of Amazon’s 60 plus fulfillment centers in India are shut and the U.S. company is in talks with state authorities to try to reopen them, three of the sources said. Industry executives say local authorities have not followed guidelines, stopping deliveries and warehouses from operating.

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A sign is lit on the facade of an Amazon fulfillment center. VOA

“It’s worse than one can think,” one source said, while a second added that only a “miniscule” number of Amazon warehouses were operating, citing this as a key reason for disruptions. Even when operations do begin to return to normal, it will only be in major cities, the second source added.

Amazon said in a statement that its top priority was to deliver the products which customers need the most and it was seeking urgent help from federal government and local authorities with detailed on-the-ground operating procedures. In New Delhi, Amazon’s Pantry service was suspended and the delivery slot for essential goods, such as oil and soaps, was shown as being April 26.

“There are clear guidelines provided by Government to enable essential services, and so we are working with the relevant authorities to ensure we are able to operate,” Amazon said on Twitter in response to questions from users in India.

Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting with e-commerce executives on Thursday and said the government was “committed to ensuring that essential goods reach the people.”

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Walmart-owned Flipkart has also been hit, with some grocery items which had been available earlier on Friday in New Delhi intermittently going out of stock. A source familiar with the situation said Flipkart was facing challenges with last-mile delivery of goods once they leave its warehouse due to restrictions on movement.

Flipkart said in a statement it had resumed grocery operations and there was a significant spike in orders. “We are enhancing capacity to meet the increase in customer requirements,” it said, adding it had received support from local and federal authorities.  (VOA)