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CORONA CRISIS: Here is what you should do to keep going through this tough time As the number of COVID19 cases continues to rise globally, it has become essential to keep yourself protected. The virus is spreading at a fast pace and the only way to protect yourself from this pandemic is by following good hygiene habits. Here are some WHO-approved rules that one should follow to reduce the risk of infection and sail through this tough time.
 

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Lockdown effect: 'There is no food in the house'
By DIVYA NAIR
March 26, 2020 11:41 IST

The nationwide lockdown has robbed several daily wage labourers and households of their incomes.
Vrushali Vilas Kadam tells Divya Nair/Rediff.com how her family is struggling to make ends meet.


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IMAGE: Vrushali Vilas Kadam is worried that if the lockdown continues, her family will starve. Photograph: Divya Nair/Redifff.com


Vrushali Vilas Kadam, 42, whose husband rides a rented rickshaw in and around Kalyan, used to help her family meet ends by working as an ayah.
She would pick up and drop off students from nearby schools, for which she would be paid Rs 300 per child.
Since March 15, when most schools in Kalyan and the rest of Maharashtra, were shut down abruptly, Kadam couldn't help control her emotions.
She is worried how she will buy groceries and pay rent for the next few months.
Vrushali has two children -- her youngest son has just appeared for his final year exam while the eldest holds a temporary job in a computer firm in Mumbai.
After the lockdown, everyone is home and there is no income or savings to fall back on.
"My husband used to bring home Rs 250 to Rs 300 a day. My son had a temporary job. He is home now. We haven't stepped out for more a week now," she says.
"There is no food in the house. From vegetables to groceries, everything is getting expensive. How do we pay rent and survive in these tough times?"




The mother breaks down as she reveals how the lockdown will affect her family.

Lockdown effect: 'There is no food in the house'
 

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Inside Wuhan: Daily life in China's coronavirus quarantine zone
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Ben Kavanagh is working as a teacher in Wuhan - the city under quarantine as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread across China .
 

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Wuhan, before and after the coronavirus | AFP
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Dancing in the streets and visitors enjoying popular landmarks... A comparison of videos filmed in September 2019 and January 2020 shows how the Chinese city of Wuhan transformed from a bustling tourist destination into the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic.
 

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Wuhan Today: City bids farewell to life savers
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Thousands of medics answering the call to help Wuhan return home today. Follow Xinhua reporter Xu Zeyu as he accompanies the first group of medics to bid farewell to the grateful city. #WuhanToday epi.10 #eyewitness
 

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#CNBCCoronavirus: Italy's quarantine lockdown to extend into April as hospitals run out of beds
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Italy's prime minister will extend the country's lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown will now extend past April 3, 2020. Under the lockdown rules, people can only leave their homes to get food and medicine or go to work. Most shops were forced to close until March 25, but that deadline also looks set to be extended. Italian hospitals are also running out of beds Italy is rushing 10,000 student doctors into service. Italy’s lockdown will have to be extended beyond the current end-date of April 3, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Thursday as its daily death toll spiked. Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Conte said measures taken to close schools and universities and to restrict movement throughout Italy would have to be prolonged. “The total blockade will go on,” Conte said. “The measures taken, both the closure of (public) activities and the ones concerning schools, can only be extended,” he told the paper. Conte’s comments confirm speculation that the government would extend its current national lockdown further as the coronavirus outbreak in Italy worsens. Under the lockdown rules, people can only leave their homes to get food or medicines (grocery stores and pharmacies are the only stores that remain open), or to perform other essential services or to go to work. Most shops had been forced to close until March 25 but that deadline also looks set to be extended. However, Italy’s interior ministry said Wednesday that 43,000 people been caught breaking the lockdown rules in the first week of controls, with a million people being checked since March 11, when most public places closed. Italy’s tally of coronavirus cases and deaths jumped Wednesday; 2,978 have now died from coronavirus in Italy, 475 more than Tuesday. The data, from Italy’s Civil Protection agency and corroborated by a tally by Johns Hopkins University, marked a record increase in the number of daily deaths. On Tuesday, there had been 345 more deaths from the previous day. The total number of confirmed cases across the country also continues to rise dramatically; as of Wednesday, 35,713 people in Italy had tested positive for coronavirus (this number includes deaths and those that have recovered from the disease). The number of infections was up 2,648 from Tuesday. Hospitals in Italy’s Lombardy, the epicenter of the country’s coronvirus outbreak, are reaching the point where they may not be able to treat any new cases of the virus.
 

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Coronavirus Ground Report: On the Road with the India's Migrant Labourers | The Quint
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After the 21 days' lockdown was imposed, lakhs of migrant Indian labourers have lost their jobs. They have been forced to return home, hundreds of kilometres away from Indian cities. No public transport is available. So they are left with no other option but to walk.
 

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What is saving India from Coronavirus is not heat but youth. What is killing people in the west is old age. Coronavirus still appears like a great American scam. Everything in America was perfect as long as it was busy with impeachment and search for the democratic nominee. Once those things are settled, a new problem props up as if the problem itself was waiting for impeachment and democratic nominee confusion to be over. In a less than a month, America becomes #1 country in Coronavirus with 125,000 cases and counting. After the theatrics on both sides, all of a sudden the story will be that the curve has been flattened and ventilators are ready and America has won over this epidemic.

The Indian government will come out looking like a fool. If India were a democracy then a single person would not be taking unilateral decisions as it has been happening for last several years.
 

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German State Finance Minister Kills Himself As Coronavirus Hits Economy

Coronavirus Outbreak: "We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad," a senior minister said.

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Updated: March 29, 2020 07:59 pm IST



German State Finance Minister Kills Himself As Coronavirus Hits Economy

Thomas Schaefer was found dead near a railway track on Saturday




Frankfurt am Main:
Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany's Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday.
Thomas Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said they believe he died by suicide.
"We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad," Volker Bouffier said in a recorded statement.
Hesse is home to Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.
A visibly shaken Volker Bouffier recalled that Thomas Schaefer, who was Hesse's finance chief for 10 years, had been working "day and night" to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.
"Today we have to assume that he was deeply worried," said Volker Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"It's precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him," he added.
Popular and well-respected, Thomas Schaefer had long been touted as a possible successor to Volker Bouffier.
Like Volker Bouffier, Thomas Schaefer belonged to Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU party.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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