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It is the world’s largest lockdown ever: 1.2 billion Indians have been ordered to stay at home for 21 days. The government has said the extreme measure is necessary to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus, though public health experts point out that all this does is give the country some time to build capacity to fight the virus in the coming months.

04:13:45 on 27 Mar

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In his second address since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a national lockdown from midnight March 24. The lockdown will last for 21 days, he said, without mentioning how critical services were going to be maintained and essential supplies delivered and bought during this period if people are not meant to step outside.

09:14:01 on 25 Mar

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Anugeeth AG, a staff nurse working in the Covid-19 isolation ward at the general hospital in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, has not met her 10-month-old baby for 10 days. Her team of 13 are treating five of one family who have tested positive, which has already killed more than 15,000 around the world. Two aged family members have been moved to another facility.

07:51:30 on 24 Mar

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“This year August came in March only,” said Abrar Ahmad Shah, a businessman who lives in Khanyar, in downtown Srinagar. On Thursday, paramilitary forces unspooled concertina wiring across Srinagar’s streets once again and set up barricades to check the progress of cars and pedestrians. Restrictions were particularly severe in downtown Srinagar, the old part of the city.

09:04:03 on 20 Mar

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Centre Tells Supreme Court NRC Necessary

The Central government came out clean on its pan-National Register of Citizens (NRC) agenda and mentioned in the affidavit that NRC is a necessary exercise for any sovereign country “for identification of citizens from non-citizens” while claiming that it has been part of the Citizenship Act, 1955 since December 2004.

10:24:13 on 20 Mar

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“Social distancing… You must be kidding me.” Earlier this week, three Indian doctors made a compelling case about how tone-deaf, insensitive and non-inclusive the measures put out by the government to tackle COVID-19 are. The doctors—Vijay Gopichandran, Sudharshini Subramaniam, Vinod H Krishnamoorthy—based their argument on an incident at the rural clinic they work at.

01:24:42 on 19 Mar

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'India Could Be Next Coronavirus Hotspot'

In an interview that could cause considerable apprehension and even possibly fear, the director of the Washington-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy and lecturer at Princeton University Ramanan Laxminarayan has said that India could be the next coronavirus hotspot.

05:12:51 on 18 Mar

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With coronavirus sweeping the globe, countries are locking down, hoping that social isolation will stem the spread of the virus. This crisis could not have come at a worse time for India as the largest protests in the country’s history are underway. Protestors are demanding that the Modi government roll back the religious filter in India’s citizenship laws.

08:19:51 on 18 Mar

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