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Amsterdam-Delhi, KLM flight finally landed, passengers share video

The Indians, returning from the US, had been stranded in Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport for four days with food or water or place to sleep after their flight was turned back mid-air two hours away from Delhi airport.

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New Delhi, March 23 : A day after being denied permission to land in India, a KLM flight with 113 Indians who were stranded in Amsterdam landed in New Delhi on Sunday evening.

The passengers shared a video of their arrival.

Government sources had on Sunday indicated that a special KLM flight stuck in Amsterdam with 100 Indian nationals will be allowed to enter India on Sunday as a special case.

The Indians, returning from the US, had been stranded in Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport for four days with food or water or place to sleep after their flight was turned back mid-air two hours away from Delhi airport.

Tina Sapra, the wife of Sanjay Sapra who was on the flight, had written to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri pleading to help her husband and others stranded at the Amsterdam airport.

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14 more test positive in J&K, tally mounts to 136

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Jammu, April 8 (IANS) Fourteen more persons tested positive for Covid-19 in J&K on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 136.

Government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted, “14 new cases today; 11 in Kashmir, 3 in Jammu. 136 cases in all now; 130 active cases; 27 in Jammu Division, 103 in Kashmir. Good news too: 2 patients discharged from SKIMS.”

Of the 11 new cases in Kashmir division on Wednesday, four are from Bandipora district with history of contact with previous patients.

Five are from Srinagar district with travel history to Nigeria. One is from Kupwara district and one is from Baramulla district.

Three cases from Jammu district also have contact history with previous patients.

Of the 136 positive cases, three have died while three have recovered fully.There are 130 active cases in J&K now of whom 27 are in Jammu division and 103 in Kashmir division.

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Now, face masks made compulsory in Mumbai

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Mumbai, April 8 (IANS) In a first for the country, face masks have been made compulsory for all Mumbai citizens wanting to move around in the city, in any public places for whatever reasons, according to a BMC notification here on Wednesday.

In a decree, BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said the measure was necessitated as studies have revealed that wearing face masks can substantially reduce the spread of coronavirus from and to persons coming in contact with each other, besides other mandatory social distancing measures already implemented.

He has ordered that any persons moving around in public places like streets, hospitals, offices, markets, etc, for whatever reasons must wear a face mask.

This would also be applicable to all people moving around in their official or personal vehicles at any site, office or workplace, besides attending any gatherings or meetings at workplaces.

The masks can be the regular 3-layer masks or cloth masks, either available with pharmacies or home-made which can be washed and reused after disinfecting them, Pardeshi said.

The civic chief’s strict orders — with punitive clauses — came as Mumbai continued to soar highest in the country in terms of maximum Covid-19 deaths (40) and positive cases (686) till today.


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UP will now seal hotspots in districts till April 15

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Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government has decided to ‘firmly implement’ the lockdown and ‘completely seal’ the hotspots in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh that have emerged as Corona hotspots.

The hotspots will remain sealed till April 15 during which intensive sanitization work will be undertaken.

The districts that have hotspots include Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad, Sitapur, Kanpur, Agra, Ferozabad, Bareilly, Meerut, Shamli, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Varanasi, Maharajganj and Basti.

Briefing reporters, additional chief secretary home Avanish Awasthi said that in the identified districts there are multiple hotspots.

In Agra, identified hotspots are 22, Ghaziabad (13), Gautam Buddha Nagar and Kanpur (12 each), Varanasi (4), Shamli (3), Meerut (7), Bulandshahr, Basti and Ferozabad (3 each), Bareilly (1), Sitapur (1), Saharanpur and Maharajganj (4 each) and 12 in Lucknow.

Keeping in mind the multiple hotspots, in districts like Agra, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Kanpur, a large part of the districts will be sealed.

Twelve Corona hotspots identified in the affected districts had already been sealed earlier. These include four localities of Varanasi and Meerut and three in Lucknow.

The additional chief secretary, home, said that vehicular movement will be completely banned in the sealed areas. Journalists and photo journalists will also not be allowed in these areas.

All grocery and vegetables shops, petrol pumps, banks and ATMs will remain closed in the hotspot areas.

The government will ensure doorstep delivery of all essential commodities for the residents and no one will be allowed to step out of their house. In some areas, resident will not be allowed to move on their terraces.

He said that chief minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered that the lockdown, henceforth, is to be ‘firmly implemented’ across the state, particularly in the 15 districts.

Awasthi said that wearing masks has been made compulsory and action could be taken against those violating the decision.

Earlier, the chief secretary had said that all 15 districts would be completely sealed.

A high-level meeting of top police and civil officials was immediately convened in which it was decided to first seal the hotspots and strictly implement the lockdown.

This was apparently done to prevent panic among people because after reports that the lockdown could be extended, large scale panic buying was seen across the state. Crowds gathered at banks and grocery shops and the police had a tough time controlling the crowd and ensuring social distancing.

Of the 37 districts affected by Corona virus, these 15 districts have reported the maximum number of cases.

Awasthi said that these restrictions on movement will check the virus load in the affected districts.

He appealed to the people not to panic because all essentials would be made available to them through the helpline.

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