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India avoided 37 lakh COVID-19 cases, 1 lakh deaths due to its response strategy: CEA K Subramanian

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New Delhi [India], January 29 (ANI): Chief Economic Advisor Dr K Subramanian on Friday said India’s COVID-19 response strategy helped the country to prevent 37 lakh cases and 1 lakh deaths.
Addressing a press conference on Economic Survey 2020-21, Subramanian said India’s COVID-19 response was guided by research, epidemiology and economics.
“The first chapter in the economic survey in volume I is about India’s policy response saving lives and livelihood amidst once in a century crisis. India’s response was guided by research and epidemiology and economics…The early intense lockdown not only saves more human lives but also enables a quicker and better economic recovery,” he said.
“According to survey estimation, India avoided 37 lakh cases and about 1 lakh deaths to the strategy the country adopted. Maharashtra is under performer both in cases and in deaths. In cases, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Bihar are over performers while in deaths Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are over performers,” he added.
The CEA said this year’s economic survey is dedicated to all COVID-19 warriors who have really helped in upholding India.
“If you see the cover of the economic survey, we have COVID warriors joining hands to uphold India. Doctors, nurses, scientists who have helped in developing the vaccine in record time, sanitation workers and others,” he said.
“This year’s survey is dedicated to COVID warriors; it’s about saving lives and livelihood. In this year of adversity when once in a century pandemic has hit us, India outweighed the opportunities that this pandemic provides,” he said.
Subramanian likened India’s economic recovery to the Indian cricket team’s recent victory against Australia.
“The cover also captures the V-shaped recovery that has happened in the economy. In fact, it mirrors V-shape performance that the Indian cricket team delivered in Australia well after being short out for 36 in an hour, they went on to win the series. The resilience of the Indian economy is mirroring the resilience of Indian cricket team as well,” he said.
The CEA said the COVID-19 pandemic would have created a significant economic impact even without lockdown.
“But what the lockdown did ensure is help a coordinated response, enabling ‘saving lives and livelihoods… Strong correlation of lockdown with decline in cases and deaths is found across states, not just within a few states. Hence Economic Survey infers that lockdown had a causal effect on saving lives and livelihoods,” he said.
“During high uncertainty, policy should minimize large losses. India’s policy response to COVID-19 was guided by the realization that GDP growth will come back, but not lost human lives. Early intense lockdown saved lives, helped faster recovery,” he said.
Speaking further, the CEA said: “To summarise the policy response, India came up with was a mature, farsighted one. India focused on saving lives and livelihoods, took short term pain for long term gain, recognised while GDP growth will recover like it has, lost human lives cannot be brought back. This was the humane principle that guided India’s policy response. India was the only country to announce a slew of structural reforms.”
According to the Economic Survey, the lockdown had a “causal” impact on saving lives and the economic recovery.
“India thus benefited from successfully pushing the peak of the pandemic curve to September, 2020 through the lockdown. After this peak, India has been unique in experiencing declining daily cases despite increasing mobility,” it said. (ANI)

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gets first shot of COVID-19 vaccine in UP

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Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday received the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine at Dalmiya hospital in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh.
“Took first dose of Corona vaccine at Dalmiya Hospital in Rampur (UP) today. #IndiaFightsCorona #LargestVaccineDrive,” he tweeted.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated.
India commenced its third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1.
The eligible beneficiaries who are entitled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from March 1, were able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from Monday onwards.
The Central government has created the Co-WIN application dedicated to monitor real-time management of Covid-19 vaccination across the country.
The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that a total of 1,48,54,136 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.
As many as 12,286 new COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours. With 12,464 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,07,98,921.
The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,24,527, including 1,68,358 active cases and 1,57,248 deaths. (ANI)

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Budget Session of Delhi Assembly to be held from March 8 to 16

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): The Budget Session of the Delhi Assembly will be held from March 8 to March 16, 2021.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that the cabinet has given its nod for holding the session.
“Delhi assembly budget session to begin on March 8, Monday. Delhi Cabinet decided today,” Sisodia said in a Tweet.
The budget session will be held while adhering to Covid-19 norms and guidelines. (ANI)

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Farooq Abdullah gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 2 (ANI): National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science in Srinagar.
His son and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah urged people to get vaccinated and said that despite several health issues his 85-year-old father had taken the vaccine.
“Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at SKIMS, Srinagar. Today my 85-year-old father and my mother had their first COVID jab. My father has a number of health issues including being on immunosuppressants for a kidney transplant. If he can get the vaccine, you should as well,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.
India commenced its third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,48,54,136 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19
Meanwhile, India registered 12,286 new COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
With 12,464 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,07,98,921.The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,24,527, including 1,68,358 active cases and 1,57,248 deaths. (ANI)

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Harsh Vardhan takes first jab of COVID-19 vaccine

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute here.
His wife also took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday kicked off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country by getting the vaccine shot.
Harsh Vardhan had earlier praised PM Modi for leading by example by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups began on Monday with the Union Health Ministry calling out eligible people to get an appointment at respective hospitals in the country.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday had also pointed out that in the next few days the “walk-in system” for people will be further streamlined in states to ensure smooth functioning.
The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that a total of 1,48,54,136 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.
As many as 12,286 new COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours. With 12,464 fresh recoveries, the cumulative discharges reached 1,07,98,921.
The total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,11,24,527, including 1,68,358 active cases and 1,57,248 deaths. (ANI)

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Fire breaks out in forest in Telangana’s Nagarkurnool, no casualties reported

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Nagarkurnool (Telangana) [India], March 2 (ANI): A fire broke out in forest near Domalapenta in Nagarkurnool district on Monday night.
Speaking to ANI, District Forest Officer Krishna Goud said no casualties were reported in the incident.
“Forest officials received the information about the fire at around 11.30 PM after which two teams comprising of 10 firefighters reached the spot immediately. The fire was extinguished with the help of blowers and the dousing operation was completed by 2.30 AM. As it is mere grass that caught fire, so loss was reported,” he said. (ANI)

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Gujarat local body polls: Early lead for BJP, counting underway

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Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], March 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 73 constituencies while Congress ahead in 11 seats as the couting of votes for Gujarat local body election is underway.
As per the latest trends, out of 231 taluka panchayats in the state, the BJP is leading in 73, Congress in 11 and others in 3.
Out of 31 district panchayats, the BJP is leading in 28. In 81 municipalities, BJP leading in 60, Congress in 6 and others in 1.
Polling in 31 district panchayats, 231 taluka panchayats and 81 municipalities of Gujarat and by-elections of 23 municipalities and 3 taluka panchayats were held on Sunday.
The average turnout in taluka panchayats was 66.84 per cent.
Out of 4,715 seats in 231 taluka panchayats in 2015, Congress got 2555, BJP got 2019 and 141 others.
In 2015, due to the Patidar movement, the BJP’s tally was hit. In 4,715 seats of 231 taluka panchayats, 111 seats of BJP, 5 seats of Congress and 1 seat of others have been declared uncontested. (ANI)

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