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PM statement demanded by MP T. R. Baalu in LS on COVID19


Parliamentary Business Team
Parliamentary Business Team | 16 Mar, 2020 | 12:00 am

The Corona virus has become a major concern for the globe. Spain and France have tightened the border controls. It has resulted in several lockdowns and now India has 114 confirmed cases of the same. PM Narenda Modi also evoked to create a fund to fight the threat of COVID19 and also extended $10 million as India’s contribution to the fund in the first-ever video conference of the heads of the member countries of the south Asian Association for regional Cooperation (SAARC).

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T.R. Baalu demanded another discussion over corona virus
Exceptional situations require exceptional responses: S Jaishankar

Earlier, today on 16th March when the session of the Lok Sabha started, the parliamentarian T.R. Baalu demanded another discussion over corona virus and also urged the chair to approach the prime minister to address the house for the same.

Replying to that the speaker Om Birla first refused his stipulations and further said that the only concerned ministry is entitled to reply. Further he said that two cabinet ministers have already posted the house over the issue.

Earlier on 16th day of the budget session addressing the lower house on Corona Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told parliament. "Exceptional situations require exceptional responses," Mr. Jaishankar said, "travel at this time is not recommended as it only heightens risks". Stepping up measures to curb the spread, the Union health ministry on Wednesday said that all existing visas -- except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations , employment and project visas -- will be suspended till April 15. 

Adding to that Union health minister Dr. HarshVardhan told parliament that “15 labs have been set up to test for the viruses. National institute of Virology in Pune is our central reference lab. After this we started with 15 labs, because this is not a routine test, it can’t be tested in every laboratory, even now despite this being such a big task, activities are being coordinated at 51 laboratories across the countries and collection centers at 56 locations.”

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