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In top news for April 9, 2020, the central government has approved a fully-funded healthcare package worth Rs 15,000 crore, titled ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’, with the objective of emergency COVID-19 response and strengthening national and state health systems.

A circular signed by National Health Mission Director Vandana Gurnani confirmed that the project will be “100% centrally-funded” and will be implemented in three phases. The implementation will continue until March 2024.

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On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that containment exercise will be carried out in 21 areas of Delhi where coronavirus cases were found, adding that the areas will be completely sealed and essential services will be delivered to the residents’ doorsteps.

disha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday issued an order extending the COVID-19 lockdown in the state till April 30, essentially becoming the first state in India to do so.

Here are the top stories of the day.

COVID-19 emergency healthcare package for states, UTs approved; entirely funded by Centre

The central government has approved a fully-funded healthcare package, titled ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’, with the objective of emergency COVID-19 response and strengthening national and state health systems.

A circular signed by National Health Mission Director Vandana Gurnani confirmed that the project will be “100% centrally-funded” and will be implemented in three phases. The implementation will continue until March 2024.

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Odisha extends COVID-19 lockdown till April 30, first state in India to do so

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire across India, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday issued an order extending the COVID-19 lockdown in the state till April 30, essentially becoming the first state in India to do so. After announcing the order, Patnaik termed the coronavirus crisis as the biggest threat the human race has faced in more than a century, adding that “life will not be the same ever again”.

Containment exercise will be carried out in 21 COVID-19 hotspots in Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that containment exercise will be carried out in 21 areas of Delhi where coronavirus cases were found, adding that the areas will be completely sealed and essential services will be delivered to the residents’ doorsteps.

“Containment exercise will be carried out in 21 areas of Delhi where #COVID19 cases have been found. These areas will be completely sealed & residents will be home quarantined. Essential services will be delivered to the residents’ doorsteps,” Kejriwal said.

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549 new COVID-19 cases reported in last 24 hours, total climbs to 5,734: Health Ministry

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday announced that 549 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5,734.

It also informed that supplies of PPEs, masks, and ventilators have now begun, with 20 domestic manufacturers in India developing PPEs.

India approves hydroxychloroquine orders for three countries

ndia has given a green signal to the order of the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) drug of three countries — the United States (US), Spain, and Australia. All of these countries had placed an order for the drug earlier.

The US administration terms ‘hydroxychloroquine’ as a game-changing drug to deal with the COVID-19 crisis although there is still no consensus in the medical community on its use. India is the largest producer of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).