To help users during the pandemic, Jio has teamed up with the Reliance Foundation to provide JioPhone users a total of 300-free-minutes of outgoing calls/month or 10 minutes/day. Moreover, ‘for every JioPhone plan recharged by users, they will get an additional recharge plan of the same value for free’. However, the users subscribed to annual or JioPhone device bundled plans cannot avail this plan.
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Sparking a controversy, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivdendra Singh Rawat on May 13 stated that the COVID-19 has the "Right to live". Talking to the reporters, Rawat stated, "We think ourselves to be the most intelligent and are out to eliminate it. So it is constantly mutating itself." However, Rawat faced a public anger on social media after making the contentious comment.
Former journalist and Aam Adami Party MLA Jarnail Singh passed away on May 14 due to COVID complications. He was admitted to a hospital in Delhi after contracting the virus in the last week of April. The 47-year-old was also an author and had worked with the ones who were affected by the 1984 riots. Meanwhile, many leaders, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, expressed their grief through Twitter.
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Indian Council of Medical Research head Dr Balram Bhargava has advised COVID hotspot states to impose a 6-8 week lockdown to curb the rising number of cases. He said that the lockdown should continue in districts that have reported a 10% or above infection rate. Notably, major cities including New Delhi and Bengaluru have a positivity rate above 10%. He also accepted that the Centre's response was slightly delayed.
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A study by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has suggested that people with AB or B blood groups and non-vegetarians are likely to contract COVID-19 more than the others. The study also found that the O blood group is the least susceptible to COVID 19. Reportedly, over 10 thousand samples collected from across the country were studied by a group of 140 doctors for the study.
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A report by Weekend Australian has claimed that Chinese military scientists had planned to use the coronaviruses as a biological weapon five years before the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked for document-confirmation by cyber security expert Robert Potter, he said, "It's not fake but it is up to someone else to interpret how serious it is." The expert also emphasized on China's unwillingness to cooperate in the investigations.
SV Annandd Rao, a stenographer from Andhra Pradesh, has put up an advertisement, which reads that re-spelling 'Corona' and ’COVID-19' as 'CARONAA' and 'COVVIYD-19' respectively will end the pandemic. Supporting the claims, the ad-banner stated, "This is guarantee as it is divine power as per NUMEROLOGY." Meanwhile, the picture has gone viral on social media platforms, receiving hilarious reactions from netizens.
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The Health Ministry in its fresh directive to states have cancelled the mandatory COVID report required for treatment of COVID-19 patients at hospitals. Emphasising "prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment," the guidelines stated "no patient will be refused on any count." Ordering to admit even other city patients and assuring all essential aids including oxygen, the ministry provisioned that beds should not be occupied by someone who… read-more
Steep rise in the COVID-19 cases has compelled the Tamil Nadu government to impose a complete lockdown across the state for two weeks from May 10. "The total lockdown will be enforced from 4 am on May 10 to 4 am on May 24," CM MK Stalin said in statement. Reportedly, 26,465 fresh COVID-19 cases were registered in the state on May 7. Tamil Nadu is among the worst-hit states.
Hours after sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM, MK Stalin on May 7 announced to provide free COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals under the CM’s Comprehensive Health insurance scheme. Besides allocating COVID-19 financial relief of Rs 4000 per family, CM Stalin decreased milk prices by Rs 3/litre. Stalin also introduced free travel for women, students and professionals in state owned buses from May 8.
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