New Delhi: The Centre has postponed the investiture ceremony for Padma Awards, which was scheduled to be held on April 3 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, due to the Coronavirus scare. The new date and time will be announced later. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Rise to 84; State, UT-wise List of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Notably, the number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 84. Further, the Centre has also declared COVID-19 a notified ‘disaster’, so that much-needed assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) can be provided. Also Read - Irani Cup, Women's Domestic Matches Put on Hold Due to Coronavirus Outbreak: BCCI
Issuing a notification, the Union Home Ministry has also announced Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia for the family of the person who, in case, loses their life to coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Bombay High Court to Conduct Only Urgent Hearings From March 16
Meanwhile, several measures have been announced by the state as well as the Central government to contain the spread of the virus.