New Delhi: With the number of coronavirus cases in India reaching 84, the Narendra Modi-led Centre on Saturday declared COVID-19 a notified ‘disaster’, so that much-needed assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) can be provided. Also Read - Coronavirus: Row at Delhi Woman's Funeral as Family Says Was Told to Take Body to Other Crematorium
Issuing a notification, the Union Home Ministry also announced Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the person who will lose their life due to coronavirus. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Scare, Italians in Lockdown Sing 'Hug Me' From Their Balconies | Watch
As of now, India has reported 83 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Besides, two people have also lost their lives due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, several measures have been announced by the state as well as the Central government to contain the spread of the virus.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal as well as Goa government shut all educational institutions from March 16 to 31 as part of precautionary measure.
“It has been decided that all government, government-aided, private educational institutions – schools, colleges, universities, Madarsas, SSK (Shishu Shiksha Kendra) and MSK (Madhyamik Shiksha Kendra) will remain closed from 16 March, 2020, to 31 March, 2020, in public interest,” West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Mamata Banerjee said in a press release, adding that all board examinations will be held as per schedule.
Similarly, Goa CM Pramod Sawant also announced closure of schools, colleges, casinos, boat cruises, and disco clubs till March 31 in the state.
However, all malls, restaurants, and hotels will remain open. Besides, Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) exams will be conducted as per schedule, the Chief Minister announced further.