Coronavirus Updates: G-20 To Ensure Fair Trade And Continued Flow Of Vital Medicines, And More…

Trade and investment ministers of the G-20 group have agreed to ensure fair trade and continued flow of vital medicines as well as other essential goods to tackle Covid-19 pandemic. According to a joint statement issued after a video conference, the ministers agreed to support the availability and accessibility of essential medical supplies at affordable prices, on an equitable basis, where they are most needed and will guard against profiteering and unjustified price increases. The ministers also called for working together for a free and fair international trade. “As we fight the pandemic both individually and collectively and seek to mitigate its impacts on international trade and investment, we will continue to work together to deliver a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep our markets open. “We are actively working to ensure the continued flow of vital medical supplies and equipment, critical agricultural products, and other essential goods and services across borders, for supporting the health of our citizens,” the statement said.

Three COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram. The patients have fully recovered.  While two patients were discharged on 29th March,  one patient has been discharged today. Two of the patients released from FMRI were siblings who had a travel history to the UK.  Both were admitted with complaints of fever and cough on 21st of March 2020.  They were treated in an isolation ward and responded well to the treatment.  Their test results for COVID19 are negative for two days and their chest X-ray reports are normal.  They have been discharged with home care advice. While the third patient is a 29- year old male with a travel history to UK. He returned from UK on 18th March and had symptoms of fever, cough and cold.  He was found to be positive of Coronavirus and was admitted to FMRI on 22nd March. He was treated as per the symptoms. The patient responded well to treatment and his chest x-ray was normal. Repeat tests for Coronavirus twice in the interval of 24 hours came to be negative. Patient is discharged from the hospital today.

Australian cricketers might have to accept a pay cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conceded Test captain Tim Paine but insisted that making financial sacrifices is a “small thing” in the current situation and they are prepared to “do their bit”. A pay cut for the top cricketers seems to be on the cards with Cricket Australia delaying annual contracts for both the men’s and women’s national teams. CA is preparing for the possibility of a severely-affected home summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Certainly discussions will start happening in the next week or so,” Paine was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

Taking note of the hardships being faced by migrant labourers amid the lockdown, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to make all necessary arrangements for them, and also consider taking funds from charitable organisations. A single bench of Justice Sunil Shukre on Monday heard a petition filed by one C H Sharma, raising concerns over the spread of coronavirus on account of the movement of thousands of labourers and their families from cities to rural areas, both within and outside the state. The court while considering the issue said such large-scale movement of labourers increases the danger of further spread of coronavirus, and noted that these people are in need of assistance from the state government. “This is apart from the unfathomable hardships the labourers are going through owing to stoppage of their income. In these circumstances, what looks sensible is to provide clothing, medicine and health care and throwing generally an umbrella of protection around these labourers,” the court said in its order. “This court would, therefore, direct the State of Maharashtra to make arrangement for stay, food, sanitation clothing and health care for the labourers, including migrant labourers,” it said. The bench said it was conscious of the fact that to provide these facilities, funds would be required. It suggested the state to call upon charitable institutions to contribute some money. “I can only suggest that one of the ways of mobilising the funds could be through implementing the provisions contained in and powers conferred upon the charity commissioner and state government under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act and the Waqf Act,” the judge said.

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