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India’s Prime Minister Orders Lockdown of Country of 1.3 Billion People for 21 Days

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India introduced a sweeping, nationwide lockdown on Tuesday, declaring residents throughout the nation of 1.three billion should keep at house for the following three weeks.

Addressing the nation for the second time in per week, the prime minister mentioned the decree, which takes impact at midnight Tuesday, was a obligatory measure in battling an unprecedented well being disaster.

“To avoid wasting India and each Indian, there shall be a complete ban on venturing out of your properties,” Modi mentioned within the televised tackle. “Each district, each lane, each village shall be underneath lockdown.”

He added: “In case you can’t deal with these 21 days, this nation will return 21 years.”

In latest days, India has been taking extra aggressive measures to curb the unfold of coronavirus, introducing curfews in lots of states, banning worldwide and home flights, and suspending passenger service throughout its intensive rail system.

The nationwide lockdown will have an effect on almost one-fifth of the planet’s inhabitants, amid rising issues that the virus may unfold unchecked by means of the world’s second-most populous nation. By means of Monday, Indian well being officers have reported 469 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus and 10 deaths, however have confronted criticism for not testing extra broadly.

Important companies will stay open all through the lockdown, together with hospitals and pharmacies, whereas supermarkets, media, and sure different companies are exempted from the stay-at-home order. Modi additionally pledged $2 billion to bolster the nation’s struggling well being care system.

After his televised tackle, the prime minister took to social media to reassure his 54 million followers, tweeting: “My fellow residents, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC. Important commodities, medicines and so forth. could be out there. Centre and numerous state governments will work in shut coordination to make sure this. Collectively, we’ll struggle COVID-19 and create a more healthy India.”

He additionally urged residents to not rush to shops and inadvertently help the virus’s unfold. “No panic shopping for please. Please keep indoors.”

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Government roasted for urging Brits not to visit friends amid Cummings scandal

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Critics have warned Cummings going unpunished is sending the wrong message (Picture: Reuters/@GOVUK)

As Boris Johnson faces calls to sack his top adviser for allegedly breaking lockdown rules, some critics are warning a dangerous precedent has been set.

If Dominic Cummings can drive 250 miles to stay at his parents’ home in Durham with his wife, suffering from coronavirus symptoms, many warn not showing him the door could send a message that ‘lockdown is over’.

As the scandal rumbled on throughout the day, the Government posted a tweet saying: ‘There are a limited number of things you can now do in England that you could not do before. Controlling the virus means no visits to friend’s homes’.

Naturally, people were quick to accuse them of double standards as Cummings goes unpunished for his alleged discretion. People asked if the plea to the public ‘applies to the Prime Minister’s special advisers’ while one accused the Government of ‘gaslighting 65,000,000 people’.

Comedy writer Sarah Dempster asked if she could ‘drive to Durham if I’m a libertarian in a padded gilet’, while fellow comic and author James Felton said: ‘What if I have coronavirus though, I hear that’s somehow fine?’

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Mike Scott added: ‘From today I’ve learnt we visit the Grandparents only if we’re 100% sure we’re infected. Can the Government please urgently clarify this!?’

Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet
Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet

John Garrett added: ‘Apparently the rules now are you can ONLY travel if you HAVE the virus, there by spreading the disease so those that don’t have it have a fair chance of catching it.’

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Shropshire Helen Morgan said: ‘Nah, if you have symptoms it’s fine to jump in the car, drive the length of the country and spread the virus to your elderly parents. @MattHancock said so.’

Retired lawyer Fiona O’Leary said: ‘Really!? You expect anyone to take you seriously when those around No 10 are breaking the rules left, right and centre.’

In early May Professor Neil Ferguson resigned from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) after it emerged he had broken social distancing rules to meet his married lover.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was also accused of flouting lockdown rules after visiting his parents more than an hour away, despite urging the public to avoid unnecessary journeys.

Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet
Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet

He was also criticised for travelling 150 miles from his London residence to his second home in Herefordshire before moving onto his parents in Shropshire – but he insists he was going to deliver food and medicine.

Number 10 has stood Cummings, saying he acted ‘in line with coronavirus guidelines’ by driving to his parents to organise childcare in case he also fell ill with Covid-19.

Despite a second story claiming the adviser travelled back to Durham days after returning to work in London, Downing Street has not changed its position.

In a statement released tonight, Downing Street said: ‘Yesterday the Mirror and Guardian wrote inaccurate stories about Mr Cummings. Today they are writing more inaccurate stories including claims that Mr Cummings returned to Durham after returning to work in Downing Street on 14 April.

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‘We will not waste our time answering a stream of false allegations about Mr Cummings from campaigning newspapers.’

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has ‘banned all cabinet ministers’ from appearing on the show.

He said the ‘only exceptions will be those who didn’t publicly support Cummings breaching lockdown’.

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PM won’t face criminal action over relationship with Jennifer Arcuri

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Jennifer Arcuri pictured with Boris Johnson in 2012 (Picture: Facebook)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not face criminal action following allegations of misconduct over his relationship with US tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a review of Boris Johnson’s links with the businesswoman found there was a ‘close association’ between them and there may have been an ‘intimate relationship’, but there were no grounds for criminal investigation.

The watchdog launched an investigation last September following a newspaper report that Johnson, when mayor of London, had failed to disclose his personal links to Arcuri, who received thousands of pounds in public business funding and places on official trade trips.

Johnson denied any wrongdoing, saying everything was done with full propriety and that there was no interest to declare.

The matter was referred to the IOPC because Johnson was head of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, a role equivalent to a police commissioner, during his 2008-2016 term as mayor.

The Greater London Authority said it had alerted the IOPC because Innotech, Arcuri’s then company, had received £11,500 pounds ($14,073) from London and Partners, the mayor’s promotional agency, for two events in 2013 and 2014.

She was attended a trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia in 2014 through Playbox, one of her companies, even though an initial application through Innotech had been declined.

Last October, the government’s Internal Audit Agency ruled a decision to award a £100,000 grant to a company run by Arcuri was appropriate.

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Arcuri gave a number of TV interviews after the allegations came to light, saying she and Johnson had enjoyed a ‘very special relationship’, having bonded over classical literature, but said he had never shown her any favouritism.

She repeatedly refused to say whether she had had an affair with Johnson but castigated him, saying he had cast her aside like ‘some gremlin’ after the reports surfaced.

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House Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill as Lawmakers Promise Additional Aid

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The Home of Representatives handed the $2 trillion stimulus bundle on Friday, whilst lawmakers stated one other rescue bundle can be wanted.

The invoice handed on a voice vote, and now heads to President Trump for his signature.

Most Individuals will obtain a one-time fee of $1200, plus $500 per baby. The invoice additionally supplies a whole bunch of billions of {dollars} in loans and mortgage ensures to enterprise, in addition to an enormous enlargement of unemployment insurance coverage. A record-shattering 3.Three million Individuals filed for unemployment final week, as non-essential companies have been pressured to close down throughout the nation to gradual the unfold of the illness.

Talking on the Home flooring, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that the invoice — which is the third handed to handle the disaster — won’t be the final.

“We all know that this can’t be our ultimate invoice,” she stated. “We should advance a fourth invoice to handle the continued wants.”

One other invoice will seemingly present extra funding for hospitals, in addition to an extended record of different gadgets.

“I feel there will likely be a fourth and a fifth, and possibly a sixth and a seventh,” Rep. Adam Schiff advised Selection. “There may be a lot work that continues to be however we bought an excellent and essential begin with this catastrophe reduction invoice.”

The Senate authorised the invoice on a vote of 96-Zero on Wednesday night time. Home members have been known as again to Washington to vote on Friday morning.

The invoice makes particular provision for freelancers who’ve misplaced work as a result of virus. Hollywood’s labor unions have lauded that provision particularly, as manufacturing has come to an entire halt during the last two weeks. The invoice additionally provides $600 to each unemployed employee’s verify for 4 months.

In California, the Employment Improvement Division has been deluged with a couple of million unemployment claims within the final two weeks. The division has had to herald new employees from elsewhere in state authorities and name again some retired staffers to assist course of claims across the clock.

Many theater chains, which have been ordered to close down in states throughout the nation, are wanting to faucet the mortgage ensures within the invoice. The invoice supplies $500 billion in loans and mortgage ensures to massive firms, together with $25 billion put aside for the airline business. It additionally supplies $349 billion for small companies, within the type of loans that may be forgiven if the businesses retain their staff.

The invoice additionally supplies $100 billion to hospitals, in addition to assist to state and native governments. Nonetheless, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated the invoice supplies solely a “drop within the bucket” in comparison with what his state will want. Cuomo stated Thursday that he expects the state will lose $10 billion to $15 billion in income as a result of disaster.

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