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Top news of the day: Narendra Modi seeks common lockdown exit strategy from States, Home Ministry says 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members and contacts quarantined, and more

A monkey eats leftovers as a homeless woman rests near Charagh Railway Station in Lucknow on April 2, 2020.

A monkey eats leftovers as a homeless woman rests near Charagh Railway Station in Lucknow on April 2, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Coronavirus | Narendra Modi seeks common lockdown exit strategy from States

“Testing, tracing, isolating and quarantine should be our first priority,” PM tells CMs via video conference. | Scientists, doctors call upon government to reveal post-lockdown plan

India coronavirus lockdown: Day 9 updates | Helpline numbers | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India | Download The Hindu’s multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information

Coronavirus | About 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, primary contacts quarantined in country: Union Home Ministry

Punya Salila Srivastava, a joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, told reporters that out of about 2,000 such Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been shifted to quarantine centres while 334 symptomatic persons have been admitted to hospitals. | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India

Explained | Who are the Tablighi Jamaat?

The Islamic Organisation has presence in 150 countries and millions of followers. | Tablighi Jamaat episode: Muslims fear more ‘social distancing’

Coronavirus | Positive cases in Tamil Nadu rise to 309

Of the 75 cases reported on April 2, 74 were returnees from the recent Tablighi Jamat congregation held in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West and another was a contact of a person infected earlier, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters in Chennai. | During lockdown, these two Chennaiites distribute free tea to keep spirits high

Coronavirus | BMC conservancy worker is second positive case in Dharavi

Dharavi reported its first case on April 1 and the person died the same day. | Maharashtra allowed to roll out rapid testing on mass scale: Health Minister Rajesh Tope

Coronavirus | Congress asks Centre for a Common Minimum Relief Programme

21-day lockdown was necessary but unplanned enforcement caused chaos and pain, says the Congress Working Committee. | Sonia’s criticism of lockdown insensitive: Nadda | Full coverage: Lockdown displaces lakhs of migrants

Coronavirus | Defying lockdown, devotees in Bengal assemble at temples on Ram Navami

Long queues of devotees were seen outside temples across the State. However, the annual Ram Navami rallies were not held this year as the VHP and other saffron groups have called off the programmes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | Opinion: Guarding against communal virus and blind faith

Coronavirus | Health Ministry identifies 20 existing, 22 potential COVID-19 hotspots

The Ministry said this in an advisory on human resource management of COVID-19 to provide guidance to the States on manpower that can be mobilized for the management of the disease along with possible role assignments and their training requirements. | Don’t go out or meet people, Health Ministry tells elderly

Coronavirus | Police, medical personnel attacked in Bihar’s Munger while trying to collect samples

Stones were thrown at the Quick Response Team (QRT), comprising policemen and an ambulance carrying medical personnel, when they visited the Hazratganj locality late on April 1. | 7 held for throwing stones at healthcare workers in Indore

Coronavirus | Kerala High Court stays government order allowing sale of liquor

The government order allowed sale of liquor to those suffering from alcoholic withdrawal symptoms on the basis of a prescription given by a government doctor.

Coronavirus | Over 95% who died in Europe were over 60: WHO

But, Dr. Hans Kluge, head of the World Health Organisation’s office in Europe, said age is not the only risk factor for severe disease, adding: The very notion that COVID-19 only affects older people is factually wrong. Dr. Kluge said young people are not invincible — echoing similar recent comments from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. | Data: U.S. bears the global brunt of new coronavirus cases

Pakistan court commutes death sentence of key accused in Daniel Pearl murder case

The Wall Street Journal reporter was investigating Islamist militants in Karachi after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States when he was kidnapped in January 2002. Video emerged a few weeks later of his murder.

Coronavirus | Air India suspends contract of around 200 pilots

“Since almost all the planes have been grounded and the carrier’s revenues have taken a significant fall during the last few weeks, the airline has decided to temporarily suspend the contract of around 200 pilots who were re-employed after their retirement,” an official said. | Today’s top business news

Coronavirus | LinkedIn offers free job postings for critical roles

LinkedIn is offering companies and organisations in healthcare, supermarket, warehousing and freight delivery, as well as disaster relief non-profit organisations the ability to post jobs for free from April 1 to June 30. | Non-banking financial companies start rolling out loan repayment moratorium options

Coronavirus | God is in your heart; don’t cause chaos by congregating in religious places: A.R. Rahman

The Oscar winner’s appeal comes after Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West emerged as an epicentre for spread of COVID-19 in different parts of the country. | Parasite, Atlantics and eight other foreign films you should binge-watch while at home

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