India seals coronavirus hotspots, masks made compulsory Apr 10, 2020 0 542 12345 DPANew DelhiIndian authorities have identified and sealed dozens of hotspots in the Indian capital New Delhi as well as some major states amid intensified efforts to curb the growing number of coronavirus infections.At least 20 coronavirus hotspots comprising densely populated localities and commercial places across Delhi were sealed from Wednesday at midnight, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, adding no one would be allowed to enter or exit these areas.In the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, the state government sealed hotspots across 15 districts, from late Wednesday.Another major state, Madhya Pradesh, will also completely seal its main cities including Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain, state broadcaster Prasar Bharati said.The state governments have assured that people will be supplied food, medicines and supplies of essential items at their doorsteps in these areas.Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh as well as states like Nagaland and Odisha have also made face masks compulsory for people stepping out of their homes.The decision came as the number of confirmed cases surged past 5,700 in India, with 166 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. New Delhi and India’s financial hub of Mumbai have reported a high number of infections.The government announced a 21-day lockdown on March 24 to check the spread of the coronavirus in India, the world’s second most populous nation with 1.3 billion inhabitants. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Spy chief Kadhemi named Iraq’s third PM-designate this year Apr 10, 2020 0 2589 Iran says virus deaths pass 4,000 but cases dropping Apr 10, 2020 0 569 Africa ‘elbowed out’ in quest for tools to fight COVID-19: AU Apr 10, 2020 0 528 Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions rise Islamabad Pakistan’s army said on Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory. According to a statement from .. IS attack in Syria kills 27 regime forces: Monitor Beirut At least 27 Syrian regime fighters were killed on Thursday in an Islamic State group attack in the central province of Homs amid fierce clashes, a war monitor said. Pro-government fighters backed by Russian air .. Calm reported in Yemen after Saudi alliance’s truce announcement DPA Sana’a Calm was prevailing in war-wracked Yemen, witnesses said on Thursday, a day after a Saudi-led alliance fighting Iran-linked rebels announced a temporary ceasefire to focus attention on battling the new .. Police arrest Filipinos for flagellating themselves despite lockdown DPA Manila Police in the Philippines said on Thursday that they had arrested three men for flagellating themselves despite a ban on Holy Week rituals amid a lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The men, aged 18 .. AU deputy slams ‘colonialist’ suggestion of vaccine tests in Africa Nairobi A controversial suggestion made by French doctors to test a coronavirus vaccine in Africa smacks of colonialism and will not be pursued, the deputy head of the African Union Commission said on Thursday. “We .. Indonesia records highest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths Jakarta Indonesia on Thursday recorded its highest number of deaths from coronavirus in a single day since the country’s first cases were announced early last month. The death toll from Covid-19, the disease caused by ..