Funds for prevention of coronavirus to be sanctioned from SDRF: CM

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday said funds required for prevention of coronavirus in the state will be sanctioned by the state government from the state disaster response fund (SDRF).

The Chief Minister has also instructed the state health secretary to open more coronavirus test centers apart from directing concerned officials to arrange for all the necessary preventive measures, medicines and equipment to curb the spread of coronavirus from the SDRF.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) flu outbreak as a pandemic—a world-wide spread of a new disease—which has until now infected more than 124,000 people in at least 114 countries.

The government of India too has declared the outbreak as a notified disaster and has directed all possible assistance to states under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

More than 100 people have been diagnosed with the viral infection across the country. Keeping in view the threat of the pandemic, the Government of India too has issued an advisory, which is also being implemented in the state effectively.