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Government bans export of ventilators, disposable masks, textile raw material for masks with immediate effect

Government bans export of ventilators, disposable masks, textile raw material for masks with immediate effect

Government bans export of ventilators, disposable masks, textile raw material for masks with immediate effect
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By CNBC-TV18 Mar 19, 2020 9:58:20 PM IST (Updated)

The Narendra Modi government on Thursday banned the export of all ventilators, surgical/disposable masks, the textile raw material for masks with immediate effect, says the notification.

The Narendra Modi government on Thursday banned the export of all ventilators, surgical/disposable masks, the textile raw material for masks with immediate effect as India reported its fourth coronavirus death.

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"The export of all ventilators, surgical/disposable masks only, and textile raw material for masks and coveralls only...has been prohibited, with immediate effect," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.
However, it said items including gloves, ophthalmic instruments and appliances, surgical blades, gas masks with a chemical absorbent for filtration against poisonous vapour and smoke, and biopsy punch can be freely exported.
While the total COVID-19 cases rose to 173, the country banned landing of all international commercial passenger flights from March 22 for a week, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to stay indoors and called for 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday.
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