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.
First Published: IST