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Newspaper delivery continues to be suspended in Mumbai, other cities face trouble too

The vendor associations in Mumbai had promised to start delivery from April 1, which was suspended after the nationwide lockdown was announced. The Mumbai vendors have now decided to keep delivery suspended till the lockdown ends on April 14

The newspaper vendor associations in Mumbai have claimed that despite the government's assurances, they are still unable to pick up newspapers from the pick-up points and hence delivery would remain suspended till April 14.

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Hari Pawar, a leader of the newspaper vendor association, said the vendors are still not able to reach the pick-up points because of the restrictions in movement.

Newspaper delivery was suspended in Mumbai after the lockdown was announced.

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India's print industry also fell prey to fake news that newspapers were potential carriers of the coronavirus after which readers and vendors got apprehensive about touching them.

The misinformation, however, was later busted by the government as it said there was no such proof and newspapers were totally safe.

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The government also came out with an advisory that no newspaper delivery should be suspended and the state government must facilitate the movement of vendors. However, that is still being done.

Newspaper delivery in other major cities has also been affected. In Delhi, newspapers are being delivered in limited areas and operations are likely to be normalised only after April 14.

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