India, Sept. 17 -- In the first substantive discussion on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Parliament on Wednesday, the Opposition questioned the government on its handling of the pandemic, the manner in which the lockdown was announced and managed, the slide in the economy, the suffering of migrant workers, and the Centre's approach towards states in the battle against the disease.

The opposition parties were responding to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan's statement to Parliament on the pandemic, in which he outlined the government's achievements in managing the disease, defended the lockdown, spoke of the low fatality rate in India in comparison to the world, and highlighted the improvement in the health care infrastructure. ...