Coronavirus Live News Updates: PM Modi Shares Video Message With Nation, Third COVID-19 Case In Mumbais Dharavi In Less Than 24 Hours

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Coronavirus: The total number of cases across the country is 2069.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this morning that he would share a video message for the people of India shortly. “In a short while from now, at 9 AM, will be sharing a video message for the people of India. Do watch,” PM Modi tweeted. PM Modi had first declared last evening that he would share a video message this morning, but did not specify the subject.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 2,000 today – with 235 fresh cases being detected within the last 24 hours. The total number of cases across the country is 2069. Of them, 53 people are dead. Much of the spike has come from the religious event held in Delhi last month. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed concern that the numbers may go further up as the countrywide contact tracing of the people who attended the event, progresses further. This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first video-conference with Chief Ministers on coronavirus, where he asked them to decide on the modalities of a phased movement of people as the lockdown is lifted. The Centre, meanwhile, has asked states to jail people who violate the lockdown.

Here Are The Highlights On The Coronavirus Outbreak In India:

Lots of people must sit at home and think about how I can help sitting at home…. how many more days will I sit alone. I want to tell you all that nobody is alone in this… all of us are together in this: PM Modi to citizens. 

PM Modi Begins Address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his address by congratulating the people of India for their “unprecedented discipline” during the first ten days of the 21-day coronavirus lockdown. The lockdown against COVID-19 pandemic completes 9 days today… the way you all have come together in this time of crisis is commendable. The way Indians have shown how to stay indoors have inspired the entire world. What you all have done shows how we can all unite. Other nations too are following India.

PM Modi to share video message shortly
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this morning that he would share a video message for the people of India shortly. “In a short while from now, at 9 AM, will be sharing a video message for the people of India. Do watch,” PM Modi tweeted. PM Modi had first declared last evening that he would share a video message this morning but did not specify the subject.
One more coronavirus case confirmed in Mumbai’s Dharavi
One more coronavirus case confirmed in Dharavi, Mumbai. A 35-year-old doctor has tested positive. His family has been put in quarantine, they will be tested today for Coronavirus. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation tracing his contacts. The building in Dharavi where he lives sealed by the BMC, news agency ANI quoted as saying. 
UK Health Minister back after COVID-19 recovery

The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who had been self-isolating after his COVID-19 diagnosis last week, returned to the frontline to address the daily Downing Street briefing on Thursday, during which he set out the government’s strategy to boost testing for the deadly virus. Under a new step-by-step plan, the minister said the government’s new goal is to have 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day by the end of April. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who continues to be in self-isolation after he tested positive for coronavirus last Friday, had posted a video message on Twitter pledging the government would “massively ramp up” testing because that would “unlock the coronavirus puzzle”.

Global coronavirus cases top 1 million as pandemic spreads

The number of officially reported coronavirus cases worldwide topped the one million mark on Thursday, signifying a sharp acceleration in the number of infections and deaths over the past few weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads exponentially. 

Donald Trump tested negative for coronavirus
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has taken his second coronavirus test at the White House since the outbreak began and it was again found to be negative. “I just took it this morning,” he told a news conference. “It said the president tested negative for COVID-19.” This was Trump’s second test. This time he used a new rapid method that he said took a minute to complete and barely 15 minutes to return a result.
Need plan for “staggered” movement of people after lockdown: PM to States
The centre and states must have a common plan to ensure staggered movement of people after the national lockdown ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at a video-conference with Chief Ministers on coronavirus which, he remarked, was threatening our way of life. “It is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends,” PM Modi emphasised, according to a statement giving details of the interaction. He asked states to send their suggestions for such an exit strategy.
World Bank approves $1 billion emergency financing for India
The World Bank on Thursday approved USD 1-billion emergency financing for India to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed 53 lives and infected over 2,000 others in the country. The World Bank’s first set of aid projects, amounting to USD 1.9 billion, will assist 25 countries, and new operations are moving forward in over 40 nations using the fast-track process, the bank said. The largest chunk of the emergency financial assistance has gone to India — USD 1 billion.
Coronavirus cases cross 2,000 in India, 53 have died
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 2,000 today – with 235 fresh cases being detected within the last 24 hours. The total number of cases across the country is 2069. Of them, 53 people are dead. Much of the spike has come from the religious event held in Delhi last month. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed concern that the numbers may go further up as the countrywide contact tracing of the people who attended the event, progresses further. 
PM Modi to share a video message at 9 am today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he would share a video message on Friday morning, but did not specify. “At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians,” PM Modi tweeted in Hindi and English. Many believe his message could be related to the coronavirus crisis. The PM has addressed the nation twice since the pandemic became a cause for serious concern in India.

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