Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a four-hour meet with at least 13 chief ministers on video conference on Saturday, has indicated that the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be extended by two weeks after considering the requests of the chief ministers, who preferred a longer containment period. The ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the COVID-19 crisis, announced by PM Modi on March 24, is scheduled to end on April 14. PM also marked a shift in tackling the pandemic, from saving lives to saving both lives and the economy. The council of ministers has been asked to resume work from Monday. Apart from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Punjab have announced the extension of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The highly infectious COVID-19 has killed 273 people in the country, with 34 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive coronavirus cases is now 8,356.
Here are the Live Updates on Coronavirus Pandemic:
Coronavirus “Perfect Storm” For India, Rest Of South Asia: World Bank
South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank said Sunday.
India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other smaller nations, which have 1.8 billion people and some of the planet’s most densely populated cities, have so far reported relatively few coronavirus cases but experts fear they could be the next hotspots.
A consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India arrived at the Newark airport on Saturday (local time), according to India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
“Supporting our partners in the fight against #Covid19. Consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India arrived at Newark airport today,” he said in a tweet.
Manipur Government Makes It Mandatory To Use The Mask In Public Places
The state government has ordered that all people who come out in public space will have to wear a mask covering the person’s nose and mouth in the public interest, this has already come into force, official sources added. Defaulters will be penalized, government sources added.
UK Pleges 200 Million Pounds In Aid To Help Stop Second Coronavirus Wave
Britain said on Sunday it was pledging 200 million pounds ($248 million) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and charities to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in vulnerable countries and so help prevent a second wave of infections.
The highly infectious COVID-19 has killed 273 people in the country, with 34 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive coronavirus cases is now 8,356.
More Than 10% Of US Carrier’s Crew Test Positive For Virus: Navy
More than 10 percent of the 4,800 crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Navy said Saturday, days after the navy chief resigned over his mishandling of the outbreak.
“92 percent of the TR crew have been tested. As of today, 550 were positive, 3,673 were negative,” a US Navy spokesman told AFP.
The spokesman said 3,696 have been moved to hotels and barracks available on Guam, where the ship has been docked since its former captain blew the whistle on the outbreak, igniting a public standoff with the Pentagon that culminated in the resignation of US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly on Tuesday.
The Council of Ministers, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman, will resume work at their ministries from Monday, a day before the end of the lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, sources said on Saturday evening.
Canadian Lawmakers Approve Vast Pandemic Economic Aid Program
Canadian lawmakers passed a wage subsidy program Saturday heralded as the largest economic measure in the country since World War II, to help businesses and their employees get through the coronavirus crisis.
Parliament is suspended but held an exceptional session in the middle of Easter weekend to adopt the Can$73 billion (US$52 billion) program, which aims to pay companies 75 percent of their employees’ salaries to avoid massive layoffs.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the session. He had been in isolation in his home for a month after his wife contracted the virus.
Coronavirus: At Least 40 Indians, Indian-Americans Dead In US, Over 1,500 Test COVID-19 Positive
More than 40 Indian-Americans and citizens of India have reportedly lost their lives due to the deadly coronavirus and the number of those having tested positive for the dreaded disease is likely over 1,500, according to community leaders in the US, now the global COVID-19 hotspot.
The US has become the world’s first country to have registered more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day with 2,108 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, while the number of infections in America has crossed 500,000, according to latest Johns Hopkins University data.
At least six employees of the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Taj Mahal Towers hotel in south Mumbai’s Colaba have tested positive for coronavirus, a doctor attached to a private hospital said on Saturday.
Indian Hotels Company (IHC), which runs the Taj Hotel chain, confirmed that some of its employees have tested positive for the contagious virus, but did not specify the number.
Coronavirus Could Have Infected 8.2 Lakh Without Lockdown: Centre
The Union health ministry on Saturday said the number of coronavirus cases in India would have shot up to 8.2 lakh by April 15 had the centre not enforced a nationwide lockdown and other containment measures.
“According to a statistical analysis by us, India would have registered a 41 per cent cumulative rise in the number of cases, taking the total to 2.08 lakh on April 11 and 8.2 lakh by April 15 had there been no lockdown or other containment measures,” Health Ministry official Lav Agarwal said in his daily briefing
US Records Highest Global Coronavirus Deaths As Count Passes 20,000: Report
The US death toll in the coronavirus outbreak topped 20,000 on Saturday, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 20,071 people in the US, which also leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 519,453, by the Baltimore-based school’s count.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held a four-hour meet with at least 13 chief ministers on video conference today, has indicated that the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be extended by two weeks after considering the requests of the chief ministers, who preferred a longer containment period.
- Odisha and Punjab have already announced an extension of the lockdown.
- Shortly after the meeting with PM, both Maharashtra and Telangana also announced an extension.
- The Bihar government in a letter to the centre raised no objection to extending the lockdown; however, it wants an exception for rural construction and flood relief work to continue, sources have told NDTV. Bihar saw massive floods last year and rebuilding projects are still going on.
Here is what the Chief Ministers said on the extension of lockdown:
- “PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India’s position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted minutes after the meeting.
- “Extend the lockdown. We’re not short on infrastructure to deal with coronavirus, but the question is of implementing policies effectively. PM Modi has always welcomed the suggestions of states,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
- “It is important to extend the nation-wide lockdown… We need a common relief policy for rabi (winter) crop,” Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said.
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the lockdown extension should be done in a “humane and practical” manner, adding the economy of her state has suffered.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held a four-hour meet with at least 13 chief ministers on video conference on Saturday, has indicated that the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be extended by two weeks.
- PM Modi also marked a shift in tackling the pandemic, from saving lives to saving both lives and the economy.
- Three weeks ago, while announcing the lockdown, PM Modi had said, “Jaan hai toh jahaan hai (the world exists if life exists).” Towards the end of the meeting today, however, he stressed on “Jaan bhi jahaan bhi (both life and economy are important)” as the lockdown has put severe stress on businesses.
- Sources say, after the Prime Minister’s “jaan bhi jahaan bhi” comment, the council of ministers has been asked to resume work from Monday.