By HT Correspondent | Updated: Apr 22, 2020 20:03 IST
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The global tally of people infected by Covid-19 has crossed 2.5 million. As restrictions are being eased, major economies are finding it hard to mitigate the losses caused by the pandemic. US has suspended immigration for 2 months to save jobs as US’ economy was badly hit due to coronavirus. In India, 20,471 people have been infected, with 640 people dead. More than 1,353 cases have been registered over the last 24 hours along with 50 deaths. Energy markets went up initially due to surge in Asian markets, but prices dropped by 12%.
Follow updates on how Covid-19 is affecting lives across the globe here:
07:32 PM IST
Bill Gates writes to PM Modi, commends his leadership in dealing with Covid-19
In a letter to PM Modi, Bill Gates said, “We commend your leadership and the proactive measures you and your government have taken to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection rate in India, such as adopting a national lockdown.”
07:16 PM IST
27 new cases in Jammu and Kashmir, totoal count over 400
Number of coronavirus positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir exceeds 400 with 27 new cases reported on Wednesday: Officials
06:47 PM IST
Nations ease some virus restrictions yet public still wary
With the crisis easing but far from over in Europe, small shops in Berlin reopened, and restrictions were also relaxed in Denmark and Austria. In France, long lines formed outside the few McDonald’s drive-thrus that started serving customers again.
Still, many employees and customers were uneasy, suggesting that a return to normal is a long way off.
06:46 PM IST
Offer Ramzan prayers from homes, not from mosques: Maharashtra Dy CM
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said Muslims should offer namaz during Ramzan from their homes and not in mosques or any other public place in view of the Covid-19 threat.
The current lockdown, imposed to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, will be in force till May 3.
06:36 PM IST
Air India lifted about 300 tons of essential medical cargo in April through China-India aerobridge
Air India has lifted about 300 tons of essential medical cargo so far this month through China-India aerobridge. It is planned that Air India along with SpiceJet and Blue Dart will airlift another 220 tons of this critical cargo in the next three days: Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri
06:27 PM IST
Vietnam loosens restrictions; no reported deaths
Vietnam will loosen travel restrictions as the country lifts a nationwide shutdown after no new COVID-19 cases were reported the past week.
The government announced the confinement order will be lifted starting Thursday in most cities and provinces except in the capital Hanoi, which has nearly half of the country’s 268 infections. Vietnam is among a few countries with no reported deaths from the virus.
06:17 PM IST
PM Modi to interact with all CMs via video conerence on 27 April
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with CMs of all states via video conference on 27th April, reports news agency ANI.
06:04 PM IST
Coronavirus cases in India jump to 20,471, 652 deaths recorded
With 15,859 active cases as of Wednesday evening, India’s count rose to 20,471. The country also recorded 652 deaths. 3,959 people have been cured, according to the data released by health ministry.
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No compromise on safety of healthcare staff battling Covid-19, says PM Modi
The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 manifests our commitment to protect each and every healthcare worker who is bravely battling COVID-19 on the frontline.
It will ensure safety of our professionals. There can be no compromise on their safety!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2020
05:44 PM IST
Taiwan president apologises for virus infections on navy ship
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen apologised Wednesday for “major shortcomings” within the military after a cluster of coronavirus infections emerged on a navy vessel recently returned from a goodwill mission to Palau.
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Delhi Police receives 901 calls on its helpline regarding lockdown in 24 hrs
The Delhi Police received over 900 calls on its 24×7 helpline number from 2 pm on Tuesday and the same time on Wednesday, seeking assistance on issues faced during the lockdown, officials said. A total of 27,007 calls were received by the police on its helpline number (23469526) so far since the lockdown, they said.
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BHU profs plan clinical trial of ayurvedic drug against Covid-19
Professors at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have proposed to carry out a clinical trial of immunity-boosting ayurvedic drug fifatrol to check its efficacy in tackling the deadly Covid-19.
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Trump says will sign ‘order prohibiting immigration’ Wednesday
President Donald Trump confirmed he would sign Wednesday an order partially blocking immigration to the United States in a move he has said would protect workers from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
First published: Apr 22, 2020 05:25 IST