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The total number of active novel coronavirus cases in India has reached 47,480. The country has so far reported 74,281 cases.
Cured/discharged/migrated cases: 24,385.
Death toll: 2,415.
Globally, the disease has affected over 4.26 million people, leading to nearly 291,000 deaths.
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Here are the latest updates to the global health crisis, and its impact on India
Lockdown looks set to be extended in Indore
The current lockdown in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district, which has so far recorded 2,107 COVID-19 cases and 95 deaths, looks set to be extended at least till May 31, a senior official said on Wednesday. The third phase of the coronavirus-induced national lockdown will remain in force till May 17. "In view of the COVID-19 situation, we will take an appropriate decision by holding discussions with public representatives and others to extend the lockdown beyond May 17," Indore district collector Manish Singh told reporters. He said that people should be mentally prepared that the lockdown can be extended till May 31 in the district. Singh also informed that commercial and industrial activities are being restored in Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Due date of all income-tax return for FY 2019-20 will be extended from 31st July 2020 & 31st October 2020 to 30th November 2020 and Tax audit from 30th September 2020 to 31st October, 2020, said Finance Minister during her press conference.
Government to infuse Rs 50,000 crores liquidity by reducing rates of TDS, for non-salaried specified payments made to residents, and rates of Tax Collection at Source for specified receipts, by 25% of the existing rates.: FM
Government announces Rs. 90,000 Crore Liquidity Injection to power distribution companies.
To ease financial stress as businesses get back to work, the central government will continue EPF Support for Business & Workers for 3 more months providing a liquidity relief of Rs 2,500 crore, says Finance Minister.
Global tenders for government procurements to be disallowed up to Rs 200 Cr
New definition of MSMEs
The Finance Minister has announced a new set of definition of MSMEs.
Rs 50,000 cr. Equity infusion for MSMEs
Rs 50,000 cr. Equity infusion for MSMEs through Fund of Funds. The fund will be operated through a Mother Fund and few daughter funds.
Rs 50,000 cr. Equity infusion for MSMEs through Fund of Funds; to be operated through a Mother Fund and few daughter funds; this will help to expand MSME size as well as capacity. #AtmaNirbharBharatAbhiyan #atmanirbharbharat pic.twitter.com/Y5FMC4TouI— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 13, 2020
Rs 3 L crore collateral-free loans for MSMEs
Rs 3 lakh crore allocated for Collateral free automatic loans for Micro Medium and Small scale industries (MSMEs). The government will give full guarantee for the loans. The move, according to the FM, is expected to benefit 45 lakh units "to resume business activity, and safeguard jobs"
No repayment of the principal amount required for the first 12 months.
Fiance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will soon address the media at 4pm to share details of the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday.
Special train with 523 passengers leaves for New Delhi
A day after Indian Railways resumed partial train services, a special train on Wednesday chugged out of Bhubaneswar station with 523 passengers who underwent health screening in view of COVID-19 pandemic. The New Delhi-bound special train departed for its journey amid clapping as the passengers, including women and children, and onboard railway staff wearing face masks maintained social distance before boarding the train. Altogether 523 passengers boarded the train at Bhubaneswar railway station, while the rest will join at different stations as the tickets for all the 916 berths have been booked, East Coast Railway (ECoR) Spokesperson said.
U'khand CM launches portal to help unemployed youth get jobs
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday launched a portal aimed at creating employment avenues for the trained youth as well as offering them skill development opportunities to increase their employability.
The portal, 'HOPE' - Helping Out People Everywhere, has already begun collecting data on the youths staying in the state as well as migrant youths who have returned recently from outside, Secretary Skill Development Ranjit Sinha said.
The portal will not only provide a platform to the youths for job hunting and skill development through its database but will also help potential employers find human resources as per their requirements, Sinha said.
Information like where they worked, what they did, their specialisation, area of interest and the kind of employment they are looking for can be shared by the youths on the portal, the official said.
Once the database is ready, the portal will be linked with the Mukhya Mantri Swarojgar Yojana which was launched recently, he said.
UP govt suspends transfers of its employees during 2020-21 due to COVID-19 outbreak
The Uttar Pradesh government has suspended transfers of its officers and employees for the financial year 2020-2021 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, an official order said.
However, in case of unavoidable circumstances, transfers can be carried out with the chief minister's approval, it stated.
According to the order issued by Chief Secretary R K Tiwari late on Tuesday night, transfers of government employees for the financial year 2020-2021 would remain suspended till further orders in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Posts falling vacant due to death, medical emergency, promotion, resignation, suspension can be filled through transfers after approval from relevant authorities, it said.
COVID-19 cases in Indore rise to 2,107; death toll reaches 95
At least 91 more people tested positive for coronavirus in Indore in last 24 hours, taking the total number of such cases in the worst hit district of Madhya Pradesh to 2,107, an official said on Wednesday. Besides, three more persons died of COVID-19 in the district, raising the toll to 95, Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said. The three victims, a 66-year-old man and two women, aged 52 and 45, succumbed to the disease at a private hospital here on Monday. They were also suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments, he said.
87 fresh cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan
Rajasthan recorded 87 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the state's virus tally to 4,213, an official said.
The state has so far seen 117 deaths due to the virus, with Jaipur accounting for 60 deaths.
"As many as 87 fresh cases have been reported in 10 districts of the state today, including 32 in Jaipur district," Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Rohit Kumar Singh, said.
Besides Jaipur, 24 cases were reported in Pali; 12 in Udaipur, seven in Rajsamand, five in Swai Madhopur, three from Kota, two from Tonk and one each in Banswara, Tonk, Bharatpur and Nagaur.
A total of 4,213 cases of the virus have been reported in the state so far.
Singh said so far 2,455 patients have tested negative for the infection after treatment, of which 2,159 have been discharged from hospitals. The state has 1,641 active cases.
The entire state is under lockdown since March 22 and a massive survey and screening is underway to track the people infected with the virus.
Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 2,415; cases climb to 74,281: Health Ministry
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,415 and the number of cases climbed to 74,281 on Wednesday, registering an increase of 122 deaths and 3,525 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 47,480 while 24,385 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.
"Thus, around 32.83 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said.
The total confirmed cases include foreign nationals too.
A total 122 deaths deaths were reported since Tuesday morning, of which 53 were in Maharashtra, 24 in Gujarat, 13 in Delhi, eight each in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, four each in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, two each in Telangana and Uttar Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Puducherry.
Of the 2,415 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 921 fatalities, Gujarat comes second with 537 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 225, West Bengal at 198, Rajasthan at 117, Delhi at 86, Uttar Pradesh at 82,Tamil Nadu at 61 and Andhra Pradesh at 46.
The death toll reached 32 in Punjab and Telangana each.
Karnataka has reported 31 fatalities due to the respiratory disease, Haryana has registered 11, Jammu and Kashmir 10, Bihar six and Kerala has reported four deaths.
Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Odisha have recorded three COVID-19 fatalities each while Himachal Pradesh and Assam have reported two deaths each.
Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Puducherry have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data.
According to the ministry's website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities.
According to the health ministry data updated on Wednesday morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 24,427 followed by Gujarat at 8,903, Tamil Nadu at 8,718, Delhi at 7,639, Rajasthan at 4,126, Madhya Pradesh at 3,986 and Uttar Pradesh at 3,664.
42,000 migrants left in 35 trains from Maha so far: Official
Nearly 42,000 migrant labourers have so far been ferried to their home states in 35 trains from Maharashtra, a state Home department official said. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs earlier this month allowed the use of trains for ferrying people stranded due to the coronavirus-enforced lockdown to their respective states. "As many as 35 trains have left so far from various parts of Maharashtra carrying nearly 42,000 migrant labourers back to their home states. The number will jump in the coming days, thanks to the Indian Railways' decision to run more trains for migrant workers," the official said on Tuesday. A large number of migrant labourers in Maharashtra have been registering themselves with local police in a bid to go back home.
169 stranded Sikkim residents return to state: Official
A total of 169 people, stranded in various parts of the country due to the lockdown, have returned to Sikkim, taking the total number of returnees to 1,122, an official said on Thursday. They were brought in state-run buses from Siliguri in neighbouring West Bengal on Wednesday, he said, adding that 106 people came through the Rangpo checkpost and 66 through the Melli entry point. These people were screened by the health department officials before being sent to quarantine centres, he said. A total of 6,922 people, stuck outside the state, have registered themselves with the government's portal to return to their homes.
AIIMS to exempt patients from paying charges till patient care services restored fully
The AIIMS has exempted its patients from paying charges for admission in general wards and medical investigation during the period of coronavirus pandemic till normalcy of patient care services is restored as before, officials said.
"The AIIMS in view of exigency situation has exempted all charges payable on account of admission and hospitalisation of all patients being admitted in general wards through emergency or with referral from outside as a special case during the period of epidemic till normalcy of patient care services is restored as before," an order issued last month said.
According to the order, the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY) beneficiaries being hospitalised in AIIMS and all centres will continue to get requisite benefits under the scheme as before, including provision of all medicines and surgical consumables, package surgeries and issue of medicines for up to 14 days at the time of discharge.
In addition, BPL patients will also continue to be provided all non-available medicines and surgical consumables and exemption of package charges etc as before on case-to-case basis, it said.
However, for non-AB-PMJAY and non-BPL patients, procurement of such medicines, surgical consumables, implants and prosthesis (which are not routinely procured by AIIMS) by the patients, private wards hospitalisation and investigational charges, and levying of package charges for requisite procedures in CT centre, NS centre and Dr RP Centre of Opthalmic Sciences will continue as before, the order said.
For the first time in its history, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here shut down its OPD services, including speciality and all new and follow-up registration from March 24.
Cong dubs PM's eco package announcement headline grabbing, BJP says it will make India self-reliant
The Congress on Tuesday dubbed the stimulus package of Rs 20 lakh crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one that only grabs headlines, while the ruling BJP hailed it as the world's largest holistic package.
The Congress and the CPI(M) said India was disappointed by the PM's silence on migrants' woes as he has failed to address the issue.
While Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Modi government took decisions in the interest of the country, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was not just a financial package but a reform stimulus, a mindset overhaul and a thrust in governance.
BJP president J P Nadda said with the announcement, Prime Minister Modi has laid the foundation of India leading the world in the 21st century and an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' (self reliant India) is the 'mantra' for driving this change.
The Congress, however, termed the PM's address one that gave the country a headline, saying the nation was disappointed by his "failure" to address the woes of millions of migrants.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the PM's announcement would lift the country from the atmosphere of despair. He said his mantra of self-reliance will inject new energy into the country.
"The 21st century will be defined by India, Hon PM's message today has laid foundation stone for implementing this. AatmanirbharBharat is our Mantra for driving country towards this new change," Nadda tweeted.
"PM has declared the world's largest holistic relief package. The Modi govt has given financial packages of Rs 20 lakh crore to support every section of the society. It is around 10% of Indian GDP. Hon PM's proactive approach will build a 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'," he added.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the heartbreaking human tragedy of migrants walking back home needed compassion and care.
JK launches web portal, helpline to facilitate movement of stranded people
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has launched a web portal to help its residents stranded in other parts of the country due to the novel coronavirus-induced lockdown, an official spokesman said.
The portal jkmonitoring.nic.in gives updates to those registered and also allows a person to check his application status for facilitating journey back home, he said.
"The web portal has already been updated with the details of persons who have already registered through www.jktpo.in. Those who have registered can track the progress of their application," the spokesman said.
While a large number of people from nearby states have returned to the Union Territory, there are many who are queued up for undertaking train journeys back home.
He said that "arrangements are being made for trains from various stations across the country".
"Trains from different states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam (for the entire North East), Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and many places in Uttar Pradesh are being planned over the next few days," the spokesman said.