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As India enters day-15 of nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus crisis, the number of people infected with the virus in the country has gone up to 5,274, according to the union ministry of health. As many as 149 people have lost their lives due to the virus in India. Global cases of Covid-19 are about to reach 1.5 million with death toll crossing 80,000. Wuhan, the city which was the epicenter of the pandemic, is seeing life staggering back towards normalcy as Hubei slowly lifts its 11-week lockdown. US has recorded more than 200 new deaths as 4 lakh people continue to be infected by Covid-19.
Arvind Kejriwal says Covid-19 review meeting was frutiful
Delhi CM outlined that suggestions from MPs were good takeaways and the government will implement them as soon as possible. He had chaired a meeting with Delhi's MPs from both Upper and Lower houses to discuss strategies to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kenyans oppose government's isolation rules
Kenya's citizens who have returned from abroad have been asked to remain in quarantine for another 14 days. The returnees are protesting against this new order imposed by the government. Kenya has 172 cases of Covid-19 infections.
Hundreds of people held under mandatory quarantine in Kenya after returning from abroad are up in arms after the government extends their confinement for another 14 days https://t.co/wyTLHGxLtn pic.twitter.com/HPYNZthGSq— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 8, 2020
European Union fails to finalize on rescue deal
The bailout plan to take the European Union out of the economic slump has not been finalised at finance ministers failed to reach consensus.
PM Modi and floor leaders brainstorm tactics to fight pandemic
PM Modi held a meeting with floor leaders of AITC, Shiv Sena, Congress, YSRCP, BJD, SP and NCP. Congress' Ghulam N Azad, TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, BJD's Pinaki Misra, NCP's Sharad Pawar, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav, SAD's Sukhbir Singh Badal, BSP's SC Mishra, YSRCP'S Vijay Sai Reddy & Mithun Reddy, JDU's Rajeev Ranjan Singh
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with floor leaders of parties whose combined strength in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adds up to 5 MPs, via video conferencing today, on #COVID19 situation in the country. pic.twitter.com/62LkzLGhYE— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2020
Devastating effects ahead due to condom shortage
A global condom shortage due to Covid-19 lockdowns has made UN warn of "devastating" consequences. Malaysian condom making companies which makes one in every five condoms globally means firm expects 200 million fewer condoms due to the lockdown.
A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world's top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of "devastating" consequences https://t.co/zwV0Sn8qWT pic.twitter.com/xnDrN2DMHO— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 8, 2020
MHA ensures punishment in case of offence committed under Essential Commodities Act
MHA says hoarding and black marketing will not go unchecked during lockdown period. MHA wrote to states to take steps in order to measures and punish miscreants.
Offences under Essential Commodities Act are criminal acts, may result in imprisonment of 7 years or fine or both: MHA— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 8, 2020
MHA asks states to invoke Essential Commodities Act
MHA secretary A Bhalla has written to all the states asking them to take necessary steps to ensure availability of essential goods during lockdown.
Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla writes to states to ensure availability of essential goods,by invoking Essential Commodities Act 1955.Also urges to take steps to prevent hoarding/black marketing&ensure essential items are available at fair prices to public: Ministry of Home Affairs pic.twitter.com/z2PBVGdVYR— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2020
Puducherry CM ready to write to PM regarding lockdown extension
CM V Narayanasami believes to fight Covid-19 isolation is the key. He said he is ready to write to PM Modi regarding extending the lockdown. Union territory Puducherry has 5 cases of Covid-19.
My government is ready to write to the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown. People isolating themselves is the only cure to stop the spread of #Coronavirus infection: Puducherry CM V Narayanasami pic.twitter.com/y2Dm5H56bE— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2020
Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh report new cases of Covid-19 infection
329 people in AP have been infected by Covid-19. SPS Nellore and Guntur have the most number of cases. Guntur has 74 cases. State officials also said there are 319 active cases. 179 people in the western state of Gujarat have Covid-19. 4 fresh cases were reported.
Maharashtra sees spike in Covid-19 infections, 78 new cases reported
1,078 people across Maharashtra have been infected by Covid-19. A health official from the ministry told 60 new Covid-19 cases have been reported.
Number of #COVID19 cases has reached 1078 in Maharashtra as 60 more people tested positive today. 44 fresh cases have been found under Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation area, 9 under Pune Municipal Corporation area, 4 in Nagpur, & 1 each in Ahmednagar, Akola & Buldhana.— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2020
Delhi health minister says 576 people have Covid-19 in the capital
Delhi health minister S Jain told the media that 576 people have Covid-19 in the city. 8 patients are kept in ventilator support. 35 are in ICU.
MLA Renukacharya says not wrong to shoot Jamaat attendees
Karnataka MLA Renukacharya said that Renukacharya said that, "Those who attended Tablighi-Jamaat congregation and have not come out for treatment and escaped, government should not protect them.. it is not wrong to shoot them with a bullet." The lawmaker is political secretary to CM Yediyurappa.
Delhi CM will hold a review meeting regarding Covid-19 with Delhi MPs
All Upper and Lower House members will hold a Covid-19 review meeting with Delhi Chief Minister later today, according to PTI.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to hold meeting with all Delhi MPs on #coronavirus via video conference— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 8, 2020
Wuhan slowly starts moving towards normalcy
After the Chinese government locked off the city of 11 million people in January to stop the spread of coronavirus, Wuhan is seeing glimpses of normal life as lockdown ends. 55,000 people will leave Wuhan via trains for their destinations. The flight s from Wuhan have resumed but Beijing and other international airports have not allowed normal resumption of services, according to Reuters.
First published: Apr 08, 2020 06:23 IST