Covid-19 highlights: 5,00,000 people affected by coronavirus globally
As the nation entered the 21-day lockdown, serpentine queues, crowded markets, and harassment of e-commerce and food delivery people by police departments seemingly unaware of what was allowed and what wasn’t, marked the first day of this three-week lockdown to cease the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
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The US finally agreed on a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to help individuals and companies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In India, several states and some central government departments have announced similar packages – but for specific worker groups. A larger relief package is expected.
As on Thursday, India had total 694 cases of Covid-19 and had seen 16 deaths. 44 people among these 694 have been cured and discharged.
Here are the live updates on the coronavirus outbreak:
'COVID-19 a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and vulnerabilities': G20 leaders issues statement
The G20 leaders in their summit pledged to inject $5 trillion collectively to mitagate the economic downturn. Along with the economic initiative. G20 nations pledged to -
- Protect lives.
- Safeguard people’s jobs and incomes.
- Restore confidence, preserve financial stability, revive growth and recover stronger.
- Minimize disruptions to trade and global supply chains.
- Provide help to all countries in need of assistance.
- Coordinate on public health and financial measures.
G20 leaders decide on fiscal plan to revive economy
G20 leaders have decided to inject $5 trillion to revive world economy after thye Virtual Meeting that was held today.
Coronavirus cases soar in India, 694 people affected
So far coronavirus has killed 16 people nationwide but cases soared on Thursday and now 694 cases have been reported so far of which only 45 patients have been cured.
Chinese President Xi Jinping says removal of trade barriers necessary
Chinese premier Xi Jinping says global economic recovery can only begin if G20 countries remove trade barriers at G20 meet.
#BREAKING Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged G20 countries to remove trade barriers as part of efforts to spur a global recovery after the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic pic.twitter.com/ByNWA1XqYt— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 26, 2020
Bihar registers fresh coronavirus case, 20-year-old affected
A 20-year-old boy has tested positive for Covid-19, cases in Bihar reach 7.
Bihar: One more #COVID19 case in the state, a 20-year-old boy from Patna with no travel history, confirms Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH). The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 7. pic.twitter.com/AYsjG7ElGu— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Nagpur's first Covid-19 patient discharged
IGMC dean Dr. Keoliya said a patient who had coronavirus has been discharged after the second sample tested negative.
'Will reach level of community spread soon': Nigerian govt
Information Minister Lai Mohammed fears that coronavirus cases will explode in the coming days in Nigeria. The most populous country in Africa has reported 51 cases and 1 death.
Assam to set up four 300-bed hospitals to tackle coronavirus
Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that he "had discussions with a leading private sector construction company regarding the temporary hospitals. Almost all parliamentarians from both ruling and opposition parties of Assam have also offered to contribute funds to set up the hospitals." Sarma said the facility will be built in Sarusajai Sports Complex and will be ready within a week.
Agriculture ministry says 300 more mandis will begin operation from Friday
The agro ministry said to PTI that 1,600 mandis are functioning across the country, more 300 mandies will be made operational by Monday.
Our responsibility to help least developed nations: Saudi King at G20
King Salman of Saudi Arabia who is chairing the G20 meet says that it is the responsibility of G-20 nations to help impoverished nations overcome this coronavirus-stemmed crisis.
DGCA has extended suspension of commercial flights due to pandemic
Suspension of international commercial passenger flights has been extended by DGCA until April 15, 2020.
It has been decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 6:30 hrs (GMT) of April 14, 2020. This will not apply to approved international all-cargo operations & flights: Directorate General of Civil Aviation pic.twitter.com/03HK6JACy5— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Maharashtra CM says essential goods shops can remain open for 24 hours
After holding a review meeting Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said in order to prevent inconvenience to people during coronavirus lockdown essential goods shops can remain open for 24-hours.
CRPF donates ₹33.81 crore for PM relief fund
CRPF officers have donated their one day salary to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The paramilitary force said in a statement, "CRPF personnel have decided to make a humble contribution of one day salary to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. We are dutifully commited to stand firmly with our Nation in this challenging time of COVID-19 spread.It’s an unanimous decision and a sincere effort by our personnel. The effort was to make the immediate contribution with the noble intent to keep it unrevealed. The CRPF remains steadfast towards its motto of service and loyalty."
China fears second wave of coronavirus infection
Imported coronavirus cases are on the rise in China, as the nation reported 67 new cases, bringing the imported cases to 541 in the country. The total number of cases now stands at 81,285 while the NHC reported a total of 3,287 deaths at the end of Wednesday, up six from the previous day.
London hospitals experience 'tsunami of patients' as coronavirus cases rise
England's National Health Service is buckling under the stress of rising coronavirus cases. NHS has asked people to volunteer and has reemployed retired doctors.
First published: Mar 26, 2020 06:18 IST