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:
Coronavirus financial package first step in the right direction: Rahul Gandhi
Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi says India owes a debt to its farmers and the financial package assisted is what was really needed for the daily wage labourers who were bearing the brunt of the ongoing lockdown.
The Govt announcement today of a financial assistance package, is the first step in the right direction. India owes a debt to its farmers, daily wage earners, labourers, women & the elderly who are bearing the brunt of the ongoing lockdown.#Corona— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 26, 2020
Malaysia reports spurt in coronavirus cases as 235 people test positive
The total number of cases in Malaysia have doubled within a week.2,031 people are affected in Malaysia and 23 people have died due to Covid-19 in the country, according to a Reuters report.
Rajasthan continues to see rise in coronavirus cases
The total number of cases in Rajasthan is now 40. The recent cases reported are those of a 45-year-old man in Jaipur and a 35-year-old man from Jhunjhunu, both of these individuals have foreign travel history.
Rajasthan:Two more people test positive in the state, a 45-year-old man in Jaipur and a 35-year-old man from Jhunjhunu. Both have a foreign travel history. Contact tracing underway. The total number of cases in the state rises to 40. #coronavirus— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Septuagenarian dies in Rajasthan due to Covid-19
A 73-year-old man who died tested positive for Covid-19 died in Bhilwara, PTI said quoting Rajashtan Health Department officials. Co-morbidity was also one of the primary reasons for the man's death.
₹1.7 lakh cr package to be immediately implemented
₹1.7 lakh crore economic package will be implemented with immediate effect; cash doles from April 1: FM.
Today's measures for poorest of poor: FM
Today's measures are for the poorest of the poor: FM
Centre requests states to use district mineral fund
District Mineral Fund: Central Govt to request State Govts to use this fund to augment medical testing and screening and providing health attention, announces FM Sitharaman
Her briefing ends. She starts taking questions from press
Centre orders state govts to use welfare fund for construction workers
Welfare for building and construction workers, registered 3.5 crore workers to be benefited, Central Govt has given orders to State Govts to use fund (Rs31,000 crore) to provide relief, announces FM Sitharaman
EPFO scheme regulation amended
EPFO scheme regulation will be amended, to allow non-refundable advance of 75% of the amount, now workers can withdraw 3 months wages, whichever is lower. It will benefit 4.8 crore workers registered with EPF.
PF contributions for those firms with upto 100 employees in organised sector
PF contributions for those firms with upto 100 employees and those who earn upto than ₹15,000 per month
Govt of India will pay the PF contribution for both the employer and employee for next months
Govt of India will pay the EPF contribution for both the employer and employee for next 3 months
Free cylinders for 3 months to women under Ujjawala scheme
Women under Ujjawala scheme: Three cylinders free of cost for three months t be provided to them. Eight crore women to benefit
₹500 per month for 3 months to women jan dhan account holders
Women jan dhan account holders will get an amount of ₹500 per month for next 3 months
Farmers to benefit from direct cash transfers
8.69 crore farmers to be immediately benefited through Direct cash transfers. Instalment of ₹2000 in the first week of April will be transferred: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
First published: Mar 26, 2020 06:18 IST