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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).

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Mar 27, 2020 05:29 IST
Covid-19 highlights: 5,00,000 people affected by coronavirus globally

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:

01:37 PM IST

FM announces food allocation for poor

Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojna(for next 3 months):80 cr poor ppl covered(2/3rd of India’s population), in addition to already allotted 5Kg of rice/wheat per person,an additional 5kg will be free. Additional 1kg pulse (acc to regional preference) will be given,announces FM

01:36 PM IST

Cash transfer schemes

Under cash transfers scheme: Will touch poor divayangs, farmers, poor pensioners under this

01:28 PM IST

Medical insurance for those at risk and attending to coronavirus patients

Medical insurance for those at risk and attending to coronavirus patients

01:27 PM IST

Package worth 1.7lakh cr for poor

FM Sitharaman addresses media: A package is ready for the poor who need immediate help like migrant workers and urban and rural poor. No one will go hungry. The package is worth 1.7 lakh crore: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

01:25 PM IST

Don't want anyone to remain hungry

Don't want anyone to remain hungry, without money in hand: FM Sitharaman

01:21 PM IST

Delhi Metro to remain closed till April 14

Delhi Metro will remain closed till April 14, 2020, according to a DMRC statement. "We have received a few queries regarding the tenure of the closure of the Metro services. It is hereby informed that, in light of the lockdown issued by the government, Metro services will remain closed till 14 April 2020."

01:19 PM IST

Bihar CM announces 100 relief package for poor

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a 100 crore relief package for the poor in wake of coronavirus lockdown.

12:51 PM IST

Food delivery executives who have ID cards will be allowed during Covid-19 lockdown, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also said that all food delivery executives who have indentification cards will be allowed to move in Delhi during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

12:50 PM IST

Will allow all essential service providers during lockdown: Delhi CM

Along with the Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal's announcement of keeping essential services shops for 24 hrs, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that all essential service providers will be allowed to move during lockdown.

12:44 PM IST

Mohalla clinics won't be shut: Arvind Kejriwal after doctor tests Covid-19 positive

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that Mohalla clinics won't be shut in the city. His statement comes after a 49 year old Doctor of Mohalla clinic was tested positive for coronavirus.

12:39 PM IST

Essential services shops to open 24 hrs in Delhi, says Lt Governor

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal said that all essential services shops can remain open 24 hours in Delhi so that there is no rush of people.

12:20 PM IST

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to address media at 1 PM

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address the media at 1 PM this afternoon on the coronavirus outbreak in India She will be announcing an economic package soon to deal with the COVID 19 impact, reports PTI.

12:18 PM IST

Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Lucknow

Four new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Lucknow, taking the total tally of coronavirus cases in the state to above 40 on Thursday, reports ANI.

11:58 AM IST

Air quality in Ghaziabad and Noida improves amid COVID-19 lockdown

An improvement in the Air Quality Index was seen in Noida and Ghaziabad on Thursday due to the 21 day national lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The AQI in Noida stood at 76 (satisfactory) and 92 (moderate) in Ghaziabad.

11:52 AM IST

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, lists suggestions to govt

Congress President Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that the 21 day nationwide lockdown announced is a welcome step. She urged the need to provide N 95 masks and hazmat suits to doctors, nurses and health workers. She also asked the Union government to begin construction of temporary facilities and come up with ICUs and ventilators in geographical areas where the outbreak is expected to be concentrated in the near future.

First published: Mar 26, 2020 06:18 IST