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Highlights: Delhi's Covid-19 tally goes up to 6,318 including 68 deaths

Economies try to minimize losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as nations reopen for businesses. Russia and Brazil see a huge spike in infections. Maharashtra, in India, remains worst-hit by Covid-19.

By Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Updated: May 08, 2020 23:56 IST
Highlights: Delhi's Covid-19 tally goes up to 6,318 including 68 deaths
HT File Photo

Coronavirus disease has not only become a health emergency that has left people locked inside but has also blocked economic growth for almost all countries of the planet. With close to 40 lakh infected around the world, Covid-19 infections continue to grow across nations as they look to gradually reopen.

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Russia overtook France and Germany to be the fifth worst-affected country. Brazil President Bolsonaro’s spokesman tests positive as the nation becomes a hotspot. In India, Maharashtra and Delhi record a huge spike as cases recorded reach 56,342 with 1,886 deaths nationwide.

01:57 PM IST

Union minister says fuel demand growth could normalise by mid-May

Petroleum and Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan told IHS Markit's CERAWeek conversations that India's fuel demand growth could return to normal levels by mid-May, according to Reuters. "Since last two week there is a gradual increase in the demand, very slow ... but we are confident by middle of May we will be moving towards the normal position. That's our calculation," Pradhan said.

01:35 PM IST

BCCI treasurer Dhumal says Indian team ready to accept quarantine

Board of Control for Cricket in India treasurer Arun Dhumal said the Indian cricket team will make the sacrifice and go in quarantine to save the test series in Australia towards the end of the year. Kohli's men will play Australia but will need to isolate for two weeks under current COVID-19 rules. "There is no choice -- everyone will have to do that (quarantine). You would want to resume the cricket," AFP quoted Dhumal speaking to Fairfax newspapers.

01:06 PM IST

Boy in Odisha gives peanuts to langurs

A boy can be seen sharing peanuts with langurs in Odisha. The state has reported 245 cases of Covid-19 until Friday morning.

<p>Boy in Odisha gives peanuts to langurs</p>
A boy is Khandagiri-Udayagiri gives peanuts to monkeys. (ANI)
01:01 PM IST

SBI shuts part of LHO in Kolkata

SBI had to sanitise and close down in Kolkata after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

12:44 PM IST

Australia plans lifting restrictions by July

The Australian government unveiled a three-tiered plan to get the economy back on track and said a 'Covid-19 safe' environment can be reached by the end of July. Australia has been one of the most successful nations in curbing the contagion, with just under 7,000 cases and 100 deaths among 25 million people.

12:33 PM IST

Flight from Singapore lands in New Delhi

The first flight from Singapore under the Vande Bharat mission has landed in New Delhi from Singapore.

12:20 PM IST

Talk to CMs like a colleague, not like their boss': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said PM should call up CMs every three-four days and told Centre not to dilly-dally the economic support.

12:19 PM IST

'Diesel and petrol hikes surprised me': Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP said that diesel and petrol hike decisions were very surprising. He said Centre needs to rethink these hikes.

12:13 PM IST

Petition filed against AarogyaSetu in Kerala HC

A petition has been filed against the directions issued by the Centre against making AarogyaSetu download mandatory in the Kerala HC.

12:09 PM IST

'Urge the PM to not delay financial packages anymore': Rahul

' 10,000 urgent income support for farmers is necessary," says Rahul Gandhi. he also urged the PM to support the poor.

12:07 PM IST

'Let states decide on zones, not Centre': Rahul Gandhi

'The chief minister should tell PM about which zones are red or green. When Centre decides on the zones, we go back in the fight against the pandemic," says Congress' Lower House MP.

12:05 PM IST

'It is right of Indians to return home, Govt shouldn't bully them': Rahul

Rahul Gandhi said people need to go home safely and Govt should make sure of that.

12:01 PM IST

'Even BJP CMs feel aid is not distributed properly': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP, said that there is clear input from Cong-ruled state that Centre Covid-19 relief has not reached people. He also said that he informally came to know that CMs from BJP-ruled states feel aid is not being distributed universally.

11:58 AM IST

'Peak can happen post June-July too': Rahul Gandhi

The Lok Sabha MP from Kerala says Covid-19 cases can peak post June-July but transition needs to start.

11:54 AM IST

'Need to challenge climate of fear': Rahul Gandhi

Wayanad's MP Rahul Gandhi has said 1-2% people with comorbidity have reason to fear. He said 90% people will not die from Covid-19. He further added, the government needs to inform the reality to people.

First published: May 08, 2020 06:09 IST