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Highlights: Lokpal judicial member Ajay Kumar Triapathi dies due to coronavirus

As a measure to control the spread of coronavirus outbreak in India, the Centre on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown by two more weeks.

By Prashasti Singh | Updated: May 06, 2020 08:45 IST
Highlights: Lokpal judicial member Ajay Kumar Triapathi dies due to coronavirus
A picture taken on May 2, 2020, in Paris, shows the closed entrance of the pedestrian gallery "Galerie Vivienne" on the 47th day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 (novel coronavirus). AFP photo

India on Saturday reported 2,411 new cases and 71 deaths due to coronavirus, taking the total number of active cases to 26,535. So far 1,223 people in India have died due to the virus.

As a measure to control the spread of coronavirus outbreak in India, the Centre on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown by two more weeks. India has been under lockdown since March 24 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The government has profiled the districts into red, green and orange zones to bring in some ease during restrictions. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued fresh guidelines as well in this regard to all the states and union territories permitting considerable relaxations in the districts falling in green zones.

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10:26 PM IST

Train carrying around 1,200 students from Rajasthan's Kota reaches Jharkhand

A special train from Rajasthan’s Kota, carrying around 1,200 students belonging to Jharkhand, reached the Hatia railway station in Ranchi on Saturday, reported PTI quoting a senior railway official.

10:15 PM IST

Lokpal judicial member Ajay Kumar Triapathi dies due to coronavirus

Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi, Lokpal judicial member died due to coronavirus on Saturday, according to a report in ANI.

He was former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court.

10:06 PM IST

Singapore to ease some coronavirus curbs over next few weeks

Singapore will start easing coronavirus restrictions over the next few weeks, authorities said on Saturday, as the city-state takes the first tentative steps towards reopening its economy.

09:17 PM IST

Chandigarh reports six new coronavirus cases; total count at 94

Six more people were found infected with coronavirus in Chandigarh, taking the infection count to 94 in the union territory on Saturday.

The number of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up by over three times since April 25.

08:15 PM IST

More than 5,000 coronavirus cases reported in Gujarat

Coronavirus cases in Gujarat cross 5,000-mark after the state reports 333 new cases. The death toll so far is at 262 with 26 deaths reported in one day, reported PTI quoting official.

08:12 PM IST

AIIMS makes it mandatory for patients to wear masks

The AIIMS has made it mandatory for patients to wear masks while visiting the emergency or other patient-care areas in the hospital and will provide one to anybody who does not have a mask.

The decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Director, AIIMS on Friday.

07:09 PM IST

Two BSF personnel test positive for coronavirus in Tripura

Two BSF personnel on Saturday tested positive for novel coronavirus in Tripura, days after two COVID-19 patients in the state were cured of the disease, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.

"Alert! In Tripura two persons from Ambassa #BSF unit found #COVID19 positive. Total #COVID19 positive cases in Tripura stands at 4. (Two already discharged, so active hospital cases: 2)," Deb wrote on Facebook.

06:31 PM IST

India reports 2,411 new cases, 71 deaths due to Covid-19 in last 24 hours

India on Saturday reported 2,411 new cases and 71 deaths due to coronavirus, taking the total number of active cases to 26,535. So far 1,223 people in India have died due to the virus.

06:28 PM IST

France extends health emergency till July 24

France on Saturday decided to extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus for two months until July 24, Health Minister Olivier Veran said.

A proposal to be put to parliament on Monday said the lifting this month of the emergency, which began on March 24, would "be premature" and "could see a risk of the outbreak" intensifying.

06:02 PM IST

PM Modi holds meeting to discuss ways to boost agriculture sector

"Had a meeting to review aspects relating to agriculture reform. Our priority areas are reforms in agriculture marketing, management of marketable surplus, access of farmers to institutional credit and freeing agriculture sector of various restrictionsm" PM Modi tweeted

"Discussed ways through which existing measures ranging from Kisan Credit Cards, PM-KISAN and e-Nam can be made even more effective and contribute to farmer welfare. We also discussed ways to invigorate agriculture sector with modern technology."

05:42 PM IST

2 more test positive for Covid-19 in Kerala, total at 96

"Two more people have been tested positive for Covid-9 in Wayanad and Kannur, taking the active number of cases to 96 in Kerala. A total of 80 hotspots have been identified in the state," said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

05:03 PM IST

Iran reports lowest virus infections since March 10

Iran witnessed a "clear drop" in the number of new coronavirus infections as it reported 802 fresh cases, the lowest daily count since March 10.

The new cases brought to 96,448 the number recorded in Iran since it announced its first cases in mid-February, according to news agency AFP.

05:00 PM IST

US commits over $775 million to help countries fight Covid-19

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the US has committed over USD 775 million in emergency health, humanitarian and economic assistance that will help over 120 countries, including India, in fighting the pandemic, a report in PTI said quoting the State Department of US.

04:21 PM IST

PM meets FM Nirmala Sitharaman, Amit Shah to discuss economic stimulus package: Report

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a series of meetings with key ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and officials of economic ministries to firm up the second stimulus package for sectors impacted by lockdown to curb spread of coronavirus, PTI reported quoting sources.

03:56 PM IST

We urge PM to lay exit plan from lockdown, says Congress

During a press conference on Saturday, Congress urged PM Modi to lay an exit plan for lockdown.

"We urge PM to lay exit plan from lockdown, spell out goalpost to deal with coronavirus, economy," Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.

The Congress also said that migrants issue in the country post lockdown was not handled in compassionate manner.

"Migrant labour issue has not been handled in humane, compassionate manner. We urge upon PM to ferry migrant labourers to their home for free in sanitised trains, with food," reports PTI quoting Randeep Surjewala.

First published: May 02, 2020 06:10 IST