Covid-19 Highlights: France registers big slump in deaths in last 24 hours
Coronavirus disease crossed another grim milestone after the global death tally crossed the 2 lakh mark. Global recovery rate from Covid-19 is hovering close to 29%. In India, 26,917 cases have been recorded.
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Covid-19 infections are set to cross 3 million mark with 2,00,000 people dead globally. With over 800,000 people recovered, global recovery rates have gone up to 29%. India's death toll due to Covid-19 has reached 26,917 with 826 people dead nationwide. Canada, US, Germany and Spain along with India seek to loosen lockdown restrictions as economies seek to heal from the devastating blow of the pandemic.
While addressing the nation in his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India has adopted a people-driven approach to face the threat posed by Covid-19 pandemic.
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Rahul Gandhi urges PM to act fast on test kits
Wayanad's MP also highlighted that tests need to be scaled up from 40k/day to 1 lakh/day.
Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India, a bottle neck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are already in stock.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 26, 2020
PM needs to act fast & clear the bottleneck.
Protests against West Bengal CM by BJP leaders
Union minister Babul Supriyo expressed his unhappiness over West Bengal CM's handling of the pandemic in the state.
Delhi: Union Minister Babul Supriyo, BJP MPs from West Bengal and other party leaders protest against West Bengal government and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, over #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/pZPvTYb2Uw— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
Germany reports 1,737 fresh Covid-19 cases
The Robert Koch Institute said that Germany has 154,175 cases of coronavirus and 140 deaths.
Ex-PM highlights lack of testing facilities
Former PM Manmohan Singh says India will not be able to abate the pandemic if more testing facilities are not brought up.
Former PM Manmohan Singh says there are problems with regard to inadequacy of testing facilities and without more aggressive facilities of testing, we are not going to conquer #coronavirus menace— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 26, 2020
Delhi-Sonipat border sealed
Delhi-Sonipat border has been sealed by Sonipat DM. The sealing will remain till May 3.
Following areas in Delhi, Mumbai have turned into green zones from being pollution hotspots
In Delhi, eight locations - Vinobapuri, Adarsh Nagar, Vasundhara, Sahibabad, Ashram road, Punjabi Bagh, Okhla and Badarpur - which were pollution hotspots have now become green zones. In Mumbai - Worli, Borivali and Bhandup - too have decreased pollution significantly. Gufran Beig, director of SAFAR told PTI that air quality index in these areas now lie in 'good' or 'satisfactory' category.
Delhi CM asks people to say no to communalism
Delhi CM Kejriwal said that people should not let communalism win. Delhi CM said plasma therapy can also promote communal harmony.
Requesting recovered patients to donate plasma: CM Kejriwal
Delhi CM Kejriwal says plasma therapy is yielding results. He said coronavirus recovered patients can donate plasma to save others.
No shops will open in containment areas: Delhi CM
Delhi CM says shops will be closed in containment areas. He said MHA order does not apply to market or market complexes.
Former union minister Yashwant Sinha banters regarding hairstyle
Former union minister Yashwant Sinha says if saloons continue to remain closed everyone will end up sporting Congress leader Jairam Ramesh's hairstyle.
If lockdown continues and barber shops remain closed all of us will be forced to sport the hair style of Jairam Ramesh.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) April 26, 2020
PM wishes Muslims on Ramadan
PM says it is sad that Ramadan is being celebrated under the shadow of Covid-19. He prayed that Covid-19 is defeated before Eid. He also wished Jains on the holy anniversary of Tirthankara Swami Rishabhdeva and Lingayat community of the anniversary of the seer Basava.
PM wishes citizens on Akshaya Tritiya
PM says farmers are like Krishna, who provided the akshaya patra, ensuring food grains reach out to the people.
PM said masks are a must
PM Modi said wearing masks might be a new practice to stop the spread of Covid-19, but it will soon be the new normal so that the contagion can be broken. He also said due to the pandemic people have stopped spitting in public.
We do not have confidence on our own culture: PM
PM said India needs to believe on its history, sciences along with believing that it also has a role to play when it comes to evidence-based findings but Indians tend to believe what other foreign researchers or findings say.
First published: Apr 26, 2020 05:31 IST