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Highlights: PM Modi says ‘a big thank you to our frontline Covid-19 warriors’

Coronavirus continues to infect the world with global cases crossing 3.3 million cases. India has extended the national lockdown by 2 more weeks.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: May 01, 2020 23:49 IST
Highlights: PM Modi says ‘a big thank you to our frontline Covid-19 warriors’

With 1,755 cases recorded over 24-hours, India's tally of cases has touched 35,365 mark with 1,152 deaths. More than 3.3 million people continue to be infected by Covid-19.


India has extended its lockdown by two weeks starting from May 4. The government has allowed considerable relaxations in green zones (districts where there has been no cases in the last 21 days) and orange zones (districts where no cases have been reported for than two weeks). Red zones (districts where cases continue to be reported ) will only allow essential services.


A Bloomberg report predicted that the pandemic way extend well beyond 2022 as economies across the world struggle to mitigate losses. WHO hopes that China will join investigations to search origins of Covid-19.

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Here are the latest updates on coronavirus outbreak from around the world:

07:54 PM IST

MHA reconstitutes empowered groups

Empowerd groups will ensure proper planning and implementation of response activities.

07:54 PM IST

US stocks open low, DOW JONES down by 1.8%

US stocks open sharply lower as China virus tensions affect investor sentiment.

07:28 PM IST

Railways has decided to charge migrant laborers ticket fare

Railways has decided to charge fares for tickets for Specials Trains for stranded migrant workers. This fare includes price of regular sleeper class tickets plus superfast charges of 30 and an additional charge of 20. This includes meals and drinking water for long distance trains. State governments will coordinate and can pay on passenger's behalf, railways ministry says. States can pay on behalf of the labourers belonging to respective states.

<p>Railways has decided to charge migrant laborers ticket fare</p>
07:37 PM IST

Pan, liquor stores can operate in green zones: MHA

MHA allows green zones to reopen liquor and paan shops.

07:21 PM IST

Kerala reports zero coronavirus cases

Kerala has reported zero coronavirus cases and 392 people have recovered so far.

07:21 PM IST

203 new cases reported from Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has 2,526 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

06:58 PM IST

Cab aggregators will ply on orange zones with one passenger: MHA

MHA said that cab aggregators can ply with one driver and one passenger in orange zones.

06:58 PM IST

Large number of activities to be allowed in red zones: MHA

MHA says all industrial and construction activities including MGNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns will be allowed in Red zones.

06:33 PM IST

MHA clarifies activities which will be prohibited

Plying of private vehicles, cab aggregators, auto-rickshaws to be prohibited. Inter-district plying of buses, intra-district plying of buses also prohibited.

06:27 PM IST

Centre extends lockdown by two weeks

The ministry of home affairs has extended the lockown for two more weeks starting from May 4.

06:15 PM IST

PM Modi takes stock of impact of Covid-19 in power sector

PM asked the authorities to ensure unhindered supply of electricity and push more customer-centered initiatives so that people in lockdown face no troubles with electricity supply.

06:13 PM IST

CDS says flypasts by the IAF will be undertaken

CDS General Bipin Rawat said that the India Air Force will conduct flypasts from J&K's Srinagar to Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, from Assam's Dibrugarh to Gujarat's Kutch with transport and fighter aircrafts. The aircrafts will also shower flower petals on some places.

06:11 PM IST

Indian Newspaper Society sounds alarm over massive losses

The Indian Newspaper Society said that losses of up to 15,000 crore can rattle the newspaper industry if government does not provide relief.

06:09 PM IST

CDS thanks frontline workers for their battle against pandemic

The Chief of Defence of Staff thanked all frontline workers starting from doctors, nurses, delivery boys to mediapersons for working cohesively with the Govt during these difficult times.

05:56 PM IST

Should have received IMCT with a red carpet: Bengal governor

Bengal governor Dhankhar lashed out at the Trinamool-led government as reports of hurdles being created for the IMCT team surfaced.

First published: May 01, 2020 06:56 IST