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.
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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.
Here are the latest updates on coronavirus outbreak from around the world:
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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.
Pan, liquor stores can operate in green zones: MHA
MHA allows green zones to reopen liquor and paan shops.
Liquor stores & paan shops will be allowed to function in green zones while ensuring minimum six feet distance (2 gaz ki doori) from each other & ensuring that not more 5 persons are present at one time at the shop: MHA on the extension of #lockdown for two weeks from May 4— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
203 new cases reported from Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu has 2,526 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
203 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Tamil Nadu, taking the total number of cases to 2526: State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
MHA amends Para 11 of the #lockdown extension order, 'in Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis & cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver & 2 passengers only'. https://t.co/iACNHIxblO— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
A large number of other activities are allowed in the Red Zones. All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted: MHA on the extension of #lockdown pic.twitter.com/vHUU4ndGZZ— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
In red zones, outside containment zones, certain activities are prohibited in addition to those prohibited throughout India. These are: plying of cycle rickshaws&auto rickshaws; taxis&cab aggregators; intra-district&inter-district plying of buses&barber shops,spas&saloons: MHA https://t.co/LCSEKe416U— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
Centre extends lockdown by two weeks
The ministry of home affairs has extended the lockown for two more weeks starting from May 4.
Ministry of Home Affairs issues order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4: MHA pic.twitter.com/Cw4bkdMTFU— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
PM emphasized importance of consumer centricity&directed to work towards goal of supplying 24X7 power to all consumers.Measures for improving viability of distribution companies,incl tariff rationalization&timely release of subsidies along with improved governance discussed: PMO pic.twitter.com/pxCIzKdydT— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
There are some special activities that nation will get to witness. Air Force to conduct flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum & another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. It'll include both transport & fighter aircraft: Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
Newspaper industry could face losses of up to ₹15,000 crore if relief not provided: Indian Newspaper Society (INS) to govt— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) May 1, 2020
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.
On behalf of armed forces, we want to thank all COVID-19 warriors. Doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police, home guards, delivery boys & media which has been reaching out with the message of government on how to carry on with lives in difficult times: CDS General Bipin Rawat https://t.co/PorqNow6P0— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
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.
#WATCH West Bengal is the only state where Inter-Ministerial Central Team faced problems in carrying out their work.When entire country is fighting against #COVID19&IMCT team came to assess the situation, we should have received it with red carpet:West Bengal Guv,Jagdeep Dhankhar pic.twitter.com/JicYNxofPE— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
First published: May 01, 2020 06:56 IST