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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:

05:50 PM IST

India's records 322 fresh cases

The death toll due to Covid-19 has now reached 1,152 and total of 35,365 people continue to be affected.

<p>India's records 322 fresh cases</p>
05:49 PM IST

Investor scare due to Trump's claim hurts London markets

Trump's ire at China for not being able to mitigate the pandemic in the bud has caused London's FTSE 100 index to lose more than 2.3% in a single-day.

05:31 PM IST

Oil giant Exxonmobil reports losses over $600 million

ExxonMobil lost $610 million dollars in the first quarter as it cut spending due to Covid-19 pandemic.

05:36 PM IST

PM Modi, Home minister Amit Shah and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman discuss lockdown exit strategy

Lockdown exit strategy on the table as PM meets home minister and finance minister.

05:10 PM IST

Plasma donor gets a letter from Congress' Priyanka Gandhi

King George's Medical University doctor T Khan received a letter of congratulations from Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi.

05:08 PM IST

Shramik Special to facilitate return of migrant workers: Railway ministry

The following trains have been designated to ferry tr


1. Lingampally to Hatia

2. Aluva to Bhubaneswar

3. Nasik to Lucknow

4. Nasik to Bhopal

5. Jaipur to Patna

6. Kota to Hatia

05:10 PM IST

Biggest challenge is delineating districts into red, green zone: Govt

Lav Agarwal said the biggest challenge is delineate the districts from the red, orange zone once new cases come up or cases recede.

04:38 PM IST

Have defined orange and red zones to stop undercurrent of cases: Health Ministry

Districts should not crack under the pressures of new waves of virus, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry, said on definition of orange and red zones. The criteria is focusing on potential cases, testing ratio and distribution of population to define a district, he added.

04:30 PM IST

We have no shortage of drugs and ventilators: Vaghela

Vaghela said ventilators, HCQ, and medicines for lupus disease are stocked up in the country. He reiterated there is no need to worry.

04:26 PM IST

Our PPE industry has become the largest: Vaghela

PPE said that DRDO has developed N99 masks and the PPE and masks have generated huge revenue and made it a one billion rupees industry. He also added India is next to China in terms of PPE export.

04:23 PM IST

1,87,000 PPE kits being manufactured every day: Chairman, Empowered Groups

Vaghela, who is the chairman of the empowered groups, said that 107 manufacturers have been roped in to manufacture PPE kits. He added, it is an open tender and anyone can participate. He said out of 80 lakh imports most have started coming in, said Vaghela.

04:15 PM IST

MHA gives approval for travel via rail for migrant workers

MHA has asked Railway Ministry and state governments to coordinate and facilitate the return of migrant labourers.

<p>MHA gives approval for travel via rail for migrant workers</p>
04:12 PM IST

ILI, SARI cases in containment zones will be checked severely: Health ministry

Health ministry said along with setting buffer zones around the containment zones and cases of influenza-like illness, and Severe Acute Respiratory Illnesses will be screened.

04:10 PM IST

1,993 cases in last 24 hours across the nation: Health ministry

Health ministry has said that 1,993 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.

04:06 PM IST

CISF, BSF is bolstering efforts to curb pandemic: MHA

BSF is helping even Nepalese workers and villagers during these tough time, and has made sure mobile ATMs reach every village, says MHA Joint Secretary Srivastava.

First published: May 01, 2020 06:56 IST