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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:

12:19 PM IST

Over 1,000 people, cured of Covid-19, contacted to donate plasma: Kejriwal

Contacting 1,100 people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma to save lives: Delhi CM Kejriwal

12:18 PM IST

'Getting good results of plasma therapy': Delhi CM Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of Friday said that Delhi are conducting 2300 Covid-19 tests per 1 million people in Delhi.

He said, "we are getting good results of plasma therapy; it is on trial basis."

12:12 PM IST

Over 32,000 Indians in UAE register to fly home

More than 32,000 Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) wishing to return home during the Covid-19 pandemic registered their details after the Indian missions in the country launched the e-registration of expats, it was reported on Friday.

"As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, we received more than 32,000 registrations," Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul told Gulf News, reports news agency IANS.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai on Wednesday night announced they were accepting the registration.

12:09 PM IST

Over 800 migrant fishermen, stranded in Gujarat, reached Andhra in buses

More than 800 migrant fishermen who were stranded in Gujarat due to Covid-19 lockdown reached Garikapadu check-post on Andhra Pradesh border, in 12 buses today morning.

Following are the visuals from Krishna district tweeted by ANI.

12:09 PM IST

UP workers stranded in other states can use their ration cards to avail benefits: CM Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said that any worker or labourer of the state who is stranded in another state due to lockdown, can use his/her ration card number and avail its benefits there, reports ANI.

He said for those who do not have a ration card, food packets will be provided to them under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)

11:41 AM IST

Indore district reports 4 more Covid-19 deaths, toll now at 72: Official

The Indore district in Madhya Pradesh reprted four more Covid-19 deaths on Friday,taking the toll in the district to 72, a health official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Praveen Jadia said that four patients died in the hospitals in Indore city over the last two days.

Among those who succumbed to the disease is a 95-year-old woman, while three others are men aged 75, 55 and 42, he said.

11:13 AM IST

Railways deploys first train carrying 1200 migrants from Telangana to Jharkhand

The ministry of railways has deployed the first special train to ferry stranded migrants. A special trains was deployed Friday morning from Telangana to Jharkhand at 5 am.

"The train is ferrying nearly 1200 migrants in 24 coaches. Decision on more trains will be taken up today. The train left from Lingampally in Telangana to Hatia in Jharkhand at 4:50 am today," Railway Protection Force DG Arun Kumar told Hindustan Times.

11:10 AM IST

56-yr-old Covid-19 positive woman dies at AIIMS Rishikesh

A 56-year-old woman from Nainital district who tested positive for coronaviurs at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh on Tuesday, died on Friday morning, informed officials.

Dr Amita Upreti, director general for health in Uttarakhand said that the woman was suffering many other ailments also. So, how much coronavirus infection played a role in her death, will be known only after a death audit.

12:09 PM IST

Amazon says India’s lockdown curbs hit its revenue hardest internationally

Amazon has said that complete Covid-19 lockdown in India since March 24 due to which the e-commerce giant was allowed to sell only groceries and other essential items has resulted in the biggest revenue impact in any country in the international market, reports IANS.

Speaking to analysts over an earnings call on Thursday, Amazon chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that the demand of the revenue side has been severely impacted in India when compared to other shelter-in-place geographies across the world.

“I think the biggest impact internationally has been in India, where of course, similar to other companies in India, we’re now only fulfilling our essential goods such as grocery,” said Olsavsky.

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10:39 AM IST

Mediapersons among those exempted from moving across Delhi-Gurugram border: Police official

A police personnel posted at the sealed Delhi-Gurugram border on Friday told ANI that that mediapersons have been exempted from moving across the border.

"There are points where we've been told to restrict movement, media is not covered in those. For those working in hospitals and living in Gurugram, arrangements have to made there itself(in Delhi). Restrictions apply to Police too: ACP Karan Goyal

He added, "Movement of ambulances, cash vans, oil cylinders, supply of gas, essential supplies, foodgrains, vegetable-fruits will not be stopped. Officers & employees of some ministries of central government are exempt from restriction, we'll allow inter-district movement for them."

10:39 AM IST

Australia to consider next Friday easing of coronavirus containment measures

Australia will consider next Friday whether to relax coronavirus-related mobility restrictions, as the growth rate of new infections slows, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday following a national cabinet meeting, reports Reuters.

Morrison urged Australians to download an app aimed at tracing contacts of COVID-19 patients, saying it was a pre-condition to relaxing the containment measures.

Australia has reported about 6,700 COVID-19 cases and 93 deaths, significantly below the levels reported in the United States, Britain and Europe. Growth in new infections has slowed to less 0.5% a day, compared to 25% a month ago.

10:17 AM IST

Rajasthan reports 33 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths

Rajasthan reported 33 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths from the disease on Friday, according to the state health department, reports ANI.

This takes the total number of positive cases to 2,617 including 61 deaths

09:56 AM IST

Maruti sales down to zero in April due to Covid-19 lockdown

Maruti Suzuki, in a historic first, sold no cars in April as the entire month saw the country under a lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19. With factories closed, showrooms shut and people staying at home, the country's largest car maker, on expected lines, had nothing to show in terms of sales for the entire month.

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09:48 AM IST

US CDC reports 1,031,659 coronavirus cases, 60,057 deaths

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reported 1,031,659 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 26,512 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 2,552 to 60,057, reports Reuters.

09:45 AM IST

Union health secy writes to chief secretaries on districts designation

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan has written to Chief Secretaries of all states/Union Territories, designating districts across all states/UTs as Red, Orange & Green Zones, reports ANI.

Since recovery rates have gone up, districts are now being designated across various zones duly broad-basing the criteria, she said.

First published: May 01, 2020 06:56 IST