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Highlights: Total Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat rise to 2,815

With the coronavirus outbreak taking a toll on India's economy, the Union government is weighing options for a stimulus to protect wages of workers employed in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as the sector fights a survival battle.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Apr 25, 2020 00:07 IST
Highlights: Total Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat rise to 2,815

The death toll from coronavirus pandemic worldwide rose by over 4,500 to 186,462 over the past 24 hours while the number of Covid-19 infections increased by 68,017, according to an AFP tally.

In India, the Covid-19 cases crossed 23,000-mark while the death toll rose to 723 on Friday, according to the Union health ministry data. With the virus taking a toll on the economy, the Union government is weighing options for a stimulus to protect wages of workers employed in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as the sector fights a survival battle.

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India will move into a leadership role at the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters after the annual meeting of the global health body next month, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times.

Here are the highlights of the day on coronavirus pandemic:

07:06 PM IST

No new Covid-19 positive case reported today in Chandigarh

No new Covid-19 positive case reported today. Number of Covid-19 cases stands at 27 in Chandigarh including 15 cured patients. No death has been reported in the Union Territory due to the infection. 638 samples have been tested so far: Health Department, Chandigarh Administration

06:57 PM IST

Donald Trump suggests injecting disinfectants, bringing UV light ‘inside the body’ to kill Covid-19

US President Donald Trump has suggested the possibility of studying injecting disinfectants into Covid-19 patients or bringing UV light “inside” their bodies to kill the deadly virus, drawing immediate flak from health experts while a leading disinfectant producer urged people not to listen to such dangerous speculation.

06:48 PM IST

'Do gaj doori’ is the Rural India’s Mantra to fight Covid-19: PM Modi

To become self-reliant and self-sufficient is the biggest lesson learnt from Corona pandemic. 'Do gaj doori’ is the Rural India’s Mantra to fight Covid-19: PM Modi

06:45 PM IST

6 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Dharavi today

6 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Dharavi today; the total number of positive cases in Dharavi is now 220 including 14 deaths: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

06:30 PM IST

Two deaths and 72 Covid-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu today

Two deaths and 72 Covid-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu today. Total number of cases in the state is at 1755: Health Department, Tamil Nadu

06:23 PM IST

Covid-19 outbreak under control: Govt

Covid-19 outbreak under control, sans lockdown India would have around 1 lakh cases by now: Govt

06:13 PM IST

Number of Covid-19 cases reaches 298 in Punjab

The number of Covid-19 cases reaches 298 in Punjab including 70 cured & 17 deaths. 63 cases have been reported in SAS Nagar, 63 in Jalandhar & 55 in Patiala: Punjab Health Department

06:00 PM IST

IMCT team visited quarantine facility at Dumurjala Stadium in Howrah

West Bengal: Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) team visited quarantine facility at Dumurjala Stadium in Howrah, earlier today.

05:51 PM IST

India's count rises to 23,452 cases, 723 deaths recorded

1752 new Covid-19 cases and 37 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases rises to 23,452, including 17915 active cases, 4813 cured and 724 deaths: Union Health Ministry

05:38 PM IST

Dutch coronavirus cases rise by 806 to 36,535

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 806 to 36,535, health authorities said on Friday, with 112 new deaths.

05:25 PM IST

29 new cases of Covid-19 have been found in Karnataka in the last 24 hours

29 new cases of Covid-19 have been found in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 474 including 18 deaths & 152 discharges. There are 304 active cases in the State out of which five patients are in the Intensive Care Unit: Karnataka Health Department

05:20 PM IST

Discussed our coronavirus experiences with foreign minister of Qatar: S Jaishankar

A cordial conversation with the Foreign Minister of Qatar. Discussed our coronavirus experiences. Thanked him for taking care of the Indian community. Such challenging times will only further strengthen our friendship: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

05:08 PM IST

Ambassador of India to China, Vikram Misri, interacted with Indian students studying in China

Ambassador requested students to continue taking necessary precautions keeping in mind the local sensitivities & assured them that Indian Embassy in Bejing&Consulates would extend all possible facilitation, including for attestation of certificates: Embassy of India in Beijing.


Ambassador of India to China, Vikram Misri, interacted with Indian students studying in China. He enquired as to the well-being of the participants and discussed with them how #COVID19 crisis has impacted the education sector: Embassy of India in Beijing

04:49 PM IST

4 Covid-19 deaths in Jaipur, toll rises to 32 in Rajasthan

4 Covid-19 deaths in Jaipur, toll rises to 32 in Rajasthan; cases climb to 2,008 after detection of 44 new infections: Officials

04:47 PM IST

The decision of lockdown helped us avoid an exponential curve: Govt

On March 21- The total number of positive cases was 300 and the doubling rate was around 3.2 and 3.3 days. After Janta Curfew, around March 23, the direction changed, the doubling rate rose to 5 days. This was perhaps the impact of travel restrictions imposed. Post April 6, the doubling rate consistently went past 5 and headed towards 10 days. This was a result of lockdown. The decision of lockdown helped us avoid an exponential curve: Govt

First published: Apr 24, 2020 06:40 IST