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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:

04:34 PM IST

Doubling rate of Covid-19 cases in country is now 10 days: Health ministry

Doubling rate of Covid-19 cases in country is now 10 days: Health ministry

04:34 PM IST

We are implementing community surveillance at district, state levels to check community spread of coronavirus: Health Ministry

We are implementing community surveillance at district, state levels to check community spread of coronavirus: Health Ministry.

04:30 PM IST

15 more Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in Bihar

15 more Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in Bihar; taking the total number of cases to 197: Sanjay Kumar, State Principal Secretary (Health)

04:27 PM IST

Surveillance is our primary weapon in the fight against Covid-19: National Centre for Disease Control

Surveillance is our primary weapon in the fight against Covid-19. Nine lakh people are on surveillance system: Dr. Sujeet Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control

04:26 PM IST

Health ministry announces Covid-19 sewa twitter handle

Health ministry has announced Covid-19 sewa twitter handle to provide authentic information to citizens in real time by trained expert.

04:24 PM IST

Situation especially serious in major hotspot districts or emerging hotspots: MHA

Situation especially serious in major hotspot districts or emerging hotspots like Ahmedabad & Surat (Gujarat); Thane (Maharashtra); Hyderabad (Telangana); and Chennai (Tamil Nadu): MHA

04:22 PM IST

In last 28 days, 15 districts have had no new case: Health Ministry

In last 28 days, 15 districts have had no new case. Till date, there are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in last 14 days: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

04:18 PM IST

In last 24 hours, 1684 Covid-19 positive cases have been reported: Health Ministry

In last 24 hours, 1684 Covid-19 positive cases have been reported which takes our total confirmed case to 23,077. Our recovery rate is 20.57%: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

04:17 PM IST

IMCT has also recommended increasing the number of testing and surveillance teams in Dharavi: MHA

IMCT team in Mumbai visited Dharavi, Govandi and Wadala slum areas.

IMCT has recommended use of institution quarantine facility for up to 3000 people in Dharavi. IMCT has also recommended increasing the number of testing and surveillance teams in Dharavi: MHA

04:14 PM IST

Panchayat Sarpanchs shared their strategies of fighting COVID-19: PM Modi

Today’s discussion with Panchayat Sarpanchs was very insightful. They shared their strategies of fighting COVID-19. I salute all Sarpanchs for their hardwork and efforts in these extraordinary times

04:12 PM IST

IMCT team in Indore is discussing ways of strengthening contact tracing: MHA

IMCT team in Indore is discussing ways of strengthening contact tracing and active cases screening, increasing of testing and sampling facilities and for increasing the supply of food and nutrients in the slum areas: MHA

04:09 PM IST

IMCT team visiting Indore said that 20 out of 171 containment zones in the city are very critical: Health Ministry

IMCT team visiting Indore said that 20 out of 171 containment zones in the city are very critical: Health Ministry

04:09 PM IST

Apart from 6 Inter Ministerial Central Teams constituted earlier, Home Ministry has today constituted four additional IMCTs: Home Ministry

Apart from 6 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) constituted earlier, Home Ministry today constituted four additional IMCTs, each headed by an Additional Secretary - level officer, to Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad & Chennai: Punya Salila Srivastava, Union Home Ministry

03:52 PM IST

Seven police personnel in Coimbatore, including four women,test positive for coronavirus

Seven police personnel in Coimbatore, including four women,test positive for coronavirus, reports PTI.

03:41 PM IST

Iran coronavirus death toll rises by 93 to 5,574

Iran's death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 93 on Friday, to reach a total of 5,574, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV.

First published: Apr 24, 2020 06:40 IST