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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:

12:35 PM IST

Appeal to all who've recovered to donate plasma for serious patients: Kejriwal

I appeal to all people who have recovered from COVID-19 to come forward and donate plasma for serious patients: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

12:29 PM IST

Plasma therapy trial conducted on 4 Covid-19 patients satisfactory: Delhi CM

In the last few days, we have tried plasma therapy on 4 patients at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital. Till now the results are encouraging: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

12:20 PM IST

PM Modi talks about practising Yoga, downloading Aarogya Setu app

PM Modi says we need to spread right information to deal with the virus. Says the villages should do it. We need to wash food articles that we need. Talks about practicing Yoga that helps us in fighting the disease.

He asks village heads to download the Aarogya Setu app to protect their fellow-villagers

12:16 PM IST

PM Modi stresses on social distancing, face masks and washing hands

PM Modi once again stresses on the importance of social distancing and using face masks, washing hands; says this is the only way to deal with coronavirus.

12:14 PM IST

Negligence by even one person can set us back: PM Modi

PM Modi listens to the Sarpanch of a village in Assam's Kachar region.

He invites village heads who were not part of the video conference to send their experiences of dealing with coronavirus to him.

Says, in present time, we need to remember that negligence on the part of even one person can create problems, therefore, it is important not to give any relaxation in following curbs

11:59 AM IST

PM Modi appreciates the efforts of farmers

In interaction with a village head from Punjab, PM Modi appreciates the efforts of farmers and those involved in animal husbandary. Also talks about the negative effects of using urea.

11:52 AM IST

Important to maintain 'do gaz' distance: PM Modi

Coronavirus doesn't go anywhere on its own; it will enter your house only if you invite it; so,important to maintain two yards distance: PM Modi

11:51 AM IST

PM interacts with Sarpanchs from Karnataka, Bihar, UP

PM Modi has interacted with village heads from Karnataka, Bihar and a village in Basti in Uttar Pradesh

11:41 AM IST

PM Modi listens to the experiences of a village head from Baramulla, Kashmir.

PM Modi listens to the experiences of a village head from Baramulla, Kashmir.

11:38 AM IST

Coronavirus pandemic has made us learn new things: PM Modi

Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up new challenges which we never faced before, but it also made us learn new things: PM Modi.

11:35 AM IST

Indians with limited resources facing corona with determination

It is because of efforts of people, entire world today is talking about how India has responded to COVID-19 crisis: PM Modi.

The coronavirus has shown that those living in villages have shown examples of their culture and traditional knowledged: PM Modi

PM Modi salutes those living in villages. Says, Indians with their limited resources is not bowing to corona but facing it with resolve and determination

11:30 AM IST

PM Modi talks about advantages of Swamitva app

PM Modi explains the advantages of Swamitva app, says it will be very useful for the village people

11:22 AM IST

Coronavirus has taught us we need to be self-reliant

Coronavirus has taught us that we have to self-reliant because otherwise we won't be able to deal with such problems: PM Modi

Villages, districts and cities need to be reliant

11:20 AM IST

We are interacting with technology's help due to coronavirus: PM

PM Modi: Earlier we used to interact face-to-face, but now we are interacting through video conferencing due to coronavirus. Says

11:18 AM IST

PM Modi launches Swamitva portal

PM Modi launches Swamitva portal

First published: Apr 24, 2020 06:40 IST