Highlights: Total number of coronavirus cases in Bihar mount to 242
As global coronavirus death toll inches towards 2 lakh, countries plan to lift lockdown restrictions. States in US began easing Covid-19 lockdowns and India, too, began issuing orders towards opening its economy while more than 24,942 continue to be afflicted.
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Nations battling the onslaught of Covid-19 seek reopening as global economies stare at an uphill struggle to upend the slump caused by the pandemic. 2.8 million people are infected with Covid-19 globally, but the recovery rate continues to remain below 30% as death toll surges towards 2 lakh. India has recorded 24,942 cases and 779 deaths so far.
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Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba holds convenes meeting over Covid-19
Gauba will be discussing resumption of economic activities, migrant labourers, conditions of Indians stranded abroad with chief secretaries and DGPs of all states.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba holds a meeting via conferencing with Chief Secretaries/DGPs of states and other officials over public health response to #COVID19, resumption of economic activities as per MHA guidelines, issues of migrant labourers, and of Indians stranded abroad.— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Plasma therapy showing results: Delhi health minister
Satyendar Jain told ANI that 4 out of 6 critically ill patients have almost recovered after plasma therapy treatment.
We have administered plasma therapy to 6 patients in Delhi, so far. 4 patients were given the therapy four days back. Those who were administered 4 days back have almost recovered. All of them were critical patients & results are very encouraging: Delhi Health Min Satyendar Jain pic.twitter.com/qkXVNGjaO9— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Union ministry begins meeting on Covid-19
Health Ministry has begun a meeting to discuss Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Decision on relaxations or lockdown extension post April 30
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that any decision on the lockdown will be taken after April 30.
Discussions are underway. Whatever is finalised, will be started only after 30th April: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain when asked if Delhi govt is planning to extend the lockdown or give some relaxation in the state capital #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/KhsItbUlL4— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Karnataka health minister gives go ahead to plasma therapy trials
B Sriramulu said that BMC Victoria hospital has undertaken phase I trials for Convalescent Plasma Therapy for critical Covid-19 patients.
Karnataka has taken a lead role as we initiate Phase I clinical trials to use Convalescent Plasma Therapy for severe Covid 19 infected patients. BMC Victoria hospital took the first step today. We are determined to vanquish this enemy of mankind. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/XU1BfXqGgj— B Sriramulu (@sriramulubjp) April 25, 2020
Delhi government not to implement MHA order
The MHA had passed an order where it had asked shopkeepers to begin their operation by maintaining strict social distancing and operating with 50%staff. The DDA has not yet decided to implement the order.
Shops in markets/market complexes & shopping malls are not allowed to open.— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
It is clarified that sale by E-commerce companies will continue to be permitted for essential goods only. It is further clarified that the sale of liquor & other items continues to be prohibited: MHA https://t.co/SgfcRie8nP
Bihar government ponders plasma therapy for patients
Sanjay Kumar, the state's Principal Health Secretary said that Bihar plans to use plasma therapy for its patients in AIIMS, Patna.
Bihar government is planning for plasma therapy at AIIMS, Patna: Bihar Principal Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar to ANI— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Hotspot Indore shows no signs of calming, 56 fresh cases reported
85 people have so far died in Indore, accounting for 10% of national death rate for Covid-19, the city has also recorded 1,085 cases.
Farmer's gesture brings wells up New York governor's eyes
Dennis Ruhnke, sent a mask to Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and wrote a letter requesting him to send it to a doctor or nurse in New York city.
I received this letter from a farmer in northeast Kansas. His wife is ill and he is aging.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 24, 2020
He sent me 1 of 5 N95 masks he has from farming to pass on to a doctor or nurse in New York.
This is humanity at its best. I share his letter as inspiration. pic.twitter.com/Fa4h5LH9rL
Mexico will reopen its auto-factories
The Mexican government said that it will maintain the safety of its workers and reopen its car factories to maintain the supply chain intact of the North American free trade zone. US had launched a campaign to push Mexico to restart its manufacturing operations.
People in Tamil Nadu shop in preparation of lockdown
People were seen thronging to the shops as Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami announced that Chennai along with Coimbatore, Madurai will go through a complete lockdown from April 26 to April 29.
Tamil Nadu: People queue at a market in Chennai to buy essentials. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has announced a complete lockdown in the city from April 26 to April 29 from 6 AM & 9 PM. #CoronaLockdown pic.twitter.com/qPpNBOyZWx— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Ex-PM criticises Centre for DA, DR freeze
Former PM Manmohan Singh said that it is unfair to impose hardships on govt employees and their families. ANI tweeted quoting sources.
I sincerely believe it is not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on government servants and also on the armed forces people: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh on Centre freezing Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief hike till July 2021 (Source - AICC) pic.twitter.com/JK2MmF5Nj4— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
India registers 24,506 covid-19 cases, death toll surpasses 750
India has registered 1,429 deaths and 57 deaths in the last 24 hours. 5063 people have recovered.
Bathindi has been identified as a red zone
Bathindi is in tight security because the area has been identified as a red zone by J&K administration.
Ramadan begins indoors for Muslims in India
Muslim families were seen following holy rituals at home as the pandemic forces people to remain indoors during the holy month of Ramadan.
Delhi: People offered 'Namaz' and performed 'sahari' rituals at their homes as all mosques remain closed amid the #CoronaLockdown."If we step outdoors it can lead to the spread of Coronavirus. So,I prayed along with my family at home",Md Salim, a resident of Inderlok said.#Ramzan https://t.co/rBosgSErMU pic.twitter.com/M4AOjrO7dO— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
First published: Apr 25, 2020 05:41 IST