26 April 2020 News


26 April 2020 News

  •  COVID-19: India Update

Active cases: 18593

Discharged: 5209

Deaths: 779

(Source-Ministry of Health)

  • A month into the nationwide lockdown to check the spreadof the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, all shops in residential areas – except those in the malls – have been allowed to reopen from today with conditions by the government. The relaxations are not applicable to hotspots and containment zones. The Union Home Ministry’s late night order – that says masks, gloves and adherence to social distancing norms will be mandatory – comes as a huge relief to the shopkeepers and buyers. However, with public transport still closed, employees of shops that can reopen could still find it tough to get to work. (Source-NDTV)
  • Health Minister Harshvardhan on Friday said the efforts in tackling Covid-19 had saved the country from going into Stage-III of the outbreak and asked state governments to keep up vigil on the pandemic. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Banks are opting to park their cash with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) instead of lending to businesses for fear of bad loans or NPAs amid the coronavirus crisis. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • The US Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors against prescribing a malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus except in hospitals and research studies. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • In what seems to be a panic reaction to the lockdown, people across the country appear to be stocking up on cash. According to a DH analysis of data available with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), currency with people has increased by Rs 1.35 lakh crore (6%) since the collapse of the private sector lender Yes Bank in early March. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • WhatsApp increases group video call limit to 8 people:Last week, we reported Facebook-owned WhatsApp testing video group chat with the option to include more people, from the existing limit to four. Now, the company has formally announced it will soon be releasing an update to the messenger app. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those selling garments, mobile phones, hardware and stationery items have been allowed to open but those located in market places, malls and COVID-19 hotspot and containment zones, will continue to remain shut till May 3. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Emphasizing that the print media has already lost Rs 4,000-4,500 crore in the last two months with economic activities collapsing due to Covid-19, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has urged the government to immediately announce a two-year tax holiday for newspaper establishments and increase official advertisement rates and budget spending on the sector. (Source-Deccann Herald)
  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday asked Prime Minister NarendraModi to announce a special package for revival of the micro-small and medium enterprises sector that was on the brink of economic ruin due to the nation-wide lockdown to combat Covid-19. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • France bans online sales of nicotine products: A suggestion that nicotine might help against coronavirus sparks a run on such products. (Source-BBC News)
  • Brazil justice minister quits in political clash: Sergio Moro, famous for fighting corruption, accuses President Bolsonaro of political interference. (Source-BBC News)
  • Belgium unveils plans to lift lockdown: Schools will be allowed to reopen from 11 May, but with no more than 10 pupils per class. (Source-BBC News)
  • India needs a new covenant for growth in a post-Covid world: RaghuramRajan-The former RBI governor said that India cannot remain under a lockdown forever. (Source-BBC News)
  • Brazil’s justice minister resigns, accusing Bolsonaro of improper conduct. (Source-The Washington Post)
  • John Houghton, Who Sounded Alarm on Climate Change, Dies at 88: He led the United Nations panel on global warming that won a Nobel Peace Prize; he died from complications of the coronavirus. (Source-The New York Times)




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