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29 April 2020 News

  • COVID-19: India Update

Active cases: 22010

Discharged: 7026

Deaths: 937

(Source-Ministry of Health)

  • India’s gruelling 40-day lockdown, which is scheduled to end on May 3, could be extended further, but the focus of Lockdown 3.0 would be on continuing curbs in hotspots and easing them in green zones. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is at the centre of government efforts to ensure that the farm sector continues to function smoothly during the lockdown. In an interview to Sagar Kulkarni of DH, Tomar spelt out the steps taken by the government to help farmers in these testing times. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • The mutual funds across the country are bracing for the outflow of funds from various schemes and spike in redemptions after Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund decided to shutter six of its high-risk debt schemes. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to consider the feasibility of ‘temporarily’ adopting the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown period to enable the migrant workers and economically weaker sections (EWS) get subsidised food grain. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has identified 15 places including Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad as “high case load” and said India’s success in battling COVID-19 is dependent on them. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Mumbai cops over 55 years won’t be on duty, asked to stay home after three colleagues die of coronavirus. (Source-NDTV)
  • Asked centre to promote CBSE 10th, 12th students based on internal exams, tweets Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia. (Source-NDTV)
  • ADB approves USD 1.5 bn loan to India to fight COVID-19. (Source-Economic Times)
  • NitinGadkari asks states to release land acquisition dues worth Rs 25,000 crore. (Source-Economic Times)
  • Mysterious blood clots are COVID-19’s latest lethal surprise: After nearly three weeks in an intensive care unit in Los Angeles, doctors treating 41-year-old Broadway actor Nick Cordero for COVID-19 were forced to amputate his right leg. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • More than three million cases of coronavirus have been officially registered across the world, with nearly 80 percent in Europe and the United States, according to a tally by AFP at 2050 GMT Monday using official figures. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t brought under control by next year, the organising committee’s president said in comments published Tuesday. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the risk of radicalisation can increase during the COVID-19 pandemic as extremist groups seek to exploit the anger and despair of the young, asserting the world cannot afford a lost generation due to the global crisis. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • China cried foul a day after Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) asked the State Governments to stop using the rapid antibody test kits imported from two companies in the neighbouring communist country for detection of the COVID-19 infections. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • The UN humanitarian chief said Monday that $90 billion could provide income support, food and a health response to the coronavirus pandemic for 700 million of the world’s most vulnerable people — a price tag just 1 per cent of the USD 8 trillion stimulus package the 20 richest countries put in place to safeguard the global economy. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Pastor Rich Vera, who runs a church in Florida, says he believes that faith can stop the coronavirus. He is one of a vocal minority of Christians in America who feel it’s appropriate to gather to worship despite US federal advice to stay home, and who support protests against the restrictions in place to try and limit the spread of coronavirus. (Source-BBC News)
  • Argentina halts all flights until 1 September. (Source- Deccan Herald)
  • Man dies after Lebanon economic protest turns violent: Demonstrators are angry at the economic crisis which has been made worse by a coronavirus lockdown.(Source-Deccan Herald)

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