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Coronavirus: Centre says recovery rate is now 25%; Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin tests positive
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South Korea records nine new coronavirus cases, taking total to 10,774 infections, reports AP. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Mexican protest singer Oscar Chavez has died at the age of 85 after contracting the coronavirus, reports AP. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Centre says indigenous antibody-based rapid test kits and real-time polymerase chain reaction swab-based kits developed by laboratories in India will be ready by mid-May, reports Hindustan Times. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin a quick recovery from the coronavirus. “My best wishes to Russian Prime Minister Mishustin for early recovery and good health,” he tweets. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate has said it will impose a fine on shopkeepers and customers for failure to maintain a two-metre distance between any two persons. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Rajasthan reports 33 fresh coronavirus cases and three more deaths. The state now has 2,617 total cases and 61 fatalities. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The health ministry has designated 733 districts across India into red, orange and green zones, reports ANI. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
At least two doctors have been asked to vacate their rented houses in Maharashtra’s Pune and Pimpri over the past few days over fears of contracting the coronavirus, reports The Indian Express. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Coronavirus: First patient to get plasma therapy in Maharashtra dies

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Singapore extends the stay-at-home period for foreign workers employed in the construction sector by two weeks till May 18, PTI reports. This came after the country reported 932 new cases, taking the total tally to 17,101. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says violence and incendiary remarks against Muslims is bound to attract negative reactions from abroad. The Congress MP was referring to the criticism India recently received from Arab leaders over growing instances of Islamophobia in the country.
Russia records almost 8,000 new coronavirus cases today, taking the total tally of cases in the country to 1,14,431, AP reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says he is in talks with the governments of other states to make arrangements for the movement of stranded migrant workers. “However, everyone has to follow the restrictions of the lockdown till a plan is made” he says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
In the last 48 hours, 5 jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have tested positive in Delhi, according to ANI. Two of them were performing law and order duty in Delhi with the police. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The number of coronavirus cases in India rises to 35,043 on Friday evening with 1,147 deaths, the health ministry says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
“The home ministry today allowed the movement of stranded persons such as students, migrant workers, tourists and pilgrims and also arranged special trains,” says joint secretary Punya Srivastava. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The topic of the press conference was not announced.
There is a total demand of 75,000 ventilators in India, PD Vaghela, chairperson of Empowered Group-3 says at the health ministry briefing. A total 19,398 ventilators are currently available and another 60,884 ventilators have been ordered, he adds. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
“So far, ventilator use in India has been limited. Enough oxygen production in the country,” says Vaghela. “We manufacture 6,700 metric ton oxygen of which 1,000 metric ton in medical oxygen.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Centre has ordered 2.49 crore N-95 masks, the health ministry says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The production of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine rose to 30 crore tablets in April, Vaghela says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The government has issued an order allowing movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others by special trains operated by the Railways Ministry. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Ministry will soon issue detailed guidelines on sale of tickets. Social distancing and other measures will be observed at train stations, platforms and within trains. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath asked officials to ensure that state borders remain sealed so that people who may be “coronavirus carriers” cannot enter the state.

“There should be alertness in border areas,” he said, according to an official release. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Centre has ordered 2.2 crore personal protective equipment kits, the health ministry says. Out of these, 1.42 crore will be procured through domestic manufacturers and 1.87 crore kits will come from abroad. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The demand for PPE kits has been projected at 2.01 crore in India, Vaghela says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
#BigNews | India’s tally increases to 35,365 coronavirus cases on Friday evening, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Of this, 1,152 people have died, while 25,148 cases are active and 9,064 people have recovered. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Railways Ministry has issued guidelines for train travel. The ministry says state authorities must screen passengers for coronavirus before they are allowed to board the train. Passengers must cover their faces, and food and drink will be provided to them at the time of boarding.
The railway ministry says boarding states will have to bring people in batches to designated stations in sanitised buses. It adds that the trains will be run only on request from state governments. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Railways announce six “Shramik” trains – Lingampally to Hatia, Nasik to Lucknow, Aluva to Bhub, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna, Kota to Hatia. Aluva to Bhub, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar continues his attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led govt. “West Bengal is the only state where Inter-Ministerial Central Team faced problems in carrying out their work,” he says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
“When entire country is fighting against Covid-19 and IMCT team came to assess the situation, we should have received it with red carpet.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Dhankhar claims that while the state has reported 105 deaths due to Covid-19, the actual number is much higher. “Why do we want to hide the actual number of deaths?” he asks. “People will be more careful when they would realise that situation is grim.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Dhankhar demands that Banerjee apologise for her remark that political parties in the state are like “vultures waiting for deaths”. He says all political parties have backed efforts to get rid of Covid-19. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The health ministry says that 1,755 cases have been added in the last 24 hours, and 77 people have died. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The PMO says that at a meeting chaired by PM Modi, it was decided that the airspace should be used in such a way as to minimise flying time. This will help airlines save costs, in close cooperation with the Department of Military Affairs, the PMO says. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat thanks doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police, home guards, delivery boys and their media for “reaching out with the message of the government” during the Covid-19 crisis, ANI reports.

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“The Army on its part will conduct mountain band displays along some of the Covid hospitals in almost every district of our country,” Rawat says. “The armed forces will also lay wreathe at the police memorial on May 3 in support of our police forces.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
LIVE | Rawat also thanks the people of the country for adhering to government guidelines by following social distancing, sanitation and so on. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
#LIVE | Rawat says that the Indian Air Force will conduct a flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum and another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. Both transport and fighter aircraft will be included. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
“The Navy on its part will have its warships deployed in formations in coastal areas in the evening on May 3,” the chief of defence staff adds. “Navy warships would also be lit up and their choppers would be used for showering petals on hospitals.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
#Breaking | The Centre has decided to extend the lockdown for two more weeks beyond May 4. The Ministry of Home Affairs says that relaxations will be allowed in orange and green zones during this period, as decided earlier. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Centre has decided to extend the lockdown for two more weeks beyond May 4. The Ministry of Home Affairs says that relaxations will be allowed in orange and green zones during this period, as decided earlier. scroll.in/latest/960731/…

#Lockdown3
The Centre says that in orange zones, apart from the services allowed in red zones, cab aggregators and taxis will be permitted to operate, with one driver and one passenger. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Movement of persons for non-essential activities shall be prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am, the Centre says.scroll.in/latest/960731/…

#Lockdown3 #LockdownExtended
It adds that persons above 65 years of age, children below the age of 10, persons with co-morbidities and pregnant women should remain at home except for meeting health requirements and availing of essential services. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Ministry of Home Affairs says standalone shops, shops in neighbourhoods and shops in residential complexes will be allowed to stay open irrespective of the zone. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Here's everything you need to know about #Lockdown3 scroll.in/latest/960806/…
Tamil Nadu has reported 203 fresh cases of Covid-19, PTI reports quoting health officials. A 98-year-old man died due to coronavirus at a Chennai hospital increasing the toll to 28. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
No new cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Kerala on Friday.

“The active cases in the state touched 102,” Health Minister KK Shylaja says. The last time no new cases were reported was on March 18. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro claims that the distancing and isolation measures introduced by state governors and mayors are “useless”, The Guardian reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Centre has made it compulsory for people living in containment zones to install the Aarogya Setu app on their phones, PTI reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Ministry of Home Affairs has reconstituted Empowered Groups, created for planning and implementation of Covid-19 response. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The railways will charge state governments for ferrying people stranded due to the lockdown, PTI reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Migrant labourers begin arriving at Nashik railway station in Maharashtra to travel to their hometowns. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Delhi government has asked medical directors to get written explanations from Covid-19 infected healthcare workers on how they contracted the disease despite wearing protective gear, PTI reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
According to a Delhi govt order, medical directors of non-coronavirus hospitals are “indiscriminately” sending doctors and other medical workers in quarantine for 14 days. “This practice is causing unnecessary shortage of doctors and staff at hospitals.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Pakistan has recorded 990 cases of the coronavirus on Friday, PTI reports. This takes the total number of infections to 17,439 with 391 deaths, according to the country’s health ministry. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Centre says in its order that all workplaces must be sanitized frequently, including between shifts.

“Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer preferably with touch-free mechanism will be made at all entry & exit points and common areas.” scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Maharashtra Health Department says 1,008 new cases have been detected on Friday, PTI reports. As many as 26 people have died. The total number of cases is now 11,506, and toll 485. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury backs the Centre’s decision to start special trains to take stranded people back to their home towns. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Delhi has reported 223 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, and two more deaths. The total number of cases is now 3,738, and toll 61.

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As many as 751 persons have tested positive in Mumbai on Friday, the highest in a single day. The total number of cases is now 7,625. Mumbai is by far the worst-affected city in India. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
The Delhi government has cancelled its order regarding the shortage of staff in non-Covid-19 hospitals, The Indian Express reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
New cases in more states:

Rajasthan: 82 new cases, total rises to 2,666, toll now 62.

Himachal Pradesh: two new cases, the total rises to 40, one person dead. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting to discuss the situation in the education sector amid the coronavirus. “Special emphasis was given on the use of technology in the education sector and enhancing learning and adapting by the use of technology,” the PMO says.
The Central Railway urges people to not throng railways stations and says that only passengers who have been allowed to travel by the government will be permitted to board trains. The Central Railways will also run a special Shramik Express train from Nashik to Lucknow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes the announcements by the armed forces to thank “Covid-19 warriors”.

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“India has waged a strong fight against COVID-19 due to courageous frontline warriors who have cared and cured many,” Modi says in a series of tweets. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
“Our Armed Forces have always kept the nation safe. Even in times of disasters, they are out there helping people. Now, our Forces are, in a unique way, saying a big thank you to our frontline COVID-19 warriors for their endeavour towards making India COVID-19 free,” Modi says.
The Karnataka government issues a standard operating procedure for migrant workers, tourists, students or any others who want to leave or enter the state amid the lockdown. They will have to submit an online application at sevasindhu.karnataka.gov.in. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Two more Delhi Police personnel test positive for the coronavirus, PTI reports. More than 21 policemen have tested positive so far. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Toll in the United Kingdom rises to 27,510, AFP reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says it is important to ensure the virus does not enter municipalities in semi-urban areas as well as villages. The state has 4,721 Covid-19 cases. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
Singapore reports 932 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 17,101, PTI reports. scroll.in/latest/960731/…
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