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India sees record spike of 896 COVID-19 cases, 37 deaths in 24 hrs

India sees record spike of 896 COVID-19 cases, 37 deaths in 24...

The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 206 and the number of cases in the country climbed to 6,761 on Friday, a record spike of 896 cases and 37 deaths in 24 hours since Thursday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: Full Coverage IMAGE: Police personnel wear face masks during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Chandigarh, on Friday. Photograph: PTI Photo While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 6,039, as many as 515 ..., 1 hour ago

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After Odisha, Punjab extends lockdown till May 1

Punjab on Friday extended the lockdown to fight coronavirus up to May 1, becoming the second state after Odisha to do so as its count of COVID-19 cases rose to 151 and the government feared that the outbreak is heading towards the community transmission stage. At its meeting conducted through video conferencing, the state cabinet also approved a draft ordinance to rope in private hospitals in the state's efforts to combat COVID-19. The Punjab Clinical Establishment (Registration and ...
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Govt to export surplus HCQ, says buffer stock available

Amid concerns over the export of hydroxychloroquine, which is being seen as a drug that may counter coronavirus, the government on Friday said India has received requests from several nations for the medicine and a decision has been taken to export the surplus drug, while keeping a sufficient buffer of stocks for the country. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: Full Coverage Addressing a briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Additional Secretary Dammu Ravi, who is also the COVID-19 coordinator, said that ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Hydroxychloroquine exports only to foreign govts, not pvt cos  Rediff.com13 hours ago

No community transmission in India yet, maintains health ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Friday maintained that there is no community transmission of novel coronavirus in the country so far while urging people to follow lockdown norms and social distancing properly. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: Full Coverage Responding to a question over an Indian Council of Medical Research study which stated that 40 out of 104 people having severe acute respiratory infection and later tested positive for coronavirus did not have any recent international travel history or ...
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Tokyo 2020 Games on July 23, 2021?

Olympics organisers working on new date for Tokyo 2020 IMAGE: People wearing masks cycle past a banner for the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo. At his first remote news conference on Friday, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto emphasized that Games organisers were aiming towards the new start date of July 23, 2021, regardless of how long it takes to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images Tokyo Olympics organisers are focusing on their new Games start date in 2021, they stressed ...
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Coronavirus: Arsenal to provide free meals to aid poor

IMAGE: Image used for representational purposes. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images Arsenal will provide more than 30,000 free meals as well as sanitary and personal hygiene products to vulnerable people in the local community as part of a response plan to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League club said on Friday. The north London club also pledged to donate 100,000 pounds ($124,000) to local organisations and a further 50,000 pounds will go towards a COVID-19 Crisis Fund.   ...
 Rediff.com2 hours ago These images will make you forget your COVID-19 worries  Rediff.com16 hours ago

Forex kitty down by $902 mn to $474.66 bn

Gold reserve also declined by $340 million to $30.55 billion. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/ The country's foreign exchange reserves declined by $902 million to $474.66 billion in the week to April 3 due to a fall in foreign currency assets, according to the latest data from the Reserve Bank of India. In the previous week, the reserves had surged by $5.65 billion to $475.56 billion.   The reserves had touched a life-time high of $487.23 billion in the week to March 6, after it ...
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1982 Brazil soccer team reunite to help fight COVID-19

IMAGE: In an initiative led by Paulo Roberto Falcao (in picture), 19 players, including Zico, Junior and Leandro, recorded a video message appealing for donations. Photograph: Lucas Uebel/Getty Images Members of Brazil’s 1982 World Cup squad have reunited to ask their compatriots to work together and donate money to help the country’s overcrowded favelas avoid the worst ravages of the coronavirus. In an initiative led by Paulo Roberto Falcao, 19 players, including Zico, Junior and ...
 Rediff.com2 hours ago

Bank credit growth slumps to over 50-year low in FY20

In its latest monetary policy report released recently, RBI had said credit growth is likely to remain modest, reflecting weak demand and risk aversion due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/ Bank credit growth decelerated to an over five-decade low of 6.14 per cent in the fiscal ended March 31, 2020, amid a faltering economy, lower demand and risk aversion among banks, RBI data showed. Bank advances growth in FY20 was the slowest since ...
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IMF picks Raghuram Rajan in coronavirus advisory group

Rajan, 57, who was RBI governor for three years until September 2016, is currently working as a professor at the prestigious University of Chicago. IMF MD Kristalina Georgieva on Friday named former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan and 11 others to her external advisory group to provide perspectives from around the globe on key developments and policy issues, including responses to the exceptional challenges the world now faces due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rajan, 57, who was the Reserve Bank of ...
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