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Covid claims 488 lives, tally reaches 14,792 with 991 new cases; mortality rate 3 pc

New Delhi: As many as 43 new deaths and 991 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the fatalities to 488 and count to 14,792, of which 4,291 have been linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation, while country’s mortality rate due to the pandemic stands at 3.3 per cent.

The implementation of the Action Plan is yielding good results in 23 States/UTs across 47 districts. Kodaggu (Karnataka) is a new district that has been added to this list along with Mahe (Puducherry) that has not reported any fresh cases during the last 28 days. 22 new districts in 12 States have not reported any fresh cases during the last 14 days, the Union Health Ministry said.

The government amended the FDI norms to curb opporturnistic takeovers or acquisitions of Indian companies during the pandemic, making the former’s approval mandatory for foreign investment in some specific cases, a move which was welcomed by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Mr Gandhi had asked the government to ensure that Indian companies did not face any hostile takeover bid by foreign companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.’The massive economic slowdown has weakened many Indian corporates making them attractive targets for takeovers,’ the Gandhi scion had posted on Twitter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the aviation industry to provide every possible assistance to all those entities who require the same amid the covid-19 outbreak.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh-headed Group of Ministers (GoMs) discussed the ways to minimise the hardships being faced by the people and reviewed various measures initiated to allow partial economic activity in “non-hotspot zones” from April 20.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan held a video conference with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Health Minister Satyendra Jain and health officials during which he urged hospitals to attend to critical non-COVID-19 patients with equal compassion in a resolute fight against sickness.

Maharashtra topped the tally with total number of positive cases mounting to 3,323 with 201 casualties, followed by Delhi at 1,707 cases with 42 deaths, Tamil Nadu at 1,323 cases and Madhya Pradesh at 1,355 cases with 69 deaths, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said in daily media briefing.

Mr Agarwal said a total of 2,014 patients have been cured and discharged. As per Health Ministry, 84 per cent cases in TN, 63 per cent cases in Delhi, 79 per cent cases in Telangana, 59 per cent cases in UP and 61 per cent in Andhra Pradesh are related to the Nizammuddin event.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Rs one crore compensation for health care workers and corona warriors if they lose their life while fighting the pandemic.

Providing a major relief to migrant workers in Maharashtra, the state government allowed over 1 lakh migrant sugarcane workers to go back to their villages after a medical checkup, amid coronavirus lockdown. It also announced an assistance of Rs 2,000 each to 12 lakh registered construction workers through direct benefit transfer scheme during the lockdown.

Via UNI-India

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