They’re making sanitizers from rice for rich as poor die:Rahul Gandhi slams govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

India’s coronavirus cases breached the 1800-mark, according to the figures released by the health ministry on Tuesday morning. There are 14,759 active Covid-19 cases in the country, 590 people have died of the disease while 3,251 have been cured/ discharged.

The Centre has termed the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other areas while forming six ground teams to assess the situation and issue directions, even as it warned all states against diluting national lockdown rules, as some states conditionally lifted select restrictions of the lockdown – in place till May 3.

The government has selected 16 projects — spanning vaccines, drugs and technologies — for funding under the Covid-19 research consortium.

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Globally, there have been 2,437,170 reported coronavirus infections from which 167,594 people have died, according to an AFP tally.

US oil prices rebounded above zero Tuesday, a day after futures ended in negative territory for the first time as a coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand leaves the world awash in crude.

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus:

03:32 PM IST

TN CM regrets opposition to burial of doctors who died of coronavirus

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday regretted the episodes where locals opposed the burial of doctors who died of Covid-19 in the city and urged all to respect the dedication of the health workers.

He also equated doctors, besides other frontline workers in the battle against coronavirus, to God for the “selfless” services rendered by them.

03:04 PM IST

Pandemic sends England and Wales death toll to record high

The UK reported its highest weekly death count on record as the damage caused by the coronavirus epidemic continues to rise. Deaths in care homes more than quadrupled compared with the week previously.

There were 18,516 deaths registered in the week ending April 10, 76% more than the average figure for the same week over the previous five years, the Office For National Statistics said Tuesday. The difference is significantly more than the ONS officially attributed to the virus, suggesting the official count may miss many deaths caused by the epidemic.

02:38 PM IST

Delhi LG visits shelter homes to take stock of arrangements amid coronavirus lockdown

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday took stock of the lockdown implementation in the national capital and visited temporary shelters for migrant workers and the homeless to review arrangements.

According to an official, the lieutenant governor visited two schools at Ludlow Castle Number 2 that have been converted into shelter homes amid the ongoing lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

02:19 PM IST

Odisha to provide ₹50 lakh assitance to health staff who lose lives fighting Covid-19

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of ₹50 lakh each for the families of all health workers and support staff who lose their lives in the fight against COVID-19.

He said the government will treat them as martyrs.

01:56 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi slams govt for allowing use of rice to make sanitiser

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi takes a swipe at the government over reports that rice would be used to make sanitisers and asked the poor of the country as to when will they wake up. In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress leader said while the poor are dying of hunger, the government was allowing rice to be used for making sanitisers.

आख़िर हिंदुस्तान का ग़रीब कब जागेगा? आप भूखे मर रहे हैं और वो आपके हिस्से के चावल से सैनीटाईज़र बनाकर अमीरों के हाथ की सफ़ाई में लगे हैं।

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 21, 2020

01:50 PM IST

Delhi govt will conduct Covid-19 test on mediapersons as precautionary measure: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi govt will conduct Covid-19 test on mediapersons in national capital as precautionary measure, CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday, reports PTI.

He said this in reply to a tweet on the subject.

01:35 PM IST

33 new Covid-19 cases in UP’s Rae Bareli, district total jump to 35

Thirty three fresh Covid cases were reported in Rae Bareli district on Tuesday taking the total number of the Covid- cases in the district to 35.

Chief Development Officer, Rae Bareli, Abhisek Goyal said the 33 people, who had come to the district from outside, were quarantined in the premises of an institute and their samples were sent to SGPGI, Lucknow laboratory for test. On Tuesday morning their report was received by the district administration confirming that all the 33 people are positive. The infected people have been shifted to the Covid-19 hospital established in Community Health Center located in Rohania town in the district.

01:12 PM IST

25 paramedics of Pune hospital test Covid-19 positive

Twenty five paramedics, including 19 nurses, of Pune’s Ruby Hall Clinic test coronavirus positive, according to the hospital CEO, reports PTI.

12:54 PM IST

Bengal to ramp up Covid-19 testing from 425 to 600 every day

TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay says 425 coronavirus tests are conducted everyday in West Bengal. From today, the number has increased to 600: PTI

12:21 PM IST

Delhi-Ghaziabad border sealed to contain the spread of Covid-19

The border between Delhi and Ghaziabad has been sealed as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.

12:17 PM IST

Andhra reports 35 new cases, state count rises to 757 including 22 deaths

Andhra Pradesh has reported 35 new Covid-19 positive cases so far today .These include three each in Ananthpur and Krishna, nine in Guntur, six in Kadapa, 10 in Kurnool and four in West Godavari district. The total number of positive cases in the state have now risen to 757 including 22 deaths & 96 cured / discharged patients, according to the State Command Control Room: ANI

12:03 PM IST

Italy to start easing coronavirus lockdown from May 4: PM Conte

Italy will announce before the end of this week its plans for the gradual reopening from a lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus emergency that will be applied starting from May 4, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

“I wish I could say: let’s reopen everything. Immediately. We start tomorrow morning … But such a decision would be irresponsible. It would make the contagion curve go up in an uncontrolled way and would nullify all the efforts we have made so far,” Conte wrote in a Facebook post.

“We must act on the basis of a national (reopening) plan, which however takes into account the territorial peculiarities.”

12:01 PM IST

Man working for Lok Sabha Secretariat tests positive

A man working as a housekeeper in Lok Sabha has reportedly tested positive for the Covid19 virus, making it the first case among the 3,000-odd staff working at the Lok Sabha secretariat.

The man works for one of the establishments of the Lok Sabha Secretariat and not at the main Parliament complex.

The special Housekeeper, according to three officials, was at home since the budget session of Parliament was adjourned on March 23.

11:45 AM IST

Six more Covid-19 deaths in Gujarat takes toll 77: Report

Six more Covid-19 deaths in Gujarat; state toll rises to 77: Health official.

According to news agency PTI, 127 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the tally to 2,066.

First published: Apr 21, 2020 05:47 IST

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