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Coronavirus India May 13 Highlights: Tally at 74,281, Maharashtra accounts for almost 25,000 cases

Coronavirus in India Updates: "Out of Rs 3100 crore, a sum of approximately Rs.2000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, Rs. 1000 crores will be used for the care of migrant labourers and Rs.100 crores will be given to support vaccine development," the PMO said in a statement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2020 9:37:41 am
India Coronavirus Updates, 13 May: Cases cross 74,000 mark, ICMR starts household survey to gauge virus prevalence The total number of infections crossed the 74,000-mark Wednesday to reach at 74,281. (File)

Coronavirus in India updates: The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund Trust Wednesday decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against Covid-19, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said. “Out of Rs 3100 crore, a sum of approximately Rs.2000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, Rs. 1000 crores will be used for the care of migrant labourers and Rs.100 crores will be given to support vaccine development,” the PMO said.

Meanwhile, earlier today, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an economic package worth Rs 20 lakh crore or 10 per cent of India’s GDP in 2019-20, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference announced a slew of measures to help businesses, including micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. FOLLOW | FM Nirmala Sitharaman Speech HIGHLIGHTS

With India reporting 122 deaths and 3,525 cases in the last 24 hours, the coronavirus pandemic casualties rose to 2,415 on Wednesday while the total number of infections crossed the 74,000-mark to reach 74,281 including the 24,385 people who have been treated and discharged so far.

Globally, 2,91,942 people have died and 4,261,747 have been infected so far. As many as 1,493,414 people have been cured across the world. The United States has recorded the maximum number of deaths and cases at 82,376 and 1,369,574 respectively.

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08:08 (IST)14 May 2020
Gujarat's Covid-19 numbers

The state's tally has now crossed 9,000 positive cases and saw 29 deaths in the last 24 hours. The virus has also made its way to Amreli, which was Gujarat’s last standing zero district, on Thursday with a 67-year-old woman who arrived here from Surat testing positive. With this, all 33 districts in the state have been affected by Covid-19, though Tapi and Dang have not reported a single case in the past 10 days where all those infected have recovered. Follow live updates from May 14 here 

01:22 (IST)14 May 2020
Gujarat: Migrant workers from Bihar block NH 141 with boulders

Demanding that they be allowed to return to their native places in Bihar, hundreds of migrant workers on Wednesday blocked National Highway (NH) 141 leading to Kandla port from Gandhidham town in Kutch. However, they dispersed after police informed them that special trains will run for them on May 16 and 17.

Hordes of migrant workers blocked the NH 141 section near Cargo Zupadpatti, a settlement of migrant workers near Kandla Special Economic Zone (KASEZ), in Gandhidham by placing boulders. The mob reportedly targeted a few trucks which were passing by. However, Kutch (east) superintendent of police (SP) Parikshita Rathod reached the spot and pacified the mob that eventually dispersed after around two hours. Read more here

01:10 (IST)14 May 2020
Migrant crowd demanding train to UP lathicharged in Mumbai

The Mumbai Police Wednesday resorted to lathicharge after hundreds of migrant workers gathered at Belasis Road in Nagpada. Later, a case was registered against 400-odd migrants for violating lockdown norms.

The police said that the crowd started assembling around 10 am, demanding an immediate train to Uttar Pradesh. Officers said the workers questioned the delay in helping them, when thousands of migrants had been sent back to their respective states. “We assured them that we were in contact with the railway authorities and were awaiting approval from the state concerned, but they continued to stand there. At this, we had to take measures to disperse the crowd,” said an officer under the condition of anonymity.

00:25 (IST)14 May 2020
No spring semester from June, IIT Bombay scraps final exam for 2019-20

IIT BOMBAY has decided to end its spring semester as well as scrap the final examination for 2019-20 academic year. The spring semester was scheduled to begin on June 1 and go on till July 13, as per a revised academic calendar shared with students towards the end of March. This year, the institute had also advanced and rescheduled its summer vacation from April 1 to May 31.

“The current trend of the outbreak in Mumbai and across India makes the return of students to the IIT-B campus in the coming weeks and resumption of the spring semester highly unlikely,” stated minutes of the e-senate’s meeting on May 11. Read more here

00:00 (IST)14 May 2020
Maharashtra: 12 ‘zero-death’ districts in state, 20 with casualties below 10

EVEN AS Maharashtra is trying to bring down the number of deaths from Covid-19, there are 12 districts that have not reported a single death due to the infection to date.

In the last one week, the number of new cases in the state averaged at 1,000 every day. A message has gone out to the district collectors to work out strategies to contain deaths due to Covid-19. Read more here

23:56 (IST)13 May 2020
One more BSF jawan tests positive in Tripura

One more BSF jawan from 86th Battalion in Dhalai district, 100 Km from Agartala, tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total active case count to 152. Authorities have tagged Dhalai as ‘red zone’ and marked six containment zones across three battalion deployments, all of which are affected.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb wrote in a late night Tweet, “652 civilians & BSF officials have undergone #COVID19 test, among them 1 BSF official of 86th Battalion, Ambassa found COVID-19 POSITIVE. We are conducting maximum number of COVID19 tests to ensure better safety of every people of this State. Stay safe! #TripuraCOVID19Count”.

Earlier this evening, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said 16 BSF jawans, among 151 under treatment, were discharged from the isolation unit of state-run GB Panth Hospital, Tripura’s only COVID-19 testing facility. They include two who have fully recovered and 14 others who are asymptomatic.

Nath also informed that thirteen more BSF jawans have completed 10-day observation today. They would be discharged from isolation tomorrow, to be quarantined for net 14 days. Thirteen others, also BSF jawans who are under treatment at GB Panth Hospital, would be discharged and shifted to quarantine centre on the day after.

-- Debraj Deb

23:56 (IST)13 May 2020
One more BSF jawan tests positive in Tripura

One more BSF jawan from 86th Battalion in Dhalai district, 100 Km from Agartala, tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total active case count to 152. Authorities have tagged Dhalai as ‘red zone’ and marked six containment zones across three battalion deployments, all of which are affected.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb wrote in a late night Tweet, “652 civilians & BSF officials have undergone #COVID19 test, among them 1 BSF official of 86th Battalion, Ambassa found COVID-19 POSITIVE. We are conducting maximum number of COVID19 tests to ensure better safety of every people of this State. Stay safe! #TripuraCOVID19Count”.

Earlier this evening, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said 16 BSF jawans, among 151 under treatment, were discharged from the isolation unit of state-run GB Panth Hospital, Tripura’s only COVID-19 testing facility. They include two who have fully recovered and 14 others who are asymptomatic.

Nath also informed that thirteen more BSF jawans have completed 10-day observation today. They would be discharged from isolation tomorrow, to be quarantined for net 14 days. Thirteen others, also BSF jawans who are under treatment at GB Panth Hospital, would be discharged and shifted to quarantine centre on the day after.

-- Debraj Deb

23:27 (IST)13 May 2020
Govt forms committee for economic revival of Gujarat

To suggest measures for the economic revival of Gujarat amid Covid-19 pandemic, the state government has formed a six-member panel of experts to be headed by former union finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia.

A decision in this regard was taken by the state cabinet in its weekly meeting, on Wednesday, chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The committee has been mandated to submit its interim report in two weeks and final report in a month’s time. Read more here

23:27 (IST)13 May 2020
Goa awaits RT-PCR test results of seven new cases

Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane Wednesday said 7 new COVID-19 cases had been reported in the state, via the TrueNat testing done at Ponda Sub-District Hospital. The minister added that the tests have been further sent to the Virology lab at GMC for confirmation, and results are awaited.

22:33 (IST)13 May 2020
Evacuation flight leaves London for Ahmedabad with 327 Indians

The first Covid-19 evacuation flight from London to Ahmedabad departed from Heathrow airport on Wednesday, with 327 Indians who had been stranded in the United Kingdom since the nationwide lockdown was first announced in March. Several of these passengers are residents of Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Surat districts.

On their arrival, the passengers will opt for paid or unpaid institutional quarantine. According to local administrations of the districts, the passengers will have to choose a quarantine in a location outside their home district as part of the protocol.

21:38 (IST)13 May 2020
Rs 1,000 cr will be gives for welfare of migrants: PMO

The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said that an amount of Rs 1,000 cr will be given to states and UTs from PM-Cares Fund to “strengthen existing measures” taken for the welfare of migrants and poor.

21:06 (IST)13 May 2020
50,000 ventilators will be purchased from PM-CARES Fund: PMO

"For augmenting the infrastructure to tackle COVID-19 cases across the country, 50,000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators will be purchased from PM CARES Fund at a cost of approximately Rs. 2,000 crore," the Prime Minister Office said in a statement.

“These ventilators will be provided to government-run Covid-19 hospitals in all States/UTs, for better treatment of the critical cases, it added.




20:51 (IST)13 May 2020
PM-CARES Fund Trust allocates Rs 3,100 cr for fight against Covid

The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund Wednesday has decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against Covid-19, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said. "Out of Rs 3100 crore, a sum of approximately Rs.2000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, Rs. 1000 crores will be used for the care of migrant labourers and Rs.100 crores will be given to support vaccine development," the PMO said.

20:38 (IST)13 May 2020
Jammu reports first Covid-19 death

Jammu on Wednesday reported its first Covid-19 related death after a 75-year-old man died at his home on Tuesday and was tested positive this morning. According to Dr Dara Singh, Medical Superintendent of the Government Medical College Hospital, the deceased had been ill for the past few months. His son, however, had a travel history of coming from Delhi. The family had brought the man to the hospital Tuesday evening, where he was declared dead on arrival. The doctors, as a precautionary measure, had decided to take a sample for a Covid-19 test which later turned out to be positive.

19:55 (IST)13 May 2020
Assam: Guwahati reports 15 new cases

On Wednesday, Guwahati reported 15 new cases of the novel coronavirus traced to a 50-year-old man who had tested positive on Monday in the city’s busiest commercial hub, Fancy Bazaar. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed the new cases through a tweet: “Alert ~ 15 persons are tested #COVID19 + in Kamrup Metro. All are related to patient from Guwahati's Fancy Bazaar, who tested + recently.” He also said that those who tested positive were quarantined and asked people not to panic. These new cases now bring the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 79, out of which 39 have been discharged and 37 are active.

19:52 (IST)13 May 2020
Kerala hikes liquor prices by up to 35%

Following the lead from states like Delhi and Goa, Kerala Wednesday effected a major hike in liquor prices by raising the duty on all brands. While beer and wine brands will see an increase in retail prices by 10%, other IMFL categories will see a hike of up to 35%, a top official of Kerala State Beverages Corporation (BEVCO) confirmed. The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday.

19:02 (IST)13 May 2020
Delhi: Rail Bhavan shut for two days after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Rail Bhavan, which is the headquarters of the Indian Railways in Central Delhi, will be shut for the next two days after an RPF staffer tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, officials said. The employee, working as a clerk in Railway Protection Force (RPF) Director General Arun Kumar's office on the fourth floor of Rail Bhavan, was in quarantine since May 6, they said. According to an order issued on Wednesday, the building, which houses the Railway Board, will be shut on May 14 and 15 and intensive sanitisation of all the rooms and common areas will be done. 

18:52 (IST)13 May 2020
Centre's economic package a 'big zero', it has nothing for states: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday slammed the Union government, claiming the special economic package announced by it has nothing of help to the states and is "a big zero". Banerjee alleged the central government was "misleading people" during the COVID-19 crisis.

"The special economic package announced by the Union government is nothing but a big zero. It is an eyewash to fool the people. There is nothing for the unorganised sector, public spending and employment generation," she said while addressing a press conference here. "Yesterday, when the PM announced Rs 20 lakh crore package, we were hopeful that the interest of the states will be looked into, the FRBM limit would be increased. But today, after the Union finance minister made the announcements, it was found that everything that was said yesterday was a bluff," she said.

Hitting out at the Centre for allegedly not offering anything to the financially starved states, The Trinamool Congress supremo claimed it was trying to "bulldoze" cooperative federalism.

18:40 (IST)13 May 2020
Mumbai: Coronavirus count crosses 1,000, death toll at 40 in Dharavi slums

The number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai's Dharavi, considered to be the biggest slum of Asia, rose to 1,028 on Wednesday with 66 new patients being detected, said an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The death toll due to the pandemic in the area rose to 40 on Tuesday from 31, but no new COVID-19-related death was reported thereafter, he said.

These nine deaths had taken place on different dates but the information was collated on Tuesday, the official said. Dharavi recorded its coronavirus patient on April 1, 20 days after the first case of coronavirus infection was reported in Mumbai. (PTI) 

17:47 (IST)13 May 2020
Date for filing income tax return extended to November 30

Giving a major relief to the tax payers of the country, badly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, the government on Wednesday extended the date for filing of Income-tax return for FY 2019-20 from 31st July, 2020 & 31st October, 2020 to 30th November, 2020 and Tax audit from 30th September, 2020 to 31st October, 2020. READ MORE

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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country should view the Covid-19 economic crisis as an opportunity to achieve economic self-reliance. In his address to the nation, he stressed on the importance of promoting “local” products.

He called it the Atma-nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (or Self-reliant India Mission) and said that in the days to come his government will be unveiling the details of an economic package — worth Rs 20 lakh crore or 10% of India’s GDP in 2019-20 — aimed towards achieving this mission.

Is this a new package?

Not entirely. While the PM did not give the details, he did specify that this calculation of Rs 20 lakh crore includes what the government has already announced and the steps taken by the Reserve Bank of India.

So, will the actual amount spent by the government be less than Rs 20 lakh crore? If so, by how much?

A rough estimate by suggests that the RBI’s decisions have provided additional liquidity of Rs 5 to 6 lakh crore since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Add this to the Rs 1.7 lakh crore of the first fiscal relief package announced by the government on March 26. Together the two already account for 40% of the Rs 20 lakh crore package. That leaves an effective amount of Rs 12 lakh crore.

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India’s industrial output falls 16.7% in March: Government

The index of industrial production (IIP) witnessed a sharp decline of 16.7 per cent to 120.1 in the month of March, according to the data released by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI). The IIP had grown 2.7 per cent in March 2019. The industrial growth during the fiscal year 2019-20 (April-March) slipped 0.7 per cent, compared to a 3.8 per cent rise in 2018-19, the data showed. The steep fall in IIP during March was mainly on account of a dismal show by mining, manufacturing and electricity sector due to the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Meanwhile, the third wave of infections in Kerala has ostensibly begun, with more people arriving from neighbouring states and abroad testing positive for coronavirus. On Tuesday, four of the five persons who were detected with the virus in the state in the last 24 hours had recently flown in from the Gulf countries on board the Vande Bharat repatriation flights. Of the 32 active cases in the state, 23 persons have travel history from neighbouring states or from abroad.

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US' CDC commits USD 3.6 million to India's COVID-19 fight

The US' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has committed USD 3.6 million to assist India's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the aid will support prevention, preparedness and response activities.

The funds will also be used to support the development of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) centres of excellence that can improve the ability of hospital networks to detect COVID-19 and strengthen local health systems through enhanced surveillance and monitoring systems, a US Embassy statement said.

The CDC is the national public health institute of the United States. It is a federal agency under the US' Department of Health and Human Services. "This initial tranche of funding will seek to further strengthen and support the Indian government's efforts to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics and serology," the embassy said.

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