Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday took to Twitter to inform that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. “I wish to inform all that I have been detected COVID19 positive. I am asymptomatic and hence have opted for home isolation. I shall continue to discharge my duties working from home. Those who have come in my close contact are advised to take the necessary precautions,” he tweeted.
After putting a brake on India reporting over 75,000 cases per day for the past few days by recording less than 70,000 cases on Tuesday, the country has again reported a record 78,357 new infections in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases has reached 37,69,524 now. Also, with 1,045 fresh deaths, the death toll has risen to 66,333 on Wednesday. At present, 8,01,282 are active cases while 29,019,09 people have recovered, according to the Union Health Ministry.
A population-based sero survey has been carried out in Chennai by the National Institute of Epidemiology to check transmission of the infection in the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) region, which showed that one-fifth of Chennai’s population has been exposed to Covid-19. The study said “around 80% of the population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection in Chennai”.
Rejecting Centre’s proposal that state governments could borrow to meet the compensation deficit under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, at least four non-BJP states have said the borrowing should be done by the Centre instead.
Meanwhile, under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, only 33 per cent of free foodgrains and 56 per cent of free gram (whole) allocated for migrants, have actually reached the intended beneficiaries, shows data available with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Globally, a total of 25,662,349 people have been infected so far including 855,578 deaths and 17,002,078 recoveries.