Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: PM CARES Fund Allocates Rs 1,000 Cr for Migrants, Ventilators to be Bought with Rs 2,000 Crore - News18

Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: PM CARES Fund Allocates Rs 1,000 Cr for Migrants, Ventilators to be Bought with Rs 2,000 Crore | May 13, 2020, 10:22 PM IST
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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund Trust on Wednesday allocated Rs 3,100 crore for India's fight against Covid-19. Out of Rs 3,100 crore, an amount of approximately Rs 2,000 crore will be earmarked for purchase of 50,000 ventilators, Rs 1,000 crore will be used to help migrant labourers and Rs 100 crore will be given to support vaccine development.

While announcing this package, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked all the donors for their generosity in contributing to the PM CARES Fund which will support India's fight against Covid-19.
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May 13, 2020 10:22 pm (IST)
May 13, 2020 10:13 pm (IST)

Uttam Nagar SHO Tested Positive for COVID-19 | Station House Officer of Uttam Nagar Police station, Delhi has tested positive for COVID-19, six staff of the police station have been put under quarantine. 

May 13, 2020 10:08 pm (IST)

202 Fresh Cases Reported in Rajasthan in 24 Hours | As many as 202 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours, the total number of positive cases in the state is now 4,328. 

May 13, 2020 10:00 pm (IST)

UPDATE | Haryana Govt has decided to start special bus services on selected routes from May 15, to facilitate people stranded within the state due to lockdown. Buses will ply only in Haryana but the special bus service will not be started in areas severely affected with COVID-19, said Haryana CM. 

May 13, 2020 9:54 pm (IST)

BSF Personnel Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Six personnel of Border Security Force, who accompanied a central inter-ministerial team during its visit to West Bengal, had tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata, said BSF Director General SS Deshwal. 

May 13, 2020 9:49 pm (IST)

Andhra CM Writes to External Affairs Minister Seeks Safe Return of Passengers | Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar seeking the safe return stranded migrant labour in Kuwait and other nations.

May 13, 2020 9:36 pm (IST)

New Delhi DM office sealed after 8 test positive | The office of New Delhi district magistrate was sealed after eight civil defence volunteers working there tested positive for COVID-19. All those who came in contact with the eight personnel will be tested for coronavirus, a senior official said, adding that contact tracing has also been undertaken to ascertain who came in their contact.

May 13, 2020 9:24 pm (IST)

MP UPDATE: Coronavirus cases cross 4,000, Death at 232 | With 187 persons testing positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Madhya Pradesh's overall tally rose to 4,173 today, a Health official said. A total of seven people succumbed to the viral infection on Tuesday night, taking the overall death toll to 232 in the state. 

May 13, 2020 9:07 pm (IST)

Centre Procures 5.03 Lakh Tonnes of Pulses, Oilseeds | Centre has procured about 5.03 lakh tonne of pulses and 3.67 lakh tonne of mustard seeds, totalling 8.7 lakh tonne under the price support scheme (PSS), the agriculture ministry said. The PSS is operationalised on state governments' request when prices fall below the minimum support price. 

May 13, 2020 8:55 pm (IST)

Haryana Update | Total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Haryana stands at 793, including 418 patients recovered/discharged and 11 deaths. 

May 13, 2020 8:52 pm (IST)

UPDATE | Out of Rs 3,100 crores, a sum of approximately Rs.2,000 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, announced the Prime Minister's office. 

May 13, 2020 8:45 pm (IST)

Days after declaring COVID-19 free, Goa reports fresh case. Another six patients were hospitalised with suspected coronavirus symptoms. 

May 13, 2020 8:40 pm (IST)

Cases reach 72 in Uttarakhand, with one person testing positive for the infection in Nainital district.

May 13, 2020 8:33 pm (IST)

PM CARES Fund Trust Allocates Rs. 3100 Crore for Fight against COVID-19

May 13, 2020 8:30 pm (IST)

UPDATE | Expressing disappointment at the Centre’s failure to address the humanitarian crisis resulting from the lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said immediate intervention in the unorganised labour sector should have been a top priority. 

May 13, 2020 8:16 pm (IST)

Cases In Maharashtra Inch Near 26,000-mark | With the addition of 1,495 cases in last 24 hours, the total number of cases reach 25,922 and death toll reached 975. 

May 13, 2020 8:11 pm (IST)

Delhi Govt Transfers Rs 5000 Financial Assistance | The Delhi govt has transferred Rs 5000 financial assistance to 1,10,093 PSV badge holder para transit drivers. In total, the government has given financial assistance of Rs. 55,04,65,000. 

May 13, 2020 8:02 pm (IST)

Pregnant Women, Children Who Will Return From Abroad To Be Tested: K'Taka Govt | Pregnant women, children below 10 years of age, senior citizens above 80 years of age and terminally ill patients who will return from abroad, will be tested using RT-PCR test and allowed to go to home quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19. 

May 13, 2020 7:56 pm (IST)

37 fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported in Jammu & Kashmir, taking the total number of cases to 971 out of which 494 cases are active.

May 13, 2020 7:50 pm (IST)

Jharkhand Update | Two new COVID-19 cases each have been reported in Ranchi and Koderma, taking total number of cases to 177 in the state. 

May 13, 2020 7:44 pm (IST)

FICCI Welcomes PM’s 'Mission Revive India' | Commenting on the set of economic measures announced by the Finance Minister, Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI said, “With today’s comprehensive set of announcements, the stage is now set to rebuild the Indian industry and economy."

May 13, 2020 7:39 pm (IST)

Over 500 Cases Recorded in TN in last 24 Hours | Tamil Nadu records 509 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking the total cases to 9,227 in the state. Three new deaths have been recorded in the State, taking the total death count to 64. Meanwhile, Chennai recorded 380 new cases, taking the numbers to 5,262 cases.

May 13, 2020 7:32 pm (IST)

Assam Update | 15 persons are tested COVID-19 in Kamrup Metro. 

May 13, 2020 7:30 pm (IST)

22 UP Jail Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19 | A total of 22 inmates of permanent & temporary jails have tested positive in Uttar Pradesh so far. 11 prisoners have been found positive in Agra Centra Jail, 6 in Moradabad Jail (all recovered) and five inmates in temporary jails. 

May 13, 2020 7:21 pm (IST)

Mexico to Reopen Car Plants Amid Covid-19 Peak | After 51 days of lockdowns, Mexico is preparing for the new normality, its president, Manuel López Obrador, said, according to the Associated Press- despite reporting its highest number of new deaths so far. 

May 13, 2020 7:15 pm (IST)

This will also boost local, boost 'swadeshi', we'll walk towards self-reliance. If global tenders will be disallowed in govt procurement tenders up to Rs 200 cr then our local companies, especially the small ones, will gain new strength said MP CM SS Chouhan. 

May 13, 2020 7:10 pm (IST)

Bihar Update |  With 24 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Bihar, taking the total number of cases to 932. 

May 13, 2020 6:59 pm (IST)

WB Government Announces Ad Hoc Bonus for Employees | The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government announced an ad hoc bonus and festival advance to state govt employees which will cost the state exchequer Rs 400 Crore.

May 13, 2020 6:53 pm (IST)

More than 69,000 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed across Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. 

May 13, 2020 6:49 pm (IST)

Sweden Responds to COVID-19 With 10,000 More Care Workers | Sweden’s public health authority reported 147 more deaths from COVID-19, as the government announced it would hire up to 10,000 more nursing assistants and care workers to address shortcomings in elderly care. 

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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: PM CARES Fund Allocates Rs 1,000 Cr for Migrants, Ventilators to be Bought with Rs 2,000 Crore
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Soon after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's announcements on income tax, real estate and EPF contribution under Centre's Rs 20 lakh crore economic package, the opposition leaders slammed the government over the "big zero" relief measures. While West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the states had not been given any money, Congress leaders P Chidambaram said that it was a cruel blow to those who toil every day.

Senior Congress leader and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said the stimulus package had no clear indication of where the funds will be available from, what the schemes were and who would be the beneficiaries.

Four domestic pharma firms — Cipla, Jubilant Life Sciences, Hetero and Mylan — have entered into non-exclusive licensing agreements with drug major Gilead Sciences Inc for manufacturing and distribution of remdesivir, a potential therapy for Covid-19.

The medicine has been issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat Covid-19 patients. "Gilead has signed non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with five generic pharmaceutical manufacturers based in India and Pakistan to further expand supply of remdesivir.

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an economic package worth Rs 20 lakh crore to help the nation cope with the impact of coronavirus and the lockdown of large parts of the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is set to list out the details of the package at 4pm today. According to government sources, the package announcement did take time but is comprehensive after wider consultations with small to big businesses.

They added that inputs were taken from various associations and chambers and PM Modi took keen interest in the detailing of the package.

India's death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 2,415 and the number of cases climbed to 74,281 today, registering an increase of 122deaths and 3,525 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 47,480 while 24,385 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said. "Thus, around 32.83 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said.

A total 122 deaths were reported since Tuesday morning, of which 53 were in Maharashtra, 24 in Gujarat, 13 in Delhi, eight each in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, four each in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, two each in Telangana and Uttar Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Puducherry.

Of the 2,415 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 921 fatalities, Gujarat comes second with 537 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 225, West Bengal at 198, Rajasthan at 117, Delhi at 86, Uttar Pradesh at 82,Tamil Nadu at 61 and Andhra Pradesh at 46.

Maharashtra is thinking of a graded exit strategy post the end of lockdown on May 17 even as Mumbai inches towards the 15,000-mark in Covid-19 cases, while the total cases in Maharashtra have gone above 24,000. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed all district collectors and divisional commissioners to give a detailed plan about their districts' exit strategy after phase 3 of lockdown.

The details will be collected and mulled over at the Secretariat. The CM also directed the district administration to gear up for monsoon-related illnesses. Strict instructions have been given to the administration to stop any movement from containment zones.

Considering that projections for this month are quite high, and they will be coupled with monsoon related illnesses, medical facilities at each district asked to be prepped up. Thackeray told district administrations to focus on door to door screening for not just Covid, but other illnesses too.

The novel coronavirus has infected over 42 lakh people and led to more than 2,90,000 deaths globally.

In another concerning development linked to the disease, New York state health officials are investigating around 100 children who may have been diagnosed with a recently identified illness associated with Covid-19 that some doctors are referring to as "pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome". Doctors say in some cases, children are taking up to 6 weeks after exposure to the virus to present with symptoms of this illness. Five children in New York have reportedly died of the illness.

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