Coronavirus India Updates: Cases Top 78,000; Over 2,500 Dead
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India crossed 78,000 with over 2,500 dead, as the Prime Minister’s CARES fund poured in more money to combat the virus.
India added 3,722 new Covid-19 cases over 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry’s 8:00 a.m. update on May 14. The total number of cases in India stands at 78,003. This includes 26,235 people who’ve recovered and 2,549 deaths. The ministry said that 70 percent of all deaths so far have been because of comorbidity.
Authorities have now reported more than 3,000 fresh cases every day for a week.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced nine further measures under the Prime Minister’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan—the second set of measures in the post-pandemic financial package, to help restore economic growth. They ranged from support to migrant workers and farmers to easier credit facilities for street vendors.
The coronavirus pandemic could take away four years of growth from the global economy and push 130 million to extreme poverty, a United Nations study showed. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy faces unprecedented risks.
China reported three more cases in regions near North Korea and Russia, after a growing cluster of infections prompted a sealing off of cities in one of the provinces. South Korea reported 29 new cases amid an increase in infections tied to nightclubs in Seoul.
Total cases, globally, have crossed 4.3 million with more than 2,97,000 dead.
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FM Announces Measures For Migrant Workers, Farmers
Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the second tranche of India’s Covid-19 economic relief package, with a focus on migrant workers, farmers and urban poor. Wednesday’s announcements focused on small businesses, non-bank lenders and the power sector.
Out of the Rs 20 lakh crore, measures worth 15.57 lakh crore have now been unveiled, including the Rs 7.09 lakh worth of stimulus previously announced by the Reserve Bank of India and the finance ministry.
Get full details of today’s announcements here.
Finance Minister Sitharaman's Press Conference At 4 P.M.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is set to address the media at 4 p.m. today as well, to announce the second set of details of Prime Minister Narnerda Modi’s 20 lakh crore economic package.
Workers Gather At Kolhapur Highway, Demand Passage Home
Hundreds of migrant labourers gathered on Pune-Bengaluru Highway in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district on Thursday, demanding special trains to their hometowns in the northern states, police said.
Labourers from Shiroli MIDC, who were stranded since the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced, gathered on the highway to voice their demands, the official said.
As the crowd swelled in the area, the police were deployed to convince the protesting labourers to clear out and subsequently the district collector and police superintendent also reached the spot, he said.
The authorities were trying to convince the migrants that they will be allowed to return to their home states depending on the availability of trains, he added.
Labourers, who were predominantly from Uttar Pradesh, said they wished to head to their hometowns, as they had left their living quarters and did not have work or means to survive the lockdown, the official said.