Coronavirus India Updates: Lockdown Extension On The Cards As Covid-19 Cases Mount Unabated
The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 26,000 people in India even as the nation extended the world's strictest lockdown to combat spreading of the highly contagious pathogen.
India added 1,975 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 26,917 in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the health ministry's update as of 5:00 p.m. on April 26. This includes 826 deaths and 5,914 patients who have recovered.
Over the last 24 hours, India reported 704 recoveries and 47 deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, allowed select activities from April 20 in some areas that are least affected by the outbreak to kick-start the economy and prevent job losses.
India also allowed all shops, including neighbourhood and standalone shops, those in residential complexes, within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State and UTs (union territories), providing non-essential goods and services to resume from April 25.
But the relief has not been extended to shops in market places, multi-brand, and single-brand malls located in municipality areas, coronavirus hotspots and containment areas. Also, sale of liquor and other items specified in the National Directives for Covid-19 management remains prohibited.
Globally, nearly three million people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 202,000 have succumbed to the disease. China reported no new deaths, while South Korea posted two. U.S. cases rose 4.5 percent, more than the average over the past week. The IRS is asking thousands of employees to come back to work, with their own protective gear.
Spain and France took steps toward considering an easing of their lockdowns, while emerging economies including Argentina and Kenya are lengthening theirs. Hawaii extended a stay-at-home order until May 31.
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