Coronavirus India Updates: Lockdown Extension On The Cards As Covid-19 Cases Mount Unabated
A medic checks the temperature of a migrant worker, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Hiremagalur near Chikmagalur on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus India Updates: Lockdown Extension On The Cards As Covid-19 Cases Mount Unabated

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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.

Coronavirus India Updates: Lockdown Extension On The Cards As Covid-19 Cases Mount Unabated

Global Update

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.

Track latest news updates on the evolving coronavirus situation in India and the world here:

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Tax Officers Suggest 10-Point Taxation Plan To Shore Up Covid-19 Funds

A group of tax officers has suggested several steps to shore up government revenue in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. These include a hike in the so-called super-rich tax, a Covid-19 cess and higher tax on multinational companies operating in India.

In its 10 suggestions to generate more revenue, Indian Revenue Service Association has also mooted re-introduction of wealth tax, raising the Google tax and inheritance tax, among others.

A 44-page paper titled ‘FORCE’, or 'Fiscal Options & Response to COVID-19 Epidemic', dated April 23, has been sent to the Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman PC Mody and the board members.

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A 42-year-old man died of Covid-19 in Chennai Sunday, marking the 24th coronavirus-related fatality in Tamil Nadu since the outbreak. As of 5:00 pm, the state had recorded 64 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally to 1,885, authorities said. Sixty people were discharged from various hospitals in the state today, increasing the total number of recoveriees to 1,020.

In Chart: India’s GDP Growth Slump This Year Could Be Sharper Than Expected

Two out of every three companies expect their sales to contract in 2020-21 due to the slowdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting that economic growth in India could fall more than what was estimated earlier.

India’s real gross domestic product could contract 0.4 percent in FY21 versus a growth of 4.6 percent in FY20, Nomura said in a research note. Nominal GDP growth could slow down to 1.5 percent in the same period from 7.2 percent in the previous year.

India Effects Major Bureaucratic Reshuffle Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

India effected a major bureaucratic reshuffle Sunday, appointing Tarun Bajaj as the economic affairs secretary and extending health secretary Preeti Sudan’s term by three months amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, among others.

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