Here's your 10-point cheatsheet on coronavirus cases in India
With 25,922 cases, Maharashtra is the worst affected state. The other states with high COVID-19 cases are Gujarat with 9,267 cases and Tamil Nadu with 9,227 cases.
The Railways will begin issuing waitlisted tickets from May 22. An order issued on Wednesday applies not just to the 15 existing trains, but also "those that will be notified in due course of time", indicating that expanding the service through mail, express and chair cars is on the cards.
The centre has announced relief for middle classes too. To allow people more cash in hand, the government has offered a 25 per cent reduction in TDS (tax deduction at source) for non-salaried specified payments and TCS (tax collection at source) for specified receipts.
The statutory provident fund contribution of both employer and employee will be reduced to 10 per cent each from the existing 12 per cent for all establishments covered by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO for the next three months, the government has said.
Gazipur mandi, one of the largest wholesale fruit and vegetable markets in Delhi, has been closed for two days for sanitisation after its secretary and deputy secretary tested positive for COVID-19.
The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. "We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it," said Michael Ryan, the WHO's emergencies director.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, reacting to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's announcements for small businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis and weeks of lockdown, said creating positivity in the circumstances was a challenge. "We have to understand the art of living with corona. This is not a natural virus. It is an artificial virus and now many countries in the whole world - they are researching on it for a vaccine. The vaccine is not available, it is expected that vaccine will be available as soon as possible, then there will be no problem," Nitin Gadkari said in an interview to NDTV.
Six migrant workers were run over by an Uttar Pradesh government bus on a highway in the state's Muzaffarnagar district, the police said this morning. Two workers were injured. They were going home to Bihar from Punjab amid the coronavirus lockdown.
In Madhya Pradesh, eight migrant workers died and over 54 suffered injuries after the truck they were travelling in was hit by a speeding bus in Guna this morning.
The coronavirus outbreak risks sparking a major global mental health crisis, the United Nations warned on Thursday, calling for urgent action to address the psychological suffering brought on by the pandemic.