Live updates about the Coronavirus, COVID-19, statistics and death toll: COVID-19, the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus which emerged from China in December 2019 has now spread to over 180 countries over the world.
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. It believes that Europe is now the new epicentre of the virus that originated in Wuhan, China.
India has officially confirmed 5274 cases with 149 deaths till April 7, 2020.
Updated On: 2020-04-08T17:31:27+05:30
- 8 April 2020 2:15 PM GMT
The Maharashtra health department said on Wednesday that the death toll in the state rose by 8 to 72 death. The number of cases rose by 117 to a total of 1135 cases. 36 cases were reported from Pune, and 72 of these cases were reported from Mumbai.
- 8 April 2020 2:00 PM GMT
A bench of Supreme Court justices Ashok Bhushan and S. Ravindra Bhat on Wednesday ordered in a interim direction that testing for COVID-19 in both government and private laboratories should be made free of cost. The order further asked the central government to issue a direction immediately in this regard, and gave them two weeks to file an affidavit in reply.
- 8 April 2020 1:01 PM GMT
The Finance Ministry in a press release said that it would be releasing income tax returns under ₹5 lakh immediate taking the COVID-19 situation into account. This move is expected to benefit 14 lakh taxpayers. The release also said that it would be releasing custom and GST returns immediately, which is expected to benefit 1 lakh small businesses and MSME. The total refunds will be worth ₹18,000 crores.
In context of COVID-19 situation & to grant immediate relief to taxpayers, GOI has decided to issue all pending income-tax refunds upto Rs.5 lakh & GST/Custom refunds with immediate effect.@nsitharaman @nsitharamanoffc @Anurag_Office @FinMinIndia @PIB_India @cbic_india #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/sF0cU8WyA1— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) April 8, 2020
- 8 April 2020 12:30 PM GMT
Prime Minister Modi has tweeted on a message asking people to come out on their balconies and give Mod a standing ovation on April 12, at 5PM for 5 minutes.
In his tweet, he's said that this may be somebody's efforts to drag him into controversy. He said that if somebody wanted to honour him that much, they could shoulder the responsibility of a poor family during the coronavirus.
हो सकता है कि यह किसी की सदिच्छा हो, तो भी मेरा आग्रह है कि यदि सचमुच में आपके मन में इतना प्यार है और मोदी को सम्मानित ही करना है तो एक गरीब परिवार की जिम्मेदारी कम से कम तब तक उठाइए, जब तक कोरोना वायरस का संकट है। मेरे लिए इससे बड़ा सम्मान कोई हो ही नहीं सकता।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 8, 2020
- 8 April 2020 12:00 PM GMT
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated that India will lift its suspension on all domestic and international travel after the Ministry believes that the Coronavirus situation in the country is under control.
Indigo which had earlier started booking for travel later closed them till April 30.
- 8 April 2020 11:52 AM GMT
The head of the World Health Organization's Europe office says a trend of decline in the rate of increase in new coronavirus cases does not mean it's time to relax measures aimed to stop its spread.
Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO's regional director for Europe, also said some countries ``are experiencing a rapid increase in cases or a fresh surge,'' and called for continued vigilance. He noted measures taken in many countries to shut schools and businesses.
- 8 April 2020 11:41 AM GMT
The Home Secretary has written to the Cabinet Secretarys permitting them to implement the Essential Commodities Act which will allow them to fix stock limits of prices as well as capping of prices to stop the black-marketing and hoarding of essentials goods and services.