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India hints curbs will be eased, migrants to return home: Covid-19 news today

Here is a preview of important Covid-19 news from India and the world today.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2020 08:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A medical screening organised for the residents of Gautam Nagar in Mumbai’s Dadar during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A medical screening organised for the residents of Gautam Nagar in Mumbai’s Dadar during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

India indicated on Wednesday that restrictions will be eased in many districts after May 3, when the extended national lockdown is scheduled to end. The government also issued guidelines to enable the return of migrants to their home states by buses. Meanwhile, scientists in China said they found genetic fragments of the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in airborne droplets, but stopped short of saying the disease is airborne.

Considerable easing next week, says govt

In a tweet late on Wednesday night, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) said, “New guidelines to fight #COVID19 will come into effect from 4th May, which shall give considerable relaxations to many districts. Details regarding this shall be communicated in the days to come.” Read more

Covid-19: What you need to know today

India, Peru, Portugal, and Ecuador are clustered between the 15th and 20th positions in terms of the number of Covid-19 cases. The number of cases in the four countries, on Wednesday morning, was 31332, 31190, 24322, and 24258 respectively. Read more

9 districts with high case loads lack adequate facilities: Centre

A document created by the health ministry and shared with states and union territories on Wednesday caused a flutter after it was circulated on social media and showed that nine of the 23 districts with a high load of Covid-19 cases don’t have enough health facilities. Read more

Areas not affected by Covid mostly in rural areas: Data

When the nationwide lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease ends, restrictions are likely to be first eased in predominantly rural areas of India, a Hindustan Times analysis shows. This is because the green zones, or districts not affected by the pandemic, are mostly in rural areas. Read more

Metro trains to have contactless ticketing to curb Covid-19 spread

The government is likely to do away with single token tickets and plans to allow the use of only contactless individual smart cards for travelling on metros when these services resume, officials aware of the matter said. Read more

Punjab extends lockdown till May 17; curbs to ease for 4 hours

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday that a curfew will stay in force in the state for two weeks beyond May 3, when the national lockdown for the Covid-19 is due to be lifted. Read more

Airport guidelines to bring more checks, reduce rush

Once restrictions on passenger flights are lifted, airports will facilitate limited domestic and international flights in phases, may be at 30% capacity to facilitate social distancing, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said in a set of guidelines for resumption of services once the lockdown is lifted. Read more

UGC issues new guidelines to keep academic year on track

Students can be graded based on their performance in internal assessment tests and the previous semester, the University Grants Commission said on Wednesday, in one of many suggestions aimed at keeping the academic schedule on track in the aftermath of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. Read more

Inside Dharavi: India’s largest slum and a major Covid hotspot

In the past month, Mumbai’s Dharavi, India’s largest slum, has emerged as a major hot spot of Covid-19 cases. The first case was reported in this slum on April 1; the number of cases have since rapidly increased -- to 344 in a span of just 29 days, along with 18 deaths. Read more

Nations that mandate TB vaccine may have lower Covid death rates

Countries that mandate the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine for newborns to prevent tuberculosis, including India, Peru, Portugal and Saudi Arabia, have fared 3.4 times better on the Covid-19 case fatality rate (CFR) than nations that haven’t made the vaccine obligatory. Read more

Antiviral drug shows some hope in US govt-run study

Gilead Sciences Inc. said early results from a US-government-run study showed its experimental drug to treat coronavirus helped patients recover more quickly than standard care. Read more

Study finds fragments of virus in airborne droplets

Scientists in China have said they found genetic fragments of the virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in airborne droplets in medical and staff areas during the outbreak in February and March in two Wuhan hospitals, but they stopped short of saying the disease is airborne. Read more

The collective punch to get Dingko to Delhi for treatment

On March 25, the Covid-19 pandemic brought upon a countrywide lockdown and the closure of air travel for three weeks. On April 14, the lockdown was extended by another three weeks; fiery boxer turned coach Dingko Singh Dingko was trapped at home, with no way to get treatment. He was running a high fever and was growing weaker. Read more

Half of the world’s workers could lose livelihoods: ILO

Nearly half of the entire global workforce is in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Wednesday. Read more

US GDP shrinks, set to worsen

The record-long US economic expansion is over after almost 11 years, with what’s likely to be the deepest recession in at least eight decades now under way. The world’s largest economy shrank at a 4.8% annualised pace in the first quarter, the biggest slide since 2008. Read more

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