Finance minister explains government stimulus; BMC plans to increase testing facilities

Updated: May 14, 2020, 09:48 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    With 3,722 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 78,003, the Union Health Ministry stated on Thursday.

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    Maharashtra reported a massive surge of 1,495 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the cumulative tally breached the 25,000 - mark to reach 25,922. With 54 deaths today, the State recorded the highest single day death toll, taking the total number of fatalities till date to 974.

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    Mumbai reported a startling jump in the number of COVID-19 casualties on Wednesday, with 40 deaths.

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    Dharavi crossed the 1000 mark on Wednesday after it reported 66 new cases. Total number of cases now stands at 1028. Besides, nine more deaths have been added to Dharavi's tally, now touching 40.

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    In picture: A rangoli of the Coronavirus was painted on the road in Sion. It said, 'Go Corona Go' along with a green virus rangoli.

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said his government has approved Rs 54.75 crore fund to pay for the travel of migrant workers to their respective states by special trains.

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    The amount was sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and transfered to District Collectors for booking tickets for migrant workers on special trains, he said in a statement.

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    PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund Trust, on Wednesday, decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for fight against COVID-19. Out of Rs 3100 crore, a sum of approximately Rs 2,000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, Rs 1,000 crores will be used for care of migrant labourers and Rs 100 crores will be given to support vaccine development.

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    Maharashtra Government on Wednesday sought 20 companies of Central Armed Police Forces to be deployed in the state in order to give rest to the state police which has been working tirelessly for the past 2 months during lockdown.

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    Meanwhile, nine states and union territories have not reported any new COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours and the rate of doubling of cases has increased to 12.6 days, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.

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    A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a Rs 20-lakh crore economic package, the Finance Ministry Wednesday announced a facility of Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loans for business, including micro, small and medium enterprise (MSMEs), among other decisions.

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    Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced the statutory provident fund or PF contribution of both employer and employee will be reduced to 10% each from existing 12 per cent each for all establishments covered by EPFO for the next three months.

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    Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday that 30,000 Indians will return from 31 countries on 149 flights between May 16 and 22, the duration for the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission.

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    A long queue of migrant workers was seen outside Borivali station in Mumbai Tuesday after three shramik special trains got held up owing to a delay in arrival of the migrants from different parts of the city.

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    The first train from Borivali was planned for Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh at 6 pm, however, it could leave only at 8:45 pm after all migrant workers arrived in buses from different parts of the city to board the trains.

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    Passengers unfit to travel on medical grounds will be given full refund, say Railways. If a passenger is found unfit to travel due to high temperature or COVID-19 symptoms as found during their screening, the passenger will be given full refund.

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    As India inched towards a probable Lockdown 4.0 with Lockdown 3.0 ending on May 17, many of the safe regions have witnessed some relaxations in the restrictions. 

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    The global number of coronavirus cases has surged to over 4.3 million, while the death toll was nearing 300,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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About The Gallery

Mumbai recorded the second highest daily count of new cases with 800 of them on the 50th day of the lockdown. As finance minsiter Nirmala Sitharaman announced relief measures, migrants were seen forming long queues outside stations as trains got delayed. 

All pictures: Bipin Kokate, Ashish Raje, Sameer Abedi, Satej Shinde, Pradeep Dhivar, Suraj Karkera, Sameer Markande