Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The Supreme Court on Friday said it will ask all states to ferry migrant workers who wish to return to their native places within the next 15 days, and asked receiving states to list all the steps taken to provide jobs to them.
The finance ministry on Friday stopped the launch of any new scheme apart from those under PM Gareeb Kalyan Package, Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Package or any other special package, and suspended any new scheme worth up to Rs 500 crore, till March 2021. Schemes already approved under the Budget will also stay suspended till March 31.
All ministries have been told to stop sending requests for new schemes to the finance ministry. "It may be appreciated that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an unprecedented demand on public financial resources and a need to use resources prudently in accordance with emerging and changing priorities," a finance ministry note said.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre on fixing a price cap for treatment of Covid-19 patients as it agreed to consider a PIL for fixing an upper limit for bills by private hospitals. The case will be heard after a week.
The number of daily coronavirus cases in India hit a new high on Friday as 9,851 fresh infections were reported in the last 24 hours. The number of patients who died was 273, also the most in one data, government data shows. The total cases in the country has climbed to 2,26,770.
So far 1,09,462 people have recovered and 6,348 have died, while the recovery rate or the chances of people getting better is 48.27 per cent. India is now the seventh worst-hit nation after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy.
The Odisha government has announced that it will impose a weekend shutdown in 11 districts to reduce the frequency of people coming out of their homes in June. "It means people will be at their homes for full eight days in the month of June," CM Naveen Patnaik has said.
The government has also imposed a 10-hour night curfew from 7pm to 5am that it said will restrict the people for 300 hours in a month. "It means both weekend shutdown & night curfew will keep people indoors for 17 days in a month, which will help in checking spread of COVID-19 to a great extent," the CM said.
Twenty Delhi Metro staff, staying in Delhi-NCR, have tested positive for COVID-19 till date, sources have said. Many Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials have been coming to office or to station premises to ensure smooth resumption of services, whenever the orders come from the government. Twenty Delhi Metro staff, living in Delhi and its neighbouring cities, have tested positive for COVID-19 till date, the sources said.
The total number of cases in Delhi have crossed 25,000 and the state government has warned that private hospitals which do not comply with its direction to reserve 20 per cent beds for coronavirus patients by Friday will be converted into dedicated COVID-19 facilities.
With 1,359 more people testing positive, the total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 25,004. Twenty-two deaths were also reported on Thursday as the toll reached 650.
India's tally of coronavirus cases had crossed 2.16 lakh on Thursday after a record number of 9,304 people tested positive for the deadly virus infection in the last 24 hours. The total cases in the country stood at 2,16,919, including 6,075 deaths, Union Health Ministry data shows.
Maharashtra - the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India - reported the highest single-day spike in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday with 122 fatalities, taking the total number of deaths in the state to 2,587. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 74,860. 2,560 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra on Wednesday, of which 1,276 cases were reported in Mumbai.