NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed that of China after it reported a total of 4,706 fatalities, while it overtook Turkey to become the ninth worst-hit nation by the pandemic with 1,65,799 COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile several countries have relaxed restrictions, however, Russia, Brazil and Mexico continue to struggle with rising cases.
Here are the top developments from India and around the world:
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and informed him about the views of all chief ministers on the extension of the ongoing nationwide lockdown beyond May 31, officials said.
- GDP growth slows to 3.1% in March quarter; core sector output contracts 38.1% in April.
- The Union Health Ministry has refused to share the amount of money spent on equipment purchase to handle the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, stating that such data does not come under the definition of “information” to be provided under the Right to Information Act.
- Drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said it has received Indian regulatory approval to start clinical trials of a pancreatitis drug in COVID-19 patients.
- Only 4 Shramik trains have taken over 72 hours to reach destination, as per railways. According to the ministry, 3,500 Shramik Special trains out of 3,840 reached destination at higher speed than mail and express trains.
- Renowned astrologer, Bejan Daruwala, succumbs to Covid-19 at a private hospital in Ahmedabad. The 90-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on May 22.
- In the backdrop of two TV actors — Manmeet Grewal and Preksha Mehta allegedly committing suicide, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday urged broadcasters and producers of TV serials to clear payments of artistes.
- Core sector growth shrinks 38.1% in April as compared to 9% in March.
- 11 more healthcare workers at AIIMS test positive for Covid-19.
- Finance ministry is engaging with labour ministry over job losses and salary cuts; has asked the labour ministry to collect data on job losses during Covid-19, reports ANI quoting finance ministry sources.
- Two floors of Parliament Annexe building sealed after official tests positive for Covid-19.
- The Jharkhand government on Friday facilitated return of 60 of its natives, stuck in the snow-clad fringes of the Himalayan mountains in Ladakh, by air, in a first-of-its-kind initiative by a state.
- Religious places will open in West Bengal June 1 onwards. Full attendance has been allowed in public and private offices.
- All government offices to be functional from 10 am till 5 pm from June 1.
- UP migrant’s body found in Shramik train toilet, may have been there for days.
- Averring that the rate of recovery after successful treatment for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu stood at 54.4 per cent, the highest in India, chief minister K Palaniswami on Friday slammed opposition parties for faulting his government on containing the lethal virus.
- Delhi’s COVID-19 death toll has mounted to 398 with 82 fatalities that took place in the last one month being reported on Friday, as the city’s total tally jumped to over 17,000, authorities said.
- The flight covered the distance from Delhi to Patna in two hours but 10 migrants, excited about their first plane journey made possible by their employer, will have to wait two weeks to meet their families with authorities putting them in institutional quarantine.
- Seven persons who returned from Chennai test positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland, total at 25.
- A 65-year old Gulf returnee succumbs to COVID-19 in Kerala, Toll rises to 8.
- A minister in West Bengal has tested positive for COVID-19, making it the first such case in the Mamata Banerjee-led state cabinet, a well-placed source in the government said on Friday.
- Karnataka reported 178 new cases of COVID- 19 as returnees from neighboring Maharashtra continue to add to the state’s tally, taking the total number of infections to 2,711, the health department said on Friday.
- Sixty-three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the total in the state to 1,723.
- Migrant worker returning to Bengal from Hyderabad on foot dies in Odisha.
- Dedicated Covid-19 unit inaugurated in Assam; infection tally reaches 910.
- The pandemic has killed at least 360,419 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally, based on official sources.
- England’s Premier League will restart the 2019/20 season on June 17, while Italy’s Serie A can resume on June 20, following decisions on Thursday. Both top-flight leagues have been absent for more than three months and their matches will be played to empty stadiums.
- Spain approves minimum income for 2.3 million poorest people, reports.
- Communion ritual unchanged in orthodox church despite coronavirus.
- However, the coronavirus continues to cut a swathe through international motorsport, forcing the cancellation of the British and Australian MotoGPs, due to take place in August and October respectively.
- The United States has recorded the most deaths of any country, with 101,621. It is followed by Britain with 37,837, Italy with 33,142, France with 28,662 and Spain with 27,119.
- Iran announces its highest number of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months and warns the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak is worsening in some regions. 2,819 new cases were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall total to 146,668.
- The European health regulator said its panel would conduct a speedy review of the potential COVID-19 drug, remdesivir.
- Brazil, the epicentre in Latin America, has recorded 26,754 deaths, while Peru has passed the 4,000 mark.
- China reported no new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland as of the end of May 28, down from two a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Friday.
- France will allow restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen from June 2, though with more restrictions in Paris than elsewhere.
- Cases of community transmission of the coronavirus are growing in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia, and a new strategy for testing is needed to prevent this, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.