BS Web Team | New Delhi
Last Updated at May 4, 2020 13:36 IST
Coronavirus India: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has surged to 42,670 and 1,395 people have died from this disease so far, according to data compiled by Worldometer. With its late surge, India has become the 15th most-affected among the 187 nations with coronavirus cases. Globally, 3,579,454 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease stands at 248,445.
The government has extended the nationwide lockdown in force since March 24 by another two weeks, till May 17. However, many restrictions have been eased in this third phase of lockdown, which starts today. The Centre has given relaxations for inter-state movement of distressed migrant workers, stranded tourists, pilgrims, and students. Besides, several shops and workplaces have been allowed to open.
Coronavirus global update today: Nations hit with most coronavirus cases currently are the US (1,188,421) Spain (247,122), Italy (210,717), the UK (186,599), France (168,693) and Germany (165,664). US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has assured that the coronavirus vaccine will be ready by ‘year-end’.
Nitish Kumar thanks Centre for facilitating the return of migrant workers and students
I want to thank Centre for considering the suggestion to run special trains to send back migrant workers to their home towns. No student who are returning to Bihar has to pay for the tickets. A quarantine centre has been set up here for them: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.