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Govt clarifies reopening local shops order; country’s COVID-19 tally-24,530

Corona pandemic in India: The Home Ministry in its clarification said, all shops in rural areas except those in shopping malls are allowed to open, e-Commerce firms will continue to be allowed for essential goods only and sale of liquor and other items remains prohibited. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India jumped to 24,530 on Saturday.

BusinessToday.In | Last Updated: April 25, 2020 | 11:53 IST

Coronavirus pandemic Latest News Live updates: Home Ministry on Saturday issued a clarification on its order of reopening local shops across the country. The ministry in its clarification said all shops in rural areas except those in shopping malls are allowed to open, e-Commerce firms will continue to be allowed for essential goods only, and sale of liquor and other items remains prohibited. In a major relief to traders, the government allowed local shops selling non-essential goods and services to open from Saturday. The Union Home Ministry announced late on Friday night that local shops selling non-essential goods in municipal areas can reopen. However, shopping complexes and malls will continue to remain closed. The Centre has said that it hopes to bend the coronavirus curve by May 3. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India jumped to 24,530 on Saturday, according to the latest update by the Union Health Ministry. This includes 18,252 active Covid-19 cases, 5,498 recoveries, 1 migrated and 780 deaths from the virus. 1,429 new COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours. India’s doubling rate of novel coronavirus improved to 10 days from 7.5 reported earlier this week. The country’s recovery rate has reached 20.52% and the mortality rate is restricted to 3%, less than the global average of nearly 7%.

Will Delhi extend COVID-19 lockdown? State govt says decision after April 30

When asked if Delhi government is planning to extend the lockdown or give some relaxation in the state capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said discussions are underway. Whatever is finalized, will be started only after 30th April.

On the use of Plasma therapy in Delhi, Jain said, “We have administered plasma therapy to 6 patients in Delhi, so far. 4 patients were given the therapy four days back. Those who were administered 4 days back have almost recovered. All of them were critical patients and the results are very encouraging.” (ANI)

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