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PM Modi cancels Portugal visit in May, France trip likely to be rescheduled

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his visit to Portugal for the India-EU summit while the France visit is also likely to be rescheduled in view of the Covid-19 crisis.

UPDATED: April 20, 2021 15:29 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his visit to Portugal for the India-EU summit while the France visit is also likely to be rescheduled in view of the Covid-19 crisis.

PM Modi was to travel to Portugal for the 16th India-EU summit that was scheduled for May 8, following which he was to travel to France for a bilateral visit.

In March, PM Modi visited Bangladesh for his first foreign trip since the pandemic curtailed all travel.

India on Tuesday recorded 2.59 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases and over 1,700 deaths within the span of 24 hours. Over the past month, India has witnessed a massive second wave of Covid-19 cases that have hit hard.

While Delhi announced a week-long lockdown on Monday, Maharashtra had declared ‘Corona Curfew’ in the state, restricting all non-essential movement across the state.

Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, accounting for 77.67 per cent of the new Covid-19 infections reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The daily Covid-19 positivity rate (7-day moving average) continues to show an upward trend and currently stands at 15.99 per cent, it said.

Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan are among the other states in the list of 10.

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