Centre’s 3-phase plan to ward off the virus

A 100% centrally-funded 5-yr scheme to strengthen healthcare systems has been approved by the government. The package will be implemented in three phases – from January 2020 to June 2020, from July 2020 to March 2021 and from April 2021 to March 2024. However, the outlay has yet to be specified.

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Last Updated: Apr 09, 2020, 09.48 PM IST

India lockdown day 16 wrap: Here's all you should know
India lockdown day 16 wrap: Here’s all you should know

Odisha cabinet today decided to extend lockdown in the state till April 30, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

Meanwhile, a 3-phase, 100% centrally-funded 5-yr scheme to strengthen India’s healthcare system has been approved by the government.

On a global note, the world economy may be looking at a $5 trillion hit because of the pandemic, which is like losing Japan, a Citigroup report has said.

Track all the major developments here


  • Goa’s first patient recovers
  • 162 new cases in Maharashtra; Tally jumps to 1,297
  • 50 health officials, 12 policemen among 93 cases in Bhopal
  • Cases rise to 28 in Himachal Pradesh
  • 51 cases in Bihar now
  • 9 more cases in Kerala; State tally reaches 345
  • Two fresh cases in Odisha; Total count rises to 44
  • 6 new cases in Punjab’s Mohali; Total cases now 36
  • First case reported in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh
  • Chhattisgarh now has 11 cases
  • 427 cases and 7 deaths reported in Telangana
  • 4 new cases reported from Siwan in Bihar
  • 3 more healthcare workers test positive at Delhi State Cancer Institute
  • 5 cases reported in district Khandwa (MP)
  • 55 new cases in Gujarat; Tally jumps to 241
  • 12 more test positive in Bengal; Active cases now 80
  • 4 more cases in Jharkhand; Total reaches 13
  • 30 fresh cases in Rajasthan; State tally now 413
  • 19 more cases in Agra; District tally reaches 84
  • 55-yr-old patient dies in Punjab
  • 70-yr-old becomes third casualty in Dharavi
  • 61-yr-old from Udhampur passes away in Jammu
  • 59-yr-old dies in Jalandhar
  • Doctor dies in Indore; Toll now 22
  • 80-yr-old passes away in Karnataka
  • 75-yr-old passes away in Bokaro
  • New death reported in Karnataka; Toll rises to 6
  • Two patients die in Pune; district toll rises to 20
World India Global Death Toll
1,511,104 5,865 88,338


  • ITBP hospital at Greater Noida dedicated for COVID-19 treatment
  • GB Pant Hospital removed from list of designated COVID-19 facilities
  • Mumbai NGO prepares personal protection kits for undertakers
  • Railways produce 6L face masks, over 40k litres of sanitiser


  • Delhi HC suspends summer vacation for High Court & Subordinate Courts
  • Karnataka approves 30% cut in salaries of Ministers, MLAs
  • Wearing masks compulsory in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur
  • Gujarat to provide free ration to 60 lakh families
  • Army distributes pre-cooked food packets to needy in Ladakh
  • Amritsar installs disinfection tunnel in wholesale market
  • No prayers in mosques, shrines on Shab-e-Baraat in Kashmir
  • Railways introduces 109 time-table parcel trains on 58 routes
  • Govt extends Central Electronics bid deadline to May 16


  • Sensex surges 1,266 pts, snaps 7-week losing streak; Nifty tops 9,100
  • NSE gives more time to brokers for submission of reports
  • India’s GDP for FY21 projected at 4.8% by UN report
  • India’s fuel consumption falls 18%
  • Petrol, diesel demand slumps 66% in April


  • France to extend lockdown as virus deaths soar
  • Germany’s case count rises by 4,974, deaths by 246
  • Mainland China reports 63 new cases, 2 more deaths
  • Nearly 2,000 US deaths for second day in a row
  • Australia has lowest increase in 3 weeks
  • Japan cases reach at least 5,000

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