Coronavirus in India Highlights: The number of Coronavirus positive cases has reached 13,835 in India and the death toll stands at 452, the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. The number of active COVID-19 cases is 11616, while 1766 patients have been cured, it added. Some 1007 positive cases and 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours from across the country.
Maharashtra has the most number of cases – 3,205 and Delhi is on the second spot with 1,640 cases. The Reserve Bank of India today announced a slew of measures to boost the country’s economy which has been hit hard due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to control the spread of the deadly infection. In a video press conference, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced to cut key deposit rates for a second time in three weeks. Soon after the announcement, PM Narendra Modi tweeted that the RBI’s move will help farmers and poors. “Today’s announcements by the RBI will greatly enhance liquidity and improve credit supply. These steps would help our small businesses, MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), farmers and the poor. It will also help all states by increasing WMA (a credit policy to provide state governments with cash flow issues),” PM Modi said in his tweet.
India is currently under a nationwide lockdown which started March 25. Initially, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that a 21-day lockdown till April 14, however, it was extended till May 3 now virus cases continue to surge across the country. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund said that it supports India’s proactive decision of imposing a nationwide lockdown in its fight against coronavirus.
Check Coronavirus India Highlights (April 17)