Coronavirus latest updates: More relaxations in offing if country continues to manage Covid-19 well, says Javadekar | India News

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 507 and the number of cases to 15,712 in the country on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,974, while 2,230 people have been cured and discharged, and one had migrated, it said.
The highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 3,651 followed by Delhi at 1,893, Madhya Pradesh at 1,407 and Gujarat at 1,376.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus in India and around the world —
More relaxations in offing if country continues to manage COVID-19 well: Javadekar
A day before a host of relaxations to boost economic activities kick in amid the nationwide lockdown, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday that more relief measures are bound to come if India continues to manage the coronavirus crisis well, asserting that “you cannot (have) lockdown permanently”.
The information and broadcasting minister also called for fully observing PM Modi‘s request to people to stay wherever they are amid a row over the UP government’s decision to send buses to Kota in Rajasthan to bring back students stuck there.
Coronavirus crisis ‘biggest invisible war’: Rajnath Singh
India has put in place a robust mechanism to insulate the three services and their strategic assets from the coronavirus infection, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, assuring that the military is fully prepared to defend the the country from “adversarial forces” though it was fighting the pandemic.
Singh said the fight against the pandemic is the “biggest invisible war” in last several decades and India is acting on a war footing with proper coordination among all agencies concerned and support of people.
He said the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force are strictly adhering to instructions issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the health ministry and their own medical bodies for protection against COVID-19.
Haven’t received any govt notice on bookings open from May 4: Vistara, AirAsia India
A day after Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri advised airlines to open bookings only after the government takes a decision on resuming passenger flight services, Vistara and AirAsia India said on Sunday they have not received any notice from the aviation ministry on this matter.
All Indian airlines, including Vistara and AirAsia India, are currently taking bookings on select flights from May 4.
Italy prepares for ‘Phase-2’ of COVID-19 response as deaths surge past 23,000
The Italian government is now preparing for the ‘Phase-2’ of its response to fight the coronavirus outbreak as the tally of deaths surged past 23,000 on Saturday (local time), after 482 more people succumbed to the contagious infection in the past 24 hours.
The total number of confirmed cases — combining active infections, fatalities and recoveries — rose to 175,925, an increase of 3,491 against Friday, Xinhua news agency reported after citing data from Italy’s Civil Protection Department.
The lockdown that went into effect on March 10 will continue until May 3, which will be followed by a so-called “Phase Two,” involving “the gradual resumption of social, economic and productive activities,” the Italian government has explained.
Govt makes a U-turn, stops e-commerce platforms from selling non-essential items
The government on Sunday prohibited e-commerce platforms from selling non-essential items during the lockdown, four days after allowing the companies to sell mobile phones, refrigerators and ready-made garments.
Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla issued an order excluding the non-essential items from the cart of e-commerce companies. The order said the following clause — “E-commerce companies. Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions” — is excluded from the guidelines.
The April 15 order had said e-commerce platforms were allowed to sell such items from April 20. E-commerce platforms are allowed to sell essential commodities such as food, pharmaceutical and medical devices.
Amit Shah lauds Delhi Police for humanitarian relief operations
Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday lauded Delhi Police for its humanitarian relief operations even as the country battles coronavirus.
“Delhi Police, an organization that lives up to its Motto- Shanti Sewa Nyaya. Very proud of @DelhiPolice. Together we will win this battle,” the home minister said in a tweet, re-tweeting tweets by Delhi Police.
“The biggest Humanitarian Relief Operations by Delhi Police since its inception in 1948: Five million food packets delivered to the urban poor and homeless so far ! 145 tonnes of dry ration distributed to the needy families!” Delhi Police had said in a tweet.
UK expands repatriation flights from South Asia
As many as 7,000 more Britons will return home from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as the UK government has announced to operate 31 more charter flights over the next week to repatriate its citizens stranded in the coronavirus lockdown across South Asia.
The flights, scheduled between April 20 and 27, include 17 from India, 10 from Pakistan and four from Bangladesh.
(With agency inputs)

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