Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world | India News
NEW DELHI: India got its second financial support package on Friday adding another Rs 1 lakh crore in a bid to ensure that businesses and small non-bank lenders remain solvent during the extended Covid-19 lockdown period. Meanwhile, on Friday the total number of infected cases in the world stood at 2,152,647 and 143,801 deaths.
Here are the top developments from India and around the world:


  • The government on Friday removed restrictions on exports of formulations made from Paracetamol, however, restrictions on exports of Paracetamol active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) will continue.The number of cases reported in India now stands at 13,835, of which 11,616 are active cases, according to the ministry of health.
  • In terms of the spread of the virus, the government has maintained that India has a low rate of infection with one in every 24 samples testing positive.
  • Announcing a second stimulus in less than a month, the RBI eased bad-loan rules, froze dividend payment by lenders and pushed banks to lend more by cutting the reverse repo rate by 25 basis points.
  • Investor wealth on Friday rose by Rs 2,83,740.31 crore as markets soared over 986 points after a second batch of stimulus measures by the RBI.
  • India, on Thursday, received its first lot of rapid anti-body test kits from China. This is commercially acquired and part of government-to-government deal. The govt has said the new testing kits that arrived from China will be used for surveillance, and not diagnosis.
  • Army Chief General MM Naravane on Friday slammed Pakistan for "exporting terror" at a time when India and the world are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The LoC in recent days has seen several ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
  • Army has made arrangements for special train to ferry personnel to formations along Pakistan, China borders.
  • The government on Friday removed restrictions on exports of formulations made from Paracetamol, however, restrictions on exports of Paracetamol active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) will continue.


  • Three constables, who were on patrol to enforce the lockdown, were injured after a group of locals attacked them in Rajasthan's Tonk district on Friday, police said. According to the police, three constables were injured in the incident.
  • Currency notes found scattered in Khatipura area of Covid-hit Indore gave residents a scare on Thursday. Police confiscated the notes with extreme caution and are examining CCTV footage to identify who left them around and why.
  • A 27-year-old man, desperate for a drink, broke into a bar in Hassan, Karnataka, early on Thursday, got sloshed and passed out on the premises. He woke up to a terrible hangover — and police waiting to arrest him.
  • The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Kerala, has developed a much cheaper and faster diagnostic test kit (Chitra Gene LAMP-N) which is highly confirmatory for the diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • The Maharashtra housing department has asked landlords to postpone rent recovery from tenants for at least three months due to the lockdown for the coronavirus outbreak.


  • Wuhan raised its death toll from the novel coronavirus by 50% on Friday, bringing its total to 3,869. A foreign ministry spokesman while acknowledging that the virus's rapid spread had contributed to undercounting, said that "there has never been any concealment, and we'll never allow any concealment."
  • Bangladesh government declares entire country at risk of coronavirus pandemic.
  • Africa could see 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus even under the best-case scenario, according to a new report that cites modeling by the Imperial College London.
  • New Yorkers usually clap, bang pots and pans, or simply cry "thank you" out of their windows every evening at 7 pm, honoring the health care workers. On Thursday, a volunteer choir called "Peace of the Heart" led thousands singing "New York, New York," the beloved song made famous by Frank Sinatra.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has updated its definitive record of the English language and included Covid-19 and terms related to it.

2020-04-18 18:52:37
April 18, 2020