Covid-19 cases in India have crossed the 2,900 mark in India, according to the latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Of the total 2,902 COVID19 positive cases in India, 601 positive cases are reported since yesterday, with reported 12 deaths taking the total number of deceased to 68. As many as 183 people have recovered/discharged, according to Health Ministry.
The central government on Friday has released the sum of, Rs 17,287 crore to states for their disaster mitigation programmes and as revenue deficit grants. “This includes Rs 6,195.08 crore on account of ‘revenue deficit grant’ under 15th Finance Commission recommendations to 14 states,” finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said on her Twitter handle. The Modi-led government has granted Rs 11,092 crore as the first instalment in FY21 to the State Disaster Response Mitigation Fund of 28 states. The revenue deficit grants are for states such as Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Punjab for April.
A meeting was chaired by the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Wednesday; it was found out that there are between 20,000 and 30,000 ventilators that may be lying dysfunctional across the country; which included both public and private sector hospitals. Many senior representatives of industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) were also there. Meanwhile, India is observing a 21-day lockdown and has entered its 11th day on Saturday.
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