News Desk, Ground Report:
58-year-old man died in West Bengal capital Kolkata from the deadly coronavirus. The man was admitted in the city’s AMRI hospital. His son had reportedly returned from Italy. The total number of dead in India reached 8.
The total number of cases of those infected with the virus increased to 427 till now as per the Latest Health ministry reports.
Domestic flights banned
India banned domestic flights after midnight on March 24, the Union government said. The decision was taken after a jump in the number of those infected across the country.
Bailout package to be announced
The government is expected to announce an economic package after expectations increased for a bailout by sectors affected by coronavirus, sources told news channel NDTV.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the formation of a special task force headed by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during an address to the nation on March 19.
Sensex plummets 3,900 points
The Sensex ended at 3,935 points, while the Nifty 50 index sank 1,135 points to close at 7,610 points on March 23, after India entered a lockdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Analysts say more correction may be up ahead as investors the world over assess the effectiveness of policy measures to curb the spread of the outbreak.
Healthcare comes under CSR
Healthcare and preventive healthcare were covered under corporate social responsibility (CSR), K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Union government of India, said.
“Any project or program for preventing or controlling or managing COVID19 is legitimate CSR expenditure,” he said in a tweet.
339,645 infected worldwide
The total number of those infected by the virus across the world reached up to 339, 645, with 14,716 deaths recorded, according to John Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center.
The number of those recovered reached upto 98,840, according to Johns Hopkins.
Italy reported 651 deaths due to the virus in one day, taking the total number of dead in the country to 5,476.
Rwanda is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to order a total shutdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The tiny central African country confirmed 17 cases of the virus.
799 cases in Pakistan
The number of cases of those infected with the virus shot up to 799. Of the 799 cases, Sindh province reported the most, with 352 cases.
Nepal reports second case
A second case of infection was reported from Nepal on March 23, of a 19-year-old student who returned from France via Qatar.
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