Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held meetings with key ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and officials of economic ministries to decide upon a second stimulus package for sectors adversely affected by the nationwide lockdown to curb spread of coronavirus, PTI reported. The prime minister would also have follow up meetings with ministers of key economic ministries such as Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), sources said.
A day after government allowed six trains to ferry migrants, more ‘Shramik Special’ trains have been arranged to carry those stranded due to the nationwide lockdown to their homestates. A special train with 847 migrant workers left for Lucknow from Nashik on Saturday morning. Kerala is scheduled to run two trains carrying migrants to Jharkhand while Gujarat would send the workers home in two more trains — one from Ahmedabad to Uttar Pradesh and the other from Surat to Odisha. As the Centre extended the nationwide lockdown, for two weeks, starting May 4, the number of cases in India on Saturday crossed the 37,000 mark, taking the tally to 37,336. The toll stood at 1218 with 71 more deaths recorded in last 24-hours.
On the global front, the coronavirus has claimed over 235,000 lives and infected over 3.3 million people, according to a tally by John Hopkins University. The United States continues to be the worst-hit, with over 10,00,000 cases and over 64,000 deaths.