New Delhi: Friday marked the completion of one month of the nationwide lockdown, which was announced by the prime minister, Narendra Modi, on March 24. After allowing some business operations to resume on April 20 to kickstart the economy, the Union home ministry, on Friday, allowed opening of neighbourhood shops, including those located within residential complexes within municipal areas, but at a 50 per cent worker strength and after taking necessary precautions.
Shops in marketplaces outside municipalities can also open with the same riders, such as mandatory wearing of masks, not more than 50 per cent of the full strength of workers be allowed to work at the same time and strictly maintaining social distance.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has crossed 24,000 and the death toll has hit 780. According to the latest stats, Maharashtra continues to lead the states in Covid-19 infections and deaths with 6,430 cases and 283 deaths. Gujarat follows Maharashtra with 2,624 cases and 112 deaths. Delhi is in third position with 2,376 cases and 50 deaths.
The total number of global coronavirus infections has crossed 2.8 million with the total number of deaths crossing 196,000. The US leads all countries in both the number of cases and deaths due to the disease.
Latest coronavirus India stats:
- Confirmed: 24,447
- Deaths: 780
- Recovered: 5,496
Latest worldwide coronavirus stats:
- Confirmed: 2,813,538
- Deaths: 196,412
- Recovered: 778,427
Top 5 countries with coronavirus infections:
- United States: 912,838
- Spain: 219,764
- Italy: 192,994
- France: 159,828
- Germany: 154,545
Top 5 countries with coronavirus deaths are:
- United States: 51,607
- Italy: 25,969
- Spain: 22,524
- France: 22,245
- United Kingdom: 19,506
[This story was last updated at 2.56am on April 25, 2020.]