Cases top 10k; Lockdown #2 begins tomorrow


Faced with the challenge of having to choose between economy vs lives, PM Modi today announced the extension of the lockdown for another 19 days, until May 3rd. Most have hailed the Centre’s move, even as the clamour for relief measures is getting louder and louder.

With India having crossed 10,000 cases in the past 24 hours, Modi today put 130 crore Indians on the appraisal of their lives. Can the govt flatten the Covid curve while keeping the economy alive? That is the biggest question at the moment.

Here are all the developments of the day


  • Meghalaya reports first COVID-19 case
  • 99 new cases in Uttar Pradesh; Cases rise to 657
  • 121 new cases in Maharashtra; State tally surges to 2,455
  • Jaipur reports 45 new cases; Rajasthan tally rises to 969
  • Delhi case count rises to 1510; Death toll at 28
  • Gujarat reports 5 more cases; Total case count now 617
  • One more tests positive in Assam; Count 31
  • 6 new cases, including 2 deaths in Dharavi; Tally 55
  • Corona-positive cases soar past 200-mark in JK
  • Andhra Pradesh reports 34 new cases; Total case count 473
  • One more case in Odisha; Total tally 56
  • Cases rise to 730 in Madhya Pradesh
  • Karnataka reports 11 new cases; Total now 258
  • Haryana reports 2 more cases; State tally at 184


  • Goa might become green zone by Apr 17: CM
  • 48-hour curfew imposed in Shillong
  • Railways suspends passenger services till May 3
  • All domestic, international flights suspended till May 3
  • Curfew passes extended till May 3 in Delhi
  • IPL postponed
  • 149 hotspots in 15 UP districts notified
  • 20 grievance centres set up for COVID-19 related issues
  • Training camps at Sports Authority of India centres suspended till May 3
  • Ahmedabad readies country’s largest Covid-19 care facility


  • Extended lockdown to cause $234.4 bn economic loss: Barclays
  • Barclays cuts GDP forecast for India to zero for 2020
  • Form 16 last date put off, same likely for ITR
  • Drug, medical device mfg cos operate at 50% capacity
  • Power firms’ dues to CIL rise Rs 2,000 crore in 15 days


  • US allows visa extension for non-immigrants
  • Macron extends lockdown in France until May 11
  • China reports 89 new cases, 86 imported
  • Germany’s cases rise by 2,082, deaths by 170
  • NY death toll passes 10,000; new hot spots slow to emerge
  • Harvard, MIT announce salary, hiring freeze
  • Mexico registers 5,014 cases and 332 deaths
  • Spain’s virus death toll tops 18,000


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