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Lockdown, Day 38: India shut for 2 more weeks

The Centre today extended the nationwide lockdown by another two weeks. This time however, more services will be allowed to resume, specially in the virus-free zones and the zones with minimal cases.

The economic toll of the crippling nationwide lockdown has become too glaring to ignore, with auto maker Maruti selling zero units in all of April. All growth indicators are heading south, revenue collection has fallen off a cliff, and businesses are desperately seeking to wait out this disaster.

Here are the developments so far:

    Four deaths, 28 new cases in Indore; district cases now total 1,513.
    Four deaths in Pune; district has now lost 99 people.
    Three deaths, 33 new cases in Rajasthan, total rises to 2,617.
    583 new cases in Maharashtra, state count now 10,498.
    70 new cases in Uttar Pradesh, total count rises to 2,281.
    60 new cases in Andhra Pradesh, total cases at 1,463.
    17 new cases in Agra, district tally now 496.
    Five new cases in Odisha, total now 147.
    Three new cases in Mohali; district tally at 89.
    Goa declared green zone, with zero active cases.

Tally Toll Tally Toll
32,74,747 2,33,792 35,365 1,152

    Haryana barricades border with Delhi; doctors, cops, journalists also restricted.
    Delhi government doubles free ration to 10 kilos.
    Trains carrying migrant labourers start running today.
    HRD Ministry formulating new rules for when schools and colleges reopen
    Gilead Sciences to ramp up production of Remdesivir.
    No mask? No petrol, ration in Goa.

    Petrol sales drop by 61%, diesel by 56% in April.
    LPG prices drop by Rs 160/cylinder, even as sales go up by 12% in April.
    MG Motor and M&M did not sell any vehicles in April.
    Mahindra's tractor sales down by 83% in April.
    Amazon Inc. could post first loss in five years.

    Russia records largest daily spike - 8,000 cases.
    Texas, USA partially reopens businesses.
    Spain death toll climbs - by 281 - to 24,824.
    China has 980 asymptomatic cases, continues to record steady rise.
    Singapore records 932 new cases, total now 17,101.
    IMF to approve $500 million aid to Ecuador.