The number of coronavirus cases in India had risen to 3,06,309, with the death toll at 8,738. As the number of cases in India crosses the 300,000 mark today with an increase of more than 10,000 cases in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said that the doubling time of coronavirus cases in India had improved to 17.4 days, out of the 15.4 days that were a few weeks ago. By the time the lockdown was imposed on March 25, the duplication rate for the Covid-19 cases was 3.4 days.
In the midst of an outbreak, the cabinet secretary held a meeting of health and urban development secretaries of all states and asked them to pay close attention to emerging epicenters. They were also asked to take strict containment measures to control the spread.
The Supreme Court severely criticized the Delhi government, calling the Covid-19 situation in Delhi “terrible, horrible and pathetic.” The bench, made up of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah, wanted the Delhi government to explain why its Covid-19 test campaign increased from 7000 to 5000 per day, while other cities also affected, such as Chennai and Mumbai has increased its daily tests from 16,000 to 17,000.
The court also expressed concern about how the hospitals in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh dispose of the bodies of Covid-19 patients. Noting that people are “treated worse than animals,” the court said the guidelines for the disposal of the bodies were not followed, that no attention or concern was given to the dead, and that family members did not. They were not even informed of death for several days.
The Supreme Court today offered owners of private factories and other private establishments the opportunity to negotiate terms and make agreements with their staff on the payment of wages during the lockout.
A bench headed by judge Ashok Bhushan noted that the industry could not survive without its workers. The court urged employers and employees to resolve their differences and return to work in a pleasant environment.
The bench said employers whose factories continued to operate during the closure, although not at full capacity, can also start talks. However, the court maintained its current order that no coercive action should be taken against factory owners / private industry who are unable to pay workers full wages during the 54 closing days. The case would be resumed in the last week of July.
On Friday, one person died and two others were wounded when Nepalese police allegedly shot at the Indo-Nepalese border in the Sitamarhi district of Bihar. The deceased, Vikesh Kumar Rai, and the wounded, Umesh Ram and Uday Thakur, are Indian citizens. Lagan Rai was arrested by the Nepalese police. Today’s incident follows a few weeks of tension between the two countries. Residents said the dismissal came after a clash between people working in their agricultural field on the Lalbandi-Janki Nagar border in Pipra Parsain panchayat under the Sonebarsha District Police Station.
In relief for small taxpayers whose turnover can reach Rs 5 million, the GST Council reduced its interest in delaying the filing of GST returns for February, March and April to 9%, provided that the returns are filed in September 2020.
In addition, the deadline for filing returns for May, June and July has been extended to September without interest or surcharge, Sitharaman stated that there would be no late fees for late filing of GST by registered entities without liability between July 2017 and January 2020.
Movement of people will remain prohibited across the country from 9 pm to 5 am during the ongoing ‘Unlock 1’, but there are no restrictions on the plying of buses with passengers and goods trucks on highways, the Centre said today.