COVID-19: India’s cases cross 74,000, toll rises to 2415

The number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 74,281 on Wednesday morning.

India reported 3,525 cases in the last 24 hours and the toll reached 2,415. A total of 22,455 patients have recovered so far from the infection

“We will begin a population-based sero survey to estimate the prevalence of Covid-19 infections among Indians. The household-level survey will include 24,000 adults, distributed equally over four strata of districts that will be categorised on the basis of cases,” officials of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a Rs 20 lakh crore financial package to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. This package will give a new momentum for India, he said, adding that it is 10% of India’s GDP.

Meanwhile, Congress leader P Chidambaram says Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a Rs 20 lakh crore-stimulus package is a “headline and a blank page.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also criticised the Centre’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “There are expectations during meetings with the prime minister, however, we return with an empty basket every time,” she said. “There is no income since last two months but we are not getting any alternative from Centre. We are supposed to get Rs 52,000 crore. Corona is here to stay but what about the income?”

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address a press conference at 4 pm.

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