The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 700. The death toll is rising. The health ministry’s data shows a big jump in a day- 88 cases. Number of death is 16.
Worldwide total number of death is 23,067. Confirmed cases are 511,603 and recovered cases are 120,983 according to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. In Italy the death toll has crossed 8 thousand. It stands at 8,215 followed by Spain-4,145.
In India, the central government has announced a Rs. 1.7 lakh crore relief package. The Union finance minister announced the package on Thursday. It includes an extra distribution of five kg grain and one kg pulses under the public distribution system, cash transfers to the elderly (Rs 1,000) and women (Rs 500), free gas cylinders and increased wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Economists have told that though the relief package was much awaited, it remains to be seen if it is enough to address the plight of millions of workers and impoverished households throughout the country.
Prof. Jayati Ghosh of Jawaharlal Nehru University has said that it is “clearly extremely inadequate. The total amount mentioned is only around 0.8% of estimated GDP. The Centre needs to do more.”
The Finance Minister’s COVID package is ‘inadequate’, tweeted Sitaram Yechury, the general secretary of CPIM.
The Congress leader and M.P Rahul Gandhi however welcomed the package and said that it is “the step towards right direction”.