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Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Focus on MNREGA, education, health sector in Sitharaman's announcement

Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Focus on MNREGA, education, health sector in Sitharaman's announcement
At Dadri Railway Station, from where a train left for Bihar, Saturday. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker India Live Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is announcing the fifth and the last tranche of the Rs 20-lakh crore Covid economic package today. Today’s announcements will focus on MNREGA, health, and education-related sector, businesses, and COVID-19, decriminalisation of Companies Act, Ease of Doing Business, Public Sector Enterprises- related steps, state governments, and related resources. On Saturday, the government pushed for reforms in Coal, Mineral, Defence, Civil Aviation, Power, Social, Space and Atomic energy.

With the third phase of a nationwide lockdown slated to end Sunday, the Centre is mulling a more relaxed post-May 17 strategy. Some states, including Assam, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Punjab have recommendation an extension of the lockdown for the remaining of the month to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, while others including Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka have suggested a gradual easing of restrictions. India will enter into the fourth phase of lockdown from May 18 but with a different set of rules and guidelines as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on May 11.

Coronavirus cases in India Sunday rose to 90,927. Of these, 53,649 are active cases; while 34,109 have already been cured. The death toll stands at 2872. Over 4.6 million have been infected with the virus globally, while over 3 lakh have died so far, with the most number of fatalities from the United States, followed by the UK and Italy.