New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to nearly 25.2 per cent, from about 13 per cent a fortnight ago while adding that the dreadful infection has affected over 35,365 and claimed the lives of more than 1,152 people in India so far. As per the Health Ministry data, 9,065 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Meanwhile, authorities across states have began preparations to help lakhs of migrant workers and students reach their homes from different parts of the country where they are stranded for over a month due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus pandemic:

18:32 pm: Govt extends coronavirus lockdown for two more weeks with effect from May 4

18:13 pm: The Army on its part will conduct mountain band displays along some of the COVID hospitals in almost every district of our country. The armed forces will also lay wreathe at the police memorial on May 3 in support of our police forces: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat

18:09 pm: There are some special activities that nation will get to witness. Air Force to conduct flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum & another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. It'll include both transport & fighter aircraft: Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat

18:09 pm: On behalf of armed forces, we want to thank all COVID-19 warriors. Doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police, home guards, delivery boys & media which has been reaching out with the message of government on how to carry on with lives in difficult times: CDS General Bipin Rawat

18:06 pm: CDS General Rawat, 3 service chiefs address media

17:53 pm: CDS General Rawat, 3 service chiefs to address media shortly.

17:47 pm: The coronavirus has affected 35,365 people and claimed the lives of 1,152 in India so far: Health Ministry

17:04 pm: Special trains to ferry migrant workers, students stranded due to coronavirus lockdown: Centre

16:23 pm: State and district administration to ensure through focused efforts that 'Red' and 'Orange' zone districts, break the chain of transmission through effective and stringent containment measure: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry

16:22 pm: There is a total demand of 75,000 ventilators; total 19,398 ventilators available and 60,884 ventilators have been ordered: PD Vaghela, Chairman, Empowered Group-3

16:22 pm: MHA has today allowed movement of stranded students, migrant workers, tourists, pilgrims, etc. via rail as well. States and Railway Board will make necessary arrangements: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

16:22 pm: In the last 24 hours, 1993 positive cases reported; the total number of positive cases is now 35,043: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry

15:31 pm: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and three service chiefs to hold press conference on important issues at 6 pm today.

15:00 pm: Coronavirus Cure: All eyes on the trials of these drugs as global race for treatment of COVID-19 intensifies

15:00 pm: Some zones of the Railways have received requests from State Governments to run special trains to carry migrant workers back to their navtive States. The Railways has not taken any decision on their requests so far: Railway Board Executive Director RD Vajpayee

13:57 pm: Six more people have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, taking the total of cases to 432: Bihar Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjay Kumar

13:35 pm: We will surely give relaxations after May 3 seeing the condition of specific areas but be cautious and co-operate, else whatever we have achieved in the past few days will be lost. So, we will go ahead with patience and caution: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

13:26 pm: I want people to not panic about COVID-19. It's only about starting the treatment on time. From few days old babies to 83 years old people have recovered and gone home. People on ventilators have also recovered well: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

13:11 pm: Coronavirus Lockdown: Special train ferries 1,200 stranded migrants from Telangana to Jharkhand

13:11 pm: With the efforts of our corona warriors and support of the people of Goa, our state has now been classified as a green zone by the Govt of India: Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant

12:28 pm: We were permitted by centre for trial of plasma therapy at LNJP hospital. We administered it to a few patients, the 1st one among them was discharged after he made recovery. He was critical and in ICU but was discharged yesterday. Initial results of the therapy are good: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

12:22 pm: 60 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,463. The death toll stands at 33: Andhra Pradesh Health Department

12:21 pm: Today in Delhi, we are conducting 2300 tests per 1 million people. Total 1100 people have been cured and discharged till date: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

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11:30 am: 130 districts identified as Red Zones for 'no activity' after May 3; Delhi, Mumbai among them: Report

11:17 am: One woman who tested positive for COVID-19 3 days ago, passed away today at AIIMS in Rishikesh due to multiple organ failure. She was admitted at the hospital after she suffered a brain stroke: Virender Rawat, Circle Officer, Rishikesh.

11:16 am: There are 3515 positive cases of COVID-19. 1094 people have recovered. People living in 'Red Zones' will be screened again. Medical teams will conduct door to door health checkups: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

10:40 am: Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) recorded zero sales in the domestic market in the month of April due to coronavirus lockdown.

10:11 am: Nineteen people test positive for COVID-19 in Bihar on Thursday, taking total number of cases in the state to 422: Official

10:10 am: One more person tests positive in Balasore district, COVID-19 cases in Odisha rise to 143: Health Department

9:37 am: Union Health Secry Preeti Sudan writes to Chief Secys of all states/UTs, designating dists across all states/UTs as Red, Orange and Green Zones.

9:22 am: Coronavirus Pandemic: 1,993 new cases in last 24 hrs, highest in a day, take India's tally to 35,043; death toll climbs to 1,147

8:52 am: The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rises to 35043 (including 25007 active cases, 1147 deaths, 8889 cured/discharged/migrated): Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

8:19 am: Delhi: Vehicles travelling towards Gurugram from the national capital. Cross border transit into Gurugram will be prohibited from 10 am today. Only vehicles involved in the movement of essential goods-services, certain government offices and those with movement passes are exempted.

8:19 am: A 53-year-old male patient, the first to undergo plasma therapy in Maharashtra passed away on 29th April: Dr Ravishankar, CEO Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai

7:46 am: 1 more COVID-19 case reported in Odisha, total positive cases in the state now at 143: State Health Department

7:46 am: United States of America (USA) recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, reports AFP.

7:23 am: States oppose Centre's plan to send stranded migrant workers home by bus, demand special trains

7:22 am: So far, the government has claimed that the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to nearly 25.2 per cent, from about 13 per cent a fortnight ago. 

7:22 am: Meanwhile, 8,373 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

7:18 am: The dreadful coronavirus has affected 33,610 people and claimed the lives of 1,075 so far in India.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma