New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The number of coronavirus cases in India has increased to 74,281 on Wednesday, while the death toll has surged to 2,415, according to the latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Of the total number of cases, there are 47,480 active cases, while 24,386 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in his nation's address announced an economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore aimed at poor, farmers and middle-class taxpayers of the country. The details of the economic package will be given by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today. He also said that lockdown 4 will be different and will come with a new set of rules and new relaxations. The citizens will get to know about it before May 18.

A massive repatriation operation referred to as Vande Bharat Mission is being carried out to bring back Indians stranded abroad. On Wednesday, flights will travel to seven foreign destinations: Newark, Manila, Dhaka, Dubai (2), Jeddah, Kuwait and London.

Meanwhile, Shramik trains are being run by several state governments to help stranded migrant workers reach their home state. Indian Railways has restarted 15 special passenger train operations.

The global death toll due to COVID-19 has surpassed 2.9 lakh, while the number of cases has increased above 4.2 million, according to a data tracker by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In the US, fatalities have topped 80,000, according to a report by news agency AFP.  

Here are the Highlights of COVID-19 pandemic: 

2:55 pm: 152 #COVID19 cases & 3 deaths reported in Rajasthan today, as of 2 pm. Total number of cases in the state is now at 4278, including 1699 active cases, & 120 deaths: State Health Department

2:49 pm: One more person has been tested positive for #COVID19 in Uttarakhand, taking total number of cases to 70 out of which 23 cases are active: Uttarakhand Health Department

2:13 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Chairpersons of the Empowered Groups later today. #COVID19

2 pm: Self-reliant India Mission is nothing but repackaged version of Make in India: Shashi Tharoor

1:50 pm: 50 lakh family members of about 10 lakh CAPF personnel will use indigenous products: Home Ministry

1:40 pm: Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) canteens to sell only indigenous products from June 1: Home Ministry

1:30 pm: Three more people have tested positive for #COVID19 in Jhajjar, Rewari & Rohtak, taking the total number of cases to 783 in Haryana out of which 421 cases are active. Number of fatalities due to the disease stands at 11: Haryana Health Department

1:20 pm: Phase-2 of #VandeBharat from 16-22 May will also include flights from Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand & Ukraine: HS Puri, Civil Aviation Minister

1:15 pm: In 1st phase of #VandeBharat we were to bring back 14800 Indians on 64 flights. 8500 Indians have already returned till this morning. More flights underway. In phase-2 numbers being doubled. 30000 more Indians will return from 31 countries on 149 flights:HS Puri,Aviation Minister

12:59 pm: Chhattisgarh: People who deboarded the special train running from Delhi to Bilaspur, in Raipur were marked quarantine stamps on their hands with indelible ink. #COVID19

12:40 pm: 2 more #COVID19 cases reported in Chandigarh today. Total number of cases in the Union Territory (UT) is now at 189, including 3 fatalities: UT Health Department

12:32 pm: 26 more #COVID19 cases reported in Karnataka between 5 pm yesterday & 12 pm today. Total number of cases in the state is now at 951, including 442 discharged & 32 deaths: State Health Department

12:10 pm: Special Shramik trains will now run from Old Delhi Railway Station. 3 trains for Bihar's Bhagalpur, Darbhanga and Barauni will run today: Railway official

11:52 am: Punjab: Workers of a factory in Malerkotla protested last night alleging major salary reductions. MS Brar, SP says, "We assured the workers that their rights will be upheld as per the law of the country & action will be taken against the factory owners if they do not pay".

11:44 am: 48 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours; the total number of positive cases in the state is now 2137 including 948 active cases, 1142 cured/discharged and 47 deceased: Andhra Pradesh Health Department

11:22 am: Mission Vande Bharat: AI special flight to bring back 169 Indian students from Dhaka today, reported The Times of India

11:20 am: Special train carrying passengers from Howrah reaches New Delhi railway station. One of the passengers says, "The journey was good. Proper arrangements were made and social distancing was also followed". #COVID19

11:10 am: Vande Bharat Mission Phase 2: Indians to fly back from the US on 7 flights starting May 19

10:52 am: 20 deaths& 359 new positive cases were reported in Delhi in 24 hours till midnight y'day, taking the total number of cases to 7998 and deaths to 106. 346 people have been cured/discharged taking the total number of recovered cases to 2858: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

10:40 am: Equity benchmark indices traded higher after PM Narendra Modi announced economic stimulus package worth Rs 20 lakh crore amounting to 10 per cent of the GDP to alleviate the pain caused by COVID-19

10:28 am: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to address the media at 4 pm today. #EconomicPackage

10:14 am: Delhi Hospital Registers 106 Covid-19 Cases, reported News 18

More than 106 employees of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital tested positive for Covid-19 after it failed to isolate suspected cases. This is the highest number of infection among healthcare staff in any hospital in Delhi.

10:12 am: Odisha: Passengers arrive at Bhubaneswar railway station to board special train for Delhi. One of the passengers, Mahi says, "I'm an artist&came here for a shoot. Suddenly lockdown was announced&we were stranded here. We should co-operate with Govt and follow all precautions".

9:46 am: The first passenger train from Mumbai to Delhi since lockdown, arrived at New Delhi railway station today morning. A passenger says, "I was waiting since many days, I was very happy when I heard train services have resumed. I am happy to have reached home".

9:45 am: As on 12th May, 101 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Odisha taking the total number of cases in the state to 538 including 419 active cases, 116 cured/discharged and 3 deceased: Odisha Health Department

9:40 am: 87 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Rajasthan today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 4213. No death reported in the state today; death toll stands at 117: Rajasthan Health Department

9:30 am: Delhi: Passengers from Ahmedabad who deboarded the first train that reached New Delhi Railway Station after the lockdown say they are relieved now. One of the passengers says,"The journey was good&I'm happy. I went to meet my daughter&son-in-law&was stuck there for 2 months.".

9:26 am: Bangladesh: 169 Indian students queue at Dhaka International Airport to board the special Air India repatriation flight to Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir under #VandeBharatMission.

9:11 am: Spike of 3525 #COVID19 cases and 122 deaths in the last 24 hours; total positive cases in the country is now at 74281, including 47480 active cases, 24386 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 2415 deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

8:40 am: Delhi: A special train carrying passengers from Rajendra Nagar Terminal railway station, Patna (Bihar) reaches New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS). Railways had resumed services of 15 pairs of special air-conditioned trains yesterday.

8:25 am: One of the passengers Vandana,who arrived in Delhi from Ahmedabad says, "I was stranded for 55 days and was staying at my relative's place. I am very happy and also thankful to the Railways for arranging these trains. I tried to apply for ticket for about 3 hrs & luckily got one.

8:10 am: Delhi | A special train carrying passengers from Sabarmati railway station (Gujarat) reaches New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS). Railways had resumed services of 15 pairs of special air-conditioned trains yesterday.

7:48 am: A person who had returned to Jharkhand from Telangana by Shramik special train tested positive for #Coronavirus last night. The patient is from Latehar. Total positive cases in Jharkhand stands at 173 now: State Health Secretary, Nitin Madan Kulkarni.

7:15 am: Mumbai: Repatriation flight Air India AI-1377 carrying 225 passengers from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport today. #VandeBharatMission

7 am: Kerala: Air India Express flight from Doha in Qatar landed at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport earlier today. #VandeBharatMission

Posted By: James Kuanal