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20:27 (IST)
08 MAY 2020
Maharashtra: 25 fresh new Covid-19 cases in Dharavi, total past 800
The coronavirus cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum have touched 805 cases with 25 new cases recorded today, according to PTI.

The central team had on Thursday advised Maharashtra to aggressively expand its isolation facilities and shift high-risk people in containment zones of Dharavi — which as on Thursday has reported 783 cases — to institutional quarantine to curb community spread.

19:46 (IST)
08 MAY 2020
Tamil Nadu to close liquor shops, home delivery to begin
Following the Supreme Court’s order on liquor, passed earlier in the day, Madras High Court today directed the state to close all TASMAC shops, allowing online sale and home delivery of liquor.

The court took the decision as social distancing guidelines were violated by people across the state. Heavy crowds were witnessed after Tamil Nadu opened liquor stores on Wednesday. The order shall be followed till the end of the lockdown.

19:29 (IST)
08 MAY 2020
In Pictures | Migrants across nation make their way home

Migrant workers stand in queues after their medical screening at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium in Ludhiana. These workers will board one of the Shramik Special trains.

Over thousand migrants from Bihar boarded a train from New Delhi Railway Station on Friday arranged by the Delhi government.

Migrants on their way to Uttarakhand, boarded a truck in Bihar, passing through UP’s Lucknow.

18:40 (IST)
08 MAY 2020
NHRC issues notice to Maha govt over deaths of migrant workers on rail tracks
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary and the District Magistrate of Aurangabad over the train accident that occured earlier in the day, which claimed 16 migrant workers’ lives, PTI stated. The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about mowing down of 16 migrant workers by the goods train in the early hours of Friday, it said in a statement. The officers have been directed to submit a detailed report within four weeks. It should also include details of the steps taken by the state and the district authorities to provide food, shelter and other basic amenities to the poor people, especially migrant labourers, who are facing extreme difficulties from every angle during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, it said.

18:16 (IST)
08 MAY 2020
Railways ferried over 2.5 lakh people stranded in 222 trains
The Railways has so far run 222 special trains to ferry over over 2.5 lakh people, including migrant workers, to different parts of the country. MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said the government’s efforts have been to give maximum relaxations to people within the lockdown guidelines. She said the next step is to bring back Indians stranded abroad in a phased manner which started on Thursday using non-scheduled commercial flights and naval ships.

17:37 (IST)
08 MAY 2020
Assam: 16-year-old tests Covid positive after death
The sample of a 16-year-old girl tested positive for Covid after she died in Guwahati on Thursday night, making her the second in the state to die of the novel virus.Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s health and finance minister, said that it needed to be checked with the Centre whether she would be added in the official state toll because her diagnosis was after her death. Last month, a 65-year-old man from Hailakandi district succumbed to Covid.

The girl, a Guwahati resident, had complained of pain in her legs and fever on April 27 and was taken to a local hospital. She was checked and prescribed medicines. Then, she moved to her grandmother’s house in the staff quarter of a cancer hospital in Guwahati. The grandmother works as a support staff in the hospital.

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