Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: The Madras High Court Friday ordered a closure of all liquor shops in Tamil Nadu, a day after they were directed to open. Through this directive, the state will now undertake to deliver liquor at doorsteps and allow online sale. One of the hard-hit states by the coronavirus, Tamil Nadu is the fourth-highest recording maximum number of Covid-19 cases. On Friday, the state recorded fresh 600 cases, taking the total to 6,009, state Health Minister C Vijayabaskar informed. So far, 37 people have succumbed, as per the data provided by the Health Ministry.
During the evening briefing, the Health Ministry informed that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given approval to conduct clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy in 21 hospitals. In the last 24 hours, about 3,390 fresh Covid-19 cases have been reported pan-India totalling to 56,342 cases, including 1,886 deaths and 16,539 recovered. About 216 districts have, so far, been spared by the coronavirus, while no fresh cases have been reported in 42 districts in the last 28 days.
Earlier in the day, sixteen migrant workers in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district were crushed to death by a local train as they were journeying home. The workers, who were walking to Bhusawal from Jalna to board a “Shramik Special” train to return to Madhya Pradesh, were sleeping on the railway line when the mishap occurred between Badnapur and Karmad stations in Nanded Division.
After India launched its ‘Vande Bharat mission’ to bring home Indians stranded abroad due to the international travel lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, today, the first flight carrying Indian students who are stranded in Bangladesh’s Dhaka will land in Srinagar. The first two Air India repatriation flight carrying a total of 363 Indian nationals from the UAE landed in Kochi and Kozhikode on Thursday.
On the global front, at least 38,15,561 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus worldwide, including 2,67,469 deaths and 12,66,479 recoveries.