CORONA … Covid infection toll crosses 2,000 in India; deaths at 5,000 in US; 3318 in China; 53 in India

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NEW DELHI: The Covid infection toll in India crossed 2,000 on Thursday, while the death toll in the US due to the infections crossed 5000. Infections across the world were at 9.35lakh cases. Total deaths in India were of 53. Some 235 more cases have been confirmed positive in India on Thursday.

Among fresh deaths in India, four were reported from Maharashtra, three from Madhya Pradesh, and one each from Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. In all, 335 infections were reported from Maharashtra so far, while Kerala stood second with 265 infections. 
The Centre has asked the states and Union Territories to take immediate steps for disbursal of Covid assistance of Rs 27,500crore to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana through banks from Friday. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the necessary funds will be released by the Centre to banks on Friday and the disbursal must start immediately.

In a dire warning to the elderly population worldwide, reports said some 90 per cent of all those who died of Covid -19 in Europe were those aged above 60. China’s death toll due to the virus stood at 3318, while latest reports also said there were 35 new cases of covid inflictions there, all of them detected in those who arrived from abroad. –IHN-NN

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