COVID-19 cases in India rise to 74,281, Death toll at 2,415

India’s COVID-19 cases has risen to 74,281, with 2,415 deaths. There are 47,480 active cases while 24,385 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 24,427, followed by Gujarat – 8,903, Tamil Nadu – 8,718 and Delhi – 7,639.

PM Modi in his address to the nation on Tuesday announced a special economic package and gave a clarion call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. He noted that this package, taken together with earlier announcements by the government during COVID crisis and decisions taken by RBI, is to the tune of Rs 20 lakh crore, which is equivalent to almost 10% of India’s GDP. He said that the package will provide a much needed boost towards achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

Modi observed that the package will also focus on land, labour, liquidity and laws. It will cater to various sections including cottage industry, MSMEs, labourers, middle class, industries, among others.

Union Minister for MSMEs and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari had welcomed the Prime Minister’s relief package worth Rs 20 lakh crore. He said, through this historical package, the Prime Minister has fulfilled the expectations and aspirations of the MSME, village and cottage industry sector.

Gadkari said, with abundant resources, superior technology and raw materials, India can soon become self-reliant in all sectors. He said, the Prime Minister has also envisioned India as a super economic power in global economy. The Minister said, taking the economic slowdown due to COVID-19 pandemic as a blessing in disguise, we should strive to maintain positivity and self confidence to take the country ahead.

He expressed confidence that the MSME, village and cottage industry sector will grow to new heights with the support of this package.