India’s COVID-19 cases cross 78,000-mark, Death toll at 2,549

COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 78,003 with 2,549 deaths. There are 49,219 active cases while 26,234 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 25,922, followed by Gujarat- 9,267, Tamil Nadu – 9,227 and Delhi – 7,998.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday shared initial details of the Rs 20 lakh crore special economic package

“The special Economic Package outlined by PM Modi envisions to spur growth and build a self-reliant India. An Aatmanirbhar Bharat will have five key pillars – economy, infrastructure, system, demography & demand,” the FM had said.

8503 Indians have been flown back to India in 43 inbound flights operated by Air India and Air India Express under Vande Bharat Mission in 6 days beginning from May 7, Ministry of civil aviation said.

Air India along with its subsidiary Air India Express are operating a total of 64 flights (42 by Air India & 24 by AI Express) to 12 countries viz. USA, UK Bangladesh, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Philippines, UAE and Malaysia to repatriate 14,800 Indians back in the first phase, the statement said.