Covid-19: India at 80k deaths, cases move closer to 5 million
Hindustan Times' National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury brings you the top stories you need to know.
Sunetra talks about the number of Covid-19 cases in India so far; 1000 daily deaths; Covid cloud on monsoon session as 29 MPs test positive; Manish Sisodia tests positive; Delhi govt's special assembly ends in scare.
In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ Sunetra Choudhury speaks to author and political scientist Vinay Sitapati about his book ‘Jugalbandi: The BJP Before Modi’. The book explains Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s dominance in Indian politics, partnership of its founding leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani, RSS & Vajpayee-Kaul relationship, how Modi-Shah differ from Vajpayee-Advani and more. Watch the full video for more details.
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As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 18 reported single-day spike of 13,788 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 145 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,52,419. India's confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,71,773 which include 2,08,012 active infections. More than 1,02,11,342 people have recovered from the virus with 14,457 new discharges in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 5,48,168 samples were tested on January 17. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till January 17 are 18,70,93,036.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia visited Kautilya Govt Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya. He met the students in Delhi on January 18. Government, government-aided/unaided schools re-opened for standard 10th and 12th in the national capital today. They were closed for months in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to ANI, Manish Sisodia said, "It feels good to see the children back in schools. The children are also happy. Life is coming back on track. They were unhappy after sitting at home for long and attending online classes." "Schools have been re-opened in a restricted manner, with all protocols," he added.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia accused BJP of making North and East municipal corporations bankrupt. He further said that the MCDs are not in a position to pay the salaries of their employees. "North and East municipal corporations are bankrupt, they have Rs 12 crore and Rs 99 lakh in their bank accounts respectively. They have a loan amount of Rs 6,276 crore to be paid to the Delhi government. BJP has left the MCDs bankrupt. In 14 years of corrupt rule, BJP has sucked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The municipal corporations are not in a state to pay the salaries of their employees," said Dy CM Manish Sisodia during a press conference on January 14.
After remaining closed for nearly 10-months, due to the pandemic induced lockdown, Delhi government allowed reopening of schools from January 18. The school has been opened for classes 10th and 12th. The decision was taken in wake of the upcoming CBSE board exams. Schools were seen following COVID-19 protocols. Sanitizers were provided to the students and social distancing norms were adhered too.
India's COVID-19 tally has crossed the 62-lakh mark with 80,472 new coronavirus cases and 1,179 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The country now has 62,25,764 total cases of coronavirus, including..