As ‘Unlock 1’ came into effect on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened it to the “start of getting growth back.” The Prime Minister expressed confidence in the country even as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded India’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in more than two decades to ‘Baa3’.
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Strengthening the economy against corona is among our highest priorities: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened the unlock 1.0 to the “start of getting growth back.” While addressing the annual general body meeting of CII, the Prime Minister expressed confidence in the country even as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded India’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in more than two decades to ‘Baa3’.
On one hand while we need to take tough steps to prevent virus, we also have to stabilize and speed up the economy. We will definitely get our growth back. Some people might think how can i say this with such confidence during such tough times. I have full confidence in India’s capability.
Corona may have slowed our speed but the truth is that India is now leaving lockdown and entering Unlock 1. This is the start of getting growth back. We are able to do this because when corona was spreading in the world, India took the right steps. Lockdown has helped India to develop physical resources and save human resources.
Strengthening the economy against corona is among our highest priorities. Government is not only taking important decisions for the short term but also for the long term. With the recent bold decisions we have prepared various sectors for the future. For us reforms are not random or scattered decisions, but a planned, systematic, integrated and futurists process.
There are five key elements reflected in all our decisions: Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation.
With the recent bold decisions we have prepared various sectors for the future. For us reforms are not random or scattered decisions, but a planned, systematic, integrated and futurists process.
India needs to rise to the occasion. Getting growth back is not difficult, trust me. You now have a clear path — that of #atmanirbhar bharat. Atmanirbhar bharat will be integrated with the world and will be supportive, but we don’t want to rely on others in strategic sectors. – Yuthika Bhargava
10.45 am | China
Wuhan registers zero asymptomatic infections for first time
China has reported 15 new coronavirus cases while Wuhan, the epicentre of the COVID-19, where over nine million people have been tested in the last few weeks has not registered any asymptomatic case for the first time, the health authority said on Tuesday.
According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), five imported cases and 10 asymptomatic cases were reported in the country on Monday.
10.30 am | Mizoram
12 people test COVID-19 positive in Mizoram
Twelve people who recently returned from Delhi and Kolkata have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Mizoram, an official said on Tuesday.
The state had earlier reported only one COVID-19 case on March 24. The first patient was discharged from hospital on May 9 after he recovered.
Ten out of the 12 new cases were Delhi returnees, while two have returned from Kolkata recently. Their sample results came on Monday night, Health Department spokesperson Pachuau Lalmalsawma told PTI.
All the new COVID-19 patients were asymptomatic. Eleven of them were inmates of a quarantine facility in Kolasib district and one was an patient of Zoram Medical College, Lalmalsawma said.
The 11 COVID-19 patients from Kolasib were admitted at the ZMC early on Tuesday, he said.
10.15 am | Odisha
141 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Odisha on Tuesday pushing the State’s total to 2,245.
Active cases stood at 991, while 1,245 had recovered and nine died – seven of COVID-19 and two due to other ailments, officials said.
– Prafulla Das
10.00 am | Japan
Japan allows saliva-based coronavirus tests
The Japanese Health Ministry said on Tuesday it now allow saliva-based coronavirus tests, to help boost the number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
Currently, nasal swabs are mainly used for tests in Japan, and sneezes at the time of collecting samples expose medical workers to the risk of potential infection.
9.45 am | Punjab
Punjab launches month-long awareness campaign to fight COVID-19
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday launched a month-long drive, as part of “Mission Fateh”, to spread mass awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The campaign, which will broaden the ambit of ‘Mission Fateh’ beyond the frontline workers, will bring the people of Punjab into its fold to make the fight a battle of the people, by the people and for the people,” said the Chief Minister.
9.30 am | Odisha
Complete weekend shutdown in 11 districts
The Odisha government on Monday announced several tough measures to tackle the COVID-19 challenge in the wake of return of lakhs of Odia migrant workers.
The government ordered complete weekend shutdown in 11 migration-prone districts in June.
The shutdown will be enforced in Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Bolangir on all Saturdays and Sundays till June 30, said Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy.
9.00 am | Assam
Places of worship, hotels, malls to reopen on June 8
The Assam government has allowed places of worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls to reopen on June 8.
A notification issued on Monday said the shooting of films and videos in open spaces and studios; operation of barber shops and parlours only for hair trimming; and yoga, morning walk and jogging in open spaces and public parks were allowed with immediate effect.
Assam COVID-19 count on June 1, as updated Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma: 123 cases during the day, including 30 who arrived by flight from Kuwait, puts the total of positive people at 1,485, with 1,194 active cases, 284 discharged, 4 dead and 3 migrated to other states
– Rahul Karmakar