Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of measures, including a Rs 1.70 lakh crore economic package involving free foodgrain and cooking gas to the country's poor for the next three months, one-time doles to women and poor senior citizens, higher wages to workers and measures to boost liquidity of employees as it looked to contain the impact of the unprecedented nationwide lockdown.
The moves come two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown to try to protect India's from the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has infected 649 and killed 13 in the country so far.
"We are still facing supply issues with a few things, but slowly things are getting better" he said.More news: LeBron James wants ESPN to release 'Last Dance' as soon as possible
The number of Coronavirus cases has increased to over 600 in India.
Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, told a Geneva news conference that with the lockdown in place, India had a window of opportunity to expand testing, surveillance and quarantine facilities and said its success with eliminating polio was an example.
They said the G-20 leaders also appreciated India's efforts at the regional level to fight the pandemic. All the way through the system, it broke down the problem, it went after the polio virus district by district by district by district. Although India's number of reported cases is relatively low, the number rose quickly and therefore the government has tried to remain on the offensive in terms of controlling the spread of the disease. Some states announced they were releasing thousands of prisoners on parole.More news: NY is 'splitting' ventilators and converting anesthesia machines for coronavirus patients
As the total number of cases neared 5 lakh across the world, and the global death toll soared to 21,000, G20 nations chose to inject United States dollars 5 trillion into the global economy to counter the impact of the coronavirus crisis. But infections in Punjab, the most populous province, are picking up now, government data showed.
Due to the lockdown, the opposition began besieging the federal government because of the difficulties that have been coming in entrance of everybody, not exclusively this, the opposition demanded an financial bundle. "We hope the 130 crore people of the country will be able to win the battle in 21 days", he said.
Shyam Thapa of the Himalayan Expedition company said about 125 foreign hikers were stranded at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.More news: Mayor considers closing parks if New Yorkers do not practice social distancing
There were no efforts to ascribe blame to anyone for the outbreak of the virus, they said.