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New Delhi, May 28 : Accusing the government of doing politics during the coronavirus crisis, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday raised the plight of migrant workers, citing the example of a toddler trying to wake her dead mother at a railway station.

“The country is pained to see such visuals,” she said and asked the government to provide help to the needy.

She also accused the BJP of trying to “destabilize” the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, comprising the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress in the state, instead of helping it in its fight against Covid-19.

In a video conference with Congress workers and leaders under the ‘Speakup’ campaign, the Congress leader spoke about the poor, migrants, small businesses and the middle class.

“We are doing this to make the government understand the demands of the people,” said Priyanka Gandhi, who is also party in-charge of eatsern Uttar Pradesh.

She said the government should immediately deposit Rs 10,000 into the bank accounts of the needy, provide Rs 7,500 for six months to the needy families and provide jobs to those who have returned to their homes under MGNREGA for 200 days instead of 100 days.

“The government should also provide the MSMEs a financial package so that they are not pushed into debt,” she said.

Slamming the BJP-led Central and UP government, she said, “I urge the BJP leaders to avoid doing politics. It is time to stand united by sidelining the differences and help the people.”

On Uttar Pradesh government rejecting the Congress’ offer of providing 1,000 buses to transport the stranded migrant workers, she said, “The 12,000 buses of UP Roadways are running only on paper.”

The Congress leader had offered to provide 1,000 buses to transport the migrant workers in UP. However, the state government had rejected the offer after three days of standoff at the state borders.

Priyanka accused the BJP of trying to destabilize the Maharashtra government at a time the state is reporting a high number of Covid-19 cases. “Instead of providing help to the Maharashtra government, you (BJP) people are working against it to destabilize it,” she said.

Reminding the BJP, that all the political parties are indebted to people of the country even in their victories and in defeat. “With their humility people have supported everyone of us and today the people of the country are pained,” she said.

Highlighting the plight of migrant workers travelling back to their homes, Priyanka Gandhi said, “We have seen the visuals of a son pulling a cart carrying his parents, of a daughter taking her father 1,200 km away on a bicycle and of many people dying in Shramik Specials.

“These visuals — a child dying in the lap of his father and another child trying to wake up his dead mother on a railway platform — can make anyone cry. But you (BJP leaders) are silent and not helping the people.”

The demands raised by her are not political, she said.

The visuals of a toddler trying to wake her dead mother on a railway platform went viral on Wednesday. The woman had got down from the Ahmedabad-Katihar Shramik Special train at Muzaffarpur railway station in Bihar on Monday. According to railway officials, the woman was had prior ailment.

“Leave politics as the people who have supported you must get the support back from you in this tough time,” said Priyanka.

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India just 400 short of Russia, as record 25K new cases take tally past 6.73L

The United States remained the worst-hit country with 28,39,436 cases, followed by Brazil with 15,77,044.

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New Delhi: India recorded a single-day spike of record 24,850 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its total tally to 6,73,165 even as over 600 deaths in the last 24 hours increased the country’s death toll to 19,268, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed.

As many as 4,09,083 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals. India now has 2,44,814 active cases in the country.

On the global front, India is 399 cases away from beating Russia to become the world’s third worst-hit nation with the coronavirus pandemic. While India has 6,73,165 cases, Russia has 6,73,564 cases.

The United States remained the worst-hit country with 28,39,436 cases, followed by Brazil with 15,77,044.

With a spike of more than 7,000 cases in just one day, Maharashtra remained the worst- hit state with its total cases crossing the 2-lakh mark (2,00,064) and 8,671 casualties, of which 295 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Southern state of Tamil Nadu followed with 1,07,001 corona cases including 1,450 deaths. Tamil Nadu witnessed a spike of 4,280 cases and 65 deaths in just one day.

At the third spot, national capital Delhi witnessed a spike of 2,505 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total corona tally to 97,200. Delhi now has 25,940 active cases, with 3,004 deaths. As many as 68,256 patients have recovered and since discharged from hospitals.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat (35,312) with 1,925 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (26,554), Rajasthan (19,532), Madhya Pradesh (14,064), West Bengal (21,231), Haryana (16,548), Karnataka (21,549), Andhra Pradesh (17,699), Telangana (22,312) and Bihar (11,700) cases.

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Israel reports 977 new coronavirus cases; 29,032 in total

As a result, Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana has entered home quarantine until July 12, after meeting twice with Shabtai in the past two weeks.

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Jerusalem, July 5 : Israel’s Ministry of Health has reported 977 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 29,032.

The number of Covid-19 deaths increased from 326 to 330, while the number of patients in serious conditions increased from 77 to 84 out of 296 patients currently hospitalised, Xinhua reported.

The number of recoveries increased to 17,773, with 104 new recoveries, while the number of active cases hit 10,929.

Earlier on Saturday, Israeli police said that Israeli border police chief Yaakov Shabtai tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding that his health condition is good.

As a result, Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana has entered home quarantine until July 12, after meeting twice with Shabtai in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Defence Minister Benny Gantz and army chief of staff Aviv Kochavi will not have to undergo quarantine despite meeting with Shabtai on Thursday.

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 11.1 Million, US Tally Surpasses 2.8 Million

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,838,678 and 129,672, respectively.

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The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to more than 11.1 million, while the deaths have soared to over 528,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,199,747, while the fatalities rose to 528,953, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,838,678 and 129,672, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 1,539,081 infections and 63,174 deaths.

In terms of cases, Russia ranks third (673,564), and is followed by India (648,315), Peru (299,080), Chile (291,847), the UK (286,412), Mexico (252,165), Spain (250,545), Italy (241,419), Iran (237,878), Pakistan (225,283), Saudi Arabia (205,929), Turkey (204,610), France (204,222), Germany (197,198), South Africa (187,977), Bangladesh (159,679), Colombia (109,793) and Canada (107,185), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (44,283), Italy (34,854), Mexico (30,366), France (29,896), Spain (28,385), India (18,655), Iran (11,408), Peru (10,412) and Russia (10,011).

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