As per sources, Rajasthan may soon become India’s third state to extend the existing lockdown period till 30 April 2020. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recently said that the state is exploring options and a decision will soon be taken in respect. Rajasthan is among top five most infected states in India. Capital Jaipur has become a major hotspot in the state with over 200 cases of Coronavirus infection.
The 101st day since COVID-19 was first reported, global Coronavirus infections crossed 1.6 million cases. The death toll nears 100,000 mark with most fatalities being reported from Italy, Spain, France, UK, and USA. New cases and deaths in Europe are experiencing a downward trend giving a sense of relief to every part of the world.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin along with US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed OPEC+ oil group meeting over a telephone call. These leaders confirmed their aim to stabilize global oil trade. They also highlighted few topics of discussion for the G20 energy ministers meeting scheduled for 10 April 2020.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved back to a regular ward at St. Thomas’ Hospital in central London after receiving treatment in intensive care. He is receiving treatment for COVID-19 related ailments. Meanwhile, applause rang out across the UK in the third ‘Clap for Carers’ event, where people showed their appreciation for NHS staff and other workers on the front line of the pandemic.
Japan’s government is considering to postpone proclamation ceremonies of Crown Prince Akishino’s rise to the first line to the throne. The possible delay comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency over Coronavirus outbreak in the country. The ceremonies are scheduled to take place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 19 April 2020.