Coronavirus updates for May 12

Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a special economic package of around Rs 20 lakh crore. According to the PM, this amounts to 10 percent of the GDP and entails earlier announcements made by the Centre, decisions of the RBI, and today's package.

The PM also stressed on the importance of making the country self-reliant, with the focus of the package on the poor, migrant labourers, fishermen, farmers etc, as well as for the middle-class. The details of the package will be provided by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the coming days.

The Prime Minister also said that there will be a fourth phase of the lockdown post May 17. The announcement comes as India's COVID-19 case count crossed 72,000, with over 2,300 deaths reported.

The Railways resumed its services after over 50 days, with three trains leaving the national capital, carrying around 1,100 passengers each. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, more than 6,000 Indians returned from abroad in 31 flights since May 1. The Indian Council of Medical Research is conducting a population-based serosurvey to estimate the prevalence of coronavirus infection among India's population.

Meanwhile, according to the data published by the National Statistical Office, industrial production fell by 16.7 percent in March, while manufacturing sector output fell by 20.6 percent as compared to last year.

Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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New initiative by Railways, Postal dept for door-to-door delivery, pick up of parcels

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