COVID-19 outbreaks: World Bank approves USD 1 billion additional aid to India


As the country continues to reel under COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank on Friday approved USD 1 billion social protection package for India linked to Central government's programmes.


World Bank said that the billion-dollar social protection package was in addition to the previous package of USD 1 billion allocated to India for COVID-19 emergency response and health systems.

"The World Bank's billion-dollar support for social protection will help India leverage it's PM Garib Kalyan Yojana," said World Bank Country Director (India) Junaid Kamal Ahmad.

The previous assistance was given to support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics, procurement of personal protective equipment, and creation of new isolation wards.

With an increase of 3,967 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India's tally of coronavirus cases reached 81,970 cases on Friday. 

Meanwhile, with an increase of 100 deaths in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 2,649.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of active cases in the country is 51,401. Meanwhile  27,919 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.


With inputs from ANI

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