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Coronavirus wrap April 6: Here are the top developments of the day

The Cabinet approved an ordinance to reduce the pay and allowances of MPs by 30 percent starting April 1, 2020; and other key developments from today:

April 06, 2020 / 10:00 PM IST

The Union Health Ministry, on April 6, said that the total number of cases in India now stand at 4,281 with over 111 deaths.

The government said that 704 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, which is the biggest single-day increase in India.

Here are some of the top developments of the day:

>> The Union Cabinet approved an ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, to reduce the allowances and pension by 30 percent starting April 1, 2020 for a year.

>> India saw the biggest single-day jump in the number of cases with 704 cases being reported overnight.

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first published: Apr 6, 2020 10:00 pm

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