COVID­-19 cases surge in country

  • Fourteen more people have tested positive for COVID­-19 — eight in Kerala and three each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, State authorities said on Tuesday, as the total number of cases in the country went up to 61.
  • Of the eight new cases in Kerala, six belong to the COVID­- 19 and the other two cases are that of the parents of the three year ­old boy who tested positive earlier and is already in isolation at the Government Medical College Hospital, Ernakulam.


Oil Marketing Companies  cut petrol and diesel prices

  • The state­owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) have reduced the prices of petrol and diesel by 30 paise and 25 paise a litre respectively as international crude oil price fell.
  • The prices of petrol and diesel have come down by over ₹5 a litre each since the beginning of this year. They are likely to drop further in the coming weeks as India follows the monthly average pricing of the benchmark crude oil.
  • The shares of the OMCs surged on falling crude oil prices. HPCL gained 6.17% to close at ₹213.25 and BPCL closed, up 5.20%, at ₹423.80 in a weak Mumbai market on Monday. Indian Oil Corporation was down 1.34% at ₹99.45. The market was closed on Tuesday on account of Holi.