? Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that more than 50 crore poor and vulnerable citizens will be eligible for free COVID-19 testing and treatment under Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).
? The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom)has appointed Infosys COO Pravin Rao as its new Chairman. Rao will succeed Keshav Murugesh, the Group CEO of WNS Global Services.
? Indian Railways develops low-cost ventilator ‘Jeevan’ at its Kapurthala Rail Coal Factory, seeks ICMR approval for production.
? The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Governors and Members of Parliament have voluntarily decided to take a 30 percent salary cut for one year in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
? IIT Roorkee has developed a low-cost portable, close-loop ventilator ‘Prana-Vayu’ for COVID-19 patients in collaboration with AIIMS Rishikesh. The ventilator is equipped with state-of-the-art features. Its manufacturing cost is estimated to be Rs 25,000.
? NASA’s new satellite, CubeSat Imaging Radar for Earth Sciences (CIRES), will give early warning signals of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. This will help the concerned administrations to prepare ahead for disasters.
? Queen Elizabeth II, in a rare speech on April 5, 2020, said that the UK will “succeed” in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This was the Queen’s 5th special message in her entire 68-year-old reign. The earlier four were given in 1991, 1997, 2002 and 2012. The first was made during the first Gulf War, the second one before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, third at her mother’s death and fourth to mark her diamond jubilee.
? The Ukrainian authorities reported a major spike in radiation levels after a forest fire broke out in the restricted zone near Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, on April 4, 2020. The Chernobyl disaster had occurred on April 26, 1986, at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near Ukraine’s Pripyat city.
? Nadia, a four-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for COVID-19 recently. This is the first confirmed case of human-to-animal transmission of the virus in the United States.