External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) had an important role to play in shaping global economic and political architecture.

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At a video conference of the foreign ministers of BRICS, Jaishankar said, “Covid-19 is not only posing a great risk to health, the well-being of humanity but is also severely impacting the global economy.” Stressing on mutual cooperation in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Jaishankar said, “We need to provide support to businesses to tide over Covid-19 crisis and ensure livelihoods are not lost.”

Coronavirus cases, Covid 19 test, quarantine facilities, rapid testing, Pune Municipal corporation, Indian express news India has so far lost more than 1,000 lives to Covid-19. (File photo)

Meanwhile, in a major drive to contain Covid-19 before the lockdown ends on May 3, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has started conducting a health audit of its 1.3 crore residents.

With 45,000 field-level officials, including 3,000 doctors from Covid clinics, going door to door, the massive exercise is the first across the country, official sources said. The Union Territory has surveyed about five lakh households comprising nearly 25 lakh people in the past five days, sources added.

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