Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called for immediate steps to revive the country's economy on Saturday and said there was a need for a big financial package.
He pointed out that the coronavirus outbreak was a serious attack on our fragile economy and took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for beating of "thalis" in the honour of those working to contain the spread of the virus.
Gandhi said clapping would not help the daily wage workers and small and medium entrepreneurs.
"The coronavirus is a big attack on our fragile economy. Small and medium entrepreneurs and our daily wage workers are the most affected.
"Clapping will not help them. Today there is a need for cash relief and tax sops, besides relief in repayment of loans as part of a big economic package. Take immediate steps," the former
Congress chief said in a tweet in Hindi.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc worldwide as the fatalities from the deadly virus swept past 10,000 globally, with the number of infected people topping 250,000, according to an AFP tally.
COVID-19 cases rose to 271 in India after fresh cases were reported across the country, as per the ICMR on Saturday while the Union health ministry figure stood at 258, as the governments in the national capital and Maharashtra announced shutdown of public places to contain the spread of coronavirus.