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Coronavirus April 10 Highlights: Delhi records 183 new cases, total now 903; global toll crosses 1,00,000

Coronavirus (COVID-19): India reported 6,761 cases of COVID-19 today, including 516 patients who have been treated and discharged and 206 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2020 10:49:40 am
Coronavirus latest news LIVE UPDATES Coronavirus (COVID-19) Live Updates: At a vegetable market during the nationwide lockdown in Chennai, Monday, April 6, 2020. (PTI Photo: R Senthil Kumar)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker: Over 1,00,000 people have died globally of the novel coronavirus, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins. The number of infections has crossed 1.6 million.

Stating that domestic necessity of Hydroxychloroquine is the priority of the government, the health ministry Friday said India has 3.38 crore tablets of the drug available,  which means we have triple the requirement for the country. “Domestic production has been 100% ensured for now and for future,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

With 678 new cases and 33 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India stood at 6,761 and toll at 206. A decision on extending the lockdown is expected to be taken any day now as India scales up its fight against the coronavirus. The Centre has asked states to double the number of tests conducted to at least 2.5 lakh by April 14, when the 21-day lockdown ends.  (Click here to read state-wise coronavirus data)

Italy has lost the most number of people to the virus (18,279), followed by United States (16,686), Spain (15,447) and France (12,210). The US has the highest number of confirmed cases at 462,135, followed by Spain (153,222) and Italy (143,626), according to John Hopkins.

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23:34 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Global death toll crosses 1,00,000

The global death toll from coronavirus has crossed 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins University tally. 

23:33 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Global deaths from the coronavirus hit 1,00,000

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has hit 100,000, according to the running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll kept by Johns Hopkins University neared another sad milestone, though the true number of lives lost is believed be much higher because of limited testing, different rules for counting the dead and cover-ups by some governments. The number confirmed to be infected was more than 1.6 million. (AP)

22:37 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: The helping hand for Italy’s poor — not the govt, but Mafia gangs

Italy, one of the worst affected countries in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, is gaining local support through the mafia gangs in the country who are distributing free food to poor families. The country which has reported nearly 18,279 deaths is staring at a major economic crisis. However, in the past few weeks, videos have surfaced of known Mafia gangs delivering essential goods and free food to poor families in quarantine who have run out of cash, the Guardian reported. These gangs are helping out families in the poorest soutern regions of Campania, Calabria, Sicily and Pugulia. Click here to read the full story

21:30 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Kerala: Seven new cases, 27 recoveries today

Seven new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today. Three persons in Kasargod district and two each from Kannur and Malappuram districts have tested positive today. The two cases in Malappuram district are Nizamuddin returnees. The other five cases have got infection locally through contact. This was announced by the Minister of Health and Social Justice, Smt K K Shailaja Teacher.

Meanwhile, the test results of 27 patients came negative today. 17 patients from Kasargod district, six from Kannur District, two from Kozhikode district and one each Ernakulam and Thrissur districts are those who have recovered from the Coronavirus infection. The total number of patients cured of Covid-19 and discharged from hospitals is 124, till date.

A total of 364 Coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Kerala and presently, 238 patients are under treatment in various hospitals.
There was a considerable drop in the number of people under observation in the State. 1,29,751 persons are under observation across different districts in Kerala with 1,29,021 at their homes and 730 under observation in hospitals. 126 people were admitted to hospitals today. So far, 13,339 samples from people with symptoms have been sent for testing and 12,335 samples have tested negative.

21:21 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Gujarat: Tally of COVID-19 patients jumps to 378

The number of coronavirus positive patients in Gujarat jumped to 378 on Friday after as many as 116 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, officials said. After two more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the infection, the death toll in the state has reached 19, Principal Secretary (Health), Jayanti Ravi, said. (PTI)

21:14 (IST)10 Apr 2020
When short of PPE, this locally-made Kheri kit will keep health workers safe in UP

To ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) are available to COVID-19 frontline workers, the Uttar Pradesh health directorate has approved the locally-made ‘Kheri kit’, comprising shoe covers, body cover and head gear, to keep health professionals and police safe from the disease. Officials said laminated poly poplin fabric had been used to make the items in the PPE kits. Read more

20:38 (IST)10 Apr 2020
183 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi, total now 903

183 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi, total now 903

19:59 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Sachin Tendulkar chips in again to help needy

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who has already donated Rs 50 lakh for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has also decided to feed 5000 people for a month. Apnalaya, a non-profit organsation through a tweet, thanked Tendulkar for doing his bit for the needy.
"Thankyou,@sachin_rt for stepping in & helping Apnalaya help the ones suffering the most during this lockdown.He will be taking care of the ration of around 5000 people for a month. "There are many more individuals who need your support, people! Donate below!," Apnalaya tweeted from their official handle. (PTI)

19:54 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Former Leeds star Norman Hunter in hospital with virus

Former Leeds and England defender Norman Hunter is under treatment in hospital after contracting coronavirus, AFP reported. Hunter, 76, had won two English titles among a host of trophies during his appearances for Leeds United. "We can confirm that Leeds United and England legend Norman Hunter is being treated in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19," a Leeds statement said on Saturday.

19:50 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Pat Cummins willing to play IPL behind closed doors

The costliest foreign player in Indian Premier League, Pat Cummins says he would be willing to play in the T20 event without fans as it would help bring a sense of normality in a world ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IPL was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai but it was postponed to April 15 due to the worsening pandemic which has killed more than 95,000 people worldwide. Asked whether he would support games without fans in a BBC podcast, Cummins said, "Of course - whatever it takes to try and get cricket up and play those big events safely." (PTI)

19:40 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Countries with the highest COVID-19 death rate rank poorly in Human Development Index too

With the global coronavirus death toll nearing a lakh, an analysis of data by the Johns Hopkins University tracker shows that the top five countries with the highest mortality rate are the ones which lack a sufficient and robust health system and have fared poorly in latest Human Development Index (HDI) report released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Zimbabwe, which has so far recorded 11 cases and 3 deaths, has the highest mortality rate of 27.30 per cent, which is nearly five times that of the global rate of 5.9 per cent. Zimbabwe is followed by Bahamas, Guyana, Algeria and Myanmar — none of which feature in the top 10 countries with most cases or fatalities, according to John Hopkins University data. Click here to read more

19:27 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Tamil Nadu reports another death, toll rises to 9

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Shanmugan at a briefing said 77 people tested positive for coronavirus in the state today and all of them have contact or travel history. The total number of cases in the state rose to 911 with the latest development. "One woman died in Thoothukudi, thus the death toll is 9 in Tamil Nadu now. State will receive Rapid testing kits in a day or two. We are still in Stage 2 of the pandemic and Stage 3 is when the source of infection is unknown for majority of the infected population," he said. The Chief Secretary also urged all doctors to wear Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) while attending to patients.

19:19 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Tripura announces to start school classes on social media, electronic media

Tripura Friday announced to start classes for school-students through social media and electronic media to help students deal with their syllabus during lockdown. In a video message circulated by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), CM Biplab Kumar Deb today said, “Our children aren’t able to attend schools. NCERT syllabus, which we have adopted, is tough for students to understand without classes. Not everyone can afford tuitions. We, at the state government, have decided to conduct lessons on different subjects, just like classes through electronic media, social media. Details and timings of such classes will be informed," Deb said.

19:17 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Faridabad resident discharged from hospital; total recoveries at 3

A Faridabad resident recovered from coronavirus and was discharged from the hospital today after treatment, making it a total of 3 recoveries. The district has seen 28 positive cases until now.

18:47 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Gujarat's Bharuch sees its first cases: Four Jamaat members from TN test positive

Bharuch district reported its first COVID-19 cases on Friday from the remote village of Ikhar in Amod taluka, with four Jamaat members from Tamil Nadu testing positive. District Collector MD Modhiya said that over 95 people belonging to various Islamic Jamaat groups in different states were identified in the district. A massive health check-up drive is being conducted in the areas where they have been staying since before the lockdown was imposed, he added. The four COVID-19 positive patients have been admitted to the Bharuch Civil Hospital for treatment.

The four men — aged 25, 27, 39 and 50 years — belong to Tamil Nadu and are part of a Jamaat that had travelled to cities such as Mumbai and Surat before arriving in Ankleshwar, Bharuch. “They drove in a van and reached Ikhar village on March 18. They had arrived in Ankleshwar on March 12 via Surat and Mumbai. They also stayed in Bharuch for a few days. We are trying to trace their entire contact history and quarantine everyone who has come in contact with them.” Click to read more

18:36 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Karnataka sees 10 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Ten new COVID-19 cases were reported in Karnataka in last 24 hours taking the total number to 207. Of these 167 are active cases, 34 have been discharged and 6 died. Out of the 167 active cases, 163 are in isolation wards and four are in ICU.

18:26 (IST)10 Apr 2020
J&K BJP unit donates Rs 1 crore to PM CARES Fund

Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP on Friday donated Rs 1 crore to PM CARES Fund to fight COVID-19. The money was raised from all the party leaders, activists including former legislators, businessmen and common people, a party release said. The party president Ravinder Raina along with former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta among other functionaries handed over cheques worth Rs 50.11 lakh to the manager of Trikuta Nagar branch of State Bank of India. This has been in addition to over Rs 50 lakh donated by party workers and supporters to PM CARES Fund online, teh release added.

18:12 (IST)10 Apr 2020
An artist's impression of how to fight coronavirus

An artist paints a wall at Dharavi labour camp in Mumbai with a message on how to fight coronavirus as part of an MCGM initiative.

18:05 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Countries must take measures to alleviate economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO

'COVID19 is disrupting our societies, but it cannot, and must not, shake our foundations. History will judge us not only on whether we get through this pandemic, but the manner in which we did so,' said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, directpr-general of World Health Organisation. Remarking that, the restrictive measures implemented by the various goevrnments are already having massive impact on livelihoods, he said, 'We must plan for and take appropriate measures to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.'

17:35 (IST)10 Apr 2020
Gujarat: 12 more test positive in Vadodara, total now 59

Twelve more test positive for COVID19 in Vadodara, taking the total to 59. All are residents of Nagarwada, which has been declared as a red zone since Sunday.

Coronavirus live news updates india world Coronavirus live news updates: A view of hand sanitiser and pictures of the faithful of the Nuestra Senora de la Paz church, placed on the church's benches for a Holy Week mass, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the Villar del Arzobispo village, near Valencia, Spain April 9, 2020. (Reuters Photo: Nacho Doce)

Countries have battled the coronavirus for 100 days now, since China first reported on December 31, 2019 a “pneumonia of unknown cause” from a seafood wholesale market in Wuhan. Today, the pandemic has inflicted "the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression", according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

With the number of novel coronavirus cases in India nearing 5900-mark, including 169 deaths, the central government Thursday approved a COVID-19 emergency package worth Rs 15,000 crore for states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hinted at extending the lockdown, which was to end on April 14, in some areas, but a decision on the same is yet to be announced.

Odisha became the first state to extend the lockdown till April 30 on Thursday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also announced that schools in the state will remain closed till June 17 and said he will suggest the central government to extend the nationwide lockdown till the same period.

Coronavirus live news updates india world Coronavirus live news updates: A woman in Mumbai during the 21-day lockdown. (Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to ramp up testing to at least 2.5 lakh by April 14. Speaking to The Indian Express, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Arora said the target was conveyed by the Union Health Ministry in a video-conference with Health Secretaries of all states and UTs Wednesday. “We were told that 1 lakh samples have been collected in India till date, and by April 14 we have to take it up to 2.5 lakh samples,” he said.

Coronavirus live news updates india world Coronavirus live news updates: In Noida, where the government has imposed strict restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Express Photo: Gajendra Yadav)

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is framing a protocol for infusing blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 into patients in a serious condition. The procedure, known as convalescent plasma therapy, is carried out in the expectation that antibodies specific to the coronavirus that are present in the blood of the patient who has recovered will help generate immune response in the other patient.

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