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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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: 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: 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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