Maharashtra, Delhi and Gujarat have emerged as the States most-affected by COVID-19, together accounting for around 49.5% of India’s cases. According to the Union Health Ministry, India has managed to maintain a linear growth of COVID-19 cases over the one month period during its lockdown.
The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded. Here is a collection of our daily cartoons on COVID-19.
Here are the latest updates:
10.50 am | Bihar
Six more cases detected in Bihar
Six more COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Bihar, taking the total number of cases in the State to 176.
The newly-detected patients include three men aged 10, 52, and 70 years, and three women aged 18, 48, and 60 years. They hail from Sadar Bazaar area of Jamalpur in Munger district.
10.20 am | Kerala
Four-month-old baby dies of COVID-19 in Kerala
A four-month-old female baby, a native of Manjeri in Malappuram district, undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, died of COVID-19 on early Friday morning. This is the third COVID-19 related death in the State.
It is learnt that the body fluid samples of her parents have been sent for lab tests and the doctors who attended to her have been asked to go on quarantine. Efforts to trace the source of infection are on.
10 am | USA
Coronavirus pushes U.S. unemployment toward highest since Depression
Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by the coronavirus, according to new data released Thursday. In response to the deepening economic crisis, the House passed a nearly $500 billion spending package to help buckled businesses and hospitals.
More than 4.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government reported. In all, roughly 26 million people — the population of the 10 biggest U.S. cities combined — have now filed for jobless aid in five weeks, an epic collapse that has raised the stakes in the debate over how and when to ease the shutdowns of factories and other businesses.
9.30 am | France
French coronavirus death toll close to 22,000, says health ministry
The number of people who have died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 516 to 21,856 on Thursday, the health ministry said in a statement.
The 2.4% increase was slightly slower than on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the death toll increased by 2.6%, but well below the more than 4% rate seen last week.
The number of people in French hospitals with COVID-19 infection fell further, by 522 or 1.8% to 29,129, the ninth consecutive fall, and the number of people in intensive care fell by 165 or 3.2% to 5,053 in a 15th consecutive fall.
9 am | India
As many as 23,077 people have been detected to be COVID-19 positive in India, while the death toll is 718, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry.
Of this, 17,610 are active cases. The Ministry says that 4,749 patients have recovered from the disease, putting India’s recovery rate at 20.5%.
Meanwhile, according to ICMR update as of 9 a.m., 23,502 samples have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. A total of 5,41,789 samples from 5,25,667 individuals have been tested so far.
8.30 am | Bihar
8 new cases in Bihar
Eight more COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Bihar, taking the total number of cases in the State to 170. The new cases include a man and seven women from Khajpura locality in Patna.
The death toll in the State remains two, while the number of recovered patients is 42.
8.15 am | Odisha
New case detected in Odisha
A West Bengal returnee tests positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the State’s total number of cases to 90, says the State government.
Twenty-nine cases of West Bengal returnees and their close contacts have been detected in Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur districts during past six days.
Chennai’s Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital shuts down
Chennai Corporation has shut down Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital on Durgabai Deshmukh Road in R.A. Puram on April 23 after three healthcare providers — two doctors and a staff nurse, tested positive for coronavirus.
The infected include a gynaecologist, a paediatrician and a staff nurse. The gynaecologist is a 65-year-old woman; the paediatrician is 42 years old and the nurse is 24 years old.