Coronavirus latest updates: 14,378 cases in India with 480 deaths

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: The number of cases reported in India now stands at 14,378, of which 11,906 are active cases, according to the ministry of health. A total of 480 people have died from the infection so far. Across the world, coronavirus deaths passed 150,000 on Friday, while in the US the number of infected patients touched the 700,000-mark.

Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus in India and around the world —

Global death toll crosses 150,000

World coronavirus deaths surged past 150,000 Friday as US President Donald Trump accused China of continuing to cover up its toll. More than half of humanity — 4.5 billion people — were confined to their homes, with evidence mounting of social distancing’s success in slowing the pandemic. More than 2.2 million cases of
Covid-19 have been reported in 193 countries and territories. The US recorded the highest number of cases and deaths of any country in the world with 700,282 cases and 36,773 deaths.

26 Navy personnel test positive at Mumbai’s naval base
In a major outbreak in the Indian Navy, at least 26 sailors have tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus in Mumbai, which comes at a time when Covid-19 has adversely hit operations of at least four US and one French nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Sources said the sailors, who are from the main shore-based logistics depot INS Angre of the Western Naval Command, have been quarantined at the naval hospital INHS Ashwiniin Mumbai.

Ministry of external affairs goes the extra mile to help the Dominican Republic
India this week managed to send an emergency aid comprising 200,000 HCQ tablets to Dominican Republic (DR) located in the Caribbean. After exploring several options unsuccessfully, the MEA got the consignment on a Blue Dart flight from Delhi-Mumbai in the wee hours of April 15 which was then sent to DR on a Delta cargo leaving Mumbai on the same day.

MEA in overdrive in Covid war
As India scours the world for emergency acquisitions of everything from masks and goggles to testing kits and ventilators, the foreign office has become a part of the frontline warriors battling to contain Covid-19 in India, with embassies and consulates calling every diplomatic IOU to get the needed medical equipment.

Rate of growth in Covid-19 cases down 40% since April 1
India witnessed a significant decline of 40% in growth of Covid-19 cases since April 1, compared to a fortnight earlier, while the rate of doubling of cases fell from every three days before the national lockdown began to 6.2 days currently, the government said on Friday. The Centre said social distancing and containment measures were working.

MP, Maharashtra report big drop in cases; Gujarat sees surge
A day after registering the highest single-day rise in Covid-19 cases for any state with the addition of 361 cases, MP reported just 61 new infections on Friday. Maharashtra too reported a sharp dip as the countrywide count of fresh cases dropped to a five-day low of 905. Gujarat, meanwhile, reported 170 cases, the highest reported by any state on Friday.

Kerala & Tamil Nadu on way to flattening Covid-19 curve?
Fresh daily cases in Kerala have dropped to single-digit level in the past one week while the number of people getting discharged from hospitals in Tamil Nadu exceeding those getting admitted.

Kerala has reported just 32 new cases from April 11 to 17 while 129 patients have recovered from the infection during this period. In Tamil Nadu, more people are getting cured than those getting infected. On Friday, when the state reported 56 new cases, 103 patients got discharged from hospitals.

The US surpasses 700,000 coronavirus cases
With the highest number of cases and deaths of any country in the world, the US had recorded 700,282 cases of COVID-19 and 36,773 deaths as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday), according to the Baltimore-based university. On Friday, the global death toll from the virus crossed 150,000.

Trump cautiously moots reopening parts of America for business even as toll mounts
The US began re-opening for business in some thinly-populated states largely unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic under President Trump’s three-phase guidelines unveiled on Friday, even as the national toll spiked up to over 33,000 dead with record daily fatalities in trade- and business-heavy states such as New York and Michigan.

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