Coronavirus latest updates: About 3 million jobs at risk due to Covid impact on Indian airline industry

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NEW DELHI: With 1,755 new cases, the country reported the highest single-day surge on Thursday. With this, the number of
coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 23,077, a 8.2% rise from the previous day as per the latest reports from states.

The number includes 17,610 active cases, 4,749 cases in which the patient has been cured and 718 deaths due to the novel coronavirus, according to latest report by the ministry of health and family welfare.

Maharashtra was by far the worst-affected state in the country where 778 persons tested positive in the state during the past 24 hours.

Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from India and around the world —
About 3 million jobs at risk due to Covid impact on Indian airline industry: IATA
Even as the global airline industry battles to survive the Covid pandemic, airlines’ trade body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Friday forecast that the crisis would have a potential impact on 3 million jobs in India.

IATA’s latest forecast states that the COVID crisis could impact 2.93 million jobs in India, while there will be a 47% reduction in passenger demand — a drop of 89 million in passenger volumes in 2020 as compared to last year, that is — due to demand impact at destination and origin airports.

Mumbai can see 70,000 cases by May-end: Study
Keeping in mind a mathematical projection that the Mumbai city’s cases could hit 70,000-odd in about a month from now, the BMC is on an overdrive to set up at least 3,000 Covid-care beds for patients with moderate to severe symptoms of the viral infection, that is about 5% of the projected caseload.

The plan includes BMC’s ‘takeover’ of at least 600 beds in the state government-run G T Hospital and St George’s Hospital near CSMT. “It’s better to handle
Covid-19 cases if hospitals work under one command,” said a BMC official, adding that the state government has added oxygen support and ventilators at these hospitals.

No shortage of Hydroxychloroquine in India: IDMA Gujarat Chairman
The chairman of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association, Gujarat chapter has asserted that there is no shortage of Hydroxychloroquine in India and the country’s current production of HCQ is 35 to 40 crore tablets a month.

US nears 50,000 virus fatalities after 3,176 deaths in 24 hours
The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 50,000 people in the United States, after one of the deadliest days of the pandemic which saw 3,176 deaths, according to a tally Thursday from Johns Hopkins University. The US, the worst-hit country in the world, now has 866,646 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up 26,971 from the previous day.

India faring better than other countries at the 5L-test mark: Committee chief
Though the number of Covid-19 patients in India is rising, the graph is linear and not exponential and could indicate a flattening of the curve as the country’s positive rate remains largely unchanged at 4.5% of those tested even as the number of tests conducted daily since March 23 has risen consistently crossing 5,00,000 overall on Wednesday. As of now, on average, more than 35,000 tests are conducted daily.

The stigma attached to Covid can cause more deaths: AIIMS head
Stigmatising of Covid-19 patients and their families is resulting in cases turning up late at hospitals, with heightened breathlessness, and this could mean increased morbidity and mortality, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said on Thursday. According to Dr Guleria, the disease can be treated successfully in most cases and 80% of patients need only supportive care, while 20% would require enhanced attention and of these only 5% need ventilators.

Pakistan coronavirus cases rise to 11,155; 79% cases locally transmitted
About 79 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in Pakistan are now locally transmitted as the number of people affected by the deadly virus rose to over 11,000. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 13 more patients died due to the novel coronavirus, taking the toll to 237 and another 2,527 recovered.

Sunlight destroys coronavirus quickly, say US scientists
The new coronavirus is quickly destroyed by sunlight, according to new research announced by a senior US official on Thursday, though the study has not yet been made public and awaits external evaluation.

‘80% chance of success’: Human trials of Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University begin in UK
Human trials of an eagerly-awaited vaccine, developed by the prestigious Oxford University against the novel coronavirus began in the UK on Thursday, with scientists giving it an 80 per cent chance of success. The UK government has pledged 20 million pounds to support the “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19” coronavirus vaccine trial programme, with UK health secretary Matt Hancock saying the government would “throw everything at” finding a vaccine against the deadly virus.

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