Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: India Registers Over 17,000 Cases, Death Toll Climbs to 543; Some Lock…

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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: India remains on the edge as the country takes the first step towards relaxing restrictions imposed during the lockdown announced by the Centre on March 24 to arrest the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The government, with an aim to reboot the economy, has allowed activities related to agriculture and horticulture from today because of the approaching harvest season and the potential of bumper wheat crops, plantation work for tea, coffee and rubber, and industries in rural areas, Special Economic Zones and industrial townships.

Economic activities to be functional will include non-banking financial corporations and micro-finance institutions that have now been marked as essential, while services like electricians, plumbers and repairmen will also be permitted.

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Total Coronavirus Cases in India Mount to 17,265 | A total of 17,265 cases of coronavirus have been reported in India. So far, 543 people have succumbed to the infection, while 2,546 hav been cured from the disease. There are 14,175 active cases in the country.




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Apr 20, 2020 8:45 am (IST)

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Apr 20, 2020 8:39 am (IST)

Kin Vandalise Hospital After Patient’s Death in Maharashtra | A critically-ill patient died while being shifted to an isolation ward in the General Hospital at Malegaon in the district yesterday, following which his relatives allegedly vandalised the hospital property, police said. According to police, a 45-year-old patient, who was suffering from respiratory problems, was brought to the hospital by his relatives in a critical condition yesterday afternoon.




Apr 20, 2020 8:17 am (IST)

Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Exceed 2.33 Million, Death Toll Crosses 159,800 | More than 2.33 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 159,818 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.




Apr 20, 2020 8:05 am (IST)

In Bengaluru, last night, some secondary contacts of COVID-19 patients along with a few locals tried to remove barricades in the Padarayanapura area in the city late and argued with officials who had come to shift them to a quarantine facility. Padarayanapura has been sealed off to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The police said the incident happened when officials along with medical staff were trying to shift the secondary contacts to the place identified for quarantine purpose.




Apr 20, 2020 8:01 am (IST)

US Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 40,000 | Meanwhile, the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the United States tops 40,000, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. It shows the number of fatalities countrywide at 40,585, with almost half of them in New York. The US records 1,997 deaths in the past 24 hours.




Apr 20, 2020 7:58 am (IST)

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Apr 20, 2020 7:56 am (IST)

Lockdown to be Selectively Relaxed from Today | From today, India will see selective relaxation of the lockdown in non-containment area or regions that have successfully reduced the number of COVID-19 cases. Construction, select industries/industrial establishments (both government and private), MNREGA works, etc are some of the activities that will be permitted. A majority of construction sector stocks such as Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Ashoka Buildcon and Dilip Buildcon among others have gained on the bourses post government allowing business activities to resume even as the lockdown continues.




Apr 20, 2020 7:54 am (IST)

India Covid-19 Cases Jump to 17,615 | The total number of coronavirus cases in India reaches 17,615, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the death toll climbs to 556. Meanwhile, Maharashtra records the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a day, with as many as 552 persons testing coronavirus positive, taking the state tally of such cases to 4200, health officials said.




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Bengal to Start Rapid Covid-19 Testing Soon | The West Bengal government decide to soon start rapid antibody tests to detect Covid-19 contagion, says a senior official. The state government yesterday received a total of 10,000 kits required to conduct such rapid tests, the official adds.

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