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Coronavirus Update: Cases Rise to 13,387 in India; Death Toll 437

Coronavirus Update: Cases Rise to 13,387 in India; Death Toll 437

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New Delhi, April 17, 2020:

As the new coronavirus continues its deadly sweep across the world, the number of cases reported in India now stands at 13,387, of which 11,201 are active cases, according to the ministry of health. The death toll now stands at 437. As many as 1,748 patients have been cured or discharged.

The govt however maintained that the rate of infection is low, with one in every 24 samples testing positive.

States like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh continue to witness a spike in their number of confirmed corona-positive cases, while Kerala and Andhra Pradesh seem to have successfully flattened the curve.

Northeast India has also reported many cases of the virus. The tally is as follows:

Assam: 34

Meghalaya: 9

Mizoram: 1

Manipur: 2

Nagaland: 1

Tripura: 2

Arunachal Pradesh: 1

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International Numbers:

The positive cases from coronavirus have crossed the 2 million mark. The current number stands at 2,183,148 cases worldwide. 146,841 people have died of the virus, while 547,679 people have recovered. 1,488,628 active cases of the virus have been reported, out of which 56,588 (4%) of the people are in critical condition.

The United States is the country with the highest number of positive cases – 678,144, and  34,641 people have died so far. Spain, Italy, France, Germany, UK, China, Iran, Turkey and Belgium are the top countries with the highest number of cases after US.

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 is also being felt in all parts of the world.

The RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das while addressing the meet earlier today said that automobile production and sales declined sharply in March in wake of the outbreak, while electricity demand has also fallen sharply. Das has further added that 91% of the ATMs are "operational", with

International giants Google will slow hiring for the rest of the year, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai told the company’s staff in a memo on Wednesday.

 

United States President Donald Trump vowed to unveil plans Thursday to reopen the world’s top economy, following cautious moves in Europe, claiming the US had “passed the peak” of new coronavirus cases, although the number of deaths at an all-time high.

At the same time, Switzerland’s government is due to unveil on Thursday how it plans to relax the country’s shutdown put in place to halt the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic, Swiss media reported. Health Minister Alain Berset will outline a three-stage plan to start a gradual opening of businesses and schools which have been shuttered for a month.

These will be considered major developments as all the countries around the world are strategizing a similar exit, although the spread of the virus has not slowed and the search for a cure continues.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Apr 17, 2020