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Highlights- Donate blood plasma for treatment: Tablighi Jamaat chief's appeal

The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 18,000 on Tuesday with the death toll logged at 603. Meanwhile, the government has termed the Covid-19 situation "especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other areas while forming six ground teams to assess the situation and issue directions.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Apr 23, 2020 14:23 IST
Highlights- Donate blood plasma for treatment: Tablighi Jamaat chief's appeal
Health workers wearing protective gear are pictured during a door-to-door verification of people to find out if they have developed any coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms, in a residential area in Kolkata, India. (Photo: Reuters)

India's coronavirus cases breached the 18,000-mark, according to the figures released by the health ministry on Tuesday morning. There are 15,122 active Covid-19 cases in the country, 603 people have died of the disease while 3,259 have been cured/ discharged.

The Centre has termed the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other areas while forming six ground teams to assess the situation and issue directions, even as it warned all states against diluting national lockdown rules, as some states conditionally lifted select restrictions of the lockdown – in place till May 3.

The government has selected 16 projects -- spanning vaccines, drugs and technologies -- for funding under the Covid-19 research consortium.

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Globally, there have been 2,437,170 reported coronavirus infections from which 167,594 people have died, according to an AFP tally.

US oil prices rebounded above zero Tuesday, a day after futures ended in negative territory for the first time as a coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand leaves the world awash in crude.

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus:

09:47 AM IST

With 52 new cases, Rajasthan's Covid-19 cases rise to 1628

Rajasthan now has 1,628 Covid-19 cases after 52 new cases were reported from the state on Tuesday, reports ANI.

Of the new cases, four are in Bhilwara, two each in Dausa, Jaisalmer and Tonk, 34 in Jaipur, one each in Jhunjhunu, Nagour and Sawai Madhopur and five cases are in Jodhpur. The total count includes 25 deaths and 205 recovered patients, according to a state health department releases.

09:25 AM IST

UN calls for scaling up all efforts to confront pandemic

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution Monday night calling for global action to rapidly scale up development, manufacturing and access to medicine, vaccines and medical equipment to confront the new coronavirus pandemic, reports news agency Associated Press.

The Mexican-drafted resolution requests U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to work with the World Health Organization and recommend options to ensure timely and equitable access to testing, medical supplies, drugs and future coronavirus vaccines for all in need, especially in developing countries.

09:04 AM IST

80-yr-old Covid-19 patient dies in Kalaburgi, Karnataka toll climbs to 17

An 80-year-old Covid-19 patient has died in Karnataka's Kalaburagi district. With this, the death toll in state has risen to 17, according to the state medical education minister K Sudhakar: PTI

08:42 AM IST

Person living in Rashtrapati Bhavan premises tests positive for coronavirus

Person living in Rashtrapati Bhavan premises tests positive for coronavirus, 125 families advised to remain in self quarantine

08:41 AM IST

Coronavirus cases in India breach 18,000-mark, death toll climb to 590

Coronavirus cases in India have breached the 18,000-mark with the death toll climbing to 590. According to health ministry figures released on Tuesday morning, there are 14, 759 active cases in the country while 3251 patients have been cured / discharged.

08:20 AM IST

Delhi's Azadpur market to remain open round the clock

In order to help farmers sell their produce without any hassle and to ensure uninterrupted supply of essentials in the national capital, the agriculture produce market in Azadpur will remain open round the clock from Tuesday (April 21) till the lockdown is lifted, Delhi minister Gopal Rai said on Monday.

The decision was taken a day after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi will witness no relaxation in the lockdown norms from April 20 – the revised guidelines of the Union home ministry have made some relaxations for certain sectors till May 3, such as construction work, IT companies, online deliveries and farming sector, among others.

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07:54 AM IST

US coronavirus deaths top 42,000 : Reuters tally

US coronavirus deaths topped 42,000 on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as more protesters gathered in state capitals to demand an early end to the lockdowns, while officials pleaded for patience until more testing becomes available.

The United States has by far the world's largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 774,000 infections, up 20,000 on Monday, with several states yet to report. New reported U.S. cases appear to be slowing from about 30,000 a day last week.

07:34 AM IST

New York nurses sue state, two hospitals over 'inadequate' coronavirus protection

The New York State Nurses Association sued the state and two hospitals on Monday to force them to provide safety equipment and adopt measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading among its members, highlighting the growing disputes over workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic, reports Reuters.

The association sued the New York Department of Health, Montefiore Medical Center and the parent company of the Westchester Medical Center. The nurses asked judges to order the defendants to provide masks and other protection to nurses.

"These lawsuits were filed to protect our nurses, our patients and our communities from grossly inadequate and negligent protections,” said a statement from Pat Kane, the association's executive director.

07:00 AM IST

Saudi Arabia suspends praying in the Two Holy Mosques in Ramzan: Tweet

Saudi Arabia extended on Monday the suspension of praying in the Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said on Twitter citing its President General Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais.: Reuters

06:35 AM IST

UN member states demand 'equitable' access to future Covid-19 vaccines

The 193 members of the UN General Assembly on Monday adopted by consensus a resolution that calls for "equitable, efficient and timely" access to any future vaccines developed to fight coronavirus, reports AFP.

The resolution also highlights the "crucial leading role" played by the World Health Organization, which has faced criticism from Washington and others about its handling of the pandemic.

06:34 AM IST

US records 1,433 coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours: Report

US records 1,433 coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally, reports AFP.

06:06 AM IST

Delhi readies more quarantine centres as Covid-19 cases cross 2,000

Districts across Delhi have been asked to identify additional quarantine centres, including paid facilities, for suspected Covid-19 patients, as the number of positive cases in the city spiked to 2,081 on Monday.

First published: Apr 21, 2020 05:47 IST