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Covid-19| US virus death toll exceeds official China tally: Johns Hopkins

As the number of novel coronavirus cases continue to rise globally, Spain has become the third country to surpass China in coronavirus infections after the United States and Italy.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Mar 31, 2020 23:16 IST
Covid-19| US virus death toll exceeds official China tally: Johns Hopkins

The number of novel coronavirus cases around the world continue to rise with the death toll soaring past 37,500, according to AFP. India saw one of the sharpest spike in the number of Covid-19 cases on Monday as 227 people tested positive in 24 hours, taking the total number to 1,251 with 32 deaths, according to the Union health ministry.

Though the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Europe is expected to start stabilising soon, Spain became the third country to surpass China in coronavirus infections after the United States and Italy.

In the United States, Virginia and Maryland became the latest US states to impose emergency stay-at-home orders followed by the capital city Washington. US President said that more than a million Americans had been testing for the coronavirus, which he called a milestone.

Here are the latest updates on novel coronavirus from around the world:

12:52 PM IST

6 who returned from Iran test Covid-19 positive at Army facility in Jaisalmer

Six people at the Army's Jaisalmer facility have tested positive for Covid-19, reports HT Correspondent. They are among the 484 people who were brought from Iran on Mar 15, 16 and 17. Also, one positive case at Jodhpur quarantine centre, also returned from Iran.

12:45 PM IST

UP Police searching for 157 people who participated in Nizamuddin event

The Uttar Pradesh Police says that search for 157 people of the state, who had participated in Tablighi Jamaat event at Markaz, Nizamuddin in Delhi is being done: ANI

12:43 PM IST

Validity of fitness, permit, driving licenses extended till June 30

Validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other documents which have expired since 1st Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th June 2020, the same may be treated to be valid until 30th June 2020: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

12:30 PM IST

300 foreigners who attended Nizamuddin event may be blacklisted

India is likely to blacklist about 300 foreigners who came from 16 countries, including Malaysia and Thailand, on tourist visas but attended an Islamic congregation at Nizamuddin here that has become a key source for the spread of coronavirus in the country, officials said on Tuesday, reports PTI.

These foreigners were among around 8,000 people who attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz facility in March, many of whom have shown symptoms of COVID-19, a Union Home Ministry officlal said.

12:09 PM IST

17 new cases in Andhra since Monday night

Seventeen new COVID19 positive cases detected since 9 PM Monday night, taking the total positive cases in Andhra Pradesh to 40, says director, health and family welfare: ANI

Most of these people are those who had attended religious meeting in Delhi or are the contacts of those who attended, he added

11:51 AM IST

Social distancing norms have to be ingrained: Delhi L-G

Administration needs to continue awareness programs about social distancing.Information,education and communication activities need to be intensified on ground. Social distancing norms have to be ingrained in one & all:Lt Governor Anil Baijal after meeting with Delhi CM

11:42 AM IST

Food distribution centres in Delhi to be increased from 500 to 2500

It has been decided to increase number of food distribution centres from present 500 to 2500 so that social distancing is adhered to effectively. Home quarantine has to be strictly monitored. More than 20,000 homes have been identified for home quarantine: Lt Governor Anil Baijal

11:41 AM IST

Five more people test coronavirus positive in Maharashtra: Official

4 new Coronavirus positive cases in Mumbai and 1 in Pune; Total number of positive cases in the state rises to 230: Maharashtra Health Department: ANI

11:40 AM IST

Group of ministers meeting over Covid-19 in health ministry

Group of Ministers meeting over COVID19 underway at Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

10:52 AM IST

High level meeting underway at Delhi CM residence

A high-level meeting is underway at the residence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over the issues of coronavirus and Markaz building, Nizamuddin. Deputy CM Arvind Kejriwal, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other officials are present at the meeting: ANI

10:51 AM IST

Nizamuddin event organisers committed grave crime: Satyendar Jain

Event's organisers committed a grave crime. Disaster Act & Contagious Diseases Act was enforced in Delhi,no assembly of more than 5 people was allowed. Still they did this. I've written to Lt Guv to take strictest action against them.Delhi govt has given order to file FIR: Satyender Jain

10:50 AM IST

334 people from Nizamuddin religious event sent to hospital

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said, "We are not certain of the number but it is estimated that 1500-1700 people had assembled at Markaz building. 1033 people have been evacuated so far - 334 of them have been sent to hospital & 700 sent to quarantine centre". ANI

10:35 AM IST

24 test positive for Covid-19 at Nizamuddin: Delhi health minister

24 people who were present at the Markaz building, Nizamuddin have tested positive for coronavirus, so far: Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister, reports ANI

10:24 AM IST

World economy will go into recession with likely exception of India, China: UN

The world economy will go into recession this year with a predicted loss of trillions of dollars of global income due to the coronavirus pandemic, spelling serious trouble for developing countries with the likely exception of India and China, news agency PTI reported citing a latest UN trade report.

With two-thirds of the world's population living in developing countries facing unprecedented economic damage from the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is calling for a USD 2.5 trillion rescue package for these nations.

According to the new analysis from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN trade and development body titled 'The COVID-19 Shock to Developing Countries: Towards a 'whatever it takes' programme for the two-thirds of the world's population being left behind', commodity-rich exporting countries will face a USD 2 trillion to USD 3 trillion drop in investments from overseas in the next two years.

The UNCTAD said that in recent days, advanced economies and China have put together massive government packages which, according to the Group of 20 leading economies (G20), will extend a USD 5 trillion lifeline to their economies.

The report, however, did not give a detailed explanation as to why and how India and China will be the exceptions as the world faces a recession and loss in global income that will impact developing countries.

10:17 AM IST

7 people evacuated from Iran test positive: Rajasthan official

Seven people, who were evacuated from Iran, have tested positive for coronavirus, says Rohit Kumar Singh, Rajasthan additional chief secretary (health). The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 83: ANI

First published: Mar 31, 2020 05:43 IST