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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:

09:53 AM IST

PM Modi's 21-day lockdown crucial to fight Covid-19: European think tank

21-day lockdown by PM Modi crucial to fight against COVID-19, says European think-tank European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS): ANI

09:17 AM IST

Five new cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra, total rises to 225: State health dept

With five new cases, total count of the state reaches to 225. Of them, one in Mumbai and two each in Pune and Buldhana.

08:57 AM IST

68-yr-old dies of Covid-19 in Kerala

A 68-year-old man in Kerala who had been tested positive for coronavirus passed away early morning on Tuesday, reports ANI. He suffered kidney failure: Medical Superintendent, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala

08:26 AM IST

Group of transgenders distribute food kits to needy in Gujarat

A group of around 150 members of the transgender community in Surat has been distributing food kits - consisting of rice, flour, oil, tea leaves, sugar among other things - among the residents of slum areas of the city and other needy people amid caronavirus lockdown: ANI

08:17 AM IST

New York gets hospital ship as coronavirus accelerates in US

A military hospital ship arrived in New York Monday as America's coronavirus epicenter gears up for the peak of the pandemic, reports AFP.

The navy's 1,000-bed USNS Comfort docked at a Manhattan pier. The 894 foot-long vessel -- which also has space for a dozen operating rooms -- was greeted by cheering crowds after departing Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday.

07:38 AM IST

World Bank warns China growth could screech to a halt

The coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout could cause China's growth to come to a virtual standstill and drive 11 million more people in East Asia into poverty, the World Bank warned Monday, reports news agency AFP.

The pandemic is causing "an unprecedented global shock, which could bring growth to a halt and could increase poverty across the region," said Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific.

Even in the best-case scenario, the region will see a sharp slowdown, with China's growth slowing to 2.3 percent from 6.1 percent in 2019, according to a report on the pandemic's impact on the region.

07:27 AM IST

US coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day: Reuters

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, the deadliest day yet in the country's mounting crisis, while New York cheered the arrival of a gleaming 1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ship as a sign of hope in the city's desperate fight, reports Reuters.

In a grim new milestones marking the spread of the virus, total deaths across the United States hit 3,017, including at least 540 on Monday, and the reported cases climbed to more than 163,000, according to a Reuters tally.

07:22 AM IST

People from Nizamuddin continue to be taken for testing

People from Delhi's Nizamuddin area continue to be taken to different hospitals for checkup after six persons from Telangana who attended a religious prayer meeting in the locality earlier this month died of coronavirus on Monday. Twenty four people from the area tested positive and nearly 200 others showed symptoms of the disease on Monday when officials began evacuating the six-storey building of some 1,400 people who are believed to have been exposed to the virus.

<p>People from Nizamuddin continue to be taken for testing</p>
06:41 AM IST

153 from Nizamuddin admitted in isolation wards at LNJP Hospital

The Delhi Police on Monday night cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin West in south Delhi where several people showed symptoms of being infected with the virus after taking part in a religious congregation earlier this month, an officials said, reports PTI.

"As many as 85 people were brought to LNJP Hospital on Sunday from Nizamuddin area and 68 were brought today, so a total of 153 are admitted in isolation wards and being tested for infection," LNJP MS Dr J C Passey said.

Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15, officials said as the south Delhi neighbourhood was virtually sealed following fears that some people may have contracted COVID-19.

06:36 AM IST

US coronavirus death toll passes 3,000: Johns Hopkins University

The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 3,000 on Monday, according to the running tally compiled by the Johns Hopkins University, with more than 163,000 confirmed cases, reports AFP.

The United States has recorded 3,008 deaths, according to the tally, while its 163,429 cases are by far the highest national number ahead of Italy, Spain and China.

06:01 AM IST

New York governor begs for help amid 'staggering' death toll

New York's governor issued an urgent appeal for medical volunteers Monday amid a “staggering” number of deaths from the coronavirus, as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in New York City is just a preview of what other communities across the U.S. could soon face, reports news agency Associated Press.

“Please come help us in New York now,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as the state's death toll climbed by more than 250 in a single day to a total of more than 1,200 victims, most of them in the city. He said an additional 1 million health care workers are needed to tackle the crisis.

“We've lost over 1,000 New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "To me, we're beyond staggering already. We've reached staggering.”

05:53 AM IST

In a first, UN Security Council approves resolutions remotely

The UN Security Council has for the first time approved resolutions remotely after painstaking negotiations among diplomats who are teleworking due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports AFP.

The Security Council on Monday unanimously voted for four resolutions, including one that extended through April 2021 the expiring mandate of UN experts who are monitoring sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said.

First published: Mar 31, 2020 05:43 IST