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Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India

Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India

Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
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COVID-19 LIVE Updates: This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and developments from the novel coronavirus outbreak in India and the world.

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With that it's a wrap to today LIVE blog on the coronavirus pandemic. We will bring you the top developments and updates on the COVID-19 situation from around the world tomorrow again. Until then stay safe, stay indoors and have a good weekend.

Apr 24, 2020 9:52 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Coronavirus surveillance network expands to 9.5 lakh people from 13 in January

India currently has nearly 9.5 lakh people under surveillance as it aims to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. The number of people under surveillance has risen multi-fold from January when just 13 people were under surveillance. The protocol is to keep those people under surveillance who are suspected of having come in contact with a coronavirus infected person or have travel history to an international country. The surveillance is done either via keeping the suspected cases in quarantine or via community surveillance. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, at the end of February 2020 there were 23,832 people who were suspected of being infected with coronavirus and were under surveillance. Just ahead of the nationwide lockdown announcement, there were 90,459 people under surveillance as of March 19, 2020. This figure increased almost 3X to 2,67,921 after commencement of lockdown on March 26. Since then, the number has increased 3.5 times to 945,915 as of April 23.

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Apr 24, 2020 9:50 PM
Coronavirus surveillance network expands to 9.5 lakh people from 13 in January
Just ahead of the nationwide lockdown, there were 90,459 people under surveillance, which increased almost 3X to 2,67,921 after commencement of lockdown.Get latest Healthcare online at cnbctv18.com
Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
Apr 24, 2020 9:50 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; USFDA warns against use of HCQ

The coronavirus death toll in the US crossed the 50,000 mark on April 24 as the number of lives lost rose by an average of 2,000 a day in the current month. The total number of US cases was 890,198, according to worldometers.info as of 9 pm IST. US cases rose by over 30,000 on a day earlier, the biggest increase in five days, but in line with an average of 30,000 new cases a day in April, according to a Reuters tally. Across the country, state officials said there remain bottlenecks in testing capacity, shortages of material such as swabs used for taking samples and not enough workers to contact-trace infections. In addition to a staggering death toll, unemployment claims soared on Thursday and reaffirmed the grim economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Apr 24, 2020 9:10 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Positive cases rise to 23,452, death toll at 723

Positive novel coronaviurus cases jumped by 1,752 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally in the country to 23,452. According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 37 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours with overall 723 succumbing to the virus. There are 17,915 active cases in India, including 77 foreign nationals. Around 4,813 people have been cured and discharged and one patient had migrated.

Apr 24, 2020 8:50 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: USFDA warns over HCQ after ‘serious poisoning and deaths’ reported

The US Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Friday against taking chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside a hospital or formal clinical trial after “serious” poisoning and deaths were reported, CNBC.com said. The agency said it became aware of reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients with the virus who were treated with the malaria drugs, often in combination with azithromycin, also known as Z-Pak. “We will continue to investigate risks associated with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 and communicate publicly when we have more information,” the agency wrote in the notice.

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Apr 24, 2020 7:53 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Maruti Suzuki to hand over 500 ventilators to HLL Lifecare
Maruti Suzuki will be handing over 500 ventilators to HLL Lifecare, which were manufactured in collaboration with AgVa Healthcare.

Apr 24, 2020 7:17 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: India's 1 month of lockdown: Experts feel it helped in preventing 'US-like' situation

As India completes a month under lockdown that brought the world's most populous democracy to a virtual standstill, with no or very minimal social and economic activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, several medical experts feel that these restrictions were crucial in preventing a "US or Europe-like" situation from materialising in the country. However, most of the experts also cautioned that a "bigger challenge" awaits the country when it gradually move towards exiting the nationwide lockdown, which has emerged as one of India's biggest weapons so far in the battle against COVID-19. India's first case was reported on January 30, and 54 days later on March 25, with 519 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths, the country was put under a 21-day complete lockdown, hence starting the country's full-blown battle against the pandemic.

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Apr 24, 2020 5:51 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Hospitals not accepting patients, everyone is being looked at as suspect, says BS Ajai Kumar

“Collateral damage will be huge if we don't take steps now to bring patients to get themselves checked. We need to convey to patients that if you have symptoms don't hesitate to approach hospitals. Patient to patient contamination is very less, no one is looking at data to give assurance,” said Ajai Kumar.

Apr 24, 2020 5:48 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Hospitals not accepting patients, everyone is being looked at as suspect, says BS Ajai Kumar

BS Ajai Kumar founder Chairman and CEO of HealthCare Global Enterprises has said that there is fear among staff at hospitals and every patient entering hospitals is being seen as a suspected coronavirus patient. “Hospitals are refusing patients and the public are unable to access health service overall. Why are we having this mega phobia that everyone is a COVID patient, even doctors are scared,” he said and added, “As long as we have doctor and patient-safety measures in place, we should not be scared.” There are guidelines for non-COVID patients, but they are not being followed, he highlighted in a conversation with CNBC-TV18. “Patients are not coming to hospitals, hesitating and transport issues are adding to their woes. Standard operating procedures to separate COVID and non-COVID patient care is important. All stakeholders have to come together to help patients,” Ajai Kumar said.

Apr 24, 2020 5:47 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE:Reckitt Benckiser warns against injecting disinfectants to cure COVID-19

Reckitt Benckiser Plc has warned that “under no circumstance” should disinfectants be administered into the human body. The Lysol and Dettol maker said that disinfectants should not be ingested, nor should anyone inject them into the body. Reckitt Benckiser’s reaction comes after US President Donald Trump suggested the potential use of disinfectant for coronavirus.

Apr 24, 2020 5:25 PM
Apr 24, 2020 5:18 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Vaccine could be available by Oct-Nov, says Adar Poonawalla

“With regulatory approvals carefully crafted in India, we can get a vaccine for coronavirus as early as October or Novemeber,” said Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer of Serum Institute of India. He added that only if the vaccine works in UK trials and in India trials -- which will be starting soon -- only if we can establish safety and efficacy, the vaccine will be available. The manufacturing process will begin early in hopes that the vaccine trial is successful to save time. Serum Institute will target to manufacture 4-5 million doses monthly.

Apr 24, 2020 5:14 PM

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: 1,684 new cases reported since April 23, total to 23,077

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said that 1,684 new cases have been reported since April 23 taking the total to 23,077. There are 17,610 cases under active medical supervision, while 491 have been discharged since Thursday. The total discharged patients count is now at 4,748. He added that the recovery rate at 20.57 percent. There are 15 districts that have not seen any positive case over the past 28 days. Total 80 districts have not seen any positive case in the last 14 days.

Apr 24, 2020 5:05 PM

Sri Lanka to seek $400 million financial facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs

Sri Lanka is set to enter into an agreement with the Reserve Bank of India for a currency swap worth USD 400 million to boost the foreign reserves and ensure the financial stability of the country which is badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top minister has said.

The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Finance Minister to enter into an agreement with the RBI for the financing facility to meet short-term international liquidity requirements, Co-Cabinet spokesman Information and Communication Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

Apr 24, 2020 4:35 PM

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