Coronavirus updates for April 18

Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus updates for April 18

Saturday April 18, 2020,

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The number of coronavirus cases in India has been rising at a steady rate. According to Worldometer, the total number of infections in the country crossed 14,700, with at least 488 deaths reported.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss "ways to mitigate the hardships faced by the people, and the role ministries can play in providing relief to people." This comes as the total mortality rate in India was determined to be 3.3 percent, according to the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Indian tricolour was projected on the Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland to express solidarity with Indian frontline health workers and essential service providers who are determined to beat the COVID-19 crisis in the country. The visuals went viral on social media.

The nationwide lockdown, which has been extended till May 3, has crippled many industries, including aviation. Air India announced that it was opening bookings for select domestic flights for travel from May 4 in view of the expected lifting of the lockdown. Bookings for international flights have also been opened for June 1 onwards.

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Edited by Megha Reddy