Coronavirus updates for April 18
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.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
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The WHO said Wuhan had been overwhelmed by the virus, and the authorities had been too swamped to ensure every death and infection was properly recorded.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of Group of Ministers (GoM) with a focus on finding ways to mitigate the hardships being faced by people across the country.
Prime Minister Modi has hailed the efforts put in by various ministries to help people during the lockdown, and in the fight against COVID-19.
Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa said the easing of restrictions will not be permitted in COVID-19 affected areas in the state, which will be declared as containment zones
The decision, which is likely to impact foreign investments from countries like China, has been taken to curb "opportunistic takeovers or acquisitions" of domestic firms due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said work from home models will continue and business travel will be curtailed in the post-coronavirus world as virtual meetings have proved to be just as effective.