Coronavirus updates for April 5

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

Coronavirus updates for April 5

Sunday April 05, 2020,

5 min Read

The nation observed a nine-minute blackout on Sunday night, with many coming out of their balconies and lighting torch, diyas, and candles to acknowledge India's fight against the coronavirus crisis. Many also chose to light firecrackers, sounded conches, whistled, and shouted slogans.

The event was marked after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked people on Friday to light candles at 9 pm for 9 minutes to show the nation's "collective resolve and solidarity".

Earlier, on March 22, Modi had asked people to clap or beat utensils to thank healthcare workers and others working in essential services.

According to Worldometers, the number of COVID-19 cases crossed 1.2 million globally, with the number of reported deaths over 66,000. In India, the number of tested cases crossed 3,500, with the number of deaths nearing 100.


The Health Ministry issued advisory to use homemade protective cover for face and mouth when stepping out of the home. The Indian Council for Medical Research also gave its nod to start rapid antibody-based blood test for coronavirus patients, particularly those who are asymptomatic.

To fight the coronavirus health crisis and the ensuing economic fallout, the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance & Relief in Emergency Fund (PM-CARES) raked in Rs 6,500 crore — three times more than what was contributed to PMNRF in two years. Different educational institutions under the Ministry of Education donated Rs 38 crore to the fund. Prominent celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Yuvraj Singh also pledged donations.

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(Edited by Megha Reddy)