Coronavirus updates for April 15

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

15th Apr 2020
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The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a set of guidelines to be followed during the extended lockdown to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases. The Ministry also announced a list of industries and sectors that can ease off restrictions and resume economic activity from April 20. These include IT, agriculture, e-commerce, hardware, financial services, among others. However, social distancing measures and health guidelines need to be followed to avoid the spread of the disease.


Interstate and inter-district movement of people is prohibited, so are services of cab aggregators like Ola and Uber. Domestic and international air travel will remain suspended, along with any passenger rail services. Educational institutions, cinema halls, malls, gyms, swimming pools, and bars will also remain closed.


The guidelines come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3. The lockdown will be strictly implemented until April 20, after which some industries will be allowed to resume activities. The MHA guidelines came as India's death count crossed 400, with over 11,500 positive COVID-19 cases reported, according to Worldometer.


According to Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, 400 districts in India have now been declared COVID-19 free, however, he cautioned that the next two to three weeks are crucial. While Mumbai reported 66 new cases, taking Maharashtra's total to over 3,000, Kerala is seeing a flattening of the curve as only one case was reported today by the Chief Minister. Over 1,076 fresh cases were reported from across the country in the last 24 hours.


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Meanwhile, the US put a stop to its funding of the World Health Organisation, accusing the UN agency of complacency and favouring China at the start of the pandemic. The total number of COVID-19 cases over the world crossed two million, with nearly 130,000 deaths reported, according to Worldometer.


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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(Edited by Suman Singh )

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