Coronavirus updates for April 20

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 20

Monday April 20, 2020,

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While the Minister of Home Affairs had earlier come out with guidelines on how to relax lockdown for specific industries and sectors post-April 20, many states are choosing not to let the guard down.

In the wake of the rising number of coronavirus cases, Telangana became the first state to extend the lockdown till May 7. While announcing the start of rapid testing, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also decided not to relax the lockdown for at least a week. This comes as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 17,600, with 559 deaths reported across the country, according to Worldometer.

Meanwhile, other states have seen an increase in people and vehicular movement as the lockdown gets relaxed for certain industries. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats have resumed functioning with a limited staff, while people were reportedly crowding the streets in Chennai and Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned against any overcrowding, violation of Home Ministry guidelines, and requested people to follow social distancing.

On the world stage, China has rejected a call from Australia for an investigation into how the coronavirus pandemic began and the country's response to the disease. This comes as several countries including the US, the UK, and France blamed China for the outbreak, which has taken over 166,000 lives globally. A German newspaper also called for China to foot a bill of around $162 billion for damages caused due to economic stagnation in the country.

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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