Coronavirus updates for April 21

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 21

Tuesday April 21, 2020,

6 min Read

With transport all over the world having come to a grinding halt, the markets are awash with excess oil that oil producers are finding hard to shelf. Thus, for the first time in history, global crude oil prices have dipped below $0, sending shockwaves in the markets.

The number of coronavirus cases across the world have crossed 2.5 million, with more than 170,000 deaths reported. In India, nearly 19,000 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, and over 600 deaths reported, according to Worldometer.

The restrictions have eased in many parts of India to allow some economic activity to resume, but this has caused a lot of confusion. Long queues of vehicles were seen at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border, after which the border was sealed off. Chennai's Koyambedu wholesale market was also reportedly overcrowded.

Meanwhile, in Telangana, COVID-19 wards report a sudden jump in the number of suspected cases coming from remote parts of the state, baffling doctors. In Delhi, the number of coronavirus containment zones have increased to 87. Due to a huge variation in the accuracy of rapid antibody tests that have been obtained from China, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked states not to use the RT-PCR tests for two days.

While the US and many European countries prepare to lift the lockdown and resume economic activities, WHO's regional director warned against lifting of restrictions too quickly and asked governments to remain vigilant on the spread of the coronavirus. Singapore, on the other hand, has reportedly extended the nationwide lockdown until June 1.

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