Coronavirus updates for April 23

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

The Health Ministry has reported that the number of new COVID-19 cases stand at 1,409, with the total number of cases crossing 21,000. Nearly 20 percent of coronavirus patients have recovered so far.

To flatten the curve, many states and government departments are taking drastic measures. Odisha announced a total curfew in coronavirus hotspots, starting from 10 pm on April 23. To resume Delhi Metro services, CISF has mandated wearing of face masks and will provide entry to only those who have Aarogya Setu e-pass and show no symptoms.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) says that though the curve is flattening, with the doubling of infections down to about 7.5 days, it will be difficult to tell if India will reach the peak by May 3. The government has also clarified that the increase in COVID-19 cases was linear and not exponential, even with testing increasing 24 times.

A report by Axis Bank has stated that India will slip into recession for the first time in 40 years as the GDP has declined by 1.7 percent due to contraction in manufacturing, trade, transport, and communication. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), meanwhile, has pegged India's GDP in FY21 between -0.9 percent and 1.5 percent.

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