Coronavirus updates for April 9

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

9th Apr 2020
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Odisha became the first state in India to extend the lockdown, which was scheduled to end on April 15, till the end of the month. The state also shut educational institutions till June 17. Meanwhile, Karnataka's state cabinet also favoured extending the lockdown for 15 days to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases.


This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed 6,600, with nearly 200 deaths reported, as per Worldometer. Across the world, the number of cases crossed 1.5 million and the death toll crossed 90,000.


Meanwhile, IMF Chief Kristaline Georgieva said that the pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout could impact the world economy worse than The Great Depression of the 1930s. She warned that over 170 countries are likely to experience negative per capita income growth. A UN ESCAP report predicted that India's GDP is projected to grow at 4.8 percent in the financial year 2020-2021.


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Countries around the globe are reporting a record number of new cases. The UK saw its highest one-day death toll yesterday, with 938 deaths reported. Indonesia reported the biggest daily increase in confirmed cases, while the death toll in Spain crossed 15,000. Russia also reported a record one-day rise of nearly 1,500 cases.


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


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Coronavirus: With lockdown affecting dairy farmers, Mumbai-based Bodhishop is ensuring cows don't suffer


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North Central Railways makes free masks and sanitisers for its personnel to tackle coronavirus


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Coronavirus: KSUM to hold webinars for mentoring startups


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Coronavirus: Odisha extends lockdown, urges Centre to stop train, air services till April 30


The Odisha government on Thursday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the state till April 30 to effectively contain the spread of coronavirus.


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Govt may soon announce second stimulus package worth over Rs 1 lakh crore: Report


The Centre may soon announce another fiscal package which should be almost similar to the Rs 1.75 lakh crore stimulus announced last month, a report said on Thursday.


(Edited by Suman Singh)

(Edited by Suman Singh )

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