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Alarming: 63,767 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Reported By China So Far

Death toll in China stands at 1,487 while 2 deaths have been reported abroad.

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BEIJING (China): China has reported 63,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 while 505 cases have been reported from 24 other countries. Deaths toll in China stands at 1,487 while 2 deaths have been reported abroad. Japan and the Philippines have 1 death cases each.

The main push behind surging numbers remains Central China’s Hubei Province, the epicentre of the escalating coronavirus outbreak, which reported 116 more deaths were reported in Hubei taking the total death toll in the province to 1,426.

The province and its capital Wuhan, where the infection now known as COVID-19 is thought to have originated in late December, also reported a further 4,823 new confirmed cases (including 3,095 clinically confirmed cases) on Thursday, bringing the total number in the province to 51,986 (including 15,384 clinically confirmed cases).


The number has seen a sharp surge since Thursday with the new calculation as authorities put clinically diagnosed cases in the category of the confirmed case.

These were suspected cases and were diagnosed with expanded testing methods including CT scans.  National Health Commission at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday that the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in China outside of Hubei Province has declined for nine consecutive days since February 3.

Meanwhile, 44 more coronavirus cases have been confirmed on Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess taking the total to 218.

The Japanese government has said it will earmark 140 million USD for emergency measures, including ones to bolster testing and medical treatment capacity, to double mask production to more than 600 million a month, and credits for small and medium-sized businesses hurt by the outbreak, according to the prime minister’s office.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s office said that it will also approve a measure calling for 1,800 beds to be readied for patients and for virus research results to be shared internationally.


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Govt Warns Against Use Of N-95 Masks With Valved Respirators

There is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks by the public other than designated health workers.

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has written to all states and union territories warning against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirators by people, saying these do not prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment.

The Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Ministry of Health, in a letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of states, said it has been observed that there is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks, particularly those with valved respirators, by the public other than designated health workers.

“…I would like to draw your attention to the advisory on the use of home-made protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the MoHFW,” read the statement by the DGHS.


The official referred to the advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

This advisory had been issued by the central government in April, asking people to use a homemade protective cover for face and mouth, particularly when they step outside of their residences.

The advisory stressed such face covers must be washed and cleaned each day, as instructed, and stated that any used cotton cloth can be used to make this face cover.


The colour of the fabric does not matter but one must ensure that the fabric is washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover.

It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,” DGHS Rajiv Garg said in the letter.

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COVID-19: 7 Lakh People Have Now Recovered From Coronavirus In India

The fatality rate continues to decline and has come down to 2.43 per cent.

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NEW DELHI: The government today said a total of 7,24,578 people infected with Covid-19 have recovered in the country so far and the recovery rate is 62.72 per cent in India. And the case fatality rate continues to decline in the country and has come down to 2.43 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, in a significant development a record number of 24,491 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 4,02,529.


The Health Ministry said that a total of 37,148 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 11,55,191.

In a single day, 587 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 28,084.

In terms of the recovery rate of coronavirus cases, Delhi is at the top with 84.78 per cent followed by Ladakh, Haryana, Telangana and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In these five states and Union Territories, the recovery rate is above 73 per cent.


19 States and Union Territories have better recovery rates than the national average of 62.72 per cent.

In terms of the number of people recovered from Covid-19, Maharashtra leads the tally followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.

There are 29 States and Union Territories which have a lower fatality rate than the national average of  2.43 per cent.

In the total active cases, around 68 per cent caseloads are from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR reported that a total of 3,33,395 tests were conducted by various laboratories in the last 24 hours.


So far, 1,43,81,303 tests have been conducted in the country.

ICMR is continuously ramping up testing facilities and at present, a total of one thousand 274 laboratories across India are conducting Covid-19  tests. Of which,892 are government laboratories and 382 are private laboratory chains.

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COVID-19: Inadequate Evidence To Suggest Nation-Level Community Transmission – AIIMS Delhi Director

Does not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

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NEW DELHI: India is on fast track mode to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking to the media in New Delhi today, AIIMS Delhi Director Randeep Guleria informed that the Human trials for the indigenously developed COVAXIN have begun at the premier medical Institute.

He informed that after the registration procedure and blood sample tests of the health volunteers, the vaccine will be administered to 100 healthy individuals in the first phase.

Dr Guleria said that in the second phase 750 people will be recruited between 12 to 65 years of age for the human trials.


He said that the medical institute has received an overwhelming response in terms of volunteer registration for the trials.

Terming development of an indigenous vaccine as a great achievement, he informed that India’s mass production capacity of drugs and vaccines will also help in meeting the demands during its production stage.

Replying to a question on Community Transmission, Dr Guleria said, there is not much evidence that community transmission is happening at National level.


He, however, did not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

Dr Guleria asserted that certain areas in the country, including the National Capital, appeared to have reached their peak and are now showing a significant decline in the number of cases.

He emphasized on continued aggressive action towards containment of infection in hotspots.

The AIIMS Director stressed on the need for the enhanced door to door testing and isolation measures.

Dr Guleria said that the measures adopted by the government for testing, tracing and treating COVID-19 patients have helped contain the fatality rates in the country as one of the lowest in the world.


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