A man wearing protective suit checks the temperature of people standing in a queue to get free food at IYC headquarters, during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in New Delhi
Coronavirus cases in India: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has soared to 12,456, and fatalities to 420, according to the Health Ministry. States like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh continue to witness a spike in their number of confirmed corona-positive cases, while Kerala and Andhra Pradesh seem to have successfully flattened the curve. The Union health ministry has identified 170 districts as Covid-19 hotspots and 207 districts as potential hotspots.
In a relief to industry and people of India, the Union home ministry yesterday came out with guidelines detailing some relaxation during the second phase of the lockdown to revive economic activity. Come April 20, the government will allow agricultural activities, besides construction of roads and buildings, in the hinterland, which has so far been less affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Worldwide, more than 136,030 people have died from Covid-19 so far and the number of confirmed infections has reached 2,099,594, according to Worldometer data.
Coronavirus world update: The Covid-19 crisis is taking a heavy toll on the US, with 40 per cent of its closed cases being deaths. Its total number of confirmed cases (644,089) is more than the combined total of confirmed cases in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany – the next four most affected countries. New York alone has more 214,600 cases.