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Belgium deaths top 3,000

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The country recorded 496 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

Iran's death toll rises to 4,232

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122 lives were lost in the past 24 hours, according to Iran's Health Ministry. The total number of people diagnosed with the disease increased by 1,972 in the past 24 hours to a total of 68,192.

Wuhan to keep testing residents even as lockdown eases

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Post a two-month lock down, the country is wary of a rebound in cases even as it sets its sights on normalising the economy.

605 deaths in Spain; lowest daily toll in 17 days

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The total fatalities rose to 15,843, and the total number of cases now stands at 157,022.

Jakarta imposes partial lockdown

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Soldiers and police hit the streets of Indonesia's capital Jakarta to enforce its toughest virus measures yet as infections surged and critics warned of a looming crisis.

Telangana CM to chair cabinet meeting over COVID-19 tomorrow

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Plea in SC seeks mass testing to identify, treat infected people

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The petition, filed by three lawyers and a law student based at Allahabad, said this should start on a priority basis, desirably from the states and cities which are most severely affected.

Kazakhstan to extend emergency to end of April

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The state of emergency, which has allowed the government to lock down all provinces and major cities and shut down many businesses, was originally due to end on April 15.

Tripura invokes ESMA following complaints of PPE shortage

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The northeastern state invoked the Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) after a few nurses at a state-run hospital complained about shortage of masks and other protective equipment.

In final stages of framing protocols for trial of plasma therapy: ICMR

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Convalescent plasma therapy uses antibodies from the blood of cured patients to treat severely-ill COVID-19 patients. Kerala is set to become the first state in the country to commence the therapy to treat those critically-ill on a trial basis.

Indonesia reports 219 new coronavirus cases, total 3,512

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Chennai: Health officials conduct swab test in Pudhupettai containment zone. 834 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Tamil Nadu including 8 deaths & 21 people who were cured/discharged.

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Restrictions will continue in the 34 red zones that we have identified in Jammu and Kashmir, even after April 14. There will be selective restrictions, movement and social distancing in these zones. Planning for this is underway: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, GC Murmu

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) validates TrueNat- a tuberculosis testing machine for COVID-19 screening tests.

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Italy eyes lockdown extension to May 3

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  • Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was reportedly ready Friday to extend most measures of Italy's month-long lockdown until early May in order to avoid a second coronavirus wave.
  • Italy's main newspapers said Conte will published a decree either Friday or Saturday prohibiting people from taking walks or lounging in parks until May 3.
  • The reported decision followed days of consultations with government scientists and regional leaders.

Delhi Waqf Board designates graveyard for COVID-19 victims

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  • The Delhi Waqf Board on Thursday designated one of its graveyards specifically to bury those who die from COVID-19, in view of the problems being faced by people in performing the last rites of the coronavirus victims.
  • In a letter to secretary of Delhi government and Health department, Board's chief executive officer S M Ali said it has designated its "Jadeed Qurustaan" graveyard near Millennium Park, for the last rites of the COVID-19 victims in the city.

India should become self-reliant in medical equipment,devices: Kasturirangan

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  • India needs to come out with a policy to make the country self-reliant in the field of medical equipment and devices drawing lessons from the battle against the COVID-19, eminent scientist K Kasturirangan said on Friday.
  • The former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lamented that the country was not producing even ten per cent of the medical equipment and devices it needed at any point in time.

COVID-19 pandemic 'severe demand shock' for Indian economy: D&B

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  • The coronavirus pandemic is a "severe demand shock" for the Indian economy and could lead to further moderation in the country's GDP growth as the coronavirus-induced lockdown is causing significant disruption across multiple sectors, says a report.
  • According to Dun & Bradstreet, besides the impact on human lives and global supply chain, the pandemic is a severe demand shock which has offset the green shoots of recovery of the Indian economy that were visible towards the end of 2019 and early 2020.

Kazakhstan to extend state of emergency due to coronavirus until end of April

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Maharashtra: 15 COVID-19 hotspots identified in Thane

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  • As the count of the COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane city rose to 33, the civic body here identified 15 hotspots to contain the spread of the pandemic, an official said on Friday
  • As many as 33 persons from Thane city have tested positive for coronavirus, of which 12 were from Kalwa ward, nine from Mumbra, six from Majiwada-Manpada, two each from Lokmanya Nagar and Naupada-Kopri zone and one each from Vartak Nagar and Utalsar, deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvai said.

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