COVID-19 pandemic accelerating, warns WHO, 606 of 728 districts in India under Lockdown
Coronavirus Live: 30 States and Union Territories announced complete lockdown amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. In total, 548 districts across the country are under complete lockdown to counter the Coronavirus infections. On Monday i.e. 23rd March, India witnessed 99 new cases – the highest spike in number of Coronavirus cases, since the outbreak. The death toll in India also grew to 9. Globally, the overall number of COVID-19 cases rose to 3.78 lakh with 16000+ deaths.
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Live Update @ 9 AM: COVID-19 pandemic accelerating, warns WHO
The World Health Organization on Monday warned that the Coronavirus pandemic is accelerating at a very rapid pace and is a cause of concern of all countries globally. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that it took the virus 67 days since its outbreak to infect 1 lakh people; this number rose exponentially to 2 lakhs in mere 11 days wherease the cases tripled to 3 lakh above in just 4 days. He also said that it is still possible to change the course of this pandemic through collective global action.
Live Update @ 8:45 AM: UK announces 3-Week Lockdown
The United Kingdom announced a 3-week lockdown to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country. During the lockdown, the county would close all non-essential services while banning gathering of 2 or more individuals. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged citizens to ‘stay at home’ as the country grappled with the COVID-19 outbreak with the death toll rising to 335.
Live Update @ 8:30 AM: Tokyo Olympics likely to be Postponed
According to a statement issued by Senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official Dick Pound, the postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a inevitable in times such as COVID-19 outbreak. However, officially, IOC has taken a different stand with the organization informing the press that it will evaluate the situation regarding the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics in next 4 weeks. Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to be held from 24th July 2020 to 9th August 2020.
Live Update @ 8:15 AM: Shaheen Bagh Protest Site cleared
Delhi Police on Tuesday morning, cleared the Shaheen Baug protest site in Delhi amid the rising concerns around Coronavirus infections among the protestors. The site was cleared after Sec 144 was imposed across Delhi in order to enforce a complete lockdown in the national capital to check the spread of COVID-19.
Live Update @ 8 AM: COVID-19 cases in India inch towards 500 mark
Monday i.e. 23rd March 2020 India recorded a total of 99 positive cases, marking the highest spike in the Coronavirus infection cases in the country since the outbreak. The overall tally of positive COVID-19 cases stood at 498 with the death toll also rising to 9. The worrying factor for the Central and State Government has been the continued spike in the number of cases in the last three days. Of the total 500 cases, the 246 cases have surfaced in the past three days. On the other end, a total of 40 patients with COVID-19 infection have been treated, recovered and discharged across India.