As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 2,858,489 people have been infected, and U.S.A, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, UK, Turkey, and Iran have all exceeded China’s last updated tally of over 83,901 cases (Johns Hopkins University). India is currently in its extended 21 + 19-day lockdown, which will now officially continue till May 3. The country has registered 24,942 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus as of April 25. The Ministry of Health has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. Here is the link for a state-wise breakdown of helpline numbers. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we track the latest updates.
April 24, 10 p.m.: The USA has now reported over 50,000 deaths due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The total number of infections has crossed 869,000 and the exact death toll stands at 50,031, accounting for around a quarter of the global deaths from the pandemic.
April 24, 9 p.m.: The number of new deaths reported in the UK increased marginally after two days of a decline, as 684 deaths were recorded on April 23. The total tally of Covid-19 deaths has now reached 19,506.
April 24, 8 p.m.: The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least July 1, due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. International fixtures that are lined up will be rescheduled accordingly.
April 24, 7 p.m.: The West Bengal Forest Department has launched an app that enables users to access 360 degree views of the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata, and even venture on a virtual tour of the iconic landmark. The app also contains visuals of animals from the Darjeeling and Jhargram zoos.
April 24, 6 p.m.: According to the Health Ministry’s latest update, a total of 1,752 new Cocid-19 infections were reported in the country over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 23,452. The death toll rose by 37, and now stands at 723.
April 24, 5.30 p.m.: An official from Iran’s Health Ministry states that the Covid-19 outbreak is no longer at a “red status” in the country. However, 1,168 new infections and 93 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, taking the total tallies to 88,194 and 5,574 respectively.
April 24, 4 p.m.: The Tamil Nadu government has announced a strict lockdown in Chennai, Madurai, and Coimbatore from April 26 to April 29. Additionally, Salem and Tiruppur will also be in a strict lockdown from April 26 to April 28, with a view to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the state. There will be a blanket ban on all work, barring the most essential services in these five cities.
April 24, 3 p.m.: Indonesia reports the biggest daily jump in new Covid-19 cases, with 436 new infections. The total number of infections is now 8,211 and the death toll is 689.
April 24, 2 p.m.: For the first time in five days, Singapore reports less than a 1,000 new Covid19 cases, as it recorded 897 new infections on Friday. As has been the trend, most of these infections are foreign workers residing in dormitories. The total number of infections has risen to 12,075.
April 24, 1 p.m.: The Coogee, Clovelly and Maroubra beaches in Sydney that were reopened on Monday, have been closed down again. The beaches were reopened for people to exercise, but authorities have moved to shut them down after noticing that locals were crowding at the beaches.
April 24, 11 a.m.: South Korea reports six more confirmed cases of Covid-19, taking the total number of infections to 10,708. However, an encouraging sign is that for the first time since March 16, no new deaths were reported in a period of 24 hours.
April 24, 10 a.m.: After the Olympic Games, the European soccer championships and the Copa America, the European Athletics Championships adds on to the list of sports events affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The prestigious athletics competition was to be held in Paris from August 25-30, but now stands cancelled, on the recommendation of the French Athletics Federation.
April 24, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 23,077, an increase of 1,684 cases over the past 24 hours. The death toll has also risen by 37 to 718.
April 24, 8 a.m.: The USA recorded one of its heaviest daily death tolls on Thursday, with 3,176 deaths over the past 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases rose to 866,646, and the death toll stands at 49,759.
April 24, 7 a.m.: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that lockdown restrictions will be gradually eased in the country starting May 1. The restrictions will be lowered from the highest stage of emergency, Level 5, to Level 4 on May 1, in the first phase of relaxing the lockdown. The country has reported 3,953 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 75 deaths so far.
April 23, 9.50 p.m.: The Odisha government announces that the three districts of Balasore, Jajpur and Bhadrak will enter a 60-hour shutdown starting 10 p.m. on April 23, to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 28 of the 29 cases reported over the past five days in the state were from these three districts.
April 23, 9 p.m.: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the coronavirus lockdown will be lifted gradually in the country, and that it will be some time before life returns to normal. Having said that, she also clarified that the government will not begin easing lockdown restrictions just yet. More than 1,600 people have died from the coronavirus in Scotland so far.
April 23, 8 p.m.: Starting April 24, Indonesia will ban domestic and international sea and air travel, barring some exceptions, to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. While air travel is banned till June 1, sea travel will continue to be prohibited till June 8.
April 23, 7 p.m.: Russia reports 4,774 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 62,773. The death toll stands at 555.
April 23, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed cases in India stands at 21,700, and the death toll has reached 686.
April 23, 5.30 p.m.: Bangladesh extends coronavirus lockdown till May 5, as the death toll rises to 127. The lockdown was previously supposed to last till April 25, but has now been extended as 414 new cases were reported in the country, taking its tally to 4,186.
April 23, 4 p.m.: An official from the Puducherry government has announced that no new case of Covid-19 has been detected in the union territory for the past ten days. There remain only three active cases as of Thursday.
April 23, 3 p.m.: The Singaporean Health Ministry reports 1,037 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total tally to 11,178. This is the fourth consecutive day that more than 1,000 cases have been reported. Like the trend has been for the past few days, most of these cases were migrant workers who live in dormitories.
April 23, 2 p.m.: Lockdown norms have been partially relaxed in Karnataka, starting today. Some IT and IT-enabled services, manufacturing, construction and courier services will be allowed to resume operations with essential staff only, outside of containment zones in the state.
April 23, 1 p.m.: Lockdown restrictions have been extended till May 22 in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, said Governor Anies Baswedan. The city is an epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Indonesia, having reported 3,383 cases and 301 deaths so far.
April 23, 11 a.m.: National Geographic reports that four more tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Three weeks ago, a tiger from the same zoo had tested positive for the virus.
April 23, 10 a.m.: China reports 10 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 27 asymptomatic infections. No new death was reported, but the tally of asymptomatic patients rises to 984, 166 of which are imported cases.
April 23, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India stands at 21,393, and the death toll has reached 681.
April 23, 8 a.m.: Officials from the Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan have said that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on board the Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica has risen to 48, as 14 new infections were detected today. Japan has reported more than 11,500 infections and close to 300 deaths so far.
April 23, 7 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Mexico has crossed 10,000, as the tally climbs to 10,544. The novel coronavirus has claimed 970 lives so far in the country.
April 22, 11 p.m.: Italy’s Covid-19 death toll has crossed 25,000, as 437 new deaths were reported in the country over the past 24 hours. Though the death toll has now reached 25,085, the number of new infections and intensive care hospitalizations continue to fall every day.
April 22, 10 p.m.: The number of containment zones in Delhi rises to 89, as two areas in the Lado Sarai area of Delhi have also been cordoned off to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. The national capital has reported 2,248 confirmed cases and 48 deaths so far. The full list of containment zones can be found here.
April 22, 9.30 p.m.: Given the scale of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, all investiture ceremonies that were scheduled to be held in the Buckingham Palace in June have been called off. Additionally, the annual Garter Service at Windsor Castle has also been cancelled.
April 22, 7.30 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India stands at 20,471. 652 deaths have been reported so far.
April 22, 6 p.m.: Switzerland’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 1,217. The country has recorded 28,268 confirmed infections so far. The rate of new infections has slowed down over the past few days, and the government plans to relax lockdown restrictions starting April 27.
April 22, 5 p.m.: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, quarantine measures will continue in Ukraine till May 11, announced Prime Minister Denis Shmygal. Ukraine has reported 6,592 confirmed cases, and 174 deaths so far.
April 22, 4 p.m.: 1,016 more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Singapore over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 10,141. Of these, only fifteen are locals or permanent residents, and the rest are work permit holders from other countries, including India.
April 22, 3 p.m.: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that the government aims to relax the lockdown measures currently in place, in the second half of May. The lockdown which began on March 14, will likely be extended to May 9. The pandemic has infected 2014,178 people in Spain and has claimed 21,282 lives so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
April 22, 2 p.m.: The 2020 edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee tournament has been cancelled for the first time since World War 2, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The final round of the competition was to be held on May 24.
April 22, 1 p.m.: Lokmat reports that Maharashtra alone has reported 553 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the state’s total to 5,229. The number of deaths has also risen by 19 to 251.
April 22, 11 a.m.: Authorities of the Nagasaki prefecture in Japan have said that 33 members of the Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica have tested positive for Covid-19. The cruise ship has been docked off the coast of Nagasaki for repairs, and is carrying 623 crew members and no passengers.
April 22, 10 a.m.: China reports 30 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, out of which 23 are imported cases, up from 11, the previous day. The number of asymptomatic cases also rose from 37 to 42, but no new deaths were recorded.
April 22, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest updates, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen by 1,383 to 19,984 in the last 24 hours. The death toll increased by 50, taking the total to 640.
April 22, 8 a.m.: The number of Covid-19 infections in the USA has crossed 800,000, and the death toll has risen over 45,000. 2,750 deaths were reported on April 21 alone, and the number of deaths seems to be doubling in little over a week, reports Reuters.
April 22, 7 a.m.: Costa Deliziosa, the last cruise ship stranded at sea when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, has finally anchored just outside the port of Genoa, in Italy. The cruise ship departed from Venice on January 5, with 1,519 passengers and 898 crew members on board.
April 21, 11 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of Covid-19 infections has crossed 2.5 million globally. The tally stands at 2,501,156, and 171,810 lives have been lost so far.
April 21, 10 p.m.: The daily increase in UK hospital deaths has risen to 828, from 449 on Monday, taking the total death toll to 17,337. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, 125,856 infections have been reported in the country so far.
April 21, 9 p.m.: The number of containment zones in Delhi has been increased to 87, as the three areas of Devli Extension in South Delhi, Harsh Vihar in Hari Nagar Extension (South East Delhi) and Krishna Puri in Mandawali of East Delhi have been cordoned off to curb the Covid-19 outbreak in the national capital. The complete list of containment zones can be found here.
April 21, 8 p.m.: As confirmed Covid-19 cases rose past 5,000 in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to withdraw the lockdown relaxations it had previously announced for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and the Pune Metropolitan Region. The two cities are the worst-hit within the state, with Mumbai reporting 3,032 infections, and Pune 594.
April 21, 7 p.m.: The Thai government has approved a visa extension of three months for foreigners in the country, to prevent long queues at immigration centres and to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Foreigners whose visas have expired on March 26 or after will not have to apply for an extension, and can stay in the country till July 31.
April 21, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 18,985, and the death toll stands at 603.
April 21, 5 p.m.: Iran reported 88 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,297. The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections has reached 84,802, eclipsing that of China.
April 21, 4 p.m.: Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has extended the partial lockdown in the country till June 1 to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. Singapore has reported 8,014 confirmed cases so far, and eleven deaths.
April 21, 3 p.m.: The number of Covid-19 infections in Russia rose by 5,642 overnight, taking the total tally past 50,000. The country has reported 52,763 cases so far, and 456 deaths so far, reports Moscow Times.
April 21, 2 p.m.: The Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival held annually in Munich, Germany has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged Germany. The two-week gathering was supposed to start September 19 and go on till October 4, 2020. Germany has recorded a total of 143,457 infections and 4,598 deaths so far.
April 21, 1 p.m.: Prime minister Giuseppe Conte announces that Italy will start relaxing lockdown restrictions gradually starting May 4. The plans for the same will be released before the end of this week, he said.
April 21, 12 p.m.: District authorities move to restrict all movement near the border between Delhi and Ghaziabad after six new cases reported in Ghaziabad were traced back to Delhi. Only emergency and essential services will continue to operate.
April 21, 11 a.m.: Professional Golfers’ Association official Seth Waugh has stated that this year’s Ryder Cup – an annual golf tournament in which the USA squares off against Europe – may be held without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, from September 25 to 27, 2020.
April 21, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has increased by 1,336 over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 18,601. The death toll stands at 590.
April 21, 9 a.m.: After reporting no new Covid-19 cases on Monday, April 20, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the coronavirus restrictions will be extended in the country for fourteen days to ensure that the spread of the virus does not increase again. Hong Kong has reported 1,025 infections and four deaths so far.
April 21 8 a.m.: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a curfew in 31 provinces of Turkey to curb the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. The curfew will begin on April 23rd and end on midnight of 26th April. The country has reported 90,980 confirmed cases, and 2,140 deaths have been recorded.
April 21, 7 a.m.: Amid citizens’ protests against the ongoing lockdown restrictions, the Covid-19 death toll crosses 42,000 in the USA. The worst-hit country in the world, the USA has reported 7,74,000 infections so far.
April 21, 6 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Spain crosses 200,000, even as the infection rate slows down. The total tally stands at 200,210, and the death toll has reached 20,852. However, officials are optimistic as the infection rate is falling despite an increase in testing.
April 20, 10 p.m.: The number of Covid-19 containment zones in Delhi have risen to 84, after five more areas were cordoned off. The new additions are Lane 24-28 of Tughlaqabad Extension, Block – G of Jahangirpuri, Flat number 265 to 500 of Sanjay Enclave, Block 34 of Trilokpuri, and Block AF of Shalimar Bagh. The complete list can be found here.
April 20, 9 p.m.: The Gujarat government has extended the curfew in parts of Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot till April 24. The curfew was initially to be lifted after April 21, but has been extended as many new cases continue to be reported in these areas.
April 20, 8 p.m.: Given the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak in the states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state governments have decided that there will be no relaxation in the lockdown restrictions till May 3.
April 20, 7 p.m.: Officials of the Venice Biennale, the parent group of the Venice Film Festival announce that the 77th edition of the renowned film festival will carry on as planned from September 2 to 12, 2020.
April 20, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 17,656 and the number of deaths is 559.
April 20, 5 p.m.: For the first time in four weeks, Spanish authorities have reported under 400 new Covid-19 deaths. The total number of cases rose to 200,210 and the death toll now stands at 20,852.
April 20, 4 p.m.: Having reported no new confirmed Covid-19 case in the last 14 days, Goa initiates the first phase of relaxing the lockdown by easing restrictions on industries.
April 20, 3.30 p.m.: A total of 167 journalists were tested for the novel coronavirus in Mumbai, and 53 have tested positive so far. Officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has warned that this number can increase as more test results come in.
April 20, 3 p.m.: Singapore reports a record 1,426 new Covid-19 cases, out of which only sixteen are Singaporeans or permanent residents. The remaining cases are foreign workers residing in dormitories across the city-state. The total number of cases stands at 8,014 and eleven people have died so far.
April 20, 2.30 p.m.: Russia reports 4,268 new cases on Monday, down from 6,060 on Sunday. The total number of cases stands at 47,121, and 405 deaths have been reported so far.
April 20, 1.30 p.m.: Hong Kong reports no new Covid-19 cases for the first time since March 5. 1,025 cases and four deaths have been reported in Hong Kong so far.
April 20, 11 a.m.: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and highway developers have resumed collection of toll on National Highways across India. Toll collection had been suspended from March 25, according to the guidelines released by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
April 20, 10 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has extended the strict lockdown measures another week, till April 27. She announced that after April 27, the country will move from an Alert Level 4 lockdown that it is currently in, to a lower level Alert Level 3 lockdown for at least two weeks. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the country has reported 1,440 confirmed infections and 12 deaths so far.
April 20, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen by a record 1,553 over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 17,265. 36 new deaths were reported in this period, taking India’s death toll to 543. However, the Indian Council of Medical Researcjh earlier released data according to which the total number of positive cases in the country are 17,615.
April 20, 8 a.m.: Delhi has 79 containment zones now, after three more areas were added to the list by the Delhi government. The three areas are the EA Block in Inderpuri and Tilak Vihar area of Tilak Nagar in New Delhi, and Plot No. 1,294 in Theke Wali Gali opposite DC Office Kapashera of the South-West district. The full list of containment zones can be found here.
April 20, 7 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Turkey has crossed that of China. 3,977 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 86,306, as the death toll rose by 127 to 2,017. China’s tally stands at 83,817, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
April 19, 11 p.m.: Governor Andrew Cuomo states that New York seems to have passed its peak of novel coronavirus deaths, as the state registered 507 deaths on April 19. This is the lowest daily death toll that the state has registered since April 6, just as new hospitalizations continue to fall.
April 19, 10 p.m.: France records 395 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 19,718. The daily increase in the number of deaths is slowing down, and the number of intensive care hospitalizations have been falling since March 30.
April 19, 9.30 p.m.: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has announced that the lockdown will be in place till May 7 in the state, to curb the coronavirus outbreak. 858 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported so far and the death toll stands at 21.
April 19, 8.30 p.m.: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced that there will be no relaxation of lockdown measures in the state till May 3, other than for wheat procurement. According to data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab has recorded 219 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths so far.
April 19, 7.30 p.m.: After the Ministry of Civil Aviation requested airlines to accept future travel bookings only after a clear decision has been made by the Central government, Air India has closed all advance bookings for flights on its network. Customers who have booked their tickets already will get a credit voucher worth the booking amount, which can be used for future bookings, Air India officials said. Previously, on April 18, Air India had started accepting online bookings for domestic flights after May 3 and international flights from June 1.
April 19, 6.30 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India rises beyond 16,000, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update. 1,324 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours and the death toll stands at 519.
April 19, 5.30 p.m.: Goa CM Pramod Sawant states that the last Covid-19 case in Goa has tested positive today. No new cases have been detected in the state since April 3.
April 19, 4.30 p.m.: Russia recorded 6,060 new Covid-19 infections today, taking the total number to 42,853, and the tally of deaths stands at 361. This is the eighth consecutive one-day record of infections in the country, suggesting a sharp increase in cases over the past week.
April 19, 3.30 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal states that all 186 positive cases of Covid-19 detected in Delhi on April 18 were asymptomatic cases. The city has 1,707 confirmed cases and has reported 42 deaths so far. Kejriwal also announced that there will be no relaxation of the lockdown in the hotspot areas till April 27.
April 19, 2.30 p.m.: South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced that social distancing measures will continue in the country till May 5, with certain relaxations. Only eight new cases were reported on April 19. Sports events are allowed if held without spectators, and recreational parks will be opened up.
April 19, 11 a.m.: After Dehradun, Haridwar and Nainital districts in Uttarakhand have been declared as red zones. Authorities state that out of the 42 cases in the state, 80% are from these three districts.
Uttarakhand: Haridwar & Nanital districts declared ‘Red Zone’ after the total number of Coronavirus positive cases in the state reaches 42. According to Yugal Kishor Pant, Additional Secretary (Health), 80% of the cases in the State are from Dehradun, Haridwar&Nainital districts
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
April 19, 10.30 a.m.: Chinese authorities have declared Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic as a low-risk area. According to governmental guidelines, a region can be classified low-risk after it has not reported any newly confirmed cases for 14 consecutive days. This move comes days after the city’s death toll was officially revised, and increased by nearly 50%. China reported 16 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday.
April 19, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India has risen to 15,712, and the death toll stands at 507.
April 19, 9 a.m.: Today, Turkmenistan starts its football season, and has allowed fans to attend the matches in the stadiums. The Central Asian country has not yet reported any confirmed novel coronavirus cases, but had suspended its football season in March on the recommendation of the WHO, as a precautionary measure.
April 19, 8 a.m.: Spain will extend its nationwide lockdown by two weeks till May 9, due to the Covid-19 outbreak that has claimed more than 20,000 lives in the European Country. The lockdown was originally to be relaxed after April 26. Spain is among the worst-hit European countries, but the number of new deaths has been steadily declining over the past few days – from around 950 at the start of April to between 500 and 600 this past week.
April 19, 7 a.m.: After Indian carrier Air India opened online bookings for select domestic flights from May 4 and international flights from June 1, the Ministry of Civil Aviation stated that no decision has been taken about the resumption of flight services after the end of the lockdown period. It further requested airlines to open bookings only after said decisions were made.
April 18, 11 p.m.: Italy reports lowest daily coronavirus death toll since April 12, on April 18. with 482 deaths being recorded. While the number of deaths is on the decline, the drop isn’t as drastic as experts had hoped. The total number of infections are 175,925, and the death toll stands at 23,227.
April 18, 10.30 p.m.: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 540 Covid-19 related deaths were reported over the last 24 hours in the state, the lowest daily rise in more than two weeks. However, he qualified his statement by adding that the number of new hospitalizations remained overwhelming, with around 2000 recorded over the past 24 hours.
April 18, 9.30 p.m.: Eight more areas have been identified as containment zones in Delhi, taking the total number to 76. They are A Block, Khizrabad, New Friends Colony; Israel Camp, Rang Puri Pahari; Budh Nagar, Inderpuri; Oberoi Apartment; G-1 2nd Floor Mansarovar Garden; E-51 and E-21 street 8, Shastri Park; T-606 street-18 Gautam Puri; A-97,98,99 near Buland Masjid, Shastri Park. The complete list of containment zones in the city can be found here.
April 18, 8.30 p.m.: Reuters reports that the Covid-19 death toll in the UK has crossed 15,000, as 888 new deaths were recorded over the last 24 hours took the total to 15,464. A total of 114,217 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the country so far.
April 18, 8 p.m.: As the Covid-19 death toll in Africa crossed 1,000, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari has lost his life to the virus. He supposedly contracted the infection on a visit to Germany.
April 18, 5.30 p.m.: Air India has started accepting online bookings for select domestic flights from May 4, and international flights from June 1.
April 18, 4.30 p.m.: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare states that 991 new Covid-19 cases, and 43 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours. While the total number of cases rises to 14,792, the death toll is now 488.
April 18, 4 p.m.: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has cancelled the traditional gun salutes ceremony to mark her 94th birthday on April 21, given the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. So far, 104,769 cases have been reported in the country, and 14,607 deaths have been recorded. This is the first time such an order has been made in her reign, which has lasted 68 years.
April 18, 3 p.m.: The government of Iran begins easing lockdown measures in capital Tehran, by allowing some businesses to resume operations. Businesses outside Tehran were allowed to reopen last week. The country is the worst-hit Asian country after China, reporting more than 80,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and over 5,000 deaths.
April 18, 2 p.m.: Singapore reports the highest number of new Covid-19 infections on April 18. The 942 new cases takes the total tally to 5,992 and the death toll stands at 11. Most of the new cases were migrant workers residing in dormitories.
April 18, 1 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Japan has risen past 10,000 and the death toll has crossed 200 as of April 18. Capital Tokyo is among the worst-hit regions, reporting 181 new cases over the last 24 hours. The entire nation is currently under a state of emergency.
April 18, 12 p.m.: The Indian tricolour was projected on the Matterhorn in the Alps, to express Switzerland’s solidarity with India’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
INDIAN TRICOLOR ON THE MATTERHORN MOUNTAIN: Indian Tricolor of more than 1000 meters in size projected on Matterhorn Mountain, Zermatt, Switzerland to express Solidarity to all Indians in the fight against COVID 19. A big Thank You to @zermatt_tourism for the gesture. @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/y4diNDSlT9
— India in Switzerland, The Holy See & Liechtenstein (@IndiainSwiss) April 17, 2020
April 18, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 infections in the country has risen to 14,378, with 543 new cases recorded since last evening’s update. The death toll stands at 480. Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state, with 3323 cases and 331 deaths so far.
April 18, 9 a.m.: CNN reports that 163 people who had previously recovered from the novel coronavirus infection have tested positive again in South Korea, which is fighting off a second wave of Covid-19 infections. This trend raises questions about the possibility of individuals getting re-infected by the novel coronavirus. Similar cases were reported in China, where patients tested positive after seeming to have recovered initially.
April 18, 8 a.m.: The Governor of Hawaii has closed all the state’s beaches, citing the coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing measures. While people can still cross the beach to access the ocean, sitting, standing, lying down, lounging, sunbathing, or loitering on beaches and sandbars is not permitted. According to the state’s Department of Health, 553 cases have been recorded in the state and nine deaths.
April 18, 7 a.m.: The Canadian government has announced that it is mandatory for all air passengers in the country’s airports, screening points and checkposts to wear non-medical face masks, and observe social distancing whenever possible starting April 20. The country has recorded 32,857 cases and 1,356 deaths so far, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
April 17, 10 p.m.: Six more areas have been identified as containment zones in Delhi, taking the total number within the national capital to 66. The six zones are: L-2 Sangam Vihar, Streets no. 26&27 Tughlakabad Extension, C-105, Hari Nagar, B-33 Hari Nagar, C-785 Camp no. 2, Nagloi and RZ-168, K-2 block, Nihal Vihar. The complete list of 66 containment zones can be found here.
April 17, 9 p.m.: The total number of Covid-19 infections in Russia has crossed 32,000, and the death toll stands at 273. Moscow and its surrounding areas remain the epicentre within the country, and the capital has been under lockdown since the end of March.
April 17, 8 p.m.: Reuters reports that 847 Covid-19 related hospital deaths were reported over the last 24 hours in the UK taking the country’s total death toll stands at 14,576. Officials believe that the UK might have crossed the peak, and will see a gradual decline in the number of deaths over the next few days.
April 17, 7 p.m.: The Gujarat state government has imposed a curfew in Rajkot’s Jungleshwar area, effective midnight of April 17, as the densely-populated area has reported many cases of the novel coronavirus infection. Previously, curfews have been imposed in parts of Ahmedabad and Surat.
April 17, 6 p.m.: In its gradual phasing of lockdown restrictions, Austria is set to reopen bookstores, libraries and museums from mid-May, reports Reuters.
April 17, 5.30 p.m.: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has said that there are several issues with WHO, and Japan will review its funding after the pandemic is over, reports CNN.
April 17, 5 p.m.: As per PTI, the Centre has informed Kerala High Court that there are no plans to bring back Indian citizens stranded in Gulf countries, as their visas have been extended.
April 17, 4 p.m.: The Montreux Jazz Festival, slated to held in July, has been cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1967, reports Reuters.
April 17, 2 p.m.: Ride-hailing service Uber has teamed up with MedLife to deliver medicines in five Indian cities: Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, and Jaipur.
April 17, 1 p.m.: Australian PM Scott Morrison warns that social distancing measures could exist for up to a year.
April 17, 12 p.m.: An AFP chart shows the number of days it takes to double tolls in the countries with most number of fatalities.
AFP chart showing how many days it takes to double deaths tolls for the countries with the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities pic.twitter.com/Ib2wQlEpsv
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 17, 2020
April 17, 11 a.m.: Cases in India are affecting the every day services: a pizza delivery person tested positive in New Delhi, while a sonographer who ran check ups for pregnant women in a village tested positive in Mahasrashtra.
April 17, 10.30 a.m.: Cathay Pacific Airlines has shut down its U.S. bases, and is laying off hundreds of cabin crew across the country.
April 17, 9.30 a.m.: 44 migrants deported from U.S.A. to Guatemala have tested positive for COVID-19.
April 17, 9 a.m.: China admits to miscalculating the death toll in Wuhan, the worst-affected city, and has raised it by almost 39 per cent to 4,632. Meanwhile, the country’s economy has contracted 6.8 per cent since last year.
April 16, 11 p.m.: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo states that the number of novel coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths in the state have fallen to the lowest in more than a week, an encouraging sign for the worst-hit state of the USA. The state’s shutdown has also been extended to May 15, as the Covid-19 death toll has crossed 12,000.
April 16, 10 p.m.: With three new hotspots added to the list, Delhi now has a total of sixty Covid-19 cluster containment zones. The three areas are a street in the Abu Fazal Enclave, Shaheen Bagh and a part of East Ram Nagar in Shahdara. The full list of the containment zones can be found here.
April 16, 9 p.m.: The Potuguese parliament is likely to extend the ongoing lockdown in the country for another fortnight. The restrictions have been in place since March 18, and some businesses may be allowed to resume operations in this next phase of lockdown. A total of 18,841 cases have been recorded so far in the country, and the death toll stands at 629, which is significantly lower than neighbouring Spain, which is one of the worst-hit countries in the world, with more than 19,000 deaths.
April 16, 8 p.m.: The Mexican government has hinted at an extension of the current lockdown till May 30, though some businesses may be allowed to resume operations. The novel coronavirus has infected 5,847 people in the country so far and 449 deaths have been reported, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
April 16, 7 p.m.: The Swiss government has announced that it will start easing lockdown restrictions that are currently in place from April 27. While hairdressers, doctors, massage and cosmetic parlours will be allowed to open first, followed by school, shops and markets from May 11. The country has seen a slowdown in new cases, but the novel coronavirus has claimed 973 lives so far.
April 16, 6 p.m.: The Health Ministry’s latest update puts India’s tally of novel coronavirus infections at 12,759, with 420 deaths reported so far. Since the Ministry’s update on the evening of April 15, 826 new cases and 28 deaths have been reported.
April 16, 5 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory stating that the video conferencing platform Zoom is not entirely secure. The advisory states that some of the software was created in China and that it has been routing some of its calls through Chinese servers.
April 16, 4.30 p.m.: Three weeks after strict lockdown measures were imposed in the UK, the government will likely extend the lockdown for three more weeks, as the country sees increasing deaths due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The country’s death toll has risen to 12,868.
April 16, 3.30 p.m.: As the number of Covid-19 cases increase in Surat, the Gujarat government has put areas under the jurisdiction of Salabatpura, Mahidharpura, Lalgate, Athwalines, and Limbayat police stations under strict curfew. Curfew will be relaxed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., when civilians can step out to buy essential items.
April 16, 2.30 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will most likely declare a nationwide state of emergency to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, reports Japan Times. Currently, a state of emergency has been declared in seven prefectures including Osaka and Tokyo , and it may be extended to all of Japan soon.
April 16, 2 p.m.: Maharashtra becomes first state in India to cross 3000 confirmed Covid-19 infections. With 14 hotspot districts, Maharashtra is by far the worst-hit region of India, has now recorded a total of 3081 cases and 187 deaths.
April 16, 1 p.m.: The number of new infections rose for a second consecutive day in Germany, as the country reported 2,866 new Covid-19 cases, along with 315 deaths. The total number of cases has reached 130,450, and the death toll has risen to 3,569.
April 16, 12 p.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the restrictions put in place in the country will continue for a minimum of four more weeks to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country. In this period, authorities aim to ramp up testing, trace contacts of known infections and put together a response plan for further local outbreaks.
April 16, 10 a.m.: The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed indefinitely due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The cricket tournament was supposed to start on March 29 initially. The Board of Cricket Control in India has not yet made a decision on whether it will consider a September-October window for the tournament.
April 16, 9 a.m.: With 22 new cases of the novel coronavirus, South Korea reports less than thirty new cases for the fourth consecutive day, an encouraging sign for the country which is currently fighting off a second wave of infections. The total number of infections rises to 10,613, and the death toll stands at 229.
April 16, 8 a.m.: Mainland China reported 46 new cases on April 15, same as the previous day. Though imported cases fell from 36 to 34, the number of local infections rose from 10 to 12. Moreover, the number of asymptomatic cases also increased from 57 to 64. The total number of infections stands at 83,402, while the death toll is 3,346, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
April 16, 7 a.m.: After Denmark, Lithuania and Finland, Germany joins the list of European countries that have started lifting lockdown restrictions. While public gatherings are still banned and schools will remain closed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that most shops will be allowed to open. The country has 134,753 infections and has reported 3,804 deaths so far, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
April 15, 9.30 p.m.: The start of the biggest cycling event in the world, the Tour de France, has been postponed to August 29 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, instead of the scheduled start date of June 27.
April 15, 9 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of novel coronavirus infections reported globally crosses the 2 million mark. While the tally of infections stands at 2,006,513, the virus has claimed 128,886 lives so far.
April 15, 8 p.m.: The UK reported 761 Covid-19 deaths on April 15, taking the country’s toll to 12,868. A total of 98,476 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far in the country.
April 15, 7 p.m.: The USA recorded 2,405 deaths on April 14, the highest daily toll in the country. This spike comes after a downward trend was observed over the past few days. The total number of infections stands at 609,240, while the death toll has reached 26,033.
April 15, 6.30 p.m.: Finland begins phasing out lockdown restrictions put in place because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. In the first stage, restrictions will be eased in Uusimaa, a region in the southern part of the country that includes capital Helsinki.
April 15, 6 p.m.: Bengaluru city authorities have marked 38 areas within the city as hotspots. The list of the zones can be found here.
April 15, 5 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, India has a total of 11,933 confirmed cases and 392 people have died from the novel coronavirus outbreak. 1,173 cases were reported over the past 24 hours.
April 15, 4 p.m.: Spain’s daily death toll falls from 567 to 523 on April 15. The total number of infections in the country 177,633, with 18,579 deaths reported so far.
April 15, 3 pm.: AFP reports suggest that Europe has crossed the mark of one million reported cases of coronavirus.
April 15, 2.50 pm.: COVID-19 cases in Haryana have risen to 190 (total tally) on Wednesday with six fresh positive cases. The total number of active cases in the state are 146, with 42 patients cured and discharged, and two COVID-19-related deaths.
April 15, 2.40 pm.: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a meeting with WHO officials on measures to combat COVID-19.
April 15, 2.30 pm.: In the travel and transport sector, SpiceJet said it has sent its first freighter flight to China to bring medical supplies from Shanghai to Hyderabad. The flight left from Kolkata airport at 8.25 am on Wednesday and landed at 3.30 pm (local time) at Shanghai. On the other hand, Ola has now partnered with BMC to enable essential medical trips in Mumbai.
April 15, 2 pm.: Andhra Pradesh has now crossed the 500-mark in its total number of reported COVID-19 cases. 19 new cases have been detected in the state, taking its total tally to 502, including 475 active cases, 16 discharged and 11 deaths.
April 15, 1 pm.: The total number of positive cases in Dharavi spiked to 60 with five fresh cases reported. Seven deaths have been reported from the area.
April 15, 12 pm.: The death of a 69-year-old doctor in Meghalaya marked the state’s first COVID-19 death, said CM Conrad Sangma. The Northeastern state saw its first coronavirus case—the doctor from a Shillong hospital—only as recently as April 13, following which the government reversed its earlier plans for a partial relaxation and brought in place a two-day curfew (starting April 14) instead.
April 15, 11 am.: Three potential COVID-19 vaccines are making progress in early-stage testing (in volunteers) in China and the U.S., but it is likely be a good while before they can be proven effective. In the U.S., a shot made by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. is what hopes are being pinned on. The first person to receive that experimental vaccine last month returned to a Seattle clinic for a second dose. China’s CanSino Biologics too, has begun the second phase of testing its vaccine candidate, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Tuesday.
April 15, 10 am.: The MHA has issued National Directives for COVID-19 Management, an official guideline that comes with salient dos and don’ts such as: compulsory covering of face; strict ban on the sale of tobacco, gutka, liquor and prohibition of spitting in public; Implementation of social distancing as specified by Health Ministry to be ensured by managers of public spaces/work places/transport systems; arrangement of temperature screening, sanitizers and shift-based social distancing at work places, and more.
As per MHA, All social, political, sports and religious functions, along with places of worship, shall be closed to the public till May 3. Cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, and bars too, shall remain shut. Educational institutions, coaching centres, domestic, international air travel, and train services will also remain suspended throughout the period of extended lockdown.
To that effect, the railways is set to cancel around 39 lakh tickets booked for journeys between April 15 and May 3.
April 15, 9 am.: 35 staff of a Mumbai hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. They are being treated at the hospital itself.
April 14, 7.30 p.m.: In separate law and order situations in the country today, 5 police personnel were injured after clashes over setting up of quarantine centres in West Bengal’s Asansol; and a large number of migrant daily wagers gathered around Mumbai’s Bandra station area, demanding transport to go back to native places.
April 14, 7 p.m.: While Indian Railways have offered full refund for cancelled bookings till May 3, airlines have decide not to refund customers in cash, instead offering them rescheduling of tickets without additional fee. Meanwhile, Indian budget airline Indigo has announced that it will resume flight services from May 4 in phased manner.
April 14, 6.30 p.m.: On the same day that the Health Ministry explained that if no COVID-19 case is reported for 28 days from specific area, it can be said to have broken the chain of transmission—Mumbai civic body reported 11 deaths and 204 fresh cases. The Health Ministry has emphasised that every city and district will undergo strict evaluation till April 20.
April 14, 6 p.m.: Worldwide number of coronavirus deaths have crossed 120,000, according to AFP tally.
April 14, 5.30 p.m.: 1,211 new cases and 31 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours according to the Indian Health Ministry.
April 14, 5 p.m.: The government has announced that free rations and food grains would be distributed to 5.29 crore beneficiaries under Garib Kalyan Yojna.
April 14, 4 p.m.: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the coastal state, which has recorded no new cases in the past 11 days, could be India’s first to become a coronavirus-free ‘green zone’ by April 17, if no new patients are detected.
April 14, 3 p.m. :13 staff at Maharashtra minister’s residence have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Times Now reports.
April 14, 2 p.m.: Extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 will set off an economic loss of USD 234.4 billion, and result in stagnant GDP for the calendar year 2020, a estimated British financial service company Barclays.
April 14, 1 p.m.: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has said that COVID-19 cases are coming down in the state, which, although a positive sign, does to conclude the state’s battle—hinting Kerala will continue to follow stringent measures through the period extended lockdown till May 3.
April 14, 12.30 p.m.: Both railways and airlines have been reported as extending the suspension of passengers till May 3, in compliance with India’s extended lockdown. The lockdown now stands at 21+19 days, having started on March 24.
April 14, 12 p.m.: With 121 new cases in Maharashtra, the state’s tally has now risen to 2,455 as per PTI reports.
April 14, 11 p.m.: Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai has asked his department to draft a proposal on how to restart industrial production in districts where no coronavirus cases have been detected. However, there would be no permission for industrial or business activity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Pune, both of which have been categorised as red zones due to huge number of active COVID-cases, he said.
April 14, 10:30 a.m: PM Modi requested Indians to be considerate towards fellow countrymen financially hit by the crisis, and arrange food for the underprivileged wherever possible. Appealing for compassion on part of employers, he requested they do not fire employees. The Prime Minister also added that we should honour COVID warriors such as medics, sanitation workers, policemen, e.t.c.
April 14, 10:23 a.m: PM Modi urged people to take care of the elderly, follow the rules of social distancing, and build up one’s immunity.
April 14, 10:20 a.m.: PM Narendra Modi mentioned in his speech that screening and observation of lockdown ethics will be tightened over the next one week, and if feasible, rules relaxed in safe areas after April 20. The government will issue an official guideline on the extended lockdown tomorrow, he added.
April 14, 10:13 a.m..: Lauding the country’s effort to observe lockdown rules, PM Modi announced official extension of the lockdown till May 3. This is applicable across the country.
India to remain in lockdown till May 3, announces PM Modi
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) April 14, 2020
April 14, 9 a.m.: The final day of the original 21-day lockdown period sees corona case count in India jump to 10,363, with a death toll of 339. P.M. Modi to address the nation at 10 a.m.
April 13, 11 p.m.: WHO has declared COVID-19 to be 10 times deadlier than swine flu.
April 13, 10 p.m.: 352 fresh coronavirus cases in Maharashtra has taken the badly-hit state’s tally of infections to 2,334, and death toll to 160.
April 13, 9 p.m.: 25 districts in 15 states where coronavirus was detected earlier have not reported new COVID-19 cases in last 14 days, according to the Indian Health Ministry. The ministry has credited concerned district administrations with proper implementation of containment strategies. On the note of stringent containment strategies, Kolkata Police has arrested 895 people in a span of 24 hours for violating lockdown order.
April 13, 8 p.m.: China has begun its phase-II clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine in Wuhan.
April 13, 7 p.m.: The Delhi government has launched a large-scale sanitisation drive in the city’s COVID-19 containment areas, declared as red zones, and high-risk zones identified as orange zones, to thwart the spread of infection.
April 13, 6 p.m.: The Delhi government will implement odd-even rules in all wholesale markets, under which traders can sell vegetables on alternate days, Development Minister Gopal Rai has announced.
April 13, 5 p.m.: As India reports 796 cases with 35 deaths in the last 24 hours (9,352 cases and 324 deaths in total), ICMR shares that the first consignment of testing kits from China are to arrive in the country on April 15.
April 13, 4 p.m.: Worldwide developments in coronavirus cases continue to reflect substantial numbers of infections and deaths—while Spain’s death toll has risen by 517, bringing its tally to 17,489, Iran is at 4,585 deaths with 111 deaths overnight. As of now, India stands at a little over 300 recorded death cases. PM Narendra Modi is set to address the nation tomorrow at 10 am. April 14 was the initial deadline for the nation-wide 21-day lockdown, but amid several states gunning for an extension till April 30, PM Modi is expected to announce the final central call on extension of the lockdown in his address.
April 13, 3 p.m.: Worldwide cases are currently estimated at 1.8 million, while global death toll has crossed 113,000.
April 13, 1 p.m.: New York City, the current epicenter of the pandemic, now has more confirmed COVID-19 cases than countries like China and the U.K. An increase of at least 5,695 cases on Sunday put New York City’s tally at over 104,410 , with 6,898 deaths. There are 83,135 coronavirus cases in China, and 85,208 in the U.K., according to Johns Hopkins University.
April 13, 12 p.m.: Indian ministries have started operating again, with a safe distancing policy in place. In another appeal for restoring partial normalcy, The Federation of Retailer Association of India (FRAI) has asked the government to let small shops open immediately. Since the lockdown, petty businesses have suffered the loss of daily income flow—compensation for such income losses are being sought.
April 13, 11 a.m.: Actor Nick Cordero, nominated for Tony for Bullets Over Broadway in 2014, “is fighting for his life” in intensive care unit after being diagnosed with COVID-19, revealed wife and celebrity fitness trainer Amanda Kloots. Cordero, 41, was initially diagnosed with pneumonia after COVID-19 tests came back negative but a latest test showed the Canadian Broadway actor infected with the virus.
April 13, 10 a.m.: India records 796 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections past 9,000 to 9,152. The number of deaths also rises to 308, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update.
April 13, 9 a.m.: USA records 1,514 Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, lower than the previous day’s toll of 1,920. 555,313 have been infected in the country and the death toll stands at 22,020.
April 13, 8 a.m.: Spain reports the lowest daily increase of 619 new Covid-19 deaths on April 12, and is set to lift some lockdown restrictions and will allow some operations in the construction and manufacturing sectors to resume.
April 13, 7 a.m.: China reports 108 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest one-day increase in six weeks. Officials have stated that the increase is largely because of the arrival of infected foreigners in the country. The total number of cases in the country is 82,160, and deaths at 3,341.
April 13, 6 a.m.: Singapore reports a daily increase of 233 new cases of Covid-19, of which 59 are Indians working in the city-state. This takes the total number of infections to 2,532 while the death toll stands at 8.