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Death toll surging ahead worldwide; Testing in India still low; 78 confirmed vaccine candidates

The Background:

Across the world, number of confirmed Coronavirus cases has risen to 1,536,979 at the moment of writing. The death toll is 93,425. Also the recovered number has risen to 344,467. In India, the confirmed cases are 6,653. Number of death stands at 199. One alarming issue is the testing, which at present, is quite low.

The official figures, given by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are as follows:

Active cases- 5865, Cured/Discharged- 478, Deaths- 169 and one person has migrated. In the last 24 hours, 549 cases reported and number of death is 17. In West Bengal, active cases stand at 103 and the death toll is 5.

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The Central government on Thursday has approved emergency package of Rs 15000 crore for states. Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 1295 cases and is followed by Tamil Nadu. Earlier in the day, Odisha became the first state to extend the lockdown till April 30. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday gave the first clear signal that some restrictions are likely to continue after the 21-day lockdown period ends on April 14.

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva Thursday said that the year 2020 could see the worst global economic fallout since the Great Depression in the 1930s with over 170 countries likely to experience negative per capita income growth. She made this remark during the Managing Director’s address on confronting the Crisis: Priorities for the Global Economy at Washington ahead of the annual Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank the following week.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has observed the ongoing lockdown and expected contraction in global outlook would weigh heavily on the growth outlook. “COVID-19 hangs over the future like a spectre”, it reported on its Monetary Policy Report on Thursday. However, it expressed hope that recent monetary and fiscal measures would mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on domestic demand and spur growth once the normalcy is restored.

But the opposition has alleged that the “Modi government had destroyed the economy in past 6 years”.

Sitaram Yechury tweeted

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Ever since news broke that the convention held by the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim religious group, was a Covid-19 hotspot, there were innumerable videos in the social media platforms showing Muslim men spitting on food, licking plates and sneezing in unison to spread the virus. “Corona Jihad” or “Muslim means Terrorist” had been top trends in Twitter continuously for several days. On April 6, #SanghiTwitter was trending with people posting pictures of being a proud Hindu.

It is disgusting to see, when the world is fighting the novel coronavirus, all these fake videos went  through some of the so called ‘popular’ news channels in India depicting the entire Muslim community as the main culprit spreading the virus. The falsification has been debunked by Alt News.

To hoodwink the official mismanagement and blunders committed to combat the pandemic, the Hindutva brigade unleashed this biased and venomous propaganda.

In India, one has to combat not only coronavirus but also communal virus, it seems.

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There are 78 confirmed COVID-19 vaccine candidates, 5 of which have already entered clinical trials.  The scale of the humanitarian and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is driving evaluation of next-generation vaccine technology platforms through novel paradigms to accelerate development, and the first COVID-19 vaccine candidate entered human clinical testing with unprecedented rapidity on 16 March 2020.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is working with global health authorities and vaccine developers to support the development of vaccines against COVID-19.

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