COVID-19 death toll rises to 488 in India

COVID-19 death toll rises to 488 in India
NEW DELHI, APR 18 | Publish Date: 4/18/2020 12:06:52 PM IST

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 488 and the number of cases climbed to 14,792 in the country on Saturday, registering an increase of 36 deaths and 957 cases since Friday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,289 while 2,014 people have been cured and discharged, and one had migrated, it said.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 16,365 individuals in the country have so far been confirmed positive for the infection. The Union Health Ministry's figure of 14,792 cases includes 76 foreign nationals.

However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by various states as on Saturday 9:15 pm showed 518 deaths. There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.

Nagaland: Results of 100 samples awaited
DIMAPUR, APR 18 (NPN): Out of 392 samples sent for testing from the state including 61 samples, which were sent Saturday, results of 292 samples have been received and all retuned negative while results of 100 samples were awaited as of 6pm Saturday.
In his daily briefing on COVID-19 for Nagaland, the principal secretary home, Abhijit Sinha, reiterated that the state health & family welfare (H&FW) department in collaboration with All Nagaland Counsellors Association (ANCA) was providing professional counselling services to any person feeling anxious because of COVID-19 pandemic. 
He informed that any such person could send a WhatsApp message to 7005251298 for availing counselling services. Meanwhile, the principal secretary has appealed for continued adherence to the various lockdown measures by everyone. He also urged the citizens to abide by all the directives of the district administration and police issued from time to time concerning the lockdown.
Worldwide death toll rises to 1.54L
PARIS, APR 18 (AFP): The worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 154,188 on Saturday, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
More than 2,251,690 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 497,600 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.
In the United States, now the epicentre of the pandemic, the death toll stood at 37,079 with 706,779 infections. At least 59,672 patients have recovered.
Italy is the next most-affected country with 22,745 deaths and 172,434 confirmed infections.
It is followed by Spain with 20,043 fatalities and 191,726 confirmed infections, France with 18,681 deaths and 147,969 infections and Britain with 14,576 deaths and 108,692 cases.
China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 4,632 deaths and 82,719 cases.
Europe has listed 1,115,555 cases and 97,985 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 738,706 cases with 38,445 deaths, Asia 158,764 cases with 6,837 deaths, the Middle East 119,462 cases with 5,452 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 91,699 cases with 4,367 deaths, Africa 19,674 cases with 1,016 deaths and Oceania 7,835 cases with 86 deaths.

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