In India, COVID-19 has claimed 24 lives and infected as many as 987 people, according to data from the Health Ministry and State governments. Of this, over 880 cases are active.

The coronavirus has claimed over 26,000 lives and infected at least 5,75,000 people across 201 countries, according to the WHO. The outbreak has been particularly grim in the U.S., Italy and Spain, apart from China, where it originated in December 2019.

The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded.

Here are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, and a map of confirmed cases in India.

The new 24/7 national helpline numbers are 1075, 1800-112-545 and 011-23978046. Email: The Prime Minister has announced a WhatsApp helpdesk number:  9013151515.

Here are the latest updates:

8.15 am | USA

In rare case, US infant dies from COVID-19

A U.S. infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of Illinois said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic.

The state Department of Public Health said the child who died in Chicago was younger than one year old and had tested positive for COVID-19.

“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant,” the department’s director Ngozi Ezike said in a statement.

A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death, said authorities. Multiple studies have found the virus disproportionately affects older patients and those with underlying conditions.


8 am | USA

Deaths in U.S. surge past 2,000

Deaths from new coronavirus in the United States surged past 2,000 Saturday, doubling in just three days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The number of deaths late Saturday was 2,010, about a quarter of them in New York City, the country’s hardest hit region, Johns Hopkins reported. That is fewer than the 10,023 in Italy, Spain’s 5,812, China’s 3,299 or the 2,314 in France, the tally showed.


7.30 am | Canada

Canadian PM’s wife has recovered from coronavirus illness

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife said that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19.

“I am feeling so much better,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health.

Mr. Trudeau’s office announced on March 12 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London.

The Prime Minister and his family have been in self isolation at home since then. He and their three children didn’t show symptoms.

– AP



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