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Coronavirus India Lockdown Day 20 Updates | China's New Cases Rise To Near 6-Week high

As the 21-day lockdown is scheduled to end on April 14, the Centre is set to issue fresh instructions on whether the lockdown will be extended.

Coronavirus India Lockdown Day 20 Updates, China's New Cases Rise To Near 6-Week high

With the nationwide death toll from COVID-19 touching 332 and the number of positive cases reaching 9,200,the Union Health Ministry said India is preparing for a possible exponential surge in cases. Meanwhile, Pri me Minister Narendra Modi indicated on April 11 that the country could see an extension of the lockdown as that was the common demand of a large number of States, though an official announcement is yet to be made.

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, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.

According to the latest Health Ministry update, the number of COVID-19 cases in India have gone up to to 9,152. As many as 308 people have died due to the infection, the Ministry said. The number of people have who have recovered is 856. 

India currently has 7987 active cases, the Ministry update added. However, data from the State authorities puts the total number of cases at 9,205 and the number of active cases at 7,880. The death toll is 332, according to State data.

Pharma units in limbo amid confusion over hydroxychloroquine exports 

A week after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that it would “license” the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and supply it to various countries on a “government to government basis”, 

the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) maintains that the drug is still prohibited for export, causing some confusion in industry circles. On Sunday, the government said it had cleared the release of HCQ for 13 countries.

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