COVID-19 cases in India rise to 15,712, death toll reaches 507

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Published: April 19,2020 11:00 AM
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April 19, 2020: The number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 15,712, which includes 507 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said today, adding that 1,334 cases and 27 deaths were reported in

April 19, 2020: The number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 15,712, which includes 507 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said today, adding that 1,334 cases and 27 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.



Top medical body - the Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR - has reported 16,365 cases across the country, nearly 600 more than the figures released by Union Health Ministry.



Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of a Group of Ministers at his residence to and discussed re-starting economic activity in non-containment zones after April 20, in line with announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week.



Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the functioning of COVID-19 war room in the North Block of the Secretariat in the national capital, which is buzzing with activity since the nationwide lockdown began on March 25.



Worldwide, over 1.5 lakh people have died due to coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December; more than 20 lakh are infected. The global economy, already "sluggish" before the coronavirus outbreak, is now bound to suffer a "severe recession" in 2020, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has warned and said the current crisis posed "daunting challenges" for policymakers in many emerging markets and developing economies.