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COVID-19: US Briefly Tops Italy as Worst-Hit Country; 18,860 Dead

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Thermal screening of visitors being conducted outside an emergency ward at a hospital during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Hyderabad, Sunday, 5 April, 2020. Image used for representation.
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The US briefly topped Italy as the country with the highest death toll on Saturday, 11 April, with 18,860 deaths. However, soon after, Italy reported 19,468 deaths, surpassing the US.

Meanwhile, in India, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Telangana announced an extension of the lockdown in their states till 30 April.

The nationwide lockdown is likely to be extended for at least two more weeks, based on a consensus between the PM and CMs of all states, PTI reported.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India shot up to 7,529 on Saturday, with the death toll standing at 242, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Snapshot
  • The global death toll due to coronavirus crossed 1,00,000 on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally
  • Italy and the US have reported the highest deaths at 19,468 and 18,860 as of 11 April
  • India’s lockdown is likely to be extended by two more weeks
  • Maharashtra and Delhi reported 1,761 and 1,069 cases respectively as of 11 April
  • An employee of IndiGo airlines died due to the coronavirus in Chennai

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10:54 PM , 11 Apr

Italy's Death Toll Climbs to 19,468, Crosses US

Italy topped the US soon after, with deaths touching 19,468. The US had touched 18,860 deaths just moments earlier, topping Italy as the worst-hit country, AFP reported.

10:44 PM , 11 Apr

US Tops Italy as Worst-Hit Country with 18,860 Dead

The US has passed Italy as the country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with 18,860 dead, according to a tracker, AFP reported.

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The plea, filed by Kaushal Kant Mishra, says if the testing is made free for all, private labs will be overburdened financially and slow down.

Mr Mishra urged the court to allow private labs to do COVID-19 testing "as per the rates stipulated in the ICMR Advisory dated 17 March".


Published: 11 Apr 2020, 7:05 AM IST
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