Coronavirus India summary: 19 May

Coronavirus India live updates: cases, deaths and news, today

Coronavirus live India updates: cases, deaths and news - 19 May

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India Covid-19 update: 04:30 IST on Wednesday 20 May (01:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University4,889,287 cases have been detected worldwide, with 322,683 deaths and 1,679,155 people now recovered.

In India, there have been 106,474 cases confirmed, 3,302 people have died and 42,309 people have recovered from the virus.

That's all we have time for in today's blog but you can keep up to date with all of the latest news concerning the coronavirus situation in India in our new daily live blog for Wednesday 20 May which is now up and running. Feel free to come along and join us.

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Covid egg art

Artist Joel Fertician gives final touches to an egg painted with a coronavirus design in Chennai on May 19, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

Action saved lives

Hardeep Puri on how the prime minister made some timely moves.

WHO's Indian influence

The special bean

Queue wait

Indian migrants wait outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station to catch the train to travel to their villages, during the extended nationwide lock down to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Mumbai, India, 19 May 2020.

The Indian government has arranged several special trains for migrant workers stuck in other states for their return to their native places. (EFE/EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI)

Kalyan baby tests positive

"The baby and his 23- year-old mother have tested positive and are admitted to the civil hospital at Shastri Nagar-”

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Vaccine collaboration

Countries around the world are working together to fight the virus.

Covid-19 spread

In this dynamic graphic you can see how the rate of infection quickly spread around the globe, with the like of the US, the UK and Russia coming in late and hard.

Masking the solution

As the debate over the effectiveness of wearing masks during a pandemic continues, a new study gives weight to arguments by medical professionals and government leaders that wearing a mask does indeed reduce virus transmission — and dramatically so. 

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Patience required for recovery

Industry leaders warn that recovery from the coronavirus crisis is not going to happen overnight.

Delhi Metro could return before end of May

Maldives evacuation

Independent review of WHO handling of crisis agreed

Against the backdrop of fierce criticism of the World Health Organzation from the United States, the World Health Assembly has agreed to launch an independent review of the WHO’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

None of the WHO’s 194 member states raised any objections to the motion at the assembly, held virtually for the first time.

India braced for Cyclone Amphan amid coronavirus fight

Authorities in eastern India were relocating tens of thousands of villagers away from the coastline on Tuesday ahead of a super cyclone that is expected to inflict large-scale damage as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus.

Coronavirus quarantine shelters in India were being converted to cyclone shelters, leaving authorities to manage social distancing to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

India's weather office said the Super Cyclone Amphan had reached winds of up to 240 km/h with gusts of around 265 km/h over the Bay of Bengal on Monday night and was expected to make a landfall on Wednesday.

Such wind speeds, according to weather officials, could make Amphan one of the biggest storms to hit Indian in about a decade.

(Text: Reuters)

How India's cases-per-100,000-people count compares to other countries

Ministry of Home Affairs tells states to lay on more transport for migrant workers

"With the economy stalling, unemployment is a massive concern"

India coronavirus cases pass 100,000 mark

Registered coronavirus cases in India have now surpassed 100,000, after the country reported 4,970 new infections in the 24-hour cycle between Monday and Tuesday. Fatalities rose by 134, taking the national death toll to 3,163.

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Children with their faces covered wait to board a bus at Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) in Secunderabad, as Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) resumed services after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

Herd immunity

Swedish epidemiologist, Johan Giesecke, has hailed Sweden's herd immunity plan as "the best in the world", while the WHO believes it is reckless and dangerous.

We look into how the Swedish plan has played out so far...

Indian cricket influence

Lancashire County Cricket Club are aiming to win the hearts of Indian fans as they look to build on a record-breaking financial year despite the impending impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The club also announced turnover of 34.0 million pounds and net profit of 5.0 million pounds -- both new highs for the organisation. But with no cricket to be played until July at the earliest, Lancashire, like other counties, will expect a financial hit from the impact of the virus.

"Clearly, these are now tough times as the club navigates its way through the current Covid-19 pandemic, but these results at least help relief that financial burden," CEO Daniel Gidney told Reuters.

"We have a big growth plan for India," said Gidney, who noted the success of the India v Pakistan World Cup game at the venue last summer.

"We want to make Lancashire Cricket the second favourite team for all Indian fans. It is about raising our profile in India and obviously broadcast is a way to do that and we want to launch Lancashire TV and get as much Lancashire cricket content as we can broadcast in the sub-continent. That is very much part of our growth strategy," he said.

Signing Indian players would be an obvious route to popularity and although the IPL Twenty20 league has restricted Indian players from playing in T20 competitions abroad, players can still play in first-class cricket in England.

Lancashire held a training tour in Mumbai in February during which Gidney met with Indian business executives along with former India and Lancashire player Farokh Engineer.

"To start with it is about encouraging people to travel more to watch India play in England, touch wood India are playing at Emirates Old Trafford in both 2021 and 2022. That is a platform. The passion for the game in India is enormous and unrivalled."

Police 4.0

As a protocol is introduced, the key plans adopted by Delhi authorities are not going away anytime soon.

Catch up...

We freshen up each day with a new blog so if you want to have a look back at what has been happening over the previous 24 hours then check out yesterday's feed.

Hello and welcome

Welcome to our live coverage of the latest coronavirus news in India for Tuesday 19 May. 

We'll aim to keep you up to date with everything you need to know throughout the day.

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