As parts of the economy opens up, a question mark remains over the future of India’s education system. India has almost 25 crore school students from Classes 1 to 12, all of whom have been affected by the shutdown of educational institutions for the past two-and-a-half months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With over 2.36 lakh infections, India is now the sixth worst-affected nation in the world after the U.S., Brazil, Russia, Spain and the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers. You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here.

Here are the latest update:

10.40 am | South Korea

Most of 51 new South Korea cases linked to door sales

South Korea on Saturday reported 51 new cases of COVID-19, mostly in the densely populated capital region, as authorities scramble to stem transmissions among low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home.

The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought national totals to 11,719 workers and 273 deaths.

At least 34 of the new cases were linked to door-to-door sellers hired by Richway, a Seoul-based health product provider.


10.20 am | China

China orders pangolin protection amid pandemic

China is ordering its highest level of protection for the armadillo-like pangolin as part of its crackdown on the wildlife trade following the global coronavirus pandemic.

While the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, most scientists say it was most likely transmitted from bats to humans via an intermediary animal such as the pangolin.

The order Friday from the National Forestry and Grassland Administration does not explicitly mention the virus outbreak as a reason for the measure, but the timing appears to indicate that was a consideration.


Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some Chinese and its scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine.  – AP

10 am | India

India now sixth worst-hit nation by COVID-19, surpasses Italy with an infection tally of 2,36,657

COVID-19 pandemic with the country registering a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases which pushed the nationwide tally to 2,36,657.

India’s death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 6,642 with a record increase of 294 deaths in the 24 hours till Saturday 8 a.m.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 1,15,942, while 1,14,072 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the Union Health Ministry said.

“Thus, around 48.20% patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said. – PTI

9.30 am | USA

Trump says India, China will have more COVID-19 cases with more tests

US President Donald Trump has said that countries like India and China would have much more coronavirus cases than America if they conduct more tests.

Mr. Trump, in his remarks at Puritan Medical Products in Maine, said that the U.S. has carried out 20 million tests. India has so far conducted over 4 million coronavirus tests, according to the health ministry.


Commenting on the COVID-19 tests in the U.S., Mr. Trump said: We will be well over 20 million tests. Remember this, when you test more, you have more cases.


9 am | Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro threatens to pull Brazil from WHO

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to withdraw Brazil from the World Health Organization, following in the footsteps of his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, accusing it of “ideological bias.”

“I’m telling you right now, the United States left the WHO, and we’re studying that, in the future. Either the WHO works without ideological bias, or we leave, too,” the far-right leader told journalists outside the presidential palace.  – AFP

8.30 am | China

China reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, 2 asymptomatic cases

China recorded three new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of the end of Friday, down from five the day before, the national health authority reported.

All of the cases were imported, involving travellers arriving from abroad, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website.


8 am | Maharashtra

Maharashtra government, BMC may use private ambulances

The Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday told the Bombay High Court it was considering requisitioning privately-operated ambulances in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for the State, and BMC counsel Anil Sakhare told the court the authorities are exploring other options to ensure privately-operated ambulances start plying on the roads.


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