India PM Narendra Modi is addressing the nation LIVE highlighting the updates on COVID-19 spread and nationwide lockdown. He extended the lockdown in India until 3 May 2020. He highlighted the precautionary measures taken by India at different stages of COVID-19. He also added that social distancing and 21-day lockdown successfully helped in containing the virus.
UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs stated that the country is still not past the virus peak. He said that the government has united focus on Coronavirus plans. It is confirmed that UK’s lockdown will not be lifted later this week. Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance reported that UK might see increase in death toll post the plateau, adding that he expects lockdown to extend until mid-May.
Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz has died of COVID-19. The 50-year old is the first professional cricket player from Pakistan to succumb to Coronavirus. After testing positive on 7 April 2020, he was shifted to ventilator support from the last three days. Pakistan has reported over 5,000 cases of Coronavirus infection.
Thailand’s government has called off the annual Songkran festival celebrations as it battles Coronavirus crisis. It celebrates the Buddhist New Year, from 13 to 15 April each year, with huge crowds coming in for a water fight. The government has announced a daily curfew from 10 AM to 4 PM and urged the public to refrain from Songkran activities.
According to the latest projections by International Monetary Fund (IMF), India will grow by 1.9% in 2020 because of COVID-19 but the projection for 2021 is 7.4%. China is expected to grow by 1.2% while most economies are forecast to contract this year, including US (-5.9%), Japan (-5.2 %), UK (-6.5%), Germany (-7.0%), France (-7.2%), Italy (-9.1%), and Spain (-8.0%), the IMF report stated.