Here are a few positive news that will bring some relief as the world is getting more depressed every day with deluge of negative news and increasing spread of the deadly virus.
Total cases: A total of 5,32,224 cases as of this morning, with 24,087 deaths in 197 countries
Recovery is strong: As many as 124,326 people have recovered from the disease
Most of the people have mild cases: 364,454 (95%) of the total active cases are still in mild condition
Indian cases: 633 active cases, 44 cured and discharged and 16 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry. As many as 15,24,268 people have been screened at the airports. News reports say there are 722 cases, including 50 recoveries.
No community transmission: There is no yet community transmission in India, according to the authorities. There has been no solid evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in India as yet and the infection appears to be relatively stabilising considering the rate at which it is increasing, the health ministry said on Thursday.
95-year-old recovers in Italy: A 95-year-old grandmother became the oldest woman in Italy to recover from the coronavirus, as the country continues to fight with the virus. Alma Clara Corsini from the northern province of Modena, was diagnosed with the virus and admitted to the hospital in Pavullo on March 5.
Race for vaccine: About 35 companies and academic institutions are actively into the research and trials manufacture a vaccine against corona. At least four of them already have candidates they have been testing in animals. A few also have been into phase-1 clinical trials, involving humans.
US situation: US has now the highest number of cases in the world. But the country also announced that it had done 552,000 tests, aside from those done independently by the hospitals and labs. Out of these 86% of people with significant symptoms are negative.
Plasma therapy: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a process known as plasma-derived therapy or “convalescent plasma,” would be expedited as a potential treatment for people with COVID-19. The idea is that blood plasma from people who have beaten the infection contains antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — that may be effective against it.
New York is also set to start a clinical trial for two drugs already used for other diseases: hydroxychloroquine (used against malaria) and the antibiotic azithromycin. French researchers recently found this combination may be effective to help fight the virus.
Britain thanks caregivers: Millions of people came out in Britain on Thursday evening to cheer the staff of the country’s beloved National Health Service, whose intensive-care units and arrivals and emergency wings are bracing for an explosion in cases, as already exhausted nurses, some wearing garbage bags, are begging for more and better protective equipment.
Community Kitchen: Kerala which has recorded over 120 cases, has launched community kitchens to make sure that no one in the State goes hungry during these days of lock-downs. Local bodies and self-help groups of women called Kudumbashree were in charge of these kitchens, which came up already in several parts of the State.