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April 7, 2020

India struggles to increase testing, fears domestic transmission
India, like a lot of countries plunged into crisis by the pandemic, is struggling to ramp up testing for the coronavirus, but in few places would the odds of containing the disease appear so bleak should domestic transmission start to multiply. Officials hope to be testing 20,000 people daily by the end of the week, twice the current rate. Since India's first case was confirmed on Jan. 30, India has conducted only a little over 96,000 tests.

Indian Railways converts 375 coaches to isolation wards daily; 40,000 beds ready

To help in the fight against coronavirus, Indian Railways is offering its coaches as isolation wards in case of contingency. Indian Railways had earlier committed to convert initially 5,000 coaches into isolation wards for coronavirus patients and within a week it has met half its goal. With the conversion of around 2,500 coaches, 40,000 isolation beds are now ready for contingency.

Coronavirus: Japan PM Abe set to announce emergency, finalise $1 trillion stimulus package
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce a state of emergency on Tuesday for the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures to stem a worrying rise in coronavirus infections in major population centres. The government is also planning to finalise a massive stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen ($990 billion) - equal to 20% of Japan's economic output.

Coronavirus in India: Telangana CM KCR urges PM Modi to extend lockdown by two weeks
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider extending the nationwide 21-day lockdown period that officially ends on April 15. He recommended that the lockdown be extended for two additional weeks, saying that the situation will become uncontrollable if the lockdown was hastily lifted.

Coronavirus impact: India withdraws export ban on 12 essential medicines

India has withdrawn the ban imposed on export of 12 bulk drugs - raw materials for finished drugs - and essential medicines like antibiotics and vitamins manufactured using them, with immediate effect. In a notification issued on April 6, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said the ban imposed on the export of these medicines a month ago is no longer in force.

UK's Johnson fights worsening coronavirus symptoms in intensive care
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being treated for worsening coronavirus symptoms in an intensive care unit, with his foreign minister deputizing for him as the nation tackles the COVID-19 crisis. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital in central London late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperatur.
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