Corona-virus LIVE: WHO says worst is still ahead; Mumbai cases top 3,000

FILE PIC: A medic collects a swab sample of a man from a new swab testing cabin at Podar hospital in Worli during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai. Photo: PTI

India update:
 With the addition of 1,553 cases and 36 deaths in 24 hours, India’s total number of coronavirus-positive cases reached 17,656 on Monday. Globally, 2,426,753 people have been infected and 166,117 have died so far, according to Worldometer.

The central government on Monday said the Covid-19 situation was “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur and Kolkata. In what could be abother cause for concern in India’s fight against coronavirus, it has come to light that over 80 per cent of the cases in India are asymptomatic, a TV new channel has reported, quoting senior ICMR scientist Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar.


World update on coronavirus: Coronavirus-related deaths in the US has topped 45,000, with New York recording nearly half of all fatalities. A top Wuhan laboratory official has denied any role in spreading the new virus, even as US President Donald Trump has been claiming that China could have deliberately caused the outbreak and threatening that it might have to face the consequences for it.