India virus deaths top 100, with highest single-day toll at 32 Apr 07, 2020 0 323 12345 DPANew DelhiA total of 109 people have died of COVID-19 in India, with 32 fatalities and 693 fresh cases in the past 24 hours alone, government data released on Monday showed.The figures released by the Federal Health Ministry take the number of positive cases in India past the 4,000-mark to 4,067. India has registered an increase of 500-plus cases in the four days since Friday.Health Ministry officials said more than 1,000 cases were connected to a religious gathering organized by Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic missionary movement in New Delhi, last month.Senior health ministry official Lav Agarwal said the number of COVID-19 cases in India was doubling every 4.1 days and that rate could have been slower at 7.1 days had the Delhi mosque event - attended by thousands from India and abroad - not taken place.Addressing his party workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has been proactive in combating the pandemic including declaring a nationwide lockdown, but the battle against the virus would be a long one.“It is going to be a long haul, we do not have to tire, our resolve and mission are to merge victorious in the fight against the pandemic,” Modi said on the foundation day of his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).He urged BJP workers to help out in the national effort, including working to ensure that no poor person goes hungry.Modi also spoke with top opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi, who leads the Indian National Congress, on the crisis and the nationwide lockdown.Meanwhile, India is rethinking a recent ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine, an inexpensive malaria drug that US President Donald Trump has touted as a possible game changer in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Monday.The move - announced by India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Saturday - came on the same day as Trump made a request to facilitate the supplies of the drug during a telephone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Russia’s coronavirus caseload jumps by about 1,000 over 24 hours Apr 07, 2020 0 374 Philippines halts deployment of health-care workers abroad Apr 07, 2020 0 365 Mumbai hospital shut after surge in cases among staff Apr 07, 2020 0 126 Thailand extends international passenger flight ban until April 18 Bangkok Thailand’s aviation body has extended a ban on all incoming international passenger flights until April 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ban on international passenger flights to Thailand is extended .. South Korea reports lowest coronavirus increase since February Seoul The number of daily new coronavirus infections in South Korea dropped below 50 for the first time since late February, health authorities said on Monday, with 47 new cases recorded on the previous day. That number .. At least 25 Indonesian doctors die of COVID-19, association says Jakarta At least 25 Indonesian doctors have died after contracting the new coronavirus, the country’s medical association said Monday, raising alarm about the toll the disease is taking on health workers. “At least 19 .. Virus-stricken cruise ship docks near Sydney AFP Port Kembla, Australia A cruise ship that has accounted for a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in Australia was allowed to dock near Sydney on Monday after 200 crew members began exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. The .. NZ coronavirus cases rise by 67 DPA Wellington New Zealand on Monday reported 67 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number to 1106. At a news conference, New Zealand’s Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said 176 patients .. Japan’s Abe to declare state of emergency over virus surge DPA Tokyo Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to declare a state of emergency over the spread of the new coronavirus, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Monday citing a government official. The declaration will .. Doctors demanding virus safety equipment arrested in Pakistan AFP Quetta, Pakistan More than 50 doctors protesting the lack of safety equipment as they battle the coronavirus were arrested Monday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police and physicians said. The ..