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Coronavirus pandemic: Latest updates on COVID-19 crisis around the world

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Wednesday.

April 01, 2020 / 12:22 PM IST

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Wednesday.

11:56 a.m.

COVID-19 death toll crosses 1,000 in New York City, official data says.

11:47 a.m.

The coronavirus deaths crossed 4,000 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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11:39 a.m.

UPPCL extends time to pay power bills till April 30 due to lockdown.

11:24 a.m.

Tabligh's Nizamuddin centre cleared, evacuating 2361 people in 36 hours, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia says.

11:23 a.m.

IIT researchers are developing robots to deliver food, medicines to patients in isolation wards.

11:08 a.m.

Eight new coronavirus cases are found in Gujarat, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 82.

11:04 a.m.

About 100 people gathered for a religious congregation at a dargah in Sarwar town of Rajasthan's Ajmer district, following which police used force to disperse them.

10:41 a.m.

COVID19 pandemic is the most challenging crisis since World War II, UN chief says.

10:25 a.m.

Security personnel guarding Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu are put in isolation after a family member of an employee in his office tested positive for coronavirus, officials say.

10:20 a.m.

England cricketer Jos Buttler auctions his World Cup-winning shirt to raise funds for hospitals battling pandemic.

10:15 a.m.

Restrictions remain in force on the movement of people in Kashmir amid lockdown, official says.

9:31 a.m.

Twenty more people test positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 86.

9:29 a.m.

Two persons, who had attended a religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, tested positive for coronavirus in Puducherry.

8:52 a.m.

Two more COVID-19 patients died in Maharashtra, taking the state toll to 12, officials say.

8:51 a.m.

Tests conducted on 14 coronavirus suspects in Goa have come out negative, state health minister Vishwajit Rane says.

8:44 a.m.

Eighteen more people test positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 320, official says.

8:28 a.m.

Prominent Indian-origin virologist in South Africa dies from coronavirus.
first published: Apr 1, 2020 12:16 pm

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