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Coronavirus LIVE | Lockdown extended for two weeks in India; Japan extends state of emergency

Infections worldwide stand at 3,269,667. More than 233,700 people have died in the pandemic so far.

SNS | New Delhi |

India extended its nation-wide lockdown on Friday for two more weeks as the coronavirus cases rose to 35,365 in the country. In the last 24 hours, 1,913 cases of coronavirus were reported, taking the total number in the country to 35,365 on Friday, including 1,152 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of infections, nearly 10,500, followed by Gujarat (4,395) and Delhi (3,515).

130 districts across the country are marked as hotspots or Red Zones where strict containment measures are in place to check the spread of COVID-19, according to the government data. 319 districts are marked as Green Zones,which are least affected by the virus, and 284 districts have been identified as Orange Zones. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Pune are in Red Zones. Over the last two weeks, the number of hotpots have reduced from 170 to 130, according to government data.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, more than a million people have now recovered from coronavirus infection, with the total currently at 1,014,524. Infections worldwide stand at 3,269,667. More than 233,700 people have died in the pandemic so far.

Japan is also preparing for a month-long extension to its state of emergency  to contain coronavirus, prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday. Abe imposed an initial month-long emergency for seven regions on 7 April, before subsequently expanding it across the whole country. With measures due to expire next week, Abe said he had told his minister responsible for handling the outbreak, Yasutoshi Nishimura, to plan for an extension, AFP reports.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said he has been diagnosed with coronavirus and will self-isolate from the government on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the jobless toll in US amounts to more than 18.4% of the working-age population, a level not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the decisions the UK government has taken. Speaking at the UK government’s daily press conference, Johnson said that the NHS has not been overwhelmed at any stage, reports The Guardian.