The virus has killed more than 80,000 people and has spread to 209 countries and territories. Here are the latest updates for April 7:
Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population, that could easily overwhelm its weak public health systems.
An Islamic missionary group in India's capital New Delhi is facing a torrent of right-wing abuse after accusations that its recent congregation became the main carrier of the coronavirus.
Without a clear mechanism in place, the federal government has ordered states to screen and isolate tens of thousands of stranded workers to prevent them from travelling, adding to the strain on local health services.
Most of the country's 450-million-strong workforce in the informal economy have no means of reaching home and staying indoors for the 21 days of shutdown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day lockdown from Tuesday midnight, but a federal government advisory suggested exempting e-commerce deliveries of essentials such as food and medical equipment in addition to grocery stores and banks.
Covid-19 could test the overstretched health system of two of South Asia’s largest countries.
India launched a 14-hour long curfew on Sunday to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country, where 315 people have so far been found to have contracted the disease.
Botched responses from governments have ranged from denial to disinformation while exacerbating a global leadership vacuum.
Neither the leaders of India, Pakistan nor Afghanistan have shown the domestic urgency or the regional diplomacy required to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
Any attempts to revive this long-planned alliance will be ineffective in trying to counter China, and instead will simply be viewed as an alliance of Islamophobes.
An exclusionary right-wing populism has gripped the world for years now, but recently, a more inclusionary populism is pushing back.
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