Coronavirus Update: Asia’s growth will be lowest since 1967 due to COVID-19, says World Bank

Up to 38 million people in the region will be pushed back into poverty, according to the Bank

By DTE Staff
Published: Tuesday 29 September 2020

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will cause the slowest growth in East Asia, the Pacific and China in more than 50 years, the World Bank has said.

  • The region is expected to grow by only 0.9 per cent this year, the lowest since 1967, according to the World Bank. Up to 38 million people are expected to slide into poverty, it added.
  • China is expected to grow by two per cent this year while the rest of the East Asia and Pacific region will contract by 3.5 per cent.
  • Two of Canada’s most populous provinces have been witnessing increases of COVID-19 cases in recent days.
  • Quebec will curb social gatherings in homes and limit bar and restaurant services for 28 days in Montreal and two other regions. Ontario’s premier has warned of a ‘more complex’ second wave of infections.
  • There were over 33 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world September 29, according to international database,
  • There were 7,361,633 cases in the United States, along with 209,808 deaths, according to the database. India, with 6,145,291 cases and 96,351 deaths was in second place.
  • India had 6,145,291 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as on 8 am, September 29, 2020, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • There were 947,576 active cases and 96, 318 deaths, the ministry’s figures showed.
  • India had 6,148,640 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 950,284 active cases and 96,378 deaths, according to the private aggregator,
  • Maharashtra had 1,351,153 confirmed cases, the highest in India, according to There were 265,033 active cases and 35,751 deaths.
  • Andhra Pradesh (681,161 confirmed cases), Tamil Nadu (586,397 confirmed cases), Karnataka (582,458 confirmed cases), Uttar Pradesh (390,875 confirmed cases), Delhi (273,098 confirmed cases), West Bengal (250,580 confirmed cases) and Odisha (215,676 confirmed cases) followed Maharashtra according to
  • Mumbai breached the two-lakh caseload September 28, 2020, even as Maharashtra reported a drastic drop in new COVID-19 cases and deaths, a report in the Times of India said.
  • Delhi reported 828 COVID-19 linked deaths in September 2020, around 40 per cent more than August, when 481 people died, according to a report on
  • The national capital reported 2,269 and 1,221 deaths due to COVID-19 in June and July. In April and May, Delhi reported 57 and 414 fatalities, respectively.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus September 26, was admitted to the AIIMS in Rishikesh September 28.

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