Coronavirus India Live News Update:With 15,413 New Cases In 24 Hours, India Sees Biggest One-Day Jump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to make full use of the expanded COVID-19 testing capacity and saving lives a top priority.

Coronavirus India Live News Update:With 15,413 New Cases In 24 Hours, India Sees Biggest One-Day Jump

Coronavirus Cases India: India's recovery rate is at 52.79 per cent.

New Delhi:

India's coronavirus tally surged to 4,10,461 infections this morning as it registered the steepest one-day jump of 15,413 new patients in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said this morning, hours after the country's COVID-19 count soared past the four lakh-mark. A total of 13,254 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 306 people died in the last 24 hours.

The country now has the world's fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases, only behind the United States, Brazil and Russia.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to make full use of the expanded COVID-19 testing capacity and saving lives a top priority. PM Modi also called for fighting the stigma associated with coronavirus and that people should be assured there is no need to panic if somebody has contracted the infection as the number of recovered patients has also been rising. The COVID-19 recovery rate for the country currently stood at around 53 per cent.

Meanwhile, Remdesivir, the anti-viral drug that can potentially treat COVID-19, will be available in the Indian market by end of this month, sources have told NDTV. The Drug Controller General of India had recently approved Remdesivir for "restricted emergency use" on severely ill hospitalised coronavirus patients.

Here are the Live Updates on Coronavirus Outbreak:

Jun 22, 2020 06:57 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Penalty for not wearing masks increased to Rs 200, says Puducherry CM

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday informed that the penalty for not wearing face-masks was increased from Rs 100 to Rs 200.

"In Puducherry, from June 23 to July 2, essential and non-essential commodities shops will be opened till 2:00 pm. Penalty for not wearing of mask is increased from Rs 100 to Rs 200. Agriculture and industries are exempt from all restrictions and will continue to function as before," Mr Narayanasamy tweeted.

He further said that the Goubert market Avenue will be shifted to new bus stand from Monday onwards, ANI reported. 
Jun 22, 2020 06:17 (IST)
Coronavirus news: US adds 305 more virus deaths
The United States recorded another 305 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday at 8:30pm (0030 GMT Saturday).

It marked the 11th consecutive day in which the daily death count from the virus has been fewer than 1,000, and the third time the toll has been under 400 since the pandemic seemed to peak in mid-April, AFP reported. 

But the US remains the country hardest-hit by the pandemic, with 119,959 deaths out of 2,278,373 official cases.
Jun 22, 2020 05:32 (IST)
Coronavirus update: Brazil passes 50,000 deaths from coronavirus
Brazil on Sunday said it had registered more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak as well as about one million infections, as the second worst-affected country in the world struggles to control the disease.

The Ministry of Health reported 641 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the count to 50,617, with 1,085,038 recorded infections.

Brazil is the second most-affected country behind the United States, which accounts for nearly 120,000 deaths and more than 2.2 million cases, AFP reported.
Jun 22, 2020 03:37 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Mumbai reports 1,242 more COVID-19 cases
A total of 1,242 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mumbai on Sunday, as per information provided by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 66,507, including 29,347 active cases. While 33,491 patients have been discharged so far, and 3,669 deaths have taken place, ANI reported. 

Jun 22, 2020 03:06 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Machu Picchu July reopening ruled out over fears of virus spread
The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a jewel of Peruvian tourism, will not reopen in July as originally scheduled due to concerns over the coronavirus, local media reported Sunday.

The Machu Picchu management group, UGM, made the decision based on reports from authorities in the Cusco region, where the citadel is located, AFP reported. 
Jun 22, 2020 02:12 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 44 COVID-19 cases and 50 discharged cases reported in Indore on 21st June
Jun 22, 2020 01:22 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Saudi ends virus lockdown despite spike in infections
Saudi Arabia on Sunday ended a nationwide coronavirus curfew and lifted restrictions on businesses, including hair salons and cinemas, after three months of stringent curbs, despite a spike in infections, AFP reported. 

Prayers were also allowed to resume in mosques in the holy city of Mecca, state media reported, just weeks before the annual hajj pilgrimage is due to start.
Jun 22, 2020 00:11 (IST)
Delhi Plans Better Contact Tracing, Containment After Amit Shah's Meeting
Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Sunday with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the coronavirus situation and decided to hold more "robust" contact tracing and revamp the containment zone strategy" itemprop="description
Jun 21, 2020 23:48 (IST)
Delhi Coronavirus Containment Zone Residents Attack Cops, Volunteers
A group of residents of a coronavirus containment zone in Delhi attacked policemen and civil volunteers on Sunday following an argument over barricades." itemprop="description
Jun 21, 2020 23:32 (IST)
COVID-19: Ashok Gehlot To Launch Coronavirus Awareness Drive Tomorrow
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will launch a special drive with an aim to spread awareness about coronavirus among people in over 11,000 villages on Monday, an official statement said.

The campaign will cover 11,500 village panchayats from June 21 to 30 June, the official statement said, adding that its aim is to make people aware of the infection so that recovery rate gets better and the mortality rate comes down. During the launch of the campaign through a video conference, the chief minister will address villagers.

Rajasthan is the first state in the country, which has started a wide publicity campaign to make the common people aware about the prevention of coronavirus, the official statement said.
Jun 21, 2020 23:14 (IST)
Coronavirus, Uttar Pradesh: 57 Girls In Government-Run Home In UP's Kanpur Test Positive For COVID-19
Fifty-seven girls who live at a government-run shelter in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past week" itemprop="description
Jun 21, 2020 22:56 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Delhi hospital seeks more time to convert Taj Mansingh hotel into COVID-19 facility
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has sought more time to convert the five-star Taj Mansingh hotel into a coronavirus facility in order to increase the number of beds for patients in Delhi amid a spike in infections.

According to an order issued by the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Chanakyapuri on June 16, rooms in the luxury Taj Mansingh hotel in Lutyens' Delhi were placed at the disposal of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) for using it as an attached COVID-19 facility, reported news agency PTI.
Jun 21, 2020 21:32 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Chhattisgarh's count now 2,273 as 139 test positive
The number of COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh increased to 2,273 with 139 more people testing positive for novel coronavirus on Sunday, a health official said.

Of the new cases, 39 were reported from Korba, 21 from Janjgir-Champa, 17 each from Raipur and Balodabazar, 16 from Jashpur, 14 from Rajnandgaon, four from Gariaband, three from Durg, two each from Raigarh, Bemetara and Kanker and one each from Surguja and Balrampur, he said.

A total of 53 patients were discharged after recovery in the day, he said.
Jun 21, 2020 21:05 (IST)
COVID-19: Gujarat's count crosses 27,000-mark; deaths 1,664
With Gujarat reporting 580 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, the number of patients in the state crossed the 27,000-mark, the health department said.

The state tally now stands at 27,317, it said. Gujarat also reported death of 25 coronavirus patients, taking the fatality count to 1,664, it said.

As 655 patients were discharged on Sunday, the tally of recovered cases went up to 19,357, the department added, reported news agency PTI.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state is now 6,296, of which 59 patients are on ventilator, while the condition all others is stable.
Jun 21, 2020 20:56 (IST)
COVID-19: J&K reports 122 new cases, tally rises to 5,956
122 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Jammu and Kashmir today, taking the UT's tally to 5,956.

"20 cases were from Jammu division and 102 from Kashmir division. The cases include 2,492 active cases, 3,382 recovered and 82 deaths," Jammu and Kashmir government said in a release.

The COVID-19 count in India has reached 4,10,461 on Sunday, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
Jun 21, 2020 20:09 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 500 FIRs registered against people without masks, 11,000 challans issued in Ludhiana
As many as 500 FIRs have been registered since May 18, against people seen without masks and flouting social distancing in Punjab's Ludhiana while 11,000 challans have been issued till date, said Rakesh Agrawal, Police Commissioner of Ludhiana, Punjab.

"Since May 18, we have registered around 500 FIRs against people who were seen not wearing masks and flouting social distancing, around 11,000 challans have been issued till date. I appeal to people to follow all the guidelines," said Mr Arawal.

"Inter-district travel is allowed by a pass during weekends. People should follow all the norms, authorities and police are working for their betterment only," he added.

While India is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, residents here were seen roaming without masks on the roads.
Jun 21, 2020 19:58 (IST)
COVID-19: Only 6,000 active cases in a state with around 24 crore population, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth on Sunday said that in a state of around 24 crore population, there are only 6,000 active cases of the COVID-19 disease.

Addressing ''UP Jansamvad'' virtual rally from Lucknow, Yogi Adityanath said, "When we look at the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, we find ourselves in a satisfactory situation. In a state of around 24 crore population, there are only 6,000 active cases of the disease."

"We have ensured the doorstep delivery of food packages. We have provided assistance and ensured that migrant workers safely reached their homes. We have also done the work of making people aware of safety measures by making continuous communication on how to contain the spread of coronavirus," he added.
Jun 21, 2020 19:41 (IST)
COVID-19: Kerala reports 133 new cases, overall tally rises to 3,170
Kerala on Sunday reported a record single-day spike of 133 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the state to 3,170.

Of the fresh coronavirus cases detected today, 80 had reached Kerala from abroad and 43 came from other states.

The Health department informed that nine people in the state contracted the disease through their contacts while one health health worker was also infected.

In the bulletin issued on Sunday evening, Health Minister K K Shailaja said 93 people tested negative for the deadly virus, taking the total number of cured persons to 1,659.
Jun 21, 2020 19:23 (IST)
COVID-19: Rs 190 crore sanctioned for improving healthcare facilities in Northeast , says Union Minister
Union minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said Rs 190 crore has been sanctioned for augmentation of healthcare facilities in the eight Northeastern states, especially for the management of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

This was disclosed by Singh while reviewing the coronavirus situation and healthcare facility in ''aspirational districts'' with a special focus on the Northeast, reported news agency PTI.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has decided to sanction Rs 190 crore for augmentation of healthcare facilities in the eight Northeastern states, particularly for developing infrastructure for management of infectious diseases, Mr Singh said in a statement.
Jun 21, 2020 19:06 (IST)
COVID-19: Himachal Pradesh's count stands at 662
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh stands at 662, said the state health department in a bulletin on Sunday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases are inclusive of 237 active cases, 406 recovered and six deaths.

As per the bulletin, 33,748 persons have completed 28 days of surveillance and 19,535 are on active surveillance, reported news agency ANI.
Jun 21, 2020 18:55 (IST)
COVID-19 growth rate declines to 1.02% in Mumbai's Dharavi from 12% in April: Centre
 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday informed that the rate of growth of coronavirus cases in Mumbai's Dharavi has reduced to 1.02 per cent in June from 12 per cent in April.

It said that proactive measures by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ensured an improved case doubling time to 43 days in May and 78 days in June.

"Being densely populated (2,27,136 persons/sq km), Dharavi had 491 cases in April with 12 per cent growth rate and case doubling period of 18 days. Proactive measures adopted by BMC reduced COVID19 growth rate to 4.3 per cent in May 2020 & further to 1.02 per cent in June. These measures also ensured an improved case doubling time to 43 days in May 2020 and 78 days in June 2020," the release by MoHFW read.

The ministry said the efforts of the Maharashtra government and BMC have shown encouraging results. As part of these efforts, they have actively ''chased the virus'' and aggressively conducted targeted tracing of COVID suspects, MoHFW said.
Jun 21, 2020 18:37 (IST)
COVID-19: 133 new cases reported in Kerala
A total of 133 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kerala on Sunday, said Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

"There are 1,490 active cases and 1,659 recovered cases in the state," the CMO said.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 4,10,461 coronavirus cases in the country including 1,69,451 active cases, 2,27,756 cured/discharged/migrated and 13,254 deaths.
Jun 21, 2020 18:29 (IST)
COVID-19: Chandigarh tally reaches 404
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Chandigarh has reached 404.

"The cases include 82 active cases, 6 deaths and 316 cured cases," the Chandigarh Health Department said in a release.

The COVID-19 count in India has reached 4,10,461 on Sunday, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.


Jun 21, 2020 18:16 (IST)
COVID-19: 10 new COVID-19 cases in Nagaland; tally rises to 211
Nagaland reported 10 more COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 211, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

Seven of the fresh cases are reported from a quarantine centre at Kohima, two from Tuensang and one from Phek.

Phek district has reported its first COVID-19 case.

"Out of 308 samples tested, 10 new cases of COVID-19 +ve have been reported. 7 patients from Kohima QC, 2 from Tuensang QC & 1 from Phek QC," the minister tweeted.

Officials said 141 of the infected have been cured and the state now has 70 active COVID-19 cases.
Jun 21, 2020 18:10 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Top medical body installs sophisticated COVID-19 testing machine to ramp up tests in Patna
A sophisticated COVID-19 testing machine has been installed by the ICMR at the Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences (RMRIMS) in Patna for carrying out faster testing of samples.

The COBAS 6800 machine, capable of conducting up to 1,500 tests per day, would help ramp up testing facility in Patna, a top official of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said in a press release.

The machine, enabled with robotics, minimises the chance of contamination as well as the risk of infection to healthcare workers since it can be operated remotely with limited human intervention, reported news agency PTI.
Jun 21, 2020 17:58 (IST)
COVID-19: 304 cases reported in Odisha
A total of 304 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Odisha, taking the State's tally of novel coronavirus cases to 5,160, the health department said.

According to the official data, the total number of cases includes 1,607 active cases.

"Odisha records 304 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases to 5,160 including 1,607 active cases," the state health department said.



Jun 21, 2020 17:45 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Top court to hear plea on June 22 seeking modification of its stay order on Odisha's ''Rath Yatra''
The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow four petitions seeking modification of its earlier order of June 18, which had stayed the ''Rath Yatra'' in Puri and all other places in Odisha keeping in view the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Supreme Court's single-judge bench comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat will hear the matter in chamber hearing at 11 am tomorrow, reported news agency PTI.

Earlier on June 18, a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde said that such gatherings cannot take place at the time of the pandemic.
Jun 21, 2020 17:33 (IST)
Amit Shah Holds Third Meet In A Week With Arvind Kejriwal On Coronavirus
Union home minister Amit Shah is holding a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to hold a discussion on the coronavirus situation. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is also present for at the video conference." itemprop="description
Jun 21, 2020 17:13 (IST)
COVID-19: Uttarakhand reports 23 new cases
Uttarakhand on Sunday detected 23 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total positive cases in the state to 2,324, said State Health Department in a bulletin.

As per the bulletin, 36 people have been cured today, taking the total number of cured patients to 1,486. The death count due to COVID-19 stands at 27.

There are 796 active cases in the state.


Jun 21, 2020 17:04 (IST)
COVID-19 patients will be assessed for clinical conditions: Delhi government
Delhi government on Sunday said that individuals who are COVID-19 positive will be referred to coronavirus care centres for assessment of clinical conditions.

"Individuals who are positive will be referred to COVID care centres for assessment of clinical conditions, the severity of illness and co-morbidities. Physical assessment to be done for adequate facilities for home isolation so that cluster of cases doesn't develop in a locality," Principal Secretary (Health) Delhi government said in an order.

If the adequate facility for home isolation exists, and a person on clinical assessment is found to have no co-morbidities and doesn't require hospitalisation, he would be offered to either continue to stay in COVID centre or paid isolation facility or can opt for home isolation.
Jun 21, 2020 16:57 (IST)
Coronavirus: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's Condition Improves After Plasma Therapy
The condition of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, has improved after he was given plasma therapy at a private hospital." itemprop="description
Jun 21, 2020 16:49 (IST)
COVID-19: 477 fresh cases in Andhra Pradesh takes tally to 8,929
The alarming upward surge of the COVID-19 graph in Andhra Pradesh post-lockdown since June 1 continued as 477 fresh cases were added, taking the total to 8,929 on Sunday.

The count, too, increased by another five to 106 while 151 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the state, the latest COVID-19 bulletin said.

After a total of 4,307 recoveries, the number of active cases in the state now stood at 4,516, it said, reported news agency PTI.

In the three weeks since the ''unlock'' started on June 1, 5,253 coronavirus cases were added in Andhra Pradesh, with 1,540 of them being from other states and another 330 from other countries.
Jun 21, 2020 16:25 (IST)
COVID-19: India's recovery rate reaches 55.49%
With 2,27,755 COVID-19 patients cured so far, the recovery rate has further improved to 55.49 per cent among patients, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.

"The number of patients recovering from COVID-19 continues to increase. So far, a total of 2,27,755 patients have been cured. During the last 24 hours, a total of 13,925 COVID-19 patients have been cured. The recovery rate has further improved to 55.49 per cent among COVID-19 patients," the Ministry said in a statement. Presently, there are 1,69,451 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.

"The number of recovered patients has crossed the number of active patients by 58,305 on Sunday," it said.
Jun 21, 2020 16:05 (IST)
COVID-19 news: 304 cases reported in Odisha
A total of 304 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Odisha, taking the State's tally of novel coronavirus cases to 5,160, the health department said.

According to the official data, the total number of cases includes 1,607 active cases.

"Odisha records 304 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases to 5,160 including 1,607 active cases," the state health department said.
Jun 21, 2020 15:56 (IST)
In Delhi, COVID-19 Care Centres To Decide If Patients Can Be Isolated At Homes
All coronavirus patients in Delhi will be referred to COVID-19 care centres to decide if they can be isolated at their homes, the Arvind Kejriwal government said this afternoon in a revised order." itemprop="description
Jun 21, 2020 15:32 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Chennai comes to a standstill on first ''Sunday shutdown''
The first "Sunday shutdown" with exception only for hospitals and allied health services broughtChennai and suburbsto a standstill while the city's civic body said its fever camps to help detect coronavirus cases have evoked tremendous response from the people.

It was a virtual curfew with deserted roads, bridges and intersections fully blocked by police using barricades and with theexception of police, sanitary workers and health personnel of theGreater Chennai Corporation (GCC) most of others stayed indoors, reported news agency PTI.

City police said as many as 4,799 cases have been filed for violation of curbs and 7,907 vehicles (7,395 two-wheelers, 168 autorickshaws, 344 light motor vehicles) have been seized.
Jun 21, 2020 15:11 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Indore COVID-19 tally rises to 4,329

The number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh''s Indore district rose to 4,329 on Sunday after 41 more people tested positive for the disease, news agency ANI reported quoting a health official.

As many as 1,788 swab samples were tested in the district in the last 24 hours and out of these, 41 came out positive for coronavirus, Indore's Chief Medical and Health Officer M P Sharma said.
Jun 21, 2020 14:49 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 133 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam, total 5,388

A total of 133 more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 5,388, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Of the 133 fresh cases, 73 are from Kamrup (Metro), 31 from Nagaon, 18 from Jorhat, five from Udalguri, two each from Golaghat and Majuli and one each from Dhemaji and Tinsukia, the minister said.

Assam currently has 2,174 active cases. Nine people have died due to the disease so far, and three have migrated out of the state.

The recovery rate improved to nearly 60 per cent, with 136 more patients discharged on Saturday from various civil, district and model hospitals.
Jun 21, 2020 14:10 (IST)

This is the fourth consecutive day that India registered a record jump in the number of coronavirus cases. On Saturday, 14,516 new infections were reported, 13,586 fresh cases were registered on Friday. On Thursday, 12,881 new infections were recorded in 24 hours, according to the government data. 
Jun 21, 2020 14:05 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 4 more deaths, 154 fresh COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan

Four people have died due to COVID-19 in Rajasthan, taking the number of dead due to the infection in the state to 341. The number of cases in the state have climbed to 14,691 after 154 people tested positive, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 59 were from Dholpur, followed by 31 from Jaipur, 22 from Jhunjhunu, 12 from Alwar, nine from Sikar, five each from Dungarpur and Bhilwara, three from Rajsamand, two each Nagaur and Udaipur, one from Churu besides a patient from other state, according to an official report
Jun 21, 2020 13:47 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 304 COVID-19 cases in Odisha
Odisha registered the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases with 304 more people testing positive for the disease, taking the total in the state to 5,160, a health department official said on Sunday.

Two more people succumbed to the virus - a septuagenarian in Bargarh and a 49-year-old man in Puri -- raising the death toll to 14.
Jun 21, 2020 12:40 (IST)
Jun 21, 2020 12:07 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 306 people have died in the last 24 hours

A total of 13,254 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 306 people died in the last 24 hours. The fourth worst-hit country by the pandemic, India has been reporting a record surge in numbers for the last four days.
Jun 21, 2020 10:50 (IST)
Jun 21, 2020 10:24 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 15,413 new cases in India in 24 hours

India reported its biggest jump in the number of Coronavirus with 15,413 new cases in 24 hours. A total of 13,254 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 306 people died in the last 24 hours. (Read full story here)
Jun 21, 2020 10:24 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 15,413 new cases in India in 24 hours

India reported its biggest jump in the number of Coronavirus with 15,413 new cases in 24 hours. A total of 13,254 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 306 people died in the last 24 hours. (Read full story here)
Jun 21, 2020 09:42 (IST)
JUST IN: 15,413 coronavirus cases in India in 24 hours in steepest one-day jump; over 4 lakh total cases so far, 13,254 deaths.
Jun 21, 2020 09:15 (IST)
Jun 21, 2020 05:45 (IST)
Glenmark Launches COVID-19 Drug Favipiravir At Rs 103 Per Tablet
As Glenmark Pharmaceuticals launched antiviral drug Favipiravir for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 cases, medical experts on Saturday cautioned against seeing it as a "magic bullet" to treat the deadly virus but said it will be helpful as it can be orally administered and reduce viral load.
Jun 21, 2020 02:44 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 249 COVID-19 Cases Reported In Assam, Total Count Climbs To 5,255
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Assam has risen to 5,255 on Saturday with 249 new cases of the viral infection, while the death toll in the state remained at nine, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, reported PTI. With 136 more coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals on Saturday, the number of recoveries climbed to 3,202, he said.

Assam now has 2,041 active cases, while three persons have migrated out of the state. Nine people have so far died of the viral disease, the minister said. 2,73,047 swab samples have been tested for coronavirus in 12 laboratories of the state till date.
Jun 21, 2020 02:42 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Manipur Reports 96 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Count Rises To 777
Manipur on Saturday reported 96 new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of total cases in the state to 777, officials said, reported PTI. Of the 96 new patients, 64 are men, they said.
There are 545 active cases in the state at present while 232 patients have recovered from the disease so far and have been discharged, they added.

Most of the new cases of infection were reported from Tamenglong district where 31 people tested positive, followed by Kangpokpi (22), Bishnupur (13), Senapati (12), Kamjong (six) and Kakching (five). Four new cases were detected in Ukhrul, two in Imphal East and one in Tengnoupal district, an official of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said.
Jun 21, 2020 02:39 (IST)
Coronavirus: Delhi Caps COVID-19 Treatment Rates On 60% Of Private Hospital Beds
Private hospitals shall charge no more than Rs 18,000 per day for intensive care unit beds with ventilator support while treating COVID-19 patients, the Delhi government ordered on Saturday as it capped the rates of ICU and isolation beds.
Jun 21, 2020 00:00 (IST)
Coronavirus: Delhi Reports Record Surge Of 3,630 COVID Cases, Tally Over 56,000
With the highest single-day spike of 3,630 COVID-19 cases, the total tally in Delhi rose to over 56,000 on Saturday, while the death count mounted to 2,112, authorities said.

This is the second time in Delhi that over 3,000 cases have been reported in a day. The previous highest spike of 3,137 cases were recorded on June 19, reported news agency PTI.

Seventy-seven fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, the Delhi health department said in a bulletin.

It said the death count due to the coronavirus infection has risen to 2,112, and the total number of cases now stood at 56,746.
Jun 20, 2020 23:56 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Punjab set to cap COVID-19 charges in private hospitals
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that the state government will cap the COVID-19 hospitalisation and treatment rates of private hospitals and those not adhering to the same will be shut down.

Mr Singh termed such actions as ''anti-people'' and ''anti-national'' and warned that the private institutions would not be allowed to indulge in such shameless profiteering at the cost of the lives of people, according to an official release.

"If these hospitals do not agree to the government rates, we will close them down," he said.

With regard to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Punjab, Singh urged the Centre to make COVID-19 test certificates mandatory for people crossing the border.
Jun 20, 2020 23:39 (IST)
COVID-19: Union Minister inspects rapid antigen test centers in northeast Delhi
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy inspected rapid antigen test centers in northeast Delhi on Saturday and said the Centre has provided Rs 277 crore to the Delhi government for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Reddy was accompanied by Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, northeast Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari and other party leaders during inspection of antigen test centers in Ashok Nagar and Sundar Nagari.

The central government has purchased six lakh testing kits from South Korea for rapid testing, out of which 50,000 testing kits have been made available to Delhi and a target of 15,000 tests per day is being worked on, he said.

"Apart from providing 7,32,439 N-95 masks, 4,41,390 PPE kits, 2,50, 000 hydroxychloroquine tablets for Delhi's corona warriors, 18 government and 25 private testing labs have also been approved. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry provided Rs 277 crore for coronavirus assistance to the Delhi government," Mr Reddy said.
Jun 20, 2020 23:21 (IST)
Glenmark Launches COVID-19 Drug Favipiravir At Rs 103 Per Tablet
As Glenmark Pharmaceuticals launched antiviral drug Favipiravir for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 cases, medical experts on Saturday cautioned against seeing it as a "magic bullet" to treat the deadly virus but said it will be helpful as it can be orally administered and reduce viral load." itemprop="description
Jun 20, 2020 23:07 (IST)
COVID-19 management in Delhi has been streamlined: Harsh Vardhan
COVID-19 management in Delhi has been streamlined, from health surveys to testing and caps on in-patient private hospital costs, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday.

His remarks came after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) approved recommendations of a high-level expert committee for fixing rates of hospital beds for treatment of coronavirus patients.

Rates for isolation beds, ICUs without and with ventilator in all hospitals have been capped at Rs 8,000-10,000; 13,000-15,000 and 15,000-18,000 respectively.

Testing has also been ramped up in the national capital after the Centre purchased six lakh testing kits from South Korea for rapid testing, out of which 50,000 have been made available to Delhi and a target of 15,000 tests per day is being worked on, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said.
Jun 20, 2020 22:38 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Gujarat High Court stays Ahmedabad's rath yatra on coronavirus concerns
The Gujarat High Court on Saturday ordered stay on holding of annual Rath Yatra procession here in the name of Lord Jagannath on coronavirus concerns.

A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala stayed all secular and religious activities related to the Rath Yatra, after taking into consideration submissions made by a petitioner and respondents as well as the recent Supreme Court's order staying the Puri's Rath Yatra, reported news agency PTI.


Jun 20, 2020 22:16 (IST)
Coronavirus news: UP government has sent over 87,000 migrant labourers back home, says official
The Uttar Pradesh government has so far sent over 87,000 labourers including brick kiln workers to their native states in 56 trains, a senior official said on Saturday.

"State government has so far sent 87,272 brick kiln workers and labourers to their native states by trains," Additional chief secretary (home) Awanish Awasthi said.

As many as 17 trains have taken 30,403 workers to Chhattisgarh, 26 trains have taken 44,560 workers to Bihar, four trains have taken 6,756 labourers to Odisha and three trains have taken 5,553 workers to Jharkhand, he said.

On Saturday, six trains departed from Uttar Pradesh -- four to Bihar and one each to Chhattisgarh and Odisha, he said.
Jun 20, 2020 21:59 (IST)
Coronavirus: India Crosses 4 Lakh Coronavirus Cases After Record Jump In Infections
India crossed 4 lakh novel coronavirus cases today on a day the country reported over 14,000 cases, in its steepest one-day jump. The total number of cases is now 4,00,412 and the number of deaths linked to the contagion is close to 13,000. India has the world's fourth highest number behind the United States, Brazil and Russia." itemprop="description
Jun 20, 2020 21:44 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Rajasthan government caps COVID-19 screening test at Rs 2,200 per
The Rajasthan government has set a price cap on coronavirus screening tests in private hospitals and laboratories in the state at Rs 2,200, an order issued on Saturday stated.

Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said the state government has set the maximum rate of RT-PCR screening of infections at Rs 2,200 (inclusive of GST and all other taxes) in NABL recognised and ICMR approved coronavirus infection testing centres in private screening laboratories, reported news agency PTI.

Instructions have been given to ensure that all the necessary protocols are checked by accredited and approved private laboratories from ICMR for coronavirus testing.
Jun 20, 2020 21:32 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Nagaland's tally crosses 200-mark
   
Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland on Saturday, following which the total number of cases in the Northeastern state crossed the 200-mark, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

The state has detected 201 cases so far and of them, 63 patients are undergoing treatment at present, he said.

Two of the new cases were detected among those at the Kohima Quarantine Centre, while the other one was found in Dimapur Quarantine Centre, Mr Phom said.
Jun 20, 2020 21:15 (IST)
COVID-19 : Dharavi reports lowest new cases
In a significant development, Dharavi slum in Mumbai, which was once a COVID-19 hotspot, on Saturday recorded only seven new cases, which is the lowest such rise in a single day, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

Dharavi's case count now stands at 2,158. The number of fatalities stands at 80 after one more person succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours.

Of the total 2,158 COVID-19 cases, 1,057 patients have already recovered and discharged from hospitals.

There has been a steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in Dharavi since the last four weeks, officials said, adding that the lowest tally of 10 was recorded on June 6.
Jun 20, 2020 20:53 (IST)
Coronavirus: 142 new cases in Madhya Pradesh, total 11,724; six new deaths
The number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 11,724 on Saturday with 142 new patients, including 42 in Indore, coming to light since previous evening.

Six coronavirus patients died during this period, taking the COVID-19 death count in the state to 501, health officials said.

Indore reported the highest 42 cases, followed by Bhopal which reported 20.

Four patients died in Indore and one each in Bhopal and Harda.

On the other hand, no new coronavirus case was reported from 25 of 52 districts since Friday evening, reported news agency PTI.

Coronavirus cases have been reported from all 52 districts, but five of them did not have any active case on Saturday, officials said.
Jun 20, 2020 20:38 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Yogi Adityanath emphasises on technology use in COVID-19 situation
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday praised the online yoga camp and educational workshop organised jointly by Guru Gorakhnath Yoga Institute and Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad on the eve of International Yoga Day and emphasised on the use of technology in the present COVID-19 situation.

Addressing the workshop through video conferencing, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "Earlier this program used to happen amid the large gathering, but this time mass Gathering has to be stopped in wake of coronavirus. Digital communication has started today. I am glad this year, even after the coronavirus, this program is going on."

"We have to understand the importance of technology. Those who did not understand the importance of technology, they lagged behind. We have implemented poor welfare schemes through this technology. This is the same country whose Prime Minister used to express his helplessness saying that 10 reaches 100 rupees, now the money goes to the account through DBT," he added.
Jun 20, 2020 20:27 (IST)
COVID-19: J&K records 154 new cases, tally rises to 5,834
Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 154 fresh COVID-19 cases, including a policeman and 14 CRPF personnel, taking the total number of infected people in the union territory to 5,834, officials said.

They said while 40 of the cases were from Jammu, 114 were from the valley.

The cases detected on Saturday included 34 people who had returned to the union territory recently, reported news agency PTI.

"The cases also include a Jammu and Kashmir policeman and 14 CRPF personnel posted in Srinagar," they added.

Srinagar district in central Kashmir had the highest number of cases - 28, followed by Baramulla at 21 cases, the officials said.
Jun 20, 2020 20:08 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Andhra Pradesh reports 491 new cases, five deaths
Coronavirus cases went past the 8,000-mark in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday as 491 new cases were added, taking the total to 8,452, even as the death count rose to 101 with five fresh casualties.

The latest COVID-19 bulletin said 4,111 patients were discharged in the state so far, leaving 4,240 active cases, according to news agency PTI.

In the last 24 hours, 390 Andhra Pradesh locals tested positive in the 22,371 tests conducted in the state, the bulletin said.
Jun 20, 2020 19:53 (IST)
COVID-19: 149 fresh cases in Ladakh in past two days; tally reaches 836
The Union Territory of Ladakh recorded 149 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past two days, taking the tally in the region to 836, health department officials said on Saturday.

While 92 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, 57 more surfaced on Friday, the officials said.

With the fresh count of 149, including 101 from Kargil, the total number of cases in the union territory has risen to 836, of which 623 are from Kargil district and 213 from Leh district, reported news agency PTI.

One person had died of the infection in the region and 117, including 66, in Leh have been cured and subsequently discharged from hospitals, the officials said.
Jun 20, 2020 19:07 (IST)
COVID-19 tally in Kerala breaches 3000 mark with 127 cases
Kerala's COVID-19 tally breached the 3,000 mark on Saturday with 127 people testing positive for the virus, the highest single day surge.

The infection count in the state has touched 3,039, while 1,450 people are presently under treatment and 1.39 lakh people under observation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters.

Fifty seven people have recovered today and were discharged from hospitals, he said.

This is the second consecutive day the state is reporting more than a 100 cases.
Jun 20, 2020 18:46 (IST)
COVID-19: 22 fresh cases in Himachal Pradesh, tally crosses 650-mark
Twenty-two people tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 651 in the state.

Of the fresh cases, 11 were reported from Hamirpur district, four from Kangra, three from Shimla, two from Sirmaur and one each from Solan and Kullu, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said.

The state has reported seven deaths due to the coronavirus, they said.

Eighteen patients -- 14 in Kangra, two in Una, and one each in Shimla and Solan districts -- recovered from the disease on Saturday, he added.

With this, 402 people have so far recovered from the infection, while 11 have migrated out of the state, the officials said.
Jun 20, 2020 18:40 (IST)
COVID-19: Count in Maharashtra's Amravati now 417, recovery rate 63.94%
The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Amravati touched 417 as 11 people tested positive for novel coronavirus on Saturday, but the silver lining, officials said, was the number of people being discharged was also rising, giving the district a healthy recovery rate of 63.94 per cent.

So far, 266 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, an official said.

"Among the 11 new cases here is a renowned heart specialist from Rajapeth. It also includes a 75-year-old man as well as a 7-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl from the family of a person who was detected with the infection on June 13," he added.
Jun 20, 2020 18:26 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Indian crew stranded on cruise ships in UK appeal for repatriation
Hundreds of Indian crew aboard cruise ships docked on the UK coast have appealed for repatriation to India amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

UK port authorities boarded the Astoria cruise ship at Tilbury port in Essex near London along with five others earlier this week amid concerns for the welfare of crew members.

The All India Seafarer and General Workers Union claims that around 1,500 crew members from India have been stranded at UK ports across these ships, reported news agency PTI.

"This is regarding 164 crew members stranded Indian citizens on the vessel MV Astoria, which is (in) Tilbury Port in United Kingdom," notes a letter from the union addressed to the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, in reference to one of the vessels.

"In this pandemic coronavirus outbreak, our Indian citizens stuck in foreign waters from past 90 days, and need help. The schedule flight was cancelled due to lack of documentation. Many of them start hunger strike on-board vessel," notes the letter dated June 16.
Jun 20, 2020 18:17 (IST)
COVID-19: District court premises in UP's Shahjahanpur sealed after lawyer tests positive
The district court premises in Shahjahanpur have been closed for 24 hours after a lawyer tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

President of the Central Bar Association (Shahjahanpur) Jaswinder Singh Bajaj, while citing the letter of the district judge Rambabu Sharma said, after a lawyer tested positive for COVID-19, the court premises have been sealed and will be opened after 24 hours. The entire premises will be sanitised, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer S P Gautam said there are 91 cases of COVID-19 in the district. Of them, 49 are undergoing treatment, while 42 have recovered from the disease and have been discharged.
Jun 20, 2020 18:07 (IST)
5-Day Mandatory Institutional Quarantine Order In Delhi Withdrawn
An order mandating a five-day institutional quarantine for anyone testing positive for coronavirus in Delhi, issued by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, was withdrawn on Saturday, a day after it triggered a huge controversy and strong protests from the Aam Aadmi Party government." itemprop="description
Jun 20, 2020 18:00 (IST)
Coronavirus: Maharashtra's Nashik traders to keep markets closed from June 21-28
Traders in Nashik in Maharashtra on Saturday decided to keep markets and shops closed from June 21 to June 28 to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

In a meeting held on Saturday, it was agreed upon that markets in Main Road area, CBS, Shalimar, Ravivar Karanja, Kapad Bazaar, Old Nashik, Dahipul, Kanade Maruti Lane, Saraf Bazaar, Ashok Stambh and MG Road will remain closed till next Sunday, news agency PTI quoted a functionary of a traders' association as saying.

As on Friday night, Nashik city accounted for 1,051 of the district''s 2,516 COVID-19 cases
Jun 20, 2020 17:49 (IST)
COVID-19: Puducherry reports 30 cases every day, says Kiran Bedi
Puducherry Governor Kiran Bedi on Saturday said that though the Union Territory has a small population it is reporting 30 COVID-19 positive cases everyday, hence, people need to be very careful and protect their lives and livelihood.

"We are getting 30 active COVID cases everyday in a small population like Puducherry. If our law enforcement, medical staff and sanitation workers will also get affected then who will protect us? We have to be very careful and protect our lives and livelihood," said Ms Bedi.

"This is not the time for small functions and not the time to invite people at home from neighbouring states as some of these states are still under lockdown. We have to protect our rural areas and urban areas. It''s a question of life and livelihood. We must wear a mask, keep sanitation and social distance anywhere we are," she added.
Jun 20, 2020 17:29 (IST)
COVID-19 news: UP's tally reaches 17,135
Twenty-two people have succumbed to COVID-19 and 541 more people tested positive in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.

The death count in the state now is 529 with the coronavirus tally reaching 17,135.

Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said 10,369 of the total infected have recovered. The state has 6,237 active COVID-19 patients now.

On Friday, 14,048 samples were tested, he said, adding that ASHA workers have tracked over 17 thousand people. Samples of 1,567 of them have been sent for testing, he said.

Mr Prasad said that random testing was being carried out in old age homes, orphanages and juvenile homes on the directions of the chief minister.
Jun 20, 2020 17:25 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 1,000-bed COVID-19 hospital to come up in Mumbai's Byculla
In light of the rise in COVID-19 cases, a 1,000-bed temporary hospital is being set up at Byculla in Mumbai, a civic official said on Saturday.

The facility in the premises of Richardson and Cruddas Ltd will be ready by the end of the month, a release from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated.

The hospital will be equipped with 300 ICU beds with oxygen supply and other facilities, it was stated.

Over 300 staffers, including 50 doctors, 100 nurses and 150 ward boys and other personnel, will work at the facility, while ambulances will also be provided depending on the requirement, the official said.
Jun 20, 2020 17:04 (IST)
Coronavirus: Leaves Of Delhi Government Hospitals' Staff Cancelled As COVID-19 Cases Rise
The Delhi government has cancelled the leaves of all employees including doctors and support staff of hospitals under its health department as coronavirus cases in the national capital continue to rise. Delhi has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu." itemprop="description
Jun 20, 2020 16:56 (IST)
COVID-19: Amritsar Police distribute masks to spread awareness
Police personnel in Amritsar on Saturday distributed face masks, specifically to those flouting government regulations put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Women, children and youth were seen roaming on the Taran Taran road here without masks on, despite the weekend lockdown enforced by the state government.

According to the DSP Harkrishan, the police are attempting to make people more aware about COVID-19 and how to protect themselves and others from the infectious virus, reported news agency ANI.

"I'm glad that the local police are handing out masks and explaining to the public that we should wear masks not only for ourselves but also for the people around us" said Manu, a local resident.
Jun 20, 2020 16:44 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Special flight with 168 Indians departs from Kazakhstan
A special Air India flight under Vande Bharat Mission took off from Nur-Sultan with 168 stranded Indians for New Delhi on Saturday.

"Air India special flight AI1918 carrying 168 Indian nationals took off from Nur-Sultan at 1443 hours (LT) for Delhi under Vande Bharat Mission," Indian Embassy in Kazakhstan said.

As many as 2,50,087 Indian nationals stranded abroad have been repatriated since the beginning of Vande Bharat Mission last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

The Vande Bharat Mission, which started from May 7 to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic, is in its third phase. The recent phase commenced on June 11.
Jun 20, 2020 16:36 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Air India flight carrying 246 Indians departs from Melbourne
An Air India flight under Vande Bharat Mission took off from Melbourne on Saturday with 246 passengers for Delhi and Mumbai.

"This morning, another flight AI0309 Melbourne-Delhi-Mumbai departed Australian shores carrying 246 passengers to their motherland in India. We wish you all a happy journey and safe stay back home. Thanks to all the supporting organisations," Consulate General of India in Melbourne said in a tweet.

As many as 2,50,087 Indian nationals stranded abroad have been repatriated since the beginning of Vande Bharat Mission last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

The Vande Bharat Mission, which started from May 7 to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic, is in its third phase. The recent phase commenced on June 11.
Jun 20, 2020 16:20 (IST)
COVID-19: Yogi Adityanath for increased number of monitoring panels to tighten surveillance
To strengthen the COVID-19 surveillance mechanism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath on Saturday directed officials to increase the number of monitoring committees in the state.

Chairing a meeting with senior officials over the COVID-19 situation in the state, he said random sampling should be increased and a coronavirus helpdesk should be established in every hospital, reported news agency PTI.

"In order to make the surveillance system more effective, the monitoring committees should be increased. The number of monitoring committees should be increased to one lakh. This will help in strengthening the surveillance mechanism, and will be an important effort in breaking the chain of COVID-19 infection," Mr Adityanath said.
Jun 20, 2020 16:13 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Kerala High Court advocates' body wants physical sittings to be stopped till June 30
The Kerala High Court Advocates Association (KHCAA) on Saturday requested Chief Justice S Manikumar to discontinue the physical sittings and filings till June 30 following the court visit of a policeman who tested positive for COVID-19 three days ago.

The association said the court's reopening may be considered based on results of tests of primary contacts of the person who is now tested positive.

"The consideration of admission matters on video conferencing can be continued...," it said.

The police officer of Kalamassery police station had visited the High Court on Wednesday.
Jun 20, 2020 15:53 (IST)
COVID-19 news: 54% patients recovered in Tamil Nadu, says Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday said that 54 per cent of the COVID-19 patients have recovered in the state so far.

After reviewing the Guru Nanak College quarantine centre in Chennai's Velachery, Edappadi said, "As many as 54 per cent of COVID patients have recovered till date. There are 83 testing centres in the state and Chennai has a facility for 17,500 beds."

He said that the disease is new and no one has a vaccine for it but the government is putting all efforts to spread awareness about COVID-19.
Jun 20, 2020 15:50 (IST)
COVID-19 news: 54% patients recovered in Tamil Nadu , says Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday said that 54 per cent of the COVID-19 patients have recovered in the state so far.

After reviewing the Guru Nanak College quarantine centre in Chennai's Velachery, Edappadi said, "As many as 54 per cent of COVID patients have recovered till date. There are 83 testing centres in the state and Chennai has a facility for 17,500 beds."

He said that the disease is new and no one has a vaccine for it but the government is putting all efforts to spread awareness about COVID-19.
Jun 20, 2020 15:45 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Nagaland reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 201
Nagaland on Saturday confirmed three new COVID-19 cases, taking the state tally of positive cases to 201.

Out of the three new cases, two are from Kohima and one is from Dimapur, reported news agency ANI.

"The state's total number of cases stands at 201, including 76 active cases and 125 cured and discharged patients," tweeted State Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom.

No deaths have been reported in the state so far.
Jun 20, 2020 15:40 (IST)
Coronavirus news: UK to conclude 2-metre COVID-19 rule review, says British Minister
Britain's government will announce in the coming days whether it will reduce its two-metre social distancing rule for England, a minister said.

Many employers, especially in the hospitality and leisure sectors, have said the rule that people must remain two metres apart will stop them from getting back to speed as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, reported news agency Reuters.

"We have committed to reviewing the two-metre to one-metre rule and we will be concluding on that shortly," culture minister Oliver Dowden told BBC radio late on Friday. "Within the coming days we will get the outcome."
Jun 20, 2020 15:27 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Exact time on international flight resumption depends on other countries, says Civil Aviation Minister

Jun 20, 2020 15:20 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Close to 2,75,000 Indians stranded abroad, have been brought back, says Union Civil Aviation Minister

Jun 20, 2020 15:10 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA tests positive for coronavirus

A BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh has tested positive for coronavirus. He was present at the state Assembly to cast his vote for Rajya Sabha elections on Friday.

A few other BJP MLAs who came in contact with him will also be tested for COVID-19 soon.
Jun 20, 2020 15:00 (IST)
"Will Need 90,000 Beds": AAP Leader On 5-Day Institutional Quarantine
Coronavirus, Delhi government will need 90,000 beds by June 30 if all COVID-19 cases are required to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine, AAP's Raghav Chadha said."
Jun 20, 2020 14:46 (IST)
Jun 20, 2020 14:21 (IST)
Grappling with shortage of medical staff: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal opposed Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's order at a meeting, according to sources, which said that no coronavirus patient in the national capital must be allowed to undergo home isolation before a mandatory five-day institutional quarantine.

"Raiways has offered coaches... but how will someone stay there amid soaring temperatures. Should our priority be poor patients or those without symptoms? We are already grappling with a shortage of medical staff. Those who are asymptomatic may choose not to get tested over the fear of institutional quarantine. This may create a chaos in the city," Mr Kejriwal was quoted as saying by sources as he attended a Delhi Disaster Management Authority meeting this afternoon.
Jun 20, 2020 14:00 (IST)
Jun 20, 2020 13:33 (IST)
Anti-body tests for Maharashtra healthcare workers: Minister

The Maharashtra Government will conduct anti-body tests for all healthcare workers and frontline staff in the battle against the Covid19 pandemic.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said: "Anti-body tests and Antigen tests have also been allowed. Anti-body tests will be done primarily for frontline workers. We will be able see if anti-bodies have developed or not and they will be able to work very well. We are taking a policy decision for anti-body tests for healthcare workers and frontline staff in all the districts."
Jun 20, 2020 13:12 (IST)
World In New And Dangerous Phase Of Pandemic, Says WHO Chief
The World Health Organization warned Friday of a "new and dangerous phase" of the coronavirus pandemic with people tiring of lockdowns despite the disease's accelerating spread."
Jun 20, 2020 12:53 (IST)
Delhi Chief Minister questions new quarantine rules

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a meeting said there is a shortage of healthcare staff so how will it be possible to arrange doctors and nurses for thousands of patients at quarantine centres, according to sources.

Mr Kejriwal said when the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is allowing home-isolation for asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases across the country why different rules are being implemented in Delhi.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had ordered that if any coronavirus is positive in Delhi, it will be mandatory to go to the quarantine centre for at least 5 days.
Jun 20, 2020 12:34 (IST)
Jun 20, 2020 12:19 (IST)
Indore records 42 coronavirus cases, count reaches 4,288: Report

With 42 people testing positive for coronavirus, the case count in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district has reached 4,288, a health official said.

At least 1,768 swab samples were tested in the district, of which reports of 42 patients have come out positive in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 4,288, the official said. The district also recorded four deaths that have taken the count to 193, he said.
Jun 20, 2020 12:08 (IST)
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Jun 20, 2020 11:26 (IST)
Germany coronavirus cases rise to 189,135: Report

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 601 to 189,135, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday.

The reported death toll rose by 11 to 8,883, the count showed.
Jun 20, 2020 10:37 (IST)
Coronavirus Cases In Brazil Surpass One Million-Mark
Brazil passed the bleak milestone of one million coronavirus cases Friday, as the number of infections and deaths continues to surge in Latin America's largest country."
Jun 20, 2020 09:54 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Andaman and Nicobar Islands DGP tests negative for coronavirus

Andaman and Nicobar Islands DGP Dependra Pathak tests negative for coronavirus, after being admitted to the hospital on testing positive earlier.
Jun 20, 2020 09:38 (IST)
Coronavirus latest news: India has reported 14,516 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours

India registered its biggest single-day jump with 14,516 new infections in 24 hours, taking the tally 3.95 lakh cases so far, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. A total of 12,948 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Jun 20, 2020 09:05 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Mizoram reports 10 new COVID-19 positive cases

Mizoram reports 10 new COVID-19 positive cases; the total number of cases in the state stands at 140 including 131 active cases and 9 cured and discharged: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram
Jun 20, 2020 07:56 (IST)
Coronavirus: 5-day institutional quarantine mandatory in Delhi, AAP government upset

No COVID-19 patient must be allowed to undergo home isolation before mandatory five-day institutional quarantine, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said in an order, prompting a sharp response from the Delhi government, which has been grappling with an acute shortage of hospital beds. Read More
Jun 20, 2020 04:50 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Assam Restaurateur Redesigns Robots To Help Health Care Professionals Treating COVID-19 Patients
A restaurant owner in Guwahati has redesigned robots to serve food and medicine to COVID-19 patients and facilitate virtual meeting with doctors. "We were using robots for 1.5 years to serve drinks to customers. I redesigned them to assist health care professionals," the owner SN Farid told ANI.

Jun 20, 2020 03:41 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Assam Reports 102 New COVID-19 Cases
As many as 102 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Assam on Friday, as per information provided by the State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, reported ANI. Mr Sarma informed that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 5,006, including 1,928 active cases. So far, 3,066 patients have been discharged after treatment and nine deaths have been reported due to the virus.
Jun 20, 2020 03:30 (IST)
Delhi, Coronavirus: Over 3,000 Cases In 24 Hours For First Time In Delhi, Cases Cross 50,000
Delhi on Friday reported its highest single-day coronavirus count of 3,137 new cases which took its grand total past the 50,000-mark.
Jun 20, 2020 01:35 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 5,078 Indians Repatriated On June 19 Under Vande Bharat Mission, Says Hardeep Singh Puri
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said 5,078 Indians have returned to India on Friday under the Vande Bharat Mission, reported ANI.

"VBM flies high. IndiGo joins AI Express and Air India to fly back Indians. 5,078 people return from Paris, Moscow, Dhaka, Kiev, Auckland, Lagos, London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, Doha, Bishkek, Almaty, Dubai, Phnom Penh and Muscat today (June 19)," Mr Puri tweeted.

The Vande Bharat Mission is the centre's initiative to bring back Indian nationals stranded in various parts of the world due to restrictions over air travel to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Jun 20, 2020 00:16 (IST)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister sanctions Rs 11.25 cr for purchasing three machines to increase COVID-19 testing in state

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has sanctioned an amount of Rs 11.25 crore for purchasing three testing machines for Dehradun, Haldwani and Srinagar medical colleges to increase COVID-19 testing in the state.

This amount has been sanctioned from the State Disaster Response Fund, the testing capacity of these Hi-Tech machines to be purchased is 800 per day, thus they will be able to do 2400 testing per day. 

Jun 19, 2020 23:58 (IST)
COVID-19 cases breach 8,000 mark in Karnataka, tally now 8,281

COVID-19 cases in Karnataka has breached the 8,000 mark, as the state on Friday reported 337 new cases and ten related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,281 and death toll to 124.

Also, total discharges in the state breached 5,000 mark, with 230 patients getting discharged in a day after recovery.

As of June 19 evening, cumulatively 8,281 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 124 deaths and 5,210 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.
Jun 19, 2020 23:32 (IST)
Well crafted policies, good governance has helped Karnataka tackle COVID-19: BS Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa credited good governance, well crafted policies and its meticulous implementation using technology as the Centre on Friday asked all states to replicate the best practices implemented by Karnataka for better management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Karnataka's management of #COVID19 is lauded by Union Govt as a role model. At the core of our success is Good Governance with well crafted policies & meticulous implementation using technology.Congrats to our Corona Warriors & Team Karnataka!" Mr Yediyurappa tweeted.

The Centre has asked all states to replicate the best practices implemented by Karnataka, which includes comprehensive contact tracing of COVID-19 cases and physical or phone-based household survey, for better management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jun 19, 2020 22:54 (IST)
Maharashtra's Amravati COVID-19 cases now 406, Badnera accounts for 52

The number of COVID-19 cases reached 406 in Amravati in Maharashtra after 11 people tested positive for novel coronavirus on Friday, an official said.

Local hotspot Badnera accounted for four of the 11 cases, taking its total so far to 52, he added.

"The number of cases reached 400 from 300 in just eight days. It took 43 days for the first 100 cases, while the 200 and 300 marks were reached in 13 days each," the official said.

The administration has announced a 4-day ''janata curfew'' in Badnera from Saturday on the demand of corporators, traders and businessmen to contain the virus outbreak, an official said.
Jun 19, 2020 22:34 (IST)
4 cops, soldier among 125 fresh COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir

As many as 125 more people, including four policemen and a soldier, tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, taking the union territory's tally to 5,680, officials said.

While 102 of these new cases were reported from the Kashmir Valley, 23 were from the Jammu region, they said.

According to the officials, the cases detected on Friday include 25 people who had returned to the union territory recently.

Four Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel and an Army man posted in south Kashmir's Kulgam are among the fresh cases, the officials said.
Jun 19, 2020 22:15 (IST)
COVID-19 Lockdown: Weddings with 50 people in attendance to be allowed in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar on Friday said weddings ceremonies will be allowed in the state with an attendance cap of 50 people.

Mr Wadettiwar, also minister for Disaster Management, said social distancing norms will have to be followed strictly as well as wearing of masks, adding open spaces, residential premises, non-AC halls will be allowed to host such functions. 

A government resolution (GR) will be issued on this subject in two days, he added.
Jun 19, 2020 21:53 (IST)
75 new COVID-19 cases in Manipur

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Manipur has risen to 681 with 75 more people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, an official said on Friday.

Ukhrul district reported 30 cases, followed by Tamenglong (29), Senapati (7), Churachandpur (4), Chandel (3) and Kamjong district two.

All the new patients, 41 men and 34 women, have returned from other states, an official of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said.

Of the total 681 COVID-19 patients, 463 are undergoing treatment and 218 have recovered, the official said.

The COVID-19 recovery rate in Manipur is 32.01 per cent, he added.
Jun 19, 2020 21:12 (IST)
Kerala COVID-19 tally inching towards 3000 mark, 118 new cases

The COVID-19 infection tally in Kerala is inching towards the 3,000 mark with 118 new cases being reported onFriday, the highest single day spike, while 1.32 lakh people are under observation in various districts.

With the addition of the fresh cases, 2,912 people have been infected by the pandemic, while 1380 people are under treatment and 1509 have recovered, including 96 who were cured and discharged today, Health minister KK Shailaja said.

New positive cases on a single day had touched three digits for the first time in the state on June 5 when 111 people were infected.

Malappuram reported 18 cases today, Kollam 17, Alappuzha 13, Ernakulam 11, Palakkad 10, Pathnamthitta nine, Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur eight cases each, Kottayam seven, Kozhikode six, Wayanad, Kasaragod four each, Idukki two and Thrissur one.
Jun 19, 2020 20:46 (IST)
Maharashtra Chief Minister asks for district-level coronavirus task forces

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday asked district collectors to appoint a task force of expert doctors to curb COVID-19-related deaths, and warned against complacency in tracing patients and their contacts.

Mr Thackeray held a video conference with collectors, municipal commissioners and divisional commissioners to review the pandemic situation, an official statement said.

While the spread of coronavirus has been contained, increase in the mortality rate was not a good sign, he said.

The doubling rate of coronavirus cases -- the number of days during which number of patients doubles -- is now 23.1 days from 21.3 days, the recovery rate is 50.4 percent while mortality rate has gone up to 4.8 per cent from 3.7 per cent, he noted.
Jun 19, 2020 20:18 (IST)
8 COVID-19 patients recover from virus in Mizoram

Eight Covid-19 patients were discharged from a hospital in Mizoram on Friday as they have recovered from the virus after undergoing treatment for 17 days, a Health department official said.

Health department spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma Pachuau told PTI that of the eight people six are from Kolasib district and two from Aizawl district. They were discharged from Zoram Medical College (ZMC) after they tested twice negative for Covid-19.

He said the recovered patients, seven females and one male were advised one week self-monitoring at home.

The first patient, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on March 24, was discharged from ZMC on May 9 after his four consecutive samples tested negative for the virus, he added.
Jun 19, 2020 19:46 (IST)
Number of COVID-19 containment zones in Bengal rise from 1,907 to 2,428 in a week

Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in West Bengal, the number of containment zones in the state has also also increased from 1,907 to 2,428 in a week.

Kolkata, which has reported the highest number of active cases in the state (2,173) so far, also has the maximum number of containment zones at 1,512, according to the state government website ''Egiye Bangla''.

The state capital is followed by its neighbouring North 24 Parganas district, which has 219 containment zones, it said.

The number of containment zones in Bankura, which is witnessing a constant flow of returnees from other states, has increased to 140. The number was 88 a week ago.

Howrah district now has 121 containment zones, an increase of 45 since June 12. The number has gone up to 114 from 106 in East Burdwan, it said.

West Midnapore has 98 containment areas, Hooghly 71, South 24 Parganas 61, Nadia 35, Malda 20, Birbhum nine and North Dinajpur eight, according to the website.
Jun 19, 2020 19:26 (IST)
Indian Railways converts 5,231 non AC coaches into COVID-19 care centres

In order to augment the capability against COVID-19, Indian Railways has converted 5,231 non-air-conditioned coaches into isolation coaches as per the guidance document on appropriate management of suspected or confirmed cases, an official statement said on Friday.

The Ministry of Railway, in its statement, said that these facilities are part of the integrated COVID-19 plan developed by MoHFW and NITI Ayog, and are normally to be used when state facilities are overwhelmed.

"It was also stipulated that the facility should be well ventilated with adequate scope for natural lighting, and Air Conditioning if provided, should be non-ducted which rules out AC Coaches," the statement said.

The Ministry said that it was mutually agreed by NITI Aayog and MoHFW that AC coaches would not be suitable in view of the potential transmission risk of COVID-19 through AC ducting.

"As directed and desired by the Empowered Group II, these isolation coaches, serving as COVID Care Centers, shall offer care only for cases that have been clinically assigned as mild or very mild cases or COVID suspect cases," the statement said.

As per the COVID train procedure prepared by the MoHFW, one emergency resuscitation facility will be set up on the platform adjacent to the platform where the train is parked, by the associated health unit.

Jun 19, 2020 19:02 (IST)
375 more COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh

With 376 new cases of COVID-19 the tally of novel coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh has gone up to 6230 in the last 24 hours, according to the state's health bulletin on Friday. A total of 3069 are active cases.

In the past 24 hours, 4 deaths were reported -- 2 in Krishna district and one each in Prakasam and in Srikakulam. Total deaths have gone up to 96 in the state.

In the past 24 hours, 82 persons have been discharged. The total number of people cured/discharged so far in the state are 3065. 
Jun 19, 2020 18:41 (IST)
25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Uttarakhand

Twenty five new COVID-19 cases were reported in Uttarakhand on Friday taking the total count of cases in the State to 2127.

According to official figures from the Uttarakhand State Control Room, the number of active cases in the state is 663, while 1423 patients have been cured and discharged.

A total of 26 people have died

The report for new cases is till 2 pm on Friday. 
Jun 19, 2020 18:15 (IST)
COVID-19: Bengaluru airport introduces UV treatment for baggage, other safety measures

Following the coronavirus outbreak, Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport has introduced ultraviolet treatment while scanning outbound baggage apart from other measures to enhance passenger and staff safety.

"Two custom-designed UV tunnels have been created to disinfect trolleys after every use. Two custom-designed UV tunnels have been created to disinfect trolleys after every use. These Tunnels are located at a cordoned-off area of the Terminal," according to a statement by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).

The airport plans to use an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray treatment for check-in bags: all outbound passenger baggage is sanitised before dispatch to the aircraft

Jun 19, 2020 17:47 (IST)
Coronavirus: UP records highest single-day spike of 809 COVID-19 cases

Uttar Pradesh on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike of 809 coronavirus cases, with the tally rising to 16,594 in the state, officials said.

The death toll due to COVID-19 mounted to 507 after 19 fresh fatalities were reported from different districts of the state, they said.

The previous highest single-day spike in cases was on Thursday when the state recorded 604 cases. 

"Of the total infected people, 9,995 have been discharged from hospitals after recovery. The number of active cases in the state stands at 6,092," Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.

He said record 17,221 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday.
Jun 19, 2020 17:25 (IST)
COVID-19 hospital managed by Doctors Without Borders inaugurated in Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday inaugurated a 100-bed temporary COVID-19 hospital, set up by Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organisation, in collaboration with the state government.

The facility, which is said to be "the first of its kind and fully managed by Mdecins Sans Frontires", another name by which the organisation is known, has been set up at Pataliputra Sports Complex in the citys Kankarbagh locality.

State health minister Mangal Pandey said, "In these times when the world is grappling with a pandemic, it is essential for all stakeholders to work together and fight this battle against COVID 19. "This initiative by MSF is an excellent example of how every contribution counts and the Bihar government wholeheartedly supports their work."
Jun 19, 2020 17:04 (IST)
2.3 Lakh People Surveyed In Delhi's Containment Zones To Combat COVID-19

A total of 2.3 lakh people have been surveyed in Delhi's containment zones to combat COVID-19 in the national capital, spokesperson of Union Home Ministry said on Friday.

"As per the directions given by Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, in a series of meetings chaired by him over last few days in regard to COVID-19 situation in Delhi, house to house health survey in 242 containment zones of Delhi completed yesterday. A total of 2.3 lakh people were surveyed," Spokesperson of Home Ministry tweeted.


Jun 19, 2020 16:31 (IST)
Pune records 515 new COVID-19 cases; tally at 13,750

With the detection of 515 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the count in Maharashtra's Pune district has reached 13,750, a health official said on Friday.

Apart from this, at least 12 deaths were reported in the district, taking the toll here to 552, the official said.

Of the 515 new cases, 451 were detected in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits and 33 were recorded from Pimpri-Chinchwad, he said. The number of positive cases in rural, civil hospital and Pune cantonment board area has risen to 1,206, he said.

As many as 193 patients were discharged from hospitals in the district following recovery in the last 24 hours, the official added.
Jun 19, 2020 16:09 (IST)
Uttarakhand Releases Over Rs 513 Crore For State Health Department

In line with the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, a sum of over Rs 513 crore has been released for the Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare in Uttarakhand.

"An amount of 5,13,87,89,000 crore has been allocated for the Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare for departmental schemes for Financial Year 2020-21," the government press release said.

Earlier in the day, the state had released a sum of Rs 143.50 crore to the three-tier panchayats in Uttarakhand as the first instalment for 2020-21.
Jun 19, 2020 15:39 (IST)
COVID-19: Radha Soami Satsang Beas centre will be coronavirus centre
Jun 19, 2020 15:23 (IST)
Delhi Coronavirus Cases: Centre Recommends Cap On COVID-19 Treatment Costs In Delhi Private Hospitals
Coronavirus: Cap on rates of Delhi private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment recommended by government panel"
Jun 19, 2020 14:59 (IST)
Coronavirus: Supreme Court Calls For "Uniform Fee" For COVID-19 Testing Across India
Coronavirus: Supreme Court says there should be uniform fee for COVID-19 testing across the country, says centre can fix upper limit"
Jun 19, 2020 13:31 (IST)
JUST In: SC says all states should constitute panel of experts for inspecting hospitals to ensure proper care of COVID-19 patients. 
Jun 19, 2020 12:40 (IST)
Coronavirus news: No new case in Mizoram in 24 hours

No new case of coronavirus has been reported from Mizoram in the last 24 hours, government sources said on Friday, news agency PTI reported. According to a statement by the Department of Information and Public Relations, all 814 samples tested at Zoram Medical College on Thursday have reported negative.
Jun 19, 2020 12:07 (IST)
UP Government Plans To Set Up COVID-19 Testing Labs In Every District
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to prepare a plan for setting up COVID-19 testing labs in all districts of the state."
Jun 19, 2020 09:35 (IST)
JUST IN: 13,586 cases in India in 24 hours in steepest one-day jump; over 3.8 lakh total cases so far, 12,573 deaths.
Jun 19, 2020 09:30 (IST)
Coronavirus may infect respiratory centre of brain: Study

A team of researchers at CSIR - Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata has explored the neuro-invasive potential of COVID-19 and suggested that the virus may infect the respiratory centre of the brain, a statement said.

The researchers have also suggested that attention should be focused on the respiratory centre of the central nervous system to learn about mortality due to coronavirus.

The paper published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience and supported by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), implies that coronavirus could enter the human brain through the nose and reach the olfactory bulb of the brain.
Jun 18, 2020 21:40 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Dharavi records 28 new COVID-19 cases; no fresh death
Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi reported 28 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally to 2,134 on Thursday, the city civic body said.

A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said no fresh death was reported from the slum-dominated area in the past 24 hours, keeping the count constant at 78, PTI reported. 
Jun 18, 2020 20:34 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Myanmar barber truck cuts virus worries by going door-to-door
A Myanmar barbershop business is trimming costs and generating cash amid concerns about the coronavirus, offering a salon on wheels to cautious customers who want their cuts away from crowded places.

The truck was launched a month ago by a group of entrepreneurs in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, who are targeting clients concerned about being indoors or in a public place, where infection risks are higher, Reuters reported. 
Jun 18, 2020 19:59 (IST)
4 Fresh COVID-19 Cases In Himachal Pradesh, Total Cases 590
Four more people tested positive for the coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 590, officials said.

Two fresh cases were reported each from Kangra and Solan districts, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said.

So far, seven people have died of the disease in the state.

A patient in Kangra district recovered from the disease, Mr Jindal said.

A total of 369 people have recovered from the infection so far while 11 have migrated out of the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman said.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 201, Mr Dhiman said.

Kangra district has the highest number of active cases in the state at 56, followed by Una (36), Solan (32), Hamirpur (31), Sirmaur (13), Bilaspur and Chamba (10 each), Shimla (8), Mandi and Kinnaur (two each) and Kullu (1), news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 19:18 (IST)
Tamil Nadu reports 2,141 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total number of positive cases to 52,334. Death count is at 625 after 49 deaths were reported today: State Health Department
Jun 18, 2020 19:08 (IST)
210 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths have been reported in Karnataka. Total positive cases stand at 7,944 and death count is at 114: State Health Department
Jun 18, 2020 18:48 (IST)
Delhi Commences COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests
The Delhi government commenced COVID-19 testing through the rapid antigen methodology at 169 centres in and around containment zones of the city on Thursday.

A total of 341 teams are involved in the rapid-antigen testing which makes results available within 30 minutes, an official said. 

According to Union minister G Kishan Reddy, the Centre plans to conduct six lakh rapid antigen tests at these 169 facilities.

An official said around 50,000 tests were expected to be conducted on Thursday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Two important things happened today. COVID-19 testing rates in Delhi have been reduced to Rs 2,400 and rapid-antigen testing has started. I hope people won''t face any problem in getting themselves tested now."

At many centres, testing began as early as 9 am. People, having mild symptoms or no symptoms at all can get themselves tested, another official said, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 18:40 (IST)
Newly Married Man Meets Bride In Hospital After Defeating Coronavirus
It was a reunion of sorts when a man, who had tested positive for COVID-19 just a day after his wedding, met his bride in the confines of a hospital room in Howrah after his recovery amidst celebrations by the
medical staff.

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, a civic volunteer who is in his 20s, had tested positive of the contagion on June 3, the day after his wedding, the superintendent of the hospital at Fuleswar, Subhasis Mitra said.

His bride Piyali was left to step into her marital home for the first time without her groom and the customary celebrations.

"Every medical staff - from the doctor to the nurses and other health workers of the hospital allayed the man's fears. He recovered after sustained treatment and tested negative on Sunday (June 14)," Mr Mitra said, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 18:18 (IST)
Rishikesh Vegetable Market Sealed As 7 Traders Contract Coronavirus
A wholesale vegetable market in Uttarakhand's Rishikesh was sealed on Thursday after seven traders there tested positive for COVID-19.

Dehradun District Magistrate Ashish Kumar Shrivastava said a temporary vegetable market was set up on the IDPL campus to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted.

Seven vegetable traders there tested positive for COVID-19 late on Wednesday night, he said.

All traders at the wholesale market have been quarantined, he added. The wholesale market supplied vegetables to five hilly districts of Uttarakhand, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 17:53 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan Launches Mobile Laboratory For Coronavirus Testing
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday launched a mobile laboratory for coronavirus testing which can be deployed in rural areas and help in promoting last-mile testing.

The mobile lab, also called I-Lab or Infectious Diseases Diagnostics Lab, can run 50 RT-PCR and about 200 ELISA tests in a day. A double set of machines can help increase the capacity to about 500 tests per day in 8 hours shift, Vardhan said. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology along with the Andhra Pradesh Med-tech Zone (AMTZ) has initiated DBT-AMTZ COMManD (COVID-19 Medtech Manufacturing Development) consortia to address the shortage of critical healthcare technologies in India and move progressively towards a stage of self-sufficiency.

AMTZ is Asia's first medical equipment manufacturing ecosystem, uniquely dedicated for medical technology and supported by various ministries.

The mobile testing lab is an outcome of this initiative.

"This mobile testing facility will be deployed through the DBT testing hubs to remote regions of the country for coronavirus testing," the minister said.

There are now over 20 hubs in the country with 100 testing laboratories and these have tested more than 2,60,000 samples, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 17:35 (IST)
Polio Vaccine For COVID-19 "Testable", May Offer Limited Protection: Scientists
Indian scientists have responded cautiously to a suggestion by global researchers that the oral polio vaccine be tested for COVID-19, saying it is a "testable idea" based on a sound scientific concept but may offer only limited protection against the infection.

With a vaccine for COVID-19 at least a year away, scientists say repurposing already safe and effective vaccines is the way to go for immediate relief against COVID-19. The repurposed vaccines could include the oral polio vaccine (OPV) and the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) used against tuberculosis, both part of the immunisation given to Indian children.

It is worth conducting a clinical trial, said Ram Vishwakarma, director of the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) in Jammu.

He was responding to a study last week by an international team of researchers in the journal Science. The researchers, including Shyamasundaran Kottili and Robert Gallo from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US, said the OPV should be tested to see if it might protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 17:13 (IST)
A Record 2020 New Coronavirus Detected In Navi Mumbai, 9 Die
A record 202 persons, including half a dozen children aged below 10, tested positive for coronavirus in Navi Mumbai, taking the tally to 4,391 on Thursday, while nine more patients died due to the infection, an official said.

This was the highest single-day spike in cases in Navi Mumbai since the outbreak of COVID-19, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) PRO Mahendra Konde said in a statement.

He said nine more persons died due to the pandemic, the count to 138.

Half a dozen children aged below 10 were among the new patients which also included women, the statement said.

Most of the patients were traced in Airoli (46), Ghansoli (37) and Koparkhairne (33), among other localities of Navi Mumbai, it said.

Mumbai's satellite city has a patient recovery rate of 57.36 per cent and mortality rate of 3.14 per cent, the statement added, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 16:59 (IST)
Assam Reports One More COVID-19 Death, 82 New Cases
One more person died of COVID- 19 in Assam on Thursday, raising the death toll due to coronavirus in the state to nine, while 82 people tested positive taking the total number of cases to 4,777, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The person died in Diphu Medical College and Hospital and this is the second death from Karbi Anglong district.

Out of the nine deaths, three cancer patients ]died due to the infection.

Among the people who tested positive for the disease on Thursday, 22 are from Baksa, 14 from Karbi Anglong, 11 from Chirang, 9 from Dibrugarh, seven from Dhubri, five from Golaghat, two each from Sibsagar, Nagaon, Barpeta and Kamrup (M) and one each from Bishwanath, Nalbari, Charaideo, Tinsukia, Kokrajhar and Dhemaji, the minister said.

Of the total 4,777 cases in Assam, nine people have died, 2,111 are active cases while three persons have migrated out, he said, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 16:27 (IST)
COVID-19: Chief Minister Calls For Low-Key Ganpati Celebrations This Year
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday called for a simple and low-key Ganpati festival celebration this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked Ganesh mandals to undertake social welfare programmes.

Mr Thackeray said the threat of coronavirus is not yet over and therefore, it will not be possible to celebrate the Ganesh festival with the usual pomp and gaiety.

He said there should be no crowding or processions during the festival.

The 10-day festival begins on "Ganesh Chaturthi", which falls on August 22 this year.

Ganeshotsav is the most popular festival in Maharashtra. The pandals set up by various mandals in Mumbai and other places in the state attract thousands of devotees during the 10-day festivities, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 16:11 (IST)
Amma Canteens To Resume Free Food For Needy During 12-Day Lockdown Phase In 4 Tamil Nadu Districts: Chief Minister
The ruling AIADMK's flagship Amma Canteens will provide free food for 12 days from Friday onwards in Chennai and three neighbouring districts where the lockdown curbs are being tightened to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.

Food will also be provided through community kitchens and home delivered to select sections of the population such as the aged, he said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Palaniswami had on Monday declared that areas falling under Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts and under the city police jurisdiction, where the surge in COVID-19 cases remains unabated, will revert to stringent lockdown sans several relaxations from June 19 to 30.

Two Sundays during the 12-day period shall just be short of total curfew with only milk supply and medical services exempted, he had announced.

The four districts have the highest concentration of coronavirus cases in the state, which has so far reported over 50,000 infections, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 15:51 (IST)
Odisha Reports 174 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, Total Rises To 4,512
Odisha reported 174 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the total to 4,512 in the state, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 146 were reported from different quarantine centres where people returning from other parts of the country are lodged, they said.

The process of contact tracing and follow up action is being taken, a health department official said.

Thirteen frontline workers were found positive in Ganjam district, which during the last 24 hours reported 56 new cases, raising the total to 755.

Ganjam continues to be the district worst-affected by the outbreak as around 2.5 lakh migrant workers returned from states such as Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, an official said, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 18, 2020 15:23 (IST)
Centre Targets 6 Lakh Rapid COVID-19 Tests In Delhi; To Add 500 Ventilators, 650 Ambulances

The Centre plans to conduct six lakh rapid antigen COVID-19 tests in Delhi at 169 new facilities being set up in the capital where 50,000 kits have already been supplied, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said on Thursday.

He also said the central government is going to provide 500 additional ventilators and 650 ambulances to hospitals in Delhi, which has seen a spike in number of coronavirus cases over the past few days,

"From today onwards, 169 testing centres will be operational in Delhi where rapid antigen methodology will be used. We have targeted to conduct six lakh tests. People living in containment zones and relatives of the positive cases can go for test in any of these centres," Mr Reddy told reporters.
Jun 18, 2020 15:11 (IST)
Safe Distance Selfies: Hong Kong Disneyland Reopens To Masked Guests

Hong Kongers wearing Mickey Mouse ears and facemasks flocked back to Disneyland on Thursday as the city's park reopened after nearly five months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitors queued up in blazing summer heat for the park's reopening, submitting to temperature checks at the entrance.

Signs plastered across the park and large stickers on the ground reminded visitors to maintain social distancing as they queued for rides.
Jun 18, 2020 15:06 (IST)
1,65,412 Samples Tested For COVID-19 In Last 24 Hours: ICMR

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday informed that 1,65,412 tests of coronavirus were conducted by various laboratories across the country in the last 24 hours.

This is the highest number of tests conducted by the laboratories in a single day. So far, 62, 49,668 tests have been conducted.

As of now, a total of 953 laboratories across India have been given the approval to conduct the test. This includes 699 government laboratories and 254 private laboratory'' chains.

Jun 18, 2020 14:47 (IST)
Delhi High Court Asks Health Ministry To Consider Publishing Certain Changes In Pics On Wearing Mask

 The Delhi High Court has asked the health ministry to consider publicising in print and electronic media with certain changes in the pictorial presentation of 'how and when to wear face mask' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said there are already guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on how to use masks by the public in this pandemic situation.

"We see no reason to give further guidance or directions in this regard to the respondents (Centre and Delhi government).

"Nonetheless, the respondent (Ministry of Health), if their experts so advise, may make necessary changes in the pictorial presentation or amend the guidelines," the bench said in its order which was passed on Wednesday and made available on Thursday.
Jun 18, 2020 14:36 (IST)
"Lord Jagannath Won't Forgive If We Allow Rath Yatra This Year": Top Court
The Lord Jagannath rath yatra and activities connected to it will not be allowed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court said today. "Lord Jagannath will not forgive us if we allowed the rath yatra," Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said while hearing a petition seeking to defer the rath yatra in Odisha's Puri which is scheduled to start on June 23. Read more

'Lord Jagannath Won't Forgive If We Allow Rath Yatra This Year': Top Court
Jun 18, 2020 14:20 (IST)
Delhi Government Announces New Price For COVID-19 Test
The Delhi government has decided to cap the rate of COVID-19 test at Rs 2,400. The new price cap for the tests -- which till now was Rs 4,500 -- was announced following directives by Home Minister Amit Shah to "provide relief to the common man". Read more

Delhi Government Announces New Price For COVID-19 Test
Jun 18, 2020 14:02 (IST)
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today launched India's first mobile lab for COVID-19 testing.

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Jun 18, 2020 13:53 (IST)
COVID-19 Recovery Rate Reaches 52.95 Per Cent In The Country

The Central government on Thursday said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 has reached 52.95 per cent in the country and a total of 1,94,325 people affected have been cured so far.

During the last 24 hours, 7,390 people have recovered from the lethal infection.

At present, the total number of active coronavirus cases in India is 1,60,384.


Jun 18, 2020 13:38 (IST)
45 Police Personnel Died Of COVID-19 In Maharashtra So Far: Minister
Forty-five police personnel have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Maharashtra till Thursday out of the 3,820 who tested positive for the infection so far. Read here

45 Police Personnel Died Of COVID-19 In Maharashtra So Far: Minister
Jun 18, 2020 13:35 (IST)
JustIn| Puri Rath Yatra, scheduled to begin on June 23, put on hold by Supreme Court "in public interest"

Jun 18, 2020 13:27 (IST)
India Will Turn COVID-19 Crisis Into An Opportunity, Become Self-Reliant And Reduce Its Imports: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India will turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity, become self-reliant and reduce its dependence on imports.

"India will turn this COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity. It has taught India to be self-reliant. India will reduce its dependence on imports. To make India self-reliant in the energy sector, a major step is being taken today," Prime Minister Modi said addressing the event to launch the auction of 41 coal mines for commercial mining on Thursday.

"We are not just launching the auction for commercial coal-mining today, but bringing the coal sector out of decades of lockdown," he said addressing the launch through video conferencing.

Jun 18, 2020 13:10 (IST)
'Mask Day' In Karnataka, Yediyurappa, Others March To Spread Awareness
The Karnataka government is observing 'Mask Day' today in a bid to spread awareness among people to use the face cover to contain the spread of coronavirus. A march has was organized from Vidhana Soudha or the state secretariat to Cubbon Park in Bengaluru. Read more

'Mask Day' In Karnataka, Yediyurappa, Others March To Spread Awareness
Jun 18, 2020 12:30 (IST)
JustIn| Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds meeting with senior officials of Delhi-NCR, over COVID19 situation.


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Jun 18, 2020 12:29 (IST)
COVID-19: Uttarakhand Government Approves Rs 578.34 Lakh For Oxygen Supply Pipeline

Under India's COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Financial Package, the Uttarakhand government has allocated Rs 578.34 lakh for the construction of oxygen supply pipeline in 13 district and sub-district hospitals of the state.

"A total amount of Rs 578.34 lakh has been approved for construction of oxygen supply pipeline in 13 district hospitals/sub-district hospitals," the state government said in a statement.

Yugal Kishore Pant, the Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM), shared the details of the amount distributed to the various district hospitals.
Jun 18, 2020 12:27 (IST)
Coronavirus: Amit Shah To Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting For Delhi-NCR Today

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting with senior administrative officers of the Delhi-NCR region on Thursday, in view of COVID-19 management and the situation in the national capital.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at 12 noon today.

As per the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, Delhi has 47,102 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes 27,741 active cases and 17,457 cured and discharged patients. The number of deaths due to the infection stands at 1,904 in the city. 
Jun 18, 2020 12:12 (IST)
India will fight Corona and win the war against it; pandemic will make India self-reliant: PM Modi at launch of commercial coal block mining.

Jun 18, 2020 12:07 (IST)
Remdesivir For COVID-19 Treatment To Be In Market By Month-End: Sources
Remdesivir, the antiviral drug for COVID-19 treatment, will be available in the market by end of this month, sources have told NDTV.

The Drug Controller General of India or DCGI had recently approved Remdesivir for "restricted emergency use" on severely ill hospitalised coronavirus patients.

Domestic-manufactured Remdesivir will now be more widely available. Read more

Remdesivir For COVID-19 Treatment To Be In Market By Month-End: Sources
Jun 18, 2020 11:29 (IST)
Tamil Nadu Loses Its First Police Personnel To Coronavirus In Chennai
Tamil Nadu, the country's second most-affected state by the coronavirus pandemic, lost its first police personnel to the dreaded disease today. Police Inspector Balamurali, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in June, served at the Mambalam Police Station in Chennai as Law and Order Inspector. Read more

Tamil Nadu Loses Its First Police Personnel To Coronavirus In Chennai
Jun 18, 2020 10:23 (IST)
Joe Biden Accuses Donald Trump Of "Surrendering" To Coronavirus
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of "surrendering" to the coronavirus pandemic and failing to stay prepared for a resurgence that could put a U.S. economic recovery at risk. Read more

Jun 18, 2020 10:08 (IST)
Coronavirus: FIR, challans against 10,664 for not wearing face masks in Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand Police has registered FIR and issued challans to 10,664 people for not wearing face masks to contain COVID-19 spread, police said.

Also, 1,954 people were challaned for violating social distancing norms, 594 for flouting quarantine rules, 211 for spreading rumours on social media amid COVID-19 lockdown in the state. An FIR has also been registered against these people, said Ashok Kumar, Director General (Crime and Law and Order) Uttarakhand.

Moreover, 1,314 people have been arrested under the Excise Act.
Jun 18, 2020 09:50 (IST)
COVID-19: Karnataka To Observe ''Mask Day'' Today

With Karnataka observing ''Mask Day'' today, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the state has organised a walk from Vidhana Soudha to Cubbon Park to create awareness about the importance of wearing a mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19.

"We are celebrating ''Mask Day'' at all district headquarters today. We have organised a walk from Vidhana Soudha (to Cubbon Park) to create awareness about the importance of wearing a mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19," Mr Yediyurappa told reporters.

Earlier, the Chief Minister has said that film actors and sports personalities will take part in the event and it will be celebrated in all taluks as well."We will take strict action against those who are not maintaining social distancing. A fine of Rs 200 will be imposed on those for not wearing a mask in public places," he had said.

Jun 18, 2020 09:32 (IST)
Home Ministry Orders A Price Cap Of Rs 2,400 For COVID Tests In Delhi

In a major move, the Home Ministry has now capped the prices of COVID tests at Rs 2,400 in Delhi. Delhi was so far following the Rs 4,500 cap that Indian Council of Medical Research
(ICMR) had initially placed. 

From today Delhi will also start tests by new Rapid Antigen methodology approved by ICMR. These would be primarily used in containment zones and hospitals and the results through this method take 30 minutes. 
Jun 18, 2020 09:22 (IST)
JustIn| 12,881 coronavirus cases in India in 24 hours in biggest 24-hour jump; 3.66 lakh total cases so far, 12,237 deaths

Jun 18, 2020 09:20 (IST)
Pre-Flight COVID-19 Test Mandatory For Expats Returning To State: Pinarayi Vijayan
Expatriates who wish to return to Kerala will now have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests for the highly contagious coronavirus before boarding a flight to the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday. Apart from those returning under the centre's Vande Bharat Mission, Indians coming back on chartered flights will also have to get themselves tested for coronavirus before boarding the flight. Read more

Pre-Flight COVID-19 Test Mandatory For Expats Returning To State: Pinarayi Vijayan
Jun 18, 2020 09:18 (IST)
Mumbai Accounts For More Than Half Of Maharashtra's Over 1 Lakh COVID Cases
Maharashtra - the worst hit in the country by the novel coronavirus - logged 3,307 fresh COVID-19 positive cases today, taking the state's tally of infections to 1,16,752. The number of deaths in the state reached 5,651 with 114 fatalities in the last 24 hours, government data said. Out of these 114 fatalities, 77 deaths were reported in capital city Mumbai itself. Read more

Mumbai Accounts For More Than Half Of Maharashtra's Over 1 Lakh COVID Cases
Jun 18, 2020 09:16 (IST)
COVID-19: Flushing Toilets Can Spread Virus In The Air, Says Report
The next time you flush your toilet, close the lid. A recent study by researchers at Yangzhou University in China claims the novel coronavirus can survive in the human digestive tract and appear in faeces of the infected, news agency Press Trust of India reported on Wednesday. Read more

COVID-19: Flushing Toilets Can Spread Virus In The Air, Says Report