India on Friday registered its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, recording 17,296 infections in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said this morning. The new cases pushed the overall tally to 4,90,401 lakh as the number of fatalities touched 15,301, as per the government data. 407 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
However, the recovery rate has improved to 58.24 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry figures, with 2,85,637 patients recovering. In the last five days, India has contributed the third-highest new cases daily in the world. The country maintains the fourth position on the mortality rate.
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Praising Kerala for the way it has handled the coronavirus surge, Nobel-laureate and economist Amartya Sen said on Friday COVID-19 would be a transformatory movement in the State and it has dealt with the pandemic combating bureaucracy and red tape.
Pune district reported 787 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its COVID-19
Rajasthan on Friday reported 364 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total count of cases in the state to 16,660.
The State Health Department said that active cases in the state stand at 3,218, while the death toll has reached 380. One person died due to the disease in the last 24 hours.
Twenty-nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Friday, taking the total
The Goa government will increase facilities to combat the coronavirus outbreak and if need be
The number of COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh increased to 2,545 after 89 more people,
Three Army medical teams have been detailed to function at COVID care facility in the national capital, said Indian Army on Wednesday.
"Three Indian Army medical teams each comprising one medical officer, two nursing assistants and one ambulance have been detailed to function at COVID care facility on wheels established by Delhi Government at Shakurbasti railway station," said Indian Army.
COVID Care Centre has been set up at Shakurbasti Railway station.
With the addition of 219 new COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat in the last 24
Thane district on Friday recorded 1,332 coronavirus positive cases, taking the count to 27,479,
A total of 580 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours taking the total count of cases to 30,158.
The state Health Department said that 18 deaths were reported in the state due to the disease on Friday.
The total number of cases includes 22,038 discharged/cured and 1,772 deaths.
Expressing concern over the Coronavirus death rate in the Krishna district, CPM state executive member Baburao has asked the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct audit of deaths due to COVID-19 in the district.
While expressing concern, Baburao, said, "The death rate in the district (3.8 per cent) is higher than the state average (1.24 per cent) and the national average (3.18 per cent). One-third of total deaths in the state occurred in Krishna district only."
"In June alone, positive cases in the district reach 59 per cent and deaths 60 per cent is a matter of concern. While the national average of recovery is 56 per cent, it is only 44 per cent in Krishna district. So the state government should appoint a high-level medical team to analyse that. Younger ones are also dying, that should also be considered," he added.
Delhi has recorded 3,460 fresh coronavirus cases, taking tally to over 77,000, authorities said, reported PTI. The death cout in the national capital now stands at 2,492, they said.
An order has been issued to reserve about 50 per cent beds for COVID-19 patients in some private hospitals in Bengaluru, as per the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), reported ANI. This was decided after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held a meeting on Friday with MLAs from Bengaluru and ministers over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the city. "There were 1,207 active cases until last evening in Bengaluru. All necessary preparations have been taken considering the surge in the cases every day. The number of cases in Bengaluru is less as compared to other cities," the CMO statement read.
At least 1,100 teams comprising two members each have been formed to conduct a mega exercise to screen the national capital's population for the novel coronavirus, officials of the Delhi government's revenue department said on Friday, reported PTI. An official said around 100 teams have been formed in every district and each team has accredited social health activists (ASHA) and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) as its members. According to the 2011 Census, there are over 34.35 lakh households in the national capital, including 33.56 lakh in urban areas and 79,574 in rural areas. The AAP government has not engaged municipal employees for the mega exercise in those districts where the case-load is not high. The process of screening every household, which has to be completed by July 6, has already started in the municipal wards of some districts. The teams are armed with a mobile application -- SS Corona -- which will send real-time details to a dedicated web portal set up by the government.
India's total of coronavirus cases crossed the five lakh-mark on Friday after the country reported its highest single-day spike of over 17,000 cases. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal logged their biggest one-day COVID-19 numbers.
Uttar Pradesh has reported 762 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and the state currently has 6,730 active cases, reported PTI. Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said that 13,583 patients have been discharged so far and 630 patients have died from the infection. 19,387 tests for COVID-19 were conducted on Thursday and 6,42,833 tests have been done so far, he said.
Twelve more people 11 defence personnel and one policeman tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the union territory to 72, a senior official said. The 11 defence personnel recently reached Port Blair from Nashik in Maharashtra. "29 active cases now. 72 total so far. 43 recovered. 11 defence personnel who travelled in recently and 1 police personnel +ve," Chief Secretary Chetan Sanghi said in a tweet. Blood samples of the 12 were tested at the Regional Medical Research Centre here and found positive for novel coronavirus.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and the two other federal forces - NSG and NDRF - have shot up to 3,300 with 100 fresh infections being reported on Friday, an official data said, reported PTI. The forces have so far recorded 23 deaths due to the disease, according to the data. The highest of 1,000 cases have been reported in the CRPF, followed by 868 in the BSF, 733 in the CISF, 306 in the ITBP and 139 in the SSB, according to the data accessed by PTI. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has 184 cases, while the SSB has 139. Of the total 3,300 COVID-19 patients in the seven central forces, 1,999 personnel have been cured and 1,278 are undergoing treatment at various health facilities across the country, the data said.
A new 1,000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients will be set up in Thane, district guardian minister Eknath Shinde said on Friday, reported PTI. The hospital will be set up on the land belonging to Voltas on Pokhran Road 2, he said after taking stock of the coronavirus situation in the city. It will be built by urban development body CIDCO and will have requisite medical facilities including oxygen and non-oxygen beds, ventilators, ICU and a dialysis centre, Mr Shinde said.
Kerala's COVID-19 tally is inching towards the 4,000-mark as the state continued to report a sharp spike for the eighth consecutive day with 150 people, including six CISF personnel and a health worker, being infected on Friday, reported PTI. With the addition of the fresh cases, the infection count in the state has reached 3,876. The new positive cases today include 91 from abroad and 48 people from other states. Ten people have been infected through contact, including five from Thiruvananthapuram,while one is a health worker.
Union Home Ministry on Friday said that door-to- door health survey in Delhi will be completed by June 30, reported ANI. In a series of tweets, Home Ministry spokesperson mentioned about the meetings conducted earlier to combat COVID-19 in the national capital. "On 25 June, Union Home Secretary reviewed implementation of various decisions on COVID in Delhi which were taken on 21 June in a meeting chaired by HM @AmitShah. Member Niti Aayog, Director AIIMS, DG ICMR along with Delhi''s Chief Secretary and Health Secretary attended the meeting," the spokesperson tweeted. "In the meeting, it was clearly noted that decisions were being implemented in a smooth and timely manner and a COVID response plan was finalised for Delhi. District level teams for COVID related tasks were also constituted," the subsequent tweet read.
Eleven more people tested positive for coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh taking the state's total to 851 on Friday, the Health Department said, reported PTI. Among the fresh cases, 10 were reported from Kangra and one from Solan, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman said, adding that the number of active cases in the state stood at 339. Eight patients -- five from Kangra and one each from Shimla, Solan and Una -- have recovered from the infection on Friday, he said. So far, 491 people have recovered, while 11 COVID-19 patients have migrated out of the state, Mr Dhiman said. Himachal Pradesh has reported eight deaths due to the virus so far. Hamirpur has the maximum number of active COVID-19 cases in the state at 108, followed by 102 in Kangra, 45 in Solan, 27 in Una, 19 in Shimla, 12 in Bilaspur and Sirmaur each, 11 in Chamba, and one each in Kullu, Kinnaur and Mandi.
Asia's largest slum cluster Dharavi in Mumbai reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the area's cotal count to 2,218, a senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, reported PTI. The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in Dharavi has now improved to 140 days and the current growth rate of the pandemic is at 0.47 per cent, the official said. The slum's coronavirus fatality count remained unchanged at 81 as no new death cases were reported in the last 24 hours, he said. According to the official, Dharavi now has 1,019 active cases and the number of patients discharged so far stands at 1,118. Spread over 2.5 square km area, Dharavi has a population of 6.5 lakh.
Chandigarh has reported 424 coronavirus cases so far with 6 deaths, the Health Department, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Chandigarh said. The total number of active cases stands at 83 while the total number of recovered COVID-19 patients till date stands at 335. According to the Union Health Ministry, India has reported the highest single-day spike of 17,296 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours and the count has surged to 4,90,401 on Friday.
Haryana has capped the cost of COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals, fixing the maximum prices at non-NABH accredited facilities for patients who need to be kept in ICU with ventilator care at Rs 15,000 per day.
250 Indian nationals stranded in Pakistan due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown returned to the country through the Wagah Border on Friday, reported PTI. This is the second batch to return to India from Pakistan in as many days after 248 Indians returned home on Thursday. The Wagah Border in Lahore has been opened for three days, June 25 to June 27, to facilitate the repatriation of stranded Indians. "The second batch of 250 Indians left for their homeland today. They had been stranded here because of the COVID-19 lockdown and closure of the international border," a Pakistan Foreign Ministry official told PTI. Most of the Indian nationals came to Pakistan to meet their relatives and perform religious rites when the lockdown was imposed. Majority of them were staying in Sindh and Punjab provinces. The official said the last batch of remaining 250 Indians will return to their country on Saturday.
The COVID-19 graph continued its steep incline in Andhra Pradesh with the state crossing the 11,000-mark on Friday. Andhra Pradesh reported 605 fresh coronavirus cases today, the single highest one day spike, while 10 deaths took the count of fatalities to 146 in the state, reported PTI. Kadapa district registered 133 new cases in the last 24 hours, the single largest spurt in any district. Kurnool and Krishna districts reported four fresh deaths each and Guntur and Visakhapatnam one each, according to the latest bulletin. In the last 24 hours, 191 coronavirus patients were also discharged from hospitals. The state's 11,489 COVID-19 cases include 9,353 locals, 1,764 from other states and 372 foreign returnees. The state now has 6,145 active cases after 5,196 patients have been discharged so far.
More than 2,000 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and other Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel, including doctors, will treat and manage Delhi's biggest COVID-19 care centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur area.
DG ITBP, SS Deswal, who went to check preparedness of the facility today, said that it is now fully ready and can accommodate 10,000 patients.
He also said that ITBP's past experiences will also help the force to take care of the coronavirus-infected patients.
"ITBP has gained experience in last four months. Initially, we managed a COVID quarantine center in Chhawla and then our 200-bed hospital in Noida. Our medical team will help people in this crisis," SS Deswal told ANI.
While talking to the ITBP personnel, Mr Deswal said that the force is ready with the team of doctors to provide full support to the centre. He said that the ITBP is always ready to assist the authorities with full support in COVID care arrangements. The required team of doctors and other medical staff, support and security staff as sought, has been provided to the centre.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation at Pune's council hall, reported ANI. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Health Minister Rajesh Tope and other officials. According to the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra has reported 1,47,741 cases including, 63,357 active cases, and 6,931 deaths so far.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in a private hospital for over a week, has been cured of the deadly infection and will be discharged today.
The northeastern states have reported lesser numbers of coronavirus cases as compared to the rest of the country, the centre said today, reported ANI. According to the central government, there are 3,731 active cases in the northeast, while 5,715 patients have recovered so far. In addition, the death rate continues to be low in the northeast, with no deaths reported so far in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim.
"The north-eastern states have a lower number of COVID-19 cases compared to the country - active cases are 3731, recoveries are 5715. The death rate continues to be low, with no deaths in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim," the government said.
With the highest single-day spike of 17,296 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 4,90,401 on Friday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.
Commercial international flights to and from India shall stay suspended till July 15, civil aviation watchdog DGCA has announced. The restriction will not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the aviation regulator. Commercial flights were suspended when the country went into a lockdown late in March to contain the spread of coronavirus. Domestic flights resumed last month.
West Bengal relaxes night curfew hours as the state extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The curfew hours will now be in place from 10 pm to 5 am, Ms Banerjee said.
Uttar Pradesh has today reported 750 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths, as the the state's virus count neared 21,000 while the death count reached 630, a senior official said, reported PTI. The fresh cases pushed the tally to 20,943 in Uttar Pradesh, Additional Chief Secreatry, Medical and Health Amit Mohan Prasad said. He said 13,583 people have so far been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection. Over 6.42 lakh samples have so far been tested, of which a record 19,387 samples were examined on Thursday, the official said.
Shopping malls in Gurgaon to open from next week after remaining shut for nearly 3 months due to the coronavirus lockdown. Religious places will however remain closed. Strict guidelines will be announced for containment zones.
123 new COVID-19 cases have been reported from Bihar on Friday, taking the count of coronavirus cases in the state to 8,611, said the State Health Department, reported ANI. "123 new COVID-19 cases reported in Bihar today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 8,611," the State Health Department said.
91 more COVID-19 cases and one death have been reported from Rajasthan on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 16,387.
"One death and 91 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in the state today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 16,387," the State Health Department said.
With the highest single-day spike of 17,296 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India''s COVID-19 count reached 4,90,401 on Friday, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa today said that no lockdown will be imposed in Bengaluru. Mr Yediyurappa today met some MLAs from Bengaluru and ministers to review the COVID-19 situation in the city.
"Today, I have called a meeting with MLAs from Bengaluru and ministers on increase in COVID cases in the city. Each MLA and minister has to work towards the prevention of this disease in their constituency. There is no question of lockdown as we have already sealed some areas," Mr Yediyurappa was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Assam has extended the current lockdown in Guwahati for the next two weeks from Monday to check the spread of coronavirus.
Only pharmacies will be open for the next week, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said this afternoon.
A night-curfew will be observed across Assam for the next two weeks, he added.
A sharp rise in fresh coronavirus cases in Guwahati since June 15 prompted the state to take the decision, Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Read
The mask and "Do Gaz Doori" or physical distancing are the only medicines for coronavirus until there is a vaccine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, interacting with villagers in Uttar Pradesh.
"Till such time that we don't get a vaccine for coronavirus, the only way to stop it from infecting us is to maintain good personal hygiene, wash our hands with soap regularly, cover our mouths with a mask when we go out of our homes and most importantly, maintain do gaz doori (six-foot distance)," PM Modi said, demonstrating with his stole how to use it as a mask.
PM Modi launched via video the "Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan", a scheme to promote local entrepreneurship and provide job opportunities in partnership with industrial associations.
At the virtual launch, the PM interacted with villagers from six districts of Uttar Pradesh. Read
The differences between the Delhi government and the Centre continues over the protocol for coronavirus patients, with the
home ministry standing by the decision taken at a meeting chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah on June 21, which was also
attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
A tweet from the home ministry spokesperson read: "Today's SDMA decision on home isolation of COVID-19 positive patients in
Delhi is a reaffirmation of the decision taken at the meeting held by Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah on 21st June and
communicated to Delhi Govt on 22.06.20".
Earlier today, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that the Centre's order regarding the mandatory visit to
COVID-19 care centres by people who test positive has been withdrawn. Read More
Odisha's coronavirus tally increased to 5,962 Thursday with the detection of 210 more cases, a top official said.
The state government has planned to start a serological survey - to check the immunity of the residents - at Puri from Saturday, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) P K Mohapatra told PTI.
The study will also be conducted in the districts with high COVID-19 occurrence such as Ganjam (1,088 cases), Gajapati (384), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation jurisdiction (258) and in parts of Cuttack district.
The Indian Railways on Thursday said it would refund all tickets booked for regular trains between July 1 and August 12 as coronavirus cases in the country surged a month after the government started relaxing some of the restrictions imposed in March. Only special trains announced in May and June will run, the railways said.
Rail services, apart from the movement of some essential cargo, were abruptly halted in late March ahead of efforts to contain the virus that froze almost all economic activity, putting crores out of work overnight.
Earlier this month, the railways had increased the number of special passenger trains running in the country from 30 to over 200. These include 15 pairs of trains running on the Rajdhani routes since May 12 and 100 pairs operating since June 1.
Here are the latest figures on coronavirus spread in the country:
Total positive pattients so far: 4,90,401
Cured so far: 2,85,637
Cases in last 24 hours: 17,296
Death in last 24 hours: 407
Delhi recorded 3,390 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city to 73,780. With 64 deaths linked to the highly contagious virus over the past 24 hours, the fatalities in the national capital stood at 2,175, government data said.
Since last Thursday, the case count in the city has either touched or breached the 3,000-mark on six out of seven days.
Several experts have reasoned that the aggressive COVID testing is behind the spiralling cases of infections in Delhi.
As many as 17,305 tests were conducted on Thursday. A total of 4,38,012 tests have been conducted till date -- 23,053 tests per million population, according to the latest Delhi health department bulletin. Read More
India recorded its biggest surge in the number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours for a second consecutive day with 16,922 new patients, taking the total to 4.73 lakh cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. This is the first time that more than 16,000 fresh infections have been reported in a single day. The government on Wednesday recorded a single-day high of 15,968 new infections. Read More