More domestic flights and passenger trains will be allowed in a calibrated manner, as the government on Monday issued guidelines for the month-long ''Unlock 2'' beginning July 1, while educational institutions, Metro Rail services, cinema halls and gyms will remain shut.
The government said Metro Rail service, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places continue to remain shut.
Lockdown shall remain implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31.
Containment zones are required to be carefully demarcated by state and union territory governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed, the MHA said.
India is the fourth worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic after the United States, Brazil and Russia.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases In Highlights:
The COVID-19 pandemic is not even close to being over, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing on Monday.
Tedros noted that, six months after China first alerted the WHO to a novel respiratory infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached.
"Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move," he said.
"We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up."
Delhi recorded 2,084 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday taking the infection tally in the city to over 85,000, while the death count from the disease mounted to 2,680, authorities said.
The number of containment zones in the city also jumped to 435 on Monday, according to a Delhi health department bulletin.
The national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases on June 23. Recently, Delhi had eclipsed Mumbai as the city worst-hit by the pandemic in the country.
Maharashtra on Monday reported 5,257 new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of the infected patients in the state to 1,69,883 while fatalities rose by 181, including 21 in Mumbai, to 7,610, a Health official said.
Monday is the fourth consecutive day when Maharashtra has reported more than 5,000 cases in a single day.
The state has added more than 20,000 patients in the last four days.
"Of the 181 deaths, 76 had occurred in the last 48 hours and the rest earlier, but they were not reported as COVID-19 fatalities," the official said.
With 2,385 patients being discharged in the day, the number of the recovered patients has mounted to 88,960, he said.
Odisha's coronavirus deaths mounted to 23 with two more persons succumbing to the disease on Monday, as the total number of cases in the state reached 6,859, a health department official said.
A total of 245 people, including two NDRF personnel, tested positive for the disease on Monday, he said.
The latest fatalities were reported from the state''s worst-hit Ganjam district, which alone accounts for 12 of the 23 deaths so far, a health department statement said.
A total of 685 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number of active cases to 6,650 in the state, state Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.
He said that the state has reported 22,828 COVID-19 cases including 6650 active cases, 15,506 discharged and 672 deaths, reported news agency ANI.
"In the last 24 hours, 685 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the state. There are 6,650 active cases, 15,506 patients have been discharged so far and 672 patients have succumbed to the infection," Mr Prasad said.
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Kerala reported 121 COVID-19 positive cases on Monday, with as many as 2057 people undergoing treatment for the infection and the death count rose to 23 as the sample of a deceased man tested positive.
Of the positive cases, 78 had come from abroad and 26 from other states and five had been infected through contact.
Nine CISF personnel and three health workers were among those who were infected, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
This is the 11th consecutive day that the state has reported over 100 cases, reported news agency PTI.
Seventy-nine people have recovered from the disease, Mr Vijayan told reporters.
A total of 282 more COVID-19 cases were reported in Bihar on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 9,506.
"282 new COVID-19 positive cases in Bihar. Total count of cases stands at 9506," said the state health department.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 5,48,318 COVID-19 cases including 16,475 deaths, 3,21,723 cured and 2,10,120 active cases as of Monday.
The count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh stands at 919, according to the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the state government on Monday.
These cases include 536 cured and discharged patients and 363 active cases. The state has witnessed 7 fatalities to date, reported news agency ANI.
The department in its media bulletin said that the results of 515 samples are awaited.
India recorded 19,459 new coronavirus cases and 380 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.
Private hospitals and nursing homes in the city have been directed to set apart an additional 2,500 beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday.
He also said there was no need for any panic in view of spurt in cases in Bengaluru and the government has made arrangements for good treatment and food in hospitals.
"Today we had a discussion with the owners of private hospitals. We have arrived at a conclusion that they need to arrange 2,500 beds by tomorrow," Mr Yediyurappa told reporters after chairing a meeting with the hospital authorities.
The direction has been given in view of shortage of beds in hospitals, he said.
Tamil Nadu reported 3,949 fresh coronavirus cases and 62 deaths propelling tally to 86,224 and fatalities to 1,141, showed government data Monday.
From monitoring of quality of food served to patients to providing psychological counselling to medical and paramedical staff on COVID-19 duty, the NHRC has made a slew of recommendations to LNJP Hospital for improving overall management at the dedicated coronavirus facility of the Delhi government.
The recommendations have been made in a report sent by the the National Humans Rights Commission (NHRC) to the the Delhi government, the rights panel tweeted.
The report is based on the visit of a team of the NHRC, led by its member Jyotika Kalra, to the LNJP Hospital on June 11 for an on-spot inspection of the facility in the wake of allegations of mismanagement in handling the COVID-19 situation in the city.
LNJP Hospital is a dedicated COVID-19 facility under the Delhi government, reported news agency PTI.
The West Bengal government is preparing a mobile app to store detailed information about migrant labourers who have returned to the state during the lockdown period, as well as their families, officials said on Monday.
The labour department is collecting data on nearly 11 lakh workers who have come back from other states, they said.
"The data collection process is in the final stage of completion. The information will be fed to the app. Once that is concluded, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate it," state Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak said.
According to the officials, the app will have personal and professional information of a labourer, reported news agency PTI.
Thirty coronavirus infected patients were discharged on Monday after they were declared cured in Ladakh, bringing down the number of active cases in the Union Territory to 347, officials said.
The active cases included a new patient who was tested positive for COVID-19 in Kargil district on Sunday evening, the officials said.
The officials said 18 patients from the COVID designated hospital in Kargil and three patients from a COVID Care Centre in Kargil were discharged on Monday after they were tested negative for the virus twice as per the set protocol, reported news agency PTI.
Similarly, nine more patients, who were in home isolation in Leh district, were also tested negative twice and subsequently discharged, they said.
With this, the number of active cases in Ladakh has dropped to 347 -- 98 in Leh district and 249 in Kargil district, the officials said adding that the condition of all the 347 patients is "stable".
Our health infra is fully prepared to tackle #COVID19, but we put equal emphasis on effective prevention from the virus too. Social distancing, safe practices & masks are the best ways to fight the pandemic. However, we feel, procuring masks may not be feasible for many. (1/2)- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 29, 2020
The Government of West Bengal has therefore decided to procure 3 Crore masks, which shall be provided absolutely free of cost to school students, 100-day scheme beneficiaries, frontline healthcare workers, police, fire services staff, municipalities, civic volunteers etc. (2/2)- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 29, 2020
The Odisha government on Monday received the first consignment of Remdesivir and Favipiravir medicines for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the state.
Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra said Remdesivir medicine will be used only in the treatment of moderate to severely ill COVID-19 patients, reported news agency PTI.
"The Remdesivir medicines have been sent to all COVID hospitals across the state", he said.
We have declared 1st July which is Doctor's day as state holiday to pay gratitude to doctors, nurses & others who are working as frontline warriors. I request Centre to declare it as a national holiday in respect of front line warriors: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/PnkUxp1gy1- ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2020
Puducherry: Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today inspected a containment zone in Kunichampet area and distributed ration packets among the people. pic.twitter.com/yf2JRm4sc0- ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2020
The COVID-19 death count in Uttar Pradesh increased to 672 after 12 more fatalities were reported, a senior state government official said on Monday.
With 685 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 22,828, officials said.
"So far, as many as 672 COVID-19 patients have died in the state," Additional Chief Secretary Medical and Health Amit Mohan Prasad said.
"As many as 685 fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported from the state," he told reporters.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said that the state is estimated to be short of Rs 30,000 crore in revenue this financial year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"I have just sent to the Prime Minister a memorandum of the Government of India seeking fiscal and non-fiscal assistance from the government. We have covered all our areas. We estimate, that by the end of this financial year, we will be short of about Rs 30,000 crore in revenue," Mr Singh said in a press conference.
He observed that trade is going down and added that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be reduced, reported news agency ANI.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed officers to increase COVID-19 testing facilities in the state and operate available TrueNat machines at full capacity.
Use of TrueNat machines should be promoted in private hospitals, he said addressing an unlock review meeting with senior officers and ministers.
"The testing capacity for COVID-19 should be increased. Available TrueNat and rapid antigen machines should be operated at full capacity for doing maximum tests in the state," an official release said quoting the chief minister.
As part of its efforts to ramp up the testing capacity, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had approved the use of TrueNat, a diagnostic machine for tuberculosis, for conducting coronavirus tests.
Haryana will soon start convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of COVID-19 patients in all its medical colleges, Health Minister Anil Vij said on Monday.
"Haryana to start Plasma Therapy for treatment of Covid-19 patients in all its medical colleges after approval from ICMR," Mr Vij said in a tweet.
Coronavirus cases in Haryana have touched 14,000 with 223 fatalities, reported news agency PTI.
Nearly 10,000 of the total cases are from three worst-hit districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonipat, which fall in the National Capital Region. Most of the fatalities are also from these three districts, according to state health department data.
77 police personnel found positive for #COVID19 & two others died in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 1,030 and death toll to 59 in the force: Maharashtra Police pic.twitter.com/Mh9MQ3w7ad- ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2020
The Maharashtra government has extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31 amid a steady growth in the COVID-19 numbers in the state." itemprop="description
Uttarakhand government will begin the Char Dham Yatra for residents of the state from July 1, Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Board Chief Executive officer said on Monday.
"Uttarakhand government will begin Char Dham Yatra for the residents of the state from July 1, following standard operating procedure (SOPs) issued by the government in view of COVID-19," the board said.
It said that people from containment zones and quarantine centres within the state will also not be allowed to take part in the pilgrimage, reported news agency ANI.
India's coronavirus recovery rate has reached 58.67 per cent as the gap between recoveries and active cases stands at 1,11,602, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
A total of 12,010 COVID-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours.
According to the Ministry on Monday, the total coronavirus cases in the country stands at 5,48,318 including 2,10,120 active cases, 3,21,723 cured/discharged/migrated and 16,475 deaths.
Seven new micro-containment zones have been added to the 37 existing ones in Ahmedabad city in Gujarat, taking the total number of people placed under restriction in civic limits to 27,509, an official said.
While six of the new areas are in the western zone of the city, one is in the south-west, he added.
The western part accounts for 643 or 22 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in Gujarat's largest city, the highest among all six zones in Ahmedabad, reported news agency PTI.
The new micro containment zones are in Chandlodia, Chandkheda, Bodakdev, Vasna, Sabarmati, Naranpura and Sarkhej localities, covering 270 houses with 1,080 residents.
Fifty lakh coronavirus protective suits - PPE (personal protection equipment) medical coveralls - can be exported every month, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said this afternoon, stressing that the government's latest move will give a "boost to 'Make in India' exports". Read more
The Delhi government will create a plasma bank to fight coronavirus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this afternoon, urging those who have recovered from the infection to donate plasma to help other patients. Read more
- A senior anesthesiologist died in Delhi. His friends tell me how dedicated he was.
- His wife had also tested positive, she is now cured.
- Dr Aseem Gupta is an inspiration to all of us.
- Earlier, ppl complained of lack of beds in the hospital. We have taken various measures.
- There is lot of confusion over Plasma. We were one of the first states to start trial for plasma. The results have been encouraging.
- Plasma helps improve oxygen level and respiration level.
- We have got permission for plasma therapy.
- We have decided to create plasma bank in Delhi. This will be a first plasma bank to cure COVID patients.
- We will complete all the formalities in 2-3 days. Private, government hospitals can avail this service.
- Doctor/hospital recommendation must for service through plasma bank
- I request all those people who have cured to provide plasma.
- There are very few chances one gets to save life of others - this is your chance
- Pls don't be under misconception that plasma gives 100% results. It is beneficial for those in morbid stage. Of the 35 patients who got plasma at LNJP, 34 recovered.
- Donors have misconception that they might contradict virus. You will have to visit ILBS, it is not a COVID-19 hospital.
- All your transport arrangements will be taken care of by Delhi government.
China's military has received the greenlight to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials proved it was safe and somewhat efficient, the company said on Monday. Read more
Sweet-loving Bengalis have something to cheer about in COVID-19 time as the West Bengal government decided to come out with a "sandesh" which will contain honey from Sundarbans and increase immunity, an official said on Sunday. Read more
The United States added 288 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tally showed Sunday, with the infection rate remaining high as the country struggles to control a new surge of the disease. Read more
Tamil Nadu: A Coimbatore based textile manufacturing company claims that they've developed PPE coveralls,reusable up to 80 wash. Company's Managing Director says, "It has the ability to recharge chlorine in fabric for nearly 80 wash. It has antimicrobial certification from SITRA" pic.twitter.com/XyVdUnDIGW- ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2020
Tamil Nadu: Karthi Velayutham (pic 4), a Coimbatore based robotics engineer claims he has developed 'COVID-19 Smart Swab Robot' that can collect samples for #COVID19 test. Says, "It can be operated through a smartphone with help of an app. It's a prototype, developed at Rs 2000." pic.twitter.com/3lPJSA1bXH- ANI (@ANI) June 28, 2020