Coronavirus India Highlights: The national capital's coronavirus total crossed 80,000 on Friday. (File)
Coronavirus Highlights: Coronavirus cases in Delhi crossed the 80,000-mark today with 2,948 infections in the last 24 hours as the worst-hit city in the country grapples with the shortage of hospital beds. The total number of deaths in the national capital has mounted to 2,558, the health department said. There have been 66 deaths in the last 24 hours in Delhi, authorities said.
The Delhi government is conducting nearly 20,000 COVID-19 tests per day and has 13,500 beds for those infected by the virus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday morning, while outlining a five-pronged approach to fight the rising tide of novel coronavirus cases in the city. He also thanked the centre for providing the Delhi administration with an adequate number of coronavirus testing kits.
Six days after it recorded four lakh infections, India's COVID-19 tally raced past five lakh today with the highest single-day jump of 18,552 cases, according to Union health ministry data. 384 COVID-19 deaths were also reported during the period, taking the total number of casualties due to the virus to 15,685. The number of active cases stands at 1,97,387, while 2,95,880 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the updated figure at 8 AM. On Friday, India crossed the 5 lakh figure after the country reported its highest single-day spike of over 17,000 cases. It took 149 days to cross the five-lakh mark. India has been recording over 14,000 cases for the past eight days now.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases In India Highlights:
Global COVID-19 Case Count Surpasses 9.6 Million
The global COVID-19 case count has surpassed 9.6 million after more than 179,000 new positive tests were confirmed worldwide over the past 24 hours, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday.
According to the WHO's daily statistical bulletin, a total of 179,316 new cases were reported over the past day, a slight rise from the 177,012 new positive tests reported on Friday.
The organisation confirmed 40,526 new cases in the United States, 39,483 new positive tests in Brazil and 18,552 new cases in India over the previous 24 hours.
As a result of the latest increase, the global coronavirus disease case total now stands at 9.65 million, according to the WHO.
A further 6,866 deaths were also registered over the past 24 hours, taking the global COVID-19 death count to 491,128, the organisation stated. The Americas were the most severely impacted, recording 74.8 per cent of all deaths over the past day.
On Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the organisation fully expects the global case total to surpass 10 million next week. He added that almost four million new cases have been registered over the past month.
US Surpasses 2.5 Million COVID-19 Cases: Report
The United States on Saturday surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed, as the world's hardest-hit country grappled with a surge of infections in several states.
There were 2,500,419 confirmed cases in the US, according to the Baltimore-based university as of 5:30 pm (2130 GMT).
US deaths now exceed 125,000, approximately one-fourth the world total of over 495,000.
Florida on Saturday reported a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours as infections there spike. The state's rapid reopening saw young adults flocking to beaches, boardwalks and bars.
It's among the more than half of US states, particularly in the South and West, seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases -- a dramatic setback to efforts to reopen and salvage badly battered economies.
Texas and Florida, which both have Republican governors who resisted prolonged lockdowns, have announced new restrictions on bars.
5 More Test COVID-19 Positive In Arunachal Pradesh, Total Rises To 177
Five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, raising the state's infection tally to 177, an official said on Saturday.
Three new cases were detected from West Kameng district on Saturday and they were military personnel, State Surveillance Officer L Jampa said.
Two other persons from the Capital Complex area and West Siang district were found positive for coronavirus on Friday, he said.
"All of them recently returned to the state and were in quarantine facilities. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to COVID care centres," the official said, news agency PTI reported.
246 COVID-19 cases reported in Assam on Saturday, as of 11:45 PM. Total number of cases in the state is now at 7,165, including 4,814 discharged, 2,338 active cases & 10 deaths: Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Health Minister
57 COVID-19 cases and 52 discharged reported in Chhattisgarh on Monday. Total number of cases in the state is now at 2,602, including 652 active cases, 1,937 discharged, & 13 deaths: State Health Department
Over 1,000 fresh COVID-19 cases push number of infections in Telangana past 13,000 mark
Telangana on Saturday reported a single day high of 1,087fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally of infections in the state to 13,436.
Six deaths were reported today, taking the count to 243, according to a state government bulletin.
Out of the 1,087 fresh cases, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for 888 followed by Ranga Reddy district (74) and Medchal (37), the bulletin said.
A total of 4,928people were discharged after treatment and 8,265patients were undergoing treatment while the number of cumulative tests stood at 79,231.
11 deaths, 284 new COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan today
A total of 11 deaths and 284 cases of COVID-19 were reported from Rajasthan today, taking the total number of cases to 16,944, as per information provided by the State Health Department.
Out of the coronavirus cases, 3,186 cases are active. So far, 391 patients have died due to the virus.
Goa sees highest single-day rise with 89 cases on Friday
Goa registered its highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases on Saturday with 89 people
testing positive for novel coronavirus, taking the state's infection count to 1,128, an official said.
Fifty people were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 706 active cases, two having died due to the infection, he added.
With 607 new COVID-19 positive cases, UP's tally reaches 6,684
In the last 24 hours, 607 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh, currently there are 6,684 active cases, said Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad.
"14,215 patients have been discharged so far and 649 patients have succumbed to the infection," said Mr Prasad while addressing a press briefing.
"A new benchmark has been established in the state in sample testing as the number of testing crossed 20,000 mark. So far, 6,63,096 samples have been tested so far in the state. ASHA workers have tracked over 18 lakh migrant workers so far," he added.
Bengaluru to get 10,000 bed COVID care facilities by Monday evening: Karnataka Minister
Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Karnataka Medical Education Minister S Sudhakar on Saturday
said arrangements will be made to have 10,000 beds in government and private hospitals by Monday evening and multi-storey residential apartment complexes will also be used to treat infected patients.
"By Monday evening, we will have a definite information about the number of beds available in the government and private hospitals.
Efforts are afoot to arrange 10,000 beds to treat coronavirus patients by Monday evening," Sudhakar said in a statement on Saturday after video conferencing with the health department officials.
Uttarakhand fixes price caps for COVID-19 tests
The cost of testing for COVID-19 in private labs has been fixed between Rs 2000 to Rs 2200 in the state, said Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday.
Addressing media after a review meeting, he said, "We are doing a weekly review of the coronavirus situation in the state. We hold a meeting with district officers including Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to know the updates in their districts. The cost of testing for COVID-19 in various private labs has fixed between Rs 2000 to Rs 2200 in the state."
"Earlier the cost of testing was at Rs Rs 4500 and now it has been reduced almost to half. It will provide relief to people and increase testing capacity in the state," he added.
All 12 containment zones in Jammu district denotified
Authorities in Jammu on Saturday denotified all 12 containment or red zones in the district after no fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from the areas in the last 30 days.
While 259 people have been cured of COVID-19 in these areas, seven died, according to officials.
Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan denotified all containment or red zones in the district as per the guidelines issued by the state executive committee, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Department, an official spokesperson said.
The denotified containment or red zones are Janipur, Bhawani Nagar, Gujjar Najar, Kalka Colony in Gorkha Nagar, Gurah Bakshi Nagar, Digiana, Raipur Satwari, Simbal, Kharian, Kalyanpur, Channi Mawalian and municipal ward number 48 of Gurkha Nagar, he said.
The spokesperson said intensive testing was carried out in these areas. No fresh COVID-19 case has been reported in these areas for the last 30 days.
Seven more die of coronavirus in Punjab, count now 128; state reports 100 fresh cases
Seven more people died of coronavirus in Punjab on Saturday, raising the count to 128, while 100 new cases pushed the state's infection count to 5,056.
Three deaths were reported in Sangrur, two in Amritsar and one each in Jalandhar and Bathinda, as per the medical bulletin issued by the government.
One fatality earlier reported in Fatehgarh Sahib has now been removed from the death count figure as the victims belonged to Uttarakhand, it stated.
There was no let up in the rising number of new coronavirus cases in the state, with 100 more people testing positive for the infection on Saturday.
13 more deaths take West Bengal's COVID count to 629; 521 fresh cases detected
Thirteen more people died due to COVID-19 in West Bengal on Saturday, taking the state's count to 629, while 521 fresh cases pushed the tally to 16,711, a health department bulletin said.
Twelve of the 13 deaths were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental, it said.
A total of 254 patients have been discharged from hospitals since Friday and the number of active cases in the state now stands at 5,293.
During the last 24 hours, 9,548 samples have been tested, the bulletin said.
8 states contributed 85% COVID-19 caseload, 87% deaths: Health Ministry
Eight states, including Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, contributed 85.5 per cent of the active COVID-19 caseload and 87 per cent of the total deaths due to the disease in India, according to the Union Health Ministry. Read more here
Noida: COVID-19 cases cross 2,000-mark, death count rises to 21
The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar district rose to 21 on Saturday with one more fatality, while the total number of cases crossed the 2000-mark, official data showed.
The district has recorded 127 new cases since Friday, while 97 patients were discharged during the 24-hour period, according to the UP Health Department data.
The number of active COVID-19 cases rose to 915 in Gautam Buddh Nagar and the death count reached 21 on Saturday, it showed.
So far, 1,136 patients have been discharged in the district after recovery from COVID-19, it added.
The total number of positive cases reported in the district stands at 2,072 (915 active cases + 1,136 discharged cases + 21 victims), the data showed.
Andhra Pradesh reports 796 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally crosses 12,000 mark
Andhra Pradesh reported 796 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a record single day spike,
taking the overall tally in the state to 12,285.
Also, 11 patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the count to 157 so far, according to the latest bulletin.
Anantapuramu district recorded 161 cases in a day, pushing it to the second spot in the state with a total of 1,320 behind Kurnool (1,684).
Krishna and Kurnool districts registered four fresh coronavirus deaths each while West Godavari, East Godavari and Vizianagaram accounted for one each.
It was the first COVID-19 death in Vizianagaram district to date.
In the last 24 hours, 263 patients were discharged from hospitals upon recovery, sending the state's aggregate to 5,480.
The state now has 6,648 active COVID-19 cases, according to the bulletin.
19 new coronavirus deaths, 605 more test positive in UP
Uttar Pradesh on Saturday reported 19 novel coronavirus fatalities and 605 infections, as the state's virus count reached 21,548 while the death toll rose to 649, a senior official said.
Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said 14,215 people have so far been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection, leaving 6,684 active COVID-19 cases in the state.
The recovery percentage of the state is 65.96 per cent, Mr Prasad said .
Referring to the sample testing, Mr Prasad said the state touched a new benchmark on Friday by testing 20,028 samples in a day.
DU Postpones Open Book Exams; New Dates On July 3
Delhi University has announced that it is postponing the open book exams, or OBE, for final-semester students of regular and open learning programmes for 10 days, in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The exams were scheduled to begin on July 1. Read more here
COVID-19 news: Earthmover used to take Andhra coronavirus patient's body to crematorium
The body of a coronavirus patient, a 72-year-old man, in Andhra Pradesh was shifted to the crematorium from his house in an earthmover, causing uproar from political leaders belonging to the Opposition in the state. Read Here
Single largest surge of 796 COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh push tally to 12,285. Eleven fresh casualties take death count to 157, says government bulletin.
Coronavirus: Singaporeans asked to avoid crowding ahead of general polls
Singaporeans have been asked to observe safe distancing measures and avoid crowding ahead of the July 10 general elections as the city-state on Saturday reported 291 new coronavirus cases, pushing the tally to 43,246, reports ANI.
A medical team collects samples for serological survey in Paharganj area. As a part of the 'Revised COVID Response Plan' in line with recommendations of Dr. VK Paul committee, serological survey of 20,000 people across Delhi begins today.
COVID-19 death count reaches 92 in J&K
The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 92 on Saturday after a 70-year-old woman from Baramulla district tested positive for coronavirus following her death, officials said, reports PTI.
Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting under the chairmanship of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on COVID-19, is underway, through video conferencing.
Coronavirus news: Number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh rise to 873
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh rise to 873 including 358 active cases, 495 recoveries, and 7 deaths: State Health Department
We have bought 4000 oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 patients, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
In the last 1 week, the number of beds has increased significantly. There are 13500 beds present in Delhi now, of which 6500 are occupied. Also, 20000 tests are being conducted daily. I thank Centre for providing us the needed testing kits, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Delhi following ''very aggressive'' COVID-19 testing, conducted highest number of tests on June 26: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi conducted the highest number of COVID-19 tests in a single day on Friday, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. He informed that the government has increased testing four times in the national capital and now a strategy of very aggressive testing and isolation is being followed to combat COVID-19, reports ANI.
A special Air India flight carrying stranded Indian nationals leaves from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for Kochi, Kerala.
Mammoth survey to determine spread of COVID-19 in Delhi from today
Authorities in Delhi will undertake a mammoth exercise from today to determine the spread of the coronavirus disease amid a rising number of cases in the national capital, which is one of the worst affected in the country. Read Here
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar visits two schools in Bengaluru to inspect the precautionary measures taken amid COVID-19 outbreak.
Coronavirus latest news: India tally crosses 5 lakh
India recorded its biggest surge in the number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours for a third consecutive day with 18,552 new patients, taking the total to 5.08 lakh cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning.
India crosses 5 lakh Covid cases, over 5,000 cases in a day in Maharashtra
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, the worst-hit state, with over 5,000 new cases, reached an aggregate of 1,52,765, while West Bengal and Tamil Nadu also reported their biggest one-day COVID-19 numbers. Read Here
Coronavirus news: Telangana's COVID-19 tally stands at 12,349
Telangana on Friday reported 985 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall state tally to 12,349. According to the state health department''s bulletin, there are currently 7,436 active cases, reports ANI.
Jharkhand Extends Lockdown Till July 31 To Contain Coronavirus Spread
The Jharkhand government announced an extension of the lockdown till July 31 on Friday to contain the spread of COVID-19.
"Considering the seriousness of the situation, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till July 31," Chief Minister Hemant Soren said in a tweet.
The extension order shall come into force with immediate effect, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said, adding that the movement of individuals shall continue to remain prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am.
"All activities permitted prior to this order shall remain permitted. The activities to remain prohibited are closure of schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, shopping malls...," the order said.
Interstate and intrastate bus services, hotels, lodges, inns and dine-in restaurants will not be in operation during this period, it added, news agency PTI reported.
COVID-19 Global Count Tops 9.4 Million, Death Count Surpasses 4,80,000
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has risen by over 177,000 in the past 24 hours to 9.4 million and the death count has topped 480,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday (local time).
On Thursday, the WHO reported 167,056 new cases and 5,336 related deaths.
The fresh daily situation report estimates the number of infections confirmed in the past 24 hours at 177,012. Further, 5,116 virus-related deaths were reported over the same period, taking the toll to 484,249.
The Americas lead the count with over 4.7 million cases, followed by Europe with more than 2.6 million, news agency ANI reported.
International Flights Remain Suspended Till July 15, Says Government
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.
All passenger flights were suspended when the country went into a lockdown late in March to contain the spread of coronavirus. Domestic flights resumed on May 25.
"Scheduled international commercial passenger services to or from India shall remain suspended till 2359 hrs IST of July 15, 2020... However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis," said the circular by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Odisha: 218 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Crossses 6,000
Odisha's COVID-19 tally crossed the 6,000-mark on Friday, with 218 more people, including seven NDRF personnel, testing positive for the infection, a health department official said.
With these patients, the number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 6,180, he said.
Of the fresh cases, 191 were reported from different quarantine centres where returnees from other states are lodged for preliminary observation.
The seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, who had returned from West Bengal after taking part in Cyclone Amphan restoration work, were also in the quarantine facilities and tested positive for COVID-19, while the remaining cases were detected during the contact-tracing exercises, the official said, news agency PTI reported.
985 COVID-19 cases, 78 discharged, and 7 deaths reported in Telangana on 26th June. Total number of cases in the state is now at 12,349, including 7,436 active cases, 4,766 discharged & 237 deaths: State Health Department
Defence Research Body Develops Baggage Disinfector For Airports, Railway Stations
A virus obliterating conveyor for the disinfection of baggage has been developed by Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), the Kochi based laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The automated stand-alone system uses UV bath for disinfecting baggage and other such items within seconds.The disinfector is based on a roller based conveyor carriage that carries baggage through a chamber equipped with accurately calibrated and optimally placed UVC sources.
"The sensing mechanism of the system automatically detects the entry of bags and powers on the UV illumination," read a release.
The system has been specifically designed to irradiate the body of the luggage in all directions and disinfect entire surface of the baggage as per the required intensity level and exposure time and has inbuilt features for ensuring prevention of direct UV exposure outside.
This baggage disinfector can be installed at airports, railway stations, metro stations, bus stations and institutional gates. NPOL has developed the system in partnership with Apollo Microsystems Limited, Hyderabad, news agency ANI reported.