Coronavirus Live Updates: India has crossed the 6-lakh mark in coronavirus cases, with the addition of a chunk of new patients from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. The total is now 6,00,032 -- roughly 50,000 cases behind Russia, which is the third worst sufferer from coronavirus.
Earlier in the day, India recorded the highest single-day jump of 507 COVID-19 deaths. Also, a majority of cases--close to four lakh--in June makes it the worst month for the country prompting some states to go for varying degrees of lockdown.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu have accounted for over 70 per cent of 17,400 coronavirus deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
This morning, India's figure stood at 5,66,840, with the addition of a whopping 18,522 new cases. By the evening, Maharashtra added 5,537 cases to the tally, Tamil Nadu 3,882 and Delhi 2,442.
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The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to roll out a ''Dream Kerala Project'' to tap the potential and experience of those returning from abroad and other states after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 23 personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, an official said.
According to the official data, there are 103 active cases out of which 23 patients are in Delhi.
"23 personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking active cases to 103 out of which 23 patients are in Delhi. A total of 251 personnel have recovered so far," ITBP said.
Pune in Maharashtra recorded the highest single-day rise of 1,251 new coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count of patients to 23,680, a health official said on Wednesday.
Maharashtra's Nashik district registered two more coronavirus deaths, taking the count to 240
The Jammu district administration on Wednesday de-notified containment/red zones in the district including Bathindi and Sunjwan areas.
"The de-notified Red/Containment zones in Jammu district are Bathindi and Sunjwan areas and Municipal Ward No 52, 53, 54 of Trikuta Nagar Jammu falling under PS Trikuta Nagar," an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Sushma Chauhan said.
Ms Chauhan is also chairperson of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Jammu.
The order said the areas were de-notified as red zones as intensive testing had been carried out in all the mentioned red zones and "no fresh positive case (other than travellers) has been reported for the last 30 days".
Odisha recorded 251 fresh COVID-19 cases, including that of 43 frontline health workers and an NDRF personnel, taking the state's tally to 7,316, a health department official said on Wednesday.
One COVID-19 patient died in Ganjam district, but the state government attributed the death to terminal lung cancer.
"A 52-year-old male COVID-19 patient of Ganjam district passed away due to terminal cancer of the lungs with brain metastasis," the department said in a statement.
In seven cases earlier, deaths were attributed to "non-COVID reasons", the official said.
The state has so far confirmed 25 deaths due to coronavirus.
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,525 with 35 more people testing positive on Wednesday, a
With five fresh coronavirus casualties in the past 24 hours, the death count due to the disease in Bihar increased to 73, while the total number of cases reached 10,204 after 217 people tested positive, a health department official said on Wednesday.
Of the five deaths, two happened a few days ago but they were recorded on Wednesday, while three others succumbed on Tuesday, Health Secretary Lokesh Kumar Singh said in a statement.
These COVID-19 patients were suffering from other serious diseases too, he said.
The state now has 2,320 active cases while 7,811 patients recovered from the disease and 73 died, reported news agency PTI.
With 268 new cases being reported, Madhya Pradesh's COVID-19 count reached 13,861 on Wednesday.
The death count due to the disease reached 581 after nine deaths were reported today, according to the health bulletin by the state health department.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases include 10,655 cured and discharged patients while there are 2,625 active cases in the state.
Mumbai's COVID-19 tally rose to 78,708 on Wednesday with the addition of 1,511 new cases, while the death of 75 more patients took the count to 4,629, the city civic body said.
This was after a gap of 20 days that the city had recorded more than 1,500 positive cases in a day.
A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said 1,511 more persons tested positive for coronavirus, taking the count to 78,708, while the death count jumped to 4,629 after 75 more patients succumbed to the infection.
On June 10 and 11, Mumbai had recorded 1,567 and 1,540 cases, respectively.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which bans unlawful assembly of people, was on Wednesday extended in Uttar Pradesh''s Gautam Buddh Nagar district till July 31 in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an official order.
Section 144 of the CrPC has been renewed even in ''Unlock 2'', the phased re-opening of activities that had been barred to contain the spread of COVID-19, began in the state and the country, reported news agency PTI.
Political, social, sporting or religious congregations, protest rallies or processions will remain banned across Noida and Greater Noida during the period, the Gautam Nagar district police said.
Except for medical personnel and essential service providers, nobody would be allowed to move in or out of containment zones in Gautam Buddh Nagar, according to the order.
Around 42,000 ASHA workers in Jharkhand have been actively engaged in various activities related to COVID-19 since March and have proved to be an inspiration to community health workers everywhere, the government said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Union health ministry said Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA workers), known as ''Sahiyas'', in Jharkhand have been supporting delivery of healthcare services to the last mile, especially in the tribal areas.
"The state has about 42,000 Sahiyas, supported by 2,260 ''Sahiya Sathis'' (ASHA facilitators), 582 block trainers, 24 district community mobilisers and a state level community processes resource centre," it said.
Fifteen people were arrested and the owners of 1,551 vehicles penalised across Noida and Greater Noida on Wednesday for alleged violation of curbs imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police said.
Also, five vehicles were impounded for a similar violation during a 24-hour period till Wednesday night, the police said, even as "Unlock2" -- the phased re-opening of activities that were barred to contain the spread of COVID-19, began in Uttar Pradesh.
Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which bars an assembly of more than four persons, is in force in Gautam Buddh Nagar, urban areas of which fall in the COVID-19 "red zone".
"Eleven FIRs were registered and 15 people arrested for violating CrPC section 144. A total of 3,179 vehicles were checked at 200 barrier points in the district and challans issued to 1,551 of those, while another five were impounded," the police said in a statement.
Altogether, Rs 24,600 were collected in fines during the action, they said.
The Noida-Delhi border continues to remain sealed for movement except for essential services and people carrying passes issued by the district administration, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Noida, Sankalp Sharma told PTI.
The global coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, pointing out that June saw more than half of all cases reported since the start of the pandemic.
"For the past week, the number of the new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.
"Sixty percent of all cases so far have been reported just in the past month," he said.
With over 511,000 deaths and more than 10.5 million known infections worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned earlier this week.
The Delhi government has directed all district magistrates (DMs) to ramp up rapid-antigen tests for COVID-19 by conducting 2,000 tests a day in their respective areas, officials said on Wednesday.
The DMs have also been asked to increase rapid-antigen testing centres to 250 across the national capital.
As per latest figures, 10,043 rapid antigen tests were conducted in Delhi on Wednesday.
The Delhi government started COVID-19 testing through the rapid-antigen method in and around containment zones of the city from June 18.
A total of 341 teams were involved in the rapid-antigen testing that makes results available within 30 minutes, reported news agency PTI.
"District magistrates have been asked to ramp up testing and ensure conducting of 2,000 rapid-antigen tests in their respective areas every day," the official said.
Delhi recorded 2,442 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the city over the 89,000-mark, while the death count from the disease mounted to 2,803, authorities said.
On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases.
Recently, Delhi had eclipsed Mumbai as the city worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Sixty-one fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, the Delhi health department bulletin said on Wednesday.
India has crossed the 6 lakh mark in coronavirus cases, with the addition of a chunk of cases from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. The total is now 6,00,032 -- roughly 50,000 cases behind Russia, which is the third worst sufferer from coronavirus. Russia is preceded by Brazil, which has more than 14 lakh cases and the US, which has over 26 lakh cases." itemprop="description
In a bid to encourage social distancing when it resumes service, the Kolkata Metro has introduced an online system of recharging smart cards without physically going to the counter, an official said on Wednesday.
Smart card users can visit the Metro Railway website and click on the online recharge option for making the transaction, the official said.
Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said no transaction charges will have to be paid by commuters, reported news agency PTI.
"Passengers will continue to get a 10 per cent bonus on the recharging amount of their smart cards as before," she said.
The civil court in Lucknow will remain closed on Thursday in view of an office bearer of the Central Bar Association testing COVID-19 positive.
The order was passed by District Judge A K Ojha on Wednesday.
After the office bearer tested positive on June 29, Ojha had ordered that the court premises would be closed on June 30 and July 1, reported news agency PTI.
The Judge passed the order on the recommendation of a committee comprising judges to look into issues arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed that the ''Make in India'' ventilators supplied to the States and Union Territories are meant for ICUs.
"It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through some media reports that the issue of BiPAP mode not being available in the ventilators supplied by Government of India has been raised," Joint Secretary Mandeep K Bhandari , Union Health Ministry stated in a letter addressed to Vikram Dev Dutt, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi.
"It is to inform that the ''Make in India'' ventilators supplied to the States and Union Territories, including GNCT of Delhi, by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are meant for ICUs. The technical specifications for these COVID ventilators have been laid down by a Technical Committee of domain knowledge experts headed by the Director General Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," Mr Bhandari added.
Gujarat reported its highest single-day spike yet of 675 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the number of cases in the state to 33,318, the health department said.
With 21 COVID-19 patients succumbing during the day, the death count due to the pandemic in the state rose to 1,869, it said.
368 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered coronavirus patients in Gujarat to 24,038, reported news agency PTI.
The state now has 7,411 active cases with 63 patients on ventilator, the health department said in its daily release.
Karnataka on Wednesday recorded the biggest single day spike of 1,272 new COVID-19 cases and seven related deaths, taking the total number of infections to 16,514 and the death toll to 253, the health department said.
The day also saw 145 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Out of 1,272 fresh cases reported on Wednesday, a whopping 735 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone, reported news agency PTI
The previous biggest single day spike was recorded on June 28 with 1,267 cases.
As of July 1 evening, cumulatively 16,514 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 253 deaths and 8,063 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.
The Union Territory of Ladakh recorded 17 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the twin districts of Leh and Kargil to 990, officials said.
However, the number of active cases in Ladakh dropped to 295 -- 183 in Kargil and 112 in Leh -- after 46 more patients were cured of the disease in Kargil and subsequently discharged, they said.
The 295 cases included 12 people, who tested positive on Wednesday. The new cases included 12 from Kargil and five from Leh, the officials said.
They said the condition of all the patients suffering from COVID-19 is "stable", reported news agency PTI.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said his government will engage ''swasthya mitras'' to spread awareness about COVID-19 pandemic in all the villages of the state.
During a review meeting held through video conference, the chief minister said the government had conducted a massive awareness campaign in villages and now it will engage ''swasthya mitras'' for this purpose, according to an official statement.
Mr Gehlot said his government's objective is to bring down the mortality rate due to coronavirus to negligible, reported news agency PTI.
"Deaths from coronavirus should be negligible in Rajasthan," the chief minister said.
Seven more cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Meghalaya in the past one week, taking the state's tally to 55, officials said on Wednesday.
The seven coronavirus patients include three BSF personnel, three high-risk contacts of one BSF personnel and a bank manager, they said.
The three BSF personnel who returned from outside the state and three of the high-risk contacts are observing quarantine protocols, a senior health official told PTI.
"Total Positive Cases 55. Total Active Cases 12, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma posted on his social media handles.
Eleven more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, taking the coronavirus tally in the state to 965, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, four were reported from Una district, two each from Hamirpur and Bilaspur and one each from Shimla, Sirmaur and Kangra districts, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, R D Dhiman said.
In Kangra, a 65-year-old woman from Kuthera village in Palampur tehsil tested positive, Kangra Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Prajapati said, adding that she is being shifted to Palampur military hospital. The woman had returned recently from Delhi, reported news agency PTI.
The COVID-19 tally in Kerala crossed the 4,500 mark on Wednesday with 151 people testing positive as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cautioned that the state may have to face "more challenges" in the coming days.
"The positive cases are rising in the state. But there is some relief as the death toll and cases due to contact has not gone up drastically.
But, in the coming days we may have to face more challenges," Mr Vijayan told reporters.
He said the state has not yet been spared from the threat of community spread and there was need to maintain constant vigil, reported news agency PTI.
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Wednesday announced a one-time incentive for doctors, nurses and other health workers in appreciation of their service in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Speaking at a function at STNM hospital on the occasion of the National Doctors' Day, he said that the doctors will be given Rs 20,000, while the nursing staff and support staff will get Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, reported news agency PTI.
The incentive will be disbursed within 15 days, Mr Tamang said.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief DK Shivakumar on Wednesday said that the state Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa should apologise to the nation for the Ballari incident, reported news agency ANI.
"It is shocking to see the Ballari incident. The way the dead bodies of the corona victims have been treated is very unfortunate. The entire country witnessed it. I request the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to apologise to the nation. India is known for its values and traditions," Shivakumar told reporters.
Earlier, Shivakumar had posted a video which allegedly showed officials ''inhumanly'' dumping bodies of those patients who die of COVID into a pit in Ballari, the district administration confirmed it and said that the entire field team involved in the incident has been disbanded.
Assam recorded 140 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the state to 8,547, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Out of the 140 new cases, 122 are from Guwahati city, which is under complete lockdown for 14 days since June 28.
The state now has 2,885 active cases. While 5,647 patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals, 12 died and three migrated to other states, reported news agency PTI.
Assam registered the highest single-day spike of 613 cases on Tuesday and 382 of them were from Guwahati. Since June 24, 1,362 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the city.
The state government imposed a 14-day complete lockdown in Kamrup (Metro) district, of which Guwahati is a part, from June 28. The move followed the detection of 762 positive cases in the city in a week since June 15.
The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday launched 412 new ambulances, replacing the obsolete older vehicles, under the Dial 108 emergency response service.
It also inducted 656 new mobile medical units under the 104 service.
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off the new fleet from Vijayawada and called it a "golden-letter day" in the states history.
The 108 and 104 services were first introduced by Mr Jagan's late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy when he was the Chief Minister of erstwhile unified Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009.
The state will now have a total of 748 ambulances, including 336 now running, reported news agency PTI.
A total of 585 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Additional Chief Secretary Health Amit Mohan Prasad said.
There are 6,709 active cases, 16,629 discharged and 718 deaths as of today in the state, reported news agency ANI.
Addressing a press conference, Mr Prasad said, "With 16,629 people cured so far in the state, the percentage of discharged patients stand at 69.12 per cent. There are 6,709 active cases and 718 people have lost their lives so far. A total of 585 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours."
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Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Chandigarh, taking the total number of positive coronavirus cases to 446, as per information provided by the Chandigarh Health Department.
Out of the total coronavirus cases, 73 are active cases and 367 patients have been cured till date, said the health department.
On the other hand, 18,653 COVID-19 cases have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally of coronavirus cases to 5,85,493, informed the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday.
As many as 18 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been detected in rural areas of Maharashtra's Nashik district, taking the tally to 4,270 in the region, a health official said on Wednesday.
Swab reports of 18 suspected patients came out positive for the infection late on Tuesday night, the official said.
Of the 4,270 coronavirus cases in the district, Nashik city accounts for 2,180, followed by Malegaon at 1,034, while 932 were reported from other parts, a release stated.
At least 124 patients from outside the district had also received treatment in Nashik, it was stated.
Mumbai police on Wednesday issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in the city, restricting movement of people in public places, and said the measure was taken to check rising COVID-19 cases.
With 903 new patients reported on Tuesday, coronavirus case tally in Mumbai increased to 77,197 while death toll rose to 4,554 with 93 more fatalities.
The order says curbs on movement for non-essential work came into force from Wednesday and shall remain so till July 15, unless withdrawn earlier.
The order prohibits "presence or movement of one or more persons in public places or gathering of any sort", a senior police official said.
Six hundred and fifty seven new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths were reported from Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.
With this, the total number of positive cases in the state climbed to 15,252, informed the state's Health Department.
The total figure includes 7033 active cases and 5587 recoveries.While 193 patients have succumbed to the infectious virus.
Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday announced that the coastal state will be open to tourists starting July 2, as 250 hotels have been granted permission to resume operations.
Goa, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, has remained shut for travellers since the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in March.
The decision to restart tourism activities was taken during a state cabinet meeting, the minister said.
The tourism department has so far granted permission to 250 hotels, which can operate in keeping with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the state government, reported news agency PTI.
Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 across the country, two brothers from Ghaziabad have designed an application named COPAL19 to match plasma donors with patients.
Dr Abhinav Singh Verma, a resident doctor at neuro-surgery department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Tushar, a final year student at IIT- Delhi have developed this application.
At present, the application has the data of all COVID-19 patients treated at AIIMS. Now, the doctors are planning to make this application live on Google Play Store from Thursday onwards for Android users. However, for iOS version it will take a couple of more days, reported news agency ANI.
Lord Jagannath's ''Bahuda Jatra'' -- the return car festival -- began on Wednesday in the absence of devotees, and amid tight security and curfew, as the seaside pilgrim town virtually shutdown to prevent gatherings in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the divine siblings -- Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Devi Subhadra -- embarked on their return journey back to the 12th-century shrine, the administration appealed people to stay home and watch the rituals on TV.
The world famous Rath Yatra, which commenced on June 23, is being held sans public attendance as the Supreme Court had on June 22 allowed it, only in Puri, and with condition that a limited number of servitors will participate and there would be no congregation.
The three deities end their annual nine-day sojourn to Sri Gundicha Temple, their birth place, and are now returning to Sreemandir or Shri Jagannath temple on three majestic wooden chariots during ''Bahuda Jatra'', reported news agency PTI.
The COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane district have nearly doubled in the last 15 days and risen considerably since May 1, a data released by the authorities revealed.
According to a health bulletin, Thane district, which had detected just 1,011 coronavirus cases till May 1, has recorded 33,324 infections till Tuesday night.
In the last 15 days alone, the cases in the district have nearly doubled from 17,008 to 33,324, it stated.
The deaths too have seen a rise from 29 casualties till May 1 to 1,064 so far, the data stated.
Meanwhile, considering the pattern of increase in cases, the civic administration in Thane, Mira Bhayandar and Kalyan Dombivli towns have imposed a total lockdown for the next 10 days, reported news agency PTI.
The municipal corporations of Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai have restricted the lockdown to certain containment zones, an order stated.
Nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the northeast state's tally to 160, an official of the Health department said on Wednesday.
Health department Spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma told PTI that all the newly infected patients have returned from Delhi and belong to south Mizorams Siaha district.
"Though the returnees have tested negative initially, they were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday night when their samples were re-tested," he said.
Dr Lalmalsawma said that the patients in the age group of 18-28 are asymptomatic and are out of danger, reported news agency PTI.
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