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Coronavirus Live Updates: India's new cases of the coronavirus infection reached a record high on Sunday, with the Union health ministry saying 24,850 new cases were identified in the 24 hours since 8 am on Sunday. The total is now 6,73,165 -- roughly 800 cases behind Russia, which is the third worst sufferer from coronavirus. This is the ninth consecutive day that India's coronavirus infections increased by more than 18,000.
Here are the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases In India Live Updates:
43 new coronavirus cases in Indore
As many as 43 new coronavirus cases were reported in Indore taking the total cases in the district to 4,876, according to Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia.
With two more deaths, the cumulative count of the district has reached 246.
With 1 more death, Kerala's COVID-19 count rises to 27
A 65-year-old man has died due to coronavirus taking the total count in Kerala to 27.
The victim, who was a native of Thoppumpady was admitted at Kalamassery Medical College since June 28.
According to the medical bulletin, he was suffering from severe pneumonia. His wife, son and daughter-in-law were also tested Covid-19 positive earlier.
Strict action against private hospitals for refusing to treat COVID-19 patients: Karnataka minister
Criminal cases will be registered against private hospitals that refuse treatment to COVID-19 patients, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference here at Vidhana Soudha, he said: "No hospital should refuse to admit patients and if any hospital is found denying treatment criminal cases will be registered against them."
He spoke to media persons after returning from his surprise visit to Jayanagar General Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Chest Hospital responded to the questions regarding private hospitals refusing to treat covid patients.
"The government has come up with 6 different systems for treatment of COVID-19 patients. COVID care centres, government medical colleges, private medical college, government hospitals, corporate hospitals and home isolation with proper facilities and according to government guidelines," the minister added.
Assam's COVID-19 tally rises to 11,736 with 735 fresh cases
Assam reported 735 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the infection tally to 11,736 in the state, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Of the 735 new cases, 552 cases were reported from Guwahati city alone, which is currently under complete lockdown for 14 days from June 28. The total number of cases in the city stands at 3,293.
Sarma, in a tweet, said, "735 new #COVID+ positive cases detected today, out of which 552 from Guwahati city alone. Request people to maintain vigilance and take strict precautions."
Nineteen people tested positive for COVID-19 in Barpeta and these include nine Army personnel of the ''9th Jat Regiment'' based at Ganakkuchi area of the district, an official said.
Jharkhand reports 53 new cases of COVID-19, 1 more death
Jharkhand on Sunday reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, taking the infection tally in the state to 2,807, according to the state health department.
One more person died due to the contagion, raising the total fatalities in the state to 19, it said in a bulletin.
There are 743 active cases in the state at present.
With five more persons recovering from the disease, the number of recovered people is 2,045, as per the bulletin.
Over 100 people at Cuttack cancer hospital test COVID-positive in 10 days; probe ordered
An investigation was ordered on Sunday after around 100 patients, attendants and healthcare workers at a cancer hospital in Odisha's Cuttack tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, officials said.
The Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Research Centre has been sealed for sanitisation after the cases were reported, they said.
Cuttack District Collector Bhabani Shankar Chaini told reporters that the matter was being investigated, and appropriate action will be taken if any lapses were found.
Cancer patients who were getting treated at the hospital alleged negligence on the part of the authorities as the reason behind such an outbreak at the facility.
"It is for the negligent and casual approach of the cancer hospital authorities that the virus from one patient infected the entire hospital," a patient claimed.
Odisha's COVID-19 tally crosses 9,000-mark, death count rises to 36
Odisha's COVID-19 tally crossed the 9,000-mark on Sunday with 469 more persons testing positive for the novel coronavirus, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 36, a Health Department official said.
The fresh cases, including four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, have taken the state's virus count to 9,070.
3 hotels serving as COVID care facilities in Delhi delinked from hospitals over low occupancy
District authorities in South West Delhi have delinked three hotels serving as extended COVID care facilities from hospitals due to low occupancy, officials said on Sunday.
Hotel Piccadilly at Janakpuri district centre, Taj Vivanta in Dwarka, Pride Plaza in Aerocity, and Welcome in Dwarka sector 10 were attached with hospitals closest to them in mid-June to serve as extended facilities for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.
However, in the last fortnight, only 25 of the 900 rooms at the four hotels were occupied.
In an order issued on Saturday, SDM (Dwarka) delinked Piccadilly, Pride Plaza and Taj Vivanta from the hospitals they were attached with.
Now, only Welcome hotel in Dwarka sector 10 will serve as an extended COVID care facility for Mata Chanan Devi, Akash Healthcare, Venkanteshwara, and Manipal hospitals, the order stated.
Andhra Pradesh crosses 1 million-mark in COVID-19 testing
Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday said that it has conducted over one million COVID-19 tests in the state till date to combat the widespread illness.
A total of 78 laboratories including government, private, and TrueNat labs along with dedicated hospitals for treating COVID patients are conducting the tests.
"Andhra Pradesh has crossed one million COVID-19 tests, logging 10,17,123 tests as on Sunday morning. With extensive testing and timely treatment, the mortality rate stands at 1.24 per cent which is much lower than the national average of 2.86 per cent," the Andhra Chief Minster''s Office stated in a release.
Biggest Single-Day Jump In Madhya Pradesh With Over 300 COVID-19 Cases
Madhya Pradesh on Sunday recorded its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases as 326 people tested positive for novel coronavirus, taking the state's count to 14,930, an official said.
The death count reached 608 as 10 people died due to the infection, comprising four in Bhopal, three in Indore and one each in Jabalpur, Sagar and Harda, he added.
"Of the new cases, the highest 64 cases were reported from Gwalior, followed by 61 in Bhopal, 36 in Morena and 23 in Indore," officials said.
Scientists Say Coronavirus Is Airborne: Report
Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.
In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said.
Telangana records 23,902 coronavirus cases till now: Report
The number of COVID-19 cases in Telangana continued to rise with 1,590 fresh cases and seven deaths being reported today, pushing the count of infections to 23,902.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,277 were recorded from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by 125 in Medchal district and 82 in Ranga Reddy district, a health department bulletin said.
A total of 1,166 people were discharged on Sunday, taking the total number of those cured to 12,703 so far after treatment, it said.
Highest Single-Day Spike Of 1,153 COVID-19 Cases In Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest single-day jump of 1,153 coronavirus cases on Sunday, pushing the infection tally to 27,707, while the death count in the state reached 785 with 12 fresh fatalities, officials said.
A total of 18,761 COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals, Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi said. There are now 8,161 active cases in the state, he added.
"It's Getting Bigger": Assam Health Minister On Guwahati COVID-19 Crisis
Assam is going through a crucial phase of the coronavirus pandemic
with a massive spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Assam reported its first COVID-19 case on March 31, and after 96 days, on July 5, when the tally stands at 11,001, Mr Sarma alerted people in Guwahati where in past 10 days the city has reported 2,700 positive cases.
"Now it's the community. Guwahati has formally entered the pandemic situation. It is becoming bigger and bigger," Mr Sarma told reporters in Guwahati on Sunday.
Karnataka records 1,925 new COVID-19 cases
Karnataka witnessed its biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases with 1,925 additions and 37 related deaths, taking the case count in the state to 23,474, the health department said.
The total cases reported include 9,847 discharges and 13,251 active cases, the department said in its bulletin adding that among the active cases, 243 are admitted to the Intensive Care Units.
Bengaluru continued to remain the largest contributor of coronavirus cases in the state reporting a 1,235 cases and 16 deaths today. As on Sunday, there are 8,167 active cases in the city.
Chhattisgarh seeks Centre's nod to reopen gyms
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has asked the Centre to allow conditional reopening of gymnasiums, which have been shut since the coronavirus-enforced lockdown came into force on March 25.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Baghel cited the financial hardships being faced by operators of fitness centres, a state government spokesperson said.
India Overtakes Russia As Third Worst-Hit Nation In Covid-19 case count
India has now taken the third spot in the list of nations worst hit by coronavirus. The country logged 6,90,396 cases this evening, according to data from state governments, overtaking Russia, which had 6,80,283 as per the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in US.
India is now preceded only by Brazil and the US. Brazil has over 15 lakh cases and the US has more than 28 lakh.
Electrification work at COVID-19 care centre completed in record time: Power Company
To ensure seamless power supply to the "largest" COVID-19 care centre in Delhi in a "record time", more than 100 workers and officials of discom BRPL worked round the clock to lay down 22-km-long cable underground and install 24 transformers for a load of 23 MW, its spokesperson said.
The 10,000-bed Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in south Delhi was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today.
The (electrification) task was completed in a record time of nearly 15 days with over 100 discom officials and workers toiling round the clock under the direct supervision of the company senior leadership team and in close coordination with government agencies," said the BSES Rajdhani Power Limited spokesperson.
Rise in COVID-19 cases "worrisome": Congress
The Congress has expressed concern over the rise in coronavirus infections in the country and accused the government of "wasting time" by not utilising the lockdown period to ramp up the health infrastructure.
At a virtual press conference, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh also questioned the government why only 1,340 ventilators could be procured till June 22 whereas it had placed an order for 50,000 on March 31. He said the actual procurement is against the claim made by BJP president JP Nadda that the country will have 60,000 ventilators by June-end.
Delhi monuments to reopen from tomorrow with protective measures in place
With all protective measures in place, Delhi monuments are all set to welcome the visitors from tomorrow amid relaxations in the COVID-19 lockdown.
The monuments closed their gates in March due to the outbreak of coronavirus infection.
The timing of the monuments till now has been kept the same starting from around 7 am till sunset. Few primary safety measures such as social distancing circles, thermal scanning of visitors and setting up of sanitiser dispensers are to be followed.
Thiruvananthapuram Sitting On "Active Volcano": Minister On Rise In COVID-19 Cases
Thiruvananthapuram district is "sitting on an active volcano" with rising number of COVID-19 cases and there is no guarantee that there would be no community spread, tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said in Thiruvananthaouram.
He also said that the state government has decided to conduct more antigen tests in the district to check the spread of the virus.
Drunk people can't socially distance, UK police say
Britain's police said that revellers who packed London's Soho district the night pubs finally reopened made it "crystal clear" that drunk people cannot socially distance.
England's hospitality sector sprung back to life after a three-month coronavirus hiatus on what the media dubbed as either "Super Saturday" or "Independence Day".
But the head of Britain's police federation said he ended up dealing with "naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks" while on shift. "What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't/won't socially distance," John Apter told London radio.
Over 3,000 beds reserved in Bengaluru hospitals to treat coronavirus patients
Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, over 3,000 beds in private hospitals have been reserved for treating patients while a 10,100-bed coronavirus care centre, the biggest in the country, has been set up, authorities said.
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said 3,331 beds in 72 private hospitals have been earmarked for COVID-19 patients.
The city civic body commissioner said the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre has been converted into a coronavirus care centre with 10,100 beds.
Kerala Makes Coronavirus Safety Rules A Must For 1 Year
The Kerala government said safety rules for the coronavirus pandemic will have to be followed for the next one year. Wearing masks or
face covers in public and social distancing are among the rules that will be mandatory. Masks will also have to be worn at workplaces and six feet of social distancing will apply everywhere.
Weddings can only be attended by up to 50 people and funerals by 20. No manner of social gatherings, get-together, processions, dharnas, congregations or demonstration can be conducted without written permission from authorities. Participants in such gatherings will not exceed 10 people, the government said.
Andhra Pradesh reports 998 new COVID-19 cases, overall count rises to 18,697
Andhra Pradesh recorded a new single-day high of 998 new COVID-19 cases taking the overall count to 18,697 even as the state crossed the one-million mark in the number of samples tested.
The state also saw 14 coronavirus deaths, the highest in a day so far, taking the count to 232, with a mortality rate of 1.24 per cent.
The latest government bulletin said 391 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the number to an overall 8,422 recoveries till date.
COVID-19 recovery rate in 21 states, UTs higher than national average of 60.77%: Health Ministry
Twenty-one states and UTs, including Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, have a COVID-19 recovery rate higher than the national average of 60.77 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday as India's case count mounted to 6.73 lakh and the death toll rose to 19,268.
Collective and focused efforts for containment and management of COVID-19 by the government of India along with the states and union territories have led to the number of recovered COVID-19 patients to rise to 4,09,082 so far, it said.
Karnataka Chief Minister gives responsibility to ministers for COVID-19 management
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has asked officials to ensure that all necessary arrangements for COVID-19 patients must be carried out efficiently and transparently, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.
"Karnataka is in a better position due to the efforts and hard work of ministers, doctors, officials and all staff. The cases have increased in Bengaluru and some other districts in last few days due to various reasons. We all have to work hard and contain the spread of virus," Dr Sudhakar said.
Coronavirus news: Indonesia reports highest daily tally of coronavirus deaths
Indonesia reported 82 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday in its highest daily tally, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said, taking the count to 3,171. Infections rose 1,607, for a total of 63,749 cases, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted
Saudi Arabia's coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighbouring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of new cases climbing after the Arab world's two largest economies fully lifted curfews last month. Restrictions had been in place in both countries since mid-March and their gradual lifting has allowed commercial businesses and public venues to reopen, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus news: Odisha's COVID-19 tally crosses 9,000-mark, death count rises to 36
Odisha's COVID-19 tally on Sunday crossed the 9,000 mark with 469 fresh cases, while two more fatalities due to the infection pushed the death count to 36, a health department official said.
The number of coronavirus patients in the state rose to 9,070, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Rajasthan reported six fresh COVID-19 deaths
Rajasthan reported six COVID-19 deaths and 224 cases of coronavirus infection on Sunday, according to an official report.
The fatalities were reported from Jodhpur (4), Kota (1) and Udaipur (1), taking the death toll to 453.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 1,9756.
Of the total 224 fresh cases, maximum of 48 cases were reported from Pratapgarh.
Ajmer reported 7 cases, Alwar 23, Baran 4, Bharatpur 8, Bhilwara 3, Bikaner 12, Churu 1, Dausa 7, Dungarpur 1, Jaipur 31, Jalore 18, Jhalawar 3, Kota 5, Pali 33, Rajsamand 6, Tonk 3, Udaipur 4 and Jhunjhunu 7, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: 43 new COVID-19 cases in Puducherry
Forty three new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Union Territory, taking the infection tally to 946 on Sunday, while the death count remained at 14, the government said.
Among them, 30 patients were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College,10 to the government general hospital at Yanam and three to the centrally administered JIPMER, a government bulletin said, giving details of coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, ended at 10 AM, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Tokyo confirms 111 new coronavirus cases on Sunday
Tokyo confirmed 111 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, the fourth straight day that the tally of fresh cases has exceeded 100, public broadcaster NHK said.
Tokyo reported 131 new cases the previous day, prompting Governor Yuriko Koike, who is widely expected to win Sunday's gubernatorial election, to urge residents to avoid non-urgent trips out of the capital and embrace working from home, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus news: 5 deaths, 1,850 more COVID-19 cases in Telangana
The Government of Telangana has reported 1,850 positive COVID-19 cases, 1,342 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 22,312, including 10,487 active cases and 11,537 recoveries.
The coronavirus death count in the state stands at 288, ANI reported.
Coronavirus news: COVID-19 suspect dies after falling from roof of quarantine centre in Rampur
A 33-year-old COVID-19 suspect died after allegedly falling from a three-storied quarantine centre in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur on Sunday.
According to Dr Subodh Kumar, Chief Medical Officer, the man had been admitted to the quarantine centre after his mother had recently tested positive for COVID-19, ANI reported.
Coronavirus news: 34 new COVID-19 cases reported from Maharashtra jails in last 24 hours
Prisons across Maharashtra reported 34 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
The figure includes 31 inmates and three jail staff, informed the Maharashtra Prison Department on Sunday.
A total of 415 inmates and 162 jail staff have tested positive till July 4, while 281 inmates and 90 jail staff have recovered.
Four inmate deaths have been reported due to COVID-19, ANI reported.
Coronavirus News: Highest Single-Day Spike Of Over 24,000 Cases
India's new cases of the coronavirus infection reached a record high on Sunday, with the Union health ministry saying 24,850 new cases were identified in the 24 hours since 8 am on Sunday. The total is now 6,73,165 -- roughly 800 cases behind Russia, which is the third worst sufferer from coronavirus. This is the ninth consecutive day that India's coronavirus infections increased by more than 18,000. Read More
Coronavirus: Yogi Adityanath Orders Containment Plan For Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday directed the state's health and medical education departments to prepare a special work plan for Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts in view of the growing number of coronavirus cases.
In a meeting with senior officials, the chief minister stressed on more efforts for further improving medical facilities in the two districts to check spread of the infection, an official statement issued said.
The chief minister directed that a special health department team be sent to Ghaziabad which should camp there and ensure better arrangements in COVID-19 hospitals and treatment of the infected people, the press release said, adding that he also said that a similar team be sent to Bulandshahr. Read
Coronavirus Updates: Delhi Recovery Rate Crosses 70%
The recovery rate in Delhi crossed 70 per cent on Saturday. Out of 97,200 total patients, 68,256 have recovered sho far. There are 24,940 total active cases in Delhi.
Coronavirus News: Timeline For Vaccine Development Not Realistic: AIIMS Director
The Director of AIIMS Dr Randeep Guleria has said that India is close to coronavirus peak, but the deadlines for vaccine development are unrealistic. Dr Guleria says Additionally, Dr Guleria says that contrary to what was previously believed, children too need to take the same precautions as adults.
Timeline For Vaccine Development Not Realistic: AIIMS Director
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