India logged 2,95,772 cases this evening, overtaking the UK, which was in the fourth spot so far, with 2,91,588 cases. The coronavirus numbers have been increasing exponentially since the May 24, when India entered the list of top 10.
Earlier in the day, the government said, amid speculation over the past few days on the spike in cases in Mumbai and Delhi, that India is "definitely not" in the community transmission stage of the coronavirus pandemic
Over the last weeks, the virus has been increasing exponentially, logging more than 9000 cases. The last 24 hours' increase, 9,996, was the highest ever.
The number of fatalities also saw a record single-day increase of over 350 to move closer to the 8,500-mark.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the coronavirus crisis must become a turning point for the country and reinforce the mission for Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India). Addressing business leaders of Bengal, PM Modi also said it was possible for "People, Planet and Profit" to co-exist and flourish together.
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As many as 143 persons, including an Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, tested positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh since previous evening, a health official said on Thursday.
The state's coronavirus count has reached 1,398, though active cases are 971 as 421 people have been discharged and six patients have died, he said.
97 cases were reported on Wednesday night and 46 on Thursday, reported news agency PTI.
Of the 143 cases, 45 were reported from Bilaspur district, 43 from Korba, 14 from Janjgir-Champa, nine from Raigarh, seven from Mahasamund, six from Rajnandgaon, five from Raipur, three from Durg and two each from Jashpur, Kabirdham and Mungeli districts, he said.
The coronavirus count in Gujarat rose to 22,067 on Thursday with the addition of 513 new cases in the last 24 hours, while the toll increased to 1,385 with the death of 38 more patients, 25 of them in
Ahmedabad, the state health department said. A health department release said 366 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 15,109 in the state.
The state has 5,573 active COVID-19 cases, of which 61 patients are on ventilator, it said.
Out of the 513 new cases, 330 were reported from Ahmedabad, which took the tally in the city to 15,635, reported news agency PTI.
While Surat reported 86 new cases, 39 fresh infections were found in Vadodara, the department said.
A 62-year-old man died of COVID-19 while 28 people tested positive for the infection on Thursday, taking the Gautam Buddh Nagar district's number of fatalities due to the disease to 11 and the number of total patients to 735, said officials.
The man, a resident of Noida Sector 25, was suffering from bronchial asthma and hypertension, they said.
"He died of cardio pulmonary arrest with SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) with sepsis (a life-threatening condition caused by the body''s response to an infection) with shock. He was COVID-19 positive," District Surveillance Officer Sunil Dohare said.
Meanwhile, 28 other new COVID-19 positive cases were found in the district on Thursday, taking the tally to 735, he said.
"So far, 477 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals. There are 227 active cases now," the officer said.
Maharashtra has recorded the highest single-day jump in the number of cases and fatalities with 3,607 fresh infections and over 150 deaths today. The worst-hit state in the country now has 97,648 COVID-19 cases of which 46,078 have recovered, a state health official said." itemprop="description
Delhi reported its highest spike in coronavirus cases today with 1,877 new cases, taking the total to over 34,000. The total number of deaths in the national capital has mounted to 1,085, authorities said." itemprop="description
The Mizoram government is making efforts to conduct a COVID-19 test on all Tamil Nadu returnees, who have been released from quarantine facilities on completion of the quarantine period, Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said on Thursday.
The move was required as many people who returned from Tamil Nadu to neighbouring states have tested positive for novel coronavirus infection, he said.
"The government is currently tracing the returnees, who have been discharged from quarantine facilities, and is collecting their swab samples for laboratory test as a precautionary measure," Mr Lalthangliana said.
Half of the task has been completed, the minister said.
Mumbai's largest private laboratory has been barred from conducting coronavirus tests for the next four weeks, which is likely to slow down testing capacity of the city, which is currently the country's biggest hotspot. The ban order came from the city civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, after alleged delays in producing reports." itemprop="description
The Delhi government on Thursday allowed the city's restro-bars, hotels, and clubs to sell their stock of beer expiring this month to liquor shops in a bid to minimise their financial losses, an official said.
There are around 950 hotels, clubs and restro-bars in the national capital which have an excise license, however, they have not been allowed to open since March 25 when the first nationwide lockdown was announced.
The liquor vends will continue to remain closed in the city till June 30.
According to the Excise Act, the restro-bars, hotels, and clubs can only sell liquor to their customers, the official said, adding that it would be a one-time relaxation.
"In wake of the extraordinary situation emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, the government has allowed these establishments to sell the stock of beer expiring on June 30 to liquor vends," the official told PTI.
With 330 new COVID-19 cases, Ahmedabad's tally rose to 15,635 today. 25 patients died of the virus in the Gujarat city, taking the number of deaths to 1,117, reported news agency PTI quoting an official.
India has now taken the fourth spot in the list of nations worst hit by coronavirus. The country has logged 2,93,754 cases. The UK, which was in the fourth spot so far, has 2,91,588 cases. India is preceded now by Russia, Brazil and the US." itemprop="description
With 513 new coronavirus cases, tally of infections in Gujarat rose to 22,067 today. 38 patients have died due to the virus, taking the number of deaths to 1,385, reported news agency PTI quoting health officials.
Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday registered 67 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally in the union territory to 4,574, officials said.
"Sixty-seven new positive cases of coronavirus were detected in the union territory on Thursday," one of the officials said.
They said while 24 of these cases are from Jammu, 43 are from the Kashmir region, reported news agency PTI.
The UT has witnessed 52 COVID-19 related deaths so far.
The officials said Thursday's cases included 26 people who had returned to the union territory recently.
Coronavirus infections in Haryana inched closer to the 6,000-mark today, reported news agency PTI quoting state health department officials.
The state reported 12 fresh COVID-19-related deaths, it said.
Vistara will operate two repatriation flights -- one each on June 14 and June 15 -- on the Singapore-Delhi-Amritsar route under the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians, the airline said on Thursday.
In an e-mail to travel agents on Thursday, the full-service carrier said it will also take bookings for June 14 and June 15 on the two flights going to Singapore to ferry Indians back.
"We are happy to participate in the government''s Vande Bharat Mission with our repatriation flights from Singapore to Delhi and onwards to Amritsar scheduled on 14 and 15 June 2020," said Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara, in a press statement.
While scheduled domestic passenger flight services in India resumed on May 25 after a gap of two months, scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country.
The number of coronavirus deaths in Chennai may have gone up by 200 overnight, after it emerged that deaths in the city's municipal records were not all reported to the state government." itemprop="description
Admitting to the intensity of coronavirus in Chennai has increased, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabhaskar on Thursday said the state government and the health department are discussing ways and means to reduce the impact.
"Yes, we know the intensity, measures are being taken to lessen the impact," he told reporters after a review of the COVID-19 situation in the Government ESI Hospital where the infected were under treatment.
"It is really a tough task to control the disease in Chennai as was stated by doctors and researchers," he said.
The doctors across the state have been working with commitment and dedication, and they should be lauded for it, he said.
The Calcutta High Court reopened its doors for the physical hearing of cases on Thursday after a gap of over two and half months since normal functioning was stopped owing to the COVID-19 crisis.
A few cases were heard before the division bench presided by Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan and other benches with some advocates present, as most lawyers stayed away from attending the court for physical hearing following a decision by the Calcutta High Court Bar Association not to attend proceedings citing safety issues over the pandemic, according to news agency PTI.
The lawyers appeared in white shirts and white collars band as per a new dress code owing to the COVID-19 disease.
Thermal scanners were used at the entry gates for checking body temperature of lawyers, litigants and court staff.
Five health workers are among the 83 people who tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala while one more death was reported on Thursday, taking the state's infection count to 2,224 and the toll to 18.
A total of 62 people recovered from the disease. Of the fresh cases, as many as 27 had returned from abroad and 37, including 20 from Maharashtra and seven from Delhi, were among those who had come from other states, Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters.
Fourteen people were infected through contact, he said.
Thrissur reported the highest number of positive cases at 25, followed by Palakkad 13, Malappuram and Kasaragod 10 each, Kollam eight, Kannur seven, Pathnamthitta five, Ernakulam and Kottayam two cases each and Kozhikode one.
Tamil Nadu reported 1,875 fresh coronavirus cases and 23 deaths today, taking the tally to 38,716 and fatalities to 349, reported news agency PTI quoting state government officials.
The night curfew imposed by the Odisha government will be relaxed for a few hours on Friday to let people go shopping for the upcoming three-day Raja festival, an official said on Thursday.
The Raja festival, which will begin on Sunday, celebrates womanhood amid the onset of the monsoon. It is based on the belief that ''Mother Earth'' menstruates for these three days and she is given a ceremonial bath on the fourth day.
It is celebrated in the coastal and the tribal regions of the state.
On Thursday, the state government, in a partial modification of its June 1 order, announced that the night curfew on June 12 will be enforced from 10 pm instead of 7 pm in order to enable people to do their pre-festival shopping.
After a trial run held for three days, the Tirumala Balaji temple has resumed ''darsanams'' for the devotees from Thursday morning, following the graded re-opening of the COVID-19 lockdown, Unlock 1.
The trial run was held from June 8 to June 10, reported news agency ANI.
Many VIPs visited the temple and offered prayers to Lord Balaji today, during the VIP ''darsanam'' time (6:30 am to 7:30 pm), while adhering to the social distancing norms and wearing masks.
Former Andhra High Court Judge Justice V Eswaraiah, Tobacco Board Chairman, and BJP leader Yadlapati Raghunath Rao, Telangana MLA Harshavardhan Reddy, and others offered prayers in the temple.
The iconic Jama Masjid in Delhi will be closed from 8 pm today till June 30, the mosque's Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari has announced just three days after the mosque reopened." itemprop="description
Uttar Pradesh on Thursday reported 24 more coronavirus deaths and 478 new cases, the biggest single-day spike in both numbers so far as the state battles a COVID-19 surge.
The deaths in the state now is 345, after three consecutive days of record highs, with the coronavirus tally reaching 12,088.
Principal Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said 7,292 of the total infected have recovered. The state has 4,451 active COVID-19 cases.
He said 15,079 tests were conducted in UP on Wednesday, which is so far the highest in the state, reported news agency PTI.
Mr Prasad said accredited social health activists (ASHAs) were visiting villages to trace migrants who have returned from other parts of the country and till now over 15 lakh migrant workers have been tracked. Samples of those who had symptoms of the dreaded virus have been sent for testing, he said.
The state government's 1.15 lakh surveillance teams have surveyed 88 lakh homes, the principal secretary said, adding that Aarogya Setu mobile application is also being used to track suspected patients.
Indian Naval Ship Shardul has reached Porbandar in Gujarat with 233 Indians from Bandar Abbas in Iran.
Under ''Operation Samudra Setu'', which is a part of Vande Bharat Mission to bring back citizens stranded abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Navy had deployed INS Shardul to evacuate Indians from Iran and bring them back to Gujarat, reported news agency ANI.
The Navy said that COVID-19 related social distancing norms were being followed onboard INS Shardul and the ship has been specially provisioned for evacuation operation including embarkation of additional medical staff, doctors, hygienists and nutritionists besides ration, personal protective equipment, face masks and other lifesaving gear.
As of today 1.65 lakh Indians have returned, this includes 29034 migrant workers, 12774 students & 11241 professionals: Anurag Srivastava, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson #VandeBharatMissionpic.twitter.com/kJKH3XnY3H- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
At least 34 more COVID-19 cases were reported in Assam on Thursday, taking the tally in the state to 3,319, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Of the 34 new cases, 15 are from Nagaon, six from Golaghat, three each from Barpeta, Baksa and Sonitpur and one each from Chirang, West Karbi Anglong, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur.
Two persons have died of the disease this week, raising the number of deaths to six in the state, the minister said.
A 67-year-old cancer patient, who recently returned from Mumbai, died due to COVID-19 at Tezpur Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday, and another Chennai-returnee succumbed to the disease on Monday, reported news agency PTI.
Of the total 3,319 cases, 2,061 are active patients, 1,249 have recovered, six have died and three migrated out of the state.
Five COVID-19 infected persons in Meghalaya have recovered, increasing the number of those who recovered to 18, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said on Thursday.
"5 individuals have recovered after testing negative twice. Total active cases : 25 recovered : 18," Mr Sangma tweeted.
The state has reported total 44 cases so far out of which one person affected by the contagion has died.
State Health Minister A L Hek during the day visited Nongmynsong locality in the outskirts of the city where a couple, who had returned from Delhi in May, have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
Andhra Pradesh reported 182 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours as the overall tally in the state rose to 5,429 while two more deaths were also reported, taking the number of deaths to 80 on Thursday.
Besides the mounting number of cases, the fall in recovery rate over the last few days has been a cause for concern, reported news agency ANI.
As per the statistics released by the state government, the recovery rate fell from 63.49 per cent on June 2 to 54.67 per cent on June 11.
During the period, the positivity rate increased from one per cent to 1.06 per cent, reflecting the rise in the number of cases (from 3,971 to 5,429).
Uttarakhand's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,637 on Thursday, with 75 more people testing positive.
The fresh cases were reported from Tehri (30), Dehradun (16), Haridwar (15), Rudraprayag (6), Udham Singh Nagar (4), Chamoli (3) and Pauri (1), a state health department bulletin said.
The new patients have a travel history to Mumbai, Delhi, Gurugram and Ghaziabad, reported news agency ANI quoting health department bulletin.
As many as 837 patients have been discharged after recovery so far, while 15 COVID-19 positive patients have died.
"We have to continue testing and tracing, keep up effective surveillance, implement COVID-19 containment strategies; cannot lower guard," said top medical body ICMR.
We found that about 0.73% of the population in these 15 districts showed a prevalence of past exposure to infection. It means that lockdown measures were successful in keeping it low and preventing rapid spread: Prof (Dr.) Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, Delhi on serosurvey pic.twitter.com/cRu2ZCEReO- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
"WHO has not given a definition for the term community transmission. India is definitely not in the community transmission stage. We have to continue testing, tracking and quarantine measures," said the ministry.
Today, our recovery rate is 49.21%. The number of patients recovered presently exceeds the number of active patients: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry on COVID19 situation in the country pic.twitter.com/klM7AuiZaj- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
With the detection of nine COVID-19 positive cases in Mizoram, the number of active cases has crossed the 100-mark in the northeastern state, an official of the health department said.
With this, the COVID-19 positive tally in the state has climbed from 1 to 102 in just 11 days. As many as 135 samples were tested of which nine tested positive at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Wednesday night, reported news agency ANI.
Among the fresh cases, five persons had returned from Delhi, three from Maharashtra and one from West Bengal, he said.
31 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Manipur, taking the tally of coronavirus cases in the state to 342 on Thursday, said the state government.
Out of the total, 279 are active cases. A total of 13 cases were reported from Imphal West and Tamenglong, two each from Kakching and Ukhrul and one from Bishnupur, reported news agency ANI.
The number of COVID-19 cases has crossed 400 in Dehradun district out of whom 216 are being treated, District Magistrate Ashish Srivastav said.
According to the Uttarakhand state COVID-19 Control Room, 40,872 samples have been tested out of which 33,369 have tested negative.
There are 1,562 positive cases whereas 831 persons have recovered, reported news agency ANI.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is 2,86,579, including 1,37,448 active cases as on Thursday.
In a bid to ramp up the COVID-19 treatment facilities at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the country's top medical institution is mulling to operationalise newly constructed ''Burns and Plastic Block'' into a dedicated COVID19 treatment centre. The COVID-19 dedicated facility is going to start by the end of this week.
The decision by the AIIMS authorities comes after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that Delhi will need 1.5 lakh beds in healthcare facilities by July 31 once people from other neighbouring states would start coming to the city for treatment, reported news agency ANI.
As of now, AIIMS administration is providing COVID-19 related healthcare facilities at the apex trauma centre which has the capacity of 250 beds.
Fulfilling the last wish of a person with few days left. Happy to unite a cancer patient with her mother in Trichy. Thanks to Singapore's Foreign Minister&Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Air India Express&passengers who gave up seats to her&family: Indian High Commission in Singapore pic.twitter.com/XafbbacAv5- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
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📍Day 36 of #VandeBharatMission:
➡️3526 Indian nationals reached India yesterday.
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State-wise details of Total Confirmed #COVID19 cases
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Delhi: First Thursday prayers held at Lodhi Road's Sai Baba Temple after reopening of religious places; management says they are allowing only 10 people at a time and premises is being sanitised at regular intervals. Thursday is considered auspicious for the worship of Sai Baba. pic.twitter.com/Ed458tzu3F- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
The world is fighting Coronavirus, India is fighting that too. But there are other issues also. Flood, locusts, hailstorm, fire in oil well, small earthquakes, two cyclones - we are fighting all of these together: PM Narendra Modi on 95th Annual Day of Indian Chamber of Commerce pic.twitter.com/RCFBuo5wms- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
51 #COVID19 positive cases & 5 deaths in Rajasthan till 10:30 AM today; 27 people recovered from the disease & 26 discharged during this period. Total number of positive cases in the state rises to 11651, including 264 deaths, 8596 recovered & 8221 discharged: State health dept pic.twitter.com/tv6nbltlrx- ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2020
Restaurants have resumed services in Ghaziabad following relaxations in lockdown norms. Sunil Kumar Tiwari, a restaurant manager says, "we are taking all precautionary measures. The seating arrangement has been made in such a manner that social distancing is maintained." (10/6) pic.twitter.com/ZCae8HAZmL- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 10, 2020
Johnson & Johnson moved up the start of human clinical trials for its experimental vaccine against the highly contagious coronavirus by two months to the second half of July, as the drugmaker rushes to develop a prevention for COVID-19, the company said on Wednesday."
Most COVID-19 deaths in Karnataka occur when infected elderly people, those with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) or any other symptoms delay reaching designated hospitals, a top official said."