Coronavirus Live Updates: The fatality rate due to COVID-19 in our country is 2.82 per cent and it is one of the lowest in the world, said the Health Ministry.
"Only 10 per cent of India's population accounts for 50 per cent of India's COVID-19 linked deaths and 73 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India are people with co-morbidities," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.
India today logged 2 lakh cases of coronavirus -- roughly 15 days after it crossed the one lakh mark. For the last three days, the country has been reporting more than 8,000 infections a day.
India is now the seventh-worst hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy, according to the WHO's coronavirus tracker.
Italy, with 2.33 lakh cases is in the sixth slot. The US with more than 18 lakh cases, is the nation worst hit by the virus, followed by Brazil, with more than 5.2 lakh. Among the states, Maharashtra remains the nation's coronavirus hotspot with more than 70,000 cases.
Here are the Updates on Coronavirus Outbreak:
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The Union Health ministry on Tuesday said there was no under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in India and states are making assessment of causalities and attributing causes of deaths to COVID and non-COVID factors.
The ministry also said about 14 most affected countries with a cumulative population almost equal to that of India have reported 55.2 times more COVID-19 deaths and 22.5 times more cases.
Responding to a question on whether there is under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths as several states are not testing bodies for the infection, senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, Nivedia Gupta said there was no under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in India, reported news agency PTI.
"None of us thinks that there is gross under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths. If you look at the figures, India has been very good with reduction in mortality, as compared with other nations.
"A patient who comes to hospital and dies can be COVID-19 positive or negative and there are lot of factors which are responsible for death. It is not fair to attribute every death to COVID-19," Ms Gupta said at a press conference.
She said states are doing a causality assessment and attributing the causes of death to COVID or non-COVID factors.
Seven people died of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, taking their number to 229 as 369 fresh cases of the infection pushed the state's tally to 8,729, officials said.
Four deaths were recorded in Agra, two in Kanpur Nagar and one fatality was reported in Ghaziabad, a Health Department bulletin said.
Of the fresh COVID-19 cases, 42 were reported from Gautam Buddh Nagar, followed by 23 in Amethi, 18 in Basti, 17 in Ghaziabad and 16 in Kanpur Nagar among others, it said, reported news agency PTI.
The total number of cases in the state is 8,729 and that of active cases stands at 3,324, the bulletin said.
The state's recovery rate is 59.51 per cent and as many as 5,176 patients have been discharged from hospitals, it added.
Of the 229 COVID-19 fatalities reported so far in the state, Agra leads the tally with 45 deaths, followed by Meerut with 29.
Apart from this, 16 deaths have been reported from Aligarh, 13 each from Firozabad and Kanpur Nagar, and 10 from Moradabad.
As many as 2,903 out of 4,049 COVID-19 positive cases reported in Bihar were migrant labourers, said on Tuesday the state's Health Department.
As of Tuesday, 24 people have died due to coronavirus in the State. According to a daily COVID-19 update released by the Health Department, the State has recorded 177 new cases in the last 24 hours whereas 62 have recovered, reported news agency ANI.
The maximum number of cases has been reported from Patna (260) followed by Begusarai (247), Rohtas (208) and Madhubani (195).
Karnataka recorded a biggest single day spike of 388 COVID-19 cases, with returnees from neighboring Maharashtra continuing to add to the state's tally, taking the total number of infections in the state to 3,796, the health department said on Tuesday.
With 367 out of 388 new cases being returnees from other states, mostly from neighboring Maharashtra (357), the Karnataka government said it was considering increasing institutional quarantine for those returning from the western state, reported news agency PTI.
Meanwhile, achieving a milestone in the battle against the coronavirus,the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences at Hubballi has successfully treated a COVID-19 patient through plasma therapy.
Reopening of cinema halls will be examined after assessing the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the month of June, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.
The minister conveyed this to the Association of Film Producers, Cinema Exhibitioners and Film Industry representatives during a video conference convened by him to discuss the problems being faced by the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official statement said.
Representations on the problems being faced by the industry had been sent to the minister earlier by these parties, it said.
On the demand of opening of cinema halls, Javadekar told the representatives that "it will be examined after looking at the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the month of June", the statement said.
The minister, while addressing the industry representatives, appreciated the fact that India has over 9,500 screens generating nearly Rs 30 crores per day by way of sale of tickets of cinema halls alone, reported news agency PTI.
With 1,091 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Tamil Nadu, the total count of coronavirus cases in the State has risen to 24,586 on Tuesday, said the Health Department.
According to COVID-19 statistics, there are 10,680 active cases in the State, including the ones in the isolation as of Tuesday, reported news agency ANI.
Out of these 1,091 new cases, 55 are those who returned from other States by various means, while others are from the State itself.
10,558 COVID-19 test results came on Tuesday and 11,094 samples have been sent for testing.
Amid the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases following the return of migrant workers, the West Bengal government has decided to set up 15 more dedicated hospitals for coronavirus patients, a senior official said on Tuesday.
A directive in this regard has already been sent to the state health department, which would soon set the ball rolling for the project, he said.
Currently, the state has 69 dedicated hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients. Of them, 16 are run by the government and the rest by private entities, reported news agency PTI.
"This decision (of building new hospitals) has been taken keeping in mind the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, especially in north Bengal. These specialised hospitals will be coming up in Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, Birbhum, Hooghly and Howrah," the official at the state secretariat said.
So far, over five lakh migrant labourers have returned to Bengal from other parts of the country, including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu -- which have been earmarked as COVID-19 hotspots.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) suggesting measures to prevent gatherings of migrant labourers at various relief and screening centers in the national capital amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown observing that the matter is being heard by Supreme Court on a pan-India basis.
"We see no reason to entertain the present petition when the Supreme Court is already seized of the matter on a pan India basis," a division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad said, while disposing of the PIL, reported news agency ANI.
As the court did not show any interest in the plea, petitioner counsel Jatan Singh sought permission to withdraw the petition while reserving the right to approach the Supreme Court for placing certain points by filing an appropriate application in the pending matter.
India today logged 2 lakh cases of coronavirus -- roughly 15 days after it crossed the one lakh mark. For the last three days, the country has been reporting more than 8,000 infections a day. This morning it reported 8,171 cases -- a total of the last 24 hours -- leaving it a whisker short of 2 lakh cases. Besides, 204 deaths were reported, taking the number of fatalities to 5,598. The country is currently the seventh among the 10 nations hit worst by the virus. Italy, with 2.33 lakh cases is in the sixth slot. The US with more than 18 lakh cases, is the nation worst hit by the virus, followed by Brazil, with more than 5.2 lakh. Among the states, Maharashtra remains the nation's coronavirus hotspot with more than 70,000 cases." itemprop="description
The Union government told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday it had last month laid down detailed guidelines for all states to ensure emergency and critical care health services for patients suffering from non-COVID-19 ailments remain functional during the lockdown.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, who appeared for the Union government, told the court the Centre had issued a set of guidelines as early as on April 15 to ensure all health services remained functional and available during the nationwide lockdown that came into force in March-end, reported news agency PTI.
Mr Singh told a bench the guidelines ensured health services, dispensaries, hospitals, vet hospitals, and manufacturing units of drugs, medical devices, among others, remained functional to ensure uninterrupted emergency health services and medicines for those suffering from critical illnesses other than COVID-19.
The bench consisted of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed.
Mr Singh made the submissions while the court was hearing a bunch of Public interest Litigations seeking directions to the Centre and the Maharashtra government to provide medical facilities and treatment for patients suffering from illnesses other than COVID-19 whose outbreak triggered the lockdown.
Over one lakh samples are being tested every day to detect coronavirus infection, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday, adding that India is far from the peak of COVID-19.
"ICMR is focusing on to increase COVID-19 testing capacity. As of June 1, we have 681 laboratories that are approved for conducting COVID-19 tests -- 476 government and 205 private labs. Today, we are conducting 1.20 lakh tests every day," said Nivedita Gupta, ICMR scientist, at a press conference here.
Talking about the transmission of the virus, she said: "Instead of the use of ''community transmission'', we need to understand the extent of the spread of the disease. We are far from the peak. Our measures to curtail the disease are effective. India has been very good in the reduction in mortality."
Ms Gupta said: "We are also using indigenous platforms for ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity. Truenat screening and confirmatory tests have now been validated. The outreach of testing has hence been increased since this is available at primary health centres and districts too."
India is far away from the peak of COVID-19 spread and its preventive measures have been "very effective", putting it in a much better position in comparison with other countries, the Centre said on Tuesday, even as the case count and deaths continued to mount.
Addressing a press conference on the COVID-19 situation, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said it is wrong to just look at the total number of cases and state that India has the seventh highest number of cases as the population of countries also should be taken into account.
About 14 countries with a cumulative population almost equal to that of India have reported 55.2 times more COVID-19 deaths, he said.
"Our COVID-19 fatality rate of 2.82 per cent and amongst the lowest in the world, compared to a global fatality rate of 6.13 per cent. We have been able to achieve this due to timely identification of cases and proper clinical management," Mr Agarwal said.
He also said that India's COVID-19 case fatality rate per lakh population is 0.41 per cent as against 4.9 per cent globally which is also amongst the lowest in the world.
One in every two COVID-19 deaths in India has been of senior citizens who constitute 10 per cent of the total population, while 73 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in the country are of people with comorbidities, he said.
It is imperative that high-risk people take required preventive action and also take timely action based on medical advice in case they experience COVID-19 symptoms, Mr Agarwal said.
Researchers at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) in Pune have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) enabled COVID-19 detection tool, which uses chest x-rays of patients to identify the infection.
According to the release, chest x-rays of suspected patients can be uploaded on this AI tool, which immediately confirms any abnormality due to COVID-19 or other kinds of respiratory disorders, reported news agency PTI.
This will be a useful tool for radiologists and it can also be used in telemedicine, the statement read.
With 25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Asia's most populated slum area Dharavi on Tuesday, the total number of positive cases in the area has reached 1,830.
"25 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Mumbai's Dharavi area today. The total number of positive cases in the area rises to 1,830," said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
As of Tuesday, Dharavi has recorded 71 deaths, added BMC, reported news agency ANI.
According to the Union Ministry of Health, Maharashtra has reported 70,013 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases out of which 37,543 cases are active.
A team of researchers at IIT Roorkee has developed a nanocoating system to be used for face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) for reducing the transmission risk of COVID-19.
This coating has been tested to effectively kill pathogens within 10-15 minutes. The formulation is highly effective against clinical pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli O157. It will be beneficial to frontline medical personnel for coating their existing face masks and can be scaled up further for coating on their gowns, reported news agency PTI
"Face mask is a core component of the PPE, along with gown, gloves, and eye protection for frontline healthcare personnel. This nano-coating provides an additional layer of protection against pathogens in existing masks and can curb the transmission risk of the disease," said Prof Naveen K Navani of the Department of Biotechnology and Centre of Nanotechnology at IIT Roorkee, who led the research.
The formulation also contains silver nanoparticles and plant-based antimicrobials which show synergistic killing effect against the pathogens.
The Centre on Tuesday said that India's fatality rate due to coronavirus is 2.82 per cent and it is one of the lowest in the world.
"The fatality rate due to COVID-19 in our country is 2.82 per cent and it is one of the lowest in the world. Only 10 per cent of India's population accounts for 50 per cent of India's COVID-19 linked deaths and 73 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India are people with co-morbidities," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, at a press conference here on Tuesday.
"It is a wrong comparison to look at the total number of COVID-19 cases only and mention that India is seventh in terms of number of cases. Our population should be considered too. 14 countries having a similar population as India have reported 22.5 times more cases and 55.2 times deaths," he added.
Mr Agarwal said that the recovery rate is continuously improving.
"The recovery rate of the nation is continuously improving. A total of 95,527 patients have been cured of COVID-19, 3,708 have recovered in the last 24 hours. Recovery rate is now 48.07 per cent, up from 11.42 per cent on April 15," he said.
"India's COVID-19 Fatality Rate One Of World's Lowest," said the Government.
Till now, 95,527 COVID19 patients have recovered. The recovery rate is now 48.07% : Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry pic.twitter.com/lJlhb3Uru7- ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2020
The Health Ministry today said 73 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India are of people with comorbidities.
As Indian Navy's ''Jalashwa'' safely docked at the harbour in Tuticorin on Tuesday after sailing from Colombo a day before carrying nearly 700 Indian nationals stranded in the neighbouring country due to Covid-induced travel restrictions, the warship's commanding officer is a satisfied man.
"Our people are back, there is a sense of pride and satisfaction to see our brothers and sisters happy once they are back home," Captain Pankaj Chauhan, Commanding Officer of INS Jalashwa told ANI.
Mr Chauhan said "Indian Navy and team Jalashwa is actually proud to be part of operation Samudra Setu in which we are helping in getting back our fellow Indians back to the country."
The amphibious transport dock INS Jalashwa entered Tamil Nadu's V O Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin with embarking fellow Indians stuck in Sri Lanka for months following lockdown due to global pandemic COVID-19.
A ''Shramik'' special train carrying 1,250 stranded migrant workers left Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday for Bardhaman in West Bengal, a Western Railway (WR) official said.
The train is scheduled to halt at Bhopal to pick up nearly 350 more labourers during its journey via Durgapur and Asansol, he said.
The Madhya Pradesh government has made arrangements to send back migrant workers from West Bengal stranded in different parts of the central Indian state due to the coronavirus-driven lockdown since March 25.
These workers were hired primarily by cosmetic industry in Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on May 17 had
written a letter to his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, asking her to request the Railway Ministry to run special trains to ferry stranded migrant workers from his state.
A total of 41 new cases have been reported in Uttarakhand, as per information provided by the State Health Department.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has climbed to 999, including 746 active cases, reported news agency ANI.
While 243 people have recovered after treatment in the state so far, seven deaths have been reported.
Taking cognisance of a fake social media message regarding the coronavirus spread in Goa, the state government has filed a complaint with the police under the Epidemic Diseases Act, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Tuesday.
He said a message was being circulated on a social messaging application with his picture, reported news agency PTI.
"The fake message talks about recovery of patients and how community transmission has begun in Goa," Mr Rane said.
I would like to reiterate to people that this is a very sensitive time and rumour-mongering will not be tolerated, he said and warned of a strict action.
"A complaint in this regard has been filed with district collector and local police considering the Epidemic Diseases Act," he said in a statement.
MP: Indore Municipal Corporation is stopping distribution of free ration that had started in March amid lockdown. Municipal Commissioner says, "We distributed 21-22 Lakh packets. Now industrial activities resuming, PDS shops opening&unlock 1 has begun, so it's not needed."(01.06) pic.twitter.com/FoVrd3OYNx- ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2020
- The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases cross 1.9 lakh.
- Record number of nearly 8,400 people tested positive on Monday
- Recoveries also rose further to near 92,000.
- The death toll rose to 5,394 after a record single-day spike of 230