COVID-19 India Highlights: India has more than 1 lakh active coronavirus cases across the country.
Coronavirus Live Updates: India has become the fifth worst coronavirus-hit country in the world as it surpassed Spain on Sunday by reporting a grand total of 2,41,970 cases. The European country, a COVID-19 epicentre weeks back, has 2,40,978 cases.
On Saturday morning, the health ministry figures said India reported 9,887 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike so far. There has been a minor fall in recovery rate compared to Friday, from 48.27 per cent to 48.20 per cent. The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours is 294, taking the total in India to 6,642.
The country on Friday took over Italy, one of the biggest sufferers of the disease, in terms of total cases. Figures from America's Johns Hopkins University around Friday midnight showed India at 2,35,769 and Italy at 2,34,531.
Though the count of recoveries has risen, India still has more than 1 lakh active cases across the country. The cases have been rising sharply, by 8,000 or more, for several days now.
At least 19 states now have their tallies of confirmed cases in four or more digits, as against just nine on May 1. Also, three states now have five-digit tallies, as against only Maharashtra in that category on May 1.
The First Information Report or FIR was filed against unknown functionaries at the private hospital on a complaint by the Deputy Secretary of the Delhi government's Health Department.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Saturday filed a police case against the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the city for violating rules for coronavirus tests amid a growing controversy surrounding COVID-19 hospitals in the capital.
According to the complaint, while the government had made it mandatory for registering coronavirus tests on an official software programme, authorities at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) were not doing so.
Delhi recorded 1,330 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city beyond the 26,000-mark, and the number of deaths due to the disease jumped to 708, the authorities said.
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Chhattisgarh to reopen religious places, parks from June 8
With relaxations in the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown and religious places across the country are gearing up to reopen on June 8, Chhattisgarh government also allowed the reopening of religious places for public in a regulated and restricted manner.
The state government in an order said that the religious places for the public will be opened and all the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by Union Home Ministry will be followed at such places.
Delhi cabinet meeting today over report on utilisation of health infrastructure: Report
Delhi cabinet will hold a meeting today over the report submitted by a five-member doctors'' committee constituted by the Delhi Government on the utilisation of the national capital's health infrastructure.
The committee has submitted its report to the Delhi government on Saturday.
Kerala Police to accept complaints online amid rising cases of COVID-19
With a rise in numbers of COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the state police have decided to receive complaints online to avoid public from visiting police stations physically.
''It is important for police stations to take complaints online as more COVID-19 cases are being reported in the state," Kerala Director general of police (DGP) Lokanath Behera issued a directive. "Complaints received online will be resolved as soon as possible. Police also have been advised to reply complainants via digital means," he added.
Virus deaths approach 400,000 as oil producers extend output cuts
The global death count from the coronavirus neared 400,000 on Saturday with fatalities accelerating in Latin America, as oil-producing countries agreed to extend output cuts to offset a collapse in prices caused by the pandemic and lockdowns.
The cartel of oil-producing nations OPEC agreed on Saturday to extend an April deal to cut production through July, aiming to foster a recovery in oil prices after they were pummelled by slumps in demand caused by virus restrictions.
27 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Indore
A total of 27 people were tested positive for COVID-19 while three deaths were reported due to the virus in Indore on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 3,749 in the district.
"A total of 27 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths have been reported in Indore today. The total number of cases has risen to 3,749 while 156 people have been died due to the virus so far," the health department said.
A total of 230 COVID-19 positive cases reported in Assam till 11:35 PM today. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 2,473, including 588 discharged and 4 deaths: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
90 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Jharkhand today, taking total number of cases to 1028 out of which 548 cases are active: State Health department
342 New COVID-19 Cases In Pune District, Count Rises To 9,307
Pune district reported 342 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its COVID-19 count to 9,307, a health official said on Saturday.
The death count due to the pandemic reached 407, he said.
"Of the 342 cases, 290 are from the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which now has 7,722 patients. On the other hand, 259 patients were also discharged from the hospitals," the official said.
29 new patients were found in Pimpri Chinchwad where the COVID-19 case count stands at 704, while the rest were from Pune rural area and the cantonment board area, news agency PTI reported.
Shopping Malls, Religious Places Not To Open In Gurugram, Faridabad: Haryana Minister
Shopping malls and places of worship will not reopen for the public in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, which have been worst-hit by COVID-19, for the time being, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said on Saturday.
However, malls and religious place would open in other parts of Haryana from June 8, he said.
The Centre had on May 30 said that "Unlock1" will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown effectuated on March 25 will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.
"In Gurgaon and Faridabad, shopping malls and religious places will remain closed to the public for the time being. However, in other parts, these will open and people will have to follow the guidelines," Mr Vij told PTI.
Haryana Records 355 New Coronavirus Cases In Biggest Single-Day Jump
Haryana on Saturday recorded 355 new COVID-19 cases, its biggest single-day jump in the number of new coronavirus patients so far, as the tally of infections inched close to the 4,000-mark.
Majority of the fresh cases are from worst-hit districts of Gurgaon, Sonipat and Faridabad, which reported 129, 89 and 39 infections, respectively, according to the state health department''s daily bulletin.
The total cases rose to 3,952, out of which cumulative cases in Gurgaon alone were 1,692, it said.
Among other districts which reported fresh cases included 23 from Rohtak, 19 from Palwal, 10 each from Karnal and Yamunanagar, 9 from Kaithal, 8 from Fatehabad, 5 from Panipat, 4 each from Hisar and Ambala, 3 from Jind, 2 from Kurukshetra and 1 from Sirsa, the bulletin said.
On Friday, Haryana had reported 316 fresh coronavirus cases while a day earlier 327 cases had been reported. On Wednesday, the state recorded 302 cases and 296 on Tuesday.
Total active COVID-19 patients in the state are 2,648 while 1,280 patients have recovered and 24 deaths have been recorded, the bulletin said, news agency PTI reported.
All Critical, Emergency Patients Will Be Provided Beds In Mumbai: Mayor
Slamming the opposition over the allegation that Mumbai''s healthcare system has collapsed, city mayor Kishori Pednekar said all those patients who are critical and require emergency treatment will be provided beds.
"Yes, we have some problems with the availability of beds but the situation is not what the opposition is claiming. We have taken over the private hospital also to meet the requirement of beds, the situation is such that everyone thinks they need a bed as soon as they test positive, but it does not work this way. Those who are critical and have an emergency should get the bed," Mr Pednekar told reporters here.
"We also need to understand that our hospitals were already under pressure and after coronavirus, this has increased. We also have to take care of other patients with other diseases," she said.
Mr Pednekar further said that the administration has made various isolation, CC1 and CC2 facilities for COVID-19 patients and are in the process of adding more to the list.
Meanwhile, Mumbai's COVID-19 case count reached 47,128 on Saturday after 1,274 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours, said Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation. With 57 new deaths, total fatalities in the city stand at 1,575, news agency ANI reported.
21 New COVID-19 Cases In Noida, Total Count Rises to 591
Twenty-one more people were found positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the district to 591, officials said.
Also, 29 COVID-19 patients were discharged after recovery, bringing down the active cases to 201, the officials said.
A 41-year-old man died at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida on Saturday. His COVID-19 test report is awaited, according to officials, news agency PTI reported.
Places Of Worship In Haryana Can Reopen From June 8: Deputy Chief Minister
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Saturday said that all places of worship in the state can re-open from June 8. However, no religious gathering will be allowed.
"All places of worship can reopen from June 8 in the state, but no religious gathering is allowed. Social distancing norms must be followed," said Mr Chautala.
"For the time being, shopping malls across the state shall be operational, except in Faridabad and Gurugram. Restaurants are permitted to function with 50 per cent capacity," he added.
Earlier, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that only a limited number of activities would remain prohibited throughout the country during Unlock 1, which came into effect from June 1 and will be effective till June 30, news agency ANI reported.
Maharashtra Continues To Lead COVID-19 Tally With Over 82,000 Cases, Inching Closer To Overtake China
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 2,739 fresh COVID-19 positive cases, taking the state tally of people infected with the virus to 82,968, said the State Health Department.
As Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-hit COVID-19 state in the country, it is inching closer towards overtaking China's tally of over 83,000 cases.
As the state witnessed 120 deaths today, the total fatalities now stand at 2,969.
According to the health department's bulletin, 2,234 people were discharged on Saturday after being recovered from COVID-19. So far 37,390 people have been discharged from the hospital. Currently, there are 42,600 active cases in the state, news agency ANI reported.
Mizoram Restarts Issuance Of Temporary Of Inner Line Permits (ILP)
The Mizoram government on Saturday resumed issuing temporary Inner Line Permits (ILPs) to people from outside the state, more than two months after it had suspended doing so due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The home department said in a notification temporary ILPs could be issued to persons to whom inter-state movement permission for entry into Mizoram has been accorded by it.
An ILP is an official travel document issued to Indian citizens for entry into protected areas. Normally, a temporary ILP is issued for 15 days.
The temporary ILP can be issued by the resident commissioner of Mizoram House in New Delhi, joint resident commissioner of Mizoram House in Kolkata, deputy resident commissioner of Mizoram Houses in Guwahati, Mumbai, Shillong and Silchar, the order said, news agency PTI reported.
Lockdown5: Islamic Centre Of India Issues Advisory For Reopening Of Mosques
The Islamic Centre of India on Saturday issued an advisory for those visiting mosques in view of the Centre's decision to allow reopening of religious places from June 8.
Islamic Centre of India chairman Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali advised people above 65 years and under 10 years of age not to visit mosques and instead offer prayers at home.
He also advised against crowding in mosques, stressing that not more than five people should be present at a time and social distancing be maintained, with the "namazis" using masks and keeping a distance of six feet among themselves while offering prayers.
He added that the situation would be reviewed after 15 days and if required, another advisory would be issued, news agency PTI reported.
1,320 New COVID-19 Cases In Delhi Take Tally To Over 27,000
Delhi recorded 1,320 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city to over 27,500 while the death count due to the disease mounted to 761, authorities said.
The highest single-day spike in fresh cases -- 1,513 -- was recorded on June 3.
In a bulletin issued on Saturday, the Delhi health department said the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 761 and the total number of cases mounted to 27,654.
A total of 53 fatalities were reported on June 5, which took place between May 25 and June 5, the bulletin said, adding that 20 of these deaths took place on June 3 and 19 on June 4.
It, however, said the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be COVID-19, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.
On Friday, the total number of cases stood at 26,334 including 708 deaths.
With fresh 1,320 cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has climbed to 27,654, news agency PTI reported.
COVID-19: Maharashtra Now Has 85 Testing Labs, Says Minister
The number of coronavirus testing laboratories in Maharashtra had reached 85, up from "two to three" when the outbreak began in March, and the plan to take the figure past 100, state Medical Education
Minister Amit Deshmukh said on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here, he said private hospitals have been roped in to combat the outbreak and there were ample facilities in the state now.
He said the Maha Vikas Aghadi government was thinking of periodic testing for coronavirus of frontline staff in high risk zones.
The state government was positive about starting a super speciality facility in Government Medical College and Hospital in Aurangabad, for which staff will be appointed on temporary contract basis, the minister added, news agency PTI reported.
Rajasthan reported 253 COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths today, taking the total number of cases to 10337 and death count to 231. Number of active cases stands at 2,605: Rajasthan Health department
Weeks Ahead Of Retirement, Mumbai Railway Cop Dies Of COVID-19
A 58-year-old assistant sub inspector attached to Dombivali railway police in Thane district died of COVID-19 on Saturday, an official said.
The ASI, who was on leave from May 11 to June 4, was admitted in Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai after he tested positive for novel coronavirus on May 29, Inspector Satish Pawar of Dombivali railway police station said.
"He was on ventilator support for the past few days and died today at the hospital. He was set to retire on June 30. He stayed with his family in Ghatkopar in Mumbai," the official added, news agency PTI reported.
5 Border Security Force Men, 2 Port Workers Test COVID-19 Positve In Gujarat
Five Border Security Force (BSF) jawans on Saturday tested positive for novel coronavirus in Bhuj in Gujarat's Kutch district, an official said.
The five jawans of the BSF's 79th battalion stationed at Bhuj were detected with the infection after they resumed duty post a holiday in their native states, the Kutch district official said.
"They were quarantined on their return and have now tested positive for coronavirus," he said.
Kutch district also reported two more COVID-19 cases during the day, he added.
Two workers of Kandla Port near Gandhidham in the district were detected with COVID-19 on their arrival from Maharashtra.
"The two were in quarantine along with 14 others on their return," the official added, news agency PTI reported.
India overtakes Spain to become 5th most-affected country by coronavirus, cases cross 2.41 lakh
54 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Punjab today, taking total number of cases to 2515 out of which 373 cases are active. Number of fatalities due to the disease stands at 50: State Health Department
Kerala Reports 108 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Number Rises To 1,029
Hundred-eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Kerala, taking the number of active cases in the state to 1,029, said the Health Department on Saturday.
According to the Health Department, 762 people have recovered from the infection in the State so far. Fatalities stand at 14, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
According to the MoHFW, India has 1,15,942 active COVID-19 cases and 6,642 people have succumbed to the virus so far, news agency ANI reported.
Ashok Gehlot Forms Committee To Suggest On Opening Of Religious Places In Rajasthan
The Rajasthan government on Saturday said it will form a committee headed by district collectors to take a decision on opening of religious places which are closed since March due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The panel will give its suggestions following which a decision will be taken, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said in a video conference with representatives of religious leaders.
Mr Gehlot said the committee will discuss various measures like ensuring social distancing and sanitisation in religious places, according to an official statement.
The panel will include the superintendent of police and chief medical and health officer as well as religious leaders, chief mahants and trustees.
"We are proud that everyone fully supported the administration and the coronavirus situation in Rajasthan remained under control. It is appreciated all over the country," the chief minister said, news agency PTI reported.
29 Aurangabad Jail Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19, All Asymptomatic
A few days after an inmate tested positive for novel coronavirus in the central jail in Harsul in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, 29 others who were in contact were detected with the infection on Saturday afternoon, said an official.
Collector Uday Choudhari told PTI 25 of those who tested positive are from central jail while four are from a temporary facility created for undertrials.
"All 29 are asymptomatic. A total of 110 swabs of inmates and prison staff have been collected and sent for testing on Saturday," he added.
"Earlier, an inmate tested positive after being admitted in Government Medical College and Hospital. A total of 48 undertrials who were in contact with this patient were quarantined five days ago. Of them, 29 have now tested positive," a jail official said, news agency PTI reported.
Congress Leader Appeals To Officials Not To Allow Opening Of New Liquor Shops In J&K's Kishtwar
Senior Congress leader and former minister GM Saroori on Saturday warned of protests by people over the opening of any new liquor shop in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also appealed to Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Rajinder Singh Tara not to allow opening of new liquor shops in the district.
"People, irrespective of their religious identity, have resentment against the liquor sale in Kishtwar... If the liquor shop is allowed to open in Kishtwar, people will come on the roads in protest," Saroori, senior vice-president of Congress and former legislator, said in a statement.
The Congress leader said the Excise and Taxation Department has issued a notice seeking commercial place in Kishtwar for modular departmental liquor stores.
Demanding immediate withdrawal of the notice, he said "People from all the faiths are against liquor sale in Kishtwar".
"The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, appealed for personal intervention so that the no fresh liquor shop is opened," Saroori said, adding "We must work for the welfare of the society. Opening another liquor shop will add to the worries of the people."
NDRF Man Tests COVID-19 Positive After Return From Cyclone-Hit Bengal, 173 Being Tested: Report
An NDRF personnel has tested positive for COVID-19 after his return to Odisha from cyclone Amphan-hit West Bengal following restoration work, official sources said on Saturday.
With detection of the case, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) authorities have ordered testing of all 173 men who were deployed in the neighbouring state on post-cyclone duty, they said.
Six personnel showed coronavirus-like symptoms after returning from West Bengal on June 3, and they were rushed to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for examination, a senior officer of the NDRF's 3rd Battalion told PTI.
COVID-19 Cases Reach 398 In Himachal Pradesh
The number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh has reached 398, said the state's Health Department on Saturday.
Out of the 398 cases, 201 are active cases, while 185 patients have recovered so far. Five fatalities have been recorded in the state so far.
As per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India has 1,15,942 active COVID-19 cases and 6,642 people have succumbed to the virus so far, news agency ANI reported.
Denied Court Closure, Mathura Bar Association Calls For One-Week Work Boycott
The Mathura Bar Association on Saturday urged its members to not take up any work for a week after their requests to the district judge for temporarily closing the court was declined, an office bearer said.
After a former Mathura Bar Association president tested coronavirus positive on Friday, a delegation of office bearers led by current Bar president Avadhesh Singh met District Judge Sadhana Rani Thakur requesting her to close the court for a week, Bar association secretary Vishal Singh said.
"The court should be closed for a week to find out the health status of other members of Mathura Bar Association," he said.
The district judge, though, declined the request citing her "inability" to do so, Mr Vishal pointed out.
The advocate said the 70-year-old former bar president was found coronavirus positive and sent to an isolation centre on Friday midnight, news agency PTI reported.
COVID-19: BS Yediyurappa Asks Hotels, Restaurants To Strictly Follow Precautionary Measures
As hotels and restaurants are set to open in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday said the owners of these establishments have to strictly follow all precautionary measures prescribed by the Centre to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Mr Yediyurappa held a meeting with the tourism and transport department, also stakeholders, regarding revival of tourism in the state.
The representatives of the hotel association and transport companies have assured the Chief Minister that they would follow all the government guidelines, news agency ANI reported.
There are 3,927 active COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh now and 5,908 people have been cured/discharged. Death count stands at 268: State Principal Secretary (Health), Amit Mohan Prasad
Jharkhand's COVID-19 Tally Surges To 938 With 95 New Cases
With 95 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jharkhand in the last 24 hours, the state tally of people infected with the virus has surged to 938, as per the health department.
There are currently 521 active COVID-19 cases in the state and 410 people have recovered from the disease.
According to the data shared by the state health department, East Singhbhum has the highest number of positive cases at 150, followed by Ranchi (140).
Seven fatalities have been recorded in Jharkhand to date, news agency ANI reported.
Two More Die Of COVID-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Death Count Rises To 38
Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease in the union territory to 38, officials said.
While one death took place in the Kashmir Valley, another was recorded in Jammu region, they said, news agency PTI reported.
Mangor Hill Causing Spike In Goa COVID-19 Cases: Minister
The spike in COVID-19 cases in Goa is due to the situation in Vasco's Mangor Hill area, which has been declared a containment zone, and there is no threat of community transmission of the coronavirus infection, state health minister Vishwajit Rane said on Saturday.
The state currently has 196 COVID-19 cases.
"The spike in cases in Goa is due to cases from Mangor Hill, which are a result of local transmission and not community transmission. The Goa government is ready to face any situation to ensure the safety of its people," Mr Rane said, news agency PTI reported.
Indore's COVID-19 Tally Rises To 3,772, Death Count Tops 153
The number of COVID-19 cases in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh grew to 3,722 after 35 more people tested coronavirus positive in last 24 hours, an official said on Saturday.
The virus also claimed four more lives in the last four days, taking the death count in the district to 153, he said.
The four new victims include a 75-year-old woman, the official said.
So far, 2,324 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, he added.
Indore is one of the worst-hit districts in the country in terms of the number of coronavirus cases.
Uttarakhand reported 31 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 1,245, according to the state health department's bulletin.
UP Minister Tests Negative For Coronavirus Post Hospital Visit
Uttar Pradesh Medical Education Minister Suresh Khanna has tested negative for COVID-19 after his samples were taken following a hospital visit, an official attached to him said on Saturday.
Mr Khanna, also Finance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister for the state, had visited the Government Medical College in Meerut on June 1 to enquire about the well-being of patients there and the facilities being provided to them, said Information Officer Jayendra Singh.
A patient admitted at the hospital tested positive for the virus the next day, Mr Singh said.
Though the minister had followed all distancing protocols at the hospital, he went in to home-quarantine after the patient tested positive and was discharging his duty from home only, the officer said.
On Saturday morning, a team from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow, took his throat and nasal swab for testing, Mr Singh said.
"The samples of Suresh Khanna were taken at his official residence in Lucknow. In the report, which came in the afternoon, no COVID-19 infection was detected. He has tested negative for COVID-19," Mr Singh said.
In a tweet on Friday, the minister had said that he is healthy and has no symptoms of coronavirus.
Discharge Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients Within 24 Hours: Delhi Government To Hospitals
All asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those having mild symptoms are to be discharged from hospitals within 24 hours of admission, and district surveillance officers should be reported,
according to a Delhi government order.
All hospitals have been asked to strictly comply with the directions, officials said.
"It has come to (our) notice that many asymptomatic and mild symptom cases have been admitted in the hospital facilities," said the order dated June 4.
It said, as per the guidelines issued by the government and the Delhi Heath Department earlier, asymptomatic and mild symptoms cases do not require hospitalisation, and are recommended to be either kept under home isolation or sent to COVID care centres or COVID health centres, if their houses are not suitable for home isolation.
The order had been signed by Delhi Heath Secretary Padmini Singla.
Any mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 patient should be discharged by a hospital within 24 hours, and the area district surveillance officer (DSO) should be informed about it, the order said, news agency PTI reported.
Madhya Pradesh's Temple To Reopen Doors For Devotees From Monday
Nearly eleven weeks after the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh was shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, its doors will be reopened for devotees from Monday, its office-bearer said.
However, those who wish to visit the temple will have to register their names first, he said.
The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, located around 175 kms from Bhopal, is one of the 12 "jyotirlingas" in the country and attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
The reopening of the temple is part of the easing of lockdown restrictions in the state.
"The temple will reopen on Monday. It will be kept open between 8 am and 6 pm as per the central guidelines," temple management committee's administrator Sujan Rawat told PTI on Saturday.
"We are going to launch a mobile application and set up a toll-free number for the devotees to book an appointment to enter in the shrine," he added, news agency PTI reported.
Negligence In Treating COVID-19 Cases A Serious Issue: Ajit Pawar
Stating that negligence during treatment of COVID-19 patients in private hospitals is a "serious issue", Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday warned them of strict action for "unethical
Addressing a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation with senior officials here, Pawar said, "negligence by private hospitals during treatment of infected patients is a serious issue".
"A strong action will be taken against such hospitals for any unethical practices," he said.
Speaking about reopening of schools in Maharashtra, the epicentre of coronavirus infection, Mr Pawar said a decision will be taken soon with adequate precautionary measures to insulate students from the coronavirus impact.
Mr Pawar also observed that many people are not following the lockdown norms in the state.
Maharashtra has launched phase-wise reopening of the economy and public activity under "Mission Begin Again" though the lockdown remains in force until June 30.
"The economy needs to be restarted but it has to be done by observing discipline. It has been observed that many people are not following rules. Officials should take appropriate action against such people," he said, news agency PTI reported.
Assam reports 81 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total to 2,324.
Coronavirus news: Trial of clothes prohibited at malls, no ''prasad'' distribution at religious places in Punjab
No trial of clothing shall be allowed in shopping malls, while places of worship will be barred from distributing ''prasad'' when they reopen from June 8, according to the guidelines issued by the Punjab government on Saturday.
The fresh guidelines also provide for a token-based entry to malls.
Religious places shall remain open between 5 am and 8 pm, the guidelines said.
Besides, there shall be no distribution of prasad, food or serving ''langar'' at the places of worship, according to the guidelines issued by the Punjab government for shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and places of worship which have been allowed to open from June 8, reported news agency PTI.
Coronavirus news: Uttarakhand reports 31 more COVID-19 cases; tally rises to 1,245
Uttarakhand reported 31 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 1,245, according to the state health department's bulletin.
The fresh cases were reported from Pithoragarh (8), Dehradun (6), Chamoli (6), Almora (4), Nainital (3), Tehri (3) and Uttarkashi (1), it said.
Most of the new cases have a travel history to Mumbai, Delhi and NCR, the bulletin said.
Out of a total of 1,245 patients, 422 have recovered, five have migrated out of the state and 11 have died, reported news agency PTI.
Coornavirus news: Negligence in treating COVID-19 cases a serious issue, says Maharashtra deputy chief minister
Stating that negligence during treatment of COVID-19 patients in private hospitals is a "serious issue", Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday warned them of strict action for "unethical practices".
Addressing a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation with senior officials, Mr Pawar said, "negligence by private hospitals during treatment of infected patients is a serious issue".
"A strong action will be taken against such hospitals for any unethical practices," he said.
Speaking about reopening of schools in Maharashtra, the epicentre of coronavirus infection, Pawar said a decision will be taken soon with adequate precautionary measures to insulate students from the coronavirus impact, reported news agency PTI.
Coronavirus news: 16 more test positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand; total rises to 938
Sixteen more people tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand, taking the total number of cases in the state to 938, according to a bulletin on Saturday.
With these new patients, the number of active cases rose to 521, while 410 people have recovered from the disease, it said.
Seven people died of the deadly virus in the state, reported news agency PTI.
Sixteen more COVID-19 cases were added to the overnight tally of 79 new ones, it said.
Of the total number of cases, 570 patients are between 11 and 30 years of age, while 290 are in the age between 31 and 50 years.
Coronavirus news: Andhra Pradesh reports 161 new COVID-19 cases, total count rises to 3,588
As many as 161 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 3588, informed the state health department.
Out of the total, there are 1192 active cases in the state, reported news agency ANI.
The state department further informed that in the last 24 hours, 29 people have been discharged and no deaths have taken place.
Coronavirus news: 13 new COVID-19 cases in Nagaland; total rises to 107
The number of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland crossed the 100-mark on Saturday as 13 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the tally to 107, an official said.
All the 13 COVID-19 patients were lodged at a quarantine facility in Dimapur since their arrival in a Shramik Special train from Chennai on May 22, said state Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Dr Nyan Kikon.
"Of the 252 samples of Chennai returnees, 13 tested positive," said Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom.
The 13 people have now been shifted to COVID-19 hospital at Dimapur, the nodal officer said, reported news agency PTI.
Keep COVID-19 Suspect Patients In Separate Wards: Delhi Government Tells Hospitals
The Delhi government on Saturday rolled out an order asking hospitals to keep COVID-19 suspect patients in a separate ward.
"It must be noted that if there are any COVID suspect admissions in the hospital facility, they must be kept in separate ward and therefore the number of isolation beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients must not be allocated to any suspect patients," the order from the Delhi Government read.
Not only that, the Delhi Health Department on Saturday in a separate order also stated that mild and asymptomatic cases do not need hospitalisation.
Woman Dies At Jaipur Railway Station, Later Tests Positive For COVID-19
A 65-year-old woman has tested positive for COVID-19 after she died at the Jaipur railway station while de-boarding a train, officials said on Saturday.
Railway officials said that as soon as the woman reached the railway station on Friday, she fell unconscious and was declared dead. The body was sent to a hospital where her samples were taken and she was found COVID-19 positive.
Ninety-one passengers travelled in the same coach of Mumbai-Jaipur Express in which the woman travelled. Later, all the co-passengers were immediately quarantined in Jaipur as a precautionary measure.
Tamil Nadu Government Caps COVID-19 Treatment Charges In Private Hospitals
Tamil Nadu government on Saturday capped the charges for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals across the state and announced that no fee over and above the fixed slab can be claimed from patients.
The per day charges for treatment in Intensive Care Units shall not exceed Rs 15,000 and in general wards, for asymptomatic people and those with mild symptoms, the maximum is Rs 7,500, the government said.
Following patients' complaints of exorbitant fee in private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment a panel headed by Health Secretary Beela Rajesh submitted a report to the government on permissible charges for private hospitals, an official release said.
Hospitals Can't Turn Away Suspected COVID-19 Patients: Arvind Kejriwal
There is no shortage of beds for critical coronavirus patients in Delhi and no one showing symptoms should be turned away, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today amid criticism and complaints on social media over alleged lack of attention from hospitals to those who are turning up to get admitted. Mr Kejriwal said some hospitals are "doing mischief" and they will not be spared. Read here
California Says Film, TV Production Can Resume June 12
California will allow film, television and music production to resume from June 12 if conditions permit after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governor's office said Friday.
Film and television productions in the Golden State have been shuttered since mid-March.
The reopening will be subject to approval by local health officers, the California Public Health Office said.
"To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers," it said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Addresses Media
- Some hospitals are doing mischief... please allow a few days for us to sort this out.
- We will investigate and get to the bottom of this.
- I repeat that all hospitals will have to allow coronavirus patients.
- We will investigate and take action against those who are refusing patients despite hospital beds available or are involved in black-marketing of beds.
- Hospitals are telling people that come back after a COVID-19 test... my question is where will the person get tests from... is it not the hospitals responsibility to get the test done?
- So, today we are passing an order that anyone who comes and says they suspect they have Coronavirus will have to be accepted by the hospital. Wear PPE kits and admit them... once test results come, they can be shifted to a non-COVD ward if they don't have coronavirus.
- Also, we hear complaints that testing has stopped in Delhi... this is not true... there are over 35 labs where testing is being done.... 6 labs who had stopped, action is being taken against them.
- Also, my appeal to all those who are asymptomatic... who don't get any symptoms or don't fall sick, please don;t get testing done, because if everyone starts getting a test, the numbers will be so many that the system will collapse and those in dire need will get ignored. Only go for tests if you fall sick with the symptoms.
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Coronavirus Updates: Odisha Reports Highest Single-Day Spike With 173 COVID-19 Cases; Total Tally 2,781
Odisha on Saturday reported its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases after 173 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the total tally in the state to 2,781, a health department official said.
Of the 173 cases, 150 were in quarantine centres, where people returning from different states are staying. Twenty-three others were detected with the infection during contact-tracing exercises, he said.
The country has till now reported over 2.3 lakh coronavirus cases, taking it above Italy to become the nation with the sixth highest coronavirus cases.
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Coronavirus news: 48 test positive for COVID-19 in Tripura
At least 48 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Friday, taking the state''s total coronavirus tally to 695, officials said, reports PTI.
Coronavirus news: India crosses 2.35 lakh coronavirus cases
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 2.35 lakh on Friday, taking the country to the sixth spot worldwide above Italy, while the number of deaths crossed 6,600, data from state governments and America's Johns Hopkins University showed. In terms of cases, India had crossed China - where the virus emerged late last year - for the ninth spot just a week ago. Read Here
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Coronavirus Updates: Latest Numbers
- As per the Health Ministry, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 2,26,770 and the number of deaths has grown to 6,348.
- Figures from America's Johns Hopkins University around midnight showed India at 2,35,769 and Italy at 2,34,531. With 6,641 deaths, India is now ranked the 12th worst-hit country.
- The count of recoveries has risen to over 1.12 lakh
- India still has more than 1 lakh active cases across the country.