Over four months after the first coronavirus case was detected in India, the case count in India stands at more than 4 lakh, with a death toll of over 13,000.
Here are the latest updates:
5.20 pm | U.P., Uttarakhand, Haryana
Kanwar yatra deferred
The States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana have deferred this year’s Kanwar yatra due to the COVID-19 situation, the U.P. government said.
The announcement was made after a video conference meeting between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his counterparts Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.
5.00 pm | Delhi
Delhi govt. issues revised order on home isolation
The Delhi government has issued a revised order stating that the novel coronavirus patients who do not have comorbidities or require hospitalisation could opt for home isolation following withdrawal of the decision on five-day mandatory institutional quarantine.
“All individuals who are positive will be referred to the COVID care centres for assessment of clinical conditions, severity of illness and presence of co-morbidities,” it said in an order on Saturday.
An assessment will also be done to check whether adequate facilities like minimum two rooms and a separate toilet exist so that the family members and neighbours are protected and a cluster of cases does not develop in that locality, according to the order.
“If adequate facility for home isolation exists, and the person on clinical assessment is found to have no comorbidities and does not require hospitalisation, he would be offered to either continue to stay in COVID centre/paid isolation facility (hotels etc), or can opt for home isolation,” the order said.
4.50 pm | World
Spain reopens its borders as state of emergency comes to an end
Passengers wearing masks and wheeling suitcases arrived at Madrid’s main airport on Sunday as Spain opened its borders to most European countries and ended a state of emergency imposed to contain the coronavirus.
Spain’s borders are now open to all European Union countries except Portugal, as well as Schengen Area members outside the bloc and Britain in a much-needed boost to the country’s tourism industry which accounts for more than 12% of the economy.
4.30 pm | Maharashtra
Cases rise; cops, BMC disagree over lockdown in North Mumbai
Even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in north Mumbai areas like Malad, Kandivali, Borivali and Dahisar, the police and the BMC are not on the same page on imposing a restriction-heavy lockdown to contain the outbreak, officials admitted.
While the police wants a total lockdown to be enforced in the region to stem the rise in cases, a senior BMC official said the proposal was “disastrous” as the civic body was tracking the virus spread and taking measures to contain it.
4.15 pm | World
Beijing tests millions for COVID-19, PepsiCo suspends operations after workers test positive
Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has suspended operations in Beijing after some of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 in the Chinese capital, where the city officials are conducting COVID-19 tests on millions, especially employees of restaurants, food delivery services and market vendors.
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that it had reported 32 new COVID-19 cases in the country.
4.00 pm | Tamil Nadu
Despite five lockdowns, COVID-19 not contained in TN: Stalin
DMK president M.K. Stalin on Sunday said that despite the State government imposing fifth phase of lockdown, there is no sign yet of COVID-19 subsiding.
He also said Chief Minister’s remarks on Saturday did not offer any solutions for the problems faced by the people.
According to the State government, the lockdown was the only way to contain the spread of the virus, but the number of cases was increasing day by day.
“This shows the lockdown is a namesake exercise. Despite the increase in number of cases and deaths, the Chief Minister is making statement after statement that the virus is contained,” he said in a statement.
3.45 pm | Goa
Stakeholders seek phase-wise unlocking of Goa tourism industry
Tourism stakeholders in Goa urged the State government to facilitate phase-wise unlocking of the industry, saying if the shutdown continues, it will result in job and revenue losses.
The tourism industry accounts for 40% of Goa’s GDP and is important for the country’s economy, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), an umbrella body of tourism stakeholders in the state, said in a statement.
3.30 pm | Uttar Pradesh
Chargesheet against 12 Tablighi members from Nepal for violating lockdown norms in Muzaffarnagar
A chargesheet has been filed against 12 Tablighi Jamaat members from Nepal for assembling here in violation of the lockdown orders imposed to combat the coronavirus threat, police said.
According to the prosecution, the members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been charged under the IPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act.
The chargesheet was filed in a U.P. court on Saturday. A case was registered against them in early April, the police said. The Jamaat members have already been released on bail.
Meanwhile, the police have also filed separate chargesheets against 22 other Tablighi Jamaat members hailing from Delhi, Manipur, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
3.15 pm | Delhi
Create isolation wards, conduct rapid tests to curb spread of COVID-19 in jails: committee
With several inmates and staff at prisons in the city testing positive for COVID-19, a high-powered committee headed by a Delhi High Court judge has issued several directions, like creating isolation wards and carrying out rapid tests, to prevent further spread of the virus among prisoners.
The high powered committee (HPC), headed by Justice Hima Kohli, also directed prison authorities to take extra precautions with regard to inmates over 55 years of age after a 62-year-old prisoner, who died in his sleep, was later found to be COVID-19 positive.
2.50 pm | India
COVID-19 has led to 20 lakh job losses in bus, taxi sector; more on anvil: BOCI
Around 20 lakh people have lost employment and an equal number are staring at job loses as private bus and tourist taxi operators have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, according to the Bus & Car Operators Confederation of India (BOCI).
BOCI, which claims to represent 20,000 operators with 15 lakh buses and maxi-cabs and 11 lakh tourist taxis providing direct employment to 1 crore people, said these private operators need government support in the form of waiver of taxes and interest on loans as many of them are facing closure.
2.15 pm | India
Govt. extends ₹50 lakh insurance scheme for healthcare providers till September
Amid rising number of COVID-19 cases, the government has extended the Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme for about 22 lakh healthcare providers for another three months till September.
The scheme implemented by New India Assurance was slated to end on June 30, as per the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of the Rs 1.70 lakh Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package in March.
The insurance provides a comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakh to a total of around 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of patients suffering from coronavirus infection and who may be at risk of being impacted by this.
2.00 pm | Gujarat
Gujarat High Court stays Jagannath Rath Yatra procession in Ahmedabad
The Gujarat High Court stayed the annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in an urgent hearing on Saturday evening. The yatra was scheduled to be conducted on June 23.
The court held that given the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, the yatra should not be allowed to be held as it had the potential to spread the infection in the city as social distancing norms could not be ensured with a large crowd gathering for the procession.
With the court’s intervention, the Rath Yatra procession in Ahmedabad will not be held for the first time since 1878.
1.40 pm | India
Generic drugmaker Hetero launches drug for COVID-19 patients
Generic drugmaker Hetero has received the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approval to manufacture and sell its generic version of Gilead’s Remdesivir for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in the country.
The generic version will be marketed under the brand name ‘Covifor’ in India, Hetero said about the product that is being manufactured at its facility in Hyderabad. Chairman of Hetero Group of Companies B. Partha Saradhi Reddy said the approval of Covifor (Remdesivir), amid the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country, can prove to be a game-changer given the positive clinical outcomes.
1.20 pm | Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s Salasar temple to open after July 31
The famous Salasar temple in Rajasthan’s Churu district will not open for devotees before July 31 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the temple management.
The management has taken the decision keeping in mind the safety of devotees amid the pandemic, temple priest Mangilal said.
He said the decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Churu District Collector.
Earlier this month, the state government had formed a committee under district collectors to discuss whether religious places can be opened after June 30.
1.00 pm | India
CISF jawan succumbs to COVID-19; 18th death among paramilitary forces
A 41-year-old Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel died of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total number of fatalities in the force from the pandemic to six, officials said.
This is the 18th death from the pandemic among the five central paramilitary forces of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
12.40 pm | Delhi
Team of doctors from different hospitals on standby for Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain
A team of senior doctors from a few government and private hospitals has been kept on standby to ensure the best medical care for Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain who is admitted in ICU of a private COVID-19 facility, sources said.
The condition of the 55-year-old Minister is improving and he is being monitored by doctors, officials said.
12.15 pm | India
India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 4 lakh with highest single-day spike of 15,413 cases
Eight days after recording three lakh COVID-19 cases, India went past the four lakh-mark on Sunday with the biggest single-day spike of 15,413 new infections, according to Union Health Ministry data.
India took 64 days to cross the 1 lakh-mark from 100 cases, another fortnight to reach the grim milestone of two lakh cases and then in another ten days it went past the 3-lakh mark.
12.00 pm | India
ONGC looking at optimising capex after COVID-19 impacts project execution
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the speed of execution of its projects and the company is identifying opportunities for optimisation of capital and operating expenditure.
While about 9% of the company’s natural gas output was impacted by inability of customers to take supplies due to the coronavirus lockdown, lower oil and gas prices had impacted its revenues, the company said.
COVID-19 Trials | In solidarity with recovery
A range of treatments have been proposed, but only extensive population based-trials will provide evidence on their safety and efficacy. The need to fast-track development of drugs and a vaccine, and subsequently, the necessity to scale up manufacturing processes have naturally spurred vast, global efforts involving a large number of people, and in one instance, many nations.
Highest single-day death toll in Navi Mumbai
Navi Mumbai reported its highest-single-day death toll and second-highest surge in COVID-19 cases on Saturday. While 10 more fatalities took the death toll to 157, an additional 172 cases pushed the tally to 4,687.
Work to convert Anna University buildings into care centre begins
The Greater Chennai Corporation has started work on developing a COVID-19 Care Centre on the premises of Anna University. On Saturday, senior officials of Greater Chennai Corporation led by Deputy Commissioner (Works) Kumaravel Pandian visited Anna University and held talks with university authorities, who offered alternative buildings, including the auditorium.
Maharashtra sees highest spike with 3,874 new cases
Maharashtra recorded 3,874 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, its highest surge in a day, pushing its tally to 1,28,205. The State also recorded 160 fatalities, its second-highest single-day rise, taking its death toll to 5,984. Nearly 51% of Maharashtra’s cases and 59% deaths are from Mumbai.
New guidelines for government staff to be implemented from tomorrow
As cases of government employees working at the State Secretariat and other offices in Hyderabad contracting coronavirus keep spiking, the State government has issued a fresh set of guidelines to contain the spread by regulating the physical attendance of various categories of staff.
In an official memo issued by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Saturday, heads of all government offices in the city have been instructed to implement fresh guidelines from June 22 (Monday).
Odisha records 72.77% recovery
Odisha recorded a recovery rate of 72.77% following the discharge of 237 persons from COVID-19 hospitals in the past 24 hours.
“The untiring efforts of our COVID warriors have led to an all-time high recovery of 237 patients in a day. We salute the dauntless spirit of our frontline workers,” the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter on Saturday.
Biggest single-day spike recorded in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded an all-time high of 2,396 cases of COVID-19. While 1,254 of the fresh cases were in Chennai and 64 were returnees, the remaining 1,078 cases were reported in the rest of the State.