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Novel Coronavirus: All Updates

Live Blog: Novel Coronavirus: All Updates

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Jun 2020, 12:32 pm

The Novel Coronavirus or Covid-19, which was originated in China's Wuhan in late December, has still kept the world on an edge. As the contagion has kept the world on its feet, India Blooms brings you the latest updates from across the world

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17 ITBP jawans test nCov positive in HP's Kinnaur

02 Jul 2020, 08:06 pm

Seventeen more jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive for novel coronavirus on Thursday, just a day after five of their fellows were found infected with the contagion in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district.

Additional Chief Secretary Health and Nodal Officer of Covid-19 R D Dhiman said with the fresh infections, caseload increased to 30 in the tribal district, including 27 active cases.

Kinnaur Superintendent of Police S R Rana confirmed that samples of 59 jawans of ITBP were drawn on June 30, out of which five tested positive on Wednesday and 17 on Thursday.

The reports of 219 jawans were expected soon.

The infected, who returned from Srinagar recently, were kept at Jungi in institutional quarantine. They belong to 43-ITBP Battalion Jeori.

The entire Jungi Camp area of ITBP Kinnuar has been converted into a containment zone.

Thane: MLA tests Covid-19 positive

02 Jul 2020, 12:26 pm

A 55-year-old woman MLA was tested positive for Covid-19 becoming the fourth legislator to contract the contagion in this district, informed her husband on Thursday.

Talking to the media, he further said that his wife visited several localities to help the distressed.

She was unwell for two days and subsequently tested positive on Wednesday. Now, she was under home quarantine, he added.

Commenting on the matter, Thane civic body spokesperson stated, "The Municipal Corporation isn't aware of the case else her testing would have been done privately. We don't have any record regarding the MLA getting infected."

Parbhani reports four new cases

02 Jul 2020, 12:22 pm

Four new Covid-19 cases were detected here on Thursday hence taking this district's pandemic tally to 122, informed district administration.

Among the new patients, two were from the city limits while the remaining two come from Zari village in Parbhani taluka, it added.

Out of the total tally, 91 patients were cured while four others have died of the contagion till now.

Aurangabad reports 206 new cases; tally surges close to 6k

02 Jul 2020, 12:21 pm

As many as 206 new COVID-19 cases were detected here on Thursday, pushing the district's pandemic tally closer to 6,000 mark, informed authorities.

These new cases are found a day after a record 217 persons were confirmed to be infected, with eight fatalities on Wednesday.

63 new cases reported in Puducherry

02 Jul 2020, 12:17 pm

As many as 63 people were tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus here in the last 24 hours taking the total number of active cases to 459 on Thursday.

According to the Puducherry Health Department, 60 new cases were reported in the Puducherry region and three in Karaikal.

They said that 52 were admitted to the government medical college, eight to Jipmer and three to Karaikal government hospital.

Meanwhile, 30 patients were discharged.

5 more die, death toll rises to 109 in J&K

02 Jul 2020, 12:01 pm

The death toll due to Covid-19 surged to 109 on Thursday, in the Union Territory of J&K as five more people died due to the virus.

With these deaths, 73 people have lost their lives due to infection in 28 days, and 94 people in 44 day in J&K, where the Covid-19 positive cases have surpassed 7500-mark.

India's Covid-19 tally zooms past 6 lakh, deaths 17,834

02 Jul 2020, 11:18 am

India's Coronavirus tally on Thursday shot past the six-lakh cases mark, after witnessing a sharp spike of 19,148 infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry update said here.

According to the health ministry, the number of confirmed cases stand at 6,04,641.

The death toll due to the pandemic has also surged to 17,834 as 434 people lost their lives to the virus since Wednesday.

However on the brighter side, recoveries have witnessed improvement as 3,59,860 Covid patients have been cured and discharged so far, which is 1,32,913 more as compared to the present cases under active medical supervision across the country which stands at 2,26,947.

Till Wednesday, 90,56,173 samples have been tested for Coronavirus, the Indian Council of Medical Research data said.

Coronavirus: Karnataka High Court to go online

01 Jul 2020, 04:02 pm

Faced with increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the State Capital, Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Justice A S Okha has decided the Court to function online.

Registrar General Rajendra Badamikar, in the notice issued here on Wednesday, based on order of the Chief Justice, stated that the emergency cases will be conducted through video conference until the next order.

The order also specifies that only the principal seat (Bengaluru) will be conducting proceedings online. High Court benches at Dharwad and Kalaburagi will continue to function as usual.

Chief Justice Okha has stated that priority will be given to the disposal of Public Interest Litigations.

India's COVID-19 death toll touches 17400

01 Jul 2020, 09:39 am

India entered the second phase of 'unlock' on Wednesday as the country registered 18,653 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, officials said.

The total COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 5,85,493.

The death toll due to the highly infectious disease touched 17400.

There are 220114 active COVID-19 cases in India at present.

So far, 347978 people have recovered from the disease.

Aamir Khan's staff test positive for Covid-19

30 Jun 2020, 12:36 pm

Indian actor Aamir Khan has informed on social media that some of his staff members have tested positive for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Issuing a statement on micro-blogging site Twitter, Aamir said, "This is to inform you that some of my staff have tested positive. They were immediately quarantined, and BMC officials were very prompt and efficient in taking them to a medical facility.

"I would like to thank the BMC for taking such good care of them, and for fumigating and sterilising the entire society."

Aamir said the rest of the people have tested negative for the Novel Coronavirus.

The Bollywood superstar will now get her mother tested for the contagion.

"Right now I am taking my mother to get her tested. She is the last person in the loop. Please pray that she is negative," he added.

PM Modi to address nation today as India adds over 18,500 Covid-19 cases

30 Jun 2020, 10:55 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday address 1.3 billion people of his country on a day India reported 18,522 positive Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Modi will address the nation at 4 pm.

With the addition of 18,522 cases, India's Covid tally touched 5,66,840.

India reported 418 deaths between Monday and Tuesday mornings taking the Covid toll to 16,893.

While there are 2,15,125 active cases in India right now, 3,34,821 people have recovered from the disease.

India's COVID-19 death toll touches 16893

30 Jun 2020, 09:53 am

India reported 418 deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as the death toll due to the highly infectious disease in the country now stands at 16893, revealed official data released on Tuesday.

With  18,522 new cases reported, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 5,66,840.

There are 215125 active cases in India right now.

334821 people have recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, Indian PM Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 pm.

Coronavirus: Nashik reports over 4,000 positive cases

30 Jun 2020, 09:42 am

With addition of 182 new corona positive cases in Nashik in a single day on Monday, the district's tally surged to 4,043.

Of total 527 swab samples investigated in last 24 hours, 345 were negative and 182 tested positive.

Among the fresh cases, 123 were from Nashik city, 46 from Nashik Rural and 13 from Malegaon, a report from the district administration stated.

Meanwhile, 9 positive patients died of Covid-19 disease across the district, including 5 in Nashik city, 3 in Nashik Rural and 1 in Malegaon, pushing the toll to 234.

Among the deceased were two elderly people from Pandhurli and Thangaon in the Sinnar taluka.

COVID-19: WHO team to visit China soon for origin tracing

30 Jun 2020, 09:36 am

Amid COVID-19 'spreading agressively,' the World Health Organization has said it is sending a team to China next week to know more about origin of the virus.
"WHO has been saying that knowing the source of virus is very-very important. We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started. We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that. We hope that will lead into understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare." said WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Responding to a question during regular press briefing on COVID-19, on Monday, he said that the virus is spreading aggressively and instead of waiting for a vaccine or therapeutics we must suppress the virus with tools at hand like contact tracing, social distancing etc. We have already surpassed the ten million cases and have a million deaths, he said, adding : "This could have been prevented through the tools we have at hand. Vaccines and therapeutics ...should be in addition to the maximum use of tools we have at hand."

WHO chief noted that this virus can be suppressed if "the governments are serious about the things they have to do" and if the community can do it's share. While doing our best to find a vaccine, our advice from WHO is - we should do everything using the tools we have at hand and many countries have shown that this virus can be suppressed and controlled using the tools at hand, he said.

Referring to resurgence of cases in some countries as they start to re-open their economies and societies, Dr Tedros said most people remain susceptible and the virus still has a lot of room to move. "The hard reality is : this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up," he added.  

COVID-19 tears through California prison, nearly 2,600 inmates test  positive

30 Jun 2020, 09:25 am

Nearly 2,600 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 in the state of California's prison system including more than 1,000 at San Quentin, Governor Gavin Newsom told reporters.

"California Correctional System has 2,589 individuals that have tested positive," Newsom said on Monday. "In San Quentin we currently have 1,011 individual inmates that have tested positive."

The governor noted that the entire correctional system has around 113,000 inmates.

The state, which already released roughly 3,500 prisoners earlier in the pandemic to decompress the overcrowded system, is taking into account medical conditions when evaluating others for potential release.

Newsom announced on Sunday that bars in the state are being closed amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. The governor reminded California residents they are required to wear face masks in public spaces, pointing to the fact that many people are seen with faces uncovered.  

Suspend trains, flights from five worst Covid-hit states to Bengal: Mamata requests Centre

29 Jun 2020, 09:08 pm

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday requested the central government to suspend the train and flight services from five worst Covid-affected parts of the country to her state, in a bid to stem the further spread of the pandemic Novel Coronavirus.

Mamata told a press conference at state headquarters Nabanna, "The chief secretary (Rajiva Sinha) has sent a letter to stop trains coming from the five worst-affected states to West Bengal in a bid to curb the spread of the disease."

The CM has also asked the Centre to limit the domestic flights from other states- except the five most Covid-affected ones- to once a week.

"With regards to domestic flights, we are requesting (Centre) to run planes within the states but limit to once per week from states other than the five worst-hit ones. It is not possible to monitor all flights coming to the state as Civil Aviation didn't adopt any mechanism. It is a kind of burden for us," she said.

nCoV enters remote Lahaul Spiti district of HP

29 Jun 2020, 05:18 pm

Showing no sign of abating, Covid-19 has made its way to the remotest Lahaul Spiti district which was so far unaffected by the pandemic, a senior official said here on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner Lahaul Spiti, Mr KK Saroch, said that a worker belonging to Bihar tested positive for nCoV today. The 26-yr-old youth is a construction worker of Border Road Organisation, a construction wing of Indian Army.

He became first patient of Lahaul Spiti district which was sofar remained unaffected from the pandemic as district is landlocked. The worker, securing a valid permit, had returned to the state from Harayan on Jun 22 as he was engaged for bridge construction work at Patseo.

The DM said contacts of the victim are being traced. With the first case in Lahaul Spiti, now all the one dozen districts of this hill are infested by the deadly virus. With addition of one more case the total number of nCoV increased to 917 in the state, including 378 active cases.

The most populated district Kangra is worst affected having total umber of 262 cases, Hamirpur 238, Una 104, Solan 98, Chamba 51, Bilaspur 42 cases, , Shimla 40, Sirmaur 38 , Mandi 28, Kinnuar eight , Kullu five and Lahaul Spiti one.

The Covid infection trends indicated that virus is prevalent in those district which are exposed to other states and join borders and connectivity beside the migration of people recently. Like Kinnuar, Lahaul Spiti, Mandi and Shimla are less affected.

Visakhapatnam Steel Plant employee test positive for Covid-19

29 Jun 2020, 05:10 pm

An employee working in Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), tested positive for Covide-19 here on Monday.
This is the first positive case reported from VSP.

The employee, working an Assistant Manager in SMS-2( Steel Melt Shop-2) , who returned from his hometown in Rajasthan via Delhi on June 4 by flight, was under institutional quarantine at GITAM Hospital in the city from June 4 to 12 and released on June 13 after tested negative, according to steel plant officials here.
On advice, he was in home quarantine for 7-days and reported for duty in the night shift on June 20.

On June 22, the employee, who had some intermittent cough, went on leave and got himself tested at King George Hospital (KGH).

Maharashtra extends COVID-19 lockdown till July 31

29 Jun 2020, 04:10 pm

The Maharashtra government on Monday announced extension of lockdown to avoid spread of COVID-19 till July 31.

Maharashtra remains one of the worst hit states in the state.

With over 19,000 fresh Novel Coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally on Monday neared 5.5 lakh.

The country of 1.3 billion people reported 19,459 cases taking the overall tally to 5,48,318.

With new 380 fatalities between Sunday and Monday mornings, the toll touched 16,475.

The three most-affected states continue to be Maharashtra (1,64,626), Delhi (83,077) and Tamil Nadu (82,275).

Amid the spike in Covid cases, all special trains in Tamil Nadu have been cancelled till Jul 15.

Delhi to create India's first plasma bank for Covid-19 treatment: Arvind Kejriwal

29 Jun 2020, 01:23 pm

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced his government will create India's first plasma bank to treat people infected with the pandemic Novel Coronavirus or Covid-19.

"Plasma bank will be created in Delhi. This will be the country's first plasma bank. I urge all people who were cured of Covid-19 to donate their plasmas to save the lives of others," said Kejriwal.

The CM said the cured patients will be allowed to donate their plasmas in non-Covid hospitals.

Nagaland: Total lockdown in Peren district from Jun 30, state's Covid-19 tally surges to 434

29 Jun 2020, 12:34 pm

In view of a sharp spike in Covid-19 positive cases, the Nagaland government has imposed a total lockdown in Peren district from Jun 30 to Jul 5.

Peren district Deputy Commissioner Sentiwapang Aier on Sunday issued an order and stated that the total lockdown is necessitated as stringent precautions to prevent any unlikely incident that may result in the local or community transmission and the risk to public health and safety of the citizens of Peren.

In the order copy, the Peren district Deputy Commissioner stated that, movement of public shall be strictly prohibited and private vehicles movement is banned, all business, shops and trade activities shall remain closed, while all social, political, religious gathering and functions are also prohibited during the total lockdown period.

On the other hand, the Mon district administration has extended the total lockdown in the district till Jul 5.

Special trains cancelled in Tamil Nadu

29 Jun 2020, 12:34 pm

Amid the spike in Covid cases, all special trains in Tamil Nadu have been cancelled till Jul 15.

Assam's Covid-19 tally surges to 7,492 with 327 new cases, toll rises to 11

29 Jun 2020, 12:33 pm

With 327 new positive cases for Covid-19, Assam's tally for the deadly virus has surged to 7,492.

Out of the new cases, 195 cases have been reported from the city of Guwahati.

On the other hand, one Covid-19 patient died at a government run hospital in Guwahati on Friday.

The death toll has now increased to 11.

India's Covid tally nears 5.5 lakh with over 19,000 fresh cases in 24 hours

29 Jun 2020, 12:33 pm

With over 19,000 fresh Novel Coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally on Monday neared 5.5 lakh.

The country of 1.3 billion people reported 19,459 cases taking the overall tally to 5,48,318.

With new 380 fatalities between Sunday and Monday mornings, the toll touched 16,475.

The three most-affected states continue to be Maharashtra (1,64,626), Delhi (83,077) and Tamil Nadu (82,275).

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