India Coronavirus Latest Update: As many as 9,985 cases of coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours in India on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 2,76,583, including 7,745 deaths and 1,35,205 people who have recovered. The number of recovered COVID-19 patients exceeded the total active cases in India by a margin of 1,573 for the first time on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discus the COVID-19 situation in the national capital with him on Wednesday. The chief minister said Shah has assured him of all cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus. “Met Sh Amit Shah, Hon’ble HM. Discussed the situation on corona in Delhi in detail. He assured of all cooperation,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said in a tweet. Delhi recorded 1,501 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally of such cases to over 32,000 the national capital, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 984, authorities said.
The Supreme Court, meanwhile, Tuesday ordered states and Union Territories to complete the process of sending migrant labourers back to their home states within 15 days. It also asked them to consider withdrawing cases registered against the migrants for trying to walk to their homes flouting lockdown rules, and urged states and UTs to work on “the next stage of attending (to their) needs”.
Several states have shown upward deviations from their trendlines in the last few days, indicating a surge in future tally as well. Maharashtra’s Covid-19 case load has surpassed 90,000 with 120 deaths recorded across the state — the highest so far in a single day, on Tuesday. Follow Coronavirus India LIVE Updates
COVID-19: NHRC notice to Health Min, Delhi govt after Ajay Maken’s complaint on shortage of beds
The NHRC on Wednesday issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and the Delhi government over a complaint filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken, alleging shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients in the national capital, officials said.
The NHRC has taken cognisance of the complaint filed by the Congress leader, they said.
Accordingly, notices have been issued to the Delhi government and the Union Health Ministry, a senior official said.
Karnataka wrap: More influenza-like Illness (ILI) cases surface in Bengaluru as tally crosses 6000-mark
As many as 22 out of 42 new coronavirus cases reported in Bengaluru on Wednesday were linked to Influenza-like Illness (ILI), according to the Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.
According to the World Health Organisation, an ILI case is defined as an acute respiratory infection with fever of 38 C° and cough, with onset within the last 10 days.
With 120 new cases reported in the last 24 hours in Karnataka, the Covid-19 tally in the state rose to 6041 on Wednesday even as 257 people were discharged. According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, as many as 2862 people have recovered from the infection in the state so far.
Two patients in Kerala hospital’s Covid ward commit suicide, probe ordered
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja ordered an investigation after two patients committed suicide within a span of eight hours inside the dedicated Covid-19 ward at the Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram Wednesday. The Principal Secretary (Health) has been directed to carry out a probe and submit a report at the earliest.
Around 11:30 am, nurses found a resident of Anadu in Thiruvananthapuram district hanging by a rope inside the Covid-19 isolation ward. Though hospital staff brought him down and admitted him to the intensive care unit, he lost his life.
The 33-year-old, who was detected with the virus on May 31, had recovered and was due for discharge. On Tuesday, he had escaped unnoticed from the isolation ward, boarded a state transport bus and headed home. The locals, upon discovering him, informed the police and health officials who brought him back to the hospital. Subsequently, a team of mental health professionals had provided him counselling and guidance. On Wednesday morning, he reportedly committed suicide when the nurses were busy preparing medicines for him upon discharge. The suicide victim is believed to have had alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
GPS trackers may be used for home quarantined people in Punjab
The Punjab government is mulling procurement of Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers for keeping a check on those flouting COVID-19 home quarantine guidelines.
The trackers fitted with a SIM card can be integrated with the state government’s COVA app for tracking those home quarantined people who defy guidelines, putting the lives of others in danger, an official said on Wednesday.
The COVA Punjab (Corona Virus Alert) App has been developed by the state government to provide people with preventive care information and other government advisories.
“This is a lockable GPS based tracker put on wrists. It will send an alert if a home quarantined person violates the guidelines by going outside,” Punjab Special Secretary cum Chief Executive Officer, E-Governance, Ravi Bhagat said on Wednesday.
“It is reusable after the completion of 14 days of quarantined period,” he further said. (PTI)
COVID-19 threat still persists, follow guidelines: Maharashtra CM
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the COVID-19 threat still persists though restrictions have been partially eased to allow resumption of business and other activities. Urging people to avoid crowding and maintain physical distancing post easing of lockdown norms under “Mission Begin Again’, he reiterated his demand for resumption of suburban train services in Mumbai for movement of staff on essential services duty.
Thackeray hinted the coronavirus-induced lockdown, currently in force till June 30, will have to be extended if guidelines related to it are not followed strictly by people.
Around 500 people of 100 families, who had squatted at the government’s affordable housing project buildings in parts of the city, have been evicted over the last three days. The state government wants to bring in another set of people who need to be moved out for the Arpa river beautification project, a Congress poll promise to create a riverfront.
These residents, mostly day-workers, rickshaw-pullers and house helps, who either migrated from nearby villages or were born in a slum that has since been demolished, claim to have lived in the Atal Awas buildings for years. A major chunk of these buildings, in the urban areas, are still lying vacant, many without electricity and water connections. In the midst of Covid pandemic, these 500-odd people have been suddenly forced to the streets.
Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra surpass 90,000
The total number of covid-19 cases in Maharashtra surpassed 90,000 on Tuesday to stand at 90,787, with 120 deaths reported in a single day, the highest so far. Mumbai reported 1,015 new cases, with its total tally reaching 51,100.
In Nashik district’s Malegaon, the local and civic administration decided to conduct a random testing of family members of all those who died after April 10, after a massive spike in deaths in the area. A month later, officials said that none of those people tested positive for Covid-19. However, Malegaon Municipal Corporation records show there were 752 deaths last month, an increase of 157 per cent over the same month last year. As of May 1, Malegaon had 274 coronavirus positive cases with 12 deaths. Nine had recovered. As of June 1, the total number of Covid cases had increased to 764 with 58 deaths. In May, 44 people are said to have died due to Covid-related illness.
As many as 62 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Pune City Police, of which 23 are still active. Currently, 100 cops — 96 personnel and four officers — are in quarantine. As per the preliminary analysis conducted by Pune police, of the total 62 cases, 25 are cops deployed in containment zones, 12 are high-risk contacts of positive cases, five reside in containment areas while 20 more have tested positive.
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As talks between representatives of West Bengal Motion Pictures Artists’ Forum and producers of TV soaps and channel heads failed to resolve the issue of COVID-19 medical insurance for artists, shooting of Bengali TV serials did not start on Wednesday.
The talks on Tuesday night ended in a deadlock over the issue of Rs 25 lakh COVID-19 medical insurance for every artist to be effective from the first day of shooting.
A spokesman of the forum said the channel owners and producers could not give assurance about giving signed document of the medical insurance premium from the first day of shooting and hence “the forum is not in a position to advise its members to report at the shooting floor from tomorrow (Wednesday) itself.”
DMK leader J Anbazhagan dies of Covid-19
One of DMK’s tallest leaders in the Chennai region, J Anbazhagan died on Wednesday morning at a local hospital weeks after he tested positive for Covid-19. His condition had been critical and he was on ventilator support. Anbazhagan died on his 62nd birthday.
Anbazhagan was taken to Dr Rela Institute & Medical Centre with severe acute respiratory distress. Although he initially managed with oxygen therapy using a face-mask, he was put on ventilator support as his respiratory distress worsened and his condition remained unchanged.
Rajasthan seals borders with other states
Due to a surge in coronavirus cases, Rajasthan on Wednesday sealed its borders with other states, an official said, PTI reported. The state reported one more Covid-19 fatality on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 11,368 and the death toll to 256. Jaipur has the maximum number of cases in the state with 2,500 cases and 118 deaths, followed by 1,944 cases and 26 deaths in Jodhpur.
L-G order on Delhi hospitals will be followed: Arvind Kejriwal, stadiums to be used as makeshift hospitals soon
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said that LG Anil Baijal’s order on keeping hospitals in the capital open to non-residents will be implemented in “letter and spirit.” His measured and restrained tone was in sharp contrast to the statements made by other senior ministers and AAP leaders, including Sisodia, who had categorically said that the BJP, “which forced the L-G to strike down the Cabinet decision would be responsible for deaths on account of Covid in the city”.
Kejriwal said that Delhi will need 80,000 beds by July-end, but since people from other states are also allowed admission now, the actual requirement could be of over 1.5 lakh beds. The CM based his assessment on the trend of people from other states accounting for over 50 per cent occupancy in Delhi’s hospitals during non-Covid times.
Meanwhile, a Delhi government panel has suggested that Pragati Maidan, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Dhyanchand National Stadium be used as makeshift hospitals.
Authorities said on Wednesday that the capital recorded 1,366 fresh cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 31,309, while the death toll mounted to 905, PTI reported. The Delhi government, in a first, did not release the daily health bulletin on Tuesday.
The suggestion assumes significance in light of the government’s projection that cases in Delhi may cross 5 lakh by the end of July, for which at least 80,000 beds will be required. Delhi, which has 17,712 active cases, currently has 8,975 Covid beds in government, private hospitals.
The number of beds is likely to increase by around 2,000 by June 15, the L-G was informed. The bed capacity will increase with the plan to operationalise a new 450-bed hospital at Burari and attachment of premier hotels with existing Covid-dedicated hospitals, officials said.
Uttar Pradesh: Days after escaping from Ghaziabad hospital, man dies of Covid-19 in Bareilly
A man died while undergoing treatment for covid-19 in Bareilly, days after escaping from a Ghaziabad hospital where he was initially admitted, PTI quoted officials as saying.
The man used to live in Delhi and work as a tailor, officials said, adding that he had fled from the hospital and reached his sister’s place two days ago. Chief Medical Officer Yashpal Singh said, “The man, about 45 years of age, died at a Bareilly hospital on Tuesday. He was admitted there two days ago.” An FIR had been lodged against him under the Epidemic Diseases Act and he was sent to Bareilly for treatment, the CMO said.
Coronavirus cases in Tripura rise to 867
Tripura on Wednesday reported 26 more covid-19 cases, PTI reported. The state’s total number of cases have now risen to 867, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.
There are 675 active cases in the state and 192 patients have recovered from the infection. A 42-year-old man died in Agartala on Tuesday, becoming the first fatality in the state.
Meghalaya reports one new case, total tally reaches 44
One more person tested positive for coronavirus in Meghalaya, bringing the state’s tally to 44, chief minister Conrad Sangma said, PTI reported. The new case was a high-risk contact of a 72-year-old person who had earlier tested positive for the disease.
Of the total cases, 13 people have recovered while 30 cases are still active.
Jammu Kashmir: Two doctors among 19 hospital staff test positive in Udhampur
Nineteen staffers, including two doctors, tested positive for coronavirus at Udhampur district hospital on Wednesday, PTI quoted officials as saying. They said that the staff had come in contact with a pregnant woman and were placed under quarantine after her report for covid-19 came positive. Contact tracing was under way in order to break the chain.
The number of covid-19 cases in Udhampur district increased to 150, including 89 people who had returned from different parts of the country.
Covid cases in Gujarat surge past 21,000
The total number of Covid-19 cases in Gujarat crossed 21,000 with 476 fresh cases being reported Tuesday. Ahmedabad neared 15,000 cases, contributing to nearly 70 per cent of the state’s burden. While tests conducted in Ahmedabad make up only about one-third of the total daily samples across the state since June 1, the district has 14,962 cases. As many as 331 cases were reported Tuesday, 303 from the AMC jurisdiction, while 25 others succumbed to the infection.
After the central health ministry revised its discharge policy on May 8 to discharge a patient who is reported asymptomatic for three consecutive days, Gujarat, which had 1,872 patients discharged till then, saw the number shoot up to over 13,600 till June 7.
June 2 saw the biggest spike with a record 1,114 patients across the state discharged, of which 1,013 were from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) limits, 818 of these were “discharged” from home isolation, 21 from Covid care centres and 174 from hospitals of which a near 60 per cent share was from the frontline AMC-run SVP Hospital and state government’s Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.
Hyderabad hospital doctors protest after assault by relatives of dead Covid-19 patient
Junior doctors at Hyderabad’s Gandhi General Hospital, the nodal hospital for treating Covid-19 patients in the state, squatted outside the hospital building and staged a protest late Tuesday evening after attendants of a deceased patient allegedly beat up junior doctors on duty with office furniture. The alleged attack was following the death of one of the patients, a 55-year-old Covid-19 patient, at around 6.30 pm. The protests went on till 3 am and the doctors resumed the sit-in protest from 8 a.m. Wednesday.
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