Karnataka CM Yediyurappa met ministers and top government officials in Bengaluru on Saturday to review Covid-19 situation in the state. (Express Photo)
In the wake of a steady rise in the number of daily Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Karnataka, the state government Saturday decided to reimpose Sunday curfew from July 5. “No activities except essential services shall be permitted during this time,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced. Karnataka recorded 918 cases and 11 deaths linked to the coronavirus on Saturday. In Bengaluru alone, 596 people tested positive for the infection and three fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday visited Covid-19 care centre at Radha Soami Beas in Chhatarpur to take stock of the coronavirus situation in the national capital. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said Delhi is waging a difficult war against the pandemic and will emerge victorious, however, it will take time.
With India reporting 18,552 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of Covid-19 infections crossed the 5 lakh-mark to reach 5,08,953 on Saturday including 1,97,387 active cases and 2,95,881 recoveries. Also, as many as 384 deaths in a day pushed the total fatalities to 15,685. It took 110 days for coronavirus infection in the country to reach one lakh while just 39 days more to go past the five lakh-mark. The health ministry said that around 58.13 per cent patients have recovered so far.
Globally, the infections soared to 9,778,674 on Thursday and the death toll rose to 4,93,674. Also, as many as 4,932,392 people have recovered across the world.
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Coronavirus LIVE updates: The Shenai Banquet opposite LNJP hospital in New Delhi has been turned into an isolation facility and will start operations from Thursday. (Express photo/Tashi Tobgyal)
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The number of daily deaths from Covid-19 in Maharashtra has been declining for over a fortnight now, government data analysed by The Indian Express show. This declining trend contrasts with the continuing rising trend in the number of daily new Covid cases, and could indicate the impact of several relatively recent policy interventions in the battle against the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand became the second state after West Bengal to extend the lockdown till July 31. "Considering the seriousness of the situation, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till 31 July," Chief Minister Hemant Soren tweeted.
Three months after they closed down following the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the malls in Gurgaon are likely to re-open next week. At a press conference on Friday, the officials said that directions to this effect would soon be issued. West Bengal Bengal Chief Minister too relaxed its night curfew to 10 pm-5 am and said that the government wants the Metro Rail services in Kolkata to resume from July 1.
Following a spurt in Covid-19 cases in Assam, a 12-hour night curfew will be imposed across the northeastern state from Friday 7 pm and a 14-day complete lockdown in Kamrup district, which includes the Guwahati city, from Sunday midnight. Out of 762 coronavirus cases recorded in Guwahati since June 15, 677 have no travel history, though many had come in contact with returnees from other states, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The Centre announced it will be sending a team of experts to Telangana, Maharashtra and Gujarat — three states with high positivity rates that are considered critical in the efforts against the pandemic. Sources said experts may also be sent to Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, which are also seen as requiring advice and assistance on clinical management. The Centre is already closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, the city with the most number of cases. Meanwhile, the Railway Board on Thursday decided to keep regular train services suspended till August 12.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday said that Delhi has reported 74,000 COVID-19 cases so far, but situation is under control. "We have increased COVID-19 testing in Delhi, hence, cases are rising. Delhi government has set up 3,500 beds for COVID-19 patients in hotels in last 10 days," the CM added.
As Delhi overtook Mumbai as the city with the highest case count, the Delhi government has prepared an ambitious plan —house-to-house screening in containment zones by June 30, and in the rest of the city by July 6.
Mobile app to enable people easy access to blood launched
A mobile application that would enable people to access “safe blood” easily, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday.
Developed by the E-Raktkosh team of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) under the Digital India scheme, the application will bring transparency and facilitate single-window access to blood services of the Indian Red Cross Society, officials said.
Over 75,00,000 tests conducted so far, says Health Ministry
Health Ministry on Thursday said that from limited COVID-19 tests in January, a cumulative total of 75,60,782 samples have been tested up to June 24 with 2,07,871 samples being tested on Wednesday. It also said that there are in total 1,007 diagnostic labs, of which 734 are in the government sector and 273 private.