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Coronavirus 25 June Highlights: Delhi LG reverses order, says only patients without facilities at home need to report to Covid care centres

The class 12 students will be evaluated based on their grades in the last three school exams.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 26, 2020 10:11:30 am
The Shenai Banquet opposite LNJP hospital in Delhi has been turned into an isolation facility and will start operations from Thursday. (Express photo/Tashi Tobgyal)

Reversing his own order, Delhi LG Anil Baijal Friday said that only those Covid positive patients who do not have adequate facilities at home to ensure physical segregation and do not have other medical conditions would require to be shifted to Covid Care centres and other facilities for assessment. In his previous order, Baijal, who also heads the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, said all those who test positive have to report to Covid care centres for assessment, after which they will either be asked to isolate at home or assigned to a hospital or care centre.

A central team led by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana on June 26-29. The team will interact with the state officials and coordinate with them to strengthen ongoing efforts for Covid management, said the ministry. Ramping up the testing facilities across the country, India now has 1,007 diagnostic labs among which 734 are government and 273 are private facilities. According to the latest updates, India conducted 2,07,871 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tests to more than 75 lakhs at 75,60,782.

The Covid-19 tally in India rose to 473,105 earlier in the day after nearly 17,000 fresh cases were recorded within a span of 24 hours. More than 400 deaths were also recorded, taking the total to 14,894. As of now, Delhi continues to remain the city with the highest case count — 70,390 cases so far. Globally, over 9.4 million people are infected with the virus with as many as 482,162 deaths. The United States continues to be the worst affected country followed by Brazil, Russia and India.

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00:47 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Spike in Covid cases: Mosque converted into care facility in Bhiwandi

With Bhiwandi’s healthcare system under strain with burgeoning Covid-19 cases, Makkah Masjid at Shanti Nagar in Bhiwandi East has been now converted into a makeshift treatment facility with five beds and two doctors. Read more here

22:21 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Railways cancels all regular time-tabled trains till August 12

In view of the spurt in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, Indian Railways on Thursday cancelled all regular mail or express, passenger and suburban services till Aug 12. Apart from those of 230 specials, trains for essential workers, all the tickets booked for regular time-tabled trains for journey between July 1 and August 12 stood cancelled, said the railway board.

Source said that the decision was taken keeping in mind the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country. However, all special trains — operating since May 12 and June 1 — would continue, they said. The limited special suburban services which began recently in Mumbai to ferry essential services personnel identified by the local authorities will also continue to run, officials said.

20:46 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Nagaland: 8 fresh COVID-19 cases, count rises to 355

Eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland, taking the states tally to 355 on Thursday, Health minister S Pangnyu Phom said. Of the 355 cases, 195 are active while 160 people have recovered, the minister said. Nineteen Army personnel stationed at the Jakhama Cantonment have so far contracted the virus in the state.

'Eight new cases of COVID-19 positive have been reported out of 315 samples tested,' the minister tweeted. The fresh cases are from quarantine centres in Kohima and Dimapur districts. Dimapur district has reported the highest number of cases at 159, followed by Pheren (85), Kohima (76), Mon (23), Tuensang (8), Zunheboto (3), and Phek (1). (PTI)

20:00 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Watch | Developments in Coronavirus crisis across India, world

Watch | Developments in Coronavirus crisis across India, world

19:46 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Centre provided Rs 6,600 crore to Tamil Nadu since April for procurement of medical equipment: Nirmala Sitharaman

The Centre has provided Rs 6,600 crore to Tamil Nadu since April for procurement of medical equipment to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday. Besides, a total of Rs 2,825 crore worth assistance had been released to the state till June 14 through various welfare scheme components of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, she told BJP's Tamil Nadu unit workers addressing a
virtual rally.

"Considering that the government will need funds to buy medical equipment like ventilators, Rs 6,600 crore was given to Tamil Nadu in this fiscal within these three months to tackle COVID-19 and to see that people do not face any difficulty," the Minister said. (PTI)

19:43 (IST)25 Jun 2020
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19:38 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Hair salons in Maharashtra to reopen from June 28: Minister

Hair salons in Maharashtra will be allowed to reopen from June 28, after over three months of downing shutters due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, a state minister said on Thursday. State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that during the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray agreed to allow the salons to reopen with adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) about hygiene and cleanliness.

"The hair salons will reopen. However, the use of sanitisers and face-masks will be mandatory for the hairdresser and the customer. Similarly, the cloth or towel used for one customer shall not be used for others," he said. (PTI)

18:42 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Suspected Covid-19 patient dies in isolation ward of SSG

A 35-year-old suspected Covid-19 patient died at the Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad (SSG) Hospital in Vadodara after he allegedly inflicted wounds on himself with broken glass pieces.

The incident happened around 10 am in the lavatory of the isolation ward at the hospital. The medical staff present in the ward had forced open the door of the lavatory when the patient stopped responding to calls, to find him severely wounded. He died while undergoing treatment. The hospital authorities said that it was a suspected case of suicide but would still wait for the Covid-19 test results before confirming the same.

“The cause of death is unknown since the Covid test results are awaited, but he was admitted in our isolation ward and his nasal swab samples for Covid testing were collected. Before we could get the test results, he attempted suicide. In the lavatory he tried to break the window pane and wounded himself from the glass pieces. There was heavy blood loss and subsequently he died. We have given this preliminary information to the police as well,' said Dr Rajeev Daveshwar, Medical Superintendent, SSG hospital. Read more

18:26 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Vadodara: Covid-19 tally crosses 2,000 mark to stand at 2042 with 44 cases today

Vadodara Covid-19 tally crosses 2,000 mark to stand at 2042 with 44 cases today.

    • East | 9
    • West | 9
    • North | 10
    • South | 6
    • Rural | 10
    • Samples tested | 253
    • Discharged | 101 (Total 1456)
    • Total death toll | 50
17:46 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Only those without facilities to isolate themselves at home will have to be shifted to Covid care centres: Delhi LG

SDMA Thursday approved modification of SOP for home isolation for Covid patients to meet the twin objectives of containment of local spread & provision of timely medical care for Covid positive cases to save precious lives, said Delhi LG Anil Bajilal Health department will deploy a robust surveillance mechanism. Taking to Twitter, Baijal added that only those Covid positive patients who do not have adequate facilities at home to ensure physical segregation and do not have other medical conditions would require to be shifted to Covid Care centres and other facilities.

17:07 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Mizoram has 115 active cases

The total number of COVID19 cases in the state is 145 including 115 active cases and 30 discharged: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram.

16:47 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Karnataka people should maintain social distancing if they don't want another shutdown: Yediyurappa

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa to convene all party meet tomorrow to discuss need for Bengaluru lockdown and revised COVID-19 strategy. "People should cooperate to maintain social distancing if they do not want another sealdown," Yediyurappa said.

16:43 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Kejriwal launches video call facility for COVID-19 patients admitted at LNJP Hospital

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday launched a video call facility for #COVID19 patients admitted at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital. Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital was the first hospital to be declared as full-fledged COVID hospital 100 days ago. Around 114 deliveries have taken place at the hospital in this period. LNJP is the first hospital where plasma therapy was started, Kejriwal said.

16:08 (IST)25 Jun 2020
India conducted 75 lakh tests so far: Health Ministry

Ramping up the testing facilities across the country, India now has 1,007 diagnostic labs among which 734 are government and 273 are private facilities. According to the latest updates, India conducted 2,07,871 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tests to more than 75 lakhs at 75,60,782.

15:30 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Over 8,80,000 children could die due to Covid-related issues in next 12 months; most deaths likely in India: UNICEF report

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed the lives of millions of children in South Asia at risk, according to a recent UNICEF report. Quoting a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the report warned that as many as 8,81,000 children– aged five and under– could die over the next twelve months. A bulk of these deaths are likely to occur in India and Pakistan, the report said.

The report — titled ‘Lives Upended: How COVID-19 threatens the futures of 600 million South Asian Children’ — states that children in these countries are more likely to succumb to established illnesses like measles and pneumonia as public health systems are placed in a precarious position amidst this global health crisis. Read more here

15:25 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Uttarakhand reports 20 new Covid-19 cases

Uttarakhand reports 20 new Covid-19 cases till 2:30 pm today, taking the total number of cases to 2642: State Control Room Covid-19.

15:08 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Central team to visit Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana

A central team led by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana on June 26 to 29. The team will interact with the State officials and coordinate with them to strengthen ongoing efforts for management of COVID-19, said Health Ministry. (ANI)

14:41 (IST)25 Jun 2020
No leave for Gujarat cops as personnel required for Unlock-1: Govt

The Gujarat Home Department has asked the state Director General of Police (DGP) and other senior officers not to grant any leave to the police personnel, saying that their presence was necessary for the effective implementation of Unlock-1. A notification issued on Thursday by the home department said that the presence of all the available police force was necessary for the implementation of the Centre's guidelines for the phased re-opening of coronavirus-induced lockdown or Unlock-1 that came into effect from June 1. "For the effective implementation of Unlock-1, it is necessary that police personnel remain active in the field. Therefore, all the police officers as well as lower rung police personnel are hereby advised not to demand leave unless it is for medical or any other unavoidable reasons," the notification said.

14:21 (IST)25 Jun 2020
CBSE not to hold remaining board exams

CBSE will not conduct the remaining examinations for Class 10 and 12 from July 1 to 15. Class 12 students will be evaluated on their performance in the last three school exams. The students can also appear for the board exam at a later date to improve performance.

14:15 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Maharashtra won't allow 'spurious' medicine sale: Minister to Ramdev

Amid the ongoing controversy over Baba Ramdev's company Patanjali Ayurveda introducing a "cure" for coronavirus infection, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday warned the yoga guru that the state government won't allow the sale of 'spurious' medicines. "The National Institute of Medical Sciences, Jaipur will find out whether clinical trials of @PypAyurved's 'Coronil' were done at all. An abundant warning to @yogrishiramdev that Maharashtra won't allow sale of spurious medicines. #MaharashtraGovtCares #NoPlayingWithLives," the minister tweeted.

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Meanwhile, India is gearing up to install AI-based ‘Covid surveillance’ cameras that detect body temperatures of individuals and whether a person is wearing a mask. First off the block is Indian Railways, which has called for tenders to purchase the systems for railway stations and other places expected to see significant footfall, with a few railway zones having already concluded the purchase, such as in Mumbai.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that all the pending board examination for classes 10 and 12 have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has infected over four lakh nationwide. The class 12 students will be evaluated based on their grades in the last three school exams.

There has been a sudden surge in novel Coronavirus cases in Telangana. The state has discovered almost 3,500 cases in the last one week, which is more than 40 per cent of its entire caseload till now.

The surge has coincided with an increase in the number of samples being tested, and the two things are not unrelated. Telangana had the lowest testing numbers in the entire country, and had to be repeatedly prodded by the High Court to increase tests. Till a week back, by June 16, the state had tested only 44, 431 samples. The first Coronavirus case in the state was detected way back on March 2. In fact, Telangana was the third state in the country to get a Coronavirus positive patient, well before Maharashtra had its first case.

But in the subsequent period, the state had been testing less than 500 samples on an average every day, when states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and even Andhra Pradesh have steadily ramped up their capacities and have now been testing between 10,000 and 20,000 samples every day. In an epidemic like the current one, the general wisdom is that the more samples are tested, the more positive cases are likely to come out.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has re-imposed a lockdown in several areas of Madurai district. Chennai and three neighbouring districts are already under a 12-day lockdown till the end of this month. These area are driving up the numbers for the state, which now has a caseload of over 62,000.

Delhi, on the other hand, is giving rise to serious concern. It is growing at the fastest rate among the top ten states, and has added close to 20,000 cases in the last one week alone, almost one-third of its entire caseload. At this rate, within a couple of days, it is likely to overtake Mumbai as the city with the maximum caseload.

In another news, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal has made it mandatory for sellers to submit the country of origin while registering any new product on the online procurement portal. In line with this action, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is also examining a proposal put forth by a group of traders seeking mandatory ‘country of origin’ tag for products listed on private e-commerce platforms as well, a senior government official told The Indian Express.

This comes at a time when the Centre is pushing the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” campaign to promote locally produced goods and several departments have also launched an offensive against imports from China. Additionally, for buyers, the GeM portal has enabled a ‘Make in India’ filter to allow buyers to choose products that meet the minimum 50% local content criteria.

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