Coronavirus India Updates: Just four days after it crossed the 7-lakh mark, India Covid-19 tally on Saturday zoomed past the eight-lakh mark on Saturday with a record rise in 27,114 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.
The country’s death toll, which is the eighth-worst in the world, climbed to 22,123 with 519 fatalities in the last 24 hours. According to Union health ministry data on Saturday, the number of recoveries stands at 5,15,385 while there are 2,83,407 active cases.
Meanwhile, ICMR has said that as many as 1,13,07,002 coronavirus samples have been tested so far, of which 2,82,511 samples were tested on Friday. (Follow coronavirus India LIVE updates). Amid a surge, Kerala, Pune and most recently Uttar Pradesh have reintroduced fresh restrictions. States like Goa have ruled out the possibility of a new lockdown amid the economic “unlocking”.
Here are the top developments from the country
Karnataka govt imposes complete lockdown in Bengaluru from July 14 to July 22
The Karnataka government Saturday announced a complete lockdown from July 14 to July 22 in Bengaluru city and Bengaluru rural. Lockdown starts from 8 pm on July 14 till 5 am on July 22. However, essential service and scheduled exams are exempted.
Essential services, scheduled exams exempted. @IndianExpress
— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 11, 2020
Activist Akhil Gogoi, who has been charged with sedition by NIA and is currently lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, a senior jail official said.
The development comes amidst a growing concern by political parties and civil society members about Gogoi’s health. He has been suffering from cough, fever and body aches over the last few days.
Earlier on Thursday, two members of the peasants’ rights group Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which Gogoi leads, had tested positive. Bittu Sonowal and Dhairjya Konwar were lodged in the jail with Gogoi.
Gogoi, Sonowal and Konwar were all booked by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on charges of sedition and under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly being the overground workers of the banned CPI (Maoist), soon after the anti-CAA protests broke out in Assam in December last year. Gogoi had said that he has never had anything to do with the Maoists.
Lockdown in Guwahati extended till July 19
Assam government on Saturday extended lockdown that was implemented in the Kamrup Metropolitan district — which includes Guwahati city — till July 19 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Due to the continuing large scale spread of Covid19 occurring in almost the entire district of Kamrup(M),there has been an extension in the period of the prevailing lockdown. Here are the new guidelines that shall come into force with effect from 12th July till 19th July,2020. pic.twitter.com/feWwDdXW13
— Kumar Sanjay Krishna (@KrSanjayKrishna) July 11, 2020
Earlier today, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had informed Assam Chief Secretary of this decision and said that a week would be enough to bring the Covid-19 situation under control in Guwahati. Total Covid-19 cases in Assam now stand at 15,556.
On June 28, three days before the rest of India entered phase II of unlocking, a strict 14-days lockdown was implemented in Assam’s Kamrup Metropolitan district. Biswa had then said that lockdown was a “stringent lockdown”, and “almost like a curfew.”
Nagaland extends lockdown till July 31
The Nagaland government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the state till July 31, and charge fees for COVID-19 tests and stay at quarantine centres at a later stage, PTI reported. The ongoing lockdown in the state, which was supposed to be lifted on July 16, was extended for another 15 days at a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 on Friday.
Government spokesperson on COVID-19 and Planning and Coordination Minister Neiba Kronu told PTI that the HPC, headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, took the decision after reviewing the existing measures and the rising cases of coronavirus in the state.
Meghalaya declares two-day total lockdown in Shillong after rise in cases
On Saturday, the government of Meghalaya announced that it would be declaring lockdown in Shillong City for two days.
“The Government has decided to observe the next two working days i.e on the 13 & 14th of July, 2020 as Total #Lockdown in the Shillong City agglomeration” tweeted Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
The Government has decided to observe the next two working days i.e on the 13 & 14th of July, 2020 as Total #Lockdown in the Shillong City agglomeration.
During this time, Shillong city and surrounding areas shall be under curfew till 6 AM of the 15th of July, 2020.
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) July 11, 2020
“During this time, Shillong city and surrounding areas shall be under curfew till 6 AM of the 15th of July, 2020,” he wrote. Earlier in the day, 76 individuals tested positive for Covid-19 in Meghalaya — the biggest rise in cases so far. As per health secretary, Sampath Kumar, more than 95% of cases that are presently active in the state are from Shillong and that is why they have decided to go for a lockdown. “The two-day lockdown will be used for tracing the contacts of the positive persons who are in Shillong so that further spread may be contained,” said Kumar, adding that the time will also be used to inculcate the ‘Behaviour Change’ model the state is following at the household level by Community Covid Management Committees and the newly set up Behaviour Change Management Committees. The number of active cases in Meghalaya are now at 236.
Jharkhand CM, wife test negative for COVID-19
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and his wife Kalpana tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, an official statement said.
Earlier in the day, health workers had collected swab samples of Soren and his wife, and some officials working in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
The chief minister has been in home quarantine since July 8 after he came in contact with Drinking and Sanitation Minister Mithilesh Thakur and JMM MLA Mathura Mahato, who have been found infected with COVID-19.
PM Modi appreciates efforts of Centre, Delhi govt in containing situation in capital
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday appreciated efforts of the Centre, state and local authorities in containing the COVID-19 situation in Delhi and directed that similar approach be adopted with other state governments in checking the pandemic in the entire NCR area.
Modi made these remarks at a meeting to review the coronavirus situation in the country, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said. He also reiterated the need to observe personal hygiene and social discipline in public places.
The Delhi government has decided to cancel exams for all the state government-run varsities in the national capital. The deputy chief minister of Delhi and state Education Minister, Manish Sisodia had taken to Twitter and informed about the decision. “In light of the major disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi govt has decided to cancel all Delhi state university exams including final exams,” he wrote on Twitter.
In light of the major disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi govt has decided to cancel all Delhi state university exams including final exams https://t.co/g4SFLqaBQK
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) July 11, 2020
Sisodia in a video message said, “These are extraordinary times and we need to have extraordinary decisions”. He said all intermediate and term-end university exams will be cancelled and evaluation will be based on previous year exams, internal assessment, or any other “progressive” evaluation mode deemed fit by the respective university.
Strict lockdown restrictions reimposed J-K’s Rajouri
Strict lockdown restrictions were reimposed on Saturday in parts of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district following a spike in coronavirus cases, PTI reported.
The entire Rajouri city and adjoining areas were sealed and people were asked to stay indoors as part of the efforts to slow the spread of the infection, they said.
“The restrictions were reimposed as a precautionary measure after some locals were tested positive for COVID-19. While in most cases the source of the infection is known, there are some cases where the source is unknown,” Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Sher Singh told the news agency.
Itolizumab, an antibody injection used to cure skin ailment psoriasis, has been approved by India’s drug regulator for restricted emergency use on coronavirus patients who have moderate to severe acute respiratory distress, officials told news agency PTI.
Drugs Controller General of India Dr V G Somani approved the injection for cytokine release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome patients due to COVID-19.
“The approval was given after its clinical trials on COVID-19 patients in India was found satisfactory by the expert committee comprising pulmonologists, pharmacologists and medicine experts from AIIMS, among others, for treatment of cytokine release syndrome,” an official said.
Three-day lockdown in Kashipur due to rise in cases
A three-day lockdown was imposed from Saturday in Kashipur in Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar district in view of rising cases of COVID-19, news agency PTI reported.
The lockdown which came into effect at 10 am on Saturday will continue till the midnight of July 13, an order issued by Kashipur’s Joint Magistrate Gaurav Kumar said.
Barring essential services, all commercial activities in the market area will remain suspended during the period.
Goa rules out lockdown amid case surge
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has ruled out the possibility of imposing a further lockdown in the state as it is prioritising the resumption of economic activity. “The lockdown was initially imposed to create awareness and educate people about coronavirus. That phase has passed now,” he said, speaking to a TV channel. Sawant also emphasised on prioritising the process of “unlocking”.
Goa has recorded 2,151 cases of COVID- 19, including nine deaths and 1,347 recoveries.
Bihar govt directs six medical colleges to prepare isolation wards
Six medical colleges in Bihar were directed to allocate a 100-bed isolation ward with oxygen cylinders and clinical services in order to help assist any shortage of beds in the wake of the coronavirus surge in the last 10 days.
AIIMS, Patna was announced as the fourth specialised Covid hospital after Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in Patna, Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) in Gaya, and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JLNMCH) in Bhagalpur. The state has recorded a jump of 4,000 cases in the last 10 days.
Adityanath issues directives on ‘sanitation campaign’ that begins today
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, through a video conference, issued directives to officials concerned for the special cleanliness and sanitation campaign that will be carried out in all rural and urban areas in the state on July 11 and 12.
Emphasising the importance of the campaign to curb the spread of coronavirus, he asked officials to provide photographs of the same and talked about the possibility of the campaign’s extension till July 13, if needed.
Derailed economic activities getting back on track amid unlocking, says Khattar
Several disrupted economic activities are getting back on track post the “unlocking”, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Friday. He also highlighted the increase in revenue generation of the state in the last few weeks.
Khattar said the government earned revenue of Rs 16,009 crore in the last financial year 2019-20, whereas during the corresponding period in the current financial year, only Rs 11,098 crore was received.
Eden garden to be converted into a Covid-19 facility
West Bengal on Friday recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,198 cases bringing the total caseload to 27,109. The death toll increased to 880 with 26 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Of the new fatalities, Kolkata registered 13 deaths, followed by six in North 24 Parganas, four in Howrah and one each in Hooghly, Malda and Purba Medinipur districts.
Yesterday, the number of broad-based containment zones went up to 463 after 29 more such zones were added to Thursday’s list, according to government data.
The Kolkata Police has requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to make use of under galleries of the Eden gardens as a makeshift quarantine facility for police personnel on an urgent basis.
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