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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra records over 3,000 new Covid-19 cases, nearly 2,000 from Mumbai alone

Covid India Cases News Highlights: The active number of cases on Friday rose to 36,267.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 11, 2022 8:27:17 am
The total number of recoveries logged in the last 24 hours was 3,791. (File)

Coronavirus Cases in India Highlights: Maharashtra, on Friday, recorded 3,081 new Covid-19 cases, of which 1,956 were reported from Mumbai alone. The state, however, reported no fatalities from the disease.

An upward trend in new Covid-19 cases continued in India on Friday, with the country recording 7,584 new cases and 24 deaths. With this, active cases rose to 36,267. The total number of recoveries logged in the last 24 hours was 3,791.

The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants are making their presence felt across various areas in the country with the daily Covid tally now showing a rise in the country. When contacted, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told The Indian Express that it could be the start of a mini wave. “The sub-variants that are emerging are more transmissible than the original Omicron BA.1 and there is a likelihood of waning immunity. It is a possibility that there could be mini waves every four-six months or so and hence, apart from all Covid-appropriate precautionary measures that need to be taken, it is important to also track the variant,” Dr Swaminathan said.

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Covid-19 News Highlights: Maharashtra sees 2,701 new Covid infections, 1,765 cases from Mumbai alone; India records 5,233 new Covid-19 cases; active cases at 28,857

21:41 (IST)10 Jun 2022
West Bengal reports over a hundred new Covid-19 cases after 3 months

West Bengal reported over a hundred new COVID-19 cases on Friday after three months, Health Department officials said. The state recorded 107 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 20,20,034, they said.

The state's daily Covid-19 tally had crossed the century mark for the last time on March 11 when it reported 106 cases. The new cases were detected after testing 7,689 samples -- a positivity rate of 1.39 per cent, it said.

The toll remained at 21,205 with no new deaths reported. West Bengal is witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, with experts attributing the spike to not wearing of masks and not adhering to social distance norms by people in public places. “This was about to happen because of the negligent attitude of people, who have forgotten the basic Covid protocols,” a senior doctor said. In the last 24 hours, 49 people recovered, taking the total recoveries to 19,98,254. (PTI)

21:32 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Gujarat sees 143 Covid-19 cases, first death since May 7

Gujarat reported 143 Covid-19 cases and one death on Friday, which raised its tally to 12,25,958 and toll to 10,945, state health department official said. The death, which took place in Gandhinagar, was the first from the infection since May 7, he pointed out. So far, 12,14,405 persons have been discharged post recovery, including 51 during the day, leaving the state with an active caseload of 608, he added. Ahmedabad reported 86 cases, followed by 18 in Vadodara, 10 each in Gandhinagar and Surat and eight in Rajkot, among other districts, the official said. A government release said 11.04 crore doses have been administered in the state so far, including 59,719 during the day. (PTI)

19:28 (IST)10 Jun 2022
US ends mandatory Covid test for incoming international passengers

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A senior administration official said the mandate expires Sunday at 12:01 am ET, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that it’s no longer necessary. The official, speaking Friday on the condition of anonymity to preview the formal announcement, said that the agency would reevaluate the need for the testing requirement every 90 days and that it could be reinstated if a troubling new variant emerges. (AP)

19:01 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Maharashtra records over 3,000 new Covid-19 cases, nearly 2,000 from Mumbai alone

Maharashtra, on Friday, recorded 3,081 new Covid-19 cases, of which 1,956 were reported from Mumbai alone. The state, however, reported no fatalities from the disease.

17:55 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Six active Covid-19 cases in Andamans

Six Covid-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a health bulletin said on Friday. The coronavirus tally of the Union Territory remained unchanged at 10,053 as no fresh infection was recorded in the last 24 hours, it said.

The six active patients are undergoing home quarantine, the bulletin said. The death toll stood at 129, while 9,918 people have recovered from the disease in the archipelago so far. The administration has thus far tested over 7.43 lakh samples for Covid-19 and the positivity ratio is at 1.35 per cent. (PTI)

14:57 (IST)10 Jun 2022
China calls Covid 'lab leak' theory a lie after WHO report

China on Friday attacked the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated as a leak from a Chinese laboratory as a politically motivated lie, after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is needed into whether a lab accident may be to blame.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also rejected accusations that China had not fully cooperated with investigators, saying it welcomed a science-based probe but rejected any political manipulation.

He also reiterated calls for an investigation into “highly suspicious laboratories such as Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina" in the United States where China has suggested, without evidence, that the U.S. was developing the coronavirus as a bioweapon.

“The lab leak theory is totally a lie concocted by anti-China forces for political purposes, which has nothing to do with science," Zhao said at a daily briefing.

“We always supported and participated in science-based global virus tracing, but we firmly opposed any forms of political manipulation," he said. (AP)

14:15 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Shanghai to lock down millions again for mass Covid testing

China's commercial hub of Shanghai will lock down millions of people for mass Covid-19 testing this weekend - just 10 days after lifting its gruelling two-month lockdown - unsettling residents and raising concerns about the business impact.

Racing to stop a wider outbreak after discovering a handful of community cases, including a cluster traced to a popular beauty salon, authorities have ordered PCR testing for all residents in 14 of Shanghai's 16 districts over the weekend.

Five of the districts said residents would not be allowed to leave their homes while the testing was carried out. A notice issued by Changning district described the stay-home requirement as "closed management" of the community being sampled.

The latest scare triggered a rush to grocery stores and online platforms to stock up on food, as users of China's Twitter-like Weibo expressed fear they could be locked down for longer, having only started going back to work after the last lockdown was lifted on June 1.

Some areas had remained sealed off or quickly returned to lockdown due to infections and their close contacts. (Reuters)

13:52 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Iron ore slumps on fresh China lockdown worries

Iron ore prices fell on Friday, with the Singapore benchmark headed to a weekly loss on renewed concerns over demand in China, where fresh COVID-19 alerts threaten to derail the economy's reopening and steel margins have come under pressure.

The most-traded September iron ore contract on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange ended daytime trading 1.7% lower at 914.50 yuan ($136.83) a tonne.

On the Singapore Exchange, the steelmaking ingredient's most-active July contract dropped 1.9% to $139 a tonne by 0706 GMT, with a weekly decline of 2.6%.

China's commercial hub of Shanghai faces an unexpected round of mass COVID testing this weekend, following the discovery of a few cases in the community, just 10 days after a city-wide lockdown that hurt businesses was lifted. (Reuters)

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12:29 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Thailand to go slow with rate hikes as pandemic drag lingers

A shift by Thailand's central bank to a more hawkish footing this week stunned markets and appeared to finally end policymakers' tolerance for mounting price pressures, but a range of risks are likely to keep any tightening gradual.

The Bank of Thailand kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low on Wednesday but a split vote on the decision was a signal to markets that the central bank may raise interest rates as soon as August.

Thailand has been among Asia's least hawkish central banks, maintaining its policy focus on supporting an economy still struggling with the pandemic -- particularly a lack of Chinese tourists -- and insisting supply-driven inflation is better dealt with through fiscal measures and price controls, not rates.

Kobsidthi Silpachai, head of capital markets research of Kasikornbank, expects the BOT to raise rates in August by 25 basis points to 0.75%, but believes such tightening would mostly be a symbolic gesture to markets more than an attempt to tackle inflation. (Reuters)

11:49 (IST)10 Jun 2022
New Delhi district has the best Covid-19 vaccination cover, over 93% have received dose 2

The New Delhi district has been performing well consistently when it comes to Covid-19 vaccination, with 93.7% coverage of second dose and 14.7% of precaution dose among those who have received the first one.

If the number of people who have received their first dose so far is considered to be the total eligible population in Delhi, 83.9% on average have received their second dose, whereas 7.05% have received their precaution dose, according to data from the government’s CoWIN portal.

The total number of first doses administered in the city also includes children between the ages of 12 and 17 years who are not yet eligible for their precaution doses. Even among adults, there is likely to be a section of people who haven’t yet completed their nine-month gap between second and precaution doses. (Read More)

08:35 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Japan business community seeks further relaxation of border controls

Japan's business community issued a joint statement on Friday seeking further relaxation of border controls, as the country begins a gradual easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The statement by domestic business lobby Keidanren and foreign chambers of commerce urged further easing to "facilitate an environment where people, goods, money and digital technologies can move freely".

Japan began a phased reopening to tourists on Friday after a more than two-year ban. But the visitors must be part of packaged tours accompanied by guides at all times to ensure compliance with infection controls.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged last month to bring Japan's border measures, among the strictest in the world during the pandemic, more in line with other wealthy democracies. (Reuters)

08:06 (IST)10 Jun 2022
Can’t rule out possibility of more mini Covid waves, says WHO chief scientist

The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants are making their presence felt across various areas in the country with the daily Covid tally now showing a rise in the country. When contacted, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told The Indian Express that it could be the start of a mini wave.

“The sub-variants that are emerging are more transmissible than the original Omicron BA.1 and there is a likelihood of waning immunity. It is a possibility that there could be mini waves every four-six months or so and hence, apart from all Covid-appropriate precautionary measures that need to be taken, it is important to also track the variant,” Dr Swaminathan said.

The WHO chief scientist also felt that due to home-based self testing, numbers could also be underestimated. “We need to keep a watch on hospital-based admissions and ensure that the vulnerable group who are 60 years and above get their booster doses,” Dr Swaminathan said. (Read More)

19:54 (IST)09 Jun 2022
Maharashtra records 2,813 fresh cases, 1,702 in Mumbai

Maharashtra on Thursday reported 2,813 new Covid cases and one death related to the disease. Of the total, 1,702 were from the state’s capital Mumbai.

11:02 (IST)09 Jun 2022
Covid-19 cases cross 500 mark in Delhi after 18 days

The number of fresh Covid-19 cases in Delhi crossed the 500-mark for the first time in 18 days, with 564 infections recorded Wednesday being the highest in 24 days. The positivity rate—the proportion of samples tested that return positive—stood at 2.84 per cent on Wednesday, which was also the highest in 22 days, barring this Monday’s bulletin (which records cases and tests from Sunday) when it shot up to 3.4 per cent because very few tests had been conducted.

City doctors say that they have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases reporting for out-patient consultations, however, hospital admissions remain stagnant. “Yes, I am seeing some Covid-19 patients coming into the OPD, their disease profile is similar to what we saw in April. There are likely to be such ups and downs in cases throughout the year, but there is no need to panic. These increases also serve as a reminder to continue to follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour,” said Dr Surajit Chatterjee, senior consultant of internal medicine at Indraprastha Apollo hospital. Read more. 

09:52 (IST)09 Jun 2022
One new Covid-19 case in Andamans

The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 10,053 on Thursday as one more person tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.

The fresh infection was detected during contact tracing, it said. The Union territory now has six active cases, while 9,918 people have recovered from the disease, and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date. (PTI)

09:50 (IST)09 Jun 2022
West Bengal Covid scenario dips

Bengal's Covid-19 scenario on Wednesday dipped slightly with 85 fresh cases of the contagion reported from various districts of the state taking the tally to 20,19,832, the health department said.

Sixty one cases of the contagion was reported in the state on Tuesday. The toll, however, remained at 21,205 as no deaths were reported from anywhere in the state. There were 48 recoveries reported in Bengal in the last 24 hours. So far, 19,98,158 people have recovered from the disease in the state. The number of active cases also rose by 37 to be at 469. (PTI)

09:45 (IST)09 Jun 2022
WHO: COVID cases and deaths falling nearly everywhere Geneva

The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported globally fell everywhere except the Middle East and Southeast Asia last week, according to a World Health Organisation weekly report released Wednesday.

In its latest weekly update on the pandemic, the UN health agency said confirmed cases dropped 12% to more than 3 million and reported deaths declined 22% to about 7,600. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the continuing decline of Covid-19, which peaked in January, as “a very encouraging trend.”

Still, he warned that the pandemic was not yet over and urged caution, even as many countries have dropped their coronavirus protocols and segued into trying to live with the virus. Tedros noted that 18 months after the first mass coronavirus immunization programs began in rich countries, 68 countries have yet to protect 40% of their populations. While enough vaccines are now available, demand has fallen, he said. (PTI)

09:21 (IST)09 Jun 2022
😷 India Covid numbers: 7,240 new Covid-19 cases; Active cases at 32,498

An upward trend in new Covid-19 cases continued in India on Thursday, with the country recording 7,240 new cases over the last 24 hours. With this, active cases rose to 32,498.New deaths: 8Discharged: 3,591

21:43 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Active Covid-19 cases breach 1,000-mark in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 195 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 34,56,512 till date while the death toll remained unchanged at 38,025 with nil fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours. The number of people recuperated grew to 34,17,466 with 101 persons getting discharged in the last 24 hours, leaving 1,021 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

The surge in the new cases follows the emergence of a cluster at an educational institution in Sriperumbudur in which 29 people have tested positive for coronavirus out of 245 samples tested there.

Chennai leads with the majority of new cases at 95, Kancheepuram 30, Chengalpet 23, Tiruvallur 11, Coimbatore 10, Nilgiris five, Erode four, Ranipet, Salem, Kanyakumari, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai recorded six while Cuddalore, Madurai, Tiruvarur, Tirunelveli, and Villupuram clocked one case each. (PTI)

21:29 (IST)08 Jun 2022
564 new Covid cases, one more death in Delhi; positivity rate 2.84%

Delhi recorded 564 new Covid cases, the highest since May 15, and one more fatality on Wednesday, while the positivity rate rose to 2.84 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. With this, the national capital's Covid-19 case tally increased to 19,09,991, while the death toll rose to 26,214.

Wednesday's cases are highest since May 15 when Delhi logged 613 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 2.74 per cent and three deaths. On Tuesday, the national capital logged 450 fresh Covid cases and one more death, while the positivity rate stood at 1.92 per cent. (PTI)

mumbai covid cases, mumbai covid news, mumbai active covid cases, mumbai new covid cases Preparation ongoing at the General Ward and Pediatrics ICU at the Jumbo Hospital in Malad as Covid-19 cases in Mumbai witness a spike. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

A BPO, discounted Air India tickets & unpaid dues: ‘Racket’ unravelled by Covid

When a Chandigarh-based travel agent called Air India’s customer care centre in February last year to seek clarity on a Kathmandu flight he was about to book for a passenger, he unwittingly became part of a racket that ended up in losses of over Rs 50 lakh for him and multiple others like him. The operation, which involved booking Air India tickets through a two-decade old BPO company, IGT Solutions, without making payments to the airline ran smoothly until the second wave of Covid hit the country, after which it started to unravel and come apart at the seams.

Last February, the agent called a Gurgaon-registered Air India customer support number seeking a clarification on the name pattern for tickets he was booking for a Kathmandu-bound flight. The Air India call centre, which is managed by IGT Solutions, assured that he will get a callback from one of their support executives. Soon, he received a call from a person claiming to be an Air India representative, helping him with his concern.

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First published on: 08-06-2022 at 09:09:12 am