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Coronavirus updates: Cases in India cross 6 lakh mark; 10-day lockdown in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai

Coronavirus updates: Cases in India cross 6 lakh mark; 10-day lockdown in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai

Coronavirus updates: Cases in India cross 6 lakh mark; 10-day lockdown in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai
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Coronavirus News Updates:  India crosses 6 lakh market on Thursday after 19,148 people test COVID-19 positive. This comes just 5 days after the country crossed the 5 lakh mark. India now has 6,04,641 cases and 17,834 deaths. The toll increased by 434. As many as 3,59,859 people have recovered from coronavirus so far in India. There are 2,26,947 active cases. Mumbai remains the worst-affected city by the pandemic, which has forced the police force to impose Section-144 of CrPC, prohibiting movement of people in public places and gatherings.

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Jul 2, 2020 10:41 PM

Telangana govt to use pvt medical colleges to treat COVID-19 patients##Telangana govt to use pvt medical colleges to treat COVID-19 patients

The Telangana government has decided to utilise the services of private medical colleges to treat COVID-19 patients, a senior official said on Thursday.

Four medical colleges have been identified in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, the official said, adding patients coming to government facilities would be treated at these hospitals also.

 "We will utilise their services for the people, he told PTI.

Jul 2, 2020 10:39 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi's COVID-19 tally crosses 92,000 mark

A plasma bank for treating COVID-19 was made operational on Thursday in Delhi which saw the total number of cases crossing 92,000 even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah suggested extensive use of Aarogya Setu and Itihaas apps to help mapping of coronavirus cases in the NCR region. The plasma bank came up at the Delhi government's Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS). The capital recorded 2,373 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to 92,175. With 61 deaths, the fatalities now stand at 2,864, a bulletin issued by the Health Department said. However, the silver lining is that 3,015 patients recovered on Thursday, taking the number of those recovered to 63,007. There are 26,304 active cases in the national capital. Addressing an online media briefing, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the eligibility for being a plasma donor is "very strict", and hoped that with this bank the number of COVID-19 deaths will decrease in the national capital.

Jul 2, 2020 9:56 PM

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: State adds record 6,330 cases; 8,018 discharged

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally on Thursday increased by 6,330 - a fresh single-day high - taking the count to 1,86,626, while 125 more patients succumbed to the infection, said a health official. At 6,330, this was the highest-ever single day reporting of COVID-19 cases in the state and for the first time, the case figure went past the 6,000-mark, he said. The state also reported deaths of 125 patients, taking the fatalities to 8,178, the official said. Out of the 125 deaths, 110 occurred in the last 48 hours, while the remaining took place earlier than that but were not reported as COVID-19 fatalities, and were now added to the count, he said. Also, a record number of 8,018 patients were discharged from hospitals in the state, taking the number of recoveries way past the 1-lakh mark to 1,01,172, the official said. With this, the number of active patients in the state stood at 77,260.

Jul 2, 2020 9:45 PM

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LIVE Updates: UP's tally rises to 24,825 with 769 fresh cases; death toll reaches 735

The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh reached 735 on Thursday with 17 more fatalities, while the total number of coronavirus cases in the state mounted to 24,825 after 769 fresh infections were reported, an official said. Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said there are 6,869 active cases in the state and so far, a total of 17,221 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the disease. On Wednesday, the COVID-19 tally in the state had reached 24,056. With 769 fresh infections, the total number of cases has now risen to 24,825. However, Prasad has put the number of fresh cases at 817. He did not clarify the time period in which these infections were recorded. The rate of recovery in the state is 69.36 per cent while the national recovery rate stands at 59.43 per cent, he said.

Jul 2, 2020 9:38 PM

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: 11 more cops test positive in Nagpur central jail

Eleven more police personnel, including a woman officer, posted at the Nagpur Central Jail, tested coronavirus positive on Thursday, an official said. With this, the count of COVID-19 cases reported from the jail went up to 64, which includes several inmates, he said. Besides them, the wife of a policeman deployed at the jail was also found infected on Thursday, the official said. On Wednesday, 44 persons, including police staffers and inmates of the jail, had tested COVID-19 positive, while on Tuesday, nine police personnel were found infected. However, no prisoner tested positive on Thursday. "Eleven police personnel, including a woman officer, tested positive for the infection in Nagpur central jail today. The wife of one policeman was also found infected," Nagpur Central Jail superintendent Anup Kumre told PTI. There are total 1,800 inmates lodged in the jail, where 265 police personnel are posted on duty, he added. Meanwhile, 63 persons tested COVID-19 positive in Nagpur district in the last 24 hours, which took its case count to 1,540. Of them, 1,276 patients have recovered, while 25 persons have died due to the infection so far, officials said.

Jul 2, 2020 9:37 PM

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LIVE Updates: COVID-19: 1,500 teams for door-to-door screening in Noida

The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration on Thursday launched a 10-day surveillance campaign to strengthen coronavirus screening across Noida and Greater Noida with 1,500 health teams involved in it, officials claimed. Another 40 teams comprising physicians, nurses and lab technicians have been formed to carry out 4,000 tests per day, the officials said. Gautam Buddh Nagar's nodal officer for COVID-19 response Narendra Bhushan, Police Commissioner Alok Singh and District Magistrate Suhas L Y launched the campaign. "The campaign will run from July 2 to 12 while 1,500 teams will conduct door-to-door screening of people and suggest tests for people with symptoms. To test 4,000 coronavirus samples every day, the administration has formed 40 teams comprising physicians, nurses and lab technicians," an official statement read.

Jul 2, 2020 9:15 PM

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: 10-day lockdown in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai from July 3

A 10-day complete lockdown has been enforced from Thursday in Thane and two other civic administration limits adjoining Mumbai city to contain the spread of coronavirus, officials said. A similar lockdown will come into force in Navi Mumbai from Friday. Essential services and medical emergencies are exempted from the lockdown, while inter-city buses, autorickshaws and taxis will not be allowed to operate in these civic limits, they said. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) and Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, all part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), jointly decided on the complete lockdown for next 10 days in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in these areas, the officials said. The lockdown came into force from 7 am on Thursday and will continue till 7 am on July 12, they said. The municipal corporations of Navi Mumbai and Panvel will enforce complete lockdown from July 3 midnight.

Jul 2, 2020 9:06 PM

Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates: State's coronavirus case tally nears 34,000, 19 new deaths reported

Gujarat on Thursday recorded its highest one-day increase of 681 coronavirus cases, taking the case count to 33,999, the state health department said. This is the sixth straight day when more than 600 new coronavirus patients have come to light in the state. Nineteen patients succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll due to the pandemic in the state to 1,888, the health department said in its statement. 563 COVID-19 patients were discharged from different hospitals in the state, taking the total of recovered patients to 24,601.

Jul 2, 2020 9:03 PM

Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh LIVE Updates: 10 more AP secretariat employees test positive for COVID-19

Ten more staffers in the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of those affected there to 25 on Thursday. In the AP Legislature, situated on the same premises, two employees tested positive for the virus, officials said. Secretariat employees in departments like Animal Husbandry and Water Resources were found infected with coronavirus in the samples tested at the VRDL in Guntur. Following this, the Special Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of the departments concerned asked their staff to go home as a precautionary measure, the sources said. Most of the blocks in the Secretariat wore a deserted look as the COVID-19 scare hit once again. Previously, 15 staffers in the Secretariat and two in the assembly complex tested positive for coronavirus.

Jul 2, 2020 8:41 PM

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: BMC files FIR against Mumbai hospital for 'overcharging' patient

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has registered an FIR against a super-specialty hospital in suburban Santacruz for allegedly over-charging a coronavirus patient. Officials of K-West ward filed a first information report against Nanavati hospital in the city on Wednesday following a complaint by the patient, said Assistant BMC Commissioner Vishwas Mote. A case was registered against the trustees and chairman of the hospital under IPC section 188 (Disobeying the order of public servant) but no arrest has been made, said an official of the Santacruz police station. Asked for reaction, the hospital's spokesperson said the hospital has treated over 1,100 COVID-19 patients so far and it learnt from "media reports that FIR has been filed owing to someallegeddiscrepancy ina bill". "We are awaiting the copy of the complaint to scrutinise the bill and will fully cooperate with the authorities," he added.

Jul 2, 2020 8:20 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: WHO says coronavirus may affect smokers more than others

The World Health Organization says smoking is linked to a higher risk of severe illness and death from the coronavirus in hospitalised patients, although it was unable to specify exactly how much greater those risks might be. In a scientific brief published this week, the U.N. health agency reviewed 34 published studies on the association between smoking and COVID-19, including the probability of infection, hospitalisation, severity of disease and death. WHO noted that smokers represent up to 18% of hospitalised coronavirus patients and that there appeared to be a significant link between whether or not patients smoked and the severity of disease they suffered, the type of hospital interventions required and patients' risk of dying.

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Jul 2, 2020 8:05 PM
WHO says coronavirus may affect smokers more than others
The World Health Organisation says smoking is linked to a higher risk of severe illness and death from the coronavirus in hospitalised patients, although it was unable to specify exactly how much…
Coronavirus updates: Cases in India cross 6 lakh mark; 10-day lockdown in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Navi Mumbai
Jul 2, 2020 8:04 PM

Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Land earmarked on outskirts of Bengaluru for burial of COVID-19 victims

Over 35 acres of land in nine villages on the outskirts of the city have been earmarked for burial or cremation of bodies of COVID-19 victims in the backdrop of safety concerns raised over funerals held in burial grounds located amidst residential areas. Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban District G N Shivamurthy issued an order setting apart about 35.5 acres in the villages under four Taluks of Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Anekal and Yelahanka. The order directed the respective Tahsildars to register these chunks of land as reserved for burial grounds and not to use for any purpose. According to the sources in the district administration, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu and Revenue Minister R Ashoka had directed the officials to identify places on the city outskirts to dispose of the bodies of COVID-19 victims.

Jul 2, 2020 8:03 PM

Coronavirus in Odisha LIVE Updates: State to start plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients

The Odisha government on Thursday decided to start plasma therapy for treatment of critically-ill COVID-19 patients in the state, official sources said. According to the sources, the decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the state's Health and Family Welfare Minister N K Das, who asked the department officials to constitute a technical team to prepare a line of treatment for critically-ill COVID-19 patients through plasma therapy. The minister also asked the officials to set up a plasma bank to facilitate the treatment, they said. The state took the decision keeping in view the high rate of recovery of patients. Earlier, the Odisha government had also procured essential medicines like remdesivir and favipiravir for the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19 patients in the state. The sources in the Health and Family Welfare department said the plasma therapy will initially be implemented in four places -- SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack and three other dedicated COVID hospitals like SUM, KIMs and Ashwini.

Jul 2, 2020 8:01 PM