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Coronavirus Highlights: India 9th in terms of deaths, study says peak in mid-Nov likely; movement starts within Europe

Coronavirus Highlights: India 9th in terms of deaths, study says peak in mid-Nov likely; movement starts within Europe

Coronavirus Highlights: India 9th in terms of deaths, study says peak in mid-Nov likely; movement starts within Europe
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Coronavirus Highlights: India saw a record single-day spike of 11,929 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the number of infections to 3,20,922 on Sunday, while the death toll rose by 311 to 9,195, according to the union health ministry. There are 1,49,348 active cases of the COVID-19, while 1,62,378 people have recovered and a patient has migrated.India is the fourth-worst affected country in the world in the number of infections and sits ninth in terms of the death toll.Maharashtra is the worst-affected state in the country with over 1 lakh cases. Tamil and Delhi occupy the next two spots.

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40 hotels, 80 banquet halls to be converted to COVID-19 facilities in Delhi##40 hotels, 80 banquet halls to be converted to COVID-19 facilities in Delhi

The Delhi government has directed district magistrates and other officials concerned to set up nearly 20,000 more beds within a week in the wake of a spurt in COVID-19 cases in the national capital, an official said.

According to the official, around 40 hotels and 80 banquet halls will be converted into health facilities to provide medical care to coronavirus-infected people.
The COVID-19 tally has reached nearly 39,000 in Delhi and the virus has claimed more than 1,200 lives so far in the capital.

Jun 14, 2020 7:55 PM

China's Sinovac says its coronavirus vaccine showed positive results in trials##China's Sinovac says its coronavirus vaccine showed positive results in trials

Chinese vaccine-maker Sinovac Biotech has announced "positive preliminary" results of phase I and II clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, CoronaVac, saying it can induce a positive immune response.

The phase I/II clinical trials was designed as randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled studies. In total, 743 healthy volunteers, aged from 18 to 59 years old, enrolled in the trials.

Of those, 143 volunteers are in phase I and 600 volunteers are in phase II, the Beijing-based company said in a statement.

Jun 14, 2020 7:34 PM

38 die of COVID-19 in TN; 1,974 fresh cases reported##38 die of COVID-19 in TN; 1,974 fresh cases reported




Thirty eight more people have succumbed to the deadly coronavirus in Tamil Nadu pushing the number of fatalities to 435 in the state, where 1,974 people
were infected by the virus on Sunday, health department said.
With 1,974 fresh cases being confirmed, the total number of those affected by the disease in the state climbed to 44,661, the department said in a bulletin said.
The number of recoveries on Sunday stood at 1,138 leading to a cumulative tally of 24,547 so far.
The number of active cases including those remaining in isolation was at 19,676, the bulletin said. Chennai continues to record a high number of COVID-19
cases at 1,415 today alone among other districts.

Jun 14, 2020 7:10 PM

Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians##Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians


Europe is taking a big step toward new normality as many countries open borders to fellow Europeans after three months of coronavirus lockdowns — but even though Europeans love their summer vacations, it's not clear how many are ready to travel again.
Tourists from the U.S., Asia, Latin American, and the Mideast will just have to wait, for now.
The European Union home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson, told member nations last week that they “should open up as soon as possible" and suggested Monday was a good date.
Many countries are doing just that, allowing travel from the EU, Britain, and the rest of Europe’s usually passport-free Schengen travel area, which includes non-EU countries like Switzerland.

Jun 14, 2020 7:02 PM

Spain brings forward border opening for Schengen countries to June 21##Spain brings forward border opening for Schengen countries to June 21




Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that the country will open its border with EU Schengen countries on June 21 but controls with Portugal will remain until June 30.

Jun 14, 2020 6:44 PM

Bangladesh confirms more than 3,000 new cases##Bangladesh confirms more than 3,000 new cases


Bangladesh reported 3,141 new cases and 32 more deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, raising its total caseload to 87,520, including 1,171 fatalities.
Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Health Directorate, said a junior minister from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Cabinet and a former health minister and close aide to Hasina both died of the virus on Saturday in Dhaka, the capital.
Bangladesh’s main state-run hospitals are overwhelmed, with many critical COVID-19 patients being deprived of intensive care beds and ventilators.

Jun 14, 2020 6:34 PM

Shah to discuss COVID-19 situation with all political parties of Delhi on Monday##Shah to discuss COVID-19 situation with all political parties of Delhi on Monday



 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called a meeting of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital amid a recent spurt in coronavirus cases, an official said. BJP, Congress, AAP and BSP have been invited for the meeting. The COVID-19 case tally has reached nearly 39,000 and the virus has claimed more than 1,200 lives in the capital. A home ministry official said Shah will discuss measures for the management of COVID-19 with the political parties.
Jun 14, 2020 6:17 PM

Beijing confirms 8 new COVID-19 cases##Beijing confirms 8 new COVID-19 cases

Bejing has confirmed 8 new COVID-19 cases, The Financial Times reports that Beijing is bracing for a second wave of coronavirus after the Chinese capital was forced to lock down residential compounds and close a large market in response to new locally transmitted coronavirus cases.
City authorities at the weekend confirmed 41 symptomatic cases and 46 without symptoms, according to a statement from the World Health Organization, many of which had links to Beijing’s largest fresh seafood and vegetable market in the western area of the city.

Jun 14, 2020 6:12 PM

India 9th worst-hit in terms of COVID-19 deaths; recoveries surpass active cases##India 9th worst-hit in terms of COVID-19 deaths; recoveries surpass active cases



 

With 9,195 fatalities till Sunday, India is the ninth worst-hit nation in terms of COVID-19 deaths while the highest spike of 11,929 cases took the tally to over 3.20 lakh of which over half have recovered from the disease.
According to the Union health ministry data, the country recorded 311 new deaths in the 24-hour period till Sunday morning while the recovery rate rose to above 50 percent with 1,62,378 patients cured so far, leaving 1,49,348 cases active. 
The Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world, put India in the ninth position in terms of death toll and fourth in terms of total caseload.
This was the third day in a row that more than 10,000 cases of infection has been reported in the country. A total of 8,049 COVID-19 patients have been cured till Sunday 8 am taking the recovery rate to 50.60 percent, the health ministry said. One patient has migrated out of the country.
Jun 14, 2020 6:02 PM

Thane: Two workers of a crematorium test COVID-19 positive##Thane: Two workers of a crematorium test COVID-19 positive



 

Two employees of a civic crematorium in Thane city of Maharashtra have tested coronavirus positive, an official said on Sunday. They have been admitted to different hospitals in the city for treatment, he said.
"While one of them is a driver of a mortuary van, the other one handles and carries bodies of victims. They were found infected after they got themselves tested," SK Mahavarkar, in-charge of the Thane Municipal Corporation's crematoria, said.
Their family members have been quarantined now, he added.
Jun 14, 2020 5:54 PM
Jun 14, 2020 5:45 PM

Centre, Delhi govt to fight COVID-19 together: Kejriwal after meeting Shah##Centre, Delhi govt to fight COVID-19 together: Kejriwal after meeting Shah



 

Terming his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as "extremely productive", Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the Centre and the Delhi government will fight the COVID-19 together in the national capital, which has witnessed an alarming spurt in cases.
Sources said that the meeting called by Shah discussed every aspect of the coronavirus situation. However, the issue of lockdown in the national capital did not come up.
"Extremely productive meeting between Del govt and Central govt. Many key decisions taken. We will fight against corona together (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting.
The meeting, also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, comes in the wake of coronavirus cases in Delhi rising to nearly 39,000 and the death of over 1,200 people.
The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi is the third highest in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Taking to Twitter after the meeting, Shah said that the testing of COVID-19 will be doubled in Delhi in the next two days and subsequently increased by three times.
In view of shortage of beds for coronavirus infected patients in Delhi, the Modi government has decided to immediately provide 500 railway coaches which will be equipped with all facilities, he said.
Also, detailed guidelines will be issued for conducting the last rites of those who succumb to the deadly virus.
Jun 14, 2020 5:37 PM

Kerala govt to use telemedicine service e-Sanjeevani for non-COVID-19 patient care##Kerala govt to use telemedicine service e-Sanjeevani for non-COVID-19 patient care


The Kerala government has decided to effectively make use of the telemedicine platform e-Sanjeevani, as a sustainable solution for non-COVID-19 patient care while avoiding direct interface with doctors during the COVID-19 crisis.

The app offering high-utility features was launched on June 10 and the state decided to be part of e-Sanjeevani, developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) as an effective consultation platform.

Jun 14, 2020 5:07 PM

5 new cases in Nagaland, total rises to 168##5 new cases in Nagaland, total rises to 168

Five more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland on Sunday, taking the total number of infections in the state to 168, Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu said.

Twelve more persons recovered from COVID-19 in the state on Sunday, taking the total number of coronavirus recovered patients to 88

Jun 14, 2020 4:56 PM

COVID-19 peak in India may come mid-November, paucity of ICU beds, ventilators likely: Study##COVID-19 peak in India may come mid-November, paucity of ICU beds, ventilators likely: Study


The peak stage of COVID-19 pandemic in India has been delayed by the eight-week lockdown along with strengthened public health measures and it may now arrive around mid-November during which there could be a paucity of isolation and ICU beds, and ventilators, according to a study.

The study conducted by researchers from an Operations Research Group constituted by ICMR said the lockdown shifted the peak of the pandemic by an estimated 34 to 76 days and helped bring down the number of infections by 69 to 97 percent thereby allowing time for the healthcare system to shore up resources and infrastructure.

Jun 14, 2020 4:44 PM