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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Thane: Two workers of a crematorium test COVID-19 positive##Thane: Two workers of a crematorium test COVID-19 positive
Centre, Delhi govt to fight COVID-19 together: Kejriwal after meeting Shah##Centre, Delhi govt to fight COVID-19 together: Kejriwal after meeting Shah
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.
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
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.