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COVID-19 News Live: India records highest single-day spike with 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164

COVID-19 News Live: India records highest single-day spike with 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164

COVID-19 News Live: India records highest single-day spike with 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164
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COVID-19 News Live: According to the Union health ministry, in the 24 hours, the country reported 193 fatalities and 8,230 cases of the viral infection, the highest single-day tally in India, taking the total number of those infected to 1,82,143 and toll to 5,164. This is the third consecutive day that the country has registered more than 7,000 new cases. The total number of recovered patients stood at 4,614 over the last 24 hours.

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Karnataka allows intra-state movement, will issue separate orders for incoming inter-state travel##Karnataka allows intra-state movement, will issue separate orders for incoming inter-state travel

Karnataka issued guidelines for reopening of the lockdown starting June 1, but said the Department of Health and Family Welfare will issue separate orders for inter-state travel to the state. More here

May 31, 2020 8:24 PM

Telangana extends lockdown till June 7## Telangana extends lockdown till June 7



The Telangana government on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown in areas outside containment zones till June 7.
However, the lockdown in containment zones has been extended till June 30.
A government order was issued in this regard after Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao held a meeting with senior officials.
The announcement comes a day after the Centre decided to extend the lockdown in the areas inside containment zones till June 30.
The Chief Minister held discussions with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Director General of Police Mahender Reddy and other senior officials against the backdrop of the Centre issuing new guidelines on the lockdown.
It was decided to implement the relaxations given in the guidelines by the Centre in all the areas except in the containment zones.
KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, directed the officials concerned to strictly implement the lockdown in the containment zones.
The night-time curfew will be in force from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The shops can remain open till 8 p.m.
Currently, the night curfew is in force from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
He also said that there should not be any restrictions on the inter-state travel.

May 31, 2020 7:05 PM

Patna HC raps Bihar Govt for reluctance to incentivize docs serving in rural areas## Patna HC raps Bihar Govt for reluctance to incentivize docs serving in rural areas



The Bihar government has received a rap on the knuckles from the Patna High Court for its contention that granting weightage marks as an incentive to doctors serving in rural areas in their post-graduate entrance exams "would adversely affect" those posted in urban areas.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sanjay Kumar, in its judgment on May 28, rejected the state government's stand, terming it "illogical, illegal and immoral".
"The percentage of vacancies of doctors in the rural areas is very high and grossly disproportionate," the court remarked and pointed out that "in this backdrop the Supreme Court had, in a judgement, "while acknowledging the sacrifice made by the doctors posted in the rural areas observed that the academic merit of the candidate must also reckon the services rendered for the common or public good".
The bench pointed out that the Apex Court had also taken note of "concentration of doctors in urban areas" on account of which large numbers of posts in rural areas remain unfilled".
It also lamented that Bihar, which has the highest density of population for any state in the country, had a predominantly rural demography, yet as against 1,544 government doctors in urban areas, only 1,333 were posted in the rural areas.
The court also expressed displeasure over the fact that out of 11,645 sanctioned posts of doctors in the state, 8,768 are lying vacant, 5,674 of which fall in the rural, remote or difficult areas.
"Incentivizing posting of doctors/medical staff... can only be in public interest... Is it that with the posting of doctors in the urban areas, the general health of the people there has improved? ...... Is it that with their posting in urban areas, referral to the private hospitals has stopped," the court asked.

May 31, 2020 6:18 PM

Curfew extended in Himachal till June 30 with relaxations## Curfew extended in Himachal till June 30 with relaxations



The curfew has been extended in Himachal Pradesh till June 30 to contain the coronavirus pandemic with certain relaxations in movement of public transport buses and operation of hotels.
After reviewing the situation at a high-level meeting here, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced curfew relaxation from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Also, the state allowed intra-state movement of roadways and private transport buses for the first time during the curfew relaxation timings from Monday onwards.
Presiding over a meeting through video conferencing with all Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers, the Chief Minister said social distancing must be ensured in the buses and at the bus stands.
The buses would be allowed to ply with not more than 60 percent occupancy.
The Chief Minister said inter-district movement would be allowed without any pass, but passes would be required for inter-state movement.
He said the people coming from other parts of the country would be quarantined. He said the people coming from the red zones would be kept in institutional quarantine and those from other areas would be kept in home quarantine.
Over 1.60 lakh Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country have reached the state from April 25 till now.
The state on Sunday reported 11 more cases of coronavirus, taking the state's tally to 324.
Solan and Kangra reported the new cases.

#IANS Report

May 31, 2020 6:08 PM

Maharashtra govt implements odd-even scheme for shops as it issues guidelines to ease lockdown##Maharashtra govt implements odd-even scheme for shops as it issues guidelines to ease lockdown


The Maharashtra government on Sunday issued guidelines for the fifth phase of the coronavirus-forced lockdown in the state. The night curfew that restricts movement for non-essential activities from 9 am until 5 pm remains in place.

The state government in an order titled “Mission Begin Again,” has allowed shops to open albeit with conditions. Commercial establishments on one side of the road will be allowed to operate on even dates, while those on the other side will be allowed to open on odd days from 9 am to 5 pm, subject to conditions. More here

May 31, 2020 5:36 PM

India records highest single-day spike with 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164##India records highest single-day spike with 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164


India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 8,380 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 1,82,143, while the death toll rose to 5,164, according to the union health ministry.

India is the ninth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood to 89,995, while 86,983 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.

May 31, 2020 4:15 PM

Scientists develop method to reduce coronavirus count in plasma, blood products##Scientists develop method to reduce coronavirus count in plasma, blood products


Researchers have demonstrated that exposing the novel coronavirus to the vitamin riboflavin and ultraviolet light reduces the viral count in human plasma and whole-blood products, an advance that may help lower the possibility of transmission of the virus via blood transfusion. 

The scientists from Colorado State University (CSU) in the US, said it is still unknown if the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, behind the COVID-19 pandemic, can be transmitted by blood transfusion. 

In the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, they used a device called the Mirasol Pathogen Reduction Technology System to treat nine plasma and three whole-blood products.

May 31, 2020 3:53 PM

Seven returnees test positive in Nagaland##Seven returnees test positive in Nagaland

Seven returnees from Chennai tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 43, Nagaland health and family welfare minister S Pangnyu Phom said. Of the seven, four are from Kohima and three from Dimapur, he added.

May 31, 2020 3:36 PM

Doctors to be hired for COVID-19 treatment in Mumbai, says Amit Deshmukh##Doctors to be hired for COVID-19 treatment in Mumbai, says Amit Deshmukh


Maharashtra medical education minister Amit Deshmukh on Sunday said that doctors and nurses will be hired on honorarium basis for COVID-19 treatment in Mumbai.

The decision has been taken to ensure that there is no shortage of medical staff for treatment of COVID-19 patients in the city, he said in a statement.
Mumbai has so far recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among all the cities in the country. Its tally of patients till Saturday night was 38,442, while the number of deaths stood at 1,227. 

Registered doctors below 45 years of age, who do not suffer from any medical ailments and have completed their internship, will be hired as per the needs for treatment of patients.

May 31, 2020 2:36 PM

Delhi govt seeks Rs 5,000 crore from Centre to pay employees' salaries##Delhi govt seeks Rs 5,000 crore from Centre to pay employees' salaries


The Delhi government has demanded Rs 5,000 crore assistance from the union government to be able to pay salaries to its employees, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday.
 

Sisodia, who also holds the finance department charge, said the Delhi government requires Rs 3,500 crore per month to pay salaries to its employees and to meet other needs. Read more

May 31, 2020 2:27 PM

Gujarat govt to ease curbs on shops, travel, banks starting Monday##Gujarat govt to ease curbs on shops, travel, banks starting Monday

The Gujarat government has announced relaxations in lockdown with effect from Monday and decided to allow shops and businesses located outside the COVID-19 containment zones to operate without any restriction of the odd-even formula.

It also announced major relaxations in terms of mobility, with the state transport buses allowed to operate with 60 per cent passenger capacity, two-wheelers allowed to have a pillion rider, and four-wheelers with six or more seats to have three passengers along with the driver.

May 31, 2020 2:07 PM

Russia says coronavirus infections pass 400,000##Russia says coronavirus infections pass 400,000


Russia on Sunday reported 9,268 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the national tally to 405,843. Officials said 138 people had died of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, in the last 24 hours, pushing to nationwide toll up to 4,693.

May 31, 2020 1:45 PM

Goa eyes to revive tourism sector hit hard by COVID-19##Goa eyes to revive tourism sector hit hard by COVID-19


The Goa government on Sunday said that although the coronavirus pandemic has brought all the economic activities to a grinding halt, it was now taking steps to revive the economy, especially the tourism sector.

Tourism is considered the backbone of Goa's economy. The state attracts a large number of domestic and foreign travellers. State ministers on Sunday expressed confidence that Goa would once again bounce back as the favourite tourist destination as the state government has put in place "stringent" measures to tackle the COVID-19 situation.

May 31, 2020 1:14 PM

4 more test positive in Manipur, total count reaches 66##4 more test positive in Manipur, total count reaches 66


Four more persons, including three women, tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 66, an official said on Sunday. All the new patients - two from Kangpokpi and one each from Imphal East and West districts- had recently returned to the state by a Shramik Special train and were in quarantine centres, he said.

May 31, 2020 12:56 PM

Reliance diverts Alok Industries into making PPE; cuts down cost to one-third##Reliance diverts Alok Industries into making PPE; cuts down cost to one-third


Reliance Industries has converted its newly acquired textiles and apparel fabrics maker Alok Industries into a PPE manufacturer, helping produce COVID-19 protective gears at one-third the cost of those imported from China. The company has redeployed Alok Industries' manufacturing facilities in Silvassa, Gujarat for exclusively manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard doctors, nurses, medical staff and other frontline workers engaged in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, sources told PTI

May 31, 2020 12:43 PM