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June 14, 2020 07:30 am | Updated 07:33 am IST

Crucial measures: A 1,050-bed quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients being readied at Richardson and Cruddas Mill in Mumbai on Saturday.

Crucial measures: A 1,050-bed quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients being readied at Richardson and Cruddas Mill in Mumbai on Saturday.

News Analysis | India may have undercounted cases

The findings of a serological survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) from 69 districts across 21 States indicate that an estimated 7,00,000 people could have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in these districts even in early May.

Government taxing people with fuel prices: Kapil Sibal

The Congress on Saturday accused the Centre of profiteering at the cost of the common man and claimed that it earned ₹2 lakh crore since early March by imposing high taxes on petrol and diesel .

Coronavirus | Two-thirds of cases are in five States, PM Modi told at review meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the response to the  coronavirus  ( COVID-19 ) pandemic at a meeting with Ministers and officials where Vinod Paul, convenor of the Empowered Group of Medical Emergency Management Plan, said two-thirds of the cases are in five States with an overwhelming proportion in big cities.

Also read: Coronavirus | Maharashtra records 3,427 more cases, 113 fatalities

Rajasthan political crisis | Congress MLAs attend session on BJP policies

Amid the political slugfest over the alleged attempts to poach legislators  ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections , the ruling Congress MLAs, holed up in a luxury hotel here, attended a workshop on the BJP’s policies on Saturday.

Dr. Reddy’s, Syngene and Zydus Cadila to make Gilead’s remdesivir

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on Saturday said it has signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences to register, manufacture and sell the U.S. biopharmaceutical firm’s antiviral drug  remdesivir  that has emerged as a potential treatment for  COVID-19 .

Coronavirus lockdown | Shops open in Srinagar after 83 days

A semblance of normality returned to Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, on Saturday as the administration allowed 50% opening of shops after 83 days of lockdown enforced to contain coronaviru s ( COVID-19 ).

Nepal Armed Police release Indian man

The Indian man who was detained by Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) on June 12 from the India-Nepal border in Sitamarhi district of Bihar was released early on Saturday.

Supreme Court to hear Vinod Dua’s plea for quashing FIR today

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court will assemble on Sunday to hear an urgent plea made by Padma Shri awardee and senior journalist Vinod Dua to quash a “bogus” FIR registered by the Himachal Pradesh police accusing him of sedition.

Coronavirus lockdown | COVID-19 taking an emotional toll on children

Will my parents die of  COVID-19 ? Will I be left alone? The fear of losing loved ones to the  coronavirus  ( COVID-19 ) infection is most apparent among children who dabble with immense anxiety and emotional stress brought by the ongoing pandemic and lockdown. Doctors say that the toll on the mental health of the young ones is way more than the physical symptoms of COVID-19.

Assam to ramp up COVID-19 tests, mulls return to lockdown

The Assam government may reimposed lockdown depending on the outcome of 50,000 COVID-19 tests to be conducted in Guwahati, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

Australian cities see big equality protests

Thousands of protesters rallied for racial equality in cities across Australia on Saturday despite official warnings the demonstrations could undermine the country’s success in suppressing the coronavirus.

IPL can be held in Sri Lanka or UAE in September, says Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar feels a realistic chance of conducting a shortened Indian Premier League (IPL) this year is in Sri Lanka from early September as Australia might end up hosting the World T20 in October after having successfully flattened the COVID-19 curve.

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