Coronavirus India lockdown Day 90 live updates | July 22, 2020

With over 59,000 COVID-19 cases, Delhi has now surpassed Tamil Nadu to become the second worst-hit among various States.

Updated - June 22, 2020 10:22 pm IST

Published - June 22, 2020 08:54 am IST

A doctor and nurse try to console a patient who has learnt of her husband's death from COVID-19. Kept in isolation, the woman was unable to see him for the last time. This photograph is a part of our photo essay on life inside a COVID care centre in Dharavi, Mumbai.

A doctor and nurse try to console a patient who has learnt of her husband's death from COVID-19. Kept in isolation, the woman was unable to see him for the last time. This photograph is a part of our photo essay on life inside a COVID care centre in Dharavi, Mumbai.

The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count , of which over 15,400 cases came from India.

Experts said rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing as well as broader infection.

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers . You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here .

Here are the latest updates:

10.20 p.m. | West Bengal

Bengal government convenes all-party meet, Mamata dials opposition

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has convened an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the state in view of the coronavirus pandemic, a senior minister said.

Ms. Banerjee called up BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, Left Front chairman Biman Bose, and State Congress leaders inviting them for the meeting.

9.50 p.m. | Delhi

Delhi reports 2909 new cases, 58 deaths

2,909 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 62,655, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Monday.

Also, 58 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 2,233.

Of the total cases, 36,602 people have recovered and there are 23,820 active cases.

- Nikhil Babu


DGCA eases quarantine norms for pilots and cabin crew

The DGCA on Monday eased quarantine norms for pilots and cabin crew and dispensed with the need for the entire crew to be sent on a mandatory 14-day quarantine in case anyone aboard a flight tested positive for COVID-19 . Instead, airlines can conduct a risk assessment and take a decision accordingly.

“The risk assessment for the crew shall be done by the airline’s doctor concerned and the crew shall be advised for testing as per the ICMR guidelines. Whether the crew should be subjected to 14 days home quarantine or not shall be based on the said risk assessment,” said a circular issued on Monday.


8.55 p.m. | Maharashtra

Maharashtra reports 3721 new cases, 113 deaths

Maharashtra recorded yet another big surge of 3,721 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking its total case tally to 1,35,796. 113 new deaths have pushed the total death toll to 6,283. Of these, 62 fatalities were reported in the last two days while the remaining 51 were from an earlier period, said State Health Department officials.

As many as 1,962 patients were discharged today, taking the total number of discharged till date to 67,706. With 1,098 new cases, Mumbai's total case tally has reached 67,586. The city's death toll has risen to 3,737.

- Shoumojit Banerjee

8.30 p.m.

Peak demand for Shramik Specials has ended: railways

The peak demand period for Shramik Special trains has ended and the railways presently have demand for only 15 such trains from various States, Railway Board Member (Traffic) P.S. Mishra said on Monday.

The railways was also in the process of sending letters to Chief Secretaries of all States to assess the demand for such trains and these trains would be run till there was demand from the States, he said.

“We have got demand for 15 more trains for today...When Shramik Special was started, we even ran 269 trains a day. That peak period has ended. We ran three trains on Sunday. Today, we might run six-seven such trains,” he observed in a media interaction.


8 p.m. | Delhi

IT Panel starts work on Aarogya Setu

After several failed attempts to organise a meeting both online and offline, the Parliamentary standing committee on Information and Technology has started working on the various questions on privacy and data security of the government run Aarogya Setu, which was launched during the COVID19 pandemic for contact tracing.

Speaking to The Hindu Mr Tharoor said, the committee’s work “must and will” continue, even though holding the panel members can’t meet in person or via video conference. “Due to restrictions on movement and various other functional challenges, the physical occurrence of Committee meetings is proving to be a challenge. Despite that, the committee’s work must and will continue, as there are a host of critical matters that need to be addressed,” he said. 

For now, the committee is forwarding all the questions raised by the members on Aarogya Setu App to the government and other concerned stakeholders. These replies are then circulated amongst the members for further deliberations. Mr Tharoor refused to delve into details about the deliberations but the sources indicated that the committee will also look into the legality of government’s mandatory imposition of the App on various categories of persons.

- Sobhana Nair

7.50 p.m. | Madhya Pradesh

M.P. reports 175 new cases

Madhya Pradesh on Monday recorded 175 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 12,078. The number of active cases stands at 2,342.

Six patients died of the illness on the day, taking the State-wide death toll to 521. As for recoveries, 200 patients were discharged from hospitals on the day. So far, 9,215 persons have been cured of the illness, says the State Directorate of Health Services.

7.40 p.m. | Kolkata

ISKCON Rath Yatra in Kolkata cancelled, rituals to be held on temple premises

The Rath Yatra procession of ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Consciousness) organised in Kolkata has been cancelled and the rituals will be held inside its temple premises in the city.

“At ISKCON Kolkata, we had to cancel the procession as it attracts over 15 lakh people during the nine days festivities and we don’t have dedicated area where people’s entry/exit can be controlled,” it said in a statement.


7.30 p.m. | Delhi

Health Ministry sounds note of caution on self-medication

The Union Health Ministry on Monday urged people to be cautious about drug abuse and self-medication and underlined that COVID-19 , which is caused by a virus and not bacteria, does not respond to antibiotics.

“There is currently no cure for COVID-19 and if you have symptoms the best idea is to call a doctor and go by a trained professional advise,” the Health Ministry said.

The Ministry reiterated that ensuring hand hygiene, not touching the face, keeping a physical distance of at least one metre from other people and calling one’s health care provider in case any symptoms are detected, are the pillars of the community fight against COVID-19.


7.20 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

After complete lockdown, T.N. reports 2710 new cases

A day after Tamil Nadu had imposed a day-long complete lockdown in districts including Chennai and surrounding areas, the State reported a massive 2710 cases on Monday, taking the total positive cases to 62,087 and there were 37 deaths, taking the toll to 794. This is the highest single-day case tally the State has reported so far.

1358 were discharged today, taking the total discharged to 34,112.

7.10 p.m. | Delhi


Out of 29 inmates who were in the barrack where one of the inmates died due to COVID-19 in Mandoli prison, 17 other inmates have also tested COVID-19 positive, a prison official said.

- Delhi bureau

6.50 p.m. | Gujarat

Gujarat reports 563 new cases, 21 deaths

Gujarat recorded 563 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths on Monday, taking the numbers to 1685 deaths and 27,880 positive infections. With 560 discharges, total patients discharged so far are 19,917.

- Mahesh Langa

6.30 p.m. | Mumbai

BMC to operate 50 mobile dispensaries in suburbs

The Mumbai civic body will operate 50 mobile dispensaries in northern suburbs of Mumbai, which have emerged as the new COVID-19 hotspots, under an initiative launched on Monday that is aimed at curbing the spread of the infection in the metropolis and bring cases to zero.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) launched Mission Zero rapid action plan under its "Chase the Virus' drive.

Under the programme, that covers Borivali, Dahisar, Malad, Kandivali, Bhandup and Mulund suburbs of North Mumbai, the BMC will run 50 mobile dispensary vans which will go to different localities to conduct preliminary check-ups for 2 to 3 weeks to identify and treat COVID-19 patients.


6.15 p.m. | West Bengal

IIT-Kharagpur develops COVID-19 predictive model

IIT Kharagpur has developed a model to help predict the future spread of COVID-19 which can facilitate decision making in health-care, industry and even academics.

The study also indicates that the disease may continue to prevail in the country till September-end, a statement issued by the institute said.

Prof. Abhijit Das from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has developed the logistic model which can be used to fit the available daily counts of infection cases.



6:05 p.m. | Karnataka

Karnataka records fresh 249 COVID-19 cases

249 new COVID-19 positive cases in the State have been reported on Monday. As many as 126 cases are from Bengaluru Urban. The total number of cases stand at 9399.

Five new deaths have been reported in the State. There were 111 recoveries today, taking the total figure to 5730.

- Karnataka health bulletin

6:00 p.m. | Maharashtra

Case filed for blocking ambulance with COVID-19 victim’s body

A case has been registered against a group of persons in Maharashtra’s Palghar district for obstructing movement of an ambulance carrying the body of a COVID-19 victim to the crematorium in their locality, police said on Monday.

The incident occurred on the night of June 20 in Umela Phatak area near Vasai, a police official said.

He said people who stopped the ambulance feared that its movement might expose them to the virus.


5:50 p.m.  | Telangana

70-year old becomes first doctor fatality of COVID-19 in Telangana

A 70-year old doctor died due to COVID-19 at a private hospital here, the first healthcare professional fatality to the deadly virus in Telangana, hospital sources said on Monday.

The doctor, running a private clinic here for the last 12 years, was admitted to hospital on June 17 and his end came on Sunday, they said.


5:40 p.m. | Time

Maharashtra: Dhananjay Munde discharged after recovery from COVID-19

Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde was on Monday discharged from Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai after recovering from COVID-19.

He was admitted in the hospital on June 12 after testing positive for novel coronavirus.


5:20 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Priyanka Gandhi accuses U.P. govt of negligence over death of COVID-19 patients

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over a media report that 28 COVID-19 patients died within 48 hours of hospitalisation, saying if the Yogi Adityanath dispensation continues with its negligence, it will be dangerous.

Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi tagged a media report which claimed that 28 coronavirus patients admitted for treatment at a hospital in Agra died within 48 hours of their hospitalisation.

5:15 p.m.

Indian scientists find COVID-19 gene in wastewater, hailed by global community

Scientists in India have for the first time detected genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater, a breakthrough that paves the way for using wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) for real-time surveillance of COVID-19 in the country.

The study, led by scientists in IIT-Gandhinagar, found that increased gene copies of the virus in Ahmedabad’s wastewater matched the incidence of the disease in the city. With this, India joins the ranks of a handful of countries doing WBE on COVID-19 , Andrew Singer, an environmental microbiologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said on Twitter.


5:10 p.m. | Time

In view of rising COVID cases, increase rapid testing numbers: HC to AAP govt

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the AAP government to try and increase the COVID testing methodology, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), in view of rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli had Subramonium Prasad noted that present per day RAT numbers were “abysmal” as they were not even reaching 50 per cent of the target of 22,000 tests per day set by the Delhi government.



5:00 p.m. | New Delhi

CBSE likely to inform Supreme Court on Tuesday about its decision on pending board exams

The Central Board of Secondary Education is likely to inform the Supreme Court on Tuesday about its decision on conducting the pending class 10 and 12 board exams, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

The board last week told the court it will “very shortly” take a decision, after a plea by a group of parents sought quashing of the notification for conducting the remaining class 10 and 12 exams from July 1 to 15 and demanded that the students be awarded marks based on an internal assessment or in line with marks allotted for practical exams.


4:55 p.m. | Surat

After 300 COVID-19 cases, fresh curbs on Surat diamond units

Nearly 300 workers of diamond units in Gujarat’s Surat city have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 10 days, following which fresh restrictions have been imposed on the industry’s operations, an official said on Monday.

As part of the new curbs, three main diamond trading markets will remain shut twice a week, while canteens of all the diamond polishing units will remain closed on all days to contain the spread of coronavirus, he said.


4:50 p.m. | Puducherry

Kiran Bedi ‘disturbing’ team work of officials combatting COVID-19: Puducherry Minister

Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao on Monday charged Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi with “disturbing” the team work put in by the government officials to combat COVID-19 in the Union Territory “day in and day out.”

After furnishing details of the infections here during the last 24 hours, Rao said Chief Minister, Ministers and officials of Revenue, Health and other departments were implementing various measures after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the Union Territory.


4:40 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi HC declines to entertain PIL seeking action against manufacture of sub-standard PPE kits

The Delhi High Court Monday declined to entertain a plea alleging there was rampant manufacture of sub-standard PPE kits and seeking action against the entities involved.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said that the petitioner has not indicated one example of such activity and directions cannot be issued on his word that there is “rampant manufacture” of sub-standard personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.

4:35 p.m. | Mahrashtra

Maharashtra: Groom, bride donate 50 beds to Palghar COVID centre

A bride and groom from Palghar district set an example for others by donating 50 beds to a COVID care centre in Vasai after their marriage ceremony at a local church.

The wedding, an intimate affair with just 20 guests due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, took place on Saturday after which Eric Lobo (28) and Merlin Tuscano (27) went to a nearby COVID care centre and made the donation, local officials said.


4:30 p.m. | Maharashtra

Exams conducted by Maha’s CET Cell postponed: Minister Samant

The Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education department’s examinations in various subjects held by the state’s Common Entrance Test Cell have been postponed in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, state minister Uday Samant said on Monday.

According to an official statement, Higher and Technical Education Minister Samant said the decision was taken following demands from students and parents.


4:25 p.m. | Assam

COVID-19: Man in home quarantine found dead in Assam

A 40-year old man was on Monday found hanging from the ventilator window of his room in a lodge where he was undergoing home quarantine, in Assam’s Dhubri town, police said.

The man was under home isolation in the lodge since June 19 after he had completed the mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine at a facility in Chagalia in Dhubri district following his entry to Assam from neighbouring West Bengal, they said.


4:20 p.m. | West Bengal

West Bengal govt convenes all-party meet on coronavirus situation

The West Bengal government has convened an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus situation in the state, a senior minister said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will preside over the meeting, which is likely to be attended by leaders of all political parties having representation in the state assembly, the minister said on Monday.


 4:00 p.m.

India’s COVID-19 cases per lakh population among lowest in world: Health Ministry

India’s COVID-19 cases per lakh people is one of the lowest in the world despite its high population density, and the recovery rate has now reached almost 56%, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday

 For every one lakh population, there are 30.04 coronavirus cases in India, while the global average is over three times at 114.67, the ministry said, referring to the WHO Situation Report 153, dated June 21.

This low figure is thus a testimony to the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach the Government of India along with the states and UTs took for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19,” the ministry said in a statement.



3:55 p.m. | Chennai

More than 5,000 vehicles seized in Chennai during complete lockdown

Despite Chennai being under an intense lockdown on Sunday, over 5,000 persons were caught by police out on the roads, without a valid reason, from Sunday morning up until Monday, and their vehicles were seized for flouting lockdown norms.

The State government had  announced a complete lockdown ' in Chennai and parts of adjoining Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts from June 19, allowing only certain essential services. On Sunday, the curbs were tightened further, allowing only medical services, water and milk supply.


— Special Correspondent

3:50 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi surpasses Tamil Nadu in COVID-19 cases, now second worst-hit

With over 59,000 COVID-19 cases, Delhi has now surpassed Tamil Nadu to become the second worst-hit among various states and union territories.

Even by death count till Sunday, which stood at 2,175, Delhi is on the second spot among the list of worst-hit states.

Delhi recorded 3,000 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally in the city to 59,746, authorities said.


3:50 p.m.  | Thane

COVID-19: Murder accused who tested positive escapes in Thane

A murder accused who was shifted to a COVID care centre from custody after testing positive for novel coronavirus escaped on Monday, a police official from Thane in Maharashtra said.

He was in custody since June 16 and three policemen from Khadakpada police station were guarding him at the COVID care centre, but he managed to give them the slip at around 2pm, the official said.


3:45 p.m. | New Delhi

COVID-19: Delhi HC extends by 45 days interim bail of 2,961 under-trial prisoners

The Delhi High Court on Monday extended the interim bail of 2,961 undertrial prisoners by 45 days to de-congest jails during the coronavirus pandemic.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh passed the order in view of a high-power committee’s recommendation that it would be dangerous to send the prisoners back to jail as the risk still remains high.


3:40 p.m. | Gwalior

MP: Vendor tests positive in Gwalior, contact tracing begins

A 28-year-old street vendor was detected with novel coronavirus infection in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and the district administration on Monday asked people who may have come in contact with him to come forward to get themselves tested.

District Collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh said the man’s report returned positive on Sunday night after he had gone to a hospital on Wednesday complaining of fever.


3:35 p.m. | Jammu and Kashmir

COVID-19 death toll rises to 84 in J&K

A 65-year-old COVID-19 positive patient has died in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll due to the disease to 84 in the Union Territory, officials said on Monday.

The patient, hailing from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was suffering from bilateral pneumonia, hypertension and diabetes. He died at the SMHS hospital here on Sunday night, the officials said.

“His COVID-19 test results came positive on Monday morning,” they added.

With this, the number of COVID-19-related fatalities has risen to 84 in the Union territory.


3:30 p.m. | Mumbai

Mumbai: After 21 COVID-19 cases, Malabar Hill building sealed

A plush residential complex in Napean Sea Road in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill area has been sealed after 21 COVID-19 cases were reported from there in seven days, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said on Monday.

He said 19 of the 21 patients were domestic helps, drivers and security staff.

“House-helps work in different flats in the building and may have spread the infection. The entire building had to be sealed to break the chain of spread,” Assistant Municipal Commissioner (D Ward) Prashant Gaikwad said.


3:20 p.m. | Indore

COVID-19 cases rise to 4,373 in Indore, death toll reaches 201

The number of COVID-19 cases in Indore rose to 4,373 on Monday after 44 more people tested positive for the viral infection in the Madhya Pradesh district, a health official said.

As many as 1,404 samples were sent for testing during the last 24 hours and out of these, 44 came out positive, Indore’s Chief Medical and Health Officer M.P. Sharma said.


3:10 p.m. | New Delhi

Consider expediting COVID test results of pregnant women: Delhi HC to ICMR, AAP govt

The Delhi High Court Monday said 5-7 days cannot be taken for getting COVID-19 results for pregnant women prior to admitting them in hospitals for childbirth and asked the ICMR and AAP government to look at expediting it.

The observation came from a bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan during hearing of a PIL by a lawyer who has sought that test results of pregnant women be given priority.


3:00 p.m. | Karnataka

Spike in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru: CM directs strict enforcement of lockdown measures

Concerned over increase in COVID-19 cases in the city, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday directed officials to implement lockdown measures strictly in the clusters which have reported more number of infections.

Mr. Yediyurappa held a meeting with Ministers and senior officials regarding containing COVID-19 in Bengaluru and said it can be achieved only if preventive measures are implemented strictly and asked the officials to work in this direction.


2:50 p.m. | New Delhi

Follow L-G order on COVID-19 testing scrupulously, Delhi HC tells AAP govt.

The Delhi High Court Monday said it expected the AAP government to “scrupulously” follow the directions issued by the Lieutenant Governor (LG) on June 8 in connection with testing of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued the direction while disposing of two pleas challenging the Delhi government health department’s June 2 decision to exclude asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic patients from COVID 19 testing.


2:45 p.m.| Delhi

Delhi : Of the 503 ‘COVID-19 care railway coaches’ allotted to Delhil by the Ministry of Railways

Of the 503 ‘COVID-19 care railway coaches’ allotted to Delhi by the Ministry of Railways for treatment of mild or very mild cases, more than half (267) will be stationed at the Anand Vihar railway station in east Delhi.

In Delhi, a skeletal crew in charge of preparing the coaches are the only personnel at the station, which used to see thousands of passengers daily before the lockdown was imposed.

As authorities implement contingency plans across the city ahead of “peak” in cases, labourers at the railway station are busy cleaning, fixing signboards and preparing the area for its new role.

— Shinjini Ghosh

2:40 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

Take early measures to contain COVID-19 spread in other districts, says Dhinakaran

Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) founder, T.T.V. Dhinakaran, on Monday expressed concern over the growing number of fresh COVID-19 infections in districts other than Chennai and its three neighbouring districts.

Alluding to Chief Minister  Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s statement  that “Only God knows when the COVID-19 pandemic will end,” Mr Dhinakaran, in a statement, said it would not be fair if the State government, instead of taking action to contain the spread, evaded its responsibility by “putting the blame” on God.

— Special Correspondent

2:35 p.m. | Pune

Pune district reports more than 160 new COVID-19 cases in overnight surge

COVID-19  cases continued to pile up relentlessly across Pune district with more than 160 new cases being reported over a 12-hour span on Monday, taking the district’s total case tally to 15,842, said authorities.

“A total 163 new cases have been reported since Sunday evening. 75 of these were reported between 9 p.m. on Sunday and midnight, and a further 88 cases till today [Monday] morning,” said Pune District Health Officer Bhagwan Pawar.

— Shoumojit Banerjee

2:30 p.m. | Mumbai

Bombay HC seeks Maharashtra govt’s stand on pending ICSE board exams

Raising concern over the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court on Monday asked the state government to clear its stand on permitting the ICSE board to conduct its pending examinations of Classes 10 and 12 in July.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S.S. Shinde said the state government cannot maintain an ambivalent and ambiguous stand, that if the number of students who opt to appear for exams is few, then permission would be given for it.


2:20 p.m. | Assam

COVID-19: For first time since 1565, Ambubachi sans fair at Kamakhya

Ambubachi, the festival marking the annual menstruation of the presiding Goddess, began at the Kamakhya Temple on June 22 without mendicants, hermits and devotees for the first time in almost 500 years.

Many places of worship in Assam had opened after the State government went on ‘unlock’ mode from June 3. But the Kamakhya temple administration decided to keep the premises locked in view of the spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the State, primarily Guwahati.

— Rahul Karmakar

2:00 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

8 patients discharged from isolation ward at UP's Mau station: Railways

59 suspected coronavirus patients admitted in isolation ward at UP’s Mau station since June 20, 8 individuals have been discharged, said Indian Railways.

As of now, the national transporter has deployed a total of 960 “COVID Care” coaches in five states — Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.


1:25 p.m. | New Delhi

COVID-19 situation improving in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said numbers related to Coronavirus patients in the city over the last week seemed to indicate that things were improving.

“Today there are around 25,000 active Coronavirus cases in Delhi; 33,000 people have been discharged after being cured. Precisely a week ago there were 24,000 active cases. Only 1,000 active cases have increased, it seems that the situation is getting balanced,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

He also said the Delhi government would now give oxygen concentrators to people in home isolation in the city.

— Jatin Anand

1 pm | World

Coronavirus cases surge in U.S., but slow down in China, South Korea

Around the world, efforts to battle the virus continue to yield mixed results. While infections slowed in China and South Korea, suggesting progress in stemming their newest outbreaks, the situation in Brazil, Iraq, and the United States continues to be grim.

Till date, nearly 90 lakh people have been infected and more than 4.68 lakh people have died, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

In the United States, experts say the resurgence in infections is not a so-called “second wave” but a continuation of the first wave of outbreaks as the number of cases plateaus.


12.30 pm | Delhi

Volunteers allegedly attacked after refusing doorstep delivery of non-veg food in Delhi's Naraina containment zone

Civil defence volunteers and home guards deployed in the  coronavirus  containment zone in Naraina area of West Delhi were allegedly attacked by a group of locals after the former refused to deliver ‘non-veg’ at the latter’s doorstep, said a senior police officer on Monday.

“People were making unnecessary demands for non-essential items, including non-veg food, and argued with civil defence volunteers and home guards to deliver items at their doorstep. A heated argument ensued after volunteers refused their demands. A group of locals thrashed volunteers and policemen who intervened,” said a police officer.

“We have registered an FIR against residents under relevant sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and Epidemic Diseases Act for attacking policemen at Naraina police station. The case is under investigation. The people involved in the attack will be identified with the help of CCTVs and mobile videos of the attack recorded by volunteers and locals,” added the officer.


12 pm | India

Data | Domestic violence complaints at a 10-year high during lockdown

During the first four phases of the COVID-19-related lockdown, Indian women filed more domestic violence complaints than recorded in a similar period in the last 10 years. But even this unusual spurt is only the tip of the iceberg as 86% women who experience domestic violence do not seek help in India.

In between March 25 and May 31, when the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown was in progress, 1,477 complaints of domestic violence were made by women.

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This 68-day period recorded more complaints than those received between March and May in the previous 10 years, finds our data team.


11.30 am | Haryana

Haryana to deploy final-year MBBS students on COVID duty amid spike in cases

Amid rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Haryana government has said final-year MBBS students studying in government and private medical colleges will be deployed for effective management of the pandemic.

The director general of medical education and research in Haryana said in an order that 1,106 final-year MBBS students of 11 government and private medical colleges in the State have been assigned COVID duties and they shall report to civil surgeons of the districts concerned.

The directors of medical colleges and civil surgeons shall ensure that the students are provided all necessary training, it added. - PTI

11 am | Health

Changing our approach towards mask use

Lately, a series of studies has provided evidence that widespread mask use can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and considerably slow the pandemic. With world opinion coming round in favour of mask use, early this month the World Health Organization adopted a slightly more favourable position towards widespread mask use than earlier.


India’s initial scepticism towards widespread mask use continues to linger at a time when this simple public health intervention is more crucial than before. A concerted nationwide drive to ensure universal mask use has remained lacking, argues Soham D. Bhaduri, a Mumbai-based physician.


10.30 am | Delhi

Delhi prison witnesses first COVID-19 death

Delhi prison witnessed its first COVID-19 death after a 62-year-old inmate, who was lodged in Mandoli jail passed away on June 15 in his sleep. There was no apparent cause of death. Later, he was tested positive for COVID-19 on June 20.

Following the due procedure, Director General (Delhi Prisons) Sandeep Goel said, inquest proceedings were conducted by Metropolitan Magistrate and a COVID-19 test was conducted on the body, the result of which came as positive on Saturday.

10.15 am | Mumbai

'Thank you’: Mahim's tribute to COVID-19 warriors

A riot of colour at Mahim station is expressing what every Mumbaikar is thankful for: the efforts of essential service providers in the face of rising COVID-19 cases.

The large, continuous set of murals titled, ‘Heroes of Mumbai’ have been painted on the façade of Mahim railway station as an initiative of Western Railway (WR) in association with the ST+ART India Foundation and Asian Paints.

Work in progress: An artist paints the mural, dedicated to essential service workers, on the facade of Mahim railway station.

Work in progress: An artist paints the mural, dedicated to essential service workers, on the facade of Mahim railway station.


The mural depicts doctors, nurses, police personnel, vegetable sellers, delivery persons and sanitation workers who have worked throughout the lockdown, exposing themselves to the risk of infection.


10 am | India

Quick update on India's COVID-19 numbers:

The death toll is now 13,699,  after 445 new fatalities were registered in the past 24 hours, says the Union Health Ministry.

The case count, meanwhile, has climbed to 4,25,282 after 14,821 fresh infections were detected since yesterday.

9.30 am | Tennis

Tennis player Dimitrov tests positive for COVID-19

Tennis world got a taste of the coronavirus infection after World No: 19 player Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for COVID-19.

The Bulgarian featured last week in the Serbia leg of the Adria Tour exhibition event organised by top-ranked player Novak Djokovic. The event has been cancelled.


Djokovic, meanwhile, had earlier said he would be against a compulsory coronavirus vaccination if it became a requirement for tennis players to travel to tournaments.

Like the rest of the sporting world, tennis has been on pause since early March. Indian tennis players have been utilising this time to work on a career beyond tennis , including a racquet customising business.


9 am | Goa

First COVID-19 death in Goa

An 85-year-old man, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier, succumbed to the infection on Monday, making it the first case of death due to the viral disease in the State, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.

While Mr. Rane earlier said the deceased was a woman, he later clarified in a tweet that the victim was a man.

The man, belonging to Morlem village in North Goa district, was undergoing treatment at the ESI hospital, a designated facility for COVID-19 patients, he said.

The State government has already declared Morlem village, which falls under Valpoi, the Assembly constituency of Rane, as a COVID-19 containment zone.


8.30 am | Mumbai

Dharavi turns the corner with steep decline in COVID-19 cases

On April 1 2020, Dharavi in Mumbai (Asia’s largest slum and one of the most densely populated areas in the world) recorded its first COVID-19 positive case . Nearly three months later, the Union Health Ministry says that the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have been able to effectively bring down the COVID-19 spread in Dharavi.


In a release on Sunday, the Ministry said being densely populated (2,27,136 persons/sq. km), Dharavi had 491 cases in April 2020 with a 12% growth rate and a case doubling period of 18 days.

“The proactive measures adopted by the BMC have reduced the growth rate to 4.3% in May and further to 1.02% in June. These measures also ensured an improved case doubling time to 43 days in May and 78 days in June.”

8 am | Bengaluru

High home quarantine violations in Bengaluru

COVID-19 cases have been rising in Bengaluru and one of the reasons could well be the lack of discipline among people who have to undergo home quarantine. As of June 20, about 44% of the total 1.31 lakh violations in home quarantine has been reported or observed in Bengaluru, according to data from the State authorities.

Of the total 58,832 complaints reported in Bengaluru, 15,157 people have been warned. Once complaints are received, people either receive a warning or are sent to institutional quarantine. In many cases, FIRs have also been filed against them.


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