Coronavirus India lockdown Day 91 updates | June 23, 2020

A view of deserted Ranganathan Street in Chennai on June 23, 2020. After nearly two-month-old stringent lockdown, Chennai has extended it by another two weeks with Kancheepuram, Thiruvalluvar, Chinglepet and some other key regions still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections.   | Photo Credit: S.R. Raghunathan

The dreaded Coronavirus has cast its shadow on two religious events, namely the Rath Yatra And Haj Pilgirmage 2020. Indian Muslims will not be able to take the Haj pilgrimage as Saudi Arabia has decided to bar foreigners to take part in the event.

While the Supreme Court allowed the Jagannath Rath Yatra to be conducted, only 1,500 people including priests and policemen will be allowed to take part in it.

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 pm | Tamil Nadu

Nearly 200 Indians brought back to Tamil Nadu from Maldives

A total of 198 Indians were brought back to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu from Male in Maldives on Tuesday under ‘Operation Samudra Setu’, the Navy said.

’Operation Samudra Setu’ was initiated by the Indian Navy on May 8 to bring stranded citizens from abroad.

The Navy, in a press release, said, “The evacuees were received by local authorities at Tuticorin and arrangements were in place for speedy disembarkation, health screening, immigration and transportation of the evacuees.”

“INS Airavat, deployed by the Indian Navy for ‘Operation Samudra Setu’, entered Tuticorin harbour early morning today, Jun 23, 2020 with 198 Indian nationals embarked from Male, Maldives,” it added.

9.54 pm | Jharkhand

COVID effect: No Rath Yatra in Ranchi for first time in over 300 years

For the first time in over 300 years, the three chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings were not taken out of the Jagannathpur temple here on the occasion of Rath Yatra on Tuesday due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions, a shrine official said.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said he sought “forgiveness” from the deities for not being able to perform the annual ritual this year.

The nine-day Rath Yatra is marked by a procession of the chariots, in which the three deities — Lord Jagannath, Bhagwan Balaram and Devi Subhadra — embark on an annual journey to their maternal aunt’s place and back.

“It is the first time in the shrine’s 329-year-long history that the chariots did not roll out on the streets of Ranchi to head to ‘maushi ma bari’ (maternal aunt’s home), which is around a kilometre away, on the occasion of the Rath Yatra,” said Manoj Tiwari, manager of the 17th century Jagannathpur temple.

The idols of the three deities were taken out of the sanctum sanctorum at 6 am, and placed on ‘dol mandap’ on the premises of the temple, where rituals were performed and offerings made, he said.

9.26 pm | Maharashtra

Maharashtra reports 3,214 new cases and 248 deaths

Maharashtra, on Tuesday, reported 3,214 new cases taking the cumulative cases tally to 1,39,010. With 248 deaths (75 in last 48 hours and 173 in the previous period), the death toll stood at 6,531. A total of 1,925 persons were discharged taking the total of recovered patients to 69,631.

8.50 pm | Jammu and Kashmir

Murmu reviews preparations for Amarnath yatra

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Tuesday reviewed the preparedness for the annual Amarnath yatra which is expected to be begin in the last week of July.

The Amarnath yatra to the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was scheduled to begin from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on June 23 but could not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, the yatra is likely to begin in the last week of July and its duration will be shortened to 15 days due to the pandemic, according to sources.

The administration, however, has not formally made any decision about it.

8.30 pm | Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray dials divyang telephone operator, lauds his work ethic

Raju Chavan, a visually impaired telephone operator at government-run St George Hospital  was in for a pleasant surprise on Tuesday when he got a call from Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who complimented him for being a COVID-19 warrior.

Chavan and another physically disabled telephone operator, Sandeep Shinde, have been attending to their job at the hospital with dedication since the last two months without taking a day off during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Chavan handles telephone calls during the day, while Shinde works in the night.

Thackeray called up St George Hospital in south Mumbai around 12.30 pm and spoke to Chavan after coming to know about the dedication towards duty displayed by the two workers, especially during these challenging times, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

8.25 pm | Jammu and Kashmir

148 fresh COVID-19 cases in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 148 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the virus count to 6,236 in the Union Territory, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 20 are from the Jammu region and 128 from the Kashmir Valley, they said.

Two COVID-19 patients died in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 87, the officials said.

The cumulative tally of COVID-19 in Kashmir is 4,840 while that in the Jammu region is 1,396, they said.

A total of 3,642 patients have so far recovered from the infection, leaving 2,507 active COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory.

8.00 pm | Gujarat

Gujarat records 549 new cases of Coronavirus infection and 26 deaths, bringing it’s cumulative numbers to 1711 fatalities and 28429 cases. So far 20551 patients have been discharged including 604 discharged on Tuesday.

7.57 pm | New Delhi

Delhi records biggest single-day spike in cases

3,947 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 66,602, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Tuesday.

This is the biggest single-day spike in the number of cases so far.

Also, 68 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 2,301.

Of the total cases, 39,313 people have recovered and there are 24,988 active cases. -- Nikhil

7.55 pm | West Bengal

All educational institutions in Bengal to remain closed till July 31 

The West Bengal government on Tuesday issued a notification announcing that all educational institutions, schools, colleges and universities both state run and private will remain closed till July 31.  State's Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, however, added that teachers and non teaching will have to work. As regards to the  State's higher secondary examinations, which were suspended mid day because of outbreak of the pandemic, Mr Chatterjee said that the State is keeping a watch on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations and will take a call on the State school leaving exams on the how things turn out with the CBSE.

370 new cases 11 deaths  

West Bengal  recorded 370 new cases of  COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 14,728. Eleven more deaths were reported in the State due to contagious viral infection taking the number of deaths to 580. Three deaths were reported from Kolkata and North 24  Parganas, four from Howrah and one from Purba Medinipur district. For the first time since the outbreak any district has recorded more COVID-19 casualties than Kolkata.  The discharge rate has improved to 62.58 %  and the active cases of infection remained at 4930. Almost 9218 persons have been discharged after treatment from the State.  -- Shiv Sahay

7.25 pm | Gujarat

Cong leader demands coronavirus testing lab in Amreli

The leader of opposition in Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani on Tuesday wrote to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel demanding a coronavirus testing lab in Amreli district as cases were rising there.

In the letter, senior Congress leader Dhanani said 45 COVID-19 cases had been reported in Amreli in a short time and there was no laboratory to test for the infection.

“Since there is no lab in the entire district, samples are being sent to other districts for tests and reports arrive after almost 24 or in some case 48 hours. In many cases, patients have died before test results came in,” Dhanani, who represents Amreli Assembly seat, said.

“Cases are on the rise in Amreli and across Gujarat after several restrictions were lifted under ‘unlock 1’ In this scenario, I urge you to release funds on urgent basis to buy testing equipment and to set up a COVID-19 laboratory in Amreli,” Dhanani said in the letter to Mr. Patel, who is also State health minister.

7.20 pm | Cuddalore

72 test positive in Cuddalore

The district continued to witness a spike in COVID-19 cases with 72 persons testing positive for the virus on Tuesday. The total number of cases in the district now stands at 893.

Of the 72 new cases, 47 returned to the district from Chennai. They tested positive when they were stopped and screened at check posts.

Besides the 47 persons, eight persons who travelled from Kerala, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and Hyderabad also tested positive.

Three persons who returned from Singapore and were sent to quarantine facilities also tested positive.

Of the total 893 cases, 382 are active cases while a total of 506 persons have been discharged so far.

In Villupuram district, nine persons tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of positive cases to 617.

At Kallakurichi, 43 persons tested positive taking the tally of positive cases reported in the district to 437.

7.01 pm | New Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah countered Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claim on COVID-19 facilities.

Mr. Shah said that the large part of a 10,000-bed care centre is to be operational by June 26.

Mr. Shah further said a 1,000-bed full-fledged hospital with 250 ICU beds to be ready in next 10 days in Delhi and it will be manned by armed forces.

6.45 pm | Pakistan

Seven more Pakistan cricketers test positive for COVID-19

Seven more Pakistan cricketers, including Muhammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, selected for the tour of England have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total to 10, the PCB revealed on Tuesday.

The seven who tested positive on Tuesday are Kashif Bhatti, Muhammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Rizwan, Imran Khan, Hafeez and Riaz. Shadab Khan, Haider Ali and Haris Rauf had returned positive tests on Monday.

“It is not a great situation to be in and what it shows is these are 10 fit and young athletes...if it can happen to players it can happen to anyone,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO, Wasim Khan told a media conference.

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6.36 pm | New Delhi

AYUSH Ministry orders Patanjali to stop advertising of COVID-19 drug

AYUSH Ministry ordered Patanjali to stop advertising of its COVID-19 drug until "issue" are examined.

AYUSH said advertisement of Patanjali’s alleged drugs regulated under Drugs regulated under Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

The Patanjali has been asked to provide at the earliest details of name and composition of medicine being claimed for COVID treatment, said the AYUSH

AYUSH also asked Patanjali for details of sample size, sites, hospitals where research study was conducted, and ethics panel clearance.

6.24 pm | Tamil Nadu

TN reports 2,516 cases

A total of 2516 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The total number of cases stood at 64,603.

With 39 deaths reporting today, the death toll stood at 833. A total of 1,227 persons were discharged today taking the total to 35,399

6.11 pm | Mumbai

HC asks Centre about use of train coaches as COVID-19 centres

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Central government to explain steps taken by the Railways to convert train coaches into COVID-19 isolation or quarantine centres and if ICU facilities can also be made available in them.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice M S Karnik was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Mumbai resident Naresh Kapoor raising concerns about measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Union of India shall file an affidavit indicating the steps taken by the Western Railway as well as the Central Railway to convert coaches into isolation/quarantine centres and why ICU facilities in coaches is not considered necessary,” the court said.

The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on July 2.

6.10 pm | Serbia

Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus

Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia.

The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive.

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6:00 p.m.  | Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Minister Rajenthra Bhalaji criticises Stalin on COVID-19 statements

Dairy Development Minister K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji criticised DMK president M.K. Stalin on Tuesday, stating that he was issuing statements every day, making it seem as if COVID-19 was a creation of the AIADMK and the DMK was fighting against it.

“Stalin should stop confusing people by issuing statements every day. He is speaking like it is he who is trying to stop the spread of the disease,” Mr. Bhalaji said, in a statement.

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5:55 p.m. | New Delhi

LNJP permitted to do 200 plasma therapy: Medical Director

After getting a fresh nod from the ICMR, six COVID-19 patients have received convalescent plasma therapy at LNJP Hospital in the last one week, out of the total permitted limit of 200 recipients, senior officials said on Tuesday.

Two patients are scheduled for administering of the therapy on Tuesday and five other have been screened already, Medical Director of LNJP Hospital, Dr Suresh Kumar, said.


5:50 p.m.  | Puducherry

Pondy CM slams Centre for declining funds to tackle COVID-19 situation

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Tuesday hit out at the Centre for allegedly declining to grant funds to the State governments and the territorial administration to meet their commitments to protect people’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hike in prices of petroleum products effected every other day “added insult to injury,” he said.


5:45 p.m. | Puducherry

Kiran Bedi justifies meetings at office to review COVID-19 spread

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi on Tuesday justified meetings with territorial officials to review COVID-19 pandemic by saying they are not mere onlookers but stable contributors to people’s welfare.

Bedi made the justification without naming Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao who had alleged that she was disturbing the work of the government to fight the virus.

She said the officials were not at her office to compete but to collaborate and contribute towards checking the spread of COVID-19.


5:40 p.m.  | Maharashtra

Coronavirus: 1.34 lakh cases, 27k arrests for violations in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday said 1,34,412 offences have been registered across the state between March 22 and June 22 for violations during the coronavirus-induced lockdown and 27,511 people have been arrested.

In a statement, Deshmukh said fines to the tune of Rs 8,64,19,878 were recovered from offenders.

He said the police department issued 5,04,031 passes for essential services during this period.


5:40 p.m. | West Bengal

Classes in Bengal higher educational institutions will remain suspended till July 31: Minister

The West Bengal government on Tuesday said academic activities in all state-run higher educational institutions will remain suspended till July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters here the heads of the universities will decide how to conduct administrative functions while safeguarding the health factor of staff.


5:35 p.m. | Maharashtra

Maharashtra : Hospital ‘fails’ to admit patient, mayor orders action

Thane Mayor Naresh Mhaske on Tuesday asked the civic administration to register a criminal case against a private hospital which allegedly failed to admit a COVID-19 patient, resulting in his death.

In a letter to the municipal commissioner, Mhaske said the 70-year-old victim was a resident of Anand Nagar and his son is a civic employee.

On Monday evening, the Thane Municipal Corporation sought a bed for the victim at a hospital, and was informed that bed was available at Kalsekar Hospital in Mumbra area here in Maharashtra.


5:30 p.m. | Punjab

Punjab moves towards further reopening, allows restaurant dine-in, marriage halls at 50% capacity

The Punjab government Tuesday moved towards further reopening of the economy, allowing hotels, restaurants and marriage halls to operate at 50%t capacity, with strict adherence to social-distancing norms and other health protocols.

According to fresh guidelines issued here, restaurants in the state are now allowed ‘dine-in’ facility till 8 p.m., with 50% occupancy or 50 guests, whichever is less.

Keeping in view concerns of the Industry and MHA instructions, we have decided to reopen hotels, restaurants, marriage halls & other hospitality services at reduced 50% capacity.

However, establishments must adhere to the SoP and observe full precautions, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted on Tuesday.


5:25 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

Centre must allocate funds requested by Tamil Nadu to fight COVID-19, says Ramadoss

PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Tuesday said that the Centre should immediately allocate the ₹12,000 crore sought as aid to the Tamil Nadu government to help in its fight against COVID-19.

In a statement, Dr. Ramadoss said that the Central government has equal responsibility to bring the cases down in Tamil Nadu.

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— Staff Reporter

5:20 p.m.  | New Delhi

17 employees of security agency deployed at Maruti’s Manesar plant go missing after testing positive for COVID-19

Seventeen employees of a security agency employed at Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI) Manesar (Haryana) plant have disappeared after testing positive for COVID-19.

The employees, who belong to security agency SIS India, had tested positive for the infectious disease on June 17 and were supposed to be quarantined as per the law.


5:05 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Shravasti District Courts complex sealed as doctor contracts coronavirus

The Shravasti District Courts complex was sealed and declared a containment zone after a doctor deputed there on screening duty tested positive for coronavirus.

District Judge incharge of Shravasti, Shiv Kumar Singh, said the courts complex will remain closed till further orders and all necessary work will be carried out from home.


5:00 p.m. | Karnataka

Karnataka govt announces cap on COVID-19 treatment rates for private hospitals

The Karnataka government on Tuesday announced a cap on coronavirus treatment package rates in private hospitals for those referred by public health facilities in the range of ₹5,200 to ₹10,000.

The rate for patients who approach private hospitals directly will be in the range of ₹10,000 to ₹25,000.

State Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar issued the order based on recommendation of a committee headed by executive director of Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust formed to submit a proposal for fixing the packages rates for treatment of COVID-19 patients.


4:55 p.m. | Karnataka

COVID-19 fatalities in Karnataka far less compared to other major states: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday said COVID-19 related fatalities in the state was far less compared to other major states, as he called on people and front line corona warriors infected by the virus not to lose courage.

The Chief Minister made the statement following the alleged suicide of a constable attached with the Karnataka State Reserve Police after he tested positive for COVID-19.


4:45 p.m. | New Delhi

51% decline in average weekly claims under Ayushman Bharat scheme during COVID-19 lockdown: Report

There was a 51% decline in the average weekly claims under the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, according to an analysis done by a group of researchers.

Also, there was a steeper decline in utilisation of services in public hospitals than private hospitals during the lockdown, from March 25 to June 2, stated the National Health Authority (NHA) publication titled ’PM-JAY Under Lockdown: Evidence on Utilization Trends PM-JAY’

—  PTI

4:35 p.m. | Haridwar/ New Delhi

Ramdev’s Patanjali claims to have COVID-19 medicine, 100% recovery in 7 days

Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali on Tuesday launched what he claimed was the first ayurvedic medicine to cure coronavirus disease even as the scientific community the world over struggles to develop an effective cure for the highly contagious disease.

Patanjali claimed ‘Coronil’ and ‘Swasari’ had shown 100 per cent favourable results during clinical trials on affected patients, at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

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4:30 p.m. | New Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal writes to Amit Shah seeking doctors and nurses from ITBP, Army to run 10,000-bed COVID facility

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, demanding doctors and nurses from the ITBP and the Army to run a 10,000-bed COVID-19 care facility being set up in south Delhi, sources said.

They said the chief minister has also invited Mr. Shah to visit the facility being set up on the sprawling campus of spiritual organisation Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB).

Mr. Kejriwal has sought doctors and nurses from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Army to run the centre, the sources said.


    4:25 p.m.

India has one COVID-19 death per lakh population, says Union Health Ministry

As against the global average of 6.04, India has one COVID-19 death per lakh population which is one of the lowest in the world, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday, and credited timely detection of cases, extensive contact tracing and effective clinical management for the low mortality rate.

Till date, 14,011 people have died in India due to the viral infection with 312 fatalities reported in 24 hours till Tuesday 8 a.m., while 14,933 new instances of the disease took the total caseload to 4,40,215.

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4:20 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Set up coronavirus coronavirus help desks in govt offices: UP CM to officials

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed officials to set up coronavirus help desks in all police stations, hospitals and government offices across the state.

He said help desks should also be set up in jails and revenue courts. According to an official release, the chief minister told officials at a meeting that these should be equipped with pulse oximeters, infrared thermometer and sanitisers.


4:15 p.m.  | Tamil Nadu

New quarantine plan will help cut virus spread in Chennai, 7,000 plus beds added: Civic body

A new quarantine strategy confining to homes an estimated 7-8 lakh people is expected to cut down chances of transmission of the coronavirus in the metropolis, witnessing unabated spike in cases on a daily basis, according to a top official of the city civic body.

Apart from the containment measures, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) was also ramping up capacity of the Covid Care centres, adding over 7,000 beds, its Commissioner G. Prakash said.


4:10 p.m. | New Delhi

Priyanka slams UP govt over high COVID-19 mortality rate in Agra

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over the high COVID-19 mortality rate in Agra, saying Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should clarify within 48 hours who was responsible for “pushing people into these adverse circumstances“.

Tagging a media report, Priyanka Gandhi said the novel coronavirus death rate in Agra was 6.8%, which was higher than Delhi and Mumbai.


4:00 p.m. | Guwahati

Lockdown in 11 wards of Guwahati from 9 p.m. today

From 9 p.m. today, lockdown measures would be implemented in 11 wards of Guwahati. Essential services will remain functional. Shops dealing in groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk products, animal fodder to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Delivery of essential goods lile food, pahrmaceuticals and medicl euipment will be allowed via e-commerce websites.

3:40 p.m. | Agra

Withdraw claim about virus deaths in 24 hours, Agra administration to Priyanka Gandhi

Terming it “misleading and false”, the Agra administration has asked Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to withdraw the claim regarding coronavirus deaths in the district within 24 hours.

Tagging a media report, the Congress leader had on Monday tweeted that 28 coronavirus patients died within 48 hours of hospitalisation in Agra.

She had described it as a matter of shame for the Uttar Pradesh government, accusing it of suppressing the truth.

In an e-mail to the Congress leader on Monday, Agra District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh told her to take back the claim within 24 hours, saying the allegations are baseless and misleading.


3:30 p.m. | Maharashtra

Maharashtra Governor donates ₹1 lakh to postal staff for COVID-19 treatment

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday donated ₹1 lakh for the treatment of postal staff infected by coronavirus, an official here said.

As per an official release, the amount includes a prize money won by the Governor in the Department of Posts’ letter writing competition apart from personal contribution.

“Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today made a personal donation of ₹1 lakh to the Maharashtra Post for the treatment of postal staff infected by COVID-19,” the release stated.


3:20 p.m. | New Delhi

Manish Sisodia urges L-G to go back to old system on home quarantine

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said he has written a letter to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and urged him to end a new system under which people who test coronavirus positive will have to visit a COVID-19 Care Centre to get examined.


"I have written a letter to L-G sir to implement the earlier system in Delhi, in which, if a person is tested corona positive, then a government's medical team visits him and if he does not have any symptom then he will be home quarantined, if any symptoms, then shifted to a hospital and if his house is not appropriate, then move him to a quarantine centre," Mr. Sisodia said while addressing a video briefing.

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— Saira Aslam

3:05 p.m. | Karnataka

Health Minister hints at lockdown imposition in Bengaluru again

In the wake of continued surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, Health Minister B. Sriramulu on Tuesday said lockdown norms may have to be imposed again in the city if the same situation continues.

Speaking to reporters after visiting K.C. General hospital in the city, the Minister said four wards in the city had already been sealed down totally. “The number of cases in the city are on the rise in the last few days. If the same situation continues, we will have to go in for another lockdown in the city,” he said.

— Afshan Yasmeen

3:00 p.m. | New Delhi

COVID-19: Over 100 pvt, not-for-profit entities join hands to launch tele-health network

More than 100 private and not-for-profit entities have come together to launch a tele-medicine platform ‘Swasth’ to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“The mobile app-based service leverages India’s technology prowess to deliver equal and affordable healthcare to 1.3 billion people, cutting across geographical and income divides,” Swasth said in a statement.


2:55 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Man dies in govt. hospital isolation ward in Uttar Pradesh, family alleges negligence

A middle-aged man admitted in the isolation ward of a government hospital in neighbouring Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh has died, with his family alleging negligence on the part of doctors.

According to officials, the man, who drives a taxi, was admitted to the hospital with cough and cold. He died on Monday.

His wife has alleged that doctors did not attend to him and he died without any treatment.


2:50 p.m. | New Delhi

Law Ministry tweaks rule to allow use of postal ballot for those suffering from COVID-19

Voters in Bihar who test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to cast their vote using postal ballot in the state assembly polls due later this year.

The Legislative Department in the Union Law Ministry has changed the Conduct of Election Rules to allow those suffering from COVID-19 to use postal ballot, a top ministry functionary said on Tuesday.


2:20 p.m. | Karnataka

Elderly people account for 78.87% of COVID-19 deaths in Karnataka: Minister

Over three fourths of COVID-19 deaths in Karnataka were in the above 50 age group and people should take special care of their elderly relatives at home, state Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said on Tuesday.

“Elderly are most vulnerable to #COVID19. 16.24% of total positive cases in Karnataka are of people above 50. But people above 50 constitute 78.87 per cent of total Covid deaths. I urge people to take special care of their elderly at home & ensure they stay home & stay safe,” Mr. Sudhakar tweeted.


2:10 pm.  | Haryana

Haryana to fix cost of COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals: Health Minister Vij

The Haryana government will soon issue an order fixing the cost of COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals, Health Minister Anil Vij said on Tuesday.

Mr. Vij said that he had discussed the modalities with senior officials of his department and a formal order would be issued soon.

“For private hospitals, we are going to fix the rates. I have discussed this with my officials and orders will be issued soon,” Mr. Vij told PTI over phone.


2:05 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh opposition leader tests positive for coronavirus

Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and Samajwadi Party leader, Ram Govind Chaudhary, has tested positive for coronavirus, an official said on Tuesday.

Mr. Chaudhary was suffering from fever and cold and was admitted to a private hospital in Lucknow on Monday where his sample was taken for testing, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Anand Prakash Joshi, said.


2:00 p.m. | New Delhi

Alleged ISIS operative claims developing COVID-19 symptoms, seeks treatment in Tihar

A man, arrested for allegedly conspiring to commit terror activities and further the ISIS ideology in the country, on Tuesday moved a Delhi court seeking proper medical treatment, claiming that he has developed symptoms of COVID-19.

The application on behalf of Asif Ali submitted that 18 jail inmates have developed symptoms like cough, cold and fever.

The plea, moved by advocate M.S. Khan on behalf of Asif Ali, urged the court to direct Tihar Jail authorities to provide him proper medical treatment or send him to a hospital.


1:55 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

200 Indian evacuees from Maldives arrive in Tamil Nadu

As many as 200 stranded Indian nationals were repatriated by the Indian Navy from Maldives as part of the Samudra Setu mission of the Government of India.

Indian Navy Ship Airavat arrived here from Maldives with 200 Indian nationals at the VOC Port this morning, officials said.

As many as 64 people who arrived today hailed from Kanyakumari district while the rest were from many other districts, they said.


1:50 p.m. | Indore

54 new COVID-19 cases in Indore, district tally rises to 4,427

Fifty four more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Indore, taking the number of such cases in the Madhya Pradesh district to 4,427, a health official said on Tuesday.

As many as 1,588 samples were tested in the district in the last 24 hours, out of which reports of 54 came out positive, Indores Chief Medical and Health Officer Pravin Jadia said.

So far, 203 people have died of COVID-19 in the state’s worst affected district, he said.


1:40 p.m. | Thane

Maharashtra: COVID-19 facility comes up at college campus in Thane

Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases, the civic body in Maharashtra’s Thane city has set up a 700-bed facility at a campus of an educational institute, an official said on Tuesday.

The Thane Municipal Corporation has converted 70 classrooms in seven buildings of Vidya Prasarak Mandal (VPM) for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the city, the official said.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has opposed the move and warned the TMC against setting up COVID-19 hospitals in educational institutions.


1:30 p.m. | New Delhi

Every new COVID-19 patient is worried about standing in queue at quarantine centres for examination: Manish Sisodia

"Today I saw a lot of reports in media that COVID patients are confused. It is a challenge to take patients to COVID Care Centre... people are concerned about SoP for home isolation... All these things indicate that in Delhi, people are confused about procedures before home quarantine," said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while addressing a video briefing.

"According to new policy by the L-G sir, every corona patient will have to now go to quarantine centre and he will be examined. If the person can be home isolated then he will be sent by back home and if he has symptoms then the person will be admitted in quarantine centre," stated Mr. Sisodia.

"Because of this, the major problem people face is that, as soon as a person is found COVID positive, he will have to go to quarantine centre, else police or officials we call the person. People are worried that police and officials will take them," he added.

"First they ended home isolation and now this and people are worried about this. Every new COVID patient is worried that he will have to stand in line at quarantine centre and get examined, " he claimed.

"Why should he go? How will he go? Is the government helping him or increasing his difficulty?"

— Nikhil M. Babu

1:25 p.m. | New Delhi

Lt. Governor’s 5-day mandatory quarantine order done away with: AAP govt to Delhi HC

The AAP government on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that the Lieutenant Governor’s order on mandatory five-day institutional quarantine for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients has been replaced, which makes the PIL challenging it infructuous.

Taking note of the submission, a bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said the grievances raised in the plea have been brought to an end by the latest Delhi government order of June 20 which replaced the L-G’s June 19 direction for mandatory five-day institutional quarantine for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients.


1:15 p.m. | New Delhi

Coronavirus | Indian pilgrims will not travel to Saudi Arabia for Haj 2020, says Naqvi

The government has decided that Muslims from India will not travel to Saudi Arabia for Haj 2020 after the kingdom conveyed that pilgrims should not be sent this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday.

The decision was taken after Saudi Arabia’s Haj and Umrah minister Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten telephoned last night and suggested not to send pilgrims from India for Haj this year, Mr. Naqvi told reporters.

Mr. Naqvi said 2,13,000 applications had been received for Haj 2020 and the process to refund the full amount of money deposited by the applicants without any deduction has been started immediately.

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1:05 p.m. | New Delhi

Govt says 1,340 Made in India ventilators delivered to states

Nearly 3,000 of the 50,000 ‘Made in India’ ventilators sanctioned under the PM CARES fund to help COVID-19 patients have been manufactured and over 1,300 have been delivered to various states, an official statement said on Tuesday.

On May 14, the PM CARES Fund Trust had decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount was to be used, among other things, to purchase ventilators and caring for migrant workers.


1:00 p.m. | Puri

Ahead of Rath Yatra, Puri temple servitor tests COVID-19 positive

One of the servitors of Shree Jagannath Temple tested positive for COVID-19 during mandatory testing of priests and police personnel ahead of the annual Rath Yatra on Tuesday.

He will not be part of any ritual related to the Rath Yatra and has been shifted to a COVID-19 hospital, an official said adding that contact tracing has been initiated.

Odisha government on Monday tested as many as 1,143 servitors who will be pulling the chariot.


12:50 p.m. | Lucknow

Mayawati demands high-level probe into Kanpur shelter home case

BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday said the developments at a state-run shelter home in Kanpur have once again showed the “indifferent attitude” of the Uttar Pradesh government towards protection of women as she demanded a fair probe and action against errant officials.

Fifty-seven girls living in the shelter home, five of them pregnant, tested positive for the coronavirus over the last week.

— Lucknow

12.30 pm | Bengaluru

Minister's wife and daughter test positive

A day after his cook and father were confirmed to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar's wife and daughter have also tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

However, the samples of the Minister and his two sons have returned negative.

"Test results of our family members have come. Unfortunately, my wife and daughter have tested positive for #Covid19 and are undergoing treatment in a designated hospital. My two sons and myself have tested negative. I am grateful to everyone for their best wishes and prayers," Mr Sudhakar tweeted.

- Afshan Yasmeen

12.00 pm

Vande Bharat mission: U.S. may bar Air India from operating charter flights

In a setback to the government’s Vande Bharat mission, the United States is likely to bar Air India from operating charter flights for allegedly violating a bilateral agreement by denying one its airlines permission to conduct repatriation charters from India.

The U.S. government’s Department of Transport (DoT) has said that the manner in which Air India is conducting operations under the guise of charter flights creates a “competitive disadvantage” for U.S. airlines.

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11.45 am

20 train passengers quarantined after man gets message he is COVID-19 positive during journey

Over 20 passengers of the Dehradun Jan Shatabdi Express have been quarantined after a co-passenger received a text message, while still on board the train on Sunday, that his COVID-19 test has come positive, officials said.

The man immediately informed COVID control room authorities that he had tested positive, scaring his co-passengers who overheard him saying this on phone, they said.

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11.30 am

After 300 cases, fresh curbs on Surat diamond units

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

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11.00 am

Visa-holders can return to Dubai from July 7

In a major relief to thousands of NRIs stuck in India following travel restrictions imposed after COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai has granted permission to visa-holders to return by pre-booking flights of any airline.

However, India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has said that resumption of international flights will be allowed only when domestic traffic reaches about 50-60% and other countries are open to international traffic. “Once the situation evolves thus, we will consider a calibrated opening,” Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, tweeted.

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10.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

S. Kota MLA tests positive

MLA from Sringavarapukota of Vizianagaram district Kadubandi Srinivasa Rao tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Mr. Rao is the first MLA in Andhra Pradesh to have tested positive for the virus.

Mr. Rao who got elected on YSRCP ticket in 2019, recently returned from the U.S. and underwent tests thrice as part of the safety precautions. The earlier two tests were negative, but the results of the last test conducted at the Vizianagaram Government Hospital was positive, causing tension among his family members and friends.

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10.00 am | Kerala

Tight restrictions come into effect in Thiruvananthapuram

The mounting number of COVID-19 cases, including those without known sources of infection, has prompted the State government to reinforce restrictions and clamp down on widespread violations in the district. Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who convened a meeting of MLAs in the district and senior officials on Monday, said that demonstrations having more than 10 protesters would no longer be permitted during the prevailing crisis.

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Policemen quarantined

Around 30 personnel of the SAP camp, Peroorkada, have reportedly been advised to go in quarantine after a policeman attached to the camp was admitted to the General Hospital with fever and vomiting. All of them reportedly attended a training course at the camp. The COVID-19 test results of the hospitalised policeman is awaited.

9.30 am

Every family in A.P. will be tested within 90 days: Jagan Mohan Reddy

Rising curve: The sharp rise in coronavirus cases is observed after the Telangana government started conducting ‘50,000 tests in 10 days’.

Rising curve: The sharp rise in coronavirus cases is observed after the Telangana government started conducting ‘50,000 tests in 10 days’.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal


Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday said every family in the State would be tested for COVID-19 in the next 90 days.

Mr. Jagan, at a review meeting on COVID-19, asked Medical and Health Department officials to ramp up testing and said a massive awareness campaign should be launched to encourage people to get themselves tested voluntarily at the nearest health centre. Each village/ward secretariat and health centres where testing facilities are available should have a hoarding displaying details of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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9.00 am

A wider net: non-profit helps disabled upskill during the lockdown

Web Interface Study Environment (WISE), an online training and placement programme conducted by Youth4Jobs (Y4J) Foundation, a pan-India organisation that trains youth with disabilities and links them to organised sector jobs in the cities.

“We launched Youth4Jobs Online as a COVID-19 response, across India,” says Meera Shenoy, founder and CEO, Youth4Jobs. “At a time when every skilling organisation had halted operations, we were the only ones who launched a programme in the disability space; one of the few working at the bottom of the pyramid,” she says.

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8.45 am | Karnataka

Shut down Bengaluru for 20 days: Kumaraswamy

Instead of sealing a few areas, the entire state capital should be shut down for 20 days in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday. In a series of tweets, the JD(S) leader said sealing some areas would not serve any purpose and that weaker sections of the society should be taken care of immediately.

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8.30 am | Assam

BJP MLA tests COVID-19 positive

Assam BJP MLA Krishendu Paul tested COVID-19 positive on Monday, an official said.

Paul, an MLA from the ruling party in the state, was tested during the ongoing Assam Targeted Surveillance Programme (ATSP) on Sunday and his report came as positive on Monday evening, Karimganj district Joint Director of Health A. Dattari said. The MLA, who represents Patharkandi in the state assembly, has been admitted to the Karimganj Civil Hospital’s COVID ward, he said.

Paul has no travel history and his home has been declared a containment zone by the district administration. All his family members have been quarantined and their samples have been taken for testing, he said.


8.00 am | Kerala

Agriculture Minister in self-quarantine

Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar has gone into self-quarantine after a health worker who attended a COVID-19 review convened by him in Thrissur on June 15 tested positive on Sunday.

He underwent a test on Monday, which returned negative. The Minister will continue to remain in quarantine for another 10 days, his office said.

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7.30 am | New Delhi

COVID-19 figures over last week show things are stabilising, says Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said numbers related to COVID-19 cases in the Capital over the last week seemed to indicate that things were improving.

The Delhi government would provide pulse oximeters to patients recovering under home isolation. He said that every district will have oxygen concentrators in addition to a helpline and a team would visit the homes of recovering patients. Delhi has 25,000 active COVID-19 cases and around 12,000 people under home isolation, he said.

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6.00 am

Delhi issues fresh rules for COVID-19 patients

The Delhi government on Monday issued new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for management of patients who have tested COVID-19 positive. There are separate SOPs for people who get tested by rapid antigen test, which gives result in 30 minutes, and RT-PCR test, which takes more time.

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17 inmates test positive days after first COVID-19 death in Mandoli jail

As many as 17 of 29 inmates lodged in the barrack where one prisoner died of COVID-19 in Mandoli jail last week have tested positive for the infection, an official said on Monday.

Kanwar Singh, 62, who was lodged in Central Jail number 14, Mandoli, died in his sleep on June 15. His COVID-19 test came out positive on Saturday. The report prompted the jail authorities to conduct COVID-19 test on the 29 other inmates sharing the barrack with Singh, officials said.

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Tamil Nadu

After Chennai, Madurai’s turn for lockdown

Days after a complete lockdown was imposed in Chennai and parts of its surrounding districts, the State government has announced an intensified lockdown from June 24 to 30 in Madurai Corporation limits, Paravai town panchayat and village panchayats in Madurai East, Madurai West and Tirupparankundram blocks, in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the district. Only essential services like medical shops, pharmaceutical shops, hearse vehicle services and ambulances will be allowed to function.

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