NEW DELHI: India went past Italy to become the sixth worst-hit nation by Covid-19, with the country registering a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases which pushed the nationwide tally to 2,36,657. India’s death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 6,642, with a record increase of 294 deaths in the last 24 hours till Saturday 8am. The country has registered over 9,000 cases for the third day in a row.
Here are the top developments:
- India is now the sixth worst-affected nation in terms of coronavirus infection cases after the US, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The number of active Covid-19 cases stands at 1,15,942 in the country.
- The coronavirus disease has not “exploded” in India, but the risk of that happening remains as the country moves towards unlocking its nationwide lockdown that was imposed in March to contain the Covid-19, according to a top WHO expert. WHO Health Emergencies Programme Executive Director Michael Ryan said the doubling time of the coronavirus cases in India is about three weeks at this stage.
- Two Vistara pilots have tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing flight simulator training, the airline said.
- The government has given restaurants the nod to open their doors but many owners say the cap on the number of customers will make their operations unviable and it may be better to stay closed.
- With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of abating, it seems unlikely that Muslims from India will be able to undertake the Haj pilgrimage this year, sources said. However, they said the government will take a final decision on the matter only after Saudi Arabia makes its position on hosting the pilgrimage clear.
- Scientists have observed that a drug which is already approved to treat several blood cancers, is associated with reduced respiratory distress and a reduction in the overactive immune response in Covid-19 patients, an advance that may lead to a potential therapeutic for novel coronavirus infection.
- The study, published in the journal Science Immunology, noted that the findings should not be considered clinical advice, and remain to be tested in a randomised, controlled clinical trial.
- Over 58 lakh migrants have been taken to their destinations by 4,286 Shramik special trains till now, said Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav.
- Delhi: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned of strong action against some private hospitals allegedly refusing admission to Covid-19 patients and involving in “black-marketing” of beds, and said his government is going to issue an order stating that hospitals cannot deny treatment to such people.
- UP: The number of coronavirus positive cases in Uttar Pradesh crossed the 10,000-mark with 370 fresh cases reported even as the number of casualties rose to 268. The number of Covid-19 cases in the state now stands at 10,103.
- Maharashtra: A 36-year-old staffer of the Multi Commodity Exchange has died of Covid-19, while nine others, who were part of a core team which helped ensure business continuity of the bourse during the lockdown, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
- West Bengal: The state registered as many as 1,802 Covid-19 cases in last five days, with the tally rising to 7,303 in the state in an alarming spike in 5,501 infections recorded in two months up to May 31, when the government called for easing lockdown curbs.
- J&K: Three more Covid-19 deaths were reported in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease in the Union territory to 39.
- Kerala: With the coronavirus cases witnessing a sharp rise, the Kerala government has decided to conduct anti body tests from Monday to check if there was any community spread in the state.
- Assam: The state reported 81 fresh cases of Covid-19, taking the total tally in the state to 2,324.
- Jharkhand: Sixteen more people tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand, taking the total number of cases in the state to 938.
- Puducherry: A 43-year-old man from neighbouring Tamil Nadu died of Covid-19 as three more tested positive for the virus in the Union territory.
- Goa: The spike in Covid-19 cases in Goa is due to the situation in Vasco’s Mangor Hill area, which has been declared a containment zone, and there is no threat of community transmission of the coronavirus infection, the government said. The state currently has 196 Covid-19 cases.
- Punjab: No trial of clothing shall be allowed in shopping malls, while places of worship will be barred from distributing ‘prasad’ when they reopen from June 8, according to the guidelines issued by the Punjab government. The fresh guidelines also provide for a token-based entry to malls.
- Uttarakhand: The state reported 31 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,245 so far.
- Nagaland: The number of Covid-19 cases in Nagaland crossed the 100-mark as 13 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the tally to 107.
- Andhra Pradesh: Coronavirus cases rose sharply by 210 to 4,460 in Andhra Pradesh, while the toll due to the infection stood at 73.
- Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government capped the charges for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals at Rs 15,000 per day in Intensive Care Units across the state and announced that no fee over and above the fixed slab can be claimed from patients.
- Manipur: Six persons, who have recently returned from Mumbai, tested positive for Covid-19 in Manipur, taking the total number of cases in the state to 143.
- Rajasthan: The toll due to Covid-19 rose to 219 in Rajasthan, with one fresh fatality and the number of cases climbed to 10,128 as 44 more people tested positive for the disease.
- Odisha: The state reported its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases after 173 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the total tally in the state to 2,781.
- Mizoram: Two persons, who had recently returned from New Delhi, tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, taking the total number of cases in the state to 24.
- HP: The number of Covid-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh has reached 398. Out of the 398 cases, 201 are active cases, while 185 patients have recovered so far.
- The novel coronavirus has killed at least 395,977 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December. At least 6,782,890 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
- The New York State, which has been the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, has recorded the lowest number of 42 deaths and 2,728 hospitalisations since the pandemic began. The United States is the worst-hit country with 109,143 deaths from 1,897,838 cases.
- Russia reported its second-highest one-day death toll from Covid-19 even as the number of new coronavirus infections remained steady. Russia has recorded more than 458,000 cases, including 5,725 deaths.
- Indonesia reported nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus, a new single-day high for the country that brought its total caseload past 30,000, as the government unveiled an enhanced stimulus package worth USD 47.6 billion to anchor the virus-battered economy.
- Pakistan has reported a record 97 Covid-19 deaths in a single day, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,935, while the number of confirmed cases in the country approached 94,000 after over 4,700 infections were detected.
- China has reported five new coronavirus cases, including three imported ones, taking the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 83,030.
- South Korea reported 51 new cases of the coronavirus, mostly in the densely populated capital region, as authorities scramble to stem transmissions among low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home. South Korea has now confirmed 11,719 cases, including 273 deaths.
- Nepal reported 323 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 3,235 in the country.
- Singapore may take years to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has said, as the city-state reported 344 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total number of infections to 37,527.
- Afghanistan is running out of hospital beds as suspected cases of coronavirus surge, officials said, warning “there is a disaster coming” in the impoverished country. Afghan health authorities reported 761 new positive cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed infections to 19,551.