Coronavirus India Updates: Infections Top 2.6 Lakh; Nearly 7,500 Dead
Covid-19 infections crossed the 2.6-lakh mark on Tuesday, a day after the country ended its two-month lockdown.
The world’s second-most populous nation added 9,987 fresh cases in the 24 hours preceding the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on June 9, taking the total tally to 2,66,598. This includes 7,466 deaths and 1,29,215 patients who have recovered.
Authorities reported 266 deaths and 4,785 recoveries during the same 24 hours.
- Total confirmed cases: 2,66,598
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 9987
- Total number of active cases: 1,29,917
- Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,29,215
- Total deaths: 7,466
Indian authorities have reported more than 9,000 fresh cases for the sixth straight day, with the latest figure showing the country’s largest spike.
Even as confirmed cases continue to mount in India, the process of lifting the lockdown began yesterday.
Malls, restaurants and religious places will be open as the government aims to revive the economy that’s headed for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades. India was already growing at its slowest pace in over a decade when the virus struck. The lockdown, effective March 25, made it worse, stalling all business activity.
States like West Bengal and Maharashtra extended the lockdown till June 30, but with certain relaxations for business operations in place.
Lockdowns and other public-health measures may have prevented about a half-billion coronavirus infections in six countries, including China and the U.S., according to the first peer-reviewed analysis of the impact of health policies on the pandemic. The World Health Organization said transmission of the virus by people who aren’t showing symptoms is “rare.” The genetic-testing company 23andMe found that blood type may play a role in who is susceptible.
Cases pass 7 million; deaths exceed 405,000.
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Jyotiraditya Scindia Hospitalised After Testing Positive For Covid-19
BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to a private hospital here, sources said on Tuesday.
He was admitted to Max Hospital, Saket on Monday, they said. “He has tested positive for Covid-19,” a source said.
Scindia had shown some symptoms of coronavirus following which he was brought to the facility.
Arvind Kejriwal Tests Negative For Covid-19
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tested negative for Covid-19, an official said on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old Aam Aadmi Party leader underwent the test for coronavirus Tuesday morning. Kejriwal had gone into self-quarantine on Sunday after he developed a sore throat and fever.
The fever has subsided and he is now feeling well, the official said.
No Community Transmission Of Covid-19 In Delhi, City Might See 5.5 Lakh Cases By July-End: Sisodia
Officials from the Centre say there is no community transmission of Covid-19 in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia asserted on Tuesday, and estimated that there might be 5.5 lakh Covid-19 cases in the city by July 31.
Delhi will need 80,000 beds by July end, he told reporters after a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. "By June 30, there would be one lakh cases of coronavirus in Delhi and we will need 15,000 beds,” Sisodia said.
WHO Chief Warns Virus Is Worsening Globally
The head of the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus pandemic is worsening globally, even as the situation in Europe is improving.
At a press briefing on Monday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that about 75% of cases reported to the U.N. health agency on Sunday came from 10 countries in the Americas and South Asia. He noted that more than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days and that the 136,000 cases reported Sunday was the biggest number so far.
Tedros said most countries in Africa are still seeing an increase in cases, including in new geographic areas even though most countries on the continent have fewer than 1,000 cases.
At the same time, we're encouraged that several countries around the world are seeing positive signs, Tedros said. In these countries, the biggest threat now is complacency.
Source: AP Via PTI