Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Tally Surpasses Spain To Rank Fifth
India’s burgeoning coronavirus cases have surpassed Spain’s tally to rank fifth in the number of infections, a day before Asia’s third-largest economy begins its first phase of unwinding the stay-at-home restrictions.
The world’s second-most populous nation added 9,971 fresh cases in last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 246,628, according to the health ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on June 7. This includes 6,929 deaths and 119,293 patients who have recovered.
Over the last 24 hours, India has seen 287 deaths and 5,220 recoveries.
- Total confirmed cases: 246,628
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 9,971
- Total number of active cases: 120,406
- Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 119,293
- Total deaths: 6,929
Indian authorities have now reported more than 9,000 fresh cases for four straight days.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 4,666,386 samples have been tested as of 9 a.m. on June 7. Of these, 142,069 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
India on an average added 8,985 cases daily over the past week, overtaking Russia. That compares with Brazil adding 24,915 cases, and the U.S. 21,413 on an average everyday in the last one week.
India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed the count of France, Germany and China—the nation where the pandemic actually began—among others. On Saturday, India even surged past Italy’s tally, and is now behind the U.S., Brazil, Russia, and the U.K.
Even as confirmed cases continue to mount in India, the lockdown will be lifted in phases from June 8. Malls, restaurants and religious places will be allowed to open as the government aims to the economy that’s headed for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades. The economy 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. Some states like Maharshtra, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have extended the isolation restrictions but with some relaxations.
Globally, cases topped 6.8 million, including 398,000 deaths.
China reported six new coronavirus cases on June 6, five of which it said were imported. South Korea reported 57 news cases over a timespan of 24 hours.
U.S. coronavirus cases increased 1.3% from the same time Friday to 1.91 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. Deaths rose 0.7% to 109,497.
Portugal reported 382 new cases on Saturday, above 300 for a fourth day and taking the total to 34,351. There are 12,070 active cases.
The U.K. government is considering easing lockdown measures for pubs, restaurants and weddings, earlier than originally envisaged, in an attempt to avert a potential summer jobs crisis in the hospitality industry, the Sunday Times reported.
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Covid-19 Cases In Aurangabad District Top 2,000-Mark
The number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district rose to 2,020 on Sunday after 70 more people tested positive for the infection, a district official said.
The death toll stands at 99 so far. The number of the recovered patients stood at 1,184, while 737 others are undergoing treatment, the official said.
Municipal Commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey said testing has been done aggressively in Aurangabad city. “We would have completed 14,000 tests by Monday in the city with 11 lakh population,” Pandey said, adding guidelines of the ICMR are being strictly followed.
Naval Ship Arrives In Tuticorin With 700 Repatriated Indians From Maldives
Indian Navy Ship ‘Jalashwa’ repatriated 700 Indian nationals stranded in Maldives, making its second port call at the VOC Port in Tuticorin.
INS Jalashwa had earlier this week brought stranded Indians from Sri Lanka and has repatriated about 2,700 Indians so far as part of the navy’s ‘Operation Samudra Setu’ initiative.
The bulk of the repatriated persons, 686, hailed from Tamil Nadu, while the others belonged to Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, VOC Port officials said. The ship left Port of Male on June 5 and arrived in Tuticorin on Sunday.
Culture Ministry Approves Opening Of 820 ASI Monuments From June 8
The Union Culture Ministry on Sunday approved opening of 820 Archeological Survey of India-protected monuments, which have places of worship from June 8, Minister Prahlad Patel said.
The ministry has decided to open only those monuments among the over 3,000 ASI-maintained monuments where religious events take place, such as Nila Mosque at Hauz Khas enclave, the Qutub archaeological area and Lal Gumbad in Delhi.
Among the ASI monuments to be opened from Monday include 114 from the northern region, 155 from the central region, 120 from the western region, 279 from the southern region and around 100 from the eastern region, officials said.
Rajasthan Clocking Over 73% Recovery Rate: Health Minister
Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Sunday said out of 10,385 Covid-19 patients in the state, 7,606 have been cured, registering a 73.24% recovery rate.
If the number of infected patients is increasing in the state, the cases of recovery are also increasing in the same proportion, Sharma said.
So far, about 5 lakh people have been tested for virus and more than 1.25 lakh tests have been done at the state’s largest Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur alone.
The health minister said the number of corona patients in the state is doubling in 21 days, while their death rate is 2.25%.
'Get Us Kerala Doctors, Nurses'
The Thane Municipal Corporation has sent a request to the Maharashtra government to provide 100 doctors and 300 nurses from Kerala to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak here, a senior civic official said on Sunday.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Thane municipal limits is closing in on the 4,000-mark.
“The request to the Maharashtra government to arrange 100 doctors and 300 nurses from Kerala was made after two doctors from there held a meeting here (Thane) with civic officials on ways to tackle the outbreak,” Thane Municipal Corporation spokesperson and Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Malavi said.