Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Nears 8 Lakh After Biggest Single-Day Spike
Commuters wearing face coverings exit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Nears 8 Lakh After Biggest Single-Day Spike

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Coronavirus infections in India may hit the 8-lakh mark over the weekend after the country reported the largest single-day spike on Friday.

India added over 26,500 Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours to peg the total tally at close to 7.94 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on July 10. Nearly 5 lakh of these cases have been declared as cured or discharged.

The Madhya Pradesh government decided to enforce a complete lockdown across the state on Sundays due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in some districts during the past week. Bihar imposed fresh lockdowns in several regions including the worst-hit Patna district. West Bengal, starting Thursday, imposed a lockdown in containment zones for seven days.

Key Numbers:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 7,93,802
  • Active cases: 2,76,685
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 4,95,513
  • Deaths: 21,604
  • New cases in a day: 26,506
  • One-day recoveries: 19,135
  • One-day deaths: 475

Global Update

The U.S. coronavirus outbreak showed no signs of abating with new daily cases topping 60,000 for the first time as Mexico posted a record increase in the number of infections.

The World Health Organization said it is keeping an “open mind” on whether airborne transmission plays a major role in spreading the virus.

Iran deaths hit a new high, Indonesia’s cases rose by a record and Bolivia’s president said she is infected.

Globally, cases topped 12.1 million; deaths surpassed 552,000.

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Meghalaya Issues Rs 500 Penalty Rule For Violating Covid-19 Protocols

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the state government has decided to impose fine of Rs 500 on people who violate the Covid-19 safety protocols which include social distancing, wearing of mask, not spitting in public places.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the state is 142. Of these 95 are active as 45 people have recovered from the disease and two have died.

"For first time violators, a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed and this will be increased to Rs 1,000 for repeated offence. We need to ensure people take the protocols seriously. These are simple rules which will help you to protect your family," he said on Thursday.

On the number of BSF personnel in the state getting infected, the chief minister said whatever is happening is within the BSF camp and it is in a controlled manner.

He said the restrictions on inter-state movement does not include citizens of the state who are stranded outside and government employees including paramilitary forces who are coming back.

Source: PTI

Supreme Court Refuses To Entertain Plea For Moratorium On School Fees For Lockdown period

The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain a plea by parents from different states seeking deferment/moratorium on school fees for the Covid-19 lockdown period and asked them to approach the high courts for relief.

The top court said it was a fact-intensive situation as problems in each state are different and observed that it would a stroke of genius if petitioners can solve everybody's problems.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna said: Fee hike issue should have been raised before the state High Courts. Why has it come to the Supreme Court? It's a fact intensive situation.

"Problems in each state are different. Parties are involving jurisdiction of this court as an omnibus case. But these are fact intensive situations in each state and even each district.

Advocates Balaji Srinivasan and Mayank Kshirsagar said the Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed schools to charge hiked fee. The bench told the counsels, then the petitioners can file an appeal against that order of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

It would be a stroke of genius if you can solve everybody's problems, the bench said.

Source: PTI

Karnataka Chief Minister To Work From Home After Staff Test Positive For Coronavirus

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday said he would work from home as a precautionary measure after some of the staff in his office- cum-residence here tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement, Yediyurappa said, "I am going to discharge my duties from home from today for the next few days in view of some of the staff in the office-cum-residence Krishna testing positive for coronavirus."

He said he would give necessary directions and suggestions online. Noting that he was healthy, Yediyurappa appealed to the people not to panic.

Source: PTI

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