Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 4.9 Lakh; Over 15,300 Dead
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Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 4.9 Lakh; Over 15,300 Dead

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Over 4.9 lakh people have been infected by the deadly Covid-19 virus in India, as new cases poured in from across the country taking the figure to a new high.

The country added nearly 17,000 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 4,90,401, according to Health Ministry’s 8 a.m update on June 26. However, over 2.8 lakh of these cases have been declared as “cured/discharged”.

Confirmed cases are likely to touch the 5-lakh mark on Saturday.

Authorities reported 17,296 new cases, 407 deaths and 13,940 recoveries in the 24 hours preceding the update.

Key Numbers

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 4,90,401
  • Active cases: 1,89,463
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 2,85,637
  • Deaths: 15,301

Global Updates

U.S. infections climbed 1.7%, the most in more than three weeks, as new cases topped 35,000 for a third straight day. Brazil reported a 3.3% rise in cases and President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes he already had Covid-19.

Globally, total cases exceeded 9.6 million while deaths passed 490,000.

Track news and developments around the outbreak in India here.

Covid-19: Serological Survey To Begin In Delhi On Saturday

A serological survey to undertake a comprehensive analysis of Covid-19 in Delhi and prepare a broad strategy to combat the pandemic will be carried out in the national capital from Saturday, the Union Home Ministry has said.

The announcement came a day after Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reviewed implementation of various decisions on the coronavirus-related situation in Delhi, which were taken on June 21 in a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

"As per the directives of HM @AmitShah, discussion was done on the serological survey in Delhi, which will be carried out jointly by NCDC and Delhi Government.

"Survey will begin from June 27, training of all the concerned survey teams was completed yesterday," a home ministry spokesperson tweeted.

The home minister has already approved the combined use of 'Aarogya Setu' and 'Itihaas' apps as strong predictive tools for future detection of Covid-19 outbreaks in population clusters.

Training on combined use of apps was imparted by National Centre for Disease Control trainers to the district teams of the Delhi government on Thursday. The meeting, chaired by Bhalla, was attended by Member Niti Aayog, Director AIIMS, Director General ICMR along with Delhi's Chief Secretary and Health Secretary.

The home ministry had earlier said the sereological survey will be done for entire Delhi between June 27-July 10 in which 20,000 people will be sample tested.

Source: PTI

No Lockdown In Bengaluru, Improving State's Economy Is Equally Important: Yediyurappa

All efforts would be made to control the spread of coronavirus in the city and there will be no fresh lockdown, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday said, asserting that improving economic situation of the state is also equally important.

Though the state capital was considered a model for the entire country in Covid management and has seen a spike in cases during the last few days, the pandemic can be controlled if everyone cooperated, he said.

His remarks come a day after Revenue Minister R Ashoka said Bengaluru is still 'safe' compared to the Covid-19 situation in other cities and states and had ruled out a fresh lockdown for now, putting to rest speculations that it was planning such a move in view of spike in cases.

As of Thursday evening, a total of 1,791 Covid-19 cases, including 78 deaths and 505 discharges, had been reported in the city while the state's tally stood at 10,560 compared to just 3,408 cases as on June 1.

The state capital has the highest number of cases among the districts.

"There is no question of imposing lockdown for any reason. In some areas (with high case load) we have already implemented lockdown, other than those places there is no question of it being implemented in other places," Yediyurappa told reporters.

Source: PTI

No Reason For Any Country To Include Coal In Covid-19 Recovery Plans: UN Chief

A week after India launched the auction process for coal blocks for commercial mining, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said there is no reason for any country to include coal in their Covid-19 recovery plans and investments should instead be made in non-polluting energy sources.

Guterres on Thursday presented the United Nations Response on Covid-19 that documents not only the action taken by the world body over the last three months of the pandemic, but also offers a roadmap toward recovering better.

We cannot go back to the way it was and simply recreate the systems that have aggravated the crisis. We need to build back better with more sustainable, inclusive, gender-equal societies and economies, Guterres said in remarks during a virtual press conference.

Source: PTI

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