Coronavirus India Updates: Total Cases Top 3.3 Lakh; Delhi To Ramp Up Testing
More than 3.3 lakh people have been infected by the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus in India, with the pace of new cases increasing at a time the country is reopening for business.
India added over 11,500 cases in the 24 hours preceding the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on June 15, taking the total tally to 3,32,424.
- Total number of confirmed cases: 3,32,424
- Active cases: 1,53,106
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,69,798
- Deaths: 9,520
Authorities reported 11,502 new cases, 325 deaths and 7,419 recoveries in the same period.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold talks with state chief ministers this week amid the continued spread of the virus in the country. Even with the rising cases, authorities continued to assert that there is no community transmission in India.
The Supreme Court has, however, taken cognisance of the increase in cases and issued notices to Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu on their handling of the pandemic. On Friday, Maharashtra became the first state in the country to cross the grim milestone of one lakh cases.
Delhi’s total cases rose to over 41,000 today. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, On Sunday, said coronavirus tests will be doubled in Delhi in the next two days and subsequently increased by three times, after chairing a meeting on the spiralling cases of the pandemic in the city.
Delhi and Maharashtra - home to the country’s financial and political capital - together account for nearly 45 percent of India’s total confirmed cases.
A jump in cases in Beijing raised fears of a resurgence of the pandemic in China, while Tokyo also saw infections climb. China’s vice premier said risks are high for the outbreak in Beijing to spread, according to a Xinhua report. A district official was removed and parts of the city were shut down after a cluster of cases broke out from a wholesale market.
South Africa posted record new cases for a second day. Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci suggested that bans on travel to the U.S. may remain until a vaccine arrives. French President Emanuel Macron said the pace of emerging from nationwide lockdowns will accelerate.
Globally, cases passed 78 lakh, while deaths exceeded 4.32 lakh.
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Chennai, Adjoining Areas To Go Under Lockdown Again
Chennai and adjoining areas will be under lockdown from June 19 to 30 without the current relaxations and a full-scale shutdown on two Sundays, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.
After a meeting with an expert panel and amid rising coronavirus cases here, Palaniswami said the lockdown will be applicable in Chennai and several areas that fall under the jurisdiction of Greater Chennai Police and situated in Tiruvallur, Chengelpet and Kancheepuram districts.
During the 12 day period, only essential services will be allowed with restrictions, he said.
The proposed lockdown, sans present relaxations, will be implemented from June 19 to 30 and on two Sundays (June 21 and 28) there shall be a full-scale shutdown without any relaxations, he said.
Shah Holds All-Party Meet On Covid-19 Situation In Delhi
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the leaders of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to discuss about the novel coronavirus situation, officials said.
The meeting was held in the wake of rising novel coronavirus cases in Delhi.
Shah apprised the leaders of four major political parties of Delhi on the steps taken to check the coronavirus pandemic and sought their views on the issue, a Home Ministry official said.
Leaders of the BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the BSP have attended the meeting.
Over 41,000 people were infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Delhi and it has claimed more than 1,300 lives so far.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi is the third highest in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Delhi Sees Over 10,000 Coronavirus Cases In 6 Days
The Covid-19 tally climbed by over 10,000 and breached the 40,000 mark in just six days in Delhi with an average of over 1,600 new cases on a daily basis, a sharp spike from the 79 days it took to reach the 10,000 mark, according to an analysis.
It took eight days for the number of cases to rise from 20,000 to 30,000 in Delhi, while it took 13 days for the tally to progress from 10,000 to 20,000.
According to the analysis of the Delhi government data, the number of cases crossed the 30,000 mark on June 9 and it crossed the 40,000 mark on June 14.
On Friday, Delhi had recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,137 cases, which had taken the tally to 36,824, while the death toll was 1,214.
Active Cases Cross 1.5 Lakh
India now has more than 1.5 lakh active cases of the Covid-19 infection, according to data shared by the Health Ministry.