Coronavirus India lockdown Day 98 live updates | NICED official in Kolkata tests positive for COVID-19
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) late on Monday announced fresh guidelines for Unlock 2. The restrictions will, however, be strictly enforced in containment zones till July 31.
Metro rail services, schools, colleges, gymnasiums, auditoriums, bars, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, assembly halls and similar places will continue to remain shut across the country. All large congregations, including religious, social, political, sports and academic, continue to remain prohibited.
Here are the latest updates:
1:50 p.m. | Time
HIV drug combo found to have no benefit for hospitalised COVID-19 patients in U.K. trial
A combination of antiviral drugs commonly used to treat HIV showed no beneficial effects in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 in a large-scale randomised trial, scientists in the UK have found.
The findings “convincingly rule out any meaningful mortality benefit of lopinavir-ritonavir in the hospitalised COVID-19 patients we studied,” the scientists running the RECOVERY trial at the University of Oxford said in a statement on Monday
1:45 p.m. | Bengaluru
Private medical colleges in Bengaluru to allot 50% beds for COVID-19 treatment
Private medical colleges in the city have agreed to provide about 4,500 beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Tuesday.
The government has agreed to include private doctors and paramedical staff involved in treatment of coronavirus patients under insurance coverage.
“We have held discussions, they (private medical colleges) have responded positively, they have assured that they will give more than 50% of beds and provide necessary facility.
1:35 p.m. | Kolkata
NICED official tests positive for COVID-19
A top official at the city-based National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) has tested positive for COVID-19, a health department source said on Tuesday.
The official, who had complained of uneasiness on Friday, was asked to undergo home isolation, he said.
1:25 p.m. | Lahore
Six Pak players, including Hafeez, test negative for COVID-19; to join squad in England
Six Pakistani cricketers, who were found to be COVID-19 positive ahead of the team’s departure for England last week, have now tested negative for the second time in three days making them eligible to join the squad in the UK.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz have been found negative in the latest round of testing conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
1:20 p.m. | Pakistan
Pak reports 2,846 new COVID-19 cases, 118 deaths
Pakistan has reported 2,846 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 209,337, while the number of fatalities reached 4,304 after 118 people died of the disease in the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
Out of the total number of infections, Sindh reported 81,985 cases, Punjab 75,501, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 26,115, Islamabad 12,775, Balochistan 10,426, Gilgit-Baltistan 1,470 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 1,065 cases.
1:15 p.m. | Bengaluru
COVID-19 peak linked to consistent decline in daily toll, says public health care expert
Only when the daily death toll due to coronavirus comes down consistently can one say for sure that COVID-19 has peaked in India, a prominent public health care expert said on Tuesday.
President of Public Health Foundation of India Prof. K. Srinath Reddy said the country is seeing greater spread of the virus because of increase in testing rates, and mobility and mixing of people post the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
1:10 p.m. | New Delhi
Delhi’s Jama Masjid to reopen on July 4: Shahi Imam
The historic Jama Masjid, which had closed earlier this month due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the city, will reopen for congregational prayers (namaz) from July 4, Shahi Imam of the mosque Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Tuesday.
The mosque was closed on June 11 in view of the “critical” conditions in the city due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, till June 30.
1:05 p.m. | Jammu and Kashmir
12th coronavirus-linked fatality in Jammu, toll rises to 96 in J-K
An 85-year-old coronavirus positive woman died at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here on Tuesday, raising the toll related to COVID-19 to 96 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
The death of the octogenarian from the coronavirus is the 12th in Jammu region and the first from Kathua, her home district, they said.
1.00 p.m. | Karnataka
Karnataka High Court closed for a day for sanitisation
The shut gates of the Karnataka High Court that was closed for a day today for sanitisation.
The functioning of the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court in Bengaluru has been suspended for a day today to carry out sanitisation work, said a notification issued late night on Monday.
However, the notification has not cited any specific reason for sanitisation except stating that “due to unavoidable circumstances.”
Following this, the hearing of all the cases, through videoconferencing and a few selected ones through the physical presence of the advocates, could not commence. – Krishnaprasad
12:40 p.m. | Mumbai
Aamir Khan’s staff tests positive for COVID-19
Superstar Aamir Khan on Tuesday said that some members in his staff have tested positive for coronavirus. The 55-year-old actor said he and the other members of his family have tested negative for COVID-19 but he is awaiting the reports for his mother’s test.
“This is to inform you that some of my staff have tested positive. They were immediately quarantined, and BMC officials were very prompt and efficient in taking them to a medical facility. I would like to thank the BMC for taking such good care of them, and for fumigating and sterilising the entire society, Aamir said in a statement.
12:20 p.m. | Bhubaneswar
BMC asks private hospitals to keep staff in campus to check virus spread
As several health care workers and staff of private hospitals staying in different slums here were detected with COVID-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the hospital authorities to ensure that they were lodged in their campuses.
As a precautionary measure, the BMC on Monday ordered the private hospitals and nursing homes to ensure that their staff do not make frequent visit to their residence in the slums.
Tamil Nadu surpasses Delhi in case count
Recording nearly 4,000 cases in the last 24 hours, Tamil Nadu has surpassed Delhi to regain the second spot among the list of worst-hit states by the pandemic, while Karnataka also recorded more than 1,100 overtaking Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.
Maharashtra remained the highest contributor to the single day rise, registering over 5,200 coronavirus infections. Delhi saw an increase of 2,084 cases.
ASHA workers protest in Bengaluru
11.00 am | Karnataka
As many as 19 people said to have been tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Hassan on Tuesday. Among them include policemen escorting a former minister, said the sources.
The official press note on the number of cases reported today would be released later today. The Health Department officials said the number of confirmed cases has been on the rise as random tests were being conducted. The staff members are collecting samples of people who interact with the public regularly.
– Special Correspondent
10.30 am | Tamil Nadu
Madurai plans to expand convalescent plasma therapy trials
The Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH), Madurai is looking to expand convalescent plasma therapy trials for the treatment of selected COVID-19 patients.
Dean J. Sangumani said that till date, two recovered patients — a 39 year-old man and a 43 year-old man — had come forward to donate 500 ml of plasma each. A 72 year-old man had been the only recipient till date, he added.
10.00 am | Karnataka
SSLC students a model for adults during COVID-19 crisis, says Minister
Hailing the students appearing for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination, S. Suresh Kumar, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, said they were a “model even for adults” as they were following all the COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks inside and outside the exam centres.
9.30 am | Andhra Pradesh
TTD to conduct COVID test for all pilgrims
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to perform COVID-19 tests without fail on all the devotees bound to the Lord Venkateswara temple, at the Tirumala foothills at Alipiri.
TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal made the announcement after a high-level review meeting on Monday, in the presence of Chittoor Collector N. Bharat Gupta and TTD Additional Executive Officer A.V. Dharma Reddy.
9.00 am | Odisha
Community transmission: Situation turning worse in Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar is steadily plunging into a grim situation following an alarming spike in community transmission cases.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said 23 of the 25 cases (92%) detected in the city were local cases. The rest two cases had travel history to New Delhi and Kolkata.
8.30 am | Telangana
Govt. to intensify tests from today, says Health Minister
Faced with a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Telangana government has decided to intensify testing from Tuesday.
Health Minister Eatala Rajender said there had been a spike in the number of cases ever since lockdown restrictions were lifted and the increase was observed mainly in some parts of the west and south Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits.
Delhi govt. to set up plasma bank for COVID-19 treatment
The Delhi government will set up a first-of-its-kind plasma bank in the Capital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The plasma bank will start operating in the next two days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced here on Monday while paying tribute to Aseem Gupta, an anaesthesia specialist from Lok Nayak Hospital, who died on Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus earlier this month. Mr. Kejriwal also announced a compensation of ₹1 crore to the next of kin of the doctor.
7.30 am | Andhra Pradesh
COVID-19 cases among bank staff a cause for concern
More than 15 bank employees contracted coronavirus in the city during the last week raising concerns among the fraternity. According to information, the employees working in Satyanarayanapuram, One Town, Bandar Road, VMC and Gannavaram branches of a PSU bank tested positive.
7.00 am | Chennai
1,129 city police personnel test positive
Over 1,129 police personnel, including a few IPS officers, have tested positive for the SARS CoV-2 infection in Greater Chennai City Police. As many as 54 personnel are under treatment in city hospitals.