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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Gurgaon cop among 6 dead in district today; COVID-19 containment zones in Bangalore rise to 113

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23:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh Latest Updates

1,282 people tested for COVId-19 in Himachal today

1282 people tested for #COVID19 in Himachal Pradesh today, of which 6 tested positive, 989 negative & results of 287 are awaited. Total cases in the state now at 470, including 177 active cases, 276 recovered and six deaths: State Health Department

23:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Goa Latest Updates

30 new COVID-19 cases in Goa today

30 more cases of coronavirus were reported in Goa on Thursday. Total number of cases in the state is now at 417, including 67 recovered and 350 active cases:, said state health department.

23:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in US Latest Updates

1.5 million more laid-off workers seek unemployment benefits in US

 

About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many Americans are still losing their jobs even as the economy appears to be slowly recovering with more businesses partially reopening.

The latest figure from the Labor Department marked the 10th straight weekly decline in applications for jobless aid since they peaked in mid-March when the coronavirus hit hard. Still, the pace of layoffs remains historically high.

The total number of people who are receiving unemployment aid fell slightly, a sign that some people who were laid off when restaurants, retail chains and small businesses suddenly shut down have been recalled to work.

(AP)

23:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in US Latest Updates

Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

 

States are rolling back lockdowns, but the coronavirus isn’t done with the U.S.

Cases are rising in nearly half the states, according to an Associated Press analysis, a worrying trend that could intensify as people return to work and venture out during the summer.

In Arizona, hospitals have been told to prepare for the worst. Texas has more hospitalized COVID-19 patients than at any time before. And the governor of North Carolina said recent jumps caused him to rethink plans to reopen schools or businesses.

There is no single reason for the surges. In some cases, more testing has revealed more cases. In others, local outbreaks are big enough to push statewide tallies higher. But experts think at least some are due to lifting stay-at-home orders, school and business closures, and other restrictions put in place during the spring to stem the virus’s spread.

(AP)

22:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt asks COVID-19 designated hospitals to make oxygen available

The Delhi government on Thursday issued an order directing all designated COVID-19 hospitals to make oxygen facility available on all of their beds. Decision taken in view of the surge in positive cases in Delhi in last one week.

22:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand Latest Updates

Jharkhand reports 48 new COVID-19 cases today

48 more COVID-19 cases were reported in Jharkhand on Thursday. The total number of cases in the state is now at 1599, including 961 active cases, 630 recovered/discharged and 8 deaths.

22:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

SC takes cognisance of handling of deceased COVID-19 patients' bodies

Supreme Court on Thursday took suo-motu cognisance "on issues relating to the treatment of Covid-19 patients and for the dignified handling of bodies in hospitals".

A bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah to hear the matter on friday.

22:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

208 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana today

The Telangana health department said that 208 more coronavirus cases and nine deaths were reported in the state on Thursday. Total number of cases in the state is now at 4,320, including 1,993 discharged, 2,162 active cases and 165 deaths.

22:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

India becomes 4th worst-hit country

"With 2,97,001 total cases, India surpasses United Kingdom (UK) to become the fourth most-affected country by coronavirus pandemic, according to Worldometers tally. The country's death toll stands at 8,473 and 142,454 cases are still active. US remains the most-affected country with the highest number of coronavirus cases (20,72,273) followed by Brazil (7,75,581) and Russia (5,02,436)," News18 reported.

21:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Updates

Shivraj Singh Chouhan says Jyotiraditya Scindia recovered from COVID-19

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a tweet said that BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and his mother have recovered from Covid-19.

21:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Updates

192 new COVID-19 cases in MP today

192 more COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Total number of cases in the state is now at 10,241, including 7042 discharged, 2768 active cases and 431 deaths.

21:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Odisha govt cancels pending final exams for UG, PG students

The Odisha education department said, "In view of Covid-19, Odisha government cancels all pending final semester and final year exams of Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses, and the results will be declared by following the evaluation methodology recommend by University Grants Commission."

21:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

1,540 new COVID-19 cases in Mumbai today

The MCGM said that 97 deaths and 1,540 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Mumbai on Thursday. The total number of cases in Mumbai is now 53,985.

21:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Maharashtra records 3,607 new COVID-19 cases

Maharashtra on Thursday recorded its highest single-day jump in cases with 3,607 new cases on Thursday. The total number of cases in the state rose to 97,648.

21:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Harsh Vardhan reviews COVID-19 preparedness in Maharashtra 

Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed preparedness for COVID-19 management in Maharashtra through video conferencing. State Ministers Rajesh Tope and Amit Deshmukh also attended via VC.

20:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

13 Railway Board officials in home quarantine

Reports said that 13 officials of the Railway Board will be in home quarantine "after an official who had come in contact with them tested positive for Covid-19," News18 reported.

20:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

1,875 new COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu today

1,875 new cases of coronavirus and 23 deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 38,716, including 17,659 active cases, 20,705 discharged and 349 deaths, the state health department said.

20:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in Nepal Latest Updates

250 new COVID-19 cases in Nepal today

Nepal on Thursday reported 250 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total count to 4,614.  According to the Ministry of Health, the new cases include 20 women. However, 187 infected people, including 8 women, have been discharged after successful treatment. With this, only 63 active corona patients have been added in the country in a single day, it said. There are currently 3,738 active COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country. Till date, 15 people have died of coronavirus in Nepal.

(PTI)

20:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Uddhav Thackeray says succeeded in setting up healthcare facilities in short span of time

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said that the state government had "succeeded in setting up adequate number of health care facilities for treatment of COVID-19 patients in a short span", News18 reported.

20:19 (IST)

Coronavirus in Andaman and Nicobar Islands Latest Updates

Three new COVID-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Three more persons tested positive for novel coronavirus in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the total count of confirmed cases in the Union

Territory to five on Thursday, officials said. The newly infected persons are family members of the returnee from Chennai by a flight on 7 June, who had tested positive four days back. They have been admitted to G B Pant hospital here, where the man is undergoing treatment, the sources said.

(PTI)

20:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases in Gujarat cross 22,000

The Gujarat health department said that 38 deaths and 513 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the state in the last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state is now 22,067.

20:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Updates

440 new COVID-19 cases in West Bengal today

440 more Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths reported in West Bengal today. Total number of cases in the state is now at 9,768, including 3,988 discharged and 442 deaths, says State Health Department.

19:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab Latest Updates

Sanitation workers in Anritsar hospital seen carrying dustbins on wheelchairs

ANI reported that sanitation workers of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar were seen carrying dustbins on wheelchairs and stretchers. "I had no idea that this was happening. Although wastage has no connection with the spread of COVID-19, still it's wrong," Dr Jugal Kishore,Civil Surgeon was quoted as saying.

19:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt says 'death audit' can't be questioned

"Delhi government responded to the latest claim by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and said: "To assess the deaths due coronavirus, the Delhi government had constituted a death audit committee of senior doctors who are doing their work in an impartial manner. The Delhi High Court has also said that the manner of functioning of the committee cannot be questioned," India Today reported.

19:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

UP asks for 240 isolation coaches, says report

"As coronavirus cases across India show a steep rise, states have put forward their requisitions of isolation coaches from the Indian Railways. While Telangana and Delhi have requested for 60 and 10 coaches respectively, Uttar Pradesh has asked for a total of 240 coaches at 24 locations across the state," The Indian Express reported.

19:11 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

NGO distributes food to sex workers in Kamathipura

An NGO distributed food, sanitary pads and masks among sex workers today in the Kamathipura area. A worker was quoted by ANI as saying, "Our business has been walloped by COVID. I don't think it will resume soon. We are facing a lot of trouble in supporting our families".

18:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

204 new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka today

The Karnataka health department said that 204 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state in the last 24 hours; taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 6245.

18:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh Latest Updates

Total 458 COVID-19 cases in Himachal so far

So far, 458 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Himachal Pradesh, the state health department said on Thursday. Of these, 179 are active cases, 262 recoveries, and 6 deaths.

18:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi HC directs private hospitals to also conduct tests on asymptomatic people

The Delhi HC on Thursday directed all private hospitals in the National Capital, that have been called upon to reserve 20 percent beds for COVID-19 patients, to "conduct tests on symptomatic and asymptomatic persons, seeking admission for undergoing surgeries or procedures of other nature as well," News18 reported.

18:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab Latest Updates

Punjab govt imposes strict lockdown on weekends, public holidays

The Punjab government on Thursday said that a strict lockdown will be imposed in the state on weekends and public holidays as a measure against the spread of coronavirus in the coming months. India Today reported that movement will "to be restricted only to e-passes holders."

"All citizens, except medical staff and essential service providers, would be required to download an e-passes from the COVA app, the chief minister directed during a video conference meeting to review the pandemic situation and the state’s preparedness to handle further spread," the report said.

18:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Kerala reports 83 new COVID-19 cases today

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 83 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. The total number of cases in Kerala is now at 2,244, including 1258 active cases. There are 133 hotspots in the state.

18:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

20 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths in Dharavi

The BMC said that 20 new cases of coronavirus and two new deaths were reported in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. The total number of cases in the area is now 1,984 and death toll stands at 75.

17:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says COVID-19 risk higher in urban areas by 1.09%

The Union health ministry, during a briefing on Thursday, said that the risk of contracting coronavirus is higher in urban areas by 1.09 percent than it is in rural areas.

"The risk of infection in urban slums is 1.89 times higher than in rural areas. No shortage of beds so far," India Today quoted the ministry as saying.

17:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Large sections of population still vulnerable to COVID-19, says ICMR

ICMR DG Professor Bhargava on Thursday said, "Data shows large sections of population still vulnerable so we need to protect high risk groups, maintain social distancing hand hygiene etc. States cannot lower guard need to maintain surveillance and containment."

Meanwhile, NITI Aayog's Dr VK Paul said, "This is the largest immunological survey in the world on #COVID19. This finetunes our understanding. These are results till 20 April. To keep the pandemic at these levels is a very big achievement; also fortunately mortality is very low."

17:34 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

13 doctors at Srinagar's SKIMS quarantined

13 doctors at the SKIMS Hospital in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar have been quarantined after a senior doctor tested COVID-19 positive., India Today reported.

17:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

NITI Aayog says won't allow will of the virus in this nation

 

"We will not allow will of the virus in this nation," Dr V K Paul, member, NITI Aayog was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. "If we get caught in grammar and let go of field action we will suffer," said Lav Agarwal JS, MoHFW on questions about community transmission in Delhi.

17:11 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

34 new COVID-19 cases in Assam today

Assam reported 34 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total number of positive cases to 3319, said state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

17:05 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

NHRC team visits Delhi hospital for review

A team of NHRC on Thursday visited the LNJP hospital. Jyotika Kalra, a member was quoted by ANI as saying, "We have come here to take stock of situation after NHRC took suo moto cognizance on the complaints of the patients regarding discrepancies in availability of beds on Delhi corona app and in hospitals"

16:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

India 'definitely' not in community spread stage, says ICMR

The ICMR on Thursday said that India was "definitely" not in the community transmission stage.

"For such a large country, prevalence is so low, less than 1 percent in smaller districts slightly higher in cities and containment zones. So India is definitely not in community transmission stage. We have ramped up testing and we have very calibrated guidelines. We have capacity to do up to 2 lakh tests a day," the statement said.

16:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in DelhI Latest Updates

No congregational prayers at Jama Masjid till 30 June

Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, said, "After taking public opinion and consulting scholars, it has been decided that from Maghreb (sunset) today till 30 June, no congregational prayers will be performed at Jama Masjid."

16:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre on MCD-Delhi govt contrasting figures: Numbers accounted for through 'death audit'

"Country-wide death report compiled based on States' data. If states take a day or two more in conducting 'death audit'  and a change in numbers arises due to it, then, in next 2-3 days numbers are accounted for," said the Union health ministry on difference in COVID-19 toll by Delhi governemt and MCD.

16:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

MCD says 2,098 COVID-19 deaths in Delhi, contradicts govt's 984 figure

Jai Prakash, Chairperson, Standing Committee, North Delhi Municipal Corporation was quoted as saying by ANI, "From March till 10 June, in all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, there have been around 2,098 coronavirus death cases for which funerals have been held."

This claim is contrary to the toll of 984 released by the Delhi government in its latest bulletin.

"MCD has released a list of cremation figures for coronavirus-infected corpses, where it says 1,080 of these cases were recorded by South Delhi Municipal Corporation while 976 have been recorded by North Delhi Municipal Corporation and 42 by East Delhi Municipal Corporation. The government is yet to issue a statement on the same," India Today reported.

16:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says recovery rate is at 49.21%

The Union health ministry, in a press briefing on Thursday, said that the recovery rate stands at 49.21 percent.

"The number of patients recovered presently exceeds the number of active patients," said Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry on COVID-19 situation in the country.

ICMR said the state government cannot lower their guard and need to keep on implementing effective surveillance and containment strategies preventing the spread of COVID-19.

16:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in Nagaland Latest Updates

Two more COVID-19 cases in Nagaland

Two more people on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus in Nagaland, taking the total number of cases in the state to 130 on Thursday.

"Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported out of 293 samples tested, both cases are from Kohima Quarantine Centre," state minister for health and family welfare, S Pangnyu Phom tweeted.

"Both the new patients had recently returned to the state from other parts of the country and were placed under institutional quarantine in Kohima," The Indian Express reported.

15:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

PIL filed in Delhi HC for imposition of strict lockdown

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court on Thursday, which sought the imposition of a strict lockdown in the National Capital as cases continue to rise. Delhi now has more than 33,000 cases of coronavirus and the toll stands at 984, "the government recently said that the national capital could witness 5.5 lakh cases by 31 July," India Today reported.

15:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Ship arrives in Porbandar from Iran

Operation Samudra Setu: INS Shardul arrives at Porbandar, Gujarat with 233 Indian nationals embarked from Bandar Abbas, Iran.

15:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi Police Commissioner says priority is to protect personnel from COVID-19

From counselling police personnel on social distancing to maintaining the law and order situation in a city that witnessed a communal flare-up just a few months ago, Delhi Police is fighting the battle against coronavirus for its own safety as well as for the safety of Delhiites, its chief SN Shrivastava said on Thursday. Shrivastava said the force has various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place for the personnel right from guiding them on taking precautions to their treatment in case they test positive. Over 800 Delhi police personnel have tested positive while five have so far lost their lives to coronavirus.

(PTI)

15:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Amitabh Bachchan sends 180 migrant workers home

After days of facing uncertainty in Mumbai, there was a sense of relief among the 180 migrant workers who arrived at the airport in Lucknow on Thursday morning by a special flight arranged by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. Migrants hailing from Gonda, Ambedkar Nagar, Unnao and other parts in Uttar Pradesh were looking forward to reach their homes. Coming out of the airport after due testing, Abdul Jalil Khan of Gonda who lives in Bandra in Mumbai, said he had boarded the flight with his wife and children.

(PTI)

15:17 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

COVID-19 lockdown eases in Srinagar

Athletes begin practicing outdoors as playgrounds open up in Srinagar following government guidelines.

15:03 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Karnataka Latest Updates

Online classes banned in Karnataka till Class 7

Karnataka government extended ban on online classes till Class 7 standard, ANI reported on Thursday. Earlier, it was decided to not allow online classes till 5th standard.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: A team of NHRC on Thursday visited the LNJP hospital. Jyotika Kalra, a member was quoted by ANI as saying, "We have come here to take stock of situation after NHRC took suo moto cognizance on the complaints of the patients regarding discrepancies in availability of beds on Delhi corona app and in hospitals."

The Union health ministry, in a press briefing on Thursday, said that the recovery rate stands at 49.21 percent.

"The number of patients recovered presently exceeds the number of active patients," said Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry on COVID-19 situation in the country.

ICMR said the state government cannot lower their guard and need to keep on implementing effective surveillance and containment strategies preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There is no community transmission of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu till now. The outbreak has been curtailed in many districts of the state. Since Chennai is densely populated the spread of the virus is more there, ANI quoted Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as saying.

With the current surge in cases, India is on course to overtake Britain in the global list of countries worst affected by the pandemic and expected to reach the three lakh-mark by this week. The United Kingdom, which is the fourth worst-hit nation, has over 2.91 lakh cases.

The number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 2.76-lakh mark on Wednesday, and a third of them have been reported in the first 10 days this month.

The country has been recording close to 10,000 cases every day since 1 June. This means that nearly 90,000 cases have been added in the nationwide tally from 1 to 10 June.

As many as 136 more people, including 54 disaster response personnel who were engaged in cyclone Amphan relief work in Odisha, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the state's total to 3,386, a health department official said.

Earlier in June, 49 NDRF personnel and 12 Odisha Fire Service officials had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Sabarimala Temple will remain shut for devotees and only rituals will be held inside the premise from 14 June. The decision was taken after meeting between Devaswom Minister and Thantri, News18 reported.

The Kerala government has decided to postpone the Sabarimala festival this year, which was scheduled to begin from 19 June.

A Chief Medical Officer of CRPF has tested positive for COVID-19. The CMO has been shifted to a private hospital in Okhla. Total positive cases in CRPF now stand at 544, out of which 353 have recovered and 4 succumbed to the virus.

In his address on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra  Modi said: 'Decades ago Swami Vivekananda wrote, 'The simplest method to be worked upon at present is to induce Indians to use their own products and get markets for Indian goods in other countries'. This path shown by Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for India in the post-COVID world.'

The cluster based approach for local production, which is now being promoted in India, is also an economic opportunity for all. Clusters associated with these will be developed in districts, blocks in which they are born, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during 95th annual plenary session of Indian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

"Indian economy needs to be dragged out from 'command & control and shift' to 'plug & play' mode, said Modi.

With 51 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan till 10.30 am on Thursday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 11,651. The COVID-19 toll was 264 after five more patients lost their lives to the infectious disease.

"Of the total, there are 8596 recoveries and 8221 discharges," said the state health department on Thursday.

As many as 441 people have been detained in Manipur for not wearing facial masks and not adhering to social distancing guidelines in public places amid the COVID-19 outbreak, police said.

A total of 467 vehicles were also seized from their possession, they said.

With 357 more COVID-19 patients succumbing to the viral infection in the past 24 hours, the toll across the country reached 8,102 as of Thursday. This takes the mortality rate to 2.83 percent.

For second day in a row, the number of recoveries in India have exceeded the active COVID-19 cases after 1,41,029 patients were cured of the infectious disease as of Thursday. While, there are 1,37,448 number of active cases across the country.

This takes the recovery rate to 49.2 percent.

India reported the highest single-day spike of 9,996 fresh COVID-19 cases and 357 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the health ministry on Thursday.

A hostel for resident doctors at the Muzaffarnagar Medical College in Begrajpur in the district has been sealed after six of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus and were shifted to a COVID-care hospital, said subdivisional magistrate Inderkant Dwivedi.

The remaining over 70 resident doctors have been quarantined in their hostel rooms at the medical college, he said.

As many as 28 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel posted in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, officials said.

They said the personnel were found infected during a contact-tracing exercise after the death of a 44-year-old coronavirus-infected constable on 6 June .

With the death of a COVID-19 patient in Assam, the toll in the state climbed to six on Wednesday while, 235 fresh coronavirus cases were reported with the total reaching 3,285, said health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

India on Wednesday recorded 9,985 new COVID-19 cases and 279 fatalities, pushing the country's case count to 2,76,583 and toll to 7,745, the Union Health Ministry said.

On a positive note, the number of recovered patients has exceeded the count of active cases for the first time.

According to news agency PTI, nearly 90,000 cases have been added to the countrywide count of confirmed COVID-19 cases since 1 June, while nearly one-third of the overall toll has also been reported during these 10 days.

India's first COVID-19 case was detected more than four months ago on 30 January, but it took more than 100 days thereafter for the number of confirmed cases to cross 1,00,000 on 18 May. However, the next one lakh cases were added in just about a fortnight. More than 9,000 new cases have been emerging every day for over a week now.

India is the fifth worst-affected nation by the COVID-19 pandemic at present after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK. India is ranked 12th for the number of deaths, while it is at the 9th place for recoveries, as per the real-time global data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

India reports 9,985 new cases, 279 fatalities in 24 hours

According to the morning update issued by the Union health ministry, India reported 9,985 new cases and 279 fatalities in the 24 hours since 8 am on Tuesday, pushing the overall case count to 2,76,583 and toll to 7,745.

The number of active cases in the country stands at 1,33,632, while 1,35,205 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. "Thus, 48.99 percent of the patients have recovered so far," it said. With this,  for the first time, the number of active cases was lesser than then number of recoveries.

Dr. Neeraj Gupta, professor in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, told PTI the data shows that more and more people are recovering which is as per global trends that 80 percent are likely to have mild disease and make 100 percent recovery.

"This should provide hope to the people of India at large who are having a mortal fear of the disease. But then this should not make them complacent and people should follow social distancing and sanitisation guidelines," Gupta said.

Of the 279 new deaths reported in India on Wednesday, 120 were in Maharashtra, 33 in Gujarat, 31 in Delhi, 21 in Tamil Nadu, 18 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Telangana, 10 in West Bengal, nine in Rajasthan, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, three in Jammu and Kashmir, two in Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, and one each in Bihar, Jharkhand and Tripura.

Out of the total 7,745 fatalities, Maharashtra reported the highest at 3,289 deaths, followed by Gujarat with 1,313, Delhi with 905, Madhya Pradesh with 420, West Bengal with 415, Tamil Nadu with 307, Uttar Pradesh with 301, Rajasthan with 255 and Telangana with 148 deaths. The death toll reached 77 in Andhra Pradesh, 66 in Karnataka, and 55 in Punjab.

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The highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 90,787 followed by Tamil Nadu at 34,914, Delhi at 31,309, Gujarat at 21,014, Uttar Pradesh at 11,335, Rajasthan at 11,245 and Madhya Pradesh at 9,849 according to the Health ministry morning update.

The ministry's website said that 9,227 cases are being reassigned to states and "our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR".

States report increase in cases

However, a PTI tally of figures announced by different states and Union Territories, as of 9.25 pm, showed that the total number of confirmed cases has climbed to 2,77,286, while the death toll has mounted to 8,099. It also showed total recoveries at over 1.4 lakh.

The number of cases in Maharashtra climbed to 94,041 on Wednesday with 3,254 new patients being detected, while the number of COVID-19 rose to 3,438 with 149 new fatalities being recorded during the day. However, more than 44,500 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the state so far.

Mumbai alone registered as many as 1,567 new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 52,445 on Wednesday, while 97 more patients died, taking the toll to 1,855, the city civic body said.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said lockdown restrictions have been partially eased to allow resumption of business and other activities but the COVID-19 threat still persists. He urged people to avoid crowding and maintain physical distancing post easing of the lockdown norms and warned that lockdown restrictions would have to be reimposed if guidelines were not followed.

In Tamil Nadu, a record number of 1,927 new cases emerged, pushing the state's tally to 36,841 The toll rose to 326 as 19 people succumbed to the disease. DMK MLA J Anbazhagan, a noted articulate member of the principal Opposition party in the state Assembly, died at a private hospital in Chennai after battling COVID-19 for eight days.

The Tamil Nadu government announced that it was recruiting more than 2,800 medical personnel including over 1,200 doctors and also proposed to double the number of beds in state government hospitals to 10,000.  This would help lower the work burden of doctors, nurses and other health personnel and improve the COVID-19 treatment amenities, said state health minister C Vijaybaskar.

Gujarat, another badly hit state, reported 510 new cases to take its tally to 21,554, while its death toll rose to 1,347. The number of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district rose to 15,305 with 343 new cases being detected while the toll the district rose to 1,092 with 26 more fatalities.

New cases of the viral infection also continued to emerge across various states and UTs, including in Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 161 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the Union Territory to 4,507, as two fresh deaths pushed the toll to 51.

Seven more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, taking the state's tally of coronavirus cases to 311.  All the new patients had recently returned to the state from different parts of the country and were placed under institutional quarantine, a statement issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room said, adding that their contact-tracing has been initiated.

The Rajasthan government sealed all state borders for a week from Wednesday as the number of confirmed cases in the state surged by 123 to 11,368.

No person can enter Rajasthan without a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from the state or leave without a pass, Director General Of Police, Law and Order, ML Lather said in an order.

'Transmission in community', says Delhi health minister

In Delhi, the total count of cases crossed 32,000 with more than 1,500 new cases getting reported, while its death count mounted to 984. The National Capital will need 1.5 lakh beds by 31 July once people start coming from other states for COVID-19 treatment, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said while announcing that the Lieutenant Governor's orders overruling his government's decisions on coronavirus will be implemented as "this is not the time for disagreements and politics".

Kejriwal said his government has "unprecedented challenges" ahead as data shows that COVID-19 cases will rapidly increase in Delhi, but asserted that around 1,900 patients got beds in hospitals in the last eight days and 4,200 beds were still available, a claim that comes amidst reports of acute shortage of beds in healthcare facilities in the National Capital.

Delhi's Health Minister Satyendar Jain said there is "transmission in the community" but only the Centre can declare whether "community transmission".  "There is transmission in the community. But if it is community transmission or not that can be declared by the Centre only. It is a technical term," a statement quoting Jain said.

He had said on Tuesday that the source of infection is not known in nearly half of the fresh cases being reported in the National Capital.

Community transmission generally refers to a stage where contact tracing for a large number of infections is difficult to establish.

Warning of more trouble ahead, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 cases could surge to 5.5 lakh by 31 July in the national capital itself at the current rate.

With inputs from PTI

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