Coronavirus Highlights (June 20): Glenmark launches COVID medicine FabiFlu, Delhi records highest spike

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in India Highlights: COVID-19 cases in India again witnessed record spike in cases with 14,516 new cases on Friday. The total number of cases now stands close to 4-lakh, behind Russia in worldwide tally. The number of active infections as on Saturday morning stood at 168,269. The rate of recovery in India is also steadily increasing, with 213,831 recoveries. Total cases in India now stands 395,048 at including 12,948 deaths.

On Friday, in a big relief to the common man in Delhi, Amit Shah-led Home Ministry announced fixing rates charged by private hospitals in Delhi for isolation beds, ICUs without ventilator support & ICUs with ventilator support. Committee recommended Rs 8,000-10,000, Rs 13,000-15,000 and Rs 15,000-18,000 including PPE costs for isolation bed, ICUs without and with ventilator respectively to all hospitals, ANI reported.

12- day lockdown has started in Chennai and three other districts of Tamil Nadu from Froday. Chennai’s neighbouring districts Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur  are also under lockdown in the wake of rising in cases of COVID19 in Tamil Nadu’s capital.

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    23:45 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus in Delhi: Highest single-day spike

    Delhi today reported highest single-day spike of 3630 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 56,746. Death toll rises to 2112 with 77 deaths today. As many as 7725 patients recovered/discharged/migrated in the last 24 hours in the national capital. Total number of recovered/discharged/migrated cases stands at 31294.

    23:14 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Delhi COVID management streamlined: Harsh Vardhan

    COVID-19 management in Delhi has been streamlined from health surveys to testing and caps on in-patient private hospital costs, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said today. Harsh Vardhan's remarks came after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) approved recommendations of a high-level expert committee for fixing rates of hospital beds for treatment of coronavirus patients. Rates for isolation beds, ICUs without and with ventilator in all hospitals have been capped at Rs 8,000-10,000; 13,000-15,000 and 15,000-18,000 respectively. Testing has also been ramped up in the national capital after the Centre purchased six lakh testing kits from South Korea for rapid testing, out of which 50,000 have been made available to Delhi and a target of 15,000 tests per day is being worked on, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said. (PTI)

    22:58 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Record 1,045 cases in Thane

    Thane district in Maharashtra today reported 1,045 COVID-19 cases, a single day record, taking the count past the 20,000-mark to 20,565, while 27 deaths took the toll so far to 684, an official said. Kalyan Dombivali continued to be a worrisome spot for the administration with 242 cases, the third consecutive day it has racked up 200-plus numbers.

    22:34 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Jagannatha Temple admin writes to Odisha CM

    The chairman of Shree Jagannatha Temple Managing Committee, Puri writes to Odisha CM requesting to direct appropriate steps to be immediately taken by state govt for approaching Supreme Court for partial modification of its 18th June order so as to allow 'Rath Yatra' in Puri. (ANI)

    22:19 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    COVID-19 in Mumbai: 1,197 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 136 deaths

    1,197 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 136 deaths Mumbai, June 20 (PTI) 1,197 new coronavirus patients were reported in Mumbai on Saturday, taking the total cases in the city to 65,265. In grim news, the financial capital of the country also recorded 136 deaths due to the pandemic, which is the highest single-day figure, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release. The death toll in the city thus rose to 3,559, it said.

    21:29 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus in Gautam Buddha Nagar: 41 new cases in Noida, Greater Noida

    Gautam Buddha Nagar today reported 41 new COVID-19 cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 1369. As many as 661 people have been discharged so far, while 690 are active cases along and 18 deaths have been recorded, Uttar Pradesh Health Department said.

    21:28 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus in Haryana: 5 more COVID-19 deaths, case count crosses 10,000

    Fiver more coronavirus deaths were reported from Haryana on Saturday, all from the worst-affected Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, while the virus count rose to 10,223 with 480 fresh cases, according to a state government bulletin. Gurgaon reported four deaths and Faridabad district one, according to the state health department's bulletin. Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, which fall in the National Capital Region (NCR), now have 59 and 52 COVID-19 fatalities, respectively, according to it. (PTI)

    21:15 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Yogi Adityanath, Haryana CM cancel Kanwar Yatra; Jagannath Rath Yatra stayed in Gujarat

    In a meeting today with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, via video conferencing, it was decided to postpone 'Kawad Yatra' in view of COVID-19 pandemic, says Office of Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, ANI reported.

    Meanwhile, Gujarat High Court has stayed holding of Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra scheduled on June 23 on COVID-19 concerns.

    20:14 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Glenmark launches COVID-19 medicine FabiFlu

    Coronavirus medicine: Drug firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Saturday said it has launched antiviral drug Favipiravir, under the brand name FabiFlu, for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 at a price of about Rs 103 per tablet. The drug will be available as a 200 mg tablet at a maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs 3,500 for a strip of 34 tablets, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said. FabiFlu is the first oral favipiravir-approved medication in India for the treatment of COVID-19, it added. Read Details here

    20:04 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    COVID-19 tally in Kerala breaches 3000 mark

    Coronavirus in Kerala: Kerala's COVID-19 tally breached the 3,000 mark on Saturday with 127 people testing positive for the virus, the highest single day surge. The infection count in the state has touched 3,039, while 1,450 people are presently under treatment and 1.39 lakh people under observation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here. Fifty seven people have recovered today and were discharged from hospitals, he said, PTI reports.

    19:59 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    6 more test positive in UP's Muzaffarnagar

    Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh: PTI reports that six people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, pushing the number of cases to 232, officials said. The district now has 103 active patients, they said.

    19:38 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    HC asks Delhi govt to open counselling centres

    Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi government to consider the necessity of opening some counselling centres, to deal with mental health problems, including depression, on an emergent basis in few districts as early as possible taking note of the prevalent situation in Delhi due to COVID19. (ANI)

    18:52 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: 2396 fresh cases, 38 deaths today

    Tamil Nadu has reported 2396 fresh COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths today, taking the total number of cases to 56,845. There are 24822 active cases now in the state. Death toll rises to 704, says State Health Department. It further said that 33,231 samples were tested today, which is the highest number of COVID-19 tests conducted in a single day in Tamil Nadu. Total 8,61,211 samples have been tested till date in the state.

    18:22 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Delhi LG announces rollback of 5-day quarantine rule

    Delhi LG announces rollback of compulsory 5-day institutional quarantine, says, "Only those COVID positive cases which do not require hospitalisation on clinical assessment and do not have adequate facilities for home isolation would be required to undergo institutional isolation"

    17:55 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 1,000-bed COVID-19 hospital to come up in Mumbai's Byculla

    In light of the rise in COVID-19 cases, a 1,000-bed temporary hospital is being set up at Byculla here, a civic official said on Saturday. The facility in the premises of Richardson and Cruddas Ltd will be ready by the end of the month, a release from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated. The hospital will be equipped with 300 ICU beds with oxygen supply and other facilities, it was stated. Over 300 staffers, including 50 doctors, 100 nurses and 150 ward boys and other personnel, will work at the facility, while ambulances will also be provided depending on the requirement, the official said. (PTI)

    17:30 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Karnataka cop undergoing treatment for COVID-19 dies

    A 56-year-old head constable, who had tested positive for the coronavirus infection a couple of days ago and was undergoing treatment, died on Saturday, police said. The deceased, attached to the Kalasipalya police station, was being treated at Victoria Hospital here, they said. This the second death of a policeman in the state due to COVID-19. The first one was an assistant sub-inspector attached to the V V Puram traffic police station. Officials said the deceased constable was among nine others who had tested positive for COVID-19. (PTI)

    17:27 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: UP's COVID-19 tally reaches 17,135; toll rises to 529

    Twenty-two people have succumbed to COVID-19 and 541 more people tested positive in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, officials said on Saturday. The death toll in the state now is 529 with the coronavirus tally reaching 17,135. Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said 10,369 of the total infected have recovered. The state has 6,237 active COVID-19 patients now. On Friday, 14,048 samples were tested, he said, adding that ASHA workers have tracked over 17 thousand people. Samples of 1,567 of them have been sent for testing, he said. (PTI)

    17:13 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Plea in Delhi High Court

    A plea has been moved in Delhi High Court challenging Delhi Lieutenant Governor's order which made mandatory for COVID19 positive cases to undergo 5 days institutional quarantine. The plea states that such harsh directions are forcing patients to undergo 5 days institutional quarantine, especially when the government is unable to provide adequate number of beds & nurses to patients who are in dire need of hospitalization. (ANI)

    16:43 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Union Minister Reddy on Delhi LG's order

    Delhi LG might have ordered institutional quarantine for the benefit of those who do not have space in their homes. But I think that he will issue another info by today evening for people who can create an isolated separate room in their homes: Union Min G Kishan Reddy

    16:04 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus symptoms: Babies with COVID-19 may have only mild illness, mostly with fever, says study

    Researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, have shown that infants under 90 days of age who tested positive for COVID-19 tend to be well, with little or no respiratory symptoms. Read Full Report Here

    15:55 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: No consensus reached on LG order on institutional quarantine; another meeting at 5pm

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday opposed Lt Governor Anil Baijal's order for a five-day mandatory institutional quarantine for COVID-19 patients, asking why was a separate rule being applied for the city, sources said, as his deputy Manish Sisodia said they could not reach a consensus on the decision at a DDMA meet. The LG is the chairman of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. In a series of tweets, Sisodia said no consensus could be reached in the meeting on the LG order and the rate of private hospital beds and another meeting will take place at 5 pm. "The Delhi government opposed LG's order on scrapping home isolation and no decision was taken on it. The matter will be discussed again in the evening," he tweeted in Hindi. He also said the Centre has recommended for reducing the rate of 25 per cent private hospital beds while the Delhi government is adamant on reducing rates of 60 per cent beds. (PTI)

    15:39 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 6 people working in UP-112 helpline test positive for COVID-19

    Six people working in the Uttar Pradesh Helpline 112 have tested positive for COVID-19, following which the office has been closed for sanitisation till Monday, a police officer said. They are of the technical team and work in the server area, he said, adding that all of them are asymptomatic. "After one of the personnel working in UP-112 tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, samples of 30 people were taken. Five of them have tested positive for COVID-19," ADG, UP-112, Asim Kumar Arun said in a statement. The ADG said the building has been closed for the next 48 hours for sanitisation. (ANI)

    15:38 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 1 death and 140 new positive cases in Maharashtra Police

    1 death and 140 new COVID19 positive cases reported among police personnel in the last 48 hours. The total number of positive cases rise to 3,960 including 46 deaths and 2,925 recoveries: Maharashtra Police (ANI)

    15:25 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Tripura's COVID-19 tally rises to 1,186 with 27 new cases

    Tripura reported 27 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 1,186, officials said on Saturday. A total of 657 people have recovered, reducing the number of active cases in the state to 529, they said. "Out of 1,279 samples tested for COVID-19, 27 people found positive. The count includes South Dist: 19, Gomati Dist: 3, West Dist: 3, Unokoti Dist: 2," Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted. Tripura has been witnessing a rise in the number coronavirus cases days after it was declared free from the disease in late April. (PTI)

    15:05 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Delhi govt cancels medical staff leaves

    Delhi Government issues order advising Hospitals & Medical Institutions under it to recall their staff that is on leave to report for duty immediately. Leave of any kind to be granted only under most compelling circumstances. (ANI)

    14:51 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Odisha's COVID-19 death toll rises to 12; 179 new cases detected

    A 60-year-old man from Puri district became the latest COVID-19 fatality in Odisha, raising the death toll due to the contagion in the state to 12, a health department official said on Saturday. Odisha also recorded 179 new cases of the respiratory ailment, including 18 disaster response personnel, he said. "Regret to report the death of a 60-year-old COVID positive male of Puri district while under treatment at hospital," the Health and Family Welfare Department said in a statement. "The deceased was also suffering for long from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," it said. With the detection of the new cases, Odisha's COVI9-19 tally rose to 4,856, the official said. The state has 1,543 active cases, while 3,297 patients have recovered. (PTI)

    14:44 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 140 cases among Maharashtra police personnel in last 48 hours

    1 death and 140 new COVID-19 positive cases reported among police personnel in the last 48 hours. The total number of positive cases rise to 3,960 including 46 deaths and 2,925 recoveries: Maharashtra Police (ANI)

    14:31 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Depression, anxiety rise among new moms amidst COVID-19 pandemic, says study

    The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of depression and anxiety in new moms, according to a study which says one in seven women already struggle with these mental illness symptoms in the perinatal period. According to the research, published in the journal Frontiers in Global Women's Health, the likelihood of maternal depression and anxiety has substantially increased during the pandemic. "The social and physical isolation measures that are critically needed to reduce the spread of the virus are taking a toll on the physical and mental health of many of us," said Margie Davenport, study co-author from the University of Alberta in Canada. (PTI) Read here

    14:22 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: No consensus on Delhi COVID-19 bed rates in SDMA meeting

    A consensus could not be reached at today's SDMA meeting on rates of beds at private hospitals and LG Anil Baijal's order of ending home isolation. Another meeting will be held at 5 pm today: Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister (ANI)

    14:07 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Pune district's count of COVID-19 cases crosses 14,000-mark

    The number of coronavirus positive cases in Pune district of Maharashtra crossed the 14,000-mark after 542 people were found infected in the last 24 hours, a health official said on Saturday. The COVID-19 case count of the district now stands at 14,292, the official said. As the virus claimed eight more lives in the district, its death toll has reached 560, he said. "Of the 542 cases, at least 359 were reported from the areas controlled by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), where the count has reached 11,554. However, 157 patients were also discharged from hospitals, the official added. (PTI)

    13:57 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: If home isolation ends in Delhi there will be chaos, says CM Kejriwal in SDMA meeting

    Central Government has made the proposal to reduce rates for just 24% beds in private hospitals, Delhi Government wants at least 60% beds at reduced prices. This is what we have been demanding. Chief Minister said if home isolation ends in Delhi there will be chaos. Currently, there are more than 10,000 people under home isolation and there are only 6,000 beds at quarantine centres, where will we accommodate all the people?: Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister after attending SDMA meet on COVID19. (ANI)

    13:49 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Indore records 42 new infections; tally at 4,288

    With 42 persons testing positive for coronavirus, the case count in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district has reached 4,288 on Saturday, a health official said. At least 1,768 swab samples were tested in the district, of which reports of 42 patients have come out positive in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 4,288, the official said. The district also recorded four deaths that have taken the toll to 193, he said. (PTI)

    13:35 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Daman sees rise in COVID-19 cases, its border with Gujarat sealed

    The number of COVID-19 positive patients in Daman district of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu (UTDNHDD) has gone up to 27 with eight fresh cases, following which the administration has sealed the district's border with Gujarat border for a few days, officials said on Saturday. Most of the 27 COVID-19 patients in Daman are factory workers who cross the border to work in industrial units at Vapi in neighbouring Gujarat and vice versa, the officials said. The eight fresh cases were reported on Friday. "The district administration has closed all border check-posts with Gujarat for a few days due to clustering of cases near the border areas, and has declared several parts of Dabhel village, an industrial hub, as containment zones in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus," an official said. (PTI)

    13:26 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Arunachal records highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases

    Arunachal Pradesh registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases as 32 more people tested positive for it, a senior health official said on Saturday. The fresh cases raised the virus count in the northeastern state to 135 on Friday, the official said. "The new patients, all returnees from other states, were placed under institutional quarantine. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to COVID-19 care centres," State Surveillance Officer, Dr L Jampa, said in a health bulletin issued on Saturday. Thirteen of the new patients are from the state capital while 10 are from worst-hit Changlang district, eight from West Kameng and one from Lohit district, he said. (PTI)

    13:19 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Satyendar Jain administered plasma therapy

    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who is admitted in ICU of a private COVID-19 hospital, was on Saturday administered plasma therapy and his condition is now stable, sources said. (PTI) Read here

    13:05 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Rajasthan reports 158 fresh coronavirus cases, infection tally rises to 14,314

    Rajasthan reported 158 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the state's infection tally to 14,314, officials said. The state has so far reported 333 deaths due to the virus. Of the fresh cases, 40 were from Dholpur, followed by 36 from Jaipur, and 34 from Bharatpur. Jhalawar reported 12 cases, while 11 cases were reported from Sirohi. (PTI)

    12:53 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 52 fresh cases in Puducherry

    Puducherry records 52 fresh cases of COVID19, taking total number of cases to 338 including 131 recoveries and 7 deaths: Puducherry Health Department (ANI)

    12:42 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Death toll in Jammu and Kashmir rises to 78

    Three more COVID-19 patients died in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the number of fatalities due to the virus in the union territory to 78, officials said on Saturday. The deaths were reported from SKIMS Hospital, Chest Diseases Hospital and SMHS Hospital, the officials said. (PTI)

    12:36 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Cases in Himachal reach 628

    COVID-19 cases reach 628 in Himachal Pradesh: State Health Department (ANI)

    12:24 (IST)20 Jun 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: PM Modi lauds villages' fight against COVID-19

    COVID-19 is a huge menace, the whole world has been shaken by it but you stood tall. The way India's villages have fought corona, it has taught a lesson even to the cities: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI)

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