COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Triple lockdown announced in Thiruvananthapuram as cases rise

New Delhi on Sunday recorded 2,244 new COVID-19 cases, taking the capital's tally to 99,444. The city has also reported 63 new deaths due to coronavirus.

Published: 04th July 2020 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2020 08:47 AM   |  A+A-

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India recorded it's highest single-day COVID-19 spike with 24,850 people testing positive for the coronavirus infection and 613 succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours. 

Inching towards the one-lakh mark, the national capital New Delhi on Sunday recorded 2,244 new COVID-19 cases taking tally to 99,444. 

Meanwhile, Kerala government has made facemask and social distancing mandatory for one year, till 2021, unless otherwise notified. 

India became the third country in the world to be most affected by the deadly coronavirus pandemic as it's tally neared seven lakh mark on Sunday.

12:58 Jul 6

106-year-old Delhi man who was child during Spanish Flu survives COVID-19

A centenarian man from Delhi, who was four years old during the 1918 Spanish Flu, has survived COVID-19 and recovered faster than his son, in his 70s, at a dedicated coronavirus facility here, doctors said. The 106-year-old patient, a resident of Old Delhi, was discharged from the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) recently after recovering, they said.

01:07 Jul 6

Kerala government announces triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram as cases rise

After rise in Covid cases through local contact, the Kerala government on Sunday announced triple lockdown in the capital city for next one week, shutting down the city. The triple lockdown will come into effect from Monday 6 am. (READ MORE)

01:00 Jul 6

Telangana recorded 1,590 new cases on Sunday

12:56 Jul 6

Over 100 people at Cuttack cancer hospital test COVID-positive in 10 days; probe ordered

An investigation was ordered on Sunday after around 100 patients, attendants and healthcare workers at a cancer hospital in Odisha's Cuttack tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, officials said. The Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Research Centre has been sealed for sanitisation after the cases were reported, they said.

12:55 Jul 6

Karnataka government sets up helpline for complaints on hospitals deying COVID-19 treatment

The Karnataka government has set up a toll-free round-the-clock helpline to lodge complaints about hospitals refusing to accept suspected coronavirus cases. Medical education minister K Sudhakar on Sunday warned private hospitals of action if they denied admission to coronavirus patients or declined to carry out swab tests.

11:57 Jul 5

Trial of COVAXIN and ZyCov-D marks 'beginning of the end of COVID-19': Government scientist

The Drug Controller General of India's nod to conduct human trials for Indian COVID-19 vaccine candidates COVAXIN and ZyCov-D marks the "beginning of the end" of the coronavirus pandemic, says an article by a scientist with the Ministry of Science and Technology. (READ MORE)

11:40 Jul 5

Kerala government makes facemask, social distancing mandatory for one year

11:09 Jul 5

Goa records 73 new COVID-19 cases today

Goa reported 73 new COVID-19 cases today, taking number of active cases to 853. Recovery rate among the patients stands at 50 per cent in the state: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

10:28 Jul 5

Telangana update

Telangana recorded 1,590 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths today, taking the total number of cases to 23,902 including 12,703 recoveries and 295 deaths: State Health Department
10:10 Jul 5
09:47 Jul 5

West Bengal update

Total positive case till date: 22,126 Positive cases at present: 6,658 No. of deaths:757 Discharged: 14,711 Total no. of tests: 5,41,088
09:19 Jul 5
09:00 Jul 5

Karnataka records a new single-day spike with 1,925 COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths

For representational purpose. (Photo | PTI)

08:33 Jul 5

COVID cases in India climb to the 3rd highest in the world

08:25 Jul 5

Delhi Health Department orders compulsory rapid antigen detection testing for patients

Delhi Health Department issues an order, instructing all health care facilities to carry out compulsory rapid antigen detection testing of patients with ILI symptoms, patients admitted with SARI and others who visit their facilities.

08:07 Jul 5

Private hospitals refuse to admit patient suffering from respiratory problem in Hassan

Private hospitals failed to treat a patient suffering from respiratory problems who was suspected to have COVID-19 in Hassan. Four private hospitals allegedly failed to admit the 30-year-old woman late on Saturday night citing lack of duty doctors at night.

07:54 Jul 5

Maharashtra reports over 6,500 new COVID-19 cases

07:15 Jul 5

IN PICS | Staying at temporary COVID-19 relief camp, the homeless get a makeover

07:14 Jul 5

Two pose as 'COVID officers', dupe man of Rs 54,000 in Mumbai

Abdul Sheikh was on his way to Chembur railway station on June 30 when Sohan Waghmare (23) and an accomplice accosted him and introduced themselves as COVID officers.

06:57 Jul 5

WATCH | India's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'COVAXIN' set for phase I, II human trials

06:56 Jul 5

Coronavirus-infected doctor accuses private hospital in Hyderabad of fleecing, detaining her

A middle-aged woman doctor, who had tested COVID-19 positive, has alleged that she was detained by a private hospital management here over non-payment of the medical bill.

06:53 Jul 5

Total 99,444 COVID-19 cases: Delhi inches towards touching one lakh mark

06:50 Jul 5

400 traffic signals to be operated in Chennai from Monday as lockdown relaxed

Meanwhile, the Chennai City Police Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal advised people to step out only if necessary even if the stringent lockdown is withdrawn. Speaking to the media, he said that experts have stated that lesser public movement can help break the chain.

06:48 Jul 5

When it comes to COVID-19 testing, Telangana continues to be at the bottom

06:47 Jul 5

Bihar Deputy CM, Assembly Speaker test negative for COVID-19

Both leaders had given their samples for testing on Saturday upon learning that Bihar Legislative Council's Acting Chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh, with whom they had interacted at a function last week, has tested positive.

06:43 Jul 5

4,150 COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu; 1,713 in Chennai alone

06:42 Jul 5

With 1202 fresh cases, Assam records highest single-day spike of coronavirus

In the biggest single-day spike, Assam on Saturday recorded 1,202 COVID-19 cases which took the state’s tally to 11,001, including 13 deaths. The state’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the situation in Guwahati was “serious” as the virus was in the community.

06:29 Jul 5
06:24 Jul 5

106-year-old Delhi man who was child during Spanish Flu survives COVID-19

Doctors at the Delhi COVID-19 facility were amazed to see the recovery of this centenarian patient from the novel coronavirus, even though he was highly vulnerable to the infection.

06:07 Jul 5

Kerala government makes facemask, social distancing mandatory for one year

The state government has made facemask and social distancing mandatory for one year unless otherwise notified. These are among the additional regulations of Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020 notified by the government.

06:01 Jul 5

225 new COVID-19 positive cases recorded in Kerala

05:59 Jul 5

COVID-19 impact: Parents, teachers scramble for ways to teach as e-learning remains a dream in rural India

The lockdown induced by COVID-19 in March prompted schools and colleges to move to the virtual world for teaching and learning activities. But weak internet penetration has turned e-education into a distant dream for many children in the rural areas. As per official statistics, there are over 35 crore students in the country. But it is not clear how many of them have access to digital devices and the internet.

05:58 Jul 5

'Permission to start business will be given': Maharashtra CM ensures restaurateurs

05:55 Jul 5

ASHAs pillars of COVID-19 response in Rajasthan, reached out to 39 crore people: Health ministry

In Rajasthan, the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the harvest season and families of most ASHAs expected their support in harvesting activities, the ministry said.

05:33 Jul 5

In last 24 hours, 36 more BSF personnel test COVID-19 positive

  • Thirty-six more Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours
  • According to the BSF, 33 personnel have recovered from the deadly virus in last 24 hours
  • There are 526 active cases and 817 personnel have recovered till date, said the BSF

(Inputs from ANI)

05:22 Jul 5

All you need to know about Andhra Pradesh's highest single-day COVID-19 spike

So far, 8,422 patients have been discharged from COVID-19 hospitals in the state including 6,828 from the state, 1,404 from those who returned from other states and 190 among the foreign returnees.

05:09 Jul 5

IN PICS | Visakhapatnam puts safety of residents first

04:53 Jul 5

Recovery rate in 21 states, UTs higher than national average of 60.77 per cent: Health Ministry

  • Twenty-one states and UTs, including Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, have a COVID-19 recovery rate higher than the national average of 60.77 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday as India’s case count mounted to 6.73 lakh and the death toll rose to 19,268.
  • Presently, there are 2,44,814 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.

(Inputs from ANI)


04:33 Jul 5

Slowly rising: Union Minister says steady rise in number of domestic flyers

04:29 Jul 5

Global update: Another dog tests positive for coronavirus in US

Health officials have advised people to avoid contact with their pets including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sharing food when they are ill.

04:25 Jul 5

Two terrorists killed in Kulgam encounter test positive, say police

04:23 Jul 5

26 inmates in Punjab's Ludhiana Central Jail test COVID-19 positive

04:20 Jul 5

WATCH | Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh visit newly-created 1,000-bed COVID-19 hospital in New Delhi

04:05 Jul 5

Puducherry reports 43 new COVID-19 cases

Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr S Mohan Kumar said that 33 new cases are in Puducherry and 10 in Yanam region. While 15 are male and 28 female. Among them 29 patients are in the age group 18 to 60 years, 11 are below 18 years and three above the age of 60. 

04:00 Jul 5

1984 Anti-Sikh Riots convict Mahender Yadav dies of COVID-19 in Delhi jail

Mahender Yadav, 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict & former MLA passed away at a hospital yesterday, he had tested positive for COVID-19. Yadav was earlier lodged in Mandoli jail and serving a sentence of 10 years: Sandeep Goel, Delhi Director General

(Inputs from ANI)
03:49 Jul 5

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India to operate 36 flights between India and US

03:24 Jul 5

COVID-19 effect: Kerala government may cut short school syllabus this year

A Shahjahan, Secretary, General Education, told The New Indian Express that the Curriculum Committee meeting will take an appropriate decision. 

03:23 Jul 5

Reminder to fight COVID-19: Mask-up, sanitize, maintain social distance

03:13 Jul 5

COVID-19: Two Indian firms up Remdesivir production

Cipla and Hetero, the two Indian pharma majors, under licence from Gilead Sciences, have started manufacturing Remdisivir after DCGI approved it in June for COVID-19 patients.

03:03 Jul 5

IN PICS | Scenes from Chennai during intense COVID-19 lockdown

03:01 Jul 5

Himachal Pradesh set to welcome tourists back despite coronavirus scare

After three months of closure due to coronavirus pandemic, Himachal Pradesh will soon be open for tourists and they should follow all the state's safety guidelines including wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

02:47 Jul 5

IN PICS | Tamil Nadu police keep a strict check during complete lockdown

02:44 Jul 5

US holiday weekend adds to COVID-19 worries as case count crosses 2.8 million mark

Officials and health authorities warned people to take precautions or simply stay home on Independence Day, as confirmed cases are climbing in 40 states.

02:40 Jul 5

998 new cases: Andhra Pradesh records highest single-day spike

02:24 Jul 5

No flight for Australia till July 14 due to COVID-19 imposed restrictions

  • All flights under the Vande Bharat Mission scheduled for various destinations in Australia between July 4 to July 14 have been postponed because of restrictions imposed due to COVID-19
  • 'Due to the recent COVID-19 related restrictions imposed on international flights in Australia, the following flights in the next phase of Vande Bharat Mission from Australia are being rescheduled,' Air India said in a statement
  • All rescheduled flights will now operate from July 15 onwards, according to the national carrier

(Inputs from ANI)

02:10 Jul 5

Goa councillor Pascoal DSouza dies of coronavirus infection

Pascoal DSouza, who did not belong to any political party, tested positive for coronavirus last month following which he was admitted to Margao-based ESI Hospital, a specially designated facility for COVID-19 patients.

02:08 Jul 5

IN PICS | Union Home & Defence Minister inspecting COVID-19 beds in New Delhi

01:48 Jul 5

Tamil Nadu government on sample testings in Chennai

01:41 Jul 5
12:54 Jul 5

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh visit newly-created 1,000-bed COVID-19 hospital

  • Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited a newly-created temporary hospital with 1,000 beds, including 250 in the ICU, which will treat COVID-19 patients, here on Sunday, officials said.
  • The facility has been constructed in just 11 days near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on a piece of land belonging to the Ministry of Defence.
  • "Visiting the 1000 Bed Sardar Patel COVID Hospital with 250 ICU Beds built in record time by DRDO & Tata Sons along with Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh ji," Shah said in a tweet.
  • The armed forces personnel will man the hospital, a home ministry official said.
12:52 Jul 5

Delhi CM visits the COVID care facility in national capital

12:49 Jul 5
12:33 Jul 5

Six fresh fatalities in Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan reported six COVID-19 deaths and 224 cases of coronavirus infection on Sunday, according to an official report.
  • The fatalities were reported from Jodhpur (4), Kota (1) and Udaipur (1), taking the death toll to 453.
  • The total number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 1,9756. Of the total 224 fresh cases, maximum of 48 cases were reported from Pratapgarh.  
  • Ajmer reported 7 cases, Alwar 23, Baran 4, Bharatpur 8, Bhilwara 3, Bikaner 12, Churu 1, Dausa 7, Dungarpur 1, Jaipur 31, Jalore 18, Jhalawar 3, Kota 5, Pali 33, Rajsamand 6, Tonk 3, Udaipur 4 and Jhunjhunu 7.
12:32 Jul 5

Two prisoners flee Covid centre in Thiruvananthapuram

The escaped prisoners have been identified as Aneesh, 27, of Neyyattinkara and Muhammed Shan, 18, of Chithara in Kollam. Shan was accused of theft, while Aneesh was a detainee under KAPA Act (Kerala Police Act). (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:31 Jul 5

WATCH | Tamil Nadu news bulletin

12:31 Jul 5

News from Chennai

12:30 Jul 5

Horrific news from Odisha

12:29 Jul 5
12:29 Jul 5

Non new cases in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh reports no new COVOD-19 positive case today till now. Total number of positive cases stand at 1046 cases including 326 active cases and nine deaths.

12:28 Jul 5

Record single-day spike of 24,850 COVID-19 cases, 613 deaths in India as tally nears seven lakh

India is currently the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic after the US, Brazil and Russia and is at the eighth position in terms of the death toll. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:09 Jul 5

AIADMK MLA Amman K Arjunan test positive for COVID-19 in Kovai

It is to be recalled the MLA's daughter (32), son-in-law (39) and his granddaughter (11) who recently attended a family event in Madurai tested positive on June 30. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:08 Jul 5

Two ministers of Yogi Adityanath Cabinet test COVID-19 positive in 24 hours

Uttar Pradesh Minister for Rural Development Rajendra Pratap Singh, popularly known as Moti Singh, his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren have all tested positive for the virus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:07 Jul 5
12:07 Jul 5

WATCH | Chennai's busy Mount Road wears deserted look

11:55 Jul 5

Update from Maharashtra police

Four deaths and 30 police personnel found COVID-19 positive in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases in Maharashtra Police is now 5205 including 4071 recoveries and 1070 active cases.
11:50 Jul 5

Full Sunday lockdown in Chennai

11:50 Jul 5

WATCH | Kanteerava indoor stadium is now COVID care centre

11:15 Jul 5

Latest Rajasthan numbers

11:13 Jul 5

Another death in Kerala, Toll reaches to 26

11:02 Jul 5

469 new cases in Odisha

10:38 Jul 5

Delhi L-G Anil Baijal inaugurates 10,000-bed Sardar Patel COVID care centre

The centre is 1,700 feet long, 700 feet wide -- roughly the size of 20 football fields -- and has 200 enclosures with 50 beds each. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:37 Jul 5

As India begins to 'unlock', Migrant workers flocking back to Mumbai for work

According to the Maharashtra government, 26-27 lakh migrants had returned home by trains during the lockdown period. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:03 Jul 5

India tally nears seven lakh

India reports the highest single-day spike of 24,850 new COVID-19 cases and 613 deaths in the last 24 hours. Positive cases stand at 6,73,165 including 2,44,814 active cases, 4,09,083 cured/discharged/migrated and 19,268 deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
09:42 Jul 5

Another AIADMK MLA tests positive

09:36 Jul 5

Full one-day lockdown in Bengaluru

09:36 Jul 5

Delhi may go past COVID-19 peak in August: Experts as average daily cases come down

Besides, the experts have warned that if social distancing and hygiene norms prescribed by authorities are not adhered to by people, then there could be a surge again. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:26 Jul 5

Lockdown scenes from Karnataka's Hubli

09:26 Jul 5

More than two lakh samples tested in last 24 hours

The total number of samples tested up to July 4 is 97,89,066 of which 2,48,934 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
09:25 Jul 5

Delhi L-G visits COVID care centre

09:24 Jul 5

Hyderabad residents must head to different hospitals based on coronavirus symptoms

Also, with the expected spurt in seasonal diseases, including swine flu, the Health Department has come out with an established medical intervention protocol for people suffering from breathlessness, cold, fever and other influenza-like illnesses. Based on one’s medical condition and Covid-19 status, they must go to the designated public hospitals in the city. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:05 Jul 5

Three CRPF jawans have donated plasma, more to do so

09:04 Jul 5

'Sunday Lockdowns' are back in Karnataka

09:04 Jul 5

Update from Delhi

09:03 Jul 5

Kejriwal expresses satisfaction over improvement in Delhi's COVID-19 situation

08:31 Jul 5

News from Delhi

First batch of COVID-19 patients is expected to be admitted at Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre, Radha Soami Beas, Chhatarpur tomorrow. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and ITBP DG SS Deswal to visit the centre to check final preparedness in the morning.

08:30 Jul 5

Now, Rajasthan cancels college exams

  • State government has decided not to conduct exams for Graduation and Postgraduation course in all colleges, universities and technical education institutes this year, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Students will be promoted to the next class without examinations. The process to determine the marks of the students, for promotion to the next class, will be decided after examining the guidelines which will be issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
08:24 Jul 5

Lockdown relaxation rules in Cuttack

  • Orissa High Court and its offices to remain closed till July 8 in view of Cuttack Municipal Corporation declaring shutdown in entire jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation area till July 8.Benches notified for July 6 will function on July 9 and take up cases listed in cause list of July 6.
  • It is ordered to shutdown the entire jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation till 8th July midnight. All non-essential activities strictly prohibited. All non-essential shops will remain closed.
  • Online delivery of all essential items allowed Essential shops i.e. grocery, vegetable and milk shops to open from 5 am to 6 pm by maintaining social distancing and wearing of masks.
  • Essential medical shops to open at regular hours. Emergency services i.e. electricity and water supply to function as usual.
08:22 Jul 5

31 inmates and three jail staff test COVID-19 positive in Maharashtra in last 24 hours

31 inmates and three jail staff test COVID-19 positive in prisons of Maharashtra in last 24 hours. A total of 415 inmates and 162 jail staff have tested positive till 4th July. 281 inmates and 90 jail staff have recovered/discharged till date. Four inmates died so far.
08:21 Jul 5

News from Guwahati

08:20 Jul 5

Assam government announces lockdown relaxations

08:20 Jul 5

News from Delhi

08:19 Jul 5
08:18 Jul 5

Himachal CM gives good news on tourism resumption in state

08:17 Jul 5
08:17 Jul 5

CRPF steps forward to donate plasma

01:10 Jul 5

Karnataka issues guidelines for home isolation of COVID-19 positive people

Only those who are asymptomatic or mild symptomatic and aged less than 60 years shall be permitted to be in "home isolation", according to a new set of COVID-19 related guidelines issued by the Karnataka government on Saturday. (READ MORE)

12:49 Jul 5

NIMHANS releases guidelines for maintaining mental health in COVID times

For mental health issues in children and adolescents, the guidelines advise parents to keenly observe for any emotional or behavioral changes in their adolescent kids. (READ MORE)

12:43 Jul 5

COVID-19: No written exam for final year semester in Visva Bharati University

Somnath Sau expressed satisfaction that finally Visva Bharati authorities have decided to go for alternative ways of evaluation in the present situation. (READ MORE)

12:34 Jul 5

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa re-allocates COVID-19 related work to Ministers

Yediyurappa re-allocated COVID-19 related responsibilities to his cabinet colleagues for better management of the pandemic in Karnataka. (READ MORE)

12:25 Jul 5

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, 14 CMO staffers test negative for COVID-19

According to the sources, one of the 15 staffers in the Chief Minister's Office who had undergone the test was found positive for the infection. (READ MORE)

11:57 Jul 4

Bihar COVID-19 death toll reaches 88, infection tally climbs to 11,456

The COVID-19 death toll in Bihar reached 88 with four more fatalities, while 349 new infections pushed the case tally to 11,456, state health department said on Saturday. A health department release said one COVID-19 death each was reported from Patna, Bhagalpur, Kishanganj and Samastipur districts.

11:56 Jul 4

Thane COVID-19 count crosses 40000-mark, Kalyan surge continues

The number of COVID-19 cases in Thane district touched 40,542 as 1,948 people, including 555 from Kalyan, tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, while 45 deaths, including that of a police naik, during the day took the toll to 1,221, an official said.

11:55 Jul 4

Senior NCP Minister Chhagan Bhujbal bats for lifting lockdown

Time has come to lift lockdown to revive the economy, Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said on Saturday. The lockdown can continue in areas where the coronavirus situation is "out of control", he said.

11:54 Jul 4

3 more COVID-19 fatalities in Jharkhand, toll rises to 18; 36 new cases detected

Jharkhand reported three more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, taking their number to 18 as 36 more cases of the infection pushed the state's tally to 2,739. Of the total number of confirmed cases, 2,084 are returnees, a state government bulletin said.
11:53 Jul 4

Nashik COVID-19 count now 5,187, death toll touches 270

Nashik reported 323 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the infection count to 5,187, while the samples of eight people who died recently tested positive during the day, increasing the toll from the infection to 270, an official said. Of the eight deaths, five are from Nashik city, he added. The number of people discharged so far stood at 2,819, including 72 on Saturday, the official said.

11:52 Jul 4

Haryana CM Lal ​​​​​​​Khattar dons PPE kit, visits COVID ward in Sonipat hospital & praises health workers

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday visited a ward of COVID-19 patients in a Sonipat hospital wearing a PPE kit and praised doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff for fighting the pandemic.

11:51 Jul 4

Flight from UAE carrying 173 stranded Indians lands at Chandigarh airport

A chartered flight carrying 173 stranded Indians from the UAE landed at the Chandigarh International Airport on Saturday. The Spicejet flight "SEJ 9549" reached here in the evening and had passengers mostly from Punjab, airport officials said.

11:50 Jul 4

Cabinet Secretary holds meet with officials of 15 states, UTs on Unlock 2, COVID-19 situation

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday held a meeting with top officials of 15 States and Union Territories on the COVID-19 situation and the way forward for graded reopening of activities in the 'Unlock 2' phase, officials said.

11:50 Jul 4

Five deaths in Noida, CMO among 83 new coronavirus patients

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Saturday recorded five more deaths due to COVID-19, while 83 more people,including the chief medical officer, were found positive for the infection in the district, official data showed.

11:49 Jul 4

Father of groom arrested, FIR against others for violating COVID-19 protocols at marriage function in Odisha

The father of a groom and his brother were arrested on Saturday in Odisha's Ganjam district, a COVID-19 hotspot, for violating safety protocols during the marriage function, police said. The district administration has also imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 and registered FIR against other family members of the groom and bride in this connection, they said.

11:48 Jul 4

Let pregnant women, those above 50 work from home: Maharashtra Minister Yashomati Thakur

Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Yashomati Thakur on Saturday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to allow women staffers who are pregnant or above the age of 50 with aliments like diabetes, blood pressure etc to work from home.

11:46 Jul 4

172 new coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district, nine deaths

Ahmedabad reported 172 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking case tally in the district to 21,715, the Gujarat health department said. With the death of nine patients on Saturday, the death toll due to the pandemic in the district rose to 1,475, it said.

11:46 Jul 4

Five more COVID-19 deaths in Haryana; 545 fresh cases reported

Haryana reported five more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, taking their number to 260 as 545 fresh cases pushed the tally in the state to 16,548. Three fatalities were reported in Gurgaon and two in Faridabad, a state Health department bulletin said.

11:45 Jul 4

Quarantine must for those entering Himachal from red zones

The Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday said people coming from red zones will be kept in institutional quarantine. The decision comes two days after the state government allowed entry of tourists.

10:49 Jul 4

Karnataka doctors suggest use of pulse oximeter, chest X-ray for early COVID-19 detection in clusters

In the wake of suspicion about community transmission of COVID-19 in some pockets of Dakshina Kannada district, experts feel that the authorities should go for pulse oximeter and chest x-rays for early detection of infection among potential critical cases. (READ MORE)

10:13 Jul 4

Mumbai COVID-19 Update

10:13 Jul 4

Karnataka reported 1839 new coronavirus cases

10:12 Jul 4

Health Department staff are seen conducting a door-to-door survey

10:00 Jul 4

With record spike of 7,074, Maharashtra COVID-19 tally crosses 2 lakh

Maharashtra's coronavirus case count on Saturday rose to 2,00,064 with a record single-day spike of 7,074. With 295 deaths, the death toll due to the pandemic in the state rose to 8,671, said the health department.

09:59 Jul 4

172 new coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district, nine deaths

Ahmedabad reported 172 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking case tally in the district to 21,715, the Gujarat health department said. With the death of nine patients on Saturday, the death toll due to the pandemic in the district rose to 1,475, it said.

09:59 Jul 4

3 CISF personnel among 68 new COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh

The number of COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh increased to 3,133 after 68 people, including three CISF personnel, tested positive on Saturday, said an official. As many as 112 patients were discharged during the day, he added.

09:58 Jul 4

Five more COVID-19 deaths in Haryana; 545 fresh cases reported

Haryana reported five more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, taking their number to 260 as 545 fresh cases pushed the tally in the state to 16,548. Three fatalities were reported in Gurgaon and two in Faridabad, a state Health department bulletin said.

09:57 Jul 4

227, including 40 CRPF personnel, test positive for COVID-19 in J-K; 8 more die

As many as 227 people, including 40 CRPF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the union territory's case count to 8,246, while eight more fatalities pushed its toll to 127, officials said.

09:57 Jul 4

Five deaths, 1,850 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana continued to witness a spike in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with as many as 1,850 new cases and five deaths being reported, taking the infection count in the state to 22,312 and toll to 288.

09:30 Jul 4

Mumbai 2-km radius rule: Cops allow travel 'closer to home'

Mumbai Police on Saturday tweaked its 2-kilometre radius diktat imposed to curb needless travel during the coronavirus-induced lockdown and allowed people to move around in the nearby neighbourhood. (READ MORE)

09:26 Jul 4

Bus ticket printing businesses in Bengal hit hard amid lockdown

The temporary suspension of private bus services amid the lockdown had not just hit hard the vehicle operators and their employees, but also all ancillary businesses, including the presses that print tickets for collection of fares.

09:20 Jul 4

Hisar MP Brijendra Singh tests positive for COVID-19

BJP MP from Hisar Brijendra Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and requested people who had met him recently in his Lok Sabha constituency to get themselves tested and follow all safety precautions.

09:18 Jul 4

79 fresh COVID-19 cases in border guarding forces of BSF, ITBP

Seventy-nine personnel of two border guarding forces-- the BSF and the ITBP -- tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday, officials said. The about 2.5-lakh personnel strong Border Security Force (BSF) has reported 45 fresh COVID-19 cases and 39 recoveries, officials said quoting the latest data.

09:18 Jul 4

In a first, over 700 new coronavirus cases found in Gujarat

Gujarat reported its highest single-day spike of 712 coronavirus caseson Saturday which took the number of cases in the state to 35,398, the health department said. Death toll due to the virus rose to 1,927 with 21 new fatalities, it added. For the first time, one-day rise in number of patients crossed 700 in the state.

09:17 Jul 4

COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal jumps to 736 with record 19 fatalities in one day

West Bengal registered twin records of the highest single-day surge in COVID-19 fatalities and cases on Saturday, as 19 people succumbed to the disease and 743 more tested positive for the virus, the state health department said.

09:16 Jul 4

Maharashtra's Amravati COVID-19 count now 680, death toll 27

The number of COVID-19 cases in Amravati in Maharashtra touched 680 as 30 people tested positive on Saturday, while the death toll increased by two to reach 27, an official said. A total of 18 persons were discharged during the day, taking the total number of such cases to 447, giving the district a recovery rate of 65.73 per cent, he added.

09:16 Jul 4

23 more test positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland, total tally rises to 562

At least 23 more people have tested positive COVID-19 in Nagaland, raising the total tally to 562, state health minister S Pangnyu Phom said on Saturday. Of the 23 new cases, 21 are from Peren district and two from a quarantine centre in Kohima, he said.

09:15 Jul 4

Pune Mayor Muralidhar Mohol contracts coronavirus

Pune Mayor Muralidhar Mohol said on Saturday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He underwent a test after suffering from mild fever and found that he has caught the virus, Mohol tweeted. His condition was stable and he was undergoing treatment, he assured. The BJP leader has been frequetly visiting coronavirus hotspots and hospitals in the city.

09:14 Jul 4

Bihar Legislative Council's acting chairman tests positive for COVID-19

Acting Chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council Awadhesh Narayan Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. His wife, two sons and daughter-in-law have also tested positive for the virus, said Singh's personal assistant Rahul Kumar who was also found to be infected.

09:14 Jul 4

45 more test positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand; total rises to 3,093

Forty-five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand on Saturday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the state to 3,093. Of the new cases, 17 were reported in Udham Singh Nagar, eight in Dehradun, six in Bageshwar, five in Uttarkashi, four in Nainital, two in Almora and one case each was reported from Pauri, Tehri and Haridwar, a Health department bulletin said.

09:13 Jul 4

Madhya Pradesh​​​​​​​ records one-day highest increase of 307 coronavirus cases

Madhya Pradesh on Saturday recorded its biggest single-day spike of 307 coronavirus patients with Morena emerging as a hotspot, which took the case count in the state to 14,604, health officials said. With five more people succumbing to the viral infection, the death toll went up to 598, they said.

09:11 Jul 4

Punjab reports 5 deaths, 172 new cases as COVID-19 count surpasses 6000

Punjab on Saturday reported five more fatalities due to COVID-19, taking the death toll to 162 while 172 fresh cases pushed the tally to 6,109 in the state, according to a medical bulletin. Two deaths were reported in Moga and one each in Mohali, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar, the bulletin said.

08:30 Jul 4

Assam Raj Bhavan campus declared containment zone after 2 COVID-19 cases

The Raj Bhavan campus and its surrounding areas in Guwahati were sealed and declared a containment zone on Saturday after two persons of the Governor's Office tested COVID-19 positive, an official said.

08:29 Jul 4

Five more test positive for COVID-19 in Chandigarh; tally rises to 459

Five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Chandigarh on Saturday, taking the tally in the Union Territory to 459. A 64-year-old woman, who lives in Daria, tested positive for the disease. Samples of her seven family members will be taken for testing, a medical bulletin said.

08:29 Jul 4

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray​​​​​​​ stresses coordination, testing to defeat virus in Mumbai

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday told the officials in Mumbai that coordination was necessary to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as well as monsoon-related illnesses in the city. He held a review meeting with officials of the BMC, an official release said.

08:28 Jul 4

Personnel Ministry issues SOP for reopening of training institutes across country

The Personnel Ministry has issued a standard operating procedure for reopening of central and state training institutes from July 15, outlining necessary steps to be taken by them to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

08:27 Jul 4

Manipur official allays fears of COVID-19 community transmission

As reports of 27 policemen testing positive for COVID-19 triggered panic in parts of Manipur's Jiribam, a senior official allayed fears of community transmission and said all of them had come in contact with a colleague who was recently diagnosed with the disease.

08:25 Jul 4

Karnataka today reported 1839 new coronavirus cases and 42 deaths

08:24 Jul 4

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar sends swab sample for COVID-19 test

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday sent his swab sample for COVID-19 test after he shared the dais with Legislative Council Acting Chairman Awdesh Narayan Singh, who has been found infected with the contagious virus, at an official event, officials said. (READ MORE)

08:06 Jul 4

Uttarakhand to provide people with satellite phones to keep eye on border areas

To keep an eye on the ground amidst ongoing tussle with China and Nepal on the demarcation of the border, the Uttarakhand government is distributing satellite phones to selected people in the Himalayan state. (READ MORE)

08:05 Jul 4

'Meant to cut unnecessary red tape': ICMR defends fast-tracking of Covaxin trials in July 2 order

The Indian Council of Medical Research, on Saturday, defended its order to fast track Covaxin, an indigenous Covid-19 vaccine candidate, as being in line with "globally accepted norms". The clarification came after its leaked order to 12 hospitals to expedite clinical trials by August 15 sparked widespread criticism. (READ MORE)

08:05 Jul 4

After drawing flak for low testing numbers, Tiruchy finally ramps it up to 1000 per day

After drawing flak for low testing numbers, authorities in Tiruchy have finally ramped it up to more than 1000 per day since Friday. The move comes after recommendations by experts to increase testing in Tiruchy as cases increased. (READ MORE)

08:01 Jul 4

Testing lab in Aurangabad varsity gets ICMR approval

The Indian Council of Medical Research has given sanction for coronavirus testing in a lab set up in Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Vice Chancellor Dr Pramod Yeole said on Saturday. The lab has been set up in the Paul Herbert Centre for DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity Studies in the university and is funded by AURIC as part of its CSR activity.

07:48 Jul 4

Active COVID-19 cases have come down in Uttarakhand but caution needed at all levels: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday expressed satisfaction at the drop in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state but underlined the need for constant vigil and caution in the fight against the pandemic.

07:47 Jul 4

Over 6,000 COVID-19 patients in home isolation in Telangana; government to ramp up testing, facilities: Official

More than 6,000 COVID-19 patients are presently being treated in home isolation in Telangana and the state government is ramping up testing and thefacilities to deal with the pandemic, a senior Health official said on Saturday.

07:47 Jul 4

Two BSF jawans in Mizoram test positive for COVID-19

Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans posted in Mizoram's Lunglei district have tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the northeast states tally to 164, an official said. The two jawans aged 50 and 53 have returned from Kerala recently, the official said.

07:46 Jul 4

As average daily cases come down, experts say Delhi may go past peak in August

With a drop in average fresh cases reported daily in Delhi over the past one week, experts have claimed that the city may go past the COVID-19 peak in early August. However, they have warned that if social distancing and hygiene norms prescribed by authorities are not adhered to by people, then there could be a surge again.

07:46 Jul 4

Rajasthan conducting over 41,000 COVID tests per day: Health Minister Raghu Sharma

Rajasthan has ramped up capacity to test over 41,000 samples per day for the novel coronavirus, Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on Saturday. He said the state will soon test 50,000 samples per day. The minister informed that the state's recovery rate has also reached 80 per cent.

07:34 Jul 4

Seeking to dispel concerns, ICMR says following all globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine; wants to 'cut red tape'

As experts cautioned against rushing the process for developing a COVID-19 vaccine after the ICMR stated it plans to launch one by August 15, the apex health research body on Saturday stressed that it is acting in accordance with the globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine development for diseases of pandemic potential.

07:33 Jul 4

2,505 fresh COVID cases in Delhi take tally to over 97,000; death toll crosses 3,000-mark

Delhi recorded 2,505 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally in the city to over 97,000, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 3,004, authorities said. Fifty-five fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, the Delhi health department said in a bulletin.

07:18 Jul 4

Women leading fight against COVID-19 in Northeast: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said the women in the northeast are taking the lead in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and helping the region emerge as a model for COVID-19 management.

07:17 Jul 4

UP CM Yogi asks officials to prepare special work plan for Ghaziabad, GB Nagar to check COVID spread

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday directed the state's health and medical education departments to prepare a special work plan for Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts in view of the growing number of coronavirus cases.

07:16 Jul 4

Only two new coronavirus cases in Dharavi, tally 2,311

Only two new coronavirus patients were detected in Dharavi area of Mumbai on Saturday, taking its case tally to 2,311, a senior BMC official said. The area, known as Asia's largest slum cluster, has recorded such a small rise in COVID-19 cases for the first time since the first week of April.

06:59 Jul 4

Here's what will be allowed from July 6 in Chennai

  1. Only takeaways are allowed in hotels between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. 
  2. Delivering food items from hotels through telephone orders will also be allowed till 9 p.m.
  3. Employees delivering food items should have their identity cards.
  4. Only takeaways are allowed in tea shops between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  5. Except for malls, all showrooms and large format shops (viz. jewellery and textiles shops) can function between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the guidelines already issued.
06:51 Jul 4

Indigo flight carrying 177 Indians from Dubai returns

06:37 Jul 4

ASHAs played important role in Meghalaya COVID-19 containment zones

About 6,700 ASHA workers have played an important role in timely testing and treatment of COVID-19 patients in containment areas of Meghalaya, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. (READ MORE)

06:33 Jul 4

4,280 fresh cases in Tamil Nadu, Chennai lockdown to be relaxed

Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded 4280 new coronavirus cases. While the state government announced a relaxation of lockdown for Chennai, the intensified lockdown in Madurai has been extended till July 12.

  • Today’s positive cases in Tamil Nadu -4,280
  • Total positive cases in Tamil Nadu- 1,07,001
  • Today’s positive cases in Chennai 1,842
  • Total positive cases in Chennai- 66538
  • Total discharged so far- 60,592
  • Fresh deaths- 65
  • Total deaths in Tamil Nadu- 1,450
  • Total deaths in Chennai - 1,033
06:14 Jul 4

A little rainbow of hope in Madurai


(Photo| EPS/ K K Sundar)

06:00 Jul 4

COVID-19 patient kept in ambulance for one day for want of bed in Navi Mumbai

When he was finally admitted, the family did not have the money to buy an injection that cost Rs 32,000. The man, who performed in a music band, died on June 25. (READ MORE)

05:52 Jul 4

Chennai lockdown to be relaxed from July 6

Relaxations in Chennai lockdown to come in effect from 6th July. Vegetable & grocery shops allowed to open from 6 am to 6 pm, textile & hardware shops from 10 am to 6 pm, and restaurants from 6 am to 9 pm: Edappadi K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

05:51 Jul 4

Kerala records 240 new cases

Kerala on Saturday recorded 240 positive cases. Of the positive cases 152 came from abroad, 52 from other states and 17 due to contact

05:15 Jul 4

Indian dozes off at Dubai airport, misses repatriation flight

Shajahan, who had paid 1,100 dirham (USD 300) for the ticket, said that he did not sleep on the previous night as he kept on waiting for the confirmation of his ticket for the jumbo jet flying 427 stranded Indians to Kerala, it said. (READ MORE)

05:14 Jul 4

WATCH| As cases rise, migrants leave Bengaluru

05:08 Jul 4

237 Maharashtra Police personnel test COVID-19 positive, 64 succumb

As many as 237 personnel of Maharashtra Police tested COVID-19 positive in the last 72 hours, taking the active cases in the force to 1,040, informed the Maharashtra Police. Out of the total COVID-19 cases in the force, 64 personnel have succumbed to the infection so far.

04:57 Jul 4

Can a person catch Covid-19 twice? ICMR moots studying

An expert panel under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has proposed using the recovered Covid-19 patients as volunteers as part of an epidemiological exercise. (READ MORE)

04:30 Jul 4

Five more succumb to COVID-19 in Odisha taking death toll to 34

While three persons, aged 50, 35 and 27, who died while undergoing treatment in COVID hospitals, were from Ganjam, two others, aged 51 and 64, belonged to Bhubaneswar

04:28 Jul 4

Pune man dons gold mask worth almost Rs 3 lakh in public


Now that wearing masks in public places has become the new normal, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, Shankar Kurade has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 lakhs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.(READ MORE)

04:23 Jul 4

Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple shut for visitors

04:10 Jul 4

Complete lockdown extended in Madurai till July 12

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday extended the complete lockdown for one more week - from July 6 to 12 in Madurai corporation limits and parts of Madurai East, Madurai West and Thirupparankundram panchayat union areas.

03:51 Jul 4

Kerala capital on high alert as fears of community transmission grow

With more COVID-19 cases with unknown sources of infection rising in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram, the city police and district administration have stepped up their vigil to prevent community transmission. A high-level meeting of the city police is in progress to take necessary action to impose stringent restrictions across the city. (READ MORE)

03:37 Jul 4

Flights to Kolkata from high-risk cities banned

All flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad banned from 6-19 July. While Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, Tamil Nadu stands as the second most affected state followed by Delhi and Gujarat.

03:21 Jul 4

Tamil filmmaker opens grocery store to make his ends meet


After being in the Tamil film industry for over 10 years, Anand had been hoping to return to the film industry until he realised that the movie theatres in the country will remain shut until the next year. (READ MORE)

03:17 Jul 4

Odisha govt shuts down Cuttack till 8th July midnight

02:54 Jul 4

Chennai Corporation conducts awareness program

02:44 Jul 4

Lady Gaga flaunts 'Chromatica' themed mask


Gaga shared a selfie with her 'Chromatica' themed mask on Instagram and wrote: "Be yourself, but wear a mask! I believe in being kind to yourself, the community, and the planet."

02:33 Jul 4

WHO team to visit China next week

Amid global concerns that China delayed giving information regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak, a team of WHO (World Health Organisation) will visit the country next week to investigate the origins of the virus and its spread to human beings. (READ MORE)

02:13 Jul 4

Andhra Pradesh records 765 new cases

02:10 Jul 4

NCP corporator passes away due to COVID-19

48-year-old Datta Sane, a former opposition leader of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, tested positive for the coronavirus on June 24 and was admitted to the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.

01:55 Jul 4

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani visits Surat to assess measures

Concerned over the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Surat, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel arrived in the city on Saturday to take stock of preparedness to tackle the pandemic. (READ MORE)

01:46 Jul 4

No new case in Himachal

One death and no new positive COVID-19 case reported in Himachal Pradesh today so far. Total number of cases in the state stands at 1033 including 332 active cases, 677 recoveries, and nine deaths.

01:46 Jul 4

Telangana's Gandhi Hospital to get fresh reinforcements

Director of Medical Education, K Ramesh Reddy notes that 625 staff to be recruited in Gandhi Hospital afresh, process ongoing. TIMS recruitment nears completion, operations to begin next week.

12:33 Jul 4

After Jama Masjid, now Fatehpuri Mosque also reopens in Delhi

12:32 Jul 4

Delhi's Jama Masjid reopens

12:27 Jul 4
12:26 Jul 4
12:25 Jul 4

In highest single-day spike, nearly 23,000 test positive for COVID-19; toll nears 19,000

With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 3,94,226 and one patient has migrated. There are 2,35,433 active cases of coronavirus presently in the country, the updated data at 8 am showed. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:57 Jul 4

495 new cases in Odisha

11:43 Jul 4

Five more die in Odisha

11:43 Jul 4
10:52 Jul 4

Latest Rajasthan tally

10:23 Jul 4

More information on the latest COVID-19 recovery rate in India

Recovery rate has further improved to 60.80%. The recoveries/deaths ratio is 95.48% : 4.52% now: Government of India.
10:00 Jul 4

India tally nears 6.5 lakh

India reports 442 deaths and highest single-day spike of 22,771 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Positive cases stand at 648315 including 235433 active cases, 394227 cured/discharged/migrated & 18655 deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
09:53 Jul 4

23 new cases in Nagaland

Out of 411 samples tested, 23 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed; 21 in Peren and two in Kohima. Total positive cases stand at 562, of which 334 are active cases and 228 have recovered: S Pangnyu Phom, Nagaland Health Minister.
09:22 Jul 4

Union Health Minister on availability of ventilators in India

09:21 Jul 4

ICMR on sample testings in last 24 hours

The total number of samples tested up to July 3 is 95,40,132 of which 2,42,383 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

09:01 Jul 4
09:00 Jul 4

No new positive case in Mizoram in last 24 hours

Out of 115 samples tested today at ZMC, no new COVID-19 cases found. Active cases in Mizoram stand at 35, cured-127, total-162.
09:00 Jul 4

Disturbing news from Bengaluru

A COVID-19 patient died on road as ambulance couldn't reach to him in Hanuman Nagar even four hours after he informed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. BBMP Commissioner Anil Kumar says, "I've ordered an inquiry into the incident. Action will be taken against guilty."
08:59 Jul 4

Six Ranchi cops test positive

Six personnel of Ranchi police have tested COVID-19 positive. They have been quarantined and are receiving treatment. Their contact tracing within and outside the department is being done: Surendra Kumar Jha, SSP Ranchi.
08:58 Jul 4

63 test positive in Jharkhand

63 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Jharkhand on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the State to 2,697: State Health Department.

08:57 Jul 4

GAive every home isolated patient a pulse oxymeter: Kejriwal government to Delhi local authorities

08:56 Jul 4

Latest J&K lockdown guidelines

  • Movement of individuals for non-essential activities remains prohibited in the entire J&K between 10 pm to 5 am, with effect from 4th July till further orders.
  • District Magistrates shall issue specific prohibitory orders in this regard under Sec 144 CrPC.
  • All restaurants, including in hotels, can operate for home delivery, take away and dining-in with upto 50% capacity and hotels & hospitality services can operate at 100% capacity, subject to SOP of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, dated 4th June 2020.
  • All shopping malls can open subject to SOP of Ministry of Health, dated 4th June 2020, except in Red districts where they'll operate with 50% of shops open on alternate days to be regulated by Dy Commissioners concerned.
  • Shops in malls can open from 9 am to 7 pm .
  • All passengers/returnees coming to J&K, to compulsorily undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR test following which they will be under 14 day administrative quarantine till result is negative, in which they're released for home quarantine or positive, in which they are sent to COVID hospital.
  • No inter-province or inter-state/UT movement allowed, except after obtaining permission or in permitted public transport.
  • Intra-distrcit movement allowed, with max 2 passengers besides driver in four wheelers and with no pillion rider in two wheelers, with passes in Red districts.
08:53 Jul 4

ICMR's latest instruction to states/UTs

08:52 Jul 4

Lockdown in J&K from July 4

08:52 Jul 4

365 new cases in Assam

365 new COVID-19 positive cases detected on Friday in the state, out of these 134 were reported from Guwahati city. Total cases 9799, recovered 6327, active cases 3455, deaths 14: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

08:50 Jul 4

No inter-state buses in Madhya Pradesh

Inter-state movement of buses to remain prohibited till next order. Inter-district movement of buses within the state to function normally: Home Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh.

08:50 Jul 4

Tamil film director opens grocery shop to make ends meet

08:49 Jul 4

Mask worth Rs 2.89 lakhs

08:48 Jul 4

Pune Zilla Parishad gears up for online education for the students in the district. Here is the full statement

  • In present situation, it's not possible to start schools due to COVID-19 outbreak. However, it's important to continue education for students. Providing them online education is better option and in order to do that related materials made available with teachers.
  • We appeal to all if you've any used Android Mobile Phone/Smart TV/Old Tablet/Laptop or Computer which is in working condition, donate it to schools so that it can be given to poor children and they can be brought to mainstream by providing online education.
08:46 Jul 4

Three new cases in Andaman

Three new confirmed COVID-19 cases- two contacts of earlier positives and one traveller. Total cases stand at 119, of which 65 are active cases and 54 have recovered: Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration.

08:44 Jul 4

PPE, masks, gloves: Rising environment problem due to slowly piling COVID-19 waste

PPEs are vital in battling the COVID-19 crisis, but need to be disposed daily, especially by healthcare workers. This waste is slowly piling up an environmental crisis. Delhi is still lagging in the systematic collection and disposal of this waste, which further poses a risk to the health of sanitation workers. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:43 Jul 4

COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | As new lockdown looms over Hyderabad, migrants head for Andhra Pradesh

With another lockdown looming over Hyderabad, hundreds of people were heading to their native places in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Fearing that they may be stuck in the city if the lockdown was re-imposed, workers and businessmen were returning to be with their near and dear ones. (CHECK OUT THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE)


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