COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Complete lockdown on five Sundays in Karnataka, marriages fixed will be allowed

As of June 30, the state registered 3943 cases in 24 hours time. Of these, Chennai alone accounted for 2393. The death toll has gone up 1201 after 60 more succumbed to the deadly virus.

Published: 29th June 2020 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st July 2020 08:00 AM   |  A+A-

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With 18,522 people testing positive for COVID-19 in a single day, India's case count reached 5,66,840 on Tuesday while the death toll rose to 16,893 with 418 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The number of active cases stands at 2,15,125, while 3,34,821 people have recovered, and one patient has migrated, according to the updated data at 8 am.

"Thus, around 59.07 per cent of patients have recovered so far," an official said.

The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.

Of the 418 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 181 are from Maharashtra; 62 from Tamil Nadu; 57 from Delhi; 19 each from Gujarat and Karnataka; 14 from West Bengal; 12 from Uttar Pradesh; 11 from Andhra Pradesh; nine from Haryana; seven from Madhya Pradesh; six each from Rajasthan and Telangana; five from Punjab; three from Jharkhand; two each from Bihar and Odisha and one each from Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

11:59 Jun 30

44 including 10 doctors test positive for COVID-19 in Dakshina Kannada

A chief medical officer of Wenlock hospital who was treating Covid-19 patients for the last two months tested positive for coronavirus and several other doctors and nurses were quarantined. Nine doctors from three private hospitals in Mangaluru too have tested positive and 60 staff from their hospitals have been quarantined. (READ MORE)

11:50 Jun 30

'Disappointed' to find officials on leave when needed, Noida DM orders no holiday sans his nod

Disappointed to find staff unavailable when needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration made it mandatory for officials to go on leave only with permission of the district magistrate, according to an order issued on Tuesday.

11:48 Jun 30

Advisory issued by West Bengal health department for COVID-19 treatment

Admitting lapses in the clinical management of COVID-19 patients in state-run as well as private hospitals in Kolkata, the state health department on Tuesday isued an advisory, including careful triaging of patients as per their symptoms.

11:47 Jun 30

Railways to expand Mumbai local services from Wednesday, but only essential services personnel allowed

The Railways will expand its suburban services in Mumbai from Wednesday and run 350 trains each in the Central and Western Railway Zones, Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday.

11:45 Jun 30

Punjab issues fresh guidelines for next phase of coronavirus lockdown

The Punjab government on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines for the next phase of the coronavirus lockdown from July 1 to 31, saying there will be no restriction on interstate and intrastate movement of persons and goods.

11:44 Jun 30

Odisha announces weekend shutdown in 10 districts with high COVID-19 cases

With a surge in COVID-19 fatalities and infections in Odisha in June, the state government Tuesday announced weekend shutdown in 10 districts with high active caseloads, to prevent crowding during the easing of lockdown.

11:32 Jun 30

Daily Coronavirus Updates

Total Positive Cases: 5568
Recovered:  3867
Deaths:  138

Total Positive Cases: 14,548
Recovered:  9972
Deaths:  236

Himachal Pradesh
Total Positive Cases: 953
Recovered:  575
Deaths:  8

Total Positive Cases: 440
Recovered: 364
Deaths:  6

11:10 Jun 30

Complete lockdown on five Sundays in Karnataka, marriages fixed will be allowed

Loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes are exempted from night curfew. (READ MORE)

11:09 Jun 30

Congress to air Rahul Gandhi's conversation with four nurses working on frontline to combat COVID-19

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's conversation with four Indian nurses working in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and India will be aired on Wednesday during which they will share their experience of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ MORE)

10:41 Jun 30

Night curfew to remain in force in Himachal till further orders: CM Jairam Thakur

Addressing deputy commissioners and police officials through video conferencing from Shimla, CM Jairam Thakur said curfew would remain in force in the state from 9 pm to 5 am till further orders. (READ MORE)

10:37 Jun 30

Consider sufferings of parents, institutions on fees: Madras High Court to Tamil Nadu government

The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government to consider the sufferings of parents and private educational institutions and formulate a scheme on collection of fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ MORE)

10:34 Jun 30

Trader becomes Karur's first COVID-19 victim, found to have been treated by a quack

A 47-year-old trader from Punnam Chathiram became the first person to succumb to COVID-19 in Karur district, after initially having his fever treated by a quack. (READ MORE)

10:30 Jun 30

Bihar MLA Anand Shankar Singh tests positive for coronavirus

Yet another member of the state legislature has tested positive in Bihar where at least three prominent politicians have been infected by coronavirus in the past fortnight, an official said here on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

10:24 Jun 30

Free food will be home delivered for elderly in Chennai: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami

Food, free of cost would be home delivered for the elderly, sick and destitute in Chennai and nearby areas where the intense lockdown will be in force till July 5, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said here on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

10:18 Jun 30

Health experts teams to do regular, surprise inspections of COVID facilities in Delhi

The three teams of medical experts constituted by the Union health ministry will conduct regular and surprise inspections at various COVID hospitals in the national capital, officials said.

10:16 Jun 30

'Unlock 2': Gujarat extends hours of ops for shops and restaurants

With 'Unlock-2' kicking in on Wednesday, the Gujarat government has extended hours of operation for shops and restaurants located in non-containment zones, guidelines for which were issued on Tuesday.
10:08 Jun 30

COVID-19 toll in J-K crosses 100-mark, 260 fresh cases recorded

The toll due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir crossed the 100-mark on Tuesday as six more patients succumbed to the disease, while the union territory's tally rose to 7,497 after 260 fresh cases were detected, officials said.

10:05 Jun 30

6 deaths, 150 new coronavirus cases in Punjab; total cases 5,568

Six more persons succumbed to coronavirus in Punjab on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 144 while 150 new cases pushed the state's tally to 5,568. Three fatalities were reported in Amritsar and one each in Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar, according to a medical bulletin.

10:02 Jun 30

88 fresh coronavirus cases in CRPF; total tally 1,219

Eighty-eight more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the overall infections in the country's largest paramilitary force to over 1,200, officials said on Tuesday.

10:01 Jun 30

Nine more test positive for coronavirus in Ladakh; tally stands at 973

Nine more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the total number of cases in the Union territory to 973, officials said on Tuesday. All the nine new cases were detected in Leh district, the health department officials said.

10:00 Jun 30

Gujarat's COVID-19 cases rise by 620 to 32,446; 20 more die

Gujarat on Tuesday reported 620 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall count to 32,446 in the state, Health department said. With 20 more people succumbing to the infection, the toll has risen to 1,848, it said. A total of 422 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 23,670.

09:59 Jun 30

Biggest single-day spike of 652 COVID-19 cases in Bengal, tally rises to 18,559

West Bengal on Tuesday registered its highest single-day spike of 652 COVID-19 cases, which pushed the total tally in the state to 18,559, the health department said. Fifteen coronavirus patients died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 668, the department said in its bulletin. Of the 15 people, 14 succumbed to comorbidities, where COVID-19 was "incidental", the bulletin said.

09:42 Jun 30

Maharashtra COVID-19 cases up by 4,878 to over 1.74 lakh; toll 7,855

Maharashtra's coronavirus case tally rose to 1,74,761 on Tuesday with addition of 4,878 new patients while the death toll mounted by 245, including 57 fatalities in Mumbai, to 7,855. (READ MORE)

09:25 Jun 30

Bengal Daily Coronavirus Update

Total positive case till date: 18,559
Positive at present: 5,761
Death: 668
Discharged: 12,130
Total tests: 4,88,038

09:23 Jun 30

Meet India's silent front line COVID-19 warriors - ASHA workers

09:23 Jun 30

J-K Daily Coronavirus Update

Fresh case: 260
Deaths: 5
Total cases rise to: 7497
Active cases: 2674
Recovered: 4722
Total deaths: 101

08:58 Jun 30

Positivity rate dips in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar in random sampling

As per the officials of Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration, the low positivity rate indicated that the inflictions were high in number only in containment and densely populated areas of the district. (READ MORE)

08:57 Jun 30

June 30th, Telangana crosses 16,000 mark with 945 new COVID-19 cases

08:34 Jun 30

Kanpur homemaker accuses six family members of domestic violence, violation of COVID protocol

In a curious case of the use of the epidemic act against her in-laws, a homemaker in Kanpur lodged a police complaint against her mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, her husband and her two children accusing all of assault, insult and criminal intimidation on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

08:22 Jun 30

Lockdown measures in containment zones stand extended up to July 31

08:22 Jun 30

Punjab reports 150 new COVID-19 positive cases today

Punjab reports 150 new COVID-19 positive cases and 6 deaths today. Total number of cases rise to 5568 and death toll is at 144: State Health Department

08:21 Jun 30

Karnataka reports 947 new COVID-19 positive cases

06:50 Jun 30

Vets draw swabs of goats, sheep grazed by shepherd who tested positive for COVID-19

Like in the case of testing humans, the expert team clad in PPEs visited the animals at Jakkanahalli near Tiptur and also others that grazed alongside them at Gollarahatti hamlet in Godekere village of Chikkanayakanahalli taluk. The samples will be sent through courier to the Animal Disease Investigation Laboratory in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Until the reports arrive in 10-15 days, the sheep will be under 'quarantine'.


06:47 Jun 30

Himachal COVID tally

Number of COVID-19 cases rises to 948 in Himachal Pradesh, of which 358 cases are active. The death toll is at 8. 569 patients have recovered till date: State Health Department 

06:46 Jun 30

Odisha chief secretary lays down guidelines for extended lockdown

  • Enforcement against wearing masks, social distancing at public places, in commercial spaces will be stronger in July in Odisha.
  • Ten districts bracketed in Zone 1 to have weekend shutdowns, dist admn authorised to restrict public transport, shops, Govt, Pvt offices and assembly.
  • The 10 dists include Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda.
  • Night curfew to be in force from 9 pm to 5 pm, earlier it was from 6 pm. Decision on opening shopping malls on local authorities.
  • Social distancing protocol not just for Govt offices, Pvt institutions will have to abide by it. 
06:40 Jun 30

Odisha issues guidelines for COVID-19 lockdown

06:39 Jun 30

32 BMTC staffers test positive for coronavirus

06:37 Jun 30

Nashik curfew times

Lockdown will be implemented in a stricter manner in Nashik from 7 pm to 5 am; it will be a curfew-like situation during this time: District Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal  

06:33 Jun 30
06:33 Jun 30

Delhi Metro to remain closed for commuters until further notice

The Delhi Metro has been closed since March 22 when the 'Janata Curfew' was observed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, the nationwide lockdown was announced which came into effect from March 25. "Delhi Metro services will remain closed for commuters until further notice, in view of the guidelines issued by the government," a senior official said. The DMRC also tweeted to announce that services will remain closed. 

06:23 Jun 30

9 CISF jawans test covid positive in Kerala

06:05 Jun 30

Coronavirus cases cross 90,000 in TN and other June 30 Updates

  • New cases: 3,943
  • Total: 90,167
  • Discharged: 50,074
  • Active cases: 38,889
  • Samples tested: 30,242
  • Deaths:1,201
  • New cases in Chennai: 2,393
  • Total : 58,327


06:03 Jun 30

West Bengal CS urges Home secy to relax norms in Kolkata

Rajiva Sinha, West Bengal Chief Secretary writes to Ajay Bhalla, Home Secretary stating, "kindly give MHA's consent for relaxing norms for Kolkata to run a bare minimum number of Metro train to carry people associated with essential services as a very special case".  

06:00 Jun 30

Kerala report 131 new cases and 75 recoveries

05:40 Jun 30

Tamil Nadu education minister tests positive for coronavirus


05:39 Jun 30

West Bengal CM extends free ration for poor till June 2021

  • We are allowing morning walks from 5:30 am to 8:30 am but social distancing should be maintained. 50 people to be allowed at weddings and 'sraddha' instead of 25: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
  •  I am extending free ration for poor till June 2021
  • Today Chief Secy has written letters to Central Home Secy regarding metro&flight services. Like international flights have been stopped till July 15 we requested restriction of domestic flights from hotspots & to start metro for people engaged in essential services.


04:31 Jun 30

PM accepts Opposition demand of extending the free ration scheme

04:14 Jun 30

Rs 90,000 crore allocated for expanding PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

More than 80 crore poor citizens will get 5 kilo rice / wheat for these 5 months, every family will also get 1 kilo pulses too free of cost every month. The extension of the scheme will cost Rs 90,000 crore.
04:13 Jun 30

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana extended till November end: PM  

04:07 Jun 30

Pay more attention in containment zones: PM

The rules were followed very seriously during the lockdown. Now governments, local body entities, citizens of the country need to show the same vigilance again. In particular, we have to pay a lot of attention to Containment Jones. Those who are not following the rules, we have to interrupt and stop them: PM  

04:05 Jun 30

With Unlock 1, negligence has increased too: PM

Ever since Unlock-One has happened in the country, negligence in personal and social behavior is also increasing. Earlier we were very cautious about masking, taking two yards, washing hands several times a day for 20 seconds: PM 

04:03 Jun 30

PM addresses nation ahead on Unlock 2.0

We are entering Unlock-2.

India is in a better position than many countries of the world. Timely lockdown and other decisions have saved the lives of millions of people in India: PM 

03:52 Jun 30

Wear a mask, stay safe

03:51 Jun 30

672 new cases of coronavirus detected in UP

In the last 24 hours, 672 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the state. There are 6711 active cases, 16084 patients have been discharged so far and 697 patients have succumbed to the infection: Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad  

03:51 Jun 30

ICMR to publish results of plasma therapy soon

The ICMR study on plasma therapy (PLACID Trial) is still ongoing. Sample size is 452. An interim analysis of 300 patients has not been conducted. The results will be shared on completion of the study from a scientific perspective: Indian Council of Medical Research  

03:45 Jun 30

Record 98.82 per cent students pass in Kerala SSLC exams amid pandemic


03:45 Jun 30

Rising bills in Maharashtra

03:27 Jun 30

Lockdown extension in TN

03:24 Jun 30

COVID updated from Odisha

  • Odisha allows counter sale of liquor from tomorrow
  • 29 more BSF jawans test positive for #COVID19 in Odisha's Malkangiri district 
03:21 Jun 30

Johnson&Johnson venturing into COVID-19 vaccine

Johnson & Johnson preparing ground for entry of COVID-19 vaccine, expanding its manufacturing capacity to supply over 1 billion doses through 2021 in not-for-profit project aimed at common person; human trials to begin in fortnight, says its top scientist  

02:47 Jun 30

Protests in the times of COVID

02:41 Jun 30

PM reviews preparations for COVID-19

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparations being undertaken for vaccination against COVID-19, as and when a vaccine is available.
  • PM directed officials to evaluate various technology tools to ensure efficient and timely vaccination in due course of time. Prime Minister also directed that detailed planning for such large scale vaccination should be undertaken immediately.
  • The current status of Indian and global vaccine development efforts was also reviewed at the meeting. Prime Minister Modi highlighted India’s responsibility and commitment to the global community to play an enabling role in global vaccination efforts against COVID-19. 
02:28 Jun 30

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa holds 2nd round of meeting with representatives of private hospitals at Vidhana Soudha

01:22 Jun 30

67 Maharashtra cops infected in last 24 hours

67 police personnel found positive for COVID-19 in the state in last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 1,097 and death toll to 59 in the force: Maharashtra Police.

01:21 Jun 30

41 new cases in Assam

41 new COVI19 cases reported in Assam today till 1145 hours; the total number of positive cases in the state is 7835.
01:20 Jun 30

Uddhav government requests railways to restart suburban trains for essential staff

State Government has requested Railways to allow employees of various Central Government Offices/Establishments, High Courts and Public Sector Banks to travel by local trains. The final decision in this regard will be taken by Railways.

01:02 Jun 30

Tests for all symptomatic persons: Focus shifted from containment to mitigation amid rising COVID-19 cases

Last week, the Indian Council of Medical Research had asked states to allow coronavirus testing for symptomatic persons in any part of the country. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:01 Jun 30

Ex-Minister HD Revanna's gunmen infected with coronavirus in Karnataka

The swab testing results of his two personnel assistants were negative, sources said. The Health officials reportedly have advised HD Revanna for a swab test today. Currently, the MLA is in his Bengaluru residence and wasn't available for comment in this regard.
01:01 Jun 30

76-year-old man from Thiruvananthapuram is Kerala's latest COVID-19 victim

The deceased has been identified as 76-year-old Thankappan, a resident of Nettayam in Vattiyoorkavu, in the capital district. According to the health department, Thankappan who died on last Saturday due to comorbidities including high blood pressure and diabetes was tested positive on Monday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:00 Jun 30

704 new cases in Andhra


12:44 Jun 30

Aamir Khan's staff tests COVID-19 positive in Mumbai, actor assures he is 'safe'

The actor also assured that the "rest of us", which includes him, "have all been tested and found negative". He also mentioned he was taking his mother for testing since she "is the last person in the loop". (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:29 Jun 30

WATCH | All you need to know about 'COVAXIN'

12:10 Jun 30
12:09 Jun 30

WATCH | Tamil Nadu news bulletin

12:06 Jun 30

Karnataka CM meets private hospitals

12:04 Jun 30

Latest Odisha COVID-19 key stats

11:49 Jun 30

67 more Maharashtra cops test positive

67 more Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours; taking the total number of cases to 4810 and death toll to 59 in the force.

11:40 Jun 30

Latest Rajasthan numbers

11:11 Jun 30

Latest update from Mumbai

The total number of COVID-19 containment zones in Mumbai is 750: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
11:11 Jun 30

Eight new cases in Nagaland

Eight new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in the state, taking the total tally of positive patients to 460 including 292 active patients and 168 recovered: Nagaland Health Minister.
11:10 Jun 30

206 new positive cases in Odisha

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rises to 7065, with 206 new positive cases reported in the last 24 hours: State Health Department.
11:01 Jun 30

New flu virus 'G4' discovered in China, can trigger another pandemic

The researchers then carried out various experiments including on ferrets, which are widely used in flu studies because they experience similar symptoms to humans -- principally fever, coughing and sneezing. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:59 Jun 30

Textile shop owner, 18 staffers test positive, Coimbatore officials say shop was closed twice for violating norms

The shop owner and the employees tested positive on Sunday. According to a revenue department official, the showroom had been closed just earlier that week, on June 24, citing violation of physical distancing rules. In the meanwhile, a senior staff of the shop with travel history tested positive for Covid-19. Despite this and in defiance of the rules, the shop owner allegedly reopened the showroom the very next day. The shop was again closed by the Coimbatore Corporation officials on June 26, officials said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:58 Jun 30

Brazil close to coronavirus vaccine deal, says AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca director Jorge Mazzei told reporters on Monday that if the vaccine works he believes the hard-hit South American nation will get it at the end of the year. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:43 Jun 30

53 more test positive in BSF

In the last 24 hours, 53 more Border Security Force (BSF) personnel tested positive for COVID-19 and four have recovered. There are 354 active cases and 659 personnel have recovered till date: BSF.
10:07 Jun 30

Lockdown scenes from Guwahati

09:48 Jun 30

418 deaths and 18,522 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

418 deaths and 18,522 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours; Positive cases in India stand at 5,66,840 including 2,15,125 active cases,3,34,822 cured/discharged/migrated & 16,893 deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
09:35 Jun 30

ICMR on COVID-19 tests in last 24 hours

The total number of samples tested up to 29 June is 86,08,654 of which 2,10,292 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research.

09:09 Jun 30

More than 300 new cases in Assam in last 24 hours

302 new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Assam on 29th June. Out of these, 172 cases were reported from Guwahati City in last 24 hours. Total cases 7794, recovered 5333, active cases 2447, deaths 11: State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
09:06 Jun 30

Central team visits Telangana hospital

09:04 Jun 30

Strict checks in Bengaluru amid night curfew

09:03 Jun 30

No new cases in Mizoram in last 24 hours

No new COVID-19 positive case reported in Mizoram on 29th June. The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 151, cured/discharged 61, active cases 90: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram.

09:02 Jun 30

Karnataka High Court closed for one day

Judicial, non-judicial, and administrative functions of the High Court of Karnataka, Principal Bench, Bengaluru suspended for today, for sanitization of the entire court complex due to 'unavoidable circumstances'.

01:38 Jun 30

Highest single-day spike of 624 COVID-19 cases in West Bengal; 14 more die

West Bengal recorded the highest single-day spike of 624 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the state's tally to 17,907, while 14 more people succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 653, a health bulletin said. (READ MORE)

01:02 Jun 30

COVID-19 positive IPS officer's wife allegedly spits on woman's face in Karnataka

A woman neighbour was allegedly intimidated by the police and was abused by an IPS officer's wife, after she reportedly requested the officer's son to not make noise while playing. (READ MORE)

01:00 Jun 30

UP attains nearly 70 per cent recovery rate in COVID-19 cases

Figuring at the fifth position among the states in the country by contributing 4 per cent to the national tally of COVID-19 patients, the recovery rate in Uttar Pradesh has notched up to nearly 70 per cent on Monday. (READ MORE)

12:58 Jun 30

West Bengal sets up 'COVID warrior club' to help contain pandemic

In a unique initiative, the West Bengal government has set up a 'COVID warrior club' in Murshidabad district, comprising people who have recovered from the disease and willing to aid the administration and health workers in containing the pandemic. (READ MORE)

12:53 Jun 30

Meghalaya announces extension of night curfew till July 6

The Meghalaya government on Monday announced the extension of night curfew till July 6 across the state and total lockdown in areas bordering Guwahati in Assam to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (READ MORE)

12:36 Jun 30

Chennai, Madurai to continue with curbs till July 5: Tamil Nadu government

For travel within a district, e-pass will not be needed though it was necessary for inter-district and inter-state travel. (READ MORE)

11:14 Jun 29

India, France review progress of multi-faceted cooperation, discuss COVID-19

India welcomed France's joining of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and France welcomed India's participation in the UN Security Council in 2021-22. (READ MORE)

11:01 Jun 29

Telangana Deputy Speaker Padma Rao tests positive for COVID-19

11:00 Jun 29

Unlock 2 guidelines issued: Schools, colleges to remain shut; air and rail services to open up

The ministry said that domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner and their operations will be further expanded slowly. (READ MORE)

10:58 Jun 29

Teacher deputed to SSLC exam duty in Karnataka tests positive for COVID-19; 50 people at risk

After a teacher deputed on Secondary School Leaving Certificate board examination duty tested positive for COVID-19, at least 50 people are at risk of the virus including 20 teachers and 20 students in Bagalkot. (READ MORE)

10:31 Jun 29

Unlock 2 Updates

10:30 Jun 29
10:12 Jun 29

Government of India announces guidelines for Unlock 2

10:11 Jun 29

India's first vaccine candidate for COVID-19 'Covaxin' gets DCGI approval for human clinical trials

The Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, has been accorded permission by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to initiate Phase I & II human clinical trials for India's first vaccine candidate against COVID-19. (READ MORE)

10:04 Jun 29

Hunger brought migrants home, now drives them back thousands of miles away

Several companies in the manufacturing, industrial goods and real estate sector have even chartered aircraft to bring back their skilled and semi-skilled employees. (READ MORE)

09:45 Jun 29

Coronavirus Daily Updates


Total Positive Cases: 5418

Recovered: 3764

Deaths: 138


Total Positive Cases: 14,210

Recovered: 9502

Deaths: 232

Himachal Pradesh

Total Positive Cases: 942

Recovered: 556

Deaths: 7


Total Positive Cases: 434

Recovered: 349

Deaths: 6

09:39 Jun 29

No more demand for Shramik Special trains, says Railways

At a press conference, railway spokespersons said no Shramik Special ran on Sunday and none is scheduled for Tuesday either. (READ MORE)

09:22 Jun 29

Karnataka coronavirus updats

09:20 Jun 29

Kerala government decides to implement a special cluster management strategy in containment zones

08:41 Jun 29

Himachal Pradesh government extends till August 31

08:40 Jun 29

Kolkata Metro to resume services for people in essential services

The metro authorities held a meeting with state government officials on Monday after responding to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s request to resume services for commuters from July 1. (READ MORE)

08:39 Jun 29

Telangana well equipped to handle COVID fight, insists health minister Eatala Rajender

Vociferously defending the testing being done in Telangana and dismissing the criticisms levelled against Government COVID hospitals, Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Monday stated that people with vested interests are finding ways to tarnish the government's efforts in controlling COVID. (READ MORE)

08:21 Jun 29

Lockdown extended till July 31 in Tamil Nadu

08:20 Jun 29

Update on fever camps data in Chennai

08:12 Jun 29

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa directs private hospitals in Bengaluru to arrange 2,500 additional beds by Tuesday

Sharing coronavirus data of the four metropolitan cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, Karnataka CM Yediyurappa said Bengaluru was better placed due to the efforts of the state government. (READ MORE)

08:02 Jun 29

Nagaland government extends lockdown till July 15

The Nagaland government on Monday extended the lockdown in the state till July 15 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, a government spokesperson said. (READ MORE)

06:46 Jun 29

COVID-19 case found in Lucknow dist court

Lucknow District Court to remain closed for two days after detection of a COVID-19 case today. The Court will reopen after sanitization activities are undertaken. 

06:41 Jun 29

Teenager thwarts parents' plot to marry her off due to lockdown poverty

Teenage daughter of a mason, stricken by poverty due to Covid-inducted lockdown, sought help from the local police in East Midnapore district and derailed her father’s plan to get her married off at the age of 15. The Class-X board examinee wrote a letter to the cops disclosing her parents’ intention and her aim to study further. The police intervened and got her parents to sign a written declaration that the teenager would not be married off before she turned 18. 


06:40 Jun 29

West Bengal to procure 3 crore masks

06:35 Jun 29

Lockdown seizures

06:34 Jun 29

West Bengal government preparing app to store data on migrant labourers

The West Bengal government is preparing a mobile app to store detailed information about migrant labourers who have returned to the state during the lockdown period, as well as their families, officials said on Monday. The labour department is collecting data on nearly 11 lakh workers who have come back from other states.



06:34 Jun 29

COVID update from Bhubaneswar

06:32 Jun 29

Incentive granted to people after completing isolation period in Odisha's quarantine centres

As per the state government's order, people coming from other states in Odisha are receiving Rs 2,000 as an incentive for completing the quarantine period. Jajpur District Magistrate Ranjan Kumar Das informed that more than 1,300 temporary quarantine centres are operational in the district. "The Government of Odisha issued an order that those coming from outside will be placed in institutional quarantine or home quarantine according to the case. To encourage people to register for (institutional) quarantine an incentive of Rs 2,000 is being given to them," Das told ANI. 

06:28 Jun 29

Migrants crisis continues

06:27 Jun 29

Amid COVID-19 crisis, AP CM releases second tranche of Rs 512.35 crore to bail out MSMEs

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on June 29, 2020, released Rs 512.35 crore in the second tranche of industrial incentives to MSMEs as part of the Rs 1,168 crore ReSTART package that includes Rs 827.5 crore incentives kept pending by the previous TDP government since 2014-15.  

06:17 Jun 29

Kerala reports 121 new COVID-19 cases

06:16 Jun 29

Increase COVID-19 testing facilities in Uttar Pradesh: CM Yogi Adityanath to officers

Use of TrueNat machines should be promoted in private hospitals, Uttar Pradesh CM said while addressing an unlock review meeting with senior officers and ministers. 

06:11 Jun 29

Chennai one-day spike crosses 2000-mark

06:08 Jun 29

Over 500 cases of child marriages reported since mid-March in West Bengal

Over 500 cases of child marriage were reported in West Bengal since mid-March when the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown was imposed, officials said, claiming that in most cases, underage girls were married off by families who lost their earnings due to the shutdown.


06:07 Jun 29

14-day ‘total lockdown’ in Guwahati from June 28

Alarmed by the spurt in the number of Covid-19 cases in Guwahati, the Assam government has enforced a 14-day “total lockdown” in the city since Sunday midnight. All government and private offices, commercial establishments, shops, industrial establishments, places of worship etc remained closed on Monday. Only pharmacies and hospitals were allowed to operate. 

06:00 Jun 29

Karnataka COVID update

04:49 Jun 29

Maharashtra lockdown extended


04:46 Jun 29

Social distancing goes for a toss as Congress protests fuel price hike with cycle rally in Bengaluru

As part of its national protest against the fuel price hike, the Karnataka unit of the Congress took out a bicycle rally on Monday. Senior leaders of the party hopped on to bicycles and led hundreds of party workers in Bengaluru as they pedalled towards the party headquarters. In the process, the Congress ended up violating all social distancing norms as hundreds of party workers cycled together and crowded outside the party office before moving towards the income tax office without masks, shouting slogans and waving flags.


04:28 Jun 29

Plasma therapy awaits ICMR nod in Haryana

04:26 Jun 29

Steep spike in COVID-19 cases likely in July-August, warns Karnataka minister

Revenue minister R Ashoka, who has temporarily been handed change of COVID-19 management for Bengaluru, on Monday said that the state and city will see a further steep spike in cases in July-August according to the experts' committee report. While spelling out the contingency plan for Bengaluru, Ashoka admitted that not just increased testing but increased spread of infection too is causing the spike. 

04:25 Jun 29

Another BJP MLA in MP tests positive for Covid-19, third lawmaker in state to contract virus

The 36-year-old legislator, who hails from the erstwhile royal family, tested positive on Sunday night, a day after his samples were sent for testing, health department sources confirmed to The New Indian Express . 

04:20 Jun 29

BSY holds meeting with pvt hospital reps

04:06 Jun 29

Uttar Pradesh COVID tally

In the last 24 hours, 685 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported in the state. There are 6650 active cases, 15506 patients have been discharged so far and 672 patients have succumbed to the infection: Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad 

04:05 Jun 29

Final goodbye to a brave-heart

04:04 Jun 29

Maharashtra Government extends lockdown in the state till 31st July

Concerned District Collector and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of persons to control COVID19.

04:03 Jun 29

77 more Mumbai cops test positive for COVID-19

77 police personnel found positive for COVID-19 & two others died in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 1,030 and death toll to 59 in the force: Maharashtra Police 

03:33 Jun 29

Lockdown a blunt instrument, increase restrictions in worst-hit areas alone: TN health panel

The Health Experts Committee which held a two-hour-long discussion with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat on Monday did not recommend an extension of lockdown but urged the government to increase the restrictions in areas where the health indicators are not satisfactory. This is the seventh meeting the committee had with the Chief Minister since March. Dr Sowmya Swaminathan joined the meeting via video conferencing from Geneva. 

02:58 Jun 29

Odisha coronavirus update

02:55 Jun 29

COVID-19 patient from Madurai succumbs to injuries after attempting suicide

A 56-year-old COVID-19 patient, who attempted suicide by jumping from the 1st floor of a COVID care centre, succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning. The deceased was a daily wager from East Street of Palanganatham in Madurai. Sources said he was living on the first floor of a house in Palanganatham with his wife, daughter-in-law and grandson. His son is working abroad. 

02:54 Jun 29

Himachal Pradesh coronavirus update

Himachal Pradesh detects 3 new positive cases of #COVID19, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 919 including 365 active cases, 534 recoveries and 7 deaths: State Health Department  

02:53 Jun 29

Man who returned from Rajasthan is first COVID-19 case at Vizag steel plant

The first COVID-19 case was reported at the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) with one of its employees testing positive for the virus on Monday. The employee returned from his hometown in Rajasthan via Delhi on June 4 by a flight and was under institutional quarantine at GITAM Hospital from June 4 to 12. 

02:52 Jun 29

Asad approaches Telangana Health Minister seeking extensive testing in Hyderabad

02:51 Jun 29

Three judicial officers, two cops test positive for COVID-19 in Vellore

As soon as the test results were received, officials of the Vellore City Municipal Corporation sanitized the residences of the judicial officers at Sathuvachari and Rajiv Gandhi Nagar off Anna Salai 

02:48 Jun 29

Delhi HC extends suspension of its functioning till July 15

Delhi High Court extends the suspension of the functioning of High Court and subordinate courts till July 15, in view of the COVID19 pandemic. All pending matters listed before the Court in this period stand adjourned. Hearing in urgent matters to be held via video-conferencing. 

02:39 Jun 29

Kartarpur Corridor amid COVID-19

Pakistan govt has offered to reopen Kartarpur Corridor from today. We also want that the corridor reopens but the final decision has to be taken by the Centre keeping in view COVID-19 situation: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Chief Secretary Dr Roop Singh in Amritsar  

02:17 Jun 29

Situation under control in Madhya Pradesh: Health Minister

"We have controlled the coronavirus situation in Madhya Pradesh. Our growth rate is 78 per cent. So far, the number of active cases stands at around 2,500 whereas we are prepared with 25,000 beds," Narottam Mishra said.

02:12 Jun 29

Odisha update

02:11 Jun 29

Himachal's Lahaul-Spiti reports first case

The sample of the labourer, who is working with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was taken at the Keylong regional hospital, they said. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh has risen to 918.

02:06 Jun 29

Indian fishermen still stranded in Iran

Sixty-three fishermen, including 44 from Tamil Nadu, are still stranded in Iran after they could not board the Indian Navy vessel INS Jalashwa at Bandar Abbas in Iran due to lack of space.

02:00 Jun 29

Police seek curfew in Pandharpur ahead of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi'

In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities have decided that 'wari' (pilgrimage) will be held this year with the padukas (foot prints) of Saint Dnyaneshwar, Sant Tukaram and others being taken to Pandharpur by air or road, and not on foot as is done traditionally.

01:51 Jun 29

793 new cases in Andhra Pradesh

01:49 Jun 29

World's largest Plasma Therapy project launched in Maharashtra


01:29 Jun 29

Union Health Ministry on COVID-19 recovery rate in India

The gap between recoveries and active cases of COVID-19 is 1,11,602 as of today. So far, as many as 3,21,722 patients have been cured. The recovery rate is 58.67% : Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
01:21 Jun 29

Will do antything to stop COVID-19 infection in my state: Punjab CM

If there will be any chance of the spread of COVID-19 infection in my state, I will act firmly. I will not let this disease spread in my state. I have to do my best: Captain Amarinder Singh.

01:06 Jun 29

Delhi government to set up plasma bank at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday informed that within two days the 'Plasma Bank' will be started at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) to help out the public. As per the procedure, all hospitals will be able to get the plasma from the storage but only after a doctor's recommendation, the doctor will request ILBS for plasma only then it will be provided for the concerned patient. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:59 Jun 29

Punjab CM on COVID-19 treatment facilities in state

We have got arrangements for 4,246 beds out of which 2,014 are ready, another 949 beds have been kept reserved in private sector. A total of 52 government and 195 private hospitals have been booked for COVID-19 cases. We'll have over 600 ventilators soon.

12:58 Jun 29

Telanagan Health Minister addresses media

12:48 Jun 29

WATCH | Lockdown violations in full force in Chennai

12:35 Jun 29

Karnataka bans online classes

12:20 Jun 29

Delhi to get India's first 'Plasma Bank': Kejriwal

  • Delhi government has decided to start a 'Plasma Bank' in Delhi for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The 'Plasma Bank' will start operation in the next two days.
  • I appeal to COVID-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma.
  • This 'Plasma Bank' will be set-up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi.
  • Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor.
12:04 Jun 29

KTU Exams postponed owing to Covid-19 situation

The varsity had received numerous representations from students and parents seeking postponement of the exams. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:58 Jun 29

WATCH | Brief Tamil Nadu new bulletin

11:57 Jun 29

Indore situation under control: MP Minister

11:56 Jun 29

Latest Rajasthan numbers

11:56 Jun 29

245 new cases in Odisha

Odisha detects 245 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 6859 including 4743 recoveries, 2086 active case and 21 deaths: State Health Department

11:55 Jun 29

New rules for Chardham Yatra

Uttarakhand government to begin Chardham Yatra for Uttarakhand residents only from July 1, following SOPs issued by govt in view of COVID-19. People from containment zones, quarantine centres and other states won't be allowed to take part in Yatra:Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Board CEO.

11:33 Jun 29

Man who went missing from Delhi airport on his return from Kazakhstan traced to Ghaziabad, quarantined

Harjeet Singh, a resident of Dilshad Garden, arrived in Delhi on flight number AI 1916 from Almaty in Kazakhstan on Saturday and went missing from the entry gate of the screening hall at Terminal-3 of the IGI airport. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:54 Jun 29

Telangana Home Minister Mahmood Ali tests positive for Corona

According to sources, a medical team took swabs for testing three days ago after he began showing symptoms of coronavirus infection. The result came positive on Sunday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:29 Jun 29

All-important meeting takes place between Tamil Nadu CM and health experts on lockdown extension in state

10:28 Jun 29

Meat stall sealed in Tamil Nadu

10:05 Jun 29

19 new cases in Nagaland

Nagaland reports 19 new COVID-19 positive cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 434 including 270 active cases, 164 recoveries and no deaths so far.
10:03 Jun 29

SSLC exam continues in Bengaluru amid COVID-19 pandemic

10:01 Jun 29

Central team to visit Telangana

09:30 Jun 29

Karnataka Minister on Bengaluru situation

Bengaluru had 1556 COVID-19 cases as on June 23 which has doubled to 3419 cases as on June 28. Bengaluru now constitutes 25.92% of total cases in Karnataka. State Government is taking all measures to ensure that every COVID patient gets best treatment: Dr Sudhakar K, Karnataka Minister.

09:30 Jun 29

Latest coronavirus stats from Centre

380 deaths and 19,459 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours. Positive cases in India stand at 5,48,318 including 2,10,120 active cases, 3,21,723 cured/discharged/migrated & 16,475 deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

09:18 Jun 29

21 more BSF staffers test positive

In the last 24 hours, 21 more Border Security Force (BSF) personnel tested positive for COVID-19 and 18 have recovered. There are 305 active cases and 655 personnel have recovered till date.
09:08 Jun 29

'Discriminatory': Delhi University goes for open book exams, but what does it mean for students

On Saturday, the DU postponed the OBE, which was scheduled to begin from July 1, by 10 days “in view of the prevailing situation of COVID-19 pandemic”. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:06 Jun 29

Malnutrition among children: The unspoken side of COVID-19 pandemic

In the first phase of lockdown amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Rinky, 30 relied on food being distributed by the Delhi government in a school near her accommodation in the capital’s Bhanwar Singh Camp. Despite the need to take care of her three-year-old daughter who is suffering from malnourishment, she could do little. The condition has not improved much since. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:05 Jun 29

LNJP doctor, Hindu Rao Hospital staffer succumb to virus in Delhi

Sources at the Max Hospital said the doctor died in the ICU of Max Smart, a dedicated COVID-19 facility in Saket. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:04 Jun 29

West Bengal government gearing up to market immunity boosting 'sandesh'

No artificial flavours would be added to the sweetmeat which will be available in the department's outlets in the city and neighbouring districts. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:04 Jun 29

Stats on sample testings in last 24 hours

The total number of samples tested up to 28 June is 83,98,362 of which 1,70,560 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research.
08:35 Jun 29

Himachal tally nears 1000

Total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Himachal Pradesh are 916 including 378 active cases, 518 recoveries and seven deaths: State Health Department.
08:35 Jun 29

22 new cases in Jharkhand

Jharkhand reports 22 new COVID-19 positive cases and 69 recoveries today. Total number of cases stands at 2342 including 606 active cases, 1724 recoveries and 12 deaths: State Health Department.
08:34 Jun 29

Rajasthan further relaxes lockdown

Religious places in rural areas of the state where limited number of devotees visit are allowed to open from July 1: Rajasthan Chief Minister's Office.

08:34 Jun 29

Latest Chhattisgarh tally

84 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Chhattisgarh on Sunday. Total number cases stand at 2964 including 619 active cases, 2062 discharges and 13 deaths: State Health Department.
08:33 Jun 29

327 new positive cases in Assam

327 new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Assam on Sunday. Out of these, 195 cases were reported in Guwahati city in last 24 hours. Total cases 7492, recovered 5088, active cases 2390 and deaths 11: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

08:32 Jun 29

Swab robot to minimize human touch while collecting samples for COVID-19 testing

08:31 Jun 29
08:30 Jun 29

Visuals from Delhi's Vijay Chowk

08:30 Jun 29

Lockdown starts in Assam's Guwahati

08:29 Jun 29

COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Highest single-day spike in several states; MP, UP announce house-to-house survey

A record single-day spike in COVID-19 cases was reported in several states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal as the country-wide tally rose by nearly 20,000 on Sunday. (FOLLOW THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE)


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