Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, following a COVID-19 review meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and other senior government officials, reiterated the need to observe personal hygiene and social discipline in public places while appreciating the manner in which the pandemic has been “contained” in Delhi.
Here are the latest updates
Lockdown extended in Navi Mumbai
Thane Collector Rajesh Narvekar issued an order for extending the lockdown till the midnight of July 19 and municipal corporations have been asked to decide individually as per the situation of the respective areas.
While Kalyan-Dombivli Corporation and Thane Municipal Corporation had extended the lockdown till July 19 on Friday, Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation extended it till July 18. Following their cue, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) also extended the lockdown for another six days till midnight of July 19 as new cases touched fresh highs.
Andhra Pradesh ropes in Facebook, IIT-Tirupati for better management of COVID-19
In the backdrop of spike in COVID-19 positive cases and casualties, the Andhra Pradesh government has roped in social media giant Facebook and IIT-Tirupati for better management of the pandemic.
The mapping and analysis of people moving in public places, apparently, has been a big help for the government machinery in its containment measures initiated for the fast-spreading disease.
Tripura to enforce stricter measures as cases surge
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday hinted at taking harsh measures like the imposition of a lockdown in the wake of a surge in coronavirus cases in the State. He also expressed displeasure over violations of health protocols and curfew restrictions. “I am receiving proposals from the districts. We may even enforce lockdown,” he said.
9.30 am | Kerala
Spectre of new clusters in Thiruvananthapuram
Raising the spectre of new COVID-19 clusters, the number of cases without known sources of infection continued to mount in the capital district, even while the daily caseload fell by a half on Saturday when compared to Friday.
Among the 69 people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, as many as 46 contracted the infection through local transmission. The administration was in the dark over the origin of infection of 11 of the cases, strengthening the possibility of silent transmission in parts of the district.
9.00 am | Telangana
Health dept. awaits nod for plasma bank
The Health department is awaiting the Centre’s nod for setting up a convalescent plasma bank in the State even as the demand for plasma among COVID-19 recovered people continues to mount. Most requests posted on Twitter are by family members of patients admitted in corporate hospitals.
Plasma collected from patients who have recovered from the disease would be infused with antibodies to neutralise the coronavirus. It is expected that the procedure would bring down the mortality rate.
8.30 am | Karnataka
Lockdown back in Bengaluru Urban, Rural from July 14 night
With a big rise in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks in and around the city, the State government has reimposed total lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts for seven days from 8 p.m. on July 14 till 5 a.m. on July 22.
All the guidelines announced during the previous lockdowns will be in force during this period. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who is currently under home quarantine, has appealed to all residents of the two districts to remain indoors during the lockdown period to control the pandemic.
8.00 am | New Delhi
All upcoming exams of State-run universities cancelled: Sisodia
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said all upcoming written examinations of universities under Delhi government will be cancelled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and students, including those in final year, will be passed based on evaluation of previous exams or semesters.
7.30 am | Tamil Nadu
Fever clinics credited with Chennai’s declining trend in infections
The Greater Chennai Corporation has screened 10 lakh residents so far in fever clinics as part of its efforts to arrest the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G. Prakash said that a high number of residents being screened in fever clinics had led to a declining trend for 11 days in the city that has a population of 87 lakh. The fever clinics were started in May to better COVID-19 containment activities in the city.
COVID-19 deaths in West Bengal cross 900
West Bengal on Saturday recorded 26 more deaths due to COVID-19 taking the number of casualties to 906. The State recorded yet another highest single-day spike of 1,344 cases in 24 hours, taking the tally to 28,453.