J&K’s summer capital Srinagar will reopen 50% of its shops from Saturday, for the first time since the lockdown restrictions were imposed on March 20. “A detailed discussion was held with all trade and business organisations. Mandatory observance of standard operating procedures, including wearing of masks, maintaining physical distancing, hygiene and sanitization, was also laid down,” an official order said.
Here are the latest updates:
6 pm | Tamil Nadu
Three PG students of Thoothukudi medical college test positive
Three postgraduate students of Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital have tested positive for COVID–19, sources in the hospital said on Saturday.
Two postgraduate students attached to the Department of Anaesthesia and another one belonging to the Department of Surgery tested positive for the infection after they were part of the team of doctors who performed surgery on a patient admitted to the ‘Emergency and Trauma Care’ ward.
5.50 pm | Bihar
COVID-19 data updates from Bihar:
Total death- 35; total recovered persons- 3,686; total positive cases- 6,183; total sample tests done- 1,20,086.
Director Jayaraj releases tribute to coronavirus warriors, with popular Malayalam song
It is not everyday that a director shoots a different version of a song from a film he made 24 years ago. But, then, these are no normal days.
When Jayaraj decided to film a tribute to the frontline coronavirus warriors, he felt the song Kaliveedurangiyallo… from the his 1996 film Desadanam would be ideal. That song, which spoke about the emptiness of a home after a young boy is inducted into a monastery, had become hugely popular and won K.J. Yesudas a State Award.
The new version of the song is sung by Akhila Anand, the singer who had debuted in Jayaraj’s Aswaroodan. It has been released on YouTube.
5.40 pm | Tamil Nadu
T.N. appoints 2,000 more nurses for Chennai, nearby districts
Amid the surging COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar said 2,000 more nurses have been appointed to cater to requirements in State-run hospitals in Chennai and nearby districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallurand Chengelpet.
He said as many as 81 rapid response mobile medical teams have been deployed in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengelpet and Kanchpeepuram districts today in addition to the 173 mobile health teams already on job in the Greater Chennai Corporation areas.
While 61 teams are for Chennai, 10 will be in Chengelpet and five each in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, the Minister told reporters. Such mobile teams, which includes ambulances and vans equipped to cater to requirements like testing and dispensing drugs, have been mobilised from across the State by the Health department, he said.
5.30 pm | Karnataka
11 test positive in Hassan
As many as 11 people, including eight who had returned from Mumbai, tested positive to COVID-19 in Hassan on Saturday. With this, the total number of positive cases reported in the district has increased to 237. Among them, 184 have been discharged after they recovered and one person died.
India repatriates 227 stranded citizens from Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia
As many as 227 Indian nationals stranded in Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia have been flown back home under the third phase of the mega evacuation exercise Vande Bharat.
National carrier Air India on Friday evening operated its first passenger flight ever from the Finnish capital city Helsinki, bringing back the Indian citizens stranded in the four European countries due to the international travel restrictions following the coronavirus outbreak.
Air India’s Country Manager in Israel, Pankaj Tiwari, whose office coordinated the repatriation flight said that the AI 1184 flight landed in New Delhi on Saturday.
5 pm | Maharashtra
Two more Mumbai police personnel die of COVID-19
Two more personnel from the Mumbai police succumbed to COVID-19, taking the death toll among the city’s policemen to 26.
Police officers said that both the deceased were serving in police stations in the northern suburbs of the city. While the first was a Head Constable, the second was a Police Constable.
A senior officer said, “The Head Constable, who was a resident of Goregaon (West), was diagnosed with Covid-19 and was admitted to Seven Hills Hospital at Andheri on June 4. He also suffered from diabetes. All his family members are in perfect health.” The Constable was a resident of Vasai Taluka and was diagnosed with Covid-19 on June 6.
– Gautam S. Mengle
4.45 pm | Tamil Nadu
Police install CCTV cameras to monitor quarantined homes in Chennai
The Greater Chennai Police have started installing CCTV cameras in containment areas to check if people who have been placed under quarantine are leaving their houses.
As per the Greater Chennai Corporation’s (GCC) numbers, there are 360 containment areas in the city as on June 12. There have been reports of quarantined people leaving their houses despite GCC officials warning them repeatedly, not to. FIRs were slapped against 40 persons who ventured outside their homes recently. In a bid to strengthen monitoring, the city police have now started installing CCTV cameras outside the containment areas.
4.30 pm | Pakistan
Shahid Afridi tests positive for COVID-19
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus.
“I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi announced on Twitter.
4.15 pm | Russia
Russia’s coronavirus cases cross 5,20,000
Russia reported 8,706 new coronavirus cases, bringing its cumulative infection tally to 5,20,129.
The authorities said 114 people had died of the virus in the last 24 hours, raising the official national death toll to 6,829.
4 pm | Puducherry
13 more COVID-19 cases reported in Puducherry
Thirteen more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Puducherry, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 176.
With five more discharged on Friday, the active cases stand at 91. The new cases diagnosed were contacts of patients in Mettupalayam and Thavalakuppam areas.
Currently, there are 49 cases undergoing treatment at IGMC&RI and 36 at JIPMER. Of the 9,658 people tested, 9,352 have tested negative and the results of the remaining people are awaited, a status report released by the Health Department said.
3.44 pm | Assam
COVID-19 patient discharged from Assam hospital due to confusion over names
What’s in a name? It turned out to be a lot in Assam’s Darrang district as a COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital instead of a recovered person due to confusion over their similar-sounding names.
Officials on Saturday said the incident occurred two days ago when authorities of the Mangaldoi Civil Hospital were calling out the names of 14 recovered people for their release.
The COVID-19 patient responded to a name sounding similar to his, which was in fact of a recovered person from his Dalgaon Sialmari village. He was then discharged instead, they said.
But the hospital authorities quickly realised their mistake and sent an ambulance to bring the COVID-19 patient back to the medical establishment the same night, the officials said.
3.41 pm | New Delhi
Amit Shah to hold meeting with Delhi LG and CM Kejriwal
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others on Sunday to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital.
The meeting comes in the wake of rising cases of the coronavirus in Delhi which reached 36,000 and the pandemic so far claimed more than 1,200 lives in the capital.
“Home Minister, Shri @AmitShah and Health Minister, @drharshvardhan to hold meeting with @LtGovDelhi, CM Delhi & members of SDMA to review situation in the capital regarding COVID-19 tomorrow, 14th June at 11 am. Director AIIMS and other senior officers would also be present,” Mr. Shah’s office tweeted.
3.28 pm | New Delhi
Delhi HC issues directions to Centre and Delhi govt.
Taking note of the “gravity” of the coronavirus situation in the national capital, the Delhi High Court has directed the AAP government and the Centre to increase the number of beds and ventilators for COVID-19 patients.
The direction was issued by a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan after the Delhi government informed it that till June 9 there were 9,179 beds for COVID-19 patients iand out of that 4,914 were occupied and remaining were available.
The Delhi government also told the bench that total 569 ventilators were available, out of which 315 were being utilised and remaining are available.
“Considering the gravity of the situation, we hereby direct the respondents (Centre and Delhi government) to increase the number of the beds for COVID-19 patients and also try to increase the number of ventilators so that all COVID patients in need can get these facilities,” the bench said in its order which was passed on June 11 but made available on Saturday.
The court also said it expects all hospitals in the national capital to correctly upload the availability of real-time bed capacity data so that public may know in advance where to go if they are suffering from COVID-19.
The order came while disposing a joint plea moved by several lawyers, through advocate Mridul Chakravarty, seeking proper implementation of containment guidelines, especially in Defence Colony of South Delhi, and to ensure availability of adequate number of beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi.
3.10 pm | Guruvayur
Guruvayur temple stops darshan from today
The Guruvayur Devaswom Board has decided to stop darshan as well as weddings at Sree Krishna Temple from Saturday considering the spike in COVID-19 cases in Thrissur district and the neighbouring Chavakkad turning into a containment zone.
Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran aid the two weddings, which were already booked for Saturday, would be conducted but no other weddings will be allowed.
The temple had opened on June 5 after a break of 80 days when the lockdown restrictions were relaxed.
3.07 pm | Goa
Goa orders random testing at slums near COVID-19 hospital
After a few personnel from Goa’s dedicated COVID-19 hospital tested positive for the infection, the State government on Saturday decided to conduct random testing at slums near the facility in Margao town.
State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said people living in slum areas around ESI Hospital in Margao will be tested for coronavirus.
Earlier this week, a few members of the hospital staff had tested positive for the deadly infection.
“In view of cases detected at ESI quarters, I have directed the health secretary to test all employees there,” he said.
2.40 pm | Sikkim
Schools, colleges in Sikkim to reopen in August
The Sikkim government has deferred reopening of educational institutes by a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak and decided to resume classes in schools, colleges and universities in the first week of August this year. The educational institutes in the state were supposed to reopen from July 1.
2.00 pm | Maharashtra
1,233 personnel of Mumbai Police recovered from COVID-19
A total of 1,233 personnel of Mumbai Police have recovered from COVID-19 and 334 of them have resumed work, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Saturday.
As of June 12, 35 policemen, including 21 from Mumbai and others from rest of Maharashtra, have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
A total of 197 police officials and 1,211 staffers have been infected by the novel coronavirus across the state, as per the state government.
1.30 pm | Madhya Pradesh
M.P. Youth Congress president Kunal Choudhary tests positive for COVID-19
Congress MLA and Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress president Kunal Choudhary on Saturday morning tested positive for COVID-19, sending jitters across the party preparing for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha election and the Assembly byelection.
The Bhopal district administration was tracing the contacts of Mr. Choudhary, an MLA from Kalapipal, who resided in 74 Bungalows of Bhopal, a residential enclave for Ministers, said a district official. “His sample was collected on Friday night.”
1.00 pm | Tamil Nadu
580 Indians stranded in Kuwait return home
As many as 580 Indian nationals stuck in Kuwait returned home on Saturday by two special flights operated by the gulf nation.
The stranded Indians, all from Andhra Pradesh, arrived at Chennai airport by two Kuwait Airways relief flights on Saturday morning and later left for the neighbouring state, where the required COVID-19 health protocols including quarantining, would be done.
They were taken in special buses arranged by the AP government after completion of immigration and Customs formalities.
12.30 pm | Goa
241 stranded Buddhist monks flown back to Mongolia from Goa
As many as 241 Buddhist monks from Mongolia, who were stranded in Karnataka due to the lockdown, were flown back to their homeland in a special flight from Goa.
An official said that the monks were stranded in Karnataka’s Hubbali due to the travel restrictions. They were brought to Goa on Friday by road.
“A Mongolian Airlines flight arrived in Goa to ferry the stranded monks. All the rules related to social distancing and hygiene were meticulously followed during the departure of this group,” he added.
Maharashtra govt slashes charges for COVID-19 tests by private labs
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday said that the government has reduced the rates of the COVID-19 tests conducted by private laboratories from ₹4,500 to ₹2,200.
Talking to PTI, Tope said the lowering of rates for the tests would provide a relief to the people.
“₹2,200 will be charged for collecting the swabs through viral transport media (VTM) from hospitals, while it would cost ₹2,800 for collection of swab from home. Earlier, the charges were ₹4,500 and ₹5,200 respectively,” he said.
The revised rates are the maximum these labs can charge. District collectors can negotiate with private labs to reduce the rates further, Tope said. “If the private labs charge more than the prescribed upper limit, legal action would be taken against them,” he said, claiming that the new rates will be the lowest in the country.
The minister said that at present, there are 91 labs in the state for COVID-19 testing and about four to five are in the pipeline. According to him, the government had last week formed a four-member committee to fix the rates of COVID-19 tests conducted by authorised private laboratories in the state.
Thrissur district on high alert
With a spurt in COVID-19 cases, Thrissur district is on high alert. Fourteen new cases were reported on Friday, bringing the number of cases in the district to 218. In all, 161 people are currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in the district.
The District Collector has declared 21 wards of Chavakkad municipality as containment zones. Areas of the municipality under Manathala village had already been declared a containment zone. Eight panchayats, 12 divisions of Thrissur Corporation and 20 wards of Irinjalakuda municipality are also containment zones.
Noida opens helpline for scheduling COVID test
Residents of Noida and Greater Noida can now dial the helpline number 18004192211 to book an appointment in the eight sample collection centres in the district.
“All primary high-risk contacts and such persons exhibiting influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms and other categories of persons (including random sampling) are sampled and tested through the COVID labs,” District Surveillance Officer Sunil Dohare said in a statement.
“To make the experience seamless, we have dedicated special team of doctors who will ascertain your requirements, and get the testing schedule as per protocol. All people need to do is dial 18004192211 and press option 1 and provide their requirements after which the doctors will call and give time and date for sampling,” he said.
Man arrested for robbing pilot in Delhi tests COVID-19 positive, about 10 cops quarantined
One of the accused arrested in connection with the robbery and attack on a pilot of a private airline has tested positive for COVID-19, police said on Friday, adding that 10 officers have been quarantined following this.
A senior police officer said that P. Silva, who was arrested along with his accomplices Rahul and Ashu on June 9, tested positive on Thursday evening.
Beijing district in ‘wartime emergency mode’ after virus case spike
A Beijing district official said on Saturday the district was in “wartime emergency mode” following a spike in novel coronavirus cases centered around a major wholesale market there.
Chu Junwei, an official of Beijing’s Fengtai district, said at a briefing that throat swabs from 45 people, out of 517 tested at the district’s Xinfadi market, had tested positive for the new coronavirus.
How will business landscape shift post-COVID-19?
KPMG, in a paper, lists seven ways in which the business landscape is likely to shift, not only in India, but all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to these shifts will certainly help countries and companies navigate the path to the ‘Next Normal’, the study titled ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on the Indian economy’ says.
12 police personnel in quarantine after accused tests positive
Twelve personnel of the Taloja police station have been quarantined after a man they arrested for a burglary tested positive for COVID-19.
The man was arrested on June 7 and taken to Panvel court the next day. Just before presenting him in court, the police personnel accompanying him learnt that his swab sample had tested positive for COVID-19. Hence, they kept him in the vehicle while one of them presented the remand copy in court.
Mexico prepares to reopen half the country amid pandemic
Mexico began setting dates for re-opening businesses in half the country next week, even as the nationwide daily confirmed cases total rose Friday by a record 5,222 and 504 new deaths were reported.
India on its way to win a ‘wrong race’: Rahul Gandhi
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday put up animated graphics to show how COVID-19 cases are shooting up in India and stated that the country is on its way to win a ‘wrong race’.
“India is firmly on it’s way to winning the wrong race. A horrific tragedy, resulting from a lethal blend of arrogance and incompetence,” Mr. Gandhi wrote on Twitter with the graph that mapped India’s rise in COVID cases.
Now, COVID-19 test at your doorstep in Vijayawada
Private testing for the coronavirus is now available at the doorstep of your home in Vijayawada city. Apollo Diagnostics in a press release on Friday said that it would deploy technicians to homes to collect the samples.
By coincidence, the Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday issued an order fixing ₹2,900 as the upper limit for the fee any lab could charge for conducting a test for the virus in the State.
West Bengal breaches 10,000-mark
West Bengal on Friday recorded the highest single-day increase of 476 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number to 10,244. With nine more deaths, the death toll went up to 451. Four deaths were reported from Kolkata, two from Hooghly and one each from Nadia, South 24 Parganas and Howrah.
Assam hospital goof up: COVID-19 infected person discharged by mistake
A hospital in Darrang district became a source of embarrassment for the Assam government by discharging a person who tested positive for COVID-19 instead of another who had recovered.
The district authorities have ordered a magisterial probe into the goof-up at the Mangaldai Civil Hospital in Mangaldai district.
Brazil’s coronavirus deaths surge past U.K.
Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll overtook Britain’s on June 12 to become the second highest in the world with 41,828 dead, but the World Health Organization said the nation’s health system was standing up to the pressure.
“The system as such from the data we see is not overwhelmed,” the WHO’s top emergencies expert Dr. Mike Ryan said, with few areas of Brazil using more than 80% of their hospitals’ intensive care bed capacity.
Supreme Court asks Uttar Pradesh to file response on quarantine rules
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a response on quarantine rules followed in the State.
The court sought details after it was informed that quarantine guidelines issued in Noida were “contrary” to the national guidelines notified by the Centre.
42 postgraduate doctors test positive in Madras Medical College
Forty-two doctors, who are residents of the Madras Medical College’s Postgraduate (PG) Men’s Hostel, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Friday.
Nearly 60 samples were lifted from the doctors. Of these, 42 returned positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The hostel houses 250 PG doctors. These doctors were posted on COVID-19 as well as other duties, including trauma and outpatient departments, at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH). Reliable sources at the hospital said that a number of women PGs and house surgeons had tested positive.