Coronavirus India lockdown Day 98 live updates | Delhi HC declines to entertain plea seeking free COVID-19 testing, treatment at private labs, hospitals

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) late on Monday announced fresh guidelines for Unlock 2. The restrictions will, however, be strictly enforced in containment zones till July 31.

Metro rail services, schools, colleges, gymnasiums, auditoriums, bars, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, assembly halls and similar places will continue to remain shut across the country. All large congregations, including religious, social, political, sports and academic, continue to remain prohibited.

Also read: No restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods, reiterates guidelines

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers. You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here.

Here are the latest updates:

2:40 p.m. | Goa

9,000 foreigners left in 43 flights from Goa during lockdown

As many as 43 special flights carrying nearly 9,000 foreigners have so far left from Goa to various international destinations during the coronavirus- induced lockdown, officials said on Tuesday.

The latest flight, of the Russian airliner Rossiya, carrying 318 adults and eight children, left from the Goa International Airport on Tuesday, airport director Gagan Malik said.

“So far, 43 flights carrying nearly 9,000 foreigners have left from Goa to various international destinations,” he said.

— PTI

2:30 p.m. | Singapore

Singapore reports 246 new COVID-19 cases, mostly foreign workers

Singapore on Tuesday reported 246 new COVID-19 cases, mostly foreign workers living in dormitories.

Of the new cases, three Singaporean citizens or permanent residents (foreigners), the health ministry said.

The rest 243 are foreign workers living in dormitories, it said.

With the detection of 246 new cases, the COVID-19 tally in Singapore now stands at 43,907

— PTI

2:20 p.m. | Maharashtra

Maharashtra: Total lockdown in Jawhar town till July 8

Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases, the collector of Maharashtra’s Palghar district has announced a complete lockdown in Jawhar town till July 8, an official said on Tuesday.

As per a release from the town’s civic body, collector Kailas Shinde has imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) prohibiting assembly of five or more people till July 8, it was stated.

— PTI

2:10 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Unlock 2: UP CM Adityanath directs officials to study guidelines, make arrangements

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed officials to study the Centre’s guidelines for the month-long ‘Unlock 2’ beginning July 1, and make arrangements accordingly in the state.

On Monday, the Centre issued guidelines for the month-long ‘Unlock 2’ from Wednesday — the “phased re-opening” of activities that had been barred to contain the spread of COVID-19 — and said educational institutions, Metro rail services, cinema halls and gyms will continue to remain shut. ‘Unlock 1’, a graded exit from the national lockdown imposed on March 25, is due to end on Tuesday.

— PTI

2:00 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi HC declines to entertain plea seeking free COVID-19 testing, treatment for all at private labs, hospitals

The Delhi High Court Tuesday declined to entertain a plea seeking free of cost COVID-19 testing and treatment at all private labs and hospitals in the national capital for everyone, rich or poor, saying PILs should be filed with “some responsibility“.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said it would dismiss the petition with costs after which the petitioner“s counsel sought to withdraw the plea.

“The petition is disposed of as not pressed at this stage,” the court said.

— PTI

1:50 p.m. | London

HIV drug combo found to have no benefit for hospitalised COVID-19 patients in U.K. trial

A combination of antiviral drugs commonly used to treat HIV showed no beneficial effects in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 in a large-scale randomised trial, scientists in the UK have found.

The findings “convincingly rule out any meaningful mortality benefit of lopinavir-ritonavir in the hospitalised COVID-19 patients we studied,” the scientists running the RECOVERY trial at the University of Oxford said in a statement on Monday

— PTI

1:45 p.m. | Bengaluru

Private medical colleges in Bengaluru to allot 50% beds for COVID-19 treatment

Private medical colleges in the city have agreed to provide about 4,500 beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Tuesday.

The government has agreed to include private doctors and paramedical staff involved in treatment of coronavirus patients under insurance coverage.

“We have held discussions, they (private medical colleges) have responded positively, they have assured that they will give more than 50% of beds and provide necessary facility.

— PTI

1:35 p.m. | Kolkata

NICED official tests positive for COVID-19

A top official at the city-based National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) has tested positive for COVID-19, a health department source said on Tuesday.

The official, who had complained of uneasiness on Friday, was asked to undergo home isolation, he said.

1:25 p.m. | Lahore

Six Pak players, including Hafeez, test negative for COVID-19; to join squad in England

Six Pakistani cricketers, who were found to be COVID-19 positive ahead of the team’s departure for England last week, have now tested negative for the second time in three days making them eligible to join the squad in the UK.

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz have been found negative in the latest round of testing conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

— PTI

1:20 p.m. | Pakistan

Pakistan reports 2,846 new COVID-19 cases, 118 deaths

Pakistan has reported 2,846 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 209,337, while the number of fatalities reached 4,304 after 118 people died of the disease in the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Out of the total number of infections, Sindh reported 81,985 cases, Punjab 75,501, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 26,115, Islamabad 12,775, Balochistan 10,426, Gilgit-Baltistan 1,470 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 1,065 cases.

— PTI

1:15 p.m. | Bengaluru

COVID-19 peak linked to consistent decline in daily toll, says public health care expert

Only when the daily death toll due to coronavirus comes down consistently can one say for sure that COVID-19 has peaked in India, a prominent public health care expert said on Tuesday.

President of Public Health Foundation of India Prof. K. Srinath Reddy said the country is seeing greater spread of the virus because of increase in testing rates, and mobility and mixing of people post the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

— PTI

1:10 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi’s Jama Masjid to reopen on July 4: Shahi Imam

The historic Jama Masjid, which had closed earlier this month due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the city, will reopen for congregational prayers (namaz) from July 4, Shahi Imam of the mosque Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Tuesday.

The mosque was closed on June 11 in view of the “critical” conditions in the city due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, till June 30.

— PTI

1:05 p.m. | Jammu and Kashmir

12th coronavirus-linked fatality in Jammu, toll rises to 96 in J-K

An 85-year-old coronavirus positive woman died at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here on Tuesday, raising the toll related to COVID-19 to 96 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The death of the octogenarian from the coronavirus is the 12th in Jammu region and the first from Kathua, her home district, they said.

— PTI

1.00 p.m. | Karnataka

Karnataka High Court closed for a day for sanitisation

The shut gates of the Karnataka High Court that was closed for a day today for sanitisation.
 

 

The functioning of the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court in Bengaluru has been suspended for a day today to carry out sanitisation work, said a notification issued late night on Monday.

However, the notification has not cited any specific reason for sanitisation except stating that “due to unavoidable circumstances.”

Following this, the hearing of all the cases, through videoconferencing and a few selected ones through the physical presence of the advocates, could not commence. – Krishnaprasad

12:40 p.m. | Mumbai

Aamir Khan’s staff tests positive for COVID-19

Superstar Aamir Khan on Tuesday said that some members in his staff have tested positive for coronavirus. The 55-year-old actor said he and the other members of his family have tested negative for COVID-19 but he is awaiting the reports for his mother’s test.

“This is to inform you that some of my staff have tested positive. They were immediately quarantined, and BMC officials were very prompt and efficient in taking them to a medical facility. I would like to thank the BMC for taking such good care of them, and for fumigating and sterilising the entire society, Aamir said in a statement.

— PTI

12:20 p.m. | Bhubaneswar

BMC asks private hospitals to keep staff in campus to check virus spread

As several health care workers and staff of private hospitals staying in different slums here were detected with COVID-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the hospital authorities to ensure that they were lodged in their campuses.

As a precautionary measure, the BMC on Monday ordered the private hospitals and nursing homes to ensure that their staff do not make frequent visit to their residence in the slums.

— PTI

12:10 p.m. | United nations

India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s ‘missing females’: U.N. report

India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s 142.6 million “missing females” over the past 50 years, a report by the United Nations said on Tuesday, noting that the country along with China form the majority of such women globally.

The State of World Population 2020 report released on Tuesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the world organisation’s sexual and reproductive health agency, said that the number of missing women has more than doubled over the past 50 years – from 61 million in 1970 to a cumulative 142.6 million in 2020.

— PTI

12.00 am

Tamil Nadu surpasses Delhi in case count

Recording nearly 4,000 cases in the last 24 hours, Tamil Nadu has surpassed Delhi to regain the second spot among the list of worst-hit states by the pandemic, while Karnataka also recorded more than 1,100 overtaking Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

Maharashtra remained the highest contributor to the single day rise, registering over 5,200 coronavirus infections. Delhi saw an increase of 2,084 cases.

PTI

11.30 am

ASHA workers protest in Bengaluru

Accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers along with AIUTUC protesting against the government for not providing safety kits during their work in COVID-19 affected areas, at Malleswaram in Bengaluru on June 30, 2020. They demanded an immediately release Rs. 3000, which the government had announced a month ago.

Accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers along with AIUTUC protesting against the government for not providing safety kits during their work in COVID-19 affected areas, at Malleswaram in Bengaluru on June 30, 2020. They demanded an immediately release Rs. 3000, which the government had announced a month ago.
 
| Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

 

11.00 am | Karnataka

As many as 19 people said to have been tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Hassan on Tuesday. Among them include policemen escorting a former minister, said the sources.

The official press note on the number of cases reported today would be released later today. The Health Department officials said the number of confirmed cases has been on the rise as random tests were being conducted. The staff members are collecting samples of people who interact with the public regularly.

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10.30 am | Tamil Nadu

Madurai plans to expand convalescent plasma therapy trials

A worker moving medical waste at the Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital in Chennai.

A worker moving medical waste at the Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital in Chennai.  
| Photo Credit: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

 

The Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH), Madurai is looking to expand convalescent plasma therapy trials for the treatment of selected COVID-19 patients.

Dean J. Sangumani said that till date, two recovered patients — a 39 year-old man and a 43 year-old man — had come forward to donate 500 ml of plasma each. A 72 year-old man had been the only recipient till date, he added.

 

10.00 am | Karnataka

SSLC students a model for adults during COVID-19 crisis, says Minister

SSLC students entering an exam centre at Chamarajpet in Bengaluru on Monday.

SSLC students entering an exam centre at Chamarajpet in Bengaluru on Monday.
 
| Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

 

Hailing the students appearing for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination, S. Suresh Kumar, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, said they were a “model even for adults” as they were following all the COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks inside and outside the exam centres.

 

9.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

TTD to conduct COVID test for all pilgrims

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to perform COVID-19 tests without fail on all the devotees bound to the Lord Venkateswara temple, at the Tirumala foothills at Alipiri.

TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal made the announcement after a high-level review meeting on Monday, in the presence of Chittoor Collector N. Bharat Gupta and TTD Additional Executive Officer A.V. Dharma Reddy.

 

9.00 am | Odisha

Community transmission: Situation turning worse in Bhubaneswar

Migrant workers come out after discharge from the quarantine centre and heading towards their village, in Keonjhar district of Odisha. File

Migrant workers come out after discharge from the quarantine centre and heading towards their village, in Keonjhar district of Odisha. File
 
| Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

 

Bhubaneswar is steadily plunging into a grim situation following an alarming spike in community transmission cases.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said 23 of the 25 cases (92%) detected in the city were local cases. The rest two cases had travel history to New Delhi and Kolkata.

 

8.30 am | Telangana

Govt. to intensify tests from today, says Health Minister

Faced with a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Telangana government has decided to intensify testing from Tuesday.

Health Minister Eatala Rajender said there had been a spike in the number of cases ever since lockdown restrictions were lifted and the increase was observed mainly in some parts of the west and south Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits.

 

8.00 am

Delhi govt. to set up plasma bank for COVID-19 treatment

Hospital staff guiding patients at Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi on Monday.

Hospital staff guiding patients at Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi on Monday.  
| Photo Credit:
R.V. Moorthy

 

The Delhi government will set up a first-of-its-kind plasma bank in the Capital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The plasma bank will start operating in the next two days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced here on Monday while paying tribute to Aseem Gupta, an anaesthesia specialist from Lok Nayak Hospital, who died on Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus earlier this month. Mr. Kejriwal also announced a compensation of ₹1 crore to the next of kin of the doctor.

 

7.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19 cases among bank staff a cause for concern

More than 15 bank employees contracted coronavirus in the city during the last week raising concerns among the fraternity. According to information, the employees working in Satyanarayanapuram, One Town, Bandar Road, VMC and Gannavaram branches of a PSU bank tested positive.

 

7.00 am | Chennai

1,129 city police personnel test positive

Over 1,129 police personnel, including a few IPS officers, have tested positive for the SARS CoV-2 infection in Greater Chennai City Police. As many as 54 personnel are under treatment in city hospitals.

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