With Bengaluru reporting 1,525 out of 2,627 cases and 45 of 71 deaths in Karnataka on Sunday, members of the State’s COVID-19 expert and technical advisory committees recommended a minimum three-week lockdown.
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Calcutta HC to remain closed till July 19
The Calcutta High Court will continue to remain closed till July 19 in view of a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the city and a new phase of lockdown in containment zones here, Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan said in an administrative order on Monday.
The high court was closed till Monday from Friday last owing to the newly imposed lockdown in the city and for sanitisation of the court buildings in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
April 2 COVID-19 deaths revealed now by Indore authorities
Health authorities in Indore in Madhya Pradesh have disclosed two COVID-19 deaths more than three months after they occurred.
A 36-year-old man and a 70-year-old man, detected with the infection, died on April 7 and 10 respectively in two private hospitals, and the official information on these casualties was shared by health department authorities in a COVID-19 bulletin released on Sunday.
Fine for not wearing mask raised to ₹500 in Ahmedabad
In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ahmedabad, the city authorities on Monday raised the penalty for not wearing face mask in a public place to ₹500 from ₹200 announced earlier.
A fine of ₹10,000 will also be imposed on paan shop owners if their customers are found spitting in the open near their shops, said Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Gupta, who was appointed to oversee works related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city.
No patient should be denied treatment over COVID-19 scare, Odisha govt tells hospitals
Amid reports that patients were being denied treatment in some non-COVID hospitals of Odisha over fears of virus transmission, the state on Monday issued an order, asking all healthcare facilities to ensure necessary medical services are provided to those in need.
The health department directive also stated that emergency procedure should not be delayed or deferred over COVID-19 scare.
Kerala’s first plasma bank set up at Manjeri
Kerala’s first Plasma Bank has been set up at the Government Medical College Hospital at nearby Manjeri, where two critically-ill COVID-19 patients have recovered after undergoing plasma therapy.
Two more people, who undertook the therapy, are now out of danger and would be discharged soon.
No one has understood U.P. govt’s logic of weekend lockdown ‘baby pack’: Priyanka gandhi Vadra
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday attacked the Yogi Adityanath government over the rising coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh, saying no one has understood the logic of the weekend lockdown “baby pack” and efforts are on to hide failures.
Her attack came after the Uttar Pradesh government decided to impose a stricter lockdown across the state on weekends to stop the coronavirus spread.
Coronavirus | SC refuses to entertain a plea seeking restriction on Amarnath Yatra 2020
The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a plea which sought directions for restriction on this year’s Shri Amarnath Yatra due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said that the decision on permitting pilgrims and imposing conditions for their safeguard falls within the domain of executive and the administration would take a call on it.
CA’s May examination cancelled, to be merged with Nov cycle: ICAI tells SC
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) Monday informed the Supreme Court that the May cycle of CA examination, scheduled between July 29 and August 16, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The counsel appearing for ICAI told a bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar that now the May cycle examination will be merged with the November 2020 cycle of the CA exam.
Amit Shah reviews COVID-19 situation in his constituency
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in his Lok Sabha constituency Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
The meeting, held via video conference, was attended by Gandhinagar Collector Kuldeep Arya, District Development Officer (DDO) Shalini Duhan and Gandhinagar Municipal Commissioner Ratankanvar Gadhvicharan.
COVID-19: 3 deaths in Goa on Mon, official tests positive
A senior health official assisting in a COVID-19 facility in Goa has tested positive for novel coronavirus on Monday morning.
It is the first instance of a Sate government functionary being detected with the infection since the outbreak began in Goa, an official claimed.
COVID-19: FIR registered against conductor, drivers for forcing girl and mother off bus in Mathura
Nearly a month after a 19-year-old girl from Delhi died after she was allegedly forced off a Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus on the Yamuna Expressway by the conductor as he suspected her to be infected with COVID-19, an FIR has been registered against the conductor and the two drivers by the Mathura police.
The incident happened on June 15 when the girl was travelling with her mother from Delhi to Shikohabad in Firozabad district. The conductor allegedly forced the girl and her mother off the bus near Maant in Mathura.
— Anuj Kumar
Singapore deports 10 Indians, bars their re-entry for violating circuit breaker rules
The Singapore government has deported 10 Indian nationals, including students, and barred them from re-entering the country for violating the “circuit breaker” rules enforced to curb the spread of the coronavirus, officials said on Monday.
The “circuit breaker” period in Singapore began on April 7 as part of which all non-essential work places were closed and residents were barred from leaving their houses except to buy food and groceries or to exercise alone in the neighbourhood. The period ended on June 2.
Top cop welcomes police personnel back to duty after COVID treatment
City police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal on Monday welcomed 72 police personnel back to duty here after their recovery from COVID-19.
The top official interacted with 72 personnel who joined duty today after recovery from the coronavirus infection and enquired about their wellness in the premises of the office of city police commissioner.
Data | With COVID-19 cases rising steadily, no bend in sight for India's 'new infections' curve
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise steadily in India, there seems to be no infection peak in sight yet. The curve of new cases for countries will eventually bend, but the area under the curve is an indication of the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response. India’s high case rate and spread suggest that the response has so far been ineffective.
— The Hindu Data team
Amitabh, Abhishek Bachchan stable, don’t require aggressive treatment: hospital sources
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, who were admitted to a hospital here after testing positive for coronavirus, are “clinically stable”, hospital sources said on Monday.
Amitabh, 77, and Abhishek, 44, revealed their diagnosis on Twitter on July 11, saying they were in the isolation ward of Nanavati Hospital.
More than 18,000 people fined in Mizoram for violating lockdown norms
The Mizoram Police has fined more than 18,000 people in the state for violating lockdown norms since May 4, according to an official statement.
A total of ₹36.76 lakh has been collected as fine from 18,247 people for violating the Containment and Prevention of COVID-19 Ordinance, 2020 - since it came into effect from May 4, a police statement said on Sunday.
Puducherry reports 50 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises
Puducherry on Monday reported 50 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally of infections to 1,468.
Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao told reporters here that the 50 cases were identified at the end of testing of 384 samples showing 13 per cent positivity rate while the fatality rate was 1.2 per cent.
Bengaluru: two days before lockdown, hundreds leave city
The state government’s decision to impose lockdown from July 14 evening to 22 and a surging number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bengaluru has forced people to go back to their native places. On Monday morning, a large number of vehicles piled up at Nelamangala toll gate. To ease the traffic, police allowed motorists to cross the toll plaza without paying toll fee for some time.
Maharashtra: 38-year-old policeman dies of COVID-19 in Palghar
A 38-year-oldpoliceman died of COVID-19 in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Monday, a police official said. The deceased, a police naik, was a resident of Murbad taluka in neighbouring Thane district. He was attached to the Valiv police station at Vasai in Palghar.
12.50 pm | Karnataka
Two days before lockdown, hundreds leave Bengaluru
Karnataka government’s decision to impose lockdown from July 14 evening to 22 and a surging number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bengaluru has forced people to go back to their native places.
On Monday morning, a large number of vehicles piled up at Nelamangala toll gate. To ease the traffic, police allowed motorists to cross the toll plaza without paying toll fee for some time. People were seen travelling in tempos carrying their household goods and two-wheelers. People are also hiring taxis to reach their hometown.
Inter district services of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) too received higher ridership.
12.20 pm | India
Glenmark Pharma cuts price of COVID-19 drug to ₹75/tablet
Drug firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Monday said it has cut price of its antiviral drug Favipiravir, under the brand name FabiFlu, for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19, by 27% to ₹75 per tablet.
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals had launched FabiFlu last month at a price of ₹103 per tablet.
“The price reduction has been made possible through benefits gained from higher yields and better scale, as both the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and formulations are made at Glenmark’s facilities in India, the benefits of which are being passed on to patients in the country,” the filing said. - PTI
11.50 am | Kerala
First COVID-19 related death reported in Kottayam
Kottayam on Monday recorded its first COVID-19 related death as a 72-year-old Parathodu native died at the district Government Medical College.
The person, who had contracted the virus from unknown source, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the GMC with severe fever and viral pneumonia on July 6 and was tested positive three days later. His condition remained critical since the admission and the hospital authorities declared his death on Monday morning.
11.30 am | Kashmir
Strict lockdown restrictions reimposed in parts of Kashmir after spike in COVID-19 cases
Strict lockdown restrictions were reimposed in most parts of Kashmir, including in the city here, on Monday after a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the valley over the past one week, officials said. They said strict restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar and other parts of the valley and no movement of people, except for essential services and medical emergencies, was being allowed.
The authorities sealed most of the roads and market places, including the business hub of Lal Chowk here, and sought cooperation of the public to make the lockdown a success. - PTI
11 am | India
Rahul Gandhi questions govt’s claims on battling COVID-19
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned the government’s claims on battling COVID-19, asking is India at a “good position” in the battle against the virus.
His remarks came a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said India is in a “good position” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic and the country will fight the disease with determination and enthusiasm.
In a tweet tagging a graph from The Hindu's data point, Mr. Gandhi asked, “India at good position in COVID19 battle?”
10.30 am | Karnataka
Karnataka Tourism Minister tests positive for COVID-19
Karnataka Minister for Tourism, Kannada and Culture C.T. Ravi has tested positive for coronavirus. His wife and daughter have however, tested negative for the virus. He went into home quarantine on July 11 after he came in contact with a coronavirus infected person.
Earlier, his two separate tests had given two different reports including negative. The minister had to wait for a final report, which arrived on Monday confirming that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
9.45 am | India
Update on latest COVID-19 numbers:
The spike in infections continue as India registers another record single-day spike of 28,701 COVID-19 cases. With this, the country's total tally is 8,78,254.
India saw 500 more fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 23,174, according to Union Health Ministry data.
9.30 am | Vaccine/Chine
China's CanSino in talks for COVID-19 vaccine Phase III trial overseas
Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, its co-founder said on Saturday.
Its Phase III trial was likely to start “pretty soon,” and the company plans to recruit 40,000 participants for the test, the co-founder of CanSino said in Suzhou, in eastern China.
He said its new factory under construction in China will allow it to produce 100-200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines per year by early 2021.
Plan to convert stadiums into COVID centres put on hold: Delhi authorities
Authorities in Delhi have put on hold their plan to use stadiums as makeshift COVID care centres for now in view of the city witnessing a good recovery rate, officials said on Sunday. Seeing the current situation, there is no need to convert stadiums into COVID-19 care facilities, an official in the east Delhi district administration said.
However, he said, the stadiums can be converted into COVID facilities in the coming days if the need arises.
8.30 am | Uttar Pradesh
Markets, establishments to remain shut on weekends
All markets and establishments in Uttar Pradesh will remain closed on weekends as part of the State’s efforts to check the spread of COVID-19.
The markets will be cleaned and sanitised on Saturdays and Sundays, a government spokesperson said on Sunday.
8.00 am | Tamil Nadu
1% of civic workers of the Chennai Corporation test positive
The Greater Chennai Corporation has found that 1% of conservancy workers, who were visiting residential neighbourhoods, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Now, it has launched initiatives to contain the spread of the virus from Corporation workers to residents. In addition to the 220 conservancy workers among the 22,000 in the city, the civic body also identified 375 civic staff, including assistant health officers, assistant engineers, revenue officers and others among those who tested positive.
Maharashtra tally surges past 2.5 lakh
With another massive surge of 7,827 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Maharashtra’s tally breached the 2.50 lakh mark and touched 2,54,427. The State also recorded 173 more fatalities, pushing its death toll to 10,289.
Since July 1, the State has reported single-day spikes of over 7,000 cases at least four times, with the highest single-day surge of 8,139 cases being reported on Saturday.
7.00 am | Karnataka
COVID-19 is not a serious epidemic: Deputy CM Lakshman Savadi
Deputy Chief Minister Lakshman Savadi on Sunday asked people not to panic over the spread of coronavirus in Athani. “COVID-19 is not a serious epidemic. We have to learn to live with it. We should not worry too much about it. We should go on with our lives in a routine fashion,” he told a meeting of traders and officers.