Ove five lakh COVID-19 positive cases, and more than 15,600 deaths — India’s coronavirus numbers continue to climb nearly five months after the first case was detected in the country.
Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a strong hold in populous nations like the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Mexico.
Here are the latest updates:
12.15 pm | Delhi
Delhi taking 5 pronged strategy to combat COVID: Kejriwal
The surge in coronavirus cases after lockdown has exceeded the government’s expectation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.
Speaking at a press briefing, Mr. Kejriwal detailed the five steps taken by the government to tackle the issue.
“Our first step to tackle the situation was increasing hospital beds on a war footing. There was a time in early June when beds weren’t available, but over the coming days Delhi will have 13,500 beds,” said Mr. Kejriwal.
“The next focus is on testing and isolation of COVID-19 patients. The third step is to make Oximetres and Oxygen concentrators available. Next came plasma therapy, and survey and screening to locate patients,” said the Delhi CM.
11.30 am | Technology
Can shipping containers become vaccination units?
A vaccine has not yet been found for the coronavirus, but the UK is already preparing for a post-vaccine scenario. Experts at Waugh Thistleton Architects, known for its sustainable projects and innovations with timber, have designed mobile vaccination centres crafted from shipping containers. In late May, after weeks of discussions, debates and drawings, the company announced the proposal to fit out 6,500 shipping containers as mobile units.
Presently under discussion with the UK government, the company has said that in about 12 weeks, these containers can be mobilised across the country, stationed in car parks and other public areas. The National Health Service (NHS) staff will then work in shifts to vaccinate the entire population of the UK. The units can go into the heart of villages and remote communities, or be set up in clusters in towns and cities.
Our correspondent Nidhi Adlakha caught up with Andrew Waugh, co-founder of Waugh Thistleton Architects, to learn more. Click here to read the interview.
11.00 am | Maharashtra
NMMC to seal 10 places for seven days
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to declare a complete lockdown from June 29 to July 5 in 10 areas of Navi Mumbai that reported a rise in the last fortnight. Close to 70,712 households would be under lockdown during this period. “Due to mass screening, more and more cases were revealed. These 10 areas are mostly densely populated,” Municipal Commisisoner Annasaheb Misal said.
10.30 am | Karnataka
SSLC official on examination duty tests positive
An official who was on SSLC examination duty in Pavagada, Tumakuru has been tested positive for COVID 19. Following this all the invigilators in the centre have been asked to undergo quarantine.
Sources in the examination centre said that the official did not come in contact with the students and had only visited the designated school on Thursday. Sources said that it was declared that he is tested positive on Friday.
10.10 am | Health
COVID-19 triggering panic attacks, depression and suicides, say experts
As the COVID-19 wave sweeps strongly across the country, including in Tamil Nadu, mental health experts say the pandemic has triggered panic attacks among those who tested positive for the virus, causing bouts of depression and even driving some to the brink of suicide.
According to experts, nervousness, fear of contamination, panic attacks, constant reassurance seeking behaviour, sleep disturbance, excessive worry, feelings of helplessness and probability of an economic slowdown are the major factors leading to depression and anxiety among the people.
Potential job losses, financial burden, uncertainty about the future and fears of running out of food and necessities add to the worries. – PTI
9.45 am | India
Latest update on India’s COVID numbers:
Anther day, another record surge in cases. India saw a record single-day surge of 18,552 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country to 5,08,953.
The total death toll is now 15,685 with 384 new fatalities, according to the Union Ministry of Health.
9.30 am | Maharashtra
Maharashtra reports record single-day high of 5,024 cases
With a record single-day high of 5,024 fresh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra’s total tally surged to 1,52,765 on Friday. The toll went up to 7,106 with 175 deaths.
Of these, 91 deaths were reported in the last 48 hours and 84 were from an earlier period, Health Department officials said.
Pune and Aurangabad districts reported 14 deaths each, pushing their toll to 675 and 226. Most areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) reported a record increase in cases. Thane district reported a record surge of 500 cases for the second consecutive day.
9 am | Bengaluru
99-year-old Bengalurean conquers COVID-19 in 9 days
A spirited 99-year-old woman returned home on Friday after recovering from COVID-19 in a record nine days in Bengaluru. She is the oldest person to recover from the disease in Karnataka so far.
Marceline Saldanha walked out of the Emergency and Trauma Care Centre at Victoria Hospital on Friday along with her 29-year-old grandson Vijay Saldanha.
“I am happy that I am free from the infection. People should not panic… over the infection,” says Mrs. Saldanha.
Any tips to beat the infection? “Follow doctors’ advice, take precautions, and take medications regularly,” she says.
8.30 am | Mumbai
BMC to conduct sero-survey to find out extent of virus spread
To know the extent of the spread of coronavirus in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation would be conducting a `sero-survey’ during which 10,000 random blood samples will be tested, it said on Friday.
The survey will be conducted in wards M- West, F North and R North in association with the NITI Aayog, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai and some other institutions, the BMC said.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has urged all the States to take up sero-surveys, it said, adding that under ICMR’s guidance one sero-surveillance of 500 samples has already been conducted in Mumbai. Participation in the survey will be voluntary. – PTI
8 am | Mizoram
Mizoram govt eases lockdown norms
The Mizoram government on Friday eased lockdown norms in Aizawl municipal area, district headquarters and containment zones following a dip in coronavirus cases in the past two days, officials said.
The new order came into effect from Friday and will be valid till June 30.
Shops can open and commercial activities will be normal in Aizawl municipal area, district headquarters and containment zones, the state government notification said.
However, outlets in commercial hubs and shopping complexes will open on alternate days based on the arrangement made by district deputy commissioners in consultation with local/village-level task forces, it said. – PTI