Coronavirus India news summary: 11 June

Coronavirus live India: latest Covid-19 news - 11 June


India Covid-19 update: 00:30 IST on Friday 12 June (21:00 CEST, Thursday 11 June) 

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 7,435,727 cases have been detected worldwide, with 418,203 deaths and 3,505,535 people now recovered.

In India, there have been 286,577 cases confirmed, 8,102 people have died and 141,029 people have recovered from the virus.

India rejects Pakistan offer of help disbursing Covid-19 cash

India has rejected an offer from Pakistan to help disburse cash during the coronavirus. Pakistan's PM, Imran Khan, offered to help India with the use of a Pakistan cash transfer programme, which Khan said has been "lauded internationally for its reach and transparency".

India dismissed the offer, with  foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava saying that his country's stimulus package was as large as the entire gross domestic product of Pakistan. 

Face masks becoming the norm

As the wearing of face coverings becomes part of normal life in many countries around the world, this video talks through some of the differences.

Flower art solidarity

Reasons behind the increase

Many countries' coronavirus curves are flattening, at least for now, but the growing trend goes against what many had predicted.


A firefighter (C) sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in a containment zone in Chennai on May 11, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

"Concerns that the picture is more bleak"

Coupled with the country's relatively low fatality rate, the Indian government’s announcement that recoveries have overtaken active cases for the first time has been met with cautious optimism - but, reports the BBC, there are "concerns that the picture is more bleak":


Back in business on both big and small screen

An actor in a television serial recorded in Kolkata plays her role in a studio as filming of movies and TV series resume as part of the easing of the lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

(Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

India recovery rate has overtaken active cases, says government

'Corona Warriors'

'Corona Warriors' statues in Bangalore

Statues of a police officer, a doctor, and nurse, forming the so-called 'Corona Warriors', in front of the Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the State Legislature of Karnataka, in Bangalore. The statues were installed to show solidarity for their services during the coronavirus emergency lockdown. The Indian government has eased some coronavirus related restrictions but has said the lockdown will continue until 30 June, in 'containment zones'.


Indian bank employees "in panic mode"

Indian bank employees are demanding better cleanliness at lenders' branches and more flexibility in staff work schedules following the death of at least 11 bankers and bank employees in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) - an umbrella body of nine unions representing nearly 900,000 employees of all types of banks in India - asked for better safety standards last week in a letter to the finance ministry and several banks, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

"Employees are in panic mode," said Devidas Tuljapurkar, convener of the UFBU's chapter in the hard-hit western state of Maharashtra that is home to financial capital Mumbai.

The letter, which said at least 11 bank staff have died from the virus, asked that certain employees who want to, should be allowed to work from home and is demanding government insurance cover for those who do venture out.

At least 100 bankers have been affected by the virus, according to a union source and a banking source. (Reuters)

Auto rickshaws disinfectant

A man waits to spray disinfectant on auto rickshaws along the roadside in New Delhi on Thursday.

(Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)

India posts another record daily increase in cases

As India closes in on 300,000 coronavirus cases, the country has recorded its biggest single-day coronavirus spike so far, after confirming 9,996 new infections in the 24-hour cycle between Wednesday and Thursday.  

India, whose case count is lower only than the United States, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom, has now seen a total of 286,579 people infected by the virus, the Indian health ministry said.

There were 357 coronavirus-related fatalities between Wednesday and Thursday, taking the death toll to 8,102, the ministry said.

(Please note that, at the time of writing, these numbers differed from the Johns Hopkins University figures quoted at the top of this feed.)


Temperature, humidity affects virus life on surfaces

Temperature, humidity affect how long virus 'survives' on surfaces. A new mathematical model adds to evidence that hotter, dryer conditions may diminish the amount of time virus-packed droplets remain contagious on surfaces. Once droplets emitted by an infected person dry, the virus particles inside it become inactive, researchers said on Monday in the journal Physics of Fluids.

"The outdoor weather ... determines the duration of drying of respiratory droplets deposited on surfaces. The drying time is linked to the survival of the coronavirus inside the droplets," coauthor Rajneesh Bhardwaj of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay told Reuters.

"This may not be the sole factor but definitely the outdoor weather matters ... and our study provides some evidence for this fact.

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Satyendar Kumar Jain outlines Delhi health plan

Delhi's health minister was interviewed by India Today where he outlined the plans afoot to combat the growing cases of Covid-19 in the city.

Ghaziabad restaurants open for business

Social distancing the new normal as dining emporiums open in city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

India PM maintains international relationships

After recent calls with heads of state from Cambodia and the Phillipines, on Wednesday PM Modi spoke with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerala epidemiology team to probe virus source as cases surge

Covid-19 cases continue to rise and in many instances, the source of infection isn't known. The state health department has decided to launch an epidemiological investigation into the phenomenon. The department will examine how patients contract the virus and from where. Most cases within that group is assessed to have been reported from Kollam, Kottayam and Kozhikode.

"The department will examine such cases separately. The Chief Minister had given an instruction in this regard at the high-level assessment meeting on 8 June," a health department officer explained.

Coronavirus India live updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, India-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now registered nearly 7.2 million cases worldwide, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. We'll endeavour to bring you the latest developments and figures relating to the Covid-19 crisis as they emerge throughout the day.