Coronavirus India summary: cases, deaths and news - 26 June

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Coronavirus live India: latest Covid-19 news - 26 June

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India Covid-19 update: 02:30 IST on Saturday 27 June (23:00 CEST, Friday 26 June)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University9,695,374 cases have been detected worldwide, with 491,095 deaths and 4,889,689 people have recovered.

In India, there have been 490,401 cases confirmed15,301 people have died and 285,637 people have recovered from the virus.

Black marketeers hoarding masks

Investigation into black marketeer who have been hoarding masks amid the coronavirus crisis that is crippling the country...

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In pictures: An artisan wearing a facemask paints a clay idol of the Elephant Headed Hindu God Lord Ganesha at a workshop in Mumbai on June 26, 2020. (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL / AFP)

Restrictions eased on airlines

India death toll dropping despite increased infections

Latest figures from Delhi

India sees record daily increase in cases

India has reported the the highest daily rise in coronavirus cases, with over 17,000 registered in the last 24 hours. India now accounts for more than 5% of the world's total cases. 

Latest count from Madhya Pradesh

New portal for employment generation scheme

Those looking to access or find out more about the GKRA employment scheme can do so at the new portal launched but the government. The programme with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore will be implemented in 116 districts in six states on mission mode for the next four months, the Rural Development Ministry said in a statement....

India reaches 500,000 cases

Coronavirus cases in India have now surpassed the 500,000 mark, according to NDTV.

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Cardboard beds as India struggles with surge in cases

This photo taken on Thursday shows cardboard beds installed inside the campus hall of spiritual organisation Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), which is being converted into a 10,000-bed coronavirus care centre in New Delhi.

India is deploying thousands of beds made of cardboard to makeshift medical facilities as it struggles to deal with the surging number of coronavirus cases.

(Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)

WHO-led coalition urges $31.3 billion investment in equitable access to Covid-19 tools

The Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, a WHO-led group working for the development of, and equitable access to, coronavirus testing, treatment and vaccines, has called for $31.3 billion of investment in the initiative.

“The principle of equitable access is a simple thing to say, but a complicated thing to implement,” WHO direct general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. “It requires active collaboration between governments, industry, health organizations, civil society organizations, and communities.

“Vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics are vital tools - but to be truly effective they must be administered with another essential ingredient, which is solidarity.”

Accelerating coronavirus spread

Dr Tom Frieden, the former director of the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has offered this stark illustration of the accelerating spread of the coronavirus pandemic:

Two-week lockdown in Kamrup Metropolitan district

A complete lockdown will be imposed in the Kamrup Metropolitan district of Guwahati for two weeks from 28 June, the Assam health minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma has announced.

The move comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases in Assam, where there were 123 new infections in the latest 24-hour cycle, taking the state's overall case count to 6,123.

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A municipal worker sprays disinfectant to sanitise a slum area in Kolkata on Friday. According to figures released by the Indian Health Ministry on Friday, there were 475 new coronavirus cases in West Bengal in the latest 24-hour cycle, taking the state's overall infections count to 15,648. There have been a total of 606 coronavirus-related deaths in the state, the Health Ministry also reported.

(Photo by REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

India records biggest single-day spike again

India’s Ministry of Health this morning announced another record single-day rise in coronavirus cases, reporting 17,296 new infections in the latest 24-hour cycle, to take the country’s overall case count to 490,401.

There were 407 new fatalities, leaving India with a total death toll of 15,301.

Home to nearly 70% of India’s 1.3 billion population, the nation’s villages have little access to health care and are struggling to support themselves through the country’s prolonged economic slowdown.

India is so big that it's hard to get a feel for how and where the outbreaks are happening. Here is a map of the current situation:

Pregnant women at increased risk for coronavirus

According to information affected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women who are pregnant have a higher risk of coronavirus disease than those who are not pregnant.

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A medical worker is reflected in a mirror next to beds inside a banquet hall after it was temporarily converted into a makeshift quarantine facility for patients diagnosed with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Maharashtra sees highest daily infection rate

There were 4,841 fresh coronavirus cases in Maharashtra on Thursday, with the worst-hit state in India now recording 6,931 Covid-19 related deaths. 

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People queue to get tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at Siliguri district hospital in Siliguri on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Diptendu DUTTA / AFP)

Delhi serological study to be rolled out as of Friday

 

Tamil Nadu records highest spike with 3,509 new cases

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest spike to date with 3,509 new confirmed cases reported on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 70,977.

Chennai reported 1,834 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 47,640. Tamil Nadu recorded 45 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 911.

As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 30,064; 43,835 males, 27,122 females and 20 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 10,08,974 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 32,543 samples sent today.

The state discharged 2236 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of discharged patients at 39,999.

Here's the full story on Tuesday's launch of Coronil

 

India's richest state bans guru's 'spurious' coronavirus treatment

(Reuters) India's richest state on Thursday banned a "spurious" coronavirus treatment manufactured by a company founded by popular yoga guru, which he says has a 100% record in curing patients.

Baba Ramdev, co-founder of Patanjali and a household name in India, launched Coronil to much fanfare on Tuesday, but hit a roadblock when New Delhi and some state governments expressed scepticism.

The western state of Maharashtra banned the drug. "Maharashtra won't allow the sale of spurious medicine," state minister Anil Deshmukh tweeted on Thursday, adding authorities would probe whether any clinical trials had been run.

New Delhi preparing for Covid-19 spike

(Reuters) Authorities in New Delhi worked to convert a spiritual centre into a huge quarantine facility on Thursday as novel coronavirus cases in the Indian capital overtook the financial hub Mumbai for the first time.

Delhi now has 70,390 coronavirus cases, with more than 40,000 detected in the last two weeks.

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

In this guide you’ll find a summary of many of the recommendations and explanations provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health authorities, along with answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus live India updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, India-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has registered over 9.5 million cases and over 484,000 deaths worldwide, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

We'll endeavour to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments as they emerge in India, where the Covid-19 crisis has led to more than 470,000 cases and over 14,000 fatalities.

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