Highlights: Telangana records 269 Covid-19 cases, total tally at 5,675
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his interaction with chief ministers and representatives of 14 states said that the number of patients who have recovered from Covid-19 is greater than the number of active cases in the country
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As the pandemic continues to force nations to prepare for a second wave researchers in the UK have found that dexamethasone, a 60-year-old anti-inflammatory medicine, reduces the death rate of patients who are ventilators by a third and by a fifth among those who are on oxygen. People critically ill due to Covid-19 experienced dexamethasone’s benefits.
Dexamethasone also brought relief to the UK's government who faced criticism for handling the pandemic. In South America, Brazil has reported a record increase in the number of cases reported daily. While hospitalizations and Covid-19 deaths decrease in New York, 2.12 million people continue to be affected by coronavirus in the US. Delhi and Maharashtra struggle to curb the contagion as cases continue to rise in these mega-cities.
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain tests positive for Covid-19
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain tests positive for Covid-19
For the first time, the sample testing for Covid-19 has crossed 25,000: Tamil Nadu Health Department
For the first time, the sample testing for Covid-19 has crossed 25,000 and it stands at 25,463 samples for the last 24 hour period: Tamil Nadu Health Department
Total Covid-19 cases in Karnataka is now 7,734
Karnataka detects 204 new Covid-19 positive cases and 8 deaths from 5 pm of June 16 to 5pm of June 17, taking the total number of positive cases and deaths to 7,734 and 102 respectively: State Health Department
Aramco donates USD 500,000 to Indian Red Cross Society for Covid-19 relief
Saudi national oil company Aramco has donated USD 500,000 (about ₹3.8 crore) to the Indian Red Cross Society to support its efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Mumbai’s Dharavi registers 2,106 Covid-19 cases, death toll at 77
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that 17 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Mumbai's Dharavi area, taking the total number of cases in Asia's largest slum to 2,106. 77 people have died from the infection so far, reports ANI.
17 persons have tested positive for #COVID19 in Dharavi area of Mumbai, taking the total number of cases to 2106. A total of 77 people have succumbed to the disease in the area so far: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
Oxygen consumption in Aurangabad hospital up by four times amid Covid-19 outbreak
The consumption of oxygen has increased four times at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city since the outbreak of Coronavirus, officials said. The hospital, where more critical Covid-19 cases are being treated than non-critical ones, is refilling its oxygen tank twice a day now against once in four days prior to onset of the pandemic, an official said, reports PTI.
Assam registers 4,605 Covid-19 cases, death toll at eight
Assam reported 95 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases in the state to 4,605. The active cases stand at 2,183 and 2,411 people have been discharged so far, reports ANI.
95 new #COVID19 cases have been reported in Assam today, taking the total number of cases to 4605. Number of active cases stand at 2183: State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma pic.twitter.com/FMCyKsdF9z— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
With 2,174 fresh cases, Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 tally crosses 50,000
2,174 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu, taking the total number of cases in the state to 50,193. The death toll has reached 576 after 48 deaths were reported today, the state's health department said, reports ANI.
Tamil Nadu crosses 50,000 mark with 2,174 new #COVID19 cases today, taking the total number of cases to 50,193. Death toll rises to 576 after 48 deaths were reported today: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/IGSnY1cm1K— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
West Bengal reports 391 new Covid-19 cases, active cases in state at 5,777
Rajiva Sinha, the chief secretary of West Bengal said that 391 new cases have been reported and the number of active cases in the state stand at 5,777. He also said that 6,533 people have been discharged, reports ANI.
391 new #COVID19 positive cases have been reported in the state. Number of active cases stand at 5777 and 6533 persons have been discharged: West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha pic.twitter.com/ixvcGb9m4Z— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
Sweden’s Covid-19 death toll crosses 5,000
Deaths due to Covid-19 in Sweden crossed 5,000 which is far more than the neighbouring Nordic countries. The country has taken a softer approach to fighting the outbreak, leaving most schools, shops and restaurants open and relying on voluntary measures focused on social distancing and good hygiene, reports Reuters.
Taiwan to relax Covid-19 controls on business visitors
Taiwan said it has planned to relax controls on some foreign business visitors coming to the island from countries that have made headway against the Covid-19 pandemic including New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Despite its close proximity and trade links with China, Taiwan has contained its own outbreak to just 445 cases, including seven deaths, reports AFP.
Chandigarh registers 368 Covid-19 cases, death toll at six
Chandigarh has so far recorded 368 cases and six deaths due to the novel Coronavirus. As many as 6,115 samples have been tested for Covid-19 and the results of 28 samples are still awaited, reports ANI.
Beijing extends movement curbs to contain resurgent Covid-19
China's capital Beijing cancelled flights, shut schools and blocked off some neighbourhoods as it ramped up efforts to contain a Covid outbreak that has fanned fears of wider contagion. Many in Beijing have had their daily lives upended by the resurgence of the disease over the past six days, with some fearing the entire city is headed for a lockdown as the number of new cases mounts, reports Reuters.
400 people test positive for Covid-19 in German meat plant
Authorities in western Germany said 400 people at a large meatpacking plant tested positive for Covid-19. The regional health authority in Guetersloh said that the new cluster is linked to a slaughterhouse operated by the Toennies Group in nearby Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, reports AP.
Ventilator, ICU needed for very few patients, says PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned that at present ventilator and ICU care is needed for very few patients across the country, reports ANI.
Also, at present, ventilator and ICU care are needed for very few patients across the country. We have been able to fight #COVID19 and control its spread because of the timely measures taken by us: Prime Minister Narendra Modi https://t.co/DXb6OdOhHq— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
First published: Jun 17, 2020 06:47 IST