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.
Nagaland reports 2 new cases of Covid-19
Nagaland has 181 cases of Covid-19 of which 103 have recorvered, said the state health minister S Pangnyu.
2 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Nagaland, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 181 including 78 active cases and 103 recovered: Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
Mizoram reports 0 new Covid-19 cases
The Mizoram govt tested 821 samples of which 633 tested negative. Mizoram has 121 cases of Covid-19.
A total of 821 samples from Siaha, Lawngtlai, Kolasib, Hnahthial, Lunglei and Aizawl District were tested y'day. 633 samples tested negative for #COVID19, while test for remaining 188 will continue today. No new cases detected. Total cases stand at 121: Mizoram Government pic.twitter.com/JgTwAI1bG6— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
Beijing cancels more than a 1,000 flights
Airports in Beijing cancelled 1,255 flights over the rise of new Covid-19 clusters.
Vande Bharat Mission continues to evacuate stranded Indians
217 citizens were evacuated from Auckland, New Zealand via an Air India flight.
The second flight of Air India took off from Auckland airport this morning carrying 217 stranded Indians from New Zealand, back home under #vandebharatmisson: Indian High Commission in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/lnAXMGF4Xo— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
Beijing reports 31 new Covid-19 cases
Beijing govt reported 31 fresh cases Covid-19. Most of these cases southwestern city of Fengtai.
Mexico reports 4,599 new Covid-19 infections
Mexico total Covid-19 infections rose to 154,863 cases with 4,599 new infections. 730 deaths were also reported taking the death toll to 18,310.
Rio de Janeiro will surpass 1.3 million Covid-19 cases by end of June
Brazil recorded 34,918 fresh cases of Covid-19 along with 1,282 new deaths. Lack of coordination and political infighting has coupled with Covid-19 to cripple the nation of 210 million people. Experts believe that Rio de Janeiro could itself record 60,000 deaths by the end of this month. Brazil has 923,189 recorded cases of Covid-19.
First published: Jun 17, 2020 06:47 IST