Highlights: 1,197 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 136 deaths
As Covid-19 cases continue to surge in India, the ICMR has asked states to increase testing capacity to ensure early detection and containment of infection. Follow latest updates on coronavirus here
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The Covid-19 tally in India has crossed 3.95 lakh with maximum number of cases being reported from Maharashtra, followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi. According to the Union health ministry’s dashboard on Saturday morning, the country witnessed a record spike of 14,516 fresh cases while the death toll mounted to 12,948.
Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked states to scale up Covid-19 testing capacity to enable early detection and containment of the infection.
On the global front, the number of people infected with coronavirus disease has gone up to 8,637,901, with the United States being the hardest hit with 2,219,119 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally. The global death toll has climbed over 4.59 lakh.
Here are the latest updates on coronavirus
Maharashtra's coronavirus tally reaches 1,28,205
Maharashtra's single-day spike trend continued on Saturday as the state saw 3,874 new infections- highest single day spike- in the last 24 hours taking the case tally to 1,28,205. State death toll rose by 160 new fatalities reported on Saturday.
In Mumbai, 1190 fresh cases and 136 new deaths were reported. City’s case tally rose to 65,329 while death toll touched 3561.
Record 1,045 cases push Thane's tally past 20,000-mark
Thane district reported 1,045 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases on Saturday, a single day record, taking the count past the 20,000-mark to 20,565, while 27 deaths took the toll so far to 684, an official said.
LG's reservations over home isolation resolved, home quarantine system to continue: Sisodia
Sisodia on Saturday said LG's reservations over home isolation were resolved in the SDMA meeting and the home quarantine system will continue.
"The reservations of LG over home isolation were resolved in the SDMA meeting and the home isolation system will continue. We thank LG for this. Under the leadership of our Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, we will not let Delhi people have any inconvenience," he tweeted.
1,197 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 136 deaths
1,197 new coronavirus patients were reported in Mumbai on Saturday, taking the total cases in the city to 65,265.
In grim news, the financial capital of the country also recorded 136 deaths due to the pandemic, which is the highest single-day figure, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release.
The death toll in the city thus rose to 3,559, it said.
Out of 136 deaths, 75 deaths had occurred between June 16-19 and rest 61 before June 16, it said.
Over 3,000 active Covid cases in Karnataka, 416 new infections and 9 deaths
The total number of active cases of Covid-19 in Karnataka crossed the 3,000 mark on Saturday, as the state reported 416 new infections and nine related deaths, taking the tally to 8,697 and the death toll to 132.
Lockdown on for day two, TN CM says it is a "speed breaker"
As lockdown without relaxations continued for day two in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister K Palaniswami described it as a 'speed breaker', saying the curbs were being used to further augment detection of Covid-19 cases in Chennai by conducting more door to door surveys and fever camps.
Delhi LG withdraws mandatory 5-day institutional quarantine move
Delhi LG Anil Baijal has rollback compulsory 5-day institutional quarantine for Covid-19 patients.
Regarding institutional isolation, only those COVID positive cases which do not require hospitalisation on clinical assessment & do not have adequate facilities for home isolation would be required to undergo institutional isolation.— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) June 20, 2020
UP's Covid-19 tally reaches 17,135; toll rises to 529
Twenty-two people have succumbed to coronavirus disease and 541 more people tested positive in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, officials said on Saturday. The death toll in the state now is 529 with the coronavirus tally reaching 17,135.
1,000-bed Covid-19 hospital to come up in Mumbai's Byculla
In light of the rise in Covid-19 cases, a 1,000-bed temporary hospital is being set up at Byculla here, a civic official said on Saturday.
The facility in the premises of Richardson and Cruddas Ltd will be ready by the end of the month, a release from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated.
One more Covid-19 patient dies in U'khand
One more Covid-19 patient died in Uttarakhand on Saturday, as the number of people testing positive for the infection rose to 2,278 with 101 fresh cases, a state health department bullentin said.
A 66-year-old woman, who had tested positive for Covid-19, died at Sushila Tiwari Hospital in Haldwani, it said.
Zimbabwe's health minister arrested in Covid-19 graft case
Zimbabwe’s health minister was expected to appear in court on Saturday to face allegations of illegally awarding a multi-million-dollar contract for Covid-19 testing kits, drugs and personal protective equipment to a shadowy company.
The country’s anti-corruption agency arrested Obadiah Moyo on Friday as the scandal roiled the country and played out on social media, where some local journalists exposed how Moyo allegedly chose the company to sell medical supplies to the government at inflated prices that included face masks for $28 each.
Hope to start domestic flights at full capacity by year end, says minister
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government would be ramping up domestic flight operations. "At present we have allowed only 33 per cent flights to operate and and flights are not operating in full capacity even now. We will open more routes where there is demand more," the minister said.
The government is willing to push it to even 40-50 per cent capacity if demand rises, Puri said.
MP BJP MLA tests Covid-19 positive hours after Rajya Sabha polls voting
A senior BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hours after he cast his vote for the Rajya Sabha polls in the state and attended party meetings, an official said on Saturday.
The legislator's wife has also tested positive for the infection, he said.
US Embassy in Kabul battling Covid-19 infections
The Us State Department says Covid-19 infections have been reported at its embassy in the Afghan capital and the staff who are affected include diplomats, contractors and locally employed staff.
The State Department did not say how many were affected. An official at the embassy in Kabul, who could not be identified because of not being authorized to talk to the media, said as many as 20 people were infected, the majority of whom are Nepalese Gurkhas, who provide embassy security.
First published: Jun 20, 2020 06:27 IST