Highlights: In record spike, Delhi adds 3,947 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
As cases continue to soar, WHO has called for a rapid increase in production of the steroid dexamethasone to treat serious Covid-19 cases. Follow latest updates here
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The Covid-19 tally in India on Tuesday climbed to 440,215 while the death toll rose to 140,11. The country recorded 14,933 fresh cases and 312 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
India’s positivity rate (the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 as a proportion of those tested) has been on the rise for the past four weeks. It increased from 5.37% in the week ended May 24 to 7.74% in the week ended June 21.
Meanwhile, the number of people infected with the coronavirus disease topped nine million across the globe with the United States continuing to be the hardest hit with 2,310,798 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University tally. The global toll from the infection has gone up to 471,554.
As cases continue to surge, the World Health Organization has called for a rapid scaling up of production of the steroid dexamethasone, after British clinical trials found it had life-saving potential for critically-ill coronavirus patients.
Here are the latest updates on coronavirus
Delhi deputy CM seeks rollback of quarantine centre rule
Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia has written to Union home minister Amit Shah and Delhi Lieutenant governor asking them to reverse the order under which every Covid-19 has to visit quarantine centre for clinical assessment. He said the order causes inconvenience to people.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia writes to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi LG Anil Baijal seeking rollback of new rule under which every #COVID19 positive patient has to visit quarantine centre for clinical assessment, says,'it is causing inconvenience to people'. pic.twitter.com/nNGzMFjYuG— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2020
Covid-19 positive RJD vice president resigns
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national vice president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has resigned from his post, according to news agency ANI. He is currently admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna as has tested positive for Covid-19.
Increased pressure on ambulance system due to Delhi L-G's order: Sisodia
The Delhi L-G's order that makes institutional quarantine mandatory for all Covid-19 patients, including asymptomatic and those with mild symptoms, had led to increased pressure on ambulance system and people as police and administration are pressurising patients to visit a quarantine centre, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"The former system was better, wherein govt's team used to visit patients' residence for clinical assessment," he said.
Delhi govt writes to L-G to return to old institutional quarantine norms
The Delhi government has written to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to return to old mechanism of identifying need of institutional quarantine of Covid-19 patients. The AAP government has demanded that the patient shall not to not be asked to visit quarantine centre, he/she should be checked at home by team and unnecessary inconvenience for patients be removed.
Covid-19 patients in isolation coaches are all praise for railways
First patients in the train coaches turned isolation facilities were all praise for the Indian Railways.
The patients were impressed with clean toilets, colour-coded dustbins, comfortable beds, oxygen cylinders and all amenities one can expect in a top class hospital.
"The stay was comfortable, except for the mosquitoes which were everywhere. The mosquitoes came from under the beds and they should spray repellent under the seats,” said one of the patients told PTI.
Ramdev prepares first Ayurvedic-clinically controlled drug for Covid-19
Yog guru Ramdev has prepared the first Ayurvedic-clinically controlled, research, evidence & trial based medicine for Covid-19 treatment.
"We conducted a clinical case study & clinical controlled trial, and found 69% patients recovered in 3 days & 100% patients recovered in 7 days," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Mismanagement of Covid-19 pandemic Modi govt’s 'most disastrous failure’: Cong
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that the "Covid-19 pandemic' mismanagement" will be recorded as the Narendra Modi-led government's "most disastrous failures." She was speaking at a top Congress panel meet.
50,000 Made in India ventillators under PM CARES fund to fight Covid-19
PM CARES Fund Trust has allocated ₹2000 crore for supply of 50000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators to government run Covid-19 hospitals in all states/UTs. Further, a sum of Rs. 1000 crore has been allocated for the welfare of migrant labourers.
UP govt orders thermal screening in all shelter homes
After 57 women at a rescue home in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur tested positive for Covid-19, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered thermal scanning of all staff and inmates of women shelter homes, orphanages and juvenile homes in the state, reported news agency IANS.
University of Michigan cancels October debate
The University of Michigan has withdrawn its offer to host the second presidential debate in October over coronavirus concerns, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden were slated to face off in Ann Arbor on October 15. The Free Press, which cited unnamed sources, said an official announcement would be released Tuesday.
Two Covid-19 positive nurses in Punjab appear for exam from isolation ward
Two nurses, who tested positive for coronavirus, requested to appear for their exam from the isolation ward in Punjab's Patiala's Rajindra Hospital. Their spirit was lauded by chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday.
"Salute the spirit of these 2 young nurses from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala who tested positive for Covid-19. This, however, did not dishearten them and the Government agreed to their request to appear for their exam from the isolation facility itself," he tweeted.
Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 503 to 190,862
With a rise of 503 Covid-19 cases in Germany, the country's tally has climbed to 190,862, according figures released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday. The death toll now stands at 8,895.
Bengaluru should be shut down for 20 days: Kumaraswamy
Former Karanataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday tweeted that the state's capital Bengaluru should be shut down for 20 days in order to the control the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Today India is among the countries with highest number of COVID-19 cases and the problem must be seen in conjunction with our high density of population compared to other countries.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) June 23, 2020
Covid-19 tally in India tops 4.4 lakh, death toll mounts to 14,933
With 14,933 more cases in the last 24 hours, total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in India rose to 440,215 while the death toll was nearing 15,000. A total of 312 more deaths took the toll to 140,11, according to Union health ministry's dashboard on Tuesday morning.
First published: Jun 23, 2020 06:48 IST