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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

By Arpan Rai | Updated: Jul 04, 2020 22:35 IST
Highlights: In record spike, Delhi adds 3,947 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
Healthcare worker check temperature and pulse rate of the residents at Govandi in Mumbai on Monday (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

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.

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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

09:15 AM IST

Spike of Covid-19 cases in populous nations leading to surge: WHO

The World Health Organization emergencies chief Dr Michael Ryan said, the record levels of new daily Covid-19 cases are due to the pandemic is peaking in several big countries at the same time that reflects a change in the virus’ global activity.

08:48 AM IST

Fear of slipping progress as US coronavirus cases continue to surge

Covid-19 cases in US South and West are increasing at an alarming rate following which there is fear that hard-won progress against the pandemic is slipping away as many people still resist wearing wearing masks and do not adhere to social distancing norms.

08:23 AM IST

Karnataka minister's wife, daughter test positive for Covid-19

The wife and daughter of Karnataka medical education minister K Sudhakar have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, a day after his father was found infected with the virus.

08:12 AM IST

Pakistan cricketers trio test positive for Covid-19 ahead of England tour

Pakistan's country's cricket board (PCB) informed on Monday about cricketers Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan testing positive for the coronavirus disease when they were screened in Rawalpindi ahead of their tour of England next month.

07:54 AM IST

China reports 22 new coronavirus cases

China reported 22 new coronavirus cases for June 22. Of them 13 were in the capital Beijing, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

This compared with 18 confirmed cases a day earlier, 9 of which were in Beijing

07:37 AM IST

Trump never regrets putting onus of Covid-19 deaths back on China: White House

US president Donald Trump believes that China is responsible for the spread of coronavirus disease that has claimed over 4.56 lakh lives globally and over 1.22 lakh in the US, his spokesperson said.

White House Press Secretary told reporters,“the president never regrets putting the onus back on China -- pointing out that China is responsible for this and, in the process, standing up for US troops who are being blamed by China in a campaign of misinformation.”

07:27 AM IST

Triplets born in Mexico test positive for Covid-19

Triplets born in Mexico become the country's youngest patients infected with the coronavirus disease. The babies were born on May 8 to a woman who was also Covid-19 positive but asymptomatic, Monica Rangel, the health secretary of the northern state of San Luis Potosi said on Monday.

07:10 AM IST

‘Very limited’ hajj this year

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that only “very limited numbers” of people will be permitted to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage, an occasion that traditionally draws around 2 million Muslims from around the world.

07:02 AM IST

US doing ‘too good a job’ on Covid-19 testing: Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump on Monday said the nation has done “too good a job” on testing for cases of Covid-19. The US, however, is witnessing disturbing trends in several benchmarks, including the percentage of tests that prove positive for the virus.

07:02 AM IST

Global Covid-19 cases top 9 million

A total of 9,071,984 people across the world have been infected by the coronavirus disease so far while the death toll from the infection has reached 471,554.

First published: Jun 23, 2020 06:48 IST