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Highlights: Rajasthan reports 10 deaths and 382 new Covid-19 positive cases

Covid-19 cases in India breached the 4.5-lakh mark on Wednesday, and the death toll touched 14,476, according to the health ministry website.

By Prashasti Singh | Updated: Jun 27, 2020 13:37 IST
Highlights: Rajasthan reports 10 deaths and 382 new Covid-19 positive cases
A medic shows colleagues how to use a booth to collect samples from suspected coronavirus disease patients.

The coronavirus cases continued to spike in India on Wednesday as the death toll jumped to 14,476, while the number of total infections stood at 456,183.

Delhi recorded 3,788 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the final tally to over 70,000 mark. As the national capital continued to remain among the worst-hit states, the Delhi government announced an eight-point ‘Revised Covid Response Plan’ under which it would conduct sero-survey of 20,000 people across districts and house-to-house screening by July 6, among other measures.

Meanwhile, in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee extended the lockdown till July 31 to contain the Covid-19 spread.

Tamil Nadu which is among the worst-affected state from Covid-19, reported a biggest single-day spike of 2,865 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 67,468 while toll touches 866 with 33 deaths.

In the United States, new coronavirus cases surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak.

The US on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published Wednesday.

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10:07 AM IST

Trump hasn't asked us to slow testing: US coronavirus task force members

Four top US public health officials and members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force said on Tuesday that he has not asked them to slow down testing for the virus after the president suggested at a rally that it was a "double-edged sword."

09:40 AM IST

Mumbai youth provide oxygen tanks to patients as Covid-19 cases surge

Shahnawaz Hussain and Abbas Rizvi, two friends in Mumbai, are providing free oxygen cylinders to coronavirus patients and patients with other respiratory problems. According to the Public Health Department, the total positive cases in the state climbed to 1,39,010, including 69,631 recoveries and 6,531 deaths.

09:28 AM IST

879 test positive for Covid-19 in Telangana, state tally at 9,553

As many as 879 more people tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday in Telangana, taking the total count of coronavirus cases in the state to 9,553.

09:15 AM IST

India's Covid-19 tally goes up to 456,183, death toll at 14,476

India's Covid-19 tally has goes up to 456,183, and the death toll has mounted to 14,476, according to the health ministry website at 8 am.

09:07 AM IST

Indore reports 34 new Covid-19 cases

As many as 34 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in Indore on Tuesday, as per the data provided by the District Health Department.

08:55 AM IST

No Rath Yatra in Ranchi for first time in over 300 years

The three chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings were not taken out of the Jagannathpur temple here on the occasion of Rath Yatra for the first time in three hundred years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

08:47 AM IST

Private labs shouldn’t test for Covid-19 from business perspective: Telangana Health Minister

"There is a huge difference between a normal test and a coronavirus test. In this critical situation, private labs should not try to conduct coronavirus tests from a business perspective," said Telangana health minister Etela Rajender.

08:36 AM IST

UN chief criticises lack of global cooperation on Covid-19

What needs to be done is to make countries understand that by acting in isolation “they are creating the situation that is getting out of control” — and that global coordination is key, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with news agency AP.

08:30 AM IST

Worst of Covid-19 yet to come in South Africa, says scientist

The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to come in South Africa, warned top epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim in wake of the country’s coronavirus tally crossing the 1 lakh-mark and death toll nearing 2,000.

08:02 AM IST

Saudi Arabia's decision to scale back hajj pilgrimage evokes mixed response

Muslims expressed disappointment after Saudi Saudi decided to scale back this year's hajj pilgrimage due to coronavirus outbreak. However, many accepted it was necessary to curb the spread of the disease.

07:52 AM IST

'Have to wear a mask in public': Federal judge orders Brazilian president

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been ordered by a federal judge to wear a face mask in public, after the far-right leader repeatedly flouted the coronavirus containment measures in place in Brasilia.

07:39 AM IST

South Africa to roll out first Covid-19 vaccine trial soon

South Africa will roll out the continent's first coronavirus vaccine trial this week, the university leading the pilot said Tuesday, as the country grapples with the highest number of cases in Africa, according to news agency AFP.

07:27 AM IST

Saudi Arabia to allow around 1,000 pilgrims in scaled-down hajj

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities in Saudi Arabia have decided to scale down hajj. Around 1,000 pilgrims will be allowed in the hajj.

07:21 AM IST

Covid-19 accelerating across Latin America

Coronavirus is accelerating across Latin America and the Caribbean with over 100,000 coronavirus deaths, more than half in Brazil, and a total 2.1 million cases, according to an AFP count based on official figures.

First published: Jun 24, 2020 07:15 IST