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Highlights: Maharashtra reports 4,841 Covid-19 cases today

As coronavirus cases continue to surge, firms and researchers around the world are racing towards developing a vaccine in record time. Follow latest updates on Covid-19 here

By Kanishka Sarkar | Updated: Jun 27, 2020 13:37 IST
Highlights: Maharashtra reports 4,841 Covid-19 cases today
A health worker collects a swab for Covid-19 Ag Antigen Test, at a testing centre in Nangal village, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

India registered record one-day jump of 16,922 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday taking the county’s tally to 473,105, while with 418 more fatalities due the virus, the death toll has gone up to 14,894, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

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The total cases across the globe have soared to over 9.4 million whereas the toll stands at 482,109, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally. The United States continues to be the hardest hit nation with 2,380,452 cases of coronavirus disease. It is followed by Brazil and Russia while India is the fourth most worst affected country due to the pandemic.

As cases continue to surge, firms and researchers are racing towards developing a vaccine in record time — there are many candidates in the works, and there’s a general consensus that one is likely to be ready by next year, perhaps the shortest time in which a vaccine for a major disease has been developed.

Follow latest updates on coronavirus here

02:50 PM IST

ICSE to also cancel class X, XII board exams, ICSE not agreeing to allow students to write exams later: SG tells Supreme Court

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court that ICSE will also cancel class X and XII board exams. However, ICSE doesn't agree to give option to students to write exams later.

02:31 PM IST

88 new cases take Assam's Covid-19 tally to 6,370

Assam reported 88 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally to 6,370 in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. There are 2,400 active cases in the state, while 3,958 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the disease, he said, reports PTI.

02:27 PM IST

CBSE class X exams cancelled, class XII students to opt for exam or assessment based on internal marks

CBSE will not conduct the class 10th examination while the students of Class 12th will be given an option of appearing in exams after conditions are conducive, the Solicitor General told the Supreme Court on Thursday. CBSE on Thursday told the Supreme Court about its decision on conducting the pending board exams that was scheduled to be held from July 1 to 15.

02:23 PM IST

Covid-19 cases in Indonesia cross 50,000

Indonesia reported 1,178 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, taking its total number of cases to 50,187. Health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said there were 47 more deaths recorded, with total fatalities now at 2,620, the highest virus death toll in East Asia outside of China, reports Reuters.

02:14 PM IST

Seal down implemented at four locations in Bengaluru: K'taka health minister B Sriramulu

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said that a seal down has been implemented at four locations in Bengaluru and more testing is being done in these locations. He mentioned that arrangements have also been made to test senior citizens, reports ANI.

01:57 PM IST

Students develop sensor-enabled touchless sanitizer in Shivamogga

Three engineering students have developed a sensor-enabled touchless hand sanitizer that has been installed at a School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams centre in Shivamogga. The SSLC exams began today for which about 8,48,203 students will be appearing.

01:52 PM IST

Over 30 personnel at Naval Air Station 'INS Parundu' test Covid-19 positive

Over 30 personnel attached to Naval Air Station INS Parundu have tested positive for coronavirus, district officials said on Thursday, but the forward operating base was 'operational', news agency PTI quoted defences sources in Chennai as saying.

01:34 PM IST

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan cross 192,000-mark

With 4,044 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, Pakistan's infection tally has gone up to 192,970, the health ministry said on Thursday.

According to the ministry of national health services, 148 more people have died due to infection taking the country's death toll to 3,903.

01:13 PM IST

India’s Hetero prices generic remdesivir for Covid-19 treatment at Rs5,400 per vial

India’s Hetero Labs Ltd has priced its generic version of remdesivir to treat Covid-19 at 5,400 rupees ($71) per 100-milligram vial, the drugmaker said on Wednesday.

The firm said it would supply 20,000 vials of the drug.

01:02 PM IST

IIT-Bombay to go completely online next semester

Amid concern of Covid-19 outbreak and the need to ensure social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay will go completely online next semester, its director said on Thursday. The decision, the first by any IIT, followed deliberations that went on till late night Wednesday.

12:44 PM IST

76 more Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan, state tally reaches 16,085

A total of 76 more Covid-19 cases have been reported from Rajasthan in the last 24 hours which takes the total number of cases in the state to 16,085 on, the state health department said on Thursday.

12:25 PM IST

Disaster management body's meet today over home isolation rules in Delhi

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) will hold a meeting in the evening with home isolation rules for Delhi on agenda. The Delhi government has opposed the current format of home isolation rules, decision on it to be taken in the meeting, reported news agency ANI.

12:10 PM IST

Virus-free Vietnam not ready to open doors to foreign tourists yet: PM

Even as the country has declared itself coronavirus-free, Vietnam has no plans to open up to international tourists yet amid fears of a second wave, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

11:29 AM IST

Germany’s Covid-19 infection rate drops to lowest in almost 3 weeks

Germany’s Covid-19 infection rate fell to the lowest in almost three weeks, while the number of new cases remained well below the level at the height of the outbreak, reports Bloomberg.

10:56 AM IST

Covid-19 lockdown delays marriage of Pak bride and Indian groom

Pakistan-based Sumaila and Kamal Kalyan, a resident of Jalandhar, got engaged online in 2018. The duo was scheduled to marry in India in March, however, could not due to Covid-19 restrictions in place.

Sumaila has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through the media, to allow visas for her and her family members, news agency ANI reported.

First published: Jun 25, 2020 07:13 IST