Highlights: Maharashtra reports 245 deaths, 4,878 new Covid cases
Coronavirus restrictions are being eased across the world but the rate of infection has dipped only in a few nations. Reopening across cities in US and India continues to be calibrated.
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US has put a halt on plans to reopen the states or are approaching a calibrated reopening as coronavirus cases continue to surge. India has begun the second stage of unlocking the economy but retained most of the rules that were part of Unlock 1. Unlock 2 in India came with only a few changes.
US, India, Brazil and Russia could remain in the EU's non-travelling countries list. China could also join the list as Beijing reports surge in cases. China is also reporting a new strain of swine flu which is causing concern for the authorities. WHO has exercised caution and has asked countries to bolster contact tracing as well as their health systems.
Amid pandemic, Bahrain to cover 50% salaries of private sector workers
The island nation of Bahrain says it will cover 50 per cent of the salaries of private-sector workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The island kingdom off Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf says the program will begin in July and covers "insured citizens employed in the private sector working for companies most affected by the coronavirus.
"The payments will go on for three months. The kingdom says it also will cover electricity bills at employees' homes. (AP)
Lockdown extended in UK's Leicester city
While the UK prepares to lift restrictions, the Covid-19 lockdown was extended in Leicester city after a surge in the number of infections of the viral disease.
The lockdown has been extended for at least two weeks more than the rest of England.
The city has one of the country's largest India-origin populations.
Delhi's coronavirus recovery rate at 66.03%
The coronavirus recovery rate in the national capital reached 66.03 per cent on June 29 as against the national rate of 58.67 per cent, according to official figures.
In June, the national capital added over 64,000 fresh cases to its tally, while over 47,357 patients recovered, were discharged or migrated. (PTI)
PM Modi chairs high-level meet to review vaccine preparedness
Ahead of the 4pm address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparations being undertaken for vaccination against Covid-19, as and when a vaccine is available, ANI reported.
Singapore reports 246 new Covid-19 cases
Singapore reported 246 new Covid-19 cases, mostly foreign workers living in dormitories, the health ministry said.
With the detection of the latest cases, the Covid-19 tally in Singapore increased to 43,907.
Russia reported 6,693 cases of Covid-19
Russia saw its Covid-19 tally cross 650,000 as the nation reported 6,693 cases and 154 deaths. 9,320 people have died so far due to the Covid-19 in Russia.
UK health regulator calls for HCQ trial restart
A global trial to affirm if Covid-19 can be dealt with Hydroxychloroquine is set to begin. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has passed the proposal to restart the trials.
Shell writes off $22 billion due to pandemic
Shell's writing off of up to $22 billion shows how much Big Oil has been affected by the pandemic. Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch company, said it has to take a post-tax impairment charge in the range of $15 to $22 billion in the quarter.
UK health minister alarmed by Leicester Covid-19 spikes among children
UK health minister Matt Hancock has expressed concern over the fact that most of Covid-19 affected in Leicester's recent Covid-19 spikes are children.
Maharashtra Police sees new cases of Covid-19
67 police personnel have tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of cases has reached 4,810.
67 more Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for COVID19 in the last 24 hours; taking the total number of cases to 4810 and death toll to 59 in the force.— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
BSF has reported 53 cases in last 24 hours
BSF reports new cases but recoveries have steadily risen. There are 354 active cases.
In the last 24 hours, 53 more Border Security Force (BSF) personnel tested positive for #COVID19 and 4 have recovered. There are 354 active cases and 659 personnel have recovered till date: BSF pic.twitter.com/GM1w609FE6— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
Odisha reports 206 new cases of Covid-19
204 people have been infected in the state of odisha, taking the Covid-19 tally to 7,065.
Odisha's COVID19 tally rises to 7065, with 206 new positive cases reported in the last 24 hours: State Health Department— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
ICMR senior scientist Raman Gangakhedkar retires
ICMR's senior scientist Raman Gangakhedkar has retired from his position. He was part of the initial media briefings the Health ministry held to update the nation regarding the pandemic.
Raman Gangakhedkar, senior scientist of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is retiring today. He has played a key role in combating the on-going #COVID19 pandemic in the country. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/ykKFWIYYIO— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
Assam puts Kamrup Metropolitan district under lockdown
Assam has put Kamrup Metropolitan district under strict lockdown till July 12.
First published: Jun 30, 2020 07:06 IST