Over four months after the first coronavirus case was detected in India, the case count in India stands at more than 4 lakh, with a death toll of over 13,000.
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Here are the latest updates:
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India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 4 lakh with highest single-day spike of 15,413 cases
Eight days after recording three lakh COVID-19 cases, India went past the four lakh-mark on Sunday with the biggest single-day spike of 15,413 new infections, according to Union Health Ministry data.
India took 64 days to cross the 1 lakh-mark from 100 cases, another fortnight to reach the grim milestone of two lakh cases and then in another ten days it went past the 3-lakh mark.
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ONGC looking at optimising capex after COVID-19 impacts project execution
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the speed of execution of its projects and the company is identifying opportunities for optimisation of capital and operating expenditure.
While about 9% of the company’s natural gas output was impacted by inability of customers to take supplies due to the coronavirus lockdown, lower oil and gas prices had impacted its revenues, the company said.
COVID-19 Trials | In solidarity with recovery
A range of treatments have been proposed, but only extensive population based-trials will provide evidence on their safety and efficacy. The need to fast-track development of drugs and a vaccine, and subsequently, the necessity to scale up manufacturing processes have naturally spurred vast, global efforts involving a large number of people, and in one instance, many nations.
Highest single-day death toll in Navi Mumbai
Navi Mumbai reported its highest-single-day death toll and second-highest surge in COVID-19 cases on Saturday. While 10 more fatalities took the death toll to 157, an additional 172 cases pushed the tally to 4,687.
Work to convert Anna University buildings into care centre begins
The Greater Chennai Corporation has started work on developing a COVID-19 Care Centre on the premises of Anna University. On Saturday, senior officials of Greater Chennai Corporation led by Deputy Commissioner (Works) Kumaravel Pandian visited Anna University and held talks with university authorities, who offered alternative buildings, including the auditorium.
Maharashtra sees highest spike with 3,874 new cases
Maharashtra recorded 3,874 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, its highest surge in a day, pushing its tally to 1,28,205. The State also recorded 160 fatalities, its second-highest single-day rise, taking its death toll to 5,984. Nearly 51% of Maharashtra’s cases and 59% deaths are from Mumbai.
New guidelines for government staff to be implemented from tomorrow
As cases of government employees working at the State Secretariat and other offices in Hyderabad contracting coronavirus keep spiking, the State government has issued a fresh set of guidelines to contain the spread by regulating the physical attendance of various categories of staff.
In an official memo issued by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Saturday, heads of all government offices in the city have been instructed to implement fresh guidelines from June 22 (Monday).
Odisha records 72.77% recovery
Odisha recorded a recovery rate of 72.77% following the discharge of 237 persons from COVID-19 hospitals in the past 24 hours.
“The untiring efforts of our COVID warriors have led to an all-time high recovery of 237 patients in a day. We salute the dauntless spirit of our frontline workers,” the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter on Saturday.
Biggest single-day spike recorded in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded an all-time high of 2,396 cases of COVID-19. While 1,254 of the fresh cases were in Chennai and 64 were returnees, the remaining 1,078 cases were reported in the rest of the State.