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Wrap up: All you need to know about the pandemic
- Delhi reported 1,513 new cases, taking the tally to 23,645.
- The capital also reduced mandatory home quarantine from 14 to 7 days for asymptomatic travellers.
- Maharashtra case count nears 75,000 as it reported 2,560 new cases today.
- Cabinet approves historic amendment to Essential Commodities Act.
- U.S. CDC reported 24,955 new cases today which took the tally to 1,827,425.
Study shows children are not big virus spreaders
- A study by the Netherlands' National Institute for Health (RIVM) published on Wednesday concluded that children under the age of 12 play little role in transmitting the new coronavirus.
- The study in the country's leading medical journal Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde followed the progress of the disease in 54 families, including 227 people in all.
Assam reports 74 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 1,830.
Telangana reports 129 new cases
- Total cases reach 3,020, with 99 dead.
AIIMS nurses union threatens for mass casual leave
- Amid coronavirus pandemic, the AIIMS Nurses' union have decided to go on mass casual leave on June 10 over their demands for better facilities at workplace.
- If their demands are not met, AIIMS nurses will go for an indefinite strike from June 15, said Harish Kajla, President of AIIMS nurses union on Wednesday.
- It was the third consecutive day of protest by AIIMS nurses, demanding better working facilities for nursing staff, especially female who are deputed for longer hours in the COVID-19 area.
7 arrested, 425 penalised for lockdown violations in Noida
- The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Section 144 is in force in Gautam Buddh Nagar, whose urban areas fall in the coronavirus red zone, even as general lockdown curbs continue due to the pandemic.
- "One FIR was registered on Wednesday for the lockdown violation and seven people arrested. A total of 1,353 vehicles were checked across 200 barrier points in the district and challans issued to 425 of them, while another three were impounded," the police said in a statement.
Delhi releases guidelines for disposal of dead bodies of virus victims
Gautam Buddh Nagar reports 25 new cases
- Twenty-five more people were found positive for coronavirus infection in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Wednesday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 521, said officials.
- On the day, four patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery from, leaving 165 active cases in the district, the officials said.
- Gautam Buddh Nagar adjoining Delhi, having the second-highest number of positive cases after Agra, has so far recorded eights deaths due to COVID-19, according to a state government data.
World Health Organization (WHO) says hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials to resume
Home quarantine now 7 days for those coming to Delhi
Delhi reports 1,513 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 23,645.
- Death toll increased by 9, taking the tally to 606.
Rajasthan reports 279 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 9,652 and 209 deaths.
PM Modi assures Mozambique President of medical assistance
Gujarat reports 485 new cases
- The case count in the state has reached 18,117.
- The death toll has also increased 30 today, bringing the tally to 1,122.
Haryana reports 302 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 2,954 and 23 deaths.
Meghalaya reports 2 new cases
- The two had returned from Goa and Maharashtra.
- Both of them are under quarrantine in Shillong, East Khasi Hills District and are healthy.
- Total case count reaches 33.
West Bengal reports 340 new cases
- The state reported 10 new deaths, taking the toll to 273.
- Total number of cases have reached 6,508.
Madhya Pradesh reports 168 new cases
- The state also reported 7 deaths, taking the toll to 371.
- Case count reached 8,588.
Maharashtra reports 2,560 new cases
- The state also reported 122 deaths today.
- Case count has reached 74,860, with the death toll at 2587.
Rescued migrants stranded on chartered Maltese tourist boats
- More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. But for them, it's no pleasure, only uncertainty over their fate and they aren't cruising anywhere.
- Rescued from human traffickers' unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them in. So far, only France has stepped forward, pledging to accept some of the asylum-seekers.
- France is one of a handful of EU countries which agreed last year to share the burden of caring for migrants rescued at sea by Malta and Italy.
Nepal cases reach 2,300
- Nepal's coronavirus cases reached 2,300 on Wednesday after over 200 new infections were reported in the country, while the number of fatalities due to COVID-19 has gone up to nine following the death of an elderly man, according to the health ministry.
- A total of 76 COVID-19 infections were reported from Kapilvastu, 26 from Rupandehi, 15 from Sarlahi and 11 from Rautahat, the Ministry of Health and Population said.
- Nine patients were detected from Mahottari, eight each from Nawalparasi and Sunsari, seven each from kalikot, Dailekh and Parsa, 5 from Dang and three each from Kathmandu and Taplejung, it said.
J&K reports 139 new cases
- Total number of cases in the UT reach 2,857.
- Death toll stands at 34.
Dharavi reports 19 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 1,849 with the death toll at 71.
Kerala HC restrains school from levying additional fees for holding virtual classes
- Kerala High Court on Wednesday passed an interim order restraining schools from levying additional fees from students for holding virtual classes due to the ongoing coronavirus-induced lockdown.
- A single bench of Justice CS Dias also referred to the petition to a division bench, in view of the "substantial public interest involved".
- The bench also made reference to the suicide of 14-year-old Devika allegedly due to her inability to join online classes owing to the lack of a smartphone or a working TV in the house.
Scientists identify distinct trait in coronavirus in India
- Scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad have identified a distinct trait in the coronavirus found in the people infected in the country, mostly in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
- They have named this unique cluster of virus population as 'Clade A3i' found in 41 per cent of the genome sequenced in India.
- The researchers sequenced 64 genomes.
Karnataka reports 267 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 4,063.
Punjab reports 34 new cases
- Total number of cases reach 2,376.
Tamil Nadu reports 1,286 new cases
- Total number of cases in the state are now 25,872.
Kerala reports 82 new cases
- Total number of cases in the state reach 1494.
Delhi sets up panel for overall preparedness of hospitals
- A five-member committee has been constituted by the Delhi government to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure and look into overall preparedness of hospitals to battle COVID-19, officials said.
- The order to set up the panel was issued on Tuesday, the day Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,298 coronavirus cases.
- The members of the panel are Dr Mahesh Verma, the vice-chancellor of IP University; Dr Sunil Kumar, the medical director of GTB Hospital; Dr Arun Gupta, president of Delhi Medical Council; Dr R K Gupta, former president of Delhi Medical Association; and Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, the group medical director of Max Hospital, the order said.
Himachal Pradesh reports 8 new cases
- Total active cases in the state reach 204.
Survey: Businesses cut 2.76 million jobs in May
- The payroll company ADP reported Wednesday that businesses have let go of a combined 22.6 million jobs since March.
- The virus forced employers to shutter offices, factories, gyms and schools.
- The demand for gasoline, clothing, airline tickets, hotel rooms and restaurant meals quickly vanished.
Chandigarh: Barber shops & salons reopen
DRDO develops Personal Air Circulation System to be used inside PPE as a small backpack of 500 gms which keeps wearer comfortable & cool without sweating. The product named SUMERU-PACS is suitable for medical staff wearing PPE cover for long hours in hospitals.
- DRDO officials
Ukrainian soccer team finds 25 cases of virus
- A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff.
- The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people.
- None of the players or staff members have been named.
- The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty.
201 more COVID-19 cases & 1 more death reported in Nepal. The total number of cases in the country rises to 2300, including 9 deaths & 278 recoveries.
- Nepal Health Ministry
Uttarakhand government will consider resumption of Char Dham Yatra in a limited manner after June 8 and a decision will be taken keeping the current situation in mind.
- Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat
Zimbabwe raises $20 million in treasury bills sales to fight coronavirus
- Zimbabwe has raised 500 million Zimbabwe dollars in treasury bill auctions.
- It will used to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
- The outbreak has hit an economy that was experiencing its worst crisis in a decade.
- It is marked by shortages of food, medicines and foreign currency.
Cabinet approves amendment to Essential Commodities Act to deregulate food items, including cereals, and onion.
- Agriculture Minister
Two drivers at Nabanna have tested positive for COVID19. We have asked all drivers to undergo a test. Sanitization work will be conducted at Nabanna tomorrow
- West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Ministry of Home Affairs: It has been decided to permit certain categories of foreign nationals to come to India
India's health and sanitation campaigns can be built up to combat COVID-19: Indian-origin scientist
Coronavirus have led to a greater awareness about personal hygiene and sanitation among the people in the country, a leading Indian-origin scientist in Australia has said.
Cabinet approves amendments to Essential Commodities Act:
Government approves setting up of an Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) & Project Development Cells (PDCs) in Ministries/Departments for attracting investments in India.
- Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
Cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, approves establishment of Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) as Subordinate Office under Ministry of AYUSH.
- Government of India
Changes in the Essential Commodities Act
Onions, potatoes, grains removed from the ambit
F1 says racing will continue if driver tests positive
- Formula One races won't be canceled if a driver tests positive or if a team withdraws.
- Season opener was canceled when the McLaren team withdrew after a staff member tested positive.
- The season is now set to start with two races in Austria on July 5 and 12.
Suez canal revenues fall by 9.6% in May due to coronavirus
Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin
- The online summit was on a possible vaccine being organised by the British government this week.
- Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Services sector activities contract sharply in May; firms cut jobs: Survey
- The coronavirus pandemic continued to impair business operations, restrict consumer footfall at shops and resulted in job losses.
- Reflecting a fall in output at an "extreme rate once again", the IHS Markit India Services Business Activity Index stood at 12.6 in May.
A few SAIL employees test positive for COVID-19: Statement
- Employees working at the company's corporate office in Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19.
- There are five employees whose coronavirus test results have come positive.
Lockdown helped Delhi government strengthen health infrastructure: Manish Sisodia
COVID-19 fallout: Amara Raja Group announces pay cut to employees
Meghalaya resident who returned from UP tests COVID-19 positive
T20 World Cup could be held in New Zealand, suggests Dean Jones
- Cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones believes that the T20 World Cup could be staged in New Zealand.
- New Zealand has controlled the COVID-19 pandemic and is slowly moving towards normalcy.
- The country has not recorded any new case of coronavirus in the last 12 days.
- There is presently just one active case.
Goa: Digambar Kamat demands white paper on COVID-19 situation
Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Wednesday demanded a white paper on COVID-19 situation in Goa after around 40 positive cases of coronavirus were reported from Mangor Hill area recently.
Will be able to reverse-swing the ball even if saliva is banned during the coronavirus pandemic: Mohammed Shami
- ICC is expected to next week order a temporary ban on using saliva.
- The move comes as part of measures to get the sport started again while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
- Bowlers traditionally get the ball to move in the air, deceiving the batsman, by shining one side using sweat or saliva.
Two policemen test positive for COVID-19 in Bahraich
Plasma therapy safe, effective for severe Covid-19 patients: Study
- Researchers in the US, began clinical trials to transfuse plasma on March 28.
- Results of the trial showed that 19 out of 25 patients (76 per cent) improved with the treatment
- Also 11 were discharged from the hospital.
- There were no serious adverse side effects caused by the plasma transfusion.
Coronavirus cases in Singapore cross 36,000-mark