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Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday said that a “complete” lockdown will be imposed from 23 June to 30 June in “jurisdiction of Madurai Corporation limits, Paravai Town Panchayat and rural blocks of Madurai east, Madurai west and Thiruparankundram.”

The three-judge Supreme Court bench presided over by CJI SA Bobde on Monday allowed the annual Puri Rath Yatra to be held at the Jagannath temple in the Odisha temple town.

The apex court directed the state government and Centre to work in tandem for the event. “Detailed restrictions in the order to be uploaded later on website,” Bar and Bench reported.

Active coronavirus cases in Karnataka may reach around 25,000 by August 15 if the state maintains the current compounded daily growth rate of 4 per cent, a senior government official said on Monday while stressing the need to stick to social distancing and wearing masks to contain spread of the virus.

The projections are so sensitive that if the daily growth rate is at 3 per cent then active numbers can reach 17,000 but if it is at 4 per cent then the state could see around 25,000 cases in about 50-60 days, Munish Moudgil, chief of Karnataka COVID-19 War Room, said in a statement.

The state currently has 9,150 cases of which 3,391 are active cases, 5,618 discharges and 137 deaths. The compounded daily growth rate as of Sunday (for the past five days) stood at four per cent, according to official figures.

“I wish to state that expected active cases by August 15th is about 20,000-25,000,” Moudgil.

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri can be allowed to be held this year without public participation in view of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the “tradition of centuries may not be stopped”. Meanwhile, India added 14,821 new COVID-19 cases pushing the infection tally to 4,25,282, while the death toll rose to 13,699 with 445 new fatalities, according to Union Health Ministry data.

The country crossed the four lakh-mark on Sunday eight days after recording three lakh COVID-19 cases and has witnessed a surge of 2,34,747 infections from 1 June till 22. India registered over 10,000 cases for the 11th day in a row.

The number of recoveries also continued to surge with 2,37,195 patients cured so far, while there were 1,74,387 active cases, according to the updated official figures at 8 am. One patient has migrated.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 9,440 COVID-19 patients have recovered, taking the recovery rate to 55.77 percent, officials said.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 69,50,493 samples have been tested up to 21 June with 1,43,267 samples being tested on Sunday.

Supreme Court to hear pleas to modify 18 June order staying Rath Yatra in Puri

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear four petitions seeking modification of its earlier order of 18 June, which had stayed the annual Rath Yatra in Puri and all other places in Odisha, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A single-judge bench of the apex court will hear the petitions today.

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File image of historic Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri. PTI

The top court had stayed the annual Rath Yatra at Jagannath Temple in Puri, which was slated to being on 23 June, and all activities related to the gathering in view of the coronavirus pandemic this year.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde, had said that such gatherings cannot take place at the time of the pandemic. “Lord Jagannath will forgive us if we stay the Rath Yatra this year. In the interest of public health and safety of citizens, Rath Yatra cannot be allowed this year,” the top court remarked.

Largest worldwide single-day rise in COVID-19 cases, says WHO

Globally, the infections are inching towards the 9 million-mark. Over 8.9 infections have been reported worldwide, while the virus has killed at least 4.6 lakh people.

The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours.

The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in in India. Experts said rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing as well as a broader infection.

Panel set up by Amit Shah suggests re-mapping containment zones in Delhi

Amid the rise of infections in Delhi, the Centre has asked the Delhi government to delineate all containment zones afresh, enumerate all households even outside containment zones.

Mapping of all containment zones in Delhi again for better management of the COVID-19 situation and vigorous contact tracing of positive cases for quarantining are among the measures related to the containment strategy suggested by the high-level committee set up Union minister Amit Shah.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jun 22, 2020 19:40:18 IST

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