By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 11, 2020 5:26:00 pm
A medical staff member helps a patient outside the emergency ward at Sant Parmanand Hospital in New Delhi (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
India Coronavirus Latest Update: With nearly 10,000 new cases, India is on course to overtake Britain in the global list of countries worst affected by Covid-19. Today marks the ninth consecutive day that the country — fifth worst-hit by the pandemic — reported over 9,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day. The death toll rose to 8,102. The United Kingdom, which is the fourth worst-hit nation, has over 2.91 lakh cases.
The number of recovered cases exceeded the number of active cases again today. Over 1.41 lakh people have been discharged as against 1.37 lakh active cases. This is, however, of little significance as of now. This is neither the beginning of the end of the epidemic nor the arrival of the ‘peak’. It does not mean that the number of cases would be declining from now on.
Total recoveries and the number of active cases are not comparable metrics. Total recoveries account for everyone who has recovered from the disease since the start of the outbreak. It is an accumulated number. Active cases, on the other hand, are only those that have been infected in the last 14 days, if we assume that everyone, apart from those who die, is recovering in 14 days. So the comparison is between a number that has accumulated over three months, which is the case in India right now, and a number that has emerged in the last two weeks.
Meanwhile, India has tested more than five million for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Almost 1.5 lakh tests are being done every day.
Here’s all the important COVID-19 news from across India
Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 95th Annual Day of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today the country must resolve to “turn this crisis into an opportunity“. “India is fighting multiple challenges along with COVID-19, including floods, locust attack, earthquakes…We have to turn crisis into an opportunity for creating Atmanirbhar Bharat and take steps to ensure that products which we import from elsewhere are manufactured in India,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the 95th Annual Day of Indian Chamber of Commerce
Special flight carrying 180 migrants from Mumbai lands in Lucknow
A special flight arranged by actor Amitabh Bachchan to ferry 180 migrants from Mumbai landed at the Lucknow airport on Thursday morning. On arrival, the migrants hailing from Unnao, Gonda, Lucknow and other districts of the state thanked the Bollywood star for helping them reach home. Airport Director, AK Sharma, said 180 passengers have arrived by the special flight. Stepping in to help stranded migrants reach their villages, Bachchan had arranged for four special flights to send about 700 people to their homes in Uttar Pradesh. Sources close to Bachchan had said that he wanted to book a train for the migrants but the logistics did not work out.
Almost 1.5 lakh tests are being done every day.
SC takes note of COVID-19 infection among children in TN shelter home
The Supreme Court on Thursday took note of 35 children testing positive for COVID-19 in a government-run shelter home in Tamil Nadu and sought a status report from the state government including steps taken to protect the remaining children. A bench of justices L Nageswara Rao, Krishna Murari and S Ravindra Bhat also sought status report from different state governments on steps taken to protect children in shelter homes amid the pandemic, and also compliance of its April 3 order in this regard. The top court said that Juvenile Justice Committees of high courts will circulate a questionnaire among state governments and collect their feedback about the protection of children from COVID-19 in shelter homes.
Darul Uloom Deoband postpones academic session due to pandemic
Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has postponed its academic session till further orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The mohtamim of the seminary Maulana Abul Kasimnaumani has issued a notification stating that due to the spread of coronavirus, the institution has been closed till further orders and asking the students not to arrive at the seminary premises at Deoband.
A private doctor’s clinic in Dharavi, which is one of the hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mumbai (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)
NHRC team to visit LNJP hospital in Delhi
A team of the National Humans Rights Commission (NHRC) is slated to visit the Delhi’s Lok Naik Jai Prakash Hospital on Thursday for an on-spot inspection in the wake of allegations of mismanagement in handling the Covid-19 situation.
The LNJP Hospital is a dedicated Covid-19 facility under the Delhi government. The panel had sent notices to the Health Ministry and the Delhi government on Wednesday over the pandemic situation in the national capital, and asked them to submit a report in 10 days on heathcare facilities and related issues.
“A team of the National Human Rights Commission, led by its member Jyotika Kalra will visit LNJP Hospital in Delhi around 3 pm today for an on-spot inspection of the facilities in the wake of allegations that there is mismanagement and coronavirus patients are being denied admission and treatment,” a senior official of the NHRC said.
The strike called by junior doctors at Hyderabad’s Gandhi General Hospital entered day 3 even as state Health Minister Eatala Rajender invited them to another round of talks on Thursday evening.
The doctors blocked the road outside Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, the city’s primary Covid-19 facility.
Nearly 450 doctors sat on strike on Tuesday evening following an alleged attack on junior doctors by attendants of a deceased Covid patient at Gandhi hospital, which is the nodal hospital for Covid-19 treatment in Telangana.
The junior doctors, who have been on Covid duty since the beginning of March, demanded that Covid treatment be distributed among other state-run hospitals instead of mounting pressure on Gandhi hospital. Citing exhaustion, they blamed the state government for showing no interest in fresh recruitment which, they said, is the need of the hour. They raised the immediate need for specialist doctors, broad specialty doctors, nursing staff, paramedic staff (ICU technicians and lab technicians), ward boys, and patients care providers (permanently through HMSRB) to avoid crumbling of available medical infrastructure.
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