India, in terms of its confirmed cases, is closing in on three European countries, whose health systems collapsed under the pandemic — Italy, the U.K. and Spain. These three countries have, however, registered deaths five-six times more than India.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India’s current fatality rate is 2.80%. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat continue to lead in terms of cases.
Here are the latest update:
1 pm | Delhi
Coronavirus positive elderly dies after 5 Delhi hospitals ‘denied’ him treatment
The family of a 68-year-old coronavirus positive man has alleged that around five city hospitals denied him treatment on Thursday morning, including Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, where he eventually passed away.
“My dad is having (sic) high fever. We need to shift him to hospital. I am standing outside LNJP Delhi & they are not taking him in. He is having (sic) corona, high fever and breathing problem. He won’t survive without help. Pls help,” Amarpreet, the deceased’s daughter, posted on Twitter on Thursday morning.
About an hour later, at around 9 a.m., she tweeted, “He is no more. The govt failed us.”
12.30 pm | Kerala
Spectre of community spread looms over Kerala
Even as the government states categorically that community transmission is yet to happen in the State, the time may have indeed come for every doctor in both COVID and non-COVID hospitals to treat every patient as a potential source of COVID-19.
The death of a 77-year-old priest here on Tuesday of COVID-19, who might very well have contracted the infection in either the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) here or the Peroorkada District Hospital where he was treated, has also raised the spectre of hospitals becoming epicentres of the disease.
12 pm | Pakistan
Pakistan surpasses China in COVID-19 cases; infections surges to 85,246
Pakistan on Thursday surpassed China, the first epicentre of the coronavirus, after a record 4,688 new cases were registered during the last 24 hours to take the tally to 85,246.
China with 84,160 patients has been placed at 18th position, one step lower than Pakistan, according to the data of Johns Hopkins University.
On Thursday, the Ministry of National Health Services said till now Pakistan has witnessed the deaths of 1,770 patients with COVID-19, including 82 in the last 24 hours. – PTI
11.35 am | China
Another Chinese city orders mass testing for COVID-19 after Wuhan
A Chinese city close to the Russian border has ordered the COVID-19 tests for all 2.8 million residents, becoming the second city in the country after Wuhan, the first virus epicentre, conducted mass testing of its entire population, state-media reported on Thursday.
According to the China’s National Health Commission (NHC), one imported case was reported in Guangdong Province on Wednesday.
11.05 am | Odisha
90 new cases in Odisha
Ninety more COVID-19 cases were detected in Odisha on Thursday taking the State’s total to 2,478, Health Department official said.
The number of active cases stands at 1,053, while 1,416 had recovered. Nine people have died – seven of COVID and two of other ailments.
Of the 90 new cases, 79 were detected in quarantine centres and 11 were local contacts, according to the Health Department.
10.55 am | Puducherry
Nine COVID-19 admissions confirmed in Puducherry on Thursday, taking the active case count in the UT to 63.
The cumulative count is 99 cases, of which 36 have been discharged.
10.50 am | India
Major uptick in COVID-19 cases in the past week and it’s not just the usual suspects
In the past two weeks, 90,986 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in India. Four States – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat – continued to record a large bulk (70%) of the cases.
But, in the recent weeks, there has been a significant uptick in cases in other States such as Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Karnataka. There has also been a noticable increase in deaths recorded in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
10.20 am | India
Our lockdown decimated the economy: Rajiv Bajaj to Rahul Gandhi
Our lockdown was porous and decimated the economy, said businessman Rajiv Bajaj in a conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.
“We have fallen shory of disclosing, fact and truth. People started thinking that contagion is like a contagious cancer. Now the government seems to be saying living with the virus. It is going to take a long time for people to return to normal,” said Mr. Bajaj.
10.10 am | Bihar
Bihar saw 53 new COVID-19 positive cases on Thursday, taking the total number of cases in the State to 4,326.
All new cases are from Samastipur, Saharsha, Sheohar, West Champaran, East Champaran, Saran, and Jehanabad districts.
9.50 am | India
Spike in cases continue; India registers 9,304 new cases in past 24 hours
The sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in India continued on Thursday as the country registered 9,304 new cases and 260 deaths in the past 24 hours.
With this, the total number of cases in the country is now 2,16,919, of which 1,06,737 is active. As many as 6,075 people have succumbed to the infection till date.
9.30 am | India
CPI(M) to stage countrywide protests on June 16 demanding cash transfers, free foodgrains to poor
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday announced countrywide protests on June 16 demanding immediate cash transfers and free foodgrains to the poor.
Accusing the Narendra Modi government of using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to replace the secular, democratic and federal structure of the country with a unitary form of theocratic government, Yechury said the Centre has now virtually left the people of the country to fend for themselves in combatting the pandemic.
9 am | India
Defence secretary tests positive for COVID-19: Sources
Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for COVID-19, a defence official said on Wednesday.
Mr. Kumar tested positive but continues to work and look into files from quarantine, one official said.
8.30 am | Brazil
Brazil reports a record 1,349 virus deaths in 24 hours
Brazil reported a record 1,349 coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period Wednesday, the health ministry said, as the pandemic continued to take a grim toll on Latin America’s hardest-hit country.
The figure brought the total death toll from the new coronavirus in Brazil to 32,548, with 5,84,016 confirmed infections — the second-highest caseload worldwide, after the United States.
Brazil’s death toll, which has doubled in 17 days, is currently the fourth-highest worldwide, after the U.S., Britain and Italy. – AFP