The death toll is nearing 7,000, even as the recovery rate remained at close to 48%. Cases have steadily risen, doubling every 17 days, among the fastest in countries with the most infections.
Here are the latest update:
2 pm | Tamil Nadu
Annamalai University to conduct viva voce through video conferencing on Tuesday
Annamalai University to conduct viva voce for Ph.D scholars through video conferencing.
According to an official, the university had suspended classes following a directive from the State government due to the lockdown.
“The online examination has been planned as per the directives of the University Grants Commission and the Department of Higher Education of Tamil Nadu. The administration decided to conduct viva voce through video conferencing to ease the difficulties faced by the students owing to the lockdown restrictions,” he said.
1.45 pm | Pakistan
COVID-19 cases in Pakistan inching closer to 1,00,000-mark
A record 4,960 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 98,943 in Pakistan, according to the Ministry of National Health Services.
With 67 more fatalities due to COVID-19, the death toll jumped to 2,002 in the country.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out the return to a strict shutdown to stem the spread of coronavirus, saying the elitist idea would collapse the economy and increase poverty even as the COVID-19 cases in the country inched closer to the 1,00,000-mark.
1.30 pm | Karnataka
Bengaluru issues SOP on home quarantining for different categories of travellers
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued a detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be followed, based on the protocols.
According to the order, screening of all persons at entry level by the designated teams deployed is mandatory, as is self-registration on Seva Sindhu portal by travellers.
The order states the different categories of travellers who have to be home quarantined. Special category of asymptomatic persons may be exempted from institutional quarantine on arrival, such as those travelling in case of death in the family, pregnant women, children aged below 10 years, senior citizens aged above 60 years, those with serious illness and those under distress.
1.15 pm | New Delhi
Delhi Medical Association condemns Kejriwal’s ‘threats’
The Delhi Medical Association condemned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comments, ‘threatening’ hospitals over the admission and testing of COVID-19 patients.
“Doctors who are serving the people of Delhi tirelessly for the last two months in this pandemic crisis, risking their lives, feel insulted by the way they are being treated,” it said in a statement.
Hitting out at the FIR filed against Sri Ganga Ram hospital, the association said that it was demoralising for the entire medical fraternity. The hospital and its doctors “who have saved lakhs of lives in last decades are being penalised and threatened,” it said.
1 pm | Thailand
Thailand reports eight new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Thailand reported eight new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking its total to 3,112 infections and 58 deaths since the outbreak began in January.
The new cases were returnees – five from the United Arab Emirates, two from Kuwait and one from India – and were in quarantine, where most of Thailand’s recent cases have been detected, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, an assistant spokeswoman for the government’s COVID-19 Administration Centre.
12.45 pm | China
China exonerates self in whitepaper on COVID-19, says virus first noticed on Dec. 27
China exonerated itself from the global allegations of delay in reporting the coronavirus outbreak, saying the virus was first noticed in Wuhan on December 27 as a viral pneumonia and human-to-human transmission was discovered on January 19, after which it took swift actions to curb it.
A whitepaper released by the Chinese government gave a lengthy explanation to refute the allegations of cover up and delay by Beijing on reporting the COVID-19 outbreak last year in Wuhan.
US President Donald Trump and leaders of several countries have accused China of not being transparent in reporting the deadly disease, leading to huge human casualties and economic crisis across the world.
12.20 pm | Delhi
Delhi to open borders from tomorrow: CM Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a press conference said that restaurants, malls and religious places will be allowed to open as per Central government’s instructions.
He advised the elderly and people with co-morbidities to remain in room quarantine in their homes.
He said that while Delhi borders will be opened from June 8, people from outside the State will not be allowed treatment in govt-run hospitals in Delhi due to coronavirus risk.
“Private hospitals will be reserved only for Delhiites unless they do special surgeries that are conducted only in that particular hospital,” he said.
Meanwhile, central government hospitals will be open for people from across the country. “We do not have any jurisdiction over central hospitals,” said the CM.
“We will need 15,000 beds by the end of June for Delhiites. If we allow people to come from outside, these beds will be filled up in 3 days,” he said, defending the decision. The CM added that both Delhi government and Central government hospitals corrently have 10,000 beds.
Here are the key points from the presser:
– Restaurants, Malls and Religious places to open according to Central Govt rules
– Hotels and Banquet halls to remain shut.
– Hotels and banquet halls may be attached to hospitals to deal with the rising numbers.
– Orders and rules on reopening of restaurants, malls and religious places to released shortly – Jaideep
12 pm | Bihar
Bihar confirmed 86 new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday, taking the total count in the State to 4,831.
Of this, 2,298 people have recovered and 29 have succumbed to the infection.
11.40 am | India
India is still at risk, says WHO expert
COVID-19 has not “exploded” in India, but the risk of it happening remains as the country moves towards exiting the lockdown that was imposed in March to contain the disease, according to a top WHO expert.
WHO Health Emergencies Programme executive director Michael Ryan said on June 5 the doubling time of cases in India was about three weeks at this stage. So the direction of travel of the epidemic was not exponential but it was still growing, he said.
11.20 am | Puducherry
5 JIPMER doctors among 12 new cases in Puducherry
Puducherry has registered 12 new COVID-19 cases, resulting in the tally of active cases in the UT to reach 70.
The new cases include five doctors from JIPMER.
The total number of COViD-19 cases in Puducherry is now 119, of which 49 people have been discharged. – Dinesh Kumar
11.10 am | India
Record single-day spike of 9,971 COVID-19 cases; death toll 6,929: Health ministry
India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, with 9,971 new infections taking the country’s tally to 2,46,628, while the death toll rose to 6,929, according to the Union Health Ministry.
India registered 287 deaths in the last 24 hours since Saturday morning.
India had raced past Spain on Saturday to become the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, only the U.S., Brazil, Russia and the UK are ahead of it.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,20,406, according to the Health Ministry. – PTI
10.45 am | Daman and Diu
Adherence to lockdown keep Daman, Diu coronavirus-free
The Daman and Diu districts of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli have not reported any COVID-19 case so far, and the administration has attributed this to strict implementation of the lockdown orders and commitment of ‘corona warriors’
There are nearly 2.5 lakh industrial workers in Daman and Diu, which are also quite popular among tourists, the Union Territory’s administrator Praful Patel said on Sunday.
Despite bordering Gujarat and being close to Maharashtra, two of the worst affected states, Daman and Diu have remained free of the viral disease so far because public followed the lockdown guidelines, he said.
While Dadra and Nagar Haveli has reported 19 COVID-19 cases, there has been no case so far in Daman and Diu. – PTI
10.30 am | India
IOC says Unlock 1.0 to revive fuel sales soon
Weeks after the coronavirus lockdown led to fuel sales nosediving to record lows, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation’s largest oil firm, sees demand returning with the resumption of economic activities.
The company said though it is on track to spend the approved capital expenditure for 2020-21, it has “critically examined all capex proposals for rationalisation of cost and time frame.”
“The company is also conscious of the costs and has also undertaken rationalisation measures in this direction,” it said without giving details. – PTI
March 24 to May 30, 2020 will be a time that won’t be easy for Indians to forget. The intense lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic tested the resilience of the nation, its systems and its people.
Uthenge Hum is a video by Virtual Bharat in association with The Hindu, that captures India in the midst of this unprecedented lockdown.
10 am | Odisha
75 new cases in Odisha
Odisha reported 75 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the State’s tally to 2,856, said officials on Sunday.
With 1,716 persons having already recovered, the total number of active cases now stand at 1,129.
Eight persons have so far died of COVID-19 in the State. – Satyasundar Barik
9.30 am | Brazil
Brazil removes COVID-19 data from public view, hiding soaring death toll
Brazil removed from public view months of its COVID-19 data on Saturday, as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world’s second-largest coronavirus outbreak.
Brazil’s Health Ministry removed the data from a website that had documented the epidemic over time and by state and municipality.
The ministry also stopped giving a total count of confirmed cases, which have shot past 6,72,000 more than anywhere outside the United States or a total death toll, which passed Italy this week, nearing 36,000 by Saturday.
9 am | Delhi
1,320 new virus cases in Delhi
A total of 1,320 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 27,654. Also, 53 more deaths have been reported taking the total to 761. All the deaths did not happen in the past 24 hours.
Of the total cases, 10,664 people have recovered and there are 16,229 active cases. As per the government, there are 4,412 (51%) vacant beds in hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has issued a guideline for “clinical management protocol for adult patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection”.
8.30 am | France
France reports 31 more coronavirus deaths, total at 29,142
France’s coronavirus death toll, the fifth-highest in the world, rose more slowly on Saturday, while the number of people in intensive care continued to fall, government data showed.
The number of deaths from the COVID-19 disease increased by 31, or 0.1%, from the previous day to reach 29,142, according to data posted on the government’s website.
That compared with 46 deaths, or a 0.2% rise, reported on Friday.
8 am | China
China reports six new COVID-19 cases, five asymptomatic cases
China reported six new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, three more than the previous day.
Five of the new cases, recorded by late Saturday, involved travellers arriving from abroad, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website.
One locally transmitted case was found in the southern island province of Hainan.