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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: BJP Doing Politics, Has Put Pressure on L-G, Alleges Manish Sisodia as Anil Baijal Overrules Kejriwal Govt Order on Delhi Hospitals, Testing | June 08, 2020, 23:29 IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Lt Governor Anil Baijal has overruled the AAP government's order to reserve Delhi government-run and private hospitals in the national capital for Delhiites, news agency PTI quoted its sources as saying. The lieutenant governor is also the Chairman of Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

The move may trigger a confrontation between the AAP dispensation and the LG office. On Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that the hospitals run by the Delhi government and private entities will only treat Delhiites during the coronavirus crisis.
Jun 08, 2020 23:29 (IST)

Over 300 Infected at SIr Gangaram Hospital | More than 300 healthcare workers and their family members have been infected at the Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi. Asymptomatic patients have led to these infections, data between April 7 and June 2 showed.

Jun 08, 2020 22:15 (IST)

Mumbai Case Count | Number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai mounted by 1,314 to 49,863 on Monday while 64 more people succumbed to the infection, taking the overall fatality count to 1,700, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. As per the Maharashtra government, the number of fatalities in the city stood at 1,702 and the cases at 50,085.

Jun 08, 2020 21:46 (IST)

3 More Test +ve in Law Ministry | Three more people, including a deputy secretary and a member of the multi-tasking service (MTS), working in the Law Ministry have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said here. With this, the total number of COVID-positive cases reported in the ministry goes up to five, they said.

Jun 08, 2020 21:30 (IST)

Not More Than 25 People Can Gather in West Bengal | The West Bengal government extends lockdown measures in the containment zones up to June 30. The maximum number of people has been limited to 25 at places of worship (at a time), wedding ceremonies (guests), and funeral/last rites.

Jun 08, 2020 21:22 (IST)

DMK MLA Treated for COVID-19 in Critical Condition | After showing improvement, the health condition of DMK MLA J Anbazhagan, affected by COVID-19, has significantly deteriorated and is critical,the hospital treating him said. The 61-year old legislator's health, which saw improvement with oxygen requirement sliding to half, deteriorated on Monday, Dr Rela institute and Medical Centre said.

Jun 08, 2020 20:48 (IST)

Delhi Case Count | As many as 1,007 COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths were reported in Delhi today. The total number of cases in the national capital is now at 29,943, including 17,712 active cases, 11,357 recovered/discharged/migrated and 874 deaths: Delhi Health Department

Jun 08, 2020 20:07 (IST)

L-G's Order Has Created a Huge Problem | L-G Anil Baijal's order has created a huge problem and challenge for the people of Delhi. Providing treatment for people coming from all over the country during coronavirus pandemic is a big challenge. We will try to provide treatment to all: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Jun 08, 2020 19:47 (IST)

Delhi L-G Overrules Order on Testing, Sisodia Says BJP Pressured Him | Delhi L-G Anil Baijal overrules the June 2 Delhi government order on testing aymptomatic, direct and high risk contact of a confirmed case. Asks to adhere to ICMR guidelines of testing the same between day 5 and day 10. "The BJP pressured the Lieutenant Governor and made him overrule our decision. Now, priority will not be given to the people of Delhi in Delhi hospitals. Why is BJP doing politics over COVID-19 and trying to fail the policies of state governments?" saus Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

Jun 08, 2020 19:33 (IST)

Over 1,500 New Cases in TN Today | A total of 1,562 new COVID-19 cases were were reported in Tamil Nadu today. Total number of cases in the state is now at 33,229, including 15,413 active cases, 17,527 recovered, and 286 deaths: State Health Department

Jun 08, 2020 19:27 (IST)

Delhi Govt Hospitals to Get 24x7 Helpdesks for Hassle-free Admission | Round-the-clock helpdesks are to be set up at various Delhi government hospitals to ensure smooth and hassle-free admission of patients amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The order to this effect was issued on Sunday by the Delhi health department following reports that some people were facing issues in seeking admission in facilities or getting treatment for various diseases, they said.

Jun 08, 2020 19:13 (IST)

Ensure ICMR Strategy for Testing Delhi L-G | Delhi L-G Anil Baijal directs authorities and departments concerned of NCT of Delhi, to ensure that ICMR strategy for COVID-19 testing in India issued on 18th May is strictly observed in NCT of Delhi without any deviation. Directorate General of Health Services, GNCTD had issued an order dated on 2 June, wherein the requirement of testing asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case was changed from one prescribed by ICMR.

Jun 08, 2020 19:08 (IST)

Employees Return to Govt Offices in West Bengal | Work resumed at different government departments in West Bengal after a gap of more than two months, with the state easing restrictions as part of 'Unlock 1', even as public transport system was yet to pick up pace in the city and beyond. According to a senior government official at the state secretariat 'Nabanna', most of the departments witnessed almost 70 per cent attendance by noon, in line with the instructions issued by the Mamata Banerjee-led government.

Jun 08, 2020 18:56 (IST)

Dharavi Case Count | No deaths and 12 COVID-19 were cases reported in the Dharavi area of Mumbai today. The total number of cases in the area is now at 1,924, including 71 deaths: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation 

Jun 08, 2020 18:49 (IST)

Amit Shah Lauds All States for Work against COVID-19 | Home Minister Amit Shah said that all states have done a good job in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic which the central government has jointly fought with them. Speaking at a 'virtual rally' for people of Odisha, Shah also lauded the Modi government's track record on national security and recalled the air and surgical strikes inside Pakistan ordered by the prime minister in his first term. 

Jun 08, 2020 18:25 (IST)

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune has developed 'ANANYA', a Nano-technology based disinfectant spray for disinfecting all types of surfaces to combat COVID-19. It will be effective for more than 24 hours. Commercial production is in progress: Defence PRO, Pune

Jun 08, 2020 18:21 (IST)

Ensure Medical Treatment is Not Denied to Anyone: Delhi L-G | Delhi LG amd Chairman DDMA Anil Baijal directs authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of Delhi, ANI reports.

Jun 08, 2020 18:06 (IST)

Malls, Religious Places to Remain Closed in Jharkhand | All places of worship and shopping malls will continue to remain closed in Jharkhand as no new lockdown relaxations have been allowed by the state government, an official said. The lockdown guidelines issued by Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh on June 4 would continue to be in force in the state, the official said.

Jun 08, 2020 17:57 (IST)

Telangana Class 10 Students to be Promoted Without Exams | Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has decided that Class 10 students will be promoted to the next class without any examination, as it would not be possible to conduct the examinations due to the spread of coronavirus in the State: Telangana CMO

Jun 08, 2020 17:48 (IST)

Lockdown in WB Till June 30 | The lockdown will be extended till June 30 in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The decision comes shortly after Mizoram announced the same.

Jun 08, 2020 17:35 (IST)

AIMTC Warns of Community Transmission in Road Transport Sector | All India Motor Transport Congress said there is a threat of community transmission in the road transport sector as a large number of truckers across various states have become infected with COVID-19. Large number of truckers in Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have become infected with coronavirus, AIMTC President Kultaran Singh Atwal said.

Jun 08, 2020 17:18 (IST)

Mizoram Extends Quarantine Period to 21 Days | Consultative meeting chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga decides to extend the period of quarantine which currently is 14 days to 21 days with immediate effect: Mizoram Government

Jun 08, 2020 17:09 (IST)

Courts Reopen in Pune | The Pune district and sessions court, other lower and subordinate courts in Maharashtra resumed work on Monday following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Some private offices also opened with limited staff, but the civic-run buses were yet to resume operations in the city.

Jun 08, 2020 16:48 (IST)

2-week Total Lockdown in Mizoram | A consultative meeting chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga decides to impose two-week total lockdown in the state from June 9 in view of the prevailing situation. Lockdown guidelines will be notified shortly: Mizoram Government

Jun 08, 2020 16:40 (IST)

Goa MLA Writes to PM for Closing Border with Maha | Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene to get the border of Goa with Maharashtra sealed in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases. He said total lockdown should continue in Goa as the state does not have the medical infrastructure to deal with the outbreak.

Jun 08, 2020 16:24 (IST)

INS Shardul Prepares to Embark | INS Shardul is at Bandar Abbas, Iran. Pre-embarkation preparations by ship's crew, checks, briefings being done: Indian Navy

Jun 08, 2020 16:19 (IST)

Delhi to Change Strategy if Experts Confirm Community Spread | A meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority will be held tomorrow on the COVID-19 situation and to discuss whether there is community spread. If participant experts say there is community spread in Delhi, our strategy will change. I'll participate in meeting: Dy CM Manish Sisodia

Jun 08, 2020 16:05 (IST)

The Andhra Pradesh government has permitted the employees of the Industries and Commerce Department to remain in home quarantine and work from home for a week till June 14 after one of the employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Jun 08, 2020 15:53 (IST)

Pak Ex-PM Abbasi, Railways Minister Rashid Test +ve | Pakistan's former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and incumbent Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad were tested positive for coronavirus. Abbasi has gone into self-isolation at his house after receiving a positive COVID-19 test report on Monday, his party officials said.

Jun 08, 2020 15:42 (IST)

No Imposition of Total Lockdown in Goa Again: Minister | Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said there was no question of imposing total lockdown again in the state in view of the spike in coronavirus cases. "You cannot go on locking down areas. There is the concept of screening, home quarantine etc. It has to be a community effort. The CM is taking everybody into confidence to work out a consensus," he said.

Jun 08, 2020 15:38 (IST)

Ambience mall in Delhi's Vasant Kunj opens:

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: BJP Doing Politics, Has Put Pressure on L-G, Alleges Manish Sisodia as Anil Baijal Overrules Kejriwal Govt Order on Delhi Hospitals, Testing
File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and L-G Anil Baijal.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been displaying symptoms of fever and cough since yesterday afternoon, will undergo a Covid-19 test tomorrow morning. Kejriwal has isolated himself after doctors advised him to wait for a day before testing for coronavirus. Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 2.56-lakh mark today after the biggest single-day spike of 9,983 cases, even as the government relaxed a number of curbs after over two months of lockdown and opened malls, restaurants and places of worship. The total number of deaths due to the pandemic are 7,135, Union health ministry data shows. The total number of cases is 2,56,611 of which 1,24,095 have recovered and 206 people died in the last 24 hours.

A token system for regulated entry and no physical offerings like 'prasad' at temples will be some of the norms as shopping malls, religious places, hotels and restaurants are set to reopen in most states from today after over two months that could pose new challenges to check the spread of the coronavirus. As India prepares for a calibrated exit from the lockdown by easing more restrictions, Unlock-1 kicks in at a time when the country recorded a daily jump of Covid-19 cases by over 9,000 for the fifth straight day on Sunday and also crossed the 10,000 mark for the first time. It is the first of the three-phase plan for reopening of prohibited activities in non-containment zones with a stringent set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which will be in place till June 30.

India registered its highest single-day spike of 9,971 new infections taking the total to 2,46,628 and 287 deaths in the 24 hours since Saturday morning, the Union Health Ministry said. The death toll stood at 6,929, it said. According to a PTI tally based on reports from states, the daily rise crossed the 10,000 mark for the first time to touch 10,218. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,20,406 while a total of 1,19,292 people had recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry added. Around 48.37 per cent of the patients have recovered so far, a senior ministry official said. The new phase is especially challenging for the five worst affected states, accounting for nearly 70 per cent of the total coronavirus cases, and nearly 78 per cent of the deaths.

Maharashtra (85,975 cases), Tamil Nadu (30,152), Delhi (28,936), Gujarat (20,097) and Rajasthan (10,599) were the five worst affected states. Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh inched towards the 10,000 mark. There also has been an uptick in cases in states like West Bengal which recorded the highest single-day spike for the third day in a row with 449 cases taking the tally to 8,187. Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir also registered a record daily rise.

Maharashtra, which reported 3,007 new cases, on its own has surpassed China which accounted for 83,036 COVID-19 infections to be in the 18th position in the global country tally. However, there was some good news from Mumbai's Dharavi, believed to be Asia's largest slum and also a hotspot.

In signs that could point to the flattening of the coronavirus curve in Dharavi, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the slum cluster has not reported a single COVID-19 death in the last six days while 939 of the total 1,899 patients have recovered.

A visit to the shopping malls, hotels and restaurants and religious places will no longer be the same like before the lockdown imposed on March 25 after the Union Health Ministry issued the SOPs for strict adherence to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In the malls, cinema halls, gaming arcades and children play areas will continue to be in the prohibited segment. The SOPs are advisory in nature and the Centre has left it to the states to finetune the details. The Punjab government for example provides for a token-based entry to malls as part of its guidelines.

In Gujarat, some of the religious places have decided to organise prayers in shifts and even start a token system to specify time slots to devotees for visits in a bid to maintain social distancing and avoid crowding.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the hospitals run by the Delhi government and private entities will only treat Delhiites during the coronavirus crisis while the city's borders with UP and Haryana will be reopened from Monday.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said hospitals run by the Centre will have no such restriction, and if people from other states come to the national capital for specific surgeries, they can also get medical treatment at private hospitals.

He also said hotels and banquet halls will remain closed as the authorities may need these facilities to convert them into hospitals.

The Centre, meanwhile, defended the timing of the imposition of the lockdown and rejected as "baseless" media reports expressing concern that it did not take inputs from technical experts while drawing up its COVID-19 strategy.