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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Home Ministry Gives Nod to Varsities for Holding Final Term Exams

News18.com | July 6, 2020, 11:03 PM IST
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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday allowed universities and other academic institutions to conduct examinations during the ongoing 'Unlock 2' phase. In a statement, the MHA said it has sent a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations.

"The final-term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," the statement said. Various examinations conducted by universities and higher education institutions in the country have been suspended since March during the coronavirus-induced lockdown which first began on March 25. Since June 1, the government has announced 'Unlock 1' for a month and again from July 1 'Unlock 2' for another month.
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Jul 6, 2020 11:03 pm (IST)

Bihar Covid-19 Cases | The Covid-19 death toll in Bihar inched towards the three-digit-mark when the state health department confirmed seven more casualties, even as the total number of cases reached 12,140 with 276 fresh infections. According to a statement issued by the department, the death toll has risen to 97 with fatalities being reported from Samastipur and Darbhanga (two each) and Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Gaya (one each).

Jul 6, 2020 10:48 pm (IST)

Telangana Covid-19 Cases | 11 deaths and 1,831 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Telangana today. The total number of positive cases in the state is now 25,733 including 10,646 active cases, 14,781 discharged and 306 deceased: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 10:35 pm (IST)

Pondy to Buy More Covid-19 Equipment for Hospitals | The Puducherry government decided to procure 5,000 more RT-PCR equipment to strengthen the infrastructure in a government-run hospital here and also in the government hospitals in the outlying regions. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who reviewed the facilities in government hospitals in view of the spike in number of COVID-19 cases.

Jul 6, 2020 9:46 pm (IST)

Ex-health Minister of Goa Dies of Covid-19 | Former Goa health minister Suresh Amonkar died of Covid-19 infection , a health official said. He was 68. State Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane also confirmed that Amonkar, a former president of the the Goa BJP, died of Covid-19 disease.

Jul 6, 2020 9:44 pm (IST)

Ex-health Minister of Goa Dies of Covid-19 | Former Goa health minister Suresh Amonkar died of Covid-19 infection , a health official said. He was 68. State Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane also confirmed that Amonkar, a former president of the the Goa BJP, died of Covid-19 disease.

Jul 6, 2020 9:05 pm (IST)

Will Defeat Covid-19: Uddhav Thackeray | Amid rising coronavirus cases, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the ongoing battle against the pandemic will be definitely won and asserted that success against adversities can be achieved only when every section of the society comes together. He said his government is determined to overcome the coronavirus crisis in the state, which has reported more than than 2 lakh cases so far.

Jul 6, 2020 9:02 pm (IST)

Goa Covid-19 Cases | A record 125 people were discharged after recovery from Covid-19 in Goa, beating the 111-mark set a day earlier, while 52 new cases took the state's count to 1,813, an official said. The number of active cases is 745 as 1,061 people have been discharged and seven have succumbed to the infection, he added.

Jul 6, 2020 8:53 pm (IST)

Rajasthan Covid-19 Cases | Rajasthan reported 524 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 20,688 and death toll to 461. Number of active cases stands at 3,949: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 8:46 pm (IST)

Karnataka Covid-19 Cases | Karnataka reports1,843 Covid-19 cases and 30 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 25,317 including 10,527 recoveries and 401 deaths. A total of 981 cases have been reported in Bengaluru in the last 24 hours: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 8:42 pm (IST)

UGC Decides to Hold Exams | The Ministry of Home Affairs permits universities to hold exams. The final term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines and as per the Standard Operating Procedure approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Jul 6, 2020 8:23 pm (IST)

Gujarat Covid-19 Cases | Gujarat reported yet another highest single-day spike of 735 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 36,858, the state health department said. With the death of 17 more COVID-19 patients, the fatalities rose to 1,962, it said.

Jul 6, 2020 8:14 pm (IST)

Dharavi Covid-19 Cases | Mumbai's largest slum, Dharavi, reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 2,334, a senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

Jul 6, 2020 8:14 pm (IST)

5,368 New Cases in Maharashtra | Maharashtra recorded 5,368 new Covid-19 cases and 204 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 2,11,987 and death toll to 9,026: Number of active cases stands at 87,681. Recovery rate among the patients is 54.37%: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 8:11 pm (IST)

Punjab Covid-19 Cases | Punjab reported 208 new Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the State  to 6,491 including 4,494 recoveries and 169 deaths: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 8:10 pm (IST)

Uttarakhand Covid-19 Cases | Uttarakhand reports 37 new Covid-19 cases today taking the total number of cases to 3,161 including 2,586 recovered, 505 active cases and 42 deaths. Percentage recovery for patients in the state is 81.81%: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 8:00 pm (IST)

1 Lakh+ Covid-19 Cases in Delhi | Delhi's COVID-19 tally breached the one lakh-mark as the city recorded 1,379 fresh coronavirus cases, while the death toll mounted to 3,115, authorities said. Forty-eight fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the Delhi health department bulletin.

Jul 6, 2020 7:19 pm (IST)

TN Successfully Conducts Plasma Therapy on 18 Patients | Tamil Nadu has successfully performed plasma therapy on 18 Covid-19 patients at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital here, a senior Health official said. The convalescent plasma clinical trial had begun here in May as per Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines.

Jul 6, 2020 6:59 pm (IST)

Odisha MLA Tests Positive | BJP MLA Sukanta Kumar Nayak tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first legislator in Odisha to get infected by COVID-19, officials said. The MLA from Nilgiri assembly constituency will be admitted to a COVID-19 Hospital in Balasore, they said. Odisha Assembly Speaker S N Patro has announced suspension of all scheduled meetings of various committees of the House.

Jul 6, 2020 6:41 pm (IST)

Kerala Covid-19 Cases | Kerala reports 193 new Covid-19 cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 5,522. Active cases stand at 2,252: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Jul 6, 2020 6:39 pm (IST)

MP Covid-19 Cases | A total of 354 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh today, taking the total number cases to 15,284. Death toll rises to 617 after 9 deaths were reported today: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 6:33 pm (IST)

3 More ITBP Personnel Test +ve | 3 more personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. There are total 151 active cases and 273 have recovered till date: Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Jul 6, 2020 6:32 pm (IST)

Bengal Govt Suggests New Treatment Protocol | The West Bengal government has advised all COVID-19 hospitals in the state to opt for "prone awake ventilation" as and when possible before putting a patient on conventional mechanical ventilation. The move would cut down on the use of mechanical ventilators amid the surge in coronavirus cases, a senior official of the health department said.

Jul 6, 2020 6:14 pm (IST)

Mandya MP Tests Positive | Karnataka's Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh has tested positive for Covid-19.

Jul 6, 2020 6:08 pm (IST)

Nepal Covid-19 Cases | Nepal reported 180 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 15,964 on Monday, the health ministry said. The death toll due to the disease reached 35 after a 29-year-old man from Baglung district died on Monday, it said.

Jul 6, 2020 6:06 pm (IST)

Nagaland Covid-19 Cases | At least 35 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Nagaland in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 625, state health minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

Jul 6, 2020 6:05 pm (IST)

Tamil Nadu Covid-19 Cases | Tamil Nadu reports 61 deaths and 3,827 new Covid-19 cases today. The total number of positive cases stands at 1,14,978 including 46,833 active cases and 1,571 deaths: State Health Department

Jul 6, 2020 5:57 pm (IST)

Strict Lockdown in Aurangabad from July 10 to 18 | A lockdown with a slew of restrictions will be imposed in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra from July 10 to curb the rising cases of coronavirus, officials said. This phase of the lockdown will be in force for nine days and cover certain industries, and only essential services will be allowed to operate during this period, they said

Jul 6, 2020 5:54 pm (IST)

Mizoram Covid-19 Cases | Mizoram reports 5 new Covid-19 positive cases. The total number of cases in the state stands at 191 including 58 active cases and 133 cured/discharged: Department of Information & Public Relations, Government of Mizoram

Jul 6, 2020 5:51 pm (IST)

12 Covid-19 Patients Injured as Ambulance Overturns | A total of 12 COVID-19 patients were injured when their ambulance overturned while on its way to a COVID care facility near Bavdhan here in Maharashtra, police said. All the injured patients have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

Jul 6, 2020 5:49 pm (IST)

Andhra Covid-19 Cases | Andhra Pradesh's coronavirus tally shot past the 20,000 mark as a record 1,322 cases were added in a day. This was the first time the fresh cases touched the four digit mark in the state as the tally rose to 20,019 while seven deaths saw the toll mounting to 239, a government bulletin said.

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Further easing coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to allow hotels and other entities providing accommodation services like lodges and guest houses outside containment zones to operate from July 8 at 33 per cent of their capacity.

The government announced the decision through a notification here. The permission has been granted on conditions of these entities adheringto social distancing norms and other protocols.

Further modifying its Covid-19 quarantine norms, the Karnataka government on Monday exempted those travelling to the state from Maharashtra from the mandatory seven days of institutional quarantine. From now on those travelling to Karnataka from Maharashtra, like people coming from other states, will have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine. "Persons coming from other states to Karnataka, including Maharashtra, shall be placed in 14-days Home Quarantine," an order by Principal Secretary Revenue Department (Disaster Management) and Member Secretary, State Executive Committee N Manjunatha Prasad said. It said, the other conditions as specified in the earlier order and standard operating procedure issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare shall continue to be in force until further orders. Till now those coming from Maharashtra had to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine, followed by seven days of home quarantine.

Another big single-day jump of 24,248 Covid-19 cases took India's tally close to the 7-lakh mark today, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 19,693 with 425 new fatalities, according to the Union health ministry. With this, the country has recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fourth consecutive day. India went past Russia yesterday to become the third worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the US and Brazil are ahead of India in terms of total coronavirus infections.

According to the Monday morning update of the Union Health Ministry, a single-day jump of 24,248 COVID-19 cases pushed India's tally to 6,97,413. With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 4,24,432 in the country, while one patient has migrated. There are 2,53,287 active coronavirus cases in the country, the data showed. "Thus, 60.85 per cent of the patients have recovered so far," the ministry said. The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners who tested positive in India. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 99,69,662 samples were tested for the disease in the country till July 5, with 1,80,596 just on Sunday.

The United States recorded 39,379 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday, as infections continue to trend up around the country. The country's total number of cases now stands at 2,876,143. The world's largest economy also recorded a further 234 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 129,891, the Baltimore-based institution's tracker showed. Sunday's tally comes after a string of surging daily new infections, including a high of 57,683 on Friday. The lower number could be attributed to less reporting on the July 4th national holiday weekend.

The United States is the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, both in caseload and deaths, and has struggled to respond to the devastation wrought by the virus. Some mayors say their cities reopened too early and worry that their health care systems will soon become overwhelmed.

Officials at the epicenter of the worsening coronavirus crisis in the United States warned Sunday their hospitals were in danger of being overwhelmed by the upsurge, as India registered a record number of new cases.

The pandemic has killed at least 531,789 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally on Sunday based on official sources. More than 11 million people have been infected in 196 countries and territories.

After the United States, Brazil is the hardest-hit country with 64,867 deaths, followed by Britain, Italy and Mexico. The US' annual July 4 holiday weekend was overshadowed by growing evidence that its fractured response has exacted a heavy price across the south and west, after previous hotspots such as New York emerged from the worst of the virus.

"Our hospitals here in Harris County, Houston, and 33 other cities... they're into surge capacities. So their operational beds are taken up," said Lina Hidalgo, chief executive of Harris County, which includes Houston, Texas. "Restaurants are still open. Indoor events can take place no matter the size," she told the ABC TV channel. "What we need right now is to do what works, which is a stay-home order."

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