Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

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TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jun 21, 2020, 20:06 IST

NEW DELHI: The world is feeling the need for yoga more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ancient Indian practice is helping a large number of Covid-19 patients across the globe in defeating the disease, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
The coronavirus specifically attacks the respiratory system and 'pranayama' or breathing exercise helps in strengthening the respiratory system the most, Modi said in his message on the sixth International Day of Yoga.

Here are the top developments:


India The sixth International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country through electronic and digital media, an official statement said. PM Modi said yoga has emerged as a force for unity and it does not discriminate as it goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and nations. Eight days after recording three lakh Covid-19 cases, India went past the four lakh-mark on Sunday with the biggest single-day spike of 15,413 new infections, while the death toll rose to 13,254 with 306 new fatalities, according to Union health ministry data. India took 64 days to cross the 1 lakh-mark from 100 cases, another fortnight to reach the grim milestone of two lakh cases and then in another ten days it went past the 3-lakh mark. The jump of 15,413 cases took India's case load to 4,10,461. With 2,27,755 Covid-19 patients cured so far, the recovery rate has further improved to 55.49 per cent among patients, the Union ministry of health said. Amid rising number of Covid-19 cases, the government has extended the Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme for about 22 lakh healthcare providers for another three months till September. The scheme implemented by New India Assurance was slated to end on June 30, as per the announcement made by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of the Rs 1.70 lakh Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package in March. Drug firm Hetero said it has received approval from regulator DCGI to launch investigational antiviral drug Remdesivir for the treatment of Covid-19. The company has received the manufacturing and marketing approval for Remdesivir from the Drug Controller General of India for the treatment of Covid-19 Around 20 lakh people have lost employment and an equal number are staring at job losses as private bus and tourist taxi operators have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, according to the Bus & Car Operators Confederation of India.


States Delhi: The Delhi government has issued a revised order stating that the novel coronavirus patients who do not have comorbidities or require hospitalisation could opt for home isolation following withdrawal of the decision on five-day mandatory institutional quarantine. Meghalaya: The Meghalaya government has extended the night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am till June 30, officials said. The state government has also extended the ban on inter-state movement of people till June 30. Bihar: A sophisticated Covid-19 testing machine has been installed by the ICMR at the Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna for carrying out faster testing of samples. Nagaland: Nagaland reported 10 more Covid-19 cases, taking the tally in the state to 211. Officials said 141 of the infected have been cured and the state now has 70 active Covid-19 cases. J&K: A 72-year-old Covid-19 patient died in Srinagar, taking the death toll due to the novel coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir to 81. Odisha: Odisha's coronavirus tally reached 5,160 with 304 people testing positive in the last 24 hours, while two more deaths pushed the toll to 14. Andhra: The alarming upward surge of the Covid-19 graph in Andhra Pradesh post-lockdown since June 1 continued as 477 fresh cases were added, taking the total to 8,929. HP: Six more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases to 663 in the state. Assam: A total of 133 more people tested positive for Covid-19, taking the tally in the state to 5,388. Assam currently has 2,174 active cases. Puducherry: Thirty-one fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in Puducherry during the last 24 hours. After transfer of three cases to the Tamil Nadu account, the total number of Covid-19 cases stands at 366 in the Union territory. Rajasthan: The death toll due to Covid-19 in Rajasthan rose to 341 with four more fatalities, while the cases climbed to 14,691 after 154 people tested positive. Kerala: A total of 133 more Covid-19 cases reported in Kerala, said chief minister's Office. There are 1,490 active cases and 1,659 recovered cases in the state. Chandigarh: The total number of Covid-19 positive cases in Chandigarh has reached 404. The cases include 82 active cases, 6 deaths and 316 cured cases. Uttarakhand: The state detected 23 new Covid-19 positive cases, taking the total positive cases in the state to 2,324. Maharashtra: A policeman has died and 88 others have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. With these fresh coronavirus cases, the tally of police personnel infected with the virus has climbed to 4,048. Gujarat: Two days after a 73-year-old Covid-19 patient died allegedly due to delay in admitting him in a private hospital in Ahmedabad and putting him on ventilator, the civic body issued a show-cause notice for the "grave negligence". Ladakh: One more person has tested positive for Covid-19 in Ladakh, taking the total in the Union territory to 837 while 17 patients were discharged after recovering from the disease. Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu has reported 53 Covid-19 related fatalities taking the toll in the state to 757 as 2,532 more tested positive for the virus pushing the aggregate to 59,377.


World Covid-19 could be suspected when patients report severe reduction of taste and smell in the absence of nasal obstruction, according to a study which says the findings can help general physicians identify and quarantine potential infected individuals before confirmation of diagnosis. The study was published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. The novel coronavirus has killed at least 464,423 people since the outbreak began in China last December. At least 8,841,680 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. President Donald Trump said he's asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of Covid-19. Trump told supporters at his campaign rally that the US has tested 25 million people, far more than any other country. The “bad part,” Trump said, is that widespread testing leads to logging more cases of the virus. The United States is the worst-hit country with 119,719 deaths from 2,255,119 cases. Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has suspended operations in Beijing after some of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus in the Chinese capital, where the city officials are conducting Covid-19 tests on millions, especially employees of restaurants, food delivery services and market vendors. China reported 32 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Bangladesh's national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumed international flights after a gap of three months due to the coronavirus outbreak. The maiden flight of BG001 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for London with 187 passengers on board. Sindh provincial government's spokesperson Murtaza Wahab has tested positive for the coronavirus, adding to the list of politicians who have contracted the virus that has killed over 3,500 people in Pakistan. Pakistan reported 4,951 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the nation's tally to 176,617. Nepal claimed that 90 per cent of its coronavirus cases are migrant workers who returned from abroad, mostly from India, as the country's tally inched closer to the 10,000-mark with 421 new cases. Singapore recorded 262 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 42,095, as health authorities said that the number of positive cases has picked up among foreign workers staying in dormitories due to extensive testing.

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