India reported 475 deaths and the highest single-day spike of 26,506 new COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours. Positive cases stand at 7,93,802 including 2,76,685 active cases, 4,95,513 cured/discharged/migrated and 21,604 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Total number of samples tested till July 09 is 1,10,24,491 of which 2,83,659 samples were tested yesterday, as per Indian Council of Medical Research.
Bodies of COVID-19 patients were shifted from the same room of other patients at Patna's NMCH, after a video went viral. Mani Kumar, the maker of video said, "The dead bodies were not being removed. I thought it was dangerous when it started smelling. It was removed later after the video went viral." Speaking on the same case, Ajay Kumar Sinha, Nodal officer said, "Family of the patient came but left the dead bodies. It was getting difficult to contact them. The death took place day before yesterday and the body was removed yesterday."
Up to one in four people infected with the new coronavirus experience brain damage. This is according to the findings of a small study published Wednesday by the journal Brain. The analysis considered 43 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. All 43 showed signs of brain inflammation or encephalitis, reports UPI. 10 had symptoms of delirium or psychosis and eight suffered a stroke.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said there has been a "significant increase" in wildfires this year compared to last year and encouraged residents to mitigate "the loss of lives and property" due to wildfires "in the same spirit" of COVID-19 mitigation.
Police is keeping an eye on vehicles entering Punjab amid COVID crisis as state government has made it mandatory for people to register themselves online before they enter. Travellers' online registration is being checked at Zirakpur, Mohali district. Decision was taken after 14-day home quarantine norm for domestic entrants was eliminated. Advisory has been issued to self-register, either through COVA app or through a weblink, before embarking on the journey. Move's objective is to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers due to crowding at the border checkpoints.
The migrant labourers are returning back to big cities in search of work after nearly three months of lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Shailesh, who is coming back from Uttar Pradesh's Farrukhabad said, "I got the job, they asked to come here." Uma Devi, who came back form Sikandrabad said, "The bus full of commuters no one is following social distancing, what can we do this is the duty of bus conductor and driver." However, another migrant worker, who is going to Punjab in the search of work from Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj said, "There were not many people in the bus."
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on June 29 replied to Home Minister Amit Shah's acceptance of Congress' Rahul Gandhi's parliament debate challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said that the party is confident that Gandhi will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion. "Parliament is a forum for debate so let there be a debate. We are quite confident that Rahul Ji will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion," said Singh. Congress had earlier challenged PM Modi to speak in Parliament on Ladakh stand off with China.
An elderly woman, living with her two grandchildren at a rented house in Ludhiana and facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, had urged Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for financial assistance. Now the CM has directed Ludhiana administration to help the family going through financial crisis. Singh has directed authorities to pay her pending and advance house rent for a year and provide free treatment for tuberculosis.
The bus terminal wore deserted look amid weekend lockdown in Punjab's Amritsar on June 13. Punjab imposed a stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays to keep the coronavirus count in check. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approved new guidelines of state government on June 12. The guidelines permitted restaurants for takeaway and home delivery and liquor shops to remain open till 08:00 pm on all days, including Saturdays and Sundays.
All India Congress Committee interim president, Sonia Gandhi, raised questions over the killing of 20 soldiers of Indian Army during clash with China at eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley. In a video message, the Congress chief said that India wants to know why and how the 20 soldiers were killed in Galwan Valley. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi says China didn't infiltrate, but on the other hand, Defence Minister and External Affairs Ministry keep discussing it. Today when we are paying tribute to our martyrs, then India wants to know why and how our 20 soldiers were killed," said Sonia Gandhi.
Emphasising on the plight of migrants and the money being charged from them for ferrying them back to their home, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday... Mid-Day Also reported by •IndiaTimes •Zee News •Hindu
Addressing a meeting of CMs of states where the Congress is in power, Sonia asked "what after May 17?." The third phase of the lockdown ends on May 17. Former... IndiaTimes Also reported by •Zee News •Hindu