India became the third worst affected country in the world due to COVID-19 on July 06. The confirmed cases in India will soon cross 7 lakh mark. 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. According to the state health department, mumber of active cases stands at 87,681. Recovery rate among the patients is 54.37%. Being the second worst-hit state in the country, confirmed cases in Tamil Nadu is over 1 lakh. Tamil Nadu reported 61 deaths and 3,827 new COVID-19 positive cases on July 06. The state health department reported that the total number of positive cases stands at 1,14,978 including 46,833 active cases and 1,571 deaths. Being the third most affected state, COVID-19 cases crossed 1 lakh mark in Delhi, with 1379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases stands at 1,00,823 including 72,088 recovered/discharged/migrated and 25,620 active cases. 48 deaths reported today; the death toll is at 3,115. In the last 24 hours, 933 new COVID-19 positive cases and 24 deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh. Where several states in the country are witnessing increase in the COVID-19 cases, Ladkah reported decrease in the number of positive cases. 10 patients were cured and discharged in Ladakh and active case drop to 168. 3 more personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. There are total 151 active cases and 273 have recovered till date.
Police officials put up posters of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey in UP's Lakhimpur district on July 06. He is the main accused in Kanpur encounter which took place on July 03 in Bikaru village. Police is doing joint patrolling with team of forest officials and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to nab Vikas Dubey soon. Lakhimpur district is located near India-Nepal border so there is possibility that the culprit can run away from here.
Devotees in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut offered prayers to lord Shiva from outside the Augarnath Temple on the on first Monday of Sawan month. According to the priest of the temple, the doors of temple are closed for the people since the starting of the COVID-19 lockdwon. Augarnath Temple has been following the imposition of the lockdown in the backdrop of COVID-19 scare. Usually crowd of worshipers flock the temple, however it wore a deserted look this morning. Devotees flocked to the temple and prayed to lord Shiva from outside the temple.
On the occasion of National Doctors Day a sand art was made at the Sangam Ghat in Prayagraj. Sand artist Ashish Nishad dedicated sand art to doctors for contribution to the society amid coronavirus pandemic. Artist said, "The way army protects our country, doctors protect our health. Ideally they are workers of humanity and I would like to thank all doctors for their contribution."
Ambulance drivers associated with 102 and 108 and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) staff went on hunger strike in UP's Prayagraj. They are on hunger strike since June 29 alleging that their salaries were deducted amid COVID-19 pandemic. Employees have stopped their services over deduction in their monthly wages.
Swarm of desert locusts was seen in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj on June 26. People were seen clanging utensils to scare away the locusts. According to the locals, locusts are coming in large numbers for the past two days. Recently, swarms of locusts attacked several villages in Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur district on June 19. Locusts have affected five states including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The Centre has asked states to step up aerial spray using drones and helicopters. The desert locust is a species of locust, a swarming short-horned grasshopper. They are known to devour everything in their path, posing an unprecedented threat to the food supply and livelihood of millions of people.
People performed rituals after solar eclipse in Prayagraj. Devotees took holy bath in River Ganga and chanted 'mantras'. 'Ring of Fire', eclipse was witnessed in several parts of India on June 21. Temples across the country were shut for devotees.
Prayers were offered at Bankhandi Mahadev Temple in Delhi's Chandni Chowk on the first Monday of 'sawan' month. Precautionary measures are being taken by temple authorities in view of COVID spread. Sawan, the fifth month in Hindu calendar, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered to be the most auspicious month of the year. It is believed that on 'sawan ke somwar' (Mondays falling in the month of Shravan), devotees observe a special fast and visit Shiva temples.