At least 16 migrant labourers were killed early morning after a cargo train ran over them in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district. The workers were walking back home to Madhya Pradesh and had slept on tracks. The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Maharashtra chief secretary and Aurangabad district magistrate.
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to to 56,342 on Friday. The toll climbed to 1,886. Maharashtra’s Covid-19 tally crossed 19,000.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray dismissed speculation that the Indian Army will be deployed in Mumbai as the Covid-19 situation in the metropolis worsens. The chief minister, however, admitted that the chain of Covid-19 transmission in the state had not been broken yet.
The chief of Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was transferred as the number of coronavirus cases in the metropolis continue to rise at an alarming rate.
The Supreme Court stayed an interim order passed by the Odisha High Court that directed the state government to allow only migrant workers who tested negative for the coronavirus to enter the state.
The Central Board of Secondary Education announced that it will hold the remaining examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 from July 1 to July 15. The exams had to be abruptly postponed in March due to a nationwide shutdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
The Madras High Court ordered the closure of all liquor shops run by the Tamil Nadu government, just a day after they were reopened amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
United States President Donald Trump said the spread of the coronavirus globally was “either a terrible mistake [on part of China] or it was incompetence”. Beset by criticism of its response to the outbreak and management of the ensuing public health crisis, the Trump administration has, in turn, blamed China for the pandemic.