India reported 9,996 cases of coronavirus and 357 deaths on Thursday, the highest single-day increase. With this, the tally rose to 2,86,579 cases and the toll from the disease stood at 8,102. India is now the fifth most-affected country in the world. The number of recoveries remained more than the active cases for the second consecutive day.
As much as 0.73% of the population surveyed in 83 districts in the country has been previously exposed to the virus, the Indian Council of Medical Research said. The results showed that the lockdown and containment measures have been successful in keeping the prevalence of Covid-19 low, the council’s Director General Balram Bhargava said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the coronavirus crisis must become a turning point for the country and stressed on atmanirbhar bharat abhiyan or self-reliant India mission. He made the comments at the annual plenary session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Maharashtra reported 3,607 new coronavirus. This is the biggest single day-increase in numbers for the state. Maharashtra’soverall count rose to 97,648. The toll reached 3,590 with 152 new deaths. Delhi, meanwhile, recorded 1,877 new cases and 101 deaths. The Capital’s tally rose to 34,687 and the toll reached 1,085.
Tamil Nadu reported 1,857 coronavirus cases, taking the state’s overall count to 38,716. With 23 more deaths, Tamil Nadu’s toll rose to 349. Earlier in the day, the Tamil Nadu governmentsaid that a committee has been constituted to investigate the discrepancies in coronavirus deaths in Chennai. This came after an inspection done by the state’s Department of Public Health revealed that the Greater Chennai Corporation had recorded at least 236 more Covid-19 deaths in comparison to the state register till Monday.
As many as 35 people in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, were forced to spend three days in a Covid-19-designated ward of a hospital after private labs in the district allegedly gave the wrong test reports. The Noida Health Department said that the group of people had consulted private doctors in the district after experiencing mild fever, cough and other Covid-19 symptoms. Based on the advise of the doctors, they later approached various private labs to get themselves tested.
The Finance Ministry said public sector banks have disbursed Rs 12,200.65 crore till June 9, under the Rs 3-lakh crore emergency credit line guarantee scheme for the MSME sector, which has suffered due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offered to share the country’s cash transfer programme with India, basing his offer on a report which claimed that 84% of Indian households suffered a decline in monthly income following the nationwide lockdown imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
India lifted the export ban on anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, said Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Sadananda Gowda. Manufacturers, except export-oriented units and those in special economic zones, would still have to supply 20% of their production to the domestic market.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 74 lakh people and claimed 4,17,829 lakh lives so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University.