8.50 pm: Goa’s Health Department orders inquiry after non-coronavirus patient from Vasco was allegedly denied treatment at a state-run hospital near Panaji, reports PTI.

8.47 pm: Emirates says it will operate repatriation flights from four additional cities of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata to Dubai till July 26, reports PTI.

8.30 pm: A record 5,041 Covid-19 cases and highest number of 56 deaths reported in a day in Andhra Pradesh, reports PTI, citing a state health bulletin.

8.15 pm: Maharashtra reports highest single-day jump after 9,518 new cases, taking the state tally to 3,10,455. The toll in the state rises to 11,854 after 258 more deaths, reports ANI. Out of the recent cases, Mumbai alone accounts for 1,046 new infections and 64 deaths. The city’s Covid-19 tally is 1,01,224 and 5,711 patients have died.

8 pm: Punjab’s coronavirus tally breaches the 10,000-mark after 310 fresh infections to reach 10,100, reports PTI, citing a state medical bulletin.

7.25 pm: Chandigarh’s health department reports 26 new Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 717, reports ANI. The number of active cases stands at 217 and there have been 488 recoveries.

7.10 pm: Uttar Pradesh’s coronavirus tally rises to 49,247 after 2,211 new cases. The state’s toll rises to 1,146 after 38 more deaths, reports PTI.

7 pm: The bodies of two coronavirus patients get switched at Amritsar’s Government Medical College and Hospital, prompting district officials to launch a magisterial inquiry into the matter, officials tell PTI.

6.39 pm: Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 tally rises to 1,70,693 after 4,979 new infections, reports ANI. The state’s toll rises to 2,481 after 78 more deaths.

6.15 pm: Delhi records 1,211 new Covid-19 cases, 1,860 recoveries, and 31 deaths, reports PTI. The Capital’s case count stands at 1,22,793 cases, including 1,03,134 recoveries and 3,628 deaths.

6.13 pm: Kerala registers 821 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s active cases tally to 7,063, reports ANI, citing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. There have been 5,373 recoveries so far.

5.55 pm: Spread of the coronavirus may pick up pace during monsoon and winter seasons with fall in temperatures, says a study conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Technology-All India Institute Of Medical Sciences researchers in Bhubaneswar, according to PTI.

5.54 pm: Bihar records 1,412 new coronavirus cases, taking the state’s case count to 26,379, reports ANI.

5.48 pm: Himachal Pradesh’s coronavirus tally rises to 1,483, including 420 active cases, 1,037 recoveries and nine deaths, ANI reports, citing the state health department data.

5.27 pm: Bengaluru’s civic body chief says there is no question of extending lockdown in the city. “The chief minister has made it clear that the lockdown will not be extended for any reason, after Tuesday there will not be any lockdown. We will follow the government’s orders,” Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad tells reporters.

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5.19 pm: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation reports 36 new coronavirus cases in Dharavi area, taking the total overall case count to 2,480, including 143 active cases and 2,088 discharges, reports ANI.

5.17 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on the coronavirus prevention measures and aspects related to treatment in the state, reports PTI, citing an official statement.

5.15 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says this is not the time to play blame game over waterlogging as all agencies have been busy combating the coronavirus. “All have to fulfil their responsibilities together,” he adds, according to PTI.

4.38 pm: Puducherry records 109 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 1,999. There are 817 active cases, reports PTI , citing the health department.

3.46 pm: The Union health ministry claims India’s coronavirus fatality rate is “progressively falling” and is presently at 2.49% – one of the lowest in the world, according to PTI.

3.30 pm: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reviews arrangements at Tinsukia Civil Hospital. “Situation is serious but not out of control,” he says, according to ANI.

3.15 pm: Uttar Pradesh reports 2,250 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s active cases tally to 18,256, reports ANI, citing the state Principal Health Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad. The state’s overall toll is 1,146.

3 pm: Arunachal Pradesh extends the total lockdown in the Capital Complex for another two weeks amid a rise coronavirus cases in the region, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar announces, according to PTI.

2.52 pm: Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district reports 129 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 6,035, reports PTI, citing a health official.

2.38 pm: Political leaders of the European Union hold meeting related to discussions on the 1.85 trillion-euro budget of the union and Covid-19 recovery fund, according to PTI.

2.25 pm: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s office says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to him over the phone and received information regarding servicemen who are Covid-19 patients, reports ANI. Modi also said that the state government and Army officers should coordinate and ensure proper treatment of the soldiers.

2.15 pm: A crowd, in violation of physical distancing norms, seen outside an alcohol shop in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam city, reports ANI.

1.56 pm: Jammu and Kashmir’s toll rises to 237 with a 50-year-old woman dying at Government Medical College hospital in Jammu, reports PTI.

1.42 pm: Renowned Tulu scholar UP Upadhyaya dies in Karnataka, reports News18. He was 88.

1.26 pm: Indore reports 129 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to PTI. The caseload in Madhya Pradesh’s worst-hit district is now 6,035.

1.22 pm: Two more Punjab MLAs test positive.

1.21 pm: The Indian Medical Association says the situation in India is “really bad” and the fact that the infection was now spreading to rural areas points to community transmission.

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1.18 pm: As many as 63 security personnel have tested positive in Manipur, reports Hindustan Times. With this, Manipur’s tally rises to 1,891.

1.12 pm: A three-member team, including health ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, arrives in Patna to assess the situation in the state.

12.39 pm: Arunachal Pradesh reports 41 new cases. With this, the state’s tally goes up to 650.

12.29 pm: Two more patients, including a Border Security Force jawan, die in Meghalaya, reports PTI. With this, the state’s toll rises to four.

11.36 am: Jharkhand’s tally now stands at 5,399, reports ANI.

11.33 am: Rajasthan reports 193 new cases and three deaths till 10.30 am, says the state health department.

11.16 am: Complete lockdown in Chennai. Visuals from Anna Arch and Poonamallee High Road.

11.14 am: Odisha’s caseload rises to 17,437 with 736 new cases in 24 hours, ANI reports citing the state health department.

11.10 am: Uttarakhand Chief Minister TS Rawat says some tourists have come to the state with fake Covid-free certificates. “All officers are directed to ensure proper checking of the certificates of all tourists while also seeing that no tourist faces problems,” he adds, according to ANI.

10.50 am: The ethics committee of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi has given the institute the approval to start human trials of Covaxin, the first indigenous vaccine against the coronavirus. AIIMS will begin enrollment volunteers for the trials from Monday.

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10.25 am: A Karnataka minister holds inter-state travellers responsible for the surge in new cases, reports PTI. “As you know, Bengaluru is a cosmopolitan city,” says Minister for Medical Education K Sudhakar, who is also the state’s in charge of Covid-19 management. “So from every nook and corner people came here. When they came they were not mindful of what they were supposed to do and they spread the infection.” He adds that the spurt was bound to happen but the government’s “vigilant approach” has slowed down the spread by two months.

10.14 am: Karnataka observes complete lockdown. Scenes from Chennamma circle, Hubli.

10.03 am: Mizoram’s caseload rises to 284 with two more people testing positive, reports PTI.

9.33 am: India reports 38,902 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the total to 10,77,618. This is the highest single-day rise in the number of fresh infections. The toll rises by 543 to 26,816.

9.20 am: South Africa is now the fifth worst-affected nation in the world. The country has a total of 3,50,879 cases with 13,285 new infections.

9.17 am: As many as 3,58,127 samples were tested on Saturday, says the Indian Council of Medical Research.

8.25 am: Sikkim reports 19 new cases, taking the state’s tally to 273, says Director-General-cum-Secretary, Health, Pema T Bhutia.

8.12 am: Australia’s Victoria state reports 363 new coronavirus cases.

8.11 am: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says coronavirus restrictions kill economy, reports Reuters. “Without salaries and jobs, people die,” he adds. “Lockdown kills.”

8.10 am: Mainland China reports 16 fresh infections, according to Reuters.

8.08 am: The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 75,000 new cases, according to Reuters.

8.05 am: Union health ministry asks West Bengal to step up testing, reports News18. “To keep the mortality less than 1%, weekly case fatality needs to be monitored and below action points need to be taken,” Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the ministry, writes to West Bengal Health Secretary NS Nigam.

7.59 am: The Karnataka government has also ordered private hospitals in Bengaluru to reserve 50% beds for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

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7.56 am: The Karnataka government asks hospitals in Bengaluru to admit only patients with moderate or severe symptoms, reports NDTV. “…Encourage asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients to get admitted in Covid care centres or be in home isolation,” reads the order.

7.40 am: Assam’s tally rises to 22,981 with 1,117 new cases while the toll touches 53 after two more people die, says Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

7.26 am: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar requests actor Rekha to get tested for Covid-19, reports News18. “Rekha is a big celebrity and she has a huge fan base who care about her health,” says Pednekar. “That’s why she should get the test done. She can get it done at any private place, there is no compulsion for test at BMC’s labs. All we want is her good health.”

A security guard at her bungalow has tested positive on June 12 following which the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation sealed the building.

7.18 am: Here are the top updates from Saturday

  • India reported almost 35,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, taking its total to 10,38,716. The toll now stands at 26,273.
  • Thiruvananthapuram district authorities have divided the coastal area into three critical containment zones to effectively maintain the lockdown amid community transmission of coronavirus cases. The zones will be under strict lockdown for 10 days from July 18 to July 27. Meanwhile, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said the state will implement a “cluster care” method to control the spread of the coronavirus. It has reported 11,659 cases so far.
  • Maharashtra’s caseload crossed the 3-lakh mark on Saturday after it reported 8,348 new cases. The total number of positive cases in the state is now 3,00,937 and the toll rose to 11,596. Delhi reported 1,475 cases and 26 deaths in a day, taking the total number of positive cases in the Capital to 1,21,582 and the deaths to 3,597. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s positive cases rose to 1,65,714, and the toll climbed to 2,403.
  • The Madras High Court restrained yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved from using the trademark “Coronil” for one of its drugs, that the company had last month claimed cures the coronavirus. A Chennai-based company, Arudra Engineering Private Limited, had filed a plea asserting that it owns a trademark called “Coronil” since 1993.
  • Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray moved the Supreme Court against the Centre’s directive to universities and other academic institutions to conduct final-year examinations by the end of September amid the coronavirus pandemic. The petition was filed by the Shiv Sena’s youth wing, the Yuva Sena, which is led by Thackeray.
  • Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and says the disease has taken a “gigantic form” because Chief Minister Adityanath did not pay attention to key containment measures such as testing and contact tracing. Uttar Pradesh reported 1,986 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours on Saturday, taking the total active cases in the state to 17,624 and the toll to 1,108.
  • United States President Donald Trump vowed to not order Americans to wear masks to contain the spread of the coronavirus. “I do not believe in the statement that if everyone wore a mask, everything disappears,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. The US president publicly wore a mask for the first time last week.
  • The World Health Organization warned that the pandemic threatens to exacerbate conflict and humanitarian crises across parts of the world. “The greatest concentration of need is in Africa, but countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia – including middle-income nations – are also being ravaged by crippling levels of food insecurity,” it said.
  • The global coronavirus count is now over 1.4 crore, while the toll has crossed 6.01 lakh, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 79 lakh people have recovered so far.