Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: In a meeting chaired by Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mumbai civic chief IS Chahal on Wednesday had said that the doubling rate of cases in Mumbai has reached 19 days. Till last week, it was around 11-12 days.
According to the data released by the civic body, on 27 April, the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in the financial capital was 10 days.
According to the BMC, over 2.08 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Mumbai till 2 June, of those only 20.18 percent people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
"Even the COVID-19 case doubling rate has gone up to 19 days," said the official.
Another senior BMC official said, the daily number of cases are seeing a declining trend with the count remaining below 1,500 on most of the days since 22 May.
With a trend of steady decline in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the average daily growth rate of infections has gone down, claimed officials of the city civic body, spearheading the metropolis's response to the pandemic.
According to a top Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official, as per the data till 2 June, the average daily growth of COVID-19 cases went down from more than 8 percent a a few days ago to 3.64 percent.
Rajasthan reported 68 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 9,930 on Friday, said the state health department. The COVID-19 toll in the state stood at 213.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre on fixing a price cap for treatment of COVID-19 patients after it agreed to consider a PIL for fixing an upper limit for bills by private hospitals. The case will be heard after a week.
Petitioner Avishek Goenka told the apex court that private hospitals are charging exorbitant fees from COVID-19 patients, making it inaccessible to most of them.
Another COVID-19 related death took place in Odisha, taking the coronavirus toll to eight on Friday, according to the state health department.
The person who succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Odisha was a 63-year-old male from Khordha district who had tested positive for the disease, according to local reports.
The report further said that the patient was diabetic and had other underlying comorbidities.
The Gujarat government on Thursday announced a relief package of Rs 14,000 crore to help revive the economy battered by the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, a measure that includes tax rebates to consumers and loan subsidy for business and shop owners.
The package seeks to cover a vast section of people and businesses in Gujarat, one of the most industrialised states which has reported more than 18,500 COVID-19 cases so far.
In the past 24 hours, India registered 9,851 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of infections across the country to 2,26,770 as of Friday. The figure also includes 1,10,960 active cases.
At least lives of 273 people were claimed by the infectious disease taking the COVID-19 toll to 6,348.
Barring Kamakhya Devalaya, all other devalayas and temples in Guwahati are set to reopen for devotees from 8 June as per the Unlock-I guidelines announced by the government.
According to the guidelines issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, all religious places can reopen from 8 June subject to gathering of maximum 20 people per hour, reported The Sentinel.
In case of religious places with smaller available space, the management committees of such religious institutions can downsize the number of devotees per hour.
Twenty officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far. The DMRC officials clarified that these cases were not reported from a single office and said all precautionary measures were taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
Even though the Metro operations are shut, a few employees came to work on rotational shifts from 18 May, when the fourth phase of the lockdown kicked in and certain modes of transportation were allowed to function in Delhi-NCR, senior Delhi Metro officials said.
India will have to build a large number of makeshift COVID-19 hospitals in the near future to contain the rise of the novel coronavirus in the country, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the Supreme Court as it released SOPs to be followed at malls, offices and religious places as the country registered over 9,000 new cases on Thursday.
According to the health ministry's 8 am update, 9,304 new patients have tested positive in 24 hours across the country, taking the nationwide tally to 2,16,919, while the toll from the deadly virus increased to 6,075 with 260 more fatalities in this period.