Coronavirus India Updates: Centre postpones CTET exam due to COVID-19; CBSE was to conduct teacher eligibility exam on 5 July

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The Union health ministry on Thursday said that a central team led by health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana on 26 and 29 June.

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Coronavirus India Updates: Centre postpones CTET exam due to COVID-19; CBSE was to conduct teacher eligibility exam on 5 July


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IIT Bombay scraps face-to-face lectures till year-end

According to reports, The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai has become the first major educational institution in the country to scrap all face-to-face lectures for the rest of the year due to the COVID19 pandemic.

In a Facebook Post last night, IIT Bombay Director Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri said the decision was made "after a long deliberation", reports NDTV.


June 25, 2020 - 20:33 (IST)

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Hair salons in Maharashtra could open from 28 June, says state minister

Hair salons in Maharashtra will be allowed to reopen from June 28, after over three months of downing shutters due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, a state minister said on Thursday. State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that during the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray agreed to allow the salons to reopen with adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) about hygiene and cleanliness.

"The hair salons will reopen. However, the use of sanitisers and face-masks will be mandatory for the hairdresser and the customer. Similarly, the cloth or towel used for one customer shall not be used for others," he said.


June 25, 2020 - 20:30 (IST)

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Nirmala Sitharaman says Tamil Nadu given Rs 6,600 cr for medical equipment

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Centre has provided Rs 6,600 crore to Tamil Nadu since April for "procurement of medical equipment to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic," News18 reported.

"Besides, a total of Rs 2,825 crore worth assistance had been released to the state till June 14 through various welfare scheme components of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, she told BJP's Tamil Nadu unit workers addressing a virtual rally," the report added.

June 25, 2020 - 19:12 (IST)

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Centre says CTET exam postponed

Union human resources development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday said that the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) examination to be conducted by CBSE on 5 July has been postponed in view of the present circumstances.

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court also passed orders about the Class 10 and 12 CBSE exams and ICSE exams.

June 25, 2020 - 18:27 (IST)

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Delhi govt issues revised SOPs for home isolation

Delhi LG Anil Baijal said that only COVID-19 patients who "do not have adequate facilities at home to ensure physical segregation and do not have other medical conditions would require to be shifted to COVID-19 Care centres and other facilities."

June 25, 2020 - 18:18 (IST)

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Bombay HC asks for Railways' reply on converting coaches into isolation centres

The Bombay High Court on Thursday "sought an affidavit from the Centre detailing steps taken by the Railways towards converting coaches into isolation/quarantine centres, as well as on the viability of ICUs onboard," Bar and Bench reported.

June 25, 2020 - 17:30 (IST)

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Eiffel Tower reopens, ending 104-day coronavirus shutdown

Marking another milestone in France's recovery from coronavirus lockdown, the Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors Thursday after its longest-ever closure in peace time: 104 days.

Tourists who are trickling back to Paris were delighted to find the landmark open when some other attractions in the French capital remain closed. The Louvre Museum isn't reopening until 6 July.

"It's very special, very special because it's only the Paris people," said Annelies Bouwhuis, a 43-year-old visitor from the Netherlands. "We've seen a lot Paris people enjoying their city, enjoying their parks without all the tourists."

Lifts that usually whisk visitors up the 324-meter (1,063-feet) tall wrought-iron Eiffel Tower remain closed, so for now people have to take the stairs.

Of the tower's three decks, only the first two reopened. Those who made the climb Thursday were rewarded with far-away views and a light breeze in scorching summer weather.

June 25, 2020 - 17:11 (IST)

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Nearly 8,50,000 students to take SSLC exam in Karnataka today amid COVID-19

The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams began in Karnataka on Thursday amid tight security and rigid precautions amid the coronavirus scare.

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) on the directions of the state government decided to conduct the SSLC or the 10th standard board exams amid Covid-19 fears.

According to KSEEB officials, as many as 8,48,203 students would take up the examination at 2,879 exam centres.

June 25, 2020 - 16:45 (IST)

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No leave for police personnel from June, says Gujarat government

The Gujarat Home Department has asked the state Director General of Police (DGP) and other senior officers not to grant any leave to the police personnel, saying that their presence was necessary for the effective implementation of Unlock-1.

A notification issued on Thursday by the home department said that the presence of all the available police force was necessary for the implementation of the Centre's guidelines for the phased re-opening of coronavirus-induced lockdown or Unlock-1 that came into effect from 1 June.

"For the effective implementation of Unlock-1, it is necessary that police personnel remain active in the field. Therefore, all the police officers as well as lower rung police personnel are hereby advised not to demand leave unless it is for medical or any other unavoidable reasons," the notification said.

June 25, 2020 - 16:13 (IST)

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Karnataka CM warns of another lockdown in Bengaluru

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday asked people to cooperate by following the measures put in place for the control of COVID-19 if they don't want another lockdown or sealing in Bengaluru.

Amid talks about re-imposing lockdown in the city following the recent spike in cases, the chief minister said he will hold discussions on Thursday and Friday regarding the strict measures that need to be taken to control the virus.

"COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, we are making all efforts and we have even sealed some areas. Today afternoon at Krishna (the CM's home office) I have called a meeting with Ministers and officials and will discuss the strict measures to be taken to control COVID-19," Yediyurappa said.

Citing an increase in cases, Health Minister B Sriramulu on Tuesday had said the government may have to think about imposing lockdown in the city if the situation continues.

June 25, 2020 - 16:05 (IST)

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Centre's team with Lav Agarwal to visit Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana

The Union health ministry on Thursday said that a central team led by health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana on 26 and 29 June.

"The team will interact with the State officials and coordinate with them to strengthen ongoing efforts for management of COVID-19," the statement said.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The Union health ministry on Thursday said that a central team led by health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana on 26 and 29 June.

"The team will interact with the State officials and coordinate with them to strengthen ongoing efforts for management of COVID-19 ," the statement said.

The Supreme Court will hear the matter again at 10:30 am on Friday, Bar and Bench reported. The Supreme Court on Thursday did not pass its order on CBSE, ICSE board exams' cancellation. and is likely to announce its order by tomorrow.

The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that CBSE has come up with a scheme in which marks scored in past three exams will be taken in account for announcing the board results, in order to do the evaluation, Bar and Bench reports. For Class 12, exams will be conducted “as soon as situation is conducive,” it says. However, for Class 10, there will be no option for Board examinations.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed the Supreme Court that pending CBSE Class 10 and 12 examinations stand cancelled, reports Bar&Bench. ICSE likely to follow suit, as it had told SC that it would follow CBSE's decision on the matter.

Arunachal Pradesh has recorded its first COVID-19 fatality after a 43-year-old woman succumbed to the disease, while two new coronavirus cases have been reported, taking the northeast state's tally to 160, officials said on Thursday. The ICMR has said that 75,60,782 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the county till yesterday. Of these, 2,07,871 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

According to reports, The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai has become the first major educational institution in the country to scrap all face-to-face lectures for the rest of the year due to the COVID19 pandemic. In a Facebook Post last night, IIT Bombay Director Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri said the decision was made "after a long deliberation", reports NDTV.

India records 16,922 new infections, taking the overall count to 4,73,105. The toll rose to 14,894 with 418 new deaths. This is by far the biggest single-day rise in the number of new cases.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom yesterday said he expects the global COVID-19 case tally to reach one crore next week. Meanwhile, amid spiralling COVID-19 cases in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced the extension of the lockdown till 31 July with the continuance of the existing relaxations.

India on Wednesday recorded its highest single-day spike of 15,968 new COVID-19 cases and 465 fatalities, taking the nationwide tally to 4,56,183 and the toll from the novel coronavirus to 14,476, the Union health ministry said.

Given the rise in number of cases, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee ordered lockdown in the state to be extended till 31 July with relaxations continuing outside containment zones.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh administration said that it was mulling a stricter lockdown on weekends if there was a drastic rise in cases while Tamil Nadu re-introduced curbs on inter-district travel for six days.

Recovery rate reaches 56.71%

According to news agency PTI, India registered over 14,000 cases for the fifth day in a row with 2,65,648 infections (58 percent of India's current tally) been reported from 1 June till 24 June, with Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh remaining the top five contributors.

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The number of active cases stands at 1,83,022, while 2,58,684 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the figures updated by the ministry at 8 am on Wednesday.

"Thus, around 56.71 percent patients have recovered so far," an official said. The total number of confirmed cases include foreigners.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 73,52,911 samples have been tested up to 23 June with 2,15,195 samples being tested on Tuesday.

Of the 465 new deaths reported till Wednesday morning, 248 were in Maharashtra, 68 in Delhi, 39 in Tamil Nadu, 26 in Gujarat, 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in West Bengal, nine each in Rajasthan and Haryana, eight each in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, four each in Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, three in Telangana, two each in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha and Uttarakhand.  Kerala, Bihar and Puducherry have reported one COVID-19 fatality each.

Of the total 14,476 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest with 6,531 fatalities, followed by Delhi with 2,301 deaths, Gujarat with 1,710, Tamil Nadu with 833, Uttar Pradesh with 588, West Bengal with 580, Madhya Pradesh with 525, Rajasthan with 365 and Telangana with 220 deaths.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of cases at 1,39,010, followed by Delhi at 66,602, Tamil Nadu at 64,603, Gujarat at 28,371, Uttar Pradesh at 18,893, Rajasthan at 15,627 and West Bengal at 14,728, showed the health ministry data. The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 12,261 in Madhya Pradesh, 11,520 in Haryana, 10,002 in Andhra Pradesh, 9,721 in Karnataka and 9,553 in Telangana.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said, adding 8,141 cases are being reassigned to states.

Total lockdown in West Bengal's containment zones till 31 July

After an all-party meeting, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that lockdown in the state had been extended till 31 July. There will be complete lockdown in only the containment zones, while elsewhere the relaxations allowed earlier will continue.

Banerjee said all educational institutions will remain shut till 31 July. Government offices will function in a "segregated manner" with 70 percent attendance on any given day. Metro and suburban train services will remain suspended.

Shopping malls, restaurants and other similar establishments had resumed services in Bengal on 8 June after a gap of over two months, with the state government allowing relaxations as part of 'Unlock-1', the first phase of a calibrated exit from the coronavirus lockdown across the

Places of worship and private offices were also allowed to open with reduced attendance.

The state registered 445 fresh infections and 11 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 15,173 and fatalities to 591.

In Tamil Nadu, which reported 2,865 new cases and 33 deaths, chief minister K Palaniswami said that the system of travelling without an e-pass in a zone comprising of many districts had been temporarily cancelled as officials said it made contact-tracing more difficult. People can now only travel within a district without a pass and inter-district bus services too have been withdrawn for six days.

The chief minister in a statement also said that rice ration card holders in Madurai will get the second round of Rs 1,000 cash assistance in view of the week-long complete lockdown enforced there from Wednesday to check rising cases.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh administration said it was mulling imposing stricter restrictions on the weekends, like those imposed in Punjab. If there is a drastic rise in the number of cases or if the residents continue to violate social distancing norms, Chandigarh could opt for weekend closure of markets or curfew on weekends as has been done in Punjab and other states, PTI quoted an official release as saying.

Chandigarh has been witnessing a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. With six fatalities due to the infection, the city has reported 420 COVID cases so far.

However, in Mumbai, where the case count rose to 69,625 with 1,144 new cases, civic officials said that shops in municipal markets will now be allowed to operate on odd-even basis.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said shopkeepers will have to take adequate precautions to prevent the spread of the viral infection and only two people would be allowed to work inside each shop. However, eateries and hotels in these markets will continue to remain closed.

In order to speed up testing, the BMC said it will purchase one lakh antigen testing kits as part of its 'Mission Universal Testing'.

Delhi overtakes Mumbai as new response plan kicks in

Delhi overtook Mumbai as the worst-hit city on Wednesday after COVID-19 cases soared by 3,788 to touch 70,390.

The National Capital reported 64 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Delhi health department bulletin said, pushing the toll to 2,301.

The updated figures came even as the state government announced a new COVID-19 response plan, which includes screening every house in containment zones till 30 June and in the National Capital by 6 July, a News18 report said. Additionally, a serological survey will be conducted with 2o,ooo tests across all districts and age groups, reported PTI.

Contact tracing will be stepped up by the use of Aarogya Setu app coupled with an IT-driven tool, under the new plan.

The state government also roped in Army Medical Corps (AMC) to manage healthcare at the Railways' COVID-19 care centre at the Shakur Basti station where the first two patients were put up in isolation coaches.

In the meantime, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) took over a 10,000-bed capacity centre in Delhi for coronavirus patients, officials said.

A team of officials from the border guarding force visited the Radha Soami Beas facility and held discussions with the Delhi government and other stakeholders who will be partners in running the centre, an ITBP officer said

New cases in Maharashtra, Kerala

Many states including Maharashtra, Kerala and Rajasthan reported an increase in cases.

As many as 3,890 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Maharashtra on Wednesday, taking the count of patients to 1,42,900, a health department bulletin said. The state also reported 208 fatalities, taking the toll to 6,739.

As many as 572 new coronavirus positive cases and 25 deaths were reported in Gujarat, taking the overall case count to 29,001 including toll to 1,736 deaths, reported ANI, quoting the state health department.

Kerala reported the highest single-day spike of 152 cases pushing the infection count to 3,603, officials said.

Rajasthan registered 10 deaths and 382 new patients on Wednesday, reported ANI, quoting the state health department. The total number of  cases in the state climbed to 16,009 and the toll rose to 375.

ICMR expands testing criterion

Day after announcing the 1,000th COVID-19 testing laboratory in the country, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Wednesday said that "access to testing still remains a huge challenge in a large country like India".

"There is a definite need to increase the outreach of testing by introducing rapid point of care diagnostic tests," the ICMR noted in its advisory issued late on Tuesday.

Expanding the testing criterion for coronavirus , the ICMR said it should be made widely available to all symptomatic individuals across the country.

"Since test, track and treat' is the only way to prevent the spread of the infection and save lives, it's imperative that testing should be made widely available to all symptomatic individuals in every part of the country and contact tracing mechanisms for containment of infection are further strengthened," it said in an advisory on 'Newer Additional Strategies for COVID-19 Testing' .

The apex health research body has also advised authorities to enable all government and private hospitals, offices and public sector units to perform antibody-based COVID-19 testing for surveillance to help allay fears and anxiety of healthcare workers and office employees.

The earlier advisories on rapid antibody testing focused only on testing in clusters (containment zones), large migration gatherings/evacuees centers and testing of symptomatic ILI individuals at facility level.

Besides, the ICMR also recommended deployment of rapid antigen detection tests for COVID-19 in combination with RT-PCR tests in all containment zones, all central and state government medical colleges and government hospitals, all private hospitals approved by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare (NABH), all NABL-accredited and ICMR approved private labs, for COVID-19 testing.

"ICMR advises all state governments, public and private institutions concerned to take required steps to scale up testing for COVID-19 by deploying combination of various tests as advised," the advisory added.

With inputs from agencies

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