New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid a spurt in coronavirus cases, the government on Thursday said India has not yet reached the community transmission stage of COVID-19 and asserted that there have been localised outbreaks in some geographical areas. The ministry said despite India being the second-most populous country, its COVID-19 cases and deaths per million population are amongst the lowest in the world.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a lockdown in the state from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday, permitting movements only for providing medical and essential services in the state. This decision has been taken after reviewing the present situation of the COVID -19 pandemic and for putting an effective check on it, the chief secretary said, adding all offices and markets will remain closed during this period although medical and health services and other essential services will continue as before.


The ICMR on Thursday said a nationwide serosurvey to determine the exposure of the novel coronavirus among the population will be carried out as a follow-up to a similar study conducted in May, the results of which are yet to be released.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus:

6:00 pm: People must purchase essentials within the next two days because after that only essential services will be open. If we have to break the chain then we must ensure that there no contact among people: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

5:45 pm: Chandigarh reports 13 new #COVID19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 536 including 121 active cases and 7 deaths: Chandigarh Administration

5:30 pm: Had detailed telecon with Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar on #COVID19. Total positive cases stand around 1,26,581, incl 46,655 active cases & 1,765 deaths. Chennai still a hotspot, although situation improved. Mortality rate low at 1.39%: Union Health Min

5:15 pm: Himachal Pradesh detects 2 new #COVID19 positive cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 1,143 including 268 active, 851 recoveries and 9 deaths: State Health Department

5:00 pm: Andhra Pradesh: Bodies allegedly of #COVID19 patients were seen being disposed of using earth moving machine in a viral video. Nellore Sub Divisional Magistrate, Hussain Saheb says, "We have taken cognisance of the matter. Further investigation underway."

4:15 pm: 22 villages have been identified in rural parts of Pune district where this lockdown will be implemented. Apart from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad area, containment zones these villages will be added: Naval Kishore Ram, Pune district collector

4:00 pm: Complete lockdown announced for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and some parts of Rural Pune from 13th July to 23rd July. Only shops related to essential services like dairy and medical stores & and hospitals will remain open: Pune Divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar

3:45 pm: We had announced that penalty amount for not wearing face mask in public would be raised from Rs 100 to Rs 500. A notification has been issued to this effect today: Uttar Pradesh Principal Health Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad

3:30 pm: 222 new #COVID19 positive cases and 3 deaths reported in the state Police force in the last 48 hours. The total number of positive cases in the Force now stands at 5,935 including 74 deaths and 4,715 recovered: Maharashtra Police

3:10 pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today held a meeting with the Central Committee at the Chief Secretariat regarding the preventive measures taken against #COVID19 in Tamil Nadu and the treatment provided to the infected persons: Tamil Nadu CMO

2:50 pm: 352 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Bihar today taking the total tally in the state to 14,330 including 9792 recovered cases: Government of Bihar

2:20 pm: Nagaland reports 36 new COVID19 cases taking total positive cases to 732.

2:00 pm: Andhra Pradesh reports 1,608 new #COVID19 cases and 15 deaths over the last 24 hours. Total cases in the state climb to 25,422, out of which 11,936 are active patients: State Health Department

1:45 pm: Kerala: People stage a protest in Thiruvananthapuram's Poonthura area where commandos have been deployed following the detection of 'super spread' of COVID-19. The protestors allege that COVID-19 patients from the area are not getting proper treatment.

1:30 pm: A Delhi court grants bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz. Bail granted on personal bond of Rs 10,000 each.

1:15 pm: Around 2.7 lakh tests are being done daily. Despite being such a large country, we've not reached the community transmission stage of COVID-19. Though there are some small pockets where there could be slightly higher transmission locally: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

1:00 pm: Recovery rate among COVID-19 patients stands at about 63%, mortality rate is just 2.72%. We are not concerned about the number of cases. We are ramping up testing so that maximum cases can be detected & treated: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

12:45 pm: The total number of COVID19 positive cases in Himachal Pradesh is now 1141 including 284 active cases, 833 recovered and 9 deaths: State Health Department

12:00 pm: Karnataka: A group of ASHA workers linked to All-India United Trade Union Centre stage a demonstration in Bengaluru, demanding PPE kits & Rs 12,000 monthly salary. An ASHA worker says, "We've sent letters of demand to many other govt offices but received no response so far."


11:00 am: Maharashtra: Streets wear a deserted look in Aurangabad as the city observes 'janta curfew'. Police Commissioner Chiranjeev Prasad says, "I thank people of Aurangabad for their cooperation. We believe that the nine-day long curfew will help us slow down the spread of COVID-19."

10:30 am: Rajasthan reported 115 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths till 10:30 am today, taking total number of cases to 22,678 and death toll to 495. Active cases stand at 5,043: State Health department

10:00 am: Number of COVID-19 cases reaches 1,272 in Puducherry; active cases stand at 618: Puducherry Health Department

9:40 am: A total of 596 inmates and 167 jail staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in jails of Maharashtra till date. Highest 219 inmates and 57 jail staff have contracted the infection in Nagpur Central Prison: State Prison Department


9:20 am: India reports 475 deaths and the highest single-day spike of 26,506 new #COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours. Positive cases stand at 7,93,802 including 2,76,685 active cases, 4,95,513 cured/discharged/migrated & 21,604 deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

7:40 am: US posts new record 24-hour virus caseload of more than 65,000: AFP news agency quoting Johns Hopkins

7:15 am: Gym owners & trainers in Chennai say they're facing hardships amid #COVID19 pandemic as gyms are closed. JK Ravi, a gym owner, says, "I tried to manage till June but I can't buy pay rent anymore. Surviving has become difficult as all my savings have exhausted". (9.7)


7:00 am: Bolivia's president Jeanine Anez says she has tested positive for the coronavirus: Reuters

Posted By: Talib Khan