The West Bengal government on Monday, 20 July, announced a complete lockdown for two days every week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. "Complete lockdown will be in force across West Bengal on Thursday and Saturday this week," state Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay was quoted by PTI as saying.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose by 40,425 to 11,18,043 on Monday, in what is the biggest one-day spike. The death toll increased to 27,497.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are currently 3,90,459 active cases across the country, while 7,00,086 patients have been cured or discharged, and one has migrated.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the CMs of seven states over the phone on Sunday about the COVID-19 “situation” in their states
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has accused BJP of “restricting testing and misreporting deaths”
- India’s Case Fatality Rate stood at 2.49 percent, the Health Ministry said on Sunday
2-Day Lockdown in West Bengal Every Week
The West Bengal government on Monday announced a complete lockdown for two days every week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“There'll be a two-day complete lockdown every week. In the current week, on Thursday and Saturday, the state government is imposing, in addition to running a broad-based containment zone approach, a complete lockdown all over the state,” state Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay was quoted by ANI as saying.
He further pointed out that community transmission of COVID-19 has been recorded in a few areas in the state.
#Bengal #Update— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও'ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) July 20, 2020
Complete lockdown twice a week in State; this week, Thurs & Sat.
2 days to be announced in advance; coming week, Wed.
Safe homes & hospital beds further increased.
Key telephone numbers for admissions, #COVID19 patients, telemedicine, safe homes, ambulance pic.twitter.com/79FQanNazB
'Not Much Evidence of Community Transmission at National Level': AIIMS Director
AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Monday said "there is not much evidence that there is community transmission happening at the national level".
"But there are hotspots, even in cities where there is a spike of cases, and it is very likely that local community transmission in those areas is happening [sic]," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
He pointed out that certain areas, including Delhi, seem to have hit their peak because the cases have declined significantly. "Certain areas have yet to reach the peak. Cases are increasing in certain states. They will reach the peak a little later," he added.
1,076 New Cases Take Bihar's Tally to 27,455
As many as 1,076 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Bihar on Monday, taking the tally in the state to 27,455.
33 New Cases in Nagaland
Out of 454 samples tested, at least 33 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nagaland, ANI reported quoting S Pangnyu Phom, Minister for Health & Family Welfare.
Bihar to Soon Become COVID-19 Hotspot: Tejashwi Yadav Targets Nitish Govt
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav targetted the Nitish Kumar government over the handling of COVID-19 pandemic in Bihar.
“Bihar is gradually going to become a global hotspot of COVID-19, as state government is not worried about the rising number of cases. They are doing nothing to increase testing. The number of COVID deaths is also increasing in Bihar,” he said, as quoted by ANI.
“Different COVID-19 numbers are being given for Bihar by Centre and state. People are receiving test report even when they have not given any sample for test. Medical staff at COVID centres do not have PPE kits. We demand that state government must give a clear picture,” he said.
673 New Cases in Odisha
Odisha reports 673 new COVID-19 positive cases and six deaths, taking the total number of positive cases to 18,110 including 5,533 active cases, 12,452 recoveries and 97 deaths.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain to Begin Work After Recovering from COVID-19
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain to join work from today after recovering from COVID-19. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to announce the same and wish him luck.
Our Health Minister Satinder Jain has recovered. He will join work from today.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 20, 2020
He was always on the field visiting hospitals and meeting health workers and patients. He contracted corona. After one month, he joins back today.
Welcome back Satinder and best wishes!
India’s Case Tally Crosses 11 Lakh, Death Toll at 27,497
The total number of coronavirus cases in India crossed the 11-lakh mark on Monday, 20 July with a spike of 40,425 cases, taking the total tally at 11,18,043. The death toll stands at 27,497.
Lucknow Bench of Allahabad HC to Remain Closed
The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court to remain closed on 20-21st July in view of spike in COVID-19 cases.
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