COVID-19 in India in June

India // 30 June, 2020

At least 566840 and 16893 deaths have been confirmed : Outbreak ongoing

30 June: A large trial called Project Platina has been launched in Maharashtra state. These will be conducted across 17 medical colleges accumulating data around the convalescent plasma therapy used for COVID-19 patients. 

28 June: About 20,000 new cases were reported on 27 June taking the overall case total to more than 528,000 cases. Fatalities are over 16,000, active infections at 203,051 and about 310,000 cases have recovered. A surge in case numbers being attributed to increased testing has been noted, with the numbers going up from 100,000 to 500,000 in only 39 days. Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana have reported the maximum number of cases. Amid the surge, several states have reimposed full or partial lockdown including Assam, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Schools in the capital city will remain closed till end of July.

23 June: Serological survey may soon be done in Delhi to assess the degree of spread in the city. About 20,000 people will be selected randomly to undergo antibody tests, according to media sources.

Saudi Arabia has requested the Indian government not to send Hajj pilgrims this year due to pandemic, hence Indian pilgrims those who had applied, will be refunded their money.

22 June: Another 14,821 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Apart from Maharashtra, other states that are seeing a massive increase in cases include Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Madha Pradesh. There are about 1,68,269 active cases as of today, the rest have been discharged.

Punjab state has initiated multicentric studies on plasma therapy and use of steroids in COVID-19 patients.

Several publications on appropriate COVID behaviour have been released including a guide to address stigma related with COVID-19.

20 June: India reported a record jump in COVID-19 cases on Saturday. An increase of 14,516 , took the total to 395,047 with 12,948 deaths. Hospitals workers in Delhi have been ordered to cancel all leave and have all workers return to duty.

19 June: Lockdown has been re-imposed in Chennai and three neighbouring districts until 30 June. Only essential services and grocery shops will be allowed to function.

15 June: Cases are increasing rapidly and have taken the country to fourth place according to total number of cases. Guidelines for International arrivals have been released mandating essential quarantine for 14 days, of which 7 days will be institutional quarantine with expenses borne by the traveller.

Health officials plan to ramp up the testing capabilities further.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has refuted the study that states India will reach its peak pandemic activity in November this year. It states the study is misleading and was not carried out by ICMR.

11 June: COVID-19 related restrictions have eased and businesses are operating. The government has issued guidelines on preventive measures for offices, restaurants and hospitality industry, shopping malls and places of worship.

6 June: Media reports quote WHO stating doubling time in India is once in three weeks and the case numbers are not exploding nor growing exponentially.

3 June: High number of cases continue to be recorded daily in the country taking the total tally beyond two hundred thousand cases. About half of the total positive cases have recovered. According to media reports, a scientist working with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Delhi has tested positive for COVID-19. He has recent history of travel to Mumbai. On return, he apparently participated in a meeting which was attended by several senior health officials. The official building has been fumigated and sanitised. According to several media reports, the pandemic is yet to reach it's peak in India.

1 June: India currently has the most number of cases in Asia. Most of the cases have been in the major cities. Restrictions will be eased further in three phases across the country. From 8 June, all places of worship, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services will be allowed to re-open as part of Phase I. Across India, regardless of zone classification, educational institutions and entertainment venues will remain closed and will only be assessed for resumption in Phases II and III, respectively.


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