Coronavirus India lockdown Day 98 live updates | Delhi’s Jama Masjid to reopen on July 4: Shahi Imam

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) late on Monday announced fresh guidelines for Unlock 2. The restrictions will, however, be strictly enforced in containment zones till July 31.

Metro rail services, schools, colleges, gymnasiums, auditoriums, bars, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, assembly halls and similar places will continue to remain shut across the country. All large congregations, including religious, social, political, sports and academic, continue to remain prohibited.

Also read: No restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods, reiterates guidelines

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers. You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here.

Here are the latest updates:

1:10 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi’s Jama Masjid to reopen on July 4: Shahi Imam

The historic Jama Masjid, which had closed earlier this month due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the city, will reopen for congregational prayers (namaz) from July 4, Shahi Imam of the mosque Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Tuesday.

The mosque was closed on June 11 in view of the “critical” conditions in the city due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, till June 30.


1:05 p.m. | Jammu and Kashmir

12th coronavirus-linked fatality in Jammu, toll rises to 96 in J-K

An 85-year-old coronavirus positive woman died at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here on Tuesday, raising the toll related to COVID-19 to 96 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The death of the octogenarian from the coronavirus is the 12th in Jammu region and the first from Kathua, her home district, they said.


1.00 p.m. | Karnataka

Karnataka High Court closed for a day for sanitisation

The shut gates of the Karnataka High Court that was closed for a day today for sanitisation.


The functioning of the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court in Bengaluru has been suspended for a day today to carry out sanitisation work, said a notification issued late night on Monday.

However, the notification has not cited any specific reason for sanitisation except stating that “due to unavoidable circumstances.”

Following this, the hearing of all the cases, through videoconferencing and a few selected ones through the physical presence of the advocates, could not commence. – Krishnaprasad

12:40 p.m. | Mumbai

Aamir Khan’s staff tests positive for COVID-19

Superstar Aamir Khan on Tuesday said that some members in his staff have tested positive for coronavirus. The 55-year-old actor said he and the other members of his family have tested negative for COVID-19 but he is awaiting the reports for his mother’s test.

“This is to inform you that some of my staff have tested positive. They were immediately quarantined, and BMC officials were very prompt and efficient in taking them to a medical facility. I would like to thank the BMC for taking such good care of them, and for fumigating and sterilising the entire society, Aamir said in a statement.


12:20 p.m. | Bhubaneswar

BMC asks private hospitals to keep staff in campus to check virus spread

As several health care workers and staff of private hospitals staying in different slums here were detected with COVID-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the hospital authorities to ensure that they were lodged in their campuses.

As a precautionary measure, the BMC on Monday ordered the private hospitals and nursing homes to ensure that their staff do not make frequent visit to their residence in the slums.


12.00 am

Tamil Nadu surpasses Delhi in case count

Recording nearly 4,000 cases in the last 24 hours, Tamil Nadu has surpassed Delhi to regain the second spot among the list of worst-hit states by the pandemic, while Karnataka also recorded more than 1,100 overtaking Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

Maharashtra remained the highest contributor to the single day rise, registering over 5,200 coronavirus infections. Delhi saw an increase of 2,084 cases.


11.30 am

ASHA workers protest in Bengaluru

Accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers along with AIUTUC protesting against the government for not providing safety kits during their work in COVID-19 affected areas, at Malleswaram in Bengaluru on June 30, 2020. They demanded an immediately release Rs. 3000, which the government had announced a month ago.
| Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar


11.00 am | Karnataka

As many as 19 people said to have been tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Hassan on Tuesday. Among them include policemen escorting a former minister, said the sources.

The official press note on the number of cases reported today would be released later today. The Health Department officials said the number of confirmed cases has been on the rise as random tests were being conducted. The staff members are collecting samples of people who interact with the public regularly.

– Special Correspondent

10.30 am | Tamil Nadu

Madurai plans to expand convalescent plasma therapy trials

A worker moving medical waste at the Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital in Chennai.  
| Photo Credit: B. VELANKANNI RAJ


The Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH), Madurai is looking to expand convalescent plasma therapy trials for the treatment of selected COVID-19 patients.

Dean J. Sangumani said that till date, two recovered patients — a 39 year-old man and a 43 year-old man — had come forward to donate 500 ml of plasma each. A 72 year-old man had been the only recipient till date, he added.


10.00 am | Karnataka

SSLC students a model for adults during COVID-19 crisis, says Minister

SSLC students entering an exam centre at Chamarajpet in Bengaluru on Monday.
| Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain


Hailing the students appearing for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination, S. Suresh Kumar, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, said they were a “model even for adults” as they were following all the COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks inside and outside the exam centres.


9.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

TTD to conduct COVID test for all pilgrims

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to perform COVID-19 tests without fail on all the devotees bound to the Lord Venkateswara temple, at the Tirumala foothills at Alipiri.

TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal made the announcement after a high-level review meeting on Monday, in the presence of Chittoor Collector N. Bharat Gupta and TTD Additional Executive Officer A.V. Dharma Reddy.


9.00 am | Odisha

Community transmission: Situation turning worse in Bhubaneswar

Migrant workers come out after discharge from the quarantine centre and heading towards their village, in Keonjhar district of Odisha. File
| Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout


Bhubaneswar is steadily plunging into a grim situation following an alarming spike in community transmission cases.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said 23 of the 25 cases (92%) detected in the city were local cases. The rest two cases had travel history to New Delhi and Kolkata.


8.30 am | Telangana

Govt. to intensify tests from today, says Health Minister

Faced with a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Telangana government has decided to intensify testing from Tuesday.

Health Minister Eatala Rajender said there had been a spike in the number of cases ever since lockdown restrictions were lifted and the increase was observed mainly in some parts of the west and south Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits.


8.00 am

Delhi govt. to set up plasma bank for COVID-19 treatment

Hospital staff guiding patients at Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi on Monday.  
| Photo Credit:
R.V. Moorthy


The Delhi government will set up a first-of-its-kind plasma bank in the Capital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The plasma bank will start operating in the next two days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced here on Monday while paying tribute to Aseem Gupta, an anaesthesia specialist from Lok Nayak Hospital, who died on Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus earlier this month. Mr. Kejriwal also announced a compensation of ₹1 crore to the next of kin of the doctor.


7.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19 cases among bank staff a cause for concern

More than 15 bank employees contracted coronavirus in the city during the last week raising concerns among the fraternity. According to information, the employees working in Satyanarayanapuram, One Town, Bandar Road, VMC and Gannavaram branches of a PSU bank tested positive.


7.00 am | Chennai

1,129 city police personnel test positive

Over 1,129 police personnel, including a few IPS officers, have tested positive for the SARS CoV-2 infection in Greater Chennai City Police. As many as 54 personnel are under treatment in city hospitals.


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