The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday asked the Delhi government to delineate all containment zones afresh and enumerate all households even outside containment zones. The MHA also instructed the Delhi government to send a detailed report on every COVID-19 death in the city. The MHA passed the instructions during a meeting chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah.
India's coronavirus death toll jumped by 445 in last 24 hours, the biggest one-day jump in 5 days, taking the total count to 13,699 on Monday. The total number of cases increased to 4,25,282, after a jump of 14,821 cases in one day. Meanwhile, the number of patients who have been cured/discharged has increased to 2,37,195.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy has written a letter to all BJP MPs of Delhi, asking them to visit rapid antigen detection testing centres in their constituencies to see centres are functioning properly and social distancing is being maintained. COVID-19 testing through the rapid antigen methodology commenced at 169 centres in Delhi on Thursday.
Goa has reported its first death due to COVID-19. An 85-year-old woman on Monday lost the battle to coronavirus, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said. "The woman from Morlem...passed away at a hospital. I assure citizens that we are doing everything it takes to keep people safe," Rane added. Goa has reported 754 cases so far.
Chief of Karnataka COVID-19 War Room Munish Moudgil has said active coronavirus cases in the state may reach around 25,000 by August 15 if the state maintains the current compounded daily growth rate of 4%. He also stressed the need to stick to social distancing and wearing masks to contain spread of coronavirus. The state currently has 3,395 active cases.
To contain COVID-19 spread, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has asked all civic departments to keep detailed account of every person who visits their office. "The information should include name, address and mobile number, along with the in and out time of the visitor," Additional Municipal Commissioner Rubal Agarwal said. Ten civic staffers have died due to COVID-19 so far.
Stating that reusable PPE kits available in market aren't comfortable, Pune's Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has asked for a disinfection machine to save money spent on purchasing PPE. "We're waiting for directions from state government on this," it said. The demand come as Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, developed a disinfection machine for N95 masks and PPE kits.
Amid a surge in the COVID-19 cases, the Haryana government has decided to depute MBBS final-year students with the health department. The director general of medical education and research in Haryana said that 1,106 final-year students of 11 government and private medical colleges in the state have been assigned COVID-19 duties. The state has reported over 10,000 coronavirus cases.
As many as four constables attached to the Thane Central Jail in Maharashtra have tested positive for COVID-19, Deepak Pandey, Inspector General of Prisons said on Sunday. Pandey informed that all the four constables have been sent to a hospital for treatment. All those who came in contact with them will be quarantined as a precautionary measure, Pandey added.