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#Coronavirus: Religious places, malls, restaurants open today even as India’s cases near 2.5 lakh

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Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 69.85 lakh people and claimed over 4.02 lakh lives so far.

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US reports 691 deaths in 24 hours – the lowest in a week – in the US, taking the country’s toll to 1,10,482. The country has reported 19,38,842 cases so far.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that the country would abandon all restrictions except for border controls from midnight. This means physical distancing rules and public gathering bans will come to an end.

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A 33-year-old journalist working for a Telugu channel has died of the coronavirus in Hyderabad. At least 13 journalists in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week.

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India’s tally rises to 2,56,611 on Monday morning after 9,983 new cases were reported in 24 hours. This is the highest single-day rise yet. The toll now stands at 7,135, an increase of 206 deaths.

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India now has 1,25,381 active cases and 7,135 deaths. As many as 1,24,094 people have recovered after undergoing treatment.

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The Centre says that under the Vande Bharat mission, 809 people returned from Ho Chi Min city, Kuwait, Auckland, Seoul and Chicago on Sunday.

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A Central Reserve Police Force constable died of the coronavirus on Sunday night, reports ANI.

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Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri says a decision on restarting international flights will be made after countries begin easing restrictions on the entry of foreigners.

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Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij says his state will not deny medical treatment to those living outside of its borders.

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“We cannot put restrictions and deny treatment to anyone if he/she, who is from outside Haryana and falls ill in the state or is taken ill while in transit,” Vij says.

“We will treat such patients. We cannot be harsh like Arvind Kejriwal.”

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Delhi on Sunday announced it would not accept non-Delhi residents at Covid-19 hospitals managed by the state.

“In the past few days, many have contacted me saying they were not getting beds in Delhi.”

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The ICMR has tested 47,74,434 samples so far, including 1.08 lakh samples in the last 24 hours.

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Unidentified officials say that the director of the Press Information Bureau, KS Dhatwalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Dhatwalia is being treated at AIIMS in New Delhi.

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Dhatwalia has been in contact with several senior government officials, and was seen in public on a stage with Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Narendra Singh Tomar on June 3.

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Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation says it believes the congested Dharavi area shows signs of a flattening curve of coronavirus cases.

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As Brazil’s outbreak of Covid-19 worsens, its govt has removed months of its data that was accessible online. The health ministry is also not revealing the number of total confirmed cases.

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Brazil has more than 6,72,000 cases, and almost 36,000 deaths due to the virus so far.

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China records four new confirmed and two asymptomatic coronavirus cases, according to Reuters. The total number of confirmed cases stands at 83,040. The toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel says the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 is harmful for the poor and farmers. He urges Centre to put the Bill on hold for the time being.

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Mizoram reports eight new coronavirus cases, taking the state’s tally to 42.

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Delhi Health Minister says had Centre stopped international flights on time, the situation could have been better.

“Given the cases, hospitals are needed for Delhites. Neighbouring states say they have less cases so it shouldn’t be issue.”

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Jain says the Delhi govt has 8,500 to 9,000 beds for coronavirus patients.

“Since the doubling rate of cases is 14 to 15 days, we think cases will reach 56,000 in the next two weeks.”

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An official at the Election Commission of India’s office in Delhi has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports ANI.

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Several Indians returning to the United States and Canada said they were not allowed to board a repatriation flight operating to Frankfurt and beyond after they reached the Mumbai airport from various parts of India on Sunday.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has mild fever and cough, reports The Indian Express. The Aam Aadmi Party chief has self-isolated himself and is likely to take a coronavirus test, a spokesperson of the party tells the newspaper.

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Arvind Kejriwal will take a coronavirus test on Tuesday, according to News18.

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