By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: June 16, 2020, 01:04:37 pm
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has been admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in the national capital after experiencing high-grade fever and a sudden drop in oxygen levels. Jain Tuesday tweeted he had been taken to hospital the previous night and would keep everyone updated on his health condition. He has been tested for Covid-19, and the results are awaited.
With 10,667 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the Covid-19 infections in India on Tuesday rose to 3.43 lakh, including 9,915 deaths and 1.8 lakh recoveries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to interact with chief ministers of 21 states and UTs at 3 pm to discuss the spike in cases as the country gradually eases lockdown restrictions. He will hold a separate interaction Wednesday for CMs from states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and others, which are seeing a spurt in cases and death numbers.
In other news, a traffic cop in Bengaluru succumbed to the virus Tuesday, marking the first death in Karnataka’s police force. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami Monday declared an “intense lockdown” in three districts, including Chennai, for 12 days from June 19 to 30. His Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, however, said the government had no plans to impose lockdown in the national capital. While the dominance of Maharashtra in the country-wide spread of the Covid-19 disease has weakened in the last few weeks, that of Tamil Nadu and Delhi has increased.
Meanwhile, in a bid to ramp up testing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a new on-site diagnostic kit for containment zones and healthcare settings, which can produce rapid results without needing a laboratory and cost much less.
Satyendar Jain hospitalized, tested for COVID; Kejriwal says take care
Responding to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s tweet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “You served the public 24×7 without taking care of yourself. Please take care of your health and get well soon.” Jain has been tested for the coronavirus; his test results are awaited.