By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: June 17, 2020 11:42:35 am
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India reported 2,006 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the coronavirus toll to 11,903 on Wednesday. Also, with 10,974 fresh cases, the Covid-19 infections in the country rose to 354,161, which includes 154,688 active cases and 187,552 recoveries, according to the health ministry. On Tuesday, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 death tally surged by 1,409, taking its total toll to 5,537, following a data reconciliation process initiated by the state government. Of the 1,409, only 81 of the deaths were reported on Tuesday. The remaining 1,328 deaths have occurred since March and been added to the numbers now.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday hold an interaction with chief ministers of states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and others, which are seeing a spurt in Covid-19 cases and death numbers.
On Tuesday, interacting with chief ministers of 21 states and UTs, the Prime Minister expressed grief over deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in India while adding that India’s death toll was one of the lowest. During the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh requested the Centre to work closely with states to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy while stressing that the lockdown to limit the spread of the infection can’t continue indefinitely.
Meanwhile, researchers leading the RECOVERY clinical trial in the United Kingdom announced that dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory low-cost drug, reduces death by up to one-third in hospitalized patients diagnosed with acute respiratory complications of Covid-19.
Globally, as many as 8,264,468 people have been infected with the virus while 446,135 have lost their lives while battling the pandemic and 4,321,498 people have recovered. The US, which is the worst-hit country, has 2,208,400 infections so far with 119,132 deaths. Meanwhile, Beijing officials reported 31 new confirmed infections for June 16, bringing the cumulative infections since Thursday to 137 cases, the worst resurgence of the disease in the city since early February.
Delhi ACP’s husband dies of COVID: ‘He didn’t step out of home… Can never forgive myself’
“My husband didn’t step out of the house when the lockdown started, but I went out daily because of my job… I will never be able to forgive myself,” said Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police Surender Jeet Kaur on Tuesday, a day after her husband Charan Jeet Singh, 54, succumbed to COVID at a hospital in Delhi.
Singh, a resident of Lajpat Nagar and a businessman, is survived by his wife and their 26-year-old son who lives in Canada.
Kaur, 57, ACP (Crimes Against Women) in the South-East district of the Delhi Police, is also ACP (COVID Cell) of the district. On May 20, five days after Kaur tested positive for the virus, her husband Singh tested positive, followed by the ACP’s 80-year-old father on May 24. All of them had symptoms and while Kaur and Singh were admitted to Indraprastha Apollo hospital, her father was admitted to Max hospital in Saket. On May 26, Kaur returned home after recovering from the virus.