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Coronavirus Outbreak: With a spike of 18,653 cases, India's COVID-19 tally reaches 5,85,493
Posted on 1st July 2020
As the coronavirus cases in India continue to spread rapidly, India is now just behind the United States, Brazil, and Russia in terms of the total confirmed cases. It is, therefore, the biggest epicenter of the coronavirus disease pandemic in Asia and the fourth worst-affected nation in the world.

With over 18,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count on Wednesday crossed the 5.85 lakh-mark, while the death toll has crossed the 16,800-mark as well.

At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 5,85,493 cases, which includes 2,20,114 active cases; 3,47,979 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 17,400 deaths.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 18,653 new COVID-19 cases and 507 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 1,74,761 positive cases of COVID-19 infection and 7,855 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 77,600-mark and the death toll has topped the 4,500-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 77,658 cases and 4,556 deaths. A total of 903 new COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths reported in Mumbai on Tuesday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia's biggest slum -- Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 90,167 cases. The state crossed Delhi to take up second place in the list due to a recent massive surge in the number of cases.

The national capital is third on the list with 87,360 cases.

After Delhi comes Gujarat, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 32,643 cases with 23,670 patients recovered and 1,848 fatalities. Uttar Pradesh has reported 23,492 cases of which 16,084 have recovered and 697 patients are dead.

West Bengal has reported 18,559 positive cases so far of which 12,130 patients have recovered and 668 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Rajasthan, as many as 18,008 people have confirmed COVID-19, of which 14,220 recovered and 413 people succumbed to it.

In Kerala, which reported the country's first COVID-19 case, 4,443 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

Meanwhile, India's first COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech got the nod for human trials by the Drug Controller General of India on Monday (June 29).

The total number of samples tested up to June 30 is 86,26,585 of which 2,17,931 samples were tested yesterday, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The central government still keeps denying that community transmission is taking place in India.

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Noida gets 400-bed Covid-19 hospital, CM Yogi Adityanath reviews facilities
Posted on 8th August 2020
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday inaugurated a dedicated 400-bed government hospital for COVID-19 patients in Noida.

The facility is located in Sector 39 of the city and has come up in association with the Tata Trusts and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to officials.

Gold price today at Rs 56,050 per 10 g; silver at record Rs 76,510 a kg
Posted on 8th August 2020
Gold prices today jumped to Rs 56,050 from Rs 55,350 per 10 gram, while silver climbed to Rs 76,510 from Rs 73,500 per kg, according to Good Returns website.

Gold jewellery prices vary across India, the second-largest consumer of the metal, due to excise duty, state taxes, and making charges.

US election: China would love to have me lose to 'sleepy' Biden, says Trump
Posted on 8th August 2020
US President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) said that China would love to have an election if he lost to his sleepy Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.

China would love for us to have an election where Donald Trump lost to sleepy Joe Biden. They would dream (that) they would own our country. If Joe Biden was president, China would rule our country, he told reporters here.

Facebook builds 600 affordable homes to address housing crisis in US
Posted on 8th August 2020
Facebook has produced and preserved approximately 600 affordable homes near its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, of which roughly 70 per cent are reserved for extremely low and very low-income residents.

The company said it is on track to creating approximately 750 affordable homes by 2022.

Amazon, Flipkart set to witness business worth $600 mn during sale events
Posted on 8th August 2020
E-commerce companies Amazon and Flipkart are expecting to witness a total business of about $600 million during their ongoing sale events. This is at least 25 per cent higher in terms of sales compared to the business these firms would have generated for such small scale events during pre-Covid times, according to the industry insiders and analysts. They are also witnessing an increase in volumes (number of orders) which is 40 per cent higher than the normal times. Walmart-owned Flipkart is running the 5-day ‘Big Saving Days’ sale till Monday, coinciding with Amazon's 48-hour Prime Day sale which ended on Friday night.

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