Health & Wellness

COVID Updates: Nearly 20,000 Cases Reported In 24 Hours, Migrants Going Back To Work

BP World Bureau | Jun 28 2020 10:42:47 AM
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NEW DELHI: India as a nation witnessed yet another single-day spike with 19,906 cases reported in 24 hours and 410 deaths due to the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

So far, there are 5,28,859 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 2,03,051 are active cases of the disease, 3,09,713 people have recovered and 16,095 people died, said the Union Health Ministry.

After the United States, Brazil, and Russia, India is the fourth worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic.

For COVID patients with moderate and severe symptoms, the government has allowed the use of the low-cost steroid drug dexamethasone, used to reduce inflammation in other diseases such as arthritis.

During the 17th GoM (Group of Ministers) meeting, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was informed that the centre has deployed 15 teams, consisting of public health experts, epidemiologists, and other specialists, to support states in the battle to contain a seemingly relentless wave of COVID-19 infections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the virtual meeting of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), said that India's fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic is driven by its people.

He added that the COVID lockdown has helped in controlling the number of COVID-19 patients. 

Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan said that there is a need for a new template of globalisation based on fairness, equality and humanity in the post-COVID world.

Uttar Pradesh's 30 lakh-plus migrant workers who returned during the lockdown are going back to work saying that they would rather die due to COVID than due to hunger. 

Globally, there are 99,75,401 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 44,30,642 are active cases, 50,46,132 people have recovered and 4,98,627 people died. 

California’s Disneyland Resort workers protested against Walt Disney Co's decision to reopen amidst the COVID pandemic because they have not provided adequate protection for employees.