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Andhra Pradesh highs: 1,813 new corona cases, 1,168 cured patients




Andhra Pradesh reported yet another all-time high of 1,813 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour cycle ending 9 am on Saturday, the fourth time this week that a record high has been breached. On the positive side, the day also witnessed a high of 1,168 patients cured of Covid-19 and discharged.

On Friday, the state had recorded 1,608 positive cases, 1,555 on Thursday and 1,322 on Monday.

The new cases include 38 returnees from outside Andhra Pradesh, health officials said.

Andhra Pradesh’s total corona cases crossed the 27K-mark to touch 27,235 cases on Saturday.

The new cases were reported from all 13 districts in the state. Anantapur district topped with 311 cases, followed by Chittoor with 300, Kurnool with 229, Srikakulam with 204, East Godavari with 143, and Krishna with 123 cases.

Andhra Pradesh conducted 20,590 more tests, as against 21,020 samples tested in the 24-hour cycle ending Friday morning.

As many as 1,168 more persons were discharged from hospitals and Covid treatment centres in the state. The cured patients now total 14,393.

As of Saturday, 12,533 coronavirus patients are admitted in hospitals and designated Covid treatment centres in the state.

A total of 17 deaths were reported from the state — Kurnool four, Guntur and Vizianagaram three each, Krishna and Nellore two each, and Kadapa, Anantapur and Visakhapatnam one death each. The total corona death toll in Andhra Pradesh was 309 on Saturday morning.

The number of coronavirus cases among returnees from other states rose by two. Returnees from Telangana continue to dominate this category, with 22 of the 34 cases returnees from the neighbouring Telugu state. There were also four positive cases from among Odisha returnees. Similarly, three returnees each from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and one each from Delhi and Karnataka are among corona positive patients.

As of Saturday, 2,385 state returnees have so far tested positive while there are 690 active cases in this category. As many as 1,695 persons have recovered till date.

On Saturday morning, four new cases were reported from among foreign returnees — two returnees from Kuwait, one from Saudi Arabia and one from the USA.

The total tally in this category is 428, with 299 patients cured and discharged. As of Saturday, 129 patients in this category are under treatment in hospitals.


Palghar lynching: SC asks Maharashtra police to file chargesheet for scrutiny




The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra Police to produce a chargesheet in the Palghar lynching case before it for scrutiny.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the Maharashtra government about the action taken against the erring police officials as months have passed after the lynching incident. The top court asked for inquiry reports, details of investigation and also asked the police to file a chargesheet in the case before it for scrutiny.

A group of petitioners, all Juna Akhara priests and some of the relatives of two ‘sadhus’, who were lynched at Palghar, stated in a petition that they have no faith in the Maharashtra government or the police, and also do not expect a fair and just investigation into the case, as they suspected their involvement in it. Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha who claimed to be the main petitioner in the case, contended before the bench that Maharashtra is a land of Sadhus but they were literally handed over to the mob by the police itself.

Justice Bhushan asked advocate Rahul Chitnis, appearing for Maharashtra government, regarding the progress made in the inquiry conducted against the policemen in the lynching of the two Sadhus and their driver in Palghar. Jha contended that the state government must file relevant excerpts of the chargesheet and also file an affidavit on the progress of the investigation so far.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said “Let all chargesheets come on record and let the court decide what is relevant or not.” The top court has posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks.

On June 11, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a plea seeking a CBI probe into the lynching of sadhus in Palghar, and sought a response from the Maharashtra government.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, M R Shah and V Ramasubramanian also issued notice on a separate plea seeking a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe to ensure evidence in the matter is not destroyed.
“There is a reasonable apprehension of bias, if Respondent No. 2 (Maharashtra Police) proceeds with the investigation. It is judicially acknowledged that right to fair and just investigation is guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. Therefore, the petitioners have approached this court inter alia, seeking transfer of investigation of the matter to the Central Bureau of Investigation”, argued the petitioners.

Maharashtra government counsel opposed the petitions and contended before the top court that similar matters are pending before the Bombay High Court too. The counsel for the petitioner seeking an NIA probe argued “our apprehension is that the evidence will disappear.” Counsel appearing for the Juna Akhara argued, “Witnesses are committing suicide. We have reasons to believe that the investigation is not taking its course.”

The plea contended that the mob started beating the sadhus, Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri, aged 70, and Sushilgiri Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri, aged 35 in front of the police officials. The plea contended the possible complicity of the Maharashtra Police and the state governmentthat in the lynching of the sadhus.

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With 56k new Covid cases, India’s tally mounts to 19.6L



With 56,282 new coronavirus cases and 904 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total tally in India rose to 19,64,537 and 40,699 deaths, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed on Thursday.

Currently, 5,95,501 cases are active and 1,328,336 people have recovered from the disease. The recovery rate has reached a new high of 67.19 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 6,64,949 samples have been tested.

Six major states in India have recorded more than one lakh cases in the last six months since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Maharashtra has the highest number of cases, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state with 4,68,265 cases and 16,476 deaths. Tamil Nadu comes in second with 2,73,460 cases and 4,461 deaths.

On the other hand, with the deadly virus spreading rapidly all over the country, there are eight states and union territories – Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Ladakh, Mizoram, Arunanchal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Islands where there are less than 1,000 active cases.

In a press briefing earlier this week, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said that 82 per cent of the total cases are limited to ten states and union territories and that fifty districts account for 66 per cent of the total caseload.

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Fire claims 8 Covid patients in Ahmedabad hospital



A major fire in the ICU ward of a private dedicated Covid hospital in Ahmedabad claimed the lives of eight patients, including 5 men and 3 women in the wee hours on Thursday. One seriously burnt patient is being treated while 40 other patients have been evacuated and shifted to the SVP hospital in Ahmedabad.

According to information, the fire broke out in the ICU ward of ‘Shrey hospital’, a dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Navrangpura area in Ahmedabad at around 3 a.m. on Thursday.

“Eight patients admitted in the ICU ward have died due to burning and asphyxiation. Looking at the primary information, it is assumed that the fire broke out due to a short circuit. Our officials are investigating the incident with the help of FSL experts. The bodies of the victims are being sent for the post-mortem,” said a senior police official of the Navrangpura police station.

The fire has claimed the lives of 5 men and 3 women, all corona patients admitted in the ICU ward, situated on the fourth floor of the hospital building. Several fire fighters were rushed to the spot and within hours brought the fire under control. Shrey hospital, is a 50-bed private hospital declared as a dedicated Covid-19 by the Gujarat government.

“We have shifted over 40 patients admitted in the hospital to the SVP hospital in Ahmedabad. One of the paramedical worker is also badly affected from burns. Stable patients and other patients on Oxygen have also been shifted to the SVP hospital. The shifting process is still on,” said a hospital authority.

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