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412 new cases, 27 deaths take Guj COVID-19 numbers to 16,356; fatalities cross 1,000

Gujarat on Saturday recorded 412 new COVID-19 cases and 27 new deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of cases in the state now stands at 16,356, while the fatalities due to the disease is 1,007. Of the total deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, 24...

18 people who attended COVID-19 patient’s funeral tests positive in Maharashtra

Eighteen people who attended the funeral of a COVID-19 patient have tested positive for the infection in Ulhasnagar, Thane of Maharashtra. A news agency said that in violation of prohibitory orders, at least 70 people had attended the funeral of a deceased COVID-19 patient. The woman had tested positive post her death and her body...

AMC Leader of Opposition Dinesh Sharma, son, test positive for COVID-19

One more political leader has tested positive for the COVID-19 disease in the state. Leader of Opposition in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Dinesh Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19. His son has also been tested positive. Interestingly, Sharma has claimed that he had not stepped out of his home for the last two months...

Did not wear mask because event was at my residence: Bijal Patel on mask controversy

Mayor Bijal Patel has responded to the criticism over her not wearing a mask at a function, through social media, stating that she did not wear it as the event was held on the lawns of the Mayor’s Bungalow which is also her residence. It should be noted that all other present at the event...

With 7,964 cases, India records new high in daily COVID-19 numbers for second day in a row; total at 1,73,763

India recorded a new high in the number of daily COVID-19 cases for the second straight day. The country registered 7,964 new cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of such cases to 173,763. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of fresh cases in a single day. As many as 2,682 people tested...

Migrant found dead in train’s toilet during cleaning at Jhansi station

A 45-year-old migrant labourer was found dead in a toilet of a Shramik Special train when it was being cleaned by workers at Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi station, four days after he boarded it for Gorakhpur, officials said on Friday. The body was found when the train was opened for maintenance and sanitisation on May 27...

After talk with VMC, pvt hospitals self regulate COVID-19 treatment rates in Vadodara

Several hospitals and doctors as part of the Vadodara Private Hospitals and Consultants Association have come together to self regulate the fee being charged by hospital for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Officer on Special Duty for COVID-19 in Vadodara, Vinod Rao said that this is for the first time that the association has decided to...

Health Ministry refuses to divulge info on money spent for buying equipment for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has refused to share information on the amount of money spent on equipment purchase to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, stating that such data does not come under the definition of “information” to be provided under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil...

Renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla no more

Renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla on Friday breathed his last at a private hospital in Ahmedabad. He was 89-years-old and had tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, Daruwalla was put on ventilator support after he complained of difficulty in breathing. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani offered his condolences on the death of Daruwalla. He tweeted: “Saddened...

Places of worship to open from June 1 in Bengal: CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that all places of worship in the state will open from June 1. The announcement comes two days before the lockdown 4 is due to end. Not more than 10 people will be allowed when religious places reopen, she declared, adding that congregations or functions would...

Guj govt says talk of Lockdown 5.0 from June 1 is nothing but rumour mongering

The Gujarat government has clarified that the purported news doing the rounds of another lockdown in the offing is nothing but a rumour. The government’s information department has clarified that some people have been spreading the news that a Lockdown 5.0 will be in force from June 1 under which a severe lockdown will be...

Congress takes a dig at BJP MLA for availing COVID-19 treatment in pvt hospital

The Gujarat Congress has taken a dig at a BJP MLA who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and got admitted at a private hospital. Congress MLA from Jamalpur-Khadia, Imran Khedawala, took a jibe on the BJP MLA for not opting for government-run hospitals. “Did the BJP legislator not trust the state government’s claim that...