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Saudi Health Minister predicts huge increase of COVID-19 cases

The Saudi government has allocated 15 billion Saudi riyals (about US $3.99 billion) as financial support to confront the virus’ impact.

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Riyadh, April 8 : Studies by Saudi and international experts on epidemics predicted a huge increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Tuesday said in a statement that the studies estimated that the number of COVID-19 infections in the kingdom in the next few weeks will be between 10,000 and up to 200,000.

The official data showed that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the kingdom reached 2,795 on Tuesday, including 615 recoveries and 41 deaths, reported Xinhua news agency.

“There is no doubt that our strict and full commitment to instructions and measures will decline the number of infections to the minimum. But lack of commitment will lead to an enormous increase in the number of infections,” the minister warned.

The Saudi government has allocated 15 billion Saudi riyals (about US $3.99 billion) as financial support to confront the virus’ impact.

The money aims to raise the health sector’s readiness to secure medicines, operate additional beds, provide medical equipment and health supplies, such as ventilators and testing devices, as well as secure necessary medical and technical staff from home and abroad.

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Covid-19 cases in Russia surpass 674,000

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 680 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 224,210.

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Moscow, July 5 : Russia recorded 6,632 Covid-19 cases since Friday, raising its total number of infections to 674,515, the country’s coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

The death toll grew by 168 to 10,027, while 446,879 people have now recovered, including 8,986 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement, Xinhua reported.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 680 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 224,210.

As of Friday, 280,415 people were still under medical observation, while more than 20.7 million Covid-19 lab tests have been conducted nationwide, Russia”s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said Saturday.

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Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra cross 2 lakh, record 295 deaths in day

Mumbai notched 68 fatalities, pulling up the city”s death toll to 4,830, whereas the number of corona patients shot up by 1,163 cases to touch 83,237.

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Mumbai, July 4 : With staggering 7,074 new coronavirus cases in a day, Maharashtra’s total tally crossed the 2-lakh mark on Saturday apart from a record daily high of 295 deaths, health officials said here on Friday.

The number of fatalities in the state on Saturday shot up from the June-lowest of 62 to 295 — highest ever after the earlier daily high of 248 deaths notched on June 23.

However, on June 16, Maharashtra had reported the highest 1,409 fatalities, taking into account reconciliation of earlier deaths, which drastically escalated the state toll.

With Saturday”s 295 declared fatalities, the state death toll climbed from 8,376 a day earlier to 8,671 and total cases to 200,064 till date, both the highest in the country.

This comes to roughly one death recorded every 5 minutes and a staggering 295 new cases notched every hour in the state on Saturday.

The recovery rate in the state fell marginally from 54.24 per cent a day earlier to 54.02 per cent, while the mortality (death) rate stood at 4.33 per cent.

July started with three-digit high of deaths and 6K plus new patients daily for the past three days, causing massive concerns among the health officials.

The Health Department said of the total cases declared till date, 83,295 are ”active cases” (ill), which is lower than the number of cured patients, indicating a positive development.

On the positive side, 3,395 cured patients returned home on Saturday, taking the total discharge cases to 108,082.

Of the total 295 fatalities on Saturday, Thane alone notched a staggering 179 deaths, outstripping Mumbai for the first time since the pandemic broke out.

Mumbai notched 68 fatalities, pulling up the city”s death toll to 4,830, whereas the number of corona patients shot up by 1,163 cases to touch 83,237.

Besides Thane”s 179 and Mumbai”s 68, 15 deaths were reported in Pune, 9 in Solapur, 7 in Jalgaon, 6 in Aurangabad, 5 in Palghar, 3 in Akola, 2 in Latur, and 1 in Yavatmal.

The MMR (Thane division) continues to be tense as deaths and cases continue to pile up, with a total of 6,312 Covid-19 fatalities and a whopping 4,045 new patients pushing up the number of positive cases to 141,828.

Thane cases have shot up to 45,833 with 1,254 fatalities to emerge as the second worst-hit district after Mumbai in the state, and outstripped the country”s commercial capital in the number of deaths (179) on Saturday.

Pune district comes third with 26,956 patients and 841 deaths till now.

Even the Pune division (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) fell way behind Thane and the MMR with 31,336 patients and 1,181 fatalities on Saturday.

The next major area of concern is Nashik division with 573 fatalities and 10,897 positive cases, followed by Aurangabad division with 312 deaths and 7,360 cases, and finally Akola division with 143 fatalities and 2,990 cases.

Kolhapur division has notched 55 deaths and 2,250 patients, Latur division had 51 fatalities and 1,174 cases, and finally Nagpur division recorded 19 deaths and 2,118 cases.

Among the eight divisions in the state, only Kolhapur and Nagpur recorded zero fatalities on Satuday, though there were new corona cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased from yesterday”s 589,448 to 596,038, while those in institutional quarantine decreased from 42,371 to 41,566 on Saturday.

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With 2,505 new cases, Delhi’s Covid-19 tally up at 97,200

On June 23, the capital had witnessed a peak of the highest single-day peak of 3,947 cases, but the number has come down steadily since then.

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New Delhi, July 4 : The national capital on Saturday witnessed 2,505 new coronavirus cases and 55 deaths, pushing Delhi’s tally to 97,200 and number of fatalities to 3,004, according to Delhi government”s daily bulletin.

As many as 2,632 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, increasing the number of cured people to 68,256. At present, 25,940 cases are active.

Over 9,925 RT-PCR and 13,748 rapid antigen Covid-19 tests were conducted. In total, 6,20,368 tests have been conducted in the national capital. Delhi has 448 containment zones.

Currently, 5,522 beds are occupied, out of 15,283 in various hospitals, 1,756 in the dedicated Covid Care Centres and 153 in the dedicated Covid Health Centres.

Over 16,004 people are under home isolation.

During the day, the Cabinet Secretary reviewed the public health response to Covid-19 and the implementation of guidelines and preparedness.

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