COVID: FDA Revokes Emergency Authorisation of Hydroxychloroquine

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Updated16 Jun 2020, 02:08 AM IST
India
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The Food and Drug Administration, on Monday, 15 June, pulled emergency authorisation of HCQ, a drug touted by President Donald Trump against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, in India, the Tamil Nadu cabinet on Monday, 15 June, announced complete lockdown in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts from 19-30 June.

The number of coronavirus cases in India increased by 11,502 to 3,32,424 on Monday, while the death toll rose by 325 to 9,520. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 1,53,106 active cases across the country, while 1,69,797 patients have been cured or discharged.

Amid rising cases, selected local train services resumed in Mumbai, but only for essential staff, after remaining shut for more than two-and-a-half months due to the lockdown.

Snapshot
  • The all-party meeting chaired by Amit Shah on the COVID-19 situation in Delhi has concluded, with issues such as ramping up of testing and reducing its charges being discussed
  • The Delhi government on Monday issued an order to private and government laboratories, asking them to increase the COVID-19 testing capacity
  • PM Narendra Modi will be interacting with chief ministers of all states and Union territories on 16 and 17 June
  • India is at fourth spot in the list of nations worst-hit by coronavirus in terms of the number of cases

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2:38 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

Local Trains Resume in Mumbai for Essential Staff

Selected local train services are resuming services in Mumbai from Monday, 15 June, but only for essential staff, after more than two-and-a-half months of remaining shut due to the lockdown.

These special suburban services will not be for general passengers or public but strictly for essential staff as identified by the Maharashtra government, the Western Railway said, adding that approximately 1.25 lakh essential staff (including 50,000 on Western Railway) are expected to travel by these trains.

4:13 AM, 15 Jun

COVID-19: India’s Tally Rises by 11,502 to 3,32,424; 9,520 Deaths

The number of coronavirus cases in India increased by 11,502 to 3,32,424 on Monday, 15 June, while the death toll rose by 325 to 9,520. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 1,53,106 active cases across the country, while 1,69,797 patients have been cured or discharged.

COVID: FDA Revokes Emergency Authorisation of Hydroxychloroquine
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4:25 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

China Locks Down 10 Neighbourhoods to Contain New Coronavirus Outbreak

China on Monday locked down ten more neighbourhoods in Beijing to try and contain the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a food market, AFP reported, citing the authorities. This came after fresh cases were found in a second wholesale market in Haidian district.

6:23 AM, 15 Jun

29 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in CRPF, Tally Rises to 620

As many as 29 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the CRPF, taking the tally in the force to 620, including four deaths.

6:30 AM, 15 Jun

78 New COVID-19 Cases in Rajasthan, Tally Rises to 12,772

As many as 78 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths have been reported in Rajasthan on Monday, taking the tally in the state to 12,772 and the death toll to 294, the state Health Department said, according to ANI.

7:50 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

All-Party Meeting on Delhi's COVID-19 Situation Concludes

The all-party meeting chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah on the management of the COVID-19 situation in Delhi has concluded, with issues such as ramping up of testing and reducing its charges being discussed.

"Home Minister Amit Shah Shah has said that by 20 June, the Delhi government will start conducting 18,000 COVID-19 tests per day," Delhi BJP President Adesh Kumar Gupta was quoted by ANI as saying after attending the meet.

He also said the demand of the BJP to waive off 50 percent charges on testing has been approved by Shah.

“BJP (also) suggested that charges at private hospitals should be fixed. Taking cognisance of the matter, the home minister has constituted a committee which will submit a report within two days. Based on the report, price capping will be done for private hospitals.”
Adesh Kumar Gupta, as quoted by ANI

Meanwhile, the Congress slammed CM Kejriwal for "misleading and holding private hospitals responsible".

8:22 AM, 15 Jun

No Plan to Impose Lockdown Again in Gujarat: CM Rupani

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Monday that there's no plan to impose the lockdown again in the state, reported PTI.

8:59 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

‘No Such Plans’: Delhi CM Kejriwal on Reimposing Lockdown

Delhi Chief Minister on Monday, 15 June, refuted speculations of another lockdown being planned for Delhi, amid a spurt in coronavirus cases, saying, "There are no such plans."

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9:17 AM, 15 Jun

'Health Experts Committee Recommended Tightening Relaxations in Chennai': AIADMK

9:19 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

Rahul Gandhi Slams Centre's Lockdown Strategy With 'Arrogance' Quote

9:25 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

Delhi Govt Asks Labs to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

The Delhi government on Monday issued an order to private and government laboratories, asking them to work at full capacity as well as increase the COVID-19 testing capacity. As per the order, private labs will have to give results within 48 hours, reported ANI.

9:33 AM, 15 Jun

Delhi HC Issues Notice to AAP Govt on Ganga Ram Hospital's Plea

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Delhi government over a petition by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital seeking quashing of an FIR as well its 3 June order prohibiting it to conduct COVID-19 tests through RT/PCR, reported ANI.

The court will next hear the matter on 11 August.

10:08 AM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

Complete Lockdown in Few TN Districts Including Chennai

Complete lockdown has been announced in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts from 19-30 June. The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting on Monday.

A medical expert committee constituted by Tamil Nadu government had recommended the government to tighten certain lockdown relaxations given in Chennai.

Here are the guidelines announced by the government:

  • Medical shops will be open as per the usual timings
  • Vegetable and fruit shops, petrol bunks will be open from 6 am to 2 pm
  • Only takeaway allowed in restaurants, no dine-in
  • No shops open in containment zones
  • No autos, taxis will ply on the roads
10:55 AM, 15 Jun

Amit Shah Visits LNJP Hospital, Reviews Preparedness

Union Home Minister Amit Shah visits Delhi's LNJP hospital to review the preparedness related to COVID-19.

COVID: FDA Revokes Emergency Authorisation of Hydroxychloroquine
(Photo: ANI)
10:59 AM, 15 Jun

Centre Extends Lab Facilities to Delhi Govt: AAP

"Lab facilities under Centre have being extended to us (Delhi government) for more testing," says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, as per ANI.

11:16 AM, 15 Jun

'8 Lakh Migrants Ferried Home': Railways 

"4,450 Shramik specials have run since 1 May, eight lakh migrants ferried home," ANI cites Chairman, Railway Board.

11:32 AM, 15 Jun

'Quarantine for Those Coming to K'taka from Chennai, Delhi'

"Three days institutional quarantine for those coming to Karnataka from Chennai and Delhi," says Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, ANI reports.

12:15 PM, 15 Jun

Recovery Rate Rises to 51.08%: Govt

According to the government, during the last 24 hours, 7,419 COVID-19 patients were cured, which takes the tally of total cured patients to 1,69,797.

"The recovery rate rises to 51.08% which is indicative of the fact that more than half of positive cases have recovered from the disease," says Government of India, as per ANI.

12:47 PM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

Govt Allows Maha to Operate 100 Flights Daily

Ministry of Civil Aviation allows Maharashtra to operate 100 flights daily. Earlier, Maharashtra was allowed only 50 flights including 25 arrivals and 25 departures daily, ANI reports.

1:46 PM, 15 Jun

K'taka to Rope in Private Hospital to Treat COVID-19

Karnataka will rope in private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients, to fix rates for everything from testing to treatment, says Minister K Sudhakar, ANI reports.

2:22 PM, 15 Jun

Maha: Classes Will Begin in Non-Red Zone Areas from 1 July

Classes for standards 9, 10 in schools located in non-red zone areas and junior college for 12 will begin in Maharashtra from 1 July, PTI reports.

2:46 PM, 15 Jun

K'taka: Quarantine Guidelines for People Coming From Maha, Delhi, TN

Karnataka government on Monday says people coming from Maharashtra will be placed under 7-day institutional quarantine followed by 7-day home quarantine and people coming from Delhi & Tamil Nadu will be placed under 3-day institutional quarantine & a further 11-day home quarantine, ANI reports.

3:28 PM, 15 Jun

Manipur Requests Centre to Stop Flights to Imphal

Manipur urges Centre to stop passenger flights to Imphal from 18-28 June to clear the backlog of COVID-19 tests and ease congestion at state's quarantine centres, PTI reports.

3:30 PM, 15 Jun

North Western Railway to Rush Isolation Coaches to Delhi

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, North Western Railway will rush 150 isolation coaches to Delhi, PTI reports.

4:00 PM, 15 Jun

1,647 New COVID Cases in Delhi

Delhi records 1,647 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to over 42,000 and death toll climbs to 1,400, according to state officials, reports ANI.

4:18 PM, 15 Jun

Delhi Govt Issues Order to Install CCTV Cameras in COVID Wards

Delhi Government issues an order to install CCTV cameras in all COVID wards of COVID-19 hospitals under them for efficient monitoring and supervision of patient care, ANI reports.

Public Works Department (PWD) directed to install cameras within 24 hours and submit a compliance report.

4:22 PM, 15 Jun
KEY EVENT

FDA Revokes Emergency Authorisation of Hydroxychloroquine

The Food and Drug Administration revokes emergency authorisation of Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, saying they “are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19.”

“Additionally, in light of ongoing serious cardiac adverse events and other serious side effects, the known and potential benefits of CQ and HCQ no longer outweigh the known and potential risks for the authorized use,” the US agency added.

4:38 PM, 15 Jun

178 COVID Deaths in Maharashtra Today

178 deaths have been reported in Maharashtra on Monday, along with 2,786 COVID-19 cases, according to State Health Department, reports ANI.

Total number of cases in the state is now at 1,10,744, including 56,049 discharged and 4,128 deaths.

Published: 15 Jun 2020, 02:52 AM IST