Health minister of National Capital, Satyendra Jain, along with MLA Atishi and two more AAP members have tested positive for COVID-19, on Wednesday, 17 June.
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose by 10,974 to 3,54,065 on Wednesday, 17 June, while 2,003 new reported fatalities took the death toll to 11,903. According to the Health Ministry data, there are now 1,55,227 active cases across the country, while 1,86,934 patients have been cured or discharged.
The huge spike in the number of deaths comes as states have updated their respective figures. The Health Ministry has said that the data on the website is based on entry by the states, with Delhi and Maharashtra having reconciled data from previous days.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday interacted with the chief ministers of states badly hit by the outbreak. On Tuesday, the PM had interacted with CMs of states and Union territories whose case load is relatively less.
- Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 2,701 new coronavirus cases and 1,409 fatalities, taking the tally to 1,13,445 and the death toll to 5,537
- The increased number of deaths in Maharashtra on Tuesday came as previously unaccounted for fatalities were added to the toll
- Delhi on Wednesday recorded 2,414 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to more than 47,000
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Delhi Records 2,414 New COVID Cases
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'Dexamethasone Has Beneficial Effect on Patients Severely Ill With COVID-19': WHO
WHO Director-General says Dexamethasone, a common steroid, has shown to have beneficial effects on patients severely ill with COVID-19, ANI reports.
He adds, "According to early findings shared with WHO, for patients on oxygen alone, dexamethasone treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one fifth."
'World Has Now Recorded More Than 8 Million Cases': WHO
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), on Wednesday said, the world has now recorded more than 8 million cases of COVID-19, ANI reports.
According to him, in the first two months, 85,000 cases were reported and in the past two months, 6 million cases have been reported.