Centre Directs States to Release Health Workers' Salaries on Time

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Updated19 Jun 2020, 03:01 AM IST
India
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Union Health Ministry, on Thursday, 18 June, wrote to all States and UTs, directing them to ensure salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty is released on time, ANI reported.

The number of coronavirus cases in India rose by 12,881 to 3,66,946 on Thursday, 18 June, in what is the biggest single-day spike. As many as 334 new fatalities were also reported, taking the death toll to 12,237. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 1,60,384 active cases across the country, while 1,94,324 patients have been cured or discharged.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the annual Rath Yatra at Puri's Jagannath Temple in Odisha, scheduled to start on 23 June, reported news agency ANI.

Snapshot
  • On Wednesday, Delhi reported the highest single-day rise in cases, with 2,414 new infections taking the tally to more than 47,000.
  • Meanwhile, Maharashtra, the state worst-affected by the virus, recorded 3,752 cases and 100 deaths on Thursday
  • Globally, over 8.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, with India being fourth in the list of countries with the most number of cases
  • PM Modi on Wednesday interacted with chief ministers of states badly hit by the outbreak

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4:04 AM, 18 Jun
KEY EVENT

Biggest 1-Day Spike of 12,881 Cases; Tally Over 3.66 L

The number of coronavirus cases in India rose by 12,881 to 3,66,946 on Thursday, in what is the biggest single-day spike. As many as 334 new fatalities were also reported, taking the death toll to 12,237. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 1,60,384 active cases across the country, while 1,94,324 patients have been cured or discharged.

Centre Directs States to Release Health Workers' Salaries on Time
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5:15 AM, 18 Jun

Recovery Rate Improves to 52.95%: Centre

The Centre on Thursday said that the recovery rate in the country has further improved to 52.95 percent, with the recoveries/deaths ratio standing at 94.07 percent: 5.93 percent, ANI reported.

5:51 AM, 18 Jun

Amit Shah to Hold Meeting With Officials of Delhi-NCR on COVID-19 Situation

Home Minister Amit Shah will be holding a meeting at 12 pm on Thursday with senior administrative officers of Delhi-NCR to discuss the COVID-19 situation and management in the region, ANI reported.

7:55 AM, 18 Jun
KEY EVENT

Lord Jagannath Won't Forgive If We Allow Rath Yatra This Year: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the annual Rath Yatra at Puri's Jagannath Temple in Odisha, scheduled to start on 23 June, reported ANI.

The top court said Lord Jagannath would not forgive if this year's Rath Yatra is allowed, adding that such a huge gathering cannot take place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In the interest of public health and safety of citizens, this year's Rath Yatra at Puri in Odisha can't be allowed," the court was quoted as saying.


Published: 18 Jun 2020, 03:30 AM IST