Centre Directs States to Release Health Workers' Salaries on Time

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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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10:27 PM , 18 Jun

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Being Kept on Oxygen Support On and Off

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's condition has improved but fever has not subsided; he is being kept on oxygen support on and off as per requirement, PTI reports citing officials.

He was tested positive for coronavirus this week.

9:46 PM , 18 Jun

Delhi CM on Number of ICU Beds

"Delhi government making arrangements to increase the number of ICU beds in hospitals in view of rising number of COVID-19 cases," says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, as per PTI.

9:02 PM , 18 Jun

Maha Records Highest Single-Day Spike With 3,752 New COVID Cases

Maharashtra records highest single-day spike with 3,752 new COVID-19 cases today, the total number of cases stands at 1,20,504, ANI reports citing State Health Department.

The death toll rises to 5,751 after 100 deaths were reported today. 60,838 patients have been discharged so far including 1672 today.

7:57 PM , 18 Jun
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Centre Directs States to Release Health Workers' Salaries on Time
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Published: 18 Jun 2020, 9:00 AM IST