New Delhi: India has reported the highest single-day spike of 12881 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. A total of 334 deaths have been reported at the same time. The total number of positive cases now stands at 3,66,946, including 1,60,384 active cases, 1,94,325 cured/discharged/migrated and 12,237 deaths. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown News: Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas District Likely to go Under Complete Lockdown For 14 Days

1. After Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain tested positive on Wednesday, the additional charge of the health ministry has been given to Manish Sisodia. Also Read - Coronavirus in Bihar Reaches CM Nitish Kumar's Doors as Niece Tests Positive

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3. India has stepped up testing capacity significantly to three lakh samples per day with a network for 924 laboratories including 674 in the government sector.

4. The prime minister in his interaction with the CMs said big crowds, lack of physical-distancing, daily movement of large number of people and small houses in some cities have made the battle against the coronavirus “more challenging”.

5. The Maharashtra government has demanded from the Centre COVID-19 treatment drugs remdesivir and tocilizumab “in large quantity and at reasonable rate”.

6. The AIIMS, meanwhile, conducted a pilot study to assess the effect of low dose radiation therapy in alleviating symptoms of pneumonia in coronavirus-infected patients.

7. Radiation therapy usually is given in high doses for cancer treatment but in this case we are giving a safe low dose of radiation at 70 cGy in one sitting to the patient. The entire treatment takes around 15 to 20 minutes and has no side-effects.

8. The Karnataka government has decided to conduct random testing on slum dwellers, vendors and bill collectors at markets, delivery and courier boys among others, aimed at effective surveillance, an official circular said.

9. In Delhi, health surveys were conducted for a population of 1,77,692 in 242 containment zones between June 15-16 in a bid to improve contact mapping in the national capital, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

10. The Maharashtra government has been testing samples aggressively and tracing new cases under ‘chase the virus’ strategy, and has also ramped up health infrastructure, according to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.