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Coronavirus updates for June 19

Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus updates for June 19

Friday June 19, 2020 , 4 min Read

For the first time, India added more than 13,000 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 count to more than 384,000, with 12,667 deaths reported, according to Worldometer. While Maharashtra and Delhi recorded the biggest jump in cases, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also reported a rise in new infections.

Karnataka Chief Minister's office was shut for sanitation after an employee tested positive. Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain, who had tested positive for COVID-19, was put on oxygen support.

The economic fallout of the coronavirus-induced lockdown is hitting the country hard. Air India is giving its permanent employees, except pilots and cabin crew, an option of shorter work week at 60 percent pay. Global property consultant Cushman & Wakefield projected that office rentals might drop up to 10 percent due to low demand. Citing a sharp deterioration of the country's growth and fiscal metrics, Fitch Ratings trimmed its outlook for India from 'stable' to 'negative'. Meanwhile, NITI Aayog formed a committee to drive public and private partnership to provide job opportunities.

Across the world, the number of COVID-19 infections reached 8.6 million. A study conducted on the waste water collected in Italian cities last year found out genetic traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus, signalling that the virus was already present in large cities before 2020. A study published in 'Nature' magazine revealed that antibodies developed in patients who recovered from COVID-19 lasted between two and three months.


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