Coronavirus updates for June 21


After yet another day of record spike in daily new cases (over 15,000), India's COVID-19 case count has now soared to more than 415,000, according to Worldometer.

Meghalaya has extended the night curfew and banned the inter-state movement of people till June 30. Battling an increasing mortality rate, Punjab has decided to move high-risk people — those over 60 and with comorbidities — away from containment zones and into hostels. Maharashtra government has reportedly asked hospitals to use oxygen cylinders to provide relief to COVID-19 patients amid a shortage of ventilators. Three cases emerged in Kerala with no known source of infection.

While the global coronavirus case count nears nine million, the number of deaths in Brazil has now crossed 50,000. While more than two million people were tested for COVID-19 in Beijing in the last 10 days, food and beverage giant PepsiCo has suspended operations in the city after some of its employees tested positive. Morocco will now open a field hospital after the country reported a record rise in cases.

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

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