Coronavirus updates for July 4

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

With another high of more than 22,700 cases recorded in 24 hours, India's coronavirus case count has crossed the 6.5 lakh mark — just shy of Russia's total cases. Across the world, the number of COVID-19 cases are now more than 11 million, out of which around 5 million are active.

Punjab has cancelled university and college examinations in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the students will now be promoted on the basis of previous years' results. West Bengal has stopped all flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, and Ahmedabad for a period of two weeks starting from July 6. Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration shut down Sun Pharma — the manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine tablets — after 18 of its employees tested positive.

With several lockdown restrictions still in place and industries struggling to get back on track, the economic ramifications of the lockdown are becoming apparent. State IT employee unions in Karnataka and Chennai have alleged that IT services firm Cognizant is doing mass lay offs, after benching nearly 18,000 employees. Ride-hailing platform Uber has shut down its Mumbai office as part of its restructuring efforts. The Indian Railways, India's largest employer, has said that certain job profiles of its employees will change in the coming days, however, there will be no job losses.

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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