Here are the latest updates and trends from the COVID-19 outbreak in India today:
10,441 cases reported in Maharashtra; death toll climbs to 22,253
Maharashtra on Sunday reported 10,441 new coronavirus positive cases, which pushed the cumulative count in the state to 6,82,383, a state health official. With the death of 258 patients during the day, the toll reached 22,253, he said. As many as 8,157 patients were discharged after recovery on Sunday, which took the number of recovered persons to 4,88,271 so far. According to the official, there are 1,71,542 active COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra at present. So far, 36,16,704 tests have been carried out in the state. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 6,82,383, deaths 22,253, recoveries 4,88,271, active cases 1,71,542 and people tested so far 36,16,704.
Ahmedabad’s COVID-19 cases rise by 177 to 30,197; five die
The number of COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad district rose by 177 to 30,197 on Sunday, the Gujarat health department said. With five more fatalities, the toll reached 1,685, it said. A total of 172 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 25,104. Of the 177 cases, 153 infections were reported from Ahmedabad city while 24 cases were reported from rural parts of the district, the health department said. All five deaths occurred in the city, it said.
1,136 fresh virus cases in Punjab; 50 deaths reported
Punjab on Sunday recorded its second highest fatality count after 50 more people died from coronavirus even as 1,136 fresh cases took the state’s infection tally to 41,779. According to a medical bulletin, the disease has claimed 1,086 lives in the state so far. On Sunday, 19 deaths were reported from Patiala; nine from Ludhiana; seven from Jalandhar; six from Gurdaspur; two each from Ferozepur and Hoshiarpur; and one each from Fazilka, Kapurthala, Muktsar, Sangrur and Tarn Taran, PTI reported.
Kerala reports 1908 fresh cases; death toll climbs to 223
As many as 1,908 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala on Sunday and five deaths were reported, taking the toll to 223, while 1,110 recovered from the infection, Health minister K K Shailaja said. A total of 1718 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 160 people was not known. The COVID infection tally in the state touched 58,261 today, she said. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu reports 5,975 new COVID-19 cases,97 fatalities
Tamil Nadu on Sunday recorded 5,975 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 3,79,385, while 97 fatalities pushed the death toll to 6,517, the Health department said.
22 fresh cases push Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally to 1,401
Twenty-two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim, taking the Himalayan state’s tally to 1,401 on Sunday, a health official said. Director General-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pempa T Bhutia, said all the new cases were reported in East Sikkim district. The fresh infections have pushed the number of active cases in the state to 527, while 871 people have been cured of the disease and three have died of it, he said. (PTI)
Chorus grows for postponing entrance exams amid COVID-19 pandemic
Students from across the country have demanded that CBSE compartment exams be cancelled and entrance exams such as UGC-NET, CLAT, NEET and JEE be postponed in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. (PTI)
Jharkhand’s death toll mounts to 311
Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally rose to 29,211 on Sunday as 980 more people tested positive for the infection, while 14 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 311, a health bulletin said. (PTI)
Nepal reports 818 new coronavirus cases
Nepal on Sunday recorded 818 new coronavirus cases, taking the country’s COVID-19 tally to 31,935, the health ministry said. Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam said three more people have died due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Now the death toll stands at 149. Of the 818 new cases, Kathmandu valley alone accounted for 166 of them, Gautam said. (PTI)
Delhi records highest single-day spike in August
Delhi recorded 1,450 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in August, taking the infection tally to over 1.61 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,300. (PTI)
South Korea counts 397 new cases as virus rebounds
South Korea has added 397 new cases to its coronavirus caseload in a 10th day of triple-digit increases, as the speed of viral spread nears the levels last seen during the worst of the outbreak in spring.
The resurgence, which began in the densely populated capital area before spreading to practically every major city and provincial town over the past week, is a major setback for the country that had been eager to tout its hard-won gains against the virus. (AP)
Delhi prisons provide lemon juice, homoeopathic medicines to inmates to boost immunity
Frequent medical screening of all inmates, introducing immunity-boosting fruits in their diet and spreading awareness about the importance of personal hygiene are some of the steps taken by the Delhi Prisons Department to contain the spread of COVID-19 among prisoners, jail officials said on Sunday.
59 coronavirus deaths, 5,325 fresh cases reported in UP
Fifty-nine people succumbed to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, raising the death toll caused by the disease to 2,926 in the state, a senior official said. Briefing reporters here, Additional Chief Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad said the case fatality rate stands at 1.56 per cent. As many as 5,325 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the state, taking the state-wide tally to 1,87,781, he said.
The count of active cases in the state stands at 49,242.So far, 1,35,613 COVID-19 patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease with the recovery rate at 72.21 per cent, he further said. The senior official said 1.3 lakh samples were tested in UP on Saturday. Across the state, 62,774 help desks have been set up for the convenience of the public, Prasad said. (PTI)
Govt should consider concerns of students on NEET & JEE: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged the government to consider the concerns of students on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and arrive at an acceptable solution.
There have been demands from several students and parents to postpone the entrance exams in view of increasing coronavirus cases.
Many animal species may be vulnerable to coronavirus infection, study says
Humans are not the only species facing a potential threat from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study which says several critically endangered primates such as the Western lowland gorilla, Sumatran orangutan, and Northern white-cheeked gibbon may be susceptible to infection with the virus.
Children aged 12 and older should wear masks, says WHO
Children aged 12 and older should wear masks like adults while those aged 6-11 should wear them on a “risk-based approach”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Odisha reports record 2,993 COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths
Odisha on Sunday registered its highest single-day spike of 2,993 COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths due to the infection. With this, the state’s COVID-19 death toll has mounted to 409 and the infection tally reached 78,530, a health official said. Fifty-three other coronavirus patients have also died, but the cause of their deaths was attributed to some other reasons. Of the new 2,993 cases, 1,879 were reported from different quarantine centres, while the remaining 1,114 were detected during contact tracing, he said. The state had last reported its highest single-day surge of 2,924 cases on August 15.
12 fresh COVID-19 cases push tally to 10,522 in Puducherry
The COVID-19 tally in the union territory rose to 10,522 and the toll mounted to 159 with the addition of 412 fresh cases and eight deaths, the health department said. There were 3,706 active cases and the cumulative recoveries stood at 6,657, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.
Pranab Mukherjee continues to remain on ventilator support:
There is no change in the health of former President Pranab Mukherjee and he continues to remain on ventilator support, the Army’s Research and Referral hospital said on Sunday. Doctors attending on the 84-year-old Mukherjee said his vital parameters are stable. Mukherjee was admitted to the hospital in Delhi Cantonment on August 10 and was operated for removal of a clot in the brain. He had also tested positive for COVID-19.
India took just 16 days to reach 3 million mark from 2 million cases reported on August 7. The country had crossed the two million mark from the one million levels in a span of just 21 days compared to 169 days it took to reach the first million cases. With 3 million cases, India is now just after the US and Brazil in the world in caseload.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra remain the worst COVID-19 hit states in the country. Here’s a state-wise break-up of coronavirus cases across India on Sunday:
India’s COVID-19 tally sprinted past the 30-lakh mark, just 16 days after it crossed 20 lakh, while 22,80,566 people have recuperated in the country so far pushing the recovery rate to 74.90 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. With a single-day spike of 69,239 infections, the country’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 30,44,940, while the death toll climbed to 56,706 with 912 fatalities being reported in a span of 24-hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.86 percent. There are 7,07,668 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 23.24 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 3,52,92,220 samples have been tested up to August 22, with 8,01,147 samples being tested on Saturday.
—with inputs from agencies