The two Godavari districts, East and West, continued to witness a virulent spread of coronavirus while most other districts in Andhra Pradesh seemed to be gradually lowering their numbers as the state reported 8,835 fresh cases on Wednesday. The latest COVID-19 bulletin said 10,845 patients had fully recovered in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Wednesday, while 64 more succumbed. The states COVID-19 table now showed a total of 5,92,760 positive cases, 4,97,376 recoveries and 5,105 deaths. The active cases came down further to 90,279, according to the bulletin. After 48.06 lakh sample tests, the infection positivity rate stood at 12.33 per cent, as against the national average of 8.44 per cent. The tests per million increased to a record 90,016.
Around 6,337 new coronavirus cases were registered in Uttar Pradesh as the state’s tally crossed 3.30 lakh-mark, while active cases were at 67,002. The death toll rose to 4,690 with 86 more deaths, health official said. Around 2,58,573 people have recovered from the disease to date, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told PTI.
Dr Reddy’s and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have agreed to conduct clinical trials and distribute 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India. The RDIF is Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. “Upon regulatory approval in India, the RDIF shall supply to Dr Reddy’s 100 million doses of the vaccine,” said Dr Reddy’s in a statement. The Sputnik V vaccine, which is based on human adenoviral vector platform, is undergoing clinical trials. Deliveries could potentially begin in late 2020, subject to completion of successful trials and registration of the vaccine by regulatory authorities in India.
The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people around the country were unable to schedule tests. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the House of Commons before a key committee amid outcry over the shortage of testing. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the government is in the process of drawing up a new priority list for testing, suggesting that students and their families could be next in line after the National Health Service and social care. I think what we need to do is have a cascading system where we know where our priority should be, and for me priority should be for children in school and their parents in order to ensure their lives are safe and also importantly they are not disrupted in the way we are seeing, Buckland told Sky News.
With the international badminton calendar still not cast in stone amid postponements and rescheduling, India coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday said there is a slight “lag from the players’ side” to start training. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was forced to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup after multiple teams pulled out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was supposed to mark the resumption of international badminton after it came to a halt in March because of the dreaded virus. The world body also cancelled the Denmark Masters 2020 scheduled from October 20 to 25.
Congress member Anand Sharma on Wednesday sought compensation for families of migrant workers who died while walking thousands of kilometers to their native places after the lockdown was imposed in the country to check the spread of COVID-19. While initiating a discussion on the coronavirus pandemic in Rajya Sabha, Sharma also asked the government to take steps to strengthen the public healthcare system in the country. “It was said during the currentsession that there are no figures regarding the death of migrant workers during the lockdown and therefore no compensation. This is such an unfortunate situation for the country. Why you don’t have figures? Every state knows who died. They should be given compensation,” Sharma said.a
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said there was an approval by the Central government on use of Remdesivir and Fabiparivir as medicines to treat COVID-19. The top court was hearing a plea seeking registration of an FIR by the CBI against ten Indian pharmaceutical firms for manufacturing and selling these two medicines for treating COVID-19 patients allegedly without valid licences. Remdesivir and Favipiravir are antiviral drugs and their efficacy in treating COVID-19 patients have been a matter of debate among medical experts. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian referred to the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2018 and said these medicines have been permitted by the government for using in treatment of novel coronavirus patients. “You have not noticed this rule (New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules) and filed this petition. We are adjourning this matter, you see the rules and then come back,” the bench told lawyer M Sharma who has filed the PIL.
The COVID-19 tally has reached 29,208 in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra with 406 new additions, an official release said on Wednesday. The death toll mounted to 824 with 9 more people succumbing to the infection on Monday, it said, adding that the 406 cases were reported on Tuesday. The count of recoveries went up to 22,422 after 211 patients were discharged, it said. The district now has 5,962 active cases.
Singapore’s COVID-19 cases reached 57,515 on Wednesday after 27 new coronavirus infections, including six who arrived from India, were recorded, according to the health ministry. Among the new cases, two are imported infections and the other two are from the community involving foreigners holding work passes. Both imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. The rest are migrant workers living in dormitories for foreigners employed in labour-intensive industries, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Singapore has a total of 57,515 coronavirus infection since it began testing in January 2020, it said. The six imported cases reported on Tuesday came from India on August 30 and September 3.
Telangana reported 2,273 new COVID-19 cases and 12 related fatalities, pushing the tally of infections to 1.62 lakh in the state. Out of the fresh cases, 325 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy 185, Nalgonda 175, Medchal Malkajgiri 164, Karimnagar 122 and Warangal Urban 114 districts, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 15. With 12 more deaths, the overall toll rose to 996. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.31 lakh, while 30,401 were under treatment. According to the bulletin, 55,636 samples were tested on September 15. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 22.76 lakh. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.61 per cent, while it was 1.63 per cent at the national level, it said. The recovery rate in the state climbed to 80.71 per cent, while it was 78.52 per cent in the country.
Two more Karnataka Ministers– Basavaraj Bommai and K Gopalaiah– in the Yediyurappa cabinet have tested positive for coronavirus.Other ministers who were infected with the pathogen, include Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister C T Ravi and Agriculture Minister B C Patil. As on Tuesday evening, 4.75 lakh people were found to be infected with the virus. Whereas 7,481 people have succumbed to the infection since the outbreak of the disease.
As many as 5.4 crore samples have been tested for coronavirus and 40 lakh people are under surveillance, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said India is testing about one million samples a day at 1,697 laboratories across the country. “As on September 10, a total of about 40 lakh persons have been kept under surveillance. A total of 5.4 crore samples have been tested so far,” he said in a written reply to a question. The minister said that as on September 10, a total of 15,290 COVID-19 treatment facilities with 13,14,171 dedicated isolation beds, without oxygen support, have been created. Also, a total of 2,31,269 oxygen-supported isolation beds and 62,694 ICU beds (including 32,241 ventilator beds) are available in the country, he said.
Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. “Last week, I took a COVID test after having light fever. Its report was negative. I was tested again since I was feeling unwell. The report has now come as positive,” he tweeted in Hindi. Gupta said he was already in quarantine during the last week and advised those who had come in his contact to get themselves tested.
Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 4,270 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The new cases pushed the state’s coronavirus tally to 1,62,920, he said. Eleven more patients succumbed to the infection, taking Odisha’s COVID-19 death toll to 656, the official said. The state had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 4,198 coronavirus cases on September 14, he said. As many as 2,478 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,792 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said.
The government on Wednesday said more than 30 vaccine candidates for coronavirus have been supported, and three of them are in advanced stages of trials now, while four are in the advanced pre-clinical development stage. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also told the Rajya Sabha that 13 clinical trials of repurposed drugs have been undertaken to build a portfolio of therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients. “More than 30 vaccine candidates have been supported which are in different stages of development, 3 candidates are in advanced stage of Phase I, II, III trials and more than 4 are in advanced pre-clinical development stage,” he said. Rai said a national expert group on vaccine administration for COVID-19 was constituted on August 7, under the NITI Aayog.
India successfully blunted the aggressive progression of COVID-19 by imposing a countrywide lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic, Minister of State for Health Ashiwni Choubey told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question, Choubey said it has been estimated the decision of lockdown slowed down the progress of the pandemic in India, prevented 1429 lakh cases and 3778 thousand deaths. He said, “In the beginning of the pandemic itself, by imposing countrywide lockdown, India successfully blunted the aggressive progression of COVID.” “India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 cases per million and 55 deaths per million population respectively, which is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries,” he said.
Pakistan has reported 665 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the nation to 303,089, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The Ministry of National Health Services said that four more people succumbed to the disease due to which the current toll stands at 6,393. The current COVID-19 cases stand at 303,089 while the deaths have surged to 6,393, the health ministry said in a statement. The ministry said that about 571 patients were in critical condition. However, 290,760 people have fully recovered, making it a significant number. The data showed that the number of active patients was 5,936, the ministry said. Sindh so far reported 132,591 cases, Punjab 97,946, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 37,140, Islamabad 15,984, Balochistan 13,690, Gilgit-Baltistan 3,297 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 2,441 cases. Another 29,097 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total tests so far done in the country to 3,024,987.
The landmark 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly has commenced amidst the devastating coronavirus pandemic, with the world leaders set to meet virtually for the first time in the UN’s 75-year history for the annual high-level session as they confront some of the most serious threats facing humanity. Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir assumed charge as the President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, succeeding Nigeria’s Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over 29 million people and killed more than 931,000 globally, the landmark 75th year of the UN will be marked like no other in the history of the world organisation.
At least 12 people, including four Border Security Force jawans, have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking Mizoram’s COVID-19 caseload to 1,480, an official statement said on Wednesday. According to the statement issued by state Information and Public Relations department, four cases were reported from Aizawl district, five from Serchhip district, two from Kolasib district and one case was reported from Mamit district. Two medics, who dealt with sample collection and two truck drivers, who came from Assam, were among the newly infected persons, which comprised 10 males and 2 females, it said.
Himachal Pradesh recorded eight more deaths due to coronavirus, pushing the toll to 89, while the infection count mounted to 10,336 with 419 fresh cases being reported on Tuesday. Seven men and a woman succumbed to the virus, Special Secretary, Health, Nipun Jindal said. Three fatalities were reported from Mandi, two from Una and one each from Kangra, Shimla and Solan, Jindal said.The number of active cases in the state as of now is 3,801, Jindal said. Solan has the highest number of active cases in the state at 901, followed by Kangra 627, Mandi 588, Una 394, Sirmaur 342, Shimla 324, Bilaspur 196, Chamba 134, Hamirpur 122, Kullu 110, Kinnaur 42 and Lahaul-Spiti 21, according to the data shared by the Health Department.
COVID-19 India Updates:
Total cases cross 50 lakh with an increase of 90,123 in the last 24 hours
Active cases see an increase of less than 10,000 for the second straight day
Active cases rise by 5,872 in last 24 hours
Recoveries see the biggest single-day rise of 82,962 and deaths of 1,290
Deaths increase by more than 1,000 for consecutive 15 days
Total cases at 50.20 lakh, active at 9.96 lakh, recoveries at 39.42 lakh and deaths at 82,066
Total tests in a single day back above 11 lakh; it’s 11.16 lakh vs yesterday’s 10.73 lakh
Recovery rate rises to 78.53 percent vs yesterday’s 78.28 percent
Death rate slips to 1.63 percent from yesterday’s level of 1.64 percent
Today’s Data Highlights
– India crosses 5 million cases. 4 million to 5 million in 13 days. 4 states (Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) account for 53% of total cases in India.
– New cases again over 90k after 83.8k the previous day.
– 1290 new deaths of which 515 from Maharashtra alone. 15th consecutive day of more than 1k daily deaths
– High of about 83k new recoveries. India’s recovery rate is now at 78.5%
– Over 2 lakh COVID-19 deaths in USA (21% of global deaths)
Sikkim reported two more COVID-19 fatalities, pushing the death toll in the state to 19, officials said on Tuesday. It also registered 54 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, which took the tally to 2,173, they said. A 64-year-old male and a 41 year-old female succumbed to the virus since Monday. Sikkim has 464 active cases at present, while 1,690 patients have recovered from the disease, the officials said. The state has so far tested 45,502 samples.
Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani gives permission to Serum Institute of India to resume clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the country while revoking its earlier order of suspending any new recruitment for phase two and three trial.
The Jharkhand government on Tuesday slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 to be charged by private laboratories to Rs 1,500, officials said. The state government on June 29 had capped the rate at Rs 2,400. The decision was taken in view of the fall in rates of the kits and related items required to conduct the tests, officials said. Action will be taken against any private lab that charges more than the fixed rate, as per an order issued by the government.
Odisha reported more recoveries of COVID-19 patients than new cases on Tuesday as 3,714 people were cured of the disease while 3,645 got infected with it, a health department official said. The number of recoveries in the state is now 1,25,738, which is 79.25 per cent of the total coronavirus caseload of 1,58,650. The toll due to the contagion rose to 645 with eight more people succumbing to the infection – three in Cuttack and one each in Boudh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Subarnapur during the day, he said. Total 53 COVID-19 patients in the state have died due to comorbidities, according to the official.
The COVID-19 case tally crossed the 50-lakh mark on Tuesday with the government saying that the number of recoveries in India was amongst the highest in the world and the country learnt from the experience of nations that suffered high mortalities to avoid a “huge peak” in terms of deaths. The Centre also asserted that there was absolutely “no shortage” of medical oxygen, vital in the treatment of coronavirus, at the national level, while urging states to ensure proper inventory management at hospital-level and advance planning for timely replenishment so that there is no stockout.At a press briefing, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Balram Bhargava, also said reinfection was “very, very rare” with COVID-19, but it can happen.Bhargava, however, said it was not a matter of serious concern. Asserting that India has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 recoveries, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there are 14 states and union territories (UTs) in the country where the number of active cases are less than 5,000.He said there are 18 states and UTs where the total number of active cases are between 5,000 and 50,000, while there are only four states with more than 50,000 active cases.