New Delhi: A fresh surge of 60,975 new infections registered in the last 24 hours has taken India’s coronavirus tally to 31,67,323, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. The number of fatalities linked to the outbreak rose to 58,390 after 848 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. A total of 66,550 patients recovered on Monday – the highest in a day – taking the total number of recoveries to 24,05,585. The recovery rate stood at 75.91 per cent this morning.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday directed police and administration officials to take all necessary security measures for upcoming festivals such as Ganesh Utsav, Anant Chaturdashi and Muharram, reported news agency PTI. “If anyone is found violating protocol, strict action should be taken against them,” the chief minister said, emphasising on strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol. During a video conference with senior police and administrative officials, the chief minister reviewed the security arrangements in view of the upcoming festivals.
Odisha on Tuesday reduced the maximum price for the RT-PCR (Real-time polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 tests by private laboratories to Rs 1,200 from Rs 2,200, reported news agency ANI. “The government, after careful consideration, has been pleased to refix the maximum price of RT-PCR COVID-19 test at Rs 1,200 by ICMR approved Private Laboratories for private individuals desirous of testing,” a notification from the Health and Family Welfare Department of the state said. Earlier on July 3, the government had fixed the maximum price of the RT-PCR COVID-19 test at Rs 2,200.
Coronavirus News: Two Test Positive For Coronavirus Fo Second Time In Telangana
Two persons have tested positive for coronavirus for the second time in Telangana, according to the Health Ministry on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI. These are the first two such cases in Telangana. A source in Health Ministry told ANI, “The total number of coronavirus cases stands at 1,08,670 in the state. Of these two persons have contracted the deadly virus for the second time.” “Public should follow COVID-19 guidelines and prevent themselves from getting infected,” the source added.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday held a meeting with the officers of ‘COVID-19 management Team-11’ and directed them to conduct COVID-19 testing in the state at full capacity, reported news agency ANI. Team-11 has been tasked with tackling COVID-19 in the state. He also asked the officials to keep a special vigilance in Kanpur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, and Ballia, and increase the COVID-19 testing to its maximum capacity in the areas.
“More than 85,000 rapid antigen tests and more than 45,000 RT-PCR tests must be done in Uttar Pradesh daily. Regular monitoring of integrated command and control center works should be done in all districts. The technical staff required for the treatment should be increased as required,” the chief minister said.
He also said that the ‘e-Sanjeevani’ service should be widely publicized so that more and more people can get the benefit of the online OPD service.
41 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today, taking total cases to 2,945 including 2,231 recoveries and 37 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 677: Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration
1,973 out of 34307 samples found positive for COVID-19 in Assam in the last 24 hours. With this, total number of cases rises to 94,592 including 73,090 recovered patients and 260 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 21,239: State Health Department
Punjab reports 1,293 new COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths, taking total cases to 44,577 including 29,145 discharges and 1,178 deaths: State Health Department
Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the district administration has undertaken a survey to detect senior citizens with co-morbid conditions in Pune city, adjoining Pimpri-Chinchwad town and rural parts, an official said on Tuesday.
Initial phase saw 502 such senior citizens testing positive for coronavirus out of the 538 people who were surveyed in Pune city, he said.
Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said over 500 medical teams have been formed to trace people from the vulnerable group (above 60) with co-morbid conditions (pre-existing illnesses) in Pune municipal limits.
Himachal Pradesh records 23 new positive COVID-19 cases, taking total cases to 5,154 out of which 1,324 patients are undergoing treatment. 28 patients have died due to the disease so far: State Health Department
Haryana recorded 1,148 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally to 56,608, while 10 more deaths pushed the count to 623, the health department’s daily bulletin said.
Haryana has witnessed a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases over the past fortnight, PTI reported.
Of the latest fatalities, four were reported from Kaithal, two from Faridabad, and one each from Ambala, Karnal, Panchkula and Fatehabad, the bulletin said.
The death count due to COVID-19 in Punjab rose to 1,178 on Tuesday as 49 more people died due to the disease, while the infection tally climbed to 44,577 as 1,293 fresh cases were detected in the state, according to a medical bulletin.
This is the third-highest number of deaths reported in a day in Punjab. On August 17, record 51 deaths were reported and 50 were recorded on August 23, PTI reported.
The Odisha government on Tuesday slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 to be charged by private laboratories to Rs 1,200, an official said.
The state government on July 3 had capped the rate of RT-PCR tests at private laboratories at Rs 2,200.
Karnataka on Tuesday reported a sharp spike of 8,161 new COVID-19 cases and 148 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 2,91,826 and the death count to 4,958, the Health department said.
The day also saw 6,814 patients getting discharged after recovery, taking the total number of discharges so far past the two-lakh mark.
Aurangabad collector Sunil Chavan on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 500 each on five persons including four government employees who did not wear masks while visiting his office.
Mr Chavan had issued an order earlier that any person seen in a public place without a mask should be fined Rs 500, and a mask be given to her or him, PTI reported.
Kerala’s COVID-19 count crossed the 60,000 mark on Tuesday as 2,375 fresh cases were reported, while 10 more fatalities took the count to 244, Health minister KK Shailaja said.
Of the infected, 2,141 were through contact, including 174 whose source of infection is not known.
While 61 had come from abroad, 118 were from other states, the minister said in a press release.
A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi visited Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Tuesday to review the COVID-19 treatment facility set up for critical patients.
The AIIMS team had arrived in Goa on Monday to monitor the health of Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, PTI reported.
The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district rose to 22,225 on Tuesday with addition of 1,071 cases, an official release said.
With 52 deaths, the total death count went up to 814 in the district, PTI reported.
Spain will call in the army to help identify those who have been exposed to people infected with coronavirus as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday.
The central government will make 2,000 soldiers who are trained in tracking available to the regions, which are responsible for health care, to assist in tracking cases and stem a rise in infections, he told a news conference.
Many experts have blamed a lack of virus trackers for a surge in COVID-19 infections in several Spanish regions such as Madrid and Catalonia.
Two European patients are confirmed to have been re-infected with the coronavirus, raising concerns about people’s immunity to the virus as the world struggles to tame the pandemic.
A lockdown took hold in Gaza on Tuesday after confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 in the general population of the Palestinian enclave, whose restricted borders have spared it from wide infection. Health authorities in the Hamas Islamist-run territory of two million people are concerned over the potentially disastrous combination of poverty, densely populated refugee camps and limited hospital facilities in dealing with an outbreak, Reuters reported.
Due to the increase in the number of tests in the country, the positive rate of the virus has reduced, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference he said, “The positive rate of Covid-19 has decreased due to the increase in the number of tests. In the last 24 hours, 60 thousand 975 new cases of the corona were reported in the country. 848 people died. 66 thousand 550 patients recovered.”
Divulging further Bhushan said that only less than 3 per cent of the total active cases are on oxygen support and active cases are decreasing day by day in the country.
India’s COVID-19 mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world at 1.58 per cent and active cases are only 22.2 per cent of the total cases, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference here, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the recovered cases are 3.4 times more than the active cases and recovery rate is more than 75 per cent.
Eighteen more people, including 11 personnel of various armed forces, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally to 1,994, a senior health department official said.
At least 10 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries in the northeastern state to 799, Health Services Director Aman War said.
On basis of 7-day rolling average, COVID-19 positivity rate was 11 per cent in first week of August, has come down to 8 per cent today: Health Ministry
Amid the coronavirus scare, bed coffee was served in the COVID ward of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital allegedly by keeping the kettle and cups near the body of a patient who died early Tuesday morning, prompting the College Superintendent Dr Sharmad to order a probe.
The incident came to light when some of the patients recorded a video in which authorities were seen removing the body wrapped in plastic, PTI reported.
COVID testing improved from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day at present: Health Ministry
UK-headquartered biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on Tuesday announced the start of clinical trials for an antibody drug which offers dual hope to treat and prevent COVID-19.
The drug known as AZD7442 has the potential to be given as a preventative option for people exposed to the coronavirus, and to treat and prevent disease progression in patients already infected by the deadly virus.
As many as 2,579 COVID-19 positive cases and nine deaths were reported in Telangana on August 24, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,08,670, according to the State Health Department on Tuesday.
The officials said that 1,752 people also recovered from the virus after treatment in the state, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 84,163. However, 770 others have lost their lives due to the virus.
The city-state, which saw its COVID-19 cases jump sharply after mass outbreaks in migrant worker dormitories earlier in the year, has recently seen steady declines as those dormitories have been cleared of the coronavirus.
Facing its deepest ever recession, exacerbated by a two-month virus lockdown, the Southeast Asian island nation has said it will start to tentatively reopen its borders from next month to try and stimulate its tourism and trade dependent economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still expanding, but the rise in cases and deaths has slowed globally, except for southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
In its latest epidemiological update, issued on Monday night, it said that the Americas remains the hardest-hit region, accounting for half of newly reported cases and 62% of the 39,240 deaths worldwide in the past week.
The Air India Express on Tuesday rolled out new guidelines for the passengers aged 12 years and above travelling to UAE, making it mandatory for them to submit a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test on the website prior to their flight. It has also stated that the travellers are required to take coronavirus screening test “not more than 96 hours before departure.” Read
The central government has announced Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs for travel on Vande Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights for people wanting to come to India or travel outside the country. According to the Civil Aviation Ministry’s guidelines, the cost of travel will have to be borne by the travellers. As many as 11,23,000 Indians stranded abroad have been repatriated under the Vande Bharat Mission till August 19, the Ministry of External Affairs told news agency ANI. Read
As many as 860 more people tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra’s Thane on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 1,15,625, a senior district official said.
He said 33 deaths were also reported on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities in the district to 3,301.
The civic limits of Bhiwandi, Ambernath and Badlapur did not report any death due to COVID-19 Monday, he said.
It will now be easier for people to travel to or via Karnataka as the state government has done away with a string of checks that were earlier in place for interstate travellers in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases.
The coronavirus travel restrictions have been lifted as per the Unlock-3 guidelines issued at the end of July by the central government, the Karnataka government has said.
According to a state government circular, it is no longer compulsory for travellers to register their contact details on the Seva Sindhu portal; quarantine; get a Covid test; there would be no more medical checks at the state borders, bus stations, railway stations and airports; screening at district receiving centres; passenger categorisation or hand stamping. Read
Metro rail services are likely to be allowed in the fourth phase of unlocking the country from the coronavirus-linked restrictions that is expected to be rolled out by next month, government sources said. But schools and colleges will still remain shut and restrictions will remain on crowded places like cinema halls, the sources added. The final call to resume metro services will, however, depend on the state governments. Delhi Metro is likely to start services from September 1, but with extensive restrictions, sources said.
The talk of opening the Delhi Metro gained momentum after a request from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who contended that the coronavirus situation in the national capital has improved.
“I have requested the Centre that Delhi should be treated differently,” Mr Kejriwal said yesterday at an online meet with traders, entrepreneurs and businessmen. Read
The body of a COVID-19 patient, who had gone missing from the prestigious Sunderlal Hospital at the Varanasi’s Banaras Hindu University on Sunday, was found last night near a duct of the hospital’s main building leading to protests from the man’s family, who have accused the hospital of foul play.
The man was admitted to the BHU’s trauma centre a week ago, but was shifted to the covid ward after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On Sunday, he went missing from the ward and the police was informed. The patient’s body was found on Monday night.
Angry relatives of the man raised slogans at the hospital, which also reported arson, and the police had to be called in. A close relative of the dead man has alleged that there were unexplained cuts on the body.
In a statement, the BHU administration said the patient could have been trying to escape, leading to his death. Read
A fresh surge of 60,975 new infections registered in the last 24 hours has taken India’s coronavirus tally to 31,67,323, the Union Health Ministry said this morning.
The number of fatalities linked to the outbreak rose to 58,390 after 848 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.
A total of 66,550 patients have recovered since yesterday – the highest in a day – taking the total number of recoveries to 24,05, 585. The recovery rate stood at 75.91 per cent this morning. Read
Key opposition leaders from across the country, including Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin and Aditya Thakeray today joined the growing chorus against holding the NEET medical entrance exam and JEE for admission to the IITs in September. All three leaders wrote to the central government today, urging that the exams are deferred.
“It is our duty to ensure a safe environment for all our students,” West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted this morning. Later in the day, she wrote to the Prime Minister stating that she had opposed the holding of the exams when first proposed by the Union Grant Commission (UGC) and that she still felt they should be deferred. Read
The phase 2 human clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in India, to be conducted by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), is set to begin today.
“We have got all approvals from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). We are going to start the human clinical trial process at the Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College and Hospital from August 25.
“We are sure that in line with the philosophy of our group, we are going to make available a world class COVID-19 vaccine for people of our country and make our country ‘AatmaNirbhar’,” Prakash Kumar Singh, Additional Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Serum Institute of India (SII) said.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been admitted to Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital, a day after he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. In a tweet, Mr Khattar had informed that he had tested positive for the illness.
“I was tested for Novel Corona Virus today. My test report has returned positive. I appeal to all colleagues and associates who came in my contact over the last week to get themselves tested. I request my close contacts to move into strict quarantine immediately,” he tweeted. Read
What Delhi did yesterday, America does today, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday as his government claimed that the US adopted the model of convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of critically-ill coronavirus patients, taking a cue from the “Delhi Model” of battling COVID-19.The Delhi government’s statement comes after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency authorisation for the use of blood plasma to treat coronavirus patients, saying the benefits of the treatment outweighed any potential risks.
The Delhi government was “the first to seek permission for trials” of plasma therapy in April and the first to open a plasma bank in India in July, a Delhi government statement said.
“Taking a cue from the Delhi Model of battling coronavirus, the federal government of the United States of America has also adopted the model of convalescent plasma therapy for the treatment of critically COVID-19 patients in the US. Read
Australia’s COVID-19 daily cases rise but below record levels
The Australian state at the centre of the country’s coronavirus second wave on Tuesday reported 148 new COVID-19 cases, more than the previous day but well down from peak levels, and eight deaths.
The majority of new cases reported in recent weeks were in the city of Melbourne, which is just over halfway through a six-week strict lockdown imposed by officials.
The new daily cases reported on Tuesday were up from the 116 in the state on Monday, but significantly lower than the record of more than 700 in a single day earlier this month.
Australia has recorded more than 25,000 cases nationwide, including 525 deaths.
Recovered COVID-19 patients more than 3.5 times of active cases in Assam: Health Minister
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the number of recovered COVID-19 patients in the state is more than 3.5 times the number of active patients.
A total of “2,190 patients discharged today. Gratifying that number of recovered patients in Assam is more than 3.5 times the number of active patients. Total Discharged Patients: 73,090. Active Patients: 19,274,” Mr Sarma said in a tweet.
COVID-19 Situation In Gujarat “Quite Frightening”: High Court
Observing that the COVID-19 situation in Gujarat is “quite frightening,” the state High Court in Ahmedabad has directed the Chief Secretary to constitute a committee of five senior IAS officers to prepare a report on the condition prevailing at all civil and government hospitals where coronavirus patients are being treated.
A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala said, in an order made available on Monday, that the panel will prepare a comprehensive report regarding the condition prevailing in all government/civil hospitals after minutely looking at the deficiencies, if any, so that they (shortcomings) can be “cured and taken care of”.
AIIMS Delhi doctors examine Union Minister, who tested positive for Covid, in Goa
A team of doctors from AIIMS Delhi have examined Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik, who is receiving treatment in Manipal Hospital in Goa after testing positive for COVID-19.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met the doctors at the hospital.
“Shripad Naik is stable. He will be given further medication in Goa itself. AIIMS team will re-examine him on Tuesday before leaving to Delhi. During the day I spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also our party President JP Nadda informing them about the health conditions of Naik,” Mr Sawant said.
He said that all the health parameters of Mr Naik are currently stable but the infection in the lungs has increased compared to the last time.
India has conducted nearly 3.6 crore COVID-19 tests: Centre
India’s COVID-19 tests per million rose sharply to 26,016 as cumulative tests surged to 3.59 crore, the Health Ministry said underlining that a key component in India’s COVID-19 response has been early identification of cases by timely and aggressive testing.
The number of people recuperating from COVID-19 has crossed 23 lakh pushing the recovery rate to over 75 per cent, while the case fatality rate, maintaining a steady downward trajectory, has further dropped to 1.85 per cent, it said.
“A key component in India’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been early identification of positive cases by timely and aggressive testing,” the ministry said.