Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra cases cross 1 million-mark, toll at 28,724

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Coronavirus update: With a highest single-day spike of 96,551 coronavirus cases, India's tally has surged past the 4.5-million mark to 4,562,414. With the latest addition, the country has recorded 625,667 cases in seven days alone. As many as 1,213 died on Thursday -- the most in a day -- taking India's death toll to 76,304. On Thursday, Maharashtra and Delhi recorded 23,446 and 4,308 cases, respectively. The national capital's tally has topped the 200,000 mark.

The nationwide serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that coronavirus spread in the rural parts of India infected 69.4% of the population. The findings are significant because India witnessed a migration of millions of people to urban to rural parts after the lockdown was imposed to contain the pandemic on March 24, 2020. The survey was conducted from May 11 to June 4, 2020, in 700 villages and wards.

Coronavirus vaccine update: A day after the Serum Institute of India (SII) was issued a showcause notice by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), it said it was pausing coronavirus vaccine trials in the country. The SII is manufacturing Oxford University's Covishield vaccine in collaboration with UK's AstraZeneca.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 28,313,390. While 20,326,137 have recovered, 913,090 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 6,585,692 cases. It is followed by India, which has 4,592,533 cases, Brazil (4,239,763) and Russia (1,046,370).

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NII's potential Covid-19 vaccine shows encouraging results in immunogenicity study on mice

An immunogenicity study conducted on mice for the coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by the National Institute of Immunology has shown encouraging results, NII director Amulya Panda said on Friday.
 
The NII, an institute under the Department of Biotechnology, has started the process of developing protein-based vaccine candidates against the coronavirus.
 
"The preliminary results of the immunogenicity study trials done on mice have shown positive results. We found it to be highly immunogenic, neutralising and it produced antibodies," Panda said.
 
The NII's vaccine candidate is one of the many being developed indigenously.
 
The immunogenicity study trial on mice was conducted in July.
 
Panda said more tests need to be done on mice on a larger scale now and it is expected to start next week.
 
"We are also working to see how good it is at neutralising (the coronavirus) in humans," he said.
 
"Further, we plan to do it (test) in monkeys to get more solid data," he said, adding that clearances have to be taken to conduct such tests on primates.
 
In the past, the NII had developed a vaccine against leprosy which is already in the market. It is also working on a cancer vaccine which is in phase 3 trial.
 
Panda said the aim is to make a cheaper vaccine which can be made available to the masses.
 
Two other indigenous vaccine candidates -- Zydus Cadila and Bharat Biotech -- have finished phase 1 of human trials and have moved to phase 2.
 
The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday announced that it has paused clinical trials of AstraZeneca Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country Earlier this week, pharma giant AstraZeneca had said it had paused the trials because of 'an unexplained illness' in a participant in the study.
 

2,172 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 44 deaths

The tally of Covid-19 cases in the financial capital of the county increased to 165,287 with 2,172 new cases being reported on Friday, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
 
The death toll in the city reached 8,064 with 44 new fatalities, it said.
 
Recovered cases rose to 129,244 with 1,132 patients being discharged from hospitals, the civic body said.
 
Mumbai's recovery rate is 78 per cent, it said.
 
The number of active Covid-19 patients in the city increased to 27,626 from 26,632 on Thursday.
 
It has carried out 887,000 Covid-19 tests so far, the corporation informed.
 
The average growth rate of Covid-19 cases in the city has increased to 1.20 per cent, while the average doubling rate of cases has fallen to 58 days.

Goa Covid-19 count reaches 23,445, death toll 276

The Covid-19 caseload in Goa increased by 555 on Friday to reach 23,445, while eight deaths took the toll to 276, an official said. A total of 473 people were discharged, taking the total number of such cases to 18,065, he added.
 
He said 2,354 samples were tested during the day, of which 555 were positive, 1,295 negative and reports of 504 are awaited.
 
Goa's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 23,445, new cases 555, deaths 276, discharged 18,065, active cases 5,104, samples tested till date 2,21,433.

Maharashtra's coronavirus cases cross 1 million-mark

Haryana reports 2,388 new Covid-19 cases, recovery rate at 77.58%

Haryana reported 2,388 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the state's tally to 88,332, while 25 more fatalities pushed the toll to 932, according to the health department's daily bulletin.
 
On Thursday, the state had reported its biggest single-day spike of 2,591 cases.
 
Currently, there are 18,875 active Covid-19 cases in Haryana, while 68,525 people have been discharged after recovery.
 
As of Friday, the state's recovery rate stands at 77.58 per cent, case fatality rate at 1.06 per cent, while the doubling rate of infections is 29 days.

Punjab reports 2,526 new Covid-19 cases, toll at 2,212

Record 2,240 new coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh, 30 deaths

Madhya Pradesh on Friday witnessed its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases at 2,240, pushing the case count in the state to 83,619, a health official said. With thirty patients dying during the day, the death toll in the state reached 1,691, the official said.
 
Six deaths were recorded in Indore, five in Gwalior, four in Bhopal, two each in Jabalpur, Sagar, Vidisha, Shahdol and Harda and one death each in Shivpuri, Ratlam, Dhar, Damoh and Narsinghpur.
 
At least 1,651 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, raising the count of recoveries in the state to 62,936.
 
With 326 fresh cases, Indore district reported the highest daily spike in the state, followed by Bhopal at 235, Gwalior at 188 and Jabalpur at 170.

Uttarakhand records 995 fresh Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 29,221

Uttarakhand's Covid-19 tally climbed to 29,221 on Friday with 995 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 388 as 11 more patients succumbed to the disease, a state health department bulletin said.
 
Of the eleven deaths, six were reported from AIIMS, Rishikesh, three from Mahant Indresh Hospital, Dehradun and two from Sushila Tiwari Government Hospital, Haldwani, it said.
 

Highest one-day spike of 1,344 coronavirus cases in Gujarat

Gujarat registered its highest single-day spike of 1,344 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, said a release by the state health department on Friday evening. It took the case tally in the state to 1,10,971, the release said.
 
16 Covid-19 patients died in the state during this period, taking the death toll to 3,183, it added.
 
1,240 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 91,470.

Karnataka reports 9,464 new Covid-19 cases, 130 deaths

Chandigarh reports 3 more Covid-19 deaths, 305 new cases

Chandigarh reported three more Covid-19 fatalities on Friday, taking their number to 83, while 305 new cases pushed the infection tally in the Union territory to 7,292.

An 83-year-old woman was among the fresh fatalities recorded on the day, a medical bulletin issued here said. She died of the infection at a hospital in Mohali.

The new cases include a one-and-a-half-year-old child.

UP CM asks officials to chalk out strategy to check Covid-19 in Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday directed senior state government officials to hold a meeting with the authorities in Lucknow to chalk out an effective strategy to check the spread of Covid-19 in the city.
 
He also asked officials to increase the bed capacity in Covid hospitals in Kanpur Nagar, besides making use of the command and control centre in Allahabad for surveillance work.

Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi managed by Centre, not AAP: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said the Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi could be managed only after the Centre's intervention and the Aam Aadmi Party was projecting as if it was people's saviour.
 
Referring to the AAP's anti-Covid-19 campaign, the chief minister said Goa does not need to follow any model to deal with the viral outbreak.
 
"Some people are pretending that they are the saviours of Covid-19 patients in Goa. They are talking about Delhi model. But they should understand that it was the Union government that provided the facilities in Delhi to manage the outbreak," he said referring to AAP.

Noida: 204 new Covid-19 cases push tally to 9,808

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded 204 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, pushing the district's infection tally to 9,808, official data showed.
 
The number of active cases jumped to 1,909 from 1,820 on Thursday, showing a steady rise over the week, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period. There were 1,696 active cases on Wednesday, 1,599 on Tuesday, 1,520 on Monday and 1,429 on Sunday, data from corresponding days showed.
 
On the brighter side, 114 more patients got discharged since Thursday, as the total number of recoveries in the district reached 7,851, the data stated.

Delhi reports 4,266 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

Kerala reports 2,988 fresh Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 100,000

Andra Pradesh reports 9,999 Covid cases, toll at 4,779

Andhra Pradesh on Friday broke the 10,000 cases streak thats been running for the past couple of weeks, showing a fresh addition of 9,999 Covid-19 cases in a day that saw more than 11,000 patients recovering from the infection.
 
The latest bulletin said 77 more Covid-19 patients succumbed in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Friday.
 
For the past few days, more number of Rapid Antigen Tests were being done rather than the RT-PCR tests,but the positives were turning out more or less in equal numbers.
 
The bulletin showed 5,47,686 total Covid-19 cases reported in the state so far, 4,46,716 recoveries and 4,779 deaths.

Jammu and Kashmir: 1,578 new coronavirus cases, tally crosses 50,000

Manipur sees marginal drop in daily Covid cases; tally at 7,579

England launches Covid-19 app to boost contact tracing

Britain said it will launch a new Covid-19 app across England and Wales later this month which will allow people to use QR codes when they enter venues, boosting the country's contact tracing to help keep the spread of the virus in check.
 
With cases rising, Health Minister Matt Hancock said the new app would help NHS (National Health Service) Test and Trace, the scheme used in England to contact those who have been in contact with a Covid-infected person, to reach more people.
 
"The launch of the app later this month across England and Wales is a defining moment and will aid our ability to contain the virus at a critical time," he said in a statement on Friday.

After nearly two months, over 30 new Covid-19 cases in Dharavi

After a gap of 55 days, the slum-dominated Dharavi area of Mumbai registered a spike of more than 30 coronavirus cases on Friday, a senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
 
With 33 new cases, the case tally in the area increased to 2,883, while the number of active cases went up to 124 from 102 cases on September 10, he said.
 
On July 19, Dharavi, considered to be Asia's largest slum, had recorded 36 new cases. The daily increase in the cases then fell and remained in the range of 1-20.

Odisha's Women and Child Development Minister tests positive for Covid-19

Odisha Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti Minister Tukuni Sahu has tested positive for Covid-19.
 
"I have tested Covid positive. Now I am in home isolation and stable. Those who have come in contact with me in the last few days are requested to get themselves tested if required," the minister said in a tweet on Friday.

Govt to document data on post-Covid complications; telephonic survey of recovered patients likely

The Union Health Ministry has initiated an exercise to document data on post-Covid-19 complications as part of which the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is likely to carry out a telephonic survey among recovered patients in the country using existing database.
 
The ministry has drafted a format for gathering the information on post-Covid-19 complications faced by patients from across states and union territories, sources said.
 
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is concurrently working on developing a registry of post-Covid-19 sequelae to capture data on the same.

MoS for Railways, Suresh Angadi, tests positive for Covid-19

Another UP minister tests positive for coronavirus

Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Jails, Jai Kumar Singh Jaiki, on Friday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. "After detecting primary symptoms of corona, I had got my test done on September 9, which has come positive. As per medical advice, I have isolated myself at home," Singh tweeted on Friday.
 
In another tweet, he requested all those who had come in his contact in the past one week to get themselves tested.

Assam govt to provide Rs 5,000 for cremation of Covid-19 patient

Keeping in view the difficulties faced by people regarding cremation of Covid-19 patients in the state, Assam government has decided to provide till Rs 5,000 from National Health Mission for the families who are unable to bear the cost.
 
"In view of difficulties regarding cremation of Covid positive patients, it's decided that expenditure up to Rs 5,000 will be allowed in case of death of COVID patients, towards cremation expenses, if relatives don't receive body or can't bear cremation expenses," the government stated in an order on Thursday.

UP's Covid-19 tally nears 300,000 with 7,016 fresh cases

The Covid-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 4,282 on Friday with 76 more fatalities, while 7,016 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the state to over 2.99 lakh, officials said.
 
The total number of Covid-19 cases have risen to 2,99,045 while 7,016 fresh cases reported in past 24 hours, he told reporters.
 
The highest single day spike so far was registered on Thursday, when the state registered 7,042 cases. The officer said the positivity rate stands at 4.14 per cent which is half of the national average of 8.44 per cent.

Tripura: 559 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 17,833

At least 559 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Friday, pushing the tally in the state to 17,833, a health official said. The death toll rose to 172 after five more patients succumbed to the infection, he said.
 
West Tripura district, under which Agartala falls, has accounted for 91 of the 172 Covid-19 deaths.
 
The state now has 7,384 active coronavirus cases, while 10,255 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-two patients have migrated to other states, the official said. A total of 3,18,584 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Tripura so far, he added.

Delhi govt directs mohalla clinics to begin Covid-19 tests

 
Mohalla clinics in the city have been instructed to start COVID-19 testing with immediate effect as part of the Delhi government's strategy to ramp up testing amid a surge in coronavirus cases here.
 
According to an order issued on September 10 by Dr Shalley Kamra, state nodal officer of the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic (AAMC), tests will happen on all working days between 2 pm and 5 pm.
 
There are nearly 450 mohalla clinics in the national capital.

Covid-19: Pune records highest single-day spike of 4,935 cases

With the highest single-day spike of 4,935 cases reported on Friday, the total number of coronavirus cases reached 2,11,225 in Pune, according to the District Health Department.
 
The death toll stands at 4,881 after reporting 87 new fatalities. There are 10,799 active cases in the hospital and 2,380 are under home isolation, as per the data provided by the department.
 
The district has conducted 84,985 tests per million so far.

Goa: Patients in home isolation to get Covid-19 essentials free

In the first of its kind initiative in the country, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said that asymptomatic patients in home isolation in the state will be provided with a special Covid-19 essentials pouch free of cost.
 
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Rane said the pouch would contain an oxymeter, digital thermometer, other diagnostic equipment, N-95 masks, triple layered masks and medication.
 
"This is the first time that any state has provided free comprehensive Covid-19 kit to the patients in home isolation," Rane said adding that the amount of money being spent on each Covid-19 patient in Goa is among the highest in the country.

189 more Maharashtra Police personnel test positive for Covid-19

A total of 189 more Maharashtra police personnel tested positive for Covid-19, while one died, in the last 24 hours. "The total number of positive cases in the police force has risen to 18,405 including 3,612 active cases, 14,608 recoveries and 185 deaths till date," Maharashtra Police said.
 
Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country by the infection. The State has so far reported 2,53,100 active cases, 6,86,462 cured and discharged patients and 27,787 deaths.
 
With 96,551 new cases and 1,209 deaths reported in the last 24 hours India's Covid-19 count crossed the 45-lakh mark on Friday.

74% of active Covid-19 cases in India from nine-worst affected states

48.8% of the total cases in

Maharashtra
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh

Rest 25.1% of the active cases are in
 
Uttar Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Telangana
Odisha
Assam
Chhatisgarh 

39 new Covid-19 cases in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Thirty-nine more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the tally in the union territory to 3,465, an official said on Friday.
 
Of the 39 new cases, 35 were detected during contact tracing while four were airport arrivals, he said.
 
All passengers coming from the mainland have to mandatorily undergo rapid antigen test for Covid-19 at the airport here on arrival, the official said.

Micro management of Covid-19 in Srinagar reaps benefits for admin

The micro-management of areas with Covid-19 patients has proved beneficial for the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir as the number of containment zones has come down to 32 from 93 in the last 10 days even as the administration has pro-actively carried out coronavirus tests in the affected places, said a senior official.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar district Shahid Choudhary, who has been seen working round the lock to ensure availability of healthcare to the people of the district, said asymptomatic cases are among the biggest challenges faced by the administration.
 
"There have been many challenges. Especially, many asymptomatic patients do not realise the seriousness of coronavirus, taking the risk of acting as carriers," said the 39-year-old 2009-batch IAS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre.

Covid-19 recoveries in India surge to 35,42,663

Sixty per cent of the daily new Covid-19 recoveries in India are coming from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, which alsoaccount for57 per cent of the new cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.
 
Total Covid-19 recoveries in the country have surged to35,42,663 as on date with a total70,880 recoveries being registered in a span of 24 hours of which Maharashtra alone contributed to more than 14,000 and Andhra Pradesh more than 10,000.
 
Of the total 96,551new cases being reported in a span 24 hours, Maharashtra alone has more than 23,000 infections and Andhra Pradesh more than 10,000, the ministry said.

Russia records 5,504 Covid-19 cases in past 24 Hours

Russia has registered 5,504 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours (5,363 yesterday), which brings the cumulative total to 1,051,874, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Friday.
 
"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,504 Covid-19 cases in 85 regions, of which 1,240 (22.5 per cent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response centre said in a statement, adding that the total count has reached 1,051,874.

Punjab: Covid-19 testing being conducted in rural Ludhiana

Covid-19 to cast its shadow over U'khand assembly session

The rising curve of Covid-19 is all set to cast its shadow over the forthcoming monsoonsession of the Uttarakhand Assembly slated to begin on September 23 with several MLAs testing positive for the virus.
 
Coronavirus cases have seen an unprecedented rise in Uttarakhand of late with more than 1,000 new cases being reported over the last two days in a row.
 
Several MLAs and ministers have also contracted the infection while two legislators of the ruling BJP have demanded imposition of a lockdown in the state to contain the fast spreading pandemic.
 
The latest to be infected is BJP MLA from Khanpur, Pranav Singh Champion, who is under isolation at his Mohini Road residence since Thursday after testing positive for Covid-19, official sources said.

Covid-19: SC directs States to fix reasonable price for ambulance services

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed its concern over the way ambulance providers charge an excessive amount of money to provide service to Covid-19 patients and directed the States to fix a reasonable price for ambulance services.
 
A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, was hearing a petition seeking appropriate order and or directions to increase ambulance services to ensure proper service to Covid positive patient cases in the country.

Pakistan's confirmed Covid-19 cases top 300,000

Pakistan recorded 548 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the overall count to 300,371, according to the data updated by the country's Health Ministry on Friday morning.
 
The country also recorded five fatalities over the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide death toll to 6,370.
 
According to the statistics, the country's southern Sindh province is the most affected region with 131,404 cases followed by eastern Punjab province with 97,533 cases.

Record 504 cases in Puducherry, toll rises to 365

Puducherry continued to witness a surge in Covid-19 infections as 12 more people died of the virus and 504 cases were added anew on Friday, taking the overall tally to 19,026.
 
A release from Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said 12 people succumbed to infection during last 24 hours ending 10 am on Friday, taking the toll to 365. The Director said 504 fresh cases were recorded at the end of examination of 2,823 samples.

Karnataka: Covid-19 testing being conducted in rural Kalaburagi

New Covid-19 drug gets DCGI's nod for human trial

Amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, PNB Vesper Life Science Private Limited on Friday received approval from the Drug Controller General of India to conduct the clinical trial of their drug on Covid-19 patients.
 
The Indian Pharma Research company claimed that if their propriety drug PNB-001 -- Baladol -- works successfully in Covid-19 patients, it would be the "first new chemical entity in the world for treatment of the disease".
 

Odisha reports 3,996 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

Odisha has reported 3,996 new Covid-19 cases, taking the State's coronavirus tally to 1,43,117, the State Health Department said. Eleven more fatalities yesterday has pushed the death toll to 602.
 
The State also reported the recovery of 1,08,001 patients.
 
Moreover, out of the total, there are 34,458 active cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Gujarat: 24 doctors, 38 trainee cops test Covid-19 positive

Twenty-four doctors working in hospitals run by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have tested coronavirus positive in the last three days,officials said on Friday.

These doctors belong to four AMC-run hospitals in the city - V S Hospital, SVP Hospital, L G Hospital and Shardaben Hospital, he said.
 
At Karai near Gandhinagar, 38 trainee policemen were also found infected.

Mizoram's Covid-19 tally rises to 1,353

At least 20 people, including two infants, have tested positive for coronavirus in Mizoram, taking the state's Covid-19 caseload to 1,353, an official said on Friday.
 
Sixteen cases were reported from Aizawl district, three from Kolasib district and one from Lunglei district in the last 24-hours, the official said.
 
Of the 20 cases, 10 are locally transmitted while contact histories of six people are yet to be ascertained, the official said.
 
There are 603 active cases in the state while 750 people have already recovered from the virus.

Another Kerala minister tests positive for Covid-19

Kerala Industries Minister E P Jayarajan has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the second member of the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet to be infected by the virus. Jayarajan and his wife, who has also contracted the disease, have been shifted to the Pariyaram Medical college hospital in Kannur, government sources said.
 
Earlier, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac had tested positive for the pathogen.

Assam relaxes quarantine norms for those who return within 4 days

In view of the issue of guidelines for phased re-opening by Centre, the Assam Govt has decided that a person, who travels to any location outside state & returns to state within 96 hours of departure, will not be required to undergo quarantine of 10 days: Govt of Assam
 

Himachal Pradesh records 22 new Covid-19 cases, tally up at 8,512

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Thane reports 1,856 cases, 34 deaths

With the addition of 1,856 cases, the Covid-19 tally in Thane district of Maharashtra reached 1,40,249, an official said on Friday.
 
These cases were added on Thursday, he said.
 
The death toll in the district rose to 3,842 as 32 patients, nine of them in Kalyan, succumbed to the infection on Thursday, the official said.
 
In the last 10 days, the numberof positive patients in the district has gone up from 1,25,352 to 1,40,249.
 
The district's recovery rate is now 85.54 per cent and the mortality rate 2.74 per cent. Read on...

Pakistan coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases cross 300,000-mark

Pakistan's coronavirus tally crossed the 300,000-mark with the detection of 548 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday.
 
Five more people died overnight due to coronavirus-related complications, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 6,370, it said.
 
 
The 548 new cases pushed the nationwide coronavirus tally to 300,371, the ministry said.
 
However, 288,206 patients have already recovered, it said, adding that the total number of active patients now stands at 5,795, including 535 in critical condition. Read on...

Himachal Pradesh coronavirus update: Total cases rise to 8,512

Himachal Pradesh records 22 new Covid-19 positive cases today, taking the total cases in the state to 8,512 including 2,706 active cases, 5,726 recoveries and 66 deaths: State Health Department

UP govt reduces cost of COVID-19 test to Rs 1,600

With the price of RTPCR test kits and reagents used for coronavirus testing coming down, the Uttar Pradesh government has reduced the charge for conducting COVID-19 test to Rs 1,600 from Rs 2,500 by all labs including those privately owned.
 
"The prices of RTPCR test kits and reagents used for COVID tests have come down. Hence, the April order on pricing of the test has been amended. The maximum price of test will now be Rs 1,600," said Additional Chief Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad in an order issued on Thursday evening.
 
The order was implemented with immediate effect, the state's Health department said.

Coronavirus update: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

South Korea's daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country.
 
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the national tally to 21,919, with 350 deaths.
 
South Korea's daily caseload was above 400 in late August, with clusters of new infections in churches, schools, restaurants and other spots, mostly in the Seoul metropolitan area. The outbreak has gradually slowed after authorities imposed stronger social distancing rules.

We may probably allow Phase III work for the vaccine in Russia next week, says Turkey health minister

 Turkey’s health minister Fahrettin Koca said that the nation’s health ministry will decide next week whether to conduct the Phase III testing of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. “Our vaccine science team will have made its evaluation on the issue in the coming days. We may probably allow Phase III work for the vaccine in Russia next week,” he said while speaking to Reuters.
 

Coronavirus India update: Odisha reported 3,996 new Covid-19 cases, 2706 recoveries and 11 deaths

Odisha reported 3,996 new Covid-19 cases, 2706 recoveries and 11 deaths on September 10, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,43,117 including 1,08,001 recoveries, 34,458 active cases and 602 deaths: State Health Department

Coronavirus in India: A comparison of active cases with total cases


Coronavirus total cases: A LOOK AT KEY GLOBAL NUMBERS TODAY AND WHERE INDIA STANDS among 10 most affected countries


Coronavirus active cases: A LOOK AT KEY GLOBAL NUMBERS TODAY AND WHERE INDIA STANDS among 10 most affected countries


Rajasthan records 700+ new coronavirus cases

Rajasthan detects 740 new Covid-19 positive cases and seven deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 98,116 including 1,199 deaths, 80,490 recoveries and 16,427 active cases: State Health Department

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (990795)
Andhra Pradesh (537687)
Tamil Nadu (486052)
Karnataka (430947)
Uttar Pradesh (292029)

India staring at another health disaster amid a raging battle with Covid-19

As India’s surging coronavirus caseload becomes an increasing worry for the globe, another health disaster is silently unfolding.
 
The world’s strictest lockdown crippled both routine and critical health services. More than a million children have missed crucial immunizations and hospital births have shown a sharp decline, indicating many women may have gone through unsafe childbirth at home. Outpatient critical care for cancer plunged 80% from February levels, the latest government data show. Read on...

UK coronavirus cases increase by nearly 3,000 a day

The daily number of coronavirus cases in the UK had increased by nearly 3,000, with another 2,919 new infections recorded, according to the official figures.
 
Thursday's figure marked an increase of 260 over Wednesday's figure, when 2,659 new infections were officially confirmed, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
The number of Britons who contracted Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak now stands at 358,138, according to latest data released by the government.

Muzaffarnagar coronavirus update: 123 more test Covid-19 positive

As many as 123 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, taking the district's total number of active cases to 1,026, officials said on Thursday.
 
The fresh cases include 18 inmates of the district jail, two policemen, they said.
 
According to Muzaffarnagar DM Selvakumari J, the authorities received 260 sample results, of which 123 were coronavirus positive.

With 1,152 new coronavirus cases, Jharkhand's tally reaches 58,079

Jharkhand reported 1,152 new COVID-19 cases, 1,244 recoveries and two deaths on Thursday, according to the State Health Department.
 
The total number of cases stands at 58,079 including 42,115 recoveries, 517 deaths and 15,447 active cases, the State Health Department informed.

France sees highest daily coronavirus infections with nearly 10,000 cases

French heath authorities said almost 10,000 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in one day, making a record since the epidemic outbreak.
 
In the past 24 hours, 9,843 new cases were confirmed, bringing the country's total number of Covid-19 cases to 353,944, data released by the country's Health Ministry showed on Thursday, Xinhua reported.
 
As of Thursday, the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients rose by 352 to 5,096, of whom 615 needed intensive care, up by 54 from Wednesday. The country also registered 19 additional coronavirus-related fatalities in a 24-hour period, bringing the death toll to 30,813.

Bengaluru airport records 92 per cent growth in cargo handling during April-August

Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru recorded 92 per cent growth in cargo Air Traffic Movements between April and August 2020.
 
Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), said, “Bengaluru airport has processed 99,154 MT of cargo and recorded a 92% growth in cargo Air Traffic Movements between April and August 2020.”
 
According to BIAL, along with shipments of perishables, pharma supplies and COVID-19-related equipment, Kempegowda International Airport also facilitated a live human organ shipment during this period.

Teflon-coated: Why Modi remains popular despite many crises staring India

India’s Covid-19 cases continue to climb, even as the economy tanks. China is pressing forward on the two countries’ disputed Himalayan border, where dozens of Indian soldiers have been killed. Tax revenues have plummeted, state governments are unhappy and 21 million of India’s rare salaried jobs vanished in the last few months. And yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who recently posted pictures of himself feeding peacocks in his serene garden — remains as popular as ever. Click here to read more

India had nearly 6.4 mn Covid infections by early May: National serosurvey

The much-awaited findings of the first national serosurvey conducted by the ICMR, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, indicated that 0.73 per cent adults in India were exposed to SARS-CoV-2, amounting to a total of 6.4 million infections by early May.
 
The survey was conducted from May 11 to June 4 and covered 28,000 individuals whose blood samples were tested for IgG antibodies using COVID Kavach ELISA kit.
 
Also, seropositivity was the highest in the age group of 18-45 years (43.3 per cent), followed by those between 46-60 years (39.5 per cent) and it was the lowest among those aged above 60 (17.2 per cent).

India staring at another health disaster amid a raging battle with Covid-19

As India’s surging coronavirus caseload becomes an increasing worry for the globe, another health disaster is silently unfolding.
 
The world’s strictest lockdown crippled both routine and critical health services. More than a million children have missed crucial immunizations and hospital births have shown a sharp decline, indicating many women may have gone through unsafe childbirth at home. Outpatient critical care for cancer plunged 80% from February levels, the latest government data show. Read on...

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus update: UP records single-day spike of 7,042 corona cases

Uttar Pradesh has recorded the highest single-day spike of 7,042 coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 2,92,029.
 
Lucknow alone recorded 917 cases on Thursday.
 
The number of deaths on Thursday was 94 pushing the death toll in the state to 4,206, according to an official bulletin.
 
Fatalities reported in the state include 11 Covid-19 deaths in Lucknow, eight in Kanpur city, six in Gorakhpur, five each in Meerut and Pilibhit, four each from Prayagraj, Varanasi, Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar.

Congress raises concern regarding insufficient Covid-19 facilities in Uttarakhand

With Covid-19 cases rising rapidly in 13 districts in the State, including Dehradun, it is a cause of concern that many hospitals are full and unable to admit more patients, Uttarkhand Congress Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana said.The Congress leader raised these concerns at a meeting with State Health Secretary Amit Negi.

Mexico's Covid-19 death toll rises to 69,649

The number of people, who have died of Covid-19 in Mexico, has risen by 554 to 69,649 within the past 24 hours, Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at the Health Ministry, said.He also said on late Thursday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 4,857 to 652,364 within the same period of time.

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 943,480 (Net addition: 24,462)
Deaths: 76,271 (Net addition: 1,209)
Cured: 3,542,663 (Net addition: 70,880)
Total cases: 4,562,414 (Net addition: 96,551)

Goa records 639 Covid-19 cases; tally reaches 22,890

As many as 639 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while six persons died of the infection in Goa on Thursday, a health official said. With the addition of the latest cases, the tally in the coastal state has risen to 22,890, the official said.
 
At least 436 persons were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recoveries to 17,592, he said.

Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is operational from today; Visuals from Hauz Khas

Goa records 639 Covid-19 cases; tally reaches 22,890

As many as 639 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while six persons died of the infection in Goa on Thursday, a health official said. With the addition of the latest cases, the tally in the coastal state has risen to 22,890, the official said.
 
At least 436 persons were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recoveries to 17,592, he said.

Covid-19: India's fiscal response to tackle the economic crisis wanting

India’s policy response to tackle the economic crisis has been the weakest among a group of 20 major countries in the world, a recent analysis by India Ratings reveals.
 
A Business Standard calculation shows that these 20 countries make for more than 60 per cent of the world’s population and account for nearly 75 per cent of the global coronavirus cases, with India leading globally in terms of daily new Covid-19 cases. Read more

Covid-19: Indian sites await DCGI nod to restart Oxford vaccine trial

Even as late-stage trials for the UK arm of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been suspended after a study participant suffered a ‘potentially unexplained illness’, India will wait until the country’s drug regulator gives the go-ahead to restart the trials, observed investigators here.
 
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) V G Somani will take a call after he receives data from the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) in the UK as well as India. Read more

Singapore Airlines plans to cut 4,300 jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic

Singapore Airlines Group said Thursday it will eliminate 4,300 jobs due to the “long road to recovery" for the global aviation industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The group said in a statement it will cut the positions across Singapore Airlines, regional arm SilkAir and budget unit Scoot.
 
After taking into account a recruitment freeze, natural attrition and the take up of voluntary departure schemes, it said the actual number of laid off staff will be only about 2,400 in Singapore and overseas. Read on...

Demand for oxygen rises in Uttarakhand with increase in COVID-19 patients

Due to regular increase in the number of coronavirus patients in Uttarakhand, the demand for oxygen in COVID-19 dedicated hospitals has also increased across the State.
 
At the beginning of July 2020, there was a demand for 2,000 cubic metres of oxygen in hospitals of the state every day, which has now reached 6,000 cubic meters.
 
State Health Secretary Amit Negi said that as there has been an increase in the number of patients, the oxygen demand has also increased. All the hospitals have been asked to increase the capacity so that there is no problem in the supply of oxygen.

How India is gearing up its cold chain for coronavirus vaccine distribution

As we inch closer to getting a vaccine for Covid-19, what’s daunting is putting together an efficient cold chain.
 
From having community cold-chain networks to combining agricultural and medical cold chains wherever possible — many such ideas are abroad.
 
 
A few hundred vaccine candidates are being developed globally, using different technology platforms.
 
Some frontrunners are in advanced stages of trial and can hit the market early next year.
 
India, with 1.3 billion people, is the world’s largest vaccine maker. Read on....

MGNREGS funds fast drying up as demand surges amid Covid-19 pandemic

Funds allocated for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme (MGNREGS) are fast drying up even as the project continues to attract a sizeable chunk of the rural workforce.
 
Almost 63 per cent of the increased allocation of around Rs 1.01 trillion has been spent in the first five months of 2020-21.
 
With more than six months to go for the fiscal year to close, experts said if 100 days’ of employment per year, as mandated by law, was to be provided, this expanded allocation too might be insufficient and exhausted by December or January. Read on...

Israel coronavirus update: Daily Covid cases, deaths both hit record highs

The number of Covid-19 cases in Israel surged to 145,526 on Thursday, with 4,429 new infections, Israel's Ministry of Health said.
 
This is the highest daily rise since the outbreak of the pandemic in Israel in late February, breaking the previous record of 3,590 cases registered on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
 
The daily fatalities from the coronavirus also set a new record with 23 new deaths, which raised the death toll in Israel to 1,077.
 
The number of recoveries reached 109,942, with 1,588 new recoveries, while active cases currently stand at 34,505.

Indore coronavirus update: With 326 Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 16,090

Indore reported 326 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total number of cases to 16,090, said the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in a bulletin.
 
As per the bulletin, with six new deaths reported, the death toll rose to 444 in Indore.

Assam coronavirus update: State reports 2,739 new Covid-19 cases

Assam reported 2,739 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, out of 35,369 tests done in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases to 1,35,805, said Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
 
The number of recovered cases stands at 1,03,504, active cases at 31,884 while the death toll has reached 414.

Health ministry issues revised SOP for conducting exams during Covid-19

The Union health ministry on Thursday issued a revised SOP for conducting examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, removing the provision that allowed symptomatic candidates who insist on taking an exam to do so in isolation.
 
According to the revised document, in regular course, a symptomatic candidate should be referred to the nearest health centre and given an opportunity to undertake the examination through other means, or the university or educational institution shall arrange for taking the exam at a later date when the student is declared physically fit. Read on...

Bengaluru coronavirus fallout: Platform ticket rates hiked by 5 times

The South Western Railway Thursday announced a hike in the price of platform ticket from Rs 10 to Rs 50 with immediate effect, in the wake of seven more pairs of trains beginning services from September 12 in the Bengaluru Division.
 
"In order to avoid crowds in view of Covid-19 pandemic, the price of platform tickets at these stations will be increased from Rs.10 to Rs.50 temporarily until further advice," a statement read.

Telangana coronavirus update: Fleecing private hospitals come under task force lens

The Telangana government has constituted a task force of IAS officers to oversee the working of private hospitals in treatment of Covid-19 patients. The decision to form the task force was taken following complaints against private hospitals for not adhering to the maximum rates specified by the government.
 
The task force comprises Rahul Bojja, Sarfaraz Ahmad and D Divya, all IAS officers, according to a Government Order (GO) dated September 9. The GO recalled that the government had issued orders specifying the maximum rates chargeable by private hospitals for various services provided by them for the treatment of Covid-19.

Andhra Pradesh Coronavirus Live Updates

The number of deaths due to coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh have been showing a declining trend over the past few days though the positive cases were increasing by over 10,000 daily, government data revealed. The Covid-19 tally increased to 537,000 in AP with the addition of 10,175 cases in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, the latest bulletin said.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Mizoram will face shortage of Covid-19 hospitals if cases surge: Official

Mizoram will face shortage of Covid-19 hospitals if the number of cases keeps increasing, an official said on Thursday.
 
He said during an emergency meeting of top officials held during the day, it was pointed out that such hospitals can at present accommodate only 1,737 coronavirus patients.
 
Mizoram on Thursday reported 141 fresh cases, taking the state's tally to 1,333. Read on...

Coronavirus world update: Brazil records 40,557 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to over 4.23 million

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil has increased by 40,557 to 4,238,446 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said late on Thursday.
 
The death toll has risen by 983 to 129,522 people within the same period.
 
A day earlier, Brazil reported 35,816 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,075 new fatalities.
 
Brazil comes third in terms of coronavirus cases after the United States and India, which have recorded more than 6.39 million and 4.5.5 million COVID-19 patients, respectively.

Nearly 20% Andhra residents have developed antibodies to Covid: Sero survey

The result of a serosurvey in Andhra Pradesh has shown that 19.7 per cent of people have developed antibodies to COVID-19. It also revealed that a high percentage of people who had contracted the coronavirus were asymptomatic, said the State government.
 
A month after the efforts to conduct the sero surveillance began in Andhra Pradesh as instructed by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the result of the survey across all the 13 districts are out.
 
With nine more districts being surveyed, the overall districts' results revealed 19.7 per cent had antibodies to the virus.

Oil prices add to losses as supplies swell amid weak demand

 Oil prices extended declines on Friday, under pressure from a surprise rise in U.S. stockpiles and ongoing weak demand from the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Brent crude was down 8 cents, or 0.2%, at $39.98 a barrel by 0110 GMT, after falling nearly 2% on Thursday, while U.S. crude was off by 2 cents at $37.28 a barrel, having fallen 2% in the previous session.
 
Both major benchmarks were headed for a second week of declines.

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