Coronavirus LIVE: 10,794 new Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh in a day

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Corona update: With a record jump of 90,600 cases in the last 24 hours, the caseload from coronavirus reached 4,160,493 on Sunday. The death toll from the infection climbed to 71,120. India is now the country with the highest number of daily cases ahead of both US and Brazil. 

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by the deadly pandemic with over 19,000 new cases. Meanwhile, Russia is in close dialogue with the Indian government and the leading drug manufacturers of India regarding the localisation of production of the Sputnik V vaccine in India.

World coronavirus update: The global tally from the viral infection is at 27,097,306 with the United States being worst-hot. The global death toll from the pandemic is at 884,336. 

11:48 PM IST The Trump Administration has injected $3 trillion into the American economy after the nation was adversely impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.   “The president and I couldn't be more pleased with the way the economic plan is working. We've injected $3 trillion into the economy. People thought we'd get 25 per cent on unemployment. Fortunately, it never came close to that. We're now down to 8.4,” Mnuchin said in an interview to the Fox channel.   However, Mnuchin said the Trump administration is working on helping small businesses and getting back employment for people.   “But the president and I believe we should do more stimulus. We have about seven and a half million jobs that we need to get back until we're back to where we were up. And we want to help small businesses, we want to help businesses that are particularly impacted by this, and we'll continue to work on proposed new legislation,” he said.   US is the world worst hit economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, which till now has infected 6,256,359 people and killed 188,634 others. Steven Mnuchin US Treasury Secretary  

10:48 PM IST Delhi recorded 3,256 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in 72 days, taking the tally to over 1.91 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,567.   This is the first time since June 26 that the cases have crossed the 3,000-mark. Also, it is the fifth successive day in September when over 2,000 new cases have been reported in a day.   Nearly 36,046 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours - 9,217 RT PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 26,829 rapid antigen tests, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.   Twenty-nine fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,567, it said.   On June 26, the city had recorded 3,460 coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike before September 5.   On Saturday, 25 deaths due to the disease were reported and the daily case count was 2,973. On Friday, 13 deaths were recorded and the daily case count was 2,914. On September 1, 2 and 3, the fresh cases count stood at 2,312, 2,509 and 2,737, respectively.   The number of active cases on Sunday rose to 20,909 from 19,870 on the previous day.   On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases.   The Delhi government has significantly ramped up testing in the past few days. Barring August 31 when over 14,000 tests were conducted and 1,358 fresh cases reported, since August 30, daily cases count has been recorded in excess of 2,000.  

10:48 PM IST Rajasthan on Sunday reported 1,593 Covid-19 cases, which pushed the state's infection tally to 90,956, according to an official statement.   The state also reported 15 fatalities from the coronavirus and the death toll now stands at 1,137, it said.   Three deaths each were reported from Bikaner and Jodhpur, two each from Jaipur and Jhalawar, and one each from Ajmer, Alwar, Kota, Dausa and Chittorgarh, the statement said.   The highest number of fresh cases was reported from Jaipur where 310 persons tested Covid-19 positive.   Jodhpur reported 254 fresh cases, Kota (195), Ajmer (108), Alwar (104), Bikaner (94), Jhalawar (70), Pali (45), Baran (38), Bundi (37), Chittorgarh (36), Bhilwara (36), Nagaur (35), Banswara (22), Bharatpur (21), Barmer (19), Rajsamand (27), Dholpur (25), Udaipur (18), Sirohi (17), Jhunjhunu (15), Churu (14), Ganganagar (14) and Sawai Madhopur (12), the statement said Six fresh cases were reported from Tonk, five each from Dungarpur and Jaisalmer, three from Karauli and two each from Dausa, Hanumangarh, Pratapgarh and Sikar, it said.   The statement said a total of 74,861 Covid-19 patients have recovered and of them, 73,715 have been discharged.   It said that 14,958 cases are active in the state.

9:30 PM IST The Covid-19 tally in Ahmedabad district rose to 32,524 on Sunday with addition of 173 new cases, the Gujarat health department said.   With three people succumbing to the infection in the day, the toll in the district went up to 1,750, it said.   A total of 77 patients were discharged from hospitals, which pushed the tally of recoveries to 26,848, the department said in a statement.   Of the 173 new cases, 152 patients were from Ahmedabad city while 21 cases were detected in rural parts.   All three deaths were reported in the areas located within the Ahmebadad Municipal Corporation limits, it said.   In rural Ahmedabad, the Covid-19 tally rose to 1,914 with addition of 21 new cases, while the count of recoveries went up to 1,758, officials said.

9:28 PM IST Democratic party's vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Sunday said that she would not trust President Donald Trump on a Covid-19 vaccine unless there is a credible source of information that talks about its efficacy and reliability.   Indian-American Harris, 55, is a Senator from California. She is the first ever black, African American and a person of Indian descent to be nominated as a vice presidential nominee by a major political party in the United States.   The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3, wherein Democratic party's presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden along with Harris are challenging Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from the Republican Party. Coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 191,000 Americans and infected 6.3 million others is a major election issue.   Trump has speeded up the process to come out with a vaccine and therapeutic for Covid-19 amidst a global race by major countries like Russia, China and India. He has said a vaccine might come up in October and is already working on a national plan to have it vaccinated at a mass scale.

9:00 PM IST The clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford, which was expected to start at The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, have been delayed by at least a week.   The trials that were expected to commence in the first week of September have been delayed due to the safety approval pending from the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the first 100 candidates selected to undergo the trials, the institute told IANS.   In result, the further recruitment of the candidates for the trials has been put on hold.

8:56 PM IST There has been a rise of 80 per cent in the number of home isolation cases of COVID-19 in the national capital in the last 16 days, and parallely the containment zones count too has spiralled up to 976 over the same period, according to official data. Amid steady rise in fresh and active coronavirus cases in the last several days, the number of people in home isolation here on Saturday reached the five-figure mark again after over a month's time.   The number of home isolation cases of COVID-19 on September 5 stood at 10,514. The corresponding figure a day before was 9,822, according to the Delhi health department.   On August 21, the home isolation cases count was 5,818, so from that date, the rise is of 80 per cent in 16 days. Parallely, the number of containment zones too have multiplied from 589 on August 21 to 976 on September 5, according to a PTI report.

8:53 PM IST Delhi's #COVID19 case tally reaches 1,91,449 with 3,256 new cases and 29 deaths reported today. The numbers of active and recovered cases are 20,909 and 1,65,973, respectively. Death toll rises to 4,567: Delhi Government pic.twitter.com/WSSjC0oLIU — ANI (@ANI) September 6, 2020

8:49 PM IST Gujarat on Sunday reported the highest single-day spike of 1,335 new coronavirus cases, taking the total count of infections in the state to 1,04,341, health department said. With 14 more deaths, the cumulative toll went up to 3,108, it said.   A total of 1,212 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 84,758, the department said in a release. With this, the state's recovery rate now stands at 81. 23 per cent. A total of 72,561 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, which comes at the rate of 1,116.32 tests per day per million population.

8:45 PM IST Tamil Nadu reported 5,783 new COVID-19 cases, taking the count for active cases in the state to 51,458.   According to the State Health Department, as many as 5,820 people were discharged today after being recovered from COVID-19, while 88 patients have succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours.   With this, the discharged cases have risen to 4,04,186 and the death toll to 7,836, it added.

8:42 PM IST

8:40 PM IST As many as 1,316 more persons tested coronavirus positive in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, taking its total tally to 43,557. A statement by the Information and Public Relations Department said that of the new cases, 668 were reported from Jammu division and 648 from Kashmir division.   Fourteen more patients succumbed on Sunday -- 7 in Jammu division and 7 in Kashmir division. In all, 403 patients were discharged from hospitals. So far, 32,327 corona patients have recovered in the Union Territory. The active cases in J&K now total 10,446, including 4,549 in Jammu division and 5,897 in Kashmir division.

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Trump admin pumped in $3 trn into US economy after Covid-19: Mnuchin

The Trump Administration has injected $3 trillion into the American economy after the nation was adversely impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.
 
“The president and I couldn't be more pleased with the way the economic plan is working. We've injected $3 trillion into the economy. People thought we'd get 25 per cent on unemployment. Fortunately, it never came close to that. We're now down to 8.4,” Mnuchin said in an interview to the Fox channel.
 
However, Mnuchin said the Trump administration is working on helping small businesses and getting back employment for people.
 
“But the president and I believe we should do more stimulus. We have about seven and a half million jobs that we need to get back until we're back to where we were up. And we want to help small businesses, we want to help businesses that are particularly impacted by this, and we'll continue to work on proposed new legislation,” he said.
 
US is the world worst hit economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, which till now has infected 6,256,359 people and killed 188,634 others.

Steven Mnuchin US Treasury Secretary

 

Delhi records 3,256 fresh Covid-19 cases; tally stands at 1,91,499

Delhi recorded 3,256 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in 72 days, taking the tally to over 1.91 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,567.
 
This is the first time since June 26 that the cases have crossed the 3,000-mark. Also, it is the fifth successive day in September when over 2,000 new cases have been reported in a day.
 
Nearly 36,046 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours - 9,217 RT PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 26,829 rapid antigen tests, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.
 
Twenty-nine fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,567, it said.
 
On June 26, the city had recorded 3,460 coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike before September 5.
 
On Saturday, 25 deaths due to the disease were reported and the daily case count was 2,973. On Friday, 13 deaths were recorded and the daily case count was 2,914. On September 1, 2 and 3, the fresh cases count stood at 2,312, 2,509 and 2,737, respectively.
 
The number of active cases on Sunday rose to 20,909 from 19,870 on the previous day.
 
On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases.
 
The Delhi government has significantly ramped up testing in the past few days. Barring August 31 when over 14,000 tests were conducted and 1,358 fresh cases reported, since August 30, daily cases count has been recorded in excess of 2,000.
 

Covid-19: 1,593 fresh cases in Rajasthan; tally rises to 90,956

Rajasthan on Sunday reported 1,593 Covid-19 cases, which pushed the state's infection tally to 90,956, according to an official statement.
 
The state also reported 15 fatalities from the coronavirus and the death toll now stands at 1,137, it said.
 
Three deaths each were reported from Bikaner and Jodhpur, two each from Jaipur and Jhalawar, and one each from Ajmer, Alwar, Kota, Dausa and Chittorgarh, the statement said.
 
The highest number of fresh cases was reported from Jaipur where 310 persons tested Covid-19 positive.
 
Jodhpur reported 254 fresh cases, Kota (195), Ajmer (108), Alwar (104), Bikaner (94), Jhalawar (70), Pali (45), Baran (38), Bundi (37), Chittorgarh (36), Bhilwara (36), Nagaur (35), Banswara (22), Bharatpur (21), Barmer (19), Rajsamand (27), Dholpur (25), Udaipur (18), Sirohi (17), Jhunjhunu (15), Churu (14), Ganganagar (14) and Sawai Madhopur (12), the statement said Six fresh cases were reported from Tonk, five each from Dungarpur and Jaisalmer, three from Karauli and two each from Dausa, Hanumangarh, Pratapgarh and Sikar, it said.
 
The statement said a total of 74,861 Covid-19 patients have recovered and of them, 73,715 have been discharged.
 
It said that 14,958 cases are active in the state.

Ahmedabad's Covid-19 cases up by 173 to 32,524

The Covid-19 tally in Ahmedabad district rose to 32,524 on Sunday with addition of 173 new cases, the Gujarat health department said.
 
With three people succumbing to the infection in the day, the toll in the district went up to 1,750, it said.
 
A total of 77 patients were discharged from hospitals, which pushed the tally of recoveries to 26,848, the department said in a statement.
 
Of the 173 new cases, 152 patients were from Ahmedabad city while 21 cases were detected in rural parts.
 
All three deaths were reported in the areas located within the Ahmebadad Municipal Corporation limits, it said.
 
In rural Ahmedabad, the Covid-19 tally rose to 1,914 with addition of 21 new cases, while the count of recoveries went up to 1,758, officials said.

Kamala Harris says she would not trust Trump on Covid-19 vaccine

Democratic party's vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Sunday said that she would not trust President Donald Trump on a Covid-19 vaccine unless there is a credible source of information that talks about its efficacy and reliability.
 
Indian-American Harris, 55, is a Senator from California. She is the first ever black, African American and a person of Indian descent to be nominated as a vice presidential nominee by a major political party in the United States.
 
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3, wherein Democratic party's presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden along with Harris are challenging Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from the Republican Party. Coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 191,000 Americans and infected 6.3 million others is a major election issue.
 
Trump has speeded up the process to come out with a vaccine and therapeutic for Covid-19 amidst a global race by major countries like Russia, China and India. He has said a vaccine might come up in October and is already working on a national plan to have it vaccinated at a mass scale.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trials delayed over safety approvals

The clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford, which was expected to start at The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, have been delayed by at least a week.
 
The trials that were expected to commence in the first week of September have been delayed due to the safety approval pending from the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the first 100 candidates selected to undergo the trials, the institute told IANS.
 
In result, the further recruitment of the candidates for the trials has been put on hold.

80% rise in home isolation cases; over 65% jump in containment zones in Delhi

There has been a rise of 80 per cent in the number of home isolation cases of COVID-19 in the national capital in the last 16 days, and parallely the containment zones count too has spiralled up to 976 over the same period, according to official data. Amid steady rise in fresh and active coronavirus cases in the last several days, the number of people in home isolation here on Saturday reached the five-figure mark again after over a month's time.
 
The number of home isolation cases of COVID-19 on September 5 stood at 10,514. The corresponding figure a day before was 9,822, according to the Delhi health department.
 
On August 21, the home isolation cases count was 5,818, so from that date, the rise is of 80 per cent in 16 days. Parallely, the number of containment zones too have multiplied from 589 on August 21 to 976 on September 5, according to a PTI report.

Delhi's Covid-19 tally reaches 191,449 with 3,256 new cases and 29 deaths today

Highest single-day spike of 1,335 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat

Gujarat on Sunday reported the highest single-day spike of 1,335 new coronavirus cases, taking the total count of infections in the state to 1,04,341, health department said. With 14 more deaths, the cumulative toll went up to 3,108, it said.
 
A total of 1,212 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 84,758, the department said in a release. With this, the state's recovery rate now stands at 81. 23 per cent. A total of 72,561 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, which comes at the rate of 1,116.32 tests per day per million population.

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu's Covid-19 active count reaches 51,458

Tamil Nadu reported 5,783 new COVID-19 cases, taking the count for active cases in the state to 51,458.
 
According to the State Health Department, as many as 5,820 people were discharged today after being recovered from COVID-19, while 88 patients have succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours.
 
With this, the discharged cases have risen to 4,04,186 and the death toll to 7,836, it added.

Covid-19 LIVE: Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac has tested positive for coronavirus

Covid-19 LIVE: 1,316 more test coronavirus positive in Jammu and Kashmir

As many as 1,316 more persons tested coronavirus positive in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, taking its total tally to 43,557. A statement by the Information and Public Relations Department said that of the new cases, 668 were reported from Jammu division and 648 from Kashmir division.
 
Fourteen more patients succumbed on Sunday -- 7 in Jammu division and 7 in Kashmir division. In all, 403 patients were discharged from hospitals. So far, 32,327 corona patients have recovered in the Union Territory. The active cases in J&K now total 10,446, including 4,549 in Jammu division and 5,897 in Kashmir division.

1,946 new Covid-19 cases and 54 deaths reported in Punjab today

Tamil Nadu Covid-19 recoveries breach 400,000-mark; 5,783 new cases recorded

Tamil Nadu on Sunday witnessed a significant milestone as the number of COVID-19 recoveries crossed the 4 lakh mark with 5,820 more patients getting discharged in the state, the health department said.
 
The day also saw 5,783 new infections being reported, taking the aggregate to 4.63 lakh, while 88 deaths pushed the toll to 7,836, a bulletin issued by the health department said. With 5,820 people getting cured, total recoveries in the state was 4.04 lakh till date.
 
The active coronavirus cases in the state stood at 51,458, the bulletin said.

IIIM devises novel Covid-19 test kit for rapid diagnosis of infection; seeks ICMR nod

Jammu-based CSIR-IIIM has devised a novel, simpler and cost-effective diagnostic kit for rapid testing of large numbers of suspected Coronavirus-infected people and has approached ICMR for its evaluation and approval, IIIM director said on Sunday.
 
The new Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) assay-based COVID-19 diagnostic kit has been developed as an alternative to the standard quantitative PCR (qPCR) after reverse transcription (RT) method, which is very sensitive but requires expensive instrumentation, IIIM Director, Dr D Srinivasa Reddy told PTI.
 
The new RT-LAMP assay-based kit has been developed by CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine in partnership with the Reliance Industries, "We have developed an RT-LAMP assay-based diagnostic kit. Our lab and Reliance Industries Limited have together developed this kit," he said.

Identification key in treating kids with Covid-19 anxiety: Study

Researchers have revealed that early identification and treatment is vital to avoid long-term mental health consequences from Covid-19 among children and young people, according to an IANS report.
 
The study, published in the journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, highlights how health anxieties can be triggered by changes like returning to school and argue that young people need time to readjust to routine and to deal with emotions after such a prolonged period at home.
 
For some, ongoing concerns about health, triggered by the invisible threat posed by Covid-19, could interfere with life and parents and teachers need to be aware of signs such as excessive hand washing, and reassurance-seeking about health-related worries.
 
"Children are not immune to worries about their health, or the health of those around them. It is essential that we are able to recognise when normal concerns around Covid become more problematic," said study author Jo Daniels from the University of Bath in the UK.

Covid-19 impact: Abu Dhabi's Etihad extends wage cuts until end of 2020

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has extended the period of reduced pay for their staff until the end of the year, a spokeswoman for the carrier said on Sunday.
 
Employees will have their salaries reduced by 10% from September until the end of December, she said, compared to an earlier cut of between 25% and 50% which ended last month.
 
The aviation industry has been hit hard by the outbreak which has shattered demand for air travel and forced airlines to preserve cash. Etihad and rival Emirates have laid off staff and asked employees to take months of voluntary unpaid leave. Emirates has cut wages until the end of September.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Over 3,800 Punjab policemen Covid-19 infected so far

Over 3,800 Punjab policemen have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, an official statement said on Sunday.
 
It said senior police officials are calling up COVID-19 infected personnel to motivate them to fight the disease. The Punjab Police is also providing free health kits with a pulse oximeter, sanitisers and medicines to the infected policemen, it said.
 
According to the statement, 3,803 policemen in the state have tested positive for the disease so far. Twenty of them have died, while 2,186 cops have fully recovered. At present, 1,597 policemen are COVID-19 positive, it said.

In a first, UV tech to sanitise tokens as Lucknow Metro restarts from tomorrow

With Lucknow Metro set to resume operations from Monday, it will become the first metro service in India to use ultraviolet (UV) technology for token sanitisation for passenger safety, the organisation said in a statement. Kumar Keshav, Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC), on Sunday conducted an inspection and checked an overview of operational preparedness from Hazratganj to Munshipulia stations, according to a PTI report.
 
A special interactive session was also conducted at CCS Airport metro station for media persons showcasing the safety measures adopted and other arrangements done by Lucknow Metro catering for the safety of commuters.
 
In a statement issued here, the Lucknow Metro said it has laid special emphasis on contactless travel, sanitisation, social distancing, hygiene and cleanliness. Various rigorous steps have been undertaken to ensure a safe and convenient commuting experience for passengers.

Coronavirus LIVE: Highest single-day spike of 1,316 Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded the highest single-day spike of 1,316 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 43,557, while 14 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 784, officials said.
 
"There were 1,316 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This is for the fourth time in as many days that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1,000 in a 24-hour period, while it is also the highest single-day spike in the union territory so far," they said.
 
Among the new cases, 668 were from the Jammu region and 648 from the Kashmir Valley, the officials said. Jammu district reported the highest number of 451 new cases, followed by 185 in Srinagar district, they said. Jammu on Saturday had became the first district in the union territory to have recorded more than 500 positive cases in a single day.

Police in Guwahati imposing fines on people who are found not wearing masks

Lucknow Metro set to resume operations tomorrow; all Covid-19 protocols in place

Metro services will resume in Lucknow on September 7 after a gap of over five months following the COVID-19 outbreak. The Metro, which had suspended its services in March due to outbreak of COVID is looking to reopen with caution putting into place a series of measures such as closed token counters, limited entry and exit points, thermal scanners and sanitisers among others to enable commuters to adhere to COVID social distancing protocols.
 
Kumar Keshav, Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation, said that Metro will resume operations from September 7 by abiding all the instructions issued by the Central government in the Unlock 4 guidelines.
 
"We have drafted the standard operating procedure (SoP) under which all instructions given by the Centre for the operation of Metro services across the country are being followed," he said.

Coronavirus LIVE: Woman Covid-19 patient raped by ambulance driver in Kerala

A 19-year-old woman COVID-19 patient was allegedly raped by an ambulance driver while shifting her to a first line treatment centre near here, police said on Sunday. Taking note of it, the State Women's Commission registered a case on its own into the incident, which drew wide condemnation from the opposition Congress and BJP, even as health minister K K Shailaja said strict instructions had been given to take strong action against the culprit.
 
"This is an unfortunate incident. We have given strict directions to take strong action against the culprit," she said in Thiruvananthapuram. The ambulance driver Noufal (29) was taken into custody on Sunday based on a complaint by the victim's mother to the hospital authorities and the police. He was dismissed from service, the Kanivu 108 Ambulance Services said in a release.

1,316 new Covid-19 cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today

Andhra Pradesh records 10,794 fresh Covid-19 cases; tally inches closer to 500,000-mark

The coronavirus positives increased by the new normal 10,000-plus but the number of active cases dropped below the one-lakh mark in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. With the addition of 10,794 in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, the aggregate Covid-19 cases now reached 4.98 lakh just short of the five-lakh mark. The latest bulletin said 11,915 patients had recovered from the infection and walked home but another 70 succumbed in 24 hours.
 
A total of 3.94 lakh coronavirus patients had so far been cured while 4,417 died. The number of active cases now stood at 99,689, the bulletin said

Tamil Nadu reported 5,783 new Covid-19 cases and 88 deaths in the last 24 hours

First case of coronavirus reinfection reported in Karnataka's Bengaluru

A 27-year-old woman who had recovered from COVID-19 in July, has tested positive again for the infection in Karnataka's Bengaluru. According to Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, the woman had tested positive for coronavirus in July and was discharged after testing negative. However, she developed mild symptoms in a month and confirmed to have transmitted COVID again.
 
Dr Pratik Patil, Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, said, "In the first week of July, the patient was symptomatic (fever, cough and sore throat) and was tested positive. She was admitted to the hospital and recovered well."
 
"A repeat test was conducted on her, which turned out to be negative, post which she was discharged on July 24. However, nearly after one month, in the last week of August, she developed mild symptoms again and has been tested positive again. Both times she did not have severe disease," he told ANI.

Nepal's coronavirus infection tally rises to 46,257

Nepal reported 980 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the nationwide infection tally to 46,257, the health ministry said on Sunday.
 
Nine more people died due to COVID-19 related complications on Sunday, taking the death toll to 289, it said. Of the 980 new cases, 290 are females and 690 males, health ministry spokesperson Jageshwar Gautam said. As many as 354 new cases were reported from Kathmandu Valley in a single day.

Coronavirus LIVE: Health Secretary reviews Covid-19 situation in five states, Union Territories

As the country saw a new high in Covid-19 cases with over 90,000 new infections in 24 hours, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Sunday reviewed measures for containment and management of the disease in 35 districts spanning five states and a Union Territory with the Health Secretaries concerned, according to a PTI report.
 
These districts comprise Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and 24 South Parganas in West Bengal; Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Raigad, Jalgaon, Solapur, Satara, Palghar, Aurangabad, Dhule and Nanded in Maharashtra; Surat in Gujarat; Puducherry; East Singhbhum in Jharkhand; and all 11 districts in Delhi.
 
In the meeting, held through video conference, Bhushan underscored the need to suppress, curb and eventually break the chain of transmission of the disease by strengthening the active case search focusing on the co-morbid and elderly population; revisiting and strengthening the containment measures in the affected areas; and scaling up the testing to lower the positivity rates below 5 per cent.

Delhi Metro resumption: CISF outlines airport-like 'touch-free' security check for commuters

The CISF has planned an airport-like "contact-free" security check for the Delhi Metro and will deploy modified hand-held and doorframe metal detectors for scanning passengers, who will be required to put metallic objects such as belts and pens in their bags.

The security drill changes have been outlined in the CISF's 'business continuity plan' for the Delhi Metro which resumes its services from Monday in a "staggered" manner.

Before Covid-19 struck, CISF personnel, who guard the metro network, spread over 230 stations, used to scan passengers from proximity and even touch them during security checks. The passengers were also allowed to keep their wallets and belts on the body.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Jharkhand reports 1,774 new Covid-19 cases; tally nears 50,000-mark

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally inched towards the 50,000-mark on Sunday with the detection of 1,774 new cases, while seven fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 462, a health bulletin said. The fresh infections have taken the state's caseload to 49,817, it said.
 
Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 656, followed by East Singhbhum (244), West Singhbhum (164) and Dhanbad (145), the bulletin said. There are now 15,025 active COVID-19 cases in the state, while 34,330 people have been cured of the disease so far, it said.

Covid-19 LIVE: 1,797 new coronavirus cases reported in Bihar in the last 24 hours

Four Uttarakhand districts account for 77% of total Covid-19 cases

Four of the districts in Uttarakhand have reported 77 per cent of the state's total COVID-19 cases. As per the State's Health Department, these four districts are Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital, which comprises a total of 17,580 COVID-19 cases. While the total count of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached closer to 24,000.
 
Among these four districts, Haridwar recorded the highest number of positive cases at over 5,000, followed by Dehradun (about to cross 5,000-mark), Udham Singh Nagar (4,209) and Nainital (3,135). The COVID-19 infection rate in the state has increased from 4.62 per cent to 5.60 per cent, according to an ANI report.

Highest single-day spike of 6,777 Covid-19 cases and 77 deaths in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh on Sunday reported its highest single-day spike of 6,777 COVID-19 cases and 77 deaths, the state health department said. With this, the state's infection tally has reached 2,66,283 and the death toll mounted to 3,920. Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said 6,777 fresh COVID-19 cases were registered in the state.
 
The previous single-day highest spike of 6,692 COVID-19 cases was recorded on Saturday. The state now has 61,625 active COVID-19 cases, Prasad said. Till now, 2,00,738 patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease. He said the state tested 1,55,946 samples for COVID-19 on Saturday.

Man held for posing as Punjab policeman, promoting alcohol as Covid-19 cure

A man from Ludhiana was arrested for posing as a policeman and asking people via a video message to buy alcohol to battle with COVID-19, police said.
 
The incident came to light after the video of the man went viral on social media platforms.
 
"This video was going viral. The accused Kulwant Singh was asking people to consume alcohol to defeat coronavirus. When investigated, the accused told us that he is a comedian and had no intention to tarnish the image of the police," said Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal.
 
A case has been registered against Singh under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Russia records 5,195 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours; tally 1,025,505

Russia has registered 5,195 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 1,025,505, the country's coronavirus response center said on Sunday.
 
"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,195 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,156 (22.2 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement.
 
Moscow recorded 620 cases, St. Petersburg registered 192 cases, the Moscow region confirmed 167 new cases. In the same period, Russia recorded 61 deaths, bringing the total to 17,820, and 2,823 recoveries, taking the total to 840,949.

Coronavirus LIVE update: 604 new Covid-19 cases, eight deaths reported in Tripura

At least 604 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Sunday, raising the tally in the state to 15,130, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 144 after eight more people succumbed to the infection, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 77 of the 144 COVID-19 deaths.
 
The state currently has 6,220 active cases, while 8,745 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-one patients have migrated to other states. A total of 2,97,103 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, he added. Meanwhile, the state government, in view of the surge in coronavirus cases, has invited a team of doctors from Delhi to the state for reviewing the situation.

 

Nasa projects exploring link between Covid-19, environment

While scientists around the world are confined to their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic, NASA's Earth-observing satellites continue to orbit and send back images that reveal connections between the pandemic and environment, according to an IANS report.
 
"Satellites collect data all the time and don't require us to go out anywhere," said Hannah Kerner, an assistant research professor at the University of Maryland in the US.
 
Kerner is among eight researchers recently awarded a rapid-turnaround project grant, which supports investigators as they explore how Covid-19 lockdown measures are impacting the environment and how the environment can affect how the virus is spread.

Ukraine confirms over 2,100 new Covid-19 cases, 35 related deaths

Ukraine has registered 2,107 new coronavirus cases, down from a record 2,836 on Saturday, and 35 related fatalities over the past 24 hours, the National Security and Defense Council's monitoring center said on Sunday.
 
Updated data takes the cumulative tally to 135,894 cases and 2,846 deaths. The number of recoveries has increased by 578 to 62,227 over the given period.
 
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said during a briefing on Sunday that over 8,700 children and nearly 12,000 health workers have contracted the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Ensure follow up of updated advisory allowing Covid-19 testing on-demand: Centre to states

The Centre has asked all states and Union Territories to ensure necessary follow up of its updated advisory on COVID-19 testing strategy, allowing 'testing on-demand', to achieve a higher number of examination with greater flexibility and simplicity.
 
The 'Advisory on Strategy for COVID-19 Testing in India' (version VI) lists the scope for testing in containment zones, non-containment areas, in hospitals, and also for the first time provides for testing on-demand with simplified modalities to be decided by the states and Union territories. It also indicates the choice of testing in order of priority for each of the settings.
 
A letter jointly written by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava to chief secretaries and administrators highlighted that having adequate testing capacities and simplified testing protocol are important components in the management of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

IIT Guwahati researchers design engineered surfaces to detect, prevent coronavirus

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati have developed methods to detect and prevent the novel coronavirus using bio-interface interactions between the virus and the surface spike protein.
 
According to the team of researchers, the novel coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) is composed of inner nucleic acid which is covered with surface spike glycoprotein and the engineered surfaces can be potentially applied for the detection as well as prevention of COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the virus.
 
"So far we are using antibody-based assays and RT-PCR based methods for testing during pandemic. However, longer assay time, cost, complex procedures and false positive or negative results are a few bottlenecks of these methods," Lalit M Pandey, associate professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, told PTI.

India's Covid-19 recovery rate rises to 77.32%; case fatality rate, one of lowest globally, drops to 1.72%

With a record 73,642 patients having recuperated in a day, India's COVID-19 recoveries have surged to nearly 32 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 77.32 per cent while the case fatality rate, one of the lowest globally, has further dropped to1.72 per cent as on date, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. There are 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country accounting for only 20.96 per cent of the total caseload, it highlighted.
 
"The spike in the daily recovered COVID-19 patients continues in the country. For the second successive day, India has clocked a record recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day," the ministry said.
 
A total of 73,642 patients have recovered and been discharged from either home or facility isolation or hospitals in a day, according to health ministry data updated at 8 am.

Coronavirus LIVE update: After five months, Delhi Metro set to welcome commuters

After a gap of more than five months, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to welcome passengers in a phased manner in three stages begining from September 7, according to an ANI report.
 
The Metro, which had suspended its services in March due to outbreak of Covid is looking to reopen with caution putting into place a series of measures such as closed token counters, limited entry and exit points, thermal scanners and sanitisers among others to enable commuters to adhere to COVID social distancing protocols.
 
On Monday the Yellow Line (Samyapur Badli to HUDA City Centre) will be opened. Over a period of next five days i.e, by 12th September, rest of the Lines will also be made operational with all safety measures in place to check the spread of Covid-19 in the Metro premises which requires everyone to follow a new normal of social distancing, face mask and hand sanitisation.

UNLOCK 4: Delhi Metro to resume services from tomorrow on Yellow Line and Rapid Metro after 169 days

Health Ministry rushes central teams to Punjab, Chandigarh amid rising coronavirus cases

With a record spike in new coronavirus cases in the country, which on Sunday became the world's second most COVID-affected country, the Union health ministry rushed teams to Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh, which has seen a surge in cases and fatalities, according to an ANI report.
 
Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) decided to rush central teams to assist the assist the State/UT in strengthening public health measures for containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of COVID-19 patients with the aim to reduce mortality and save lives.
 
They shall also guide the State/UT in effectively addressing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.

Private Schools' Association of J&K donates Oxygen concentrators to NGOs working for Covid-19 patients

Coronavirus LIVE: 511 new Covid-19 cases among Maharashtra Police personnel

At least seven police personnel lost their lives and 511 new coronavirus cases were found among Maharashtra Police in last 24 hours. A total of 173 police personnel have lost their lives due to the pandemic in the state so far, while 13,719 have recovered and returned to their homes, the Maharashtra Police said on Sunday.
 
Out of the total number of 16,912 cases among its personnel, 3,020 are active cases, it added.
 
Across the state, there are a total of 8,83,862 confirmed case, of which 2,21,012 are active cases. Of these 6,36,574 patients have recovered while 26,276 have lost their lives due to the pandemic, the Union Health Ministry said.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: South Korea confirms 167 new Covid-19 cases

South Korea confirmed 167 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the fourth consecutive day of less than 200 new cases registered per day, and the overall tally reached 21,177, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Sunday.
 
At the same time, the coronavirus-related death toll increased by 1 to 334.
 
"As of 0:00, 6 September 2020, [03:00 GMT on September 5] the total number of confirmed cases is 21,177 (including 2,892 imported cases), of which 16,146 cases have been discharged from isolation. There are 152 new local cases, 15 new imported cases, and 1 new death," the KCDC said.

Covid-19 LIVE update: First confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection in Bengaluru

Karnataka Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar tests positive for Covid-19

Karnataka Labour Minister A Shivaram Hebbar on Sunday said he and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus and would be under treatment in their home itself being asymptomatic. CM B S Yediyurappa wished the 63-year old leader a speedy recovery and prayed that he continued with his good works.
 
"Me and my wife underwent COVID-19 test and have been found positive for the virus. Since there are no symptoms of coronavirus, we decided to remain in home quarantine on doctors' advice and are getting treatment at home," Hebbar tweeted. He expressed confidence that he and his wife would soon recover.

Coronavirus LIVE: India recovery rate at 77.32%, death rate dips to 1.72%

With a record 73,642 patients having recuperated in a day, India's COVID-19 recoveries have surged to nearly 32 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 77.32 per cent while the case fatality rate, one of the lowest globally, has further dropped to 1.72 per cent as on date, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
There are 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country accounting for only 20.96 per cent of the total caseload, it highlighted.  "The spike in the daily recovered COVID-19 patients continues in the country. For the second successive day, India has clocked a record recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day," the ministry said.
 
A total of 73,642 patients have recovered and been discharged from either home or facility isolation or hospitals in a day, according to health ministry data updated at 8 am.

90% of China's Sinovac employees, families took coronavirus vaccine: Sinovac Biotech CEO

About 90% of Sinovac Biotech Ltd employees and their families have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese firm under the country's emergency use programme, its chief executive said on Sunday. The extent of inoculations under the emergency programme, which China launched in July but has released few details about, points to how actively it is using experimental vaccines in the hopes of protecting essential workers against a potential COVID-19 resurgence, even as trials are still underway.
 
The programme is intended for specific groups, including medical staffers and those who work at food markets and in the transportation and service sectors.
 
Sinovac, whose CoronaVac is in Phase 3 clinical trials and has been included in the emergency scheme, offered the candidate vaccine to approximately 2,000 to 3,000 employees and their families on a voluntary basis, CEO Yin Weidong told Reuters.

Chhattisgarh govt fixes cost for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals

The Chhattisgarh government has fixed the cost of Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals in the wake of a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, an official said on Sunday. Patients will have to bear the cost of treatment in the private hospitals, which have been classified in A, B and C categories in various districts, based on the medical facilities available there, according to a PTI report.
 
The order was issued on Saturday under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, the Chhattisgarh Public Health Act, 1949, and the Chhattisgarh Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, the public relations department official said.

Metro will run on 30-40% capacity from 6 am-10 pm with a frequency of 5.5 minutes: UPMRC

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha records highest single-day spike of 3,810 Covid-19 cases

Odisha recorded its highest single-day spike of 3,810 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total positive cases to 1,24,031, the Health Department said on Sunday. Odisha also reported eight more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its death toll to 546. While Ganjam district reported four more deaths, Khordha, Koraput, Rayagada, and Sundargarh recorded one each, according to an IANS report.

Out of the new cases, 2,286 were detected in quarantine while 1,524 were local contact cases. Khordha district reported the highest number of new cases (797), followed by Bargarh (396), Cuttack (322), Jajpur (252), and Jharsuguda (192).

Delhi airport's Covid-19 testing facility can be ramped up to 15,000 samples per day

The COVID-19 testing facility at the Delhi international airport will initially handle up to 2,500 samples per day in mid-September and if required, the capacity can later be ramped up to 15,000 samples per day, a top official of Genestrings Diagnostic Center stated.
 
The Delhi Airport International Limited (DIAL) on Friday said it has set up a COVID-19 testing facility at the multi-level car parking area of Terminal 3, in collaboration with Genestrings Diagnostic Center, for arriving international passengers who have to take connecting domestic flights.
 
"We've equipped the lab to handle up to 2,500 samples per day in the initial days. We're ready to quickly ramp-up our testing capacity multiple folds of up to 15,000 tests per day in this 3,500 Sq. Ft. facility," said Dr Rajat Arora, Director, Genestrings Diagnostic Center. The test will cost a passenger Rs 2,400, as mandated by the Delhi government, he told PTI.

Highest single-day recoveries of 73,642 Covid-19 patients in last 24 hours in India: Health Ministry

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Erode PMK leader dies of Covid-19

Senior PMK leader and Deputy Chairman of the Erode District Panchayat Council Velusamy died of coronavirus here, the Health department said on Sunday.
 
The 48-year old leader from Anandam Palayam village in Bhavani was admitted to the Perundurai IRT Government Medical College Hospital recently after testing positive for the virus and his end came on Saturday, officials said. Velusamy was also a former state Deputy General Secretary of PMK.
 
Party founder leader S Ramadoss condoled the death of Velusamy, recalling that he had joined the party at a very young age and rose to hold various positions through hard work.

Covid-19 pandemic: Students arrived to take National Defence Academy examination at a centre in Shimla

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Pakistan registers 484 new Covid-19 cases

Pakistan's COVID-19 tally reached 298,509 on Sunday after 484 coronavirus cases were recorded across the country, according to the official data.
 
Another two patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 6,382, the Ministry of National Health Services said.
 
A total of 285,898 people have recovered including 3,345 in the last one day. Another 532 are still in critical condition, it said, adding that there are just 6,229 active patients in the country.

Preparations underway to resume metro services from Monday

PVR defers capex plans to control costs amid COVID-19 disruptions

Multiplex major PVR has deferred its capital expenditure plans in a bid to control costs as the company braces for a significant impact on its profitability in the current fiscal due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cinema halls in India have remained shut since March this year, after the government imposed nationwide lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19. "We have temporarily deferred a substantial portion of our planned capital expenditures that we were undertaking, prior to the shutdown. All major capital expenditures will now be re-assessed once the shutdown is over," PVR Ltd Chief Operating Officer (CFO) Nitin Sood said in the company's Annual Reportfor 2019-20.

 

Trump 'simply wrong' about October vaccine: Lancet editor

Medical journal The Lancet's chief editor has said that US President Donald Trump's statement that a Covid-19 vaccine could be delivered by the end of October is "simply wrong." In a Skype interview with CNN, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, said there will not be a vaccine available for public use by the end of October and President Trump is simply wrong about that. "If we make a mistake and licence a vaccine too early - just think - we have already got a growing anti-vaccine movement, which is extremely disturbing. We can't cut corners. There will not be a vaccine available for public use by the end of October," Horton was quoted as saying to CNN.

 

Assam cop's medical degree comes handy in running COVID care centre

A young IPS officer is winning hearts in Assam by treating people during the coronavirus pandemic while donning the khaki uniform, thanks to his medical background. Barpeta Superintendent of Police (SP) Robin Kumar is performing the dual duties of a corona warrior -- a police officer and a doctor -- as the district is witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Kumar, a 2013 batch IPS officer, is a specialist in medicine (MBBS, MD) which has helped him respond to the call of duty and provide treatment to the needy during the ongoing medical emergency. Besides heading the district's police department, Kumar is currently running a 50-bedded Covid care centre with four ICUs in Barpeta Police Reserve for police personnel and their families and is also planning to hold health camps for women and elderly people.

Woman COVID patient sexually abused by ambulance driver in Kerala

A 19-year old woman Covid-19 patient was allegedly sexually abused by an ambulance driver while shifting her to first line treatment centre near here, police said on Sunday. The ambulance driver Noufal (29) was taken into custody on Sunday based on a complaint by the victim's mother to the hospital authorities and the police.

Record 3,810 new cases take Odisha's COVID-19 tally to

Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Sunday as 3,810 more people tested positive for the infection, while eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 546, a health official said. The fresh infections have taken the state's caseload to 1,24,031, he said. As many as 2,286 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,524 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said. Odisha had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 3,682 COVID-19 cases on August 27.

 

Kirit Somaiya slams Maharashtra govt over COVID-19 situation

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kirit Somaiya on Sunday lashed out at the Udhhav Thackeray-led government over the prevailing coronavirus situation alleging that the State government is testing fewer samples and has not done enough to combat the infection. "In Maharashtra, only 7,000 testings are taking place out of which 2,000 people are coming positive every day. The State government should stop spreading rumours in these times. The situation has become grim here. The Uddhav Thackeray-led government has also imposed restrictions on some of the good private hospitals who were treating COVID-19 patients despite the fact that not many ICU facilities are now available in state-run hospitals," he said in a recorded video.

Covid-19: 8 more people die in Rajasthan

Rajasthan recorded eight fresh fatalities due to COVID-19 and 726 new cases of the virus on Sunday, according to an official report here. With this, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in the state has climbed to 1,130 and 90,089 respectively. Of the eight deaths, one was reported in Ajmer, one in Alwar, three in Bikaner, one in Dausa and two in Jaipur. Jaipur reported 133 fresh cases of the virus, the maximum in the state.

 

Telangana's Covid tally crosses 140,000

With 2,574 new Covid-19 cases registered during the last 24 hours, Telangana's tally crossed 1.4 lakh on Sunday. The new infections pushed the cumulative numbers to 1,40,969. Nine more people died during the period taking the toll to 886. According to a media release from the office of the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, the fatality rate in the state was at 0.62 per cent against the national average of 1.7 per cent. Of the fatalities, 53.87 per cent had co-morbidities. The state recorded more recoveries than new cases during the last 24 hours ending 8 p.m. Saturday. As many as 2,927 people recovered from the disease taking the number of recoveries till now to 1,07,530.

 

Rise in smuggling in NE due to eco distress caused by COVID- 19: FICCI

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) on Sunday said the recent rise in smuggling in the northeast can be attributed to economic distress caused by COVID-19 pandemic. The FICCI's Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE) lauded the efforts of paramilitary force Assam Rifles and congratulated its Director General along with other officers for their anti-smuggling operations. "Experts believe that the recent increase in smuggling in the North East could be due to the economic distress insinuated by COVID-19. Loss of jobs and lack of income due to recurrent lockdowns have left citizens without a means of livelihood," FICCI CASCADE said in a statement.

 

With 478 fresh cases, overall tally rises to 17,032 in Puducherry

A total of 478 fresh COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths took the infection count to 17,032 and the toll to 314 in the union territory on Sunday, the government said. The 16 people who succumbed included five women and were in the age group ranging from 54 to 85. Most of the deceased had comorbidities, a release from the Health department said. A total of 1,701 samples were tested, taking the total number of specimens examined so far to 83,142, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said.

139 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 4,914

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally inched closer to the 5,000-mark on Sunday as 139 more people, including 20 security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The fresh infections have taken the northeastern state's caseload to 4,914, he said. The Capital Complex region reported the highest number of new cases at 58, followed by 13 in West Siang district, State Surveillance Officer, Dr L Jampa, said.

 

Telangana records 2,574 new Covid-19 cases; Tally rises to 1.40 lakh

Telangana reported 2,574 new Covid-19 cases, taking the overall infection tally to 1,40,969 while nine more deaths pushed the toll to 886 on Sunday, the state government said. The active cases under treatment stood at 32,553 after cumulative recoveries of 1,07,530, a bulletin providing data as of 8 pm on September 5 said. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of fresh cases at 325, followed by Rangareddy (197), Medchal Malkajgiri (185) and Nalgonda (158) districts.

Work from home a new normal but hits productivity: Mumbaikars

The Covid-19 pandemic has popularisedthe concept of work from home, but Mumbai professionals say space crunch in apartments and lack of robust internet connectivity has hampered their work, though saving on travel time has been an advantage for some. Many people also complain of lack of professional environment and privacy at home, but say this is the new normal which they have to accept. Vijay Singh, a city-based journalist, told PTI that while working from home, he has been facing issues like poor internet and mobile phone connectivity. "Work from home has become a compulsion with the COVID-19 numbers going up," he says. Varun Singh, founder of Squarefeatindia, a real estate news portal, says lack of proper working space and privacy are a big hindrance as most of the homes in Mumbai are small.

 

Lucknow reports highest 1,006 Covid cases in 1 day

Lucknow witnessed its highest one-day surge of Covid-19 cases with 1,006 cases reported from the Uttar Pradesh capital. Lucknow also saw 18 deaths on Saturday. Uttar Pradesh also recorded the highest single-day surge in the number of fresh cases with 6,692 people testing positive for Covid-19. The previous single-day highest spike in Covid cases was registered on August 30 with 6,233 persons testing positive.

 

Post-COVID-19 inflammatory syndrome severely damages children's hearts: Study

An inflammatory syndrome in children, believed to be linked to COVID-19, could damage their heart to such an extent that some kids may need lifelong monitoring and interventions, according to a review of studies. The research, published in the journal EClinicalMedicine, assessed more than 600 case studies of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), revealing that the condition can strike seemingly healthy children without warning three or four weeks after asymptomatic COVID-19 infections. "According to the literature, children did not need to exhibit the classic upper respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 to develop MIS-C, which is frightening," said study co-author Alvaro Moreira from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the US. "Children might have no symptoms, no one knew they had the disease, and a few weeks later, they may develop this exaggerated inflammation in the body," Moreira added.

Ludhiana police sells COVID-19 care kits for asymptomatic patients

The Ludhiana police are selling COVID-19 care kits through the police canteen to people who are testing positive for the virus but have no symptoms and are under home isolation. These kits are being sold at the price of Rs 1,700, inclusive of all taxes and home delivery charges. "Each kit contains 18 items including vitamin and zinc tablets, and pulse oximeter. Asymptomatic patients can buy them at Rs 1,700 which is lesser than the market price," said R Agarwal, Police Commissioner.

Australia: Melbourne lockdown to stay; 8 charged for rally

The premier of Australia's Victoria state announced a slight easing of restrictions in Melbourne but the country's second-largest city will remain in lockdown until at least October 26. State police charged a protester with assault after an officer suffered cuts to the head during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on Saturday. Police said that seven others have been charged with breaching COVID-19 directions after about 200 gathered at the Shrine of Remembrance and Albert Park. Scuffles between protesters and police resulted in more than 160 fines for contravening lockdown measures or not wearing a mask.

 

COVID-19 death toll in UP's Muzaffarnagar reaches 31

One more person succumbed to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, taking the death toll to 31 in the district, an official said on Sunday. The superintendent of the District Jail and his father had tested positive for the infection two days ago, Chief Medical Officer Dr Praveen Chopra said. The jail superintendent's father died at Begrajpur on Saturday evening, he said.

With record spike of 90,633 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crosses 41-lakh mark

India registered the highest single-day spike of 90,633 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the national caseload past 41-lakh mark, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With 1,065 more deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 70,626. The total case tally stands at 41,13,812 including 8,62,320 active cases, 31,80,866 cured/discharged/migrated.

 

COVID-19 tests reduce UFC show to 7 bouts in Las Vegas

The UFC is staging a fight show with just seven bouts after a series of cancellations related to positive COVID-19 tests. The mixed martial arts promotion held its shortest card since 2005 on Saturday night after canceling two bouts at late notice. Heavyweight Marcos Rogrio De Lima's bout against Alexander Romanov was scrapped about 90 minutes before the first fight at the UFC Apex gym on the promotion's corporate campus in Las Vegas. The UFC also canceled a bout between lightweights Thiago Moiss and Jalin Turner.

 

August sees fastest growth of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra

Maharashtra reported the fastest growth is coronavirus infection in August, registering over 3.70 lakh cases, a senior state health official said. According to data of the Maharashtra health department, the state reported 3,76,587 COVID-19 cases last month, 2,41,820 cases in July and 1,04,748 cases in June. "On August 1, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state was 4,31,719, which jumped to 8,08,306 on September 1. This is probably the fastest growth of cases in the state since January," the health official said.

 

No safety arrangement: Candidates outside NDA exam centres

Candidates arrive outside an examination center in the district, to write National Defence Academy (NDA) exam.  A candidate says, "There are no arrangements for us, in the wake of #COVID19. We came from far off places, without any special transport arrangement."

35 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 3,292; death toll mounts to 50

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,292 on Sunday as 35 more people tested positive for the infection, while one more fatality pushed the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 50, a health official said. Three new patients have travel history, while 32 fresh cases were detected during contact tracing, he said. The fresh infections have pushed the number of active COVID-19 cases in the archipelago to 338, the official said.

 

Recovery has been progressing in India as cases cross 4.1 million


Exponential rise in Covid-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

There has been a steep exponential rise in COVID19 recoveries- from 50,000 in May to 30 lakh in Sept.  The daily number of Recovered Patients has crossed 70,000. More than 3/4 of the total cases have recovered.


Chinese mainland reports 10 imported cases of COVID-19

The Chinese mainland reported 10 newly imported COVID-19 cases Saturday, Xinhua reported citing the National Health Commission. With this, the total number of imported cases have risen to 2,573. While Guangdong and Shaanxi has reported three each of the newly imported cases, two cases were reported in Shanghai while one was reported in Fujian and Gansu provinces. A total of 2,397 of the imported cases had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 176 remained hospitalized, with two in severe condition, the National Health Commission said.

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll tops 126,000

With 682 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, Brazil's death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 126,203, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. Meanwhile, a total of 4,123,000 COVID-19 cases have so far been reported nationwide, up by 30,168 from a day earlier. In total, 22 states have reported over 1,000 deaths each, with the state of Sao Paulo, the most highly populated in the country, registering 31,313 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 16,526 deaths, and Ceara with 8,565 deaths.

COVID-19: Over 50 held from pool party at restaurant in Ludhiana

As many as 54 people were arrested for violating COVID-19 guidelines in Ludhiana, Sameer Verma, Additional Deputy Commissioner of police said on Saturday. According to the police, on Friday, a pool party was organised at a restaurant under Sarabha Nagar police station limits amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to ANI, Verma said, "Yesterday we got the information about a restaurant owner organizing a pool party in Sarabha Nagar police station limits with 50 to 55 people. On getting information, we conducted a raid on the site where people were seen flouting COVID-19 norms. We have registered an FIR under section 188, 269, and 61 of IPC."

 

Iran, Russia to jointly produce Covid-19 vaccine

Iran and Russia will cooperate to produce a COVID-19 vaccine in the Islamic republic as COVID-19 cases in Iran surged to 384,666 on Saturday. Meanwhile, an Iraqi health official warned that the citizens should not play down the seriousness of the coronavirus as 4,644 daily new infections were reported. Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East region, reported 1,894 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 384,666, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The pandemic has so far claimed 22,154 lives in Iran, up by 110 in the past 24 hours. A total of 332,131 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 3,708 still in critical condition.

 

UPSC conducts NDA exam amid pandemic

Pandemic deniers rally in Rome without wearing face masks

Pandemic deniers held a protest in the Italian capital, drawing a few thousand people near the Circus Maximus in the historic center. Organisers included the far-right Forza Nuova (FN) party, the anti-vax movement, and virus-denying civic groups, which complained about all precautionary measures to fight the spread of the COVID-19 in the country, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. None of the protesters at the demonstration was seen wearing a face mask.

 

No blankets in AC coaches even after pandemic subsides

The railway passengers traveling in AC Coaches will have to travel with their own blankets and bedsheets "even after the pandemic subsides", said Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav on Saturday. During an interaction with reporters here, Yadav said, "We have decided to give a single-use bed to the passengers or the passengers can carry their own bedsheets and blankets even after the pandemic subsides. For this, a detailed policy has been formulated and a decision has been taken." Yadav said that the Railways is putting efforts to maintain hygiene during the rail journey. Therefore, such a decision has been taken.

 

Covid-19: Bus services resumes in Indore

Bus services have resumed in Indore on Saturday after months of a break due to coronavirus induced lockdown. The sanitizations of buses are being taken care of after every trip. "We're ensuring that buses are sanitized after every trip and frequently contacted surfaces are also sanitized regularly. Wearing of masks is mandatory for all commuters," said Pratibha Pal, Municipal Commissioner. 276 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Indore on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 14,591, as per the official bulletin.

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll rises to 125,521

Brazil's coronavirus death toll has surpassed 125,000, showing a weekly increase of more than 5,000 fatalities, according to Health Ministry data. In the past 24 hours, 907 new deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed in Brazil; the country's total death toll now stands at 125,521, the health ministry said on Saturday. A week ago, Brazil's coronavirus death toll was 120,262. Brazil's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 4,092,832. In the past 24 hours, 51,194 new cases were registered in the county, according to the health ministry.

 

Hospital occupancy for COVID-19 patients drops to lowest level in Chile since May

Hospital occupancy in Chile for patients diagnosed with the COVID-19 has dropped to the lowest level since May, according to the authorities. The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that 908 patients are currently in intensive care units throughout the country, with 666 on mechanical ventilators and 121 in critical condition. Additionally, the number of cases in the country has risen to 420,434, with 1,961 cases registered in the last 24 hours, along with 57 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 11,551.

Pune Municipal Corporation deploys manpower at Jumbo Covid hospital

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has resolved to provide manpower to take care of the Jumbo COVID Hospital in the city, Additional Municipal Commissioner and Executive Head of Jumbo center, Rubal Agarwal said on Saturday. Agarwal informed that sufficient manpower has been deployed there. "The manpower consisting of 50 doctors and 120 paramedics will serve at the Jumbo COVID Hospital," he added. There were rumors circulating that doctors and nurses at the Jumbo facility have resigned. There is no truth in this, clarified Agarwal.

Ahmedabad Metro starts sanitisation ahead of resumption of services

Metro authorities undertook sanitization work in Ahmedabad ahead of the resumption of its services from September 7 as part of Unlock 4. Workers carried out the sanitization work at the stations and also inside the trains. A few days back, the Home Ministry has issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the containment zones. Under Unlock-4, the Metro rail has been allowed to operate from September 7 in a graded manner.

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