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Coronavirus update: Showing no signs of a relief, India has recorded 97,894 Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours, taking its tally past the 5.1-million mark. With this, India is rapidly nearing the US tally of 6.8 million. The death toll has risen by 1,139 to 83,230. In the past seven days alone, India has recorded 652,355 coronavirus cases. The worst-hit states are Maharashtra (1,121,221) Andhra Pradesh (592,760), Tamil Nadu (519,860), Karnataka (484,990), and UP (330,265). Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, meanwhile, is reported to have tested positive for coronavirus.

 
Delhi recorded its highest ever spike of 4,473 Covid cases, pushing the caseload to 230,269. Maharashtra and West Bengal recorded 23,365 and 4,123 news, cases respectively. West Bengal's tally has jumped to 212,383. Uttarakhand recorded 21,401 new cases in the past one month. Significantly, this is 64 per cent of the total cases reported so far in the hill state.

Coronavirus vaccine update: Russia's RDIF on Wednesday said said it would sell 100 million does of Sputnik V to Dr Reddy's Laboratories for distribution in India.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases now stands at 30,024,106. While 21,776,977 have recovered, 944,643 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 6,826,800 cases. It is followed by India, which has 5,118,253 cases, Brazil (4,421,686) and Russia (1,079,519 ).

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3:40 AM IST More than 30 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 941,452 have died, according to a Reuters tally.   Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

3:38 AM IST Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India expects the volume recovery seen in the past few months to continue on the back of a strong growth momentum in rural India and a growing preference for personal transportation in urban markets.   “Good sowing of kharif crops (up 8 per cent year-on-year), better minimum support prices, and fewer Covid-19 cases (in villages) will help the rural growth story to continue,” said Shashank Srivastava, executive director (sales and marketing), Maruti Suzuki India. Read more

9:09 PM IST Nagpur district on Thursday registered 1,717 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 58,890, the location administration said. A District Information Office release said 64 more patients died due to the infection, taking the toll to 1,879.   Besides,1,445 patients were discharged, taking the number of recovered cases to 45,372, it said.   The number of active coronavirus cases in the district stood at 11,639.Nagpur district on Thursday

9:01 PM IST Gujarat registered the highest single-day spike of 1,379 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 1,19,088 on Thursday, said the state health department. Also, 14 persons with Covid-19 infection died across the state during this period, taking the toll to 3,273, the health department said in a release.   The release said as many as 1,652 persons recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of such cases to 99,808.

8:57 PM IST Haryana reports 2,457 new #COVID19 cases and 24 deaths today, taking the total number of cases to 1,03,773 including 81,690 recoveries and 1,069 deaths. There are 21,014 active cases: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/Jmazcbwl0x — ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2020

8:54 PM IST As novel coronavirus cases crossed the one lakh mark and fatalities went past 1,050 in Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said the situation was under control with adequate beds, ventilators and oxygen supply available and that his government was regularly monitoring it. Asked about the pandemic situation, Khattar replied, "The situation is under control."   With active cases in the state currently over 21,000, he said an adequate number of beds, ventilators and oxygen supply was available.   "We keep reviewing the situation every 15 days and accordingly make our preparations and plans, he told a digital press conference.

8:47 PM IST 1,192 new #COVID19 cases reported in Uttarakhand today. The total number of cases in the state is now 37,139 including 24,810 recoveries, 11,714 active cases and 460 deaths: State Government pic.twitter.com/mbZTZcRe09 — ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2020

8:44 PM IST Madhya Pradesh on Thursday recorded 2,391 fresh coronavirus cases, taking its count to 97,906, a health official said. The death of 33 more patients took the statewide Covid-19 toll to 1,877, the official said.   Of these fatalities, Indore recorded six, followed by five each in Bhopal and Gwalior, two each in Jabalpur, Sagar, Neemuch, Betul, Rewa and Balaghat and one each in Dhar, Damoh, Datia, Chhatarpur and Singrauli, he said. A total of 2,863 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 74,398, the official said.   Among the fresh cases, Indore alone accounted for 381, the highest in the state, followed by 213 in Bhopal, 201 in Gwalior and 184 in Jabalpur, he said.

8:40 PM IST Andhra Pradesh on Thursday achieved a double, crossing the 600,000 mark in total coronavirus cases and 500,000 mark in recoveries. As 8,702 fresh cases were added in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, the states Covid-19 positive tally touched 6,01,462.

8:30 PM IST Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the government is aiming to bring down India's Covid-19 mortality rate to less than 1 per cent from the current 1.64 per cent, which is still the lowest in the world.   Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha, he said the country's recovery rate of 78-79 per cent is one of the highest in the world, adding though the total cases may have crossed 50 million, active cases are less than 20 per cent.

8:27 PM IST Karnataka on Thursday reported 9,366 new cases of Covid-19 and 93 related fatalities, taking the infection count to 4,94,356 and the death toll to 7,629, the health department said. The day also saw 7,268 patients getting discharged after recovery.   Of the fresh infections reported today, 3,799 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. As of September 17 evening, cumulatively 4,94,356 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 7,629 deaths and 3,83,077 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.   It said of 1,03,631 active cases, 1,02,826 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 805 are in ICU.

8:18 PM IST Nepal's number of coronavirus cases neared 60,000 on Thursday after 1,246 new infections were detected in a single day, the health ministry said. Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that 1,246 new Covid-19 cases were reported while conducting 10,641 tests across the country in the past 24 hours.   With this, the total number of people infected with Covid-19 has reached 59,573, he said.

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Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 30 million, death toll at 941,452

More than 30 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 941,452 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
 
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Despite challenging economic environment, Bharat to drive Maruti's sales

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India expects the volume recovery seen in the past few months to continue on the back of a strong growth momentum in rural India and a growing preference for personal transportation in urban markets.
 
“Good sowing of kharif crops (up 8 per cent year-on-year), better minimum support prices, and fewer Covid-19 cases (in villages) will help the rural growth story to continue,” said Shashank Srivastava, executive director (sales and marketing), Maruti Suzuki India. Read more

Nagpur district records 1,717 new Covid-19 cases

Nagpur district on Thursday registered 1,717 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 58,890, the location administration said. A District Information Office release said 64 more patients died due to the infection, taking the toll to 1,879.
 
Besides,1,445 patients were discharged, taking the number of recovered cases to 45,372, it said.
 
The number of active coronavirus cases in the district stood at 11,639.Nagpur district on Thursday

Gujarat records highest one-day spike of 1,379 Covid-19 cases

Gujarat registered the highest single-day spike of 1,379 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 1,19,088 on Thursday, said the state health department. Also, 14 persons with Covid-19 infection died across the state during this period, taking the toll to 3,273, the health department said in a release.
 
The release said as many as 1,652 persons recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of such cases to 99,808.

Covid-19: Haryana reports 2,457 new cases, 24 deaths

Govt monitoring Covid-19 situation, adequate beds, ventilators available: Haryana CM

As novel coronavirus cases crossed the one lakh mark and fatalities went past 1,050 in Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said the situation was under control with adequate beds, ventilators and oxygen supply available and that his government was regularly monitoring it. Asked about the pandemic situation, Khattar replied, "The situation is under control."
 
With active cases in the state currently over 21,000, he said an adequate number of beds, ventilators and oxygen supply was available.
 
"We keep reviewing the situation every 15 days and accordingly make our preparations and plans, he told a digital press conference.

Uttarakhand: 1,192 new Covid-19 cases reported, tally at 37,139

MP records 2,391 new Covid-19 cases; 2,863 discharged

Madhya Pradesh on Thursday recorded 2,391 fresh coronavirus cases, taking its count to 97,906, a health official said. The death of 33 more patients took the statewide Covid-19 toll to 1,877, the official said.
 
Of these fatalities, Indore recorded six, followed by five each in Bhopal and Gwalior, two each in Jabalpur, Sagar, Neemuch, Betul, Rewa and Balaghat and one each in Dhar, Damoh, Datia, Chhatarpur and Singrauli, he said. A total of 2,863 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 74,398, the official said.
 
Among the fresh cases, Indore alone accounted for 381, the highest in the state, followed by 213 in Bhopal, 201 in Gwalior and 184 in Jabalpur, he said.

AP's Covid-19 tally crosses 600,000; Recoveries over 500,000

Andhra Pradesh on Thursday achieved a double, crossing the 600,000 mark in total coronavirus cases and 500,000 mark in recoveries. As 8,702 fresh cases were added in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, the states Covid-19 positive tally touched 6,01,462.

Aiming to bring down Covid mortality rate to less than 1%: Health minister

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the government is aiming to bring down India's Covid-19 mortality rate to less than 1 per cent from the current 1.64 per cent, which is still the lowest in the world.
 
Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha, he said the country's recovery rate of 78-79 per cent is one of the highest in the world, adding though the total cases may have crossed 50 million, active cases are less than 20 per cent.

Covid-19: 9,366 new cases in Karnataka, tally inching towards 500,000

Karnataka on Thursday reported 9,366 new cases of Covid-19 and 93 related fatalities, taking the infection count to 4,94,356 and the death toll to 7,629, the health department said. The day also saw 7,268 patients getting discharged after recovery.
 
Of the fresh infections reported today, 3,799 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. As of September 17 evening, cumulatively 4,94,356 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 7,629 deaths and 3,83,077 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.
 
It said of 1,03,631 active cases, 1,02,826 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 805 are in ICU.

Nepal's coronavirus tally nears 60,000

Nepal's number of coronavirus cases neared 60,000 on Thursday after 1,246 new infections were detected in a single day, the health ministry said. Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that 1,246 new Covid-19 cases were reported while conducting 10,641 tests across the country in the past 24 hours.
 
With this, the total number of people infected with Covid-19 has reached 59,573, he said.

Uttarakhand records 1,192 new Covid-19 cases

Fresh medical graduates of Maharashtra to be appointed at Covid-19 hospitals

Over 1,000 medical students who would pass out from college this year would be posted in hospitals treating Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra, Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh said on Thursday.
 
The decision was taken as the number of Covid-19 patients is rising in the state and there is a need for doctors, he said in a release.
 
"The state government will get 1,204 bonded candidates from various disciplines of medical education and they will be posted as per their specialization and requirement at the institutes treating Covid-19 patients," he said.

Manipur reports 110 new Covid-19 cases

Public non-cooperation major reason for high Covid-19 fatality in Puducherry

Non-disclosure of Covid-19 symptoms by the public to visiting medical teams was the major reason for high fatality rate in Puducherry, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Thursday said. As Bedi flagged concern amid rising infections and deaths, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao also said it was "regrettable" that those having symptoms of Covid-19 did not approach the hospitals in time.
 
They voiced concern as the coronavirus case fatality rate in the union territory touched 2.01 per cent as against 1.63 per cent at national level.

Tamil Nadu records 5,560 new coronavirus cases, 59 deaths

Kerala records highest single day spike of 4,351 Covid cases

In the highest single day surge so far, Kerala on Thursday reported 4,351 Covid-19 cases, taking the total infection count to 1,22,214, while the toll touched489 with 10 more deaths. Seventytwo health workers are among those who tested positive and a total of 45,730 sampleswere tested, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here.
 
Of the fresh cases, a lion's share of 4,081 people were infected through contactwhile the source of infection of 351 was not yet known. As many as 57 had come from abroad, 141 people from other states, he said.
 
This is the first time that the daily cases in the state crossed the 4,000 mark.

Pak closes 22 educational institutes in 2 days over non-compliance with Covid-19 SOPs

At least 22 educational institutions in Pakistan have been closed down during the last 48 hours for failing to comply with the government-issued standard operating procedures for curbing the spread of Covid-19, the country's coronavirus control body said on Thursday.
 
In a statement, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) said that action was taken after random checks. "During the last 48 hours, 22 educational institutions across Pakistan have been closed due to non compliance of health SOPs/protocols and disease prevalence, it said.

Painting stations, carrom board part of new child-friendly Covid ward at LNJP

Television sets playing cartoons, a painting station and carrom boards will be the features of a child-friendly Covid-19 ward at the state-run LNJP Hospital.
 
The new ward based on the theme -- From Suffering to Happiness -- was inaugurated on Wednesday.
 
The ward has six to seven television sets which play cartoons, carrom board and a painting station so that the children can also enjoy while getting treated for the infection, officials said.

Jammu and Kashmir: 1,467 new Covid cases reported, tally nears 60,000

Wearing glasses may offer protection from Covid-19, but more studies needed: Scientists

Daily wearers of eyeglasses might be less likely to be infected with the novel coronavirus, say scientists who call for further, large-scale studies to assess the relationship between eye protection and the risk of contracting Covid-19.
The single-centre study, published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, assessed 276 hospitalised Covid-19 patients at Suizhou Zengdu Hospital in China, and observed that those who wore eyeglasses for an extended period of time were relatively uncommon among the study participants.
Based on this observation, the researchers, including those from The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University in China, speculated that wearing eyeglasses for more than eight hours per day may be protective against the novel coronavirus infection.

Kerala govt to modify order allowing asymptomatic Covid-19 migrants to work

The Kerala government has decided to modify an order that allowed asymptomatic Covid-19 guest workers in the state to work in places exclusively marked for them by taking all health precautions.

The September 14 order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) has been withdrawn and will be issued after modifications, a senior official said on Thursday.

The order was issued after the Industries sector raised concerns over the current quarantine norms allegedly causing delay in completion of infrastructure projects in the state.

Boris Johnson warns of tougher measures in Covid-19 fight

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Thursday that authorities will have to impose tougher measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 and protect'' the Christmas holidays as the government prepared to introduce stricter measures in northeast England.
 
Johnson's comments came amid reports that the government plans to impose a 10 p.m. curfew on pubs and restaurants in response to a recent jump in confirmed coronavirus cases. Local officials asked for more restrictions now to prevent a tighter lockdown later.
 
Johnson wrote in a piece published in The Sun newspaper that the only way to be certain the country can enjoy the winter holidays is to be tough now.'' 

Russia's Covid-19 cases up 5,762 to over 1.08 million

Russia registered 5,762 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total number of cases to 1,085,281, the country's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Thursday. Meanwhile, 144 new deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 19,061, Xinhua reported citing the statement.
 
Moscow reported 730 new cases, bringing its tally of infections to 274,003, the centre said.

Maharashtra: 1,796 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Thane district

Thane district of Maharashtra added 1,796 new Covid-19 cases, taking it tally above the 150,000-mark, an official said on Thursday. With these new cases, the district's Covid-19 tally stood at 1,51,236, he said.
The death toll in the district rose to 4,009 with the addition of 26 fatalities, the official said. Kalyan recorded 537 new cases followed by Navi Mumbai (375) and Thane city (364), among other areas, he said.

43 new Covid-19 cases reported in Nagaland

As many as 43 new Covid-19 cases have been reported from Nagaland in the last 24 hours, S Pangnyu Phom, the state's minister for Health and Family Welfare informed on Thursday.
The highest number of new cases was reported from Dimapur with 24 cases, followed by 18 in Kohima and one from Mon.
Phom also informed that 111 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, including 80 from Dimapur, 30 from Kohima, and one from Zunheboto.

UP: Covid-19 death toll climbs to 4,771; cases over 336,000

The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 4,771 in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday with 81 more fatalities, while 6,029 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 3,36,294, officials said. The state now has 68,235 active Covid-19 cases and 2,63,288 people have recovered from the disease till date, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.
 
The death toll due to the virus has climbed to 4,771 and the total number of cases has risen to 3,36,294, he added. On Wednesday, the infection tally was 3,30,265 and taking it into cognisance the fresh cases are 6,029 in the last 24 hours.
 
Prasad said that the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in the state is 78.29 per cent and in September the positivity rate till now is 4.7 per cent in the state.

Mizoram's Covid tally at 1,506, active cases 557

GoAir partners Stemz Healthcare to offer Covid-19 testing to passengers

GoAir on Thursday said it has partnered Stemz Healthcare to offer coronavirus testing facility to its domestic and international passengers. As per travel guidelines of different states and countries, several destinations require a Covid-19 RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test to be undertaken within a stipulated time frame before a customer boards a flight.
 
GoAir has been taking multiple steps to ensure safety of passengers in the wake of the Covid-19 situation and as part of these measures, the airline "has partnered with ICMR-approved lab aggregator Stemz Healthcare to enable customers travelling on GoAir domestic or international network to undergo Covid-19 RT-PCR testing at affordable rates", the airline said in a release.

Arunachal CM tests negative for Covid-19

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said that he has tested negative for Covid-19. He had tested positive for the virus on September 15.
 
Khandu, who is currently in home isolation in New Delhi, tweeted that he has tested negative for coronavirus after he conducted a repeat test on Wednesday.

Puducherry's Covid-19 tally at 21,428, toll at 431

Less than 3% population in tribal-dominated districts Covid positive: Govt

Less than 3 percent population in 177 tribal-dominated districts in the county has been detected as positive for coronavirus, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
 
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda also told the Upper House that so far, there has been "no report of major outbreak of the disease in tribal areas".
 
Citing a recent study conducted by IIT Delhi, the minister said, Less than 3 percent of the population in 177 districts with 25 percent tribal population or more has been detected as corona positive.
 
The minister also said the Covid response team of his ministry has formulated a pandemic response plan to protect the livelihoods and health of Scheduled Tribes.

Potential Covid-19 drug azithromycin may increase risk for cardiac events

Azithromycin -- a commonly-prescribed antibiotic -- is being investigated as a potential treatment for Covid-19. Azithromycin's association with cardiac events also has been debated. In 2012, the FDA issued a warning for azithromycin stating that it had been linked to cardiac events, but subsequent studies have yielded mixed results.
 
Now, researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago have found that azithromycin by itself is not associated with an increase in cardiac events; however, if the drug is taken with certain other drugs that affect the electrical functioning of the heart, then cardiac events increased.
 
"Our findings should give researchers and clinicians looking at azithromycin as a potential treatment for Covid-19 pause," said Haridarshan Patel, a researcher in the department of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the UIC College of Pharmacy and corresponding author on the paper.

BBMP issues notice to 36 hospitals for not allocating 50% beds for Covid patients

The city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has issued the final show-cause notice to 36 private hospitals for violating the Karnataka government's mandate to allocate 50 per cent beds for the treatment of COVID infected.
 
It has warned that, any failure to comply with the same will be "viewed seriously" and action will be initiated under the relevant provisions of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020, Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act, 2017 and Disaster Management Act, 2005, which include suspension of registration, fine and even imprisonment.
 
Among the hospitals that have been issued final show cause notice include- 21 with over hundred beds, 10 with 50- 100 beds and five with 20-50 beds.

South Korea approves Phase 2/3 trials of Celltrion's Covid-19 antibody drug

South Korea said on Thursday it has approved Celltrion Inc's experimental Covid-19 treatment for Phase 2/3 clinical trials, as the firm plans to seek an emergency use authorization for the antibody drug.
 
Celltrion said earlier this month that it would begin commercial production of the drug, CT-P59, this month - likely to amount to around 1 million doses, in anticipation of demand in Korea and overseas.
 
The treatment, the most advanced antibody drug in terms of research in South Korea, is directed against the surface of the virus and designed to block it from locking on to human cells.

Tripura's Covid-19 tally rises to 20,699 with 521 fresh cases

At least 521 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the tally in the state to 20,699, a health official said. The death toll has risen to 222 with five more fatalities, he said.
West Tripura district, which also comprises state capital Agartala, accounted for 122 of the Covid-19 deaths, the official said. The state now has 7,498 active cases.
With the discharge of 521 patients from G B Pant Hospital here, the main referral facility in the state, the total number of people who were cured of the disease has touched 12,956, he said. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, the official said.
A total of 3,44921 samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.

India recorded 1,132 Covid fatalities, 25% in 4 states

As many as 1,132 case fatalities have been reported in a span of 24 hours. With 474 new cases of mortality, Maharashtra accounts for more than 40 per cent of the new deaths.
 
The four states of Uttar Pradesh (86), Punjab (78), Andhra Pradesh (64), West Bengal (61) contributed 25.5 per cent of the fatalities during the same period, the ministry said.
 
A record single-day increase of 97,894 infections pushed India's COVID-19 tally to 51,18,253, while the deathtoll climbed to 83,198, with the virus claiming 1,132 lives in a span of 24 hours,the data updated at 8 am showed.

Over 57.1% recoveries in top 5 states with Covid caseload

Maharashtra (17,559) contributed more than one-fifth of the new recoveries (21.22 pc) while the states of Andhra Pradesh (10,845), Karnataka (6,580), Uttar Pradesh (6,476) and Tamil Nadu (5,768) contributed35.87 per cent of the new recoveries.
 
These states together account for 57.1 per cent of total new recoveries, the ministry said adding, "Spurred by high recoveries, the national recovery rate continues to follow its rising curve. It has risen to 78.64 per cent as on date."
 
India has been registering very high recoveries for two consecutive days, the ministry said. More than 82,000 Covid patients have been cured and discharged in the past two days.

Over 60% of active cases in 5 states

- Maharashtra
- Karnataka
- Andhra Pradesh
- Uttar Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu

Active Covid-19 cases of India at 1 mn, 19.73% of total caseload

India's Covid-19 recoveries have crossed 4 million and exceed the active cases of infection by 30,15,103, taking the recovery rate to 78.64 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
The total number of active cases in the country has crossed 1 million as on date. There are10,09,976 active cases of Covid-19 in the country which comprise 19.73 per cent of the total caseload, the data updated at 8 am showed.

9 out of 11 Covid-infected members of Great Andamanese tribe have recovered

Nine out of the 11 coronavirus-infected members of the primitive Great Andamanese tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have recovered, the government told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda also said that the particularly vulnerable tribal groups of Onges, Jarawas and Shompens are safe from the virus.
"The 11 infected members of the Great Andamanese tribe are among those who were either themselves engaged or had families working in government establishments. Except two, all of them have fully recovered and moved back to their settlement in Strait Island," the minister told the Upper House.

364 Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for Covid, toll up at 208

India should get Covid-19 vaccine at affordable rate: Azad

Noting that several countries have already secured favourable commitment for supply of a Covid-19 vaccine, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said India should be well placed to get the vaccine at an "affordable price" and at an "early stage" through a mechanism like pooled procurement.
 
However, the government should be "over cautious" about the quality, safety and efficacy of a new vaccine as any long term side effects would impact India which has a large and young population, he said.
 
Participating in a debate on Covid-19 pandemic in the Upper House, the former health minister attacked the government for losing "golden months" to stop the spread of the disease despite a warning from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in December 2019 about the spread of a mysterious pneumonia in neighbouring China.

Himachal Pradesh reports 77 more Covid-19 cases

As many as 77 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, said the State Health Department. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the State has reached 10,886 so far, including 4,143 active cases. While the recoveries stand at 6,620, the death toll has reached 94.
 
India's Covid-19 case tally crossed the 5.1-million mark with a spike of 97,894 new cases and 1,132 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.
 
The total case tally in the country stands at 51,18,254 including 10,09,976 active cases, 40,25,080 cured/discharged/migrated and 83,198 deaths, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Covid-19 plunges additional 150 million children into poverty: UNICEF

An additional 150 million children globally have been plunged into poverty since the Covid-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, taking the number of children living in multi-dimensional poverty across the world to approximately 1.2 billion, according to a new UNICEF analysis. The new analysis, which was done by the UNICEF and child rights organisation Save the Children and published on Thursday, reveals that the number of children living in multi-dimensional poverty - without access to education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation, or water - has increased by 15 per cent since the start of the pandemic.
 
This means that an additional 150 million children have been plunged into poverty since the pandemic hit earlier this year, it said.
 
The number of children living in multi-dimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the analysis said.

Immune system's T cells play bigger role in reducing Covid-19 severity: Study

Vaccine candidates for Covid-19 should elicit a broad immune response that includes antibodies, and the body's helper and killer T cells, according to a study which says weak or uncoordinated immunity may lead to a poor disease outcome.
 
The research, published in the journal Cell, confirms that a multi-layered, virus-specific immune response is important for controlling the novel coronavirus during the acute phase of the infection and reducing Covid-19 disease severity.
 
"Our observations could also explain why older Covid-19 patients are much more vulnerable to the disease," said study senior author Shane Crotty from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in the US.

South Korea reports 153 new Covid-19 cases

South Korea reported 153 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising the total number of infections to 22,657. The daily caseload has remained below 200 for 15 straight days, but it continued to grow in triple digits since August 14, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
Of the new cases, 62 were Seoul residents, 52 from Gyeonggi province and eight imported. The country's death toll increased to 372 with five new fatalities.

Covid vax to be available by 'start of next year': Harsh Vardhan

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that the coronavirus vaccine will be made available in the country by the start of next year. The remarks come at a time when India is recording more than 5 million cases and people are awaiting the vaccine with bated breath.
 
"Just like other countries, India is also making efforts. Three vaccines candidates are in different phases. Under Prime Minister's guidance, an expert group is looking at it and there is advanced planning in place. We are hopeful that by the start of next year a vaccine will be available in India," Harsh Vardhan said in Rajya Sabha.

Covid-19 deaths in Telangana breach 1,000 mark

The number of deaths due to Covid-19 in Telangana crossed the 1,000-mark on Thursday with nine more deaths while 2,159 new cases pushed the state's tally to over 165,000. Telangana is 13th state in the country to see over 1,000 Covid deaths. Five of these states have fewer cases than Telangana.
 
Telangana health officials say the case fatality rate in the state is low at 0.60 per cent compared to many states. The national average is 1.62 per cent.
 
According to the director of public health, 53.87 per cent of the deceased in Telangana had comorbidities.

19 new cases push Covid-19 tally of Andamans to 3,593

The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,593 on Thursday as 19 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Seven new patients have travel history, while 12 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.
 
Twenty-seven more people have been cured of the disease, the official said.
 
The Union territory now has 196 active cases, while 3,345 people have recovered from the disease and 52 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, he said.

814 new Covid cases, 7 deaths in Rajasthan

Seven more people died from the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan, taking the toll to 1,286 on Thursday, while the number of infections rose to 1.08 lakh with 814 new cases, the Heath Department said.
 
There are 17,838 active cases of Covid-19 and 87,849 people have recovered, according to a health bulletin.
 
Out of the 814 new coronavirus cases, 134 were Jaipur, 119 in Jodhpur, 73 in Kota, 48 in Alwar and 49 in Ajmer districts, among others. The total number of people infected with the virus rose to 1,08,494, it said.

Potential coronavirus drug azithromycin may up risk of cardiac events

New research adds to the growing body of evidence that potential Covid-19 drug azithromycin -- a commonly-prescribed antibiotic -- may increase the risk for cardiac events in patients.
 
The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that if the azithromycin drug is taken with certain other drugs that affect the electrical functioning of the heart, then cardiac events increased.
 
"Our findings should give researchers and clinicians looking at azithromycin as a potential treatment for Covid-19 pause," said study author and Indian-origin researcher Haridarshan Patel from the University of Illinois Chicago in the US.
 
"We found that if taken together with drugs that affect the electrical impulses of the heart, the combination is linked with a 40 per cent increase in cardiac events, including fainting, heart palpitations and even cardiac arrest," Patel added.

Odisha coronavius update: 4,241 Covid -19 cases, 13 fatalities reported

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,67,161 on Thursday as 4,241 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 669, a health official said.
 
The state had reported its highest single-day spike of 4,270 coronavirus cases on Wednesday.
 
As many as 2,502 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,739 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.

Twitter suspends account of whistleblower who said Covid virus was made in Wuhan lab

Twitter has suspended the social media account of the Chinese virologist who claimed that coronavirus was developed in a Wuhan laboratory. Li-Meng Yan had recently made headlines when she claimed to have proof to show that the deadly virus was made in a Wuhan lab. She has reportedly fled China after becoming a whistleblower in the case.

China claims approximately 90,000 sq. kms. of Indian territory in the Eastern Sector of the India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh: Rajnath

China claims approximately 90,000 sq. kms. of Indian territory in the Eastern Sector of the India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha. The deployment of troops along the LAC by China is against the 92-93 agreements, he added. 
 

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (1121221)
Andhra Pradesh (592760)
Tamil Nadu (519860)
Karnataka (484990)
Uttar Pradesh (330265)

IMA criticizes Centre for not maintaining statistics of doctors who died due to COVID-19

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday criticized the Union government for not maintaining the statistics of doctors who have sacrificed their lives while treating the patients of COVID-19.

The IMA said this in response against the statement made in Parliament by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who acknowledged the contribution of healthcare workers during this pandemic, but the statistics of healthcare workers who died due to COVID-19 were missing from the 19th paragraph of the statement on September 14.

According to the IMA, the government concealed the morbidity and mortality of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers during COVID-19 management.

Telangana reports 2,159 new Covid-19 cases, taking tally to 165,003

Telangana reports 2,159 new Covid-19 cases, taking tally to 165,003, while nine more deaths push toll to 1,005: state government

UP coronavirus update: Queues grow longer at Covid testing centres in Agra

Lack of adequate Covid-19 testing facilities is causing an avoidable delay in the treatment of patients even as queues continue to lengthen at the district hospital and the S. N.Medical College for sample collection centres.
 
"People have to wait for hours for their turn, fill up forms and then keep returning for reports which also is a time-consuming exercise," family members of patients said at the sample collection centre in the district hospital.
 
Many want the private hospitals to be allowed to do the testing. "If the government centres cannot cope with the sudden surge, they should allow private intervention," say the sufferers. Read on...

Fight against coronavirus isn't a political one, it is battle to save lives: Sanjay Raut

Many patients in Maharashtra are recovering from COVID-19 and the fight is against the infection and not a political one, said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday.
 
Raut's statement comes after the comments made by Union Health Minister in which he had cited that the maximum number of infected cases were being reported from Maharashtra.
 
"My mother and my brother are infected with COVID. Many people in Maharashtra are recovering also. Today, the situation in Dharavi is under control. WHO has appreciated the efforts of BMC. I want to state these facts as some members here were criticising Maharashtra govt yesterday," Raut said in the Rajya Sabha.

Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks, says, 'He was confused'

US President Donald Trump took exception on Wednesday to comments from the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and that masks might be even more effective.
 
Robert Redfield, in testimony to a congressional committee, said that general availability of a vaccine could come by “late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”

Dr Reddy's Labs gains for second straight day on Covid vaccine deal

Shares of Dr Reddy's Laboratories extended their gains to the second straight day, up as much as 2.4 per cent to Rs 4,748 on the BSE on Thursday. The stock had risen 4.4 per cent in the last trading session after the firm and Russia's sovereign wealth fund, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), agreed to cooperate on clinical trials and distribution of Sputnik V vaccine in India.
 
Upon regulatory approval in India, RDIF shall supply to Dr. Reddy's 100 million doses of the vaccine, Dr Reddys said in a release on Wednesday. The Sputnik V vaccine, which is based on well-studied human adenoviral vector platform with proven safety, is undergoing clinical trials for the coronavirus pandemic, it said. Read on...

Coronavirus: IMA says 382 doctors have died, accuses Centre of being indifferent, abandoning them

The Indian Medical Association on Thursday accused the government of “indifference” and “abdication” after it said there was no complete data on the number of frontline healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus and died, NDTV reported. The health body released a list and said that so far, 382 doctors have died of the infection.

Mizoram reports 26 more COVID-19 cases

As many as 26 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mizoram till 7 am on Thursday taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the State to 1,506, informed the State government.
 
Out of the total number of coronavirus cases, 567 cases are active and 939 people have been discharged after treatment. No death due to the infection has been reported in the State till date.

Coronavirus LIVE updates: India records biggest single-day spike of 97,894 cases


Trump wants a vaccine by end of this year but the barriers are too high

Every effort to develop a new medicine is like launching a ship across the ocean to hunt for riches. Over the years, we’ve improved the hulls and masts, the maps are better, the sailors more experienced. But even so, vessels get turned back or new lands are barren. And, sometimes, a squall takes down the boat and all her crew.
 
The Trump administration has set sail on one of the most ambitious vaccine development efforts in history. Operation Warp Speed is likely to deliver a Covid-19 inoculation in a fraction of the years it would usually take. If it does so, it could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and economies around the world. Read on...

Dublin imposes more restrictive curbs

The Irish capital of Dublin has imposed a number of new restrictive measures aimed at the curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
 
The new measures, which were announced by the Irish government on Tuesday and came into force on Wednesday, mainly focus on limiting the number of people gathering indoors and outdoors and restricting their movement, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
Under the new measures, no more than two households in Dublin should meet at any given time either indoors or outdoors and the maximum number of people allowed for such meetings is six.

Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna honoured for feeding millions in India amid COVID-19

Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna will be honoured with the prestigious 2020 Asia Game Changer Award for feeding millions across India amid the COVID-19 pandemic through a massive food distribution drive that he coordinated from thousands of miles away in his Manhattan home.
 
The Asia Game Changer Awards, launched by the Asia Society -- a US-based non-profit organisation -- in 2014, identify and honour true leaders who make a positive contribution to the future of Asia.
 
Khanna is the only Indian among the six honourees named by the leading organisation on Wednesday.

Covid-19 crisis: High Court tells Delhi govt to increase RT-PCR testing

The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday suggested that the AAP government increase the RT-PCR test capacity to the maximum possible to detect Covid-19 infection, as rapid antigen tests were only 60 per cent accurate.
 
The HC asked an expert panel, set up by the Lieutenant Governor, to convene a meeting on priority basis to consider the extent to which capacity of testing by RT-PCR should be ramped up. Read on...

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (September 17)

Active cases: 1,009,976 (Net addition: 14,043)
Deaths: 83,198 (Net addition: (1,132)
Cured: 4,025,079 (Net addition: 82,719)
Total cases: 5,118,253 (Net addition: 97,894)

Uttarakhand records nine more Covid-19 deaths, 1,540 new cases

A total of 1,540 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, taking the state's infection tally to 35,947 while nine patients died, a state health department bulletin said.
 
Dehradun district reported the highest number of 429 cases, Haridwar 363, Udham Singh Nagar 246, Nainital 118, Almora 97, Bageshwar 84, Pitgoragarh 55, Pauri 51, Uttarkashi 47, Chamoli 31, Tehri 12, Rudraprayag 7, it said.
 

Punjab coronavirus cases: Punjab records 2,717 new Covid-19 cases, 78 deaths

Punjab records 2,717 new Covid-19 cases and 78 deaths, taking the total number of cases to 87,184 including 63,570 recoveries, 21,022 active cases and 2,592 deaths: State Health Department

Bihar coronavirus update: Bihar reports more recoveries than new Covid-19 cases

Single-day recoveries outnumbered new Covid-19 cases in Bihar on Wednesday as 1,724 people were cured of the disease and 1,531 tested positive for the infection, health department bulletin said.
 
The recovery rate in the state has increased to 91.16 per cent on Wednesday which is 13 per cent more than the national average, Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Anupam Kumar said.
 
The number of recoveries has shown a steady increase in the state since August 17, except on September 3 and 4. Out of the total 1,62,631 Covid-19 cases, the number of people who have recovered from the contagion increased to 1,48,257.

AstraZeneca's trial illnesses may not be due to Covid-19 shot - Oxford University

The adverse events that led to a pause in trials evaluating AstraZeneca Plc's Covid-19 vaccine candidate may not have been associated with the vaccine itself, according to a document outlining participant information that was posted online by the Oxford University.
 

Coronavirus impact: Doctors in hard-hit Madrid: 'It's like March in slow motion'

It feels like a flashback. Pneumonia, a common acute manifestation of the COVID-19 disease, is keeping Spanish intensive care wards busy again. And it's also leaving medical workers who are still recovering from the pandemic's peak with an anxious sense of dja vu.
 
Foreseeable as it was, the second wave has arrived in Europe earlier than expected, hitting countries with different intensity. In Madrid, for the second time the capital worst hit by coronavirus outbreaks on the continent, doctors and nurses say that authorities are responding, again, too erratically and too late.
 
In a way, it's like the situation in March but in slow motion," said Dr. Carlos Velayos, who works as an intensive care unit physician at the public hospital in suburban Fuenlabrada. The hospital is expanding its ICU capacity from 12 to 24 beds by the end of September, as all of them are currently filling up with coronavirus patients.

Spike in Covid-19 cases bares gaps in Delhi, Mumbai critical care infra

Covid-19 cases in Delhi and Mumbai, after having relented, are rising again and, with the increase, has returned the wait for critical care beds.
Industry insiders say while many makeshift facilities are empty and most government hospitals are reporting spare capacity, people are crowding private hospitals. Read on...

Mobile firms stare at gloomy festive season amid Covid-led disruption

With the Covid-19-triggered economic disruption resulting in mass layoffs, salary cuts, and GDP contraction, smartphone manufacturers are staring at a subdued festive season this year.
 
According to industry sources, though leading brands like Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Oppo managed to absorb the initial shock and resumed their local production back to 60 per cent, they would likely suffer a 20-25 per cent loss of sales in the October-December quarter. Read on...

Will US be able to ready a coronavirus vaccine by this year? Stakes are high

Every effort to develop a new medicine is like launching a ship across the ocean to hunt for riches. Over the years, we’ve improved the hulls and masts, the maps are better, the sailors more experienced. But even so, vessels get turned back or new lands are barren. And, sometimes, a squall takes down the boat and all her crew.
 
The Trump administration has set sail on one of the most ambitious vaccine development efforts in history. Operation Warp Speed is likely to deliver a Covid-19 inoculation in a fraction of the years it would usually take. If it does so, it could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and economies around the world.
 
But the administration has also offered timelines for a vaccine that fly in the face of almost every experience in pharmaceutical history. On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump said a shot could be ready in three or four weeks. Then, on Wednesday, Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Health and Human Services and one of the senior leaders of the Warp Speed program, said every American could be vaccinated by the end of March. \

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive

Coronavirus treatment: Demand for donors soars amid debate over plasma therapy effectiveness

Sunny Khera has stopped answering unknown callers on his phone. He, along with a few friends, had started encouraging and arranging donors for Covid-19 patients soon after the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi championed plasma therapy as a lifesaver some four months ago. By mid-August, they stopped looking for new donors as the daily case count had begun to dip. But they resumed their search again late August as the numbers began to soar again.

It also meant unending distress calls. “I have not been taking calls as people cry on the phone and I can’t help. I already have tens of requests,” Khera says. So far, his team of volunteers has persuaded nearly 90 recovered patients to donate plasma. Read on...

Mask not more effective than coronavirus vaccine 'by any means', says Trump

Despite Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying that wearing a mask would be more effective than a vaccine against the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said that the mask is "not more effective" than the vaccine "by any means".
 
"I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine because the immunogenicity maybe 70 per cent. And if I don't get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This face mask will," Redfield said at a public testimony according to CNN. Read on...

Israel coronavirus update: Daily Covid cases surpass 6,000 for first time

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 6,063 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 170,465.
 
It is the highest daily rise since the outbreak of the pandemic in Israel in late February, as the previous record was 4,764 registered on Sept. 14.
 
The number of deaths reached 1,165, with 18 new deaths, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 534 to 549, out of 1,163 patients currently hospitalised. Read on...

Pune coronavirus update: District records 4,656 Covid-19 cases in a single day; 74 more die

Pune district reported 4,656 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 2,35,852 on Wednesday, a health official said.
 
He said the death toll reached 5,366 with 74 more patients succumbing to the infection in the western Maharashtra district during the same period.
 
Also, 1,883 patients were discharged from hospitals following their recovery from the disease, the official said. Read on...

Gujarat coronavirus update: State reports 1,364 new Covid cases; 12 deaths

Gujarat on Wednesday reported 1,364 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state's coronavirus tally to 1,17,709, while 12 fatalities in the last 24 hours took its death toll to 3,259. A total of 85,153 samples were tested on Wednesday.
 
The state has reported 21,274 cases in September so far, at an average of 1,329 cases per day. Read on...

Chhattisgarh coronavirus update: 3,189 Covid-19 cases, 23 deaths recorded

Chhattisgarh reported 3,189 new Covid-19 cases and 23 more fatalities, taking the statewide tally to 73,966 and the toll to 611 on Wednesday, a health official said.
 
As many as 689 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 958 patients completed their home isolation, taking the tally of recoveries to 35,885, he said.
 
The state now has 37,470 active cases, he said.
 
Of the fresh cases found in 25 districts, the maximum 717 was reported from Raipur district, the worst-hit by the pandemic in the state, followed by Rajnandgaon (398), Raigarh (294), Bilaspur (293), and Durg (282), he said. Read on...

Odisha coronavirus update: No ban on Covid patients' movement to Bhubaneswar

The Odisha government on Wednesday said that it has asked district authorities to strengthen COVID care facilities at the local level, but did not put any ban on the movement of patients to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
 
The government's clarification came in the wake of criticism from various quarters, including the opposition BJP and Congress, which said that patients should not be discouraged from visiting Bhubaneswar and Cuttack as the best of medical facilities are available in the two cities. Read on...

Sikkim coronavirus update: 49 fresh cases take state's Covid tally to 2,221

Sikkim reported 49 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the Himalayan state to 2,221, an official said on Wednesday.
 
East Sikkim registered 38 fresh cases, followed by five each in North and South Sikkim and one in West Sikkim, state Information Education Communication member Sonam Bhutia said.
 
The state has 480 active cases at present, while 1,722 patients have been cured of the infection and 19 died, the official said.
 
Sikkim has tested 45,762 samples for Covid-19 so far, Bhutia added.

Delhi records highest single-day spike of 4,473 coronavirus cases

Delhi registered a record single-day spike of 4,473 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the city'sinfection tally to over 2.3 lakh, while 33 more deaths were reported, authorities said.
 
The previous highest single-day spike of 4,321 cases was recorded on September 12.
 
The city's COVID-19 tally has reached 2,30,269 and the death toll mounted to 4,839, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. Read on...

Coronavirus Uttarakhand update: Reopening of schools from September 21 cancelled amid rising Covid-19 cases

With COVID-19 cases steadily on the rise, the Uttarakhand government on Tuesday said that no schools of any kind will open in the state from September 21.
 
Uttarakhand's Education Minister Arvind Pandey said that no schools of any kind will open in the state from September 21, adding that the decision has been taken in the wake of an increasing number of coronavirus cases. 

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