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Corona update: With 86,432 new cases, India's tally has now surged past the 4-million mark to 4,023,179. This is the third consecutive day when the country has recorded over 80,000 cases in a single day. India is only a notch away from replacing Brazil as the second-most affected nation. The country's death toll currently stands at 69,614, according to Worldometer.

Maharashtra, the worst-hit state has recorded its highest-ever single-day spike of 19,218 coronavirus cases. Five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (863,062), Andhra Pradesh (465,730), Tamil Nadu (439,959), Karnataka (370,206), and Uttar Pradesh (253,000).

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 26,795,701. While 18,880,235 have recovered, 876,032 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 6,387,052 cases. It is followed by Brazil, which has 4,091,801, India (4,023,179) and Russia (1,015,105).

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12:48 AM IST The Covid-19 cases in Gujarat rose to 1,03,006 cases, with the addition of the daily spike of 1,311 cases, health officials said. Surat reported 277 cases and Ahmedabad saw 167 cases coming up. The number of positive cases are increasing drastically in Rajkot and Jamnagar. Ahmedabad was followed by Rajkot where 145 cases were registered. Vadodara has been recording more than 120 cases detected daily and everyday it keeps on increasing and on Saturday 119 cases were registered, while 111 positive cases were detected in Jamnagar.

12:40 AM IST Bihar reported nine more COVID-19 fatalities, pushing the death toll to 750, even as the state's caseload jumped to 1,45,860 with 1,727 new infections, the health department said on Saturday. The discharge rate, too, rose to 88.01 per cent after 1,965 people recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, it said. The total number of recoveries stood at 1,28,376.

12:39 AM IST Single-day recoveries outnumbered new Covid-19 cases in Nagaland on Saturday as 68 people were cured of the disease and 21 tested positive for the infection, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said. The fresh infections have pushed the state's tally to 4,128.

12:38 AM IST Assam's Covid-19 caseload went up to 1,23,922 after 2,698 more people tested positive for the virus, while seven fresh fatalities took the death toll to 352 on Saturday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Two of the seven deaths were reported from Darrang while Kamrup Metropolitan, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Hailakandi and Jorhat registered one casualty each.

12:03 AM IST Uttarakhand on Saturday recorded its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases with 950 people testing positive for the infection, according to a state health department bulletin. The state also reported its highest number of fatalities in a day after 18 people, who tested psoitive for the disease, died on Saturday, it said.   The Covid-19 tally in Uttarakhand now stands at 23,961 while the death toll is 330, the bulletin said. 

11:54 PM IST We will conduct our first ever online examinations of Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) courses from 17th September, 2020 for the exit/terminal classes: Panjab University #Chandigarh pic.twitter.com/KMK9AexaYf — ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2020

11:42 PM IST Jharkhand's #COVID19 case tally rises to 49,797 with 1,754 cases reported today. The numbers of active and recovered cases are 15,005 and 34,330 respectively; the death toll is at 462: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/EEPyq9NZve — ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2020

11:31 PM IST Assam reported 2,698 new #COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1,23,922 including 92,717 recoveries and 352 deaths. The number of active cases stands at 30,850: State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma pic.twitter.com/MbbZuYR7Uu — ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2020

11:23 PM IST Punjab reported 1,515 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday taking the total number of cases to 61,527 in the state. According to the state government, 69 deaths were reported today and the death toll has gone up to 1,808. A total of 1306 patients were discharged on Saturday. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday ended his week-long self-isolation after testing negative for coronavirus, Chief Minister's Office said.

11:10 PM IST Telangana: Preparations underway at the metro stations of Hyderabad Metro as it gears up to resume services from September 7 as part of #Unlock4. pic.twitter.com/AYyWK5JaB0 — ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2020

11:03 PM IST Chhattisgarh reported 1,172 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and 14 deaths over the past couple of days, taking the statewide tally to 41,806 and the toll to 351, a health official said.   The state also witnessed the highest number of patients being discharged in single day at 879, he added.   So far, 20,487 patients have recovered from the infection since the first case reported in March, leaving the state with 20,968 active cases, he said. Of the 1,172 fresh cases, Raipur district accounted for 398 that took the case tally in the region to 15,021, including 184 deaths, he said.

10:50 PM IST The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday decided that private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients could charge only 40 per cent more than rates prevalent in the time before the outbreak. It was also decided that patients being treated at private Covid-19 designated hospitals, which are authorised and in contract with the government, can voluntarily pay their bills.   Such hospitals are currently treating patients free of cost.   After a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to review the coronavirus situation, Minister for Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang informed that there was some confusion about bills being raised by private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients.

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Gujarat's Covid tally reaches 1,03,006 : Officials

The Covid-19 cases in Gujarat rose to 1,03,006 cases, with the addition of the daily spike of 1,311 cases, health officials said.

Surat reported 277 cases and Ahmedabad saw 167 cases coming up. The number of positive cases are increasing drastically in Rajkot and Jamnagar.

Ahmedabad was followed by Rajkot where 145 cases were registered. Vadodara has been recording more than 120 cases detected daily and everyday it keeps on increasing and on Saturday 119 cases were registered, while 111 positive cases were detected in Jamnagar.

Bihar's Covid-19 death toll mounts to 750 with nine more fatalities

Bihar reported nine more COVID-19 fatalities, pushing the death toll to 750, even as the state's caseload jumped to 1,45,860 with 1,727 new infections, the health department said on Saturday.

The discharge rate, too, rose to 88.01 per cent after 1,965 people recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, it said. The total number of recoveries stood at 1,28,376.

Single-day recoveries outnumber new Covid-19 cases in Nagaland

Single-day recoveries outnumbered new Covid-19 cases in Nagaland on Saturday as 68 people were cured of the disease and 21 tested positive for the infection, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

The fresh infections have pushed the state's tally to 4,128.

Assam reports 2,698 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Assam's Covid-19 caseload went up to 1,23,922 after 2,698 more people tested positive for the virus, while seven fresh fatalities took the death toll to 352 on Saturday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Two of the seven deaths were reported from Darrang while Kamrup Metropolitan, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Hailakandi and Jorhat registered one casualty each.

Uttarakhand logs highest one-day jump with 950 new Covid-19 cases

Uttarakhand on Saturday recorded its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases with 950 people testing positive for the infection, according to a state health department bulletin.
The state also reported its highest number of fatalities in a day after 18 people, who tested psoitive for the disease, died on Saturday, it said.
 
The Covid-19 tally in Uttarakhand now stands at 23,961 while the death toll is 330, the bulletin said. 

Panjab University to conduct UG exams online amid Covid-19

Jharkhand Covid-19 case tally rises to 49,797 with 1,754 new cases

Assam reports 2,698 new Covid-19 cases, toll reaches 352

Punjab reports 1,515 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 61,527

Punjab reported 1,515 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday taking the total number of cases to 61,527 in the state.

According to the state government, 69 deaths were reported today and the death toll has gone up to 1,808. A total of 1306 patients were discharged on Saturday.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday ended his week-long self-isolation after testing negative for coronavirus, Chief Minister's Office said.

Preparations underway at Hyderabad Metro stations before services resume on Sept 7

Chhattisgarh: 1,172 new Covid-19 cases, 14 deaths; tally crosses 41,000

Chhattisgarh reported 1,172 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and 14 deaths over the past couple of days, taking the statewide tally to 41,806 and the toll to 351, a health official said.
 
The state also witnessed the highest number of patients being discharged in single day at 879, he added.
 
So far, 20,487 patients have recovered from the infection since the first case reported in March, leaving the state with 20,968 active cases, he said. Of the 1,172 fresh cases, Raipur district accounted for 398 that took the case tally in the region to 15,021, including 184 deaths, he said.

Madhya Pradesh govt sets rates for hospitals treating Covid-19 patients

The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday decided that private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients could charge only 40 per cent more than rates prevalent in the time before the outbreak. It was also decided that patients being treated at private Covid-19 designated hospitals, which are authorised and in contract with the government, can voluntarily pay their bills.
 
Such hospitals are currently treating patients free of cost.
 
After a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to review the coronavirus situation, Minister for Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang informed that there was some confusion about bills being raised by private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients.

Biggest one-day spike of 182 Covid-19 cases in Meghalaya

Meghalaya registered its highest single-day spike of 182 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, which pushed the tally in the northeastern state to 2,916, a health department official said.
 
Of the new cases, 121 were reported from East Khasi Hills district, 31 from Ri-Bhoi, 15 from East Garo, 12 from West Garo, two from North Garo and one from West Khasi hills districts, Health Services Director Aman War said.
 
"Fifteen health workers and five armed forces personnel from East Khasi Hills district are among new patients," he said.
 

Haryana reports highest one-day jump in Covid-19 deaths, cases

Haryana on Saturday reported its highest single-day jump in number of Covid-19 deaths at 22, while a record spike of 2,289 cases pushed the infection tally to 74,272, according to the state health department''s daily bulletin. Just a day earlier, the state had recorded the biggest spike of 1,884 cases and 19 fatalities.
 
The total number of fatalities in the state rose to 781 with the addition of the fresh fatalities.
 
While Kurukshetra and Panchkula reported three deaths each, two fatalities each were from Gurugram, Ambala, Karnal, Hisar and Yamunanagar while one death each took place in Kaithal, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Bhiwani, Palwal and Rohtak, the bulletin said.
 

Tamil Nadu reports 5,870 new Covid-19 cases, 61 deaths

Tamil Nadu has reported 5,870 new Covid-19 cases and 61 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state health department, the total number of active cases now stands at 51,583. A total of 5,859 patients have also been discharged in the last 24 hours
 
The Health Department said 3,98,366 patients have been discharged till now while 7,748 have lost their lives due to the virus.
 
India reported the highest single-day jump of 86,432 new coronavirus cases on Saturday taking the total count of cases above 40 lakh. in Pak-initiated ceasefire violation in Nowgam

Himachal Pradesh reports 188 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 7,018

Next 3 months challenging as Covid-19 cases spike sharply: Maharashtra CM

The spike in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai in the last two days shows the state administration will face the challenge of containing the outbreak more vigorously in the next two to three months, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday. He was speaking at a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation.
 
"When the number of cases daily was between 1000-1100, we felt we are the peak of the virus spread. But in the last two days, the daily spike is between 1700-1900. Hence, the next three months are challenging and we have to tackle it effectively," he said.
 
Thackeray said 5000-6000 more beds can be arranged in Mumbai and the administration has to plan for oxygen and ICU facilities.

AP logs 10,825 new Covid-19 cases, tally inches closer to 500,000-mark

With more districts touching new landmarks by the day, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday inched closer to the 500,000-mark in coronavirus cases as 10,825 more were added afresh in 24 hours.
 
After 10,830 on August 26, this is the highest addition of cases in a day in the state.
 
For the second day in a row, close to 12,000 Covid-19 patients got cured and discharged from hospitals, thereby bringing down the number of active cases, the latest bulletin said.
 
The state's Covid-19 chart now showed 4,87,331 total cases, 3,82,104 recoveries and 4,347 deaths, with the number of active cases being 1,00,880.

Another Covid-19 death, 234 fresh cases in Chandigarh

Chandigarh reported one more death due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 69, while the infection count climbed to 5,502 after detection of 234 new cases on Saturday, according to a medical bulletin.

A 27-year coronavirus positive man died at government medical college and hospital on Friday, the bulletin said. A 14-day-old child is among the fresh cases of the novel coronavirus in the Union Territory, it said.

Doubling of tests behind surgeon in Covid cases, no need to panic: Delhi CM

Declaring a "war" on coronavirus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi is attributable to doubling of testing, but asserted that the situation in the city is completely under control and there is no need to panic.
 
Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said he is not worried about the data, but more concerned about keeping people healthy.
 
"Delhi declares war on corona. We have doubled testing, started testing at markets, bus stands, mohalla clinics etc. Test, test, test. Isolate infected people and provide them good treatment. I have told officers not to worry if the number (of cases) increases due to multifold testing," Kejriwal later tweeted.

1,636 new coronavirus cases in MP, 30 deaths, 1,392 recoveries

Madhya Pradesh on Saturday recorded 1,636 new coronavirus cases, taking the total count in the state to 71,880, health officials said.
 
The highest 284 new infections were reported from Indore, followed by 172 in Bhopal, 160 in Gwalior and 116 in Jabalpur.
 
The coronavirus death toll rose to 1,543 after 30 patients succumbed since Friday evening, they said.

592 cases take Goa's Covid-19 count to 20,455; toll 229

The number of COVID-19 cases in Goa reached 20,455 after 592 people were detected with the infection on Saturday, while nine deaths took the toll to 229, an official said.
 

With 534 people getting discharged during the day, the number of such cases has risen to 15,281, leaving the state with 4,945 active cases, he added.

Bengal's Covid-19 death toll crosses 3,500-mark; discharge rate rises to 84.86%

The COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal crossed the 3,500-mark to reach 3,510 after 58 more people succumbed to the disease on Saturday, a bulletin released by the state health department said.
 

After 3,248 patients recovered from the infection, the discharge rate improved to 84.86 per cent from 84.48 per cent on Friday.
 

The bulletin said that 3,042 fresh cases of the contagion took the tally to 1,77,701.

20,489 new Covid-19 positive cases, 10,801 discharged in Maharashtra today



Ahmedabad adds 167 Covid-19 cases; tally 32,351

The COVID-19 tally in Ahmedabad district rose to 32,351 on Saturday with addition of 167 new cases, Gujarat health department said.
 

With two fatalities in the day, the total toll went up to 1,747, it said.
 

A total of 78 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 26,771 in the district.

1,311 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, 16 deaths, 1,148 recoveries

Coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 1,03,006 on Saturday with 1,311 new patients coming to light, the state health department said.
 

With 16 new fatalities, the COVID-19 death toll in the state reached 3,094, it said.
 

At the same time, 1,148 patients were discharged, raising the number of recovered cases to 83,546, the department said in its release.

Andhra Pradesh reports 10,825 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours




1515 new Covid-19 positive cases, 69 deaths reported in Punjab today



950 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Uttarakhand today



258 more Maharashtra police personnel tested Covid-19 positive



Preparations underway at the metro stations of Bengaluru Metro as it gears up to resume services



WB Clinical Regulatory Com intervenes to reduce Covid-19 patient's treatment bill

The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission intervened to reduce the bill of a dead COVID-19 woman and urged the city-based private hospital which treated her to allow her family members to pay the dues in instalments, an official said on Saturday.
 

The Commission urged that the woman's family be allowed to pay Rs 5,000 over two years to pay the bill, he said.
 

Acting on a complaint lodged by a family member of the octogenarian woman of being overcharged and threatened by the authorities of the hospital where she was admitted in July for treatment, the Commission has asked it to reconsider the bill and reduce an amount of Rs 1.7 lakh.

 

234 new Covid-19 positive cases, 1 death reported in Chandigarh today



Maharashtra CM Thackeray reviews measures undertaken to control Covid-19



9746 new Covid-19 cases reported in Karnataka



1251 new cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today



Tamil Nadu reported 5,870 new Covid-19 cases, 5,859 discharges



Kerala recorded 2,655 new Covid-19 cases & 11 deaths in the last 24 hours



Charging more than the designated amount is punishable offence: Maharashtra Health min



Air India to resume Mumbai-Aurangabad flights from Sep 15

Flag carrier Air India is set to resume its services to Mumbai from here with three flights per week, starting September 15, an official has said.
 

The flights between the two cities were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

With 6,692 people testing positive for Covid-19, UP registers largest single-day spike

With 6,692 people testing positive for COVID-19, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday reported the highest single-day surge in the number of fresh cases with state capital Lucknow topping the chart with 1,006 cases.
 

With 81 fresh COVID-19 deaths, so far 3,843 patients have succumbed to the viral disease in the state.
 

The previous single-day highest spike in COVID cases, registered on August 30, was 6,233.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh ends self-isolation after testing Covid-19 negative



Noida: 213 new Covid-19 cases, biggest single-day spike

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Saturday recorded its highest single-day spike of 213 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 8,686, official data showed.
 

The number of active coronavirus cases reached 1,299, up from 1,188 on Friday, 1,163 on Thursday, 1,114 on Wednesday, 1,067 on Tuesday, 1,055 on Monday and 1,009 on Sunday, according to data released by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department for a 24-hour period.
 

The district's death toll stands at 46. On the brighter side, the mortality rate among positive patients continued to decline and reached 0.52 per cent on Saturday, one of the lowest in the state, data showed.

Karnataka to soon reach goal of 100,000 tests per day: Medical Education Minister

Karnataka will soon reach its goal of conducting one lakh COVID-19 tests per day as it has increased the number of labs and the tests done, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said here on Saturday.
 

"From one testing lab for COVID-19 test, we have opened 108 labs in six months.
 

From 300 tests per day, we have increased it to 75,000.

Public & private bus services resume in Madhya Pradesh



Oxygen cylinders should be provided to health facilities at a 50-50 ratio: Ajit Pawar



Parliament's Monsoon Session: 4-day Covid testing camp begins

Ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament commencing on September 14, an in-house four-day Covid-19 testing camp was started on Saturday for officials and other staff deployed at the complex to ensure minimum health risks during the period.
 

On the first day of testing, all officials working in Parliament were asked to go for coronavirus or Covid-19 tests. The testing will continue till Tuesday to cover other staff and security personnel.
 

Parliament officials told IANS that Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests and Rapid Tests will be done. RT-PCR tests have been prescribed for those having any Covid-like symptoms while the rest will undergo Rapid Testing.

Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao tests Covid-19 positive

Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the sixth session of the second State Legislative Assembly.
 

Rao took to Twitter to confirm that he has tested positive for COVID-19. However, his health is stable.

Reopening of economy, increased testing, no mask use led to rise in Covid-19 cases in Delhi: Experts

Delhi has recorded the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases in nearly 70 days, which experts are attributing to reopening of economy, ramped-up testing, patients from outside the city coming here for treatment and violation of safety norms by many people in public.
 

The national capital has reported coronavirus cases in excess of 2,000 for four consecutive days since September 1. On Friday, the daily cases count stood at 2,914.

Delhi markets, bus stands to turn into Covid testing centres

Soon corona testing will be carried out at Delhi's markets, bus stands and mohalla clinics. The number of Corona tests in Delhi has been increased to 40,000 per day.
 

With the increase in the number of tests, the number of new cases is also increasing in the national Capital. Over 2,900 corona patients have been detected during the last 24 hours. To this Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "There is nothing to worry about the spread of coronavirus in Delhi right now. The situation is completely under control, however no negligence should be allowed at any cost."

 

One more dies of Covid-19 in UP's Muzaffarnagar, toll reaches 30

Another COVID-19 patient has died in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar taking the death toll in the district to 30, officials said on Saturday.
 

A patient, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in Meerut, died on Friday evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Praveen Chopra said.
 

Muzaffarnagar also recorded 93 fresh coronavirus cases.

Tripura reports record 691 new Covid-19 cases, seven more deaths

Tripura registered its highest single-day spike of 691 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which pushed the tally in the northeastern state to 14,527, a health department official said.
 

The death toll rose to 136 after seven more people succumbed to the infection, he said.
 

West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, accounted for 76 of the 136 COVID-19 deaths, the official said.

Russia records 5,205 Covid-19 cases within 24 hours

Russia has registered 5,205 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 1,020,310, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.
 

"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,205 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,249 (24 per cent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response centre said in a statement.

Covid-19: Don't ignore exhaustion, chest pain, say experts

Lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome had taken centre-stage as the most dreaded complications of COVID-19. However, with time, more issues have begun to be discovered. Heart damage has now emerged as another grim outcome in the virus's repertoire of possible complications.
 

Cardiology experts say people should not ignore chest pain or exhaustion even if there is no fever. The suggestion was put forth during a discussion on 'Heart Wellness during Covid-19' hosted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) in their Illness to Wellness series on Friday.

 

Smart cities better equipped to manage emergency situations like Covid-19: Deloitte

Smart solutions and data analysis can enable effective governance and administration to control emergency situations like Covid-19 while putting in place a disaster response and recovery strategy, according to a recent study by global consultancy Deloitte.
 

Tactical use of integrated command and control centres (ICCCs), data crunching and smart technology can help cities and their administrations take a proactive approach through evidence-based urban governance, said the report titled 'India Smart Cities' Covid-19 Response'.
 

Whether aligning the Covid-19 response strategy, mapping the population to provide effective ration delivery to the poor and targeted beneficiaries, or deploying resources with a proper objective in mind, the central government's smart cities programme is seen to have come in handy in driving a forceful response for the pandemic, it said.

718 more Covid-19 cases reported in Rajasthan

As many as 718 new coronavirus cases were reported in Rajasthan till 10.
 

With this, the active cases in the state have reached 15,409. While 71,990 recoveries have been reported, the death toll has reached 1,116.
 

India registered the highest single-day jump of 86,432 new coronavirus cases taking the national caseload past 40-lakh mark, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Odisha reports 3,543 new Covid-19 cases

As many as 3,543 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,20,221, the health department informed on Saturday.
 

The total figure includes 90,331 people who have recovered and 29,299 active cases.
 

So far, 538 lives have been claimed by the infectious virus.

 

Concerns about Covid-19 spread to rural India spike as cases race past 4 mn mark

As COVID-19 cases surge so do worries about how to contain the spread of the disease that is spreading inexorably through India, initially in urban centres and now increasingly into the hinterland where medical infrastructure is scarce.
 

Though there are no exact numbers about the spread of the virus into rural areas, there is enough evidence to suggest it has reached most corners of India and there is community transmission, say experts.
 

Just two figures could tell the story: an estimated 65 per cent of India's 1.3 billion population lives in rural areas. And, according to the website How India Lives, 714 districts in India have coronavirus cases, putting 94.76 per cent of the population at risk.

Covid-19 cases rising in Delhi due to increased testing: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the COVID-19 situation is completely under control but stressed that there is no room for complacency and highlighted that the cases are rising due to increased testing.
 

He said that the government has taken several steps to reduce deaths due to coronavirus.

Covid-19 affected all systems of society, will meet CM and request help: Uttarakhand BJP MLA



Himachal Pradesh reports three more Covid-19 deaths, 22 fresh cases

Three more people succumbed to coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh, taking the death toll to 52 on Saturday while 22 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 6,852, according to the Health Department.
 

One death each was reported from Una, Kangra and Mandi, as per data issued by the department on Saturday afternoon.
 

Solan accounts for 14 of the total COVID-19 deaths in the state, followed by Kangra (10), Mandi (eight), Hamirpur (five), Una, Chamba and Shimla (four each), and Sirmaur (three).

 

Covid-19 situation in Delhi under control, CFR at 0.5 pc, testing doubled: Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said that the situation in the national capital is under control and highlighted that testing has been doubled.
 

He also said that the coronavirus case fatality rate (CFR) in Delhi is around 0.5 per cent.
 

"2,914 new cases were found, 1,751 recovered and 13 deaths. We have more than doubled the testing in Delhi, in the last week. Earlier, there were around 15,000-16,000 tests were conducted. 37,000 tests were conducted yesterday," Jain told reporters here.

2,511 new Covid cases take Telangana tally to over 138,000

Telangana's Covid-19 tally rose to over 1.38 lakh on Saturday with 2,511 new cases registered during the last 24 hours, health officials said.
 

The fresh cases pushed the cumulative numbers to 1,38,395 while 11 more deaths took the death toll to 877.
 

According to a media bulletin issued from the office of the director of public health and family welfare, the fatality rate in the state is at 0.63 per cent against the national average of 1.73 per cent. Out of the total fatalities, 53.87 per cent had comorbidities.

Covid-19: District administration to increase beds in Latur

Considering the coronavirus spread in rural areas, the local administration in Maharashtra's Latur district plans to increase the number of oxygen-fitted beds at treatment facilities.
 

Private hospitals in rural areas may also be roped in to cater to COVID-19 patients, district collector G Shreekant told PTI on Friday night.
 

"Due to limited manpower and infrastructure, private hospitals are also being considered for COVID-19 treatment in Latur. We will arrange for oxygen supply at these facilities," the collector said.

 

Xi Jinping promises more market opening at first trade fair since Covid-19

President Xi Jinping pledged to open China's service industries wider to foreign competitors as its first in-person trade fair since the coronavirus outbreak opened under intensive anti-disease controls.
 
Xi gave no details in his speech Friday night, but Chinese leaders are emphasizing development of tourism, retailing and other services. They are part of a campaign to nurture economic growth driven by consumer spending instead of exports and investment. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: The count of active cases reported across India has increased by 15,271, against 15,586 on Friday

The count of active cases reported across India has increased by 15,271, against 15,586 on Friday. The states that have reported the biggest 24-hour jump in active cases are Maharashtra (5,551), Karnataka (3,003), Chhattisgarh (1,970), Delhi (1,150), and Uttar Pradesh (997).
 

Covid-19 test mandatory for all who attend Telangana Assembly session

Telangana Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy has announced that a COVID-19 test is mandatory for all MLAs and staff and only those who test negative will be allowed to attend the monsoon session of the state Assembly beginning from September 7.
 
The Assembly Speaker said that all members and staff will have to compulsorily wear masks in view of the pandemic. Read on...

Coronavirus in UP: Covid-19 surge continues in Taj city

A record 88 fresh cases in a day have alarmed the Agra authorities, who are battling the Covid-19 infection through a multi-pronged strategy.
 
The district authorities have streamlined the medical infrastructure, adding beds and manpower at the S.N. Medical College, district hospital and the lone quarantine centre at the campus of the Hindustan College.
 
Health officials said the daily testing numbers were on the rise and testing on-demand would soon be introduced at dozens of new centres in the city.

DATA STORY: India coronavirus tally past 4 mn on steepest single-day spike

The third-most-affected country by total cases and deaths, and second by active cases, India has added 559,207 cases in the past 7 days alone. Click here to know the key takeaways from the coronavirus data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Saturday (September 5, 2020):
 

UN Assembly president: 'Inclusion is key' for coronavirus vaccine

The president of the UN General Assembly is warning that a vaccine for COVID-19 must be made available to everyone who needs it because if just one country is left out the world will still face a crisis from the coronavirus.
 
As the world looks to a vaccine and a post-COVID-19 world, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande also says that inclusion is key, because without inclusion the suffering of those who are already left behind, will continue and we cannot guarantee peace in that kind of a context.
 
He said in an interview on Thursday with The Associated Press that statements from those developing vaccines have said they intend to make them widely available, which he stressed is important.

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (863,062)
Andhra Pradesh (476,506)
Tamil Nadu (451,827)
Karnataka (379,486)
Uttar Pradesh (253,175)

With highest single-day spike of over 86,000 cases, India's COVID-19 tally breaches 40-lakh mark

India registered the highest single-day jump of 86,432 new coronavirus cases taking the national caseload past 40-lakh mark, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
 
With 1,089 more deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 69,561.
 
The total case tally stands at 40,23,179 including 8,46,395 active cases, 31,07,223 cured/discharged/migrated.
 
The active cases in Maharashtra have reached 2,11,325 followed by Andhra Pradesh at 1,02,067.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy holds a review meeting to take stock of Covid-19 situation in the state

Coronavirus India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 846,395 (Net addition: 15,271)
Deaths: 69,561 (Net addition: 1,089)
Cured: 3,107,223 (Net addition: 70,072)
Total cases: 4,023,179 (Net addition: 86,432)

Brazil leader rapped for stirring doubt on coronavirus vaccine

Critics of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are again speaking out against the leader's stance on the coronavirus pandemic, this time rejecting his view that vaccination for the virus shouldn't be mandatory.
 
Bolsonaro's first such comments came Monday, when he told a supporter, No one can force anyone to get a vaccine.
 
He repeated it Thursday night during a live broadcast on Facebook, adding his opposition to administering vaccines that are yet to be proven on Brazilian soil. It has been proven in other countries, but not here in Brazil, he said, without specifying to which potential vaccine he was referring. We cannot be irresponsible and put a vaccine into people's bodies.
 
As I said, nobody can oblige someone to take a vacccine. The comments were swiftly rebuked by opponents on social media.
 
Sao Paulo state Gov Joo Doria, a former Bolsonaro ally turned foe, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that immunization cannot be viewed as a personal decision.

Tamil Nadu coronavirus update: State reports 5,976 new Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu has reported 5,976 new Covid-19 cases, 6,334 discharges and 79 deaths in the last 24 hours, State Health Department said on Friday.
 
The total number of active cases now stands at 51,633.
 
The Health Department said 3,92,507 patients have been discharged and 7,687 have succumbed to the virus.

Manipur coronavirus update: State reports 90 news cases of Covid-19

Manipur reported 90 new COVID-19 cases taking the total count of cases to 6,699, State Health Department said on Friday.
 
The total count of cases includes 35 deaths, 4,899 recoveries and 1,765 active cases.
 
With 83,341 new coronavirus cases, India's COVID-19 count reached over 39.36 lakh on Friday.
 
The death toll has gone up to 68,472 with 1,096 more persons succumbing to the disease. Read on...

Odisha's Covid-19 tally jumps to 116,678 with over 3,200 fresh cases

Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,16,678 on Friday with 3,267 people, including an MP and two MLAs of the ruling BJD, testing positive, a health department official said.
 
Nine more fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 531, he said.
 
The state also registered the recovery of 2,980 patients taking the total number of people cured of the infection to 90,331, which is 77.41 per cent of the state's total caseload, the official said.

Rajasthan coronavirus cases: 13 deaths, 1,570 fresh coronavirus cases in Rajasthan; total count 87,797

Thirteen more people died from coronavirus in Rajasthan on Friday as 1,570 fresh cases surfaced, pushing the infection numbers to 87,797 in the state, according to a health bulletin.
 
So far, 1,108 people have died from the infection in Rajasthan, it said.
 
 
State BJP president Satish Poonia was among those who tested positive for the infection on Friday.
 
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wished him speedy recovery. Read more...

SC allows transfer of trials of Tablighi Jamatis in UP to specified courts

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed consolidation of multiple FIRs lodged in Uttar Pradesh against foreign nationals in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat activities, and also agreed to the transfer of pending trials before specified courts.
 
A bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna directed the UP government to move the principal bench of Allahabad High Court with an application on the number of courts, which would take up pending trials across the state.

Coronavirus vaccine distribution expected to start in mid-2021: WHO

The large-scale global distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 is not expected until mid-2021, the World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan told a press briefing on Friday.
 
"So realistically speaking, probably the second half, the middle of 2021 - maybe the second quarter, the third quarter of 2021 - is when we can start seeing doses actually flowing into countries so that they can start to immunize their populations," Swaminathan said
 
 
This timeline is based on the fact that Phase 3 trials of many candidate vaccines are not expected to be concluded until the end of the current year, the WHO's chief scientist added. Read on...

Turkey coronavirus update: Highest daily Covid-19 death toll in months

The number of daily confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Turkey topped 50 the highest single-day fatality in the country since mid-May.
 
Health Ministry figures released Friday showed that 53 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll in the country to 6,564.
 
 
There were 1,610 new confirmed cases of the virus within the last 24 hours, as the number of infected people also continued to hover around levels previously seen in May. Read on...

Turkey coronavirus update: Highest daily Covid-19 death toll in months

The number of daily confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Turkey topped 50 the highest single-day fatality in the country since mid-May.
 
Health Ministry figures released Friday showed that 53 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll in the country to 6,564.
 
 
There were 1,610 new confirmed cases of the virus within the last 24 hours, as the number of infected people also continued to hover around levels previously seen in May. Read on...

France coronavirus update: 22 schools closed due to Covid-19 spread

Twenty-two schools and over 100 classes in France were closed due to the spread of the coronavirus, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced, three days after the opening of schools across the country.
 
"In mainland France, there are now 12 (schools) closed out of a total of over 60,000, which is small figure. In La Reunion (an overseas department), there are 10 schools," Blanquer told local broadcaster Europe 1 on Friday. Read on...

Assam coronavirus update: State reports 15 deaths, 2,891 fresh Covid cases

Fifteen more people died from coronavirus in Assam on Friday as 2,891 fresh cases surfaced, taking the number of infections to 1,21,224, state Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 
So far, 345 people have died from the infection in Assam, the minister said, adding that the state reported its highest single-day death toll on Friday.
 
 
He said two deaths each were reported from Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Karimganj and Kokrajhar; while the rest took place in Tinsukia, Udalguri, Hojai, Nagaon, Chirang, Kamrup Metropolitan and Jorhat.
 
Earlier, the state had reported 14 deaths on August 26. Read on...

Coronavirus in US: Joe Biden confirms coronavirus test, says he'll be tested regularly

Joe Biden said Friday that he's been tested at least once for the COVID-19 virus and promised he will be tested regularly during his general election campaign against President Donald Trump.
 
The Democratic presidential nominee told reporters of his testing protocol during a wide-ranging news conference in which he blasted Trump for downplaying the coronavirus and thus ensuring that it will continue to kill Americans and ravage the economy.
 
For much of the summer, Biden's advisers deflected questions about whether the former vice president was being tested himself as he anchored his campaign almost exclusively from his Delaware home, traveling sparingly as a precaution. Read on...

No new coronavirus cases in Vietnam over past 12 hours

Vietnam detected no new COVID-19 cases over the past 12 hours, keeping the national count at 1,049 as of 6 am on September 5, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
 
The figure includes 691 locally-transmitted cases, with 551 related to the outbreak in the central city of Da Nang.
 
A total of 786 patients have been given the all-clear. Meanwhile, there have been 35 fatalities so far. Most of the fatalities were the elderly with serious underlying diseases.

Delhiites who went to Murthal should self-isolate, get tested: Official

People from Delhi who recently visited the twopopular eateries in Murthal whose large number of staff have been found to be COVID-19 positive, should immediately self-isolate and get themselves tested after a couple of days, officials said on Friday.
 
Sixty-five workers at Amrik-Sukhdev Dhaba and 10 at Garam Dharam dhaba on the highway had tested positive for novel coronavirus infection, following which both the eateries were sealed on Thursday till further orders, Sonipat's Deputy Commissioner Shyam Lal Punia said.
 
Both famous eateries are located in Sonipat's Murthal and nearly 50 km away from Delhi, and on regular days a large number of people from the national capital visit these joints for 'parathas' and other delicacies. Read on...

Gujarat coronavirus update: Covid-19 tally at 101,695, toll reaches 3,078

Gujarat's corona cases rose to 1,01,695 with the addition of 1,320 cases on Friday while the toll reached 3,078 as 14 more succumbed.
 
During August, the state had seen 35,002 positive cases with a daily average of 1,129 cases, while in September so far, 5,260 cases have been detected with an average of 1,315 cases daily.
 
 
A total of 1,218 patients were discharged on Friday, taking the total to 82,398, while the state has 16,219 active cases, of which 92 critical patients were still on ventilator. Read on...

ICMR issues advisory, recommends 'test on-demand' for coronavirus

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued an advisory on the strategy for Covid-19 testing in which it has recommended "testing on demand".
 
According to the advisory, testing on demand should be done for individuals undertaking travel to countries or Indian states mandating a negative Covid-19 test report at the point of entry and those who wish to get themselves tested.
 
"State governments to decide the simplified modalities," the advisory stated. Read on...

Maharashtra reports 19,218 new cases, coronavirus tally reaches 863,062

Maharashtra has reported 19,218 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 8,63,062 in the state.
 
According to Maharashtra's health department, 378 deaths and 19,218 new cases detected in the state today.
 
The total number of cases in the state is 8,63,062 including 6,25,773 recovered patients, 2,10,978 active cases and 25,964 deaths, as per the state's Health Department.

Russia publishes coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V results weeks after approval

Russian scientists have belatedly published first results from early trials into the experimental Sputnik V vaccine, which received government approval last month but drew considerable criticism from experts, as the shots had only been tested on several dozen people before being more widely administered.
 
In a report published in the journal Lancet on Friday, developers of the vaccine said it appeared to be safe and to prompt an antibody response in all 40 people tested in the second phase of the study within three weeks. Read on....

Coronavirus snag in bullet train project, may fail to meet 2023 deadline

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, which is scheduled to be completed by December 2023, may fail to meet its deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic that has led to delays in opening tenders and land acquisition, officials said. Read on...

Coronavirus update: UP govt allows the operation of clubs, bars in state

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday issued orders for the re-opening of clubs and bars outside the containment zones in the state, with the condition that the establishments will have to operate according to the COVID guidelines of the state and Central governments.
 
The order is issued by the Excise department of state government according to which the management and association of the establishments have to ensure all cleanliness and hygiene norms while operating. Read on...

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