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Coronavirus India updates: India has crossed the grim 5-million mark by recording 90,123 cases in the last 24 hours. With this, India is rapidly nearing the US tally of 6.7 million. The death toll has risen by 1,283 to 82,091. The government prevented 1.4-2.9 million coronavirus cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths due to the disease by imposing the nationwide lockdown that was announced on March 24, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have reported the highest number of cases. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 4,263 new corona cases, pushing the tally to 225,000. The worst-hit states are Maharashtra (1,097,856) Andhra Pradesh (583,000), Tamil Nadu (5,14,208), Karnataka (4,75,265), and UP (324,036). Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Coronavirus vaccine update: ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava today said three vaccines are at the clinical trial stage in India. "Cadila and Bharat Biotech have completed phase-I trials. Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani has gave permission to Serum Institute of India to resume clinical trial of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 29,813,004. While 21,615,109 have recovered, 940,794 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, 6,791,999 cases. It is followed by India, which has 5,060,818 cases, Brazil (4,384,299) and Russia (1,073,849).

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive

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.

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.

Bengal's tally at 2,12,383 with 3,237 new Covid cases

Goa records 628 new Covid-19 cases; four more deaths

As many as 628 persons tested positive for coronavirus in Goa on Wednesday, rising the coastal state's caseload to 26,139, an official from the health department said.
The number of recoveries in the state rose to 20,445, after 351 more patients were discharged from hospitals, the official said.
A total of 2,066 swab samples were tested, of which results of 628 persons came out positive, he said. Apart from this, the death of four Covid-19 patients has taken the toll in the state to 319, the official added.

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

Ahmedabad adds 165 Covid-19 cases; 244 recover, three die

Ahmedabad district reported 165 new coronavirus positive cases on Wednesday, taking the total count of infections to 34,237, Gujarat health department said. With three more people succumbing to the infection, the toll went up to 1,784, it said.
A total of 244 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries in the district to 28,365, the department said in its release.
While the city reported 210 recoveries against 147 new cases, the rural parts added 34 recoveries against 18 new cases. All three deaths were reported in the city.

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.
Meanwhile, nine more Covid patients died, taking the toll to 447.

Maharashtra records 23,365 new cases, 474 deaths

Manipur records 110 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 8,320

Kerala logs single-day highest spike of 3,830 Covid-19 cases

A single-day highest ever spike of 3,830 Covid-19 cases in Kerala took the state's infection count to 1,17,863 on Wednesday, the government said. The state also recorded 14 deaths, taking the toll due to the disease to 480, Health Minister K K Shailaja said.
"Out of those infected today, 49 came from abroad, 153 from other states while 3,562 contracted the virus through contacts. At least 66 health workers are also infected," she said in a release here.
Among the districts, Thiruvananthapuram logged the highest number 675 cases, followed by Kozhikode (468), Alappuzha (323) Ernakulam (319) and Kollam with 300 cases.

Hypertension most common comorbidity among Covid patients: AIIMS

AIIMS Delhi, recorded underlying health conditions or comorbidities in 98.5 per cent of coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital for treatment in September with hypertension being the most common form.
There is a grave interlink between comorbidities and coronavirus infection. Patients with hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive lung, carcinoma or chronic kidney disease have higher chance of succumbing to the disease, according to public health experts.
According to Animesh Ray, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at AIIMS, "In September, 137 patients were admitted to AIIMS, and comorbidities were present in 98.5 per cent of them. There was presence of comorbidities in almost all the patients, barring two."
Ray said that hypertension was the most common form of ailment in the patients, followed by diabetes and malignancy.

Chandigarh reports 366 new Covid cases today, tally nears 9,000

Delhi records 4,473 new Covid-19 cases, highest single-day spike so far

Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,473 fresh coronavirus cases pushing the caseload to more than 2.30 lakh on Wednesday, authorities said. As many as 62,593 tests were conducted the previous day, according to Delhi government's health bulletin.
The bulletin said that the death toll has risen to 4,839 with 33 fatalities. Four of the 33 fatalities are from the previous days.
The total number of cases stands at 2,30,269, of which 30,914 are active cases and 1,94,516 have recovered, migrated out of the city or discharged.

Noida reports 223 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 10,705 now

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Wednesday recorded 223 new Covid-19 cases, taking the district's infection tally to 10,705, official data showed.
The number of active cases rose to 1,966 from 1,928 on Tuesday, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period. On the brighter side, 185 more patients got discharged during the period and the total number of recoveries in the district reached 8,691, the data showed.
The district, adjoining Delhi, has so far recorded 48 deaths linked to the pandemic, with one of the lowest mortality rates 0.44 per cent -- in the state, it showed.

Nagpur district records 2,052 new Covid-19 cases; 60 more die

Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Wednesday registered 2,052 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 57,482, the local administration said. A District Information Office release said 60 more coronavirus patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, pushing up the death toll to 1,815.
Also, 1,594 people were discharged, taking the number of recoveries to 43,927, it said.
The number of active cases in the district stood at 11,740, the release added.

Steel plants supplying medical oxygen for Covid-19 treatment: Govt

Stepping up fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, steel companies are supplying medical oxygen from their plants to various hospitals across the country, the steel ministry said on Wednesday.
The ministry recently made operational a portal wherein plant-wise information regarding availability of oxygen and daily supply by various plants and states to which such supplies have been made is provided.
According to a ministry statement, the states which have received oxygen from the steel plants are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Belarus reports 211 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 74,763

Belarus reported 211 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the nationwide count to 74,763, according to the country's Health ministry. According to Xinhua news agency, there have been 149 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 72,810, the ministry added.
So far, 767 people have died of the disease in the country, including six over the past 24 hours, it said.

Odisha to set up Covid testing camp for MLAs before Assembly session begins

The Odisha government on Wednesday issued instructions for setting up a camp where MLAs, their personal security officers (PSO) and drivers, besides staff of the Assembly will be tested for Covid-19 before the next session of the House begins on September 29.
The Health and Family Welfare Department also asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), state-run Capital Hospital and the Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL), a procurement agency, to observe all safety measures during the session which will continue till October 7.
"As per direction of the Assembly Speaker, the RT-PCR test of all the members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly along with their PSOs and drivers will be conducted from 7.30 am to 9.30 am on September 27 and 28 on the Assembly premises by a team of doctors," Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra said.

Indonesia reports 3,963 fresh Covid-19 cases, 135 new deaths

With 3,963 new Covid cases, Indonesia's tally mounted to 228,993, while the death toll reached 9,100 with 135 new fatalities, the Health ministry said on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, 3,036 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 164,101, Xinhua news agency reported. The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

J&K reports 1,590 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 1,590 fresh Covid-19 cases, while 18 deaths took place in the last 24 hours, officials said. The total number of cases in the union territory has now risen to 58,244 and the death toll increased to 932, they said.
The UT recorded 1,590 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours with 832 in Jammu and 768 in Kashmir valley," the officials said. It was for the 14th consecutive day that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1,000 in a 24-hour period, they said.

Number of Covid cases in Army, Navy & IAF are 16,758, 1,365 & 1,716

Odisha: Health dept issues Covid-19 precautionary measures for Assembly session

The Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha government has issued precautionary measures for prevention and containment of the novel coronavirus during the monsoon session of the state Legislative Assembly starting on September 29.
Speaker SN Patro called a meeting on September 7 with the authorities where it was decided that Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation will provide all infrastructure and Health Department will deploy required doctors and medical staff with testing materials etc in Assembly premises so that all facilities are in position before testing.
The Speaker also directed to observe precautionary measures during the session of the Legislative Assembly in view of the prevailing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Himachal records 178 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 10,000

698 new Covid-19 cases push Kuwait's tally to 96,999

Kuwait on Wednesday reported 698 new Covid-19 cases and three more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 96,999 and the death toll to 571, the Health ministry said in a statement.
Currently, 9,241 patients are receiving treatment, including 93 in ICU, according to the statement. As many as 968 more patients have recovered, raising the total recoveries in the country to 87,187.

Nepal reports record 1,539 Covid-19 cases in single day

Nepal on Wednesday reported a record 1,539 new Covid-19 cases in a single day, taking the national tally to 58,327, the health ministry said. Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that 10,494 tests were conducted at various facilities across the country in the past 24 hours.
A total of 1,068 patients were discharged after recovery, he said.
"With this the country's Covid-19 recovery tally stands at 41,706," he said.

Andhra Pradesh logs 8,835 new Covid-19 cases, tally nears 600,000

Singapore reports 27 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore's Covid-19 cases reached 57,515 on Wednesday after 27 new coronavirus infections, including six who arrived from India, were recorded, according to the health ministry. Among the new cases, two are imported infections and the other two are from the community involving foreigners holding work passes.
Both imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. The rest are migrant workers living in dormitories for foreigners employed in labour-intensive industries, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Singapore has a total of 57,515 coronavirus infection since it began testing in January 2020, it said.

Mizoram's Covid-19 tally at 1,480, 551 active cases

Bangladesh reports 1,615 new Covid-19 cases

Bangladesh reported 1,615 new Covid-19 cases and 21 fresh fatalities on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 342,671 and toll to 4,823, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.
The official data showed that 13,360 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh, Xinhua news agency reported.

Aurangabad reports 406 fresh Covid-19 cases, tally now at 29,000

The Covid-19 tally has reached 29,208 in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra with 406 new additions, an official release said on Wednesday.
The death toll mounted to 824 with 9 more people succumbing to the infection on Monday, it said, adding that the 406 cases were reported on Tuesday.
The count of recoveries went up to 22,422 after 211 patients were discharged, it said. The district now has 5,962 active cases.

Carbohydrate that novel coronavirus uses to infect cells identified

Scientists have identified a key carbohydrate molecule, called heparan sulphate, which the novel coronavirus uses to infect human cells, an advance that may provide a potential new approach for preventing and treating COVID-19.
The molecule ACE2 sits like a doorknob on the outer surfaces of the cells that line the lungs, and researchers know that SARS-CoV-2 virus primarily uses it to enter these cells and establish respiratory infections.
The study, published in the journal Cell, found that SARS-CoV-2 can't grab onto ACE2 without heparan sulphate, which is also found on lung cell surfaces and acts as a co-receptor for viral entry.

Covid-19 death toll climbs to 4,690 in UP; cases over 330,000

With 86 fresh fatalities, the death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 4,690 in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, while the tally of cases climbed to 3,30,265 with 6,337 more people testing positive for the viral disease.
The state now has 67,002 active Covid-19 cases and 2,58,573 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 4,690 and the total number of cases has risen to 3,30,265, he added.
While 6,337 fresh coronavirus cases were detected in a span of 24 hours, the number of patients discharged was 6,476, Prasad said, adding that the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in the state is 78.29 per cent.

Do Covid tests at community centres, Mohalla Clinics: Delhi HC

In a bid to ramp up Covid-19 testing in the national capital, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to convert community halls and Mohalla Clinics into testing facilities.
Noting that the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is only 60% accurate, a division bench comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad questioned: "Why are you waiting for the false negative report in RAT to proceed to the next step (RT-PCR)?"
"We are of the firm view that RT-PCR is the way forward," the court said while also requesting an expert committee constituted by the Lieutenant Governor to hold a meeting immediately to consider ramping up of RT-PCR testing capacity.

Increase RT/PCR testing capacity as Covid-19 cases rise: HC to Delhi govt

The Delhi High Court 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 (RATs) were only 60 per cent accurate.
The high court asked an expert committee, set by the Lieutenant Governor (LG), to convene a meeting on priority basis to consider the extent to which capacity of testing by RT/PCR should be ramped up. At present, the sanctioned strength of conducting RT/PCR is 14,000 per day in Delhi.
The high court expressed concern over continuous rise in Covid-19 cases, with nearly 4,500 new infections reported on Tuesday.

76 fresh Covid-19 cases take Himachal Pradesh's tally to 10,412, death toll 90

The Covid-19 death toll in Himachal Pradesh rose to 90 on Wednesday with one more fatality, while 76 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 10,412, officials said. One Covid-19 death was reported from Kangra district, Special Secretary, Health, Nipun Jindal said.
Solan and Kangra each accounts for 19 of the total Covid-19 deaths in the state, followed by Shimla (14), Mandi (11), Una (nine), Sirmaur (six), Hamirpur and Chamba (five each), and Kullu and Bilaspur (one each).
Of the 76 fresh cases, 40 were reported from Solan, 12 from Kangra, nine from Shimla, seven from Kinnaur, five from Mandi, two from Bilaspur and one from Kullu, Jindal said.

Covid-19 vaccine: AFI requests government to give priority to Olympic-bound athletes

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday said it has requested the government to give priority to Olympic-bound athletes when a Covid-19 vaccine is available.
Several countries, including India, are trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The Indian government is considering inoculating the front line workers, army personnel and certain categories first.
"We have already discussed this with the government and told them we will need it (vaccine) for our athletes going to the Olympics," AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said during a webinar.

One in 10 Covid-19 patients return to hospital after being sent home from ER: US Study

Nearly one in 10 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 needed to return to the hospital within a week of discharge from an emergency department visit, according to a new study which assessed data from more than 1,400 patients who were admitted during the first three months of the pandemic.
The study, published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, assessed data of Covid-19 patients from the Philadelphia region in the US between March and May 2020.
It found that factors like lower pulse oximetry levels, and fever were some of the most telling symptoms that resulted in return trips that resulted in admission.

Tripura reports 454 new Covid-19 cases, 10 fresh fatalities

Tripura's Covid-19 tally rose to 20,172 on Wednesday as 454 more people tested positive for the infection, while 10 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 217, a health official said.
West Tripura district, under which Agartala falls, has accounted for 118 of the 217 coronavirus fatalities reported in the state so far, he said.
Tripura now has 7,497 active Covid-19 cases, while 12,435 people have recovered from the disease so far, the official said.

Compensation sought for families of migrants who died during coronavirus lockdown

Congress member Anand Sharma on Wednesday sought compensation for families of migrant workers who died while walking thousands of kilometers to their native places after the lockdown was imposed in the country to check the spread of Covid-19.
While initiating a discussion on the coronavirus pandemic in Rajya Sabha, Sharma also asked the government to take steps to strengthen the public healthcare system in the country.
"It was said during the currentsession that there are no figures regarding the death of migrant workers during the lockdown and therefore no compensation. This is such an unfortunate situation for the country. Why you don't have figures? Every state knows who died. They should be given compensation," Sharma said.

Record 82,961 recoveries in a day; a quarter from Maharashtra alone

A record 82,961 new COVID-19 recoveries were reported on Wednesday, almost a quarter of them from Maharashtra alone, pushing the overall figures close to 39.5 lakh and the recovery rate to 78.53 per cent, Health Ministry data showed.
In its figures updated at 8 am Wednesday, the ministry said the number of active cases stands at 9,95,933 (or 19.84 per cent of the total caseload ), while the number of recovered patients is 39,42,360.
It said that nearly 59 per cent of the new recoveries came from five states -- 23.41 per cent from Maharashtra (19, 423 recoveries); and a cumulative 35.5 per cent from Andhra Pradesh (9,628 recoveries), Karnataka (7,406), Uttar Pradesh (6,680) and Tamil Nadu (5,735)

Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta tests positive for Covid-19

Thailand seals border with Myanmar to stem Covid-19, drug trafficking

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Wednesday that the border checkpoints between Thailand and Myanmar are temporarily sealed in an attempt to curb possible Covid-19 infections and drug trafficking.
Wongsuwan said that as the region is experiencing economic woes triggered by the pandemic, many were tempted to make big bucks by trafficking drugs into Thailand, then destined to a third country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Covid-19 negative certificate not needed to enter Himachal Pradesh: CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said the Covid-19 negative certificate will not be needed to enter the state from now onwards.
While speaking to the reporters, Thakur added that the move would result in reviving the state economy as more tourists will now be able to come to Himachal Pradesh.
"Now that the state has opened its borders, no registration will be required to enter and exit the state. The tourism business will be opening after this and this will help to revive the economy of the region. After the monsoon season, tourism will start as the tourist arrival begins here after monsoon," he said.

Russia to sell Covid-19 vaccine to India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Russia's sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday it will supply India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories with 100 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine against Covid-19 once it receives regulatory approval in India.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) added that it had agreed to cooperate on clinical trials and the distribution of the vaccine with the Indian firm.

Russia to sell Covid-19 vaccine to India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Russia's sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday it will supply India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories with 100 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine against Covid-19 once it receives regulatory approval in India.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) added that it had agreed to cooperate on clinical trials and the distribution of the vaccine with the Indian firm.

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai tests Covid positive

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai tested positive for Covid-19 and is in home isolation as he is asymptomatic, an official said on Wednesday.
"Bommai tested positive for the virus. As it is asymptomatic, he is under home quarantine in the city," one of his staff told IANS here.
In a tweet in Kannada earlier, Bommai said the infection was confirmed in the Covid test conducted yesterday (Tuesday) for a working boy in his house.

20% beds reserved for corona patients in 24 Bhopal hospitals

In Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, there are worries about the inadequate number of beds for patients in designated hospitals in view of the increase in corona infections. Hence, 20 per cent beds at 24 hospitals will be reserved for corona patients under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. At present, Covid patients are being treated at 12 registered hospitals.

On the instructions of District Collector Avinash Lavania, arrangements will be made for the treatment of corona-infected persons who are Ayushman Bharat card holders at 24 hospitals.

Russia records 5,670 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has registered 5,670 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 1,079,519, the country's coronavirus response center said on Wednesday.
"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,670 Covid-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,309 (23.1 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement, adding that the total tally has reached 1,079,519.

Serum Institute gets nod for resumption of Oxford vax trials

The Serum Institute of India has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to resume the clinical trial of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate, officials from the drug manufacturing company confirmed on Wednesday.
India is the manufacturing partner of the vaccine candidate named Covishield, developed jointly by the University of Oxford's Jenner Institute's and AstraZeneca. The Pune-based firm is looking after the trials at 17 trial sites across India.
The permission to resume comes three days after AstraZeneca announced that it has resumed trials in the UK. On September 9, the trials were halted after one of the participants in the UK reported a suspected severe adverse reaction when administered a booster dose of the vaccine candidate.

China says has seen positive results in China-UAE phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trials

China and the United Arab Emirates have seen some positive results in their Phase III Covid-19 vaccine trials, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news briefing in Beijing on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday granted emergency approval for use of a coronavirus vaccine, six weeks after human trials in the Gulf Arab state started.

247 Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for Covid, toll at 204

Rajasthan reports 7 more Covid-19 deaths, toll 1271 now

Rajasthan on Wednesday recorded seven more coronavirus fatalities, taking the overall toll in the state to 1,271, according to a health department bulletin.
The state also reported 802 new cases Wednesday, which pushed the total number of infection to 1,06,700, of whom 17,541 people are under treatment, it said. As per the bulletin, so far, 86,333 people have been discharged after treatment.
In Jaipur, the death toll from the coronavirus infection has reached 304 till now, followed by 125 in Jodhpur, 99 in Bikaner, 90 in Ajmer, 89 in Kota, 73 in Bharatpur, 49 in Pali, 44 in Nagaur, 37 in Udaipur, 31 in Alwar, 26 in Barmer and 24 in Dholpur.

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Thane records 1,600 Covid cases; 34 deaths

With the addition of 1,600 new cases of COVID-19, the tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 1,49,440, a district official said on Wednesday.
Apart from the new cases recorded on Tuesday, the district also reported 34 casualties that took the COVID-19 toll to 3,983, the official said.
Despite the steady rise in infections, the recovery rate in the district stands at 85.20 per cent and the count of discharged patients has reached 1,27,315, he said.
The district currently has 18,141 active cases, he added.

Over 30 vaccine candidates supported, 3 in advance trials, says Govt

The government on Wednesday said more than 30 vaccine candidates for coronavirus have been supported, and three of them are in advance stages of trials now, while four are in advanced pre-clinical development stage.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also told the Rajya Sabha that 13 clinical trials of repurposed drugs have been undertaken to build a portfolio of therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus, bacteria may work together to increase disease severity: Study

The severity of COVID-19 in people with obesity and diabetes may be explained by the combined effects of the novel coronavirus and the body's natural community of bacteria -- the microbiota -- working together in the lungs, according to a new study. Read on...

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj tests positive for coronavirus

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj tests positive for coronavirus and is in home isolation, being asymptomatic.

Pakistan reports 665 new cases of coronavirus: Health ministry

Pakistan has reported 665 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the nation to 303,089, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
The Ministry of National Health Services said that four more people succumbed to the disease due to which the current toll stands at 6,393.
The current COVID-19 cases stand at 303,089 while the deaths have surged to 6,393, the health ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said that about 571 patients were in critical condition.

Donald Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be ready in a month

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine may be available within a month -- an acceleration of even his own optimistic predictions -- but added that the pandemic could go away by itself.
“We’re very close to having a vaccine,” he told a town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired on ABC News.
“We’re within weeks of getting it you know -- could be three weeks, four weeks,” he said.
Only hours earlier, speaking to Fox News, Trump had said a vaccine could come in “four weeks, it could be eight weeks.”

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus update: Agra scene continues to remain grim

The Covid-19 scene in the Agra region continues to remain grim as a fresh spurt in the number of cases is proving a huge challenge for the medical infrastructure.
At the two testing centres in Agra, the daily queues are lengthening as everyone with a slight doubt wants to get tested now. A large number of patients of viral fever from rural areas are also lining up for the tests, as Covid-19 awareness level through sustained media campaigns has gone up.
In the past 24 hours, Agra reported 114 fresh cases. The total now is 4,267, with 116 deaths. So far, 3,321 have recovered. The number of active cases is 830.
After the weekend lockdown was lifted, people are seen flouting the norms and crowding up public places. The police have so far challaned 31,963 people for violation of the Covid-19 guidelines. Read on...

Serum Institute of India gets DCGI nod to resume clinical trial of Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani has gave permission to Serum Institute of India to resume clinical trial of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country while revoking its earlier order of suspending any new recruitment for phase two and three trial.
The DCGI has, however, put certain conditions like taking extra care during screening, providing additional information in informed consent and close monitoring for adverse events during follow-up of the study which have to be "scrupulously" followed by Serum Institute of India (SII).
SII has also been asked to submit to the DCGI's office details of medication used in accordance with the protocol for management of adverse events.

Coronavirus India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 995,933 (Net addition: 5,872)
Deaths: 82,066 (Net addition: 1,290)
Cured: 3,942,360 (Net addition: 82,961)
Total cases: 5,020,359 (Net addition: 90,123)

Coronavirus latest update by MoHFW: Active cases stand at 995,933

The total case tally stands at 5,020,360 including 995,933 active cases, 39,42,361 cured/discharged/migrated & 82,066  deaths: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

USFDA's Hahn plans significant work with AstraZeneca in Covid trial inquiry

The top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official on Tuesday confirmed AstraZeneca Plc's U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial is on hold, saying the agency is planning to do "very significant work" with the company as it conducts its investigation after an illness in a participant in Britain.
"We're here to protect the American public and we're going to do very significant work with the company to figure out if there's a significant safety issue or not," FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said during an Instagram Live interview with Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Read on....

Rahul Gandhi hits out at Modi govt over PMCares

Coronavirus impact: India's economy to contract 9% in FY21, says ADB

India's coronavirus-battered economy will shrink by 9 per cent this fiscal, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) predicted on Tuesday saying growth outlook remains highly vulnerable to either a prolonged outbreak of the pandemic or a resurgence of cases.
This will be the first time in four decades that the Indian economic growth will contract.
In its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 Update, ADB forecasts a strong recovery for the economy in FY2021, with gross domestic product (GDP) growing by 8 per cent as mobility and business activities resume more widely. Read on...

Covid-19 crisis: Port cargo picking up, but still lower than last year's

Almost all major ports witnessed a sharp drop in cargo traffic during April-August 2020 compared to the same period last year. However, the fall has started narrowing down every month.
The fall in cargo at 12 major ports — administered by the central government — was 10 per cent in August compared to the same month in 2019. Read on...

Coronavirus test camp to come up at Delhi High Court from Wednesday

The Delhi High Court will set up a Covid-19 testing camp commencing from Wednesday for officials of the high court and law officers, who can get themselves tested via the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) method.
The camp will commence from Wednesday i.e. September 16 and will continue till October 21. The timings for the tests would be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the designated dates.

Assam coronavirus update: With new 2,409 cases, tally reaches 146,575

Assam reported 2,409 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 1,46,575, said Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Health Minister.
The total number of cases include 1,15,051 recoveries, 31,029 active cases and 492 deaths. Read on...

Pfizer says late-stage coronavirus vaccine study shows moderate side effects

Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday participants were showing mild-to-moderate side effects when given either the company's experimental coronavirus vaccine or a placebo in an ongoing late-stage study.
Over 12,000 study participants had received a second dose of the vaccine, Pfizer executives said on an investor conference call.
The company has enrolled more than 29,000 people in its 44,000-volunteer trial to test the experimental COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech.

In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite expert concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing.
China launched a vaccine emergency use programme in July, offering three experimental shots developed by a unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and U.S.-listed Sinovac Biotech. A fourth COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics was approved for use by the Chinese military in June.

A quarter of US energy output offline as Hurricane Sally advances

More than a quarter of U.S. offshore oil and gas production was shut and export ports were closed on Tuesday as Hurricane Sally stalled just off the U.S. Gulf Coast, pelting the region with heavy rains.

Less than 10% COVID-19 cases, 0.2% deaths under age 20: WHO Chief

Less than 10 per cent of globally reported COVID-19 cases and less than 0.2 per cent of deaths have been people under the age of 20, but more research is still needed on the risk of severe disease and death among children and adolescents, the chief of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
"We know that this virus can kill children, but that children tend to have a milder infection and there are very few severe cases and deaths from COVID-19 among children and adolescents," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press briefing on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sikkim coronavirus update: State reports 2 more Covid-19 deaths, 54 cases

Sikkim reported two more COVID-19 fatalities, pushing the death toll in the state to 19, officials said on Tuesday.
It also registered 54 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, which took the tally to 2,173, they said.

Jharkhand Covid-19 update: State slashes test rate at pvt labs to Rs 1,500

The Jharkhand government on Tuesday slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 to be charged by private laboratories to Rs 1,500, officials said.
The state government on June 29 had capped the rate at Rs 2,400.
The decision was taken in view of the fall in rates of the kits and related items required to conduct the tests, officials said. Read on...

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

Odisha reported more recoveries of COVID-19 patients than new cases on Tuesday as 3,714 people were cured of the disease while 3,645 got infected with it, a health department official said.
The number of recoveries in the state is now 1,25,738, which is 79.25 per cent of the total coronavirus caseload of 1,58,650. Read on...

India's milk, egg production registers 6% increase despite coronavirus

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, milk and egg production in India has increased by 6 per cent, said Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE). Read on....

Andhra Pradesh coronavirus LIVE updates: Death toll crosses 5,000 mark, tally 583,000

Andhra Pradesh Covid toll breached the 5,000 mark with 69 more deaths, even as the state has registered 8,846 new Coronavirus positive cases, raising the state's tally to 583,000 on Tuesday, With the new deaths, state's toll reached 5,041. Chittoor district accounted for the highest number of Covid deaths, 543, followed by Guntur (469), East Godavari (464), Kurnool (425) and others. Read on...

Karnataka coronavirus LIVE update: 7,576 new cases in Karnataka

Karnataka on Tuesday reported 7,576 new cases of Covid-19 and 97 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 4,75,265 and the death toll to 7,481, the health department said.

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