Coronavirus LIVE: Manish Sisodia tests positive, is in self-isolation

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia arrives to present the Delhi government budget for 2018-19 in Delhi Assembly in New Delhi on Thursday | Photo: PTI
Coronavirus update: With over 93,215 new cases, India's coronavirus tally has reached 4,845,003. The death toll has risen by 1,140 to 79,754. India now has 9,73,175 active cases, while 37,02,595 people have recovered. Maharashtra's Covid tally has surged to 1,060,308 after 22,543 cases being reported in the past 24 hours. West Bengal and Delhi now have over 200,000 and 218,300 cases, respectively. The worst-hit states are Maharashtra (1,060,308) Andhra Pradesh (560,000), Tamil Nadu (491,571), Karnataka (450,000), and UP (312,036).

Coronavirus vaccine update: Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan has said that India may get a vaccine against the coronavirus in the first quarter of 2021 and that he will take the first dose to dispel doubts about its safety.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 29,175,454. While 21,018,176 have recovered, 927,986 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 6,708,458 cases. It is followed by India, which has 4,845,427 cases, Brazil (4,330,455) and Russia (1,062,811).

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20,500 passengers travel in Kolkata Metro as services resume after 5 months

Around 20,500 passengers travelled on the Kolkata Metro which resumed operations on Monday with reduced services and safety protocols after a gap of more than five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an official said.
Passengers were happy to be back on the Metro premises after March 23, when regular services were suspended to stem the spread of coronavirus infection. Special trains, however, were run for NEET aspirants and their guardians on Sunday.
"Services resumed at 8 am and around 20,500 commuted till 8 pm. The last trains from the originating stations on both sides commenced their journey at 7 pm and completed it by 8 pm," Metro Railway General Manager Manoj Joshi told PTI.
Previously, Metro services were available for longer durations.
Joshi said that all safety protocols including social distancing norms were followed.
Trains halted at stations for 30 seconds instead of 20 seconds, as was the previous practice, to avoid rush during boarding and deboarding, a Metro Railway spokesperson said.
A total of 110 trains 55 each in up and down directions were operated on the Noapara-Kavi Subhash line at an interval of 10 minutes during peak hours, she said.
Similarly, 72 trains were run on the East-West line between Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium stations, the spokesperson said.
She said that services will remain suspended on Sundays for sanitisation of rakes and stations.

High food prices keep India's retail inflation above 6% in August

The consumer price index(CPI)- based inflation came in at 6.7 per cent for August, from 6.73% in July, courtesy food inflation refusing to soften below 9 per cent.
India’s economy now struggles to cope with low growth and high inflation five months into the Covid-19 pandemic.
The retail inflation has now remained above the upper band set by the Reserve Bank of India of 6 per cent for nine consecutive months, though not successively for three financial quarters yet. Core inflation, too, has been inching up in the pandemic era, approaching 6 per cent now, from 4 per cent earlier this year. Read more

Odisha reports record 4,198 new Covid-19 cases, 11 fresh fatalities

Odisha registered its highest single-day spike of Covid-19 cases on Monday as 4,198 more people, including state BJP chief Samir Mohanty, tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
The fresh infections have pushed the state's coronavirus tally to 1,55,005.
Eleven more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the state's coronavirus death toll to 637, the official said.
Odisha had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 3,996 cases on September 11, he said.
The state also registered recovery of as many as 3,382 patients taking the total number of persons cured of the infection to 1,22,024 which is 78.72 per cent of the caseload.
The state now has 32,291 active cases.
As many as 2,476 new cases were reported from different quarantine centres, while 1,722 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing.
The new cases included 41 inmates of the Circle Jail at Baripada, said Vinit Bharadwaj, the District Magistrate cum Collector of Mayurbhanj.
The number of infections among jail inmates has increased to 81, the collector said.
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 758, followed by Cuttack (367) and Puri (310). Ten other districts registered more than 100 fresh infections each, he said.

Covid-19: Farooq Abdullah says oxygen shortage in Jammu hospitals worrisome

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday termed the reported oxygen shortage in Jammu hospitals amid the Covid-19 pandemic worrisome and claimed that nothing substantial was being done to alleviate the problem, a party statement said.
Replying to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Abdullah said the situation is reportedly quite worrisome particularly in the wake of the alarming spike in Covid-19 cases during the past one week.
"Reportedly, hospitals managing Covid-19 cases are facing acute shortage of oxygen, thereby putting the lives of critical coronavirus patients at risk. It is distressing to know that nothing substantial is being done to alleviate the problem," he said.
The statement said Abdullah also raised the issue of 60 "dysfunctional" ventilators that are meant to provide life support to critically ill patients. He called for immediate necessary measures to strengthen the healthcare support system.

Covid-19: Gujarat CM's voluntary test returns negative

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday tested negative for coronavirus after volunteering for the process in keeping with his "test is best" slogan, said officials.
A state government release said Rupani took the test to encourage people to come forward without fear to find out if they have the infection.
Rupani has coined the "test is best" slogan and said they are necessary for timely detection and treatment of the novel coronavirus infection, it added.

Gujarat: 1,334 Covid-19 cases push tally to near 115,000

Gujarat on Monday reported 1,334 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 1,14,996, state health department said. The cumulative toll rose to 3,230 with 17 more deaths, it said.
At the same time, 1,255 patients were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 95,265, the department said in a release.
Gujarat's case recovery rate now stands at 82.84 per cent, it stated.
Out of the 17 fatalities, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Surat reported three deaths each, while two patients died each in Jamnagar, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. One patient succumbed each in Bharuch and Vadodara, the department said.

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally rises to 1,077,374 with 17,066 fresh cases

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally on Monday rose to 1077374 after 17066 fresh cases, a health official said. With 257 deaths in the last 24 hours, the toll in the state has reached 29894, the official said. So far 755850 patients have been discharged after recovery, while there are 291256 active cases, the official said.

The number of tests stands at 5321116, he added.

Ex-UP CM Kalyan Singh tests Covid-19 positive

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh has tested positive for coronavirus, his grandson state minister Sandeep Singh said on Monday.
The UP Technical and Medical Education minister disclosed this on his Twitter handle and prayed for the 88-year-old BJP leader's recovery.
"I pray to Lord Ram for your speedy recovery. Our best wishes are with you," Sandeep Singh tweeted.

Haryana reports 2,488 new Covid-19 cases, tally nears 100,000

Madhya Pradesh reports record 2,483 Covid-19 cases; 29 die

Madhya Pradesh on Monday recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,483 coronavirus cases, taking the statewide count to 90,730, health officials said.
With 29 more fatalities, the death toll went up to 1,791, they said. Of them, five patient each died in Indore and Bhopal, four in Neemuch, three each in Gwalior and Jabalpur, two in Sagar and one each in Khargone, Morena, Betul, Rewa, Jhabua, Dewas and Tikamgarh, the officials said.
Also, 1,713 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 67,711, they said.
At 379, Indore reported the highest number of infections in the state, followed by 244 cases in Bhopal, 227 cases in Jabalpur and 185 in Gwalior.

Karnataka reported 8,244 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 4,67,689

1,137 new Covid-19 cases, 1,966 more recoveries in Bihar

The Covid-19 recovery rate in Bihar rose to 90.91 per cent on Monday from 89.99 per cent just two days ago, with 1,966 more people having been cured of the disease in the state, a health department official said.
The total number of recoveries currently stands 1,45,019, the official said. At least 1,137 more people tested positive for Covid- 19 in the state, pushing the tally to 1,59,526.
Bihar, at present, has 13,675 active coronavirus cases, while 831 people have succumbed to the infection. As many as 1,02,330 samples have been tested for COVID-19 since Sunday, raising the total number of such examinations to 49,86,747, the official added.

Andhra Pradesh's daily Covid-19 cases slump below 8,000 after weeks

Fresh Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh slumped below the 8,000 mark after about three weeks on Monday, taking the tally to 5.75 lakh, but the number of tests too came down by more than 10,000.
As many as 9,764 patients got cured and discharged from hospitals, while 60 more succumbed to the pandemic as the toll mounted to 4,972, a government bulletin said.
With 7,956 fresh cases detected in the last 24 hours from 9 am on Sunday, the total number of cases rose to 5,75,079 while the recoveries increased to 4,76,903.
The number of active cases decreased further to 93,204.

Punjab records 2,496 new Covid-19 cases, 1,463 recoveries

Goa adds 306 new Covid-19 patients; active cases below 5,000

As many as 306 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Goa on Monday, taking the statewide tally to 24,898, a health department official said. Fourteen more patients died due to the infection, taking the toll to 304 in the coastal state, he said.
The official said 519 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the number of discharged cases to 19,648. In all 1,093 samples were tested of which 306 were found to be positive for the viral disease, he said.
The number of active cases stood below the 5,000-mark at 4,946. Goa's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 24,898, new cases 306, deaths 304, discharged 19,648, active cases 4,946, people tested till date 2,25,910.

131 new cases push Nagaland's Covid-19 tally to 5,214

Nagaland reported 131 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, pushing the tally to 5,214, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said. Among the 131 people who tested positive for the infection on Monday, 77 were Army personnel.
The minister also said, 14 patients were cured of the disease on Monday - 9 in Kiphire, 4 in Dimapur and 1 in Mon.
The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients is 74.74 per cent on Monday. It had gone up to 87.82 per cent on August 8.

Manish Sisodia tests positive for Covid-19

Chandigarh reports 254 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 8,245

Tamil Nadu reports 5,752 new Covid-19 cases, 53 deaths

Tamil Nadu reported 5,752 fresh Covid cases on Monday, taking the tally to 5,08,511 while the death toll mounted to 8,434 with 53 more fatalities. Of the fresh infections, Chennai reported 991 and the remainder was spread across Tamil Nadu, a health department bulletin said.
The state capital accounted for 1,49,583 out of the five lakh plus total positive cases. The deceased included two men aged 29 and 90, a 33-year- old woman and in total 50 had co-morbidities.

Mumbai airport launches Covid-19 testing facility for arriving passengers

Mumbai airport has launched the Covid-19 testing facility for all arriving passengers , which can be availed at a charge of Rs 1,600 onwards, a move that would help international passengers opt out of institutional quarantine, depending upon the test results, a release said on Monday.
The RT-PCR testing facility, which is in compliance with the standards of the ICMR and the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), is planned to be expanded further for departing passengers as well shortly, Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said in the release.
The provision for 24X7 coronavirus testing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) comes days after GMR group-owned Delhi airport set up a similar mechanism on its premises. As per the latest directive of the civil aviation ministry, airports are directed to implement a testing facility at the airport for international transit passengers booked on a connecting domestic flight, MIAL said.

Covid-19: Goa BJP MLAs Fernandes, Sopte test positive

Goa BJP MLAs Antonio alias Tony Fernandes and Dayanand Sopte have tested positive for novel coronavirus infection, a senior state health department official said on Monday.

St Cruz MLA Fernandes is in a private hospital since Sunday while Mandrem legislator Sopte has opted for home isolation after exhibiting mild symptoms, the official said. Over the past two months, several MLAs, including Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, were detected with the infection.

2,540 Covid-19 cases, 15 more deaths in Kerala

Kerala reported 2,540 Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the infection tally to 1,10,818, while 15 more deaths took the toll up to 454, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. As many as 2,110 people recovered from the virus today and 30,486 people are presently under treatment for the infection, he told reporters here.
So far, 79,813 people have recovered.
Of the positive cases, 34 had come from abroad and 73 from other states, while 2346 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 212 people was not known, he said.

Delhi tally up at 2,21,533 with 3,229 new positive cases, toll at 4,770

Noida: 141 new Covid-19 cases, tally climbs to 10,332

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar district on Monday recorded 141 new Covid-19 patients and the infection tally reached 10,332, official data showed. The number of active cases stood at 1,979, down from 2,008 on Sunday, according to the data released by the UP Health department for a 24-hour period.
The district, adjoining Delhi, has so far recorded 48 deaths linked to the pandemic, with one of the lowest mortality rates 0.46 per cent -- in the state, it showed.

Dharavi reports 23 new Covid-19 patients; active cases at 156

The tally of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai's Dharavi increased to 2,938 on Monday with 23 more persons testing positive for the infection, the city civic body said.
Notably, this was the fifth consecutive day of double digit rise in cases in the slum-dominated area where Covid-19 mitigation measures undertaken by authorities had received praise from various quarters.
Since the past more than a month, Dharavi used to report single digit cases barring a few days. A BMC official said 2,512 patients have already recovered in Dharavi and discharged from hospitals.

Concern should be number of deaths due to Covid-19, not the number of cases: Delhi CM

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the coronavirus death rate in the national capital is perhaps the lowest in the world and the concern should be the number of deaths due the virus and not the number of cases.
"The largest number of Covid-19 tests are being carried out in Delhi at present. Eleven per cent Delhi has been tested so far with nearly 2.1 million tests. The concern should be number of deaths not the number of Covid cases. Death rate in Delhi is perhaps the lowest in the whole world," the chief minister said in his address during the one-day session of the Delhi Assembly.

Himachal Pradesh records 41 new Covid-19 cases, tally nears 10,000

UP records 62 fresh coronavirus deaths, over 5,200 new cases

Uttar Pradesh recorded 62 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, while the number of cases went up by 5,208, taking the overall figures to 4,491 fatalities and 3,17,195 infections, officials said.
"The count of active Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 67,287, while 2,45,417 people have recovered till date," a heath bulletin issued here said.
The Monday additions took the total number of Covid-19 cases to 3,17,195, while the death toll reached 4,491, the bulletin said. The fresh cases included 992 from Lucknow, 346 from Allahabad, 341 from Kanpur, 278 from Ghaziabad, 186 rom Gorakhpur, 158 from Meerut and 154 from Varanasi, it added.

Tripura's Covid-19 tally rises to 19,187 with 255 fresh cases

At least 255 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 19,187, a health department official said.
The death toll has risen to 200 with six more fatalities, he said. West Tripura district, which also comprises state capital Agartala, accounted for 110 of the coronavirus deaths, the official said.
The state now has 7,429 active cases, while 11,536 people have recovered from the disease, he said, adding, 22 patients have migrated to other states. A total of 3,31,374 samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.

AYUSH practices inducted into protocol for recovering Covid-19 patients

Several AYUSH practices have been inducted into the management protocol for patients who have recovered from Covid-19, an official statement said on Monday.
In the statement, the AYUSH ministry said the protocol provides an integrated holistic approach for patients of Covid to care at home and is not meant to be used as preventive and curative therapy. As of now, patients who have recovered from acute Covid-19 illness have continued to report a variety of symptoms like fatigue, cough, sore throat, the ministry said.
"The post-Covid follow-up protocol, on individual level, advises continued appropriate use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing etc. Adequate consumption of hot water and immunity promoting AYUSH medicine is advised after prescribed by a qualified practitioner of AYUSH," it said.

UK tests if Covid-19 vaccines might work better inhaled

British scientists are beginning a small study comparing how two experimental coronavirus vaccines might work when they are inhaled by people instead of being injected. In a statement on Monday, researchers at Imperial College London and Oxford University said a trial involving 30 people would test vaccines developed by both institutions when participants inhale the droplets in their mouths, which would directly target their respiratory systems.
Larger studies of the Imperial and Oxford vaccine are already under way, but this study aims to see if the vaccines might be more effective if they are inhaled.
We have evidence that delivering influenza vaccines via a nasal spray can protect people against flu as well as help to reduce the transmission of the disease, said Dr. Chris Chiu of Imperial, who is leading the research. He suggested that might also be the case with Covid-19.

Around 30 MPs test positive for Covid-19: Report

Around 30 MPs and more than 50 employees of Parliament have tested positive for Covid-19, sources said on Monday. ll parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had undergone mandatory Covid-19 tests before the start of the monsoon session.

As per the reports of these tests, around 30 MPs and over 50 employees of the secretariats tested positive for coronavirus, the sources said.

Odisha Minister tests Covid positive, 7th such case in state

Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said on Monday that he and his wife had tested coronavirus positive. The Minister tweeted that he and his wife Sangeeta Dash were in home isolation and their condition was stable. He also advised those who had come in contact with him in the last seven days to get themselves tested.
Dash is the seventh Minister in the state to have tested corona positive. Over 30 lawmakers, including three MPs, have also tested positive in the state.
Dhenkanal MLA Sudhir Kumar Samal too confirmed his Covid positive status on Monday.

Timely decisions, lockdown helped in preventing 37-38,000 Covid deaths: Govt

The timely decisions taken by the government, including imposing a nationwide lockdown, helped in preventing approximately 37-38 thousand deaths due to coronavirus and 14-29 lakh people from getting infected, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday amid surging cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Making a statement in Lok Sabha on Covid pandemic and the seps taken by the Central government, Vardhan said in India about 92 percent of the reported cases have mild symptoms, while oxygen therapy was required in 5.8 percent cases and intensive care in 1.7 percent cases.
As on September 11, a total of 45,62,414 novel coronavirus cases and 76,271 deaths, with a case fatality rate of 1.67 per cent, have been reported in India, the Health Minister added.

Bengal's Covid-19 positivity rate at 8.21%, lower than national avg: Banerjee

Computer-designed antiviral proteins inhibit Covid-19 in lab, scientists find

Computer-designed synthetic antiviral proteins have been shown to protect lab-grown human cells from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, scientists say. In the experiments, the lead antiviral candidate, named LCB1, rivalled the best-known SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies in its protective actions, according to the findings published in the journal Science.
The researchers at the University of Washington in the US noted that LCB1 is currently being evaluated in rodents. Coronaviruses are studded with so-called Spike proteins, which latch onto human cells to enable the virus to break in and infect them, they said.
The development of drugs that interfere with this entry mechanism could lead to treatment of or even prevention of infection, according to the researchers.

Russia records 5,509 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has registered 5,509 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours which brings the cumulative total to 1,068,320, the country's coronavirus response center said on Monday.

"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,509 Covid-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 1,388 (25.2 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 1,068,320.

Moscow recorded 696 cases, St. Petersburg registered 199 cases, and the Moscow region confirmed 163 new cases. No new cases were recorded in the Nenets Autonomous Region and the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

Covid testing in Jharkhand Assembly ahead of Monsoon Session

Deepak Kochhar tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to AIIMS Delhi

Deepak Kochhar, the husband of former ICICI Bank MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar, has tested positive for Covid-19. According to media reports, he is asymptomatic and has been admitted to AIIMS Delhi.
Kochhar was arrested last week by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case. After his arrest a special PMLA court remanded him to ED custody for 11 days. However, he was also allowed to meet his lawyer at ED's Delhi office.

Covid-19: 311 more Maharashtra Police personnel test positive, 5 dead

Trump says Modi praised him over Covid-19 testing

US President Donald Trump has claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for coronavirus testing in America, which is currently the worst-hit country in the world. Trump made the remarks at a campaign rally on Saturday night in Nevada.
The President said: "We've tested more people than India than many many big countries put together. India's second. We are 44 million tests ahead of India. They have 1.5 billion people...And Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi calls me. He says what a job you've done with testing. I said explain that to these dishonest people back."
Trump then goes on to slam his Democratic rival Joe Biden, saying that if he was in charge when the "China virus" arrived, "hundred of thousands of more Americans would have died".

Covid-19: Delhi gyms open after 5 months

Thermal screening, entry of limited number of people, regular sanitisation of equipments -- these are some of the precautions that are being followed by gyms in Delhi as they resume operations after being closed for over five months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In an order issued late on Sunday night, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority said gymnasiums and yoga institutes would be permitted to reopen, except in the containment zones, with immediate effect.

Sunil Kumar Taank, president of the Indian Gym's Welfare Federation, said 80 per cent of the facilities had opened and gym enthusiasts, who were unable to work out since March, visited in the morning.

Covid-19 Factoid: Now, Tamil Nadu also has more than half million cases

The global tally of coronavirus infections is now at 29.1 million, and is expected to breach the 30 million mark anytime soon. The global death toll stands at over 928,000, with the US and Brazil at over 100,000 deaths each. Over 21 million people have recovered successfully worldwide.
In India, there are now over 4.8 million reported cases, of which roughly 20 per cent, or 986,598 cases, are currently active. Recovery rate has now inched upwards to 78 per cent, with over 3.7 million recoveries. Death toll stands at 79,722, the third-highest in the world. Read more

17 MPs test Covid-19 positive ahead of Monsoon Session, says report

Ahead of Monsoon Session in Parliament, 17 MPs tested positive for Covid-19, NDTV reported. 

The infected MPs include 12 from BJP, 2 from YRS Congress, Shiv Sena DMK and RLP, the report said.

Singapore reports 48 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore reported 48 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, including five imported infections, taking the national tally to 57,454, many of them foreign workers. Since the foreign workers' dormitories were declared clear of Covid-19 over a month ago on August 11, an average of 45 workers have tested positive for the disease daily, according to the Health Ministry.
They were detected primarily through active surveillance testing, such as rostered routine testing, and aggressive tracing and testing when a new case is detected.
The ministry also said that the average number of new daily cases in the community in a week has decreased to one in the past week, down from two cases the week before.

Haryana CM recovers from Covid-19, urges people to follow guidelines

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday returned to state capital Chandigarh after recovering from COVID-19 and urged people to religiously follow all the guidelines like wearing masks and social distancing to stay safe.
He asserted that there was no need to be afraid of coronavirus, but we have to remain vigilant.
After testing positive for novel coronavirus on August 24, barely two days before the day-long monsoon session of the state assembly, Khattar was admitted to Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital for treatment.
Khattar, 66, had developed fever and body ache three days prior to testing positive for COVID-19.

4.56 mn Covidcases, 76,271 deaths in India till Sept 11: Vardhan

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday that a total of 45,62,414 novel coronavirus cases and 76,271 deaths, with a case fatality rate of 1.67 per cent, had been reported in India till September 11.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Vardhan said as many as 35,42,663 people, which is 77.65 per cent of the cases, had recovered from the pathogen.
The maximum cases and deaths from the infection have been primarily reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karantaka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Kerala and Gujarat. "All these states have reported more than 1 lakh cases," the minister said.

Ladakh's Covid-19 tally at 3,345, toll reaches 40

The death toll due to Covid-19 in Ladakh has reached 40 after one more patient succumbed to the infection in the Union Territory, officials said on Monday.
The 83-year-old patient, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, died in Leh district on Sunday, they said.
The officials said this was the seventeenth in Leh due to Covid-19 while the rest of the 23 fatalities had occurred in Kargil district.
Ladakh had recorded 3,345 Covid-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in March. While 2,436 patients have recovered from the disease, 869 others, including 465 in Leh and 404 in Kargil, are still undergoing treatment, the officials said.

India overtakes Brazil to record highest number of Covid-19 recoveries in world: Johns Hopkins

India on Monday overtook Brazil to register the highest number of Covid-19 recoveries in the world at 37,80,107, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
According to data, 19,625,959 people around the world have recovered from the coronavirus infection while the total number of Covid-19 cases across the world are 29,006,033 and the total number of deaths reported globally stands at 9,24,105.
Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling Covid-19 data from all over the world, put India in the number one position in terms of the number of recovered coronavirus cases at 37,80,107, followed by Brazil at 37,23,206 cases and the US at 24,51,406 cases.

Covid recovery rate at 78%: Govt

The recovery rate in the country had touched 78 per cent, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
India's Covid-19 case tally has mounted to 4.85 million with 92,071 new infections, while 3.78 million people have recuperated. The death toll climbed to 79,722 with 1,136 more people succumbing to the infection, according to the ministry data.
India's journey of a fast-growing recovery rate has crossed a milestone on Monday. On a continuous upward trajectory, the recovery rate has touched 78 per cent, reflecting the increasing number of high recoveries per day, it said in a statement.

Over 60% active Covid-19 cases in 5 states

Andhra Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
Tamil Nadu

Himachal Pradesh records 43 new Covid-19 cases, tally nears 10,000

China launches new tech database to help communities fight Covid-19

The Chinese government is compiling a database of technologies that can be used to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a post on Monday.

According to the post, officials have compiled a list of more than 2,000 "new technologies" and their providers, ranging from automatic temperature detection to diagnosis and hospital information systems, the South China morning Post (SCMP) newspaper reported.

The Ministry has planned to proliferate technology-based applications among hospitals and communities, which have been on the frontlines of the outbreak, as well as to companies which are now coping with the aftermath of a nearly two month-long lockdown.

India has been able to limit Covid deaths to 55 per mn population: Vardhan

Owing to the nationwide efforts the Covid-19 related deaths have been limited to 55 per million population, said Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Union Minister also said that the cases per million population in the country have also been limited to 3,328 in the country.


For the first time, LS members sit in RS chamber as House meets amid Covid-19

In a first, some Lok Sabha members attended the House proceedings on Monday while seated in the Rajya Sabha chamber as Parliament met for the Monsoon session amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaker Om Birla said in Lok Sabha that rules and procedures have been eased to allow Lok Sabha members sit in the upper house and Rajya Sabha members occupy seats in lower house due to social distancing norms.

Maharashtra: Thane Covid-19 tally crosses 146,000

The number of Covid-19 cases in Thane has gone up to 1,46,102 after detection of 1,930 new cases in the Maharashtra district, officials said on Monday.

Besides, the number of Covid-19 deaths in the district has risen to 3,921 as 28 more people succumbed to the disease on Sunday, they said.

Pakistan reports 539 new cases of coronavirus: Health Ministry

Pakistan has reported 539 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total infections in the country to 302,020, the health ministry said on Monday.

The Ministry of National Health Services said four more people succumbed to the viral disease and the toll currently stands at 6,383.


Kolkata metro resumes services after 5 months gap

Kolkata Metro resumed its services on Monday after a gap of five months due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The metro authorities have reopened the services amid stringent checks and protocols. A day prior to the reopening of services, the metro stations were fully sanitised.

Speaking to ANI, Dr Misbah-uL Haque, a commuter said, "We are happy that metro has started, as we were facing a lot of trouble in travelling. The arrangements here are very good and proper sanitisation is being undertaken."

Puducherry adds 414 fresh Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 20,000 mark

Puducherry on Monday logged 414 new COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally past the 20,000 mark while nine people including four women succumbed to the virus, a top Health department official said.

The nine fatalities pushed the toll in the union territory to 394

Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally crosses 6,000-mark

The Covid-19 caseload in Arunachal Pradesh crossed the 6000-mark with 146 fresh cases reported in the northeastern state, a senior Health department official said on Monday.

With the fresh cases, the total virus count in the state rose to 6,121, the official said.


Dining in restaurants may increase Covid-19 spread risk: Study

In a study related to novel coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that people who are dining at a restaurant at a higher risk of Covid-19 transmission than some other community activities.

Fro the findings, the research team examined data from adults at 11 facilities across the nation who tested positive for COvid-19 and compared that with a control group of adults without virus infection.


Molecular Partners completes manufacturing runs in bid for Covid-19 drug

Switzerland's Molecular Partners, which is hoping to produce an antiviral drug against Covid-19, said on Monday that it had completed initial manufacturing runs for its candidate MP0420 that it aims to test in humans starting in November.

"It is essential to demonstrate the ability to manufacture and deploy these medicines," said Chief Executive Patrick Amstutz.

Single-day Covid-19 cases hit record high: WHO

The number of single-day coronavirus cases globally has hit a new record high, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a statement on Sunday, the WHO said that there were 307,930 new cases globally in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day figure ever registered and about 1,000 more than the previous recording-setting daily caseload a week earlier, reports Xinhua news agency.


77,512 recoveries registered in last 24 hours in India

Dearth of ventilators, oxygen cylinders adds to Covid agony in Agra

Avoidable delay in Covid-19 testing and filing reports is causing a lot of trouble and resentment among kin of Covid patients in Agra as it hampers treatment on time.

While the number of samples collected so far has crossed 150,000, the reports are taking four to five days, even as hundreds of people daily queue up for testing at the SN Medical College and the district hospital.

It is not clear why the rapid antigen test reports are also being delayed, victims allege.

4198 new Covid-19 cases reported in Odisha

793 new Covid-19 cases reported in Rajasthan in past 24 hours

Here are the five most affected states by Covid-19 cases

Maharashtra (1060308)
Andhra Pradesh (567123)
Tamil Nadu (502759)
Karnataka (459445)
Uttar Pradesh (312036)

Telangana adds 1,417 new Covid-19 cases; 13 deaths take toll to 974

Telangana reported 1,417 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the overall infection tally to 1,58,513, while death toll rose to 974 with 13 more fatalities.

Out of the 1,417 fresh cases, 264 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy (133), Karimnagar (108) and Sangareddy (107) districts, a state government bulletin said on Monday, providing data as of 8 pm on September 13.


Mizoram's Covid-19 tally rises to 1,428

Mizoram's Covid-19 caseload rose to 1,428 as 14 more people have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, an official said on Monday.
Of the 14 new cases, 11 were reported from Aizawl district, two from Saitual and one from Kolasib district, the official said.

Coronavirus update: Maharashtra govt to issue SOP for reopening of restaurants by next week

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar assured the restaurants and hotel industry representatives that within a week the standard operating procedure (SOP) and all the necessary guidelines and permissions to resume their restaurants would be discussed and a road map for re-opening would be drawn.

Paracetamol curbs amid Covid-19 pandemic dent sales during monsoon

Paracetamolhas seen a significant fall in sales in the last few months. Sales of paracetamol are typically high during monsoon when cold and flu ailments are common. 
However, owing to government legislation and monitoring of cold and flu drugs, sales of paracetamol at the retail level has suffered this year. Read more here.

Saudi Arabia to send animal samples to US in coronavirus probe

Saudi Arabia said today it would send samples taken from animals possibly infected with a deadly SARS-like virus to the United States for testing in a bid to find the source of disease.
The Saudi health ministry has "collected large samples from bats and other animals, including camels, sheep and cats," said Saudi Deputy Health Minister Ziad Memish.

Covid: New Zealand to ease Covid-19 curbs next week

New Zealand will relax its Covid-19 restrictions by moving to Alert Level 1 and decide on whether to lower Auckland's alert level on September 21, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
Currently, Auckland remains in Alert Level 2.5, with the rest of country in Level 2, reports Xinhua news agency.
Auckland saw the second wave of community outbreak in August which has been under control.

Global coronavirus update: Cases top 28.8 million, says Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 28.8 million, while the deaths have increased to over 922,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 28,891,676 and the fatalities rose to 922,441, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
US accounted for the world's highest number of cases while India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 4,754,356.

Global Markets: Asian shares buoyed by coronavirus vaccine hopes

Asian shares firmed on Monday on renewed hopes for a coronavirus vaccine after AstraZeneca resumed its phase-3 trial though sentiment was still cautious ahead of a big week of central bank meetings in UK, Japan and the United States.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.7%, poised for its second straight session of gains.

PM Modi thanks all MPs for choosing path of duty even during coronavirus crisis

The monsoon session begins today, there is corona and there is responsibility. All parliamentarians have chosen the path of responsibility, I thank all of them for doing so, said Prime Minister ahead of the beginning of the session.

BP says era of oil-demand growth over, may not return to pre-Covid levels

Oil consumption may never return to levels seen before the coronavirus crisis took hold, BP said in a report on Monday. Even its most bullish scenario sees demand no better than “broadly flat” for the next two decades as the energy transition shifts the world away from fossil fuels.

Fight coronavirus, not Oppn or Kangana Ranaut, Fadnavis tells Thackeray

Maharashtra accounts for 40% total deaths in the country due to Covid-19, hence Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should fight against Covid-19 rather than the opposition or actor Kangana Ranaut, said Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra BJP leader.

Trump claims Modi told him he has done a great job in Covid-19 testing

Donald Trump has claimed that PM Modi praised him for doing a great job in coronavirus testing, as he continued to slam his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for being a complete disaster in handling the swine flu during the previous administration.
He said that Modi's comment on testing being done by the US needs to be explained to the media.

Coronavirus update: Indore's tally crosses 17,000-mark

With the highest single-day spike of 379 new Covid-19 cases, Indore's tally crossed 17,000 mark on Sunday, said the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in a bulletin.
The total number of Covid-19 positive cases here stands at 17,161 while with five new fatalities on Sunday, the death toll has reached 463.

Brazil's Coivd-19 weekly death toll rises to about 4,000 fatalities

The number of coronavirus-related fatalities in Brazil has surpassed 131,600 with about 4,000 deaths registered over the past week, according to the country's Health Ministry.
In the past 24 hours, Brazil confirmed 415 new deaths from COVID-19 and 14,768 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said on Sunday. Brazil's total coronavirus death toll now stands at 131,625, while the country's total number of cases is 4,330,455.

J&J unit to start mid-stage coronavirus vaccine trials in Spain

Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit will begin mid-stage trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in Spain on Monday, the programme's lead investigator said.
Alberto Borobia said 190 people would take part in the country's trials, which will take place in three hospitals and be concluded by Sept. 22.
The Spanish study is part of mid-stage, or Phase II, trials of the vaccine that are being carried out in three countries, also including the Netherlands and Germany. The trials in the three countries will last two months and include 550 participants in total.

Daily record of 307,900 coronavirus cases confirmed globally: WHO

The number of coronavirus cases confirmed across the world in the past 24 hours stands at a record high of nearly 308,000, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to the latest, Saturday, data from the WHO, there are now 28,637,952 coronavirus cases confirmed globally, with 307,900 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours.

Madhya Pradesh coronavirus update reports 2,281 new Covid cases, 34 deaths

As many as 2,281 new Covid-19 cases and 34 deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, taking the state's coronavirus count to 88,247.
There are 20,487 active cases and 1,762 fatalities in the state.
"Madhya Pradesh reports 2,281 new Covid-19 cases and 34 deaths today. Total cases now at 88,247 including 1,762 deaths and 20,487 active cases," said the State Health Department.

Kerala coronavirus update: 17 new Covid-19 hotspots identified in the state

A total of 17 new places were identified as COVID-19 hotspots in Kerala on Sunday, taking the total number of hotspots in the state to 607, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja informed.
As many as 13 places which were previously declared hotspots were excluded.
At present, there are 30,072 patients under treatment for COVID-19 in the state, while a total of 77,703 people have so far recovered from the disease, including 1,855 in the last 24 hours.

Rajasthan coronavirus update: 1,703 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths reported

As many as 1,703 new Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths were reported in Rajasthan on Sunday, taking the state's coronavirus count to 1,02,408.
There are 84,518 cases which have recovered while 83,084 have been discharged.
"Rajasthan reports 1,703 new Covid-19 cases, 15 deaths, 1,616 recoveries and 1,668 discharges today. Total cases in the state rise to 1,02,408, including 1,236 deaths, 84,518 recoveries and 83,084 discharges," said State Health Department. Read on...

Karnataka government 'failed' to fight coronavirus pandemic: Congress

Karnataka is witnessing an alarming increase in the number of coronavirus cases as the state government has totally 'failed' to handle the pandemic crisis, working president of state Congress, Saleem Ahmed said on Sunday.
Addressing reporters here, Ahmed, who is on a tour of the southern states to review the Congress partys 'Arogya Hasta' programme, alleged that there was complete lack of coordination among different departments to tackle the crisis. Read on...

Sikkim coronavirus update: Tally rises to 2,088, death toll goes up to 16

The COVID-19 tally in Sikkim rose to 2,088 with 31 more people testing positive for the virus while three fresh fatalities pushed the Himalayan state's death toll to 16 on Sunday, an official said.
Of the total 2,088 COVID-19 cases, 567 are active cases as 1,505 patients have recovered from the disease and 16 have died, the official said.
A 42-year-old woman from Development Area in the state capital died due to COVID-19 at STNM hospital, the State Information Education Communication (IEC) Member Sonam Bhutia said. Read on....

Gujarat coronavirus update: 1,326 new Covid cases, 15 more deaths reported

Gujarat recorded 1,326 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its tally to 1,13,662, while the death toll rose to 3,213 with 15 more patients succumbing.
In September so far, the state has added 17,227 more cases, at a daily average of 1,325
Meanwhile, 1,205 patients were discharged on Sunday, taking the total cured to 94,010, while there are 16,439 active cases, out of which 87 critical patients are on ventilator.
Of the new cases, hotspot Surat led with 281, followed by Ahmedabad with 172, and Rajkot on third spot with 151. Vadodara, with 123, and Jamnagar, with 120, were also in the three-digit case group.

Coronavirus India update: Centre urge 7 states to ensure adequate Oxygen availability at hospitals

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday advised Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ensure adequate Oxygen availability in all healthcare facilities and unrestricted intra as well as inter-state movement of oxygen in view of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Union Health Ministry held a virtual meeting where Union Health Secretary, Secretary DPIIT and Secretary Pharmaceuticals participated. State Health Secretaries and Industries Secretaries of these seven states also participated in the meeting. Read on...

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