Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi records over 4,000 infections for 5th straight day

Healthcare worker checks oxygen level of the residence during a campaign for the coronavirus disease in Mumbai.
Coronavirus update: India has recorded its biggest 24-hour spike of 97,654 coronavirus cases. With this, India's tally has surged to 4,751,788. Death toll currently stands at 78,614. In the past seven days, India has recorded 636,889 Covid cases. After record daily spike of 248,86 cases, Maharashtra's Covid tally crosses 1-million mark.

Kerala's total number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 100,000 and Uttar Pradesh's tally is nearing 300,000. Delhi reported 4,266 fresh corona cases, taking tally to over 209,000. Sixty per cent of the daily new Covid-19 recoveries in India are from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, which also account for 57 per cent of the new cases, according to MoHFW.

 
Coronavirus vaccine update: Immunogenicity study conducted on mice for coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by National Institute of Immunology has shown encouraging results, said NII Director Amulya Panda. Drugs Controller General of India has directed Serum Institute of India to suspend till further orders new recruitment in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine candidate.

 
World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 20,803,695. While 20,803,695 have recovered, 924,486  have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 6,635,933 cases. It is followed by India, which has 4,657,379 cases, Brazil (4,283,978) and Russia (1,051,874).
Stay tuned for coronavirus LIVE updates

LIVE UPDATES

Uttarakhand reports record 1,637 Covid-19 cases

A record 1,637 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Uttarakhand on Sunday, taking the state's infection tally to 31,973, while 12 more patients died.

Dehradun district reported the highest number of 623 cases, Haridwar 318, Udham Singh Nagar 240, Nainital 211, Pauri 57, Uttarkashi 47, Pithoragarh 34, Champawat 32, Tehri 27, Almora 16, Bageshwar 13, Rudraprayag 12 and Chamoli seven, a state health department bulletin said.

Chhattisgarh CM flags off 'Corona Vijay Rath'

J&K records over 1,000 Covid-19 cases for 11th day

Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 1,686 fresh cases of Covid-19, while fourteen patients died in the last 24 hours, officials said.
 
The total number of cases has now reached 54,096 and the death toll mounted to 878, they said. It was for the eleventh time in as many days that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1,000 in 24 hours.
 
"The UT recorded 1,686 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours-- 875 in Jammu and 811 in the Kashmir Valley," the officials said.

Maharashtra Covid-19 tally rises to 1,060,308 after 22,543 fresh cases

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally on Sunday rose to 1,060,308 after 22,543 fresh cases, a health official said.
 
The state death toll rose to 29,531 with 416 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the official said. So far, 740,061 persons have been discharged, while there are 290,344 cases in the state, he said. The number of tests so far is 5,253,676, he added.

407 new coronavirus cases in Goa, death toll rises by four

Goa on Sunday reported 407 new cases of Covid-19, which pushed the state's infection count to 24,592, a health official said.
 
The virus claimed four more lives in the coastal state during the day, due to which the death toll rose to 290, the official said. With 553 patients recovering from the infection in Goa on Sunday, its recovery count reached 19,129.
 
According to the official, there are 5,173 active cases in the state at present.
 
Goa's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 24,592, new cases 407, death toll 290, discharged 19,129, active cases 5,173, samples tested so far 2,25,051.

1,326 new Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, death count rises by 15

With the addition of 1,326 coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, Gujarat's overall tally went up to 1,13,662, the state health department said. With 15 deaths, the fatality count reached 3,213, it said.
 
A total of 1,205 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 94,010, the department said in its release. In the last 24 hours, 68,828 tests were conducted in Gujarat at the rate of 1,058.89 tests per day per million population, the department said.
 
With this, the number of samples tested in the state so far has increased to 32,88,811.

Tamil Nadu's tally nears 450,000, logs 5,693 new Covid-19 cases

Tripura reports 12 Covid-19 fatalities, 629 new cases

Tripura on Sunday reported record single-day spike of 12 Covid-19 fatalities, which raised the death toll to 194, while 629 fresh cases pushed the tally in the state to 18,932, a senior official said.
 
West Tripura district, of which Agartala is a part, has accounted for 107 of the 194 Covid-19 deaths, he said.
 
Tripura, at present, has 7,584 active coronavirus cases, while 11,132 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-two patients have migrated to other states.
 

Meghalaya reports one more Covid-19 death, 109 fresh cases

The Covid-19 death toll in Meghalaya rose to 26 with one more person succumbing to the disease on Sunday, while 109 fresh cases of infection took the state's tally to 3,724, a health department official said.
 
After a 70-year-old man was brought to a private hospital here, doctors declared him brought dead. Test results revealed that he succumbed to coronavirus infection, Health Services director Aman War said.
 
He said that 55 patients were also cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 2,075.
 
The number of active cases in the state is now 1,623.

Kerala reports 3,139 new Covid-19 cases, tally over 100,000

AP coronavirus tally reaches 5.67 million with 9,536 new cases

The total number of coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh touched 5.67 mn on Sunday after about 4.6 mn sample tests were conducted so far, with a positivity rate of 12.33 per cent.
 
The latest Covid-19 bulletin said 10,131 patients had recovered from the infection in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday while 9,536 more tested positive.
 
The state recorded 66 more coronavirus deaths, taking the toll to 4,912.
 
Till date, a total of 46.7 mn patients had recovered from the pandemic, leaving 95,072 active cases in the state, the bulletin said.

Himachal Pradesh records 123 new Covid-19 cases, toll at 75

Delhi records over 4,000 infections reported for 5th straight day

Delhi recorded 4,235 coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally to over 2.18 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,744 with 29 new fatalities, authorities said This is the fifth successive day when over 4,000 coronavirus cases were recorded in the national capital.

According to a Delhi government health bulletin issued this evening, 29 fresh fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours.

A total of 56,656 tests -- 10,116 RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat and 46,540 rapid antigen tests -- were conducted during the period, it said.

Covid-19: UP CM Adityanath warns against black marketing of oxygen

Amid alleged reports of black marketing and inflated billing for essential medical supplies required for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on Sunday directed officials to curb the black marketing of oxygen at any cost.
 
Presiding over a review meeting in Lucknow, Adityanath asked officials to ensure uninterrupted oxygen availability in the state's Covid-19- designated hospitals with an additional 48 hour oxygen backup inventory even as he said that oxygen production units needed to be operated at optimum capacity. Read more

Mask violation fine up from Rs 200 to Rs 500 in Nagpur: Anil Deshmukh

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said people in Nagpur will be fined Rs 500 instead of Rs 200 from Monday for not wearing masks amid the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking to reporters here, he said all precautions must be taken and social distancing norms have to be followed strictly till such time as a vaccine is developed for Covid- 19.
 
"Despite appeals, many people are not wearing masks. From Monday, the fine here will be Rs 500, up from the current Rs 200," he said.

Punjab arms policemen with Covid-care kits

The Punjab government has been arming its policemen with Covid-care kits which will have medical gadgets like mask, oximeter besides medicines and an immunity booster to combat the virus, officials said on Sunday. Each kit costs Rs 1,700.
 
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has already announced that to save police personnel from infections, the state will purchase 50,000 corona kits. “Each police officer, including constables and officials at senior levels, will be handed over this kit,” he said as nearly 3,800 police personnel have tested Covid positive.
 

Five inmates under treatment for Covid-19 in Delhi prisons: Official

Five inmates, who recently arrived in jails in Delhi, have tested positive for Covid-19 and are undergoing treatment, officials said on Sunday.
 
This comes less than a month after the Delhi Prisons Department declared there was no active Covid-19 case among the inmates in its three jail complexes.
 
According to the data shared by the officials, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Delhi Prisons now stands at 25, including 20 jail staff.

Mizoram's lone BJP MLA Budhha Dhan Chakma tests positive for Covid-19

Mizoram's lone BJP legislator Budhha Dhan Chakma has tested positive for Covid-19, official sources said on Sunday. He was among the 35 people who were diagnosed with coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, they said.
 
Chakma, 47, is the only legislator in Mizoram to have tested positive for Covid-19.
 
"I am very surprised that I have tested positive for Covid-19. But I am asymptomatic and doing very well. Luckily, all my other family members have tested negative," he told PTI.

Uttar Pradesh logs 6,239 fresh Covid-19 cases, 80 deaths; tally at 312,036

Eighty more people died from coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday as 6,239 fresh cases surfaced, taking the infection figures to 3,12,036 in the state. Briefing reporters here, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said so far, 4,429 people have died from the disease in Uttar Pradesh.
 
The count of active Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 68,122, he said, adding that 6,239 cases were reported on Sunday. Till now, 2,39,485 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the disease, he said.

Mizoram's lone BJP MLA tests positive for Covid-19

Mizoram's lone BJP legislator Budhha Dhan Chakma has tested positive for Covid-19, official sources said on Sunday. He was among the 35 people who were diagnosed with coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, they said.
 
Chakma, 47, is the only legislator in Mizoram to have tested positive for Covid-19.
 
"I am very surprised that I have tested positive for Covid-19. But I am asymptomatic and doing very well. Luckily, all my other family members have tested negative," he told PTI.

With 77.88% recovery rate, post-Covid care gains equal importance

As India crossed a cumulative of 4.7 million Covid-19 cases and daily recoveries exceeding 70,000, post-Covid care is gaining more importance with hospitals setting up post-Covid care telephonic or physical consultation.
 
The Union health ministry in a press release stated that India continues to report high numbers of recoveries with 78,399 registered recoveries in last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries has touched 3,702,595 taking the Recovery Rate to 77.88 per cent.

Maharashtra CM announces 'My Family-My Responsibility' campaign to battle coronavirus

In the wake of the rise of cases of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the launch of 'My family-My responsibility' from September 15 to fight the pandemic.
 
Under this campaign, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will reach out to every family residing in the financial capital and will provide medical help and guidance if needed.
 
"Let's practice these guidelines on Individual, Family and Social levels for a Covid-free Mumbai," BMC tweeted this morning.

Bihar: NEET candidates arrived at an exam centre in Patna

Russia records 5,449 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has registered 5,449 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 1,062,811, the country's coronavirus response center said on Sunday.
 
"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,449 Covid-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,238 (23.5 per cent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement.

Yoga, chyawanprash part of new management protocol for recovered COVID-19 patients

Yogasana, Pranayama, meditation and intake of chyawanprash are among some of the suggestions given by the Union Health Ministry in its new management protocol for patients who have recovered from Covid-19.
 
Calling for a holistic approach for follow up care and well-being of all post-Covid recovered patients, the Health ministry said such patients must continue Covid appropriate behaviour by use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing.
 
The protocol provides an approach for managing patients who have recovered from Covid-19 for care at home.

Covid-19 treatment accounted for 11% of health insurance claims in April-Aug: Study

Treatment for Covid-19 accounted for as much as 11 per cent of the total health insurance claims paid by insurance companies during the first five months of the current financial year, says a research conducted by Policybazaar.com.
 
The research further revealed that 89 per cent of health insurance claims during April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 were for other major illnesses, including cancer, heart problems, kidney and treatment.
 
Policybazaar.com, which accounts for about 10 per cent of India's retail health insurance market, said the data pertains to April 1 to August 31.

New Covid-19 facility in Goa to start functioning from Sep 19

Depression Depression Depression A 250-bed Covid-19 facility will start operating at the South Goa district hospital from September 19, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has said.
 
As of now, Covid-19 patients in the state are being treated at the ESI Hospital in Margao (South Goa), the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) near Panaji (North Goa) and the Sub-District Hospital in Ponda (South Goa).
 
In the wake of rise in number of Covid-19 cases in the coastal state, the new facility at the South Goa district hospital in Mrago would be made functional partially, Rane told reporters on Saturday after visiting the facility.

Each health worker in Goa to get Rs 50 lakh insurance cover

All health workers in Goa have now been provided with life insurance cover to the tune of Rs 50 lakh each, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Sunday, as the state continues to face a sustained spike in Covid-19 cases.
 
"The scheme provides insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per health worker in case of loss of life due to Covid-19 or accidental loss of life on account of Covid-19 related duties," Sawant tweeted.

Eight of 10 imported Covid-19 cases in Singapore came from India

Eight of the 10 imported Covid-19 cases reported in Singapore came from India, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. Two of those eight were Singaporeans and five permanent residents who returned on August 30-31. The other one was a short-term visit pass holder and a spouse of a Singaporean, who arrived from India on September 5.
 
The other two imported patients are work pass holders employed here who arrived here from Germany on August 30 and the Philippines on August 29.

Odisha: 3,913 new Covid-19 cases, total over 150,000

Odisha's coronavirus cases crossed the 150,000 lakh-mark as it reported 3,913 more cases in the last 24 hours, the Health department said on Sunday.
 
The corona cases now total 1,50,807, including 34,849 active ones and 1,15,279 recoveries.

Coronavirus latest update: 2,216 new Covid-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana reported 2,216 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection count to 1,57,096, while 11 fatalities took the toll to 961 on Sunday, the state government said. The active cases under treatment stood at 31,607 after cumulative recoveries of 1,24,528, a bulletin providing data as of 8 PM on September 12, said.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the highest number of cases with 341, followed by Rangareddy (210), Medchal Malkajgiri (148), Nalgonda (126), Karimnagar (119), Khammam (105) and Warangal Urban (102) districts.

Discharged 2,454 Covid-19 patients after treating them successfully: ITBP

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is running the world's largest Covid-19 care facility- Sardar Patel Covid-19 Care Centre (SPCCC) (10,000 beds), has so far discharged more than 2,454 patients after treating them successfully, according to an ANI report.
 
According to the ITBP, they have treated patients as small as 17 days old infant to 78-year-old adult. SS Deswal, DG ITBP is taking a stock of the centre on daily basis and has asked the team to ensure that patients get the best facilities.
 
The Centre formally started taking patients from July 5, 2020, after the successful trial run by ITBP. So far, a total of 3,921 patients have been admitted at this centre. Out of these, 2,454 have been discharged after being successfully treated. Only 81 of them have been referred to other hospitals. Till date, the oldest patient cured here was 78 years old and the youngest being a 17 days infant. All facilities are being provided free of cost to all strata of the society, the ITBP said in a statement.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Pakistan reports 526 fresh Covid-19 cases

Pakistan's COVID-19 cases reached 301,481 after 526 new coronavirus infections were reported on Sunday, the health ministry said.
 
The country also registered six fresh COVID-19 deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 6,379, while 534 patients are in critical condition, according to the Ministry of National Health Services.
 
The data showed that 289,429 people have recovered fully, including 893, who recuperated in the last one day. The data revealed that the number of active patients was 5,673.

Coronavirus LIVE: Full Covid-19 lockdown in Israel to begin from Sep 18

A complete nationwide lockdown in Israel will be imposed from September 18 onwards due to a surge in Covid-19 morbidity in the country. According to the state-media, the lockdown will begin on September 18, the date of Jewish New Year's eve, at 6 a.m. and will last at least for two weeks, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
All schools and kindergartens in Israel will be close on September 16, two days in advance.
 
The decision to impose the complete lockdown was taken on Thursday by the Israeli Corona Cabinet, and on Sunday, the government is expected to confirm other details.

Amit Shah admitted to AIIMS for 1-2 days for complete medical check up before Parliament session

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who recently recovered from COVID-19, has been admitted to AIIMS here for 1-2 days for a complete medical check up before the Parliament session begins, hospital authorities said on Sunday.
 
The 55-year-old ministerwasadmitted to the hospital at 11 pm on Saturday. Shah was earlier admitted to the AIIMS here on August18 for post-COVID care and discharged on August 31 following recovery, hospital authorities had said.
 
"As per advice given at discharge, he has now been admitted for complete medicalcheck up before Parliament session for 1-2 days," AIIMS said in a statement. The Monsoon session of Parliament begins on Monday.

Odisha's Covid-19 tally crosses 1.5-lakh mark; death toll mounts to 626

The COVID-19 tally in Odisha rose to 1,50,807 with 3,913 more people testing positive for the disease on Sunday, while 10 fresh fatalities pushed the state's death toll to 626, a health department official said. The new cases were reported from all the 30 districts of the state, he said.
 
Of the fresh cases, 2,348 were reported from various quarantine centres, and 1,565 were detected during contact tracing, the official said. Three new deaths were registered in Khurda district, two in Cuttack and one each in Balasore, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj and Subarnapur. Ganjam accounted for 215 of the 626 fatalities in the state, followed by Khurda (92).

Five states account for 60% of total active Covid-19 cases in India: Health Ministry

With over 94,000 new Covid-19 cases, India's tally crosses 4.7 million-mark

With a massive spike of 94,372 cases including 1,112 fresh deaths, India on Sunday crossed the 4.7 million-mark on the Covid-19 tally with a total of 47,54,356 cases.
 
Out of the total 47,54,356 cases, 9,73,175 are active cases, 37,02,595 have been cured and discharged so far while 78,586 lost the battle against the deadly virus. In the last 24 hours, 78,399 patients were discharged while 14,859 fresh cases came up.
 
While the recovery rate was at a whooping high of 77.77 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.66 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Candidates arrive at an examination centre in Bengaluru for NEET exam

Coronavirus LIVE: Pfizer, BioNTech to expand Covid vaccine Phase 3 trial

US-based pharmaceutical major Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech have announced to expand the enrollment of their Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial to up to approximately 44,000 participants, up from an initial recruitment goal of 30,000 individuals. The companies said a conclusive result on the efficacy of the vaccine is likely by the end of October, according to an IANS report.
 
"Enrollment in the trial has been proceeding as planned and the companies expect to reach its initial target of up to 30,000 participants next week", they said in a joint statement on Saturday.
 
The expansion would allow the companies to further increase trial population diversity, and include adolescents as young as 16 years of age and people with chronic, stable HIV, Hepatitis C, or Hepatitis B infection, as well as provide additional safety and efficacy data.

India's Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 77.88%: Health Ministry

India's COVID-19 recovery rate now stands at 77.88 per cent after 78,399 recoveries registered in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
 
"India continues to report a high number of recoveries exceeding 70,000 every day. 78,399 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. With this, the total number of recoveries has touched 3,702,595 taking the Recovery Rate to 77.88 per cent," said the Ministry in a statement.
 
The Ministry further informed that 58 per cent of the new recovered patients are being reported from five states -- Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

NEET exams begin today amid strict Covid-19 protocols at exam centres

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is being held on Sunday across the country amid stringent checks and protocols in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 15 lakh candidates have registered for the undergraduate exam. The NEET exam is being held days after the JEE (Main) was held across the country.
 
The National Testing Agency (NTA), the body organising the exam has put in place a raft of measures such as increasing the number of exam centres and reducing number of students in a room in view of the Covid-19.
 
Originally scheduled for May 3, has been deferred twice due to Covid-19 first it was postponed to July 26 and then to September 13. In Siliguri, which has 25 exam centres for NEET. One of the exam centres, Siliguri Institute of Technology(SIT) took all the precautionary measures as per the NTA directions.

Amit Shah admitted to AIIMS for 1-2 days for complete medical check up before Parliament session


184 Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for coronavirus in last 24 hours

151 new cases push Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally to 5,961

The COVID-19 tally in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 5,961 as 151 more people, including 20 security personnel, have tested positive for the disease, an official said on Sunday.
 
Of the fresh cases, 63 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 22 from Changlang, 13 from Lower Dibang Valley, 10 from Upper Siang, seven from Tawang and six each from Papumpare and East Siang districts, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.
 
Four new cases each were also reported from Longding, Kurung Kumey and Leparada, three from Tirap, two each from Upper Subansiri, West Siang and Lower Subansiri and one each from Namsai, Anjaw and Lohit districts, he said.

Former CPI(M) MLA Thangavelu dies of Covid-19

Former CPI(M) MLA K Thangavelu died of COVID-19 at a private hospital here on Sunday, party sources said. He was 69 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. Thangavelu was admitted to the hospital a couple of days ago and died without responding to treatment, they said. He had represented Tirupur South assembly constituency in 2011-16.
 
He was the party Coimbatore district secretary and State executive committee member, they said.

Retail inflation to come down with easing of Covid-19 lockdowns: CEA

Attributing the rise in inflation to supply-side frictions, Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian has exuded confidence that retail inflation will come down in the days ahead with the easing of lockdowns.
 
According to the government data, retail inflation rose to 6.93 per cent in July, mainly driven by rising prices of food items like vegetables, pulses, meat and fish. However, wholesale price-based inflation declined 0.58 per cent in July, even as food items turned costlier.
 
"If you look at inflation...it's primarily because of those supply-side frictions, but as local lockdowns are actually being reduced, these frictions should basically go down," he told PTI.

Candidates arrive at an examination centre in Siliguri for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exam

Coronavirus LIVE: Two-year-old girl among 35 new Covid-19 cases in Mizoram

Mizoram reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the state's tally to 1,414, an official said. Among the new patients were a two-year-old girl, and two truckers who came to the state from Punjab and Assam, he said. There are 591 active cases in the state at present while 823 people have recovered from COVID-19, the official said.
 
Of the new cases, 28 were reported from Aizawl, four from Lunglei and three from Kolasib, he said. All the 35 patients were in quarantine when they were found COVID-positive, he added. According to the state health department, the recovery rate is 58.21 per cent.

India's Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 77.88%: Health Ministry

Covid-19 LIVE: 98 new coronavirus cases in Agra; tally nears 4,000

An SDM and four police officials were among 98 more persons who tested positive for coronavirus in Agra in the past 24 hours, taking the total cases so far in the district to 3,933, according to an IANS report on Sunday.
 
Of the total corona cases, 3,037 patients had recovered whereas another 113 succumbed to the disease. The latest death was of a 48-year-old woman in Jagdish Pura locality on Saturday evening.
 
In all, 1,47,555 samples have been tested so far, with a positivity rate of 2.67 per cent. The recovery rate in the district has gone down to 77.22 per cent from over 80 per cent a fortnight ago.
 
Meanwhile, special trains that resumed services on Saturday began arriving at the Agra Cantt railway station from Sunday morning even as more than 14,000 candidates were expected to appear in the NEET-UG 2020 exam during the day.

Iran to soon start human trials for anti-coronavirus vaccine

Iranian medical scientists will soon start human trials for an anti-coronavirus vaccine after the stage of animal trials has passed, official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.
 
"We hope these activities will bear the desired result in order to provide better preventive services for the people," Jalil Koohpayehzadeh, dean of Iran University of Medical Sciences and a member of Tehran anti-coronavirus committee.
 
As neither a working vaccine nor a specific drug has yet been produced against the COVID-19 infection, Koohpayehzadeh urged the people to strictly follow health instructions to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. READ MORE...

 

People perform yoga at the ITBP-run Sardar Patel Covid-19 Care Centre in Delhi

Coronavirus LIVE: India's Covid-19 tally crosses 47-lakh mark

India in the last 24 hours reported 94,372 new COVID-19 cases taking the national coronavirus tally beyond the 47-lakh mark, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday. With the latest spike, the total cases stand at 47,54,357 of which, 9,73,175 are active cases while 37,02,596 patients have been cured/discharged and migrated.
 
1,114 deaths due to the pathogen were reported in the last 24 hours, across the country, taking the national death toll due to coronavirus to 78,586.
 
The Indian Council of Medical Research on Sunday informed that a total of 5,62,60,928 samples were tested up to 12th September. Of these, 10,71,702 samples were tested on September 12.

Union Minister Shripad Naik discharged from hospital after Covid-19 recovery

Union Minister of State Shripad Naik was on Saturday discharged from hospital here after recovery from COVID-19 for which he had tested positive in August.
 
The minister of state for AYUSH (independent charge) and Defence took to Twitter to post: "By god's grace, I have tested Negative for Covid19 & have been discharged from the hospital. I would like to sincerely thank Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji for his concern & support during this difficult phase."
 
In a statement, Naik said that he emerged as a "very positive and rejuvenated person". "I have today emerged as one more recovered patient and statistic of COVID 19 pandemic; but also a very positive and rejuvenated person," he said. Admitted to Manipal Hospital Goa on August 14, the Union Minister of State said that he had to face "many ups and downs"

Coronavirus LIVE: 94,372 new Covid-19 cases, 1,114 deaths in India in last 24 hours

Over 36 lakh Covid-19 patients have recovered in India: Health Ministry

India's COVID-19 recovered patients have seen a "steep exponential rise" from 50,000 patients in May to over 36 lakh patients in September which is "nearly" 3.8 times the active cases, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday, according to an ANI report.
 
"India's COVID-19 recoveries have witnessed a steep exponential rise - from 50,000 in May to over 36 lakhs in September. A high level of more than 70,000 recoveries reported every day. Recoveries are nearly 3.8 times the Active Cases (under 1/4 total cases)," Union Health Ministry tweeted.
 
The Ministry further said, "Focussed, collaborative, responsive and effective measures of early identification through high and aggressive testing, prompt surveillance and tracking coupled with standardized high-quality clinical care have in tandem led to these encouraging outcomes."

Unlock 4: Commuters arrive at Rajiv Chowk metro station as all lines of Delhi Metro are open now

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Global Covid-19 cases top 28.6 mn, says Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 28.6 million, while the deaths have increased to over 918,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 28,650,588 and the fatalities rose to 918,796, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
 
The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,482,503 and 193,670 respectively, according to the CSSE.
 
India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 4,659,984, while the country's death toll stood at 77,472.

AstraZeneca resumes UK trials of Covid-19 vaccine halted by patient illness

AstraZeneca has resumed British clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, after getting the green light from safety watchdogs, the company said on Saturday.
 
The late-stage trials of the experimental vaccine, developed with researchers from the University of Oxford, were suspended this week after an illness in a study subject in Britain, casting doubts on an early rollout.
 
"On 6 September, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators," AstraZeneca said.
 

With 1,669 fresh Covi-19 cases, Rajasthan's tally goes past 100,000

Rajasthan's COVID-19 tally crossed the 1-lakh mark on Saturday as 1,669 more people tested positive for the disease, while the toll climbed to 1,221 with 14 fresh fatalities, officials said. With the new cases, the state's virus count stands at 1,00,705, they said.
 
Of the latest fatalities, two were reported from Jaipur, while Ajmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Bundi, Churu, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Pratapgarh, Sikar and Udaipur reported one each.
 
Jaipur also reported the maximum number of fresh cases at 335, followed by 280 in Jodhpur, 152 in Kota, 109 in Alwar, 101 in Ajmer, 80 in Udaipur, 56 each in Bikaner and Sikar, 47 in Nagaur, 44 in Pali and 32 in Sri Ganganagar.

Coronavirus LIVE update: 198 new Covid-19 cases in Noida; infections top 10,000

The number of people infected by Covid-19 has surpassed 10,000 in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar district after 198 new cases were detected, officials said. District Information Officer Rakesh Chauhan on Saturday said 198 people tested positive for Covid-19 since Friday, taking the tally of infected people to 10,204, while 117 patients have recovered.
 
A total of 1,990 patients are being treated in different Covid hospitals in the district. At least 7,968 patients have been discharged in the district, so far.

Serum Institute to resume Covid-19 vaccine trials in India after DCGI nod

Hours after clinical trials for AstraZeneca and Oxford University coronavirus vaccine resumed on Saturday in the UK, pharma major Serum Institute of India (SII) said it will resume the trials in India once Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) gives it requisite permission, according to an ANI report. AstraZeneca PLC had on September 6 paused the trial of coronavirus vaccine (recombinant) as a volunteer developed an unexplained illness. It was also reported that the clinical trials had been put on hold in other countries including USA, UK, Brazil and South Africa.
 
Following the developments, India's top drugs regulator had asked SII to suspend any new recruitment in phase two and three clinical trials for COVID-9 vaccine till further orders.

Coronavirus LIVE: Taxi drivers in Shimla suffer finiancial losses amid Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected several sectors across the country, including taxi drivers in Shimla, who claim that they are struggling to pay loans amid this crisis. According to Narendra Thakur, the General Secretary of the Devbhoomi Himachal Pradesh Taxi Operation Association, over 20,000 people have become jobless in the state due to the pandemic.
 
"I had three vehicles and had to sell off two vehicles to clear EMIs and road taxes. Over 20,000 people have become jobless in the state and 40,000 are on the verge of losing jobs as there is no business left due to the pandemic," Thakur told ANI.
 
"Several taxi operators in Shimla are worried about their future as many of them had mortgaged their land to start taxi operations. The business has been terribly hit, as we are heavily dependent on tourists," he added, saying that the lockdown was enforced at the peak of the tourist months so we have had to face a lot of financial burdens.

More than 70,000 recoveries of Covid-19 patients every day across India: Health Ministry

Delhi govt orders pvt hospitals to reserve 80% ICU beds for Covid-19 patients

In view of the rising Covid-19 tally in the national capital, the Delhi government on Saturday ordered 33 private hospitals, including five fully Covid hospitals, to reserve 80 per cent of their bed capacity in ICU wards for corona patients with immediate effect.
 
Earlier in May, the Delhi government had directed 117 private hospitals and nursing homes registered with it, having 50 beds or more, to reserve 20 per cent of their bed strength for Covid-19 patients citing the steep and steady rise in the number of cases.
 
This order was in addition to the 10 private hospitals that had been declared as Covid-19 dedicated hospitals in the past.

Record single-day spike of 3,120 Covid-19 cases in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh on Saturday saw its biggest single-day spike of 3,120 coronavirus cases, which took its tally to 61,763, a health department official said. The death toll due to the pandemic mounted to 539 after 21 people succumbed to the infection and co- morbidities between September 9-12, he added. As many as 759 people were discharged from various hospitals following recovery while 96 patients completed their home isolation, the official said.
 
With these, the state has recorded 27,978 recoveries, and now has 33,246 active cases, he said.
 
Of 3,120 fresh cases found in 28 districts, the maximum was reported in Raipur (764 cases), which is worst-hit by the pandemic in the state, followed by Rajnandgaon (273), Durg (263), Raigarh (180), Kabirdham (150), Janjgir-Champa (150) and Bilaspur (128).

Coronavirus LIVE: Health Ministry issues guidelines for 'post Covid-19 management protocol

Covid-19 LIVE update: Assam's coronavirus tally reaches 1,40,471

Assam has reported 2,132 new Covid-19 cases (out of 31,253 tests) in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1,40,471, said State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday.
 
The total number of cases include 1,08,329 recoveries, 453 deaths and 31,686 active cases, according to the State Health Minister.
 

Social distancing norms flouted during a 'Chai Pe Charcha' programme in West Bengal

Jharkhand reports 1,420 new Covid-19 cases, 10 fresh fatalities

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 60,460 on Saturday as 1,420 more people tested positive for the infection, while 10 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 542, a health bulletin said.
 
The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases in the state to 14,844, while 45,074 people have been cured of the disease so far, it said. The state has tested 22,238 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin added.

'No champagne': Flying Business Class feels like Economy in Covid-19

Forget the flute of chilled Moet & Chandon before takeoff, mid-flight gin and tonics and a roaming dessert trolley after dinner. Flying business class isn’t what it used to be.
 
Efforts to minimize human interaction and reduce the risk of infection are taking the shine off the most expensive seats onboard commercial aircraft. Gone are the multi-course banquets and warm personal service, once the hallmarks of carriers like Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. These days, what’s left of premium-grade travel is functional, hygienic and closer to cattle class -- only with more legroom.
 
The limitations are one more headache for an industry grappling with a near-total collapse in demand and follow years of luxury oneupmanship among carriers in a contest for the most profitable passengers. READ MORE...

NEET exams to be held today across India amid strict Covid-19 precautions

Over 15 lakh candidates are expected to appear in medical entrance exam NEET on Sunday which will be conducted amid strict precautions in view of the COVID1-9 pandemic, according to officials of the National Testing Agency (NTA).
 
In order to maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of exam centres from originally-planned 2,546 to 3,843, while the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12.
 
The crucial National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a pen and paper based test unlike engineering entrance exam JEE, has already been deferred twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam was originally scheduled for May 3, but was pushed to July 26, and then to September 13. A total of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the exam.

France's Covid-19 daily infections top 10,000

France reported 10,561 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the country's biggest ever single-day tally, official data showed on Saturday.
 
The new daily total has beat a previous record of 9,843 set two days ago, confirming an upward trend reported since July, Xinhua reported. The virus had also claimed 17 more lives in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 30,910.
 

Highest single-day spike of 351 new Covid-19 positive cases in Indore

With the highest single-day spike of 351 new COVID-19 positive cases, Indore has reported total 16,782 cases, said the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in a bulletin. With seven new fatalities, the death toll stands at 458 in Indore.
 
With the increasing number of patients, there is a shortage of beds in the hospitals here. While many hospitals also lack oxygen and ventilator beds.
 
Patients from other cities are also being admitted in the hospitals of Indore, so the local patients are unable to avail the facility. Also, there is a shortage of staff in hospitals due to the spread of coronavirus among doctors and medical staff.

Surat diamond industry helps kin of workers who died of Covid-19 or by suicide

In a noble gesture, Surat's diamond industry has given financial assistance to families of workers who died of COVID-19 or by suicide after losing jobs.
 
"We are giving aid of Rs 10,000 to Rs 35,000. We have surveyed 37 such families and approved assistance to 32 families," said Nilesh Bodke, a trader. "Some people also need ration so we provide them with ration items for six to seven months," he said.
 
The Diamond Industry Career Foundation (DICF) has come up with a plan to provide financial help to the families of the deceased. Individuals associated with this Foundation from the United States of America decided to help the families of the people who have died due to coronavirus or by suicide after losing their jobs in the diamond industry.

Brazil records over 33,500 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

Brazil confirmed 33,523 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and more than 800 new deaths from COVID-19 were registered in that period, the country's Health Ministry said. Brazil's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 4,315,687. In the past 24 hours, 814 new coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed in Brazil with the total death toll now standing at 131,210, the ministry said on Saturday.
 
A week ago, Brazil's coronavirus death toll was 125,521. Thus the country has seen a weekly rise of about 6,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, about the same as in the previous seven-day period. More than 3.5 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil.

India's total case tally crosses 46 lakh mark

With the highest spike of 97,570 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours, India's coronavirus tally has gone beyond the 46-lakh mark, the central government said on Saturday.

With this latest spike, the count of COVID-19 cases stands at 46,59,985 of which, there are a total of 9,58,316 active cases while 36,24,197 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated, the Union health ministry said.

The current death toll due to coronavirus in the country rose to 77,472 after 1,201 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours.

Assam has no data on post-COVID deaths, survey needed to find out details: Minister

Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the state does not have any data on "post-COVID deaths" and coronavirus patients dying with comorbidities.

Addressing a press conference here, Sarma said all the data related to COVID-19 will have to be "refined" after the pandemic is over.

"The post-COVID deaths are more (than the official figure of COVID-19 fatalities). I do not know that because some people died at home and some at private hospitals after they recovered from COVID-19 and were discharged," he said.

The state government does not have the data of post- COVID deaths and a survey will have to be conducted to find that out, he said.

Record single-day spike of 3,120 cases in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh on Saturday saw its biggest single-day spike of 3,120 coronavirus cases, which took its tally to 61,763, a health department official said.

The death toll due to the pandemic mounted to 539 after 21 people succumbed to the infection and co- morbidities between September 9-12, he added.

As many as 759 people were discharged from various hospitals following recovery while 96 patients completed their home isolation, the official said.

Goa's COVID-19 tally crosses 24,000; 10 die

Goa on Saturday reported 740 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 24,185, a state health department official said.

With ten more fatalities, the total toll mounted to 286.

511 people were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the count of recoveries to 18,576, he said.

With 1,669 fresh Covid-19 cases, Rajasthan's tally goes past 1 lakh

Rajasthan's COVID-19 tally crossed the 1-lakh mark on Saturday as 1,669 more people tested positive for the disease, while the toll climbed to 1,221 with 14 fresh fatalities, officials said.

With the new cases, the state's virus count stands at 1,00,705, they said.

Of the latest fatalities, two were reported from Jaipur, while Ajmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Bundi, Churu, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Pratapgarh, Sikar and Udaipur reported one each.

Process to elect next party president set in motion: Cong

The Congress on Saturday said that Sonia Gandhi has made organisational changes after authorisation from the party's working committee and has set in motion the process of election of the next party president by constituting an election authority.

Asked about the organisational changes made by Gandhi and the subsequent reported statements by some leaders who had written to her over party reforms, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said he had not seen a single statement by any Congress leader on the issue and cannot comment on that.

Goa's Covid-19 tally crosses 24,000; 10 die

Goa on Saturday reported 740 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 24,185, a state health department official said.

With ten more fatalities, the total toll mounted to 286.

Principal secy to PM reviews COVID-19 response in India, calls for evidence-based preparedness

Amid a record surge in coronavirus infections in the country, P K Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, on Saturday called for building on the knowledge and analysis of the pandemic developed over the last few months to work out a detailed action plan for the coming days.
 
Reviewing the COVID-19 response in the country, the principal secretary directed all concerned to develop an evidence-based preparedness on all aspects of the disease with the active participation of districts and states for effectiveness, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

West Bengal reports 3,161 new Covid-19 cases today



DMRC today counselled around 200 passengers for not wearing face masks properly



Maharashtra adds 22,084 Covid-19 cases; 391 die

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 22,084 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 10,37,765, state health department said.
 

With 391 more patients succumbing to the infection, the cumulative toll went up to 29,115, it said.

Ahmedabad's Covid-19 cases up by 175 to 33,553; three die

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad district rose by 175 to 33,553 on Saturday, Gujarat health department said.
 

With three fatalities, the toll in the district went up to 1,770, it said.

2441 new Covid-19 cases, 76 deaths reported in Punjab



Delhi reports 4321 new Covid-19 cases, 28 deaths in 24 hours



Astrazeneca says trials of Covid-19 vaccine resuming

British clinical trials for the AstraZeneca and Oxford University coronavirus vaccine have resumed following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so, the company said on Saturday.
 

The late-stage trials of the experimental vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, were suspended this week after an illness in a study subject in Britain.

Uttarakhand reports 1115 new Covid-19 cases and 603 discharges today



Don't delay visit to hospital, Covid-19 patients told

People with any symptoms of COVID-19 should visit hospital without delay so that their lives can be saved, Puducherry Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner A Anbarasu said on Saturday.
 

There were instances of patients going to hospitals at the last minute and dying despite the treatment given to them, he told reporters.

1698 new Covid-19 cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today



Tamil Nadu reported 5,495 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours



Kejriwal asks AAP volunteers to help people in Mumbai in their fight against Covid-19

AAP's national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked party volunteers in Mumbai to reach out to people living in every corner of the city to check their oxygen levels and help in their fight against COVID-19.
 

In a video conference, Kejriwal told the AAP volunteers that reaching out to every household will not only help Mumbaikars but will also be beneficial for the party in expanding its reach and building its base in the city.

Chhattisgarh CM writes to health minister demanding Rs 736 cr for Covid-19 hospitals



9,901 new Covid-19 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh today



Himachal Pradesh records 181 new Covid-19 cases



Kerala reports 2,885 new Covid-19 positive cases today



International passengers can opt for Covid-19 test, waiting lounge at Delhi airport for Rs 5,000

Delhi airport on Saturday started its on-arrival Covid-19 testing facility wherein an international passenger can pay Rs 5,000 to avail a RT-PCR test and also use the waiting lounge, said senior officials of its operator DIAL.
 

The Civil Aviation Ministry had on September 2 said that international passengers, who have to take connecting domestic flights after landing in India, will have the option of getting themselves tested for COVID-19 at the entry airports.

 

1421 new Covid-19 cases and 1700 recovered cases reported in Bihar



UK police urge weekend restraint ahead of rule of 6' Covid-19 lockdown

Police forces across the UK on Saturday urged the public to exercise restraint and stay away from large gatherings ahead of the new rule of six lockdown rules that will officially come into force from Monday, amid a spike in coronavirus infections across the country.
 

The chairman of the organisation representing police officers across England and Wales asked people to resist any temptation for a weekend of gatherings ahead of the stricter rules restricting indoor and outdoor gatherings to just six at a time, the breach of which comes with a GBP 100 fine.

Uttar Pradesh reports 6,846 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours

Uttar Pradesh reported 6,846 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the number of active cases in the state to 67955.
 

Uttar Pradesh Principal Health Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad in a press conference here said, 6,846 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours and 6,085 people discharged.

 

 

485 police personnel of Maharashtra Police tested Covid-19 positive



Covid-19: Oxygen plants in Gujarat asked to ramp up production

Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat health department has directed oxygen manufacturing units to ramp up production to maximum capacity and ensure that 50 per cent of it is "medical oxygen" meant for hospitals.
 

In a notification dated September 10, the department has directed manufacturing units to divert only up to 50 per cent of oxygen to industrial use, with priority given to hospitals in case need arises.

Odisha's Covid-19 count stands at 1,46,894

Odisha on reported 3,777 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall state count of positive coronavirus cases in the state to 1,46,894, said the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
 

Out of the total cases, there are 34,163 active cases in the state while there are 1,12,062 patients have been cured/recovered.

1,40,562 samples were tested in Uttar Pradesh on Friday



Himachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally stands at 8,848

Himachal Pradesh on Saturday reported 64 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall count to 8,848 cases, said the state health department.
 

As per the bulletin, 70 recoveries were reported today, taking the overall recoveries to 5,894. There are 2,867 active cases in the state.

 

3,716 Covid-19 patients receive treatment at Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre so far

The 10,000-bed Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH) at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur here has so far admitted a total of 3,716 patients, out of which 2,388 have been discharged after being successfully treated.
 

The world's largest COVID-19 care centre formally started taking patients from July 5 after the successful trial run by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) following its inauguration by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on June 27.

5,488 Covid-19 cases registered in Russia in last 24 hours

A total of 5,488 Covid-19 cases were registered in Russia in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 1,057,362, Sputnik reported citing the country's coronavirus response center.
 

"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,488 Covid-19 cases in 85 regions, of which 1,229 (22.4 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center was quoted as saying in a statement.

 

AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik discharged from hospital in Panaji today after Covid-19 recovery



1,421 fresh Covid-19 positive cases reported today in Bihar



Two more Covid-19 patients die in Ladakh, toll now 38

Two more coronavirus positive elderly persons succumbed to the infection in Ladakh, bringing the number of deaths linked to the disease to 38 in the Union Territory, officials said on Saturday.
 

Both the deaths were reported from Leh district on Friday, the officials said.

 

Delhi International Airport Limited launches India's first airport Covid-19 testing facility



Puducherry logs 419 new Covid-19 cases, five more deaths

With 419 more people testing positive for coronavirus in Puducherry on Saturday, the overall tally of infections rose to 19,439 in the union territory.
 

Director of Health and Family Welfare, S Mohan Kumar said in a release that five more people succumbed to the viral infection during last 24 hours ending 10 am on Saturday, pushing the toll to 370.
 

The official said 455 patients recovered and were discharged on Saturday.

Recoveries surge to 3,624,196; 60% of total concentrated in 5 states

With a record 81,533 people recuperating from Covid-19 in a day, India's total recoveries on Saturday surged to 36,24,196 of which 60 per cent of the cases are from five states, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
 

India's COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.66 per cent while the recovery rate has risen to 77.77 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.

India developed the capacity to manufacture 450,000 PPE kits every day: J P Nadda



92 fined for violating Covid norms aboard Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro services have resumed for all passengers but it is imperative for people to follow the rules while travelling in the Metro amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
 

The DMRC cracked the whip on Friday when 92 persons were fined by the Metro staff for flouting the rules. Strict action was taken against those found violating the rules.

COVAXIN's animal trial gets robust immune responses: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech International Limited has announced that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, COVAXIN, has shown positive efficacy in animal studies and generated robust immune responses.
 

COVAXIN, developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research and Bharat Biotech, is being tested at 12 institutes across India. This indigenous vaccine is one of the front runners in the race for a coronavirus vaccine in the country.

 

Himachal Pradesh records 64 new Covid-19 positive cases



Pakistan reports 584 new cases of coronavirus: Health Ministry

Pakistan has reported 584 new cases of coronavirus, taking the country's total number of infections to 300,955, the health minister said on Saturday.
 
The Ministry of National Health Services said the nation has also reported three new deaths in the last 24 hours due to the deadly viral disease and the toll currently stands at 6,373.
 
Coronavirus cases in Pakistan now stands at 3,00,955 and the deaths have reached 6,373, the ministry said in a statement.

Covid ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage: Study

Severely ill Covid-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it's easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. However, a new study shows that life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage in these vulnerable patients.
 
According to the study, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, nerve damage is the result of reduced blood flow and inflammation. Other non-Covid-19 patients on ventilators in this position rarely experience any nerve damage.

BSF recovers cache of arms and ammunition, including three AK-47 and two M-16 rifles, from field along India-Pakistan border in Punjab's Ferozepur district

BSF recovers cache of arms and ammunition, including three AK-47 and two M-16 rifles, from field along India-Pakistan border in Punjab's Ferozepur district

Halting Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine trial is not a setback; it shows prudence

Only days after the federal government announced a A$1.7 billion vaccine deal to roll out Covid-19 vaccines to Australians in 2021, one of the two candidates has halted its phase 3 trials after a participant became ill.
 
The AZD1222 vaccine, considered one of the frontrunners in the global race for a Covid-19 vaccine, was developed by the University of Oxford and has been undergoing testing with British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Read on...

Brazil practically winning battle against coroanvirus: Prez Jair Bolsonaro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that the country was "practically winning" the battle against the coronavirus pandemic due to a reduction in the number of single-day deaths over the last week.
 
"We are practically winning (the battle against) the pandemic. The government has done everything possible to minimize its negative effects, either through emergency aid, which has reached 65 million people, or with help for micro and small companies, through credit," Xinhua news agency quoted Bolsonaro as saying at an event on Friday. Read on...

55.1 million samples for coronavirus tested so far across India, says ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday announced that 10,91,251 samples were tested for the novel coronavirus on Friday, taking the cumulative total to 5.51 crore samples, as of September 11.
 
"The total samples tested (for the screening for COVID-19) up to September 11 stand at 5,51,89,226 while the samples tested on September 11 stand at 10,91,251," ICMR tweeted.
 
Previously on September 10, the ICMR had tested 11,63,542 samples for COVID-19 taking the total number of tests conducted for the pathogen to 5,40,97,975 in the country. Read on...

CDC forecasts 217,000 deaths in USA by October due to coronavirus

A new ensemble forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects up to 217,000 Covid-19 deaths in America by October 3.
 
The forecast released on Friday predicted that 3,300 to 8,000 new Covid-19 deaths will likely be recorded during the week ending on October 3, and a total of 205,000 to 217,000 fatalities will be registered by that date, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
"The state- and territory-level ensemble forecasts predict that over the next four weeks, the number of newly reported deaths per week may increase in 1 jurisdiction and decrease in 10 jurisdictions," said the forcast. Read on...

Arunachal Pradesh coronavirus update: 154 new cases take tally to 5,825

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally mounted to 5,825 as 154 more people, including three security personnel and two health workers, have tested positive for the disease, an official said on Saturday.
 
The death toll rose to 10 in the northeastern state after a 38-year-old woman succumbed to the infection, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.
 
"The woman was working at the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital here and admitted to a COVID Health Centre at Midpu after she had tested positive for the disease on September 6. She was suffering from respiratory distress syndrome," he said.

Covid-19 Factoid: India has the fastest rising pandemic curve in the world

India is currently the biggest contributor to daily new cases to the global tally.
 

Wall Street Week ahead: Fed meeting in focus as stocks wobble and coronavirus bill stalls

Investors are shifting their focus to the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting next week as they seek cues following a recent technology-led U.S. market sell-off.
 
So far, few believe the past week's volatility in stocks - which knocked the Nasdaq <.IXIC> down as much as 10% from its highs and rocked other indexes - is the start of a larger sell-off that will throw the market off its course after a six-month rally.
 
Some worry, however, that the moves may herald the start of a volatile period, as a much-awaited fiscal aid package stalls in the Senate and the U.S. presidential election looms. That's left investors looking to the Fed for its view of the nascent U.S. economic recovery and what the central bank may do if markets continue to slide.
 
"The market, especially in absence of that fiscal policy package, is looking for the Fed to do even more," said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors. "And it's not clear that they can do more or how much they're willing to do, at least at this point."

Global coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases top 28.3 mn, says Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 28.3 million, while the deaths have increased to over 913,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 28,331,121 and the fatalities rose to 913,015, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
 
The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,443,048 and 192,968 respectively, according to the CSSE. Read on...

More than 3/4th of India's Covid-19 cases have recovered, discharged: MoHFW

Over three-fourth of reported COVID-19 cases in India have either recovered or been discharged, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed on Saturday.
 
In a tweet, Union Heath Ministry shared a picture which showed the country's recovery rate at 77.65 per cent while the percentage of active cases stands at 20.7 per cent.
 
"The gap between the percentage of Recovered Cases and percentage of Active Cases progressively growing wide. More than 3/4 of total cases (more than 36L) recovered & discharged," the tweet also read.

Study: Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

Children who caught the coronavirus at day cares and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that underscores that kids can bring the germ home and infect others.
 
Scientists already know children can spread the virus. But the study published on Friday by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention definitively indicates in a way that previous studies have struggled to do the potential for transmission to family members, said William Hanage, a Harvard University infectious diseases researcher.
 
The findings don't mean that schools and child-care programmes need to close, but it does confirm that the virus can spread within those places and then be brought home by kids. So, masks, disinfection and social distancing are needed.

Nepal coronavirus update: Record high single-day Covid-19 cases reported

With 1,454 new cases, Nepal witnessed a record high single-day spike in the number of infections recorded in the last 24 hours.
 
The last record high number was recorded on September 4 with 1,354 new infections in a day, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
"With the new cases, the total Covid-19 cases in Nepal reached 51,919," Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, said at a briefing on Friday. Read on...

World coronavirus update: New Zealand reports 2 new community Covid-19 cases

New Zealand reported two new community Covid-19 cases on Saturday which were epidemiologically linked to the existing cluster in west Auckland, said the Ministry of Health.
 
With Saturday's two new cases and eight additional recovered cases, the total number of active cases in New Zealand currently stood at 108, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Of those, 38 were imported cases, and 70 were community cases, according to the Ministry statement.
 
There are currently three people in hospital with Covid-19, including two in intensive care units.

Covaxin vaccination found effective in non-human primates

Covaxin has demonstrated protective efficacy and immunogenicity in non-human primates in Phase I clinical trials in India. Covaxin, the indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the ICMR and Bharat Biotech International, is being tested at 12 institutes across India. The results of the first phase of testing are encouraging.
 
A two-dose vaccination regimen of inactivated coronavirus vaccine candidates was administered in 20 rhesus macaques (divided into four groups equally).

Exercise, diet helped me recover from Covid-19: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who is currently in home isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, on Friday said pranayam, exercise and diet have helped him recover from the deadly viral infection.
 
Speaking to reporters at a virtual press conference here, Sawant said that he was asymptomatic and would be in home isolation till September 17.
 
"I felt mild symptoms on September 1 on account of which I took a test and was found positive the very next day. But other than fever and body ache for one day, I had no other symptoms," the Chief Minister said.

TPCC faces internal scuffles during meetings held for upcoming GHMC polls, COVID-19 norms violated

An internal scuffle broke out between Congress leaders following which COVID-19 norms were violated at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) preparatory meeting of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee which was held for the second time on Friday at Indira Bhavan of Hyderabad.
 
Earlier on September 8, the first preparatory GHMC Elections were held during which another scuffle broke out between two other Congress leaders, Dr Sravan and Niranjan in the presence of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Uttam Kumar Reddy, who chaired the meeting.

More than 3/4th of India's Covid-19 cases have recovered, discharged: MoHFW

Over three-fourth of reported COVID-19 cases in India have either recovered or been discharged, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed on Saturday.
 
In a tweet, Union Heath Ministry shared a picture which showed the country's recovery rate at 77.65 per cent while the percentage of active cases stands at 20.7 per cent.
 
 
"The gap between the percentage of Recovered Cases and percentage of Active Cases progressively growing wide. More than 3/4 of total cases (more than 36L) recovered & discharged," the tweet also read.
 
The active cases in the country are known to be only a "small portion", which is less than one-fourth of total cases, according to MoHFW. 

French PM: no new lockdown over coronavirus surge

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday his government was not planning a new, nationwide lockdown to contain a resurgence in coronavirus cases, but would instead implement a raft of less radical measures.
 
He said these would include fast-tracked testing for priority cases to reduce the time spent waiting for results, and targeted restrictions in areas of the country hit especially hard by the pandemic.

Global coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases top 28.3 mn, says Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 28.3 million, while the deaths have increased to over 913,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 28,331,121 and the fatalities rose to 913,015, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
 
The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,443,048 and 192,968 respectively, according to the CSSE. Read on...

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (September 12)

Active cases: 958,316 (Net addition: 14,836)
Deaths: 77,472 (Net addition: (1,201)
Cured: 3,624,196 (Net addition: 81,533)
Total cases: 4,659,984 (Net addition: 97,570)

Union Minister Suresh Angadi tests positive for coronavirus

Union Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi has tested positive for coronavirus.
 
"I have tested COVID-19 positive today. I am doing fine. Taking the advice of doctors. Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms," Angadi tweeted on Friday.
 
Recently, Odisha Women and Child Development Minister Tukuni Sahu, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, and Karnataka's Minister of Animal Husbandry, Prabhu Chauhan have also tested positive for Covid-19.

South Korea reports 136 more coronavirus cases; 22,055 in total

South Korea reported 136 more cases of the Covid-19 on Saturday, raising the total number of infections to 22,055.
 
The daily caseload stayed below 200 for 10 straight days, but it continued to grow in triple digits since August 14, Xinhua reported.
 
It was attributed to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province linked to church services and a massive rally held in central Seoul on August 15.

Coronavirus tally in Maharashtra crosses 10 lakh mark with record spike

Maharashtra's tally of Covid-19 cases crossed 10 lakh on Friday with a record spike of 24,886 new cases, a health official said.
 
While the total of cases reached 10,15,681, the death toll due to the pandemic reached 28,724 with 393 new fatalities reported across the state.
 
The number of recovered COVID-19 patients increased to 7,15,023 with 14,308 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours.

HC seeks details of coronavirus infrastructure from Tripura govt

The High Court of Tripura on Friday directed the state government to file an affidavit within September 18 providing detailed information on the infrastructure available in state-run Govind Ballabh Panth Hospital here to treat coronavirus patients.
 
Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on the plight of COVID-19 patients and their relatives in the hospital, a division bench, comprising Chief Justice Akil Qureshi and Justice Subhashish Talapatra, observed that time has come when the court needs to make inquiries from the government on matters concerning the handling of coronavirus spread in Tripura and more particularly about health care facilities for those who have tested positive for coronavirus infection.
 
The bench directed the government to inform it about the total number of coronavirus cases, condition of COVID-19 treatment centres with break-up of necessary infrastructure, availability of medicines, medical and paramedical workforce in such centres, lack of communication between patients and their relatives, fund allocation and steps taken to improve the condition of state-run COVID-19 treatment centres.

Coronavirus news: United Nations General Assembly adopts pandemic resolution

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling the coronavirus pandemic over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urges countries to oppose unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions.
 
The world body adopted the resolution yesterday by a vote of 169-2. It was a strong show of unity by the UN's most representative body in addressing the coronavirus, though many countries had hoped for adoption by consensus. The resolution is not legally binding. 

Coronavirus in India LIVE updates | Northeast states constitute less than 5% of India’s active COVID-19 cases

Union Health Secretary yesterday held a video conference to review COVID-19 management strategies and actions taken by the eight Northeast states that account for less than five percent of total active cases in India. The conference was attended by the principal secretaries, health secretaries, and other representatives from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
 
Among these states, Assam currently has the highest number of active cases at 29,690 and constitutes 68 percent of the total active cases in these eight states. Tripura comes next with 7,383 active coronavirus cases, which is 17 percent of the total active cases in the northeast.

Maharashtra coronavirus updates: Guidelines released for hotels to resume operations in state

The Maharashtra government on Friday released a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and guideline for hotels, lodges, and resorts, which have been permitted to fully resume operations in the state. As per the guidelines, all travelers will be screened at entry point using thermal guns to record their body temperature an check for symptoms of cough and cold. Only asymptomatic tourists will be permitted to stay it was stated.
 
Only asymptomatic tourists will be permitted to stay, it was stated. People who don't have prior bookings or reservations and have flu-like symptoms will not be permitted, the rules stated. The government has also asked service providers should record contact details and advise such people to return.

Actor Aftab Shivdasani tests positive for coronavirus

Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani on Friday said he has tested positive for COVID-19.
 
Shivdasani took to Instagram to share a statement regarding his health update and said he has been advised home quarantine.
 
"Hello everyone, hope you all are fit and fine and are taking care of yourselves. Recently I started showing minor symptoms of a dry cough and a mild fever and I got myself tested for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the results came out positive and under the medical supervision of doctors and the authorities, I have been advised home quarantine," his statement read.

Mizoram coronavirus update: State reports 1,379 cases

The total number of Covid019 cases in Mizoram stands at 1,379 including 589 active cases and 790 discharged: State Government
 

Covid impact: DTH revenue to grow 6% to Rs 22,000 cr in FY21, says Crisil

People staying indoors due to the Covid-19 pandemic has proved to be a bonanza for direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasters as the industry is all set to post a growth of up to 6 per cent in its topline to Rs 22,000 crore in FY21, rating agency Crisil said on Friday.
 
"Direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, which accounts for 37 per cent of total television (TV) subscribers in India, is set to buck the economic downturn and log a revenue growth of 400-600 basis points (bps) to Rs 22,000 crore this fiscal," Crisil said in a report.
 
This is, however, lower than the 14 per cent growth in revenue witnessed in FY20, of which 9 per cent came from an increase in subscriber base and 5 per cent was due to a jump in average revenues per user (ARPU), its senior director Sachin Gupta said. Read on...

Coronavirus fallout: Fauci says normal life may not be back until the end of 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it could be the end of 2021 before life gets back to how it was before Covid-19.
 
"If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it's going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021," Fauci said Friday.
A vaccine will help, but there are caveats, Fauci said in a series of interviews Friday.

From Asia to Africa, China promoting Covid-19 vaccine to rebuild vital ties

The Philippines will have quick access to a Chinese coronavirus vaccine. Latin American and Caribbean nations will receive $1 billion in loans to buy the medicine. Bangladesh will get over 100,000 free doses from a Chinese company.
 
Never mind that China is still most likely months away from mass producing a vaccine that is safe for public use. The country is using the prospect of the drug’s discovery in a charm offensive aimed at repairing damaged ties and bringing friends closer in regions China deems vital to its interests.

Animal study proved Covid vaccine's efficacy: Bharat Biotech

Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Friday announced that the animal trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin were successful.
 
It said the results demonstrated the protective efficacy of the vaccine in a live viral challenge model.
 
"Bharat Biotech proudly announces the animal study results of COVAXIN - These results demonstrate the protective efficacy in a live viral challenge model," tweeted the Hyderabad-based firm.
 
It said the data from the study on primates substantiate the immunogenicity of the vaccine candidate.

Sikkim coronavirus update: Covid-19 claims three more lives; toll at 11

Three more persons died on Friday due to COVID-19 taking the toll to 11 in Sikkim, an official said.
 
A 68 year-old woman succumbed to the disease in STNM hospital, while a 69 year-old male died at the Central Referral Hospital (CRH) near here, he said.
 
An 85 year-old man from Arithang locality here was the third person to have died due to the contagion during the day.
 
All the three coronavirus victims had comorbid conditions, he said.

Italy coronavirus update: Covid cases increase with more travellers

The number of people found positive for coronavirus continued to rise for the sixth straight week in Italy, mostly driven by people returning from holidays as Italy increases its testing capacity.
 
Another 1,616 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry statistics released Friday, as Italy carried out 99,000 more nasal tests.
 
Authorities have emphasized that many of the new cases do not represent people who are suffering symptoms but who have been identified by contact tracing. Read on...

Karnataka coronavirus update: 130 deaths, 9,464 Covid-19 cases reported

A total 9,464 new COVID-19 cases and 130 deaths were reported from Karnataka on Friday, state Health Department said.
 
Karnataka's COVID-19 count stands at 4,40,411, including 98,326 active cases, 3,34,999 discharges and 7,067 deaths.

Covid-19 impact: Moody's, CARE Ratings cut India's FY21 GDP estimates

Moody’s on Friday said it expects India’s real gross domestic product (GDP) to contract 11.5 per cent in the financial year 2020-21 (FY21), becoming the latest agency to cut forecast after the first-quarter data showed a sharper-than-expected contraction and a sluggish recovery in indicators thereafter.
 
The global rating agency had earlier predicted GDP to contract 4 per cent. Domestic ratings agency CARE Ratings also cut its forecast to a contraction of 8-8.2 per cent, from 6.4 per cent. Read on...

DCGI aks Serum Institute to suspend recruitment for Oxford vaccine trials

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has directed Serum Institute of India to suspend till further orders new recruitment in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the backdrop of pharma giant AstraZeneca pausing the trials in other countries.
 
In an order, a copy of which has been accessed by PTI,DCGI Dr V G Somani onFriday also directed Serum Institute of India (SII) to increase the safety monitoring of the subjects already vaccinated as part of the trial, and submit the plan and report. Read on...

Gujarat coronavirus update: State records 1,344 Covid cases, 16 more deaths

Gujarat on Friday recorded 1,344 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 1,10,971, while the death toll rose to 3,183 as 16 more patients succumbed.
 
In September so far, Gujarat has added 14,536 cases with a daily average of 1,321.
 
Meanwhile, 1,240 patients were discharged on Friday, taking the total to 91,470, while there are 16,318 active cases, out of which 94 critical patients are on ventilator. Read on...

Karnataka coronavirus update LIVE: Active Covid-19 cases in Karnataka below 100,000 as recoveries increase

The number of active Covid cases in Karnataka dipped below the 1 lakh-mark as 12,545 patients recovered and were discharged from the hospital and Covid care centres on Friday, the health department said.
 
With 9,464 positive cases getting reported from across the state in the last 24 hours, the total number of active cases in the state presently stands at 98,326, while the overall Covid tally of Karnataka mounted to 4,40,411. The total number of discharges in the state stands at 3,34,999.
 
In the last 10 days, the average number of patients recovered and discharged from hospitals and Covid care centres were 6,000 to 8,000. Read on...

Covid-19: Strict lockdown enforced in West Bengal, more than 3000 arrested

Normal life was hit in West Bengal on Friday in the complete lockown which was strictly enforced to break the chain of COVID-19 with the police cracking down heavily on violators leading to the arrest of more than 3400 people.
 
A total of 3429 people were arrested, including 594 in the city alone, for violating the lockdown guidelines and safety precautions. Instances of violation were reported from other parts of the state.
 
The complete lockdown is part of the state government's plan to implement shutdowns every week since July 23 to break the chain of the infection. Read on...

Julian Assange court case to resume after coronavirus false alarm

The London court hearing on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition from Britain to the United States is set to resume after a COVID-19 test on one of the participating lawyers came back negative, WikiLeaks said Friday, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered the proceedings adjourned Thursday while a lawyer representing the US government was tested for the coronavirus.
 
WikiLeaks said the case is now set to continue on Monday. Assange is fighting American prosecutors' attempt to get the British government to send him to the U.S. to stand trial on spying charges. Read on...

Himachal Pradesh coronavirus update: Infection tally now 8,785

Five more Coronavirus deaths in Himachal Pradesh raise toll to 70, infection tally now 8,785 after detection of 318 fresh cases; number of active cases in state stands at 2,874: Health dept

DCGI directs SII to suspend till further orders new recruitment in Oxford coronavirus vaccine trials

Drugs Controller General of India directs Serum Institute of India to suspend till further orders new recruitment in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel