A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a nasal sample from a Delhi Police Constable at a local health centre to conduct tests for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), amid the spread of the disease, in New Delhi
Coronavirus update: India has once again recorded over 80,000 new coronavirus cases in a single-day at 83,341. The total now stands at 3,936,747. As many as 1,083 deaths were recorded across India yesterday, pushing the total Covid death toll to 68,569. Going by the current trend, India is seen overtaking Brazil as the most affected nation after the US in the next 48 hours. On a positive note, India's Covid-19 recoveries have surged to 29,70,492, pushing the recovery rate to over 77 per cent, according to the MoHFW.
Delhi has recorded 2,737 new cases, its highest single-day spike in 67 days. Its tally now stands at 182,306. The five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (843,844), Andhra Pradesh (465,730), Tamil Nadu (439,959), Karnataka (370,206), and Uttar Pradesh (247,101). These five states account for 62 per cent of all active Covid-19 cases in the country. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Tamil Nadu account for 70 per cent of total coronavirus deaths in India.
Coronavirus world update: As many as 26,456,575 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 18,646,248 have recovered, 872,473 have died so far. The US, which is the worst-hit country, has 6,334,614. cases. It is followed by Brazil, which has 4,046,150, India (3,936,747) and Russia (1,009,995).
Bengaluru bucks trend despite Covid-19, sees direct tax mop-up growth
In the run-up to the deadline for paying advance tax, India’s Silicon Valley has emerged as the lone bright spot in the direct tax collection trend.
With technology companies largely unaffected by the Covid-19 lockdown, Bengaluru has posted a 7 per cent increase in direct tax mop-up, as against a 30 per cent decline in the overall collection as of September 2. Read more
Covid-19 pandemic: India cases up three times in two months, shows data
Covid-19 cases in India have gone from one million to nearly four million in less than two months, with the daily number of cases registering a global record on some days.
The pandemic has spread and the numbers are expected to continue to rise as the country resumes business activity. A few states, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, are contributing to the maximum caseload. Experts believe that this may also be because of better testing infrastructure in these states. Read more
India's coronavirus cases cross 4-million mark
India's Covid-19 caseload hurtled past the 4-million mark on Friday night, just 13 days after it crossed 3 million, while the total number of recoveries too surged to 31,06,921, according to data from states and union territories.
Union health ministry data updated on Friday 8 am showed a single-day spike of 83,341 infections, taking the country's Covid-19 caseload to 39,36,747 while the death toll climbed to 68,472 with 1,096 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours.
However, by night, a PTI tally showed India's Covid-19 caseload at 40,10,877, death toll at 69,546 and recoveries at 31,06,921. The tally has been compiled as per information provided by the states and union territories.India is the third worst-hit nation by the pandemic in terms of Covid-19 cases and fatalities after the US and Brazil.
The Union health ministry on Friday said a total of 30,37,151 people have recuperated from coronavirus infection taking the national recovery rate to 77.15 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.74 per cent.
The higher number of recoveries has also led to a steady enhancement in the difference between the recovered and active cases of infection, and this difference has crossed 2.2 million, as on date.This has ensured that 8,31,124 active cases, which is the "actual caseload" of the country, currently comprises only 21.11 per cent of the total cases.
Meanwhile, with more than 1.17 million samples being tested for Covid-19 for two successive days (Wednesday and Thursday), India's cumulative tests as on date surged to 4,66,79,145 while the daily positivity rate is still below 7.5 per cent and the cumulative positivity rate is less than 8.5 per cent, the Health ministry said.
Maharashtra update: Record one-day spike of 19,218 coronavirus cases
Maharashtra reported its highest single-day rise of 19,218 coronavirus positive cases on Friday, which pushed the state's overall tally to 8,63,062, a health department official said.
As the virus claimed 378 lives, 38 of them in Pune city, the death toll mounted to 25,964, he said.
The state's previous biggest one-day surge was registered on Thursday with 18,105 cases, the official said.
As many as 13,289 people were discharged from hospitals across the state, taking the number of recovered cases to 6,25,773, he added.
The state currently has 2,10,978 active cases.
Mumbai city reported 1,929 new cases and 35 deaths, taking its tally to 1,52,024 and toll to 7,799.
The number of active cases in Mumbai stood at 22,222, he said.
Pune city reported 1,689 cases along with 38 deaths, taking its infection count to 1,08,117 and toll to 2,692, the official said.
So far, 44,66,249 tests have been conducted in the state.
Antibodies against coronavirus stay in body for at least 60 days: Study
A sero survey conducted at a leading hospital here over five months has found that the prevalence of antibodies, in a person who has recovered from coronavirus infection, persists for 60-80 days.
The survey found that antibodies persisted in the recovered patient's body for at least 60 days, depending on when the participant was infected or came in touch with infected people.
The participants of the sero survey, jointly done by the Max Hospital and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will again be tested to assess how long the anti-bodies last in the person who contracted Covid-19, said Shantanu Sengupta, the IGIB scientist who conducted the study.
A total of 780 samples were used for the serological testing which include hospital workers and individuals who visited the hospital during the pandemic.
“Our study results confirm that anti SARS-CoV-2 antibodies could remain for more than 60 days in the body. This is a step forward towards better understanding of the infection recovery and re-infection pattern. There is a need for larger follow-up studies to further assess how long the antibodies remain stabilised in the body,” Sengupta said.
Coronavirus: Maharashtra to launch 'my family, my responsibility' campaign
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said his government will implement the 'My Family, My responsibility' campaign from September 15 to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
A statement issued by the chief minister's office (CMO) said the scheme, in its first phase, has a target to reach 2.25 crore families twice a month, for which help of NGOs and elected representatives will be taken.
Under the new scheme, volunteers appointed by the health department will embark on a door-to-door survey and test temperature and oxygen levels of people.
The teams will trace suspected Covid-19 patients and those suffering from other ailments, it said.
The first phase will end on October 10 and the second phase will take place between October 12 to 24.
Bihar's Covid-19 death toll mounts to 741 with 13 more fatalities
Bihar reported 13 Covid-19 deaths taking the death toll to 741 while 1,978 new coronavirus cases were detected in past 24 hours pushing the caseload to over 1.44 lakh, a health department bulletin said.
The highest number of over 1.50 lakh samples were tested for the viral infection during the same period, the bulletin said.
The state has witnessed a three-fold jump in its testing capacity in past one month. As many as 51,924 samples had been tested for Covid-19 on August 5.
Of the 13 deaths, three were reported from Patna, two each from East Champaran and Saharsa and one each from Araria, Arwal, Bhojpur, Buxar, Jehanabad and Vaishali, it said.
At present, there are 16,981 active cases in the state.
A total of 1,435 patients have recovered in the same period, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,26,411.
The state which has been witnessing an increase in its recovery rate since August 17 recorded a minor decline in the recovery rate when it dropped from 87.91 per cent on Thursday to 87.70 per cent on Friday.
Madhya Pradesh reports 1,658 new Covid-19 cases and 30 deaths in 24 hours
1,658 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths reported in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking active cases to 15,474, recoveries to 53,257and death toll to 1,513: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/FWM0IAgKFT
Haryana reports 1,884 new Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths in 24 hours
1,884 new #COVID19 cases and 19 deaths reported in Haryana today. Total number of cases now at 71,983 including 57,171 recoveries, 14,053 active cases and 759 deaths: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/hTN0LVXNRZ
Uttarakhand reports 831 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
831 new positive cases reported in Uttarakhand today. The total number of #COVID19 cases in the state is now 23,011 including 15,447 recoveries, 7,187 active cases and 312 deaths: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/X5VlzxtvAj
Andhra Pradesh reported 10,776 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours
Andhra Pradesh reported 10,776 new coronavirus cases, 12,334 recoveries and 76 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 4,76,506 including 3,70,163 recoveries and 4,276 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 1,02,067: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/az37xZYadA
Delhi's Covid-19 case tally reaches 185,220 with 2,914 fresh infections
Delhi's #COVID19 case tally reaches 1,85,220 with 2,914 fresh infections and 13 deaths reported today. The numbers of active and recovered cases are 18,842 and 1,61,865. Death toll rises to 4,513: Delhi Government pic.twitter.com/2gGO9XvDbX
Jammu and Kashmir reports 1,047 new Covid-19 cases today
1,047 new #COVID19 cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today; 493 from Jammu division and 554 from Kashmir division. Total number of cases now at 40,990 including 8,800 active cases, 31,435 recoveries and 755 deaths: Govt of Jammu and Kashmir pic.twitter.com/aJ45aWIJBR
Assam: All educational institutes to remain shut till September 30
Schools, colleges, educational & coaching institutes for regular class activities shall remain closed till 30th September. Online and distance learning activities are allowed to continue: Chief Secretary, Assam pic.twitter.com/ePn8fPYyx1
Over 3 million recoveries; about 2% patients in ICUs: Health Ministry
With a higher number of patients getting cured, India’s total recoveries surpass 30 lakh. Less than 0.5% of total number of patients on ventilators, 2% in ICUs & less than 3.5% on Oxygen Support: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pic.twitter.com/Vcy5MGWUvn
West Bengal Government allows banks to open for business on Saturdays
West Bengal Government allows banks to open for business on Saturdays henceforth. The 2nd and 4th Saturdays which had so long been observed as holidays of banks prior to the earlier notification in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic, remain so. pic.twitter.com/BbizD5X2Gw
591 new Covid-19 cases & 20 deaths reported in Puducherry today
591 new #COVID19 cases & 20 deaths reported in Puducherry today. Total number of cases stands at 16,172, including 5,218 active cases, 10,674 recovered cases & 280 deaths till date: UT Health Department pic.twitter.com/kSb2kgd5oj
45 new Covid-19 cases, 18 recoveries reported in Himachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours
45 new #COVID19 cases, 18 cured cases reported in Himachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases stands at 6660, including 1,734 active cases, 4,832 recovered cases & 47 deaths so far: State Health Department, Govt of Himachal Pradesh pic.twitter.com/IfkqsmrwJD
Majority of Australians with coronavirus symptoms still not tested
Eighty-five per cent of Australians with cold or flu-like symptoms were yet to get tested for Covid-19, despite persistent government requests to do so even if there were minor symptoms of the virus, a survey released on Friday revealed.
According to the data collected between early to mid-August, most of those people reported were reluctant to get tested because they didn't think they had coronavirus or that their symptoms were too mild for a test, reports Xinhua news agency. Read on...
Find solutions to problems being faced by youth: Rahul Gandhi to govt
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the government over a media report which claimed that unemployment rate has gone up in August as rural jobs dipped.
Nepal coronavirus update: Record high of single-day Covid-19 cases reported
Nepal has reported 1,228 nw coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike as the pandemic was raging in the Himalayan country.
With the new cases, the national infection tally reached 42,877, according to the Ministry of Health and Population, reports Xinhua news agency.
The active cases stood at 18,413.
"A total of 1,228 cases were identified in the last 24 hours," Jageshwor Gautam, spokesman at the Ministry, said at a press meet on Thursday. Read on...
Coronavirus in Odisha latest update: Odisha's Covid climbs to 1,16,678 with 3,267 new cases
Odisha's COVID-19 tally climbs to 1,16,678 with 3,267 new cases; 9 more fatalities push death toll to 531: Official
MoHFW data on coronavirus in India: Overall, five states with the biggest 24-hour jump in total cases are Maharashtra , Andhra, Karnataka, TN, UP
Overall, five states with the biggest 24-hour jump in total cases are Maharashtra (18,105), Andhra Pradesh (10,199), Karnataka (8,865), Tamil Nadu (5,892), and Uttar Pradesh (5,662).
Coronavirus in India latest update: India adds 549,247 in just 7 days
India, the third-most-affected country by total cases and fourth by death toll, has added 549,247 cases in the past 7 days alone.
Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases
Andhra Pradesh (465,730)
Tamil Nadu (445,851)
Uttar Pradesh (247,101)
Coronavirus in India: Five states with highest 24-hour net addition to active cases
Uttar Pradesh (1,139)
Coronavirus India update: Top 5 states by recovery
Tamil Nadu (386,173)
Andhra Pradesh (358,009)
Uttar Pradesh (185,812)
Coronavirus update in India: Five states with most number of deaths
Tamil Nadu (7,608)
Andhra Pradesh (4,200)
US CDC vaccine distribution plan draws great attention
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked states to be ready to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine by November 1, according to a letter of CDC Director Robert Redfield reported by US media.
In the letter to state governors and health departments on August 27, Redfield said the McKesson Corporation and its subsidiaries would soon be applying for permits to build distribution sites. He asked governors to consider waiving requirements that would delay construction or opening the sites, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
"The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program," Redfield was quoted by media as writing in the letter.
Economic contraction in India an opportunity for long-term investors, says Chris Wood
In adversity lies opportunity. The scale of economic collapse in India, according to Christopher Wood, global head (equity strategy) at Jefferies, should be seen as a dramatic opportunity for long-term equity investors. Read on...
Jharkhand coronavirus update: State reports 1,618 cases, 6 fresh fatalities
Jharkhand's Covid-19 caseload rose to 46,480 on Friday as 1,618 more people tested positive for the infection, while six fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 444, a health official said.
The fresh infections have taken the number of active Covid-19 cases in the state to 15,150, while 30,886 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said. Read on...
France goalie Steve Mandanda tests positive for coronavirus
France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has been withdrawn from the squad ahead of upcoming matches after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The whole squad and staff underwent a test on Wednesday afternoon and Mandanda's result came back positive for Covid-19 following a second test to confirm it.
"Steve Mandanda therefore will not be able to take part in the game in Sweden and will leave the squad on Friday morning," the French Football Federation said in a statement late on Thursday.
New Zealand to maintain current restrictions to coronavirus spread in check
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday that New Zealand would keep its current coronavirus restrictions in place until at least mid-September as a precaution.
Authorities had earlier lifted a lockdown in the city of Auckland following an outbreak there that began last month, but they continue to limit gathering sizes across the country and mandate that people wear masks on public transport.
As with last time, a cautious approach is the best long-term strategy to get our economy open and freedoms back faster in the long term, Ardern said. Read on...
Prep for coronavirus vaccine distribution as soon as late October: US CDC
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups by November 1, documents published by the agency showed on Wednesday.
The timing of a vaccine has taken on political importance as US President Donald Trump seeks re-election in November, after committing billions of federal dollars to develop a vaccine to prevent Covid-19, which has killed more than 180,000 Americans. In a letter to governors dated August 27, Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said states “in the near future” will receive permit applications from McKesson Corp, which has contracted with CDC to distribute vaccines to places including state and local health departments and hospitals. Read on...
Govt defends opening up of economic activities amid rising Covid-19 cases
The government on Thursday defended its decision to open up various economic activities amid rising COVID-19 cases, saying it firmly believes that "while lives are important, livelihoods are equally important". With a record single-day spike of 83,883 infections, India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 38,53,406, while the death toll climbed to 67,376 with 1,043 people succumbing to the disease in a day, according to Union health ministry data updated at 8 am.
The government has adopted a graded approach under 'Unlock' and to open up various economic activities, secretary in the health ministry, Rajesh Bhushan, told a press conference. So far, the Centre has announced four phases of 'Unlock' since June 8 to resume commercial activities, according to a PTI report.
Asked why the government is opening up different economic activities when there is a spike in daily positive cases, he said, "There is no doubt about it. But then these numbers have to be seen in the context of the total population of India. We are the second most populous country in the world."
Four states, two UTs showing higher Covid-19 positivity rate among healthcare workers: Health Ministry
Expressing concerns over the healthcare workers being infected due to coronavirus, the Central government said that four states and two union territories are showing higher positivity rate among healthcare workers which includes--doctors, paramedics, nurses and other supporting medical staff, according to an ANI report.
"The healthcare workers' positivity in Telangana (18 per cent), Maharashtra (16 per cent), Delhi (14 per cent), Karnataka (13 per cent), Puducherry (12 per cent) while in Punjab it is 11 per cent. So these are those states where the positivity rate, i.e. people who are testing positive among healthcare workers is on the higher side," said Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary on Thursday.
"What we track at the level of the health ministry is the positivity rate in healthcare workers as a group. Not only as doctors, but we also look at the nurses and paramedics. And then, we share it with the states and Union Territories because they are previous resources and there is a need to be alert and to protect our healthcare workers against the infection," Bhushan said during a weekly media briefing on Covid-19 update.
Coronavirus LIVE: Goa records highest single-day spike of 713 new Covid-19 cases
With the detection of 713 new COVID-19 cases, Goa on Thursday recorded highest single-day spike in infections for the second consecutive day, an official said. As many as 302 patients were discharged from treatment facilities that took the number of recoveries in the coastal state to 14,361, the official said.
Of the 2,651 samples tested during the day, results of 713 suspects came out positive for the deadly virus, taking the tally in the state to 19,355, he said. Moreover, eight people died of the infection on Thursday, raising the toll to 212, the official added.
Coronavirus LIVE: Jammu and Kashmir reported 1,079 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths today
Jammu and Kashmir recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,079 coronavirus cases on Thursday taking the infection tally to 39,943, while the death toll due to the disease rose to 743 with 11 fatalities, officials said.
"There were 1,079 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This is for the first time that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1,000 in a 24-hour period," an official said.
Among the new cases, 622 were from the Jammu region and 457 from the Kashmir valley. This is also for the first time that the number or positive cases in Jammu region was higher than the valley.
Telangana coronavirus update: Tally jumps to 1,35,884
2,478 fresh Covid-19 cases, 2,011 recoveries & 10 deaths reported in Telangana, taking the total number of cases to 1,35,884 in the state. Active cases stand at 32,994: State Health Department
US debt to hit $3.3 trn, bigger than its economy's size, a first since WWII
The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion as huge government expenditures to fight the coronavirus and to prop up the economy have added more than $2 trillion to the federal ledger, the Congressional Budget Office said.
The spike in the deficit means that federal debt will exceed annual gross domestic product next year — a milestone that would put the US where it was in the aftermath of World War II, when accumulated debt exceeded the size of the economy. Read on...
Global coronavirus cases top 26.2 million
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 26.2 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 8,67,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 2,62,08,690 and the fatalities rose to 8,67,219, 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 61,49,265 and 1,86,785 respectively, followed by Brazil with 40,41,638 infections and India with 38,53,406.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has warned of the formation of “Onam Clusters” of coronavirus in the state
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has warned of the formation of “Onam Clusters” of coronavirus in the state because of increased contact among people during these festive days. "The next two weeks are crucial as we may see Onam clusters being formed in the state due to increased outdoor public activity and travel during the festival time. We can expect a hike in Covid cases," Vijayan said
Coronavirus pandemic pushes up average retail order size by over 50%
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the retail sector in a big way — from pushing consumers towards placing larger orders to prohibiting them from window-shopping.
Retail realty sector that was seeing a steady fall in inventory is again staring at a spike in vacancy rate, a report by Anarock & Retailers Association of India shows. Read more
Covid-19 impact: Nearly 25% of IIT aspirants drop out from JEE Mains
Data released by the education ministry on Thursday showed that nearly 114,563 students decided against appearing in the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) in the first three days, indicating that Covid-19 fears were were playing on their minds and their demands for a change of examination dates were real. Read more
Coronavirus India: 11,69,765 samples tested on Thursday
A total of 4,66,79,145 samples tested up to 3rd September 2020. Of these, 11,69,765 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Rajasthan BJP Chief tests coronavirus positive
He is asymptomatic and under home-isolation, as advised by doctors.
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Odisha reports 3,631 new Covid-19 cases, eight fresh fatalities
Odisha's Covid-19 tally rose to 1,13,411 on Thursday as 3,631 more people tested positive for the disease, while eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 522, a health department official said.
The state also registered the recovery of as many as 3,278 patients taking the total number of people cured of the infection to 87,351.
Of the fresh cases, 2,214 were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,417 tested positive for Covid-19 during contact tracing, he said.
The new cases were found in all the 30 districts of the state.
Coronavirus impact: Nearly 25% of IIT aspirants drop out from JEE Mains
Data released by the education ministry on Thursday showed that nearly 114,563 students decided against appearing in the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) in the first three days, indicating that Covid-19 fears were were playing on their minds and their demands for a change of examination dates were real. Read on...
Covid-19 impact: UK job losses accelerate in August, PMI shows
Job losses at British companies accelerated in August despite an upturn in demand, a survey showed on Thursday, in a bleak sign ahead of the closure of the government's coronavirus furlough scheme at the end of next month.
The IHS Markit/CIPS Composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), a monthly gauge of activity in services and manufacturing companies, rose to a six-year high of 59.1 from 57.0 in July.
Still, that was revised down from a preliminary "flash" reading of 60.3, hinting at a weaker end to activity last month. Read on....
K-shaped recovery in emerging markets makes rich richer amid Covid-19
Emerging markets are being split apart by an increasingly K-shaped recovery. Stocks and currencies from wealthier developing nations have outperformed their poorer peers since the coronavirus outbreak. The gulf may even get wider if the pandemic leads to deeper recessions in the most disadvantaged countries.
As long as the virus lasts the K-shaped divergence will continue, said Rob Subbaraman, global head of macro research at Nomura Holdings. “In the EM world with rapidly rising debt and deep recessions, the cost of servicing debt is going to get more burdensome and we cannot rule out some financial crises or major debt restructuring.” Read on...
WHO roots for equitable access to coronavirus vaccine in Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that donors and industry should allocate sufficient resources to ensure that African countries have access to a safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccine.
Richard Mihigo, Program Area Manager of Immunization and Vaccine Development of WHO, said on Thursday that the needs and aspirations of African countries should be at the heart of the ongoing global efforts to develop vaccines against the pandemic, Xinhua news agency reported.
"Africa has often ended up at the back seat of vaccine development but this must not happen as the fight against COVID-19 pandemic enters a critical phase," Mihigo said during a virtual briefing in Nairobi.
Kolkata bars welcome back tipplers after lockdown-induced dry spell
What happens when you fish out cash to pay at the popular pub and brewery The Grid at Topsia in the old Chinatown of Kolkata? The waiter, who is armed to the teeth with variations of sanitisers and shields, takes out one that sprays light mist and renders the currency safe for transaction.
Sanitising booths, regular temperature checks of waiters and customers, sanitiser mist-spewing chimneys, plastic shields dividing bars and customers or separating tables — scenes at the favourite watering holes on day one of serving alcohol after the lockdown-induced dry spell appeared to haul a city famed for its old-world charm straight into the future. Read on...
Maharashtra coronavirus LIVE: Pune's case count crosses 100K, Mayor says focus on increasing ventilators
There are over 1 lakh COVID-19 patients in Pune and city administration is focusing to increase oxygen beds and ventilators, said City Mayor Murlidhar Mohol on Thursday.
"Our focus is to increase oxygen beds and ventilators. We also have a shortage of specialised staff, and need to recruit staff members to operate such equipment," said the Mayor. Read on....
Home isolation helps asymptomatic Covid-19 patients: Goa CM Sawant
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said home isolation is proving to be an effective tool for the clinical management of asymptomatic Covid-19 patients in the state.
Sawant is himself under home isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The 47-year-old BJP leader has said he was asymptomatic.
He also appreciated efforts put in by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to provide assistance to patients who are quarantined at home. Read on...
Five more people died from coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, taking the death toll to 46, while a record 199 daily cases pushed the state's infection tally to 6,616.
State Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur is among those who tested positive for the virus.
According to a state Health Department data, all five deaths were reported from Solan district. Read on...
Delhi coronavirus update: Capital reports 2,737 Covid-19 cases, 19 deaths
Delhi on Thursday reported 2,737 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of people infected with the virus in the national capital to 1,82,306, according to the health department.
As 19 deaths were reported in the national capital today, the toll has climbed to 4,500.
Meanwhile, the count of recovered, discharged or migrated cases reached 1,60,114.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi includes 17,692 active cases.Read on...
Assam coronavirus update: Two BJP MPs and AGP MLA test positive
Two BJP Lok Sabha MPs and an AGP MLA have tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, officials said on Thursday.
BJP MP Topon Kumar Gogoi, who represents Jorhat constituency tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night while his party colleague and MP from Mangaldoi seat, Dilip Saikia tested positive for the virus on Thursday.
Tezpur AGP MLA Brindabon Goswami and his wife have also tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus Live Updates: Death toll crosses 7500 with 98 deaths recorded in last 24 hours
Of the 7,72,721 passengers who entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of transport, 6,369 have tested positive.
Karnataka coronavirus update LIVE: Tally crosses 370,000, death toll 6,054
Karnataka's Covid tally crossed the 3.7 lakh-mark to reach 3,70,206 with 8,865 more infections getting reported in the last 24 hours, while 104 fresh deaths took the state's death toll to 6,054, an official said on Thursday.
"Today, 8,865 new cases were reported while 7,122 people have been discharged," said Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.
Continuing the daily trend, Bengaluru accounted for the highest number of infections with 3,189 cases, taking the city's tally to 1.38 lakh with 40,440 active cases. Read on...
Gujarat's Covid tally crossed one lakh as the state saw its highest spike so far of 1,325 cases, taking its tally to 1,00,375 while the death toll rose to 3,064 as 16 more succumbed.
While in August, the state had seen 35,002 cases at a daily average of 1,129 cases, in September so far, there have been 3,940 cases, at a daily average of 1,313.
Meanwhile, 1,126 patients were discharged on Thursday, taking the total of cured to 81,180, while the state has 16,131 active cases, out of which 89 critical patients are on ventilator. Read on...
Coronavirus India LIVE updates: Some states not using optimal capacity for conducting RT-PCR tests
The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said the optimal capacity of the RT-PCR tests for detection of COVID-19 is not being utilized in somestates and that ithas asked them to scale it up.
"There are states where the optimal capacityof RT-PCR off late is not being utilised and we have in the health ministry drawntheir attention to the fact that they do havean installed capacity of conducting more RT-PCR tests and hence they need to scale it up,"Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, said at a press briefing on Thursday. Read on...
Maharashtra coronavirus update: Amravati records 205 cases; 177 recover
Amravati district of Maharashtra reported 205 new cases of Covid-19, taking its count to 6,321 on Thursday, while four fresh deaths pushed up the toll to 140, an official said.
As many as 177 patients were also discharged, taking the number of recovered cases to 4,763, the district civil surgeon's office said in a statement. Read on...