Coronavirus LIVE: 3,800 security personnel infected so far in northeast

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Coronavirus update: The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped to 2,158,408 as the country reported 64,399 new infections on Sunday. The death toll reached 43,518, according to Health Ministry.

The five most affected states by a total tally of cases are Maharashtra (490,262), Tamil Nadu (279,144), Andhra Pradesh (206,000), Karnataka (158,254), and Delhi (142,723). Easing restrictions, the West Bengal government has decided to allow international charter flights carrying Indian nationals with COVID-negative certificates to land at the airports in the state, a senior official said on Saturday. The restrictions on Vande Bharat Mission flights will, however, continue.

Coronavirus world update: Globally the cases from the deadly infection rose to 19,837,358 with the figures crossing 5.1 million mark in the United States.

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1:52 AM IST According to a Reuters tally, the United States has hit a record 5 million cases of Covid-19.   Last week, the country’s top infectious diseases official had offered hope to citizens citing that an effective vaccine might be available by the year end.    Meanwhile, Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, five months after the first reported case. The country has not shown signs of crushing the disease.   The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period. In a tribute to victims, the non-governmental group Rio de Paz placed crosses on the sand on the famed Copacabana beach.

1:51 AM IST Russia’s all set to register world’s first Covid-19 vaccine on August 12, according to reports. The vaccine is being jointly developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry.   Russia’s Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev on Saturday confirmed the development. “The vaccine developed by the Gamaleya centre will be registered on August 12. At the moment, the last, third, stage is underway.   Medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vacci­nated,” Gridnev had said. The country plans to begin mass production of the vaccine from October 2020.

1:51 AM IST Over 700,000 samples have been examined for Covid-19 in a day, taking the cumulative tests conducted so far to 2,41,06,535, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.   With a record single-day increase of 64,399 cases, India's Covid tally mounted to 2.15 million, while the death toll climbed to 43,379 with 861 new fatalities being reported in a day, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed.     The number of recoveries too has surged to 14,80,884 with 53,879 Covid patients having discharged in 24 hours, the highest in a day so far, pushing the recovery rate to 68.78 per cent. Recoveries are over twice the number of active cases (628,747) of Covid infection at present. The fatality rate has dropped to 2.01 per cent, it said.

1:50 AM IST Britain has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections in a day for the first time since late June.   Government statistics say 1,062 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the 24 hours until 9 a,m. Sunday. The last time the number was over 1,000 was on June 26.     Britain has seen a gradual rise in coronavirus infections since it began lifting lockdown restrictions in mid-June. The government has put the next stage of reopening, which had been due to take effect August 1, on hold for at least two weeks.   The number of patients hospitalised with the virus continues to decline, as does the daily number of deaths. Eight new Covid-19 fatalities were reported Sunday.

1:21 AM IST Uttrakhand reported 230 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday taking the total count to 9,632 in the state.   According to official data, the total number of cases includes 6,134 recovered cases, 3,334 active cases, and 125 deaths.   39 Covid-19 positive patients have also migrated from the state, as per the official data.

12:32 AM IST Britain has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections in a day for the first time since late June.   Government statistics say 1,062 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the 24 hours until 9 a,m. Sunday. The last time the number was over 1,000 was on June 26.   Britain has seen a gradual rise in coronavirus infections since it began lifting lockdown restrictions in mid-June. The government has put the next stage of reopening, which had been due to take effect August 1, on hold for at least two weeks.

12:31 AM IST Italy's tally of daily new Covid-19 cases leaped higher on Sunday, with 463 cases, according to Health Ministry figures.   Many of the latest cases have been found in young people returning from vacations abroad.   Italy's day-to-day new caseload had previously soared far above 500 confirmed infections, but the number had dropped to 347 on Saturday, more in line with numbers of the past few weeks.   For months, the region with by far the most daily new coronavirus infections had been Lombardy, the northern region where Italy's outbreak erupted in February.

12:31 AM IST As coronavirus spreads across the northeast, nearly 3,800 central security force personnel have so far infected by the disease in almost all the states in the region, officials said on Sunday.   According to the health officials, the eight northeastern states have so far recorded around 75,000 Covid-19 cases, including 57,714 in Assam.   Of the 3,800 Covid cases among the central armed forces personnel, the highest number are in Nagaland, at 1,226, followed by 823 in Manipur, 738 in Arunachal Pradesh, 360 in Tripura, 350 in Mizoram and 300 in Meghalaya. Many of their family members, including children, were also infected.

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11:45 PM IST A total of 246 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths were reported in Punjab's Ludhiana district in the last 24 hours, a statement from the District Public Relations Office said on Sunday.   Quoting Deputy Commissioner Varinder Singh, the statement informed that under the "Mission Fateh", the number of COVID-19 cases that are being cured in Ludhiana are increasing with each passing day.

10:45 PM IST Chhattisgarh reported 285 new coronavirus positive cases, which pushed its tally to 12,148 on Sunday, a health official said.   Six new fatalities took the count of dead in the state to 96 so far, he said.   During the day, 227 patients were discharged following their recovery, he said.

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US Covid cases top 5 million; Brazil hits grim milestone of 100,000 deaths

According to a Reuters tally, the United States has hit a record 5 million cases of Covid-19.
 
Last week, the country’s top infectious diseases official had offered hope to citizens citing that an effective vaccine might be available by the year end. 
 
Meanwhile, Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, five months after the first reported case. The country has not shown signs of crushing the disease.
 
The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period. In a tribute to victims, the non-governmental group Rio de Paz placed crosses on the sand on the famed Copacabana beach.

Covid-19 crisis: Russia to register world's first vaccine on Wednesday

Russia’s all set to register world’s first Covid-19 vaccine on August 12, according to reports. The vaccine is being jointly developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry.
 
Russia’s Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev on Saturday confirmed the development. “The vaccine developed by the Gamaleya centre will be registered on August 12. At the moment, the last, third, stage is underway.
 
Medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vacci­nated,” Gridnev had said. The country plans to begin mass production of the vaccine from October 2020.

Covid-19: Record 700,000 tests conducted in a day, says health ministry

Over 700,000 samples have been examined for Covid-19 in a day, taking the cumulative tests conducted so far to 2,41,06,535, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
With a record single-day increase of 64,399 cases, India's Covid tally mounted to 2.15 million, while the death toll climbed to 43,379 with 861 new fatalities being reported in a day, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed.
 
 
The number of recoveries too has surged to 14,80,884 with 53,879 Covid patients having discharged in 24 hours, the highest in a day so far, pushing the recovery rate to 68.78 per cent. Recoveries are over twice the number of active cases (628,747) of Covid infection at present. The fatality rate has dropped to 2.01 per cent, it said.

Britain records more than 1,000 new infections, highest since June

Britain has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections in a day for the first time since late June.
 
Government statistics say 1,062 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the 24 hours until 9 a,m. Sunday. The last time the number was over 1,000 was on June 26.
 
 
Britain has seen a gradual rise in coronavirus infections since it began lifting lockdown restrictions in mid-June. The government has put the next stage of reopening, which had been due to take effect August 1, on hold for at least two weeks.
 
The number of patients hospitalised with the virus continues to decline, as does the daily number of deaths. Eight new Covid-19 fatalities were reported Sunday.

230 new Covid-19 cases reported in Uttarakhand

Uttrakhand reported 230 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday taking the total count to 9,632 in the state.
 
According to official data, the total number of cases includes 6,134 recovered cases, 3,334 active cases, and 125 deaths.
 
39 Covid-19 positive patients have also migrated from the state, as per the official data.

Britain records more than 1,000 new infections

Britain has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections in a day for the first time since late June.
 
Government statistics say 1,062 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the 24 hours until 9 a,m. Sunday. The last time the number was over 1,000 was on June 26.
 
Britain has seen a gradual rise in coronavirus infections since it began lifting lockdown restrictions in mid-June. The government has put the next stage of reopening, which had been due to take effect August 1, on hold for at least two weeks.

Italy reports 463 new virus cases

Italy's tally of daily new Covid-19 cases leaped higher on Sunday, with 463 cases, according to Health Ministry figures.
 
Many of the latest cases have been found in young people returning from vacations abroad.
 
Italy's day-to-day new caseload had previously soared far above 500 confirmed infections, but the number had dropped to 347 on Saturday, more in line with numbers of the past few weeks.
 
For months, the region with by far the most daily new coronavirus infections had been Lombardy, the northern region where Italy's outbreak erupted in February.

Covid hits 3,800 central security personnel in northeast

As coronavirus spreads across the northeast, nearly 3,800 central security force personnel have so far infected by the disease in almost all the states in the region, officials said on Sunday.
 
According to the health officials, the eight northeastern states have so far recorded around 75,000 Covid-19 cases, including 57,714 in Assam.
 
Of the 3,800 Covid cases among the central armed forces personnel, the highest number are in Nagaland, at 1,226, followed by 823 in Manipur, 738 in Arunachal Pradesh, 360 in Tripura, 350 in Mizoram and 300 in Meghalaya. Many of their family members, including children, were also infected.

Assam Covid-19 cases and deaths update


246 new Covid-19 cases reported in Ludhiana, toll 10

A total of 246 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths were reported in Punjab's Ludhiana district in the last 24 hours, a statement from the District Public Relations Office said on Sunday.
 
Quoting Deputy Commissioner Varinder Singh, the statement informed that under the "Mission Fateh", the number of COVID-19 cases that are being cured in Ludhiana are increasing with each passing day.

Chhattisgarh Covid-19 tally crosses 12,000-mark with 285 new cases

Chhattisgarh reported 285 new coronavirus positive cases, which pushed its tally to 12,148 on Sunday, a health official said.
 
Six new fatalities took the count of dead in the state to 96 so far, he said.
 
During the day, 227 patients were discharged following their recovery, he said.

MP CM to give plasma for treatment of Covid-19 patients

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said he would donate his blood plasma for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
 
Chouhan had tested positive for coronavirus on July 25 and remained hospitalised for 11 days before he was discharged on August 5.
 
"I was tested positive for Covid-19 earlier and I am perfectly healthy now after treatment. Antibodies to fight coronavirus must have been developed in my body and so I will soon donate plasma for therapy," an official release quoted the chief minister as saying while reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state via video conferencing.

Karnataka registers 5,985 fresh Covid-19 cases, 107 deaths

With 5,985 new Covid-19 cases and 107 casualties, the number of those infected by the deadly virus in Karnataka reached 1.78 lakh on Sunday, the health department said.
 
According to the health bulletin issued by the department, 5,670 discharges on Sunday took the total discharges to 93,908 whereas there were 80,973 active cases including 678 in the ICU.
 
Bengaluru alone recorded 1,948 fresh cases and 22 deaths due to the pathogen.
 
The capital city has seen 1,240 fatalities so far.

All hospitals, virus centres told to follow fire safety norms

Against the backdrop of a fire at a Covid-19 care centre in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, health authorities in Telangana have asked all hospitals and Covid-19 care centres to strictly follow fire safety norms.
 
In a letter sent to the hospitals and the virus care centres, director of Public Health Srinivasa Rao said many private hospitals are utilising hotels as Covid-19 care centres where patients with mild symptoms are kept in isolation.
 
He referred to the fire in a hotel turned into a Covid-19 care centre in Vijayawada where 10 people lost their lives.

222 new Covid-19 cases in Surat; nine die

Surat reported 222 new coronavirus positive cases, highest in Gujarat on Sunday, that pushed the overall tally in the district to 15,810, the state health departmentsaid.
 
Surat also reported nine fatalities, also the highest in the state on the day, which took the toll to 687, it said.
 
The district reported the recovery of 589 patients, which took the number of discharged persons to 12,597, the health department said in itsrelease.

Mandatory Covid-19 test before admission in GMCH: Goa minister

The state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will conduct rapid antigen tests on people before they are admitted in the facility, said state health minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday.
 
He said an RT-PCR test would be done as a second layer of confirmation before surgery.

Bengal man dies by suicide after losing job due to Covid-19 crisis

A 40-year-old man allegedly died by suicide after losing his job due to the Covid-19 outbreak in West Bengal's Purba Barddhaman district, police said on Sunday.
 
The former car mechanic's body was found hanging from a bamboo pole in the bathroom of his residence in Khudirampally area in Barddhaman town on Saturday evening, they said.

Coronavirus tally in Madhya Pradesh crossed 39,000-mark

The coronavirus tally in Madhya Pradesh crossed the 39,000-mark on Sunday with the addition of 868 cases, health officials said. The case count now stands at 39,025, they said.
 
According to them, the death toll went up to 996 after 19 people succumbed to the infection in the last 24-hours. Of them, three each died in Bhopal and Indore, two each in Jabalpur, Morena, Betul and Singrauli and one each in Dewas, Vidisha, Damoh, Satna and Alirajpur.
 

987 new Covid-19 positive cases and 24 deaths in Punjab today

Punjab reported 24 more COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, pushing the toll to 586 as 987 fresh cases took the state's infection tally to 23,903.
 
Nine deaths were reported in Ludhiana, four in Amritsar, three in Bathinda, two each in Kapurthala and Jalandhar and one each in Barnala, Sangrur, Mohali and Gurdaspur, as per a medical bulletin.
 
Districts which reported new cases include Ludhiana (316), Patiala (204), Jalandhar (79), Amritsar (76), Moga (59), Bathinda (41), Fatehgarh Sahib (37) and Gurdaspur (29). A total of 15,319 people have been discharged after recovering from the infection, the bulletin said.

Gujarat reports 1,078 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 71,064; death toll goes up to 2,654

Gujarat reported 1,078 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the total in the state to 71,064, the health department said. The number of patients, who succumbed to COVID-19, rose to 2,654 with 25 new fatalities on Sunday, it said.
 
The number of recovered patients grew to 54,138 as 1,311 of them were given discharge. With this, there are now 14,272 active cases in Gujarat, of which the condition of 73 patients is critical, the department said in a release. The state has achieved a recovery rate of 76.18 per cent.

10,820 new Covid-19 cases and 97 deaths reported in Andhra Pradesh today; state tally 2,27,860

792 fresh coronavirus cases in Haryana; state tally rises to 41,635

Nine more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Haryana on Sunday, taking the toll to 483 as 792 fresh cases of the infection pushed the total in the state to 41,635. Of the total number of cases, 10,129 were reported in Faridabad, making it the worst-hit district in the state.
 
According to the Health department's daily bulletin, five fatalities were from Yamunanagar, two from Kurukshetra and one death each took place in Sonipat and Faridabad. With this, COVID-19 deaths in Haryana have risen to 483.

5,985 new Covid-19 positive cases and 107 deaths in Karnataka today; state tally rises to 1,78,087

507 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today

An increase of 507 coronavirus cases took the COVID-19 tally in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday to 24,897, while 13 deaths due to the viral disease were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said.
 
Of the new deaths, 12 occurred in the Kashmir Valley and aone in the Jammu region, they said.
 
With the fresh fatalities, the death toll in the Union Territory rose to 472, of which 437 were from the Valley and 35 from Jammu region. Among them, 64 had returned to the Union territory recently.

Coronavirus latest update: 3,934 more Covid-19 cases in Bihar

As many as 3,934 more COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in Bihar, taking the total positive cases in the state to 79,720, the state health department said on Sunday.
 
According to the health department, most of the cases have been detected in Begusarai (44), Bhojpur (109), East Champaran (162), Gopalganj (115), Katihar (177), Muzaffarpur (128), Nalanda (103), Patna (781), Rohtas (131), Saran (160), Saharsa (108), Samastipur (146), Vaishali (132) and West Champaran (108).

Coronavirus LIVE update: 93 new Covid-19 cases in Nagaland; tally rises to 2,781

Nagaland on Sunday reported 93 new COVID-19 cases, including 42 armed forces personnel, taking the northeastern state's tally to 2,781, an official said.
 
Of the total 2,781 COVID-19 cases, 1,866 are active as 904 people have recovered from the virus, eight have died and three have migrated to other states, the official said.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Nepal's Covid-19 tally jumps to 22,972

Nepal on Sunday reported two more deaths from COVID-19 and 380 new coronavirus cases, taking the country's toll to 75 and total infections to 22,972.
 

987 new Covid-19 positive cases and 24 deaths in Punjab today

Asia-Pacific may see $31.4-54.3 bn remittance losses due to coronavirus: Asian Development Bank

Asia Pacific, which accounts for a third of the global migrant workforce, is likely to face remittance losses of USD 31.4-54.3 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report.
 
The governments need to come up with policy measures to reduce the economic and social fallout arising out of it, the ADB said.
 
Job losses stemming from COVID-19 are hurting households around the world, but for Asia and the Pacific's 91 million migrant workers a third of the global migrant workforce the impacts will be particularly severe, the ADB said in August 2020 brief on 'COVID-19 Impact on International Migration, Remittances, and Recipient Households in Developing Asia.

Tamil Nadu adds 5,996 new cases of Covid-19, total tally at 296,901

Tamil Nadu added 5,994 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Of the new cases, 989 were reported in Chennai. For the last few weeks Chennai has been reporting less than 1,000 cases.
 
The total number of people tested in the last 24 hours was 68,179, said the State Health Department. While the number of patients, who werecured and discharged, stood at 6020, 119 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
 
The total number of cases in the state now stands at 296,901. While 238,638 patients have been discharged, 49,27 have succumbed to the disease.
 

Telangana reports 1,982 new Covid-19 cases; state tally now 79,495

As many as 1,982 COVID-19 and 12 deaths were reported in Telangana on August 8, taking the total number of cases to 79,495 in the state. According to the state health department, the total number of cases includes 55,999 recoveries and 627 deaths so far.
 
India on Sunday achieved a grim milestone after recording the highest single-day spike of 64,399 coronavirus cases, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As many as 861 deaths were reported in the country, taking the cumulative toll to 43,379.

BJP workers helped the needy during lockdown in Andaman & Nicobar: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised BJP workers of Andaman and Nicobar at a virtual Karyakarta Samvad (dialogue with workers) for successfully conducting the Seva Hi Sanghathan programme during the nationwide Covid-19-induced lockdown. PM Modi said Andaman Nicobar is a difficult terrain and during the nationwide lockdown, BJP workers helped the needy people.
 
"When everyone was busy protecting themselves, BJP workers dedicated themselves to the service of the poor and the needy," he said.
 
At the same time he also cautioned BJP workers, asking them to follow the mantra of keeping distance and wearing a mask to keep themselves safe. Modi's address was significant as it was delivered on the eve of the small island becoming digitally independent on August 10. The PM will dedicate the submarine optical and fibre cable, which will connect Chennai and Port Blair, on Monday.

Covid-19 LIVE update: Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu tests positive for coronavirus

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Sunday said he has tested positive for coronavirus and has been hospitalised. "Following fever, I got myself tested and found to be infected by coronavirus," Sriramulu tweeted on Sunday.
 
He has been admitted to the Government Bowring hospital in the city for treatment. The Minister said he is praying to God to heal him soon so that he can get back to public work at the earliest.

507 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today

Noida's coronavirus tally nears 6,000; active cases rise to 929

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Sunday recorded 77 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the district's tally to 5,945, official data showed.
 
The number of active cases in the district stood at 929, with 85 more patients getting discharged since Saturday, according to the data released by the UP health department.
 
So far, 4,973 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, the second highest in the state after Lucknow (6,531), it showed. The district has recorded 43 deaths linked to coronavirus till now and the mortality rate among positive cases stands at 0.72 per cent, according to official statistics.

5,994 new Covid-19 positive cases and 119 deaths in Tamil Nadu today; state tally rises 2,96,901

Covid-19 LIVE update: Record rise of 506 coronavirus cases in Goa

Goa on Sunday witnessed its highest single-day spike with 506 COVID-19 cases being detected, said state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. He chaired meetings with health officials and medical experts through the morning.
 
"The increase in the number of cases by 506 on Sunday is the highest spike in a single day in the state. We are discussing the issue with the chief minister, who has already announced that Goa will get a second COVID-19 hospital," Rane said. He said patients will be moved to the new COVID-19 facility, set up in the sub district hospital in Ponda in north Goa, from Sunday itself.

Record 700,000 Covid-19 tests conducted in a day; recovery rate rises to 68.78%: Health Ministry

Scaling up testing capacity, over seven lakh samples have been examined for COVID-19 in a day taking the cumulative tests conducted so far to 2,41,06,535, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
The number of recoveries too has surged to 14,80,884 with 53,879 coronavirus patients having recuperated and discharged in 24-hours, the highest in a day so far, pushing the recovery rate to 68.78 per cent. The fatality rate has further dropped to 2.01 per cent, it said.
 
The ministry said the number of single-day tests has been growing exponentially and India has been testing over six lakh samples daily for several days.

Study reveals blood test may point to patients at higher risk for Covid-19 deterioration, death

In a breakthrough study, researchers found five biomarkers, medical indicators found in the blood, associated with higher odds of clinical deterioration and death in COVID-19 patients.
 
The study led by George Washington University (GW) has been published in the journal - Future Medicine. These findings will help physicians better predict outcomes for COVID-19 patients in the US.

India achieves a record number of 719,364 Covid-19 tests in a single day: Govt

Uttar Pradesh reports 4,571 new Covid-19 cases, 41 more fatalities

Uttar Pradesh reported 4,571 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total in the state to 1,22,609 as 41 more fatalities pushed the the death toll due to the disease to 2,069.
 
The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 47,890, and 72,650 patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said.
 
"The case fatality rate, which was at three per cent till last month, has now further dipped to 1.68 per cent," Prasad said. The number of COVID-19 cases stood at 1,18,038 on Saturday, while the death toll was at 2,028.

1,300 fresh cases take Delhi's Covid-19 tally to 145,427; death toll mounts to 4,111

With 1,300 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, Delhi's COVID-19 tally rose to over 1.45 lakh while the death toll due to the disease mounted to 4,111, authorities said on Sunday. Thirteen fresh fatalities were recorded in the city in the last 24 hours, they added. A total of 5,702 RT-PCR and 18,085 rapid-antigen tests were conducted in the said period, the authorities said.
 
The total number of cases in the national capital stands at 1,45,427. As many as 1,30,587 patients have either recovered from the disease or migrated while there are 10,729 active cases, of which 5,462 are in home isolation, the authorities said. The number of containment zones stands at 472 in Delhi.

Quickly process claims under insurance scheme for Covid-19 health workers: Centre to states

The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to quickly process claims under the Rs 50-lakh insurance scheme for frontline healthcare workers engaged in COVID-19 duties as the cover is available till September.
 
In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked them to accord top priority to the security and well-being of healthcare providers, medical staff and frontline workers. He also told them to initiate deterrent action against the perpetrators of violence against frontline COVID-19 workers under the Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
 
"In the last six months, the central government and states have tackled COVID-19 pandemic and have gained valuable experience. "One of the important learnings has been the critical importance of securing and safeguarding our frontline healthcare workers," Bhushan said in his letter.

We all have to work together and stay connected with the people: PM Narendra Modi

Coronavirus LIVE update: Jharkhand to get its second plasma therapy centre in Dhanbad

The second plasma therapy centre in Jharkhand will be set up at the state-run Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad, an official said on Sunday.
 
Chief Minister Hemant Soren had inaugurated the state's first plasma therapy facility at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi on July 28.

Kashmir-based doctor treating Covid-19 patients for over 4 months dies after contracting disease

A senior doctor in Kashmir who was on the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 died at a hospital here on Sunday after contracting the disease, officials said. Dr Mohammad Ashraf Mir, a resident of Pampore area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district, passed away in the morning at the SKIMS hospital in Soura here, they said.
 
The officials said Mir had been treating COVID-19 patients for the past four months and in the process, contracted the virus.
 
The doctor tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital with bilateral pneumonia. He was later shifted to an intensive care unit as he could not maintain oxygen saturation and passed away this morning.

Goa to get second Covid-19 care facility in Ponda, tweets CM Pramod Sawant

The sub-district hospital in Ponda in north Goa will be converted into a COVID-19 facility, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted on Sunday.
 
The state's only COVID-19 treatment facility is the 200-bed ESI Hospital in Margao and the one at Ponda will be the second one to fight the outbreak, Sawant added.

Today, we have 1,400 Covid-19 hospitals across India: BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda

1,300 fresh cases take Delhi's Covid-19 tally to 145,427; death toll mounts to 4,111

Drug used to treat alcoholism useful in fight against Covid-19: Study

With the use of molecular modelling, two medications that have been known for a long time can be used to fight SARS-CoV-2, found a team of chemists from HSE University and the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry.
 
These are disulfiram, which is used to treat alcoholism, and neratinib, an experimental drug being used to treat breast cancer. The paper about the discovery has been published online in the 4th issue of Mendeleev Communications journal.
 
The structural elements of the virus that are less subject to mutation during its evolution should be chosen as a target for the potential treatment. Otherwise, a medication effective against one strain would no longer be effective against another.

Coronavirus-hit ArcelorMittal resorting to cost-reduction measures to protect profitability

Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, global steel giant ArcelorMittal is focussing on cost-reduction initiatives to protect profitability in view of an uncertainty around pace of recovery, according to a PTI report.
 
The world's largest steelmaker had logged a net loss of $559 million for the second quarter ended June 2020 and termed it as the most difficult period in its history.
 
"The company continues to focus on cost reduction initiatives to protect profitability as it navigates the evolving demand backdrop. Moving forward, as economic activity recovers the company will respond by increasing production, leading to the return of some fixed cost," the company said in its latest report.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Chennai's Covid-19 test positivity rate may fall to 6%

The COVID-19 test positivity rate in Chennai may drop to about six per cent by the end of this month and concerted efforts were on to accomplish it, Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash has said.
 
The positivity rate, gradually has dipped to about 8.50 percent to 9.50 per cent now from 14-15 per cent last month, he said.
 
Another good outcome to several efforts was that the doubling time has improved to 72.2 days in Chennai from 65 days a week ago and in divisions under north Chennai, it was a welcome 140-150 days, he said. Efforts were on to replicate the improvement seen in the north of the city in other areas with relatively higher cases.

Covid-19 LIVE update: New coronavirus cases coming up in Agra's rural belt

A number of new coronavirus cases now getting reported from the rural hinterland of Agra has got the authorities worried, even as 34 new cases took the district's total tally to 2,065.
 
Three members of a family in Barara village were found positive while several villages on the Gwalior Road and Shamshabad Road too have reported new coronavirus cases. In a village in Bah area, three generations of a family were found corona positive. New cases have been reported from villages in Fatehabad area as well.

Patients from outside Delhi getting tested here, hence the rise in Covid-19 cases: Health Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday attributed the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the national capital to "patients from outside getting tested here". On Saturday, 1,404 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths were reported in Delhi, taking the tally of cases to 1,44,127.
 
While 1,130 people recovered from the infection on Saturday, there are 10,668 active cases. The death toll rose to 4,098, Jain told reporters. The number of active cases on Saturday rose to 10,667, from 10,409 the previous day, according to the Delhi government's health bulletin.
 
"There have been reports that coronavirus cases are increasing in the national capital. Many patients from outside Delhi are getting tested here, hence the rise in the number of cases.

3,934 more coronavirus cases reported in Bihar today; state tally rises to 79,720

Covid-19 vaccine: Early-stage clinical trial begins in Singapore

The early-stage clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine has started in Singapore, with the first vaccinations expected to be given to volunteers next week, a media report has said, as the country's coronavirus tally crossed over 55,000 on Sunday.
 
Called Lunar-Cov19, the vaccine is developed by Duke-NUS Medical School and United States pharmaceutical company Arcturus Therapeutics, The Straits Times reported.
 
Clinicians and researchers are now screening those who have stepped forward to ensure they are suitable for the trial, which is expected to last until October. The SingHealth Investigational Medicine Unit is administering the trial for the vaccine. READ MORE...

Two BSF personnel among four die of Covid-19; 147 fresh cases reported

Four more persons, including two BSF personnel, have succumbed to COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the death toll due to the disease to 41, while 147 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 6,164, an official said on Sunday. Of the four fatalities, three were reported from Khowai district and one from West Tripura, he said.
 
"Two BSF personnel and a woman died of COVID-19 while undergoing treatment in the Agartala Government Medical College here. One more person also succumbed to the disease," the Health Department official said.
 
A total of 700 BSF jawans have infected with the disease in the state. The COVID-19 tally in Tripura has increased to 6,164 with 147 new cases.

Coronavirus LIVE: 40 more Covid-19 cases reported in Himachal Pradesh

As many as 40 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, said the State Health Department. With these new cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state reached 3,304 including 1,145 active cases.
 
While the recoveries stand at 2,118, the death toll in the state due to the infection is 13, the State Health Department added.

Covid-19 LIVE update: Coronavirus tally in CRPF's group centre in Gwalior reaches 245

The number of COVID-19 cases in Central Reserve Police Force's Group Centre in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh increased by 60 to reach 245, said a district administration official on Sunday.
 
The new cases were detected in Saturday evening while the earlier ones were detected at the centre in Panihar, some 14 kilometres from the district headquarters, over the past two weeks, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Kishore Kanyal told PTI.
 
He said the caseload at the centre increased as several personnel arrived to join duty from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu recently.

Amit Shah has not undergone any fresh Covid-19 test: official

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has not undergone any fresh COVID-19 test, an official said on Sunday, a clarification which came after BJP's Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari tweeted on the test.
 
Shah is recuperating at a hospital in Gurgaon after testing positive for coronavirus last week. A Home Ministry official said when a test will be done, everyone will be informed. He also asked everyone not to speculate on the home minister's health.
 
Soon, Tiwari also deleted his tweet that stated Shah has tested negative for coronavirus. On August 2, Shah, 55, had announced on his Twitter handle that he has tested positive for coronavirus and is getting admitted to a hospital following the advice of doctors.

Coronavirus latest update: India gives 10 ventilators worth Rs 28 million to Nepal

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, India on Sunday handed over 10 ventilators worth Rs 28 million to Nepal.
 
"India hands over ten ventilators worth Rs 28 million to Nepal. It was handed over to Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Purna Chandra Thapa by Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra in a ceremony at Grand Hall, Army Headquarters on Sunday," said Indian Embassy in Nepal.
 
According to a statement issued by the Embassy, "These ventilators are designed for a broad range of applications to include advanced invasive or non-invasive respiratory support. They can be used in support of secondary care in hospitals with ICU, tertiary multispecialty hospitals and dedicated ICUs. Further, due to their compact nature, they are portable and handy in the transportation of patients requiring intensive care."

Coronavirus LIVE update: 264 fresh Covid-19 cases in Puducherry

Seven more people including four women succumbed to coronavirus in Puducherry taking the toll to 87 while 264 fresh cases were detected, a top Health department official said on Sunday.
 
Most of the patients died of severe Covid pneumonia, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said, adding the deceased were in the range between 38 and 80 years. The seven deaths in the last 24 hours ending 10 am Sunday took the number of fatalities to 87, he said.

1,404 new Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths reported in Delhi: Health Minister

As many as 1,404 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths and 1,130 recoveries were reported in Delhi on Saturday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital now stands at 1,44,127, including 10,668 active cases. The death toll stands at 4,098, he added.
 
"There are reports that COVID-19 cases are increasing in Delhi, the reason for this is that many people from outside Delhi are getting their tests done here. Hence, counting of positive cases is rising here. Otherwise, the trend of COVID-19 cases in Delhi is decreasing," the health minister said.

Puducherry detects 264 new COVID19 cases in 24 hours

Puducherry detects 264 new COVID19 cases, taking the total positive cases to 5,382 including 2,094 active cases, 3,201 recoveries and 87 deaths: Union Territory Health Department

UP Assembly to meet amid COVID-19 pandemic, MLAs to sit one seat apart

UP Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit on Sunday said a three-day session of the state legislative assembly will begin on August 20, with MLAs being seated leaving a seat between them vacant and occupying the visitors' gallery to maintain social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As per norms, the House must be convened once in six months. A few days ago at an all-party meeting, the speaker had sought the support of all political parties to ensure compliance of COVID-19 protocol during the upcoming session. "We have to ensure that during the session, scheduled to be held soon because of Constitutional obligations, COVID-19 protocol was strictly followed," he had said.

Singapore PM says Covid-19 crisis far from over'

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday said that the COVID-19 crisis is far from over and it will take a year or two before a vaccine is widely available as the country is celebrating the 55 years of independence. Singapore's National Day is celebrated on August 9 every year in commemoration of the country's independence from Malaysia in 1965. Lee, in his National Day speech, said that Singaporeans are understandably anxious and worried due to the coronavirus pandemic. Business closures, retrenchments and unemployment are all likely to go up in the coming months, he said.

Himachal Pradesh records 40 new COVID19 positive cases today

Himachal Pradesh records 40 new COVID19 positive cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 3,304 including 1,145 active cases, 2,118 recoveries and 13 deaths: State Health DepartmentHimachal Pradesh records 40 new COVID19 positive cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 3,304 including 1,145 active cases, 2,118 recoveries and 13 deaths: State Health Department

Covid-19 testing labs increase to 1402 in India

Here is the Covid-19 tracker for today


Every citizen must fight the Covid war: Experts

With the government easing more restrictions under Unlock3.0 to further revive the economy since August 1, the war against the Coronavirus pandemic has to be fought by each and every citizen across the country, according to health experts, including epidemiologists. "As the war against the elusive virus is going to be long and hard, the government alone cannot fight it, and the onus is on each and every citizen to join the battle even after a vaccine is found to treat it," Karnataka health task force chairman M.K Sudarshan told IANS here. By enforcing the lockdown since March 25 and extending it up to May 31 with stringent measures, ostensibly, to contain the virus spread, the government managed to control the situation initially and ensured that the country's woeful healthcare infrastructure was not overwhelmed by lakhs of positive cases.

Watch | Delhi govt inaugurates new hospital for Covid patients

COVID-19: Assam theatre workers seek financial aid from govt

Theatre workers in Assam have urged Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to extend financial assistance to people engaged in the profession as they are facing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. A delegation of Professional Theatre Workers, Assam has submitted a memorandum to the chief minister on Saturday, seeking his intervention for providing support to them. The coronavirus pandemic has been unsparing to the community and has cast a shadow on the careers of many theatre artistes and workers, making sustenance difficult, a member of the delegation said.

Testing of outsiders in Delhi reason behind spike in numbers: Satyendar Jain

Yesterday, 1,404 new COVID19 cases & 16 deaths reported in Delhi, taking the total tally to 1,44,127. 1,130 people recovered yesterday from the infection & there are 10,668 active cases. The death toll rises to 4,098. There are reports that COVID19 cases are increasing in Delhi, reason for this is that many people from outside Delhi are getting their tests done here. Hence, counting of positive cases is rising here. Otherwise, trend of COVID19 cases in Delhi is decreasing: Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister

Amit Shah tests negative for Covid-19

Record 13 fatalities push death toll in Odisha to 272

Odisha recorded the highest single-day spike of 13 Covid-19 fatalities, which pushed the death toll in the coastal state to 272 on Sunday, a health department official said. At least 1,734 fresh cases were registered in 29 districts of the state, raising the coronavirus tally to 45,927, he said. Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 342, followed by Ganjam at 222, Cuttack at 177, Sundergarh at 126 and Nayagarh at 106.

Telangana reports 1,982 new Covid-19 cases; 12 deaths push toll to 627

Telangana reported 1,982 new Covid-19 cases, taking the overall infection tally to 79,495, while the death toll mounted to 627 with 12 more fatalities.The declining trend in new positive cases (observed during the last several days) continued in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with 463 fresh cases being reported. Medchal-Malkajgiri (141), Rangareddy (139), Karimnagar (96) and Jogulamba Gadwal (93) were at the top in positive cases, a state government bulletin said on Sunday, providing data as of 8 pm on July 8.

6 deaths, 596 more Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan

Rajasthan has reported 596 new Covid-19 positive cases and six deaths, taking the total positive cases and deaths to 51,924 and 784 respectively, according to the State Health Department. The active cases in the state stand at 13,847, according to the State Health Department. Jaipur has reported 6,424 COVID-19 positive cases while Jodhpur has reported 7,934 cases.

India may be moving away from Covid-19 exponential rise: Niti Aayog member

Currently, India is experiencing the worst phase in its fight against Covid-19 with a total of 64,399 new coronavirus cases getting reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall caseload to 21,53,011, while the death toll mounting to 43,379 with 861 fresh fatalities. But there may be a silver lining, as V.K. Paul, Member of Niti Aayog, said that the last five-day daily cases data indicate that India may be moving away from exponential rise. Speaking at a webinar organised by the India International Centre on the topic towards a holistic long term medi-care system -- the case of Covid-19 -- Paul, citing the day wise daily new cases data, said, "If we look at the five-day moving average, we could see some kind of stabilization; I do not know whether it is true or random, that only time will tell. May be, there is something out there, which is indicating that we may have moved away from exponential rise and we may be stabilising. But that only time will tell."

68 fresh cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 2,117

At least 68 more people, including 36 security personnel and a healthcare professional, have tested positive for coronavirus in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the state's total count to 2,117, a Health Department official said on Sunday. Of the fresh cases, 10 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 20 from East Kameng district, 12 from West Siang, five each from Tirap and Lower Siang, four each from West Kameng and Namsai, three each from East Siang and Tawang, two from Papumpare and one from Changlang, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said. "Thirty-six security personnel of paramilitary forces are among the fresh patients. A healthcare worker from West Kameng district has tested positive for COVID-19," he said.

Covid-19 norms, social distancing being followed during UP B.Ed exams today

The entrance examination for Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is being conducted in various districts of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Social distancing and other COVID-19 norms are being followed during the conduct of the exams. The temperatures of the examinees are being checked and their hands are being sanitised before being allowed to enter the centre. The examinees are allowed to travel with their admit cards during the weekend lockdown in the state. In Prayagraj, the district administration allowed hotels, restaurants, sweet shops, fruits shops and general stores to remain open on Sunday in view of the B.Ed entrance exams.

 

Haryana prepares database for job preference on unemployed youth

In a recently launched initiative backed by Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, state government officials have been asked to prepare a database on unemployed youth regarding their preference of job in both government and private sector. Being the minister for Employment Department, Chautala had instructed the senior officials of the department to gather the data of unemployed youth searching for employment and from all over the state on the basis of their qualifications and choice, according to a statement. The work on this scheme is underway at the call centre situated at Rozgar Bhawan in Panchkula.

Covid-19 testing in India increases exponentially: Health Ministry

Covid-19 testing in India increases exponentially and a new high of 700,00 tests done in the last 24 hours. Such a high level of testing will also lead to a high number of daily positive cases, however, States have been advised to firmly focus on comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation, and effective treatment. Such a high level of testing will also lead to a high number of daily positive cases, however, States have been advised to firmly focus on comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation, and effective treatment.

Total samples tested on August 8 stand at 719,364: ICMR


Recovery Rate has shot up from 48.20% to 68.32% in India

In the last one month, COVID19 Recovery Rate has shot up from 48.20% to 68.32%. Effective Clinical Management based on a Standard of Care approach has led to more patients recovering and lesser fatality: Health Ministry

64,399 cases and 861 deaths reported in India, in the last 24 hours in India

Single-day spike of 64,399 cases and 861 deaths reported in India, in the last 24 hours. The COVID19 tally rises to 21,53,011 including 6,28,747  active cases, 14,80,885 cured/discharged/migrated & 43,379 deaths: Ministry of Health

HP: COVID-19 death toll rises to 14, total cases stand at 3,265

The COVID-19 death toll in Himachal Pradesh rose to 14 after a 74-year-old man from Hamirpur district succumbed to the disease on Saturday night, an official said. The state also recorded 114 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 3,265, he said. Meanwhile, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary was on Saturday shifted from Deen Dayal Upadhaya (DDU) hospital to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) as he was facing respiratory problems, the official said.

New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease. Life has returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, as they attend rugby games at packed stadiums and sit down in bars and restaurants without the fear of getting infected. But some worry the country may be getting complacent and not preparing well enough for any future outbreaks. New Zealand got rid of the virus by imposing a strict lockdown in late March when only about 100 people had tested positive for the disease. That stopped its spread. For the past three months, the only new cases have been a handful of returning travelers who have been quarantined at the border.

Brazil makes grim milestone -- 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period. The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus death and infection tolls second only to the United States. And as in many nations, experts believe that both numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.

Seven people have lost their lives in fire at hotel used as Covid facility

Seven people have lost their lives and 30 have been rescued: Vijaywada Police

789 Covid cases take Haryana's tally to 40,843; Kaithal reports 1st death

Haryana's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 40,843 on Saturday with 789 fresh instances of the viral infection reported in 24 hours, while seven new fatalities pushed death toll to 474, according to the state health department's daily bulletin. Kaithal district for the first time on Saturday reported COVID-19 deaths. Two persons died of the viral infection in the district. Among the 22 districts of the state, Kaithal was the only one which had no COVID-19 death so far. Read More

Telangana govt will allow Ganesh festival after discussing Covid situation

Telangana Minister Talsani Srinivas Yadav has said that the state government is ready to hold the Ganesh festival this year after discussing and taking views of the concerned officials over COVID-19 situation in the state. On Saturday, a meeting held at the Marri Chennareddy Human Resource Development Centre (MCHRD) regarding the organisation of Ganesh celebrations was chaired by Yadav, the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy and Cinematography. "The government is ready to hold the Ganesh festival this year after discussing with concerned officials over coronavirus. I urge everyone to co-operate with the decisions taken by the government to contain coronavirus spread," he said.

India's Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 68.32%

India's patients recovering from COVID-19 cross the 14.2 lakh mark, taking the recovery rate across the country to 68.32 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday. "There has been a sharp increase in Covid-19 recoveries. With 48,900 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, India's total recoveries from COVID-19 has reached 14,27,005. The recovery rate, on a steady upward rise, stands at 68.32 per cent," read a statement from the Union Health Ministry. The Ministry further informed that the case fatality rate (CFR) in the country stands at 2.04 per cent.

Just In | Fire breaks out at a hotel being used as Covid facility in Vijayawada

Fire breaks out at a hotel in Vijayawada, fire tenders rushed to the spot. The hotel was being used as a Covid-19 facility by a hospital. More details awaited.

AP's Covid-19 death toll reaches 1,939

The Covid-19 death toll in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday reached 1,939 after 97 more people succumbed to the disease, the highest so far in a single day, according to health officials. Guntur recorded the maximum 14 deaths, followed by Anantapur 11, Kurnool 10, West Godavari 10, Chittoor 8, Nellore 8, Prakasam 7, Srikakulam 7, East Godavari 6, Visakhapatnam 5, Vizianagaram 5, Krishna 4, and Kadapa 2. Even as a slight dip was noticed over the previous day, the Covid tally on Saturday remained above 10,000 in line with trends of the past five days. But compared to the 10,171 cases on Friday, Andhra Pradesh reported a slightly lower figure of 10,080 cases on Saturday morning, officials said.

Israel reports 1,333 new Covid-19 cases; 82,324 in total

Israel's Ministry of Health has reported 1,333 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number to 82,324. According to the ministry, the death toll reached 593 with 12 new fatalities, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 369 to 388, out of 807 patients currently hospitalised, Xinhua reported. The number of recoveries reached 57,071, with 1,758 new ones, while the number of active cases dropped to 24,658.

Covid-19 deaths in Chile top 10,000

The Chilean Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that 53 more deaths from Covid-19 were registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 10,011. According to the ministry's daily report, 2,201 new cases were reported in the same period, taking the total caseload to 371,023, Xinhua reported. Of the new cases, 1,511 presented symptoms and 604 were asymptomatic.

 

Coronavirus toll crosses 2000 in West Bengal

The coronavirus toll in West Bengal crossed 2,000 Saturday and its caseload the 90,000 mark, according to a bulletin of the state health department. The number of active cases in the state crossed the 25,000 mark, the bulletin said. The toll reached 2,005 after 51 people succumbed to the disease during the day and the tally touched 92,615 after 2,949 people tested positive for the disease during the day, it said. The number of recoveries was 65,124 people, the bulletin said.

COVID-19: J-K introduces rapid antigen tests for screening of travellers

Jammu and Kashmir administration has introduced rapid antigen tests for detecting COVID-19 infection for people entering the Union Territory at Lakhanpur in Kathua.

US: Arizona has 1,054 new virus cases, 56 deaths

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 1,054 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 56 more deaths. The figures from the Department of Health Services increased the state's total confirmed COVID-19 cases to nearly 186,000 and the reported death toll to 4,137. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.

Brazil near 100,000 deaths from Covid-19

Brazil was leaping toward a grim milestone 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, and five months after the first reported case, the country had not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and had reported 99,572 as of Friday night. The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 2,962,442 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus death and infection tolls second only to the United States. And as in many nations, experts believe that both numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.

Trump seems ready, willing to bypass lawmakers on coronavirus aid

Ready and willing to bypass elected lawmakers, President Donald Trump seemed set to claim the power to suspend payroll taxes and extend expired unemployment benefits after negotiations with Congress on coronavirus rescue money collapsed.
 
The White House signaled Saturday that the president was soon expected to sign four executive orders, contending Washington's gridlock had compelled him to act as the pandemic undermined the country's economy and the November election nears. Trump scheduled an afternoon news conference at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
 
Perhaps most crucially, he intended to extend the unemployment benefits that have run out, but it was not clear whether the assistance would remain at $600 a week or where the money would come from. He also planned to defer the payroll tax until the end of the year, hold off student loan payments and enforce a freeze on evictions.


Andaman & Nicobar reports 2 more deaths, 129 new Covid cases

The Covid-19 death toll in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 20 after two persons succumbed to the disease, officials said on Saturday.
 
The number of Covid-19 cases in the union territory mounted to 1,351 as 129 fresh infections were registered in the last 24 hours in the archipelago, officials said on Saturday.
 
Seventy-five patients also recovered from the disease during the period and the number of active cases in the islands is 831.
 
Meanwhile, coronavirus entered Nicobar district, comprising 22 islands including 12 uninhabited ones, as seven government employees were infected with it, they said.

Coronavirus death toll crosses 2000 in West Bengal

The coronavirus toll in West Bengal crossed 2,000 Saturday and its caseload the 90,000 mark, according to a bulletin of the state health department.
 
The number of active cases in the state crossed the 25,000 mark, the bulletin said.
 
The toll reached 2,005 after 51 people succumbed to the disease during the day and the tally touched 92,615 after 2,949 people tested positive for the disease during the day, it said.
 
The number of recoveries was 65,124 people, the bulletin said.
 
During the last 24 hours, 2,064 people have been discharged from different hospitals in West Bengal taking the discharge rate to 70.32 per cent.


J&K govt considering to provide additional support to corona warriors: Lt Guv

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday lauded the unwavering efforts of health workers and frontline corona warriors in the containment and management of the pandemic in the Union Territory.
 
He said the government is considering to provide additional support to these workers along with the existing insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh.
 
Sinha was chairing a meeting to review the effective measures undertaken by the administration to combat coronavirus.
 

Amid Covid-19 surge, Andhra Pradesh to focus on reducing mortality rate

Observing that peaking of coronavirus cases was a natural consequence, Andhra Pradesh Special Chief Secretary (Health) K S Jawahar Reddy on Saturday said their focus was now on reducing the mortality rate.
 
"We are almost into the peak of cases. Some districts like East Godavari, West Godavari, Kurnool, Anantapuramu and Guntur have entered the peak curve while some others are midway.
 
This is a natural consequence," the Special Chief Secretary told a press conference, as the state registered 2.17 lakh coronavirus positive cases till Saturday.

Odisha's Covid-19 tally crosses 44,000, recovery surpass 30,000-mark

Odishas Covid-19 tally crossed the 44,000-mark on Saturday with 1,643 fresh infection and the toll increased to 259 as the recovery figure surpassed 30,000, a health department official said.
 
Twelve persons succumbed to the contagion during the day to take the toll to 259, the official said.
 
The coronavirus tally in the state now stands at 44,193, while the recovery of 1,544 patients on Saturday took the number of those cured to 30,242, which is 68.42 per cent of the total caseload, he said.
 
The states recovery rate was 67.44 per cent on Friday, the official said adding the fatality ratio remained static at 0.58 per cent as Friday.
 
Of the fresh fatalities two each were reported from Ganjam, Kandhamal, Keonjhar and Khurda, while one each from Balasore, Bargarh, Gajapati and Sundargarh districts, he said.

Bengal govt to upload health parameters of Covid-19 patients on website

The West Bengal government has decided to upload the health parameters of Covid-19 patients under treatment in state-run and private hospitals on the health department's website, so that family members are able to know their condition, a senior official said on Saturday.
 
A mechanism is being prepared for the purpose and it would start within two weeks, he said and claimed that no other state in the country has such a system now.

Tamil Nadu reports 5,883 new Covid-19 cases, 118 deaths

A total of 5,883 new Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours.
 
The total count of cases now stands at 2,90,907.
 
The state health department said on Saturday that the state has 53,481 active cases, while 2,32,618 patients have been discharged. The death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 4,808.
 
With a spike of 61,537 new Covid-19 cases, India's Covid-19 tally reached 20,88,612 on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu reports 5,883 new Covid-19 cases, 118 deaths

A total of 5,883 new Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours.
 
The total count of cases now stands at 2,90,907.
 
The state health department said on Saturday that the state has 53,481 active cases, while 2,32,618 patients have been discharged. The death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 4,808.
 
With a spike of 61,537 new Covid-19 cases, India's Covid-19 tally reached 20,88,612 on Saturday.

Assam reported 2,218 Covid-19 cases, toll at 140

Himachal Pradesh: Number of active Covid-19 cases at 1,143, state tally at 3,264

Bihar Covid-19 tally crosses 75,000, death toll reaches 419

Bihar was jolted by close to 4,000 fresh Covid cases on Saturday which caused its tally to shoot past 75,000 on a day when the state also conducted a record number of tests and reported 19 casualties.
 
According to the state health departments bulletin, the number of fresh cases was 3996 which left the tally climbing to 75,786 while the death toll stood at 419.
 
Besides, 75,426 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
 
Of the new casualties, Patna accounted for six followed by two each in Gaya and Vaishali and one each in Araria, Aurangabad, Bhojpur, Kaimur, Katihar, Supaul, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda and East Champaran.
 
Patna also accounts for the maximum number of 77 Covid-19 deaths so far in the state, followed by Bhagalpur (34), Gaya (28), Rohtas (23), Nalanda (21), Munger (19), Muzaffarpur and Bhojpur (16 each) and East Champaran (15).

Jharkhand reports 926 Covid-19 cases, state tally at 17,468

Chhattisgarh: 324 Covid-19 cases take tally to 11,743; death toll 89

With addition of 324 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, Chhattisgarh's total count increased to 11,743 while the number of fatalities rose by two to 89, a health official said.
 
A total of 263 patients were discharged in the day, raising the number of recoveries to 8,582, he said.
 
The state now has 3,072 active cases, as 8,582 people have been discharged while 89 have died so far, he said.
 
Among the fresh cases, 109 were reported from Raipur district, 58 from Rajnandgaon, 19 from Raigarh, 18 each from Balodabazar and Sukma districts, 17 from Durg, 15 from Kabirdham, 14 from Bastar, and nine from Bilaspur.

Karnataka reports biggest single-day spike of 7,178 new Covid-19 cases

Karnataka on Saturday reported the highest single-day spike of over 7,000 cases and 93 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 1,72,102 and the toll past the 3,000 mark, the Health department said.
 
The day also saw 5,006 patients getting discharged after recovery.
 
Out of the 7,178 fresh cases reported today, 2,665 were from Bengaluru Urban alone.
 
The previous single day high was recorded on August 6 with 6,805 cases.

Brazil near 100,000 deaths from Covid-19

Brazil was leaping toward a grim milestone 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, and five months after the first reported case, the country had not shown signs of crushing the disease.
 
Brazil, a nation of 210 million people, has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May.
 
The Health Ministry on Friday said there had been a total of 2,962,442 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus and 99,572 deaths tolls second only to the United States.

Uttarakhand sees highest single-day surge of 501 Covid-19 cases

Uttarakhand on Saturday recorded the highest single-day spike of 501 new Covid-19 cases taking the state's tally to 9,402 while the pandemic's toll rose to 117 with the death of five patients.
 
Haridwar district accounted for the highest number of 172 cases followed by Udham Singh Nagar district which reported 171 cases, a state health department bulletin said.
 
Nainital reported 85 cases, Dehradun 38, Bageshwar 10, Pauri 9, Uttarkashi 5, Tehri 4, Pithoragarh 3, Rudraprayag 2, Chamoli 1 and Champawat 1, it said.

Minister who endorsed 'papad' to boost immunity against Covid-19 tests positive

2,639 new coronavirus cases in Pune district

Pune district reported 2,639 new coronavirus cases since previous evening, taking its case count to 1,05,523 on Saturday, a health official said here.
 
The death toll due to the pandemic, on the other hand, reached 2,414 with 70 patients dying in the district since Friday evening, he said.
 
1,290 new cases were found in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 64,576 cases so far. At the same time, 1,961 patients were discharged from the hospitals, the official said.

2,949 new Covid-19 cases in Bengal, state tally crosses 92,000

Andaman-Nicobar reports 99 new Covid cases; virus enters unaffected island

The number of Covid-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 1,222 after 99 fresh infections were registered in the last 24 hours in the archipelago, officials said on Saturday.
 
Seventy patients also recovered from the disease during the period.
 
The union territory now has 778 active cases, while 425 have been cured of coronavirus infection so far and 19 died.
 
Meanwhile, coronavirus entered Nicobar district, comprising 22 islands including 12 uninhabited ones, as seven government employees were infected with it, they said.

Rajasthan records 1,171 new coronavirus cases, state tally at 51,328

UP govt proved to be failure in dealing with Covid-19: Akhilesh Yadav

The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has proved to be a "failure" in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and patients were neither getting medicines nor proper treatment, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav alleged on Saturday.
 
The state has so far recorded 1,18,038 Covid-19 cases and 2,028 deaths due to the disease. At present, there are 46,177 active cases and 69,833 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovery.
 
Hitting out at the Yogi Adityanath dispensation, Yadav, in a press statement, claimed that it has proved "incapable and helpless" in dealing with the coronavirus.
 
"As the situation is going out of control, a 'no test-no case' strategy has been adopted in the state," he said.

J&K LG Manoj Sinha orders appointment of 200 nurses at Covid-19 isolation wards

Mumbai adds 1,304 new Covid-19 cases, 58 deaths

Madhya Pradesh records 859 new Covid-19 cases, state tally at 38,157

789 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Haryana



13 districts with 14% Covid deaths to advance ICU beds, oxygen stocks

The Union Health Ministry on Saturday directed 13 districts including Delhi, which reported 14 per cent of the Covid-19 death toll, to advance the preparedness for critical clinical infrastructure in their hospitals.
 

These districts, which also account for nine per cent of the total active cases, were asked to ensure availability of ICU beds, oxygen supply etc. after assessment of the current caseload and the estimated growth rate.
 

The directions came in a meeting held between top officials of the health ministry and district officers of the thirteen districts.

Goa: 259 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths; count 8,206, toll 72

The number of COVID-19 cases in Goa increased by 259 on Saturday to reach 8,206, while two deaths took the toll to 72, an official said.
 

A total of 207 people were discharged during the day, taking the number of such cases to 5,802, leaving the state with 2,332 active cases, he said.
 

"A 74-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man died. On Saturday, 3,626 samples were tested, of which 259 were positive, 2,059 negative and reports of 1308 are awaited," he informed.

Punjab's Covid-19 tally nears 23k mark, death toll rises to 562

Punjab on Saturday reported 23 more fatalities due to COVID-19, pushing the toll to 562, while 998 fresh cases took the state's infection tally to 22,928.
 

Twelve deaths were reported in Ludhiana, three in Patiala, two in Amritsar and one each in Barnala, Jalandhar, Mohali, SBS Nagar, Rupnagar and Sangrur, according to a medical bulletin.

Among districts which reported the fresh cases are Ludhiana (168), Patiala (139), Jalandhar (120), Amritsar (102), Mohali (91), Bathinda (72) Gurdaspur (50) and Sangrur (32).

10 more Covid-19 deaths in J-K; infection tally crosses 24K mark

Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 463 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 24,390, while 10 more coronavirus deaths during the last 24 hours pushed the toll to 459 in the union territory,officials said.
 

All the ten fatalities were reported from the Kashmir, they said.
 

There are 7,264 active COVID-19 cases in the union territory now, while 16,667 patients have recovered from the infection, the officials said.

Andaman-Nicobar reports 99 new Covid-19 cases; virus enters unaffected island

The number of Covid-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 1,222 after 99 fresh infections were registered in the last 24 hours in the archipelago, officials said on Saturday.
 

Seventy patients also recovered from the disease during the period.
 

The union territory now has 778 active cases, while 425 have been cured of coronavirus infection so far and 19 died.

Maharashtra Covid-19 tally crosses 5 lakh with record 12,822 new cases

Maharashtra on Saturday reported a highest single-day spike of 12,822 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the state to 5,03,084, a health official said.
 

With 275 COVID-19 patients succumbing, the death toll in the state increased to 17,367, he added.
 

However, a record 11,082 patients were also discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of recovered coronavirus patients to 3,38,362, the official added.

671 people arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions today: Kolkata police



169 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Manipur



Jubilant Life Sciences presents 1,000 vials of Remdesivir to UP CM

Drug firm Jubilant Life Sciences on Saturday said it has presented 1,000 vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir that it sells under the brand name 'JUBI-R' to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
 

The drug is being made available to over 1,000 hospitals providing COVID-19 treatment in India through the company's distribution network, Jubilant Life Sciences said in a statement.

UP records biggest single-day jump of 4,660 Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 1,18,038

Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,660 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the state's virus count to 1,18,038.
 

However, a government statement said 4,800 new cases were recorded in the state in the last 24 hours.
 

Uttar Pradesh's tally stood at 1,13,378 on Friday.
 

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 2,028 with 47 more casualties in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said.

Another BJP leader tests positive for Covid-19 in HP; infection tally at 3,243

Himachal Pradesh recorded 92 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the infection tally to 3,243, an official said.
 

Meanwhile, BJP state spokesman Baldev Tomar also tested positive for the disease. He had come in contact with Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, who had tested positive on Thursday.
 

Chaudhary's wife and some of his close relatives also tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, a district official said.
 

Of the fresh COVID-19 cases, 43 were reported from Chamba, 24 from Sirmaur, eight each from Kangra and Hamirpur, four each from Kullu and Mandi, and one from Shimla, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said.

Noida: Covid-19 tally reaches 5,868, active cases rise to 937

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Saturday reported 65 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the district's caseload to 5,868, official data showed.
 

Thirty-one more patients were discharged since Friday, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.
 

So far, 4,888 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, the second highest among districts in UP after Lucknow (6,293), it showed.

Kerala records 1420 new Covid-19 cases, 1715 recoveries in past 24 hours



India's total recoveries cross 1.42 mn, recovery rate at 68.32%: Govt



1,404 fresh Covid-19 cases take Delhi tally to 1,44,127; death toll climbs to 4,098

Delhi recorded 1,404 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the tally in the city to over 1.44 lakh, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 4,098, authorities said.
 

The number of daily cases after dipping to three-figure count last weekend has again shown a rise in the last few days, recording in excess of 1,000.
 

Also, the number of tests have shown a rise in the last few days, with the Saturday figure being 24,592, as per the latest bulletin.
 

Sixteen fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, it said.

5500 RTPCR/CBNAAT/Truenat tests, 19092 Rapid antigen tests conducted today in Delhi



Re-engineering antibodies may bring relief amid Covid-19 pandemic

As there is a surge in the Covid-19 cases across the globe, people are heading back to antibody tests to find out whether they have been exposed to the coronavirus that causes the disease.
 

Antibody tests look for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies are disease-specific. For example, measles antibodies will protect you from getting measles if you are exposed to it again, but they won't protect you from getting mumps if you are exposed to mumps.
 

"Antibodies are important because they prevent infection and heal patients affected by diseases," said Victor Padilla-Sanchez, a researcher at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
 

"If we have antibodies, we are immune to disease, as long as they are in your system, you are protected. If you don't have antibodies, then infection proceeds and the pandemic continues," added Sanchez.

52 new Covid-19 cases reported in Chandigarh today



Five hockey players who tested positive for Covid-19 are doing well: SAI

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday confirmed that all five hockey players who tested positive for coronavirus are doing well and are being attended by their in-house doctor as well as one doctor from the state government.
 

The doctor from the state government has been deputed on the request of SAI. On Friday, men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, Varun Kumar, and Krishan B Pathak had tested positive for the coronavirus.
 

"The five hockey players housed in NCOE Bengaluru, who tested COVID positive on August 7, are doing well. They are being attended to by SAI's in-house doctor as well as one doctor from the state government, who has been deputed on SAI's request," SAI said in an official statement.

About 13 districts in 8 states reporting 9% of India's Covid-19 active cases



Uttarakhand: Rs 200-Rs 500 fine for not wearing mask in public places

The Uttarakhand government on Saturday announced that it will impose a fine of Rs 200-Rs 500 on people who do not wear face masks in public places.
 

Issuing the order while reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said first time offenders should be fined Rs 200 and second time offenders Rs 500.
 

The government will also provide four washable masks to violators of the Covid guidelines, he said.
 

Rawat asked officials to sternly deal with people coming from high risk areas and hiding their travel histories or misinforming authorities.

Nepal: Prachanda's security guards test positive for Covid-19

Six of the security personnel stationed at the residence of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a media report.
 

The PCR tests of the guards were carried out at Maharajgunj-based Nepal Police Hospital, The Himalayan Times reported.
 

According to Dahal's secretariat, the infected persons are the team of police personnel stationed at the entrance of the residence.

Covid-19 doubling rate in Thane city improves to 69 days

The doubling rate of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane city has improved from 24 days in June to 69 days presently, Thane municipal commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma said on Saturday.
 

As many as 21,514 cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Thane city so far.
 

While the recovery rate in the city stood at 81.10 per cent, the mortality rate was 3.20 per cent, the civic chief said.

India records 61,537 new Covid-19 cases, 933 deaths

With India registering 61,537 more cases, the coronavirus tally reached 20,88,611 on Saturday, while 14,27,005 people have so far recuperated from Covid-19 pushing the recovery rate to 68.32 per cent, the Union health ministry said.
 

The death toll due to the disease rose to 42,518 with 933 fresh fatalities being reported in a day, data updated at 8 am showed.
 

There are 6,19,088 active cases of Covid-19, comprising 29.64 per cent of the caseload. The case fatality rate has further dropped to 2.04 per cent.

UP CM inaugurates 400-bed Covid-19 hospital in Noida

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday inaugurated a 400-bedded Covid-19 hospital in Sector 39 of Noida in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district.
 

During the event, Yogi Adityanath said, "Today, A Covid-19 dedicated hospital has been launched at Gautam Budh Nagar. The Covid-19 fight continues, and in this, first comes Gautam Buddh Nagar and NCR region which were the biggest challenge, because of Delhi, the infection spread here as well."

Rise in Covid cases after return of state's residents: HP CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said there is a noticeable increase in Covid-19 cases in the state following the return of residents who were stranded in other parts of the country, especially in containment zones with many cases.
 

Addressing a press conference in Dharamshala on Saturday, the chief minister reiterated that no previous government had any experience to tackle a pandemic-like situation of such proportions as Covid-19 but asserted that the government was handling it well.
 

The state has reported a total of 3,151 coronavirus cases till Friday with 13 deaths so far.

Covid-19 tests of all cyclists, support staff before start of camp on Aug 14 return negative: SAI

The COVID-19 tests of all cyclists and support staff, who have been in quarantine on arrival ahead of the national camp beginning on August 14 here, have returned negative, the Sports Authority of India said on Saturday.
 

The team of 11 cyclists, four coaches and 16 support staff have already reported for the camp at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium and are undergoing mandatory quarantine.

Himachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally rises to 3,207 with 56 new cases

Himachal Pradesh's total Covid-19 caseload rose to 3,207 on Saturday with 56 new instances of the viral infection reported in 24 hours, officials said.
 

Of the fresh cases, 43 were reported from Chamba, eight from Hamirpur, four from Kullu and one from Shimla, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said.
 

During the same period, 54 patients recovered from the disease. These include 42 in Solan, nine in Shimla and three in Hamirpur, he said.

IMA says nearly 200 doctors in India have succumbed to Covid-19 so far; requests PM's attention

A total of 196 doctors in the country, majority of them being general practitioners, have succumbed to Covid-19 so far, said the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday, requesting the prime minister for his attention on the issue.
 

"As per the latest data collected by the IMA, our nation has lost 196 doctors, out of which 170 of them are above the age of 50 years, with general practitioners attributing to around 40 per cent of it," the IMA said expressing concerns over the safety of doctors losing their lives in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis.


While an increasing number of doctors are getting infected and losing their lives every day, substantial number of them have been found to be general practitioners.

Abhishek Bachchan tests negative Covid-19

Actor Abhishek Bachchan on Saturday said that he has tested negative for Covid-19.
 

Abhishek and his father, megastar Amitabh Bachchan were admitted to Nanavati hospital after they tested positive for Covid-19 on July 11.

Singapore's Covid-19 cases near 55,000-mark with 132 new patients

Singapore has reported 132 new Covid-19 cases, including six imported ones in the last 24 hours, taking the country's caseload to 54,929, the health ministry said on Saturday.
 

The vast majority of the new infections are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
 

It said that there was no community transmission.
 

The ministry said that 132 new cases in the last 24 hours took the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 54,929.

Odisha reports 1,643 more Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths

As many as 1,643 new Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths and 1,810 recoveries have been reported from Odisha on Friday, said the state health department on Saturday.
 

Of the total 44,193 coronavirus cases, 15,189 cases are active, 28,697 are recovered cases. The death count due to the infection stands at 259, it added.
 

With a single-day spike of 61,537 new Covid-19 cases and 933 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally surged to 20,88,612 on Saturday.

Arunachal's Covid-19 tally crosses 2,000-mark with 101 fresh cases

Arunachal Pradesh's coronavirus tally crossed the 2,000-mark on Saturday as 101 more people, including 46 security personnel, tested positive for the disease, a Health Department official said.
 

With the fresh infections, the total number of cases rose to 2,049, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.
 

Of the new cases, 11 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 34 from East Kameng district, 21 from East Siang, 12 from Changlang, six from Lohit, five each from Lower Siang and West Kameng, three from Tawang and one each from Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley, Longding and Papumpare, he said.
 

All, barring four, are asymptomatic and have been shifted to Covid Care Centres, Jampa said.

17 new Covid-19 cases in Meghalaya, tally rises to 1,023

Seventeen more people including three BSF personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the state's tally to 1,023, an official said on Saturday.
 

The fresh cases have pushed the total number of active COVID-19 cases to 594, the official said.
 

Of the 17 persons who tested positive, 12 are in East Khasi Hills district, three BSF personnel in West Garo Hills district and two persons in North Garo Hills district, Director of Health Services, Aman War said.

Covid-19 tally in Russia increases by 5,212 to 882,347

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Russia has increased by 5,212 to 882,347 in the last 24 hours, the response center said on Saturday. The death toll has now increased to 14,854.
 

"In the last 24 hours, there have been 5,212[newly] confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection in 85 regions, including 1,334 detected cases (25.6 per cent) without clinical implications," the center said in a statement, adding that the total number of cases has risen to 882,347.

2,256 new Covid-19 cases, 14 deaths reported in Telangana

As many as 2,256 more COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths were reported in Telangana on Friday, the state government informed on Saturday.
 

With these, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 77,513 including 22,568 active cases. While 54,330 recoveries have been reported in the state so far, the death toll stands at 615.


As many as 23,322 samples were tested in the state on Friday. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state stands at 70.09 percent, while the fatality rate is at 0.79 per cent.

Pakistan's Covid-19 caseload reaches 283,487; death toll at 6,068

Pakistan's coronavirus cases have reached 283,487 with 842 new cases in the last 24 hours while the death toll has climbed to 6,068, the health ministry said on Saturday.
 

Fourteen patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 6,068, the Ministry of National Health Services said.
 

As many as 259,604 people have recovered across the country.

Coronavirus nos drop in Telangana capital region, but spike in districts

Even as the Telangana capital region registered a dip in the number of coronavirus cases, the state's single-day tally revealed a further spike in districts.
 
On Saturday, the state reported 2,256 new cases, up 49 cases from 2,207 reported on Friday.
 
Although the Greater Hyderabad area continues to contribute to to Telangana's daily tally, Saturday's update shows a substantial dip in the capital region.

Kozhikode flight crash: Deceased passenger tests positive for Covid-19

One of the 18 passengers, who died when an Air India Express flightfrom Dubai crashed landed at the airport here, has tested positive for COVID-19.
 
Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel told the mediathat samples ofthe passenger, Sudheer Varyath (45), were sent for testing and it hasreturned positive for the disease.

Covid-19 may have longer incubation period of eight days, scientists say

The incubation period of COVID-19, which is the time after which those infected with the novel coronavirus start showing the first symptoms, could be as much as eight days -- longer than previous estimates of four to five days -- says a new study which involved the largest amount of patient samples to date in such an analysis.
 
The research, published in the journal Science Advances, identified pre-symptomatic individuals at their time of departure from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the COVID-19 pandemic originated, and then followed these infected people until their symptoms developed.

No respite in sight for India’s most affected state, Maharashtra

Maharashtra made a fresh record for the highest single-day spike, at 11,514 cases registered in just 24 hours on August 6. This was also the second time that this metric crossed the 11,000 mark in Maharashtra. For most days in the past 30 days, daily new cases have largely stayed over 8,000. The state also has the country’s highest death toll, at over 16,000. Read on...

Coronavirus update: India is one of the fastest countries in terms of doubling of case tally

India, along with Colombia, is currently the fastest in doubling the case count, at just 21 days. It is followed by South Africa and Brazil. Russia, which had been on the third spot by the number of confirmed cases two months ago, has now slowed its doubling pace to 64 days. Similarly, Spain, one of the earlier epicentres of the pandemic, has one of the countries with slowest doubling rates, at over 100 days. Read on...

Serum Institute to provide Covid vaccine to 92 countries at Rs 250 a dose

Serum Institute of India (SII) has inked a pact with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to make 100 million doses of a potential vaccine. This is for low- and medium-income countries, and with a price cap of Rs 250 a dose.
 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via its Strategic Investment Fund, will provide at-risk funding of $150 million to Gavi for supporting SII in the manufacture, the company noted. Read on...

Coronavirus spreading fast because billions don't have water to wash

A severe household water shortage facing two out of five people in the world is undermining efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Frequent and thorough hand washing are among the most effective measures in restricting the spread of the virus because the primary routes of transmission are droplets and direct contact, according to the World Health Organisation. Yet, some 3 billion people don’t have access to running water and soap at home, and 4 billion suffer from severe water scarcity for at least one month a year, the United Nations group UN-Water said. Read on...

Coronavirus world update: Poland reintroduces restrictions following Covid-19 spike

Poland has reintroduced restrictions in some parts of the country following a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.
 
The Health Ministry on Friday eported 809 new cases, a new daily high for the fifth time since last week, bringing the total to 50,324, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
In an effort to limit the spread of the disease, the Ministry said that it would reintroduce restrictions in a select number of hotspot counties.
 
Starting on Saturday, the new restrictions will be in place in 19 counties, all in the south or southeast of the country, divided between so-called 'yellow' and 'red' zones, depending on the severity of the spread.

With 2,679 fresh cases, Assam's Covid-19 tally crosses 55,000-mark

The number of Covid-19 cases in Assam crossed the 55,000-mark with 2,679 people testing positive on Friday, while six more patients died due to the disease that took the total death toll to 132, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 
The state at present has 16,552 active coronavirus cases. The patients are being treated in different hospitals and Covid Care Centres (CCC) across the state, Sarma tweeted.
 
Of the new patients, the maximum number of 442 cases were reported from Kamrup Metropolitan district, which primarily comprises the Guwahati city, followed by 265 cases in Kamrup, 250 in Cachar and 172 in Nagaon, Sarma said.


Covid-19: Centre considering proposal on physical Parliament session

The government is considering the proposal for a physical Parliament Monsoon session despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariates have given some suggestions to the government for the physical session following which the Centre will soon take the final decision regarding it.
 
Sources told ANI that the government is considering the proposal for the physical session of both houses of Parliament.
 
It is also being considered that the Parliament session should be held from the Central Hall in two sessions daily--The first session dedicated to Lok Sabha for four hours and the second session to for Rajya Sabha for four hours.

Coronavirus India latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 619,088 (Net addition: 11,704)
Deaths: 42,518 (Net addition: 933)
Cured: 1,427,005 (Net addition: 48,900)
Total cases: 2,088,611 (Net addition: 61,537)

Kerala's Covid-19 tally breaches 30,000 mark; death toll climbs to 99

Kerala's Covid-19 tally breached the 30,000 mark on Friday as 1,251 fresh cases were reported, including of 18 health workers, while five more deaths took the toll to 99.
 
Of the 30,396 positive cases, 1,061 were infected through contact, while the infection source of 73 people was not yet known, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here.
 
While 77 people had come from abroad, 94 had arrived from other states, he said.

Rajasthan records 499 new coronavirus positive cases and 9 deaths, taking the total positive cases and deaths to 50,656 and 776 respectively

Rajasthan records 499 new coronavirus positive cases and 9 deaths, taking the total positive cases and deaths to 50,656 and 776 respectively. Active cases stand at 13,570: State Health Department

Coronavirus in UP latest update: Corona enters VIP areas of Agra

After the common man in the mohallas and besties in the inner city, the Covid-19 virus has spread to posh colonies, bungalows of 'sahabs', besides the rural blocks.
 
After the Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar, his mother, five of his staff tested positive, his father has also been infected. Two officials of the PWD have also been quarantined after they reported positive.
 
The SN Medical College principal and two dozen doctors are already under treatment. Senior officials, family members of the local MP and a BJP legislator, son of a state minister, are in hospitals.

Hockey captain Manpreet, 3 other players test positive for Covid-19

The Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and three other players have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of a national camp in Bengaluru, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Friday.
 
Besides Manpreet, defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh and drag-flicker Varun Kumar have also tested positive for the deadly virus.

Coronavirus: Punjab govt orders night curfew in Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in the worst affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala from Saturday to contain Covid-19 spread.
 
"Concerned over the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in the worst affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala from Saturday, while directing all big cities/towns to prepare an integrated management plan for treatment of the disease at both Government and private facilities," said the state government in a press release on Friday. Read on...

US health chief to visit Taiwan, a coronavirus success story

US Health Secretary Alex Azar has said he wants to learn about Taiwan's incredibly effective response to the cornavirus even though the island did things that the US has fumbled, such as having a unified strategy and citizens willing to war masks.
 
Azar leads a U.S. delegation departing this weekend for a three-day visit to Taiwan, where they will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and health system leaders, and Azar will give a speech to public health graduates. The trip is a geopolitical chess move in the Trump administration's contentious relationship with China, which considers Taiwan part of its national territory and has already registered its displeasure.

Shanghai reports 2 new imported coronavirus cases

Shanghai reported two new imported Covid-19 cases but no increase in domestically transmitted infections, the municipal health commission said on Saturday.
 
The two new patients are Chinese nationals who flew in from abroad, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
While one arrived in Shanghai from the US via France on August 3, the second person flew in from from the United Arab Emirates three days later.

Gujarat's coronavirus death toll tops 2,600; state tally crosses 68,000 mark

The death toll in Gujarat due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) had risen to 2,606, with 22 more patients succumbing to the dreaded virus, officials said. The state on Friday saw 1,074 positive cases being detected from 26,591 tests. This has taken the total number of infections to 68,885.
 
On Friday, 1,370 patients were discharged. So far, 51,692 have been discharged in the state. Officials said that in the first seven days of August, 7,452 positive cases have been registered in Gujarat. On Friday, the new hotspot for the Coronavirus in Gujarat - Surat - registered 231 cases while Ahmedabad saw 153 new cases. Read on...

Crowded villages show why coronavirus cases are surging in rural India

As India passes the grim milestone of two million virus cases and new hotspots emerge in villages, experts are worried infections will now rise exponentially in the world’s second-most populous country, overwhelming its under-prepared hinterland.
 
In the remote Valad village in the southern state of Kerala, 236 people have been found positive in the last two weeks. In Katapali village in eastern Odisha, nearly 200 people were infected and the area locked down for almost 50 days before the outbreak was controlled. Read on...

Why RBI has allowed one-time restructuring of corporate and personal loans

The true financial cost of Covid-19 is something India would rather not acknowledge, let alone bear — at least not until the pandemic has played out.
 
That explains why the central bank on Thursday allowed a one-time restructuring of corporate and personal loans that have been under stress ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi put the country under a severe lockdown in March.
 
 
Those nationwide restrictions have given way to more localised containment. But with India becoming only the third country after the US and Brazil to zoom past the 2-million-infection mark, it will be months before the authorities can shift the economy back into its pre-Covid gear. Read on...

Gujarat coronavirus LIVE: With 1,074 new cases, coronavirus tally rises to 68,885 in Gujarat

With 1,074 new cases, coronavirus tally rises to 68,885 in Gujarat, death toll reaches 2,606 with 22 fatalities: health department

Air India plane crash: Kerala Governor, CM to visit Karipur today

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to visit Karipur today, where an Air India Express flight crash-landed yesterday

Uttarakhand reports 278 new coronavirus cases

Uttrakhand reported 278 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total cases in the state to 8,901.
 
According to the Uttrakhand health department, the state has 3,020 active cases, with 5,731 recoveries and 38 migrations. As many as 112 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 in the state so far.
 
The state health department also informed that the doubling rate of the viral infection, reported in the past seven days, is 28.14 days. The percentage of recovery for Covid-19 patients in the state is 64.39 per cent.

With 10,483 new patients, coronavirus case count in Maharashtra rises to 4,90,262

With 10,483 new patients, coronavirus case count in Maharashtra rises to 4,90,262; death toll reaches 17,092 with 300 fatalities: state health department

734 new Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh

As many as 734 new cases of Covid-19, 719 recovered cases, and 16 deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, the state health department said.
 
According to the official data, the coronavirus count of the state rose to 37,298 including 8,715 active cases, 27,621 cured/discharged, and 962 deaths.
 
With the highest single-day spike of 62,538 cases, India's Covid-19 count rose to 20,27,075 on Friday, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's son tests Covid positive

As many as 734 new cases of Covid-19, 719 recovered cases, and 16 deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, the state health department said.
 
According to the official data, the coronavirus count of the state rose to 37,298 including 8,715 active cases, 27,621 cured/discharged, and 962 deaths.
 
With the highest single-day spike of 62,538 cases, India's Covid-19 count rose to 20,27,075 on Friday, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Jharkhand reports 6 Covid deaths, 618 fresh cases

The Covid-19 deaths of Jharkhand rose to 151 on Friday after six patients succumbed to the disease, a government bulletin said.
 
It said that 618 people also tested positive for coronavirus infection, pushing the state's tally to 16,482.

Gujarat coronavirus: With 153 new patients, coronavirus case tally rises to 27,587 in Ahmedabad

With 153 new patients, coronavirus case tally rises to 27,587 in Ahmedabad, death toll in district reaches 1,625 with three more fatalities: Gujarat health department

US employment growth slows sharply in July amid Covid-19 pandemic

US employment growth slowed considerably in July amid a resurgence in new Covid-19 infections, offering the clearest evidence yet that the economy's recovery from the recession caused by the pandemic was faltering. The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday piles pressure on the White House and Congress to reach a deal on another aid package.
 
Talks have been dragging over differences on major issues, including the size of a government benefit for unemployed workers. A $600 weekly unemployment benefit supplement expired last Friday, while thousands of businesses have burned through loans offered by the government to help with wages

Insurers see over 90,000 Covid-related claims worth Rs 1,463 crore

Insurers have seen more than 90,600 Covid-related claims worth Rs 1,463 crore, of which almost 60,000 claims amounting to Rs 563.81 crore have been settled.
 
State-wise data shows, Maharashtra, which has recorded the maximum number of cases in the country, has the maximum claims coming in, followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, and Karnataka. While initially, the claim amount was high, now it has moderated as many states have prescribed a standard treatment rate for Covid-19. Even the General Insurance Council has prescribed a standard Covid-19 treatment rate.

Workers return to new environment as companies reimagine workspaces

For Italian brake-maker Brembo, the Central government's decision to ease the lockdown from the first week of June came as a false dawn. In mid-June, the Tamil Nadu government jammed on the brakes by announcing a complete lockdown in four districts.
 
Close to a hundred employees were supposed to return to work. The challenge now was how to get them to the Brembo plant in Chennai. So for about a month, the House of Hiranandani Group moved 30 workers, who lived in towns outside Chennai, to luxury apartments near the factory.
 
Ever since the government went into an “unlock” mode for economic activities, companies have gone into overdrive to bring back the most critical part of their operations: the workforce. Read more

Covid-19 impact: Inflation may remain high for a few months, say economists

The consumer price inflation (CPI) rate may remain elevated for at least a couple of months more owing to supply-side distortions created by regional lockdowns, taxes on fuels imposed by the Centre and states, commodity prices firming up, and services becoming costlier.
 
“I am not expecting prices to come down materially for the next couple of months,” said Soumya Kanti Ghosh, group chief economic policy advisor, State Bank of India (SBI). He said the food basket was moving the consumer price index (CPI) more than services, which were not being consumed that much by the people. READ ON....

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