Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra tally crosses 1.09 mn; deaths go past 30,000

Coronavirus update: With over 81,000 new cases, India's coronavirus tally has reached 4,926,914. The death toll has risen by 1,073 to 80,827. India now has 973,175 active cases, while 37,80,107 people have recovered. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have reported the highest number of cases. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has tested positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, the national capital recorded 3,229 new corona cases, pushing the tally to 221,533. The worst-hit states are Maharashtra (1,077,374) Andhra Pradesh (575,079), Tamil Nadu (491,571), Karnataka (467,689), and UP (317,195).

Coronavirus vaccine update: The United Arab Emirates has granted emergency approval for use of a coronavirus vaccine, six weeks after human trials in the Gulf Arab state started. A phase III trial of a Covid-19 inactivated vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopham began in the UAE in July and is yet to be completed. Meanwhile, Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla has warned there won’t be enough Covid-19 vaccines available in the world till 2024 at the earliest, according to a media report on Monday.

“It’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet," said Poonawalla to Financial Times.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 29,433,091. While 21,264,646 have recovered, 932,390 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, 6,748,618 cases. It is followed by India, which has 4,926,914 cases, Brazil (4,349,544) and Russia (1,068,320).

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China suspends poultry imports from second US plant over Covid-19

China has suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, because of coronavirus cases among workers, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council said on Tuesday.
China, the world's top meat importer, has blocked products from some plants in foreign countries as part of an all-out effort to control the spread of Covid-19.
The OK Foods plant is the second US poultry facility to be blocked because of an outbreak among employees, after Beijing suspended imports from a Tyson Foods Inc plant in June.
"We don't think that either one of these two are justified, especially considering the fact that the virus cannot be transmitted in poultry meat," said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Chinese customs authority GACC suspended imports from the OK Foods facility, he said.
OK Foods, owned by Mexico's Industrias Bachoco , did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Arkansas plant became ineligible to ship products to China on Sept. 13, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Since the start of the pandemic, 234 plant workers had tested positive for Covid-19 as of Aug. 31, the Arkansas Department of Health said. The facility no longer has more than five active cases, according to the department, which publishes outbreak data on its website.

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

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

Covid-19: '76 Days' revisits Wuhan to tell the story from ground zero

It’s clear from the first shot that the cameras of 76 Days were going where few had gone before. The documentary film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF, opens with a hospital worker in Wuhan, China, who is distraught at being unable to say a final goodbye to her father even as her colleagues hold her back. Similar moments of raw grief, compassion and courage are captured in beautifully framed, intimate close-ups, providing a window into the chaos that prevailed in the hospitals of Wuhan, considered Ground Zero of the Covid-19 pandemic, early this year. Read more

Manipur's Covid-19 tally mounts to 8,210 with 239 fresh cases

Manipur reported 239 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, pushing the tally to 8,210, including 1,845 personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), officials said.
Of the new cases, 15 are CAPF personnel, while the rest are locals who have no significant travel history, they said.
Imphal West District accounted for the highest number of 148 cases, followed by Imphal East (43).
The coronavirus death toll in the state rose to 47 after a 69-year-old male died at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), the officials said.
Manipur now has 1,745 active cases, while 6,418 people have so far recovered from the disease. The recovery rate stands at 78.71 per cent.

Mumbai daily count below 2,000 after 6 days

Mumbai's Covid-19 tally rose to 1,73,534 on Tuesday with the addition of 1,585 new cases - the lowest in a week - while the toll increased to 8,227 with 49 more patients succumbing to the infection, the city civic body said.
The daily count in the financial capital recorded a significant drop on Tuesday after registering over 2,000 cases for six consecutive days. However, the death toll rose sharply to 49 from 31 on Monday.
According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the number of recovered patients increased to 1,34,066 with 1,717 more patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours.
Mumbai has a recovery rate of 77 per cent, it said.
The civic body informed that at present, the city has 30,879 active cases and it has conducted 9.36 lakh Covid-19 tests across Mumbai so far.
According to the civic body,the city's average growth rate of Covid-19 cases is 1.24 per cent, while the doubling rate is 54 days.

Covid-19: 'Distributed curve' due to 'very effective' lockdown, says govt

Amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases, the government on Tuesday said India learnt from the experience of nations that suffered high mortality and was able to "distribute the curve" of the coronavirus infection due to a "very effective" lockdown and avoid the "huge peak" those countries had in terms of deaths.

At a press briefing, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Balram Bhargava, also said reinfection was "very, very rare" with Covid-19, but it can happen.
Bhargava, however, said it was not a matter of serious concern.
The government also asserted that there is absolutely "no shortage" of medical oxygen, vital in the treatment of coronavirus patients, at the national level, while urging states to ensure a proper inventory management at hospital-level and advance planning for timely replenishment so that there is no stockout.
Asserting that India has one of the largest number of Covid-19 recoveries, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there are 14 states and union territories (UTs) in the country where the number of active cases are less than 5,000.
Bhushan said there are 18 states and UTs in the country where the total number of active cases are between 5,000 and 50,000, while there are only four states with more than 50,000 active cases.

Maharashtra Covid-19 tally crosses 1. 09 million; deaths go past 30,000

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally rose to 10,97,856 on Tuesday with addition of 20,482 new cases, state health department said.
With 515 deaths, the total toll in the state went up to 30,409, it said.
Of the total 515 fatalities, 302 had occurred in the last 48 hours. 116 deaths had taken place in the last one week, while 97 deaths had occurred before it, a health official said.
A total of 19,423 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 775,273, it said, adding that the state now has 291,797 active cases.
The state has so far conducted 54,09,060 tests, the official said.

Insurance scheme for frontline health workers fighting Covid-19 extended for 6 months

The Rs 50-lakh insurance cover to frontline health workers fighting Covid-19 has been extended for six months and till date, 61 claims have been processed and payments made, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
As many as 156 claims are under examination by the New India Assurance (NIA) Company Limited, and in 67 cases claims forms are yet to be submitted by the states, it said.
The 'Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting Covid-19' was announced on March 30 for 90 days. It was extended further for a period of 90 days i.e. up to September 25. The scheme has now been extended for another 180 days i.e. six months," the health ministry said in a statement.
This central scheme provides an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to healthcare providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of Covid-19 patients and therefore at risk of being infected.
It also includes accidental loss of life on account of contracting Covid-19, the ministry said.
The scheme also provides cover to private hospital staff, retired, volunteer, local urban bodies, contract, daily wage, ad hoc, outsourced staff requisitioned by states, central hospitals, autonomous hospitals of centre, states, Inion Territories, AIIMS and INIs, hospitals of central ministries drafted for coronavirus-related responsibilities.
The insurance provided under this scheme is over and above any other insurance cover being availed of by the beneficiary. There is no age limit for this scheme and individual enrolment is not required, the ministry said.
The entire amount of premium for this scheme is being borne by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The benefit and claim under this policy is in addition to the amount payable under any other policies.

Maharashtra govt launches public campaign to curb Covid-19 spread

Maharashtra governments My Family, My Responsibility campaign will help combat Covid-19 and sarpanches in the state should implement it effectively in villages, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday as he launched the initiative amid a spike in cases.
Earlier, interacting with corporators of civic bodies in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), except the BMC, Thackeray said the movement will prove to be a key weapon in making people understand the importance of self-protection in the battle against Covid-19.
According to an official statement, Thackeray asked the public representatives to ensure social distancing norms are followed by people in their respective areas to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The statement said around 28,000 sarpanches (village heads) from the state took part in the online meeting.

Maharashtra adds 20,482 Covid-19 cases; 515 deaths in 24 hrs

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally rose to 10,97,856 on Tuesday with addition of 20,482 new cases, state health department said. With 515 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total toll in the state went up to 30,409, it said.
A total of 19,423 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 7,75,273, it said, adding that the state now has 2,91,797 active cases.
Mumbai city reported 1,586 cases in the day, taking its count to 1,73,596 while the cumulative death toll rose to 8,230. Pune city added 1,889 new cases, raising its tally to 1,31,983 while 35 deaths took toll to 3,016. The state has so far conducted 54,09,060 tests.

Karnataka reported 7,576 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 4,75,265

Meghalaya's Covid-19 tally rises to 4,037; death toll increases to 29

Meghalaya's Covid-19 caseload rose to 4,037 on Tuesday as 172 more people tested positive for the infection while one fatality pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 29, a senior health official said.
Of the 172 new cases, 74 were reported from East Khasi Hills, 61 from East Jaintia Hills, 23 from Ri-Bhoi, nine from West Garo Hills, two from South West Garo Hills and one each from North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills and West Jaintia Hills districts, Health Services Director Aman War said.

2,323 new coronavirus cases in MP, 29 deaths, 1,902 recover

Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday witnessed 2,323 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the case count in the state to 93,053, health officials said. With 29 fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll in the state went up to 1,820, they said. 1,902 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 69,613.

Goa records 613 new Covid-19 cases; state's total caseload crosses 25,000

Goa's Covid-19 tally crossed the 25,000 mark after 613 persons tested positive for the deadly infection on Tuesday, an official from the health department said.
The latest cases have taken the count of infections in the coastal state to 25,511, of which 20,094 persons have been discharged from hospitals so far, the official said. While 446 patients recovered from the infection on Tuesday, 11 died of it, he said. With the latest fatalities, the toll in the coastal state now stands at 315, the official said.
Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 25,511, new cases 613, deaths 315, discharged 20,094, active cases 5,102, samples tested till date 2,27,810.

17 people including staff, family members residing inside Delhi BJP office test Covid-19 positive

Seventeen people, including staff and their family members living inside the Delhi BJP office, have tested positive for Covid-19 following which the premises will remain closed for sanitisation on Wednesday, party leaders said.
Delhi BJP media cell head Ashok Goel said no party leader or office has tested positive for Covid-19.
"All the staff members and their families who live on the Delhi BJP office premises were tested through rapid antigen test on Tuesday. Seventeen of them including a guard, a driver and two peons have tested positive," Goel said.

Uttarakhand: 1,391 new coronavirus cases, tally up at 34,407

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu tests positive for Covid-19

3,215 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala, CM says 'Some political parties trying to spread it'

SAI upgrades Covid-19 SOP

Athletes who get the nod to train at the restarted national camps will have to undergo 15-day self-isolation before joining in, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced on Tuesday, "upgrading" the Standard Operating Procedure to tackle the COVID-19 threat at its facilities.
A six-member committee, headed by SAI secretary Rohit Bharadwaj, had in May formulated the original SOP for resumption of sporting activities across the country. National camps have resumed for boxing, athletics, and badminton among others after over five months of a shutdown.
"The (upgraded) SOP is in continuation of the SOP released by SAI earlier, and includes procedural changes with regard to new trainees joining the training camps," a SAI statement read.

SAI upgrades Covid-19 SOP

Athletes who get the nod to train at the restarted national camps will have to undergo 15-day self-isolation before joining in, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced on Tuesday, "upgrading" the Standard Operating Procedure to tackle the COVID-19 threat at its facilities.
A six-member committee, headed by SAI secretary Rohit Bharadwaj, had in May formulated the original SOP for resumption of sporting activities across the country. National camps have resumed for boxing, athletics, and badminton among others after over five months of a shutdown.
"The (upgraded) SOP is in continuation of the SOP released by SAI earlier, and includes procedural changes with regard to new trainees joining the training camps," a SAI statement read.

Jammu and Kashmir 1,329 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 56,654

Manipur record 239 new coronavirus cases, toll at 47

Delhi Covid-19 tally up at 2,25,796 with 4,263 new cases

Delhi sero-survey in August finds no antibodies in 30% of recovered Covid-19 patients

A sero-prevalance survey conducted in the first week of August in Delhi has found that 79 of the 257 people who recovered from Covid-19 did not have antibodies against the virus.
About 15,000 representative samples were taken in the August 1-7 survey from 11 districtsand testedfor antibodies (IgG) against the virus.
Blood samples of 257 people who had tested Covid-19 positive earlier and then recovered, were also taken during the survey to test if they had antibodies.
Seventy-nine of these people did not have the antibodies against the virus, according to its report of the August serological survey.

Chandigarh reports 347 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 8,592

Delhi Assembly's main hall sanitised after 2 MLAs test Covid-19 positive

Delhi Assembly's main hall has been thoroughly sanitised and those who came in contact with the two Covid-19 positive legislators have been asked to take preventive measures, officials said on Tuesday.
Two AAP MLAs, who tested negative for Covid-19 when they underwent the mandatory rapid antigen test on Monday ahead of the one-day session, attended the proceedings but later left the House after reports of their previous RT-PCR test came positive in the evening, they said.
"The Assembly hall has been sanitised thoroughly. All the members and officers who came into contact with MLAs Vishesh Ravi and Parmila Tokas have been advised to take adequate precautionary measures," a senior official of the Delhi Assembly secretariat said.

Surat: 2 diamond units sealed, another partially, after Covid-19 cases found

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has sealed two leading diamond polishing units and a part of another unit after 19 workers were found to be infected by coronavirus, a civic official said on Tuesday.
The SMC had carried out rapid antigen tests of workers of polishing units in Katargam locality, a diamond industry hub.
Tests found out on Monday that 16 employees at HVK Diamond, two workers of SRK House and one at Diamond House had contracted the virus.

No shortage of medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients: Health Ministry

The Health Ministry on Tuesday clarified that there is no dearth of medical oxygen in the country, in wake of reports about its scarcity, and in fact, there is a surplus of thousands of metric tonnes.
Medical oxygen is used for oxygen therapy in hospitals, and it is considered on par with a drug or a pharmaceutical product.
According to the ministry, over six per cent of coronavirus patients currently require oxygen. As many as 3.69 per cent are on oxygen support, 2.17 per cent were on ICU beds (with oxygen) and 0.36 percent were on ventilator support (with oxygen).

Germany boosts own vaccine makers in race for Covid-19 jab

Germany says it is providing up to 750 million euros ($892 million) to support three domestic pharmaceutical companies that are developing vaccines against the new coronavirus.
Science Minister Anja Karliczek said Tuesday that the government has already agreed to provide BioNTech and CureVac with 375 million euros and 230-million euros respectively to develop their mRNA-based vaccines.
Talks with a third company, IDT Biologika, are expected to conclude soon, she said. The company is developing a vector-based vaccine that delivers a coronavirus protein into cells to stimulate the body's immune response.
The agreement with the three companies, which is tied to specific milestones, would guarantee Germany 40 million doses of vaccine. The amount comes on top of other vaccine supply agreements concluded through the European Union, of which Germany is a member.

Himachal Pradesh records 143 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 10,000

100 paramilitary personnel died due to Covid-19

A total of 100 paramilitary personnel have died due to the coronavirus in the country so far, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the data in respect of state police personnel who died due to Covid-19 is not maintained centrally.
Of the 100 deaths reported, as on September 10, as many as 35 were from the CRPF, 24 from CISF, 23 from BSF, seven from ITBP, six from SSB and five from Assam Rifles, he said replying to a written question.

Covid-19: Uttarakhand govt asks Centre for 10,000 oxygen cylinders

With Covid-19 cases steadily on the rise, the Uttarakhand government on Tuesday asked the Centre to provide 10,000 oxygen cylinders to help the state be ready to deal with any emergency situation.
Though there is no shortage of oxygen at present, the request for 10,000 oxygen cylinders has been made to keep ourselves prepared to deal with any situation in future, Health Secretary Amit Negi said.
The oxygen cylinders will be installed at the Covid care centres in the state, he said.

Himachal reports four more Covid-19 deaths

Himachal Pradesh recorded four more deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the toll linked to the disease to 85 on Tuesday, officials said.
The new fatalities, reported since Monday night, were reported from Kangra, Shimla, Mandi and Solan, Special Secretary, Health, Nipun Jindal said.
Solan accounts for 19 of the total Covid-19 deaths in the state, followed by Kangra (18), Shimla (13), Mandi (nine), Una (eight), Sirmaur (six), Hamirpur and Chamba (five each), and Kullu and Bilaspur (one each).

Coronavirus pandemic pushed 37 million into extreme poverty: Gates Foundation

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed almost 37 million people into extreme poverty besides reversing the progress made in the health sector for past several decades, a report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Tuesday. It said the "widest-ranging catastrophe" - the one that has hit every country regardless of the actual spread of the disease - is economic.
Citing a projection by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the report said the global economy will lose $12 trillion or more by the end of 2021 despite spending of $18 trillion in trying to stimulate growth around the world.
The annual 'Goalkeepers report' by the Foundation primarily analyses progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations in alleviating poverty and address health issues.

Active cases 1/5th of total Covid-19 cases in India: Health Ministry

The number of active Covid-19 cases under medical care are one-fifth (1/5th) of the total number of coronavirus cases reported in the country, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
"The active cases under medical supervision are one-fifth of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country. There are 14 states/UTs having less than 5,000 active cases. There are 18 states/UTs having active cases between 5,000 to 50,000. Only four states/UTs are having more than 50,000 cases," Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry said during a press conference addressing the coronavirus situation in India.
"Five states account for 60 per cent of the active cases in the country. A total of 29.3 per cent active Covid-19 cases are concentrated in Maharashtra, 9.9 per cent in Karnataka, 9.4 per cent in Andhra Pradesh, 6.8 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 4.7 per cent in Tamil Nadu, rest 39.6 per cent from other states," he added.

Three Covid-19 vaccines at clinical trial stage in India: Balram Bhargava

Prof (Dr.) Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR said, "3 vaccines at clinical trial stage in India. Cadila and Bharat Biotech have completed phase-I trials. Serum Institute has completed phase II-B3 trials, and will start phase-III trial (with 1500 patients at 14 locations) after clearances."

India's Covid-19 positivity rate at 8.4%: Health Min

UP records highest 113 fresh coronavirus deaths

Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike in Covid-19 deaths with 113 people succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, raising the total fatalities due to it to 4,604, said officials.

The number of people testing positive for the infection on Tuesday stood at 6,895, taking the overall figure 3,24,036, they said.

"The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 67,335 while 2,52,097 people have recovered till date. The death figure in the state has reached 4,604," Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters here.

'Excellent safety' of 2 indigenous Covid-19 vaccines revealed during Phase-I trials: Minister

Phase-Iclinical trials have revealed "excellent safety" of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed byBharatBiotechin collaboration with ICMR andCadila Healthcare Ltd and theirimmunogenicity testing is now in progress, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Their phase II clinical trials are going on, Choubey said in response to a question on the present status of the vaccine programme/clinical trials for Covid-19 undertaken by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and other private research centres in the country.
Choubey further informed that discussions on collaborations on the recombinant vaccine developed by Russia are ongoing.However, no formal studies have been initiated.

As Covid-19 cases spike, MP Assembly session to be curtailed

The duration of the next week's Madhya Pradesh Assembly session has been reduced to one day from three days as decided earlier due to rise in the Covid-19 cases, an official said on Tuesday.
The proceedings will be conducted in the presence of the minimum number of MLAs required for the quorum, he said. Pro-tem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma said 40 MLAs have tested positive for coronavirus so far while the number of new cases in the state is rising. These decisions were taken at an all-party meeting held here, said the official of the MP State Assembly Secretariat.
As per the initial schedule, the session was supposed to be held between September 21 and 23.

WHO praises AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial pause

A World Health Organization official on Tuesday said that the decision by AstraZeneca to pause global trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine after an unexplained illness showed the firm was prioritising safety.
"This is what we want to see with trials, it is a well-run trial. Safety is always critical, it is crucial and they have looked at that in an appropriate manner," Margaret Harris told journalists in Geneva.
Asked to react to experimental Covid-19 vaccine use in China and Russia, she said: "The WHO would like to see vaccines go head to head so we can have clear information and to see these results against each other."

India's Covid-19 recovery rate rises to 78.28%

India's Covid-19 recovery rate has risen to 78.28 per cent as a total of 38,59,399 people have recuperated, exceeding theactive cases of coronavirus by 28,69,338 as on date, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
There are 9,90,061active cases of Covid-19 in the country which comprise 20.08 per cent of the total caseload, according to the Health Ministry data updated at 8 am.
Close to half (48.8 per cent) of the active cases are concentrated in three states -- Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Kerala and Telangana contribute close to a quarter (24.4 per cent) of the active cases, the ministry said.

Reports of oxygen shortage in Covid hospitals a matter of concern: Mayawati

BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of oxygen shortage in Covid-19 hospitals in various states, including Uttar Pradesh, and asked the Centre to take immediate steps in this regard.
In a tweet, Mayawati said, "In the ongoing fight against corona pandemic in the country, after PPE kits, now especially in hospitals of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra, the shortage of oxygen is a matter of extreme concern.
"In such a situation, the Centre should immediately take effective steps so that the rising cases of deaths from corona can be prevented," she said.

Nearly half of all active cases in 3 states: Govt

An official statement by the ministry said close to half (48.8 per cent) of the active cases are concentrated in three states:

Andhra Pradesh

Covid-19 toll rises to 41 in Ladakh, 74 new cases

The coronavirus toll in Ladakh rose to 41 on Tuesday with another death, while the number of cases climbed to 3,419 with 74 new infections, officials said.
There are 903 active cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), out of which 486 are in Leh and 417 in Kargil. As many as 2,475 patients have recovered, the officials said.
Out of the 74 new cases, 56 were in Leh and 18 in Kargil, taking the total to 3,419, the officials added.

Maharashtra police record 371 fresh Covid-19 cases; eight fatalities

As many as 371 personnel of Maharashtra police tested positive for coronavirus, while eight succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, an official said on Tuesday. A total of 19,756 personnel of the state police have contracted the infection so far, of which 202, including 20 officers, have died since the viral outbreak, the official said.
While 15,830 policemen have recovered from the disease, 3,724 are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals, he said.

Covid-19 battle far from over, Harsh Vardhan tells RS

Sounding a note of caution, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the battle against Covid-19 is far from over, at a time when India's total tally has neared the five million-mark.
"I would urge all Members of Parliament that the coronavirus battle is still far from over. On one hand, when we are in an Unlock stage to revive the Indian economy, and have a balanced approach, it is important that sustained community support is ensured to control the spread of the virus and break its chain of transmission," Vardhan said in the Upper House.

India's role in production of Covid-19 vaccine critical in containing pandemic: Bill Gates

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has said India's willingness to play a "big role" in manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine and allow it to supply to other developing countries will be a critical part in containing the pandemic globally.
In an exclusive interview to PTI, Gates, whose foundation is focusing on fighting the pandemic, called it the "next biggest thing" the world has been confronted with after the World War.
The Microsoft co-founder said the world is looking to India for large scale production of Covid-19 vaccine once it is rolled out.

Scheduled tribe panel asks Odisha to submit report on Covid-19 spread among PVTGs

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has sought a report from the Odisha government after six members of two primitive tribes in the state contracted the Covid-19 disease, officials said. According to media reports, one member of the Bonda tribe and five from the Didayi tribe tested coronavirus positive in August end.
The commission said it is a matter of grave concern and the chief secretary, Odisha, should submit a factual report and an action taken report by September 25. Besides Bonda and Didayi, there are 11 more particularlyvulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs) in Odisha which arecharacterized by declining or stagnant population, low level of literacy, pre-agricultural level of technology and economic backwardness.

Rajasthan reports 799 fresh Covid-19 cases, 7 more deaths

Rajasthan recorded 799 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the state's tally to 1,04,937, while seven more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,257, according to a health department bulletin.
Of the total cases, 17,468 people are under treatment. So far, 84,688 people have been discharged after recovery, the bulletin said.
Jaipur has reported the maximum number of deaths so far at 302, followed by 123 in Jodhpur, 96 in Bikaner, 88 each in Kota and Ajmer and 73 in Bharatpur.

UK jobless rate rises for first time since Covid-19 lockdown

Britain's unemployment rate rose for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began in March but data published on Tuesday also suggested the increase in joblessness was, so far at least, not surging.
The unemployment rate increased to 4.1% in the three months to July from the 3.9% it had clung to since early 2020, in line with the median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists.
The government's huge coronavirus job subsidy scheme, which is now being wound down, has prevented many layoffs. Experimental figures showed the number of staff on company payrolls fell by a monthly 36,000 in August.

UN Secy-General urges global community to assist WHO's fight against Covid-19

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the global community to support the UN system, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in particular, in its effort against the coronavirus pandemic.This summer, the United States formally notified Guterres of its intention to withdraw from the WHO in July 2021, after repeatedly criticising the organisation's pandemic response.
Earlier in September, the US Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus expressed the belief that the WHO "failed badly" not only regarding the coronavirus but in its response to other health crises in recent decades.
Ortagus slammed the WHO for declining to adopt reforms and failing to demonstrate its "independence from the Chinese Communist Party."

Tripura's Covid-19 tally rises to 19,718 with 531 fresh cases

At least 531 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Tuesday, pushing the tally in the state to 19,718, a health department official said.

The death toll rose to 207 with seven more fatalities, he said.

West Tripura district, which also comprises state capital Agartala, accounted for 115 of the 207 coronavirus deaths, the official said.


Nepal to resume domestic flights from September 21

The Nepal government on Tuesday announced its decision to allow resumption of domestic flights and long-haul public transportation services from September 21 onwards, after a hiatus of nearly six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government had suspended these services in the wake of the pandemic in late March, reports Xinhua news agency.


40 lakh people kept under surveillance as part of Covid contact-tracing: Centre

Around 40 lakh people have been kept under surveillance as a part of the contact-tracing efforts in the country and 5.4 crore samples were tested for coronavirus till September 10, Union minister Ashwini Choubey told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The minister of state for health said there were 15,290 COVID-treatment facilities with 13,14,171 dedicated isolation beds till September 10. There are also 2,31,269 oxygen-supported isolation beds and 62,694 ICU beds (including 32,241 ventilator beds).


Pakistan reopens schools, universities after near-5 month Covid-19 break

After a break of nearly five months, Pakistan on Tuesday began its phased reopening of schools, in view of the falling number of new cornavirus cases in the country.

While high schools, colleges and universities reopened on September 15, classes VI to VIII would start from September 23. Primary school will start from September 30, officials said.

Covid-19 testing is about 1 million tests per day: Health Minister in Rajya Sabha

Over 88,000 Covid-19 cases reported at US varsities, colleges

More than 88,000 coronavirus cases and at least 60 deaths were reported in universities and colleges across the US, a survey has revealed.

The New York Times survey of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities was published on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the survey, most of those deaths were reported in the spring and involved college employees and not students.

Covid-19 fatality and recovery rates stand at 1.67% & 77.65% respectively: Health minister in Rajya Sabha

Demand made in RS for using term physical distancing instead of social distancing

A demand was made in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday for using the term 'physical distancing' for fighting COVID-19 on the grounds that the use of the term 'social distancing' was promoting social stigma of coronavirus patients and their families.

Agreeing to the suggestion, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said an appropriate term should be used and suggested 'safe distancing'.

In a special mention made in the Upper House, Trinamool Congress leader Shantanu Sen said the term 'social distancing' is regularly used to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Odisha reported 3,645 new Covid-19, 3,382 recoveries

Telangana's Covid-19 tally breaches 160,000 mark

Telangana's Covid-19 tally crossed 1.60 lakh with the state adding 2,058 new cases in the last 24 hours, health officials said on Tuesday.

With 1,60,571 cases, Telangana overtook Bihar to have the eighth highest numbers in the country.

10 more people succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll in the state to 984. The case fatality rate in the state stands at 0.61 per cent against the national average of 1.64 per cent.

799 new Covid-19 cases reported today in Rajasthan

1,739 new Covid-19 cases in Thane, tally crosses 147,000

Thane has reported 1,739 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of infections in the Maharashtra district to 1,47,841, officials said on Tuesday.

The district also reported 28 deaths due to Covid-19 on Monday, pushing the toll to 3,949, they said.

Cumulative total of 5,83,12,273 samples have been tested up to Sep 14

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 5,83,12,273 samples have been tested up to September 14 with 10,72,845 samples being tested on Monday.

India is at the number one position in terms of the number of recovered coronavirus cases followed by Brazil and the US, according to theJohns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world.


Covid-19 case fatality rate recorded at 1.64%

The Covid-19 case fatality rate recorded at 1.64 per cent.

There are9,90,061active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 20.08 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Andhra Pradesh reports fewer Covid cases at 7,000 as recoveries outnumber

Andhra Pradesh has registered fewer new Covid cases than usual with 7,956 infections, increasing the state's tally to 5.75 lakh, even as the 9,764 recoveries outnumbered new cases on Monday.

As usual, East Godavari district reported the highest number of cases with 1,412 infections, followed by West Godavari district (1,091), Nellore (756), Chittoor (748) and Guntur (666) among others.

Uttarakhand govt has asked for 10,000 oxygen cylinder, which will be installed in Covid care centres

176 new cases push Arunachal's Covid-19 tally to 6,298

The Covid-19 tally in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 6,298 as 176 more people, including nine security personnel, have tested positive for the disease, an official said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 11 in the northeastern state after a 50-year-old man, who was working at a primary health centre near here, succumbed to the infection, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.

Israel set to impose second lockdown from September 18 as Covid-19 cases surge

Israel to set to impose a national lockdown for the second time beginning from September 18, in view of the surge in coronavirus cases in the country.

According to The Times of Israel, Israeli ministers on Sunday approved a three-week national lockdown as the country is reporting around 4,000 COVID-19 cases everyday. The new lockdown is set to begin over the upcoming Jewish holidays.

Covid updates | AstraZeneca vaccine trial in US on hold until midweek: Report

AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine trial remains on hold in the United States pending a US investigation into a serious side effect in Britain even as other trials of the vaccine resume, sources familiar with the details told Reuters.
AstraZeneca on Saturday said it had restarted its trial in Britain after regulators completed their review of a serious side effect in one trial participant there.

Covid not the only infectious disease scientists are trying to find a vaccine for. Here are 3 others

Research groups across the globe are rightly racing to find a vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
While it’s not surprising all eyes are on this vaccine race, Covid-19 isn’t the only disease for which scientists are currently trying to find a vaccine.
Let’s look at three others. 

Covid-19: Tata Steel to pay Rs 235-cr bonus to employees for FY20

Tata Steel said it will pay Rs 235.54 crore in bonus to its employees for FY2019-20.
"Rs 235.54 crore bonus declared for accounting year 2019-20. Despite a difficult year due to Covid-19, Tata Steel honoured its 3-year commitment to ensure complete bonus payment to employees," the company said.

Rising Covid, non-Covid claims a double whammy for general, health insurers

General insurers and standalone health insurers are facing a double whammy. With exponential rise in coronavirus-positive cases, reported Covid claims have topped 200,000, worth over Rs 3,000 crore, and are set to rise further as cases explode. Furthermore, non-Covid claims, which were muted in the initial months of the pandemic, have also picked up pace and are more or less at pre-Covid levels.

SC to organise workshop to create awareness during Covid-19 pandemic

The Supreme Court is organising an interactive workshop on Tuesday to ensure overall wellness and to create awareness amongst its officers, Registry officials, advocates and litigants to enable them to deal with the strain, fear and anxieties induced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: Opec sees weaker outlook as demand falters, shale recovers

Opec downgraded its outlook for the global oil market a few days before ministers meet, amid faltering demand and signs of a recovery in supply from US shale drillers.
The figures raise questions about the group’s decision to ease production cuts last month. The Opec added 760,000 barrels a day to global markets in August, just as its analysts were revising down demand for its crude by more than 1 million barrels a day.

Covid impact | Gyms open after six months but the road to recovery looks painful

For months, gym owners in Delhi had been urging the Centre to allow them to resume business. They got the green light on August 3, but the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, headed by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, overruled the decision because of the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Covid lockdown: Rahul Gandhi launches fresh attack on Centre over migrant workers' death, job losses

Rahul Gandhi launched an attack on the Centre following a written reply by the Ministry of Labour and Employment on Monday, in which it had said that the government has "no such data available" on the number of migrant deaths or the job losses.

India's coronavirus case tally crosses 49-lakh mark

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot maker PSA revise merger terms due to Covid-19 crisis

Peugeot maker PSA and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said on Monday they had restructured the terms of their planned merger to conserve cash, and also stepped up the promised levels of cost cutting during the continuing pandemic.

Coronavirus updates | Agra reports 111 fresh cases

The continuous surge in fresh cases of Covid-19 in the Agra region is causing alarm, as life is struggling to return to normalcy. The rail transport has resumed and preparations are going on to welcome tourists at the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort from September 21.
While Agra reported 111 fresh cases, Mathura reported 66, Firozabad 71, Mainpuri 42, Etah 9, Kasganj 17.
Two deaths have been reported from Mathura. In Agra, the death toll has gone up to 115

Rs 5,462 lakhs released to help artists during Covid: Culture Ministry

A total of Rs 5,462.69 lakhs in funds had been released under several Central government schemes to help the artist community during the COVID-19 pandemic phase, according to the Union Ministry of Culture.
According to the written reply given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the zonal cultural centres (ZCCs) also provided financial assistance of Rs. 927.83 lakhs to the artists during this phase.

Job losses in white and blue collar workers amid Covid-19 pandemic

In today's Business Standard Opinion piece, Mahesh Vyas writes that "the biggest loss of jobs among salaried employees was of “white-collar professional employees and other employees”. Among these are engineers including software engineers, physicians, teachers, accountants, analysts and so on, who are professionally qualified and are employed in some private or government organisation. This does not include similarly qualified persons who run their own practice as these are classified as “qualified self-employed professional entrepreneurs”. 

Indore covid tally reaches 17,547 with 386 new cases

With the highest single-day spike of 386 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, Indore has reported total 17,547 cases, said the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in a bulletin.
With four more fatalities reported yesterday, the death toll reached 467 in Indore.

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 29.1 million: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 29.1 million, while the deaths have increased to over 927,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 29,182,198 and the fatalities rose to 927,015, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,553,303 and 194,489 respectively, according to the CSSE.

Three Delhi MLAs test positive for Covid

Three MLAs were found positive for Covid-19 in the tests conducted at Delhi's Legislative Assembly.
The MLAs found Covid-19 positive are Girish Soni, Pramila Tokas and Vishesh Ravi.
According to Delhi Assembly Speaker, Ram Niwas Goel, till date, three AAP MLAs and a journalist have tested positive for coronavirus. Besides this three staff members of the Assembly also found positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Nepal to resume domestic flight operations from Sept 21

Nepal will be resuming both domestic flights and inter-district vehicular movement from September 21, said Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Covid updates | 5,83,12,273 samples tested up to 14th September

5,83,12,273 samples tested up to 14th September for #COVID19, of these 10,72,845 were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Covid-19 impact: WFH turns out cheaper and greener for IT companies

What does work from home (WFH) in the times of Covid-19 and hiring locally have to do with carbon emissions of top tier IT companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS, and Tech Mahindra? And why does carbon footprint matter for their business? Indirect emissions account for a major chunk of emissions by Indian IT firms. Business travel and commutation, together, are a key reason for it.  Read more

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

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

2,540 new corona cases in Kerala, no schools in Sept-Oct: Pinarayi Vijayan

As many as 2,540 new coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala on Monday, even as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ruled out the reopening of educational institutions either in September or October.
Vijayan also slammed the violation of Covid-19 protocols by vested interests, asserting that it won't be tolerated.

Concern should be Covid-19 death toll, not the number of cases: Delhi CM

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said the coronavirus death rate in the national capital is perhaps the lowest in the world and the concern should be the number of deaths

Pune coronavirus update: District records 2,481 Covid cases; 79 more die

Pune district reported 2,481 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 2,27,307 on Monday, a health official said.
The death toll increased to 5,222 with 79 more patients succumbing to the infection during the same period, he said.

Odisha to close down coroanvirus care centres, homes due to nil occupancy

The Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha Government has decided to close the COVID Care Centres (CCCs), Temporary Medical Centres (TMCs) and COVID Care Homes (CCHs) across the State due to nil occupancy.
Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, PK Mohapatra in an official letter to all Collectors, District Magistrates and all Municipal Commissioners stated that "The occupancy in TMCs and CCHs is virtually nil. Hence, these facilities should be immediately closed down."

Covid's worst impacts on poverty yet to come, says UN expert

The United Nations independent expert on poverty has warned that the worst impacts from the coronavirus pandemic on poverty are yet to come, and that measures taken by governments to protect people so far have been insufficient.

No data on deaths of labourers during migration due to lockdown: Govt

The government does not have data regarding the number of migrants who died or were injured during migration to their native places due to the lockdown, Union minister Santosh Gangwar told the Lok Sabha on Monday.
"No such data is available," the Labour Minister said in a written reply.

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tests positive for Covid-19, self-isolates

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said he has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a tweet, the 48-year-old AAP leader said he has gone into self-isolation.
Earlier in the day, he did not attend the one-day session of the Delhi Assembly.

Pakistan's economy shows momentum as coronavirus cases taper off

Pakistan is showing signs of business activity picking up at a faster clip, as worries about new coronavirus infections fade in an economy that contracted for the first time in seven decades.
Evidence of momentum returning can be seen from growing cement-to-fuel sales and demand for home appliances to cars. 
Click here to have a look at sectors where activity is ticking and why.

Covid-19 pandemic: Air France's survival is 'guaranteed,' says govt

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he would guarantee the survival of Air France after his Dutch counterpart warned more cost cuts may be needed to get through the deep industry slump.
France will “do what is necessary to guarantee the survival of Air France,” Le Maire said Monday on France 2 television. “We’ve already done a lot, and we will continue.”

AstraZeneca-Oxford's coronavirus vaccine trials resume in Brazil

Clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University resumed in Brazil on Monday after the country's health regulator got confirmation over the weekend that its British equivalent MHRA had approved the restart, a company representative said.

Not enough Covid-19 vaccines for everybody till 2024 end: Adar Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, has warned that it will take at least four years to make enough Covid-19 vaccines for the entire world.
He added that the long wait was due to the fact that pharmaceutical companies were not ramping up their production levels quickly enough to vaccinate the global population in less time.

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

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday termed the reported oxygen shortage in Jammu hospitals amid the Covid-19 pandemic worrisome and claimed that nothing substantial was being done to alleviate the problem, a party statement said.
Replying to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Abdullah said the situation is reportedly quite worrisome particularly in the wake of the alarming spike in Covid-19 cases during the past one week.

Apple to upgrade two of its vital hardware lines beyond iPhone today

The release of a new iPad and Apple Watches will correspond with the rollout of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 software updates this month.

Covid tests in Delhi highest in the world, says CM Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the corona tests conducted in the national capital is highest in the world with 3,057 tests conducted here per day per million population.
He said that the Delhi Model is being discussed across the world due to various measures taken by the government.

Karnataka: Covid recoveries outnumber new cases

With 8,865 persons getting discharged on Monday, recoveries outnumbered 8,244 new Covid cases across Karnataka, while 119 succumbed to the dreaded virus in the last 24 hours

Telangana's daily coronavirus case count drops with weekly dip in tests

The daily count of Covid cases in Telangana dropped to 1,417 with the weekly dip in testing level.
Like every weekend, the authorities conducted fewer tests, resulting in the drop in cases during the last 24 hours ending 8 pm Sunday.
The new cases pushed the tally to 1,58,513 while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 974. 

Jharkhand MLAs being tested for coronavirus ahead of monsoon session

Covid-19 tests are being held in Jharkhand assembly ahead of monsoon session which is slated to start from September 18.
Assembly Speaker Ravindranath Mahto has called for mandatory coronavirus test. Only those with negative test result will be able to attend the session.

World Lymphoma Awareness Day: Covid-19 can be fatal for lymphoma patients

Patients suffering from lymphoma, and having low levels of immunity, are considered among the groups at high risk of contracting Covid-19, and even falling prey to the deadly virus, say doctors.
No study has exactly pinpointed the exact adverse impact of Covid-19 virus on lymphoma/cancer patients but it is widely accepted that they are among high-risk groups.
On the eve of World Lymphoma Awareness Day, the focus is on means to protect those who are at risk of infections, and its adverse effects, medical experts say. Read more here

Parliament monsoon session: 27 MPs test positive for Covid

As many as 17 members of the Lok Sabha and eight from the Rajya Sabha have tested positive for coronavirus in tests carried out before Parliament met for its monsoon session Monday morning.

Covid-19 impact: India's economy to contract 9% in FY21, says S&P

S&P has revised the rate of fall in gross domestic product (GDP) to nine per cent for the current fiscal year from the 5 per cent it estimated earlier.
It assessed that impact of the rising Covid-19 cases on private spending and investment will be for a longer period than what was expected earlier. 

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