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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: 26 fresh cases push tally in Andamans to 3,186

Coronavirus (COVID-19) India News Live Updates: Globally, over 25 million have been infected with the novel coronavirus till now. While 861,668 while succumbed to the virus, over 17 million have recovered so far.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune | Updated: September 4, 2020 6:05:02 am
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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India’s Covid-19 tally continued to rise on Thursday after over 83,000 fresh cases were registered in a single day. While the overall figure stood at 3,853,406, the death toll also increased from 66,333 to 67,376, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As part of Unlock 4.0, metro services will resume across the country, except Maharashtra, in a graded manner between September 7 and 12, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said Wednesday, urging commuters to follow Covid-19 restrictions and “name and shame” those violating them.

Meanwhile, some 500 regular trains will be discontinued and 10,000 stops across the Indian Railways’ network will be erased in a new timetable for operations that will be adopted once the pandemic ends and services return to normal

Globally, over 25 million have been infected with the novel coronavirus till now. While 861,668 while succumbed to the virus, over 17 million have recovered so far.

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Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Over 83,000 cases in 24 hours; overtally tally above 3.8 million; more than 1,000 deaths in single day; nearly 26 million infected worldwide. Get latest updates here.

06:05 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Randeep Guleria advises hefty fines for no masks, aggressive testing

As Delhi gears up to restart Metro services in the capital, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, who has been part of the government’s core committee in formulating policies for management of Covid-19, has advised hefty fines for not wearing masks and continuing to focus on aggressive testing.

“We have to develop strategies, both in terms of increasing awareness in public and seeing how we can take measures so that even if people behave a certain way, what can we do to prevent crowding and the spread of infection. It becomes more important with the lockdown coming down and opening of Metro. The virus is looking to survive and infect more and more people,” he told The Indian Express. Read more

06:04 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Delhi mohalla clinics now Covid testing centres

Mohalla Clinics in Delhi will soon be turned into Covid-19 testing centres between 2 pm and 6 pm each day, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain told The Indian Express Thursday. The decision has been made to meet the target of conducting 40,000 tests per day, which was set by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as cases in the city have started increasing again after a dip for around three weeks. On Thursday, the city recorded the highest single-day spike in 67 days as 2,737 new cases were reported. Over 32,800 tests were conducted in the same period. The death toll in the city mounted to 4,500 with 19 more deaths recorded. Read more

11:40 (IST)03 Sep 2020
26 new cases push Covid-19 tally of Andamans to 3,186; death toll mounts to 47

The coronavirus tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,186 on Thursday as 26 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 47, a health official said. Four new patients have travel history, while 22 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said. Forty-four more people were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 2,758, the official said. There are now 381 active Covid-19 cases in the islands, he said.

11:13 (IST)03 Sep 2020
VIDEO | 'How Do We Write Exams Wearing Masks and Gloves?': JEE- NEET Aspirants

Around 9.53 lakh students have registered for JEE (Mains) while 15.97 lakh have registered for NEET. Safety, transportation and difficulty in writing exams wearing PPE are what is worrying students.

11:11 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Demand to shut Uttarakhand Secretariat after Covid cases

In view of virus cases in the Uttarakhand Secretariat, the State Secretariat Association has demanded that the Chief Secretary should completely shut down the secretariat for a week, ANI reported. Two sections and seven offices of Secretariat were sealed after a few positive cases were reported.

10:59 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Covid-19 will push 47 million more women, girls into extreme poverty by 2021: UN

The Covid-19 pandemic will disproportionately affect women and push 47 million more women and girls into extreme poverty by 2021, reversing decades of progress to lift this demographic above the poverty line, according to new data released by the UN. The new analysis by the UN Women and the UN Development Programme said the Covid-19 crisis will dramatically increase the poverty rate for women and widen the gap between men and women who live in poverty. The poverty rate for women was expected to decrease by 2.7 per cent between 2019 and 2021, but projections now point to an increase of 9.1 per cent due to the pandemic and its fallout.

10:45 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Mumbai: Ganeshotsav idol immersions dip by 32%, lower noise levels recorded this year

The number of idol immersions in Mumbai dipped by 32 per cent compared to last year, as Ganeshotsav ended on Tuesday. The civic body recorded 1.35 lakh immersions, out of which 70,233 idols were immersed in artificial lakes, a two-fold increase from last year. Last year, 1.96 lakh immersions were recorded, out of which 33,925 idols were immersed in artificial lakes. The civic body set up 168 artificial ponds across the city, five times more than last year. In addition, there were 37 mobile immersion sites. Muted celebrations and no processions – due to the Covid-19 pandemic – also led to a dip in noise levels during Ganesha festival, according to NGO Awaaz Foundation, which advocates against noise pollution in the city.

10:23 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Bombay HC permits Parsis to offer annual prayers with restrictions

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed Parsis to hold prayers on Farvardegan at Doongerwadi, Malabar Hill, which houses the Tower of Silence, with strict conditions and by following Covid-19 protocols. The court said not more than 200 people will be allowed throughout the day on September 3 and not more than six persons from the community and two priests for five pavilions, measuring 600 to 800 sq ft, will be allowed per hour between 7 am and 4.30 pm. A division bench of Justice R D Dhanuka and Justice Madhav J Jamdar passed an order in response to a plea filed by Viraf Mehta, trustee of Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP), through advocate Prakash Shah seeking permission to hold annual prayers for the dead at Doongerwadi in Mumbai. Shah referred to the Supreme Court order that allowed the reopening of three Jain temples in Mumbai for the Paryushan period and said Parsis in Mumbai should also be allowed to hold annual prayers for the dead on September 3.

 
10:16 (IST)03 Sep 2020
40 scientists from IITs, TIFR issue statement, seek an end to large-scale lockdown

Forty scientists from across four Indian Institutes of Technology in Bombay, Madras, Kanpur and Delhi, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) among others, have issued a joint statement Wednesday calling for “an immediate end to the large-scale lockdown as an ongoing Covid-19 management strategy”. The Covid-19 pandemic, the scientists said, should be addressed as a public health concern rather than a law-and-order problem. “While Covid-19 is an important and new health concern, we cannot afford to ignore equally important other health concerns for so many months: child vaccinations, surveillance of infectious diseases, reproductive health care for women, management of heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, TB, etc all of which are immense problems by themselves,” the statement stated.

10:14 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Dilip Kumar's brother Ehsan Khan dies due to Covid-19

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar's younger brother Ehsan Khan succumbed to Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to the Bollywood star's family friend, Faisal Farooqui. He was 90. The cinema icon's two brothers, Ehsan Khan and Aslam Khan were admitted to Lilavati Hospital on August 15 after they complained of breathlessness and eventually tested positive for the virus. While Aslam Khan, 88, passed away on August 21, Ehsan Khan breathed his last late Wednesday night due to coronavirus.

10:03 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Unlock 4.0: Surge in Mumbai road traffic as curbs on travel, office attendance relaxed

Mumbai witnessed an expected surge in vehicular traffic as private offices opened up to 30 per cent of their capacity and inter-district travel norms were eased under the fourth phase of relaxation from the Covid-19 lockdown, which came into effect from Wednesday. Senior police officials said more people turned out on the roads Wednesday as compared to the last working day of the previous week. “We did not take any action against motorists Wednesday as it was the first day of the new unlock guidelines. We decided to observe the movement of traffic instead,” Pravin Padwal, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said. Motorists are still allowed only to take their vehicles to shops within their neighbourhoods, Padwal said. “They can only take their vehicles out for valid reasons.”

09:38 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Covid-19 tally in India rises to 3,853,406


India's Covid-19 tally continued to rise on Thursday after over 83,000 fresh cases were registered in a single day. While the overall figure stood at 3,853,406, the death toll also increased from 66,333 to 67,376, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

09:28 (IST)03 Sep 2020
11,72,179 samples tested for Covid-19 in single day: ICMR

A total of 4,55,09,380 samples were tested for Covid-19 till September 2. Of these, 11,72,179 samples were tested on Wednesday.

08:53 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Option to book Covid test on call discussed by L-G and Kejriwal

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, has asked the Delhi government to explore the possibility of setting up a helpline where people can call and book appointments for tests so that more people are encouraged to come forward. Sources said the suggestion was made while discussing ways to increase testing in the city, as the number of new cases are on the rise. Last week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the government had set a target of 40,000 tests per day, up from an average of around 20,000 per day. The number has since been increasing slowly and on Wednesday, 28,000 tests were conducted. The suggestion was made at a meeting the L-G held with Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria and Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev.

08:46 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Delhi AIIMS suspends OPD services for 2 weeks, will focus on Covid cases

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has put a halt to Out Patient Department (OPD) services in general and private wards for two weeks starting Wednesday to reserve beds for patients requiring hospitalisation. These beds will be reserved for seriously ill, emergency/semi-emergency Covid patients in light of the spike in infections over the last week. “Once we again see the flattening of curve or decrease in the number of cases, we will start the routine surgeries. If you do routine work and have a lot of Covid cases, then the risk of routine patients getting Covid also goes up,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS director.

08:44 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Gurgaon: 33 inmates test positive for virus at Bhondsi Jail

Over 30 inmates at the Bhondsi prison in Gurgaon have tested positive for coronavirus this week, said officials from the prison on Wednesday. The prison has around 2,200 inmates. According to prison officials, while 15 people tested positive on Tuesday, another 18 tested positive on Wednesday. All of them have been moved to the isolation facility at the Government College in Sector 9.

08:34 (IST)03 Sep 2020
500 trains, 10,000 stops could go in ‘reimagined’ post-Covid timetable

Some 500 regular trains will be discontinued and 10,000 stops across the Indian Railways’ network will be erased in a new timetable for operations that will be adopted once the pandemic ends and services return to normal. The Railways expect to increase their annual earnings by more than Rs 1,500 crore through this new “zero-based timetable”. This estimated extra earning will come without having to raise fares or other charges – it will be a byproduct of the timetable, and will happen as a result of operational policy tweaks, according to internal projections of the Ministry of Railways. The new timetable will make room to run 15 per cent more freight trains on exclusive corridors at higher speeds. The average speed of passenger trains is projected to increase by around 10 per cent across the network.

00:13 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Noida MLA Pankaj Singh undergoing COVID-19 treatment at AIIMS: Report

The condition of the BJP's Uttar Pradesh vice-president and Noida MLA Pankaj Singh, who is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS here after testing positive for COVID-19, is stable, sources told PTI Wednesday.

The 41-year-old politician, who is the son of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Tuesday said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and urged people who recently came in contact with him to get themselves tested for the infectious disease. "On getting the initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got myself tested and the report has come positive. I have got myself hospitalised on the advice of doctors. I request that all of you, who have come in contact with me in the last a few days, please isolate yourself and get your inquiry done," Singh tweeted in Hindi.

He had in March isolated himself as a precautionary measure after it emerged that he was in a room for a press conference with Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jay Pratap Singh, who was in a party in Lucknow with singer Kanika Dhillon who was COVID-19 positive.(PTI)

22:13 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Record 116 Covid deaths in Punjab; 1514 cases

The novel coronavirus toll in Punjab rose to 1,618 on Wednesday with a record 106 more deaths, while 1,514 new cases took the tally to 56,989, the Health Department said.

There are 15,629 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 39,742 people have recovered so far, with 1,595 more patients recuperating from the pathogen, according to a medical bulletin.

Ludhiana registered the highest number of 242 COVID-19 cases, followed by 171 in Jalandhar, 163 in Bathinda, 160 in Patiala, 112 in Mohali, 99 in Amritsar and 64 in Faridkot. The total number of infections rose to 56,989, including 1,618 deaths, it said. (PTI)

22:12 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Beijing to permit international flights from Thursday after 6 months

The Chinese capital is opening up to international travel after a gap of six months following the COVID-19 pandemic with an official announcement saying that flights from eight countries, including its 'all-weather ally' Pakistan, would be permitted from Thursday.

Beijing, which banned all international flights from March 23, on Wednesday announced plans to resume direct international flights beginning Thursday, signalling that the pandemic has been contained in the city, the Associated Press reported.

Flights connecting Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan in Asia; Greece, Denmark, Austria and Sweden in Europe and Canada in North America -- countries with relatively small numbers of imported cases -- will resume.

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Coronavirus LIVE News updates

The Centre is mulling extending the MGNREGA, the world’s biggest jobs programme, to urban areas due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has rendered millions unemployed.

“The government has been considering this idea since last year… the pandemic gave a push to this discussion,” Sanjay Kumar, a joint secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. He added that it is likely to be rolled out in smaller cities with an initial cost of around Rs 350 billion ($4.8 billion).

Meanwhile, one-fifth of Chennai has been exposed to the novel coronavirus, according to a sero survey conducted by the National Institute of Epidemiology. The study said “around 80 per cent of the population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection in Chennai”, and there is a “need to understand the reasons for varying seroprevalence across zones to improve our control measures”.

“The reading (inference) is (that) 21.5 per cent of Chennai’s population reached the immunity levels by July-end,” GCC commissioner G Prakash said. “Now, the (immunity) levels will be more and it would also mean (comparatively) lower transmission rate.”

At 23.7 per cent, the female group thus had higher seroprevalence than the male group’s 19.3 per cent, the survey reported.

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