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Coronavirus India August 5 Updates: Delhi records 1,076 fresh Covid cases, highest single-day deaths in TN

Wednesday marked the seventh consecutive day that Covid-19 cases increased by more than 50,000 in the country. Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the key states to watch.

A health worker sanitises the equipment at a gym in New Delhi, a day before it reopens after a period of five months, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Delhi recorded 1,076 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the national capital to over 1.4 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 4,044, authorities said. Eleven deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, as per the latest bulletin, which is the lowest number of Covid-19 fatalities reported in a day, since July 1. Also, Tamil Nadu reported single day highest Covid-19 deaths of 112, taking toll to 4,461 while 5,175 fresh cases push tally to 2.73 lakh, says the state government bulletin.

In the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, India reported 52,509 cases of the novel coronavirus and 857 deaths. This took the country’s tally to over 19 lakh cases (19,08,255), including 5,86,244 patients who are undergoing treatment for the disease, 12,82,216 who have recovered and 39,795 fatalities, the Union Health Ministry confirmed. Wednesday marked the seventh consecutive day that Covid-19 cases increased by more than 50,000 in the country.

Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the key states to watch, but smaller states like Goa, Tripura, Manipur and Puducherry are also have a significantly large spread of Covid-19. (Also read the latest on the Covid-19 vaccine front). The services sector is facing the brunt of the pandemic. From food to aviation, and IT to hospitality, the sector is still struggling to get back on its feet given physical contact is an intrinsic prerequisite. The sector is estimated to employ more than 33 per cent of the employed population and contribute over 55 per cent to the GDP.  Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was discharged from hospital after recovering from the disease. He had been admitted to Chirayu Hospital in Bhopal after he tested positive for the disease on July 25. He has reportedly been advised to remain at home for another seven days, during which his health will be monitored.

Meanwhile, global coronavirus cases rose to 18,466,594 Wednesday, with as many as 699,134 fatalities. At least 11,058,317 people have recovered from the disease so far, data by John Hopkins showed.

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22:07 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Andhra Pradesh's daily Covid-19 cases cross 10,000 mark after brief gap

The Covid-19 surge continued as Andhra Pradesh registered 10,128 fresh cases after easing a little in the last few days as the overall tally rose to 1,86,461 on Wednesday. After registering 10,000 plus cases for the third straight day on July 31, the state's daily count dipped till Tuesday with the fresh infections going below 9,000 mark on two days.

The fresh cases on Wednesday are just behind Maharashtra (10,309) even as AP remained in the top three states in the country behind Tamil Nadu in overall tally. The state also saw a record number of 77 coronavirus deaths in a day, pushing the toll to 1,681, the latest bulletin said.

In the last 24 hours ended at 10 AM, a total of 8,729 patients recovered from the infection, it said. The state now has 80,426 active cases after a total of 1,04,354 patients got cured and discharged so far. The infection positivity rate increased to 8.34 per cent after a cumulative number of 22,35,646 tests.

21:55 (IST)05 Aug 2020
93 more test COVID positive in Nagaland; tally rises to 2,498

The number of Covid-19 cases mounted to 2,498 in Nagaland on Wednesday after 93 fresh infections were detected, Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom said. "Ninety-three new positive cases have been confirmed out of 455 samples tested. Of them, 88 are from Dimapur and five are from Kohima," Phom said in a statement.

The state now has 1,804 active cases, while 685 patients have recovered from the disease, seven died and two migrated to other states, a health official said. Of the total caseload of 2,498, armed forces and paramilitary personnel accounted for 1,078 infections, while 1,045 were returnees and 167 were frontline Covid-19 workers, the official said. The remaining cases are traced contacts and others.


Dimapur, the state's commercial hub, has reported 51 per cent of the confirmed cases at 1,296, followed by 539 in state capital Kohima, 238 in Mon and 252 in Peren districts. The rest of the cases were registered in six other districts. Kiphire is the only corona-free district in the state.

20:53 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Maharashtra adds 10,309 cases; recoveries cross 3 lakh

Maharashtra reported 10,309 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 4,68,265 on Wednesday, while 334 patients succumbed to the infection, the state health department said. The state also reported the death of 334 more patients, taking the toll to 16,476, said a health official.

The tally of 10,309 coronavirus cases was one of the highest single-day detections so far, he said. Also, 6,165 patients were discharged from hospitals in the state, taking the number of recovered cases to 3,05,521, he said. With this, there are now 1,45,961 active cases in the state, the official said.

The BMC reported 1,125 cases in Mumbai, taking the cumulative figure to 1,19,240, while the Pune Municipal Corporation reported 1,282 cases, taking the total to 65,136. Maharashtra's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 4,68,265, deaths 16,476, discharged 3,05,521, active cases 1,45,961, people tested so far 24,13,510.

19:25 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Tamil Nadu reports single day highest Covid-19 deaths - 112, taking toll to 4,461

Tamil Nadu reports single day highest Covid-19 deaths of 112, taking toll to 4,461 while 5,175 fresh cases push tally to 2.73 lakh, says state government bulletin.

18:55 (IST)05 Aug 2020
1,076 fresh cases take Delhi tally to 1,40,232; death toll rises to 4,044

Delhi recorded 1,076 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the city to over 1.4 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 4,044, authorities said. Eleven deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, as per the latest bulletin, which is the lowest number of COVID-19 fatalities reported in a day, since July 1.

The death figures were revised multiple times by authorities in June. On Tuesday, the daily cases count had dipped to 674 and 12 deaths were recorded. The active cases tally on Wednesday rose to 10,072, from 9,897, the previous day. On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947, till date.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi stood at 4,033 on Tuesday. The Wednesday bulletin said the death toll from the coronavirus infection has risen to 4,044 and the total number of cases climbed to 1,40,232.

17:47 (IST)05 Aug 2020
India's Covid-19 recovery rate rises to 67.19 %; case fatality drops to 2.09%: Govt

A total of 51,706 patients have recuperated from Covid-19 in India in a span of 24 hours, the highest in a day, pushing the recovery rate to 67.19 per cent on Wednesday while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 2.09 per cent, the Union health ministry said. The recoveries have surged to 12,82,215 and are more than twice the active cases of the coronavirus infection, it said.

Due to the record highest daily recoveries, the active cases have reduced to 5,86,244 and comprise 30.72 per cent of the total Covid-19 caseload. 'With an increasing number of Covid-19 patients recovering, there has been a 63.8 per cent increase in the recovered cases in the last 14 days, indicating that the Covid-19 response and management driven by the Centre's 'test, track, treat', strategy is yielding the desired results,' the ministry said in the statement.

Coordinated implementation of the strategy by the Union and state and Union Territories governments has also ensured that the COVID-19 case fatality rate has been low when compared to the global scenario. 'It has been progressively falling and stands at 2.09 per cent as on date,' the ministry said. The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure by collective efforts of the public and private sectors has ensured the increasing recovery rate, which has improved from 63 to 67 per cent in the last 14 days, it said.

17:18 (IST)05 Aug 2020
20 fresh cases push Meghalaya's Covid-19 tally to 937

Meghalaya's COVID-19 caseload rose to 937 on Wednesday as 20 more people, including a BSF personnel, tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. East Khasi Hills district reported 19 fresh cases, while West Garo Hills registered one, he said. The fresh infections have pushed the number of active cases in the state to 594, while total recoveries rose to 338 as eight more people were cured of the disease, Health Services Director Aman War said, adding five COVID-19 patients have died so far.

East Khasi Hills district, under which Shillong falls, has 488 active cases, followed by Ri-Bhoi (51), East Jaintia Hills (17), West Jaintia Hills (16), West Garo Hills (15), West Khasi Hills (5) and South Garo Hills (2), he said. Four districts -- South West Khasi Hills and East, North and South West Garo Hills -- are coronavirus-free at the moment, War said.

Of the 488 active cases in worst-affected East Khasi Hills district, 240 are civilians, while 189 are Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and 59 are from the armed forces, he said. A total of 38,977 samples were sent for COVID-19 tests till Tuesday, and 25,218 people have returned to the state since the imposition of the nationwide lockdown, officials said.

16:48 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Military bands to perform across India for Independence Day, express gratitude to corona warriors

In a first, military bands will perform for a fortnight across the country ahead of the Independence Day celebrations on August 15, officials said on Wednesday. The bands of the army, navy and police have performed at Porbandar, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Raipur, Amritsar, Guwahati, Allahabad and Kolkata so far, they said.

“The performances are intended as gestures of gratitude and appreciation of the nation towards the corona warriors who have been steadfastly fighting to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country even at the risk of their lives,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. READ MORE

16:26 (IST)05 Aug 2020
BDR Pharma launches Favipiravir at Rs 63 per tablet in India

Drug firm BDR Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday said it has launched its antiviral drug Favipiravir for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in India at a price of Rs 63 per tablet. The company has also come up with a patient assistance programme which will allow patients and institutions who have limited resources to purchase the medicine at a highly subsidised rate, BDR Pharmaceuticals said in a statement.

BDR pharma has received an approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture Favipiravir to treat mild to moderate patients with COVID-19 symptoms. The drug has been launched under the brand name 'BDFAVI', it added. "BDR has been at the forefront in benefiting patients in this pandemic and supporting India's fight against COVID-19. This launch further strengthens our commitment to the patients to provide better outcomes for patients with mild to moderate COVID symptoms in India," BDR Pharmaceuticals CMD Dharmesh Shah said.

'The company has developed Favipiravir tablets in 200 mg strengths with a strip of 10 tablets, BDR Pharmaceuticals said.

15:47 (IST)05 Aug 2020
8-yr-old boy dies of COVID-19 in Andamans; 98 new cases reported

Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported the first death of a child due to COVID-19 as an eight-year-old boy succumbed to the infection on Wednesday, a health official said. The boy, who was a resident of Junglighat area of Port Blair, was suffering from diabetes. He died of COVID-19 at the G B Pant Hospital here, the official said, adding the fresh fatality has pushed the coronavirus death toll in the islands to 12.

Ninety-eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the Union Territorys caseload to 928, he said.Three of the new patients have travel history, while 95 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said, adding the number of active cases in the archipelago now stands at 639.

Fourteen more people have been cured of COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 277 in the Union Territory, he said. The administration had till Tuesday sent 25,034 samples for COVID-19 tests, of which 24,313 reports were received and 721 were awaited, the official added.

14:17 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Odisha: Cases cross 39,000 mark, toll now at 225

Odisha on reported 1,337 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking its tally to 39,018. The state reported nine new deaths taking its toll to 225. Ganjam district reported the highest number of cases (201), followed by Khurda (196), Cuttack (168), Sundergarh (83), Keonjhar (80), Gajapati (75), Puri (72) and Nayagarh (60).

14:14 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Goa: Doctor in-charge of Margao Covid-19 hospital replaced

The person incharge of the Covid-19 hospital in Goa's Margao has been removed for "negligence". The State Health department has transferred Dr Ira Almeida, who was heading the facility, after it was found that conditions at the hospital were not up to the mark. Almeida has been replaced by a senior doctor from the Goa Medical College, Dr Uday Kakodkar. Goa has reported around 7,000 cases of Covid-19 so far.

14:11 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Over 10,000 cops in Maharashtra now have Covid-19

Over 10,000 personnel of the Maharashtra Police have contracted the disease so far, while 107 have succumbed. "So far, 10,026 personnel have tested positive for Covid-19. Of them, 107 personnel, including 10 officers, have died," an official told news agency PTI. The official claimed over 50 per cent of the fatalities were from the Mumbai Police force.

12:55 (IST)05 Aug 2020
S P Balasubrahmanyam tests positive for Covid-19

Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam has tested positive for Covid-19. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai.

11:32 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Even smaller states have significantly large spread of Covid-19
The daily rise of Covid-19 cases in India

With novel Coronavirus spreading rapidly all over the country, there are only three states right now, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, that have less than 1,000 people infected with the disease. Lakshadweep, of course, still hasn’t reported even a single case till now, the only region in India entirely free of the epidemic.

Otherwise, even the relatively smaller states now have significantly large spread of the disease. Goa, for example, has seen more than 7,000 of its people infected by the virus till now. Tripura has over 5,500 cases, while Manipur has more than 3,000, and Nagaland a little less than 2,500. Puducherry has more than 4,000 cases, while even Daman and Diu has over 1,300 people infected. How did the infection spread so rapidly in these states? Read Amitabh Sinha's explainer

10:42 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan recovers from Covid-19, discharged from hospital

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19. He had been admitted to Chirayu Hospital in Bhopal after he tested positive for the disease on July 25. He has been advised to remain at home for another seven days, during which his health will be monitored, reports ANI.

10:06 (IST)05 Aug 2020
More than 19 lakh cases now, nearly 40,000 deaths

In the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, India reported 52,509 cases of the novel coronavirus and 857 deaths. This took the country’s tally to over 19 lakh cases (19,08,255), including 5,86,244 patients who are undergoing treatment for the disease, 12,82,216 who have recovered and 39,795 fatalities, the Union Health Ministry confirmed. Wednesday marked the seventh consecutive day that Covid-19 cases increased by more than 50,000 in the country. Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the key states to watch.

09:26 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Explained: How Covid-19 has helped the groundnut stage a comeback

As the novel coronavirus has forced Indians to eat more home-cooked food — eateries haven’t fully reopened, while the ban on weddings and social functions remains — it is also showing up in the pattern of edible oil consumption.

On the one hand, imports of palm oil —the predominant frying medium used by hotels, restaurants/dhabas, canteens and caterers as well as namkeen and mithai makers — have fallen by almost 40% year-on-year during April-June. On the other, oils directly used in home kitchens — whether soyabean and sunflower or indigenous mustard, groundnut, coconut and sesame — have reported no decline, if not increase, in consumption. Read Gopal B Kateshiya's explainer here

08:35 (IST)05 Aug 2020
The latest developments on the Covid-19 vaccine front

Here are the latest developments on the Covid-19 vaccine development front:

  • WHO asks Russia to follow regulations
  • Britain says won’t use Russian vaccine
  • Two Indian candidates complete phase-I trials
  • More than 160 vaccine candidates in pre-clinical or clinical trials
  • At least eight candidate vaccines being developed in India. Two of these have entered phase-I human trials.

Read our Covid-19 vaccine tracker here

08:03 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Global Coronavirus deaths near 700,000 mark

The number of global deaths is nearing the 700,000 mark, with 699,134 fatalities as of now. Global coronavirus cases rose to 18,466,594 this morning, with as many as 11,058,317 people recovering from the disease, data by John Hopkins showed.

Coronavirus India LIVE updates: Sanitation work at malls in Mumbai.

Coronavirus India Live News Updates:

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the state is facing a threat from coronavirus spread because of its highest population density, and hence, needs to remain alert. “There is definitely a threat to Bihar (from coronavirus) as our population density is highest in the country. It is three-fold of the national average and hence we need to remain alert and cautious,” Kumar said in the state assembly.

Meanwhile, West Bengal government revised the dates for the statewide lockdown, which will now be observed on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. The state BJP took a swipe at the Bengal government for “deliberately selecting” August 5 for the lockdown, when the ‘bhoomi pujan’ (groundbreaking rituals) for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is scheduled. It demanded that the TMC shift the date, as it did for the Eid festival, news agency PTI reported.

Also, on Monday, the UK government said that its new manufacturing agreement with the Mumbai-based global pharmaceutical Wockhardt will guarantee the supply of millions of more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine whenever it is ready.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed it has entered into an 18-month pact with the company to carry out the crucial “fill and finish” stage of the manufacturing process, which involves dispensing the manufactured vaccine substance into vials ready for it to be distributed.

Why the race for a Covid-19 vaccine is an unprecedented sprint

The moment China made the genetic code for the SARS-CoV-2 virus available in January, hundreds of companies and academic institutions rushed to develop a vaccine that would create an immune response against it. Today, with Covid-19 having spread across the world, even ravaging some countries, over 160 potential vaccines (that the World Health Organisation knows of) are in various stages of testing.

How many vaccines are being tested against Covid-19?

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 26 potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in various stages of human trials, while another 139 are still undergoing animal tests to understand whether they can be safely injected in humans.

However, experts tracking this space feel the number is conservative. This is the first time that a virus has garnered this much interest, they say. “The actual number of candidates will be as much as three times what WHO has listed,” said vaccine expert Dr Davinder Gill, also the former CEO of Hilleman Laboratories.

Surely enough, Covid-19 has attracted the largest number of vaccine candidates for a pandemic in the last few decades. Another interesting aspect to note is the speed with which the development has taken place. The effort hasn’t been limited to traditionally tried and tested technologies, but newer platforms as well that have never made it to market before.

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