Coronavirus India Updates: India has reported over one lakh cases in the past two days, taking the total tally in the country to over 19 lakh mark (19,08,255). In the last 24 hours, as many as 52,509 people have been infected and 857 have died. This is the seventh consecutive day when over 50,000 cases have been recorded. Of the total, 5,86,244 are active cases, 12,82,216 have recovered and 39,795 have succumbed to the pandemic.
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.
Here are the top coronavirus news from across the country today:
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.
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.
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.
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.
8-year-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.
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).
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.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan recovers from Covid-19, discharged from hospital
Chouhan was on Wednesday discharged from a Bhopal hospital after recovering from COVID-19. Doctors have advised him to remain under home quarantine and self-monitor his health for a week. He remained in the hospital for 11 days.
Chouhan, 61, who tested COVID-19 positive on July 25, had tweeted on Sunday that he was healthy and not showing any symptoms of the infection, adding he would be discharged if a sample collected for tests during the day returns negative.
Shivajirao Patil passed away early on Wednesday morning. The 91-year-old had recently recovered from the novel coronavirus, his family said. Patil was being treated in a private hospital in Pune after he had tested positive earlier last month. He had tested negative for the virus four days back. Sources close to the family said his demise was due to kidney-related complications. His last rites will be conducted in Nilanga later today.
As cases spike, Mizoram bans entry of paramilitary personnel till Aug 15
Keeping in mind the spike in coronavirus cases among the forces, the Mizoram government has decided not to allow paramilitary personnel enter the state till August 15. The decision was taken at a meeting between officials of the state government and the paramilitary forces on Monday, PTI quoted an official as saying. It was agreed at the meeting, which was chaired by Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, that a decision on allowing the security personnel to enter the state would be taken after August 15 based on the prevailing coronavirus situation, the official said.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to temporarily withhold inter-state movement of all paramilitary personnel during this month to contain further spread of COVID-19 in the state. “Considering the COVID-19 tally of the paramilitary forces, I am extremely perturbed about the propensity of the paramilitary forces turning out to be super-spreaders of COVID-19 in the State and therefore, I seek your kind intervention in issuing suitable orders,” Zoramthanga said in his letter.
Arunachal reports 32 new cases, total infections at 1,790
Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday reported 32 fresh COVID-19 cases including 13 security personnel, taking the northeastern state’s tally to 1,790, a senior health official said. Of the 32 new cases, eight were reported from Lohit district, Lower Siang (7), East Siang (4), West Kameng and Capital Complex three each, Changlang, Tirap and Papumpare reported two cases each and one from East Kameng district, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.
Weekly lockdown in West Bengal
Normal life was affected across West Bengal as a total lockdown was imposed in the state on Wednesday in the wake of a spurt in COVID-19 cases. It is part of the twice-a-week lockdown imposed in the state since July 23 to break the chain of the infection. Wednesday is the fourth lockdown day in a fortnight.
Police personnel were seen patrolling major traffic intersections in Kolkata. Public transport was off the roads and government and private offices, banks and commercial establishments, barring those engaged in essential services, were shut due to the lockdown.
UP minister Brajesh Pathak tests positive for COVID-19
Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Brajesh Pathak on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, and asked people who came in contact with him recently to get themselves tested as per norms.
“After symptoms of coronavirus, I got tested on advice of doctors. I tested positive for COVID-19. Those who came in contact with me in past few days are requested to follow government guidelines and quarantine themselves and get themselves tested,” Law minister Pathak said in a tweet.
Till Tuesday, COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh crossed the 1 lakh-mark while the death toll climbed to 1,817. UP minister Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Sunday.
Amitabh Bachchan calls home ‘a prison cell’
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is home quarantined after undergoing treatment for coronavirus at Nanavati hospital for three weeks, on Wednesday took to his blog to share how many thoughts have occupied his mind. “The mind revolves at greater speed than it did ever before,” he wrote in his blog on Wednesday.
Talking about the experience of staying away from his family while being so close to them, Big B shared on his blog, “And in the solitude of your own home.. no contact .. a prison cell where the visiting hours, often seen in films, occurs through glass shields and telephoned conversation .. to see and connect in hand actions .. they be family, just a few inches away, yet so far..”
WHO asks Russia to follow regulations; Britain says won’t use Russian vaccine
The World Health Organisation has cautioned Russia against rushing through with its novel Coronavirus vaccine. Russia has announced plans to approve a vaccine candidate being developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute by the second week of this month. It has also said that the vaccine would be in market by next month, and mass vaccinations would begin by October.
The superfast speed of development and approval has led to scepticism. “There are established practices and there are guidelines out… Any vaccine (or medicine) for this purpose should be, or course, going through all the various trials and tests before being licensed for roll-out,” Christian Lindmeier, a spokesperson for WHO, was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying in Geneva on Tuesday.
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