Coronavirus India Updates: For the first time in five days, India reported less than 70,000 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, with total infections rising to 36,91,167, including 65,288 deaths. In the last 24 hours, India recorded 69,921 cases and 819 death. At present, 7,85,996 people are undergoing treatment for the disease while 28,39,883 people have been discharged. The tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.
The recovery rate in India has risen to 76.94 per cent while the Covid-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.77 per cent. The active cases of coronavirus infection in the country comprises 21.29 per cent of the total caseload, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
Five states — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh — have accounted for over half of the total COVID-19 cases and close to 60 per cent of the recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. Cumulatively, these five states reported 536 deaths in a day which is over 65 per cent of the total fatalities registered in the country during the period.
Here are the coronavirus news from across the country:
Andhra records 10,368 fresh COVID-19 cases
Maintaining its steady streak for the seventh consecutive day, Andhra Pradesh reported 10,368 fresh cases of Covid-19, pushing its overall tally further up to 4.45 lakh on Tuesday. The states Covid-19 chart now showed 4,45,139 total cases, 3,39,876 recoveries and 4,053 deaths. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, 10,368 new positive cases were detected from 59,834 tests while 9,350 patients got cured and 84 more succumbed, the latest bulletin said. Government data revealed that between August 1 and 31, a total of 2,84,562 coronavirus cases were reported in AP, 2,53,912 patients had recovered and 2,562 died. The number of active cases went up by 28,088 during the period.
Amid pandemic, Tripura to hold assembly session in September
The Tripura Assembly will hold its next session within September in the Assembly house, following social distance norms, Assembly speaker Rebati Mohan Das said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Das said the Assembly has permanent seats which can accomodate 100 MLAs and since the House has only sixty, business could be safely conducted in the Assembly house, maintaining distance more than the usual social distancing norms.
“We have 60 legislators in the state. After visiting the Assembly, our Parliamentary Affairs minister Ratan Lal Nath and we found that the session can be conducted maintaining distance more than the usual social distancing norms,” he said.
The schedule of the session will be fixed during Business Advisory Committee ( BAC) meeting that will be conducted at the earliest.
“Many states have limited their Assembly sessions within one or two days in this Covid-19 pandemic. We are thinking to conduct the session for one day, but if it is necessary, it can be extended to two-three days,” Das told the media.
The state has cut down its budget session from five days to two days in March due to spread of coronavirus. The state got total 12156 Covid-19 cases of whom 7847 were recovered. Total 116 Covid-19 patients died while two others died by suicide. Four MLAs of the state were affected by coronavirus till date including BJP legislator Rampada Jamatia, Ashish Kumar Saha, Mimi Majumder and ruling ally IPFT MLA Dhananjay Tripura. (Report by Debraj Deb)
Record 3,331 COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand push tally to 41,769; 13 more die Ranchi
Jharkhand registered its highest single-day spike of 3,331 COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally in the state on Tuesday to 41,769, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 423 after 13 more people — six in Jamshedpur and four in Ranchi — succumbed to the infection, he said. Jamshedpur also recorded the maximum number of new cases at 630, followed by Koderma at 310, Ranchi at 292, Seraikela at 227 and West Singhbhum at 210. Jharkhand currently has 14,176 active coronavirus cases, while 27,180 people have recovered from the disease.
Haryana adds nearly 30,000 COVID-19 cases in Aug, an 85% jump
With coronavirus infections witnessing a spike in many northern districts, Haryana added nearly 30,000 patients to its COVID-19 tally, a jump of 85 per cent, during August, an analysis of data provided by the state government shows. On July 31, the total number of cases in the state was 34,965 which soared to 64,732 by August 31, the day which also saw the highest single-day spike of 1,450 cases. A total of 29,767 cases were added to the tally, while the number of fatalities rose from 421 to 689, the state health department data showed. Also, during the month, recovery rate improved slightly from 80.73 per cent on July 31 to 81.37 per cent on August 31, while fatality rate dropped to 1.06 per cent now from 1.20 per cent at the end of July. The doubling rate of coronavirus infection too went up from 25 to 34 days while tests per million being conducted rose from 24,165 to 45,370 during the same period. Faridabad and Gurgaon, the two hardest-hit districts of Haryana falling in the National Capital Region, saw a decline in the growth in the number of new cases. But instances of the infection more than doubled in some other districts, particularly in the northern region of the state, during the past month.
Delhi govt’s next round of sero-survey begins; to be done ward-wise
The national capital’s next round of monthly sero-prevalence survey began on Tuesday covering all 272 municipal wards to analyse the COVID-19 situation in Delhi at “micro-level”, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. The sample size this time will be 17,000 and the exercise will be carried out for seven days, he told reporters. The last sero-prevalence survey was held from August 1-7, which showed that 29.1 per cent of the people surveyed had antibodies against the coronavirus infection. “The fresh round of sero-survey began today. This time we will be doing it ward-wise, so all 272 municipal wards of Delhi will be covered, plus two Assembly areas. Sampling will be done for a week. After that, results should come in 7-10 days,” Jain said. The previous surveys were done district-wise. But this time, it is being done ward-wise to analyse the COVID-19 situation in the city at a “micro-level”, the Delhi health minister said.
In the fourth phase of Unlock, Indian Railways is planning to introduce more special trains with the consent of state governments following a green signal from the Home Ministry. However, the new lot of special trains will be introduced in batches and full resumption of normal services in a pre-Covid scale is still a long way away.
If some states, especially Opposition-ruled ones, do not agree to more inter-state trains, the Railways plans to run more trains on routes that do not touch those states. The existing 200-odd special trains have been witnessing an average of 75 per cent occupancy.
Railway officials in charge of train operations at zonal and divisional levels are holding parleys with states to chalk out a final plan, sources said. An official said the number of additional special trains being mooted is “over 100”. The list has been prepared keeping the prevailing demand in mind on a number of certain routes. Trains to and from Bihar and those connecting Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and Gujarat have been showing healthy occupancy consistently, officials said.
Pune has been reporting the largest number of cases every day, between 2,000 and 3,000, for the last couple of weeks. District officials say this was the result of enhanced testing, and it was only normal that the cases would rise because of that, before stabilising, and hopefully, reducing.
A recent serological survey in Pune had revealed that in some pockets of the city, more than 50 per cent of the people might already have been infected with the disease, though most of these were asymptomatic cases and were never detected. This is the highest disease prevalence detected in any city through serological surveys. More than 50 per cent prevalence in a population group would imply a slowdown in the transmission rate, meaning fewer people should be getting the infection every day. This slowdown is still to begin in the Pune city, however.
Not all who recovered from Covid had antibodies
The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) did not find antibodies in the blood of 97 out of 208 people who had previously tested Covid positive during its July sero survey, a finding the organisation said indicates that immune response generated by the virus may be “transient in nature”.
The NCDC, which comes under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, also observed in its sero-survey report that immune response among Delhi’s population may be “short lived” as the city has a large floating population from places such as Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad.
JEE (Main) begins from today
After being postponed twice, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is being held on Tuesday across India. While today is the BArch exam, a vast majority of students will appear for exams from tomorrow onwards when BTech entrance exams will take place.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exam is being conducted amid special arrangement, from no shoes with thick soles to mandatory masks at exam hall – several arrangements have been made by the NTA. Over 10 lakh masks, 10 lakh pairs of gloves, 1,300 infrared thermometer guns, 6,600 litres of hand sanitiser and an equal amount of disinfectant liquid, 6,600 sponges, 3,300 spray bottles and 3,300 cleaning staff have been arranged at an additional cost of almost Rs 13 crore. The exam will be conducted at 660 centres across the country, which was increased from 570.
Meanwhile, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to postpone JEE Main examination for students residing in flood-affected areas in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. However, it said that students residing in flood-hit areas can approach the National Testing Agency (NTA), if they were unable to reach the exam centre or reached late. The court asked NTA to check the veracity of the claims and decide their representation within 15 days.
Bengal’s Covid-19 discharge rate improves to 82.49%
The discharge rate of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal rose to 82.49 per cent after 3,318 patients recovered from the disease on Monday. A day before, the discharge rate was close to 82 per cent. As many as 1,34,270 people have recovered from the disease in the state which has 1,62,778 infections as of now. The death toll has risen to 3,228 and the number of active cases is now 25,280.
UP govt should provide insurance cover to all journalists: Priyanka
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday urged the Uttar Pradesh government to provide insurance cover to journalists, asserting that they were performing the important duty of providing information amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Her appeal comes after the death of a young journalist due to COVID-19. “A very sad news. Neelanshu Shukla, a young journalist from Lucknow, is no more. He was battling COVID-19 since many days,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a Facebook post in Hindi.
Paying tributes to Shukla, the Congress general secretary said he was a talented journalist. May God give courage to his family to bear the suffering in this hour of grief, she said. “I raised this issue earlier as well that journalists are performing the important work of providing information in times of (the coronavirus) crisis,” Priyanka Gandhi said. “The UP government should provide financial help to Neelanshu Shukla’s family and insurance cover to all journalists,” she said.
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