Coronavirus India Updates: India’s total coronavirus caseload rose to over 12.3 lakh (12,38,635) on Thursday after 45,720 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. As many as 1,129 people succumbed to the virus, bringing the death toll to 29,861. After 28,472 patients were reported cured/discharged since yesterday, the total recoveries have risen to 7,82,606.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) has dropped to 2.41%. Case Fatality Rate for COVID-19 is calculated by taking the ratio of the total number of deaths occurring due to the virus to the total number of cases. Follow Coronavirus India LIVE Updates
On Thursday, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally reached 1,27,364 with 1,041 fresh cases, with death toll mounting to 3,745.
While national attention has been turned to the fight against COVID-19 in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh, which have been known to have very high caseloads, the disease has become widespread in relatively smaller states as well.
Goa, Tripura, Manipur, Puducherry, Ladakh, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu, all have a significantly large number of Coronavirus cases, and in some of these, the numbers continue to rapidly rise. Lakshadweep is the only region, which is yet to report a single case.
A look at the top developments today:
All existing demand for Shramik trains met, last one operated on July 9: Railways
The Railways Thursday said it has met all the existing demand of states for Shramik Special trains to ferry stranded migrant workers home, with the last service being operated on July 9.
Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said a total of 4,615 Shramik Special trains have been run since May 1, taking over 63 lakh people home during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Railways started Shramik Specials on May 1 to transport stranded migrant workers to their native states after thousands tried to reach home on foot due to the lockdown.
The Ministry of Railways has said it subsidised the ticket prices for migrant workers by agreeing to pay 85 per cent, while state governments have been asked to pay the remaining 15 per cent.
Sonu Sood joins hand with SpiceJet bring back 1,500 Indian students from Kyrgyzstan
SpiceJet on Thursday said it will operate nine charter flights in association with bollywood actor Sonu Sood to repatriate over 1,500 Indian students from Kyrgyzstan during the next two months.
“SpiceJet operated the first charter flight from Bishkek (capital of Kyrgyzstan) to bring back 135 students to their hometown of Varanasi today,” the airline said in a press release.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“SpiceJet…will operate nine charter flights to evacuate over 1,500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan for over two months. This special repatriation mission…has been undertaken by SpiceJet in association with film actor Sonu Sood,” the press release noted.
Over 7.88 lakh Indians have returned under Vande Bharat mission: MEA
Over 7.88 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
Under the Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat mission, a total of 1,197 flights have been scheduled so far, including 945 international flights and 252 feeder flights, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.
“These flights are operated by the Air India group, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir. They cover 29 countries. They will be reaching 34 airports in India,” he said.
Of these, 694 flights have reached India as on July 22, repatriating nearly one lakh people so far, he said.
Phase 4 is expected to continue until August 2, by which time around 80,000 more people are expected to return, Srivastava said.
84 personnel deployed in TN Raj Bhavan test COVID positive
Eighty-four security and fire services personnel deployed in Raj Bhavan have tested positive for COVID-19 but none of them came into contact with Governor Banwarilal Purohit or senior officials, PTI reported.
As few men posted at Raj Bhavan showed symptoms, testing was done for 147 personnel and 84 of them, comprising security and fire service staffers, were found positive for coronavirus, a Raj Bhavan release said.
“All these persons were further investigated and now have been quarantined by the health department.
All these persons were working on the outer side of Raj Bhavan like the main gate and not in the main building,” the release said, adding none of them came into contact with governor Purohit or senior officials.
“As a precautionary measure, the whole area of Raj Bhavan including offices have been disinfected and sanitised by Corporation health authorities.
The construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya will bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over 12 lakh across the country so far, Madhya Pradesh Assembly Protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma said. “He (Lord Ram) had reincarnated for the welfare of mankind and to kill demons at that time. As soon as the construction of Ram Temple begins, the destruction of the COVID pandemic will begin too,” Sharma was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “Not only India but the entire world is suffering due to coronavirus. We are not only maintaining social distancing but also remembering our holy figures. The Supreme Court has order that Ram Temple will be built,” he added.
Siddaramaiah demands judicial probe into alleged irregularities in COVID management
Alleging large-scale corruption in COVID management in Karnataka to the tune of at least Rs 2,000 crore, former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge.
The government, however, dismissed the charges saying no irregularities have taken place.
“The total money spent on COVID management is Rs 4,167 crore whereas state Health Minister B Sriramulu says only Rs 324 crore has been spent. Equipment and materials were purchased double or triple the existing cost.
“At least Rs 2,000 crore has been pocketed by the ministers and officials,” PTI quoted him as saying.
He demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the high court.
Recovered Delhi cop tests positive again, raises question if COVID-19 can reinfect
The case of a Delhi policeman having a relapse of the novel coronavirus has baffled experts and the doctors treating him and has raised the question whether a recovered patient can contract the infection again.
The policeman, 50, had tested positive for the virus in May and was treated at the Indraprastha Apollo hospitals between May 15 and 22. Thereafter, he had tested negative and resumed duty.
However, on July 10, he again felt unwell with a fever and dry cough and got himself tested on July 13.
The report came positive through the rapid antigen test as well as the RT-PCR test, said Dr Rajesh Chawla, Senior Consultant, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Apollo Hospitals.
The policeman, who has no other underlying ailment, complained of chest pain on July 16 and was admitted to the hospital, the senior doctor said, adding that he is stable and his vitals are being monitored.
Israeli team working with DRDO to develop rapid COVID-19 testing to come to India on special plane
In an effort to jointly combat the novel coronavirus, Israel Thursday said it will send to India on board a special flight a research team which has been working with the Indian side to develop a rapid testing kit for COVID-19 which can give a result within 30 seconds.
A special planned flight from Tel Aviv to New Delhi is set to carry a high ranking Israeli defence ministry research and development team which has been working with India’s chief scientist K VijayRaghavan and Defence Research and Development Organisation to develop rapid testing for COVID-19 in under 30 seconds, it said.
Merging Israeli technology with Indian development and production capabilities aims to allow a swift resumption of normal life alongside the virus, the Israeli Embassy said.
School lessons to be televised from August 1 in Tamil Nadu
The lessons for school students in Tamil Nadu are to be televised from August 1 through 14 channels, said state Education Minister K A Sengottiyan on Thursday.
A decision on the syllabus and re-opening of schools would be decided by an 18-member expert committee, the Minister said at Nambiyur village in Erode district, where he inaugurated developmental works worth Rs 2 crore.
A total of 52 lakh students have been given laptops free of cost, he said, adding that the Chief Minister K Palaniswami has already inaugurated the televised classes.
Mumbai records 1,257 new coronavirus cases, 55 deaths
The tally of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai increased to 1,05,829 on Thursday with 1,257 new patients detected, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The death toll due to the pandemic in India’s financial capital rose to 5,927 with 55 patients succumbing, it said.
Durign the day, 1,984 COVID-19 patients were discharged from city hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients to 77,102.
The recovery rate of coronavirus patients in Mumbai has now gone up to 72 per cent from 71 per cent the day before, the BMC said.
There are 22,800 active cases in the city and 886 new suspected patients have been admitted to hospitals.
MP records 632 new COVID-19 cases; 10 die, 523 discharged
Madhya Pradesh reported 632 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the state-wide count to 25,474, while ten more patients succumbed to the infection, officials said.
With 10 more people succumbing to the viral infection, the death toll went up to 780, they said. Of them, four fatalities were reported from Bhopal, one each from Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Rajgarh and Satna, the officials said.
A total of 523 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 17,359, they said. The state now has 7,335 active cases.
Biggest single-day spike of over 5,000 COVID-19 cases in Karnataka
Karnataka on Thursday recorded a biggest single-day surge of over 5,000 cases and 97 related fatalities, taking the total number of people who tested positive for the virus to 80,863, the health department said.
The day also saw a record 2,071 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 5,030 fresh cases reported, a whopping 2,207 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.
As of July 23 evening, cumulatively 80,863 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 1,616 deaths and 29,310 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.
It said, out of 49,931 active cases, 49,291 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 640 are in ICU.
Record 1,078 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, 28 deaths
With a highest single-day spike of 1,078 cases, the coronavirus case count in Gujarat crossed 52,000 on Thursday, the state health department said.
While the number of cases reached 52,563, death toll due to the pandemic in the state rose to 2,257 with 28 patients dying since Wednesday evening, it said.
718 persons were discharged from hospitals in the state during this period, taking the total of recovered coronavirus patients to 37,958.
Kashmir imposes lockdown in 9 of 10 districts till Monday
Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Kashmir valley, authorities have imposed a complete lockdown in nine out of 10 districts till July 27. Officials added that a three-day relaxation period will be provided before Eid, which will be celebrated on August 1.
“Complete lockdown in all Red districts (excluding Bandipora) of Kmr Div from today evening till 6 am on 27-7-2020. Agri/ horti & constr activities to continue as per DMRR guidelines. Movement of goods carriers/ LPG & Oil tankers to continue unhindered,” the Department of Information and Public Relations tweeted.
16,000 citizens enroll as civil police wardens to combat COVID-19 in Bengaluru
Responding to Bengaluru City Police Commissioner’s call for civil police wardens in the city, over 16,000 people have joined the force, as on Wednesday.
Of these, most volunteers are deployed at check-posts and for police station works, Isha Pant, DCP, Command Centre said. Further, others accompany policemen for night patrolling exercise too.
Mumbai: 5 arrested for selling Remdesevir, Tocilizumab injections on black market
Thane police on Wednesday arrested five persons in connection with black marketing of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections, used in COVID-19 treatment.
The accused, police said, had been selling the drugs at higher rates on the black market. While the market price of Remdesivir is Rs 5,400 and Tocilizumab Rs 30,500, the accused were planning to sell the two drugs for Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively, police added.
The Maharashtra Home Minister had earlier directed the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to take action against anyone found selling the drugs at a higher rate.