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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi’s Covid-19 tally crosses 2.6 lakhs; CM Kejriwal says second wave hit peak in city

Globally, over 31.7 million people have been infected while 975,163 have succumbed to the virus. Also, 21,889,533 people have recovered so far.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 25, 2020 9:28:08 am
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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The Covid-19 tally in India zoomed past 5.7 million after over 86,000 fresh cases were registered within a single day. The death toll also climbed from 90,020 to 91,149 during the same period, latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare suggested.

However, India’s recovery rate continued to improve as the country’s daily recovered cases exceeded the daily infections for the sixth consecutive day. The total Covid-19 recoveries have surged to 46.7 lakh exceeding active cases by more than 37 lakh. Nearly 74 per cent of the new Covid-19 recoveries are from 10 states and UT, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, UP, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

A coronavirus vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson started phase-3 clinical trials in the United States on Wednesday, becoming the fourth company to reach this stage. The candidate vaccines of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna are already undergoing phase-3 trials in the US, though there is a pause on the AstraZeneca trials for the time being.

Globally, over 31.7 million people have been infected while 975,163 have succumbed to the virus. Also, 21,889,533 people have recovered so far.

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23:39 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi in ICU as oxygen levels drop

Three-time former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, 85, has been moved to the ICU of the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) after he suffered a drop in oxygen levels on Thursday morning, days after testing negative for Covid-19.

Gogoi’s oxygen level had dropped to 82 in the morning. However, authorities and family members say the level has recovered now to 92-93 with support and he is “stable”.

“He is medically stable. For precaution, he has been moved to the ICU,” Gogoi’s son and MP Gaurav Gogoi told The Indian Express. Read more

20:22 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Delhi: 3,834 fresh cases push coronavirus tally to 2,60,623; death toll mounts to 5,123

With 3,834 fresh coronavirus cases, Delhi's infection tally breached the 2.60-lakh mark on Thursday, while the death toll mounted to 5,123, authorities said. Thirty-six fatalities due to COVID-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours. The infection tally in the national capital now stood at 2,60,623.

According to the Delhi government's health bulletin, 59,183 tests -- 9,814 RTPCR/CBNAAT/True Nat tests and 49,369 rapid antigen tests -- were conducted.

The number of containment zones was now 2,059. (PTI)

20:06 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Rajasthan: Record 1981 new COVID cases

Rajasthan recorded the highest single-day spike of 1,981 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 1.23 lakh on Thursday, the Health Department said. The death toll from the pathogen rose to 1,397 with 15 more fatalities. There are 18,993 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 1.01 lakh people have recovered so far, according to the bulletin.

Out of the 1,981 new infections, 381 were in Jaipur, 308 in Jodhpur, 133 in Bhilwara and 103 in Udaipur. Ninety-two more people contracted the disease in Alwar, followed by 91 in Jalore district, it said.

The total number of people infected is 1,22,720, the department said. (PTI)

19:32 (IST)24 Sep 2020
J&K: 1,104 new cases recorded, tally rises to 68,614

Jammu and Kashmir records 1,104 new Covid-19 cases, 22 more deaths. Infection tally rises to 68,614, death toll now 1,084. There are 19,451 active cases of the disease in the state.

18:55 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Mamata announces grant of Rs 50,000 to each Durga Puja committee of Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced a grant of Rs 50,000 to each Durga Puja committee in the state.

"Due to the COVID pandemic, it has been a tough time for all of us. We have decided to provide Rs 50,000 grant to each Durga Puja committee of the state. We have also decided that CESC and the state electricity board will give 50 per cent waiver for the puja committees," she said addressing the Durga Puja Coordination meeting.

Banerjee asked the committees to prepare open-air marquees in view of the contagion and ensure that pandal hoppers wear masks.

The chief minister also announced a one time grant of Rs 2,000 for 75,000 hawkers of the state as they had faced a difficult time due to the lockdown. (PTI)

18:40 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Second wave of Covid-19 hits its peak in Delhi: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the second wave of coronavirus pandemic has hit its peak in the national capital with experts hinting that the cases of infection will decline in the coming days. He said the government was "keeping its fingers crossed" and hoped that the Covid-19 cases will "gradually" come down due to the steps taken by the AAP dispensation.

"All the experts believe that the second wave (of coronavirus), which had come in Delhi, appears to have hit its peak. Now, the cases will come down in the coming days," Kejriwal told reporters. (PTI)

18:14 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Kerala records 6,324 Covid-19 cases

Kerala on Thursday recorded 6,324 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking its overall tally past 1.5 lakh. The total recovered cases recorded today were 3,168.

17:29 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Sikkim CM's son, 9 others at his residence test positive for COVID-19

Days after Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang's wife Krishna and some other family members tested positive for COVID-19, their son and SKM MLA Aditya has been diagnosed with the disease, state health secretary Pema T Bhutia said on Thursday. Nine more people at the chief minister's residence were also found to have contracted the infection.

Sources said the CM and his primary contacts had been undergoing COVID-19 tests at regular intervals.

Aditya, the SKM legislator from Soreng-Chakhung constituency, had attended assembly session on September 21. (PTI)

17:08 (IST)24 Sep 2020
UP records 4,674 fresh COVID-19 cases, 67 more deaths

Uttar Pradesh's COVID-19 tally climbed to 3,84,277 on Thursday with 4,674 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 5,366 as 67 more people succumbed to the disease. The number of active cases in the state stands at 61,300, officials said.

"As many as 4,674 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the state in the past 24 hours," Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters here.

"While 3,17,611 patients were treated and discharged, the number of active cases in the state is 61,300. The death toll due to the infection rose to 5,366," he said. (PTI)

16:46 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Congress MLA Narayan Rao dies of Covid-19 in Bengaluru

Congress MLA B Narayan Rao, who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus, died on Thursday, the hospital in Bengaluru where he was admitted said.

The 65-year-old Basavakalyan MLA from Bidar district in North Karnataka was admitted on September 1 after being diagnosed with severe COVID-19 infection, Manipal Hospital Director Dr Manish Rai said in a statement. He passed away at 3.55 pm,it said.

Dr Rai said he was critically ill with multi-organ failure and on multiple supports including ventilator in the Intensive care unit under constant observation by an expert panel of doctors. (PTI)

16:05 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde tests COVID-19 positive

Maharashtra Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday said he has tested positive for coronavirus, and urged all those who came in contact with him to get themselves tested.

Shinde attended the state cabinet meeting earlier this week. He is the 13th state minister to be infected by the disease.

"I conducted my COVID-19 test yesterday and have tested positive. Health is fine thanks to the blessings of you all. Requesting all who came in my contact over the past some days to take proper care and get themselves tested," the minister tweeted.

15:22 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Tripura reports 451 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more fatalities

At least 451 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the tally in the state to 23,789, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 257 with seven more people succumbing to the infection, he said.

West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 142 of the 257 COVID-19 deaths, the official said

Tripura currently has 6,554 active coronavirus cases, while 16,955 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, the official said. (PTI)

15:14 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Uttarakhand eases coronavirus norms for tourists

The Uttarakhand government has eased coronavirus norms for tourists, exempting them from producing a negative test report on arrival. In a revised set of guidelines for tourists, Chief Secretary Om Prakash said it is not mandatory for them to bring coronavirus negative report before checking into a hotel or homestay.

Moreover, the requirement of a mandatory stay of a minimum two days in a hotel or homestay will also not be required anymore, he added.

However, it will be mandatory for tourists coming to the state by any mode of transportation to register on the Smart City portal prior to their travel, the latest set of directions that came into effect on Wednesday said. (PTI)

14:13 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Delhi: Manish Sisodia's condition stable, to undergo another test in couple of days

The condition of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a state-run facility here, is stable, and he will undergo another coronavirus test in a couple of days, officials said on Thursday.

He was admitted to the LNJP Hospital on Wednesday from being under home isolation after he had contracted the infection.

"He is still in ICU since yesterday (Wednesday), but his condition is stable. The minister has been put on oxygen support, and under constant observation," a senior doctor of the hospital said. "He will be administered an RT-PCR test in a couple of days," the doctor added. (PTI)

14:02 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Nuclear scientist Sekhar Basu dies of COVID-19

Veteran atomic scientist and former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr Sekhar Basu succumbed to COVID-19 early on Thursday at a private hospital here, a health department official said. He was 68. "Dr Basu was suffering from COVID-19 and other kidney ailments. He died at 4.50 am," the official told PTI.

A mechanical engineer, Dr Basu is revered for his contributions to the country's atomic energy programme. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2014. He had also pioneered the highly complex reactor for India's first nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant.

13:13 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Odisha logs highest-one-day spike of 4,340 COVID-19 cases, record 16 fatalities

Odisha on Thursday registered its highest single-day spike of 4,340 COVID-19 cases, which raised the tally to 1,96,888, while record 16 fatalities pushed the death toll in the coastal state to 752, a senior health department official said.

Of the 4,340 fresh cases, 2,517 were reported from various quarantine centres, and the rest were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Khurda, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, accounted for the maximum number of new cases at 653, followed by Cuttack at 567 and Puri at 203. Seventeen other districts recorded over 100 cases each in the last 24 hours. (PTI)

12:31 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Surat: Two private labs get closure notice for ‘bogus Covid reports’

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Wednesday slapped closure notice on two private laboratories — Hemjyot laboratory and Tejas laboratory — after a report in a local daily alleged that they were offering “bogus certificates” of rapid antigen tests without collecting samples. Following this, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday ordered the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani directed the state health department to conduct a state-wide investigation on private laboratories. When SMC health department officials carried out checks in the two labs, they found that Tejas, run by Dr Nandkishor Mangoli, had till date issued antigen test reports of nine persons and all were marked negative. Hemjyot run by Dr Nidhi Shah had till date done three antigen tests and all were negative.

12:20 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Justice Ashutosh Mohunta passes away battling Covid-19

Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, former acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and incumbent member of Punjab State Human Rights Commission, passed away on Wednesday. Battling with the coronavirus, he was admitted at Fortis Hospital in Mohali. He was 67 years old.

11:49 (IST)24 Sep 2020
46 new cases in Mizoram; tally rises to 1,759

Forty-six more people, including 14 BSF jawans have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, taking the state's coronavirus tally to 1,759 on Thursday, an official told PTI. Thirty-three cases were reported from Aizawl district, 11 from Lunglei and one case each was reported from Serchhip and Mamit districts, according to an official statement by the state Information and Public Relations department.

11:24 (IST)24 Sep 2020
DMDK founder Vijayakanth completely stable: Hospital statement

DMDK founder Vijayakanth, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, is "completely stable and expected to make a full recovery and should be ready for discharge soon," a medical bulletin released on Thursday said.

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The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which released a new set of guidelines for Covid-19 vaccines on Monday, also emphasized that the statistical range of efficacy (the ability to produce the desired outcome) in the human trials cannot be lower than 30 per cent.

The guidelines come several months after the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) released their own guidelines for Covid-19 vaccine approvals and draw from both documents, according to experts that have been closely tracking and involved in Covid-19 vaccine developments.

“To ensure that a widely deployed Covid-19 vaccine is effective, the primary efficacy endpoint point estimate for a placebo-controlled efficacy trial should be at least 50 percent, and the statistical success criterion should be that the lower bound of the appropriately alpha-adjusted confidence interval around the primary efficacy endpoint point estimate is (greater than) 30 percent,” stated CDSCO.

“What this essentially translates to is that the trial size has to be sufficient so that if the investigators get exactly 50 percent efficacy, we should have confidence that it will not be less than 30 percent,” said vaccine scientist and Christian Medical College, Vellore professor Dr Gagandeep Kang.

Meanwhile, marking its first big staff lay-offs since the Covid outbreak, the BCCI has decided to not renew the annual contracts of 11 coaches at its premier National Cricket Academy (NCA), including five retired India players —Ramesh Powar, SS Das, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Subroto Banerjee and Sujith Somsundar.

The Indian Express has learnt that former India captain Rahul Dravid, who had handpicked the team after taking over as Head of Cricket at NCA, informed the coaches last week about the termination of their services. Those who have been asked to leave include domestic stalwart Sitanshu Kotak.

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