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Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala’s daily Covid case count crosses 30,000-mark, first time since May 20

Coronavirus India Highlights: Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said India has crossed the 600 million (60 crore) vaccination mark in the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 26, 2021 9:19:19 am
Kerala, Covid-19Kerala has recorded 31,445 fresh infections and 215 deaths. (File photo)

Coronavirus India Highlights: For the first time since May 20, Kerala reported more than 30,000 fresh cases on Wednesday. The southern state has recorded 31,445 fresh infections and 215 deaths. It now has 1.7 lakh active cases and the test positivity rate is at 19 per cent.

Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said India has crossed the 600 million (60 crore) vaccination mark in the country. He also added that the Centre has requested all states to try and get all school teachers vaccinated by September 5. “Besides the scheme of providing vaccines to every state this month, over 2 crore addl doses of vaccine are being made available. We’ve requested all states to try to get all school teachers vaccinated on priority, by 5th Sept – Teachers’ Day,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, India recorded 37,593 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The data till 8 am on Wednesday also stated that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has climbed to 3,25,12,366 and the death toll has reached 4,35,758. As many as 3,17,54,281 people have recovered from the disease. The health ministry said the total number of vaccine doses administered till date has reached 59,55,04,593.

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India reports 37,593 new Covid-19 cases; Kerala records 24,296 cases, the highest in 3 months. Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:35 (IST)25 Aug 2021
West Bengal reports 10 more Covid-19 deaths, 708 fresh cases

West Bengal's COVID-19 death toll climbed to 18,393 with 10 more fatalities, while 708 fresh cases pushed the tally to 15,44,817, a bulletin released by the health department said on Wednesday.

The state now has 9,185 active cases, and 15,17,239 patients have recovered from the disease so far, including 730 since Tuesday, it said. (PTI)

22:34 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Delhi records 35 fresh cases, one fatality

Delhi reported 35 fresh COVID-19 cases and one more fatality due to the disease on Wednesday, according to data shared by the city health department.

According to a bulletin issued by the department, 86 COVID-19 patients were discharged from city hospitals in the last 24 hours and the positivity rate stands at 0.05 per cent.

With the new cases, Delhi's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 14,37,550, of which 14,12,081 patients have either recovered, migrated or have been discharged. (PTI)

22:29 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Haryana to reopen schools for students of classes 4 and 5 from September 1

Haryana to re-open schools for students of classes 4 and 5 from September 1. State Education Minister Kanwar Pal says that classes will be organized for these students while strictly following all Covid protocols. (ANI)

22:25 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu logs 1,573 new cases, 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday logged 1,573 new coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally to 26,05,647 infections so far. With 27 deaths due to the virus, including six in private hospitals, the toll has risen to 34,788.

The government issued a set of directions to the district collectors regarding further reducing the spread of the pandemic and this included stricter vigil in border areas along Kerala, which is witnessing a surge in its daily covid additions, reporting 31,445 new cases on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu continued to maintain the downward graph albeit a marginal decline in cases today to 1,573 new infections from the 1,585 on Tuesday. A passenger who returned from Kerala by road added to the 1,573 new cases, according to a state health bulletin here. (PTI)

22:07 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Maharashtra reports 5,031 new COVID-19 cases, 216 deaths, 4,380 recoveries

Maharashtra reported 5,031 new coronavirus cases and 216 fresh fatalities on Wednesday - the latter up nearly 100 from a day ago - taking the infection tally to 64,37,680 and the toll to 1,36,571, a state health department official said.

The state has crossed the 5,000 daily case mark after a gap of 6 days. It had reported 5,225 coronavirus infections on August 19.

Maharashtra had registered 4,355 coronavirus cases and 119 deaths on Tuesday.

Six districts namely Bhandara, Gondia, Nagpur, Washim, Nandurbar and Dhule, did not report any fresh infection of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and same was the case with Chandrapur, Amaravati, Nanded, Parbhani, Dhule and Malegaon municipal corporations (urban centres), the official said. (PTI)

21:24 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Kerala's positivity rate goes up to 19%

Seven out of 14 Kerala districts — Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kollam, and Kottayam — have reported upwards of 2000 cases each. While Ernakulam reported the highest number of fresh infections (more than 4000 cases), Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Malappuram reported more than 3000 cases each. The state's test positivity rate (TPR) has gone up to 19 per cent now. Read more

20:49 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Nagaland: 49 fresh cases push COVID-19 tally to 29,718

Nagaland's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,718 on Wednesday as 49 more people tested positive for the infection, while a fresh fatality pushed the death toll to 612, a health bulletin said.

Dimapur district registered the highest number of new cases at 24, followed by Mokukchung (11), and Kohima (nine).

The death of a COVID-19 patient was reported from Peren district during the day, it said. (PTI)

20:06 (IST)25 Aug 2021
BJP attacks Kerala govt over high number of Covid-19 cases

With Kerala constantly reporting well over half of the country's daily COVID-19 cases, the BJP on Wednesday accused the Left government in the state of doing little to mitigate the health crisis and being busy in "covering it up" through motivated propaganda.

Kerala on Wednesday reported 31,445 fresh COVID-19 cases and 215 deaths, pushing the total infection count to 38,83,429 and the fatalities to 19,972.

Union minister and BJP leader V Muralidharan tweeted attacking Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, "Alarming COVID-19 situation in Kerala, @vijayanpinarayi has clearly failed to protect people's lives. Kerala alone recorded 24,296 cases & 173 deaths yesterday. @vijayanpinarayi's illogical strategy & motivated media propaganda costing dearly the nation."

BJP spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said Kerala is in the grip of COVID-19, and the state government is busy covering it up. (PTI)

19:44 (IST)25 Aug 2021
1,224 fresh cases, 22 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Wednesday logged 1,224 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 29.42 lakh, while 22 deaths pushed the toll to 37,206. The day also saw 1,668 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,85,700.

Active cases stood at 19,318, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 309 cases and three fatalities, it said.

Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala remained a major COVID-19 hotspot with 217 fresh infections and six fatalities. (PTI)

19:43 (IST)25 Aug 2021
125 fresh cases reported in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 126 fresh cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the tally to 3,24,546, while no fresh death was reported in the Union Territory in the last 24 hours, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 26 were from the Jammu division and 100 from the Kashmir division, they said.

The officials said that Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 51 cases followed by 12 cases in Budgam district. (PTI)

19:22 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Nashik sees 65 new COVID-19 cases; one casualty

With the addition 65 fresh cases of coronavirus, the tally of infections in Maharashtra's Nashik district rose to 4,04,868 on Wednesday, a health official said.

At least 62 patients were discharged from hospitals, while one died of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 3,95,365 and toll to 8,566, the official said. (PTI)

19:20 (IST)25 Aug 2021
131 children among Odisha's 887 new Covid patients

Odisha reported 887 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 69 more deaths, a Health Department official said.

Among the new patients are 131 children, which is 14.76 per cent against the previous day's 12.8 per cent, indicating the rise in the number of cases among those below 18 years, he said.

As many as 1,260 persons below 18 years were found to be COVID-positive since August 15 when the government started mapping the pediatric population, he said, adding that 30 of them have died. (PTI)

19:20 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Gujarat: Schools for Classes 6 to 8 to reopen on September 2

The Gujarat government on Wednesday announced that schools  for Classes 6 to 8 will reopen from September 2 with 50 per cent capacity.

The decision on resuming physical lectures for Classes 6 to 8 in schools was taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a cabinet meeting during the day, state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told reporters in Gandhinagar.

Though schools in the state have been permitted to resume classes from their premises, the ongoing system of online lessons for these classes will also continue, the minister said.

Around 32 lakh students are currently studying in Classes 6 to 8 in the state, he said.

Following a huge dip in fresh COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, the state government last month allowed physical reopening of schools for students of Classes 9 to 11 with 50 per cent seating capacity. (PTI)

18:21 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Kerala's daily Covid case count crosses 30,000-mark, first time since May 20

For the first time since May 20, Kerala reported more than 30,000 fresh cases on Wednesday. The southern state has recorded 31,445 fresh infections and 215 deaths. It now has 1.7 lakh active cases and the test positivity rate is at 19 per cent.

17:39 (IST)25 Aug 2021
47 fresh cases push Sikkim's Covid-19 tally to 29,524

Sikkim's Covid-19 tally rose to 29,524 on Wednesday as 47 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.

East Sikkim district reported the highest number of new cases at 20, followed by West Sikkim (15) and South Sikkim (12).

Sikkim now has 1,415 active cases, while 27,461 people have been cured of the disease and 281 patients have migrated to other states so far. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 93.9 per cent, it said.

The Himalayan state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 367 as no fresh fatality was registered. (PTI)

17:09 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Meghalaya logs 354 new Covid-19 cases, 7 fresh fatalities

Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally rose to 74,586 on Wednesday as 354 more people tested positive for the infection, while seven fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 1,292, a senior health official said.

East Khasi Hills district, under which Shillong falls, registered the highest number of new cases at 241, followed by Ri-Bhoi (45) and West Khasi Hills (27), Health Services Director Dr Aman War said.

Two fresh fatalities each were reported in East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi and West Jaintia Hills, and one death was recorded in South West Khasi Hills, he said. (PTI)

16:25 (IST)25 Aug 2021
NTAGI to soon chalk out roadmap to introduce Zydus Cadila's vaccine in Covid inoculation drive

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) will soon hold a meeting to devise a roadmap for introducing Zydus Cadila's Covid vaccine in the inoculation drive and prioritising beneficiaries focusing on those aged 12-18 years with comorbidities.

The indigenously developed world's first DNA-based needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D received Emergency Use Authorisation from the drug regulator on August 20 making it the first vaccine to be administered in the age group of 12-18 years in the country.

NTAGI Chairman Dr N K Arora said it is estimated that there are around 12 crore adolescents in the age group of 12-18 years in India and less than 1 per cent of them may have comorbidities.

"The NTAGI's meeting will be held soon to chalk out a roadmap for introducing the three-dose ZyCoV-D vaccine in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive. The meeting will also focus on prioritisation of beneficiaries as this vaccine is approved for both adolescents and adults," he said.

"The aim is to develop a priority list with the focus being on adolescents aged 12-18 years with comorbidities," Dr Arora said. (PTI)

16:23 (IST)25 Aug 2021
UN health agency sees virus cases leveling off

The World Health Organisation said the number of new coronavirus cases reported globally appears to be stabilising at about 4.5 million infections after steadily rising for the past two months.

In its weekly assessment of the pandemic, the UN health agency said COVID-19 increased by about 20 per cent and 8 per cent in the Western Pacific and in the Americas, while rates of disease either remained the same or dropped in other regions.

The countries with the highest numbers of new cases were the United States, Iran, India, Britain and Brazil. (AP)

16:22 (IST)25 Aug 2021
More than 60 crore vaccine doses administered in country: Mansukh Mandaviya

India has crossed the 600 million (60 crore) vaccination mark in the country,  Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday. (ANI)

15:18 (IST)25 Aug 2021
All 78 returnees from Afghanistan tested negative for Covid-19: ITBP

A spokesperson of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Wednesday said that all 78 returnees from Afghanistan, who were shifted to its Chhawla based camp for 14-day mandatory quarantine, were tested negative for Covid. The batch, including 46 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, arrived in Delhi from Kabul on Tuesday. Read more

Active cases in the country have declined to 3.22 lakh. People wait to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Kerala government Tuesday decided to ramp up testing in districts where vaccination is relatively low, amid a constant rise in test positivity rate in the state.

While the test positivity rate (TPR) at the national level is below 3 per cent for the last two months, it has been climbing up in Kerala – it touched 18.04 per cent on Tuesday against 10 per cent a month ago. The state on Tuesday reported 24,296 new cases taking the active caseload to 1.59 lakh.

At a review meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed that as Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam have better vaccination coverage, only symptomatic people would be tested in these four districts. In these districts, more than 70 per cent of the targeted people, aged above 18 year, have received one dose of vaccine.

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