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Coronavirus India Highlights: Railways to restart Shramik Special trains from Odisha, announces 3 special trains from state

India reported 75,809 cases in the last 24 hours which took the total number of Covid-19 cases to 42,80,423 on Tuesday. Also, as many as 1,133 new deaths in the same period pushed the death toll to 72,775.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2020 9:56:51 am
Delhi coronavirus latest updates, delhi covid testing, delhi covid cases, delhi rapid antigen test, delhi city newsAt a testing centre in New Delhi (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

A day after Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s letter to the Railway Minister requesting him to restart Shramik Special trains from Odisha to ferry migrant workers back to their workplaces in other parts of the country, the Railways announced three special trains for the eastern state. The three trains announced on Tuesday are from Puri to Ahmedabad (4 days a week), Puri-Gandhidhan Express (weekly) and the Puri-Okha Express (weekly) which will begin operations from September 12, PTI reported.

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After adding more than 90,000 infections for two consecutive days, India reported 75,809 cases in the last 24 hours which took the total number of Covid-19 cases to 42,80,423 on Tuesday. Also, as many as 1,133 new deaths in the same period pushed the death toll to 72,775. At present, India has 8,83,697 active cases while 33,23,951 people have been treated and discharged. The recovery rate has risen to 77.65 per cent, while the fatality rate stands at 1.7 per cent. Only the United States, where more than 61 lakh people have so far been found to be infected, is ahead of India.

On the global front, as many as 27,256,723 people have been infected with the virus and 891,308 have lost their lives. Also, 18,251,538 people have recovered.

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06:20 (IST)09 Sep 2020
1,295 new Covid-19 cases, Gujarat tally crosses 1.07 lakh

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05:52 (IST)09 Sep 2020
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The coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday.

“We were able to contain the number of cases between March and May, but it does not seem like the pandemic will be conquered in the near future. Even the World Health Organisation has indicated that it won’t end soon,” the chief minister said, during his speech before the conclusion of the curtailed monsoon session of the state Assembly. Read More

05:51 (IST)09 Sep 2020
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05:50 (IST)09 Sep 2020
UP: Record jump in Covid cases; toll 4,000

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21:59 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Schools, colleges can reopen from September 21, Health Ministry issues guidelines

The Ministry of Health has allowed a phased reopening of schools and colleges from September 21. In a recent notice, the ministry stated that skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted from September 21. The ministry has also allowed the reopening of schools for class 9 to 12 on a “voluntary basis” from September 21.

The higher educational institutions conducting PhD or technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory or experimental works will be permitted too, however, the date will be finalised after a discussion between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Colleges reopening will have to keep their equipment six feet apart, further, the institutes will have to make marks on the floor to ensure students and teachers are at the required distance. Institutes are asked to conduct classes in the “intermix” mode of regular classroom teaching and online teaching or assessments. Staggering of the classroom, no sharing of objects, separate timing slots, to allow for adequate physical distancing and disinfection of classroom premises are suggested by the Ministry of Health. Read full report here.

21:58 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Railways to restart Shramik Special trains from Odisha

A day after Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's letter to the Railway Minister requesting him to restart Shramik Special trains from Odisha to ferry migrant workers back to their workplaces in other parts of the country, the Railways announced three special trains for the eastern state.

The three trains announced on Tuesday are from Puri to Ahmedabad (4 days a week), Puri-Gandhidhan Express (weekly) and the Puri-Okha Express (weekly) which will begin operations from September 12, PTI reported.

21:33 (IST)08 Sep 2020
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21:29 (IST)08 Sep 2020
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20:30 (IST)08 Sep 2020
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20:07 (IST)08 Sep 2020
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19:09 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Karnataka to scale down Mysore Dasara celebrations due to Covid

In wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Karnataka government Tuesday decided to make the world-famous Mysore Dasara celebrations a low-key event this year.

In a high-level meeting attended by all three Deputy CMs, other ministers, and top government officials, Chief Minister Yediyurappa said: “It has been unanimously decided to hold the Dasara celebrations in Mysuru in a simple manner upholding the tradition. The popular food mela, Yuva Dasara, sports meet, and other cultural events will not take place this time to prevent people from gathering at the areas risking further spread of Covid-19.” Read the full report here.

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19:02 (IST)08 Sep 2020
People becoming lax in taking Covid-19 precautions, receiving complaints from states: Centre

Highlighting repeated complaints from states that people are becoming lax in taking precautions against COVID-19, the Centre on Tuesday said following public health measures like social distancing and wearing masks remains key to slow the pandemic.

NITI Aayog member V K Paul, who also heads the Covid-19 national task force, asserted that following social distancing, wearing masks, maintaining hand hygiene, and avoiding big gatherings remain vital in preventing the spread of the infection.

18:15 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Hong Kong to further ease virus measures

Hong Kong is further relaxing social distancing measures, as the territory’s number of new coronavirus cases dwindles. Hong Kong reported another six cases of the virus on Tuesday.

From Friday, the limit on public gatherings will be relaxed to four people, up from two people. Most indoor and outdoor sports facilities, as well as museums, will be allowed to re-open. The city has seen its coronavirus cases dwindle after a surge in locally-transmitted infections in July. Hong Kong has reported a total of 4,896 infections since the pandemic began, with 99 deaths.

Hong Kong officials said Tuesday that the city is in talks with 11 countries about setting up travel bubbles, which would allow residents to travel internationally even amid the pandemic. (Follow latest Coronavirus global updates here)



17:50 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Over 6,000 fresh cases recorded in UP, death toll at 4,047

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh rose to 4,047 on Tuesday with 73 more fatalities, while 6,743 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to over 2.78 lakh, PTI reported.

According to the latest bulletin issued by the UP government, of the 73 deaths, 19 were reported from Lucknow followed by six from Prayagraj and four from Kanpur. Three deaths each were reported from Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Moradabad, Maharajganj, Unnao, and Rae Bareli among others, it said. The total number of cases in the state have now climbed to 2,78,473 out of which 63,256 are active cases.

In UP, 1,000 new Covid-19 cases added in last 5 days — sharpest till date | India News,The Indian Express

17:42 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Doctor's prescription not mandatory for testing: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court Tuesday ordered that doctor's prescription will not be mandatory from now on for those going voluntarily for RT/PCR test to detect COVID-19 infection in the national capital.

Till now it was mandatory for a person to have a doctor's prescription or symptoms to get tested for the virus.

A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said people need to carry Aadhaar card for Delhi address proof and fill up a form as prescribed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for testing. The court has also ordered the Delhi government to ramp up mobile testing facilities, at least four in each district.

16:51 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Vaccine developed by Russia under consideration, says Centre

Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog on Tuesday said that the vaccine developed by Russia has been under consideration."The vaccine developed by Russia has been under consideration of the country. The government of Russia approached our govt and sought help on two counts- to consider its manufacturing through our network of companies, and phase 3 studies in India," Dr. Paul was quoted as saying by ANI.

"The government of India attaches great importance to this offer of partnership from a very special friend of this nation, and on both the tracks there has been significant movement," he further added.

15:31 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'Don't kill your gran' - Britain sounds Covid alarm
A man relaxes on a bench in London, next to a sculpture of Paddington Bear, April 15, 2020. (File/AP Photo)

British ministers and medics are urging the public to get serious again about the coronavirus after a sharp rise in infections raised fears the outbreak was slipping out of control in some parts.

Close to 3,000 new cases were recorded on Sunday and again on Monday - a sudden jump from numbers much closer to 1,000 for most of August, and the highest since May, news agency Reuters reported.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said young people had become too relaxed about social distancing and could endanger older relatives through complacency.

15:05 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Restart Shramik Special trains from Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan
First batch of migrant workers leave Alang by Shramik train | India  News,The Indian Express
Railways recently announced 80 additional special trains which will be run from September 12.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal requesting him to restart Shramik Special trains from Odisha to ferry migrant workers back to their workplace in states like Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra, PTI reported.

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 coronavirus-induced lockdown. The last Shramik Special train was operated on July 9.

In his letter to the rail minister, Pradhan said that he has received a number of requests from migrant workers in Odisha who have urged that train services be started from Odisha so that they can reach their workplace.

Coronavirus India LIVE updates: At a testing center in New Delhi. (Express photo/Amit Mehra)

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has reported four cases of Covid-19 reinfection between August 18 and September 6, nearly four months after they tested positive for the first time.

The four who tested positive again are two male resident doctors aged 33 years from the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute (GCRI) and LG Hospital, a 26-year-old woman resident doctor from LG Hospital and a 60-year-old homemaker from Behrampura. They had first tested positive between April 13 and April 21. All had subsequently recovered and were discharged after testing negative through RTPCR tests at the time.

In other news, corporate sector debt worth a whopping Rs 15.52 lakh crore, or 29.4 per cent of the banking sector debt to the industry, has come under stress after Covid-19 hit India and lockdown was imposed across all the states since the last week of March this year.

The KV Kamath committee, which worked out the financial parameters for loan restructuring, has said banking debt worth Rs 23.71 lakh crore, or 45 per cent of banking sector debt, was already under stress before Covid-19 hit the economy. This effectively means, according to the industry matrix in the report, 72 per cent of the banking sector debt worth Rs 37.72 lakh crore remains under stress. This is almost 37 per cent of the total non-food bank credit.

The Kamath panel has said companies in sectors such as retail trade, wholesale trade, roads and textiles are facing stress. The sectors that have been under stress pre-covid include NBFCs, power, steel, real estate and construction among others.

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