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Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Andhra becomes second state to have more than a lakh active cases after Maharashtra

India detected 78,512 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the country's tally beyond 36 lakh. As many as 971 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 64,469. 

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: September 1, 2020 8:27:40 am
A health worker getting ready to conduct Covid-19 tests in Delhi. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

For the sixth day in a row, more than 10,000 fresh coronavirus cases were reported, as Andhra Pradesh’s Covid-19 graph continued its steep surge to reach 4,34,771 on Monday. With this, it has now become the second state after Maharashtra to have more than one lakh active coronavirus cases, the latest data showed. After 3,30,526 recoveries and 3,969 deaths, the state has 1,00,276 active cases, the latest bulletin said.

Announcing guidelines for Unlock 4.0, Maharashtra government said the Metro rail services will remain suspended and the schools, colleges and other educational institutions will be continue to be closed. However, it allowed hotels and lodges to operate with 100% capacity.

India detected 78,512 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s tally beyond 36 lakh. Of the 36,21,246 cases of Covid-19 in India, 7,81,975 patients are under treatment for the disease, 27,74,802 have recovered, the Union Health Ministry said. As many as 971 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 64,469. Covid-19 infections worldwide surpassed 25 million, as India set a global record for daily cases and the US tally approached the 6 million mark amid outbreaks on college campuses.

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22:22 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Andhra becomes second state to have more than a lakh cases after Maharashtra

For the sixth day in a row, more than 10,000 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported, as Andhra Pradeshs Covid-19 graph continued its steep spiral to reach 4,34,771 on Monday. And, AP has become the second state behind Maharashtra to have more than one lakh active coronavirus cases, the latest statistics revealed. After 3,30,526 recoveries and 3,969 deaths, the state has 1,00,276, the latest bulletin said. On Sunday, AP took the second place in the national Covid-19 chart, relegating Tamil Nadu to the third spot. (PTI)

21:39 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Tripura's COVID casualty tally has reached 112

With 10 more death registered on Monday, Tripura's COVID casualty tally has reached 112. As per a report from the state COVID control room, 11,647 people were tested positive with COVID-19 out of 2,71,876 people tested for the virus till date. 321 new cases were found in the last 24 hours. Among them, 7654 have recovered and 3,858 others are currently under treatment at GBP Hospital here and few other COVID care centers in different parts of the state. Tripura is currently testing 68,010 people per million for coronavirus and has a positivity rate of 4.28 percent. 0.96 percent of the known positive cases have succumbed to death till now. - Debraj Deb reports from Tripura

21:32 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Maharashtra Unlock 4.0 Guidelines: What’s allowed, what’s not

Announcing ‘Unlock 4’ guidelines, the Maharashtra government announced significant easing of restrictions, including lifting restrictions on inter-district movement of persons and goods and raising attendance in its offices. Hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity from September 2, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30. Click here to get the full list of what's allowed and what's not

21:31 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Manipur Unlock 4 guidelines: What's allowed and what's not

  • In response to the nationwide unlock 4.0, Manipur Government has issued new guidelines ordering relaxation of restrictions put in place in the state in different sectors.
  • The state government has changed the timing of the curfew from 5 pm to 6 am 6 pm to 5 am against the earlier order. 
  • Movements of permitted goods across Indo-Myanmar border under land border trade treaties with Myanmar is allowed by strictly adhering to SOP prescribed by the Government. On March 9, the Government sealed the Indo-Myanmar border, in Tengnoupal district of Manipur, indefinitely.
  • With regards to re-opening of learning institutes, the state has allowed only skill entrepreneurship training in National Skill Training institutes, Industrial Training Institute, short term training by September from September 21. Schools, universities, coaching centres will be confined to online teaching, it said.
  • Manipur Government has also for the first time in months has permitted malls, barbar shops, beauty saloons, gyms to open, subject to adhering SOP, during the 40 unlock which will be inforce till September 30. Offices, both central and state, will be allowed to function with 66 percent of staff attendance. 

19:42 (IST)31 Aug 2020
1,358 fresh COVID-19 cases takes Delhi's tally to over 1.74 lakh; death toll rises to 4,444

Delhi recorded 1,358 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to over 1.74 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,444, authorities said. Eighteen fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health department. However, the number of tests conducted on Monday was 14,389, much lower than the average 20,000 done per day. On Sunday, Delhi had recorded 2,024 fresh cases, the highest single-day spike in August. On Saturday, the national capital had recorded 1,954 fresh cases. On preceding two days, the city had reported in excess of 1,800 cases. (PTI)

19:23 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Kerala's COVID-19 tally crosses 75,000 mark; Active cases touch 23,488

The COVID-19 tally in Kerala crossed the 75,000 mark on Monday with the addition of 1,530 fresh cases. While the number of positive cases rose to 75,384, seven COVID-19 deaths took the toll to 294, Health Minister K K Shailaja said. At least 1,693 people were discharged, taking the total of cured to 51,542. 'Currently, there are 23,488 people under treatment in the state,' she said in a release. The youngest among the latest victims was a 32-year old man while an 83-year old man was the oldest. The others were in the age group of 52-70. At least 1,98,843 people were under observation in the state with 19,366 in isolation wards, the release said. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Procuring more kits to meet target of 40,000 COVID-19 test In Delhi daily: Satyender Jain

With a sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 caes in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain Monday said while the state government has suffecient stock if Covid-19 test kits, more units are being procuired to meet a target of conducting  40,000 tests daily. He underlined that the doubling rate of coronavirus cases in Delhi was 85 days and, therefore, it was at a "comfort level" as of today. The Kejriwal government was doing "aggressive testing" with an aim was to ensure no case goes undetected, Jain said.

17:31 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Treat doctors losing lives in COVID fight at par with martyrs of armed forces: IMA to PM

The Indian Medical Association has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that all doctors who have died of COVID-19 be treated at par with martyrs of the armed forces, and their dependents be provided government jobs in accordance with their qualifications. In a letter to the prime minister, the country’s largest body of doctors said only an “inclusive national solatium” for all doctors who have lost their lives fighting the pandemic would render justice to the sacrifice of their families. Read more here

17:28 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar discharged from hospital

Congress' Karnataka unit president D K Shivakumar, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19, has been discharged after recovery, news agency PTI quoted hospital officials as saying.

17:17 (IST)31 Aug 2020
West bengal extends lockdown in containment zones till September 30.

West bengal on Monday extended lockdown in containment zones till September 30. Chief Secretary Rajiv Sinha said Bengal will have comoplete lockdown on September 7, 11, and 12.

17:15 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Start online registration of legal documents: HC to AAP govt

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the AAP government to start at the earliest the online registration of legal documents, like wills, to minimise difficulties of public at large and minimise contact of officials with people during the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said several states have started online registration of documents and even the Delhi High Court has started e-filing of cases where a litigant can file a petition and even pay court fees from the comfort of his or her office or home. (PTI)

17:15 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Start online registration of legal documents: HC to AAP govt

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the AAP government to start at the earliest the online registration of legal documents, like wills, to minimise difficulties of public at large and minimise contact of officials with people during the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said several states have started online registration of documents and even the Delhi High Court has started e-filing of cases where a litigant can file a petition and even pay court fees from the comfort of his or her office or home. (PTI)

15:45 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Doing aggressive testing, aim is not to leave untraced cases: Jain

Amid the sudden spike in novel coronavirus infections in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Monday that the Kejriwal government was doing "aggressive testing" and the aim was to ensure no case was left untraced. Jain said the government had sufficient stock of COVID-19 testing kits for 10-15 days, but it was procuring more from the market to meet the target of 40,000 tests per day. The government has already increased the duration of testing hours at hospitals and dispensaries to five hours (9 am-2 am) from the earlier three-hour duration, he told reporters. (PTI)

15:07 (IST)31 Aug 2020
BDO succumbs to COVID-19 in Bengal, Mamata pays tribute

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday paid tribute to a block development officer in Murshidabad who had been infected by COVID-19 during the course of his work and died battling the disease, saying her government would extend all possible help to his family. Krishna Chandra Das (51), BDO, Nowda, was undergoing treatment for the disease for the past 20 days. He died at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday night, a health department official said. Describing his death as an "irreparable" loss, the CM said, "Grieved to know about the untimely demise of Krishna Chandra Das, who was posted as BDO Nowda in Murshidabad. A dedicated WBCS (Exe) Officer, Das was at forefront of our fight against COVID-19 & displayed great sense of sincerity & commitment in his work during the pandemic."

14:43 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Positivity rate up in states

For the last five days, India has been reporting more than 75,000 new cases every day, more than any other country has ever done. The past few weeks have also seen a big rise in the number of tests, which have been crossing the one-million mark on a few days. So the suggestion is that the surge in new detections is because of the rise in the testing numbers, and not because of faster transmission of the virus, because that would have reflected in a rise in positivity rate as well.

While this may be true at the national level, where the positivity rate is showing a marginal but steady decline since the start of this month, things seem to be slightly different in the states that are the main cause for this surge. Four of the five states with maximum caseloads in the country, which are also powering the recent surge, are witnessing an increasing trend in their positivity rates. The only exception is Delhi right now. Three of these four, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, also have positivity rates much above the national number.

14:15 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Doing aggressive testing, aim is not to leave untraced cases: Jain

Amid the sudden spike in novel coronavirus infections in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday that the Kejriwal government was doing "aggressive testing" and the aim was to ensure no case was left untraced. Jain said the government had sufficient stock of COVID-19 testing kits for 10-15 days, but it was procuring more from the market to meet the target of 40,000 tests per day. The government has already increased the duration of testing hours at hospitals and dispensaries to five hours (9 am-2 am) from the earlier three-hour duration, he told reporters. Jain flagged that many people were going out without wearing masks and asserted that teams had been deployed penalise such violators of public safety norms, adding that the police had also been authoritised to impose fines. He underscored that the doubling rate of coronavirus cases in Delhi was 85 days and, therefore, it was at "comfort level" so far.

13:36 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Ban on international passenger flights extended till September 30

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday. "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," noted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular. International air travel has been barred in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

13:21 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Strict week-long lockdown in Chandrapur from Sep 3

A week-long lockdown with stricter provisions will be enforced in Maharashtra's Chandrapur city from September 3 in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the district administration has said. A notification issued by Collector Ajay Gulhane on Sunday said all shops, including those of essential commodities, will remain closed during the lockdown. Only medical shops and emergency services will be allowed to operate during the seven-long lockdown, it said. The district reported 270 new COVID-19 cases in the last 36 hours, taking its tally to 2,344, a release issued by the district information officer said. So far, 26 people have died of COVID-19 in the district, the release said.

12:55 (IST)31 Aug 2020
FDA head pledges transparent vaccine review

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration promised that the review of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in the U.S. will be transparent to the public, with any clearance by the agency driven by data alone. “We’ve said all along we’re not going to pre-judge what mechanism we’re going to use to authorize or approve a vaccine,” Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in an interview. “We’re going to let the data dictate that.” Hahn apologized last week for overstating the benefits of blood plasma-based therapy during a news conference with President Donald Trump.

12:35 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Hong Kong to reopen schools in phases

Hong Kong schools will be able to resume face-to-face classes in phases starting the week of Sept. 21, the South China Morning Post reported, citing unidentified people. Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung will hold briefing at 3 p.m. local time, the government said in a statement, without giving further details.

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The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday. "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," noted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular. International air travel has been barred in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was hospitalised at Delhi's AIIMS for post-Covid-care, was discharged this morning. Shah was admitted to AIIMS on August 18 as he complained of “fatigue and body aches” after he returned a negative result to Covid testing. The senior BJP leader was earlier admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon after testing positive for the infectious disease. He was the first member of the Union Cabinet to test positive for the infection.

With Assam joining the league, the top ten states with maximum caseloads now all have more than one lakh people infected with novel coronavirus.

Simultaneously, Mizoram discovered 29 new cases on Friday to take its confirmed infections beyond 1,000. With that, every state and union territory in the country, except Lakshadweep, now has at least 1,000 people who have been infected with the disease. Lakshadweep continues to remain completely untouched by the epidemic, with no case of infection having been reported from the islands so far.

Also on Friday, Andhra Pradesh crossed the four-lakh figure for confirmed infections and is all set to overtake Tamil Nadu in a couple of days to become the state with the second highest caseload in the country. After a few days of relative dip, Andhra Pradesh has once again started reporting more than 10,000 new cases every day, next only to Maharashtra, which has been discovering more than 14,000 cases for the last few days.

Covid-19 vaccine tracker

The timeline for a novel Coronavirus vaccine seems to have got firmly advanced, from early next year to this year-end. On Friday, US President Donald Trump promised to produce a vaccine before the end of this year, “or may be even sooner”.

And in a separate development, Britain said it would amend its laws to ensure that a novel Coronavirus vaccine is given emergency approval as soon as it is declared to be safe in clinical trials. It said it would not wait for the full licensing process to get completed. The new legal provision could kick in as early as October this year, enabling its drug regulator to grant emergency approvals to a vaccine that has been proven safe. The changed law would also protect the pharmaceutical companies from being sued if the vaccines produced any side-effects.

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