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Coronavirus India Updates, Sept 16: Gujarat decides against reopening schools from Sept 21; 61 new death cases in Bengal

India Coronavirus Update: The total coronavirus cases in the country now stand at 50,20,359, while the death toll rose to 82,066, with at least 1,290 fatalities in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2020 9:14:33 pm
delhi coronavirus latest updates, delhi covid cases, delhi covid testing, Satyendar Jain, Satyendar Jain on delhi covid cases, delhi city newsThe city performed 60,014 tests — 9,564 RT-PCR and 50,450 rapid antigen tests — Thursday, with a positivity rate of 7.38%.

Coronavirus India Updates: India’s Covid-19 tally crossed 50 lakh Wednesday, just 11 days after it crossed 40 lakh, with 90,123 cases being reported in a day, while total recoveries rose to 39,42,360, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The total coronavirus cases in the country now stand at 50,20,359, while the death toll rose to 82,066, with at least 1,290 fatalities in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. There are 9,95,933 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, comprising 19.84 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

As the country’s coronavirus tally crossed 50 lakh on Wednesday, the Congress asked the government to tell the nation how the pandemic will be controlled and if it will blame God to evade accountability, reported PTI.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala compared the battle against Covid-19 to Mahabharata and said, “Mahabharata of coronavirus pandemic is on, but the Modi government is missing.”

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier used the ‘Act of God’ remark while referring to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

Gujarat govt decides against reopening schools from Sep 21

The Gujarat government has decided against reopening schools from September 21 in light of the COVID-19 situation in the state, minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said on Wednesday.

The state government took the decision “in the interest of students” during a cabinet meet presided over by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar, the education minister said.

While announcing the “Unlock-4” guidelines earlier this month, the Centre had clarified that the final call to reopen schools from September 21 for Classes 9 to 12 will be taken by respective states, Chudasama told reporters.

As per the Centre’s SOPs, students can visit schools to take guidance from teachers from September 21 with their parents’ permission, he said.

Maharashtra’s coronavirus count rises by 23,365, death toll by 474

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 11,21,221 on Wednesday with the single-day addition of 23,365 cases, the state health department said. Due to the death of 474 patients during the day, the fatality count in the state mounted to 30,883, it said.

A total of 17,559 patients were discharged on Wednesday after treatment, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 7,92,832, it said, adding that the state now has 2,97,125 active cases.

Health workers test for corona infection at Mankhud Mumbai. 

Mumbai city reported 2,378 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 1,75,974, while its death toll rose to 8,280, of which 50 were reported on Wednesday.

Pune city added 2,141 COVID-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,34,124, while 26 deaths took toll to 3,042.

West Bengal: 61 more deaths; 3,237 new cases detected

Sixty-one people succumbed to COVID-19 in West Bengal on Wednesday pushing the death toll to 4,123, the state health department said in a bulletin. The number of active cases is now 24,147.

The tally reached 2,12,383 after 3,237 new cases of infection were reported from various parts of the state, it added.

In the last 24 hours, 2,971 patients have recovered from the disease, taking the discharge rate in West Bengal to 86.69 per cent.

Russia’s RDIF collaborates with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories for Sputnik V vaccine trials

The Russian Direct Investment Fund has collaborated with Indian pharma giant Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to conduct clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 as well as its distribution, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said on Wednesday.

The RDIF is in talks with Indian regulators to ensure that all the requirements for clinical trials are being met, he said.

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

“The RDIF and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, a global pharmaceutical company with headquarters in India, have agreed to supply 100 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and collaborate on clinical trials and distribution of the vaccine in India,” Dmitriev told PTI in an email interview.

Sputnik V, a vaccine against coronavirus, has been developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and RDIF.

Collected over Rs 430 crore as fare from state govts for Shramik Special trains: Railway Ministry

An amount of Rs 433 crore has been collected as fare from state governments and their representatives for operating 4,621 Shramik Special trains since May 1, the Ministry of Railways informed Parliament on Wednesday.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in all, 4,621 Shramik Special trains have been operated between May 1 and August 31 carrying 63.19 lakh passengers to their home states.

Amid tension, train taking workers to Leh cancelled The Railways had maintained that while states paid only 15 percent of the cost of running these trains, 85 percent of the cost was being borne by the national transporter.

Earlier, the Railways had maintained that while states paid only 15 percent of the cost of running these trains, 85 percent of the cost was being borne by the national transporter.

“Railways have collected fare for Shramik Special trains from State Governments or their authorised representatives. Railways did not collect any fare directly from passengers,” Goyal said.

Delhi: 45% jump in number of containment zones in last 10 days

There has been an increase of 45 per cent in the number of containment zones in the national capital in the last 10 days, while home isolation cases of COVID-19 also jumped by over 50 per cent to reach 16,576 during the period, according to official data.

Between September 6 and 15, the city recorded over 4,000 daily fresh cases on six days, with September 12 registering 4,321 infections, the highest single-day spike here till date. There were 1,076 containment zones on September 6, which increased to 1560 on September 15.

Since the beginning of this month, both new cases and active cases have shown a steady rise, resulting in an increase in the number of containment zones and home isolation cases also.

The number of home-isolation cases of COVID-19 on September 5 stood at 10,514 and it rose to 16,576 on September 15, according to figures shared by the Delhi health department.

Air India earned over Rs 2550 crore revenue from Vande Bharat flights till Aug 31: Puri

Air India earned a revenue of Rs 2556.60 crore from flights that have been operated under the Vande Bharat mission till August 31, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Central government started the mission from May 6 to help people stranded in different countries reach their destinations through special international flights.

“As on 31.08.2020, the total number of inbound and outbound special repatriation flights undertaken by the Air India group was 4,505,” Puri said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Out of a total of about 11 lakh Indian nationals repatriated till August 31, about four lakh passengers were carried by the Air India group into India, the minister mentioned.

In addition, the Air India group also carried about 1.9 lakh outbound passengers

Mumbai: Buildings with 10 or more Covid-19 cases to be sealed

In order to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to seal an entire building if 10 or more coronavirus cases are found there, reported PTI.

The BMC’s health department issued the revised protocols on Tuesday after civic authorities chief Iqbal Singh Chahal held a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation.

Earlier, the BMC had in July said if there is a Covid-19 case in a society of building, only that particular floor will be sealed and the entire building need not be sealed. As per the revised protocols, the whole building will be sealed partially if one or more cases are found in a single home.

The respective assistant municipal commissioner or medical health officer can take a call on sealing the entire building to prevent the spread of Covid-19, if sealing of a particular floor or wing is not sufficient, it said.

From August 14 to September 14, Covid cases in Mumbai have rose from 1.27 lakh to 1.72 lakh, up by 34 per cent. In the same period, sealed buildings’ number has gone up from 5,631 to 8,637, up by 53 per cent.

Swabs been taken for Corona Testing at Kamala Raman Nagar Dispensary near the dumping ground in Govandi in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Rs 5 crore provided to 2 crore construction workers: Labour minister

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar Wednesday said the central government has taken a number of steps for the welfare of labourers during the pandemic, including disbursement of Rs 5,000 crore relief to over 2 crore building and construction workers, PTI reported.

Gangwar, in a statement issued by the labour ministry, said, “a number of unprecedented steps have been taken by the union government for labour welfare and employment including for migrant workers across India during COVID-19 pandemic”.

The minister said, “till date, about two crore migrant workers have been provided Rs 5,000 crore directly in their bank accounts from Building & Other Construction Workers’ Cess Fund being maintained by various states”.

Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta tests positive for Covid-19

Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta Wednesday said he has tested positive for Covid-19, reported PTI.

“Last week, I took a COVID test after having light fever. Its report was negative. I was tested again since I was feeling unwell. The report has now come as positive,” he tweeted in Hindi.

Gupta said he was already in quarantine during last week and advised those who had come in contact with him to get themselves tested.

Workers sift through sacks of onions at the Okhla sabzi mandi in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Two more Karnataka ministers test positive for coronavirus

Two more Karnataka ministers – Basavaraj Bommai and K Gopalaiah – in the Yediyurappa cabinet have tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported.

Home Minister Bommai tweeted on Wednesday that he has contracted the virus. “Our domestic help at home was found infected by the coronavirus yesterday. So, I too underwent a test and found positive for the virus,” he said.

Bommai said he was asymptomatic and healthy but he has isolated himself at home as a precautionary measure.

Earlier on Tuesday, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Gopalaiah said in a tweet, “As I have tested positive for coronavirus, I am getting admitted to the hospital on the advice of a doctor, though I have no symptoms of the disease.”

Coronavirus India Updates, Sept 16: Engineers working at the Tunnel Boring Machine for the Underground metro rail at Shivajinagar in Pune on Tuesday, (Express photo by Ashish Kale)

Sushant case: NCB probe team member tests positive for Covid-19

A member of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) team probing drugs angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, after which questioning of the actor’s former manager was postponed, PTI quoted an official as saying.

Shruti Modi, the manager, reached the NCB office for questioning by the SIT, but before the probe team could start recording her statement, the NCB received report of one of its SIT members testing positive for the virus, the official said.

Chandigarh parents respond in negative to online consent survey for school reopening

It was not a tough decision to make and it certainly did not require extensive discussion or debate. For many parents in Chandigarh, sending their children back to school this month is a big no.

On August 29, as per the Unlock 4 guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, a recommendation was issued stating that students of Classes IX to XII can be allowed to go to their schools, only in areas outside the containment zones, on a voluntary basis, to seek guidance and help in academics from their teachers.

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