Coronavirus India Updates: India detected a record 97,894 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am Thursday, taking its tally to over 51 lakh. The 51,18,253 cases includes 10,09,976 active cases, which is 19.73 per cent of the caseload, and 40,25,079 people who have recovered from the disease.
With 1,132 additional deaths on Wednesday, the toll rose to 83,198. India’s fatality rate is 1.63 per cent. The Union Health Ministry has said over 70 per cent of India’s deaths were patients with comorbidities. Read Coronavirus India Live Updates
Here’s the top Covid-19 India news on September 17:
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who recently recovered from COVID-19 and was admitted to AIIMS for a complete medical checkup, was discharged on Thursday evening, officials said.
He was admitted to the premier hospital on September 12. Earlier in the day, Shah had addressed an event in his constituency Gandhinagar in Gujarat through video conference.
On August 2, Shah, 55, had said on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He had undergone treatment at Medanta Hospital and was discharged after he recovered from the disease.
A purported video showing nursing and security staff slapping a patient after pinning him down to the ground in the dedicated Covid-19 hospital on the campus of state government-run Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay (PDU) Hospital went viral on Thursday.
The hospital administration, however, claimed that the staff was merely restraining the patient after he had become unruly following a bout of hysteria.
In the 55-second video, a paramedic is seen pinning the patient to the ground by placing his knee on his chest even as others hold his hand and security guards, one of them wielding a baton, look on.
“Didn’t I tell you not to do it,” the paramedic wearing a white PPE is heard telling the patient even as the patient pleads, “Wait, please wait!”
The paramedic is heard saying that policemen were coming and as the patient tries to wriggle out, the security guard wielding the baton flattens him to the ground by placing his foot on the patient’s shoulder, while the paramedic slaps the patient on his face.
“”Nothing will happen to you due to corona,” a female staff member is overheard telling the patient.
The video went viral on social media on Thursday and local TV channels also aired it, prompting the hospital administration to clarify that the staff was merely restraining the patient, identified as 38-year-old Prabhashankar Patil.
Maharashtra police tally reaches 20,367, death toll 208
At least 364 Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for coronavirus and four died of the disease in the last 24 hours across the state, news agency PTI reported citing an official on Thursday.
With this, 20,367 state police personnel, including 2,218 officers, have so far contracted COVID-19, while 208 have succumbed to the viral infection, the official said. The deceased police personnel includes 21 officers.
As of now, there are 3,796 active Covid-19 cases in the state police force while 16,363 personnel have recovered from the infection, the official said.
Govt, Opposition lock horns on Covid-19 situation in Parliament
A discussion on the Covid-19 pandemic was held in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, during which Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reiterated that the lockdown imposed on March 24 prevented 14-29 lakh cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths. He had said this in Lok Sabha as well. He told the House the situation was being “meticulously monitored” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On a vaccine for Covid-19, Vardhan said, “India is making efforts just like other countries. An expert group is looking at it and we have advanced planning in place. We are hopeful that by the start of next year, a vaccine will be available in India.”
Vardhan’s statements, however, did not sit well with the Opposition, which targeted the government for the sudden lockdown and for leaving migrant labourers in the lurch, and accused it of failing to support states financially.
Govt in Rajya Sabha: 9 of 11 Great Andamanese tribe members have recovered
The government told Rajya Sabha that nine of the 11 infected members of the Great Andamanese tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands had recovered from the disease. Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda also confirmed that the Onges, Jarawas and Shompens tribal groups were safe from the virus.
“The 11 infected members of the Great Andamanese tribe are among those who were either themselves engaged or had families working in government establishments. Except two, all of them have fully recovered and moved back to their settlement in Strait Island,” the minister was quoted as saying by PTI.
“The samples of the entire Onges population in Little Andaman Island have tested negative. Testing of Jarawas in three different areas has also confirmed their Covid-19 free status. The Shompens are also safe in the Great Nicobar Island,” he added.
Union Minister Prahlad Patel tests positive for Covid-19
Union Minister Prahlad Patel Thursday said he had contracted Covid-19. He took to Twitter to say his test report came back positive on Wednesday night. “I have tested positive. Those who met me on Tuesday should take adequate precautions,” Patel tweeted. Patel is a BJP MP from Damoh Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh.
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100-year-old woman recovers from Covid-19 in Assam
A 100-year-old woman has recovered from Covid-19 in Assam, doctors told news agency PTI on Thursday. Handique, Assam’s oldest Covid-19 patient, was discharged from the Mahendra Mohan Chowdhury Hospital in Guwahati on Wednesday, they added. The woman, a resident of the Mothers’ Old Age Home, was admitted to the hospital ten days ago after testing positive for the disease. Doctors and nurses who were treating her held a small celebration before she was discharged.
(With inputs from PTI)
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