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Coronavirus India highlights: Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia tests positive for Covid

The coronavirus tally in India crossed the 48 lakh-mark with 92,071 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. As many as 1,136 deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the toll to 79,722.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 15, 2020 9:34:14 am
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia (EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA)

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Monday. He did not attend the Assembly session earlier in the day as he has fever since Sunday night. “After having a mild fever, I took the corona test today, the result of which came out to be positive. I have kept myself in isolation. There is no fever or any other problem right now. I am completely fine. With all your blessings, I will return to work soon,” he tweeted.

India on Monday overtook Brazil to register the highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in the world at 37,80,107, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to the Union Health Ministry, India’s recovery rate has touched 78 per cent reflecting the increasing number of high recoveries per day. Globally, 19 million people have recovered. In India, 37.8 lakh people have recovered, followed by Brazil at 37.23 lakh cases and the US at 24.5 lakh cases.

The coronavirus tally in India crossed the 48 lakh-mark with 92,071 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. As many as 1,136 deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the toll to 79,722. Of the 48,46,427 infections, 9,86,598 are active cases, while 37,80,107 patients have been discharged.

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05:36 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: Now, antigen tests to be conducted on dead bodies

Now, any dead body brought to a government hospital will be subjected to a rapid antigen test to rule out or confirm Covid-19. A new government circular issued recently has said tests (used for detecting tuberculosis) like TrueNat/CBNAAT — also being used for Covid testing — can be used to facilitate quick handover of the bodies. Read More

05:19 (IST)15 Sep 2020
PMC deputes officers at private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients to monitor bed status

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has deputed civic officers at private hospitals to monitor the status of beds round the clock after several complaints from Covid-19 patients and their families about struggle for beds. Read More

04:22 (IST)15 Sep 2020
UP: Recoveries surpass fresh infections, active cases drop to 67,287; 62 succumb to virus

Showing a positive sign, the number of recoveries on Monday outnumbered the fresh coronavirus positive cases. In the last 24 hours, as many as 5,932 Covid-19 patients recovered against 5,208 new cases. This meant that the active cases dropped by 835 to 67,287. Read More

03:40 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Cloth, grain markets join Rajkot jewellers in voluntary lockdown

Hours after the Diwanpara cloth market and the Danapith grain market announced that they are joining the jewellery market in Soni Bazar area of Rajkot city in a self-imposed lockdown, in view of the rising cases of Covid-19, the Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Monday convened a meeting of its member associations and announced that it was not in favour of a lockdown. Read More

03:09 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Over one-fifth of total Covid-19 cases in Pune identified in last two weeks

Despite several measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been witnessing a sharp increase in the number of new patients with over one-fifth of the total positive cases so far identified in the last two weeks. The first case was reported on March 9. Read More

02:54 (IST)15 Sep 2020
1,060 positive cases in Pune city police

The number of Covid positive cases in the 9,000-strong Pune city police is now 1,060. The number of cases in the state police force is reported to be over 19,300. Read More

02:48 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Pune: Covid warrior dies of coronavirus, family says doctors failed to diagnose his illness

Forty-nine-year-old Munir Ramdurg, a well-known civic activist from Pimpri-Chinchwad and former vice-president of Ammunition Factory Workers’ Union, Khadki, died of coronavirus on Monday. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a brother and two sisters. A Covid warrior, Ramdurg helped several Covid patients find hospital beds and cremate victims’ bodies. Read More

01:18 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Gujarat: Minister tests positive; 17 deaths take toll to 3,254

Minister of food, civil supply and consumer affairs Jayesh Radadiya is among the 1,334 cases who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. Radadiya declared this on social media stating that he got tested for the infection after experiencing mild symptoms and the test has returned positive. He added that he has got himself home quarantined and advised those who came in contact with him in the last one week to get themselves tested. Read More

22:31 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Building portfolio of therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients: Vardhan

A portfolio of therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients is being built by undertaking 13 clinical trials of repurposed drugs and harnessing traditional knowledge using the modern medicine approach, with planned trials involving medicinal plants like 'Aswagandha', Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday. Making a statement in Lok Sabha on the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps taken by the central government, Vardhan said in India, a major focus has been on facilitating the development of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 30 vaccine candidates have been supported which are in different stages of development. He said Phase 2 clinical trial of 'immunomodulator Sepsivac' has been completed successfully while Phase 2 clinical trial of the first-ever phytopharmaceutical ACQH is underway.

22:28 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Prasanthi Mandir of Sai Baba to re-open from September 27

Prasanthi Mandir, the abode of Bhagawan Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparti, over 70 km from Andhra Pradesh's Anantapuramu, will be re-opened to devotees from September 27. Announcing this in press release on Monday, a spokesman of the Satya Sai Central Trust said the daily morning and evening 'arathi' would be conducted from the re-opening day. The mandir was closed in March due to the coronavirus lockdown. Thousands of devotees from across the globe visit Puttaparti everyday to pay obeisance to the Bhagawan at his divya samadhi. (PTI)

22:03 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Farooq Abdullah says oxygen shortage in Jammu hospitals worrisome

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday termed the reported oxygen shortage in Jammu hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic worrisome and claimed that nothing substantial was being done to alleviate the problem, a party statement said. Replying to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Abdullah said the situation is reportedly quite worrisome particularly in the wake of the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases during the past one week. “Reportedly, hospitals managing COVID-19 cases are facing acute shortage of oxygen, thereby putting the lives of critical coronavirus patients at risk. It is distressing to know that nothing substantial is being done to alleviate the problem,” he said. The statement said Abdullah also raised the issue of 60 “dysfunctional” ventilators that are meant to provide life support to critically ill patients. He called for immediate necessary measures to strengthen the healthcare support system. (PTI)

21:24 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Supreme Court to hold a 'Mind Matters' workshop tomorrow

Amid rising cases of the novel coronavirus infection in the national capital, Supreme Court is set to hold a 'Mind Matters' workshop tomorrow in collaboration with the Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences for the officials, advocates & litigants of the apex court, to enable them to cope with the stress and anxieties during the pandemic. (ANI)

21:10 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Vehicles carrying oxygen to be treated as ambulance in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government on Monday ordered treating vehicles carrying oxygen on par with ambulances to facilitate smooth and timely supply of the gas in hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients. A notification issued by the government in this regard said such vehicles will be treated as ambulances only for carrying oxygen for a period of one year. The Government of Maharashtra hereby declares that vehicles permitted for carrying oxygen for medical purposes shall be treated on par with the ambulance for carrying only oxygen, for a period of one year during such disaster and thereby treating such vehicles as the vehicle on emergency and disaster management duties, the notification said. (PTI)

20:06 (IST)14 Sep 2020
UK trials new antibody cocktail treatment for COVID-19

The UK on Monday began human trials of a new antibody treatment for patients hospitalised with COVID-19. As part of the government-backed Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) Trials, monoclonal antibodies, or potent laboratory-made antibodies, will be given to about 2,000 patients in the coming weeks to see if they are effective against coronavirus.

"REGN-COV2 was specifically designed by Regeneron scientists to target the virus that causes COVID-19. RECOVERY will be the fourth late-stage randomised clinical trial evaluating REGN-COV2 and will add to our knowledge about how this novel antibody cocktail may help hospitalised patients in need," said George D Yancopoulos, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, the biotech firm collaborating on the project. (AP)

19:51 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Manish Sisodia tests positive

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Monday. He did not attend the Assembly session earlier in the day as he has fever since Sunday night. “After having a mild fever, I took the corona test today, the result of which came out to be positive. I have kept myself in isolation. There is no fever or any other problem right now. I am completely fine. With all your blessings, I will return to work soon,” he tweeted.

19:17 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Ex-UP CM Kalyan Singh tests positive for coronavirus

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has contracted coronavirus and undergoing treatment at Lucknow's SGPGI hospital, his grandson and state minister Sandeep Singh said on Monday. The UP Technical and Medical Education disclosed this on his Twitter handle and prayed for the 88-year-old BJP leader's recovery. "I pray to Lord Ram for your speedy recovery. Our best wishes are with you," Sandeep tweeted referring to the former state chief minister. Sources too confirmed that the veteran BJP leader has been admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences of Lucknow. (PTI)

18:31 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Major economies shrink amid COVID-19 pandemic

A global development agency said the world's 20 major industrialised nations have seen their economies shrink in an unprecedented manner between April and June amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday that the gross domestic product dropped by a record 6.9% in the second quarter of this year in the G-20 area.

This organisation noted that is "significantly larger" than the 1.6% fall recorded in the first quarter of 2009 at the height of the financial crisis. Between April and June this year, the GDP most dramatically fell by 25.2 in India, by 20.4% in the UK and by 17.1% in Mexico. It plunged by 9.1% in the United States. 

The OECD said that China was the only G-20 country recording growth (11.5%) in that period. The organization said that reflects "the earlier onset of the pandemic in this country and subsequent recovery." (AP)

18:29 (IST)14 Sep 2020
India CPI Retail Inflation Rate August 2020: Govt data shows retail inflation grew 6.69% in August

Retail inflation growth across the country eased to 6.69 per cent in the month of August, the data released by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) showed. The retail inflation which is measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of July was also revised to 6.73 per cent from 6.93 per cent. Last month too, the government had revised the CPI data for June to 6.23 per cent from 6.09 per cent. Prior to June’s data, the government had not released the headline retail inflation data in April and May. However, in April, it had revised the CPI data for the month of March to 5.84 per cent from 5.91 per cent. Read the report here

17:49 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Beds in COVID hospitals should be increased: Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials on Monday to increase the number of beds in the COVID hospitals being run under the Health Department. All the medical colleges and hospitals in Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Meerut have been asked to work at full capacity. The drug controller has been asked to make proper arrangements for medicines and oxygen in these districts, according to a statement. In a meeting, Adityanath directed officials to increase the number of beds in the COVID hospitals of the Health Department. The chief minister also asked the KGMU, SGPGI and the RMLIMS hospitals in Lucknow to make arrangement for 1,000 beds, it said. (PTI)

16:58 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Situation in Bengal getting better: CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the coronavirus situation in the state is improving but the people still need to be careful. "We've 23,624 active cases and 3,945 deaths, with 86 per cent deaths due to comorbidities. The positivity rate in India is 8.53 per cent and here it's 8.21 per cent. The country's discharge rate is 77 per cent, while here it is 86.40 per cent," the chief minister said. "The situation is getting better, but we need to be careful," Banerjee added.

Health workers collect swab samples in Narkeldanga Main Road Kolkata

Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passed away Sunday morning while undergoing treatment in New Delhi. Singh, who had recently resigned from RJD, had fallen critically ill after developing post-COVID complications. Singh’s condition had deteriorated on Friday night, and he was admitted to AIIMS on Saturday with complaints of recurrent cough. The 74-year-old was later put on a ventilator.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to Delhi AIIMS on Saturday for a “complete medical checkup” ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament from Monday. He will remain in the hospital for 1-2 days, a statement issued by the medical institute said on Sunday. This comes nearly two weeks after the 55-year-old BJP leader was discharged from the top medical institute for post-Covid care. This is his second visit to the hospital in over a month.

A study on the first national sero surveillance to estimate the prevalence of the novel coronavirus, conducted in May, shows that as many as 8.56 lakh cases were present in the 233 districts deemed ‘zero-caseload’ at the time — confirming the under-detection of cases in the country. While an independent group of experts began investigating the severe illness in a participant that led to a halt on clinical trials of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, the World Health Organisation said there was nothing to be discouraged about, since these kinds of incidents routinely happen during trials.

Meanwhile, the India trials of the vaccine, being carried out by Pune-based Serum Institute of India, have also been halted. Serum had, on Wednesday, claimed that the India trials would remain unaffected by AstraZeneca’s decision. However, it was issued a show-cause notice by the officer of the Drug Controller General of India, and on Thursday, Serum said it was putting a hold on India trials. Till now, 100 participants have been given the vaccine in India where combined phase-2 and phase-3 trials were approved last month. About 1,600 participants were planned to be enrolled for the complete trial.

In Geneva, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said the AstraZeneca pause was not a setback, and nothing to be discouraged about. She said the incident just demonstrated that the process of vaccine development was not always a “fast and straight road”.



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