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Coronavirus august 11 Updates: MEA says over 10 lakh Indians returned under Vande Bharat Mission

The vaccine, developed by Gamaleya insitute, has received approval after less than two months of human testing. Vladimir Putin said his daughter had been inoculated.

Health workers wait to collect samples for COVID-19 test via Rapid Antigen kit, at Delhi Govt School in New Delhi.

Even as India recorded 53,601 new infections and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry in its latest briefing on Tuesday said that India’s recovery rate rose to 69.8 per cent due to effective and prompt clinical management of COVID-19 cases. It also said that the deaths as a proportion of known infected cases has been falling consistently, and has dropped below 2 per cent for the first time now. It is is currently at 1.99 per cent, said Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

The country’s coronavirus tally rose to 22,68,676. Of the 22,68,676 cases, 15,83,490 recovered, while 28.21 per cent (6,39,929) were still being treated. The fatalities stood at 45,257.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a virtual interaction with chief ministers of 10 states to take stock of the Covid-19 situation. These states, which have 80 per cent of India’s Covid-19 cases, were Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. During the meeting, PM Modi said India was heading in the right direction, and that the states could defeat the virus by working together. Some chief ministers, meanwhile, sought bigger financial packages from the Centre to tackle the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday said his country had registered the first vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine, developed by Gamaleya Institute, has received approval after less than two months of human testing. Putin said his daughter had been inoculated, and hoped the country would soon start mass producing the vaccine.

Global cases rose 20,011,186 on Tuesday, according to a tally by John Hopkins. The virus has spread to over 210 countries and territories since it first originated in China’s Wuhan in December 2019. The global death toll due to the disease stands at nearly 732,000. The United States has reported the highest number of cases (5,088,516), followed by Brazil (3,057,470) and India. (Follow our Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker, August 11)

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News Live Updates: India has 22.68 lakh cases of which nearly 70% patients are cured, less than 2% fatalities; India's death toll rises beyond 45,000; Russia has a Covid vaccine; global infections cross 20 million. Read Coronavirus vaccine latest updates

22:38 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Over 10 lakh Indians have returned under Vande Bharat Mission: MEA

 

Over 10 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava tweeted, “Vande Bharat Mission crosses the 1 million mark!”.

20:43 (IST)11 Aug 2020
J&K govt to allow maximum of 5,000 pilgrims daily to visit Vishno Devi shrine

The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday decided to allow a maximum of 5,000 pilgrims daily visit Shri Mata Vishno Devi shrine in Trikuta Hills near Katra from August 16 to September 30. The government announced to open religious places/places of worship within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir  from August 16. The UT Governor has  made mandatory to Install and use of Aarogya Setu App mandatory for all visitors.  

20:08 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Freash Covid cases today:

*Andhra Pradesh: 9,024 new cases, tally rises to 2,44,549; 87 more fatalities push death toll to 2,203

*Tamil Nadu: 5,834 new cases, tally goes up to 3,08,649; 118 more fatalities take death toll to 5,159

*Kerala: 1,417 more people test positive; five fresh fatalities take death toll to 120

*Delhi: 1,257 fresh cases, 8 deaths in last 24 hours; infection tally stands at 1,47,391

20:01 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Bihar plans to raise testing rate to over 1 lakh per day: Nitish tells PM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish KumarTuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the state plan to raise testing rate for COVID-19 to over one lakh per day.  Kumar, who was joined by his counterparts in nine othe states at the video conference meeting on coronaviru situation, said the state was at present testing more tha 75,000 samples daily though the number of RT-PCR examinations which he called "the most important", remained as low as abou 6100 per day.

"The RT-PCR facility will soon be introduced at fiv more medical college hospitals which would help in raising th daily average by about 2300.

"Moreover, we have plans to purchase 10 RT-PCR and RN extraction machines which would raise our capacity by anothe 5,000", he said.

The state government has set a target of conductin more than one lakh tests every day, he said.

"We want our entire population tested so that the sprea of the coronavirus could be effectively checked. The densit of population in Bihar is 1102 as against the national averag of 382. This makes the task daunting for us, Kumar observed.

He requested the Centre to provide Bihar with tw COBAS-6800 machines which would enable it to increase th number of RT-PCR tests to about 20,000 per day.

The chief minister also thanked the centre for helpin set up two 500-bed dedicated COVID hospitals, at Bihta nea Patna and in Muzaffarpur, drawing from the PM Care Fund.

"At present, the dedicated COVID facilities have 32,12 beds. We intend to raise the number to 70,000. We are als ensuring free of charge medical facilities to those in hom isolation", Kumar added.

18:48 (IST)11 Aug 2020
States must not get overawed by increase in daily positive cases, says Health Ministry

The Health Ministry on Tuesday said states should not get overawed by a "mere increase" in daily positive cases of COVID-19 and should keep pursuing the policy of aggressive testing, comprehensive tracing and tracking and efficient treatment of cases. Addressing a press briefing, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the active cases of COVID-19, which comprised 88.83 per cent of the total caseload on March 31, have reduced to 28.21 per cent as on date.

"We should not lose sight of the bigger picture that is why we say that mere increase in daily positive cases must not overawe the states. They must keep on pursuing the policy of aggressive testing, comprehensive tracing and tracking and efficient treatment," he added.

18:18 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Kerala coronavirus: 1417 fresh cases reported

Kerala broke new record in daily cases on Tuesday with 1417 fresh cases. Of these, 1247 infected via local transmission. 

18:06 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Mamata raises issue of financial dues to WB during COVID-19 meeting

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerje Tuesday raised the issue of West Bengal's financial dues fro the Centre during a video conference on the pandemic and urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the Centre issue guidelines on which vaccine to be procured and used to figh the COVID-19 pandemic.  "The central government has raised the FRBM limit fro three per cent to five per cent but only 0.5 per cent out o the increased 2 per cent has been made unconditional. W request the central government to make the remaining 1.5 pe cent unconditional too for one year," Banerjee said. 

"Besides this, the state is still to receive Rs 413 crore towards GST compensation and overall outstanding dues o Rs 53000 crore from the central government," Banerjee wa quoted in a media statement issued by the West Benga government.  She raised the issue of which COVID-19 vaccine o serum to be used to treat the patients and urged the Centre t issue guidelines regarding it. "Regarding the vaccine, the central government shoul authorise which vaccine is to be procured and used. It mus issue guidelines in this regard," the statement quoted her She also requested the Centre to provide the stat with more high flow nasal canulas and ventilators

18:01 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Rahat Indori passes away, had tested Covid-19 positive

Lyricist and poet Rahat Indori has passed away. He was 70. Quoting a doctor from Sri Aurobindo Hospital, news portal ANI tweeted that the poet suffered from two heart attacks today and had 60 per cent pneumonia. “Urdu poet Rahat Indori (file pic) passes away at the hospital. He suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday, after testing positive for #COVID19. He had 60% pneumonia,” reads the tweet. 

17:26 (IST)11 Aug 2020
MP CM says he tests negative for coronavirus

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he has tested negative for coronavirus infection, six days after being discharged from a private hospital here. Chouhan, 61, had tested positive for coronavirus infection on July 25. He has been in home quarantine since he was discharged on August 5.

Chouhan had again tested positive for the infection on August 3. However, the Chirayu Hospital where he was admitted had said that the CM was being discharged as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). "They (doctors) advised discharge as per the ICMR policy dated May 8, wherein patients can be discharged after 10 days of symptoms onset and no fever for three days. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge," a bulletin issued by the hospital had stated.

17:08 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Covid death rate dropped below 2% for the first time


Even as India recorded 53,601 new infections and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry in its latest briefing said that India's recovery rate has neared 70 per cent. It also said that the deaths as a proportion of known infected cases has been falling consistently, and has dropped below 2 per cent for the first time now. It is is currently at 1.99 per cent, said Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan

16:57 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Coronavirus updates at 5 PM:

India's coronavirus tally rose to 22,68,676 with 53,601 new infections and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 9 am Tuesday.

However, the deaths as a proportion of known infected cases has been falling consistently, and has dropped below 2 per cent for the first time now

PM Modi, in his virtual meeting with chief ministers of 10 states said India was heading in the right direction, and that the states could defeat the virus by working together.

Mandeep Singh became the sixth hockey player to test positive. He was shifted to hospital after oxygen level drop

A panel of experts will meet Wednesday to discuss procurement and administration of Covid-19 vaccines. The meeting will be chaired by Dr V K Paul, a member of the Niti Aayog.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that his country had registered the first vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine, developed by Gamaleya Institute, has received approval after less than two months of human testing.

Coronavirus broke out again in New Zealand after 102 days with four cases in one Auckland household from an unknown source.

Global cases rose 20,011,186 on Tuesday with nearly 732,000 deaths.

The virus has spread to over 210 countries and territories since it first originated in China's Wuhan in December 2019.

The United States has reported the highest number of cases (5,088,516), followed by Brazil (3,057,470) and India.

16:33 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Coronavirus back in New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Ardern said Auckland, the nation’s largest city, will be moved to Level 3 from midday Wednesday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home and bars and many other businesses will be closed. She said the rest of the country will be raised to Level 2. 

16:19 (IST)11 Aug 2020
PM's virtual meet on COVID-19: TN CM urges Centre to share 50 per cent RT-PCR test cost

The Centre should fund 50 per cent of the cost of RT-PCR tests done for detecting COVID-19 and also finance the procurement of high-end ventilators, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday. Raising the demand with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a virtual meet he (Modi) held with chief ministers of ten states on COVID-19, Palaniswami also said a proactive strategy has led to a slide in new positive cases in Chennai and the model was being replicated in other parts of the state.

14:50 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Putin on Russia's Covid-19 vaccine: 'It has passed all checks'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Covid-19 vaccine: "I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks." In fact, he confirmed his daughter has been administered the vaccine.

14:40 (IST)11 Aug 2020
President Vladimir Putin says Russia has developed the world's first Covid-19 vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country had registered a vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine, developed by Gamaleya insitute, has received approval after less than two months of human testing. Putin said his daughter had been inoculated.

13:56 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Bengaluru: Nearly 18% of missing Covid-19 patients remain untraceable

Nearly 18 per cent of the 4,327 people who were untraceable since testing positive for coronavirus in Bengaluru between July 25 and August 7 are still missing on account of wrong contact details provided at the time of Covid-19 tests in Bengaluru, a probe by the city police and the city corporation has revealed.

According to the data for missing Covid-19 persons in Bengaluru, a total of 3,303 of the 4,327 persons who were untraceable after testing positive between July 25 and August 7 have been tracked down by the police so far, with 769 declared as untraceable and as many as 255 still being tracked. Read Johnson T A's report

13:51 (IST)11 Aug 2020
PM Modi: India will win Covid-19 battle, and there will be a new beginning

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday held a video interaction with chief ministers of 10 states. During the meeting, he exuded confidence that India would win the Covid-19 battle. He said India was heading in the right direction, and that states could defeat the virus by working together, and learning from each other.

13:41 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Mandeep Singh sixth hockey player to test positive; shifted to hospital after oxygen level drop

Hockey player Mandeep Singh was shifted to SS Sparsh multispeciality hospital last night after his blood oxygen level dropped below normal. As per latest reports, his condition is stable. Singh was the sixth player of the men’s hockey team to test positive for Covid-19 on Monday. Read more here

13:38 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Pranab Mukherjee in critical condition, says hospital

Former president of India Pranab Mukherjee is in critical condition, a statement from the Army Hospital in New Delhi, where he is admitted, said Tuesday. Mukherjee underwent brain surgery yesterday. While at the hospital, he had tested positive for Covid-19. 'Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee was admitted to Army Hospital (R&R) Delhi Cantt at 12.07 hours on August 10, 2020 in a critical condition. Workup at the hospital revealed a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life saving surgery. Post surgery he continues to remain critical on ventilatory support. He was also found to be COVID-19 positive,' the statement read.

13:25 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks liberal financial package to meet Covid-19 requirements

During the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Tuesday said the cap of 35 per cent in the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for Covid-19 related expenditure was insufficient to meet requirements. A statement from the Punjab Chief Minister's Office said Singh had requested PM Modi to provide a liberal financial package for states to combat the pandemic, reported news agency ANI.

"During a video conference meet of PM Modi with CMs of some states to review Covid situation, Capt Amarinder Singh said current cap of 35% in State Disaster Relief Fund for Covid related expenditure, as per MHA guidelines, is not sufficient to meet current requirements. CM Captain Amarinder Singh today sought from PM Narendra Modi a liberal financial package for states to fill the collection gap caused by the pandemic, and also flexibility on Covid-related terms of expenditure in SDRF," the statement read.

COVID-19 situation in Delhi under control: Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the Covid situation in Delhi is under control and the recovery rate is improving. Speaking at the inauguration of health facility in Ambedkar Nagar, he said in case the situation takes a turn for the worse, the government is fully prepared to deal with it. Delhi's Covid-19 case count stood at 1,44,127 on Saturday, according to government data.

Manoj Tiwari claims Amit Shah is now negative, deletes tweet' MHA says no test yet

Minutes after BJP leader Manoj Tiwari tweeted that Amit Shah has tested negative for coronavirus, the Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that the Home Minister is yet to undergo a test. The Delhi BJP leader has now deleted his tweet.

Brazil’s death toll tops 100,000, Covid-19 peak still away

The number of people succumbed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil surpassed 1 lakh-mark on Saturday, with 905 deaths and 49,970 cases in the last 24 hours. Despite the rising numbers and having over 3 million cases, the country continues to reopen its public places despite warning from experts that the pandemic is yet to peak. While it took three months for the toll to reach 50,000, it just took 50 days to kill the next 50,000.

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