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COVID-19 August 13 Updates: Security guards of Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur test positive for Covid-19

Globally, over 20 million (20,532,835) people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, including 747,845 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2020 9:22:19 am
west bengal coronavirus news update, west bengal coronavirus death toll, bengal coronavirus testing, bengal coronavirus cases, indian express newsThe country recorded 65,002 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total virus caseload to 2,536,192. In pic: Rapid antigen tests conducted at NMMC Medical center in Kukshet Gaon in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Five security guards of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, Dr Surekha Chopra, Chief Medical Officer, Shimla, told news agency ANI.

The Covid-19 tally in India rose to 2,396,637 on Thursday after nearly 67,000 fresh cases were registered with a span of 24 hours. The death toll also increased from 46,091 to 47,033 during the same period, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Globally, over 20 million (20,532,835) people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, including 747,845 deaths. The United States continues to remain the worst affected followed by Brazil and India. Amid race for an effective vaccine worldwide, Russia has approved a coronavirus vaccine for public use without the final phase of human trials.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) India & World News Live Updates: Nearly 67,000 fresh cases, tally in India rises to 2,396,637; death toll at 47,033; over 20 million infected worldwide. Get latest updates here.

22:36 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Haryana: 793 new Covid cases reported, total now 44,817

793 new Covid cases reported in Haryana today, taking the total number of cases to 44817: State Health Department

22:26 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Security guards of Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur test positive for Covid-19

Five security guards of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, Dr Surekha Chopra, Chief Medical Officer, Shimla, told news agency ANI.

20:36 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Maharashtra: 11,813 new Covid-19 case, 9,115 recoveries

11,813 new Covid-19 cases, 9,115 recoveries & 413 deaths reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 5,60,126, including 1,49,798 active cases, 3,90,958 cured cases and 19,063 till date: Public Health Department, Maharashtra

20:32 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Record 8.3 lakh tests done, total figure 2.68 crore: Health ministry

A record high of over 8 lakh tests have been done for detection of COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, taking the cumulative testing figure in India to 2,68,45,688 crore, the Union Health ministry said on Thursday. The Tests Per Million saw a sharp increase to stand at 19453. A record 8,30,391 samples were tested on Wednesday in the country. "In pursuance of the 'test, track and treat' strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day," the ministry said. The strong resolve and determination of the Union and state governments and union territory administrations to follow aggressive testing as the first important step in the early detection and isolation of COVID-19 positive cases have resulted in India rapidly increasing the number of tests done per day, it said. (PTI)

20:07 (IST)13 Aug 2020
J&K: 536 new Covid positive cases reported

536 new Covid positive cases reported from Jammu and Kashmir today; 98 from Jammu division and 438 from Kashmir division, taking the total number of cases to 26949. Death toll rises to 509 after 11 deaths were reported today, said Govt of J&K.

19:25 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Top developments in Coronavirus situation across India, World

  • Nearly 67,000 new cases recorded; India’s Covid caseload now at 2,396,637
  • COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 70.77 pc, fatality rate declines to 1.96%: Health ministry
  • Assam allows public transport, relaxes night curfew from Aug 16
  • Ram Mandir trust head tests positive for Covid-19
  • SC may resume physical hearings next week
  • Zydus Cadila launches India’s cheapest remdesivir version at Rs 2,800 per vial
  • Can't allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic: Maha to HC
  • Over 20,643,028 people test Covid positive worldwide; death toll stands at 749,764
  • UK lowers COVID-19 toll by 5,000 after adopting new official counting methodology
  • China says frozen chicken wings from Brazil test positive for coronavirus
  • German coronavirus tests backlog: 900 positive not yet told
  • Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies with some exception
  • Bhutan imposes 1st nationwide virus lockdown

18:39 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Assam announces latest unlock measures: public transport allowed; night curfew relaxed

On Thursday, the Assam government announced the latest unlock measures relaxing the night curfew till 9 30 pm, allowing public transport and inter-district movement. According to an order passed by Assam chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, inter-district movement of passenger vehicles is allowed between Monday to Friday, public transport like city buses are allowed to ply on 50 per cent capacity and proper social distancing norms. The earlier restriction which allowed shops on only one side of the street to open in Guwahati has been withdrawn. The curfew from 9.30 pm to 5 am remains and so does the weekend (Saturday-Sunday) lockdown. However, the government has passed a special order for August 15, a Saturday, on account of Independence Day: people will be allowed to move from 6am to 5 pm, subject to maintenance of social distancing norms. The state currently has 21,626 active cases.

18:13 (IST)13 Aug 2020
COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 70.77 pc, fatality rate declines to 1.96%: Health ministry

The COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 70.77 per cent on Thursday with the total number of patients recuperating from the disease reaching nearly 17 lakh, while the case fatality rate has further declined to 1.96 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said. It said "record-high" recoveries have led to a decline in the "actual caseload" of the country, which is the number of active cases, and currently is only 27.27 per cent of the total cases. The number of recoveries from COVID-19 exceed active cases by more than 10 lakh. (PTI)

16:55 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Virgin Atlantic to resume flights from London to Delhi, Mumbai from Sept 2

British premier carrier Virgin Atlantic on Thursday announced the resumption of its flight services to Delhi and Mumbai from London Heathrow, under the air bubble pact, starting September 2. Virgin Atlantic plans to operate three flights a week from Delhi to London Heathrow from September 2, while Mumbai services are planned to re-commence from September 17 with four flights per week, the airline said in a release. Both the destinations will provide connections to New York JFK and will operate on 787-9 Dreamliner, it said. The flights to the two destinations in India from London are being resumed under the air bubble pact between the UK and Indian governments, it said. (PTI)

16:43 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Uttar Pradesh reports 4,537 new COVID-19 cases, 50 more deaths

Uttar Pradesh reported 50 more COVID-19 deaths and 4,537 new cases of the infection on Thursday. Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said the total number of cases in the state stands at 1,40,775 and the death toll at 2,280. "So far, 88,786 people have been treated and discharged. There are now 49,709 active COVID-19 cases in the state, of which 22,408 are in home isolation," Prasad said. The state's COVID-19 tally was 1,36,238 on Wednesday. (PTI)

16:05 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Keeping tab on fees of pvt COVID hospitals: Nagpur collector

The Nagpur district administration in Maharashtra has deployed its officials to monitor prices being charged by private COVID-19 hospitals following complaints of some medical facilities charging exorbiatnt amounts from patients. Sales tax and GST officials were trained a few days back to keep a check on the rates being charged by the hospitals in Nagpur, Resident Deputy Collector Ravindra Khajanji said on Wednesday. The officials are now monitoring if the state government's regulations on charges for treatment of COVID-19 patients are being followed, Collector Ravindra Thakre told PTI.

15:46 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Record 1,981 COVID-19 cases in Odisha push tally to 52,653

Odisha on Thursday witnessed the biggest single-day spike of 1,981 COVID-19 cases, which took the state's tally to 52,653, a health department official here said. Nine more patients succumbed to the infection, raising the death toll to 314, he said. Three deaths were recorded in Ganjam district, two each in Cuttack and Mayurbhanj, and one each in Kandhamal and Sundergarh, the official said. "Regret to inform the demise of Nine #COVID 19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals," the health and family welfare department said on Twitter. (PTI)

15:04 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Can't allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic: Maha to HC

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it could not permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state said that opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, would lead to an "imminent danger" of the spread of the virus. The state's counsel Purnima Kantahria submitted a written reply before a bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Madhav Jamdar, saying that the state had decided against opening the temples as it could lead to further spread of coronavirus, which might result in loss of lives. (PTI)

14:36 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Can't allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic: Maharashtra govt to HC

The Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it could not permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan, PTI reported. The state said that opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, would lead to an "imminent danger" of the spread of the virus. Responding to this, the court said it did not wish to interfere with the state's decision right now. "This won't be possible. If you noticed, yesterday, there were no Govindas on the streets," the bench said while referring to the restrictions on the Janmashtami celebrations this year in view of the pandemic. 

14:26 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Record 1,981 Covid-19 cases in Odisha push tally to 52,653

Odisha on Thursday witnessed the biggest single-day spike of 1,981 Covid-19 cases, which took the state's tally to 52,653, a health department official here said. Nine more patients succumbed to the infection, raising the death toll to 314, he said. Three deaths were recorded in Ganjam district, two each in Cuttack and Mayurbhanj, and one each in Kandhamal and Sundergarh, the official said. "Regret to inform the demise of Nine #COVID 19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals," the health and family welfare department posted on Twitter.

14:16 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Ravi Shankar Prasad visits Patna Medical College and Hospital

Union Minister and MP from Patna Sahib Ravi Shankar Prasad today visited the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), to review medical facilities amid the virus pandemic.

13:57 (IST)13 Aug 2020
No installation of idols, no rallies for immersion: TN government issues guidelines for Ganesh Chaturthi

Issuing guidelines for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations amid the pandemic, the Tamil Nadu government today said the festival will be celebrated on August 22 in the state. "People are advised to celebrate Vinayaka Chaturthi at their home to curtail Covid-19 spread. No installation of idols in public and no rallies to immerse idols in water bodies allowed," it said. 

13:40 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Zydus Cadila launches India’s cheapest remdesivir version at Rs 2,800 per vial

Zydus Cadila on Thursday launched the cheapest generic version of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir in India to treat Covid-19 following reports of shortages at hospitals in the world’s third-worst hit nation. Zydus has priced it at Rs 2,800 ($37.44) per 100mg vial. It will be sold under the brand name Remdac to government and private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, the company said in a regulatory filing. Officials in some Indian states had a few weeks ago complained of supply issues, but a top executive at drugmaker Cipla Ltd had earlier this week said the supplies were stabilising.

13:29 (IST)13 Aug 2020
India Coronavirus Numbers: UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam biggest contributors to daily numbers


While Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have seen a dramatic rise in their novel Coronavirus cases in the last month and a half, there are at least four other large states where the disease has been spreading at a very fast rate. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam have seen their Coronavirus numbers grow by several times since July, and are now the biggest contributors to the daily numbers, apart from the usual suspects Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal already host more than 1 lakh people who have so far been infected with the virus, while Bihar is getting there. Assam, with about 68,000 cases is some distance away, but it too has been growing at a fast pace. Click here to read more.

13:09 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Gyms re-open in Bhopal

Gyms re-opened in Bhopal today amid several protocals. A gym owner told news agency ANI, "We are checking our customer's body temperature, asking them to download Aarogya Setu app, to wear mask or shield and only allowing few people at a time to maintain social distance."

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The Assam government on Thursday announced the latest unlock measures allowing public transport, inter-district movement and relaxing night curfew till 9.30 pm from August 16. While public transport like city buses will be allowed to ply on 50 per cent capacity and proper social distancing norms, a curfew will remain in place from 9.30 pm to 5 am and so will the weekend lockdown. However, the government passed a special order for August 15 on account of Independence Day: people will be allowed to move from 6am to 5 pm subject to maintenance of social distancing norms. The state currently has 21,626 active cases.

More than a week after sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the bhoomi pujan, Ram Janmabhoomi Trust chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das tested positive for novel coronavirus this morning. In a statement today, the Uttar Pradesh government said that the Chief Minister has spoken to Mathura District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra and has urged Dr Trehan of Medanta Hospital to provide immediate medical attention.

10 states — Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh – account for almost 80 per cent of India's current active caseload.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the chief ministers in the video conference on Tuesday that they should set themselves the target of bringing the fatality rate in their states to under 1 per cent.

Fatality rate is the ratio of deaths to positive cases, expressed as percentage. India's national case fatality ratio (CFR) fell to 1.99% on Tuesday, the lowest since the beginning of the national lockdown in March. If the “virus is defeated in these 10 states, the entire country will emerge victorious in the battle against Covid-19,” the Prime Minister said.

He said there was an “urgent need to ramp up testing” in Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Telangana. “...In the states where the testing rate is low, and where the positivity rate is high, there is a need to increase testing – in particular, Bihar, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal, and Telangana, after giving special emphasis on increasing testing,” the Prime Minister said.

Positivity rate, also expressed in per cent, is the number of people detected positive against the number of those tested. Positivity is an indicator of how widespread the disease is.

Meanwhile, coronavirus broke out again in New Zealand after a gap of 102 days.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday said authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

Ardern said Auckland, the nation’s largest city, will be moved to Alert Level 3 from midday Wednesday through midnight Friday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home, while bars and many other businesses will be closed.

New Zealand initially got rid of the virus by imposing a strict lockdown in late March when only about 100 people had tested positive for the disease. That stopped its spread.

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