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Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: West Bengal government revises complete lockdown dates

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With nearly 53,000 new cases (52,972), the number of confirmed infections in India crossed the 18-lakh mark on Sunday. As many as 771 casualties took place in the last 24 hours, pushing the 2death toll to 38,135. Of the 18,03,696 cases, 5,79,357 are active, while 11,86,203 have been cured.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 3, 2020 8:30:01 pm
The number of confirmed infections in India crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday.

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: West Bengal government on Monday revised the dates for the statewide lockdown. The complete shutdown will now be observed on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. Meanwhile, the state BJP took a swipe at the Bengal government for “deliberately selecting” August 5 for Covid-19 lockdown when the ‘bhoomi pujan’ (groundbreaking rituals) in Ayodhya for the construction of Ram temple is scheduled. It demanded the TMC ministry to shift the date as it did for the Eid festival, news agency PTI reported.

With nearly 53,000 new cases (52,972), the number of confirmed infections in India crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. As many as 771 casualties took place in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 38,135. Of the 18,03,696 cases, 5,79,357 are active, while 11,86,203 have been cured.

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 18 million as the pandemic is now adding a million infections every four days, prompting more lockdowns. The World Health Organisation, has meanwhile, said that the said it expects the Covid-19 pandemic to be of “lengthy duration” and that it remains “a public health emergency of international concern.”

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20:29 (IST)03 Aug 2020
No community transmission of Covid-19 in state : Manipur CM

A day after Manipur Speaker Y. Khemchand Singh claimed that community transmission of Covid-19 has started in Manipur, state Chief Minister N Biren Singh Monday that there is no such thing happening.

“Though evidence of local transmission has been detected there is no community transmission in the state yet,' Singh told reporters.

Singh said that awareness among the people is very much needed to contain further spread of the disease. He also issued an appeal asking people to come out openly for early treatment instead of concealing their Covid-19 status.

20:00 (IST)03 Aug 2020
CPIM leader Md. Salim tests positive for coronavirus

CPIM politburo member and former Lok Sabha MP Mohammed Salim, has tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. He has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata for treatment.

19:57 (IST)03 Aug 2020
West Bengal govt changes lockdown dates

West Bengal government on Monday revised the dates for the statewide lockdown. The complete shutodown will now be observed on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31.

Meanwhile, the state BJP took a swipe at the Bengal government for "deliberately selecting" August 5 for Covid-19 lockdown when the 'bhoomi pujan' (groundbreaking rituals) in Ayodhya for the construction of Ram temple is scheduled. It demanded the TMC ministry to shift the date like it did for the Eid festival, news agency PTI reported.

19:39 (IST)03 Aug 2020
What’s the idea behind new guidelines to contain COVID-19 in gymnasiums and yoga institutes

As per the Unlock-3 guidelines, the Ministry of Home Affairs has removed restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night and has allowed yoga institutions and gymnasiums to open from August 5. On August 3, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released its guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19 in gymnasiums and yoga institutes.

What are the generic preventive measures?

While yoga institutes and gymnasiums have been allowed, they will remain closed in containment zones. The generic preventive measures will be applicable here too. So, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised not to use gyms in closed spaces. Yoga institutes and gymnasiums are expected to advise members accordingly.

For those using these facilities or working in them, a new set of guidelines have been released. To know more, read our explainer.

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19:37 (IST)03 Aug 2020
How Ayodhya is preparing for Ram temple bhoomi poojan amid Covid protocols

Preparations for the Ram mandir bhoomi poojan in Ayodhya, scheduled for August 5, are on in full swing, with the city being painted in yellow – the colour of knowledge and auspiciousness.

The prayers and the ceremony are to start Tuesday morning with the worship of Lord Hanuman’s mark in Ayodhya, as he is believed to preside over the city. The programme was scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to the weekend lockdowns in Uttar Pradesh amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Continuous Akhand Ramayan recitation in all local temples and a Deepotsava by lighting oil lamps in houses, temples and the Saryu River on the night of August 4 and 5 have been announced.

An invitation to the programme, written in red and black over a yellow background, has already been mailed to the guests, asking them to be present at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya by Tuesday 4 pm for the historical bhoomi poojan. The event on Wednesday is to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sources close to the Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which is the organiser of the event, said that the list of more than 260 invitees has been trimmed to 175, to ensure social distancing. Click here to read the full report.

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Workers clean Ram Ki Paidi in Ayodhya on Sunday, August 2. (PTI)
18:57 (IST)03 Aug 2020
UP reports 4,441 new Covid cases, 50 more fatalities

Uttar Pradesh reported 4,441 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the total to 97,362 as 50 more fatalities pushed the death toll in the state to 1,778. Of the new deaths reported, seven were from Kanpur, six from Varanasi, five each from Lucknow and Lakhimpur Kheri and four each from Meerut and Gorakhpur, among others, an official statement said here. Among the fresh cases of the infection, the highest number of 507 was reported from Lucknow, followed by 415 in Kanpur Nagar and 194 in Varanasi, it said. (PTI)

18:28 (IST)03 Aug 2020
How effective are social distancing measures in curbing spread of Covid-19?

Social distancing is among the key precautionary measures to protect against and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. In a study published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science, researchers have tried to quantify the efficacy of social distancing measures by analysing the spread of Covid-19 in 134 nations which have varying policies on social distancing. The study was published on July 30. Read our explainer to find out what the study says.

17:59 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Covid protocol will be strictly followed in Ayodhya: CM Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Monday said that the Covid-19 protocol will be strictly followed during the ceremony for Ram temple in Ayodhya. "COVID-19 protocol will be strictly followed at the event. As the prime minister will be here representing 135 crore people, I appeal that only those who have been invited should visit Ayodhya. The rest should remain at their respective places," Adityanath said, adding no laxity will be allowed.

(Source: PTI)
17:38 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Shops in Mumbai to open on all days, BMC issues order

As part of the Maharashtra government's "Mission Begin again," the BMC on Monday in an order said that shops in Mumbai can now remain open on all days on both sides of the road. It also said that malls will also be open for the public from August 05 from 9 am to 7 pm.

17:26 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Tripura: BJP MLA served notice for violating Covid protocol

Hours after former Tripura health minister and BJP MLA Sudip Roy Barman visited a Covid care centre in a PPE suit, he was a memo by the local administration stating that his visit was "unautorised" and that he would be put under quarantine for 14 days.

The memo, served by West Tripura District Magistrate Sandeep Namdeo Mahatme claimed that Barman had exposed himself to Coivd patients at the centre and had put himself at a high risk of catching the virus. It also said that he would be put under institutional quarantine for seven days followed by seven more days of home quarantine.

In a reply, Barman on Monday said that he feels the DM wrote the notice "under duress" and claimed that some vested interest group has hatched a concerted conspiracy to get him exposed to coronavirus and put his life at risk by quarantining him with other COVID patients and that no Covid test was conducted.

Barman further defended himself saying his visit was not unauthorized as the Director of Health Services, Medical Superintendent of Govind Ballabh Panth (GBP) Hospital – the apex dedicated COVID Care Hospital were informed of his visit prior to his arrival. Barman said he visited the centre after seeing a video clip of a pregnant woman and Covid patient housed in Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel on social media, where she complained of lack of doctor visits and observation at the centre. He also said he visited the patients wearing a full-body PPE kit.

16:41 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Why so many Covid-19 vaccines are being developed

According to the latest list of the World Health Organisation, at least 165 vaccines for novel Coronavirus were being developed across the world. There are possibly more, but still in the early stages, and not listed by WHO. Those that are listed have all entered at least the pre-clinical trials stage. Some of them are in the final stage of human trials, possibly only a few months away from hitting the market (a Russian vaccine promises to be ready in weeks, if not in days), while many others are just getting into animal trials, and are perhaps a couple of years away from becoming ready.

But why are so many vaccines being developed? Do we need so many Coronavirus vaccines? Wouldn’t one be enough? Wouldn’t the first one to hit the market make others redundant? Aren’t then we wasting huge amount of money and resources in duplicating efforts? Shouldn’t everyone collaborate to produce just one effective vaccine, and concentrate our efforts in ensuring that it is made available to all? Click here to read about some possible answers.

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16:28 (IST)03 Aug 2020
WHO says there may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that while there were strong hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for the coronavirus that has infected millions around the world.

"There is no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be," director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing from the UN body's headquarters in Geneva.

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15:46 (IST)03 Aug 2020
No need to worry, will soon get back to work: B S Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital here, on Monday said there was no need for anyone to worry and he will soon get back to work after recovery.

15:45 (IST)03 Aug 2020
UK rolls out 2 new rapid COVID-19 tests

Two new tests, both able to detect the novel coronavirus in just 90 minutes, will be rolled out to hospitals, care homes and laboratories across the UK to increase testing capacity and distinguish between COVID-19 and winter flu in the coming months, the British government said on Monday.

One of the tests, the 90-minute LamPORE swab tests, will be supplied by Oxford Nanopore, an Oxford University spin-off co-founded by Indian-origin CEO Gordon Sanghera, who believes it also offers an "accessible global testing solution," news agency PTI reported.

14:58 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Search on for patients who gave false information in Lucknow

About 2,300 people, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Lucknow, had given false information pertaining to their names, mobile numbers and addresses, news agency PTI reported on Monday. 

While 1,171 people out of those who gave false information have been tracked, a hunt is on for the others.

A senior health official said, "2,290 people who had undergone COVID-19 tests at various private and government laboratories between July 23 and July 31 had given false names, mobile numbers and addresses. This came to the fore when our department could not contact them. We have informed the police about it."

These people are not only from Lucknow but other cities also who were tested in the state capital, he said.

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14:31 (IST)03 Aug 2020
IT Minister Prasad self isolates; met Amit Shah on Saturday

IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has gone into self-isolation, as he had met Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday evening, a source said. Prasad does not have any symptoms and the self-isolation is purely based on the existing protocol, the source added. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and is getting admitted to a hospital following the advice of doctors. (PTI)

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13:57 (IST)03 Aug 2020
In Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, early signs of stabilisation of active cases

Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu have begun to show signs of a stabilisation in their active cases. But these trends are only a few days old, and can change anytime. In the case of Tamil Nadu at least, such a dip in active cases has been observed in an earlier period as well. But for Maharashtra, this is a relatively new trend.

No other major state, apart from Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra is showing any signs of reduction in active cases right now. In fact, the active cases in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, all fast growing states, have been rising rapidly in the last one month

Maharashtra 441,228 9,509 276,809 15,576
Tamil Nadu 257,613 5,875 196,483 4,132
Andhra Pradesh 158,764 8,555 82,886 1,474
Delhi 137,677 961 123,317 4,004
Karnataka 134,819 5,532 57,725 2,504
Uttar Pradesh 92,921 3,973 53,357 1,730
West Bengal 75,516 2,739 52,730 1,678
Telangana 67,660 983 48,609 551
Gujarat 63,683 1,109 46,587 2,487
Bihar 57,270 2,762 36,637 322
13:20 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Uma Bharti to skip Ram Temple ‘bhoomi pujan’ in Ayodhya due to Covid-19

Due to the novel coronavirus, veteran BJP leader Uma Bharti Monday said she would not attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5. Instead, Bharti said she would be on the banks of the Saryu river and visit the site and offer prayers to ‘Ram Lalla’ after the event had concluded. Her announcement, made on Twitter, came a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah and a couple of Uttar Pradesh BJP leaders tested positive for the disease. Bharti said she was worried about those attending the ceremony, “especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Bharti also said she had informed the temple authorities and the Prime Minister’s Office to remove her name from the list of attendees.

Veteran BJP leader Uma Bharti (PTI Photo)
12:53 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Telangana reports 11 deaths, 983 new COVID-19 cases

Telangana reported 983 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 67,660. With 11 more deaths, the coronavirus toll in the state rose to 551, a state government bulletin said on Monday, providing data as of 8 pm on August 2. Out of the 983 fresh cases, 273 were from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), a substantial fall compared to the previous days, followed by Ranga Reddy (73) and Warangal Urban (57) districts, the bulletin said. GHMC and few other districts which have been reporting higher numbers of positive cases saw a considerable decline in numbers on Sunday. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.81 per cent, while it was 2.13 per cent at the national level, it said.

12:21 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Odisha's COVID-19 death toll climbs to 207 with 10 more fatalities, 1,384 new cases reported

The death toll due to COVID-19 in Odisha crossed the 200-mark on Monday with 10 more fatalities taking the total to 207, a Health Department official said. At least 1,384 more people have tested positive for the disease, pushing the tally to 36,297, he said. Of the new fatalities, three each were reported from Ganjam and Rayagada districts, two from Gajapati and one each from Kalahandi and Khurda. The fresh cases were reported from 26 districts. Of the 1,384 new cases, 873 were detected in quarantine centres, and 511 in localities. Ganjam district, Odisha's coronavirus hotspot, reported the maximum number of fresh cases at 331, followed by Khurda at 211 and Sambalpur at 93. The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 14,094, while 21,955 people have recovered from the disease so far.

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With lockdown restrictions having eased to a large extent and most activities having resumed, the novel Coronavirus got almost unhindered opportunities in July to spread in the Indian population. The result has been that more than 11 lakh people were found to have been infected with the virus in July. That is almost double the number of infected people before that.

That has meant that, on an average, more than 35,000 people were added every day in the month of July to the confirmed number of infections in the country. In the last three days, this number has been more than 50,000, with each day recording a number higher than the previous day.

Andhra Pradesh saw its Coronavirus numbers increase by almost nine times in July, while in Karnataka the number of infected people rose by more than seven times during this period. Bihar, Assam and Kerala added more than four times the number of infected people they had till June.

In almost every state, the numbers have at least doubled, the only exceptions being Delhi and Gujarat. Delhi, which has shown a remarkable slowdown, saw its numbers grow by 55 per cent in July, while in Gujarat the number of infected increased by 89 per cent.

Besides the easing of lockdown restrictions, another important reason for the phenomenal rise in numbers has been the impressive increasing in the number of tests being carried out. Till the end of June, a total of just over 88 lakh tests had been carried out in the country. In the month of July alone, more than 1.05 crore samples have been tested. The number of daily tests has increased from a level of about two lakh at the end of June to over five lakh now. On Thursday, 6.42 lakh tests were performed in a single day, the highest so far. There are plans to further ramp up the testing infrastructure to enable over 10 lakh tests a day.

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