India saw a single-day increase of 83,347 new coronavirus cases as its caseload went past 56 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. With 45,87,613 lakh people recovered, the Health Ministry claimed India has the highest recoveries among the top COVID affected nations in the world.
There are 9,68,377 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 17.15 per cent of the total caseload, data showed.
The overall infection tally stands at 56,46,010, while the death toll climbed to 90,020 with 1,085 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. The national recovery rate stands at 81.25 per cent.
The 1,085 new deaths include 392 from Maharashtra, 83 from Karnataka, 77 from Uttar Pradesh, 76 from Tamil Nadu, 66 from Punjab, 62 from West Bengal, 51 from Andhra Pradesh and 37 from Delhi.
Here is India’s top Covid-19 news on September 23:
Delhi records 3,714 new cases, COVID-19 tally over 2.56 lakh
Delhi recorded 3,714 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the tally in the city mounted to over 2.56 lakh, while the death toll rose to 5,087. These fresh cases were recorded from the more than 59,580 tests done the previous day.
Thirty-six new fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 5,087, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health Department.
The active cases tally on Wednesday stood at 30,836.
Madhya Pradesh: 2,346 new cases, 42 deaths
Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday recorded 2,346 new coronavirus cases, taking the total count to 1,13,057, the state health department said.
The death toll due to the pandemic went up to 2,077 with 42 fatalities during past 24 hours, it said in a statement in the evening.
Seven persons died in Indore, four in Sagar, two each in Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Vidisha, Damoh, Sehore, Raisen and Alirajpur, and one each in Khargone, Narsinghpur, Dhar, Shivpuri, Betul, Satna, Rajgarh, Chhatarpur, Katni, Bhind, Balaghat, Singrauli, Sidhi, Mandla and Ashok Nagar.
2,138 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 88,168.
Maharashtra: 21,029 new coronavirus cases, 479 deaths
Maharashtra’s coronavirus case tally rose to 12,63,799 on Wednesday with addition of 21,029 cases, the state health department said. With 479 COVID-19 patients dying during the day, the death toll reached 33,886, it said.
On the other hand, 19,476 patients were discharged, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 9,56,030, it said, adding that there are now 2,73,477 active cases in Maharashtra.
Mumbai city reported 2,360 new infections on Wednesday, which pushed its case count to 1,90,264, while the death toll rose to 8,604 with 49 coronavirus patients dying in the state capital. Pune city added 1,797 COVID-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,46,062, while 26 deaths took the toll to 3,329.
Daily COVID-19 recoveries exceed daily cases for 5th day
Daily COVID-19 recoveries have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day, the Union Health Ministry said Wednesday, as the total recoveries surged to 45,87,613 pushing the national recovery rate to 81.25 per cent.
A total of 89,746?recoveries have been registered against 83,347 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data.
With its focussed strategies and coordinated and proactive measures, India is reporting a steep increase in recoveries, the ministry said.
“New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day,” it said, adding, “India has the highest recovered cases in the world. It contributes 19.5 per cent to the global recoveries.”
Seventeen states and UTs have more new recoveries than new cases.
Kerala Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar test COVID positive
Kerala Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third member of the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet to be infected by the deadly virus, PTI reported. Earlier, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and Industries Minister E P Jayarajan had also contracted the disease.
His office said Kumar, who returned to Thiruvananthapuram two days ago, had complained about the breathing problem. “He underwent a medical check-up. His samples were collected for lab examination and its result came today.”
The Minister will be admitted to Government Medical College Hospital here,” an official said.
He said the minister’s personal staff and those who came in direct contact with him will undergo quarantine.
Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad tests COVID positive
Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease. Gaikwad has been admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in South Mumbai with mild symptoms. Sources close to her family said she was doing fine.
Sharing the information on her official Twitter handle, the Congress leader urged all those who had come in contact with her in the last few days to go into isolation and get themselves tested.
Gaikwad is the 13th minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government to catch the infection. Three days ago, Minister of State (School Education) Bacchu Kadu had also tested positive for the virus.
Gaikwad was on a four-day official trip to Marathwada last week. She is the Guardian Minister of Hingoli district.
Behind the Delhi government’s move to order 33 private hospitals to reserve 80% of their ICU beds for Covid patients is the increase in cases since the beginning of the month as well as the apprehension that people from outside Delhi are occupying ICU beds.
As per sources, 35% of patients on ventilators and 25% of those in ICUs and on oxygen support in Delhi’s Covid hospitals are from other states. At present, there are 15,800 beds for Covid patients, of which almost 45% are occupied. There are 1,287 ventilator ICU beds of which 63% are occupied, while almost 69% of 1,875 non-ventilator beds in the ICU are full.
The government’s order to reserve ICU beds was stayed by the Delhi High Court Tuesday, which experts say could increase the pressure on the capital’s hospital infrastructure. “If Delhi is expected to provide treatment to patients across North India, we are definitely moving towards a crisis. The exponential rise in bed occupancy is due to patients from outside the city. Since no hospital can deny treatment to anyone, occupancy rate of patients from other states is going up,” said Dr Arun Gupta, member of the second expert committee formed by the government to assess the Covid situation in Delhi.
Chhattisgarh: Private hospitals overcharging patients to face action
The Chhattisgarh government has warned of action against private hospitals if they overcharge COVID-19 patients, an official told PTI. There have been complaints that some private hospitals, which are designated as COVID-19 treatment facilities, are charging hefty amounts from patients.
Chhattisgarh Health Services Director Neeraj Bansod on Tuesday issued a directive to all district chief medical and health officers (CMHOs), asking them to take action if they get complaints against private hospitals of charging more than the fees fixed by the state government for COVID-19 treatment.
Such hospitals will face action under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Chhattisgarh Public Health Act, 1949, and the Chhattisgarh Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, a public relations department official said on Wednesday.
Mumbai’s KEM Hospital starts trials of Covishield vaccine
The BMC-run King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai Wednesday began phase II and III trials of the Oxford Covishield vaccine for COVID-19, PTI reported. The hospital, located in Parel area, on Tuesday got the approval of the Maharashtra ethics committee for conducting the vaccine trials.
KEM Hospital Dean Dr Hemant Deshmukh told PTI that the hospital has started screening volunteers for the trials. The medical facility will be conducting the trials on 100 volunteers, he said.
The city-based B Y L Nair Hospital, another facility run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, has also received approval for conducting trials of the vaccine. Both the KEM and Nair hospitals will be conducting the trials collectively on over 200 volunteers, sources said.
Jharkhand reports 1,275 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities
Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally rose to 73,948 on Wednesday as 1,275 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official told PTI. Fifteen more patients succumbed to the infection, pushing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 641, he said.
Jharkhand now has 13,280 active coronavirus cases, while 60,027 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said. The state has tested 26,763 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, he added.
Puducherry adds 543 new COVID-19 cases, tally goes past 24,000
Puducherry logged 543 fresh cases of coronavirus and eight related deaths on Wednesday, taking the total infection count to 24,227.
According to Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar, eight more people, including two women succumbed to the viral infection during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Wednesday and the overall toll rose to 481, PTI reported.
The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 5,642 samples during last 24 hours. Of the total 24,227 positive cases there were 4,853 active cases, 18,893 patients recovered and discharged.
The official said so far 1.49 lakh samples were tested and of them 1.20 lakh tested negative. Results of examination of the remaining samples were awaited.
Delhi hospitals have enough oxygen for 6-7 days: Health Minister
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday there is no shortage of medical oxygen in Delhi hospital and that enough stock is available for the next six to seven days. The minister’s remarks come amid reports of shortage of medical oxygen in some parts of the country.
Jain also said the COVID-19 positivity rate in the national capital has plateaued out a bit and a downward trend is expected in a week or two. “There is no shortage of oxygen in Delhi hospitals. I took a stock of the situation. There is a slight issue, but there is enough oxygen for six to seven days in Delhi government-run hospitals,” he said.
“We believe that there should be enough oxygen for seven days. A few hospitals have less than that,” the minister added.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands COVID-19 tally rises to 3,691
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,691 on Wednesday as 18 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official told PTI.
Fifteen new patients were detected during contact tracing, while three have travel history, he said. Ten more people have been cured of the disease, the official said.
The Union territory now has 160 active coronavirus cases, while 3,479 people have recovered from the disease and 52 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, he said.
Telangana: 10 more succumb to virus, 2,296 new COVID-19 cases
Telangana recorded 2,296 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the aggregate to 1.77 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,062 in the state with 10 fatalities.
Out of the 2,296 cases, 321 were reported in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy 217, Medchal Malkajgiri 173, Nalgonda 155, Karimngar 136 and other districts, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 22.
The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.46 lakh, while 29,873 were under treatment.
The recovery rate in the state rose further to 82.52 per cent, while it was 81.23 per cent in the country, it said.
The bulletin said 55,892 samples were tested on September 22. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 26.28 lakh. The samples tested per million population was 70,809, it added.
Odisha reports 4,237 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1,92,548 on Wednesday as 4,237 more people tested positive for the infection, while record 15 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 736, a health official told PTI. The state now has 38,546 active coronavirus cases while 1,53,213 people have recovered.
Bhubaneswar reported the highest number of fresh fatalities at four, followed by two each in Puri and Mayurbhanj and one each in Balasore, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Nayagarh and Nuapada districts, the official said.
Ganjam district has so far registered the highest number of COVID-19 deaths at 218, followed by Khurda (110) and Cuttack (60), he said.
As many as 2,485 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 1,752 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, registered the highest number of new cases at 647, followed by Cuttack (577), Puri (219) and Jharsuguda (205), he said.
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