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Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala reports 4,125 new cases; UP’s death toll rises to 52,12

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News highlights: The 55,62,664 cases in India includes 9,75,861 people who are undergoing treatment and 44,97,868 who have recovered.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2020 6:52:47 am
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Coronavirus India News highlights: The number of novel coronavirus cases detected in India in the 24 hours ending 9 am Tuesday was 75,083. This took the country’s tally above 55 lakh. With an additional 1,053 deaths due to Covid-19, the toll rose to 88,935. The 55,62,664 cases in India includes 9,75,861 people who are undergoing treatment and 44,97,868 who have recovered.

India reported over 1.01 recoveries on Monday, the highest single-day rise so far. In fact, for several days now, the number of people who have recovered from Covid-19 has been higher than the detection of new cases. The jump in recoveries and drop in new cases has ensured that the active cases in the country have dropped below the one million mark.

In other news, the phase-III human clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), began at the state-run Sassoon General Hospital in Pune on Monday. “We have started the phase-III trials of the vaccine (candidate Covishield). We will administer dose to 150 to 200 volunteers,” news agency PTI quoted Dr Muralidhar Tambe, Dean, Sassoon General Hospital, as saying.

Globally, over 30.4 million have been infected by the virus, of which, nearly 21 million have recovered and 958,400 people have died. While fatalities in the United States approached 200,000, China has found coronavirus particles on the packaging of frozen squid tentacles from Russia. Britain is at a “critical point” in the pandemic, and data on cases are heading in the “wrong direction,” Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned Monday. The country may impose a second lockdown due to this.

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More than 55 lakh cases, 88,900 deaths; Covid-19 vaccine trials by Oxford University underway in Pune; Parliament session may conclude earlier than expected; no further lockdown in Meghalaya. Read latest news and updates below

18:44 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Uttar Pradesh: Death toll reaches 5,212 with new fatalities

COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh reaches 5,212 after 77 more people succumb to the infection. 5,722 fresh cases push tally to 3,64,543, active case count 63,148. (PTI)

18:17 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Kerala reports 4,125 new COVID-19 cases; death toll stands at 553

Kerala reports 4,125 new COVID-19 cases on September 2, taking its active case tally to 40,382. The state tested 38,574 samples on Tuesday. Thiruvananthapuram district accounts for 18 per cent of active cases. State's death toll stands at 553. 

17:34 (IST)22 Sep 2020
COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands climbs to 3,673

COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands climbs to 3,673 as 22 more people test positive. Number of active cases stands at 152, a state health official told PTI.

17:06 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Hike in testing helps early detection, hospitalisation of COVID patients: Health Ministry

Health Ministry says early detection, isolation, seamless hospitalisation of COVID patients made possible due to exponential hike in testing infrastructure.

16:46 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Active COVID-19 cases less than one-fifth of total cases: Health Ministry

Health Ministry says active COVID-19 cases less than one-fifth of total 55,62,663 infections in India. India's COVID-19 deaths per million population among lowest in world, which stands at 64 for India and 123 for world, it added.

16:28 (IST)22 Sep 2020
India has highest number COVID-19 recovery cases in world: Health Ministry

Health Ministry says India's COVID-19 cases share is 17.7 per cent of global infections, while those who have recuperated are 19.5 per cent of total recoveries in world. India has highest number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in world at 44,97,867, the ministry added.

16:20 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Daily recoveries exceeding new cases in last 4 days, says Health Ministry

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry: "In the last four days, the daily recoveries have exceeded the new cases being reported."

"We get swayed by the narrative that India has over 50 lakh cases, but we forget that nearly 45 lakh people have already recovered."

14:49 (IST)22 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Ladakh's death toll now 50, total cases 3,832

The coronavirus death toll has risen to 50 in Ladakh as one more patient succumbed to the disease, while 79 new infections took the caseload to 3,832, officials said on Tuesday.

There are 1,047 active coronavirus cases in the Union Territory now, of which 591 are in Leh and 456 in Kargil district, the officials said.

A total of 2,735 patients, 71 per cent of the total caseload, have recovered till Monday evening, they said. (PTI)

13:59 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Pune: Mental health institute helps over 200 patients, staff recover from Covid-19

The Chaitanya Institute of Mental Health has opened after being closed for several months due to Covid-19. More than 200 patients, including staff, had tested Covid-19 positive at the institute. “At least 70 patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were infected with Covid-19 and Dr Imran Shaikh and his wife, Sapna Shaikh, a psychiatrist with the team, took up the challenge to look after them,” Ronny George, founder of the institute working in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation, told The Indian Express.

“It was a devastating experience as about 50 per cent patients in the dementia care unit were affected by Covid-19,” he added. Read more here

13:40 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Delhi: HC stays govt order to hospitals to reserve beds for Covid-19 patients

The Delhi High Court Tuesday stayed the Arvind Kejriwal-led government's September 13 order making it mandatory for 33 private hospitals in the city to reserve 80 per cent of their Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for patients suffering from Covid-19. The HC observed that prima facie the order was arbitrary, unreasonable and in violation of fundamental rights, reported news agency PTI.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Association of Healthcare Providers. It sought responses from the Delhi government and Centre.

12:28 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Steady rise in recoveries, over 1.01 lakh Covid-19 patients cured on Monday

India reported over 1.01 recoveries on Monday, the highest single-day rise so far. In fact, for several days now, the number of people who have recovered from Covid-19 has been higher than the detection of new cases. The jump in recoveries and drop in new cases has ensured that the active cases in the country have dropped below the one million mark.

11:43 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: 4 MNS leaders arrested for defying Covid-19 guidelines

The railway police Tuesday arrested four leaders of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), including party general secretary Sandeep Deshpande, for defying Covid-19 orders. They had held a "savinay kaydebhang" (civil disobedience) protest, in which they boarded local trains demanding services be made available to the public, reported PTI. Services are currently only available for essential services and government employees.

A case has been registered against them by Karjat GRP under IPC Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), and the Disaster Management Act, the Indian Railways Act and other Covid-19 prevention measures of Maharashtra.

11:35 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Telangana coronavirus news: 2,166 new cases, 10 deaths due to Covid-19

On Monday, Telangana detected 2,166 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking its tally to 1.74 lakh. At least 10 people succumbed to the disease in the state, taking the toll to 1,052. Of the new cases, 309 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), 166 from Rangareddy, 147 from Medchal Malkajgiri, 127 from Karimngar, and 113 from Nalgonda.

10:19 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Coronavirus India News: More than 55 lakh Covid-19 cases

The number of novel coronavirus cases detected in India in the 24 hours ending 9 am Tuesday was 75,083. This took the country’s tally above 55 lakh. With an additional 1,053 deaths due to Covid-19, the toll rose to 88,935. The 55,62,664 cases in India includes 9,75,861 people who are undergoing treatment and 44,97,868 who have recovered.

08:42 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Covid-19 reaches remote tribes of Odisha: why it’s a matter of concern

Odisha has recorded 1,62,920 Covid-19 cases, with 36,473 active cases. Among these are six members of two primitive tribes in the state, who tested positive for the disease in the last week of August. The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, which termed it a "matter of grave concern", has sought a report from the state government. Read Aishwarya Mohanty report on the Bonda and Didayi tribes

05:59 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Covid patients: After doctors object, Maharashtra govt withdraws limit on oxygen use

Three days after the state health secretary wrote to all districts to judiciously use medical oxygen and hinted at possible pilferage, an uproar from the medical community forced the Maharashtra government to issue a clarification on Monday stating “there is no intention of state government to ration/ restrict consumption of oxygen by any patient”. Read More

05:15 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Gujarat: Congress corporator and ASI die of Covid-19; toll at 3,364

As Gujarat’s official Covid-19 death tally crossed 3,300, among those to succumb on Monday was a Congress corporator from Rajkot Municipal Corporation and an assistant sub-inspector of the Vadodara city police, who died days after recovering from the infection. Read More

03:39 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Covid patients: After doctors object, Maharashtra govt withdraws limit on oxygen use

Three days after the state health secretary wrote to all districts to judiciously use medical oxygen and hinted at possible pilferage, an uproar from the medical community forced the Maharashtra government to issue a clarification on Monday stating “there is no intention of state government to ration/ restrict consumption of oxygen by any patient”. Read More

03:11 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: RT-PCR tests close to total capacity, districts may have to rely on antigen kits

Districts will soon have to rely more on rapid antigen tests as state laboratories inch close to the total capacity mark for real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests and cases continue to surge in state. Presently the state conducts on an average 50,000 RT-PCR tests, it has a total capacity of handling around 80,000 of these tests each day. Read More

02:43 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Mumbai: Two cops succumb to Covid

Two policemen posted in Navi Mumbai succumbed to Covid-19 on Monday, taking the death toll in the Maharashtra Police to 224.

The deceased have been identified as Vinod Pasatkar (46) and Shantilal Koli (55). So far, nine Navi Mumbai police personnel have died after contracting the virus. Read More

A family wearing face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus travels on a motorcycle in Hyderabad (AP)

On criticism of the government over a sudden lockdown and mismanagement of the situation, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “If the lockdown was not used properly and things were not monitored, the dedicated 17,000 covid facilities would not have come up. Today there are 1,773 labs. There is a lab every three km in the country today. We have conducted 6.37 crore tests and only yesterday we have done 12 lakh tests. We have achieved our targets before time.”

He said the government started working from January 8 and advisories had been sent to all states by January 17. He said doctors and paramedics had to be trained while the pandemic was on and when reports of them being attacked came, the government brought in an ordinance to protect them.

During the debate, the Opposition came down heavily on the government for its “failure to adequately recognise the scale and complexity of the problem” and “the abrupt announcement of the lockdown”.

“Instead of mature and proactive governance, we have collectively witnessed a fundamental breakdown in government machinery these past few months, instead of clearly communicated protocols and comprehensive strategies, we have collective witnessed an alarming lack of clarity, readiness and preparedness to tackle the virus,” Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said.

Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “No country has lost as many doctors or health workers as India. The government is not ready to accept that there is community transmission. If there was a well laid-out strategy, we would not see this day.”

Quoting from Thirukkural, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran said the King should always have good advisers. “You should have stopped him.. But no one had the courage to tell him what he was doing was notright,” he said.

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