Coronavirus India Updates: India’s coronavirus caseload on Saturday zoomed past the 46 lakh-mark after a record 97,570 infections were reported in a single day. The recovery rate also increased to 77.77 per cent with 36,24,196 people recuperating so far, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
While the overall tally rose 46,59,984, the death toll stood at 77,472 with 1,201 people succumbing to the infection in a span of 24 hours. The fatality rate, however, has dropped to 1.66 per cent.
Here are the top developments in the country:
Delhi HC reduces number of benches holding physical hearings as cases rise
The Delhi High Court has decided to reduce the number of benches that would be holding physical hearings in view of the “alarming” rise in virus cases in the national capital, PTI reported.
According to a note issued by the office of Registrar General Manoj Jain, a full court of the judges of the Delhi High Court deliberated on continuing with physical hearings, which were started from September 1, and decided not to discontinue them completely.
Govt’s ‘well-planned fight’ against Covid led to ‘abyss of GDP reduction’: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that the Centre’s “well planned fight” against the pandemic has put India in an “abyss” of GDP reduction, job losses, stressed loans and globally highest daily Covid19 cases and deaths.
“Modi Govt’s ‘well-planned fight’ against Covid has put India in an abyss of: 1. Historic GDP reduction of 24% 2. 12 crore jobs lost 3. 15.5 lac crores additional stressed loans 4. Globally highest daily Covid cases & deaths,” Gandhi said in a tweet earlier today.
But for the government of India and the media “sab changa si (all is well)”, he added.
Telangana doctors perform India’s first double lung transplant on Covid patient
In a first, doctors at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad successfully performed a double lung transplant surgery on a Covid patient who was suffering from sarcoidosis that affected his lungs, PTI reported.
“The patient (from Chandigarh) was a severe case of lung sarcoidosis, and Covid-19 virus only complicated the precarious lung condition. Fortunately, a match to his lungs was found in a person declared brain dead in Kolkata, and the harvested lungs were airlifted to Hyderabad to save the life of the patient,” Dr Sandeep Attawar, who led the surgery, said in a statement.
“The procedure was complex and had little scope for errors; and only a timely transplant of lungs helped save the patient,” he added.
Rs 500 fine for not wearing face mask in Thane city
Those not wearing face masks in Thane city of Maharashtra will be fined Rs 500, Thane Municipal Commissioner Vipin Sharma said in an order as the overall coronavirus tally in the area rose to 29,463 on Friday.
The fatality count stood at 885.
Similar instructions were also issued by the neighbouring Palghar district recently.
Delhi Metro resumes full services, Airport Line reopens
With the Airport Express Line reopening after over 170 days, Delhi Metro resumed its full services across corridors on Saturday. The services are available from 6 am to 11 pm.
Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said: “With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling. #MetroBackOnTrack,”
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