Coronavirus India August 19 updates: Kerala CM urges people to celebrate Onam at home, officials to maintain vigil at borders
In the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, India reported 64,531 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,092 deaths. India's tally of 27,67,274 cases now includes 6,76,514 patients undergoing treatment, 20,37,871 patients who have recovered and 52,889 deaths.
By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: August 20, 2020 10:36:21 am
A lot of complaints over delays in delivery of oxygen have come from areas with low access. (Express file photo by Jaipal Singh)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday urged people to celebrate the upcoming Onam festival at home. He also requested people to use “locally-available flowers” for flower carpets as supply of flowers from outside will increase chances of infected. Vijayan has also instructed officials to maintain a vigil at state borders.
In the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, India reported 64,531 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,092 deaths. India’s tally of 27,67,274 cases now includes 6,76,514 patients undergoing treatment, 20,37,871 patients who have recovered and 52,889 deaths.
As of Wednesday, more than 22 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus in the world, while nearly 775,000 people have succumbed to the disease, according to a Reuters tally. Around 14 million people have recovered from Covid-19. Since the outbreak in China’s Wuhan last December, the infection has spread to over 210 countries and territories.
More than 22 million people infected globally; India cases over 27 lakh; Andhra third state after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu to cross 3 lakh cases. Read latest news and updates in Tamil, Malayalam and Bangla
Coronavirus India LIVE news updates: The health ministry declared that a "new landmark" has been achieved as the country crossed the 3-crore mark of tests conducted.
Coronavirus India LIVE news updates:
The number of patients who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection surpassed the 20 lakh mark in India on Tuesday. The country recorded the highest single-day recoveries of 57,584 in the last 24 hours (Till 9 am, Tuesday), higher than the confirmed cases added during the same period. India also recorded highest ever number of tests in the last 24 hours – a little more than 8,99,000, the Health Ministry said, adding that daily new cases and deaths have shown a declining trend from August 13, but warned against any laxity, underlining that five days are a short span in the context of a pandemic.
Andhra Pradesh is now the third state after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to cross the three lakh mark in the overall number of coronavirus cases. The state now has 3,06,261. It took 160 days for the state to go from one to three lakh (cases) after the first person tested positive for the contagion on March 12 but the last one lakh came in quicker pace in just 11 days.
The Election Commission (EC) Tuesday said it would come up with “broad” guidelines within three days for holding elections during the pandemic. The matter was discussed at the commission meeting, it said in a statement.
The Health Ministry in a statement said the high recovery rate is the result of successful and coordinated implementation of an effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardised clinical management of critical patients.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said the atmosphere of development in the state has not suffered despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to an official release. He said the progress on some of the projects was slow due to the coronavirus lockdown but the state government did not let the work stall.