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Coronavirus India Aug 27 Updates: 10 people at Ashok Gehlot’s office test positive, CM cancels meetings

The Covid-19 tally in India crossed over 3.3 million after 75,760 fresh cases were registered in a single day.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 28, 2020 8:03:40 am
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At least 10 people at the office and residence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Thursday, following which the chief minister cancelled all his meetings with the visitors, a statement said.

Meanwhile, with 1,840 fresh COVID-19 cases, Delhi on Thursday recorded its highest single-day spike in the month of August, taking its overall tally to 1,67,604. The death toll in the capital city also climbed to 4,369. On the other hand, Kerala reported over 2,406 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Expressing his concern, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the COVID-19 situation in the state is grave.

The Covid-19 tally in India crossed over 3.3 million after 75,760 fresh cases were registered in a single day. As per latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total caseload stood at 3,310,234 while the death toll rose to 60,472. The number of recoveries also increased to 2,523,771 while the fatality rate further reduced to 1.83 per cent. Globally, over 24 million people have been infected with novel coronavirus so far. The number of fatalities stood at 824,368. The United States continues to remain the worst-affected followed by Brazil and India.

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22:22 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Punjab minister Brahm Mohindra tests positive

Punjab Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day before the monsoon session of the state assembly begins, reported news agency PTI. The Punjab Legislative Assembly will convene a one-day monsoon session on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mohindra is the fifth minister of the Amarinder Singh-led state government to have contracted the disease. "I developed fever late yesterday (Wednesday) evening, upon which I got myself tested for COVID-19, as per protocol. The tests have returned positive, and I am now isolating myself. I request everyone who came into contact with me over the past few days to do likewise. God Bless everyone," said Mohindra, the MLA from Patiala (rural), on his Facebook page.

22:05 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Over 12 lakh Indians have returned from abroad under Vande Bharat Mission: MEA

Over 12 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the "Vande Bharat" evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Phase 5 of this mission will be completed on August 31.

"As on August 26, more than 12 lakh Indians stranded abroad have been repatriated by different modes under the Vande Bharat Mission," Srivastava said. Noting that phase six of the mission is scheduled to begin on September 1, he said based on an assessment of demand by Indian missions and posts abroad, flights are being scheduled by Air India group and private carriers. (PTI)

21:46 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Gujarat records 1,190 coronavirus cases; 17 die, 1,193 recover

With 1,190 new coronavirus cases recorded in the last 24 hours, Gujarat's tally rose to 91,329 on Thursday, while 17 more patients succumbed to the infection, the state Health Department said. As many as 17 persons with the COVID-19 infection died across the state during the same period, taking the toll to 2,964, said a release from the Health Department. 

21:30 (IST)27 Aug 2020
10 people at Ashok Gehlot's office test Covid positive, CM cancels meetings

At least 10 people at the office and residence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Thursday, following which the chief minister cancelled all his meetings with the visitors, a statement said. "Those who wish to meet the chief ministers have to come in contact with security staff and other personnel at the CMO and residence and in view of the safety for the visitors, the chief minister has cancelled all meetings with visitors," it said. 

21:22 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Karnataka records highest single-day spike of cases

Karnataka on Thursday recorded its highest single-day spike of 9,386 coronavirus cases, taking the state tally to 3.09 lakh. With 141 fresh deaths, the death toll mounted to 5,232 in the state. The day also saw 7,866 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the total deaths reported on Thursday, 59 are from Bengaluru urban, followed by Mysuru 18, Dakshina Kannada 7, Ballari 6, Belagavi, Haveri and Koppal 5, and others, news agency PTI reported.

20:51 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Delhi records 1,840 fresh cases, highest single-day spike in August

With 1,840 fresh COVID-19 cases, Delhi on Thursday recorded its highest single-day spike in the month of August, taking its overall tally to 1,67,604, PTI reported. The death toll in the capital city also climbed to 4,369.

20:45 (IST)27 Aug 2020
West Bengal reports 53 more COVID-19 deaths, 2,997 fresh cases

The COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal jumped to 3,017 on Thursday after 53 more people succumbed to the virus, a bulletin issued by the state's health department said.

The caseload scaled past the 1,50,000-mark with 2,997 new infections since Wednesday, it said. The state's coronavirus tally stood at 1,50,772.

A total of 3,189 people were discharged from hospitals during the period, taking the discharge rate to 80.28 per cent. West Bengal now has 26,709 active cases. (PTI)

20:17 (IST)27 Aug 2020
UP: 76 more COVID-19 deaths, 5,463 new cases, minister among victims

Uttar Pradesh on Thursday reported 76 COVID-19-related fatalities, taking the death toll due to the disease to 3,217, while 5,463 new cases pushed the infection tally to 2,08,419. There are 52,309 active cases in the state, while a total of 1,52,893 people have been discharged after recovering from the infection, PTI quoted additional chief secretary (information) Awanish Kumar Awasthi as saying.

Of the 76 deaths, the maximum 12 were reported from Lucknow, 10 from Kanpur, four each from Gorakhpur, Saharanpur,? Shahjahanpur, and Unnao among others, a health bulletin issued said.

In the state, the maximum 399 deaths have been reported from Kanpur followed by 323 in Lucknow, 156 in Varanasi, 139 in Prayagraj, 131 in Meerut, 125 in Gorakhpur, 110 in Bareilly and 106 in Agra among others, it said.

19:50 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Four members of Great Andamenese tribe test positive for Covid-19

At least four members of the Great Andamanese tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have tested positive for Covid-19 this week, sparking concerns about the impact of the ongoing pandemic on various indigenous communities in the union territory.

The novel coronavirus cases were discovered when state health officials were conducting universal testing of all members of the tribe — there are 53 of them as of now — who reside in Strait Island, Dr Avijit Roy, nodal officer-in-charge of Covid-19 in Andaman and Nicobar, told indianexpress.com.

During the last round of testing, conducted nearly a month ago, as many as six other members of the Great Andamanese, who were living in Port Blair, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Read more

19:43 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Containment zones likely to increase in Delhi with doubling of COVID-19 tests, further relaxations: Officials

The number of COVID-19 containment zones in Delhi, which currently stand at 716, may be increased owing to further relaxations under 'Unlock' and doubling of coronavirus tests, officials said on Thursday. The number of COVID-19 containment zones in Delhi has risen from 539 on August 1 to 716 on August 27.

Officials said the rise in the number of containment zones has also been congruent with the increase in cases in the national capital.

Officials in some districts said the number of containment zones may rise with the number of COVID-19 tests getting doubled and further relaxations under unlock. However, testing is the way to detect and isolate the positive cases to spread the check of coronavirus, they said. (PTI)

19:14 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Kerala continues to report over 2,000 Covid cases

Kerala reported over 2,406 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Expressing his concern, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the COVID-19 situation in the state is grave.

18:48 (IST)27 Aug 2020
J&K: Former MLC Chuni Lal dies of COVID-19 in Jammu

Former MLC and Congress leader Chuni Lal, who tested positive for the coronavirus disease on August 24, breathed his last at the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Kathua in the early hours of Thursday, officials told PTI.

The 87-year-old leader was suffering from various ailments and was admitted to the hospital last week, the officials said.

18:25 (IST)27 Aug 2020
MP: 40 inmates of Jabalpur jail test positive for virus, isolated

Forty inmates who arrived recently at the central jail here have been quarantined after they tested positive for coronavirus, an official said on Thursday. All of them were asymptomatic, said Gopal Tamrakar, Deputy Inspector General, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Central Jail. These prisoners had been admitted to the jail after August 15, he said. Their samples were taken for coronavirus testing and they were kept in isolation, he told PTI.

17:11 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Kerala man in UAE describes being part of vaccine trial

A 32-year-old native of Kerala, employed with a shipping firm in Dubai, is among the participants of a groundbreaking trial to discover a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Mohammed Razlim Anvar, who hails from Kannur district in Kerala, signed up for the phase 3 clinical trial of an inactivated vaccine being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm in Dubai. An assistant manager with a shipping firm there, Anvar received the first dose on August 8 and is scheduled to get the second dose on August 29. He said he happily agreed to be a part of the process when he got a call from the Dubai Health Authority whose department of SEHA has tied up with Sinopharm to conduct trials among 15000 people in Dubai. Read more

16:49 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Will resume services when Centre gives go-ahead: Kolkata Metro

The Kolkata Metro Thursday said it will restart services on receiving the go-ahead from the Union Home Ministry and the Railway Ministry. "We will start the process of resuming services once we receive directives from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Railway Ministry," Metro Railway spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said.

After receiving the go-ahead, the Metro authorities will discuss the modalities of running the services in the city with the West Bengal government, she told PTI.

15:52 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Five benches in Delhi HC to hold physical courts on rotation from September 1

The Delhi High Court Thursday said five of its benches will start holding physical courts on a rotation basis from September 1, and issued standard operating procedure (SOP) for it.

The high court, which has been conducting hearings through video conferencing since March 24 to contain the spread of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said the remaining benches shall continue taking up matters through the virtual mode.

All the pending matters listed before the high court from September 1 to 30 would be adjourned to November 3 to December 7 respectively, the order said. (PTI)

15:19 (IST)27 Aug 2020
J&K: BJP MP Jugal Kishore Sharma tests COVID positive

BJP MP from Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha constituency, Jugal Kishore Sharma, has tested positive for COVID-19. “I got myself tested on my own and my test report has come positive,” he tweeted, urging people who had been in contact with him during the past few days to get themselves to take precautions and get tested. (Reported by Arun Sharma from Jammu)

14:56 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Supreme Court declines permission to carry out Muharram procession across country

The Supreme Court today declined permission for carrying out Muharram procession across the country and asked Lucknow-based petitioner to move before the Allahabad High Court with his plea. The apex court said how can it pass a general order for the whole country. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said it would lead to chaos and targeting of a particular community. "You are asking for a general order and then if we allow this there will be chaos. Particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid. We don't want that. We as a court cannot risk the health of all the people," the bench, which heard the matter through video conferencing, was quoted as saying by PTI.

14:33 (IST)27 Aug 2020
SC refuses to entertain plea against Madras HC order on Patanjali's use of 'Coronil'

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea challenging the Madras High Court decision to stay a single Judge order, which had restrained Patanjali Ayurved Ltd from using the trademark 'Coronil'. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said, "If we prevent the use of word "Coronil" during the pandemic on the ground that there is some pesticide on its name, it will be terrible for the first product." 

14:05 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Bengal: Stringent lockdown in Kolkata, violations reported in some districts

With the weekly lockdown underway in Bengal, all public transport, government and private offices, banks and other commercial establishments, barring those dealing with essential services, were closed on Thursday. Flight operations in and out of the Kolkata international airport were suspended for the day, while long-distance trains were rescheduled. Ferry services through inland waterways were also suspended. Essential services like medicine shops and health establishments remained open as these were kept out of the purview of the complete shutdown. Petrol pumps are also allowed to remain open on the lockdown days. Schools, colleges and other educational institutes have remained closed in the state since late March when the first phase of the nationwide lockdown started. Overnight rain that continued this morning also forced people to stay indoors in the eastern metropolis and most other places in south Bengal. Security has been tightened to enforce the lockdown and police personnel were seen patrolling major traffic intersections in Kolkata.

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No need to be alarmed immensely over COVID-19 reinfection case reported in Hong Kong: ICMR

The apex health research body, ICMR, on Tuesday said there is "no need to be alarmed immensely" over the reinfection case of COVID-19 reported in Hong Kong, but at the same time maintained that it is not yet known how long the immunity lasts in case of coronavirus.

At a press briefing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava said the Hong Kong case is a stray example and the reinfection can depend upon various factors.

"We have read with interest the reports of reinfection in one case in Hong Kong. We are learning more and more about the disease as we go ahead. It can depend on several factors, one can be related to the patient itself, how is his immunity, how was his immune status, was it compromised. It can also depend upon the virus, whether the virus has mutated or turned virulent," he said.

However, only one case of re-infection has been reported and it is very rare for viral infections, he said. Citing the example of measles, he said once it affects, it gives lifelong immunity. But rarely does one can get the measles a second time.

University of Hong Kong scientists have reportedly claimed to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after genetic tests showed that a 33-year-old man returning from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he was found infected with in March.

Covid-19 vaccine tracker

While Russia is facing criticism for approving a novel Coronavirus vaccine without completing all the mandatory tests, it has now emerged that China has already begun injecting its people with a vaccine which is still under development. The vaccine in question, being developed by state-owned Sinopharm, is currently undergoing phase-3 trials in the United Arab Emirates. But senior Chinese health official revealed on state television that it was already being administered to people since July 22 under emergency use authorisation.

A report in The Washington Post said the head of China’s Coronavirus vaccine development programme, Zheng Zongwei had acknowledged on state television that medical workers and some government workers were being given this vaccine since July 22, and that it was likely to be given to many more people in the coming months.

This vaccine is different from the one that has been approved for use only on the soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army. That vaccine, developed b CanSino Biologics in collaboration with Academy of Military Medical Sciences, was approved for limited use in the last week of June. There is no information on the number of people who have already been injected with that vaccine.

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