India recorded 78,761 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, taking the country’s tally beyond 35 lakh. Of the 35,42,734 cases of Covid-19 in India, 7,65,302 patients are under treatment for the disease, 27,13,934 have recovered and 63,498 have died, the Union Health Ministry said.
With a record over 10.5 lakh tests conducted in a day for detection of COVID-19, the number of such tests performed in the country has crossed 4.14 crore, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. With a record 10,55,027 tests conducted on Saturday, the country has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity of testing more than 10 lakh samples for COVID-19 daily.
Here are some interesting stories from across the country:
Many transgender community members battling mental, physical abuse during pandemic
Relegated to the sidelines of the society, many of the country’s estimated 4.88 lakh transgender people are forced to make a living through begging, dancing at celebrations like weddings and sex work, according to rights groups. But ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many trans community members have lost their means of livelihood and have been struggling to earn a living. They say they have been subjected to taunts, verbal abuse and domestic violence by their partners and family members in the last few months. (PTI)
Vaishnodevi shrine to deliver prasad across country through post
Devotees across the country can now get ‘prasad’ from the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district delivered on demand at their doorstep. The shrine atop Trikuta hills reopened on August 16 after remaining closed for nearly five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The board managing the shrine has now entered into an agreement with the department of posts for delivery of prasad to people across the country. “Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) entered into an agreement with the department of posts for the speedy delivery of prasad to devotees across the country,” the board said in a statement. (PTI)
Delhi’s weekly markets can open for 7 more days on trial basis
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Sunday extended the functioning of weekly markets on a trial basis till September 6 in the national capital, officials said. Last week, the DDMA had allowed on a trial basis such markets to open, one market per day per municipal zone, in the city for one week from August 24-30.
The authorities have directed officials concerned to ensure strict implementation of anti-COVID-19 measures, including social distancing and mandatory use of face mask at these markets. In an order issued on August 30, Acting Chief Secretary Satya Gopal said that after reviewing the current COVID-19 situation, it was decided that one weekly market per day per zone will be allowed to function on a trial basis further for a week from August 31 to September 6. (PTI)
Over 5.84 lakh challans issued for violating COVID-19 norms in Rajasthan
Over 5.84 lakh people have been challaned so far under the Rajasthan Epidemic Ordinance and more than Rs 8.68 crore has been collected from them, an official said on Sunday. As per the ordinance, disobeying any regulation or obstructing any officer from discharging duty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term up to two years or with fine up to Rs10,000 or with both. (PTI)
Multiplex Association, filmmakers request Centre to open cinema halls
Several Bollywood producers, actors along with the Multiplex Association of India (MAI) on Sunday urged the Centre to open the cinema halls, which have remained shut amid the coronavirus pandemic. Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the country, under the government’s Unlock 4 guidelines, cinema chains have not been given permission to operate. (PTI)
Seven-year-old boy survives life-threatening post-Covid complication in Pune
Doctors treating coronavirus infection have cautioned that parents and pediatricians should be vigilant about a rare hyperinflammatory syndrome as a post Covid-19 complication in children, as early recognition and treatment of the condition can save lives.
A seven-year old boy, who was diagnosed with the hyperinflammatory syndrome, was admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit with complaints of fever, pain in abdomen and vomiting. The boy is the son of a Pune Municipal Corporation employee. His family members had tested positive for Covid-19 in July, after which they recovered.
“The child had persistent symptoms and we suspected diseases like dengue and septic shock that have similar features,” Dr Jitendra Oswal, deputy medical director of Bharati Hospital, told The Indian Express.
Tripura distributes books of Swami Vivekananda among COVID-19 patients
In order to keep COVID-19 patients “mentally strong”, the Tripura government has started distributing books written by Swami Vivekananda to them, officials said on Wednesday. The initiative, undertaken by the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, was conceived by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who handed over the first batch of books to medical superintendents of Govinda Ballabh Panth (GBP) Hospital and Dr BR Ambedkar Teaching Hospital on Tuesday.
Books penned by other writers on the ideology of the monk were also handed over to hospital authorities here. The books include Swamijir Upadesh, My India: The India Eternal’, ‘Swami ji o tar bani, Vivekananda of Yuba Samaj’ among others.
CM Biplab Deb wrote on his Facebook page, “To keep the COVID 19 patients motivated and mentally strong, we have decided to distribute books written on Swami Vivekananda to every COVID patient so that they can read these books and get inspired by his thoughts”.
“Strength is life, weakness is death,” he said.
Desperation among Telangana patients as organ transplants come to a halt
It’s been nearly five months since organ transplantation surgeries were put on hold because of COVID-19. Organ donation is a highly complex procedure and in Telangana, the Jeevandan foundation of the state government has been facilitating cadaver organ donation and transplantation. Between 2013 and July 2020, the foundation has reported 768 organ donations and harvested 2,923 live organs for cadaver transplantation. Of all the organs, 2,010 were kidneys.
The data available with Jeevandan shows there have been only nine organ donations between April and August 2020, resulting in 14 organs. At present, there is a requirement of 1615 kidneys, 678 livers, 41 hearts, 23 lungs, and 8 pancreases, in the state, according to their registry. While donations have stagnated, hitting a zero in the months of May and July, the number of recipient registration has also come down.
Cop dies of Covid-19: HC says second wife may not be entitled to compensation, her daughter likely
Hearing a plea for compensation by the daughter from the second marriage of a Railway policeman who succumbed to Covid-19, the Bombay High Court Tuesday said the money could be shared among her, the man’s first wife, and her daughter. The second wife, however, would not be entitled to a share.
Both the families have claimed they were unaware of the other’s existence till the policeman passed away on May 30.
The HC has allowed the first wife and daughter to file counter claims within two days, and said it would decide on the matter as per past judgements. READ MORE
JCT launches anti-infective wear for an array of customers
After emerging as a major player in the manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) in the country, Phagwara-based Jagatjit Cotton Textiles (JCT) has now forayed into anti-infective wear in various retail segments during Covid-19 pandemic. The company has come up with a product range for the elderly, police, defence personnel, airlines and the hospitality industry.
JCT’s Strategic Business Development Director Priya Thapar said, “Anti-infective wear is the new normal. Providing affordable high standard protective wear for all user segments in this current Covid-19 pandemic and to provide safety against a range of viral and bacterial pathogens, JCT has created a range of garments that are both protective, as these are practical, colorful and uplifting to our spirits, in these unprecedented times.”
For the latest retail range, JCT obtained quality certification from noted agencies like Boken Quality Evaluation Institute, the Japan-based testing centre located in Osaka, Industrial Microbiological Services Limited, Sweden and the South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore. READ MORE
Man kills employer following argument over pay cut amid pandemic, arrested
A 21-year-old man was arrested from west Delhi’s Jharoda Kalan area for allegedly killing his employer, who had slapped him during an argument over salary reduction as his business was severely hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police said on Monday.
Tasleem, who worked as servant at a dairy owned by 45-year-old Om Prakash, hit his employer on the head with a wooden stick, slit his neck with a knife, put it in a gunny bag and threw it in a well nearby, police said. Tasleem, a native of Shamli in Uttar Pradesh, was earlier working at a hotel in Bahadurgarh and was introduced to Prakash in June by a relative.
The monthly salary of the accused was fixed at Rs 15,000 after which he started working as a servant at the dairy, police said. A missing person report was registered on August 12 by the victim’s nephew. In the report, the nephew said his uncle had been missing since the intervening night of August 10 and 11 and was last seen with the servant, police said.
COVID-19 positive murder accused escapes from hospital in Ambala
A murder accused who had tested positive for COVID-19 escaped from the isolation ward of a hospital in Haryana’s Ambala, police said on Monday. The accused, Lucky Kumar, a resident of Rohtak, escaped from Mission Hospital on Sunday by breaking the grille of a window in the ward, they said.
Kumar was arrested from Panchkula district on August 7, Baldevnagar police station SHO Satya Narayan told PTI. He was produced before a court, which sent him to judicial custody to Ambala Central Jail, he said. The accused was tested for COVID-19 in jail and his report came back positive. Later, the jail authorities got him admitted to the hospital, the police said.
Jadavpur University starts virtual classes for arts, science students
Amid the pandemic situation, Jadavpur University on Monday started holding arts and science classes of the previous semester, which had to be suspended due to lockdown in March, a university official said. In the classes held virtually, downloadable soft copies of notes and audio and video clips of lectures are uploaded to the university website, and students need to log in to their respective classes to get access to the study materials, the official told PTI.
Those not having net connectivity or smart phones will be able to access the materials from a friend who has a suitable device, or a cyber cafe. The audio and video clips can also be shared between friends via blue tooth which is available in almost all types of phones, he said.