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Coronavirus Updates: Health ministry secretary Lav Agarwal tests COVID-19 positive, to observe home isolation

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Reports said that Agarwal is asymptomatic and had met with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Thursday.

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Coronavirus Updates: Health ministry secretary Lav Agarwal tests COVID-19 positive, to observe home isolation

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Aug 14, 2020 - 22:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

979 new COVID-19 cases in Mumbai today

979 new COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Friday. Total number of cases now at 1,28,550 including 1,01,861 recovered/discharged cases, 19,354 active cases and 7,035 deaths, the BMC said.

Aug 14, 2020 - 21:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Health ministry secretary Lav Agarwal tests COVID-19 positive

Union health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal on Friday tweeted that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Reports said that Agarwal is asymptomatic and had had a meeting with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the NITI Aayog CEO on Thursday.

Aug 14, 2020 - 20:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Kovind praises India's 'super-human efforts' in containing COVID-19

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday appreciated the "super-human efforts" in containing the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and said these are "worth emulating" by the wider world.

In his address to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, the president complimented the COVID warriors and said the nation is indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been continuously on the forefront of the country's fight against this virus.

"All corona warriors deserve high praise," Kovind said in his televised address.

He said it is very reassuring to note that the central government, while anticipating the tremendous challenge, responded effectively and well in time.

"For a country so vast and diverse with high population density, meeting this challenge requires super-human efforts," the president said.

Aug 14, 2020 - 18:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam is critical, say reports

The health of playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who had tested positive for coronavirus earlier in August, is critical and he is on life support, reports said on Friday.

A bulletin released by the hospital said that he has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is on life support. The bulletin added that his condition worsened on the night of 13 August.

"He is currently being treated by a set of doctors and his haemodynamic and clinical parameters are being closely monitored," India Today reported.

Aug 14, 2020 - 17:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Amit Shah tests negative for COVID-19

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that he has tested negative for COVID-19 and he will stay in home isolation for a few more days on the advice of doctors. Shah tested positive for coronavirus on 2 August and was under treatment in Medanta Hospital, Gurugram.

The minister in a tweet thanked all those who wished for his recovery.

"Today my corona test report has come negative. I thank God and at the moment I express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have blessed me and my family by wishing me well. Will stay in home isolation for a few more days on the advice of doctors," he said.

"I also thank all the doctors and paramedical staff of Medanta Hospital who helped me in fighting Corona infection and who are treating me," he added.

Aug 14, 2020 - 15:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Kerala LATEST Updates

Kerala likely to witness 10,000 to 20,000 cases per day during Aug-Sept: health minister 

Kerala is likely to witness a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the months of August and September with daily infections expected to touch between 10,000 to 20,000, State Health Minister KK Shailaja said.

"Experts have opined that during the months of August and September we may witness a surge in COVID-19 cases. We may report between 10,000 to 20,000 cases per day," she said in a video campaign urging the youth to join the "COVID Brigade" to halt the pandemic spread.

Aug 14, 2020 - 14:12 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST Updates

Nearly 7,000 COVID-19 cases in Puducherry 

Puducherry recorded 6,995 COVID-19 infections on Friday after 328 more individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With 181 cured patients, the union territory registered a total of 4,009 recoveries. 

The COVID-19 toll has reached 106 after four more patients succumbed to the contagious disease, said the health ministry. 

Aug 14, 2020 - 14:00 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST Updates

Rahul Gandhi demands equitable vaccine policy 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi demanded that the government clearly define an inclusive and equitable vaccine access policy to ensure its affordability and fair distribution.

Aug 14, 2020 - 13:50 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

147 Maharashtra cops test positive in 24 hrs 

The Maharashtra Police has said that 147 policemen were found COVID-19 positive in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra, taking the tally of cops affected with disease so far to 11,920. The police also said that there were 2,227 active cases and 9,569 recoveries while 124 policemen had succumbed to the disease so far.

Aug 14, 2020 - 13:12 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST Updates

Over 3,800 coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh 

Himachal Pradesh registered 20 fresh COVID-19 infections, taking the total to 3,836 on Friday. Fourteen more patients have recovered taking the cumulative figure to 2,449, said the state health department.

Of the total, there are 1,334 active cases, 2,449 recovered cases and 17 deaths till date, said the state health department.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Reports said that Agarwal is asymptomatic and had met with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Thursday.

The Maharashtra Police has said that 147 policemen were found COVID-19 positive in the past 24 hours, taking the overall count in the state to 11,920

India's COVID-19 cases crossed 24 lakh on Friday after 64,553 people tested positive in a day, and the recoveries rose to over 17 lakh, the health ministry said.

The COVID-19 toll in India due to the coronavirus pandemic has risen to 48,040, the health ministry said.

With tests of over 8 lakh COVID-19 samples, India tested the highest the number of samples for the coronavirus disease, said the health ministry on Thursday.

With a record single-day increase of 66,999 cases, India's COVID-19 tally mounted to 23,96,637 on Thursday, while the number of patients who have recovered from the disease surged to 16,95,982.

The recovery rate in the country is now 70.77 percent, according to the Union health ministry.

The death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 47,033 with 942 people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours, health ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

The case fatality rate in the country has declined to 1.96 percent.

There are 6,53,622 active COVID-19 cases in the country presently, which account for 27.27 percent of its total caseload.

India has registered a record high of 8,30,391 tests conducted for detection of the coronavirus infection in 24 hours on Wednesday, as a result of which the cumulative testing as on date has jumped to 2,68,45,688 crore.

Head of Ram temple trust tests positive for COVID-19

The head of the Ram temple trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (80), has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken detailed information on the health condition of Das, a senior government official said.

On 5 August, Das shared the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Active cases at only 27.27 percent, says govt

According to health ministry, "record high" recoveries have led to a decline in the "actual caseload" of the country, which is the number of active cases, and currently is only 27.27 per cent of the total cases.

The number of recoveries from COVID-19 exceeded active cases by more than 10 lakh.

There are 6,53,622 active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country, according to the health ministry data updated at 8 am.

"With the increasing number of recoveries, the recovery rate has risen to 70.77 per cent, while the mortality among COVID-19 patients has further regressed to 1.96 per cent, and is steadily declining," the ministry said.

The focussed and collaborative efforts of the Centre, states and union territories along with the support of lakhs of frontline workers have ensured the successful implementation of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively and treating efficiently through an array of measures, including supervised home isolation, and effective clinical management of severe and critical patients, it said.

Coronavirus curve 'frightening, not flattening': Rahul Gandhi

Notwithstanding the government's claims, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the government over rising COVID-19 cases, saying the coronavirus curve is "frightening, not flattening".

His attack came on a day India recorded a record single-day increase of 66,999 cases, taking its COVID-19 tally to 23,96,637.

Gandhi also posted a graph of daily cases being recorded by the US, Brazil and India — the three worst hit nations in terms of caseload.

"Corona curve — Frightening not Flattening," Gandhi said.

Taking a swipe at the prime minister over his remarks that India is in a better position compared with other countries, the former Congress chief tweeted in Hindi, "If this is the prime minister's ''more stable situation'', then what would one call ''deteriorated situation''?"

State-wise figures

Of the 942 fresh deaths, 344 were reported from Maharashtra, 119 from Tamil Nadu, 112 from Karnataka, 93 from Andhra Pradesh, 54 each from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 39 from Punjab, 18 from Gujarat, 15 from Madhya Pradesh, 14 from Delhi and 11 each from Telangana and Rajasthan.

Nine fatalities were reported from Odisha, eight from Jammu and Kashmir, six each from Assam and Kerala, five each from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Puducherry, four from Uttarakhand, three each in Bihar, Goa and Haryana and one case was recorded in Tripura.

Of the total 47,033 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of 18,650, followed by Tamil Nadu (5,278), Delhi (4,153), Karnataka (3,510), Gujarat (2,713), Andhra Pradesh (2,296), Uttar Pradesh (2,230), West Bengal (2,203) and Madhya Pradesh (1,048).

So far, 822 people have died of COVID-19 in Rajasthan, 675 in Punjab, 665 in Telangana, 503 in Haryana, 498 in Jammu and Kashmir, 416 in Bihar, 305 in Odisha, 197 in Jharkhand, 161 in Assam, 140 in Uttarakhand and 126 in Kerala.

Chhattisgarh has registered 109 COVID-19 deaths, Puducherry 96, Goa 89, Tripura 44, Chandigarh 26, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands 21, Himachal Pradesh 18, Manipur 12, Ladakh nine, Nagaland eight, Meghalaya six, Arunachal Pradesh three, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Sikkim one.

TB vaccination linked with significantly improved COVID-19 outcomes: Study

A tuberculosis vaccine administered during the past 15 years is associated with significantly improved COVID-19 outcomes, especially in young adults, according to a new study.

The researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, analysed the correlation between the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine for tuberculosis and COVID-19 outcomes.

The study, published in the journal Vaccines, found that BCG regimes are associated with better COVID-19 outcomes, both in reducing infection rates and death rates per million, especially for people aged 24 or younger who had received the vaccination in the last 15 years.

There was no effect among older adults who had received the BCG vaccine, the researchers said.

Many countries have stopped inoculating their entire population, but some still use BCG widely, they said.

"Our findings suggest exploring BCG vaccine protocols in the context of the current pandemic could be worthwhile," said Nadav Rappoport from BGU.

"A growing number of clinical trials for testing the efficacy of BCG vaccination have been initiated,” Rappoport said.

The researchers analysed data from 55 countries with populations of more than three million people, which comprise some 63 percent of the world's population.

3-day old baby dies shortly after swab collection in Tripura

A three-day-old boy died shortly after a swab was inserted into his nostril for a COVID-19 test at a state-run hospital and he started bleeding, prompting the Tripura government to order an inquiry into the incident.

The baby was born to a coronavirus positive woman in Agartala Government Medical College Hospital and doctors decided to test him for COVID-19.

Director of Tripura Health Services, Subhashish Debbarma, said, "A departmental inquiry was ordered. A three-member team formed to probe the matter was asked to submit its report within three days."

The deceased's mother Papiya Pal Saha said that her son was healthy till swab samples were collected from his nose on Wednesday and he died shortly after that.

"I told the doctors that he was bleeding profusely. They assured me that he would be alright but my child died before my eyes," she said.

Additional Chief Secretary SK Rakesh, who is in-charge of the health department, said, "The infant's death may not be related to the collection of swab sample. We are waiting for autopsy reports."

Earlier, on 2 August, a two-day-old girl child succumbed to COVID-19 in the same hospital.

With inputs from PTI

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