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Coronavirus Updates: Bengal reports 2,341 new cases, 40 deaths; BJP leader tests positive in Himachal

Coronavirus Updates: Former Nadaun MLA Vijay Agnihotry said in a Facebook post that he had tested positive and appealed to all his recent contacts to home quarantine themselves.

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Coronavirus Updates: Bengal reports 2,341 new cases, 40 deaths; BJP leader tests positive in Himachal

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08:24 (ist)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Karnataka LATEST Updates

Over 3,300 infected persons untraceable in Bengaluru: Report

As many as 3,338 people infected with the novel coronavirus are untraceable in Bengaluru, reports NDTV. The number accounts for over 7 percent of the total number of cases in the city, which has seen a surge in infections over the last couple of weeks. A lockdown had been imposed in the city from 15 to 22 July.

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July 26, 2020 - 23:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Himachal Pradesh LATEST Updates

BJP leader among 127 new cases in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh reported its highest single-day spike of 127 COVID-19 cases, including that of a BJP leader and a woman residing near Raj Bhawan on Sunday, taking the state's case count to 2,177, reports PTI. In Hamirpur, BJP leader Vijay Agnihotry is among the six fresh cases. Agnihotry, Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) vice chairman and also a former Nadaun MLA, confirmed on his Facebook post that he has tested positive and appealed to all his recent contacts to home quarantine themselves.  He also took part in a Kargil Vijay Diwas function at Kangoo village on Sunday in which a number of people were present. 

COVID-19 has so far claimed 13 lives in the state, while 1,198 people have recovered and 15 migrated out of the state.

July 26, 2020 - 23:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha LATEST Updates

Odisha's case count crosses 25,000

 
Odisha's COVID-19 tally crossed the 25,000-mark on Sunday with 1,376 new cases, while the death toll mounted to 140 with 10 more patients succumbing to the disease, a Health department official said. Of the new cases, 917 were reported from quarantine centres and 459 detected during local contact-tracing, according to an official. The total number of cases in the state stands at 25,389. The total cases include 211 frontline workers. Thirty-eight of them are under treatment and 173 have recovered.

July 26, 2020 - 23:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha LATEST Updates

Odisha's case count crosses 25,000

 
Odisha's COVID-19 tally crossed the 25,000-mark on Sunday with 1,376 new cases, while the death toll mounted to 140 with 10 more patients succumbing to the disease, a Health department official said. Of the new cases, 917 were reported from quarantine centres and 459 detected during local contact-tracing, according to an official. The total number of cases in the state stands at 25,389. The total cases include 211 frontline workers. Thirty-eight of them are under treatment and 173 have recovered.

July 26, 2020 - 23:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha LATEST Updates

Odisha's case count crosses 25,000

 
Odisha's COVID-19 tally crossed the 25,000-mark on Sunday with 1,376 new cases, while the death toll mounted to 140 with 10 more patients succumbing to the disease, a Health department official said. Of the new cases, 917 were reported from quarantine centres and 459 detected during local contact-tracing, according to an official. The total number of cases in the state stands at 25,389. The total cases include 211 frontline workers. Thirty-eight of them are under treatment and 173 have recovered.

July 26, 2020 - 22:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in West Bengal LATEST Updates

West Bengal reports 2,341 new cases, 40 fatalities

 
The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 1,372 on Sunday with 40 new fatalities, while the count of cases rose to 58,718 with 2,341 more people getting infected with the virus in 24 hours, a Health department bulletin said. It also said that of the 40 deaths, 39 were because of comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental.
 
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July 26, 2020 - 22:18 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST Updates

Narendra Modi to launch high-throughput COVID-19 testing centres at 4.30 pm on Monday

July 26, 2020 - 22:02 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar LATEST Updates

Toll in Bihar mounts to 249

 
Bihar's COVID-19 toll climbed to 249 on Sunday with 17 new fatalities, while the total caseload rose to 38,919 with 2,605 fresh instances of the disease reported in a day, a Health department bulletin said. Of the fresh deaths, five were reported from Bhagalpur, followed by two each in Munger and West Champaran while one fatality each was registered in Patna, Aurangabad, Buxar, Kishanganj, Nalanda, Nawada, Samastipur and Sitamarhi, it stated. The total active cases in the state stood at 12,361.
 
So far, Patna district has recorded the highest 37 COVID-19 deaths. Bhagalpur reported 25 deaths, Gaya 14, Rohtas 12, Muzaffarpur and Nalanda 11 each, Darbhanga, Munger and Samastipur 10 each. Patna also tops the list of the number of COVID-19 cases with 6,514 infections. The district also accounts for 1,869 active cases. 
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July 26, 2020 - 21:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra  LATEST Updates

Maharashtra minister tests positive

 
Maharashtra minister of state for environment and FDA Sanjay Bansode on Sunday said he had been detected with COVID-19 and was receiving treatment at a
private hospital in Mumbai. Bansode, NCP MLA from Udgir in Latur district, said he was feeling unwell since Saturday and had mild fever as well as sore throat.
His coronavirus test returned positive on Sunday, the minister said.
 
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July 26, 2020 - 21:24 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh  LATEST Updates

Kairana MP tests positive, shifted to hospital

 
Kairana Lok Sabha member Pradeep Choudhary, his wife, son and three domestic helps tested positive for COVID-19 in Saharanpur on Sunday, an official said.
Saharanpur Chief Medical Officer (CMO) B S Sodhi told PTI that the MP, his family members and the domestic staff were shifted to the COVID designated hospital in Saharanpur Medical College.

July 26, 2020 - 21:08 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Mumbai reports 1,115 new cases, 57 deaths

 
The number of coronavirus patients in Mumbai reached 1,09,096 after 1,115 cases were reported on Sunday, the civic body said. The  toll in the metropolis grew by 57 to 6,090, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said  in a statement. As many as 1,361 patients recovered during the day, which took the number of discharged persons to 80,238 so far, it said. There are 22,768 active COVID-19 cases in the country's financial capital.

Coronavirus Updates: The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 1,372 on Sunday with 40 new fatalities, while the count of cases rose to 58,718 with 2,341 more people getting infected with the virus in 24 hours, a Health department bulletin said.

Maharashtra's COVID-19 case count rose to 3,75,799 as 9,431 more tested positive in the state on Sunday. The fatality count rose to 13, 656 with 267 deaths, said the state health department.

Tamil Nadu registered a spike of 6,986 fresh infections and 85 deaths on Sunday, taking the case count to 2,13,723 and toll to 3,494.

As many as 36,145 patients recuperated from COVID-19 in 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,85,576, said the health ministry.

The Sikkim government has extended the statewide lockdown till August 1 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a notification.

At least 3,338 people who have tested positive for coronavirus, are “untraceable”, according to media reports. A search is currently underway to locate them.

On Sunday, Sikkim reported its first COVID-19 death — a 74-year-old with comorbidities from East Sikkim. Meanwhile, India's recovery rate is now at 63.92%.

"Whenever you feel like taking off your masks, think of frontline soldiers. Villages have been making extraordinary efforts against COVID-19," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s recovery rate is better and fatality is much less than most other nations. He also highlighted that the coronavirus is not yet gone, it's spreading fast in many areas, and is still as dangerous as before.

India reports 48,661 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its overall tally to 13,85,522. The toll rises by 705 to 32,063. More than 8.85 lakh people have recovered.

India on Sunday registered a record number of single-day COVID19 tests on the second consecutive day. In the last 24 hours, 4,42,031 samples were tested.

Many high-risk areas across the country observed lockdown on Saturday as part of restrictions announced by different state and local authorities to contain the spread of the infection. While some states have announced a weekend-lockdown, others have clamped down restrictions for varying periods in areas with the high caseload.

While Uttar Pradesh observed another weekend lockdown, similar curbs were imposed for the second time this month in four Uttarakhand districts—Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, and Udham Singh Nagar districts — which have reported 1,348 cases since 18 July.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday announced a three-day total lockdown in the state from Monday to curb the spurt in infections.

A complete lockdown till Monday morning was imposed in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, which has been enforcing shutdown every Sunday, similar to that in Madhya Pradesh. Lockdown restrictions also kicked-in in the state's capital Bhopal from Friday night. Bihar and Manipur have imposed a state-wide shutdown from 16 and 23 July, respectively.

In Maharashtra, civic authorities of Nagpur city announced a voluntary 'janta curfew' on Saturday and Sunday, with only essential services remaining functional.

All shops were shut and transport services were suspended in West Bengal as part of the twice-a-week lockdown in the state.

Jammu went under a 60-hour lockdown from 6 pm on Friday, while a six-day complete lockdown has been imposed across the Kashmir Valley except Bandipora since Thursday.

Amidst this, India's COVID-19 tally went  past 13 lakh on Saturday, just two days after it crossed the 12 lakh mark, while the recoveries mounted to 8,49,431, according to the Union Health Ministry.

With 48,916 fresh cases as of 8 am Saturday, the country's coronavirus infection count stands officially at 13,36,861 with 31,358 fatalities. Of them, 757 succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, data updated by the ministry showed.

West Bengal observes two-day lockdown

Normal life came to a grinding halt in the eastern state on Saturday as shops were shut and all modes of transport went off the roads as part of the West Bengal government's plan to clamp restrictions two days a week.

A similar lockdown will take place next Wednesday.

More than 3,800 people were arrested for flouting lockdown guidelines on Thursday when it was first imposed. Flight operations at the Kolkata airport were also suspended during the lockdown.

Police patrolled all major traffic intersections in the metropolis to keep a check on the movement of people. Barricades were also put up in various parts of the state to stop people from coming out of their homes, officials said.

In Karnataka, the civic chiefs of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi confirmed that the districts will follow the Sunday lockdown starting 9 pm on Saturdays. The week-long lockdown imposed in Dakshina Kannada was lifted Thursday morning, while Udupi has closed its district borders till the month-end.

According to news agency ANI, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said that lockdown curbs will in place in the city over the weekend and legal action will be taken against those who violate the norms.

Karnataka also reported a record 5,072 new case, with nearly half of the cases coming from capital Bengaluru urban alone. The state also reported 27 deaths, taking the number of casualties to 1,796.

In Maharashtra's Nagpur city a voluntary 'janta curfew' was announced for Saturday and Sunday but the civic chief has warned of strict curfew if the rules are not followed.

Three-day lockdown in Tripura from Monday

In a televised address, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that a state-wide lockdown will begin at 5 am on 27 July and last till 5 am on 30 July.

"Our fatality rate is only 0.29 percent while the infection rate is far less than the national average. But, since there is no other more effective way of fighting the coronavirus, we have to go for a brief lockdown period again," he said, adding that rapid antigen test will commence soon.

The lockdown will have 21 exemptions, including that to emergency and essential services as well as to print and electronic media but those violating the curbs will be fined, said a government order.

Those not wearing masks will be fined Rs 200 for the first time and Rs 400 the next time, the government order stated, adding a penalty of Rs 1,000 will be imposed on those flouting social distancing norms.

Lockdown restrictions have also been announced in the northeastern states of Nagaland and Meghalaya.  Nagaland capital Kohima will be under a shutdown till 31 July, while curbs will come into effect in Dimapur from Sunday till 2 August. The Meghalaya government has also decided to impose a complete lockdown in Shillong agglomeration from 26 to 29 July.

Southern states continue reporting high numbers

Besides Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, the second-worst-hit state by the virus, too recorded its biggest daily spike. The state breached two lakh coronavirus cases on Saturday with 6,988 fresh infections, pushing the aggregate infections in the state to 2,06,737.

The upward trend in new cases continued in Andhra Pradesh as well with 7,813 patients testing positive, taking the overall case count to 88,671. Another 52 COVID-19 patients succumbed while 3,208 were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said.

The total number of COVID-19 patients discharged so far touched 43,255 and the toll mounted to 985.

Kerala saw its biggest single-day spike so far, recording 1,103 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection count to 18,098. As many as 9,420 persons are under treatment. Thiruvananthapuram, where the government had declared that two areas are witnessing community transmission, has 2,666 active cases, the highest in the state.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan tests positive

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he has tested positive for the virus. "I had symptoms of COVID-19. In the test report I was found positive. I appeal to all my colleagues that whoever has come in my contact to get tested for coronavirus. My close contacts should move to quarantine," Chouhan said in a tweet.

Talking to PTI, state BJP's media in-charge Lokendra Parashar said that Chouhan was shifted to COVID-19 designated Chirayu Medical College and Hospital in the state capital.

Maharashtra CM stresses on balance between health and economy

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by COVID-19, Saturday said that he was not in favour of complete lifting of the coronavirus-induced curbs in the state only to address the economic concerns.

"I will never say that the lockdown will be lifted completely. But I have started reopening a few things gradually. Once reopened, it shouldn't be shut again. Hence, I prefer taking steps in phases. You can't just think about the economy or health. There needs to be a balance between the two," he said in an interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

From June onwards, the government had started lifting the restrictions in a phase-wise manner under its 'Mission Begin Again' initiative.

Maharashtra on Saturday registered 9,251 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative count in the state to 3,66,368 while fatalities mounted by 257, including 116 in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), to 13,389, the state health department said.

Record 4.2 lakh samples tested in a day, says health ministry

With 4,20,898 samples tested in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said in a separate statement, the Tests Per Million (TPM) has increased to 11,485 and continues to maintain an upward trend.

Till Friday, a total of 1,58,49,068 tests for COVID-19 had been done in the country with  3.50 lakh tests being conducted every day over the last one week, the ministry said.

With increased testing of samples for COVID-19, the fatality rate has significantly dropped to 2.35 percent on Saturday and the recovery rate has surged to 63.54 percent, it said.

With inputs from agencies

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