Coronavirus Updates: Karnataka records 104 deaths, 9,894 new cases; 3,479 from Bengaluru

Coronavirus Updates:The state's overall COVID-19 caseload increased to 4,59,445 while the toll rose to 7,265, said the health department

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Coronavirus Updates: Karnataka records 104 deaths, 9,894 new cases; 3,479 from Bengaluru

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, Telangana. AP


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Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

‘Look for early signs, monitor health,’ says Centre’s new protocol 

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday released new protocols for patients recovering from the coronavirus, NDTV reported. Patients who have recovered from acute illness may continue to report symptoms such as fatigue, body ache, cough, sore throat, and difficulty in breathing, it said.

The recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered from severe Covid symptoms and those with any pre-existing health conditions. In a set of fresh guidelines, the Health Ministry has recommended physical exercise and taking prescribed immunity boosting medicines after recovery

10:32 (ist)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

No all-party meet before tomorrow's Parliament Monsoon Session

No all-party meeting will be held before the monsoon session of parliament, which begins tomorrow, reports NDTV. The departure from the usual convention, likely the first time in two decades, is being seen as indication of the growing differences between the opposition and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and due to COVID-19 pandemic.

07:50 (ist)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Amit Shah admitted to Delhi's AIIMS last night, say reports

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS last night, nearly two weeks after he was discharged from the hospital, according to multiple media reports. He was earlier admitted to the national capital's top hospital for post-Covid-care.

Sources told India Today that he has been experiencing breathing issues post his recovery from coronavirus. “It has been thought best he stay in the hospital where he can be constantly monitored,” said a source at AIIMS told the news channel.


Sept 13, 2020 - 23:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Meghalaya LATEST Update

At least 30 Raj Bhavan staffers test positive

At least 30 staff of the Raj Bhavan in Shillong have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Sunday. Governor Satya Pal Malik and his ADC have tested
negative for COVID-19, a senior Raj Bhavan official said. "At least 30 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at the Raj Bhavan since Friday and more tests will be conducted tomorrow," the official told PTI.

Sept 13, 2020 - 23:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Update

Former minister Arjun Khotkar tests positive

Former Maharashtra minister Arjun Khotkar on Sunday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. He shared the information on his Twitter handle.He said he would undergo treatment in Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Khotkar, a Shiv Sena leader, was a minister in the Devendra Fadnavis government. 

Sept 13, 2020 - 22:21 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Update

Coronavirus genomes in India have 5.39% mutation similarity with 72 nations: Study

Coronavirus genomes in India have 5.39 percent mutation similarity with 72 nations, found a study by a group of researchers trying to identify the genetic variability and potential molecular targets in the virus and humans to find the best possible answer for combating COVID-19. Mutations in an organism's genetic material are natural 'errors' in the cell replication process that may give the virus new 'powers' of survival, infectivity, and virulence. It can affect the ability of vaccines and drugs to bind the virus, or to create a specific immune response against it. The study also reveals that the US, the UK and India are the top three nations with a geometric mean of 3.27 percent, 3.59 percent, and 5.39 percent, respectively, of mutation similarity score with other 72 countries.

Sept 13, 2020 - 22:11 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab LATEST Update

Punjab sees highest single-day spike of 2,628 fresh cases

Punjab on Sunday reported the highest single-day spike of 2,628 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 79,679 in the state, while the death toll reached 2,356 with 68 more fatalities, according to a medical bulletin. There are 19,787 active cases in the state, as of now, according to the bulletin. So far, 57,536 people have been cured of the contagion.

Sept 13, 2020 - 21:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat LATEST Update

Gujarat registers 1,326 new cases, 15 deaths

With the addition of 1,326 coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, Gujarat's overall tally went up to 1,13,662, the state health department said. With 15 deaths, the fatality count reached 3,213, it said. A total of 1,205 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 94,010, the department said in its release.

Sept 13, 2020 - 21:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu LATEST Update

Tamil Nadu logs 5,693 new infections

The coronavirus tally in Tamil Nadu  surged past the five lakh mark on Sunday with 5,693 fresh cases being added, the Health department said. The state's COVID-19 aggregate stood at 5.02 lakh as 74 related deaths were reported today, taking the toll to 8,381, the department said in a bulletin Recoveries continued to outnumber fresh infections as 5,717 people walked out from various healthcare facilities, taking the total of those cured to 4.47 lakh so far. Active cases including those in isolation stood at 47,012 in the state.

Sept 13, 2020 - 20:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karantaka LATEST Update

Karnataka sees biggest jump of 9,894 new cases

Karnataka on Sunday reported its biggest single day spike of 9,894 new COVID-19 cases and 104 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 4,59,445 and the toll to 7,265, the state health department said. The day also saw 8,402 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 9,894 fresh cases reported on Sunday, 3,479 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

Sept 13, 2020 - 20:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Update

Centre urges seven states to ensure availability of oxygen in healthcare facilities

The Centre on Sunday urged Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ensure adequate oxygen availability in all healthcare facilities and unrestricted intra- and inter-state movement of oxygen cylinders because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Union Health Ministry held a virtual meeting where Union Health Secretary, Secretary DPIIT and Secretary Pharmaceuticals participated. State Health Secretaries and Industries Secretaries of the seven states also participated in the meeting and discussed ways to ensure adequate oxygen availability in all healthcare facilities and unrestricted intra- and inter-state movement of oxygen, the statement stated.

Sept 13, 2020 - 20:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chhattisgarh LATEST Update

All possible measures being taken to contain COVID-19, says Bhupesh Baghel

Amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said all possible measures are being taken to curb the spread of the infection and ensure treatment of patients in the state. The chief minister said the state has significantly enhanced its testing capacity for COVID-19 in the last couple of months, according to a statement. "In March this year, only All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Raipur had the facility for COVID-19 testing, and it was a big challenge to expand the testing facilities," Baghel said. At present, all six government medical colleges in the state and four private labs have RT-PCR testing facility.


Sept 13, 2020 - 19:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Update

Maharashtra's cases surge to 10.60 lakh with 22,543 new cases

Maharashtra's COVID-19 case count rises to 10,60,308 with 22,543 fresh cases while 416 deaths take toll to 29531, reports PTI.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Karnataka on Sunday reported its biggest single-day spike of 9,894 new COVID-19 cases and 104 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 4,59,445 and the toll to 7,265, the state health department said.

During an online interaction titled 'Sunday Samvaad', Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the first quarter of 2021. Vardhan said he would volunteer for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine if people had a "trust deficit".

Delhi recorded 4,235 fresh coronavirus cases and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the  total number of cases to 2,18304 and toll to 4,744, according to a health bulletin.

Delhi has been witnessing a surge in novel coronavirus cases from the last week of August. Delhi recorded its biggest single-day jump of 4,321 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the city's tally to over 2.14 lakh, authorities said.

A day after COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the 10-lakh mark, Thackeray said his government has done effective work to tackle the pandemic

India now has 9,73,175 active cases, while 37,02,595 people have recovered. The recovery rate is currently 77.88%, while the mortality rate is 1.65%

The crucial National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a pen and paper-based test, unlike engineering entrance exam JEE, has already been deferred twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

India's total number of COVID-19 cases crossed 46 lakh with a record 97,570 infections being reported on Saturday, while 36,24,196 people have recuperated so far, taking the national recovery rate to 77.77 percent, according to Union health ministry data.

The toll rose to 77,472 with 1,201 people succumbing to the infection in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The total number of cases (46,59,984) also includes 9,58,316 active cases, which comprises 20.56 percent of the total caseload, the ministry said.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.66 percent, the statement added.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August and it went past 40 lakh on 5 September. The country has registered over 95,000 cases for the third consecutive day on Saturday.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 5,51,89,226 samples have been tested up to 11 September, with 10,91,251 samples being tested on Friday.

NEET 2020 to be held amid COVID-19 precautions

Over 15 lakh candidates are expected to appear in medical entrance exam, NEET, on Sunday. The exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) amid strict precautions in view of the COVID1-9 pandemic.

In order to maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of exam centres from 2,546 to 3,843, while the number of candidates per room has been reduced from 24 to 12.

The crucial National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a pen and paper-based test, unlike engineering entrance exam JEE, has already been deferred twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam was originally scheduled for 3 May, but was pushed to 26 July, and then to 13 September.

A total of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the exam.

"For ensuring social distancing outside examination halls, a staggered entry and exit of candidates has been planned. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing while waiting," NTA was quoted as saying by PTI.

Serum Institute of India says awaiting DCGI nod to restart vaccine trials

The Serum Institute of India said it will resume clinical trials of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine candidate after getting the permission from the Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI).

British pharma giant AstraZeneca on Saturday said that clinical trials for its coronavirus vaccine — AZD1222 — have resumed in the UK following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that the trials were safe.

"Once DCGI will give us the permission to restart the trials in India, we will resume the trials,"Serum Institute of India (SII) said in a statement.

In a tweet, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said, "As I'd mentioned earlier, we should not jump to conclusions until the trials are fully concluded. The recent chain of events is a clear example why we should not bias the process and should respect the process till the end. Good news, @UniofOxford."

The human trials were temporarily paused after one of the participants developed an adverse reaction.

Following the suspension by the British drugmaker's UK trials, the DCGI also directed SII to suspend orders new recruitment in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the vaccine candidate till further orders.

News18 also reported that vaccine producer Bharat Biotech on Saturday announced that animal trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'Covaxin' have been successful.

"It said the results demonstrated the protective efficacy of the vaccine in a live viral challenge model. It said the data from the study on primates substantiates the immunogenicity of the vaccine candidate," the report said.

Delhi Metro resumes full services today

The Delhi Metro resumed its full services on Saturday with the Airport Express Line reopening after a hiatus of over 170 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All corridors of the Metro network are now in operation and the timing of services will follow the pre-COVID-19 schedule of 6 am to 11 pm.

"With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling. #MetroBackOnTrack," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted.

On Monday, the Delhi Metro had resumed services with curtailed operation of the Yellow Line and Rapid Metro.

Meanwhile, the Delhi airport started its on-arrival COVID-19 testing facility on Saturday, wherein an international passenger can pay Rs 5,000 to avail an RT-PCR test and also use the waiting lounge, PTI reported.

The Centre had on 2 September said that international passengers, who have to take connecting domestic flights after landing in India, will have the option of getting themselves tested for COVID-19 at the entry airports.

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over COVID-19 as PM warns against 'carelessness'

Taking a dig at the Centre on Saturday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the government's "well-planned fight" against the coronavirus pandemic has put India in an "abyss" of GDP contraction of 24 percent, 12 crore job losses, 15.5 lakh crore additional stressed loans and the globally highest daily COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The Congress has been accusing the Narendra Modi government of not handling the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, but the government has dismissed all such claims.

"Modi Govt's 'well-planned fight' against Covid has put India in an abyss of: 1. Historic GDP reduction of 24% 2. 12 crore jobs lost 3. 15.5 lac crores additional stressed loans 4. Globally highest daily Covid cases & deaths," Gandhi said in a tweet.

But for the government of India and the media "sab changa si (all is well)", the former Congress chief added.

According to the official data, the country's economy suffered its worst slump on record in the April-June quarter with the gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 23.9 percent as the COVID-19 lockdown weighed on the already-declining consumer demand and investment.

Meanwhile, Modi cautioned people against lowering their guard till an effective anti-coronavirus medicine is developed and introduced a slogan in Hindi to the effect. He said, "Jab tak dawai nahi, tab tak dhilai nahi' (No carelessness till a medicine is found)."

State-wise data on fatalities due to COVID-19

Of the 1,201 new deaths, 442 were reported from Maharashtra, 130 from Karnataka, 77 each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, 76 from Uttar Pradesh, 63 from Punjab, 57 from West Bengal, 30 from Madhya Pradesh, 26 from Chhattisgarh, 25 from Haryana, 21 from Delhi, 16 each from Assam and Gujarat, 15 each from Jharkhand and Rajasthan and 14 each from Kerala and Odisha.

Twelve fatalities each have been reported from Bihar and Puducherry, 11 from Uttarakhand, 10 from Telangana, nine each from Jammu and Kashmir and Tripura, eight from Goa, five from Himachal Pradesh, four from Meghalaya, three from Chandigarh, two from Ladakh while Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have registered one fatality each.

Of the total 77,472 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the highest at 28,724 followed by 8,231 in Tamil Nadu, 7,067 in Karnataka, 4,779 in Andhra Pradesh, 4,687 in Delhi, 4,282 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,828 in West Bengal, 3,180 in Gujarat and 2,212 in Punjab.

So far, 1,691 people have died of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,207 in Rajasthan, 950 in Telangana, 932 in Haryana, 854 in Jammu and Kashmir, 797 in Bihar, 605 in Odisha, 532 in Jharkhand, 519 in Chhattisgarh, 430 in Assam, 410 in Kerala and 388 in Uttarakhand.

Puducherry has registered 365 fatalities, Goa 276, Tripura 182, Chandigarh 86, Himachal Pradesh 71, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 51, Manipur 44, Ladakh 38, Meghalaya 24, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh 10 each, Sikkim eight and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.

With inputs from agencies

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