Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra postpones all MPSC exams as state records 14,888 new COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra's case count increased to 7,18,711, while the toll due to the pandemic reached 23,089 with the addition of 295 fatalities.

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Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra postpones all MPSC exams as state records 14,888 new COVID-19 cases


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Coronavirus in Telangana LATEST Updates

Telangana Health Minister confirms two COVID-19 reinfections in the state

Health Minister of Telangana Eatala Rajender on Tuesday said there have been two cases of coronavirus reinfection in the state, reports Livemint.

"The virus is new and we are learning about it daily. There is no guarantee that coronavirus will not come again in those who were infected before. Those who are not developing antibodies in enough amount might get infected again. Courage is the main drug for battling the pandemic," Rajender told a news channel.


Aug 27, 2020 - 00:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan  LATEST Updates

Religious places in Rajasthan to reopen from 7 September

All religious places in Rajasthan will reopen for public from September 7, months after they were closed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, an official statement said on Wednesday. The decision was taken during a review meeting on the coronavirus situation in the state chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Social distancing norms will have to be followed and all religious places will be sanitised from time to time, the statement said. District collectors and superintendents of police will carry out inspections and ensure all safety measures are taken, it said. Gehlot instructed officials to ensure that health protocols are followed properly and there is no crowding at these places, according to the statement.

Aug 27, 2020 - 00:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh LATEST Updates

Himachal Pradesh reports 167 new cases, two deaths

Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday recorded 167 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the infection tally to 5,322, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 31 with two more fatalities. The total number of active cases in the state stands at 1,428, Shimla Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said. Of the latest fatalities, one each was reported from Kangra and Chamba districts.

Aug 27, 2020 - 00:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam LATEST Updates

Tarun Gogoi admitted to hospital

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who tested positive for coronavirus, was admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Wednesday and a nine-member committee has been constituted to monitor his health. Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a committee under the chairmanship of head of Pulmonary Medicine department Dr Jogesh Sarma has been constituted to monitor the health status of the former chief minister. Gogoi, who had tested positive Tuesday was initially advised home isolation by the doctors, but was admitted to GMCH Wednesday after he was found to be mildly symptomatic.


Aug 26, 2020 - 23:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Second jumbo facility launched in Pune


A second jumbo COVID-19 hospital  was inaugurated in Pimpri Chinchwad area near Pune on Wednesday, the Pune district administration said. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar virtually inaugurated the facility set up at Annasaheb Magar Stadium. Thackeray appreciated the efforts of the district as well as civic administrations of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad for setting up the facilities in short time. Last week, the first COVID-19 jumbo facility was inaugurated at the College of Engineering, Pune. While inaugurating the facility, Thackeray said that "chase the virus" campaign to break the chain of infection will be extended across the state.


Aug 26, 2020 - 22:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Health ministry recommends COVID tests for all tuberculosis patients and vice versa

Tuberculosis is associated with a 2.1-fold increased risk of a severe COVID-19 disease, the health ministry said on Wednesday, recommending that all newly-diagnosed tuberculosis patients or those currently on treatment should be tested for COVID-19 and vice versa.  The prevalence of tuberculosis among COVID-19 patients has been found to be 0.37 to 4.47 percent in different studies, the ministry said and highlighted that there has been an overall decline in tuberculosis notification by 26 percent during January to June, as compared to the previous year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In its "Guidance note on Bi-directional TB-COVID screening and screening of TB among ILI/SARI cases" issued on Wednesday, the ministry said studies have shown that a history of active as well as latent tuberculosis is an important risk factor for the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Aug 26, 2020 - 22:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab LATEST Updates

With two days for Punjab Assembly session, 23 MLAs are COVID-19 positive, says CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said 23 MLAs and ministers are coronavirus positive with just two days to go before the state assembly session. Three of the 23 MLAs are cabinet ministers. Another minister who had tested positive earlier has recovered. The chief minister gave the number during a video conference with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had held a virtual meeting with CMs of opposition-ruled states to discuss a range of issues faced by them. "As of today, two days before the scheduled Punjab Vidhan Sabha session, 23 ministers/MLAs were COVID positive," said the CM according to an official release. "If this is the state of the legislators and ministers, one can only imagine how grave the situation on the ground is," he said. 

Aug 26, 2020 - 22:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha LATEST Updates

Schools, Colleges in Odisha to remain shut till Durga Puja vacations, announces Naveen Patnaik

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen  Patnaik Wednesday announced that all educational institutions in the state till end of Durga Puja vacation in view of the prevailing pandemic situation. The announcement was made by Patnaik after reviewing the situation due to COVID-19 in the state. Keeping in view the concerns expressed by students and parents, it has been decided to close schools and colleges till the end of Durga Puja holidays, Pataik said in a statement. The five-day Durga Puja festival is slated to be held between 22 to 26 October .

Aug 26, 2020 - 21:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra  LATEST Updates

Toll in Mumbai crosses 7,500

Mumbai's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,39,532 with the addition of 1,854 new cases, while the death toll crossed the 7,500-mark on Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With 1,854 new cases, the number could have been the highest-ever in a single-day in Mumbai, but the civic body
clarified that the figure was due to Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) portal update following a "glitch". According to the BMC, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the city rose to 1,39,532 with 1,854 new infections, while the toll increased to 7,502 after 28 more patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours.

Aug 26, 2020 - 21:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal LATEST Updates

West Bengal's recovery rate climbs to 79.75%


The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal on Wednesday reached 2,964 after 55 people succumbed to the disease, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The state's caseload also went up to 1,47,775 with 2,974 fresh cases of infection were reported, it said. Since Tuesday, 3,314 people were recovered from the disease. The discharge rate is now 79.75 percent. The number of active cases stood at 26,954.


Aug 26, 2020 - 21:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal LATEST Updates

West Bengal's recovery rate climbs to 79.75%


The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal on Wednesday reached 2,964 after 55 people succumbed to the disease, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The state's caseload also went up to 1,47,775 with 2,974 fresh cases of infection were reported, it said. Since Tuesday, 3,314 people were recovered from the disease. The discharge rate is now 79.75 percent. The number of active cases stood at 26,954.


Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The Maharashtra Cabinet decided to postpone all exams being conducted by the state Public Services Commission (MPSC) in view of the COVID-19 situation. The revised schedule for the exams will be announced later, state Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar told the council of ministers during its meeting.

Amid the scramble to produce a vaccine against the deadly COVID-19,Tamil Nadu's Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Sri Ramachandra Hospital, in Chennai, will join the Oxford University in conducting human clinical trials of 'Covishield' on nearly 300 health volunteers aged 18 and above.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced a series of relaxations by allowing to resume flights operations from six COVID hotspot states, but extended the closure of educational institutes till 20 September.

At a virtual meeting of Opposition chief ministers called by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh urged the states to approach the SC again for postponing the NEET, JEE exams.

The record high recoveries have ensured that the number of active cases of COVID-19, which is the "actual caseload" of the country, comprises only 21.87 percent of the total cases, the health ministry highlighted.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that his government will double coronavirus testing in the Capital since there has been a small increase in the number of new cases. At present, 20,000 tests are being conducted per day in the city.

The recovery rate rose to 76.30% with 63,173 more people having recuperated, while the case fatality rate has declined to 1.84%, the health ministry said.

Supreme Court asked Centre to file a reply and make its stand clear on giving moratorium on charging interest on loan as well as interest-on-interest during moratorium period declared during COVID-19 pandemic.

"You cannot be interested only in business and not about sufferings of people," the top court said.

The next hearing on the matter will be on 1 September.

India’s toll rises by 1,059 to 59,449. As many as 24,67,758 people have recovered from the infection in the country

The Union health ministry on Tuesday said that the COVID-19 positivity rate in the country has been steadily falling even though the testing has increased exponentially.

The testing for the coronavirus infection has gone up from 363 tests per 10 lakh per day on 1 August to more than 600 tests per 10 lakh per day at present, the ministry claimed. However, the positivity rate of COVID-19— calculated on the basis of a seven-day rolling average, has come down from 11 percent during the first week of August to 8 percent at present, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said during a press briefing.

India registered 60,975 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection, taking the overall case count to 31,67,323, while the toll climbed to 58,390 with 848 fatalities being reported in a span of 24-hours, the health ministry said in its morning update.

Over half of India's dead include people aged 60 and above, it added.

Recoveries also surged to 24,04,585, pushing the recovery rate to 75.92 percent, it said.

According to the health ministry national recoveries, are now 3.4 times the number of active cases. Currently, there are 7,04,348 active cases in the country, which comprises 22.24 percent of the total caseload, the data updates at 8 am showed.

However, many states continued to reported rising tallies on Tuesday with Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh reporting their biggest spike in COVID-19 cases in a single day, while Maharashtra crossed seven lakh in total confirmed cases.

On Tuesday, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar, Punjab Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora and Manipur's social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen tested positive for the virus.

Active cases drop by 6,423 in 24 hrs, says health ministry

In a press briefing, the Union health ministry said that the active coronavirus cases in the country have reduced by 6,423 to 7,04,348 in the past 24 hours.

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 2.70 percent of the patients undergoing treatment are on oxygen support while 1.92 percent are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 0.29 percent are on ventilators.

Stressing that the fatality rate has dropped to 1.84 percent, Bhushan added that 69 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been reported in men and 31 percent in women.

"Thirty-six percent of the deaths were reported among patients in the age group between 45-60 years and 51 percent among  people aged 60 and above. Eleven percent deaths were reported in the age group of 26-44 years and one percent each among people aged 18-25 and those below 17," he said.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the testing capacity has gradually increased to reach a landmark of 10 lakh samples in a day on 21 August.

"COVID-19 testing capacity has increased significantly, from 10 tests per day on 30 January to touching 10 lakhs tests per day on 21 Augus," said ICMR director general Balram Bhargava.

"We have 1,524 COVID testing laboratories in India and as on 24 August, 3,68,27,520 tests have been done," he further said.

Responding to question, the ICMR DG said that "irresponsible, less cautious" people are driving the pandemic in India.

Bhargava said, "I would not say young or old, I would say irresponsible, less cautious people who are not wearing masks  and not maintaining social distancing are driving the pandemic in India."

Minors in 5-17 age group most exposed to virus, shows Delhi sero-survey

Meanwhile, data from a serological survey conducted in Delhi this month showed that minors between the ages of 5 and 17 are most exposed to the novel coronavirus Conducted between 1 and 7 August, the survey, second in the city, showed that 29.1 percent of the population in the National Capital has now developed antibodies against the SARS CoV-2 virus.

As many as 15,000 people from different age groups participated in the survey — around 25 percent of them below the age of 18, 50 percent were between the age of 18 and 50, and the rest aged above 50.

A prevalence rate of 34.7 percent was found among the participants aged between 5 and 17, the survey results show.

As many as 31.2 percent of the people aged above 50 have recovered from COVID-19, it shows. Among those in the 18-50 age group, 28.5 percent people have developed antibodies against the virus.

ICMR data suggests that people aged between 21 and 50 account for 61.31 percent of the COVID-19 cases recorded in India till 21 August.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar tests positive

Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus and has been hospitalised.

Congress sources told news agency PTI that the 58-year-old leader got admitted to a private hospital in the Bengaluru's Rajajinagar last night.

".... he (Shivakumar) had symptoms since Monday morning like cough and fever, and had back pain for two days. On getting tested the reports came out positive," the sources said.

In Punjab, Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora said he contracted the infection.

"I have been tested positive for COVID-19 and have quarantined myself at my Chandigarh residence. I request all those persons who came in contact with me during last few days please get tested for coronavirus infection. Otherwise, I am at present not having any physical problem," Arora wrote on his Facebook page.

Arora, who is a legislator from Hoshiarpur seat, is the fourth minister of Amarinder Singh-led Congress government to have contracted the virus.

Congress MLA from Rajpura Hardial Kamboj and Akali MLA from Sanaur Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra also tested positive for COVID-19.

In Manipur, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen said she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kipgen (57) is the first minister in the state cabinet to have contracted the disease. A spokesperson of the COVID-19 control centre told news agency PTI that she has been asked to undergo home isolation.

Meanwhile Jharkahnd Mukti Morach (JMM) chief Shibu Soren, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, was shifted to a private hospital late on Monday night as a precautionary measure.

Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh report record increase in cases

Several states including Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh reported, an increase in daily cases and deaths. Chhattisgarh witnessed the biggest spike in COVID-19 cases in a single day with 1,145 people testing positive, taking the state's case count to 23,199, while 12 more deaths pushed the toll to 218.

Madhya Pradesh too recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,374 coronavirus cases, taking the case count to 55,695, health officials told PTI. The toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,263 after 19 patients succumbed since Monday evening, they said.

The coronavirus infection positivity rate jumped past 11 percent in Andhra Pradesh as nearly 10,000 fresh cases were reported, taking the overall tally to 3,71,639 on Tuesday. While 9,419 patients got cured and discharged from hospitals, 92 succumbed to coronavirus in 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, according to a bulletin.

Maharashtra reported 10,425 fresh cases of coronavirus infection, taking the state's tally to 7,03,823. With this, cases in Maharashtra crossed the seven lakh-mark. The state had crossed the six lakh-mark on 17 August. The toll due to the pandemic in the state rose to 22,794 with 329 fatalities being reported during the day.

With inputs from PTI

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