Coronavirus Updates: NEET, JEE to be held as per schedule, says NTA amid demands for postponing exams

Coronavirus Updates: While the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is scheduled from 1-6 September, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is planned on 13 September

FP Staff August 26, 2020 00:08:56 IST
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Coronavirus Updates: NEET, JEE to be held as per schedule, says NTA amid demands for postponing exams


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Coronavirus in Karnataka LATEST Updates

Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar tests COVID-19 positive

According to reports,  Karnataka Congress State President DK Shivakumar says he has tested positive for COVID19.  He has been admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru.

12:08 (ist)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand LATEST Updates

Shibu Soren in hospital after testing Covid-19 positive

According to Hindustan Times, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo and Rajya Sabha member Shibu Soren was admitted to Ranchi’s Medanta hospital on Monday. His condition is stable, hospital authorities said. Shibu Soren and his wife Roopi Soren had recently tested positive for Covid-19 and they had been in home isolation.


Aug 26, 2020 - 00:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Update

COVID-19 death in West Bengal under-reported, claims Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged on Tuesday that the number of deaths taking place in West Bengal due to COVID-19 is being under-
reported. He alleged that private hospitals in the state are "hiding" COVID-19 deaths, fearing that patients would avoid those establishments if the cause of the fatalities are reported. "The state government is underreporting deaths caused due to COVID-19, there is no proper mechanism in the rural areas to ascertain whether a person has died of coronavirus infection or some other disease," he said in a video message.

Aug 25, 2020 - 23:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Meghalaya Latest Update

COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya cross 2,000


The COVID-19 caseload of Meghalaya crossed the 2,000-mark on Tuesday after 42 people tested positive for the virus, a senior health department official told PTI. The state's coronavirus tally has now reached 2,018. Forty-three patients have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 832, Health Services Director Aman War said, adding that eight patients have died so far. Meghalaya currently has 1,178 active COVID-19 cases, he said. "Eleven Armed Forces personnel are among the new patients - 10 from East Khasi Hills and one from West Garo Hills," he further said.


Aug 25, 2020 - 22:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

NEET, JEE to be held as per schedule: NTA

The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) will be conducted in September as scheduled, officials said on Tuesday, amid a growing chorus for postponing the crucial tests in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Testing Agency said it has planned several steps to conduct the papers safely which include increasing the number of examination centers, alternate seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit.  These steps have been introduced to ensure adherence to social distancing norms at the centres in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said. Officials in the Ministry of Education asserted the exams will be conducted as per schedule.  While the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is scheduled from September 1-6, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is planned on 13 September.

Aug 25, 2020 - 22:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Update

Two more Assam MLAs test positive

Assam legislators Ajanta Neog of Congress and Ramendra Narayan Kalita of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the total MLAs infected by the virus to a dozen. Both Neog and Kalita were examined during the day as they were suffering from fever and were found to be COVID-19 positive, officials said. Both the MLAs have been admitted to Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH). Out of the 12 legislators who have tested positive so far, seven are from BJP,two each from Congress and AGP while one is from AIUDF.


Aug 25, 2020 - 22:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Mumbai Latest Update

Mumbai reports 587 new cases;low numbers due to glitch in website, says BMC

Mumbai on Tuesday reported 587 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 1,37,678, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. At 587, the number could have been the lowest in the last 100 days but the civic body clarified that a glitch on the website of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
showed "incomplete data". Meanwhile, the toll went up to 7,474 with 35 patients succumbing to the infection. "The city has recorded lesser number of cases (587) due to some glitch in the ICMR website as the complete case data is not available today. It will be updated tomorrow," the civic body said.

Aug 25, 2020 - 21:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Govt relaxes export conditions for N95 masks, medical coveralls

The government has relaxed curbs on exporting of masks and medical coveralls that are mostly used to control coronavirus infections, reports PTI.  "The export policy of N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent is revised from prohibited to restricted category," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. A montly export quota of 50 lakh units has been fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent for issuance of export licenses to eligible applicants, it said. The criteria for export of these masks would issued separately.
The DGFT has also removed export curbs on 2/3 ply surgical masks, and medical coveralls of all classes and categories. However, the DGFT said that medical goggles continue to remain in restricted category with a monthly export quota of 20 lakh units and nitrile/NBR gloves continue to remain prohibited for outbound shipments.

Aug 25, 2020 - 21:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

Gujarat's case count climbs to 88,942

Gujarat's COVID-19 tally rose to 88,942 on Tuesday with the addition of 1,096 new cases, while 20 more patients succumbed to the infection, the state health department said. With the death of 20 COVID-19 patients, the toll rose to 2,930, it said.So far, a total of 71,261 patients have recovered from the infection in Gujarat with 1,011 of them getting discharged on Tuesday, the department said in a release. With this, the state has achieved a recovery rate of 80.12 percent, it said.

Aug 25, 2020 - 20:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Maharashtra reports 10,425 new cases, 329 deaths

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

Aug 25, 2020 - 20:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Odisha slashes testing rates at pvt labs to Rs 1,200

The Odisha government on Tuesday slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 to be charged by private laboratories to Rs 1,200, an official said. The state government on 3 July had capped the rate of RT-PCR tests at private laboratories at Rs 2,200. The Rs 1,000 reduction in rates is aimed at stepping up testing in the state, the official said. Initially, the private laboratories were charging Rs 4,000-4,500 per test. "The government after careful consideration has been pleased to refix the maximum price of RT-PCR COVID-19 test @ Rs 1,200 (inclusive of GST and all other incidental charges)", as per a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

Aug 25, 2020 - 20:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi reports 1,554 cases, 17 deaths

Delhi reports 1,544 new COVID-19 cases, 1,155 discharges and 17 deaths today, taking the total number of cases in the National Capital to1,64,071  and toll to 4,330. With 1,47,743 recovered cases the recovery rate stands at 90.04 percent and there are 11,998 active cases at present, according to updates released by the CMO.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) will be conducted in September as scheduled, officials said, amid a growing chorus for postponing the crucial tests in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Health Ministry said though testing for COVID-19 has been increased exponentially, there has been a steady decline in the positivity rate and highlighted that the number of active cases of the infection reduced by 6,423 within a span of 24 hours.

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 SARS CoV-2.

Metro rail services may be allowed from 1 September when the 'Unlock 4' phase in the graded reopening from the coronavirus-induced lockdown will begin, an official said.

According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, India has tested more than 3.5 crore people for COVID19  so far, resolutely following its 'TEST TRACK TREAT' strategy

The tally of coronavirus cases in India crossed 31 lakh with a rise of 61,408 new cases on Monday, and the recovery rate rose to 75.27 percent with a total of 23,38,035 cured patients recorded so far, the Union health ministry said.

The COVID-19 caseload mounted to 31,06,348, a day after it crossed 30 lakh, while the toll rose to 57,542 with 836 new casualties being reported in a span of 24-hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.85 percent, the ministry said. The total count of cases includes 7,10,771 active cases, which comprise 22.88 percent of the total caseload.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 3,59,02,137 samples have been tested up to 23 August with 6,09,917 samples being tested on Sunday.

ML Khattar, Haryana Speaker test COVID-19 positive

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, and two BJP MLAs tested positive for COVID-19, two days before the Monsoon Session of the Assembly is set to begin.

Khattar's test report came positive on Monday, six days after he had attended a meeting with Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who was later found infected with the virus.

Khattar was taken to the PGIMER hospital for a detailed check-up in the evening, PTI reported, adding that his condition was stable.

"I was tested for novel coronavirus today. My test report has returned positive. I appeal to all colleagues and associates who came in my contact over the last week to get themselves tested. I request my close contacts to move into strict quarantine immediately," the chief minister tweeted.

Khattar's earlier test report came negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, two days after he had attended the meeting with Shekhawat over the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal issue in New Delhi. The chief minister had on Thursday decided to go into home quarantine for three days as a precautionary measure.

Khattar, who is also the Leader of the Assembly, will not be available for the Monsoon Session. He underwent the test on Monday as mandated by the Speaker for all MLAs and Assembly staffers ahead of the session, beginning 26 August.

Speaker Gupta (73) and BJP MLAs Aseem Goel and Ram Kumar also tested positive for COVID-19, the state government said.

Meanwhile, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said that the oxygen levels of Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik dropped on Monday. Naik is also COVID-19 positive.

Sawant added a joint team of doctors from the Command Hospital, New Delhi and AIIMS  will be arriving in Goa on Monday night to take stock of Naik's medical condition. Naik is an MP from Goa.

The team will decide whether to shift Naik to Delhi for further treatment, Sawant added.

Centre likely to allow metro services to resume from 1 Sept

The Centre is likely to announce 'Unlock 4' guidelines this week, PTI reported. The permission to resume metro services across the country from 1 September, is likely to be among the new guidelines. States will, however, take the final call on reopening the rapid transport networks depending on the coronavirus situation there.

Metro services were suspended in late March to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 31 lakh people in the country so far.

The 'Unlock 4' phase is part of the Centre's graded lifting of restrictions due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges may not reopen anytime soon, the report said. Bars, which are so far not allowed to reopen, may be permitted to sell liquor over the counter for takeaway.

The report quoted officials as saying that deliberations are underway on whether to allow reopening of higher educational institutions such as universities, IITs and IIMs.

There is almost no possibility of allowing cinema halls to reopen from 1 September as it will not be commercially viable for film-makers or cinema hall owners to operate following social distancing norm.

In the 'Unlock 4' guidelines, the central government will only mention about prohibited activities and the rest can resume. The state governments will take a final call on additional activities that should continue to remain prohibited during the 'Unlock 4', the report said.

Hong Kong researchers report first documented coronavirus re-infection

Researchers in Hong Kong documented the first case of a cured coronavirus patient getting reinfected, reports said on Monday.

A man who recovered from COVID-19 was infected for the second time, four and a half months later "in the first documented instance of human re-infection", researchers at the University of Hong Kong were quoted as saying by Reuters.

"The findings indicate the disease, which has killed more than 800,000 people worldwide, may continue to spread amongst the global population despite herd immunity," the report said.

SP Balasubrahmanyam tests negative for COVID-19

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has tested negative for coronavirus and he is stable and fine, his son SP Charan said on Monday.

"My father is fine and stable and his coronavirus test has tested negative," he said in a statement. The 74-year old, hugely popular for his singing skills in several languages,was admitted to MGM Healthcare on 5 August after he tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a hospital bulletin issued on 22 August, the playback singer was on ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit.

State-wise cases and deaths

Maharashtra reported 11,015 new cases of COVID-19 and 212 deaths on Monday. The total number of cases in the state now stands at 6,93,398, including 5,02,490 recoveries and 1,68,126 active cases, the state's health department said.

Tamil Nadu reported 5,967 new COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths, taking total cases to 3,85,352, including 3,25,456 discharges and 6,614 deaths. The number of active cases stands at 53,282, according to the health department.

In Delhi, 1,061 new cases, 1,200 new recoveries, and 13 deaths were reported. The total number of cases are now at 1,62,527, including 1,46,588 recovered cases, 11,626 active cases and 4,313 deaths, the Delhi government said.

Madhya Pradesh reported 1,292 new cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths. The total number of cases are now at 54,421, including 11,944 active cases, 41,231 recoveries and 1,246 deaths.

Punjab reported 1,516 new cases today. The total number of cases rises to 43,284 including 13,798 active cases, 28,357 recovered cases and 1,129 deaths so far, as per the state's health department.

With inputs from PTI

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