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COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Kerala virus tally inches towards 60000 cases

India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 31,06,348, while the death toll climbed to 57,542 with 836 fatalities being reported in a span of 24-hours, the data showed.

Published: 24th August 2020 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2020 08:05 AM   |  A+A-

A health worker inside a mobile lab takes nasal swab sample for a COVID- 19 antigen test.

A health worker inside a mobile lab takes nasal swab sample for a COVID- 19 antigen test. (Photo | AP)

By Online Desk

A single-day spike of 61,408 COVID-19 cases took India's virus caseload past the 31-lakh mark on Monday, a day after it crossed 30 lakh, while recoveries surged to 23,38,035 pushing the recovery rate to over 75 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 31,06,348, while the death toll climbed to 57,542 with 836 fatalities 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 per cent, while the recovery rate has risen to 75.27 per cent.

There are 7,10,771 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 22.88 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.

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

08:14 Aug 24

No home quarantine for inter-state asymptomatic travellers in Karnataka

Relaxing inter-state travel norms, the Karnataka government on Monday announced that passengers arriving from other states need not quarantine themselves for 14 days at home, and asymptomatic persons can perform their activities. (READ MORE)

12:51 Aug 25

Global update | Phase 2 trial of Oxford vaccine candidate set to begin Tuesday

The observer-blind, randomised controlled study to determine the safety and immunogenicity of ''Covishield'' on healthy Indian adults will begin at Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital in Pune, sources said. (READ MORE)

12:20 Aug 25

Building declared containment zone after 24 test positive

11:46 Aug 24

940 fresh cases in Jharkhand

11:20 Aug 24

Usain Bolt says awaiting results of COVID-19 test, goes into self-quarantine

Eight-time Olympic champion former sprinter Usain Bolt on Monday said he is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test that he underwent during the weekend and has gone into self-quarantine as a precautionary measure. (READ MORE)

10:17 Aug 24

Pandemic what?

10:08 Aug 24

Over 5000 cases in Karnataka on Monday

09:36 Aug 24

Uttarakhand identifies 32 bat species, nine recorded for the first time

A survey conducted by the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and the Natural History Museum of Geneva in Uttarakhand recorded echolocation calls of 32 species in the Himalayan state out of which echolocation of nine species has been recorded for the first time in the world. (READ MORE)

08:58 Aug 24

Rs 75,000 incentive, life insurance: UP govt takes measures for covid doctors

With doctors and health workers exposed to the risk of Covid-19 pandemic, the Uttar Pradesh government has prepared a new strategy to make the corona warriors secure by insuring them and incentivising their services in the fight against the disease. (READ MORE)

08:57 Aug 24

Kerala records 1242 fresh cases

08:51 Aug 24

BJP members booked for taking out Vinayakar procession

As many as 25 persons, including BJP functionaries, were booked for taking a Vinayakar idol on a procession in Velachery, flouting the lockdown and ignoring orders of government and ruling of the Madras High Court. (READ MORE)

08:22 Aug 24

Maharashtra registers over 11000 cases

07:37 Aug 24

COVID-19 positive murder accused escapes from hospital in Ambala

The accused, Lucky Kumar, a resident of Rohtak, escaped from Mission Hospital on Sunday by breaking the grille of a window in the ward, they said. (READ MORE)

07:35 Aug 24

Delhi reports 1,061 new cases

Delhi on Monday reported 1,061 new COVID-19 cases, 1,200 discharges/recoveries/migrated and 13 deaths. Total number of cases now at 1,62,527 including 1,46,588 recovered cases, 11,626 active cases & 4,313 deaths, the health department said.

07:29 Aug 24

Uttarakhand reports 412 new cases

07:22 Aug 24

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam continues to be on ventilator, ECMO support in ICU

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam continues to be on ventilator and ECMO support in the ICU and his clinical condition is stable, said a health bulletin issued by a private hospital here on Monday.The 74-year-old was admitted to the hospital on August 5 for COVID-19 treatment and was wheeled into the ICU after his condition deteriorated.

07:16 Aug 24

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar tests positive for coronavirus

06:49 Aug 24

20 per cent of Chennai's residents are under home quarantine, says corporation data

A total of 21,01,808 people were reported to be under home quarantine until Sunday. Of this, about 14.5% were those under quarantine after having a travel history and another 25.6% were under home quarantine as they have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:41 Aug 24

WHO says plasma therapy to treat coronavirus still 'experimental'

The World Health Organization says using plasma from the recovered to treat COVID-19 is still considered an “experimental” therapy and that the preliminary results showing it may work are still “inconclusive.” (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:33 Aug 24
06:31 Aug 24

Tamil Nadu reports 5967 new cases

06:12 Aug 24

JMM chief Shibu Soren hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19

76-year-old Soren and his wife Rupi Soren were tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday following which they were put in home isolation in their residence in Ranchi. Hospital sources said that Soren is perfectly alright and has been taken to Medanta only as a precautionary measure.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:08 Aug 24

Portion of Delhi BJP office closed after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

The office block where he used to sit has been closed for sanitisation work. Other staff members who sat there have also undergone the coronavirus test, (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:07 Aug 24

J&K reports 428 new cases

05:51 Aug 24

Centre mulls 'Mission COVID Suraksha' with Rs 3,000-crore corpus

Piloted by the Department of Biotechnology, the proposed mission will focus on end-to-end vaccine development from clinical trial stage to regulatory facilitation to manufacturing, sources said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

05:49 Aug 24

Metro services may resume during 'unlock 4': Officials say MHA to issue fresh guidelines soon

  • Metro train services are likely to be allowed in the 'Unlock 4' phase beginning September 1, but schools and colleges are unlikely to reopen anytime soon, officials said on Monday.
  • Bars, which are so far not allowed to reopen, may be permitted to sale liquor over the counter for take away.
05:28 Aug 24

Andhra Pradesh updates

05:27 Aug 24
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04:52 Aug 24

Eight Indians test COVID-19 positive upon arrival in Singapore

Eight Indians were among 13 imported coronavirus cases reported in Singapore, which has so far registered 56,404 COVID-19 infections, health officials said on Monday. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said 13 imported COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday, of whom eight arrived from India on August 11 and the rest five were from Bangladesh and the Philippines.

04:33 Aug 24

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rises to 30,178; death toll mounts to 320

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 30,178 on Monday as 967 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 320, a health bulletin said. The fresh infections have pushed the number of active cases in the state to 9,722, while 20,136 people have recovered from the disease, it said.

04:03 Aug 24
03:42 Aug 24

Pharma companies to lose pandemic-induced pricing power in Q2

Pharma companies are unlikely to sustain the healthy operating performance reported in the first quarter as they will lose the margins booked during the global lockdowns, says a report. The pharma companies cumulatively saw their pre-tax margins rising by 306 bps on an annualised basis and 551 bps sequentially in the first quarter due to better prices and lower expenses both due to the lockdowns, according to a report by India Ratings.

03:30 Aug 24

Reopening of COVID-hit Koyambedu wholesale market on cards

After nearly four months, traders of the Koyambedu wholesale fruit, vegetable, flower and foodgrain market have something to cheer about as talks were held with Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami on Monday to reopen it. (READ MORE)

03:14 Aug 24

Medical staff dance with infectees at Covid centre in Andhra Pradesh

Medical staff of Paderu came up with a novel way to bust the stress among the people who tested positive for Covid-19. They danced with the patients at the Covid care centre at the Youth Welfare Centre in Paderu to develop a positive attitude among the latter. (READ MORE)

02:55 Aug 24

Recoveries over 3 times the active cases: Union health ministry

India's COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 23 lakh and are more than three times the number of active cases of the infection in the country, while the case fatality rate, maintaining a steady downward trajectory, has further dropped to 1.85 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

02:55 Aug 24

Recoveries over 3 times the active cases: Union health ministry

India's COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 23 lakh and are more than three times the number of active cases of the infection in the country, while the case fatality rate, maintaining a steady downward trajectory, has further dropped to 1.85 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

02:49 Aug 24

Ahmedabad starts denotifying designated COVID-19 hospitals

The Ahmedabad civic body on Monday said it has decided to denotify some designated COVID-19 hospitals in view of the number of coronavirus cases coming down in the city. In the first phase, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has denotified nine private hospitals so that beds reserved there for COVID-19 cases are released for the treatment of non-coronavirus patients, the civic body said in a release.

02:23 Aug 24

Time to return to normalcy: Brazil President

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro defended the reopening of retail outlets “with responsibility” and said his government had done everything possible to curb the spread of Covid-19, in a video posted on social media Sunday. Some authorities have destroyed jobs in Brazil, Bolsonaro said, referring to state governors who advocate maintaining social distancing. Brazil reached 114,744 deaths from the coronavirus, including 494 in the last 24 hours.

01:32 Aug 24

COVID-19 crisis: Delhi High Court extends all interim orders till October 31

A special bench, headed by Chief Justice D N Patel, also extended the relief in cases related to those who were enlarged on interim bail or parole and may carry the COVID-19 infection. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:31 Aug 24

SC refuses to entertain plea for national policy for compensation to COVID-19 victims

Advocate Deepak Prakash, appearing for petitioner Hashik Thayikandy, said that all he is asking for is a national policy to be formulated that would provide for uniform compensation throughout the country. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:25 Aug 24

Puducherry updates

01:01 Aug 24

Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, two MLAs test positive for COVID-19

Notably, the Speaker has tested positive two days before the monsoon session of the Assembly starts in Chandigarh on August 26. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:57 Aug 24

21 new cases in Himachal in last 24 hours

12:47 Aug 24

COVID-19: AICTE allows admission to MBA, PGDM courses based on marks in qualifying UG exams

The technical education regulator has also clarified that the relaxation is being made available only for the 2020-21 academic session and should not be seen as a precedent for future academic years. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:46 Aug 24

Please assess the risk: Mamata appeals to Centre to postpone JEE, NEET exams

Banerjee, in a series of tweets on Monday morning, said she was vocal about the issue during the last video conference of chief ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:41 Aug 24

WATCH | SP Balasubrahmanyam's son on his dad's health

12:32 Aug 24

Almost 3000 new cases in Odisha

12:05 Aug 24

17 COVID-19 hospitals in Thane overcharge Rs 1.82 crore

  • As many as 17 private hospitals in Maharashtra's Thane city overcharged COVID-19 patients to the tune of Rs 1. 82 crore and are yet to refund Rs 1.40 crore out of it, civic officials said on Monday.
  • Following several complaints from patients, Thane Municipal Commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma constituted audit teams to check the billings of 17 hospitals in the city.
  • The audit teams checked 4,106 bills from July 10 to August 21 and found an excess amount totalling Rs 1.82 crore in 1,362 bills, the civic body said in a statement.
  • The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) issued show cause notices to these hospitals following which they refunded Rs 26.68 lakh to the patients.
  • The corporation accepted submissions by hospitals for the excess amount worth Rs 15.27 lakh, but these medical facilities are yet to refund Rs 1.40 crore, the TMC said.
  • The civic body last month suspended the licence of a private hospital on Ghodbunder Road here and cancelled its classification as a COVID-19 facility after it allegedly overcharged patients.
11:59 Aug 24

News from the apex court

11:54 Aug 24

Hit hard by COVID-19 outbreak, West Bengal weavers migrate to other places for jobs

A handloom machine, locally called 'tant', could be found in every household in Shantipur, Phulia and Samudragarh areas where weaving is the traditional occupation. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:53 Aug 24

Odd-even shop opening policy kicks in Punjab

11:52 Aug 24

DRDO to establish makeshift hospitals in Bihar

11:45 Aug 24

Mamata urges Centre not to hold exams amid rising COVID-19 cases

11:16 Aug 24

COVID-19 tally in India breaches 31-lakh mark, recovery rate over 75 per cent

There are 7,10,771 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 22.88 per cent of the total caseload, the latest government data stated. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:15 Aug 24

COVID-19 test conducted before Kerala Assembly session; all MLAs test negative

A pall of gloom fell in the Opposition camp when Perumbavoor MLA Eldhose Kunnapally was initially reported as COVID 19 positive. But later clarification came that it was his personal staff who had turned positive. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:12 Aug 24

Update from Karnataka

10:58 Aug 24

COVID-19 recovered Amitabh Bachchan starts shooting for 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' with precautions

Bachchan, who recovered from COVID-19 earlier this month, visited a set for the first time since the coronavirus-induced lockdown in March forced shut film and TV shoots. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:47 Aug 24

585 new cases in Rajasthan

10:46 Aug 24

Along with COVID-19, healthcare sector deals with another crisis: Doctors’ suicides

Over the last two months, at least 11 suicides by doctors have been reported, the latest being the case of a government doctor, Nagendra SR in Mysuru, Karnataka who ended his life reportedly due to harassment by fellow doctors. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:45 Aug 24

Vaccine will be launched in India only after trials show positive results: Serum Institute

Named Covishield, the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate which has been created using parts of adenovirus, will be commercialized once trials are proven successful and requisite regulatory approvals are in place, the company said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:44 Aug 24

News from Delhi HC

Delhi High Court further extends all the interim orders till October 31, as litigants and advocates are unable to appear before the court due to COVID-19 pandemic.

09:45 Aug 24

New rule for Vaishno Devi Yatra

09:44 Aug 24

New cases slightly reduce in India in last 24 hours

09:43 Aug 24

News from Punjab

Villagers of Chathaa Nanhera, Sangrur announced from a gurudwara that they won't get tested for COVID. Bharti Kisan Union leader said that while two people who were asymptomatic, tested positive and taken to COVID centre. "We have convinced the villagers of Chathaa Nanhera in #Sangrur district that positive patients need to be kept at COVID-19 care centre. COVID-19 sampling will also be done in the village," said Tajinder Singh, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Kohrian.

09:16 Aug 24

Close to 1900 new cases in Telangana

08:34 Aug 24

Assam tally till August 23

08:33 Aug 24
08:33 Aug 24

Social distancing goes for a toss in Bengal again

08:29 Aug 24

If everything goes well India would get COVID-19 vaccine by year-end: Harsh Vardhan

The phase-one human clinical trials of the two indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidates, one developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and the other by Zydus Cadila Ltd, have been completed and the trials have moved to phase-two, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava had said recently. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:28 Aug 24

India's COVID-19 recovery rate nears 75 per cent, case fatality rate one of the lowest globally at 1.86 per cent

The constantly rising number of recoveries has ensured that the active cases of coronavirus infection, which is the "actual caseload" of the country, currently comprises only 23.24 per cent of the total cases, it said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:27 Aug 24

COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | 3274 fresh cases take West Bengal virus tally to 138870

The COVID-19 caseload of West Bengal went up to 1,38,870 after the highest single-day spike of 3,274 new infections was reported on Sunday, the health department said.The death toll due to the disease also rose to 2,794 with 57 more people succumbing to coronavirus infection, a bulletin released by the department said. Since Saturday, 3,048 patients have recovered from the disease and the number of active cases is now 28,069, it said. (READ THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE)


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