Amid chorus to postpone national entrance examinations, the National Testing Agency on Tuesday said JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) exams will be held on the dates announced earlier, which are 1st to 6th September and 13th September respectively.
COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Maharashtra tally crosses 7 lakh-mark with 10425 fresh cases
The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6, while the JEE (Advanced) on September 27. The NEET will be held on September 13.
With 60,975 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's COVID-19 tally rose to 31,67,323, while recoveries surged to 24,04,585 pushing the recovery rate to 75.92 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The death toll climbed to 58,390 with 848 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 1.84 per cent.
There are 7,04,348 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 22.24 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.
JEE (Main) and NEET exams will be held as per schedule
Global update | Brazilian President Bolsonaro's son Flavio tests positive
The 39-year-old senator's office said in a statement he was "feeling fine," isolating at home and taking the anti-malaria drug chloroquine, which his father has aggressively pushed as a treatment for COVID-19 despite studies finding it is ineffective against the virus. (READ MORE)
Maharashtra tally crosses 7 lakh-mark
With 10,425 new COVID-19 cases and 329 deaths reported in Maharashtra on Tuesday, the tally for coronavirus cases reached 7,03,823 in the state, according to the state Health Department. (READ MORE)
Punjab reports 1,293 fresh cases
Punjab reports 1,293 new COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths, taking total cases to 44,577 including 29,145 discharges and 1,178 deaths: State Health Department.
COVID-19 deaths in Bengal under-reported: Congress
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury 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. (READ MORE)
Students receive textbooks for the academic year
While admission for Class 11 is going on in Nirmala Girls Higher Secondary School in Tamil Nadu's Madurai, students receive textbooks for the academic year while maintaining #SocialDistancing. #COVID19 @xpresstn @shibasahu2012— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 25, 2020
Express Photos | @KKSundar123 pic.twitter.com/mIueiSEzyz
Telangana saw two cases of COVID-19 reinfection, says Health Minister
Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Tuesday confirmed that of the 1 lakh COVID-19 cases detected in the state, there have been two cases of reinfection with SARS COV-2 virus. (READ MORE)
Cases surge in Delhi as 1544 test positive
'Russia seeks collaboration with India for manufacturing vaccine'
he Russian government has reached out to India seeking collaboration for manufacturing its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V' and conducting its phase 3 clinical trial here, sources said. (READ MORE)
Situation may worsen in Trivandrum, next three weeks crucial: Minister
Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Tuesday said the COVID-19 situation in Thiruvananthapuram might escalate in the next three weeks. This has prompted the district administration to come up with a new action plan to tackle the situation. The minister was speaking at a meeting held here at the collectorate. (READ MORE)
COVID positive Haryana CM Khattar admitted to Medanta hospital
Amid pandemic, Mission SSLV resumes at ISRO launch station
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) rocket launch station at Sriharikota has resumed work partially to carry out critical and essential activities related to the ambitious Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) project. (READ MORE)
Kids get tested for virus
Phase 2 human trial of Oxford vaccine may start on August 26 in Pune
The trial may begin from August 26, said a top official of the institute, one of the 17 sites selected for the phase 2 human trials in the country by Serum Institute of India. (READ MORE)
82 new COVID-19 cases reported in Manipur including 8 personnel from CAPF
In the past six months, more than 2,000 health personnel have got infected with COVID-19: Dr Srinivas Rao
In the past six months, more than 2,000 health personnel have got infected with COVID-19, & around 16 people have died due to it. We're giving medical treatment to infected & helping families of the deceased: Dr Srinivas Rao, Director of Public Health & Family Welfare, Telangana
Tamil Nadu reports 5,951 new COVID-19 cases, 6,998 recoveries and 107 deaths
701 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today: J-K Government
701 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today; 139 from Jammu division and 562 from Kashmir division. Total number of cases now at 33,776 including 7,544 active cases, 25,594 recoveries and 638 deaths: Govt of Jammu and Kashmir
Andhra Pradesh COVID-19 Updates
#COVIDUpdates: As many as 9,927 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. 92 deaths were recorded taking the toll to 3460. The state tested 33,56,852 samples till date.— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) August 25, 2020
Total cases: 3,71,693
Discharged: 2,78,247@NewIndianXpress #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/lfOcL7lnOL
Mysuru Police Commissioner tests positive for COVID
Mysuru city Police Commissioner Chandragupta has tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said on Tuesday. Karnataka State Reserve Police ACP Bharat Raj too has tested positive for the infection,they said.
Decline in COVID-19 positivity rate despite increasing tests exponentially: Centre
The testing for the disease has been increased from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day at present, the Union Health Ministry said. (READ MORE)
Special students getting online education, Maharashtra government tells Bombay HC
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court it was providing online education for specially-abled students across the state in special schools and training centres run by NGOs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers, students of universities in Delhi concerned over online classes, fee hike
A section of students and teachers of various universities in the national capital on Tuesday voiced their concern over holding online classes, fee hike and lack of infrastructural support in the varsities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thiruvottiyur zone in Chennai has lowest percentage of active COVID-19 cases, here's why
As on Monday, Thiruvottiyur zone has the lowest percentage of active COVID-19 cases in Chennai. The percentage of active cases has halved from 12% on August 4 to 6%. (READ MORE)
Odisha government refixes price for COVID-19 tests through RT-PCR, reduces from Rs 2200 to Rs 1200
#Odisha Govt refixes price for #COVID19 tests through RT-PCR, reduces from Rs 2200 to Rs 1200. Private labs & hospitals charging more will be taken to task as per Clinical Establishment Act. Test is free at Govt labs. @XpressOdisha @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/1Exg321e60— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) August 25, 2020
Tamil Nadu COVID-19 Updates
Covid updates for August 25:— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) August 25, 2020
Active cases: 52,128
6,998 Covid patients discharged today: Total: 3,32,454
Samples tested: 70,221
New cases: 5,951
New cases in Chennai: 1,270
Shibu Soren rushed to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram days after testing positive
JMM chief Shibu Soren, who was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Ranchi after tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, is now being shifted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram as a precautionary measure. 76-year old Soren and his wife Rupi Soren were found positive for coronavirus on Saturday. (READ MORE)
Kerala COVID-19 Updates
Keeping pandemic in mind, Punjab extends validity of vehicle documents till December 31
The Punjab government on Tuesday said it has extended the validity of vehicle related documents including driving licences and registration certificates (RCs) till December 31, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ MORE)
Patients protest as body kept in COVID ward for hours at Thiruvananthapuram hospital
The body of a patient who succumbed in the COVID-19 ward of the Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram was not moved out for hours on Tuesday. Other patients in the ward, who were served food while the body was still there, protested by refusing to eat. Medical College authorities have launched an internal inquiry into the issue. (READ MORE)
Teachers in Madurai conducting online classes to students through mobile phones
We are shifting father to a hospital in Delhi as a precautionary measure: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief and former Jharkhand CM, Shibu Soren is being taken to Delhi from Medanta hospital in Ranchi where he was admitted.— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
CM Hemant Soren says, "My father is stable. We are shifting him to a hospital in Delhi as a precautionary measure". pic.twitter.com/mnAqByVtP8
As far as Sputnik-5 vaccine is concerned, India and Russia are in communication: Rajesh Bhushan
As far as Sputnik-5 vaccine (COVID-19 vaccine developed in Russia) is concerned, India and Russia are in communication. Some initial information have been shared: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry
Three COVID-19 vaccines are ahead in the race in India: Balram Bhargava
Three COVID-19 vaccines are ahead in the race in India. Serum Institute's vaccine is in phase 2(B) & phase 3 trials and Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila's vaccines have completed phase 1 trial: ICMR Director General Prof (Dr.) Balram Bhargava
Out of the total COVID-19 active cases in India, only 2.7% patients are on oxygen support
Out of the total COVID-19 active cases in India, only 2.7% patients are on oxygen support, 1.92% patients are in ICU and 0.29% patients are on ventilator support: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry
Puducherry may soon have two-day lockdown every week: Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao
Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao on Tuesday indicated that the union territory may have 2-day lockdown every weekend, as part of the government's efforts to contain spread of coronavirus.
Coffee served in Kerala COVID ward by keeping kettle near body, probe ordered
Amid the coronavirus scare, bed coffee was served in the COVID ward of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital allegedly by keeping the kettle and cups near the body of a patient who died early Tuesday morning, prompting the College Superintendent Dr Sharmad to order a probe.
18 more test positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya
Eighteen more people, including 11 personnel of various armed forces, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Tuesday, taking the state's tally to 1,994, a senior health department official said. At least 10 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries in the northeastern state to 799, Health Services Director Aman War said.
Banquet hall groups urge Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to waive electricity, water charges
Representatives of various banquets hall associations in the city have urged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to "waive" electricity and water charges incurred by these facilities during the period they were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The chief minister on Monday held a meeting with these representatives and thanked them for their cooperation in combating the pandemic in the national capital.
72 more die of COVID in Uttar Pradesh: Official
With 72 more patients succumbing to COVID-19, the death toll due to the viral disease rose to 3,059 in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, while 5,124 fresh cases took the infection tally to 1,97,388.
Tripura set to step up testing as COVID cases surge: Official
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has directed officials of the state's COVID-19 core committee to ramp up sample testing, and appealed to people to cooperate with the government in its fight against the disease, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Government consumption will have to fuel demand in times of COVID-19: RBI
Government consumption will have to fuel demand till the economy comes out of the COVID-19 shock and regains pre-COVID-19 momentum, the Reserve Bank's annual report said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)
Government may look at second stimulus once COVID infections ebb: Expenditure Secretary
The government may look at introducing a second set of fiscal stimulus measures once the COVID-19 infections abate and the psychological fears in people's minds ebb, a top Finance Ministry official said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)
Recovered cases are 3.4 times more than the active cases in country: Rajesh Bhushan
Today, the recovered cases are 3.4 times more than the active cases in the country: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry on COVID-19 situation in the country
Ever since COVID-19 started in March, we have suffered a lot of losses: Mamta Banerjee
Ever since COVID-19 started in March, we have suffered a lot of losses. There is no earning but only burning and Delhi is not disbursing as much funds as they should, to states: Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee, addressing District Administration officials
Appropriate action will be taken after completion of investigation: Suhas LY
Chief Medical Officer has been instructed to look into matter. Appropriate action will be taken after completion of investigation by team constituted to probe it: Suhas LY, District Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar on insect allegedly found in food being provided at COVID hospital pic.twitter.com/VL4U0Bi7CA— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 25, 2020
Indore records highest single-day spike of 265 COVID-19 cases
With the detection of 265 fresh cases, Indore recorded its highest single-day spike on Tuesday that took the district's COVID-19 tally to 11,673, an official said. According to officials, the health department has been ramping up treatment facilities for critical patients in hospitals to ease the pressure on intensive care units.
Six more deaths recorded in Rajasthan
Rajasthan recorded six more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the COVID-19 death toll in the state to 973, according to a health department official.
COVID-19 makeshift hospital at Muzaffarpur to be functional by Aug 31: Union Minister Nityanand Rai
Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Tuesday said that a 500-bed COVID-19 makeshift hospital at Muzaffarpur will be functional by August 31. The Union Minister of State for Home said this after visiting the hospital site near Patahi airport in Muzaffarpur town.
COVID-19 tests per million in India touch 26,685
With India having tested nearly 3.7 crore cumulative COVID-19 samples so far, the tests per million have further risen to 26,685 while the positivity rate has come down to 8.60 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Haryana Assembly session to begin from August 26; strict coronavirus protocols in place
A kit containing masks, gloves and sanitisers will also be provided at the seats to the legislators and every paper to be laid on the table of the House will go through sanitisation. (READ MORE)
Yogi Adityanath asks officials to keep vigil in Lucknow, Varanasi as COVID-19 cases increase
The Uttar Pradesh CM said better surveillance could control the fatality rate in the state and asked officials to regularly monitor the work of integrated command and control centres. (READ MORE)
After four months, Bihar's Public Transport System resumes services amid strict guidelines
After remaining off the road for more than four months, the different modes of public transport system including buses resumed their passengers’ services in Bihar from Tuesday between the state capital – Patna and other parts of the state amid strict Standard Operating Procedures. (READ MORE)
Majority of people against resumption of metro and local train services, says survey
Fifty-one per cent of people across the country are against the resumption of metro and local train services from September 1 as they feel these are risky in the current COVID-19 crisis, while seventy-seven per cent are not in favour of visiting multiplexes, according to a survey.
Bihar detected 1,444 new COVID-19 positive cases on 24th August
More than 100% rise in recovery in last 25 days; recovery rate rises to 75.92%
With a record 66,550 patients recovering from COVID-19 in a day, the total recoveries have surged to 24.04 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 75.92 per cent, while the active cases comprise only 22.24 per cent of the total cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar tests positive for COVID- 19
Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar has tested positive for coronavirus and has been hospitalised, party sources said on Tuesday.
35 test positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, tally rises to 953
Mizoram has reported 35 new coronavirus cases, taking the northeastern state's COVID-19 tally to 953, an official statement said on Tuesday. The new cases were reported from Aizawl district (31) and two cases each from Kolasib and Mamit districts. (READ MORE)
Puducherry records highest single day spike of 571 COVID-19 cases
Puducherry on Tuesday registered its highest single day spurt of 571 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths, taking the overall tally to 11,426. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that the fresh infections were reported during last 24 hours ending 10 am on Tuesday in the Union Territory.
Sprint king Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19 following birthday party
People in large numbers gather at market places in Meerut
Nainital High Court to re-open on August 27
Uttarakhand: Nainital High Court closes for sanitisation purpose after an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Court to re-open on August 27.
Chhattisgarh Assembly Session commences with social distancing arrangements
Nainital High Court closes for sanitation after employee tests positive
Three in IIT Kharagpur, including two students test positive for COVID-19
Two more IIT Kharagpur students and a hostel staff have tested positive for COVID-19, a top institute official said on Tuesday.
Latest Himachal numbers
Naveen Patnaik requests Centre to defer exams
It would be unsafe for students to visit test centres physically amid #COVID19 for JEE (Main) & NEET tests. Therefore, it is requested that exams scheduled to be held in September may be postponed to a later date: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik in a letter to Union Education Minister pic.twitter.com/uTqHh3A8cl— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
351 Maharashtra cops infected, three dead in last 24 hours
351 more police personnel found #COVID19 positive & 3 died in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. Total number of Corona positive police personnel in Maharashtra reaches 14,067 including 2,569 active cases, 11,356 recoveries & 142 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police pic.twitter.com/RHdzQkHfrM— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar tests positive
Andhra Health Minister distributes compensation cheques to kin of COVID-19 victims who lost lives in Swarna Palace fire
Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Alla Nani distributed cheques worth Rs 50 lakh as compensation to the kin of #COVID19 victims, who lost their lives in the fire accident that took place at Swarna Palace.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 25, 2020
Express photo | @prasantmadugula.@xpressandhra pic.twitter.com/1w03qfQEKj
WATCH | Volunteers of Changanacherry Archdiocese join medical staff to bury a COVID-19 victim in Pathanamthitta
Volunteers of Changanacherry Archdiocese join medical staff to bury a #COVID19 victim in Mallappally, Pathanamthitta. This Youth brigade is trained to use PPE kit & assist medical team as protocol prohibits kin of the victims at the cemetery.@NewIndianXpress @xpresskerala pic.twitter.com/OUGARJjC0p— Bechu.S (@bechu_s) August 25, 2020
Covid positive JMM chief Shibu Soren likely to be shifted to Medanta, Gurugram
JMM Chief Shibu Soren, currently admitted to Medanta Hospital in Ranchi, likely to be shifted to Medanta, Gurugram as a precautionary measure. 76-year old Soren and his wife Rupi Soren were found positive for coronavirus on Saturday.@NewIndianXpress @TheMornStandard— Mukesh Ranjan (@Mukesh_TNIE) August 25, 2020
Amid COVID-19, Maharashtra sees steep rise in mental health issues
Private doctors claimed that the number of people suffering from depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobia of stepping out of home has significantly increased in the last few months. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
1,600 Ganesh mandals in Maharashtra's Parbhani district skip installation of idols
"We had appealed to people to help the administration in curtailing the Ganesh festival celebration this year. As a result, there has been no public installation of Ganesh idols in Parbhani," the district collector said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Coronavirus most prevalent among those in 5-17 age bracket: Delhi Sero survey
Conducted between August 1 and August 7, 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. As many as 15,000 people from four age groups participated in the survey -- around 25 percent of them below 18, 50 percent between 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.
Nagpur civic body chief Tukaram Mundhe tests coronavirus positive
"I have tested positive for #COVID19. I am asymptomatic and have isolated myself as per the protocol & guidelines. Request everyone who have come in my contact for last 14 days to get tested," Mundhe tweeted.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
695 new cases reported in Rajasthan
Bus services resume in Bihar
Bihar: Bus services in the state resumed from today following a State Transport Department directive.— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
"It's good the govt has resumed bus services. Social distancing measures are hard to follow but we are trying. Sanitisers need to be made compulsory," says a passenger. pic.twitter.com/vjboEMqRO0
2752 new cases in Odisha
2752 new #COVID19 cases in #Odisha, 9 die— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) August 25, 2020
1708 in quarantine
1044 local cases
Total cases: 84231
695 new cases in Rajasthan today
Air India tweaks rules for passengers looking to travel UAE
For passengers travelling to UAE (12 yrs & above), a valid negative #COVID19 PCR test report in printed form, from a govt-approved lab in India (ICMR/verified designated lab), is required. Passengers are required to take PCR test not more than 96 hrs before departure: AI Express pic.twitter.com/qF0ObDnR2D— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
Do not use call records of COVID-19 patients for any other purpose: Kerala HC to state govt
A division bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly issued the order while closing the petition filed by Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala seeking to quash the order of state police chief to collect Call Detail Records of COVID-19 patients.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Public transport system to resume from August 25 in Bihar
In a meeting of Crisis Management Group, it has been decided to resumepublic transport system
, including bus service in the state from 25 Aug. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be followed to prevent the spread of #COVID19: Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal, Secy, Transport Dept, Bihar pic.twitter.com/qK0uSpPRd8— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
More than 3.68 crore samples tested up to 24th August: ICMR
60,975 new cases, 848 deaths in last 24 hours
India's #COVID19 case tally crosses 31 lakh mark with 60,975 fresh cases and 848 deaths in the last 24 hours.— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
The #COVID19 case tally in the country rises to 31,67,324 including 7,04,348 active cases, 24,04,585 cured/discharged/migrated & 58,390 deaths: Ministry of Health pic.twitter.com/X0tb6dYInC
Telangana reports 2579 new cases, 9 deaths in last 24 hours
No needles, Covid vaccine can be administered as nasal drops, spray
US researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis are trying out a Covid-19 vaccine that can be delivered through drops or spray through the nasal cavity. It has already been successfully tested on mice which were found to be protected against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the dreaded disease. Once successfully tested on humans and certified, the vaccine is likely to be delivered on the lines of the polio vaccine, but through nostrils.
More than 3.5 crore people tested for COVID-19: Health Ministry
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)