COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | In a highest single-day spike, 9386 test positive in Karnataka
The state recorded 141 deaths in a single day while Bengaluru alone registered 3,357 cases on Thursday.
India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 33 lakh mark on Thursday with 75,760 fresh infections and 1,023 deaths, in the last 24 hours.
The total caseload in the country rises to 33,10,235 including 7,25,991 active cases, 25,23,772 cured/discharged/migrated & 60,472 deaths, as per the latest Ministry of Health Data.
According to the ICMR upto 3,85,76,510 samples including 9,24,998 ones on Wednesday (August 25) alone, have been tested till August 26 for coronavirus.
WATCH | Why India's highest single-day case spike should worry you
Attempts to reach herd immunity naturally dangerous: WHO
At least two-thirds of a population needs to develop the immunity for it to matter, and that, in turn, needs the vaccine to happen safely and effectively, the health official said. (READ MORE)
Mizoram holds rural, local body polls amid Covid-19
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Mizoram held elections to village councils and local councils on Thursday but by maintaining the Covid-19 protocol, including social distancing. (READ MORE)
Punjba reports 1746 cases
A total of 1746 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Punjab on Thursday, taking the state’s total tally to 47,836.
Two more Tamil Nadu MLAs test positive for COVID-19
An AIADMK MLA and a DMK MLA were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive just hours before they were to participate in Chief Minister's event in Nagapattinam on Thursday. (READ MORE)
Health workers collect swab samples
Coronavirus hits isolated Great Andamanese tribe, 10 infected
Ten members of India's dwindling Great Andamanese tribe have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Thursday, fuelling concerns about the safety of the group and other indigenous people in the remote archipelago. (READ MORE)
Phase 6 of Vande Bharat Mission to begin from September 1
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said the phase 6 of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indians stranded abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic will begin on September 1. (READ MORE)
Virus strengthens grip on Delhi
New #COVID19 cases in Delhi again on surge.— Somrita Ghosh (@Somrita_Ghosh) August 27, 2020
1840 fresh positive reports.
More than 21K tests done.
More than 13K active cases.
734 containment zones @NewIndianXpress @TheMornStandard #CoronaUpdatesInIndia pic.twitter.com/miW3j3gH4B
BJP MP, MLA test positive for coronavirus in Gujarat
Ahmedabad West BJP MP Kirit Solanki and the party's MLA from Surat, Harsh Sanghvi, announced on Thursday that they have contracted coronavirus.(READ MORE)
Highest one-day spike in Karnataka
Maharashtra records 14718 cases
Refine strategies to cut down mortalities, says Centre
Flagging that 89% of the Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the country from 10 states over the last two weeks, the Centre on Thursday asked these states to take immediate steps to cut down the mortalities due to the infectious disease. (READ MORE)
SC to decide on conduct of final year exams tomorrow
Supreme Court to pronounce tomorrow its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging University Grants Commission's July 6 circular and seeking cancellation of final term examination in view of COVID-19 situation.
Five-day lockdown imposed in J-K's Samba to check spread of coronavirus
The lockdown from August 28 to September 1 midnight was ordered by Samba District Magistrate Rohit Khajuria, officials said. Quoting an order issued by Khajuria, the officials said the step was taken in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases.
JIPMER, private medical colleges asked to ramp up beds for COVID-19 patients in Puducherry
District Collector cum District Magistrate T Arun has directed JIPMER to dedicate 700 beds for severe COVID-19 cases. Five private medical colleges have also been directed to allot 300 beds each for treating COVID-19 patients. The ramping up will lead to a total bed strength of 3150 in the Puducherry region.
Tamil Nadu records 5981 new infections and 109 deaths
#COVID19 update #TamilNadu (August 27)— S Mannar Mannan (@mannar_mannan) August 27, 2020
Today’s +ive cases 5,981 (5,951 indigenous/30 imported) Total 4,03,242
Chennai 1,286 Total 1,30,564
Discharged 5,870 Total 3,43,930
Death 109 (30 pvt/79 govt) 101 with comorbidities Total 6,948@xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/NMb1zQkYr0
32 areas of Puducherry to go under 'localised lockdown' from August 31 to contain COVID-19
In the wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases, there has been an immediate exigency to enforce a cluster containment strategy and localised lockdown to contain the disease within a defined geographic area by early detection of cases, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread to new areas.
Dolling up in the times of COVID-19
How's the salon experience in times of #COVID19? There's face masks, shields, sanitisers and a whole lot of other precautions in place, including beauticians donning a #PPE.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 27, 2020
Visuals from Bengaluru
Express Photos | @MeghanaSastry @XpressBengaluru pic.twitter.com/deIjRfPui9
Manipur adds 140 new cases to its COVID tally
140 new COVID19 cases and 128 recovered cases reported in the last 24 hours in Manipur. Total number of cases rises to 5,725 in the state, including 1,743 active cases, 3,957 recovered cases & 25 deaths till date: State Health Department, Manipur
Kerala records over 2400 new infections and 10 deaths
Kerala #COVID19 updates— Raam Das (@PRamdas_TNIE) August 27, 2020
2406 new cases
2067 negative cases
2175 local transmission
(193 cases without origin)
59 from abroad
121 other states
47 Health Workers
22673 Active cases
267 total deaths
1,93,925 total quarantine@NewIndianXpress @xpresskerala
J&K direction to private clinics
J&K govt today directed private clinics/nursing homes to report all COVID-19 cases & cases suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection(SARI)/ Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) or having radiological findings suggestive of COVID-19 infection for COVID-19 testing with CMOs.
29 Punjab MLAs test positive for coronavirus
As the tally of COVID-19 positive MLAs & Ministers today touched 29 Punjab CM Amarinder appealed to all other legislators who had come in contact with them to avoid attending the one-day Vidhan Sabha session tomorrow#Pb @Newindianxpress, @SundayStandard, @TheMornStandard— Harpreet Singh Bajwa (@Harpreet_TNIE) August 27, 2020
WATCH: EPS inspects repair works at Koyambedu market
Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam inspects repair works at #Koyambedu vegetable market, as plans are on to open the market in a phased manner.#COVID__19 #lockdown @xpresstn @shibasahu2012— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 27, 2020
Express Video | @Jawahar_TNIE pic.twitter.com/xnaXeVAmAZ
655 new cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir
Vande Bharat Mission phase 6 to begin on September 1
Phase 6 of Vande Bharat Mission scheduled to begin on Sept 1, based on an assessment of demand by our missions abroad, flights are being rescheduled by Air India group & pvt carriers. Bubble arrangements with different countries will continue as per schedule in next phase 2: MEA
Monsoon Session of Parliament
The Lok Sabha Speaker instructed the officials to ensure that arrangements are made in a timely manner to ensure social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols during the session. He directed for making proper arrangements for security & sanitisation: Sources Quote Tweet
89% of cases reported from 10 states and UTs in last 15 days
89 % of the #Covid_19 deaths have been reported from 10 states/UTs in last 2 weeks. These include: #Maharashtra, #TamilNadu, #Karnataka #Telangana #Gujarat #WestBengal #UttarPradesh #Punjab #AndhraPradesh and #JammuAndKashmir, says @MoHFW_INDIA @NewIndianXpress #COVID19India— Sumi Dutta (@SumiSukanya) August 27, 2020
IIT Madras pitches in to help create video lectures for rural students hit by lockdown
Around 300 hours of video lectures have already been created under this initiative, the statement said, adding that the first broadcast is scheduled for August 28. This new content will be broadcast on NPTEL Channel 11-18 until August 31 and rescheduled on Channels 11-16 from September 1.
Tea shop in Chennai serves free beverages to COVID warriors
"You have served us. It's time we do the same for you": This shop in Chennai serves free tea and coffee for #COVIDWarriors as a token of gratitude for their service during the #COVID19Pandemic.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 27, 2020
Express Photos | @haisat2005 @xpresstn @shibasahu2012 pic.twitter.com/DS6cuQi3ji
HCL offers support to Chennai zoo, Crocodile Bank as visitors dry up amid COVID-19 pandemic
IT major HCL is extending support to help with animal feed and care at the two facilities, while also providing salaries to the caretakers involved in sanitisation and maintenance for a period of six months.
Protests during pandemic
Totally unacceptable!#YSRC leaders & workers flout #SocialDistancing norms during a dharna held in support of #threecapitals' proposal in #Vizag.— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) August 27, 2020
📸| @Gsn_tnie @NewIndianXpress @Kalyan_TNIE @ysjagan @ArogyaAndhra #COVIDIOTS #coronavirus #pandemiclife #protest #Politics pic.twitter.com/8FXeJnftJy
Hospital in Uttarakhand closed after pharmacist tests positive for COVID
The District Hospital, Pithoragarh was closed for two days on Thursday after a pharmacist working at the facility tested positive for COVID-19. "We have closed the hospital for two days as a precautionary measure. The pharmacist tested positive on Wednesday evening," Chief Medical Officer, Pithoragarh, Harish Pant said. However, the emergency ward of the hospital will remain operational with doctors attending to patients telephonically, he said.
Andhra Pradesh records over 10600 cases in last 24 hours
#COVIDUpdates: #AndhraPradesh reported 10,621 new #coronavirus cases in last 24 hrs till #Thursday 9 am. #Death toll at 3,633 with 92 more #patients losing life.#active - 94,209#recovered - 2,95,248@NewIndianXpress @Kalyan_TNIE #pandemic #fightagainstcoronavirus pic.twitter.com/VNx90dS5K1— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) August 27, 2020
TN attracted highest number of investments during pandemic: EPS
"#Employment has increased significantly. Tamil Nadu attracted the highest amount of investments in the country during the #pandemic period. Industrial functioning is slowly becoming normal," said Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami in Nagapattinam.@xpresstn @NewIndianXpress— Anto Fernando (@AntoWrites) August 27, 2020
Koyambedu wholesale market to reopen in phases from September starting with vegetable trade
Sources said the temporary market in Thirumazhisai, which was allocated to 240 wholesale traders, would be shut immediately after the vegetable wholesale traders move into the Koyambedu market.
COVID impact on GST collection
GST collection has been severely impacted this year, due to COVID19 pandemic. As per GST Compensation Law, states need to be given compensation: Finance Secretary on 41st meeting of GST Council
Nagaland reports 6 new cases
NEET, JEE exams during COVID
NTA DG told me that 7.5 lakhs out of 8.58 lakhs candidates in JEE have downloaded admit cards. For NEET, over 10 lakhs out of 15.97 lakhs candidates downloaded admit cards in 24 hrs. It shows that students want that exams are held at any cost: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal
UP chief minister inaugurates 300-bedded COVID hospital in Gonda
COVID situation in UP
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directs officials to maintain special vigil in the four districts of Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Gorakhpur and Shahjahanpur and further strengthen the medical facilities there in view of the COVID-19 situation.
UP Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh tests positive for COVID-19
WATCH: Cambridge University kicks off vaccine race to fight all coronaviruses
385 new COVID-19 cases in Tripura push tally to 9,927
At least 385 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the state's tally to 9,927, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 85 with two more persons succumbing to the infection, he said. A total of 123 people were discharged from Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) on Wednesday, following their recovery.
Four undertrial prisoners, undergoing treatment for coronavirus, escape from Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital
Four prisoner undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at the Gandhi Hospital in #Hyderabad, escaped from the hospital in the wee hours of Thursday.— TNIE Telangana (@XpressHyderabad) August 27, 2020
The prisoners were from the Chanchalguda and Cherlapally prisons.
Efforts are still underway by the police to trace and nab them.
Carbon emissions down due to COVID lockdown: Ministry
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown across India, this year's carbon emissions are predicted to fall by around eight per cent: senior environment ministry official.
Bengaluru Metro Services
Metro services in Bengaluru will be restarted soon as normalcy is slowly being restored in public life: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa
Warriors in COVID times
Gratitude in times of #COVID19: Love peanuts? Know how they reach your plate from the farm land!— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 27, 2020
Farmers from Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati process the groundnut harvest.
Express photos | @KanchiMadhav.@xpressandhra @shibasahu2012 pic.twitter.com/N9knzBUc6f
Five Delhi HC's benches to start holding physical courts from September 1
Delhi High Court's 5 benches, on rotational basis, will start holding physical courts from September 1 while remaining benches will continue to take up matters through video conferencing. Court also extended suspension of its functioning till Sep 30: HC's Registrar General Manoj Jain
India gifts medical supplies to St Lucia
Continuing its global support in fighting the pandemic, India gifted medical supplies & protective gear to Government of Saint Lucia to assist in its fight against COVID-19: Development Partnership Administration (DPA) of External Affairs Ministry pic.twitter.com/S0AjdiV8qL— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
Himachal tally increases to 5365
Himachal Pradesh's COVID19 case tally stands at 5,365 including 3,865 recoveries, 1,426 active cases and 30 deaths: State Health Department
DKS' followers pray for his speedy recovery
Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee still in deep coma, ventilator support: Hospital
Former President Pranab Mukherjee continues to be in a deep coma and on ventilator support, the hospital where he is admitted said on Thursday. According to the doctors treating 84-year-old Mukherjee, he is haemodynamically stable. Doctors say a patient is haemodynamically stable when the blood circulation parameters - blood pressure, heart and pulse rate, are stable and normal.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, BJP MP from Jammu-Poonch, has tested positive for coronavirus
मुझे रात हल्का बुखार था मैंने स्वयम COVID का टेस्ट करवाया जिसकी रिपोर्ट Positive आयी है। मेरा उन लोगों से अनुरोध है जो इन दिनों मेरे संपर्क में थे कि वह सुरक्षा की दृष्टि से अपनी जांच करवा लें।— Jugal Kishore Sharma (@mpjugalkishore) August 27, 2020
PM CARES funds case
The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court dismisses PIL seeking declaration of funds received by PM CARES, a charitable trust created by the Union government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
106 police personnel test positive for virus, two succumb in Maharashtra
106 more police personnel found #COVID19 positive & 2 died in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. Total number of Corona positive police personnel in the state reaches to 14,295 including 2,604 active cases, 11,545 recoveries & 146 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police pic.twitter.com/CddqjjEXJw— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
COVID-19 can affect almost all organs, symptoms maybe unrelated to lungs: Experts
Experts from AIIMS stressed that classification of cases into mild, moderate and severe categories based just on respiratory symptoms should be relooked to include other organ involvement.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar tests positive for virus
स्वास्थ्य संबंधी दिक्कतों को गंभीरता से लेते हुए मैंने कोरोना टेस्ट करवाया जिसकी रिपोर्ट पॉजिटिव आई है। चिकित्सकों के परामर्श पर अब इलाज चलेगा। जितने भी लोग पिछले दिनों मेरे संपर्क में आएं हैं, कृपया वह कोरोना को गंभीरता से लेते हुए अपना कोरोना टेस्ट करवा लें।— Krishan Pal Gurjar (@KPGBJP) August 27, 2020
Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on track? Vital health parameters of volunteers normal, says medical official
Vital health parameters of the two volunteers, who have been administered the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate at a medical college in Pune as part of the phase II clinical trial, are normal, says senior official from the medical facility.
Odisha cases near 91,000
3384 fresh #COVID19 cases, a new high, in #Odisha, 7 die— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) August 27, 2020
2128 in quarantine
1256 local cases
Total cases: 90986
Tests: 1553257 pic.twitter.com/BODfl18TTa
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik urges PM Modi to postpone JEE (Main) NEET in view of COVID-19, flood situation
CM @Naveen_Odisha calls PM @narendramodi & urges him to take steps for postponement of #JEE (Main) & #NEET in view of #COVID19 & flood situation in #Odisha. He had earlier written to Education Minister @DrRPNishank to defer exams. #POSTPONEJEE_NEET @XpressOdisha @NewIndianXpress— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) August 27, 2020
Telangana COVID-19 cases reach 1,14,483 with almost 2,800 fresh ones
2,795 new #COVID19 positive cases, 872 recoveries and 8 deaths were reported in Telangana on August 26, taking the total number of cases to 1,14,483.— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
The total number of cases include 27,600 active cases, 86,095 recoveries and 788 deaths: Health Department, Telangana Govt. pic.twitter.com/qyjxuJjkv9
Four day shutdown till August 30 in Odisha's Dhenkanal as virus cases spike
The residents of the town said the declaration of the shutdown in haste will only lead to rise in number of positive cases in the municipality areas. (READ MORE)
COVID-19 recovery rate in Andhra Pradesh reaches 75 per cent
Recovery rate in Andhra Pradesh stood at 75 per cent with the discharge of another 8,473 Covid patients from hospitals on Wednesday. (READ FULL REPORT)
Schools, colleges in Odisha to remain closed till Durga Puja: State government
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the decision was taken keeping the safety and interests of students and parents in mind.Educational institutions in the state have been closed since third week of the March.
India tally crosses 33 lakh-mark with record high 75,760 cases; death toll mounts to over 60,000
India's #COVID19 case tally crosses 33 lakh mark with 75,760 fresh cases and 1,023 deaths, in the last 24 hours.— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
The COVID-19 case tally in the country rises to 33,10,235 including 7,25,991 active cases, 25,23,772 cured/discharged/migrated & 60,472 deaths: Ministry of Health pic.twitter.com/Yt2C72oXcL
Reopening schools in Maharashtra amid COVID-19 could worsen crisis: CM Uddhav Thackeray
He further said that that's the reason why the state cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray wrote a letter to the Prime Minister demanding a delay of the educational session, and starting it from January 2021. (FULL REPORT HERE)
Over 3,85,76,000 COVID samples tested till August 26: ICMR
Unlock 4.0: Religious places in Rajasthan to reopen from September 7
All religious places in Rajasthan to reopen for public from September 7, state government said.
Pregnant women avoid checkups to avoid exposure to virus risk, may add complications
Doctors have found that pregnant women are not making frequent visits to hospitals for antenatal care and regular screenings, due to the fear of contracting Covid-19. This may lead to complications and put lives of both the mother and child in danger, doctors warned.
IN VISUALS | Bi-weekly lockdown being observed throughout West Bengal today
Here's a graphical explanation of COVID-19 transmission
Six-city flight ban to West Bengal to be partially lifted from September 1
Also, restriction on flights coming in from six cities, viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad, is being partially lifted from 1st September onwards. Flights from these cities can come to the state thrice a week: West Bengal Government https://t.co/2OtetqMCGY— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
Robots to the rescue? 'Zafira' in Tiruchy store to ensure COVID norms compliance
We've developed robots ever since COVID broke out & lockdown was imposed, to help frontline workers. The robot has a complete intelligence system. It'll also track number of people entering store, at a time & send details to owners via email, daily: Aashik Rahman, CEO Zafi Robots https://t.co/xoYXirK6vX pic.twitter.com/nCoQV5FuoA— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
Health Ministry on India's low COVID-19 case fatality rate
Early identification through aggressive testing, comprehensive surveillance & contact tracing, and focus on timely and efficient clinical treatment of patients have ensured high number of speedy recoveries. This has also kept the case fatality rate low: Ministry of Health pic.twitter.com/fNJ7BIpbHd— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
Mizoram records seven new cases, tally reaches 974
7 new #COVID19 cases reported in Mizoram in the last 24 hours taking the total cases in the state to 974. A total of 473 people cured/discharged so far. Active cases stand at 501: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram pic.twitter.com/B6ht5BlyRu— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
Assam reports 2,179 fresh cases
2,179 new COVID-19 cases detected today out of 36,225 tests done in the last 24 hours. Total cases now at 96,771 including 21,680 active cases and 274 deaths: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Woman constable raped by colleague at Covid-19 centre
A woman constable, deployed at the Sidgora Covid-19 centre in Jamshedpur, was allegedly raped by one of his colleagues during duty hours. Accused Anil Kumar has been arrested after a written complaint was lodged by the victim on Tuesday. (READ MORE)
Health workers collect swab samples
No mask, no ration and petrol in Raipur
Punjab reports 1513 cases
Virus cases surge in West Bengal
West Bengal records 2,974 new COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths today, taking the total number of cases to 1,47,775 including 26,954 active cases, 1,17,857 recoveries and 2,964 deaths: State Health Department.
Maharashtra records 14888 cases, 295 deaths
23 Punjab MLAs test positive ahead of Assembly session
Twenty-three MLAs in Punjab have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far. The development comes just two days before the beginning of the monsoon session of the Assembly. Of the infected MLAs, 14 are from the ruling Congress, six from the Shiromani Akali Dal, and three from AAP. (READ MORE)
Kin switch to firewood as electric crematorium shut down
Amidst a surge in COVID-19 deaths, the electric crematorium here has been shut down for three days as it developed a technical snag, forcing bereaved families to switch to the traditional firewood method to cremate bodies. (READ MORE)
1693 fresh cases in Delhi
SPB stable, communicated with son Charan through gestures
Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who is being treated for Covid-19 in the Intensive Care Unit of MGM Healthcare Hospital, is stable and conscious, according to a statement from the city hospital on Wednesday. (READ MORE)
A tribute to COVID warriors
Healthcare professionals in Telangana held a candlelight rally to pay tribute to #COVIDWarriors - doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, who contracted #COVID19 and died on duty.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 26, 2020
Express Photos | @meetsenbaga @XpressHyderabad pic.twitter.com/jXcjhShgol
Vaccine likely by early 2021: WHO chief scientist
By early 2021, we should have some good news on a COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization, on Wednesday. (READ MORE)
Andhra reports spike of 10,830 cases, state tally reaches 3,82,469
#COVIDUpdates: The State records another spike of 10,830 new cases in the last 24 hours. 81 deaths were recorded taking the toll to 3,541.— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) August 26, 2020
Total cases: 3,82,469
Recovered: 2,86,720@NewIndianXpress #coronavirus #COVID19 #andhrafightscorona pic.twitter.com/rAeifu4I5E
Book directly with airlines, no need to apply: Ministry tells intl passengers
Passengers taking international flights from India need not apply to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and can directly book their tickets with the airlines, said an official statement on Wednesday. (READ MORE)
Global update | Gaza reports first community virus death
Gaza health officials have reported the first death from COVID-19 since authorities detected community transmission of the coronavirus earlier this week. (READ MORE)
Maharashtra State Public Service exams postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Maharashtra cabinet was informed by State Chief Secretary today that all State Public Service exams are postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. New schedule for the exams will be announced later: Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
Jharkhand allows residents of state for darshan at Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple
Tax exemption for commercial and goods vehicles in Maharashtra from April 1 to September 30
Maharashtra Cabinet has decided to exempt tax for commercial and goods vehicles in the state from 1st April to 30th September. The decision has been taken in view of losses incurred by the commercial vehicles and goods carriers, due to COVID19 pandemic: Chief Minister's Office— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
Only 2% of the 1.4 lakh who attended fever camps in Chennai's Ambattur zone had ILI symptoms
In the Ambattur zone of the city corporation, only 2% of those who attended fever camps between May 8 and August 25 were found to have ILI (Influenza Like Illnesses) symptoms. Of the 1.4 lakh people who attended fever camps during this period, only 2438 were found to have symptoms.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
With 12 new COVID-19 cases,Dharavi's tally rises to 2,737: BMC
For the second day in row, Dharavi slum colony on Wednesday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 2,737, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. With 2,380 of the total 2,737 patients already recovered from the infection, the slum sprawl is now left with only 97 active cases, he said.
SP Balasubrahmanyam conscious and responsive, but still on ventilator, ECMO support: Hospital
In an evening medical bulletin, the private hospital where the singer is being treated has said that SPB continues to be in the ICU on ventilator and ECMO support. His current clinical condition is stable. He is conscious and responsive.
Tamil Nadu reports 5958 new cases, 118 deaths
#COVID19 update #TamilNadu (August 26)— S Mannar Mannan (@mannar_mannan) August 26, 2020
Today’s +ive cases 5,958 (5,943 indigenous/15 imported) Total 3,97,261
Chennai 1,290 Total 1,29,247
Discharged 5,606 Total 3,38,060
Death 118 (41 pvt/77 govt) 107 with comorbidities Total 6,839@xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/YfbOJW1wSL
To contain COVID-19, Chennai's Koyambedu market may have its own odd-even formula
It is learnt that traders are working on various solutions to contain the spread of the virus including opening of shops on alternate days. An association leader said this could help to ease congestion in the market. He said the traders committee will also monitor the opening of shops and the arrival of vehicles. A log book will also be maintained.
Kerala reports highest one-day spike of 2476, 13 deaths recorded
Current lockdown measures extended till September 20, complete lockdown on September 7, 11, 12: West Bengal CM
Where is social distancing?
Major updates of the day
- Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi tests positive, asks people, who came in contact with him during the last few days, to immediately get themselves tested.
- Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated two new Medical Colleges at Bharatpur & Bhilwara, Rajasthan & also Superspeciality Blocks in Govt Medical Colleges at Udaipur, Bikaner & Kota, via video conferencing.
- Recovery rate is more than 90% in the national capital, there has been an increase in cases in the last few days, number of tests will be doubled in coming days: Delhi CM Kejriwal
- Health condition of Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik admitted to Manipal Hospital for last 14 days is better. A team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi visited him again & said he's not required to be shifted to AIIMS, Delhi: Goa CM Pramod Sawant
- Bihar reports 2163 new cases, state tally rises to 21,814
- Himachal tally rises to 5206
Phase II human trial of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine begins in Pune
The Phase II clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, being manufactured by the city-based Serum Institute of India (SII), began at a medical college and hospital here on Wednesday. Two male volunteers were administered the vaccine at Bharti Vidyapeeth's Medical College and Hospital, a senior office-bearer of the hospital said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Odisha government slashes school syllabus
511 new cases in Puducherry
511 new #COVID19 cases, 213 discharged cases & 8 deaths reported in Puducherry today. Total number of cases in the state stands at 11,930, including 4,264 active cases, 7,486 recovered cases & 180 deaths till date: State Health Department, Government of Puducherry pic.twitter.com/jqEZchyhG7— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
Negligible cornea retrievals, shortfall in donations: Eye banking system among worst-hit non-emergency medical activities in lockdown
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who addressed the 35th National Eye Donation fortnight celebrations and presided over the interactive webinar organised by AIIMS, Delhi and the National Eye Bank, reiterated the advice of the medical community that "it is highly unlikely for the virus to be transmitted via donor corneas", a health ministry statement said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Update on Union Minister Shripad Naik's health
Ex-Assam CM and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi tests positive for COVID-19
Gogoi, who represents the Titabor assembly constituency in Jorhat district, is the 13th Assam legislator to be diagnosed with COVID-19. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Andhra Pradesh: Senior Congress leader kills self after contracting COVID-19
The senior leader, aged 55, was the vice-president of Kadapa district Pradesh Congress Committee and hails from Chilamkuru in Errakuntla mandal. Recently, he tested positive for coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Proddutur town. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
122 Maharashtra cops infected, two dead in last 24 hours
122 more police personnel found #COVID19 positive & 2 died in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. Total number of Corona positive police personnel in Maharashtra reaches 14,189 including 2,622 active cases, 11,423 recoveries & 144 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police pic.twitter.com/NnwxV4G4hY— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
No need to be alarmed immensely over COVID-19 reinfection case reported in Hong Kong: ICMR
At a press briefing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava said the Hong Kong case is a stray example and the reinfection can depend upon various factors. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Visuals from Kejriwal's residence
Meeting starts at Kejriwal's residence
Nearly 3400 cases in Odisha
In a massive surge, #Odisha reports 3371 new #COVID19 cases, 13 die— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) August 26, 2020
Second national COVID-19 sero survey to be completed by September first week: ICMR
The study will involve testing 28,000 samples for antibodies against SARS CoV-2, with 400 samples collected from every district surveyed. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
610 new cases in Rajasthan
67,151 new COVID-19 cases; 1,059 deaths take India's tally past 32 lakh mark
According to the ICMR, a total of 3,76,51,512 tests have been conducted so far, including 8,23,992 samples on Tuesday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
COVID-19: Telangana records highest single-day spike, active cases cross 25000-mark
Telangana detected a record number of COVID cases with 3018 new infections of COVID-19 found. The state conducted 61,040 tests to detect these many cases. This is the highest single day spike seen. With this the state's overall tally is 1.11 lakh cases. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Padmanabhaswamy temple reopens in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: Padmanabhaswamy temple opens for devotees from today since it was closed in March due to #COVID19 induced lockdown.— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
Devotees will be allowed inside the temple from 8 am to 11 am in the morning & from 5 pm till the time of Deep Aradhana in the evening. #Kerala pic.twitter.com/GmMdc6G35h
Huge spike in India tally after two days
India's #COVID19 case tally crosses 32 lakh mark with 67,151 fresh cases and 1,059 deaths in the last 24 hours.— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
The COVID-19 case tally in the country rises to 32,34,475 including 7,07,267 active cases, 24,67,759 cured/discharged/migrated & 59,449 deaths: Ministry of Health pic.twitter.com/pfoJqCg2FY
More than 3000 new cases in Telangana's highest single day spike
Highest single day spike with 3018 cases of COVID 19 detected. State conducts a record number of tests with 61,040 tests conducted in a single day.— TNIE Telangana (@XpressHyderabad) August 26, 2020
Nalgonda sees a marked spike apart from Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts pic.twitter.com/S7XCANHajM
More updates from Delhi
- Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a high-level meeting to discuss the rising number of novel coronavirus cases in Delhi, sources said on Wednesday.
- Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev and senior officials will attend the meeting, which will take place at 11 am, according to sources.
- The city recorded 1,544 more COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths on Tuesday. It was the first time in over a month that the number of new infections crossed the 1,500 mark.
Uttarakhand CM tests negative
- Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has isolated himself for three days as a precautionary measure despite his novel coronavirus test report coming negative.
- Sharing this information on the social media on Tuesday, Rawat said he and his family underwent a COVID-19 test along with the staff and the security personnel at the CMO as a precautionary measure.
- "With the grace of God and your blessings the report is negative. However, as a precaution, I will remain in isolation for the next three days and discharge my duties from my residence telephonically or by using virtual platforms," he tweeted.
- The chief minister chose to undergo a coronavirus test after an officer on special duty tested positive for the infection recently.
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COVID-19: Manohar Khattar, Shibu Soren to be treated at same Gurugram hospital
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and former Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren, both found infected with Covid-19, will be treated at the same hospital as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president was being shifted to Gurugram’s Medanta on Tuesday, a day after the BJP leader was admitted to the same the hospital. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
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Plasma therapy: Docs await ICMR trial results as confusion grows
Many doctors say the lack of a clear scientific signal, coupled with the tedious process of procuring plasma even as the expectations of patients and their relatives are high once they receive it, make the choice of therapy difficult. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Kerala: In wake of advisory not to purchase imported flowers during Onam celebrations, children in Kuttiady, Kozhikode search for flowers in their neighbourhood to make Pookkalam (floral decoration).— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2020
Ayana says, "Due to #COVID19, we are picking flowers from our surroundings." pic.twitter.com/ovEiVpzyys
Kejriwal calls for meeting amid high number of cases in national capital
Patients from outside, reopening of economy behind rise in COVID-19 cases in Delhi: Experts
Co-incidentally, the number of examinations for the detection of COVID-19 conducted on the days the capital recorded cases less than 1,000 were below the average 20,000 tests being conducted daily, according to data. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Social distancing goes for a toss in Bihar market
Diamond industry feels COVID heat
Diamond polishing industry of India has suffered a blow due to COVID. Compared to last year, the exports have gone down by US$ 3000 Million. The demand for Indian diamond has not gone down but everything was closed across the world, so there was no business: Dinesh Navadiya https://t.co/aDruHp2zvZ— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2020
14 new cases in Mizoram
Haryana Assembly today amid COVID scare
Mores tests conducted daily
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, Bhushan said, with India having tested nearly 3.7 crore cumulative COVID-19 samples so far. (READ FULL STORY HERE)