COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | With over 16000 cases, Maharashtra records highest single-day spike

The Centre on Saturday under 'Unlock 4' allowed metro rails across the country to reopen from September 7, five months after public transport was barred in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published: 28th August 2020 07:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2020 08:14 AM   |  A+A-

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A health worker holds samples collected from construction workers for COVID-19 test. (Photo| PTI)

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On a day when India's coronavirus tally breached the 34 lakh-mark with a spike of 76,472 new infections, the government of India announced guidelines for 'Unlock 4', further relaxing the unprecedented lockdown.

In its directive, the Centre allowed metro rails across the country to reopen from September 7, five months after public transport was barred in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

"There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements," the directive stated. 

Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and there will be no regular class activity till at least September 30. 

Further, the lockdown will remain imposed strictly in the containment zones until the end of September.

India's COVID-19 tally stands at 34,63,973.

07:55 Aug 29

Govt announces 'Unlock 4' guidelines

The govt of India on Saturday announced guidelines for ‘Unlock 4’ to be in force till September 30.

  • Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from September 7 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA.
  • There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
  •  Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/cultural/ religious/ political functions & other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons from Sept 21. However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing etc.
  • Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers after September 21.
  • Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September 2020.
  • All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones: (i)Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (excluding open air theatre) and similar places. (ii)International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
12:16 Aug 30

Cases in Assam cross 1 lakh-mark

2427 new COVID-19 cases detected today in the state, 1440 discharged. Total cases in the state rise to 1,03,794, including 82,510 recovered patients and 289 deaths. Active cases stand at 20,992: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

11:10 Aug 29

25000 people in India could be having post-COVID complications

Doctors say nearly 10 per cent of all COVID-19 patients who had moderate to serious disease, mostly those requiring ICU care, will have post-COVID complications, whose main symptoms are breathlessness, fatigue and in some cases, damage to vital organs. (READ MORE)

11:02 Aug 29

People flock Palayam market ahead of Onam

10:34 Aug 29

Delhi registers 1954 cases

10:08 Aug 29

Bengal records 3,012 fresh cases

3,012 tested positive for COVID-19 and 53 succumbed to the virus on Saturday in Bengal.

  • Total positive case till date: 1,56,766
  • Active cases: 25,996
  • Death: 3,126
  • Discharged: 1,27,644
  • Total tests: 18,1960
09:38 Aug 29

Two Indian players among 13 infected with Covid-19 in CSK camp


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that there are 13 positive cases in the CSK camp while stating that a total of 1988 RT-PCR tests had been conducted across teams from August 20. (READ MORE)

09:15 Aug 29

Unemployment rate falling in TN, Covid-19 contained, claims EPS

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday said the unemployment rate due to Covid-19 has come down to one-sixth within two months in Tamil Nadu and that the State has been recovering quickly from the economic impact caused by Covid-19. (READ MORE)

08:45 Aug 29

Maharashtra registers 16867 fresh cases

08:40 Aug 29

Odisha govt lifts lockdown for NEET, JEE students

Odisha govt modifies guidelines, lockdown will not be imposed in the entire state from August 30 to September 7 and from September 12 to 14 to facilitate movement of students appearing for JEE (Main) and NEET.
08:23 Aug 29

ISRO back in mission mode, allows 50% staff to work at Sriharikota

Not letting the coronavirus pandemic derail the nation's space programme, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had decided to go ahead with projects by relaxing the complete lockdown at the Sriharikota rocket launch station. All administrative officers and senior staff associated with scientific and technical work have been asked to attend duties on all working days. (READ MORE)

07:56 Aug 29

Vellore Siddha centre to hold 'clinical trials' for COVID-19 treatment

A Siddha special COVID care centre functioning in Vellore district has become the first such institution in the state to get the nod for clinical trials to treat the illness. (READ MORE)

07:22 Aug 29

Andhra Pradesh records over 10,000 fresh cases for fourth-straight day

07:11 Aug 29

WATCH | Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases have higher viral load, finds CDFD study

07:09 Aug 29

TN govt plans three new wholesale markets in Chennai in bid to decongest Koyambedu

The state was brought to its knees in its battle against COVID-19 as the Koyambedu wholesale market emerged as a hotspot since it was difficult to implement social distancing norms, forcing the government to look at alternative avenues.

07:03 Aug 29

Coronavirus tally in Uttar Pradesh touches 1.5 lakh-mark

07:03 Aug 29

Global update | Nepal's COVID-19 tally jumps to 37,340, death toll at 207

At a virtual press briefing, Dr Jageshwar Gautam, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said that there were 16,578 active coronavirus cases in the country.

06:57 Aug 29

WATCH | A son blames 'medical negligence' for his father's death in Vijayawada

06:45 Aug 29

India's COVID-19 recoveries go past 26 lakh, fatality rate drops to 1.81 per cent

India's COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 26 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 76.47 per cent, which the Centre said has been made possible due to the strategic policy of "testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively and treating efficiently" in supervised home-isolation, facility-isolation and hospitals.

06:37 Aug 29

Kerala COVID-19 update on contact transmission

06:33 Aug 29

Uttarakhand BJP chief Bansidhar Bhagat tests COVID-19 positive

Taking to Twitter, Bhagat himself announced his test result and asked all those who came in contact with him last week to undergo COVID-19 testing. Uttarakhand BJP vice-president Devendra Bhasin said Bhagat's treatment has begun.

06:30 Aug 29

Nearly 2,400 fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Kerala in last 24-hours

06:24 Aug 29

India's COVID-19 cases, fatalities per million among the lowest in world: Health Ministry

For every million population, India's coronavirus cases and fatalities are one of the lowest compared to the global averages, the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was informed on Saturday.

06:22 Aug 29

In last 24-hours, 6,352 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu

06:05 Aug 29
05:52 Aug 29

Allahabad HC denies nod for Muharram procession, says govt action not discriminatory

The Bench said the state administration had put restrictions on all the religious events in the wake of the spread of COVID-19. No discrimination, whatsoever, seemed to have done with any particular community, said the court.

05:43 Aug 29

WATCH | Puducherry Health Minister takes matter into own hands

05:40 Aug 29

Child labour among school going children increased during lockdown in West Bengal

As per the rapid assessment conducted among 2154 children and their families across 19 districts of the state, the number of child labour among the school going children belonging to the 6-18 years age group has gone up by 105 per cent during the lockdown period.

05:26 Aug 29

Over 2,000 fresh cases reported in Bihar

05:23 Aug 29

Global update | Bangladesh extends shutdown of educational institutions till October 3

Bangladesh has extended the shutdown of educational institutions, except madrasas, till October 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the education ministry has said.

05:01 Aug 29

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj forcibly quarantined for 'violating norms'

Maharaj, during his return to Dhanbad by road from where he had to take a train to Delhi, was intercepted by district administration near Pirtand Police Station in Giridih and sent on quarantine at Shanti Bhawan where he had gone to take part in a programme.

04:46 Aug 29

Union Home Minister, admitted in AIIMS for post covid-care, recovers

04:35 Aug 29

Haryana Minister Ranjeet Singh tests COVID-19 positive

The 75-year-old requested all those who might have come in my contact him to isolate themselves and get their tests done Singh, the Independent legislator from Rania in Sirsa district, is the brother of former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and son of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal.

04:23 Aug 29

Union Health Minister holds 20th meeting with Group of Ministers on coronavirus

04:14 Aug 29

Odisha relaxes Covid-19 curbs to facilitate travel of JEE, NEET examinees

Copy of the admit card of the candidates including soft copies or any other document held by the examination personnel and staff of service providers will be considered as their valid movement pass throughout the state.

04:02 Aug 29

BJP MP from Unnao Sakhsi Maharaj quarantined for 14-days in Jharkhand

04:00 Aug 29

In Chennai's high-risk zones, even asymptomatic residents being tested

A local corporation official told The New Indian Express that they were trying to get as many people as possible tested because the area had previously reported a large number of cases.

03:49 Aug 29

IN PICS | Pilgrims flout social distancing norms

03:38 Aug 29

35 per cent rise in demand for hospital beds in Delhi since July-end

  • The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has led to a 35 per cent increase in the demand for beds in hospitals in the city, according to government data 
  • On July 30, the occupancy of beds reserved for coronavirus patients was 18 per cent, with only 2,958 out of 16,038 beds being occupied
  • It was 23.02 per cent on August 10 and 23.40 per cent on August 11
  • It increased to 28 per cent on Saturday, with 4,004 out of 14,135 beds occupied

(Inputs from PTI)

03:25 Aug 29

COVID-19 impact: One of India's oldest 'Rambo circus' goes online amid pandemic

The show, a virtual fundraiser, is aimed to raise awareness for the cause and benefit the Rambo Circus artistes and their families to come back strong and revive from the difficult situation.

03:19 Aug 29

BCCI confirms 13 persons, including 2 players, test positive for COVID-19

03:15 Aug 29

Sero survey: Antibodies found in nearly 8 per cent people in Indore

The survey revealed that efforts taken to stem the infection spread in the affected areas of the city have paid off, he added. The official said that in the Bombay Bazaar area of the city, more than 30 per cent people were found having antibodies.

03:10 Aug 29

Total 1,988 RT-PCR COVID-19 tests were carried out after teams landed in UAE: BCCI

Upon landing in the UAE, all IPL participants have followed a mandatory testing & quarantine programme. Total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20th – 28th. 13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players: Board of Control for Cricket in India

Delhi Capitals players pose for photographs after arriving in UAE to participate in IPL 2020. (File Photo | PTI)

03:08 Aug 29

Spike in COVID-19 cases in Northeast; Assam crosses 1 lakh mark, toll nearing 300

Taking to Twitter on Friday night, Assam’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said there were 2,560 fresh cases, taking the state’s total tally to 1,01,367. The rate of positivity increased to 6.38 per cent.

02:57 Aug 29

Global update | One-third of Beijing students return to schools, more to follow

The first batch of 590,000 students in Beijing included all three years of high school, the first and third years of middle school and the first grade of primary school.

A a staff member checking the body temperature of children before they enter a classroom at a kindergarten in Yongzhou in China. (Photo | AFP)

02:51 Aug 29

IN PICS | Tamil Nadu has spent 7,162 crores in fight against COVID-19

02:46 Aug 29

Global update | South Korea reports 371 new cases, health workers scramble to contain local transmissions

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo announced the steps Friday after 371 new infections of COVID-19, the 15th straight day of triple-digit jumps that brought national totals to 19,077 cases, including 316 deaths.

02:36 Aug 29

4,04,06,609 coronavirus tests conducted in India: ICMR

With the focussed, consistent and coordinated efforts led by the Centre and implemented by the states and Union territories, the country has set a new landmark of testing 4,04,06,609 people for COVID-19 so far, the ministry said.

02:29 Aug 29
02:19 Aug 29

Puducherry records highest single-day toll as 12 more succumb to coronavirus

Releasing the information, Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr S Mohan Kumar said among the new cases from 1602 samples tested, 434 are in Puducherry region, 43 in Karaikal region, 70 in Yanam region and three in Mahe region.

02:08 Aug 29

Health update on former President Pranab Mukherjee

The Army Hosptal (R&R) also added that his renal parameters have improved and Dr. Mukherjee remains haemodynamically stable.

01:56 Aug 29

West Bengal writes to Railways, says metro, local train services can be resumed

In a letter to the Railway Board chairman, state Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said, "This is to bring to your notice that state government is of the view that metro and local train services can be resumed in Bengal in a limited manner maintaining the norms of physical distancing and health hygiene protocols."

01:48 Aug 29

Global update | Free COVID-19 tests for Hong Kong residents takes a political turn

01:39 Aug 29

Kerala | Death high among people without travel history, stress on comorbidities

The study -- which analyzed 49 Covid deaths in July and two in June -- stresses the need for a focused approach among people with comorbidities after it found that 48 of those persons had comorbidities including diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.

01:33 Aug 29

Uttar Pradesh Minister Satish Mahana tests COVID-19 positive

"After initial symptoms of COVID, I got myself tested yesterday (Friday) and the report came positive," the infrastructure and industrial development minister tweeted.

12:50 Aug 29

Himachal Pradesh cases reach 5,661

12:48 Aug 29

WATCH | COVID testing on wheels

12:37 Aug 29

Trials for 'Covishield' begin at Mysuru's JSS hospital with five volunteers

12:24 Aug 29

Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik recovering steadily, vitals stable: Goa health official

Naik was admitted to a private hospital near here on August 12 after he tested positive for the infection. (READ MORE)

12:22 Aug 29

Over 150 police personnel in Maharashtra test positive, five die in last 24 hours

12:17 Aug 29

Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Satish Mahana tests positive, goes into self-isolation

Mahana requested those who have come in contact with him in the past few days to get their coronavirus tests done.

12:02 Aug 29

Kerala update: Death high among people sans travel history, focus on comorbidities

The study -- which analyzed 49 Covid deaths in July and two in June -- stresses the need for a focused approach among people with comorbidities after it found that 48 of those persons had comorbidities including diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.

11:46 Aug 29

Arrangements being made for last rights of Congress MP H Vasanthakumar

11:15 Aug 29

Odisha update

11:00 Aug 29

Uttarakhand BJP chief Bansidhar Bhagat tests positive for virus

10:58 Aug 29

Total of 4.04 crore COVID samples tested till August 28: ICMR

10:47 Aug 29

Rajasthan update: 595 new infections take tally to 77,965

10:38 Aug 29

Telangana records 2,751 fresh cases, tally climbs to over 1,20,000

Telangana also recorded nine more deaths of Covid-19 patients, taking the death toll till now to 808. Also, 1,675 more people have recovered, making the number of recoveries in the state climb to 89,350.
10:17 Aug 29

Weekend lockdown in Prayagraj in bid to curb COVID-19 spread

09:49 Aug 29

India tally crosses 34 lakh-mark with spike of 76,472 fresh infections

09:38 Aug 29

Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases have higher viral load: CDFD study

For the study, the researchers analysed more than 200 samples of the novel Coronavirus and their genomic sequences.The significant finding adds a new dimension to the discussions over high infection rate and low mortality of Covid-19 patients in India. (FULL REPORT HERE)

08:57 Aug 29

No mask? Here's your challan

08:55 Aug 29

No lockdown in examination cities of Odisha from August 30-September 7 and September 12-14: State government

08:38 Aug 29

Andhra Pradesh tally crosses 4 lakh-mark, recoveries reach 3 lakh

It took just 10 days, the shortest span so far, for the number of coronavirus cases to swell from three to four lakh in Andhra Pradesh and joins neighbouring Tamil Nadu, which also crossed 4 lakh mark on Thursday.
08:15 Aug 29

Karnataka to hit COVID-19 peak by September-end: Experts

Going by the current indicators, the virus infections are likely to peak by September-end or early October and start plateauing only by the year-end, experts said. (READ FULL REPORT)

08:04 Aug 29

Covaxin on track? Second phase human trials to begin in Bhubaneswar in September

The first phase trail was conducted involving 375 volunteers, including five in the Odisha facility. Indicating that Covaxin is safe, a highly placed source told TNIE that there had been no complaint from the persons who were administered the vaccine. (READ MORE HERE)

07:21 Aug 29

35 'Made in India' ventilators provided to Udhampur district hospital under PM-CARES fund

05:24 Aug 29

Centenarian freedom fighter from Karnataka triumphs over Covid

A centenarian freedom fighter, Venkosa Bhandage, has defeated Covid-19 and is tipped to become the oldest person to win the battle against coronavirus in the state.

For full story, click here

12:53 Aug 29

Global update | France says 'exponential' rise in virus cases

France on Friday said there had been an "exponential" rise in coronavirus cases with more than 7,000 new infections in 24 hours. (READ MORE)

12:20 Aug 29

Day before receiving Dronacharya award, coach Purshottam Rai dies at 79


Veteran athletics coach Purshottam Rai died due to a cardiac arrest on Friday, tragically a day before he was to be conferred with the prestigious Dronacharya Award.(READ MORE)

11:45 Aug 28

Gujarat minister, Congress MLA test positive for coronavirus

Gujarat Minister of State for Civil Supply Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Congress MLA from Visavadar in the state Harshad Ribadiya have tested positive for coronavirus. (READ MORE)

10:53 Aug 28

Punjab CM goes in self isolation

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh decides to go in for seven-day self-quarantine after two congress MLAs Kulbir Zira and Nirmal Singh Shutrana test positive for COVID-19.

10:46 Aug 28

Tej Pratap Yadav booked for violating lockdown rules in Jharkhand

An FIR has been lodged against RJD chief Lalu Yadav’s elder son and former Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav for violating lockdown rules on Friday at Chutia Police Station in Ranchi. Tej Pratap, who was in Ranchi to meet his father on Thursday, has been charged with entering Jharkhand without giving proper information to the State authorities. (READ MORE)

09:58 Aug 28

Passengers stranded as KRTC cancels buses

09:56 Aug 28

7 Air India passengers test positive after arriving in New Zealand

Seven passengers who travelled from Delhi to Auckland in New Zealand on Sunday on an Air India flight have tested positive for COVID-19 three days after their arrival, a senior government official said on Friday. (READ MORE)

09:40 Aug 28

Rajasthan registers 1,355 new cases

1,355 new COVID=19 cases and 12 deaths reported in Rajasthan today. Total number of cases now at 77,370 including 14,320 active cases and 1,017 deaths: State Health Department

09:00 Aug 28

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat tests COVID-19 positive

08:28 Aug 28

Global update | Focused on pandemic, Merkel has no time to retire

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the decision not to run for office again in 2021 has allowed her to focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and other pressing problems during her final year in office. (READ MORE)

08:25 Aug 28

Death toll in Tamil Nadu crosses 7000-mark

Tamil Nadu on Friday recorded 5,996 new cases on virus infection taking the state tally to 4,09,238.

  • Fresh cases in Tamil Nadu: 5996
  • Total cases in Tamil Nadu: 409238
  • Fresh cases in Chennai: 1296
  • Total cases in Chennai: 131869
  • Fresh Deaths: 102
  • Total deaths: 7050
  • Active cases: 52506
08:17 Aug 28

WATCH | COVID hits remote Andamanese tribe: 10 out of 50 positive

08:01 Aug 28

14,361 new cases in Maharashtra

Maharashtra on Friday registered 14,361 fresh COVID-19 cases and 311 deaths. The state also recorded 11607 recoveries.

07:51 Aug 28

Odisha govt caps cost of COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals

07:47 Aug 28

Health workers collect swab samples

07:46 Aug 28

UP records 77 more COVID-19 deaths, 5,447 new cases

Uttar Pradesh recorded 77 more COVID-19 fatalities on Friday, taking the death toll to 3,294, while 5,447 new cases pushed the infection tally to 2,13,824 in the state, officials said here. (READ MORE)

07:42 Aug 28

Congress MP from Kanyakumari Vasanthakumar succumbs


Congress MP from Kanyakumari, H Vasanthakumar, succumbed to COVID-19, the hospital that was treating him confirmed on Friday. Besides his political career, Vasanthakumar was also a renowned businessman running a chain of shops under the banner of Vasanth & Co. (READ MORE)

07:29 Aug 28

Karnataka tally

07:25 Aug 28

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla meets press

07:24 Aug 28

Manipur tally

07:20 Aug 28

696 new cases in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 696 new cases of coronavirus taking the total number of infected people to 35,831 even as seven deaths were reported from the union territory during the last 24 hours, officials said.

07:19 Aug 28

Delhi govt to launch aggressive contact tracing

Health minister Satyendar Jain said the AAP government is committed to doubling the COVID-19 test from the present 20,000 per day to 40,000 per day within a week in the national capital.

07:18 Aug 28

Delhi tally

06:47 Aug 28

FIR against Tej Pratap

06:36 Aug 28

Congress MP H Vasanthkumar 'critical'

Kanyakumari MP Vasanthakumar's condition is critical, the hospital treating him said here on Friday. The 70-year old leader was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals here on August 10 with coronavirus infection, it said.

06:34 Aug 28

Karnataka BJP MLA tests positive

BJP MLA S Angara tested positive for COVID-19 Friday and advised home quarantine, health department sources in Mangaluru. Angara, representing Sullia constituency in Dakshina Kannada district, had been placed under home quarantine.

06:15 Aug 28

Scene from BBMP fever clinic

06:07 Aug 28

UP records 77 more deaths

This took the death toll due to the disease to 3,294, while 5,447 new cases pushed the infection tally to 2,13,824 in the state, officials said.

06:05 Aug 28

Kerala tally

06:00 Aug 28

Himachal tally

05:50 Aug 28

Dharavi's count rises to 2,745

The COVID-19 tally in Dharavi, the largest slum in Mumbai, went up to 2,745 on Friday with the addition of five cases, a senior civic official said. Out of the total count of patients, 2,392 have already recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

05:48 Aug 28

CSK's quarantine extended

It is understood that all those who came in contact with the infected duo then were subjected to multiple tests before a five-day camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium from August 15. They had all tested negative multiple times and boarded the flight to Dubai as per the Standard Operating Procedure put in place by the BCCI.

05:22 Aug 28

CSK staff test poitive

05:20 Aug 28

JITO offers scholarships to children of COVID warriors

The Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) on Friday said it has extended scholarships to the tune of Rs 80 lakh to children of frontline COVID-19 workers, medical staff and police personnel among others.

05:17 Aug 28

73 fresh cases in Meghalaya

73 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, taking the northeastern state's tally to 2,202, a health department official said. Of the new cases, 35 were reported from East Khasi, 32 from East Garo, three from North Garo, two from East Jaintia and one from West Khasi hills districts, Health Services Director Aman War said.

05:03 Aug 28

Congress protest in Chennai

04:55 Aug 28

IFFI update

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa will be held in a "hybrid fashion", with a mix of virtual and auditorium screenings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official said on Friday. In a virtual meeting last week, the IFFI steering committee decided to hold the festival in compliance with the Central government's SOP, said Subhash Faldesai, vice-chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa.

04:50 Aug 28

Goa to turn to containment zones for plasma donation

The Goa government plans to focus on the COVID-19 containment zones in the state and urge the recovered patients of coronavirus from these areas to donate their plasma for treatment of others. Talking to reporters, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said that next week, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant would hold a meeting with those MLAs, in whose constituencies the containment zones fall, in order to involve them in the plasma donation drive.

04:38 Aug 28

Andaman tally

Andaman and Nicobar Islands' tally rose to 3,018 on Friday as 33 more people tested positive for the infection, while one more fatality pushed the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 42, a health official said. The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases in the archipelago to 602, while the total number of recoveries rose to 2,374 as 65 more people were cured of the disease, the official said.

04:35 Aug 28

Maha govt urged to allow hotels to operate in full capacities

Ahead of the next phase of unlocking in Maharashtra, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) on Friday urged the state government to allow hotels to operate with full capacity. HRAWI also urged the government to allow sale of liquor at restaurants and also recommended that open spaces and terraces be used at the premises of these establishments.

04:27 Aug 28

West Bengal exams update

The Bengal government is weighing pros and cons of conducting final-year college/university exams before Durga puja, said CM Mamata Banerjee.

04:23 Aug 28

Second sero survey begins in Bhubaneswar

The survey is being carried out by five teams comprising six to eight members in Sikharchandi slum area, Nayapalli, Unit-IX, Laxmisagar, Sabar Sahi, Haripur, Museum Colony, Biseswar slum, and Sailashri Vihar.

04:18 Aug 28

HD Revanna tests positive

04:13 Aug 28

Patient dies by suicide in UP's Moradabad

"Rajesh jumped from the sixth floor of the medical college. He was working as a manager in a 'grameen bank'. His COVID-19 report came positive on July 21. He was admitted to the hospital on July 25," said Amit Anand, SP City, Moradabad.

04:03 Aug 28

Mamata on JEE/NEET exams

04:01 Aug 28

MHA gave nod to double testing in Delhi: Satyendra Jain

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had given instructions to double the COVID-19 testing but due to the pressure from the Home Ministry, officials were not doing so, said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, adding that now the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given a nod to double testing in the national capital.

04:00 Aug 28

Haryana update

03:40 Aug 28

Jharkhand tally rises to 34,676

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 34,676 on Friday as 1,365 more people tested positive for the infection, while 11 more fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 378, a health bulletin said. The fresh infections have taken the number of active coronavirus cases in the state to 10,799, while 23,499 people have recovered so far, it said.

03:19 Aug 28

Chennai's libraries set to reopen

03:15 Aug 28

Maharashtra police records 346 fresh cases

With the addition of the new cases, the state police's COVID-19 tally has reached 14,641 and the casualties stood at 148, the official said. A total of 2,741 police personnel are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals, whereas 11,752 have so far recovered from the infection.

02:56 Aug 28

Pandemic management now part of MBBS course

Medical students will now learn about pandemic management along with its social, legal and other aspects in the MBBS course with India's apex medical education regulator introducing a new module to better prepare doctors for challenges posed by pandemics like COVID-19.

02:29 Aug 28

Rajasthan update

01:56 Aug 28

Complete lockdown in West Bengal

01:52 Aug 28

Final year exams by Sep 30

01:48 Aug 28

Estrogen may lessen severity

"We know that coronavirus affects the heart and we know that estrogen is protective against cardiovascular disease in women, so the most likely explanation seemed to be hormonal differences between the sexes," says an American study.



01:38 Aug 28

Chennai man cured of COVID-19, walks out of hospital after 60 days

After testing positive for the virus, he was admitted to the hospital on June 26 with complaints of fever and breathlessness. His oxygen level was only 35 per cent. The CT scan of his lungs showed 90 per cent infection due to Covid pneumonia. “He stayed in the hospital for 60 days from June 26 to August 24 under the care of experts. He was discharged after complete recovery,” officials stated in the TN medical bulletin.

01:29 Aug 28

Six ministers of opposition-ruled states move SC seeking review of order on NEET, JEE

Six Ministers of opposition-ruled states moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams this year amid the persisting COVID-19 pandemic.

01:04 Aug 28

Gym owners in Delhi protest, demand reopening of fitness centres

Gym owners in Delhi protest, demanding the reopening of fitness centres in the national capital, as the livelihood of thousands of people depends on it.

12:49 Aug 28

Put passengers without masks during flight on 'no-fly list': DGCA tells airlines

Put passengers who do not wear masks during flight and violate COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures on 'no-fly list', Directorate General of Civil Aviation tells airlines.

12:22 Aug 28

SC refuses to entertain PIL to postpone Bihar polls, says COVID-19 cannot be a ground

Stating that COVID-19 cannot be a ground for postponing the Bihar elections, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking to defer the assembly polls till the state is free of the novel coronavirus.
12:08 Aug 28

Congress launches campaign against holding of NEET, JEE during pandemic; Rahul asks people to speak up

The Congress and various opposition parties have demanded that NEET and JEE examinations be deferred due to the pandemic and floods in parts of the country, even as the Union government has made it clear that they will be held as per schedule with due precautions.

12:03 Aug 28

20 per cent of France in coronavirus red zone; masks imposed

France is now seeing more than 50 positive tests per 100,000 people in Paris, Marseille and other areas. The government announced Thursday that 21 of 101 administrative regions, or departments, are now in the “red zone” where the virus is actively circulating, and where local authorities can impose stricter rules on gatherings and movements.

11:41 Aug 28

Delhi's largest COVID-19 facility treating only four per cent of full capacity

With just 4 per cent occupancy at the world’s largest COVID-19 facility, the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre (CCC) in south Delhi, according to the local administration, is serving as a "psychological relief" knowing that there is a backup if number of coronavirus patients in Delhi increases again.

11:37 Aug 28

In highest one-day count, Odisha records 3,682 fresh COVID-19 cases, eight deaths

11:09 Aug 28

3,94,77,848 samples tested for coronavirus till August 27: ICMR

The total number of samples tested up to 27th August is 3,94,77,848 including 9,01,338 samples tested yesterday, the Indian Council of Medical Research updated.

10:54 Aug 28

Subordinate courts in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh to remain closed on Saturdays

09:39 Aug 28

India records spike of 77,266 fresh cases, 1,057 deaths in 24 hours; tally rises to 33.87 lakh

09:12 Aug 28

Telangana records 2,932 cases, 11 deaths as state conducts 61,863 tests in a day

08:37 Aug 28

29 fresh cases in Mizoram in 24 hours, take total cases in state to 1003

08:12 Aug 28

After Punjab's single-day jump of 1,746 COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 47,836

Punjab reported its sharpest single-day spike of 1,746 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the state's tally to 47,836, while 37 more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,256, a medical bulletin said. Of the latest deaths, seven were reported from Amritsar; five each from Ludhiana, Sangrur and Mohali; four from Patiala; two each from Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran; and one each from Barnala, Fazilka, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar and Rupnagar, it said.

07:57 Aug 28

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