Coronavirus LIVE Updates: COVID-19 most prevalent among those in 5-17 age bracket, finds sero survey in Delhi

13:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

351 cops test positive in Maharashtra

351 more police personnel were found COVID19 positive on Tuesday, while 3 died in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. The total number of coronavirus positive police personnel in Maharashtra reaches 14,067 including 2,569 active cases, 11,356 recoveries & 142 deaths till date.

13:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates

Global tourism lost USD 320 billion in 5 months due to pandemic, says UN

The tourism global industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with USD 320 billion lost in exports in the first five months of the year and more than 120 million jobs at risk, the UN chief said on Tuesday, reports PTI.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a policy briefing and video address that tourism is the third-largest export sector of the global economy, behind fuels and chemicals, and in 2019 it accounted for 7 percent of global trade.

It employs one in every 10 people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more, he said.

13:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana LATEST Updates

Haryana Transport minister tests COVID-19 positive

Haryana Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma tests positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, a day before the monsoon session of the state Assembly is convened, PTI reports.

13:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha LATEST Updates

Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload jumps to 84,231, toll mounts to 428

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally increased to 84,231 on Tuesday with 2,752 fresh cases, while nine more fatalities pushed the toll to 428, a health department official said. Of the new fatalities, two each were reported from Ganjam and Sundargarh districts and one each from Balasore, Bolangir, Cuttack, Gajapati and Khurda.

13:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Manipur LATEST Updates

Manipur minister tests COVID-19 positive

Manipur minister Nemcha Kipgen says she has tested positive for the coronavirus and asks those who came in contact with her to isolate and get themselves tested.

13:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

I stand with Indian students to postpone JEE, NEET exams, says Greta Thunberg

13:15 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actors, crew members test COVID-19 positive

Makers of the popular Hindi soap Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai had to halt shooting and production after actor Sachin Tyagi, who plays the role of Manish Goenka, tested positive for COVID-19.

According to SpotboyE.com, the actor had a fever and hence got himself tested. Some other cast and crew members also took the test thereafter, with some of them testing positive.

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13:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

COVID-19 cases in Thane cross 1.15 lakh

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra’s Thane district reached 1,15,625 on Tuesday after 860 more people tested positive for the disease, a senior district official said. He said 33 deaths were also reported on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities in the district to 3,301.

As of now, there are 12,262 active cases in the district, while 1,00,062 patients have recovered from the viral infection, he said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the district was 86.54 percent while the mortality rate was 2.85 percent.

13:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in india LATEST Updates

Antibody that may protect against COVID-19 identified

Scientists have identified a human antibody that they say may potentially prevent or limit SARS-CoV-2 infection that causes COVID-19 disease, reports PTI.

The researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in the US discovered and characterised a cross-reactive human monoclonal antibody (MAB) to SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins which blocks ACE2 receptor binding on the mucosal tissue of the respiratory tract.

The origins of this rapid and important discovery go back 16 years, when the researchers at UMMS developed an IgG monoclonal antibody that was effective against a similar virus, SARS, according to the study published in the journal Nature Communications.

12:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand LATEST Updates

Shibu Soren in hospital after testing Covid-19 positive

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

11:51 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Mizoram LATEST Updates

Thirty-five more COVID-19 cases in Mizoram 

After 35 more individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Mizoram, the total climbed to 953, said the state’s health department on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 30 were confirmed through ZMC RT-PCR lab and five through Rapid Antigen Test. Among the new cases, the highest number of cases were reported from Aizwal (31), followed by Kolasib (2) and Mamit (2).

11:44 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar LATEST Updates

Bus services resume in Bihar 

11:34 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan LATEST Updates

Rajasthan reports over 72,000 COVID-19 infections

With 695 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan, the overall count climbed to 72,650, said the state health department on Tuesday. 

The figure includes 14,883 active cases, 973 deaths and 56,091 recoveries.

11:20 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi LATEST Updates

COVID-19 prevalent among those in 5-17 age bracket, reveals sero survey in Delhi

Minors aged between 5 and 17 are most exposed to the novel coronavirus in Delhi, according to a serological survey conducted in the city in August.

Conducted between 1 and 7 August, the survey, second in the city, showed that 29.1 percent of the population in the National Capital has now developed antibodies against SARS CoV-2.

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.

– PTI

11:17 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST Updates

Metro services to resume from 1 Sept; schools likely to stay closed

The government is likely to allow resumption of Metro train services in the ”Unlock 4” phase beginning 1 September, but schools and colleges may not reopen anytime soon, officials said on Monday.

Bars, which are so far not allowed to reopen, may be permitted to sell liquor over the counter for takeaway.

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

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10:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in US LATEST Updates

We just have to make this ‘China virus’ go away and it’s happening: Trump

Americans have to make this China virus go away and it is happening, President Donald Trump has said, as he thanked the frontline workers for their incredible efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Trump appeared in a taped Oval Office conversation with a group of frontline workers – doctors, nurses, firemen, policemen, postal workers.

This was not the first time when Trump called the novel coronavirus as China’s virus. In March, he had said that China is responsible for the spread of the novel coronavirus and called the COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus”.

10:56 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates

Wastewater containing COVID-19 may be potential threat, say scientists

Wastewater containing coronaviruses, such as the one behind the COVID-19 pandemic, may be a potential threat, according to a new review of studies which calls for additional filtration steps in sewage treatment plants to successfully remove viruses, reports PTI.

The research, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, by an international collaboration of 35 researchers, assessed recent studies on coronaviruses in wastewater.

According to the review research, conventional wastewater treatment provides only partial removal of coronaviruses, with safe disposal or reuse depending on the effectiveness of final disinfection.

10:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in Andaman and Nicobar LATEST Updates

Andaman & Nicobar Islands COVID-19 tally rises to 2,904

Andaman and Nicobar Islands COVID-19 caseload rose to 2,904, with 44 more people testing positive for coronavirus, officials said on Tuesday, reports PTI.

Of the 44 new cases, 43 were local people and one person tested positive at the airport after his arrival, the officials said.

At least 129 people recovered from coronavirus during the last 24-hours in the union territory, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,092, they said.

09:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate at 75.92%

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 over 75.92 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The 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 percent. 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.

09:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India reports over 60,000 new cases, takes total to 31.6 lakh

India’s coronavirus total on Tuesday went up to 31,67,323 cases with 60,975 new infections in 24 hours. The country’s toll rises by 848 to 58,390. There are 7,04,348 active cases, and 24,04,585 patients have recovered so far.

09:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Nagpur civic chief tests coronavirus positive

Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. The civic commissioner further said he is working from home to control the pandemic situation in Maharashtra’s Nagpur.

09:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates

Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19

Sprint legend Usain Bolt said Monday he is self-quarantining after undergoing a COVID-19 test amid reports he was positive for the deadly coronavirus.

In a video posted on Twitter, the Jamaican said he had experienced no symptoms, but he urged friends he had been in contact with to take precautions.

“This weekend, like everybody else, I checked social media and saw social media say that I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” Bolt said.

Read full report here

09:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat LATEST Updates

Gujarat HC says state’s situation ‘very frightening’, orders inspection of hospitals

Observing that the COVID-19 situation in Gujarat is “quite frightening,” the state High Court in Ahmedabad has directed the Chief Secretary to constitute a committee of five senior IAS officers to prepare a report on the condition prevailing at all civil and government hospitals where coronavirus patients are being treated.

A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala said, in an order made available on Monday, that the panel shall prepare a comprehensive report regarding the condition prevailing in all government/civil hospitals after minutely looking at the deficiencies, if any, so that they (shortcomings) can be “cured and taken care of”.

08:57 (IST)

 Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Serum to begin Phase 2 trial of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine today

The phase 2 human clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the country by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) is set to begin from 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.

Serum Institute of India has partnered with British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca for manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by the University of Oxford.

Read full report here

08:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Russia formally approaches India for COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V

The Russian Ambassador on Tuesday reached out to India as New Delhi had formally approached for Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, reports News18.

 The Indian embassy in Moscow has been engaging with the Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which has developed the vaccine, to get safety and efficacy data on the vaccine trials.

08:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

SC refuses to allow NEET exams abroad; students allowed to return by Vande Bharat flights

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea to set up centres for the NEET examabroad, and directed the Centre to allow overseas students wanting to appear for NEET 2020 to travel to India on Vande Bharat flights.

The Bench, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, added that the students must be quarantined for 14 days. However, the court allowed students to approach the respective state governments with pleas for a shorter quarantine period.

The court also told the Medical Council of India (MCI), which is the body that conducts the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam, that it should consider holding the exam online from next year.

Read full report here

08:03 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka LATEST Updates

Karnataka eases travel restrictions: No quarantine for inter-state travelers

The Karnataka government on Monday eased the coronavirus-induced lockdown that imposed restrictions on inter-state travel, including stamping on the hand indicating whether the individual is coronavirus- infected and the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The government issued a new circular to this effect to travellers arriving in Karnataka from other states and Union Territories.

The inter-state travellers include businessmen, students, labourers and those passing through irrespective of their purpose of visit or duration of stay in the state, the circular read.

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07:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha LATEST Updates

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rises to 81,479; toll mounts to 419

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally shot up to 81,479 on Monday as 2,949 more people tested positive for the infection, while 10 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s death toll to 419, a senior health official said.

Cuttack registered the highest number of fresh cases at 589, followed by Khurda (474), Jajpur (215) and Ganjam (179), he said.

A total of 1,826 cases were detected from quarantine centres, while 1,123 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said.

07:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Unlock 4.0 phase to begin from 1 September

The government is likely to allow resumption of Metro train services in the ”Unlock 4” phase beginning 1 September, but schools and colleges may not reopen anytime soon, officials told PTI on Monday.

Bars, which are so far not allowed to reopen, may be permitted to sell liquor over the counter for takeaway.

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

Read full report here

07:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal LATEST Updates

COVID-19 discharge rate improves in West Bengal

The discharge rate of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal has improved to 78.46 percent on Monday from 58.54 percent on 18 August the state health department said. Altogether 3,285 patients were released from different hospitals during the day.

The death toll due to coronavirus mounted to 2,851 after 57 people succumbed to the disease, while the states tally reached 1,41,837 with 2,967 new cases of infection, the department said in a bulletin.

07:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand LATEST Updates

Shibu Soren, diagnosed with COVID-19, shifted to hospital

JMM chief Shibu Soren, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, was shifted to a private hospital here on Monday as a precautionary measure, official sources told PTI

Soren, 76, and his wife Roopi tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and were in home isolation as they did have symptoms, they said. However, taking into account his age and medical record, the former chief minister was shifted to the Medanta Hospital here in the evening, they added.

His condition is currently stable, official sources said.

07:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India has tested over 3.5 cr people for COVID-19 so far, says Centre

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

“As the first step towards timely identification, prompt isolation & effective treatment, higher testing also  results in limiting the spread of infection,” it said in a tweet.

07:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana LATEST Updates

Haryana CM, Speaker, 2 BJP MLAs test positive

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and two BJP MLAs tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, two days before the Monsoon Session of the Assembly is set to begin, reports PTI.

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

The chief minister was taken to the PGIMER hospital here for a detailed check-up in the evening, an official said.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Conducted between 1 and 7 August, the survey, second in the city, showed that 29.1 percent of the population in the National Capital has now developed antibodies against SARS CoV-2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ML Khattar, Haryana Speaker test COVID-19 positive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centre likely to allow metro services to resume from 1 Sept

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hong Kong researchers report first documented coronavirus re-infection

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

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

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

SP Balasubrahmanyam tests negative for COVID-19

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

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

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

State-wise cases and deaths

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

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

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

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

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

With inputs from PTI



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