Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Karnataka reports 7,040 new cases; health minister B Sriramulu discharged after recovery

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Coronavirus in Karnataka LATEST Updates

Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu thanks colleagues, doctors after recovery

Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu said he has been discharged from Bengaluru’s Bowring Hospital after recovering from COVID-19. The minister had tested positive on 9 August. “It is owing to the dedicated service of the doctors and medical staff there that I have recovered quickly and I am indebted and grateful to them for the same,” the minister said on Twitter.

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Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh LATEST Updates

Madhya Pradesh records highest single-day rise of 1,022 new cases

Madhya Pradesh reported its  highest single-day spike of 1,022 coronavirus cases on Sunday, pushing the state’s overall count to 45,455, reports PTI quoting state health officials. The toll rose to 1,105 as 11 patients succumbed to the infection, the officials said.  Of the new cases, the highest number of 214 were reported in Indore, followed by 126 in Jabalpur, 123 in Bhopal and 65 in Gwalior. The number of cases in Indore, the worst-hit district in the state, climbed to 9,804 of which 342 people have died.

A total of 685 patients were discharged from hospitals in the state after recovery during the day.

20:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Mumbai reports 1,010 new cases, 49 deaths and 719 recoveries

Mumbai’s coronavirus case count went up to 1,28,726 with 1,010 more testing positive today, reports ANI quoting the  Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation  (BMC). With  47 deaths, the toll rose to 7,130 while 719 recoveries took the active caseload to 17,828 active cases.

20:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Toll in Maharashtra climbs to 20,037

The tolld ue to COVID-19 in Maharashtra breached the 20,000-mark on Sunday after 288 patients succumbed to the infection, a state health official said. The state reported 11,111 new positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall tally to 5,95,865, he said. The number of deaths caused by the infection now
stands at 20,037. A total of 8,837 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on Sunday, taking the count of such persons to 4,17,123. There are 1,58,395 active cases in the state now, the official added.

20:13 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab LATEST Updates

Punjab revenue minister tests positive

Punjab Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar has tested positive for coronavirus, a health official said on Sunday. He is now under home isolation and samples of his family members have also been taken for testing, the official said. Kangar had hoisted the national flag in Mansa during Independence Day celebrations on Saturday. A health official said the health teams have been tracing people who came in contact with the minister. Those who were in close contact with Kangar would be tested for COVID-19, he added.

Kangar is the second minister from the state to have contracted coronavirus. after Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa.


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Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Solicitor General lauds PM’s ‘responsive’ leadership

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Sunday lauded the “responsive” leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring that India passes through the international crisis of COVID-19 pandemic with “minimal” and “unavoidable” damage. The law officer also hailed Indian judiciary for functioning on a daily basis to provide access to justice to everyone in the country.  “It is impossible to envisage the situation but for the responsive leadership of our Prime Minister. I don’t think we could have passed through this international crisis with minimal damage which was unavoidable. It is a shivering idea to imagine what would have happened under any other leadership,” he said.


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Coronavirus in Karnataka LATEST Update

Karnataka heath minister B Sriramulu discharged after recovery

19:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Update

Amit Shah condoles Chetan Chauhan’s death

Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the  death of UP Minister and former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan. “Chetan Chauhan served the country throughout his life first as a sportsman and later as a public servant. His death is a great loss for Indian politics and cricket.”, he said in a Twitter post.

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Coronavirus in India LATEST Update

Narendra Modi extends condolences to Chetan Chauhan’s family

Prime MInsiter Narendra Modi expressed grief over UP minister Chetan Chauhan’s death and extended condolences to his family. “Chetan Chauhan distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and later as a diligent political leader. He made effective contributions to public service and strengthening the BJP in UP,” said Modi. 

19:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan LATEST Update

Rajasthan Chief Justice tests negative after scare

Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Indrajit Mahanty on Sunday tested negative for coronavirus after a scare that he has contracted the infection, reports PTI .Jaipur Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Narottam Sharma said the first report had come out positive due to a technical error in the RT-PCR test. “However, he has tested negative in two subsequent reports,” Sharma said, adding that there is a possibilty of an error cropping up due to mistakes by the health staff or technical issues. Sharma said the health staff has been asked to remain vigilant with utmost accuracy.  
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday had expressed concern after the chief justice tested positive for the infection. He had wished him speedy recovery in a tweet. Earlier, the work at the Rajasthan High Court here was suspended for three days from 17 to 19 August.  

18:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi LATEST Update

Delhi reports 652 new case, eight fatalities

Delhi’s coronavirus case count went up to 1,52,580  with the addition of 652 new cases during the day, reports PTI. The toll from the disease rose to 4,196 with eight more deaths. With 1,310 recoveries being reported in the last 24 hours, the recovery rate in the National Capital has improved to 90.15 percent.

18:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala  LATEST Update

Over 350 prisoners test positive in Thiruvananthapuram central jail


The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the central jail in Thiruvananthapuram with more than 350 inmates testing positive in the last one week and a murder accused succumbing to the pathogen on Sunday, jail superintendent Santhosh S told PTI. The undertrial prisoner was the first to test positive for the virus in the prison at nearby Poojapura and in the last one week 359 more cases, including a staff, have been reported, he said.  As many as 145 cases were detected on Sunday alone, he said adding barring three, shifted to hospital, others have been kept in a special isolation area within the prison.

18:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LATEST Update

Former India opener Chetan Chauhan succumbs to COVID-19

Former India opener Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to COVID-19 related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours, his brother Pushpendra Chauhan said. Chauhan was 73 and is survived by his wife and son Vinayak, who is scheduled to arrive from Melbourne later in the day. “My elder brother Shri Chetan Chauhan has left us today after fighting a good battle. I sincerely thank everyone who had prayed for his recovery. His son Vinayak will be reaching anytime and we will then perform last rites,” Pushpendra told PTI.
Chauhan, who was Sunil Gavaskar’s longest serving opening partner, was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI in Lucknow on July 12 after being found COVID-19 positive. Due to kidney related ailments, his health deteriorated and he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram. On friday night, he had a multi-organ failure and was put on ventilator support. 

17:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Update

Dilip Kumar’s brothers test positive, hospitalised

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s brothers, Ehsaan Khan and Aslam Khan, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in hospital, reports PTI. Ehsaan, 90 and Aslam, 88, were admitted to Lilavati Hospital late Saturday night after they complained of breathlessness.  Both the brothers, who live separately from Dilip Kumar, are being treated by Dr Jalil Parkar.  “They were brought to the hospital late Saturday night. They have tested positive for COVID-19. Their oxygen levels are low and both of them are on non-invasive ventilator support,” Parkar told PTI

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Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LATEST Update

Recoveries in Uttar Pradesh cross one lakh


The number of COVID-19 patients who have recovered from the disease crossed the one lakh-mark in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday even as the state reported 56 more fatalities due to the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 2,449, an official said. The number of patients who have recovered from the disease now stands at 1,00,432 in Uttar Pradesh and the recovery rate is 65.03 per cent, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.

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Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Update

Lockdown to be lifted in step-wise manner, says Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said the process of lifting the lockdown in the state would be done in a stepwise manner. The threat of COVID-19 still persists, Thackeray said on Saturday, and added that he does not want a second wave of the deadly viral infection in the state. It is more important how to lift the lockdown than when to come out of it, Thackeray said in a video interaction with a team of doctors who are part of the task force set up by his government to combat COVID-19.
The Maharashtra government last month extended the lockdown in the state till 31 August.Till Saturday, the state reported 5,84,754 COVID-19m cases and 19,749 deaths due to the disease, as per official figures.

16:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in Mizoram LATEST Update

Mizoram records highest singe-day spike of 64 new cases

Mizoram reported its highest single-day spike of 64 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the tally to 777, reports PTI. Of the new cases, 50 were reported from Aizawl district and 14 from Kolasib bordering Assam, an official said. The figure also includes 40 security personnel. Mizoram now has 421 active cases, while 356 people have so far recovered from the disease, the official said, adding, the recovery rate in the state has declined to 45.81 percent.

16:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in US LATEST Update

USFDA clears simple saliva test for faster detection of COVID-19

The US health watchdog has authorised the emergency use of a new and expensive saliva based laboratory diagnostic test for COVID-19 that could be a game changer in the diagnosis of the infection as it will enable rapid testing amongst more people easily, reports PTI. Stephen Hahn, the Food and Drugs Administration Commissioner, said the new saliva test would increase efficiency and avoid shortage of crucial test components like reagents.

16:11 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LATEST Update

Monsoon Session of Parliament to witness many first-time measures

Hectic preparations are underway for the Monsoon Session of Parliamen, which is likely to begin in the last week of August or early September, reports PTI. The preparations include several first-time measures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic such as staggered sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and use of both chambers and galleries to accommodate members while following physical distancing norms, officials said. According to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, members of the Upper House will be seated in both chambers and galleries during the session.  Similar seating arrangements are being worked out by the Lok Sabha Secretariat as well. For the first time, large display screens and consoles for participation from galleries, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, special cables between the two Houses and polycarbonate separators will be in place.

15:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LATEST Updates

Uttar Pradesh reports 4,454 new cases

In the last 24 hours, Uttar Pradesh recorded 4,454 new cases, taking the active cases to 51,537, reports ANI quoting Additional Chief Secretary Health Amit Mohan Prasad. “So far 1,00,432 people have been discharged. 2,449 people have died of infection so far,” he said.  

15:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Sanjay Raut says Russia gave lesson of being ‘atmanirbhar’ with vaccine

In a dig at the Narendra Modi government over its push for self-reliance, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said Russia gave the first lesson to the world on being ‘Aatmanirbhar’ by introducing a COVID-19 vaccine while India has just been preaching about it.

Lauding Russia for the vaccine, Raut, in his weekly column ‘Rokhtokh‘ in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana‘, said this was a sign of being a superpower, and added that Indian politicians will not follow Russia’s example as a model since “they are in love with America”.

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15:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Meghalaya LATEST Updates

63 test positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, takes tally to 1,354

At least 63 more people, including 39 BSF personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the northeastern state’s virus count to 1,354 on Sunday, reports PTI.

Meghalaya currently has 693 active cases, while the number of recoveries stands at 655. Six people have succumbed to the infection so far.

15:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Ex-Goa CM’s son and BJP leader Utpal Parrikar tests COVID-19 positive

BJP leader Utpal Parrikar, who is the son of former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, said he has tested positive for coronavirus and got admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors, reports PTI.

After his test results came out, Uptal Parrikar told reporters on Saturday evening that he tested positive for COVID-19. “Its a mild infection, so I would be home quarantined, he then said.

15:17 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi LATEST Updates

Delhi’s DMA issues guidlines ahead of forthcoming festivals

Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Sunday issued instructions to District Magistrates ahead of forthcoming festivals, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. During Ganesh Chaturthi, no idol of Lord Ganesha to be set up in public places. No permission to be granted for procession during Moharram, reports ANI.

15:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan LATEST Updates

Work at Rajasthan HC suspended for 3 days after chief justice tests positive

Work at the Rajasthan High Court here will remain suspended for the next three days after its Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, reports PTI

The registrar general of the high court, in a notice, said all the persons concerned are requested to get themselves tested for COVID-19. The facility of testing is available in the Rajasthan High Court, Jaipur bench during the three-day period, the notice added.

15:05 (IST)

Coronavirus in Singapore LATEST Updates

Singapore reports 86 new cases; total reaches 55,747

Singapore reported 86 new coronavirus infections, including two community and six imported cases, taking the nationwide tally to 55,747, the health ministry said on Sunday. Most of the new cases are work permit holders currently under quarantine, the ministry said without giving the exact figure, reports PTI.

The six imported patients are placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, the ministry said. Of the two community cases, one is a Singaporean national and the other is a foreign worker, it said.

14:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in Arunachal Pradesh LATEST Updates

With 51 new COVID-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh, total now at 2,658

At least 51 more people, including 28 security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, raising the state’s tally to 2,658, a senior health department official told PTI on Sunday. Barring two, all of them are asymptomatic, he said.

A total of 1,176 people, including 534 security personnel, have tested positive for the infection in the state since August 1, the official said.

14:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat LATEST Updates

23 prisoners of Rajkot Central jail test coronavirus positive

As many as 23 prisoners of the Rajkot Central Jail in Gujarat have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said told PTI on Sunday.

Rapid antigen tests were conducted on 94 inmates and results of 23 of them, including undertrials and convicts, came out positive on Saturday night, jail superintendent Banno Joshi said. “The infected inmates are asymptomatic and have been isolated. We are in the process of getting them hospitalised,” Joshi said.

There are total 1,386 inmates in the Rajkot Central Jail as on date.  Earlier, 11 inmates had tested positive for coronavirus on various occasions. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the jail has gone up to 34, the official said. The district has so far reported 3,173 COVID-19 cases.

13:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in Pakistan LATEST Updates

Pakistan’s coronavirus total jumps to 288,717, toll at 6,168

Pakistan’s coronavirus tally reached 288,717 on Sunday after 670 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. Six more fatalities were reported overnight, pushing the death toll to 6,168, it said.

While 266,301 patients were recovered so far, 769 are in critical condition at various hospitals across the country. With the detection of the 670 new cases, Pakistan’s coronavirus tally now stands at 288,717, the ministry said.

13:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

‘Condition much better, stable’, says Pranab Mukherjee’s son on ex-president’s health

The medical condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee is much better and stable, his son Abhijit Mukherjee informed on Sunday.

He said that the vital parameters of the former President, who underwent life-saving emergency surgery for the brain clot on August 10, following which his health status had worsened, are stable and he is responding to the treatment.

On 10 August, the former President had informed that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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12:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

98-year-old war veteran defeats COVID-19

Indian Navy on Sunday said that a 98-yr-old retired war veteran Sepoy Ramu Laxman Sakpal has defeated the novel coronavirus, reports ANI.

“Sepoy Ramu Laxman Sakpal (Retd), a 98-yr-old war veteran, residing at Nerul was admitted to Naval Hospital Ship Asvini in a critical state. He was diagnosed with Pneumonia due to COVID a few weeks ago. His condition was successfully managed, leading to freedom from COVID-19,” the statement from the Indian Navy read.

Sakpal (Retd) was accorded a warm farewell at INHS Asvini, the primary naval healthcare centre in the war against COVID-19 and managing the care of serving and retired COVID-19 patients from Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.

12:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam LATEST Updates

Assam’s COVID-19 tally tops 75,000, toll climbs to 182

Assam’s COVID-19 tally surpassed the 75,000-mark with 1,057 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 182 as eight more people succumbed to the virus, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The state’s coronavirus caseload stood at 75,558, while 53,286 people have so far recovered from the disease, he said. Assam now has 22,087 active COVID-19 cases, the minister said in a tweet late on Saturday.

“Our positivity rate continues to be low at 5.08 percent, which gives us confidence,” he said.

12:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Devotees start thronging Vaishno Devi Shrine as religious places open in J&K

The famous Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir along with other religious places across the Union Territory reopened for devotees on Sunday morning after remaining closed for almost five months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The gates of the shrine reopened for the devotees around 6 am and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Ramesh Kumar was seen taking last minute review of the measures to ensure safety of the pilgrims from the dreaded disease.

“The Vaishno Devi pilgrimage was stopped on March 18 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and now when the administration had decided to reopen the religious places, the board had taken all necessary measures keeping in mind the challenge posed by the dreaded disease,” Kumar said.

In the first week, there shall be a cap of 2,000 pilgrims each day, of which 1,900 would be from Jammu and Kashmir and the remaining 100 from outside.

12:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana LATEST Updates


Telangana COVID tally rises to 91,361 

On Sunday, Telangana’s COVID tally rose 91,361 after 1,102 fresh cases were registered, as per PTI.. The toll in the state reached 693 after nine more patients succumbed to the disease, as per the  health department.

11:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in South Korea LATEST Updates

South Korea records highest daily cases

South Korea has reported 279 new coronavirus cases in the highest daily jump since early March, as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region.

The figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sunday brought the national caseload to 15,318, including 305 deaths. The number of new cases is the highest since 367 on 8 March.

11:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Over 12,000 cases in Maharashtra Police force so far

Over the last 24 hours, 303 new positive cases and one death were recorded in the Maharashtra Police force. Total positive cases in the force stand at 12,290, including 9,850 recoveries, 2,315 active cases and 125 deaths.

11:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in Puducherry LATEST Updates

Puducherry reports 384 new cases, 4 deaths today

Puducherry on Sunday reported 384 new COVID19 cases and 4 deaths, taking the total number of positive cases to 7,732, including 3,179 active cases, 4,443 recovered and110 deaths, reports ANI.

11:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan LATEST Updates

Rajasthan reports 687 new cases, 13 deaths

Rajasthan on Sunday reported 687 new COVID19 cases and 13 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is now at 60,666 including 14,265 active cases, 44,048 recoveries and 875 deaths

10:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India’s recovery rate rises to 71.9%, case fatality at 1.93%

India has been reporting over 60,000 cases daily since 7 August, barring 11 August when the country registered 53,601 new instances of the infection. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.93 percent.

India’s COVID-19 tally increased to 25,89,682 with a single-day spike of 63,490 cases, while the total number of recoveries rose to 18,62,258 pushing the recovery rate to 71.91 per cent on Sunday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

10:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India has lowest COVID-19 mortality rate globally, says Centre

With a sharp fall in the case fatality rate to below 2 percent, India has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality globally, according to the health ministry. The USA crossed 50,000 deaths in 23 days, Brazil in 95 days and Mexico in 141 days, which India took 156 days.

09:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

ICMR conducted over 7.46 lakh tests yesterday

India has so far conducted at least 2,93,09,703 tests, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. On Saturday alone, 7.46 lakh tests were conducted.

09:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India reports 63,489 new cases today, total rises to 25.89 lakh

India on Sunday reported 63,489 new coronavirus cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health. The toll was up by 944 to 49,980. This took the total number of cases in the country to 25,89,682.

09:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Russia LATEST Updates

Russia produces first batch of virus vaccine, says health ministry

Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine, after President Vladimir Putin announced it had been first in the world to approve a vaccine, reports AFP.

Putin’s announcement on Tuesday about the vaccine was met with caution from scientists and the World Health Organization who said it still needed a rigorous safety review.

“The first batch of the novel coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya research institute has been produced,” the health ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies.

08:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Health ID for all: PM promises ambitious National Digital Health Mission in I-Day speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled an ambitious National Digital Health Mission under which every Indian will get a health ID that will ease access to medical services and also announced that the country has made plans for mass-producing COVID-19 vaccine once scientists give a green signal.

In his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister said the health ID will store every individual’s medical records and the Mission will herald a new revolution in the health sector.

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08:50 (IST)

Coronavirus LATEST Updates

Global toll due to COVID-19 rises to 7.6 lakh; over 2.1 crore cases registered

The pandemic has killed at least 7,60,739 people worldwide since surfacing in China late last year, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Saturday. More than 21 million cases have been registered.

The United States has recorded the most deaths with 168,446, followed by Brazil with 106,523, Mexico 55,908, India with 49,036 and Britain 41,358. 

08:03 (IST)

Coronavirus in Manipur LATEST Updates

Manipur govt extends lockdown till 31 August

The Manipur government extended the lockdown in the state till 31 August. Rajesh Kumar, chief secretary and chairperson of the State Executive Committee, said that there are new reports of Covid-19 cases amongst people who have no history of travel outside the state.

07:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 total rises to 5.8 lakh; toll at 19,749

Maharashtra’s coronavirus case tally increased to 5,84,754 on Saturday with the addition of 12,614 new cases, the state health department said.
With 322 COVID-19 patients dying during the day, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 19,749, the department said.

A total of 6,844 patients were discharged from hospitals on Saturday, taking the number of recovered persons to 4,08,286, it said in a statement. There are 1,56,409 active cases in the state at present, it added.

Mumbai city reported the highest single-day cases in the state with a spike of 1,254 on Saturday, while Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area saw a rise of 1,114 cases.

07:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan LATEST Updates

Chief Justice of Rajasthan HC tests COVID-19 positive

The Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, Indrajit Mahanty, has tested positive for coronavirus, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot informed in a tweet on Saturday, wishing him a speedy recovery.

07:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Patil tests COVID-19 positive

Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Balasaheb Patil has tested positive for coronavirus infection and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Karad.

According to a statement issued by Patil’s office, the NCP leader tested positive for the infection on Friday night and has been admitted to Krushna Hospital in Karad. The minister is “stable, is being treated properly and there is nothing to worry”, the statement quoted Patil’s son as saying.

07:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Maharashtra has become COVID-19 capital of India, says Devendra Fadnavis

Citing the surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Maharashtra, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday termed the state as the “COVID-19 capital” of the country. He stressed that testing needs to be ramped up to check the spread of coronavirus and to bring the fatality rate under control.

“We are not making any allegations. We are more interested in arresting the spread of Coronavirus than doing politics. I have been demanding that number of tests should be increased in the state,” the former chief minister told reporters, after inaugurating a COVID care centre for journalists.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Karnataka reported 7040 new cases (including 2,131 cases from Bengaluru Urban), 6680  124 deaths, taking the total number of cases to 2,26,966 and toll to 3,947.

Former India opener Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to COVID-19 related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours, his brother Pushpendra Chauhan said.

With a sharp fall in the case fatality rate to below 2 percent, India has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality globally, according to the health ministry.

Over the last 24 hours, 303 new positive cases and one death were recorded in the Maharashtra Police force.

The reported active COVID-19 cases in India now stand at 6,77,444 with as many as 18,62,258 COVID-19 patients discharged so far, the Union Health Ministry has said in its latest update.

A spike of 65,002 cases took India’s COVID-19 tally past 25 lakh on Saturday, just a day after it crossed the 24 lakh mark, while the number of fatalities neared 50,000 with 996 deaths, Union Health Ministry data showed.

According to figures from the ministry, 18.08 lakh people have so far recuperated from the disease, pushing the recovery rate to 71.61 per cent.

India has been reporting over 60,000 cases daily since August 7, barring August 11 when the country registered 53,601 new instances of the infection.

The COVID-19 caseload stood at 25,26,192, while the death-toll climbed to 49,036, data updated on Saturday at 8 am showed.

Case fatality rate has declined to 1.94 per cent.

There are 6,68,220,active cases of coronavirus infections in the country, which is 26.45 per cent of the total caseload, while the number of recoveries has risen to 18,08,936.

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

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 2,85,63,095 samples have been tested up to August 14. Of these, 8,68,679 were examined on Friday, the highest in a day so far.

Of the 996 fresh deaths reported, 364 are from Maharashtra, 117 from Tamil Nadu, 104 from Karnataka, 97 from Andhra Pradesh, 60 from West Bengal, 55  from Uttar Pradesh, 25 from Punjab, 16 each from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, 15 each from Gujarat and Jharkhand, 13 from Rajasthan, 11 each from Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir and 10 each from Kerala, Odisha and Telangana.

Besides, seven fatalities have been reported from Haryana, six from Assam, four each from Puducherry, Tripura and Uttarakhand, two each from Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Goa while Arunachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have registered one fatality each.

Of the total 49,036 deaths, Maharashtra counts for the maximum with 19,427, followed by 5,514 in Tamil Nadu, 4,178 in Delhi, 3,717 in Karnataka, 2,746 in Gujarat, 2,475 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,335 in Uttar Pradesh, 2,319 in West Bengal and 1,081 in Madhya Pradesh.

So far, 846 people have died of COVID-19 in Rajasthan, 731 in Punjab, 684 in Telangana, 520 in Jammu and Kashmir, 518 in Haryana, 442 in Bihar, 324 in Odisha, 224 in Jharkhand, 175 in Assam, 147 in Uttarakhand and 139 in Kerala.

Chhattisgarh has registered 130 deaths, Puducherry 106, Goa 93, Tripura 50, Chandigarh 28, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 24, Himachal Pradesh 19,   Manipur 13, Ladakh nine, Nagaland eight, Meghalaya six, Arunachal Pradesh five, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Sikkim one.

According to the Health Ministry, more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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