Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Vaishno Devi shrine reopens for devotees after 5 months; India’s COVID-19 toll nears 50,000

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.

07:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Subdued I-Day celebrations amid pandemic as state leaders call for fight against COVID-19

India celebrated its 74th Independence Day on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic with the revelries and crowds missing as state leaders urged people not to fear the disease and called for a mass awareness movement to combat it.
Official celebrations in most states were restricted to unfurling of the national flag and chief ministers and governors addressing the people, with fewer guests in attendance.

Chief ministers of Bihar and Assam Nitish Kumar and Sarbananda Sonowal, respectively, used the occasion to reach out to voters, highlighting the achievements of their governments and announcing new schemes.

While Bihar assembly elections are due later this year, Assam will go to polls in 2021.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: 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 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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