Coronavirus Cases In India: The positivity rate on Friday increased to 10.88 per cent (File)
India has become the third country in the world to cross 20 lakh coronavirus cases after the United States and Brazil amid constant surge in infections. A huge surge of 61,537 new coronavirus patients today took the tally to 20.88 lakh cases.
This is the fourh consecutive day that India has recorded more cases in a day that the United States or Brazil, which have higher caseload.
The positivity rate - an indicator to assess the prevalence of the disease- 10.28 as compared to yesterday's 10.88 per cent.
The country reported majority of cases last month. As July began, India had over 6 lakh cases. By the end of the month, the tally had surged to 16 lakh cases.
Here are the Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:
Coronavirus News: Brazil's Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 1 Lakh
Brazil on Saturday surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths and three million cases of infection, according to the latest tally from the Ministry of Health, reported news agency AFP. With 100,477 fatalities and 3,012,412 confirmed cases, the South American country of 212 million people is the second hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, after the United States.
Coronavirus News: Bengal's COVID-19 Death Count Crosses 2,000-Mark
The coronavirus death count in West Bengal surpassed 2,000-mark Saturday and the state's caseload is over the 90,000-mark, according to a bulletin of the state health department, reported news agency PTI. The number of active cases in the state crossed the 25,000-mark, the bulletin said. The death count reached 2,005 after 51 people died due to the infection during the day and the tally touched 92,615 after 2,949 people tested positive during the day, it said.
Coronavirus News: US COVID-19 Count Nears 5-Million Mark
Another 58,173 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the United States on Friday, bringing the total past 4.9 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, reported news agency ANI. "The first case of COVID-19 in the US was reported 198 days ago on January 22. Yesterday, the country reported 58,173 new confirmed cases and 1,243 deaths," it said. The country is expected to cross the 5 million threshold in the coming days. It leads the world both in terms of coronavirus cases and deaths which is estimated at over 1,61,300.
J&K considering additional support for coronavirus warriors: Lieutenant Governor
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha lauded the unwavering efforts of health workers and frontline corona warriors in the containment and management of the pandemic in the Union Territory.
He said the government is considering to provide additional support to these workers along with the existing insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh.
Mr Sinha was chairing a meeting to review the effective measures undertaken by the administration to combat coronavirus.
Sanjay Dutt admitted to hospital, tests negative for COVID-19
Actor Sanjay Dutt was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital this evening after he complained of breathlessness, reported news agency ANI.
After the actor was hospitalised, a COVID-19 test was done which turned out to be negative, reported ANI.
However, Sanjay Dutt, 61, will be in the hospital for some time for "medical observation."
Union Minister Arjun Meghwal tests positive for COVID-19
Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and admitted to AIIMS in Delhi.
The minister of state for heavy industries and parliamentary affairs said after developing COVID-19 symptoms he was tested twice and found positive in the second report.
However, he said his health is fine.
"After developing symptoms of COVID-19 I had undergone test and was found positive in the second report. On the advice of doctors, I got admitted to AIIMS and I request all those who came in contact with me to take care of their health," he said.
West Bengal's COVID-19 case count crosses 2,000-mark
West Bengal's COVID-19 case count crossed the 2,000-mark as 51 more people died today, according to a bulletin issued by the Health Department.
So far, 2,005 people have died in the state while 2,949 more cases were detected in the last 24 hours, taking the count to 92,615, it said.
Karnataka reports biggest single-day rise of 7,178 new COVID-19 cases
Karnataka reported the highest single-day spike of over 7,000 cases and 93 related deaths, taking the total number of infections to 1,72,102 and the count past the 3,000 mark, the Health department said.
The day also saw 5,006 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Masks compulsory in parts of Paris region from Monday: Police
Wearing a mask will be compulsory in parts of Paris and its wider region from Monday to combat a rise in coronavirus infections in and around the French capital, the police said.
The mask will be obligatory for all those aged 11 and over from 8:00 am (0600 GMT) Monday "in certain very crowded zones", the police said in a statement, without yet detailing which areas were affected.
"All the indicators show that since mid-July the virus is again circulating more actively in the region," the police said, adding that some 400 people were testing positive for COVID-19 in the region every day, with the 20-30 age group particularly affected.
COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 68.32%: Health Ministry
Focused and effective efforts towards containment, testing, isolation and treatment by the Centre, states and Union Territories have resulted in the recovery rate rising to 68.32 per cent and death rate steadily declining to 2.04 per cent, the Health Ministry has said.
India has one of the lowest cases per million at 1,469 as against the global average of 2,425, it said.
"It has continued to fall progressively and stands at 2.04 per cent as on date. With focused efforts to reduce mortalities due to COVID-19, India has registered one of the lowest deaths per million at 30 as compared to the global average of 91 deaths per million," the ministry said.
There has been a sharp increase in COVID-19 recoveries. With 48,900 patients discharged in 24 hours, total recoveries have reached 14,27,005.
Bengal to upload health parameters of COVID-19 patients online: Report
The West Bengal government has decided to upload the health parameters of COVID-19 patients under treatment in state-run and private hospitals on the health department website, so that family members are able to know their condition, a senior official said.
A mechanism is being prepared for the purpose and it would start within two weeks, he said and claimed that no other state in the country has such a system now.
"A patient's oxygen saturation level, pulse rate, blood sugar level, the functioning of different body parts whether or not a patient needs life support system. Every possible information will be provided on the website," the official said.
Tamil Nadu coronavirus case count nears 3-lakh mark
Tamil Nadu today recorded 5,883 new coronavirus cases while 118 deaths saw the death count rising to 4,808, the health department said.
The state's count rose to 2,90,907 while that of Chennai rose to 1,08,124 with the addition of 986 cases, the second day in a row it logged less than 1,000, a bulletin issued by the department said.
Andhra Pradesh records over 2.17 lakh coronavirus cases till now
Andhra Pradesh continued to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases as 10,080 new infections were reported, taking the overall count to 2,17,040 while a single day high of 97 deaths was recorded.
The latest government bulletin said the state now has 85,486 active cases after 1,29,615 coronavirus positive people recovered, including 9,151 in the last 24 hours, and 1,939 died.
For the first time, Andhra Pradesh overshot the national average (8.93 per cent) in the infection positivity rate clocking 8.95 per cent.
Delhi records 1,404 new COVID-19 cases, total count rises to 1,44,127
Delhi recorded 1,404 fresh coronavirus cases today, taking the case count in the city to over 1.44 lakh, while the death count from the disease rose to 4,098, authorities said.
The number of daily cases after dipping to three-figure count last weekend has again shown a rise in the last few days, recording in excess of 1,000.
Also, the number of tests have shown a rise in the last few days, with the Saturday figure being 24,592, as per the latest bulletin.
Germany adds parts of Bulgaria, Romania to coronavirus-risk list
Germany has added parts several areas of Bulgaria and Romania to a list of places considered a high risk for coronavirus infections, requiring compulsory tests for travellers returning from those places from Saturday.
In its latest travel warning update, the foreign ministry put Bulgaria's Blagoevgrad, Dobritch and Black Sea tourist hotspot Varna on its list of places where infections were rising rapidly. Seven places in Romania -- Arges, Bihor, Buzau, Neamt, Ialomita, Mehedinti and Timis -- were also added.
Odisha's COVID-19 case count crosses 44,000-mark
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Odisha crossed the 44,000-mark today with 1,643 new infections, while the death count rose to 259 as 12 more people died of coronavirus, a Health Department official said.
The coronavirus case count in the state stands at 44,193, he said.
COVID-19 positive hockey players "doing well": Sports Body
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that the five hockey players in Bengaluru, who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, are doing well.
The Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and four other players -- defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak -- have tested positive for coronavirus.
They are being attended to by SAI's in-house doctor as well as one doctor from the state government.
Indonesia reports 2,277 new coronavirus infections
Indonesia reported 2,277 new coronavirus infections and 65 more deaths, data from its health ministry website showed.
This brings the country's total to 123,503 coronavirus infections and 5,658 deaths, the data showed.
UP chief minister inaugurates 400-bed COVID-19 hospital in Noida
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated a 400-bed COVID-19 hospital in Sector 39 of Noida in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district.
Yogi Adityanath said: "Today, a COVID-19 dedicated hospital has been launched at Gautam Budh Nagar. The COVID-19 fight continues, and in this, first comes Gautam Buddh Nagar and NCR region which were the biggest challenge, because of Delhi, the infection spread here as well."
Top medical body says 196 doctors died of COVID-19, requests PM's attention
A total of 196 doctors in the country, majority of them being general practitioners, have died due to COVID-19, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said, requesting the Prime Minister's attention on the issue.
"As per the latest data collected by the IMA, our nation has lost 196 doctors, out of which 170 of them are above the age of 50 years, with general practitioners attributing to around 40 per cent of it," the IMA said expressing concerns over the safety of doctors amid the pandemic.
Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 case count rises to 3,207
The total number of coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh rose to 3,207 today with 56 new cases of being reported in 24 hours, officials said.
So far, 2,008 people have recovered from the disease in Himachal Pradesh, leaving 1,158 active COVID-19 cases in the state.
Actor Abhishek Bachchan Tests Negative For COVID-19
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, who had tested positive last month for coronavirus, has now tested negative for coronavirus, he tweeted today. The actor's father, Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, who had also tested positive, was discharged from hospital about a week ago.
In Kerala, All Those Who Took Part In Plane Crash Rescue Efforts Will Be Tested For Covid
In Kerala, all those who took part in plane crash rescue efforts will be tested for coronavirus, state's Health Minister KK Shailaja said this morning, urging them to "go into self-quarantine as a precaution"."As a part of precaution, all those who have participated in the rescue operation should go under self-quarantine. Covid tests of all of them will be done," the 63-year-old minister said. Eighteen people, including both pilots, were killed as the flight overshot the runway and the plane broke into pieces.
Around 6.1 lakh cases in India are active currently.
An Overview Of Spike In Covid Cases Over Last 4 Weeeks
Worldwide, Over 1.93 Crore Have Contracted Coronavirus So Far
More than 1.9 core people have contracted coronavirus so far; 7.21 lakh have died. Over 1.17 crore have recovered so far. In the United States, the tally is moving closer to 50 lakh cases; Brazil has logged nearly 30 lakh cases.
Nearly 6,000 New Cases In Tamil Nadu, State With 2nd Highest Caseload
Tamil Nadu reported 5,800 new cases on Friday, taking the tally to 2.85 lakh cases.
Maharashtra Covid Caseload Moves Closer To 5 Lakh-Mark
Caseload in Maharashtra is inching closer to 5 lakh-mark. The state reported over 10,000 cases on Friday.
These 10 States Have Biggest Covid Caseload In India
The ten states with biggest Covid caseload in India are: Maharashtra (4.9 lakh cases, Tamil Nadu (2.85 lakh cases), Andhra Pradesh (2.06 lakh cases), Karnataka (1.64 lakh cases, Delhi (1.42 lakh cases), Uttar Pradesh (1.13 lakh cases), West Bengal (89.66 thousand cases), Telangana (77,513) cases), Bihar (71,304 cases) and Gujarat (68,0000 cases).
India's Covid Tally Surges To 20.88 Lakh Cases
India's Covid tally surged to 20.88 lakh cases after a massive surge of over 61,000 new cases in a day, the Health Ministry said this morning.
100 Million Vaccine Doses For India, Others May Be Possible As Early As 2021
A tie-up between Serum Institute Of India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines alliance would ensure 100 million vaccine doses as early as 2021. The Serum Institute of India said on Friday it would receive $150 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines alliance.
India is the third country to cross 20 lakh coronavirus after the United States and Brazil.
Flying Squads In Maharashtra To Check Fee For Covid Treatment
In Maharashtra, flying squads will inspect if hospitals and ambulances are taking exorbitant charges from COVID-19 patients, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Friday. "To check if the decisions are being implemented , flying squads have been set up. Divisional commissioners, district collectors and municipal commissioners have been told that inspection reports should be submitted in three days," Mr Tope said.
Coronavirus News: Brazil's COVID-19 Cases Cross 2.96 Million
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 50,230 to 29,62,442 in the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Friday, reported news agency ANI. The death count has risen by 1,079 to 99,572 people within the same period of time. On Thursday, Brazil reported 53,139 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,237 new fatalities. Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded more than 4.9 million COVID-19 cases.
Coronavirus News: Odisha Allows Private Hospitals With 30 Or More Beds To Open COVID Units
Odisha has allowed private hospitals with 30 or more beds to open COVID-19 units. The state, however, cautioned these hospitals not to charge exorbitant fees and warned of strict action in case of any violations, reported news agency ANI. Issuing a host of guidelines, the state health department said: "It is observed that the private hospitals are treating the non-COVID cases, but when they find such patients to be COVID-19 positive during the process of treatment they immediately request the government machinery to shift the case to a COVID facility, set up by the government. It eventually caused a large surge of patients in such COVID facilities." All asymptomatic or mild cases shall be sent to institutional quarantine or home isolation, or a paid COVID Care Centre run by the hospital, it said. Interested private hospitals shall designate a minimum of 10 per cent of all beds to be reserved for COVID treatment with an option to convert the entire hospital to a COVID hospital, it added.
Coronavirus News: Punjab Orders Night Curfew From 9 PM To 5 AM In Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar From Today
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in the worst-affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala from Saturday to contain the spread of coronavirus, reported news agency ANI. "Concerned over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in the worst affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala from Saturday, while directing all big cities/towns to prepare an integrated management plan for treatment of the disease at both government and private facilities," said the state government in a press release on Friday. The chief minister has also announced a week-long trial of enforcement of the mandatory mask-wearing rule by making offenders stand at the spot for an hour with a mask on.