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Coronavirus Live Updates: India Surpasses Brazil, Has Second Highest COVID-19 Cases

Covid-19 News Live Updates: 32,50,439 patients have recovered from the infection in India.

Coronavirus Live Updates: India Surpasses Brazil, Has Second Highest COVID-19 Cases

Coronavirus cases in India: The country's recovery rate is 77.3 per cent.

New Delhi:

Coronavirus India Live Updates: With 90,802 cases has push India's coronavirus tally to 42,04,613, the Union Health Ministry data this morning showed. The death count has risen to 71,642 with 1,016 more fatalities.

32,50,439 patients have recovered from the infection in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 77.3 per cent.

Maharashtra remains the state hit hardest by the pandemic, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. India is the country with the second-highest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States.

Meanwhile, Metro trains have resumed in select cities of the country today, more than five months after they were stopped, with protective measures against the coronavirus. Only asymptomatic people are allowed to board trains and stations at containment zones will stay shut. 

Here are the live updates on Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases:

Sep 08, 2020 05:32 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Tally Over 9.23 Lakh
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally has risen to 9,23,641 with addition of 16,429 cases. 423 patients have died taking the count to 27,027, the state health department said, reported news agency PTI.
Sep 08, 2020 03:50 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Himachal Pradesh BJP MLA Rita Dhiman Tests COVID Positive
Haryana BJP MLA Rita Dhiman has tested positive for coronavirus, reported news agency ANI. "BJP MLA Rita Dhiman has tested positive for coronavirus. She attended the first day of the monsoon session of state Assembly today," said RD Dhiman, Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Himachal Pradesh.
Sep 08, 2020 01:32 (IST)
2 Lok Insaaf Party MLAs, Simarjit Singh Bains, Balwinder Singh Bains Charged For Violating COVID Rules In Punjab
Lok Insaaf Party MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and his brother Balwinder Singh Bains were charged for violating coronavirus rules after they took out a protest march against a state minister in Patiala on Monday, police said.
Sep 07, 2020 22:54 (IST)
5 States Contribute 60% Of Total COVID-19 Cases, 70% Of Fatality In India: Health Ministry

Five states including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, contribute over 60 per cent of total COVID-19 cases, 62 per cent of active cases and 70 per cent of overall fatality reported due to the virus in India, the Union Health Ministry informed on Monday.

According to the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra has 26.76 per cent of the active cases in the country, followed by Andhra Pradesh (11.30 per cent), Karnataka (11.25 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (6.98 per cent ) and Tamil Nadu (5.83 per cent).

These 5 States together contributed 57 per cent of the recoveries in the last 24 hours.

As per the health ministry data, the total number of recoveries stands more than 32.5 lakh (32,50,429) so far.

Sep 07, 2020 22:40 (IST)
COVID recovery rate touches 88.24 per cent in Bihar: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has touched 88.24 per cent in the state but asked people to "remain alert and vigilant" as no one knows what will happen in future. 

Stating that the testing capacity has crossed over 1.50 lakh per day in the state, Mr Kumar said that 11,350 RT-PCR tests are being done on a daily basis at present which the government intends to increase to 20,000 a day.

For this, the state government will be getting 10 RT-PCR machines and a COBAS 8800 machine from the central government, besides the state government will also be purchasing 10 RT-PCR machines, Mr Kumar said.
Sep 07, 2020 22:06 (IST)
Spain surpasses 5,00,000 virus cases: Health ministry

Spain's total coronavirus cases have crossed half a million, government data showed Monday, as the government struggles to contain a recent surge of infections in one of Europe's hardest-hit countries.

The country of around 47 million people has 5,25,549 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 29,516 related deaths, according to the health ministry.
Sep 07, 2020 21:33 (IST)
"Covid Vijay Raths" to visit pandemic-hit areas in Gujarat

The Gujarat government on Monday launched five "Covid Vijay Raths" to "create awareness and confidence" among people regarding coronavirus and distribute Ayurvedic immunity boosters and homeopathic medicines in pandemic-affected areas.

These "raths" (vehicles) will distribute immunit boosters and homeopathic medicines in coronavirus-hit areas in all the 33 districts of the state over the next 44 days, said a government release. 

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani flagged off through video-conferencing these ''Covid Vijay Raths,'' one each from Ahmedabad, Surat, Junagarh, Bhuj and Palanpur, it said.
Sep 07, 2020 21:01 (IST)
Goa's COVID-19 cases cross 21,000

The COVID-19 tally in Goa rose to 21,173 on Monday with addition of 344 new cases, a health official said. With nine people succumbing to the infection, the deaths went up to 245, he said.

A total of 588 people were discharged in the day, taking the total count of recoveries in the state to 16,427.

Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 21,173, new cases 344, deaths 245, discharged 16,427, active cases 4,501, samples tested till date 2,13,469.
Sep 07, 2020 20:23 (IST)
Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir for 5th day; 17 more dead

Jammu and Kashmir recorded more than 1,000 coronavirus cases for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, pushing the caseload in the UT to 44,570, officials said.

And 17 deaths in the past 24 hours pushed the COVID-19 deaths to 801, they said.

"The UT recorded 1,013 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. This is for the fifth time in five days the number of fresh cases has crossed 1,000 in a 24-hour period," an official said.
Sep 07, 2020 19:45 (IST)
ICMR facility to conduct 1,000 COVID-19 tests daily in Puducherry: Chief Minister

Ramping up testing amid increasing cases of COVID-19, the Puducherry government has roped in the ICMR-sponsored Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC) to screen 1,000 samples daily soon, in addition to the existing capacity.

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told a virtual press conference on Monday that he had spoken to the Chairman of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), seeking the VCRC's cooperation for testing the swab samples for COVID-19.

"The Chairman has conceded my request and very soon VCRC would start the testing and this would be in addition to what the state-run medical college hospital and the Centrally-sponsored JIPMER are doing," he said.
Sep 07, 2020 19:27 (IST)
56 more die due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh, 5,649 fresh cases recorded

Uttar Pradesh recorded 56 more deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, taking the state''s toll to 3,976, while 5,649 fresh cases pushed the tally to 2,71,851.

Briefing reporters here, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said 3,976 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the state so far and the case fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent. 

A total of 5,649 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported, he said. There are 62,144 active COVID-19 cases in the state.

Sep 07, 2020 19:10 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh COVID-19 tally surges past 5-lakh mark

Andhra Pradesh on Monday crossed the five-lakh mark in COVID-19 cases, riding on a rapid surge particularly in the last month. As 8,368 cases were added afresh in 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday, the state's COVID-19 aggregate touched 5,06,493, while 70 more died, pushing the toll up to 4,487. 

The latest bulletin said 10,055 more patients recovered, taking the overall number of those cured to 4,04,074. The state now has 97,932 active cases.
Sep 07, 2020 18:28 (IST)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands COVID-19 tally rises to 3,332

The COVID-19 caseload in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,332, with 40 new coronavirus cases detected in the union territory, an official said on Monday. 

Of the 40 new cases, 38 were detected during local contact tracing and two were airport arrivals, the official said. 

All passengers coming from the mainland have to mandatorily undergo rapid antigen test for COVID-19 at the airport here on arrival, he said.
Sep 07, 2020 17:52 (IST)
Etihad to provide COVID-19 insurance to passengers to boost travel confidence

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways on Monday said it would cover medical and quarantine costs for passengers if they contract the new coronavirus after travelling on one of its flights.

Airlines around the world are trying to find ways to stimulate demand that has been shattered by the pandemic and expected to take years to recover.

Medical costs of up to 150,000 euros ($177,000) and quarantine costs of up to 100 euro a day for 14 days will be covered by Etihad for its passengers who contract the disease within 31 days of first travel."
Sep 07, 2020 17:18 (IST)
56 more die due to COVID-19 in UP, 5,649 fresh cases recorded

Uttar Pradesh recorded 56 more deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, taking the state's number of deaths to 3,976, while 5,649 fresh cases pushed the tally to 2,71,851.

Additional chief secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said 3,976 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the state so far and the case fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent.

A total of 5,649 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported, he said.

There are 62,144 active COVID-19 cases in the state.
Sep 07, 2020 16:50 (IST)
Rajasthan health minister flags off 3 coronavirus awareness vehicles

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma Monday flagged off ''Campaign Communication Vehicles'' to create awareness about coronavirus in three districts of the State.

He flagged off the vehicles from his residence here.

mr Sharma said the three special vehicles are being sent to Alwar, Jodhpur and Ajmer districts under the awareness campaign being run across the state with the help of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and National Health Mission (NHM).

These vehicles will visit the coronavirus-affected areas, tehsil headquarters and 100 revenue villages till October 6 and will make people aware about the deadly virus, a release said.
Sep 07, 2020 16:30 (IST)
Noida Metro resumes operations, commuters screened for body temp at entry of stations

The Noida-Greater Noida metro resumed services on Monday after a gap of over five months, with commuters being thoroughly screened for face cover and body temperature at the entry of stations, officials said.

The services on the Aqua Line were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The services resumed at 7 am on Monday. The commuters were thoroughly screened at the entry of stations for face masks, body temperatures, among others, as per government guidelines," a spokesperson of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said.

According to NMRC rules, people with a body temperature above 37.7 degrees Celsius and without a ''green status'' on the Aarogya Setu mobile app would not be allowed entry.

"The trains ran at an interval of 15 minutes during the first 7 am-11 am shift of the day. The second shift will operate from 5 pm to 9 pm," the spokesperson said.
Sep 07, 2020 15:59 (IST)
BJP Karnataka state president cured of COVID-19

BJP Karnataka state president and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has been cured of Covid-19 and discharged from hospital. He will be under quarantine for a few days on the advice of doctors. 

"With the blessings of Goddess Kateel Durgaparameswhari and the love and wishes of everyone, I have been cured of corona.Presently, doctors have advised quarantine for a few days," he said in a tweet on Monday.
Sep 07, 2020 15:12 (IST)
China Shows Off Coronavirus Vaccines For First Time

China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic.

High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week -- vaccine candidates produced by Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm.

Neither has hit the market yet but the makers hope they will be approved after all-important phase 3 trials as early as year-end.

A Sinovac representative told AFP his firm has already "completed the construction of a vaccine factory" able to produce 300 million doses a year.
Sep 07, 2020 14:18 (IST)
Puducherry Logs 292 New COVID-19 Cases, 11 Deaths

Puducherry on Monday reported 292 fresh COVID-19 cases and 11 related fatalities taking the number of deaths to 325.

The 11 people who died included three women, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao told a virtual press conference.

The new cases took the overall tally in the union territory to 17,316 (after transfer of eight cases to Tamil Nadu).

Mr Rao said the 292 positive cases were identified at the end of examination of 1,073 samples.

He also said 503 patients were discharged during the last 24 hours from hospitals.

Sep 07, 2020 13:42 (IST)
Attorney General Self-Quarantines After His Junior Lawyer Tests Positive
Attorney General KK Venugopal has closed his office for a week and gone into self-quarantine after one of the junior lawyers in his team tested positive for COVID-19.

Mr Venugopal , however, said that he does not have any symptoms for the virus. Read more

Attorney General Self-Quarantines After His Junior Lawyer Tests Positive
Sep 07, 2020 12:35 (IST)
Malaika Arora Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Will "Quarantine At Home"

Malaika Arora has tested positive for coronavirus and she will be "quarantined at home." On Monday morning, the 46-year-old actress shared a statement on her Instagram profile, in which she wrote: "Today I have tested positive for coronavirus but I want to inform you all that I am feeling fine." She added, "I am asymptomatic and following all the required protocols and will be quarantined at home as instructed by my doctor and authorities.

Sep 07, 2020 12:01 (IST)
UNICEF To Lead Procurement Of Covid Vaccines For Low Income Countries
In what could possibly be the world's largest and fastest ever operation of its kind, UNICEF has announced that it will be leading the procurement and supply of coronavirus vaccines to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the world's largest single vaccine buyer, procuring more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines annually for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries. Read more

UNICEF To Lead Procurement Of Covid Vaccines For Low Income Countries
Sep 07, 2020 11:17 (IST)
Telangana Adds 1,802 New COVID-19 Cases; 9 Deaths Push Toll To 895

Telangana reported 1,802 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,42,771 while nine more deaths pushed the toll to 895, the state government said.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 245, followed by Rangareddy (158), Karimnagar (136) and Siddipet (106)
districts, a bulletin said on Monday, providing data as of 8 pm on September 6.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1,10,241 while 31,635 are under treatment.

Sep 07, 2020 10:56 (IST)
86 New Cases Push Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 Tally To 5,000

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 5,000 on Monday as 86 more people, including 11 security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said.

West Siang district reported the highest number of new cases at 17, followed by 15 each in Papumpare and the Capital Complex region and 12 in Longding, State Surveillance Officer, Dr L Jampa, said.

"Five Army men, four Assam Rifles jawans, an ITBP personnel and a policeman are among the new patients," he said.
Sep 07, 2020 10:09 (IST)
Restart Of Metro: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Says There Should Be No Negligence In Following Precautions Against COVID-19

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday expressed happiness over restart of Metro train services in the city, saying there should be no negligence in following precautions against COVID-19.

The Delhi Metro resumed services on Monday morning after being closed for over five months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The first line to be opened was the Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli and HUDA city centre in Gurgaon.

"I am happy Metro (services) starts today. Metro has made good arrangements. We also do not have to show negligence in following the precautions," Mr Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

Various steps like strict adherence to use of face covers and sanitisers, social distancing, travel through smart cards only, thermal screening have been put in place by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to ensure safe commuting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep 07, 2020 09:44 (IST)
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Sep 07, 2020 09:43 (IST)
Chennai Metro resumes service on Blue Line (between Airport and Washermenpet) as part of Unlock 4.0.

Sep 07, 2020 09:29 (IST)
Unlock 4: Bengaluru Metro Resumes Services With Purple Line
Bengaluru's Namma Metro on Monday resumed its service with Purple Line as part of Unlock 4. Trains will operate between 8 am to 11 am and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm with a frequency of five minutes.

The first metro trains started from Bayyappana Halli metro station to Mysore Road at 9 am today. The last train will depart from these stations at 11 am. Read more

Sep 07, 2020 08:53 (IST)
Delhi Metro Services Resume As Part Of Unlock4

Delhi Metro has resumed services from 7 am on Monday as the part of ''unlock 4'', after being shut for 169 days due to COVID-19.

In phase 1, metro services will be resumed on Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre and Rapid Metro in Gurugram.

"We have deployed police force at every metro station for crowd management and to ensure that people wear face masks and follow norms of social distancing," Atul Katiyar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said.

A commuter said, "I feel good that metro services are starting again. I had to book a cab for travelling to the place which was expensive for me but now I am able to commute at the reasonable fare."
Sep 07, 2020 08:23 (IST)
Brazil Reports 14,521 Coronavirus Cases, 447 Deaths

Brazil recorded 14,521 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 447 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Brazil has registered 4.14 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 126,650, according to ministry data.

Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus cases and related deaths in the world. India, which has now registered 4.1 million cases, reported a global record 90,632 cases on Sunday and could soon overtake Brazil.
Sep 07, 2020 08:05 (IST)
Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac Tests Positive For COVID-19

Kerala Finance Minister Dr T M Thomas Isaac tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, the first in the cabinet to contract the infection, and has been shifted to the medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, official sources said.

His swab samples were taken as he had a minor cold and he tested positive on Sunday, they told PTI.

He is the first minister in the cabinet to test positive for COVID-19, they said.
Sep 07, 2020 07:22 (IST)
Bengaluru Hospital Reports First Case Of Covid Reinfection In City
Bengaluru has reported its first case of coronavirus reinfection - a 27-year-old woman who had first tested positive in July and was discharged upon full recovery from a mild form of the disease. Tests conducted on the patient, who did not have any co-morbidities, show she did not develop any immunity towards the novel coronavirus, a statement from Fortis Hospital said.

"This is possibly the first reported case of Covid reinfection in Bangalore," Dr Pratik Patil, an Infectious Diseases Consultant at Fortis Hospital's Bannerghatta Road facility said, explaining how the woman developed the disease a second time within a month's time. Read more

Sep 07, 2020 07:21 (IST)
Metro Trains Resume Today With Strict Screening, Social Distancing
Metro rail services will begin in select cities of the country today, more than five months after it was stopped, with a host of protective measures against coronavirus. Only asymptomatic people will be allowed to board trains, which will shut stations at containment zones. The passengers have been asked to download Aarogya Setu app on their smartphones and will undergo thermal checks at stations.

Based on central guidelines, the metro authorities of Delhi, Noida, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Mumbai Line-1, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Maha Metro (Nagpur), Kolkata, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have prepared their standard operating procedures. Maharashtra will not be resuming metro operation this month. Read more

Metro Trains Resume Today With Strict Screening, Social Distancing
Sep 07, 2020 06:12 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Record 3,810 New Cases Take Odisha's COVID-19 Tally To 1,24,031
Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Sunday as 3,810 more people tested positive for the infection, while eight fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 546, a health official said, reported news agency PTI. The fresh infections have taken the state's caseload to 1,24,031, he said. At least 2,286 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,524 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said. Odisha had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 3,682 COVID-19 cases on August 27.