COVID-19 India highlights: The COVID-19 case tally stands at 35,42,734. (File)
A record surge of 78,761 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours took India's Covid tally to 35,42,733, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. This is the highest single-day surge reported by any country since the beginning of the pandemic.
India is the third worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic in the world after the United States and Brazil. The country has been recording the highest surge in cases recorded in a single day for the last 26 days.
In the last 24 hours, 948 deaths linked to the highly contagious disease were registered, taking the total number of fatalities to 63,498.
The government on Saturday announced guidelines for the fourth phase of unlocking, allowing metro services to resume from September 7. Lockdowns can't be imposed outside containment zones, the states have been told.
Social, political, academic, sports, religious and other functions will be allowed with a limit of 100 people as part of the new rules from September 21. Schools, colleges, swimming pools and indoor theatres will remain closed. This phase, called "Unlock4", will be in effect till September 30.
Here are the Highlights Coronavirus Pandemic:
Jharkhand's COVID-19 cases rise to 38,435, death count now 410
Jharkhand's COVID-19 case count rose to 38,435 on Sunday as 1,323 more people tested positive for the infection, while 12 deaths pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 410, a health bulletin said.
The fresh infections have pushed the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state to 11,577, while 26,448 people have recovered from the disease so far, it said.
8,852 new COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka
A total of 8,852 new COVID-19 cases, including 2,821 in Bengaluru, 106 deaths and 7,101 recoveries were reported from Karnataka in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed today.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now stands at 3,35,928, including 88,091 active cases.
As many as 5,589 people have died due to the deadly virus while 2,42,229 have successfully recovered.
Delhi Crosses 2,000-Mark In Daily Coronavirus Cases Again
More than 2,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Delhi over the last 24 hours, in a first since July 10. The number was hovering close to 2,000 yesterday, with 1,954 people testing positive for the highly contagious virus.
The surge comes
as Delhi is getting ready to resume metro rail services, which cater to an estimated 15 lakh people a day in highly crowded conditions.
Data from Delhi government showed that in the last 24 hours, 2,024 cases of coronavirus were reported, which pushed the total in the national capital to 1,73,390.
3,308 COVID patients recover in West Bengal
The discharge rate of COVID-19 patients reached close to 82 per cent in West Bengal after 3,308 patients recovered from the disease today when 3,019 fresh cases of infection were reported, the health department said.
Altogether 1,30,952 people have been cured of the disease so far in the state.
The death count rose to 3,176 after 50 more people died due to COVID-19.
Andhra Pradesh becomes second worst-hit by coronavirus in India
Andhra Pradesh became
the second worst-affected state due to coronavirus in India as it surpassed Tamil Nadu, recording over 4.24 lakh coronavirus cases.
The state reported over 10,000 COVID-19 cases for the fifth straight day today, taking the total count to 4,24,767 -- behind only Maharashtra.
Tamil Nadu has reported over 4.16 lakh COVID-19 cases till now.
A total of 36,66,422 tests have been done in Andhra Pradesh while the positivity rate stands at 11.59 per cent, third highest in the country after Maharashtra and Karnataka. Tamil Nadu's positivity rate stands at 8.93 per cent.
Global coronavirus cases cross 25 million
Global coronavirus infections soared past 25 million, as countries around the world further tightened restrictions to try to stop the rampaging pandemic.
A million additional cases have been detected globally roughly every four days since mid-July, according to an AFP tally, with India setting the record for the highest single-day rise in cases with 78,761.
The surge in India came as the government further eased lockdown restrictions over the weekend to help ease pressure on the reeling economy.
Even nations such as New Zealand and South Korea, which had previously brought their outbreaks largely under control, are now battling new clusters of infections.
Gujarat's COVID-19 cases cross 95,000
Gujarat reported 1,272 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 95,155, state health department said.
The death count crossed the 3,000-mark and rose to 3,008 with 17 patients succumbing to the infection, it said.
With 1,095 patients getting discharged in the day, the number of recoveries mounted to 76,757.
Kerala announces 100-day action plan to address COVID-19 problems
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday announced a 100-day action plan for mitigating the sufferings faced by the people due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He announced a hike of Rs 100 in social security pensions per month and distribution of free food kits for the ration card holders in the state for four more months.
Promising to appoint adequate staff in the health sector in 100 days, Mr Vijayan said 50,000 COVID-19 tests will be conducted per day.
Over 10.5 lakh COVID-19 tests in a day takes India's total tests past 4.14 crore
With a record over 10.5 lakh tests conducted in a day for detection of COVID-19, the number of such tests performed in the country has crossed 4.14 crore, the Union health ministry said today.
The exponential jump in the testing capacity and the number of tests has resulted in an upsurge in Tests Per Million to 30,044 as on date, it highlighted.
With a record 10,55,027 tests conducted on Saturday, the country has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity of testing more than 10 lakh samples for COVID-19 daily.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister to be in isolation as 2 staff test coronavirus positive
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today said he will isolate himself for the next four days as two of his staff members, including a
personal security officer, have tested positive for coronavirus.
The chief minister said his test report came negative.
"My OSD (Officer on Special Duty) and PSO (Personal Security Officer) have found corona positive. My (test) report is negative at the moment, but I will be in isolation for the next four days as a precautionary measure. This is a period of crisis, everyone please be careful," the CM tweeted in Hindi.
27 lakh patients recover from COVID-19 in India, recovery rate at 76.61%
With the recovery of 64,935 cases in the last 24 hours, India's recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients has improved to 76.61 per cent and is demonstrating continuous progress, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.
"India's COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 27 lakh today. Recovery of 27,13,933 patients has been made possible because of effective implementation of the Centre conceived and led a policy of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively through timely surveillance of close contacts and treating effectively through a widening medical care infrastructure across the country," it said.
3,014 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Odisha
As many as 3,014 new COVID-19 cases, 2,888 recoveries, and 12 deaths were reported in Odisha, said the State Health Department.
With this, the total number of cases now stands at 1,00,934 including 29,685 active cases, 70,714 recoveries, and 482 deaths.
As many as 60,646 samples were tested on Saturday. The highest number of coronavirus cases were reported from the Khurda district with 684 cases.
Mutated coronavirus strain found in Indonesia as COVID-19 cases jump
A more infectious mutation of the new coronavirus has been found in Indonesia, the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology said, as the Southeast Asian country's caseload surges.
Indonesia reported 2,858 new infections, data by the health ministry showed, below the previous day's record 3,308 but above the past month's daily average
Its total number of cases was 172,053, with 7,343 COVID-19 deaths.
The "infectious but milder" D614G mutation of the virus has been found in genome sequencing data from samples collected by the institute, deputy director Herawati Sudoyo told Reuters, adding that more study is required to determine whether that was behind the recent rise in cases.
All people entering the state now will have to register at the Dehradun smart city registration portal to make contact tracing easier in case any of them contracts COVID-19: Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority
Total number of COVID-19 cases in the state is now 5,799 including 1,433 active cases, 4,289 recoveries and 33 deaths: Himachal Pradesh Health Department
161 more police personnel found COVID-19 positive & one died in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. Total number of Corona positive police personnel in the state reaches to 14,953 including 2,800 active cases, 11,999 recoveries & 154 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police
Rajasthan reports 603 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths, taking the total positive cases and deaths in the state to 79,380 and 1,037 respectively. Total active cases in the state are 14,730: State Health Department
India on Sunday set a new virus record when it reported 78,761 new infections in 24 hours, according to health ministry figures, passing the United States with the world's highest single-day rise.
India, home to 1.3 billion people, is already the world's third-most infected nation with more than 3.5 million cases, behind the US and Brazil.
The US set the previous record on July 17 with 77,638 daily cases, according to an AFP tally.
India's COVID-19 case tally crosses 35 lakh mark with a spike of 78,761 new cases & 948 deaths in the last 24 hours.
COVID-19 case tally in the country stands at 35,42,734 including 7,65,302 active cases, 27,13,934 cured/discharged/migrated & 63,498 deaths: Health Ministry
The total number of samples tested up to 29th August is 4,14,61,636 including 10,55,027 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Jharkhand reports 1,299 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths, taking total cases to 37,112 including 25,216 recoveries and 398 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 11,498: State Health Department
2,427 new COVID-19 cases detected today in the state, 1,440 discharged. Total cases in the state rise to 1,03,794, including 82,510 recovered patients and 289 deaths. Active cases stand at 20,992: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Jharkhand registers 1,299 new COVID-19 cases, 9 fresh fatalities
Jharkhand's COVID-19 caseload rose to 37,112 on Saturday as 1,299 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 398, a health bulletin said.
The fresh infections have pushed the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state to 11,498, while 25,216 people have recovered so far, it said. A total of 19,993 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin added.
Brazil surpasses 1,20,000 Covid-19 deaths
Just over six months after registering its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil crossed the grim threshold of 1,20,000 people killed by Covid-19 Saturday, with no end in sight to the crisis.
The country of 212 million people has now registered 120,262 deaths from the virus and 3,846,153 infections, the health ministry said in its daily update.
Brazil is just the second country to surpass a death toll of 120,000 in the pandemic, after the United States, where the number killed is now more than 182,000.
Assam registers 2,427 new COVID-19 cases, 3 fresh fatalities
Assam's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,03,794 on Saturday as 2,427 more people tested positive for the infection, while three more fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 289, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Kamrup Metropolitan district, under which Guwahati falls, has reported the highest number of new infections at 459, followed by Dibrugarh (177), Cachar (158) and Jorhat (136), Mr Sarma said.