India Corona cases: A total of 33,10,235 coronavirus cases have been reported in the country so far
India has once again seen a record daily rise in coronavirus cases with 77,266 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total count to 33,87,500, according to data from the Union Health Ministry this morning.
An additional 1,057 new deaths brought the overall death count to 61,529.
India has the third-highest number of virus infections in the world, after the United States and Brazil.
25,83,948 patients have recovered from the infection in the country, taking the recovery rate to 76.27 per cent. Maharashtra remains the hardest-hit state in the pandemic, accounting for 7,33,568 cases.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 8.31 lakh people globally since it emerged in China late last year. Over 2.44 crore people have been infected with the novel coronavirus.
The US is by far the hardest-hit country in the world in terms of both number of cases and deaths. The country passed the grim milestone of 1,80,000 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University's real-time tracker.
Here are the Highlights Coronavirus Pandemic:
Chhatra Parishad activists detained in Kolkata for ''violating'' COVID-19 protocols
Several activists of Chhatra Parishad, the student wing of the Congress, were detained in Kolkata on Friday for "violating" COVID-19 protocols, police said.
They violated restrictions on mass gathering and attempted to scale the compound wall of the shut Mahajati Sadan auditorium complex in central Kolkata to hoist the Chhatra Parishad flag to mark the organisation''s 67th foundation day on Friday, a police officer said.
The Congress claimed that police resorted to lathi- charge, causing injuries to several Chhatra Parishad activists, including its state unit president Sourabh Chakraborty who is being treated at a hospital in the city.
COVID-19: Jharkhand govt extends lockdown restrictions within containment zones till September 30
Jharkhand government on Friday extended coronavirus-induced lockdown related restrictions currently in place in the state within the containment zones up to September 30.
As per the government order, all economic activities, not specifically prohibited, shall be permitted outside the containment zones.
12 more coronavirus-related deaths, 1,017 new cases in Rajasthan
Rajasthan reported 12 more fatalities linked to COVID-19 and 1,355 fresh infections on Friday, bringing the deaths from the disease to 1,017 and the virus count to 77,370, according to an official report.
The deaths were reported one each from Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jalore, Kota, Nagaur and Pali, two from Jodhpur and three from Jaipur, it said.
Maximum of 237 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from Jaipur, followed by Jodhpur, where 195 people tested positive.
331 deaths, 14,361 new COVID-19 cases reported in Maharashtra
A total of 14,361 new COVID-19 cases and 331 deaths were reported from Maharashtra on Friday, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 7,47,995, the state health department informed.
The total figure includes 1,80,718 active cases and 5,43,170 recoveries. So far, 23,775 deaths have been reported in the state.
1,808 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi
A total of 1,808 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths were reported in Delhi on Friday.
The total count of cases now stands in the national capital now stands at 1,69,412. It includes 13,550 active cases, 1,51,473 recoveries and 4,389 deaths.
As per the health department, 1,446 recoveries were recorded on Friday.
Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 available at Veer Savarkar International Airport: AAI
Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Friday said that Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for COVID-19 is now available at Veer Savarkar International Airport, Portblair, Andaman and Nicobar.
"Rapid antigen testing, now available at Port Blair @aaipblairport. Special provisions have been made such as RT-PCR test counter for pax travelling to Andaman district, Nicobar district and Rangat tehsil district pax. Also, Ayush hospital's staff to provide immunity meds to passengers," AAI said in a tweet attaching pictures of the passengers using the facility.
West Bengal's COVID recovery rate crosses 80 per cent
The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in West Bengal reached 80.86 per cent on Friday after 3,286 people were discharged from various hospitals of the state, a bulletin issued by the health department said. So far, 1,24,332 people have recovered from the disease in West Bengal, it said.
The death toll rose to 3,073 after 56 more people died to COVID-19, while the state's caseload went up to 1,53,754 as 2,982 fresh cases of infection were reported. The number of active cases is now 26,349.
55 more people test positive for COVID-19 in UP's Muzaffarnagar
Fifty-five more people, including four policemen and eight inmates of a district jail, tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar on Friday, an official said.
There are 521 active cases in the district, while a total of 1,306 patients have recovered from the infection, according to District Magistrate Selva Kumari. She said 279 samples were tested for COVID-19, of which 55 came out positive.
19 youths arrested for violating COVID-19 norms at Ghaziabad hotel
The Excise Department arrested 19 youths for violating COVID-19 guidelines and consuming alcohol and hookah at a hotel, police said on Friday.
The accused were held during a raid at the hotel, senior police official Abhishek Verma said.
An event manager based in the NCR had booked a party hall and some rooms in the hotel, Mr Verma said, adding that the police have recovered hookah and other intoxicants from the spot.
The hotel manager, Haidar Chowdhary, has also been booked under the Excise Act for selling liquor without a license, he said.
Religious places in Maharashtra should be reopened: Devendra Fadnavis
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said here on Friday that religious places in Maharashtra should be opened as in other states. If liquor shops and malls can reopen with relaxation of lockdown, why should religious places should remain closed, the former chief minister said.
"We expect religious places will be opened for the public in Maharashtra as has been done by all other states in the country," he told reporters.
People are aware of the danger of coronavirus and will take all the precautions even if religious places are reopened, Mr Fadnavis opined.
523 New Coronavirus Cases In Goa, Four Deaths, 429 Recover
Goa recorded 523 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, which took the case tally in the state to 16,006, the health department said.
With four COVID-19 patients dying, death count reached 175, it added.
429 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients to 12,296.
Bengal's COVID Recovery Rate Crosses 80 Per Cent
The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in West Bengal reached 80.86 per cent on Friday after 3,286 people were discharged from various hospitals of the state, a bulletin issued by the health department said.
So far, 1,24,332 people have recovered from the disease in West Bengal, PTI reported.
Sikkim Reports 34 New COVID-19 Cases; Tally Rises To 1,576
Sikkim's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,576, with 34 more people testing positive for coronavirus, an official said on Friday.
Of the 34 new cases, 33 were reported from East Sikkim and one from West Sikkim, state IEC officer Sonam Bhutia said.
Sikkim now has 393 COVID-19 active cases as 1,180 people have recovered from the disease and three have died, he said.
51 More COVID-19 Deaths In Punjab: Report
Fifty-one more fatalities linked to COVID-19 pushed the death toll to 1,307 in Punjab while 1,555 new cases brought the infection tally to 49,378 in the state on Friday.
Coronavirus update: Antibody testing event held for police officials in Andhra Pradesh
An antibody testing event for COVID-19 was held for the police personnel at Eluru Police Parade Ground near Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) office in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district on Friday.
Eluru range Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) KV Mohan Rao and other police personnel in the city underwent the test after the medical team collected their blood samples.
Armed Reserve Additional Superintendent of Police M Mahesh Kumar, Police Unit doctor G Deepa, and police staff also took part in the event, ANI reported.
Coronavirus update: Adityanath instructs state officials to conduct 1,50,000 COVID-19 tests daily
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday in a Team-11 meeting with state officials instructed them to ensure 1,50,000 COVID-19 tests daily.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to continue all efforts to break the chain of the transition of COVID-19. Medical testing, especially rapid antigen test and RT-PCR tests should also be increased, he added.
Coronavirus case tally in Maharashtra rises to 7,47,995 with 14,361 new cases, while death count reaches 23,775 with 331 new fatalities: Health official.
Coronavirus update: Nagpur records single-day spike of over 1,300 COVID-19 cases
Nagpur district in Maharashtra recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,329 COVID-19 cases on Friday that took the tally to 26,094 in the region, a district official said.
According to the data released by the district authorities, as many as 42 COVID-19 patients died due to the infection, while 1,092 were discharged following their recovery on Friday.
Coronavirus update: Bihar's Covid caseload mounts to 1.30 lakh, recovery rate 85.94 per cent
Bihar's COVID-19 recovery rate on Friday remained over 85 per cent, while the coronavirus caseload rose to 1.30 lakh with 1998 fresh positive cases, a health department bulletin said.
A total of 12 fatalities was reported in the past 24 hours, taking the death tally in the state to 374, the bulletin said.
Coronavirus update: Andhra Pradesh crosses the four-lakh COVID-19 cases mark
Andhra Pradesh crosses the four-lakh COVID-19 cases mark with over 10,000 fresh positives for the third straight day. Total recoveries increase to over three lakh: Government bulletin
Coronavirus update: SP Balasubrahmanyam on passive physiotherapy, says Hospital
Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam is stable and undergoing passive physiotherapy, a hospital treating him for COVID-19 infection said on Friday.
The 74-year-old playback singer continued to be on ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in the Intensive Care Unit, it said.
Coronavirus update: 696 new cases in J&K, tally at 35,831
Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 696 new cases of coronavirus taking the total number of infected people to 35,831 even as seven deaths were reported from the union territory during the last 24 hours, officials said.
"Seven persons infected with coronavirus have died in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours till 5 pm on Friday," the officials said.
They said all of these deaths were reported from the Kashmir valley.
Delhi records 1,808 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking tally to 1,69,412; death count mounts to 4,389: Authorities
Coronavirus update: BJP MLA tests positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka
BJP MLA S Angara tested positive for COVID-19 Friday and advised home quarantine, health
department sources said.
Angara, who returned from Bengaluru, went for a test as he was having a headache and the result turned out positive, they said.
Coronavirus update: Will request MPs to get tested for coronavirus 72 hours before start of Monsoon Session, says Om Birla
MPs will be requested to get themselves tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday.
The Monsoon Session is likely to start from September 14 and conclude on October 1, PTI reported.
Coronavirus update: 50 SSB jawans test positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand
Fifty-eight people, including 50 SSB jawans, tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday, according to a health bulletin.
Fifty jawans of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) tested positive for the virus at Gwaldam training centre, while the remaining eight cases were reported from Ghat block (three), Karnaprayag (three) and Pokhri (two), the bulletin said.
Coronavirus update: Dharavi's coronavirus case count rises by five to 2,745
The COVID-19 tally in Dharavi, the largest slum in Mumbai, went up to 2,745 on Friday with
the addition of five cases, a senior civic official said.
Out of the total count of patients, 2,392 have already recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.
Dharavi currently has 93 active COVID-19 cases, PTI reported.
Coronavirus update: Punjab Chief Minister flags off coronavirus testing mobile clinic and ambulance
A well equipped "Corona Testing Mobile Clinic and Ambulance" was flagged off by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday.
The ambulance has been donated by Vikramjit Sahney Chairman, Sun Foundation and International President World Punjabi Organisation for the state, ANI reported.
Coronavirus update: Malls and shops to remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of weekends in Haryana
To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Haryana government on Friday ordered that malls and shops in the market places of urban areas will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of weekends as instructed earlier.
The new order, however, does not apply to shops dealing with essential goods and services, PTI reported.
Coronavirus update: UP records 77 more COVID-19 deaths, 5,447 fresh cases
Uttar Pradesh on Friday reported 77 coronavirus-related fatalities, taking the death count due to the disease to 3,294, while 5,447 new cases pushed the infection tally to 2,13,824 in the state, officials said.
Coronavirus update: Merkel warns virus fight 'more difficult' in autumn, winter
Coping with the coronavirus will become more challenging in the coming autumn and winter months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her annual summer press conference on Friday.
"Some things are likely to be more difficult over the next few months than they are in the summer," Merkel said.
"We have all enjoyed the freedoms and relative protection from aerosols in the summer, which is possible through life outdoors," she said, referring to micro-particles that are thought to spread through the air, especially in enclosed spaces.
Merkel's comments came after she agreed a wave of new measures with the leaders of Germany's 16 federal states on Thursday designed to combat rising case numbers in Germany blamed mainly on summer travel and private parties.
Coronavirus update: Virus-hit Austria sees return to "normal" by mid-2021
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Friday predicted a return to "normal" next year after a challenging autumn and winter because of the pandemic.
The next months would be "challenging" as schools start again, temperatures drop and the annual flu season begins, he said.
However, Kurz added: "It is very probable from our standpoint today that next summer can be a normal one again."
He said the government would decide next week whether to further tighten measures to rein in rising numbers of infections.
Coronavirus update: Sachin Pilot Demands To Postpone NEET, JEE Exams In View Of Coronavirus
Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Friday held a protest against the Centre's decision to conduct Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examinations in September 2020 and demanded the Centre to postpone the examinations in view of coronavirus pandemic.
The Congress leader further said the government should listen to the request and postpone the exams as the number of COVID-19 cases are constantly increasing and several big events across the globe are also being postponed, ANI reported.
Coronavirus update: All asymptomatic COIVD-19 positive patients in Jammu province allowed to home isolate
In a major decision, the Jammu and Kashmir administration directed that all asymptomatic COVID-19 positive cases in Jammu province be allowed home isolation like it is being done in Kashmir, said Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Free oximeter, compulsory Arogya Setu and proper isolation space with a poster outside the house are among the conditions that are being allowed during home quarantine in Kashmir Valley.
Those presently admitted at the hospital will have to wait till they test negative for COVID-19, ANI reported.
Jharkhand's COVID-19 Tally Rises To 34,676, Death Count Mounts To 378
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 34,676 on Friday as 1,365 more people tested positive for the infection, while 11 more fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 378, a health bulletin said.
The fresh infections have taken the number of active coronavirus cases in the state to 10,799, while 23,499 people have recovered so far, it said.
A total of 36,465 samples have been tested for COVID- 19 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin added.
COVID-19 Effect: Pandemic Management Now Part Of MBBS Course
Medical students will now learn about pandemic management along with its social, legal and other aspects in the MBBS course with India's top medical education regulator introducing a new module to better prepare doctors for challenges posed by pandemics like COVID-19.
It is expected that the pandemic management module extending from foundation course to the final year undergraduate programme will help in ensuring the creation of an Indian medical graduate "who will serve humanity as doctor, leader and healer in bleak times such as occurrence of a pandemic", the board of governors (BoG) in super-session of the Medical Council of India (MCI) said.
The move has been triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and aims to prepare doctors for challenges posed by emerging diseases.
India's COVID-19 recoveries are nearing 26 lakh. 60,177 have recovered in the last 24 hours & recovery rate has touched 76.28%. Active cases are only 21.90% of total COVID cases & the number of recoveries is nearly 3.5 times the active cases: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
US-Based BCM Ties Up With India's BE For COVID-19 Vaccine Production
In the race to find a cure for the coronavirus infection, Texas-based Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has entered into a licensing agreement with Indian pharmaceutical company Biological E Limited (BE) for the development of a safe, effective and affordable vaccine.
According to BCM, Hyderabad-headquartered BE has licenced the recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed at Baylor.
The company engaged in licence negotiations with the BCM Ventures team after initial discussions on Baylor's technology and how it could possibly inform a vaccine to address the current global pandemic.
The company will leverage its past experience for the further development and commercialisation of the vaccine candidate, which is currently produced using a proven yeast-based expression technology, the Texas-based BCM said, news agency PTI reported.
Second Round Of Serology Survey Launched In Bhubaneswar
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday launched the second round of serological survey to ascertain the immune strength of people against COVID-19 as the Odisha capital is witnessing a rise in coronavirus cases this month.
Five teams will collect 1,500 samples from various locations in the city, an official said.
"The current exercise will provide an indication of the community exposure level which was found to be very low during the first round of the serological survey," he said.
The Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) is providing technical support to the BMC to carry out the two- day survey in the city.
Highest single-day spike of 3,682 cases pushes Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 94,668; death count mounts to 456 with eight fresh fatalities, news agency PTI reported quoting officials
Biggest One-Day Spike Of 509 COVID-19 Cases In Tripura Takes Tally To 10,436
Tripura registered its highest single-day spike of 509 COVID-19 cases on Friday, which pushed the tally in the northeastern state to 10,436, a health department official said.
The death count rose to 89 after four more people died due to the infection, he said.
Altogether 142 people were discharged from Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) on Thursday, taking the number of recoveries to 6,839.
29 More COVID-19 Cases In Mizoram
Mizoram reported 29 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total count of coronavirus cases in the state to 1,003, said the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram on Friday.
While 500 people out of the total have been cured or discharged so far, the active cases stand at 503 in the state.
India witnessed a record single-day spike of 77,266 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to the data of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) on Friday.
With 1,057 more deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative count reached 61,529.
Telangana Records 2,932 COVID-19 Cases, 11 Deaths In 24 Hours
Telangana recorded 2,932 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of those infected by the virus in the state to 1,17,415.
The death count rose to 799 with 11 more fatalities, a state government bulletin said on Friday, providing data as of 8 pm on August 27.
Out of the 2,932 fresh cases, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported 520, followed by Rangareddy (218), Medchal Malkajgiri (218), Karimnagar (168),Nalgonda (159), Khammam (141), Jagityal (113), Mancherial (110), Suryapet (102) and Siddipet (100) districts.
All 33 districts in the state reported positive cases in double digits.
The number of samples tested in the state, cumulatively crossed 12 lakh and stood at 12,04,343 with 61,863 samples tested on August 27.
US To "Crush" COVID-19 With Vaccine This Year, Says Trump
US President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to "crush" the coronavirus pandemic with a vaccine by the end of the year, as he accepted the Republican nomination for a second term.
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"We are marshaling America's scientific genius to produce a vaccine in record time," Trump said. "We will have a safe and effective vaccine this year and together we will crush the virus."
India's COVID-19 case tally at 33.87 lakh with a record spike of 77,266 fresh cases, & 1,057 deaths in the last 24 hours.
COVID-19 case tally in the country stands at 33,87,501 including 7,42,023 active cases, 25,83,948 cured/discharged/migrated & 61,529 deaths: Health Ministry
The total number of samples tested up to 27th August is 3,94,77,848 including 9,01,338 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Odisha's COVID-19 Tally Crosses 90,000-Mark, Death Count Mounts To 448
Odisha's COVID-19 tally on Thursday crossed the 90,000-mark with the highest single-day spike of 3,384 fresh cases, while the death count rose to 448 as seven more patients died due to the disease, a health department official said.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now stands at 90,986, he said.
The new cases were reported from all the 30 districts, while the fatalities were registered in four.
29 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases in the state to 1,003. A total of 500 people cured/discharged so far. Active cases stand at 503: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram
Andhra Pradesh reports 10,621 new cases of COVID-19, 92 deaths in last 24 hours
Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours reported 92 deaths and 10,621 new cases of COVID-19.
The total number of COVID19 cases in the state is now 3,93,090 including 94,209 active cases, 2,95,248 recoveries and 3,633 deaths, as per media bulletin released by state COVID nodal officer.
In the last 24 hours, 61,300 samples were tested in the state. 10,621 of them are detected COVID positive. With this, total cases in the state increase to 3,93,090. Of them; 94,209 are active.
Assam's COVID-19 tally mounts to 98,807
Assam reported 2,036 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, pushing the tally to 98,807, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state's coronavirus deaths climbed to 278 with four fatalities since Wednesday, he said.
The deaths were reported from Baksa, Dibrugarh, Darrang and Kamrup Metropolitan districts. Of the new infections, 481 were recorded in Kamrup Metropolitan, 146 in Jorhat, 129 in Dibrugarh and 110 in Hailakandi, he said.
Assam now has 19,219 active cases, while 79,307 people have recovered from the disease so far. The state has conducted 21,06,836 tests thus far, the minister said.
UP Minister tests positive for COVID-19
Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus. The Minister said on Twitter that he had initial symptoms for the virus following which he got himself tested.
"On getting the initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. My health is fine and with the advice of doctors, I have isolated myself at home. I request that all of you, who have come in contact with me in the last few days, please get yourself checked," Singh said in a roughly translated tweeted.
Jammu and Kashmir, nine states account for 89% of COVID-19 deaths in last two weeks, urged to proactively limit transmission
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday held video conference with the chief secretaries and health secretaries of nine states and one union territory and urged them to proactively limit COVID transmission and keep the mortality below one per cent.
The states which attended the meeting were Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country followed by Tamil Nadu. These nine states and Jammu and Kashmir account for 89 per cent of deaths of the total fatalities in the country in the last two weeks.