Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: India's COVID-19 Cases Surge Past 30 Lakh

Coronavirus Cases India Updates: India's COVID-19 cases rose to 30,05,281, up by 29,580 since the last update 24 hours ago.

Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: India's COVID-19 Cases Surge Past 30 Lakh

Coronavirus India Updates: There are 6,92,028 active cases of coronavirus infection. (File)

New Delhi:

India's COVID-19 tally hurtled past the 30-lakh mark on Saturday night, just 15 days after it crossed 20 lakh, while the total number of recoveries too surged to 22.71 lakh, according to data from states and union territories.

Union health ministry data updated on Saturday 8 am showed a record single-day spike of 69,874 infections, taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 29,75,701, while the death count due to the disease climbed to 55,794 with 945 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

However, by night, India's COVID-19 cases rose to 30,05,281, up by 29,580 since the last update 24 hours ago.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said Friday it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years -- faster than it took for the Spanish flu. "We hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus Pandemic:

Aug 23, 2020 05:55 (IST)
Brazil records over 50,000 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

More than 50,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, while the death toll increased by almost 900 in that period, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

Brazil now has a total of 3,582,362 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 50,032 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday. Over the same period, 892 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country''s total death toll up to 114,250.
Aug 23, 2020 04:24 (IST)
COVID-19 Containment Zones Rise To 591 In Delhi
The number of COVID-19 containment zones in Delhi has risen from 539 on August 1 to 591 on August 21, with officials attributing the rise to smaller areas being contained now.
Aug 23, 2020 03:40 (IST)
Turkey reports over 1,300 new COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths

Turkey has confirmed 1,309 new cases of coronavirus, taking the tally to 257,032, Anadolu news agency reported.

"Today, 1,309 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, taking the tally to 257,032. A total of 22 patients have died, and the overall death count reached 6,102," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca was quoted as saying in his tweet.

The death count reached 6,102 as 22 more people died, according to the report.
Aug 23, 2020 03:07 (IST)
Assam reports 1,560 new coronavirus cases

As many as 1,560 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Assam in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 89,468, according to State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

A total of 65,596 patients have recovered while the cumulative death count stands at 234.

The number of active cases in the state stands at 23,635.
Aug 23, 2020 01:54 (IST)
Aug 23, 2020 01:37 (IST)
China Approves Human Testing For Coronavirus Vaccine Grown In Insect Cells

China has approved human testing for a potential coronavirus vaccine cultivated within insect cells, local government in the southwestern city of Chengdu said on Saturday.

China is in a global race to develop cost-effective vaccines to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using insect cells to grow proteins for the coronavirus vaccine - a first in China - could speed up large-scale production, the city government of Chengdu said in a notice on social media WeChat.
Aug 23, 2020 01:25 (IST)
India To Have Its Dedicated Vaccine Portal Soon: Medical Body ICMR
In a first in India, the country's top medical research body is working to create an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) vaccine portal, as a repository for all information related to vaccine development in India."
Aug 23, 2020 01:02 (IST)
Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 case count rises to 4,896

Himachal Pradesh on Saturday recorded 167 new COVID-19 cases, raising the infection tally to 4,896 while the death count from the disease climbed to 28 with record four deaths in a day.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 1,478, Shimla Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman said.

Of the new deaths, three were reported in Solan district and one in Mandi.
Aug 23, 2020 00:43 (IST)
COVID-19 vaccine will be developed by end of 2020: Health Minister

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that India's first vaccine against the novel coronavirus could be available by end of this year.

"One of our COVID-19 vaccine candidates is in the third phase of the clinical trial. We are very confident that a vaccine will be developed by end of this year," Dr Harsh Vardhan said while inaugurating an NDRF 10-bedded makeshift hospital in Ghaziabad, UP.

"I am happy to say that in the eighth month of the battle, India has the best recovery rate of 75 per cent. A total of 2.2 million patients have recovered and gone home and another seven lakh are going to be cured very soon," he added.
Aug 23, 2020 00:09 (IST)
UP COVID-19 patients referred to private hospitals to be charged Ayushman Bharat rates
In Uttar Pradesh, treatment of COVID-19 patients referred by the district authorities to private hospitals will be done as per the rates charged under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's Office, in a tweet in Hindi, said, "For patients referred by the district administration and Chief Medical Officer in private COVID hospitals, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has provided for their treatment in 50 per cent of beds in these private hospitals, to be done under the rates charged in Ayushman Bharat."

"For this, the Chief Minister has made an approval under the Epidemics Act, 1897 and Uttar Pradesh Epidemics Ordinance, 2020," the chief minister's office said.
Aug 22, 2020 23:52 (IST)
COVID-19: Meghalaya reports 93 new cases, one fresh fatality
Meghalaya's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,811 with the detection of 93 fresh infections, while one more fatality pushed its coronavirus death count to seven, Health Minister A L Hek said on Saturday.

A 58-year-old man succumbed to the infection at a COVID-19 hospital on Friday night, he said.

The fresh infections have pushed the number of active cases in the northeastern state to 1,035, the minister said.

Twenty more people have been cured of the disease, taking total the number of recoveries to 769, Mr Hek said. Twenty-five security personnel are among the new patients, Health Services Director Aman War said.
Aug 22, 2020 23:29 (IST)
COVID-19: Punjab minister Sukhjinder Randhawa tests positive for coronavirus
Punjab Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has tested positive for the coronavirus, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday evening.

"My Cabinet colleague and Cooperation & Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has tested positive for #Covid19. I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him joining us at work soon," the chief minister said in his tweet.

Mr Randhawa is the third minister of the Amarinder Singh-led government to have contracted the infection.

Earlier, cabinet ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Gurpreet Singh Kangar had tested positive for COVID-19.
Aug 22, 2020 23:17 (IST)
COVID-19: Delhi NGO installing contact-free washbasins, water purification systems in schools
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, an NGO is installing contact-free washbasins and sanitiser dispensers in a school in Madanpur Khadar in Delhi and a water purification system in another educational institution.

Praanaadhar, an NGO co-founded in 2012 by two sisters -- Prakriti Singh, and Suhasini Singh -- is carrying out this initiative.

Its primary objective is the installation of water purification systems in rural areas in and around Delhi to improve the quality of drinking water.

"We are in the process of installing a water purifier in S A H School Mathurapur, which will make clean drinking water accessible to their students. They had a purifier and it wasn''t operational for some time now. They have 300 children and we are installing a purifier," said Suhasini on Saturday.

In the second school in Madanpur Khadar, the NGO is installing contact free wash basins and sanitizer dispensers.
Aug 22, 2020 22:55 (IST)
COVID-19: Haryana sees one-day jump of 1,161 cases, 12 more die
Haryana on Saturday registered another big spike of 1,161 novel coronavirus cases, a day after recording its highest single-day jump in infections so far, while the death count from the disease mounted to 597 with 12 more fatalities.

The state has witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases in the past few days. The fresh cases pushed the infection count to 53,290 in Haryana, according to the state health department's daily bulletin.

Three of the new fatalities were from Yamunanagar, which also reported 157 cases, two were from Kurukshetra while one death each was reported from Jind, Sirsa, Jhajjar, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak and Sonipat, the bulletin said.

Besides Yamunanagar, among the districts which reported fresh cases include Gurugram (102), Faridabad (97), Karnal (91), Ambala (90), Panipat (78), Panchkula (66), Rewari (62), Kurukshetra (51) and Kaithal (65), it said.

The state's active case count stands at 8,680 while 44,013 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection, according to the bulletin.
Aug 22, 2020 22:43 (IST)
Coronavirus: Record 1,226 new cases in Madhya Pradesh, 21 deaths
Madhya Pradesh on Saturday saw its highest single-day spike of 1,226 coronavirus cases, taking the total count in the state to 51,866, health officials said.

The coronavirus death count rose to 1,206 after 21 patients succumbed to the viral infection since Friday evening, they said.

Four patients died in Bhopal, three each in Gwalior and Indore, two in Betul and one each in Alirajpur, Barwani, Damoh, Jabalpur, Khargone, Sagar, Sehore, Shivpuri and Vidisha districts, officials said.

The highest 181 new infections were reported from Indore, followed by 159 in Gwalior, 135 in Bhopal and 111 in Jabalpur.

On the other hand, 872 persons were discharged from hospitals after recovery in the state on Saturday.
Aug 22, 2020 22:22 (IST)
COVID-19: Bengal tally climbs to 1,35,596 with 3,232 new infections

The COVID-19 caseload of West Bengal went up to 1,35,596 after 3,232 new infections were reported on Saturday, the health department said.

The death count also mounted to 2,737 with 48 more people succumbing to the disease, the department said in a bulletin.

It said that 3,088 COVID-19 patients were released from hospitals taking the states discharge rate to 77.41 per cent.

So far, 1,04,959 people have recovered from the disease in West Bengal.

Aug 22, 2020 22:05 (IST)
COVID-19: Punjab's death count crosses 1,000 mark with 45 more fatalities
Forty-five COVID-19 fatalities in Punjab pushed the death count to 1,036 while 1,320 fresh cases took the state's infection tally to 40,643 on Saturday, according to an official bulletin.

The coronavirus fatalities include 15 deaths reported from Ludhiana, eight from Jalandhar, five from Sangrur, three from Mohali, two each from Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur and Amritsar and one each from Bathinda, Rupnagar, Moga, Faridkot, Mansa, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and SBS Nagar, according to the bulletin.

Meanwhile, five security personnel posted at the residence of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Muktsar district tested positive for coronavirus, a senior health official said.
Aug 22, 2020 21:56 (IST)
COVID-19: Gujarat adds record 1,212 cases in day; 14 die
Gujarat on Saturday recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,212 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total infection count to 85,678, state health department said.

With 14 deaths, the cumulative toll rose to 2,883, it said.

As against 1,212 new cases, 980 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 68,257, the department said, adding that the recovery rate has reached 80 per cent.

At 75,258, the highest number of samples were tested in the last 24 hours, which comes at 1,157.82 tests per day per million population, it said.
Aug 22, 2020 21:42 (IST)
Highest one-day spike of 3,232 new infections takes COVID-19 tally in West Bengal to 1,35,596; death count rises to 2,737 with 48 more fatalities: Health Department.
Aug 22, 2020 21:28 (IST)
COVID-19: Single-day recoveries outnumber new cases in Nagaland for eighth consecutive day
Single-day recoveries outnumbered new COVID-19 cases in Nagaland for the eighth consecutive day as 92 people were cured of the disease and 16 tested positive for the infection on Saturday, a health official said.

One more patient has succumbed to the infection, taking the state's coronavirus death count to nine, he said.

The recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in the northeastern state has increased to 59.58 per cent from 36 per cent last week, the official said.

The state has been registering more recoveries than new cases since August 15, with the highest single-day recovery of 215 people reported on Thursday.
Aug 22, 2020 20:54 (IST)
Anti-fibrotic drugs effective in COVID-19 patients: Army

For the first time in the country, anti-fibrotic drugs have been used to treat patients suffering from COVID-19-related lung fibrosis and breathlessness which has helped in the recovery of four such patients in Maharashtra's Pune, the Army has said.

"The researchers at the Pune-based Army Institute of Cardiothoracic Sciences (AICTS) have found this therapy very effective in this subset of COVID-19 patients and they were safely tolerated as well. This is a novel strategy to tackle the lung fibrosis to treat subset of COVID-19 patients," the release said.

It said these are early results and more research is being undertaken in this field to identify the patients who are likely to benefit from the therapy.

"Scientists have achieved a breakthrough in management of severe cases by commencing anti-fibrotic therapy in four such patients who were difficult to wean from oxygen due to extensive lung fibrosis. The patients have been discharged from the hospital after the recovery," it said.

Aug 22, 2020 20:33 (IST)
COVID-19: Andhra Pradesh records 10,276 fresh cases,97 fatalities
After a 13-day gap, Andhra Pradesh once again reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a day, pushing the tally to 3,45,216 on Saturday.

With four districts reporting cases in excess of one thousand each, the state registered 10,276 fresh Covid-19 infections.

Also, 97 more fatalities were reported in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, taking the death toll to 3,189.

The latest bulletin said 8,593 coronavirus patients were discharged from hospitals after they got cured.

The state now has 89,389 active cases after a total of 2,52,638 people got cured.

The infection positivity rate climbed further up to 10.82 per cent after a total of 31,91,326 tests were conducted so far.
Aug 22, 2020 20:25 (IST)
COVID-19: 5,375 cases reported in Uttar Pradesh
As many as 5,375 new COVID-19 and 70 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, taking the total number of active cases to 48,294 in the state, the health department said.

According to the official data, a total of 4,638 discharges were also reported in the state. The death toll rose to 2,867 in the state.

Meanwhile, India's coronavirus cases stand at 29,75,702. The total cases are inclusive of 6,97,330 active cases, 22,22,578 patients who have been cured/discharged, or have migrated.
Aug 22, 2020 19:46 (IST)
Coronavirus: Kerala records 2,171 cases; tally crosses 55,000 mark
Kerala recorded 2,171 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the infection count to 56,353 while 15 deaths took the count to 218, Health minister K K Shailaja said.

Fifty four health workers, including 14from Palakkad and 11 from Malappuram, were among those who tested positive.

While Thiruvananthapuram recorded 464 cases, Malappuram 395, Kozhikode 232, Palakkad 184, Thrissur 179, Kasaragod 119, Ernakulam 114and Kottayam 104 cases.

Of the positive cases, 52 had come from abroad and 102 from other states, the minister said.

As many as 1,964 people were infected through contact and the source of infection of 153 was not known, the minister said in a press release.
Aug 22, 2020 19:16 (IST)
COVID-19: 240 people arrested in a month for defying curbs in UP's Noida and Greater Noida
As many as 240 people have been arrested across Noida and Greater Noida in a month for allegedly flouting restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, police said on Saturday.

Also, 388 vehicles have been impounded and challans issued to owners of 53,059 vehicles from July 22 till August 22, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police said.

CrPC Section 144, which bars assembly of more than four people at a spot, is in force in the district, adjoining Delhi, while wearing of face cover/masks and social distancing norms are also mandatory outdoors due to COVID-19 outbreak.

The district police said it registered 83 FIRs under Indian Penal Code section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) during the month.
Aug 22, 2020 18:42 (IST)
COVID-19: Delhi containment zones rise to 591 from 539 on August 1
The number of COVID-19 containment zones in Delhi has risen from 539 on August 1 to 591 on August 21, with officials attributing the rise to smaller areas being contained now.

According to data, the number of containment zones had decreased to 496 in the national capital on August 2 and had witnessed a marginal increase to 499 on August 4.

The following days, the number declined to 481 and 466. On August 12, the number of containment zones went past 500.

In July, the number of such areas was more than 700 in Delhi, but it gradually declined in August owing to the government allowing the "red" zones to be denotifified 14 days after the discharge of the last confirmed case, instead of the earlier norm of 28 days.
Aug 22, 2020 18:32 (IST)
Delhi records 1,412 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally now 1,60,016; death count reaches 4,284 with 14 more fatalities: Authorities.
Aug 22, 2020 18:21 (IST)
Subdued Ganeshotsav Celebrations Amid COVID-19
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public movement, the 10-day Ganesh festival or Ganeshotsav (Ganesh Chaturthi) started in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra today, although the usual pomp and glory was missing this year.

The Maharashtra government has issued guidelines regarding Ganeshotsav celebrations, saying that processions should not be taken out before installing and immersing the idols of the deity.

It also said that the heights of Lord Ganesh idols installed by sarvajanik (community) mandals and at household-level should be limited to four feet and two feet, respectively, this year.
Aug 22, 2020 17:54 (IST)
Coronavirus: 70 deaths, 5,375 fresh cases in UP; total count 1,82,456
Seventy more people died from coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday as the state reported its highest daily count of 5,375 cases, pushing the number of infections to 1,82,456, according to a Health Department bulletin.

So far, the infection has claimed 2,867 lives, it said.

Among the fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours, 15 were reported from Lucknow; six each from Allahabad and Bareilly; four each from Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Pilibhit; three each in Kanpur Nagar, Moradabad, Kushinagar, the bulletin said.

The maximum cases were reported from Lucknow (769), followed by Gorakhpur (363) and Allahabad (300), the bulletin said, adding that the state recorded 5,375 infections on Saturday.

The number of active cases is now 48,294 while 1,31,295 people have recovered from the disease, it said.
Aug 22, 2020 17:35 (IST)
Coronavirus: Number Of Cases In Telangana Crosses 1 Lakh
The total coronavirus cases in Telangana crossed the one lakh mark with 2,474 fresh cases being added, health officials said today, adding that with seven more people succumbing to the virus, the number of deaths in the state have reached 744.

Out of the fresh cases, 447 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by districts of Ranga Reddy 201, Nizamabad 153, Medchal 149, Khammam 125, Warangal Urban 123, Nalgonda 122, a state government bulletin said today, providing data as of 8 PM on August 21.

The overall tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,01,865 as 2,474 new cases were added, it said 1,768 people were discharged on Friday taking the total number of people getting discharged to 78,735 so far, while 22,386 were under treatment.
Aug 22, 2020 17:19 (IST)
COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 74.69%, case fatality dips to 1.87%: Health ministry
A record 63,631 patients have recuperated from COVID-19 in a day pushing the recovery rate to 74.69 per cent, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.87 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

While the country's COVID-19 tally neared the 30-lakh mark, the total number of recoveries has surged to 22,22,577 and exceed active cases by over 15 lakh as on date.

"Record-high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country, which is the active cases, has reduced and currently comprises only 23.43 per cent of the total cases," the ministry said.

The country on Friday also crossed a significant milestone of testing 10,23,836, samples in 24 hours, in line with the commitment of exponentially increasing daily testing. With this, cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 rose to over 3.4 crore.
Aug 22, 2020 16:56 (IST)
Coronavirus Lockdown: Don't Stop Inter-State Movement, Says Centre After States Make Own Plans
The Union Home Secretary wrote to the governments of all states and union territories on Saturday, reminding them that underguidelines for "Unlock3" there were no restrictions on either inter- or intra-state movement of people or goods" itemprop="description
Aug 22, 2020 16:43 (IST)
COVID-19: Rajasthan's death count reaches 938 with 5 new fatalities; tally of cases rises to 68,566
Five more people died in Rajasthan due to coronavirus on Saturday, taking the death count to 938, while 612 fresh cases pushed the tally in the state to 68,566, a health department official said.

Out of the fresh deaths, three were reported in Jaipur and one each in Kota and Tonk, he said.

Among new cases, 167 were reported in Jaipur, 140 in Jodhpur, 80 in Ajmer, 78 in Bharatpur, 45 in Nagaur, 26 in Banswara, 25 in Hanumangarh, 24 in Rajsamand, 18 in Jhunjhunu and nine in Barmer.

The state has 14,907 active cases and a total of 52,059 have been discharged after the treatment.
Aug 22, 2020 16:31 (IST)
COVID-19: 280 new cases in Tripura push tally to 8,389
At least 280 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, pushing the caseload in the northeastern state to 8,389, a senior health department official said on Saturday.

One more person succumbed to the infection, raising the death count to 70, he said.

According to the official, the patient, a resident of West Tripura district, breathed his last at Agartala Government Medical College in Tripura. Tripura currently has 2,240 active cases.

As many as 6,061 people have recovered from the disease, 410 alone on Friday, the official said.

Eighteen people have migrated to other states. A total of 2,37,753 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in Tripura so far.
Aug 22, 2020 16:15 (IST)
COVID-19: India Crosses "Significant Milestone", Conducts Over 1 Million Tests In A Day
Keeping its commitment of exponentially increasing daily COVID-19 tests, India has "crossed a significant milestone" of testing more than 10 lakh (1 million) samples in a day, taking the cumulative tests to more than 3.4 crore, Union Health Ministry said.
As has been reported from states and Union Territories that have pushed ahead with aggressive testing, there is a commensurate decline in the positivity rate, the Health Ministry said.

"Although higher number of tests will initially lead to a rise in the positivity rate, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, efficient tracking, and timely effective and clinical management," the ministry said.

Of the total of 10,23,836 samples tested on Friday, around 3.8 lakh samples were tested through rapid antigen tests, sources told news aency PTI.
Aug 22, 2020 15:55 (IST)
COVID-19: Weekend lockdown comes into force in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh
All shops except those dealing with essential items remained shut in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh with weekend lockdown restrictions coming into force on Saturday amid rising coronavirus cases.

The Punjab government had announced weekend lockdown in all cities and towns on Thursday, while authorities in Haryana and Chandigarh ordered the closure of all shops except those providing essential services on Friday to check the spread of COVID-19.

Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh have come up with stricter restrictions in the wake of rising cases of the infection.

While in Punjab and Haryana, the COVID tally has reached 39,327 and 52,129 respectively, in Chandigarh, there are 2,631 cases so far.
Aug 22, 2020 15:53 (IST)
Assam observes weekend lockdown to combat COVID-19
The weekend lockdown to combat COVID-19 was observed in Assam on Saturday following the guidelines issued by the state government on August 14.

Guwahati also wore a deserted look today with people staying indoors in the fight against coronavirus.

Earlier on August 14, the state government issued new COVID-19 lockdown guidelines with relaxations between August 16 and 31.

"All permitted activities mentioned in our earlier orders shall continue to be allowed between 5 am and 9 pm between Monday and Friday. Inter-District movement of passenger vehicles and people are allowed between Monday and Friday only. Inter-District movement of vehicles is allowed with 50 per cent capacity," the state government order read.
Aug 22, 2020 15:45 (IST)
Himachal Pradesh's COVID-19 Count Reaches 4,780

Himachal Pradesh''s coronavirus tally stands at 4,780 as of Saturday, according to the state health department. The total figure includes 1,438 active cases and 3,268 recovered cases, reports ANI.
Aug 22, 2020 15:28 (IST)
COVID-19: Himachal Pradesh's count reaches 4,780
Himachal Pradesh's coronavirus tally stands at 4,780 as of Saturday, according to the state health department.

The total figure includes 1,438 active cases and 3,268 recovered cases.

So far, 25 deaths have been reported in the state.

India's COVID-19 tally neared the three million mark after 69,878 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
Aug 22, 2020 14:54 (IST)
Delhi Reported 1,250 New COVID-19 Cases In Last 24 Hours

A total of 1,250 new COVID-19 cases and 1,082 recoveries along with 13 fatalities due to COVID-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours, informed Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday, reports ANI.
Aug 22, 2020 14:39 (IST)
Ludhiana: Streets wear a deserted look as weekend lockdown measures are enforced in the city.
Aug 22, 2020 13:47 (IST)
Devotees offer prayers outside a Lord Ganesh temple in Guwahati, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. A weekend lockdown has been imposed in the state to contain the spread of COVID-19 till August 31.
Aug 22, 2020 13:29 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 520 New Cases In Puducherry

Puducherry posted 520 fresh coronavirus cases and eight related deaths on Saturday, raising the overall tally to 10,112 in the union territory, reports PTI.
Aug 22, 2020 13:24 (IST)
Streets wear a deserted look and shops remain shut in Guwahati, Assam, as weekend lockdown is being observed in the state.
Aug 22, 2020 13:13 (IST)
The total tally of COVID-19 positive cases rises to 4,780 in Himachal Pradesh, including 1,438 active cases, 3,268 recovered cases & 25 deaths till date: State Health Department, Himachal Pradesh
Aug 22, 2020 12:34 (IST)
Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati Mandal is conducting a blood & plasma donation camp in Mumbai while celebrating its Arogya Utsav on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Aug 22, 2020 11:40 (IST)
India Sees Biggest Single-Day Jump Of 69,878 Coronavirus Cases In A Day

India recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases with 69,878 new patients registered in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. The latest spike takes the India's tally to 29,75,701 cases. About 22.22 lakh people have recovered so far. Read Here
Aug 22, 2020 11:03 (IST)
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister, Wife Under Home Isolation After Testing Positive For Covid

Former chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) founder, Shibu Soren, along with his wife have tested positive for coronavirus, reports ANI.
Aug 22, 2020 10:33 (IST)
Weekly Markets To Re-Open In Delhi, Says Satyendar Jain

Hotels in Delhi will open as per SOPs issued by the central government and weekly markets will begin functioning while maintaining social distancing, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
Aug 22, 2020 09:58 (IST)
Intern Nurses At Kerala Medical Colleges Strike Over Pay Hike Demand Amid Pandemic

Even as Kerala is seeing a continuous spike in COVID 19 cases, nearly 375 junior nurses across the state have launched a stir demanding that they be paid at par with other nurses for the work they do. These junior nurses or interns, on Compulsory Nursing Services at Government Medical Colleges across Kerala, refused to return to work without a pay hike. Read Here
Aug 22, 2020 09:51 (IST)
Coronavirus Latest News: India Records Biggest Single-Day Jump Of 69,878 Covid Cases

India recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus tally with 69,878 new patients recorded in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. 
Aug 22, 2020 09:34 (IST)
Karnataka: Expert Committee Finds Excess Use Of Oxygen To Treat COVID-19 Patients

Karnataka government on Friday issued guidelines for the usage of oxygen after an expert committee ruled that there was excessive use of oxygen as a treatment for COVID-19 patients, reports ANI.
Aug 22, 2020 09:18 (IST)
Prohibitory Orders Imposed In Punjab Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered that restrictions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which bars assembly of more than four people, be imposed in the state amid rising COVID-19 cases, reports PTI.
Aug 22, 2020 09:02 (IST)
Tour Operator Switches Business To Help Staff Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people out of jobs, including those working in the travel sector. A tour operator in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Ajay Modi, was among those who faced financial problems due to the lockdown and travel restrictions amid the pandemic, reports ANI.

Aug 22, 2020 08:48 (IST)
"Can Finish It In Shorter Time Than Spanish Flu": WHO Chief On COVID-19

The World Health Organization said Friday it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years -- faster than it took for the Spanish flu. "We hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic, reports AFP.
Aug 22, 2020 08:16 (IST)
India crosses the milestone of 1 million COVID-19 tests a day.
Aug 22, 2020 07:38 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Reports 1,147 New COVID-19 Cases

As many as 1,147 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths were reported in the state, according to the Madhya Pradesh Health Department. The total number of cases now stands at 50,640 including 10,928 active cases, 38,527 recoveries and 1,185 deaths, reports ANI.
Aug 22, 2020 07:27 (IST)
Shopkeepers at Tibetan Market in Shimla say their businesses have been adversely affected due to COVID-19.
Aug 22, 2020 07:16 (IST)
Coronavirus: Assam Reports 1,856 New Coronavirus Cases

Assam reported 1,856 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. 36,180 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the positivity rate is at 5.12 per cent, he informed.
Aug 22, 2020 06:45 (IST)
Over 1 lakh have recovered from COVID-19 in Bengal: Health Department

Over one lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 in West Bengal after 3,082 patients tested negative on Friday, according to a bulletin released by the state health department.

The discharge percentage in the state improved to 76.89 per cent as a total of 1,01,871 people have so far recovered from the disease, it said.

The COVID-19 case count in the state has reached 1,32,364, it added.
Aug 22, 2020 06:14 (IST)
Mexico reports 5,928 new coronavirus cases and 504 more deaths

Mexico's health ministry on Friday reported 5,928 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 504 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 549,734 cases and 59,610 deaths.

The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Aug 22, 2020 06:11 (IST)
Bengaluru Crosses 1-Lakh Mark With 2,948 New Coronavirus Cases In A Day
Coronavirus cases in Bengaluru, one of the worst-affected metro cities in the country, crossed the one-lakh mark today with 2,948 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Karnataka health department data this evening.
Aug 22, 2020 06:09 (IST)
Scientists Recommend Over 40% Humidity In Buildings To Curb Covid Spread: Report

In addition to measures like social distancing and wearing masks, an Indian-German team of scientists recommend controlling indoor humidity conditions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19.

The researchers, including those from CSIR National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi, said in order to contain the pandemic, it is extremely important to implement standards for indoor air humidity in rooms with many people, such as hospitals, open-plan offices, or public transport.
Aug 22, 2020 05:52 (IST)
WHO Chief Hopes Coronavirus Pandemic Will End In "Less Than 2 Years"

The World Health Organization said Friday it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years -- faster than it took for the Spanish flu.

"We hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.

Compared to back then, the world today is at a disadvantage due to its "globalisation, closeness, connectedness", which has allowed the novel coronavirus to spread around the world at lightning speed, Tedros said.