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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Rajasthan reports 1,167 new cases, 12 deaths; golfer SSP Chawrasia tests positive

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23:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in Goa Latest Update

Plasma therapy begins in Goa

The Goa government on Sunday said that plasma therapy treatment for critical patients of COVID- 19 has begun in the state. State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane made this announcement on Twitter.

Our team is moving forward head on to fight this virus and emerge victorious in our fight against COVID-19@MoHFW_INDIA @drharshvardhan @narendramodi @PMOIndia

— VishwajitRane (@visrane) August 2, 2020

22:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Update

Rajasthan records 12 deaths, 1,167 new cases

Rajasthan recorded 12 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease to 706, the health department said. The state also reported 1,167 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the total caseload to 44,410. Of them, 12,488 are active, it said. A total of 29,697 people have been discharged after treatment, a health department official said.

22:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Update

Golfer SSP Chawrasia tests positive

Ace Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia on Sunday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in home quarantine in Kolkata, the result spoiling his plans to compete on the European Tour.  A four-time winner on the European Tour, including back-to-back Indian Open triumphs in 2016 and 2017, Chawrasia had started training at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course and was slated to fly to England this week.
"I did not have any symptoms as such. But for immigration requirement, I had to do the COVID test and the report came positive on Friday. I've been in home quarantine since then," the 42-year-old told news agency  PTI. "I'm taking multi vitamins and doing perfectly alright but now I will have to wait and see. It depends how long it takes to recover totally," he said about his resumption plans. His wife Simantini will be tested on Tuesday. 

22:17 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Women's T20 to also be held in Dubai

"Women's T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE and will comprise three teams with four matches to be played during the IPL Playoff week," stated the BBCI in a press release.

21:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Goa Latest Update

Goa sees record spike of 337 new cases

A record spike of 337 COVID-19 cases in Goa on Sunday took the infection count in the coastal state to 6,530, while the death of five people increased the
toll to 53, an official said. He said 230 people were discharged, taking the overall count of such cases to 4,668, leaving Goa with 1,809 active ones.

21:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

IPL evening matches to start at 7.30 pm

The IPL evening matches will start half an hour earlier than usual and will begin at 7.30, reports ANI. The IPL GC also approved the women's IPL, reported news agency PTI.

21:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Govt gives nod to host IPL in UAE

The IPL Governing Council has received official clearance from the government to host the Indian Premier League in the UAE this year, said reports. Accprding to news agency PTI, the IPL GC decided after a virtual meeting that the tournament will be played from 19 September to 10 November.  Forced out of India due to the rising COVID-19 case count in the country, the IPL will allow unlimited COVID-19 replacements considering the delicate health safety situation across the globe. The GC also decided to retain all its sponsors, including Chinese mobile company VIVO.

20:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Mumbai reports 1,105 infections, 393 recoveries

As many as 1,105 COVID-19 cases, 393 recoveries and 49 deaths were recorded in Mumbai today, reports ANI quoting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Total number of coornavirus cases in the city has now climbed to 1,16,451, including 88,299 recoveries, 21,412 active patients and 6,444 deaths, it said. 

1,105 #COVID19 cases, 393 recovered & 49 deaths reported in Mumbai today. Total number of cases in the city is now at 1,16,451, including 88,299 recovered, 21,412 active patients & 6,444 deaths: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation pic.twitter.com/MpTTNMSULu

— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2020

20:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Country's strength in Amit Shah's good health, says Anupam Kher

Actor Anupam Kher also wished Union home minister Amt Shah a speedy recovery from COVID-19.  "I pray to God is that you get well soon and take the country forward in the direction of progress. The country will be strengthened when you regain good health," he said on Twitter.

आदरणीय @AmitShah जी! मेरी प्रभु से प्रार्थना है कि आप शीघ्र ही स्वस्थ हो और देश को प्रगति की दिशा की ओर लेते चले जाए। आप स्वस्थ, देश सशक्त।🙏🙏 https://t.co/ZIU3ii0jri

— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) August 2, 2020

20:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Maharashtra records 9,509 new cases, 260 deaths in 24 hrs

Maharashtra's COVID-19 cases surged to 4,41,228 as the state recorded 9,509 fresh cases and 260 deaths today; the toll in the state has touched 15,576, reports ANI quoting the state health department. A total of 2,76,809 persons have recovered so far and at present, the number of active cases stands at 1,48,537,of which 44,204 cases are in  Pune alone, it said.

19:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Rahul Gandhi, MK Stalin wish Amit Shah a speedy recovery

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and DMK chief MK Stalin wished for Union Home Minister Amit Shah's return to good health.

Wishing Mr Amit Shah a speedy recovery.

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 2, 2020

Heard the news about Union Home Minister @AmitShah being admitted to hospital.

I wish him a speedy recovery from illness and safe return to good health.

— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 2, 2020

19:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

MoS Environment Babul Supriyo says he had met Amit Shah, advised self-quarantine

Singer and politician Babul Supriya said on Twitter that he had met Union home minister Amit Shah — who has tested positive for COVID-19— "day before evening" and was advised to confine himself by doctors. He added that he will get tested for the viral infection, soon.

I had met Honble HM Shri @AmitShah ji day before in the evening • I am advised by Doctors to confine myself, away from my family members, for the next few days with a test to be done soon •
Shall abide with all precautionary measures as per Rules & Protocol #COVID19 #AmitShah

— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) August 2, 2020

19:19 (IST)

Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh Latest Update

Andhra Pardesh reports 8,555 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reported 8,555 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total cases in the state to to 1,58,764 including 82,886 recoveries and 1,474 deaths, reports ANI quoting a state health department bulletin. The state now has  74,404 active cases, it said.

18:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Update

Kerala records 1,169 new cases

Kerala reported 1,169 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the active cases in the state to 11,342, report ANI quoting the  Chief Minister's Office. A total of 14,467 patients have recovered from the disease in the state so far, it said. With one more person succumbing to the disease, the toll has risen to 82, the news agency quotes health minister KK Shailaja as saying.

18:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Amit Shah testing positive points to gravity of health crisis, says Sitaram Yechury

Union home minister Amit Shah must ensure that the government does not remain in denial of the coronavirus crisis in the country, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said shortly after Shah posted on Twitter that he had contracted the infection. "Union Home Minister contracting COVID-19 points to the gravity of the health crisis," he said on Twitter. Yechury also preferred to the death of Uttar Pardesh minister Kamal Rani Varun, who succumbed to COVID-19 earlier today and lashed out the BJP-led Central government for organising "avoidable political events" .

The unfortunate death of a UP minister and the positive test of the Union Home Minister must ensure that this government can no longer be in denial about the seriousness of the Coronavirus crisis in India today. https://t.co/SX1VLqevFP

— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) August 2, 2020

18:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Update

Tamil Nadu reports 98 deaths, 5,875 fresh infections

Tamil Nadu registered 5,875 new COVID-19 cases and 98 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 2,57,613 and toll to 4,132, reports ANI quoting the state health department. As many as 1,96,483 persons have been discharged following recovery till date and the state now has56,998, the department said in a bulletin. Over 60,oo samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said.

5,875 new COVID-19 cases and 98 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 2,57,613 including 1,96,483 discharges and 4,132 deaths. 60,344 samples were tested for the disease in the last 24 hours: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/j76WBw0sZA

— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2020

18:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Update

Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh tests positive

Uttar Pradesh BJP President Swatantra Dev Singh said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been advised to home quarantine. The BJP leader requested those who had come into contact with him to self-isolate and get themselves tested. He also appealed to the residents on the state to strictly follow guidelines and exercise caution.

डॉक्टर की सलाह पर मैं वर्तमान में अपने आवास पर होम क्वारंटाइन हूँ। मेरा सभी प्रदेश्वासियों से निवेदन है कि पूरी सावधानी बरतें और सरकार की गाइडलाइन का सख़्ती से पालन करे।

— Swatantra Dev Singh (@swatantrabjp) August 2, 2020

17:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Health ministry issued guidelines for international air travellers

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare  has issued new guidelines for international passengers arriving in India, which will come in force from 12:01 am on 8 August, reports ANI.  As per the new guidelines, all travellers are required to submit a self-declaration form on http://newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hrs before the scheduled travel. Additionally, they are also required to give an undertaking on the portal that they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days— seven days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by seven days isolation at home.

They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare https://t.co/ATbjZ4VwgB

— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2020

17:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Update

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit tests positive

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been advised home isolation, reports news agency PTI quoting a  hospital bulletin. According to news agency ANI, Purohit is asymptomatic and clinically stable. As the infection is mild, he has been advised home isolation and will be monitored by a medical team.

17:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Kiren Rijiju, Biplab Kumar Deb wish speedy recovery to Amit Shah

 Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju prayed for the speedy recovery of Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah, who has been hospitalised after testing COVID019 positive. Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb also echoed the wishes.

आदरणीय @AmitShah जी!
ईश्वर से प्रार्थना है कि आप शीघ्र स्वस्थ 1होकर उसी ऊर्जा के साथ देश की सेवा के कार्यों को आगे बढ़ाते रहें और हमारा मार्गदर्शन करते रहें। 🙏 https://t.co/5dxEt3sBr1

— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 2, 2020

मां त्रिपुरसुंदरी आपको अतिशीघ्र ठीक करेंगी @AmitShah जी।

मां भारती की सेवा में आपने कोई कोर कसर नहीं छोड़ी है।

हम सभी 37 लाख त्रिपुरावासी आपके उत्तम स्वास्थ्य के लिए मां त्रिपुरसुंदरी से प्रार्थना कर रहे हैं।#GetWellSoonAmitShah https://t.co/r8Cn72JBB4

— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) August 2, 2020

17:15 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Amitabh Bachchan discharged, Abhishek to remain in hospital

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has tested negative for COVID-19 and has been discharged from the hospital, son Abhishek Bachchan shared on Sunday.  Amitabh, 77, and Abhishek were admitted to Nanavati hospital after they tested positive for COVID-19 on July 11.  Taking to Twitter, Abhishek, 44, wrote Amitabh will now be resting at home.  "My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him." In a following tweet, Abhishek said he is still COVID-19 positive and will remain under medical care. 

I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. 🙏🏽
I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise. 💪🏽

— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 2, 2020

16:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Amit Shah tests positive for COVID-19

Union Home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. Even though his health is fine, he has been admitted to a hospital on doctor's advice, Shah said on Twitter. The minister also requested all who into contact with him in the last few days to isolate themselves and get themselves tested. Shah had on Saturday spoken at  ICCR’s international webinar ‘Lokmanya Tilak: Swaraj to Atmanirbhar Bharat’. This was the last event he attended.

कोरोना के शुरूआती लक्षण दिखने पर मैंने टेस्ट करवाया और रिपोर्ट पॉजिटिव आई है। मेरी तबीयत ठीक है परन्तु डॉक्टर्स की सलाह पर अस्पताल में भर्ती हो रहा हूँ। मेरा अनुरोध है कि आप में से जो भी लोग गत कुछ दिनों में मेरे संपर्क में आयें हैं, कृपया स्वयं को आइसोलेट कर अपनी जाँच करवाएं।

— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 2, 2020

16:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tripura Latest Updates

Two-day-old baby among two new fatalities in Tripura

A two-day-old baby has died due to COVID-19 in Tripura, becoming the state's youngest coronavirus fatality, a Health Department official said on Sunday. The baby was born on Thursday at the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and her swab sample was collected as her mother was a coronavirus patient. "The two-day-old girl tested positive for coronavirus and succumbed to the disease at the hospital on Saturday," the official said.

A 62-year-old man has also died of the disease on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said. The patient was admitted to the AGMC on 31  July after he suffered a heart attack. With these new fatalities, the toll rises to 23 in the state, he said. Meanwhile, 253 fresh coronavirus cases pushed the state's case count to 5,251, the official said.


16:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Assam allows inter-district travel two days per week

The Assam government has issued a new set of guidelines, allowing inter-district movement without prior permission on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Night curfew from 6 pm to 6 am on all days and total lockdown on weekends, however, will continue to remain in force for now, an order issued on Sunday by Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said. According to the order, which will come into force on Sunday, 7 pm and continue till 14 August, all central and state government offices, including banks, insurance companies and Non Banking Financial Companies, shall be allowed to operate with hundred per cent attendance, and point-to-point bus service will be available for the employees. 
ot to attend office.
As part of the new guidelines, shopping malls, gymnasiums have been granted permission to operate between Monday and Friday, subject to certain conditions. Restaurants and other hospitality services will also get to run their businesses on these five days, with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

15:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Rajasthan records 561 new cases, nine fatalities

The COVID-19 toll  in Rajasthan reached 703 on Sunday as nine more patients succumbed to the disease, while 561 new cases pushed the infection count to 43,804,  reports news agency PTI  quoting a health department official. Five deaths were reported from Jaipur, three from Ajmer and one from Nagaur, he said.
In Jaipur alone, the toll due to the dreaded viral infection has reached 200 followed by 84 in Jodhpur, 53 in Bharatpur, 47 in Ajmer, 42 each in Bikaner and Kota, 31 in Pali, 29 in Nagaur, 16 in Alwar and 15 in Dholpur. There are 12,391 active cases in the state, while a total of 29,222 people have been discharged after treatment, the official said.

15:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre asks states, UTs to allow hospitalised patients use smartphones

The Centre has written to all states and Union Territories stating that smartphones and tablet devices should be allowed for hospitalised COVID-19 patients so that they can interact with family and friends through video conferencing, which would provide them psychological support, reports PTI.

Though mobile phones are allowed in hospital wards, the missive was issued following some representation from the kin of patients alleging otherwise.

Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Health Ministry Dr Rajiv Garg underlined that administrative and medical teams should be responsive to the psychological needs of patients admitted in COVID-19 wards and ICUs of various hospitals.

15:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi reports 961 new cases today, recovery rate at 89.56% 

Delhi on Sunday reported 961 COVID-19 cases, 1,186 recovered /discharged/migrated, and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi at 1,37,677 and death toll due to the infection stands at 4,004. The city's recovery rate is at 89.56% with total active cases at 10,356. Till date, 55,982 tests per million population have been conducted in the national capital.

15:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Assam Police nabs COVID-19 positive prisoner who escaped from hospital

A rape-accused coronavirus positive prisoner, who had managed to escape from a hospital in Assam's Kokrajhar district, was arrested on Sunday from Lungshun area along the Indo-Bhutan border, police said.

The prisoner had escaped from Kokrajhar's RNB Civil Hospital on Tuesday night, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Roshan said.

14:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Recovered cases exceed active cases today

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that the total recovered cases exceed active cases by 5,77,899 as of Sunday. Currently, the COVID-19 active cases (5,67,730) account for 32.43 percent of the total cases.

14:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in Pakistan Latest Updates

Pakistan reports 553 new patients, total stands at 279,669

Pakistan has recorded 553 more coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 279,699, officials said on Sunday, reports PTI.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in its update on the second day of Eid al-Adha reported that six more people lost their lives due to the contagion, taking the death toll to 5,976.

It said that 248,577 people have so far recovered across the country. The total number of active cases was 25,146.

14:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Singapore Latest Updates

Singapore reports 313 new cases today

Singapore on Sunday reported 313 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total count to 52,825. The sole community case is a permanent resident (foreigner), said the Ministry of Health (MOH). There were five imported cases, who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore.

14:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

Tamil Nadu under total lockdown today

Tamil Nadu went on a total shutdown mode on Sunday with the government imposing intense curbs as part of its anti-coronavirus measures, leaving main roads deserted while most shops, barring pharmacies,remained closed.

Roads were virtually empty with no vehicles plying on account of the strict implementation of the curbs, with police making it clear that private vehicles will be allowed only for emergency purposes.

Tamil Nadu: Streets in Chennai wear a deserted look as the state observes complete lockdown on Sunday; visuals from Thirumangalam area. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/N3Kn8pL281

— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2020

13:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

ICMR plans to set up registry of hospitalised COVID-19 patients

A registry of hospitalised COVID-19 patients across the country is being mooted to collect real-time data which will help improve treatment outcomes, analyse trends in the progression of the pandemic and calibrate response, reports PTI.

The ICMR in collaboration with the Health Ministry and the AIIMS is planning to set up the National Clinical Registry which will help researchers and policy makers understand effectiveness of investigational therapies, adverse effects taking place and generate evidence for improving the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

13:11 (IST)

Coronavirus in Arunachal Pradesh Latest Updates

Arunachal reports 83 new cases today, takes total to 1,673

Eighty-three more people, including 14 security personnel and seven healthcare workers, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, taking the state's tally to 1,673, reports PTI.

12:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi CM condoles death of UP Cabinet minister who died of COVID-19

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday condoled the death of Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Kamal Rani Varun who was being treated for COVID-19 and urged people to take all precautions to protect themselves from the virus, reports PTI.

Kamal Rani, the cabinet minister for Technical Education in the UP government, succumbed to COVID-19 at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Sunday.

V sad to hear this news. May her soul rest in peace.

We all need to take precautions to protect ourselves. Don’t take corona lightly. https://t.co/JLXp9znwea

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 2, 2020

12:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Israel Latest Updates

Israeli minister for Jerusalem tests positive

An Israeli Cabinet minister says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports AP. Minister for Jerusalem and Heritage Rafi Peretz tweeted late Saturday that he received a positive result after being tested the previous day. He said he felt well.

Peretz is the second Israeli minister to have been infected with the virus. Israel's former health minister, Yaakov Litzman, also contracted it and later recovered.

עם צאת השבת התברר לצערי כי יצאתי חיובי לבדיקת קורונה שעשיתי ביום שישי.

מרגיש כרגע טוב ומאחל רפואה שלמה לכל חולי ישראל.

שבוע טוב.

— רפי פרץ (@realrafiperets) August 1, 2020

12:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Puducherry Latest Updates

Puducherry 200 new cases today

Puducherry reports 200 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Sunday morning. The total number of cases in Puducherry rises to 3,806, including 1,445 active cases, 2,309 recovered cases and 52 deaths.

12:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

UP minister passes away due to COVID-19

Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister for technical education and MLA from Ghatampur assembly seat Kamal Rani Varun died due to coronavirus, according to reports.

The minister had tested positive for COVID-19 on 18 July after which she was admitted to SGPGI, Lucknow, where her other family members who also tested positive for coronavirus are admitted.

Kamal Rani Varun was the first MLA of the party to win the Ghatampur seat in Kanpur and was made a cabinet minister in 2019.

11:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

State reports 1,891 new cases in a day

Telangana recorded 1,891 fresh COVID-19 cases on, taking the total number of cases to 66,677. The numbers of active and recovered cases in the state are 18,547 and 47,590 respectively, while 540 people have succumbed to the infection.

11:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

9,566 police personnel infected so far

A total of 9,566 Maharashtra Police personnel have been infected with COVID-19 so far, of which 7,534 have recovered and 1,929 are active cases. The toll within the state police force is at 103.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,19,975 cases have been registered under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code since 22 March for violation of coronavirus lockdown guidelines and norms in the state. 883 people have been arrested in cases of assault on policemen.

11:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

India's recovery rate 65.44%, fatality rate at 2.13%

India's recoveries have mounted to 11,45,629, while there are 5,67,730 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently, reports PTI. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has risen to 65.44%, while the fatality rate has further dropped to 2.13%, the data stated.

11:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Odisha reports over 1,400 new cases today

Odisha reports 1,434 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours. The state now has a total of 34,913 infections, reports ANI.

11:21 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

When will the govt start taking action to curb COVID-19, asks Congress

The Congress party took to Twitter to question the Centre's move to curb the pandemic from spreading. "When will the government stop living in denial and start taking action to control the spread of Corona in the country?" the tweet read.

When will the Govt stop living in denial and start taking action to control the spread of Corona in the country?https://t.co/aSsf8Nl9gj

— Congress (@INCIndia) August 2, 2020

10:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LATEST Updates

UP minister Kamla Rani Varun dies of COVID-19

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Kamla Rani Varun dies in Lucknow. She had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on 18 July, reports ANI

10:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in South Korea LATEST Updates

South Korea reports 30 new cases of COVID-19

South Korea has reported 30 additional cases of the coronavirus, most of them associated with international arrivals. The cases announced Sunday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the national tally to 14,366 with 301 deaths.

The agency says eight of the newly confirmed cases were locally infected while the rest came from overseas.

10:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Over 4.6 lakh samples tested yesterday, says ICMR

The total number of COVID-19 samples tested across the country up to 1 August is 1,98,21,831 including 4,63,172 samples tested yesterday, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

10:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in Mexico LATEST Updates

Mexico COVID-19 chief sidesteps calls to resign

The head of Mexico's efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic has sidestepped calls to resign after Mexico posted a record case increase and the country's death count rose to overtake the United Kingdom as the third-highest in the world, reports AP.

Assistant Health Secretary Hugo L pez-Gatell said late Friday that I express my respect to the nine of Mexico's 32 state governors who called for his resignation, adding "I hope we can continue to work together.

10:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir LATEST Updates

J&K govt extends lockdown rules till 5 Aug

Jammu and Kashmir government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown guidelines until 5 August. The Union Territory yesterday recorded 613 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, taking the total cases in the Union Territory to 20,972, reports ANI.

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India's COVID-19 case count crosses 17-lakh mark

India’s coronavirus count crosses the 17-lakh mark after 54,735 new cases are reported in 24 hours on Sunday. There are now 17,50,723 cases, while the toll rose by 853 to 37,364. India now has 5,67,730 active cases while as many as 11,45,629 people have recovered from the infection.

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US reports over 61,000 new cases in past 24 hours

As the pandemic worsens, United States, which has been hit the hardest, counted 61,262 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday. It was the fifth consecutive day with more than 60,000 infections recorded. There were also 1,051 deaths in the 24-hour period. The US has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths, making it the hardest-hit country in the world.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Rajasthan recorded 12 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease to 706, the health department said. The state also reported 1,167 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the total caseload to 44,410. Of them, 12,488 are active, it said.

The IPL Governing Council has received official clearance from the government to host the Indian Premier League in the UAE this year, said reports.

Singer and politician Babul Supriya said on Twitter that he had met Union home minister Amit Shah — who has tested positive for COVID-19— "day before evening" and has advised to confine himself by doctors.

Union Home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. Even though his health is fine, he has been admitted to a hospital on doctor's advice, Shah said on Twitter.

Uttar Pradesh BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh and Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit have also tested positive for the virus.

 The Assam government has issued a new set of guidelines, allowing inter-district movement on two days of the week, and hundred per cent office attendance from Monday to Friday. The order will come into force from 7 pm on Sunday and continue till 14 August.

Currently, the COVID-19 active cases (5,67,730) account for 32.43 percent of the total cases. India's recoveries have mounted to 11,45,629.

Kamal Rani is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She was 62.

India's recoveries have mounted to 11,45,629, while there are 5,67,730 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently.

The WHO warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be "lengthy" after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm

India registered over 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day on Saturday, taking the nationwide case count to 16,95,988. However, recoveries also surged to 10,94,374 and the recovery rate improved to 64.53 percent, said the health ministry.

Meanwhile in Delhi, the tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and Lieutenant General Anil Baijal resurfaced, with the latest point of contention being the LG's cancellation of orders allowing weekly markets and hotel to resume business in the National Capital.

The capital also saw the beginning of the second round of a sero-survey to gauge the spread of the virus.

Country records 57,118 new cases

According to Union health ministry data updated at 8 am on Saturday, the country recorded 57,118 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, taking the overall case count to 16,95,988, while the toll jumped to 36,511 with 764 people succumbing to the disease during the same period. At the same time, the number of recoveries too surged to 10,94,374, it said.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), cumulatively 1,93,58,659 samples have been tested up to 31  July with 5,25,689 of them being tested on Friday.

Of the new 764 deaths reported on Saturday, 265 are from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu, 84 from Karnataka, 68 from Andhra Pradesh, 45 from West Bengal, 43 from Uttar Pradesh, 27 from Delhi, 23 from Gujarat, 16 from Punjab, 14 each from Bihar and Telangana, 12 from Jammu and Kashmir and 11 from Rajasthan.

Of the total 36,511 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 14,994, followed by 3,963 in Delhi, 3,935 in Tamil Nadu, 2,441 in Gujarat, 2,314 in Karnataka, 1,630 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,581 in West Bengal, 1,349 in Andhra Pradesh and 867 in Madhya Pradesh, the data showed.

Case fatality rate drops to 2.15%

The health ministry had in the morning reported that there are 5,65,103 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients was recorded at 64.53 percent, while the fatality rate had further dropped to 2.15 percent— the lowest since the first lockdown—the ministry said in a statement issued later in the day.

On the global platform, India continues to register and maintain the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate, it said, asserting that this is a testimony to the focused, coordinated, pre-emptive, graded and evolving "test, track, treat" strategy and efforts of the Centre, states and Union Territories.

On the backdrop of rising recoveries and falling fatality rate, the Centre decided to allowed the export of indigenously produced ventilators, the ministry said. As on 31 July, only 0.22 percent of the active cases in the country were on ventilators, it stated.

Delhi's containment zones down to 496, sero-survey kicks off

Following a steady decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the containment zones have also come down to 496 from 715  providing relief to thousands of people living in these restricted areas. The decision was taken after a two-day review, said Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot.

In Delhi, a locality is declared a containment zone by district authorities if three or more persons test positive to COVID-19. In a review of COVID-19 situation in Delhi, on 29 June, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed concern over the large size of containment zones in Delhi as it restricted movement of a large population, Gahlot said.

While more restrictions are being eased under Unlock 3, a fresh scuffle is on between the AAP government and the lieutenant governor, this time on whether hotels and weekly bazaars should be reopened. A day after LG Anil Baijal rejected the AAP government's decision to allow hotels and weekly bazaars to resume business, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking directions to the LG to reverse his order.

#Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia writes to Home Minister Amit Shah requesting immediate directions to be issued to Lieutenant Governor to overturn his decision cancelling Delhi government's directive to open hotels and weekly bazaars. pic.twitter.com/GfZUEgk0A8

— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2020

Sisodia accused the Centre of adopting a "dual policy" towards Delhi where COVID-19 situation has been "quite under control" in past one month and "is gradually headed to become normal" and said the state government would resend its proposal on reopening of hotels and weekly markets to the lieutenant governor on Tuesday.

"At such a time when hotels and weekly markets are open in the whole country, even in states like Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka etc where highest number of cases have been reported hotels, it is beyond comprehension as to what the Centre wishes to achieve by keeping hotels and weekly markets shut in Delhi," he wrote.

"I request you to ask the LG not to stop the proposal. If traders start their business, jobs will be generated, and that the condition of the economy will improve," Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said in his letter.

Meanwhile, a five-day sero-survey, aimed at covering all districts and various demographic segments, began in the National Capital on Saturday. This will aid the govt to tailor its strategy to changing circumstances, the chief minister's office tweeted.

A senior government official told news agency PTI that under the exercise, 15,000 samples would be collected from 1 to 5 August, across different areas and age groups. Representative samples will be taken from all the 11 districts, he said.

A sero-prevalence survey involves testing the blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against infection. An earlier survey from 27 June to 10 July had shown that 24 percent of Delhi residents have developed antibodies.

The city reported 1,118 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 1,36,716. The active cases stand at 10,596. With 26 fresh fatalities, the toll mounted to 3,989.

Odisha, Telangana see record spikes in new cases

Many state and UTs reported fresh infections and deaths in the day, with Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha witnessing record spikes in daily cases.

Arunachal Pradesh reported its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases as 107 more, including 40 security personnel, tested positive for the disease, taking the state's tally to 1,591. "Forty security personnel of various central paramilitary forces -37 from Changlang and one each from Papum Pare, Namsai and Tirap - are among fresh patients," said state surveillance officer L Jampa. All, barring three, are asymptomatic and have been shifted to COVID Care Centres, he added.

Arunachal Pradesh now has 670 active cases, while 918 people have recovered from the disease and three have succumbed to it.

With 1,602 COVID-19 cases, Odisha also saw its biggest single-day surge in cases, propelling the state's total to 33,479, while the toll rose to 187 with 10 more deaths. Ganjam district — which has emerged as a virus hotspot— has so far accounted for 99 fatalities, followed by Khurda which has reported 25 deaths. Odisha now has 12,736 active cases, while 20,518 patients have recovered from the contagion so far, the state health department said.

Telangana reported 2,083 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike so far, taking the count of positive cases in the state to 64,786. With 11 more deaths, the COVID-19 toll in the state rose to 530, a state government bulletin said on Saturday, providing data as of 8 pm on 31 July.

While the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the epicentre of the contagion in the state, continues to report a high number of cases, there has been a sharp rise in the infections from different districts, including Ranga Reddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Sangareddy, Warangal Urban and Karimnagar, the bulletin showed.

Maharashtra added 9,601 new cases to its overall count, which rose to 4,31,719 on Saturday while the death of 322 patients, including 45 in Mumbai, took the toll in the state to 15,316, the health department said.

Andhra Pradesh also reported a sharp increase in cases, with 9,276 new patients and 58 deaths pushing the case count over 1.5 lakh. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)leader and former minister P Manikyala Rao died of coronavirus in a private hospital in Vijayawada on Saturday, party sources told PTI. He was on ventilator support as he suffered a lung infection, the sources said.

The-59-year old leader had on 25 July in a tweet said that there was nothing to worry about and he would emerge hale and hearty. However, he lost the nearly three-week battle with the virus on Saturday.

With inputs from PTI

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