Coronavirus India Updates: With as many as 61,537 new coronavirus cases registered in the last 24 hours, India’s virus caseload is now well past 20 lakh (20,88,612). The total tally includes 6,19,088 active cases and 14,27,006 recoveries, data from the Union Health Ministry showed. Over 900 people succumbed to the infection since yesterday, bringing the death toll to 42,518.
For the last two weeks, there has been a drop in the growth of active cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. This happens when the recoveries, and deaths, rise at a rapid pace. Since deaths form only a small part, just about two per cent of all the confirmed cases, the decline in growth rate of active cases can primarily be attributed to the rise in recoveries.
According to recent statistics released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), there has been a steady improvement in India’s recovery rate since March 25. The national rate of recovery has risen to 68.32% as of August 8.
However, the declining proportion of active cases is unremarkable at this point in the pandemic. As the epidemic prolongs, the active cases, as a proportion of total confirmed cases, would progressively drop. It would get to zero by the time the epidemic comes to an end.
As many as 5,98,778 samples were tested yesterday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted since the onset of the pandemic to 2.3 crore (2,33,87,171), ICMR data showed.
A look at the top developments today
Centre asks states to test grocery shop workers, vendors
The Union Health Ministry has directed states and union territories to test grocery shop workers, vegetable and other vendors for Covid-19, stating if undetected they can potentially spread the infection to a large number of people.
In a letter addressed to the states and union territories, Secretary in the Health Ministry, Rajesh Bhushan also stressed the need for operationalising ambulance transport system with oxygen facility and quick response mechanism. He underlined that the refusal rate of ambulances must be monitored at a daily basis and brought down to zero.
Jaishankar holds discussion on Covid-19 with 5 countries
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Friday held a meeting with his counterparts from the US, Australia, Israel, Brazil and South Korea and discussed challenges related to combating the coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet shared after the meeting, Jaishankar said that he had a “useful meeting” with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Earlier this week, in a phone conversation with Pomeo, Jaishankar had discussed regional and global issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andhra Pradesh Covid tally crosses 2 lakh mark; records highest single day death toll
Andhra Pradesh crossed the 2 lakh mark Friday as another 10,171 were added taking the overall tally to 2,06,960 out of which over 1.2 lakh people have recovered till now. With 89 new deaths, the state reported its highest single day spike in death toll so far.
The state’s total caseload jumped from 1 lakh to 2 lakh cases within merely 11 days.
Uttar Pradesh records 4,467 new cases; Lucknow hits a new high
Uttar Pradesh registered 4,467 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of cases to over 1.13 lakh. With 63 new deaths, the death toll has risen to 1,981.
Meanwhile the state’s capital city Lucknow recorded its highest number of new cases and deaths yesterday. As many as 707 new cases and 13 deaths were registered, taking the respective cumulative count to 11,512 cases and 138 deaths.
Varanasi and Bareilly too, recorded another high with 271 and 211 new cases, respectively.
Telangana reports 2,207 new cases; death toll rises to 601
Telangana reported its highest single day spike with 2,207 new cases, bringing its total Covid-19 caseload to 75,257. With 12 more coronavirus patients succumbing to the illness, the death toll rose to 601, according to a recent state government bulletin.
Out of the 2,207 new cases, 532 were from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy (196), Warangal Urban (142) and Medchal-Malkajgiri (136).
Complete lockdown in West Bengal on 8,20,21,27,28 and 30 August
Amidst a rising number of Covid-19 cases, a complete lockdown was enforced across West Bengal today. The state government has announced similar lockdowns on other dates this month, including August 20, 21,27,28 and 30, ANI reported.
While essential services like pharmacies and health establishments will continue operating through the lockdown, schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain shut.
On Friday, 2,912 new cases were registered in the state, pushing its total caseload to 89,666. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 1,954 after 52 more people succumbed to the infection.
Covid fears at Kozhikode Air India Express crash site
The Kerala Health Ministry Saturday urged all those involved in the rescue operations for the Air India Express crash at Kozhikode airport to go into quarantine as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Both victims and relief workers have been directed to undergo tests. While the survivors were already being tested, all those who assisted in rescue operations will also undergo the same, state health ministry officials said.
Kondotty, where the airport is located, is already a containment zone with a high Covid positivity rate.
After exploring a number of possibilities, presiding officers of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have almost agreed on a fully physical model for conducting the Monsoon session of Parliament. Parliament is expected to meet in September for the first time since March.
According to the plan, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will take turns to work — either as morning and evening shifts, or by working on alternate days. Of the Lok Sabha’s current strength of 542, 168 members will be seated in the Lok Sabha chamber, and the others distributed across the Lower House’s galleries, the Rajya Sabha and its galleries.