Coronavirus India lockdown Day 186 updates | Nearly 77,000 security personnel tested positive, 401 succumbed to COVID-19 till Aug. 21: report

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 186 updates | Nearly 77,000 security personnel tested positive, 401 succumbed to COVID-19 till Aug. 21: report

In a reversal, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Health Ministry has advised against the wide usage of investigational therapies such as Remdesivir and plasma therapies.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday cautioned that the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) COVID-19 first sero-survey should not create a sense of complacency in people with regard to the virus.

Speaking in his social media interaction Sunday Samvaad-3, Mr. Vardhan said indications from the up-coming second sero survey “are that India is far from having achieved any kind of herd immunity which necessitates that all of us should continue following COVID appropriate behaviour.”

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

5.20 pm | Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh reports 58 more COVID-19 deaths, 3,838 fresh cases

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 5,652 on Monday with 58 more fatalities, while the infection tally reached 3,90,875 after 3,838 people tested positive for the disease, an official said.

Briefing reporters, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said 5,382 patients have been discharged after recovering from the infection.

So far, 3,31,270 COVID-19 patients have been cured of the contagion and the recovery rate stands at 84.75%, he said.

The number of active cases in the State stands at 53,953, Mr. Prasad said, adding that over 1.51 lakh tests were conducted in the State.

– PTI

5 pm | Maharashtra

Fire breaks out in trauma care unit at Kolhapur’s CPR hospital

A fire broke out in the trauma care unit of the Chhatrapati Pramila Raje (CPR) Civil Hospital in western Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district in the wee hours of Monday.

The prima facie cause of the blaze, which broke out a little after 3 a.m., was said to be an electrical short circuit.

CPR authorities claimed there was no loss of life or injury to the patients at the time of the fire, all of whom were critical Covid-19 positive cases.

Sources said that two of the rescue personnel suffered burn injuries during the rescue operation.

4.15 pm | Ladakh

Ladakh reports 10 fresh COVID-19 cases, one death

One more patient succumbed to coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the death toll to 58 in the Union Territory, while the infection tally reached 4,103 with 10 fresh cases, officials said on Monday.

Fourteen patients were discharged after being cured of the contagion during the past 24 hours, they said.

With the death of one more patient from COVID-19 in Kargil district, the total number of fatalities in Ladakh has gone up to 58 — 34 in Kargil and 24 in Leh district.

Five residents each in Leh and Kargil tested positive for the virus on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the region to 4,103, the officials said. – PTI

3.30 pm | Kerala

UDF halts mass agitations in Kerala

The United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala has put a halt to mass agitations, given the worsening COVID-19 scenario in the State.

The Leader of Opposition, Ramesh Chennithala, made the announcement during a Raj Bhavan march and protest organised by the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) against the farm bills on Monday.

Mass demonstrations by the UDF and its allies and the youth and student wings are being discontinued for the time being. At the same time, the UDF will continue its protests against the policies of the government by strictly adhering to the COVID-19 protocols, Mr. Chennithala said.

2.30 pm | Kolkata

BJP leader says will hug Mamata Banerjee if infected with coronavirus, police complaint filed

Newly-appointed BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra has said that he would hug Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee if he is infected with the coronavirus to make her feel the pain of the families of COVID-19 patients.

A police complaint was filed by the Trinamool Congress in Siliguri for the comments Hazra made at a party programme in Baruipur in South 24 Parganas on Sunday evening.

“Our workers are fighting a bigger enemy than corona. They are fighting Mamata Banerjee. When they (BJP cadres) have been able to fight it out against Mamata Banerjee without a mask, they think they can also fight against COVID-19 without wearing a mask,” Mr. Hazra said.

“I have decided that if I get infected with the coronavirus, then I will go and hug Mamata Banerjee,” he added.

PTI

2.00 pm | New Delhi

COVID-19 recoveries in India over 50 lakh

Total recoveries from COVID-19 in India crossed the 50 lakh milestone on Monday with recovered cases outpacing active cases by more than five times, the Union Health ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the rise in the number of total recovered cases from 1 lakh in June 2020 has been steep and the last 10 lakh recoveries were added in just 11 days.

“India’s total recoveries have crossed the landmark milestone of 50 lakh today (50,16,520). With a very high number of COVID patients recovering every single day, India’s steady trend of posting high level of daily recoveries continues,” the ministry said.

“The total recovered cases have outpaced active cases by more than 5 times. With the exponential increase in the recoveries, there is close to 100 per cent increase in recovered cases in one month,” it said.

PTI

1.30 pm | Andhra Pradesh

Nearly 77,000 security personnel tested positive, 401 succumbed to COVID-19 till Aug. 21

As many as 76,768 police personnel all over the country including paramilitary forces such as CRPF, CISF, BSF and NSG tested positive for COVID-19 while 401 succumbed to the killer virus, according to a report by the Bureau of Police Research and Development.

The report (compiledtill August 21) titled “Indian Police Response to COVID-19 Crisis” said, Maharashtra topped the chart with 129 deaths due to COVID-19 and 12,760 positive cases among the police personnel.

Telangana was in second place with 40 deaths due to the virus.

Out of the over 75,000 positive cases, paramilitary forces accounted for 15,318 infections with Central Reserve Police Force leading the table with 5,467 cases and 24 deaths in the category.

PTI

1.00 pm | New Delhi

Supreme Court allows suspected COVID-19-positive candidate to appear for CLAT

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a law aspirant suspected of being COVID-19 positive and in isolation to appear for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).

The CLAT was under way as the case was taken up for hearing before a Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan.

The student from Madhya Pradesh was asked to download a copy of the court order. The order had to be presented to the official in charge of the exam centre by a person who is “non-symptomatic”. On doing this, the officials would have to provide the student with a separate room to take the examination.

12.30 pm | New Delhi

Delhi High Court restricts access to online hearings

A Delhi High Court Bench has directed that the link to its court proceedings, now being conducted through video-conferencing (VC) due to COVID-19 pandemic, should not be shared with members of the public, including reporters.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait said, “A very unpleasant situation arose before this court during the hearing of present case. Certain unidentified persons joined the proceedings through VC and could be heard talking continuously, thereby creating hindrance in hearing the submissions of counsels and proper justice dispensation”.

“I hereby direct Registry/Court Master to not provide the link to video conferencing to any other person or correspondent and the same shall be provided only to advocates concerned, IO concerned, parties in person in case the petition is filed for quashing and to the persons specifically directed by this court to join the proceedings,” Jutsice Kait said.

12.00 pm

Data | India’s COVID-19 testing declines sharply despite rising positivity rate

The number of new COVID-19 cases in India recorded a significant fall in the last five days after consistently breaching the 90,000 mark on several days in early September. The drop in cases could be due to a significant decrease in the number of tests conducted.

In at least 10 States, there was a sharp fall in the number of tests conducted in the last 10 days despite an increase in the share of people testing positive.

Over the last 10 days, the number of new COVID-19 tests conducted per million people in India has been declining rapidly. While the share of people testing positive (positivity rate) has remained high and even increased a little over the last five days, the number of tests per million people dropped from 811 to 722 over the last 10 days. The share of positive tests is hovering around the 8.5% mark.

11.30 am | Goa

Goa DGP tests positive

Goa’s Director General of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena on Monday tested positive for coronavirus infection, a senior Health department official said.

Mr. Meena is admitted to a private hospital and his condition is stable, he said. “His test report came positive on Monday morning. He has mild symptoms,” the official said.

Till Sunday, Goa reported 31,958 COVID-19 cases and 401 deaths due to the disease.

PTI

11.00 am | New Delhi

COVID-19 tally crosses 60 lakh; 1,039 more deaths

India’s COVID-19 tally galloped past 60 lakh on Monday with 82,170 new cases, while the recoveries have surged to 50.17 lakh with 74,893 more people having recuperated, the Health Ministry said.

The death toll from the pathogen climbed to 95,542 with 1,039 more deaths. There are 9,62,640 active cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, comprising 15.85 per cent of the total caseload, according to the ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 60,74,702, while 50,16,520 people have recuperated from the virus, taking the recovery rate to 82.58%. The case fatality rate declined to 1.57%, it said.

PTI

10.30 am | Kerala

Kerala’s curve unchanged with 7,445 more cases

Kerala’s COVID-19 case graph pointed north on Sunday, with 7,445 new cases. The State tested 54,493 samples. The test positivity rate jumped from 11.9% to 13.6%.

The number of critically ill patients in ICUs was 380, with 92 of them on ventilator support.

The Health department added 21 more deaths. Thiruvananthapuram accounted for six deaths, Kozhikode four, two each from Kannur, Palakkad, Ernakulam and one each from Kollam, Alapuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kasaragod.

On Sunday, 95% new cases were locally acquired infections, with the source unknown in 561 cases. This included infections among 97 healthcare workers, 19 of them in Thiruvananthapuram and 17 in Kannur.

10.00 am | Karnataka

Private hospitals say they need both ventilators and manpower

The State government recently announced that it will let out ventilators to private medical establishments for government-referred patients. However, private hospitals now say they do not have the manpower to handle the additional equipment.

Sources said that of the 2,050 ventilators the State received from the Centre, nearly 300 will be rented out to private hospitals.

While welcoming the move, heads of private hospitals now say they are facing an acute shortage of manpower. “We need a 1:1 nurse patient ratio in ICUs. At any given point of time over 15% of our nursing staff are infected and are either under quarantine or treatment. With the existing staff, we are barely managing,” said R. Ravindra, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA). The association will discuss the issue with the government. “We are glad that government has responded to our request for ventilators made in June. But the manpower shortage has further worsened now and it would be great if the government provides us trained nurses for the ICUs,” Dr. Ravindra said.

9.30 am | Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s total case tally inches towards 13.50 lakh

Maharashtra reported 18,056 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday to take the State’s total tally to 13,39,232 of whom 2,73,228 are active ones. With 380 more deaths, the death toll has climbed to 35,571. As many as 13,565 patients were discharged, taking the cumulative recoveries to 10,30,015.

“Of a total 65,65,649 laboratory samples tested thus far, 13,39,232 (20.40%) have returned positive with more than 90,000 samples across the State being tested in the last 24 hours. The State’s recovery rate has risen to 76.91%,” State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate said, adding that the State’s case fatality rate was currently 2.66%.

Mumbai reported 2,163 cases to take its total tally to 1,98,846 of whom 26,716 are active. As many as 44 fatalities saw the city’s death toll rise to 8,794.

9.00 am | Kerala

Health Minister hints at lockdown in Kerala

Kerala is trying its best to prevent another lockdown, however, if COVID-19 transmission continues to surge as has been happening in the past few days, the State may not have other options, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said on Sunday.

Addressing the media here, Ms. Shylaja said the State was facing crucial days ahead as far as the COVID-19 situation was concerned and that the State would have to pay a heavy price if people continued to let go of all vigil against the disease.

The State had managed to keep disease transmission down all these months. However, after people let go of all vigil during the Onam season, followed by the violent political protests on the streets, the test positivity had gone up to 12% now. If people maintained more vigil and observed all COVID-19 safety protocols strictly in the coming days, disease transmission could be held down, she said.

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