Coronavirus India lockdown Day 158 updates | August 29, 2020

Health workers spraying disinfectants inside Collectorate premises in Salem in Tamil Nadu on August 28, 2020.   | Photo Credit: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

With 1,009 deaths on Friday, India's COVID-19 toll rose to 62,724, surpassing Mexico's fatality count to become third highest in the world. As many as 75,122 cases were recorded on the day.

India has tested more than nine lakh COVID-19 samples for the second consecutive day on Friday, the Union Health Ministry said in a release, adding that it was keeping a sharp focus on ‘test, track and treat’ strategy. “India has already created a capacity of doing 10 lakh tests per day and 9,01,338 samples were tested in the last 24 hours,” the release said.

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:

9.50 pm | New Delhi

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry had called for a meeting with metro corporations on September 1 to finalise standard operating procedures (SOPs) for metro train operations, says official.

8.50 pm | Puducherry

Kiran Bedi approves govt proposal to engage doctors on contract basis to tackle pandemic situation

Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has given her nod to the Department of Health and Family Welfare to engage on contract basis health professionals, including doctors, to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in the Union Territory.

A release from the office of Lt Governor on Saturday, highlighting the approval she had accorded to various subjects during last one week, stated that approval was accorded to the Health Department to engage 458 health professionals including doctors in government hospitals to tackle the pandemic situation.

The Lt Governor has also approved of allocation of additional funds for engaging the health professionals.

 

8.30 pm | New Delhi

Ramp-up efforts to contain COVID-19 spread, follow SOPs: Centre to UTs

The Centre on Saturday advised union territories to ramp-up efforts to contain the COVID-19 spread by sticking to the rules for prevention of the disease as well as following standard operating procedures (SOPs) in its treatment, a government statement said.

The directions were issued on Saturday during a review meeting, where Home Affairs and Health secretaries Ajay Bhalla and Rajesh Bhushan took stock of the measures undertaken by the union territories to contain the coronavirus spread, it said.

The meeting was attended by Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, through video conferencing in which senior central government officers were also present.

“The Union home secretary as well as secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, asked senior officers of all the UTs to ensure that the administrative officers, medical professionals, para-medical staff and other people associated with containing the spread of COVID-19 and management of the COVID-19 situation work in close tandem,” the statement said.

7.45 pm | New Delhi

MHA issues unlock 4 guidelines

Ministry of Home Affairs, on Saturday, issued the Unlock 4 guidelines. In a statement, MHA said that Metro rail will be allowed to operate from September 7 in a graded manner.

In its statement, the MHA said that lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in Containment Zones till September 30.

Other salient features are

  • Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functons and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons from Sept. 21
  • Open air theares will be permitted to open from September 21
  • It has been decided that schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till September 30.
  • There will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.
  • All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones: (i) Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (excluding open-air theatre) and similar places. (ii) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
  • State/ UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State/ District/ sub-division/City/ village level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government.
  • States,UTs may permit up to 50% of teaching,non-teaching staff to be called to schools for online teaching, tele-counselling work
  • National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout country, while ensure social distancing.
  • Shops need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives
  • Students of classes 9 to 12 may be allowed to visit schools outside Containment Zones with parents’ written consent
7.10 pm | Karnataka

Karnataka reports over 8000 cases

Karnataka reported 8324 new cases on Saturday. With this, the total number of COVID 19 cases in the State stands at 327076. There are now as many as 86446 active cases in the State.

As many as 115 new deaths were also reported, taking the total number of fatalities due to COVID 19 to 5483. Nineteen COVID 19 positive patients lost their lives due to other reasons.

The number of discharges stood at 8110, taking the total number of discharges so far to 235128. As many as 721 patients are in ICU.

7.03 pm | Kerala

110-year-old woman recovers from COVID-19, discharged from Kerala hospital

In a matter of pride for the state health sector, a 110-year-old woman got discharged from a Medical College Hospital in North Kerala on Saturday after winning her battle against the novel coronavirus.

State Health Minister K K Shailaja said Randathani Variath Pathu from Malappuram district is the oldest person who has recovered from the coronavirus infection in the State.

After being admitted to the state-run Medical College on August 18, the woman responded to the treatment without any tension, doctors said.

“Pathu contracted the virus from her daughter. She had only minor symptoms,” they said.

The Health Minister congratulated the doctors and staff of the Medical College hospital for providing good healthcare to the elderly woman.

"It is a proud moment for the state’s health sector fighting a battle against COVID-19," Ms. Shailaja said.

 

6.50 pm | Maharashtra

Decision on modalities of final year exams on Monday, says Maharashtra minister

Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Saturday said that a decision about modalities of final year examinations will be announced on Monday.

On Friday, the Supreme Court held that students of final year can not be promoted without holding examinations.

“We will announce our first decision on Monday about how we are going to conduct examinations of students in final year of graduation and post-graduation courses,” Mr. Samant told reporters.

“Students’ safety is paramount and decisions would be taken without compromising on safety,” he said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked his ministry to conduct examinations with utmost precaution and in a simplified manner, he added.

A six-member committee headed by Dr Suhas Pednekar, vice chancellor of Mumbai University, has been formed to give recommendations about how to conduct examinations, the minister said.

The Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government was opposed to holding examinations on the ground of coronavirus situation.

But the State will respect the apex court’s decision, Mr. Samant had said on Friday.

He also appealed that misleading reports about examination schedules should not be spread, and the government will announce dates at the right time.

6.40 pm | Jharkhand

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj put in 14-day home quarantine

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj was forcibly home quarantined on Saturday for 14-day for violating COVID norms, a senior district official said.

The MP from Uttar Pradesh had come to Giridih, over 200 km from Ranchi, to take part in a programme from Unnao via Dhanbad.

Maharaj, who was returning to Dhanbad by road to take a train to Delhi, was intercepted by the district administration near Pirtand police station and sent on quarantine at Shanti Bhawan ashram, where he had gone to take part in a programme, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Kumar Sinha said.

The action been taken in accordance with a state government order of 14 days quarantine for people coming from outside to the state, the DC said.

6.15 pm | New Delhi

Delhi Metro to ensure safer travel for passengers when services resume

Limiting number of people in lifts and longer halting time for trains at stations to allow commuters to board and alight with social distancing norms, are among the measures the Delhi Metro will take to ensure safer travel for its passengers, whenever services resume.

Metro rail services were closed on March 22 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had last week said that it will be prepared to resume operations whenever directed by the government.

“We are still awaiting nod for resumption of services. However, all safety protocols have been worked out and some more being worked out so as to ensure maximum safety for passengers whenever services are ordered to be resumed,” a source said.

Inside metro premises like stations and train coaches, wearing of masks will be mandatory and social distancing norms will be followed as per government guidelines, and people not wearing masks will not be allowed to enter metro premises, officials said.

“Trains will halt for longer duration than on regular days to allow commuters to board coaches and alight from it while maintaining physical distance. Also, number of persons permissible to board a lift will be reduced in view of social distancing, and the exact number is still being worked out,” the source told PTI.

6.10 pm | Tamil Nadu

TN registers more than 6,000 cases on Saturday

A total of 6,352 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. The overall tally is 4,15,590.

About 6,045 persons discharged in the State taking the total to 3,55,727. 87 people have died taking the death toll to 7,137. In all there were 52,726 active cases in the State.

5.45 pm | New Delhi

India’s COVID-19 cases, fatalities per million among the lowest in world

For every million population, India’s coronavirus cases and fatalities are one of the lowest compared to the global averages, the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was informed on Saturday.

At its 20th meeting held here on Saturday, the GoM on COVID-19 was briefed on the current status of the coronavirus outbreak in India, the health ministry said.

The meeting was informed that as of Saturday, eight states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana — contribute around 73% of the active caseload.

Seven states — Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal — account for 81% of total deaths due to coronavirus infection.

At the meeting, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the country has made tremendous strides in containing the COVID-19 outbreak and instructed his ministry to develop standard operating procedures (SoPs), comprising COVID protocols and preventive measures, for Parliament and Assembly sessions.

The GoM expressed concern about the forthcoming festival season and advised everyone to adopt safe and COVID-appropriate behaviour.

5.35 pm | Nepal

Nepal’s COVID-19 tally jumps to 37,340

Nepal on Saturday reported 12 more deaths from COVID-19 and 884 new coronavirus cases, taking the country’s toll to 207 and total infections to 37,340.

At a virtual press briefing, Dr Jageshwar Gautam, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said that there were 16,578 active coronavirus cases in the country.

Among the new cases, 186 have been reported from Kathmandu Valley.

The spokesperson said that the COVID-19 death toll in Nepal has reached 207 with 12 deaths in the past 24 hours.

5.05 pm | Tamil Nadu

TN has highest recovery rate of 85.45%, says CM

Tamil Nadu has achieved a recovery rate of 85.45% with 3,49,682 people having been cured of coronavirus, the “highest” in the country, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said here on Saturday.

The State’s mortality rate was a “very low” 1.7%, he said.

In his video-conference meeting with District Collectors on Saturday to review the lockdown being enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus, Palaniswami said his government had so far spent Rs 7,162 crore towards controlling the pandemic, treatment and relief measures.

“I wish to point out that Tamil Nadu has the highest recovery rate of 85.45 per cent (3,49,682 cured) in the country and the death rate is a very low 1.7 per cent,” he said.

As of Friday, Tamil Nadu’s overall tally of coronavirus cases stood at 4.09 lakh. So far 7,050 related deaths have been recorded.

4.45 pm | Bangladesh

Bangladesh extends shutdown of educational institutions till Oct 3

Bangladesh has extended the shutdown of educational institutions, except madrasas, till October 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the education ministry has said.

Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions were ordered to close since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in March. The shutdown has been extended several times since then.

“The ongoing holiday for all educational institutions, except Qawmi madrasas, has been extended to Oct 3 because of the global coronavirus pandemic,” bdnews24 quoted the education ministry as saying on Thursday.

Qawmi madrasas operate without any government monitoring, supervision or support. They run with private donations mostly.

4.40 pm | Berlin

 

Berlin protesters rally against pandemic restrictions

Tens of thousands of people are taking part in a protest in Berlin against pandemic restrictions after a court overturned a ban issued by authorities in the German capital.

Some among the crowd Saturday waved American, Russian or German Reich flags, while others wore T-shirts promoting the Q conspiracy theory or denouncing Germany’s limited rules requiring the wearing of masks.

The Berlin regional government had sought to ban the protest, citing rallies earlier this month where rules intended to stop the virus being spread weren’t respected. Protest organisers successfully appealed the decision, though a court ordered them to ensure social distancing — a measure that wasn’t being enforced Saturday.

4.35 pm | New Delhi

Amit Shah likely to be discharged

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi for post-COVID care is likely to be discharged today, according to the hospital bulletin.

He has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time, the bulletin said.

Mr. Shah was admitted to the hospital on August 18, four days after he was discharged from a private hospital in Gurugram after recovering from COVID-19.

4.30 pm | Belagavi

Belagavi Dakshin MLA Abhay Patil tests positive

Belagavi Dakshin MLA Abhay Patil has tested positive for COVID -19.

He declared this in a video message he posted for his followers on Saturday.

"I have tested positive in a test conducted two days ago. I have quarantined myself at home, following medical advice. I am taking medicines advised by doctors and am doing well. I request all of you to take care of yourself. I will be back at your service in a few days," he said.

-- Special Correspondent

4.25 pm | New Delhi

Annual and development fees cannot be charged till schools reopen: HC

The Delhi High Court has held that annual and development charges cannot be taken from the parents of students “during the pendency of the present lockdown”, when schools are yet to reopen.

The prima facie opinion was expressed by Justice Jayant Nath in his order of August 25 while hearing a plea moved by the parents’ association of a private school, which started taking the annual and development charges along with the tuition fees from July.

The court restrained the school from taking the annual and development charges from the parents for the month of July till further orders.

It also issued a notice to the Delhi government and the school, seeking their stand on the plea of the parents’ association, which was represented by advocate Gaurav Bahl.

4.00 pm | Tamil Nadu

Brain dead man breathes new life into COVID-19 patient with severe lung infection

Doctors at MGM Healthcare hospital here have performed a bilateral lung transplant for a COVID-19 affected patient on Thursday.

A statement from the hospital said the lungs of the 48-year-old patient from Delhi were severely damaged because of COVID-19-related fibrosis. He was found to be positive on June 8 and had to be kept on ventilator support since then. As his condition worsened, he was airlifted to MGM Healthcare on July 20 where he was put on ECMO support five days later.

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3.40 pm | Madhya Pradesh

Indore sero survey finds antibodies in 8% people

Of the total number of people tested in Indore under the sero survey earlier this month, 7.72% were found to have developed antibodies to COVID-19, an official said.

Indore is the worst-hit district in Madhya Pradesh in terms of the number of coronavirus positive cases and fatalities.

“Blood samples of 7,103 people aged above one year were taken under the survey that was carried out from August 11 to 23 with the help of the National Centre for Disease Control,” Indore Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sharma said.

Of these, 548 samples, which is 7.72%, were found to be having antibodies to SARS-CoV2. Most importantly, the surveyed men and women had antibodies in equal proportion, he added.

The survey revealed that efforts taken to stem the infection spread in the affected areas of the city have paid off, he added.

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3.25 pm | Haryana

Haryana minister Ranjeet Singh tests COVID positive

Haryana Power Minister Ranjeet Singh said that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Singh, who is an Independent MLA supporting the BJP-JJP government, had got his test done just before the one-day Assembly session on Wednesday and his report returned negative. However, he developed symptoms after the session and got himself tested again.

Earlier, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Agriculture Minister J P Dalal, Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma, Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and four other BJP MLAs had tested positive for the infection.

3.15 pm | Jharkhand

Jharkhand allows public transport within state; hotels, lodges to reopen in view of JEE/NEET exams

The Jharkhand government has allowed reopening of hotels, lodges as well as restaurants and also given a go-ahead to public transport to ply within the state for a month till September 30 in view of the JEE-NEET examinations scheduled next month.

3.10 pm | Delhi

35% rise in demand for hospital beds in Delhi since July-end

The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has led to a 35 per cent increase in the demand for beds in hospitals in the city, according to government data.

On July 30, the occupancy of beds reserved for coronavirus patients was 18 per cent, with only 2,958 out of 16,038 beds being occupied.

It was 23.02 per cent on August 10 and 23.40 per cent on August 11.

It increased to 28 per cent on Saturday, with 4,004 out of 14,135 beds occupied, according to data shared by the hospitals on Delhi Corona app.

Out of 1,229 COVID ICU beds with ventilator support, 473 (38 percent) were occupied. The occupancy was 33 per cent on July 30.

2.55 pm | Tamil Nadu

COVID-19 test results are now online in Ariyalur

Results of COVID-19 test done in Ariyalur district will henceforth be available online. The initiative is an attempt to ensure that patients do not have to visit the hospital to collect their report, officials said.

The results will be available in the district portal: https://ariyalur.nic.in

2.30 pm | Delhi

COVID-19 survivor Satyendar Jain asks people to perform yoga, take herbal drinks

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, a coronavirus (COVID-19) survivor, on Friday appealed to those who have recovered from coronavirus to perform regular yoga and take immunity-boosting herbal drinks to stay healthy.

In a short video titled “Post COVID care: Things you must do after recovering from coronavirus” released on his Facebook page, he said, he was talking to people “as a COVID-19 survivor and not as a minister.”

The video shows Mr. Jain performing various yoga ‘asanas’ in his house. “I appeal to all those who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to perform yoga every day. Breathing problem is one of the major issue in COVID-19 patients and yoga postures will help you have healthy breathing,” he said.

2.15 pm | New Delhi

Number of COVID-19 tests crosses 4-crore mark in country

With more than nine lakh samples tested for the third consecutive day, the number of tests for detection of COVID-19 has crossed the four-crore mark in India, while the number of such tests per 10 lakh people has also increased to 29,280, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday as the total number of coronavirus cases mounted to 34,63,972 in the country.

The number of daily tests has also seen an upsurge. Already having achieved the testing capacity of 10 lakh per day, 9,28,761 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Friday.

The number of tests for detection of COVID-19 had crossed the three-crore mark in the country on August 17.

- PTI

2.00 pm | Maharashtra

BJP stages protests, demands reopening of temples in Maharashtra

Several BJP activists staged protests outside temples in Maharashtra’s Thane and Palghar districts and Pune city demanding the reopening of places of worship, which have remained shut amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BJP MLAs, legislators, corporators and office-bearers led the protests in all cities of Thane and Palghar districts, with activists resorting to 'ghanta naad' (ringing of bells) and banging of plates outside temples.

- PTI

1.45 pm | Jharkhand

Jharkhand allows public transport within State; hotels, lodges to reopen in view of JEE, NEET exams

The Jharkhand government has allowed the reopening of hotels, lodges as well as restaurants and also given a go-ahead to public transport to ply within the State for a month till September 30 in view of the JEE, NEET examinations scheduled next month.

The relaxations under "Unlock 4" were announced in a notification issued late Friday night.

The Hemant Soren government also gave a green signal to reopening of malls outside the containment zones with immediate effect.

- PTI

1.30 pm | West Bengal

Bengal govt. writes to Railway Board, says metro, local train services can be resumed

The West Bengal government has written a letter to the Railway Board, stating that metro and local train services can be resumed in a limited manner in the State but with all health safety protocols.

The government also requested the board to put in place the required logistics for smooth operations of the services.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Wednesday said her government was willing to allow one-fourth of suburban trains services and full Metro Railway services with adequate safety protocols, including social distancing from September 1.

The letter, however, did not suggest any date from which metro and local train services could be resumed.

- PTI

1.15 pm | Pakistan

Pakistan set to reopen educational institutions from mid-September

Pakistan is all set to reopen educational institutions from mid-September after a six-month hiatus with the steady improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the country, which recorded just one death due to the disease in the last 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.

Education institutions are closed from March 16 due to the coronavirus.

The death toll now stands at 6,284 in the country. The cumulative tally reached 2,95,372 with the detection of 319 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

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1.00 pm | New Delhi

Second player in the Chennai Super Kings team tests positive

It has emerged that a second player in the Chennai Super Kings team has tested positive for COVID-19, even as all-rounder Suresh Raina pulls out of the Indian Premier League citing "personal reasons".

The player in question is a right-handed top-order batsman, who has been a part of India A teams in the recent past. On Friday, a T20 specialist pacer had tested positive along with 12 members of the contingent in Dubai.

CSK’s quarantine period in Dubai has already been extended till September 1.

- PTI

12.45 pm | Karnataka

Govt. intends to allow some sevas in temples from Sept. 1: Muzrai Minister

Endowment Minister Kota Srinivasa Poojary said the Muzrai department intends to allow some sevas in temples in Karnataka from September 1 and has consulted the Health department on the same.

Speaking to reporters, he said, if the Health department recommends that sevas can be resumed, they will be allowed.

However, "Anna santarpane" (mass feeding) and crowding in temples will not be allowed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, he said.

- Ravi Kamila

12.30 pm | Odisha

No shutdown or lockdown in cities where JEE, NEET exam will be held: Odisha

The Odisha government has lifted lockdown in seven cities where the JEE and NEET examination will be held in the state, an official said on Saturday.

The Special Relief Commissioners (SRC) office released a set of guidelines for the smooth conduct of the examination. “No lockdown or shutdown will be in force in the seven examination cities from August 30-September 7 (JEE) and from September 9-14 (NEET),” the notification said.

The notification lifting the shutdown in seven cities was issued after Chief Secretary A.K. Tripathy on Friday announced that the State government will provide free transport and accommodation to students appearing in the JEE(Mains) and NEET.

- PTI

12.15 pm | Assam

Cases cross 1 lakh in Assam

Assam on August 28 crossed 1 lakh COVID-19 positive cases as the total number of people who died of novel coronavirus infection across the eight north-eastern States increased to 436.

Assam’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said 2,560 positive cases were added to the State’s tally of COVID-19 cases by 10 pm on Friday, with the rate of positivity increasing from 5.75% to 6.38% from the previous day.

“COVID-19 claimed the lives of eight people on Friday, taking the death toll to 286. But the encouraging part is more people are recovering,” a Health Department spokesperson said on August 29.

Of the total of 1,01,367 positive cases in Assam, 79,307 people have recovered so far, while 21,771 are undergoing treatment.

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12.00 pm

Sportspersons receive national honours in online ceremony

India’s sporting heroes were bestowed the annual national awards in an unparalleled online ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic during which athletes logged in from multiple cities to be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind.

This year, 74 sportspersons were picked for the national honours, including an unprecedented five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnas and 27 Arjuna awardees. Of these, 60 attended the virtual ceremony conducted across 11 Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres in various cities.

President Kovind applauded as names of the attending awardees were called out and their achievements cited as is the convention. Missing, however, was the grandeur of the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Durbar Hall.

“This is the first awards ceremony in COVID times during which the President has participated,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said at the beginning of the ceremony.

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11.45 am | Andhra Pradesh

A.P. reports surge from one lakh to four lakh cases in 33 days

More than five and a half months into the COVID pandemic, A.P.’s tally of infections crossed the four-lakh mark on Friday. Andhra Pradesh is the third State to see more than four lakh cases after Maharastra and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

While Maharashtra’s tally jumped from one lakh to four lakh in about 48 days, Tamil Nadu witnessed the same surge in 56 days, but Andhra Pradesh witnessed the last three lakh cases in just 33 days. It took 138 days to see the first one lakh cases and around 11 days each for the cases to jump by one lakh.

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11.30 am | Uttar Pradesh

U.P. Minister Satish Mahana tests positive

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Satish Mahana said that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was in home isolation. Mr. Mahana requested those who had come in contact with him in the past few days to get coronavirus tests done.

- PTI

11.15 am | China

China's Wuhan says all schools to reopen on Tuesday

Wuhan, Ground Zero for the COVID-19 pandemic and the Chinese city hardest hit by the coronavirus, will reopen all its schools and kindergartens on Tuesday, local authorities said.

As many as 2,842 educational institutions across the city are set to open their doors to almost 1.4 million students when the autumn semester gets underway, the local government announced on Friday. Wuhan University reopened on Monday.

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11.00 am | Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala Brahmotsavams to be confined to inner precincts of temple

The annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara scheduled to commence from September 19 will be conducted in ‘ekantham’ (private). The decision was taken at the TTD board of trustees meeting here on Friday.

Briefing the media, TTD Chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy said the “rather unpleasant” decision to perform the religious carnival on a low key note was taken in view of the COVID-19 situation. The two-time daily processions of the Lord on various vahanams (carriers) that form the core part of the festival would not be organised, and the festivities would be confined to the inner precincts of the hill temple. The town shall experience two Brahmotsavams this year.

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10.45 am | Puducherry

Puducherry records 12 deaths, Odisha 14

Puducherry recorded 12 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours to push the toll to 211 even as 550 new admissions took the active cases to 4,834 on Saturday.

The tally is 211 deaths, a cumulative total of 13,556 cases, 4,834 active cases and 8,511 patients treated and discharged.

- Rajesh B. Nair

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally reached 97,920 with addition of 3,252 new cases on Saturday. After recovery of 67,826 patients, active cases stood at 29571. The State’s death-toll increased 470 following 14 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday.

- Satyasundar Barik

10.30 am | New Delhi

Lok Sabha MPs to be asked to take COVID-19 test 3 days before session

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday that Members of Parliament (MPs) will be requested to get themselves tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament that gets under way on September 14.

The Monsoon Session that was delayed because of the pandemic will now start in the second week of September and conclude on October 1.

Apart from MPs, anyone who enters the Parliament complex, including officials from Ministries, personal staff of Ministers, journalists covering the session and employees of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha secretariats, will also have to get themselves tested for the virus before the start of the session.

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10.15 am | Odisha

Odisha announces free transport, accommodation to JEE candidates

The Odisha government on Friday announced to provide free transportation and accommodation to 37,000 candidates of Joint Entrance Examinations for reaching 26 different examination centres in seven towns.

The JEE (Main) examinations are scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6. National Testing Agency (NTA) is going ahead with the examinations despite Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressing reservations on holding it in wake of COVID-19 pandemic and flood situation.

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10.00 am | Maharashtra

Maharashtra VCs to chalk out plan for final year exams

The Maharashtra government on Friday convened an urgent meeting of vice-chancellors (VCs) of universities in the State to chalk out plans for conducting the final year examinations after the Supreme Court ruled that students cannot be promoted without exams.

State Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said, “We respect the Supreme Court’s decision. We will be discussing with all vice-chancellors how to conduct the exams. We had informed the court that the COVID-19 situation will create problems. The court has still asked us to go ahead with the exams. We will act accordingly.”

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9.45 am | Malaysia

Malaysia extends ban on foreign tourists

Malaysia has extended its movement restrictions, including a ban on foreign tourists until the end of the year. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a televised address late Friday that global cases have been rising and the country has seen sporadic virus clusters even though the situation was under control.

Malaysia has recorded more than 9,000 cases with 125 deaths.

- PTI

9.30 am | Maharashtra

HC allows conditional Muharram procession in Mumbai

The Bombay High Court on Friday granted permission to hold the Taziya procession on Muharram in Mumbai provided not more than five people take part in it and stringent COVID-19 precautions are followed. The court said no other such processions would be allowed in the State.

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9.15 am | Goa

Shripad Naik recovering steadily, vitals stable: official

Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, is recovering steadily with "stable vitals and good respiratory efforts", a senior Goa health official said. Mr. Naik was admitted to a private hospital near Panaji on August 12 after he tested positive for the infection.

- PTI

9.00 am | Haryana

Malls, shops to remain shut on Mondays and Tuesdays

Sudden spike has been registered in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Millennium City this week, mostly due to holding of social and family gatherings, said Gurugram Chief Medical Officer, Virender Yadav on Friday. In a related development, the shopping malls and shops, except those dealing in essential services, will remain shut on Mondays and Tuesdays in the State instead of over the weekend.

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8.00 am | Telangana

COVID deaths are govt. murders: Bhatti

CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and MLC Jeevan Reddy at a district government hospital on Thursday.

CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and MLC Jeevan Reddy at a district government hospital on Thursday.  

 

Stating that all coronavirus deaths were government murders, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said on Friday that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao should take the blame for his ‘failure’ to wake up to the reality of COVID.

Mr. Bhatti, who is on a tour of government hospitals in the State for the last three days, visited Adilabad and Nirmal hospitals on Friday.

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7.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

Make 650 more beds ready at VIMS by September 1: Collector

People to register their names at a free COVID-19 coronavirus testing at Fever Hospital in Hyderabad on August 28, 2020.

People to register their names at a free COVID-19 coronavirus testing at Fever Hospital in Hyderabad on August 28, 2020.   | Photo Credit: G. RAMAKRISHNA

 

Visakhapatnam District Collector V. Vinay Chand instructed the Health Department officials to get 650 beds ready for the COVID-19 patients at Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) by September 1.

Mr. Vinay Chand inspected VIMS here on Friday and said that the 650 beds, including 434 with oxygen facility and 216 in ICU, should be made available. He instructed the officials to recruit necessary staff and make other arrangements at the earliest.

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7.00 am | West Bengal

West Bengal’s recovery rate goes past 80%

West Bengal on Friday registered 2,982 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total cases to 1,53,754 . The State also reported 56 fatalities in 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,073.

However, this was offset by a high number of 3,286 people being discharged, taking recovery rate to 80.86%. So far, 1,24,332 people have recovered from the viral infection.

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