Coronavirus India lockdown Day 141 updates | August 12, 2020

Youth break 'Dahi handi', using the ladder on Janmashtami day at Girgaum in South Mumbai on Tuesday.

Youth break 'Dahi handi', using the ladder on Janmashtami day at Girgaum in South Mumbai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that his country had successfully registered its coronavirus vaccine, has evoked mixed reactions from the world. While some point out that Phase 3 trial of the vaccine is not yet over, Russia says several nations have approached them to buy it.

In India, an expert committee on vaccine administration, under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul, will meet on August 12 to consider the logistics and ethical aspects of procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Ministry has not categorically answered if India will procure vaccines from Russia.

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:

8.15 p.m. | Maharashtra

With 13,408 discharges, Maharashtra reports highest single-day recoveries

While Maharashtra reported a massive surge of 12,712 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the State also recorded its highest single-day recoveries, with 13,408 patients being discharged today.

The State's total case tally reached 5,48,313 while the total recoveries have risen to 3,81,843. A high fatality surge of 344 deaths has pushed the total death toll to 18,650. The number of active cases stands at 1,47,513.

Pune district reported another big surge of nearly 3,000 new cases and 41 fatalities as its total case tally reached 11,96,28 while its death toll rose to 2,865. With 1,132 new cases reported today, Mumbai's total case tally reached 1,26,356 of whom only 19,047 are active though. With 50 new deaths, the city's death toll has risen to 6,943. Jalgaon district reported 16 fatalities, while Kolhapur reported 19 deaths.

- Shoumojit Banerjee

7.50 p.m. | Gujarat

Gujarat reports 1152 new cases

Gujarat recorded 1152 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths on Wedneday, increasing its tally of fatalities to 2715 while the caseload has jumped to 74390. Active cases are at 14,282 while total discharged are: 57393.

- Mahesh Langa

7.20 p.m. | Assam

Worst of COVID-19 may be behind us: Assam Health Minister

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said a low coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rate could indicate the State was heading in the right direction or the worst was over.

But a clearer picture on the novel coronavirus outbreak in the State would emerge after August 15, he insisted.

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7 p.m. | Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh reports 870 new cases

Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday recorded 870 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 41,604. The number of active cases stands at 9,317.

Fifteen patients died of the illness on the day, taking the State-wide death toll to 1,048. As for recoveries, 643 patients were discharged from hospitals on the day. So far, 31,239 persons have been cured of the illness, says the State Directorate of Health Services.

6.30 p.m. | Telangana

Baahubali director SS Rajamouli, family test negative for COVID-19

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli on Wednesday said he and his family members have tested negative for coronavirus, two weeks after completing quarantine at home.

The director, best known for his epic fantasy hit Baahubali series, had revealed on July 29 that they underwent the test for COVID-19 after developing mild fever.

In a Twitter update today, Rajamouli, 46, said the family will now wait for three weeks to check if they can donate plasma as advised by doctors.

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- PTI

6.05 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

5871 new cases in Tamil Nadu

5871 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, taking the total to 3,14,520.

5633 people were discharged today, taking the total to 2,56,313. There were 119 deaths, taking the death toll to 5278. There are 52,929 active cases in the State.

- Tamil Nadu bureau

5.30 p.m. | West Bengal

West Bengal lockdown on August 28 withdrawn, revised dates announced

The West Bengal government announced on Wednesday that the State-wide complete lockdown on Friday, August 28, 2020, is withdrawn.

The complete lockdown will now be observed on 20th August, 21st August, 27th August and 31st August.

4.50 pm | New Delhi

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate soars past 70%

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate soared past 70% on Wednesday with 16,39,599 people having recuperated from the disease so far in the country, while active cases comprise 27.64% of the total caseload, the Union Health Ministry said.

The case fatality rate has further declined to 1.98%.

The highest single-day recoveries at 56,110 are the result of the successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardised clinical management of the critical patients based on holistic standard of care approach, the ministry said.

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4.40 pm | West Bengal

India-Bhutan border trade via Bengal suspended

Trade across the India- Bhutan border through Jaigaon in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district was suspended after a lockdown was imposed to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Himalayan kingdom.

The border gates between India’s Jaigaon and Bhutan’s Phuentsholing were closed after the total lockdown came into force in the neighbouring country on Tuesday.

4.20 pm | Madhya Pradesh

14 women prisoners found coronavirus positive

Days after they were shifted to Shahdol jail from a prison in Singrauli district in Madhya Pradesh, 14 women inmates have been found to be coronavirus positive, a senior official said on Wednesday.

They were shifted to Shahdol Medical College on Tuesday evening, said Shahdol district jail superintendent GK Neti.

The women inmates, including 13 undertrials and a convict, were shifted from Baidhan jail on August 9 as it was overcrowded, he said.

4.00 pm | Goa

Four private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients in Goa

For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in Goa, four private hospitals in the coastal state have agreed to treat patients, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said.

These hospitals would be in addition to the existing two COVID-19 hospitals set up by the state government.

 

3.20 pm | Tamil Nadu

Six doctors from private hospitals have succumbed to COVID-19 in Madurai: IMA

Six doctors, all from private hospitals, have died due to COVID-19 in Madurai district according to the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Madurai branch.

The data comes at a time of discrepancy regarding State-level and national-level data submitted by the Indian Medical Association in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi explaining the number of doctors who have died due to COVID-19 across the country.

3.00 pm

NE States wary of reopening schools as COVID cases mount

Assam and her northeastern neighbours are wary of reopening educational institutions from September as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in most of the States with the death tally in the region crossing the 200 mark by Monday evening.

Barring Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura, the number of infected people has been increasing in the region. But officials prefer to look at the falling “rate of positivity,” which has been consistently under 5% in the case of Assam for the past few days.

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2.50 pm | Maharashtra

Keeping the tradition alive in pandemic

Youth break 'Dahi handi', using the ladder on Janmashtami day at Girgaum in South Mumbai on Tuesday.

Youth break 'Dahi handi', using the ladder on Janmashtami day at Girgaum in South Mumbai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

 

It was a muted Janmashtami in Mumbai this year. Many dahi handi mandalas have cancelled their celebrations keeping it low key without forming human pyramids due to COVID-19.

Dahi handi will be broken only symbolically, said Bala Padalkar, chief of the Dahi handi Utsav Samnavay Samiti, an umbrella body of over 950 mandals (groups).

Mr. Padalkar said there will be no human pyramids in keeping with the physical distancing norms. “The enthusiasm won’t be the same this year,” he said.

2.30 pm | Maharashtra

Maharashtra approves speed boat ambulance service

The Maharashtra government has cleared a speed boat ambulance service between Gateway of India in Mumbai and Mandwa jetty in Raigad district.

Critical patients from Raigad can now reach Mumbai hospitals in a short time, says MLA Aditi Tatkare, the guardian minister for Raigad. While the boat ride just takes 20 minutes, it takes about three hours to reach the destination by road. - Raina Assainar

2.00 pm | Maharashtra

Travel to Raigad after Aug. 12 requires COVID-19 test report

Raigad Guardian Minister Aditi Tatkare has urged people visiting the district after August 12 for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, to come with a COVID-19 test report.

“As per instructions from the State government, anyone entering the district before August 12 will have to follow the quarantine rule of 10 days, but after that, a COVID-19 negative report will be compulsory,” Ms. Tatkare said.

She said that the quarantine period of 14 days was brought down to 10 days following requests by local leaders and associations.

People travelling to Raigad after August 12 would be required to get an e-pass.

1.30 pm | Karnataka

Siddaramaiah tests negative, to be discharged on Thursday

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection at a private hospital in Bengaluru has tested negative and will be discharged tomorrow, his office said on Wednesday.

The 71-year-old leader was admitted to Manipal Hospital hospital on August 4.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who was also undergoing treatment for COVID infection at the same Manipal Hospital was discharged on Monday after recovery.

1.00 pm | Tamil Nadu

Chennai Corporation chief engineer beats COVID-19 blues, gets back to work

The Chennai Corporation Chief Engineer (Special projects and Administration) L. Nandakumar, rejoined duty on Wednesday after recovering from COVID-19.

Mr. Nandakumar is also in charge of the micro plan of the COVID-19 response team, created in all the 200 divisions of the city, which has helped in bringing down the number of positive cases. He was welcomed by Chennai Corporation Commissioner G. Prakash with a bouquet.

Mr. Nandakumar, who tested COVID-19 positive on July 27 along with his wife Lakshmi, was initially under house quarantine but was later shifted to a private hospital based on the advice of medical specialists as he suffered from other health issues.

12.40 pm | Telangana

Sans proper data Russian COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy, safety unknown: CCMB Chief

CSIR - Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) Director Rakesh Mishra. File

CSIR - Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) Director Rakesh Mishra. File  

 

The efficacy and safety levels of the vaccine developed by Russia for treating COVID-19 patients is not predictable in the absence of data, a top official of the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology said on Wednesday.

His remarks come in the backdrop of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that his country has developed the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus.

Director of CCMB, Rakesh K Mishra said if people are “lucky” then the Russian vaccine will work.

“Both efficacy and safety of the vaccine are still unknown. They haven’t conducted proper trials, which is stage-III trials. That is when you get to know the efficacy, when it is tested on a large number of people and should wait for two months to see whether they get a viral infection or not. Doesn’t look like they have carried out (large scale testings) because if you have done it, then show us the data.You cannot keep it confidential,” Mr. Mishra told PTI.

12.20 pm | Maharashtra

Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for Covid19 and will not join leave for UAE for IPL next week. - Amol Karhadkar

12.00 noon | Karnataka

Six Team India hockey players shifted to hospital

Five COVID-19 positive hockey players have been shifted to a hospital in Bengaluru as a precautionary measure after striker Mandeep Singh was transferred to the facility following a dip in his blood oxygen level, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Wednesday.

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11.30 | Kerala

Ernakulam Collector lays out strategy to contain COVID-19 spread in district

The strategy to contain COVID-19 spread in the district would involve aggressive testing of symptomatic people and primary contacts of patients, since this approach had resulted in bringing down the number of positive cases in the Aluva and Keezhmad clusters where nearly all primary contacts were successfully traced, District Collector S. Suhas said at a briefing on Tuesday.

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10.45 am | Telangana

Telangana performs 2.55 lakh rapid antigen tests in a month

Of 5,90,306 tests performed in Telangana till August 8 to detect COVID-19, at least 2.55 lakh were conducted using rapid antigen test (RAT) method that was introduced in the State on July 8.

Of those, the results of 1,536 symptomatic persons turned up negative and were followed up with Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR).

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10.00 am | Andhra Pradesh

19 inmates of Kadapa jail contract COVID-19

Nineteen prisoners housed at the Kadapa Central Jail tested positive for COVID-19 in a random testing drive that was conducted at the prison last week.

Taking cognisance of the development, Deputy Inspector-General (Prisons) M. Varaprasad got the jail compound thoroughly sanitised.

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9.30 am | Tamil Nadu

Withdraw e-pass system: BJP Tamil Nadu president

BJP Tamil Nadu president L. Murugan on Tuesday requested Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to cancel the e-pass system, as Tamil Nadu was the only State with such a process and lockdown relaxations were already in place.

A man who has recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a protective face mask as he donates his blood plasma to help critically ill patients at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai

A man who has recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a protective face mask as he donates his blood plasma to help critically ill patients at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai   | Photo Credit: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

 

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9.00 am | Delhi

Israel AI-based technologies to help tackle COVID-19

As a part of Israel-India cooperation to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, (AIIMS), Delhi, which has treated around 5,500 patients till now, has received state-of-the-art AI-based technologies and high-end equipment from the Embassy of Israel on Tuesday.

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8.30 am | West Bengal

Mamata seeks more ventilators, funds from Centre

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide more ventilators for the State and release its share of funds pending with the Centre to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Banerjee also sought to know the details of vaccine development in the country.

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8.00 am | Mumbai

Travel to Raigad after Aug. 12 requires COVID-19 test report

A health worker calling out residents of Dharavi to come for screening for during the COVID-19 medical camp conducted on August 11, 2020. Dharavi pattern to curb coronavirus is appreciated world wide.

A health worker calling out residents of Dharavi to come for screening for during the COVID-19 medical camp conducted on August 11, 2020. Dharavi pattern to curb coronavirus is appreciated world wide.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

 

Raigad Guardian Minister Aditi Tatkare has urged people visiting the district after August 12 for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, to come with a COVID-19 test report.

“As per instructions from the State government, anyone entering the district before August 12 will have to follow the quarantine rule of 10 days, but after that, a COVID-19 negative report will be compulsory,” Ms. Tatkare said.

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7.00 am | Karnataka

Discharge policy revised

A day after revising guidelines for home quarantine, the State government on Tuesday revised the discharge policy. The revised policy, while specifying that no repeat test is required for asymptomatic, mild and moderate cases at discharge as before, has reduced the 14-day home isolation after discharge to seven with self monitoring.

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