Coronavirus India lockdown Day 134 updates | August 5, 2020

Youngsters at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on August 5, 2020

Youngsters at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on August 5, 2020   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Rapid antigen tests (RAT) now made up 25%-30% of the tests that were being conducted in India, Dr. Balram Bhargava, Director-General, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

According to the latest testing figures, the ICMR said it had tested nearly 6.6 lakh samples in a single day and, overall, India had tested over 20 million samples.

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:

8.48 p.m.| Andhra Pradesh

Coronavirus lockdown extended in Tirupati till Aug 14

To check the spike in COVID-19 cases, lockdown in Tirupati has further been extended till August 14, an official of the Municipal Corporation said on Wednesday.

However, shops selling vegetables and groceries, banks and other essential providers would be permitted to open between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, said Municipal Commissioner P.S. Girisha.

The lockdown would not impact pilgrims proceeding to the shrine of Lord Venkateswara in nearby Tirumala, he said.

A few weeks ago, Tirupati reported at least 400 COVID-19 cases daily, but now the number has come to 200 cases, he said. After the lockdown was eased from June 1, Tirupati witnessed a surge in the cases, prompting the local authorities to enforce the shutdown from June 20 to August 5.

Again, the lockdown has been extended for nine more days till August 14 to check the spread of the dreaded virus.

8.15 p.m.| Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal adopts test-trace-treat formula to contain COVID-19 spread: CM

The Arunachal Pradesh government has adopted the 3T formula of testing, tracing and treating to contain the spread of COVID-19 which has not entered community transmission stage till now, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said on Wednesday.

Most of the cases in the northeastern State have been through local transmission, the Chief Minister told a press conference in Itanagar.

“Our health workers and all frontline workers are working day and night to contain the pandemic and significantly the recovery rate in the State has risen to 61.7%,” Mr. Khandu said.

He added that Arunachal Pradesh is among the top six States in the country in terms of per million tests ratio, tests conducted per million population for detecting COVID-19. The State government has so far tested 93,365 samples for COVID-19.

7.45 p.m. |Puducherry

Puducherry Minister and his son test positive for coronavirus, admitted to JIPMER

Puducherry Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy and his son tested positive for coronavirus and were admitted to JIPMER on Wednesday, officials said. Director of Health and Family Welfare S. Mohan Kumar told PTI that both were admitted in the evening.

According to sources, the Minister and his son had got infected through contact as one of the members in the family was admitted in JIPMER for treatment of the infection recently.

Meanwhile, Opposition AINRC legislator N.S.J. Jayabal was discharged from hospital after COVID-19 treatment. Official sources said the legislator was admitted to the hospital on July 24.

7 p.m. | West Bengal

TMC councillor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation dies of COVID-19

A Trinamool Congress leader and a councillor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Subhash Bose, succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, a Health Department official said.

The councillor, who was in his 50s, had tested positive for the disease a fortnight ago and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital. “His condition kept on deteriorating and he died this morning,” the official said.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee expressed grief over the death of Bose, a party leader of Bidhannagar in North 24 Parganas district.

“Saddened at the demise of our colleague and councillor of Ward 6, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, Subhash Bose. One of the many brave souls who risked his life while working in the frontline. My condolences to his family, well wishers and friends,” Ms. Banerjee tweeted.

6.58 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh

Disha Patani’s father, two officers test COVID-19 positive

Three officers of the vigilance unit of the Uttar Pradesh Power Department, including the father of Bollywood actress Disha Patani, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Jagdish Patani and the two other officers, who came to Bareilly from Lucknow, have tested positive for COVID-19, Additional CMO Ashok Kumar said on Wednesday.

The three officers were investigating a transformer scam, he said. Disha Patani’s father is a deputy SP in the vigilance unit of the State Power Department in Bareilly. The zonal chief engineer’s office has also been closed for next 48 hours, the ACMO added.

6.15 p.m. | West Bengal

KMC keeps ashes of COVID victims, family can collect from crematorium

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Wednesday said that ashes of persons who died of COVID-19 are respectfully kept in designated crematoriums and family members of the deceased can collect the same anytime.

According to protocol, family members of COVID-19 victims cannot attend the cremation and thus they are not able to collect the ashes at that time, said Atin Ghosh, a member of the KMC Board of Administrators.

“The authorities follow all the rituals while cremating a body in the presence of a priest. The ashes are preserved in urns. Family members of the diseased can collect the urn any day after cremation, even after 14 days of their quarantine period,” Mr. Ghosh told PTI.

The KMC has two designated places where bodies of COVID-19 patients are consigned to flames. One is Nimtala crematorium in north Kolkata while the other one is Dhapa crematorium in the eastern part of the city.

Family members can collect the ashes from the place where the body of the patient was cremated, said Ghosh, a former KMC Deputy Mayor.

While collecting the urn, a family member needs to furnish the death certificate and his or her own identity proof, he said.

5.36 p.m. | Odisha

25 COVID-19 warriors died in Odisha so far: Official

As many as 25 corona warriors have died in Odisha while performing COVID-19 related duty, a senior official said on Wednesday. The frontline warriors who have succumbed to the viral infection were deployed in dedicated hospitals, COVID care centres, temporary medical camps and COVID care homes, he said.

The 25 deaths account for 11.11% of the State’s coronavirus death toll which stands at 225, the official said.

Asking people to observe silent prayer in memory of the COVID-19 warriors, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "These people had been working for more than 150 days, without any rest, since the outbreak of the pandemic in the State.”

The State had registered its first COVID-19 positive case on March 15 and the first fatality on April 6.

“While saving us, 25 of them (frontline workers) have laid down their lives,” Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Jena said in his twitter post.

Most of them hailed from Ganjam district, the State’s coronavirus hotspot district, which has so far reported 117 fatalities and a caseload of 11,812, sources said.

The deceased COVID-19 warriors included health workers, police personnel, anganwadi and ASHA workers, teachers and panchayati raj institution functionaries.

5.30 p.m. | Karnataka

First-of-its-kind mobile COVID-19 lab dedicated to public

Touted as a first-of-its-kind in the nation, a mobile COVID-19 lab was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar.

The lab, approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) can do 9,000 RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests per month, an official press release said. “This is a unique lab having all safety features and capable of producing 100% accurate results within four hours,” Dr. Sudhakar was quoted as saying in the press release.

The Indian Institute of Science had developed the lab and handed it over to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

The mobile lab can also be used for molecular diagnostic-testing and can be deployed in coronavirus hot spots quickly, the release said adding, apart from COVID-19, the lab can be utilised for testing H1N1, HCV, TB, HPV and HIV among others.

5.20 pm | Maharashtra

Recovered Maha minister donates plasma

Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, who recovered from COVID-19 infection nearly three months ago, on Wednesday donated his plasma for treatment of other patients.

Mr. Awhad donated his plasma at a collection centre in Thane city.

“I chose this day to make the donation as it is my birthday,” he said.

NCP’s Thane city chief and former MP Anand Paranjpe, who had also recovered from the infection, donated his plasma at the same centre.


3.05 pm | Karnataka

Siddaramaiah stable, says hospital

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is undergoing treatment for coronavirus, is now stable and has no fever, the hospital where he is admitted said on Wednesday.

“Presently he has no fever and his vital parameters are stable,” Manipal Hospitals said in a statement.


3.00 pm | Tamil Nadu

Private gyms to open in TN

Tamil Nadu government allowed private gyms (stand alone only) to open for customers below 50 years of age from August 10. A Standard Operation Procedure would be issued in this regard, TN Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said.

- reports Dennis S. Jesudasan.

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2.45 pm | Tamil Nadu

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam tests positive for COVID-19

Veteran singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam on Wednesday said he has been admitted to a hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 74-year-old singer, who has worked across Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam film industries, shared the news in a video message on Facebook.

Balasubrahmanyam said he was feeling chest congestion, cold and “on and off” fever since two-three days, following which he got himself tested for COVID-19.

“They said it is a very mild case of coronavirus positive. They said you can stay at home and self quarantine and asked me to take some medications.

“But I didn’t want to do that with all my family members being very concerned for me. So, I got admitted to a hospital, my friends are here and taking good care of me,” the veteran singer said.

He also asked his well-wishers to not panic about his health and assured them that he was doing fine.


2.30 pm | Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Governor continues to be asymptomatic

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, was had tested positive for COVID-19, continued to be asymptomatic and active, Kauvery Hospital said on Wednesday.

A medical bulletin issued by the hospital said that Mr. Purohit “continues to be asymptomatic, active and doing well.” The Governor was being continuously monitored by its medical team, it said.

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2.00 pm | Maharashtra

"₹42 lakh loss as some Shramik Specials ran empty"

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it incurred a loss of around ₹42 lakh as most of the Shramik Special trains arranged in the last month to ferry stranded migrant workers to their native states amid the COVID-19 pandemic went empty.


1.15 pm | Tamil Nadu

Residents of village in Villupuram district refuse to allow burial of COVID-19 victim

An ambulance carrying the body of a 52-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 was denied entry into Meledayalam village near Gingee on Tuesday at midnight, for over eight hours, after a protest by local residents amid fear of the spread of the infection.

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11.45 am | West Bengal

Normal life hit across Bengal due to complete lockdown

Normal life was affected across West Bengal as a total lockdown was imposed in the state on Wednesday in the wake of a spurt in COVID-19 cases.

It is part of the twice-a-week lockdown imposed in the state since July 23 to break the chain of the infection.

Wednesday is the fourth lockdown day in a fortnight.

Security has been tightened to enforce the lockdown and to avert untoward incidents in the wake of the groundbreaking ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya during the day, a police official said.

Politically volatile West Bengal is likely to witness a showdown between the police and activists of saffron outfits as the latter have planned to perform rituals at temples and their offices to mark the Ayodhya event amid the lockdown.

Police personnel were seen patrolling major traffic intersections in Kolkata.

Public transport was off the roads and government and private offices, banks and commercial establishments, barring those engaged in essential services, were shut due to the lockdown.

Flight services in and out of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport were suspended for the day and long-distance trains were rescheduled.

Medicine stores, health establishments and petrol pumps have been kept out of the lockdown’s purview.


11.20 am |Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was discharged from a private hospital in Bhopal on Wednesday morning after being treated there for COVID-19 for 12 days. Doctors have advised him to isolate himself at home and monitor his health for seven days. “Corona spreads only through negligence,” said Mr. Chouhan after his discharge.

- reports Sidharth Yadav.

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10.30 am

UP minister Brajesh Pathak tests positive

Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Brajesh Pathak on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, and asked people who came in contact with him recently to get themselves tested as per norms.

“After symptoms of coronavirus, I got tested on advice of doctors. I tested positive for COVID-19. Those who came in contact with me in past few days are requested to follow government guidelines and quarantine themselves and get themselves tested,” Law minister Pathak said in a tweet.

UP minister Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Sunday


10.00 am

COVID vaccine likely by mid-’21: WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan

Stating that a realistic timeline to start receiving first million doses of COVID vaccine is mid-2021, World Health Organization’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan cautioned that it might take longer “as we did not understand the virus completely”.

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9.30 am

Extended lockdown helped save nearly 78,000 lives, Health Ministry tells House committee

The Union Health Ministry informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health that the nationwide lockdown from March 25 to May 31 helped save anything between 37,000 to 78,000 lives on Tuesday.

This was the first meeting of the standing committee on health chaired by Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav since Parliament abruptly shut on March 23. The claim comes on a day that India has for the first time added the highest number of fresh cases globally on Sunday.

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9.00 am | Andhra Pradesh

Kakinada GGH turns into COVID critical care facility

The Government General Hospital in Kakinada of East Godavari district has been converted into an 1,800-bedded critical care hospital exclusively for COVID-19 patients.

The State Government has recently designated the GGH as a COVID critical care hospital, as the nearest State COVID Hospital in Visakhapatnam was unable to accommodate COVID-19 patients from East Godavari district.

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8.30 am | New Delhi

COVID-19 tests fall by 50% in city

A trainer sanitising equipment at a gym in Delhi on Tuesday.

A trainer sanitising equipment at a gym in Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy


With the number of daily COVID-19 tests falling by 50%, the new cases stayed below the 1,000 mark in Delhi for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. A total of 674 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours and the total tally now stands at 1,39,156, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government.

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8.00 am | Tamil Nadu

‘Intense testing helped curb cases’

Intense testing and fever camps have helped bring the number of COVID-19 cases down in recent days in Tamil Nadu, including in Chennai and Madurai districts, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said on Tuesday.

Addressing the media, he said that with no vaccine ready yet, awareness of the disease and adherence to the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research might help to check the spread of the noval coronavirus.

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7.30 am | New Delhi

Kejriwal thanks South Korean ambassador for praising Delhi Model of managing COVID-19

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. File

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday thanked the South Korean ambassador for his words of appreciation for the Delhi model of COVID-19 management, said an official statement. Mr. Kejriwal said he is happy that the Delhi Model is being recognized across the globe and that all nations need to join hands to fight and defeat COVID-19.

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7.00 am | Andhra Pradesh

Plasma donors will get ₹5,000 incentive: Nellore Collector

With hospitals being pushed to the brink with the massive case load, the Nellore district administration announced a cash incentive for people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma.

“We have started using plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients in the district. I appeal to those who have recovered from the virus to voluntarily come forward and donate blood plasma. An incentive of ₹5,000 will be given to each donor,” Nellore Collector K.V.N. Chakradhar Babu said.

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