Coronavirus India lockdown Day 120 updates | July 22, 2020

Kozhikode corporation staff burying the mortal remains of a city resident at the Kannamparamb burial ground on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: K. Ragesh

The government on Tuesday said it has extended connectivity norms for work from home for IT and BPO companies till December 31. The time period for work from home was expiring on July 31.

“DoT has further extended the relaxations in the terms and conditions for other service providers up to December 31, 2020 to facilitate work from home in view of the ongoing concern due to COVID-19,” the Department of Telecommunications said in a late night tweet.

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers. You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here.

Here are the latest updates:

10:35 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi’s NHM doctor to get ‘Corona Warrior’ status

The Delhi government will accord the ‘Corona Warrior’ status to a National Health Mission (NHM) doctor who succumbed to COVID-19, and grant his family ₹1 crore compensation, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday.

Dr. Javed Ali, 42, had contracted the infection in the line of duty and died on Tuesday, he said.

His wife had been appealing to authorities to provide help to the family.

10:20 p.m. | New Delhi

PIL in Supreme Court to set up panel to probe into Government’s mismanagement of COVID-19

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking setting up of a commission to conduct an independent inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Centre.

The petition, which is likely to come up for hearing next week, said the commission be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge and comprising experts from fields of medical science, epidemiology, public health, law and social sciences.

The response of the respondent (Union of India) to the pandemic and the deleterious impact of the same on the lives and livelihoods of citizens of the country is a definite matter of public importance and warrants appointment of a Commission..., it said.


10:10 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

58 more Vande Bharat Mission flights scheduled to land in Tamil Nadu, Centre tells High Court

The Centre on Wednesday informed the Madras high court that 58 more Vande Bharat Mission flights are scheduled to land in Tamil Nadu returning stranded residents of the state from across the globe due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

“Of them, 41 will land in Chennai, 11 in Trichy, 4 in Coimbatore, and 2 in Madurai,” additional solicitor general of India R. Sankaranarayanan said.

Recording it, a division bench of Justice M. M. Sundresh and Justice R. Hemalatha cited a report published in an English daily.


9:55 p.m. | New Delhi

133 buses seized in Delhi for plying in unauthorised manner

The Delhi government has seized 133 private buses registered in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar among others, plying on the city roads in an unauthorised manner, a senior official said on Wednesday. The interstate bus service is suspended in Delhi since March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It is noted that since ‘unlockdown’ was announced, some private operators started plying their contract carriage buses ferrying passengers between Delhi and destinations, particularly in UP and Rajasthan, Special Commissioner (Transport) K. K. Dahia said.

9:35 p.m. | West Bengal

Unions seek to know if banks will be open on lockdown days in Bengal

Bank unions on Wednesday sought clarification from the West Bengal government whether banking services are exempted from the fresh lockdown to be imposed twice a week.

The administration has decided to impose total lockdown in the entire state on two days every week till August to stem the rise in COVID-19 cases. The shutdown would be clamped on Thursday and Saturday this week.

The measure will be enforced on Wednesday next week and the second day will be announced later.

9:20 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi government plans more monthly sero-surveys, next to be done in August

A fresh sero-survey will be conducted in the national capital from August 1-5 and such exercises will be conducted every month to formulate better policies to tackle COVID-19, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Wednesday.

The decision comes after the city government analysed the results of the latest sero-survey which showed nearly 23% of the people here had exposure to the novel coronavirus.

9:05 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu reconciles 444 unreported deaths from March to COVID-19

After admitting a possible mismatch in the Covid-19 fatalities earlier, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday said previously unreported 444 deaths related to the virus in the city have been added to the Coronavirus tally.

A nine-member Death Reconciliation Committee formed by the Health department to streamline Covid-19 deaths data assessed all the deaths suspected to be linked with the infection in Chennai.

Subsequently, Chennai’s death toll stood at 1939, while that of the state went up to 3,144.

8:55 p.m. | West Bengal

West Bengal sees highest single-day spike of 2,291 fresh COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths

The COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal mounted to 1,221 on Wednesday after the highest single-day spike of 39 fatalities were reported from different parts of the state, the health department said.

The state also witnessed a record 2,291 fresh infections, pushing the tally to 49,321, it said in a bulletin.

The number of active cases in the state stands at 18,450.


8:35 p.m. | Punjab

Punjab to procure seven RNA-extraction machines to spur COVID testing facility

The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to procure seven automatic RNA-extraction machines to equip viral testing labs in the state to boost their COVID-19 testing capacity.

Three such labs are already operational at government medical colleges in Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot and four were set up recently in Mohali, Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting, held through video conference and chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

8:20 p.m. | Maharashtra

Maharashtra records highest single-day spike with over 10,000 new cases

Maharashtra reported an unprecedented surge of more than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with the spike of 10,576 cases making it the highest single-day surge till date, taking the State's total case tally to 3,37,607.

A concurrently high fatality surge of 280 deaths has taken the total death toll to 12,556. Of the total case tally, 1,36,980 are active ones, said State Health Department officials.

With 5,552 patients discharged today, the cumulative recoveries till date has gone up to 1,87,769.As per State health department figures, Pune district reported a staggering surge of more than 3,000 new cases and 57 fatalities as its total case tally surged to 63,351 while its death toll reached 1,514.

With 1,310 new cases reported today, Mumbai's total case tally reached has 1,04,678 of whom only 23,393 are active though. With 58 new deaths reported today, the city's death toll has risen to 5,875. Thane district reported 29 deaths while Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra reported 16 fatalities.

8:00 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi reports 1227 new cases

1,227 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,26,323, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Wednesday.

Also, 29 more deaths have been reported, taking the total number of deaths to 3,719.

Of the total cases, 1,07,650 people have recovered and there are 14,954 active cases.

-Nikhi M. Babu

7:50 p.m. | New Delhi

22 million children from South Asia missed out on early childhood education due to COVID-19: UNICEF

Nearly 22 million children from South Asian countries, including India, have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year due to coronavirus outbreak, according to a new research by UNICEF. The research brief released on Wednesday looks at the state of childcare and early childhood education globally and includes an analysis of the impact of widespread COVID-19 closure of vital family services. In the South Asia region, the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) covered Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the research.

Children are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia. Prolonged school closure and limited access to distant learning have deprived children of their universal right to education, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Jean Gough said.


7:30 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu reports single day high of over 5,000 COVID-19 cases, 74 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported an all time single day high of 5,849 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the infection count to 1,86,492, while recoveries rose to 1,31,583 with 4,910 people getting cured, the health department said.

The state continued with its aggressive testing of samples with 60,112 specimens being examined, pushing the tally to 20,95,757.

The health department bulletin said 74 fatalities were reported today, taking the death toll to 3,144.

7:10 p.m. | Kerala

Single day cases cross 1000 mark in Kerala, total COVID-19 tally touches 15,038

For the first time, Kerala reported a single day high of 1,038 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 15,032, while 1.59 lakh people are under observation.

As many as 8,818 people are presently under treatment of whom 53 are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and nine are on ventilator support,Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here.

While 785 people have contracted the virus through contact, the source of infection of 57 people is not known, Mr. Vijayan said.


7:00 p.m. | Karnataka

A J Hospital and Research Centre gets ICMR nod for COVID-19 testing

A. J. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in the city has obtained the approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for testing SARS-CoV-2 virus by Real Time RT-PCR method. This has added a boost to the existing COVID-19 testing facilities Dakshina Kannada.

- Ravi Kamila

6:45 p.m. | Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh records single day record of 65 deaths; cases tally rises to 64,713

Andhra Pradesh registered 6,045 new coronavirus cases, 6,494 discharges and 65 deaths, all new single day high, taking the aggregate number of cases to 64,713 and toll to 823 on Wednesday.

According to the latest COVID-19 bulletin, the state now has 31,763 active cases after a total of 32,127 patients recovered so far.

6:30 p.m. | New Delhi

Trial results show significant faster time to clinical improvement with Favipiravir: Glenmark

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday said Phase 3 clinical trial of antiviral drug Favipiravir in mild to moderate COVID-19 patients demonstrated significant faster time to clinical improvement.

Results from the Phase 3 trial showed numerical improvements for the primary efficacy endpoint with 28.6 per cent faster viral clearance in the overall population in the Favipiravir plus standard supportive care compared to those in the standard supportive care alone (control arm) , Glenmark said in a statement.

The results also demonstrated 40 per cent faster achievement of ‘clinical cure’ defined as the physician’s assessment of normalization of clinical signs — temperature, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and cough, it added.

6:10 p.m. | New Delhi

MoS Health receives 1st tranche of 4,475 oxygen concentrators from Temasek Foundation

Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey received on Wednesday the first tranche of 4,475 oxygen concentrators from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation.

The Foundation has offered to donate 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India, the Health Ministry said.

The remaining oxygen concentrators will be received in August. These devices will be made available to states and Union Territories for management of moderate cases of COVID-19, it said in a statement.

5:55 p.m. | Mumbai

GoAir launches GoMore scheme to book adjacent seat for social distancing

Budget carrier GoAir on Wednesday launched GoMore scheme, which will allow passengers to book adjacent seat on the same PNR in order to maintain social distancing amid the pandemic.

Besides, the city-based airline also announced the launch ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ facility in association with MFine, an on-demand healthcare platform.


5:45 p.m. | Mumbai

Dharavi records five fresh COVID-19 cases

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, COVID-19 tally in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum has risen to 2,507 with addition of 5 new cases:


5:35 p.m. | Meghalaya

Six BSF staffers among 24 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya

Twenty-four more people, including six BSF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Wednesday, while seven patients recovered from the disease, an official said.

The number of active cases in the state is 433 now, Director of Health Services, Dr. Aman War, said.


5:25 p.m. | Kolkata

Suspected COVID-19 patient alleges assault by neighbours

A suspected COVID-19 patient, his pregnant wife and child were allegedly beaten up by their neighbours at Patuli in the southern part of the city, police said on Wednesday.

An investigation has been initiated into the case after a complaint was lodged at the local police station by the man.


5:15 p.m. | Himachal Pradesh

Himachal C.M. in self-quarantine after deputy secretary in his office tests positive for virus

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said he was going into self-quarantine after a deputy secretary in his office tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.

As per coronavirus protocol, I am going to quarantine myself,” Mr. Thakur told the media before leaving his office for his residence.

He then quarantined himself at his official residence at Oakover here.

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5:05 p.m. | Maharashtra

Maharashtra Minister Abdul Sattar tests coronavirus positive

Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Abdul Sattar on Wednesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Sattar, who is an MLA from Sillod constituency in Aurangabad and is a minister of state in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, said he his home quarantined in Mumbai and appealed to those who came in contact with him to get themselves tested.


4:55 p.m. | Ahmedabad

Don’t collect fees during closure: Gujarat govt to unaided schools

The Gujarat government has directed the self-financed schools in the state not to collect tuition fees from students as long as they remain shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has also asked these schools not to hike fees for the academic year 2020-21.


4:45 p.m. | Goa

Coronavirus | New academic session in Goa likely from September

The Goa Education Department is expecting to start the new academic session from September this year, State Education director Santosh Amonkar has said.

The annual academic session in Goa begins in the first week of June, but it has been delayed this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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4:35 p.m.| Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath asks officials to study case history of patients cured of COVID-19

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday asked officials to study the case history of patients discharged after treatment for COVID-19, saying it could help in improving the recovery rate in the state.

Addressing a review meeting with senior officials here, he also suggested that findings of such studies should be shared with high level medical research institutions.


4:25 p.m. | Bhubaneshwar

COVID-19 vaccine by October-November: Poonawalla to Patnaik

Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, is hopeful of developing a COVID-19 vaccine by October/November this year, its CEO Adar Poonawala said on Wednesday.

It has partnered with biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to manufacture the experimental COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford.


4:15 p.m. | New Delhi

COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 63.13% with record 28,472 patients recuperating in 24 hours

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate rose to 63.13% on Wednesday with a record 28,472 patients recuperating from the disease in 24 hours, while the case fatality rate further dropped to 2.41%, the Union Health Ministry said. According to the ministry data updated at 8 a.m., recoveries have surged to 7,53,049 exceeding active cases of coronavirus infection by 3,41,916.


4:05 p.m. | Raipur

Week-long lockdown with stricter provisions begins in Raipur

A week-long lockdown began on Wednesday in the municipal limits of Raipur and Birgaon in the Chhattisgarh capital in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Only essential activities will be allowed to operate during the lockdown which will remain in force till July 28 midnight, officials said.


3:55 p.m. | Los Angeles

Antibody levels in patients with mild COVID-19 decline rapidly, scientists say

In people with mild cases of COVID-19, antibodies against the novel coronavirus may drop sharply over the first three months after infection, according to a research which says the levels may decrease by roughly half every 73 days.

Scientists, including Javier Ibarrondo from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), noted that if the declining antibody levels sustained at that rate, they might disappear within about a year.


3:45 p.m. | Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh govt cancels Independence Day public events due to COVID-19

The Madhya Pradesh government will not organise traditional public functions to mark the Independence Day this year in view of the coronavirus crisis, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday.

Instead only an official flag hoisting programme will be held in the state capital which will be attended by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other members of the Cabinet.


3:35 p.m. | Mumbai

Pandemic to bite deeply, GDP to shrink by 6% in FY21: Report

Citing the yet to be stabilised infection curve and the COVID-19 caseload in economically key states, Singaporean brokerage DBS on Wednesday forecast deeper distress for the country which will lead to a 6 per cent growth contraction in FY21.

In its earlier forecast, the brokerage had penciled in a minus 4.8 per cent growth for the current fiscal.


3:25 p.m. | New Delhi

When COVID-19 vaccine comes through, time may be right for next fiscal push: Chief Economic Advisor

The Centre is likely to wait for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine before committing to any further “fiscal push” to revive the economy, according to Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian.

After he addressed a webinar organised by the Federation of Indian Chmbers of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, Dr. Subramanian was asked whether the government was planning any further fiscal measures as part of an economic stimulus, as opposed to monetary and credit-based measures which have so far dominated the Centre’s response to the crisis.

— Priscilia Jebraj

3:15 p.m. | Iran

Iran says 138 medical professionals among dead

Iran says 138 health care professionals have died so far while battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency on Wednesday quoted Hossein Kermanpour, spokesman for the regulatory body for Iranian health care professionals, as saying that the death toll includes 90 doctors and 28 nurses.

— AP

3:05 p.m. | Goa

Antigen test for people arriving in Goa from outside:  Pramod Sawant

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said his government will start rapid antigen tests of people arriving in the State from Thursday.

He also said that the antibody testing began on Wednesday in Mangor Hill area of Vasco town in South Goa, which has been declared as a COVID-19 containment zone.


2:55 p.m. | U.S.A.

U.S. leading the world in COVID-19 testing, India second: Donald Trump

The US is leading the world in terms of COVID-19 testing and India is second, President Donald Trump has said while warning Americans that the pandemic may “get worse before it gets better.”

Over 140,000 Americans have died due to the coronavirus and 3.8 million have tested positive in the country. While the US economy is slowly coming back to normal, the pandemic is now spreading in many Sun Belt states, including in Arizona, Florida, Texas and parts of California.


2:45 p.m. | Tripura

With 254 new cases, Tripura’s COVID-19 tally rises to 3,346; death toll mounts to 8

Tripura’s COVID-19 tally rose to 3,346 on Wednesday as the state reported its highest single-day spike of 254 fresh cases, officials said. One more patient succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll due to the coronavirus to eight in the northeastern state, they said.

Eighty-one more people have recovered from the disease in the state and were discharged from hospitals on Tuesday, Biplab Deb said


2:35 p.m. | Tamil Nadu

Movement of vehicles prohibited in Virudhunagar bazaar area

Virudhunagar Local Incident Commander has prohibited movement of two-wheeler and four-wheeler in the Bazaar area in Virudhunagar town as a measure to prevent spreading of COVID-19. 

In an order, the Local Incident Commander, R. Banugopan, said that Virudhunagar taluk has recorded around 500 positive cases within the 13 days from July 8 to 21.

— Special Correspondent

2:25 p.m. | New Delhi

Supreme Court rules out possibility of conducting physical hearings at present

The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled out the possibility of conducting physical hearings at present in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said that a seven-judge committee of the apex court would consider after four weeks the aspect of re-starting physical hearing in the top court.


2:15 p.m. | Kerala

COVID-19: Kerala Assembly session likely to be deferred

Considering the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State during the past fortnight, the Cabinet is likely to recommend the postponement of the Assembly session scheduled for July 27.

The one-day session was set to be convened as per the COVID-19 protocol for passing the Kerala Finance Bill.

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— Special Correspondent

2:10 p.m. | Singapore

Singapore reports 310 new coronavirus cases, mostly foreigners

Singapore on Wednesday reported 310 new coronavirus cases, mostly foreign workers, taking the total COVID-19 tally in the country to 48,744, the health ministry said.

Of the 310 cases, 303 are foreign workers living in dormitories, it said.


1:50 p.m. | Odisha

Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload nears 20,000-mark with 1,078 fresh infections; death toll mounts to 108

Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload inched towards the 20,000-mark as the state reported its highest single-day spike of 1,078 new cases on Wednesday, a health official said.

Five more patients succumbed to COVID-19, pushing the death toll in the state due to the coronavirus to 108, he said.


1:40 p.m. | Pakistan

Pakistan reports 1,332 new COVID-19 cases, records 38 fresh deaths

Pakistan has recorded 1,332 new coronavirus cases, taking the nation-wide tally of infections to 267,428, the health ministry said on Wednesday, a day after the country registered its lowest daily COVID-19 count in more than two and a half months.

The Ministry of National Health Services said that 38 patients also died in the last 24 hours, pushing the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country to 5,677.


1:30 p.m. | Hong Kong

Masks mandatory as cases rise in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has made it mandatory to wear masks on public transport, in indoor areas and passenger terminals. The measures will last until August 5 as the city tries to break the transmission of local infections.

Hong Kong has recorded 2,019 infections with 14 deaths. On Tuesday, it reported 58 cases, 25 of them from an unknown source.

— AP

1:20 p.m. | Jammu and Kashmir

Complete lockdown in Kashmir Valley, except in Bandipora, from Wednesday evening till Monday morning

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has imposed a six-day lockdown across Kashmir Valley, except for Bandipore district, to stem the spread of COVID-19, officials said on Wednesday.

The lockdown, which comes into effect on Wednesday evening, will be reviewed after six days, they said.


1:10 p.m. | Andhra Pradesh

Anantapur district is starved of COVID19 hospital beds, patients wait in ambulances

There is severe crisis in the availability of hospital beds for the COVID19 patients in Anantapur district and all suspected cases with symptoms invariably land at the Government General Hospital here and wait endlessly for preliminary COVID screening or Triage. Patients waited in ambulances outside the Infectious diseases and COVID Wards for hours on Tuesday at the GGH unable to get admission into the 164 available beds earmarked for these patients.

— Ramesh Susaria

1:00 p.m. | New Delhi

Delhi govt plans more monthly sero-surveys, next to be conducted from Aug 1-5: Health Minister Satyendar Jain

"Yesterday, the result of the sero survey came and according to it about 24% people, that is a quarter of Delhi's total population has antibodies. That means a quarter of Delhi's population was infected and they have recovered. Most of these people didn't know that they were infected," Health Minister Satyendar Jain said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

"Now the government has decided that a sero survey will be done every month. From 1st to 5th August, samples will be taken again for the survey"

"There is spread (of the virus) in the community, I have been saying this for the past two months and 25% people were infected and recovered. Community spread is a dictionary word and NCDC or central government will have to take a decision whether it is community spread or not," Mr. Jain said.

— Delhi Bureau

12:50 p.m. | Karnataka

No unlock in Karnataka's twin coastal districts

Notwithstanding Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's clear directions to district administrations on Tuesday to lift the lockdown forthwith, the district administrations of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are yet to act upon the direction.

Dakshina Kannada in charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojari on Tuesday said the lockdown would be lifted with effect from Thursday morning.

However Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadisha who had enforced a fortnight border seal down from July 15 was not clear on his steps following Chief Minister's direction.

— Special Correspondent

12:40 p.m. | Kozhikode

Kozhikode native dies at MCH

A 56-year-old native of Pallikkandi in Kozhikode city, who had been infected with COVID-19 and was under treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, died on Wednesday.

According to District Medical Officer V. Jayasree, he was admitted to the hospital on July 20. The patient had diabetes as well as cardiac problems and died of heart attack. He is reported to have contracted the infection from another person in the same area, who tested positive for the virus on July 14, she added.

— Staff Reporter

12.30 pm | Tamil Nadu

Ooty’s famous boarding schools now turn quarantine centres

To deal with the pandemic, the district administration has roped in as many as eight schools, including the Laidlaw Memorial School at Ketti, Kendriya Vidyalaya at Wellington and Saint Jude’s Public School in Kotagiri, to convert the campuses as a centre for asymptomatic patients. Udhagamandalam is home to some of the country’s best boarding schools, most built during British rule.

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12.00 pm | Karnataka

Quarantine rules relaxed for CET candidates

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 120 updates | July 22, 2020

The Department of Higher Education has decided to relax quarantine norms for students coming from other States and outside the country to write the Common Entrance Test (CET). The decision comes a day after it was decided that asymptomatic students with COVID-19 would be allowed to write CET. The department has also now announced that positive students can write the test if the doctor declares them fit to do so.

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11.30 am | Madhya Pradesh

Health Minister warns of action against norms violation

Madhya Pradesh Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Prabhuram Choudhary has warned of “strict action” against those violating social distancing norms and organising huge public gatherings, in view of several legislators contracting COVID-19.

“The way forward to organise political rallies is through videoconferences,” Dr. Choudhary told The Hindu. “However, we have decided to take strict action against those organising gatherings inviting a huge number of people.”

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11.00 am | Andhra Pradesh

Spread of virus to rural areas near Tirupati leads to concern

A paramedic from the Covid-19 iMASQ special bus collecting swab samples from a passenger who arrived at the railway station in Vijayawada.

A paramedic from the Covid-19 iMASQ special bus collecting swab samples from a passenger who arrived at the railway station in Vijayawada.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. Giri


Though the entire Tirupati city was declared a containment zone, and a total lockdown clamped in the region, the absence of a lockdown in nearby villages is a cause for concern. Officials say that the spread of COVID-19 is alarming in Tirupati Rural, Renigunta and Chandragiri mandals, which overlap with the city’s outskirts.

The spread of the pandemic in these villages can take a heavy toll, as monitoring people’s movement is difficult.

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10.30 am

Telangana’s test positivity rate plunges

The COVID-19 test positivity rate (TPR) in Telangana, which was much higher than other States until earlier this month, is on a downward trajectory. The highest of 21.98% cumulative positivity rate — total positives out of the samples tested — was reached on July 9. Nearly two weeks after the tests to detect coronavirus were ramped up using rapid antigen tests (RAT), it gradually dropped to 16.75% on July 20. Now the State’s positivity rate is second only to Maharashtra.

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10.00 am | Assam

Guwahati jail ward turned into COVID-19 hospital

A ward of Guwahati Central Jail has been converted into a COVID-19 hospital less than a week after two prisoners escaped from an out-of-town Covid Care Centre they were taken to.

Apart from people serving time for various crimes, the jail has been in focus for housing anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act activists Akhil Gogoi and other members of his group besides extremist leaders from Assam and Manipur. Mr. Gogoi tested positive and is under treatment at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

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9.30 am | Kerala

Local transmission goes up as Ernakulam

Helping hands: Volunteers accompanying police personnel during the COVID-19 control activities in Ernakulam district.

Helping hands: Volunteers accompanying police personnel during the COVID-19 control activities in Ernakulam district.  


Eighty more persons tested positive for SARS-COV-2 on Tuesday, taking the active number of cases in the district to 913.

The source of infection was not known in the case of one person each from Eloor, Palarivattom, and Elamkulam and two persons from Edathala. Five patients had come from abroad or other States. Seventy-five persons contracted the disease through local transmission

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9.00 am | Telangana

Submit fact sheet on COVID measures to court: KCR

Telangana government has decided to present a fact sheet on the incidence of coronavirus pandemic in the State and the steps initiated by the government to control the spread of the virus.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao instructed the officials concerned to file an affidavit in the High Court, explaining the measures initiated by the government to conduct investigative tests and measures taken to check the spread of the virus.

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8.30 am | Kerala

Public can expect tighter curbs: CM

Beds arranged for COVID-19 patients at the Kasaragod Medical College Hospital in Kerala.

Beds arranged for COVID-19 patients at the Kasaragod Medical College Hospital in Kerala.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the COVID-19 pandemic was unlikely to abate any time soon.

“We are in for a marathon, not a 100-m dash. There is no immediate end in sight. The disease might test us to the limit of our endurance. We have to harness the mental strength and collective will to tide over the crisis. Kerala can’t afford to lose the fight against the scourge. Losing is not an option for us,” he said.

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8.00 am | New Delhi

‘Percentage of people with antibodies high’

With the results of the Delhi serological survey showing that 22.86% of residents have developed antibodies against COVID-19, experts agreed that the percentage was “high”, but differed on its interpretation.

Jayaprakash Muliyil, an epidemiologist and former principal of Christian Medical College, Vellore, said the seroprevalence in Delhi is “decently high” and it was expected in the city. “There are some questions on how long the immunity last. I think it will be a long-lasting immunity, but I cannot give you an exact number," Dr. Muliyil told The Hindu. He added that in an urban area, about 50% of the people have to be infected by the virus and develop antibodies to attain herd immunity. “In a few weeks, Delhi will attain herd immunity,” he said.

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7.30 am | Karnataka

No more lockdown; focus will be on revival of economy: Chief Minister

After several rounds of meetings with officials and consultations with experts over the last few days, the Karnataka government on Tuesday categorically ruled out extending lockdown anywhere the State, including in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts, and decided that focus would instead be on the revival of the economy.

All business activities that were allowed prior to the imposition of the week-long lockdown on July 15 will become operational from Wednesday again.

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Odisha extends retirement age of doctors

A social worker sanitises the vehicle of a delivery boy in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

A social worker sanitises the vehicle of a delivery boy in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.  


With the COVID-19 pandemic curve showing no signs of flattening, the Odisha government on Tuesday extended the retirement age of doctors from 62 years to 65 years to ensure their availability in the State.

A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik resolved to enhance the retirement age in the case of Medical Officers of the Odisha Medical and Health Services cadre, as well as that of allopathic insurance medical officers under the Labour and Employees State Insurance Department, from 62 years to 65 years.

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