Coronavirus news Highlights: India's tally of COVID-19 infections rose by 39,097 in a day to reach 3,13,32,159, while 546 more people succumbed to the viral disease during the same period taking the death toll to 4,20,016 on Saturday, according to Union Health Ministry data. The number of active cases in the country has increased to 4,08,977, accounting for 1.34 percent of the total caseload while the national COVID19 recovery rate stood at 97.35 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 3,464 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a day.Catch all COVID-related highlights here:
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COVID-19: Haryana records 1 death; 13 fresh cases
Haryana on Saturday reported one death due to COVID-19, taking the toll to 9,617, while 13 fresh cases pushed the tally to 7,69,717. According to the health department's daily bulletin, the latest death was reported from Panipat district.
Among the districts, six cases were reported from Gurgaon and two each from Palwal and Rohtak. Sixteen of Haryana's 22 districts did not report any fresh case during the past 24 hours.
The total number of active cases in the state is 740. The total recoveries so far were 7,59,360. The recovery rate was 98.65 per cent, the bulletin said.
Goa sees 144 COVID-19 cases, 213 recoveries; over 5,900 tested
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 144 and reached 1,70,416 on Saturday, while the toll remained unchanged at 3,126 and 213 people got discharged, an official said. The recovery count in the state is 1,66,052, while the active caseload is 1,238, the official informed.
With 5,991 samples being examined in the past 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 10,27,335, he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,70,416, new cases 144, death toll 3126, discharged 166052, active cases 1238, samples tested till date 10,27,335.
Health worker nabbed for holding unauthorised COVID-19 vaccination camps in Bengal
A health worker was arrested from West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Saturday on the charge of operating unauthorised Covid-19 vaccination camps in the state, a police officer said. The arrest was made a month after the police apprehended one person for allegedly posing as an IAS officer and organising a vaccination camp in Kolkata's Kasba area, where actor and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty had also got her jab. Chakraborty, who was invited to attend the camp, said she became suspicious about the vaccination process as she did not receive the customary SMS that is sent to people after they are administered a dose, and informed the police.
Sikkim registers 225 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 24,823 on Saturday as 225 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the Himalayan state's coronavirus death toll to 330, a health bulletin said. West Sikkim district reported the highest number of new cases at 81, followed by East Sikkim (72), South Sikkim (71), and North Sikkim (one).
Sikkim now has 2,849 active cases, while 21,380 people have recovered from the disease, and 264 patients have migrated to other states so far, it said. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 87 per cent.
2,174 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths reported in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh reported 2,174 fresh cases of coronavirus, 2,737 recoveries and 18 deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday. The total positives stood at 19,52,513, a health department bulletin said.
The active cases slid to 22,358 after a total of 19,16,914 recoveries and 13,241 deaths, it said. East Godavari added 418 fresh cases to its count while Chittoor reported 329, Krishna 248, SPS Nellore 246, Prakasam 233, West Godavari 209, Guntur 132 and Visakhapatnam, 103.
Five districts reported less than 90 cases each, with Kurnool logging just eight in a day. Krishna had five fresh fatalities, Chittoor four, East Godavari, Prakasam and West Godavari two each and SPS Nellore, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam one each.
UK's summer getaway takes off but nothing like pre-COVID
With all British schools now closed for the summer, airports and airlines were looking a tad more normal on Saturday, though the number of families heading off for warmer climes remains way down on the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic struck.
This weekend traditionally marks the high point of the great summer getaway from Britain, with airports jam-packed with excitable children and their anxious parents heading off, primarily, to the popular beach resorts of southern Europe, from Portugals Algarve coast in the west to the sun-soaked island nation of Cyprus to the east.
However, with travel to and from many popular destinations facing varying quarantine and testing requirements, it's clear that many British families think it's all too much hassle, not to say costly, and have opted again to holiday within the U.K.
Private hospital in Delhi records rise in neurological cases among post-COVID patient
A leading private health facility in Delhi on Saturday said it is reporting a rise in neurological issues among post-Covid patients, including emergency cases of brain haemorrhage. Also, in the out-patient department (OPD), up to 60 per cent of patients are presenting increasing mental health issues like anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, feeling of loneliness, and majority of these are post-Covid cases, the Moolchand Hospital said in a statement.
Doctors at the private facility said the neurological issues among post-Covid patients have seen a "troubling rise" here. The Moolchand Hospital has been "recording increasing cases of intracerebral (brain) haemorrhage, and 50 per cent of the neuroscience department is filled with such cases," it said.
Singapore reports 127 new local COVID-19 cases
Singapore's health ministry reported 127 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Saturday, slightly lower than the 130 cases reported the previous day.
Kerala dealt with Nipah, COVID-19 due to admirable efforts of health dept: CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala was able to face the challenges posed by Nipah and COVID-19 due to the admirable efforts of the State public healthdepartment, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. He was speaking at the online inauguration of several projects and schemes, worth Rs 25 crore, which have begun or will begin soon.
He said that the state's public health infrastructure has been appreciated by many countries and its work is something to be proud of as throughits "admirable efforts", Kerala was able to face and deal with challenges posed by diseases like Nipah and COVID-19. In order to further strengthen the health infrastructure, the previous government had decided to convert 886 primary health centres (PHCs) in the state into family health centres, he said.
Administered more vaccine doses than any country in the world: Union Minister
Odisha registers 1,864 new COVID-19 cases, 68 fresh fatalities
Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 9,65,715 on Saturday as 1,864 more people tested positive for the infection, while 68 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 5,445, a health official said. As many as 1,082 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 782 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing.
High daily test positive rate (TPR) in the coastal belt remains a major cause of concern for the state government as it was 5.18 per cent in Cuttack, 4.34 per cent in Khurda and 3.43 per cent in Kendrapara on Friday, and is witnessing a rising trend. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, recorded the highest number of new cases at 496, followed by Cuttack (221) and Balasore (114).
39 new cases push Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally to 3,46,885
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,46,885 on Saturday as 39 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 5,122 as no fresh fatality was reported, it said.
East Singhbhum district registered the highest number of new cases at nine, followed by five in Ranchi. The state now has 299 active cases, while 3,41,464 people have recovered from the disease so far.
The administration has tested 61,196 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, it added.
Mizoram logs 653 fresh infections; 14-yr-old girl becomes state's youngest COVID-19 victim
Mizoram's COVID-19 tally soared to 31,145 on Saturday as 653 more people, including 137 children, tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities, that included a 14-year-old girl, pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 134, a health official said. The girl, who hailed from Aizawl, is the youngest person in Mizoram to succumb to the disease, the official spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said.
Six Italian athletes in quarantine after contact with COVID-19 case
Six athletes and seven officials from Italy's Olympic delegation are being quarantined at the Tokyo 2020 Village after coming into "close contact" with a journalist who tested positive to COVID-19 on their flight to the Games, AGI newswire reported on Saturday.
Japanese health authorities made the decision to quarantine the 13 individuals but the athletes will still be allowed to train and compete at the Games, the news agency said. The names of the six athletes, competing in boxing, diving and skateboarding, have not been disclosed.
Italy's Sports Undersecretary Valentina Vezzali was quoted by AGI as saying that the athletes were following all the required procedures.
Kerala temple body to avoid 'bali tharpanamm' ritual due to COVID spread
Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the apex temple body in Kerala, has decided to avoid the annual 'bali tharpanamm', a ritual to pay homage to ancestors, in its shrine this year citing the spread of coronavirus. A recent highlevel meeting of the Board decided not to allow the ritual, which used to be performed by thousands of devotees in the premises of small and big temples across the state, TDB sources here said.
FIR registered for flouting Covid norms at Sidhu's installation ceremony
Chandigarh Police has registered an FIR against unidentified persons for allegedly violating COVID19 guidelines during the installation ceremony of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress chief. A case under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act has been registered, police said on Saturday.
Arunachal reports 480 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more fatalities
At least 480 more people tested positive for COVID19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the tally in the state to 45,188, a health department official said on Saturday. The death toll rose to 212 after four more persons from Tawang, Lohit, Changlang and Upper Subansiri districts succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
Odisha sanctions Rs 2.55 crore ex-gratia to family members of 17 journalists who died of COVID-19
The Odisha government has sanctioned an exgratia of Rs 2.55 crore to the family members of 17 working journalists of the state who died due to COVID19, an official release said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved a proposal in this regard putforth by the Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Department on Friday. An assistance of Rs15 lakh each has been sanctioned for the families of 17 working journalists of the state, who died due to the infection. The list of journalists who have been sanctioned exgratia includefour from Bhubaneswar. They areManas Jaypuria from Zee Odisha, Basanta Das (Freelance), Bijayan Laxmi Mohanty (Ajikali), Pritiman Mohapatra (Times of India).
Olympics-One more athlete tests positive for COVID-19 at Games
Olympics organisers said on Saturday that one more athlete at the Tokyo Games had tested positive for COVID19.
Olympic organisers announce 17 new Games-related COVID cases
The Olympics organisers announced 17 new Gamesrelated COVID19 cases on Saturday, including one athlete and an eventrelated personnel staying at the Games village, taking the total number of infections to 123. As per the official count, the total number of infected athletes now stands at 12. The Olympics officially began on Friday with an opening ceremony here. The athlete, who has tested positive most recently was not staying at the Games village. So far, 65 Gamesrelated contractors have tested positive for the virus after the addition of 14 new cases to the tally on Saturday.
COVID-19: European agency is first to clear Moderna jab for children
The European Medicines Agency has recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18. In a decision on Friday, the EU drug regulator said research in more than 3,700 children aged 12 to 17 showed that the Moderna vaccine already given the OK for adults across Europe produced a comparable antibody response.
Maharashtra: 280 new COVID-19 cases in Thane district; death toll grows by 11
With the addition of 280 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra has gone up to 5,42,240, an official said on Saturday. These cases were reported on Friday, he said. The virus claimed the lives of 11 persons, which pushed the death toll in the district to 10,955.
Buddha's ideas more relevant now as humanity faces COVID-19 crisis: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that Lord Buddha's ideas are all the more relevant now as humanity faces the COVID19 crisis and asserted that India has shown how to face even the most difficult challenge by following the path shown by the founder of Buddhism. In his message at Ashadha Purnima and a Dhamma Chakra Day programme, which marks the day when Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, he said the world has felt the power of Lord Buddha's teachings in times of tragedy. "The entire world is moving in solidarity following the teachings of the Buddha. In this, the 'care with prayer' initiative of the International Buddhist Confederation is praiseworthy," the prime minister said.
Reeling under COVID-19, world needs healing touch of compassion, kindness: President
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the world is reeling under the impact of COVID19 and needs the healing touch of compassion, kindness and selflessness more than ever before. These universal values propagated by Buddhism need to be adopted by all in their thoughts and actions, he said at an event.
Pondy sees slight rise in COVID-19 test positivity rate
Puducherry reported 126 fresh coronavirus cases with the test positivity rate climbing to 2.08 percent on Saturday. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 6,054 samples in the last 24 hours.
India adds more cases that yesterday, but remains below 40,000. Active cases fail to hold downward trend, rises by 3,464 in last 24 hrs
No fresh COVID-19 case in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID19 case in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Saturday. The COVID19 tally in the archipelago remained at 7,525.