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Coronavirus News August 30 highlights: Number of tests conducted goes past 4.14 crore in India; Congress leader Vasanthakumar laid to rest

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India's COVID-19 tally raced past 35 lakh with despite a steady decline in the positivity rate. As per the latest health ministry data, the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 35,42,733, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 63,498. However, the COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.79 percent in the country.There are 7,65,302 active coronavirus cases in the country currently, which account for 21.6 percent of the total caseload, the ministry data showed. The recovery rate too now has improved to 76.61 percent with the numbers crossing the 27 lakh mark.

Coronavirus News August 30 highlights: Number of tests conducted goes past 4.14 crore in India; Congress leader Vasanthakumar laid to rest
  • 67 deaths, 6,233 fresh virus cases in UP

    Sixty-seven more people died from coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday while the state registered a record daily spike of 6,233 cases, pushing its COVID-19 tally 2,25,632.  The previous highest single day rise of 5,898 cases was reported on August 26. So far, the infection has claimed 3,423 lives in the state with the fatality rate hovering around 1.51 per cent, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters. (PTI)

  • Shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients in Goa, alleges GFP

    The Goa Forward Party (GFP) on Sunday alleged shortage of beds in hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients. In a letter addressed to state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, GFP chief Vijai Sardesai alleged two floors of new South Goa district hospital were not being used to treat patients. (PTI)

  • Kerala CM announces 100-day action plan to address COVID-19 woes

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday announced a 100-day action plan for mitigating the sufferings faced by the people due to COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing a press conference on the eve of Thiruvonam day, he announced a hike of Rs 100 in social security pensions per month and distribution of free food kits for the ration card holders in the state for four more months. Promising to appoint adequate staff in the health sector in 100 days, Vijayan said 50,000 COVID-19 tests will be conducted per day. (PTI)

  • 31 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 3,081; death toll mounts to 44

    The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,081 on Sunday as 31 more people tested positive for the infection, while two more fatalities pushed the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 44, a health official said. Twenty-five fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, while six new patients have travel history,he said.

  • 31 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 3,081; death toll mounts to 44

    The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,081 on Sunday as 31 more people tested positive for the infection, while two more fatalities pushed the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 44, a health official said. Twenty-five fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, while six new patients have travel history,he said.

  • Number of COVID-19 tests conducted goes past 4.14 crore in India

    With a record over 10.5 lakh tests conducted for detection of COVID-19 in a single day, the number of such tests performed in the country has crossed 4.14 crore, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. The exponential jump in the testing capacity and the number of tests has resulted in an upsurge in the Tests Per Million to 30,044 as on date, it highlighted. With a record 10,55,027 tests conducted on Saturday, the country has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity of testing more than 10 lakh samples for COVID-19 on a daily basis. The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the country currently stands at 4,14,61,636. (PTI)

  • Covid-19 cases in Odisha cross 1 lakh-mark

    The number of Covid-19 cases in Odisha crossed 1 lakh-mark as 3,014 more positive cases were detected in the last 24 hours, informed the health department on Sunday. The total positive cases rose to 1,00,934.The death toll due to Covid-19 increased to 482 as another 12 persons succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours. (IANS)

  • Mayawati welcomes ‘unified' central policy regarding Unlock 4 guidelines

    BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday welcomed the ‘unified’ policy of the Centre pertaining to Unlock 4 guidelines.The Union home ministry on Saturday issued the Unlock 4 guidelines under which metro trains would be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner, while political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people would be permitted from September 21.

    However, schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till September 30, with some relaxations for students of classes 9 to 12. "The unified policy (ek saamaanya neeti) of the Union home ministry pertaining to lockdown/unlock to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic is welcome. This has long been the demand of BSP. It will stop (people from) indulging in politics in the garb of coronavirus, and the public will get more facilities,” Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi. (PTI)

  • Centre's Unlock 4 guidelines: Haryana withdraws order to keep markets shut on Monday, Tuesday

    After the Centre's Unlock 4 guidelines, the Haryana government on Sunday withdrew its order to keep markets in urban areas closed on Monday and Tuesday.Issuing the Unlock 4 guidelines on Saturday, the Union Home Ministry had said that state governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside containment zones without prior consultation with the central government.

    In a tweet, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said,  “Under Unlock 4, the Central government has said that state governments shall not impose any local lockdown (outside containment zones), so the Haryana government has withdrawn the order issued on August 28 to keep the markets closed on Monday and Tuesday. Therefore, there will be no lockdown now". (PTI)

  • COVID-19 death toll climbs to 1,037 in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan recorded seven more fatalities due to the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the COVID-19 death toll in the state to 1,037, according to a health department official.The state also reported 603 fresh coronavirus cases. The total number of people infected with COVID-19 now stands at 79,380 in Rajasthan, of whom 14,730 are under treatment.The official said 62,768 COVID-19 patients have been discharged after treatment from various hospitals of the state. (PTI)

  • Pak reports 264 new COVID-19 cases; national tally reaches 295,636

    Pakistan reported 264 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the national tally to 2,95,636, the health ministry said.The number of fatalities in the country reached 6,288 after four patients died in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of National Health Services said.(PTI)

  • Global coronavirus cases top 2.5 crore

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally has topped 25 million. That's according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The US leads the count with 5.9 million cases, followed by Brazil with 3.8 million and India with 3.5 million.

    The real number of people infected by the virus around the world is believed to be much higher - perhaps 10 times higher in the US, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention - given testing limitations and the many mild cases that have gone unreported or unrecognised.

    Global deaths from COVID-19 stand at over 842,000, with the US having the highest number with 182,779, followed by Brazil with 120,262 and Mexico with 63,819. (AP)       

  • Puducherry reports 571 COVID-19 cases; tally now 14,127

    The COVID-19 tally in Puducherry rose to 14,127 on Sunday with 571 more people testing positive for the infection, while the number of deaths stood at 221 with 10 fatalities, a top health department official said. The total active cases stood at 4,938 with cumulative recoveries of 8,968 people after treatment. As many as 457 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. (PTI)

  • Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rises to 3,877

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload rose to 3,877, with 132 more people testing positive for coronavirus, a senior Health department official said on Sunday. Of the 132 new cases, 31 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 27 from West Kameng, 12 each from Papumpare and Tawang, 10 from East Siang, 8 from Tirap and 7 from East Kameng, the official said. (PTI)

  • Recovery rate now over 27 lakh in India

    As per the latest health ministry data, the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 35,42,733, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 63,498. However, the COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.79 percent in the country.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 19 youths held for violating COVID-19 norms at Ghaziabad hotel

    The Excise Department here has arrested 19 youths for violating COVID-19 guidelines and consuming alcohol and hookah at a hotel, police said on Friday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Rajasthan Royals' fielding coach Dishant Yagnik recovers from COVID-19, joins team in Dubai

    Rajasthan Royals' fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has recovered from COVID-19 and joined his team here ahead of the Indian Premier League after clearing two consecutive coronavirus tests.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 55 more people test positive for COVID-19 in UP's Muzaffarnagar

    Fifty-five more people, including four policemen and eight inmates of a district jail, tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar on Friday, an official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Assam's COVID-19 tally reaches 1,01,67

    With 2,560 fresh infections, Assam's COVID-19 tally crossed the one lakh mark on Friday, while eight more deaths were reported, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

India's COVID-19 tally raced past 35 lakh with despite a steady decline in the positivity rate. As per the latest health ministry data, the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 35,42,733, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 63,498. However, the COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.79 percent in the country.
There are 7,65,302 active coronavirus cases in the country currently, which account for 21.6 percent of the total caseload, the ministry data showed. The recovery rate too now has improved to 76.61 percent with the numbers crossing the 27 lakh mark.