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Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: Trump suggests Pfizer could win COVID-19 vaccine approval; India active cases fall for 3rd straight day

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Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally neared the 55-lakh mark on Monday with the total coronavirus cases registered at 54,87,580, as per the latest Union health ministry data. The total number of recoveries stands at 43,96,399 with single-day recoveries in the last 24 hours at 93,356. The overall death toll has been recorded at 87,882, rising by 1,130 in the last 24 hours. The daily recoveries continue to be more than the total new cases for the third straight day. The active cases see a fall for the third straight day.

Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: Trump suggests Pfizer could win COVID-19 vaccine approval; India active cases fall for 3rd straight day
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Ex-HP minister passes away, COVID-19 positive report arrives after death

    Former Himachal Pradesh minister Shyama Sharma died at a hospital in Chandigarh on Monday, a BJP spokesperson said. Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said that test report of samples collected form Sharma earlier found her to be COVID19 positive

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Congress MLA in Karnataka tests positive

    Congress MLA B K Sangamesh and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus and been admitted to a private hospital here, the legislator said on Monday. "Me and my wife were found positive for coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,061 cases, 17 deaths in Nashik

    The number of COVID19 cases in Nashik increased by 1,061 on Monday, while the death toll rose by 17, an official said. The district now has 65,063 cases and the number of deaths from the infection so far stands at 1,190, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2548 new COVID cases in Delhi, toll crosses 5K

    The coronavirus toll in Delhi crossed the 5,000 mark on Monday with 32 more deaths, while 2,548 new cases took the tally to 2.49 lakh, the Health Department said. The relatively low count of fresh infections came out of the33,733 tests done the previous day.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Aarogya Setu app has more than 15.7 cr registered users

    Aarogya Setu, the biggest COVID19 contact tracing app in the world, has more than 15.7 crore registered users, Parliament was informed on Monday. Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Sanjay Dhotre, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said the app has maintained "utmost transparency" in all aspects. He said Aarogya Setu is equipped with security features to protect the confidentiality and security of users' data.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Nepal reports highest single-day deaths

    Nepal on Monday recorded its highest single-day death toll due to COVID19 at 16, taking the total number of fatalities in the country to 427. With 1,154 fresh coronavirus cases recorded in various parts of the country in the past 24 hours, Nepal's coronavirus tally has increased to 65,276, according to the Health Ministry.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: US President suggests Pfizer could win U.S. COVID-19 vaccine approval, JNJ to come later

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suggested Pfizer Inc could secure the first U.S. approval of a COVID19 vaccine in coming weeks, saying a contender by Johnson & Johnson could come later.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gap narrows between fresh cases, recoveries in Bihar

    Five weeks since the COVID-19 situation in Bihar had reached its nadir, with singleday count surging past 4,000, the state has ramped up sample tests and plugged holes in its healthcare system, steadily narrowing the gap between fresh cases and recoveries. According to the latest health department bulletin, Bihar clocked a recovery rate of 91.63 percent on Sunday, far better than the national average of around 80 percent.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 4,703 new cases in Uttar Pradesh

    The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh rose to 5,135 on Monday with 88 more fatalities, while 4,703 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 3,58,893, officials said. Briefing reporters here, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said 2,89,594 COVID19 patients have recovered from the viral disease and have been discharged. The recovery rate of the state is 80.69 per cent, he said. Prasad said 4,703 fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported in the state, while so far 5,135 COVID-19 patients have succumbed to the disease.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Amid COVID-19 outbreak, 5-day Guj Assembly session begins

    The five-day session of the Gujarat Assembly began on Monday amid precautions for the coronavirus outbreak. Staffers, legislators and mediapersons who will cover proceedings have been tested for the infection, while entry for outsiders has been banned.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Cases could rise exponentially, warns UK medical advisor

    Britain's top medical adviser has warned that country has, in a very bad sense, turned a corner on COVID19 infection rates, with figures suggesting there will be an exponential growth in the disease unless action is taken.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Singapore develops robot for swab tests

    Singapore has developed a robot that carries out nasal swabbing to diagnose COVID19, in a bid to reduce healthcare workers' risk of exposure to the deadly coronavirus. Clinicians from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have partnered with Biobot Surgical, a firm specialising in medical robotics technology, to develop the SwabBot, Channel News Asia reported.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 30% of COVID-19 patients in Delhi hospitals from other states, says Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain


    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said 30 per cent of the COVID-19 patients admitted to Delhi hospitals are from other states. He also said that non-residents of Delhi have been occupying most of the ICU beds in private hospitals. "People coming from outside prefer private hospitals. They make up their mind in advance. These patients go directly to these four-five hospitals they have heard of... such as Max, Apollo and Fortis. That's why ICU beds at these hospitals are full," Jain told reporters. Most of these patients are those who seek ICU facility. There are 1,500 such patients undergoing treatment in Delhi, he said. The minister also disclosed that the authorities have been collecting data of non-resident patients separately. "Around 30 per cent COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in Delhi hospitals are from outside the city," he said. Asked about the shortage of ICU beds, Jain said, "We have around 1,000 ICU beds available in Delhi. The number of vacant beds is available on Delhi Corona app... nothing is being concealed." Around 1,500 non-ICU beds and more than 500 ICU beds have been added over the last few days, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 recovery rate crosses 80% mark


    India's recovery rate of COVID-19 cases has crossed the 80 per cent mark with over 90,000 recoveries recorded for the third consecutive day, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said 93,356 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. "India has crossed the significant landmark of more than 80 per cent national recovery rate. On a continuous stretch of high recoveries, India has also reported more than 90,000 recoveries for the third day in succession," the ministry said in the statement. Twelve states and UTs have registered recovery rate of  more than the national average and 79 per cent of the new recovered cases are from 10 states and UTs.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Himachal minister recovers from COVID-19, rejoins office


    Himachal Pradesh Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur has recovered from coronavirus and rejoined office in the Secretariat here on Monday. In a Facebook post, the 70-year-old leader said, "I have come to my office (Secretariat) after several days following my full recovery." I kept on disposing of important files concerned with public interest from my residence during these days, he added. The seven-time MLA from Mandi's Dharampur assembly segment could not attend the recently concluded monsoon session of the state Assembly after he tested positive on September 3, four days ahead of the 12-day monsoon session which began on September 7. The minister was admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here for some days. Later, he kept himself isolated at his home before rejoining the office on Monday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Tablighi Jamaat event caused COViD-19 to spread to 'many persons,' says MHA to RS

    The Union Home Ministry on Monday said the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi's Nizamuddin locality in March led to the coronavirus infection spreading to "many persons". Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said in the Rajya Sabha that  Delhi Police arrested 233 Tablighi Jamaat members and 2,361 people have been evacuated from the organisation's headquarters since March 29. "However, regarding Jamaat Chief Maulana Mohd Saad, the investigation is underway," he said in a written reply. As reported by Delhi Police, despite guidelines and orders issued by various authorities in pursuance of the outbreak of COVID-19, a huge gathering assembled inside a closed premises over a protracted period of time and without any semblance of social distancing or provision of masks and sanitisers. "This also caused the spread of Coronavirus infection amongst many persons," the minister said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Tripura reports 243 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths

    At least 243 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 22,275, a Health department official said. The death toll rose to 245 with six more people succumbing to the infection, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 137 of the 245  COVID-19 deaths, the official said. Tripura currently has 6,566 active COVID-19 cases, while 15,441 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, the official said. As many as 3,58,879 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the northeastern state so far, he added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Telangana adds 1,302 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths take toll to 1,042


    Telangana reported 1,302 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total infection count to 1,72,608, while death toll rose to 1,042 with nine more fatalities. Out of the 1,302  fresh cases, 266 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Karimngar (102), Rangareddy (98), Siddipet (92) and other districts, a state government bulletin said on Monday, providing data as of 8 pm on September 20. Jayashankar Bhupalpally district reported zero cases, while Adilabad (8), Komaram Bheem Asifabad (8) and Narayanpet (4) saw cases being recorded in single digits, according to the bulletin. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1,41,930, while 29,636 were under treatment. The bulletin said 31,095 samples were tested on September 20.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports 4,242 new COVID-19 cases, 9 fresh fatalities


    Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,84,122 on Monday as 4,242 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 710, a health official said. As many as 2,503 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 1,739 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 652, followed by Cuttack (595), Jharsuguda (205) and Puri (182), the official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jimmy Kimmel delivers first pandemic-era monologue at Emmys 2020 to fake audience


    As Jimmy Kimmel returned to the hosting duties of Emmys 2020, his opening monologue for the virtual television award ceremony was all about having fun in the pandemic. Kimmel, who has previously hosted the 64th and 68th editions in 2012 and 2016, started this year's ceremony by welcoming the audiences at home to Pand-Emmys. Wow, it's great to finally see people again. Thank you for risking everything to be here. Thank me for risking everything to be here. You know what they say, You can't have a virus without a host', Kimmel said in what looked like a usual monologue, full of laughter and reaction shots of a star-studded audience. The host, however, soon revealed that the audience laughter and celebrity shots were from the previous ceremonies. Of course we don't have an audience. This isn't a MAGA rally, he quipped. It was announced in July that the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards would be held virtually this year due to COVID-19, with nominees attending the ceremony from their homes.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 91 Indians return to MP from UAE in special flight


    An Air India flight carrying 91 Indians, who were stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a long time due to the COVID-19 outbreak, arrived here in Madhya Pradesh early Monday morning, an official said. As part of the central government's Vande Bharat mission, the flight from Dubai landed at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport here at 4.15 am, said Amit Malakar, Indore district's nodal officer for COVID-19 prevention.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pakistan's coronavirus tally reaches 306,304


    Pakistan's coronavirus tally reached 306,304 with the detection of 633 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday. Four more patients died overnight due to the viral infection, pushing the COVID-19 death toll to 6,420, it said. With the detection of the 633 new cases, Pakistan's coronavirus tally now stands at 306,304, the ministry said, adding that 292,869 patients have recovered so far. The country now has 7,015 active patients, of which 556 are in critical condition, it said. Sindh has reported the maximum number of 133,947 cases, followed by Punjab at 98,428, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at 37,357, Islamabad at 16,162, Balochistan at 14,394, Gilgit-Baltistan at 3,483 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at 2,533. The authorities have so far conducted 3,194,317 tests to detect the viral infection, the ministry said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 135 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 7,385


    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 7,385 on Monday as 135 more people, including eight security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The Capital Complex region reported the highest number of new cases at 69, followed by West Kameng (18) and West Siang (14), State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. "Seven Army jawans and one personnel of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) are among the new patients," he said, adding two health workers have also contracted the disease. As many as 129 more people were cured of the disease and discharged from hospitals on Sunday, Jampa said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: CDC updated guidance acknowledges COVID-19 can spread through the air


    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols," which are produced even when a person breathes. "Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread," the site now says. Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact -- about 6 feet -- and "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks." The page, updated Friday, still says Covid-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes." (source: CNN)

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Taj Mahal re-opens for public after six months, visitors to be divided into two slots


    Taj Mahal, the 17th-century architectural marvel, shut since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opened for the public on Monday. About 160 tickets were booked online but the first to enter was a tourist from Taiwan staying in India, officials said. A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed in two shifts per day into the monument which will be a sight for sore eyes with its well-manicured lawns. (source: HT)

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 1,492 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities


    Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 71,352 on Monday as 1,492 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 617, a health official said. The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases in the state to 13,791, while 56,944 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said. The state has tested 81,169 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the official added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Global cases per million population cross the 4000 mark (4007/million)

    Today's Data Highlights

    - India's recovery rate crosses 80 percent (80.1 percent)

    - Fall in active cases for three consecutive days

    - Maharashtra also reports fall in active cases for three days in a row. In Andhra active cases have been falling for 10 days now

    - Global cases per million population cross the 4k mark (4007/million)

    - Uttar Pradesh's recovery rate is now 80 percent

    - Deaths in Karnataka cross 8000 mark

    Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: Trump suggests Pfizer could win COVID-19 vaccine approval; India active cases fall for 3rd straight day
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates:  India COVID-19 tally nears 55 lakh; active cases fall for 3rd straight day

    -Recoveries continue to be more than total new cases for 3rd straight day

    -Active cases see a fall for 3rd straight day; today’s fall of 7,525 biggest ever in the last three days, active cases decline by 14,455

    -Recoveries increase by over 90,000 for 3rd straight day; it’s up 93,296 today

    -Deaths see an increase of over 1,000 for 20th straight day, it’s up 1,130 today

    -Total cases see an increase of 86,901 in last 24 hours

    -Total cases at 54.87 lakh, active at 10 lakh, recoveries at 43.96 lakh and deaths at 87,882

    -Total tests below 11 lakh; it’s at 10.06 lakh vs yesterday’s 11.36 lakh

    -Recovery rate rises to over 80 percent; it’s at 80.12 percent vs yesterday’s 79.68 percent

    -Death rate slips to 1.60 percent from yesterday’s level of 1.61 percent

    -Positivity rate below 19 percent; it’s at 18.28 percent vs yesterday’s 18.72 percent

    Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: Trump suggests Pfizer could win COVID-19 vaccine approval; India active cases fall for 3rd straight day
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India, Maldives will support each other in fight against health, economic impact of COVID-19, says PM Modi


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday India and Maldives as close friends and neighbours will continue to support each other in their fight against the health and economic impact of COVID-19. Modi was responding to a tweet by Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in which he expressed his thanks to the prime minister for India's financial assistance to his country. "India has always risen to the occasion whenever Maldives needed a friend. My sincere thanks to PM @narendramodi , government and people of India for their neighborly spirit and generosity following the official handover of USD250 million as financial assistance today," Solih said. Modi replied, "Appreciate your warm sentiments, President @ibusolih! As close friends and neighbours, India and Maldives will continue to support each other in our fight against the health and economic impact of COVID-19."

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 59 fresh COVID-19 cases in Nagaland


    Nagaland reported 59 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday taking the state's infection tally to 5,451. "Out of 562 (test) results received, 59 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed -- 45 in Dimapur and 14 in Kohima," Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said on Twitter. Seventy-eight people recovered from the disease on Sunday, he said. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state currently stands at 77.56 per cent. The active cases in the state stood at 1,184. Fifteen people have died of the disease in Nagaland so far, while the fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 5,451. Of the total coronavirus cases in Nagaland, 2,550 are armed force personnel and 1,444 are people who returned to the state from outside, an official said. The state has so far tested 73,611 samples for COVID- 19, the official added.

Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally neared the 55-lakh mark on Monday with the total coronavirus cases registered at 54,87,580, as per the latest Union health ministry data. The total number of recoveries stands at 43,96,399 with single-day recoveries in the last 24 hours at 93,356. The overall death toll has been recorded at 87,882, rising by 1,130 in the last 24 hours. The daily recoveries continue to be more than the total new cases for the third straight day. The active cases see a fall for the third straight day.