Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Second UK lockdown? England COVID-19 cases rising by 6,000 per day
Britain was on Friday considering whether to impose a second national lockdown, after new COVID-19 cases almost doubled to 6,000 per day, hospital admissions rose and infection rates soared across parts of northern England and London. The United Kingdom has reported the fifth largest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. Asked if a second national lockdown was on the cards, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said hospital admissions were doubling every eight days but that a crucial estimate modelled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) would be key. Its model pointed to about 6,000 new cases a day in England in the week to Sept. 10, up from 3,200 cases per day in the previous week, with the North West and London seen as hotspots. "There is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West and London," the ONS said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2,352 new COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, death toll rises by 50
Mumbai's COVID-19 tally increased to 1,75,886 with the single day addition of 2,352 cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The death toll in the metropolis reached 8,277 as the virus claimed 50 more lives during the day, it said. It was after a gap of 35 days that the city reported 50 deaths in a single day. Earlier, it had recorded the same number of fatalities on August 12. The BMC said that with 1,500 more patients getting discharge from hospitals during the day, the recovery count rose to 1,35,566. Mumbai's recovery rate is now 77 per cent. The civic body said that Mumbai has31,678 active COVID-19 patients. So far, the BMC has carried out 9.50 lakh COVID-19 tests.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 9,725 new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka; active cases go past 1 lakh again
Karnataka on Wednesday reported 9,725 new COVID-19 cases and 70 deaths, taking the total infections to 4.84 lakh and the toll to 7,536. The day also saw 6,583 patients getting discharged after recovery, while the total number of active cases in the state once again crossed one lakh mark, the Health department said. Of the fresh cases, as many as 3,571 were from Bengaluru Urban district. Cumulatively 4,84,990 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 7,536 deaths and 3,75,809 discharges, a health department bulletin said. Out of the 1,01,626 active cases, a total of 1,00,808 patients were in isolation at designated hospitals and stable while 818 in intensive care units. Earlier on September 10, the active cases had crossed the one lakh mark with the tally reaching 1,01,537. It had subsequently come down with increase in recoveries.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Haryana's COVID-19 cases cross 1-lakh mark
The COVID-19 tally in Haryana crossed the one-lakh mark on Wednesday, six months after the state had reported its first infection, while the death toll due to the disease has mounted to 1,045. The state registered 2,694 fresh cases and 19 more deaths, according to the state health department's daily bulletin. Gurugram district reported its highest single-day spike of 421 fresh cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 1,01,316. On March 17, the state had reported its first COVID-19 case after a 29-year-old woman from Gurugramdistrict had tested positive for the disease. She had a travel history to Malaysia and Indonesia. Health Minister Anil Vij said that after suffering from a high fever for three days, he got himself tested for COVID-19 but the report returned negative. "Three days ago, I was running high feverI got COVID test done and the report has come negative. Fever has also come down and temperature is normal now, Vij tweeted. Of the new deaths, five were recorded from Karnal district, two each from Faridabad, Gurugram, Panchkula, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar, and one each from Kaithal, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh and Ambala districts, the bulletin said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Rajasthan reports 1,782, 17,049 active cases in state
Rajasthan on Wednesday recorded 15 more coronavirus fatalities, taking the overall toll in the state to 1,279, according to a health department bulletin. The state also reported 1,782 new cases on Wednesday. The total number of people infected by COVID-19 now stands at 1,07,680 and of these 17,049 people are under treatment, it said. As per the bulletin, 89,352 people have been discharged after treatment till now. In Jaipur, the coronavirus death toll has reached 304, followed by 127 in Jodhpur, 99 in Bikaner, 90 each in Ajmer and Kota, 73 in Bharatpur, 51 in Pali, 44 in Nagaur, 38 in Udaipur, 31 in Alwar, 27 in Barmer and 24 in Dholpur. The fresh cases included 367 in Jaipur, 301 in Jodhpur, 126 in Kota, 101 in Alwar, 100 in Ajmer, 80 in Udaipur besides the cases reported from other districts of the state.
Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates: 1,364 more contract COVID-19 in Gujarat; tally climbs to 1,17,709
Gujarat's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,17,709 with the addition of 1,364 new cases on Wednesday, while a record number of 1,447 patients were discharged after recovery, the state health department said. With 12 more deaths, the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the state increased to 3,259, it said. As many as 1,447 patients were discharged, the highest single-day recovery so far, taking the number of such cases to 98,156, the department said in a release. This increased the state's recovery rate to 83.39 per cent, it said. Also, 85,153 samples were tested in the last 24 hours at a rate of 1,310.05 tests per day per million population, the highest so far in the state, the department said. With this, a total of 35,23,653 samples have been tested in the state so far.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 159 fresh cases take Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally to 4,195
Meghalaya's COVID-19 caseload rose to 4,195 as 159 more people tested positive for the infection, an official said on Wednesday. Of the fresh cases, 106 were reported from East Khasi Hills district, 34 from East Jaintia, eight from Ri-Bhoi, six from West Garo, two each from South-West Garo and West Khasi and one from East Garo hills districts, he said. "One more staffer at the chief minister's bungalow is among new patients," Health Services Director Aman War said. Earlier this week, a person working at the bungalow had tested positive for the infection. Seventy-four patients were cured of the disease on Wednesday, taking the number of recoveries to 2,264, he said. Meghalaya now has 1,902 active cases, War said, adding that 29 people died of the disease in the state so far. East Khasi Hills district, of which state capital Shillong is a part, has the maximum number of active cases at 1,252, he said. A total of 1.2 lakh samples have been sent for COVID- 19 test, War said.
Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LIVE Updates: Muzaffarnagar records 103 fresh COVID-19 cases
Muzaffarnagar's COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,156 on Wednesday as 103 more people tested positive for the disease in the district, while the death toll mounted to 50 with one more fatality, a senior official said. District Magistrate Selva Kumari J said COVID-19 test results of 310 samples were received on Wednesday and 103 of these came back positive. A total of 81 patients recovered on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries in the district to 2,418, she said. The district magistrate held a meeting via videoconferencing with teams of doctors at the COVID-19 hospital and took stock of the facilities being provided to patients.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for COVID-19
Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Minister of Shipping and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari tested positive for COVID-19 on September 16. In a tweet Gadkari said: "Yesterday, I was feeling weak and consulted my Doctor. During the course of my check up, I have been tested COVID 19 positive. I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself." He added, "I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe."
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 78 deaths, 2,717 COVID-19 cases reported in Punjab
Chandigarh: Seventy-eight people died from coronavirus in Punjab on Wednesday as a record 2,717 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 87,184. According to a bulletin, the states has reported 2,592 deaths so far. The previous highest daily figures were reported on September 13, when the state recorded 2,628 cases. On Wednesday, 15 fatalities were reported from Ludhiana; 11 from Patiala; 10 from Jalandhar; nine from Bathinda; six from Bathinda; five each from Hoshiarpur and Sangrur; and three from Moga. Two deaths each were reported from Fazilka, Kapurthala, Muktsar and Rupnagar and one each from Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Mansa and Pathankot, the bulletin said. Ludhiana reported 562 infections, followed by Mohali (272), Amritsar (267), Patiala (247), Jalandhar (209), Hoshiarpur (206), Gurdaspur (144), Faridkot (131) and Bathinda (119). There are 21,022 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of now, the bulletin said. A total of 2,756 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, it said, adding that so far, 63,570 people have been cured of the contagion. Eighty-eight patients are on ventilator while 451 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: MP records 2,462 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 95,515
With the detection of 2,462 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the infection count in Madhya Pradesh went up to 95,515, a health official said. The death of 24 patients took the toll to 1,844, the official said. Of the latest number of fatalities, Indore recorded six, followed by five in Bhopal, two each in Gwalior, Betul, Jabalpur and Rajgarh and one each in Khargone, Morena, Sagar, Dhar and Narsinghpur, he said. A total of 1,922 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 71,535, the official said. Among the latest cases, Indore alone accounted for 393, the highest in the state on the day, followed by 256 in Bhopal, 226 cases in Gwalior and 124 in Jabalpur, he said. The tally in Indore, the worst-hit district in the state, rose to 17,940 cases, including 473 deaths, the official said. While Bhopal's caseload stood at 13,902, including 339 fatalities, the count in Gwalior and Jabalpur has reached 8,255 and 6,767, respectively, he said. At 5,399, Indore has the highest number of active cases in the state, while Gwalior and Bhopal have 2,114 and 1,751 patients under treatment, respectively, the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: US plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine immediately after regulators authorise it
The US government on Wednesday said it will start distributing a COVID-19 vaccine within one day of regulatory authorisation as it plans for the possibility that a limited number of vaccine doses may be available at the end of the year. Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense on Wednesday held a call with reporters and then released documents on the distribution plans that it is sending to the states and local public health officials. The federal government will allocate vaccines for each state based on the critical populations recommended first for vaccination by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That group is expected to include essential healthcare workers.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines
The US federal government outlined a sweeping plan on Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots. The campaign is “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related vaccination responses,” said the playbook for states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh LIVE Updates: 8,835 cases reported in AP, infections drop in East and West Godavari districts
The two Godavari districts, East and West, continued to witness a virulent spread of coronavirus while most other districts in Andhra Pradesh seemed to be gradually lowering their numbers as the state reported 8,835 fresh cases on Wednesday. The latest COVID-19 bulletin said 10,845 patients had fully recovered in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Wednesday, while 64 more succumbed. The states COVID-19 table now showed a total of 5,92,760 positive cases, 4,97,376 recoveries and 5,105 deaths. The active cases came down further to 90,279, according to the bulletin. After 48.06 lakh sample tests, the infection positivity rate stood at 12.33 per cent, as against the national average of 8.44 per cent. The tests per million increased to a record 90,016.