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Coronavirus news highlights: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for COVID-19; 9,725 new cases detected in Karnataka as active cases goes beyond 1 lakh

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Coronavirus news highlights: 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.

Coronavirus news highlights: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for COVID-19; 9,725 new cases detected in Karnataka as active cases goes beyond 1 lakh
  • 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.

  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for the day. Do join us tomorrow for the top development on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then, stay safe and good night. 

  • 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.

  • Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LIVE Updates: Death toll climbs to 4,690 in UP; cases over 3.30 lakh

    Around 6,337 new coronavirus cases were registered in Uttar Pradesh as the state’s tally crossed 3.30 lakh-mark, while active cases were at 67,002. The death toll rose to 4,690 with 86 more deaths, health official said. Around 2,58,573 people have recovered from the disease to date, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told PTI.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Dr Reddy's partners with Russian fund to distribute 100 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine in India

    Dr Reddy's and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have agreed to conduct clinical trials and distribute 100 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India. The RDIF is Russia's sovereign wealth fund. "Upon regulatory approval in India, the RDIF shall supply to Dr Reddy’s 100 million doses of the vaccine," said Dr Reddy's in a statement. The Sputnik V vaccine, which is based on human adenoviral vector platform, is undergoing clinical trials. Deliveries could potentially begin in late 2020, subject to completion of successful trials and registration of the vaccine by regulatory authorities in India.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UK to ration COVID-19 test kits amid testing failures

    The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people around the country were unable to schedule tests. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the House of Commons before a key committee amid outcry over the shortage of testing. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the government is in the process of drawing up a new priority list for testing, suggesting that students and their families could be next in line after the National Health Service and social care. I think what we need to do is have a cascading system where we know where our priority should be, and for me priority should be for children in school and their parents in order to ensure their lives are safe and also importantly they are not disrupted in the way we are seeing, Buckland told Sky News.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Players unsure about resumption of international calender, causing lag in training, says Gopichand

    With the international badminton calendar still not cast in stone amid postponements and rescheduling, India coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday said there is a slight "lag from the players' side" to start training. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was forced to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup after multiple teams pulled out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was supposed to mark the resumption of international badminton after it came to a halt in March because of the dreaded virus. The world body also cancelled the Denmark Masters 2020 scheduled from October 20 to 25.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Compensation sought for families of migrants killed during COVID-19 lockdown


    Congress member Anand Sharma on Wednesday sought compensation for families of migrant workers who died while walking thousands of kilometers to their native places after the lockdown was imposed in the country to check the spread of COVID-19. While initiating a discussion on the coronavirus pandemic in Rajya Sabha, Sharma also asked the government to take steps to strengthen the public healthcare system in the country. "It was said during the currentsession that there are no figures regarding the death of migrant workers during the lockdown and therefore no compensation. This is such an unfortunate situation for the country. Why you don't have figures? Every state knows who died. They should be given compensation," Sharma said.a

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Centre approved anti-viral medicines to treat COVID-19 patients, says SC

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday said there was an approval by the Central government on use of Remdesivir and Fabiparivir as medicines to treat COVID-19. The top court was hearing a plea seeking registration of an FIR by the CBI against ten Indian pharmaceutical firms for manufacturing and selling these two medicines for treating COVID-19 patients allegedly without valid licences. Remdesivir and Favipiravir are antiviral drugs and their efficacy in treating COVID-19 patients have been a matter of debate among medical experts. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian referred to the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2018 and said these medicines have been permitted by the government for using in treatment of novel coronavirus patients. "You have not noticed this rule (New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules) and filed this petition. We are adjourning this matter, you see the rules and then come back," the bench told lawyer M Sharma who has filed the PIL.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Aurangabad's COVID-19 cases cross 29,000


    The COVID-19 tally has reached 29,208 in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra with 406 new additions, an official release said on Wednesday. The death toll mounted to 824 with 9 more people succumbing to the infection on Monday, it said, adding that the 406 cases were reported on Tuesday. The count of recoveries went up to 22,422 after 211 patients were discharged, it said. The district now has 5,962 active cases.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Singapore reports 27 new COVID-19 cases


    Singapore's COVID-19 cases reached 57,515 on Wednesday after 27 new coronavirus infections, including six who arrived from India, were recorded, according to the health ministry. Among the new cases, two are imported infections and the other two are from the community involving foreigners holding work passes. Both imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. The rest are migrant workers living in dormitories for foreigners employed in labour-intensive industries, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Singapore has a total of 57,515 coronavirus infection since it began testing in January 2020, it said. The six imported cases reported on Tuesday came from India on August 30 and September 3.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 12 deaths, 2,273 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana


    Telangana reported 2,273 new COVID-19 cases and 12 related fatalities, pushing the tally of infections to 1.62 lakh in the state. Out of the fresh cases, 325 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy 185, Nalgonda 175, Medchal Malkajgiri 164, Karimnagar 122 and Warangal Urban 114 districts, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 15. With 12 more deaths, the overall toll rose to 996. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.31 lakh, while 30,401 were under treatment. According to the bulletin, 55,636 samples were tested on September 15.  Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 22.76 lakh. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.61 per cent, while it was 1.63 per cent at the national level, it said. The recovery rate in the state climbed to 80.71 per cent, while it was 78.52 per cent in the country.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Two more Karnataka ministers test positive for COVID-19


     Two more Karnataka Ministers-- Basavaraj Bommai and K Gopalaiah-- in the Yediyurappa cabinet have tested positive for coronavirus.Other ministers who were infected with the pathogen, include Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister C T Ravi and Agriculture Minister B C Patil. As on Tuesday evening, 4.75 lakh people were found to be infected with the virus. Whereas 7,481 people have succumbed to the infection since the outbreak of the disease.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 5.4 crore COVID-19 samples tested; 40 lakh people under surveillance, says govt


    As many as 5.4 crore samples have been tested for coronavirus and 40 lakh people are under surveillance, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said India is testing about one million samples a day at 1,697 laboratories across the country. "As on September 10, a total of about 40 lakh persons have been kept under surveillance. A total of 5.4 crore samples have been tested so far," he said in a written reply to a question. The minister said that as on September 10, a total of 15,290 COVID-19 treatment facilities with 13,14,171 dedicated isolation beds, without oxygen support, have been created. Also, a total of 2,31,269 oxygen-supported isolation beds and 62,694 ICU beds (including 32,241 ventilator beds) are available in the country, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta tests positive for COVID-19


    Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. "Last week, I took a COVID test after having light fever. Its report was negative. I was tested again since I was feeling unwell. The report has now come as positive," he tweeted in Hindi. Gupta said he was already in quarantine during the last week and advised those who had come in his contact to get themselves tested.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports record 4,270 new COVID-19 cases, 11 fresh fatalities


    Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 4,270 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The new cases pushed the state's coronavirus tally to 1,62,920, he said. Eleven more patients succumbed to the infection, taking Odisha's COVID-19 death toll to 656, the official said. The state had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 4,198 coronavirus cases on September 14, he said. As many as 2,478 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,792 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Over 30 vaccine candidates supported, 3 in advance trials, 4 in the advanced pre-clinical stage, says govt

    The government on Wednesday said more than 30 vaccine candidates for coronavirus have been supported, and three of them are in advanced stages of trials now, while four are in the advanced pre-clinical development stage. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also told the Rajya Sabha that 13 clinical trials of repurposed drugs have been undertaken to build a portfolio of therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients. "More than 30 vaccine candidates have been supported which are in different stages of development, 3 candidates are in advanced stage of Phase I, II, III trials and more than 4 are in advanced pre-clinical development stage," he said. Rai said a national expert group on vaccine administration for COVID-19 was constituted on August 7, under the NITI Aayog.

  • Countrywide lockdown successfully blunted aggressive progression of COVID-19 in India, says MoS Health Minister Ashwini Choubey


    India successfully blunted the aggressive progression of COVID-19 by imposing a countrywide lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic, Minister of State for Health Ashiwni Choubey told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question, Choubey said it has been estimated the decision of lockdown slowed down the progress of the pandemic in India, prevented 1429 lakh cases and 3778 thousand deaths. He said, "In the beginning of the pandemic itself, by imposing countrywide lockdown, India successfully blunted the aggressive progression of COVID." "India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 cases per million and 55 deaths per million population respectively, which is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries," he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India's COVID-19 tally of cases galloped past 50 lakh, just 11 days after it crossed 40 lakh with90,123infections being reported in a day, while recoveries surged to39,42,360on Wednesday pushing the recovery rate to 78.53 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 50,20,359, while the death toll climbed to 82,066witha record 1,290people succumbing to the disease ina span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
India's COVID-19 cases jumped from 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days. Then it took 16 more days to race past 30 lakh, 13 days more to cross the 40-lakh mark and 11 days to go past 50 lakh.
It took 110days for the COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while it had taken 59 days more to go past the 10-lakh post.
The COVID-19casefatality rate due to the coronavirus infection further dropped at 1.63 percent.
There are9,95,933active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 19.84 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 5,94,29,115 samples have been tested up to September 15 with 11,16,842 samples being tested on Tuesday.