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Coronavirus August 27 Highlights: Premas Biotech's vaccine candidate shows positive results; footballer Paul Pogba tests positive

Coronavirus August 27 Highlights: Premas Biotech's vaccine candidate shows positive results; footballer Paul Pogba tests positive

Coronavirus August 27 Highlights: Premas Biotech's vaccine candidate shows positive results; footballer Paul Pogba tests positive
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Coronavirus August 27 Highlights: Registering over 75,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time in a span of 24 hours, India's virus tally sprinted past 33 lakh on Thursday, while the number of recoveries crossed the 25 lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data. A record 75,760 infections were added in a day taking the total coronavirus caseload to 33,10,234. The death toll climbed to 60,472 with 1,023 fatalities being reported in 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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Coronavirus News LIVE: Delhi records August's highest single-day spike


Delhi recorded 1,840 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single-day spike in August in the city, taking the tally to over 1.67 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,369, authorities said.
Twenty-two fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health department.
This is the third successive single-day spike this month.
On Wednesday, 17 deaths were reported and the daily count of cases was 1,693, the previous highest single-day spike in August.

Aug 27, 2020 9:07 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Gehlot cancels meeting with visitors after 10 people at CMO, CM residence test positive


Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cancelled his meetings with visitors after 10 people at his office and residence tested COVID-19 positive on Thursday.
Nine staffers, including clerks, of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) and one member of the staff at Chief Minister's Residence (CMR) tested positive for the disease, sources said. 
In total 10 people at the CMO and CMR have tested positive, and the chief minister has cancelled his meetings with visitors as a precautionary measure, a statement said. 
"Those who wish to meet the chief ministers have to come in contact with security staff and other personnel at the CMO and residence and in view of the safety for the visitors, the chief minister has cancelled all meetings with visitors," it said.

Aug 27, 2020 8:51 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Gujarat records 1,190 cases; 17 die, 1,193 recover


With 1,190 new coronavirus cases recorded in the last 24 hours, Gujarat's tally rose to 91,329 on Thursday, the state Health Department said.
As many as 17 persons with the COVID-19 infection died across the state during the same period, taking the toll to 2,964, said a release from the Health Department.
Also, 1,193 persons recovered from the infection and were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of such cases to 73,501, it said.
Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 91,329, new cases 1,190, deaths 2,964, discharged 73,501, active cases 14,864, people tested so far 20,45,951.

Aug 27, 2020 8:49 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: 14,718 new cases in Maharashtra; 355 deaths, 9,136 recover


Maharashtra on Thursday reported 14,718 fresh cases of coronavirus infection, taking the case tally in the state to 7,33,568, said a health official.
With 355 fatalities being recorded, the death toll reached 23,444, he said.
The number of active cases in the state is 1,78,234. 
On Thursday, 9,136 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered coronavirus patients in the state to 5,31,563, the official said.
State capital Mumbai reported 1,350 new cases and 30 deaths. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the city thus rose to 1,40,888 and death toll to 7,535. The number of active cases in Mumbai is 19,463.

Aug 27, 2020 8:24 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Tamil Nadu case count tops 4 lakh mark, death toll now 6,948


Tamil Nadu on Thursday crossed four lakh COVID-19 cases while the death toll touched 6,948 with 109 more fatalities.
The addition of 5,981 new infections took the tally to 4,03,242 with the state capital accounting for 1,286 fresh cases, a health department bulletin said here.
The active cases were only 52,364 with 3,43,930 total recoveries, including 5,870 on Thursday, it said.
Notably, from 3,02,815 cases on August 10, the state has added one lakh plus cases in a matter of about 16 days and in less than two months (from July 3 to till date) it has seen a whopping three lakh new infections.
It was on July 25, Tamil Nadu crossed the two lakh mark (2,06,737 cases including 6,988 reported on that day) and on July 3, the state surpassed one lakh cases.

Aug 27, 2020 8:21 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Premas Biotech's vaccine candidate shows positive results in animal studies


Premas Biotech on Thursday said its vaccine candidate for COVID-19 treatment has shown positive results, inducing a neutralising immune response in animal studies.
The company is in talks with the Indian regulatory authorities concerned to plan and initiate next steps towards conducting human trials, Premas Biotech said in a statement.
"We are happy to report that the vaccine candidate study in mice has gone on well, and the results are positive and encouraging. We have engaged with the regulatory authorities in India and are working towards the next steps under their guidance," Premas Biotech Co-Founder and MD Prabuddha Kundu said.

Aug 27, 2020 8:16 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Social distancing will be maintained during Parliament's monsoon session


Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday said a smooth transaction of the business of Parliament during the Monsoon Session in view of COVID-19 is his priority and all guidelines pertaining to social distancing will be adhered to during the session.
In a series of tweets from the Lok Sabha speaker's Twitter handle, Birla said he chaired a meeting on Thursday to review the preparations for the upcoming session and directed all the agencies concerned to work diligently for sanitisation and other arrangements.
He also shared a video of the meeting with officials from the secretariats of both houses -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
"Necessary protocols are being prepared for Members and their staff. Guidelines are also being formulated for the Parliament officials. All guidelines pertaining to Social Distancing will be adhered to during Session," the speaker said in one of the tweets.

Aug 27, 2020 7:18 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: JIPMER told to increase number of beds for COVID-19 patients


The JIPMER hospital here has been ordered to increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients, from the present 279 to 700. An order to this effect was issued by the Puducherry Collector T Arun on Thursday.
In view of the COVID-19 situation that has seen 2,434 people being infected so far since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Health Department expressed the need for additional beds.
Meanwhile, the territorial Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi thanked the Central government for facilitating the visits of teams from the JIPMER and also from the National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, to help the Puducherry government combat the pandemic.

Aug 27, 2020 7:14 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Machester United midfielder Paul Pogba tests positive, according to reports


Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has been left out of France's squad for the Nations League games against Sweden and Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus, according to multiple reports.
France head coach Didier Deschamps reportedly confirmed the news after he announced the squad for the games, with Pogba's place being taken by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

Aug 27, 2020 6:38 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: 40 inmates of Jabalpur jail test positive for virus, isolated

Forty inmates who arrived recently at the central jail here have been quarantined after they tested positive for cronavirus, an official said on Thursday.
All of them were asymptomatic, said Gopal Tamrakar, Deputy Inspector General, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Central Jail.
These prisoners had been admitted to the jail after August 15, he said.
Their samples were taken for coronavirus testing and they were kept in isolation, he told PTI.

Aug 27, 2020 6:15 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: 40 inmates of Jabalpur jail test positive for virus, isolated

Forty inmates who arrived recently at the central jail here have been quarantined after they tested positive for cronavirus, an official said on Thursday.
All of them were asymptomatic, said Gopal Tamrakar, Deputy Inspector General, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Central Jail.
These prisoners had been admitted to the jail after August 15, he said.
Their samples were taken for coronavirus testing and they were kept in isolation, he told PTI.

Aug 27, 2020 6:15 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Pranab Mukherjee still in deep coma, ventilator support: Hospital


Former President Pranab Mukherjee continues to be in a deep coma and on ventilator support, the hospital where he is admitted said on Thursday. According to the doctors treating 84-year-old Mukherjee, he is haemodynamically stable.Doctors say a patient is haemodynamically stable when the blood circulation parameters - blood pressure, heart and pulse rate, are stable and normal.Mukherjee was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral Hospital on August 10 and was operated for removal of a clot in the brain. He was also tested positive for COVID-19. He later developed a lung infection.

Aug 27, 2020 6:01 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Cuttack gives go ahead for community Durga puja, social distancing norms must


The Cuttack district administration has granted permission to organise community Durga pujas without any congregation in pandals and in strict adherence to social distancing norms, an official said.
The puja committees can celebrate the festival in the silver city of Odisha without violating the COVID-19 guidelines, Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani said.
"Maintaining social distancing norms, avoiding mass gatherings and wearing masks, the organisers can hold Durga Puja at their respective pandals," Chayani said.
Puja organisers can perform the rituals but no congregation will be allowed in the pandals, he said.

Aug 27, 2020 5:41 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Distance learning? Just 24% Indian households have internet facility to access e-education


Just 24 percent of Indian households have internet connections to access e-education, and there is a large rural-urban and gender divide that is likely to widen the learning gap across high, middle and low-income families, according to a new UNICEF report.
The Remote Learning Reachability report, issued by UNICEF on Thursday, expressed concerns over children from economically disadvantaged families struggling with access to remote learning.
"Available data indicates that approximately a quarter of households (24 percent) in India have access to the internet and there is a large rural-urban and gender divide. The learning gap is likely to widen across high, middle and low-income families, as children from economically disadvantaged families cannot access remote learning," it said.
The report further said that students, especially girls, from most marginalised communities do not have easy access to smartphones, and even if they do, internet connectivity is poor, and quality education content is often not available in vernacular languages.

Aug 27, 2020 5:03 PM

Coronavirus News LIVE: Arjuna awardee Satwiksairaj tests positive


Set to be conferred the Arjuna award on Saturday, Indian badminton player Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has tested positive for COVID-19 and been in home quarantine for nearly a week. 
The 20-year-old men's doubles player said he is yet to develop any symptoms of the infection. The national awards will be given away in a virtual ceremony on Saturday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It is unfortunately true. Few days back, I went for a test (antigen) and it has been five days since I have been in quarantine. I went for an RT-PCR (test) and that too came positive," the 20-year-old PTI from his home in Amalapuram. 
"I am taking medicines. There are no symptoms, neither my parents nor any friends, none had the virus. So, I don't know from where it has come," he said.
Satwik said he will undergo another test in three days' time.

Aug 27, 2020 4:59 PM