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    Coronavirus News Highlights August 28: Multiple staff members of CSK test positive; India recoveries exceed actives cases by over 18 lakh

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    Coronavirus News Highlights August 28: Multiple staff members of CSK test positive; India recoveries exceed actives cases by over 18 lakh


    Coronavirus News Highlights August 28: A record single-day spike of 77,266 COVID-19 cases pushed India's virus tally to 33,87,500, while the recoveries surged to 25,83,948 on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll climbed to 61,529 with 1,057 people succumbing to the diseases in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

    Coronavirus News Highlights August 28: Multiple staff members of CSK test positive; India recoveries exceed actives cases by over 18 lakh
    • 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.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: EPFO settles 46 lakh COVID-19-related claims worth Rs 920 cr

      Retirement fund body EPFO on Friday said it has settled 46 lakh EPF withdrawal claims and disbursed Rs 920 crore to its subscribers to meet exigencies due to the COVID-19 situation.
      Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY), the government had made a provision for a COVID-19 non-refundable advance facility. The scheme was started in April.
      Members can use this facility to withdraw three months' basic wages -- basic pay plus dearness allowance -- or half of the total accumulation in his or her Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) account, whichever is less for meeting exigencies due to the COVID-19 situation.
      Furthering the cause of social protection, the EPFO has processed around 46 lakh claims amounting to about Rs 920 crore since the COVID-19 outbreak, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) said in a statement.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: 8,960 fresh cases in Karnataka, 136 deaths

      Karnataka on Friday registered 8,960 new cases of coronavirus and 136 related fatalities, taking the total infection count in the state to 3.18 lakh, the health department said.
      The day also saw 7,464 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 8,960 fresh cases reported on Friday, 2,721 were
      from Bengaluru urban alone.
      With 136 more deaths, the toll went up to 5,368. As of August 28 evening, cumulatively 3.18 lakh COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 5,368 deaths and 2.27 lakh discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: 696 new cases in J&K, tally at 35,831

      Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 696 new cases of coronavirus taking the total number of infected people to 35,831 even as seven deaths were reported from the union territory during the last 24 hours, officials said.  
      "Seven persons infected with coronavirus have died in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours till 5 pm on Friday," the officials said.  
      They said all of these deaths were reported from the Kashmir valley. 
      The death toll in the union territory has now reached 678.  
      Among the 696 new cases, 202 were from the Jammu region, while 494 were from Kashmir, they said.  
      Srinagar district reported the highest number of 194 new cases, followed by 109 in Jammu district, the officials said.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Ajit Pawar, Fadnavis together at inauguration of COVID hospital

      Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis were seen together at the inauguration of a COVID-19 hospital in Baner area here on Friday.

      The two had famously come together on November 23 last year when Fadnavis was sworn in as chief minister and Pawar as his deputy in a hush-hush early morning ceremony.
      Pawar, an NCP stalwart, broke ranks to join the BJP leader to form government after the saffron party fell out with the Shiv Sena, but their government lasted only 80 hours as they could not muster the numbers.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: UP records 77 more deaths, 5,447 fresh cases

      Uttar Pradesh on Friday reported 77 coronavirus-related fatalities, taking the death toll due to the disease to 3,294, while 5,447 new cases pushed the infection tally to 2,13,824 in the state, officials said.
      "In the last 24 hours, 5,447 fresh COVID-19 cases were found. There are 52,651 active cases in the state, while a total of 1,57,879 people have been discharged after recovering from the infection," Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters here.
      Of the 52,651 active cases, 26,270 are in home isolation, he said, adding that on Thursday, 1,22,277 tests were conducted in the state.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Current India bowler, multiple staff members of CSK test positive 

      A current India limited-overs cricketer is among multiple members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent who have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the franchise to extend its quarantine period in Dubai ahead of the IPL.
      An league source revealed that all COVID-19 positive results came during day 1, 3 and 6 of testing after the contingent's landing in Dubai. The IPL is due to begin on September 19.
      "Yes, a right-arm medium fast bowler, who has recently played for India, along with a few staff members have tested positive for COVID-19," a senior IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. 

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Antiviral drug used to treat cats also works against novel coronavirus, say scientists

      A drug used to cure a deadly viral disease in cats may be effective as a treatment for humans against the novel coronavirus, according to a study that may lead to the development of new therapeutics to treat COVID-19. According to the research, published in the journal Nature Communications, the drug is effective at inhibiting viral replication in lab-grown cells infected with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. 

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Goa to turn to COVID-19 containment zones for plasma donation

      The Goa government plans to focus on the COVID-19 containment zones in the state and urge the recovered patients of coronavirus from these areas to donate their plasma for treatment of others.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Recoveries exceed actives cases of COVID-19 by more than 18 lakh; case fatality drops to 1.82%

      The effectiveness of the Centre's 'test, track and treat' approach is reflected in the progress on the COVID-19 recovery front and the reduction in fatality rate, the government said on Friday, highlighting that recoveries exceed active cases by over 18 lakh as on date. The Union health ministry pointed out that in the past five months, more than three-fourth of COVID-19 cases have recovered and less than one-fourth are active now.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Singapore reports 94 new COVID-19 cases, including 10 from overseas
      Singapore reported 94 new COVID-19 cases on Friday,  including 10 imported infections, taking the national tally to 56,666, the health ministry said. The 10 coronavirus cases from overseas have been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Home (MOH) Affairs. The four cases in the community are Singaporeans (citizens) or Permanent Residents (foreigners).
    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rises to 34,676; death toll mounts to 378

      Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 34,676 on Friday as 1,365 more people tested positive for the infection, while 11 more fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 378, a health bulletin said.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Pandemic management now part of MBBS course

      Medical students will now learn about pandemic management along with its social, legal and other aspects in the MBBS course with India's apex medical education regulator introducing a new module to better prepare doctors for challenges posed by pandemics like COVID-19.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Why women may face less severe COVID-19 symptoms than men decoded

      Scientists have found a possible explanation for why men may have a greater risk than women for more severe symptoms and worse outcomes from COVID-19 regardless of age. The researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the US pointed to female sex hormone estrogen's role in lowering the level of angiotensin-converting enzyme2 (ACE2) in the heart, which may modulate the severity of COVID-19 in women.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Bombay HC seeks records of cop who died of COVID-19

      The Bombay High Court on Fridaydirected the Maharashtra government to submit all official records of Mumbai Railway police assistant sub-inspector Suresh Hatankar, who died of COVID-19 in May.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: US-based BCM ties up with India's BE for COVID-19 vaccine production

      In the race to find a cure for the coronavirus infection, Texas-based Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has entered into a licensing agreement with Indian pharmaceutical company Biological E Limited (BE) for the development of a safe, effective and affordable vaccine. According to BCM, Hyderabad-headquartered BE has licenced the recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed at Baylor. The company engaged in licence negotiations with the BCM Ventures team after initial discussions on Baylor's technology and how it could possibly inform a vaccine to address the current global pandemic. The company will leverage its past experience for the further development and commercialisation of the vaccine candidate, which is currently produced using a proven yeast-based expression technology, the Texas-based BCM said.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: India recoveries exceed actives cases of COVID-19 by more than 18 lakh; case fatality drops to 1.82%

      The effectiveness of the Centre's 'test, track and treat' approach is reflected in the progress on the COVID-19 recovery front and the reduction in fatality rate, the government said on Friday, highlighting that recoveries exceed active cases by over 18 lakh as on date. The Union health ministry pointed out that in the past five months, More than three/fourth of COVID-19 cases have recovered and less than one/fourth are active now. "Effective treatment of positive cases has resulted in a progressively dipping COVID case fatality rate, which is pegged at 1.82 percent as on date," the ministry said. The number of recoveries is nearly 3.5 times the active cases of coronavirus infection currently, it said. With more patients recovering and being discharged from home isolation and hospitals, India's COVID-19 recoveries is nearing 26 lakh. With a total of 60,177 patients having recuperated in a span of 24 hours, the recoveries have surged to 25,83,948 and the recovery rate has reached 76.28 percent.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Kalyan, Navi Mumbai have over 3,000 active COVID-19 cases

      The civic limits of Kalyan and Navi Mumbai have over 3,000 active cases of coronavirus, while Thane city is nearing 2,000 active cases, district authorities said on Friday. According to an official report, with an addition of 1,172 new cases on Thursday, the COVID-19 tally in Thane district has now reached 1,18,911. Moreover, 37 latest casualties in the district, including 10 from Kalyan alone, have raised the toll to 3,423, the report stated. Most COVID-19 cases have been reported from Kalyan, Thane and Navi Mumbai areas that have so far recorded 27,684, 25,076 and 24,585 cases respectively, an official said. The recovery rate in the district stood at 86.75 percent, while the mortality was at 2.88 percent, he said. The district now has 12,332 active cases, he added. Major cities in the district, including Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai, have recorded a mortality rate of more than 2 percent, with the exception of Badlapur where the death rate stood at 1.75 percent, the official said.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Odisha's COVID-19 tally jumps to 94,668; death toll reaches 456

      Odisha's COVID-19 tally on Friday rose to 94,668 with the highest single-day spike of 3,682 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 456 as eight more patients succumbed to the disease, a health department official said. New cases were detected in all the 30 districts of the state, the fatalities were reported from six. "Regret to inform the demise of eight #COVID-19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals," the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Pune boy survives life-threatening post-COVID-19 complication

      A seven-year-old boy has survived a rare life-threatening post-COVID-19 complication called "hyper-inflammatory syndrome" with which he was diagnosed at a city hospital, doctors said on Friday. The boy, son of a Pune Municipal Corporation worker, along with his parents and brother had contracted COVID-19 three weeks ago, but all of them had recovered from the infection. Hyper-inflammatory syndrome is associated with COVID-19. The life-threatening illness is characterised by inflammation in the entire body, including vital organs.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Biggest one-day spike of 509 COVID-19 cases in Tripura takes tally to 10,436

      Tripura registered its highest single-day spike of 509 COVID-19 cases on Friday, which pushed the tally in the northeastern state to 10,436, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 89 with four more people succumbing to the infection, he said. Altogether 142 people were discharged from Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) on Thursday, taking the number of recoveries to 6,839. Of the 509 fresh cases, 205 were reported from west Tripura, 63 from Dhalai, 55 from Sepahijala, 47 from Unakoti, 44 from Khowai, 30 from North Tripura, 41 from Gomati and 24 from South Tripura, the official said.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: SC refuses to entertain PIL to postpone Bihar polls, says COVID-19 cannot be ground

      Stating that COVID-19 cannot be a ground for postponing the Bihar elections, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking to defer the assembly polls till the state is free of the novel coronavirus. The Election Commission of India will consider everything, a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said. The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said it is a premature petition as no notification for the assembly polls has been issued till now. The petitioner, Avinash Thakur, had sought a direction to the Chief Election Commissioner to postpone the polls due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the ground that the Representation of the People Act provides for the deferment of polls in extraordinary situations.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Pakistan registers 415 more COVID-19 cases; tally reaches 295,053

      Pakistan registered 415 more cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 295,053, the health ministry said on Friday. Nine more people died overnight due to the disease, pushing the death toll to 6,283, it said, adding that 279,937 people have recovered so far across the country. Sindh reported the maximum number of 129,081 cases, followed by Punjab at 96,636, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at 35,923, Islamabad at 15,578, Balochistan at 12,742, Gilgit-Baltistan at 2,816 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) at 2,277. The authorities have conducted 2,559,261 tests so far across the country to detect the viral infection, the ministry said.

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      The first documented instance of coronavirus reinfection came from Hong Kong this week followed quickly by Belgium and the Netherlands reporting one case each, but there is no reason for alarm yet, say scientists, calming fears that a surge might be inevitable. As concerns mount that herd immunity may not be enough to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists in India and elsewhere said more studies are needed for a reliable inference. Wide conclusions cannot be drawn about reinfection from individual cases, noted Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst told PTI on the three cases reported this week.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: New reckoning for WHO vaccine plan as governments go it alone

      The World Health Organization will next week receive a raft of pledges of support for its plan for COVID-19 vaccines for all. But the agency has already had to scale back its ambition. The United States, Japan, Britain and the European Union have struck their own deals to secure millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for their citizens, ignoring the U.N. body’s warnings that "vaccine nationalism" will squeeze supplies. If other countries that can afford it pursue a similar approach, the WHO's strategy for fighting the coronavirus pandemic globally and equitably risks coming undone, experts warn.

    • Coronavirus News LIVE: India's COVID-19 pandemic hits fast dwindling tribe in remote islands

      Four members of a dwindling tribe in India's far off the Andaman Islands have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Thursday as the country reported 75,760 new infections, the highest-single-day rise. The Great Andamanese are one of the six tribes of Mongoloid and African origin, who have lived in the Andamans in the Bay of Bengal for thousands of years. Only about 50 members survive after thousands were killed by British colonisers in the 19th century or died later due to diseases. Indian officials have since tried to protect their way of life while opening up the islands to the fruits of development such as access to healthcare.

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      Coronavirus News Highlights August 28: Multiple staff members of CSK test positive; India recoveries exceed actives cases by over 18 lakh
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    • Coronavirus News LIVE: Doctor turns ambulance driver, ferries patient to hospital in India

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    A record single-day spike of 77,266 COVID-19 cases pushed India's virus tally to 33,87,500, while the recoveries surged to 25,83,948 on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll climbed to 61,529 with 1,057 people succumbing to the diseases in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
    The recovery rate was recorded at 76.28 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.82 percent.
    There are 7,42,023 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.90 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
    India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.
    According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 3,94,77,848 samples have been tested up to August 27 with 9,01,338 samples being tested on Thursday.
    Of the 1,057 fresh deaths, 355 are from Maharashtra, 141 from Karnataka, 109 from Tamil Nadu, 92 from Andhra Pradesh, 68 from Uttar Pradesh, 53 from West Bengal, 37 from Punjab, 24 from Madhya Pradesh, 22 from Delhi, 17 from Gujarat, 14 each from Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh, 13 from Rajasthan, 12 from Haryana, 11 each from Telangana and Jharkhand.
    Ten fatalities have been reported from Kerala and Puducherry, nine from Uttarakhand, eight from Bihar, seven from Odisha, six from Goa, four each from Assam and Tripura, two each from Chandigarh and Ladakh, while Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Himachal Pradesh have registered one fatality each.
    Of the total 61,529 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 23,444 followed by 6,948 in Tamil Nadu, 5,232 in Karnataka, 4,369 in Delhi, 3,633 in Andhra Pradesh, 3,217 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,017 in West Bengal, 2,962 in Gujarat,and 1,306 in Madhya Pradesh.
    So far, 1,256 people have died of COVID-19 in Punjab, 1,005 in Rajasthan, 799 in Telangana, 671 in Jammu and Kashmir, 646 in Haryana, 538 in Bihar, 448 in Odisha, 373 in Jharkhand, 278 in Assam, 267 in Kerala, 245 in Chhattisgarh and 228 in Uttarakhand.
    Puducherry has registered 190 fatalities, Goa 171, Tripura 89, Chandigarh 43, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 42, Himachal Pradesh 33, Ladakh 27, Manipur 25, Nagaland nine, Meghalaya eight, Arunachal Pradesh five, Sikkim three and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.
    The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
    "Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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