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Coronavirus news highlights: Another BJP minister tests positive for COVID-19 in MP; masks no longer compulsory outdoors in Beijing

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Coronavirus news highlights: India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 29 lakh, a day after it crossed 28 lakh, with a single-day spike of 68,898 infections, while the recoveries have increased to 21,58,946 on Friday pushing the recovery rate to over 74 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total cases of coronavirus infections mounted to 29,05,823, while the death toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.89 percent while the recovery rate has risen to 74.30 percent. There are 6,92,028 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which is 23.82 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.

Coronavirus news highlights: Another BJP minister tests positive for COVID-19 in MP; masks no longer compulsory outdoors in Beijing
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  • Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates: DDMA allows weekly markets to open from Monday on trial basis

    The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday allowed weekly markets to open on trial basis from August 24-30 and directed authorities to ensure strict implementation of anti-COVID-19 measures, including social distancing and mandatory use of face masks. According to an order issued by Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, weekly markets will not be allowed in containment zones in the national capital. "One weekly per day per zone in all three municipal corporations/New Delhi Municipal Council/Delhi Cantonment Board shall be allowed to function on trial basis for a week i.e 24.08.2020 to 30.08.2020 in NCT of Delhi..." Dev, who is also the chairman of DDMA's state executive committee, said in the order. Weekly markets will be permitted to open from 4 pm to 10 pm, it said, adding that not more than two buyers will be allowed to deal at any stall at a time.

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  • Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates: Surat reports 251 new COVID-19 cases; 5 more deaths

    The COVID-19 tally in Gujarat's Surat went up to 18,708 after 251 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the government said on Friday. Surat's tally is the second highest in the state after Ahmedabad, where 29,841 people have tested positive so far. The spike in the number of cases in Surat was the highest for any district in the state on Friday, the government said in a release. Of the 251 new cases, 169 were from Surat city and 82 others from rural parts of the district, it said. While three persons from the city died in the last 24 hours, two deaths were reported from the villages, taking the fatality count in the district to 766. A total of 340 people, highest in Gujarat on Friday, recovered from the infection and were given discharge in the last 24 hours, which pushed the count of recoveries to 15,321, the release said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Himachal Pradesh reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths, 77 fresh cases

    With two more fatalities, the COVID-19 death toll climbed to 24 in Himachal Pradesh, while 77 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 4,618 on Friday, official data showed. A 58-year-woman and a 84-year-old man died due to novel coronavirus in Chamba district on Friday, a district official said, adding that both were co-morbid patients. With this, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has risen to 24 in the hill state. The deaths include that of a 70-year-old Delhi woman, who had stayed at a factory guest house in Solan's Baddi. She died at the PGIMER in Chandigarh on April 2. The state health department initially showed her death in its records but it stopped doing so later, stating that according to protocol, her death should be included in Chandigarh, where she had tested positive for the disease. On the contrary, authorities in Chandigarh said the death of the woman should be included in the records of HP, from where she was referred.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Sikkim Health Minister tests positive for COVID-19

    Sikkim Health Minister Dr MK Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. The minister himself announced the news of his testing positive for COVID-19 in a brief Facebook post. "I, Dr MK Sharma, Health Minister of Sikkim, would like to inform all the Sikkimese people that I developed symptoms of COVID-19 and got myself tested today and the results have come as positive," he said. Sharma said that he was doing fine and confined himself in isolation. Urging his friends and supporters not to panic, the Health Minister urged all those people who have in contact with him in recent days to self-isolate themselves and get tested for COVID-19. Sikkim till Friday has reported 1,336 COVID-19 cases of which 499 are active cases, as 834 patients have recovered from the disease and three persons have died.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rises to 895

    At least 21 people, including seven truckers, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state's tally to 895, an official said on Friday. The official said that 12 cases were reported from Aizawl district, seven from Kolasib district, and one each from Lunglei and Siaha districts in the last 24-hours. Eighteen people recovered from COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 420, he said. Of the total 895 COVID-19 cases, 475 are active as 420 people have recovered from the disease. Mizoram has so far not reported any COVID-19 death. According to a health department official a total of 30,753 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till Friday.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 44 more test COVID-19 positive in Muzaffarnagar

    Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district on Friday reported 44 fresh COVID-19 cases, including six health workers and two prisoners. The district now has 366 active COVID-19 cases, District Magistrate Selvakumari said. Twenty-six patients recovered from the disease on Friday, taking the number of people who have been cured to 1,066. Four medical staffers of the district hospital and two of Begarajpur college are among the fresh cases.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2 more COVID-19 deaths, 116 fresh cases in Chandigarh

    Two more COVID-19 fatalities in Chandigarh pushed the death toll to 33 while 116 new cases reported on Friday took the infection tally to 2,631 in the union territory, according to a medical bulletin. A 67-year-old coronavirus positive man had succumbed to the infection on Wednesday at a government hospital here. The patient was also suffering from diabetes, the bulletin said. Another death due to COVID-19 on Wednesday was that of a 66-year-old woman who breathed her last at a government hospital here. She was also suffering from diabetes, it said. The new COVID-19 cases include a one-year-old child, a four-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy. The fresh cases were found in many areas including sectors 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, Mani Majra, Dadu Majra and Hallo Majra, according to the bulletin. There are 1,170 active cases as of now in the union territory. Thirty-six more patients were discharged after they recovered from infection, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,426, according to the health bulletin.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Five more COVID-19 patients die in U'khand

    Uttarakhand on Friday reported five more deaths due to COVID-19 taking the fatality toll in the state to 192 while 447 more people tested positive for the disease pushing the infection tally to 14,083. Three COVID patients died at AIIMS, Rishikesh and two at Doon Medical College, a state Health Department bulletin said. Meanwhile, 447 new cases were reported in the state with Udham Singh Nagar district accounting for the highest 106 cases followed by Haridwar which reported 101cases, Dehradun 95, Nainital 50, Uttarkashi 41, Almora 14, Pauri 11, Champawat nine, Tehri and Pithoragarh six, each, Chamoli five, Bageshwar two and Rudraprayag one case, it said. A total of 9,676 COVID patients have recovered so far in the state, while 51 have migrated out of the state and 192 died. There are 4,164 active cases in the state, the bulletin said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2,100 confirmed school virus cases in Tennessee

    Tennessee had 2,100 confirmed coronavirus cases in children ages 5 to 18 during the past two weeks, according to state data. So far, 131 of Tennessee's roughly 140 public schools have restarted, with 129 districts operating or planning to run on a hybrid model. Most of those are opening in person with a virtual option, according to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. Eighteen districts are operating fully remotely, and nine individual schools were closed due to at least one COVID-19 case, Schwinn says. Republican Governor Bill Lee says his administration is asking federal officials how specific Tennessee can get in disclosing cases of COVID-19 in schools. School districts currently have the choice of releasing information on cases on their own. Tennessee has nearly 1,500 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Over 1,200 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, 14 deaths

    For the first time, Gujarat on Friday recorded a spike of more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the state health department said. With highest single-day spike of 1,204, the caseload in the state rose to 84,466. Fourteen persons with COVID-19 infection died across the state, taking the death toll to 2,869. On the other hand, 1,324 patients were discharged from hospitals since Thursday evening. Notably, over 72,000 coronavirus tests were conducted in 24 hours, which was also a record. Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Total cases 84,466, New cases 1,204, Deaths 2,869, Discharged 67,277, Active cases 14,320 and people tested so far 16,20,067.

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  • Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: 14,161 new COVID-19 cases in state, 339 more die

    Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra went up to 6,57,450 on Friday with 14,161 new patients being reported, the state health department said. With 339 fatalities, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 21,698, it said in a statement. Also, 11,749 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 4,70,873. The recovery rate in the state is 71.62 percent while the case fatality rate is 3.30 percent. There are 1,64,562 active cases in the state, while 34,92,966 people have been tested so far.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Hit by virus surge, Hong Kong offers free tests to everyone

    Hong Kong will offer free coronavirus tests to its residents starting Sept. 1 as it grapples with its worst outbreak since the pandemic began, leader Carrie Lam said Friday. The testing program, which will last up to two weeks, will allow every Hong Kong resident to be tested on a voluntary basis, she said. "For the good of yourself and others, and for safeguarding public health, please take part in the scheme," Lam said. "What we're doing today is so that we can come off the epidemic as soon as possible, so that we can resume our economic activities." The testing is aimed at identifying people who are infected with the coronavirus but have exhibited no symptoms, officials said. The city, which has 7.5 million people, has conducted over 1.2 million coronavirus tests so far. A new surge in infections which started in July has more than tripled the number of cases in the city to 4,632.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 3 more test positive in Dharavi, tally rises to 2,700

    The tally of coronavirus patients in Dharavi, the largest slum in Mumbai, increased to 2,700 on Friday after three persons tested positive for the infection, a senior civic official said. On Thursday, Dharavi had recorded 17 positive cases, its highest single-day rise in the month of August. Of the total 2,700 COVID-19 cases, 2,348 patients have already recovered and discharged from hospitals, the official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The slum-dominated area currently has 92 active cases, he added. The civic body has, however, stopped sharing the death toll, if any, from Dharavi since June. Spread over 2.5 square kms area, Dharavi is considered as the largest slum in Asia with a population over 6.5 lakh.

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  • Coronavirus in West Bengal LIVE Updates: Over 1 lakh people recovered from COVID-19 in WB

    Over one lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 in West Bengal after 3,082 patients recovered from the disease on Friday, accordimg to a bulletin released by the state health department said. The discharge percentage in the state improved to 76.89 per cent as a total of 1,01,871 people have so far recovered from the disease, it said. The COVID-19 tally reached 1,32,364 after the biggest single-day spike of 3,245 new cases of the contagion was reported, it added. The toll reached 2,689 after 55 people succumbed to the disease in the past 24 hours, the bulletin said. The number of active cases rose to 27,804, it said. Since Thursday 36,229 samples have been tested in West Bengal, it added.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: European economic rebound slows as virus cases rise

    The European economy's rebound from the coronavirus recession appears to have slowed in August as a resurgence in new confirmed contagions across the region makes businesses, shoppers and travelers more cautious. An indicator of business activity published Friday by research firm IHS Markit fell back to a level that suggests the economy is barely growing after a relatively strong burst in July, when many countries had phased out the restrictions on public life that were imposed in the spring to contain the pandemic. Coronavirus contagions are rising rapidly in many European countries, even if deaths remain at a relatively low level. That has made some consumers more cautious. Europe's busiest airline, Ryanair, said this week it was cutting back further on the number of flights as demand remains low. That suggests the European economy, which had been expected to bounce back from recession more forcefully than the United States, could take longer to heal.

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  • Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh LIVE Updates: BJP minister tests positive for COVID-19 in MP, 6th to test so far

    Madhya Pradesh Public Works Department Minister Gopal Bhargava on Friday said he has tested COVID-19 positive. He shared the information on his Twitter handle. "I got antigen test (for COVID-19) done along with my family and close staff, in which I tested positive as per the initial report. I am getting admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors," Bhargav said in a tweet on Friday evening. Bhargava is the sixth member of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's council of ministers to test positive. Chouhan himself had tested positive for the infection in the last week of July and recovered after treatment. Earlier, Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang, state Cooperatives Minister Arvind Bhadoriya, Water Resources Minister Tulsiram Silawat, Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav and Minister of State (Independent charge) for Backward Class and Minority Welfare Ramkhelawan Patel had tested coronavirus positive.

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  • Coronavirus in Karnataka LIVE Updates: Bengaluru's tally crosses 1 lakh mark; 7,571 new cases reported in state

    Karnataka on Friday reported 7,571 new cases of COVID-19 and 93 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 2,64,546 and death toll to 4,522, the health department said. The total number of positive cases in Bengaluru urban breached 1 lakh mark today, with the city reporting 2,948 fresh cases. The day also saw 6,561 patients getting discharged after recovery. As of August 21 evening, cumulatively 2,64,546 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which include 4,522 deaths and 1,76,942 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin. It said, out of 83,066 active cases, 82,368 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and  stable, while 698 are in ICU. According to the bulletin, 22 out of 93 deaths reported on Friday are from Bengaluru urban, followed by Ballari (9), Belagavi, Davangere and Kalaburagi (7), Dakshina Kannada and Koppala (5); Bidar, Haveri and Vijayapura (4), Dharwad, Raichur and Tumakuru (3), Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu and Kolar 2), and Gadag and Mandya (1).

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  • Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh LIVE Updates: 91 die due to COVID in AP, 9,544 new cases reported

    COVID-19 claimed 91 more lives in Andhra Pradesh while 9,544 more people tested positive, officials said on Friday. The fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,092 while the new infections have taken the tally to 3,34,940. Andhra Pradesh is the third worst-affected state in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in terms of the number of Covid cases. The mortality rate in the state, however, is 0.92 per cent against the national average of 1.90 per cent. Officials said the state's mortality rate is much lower than that of Gujarat (3.43 per cent) and Maharashtra (3.32). According to the media bulletin released by the State Command Control Room, 16 fatalities were reported from Chittoor district, 13 from West Godavari district and 12 from Nellore. Eleven people succumbed in East Godavari district, eight in Anantapur, seven in Kadapa, five in Srikakulam and four in Prakasam. Guntur, Krishna and Kurnool districts reported three deaths each.

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  • Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LIVE Updates: Noida reports 127 fresh cases, tally climbs to 6,901

    Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Friday recorded 127 new COVID-19 cases which pushed the district's caseload to 6,901, official data showed. The number of active cases stood at 793, down from 794 on Thursday, 785 on Wednesday and 774 on Tuesday, according to the data released by the state health department. With this, the district dropped to the 15th position in the state in terms of active cases. Also, 126 more patients were discharged. So far, 6,065 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, the third-highest among districts in UP after Lucknow (13,557) and Kanpur Nagar (8,024), the data showed. The district has recorded 43 deaths linked to coronavirus till now and the mortality rate among positive cases reached 0.62 per cent from 0.63 per cent on Thursday, 0.64 per cent on Wednesday and 0.65 per cent on Tuesday, it stated. The recovery rate of patients improved to 87.88 per cent from 87.64 per cent on Thursday and Wednesday, 87.61 per cent on Tuesday and 86.96 per cent on Monday, it added.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Jammu and Kashmir reports 654 fresh COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths
    Jammu and Kashmir's COVID-19 tally reached 31,371 after 654 fresh infections were detected in the union territory on Friday, while fifteen more deaths took the toll to 593, officials said. Of the 654 new COVID-19 cases, 540 were reported from Kashmir, while 114 were recorded in the Jammu region, they said. Srinagar district reported the highest number of 206 new cases, followed by 68 in Budgam, the officials said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 9,544 fresh cases added to AP's COVID-19 tally

    The rapid spread of coronavirus contagion is showing no signs of abating as 9,544 more cases have been added, pushing Andhra Pradesh's overall tally to 3.34 lakh on Friday. With the new cases coming in hordes daily, the state government decided to increase the number of Covid-19 hospitals from 138 to 287 to cater to the enhanced caseload.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Pray that Lord Ganesha bless us all to overcome COVID pandemic: Prez Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind greeted citizens on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi on Friday and prayed that Lord Ganesha bless all to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, is an expression of people's enthusiasm, joy and forbearance in taking every section of society along on this occasion, he said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UP's COVID-19 tally rises to 1,77,239 with 4,991 new cases

    Uttar Pradesh reported 4,991 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday taking the total number of those affected by COVID-19 to 1,77,239, officials said. With 66 fresh fatalities since Thursday, the total deaths due to the virus have gone up to 2,797, a health department bulletin issued here said. There are 47,785 active cases in the state while the number of those being discharged from hospitals after recovery is 1,26,657, the bulletin said. Among the 66 deaths, the maximum 15 have been reported in Lucknow, nine in Kanpur Nagar, five each in Gorakhpur and Saharanpur, four in Bareilly, three each in Varanasi and Pilibhit among others. Kanpur Nagar has reported a total of 343 deaths due to coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic followed by Lucknow (261), Varanasi (138), Meerut (128), and Allahabad (115), it said. In the last 24 hours, 620 positive cases were reported from Lucknow, 266 from Allahabad, 260 from Gorakhpur, 236 from Kanpur Nagar among others, the bulletin added.

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  • Coronavirus in China LIVE Updates: Masks no longer needed to be worn outdoors in Beijing

    People in China's capital Beijing are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, health authorities said on Friday, a second such announcement since May when it was reversed after a recurrence of coronavirus cases in the city. According to official data, Beijing had 935 cases of coronavirus since February this year of which 924 have recovered. The city reported nine deaths. People are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, but they still need to wear masks when in close contact with others, a new guideline issued by the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said. On May 17, Beijing made a similar announcement, becoming a rare city in the world to relax norms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But the rule was reintroduced a few weeks later after the new clusters of the virus linked to the city's main market called Xinfadi broke out. The new guidelines suggest that people who have a fever or respiratory symptoms, especially those who have been in close contact with patients with respiratory infectious diseases recently, to avoid attending weddings, birthday parties, and other family gatherings, an official press release here said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Noida: 127 fresh COVID-19 cases take tally to 6,901

    Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Friday recorded 127 new COVID-19 cases which pushed the district's caseload to 6,901, official data showed. The number of active cases stood at 793, down from 794 on Thursday, 785 on Wednesday and 774 on Tuesday, according to the data released by the state health department. With this, the district dropped to the 15th position in the state in terms of active cases. Also, 126 more patients were discharged. So far, 6,065 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, the third-highest among districts in UP after Lucknow (13,557) and Kanpur Nagar (8,024), the data showed. The district has recorded 43 deaths linked to coronavirus till now and the mortality rate among positive cases reached 0.62 per cent from 0.63 per cent on Thursday, 0.64 per cent on Wednesday and 0.65 per cent on Tuesday, it stated.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 14 Air India passengers tested positive until Thursday, says Hong Kong govt

    Fourteen passengers who travelled from Delhi to Hong Kong on an Air India flight on August 14 have tested positive for COVID-19 till Thursday, the Hong Kong government said. Due to this incident, Air India's passenger flights have been barred from landing in Hong Kong till August-end, it added on Friday. A passenger from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if he or she has a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey, according to the rules issued by the Hong Kong government in July. In a statement to PTI on Friday, a spokesperson of the Department of Health of the Hong Kong government said, "A flight operated by Air India (AI314) arriving Hong Kong from India on August 14 had 11 passengers confirmed to have infected with COVID-19." As a result, the department invoked the "Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) on August 17 to prohibit landing of passenger flights operated by Air India for two weeks from August 18 to 31 in Hong Kong", the spokesperson noted.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand's tally mounts to 27,241 with 941 new cases; death toll at 291

    Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally climbed to 27,241 with 941 fresh cases, even as 13 more fatalities pushed the death toll in the state to 291, a health official said. Jharkhand now has 9,505 active cases, while 17,445 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said late on Thursday. A total of 13,863 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till Thursday evening, the official added.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 55 fresh cases take Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally to 1,716

    At least 55 more people, including five security personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, taking the northeastern state's tally to 1,716, a Health Department official said. Of the new cases, 31 were reported from East Khasi Hills, 17 from West Khasi, three from West Garo, two from East Garo and one each from Ri-Bhoi and West Jaintia, Health Services Director Aman War said. "Three BSF personnel from West Garo Hills and two employees of the Indian Air Force from East Khasi Hills are among new patients," he said. Fourteen more people were cured of the disease on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 744, war said, adding six patients have died so far. Meghalaya currently has 966 active COVID-19 cases, he said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Scientists decode how severe COVID-19 patients develop low blood oxygen levels

    COVID-19 is causing significant dilation of the blood vessels of the lungs, contributing to the very low oxygen levels seen in patients with respiratory failure, according to a new research that may help provide better treatment to those who are severely affected by the disease. The pilot study of 18 patients, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, helps explain how COVID-19 behaves differently than classic acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in which lung inflammation leads to leaky blood vessels in the organ. In ARDS, the study noted that the leaky blood vessels in the lungs flood the organ with fluid and make it stiff, impairing oxygenation. According to the scientists, including those from the Mount Sinai Hospital in the US, many patients with COVID-19 pneumonia experience severely low levels of oxygen in the blood that is markedly out of proportion to the degree of lung stiffness.

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 29 lakh, a day after it crossed 28 lakh, with a single-day spike of 68,898 infections, while the recoveries have increased to 21,58,946 on Friday pushing the recovery rate to over 74 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The total cases of coronavirus infections mounted to 29,05,823, while the death toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.89 percent while the recovery rate has risen to 74.30 percent.
There are 6,92,028 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which is 23.82 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 3,34,67,237 samples have been tested up to August 20 with 8,05,985 samples being tested on Thursday.
Of the 983 fresh deaths, 326 are from Maharashtra, 116 from Tamil Nadu, 102 from Karnataka, 95 each from Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, 53 from West Bengal, 36 from Punjab, 22 from Delhi, 16 from Gujarat, 12 from Madhya Pradesh, 11 each from Haryana and Rajasthan.
Nine fatalities each have been reported from Jharkhand, Kerala and Uttarakhand, eight each from Assam, Odisha, Telangana and Puducherry, seven from Chhattisgarh, six from Jammu and Kashmir, five from Bihar, four each from Himachal Pradesh and Tripura, two from Goa while Andaman and Nicobar Islands have registered one fatality each.
Of the total 54,849 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 21,359, followed by 6,239 in Tamil Nadu, 4,429 in Karnataka, 4,257 in Delhi, 3,001 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,853 in Gujarat, 2,733 in Uttar Pradesh, 2,634 in West Bengal and 1,171 in Madhya Pradesh.
So far, 957 people have died of COVID-19 in Punjab, 921 in Rajasthan, 737 in Telangana, 578 each in Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana, 492 in Bihar, 380 in Odisha, 286 in Jharkhand, 221 in Assam, 191 in Kerala and 187 in Uttarakhand.
Chhattisgarh has registered 168 deaths, Puducherry 137, Goa 126, Tripura 69, Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 31, Himachal Pradesh 23, Manipur and Ladakh 18 each, Nagaland eight, Meghalaya six, Arunachal Pradesh five, Sikkim three and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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