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Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights: Recoveries near 34 lakh; 5 states contribute 61% of total active cases

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Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights: With 89,706 infections being reported in a day, India's COVID-19 tally went past 43 lakh, while 33,98,844 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 77.77 percent on Wednesday, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 43,70,128, while the death toll rose to73,890 with 1,115 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.69 percent. There are 8,97,394 active cases of COVID-19, which is 20.53 percent of the total caseload in the country, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, reached 30 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5.

Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights: Recoveries near 34 lakh; 5 states contribute 61% of total active cases
  • Cornonavirus News LIVE Updates: J&K records highest single-day spike of 1,617 cases

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,617 new COVID19 cases, taking the union territory's infection tally to 47,542, officials said on Wednesday. "The UT recorded 1,617 fresh cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This is the biggest single-day spike in new infections in Jammu and Kashmir," the officials said.

  • Cornonavirus News LIVE Updates: Rapper Raftaar tests positive

    Rapper Raftaar on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently home quarantined. The 31-year old rapper said he was supposed to start shooting for the latest season of MTV's reality show Roadies and therefore got himself tested for coronavirus.

  • Cornonavirus News LIVE Updates: AP records 10,418 cases, infection count over 5.2 lakh

    The Coronavirus graph of Andhra Pradesh continued its progression on a steep incline and reached 5,27,512 on Wednesday as 10,418 cases were added anew. The latest bulletin said 9,842 patients had recovered in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday, while 74 more succumbed to the pandemic in the state.

  • Cornonavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 2,652 new cases, 19 fresh fatalities

    Jharkhand's COVID19 tally rose to 55,296 on Wednesday as 2,652 more people tested positive for the infection, while 19 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 503, a health bulletin said. East Singhbhum district reported the highest number of new cases at 475, followed by Bokaro (335), Koderma (294), Saraikela (248) and Ranchi and Hazaribagh (210 each), it said.

  • Cornonavirus News LIVE Updates: Need for further stimulus to revive demand in economy, finds survey

    There is a need for further financial stimulus to energise and strengthen demand in the economy, which saw 23.9 percent contraction during the AprilJune 2020 quarter, according to an industry survey released on Wednesday. The FICCI-Dhruva Advisors survey, conducted in August covering 166 firms, showed that businesses are seeing improvement in some of their operational parameters as the economy is progressively opening up in phases.
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Fauci says Astrazeneca vaccine pause unfortunate, not uncommon

    U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that AstraZeneca's decision to pause global trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine was unfortunate but not an uncommon safety precaution in a vaccine development process.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Prescription not needed for testing, says Delhi govt order

    A doctor's prescription for COVID-19 testing would not be required in the national capital from now with the Delhi government issuing an order on Wednesday in this regard. However, testing will be conducted in accordance with the strategy/advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and as per the orders issued by the Delhi government from time to time.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates:Tripura reports 582 new cases, 9 fresh fatalities

    As many as 582 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Wednesday, pushing the state's tally to 16,739, a health official said. Tripura's coronavirus death toll rose to 161 as nine more people succumbed to the infection, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates:Serum Institute of India on AstraZeneca halting trials

    Commenting on the recent reports on AstraZeneca halting the trials in the UK, Serum Institute of India (SII), said, "We can't comment much on the UK trials, but they have been paused for further review and they hope to restart soon. As far as Indian trials are concerned, it is continuing and we have faced no issues at all."

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 5-day break for students from online classes starting Sept 21


    In a respite to school students attending online classes in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced there would be a five-day break for them starting September 21 to reduce their stress and help them refresh. School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help reduce their stress. "On normal occasions, students are provided quarterly and half-yearly holidays. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools had to switch to online mode of teaching. With Chief Minister K Palaniswami's consent, online classes and telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25," he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UP CM calls for increasing contact tracing of COVID-19 patients in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday called for increasing contact tracing of coronavirus patients in Lucknow, Kanpur and Allahabad. According to the health department, the state reported 6,743 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, out of which, 887 cases were found in Lucknow, 431 in Kanpur Nagar, 306 cases in Allahabad, among other places. "Contact tracing has an important role in controlling the spread of COVID-19 infection. This work should be conducted in a systematic and effective manner. In Lucknow, Prayagraj and Kanpur, contact tracing should be increased," a statement quoted the chief minister as saying.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Singapore reports 75 new COVID-19 cases; majority from dormitories


    Singapore reported 75 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, including 60 from dormitories housing foreign workers, taking the total number of cases to 57,166, the health ministry said. The new cases also included 14 imported infections and one from the community who is a foreigner on a work pass, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said. With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections across the country has reached 57,166. The ministry said that 31 cases confirmed on Wednesday were from Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, the vast majority of whom were tested during quarantine. The other 29 dorm cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as MOH's biweekly rostered routine testing of workers in dorms. The MOH announced a new cluster in a dormitory on Tuesday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Haryana Education Minister tests positive for COVID-19

    Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal said on Wednesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He requested all those who might have come in his contact during the past few days to isolate themselves and get their tests done. After some symptoms, I got my COVID test done and it returned positive. I request all those who might have come in my contact to isolate themselves and get their tests done, the minister tweeted. The minister's aide said that Kanwar Pal's report came positive in the morning and he was currently in Chandigarh. In a tweet, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar wished the minister a speedy recovery.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UK PM plans law banning large gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise


    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning tougher new restrictions on social gatherings of more than six people in England starting next Monday, following a significant rise in the coronavirus cases. A law change to be introduced will ban larger groups of friends and family meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, to be enforced through a 100 pounds fine if people fail to comply and doubling on each offence up to a maximum of 3,200 pounds. The rule will not apply to schools, workplaces or COVID-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports, Downing Street said on Wednesday. "We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact  making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce, said Johnson.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Police officer among 62 people infected with COVID-19 in Shamli


    Sixty-two people, including a police officer, have been infected with COVID-19 in neighbouring Shamli district taking the total number of cases to 1,454, officials said on Wednesday. The district in western Uttar Pradesh has 470 active cases as on Tuesday evening. A 50-year-old patient, who was referred to a hospital in Meerut, died on Tuesday evening.  According to District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur, 62 more people tested positive for COVID-19 taking the number of active cases to 470 in Shamli. Among the infected was the SHO of Thana Bhawan police station. The district has so far reported 1,454 coronavirus cases.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: SC seeks Centre's reply on plea for opening places of worship


    The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from the Centre on a plea seeking to open all religious places of worship across country which have been closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.  A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued the notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs on the plea of Ahmedabad-based "Gitarth Ganga Trust' seeking opening of the places of worship in the country. "We are issuing notice just to explore possibility," said the bench, which also comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, in the proceedings held through video conferencing. The trust, a Religious Research Institute, filed the plea through lawyer Surjendu Sankar Das. The plea said it has been filed with the "solemn and pious objective to protect the fundamental rights enshrined and guaranteed under the Articles 14, 19(1)(a) and (b), 25, 26 and 21, in particular, of the residents of India pertaining to opening of the places of worship/religious places throughout India which have been prohibited/restricted at present by many of the states".

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 45,288 applications received from intl passengers at Delhi airport portal for quarantine exemption


    Delhi airport's online portal has received approximately 45,288 applications from international passengers since August 8 to avail exemption from seven-day institutional quarantine, said its operator DIAL on Wednesday. The government had said last month that from August 8, if any arriving international passenger has a negative report from an RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey, he or she need not undergo institutional quarantine in India. Delhi airport had launched an online portal for this purpose. Over 78,700 international passengers submitted their self-declaration form through the portal, the DIAL said in a press release. It added that 77 out of over 78,700 flyers were found to be symptomatic and were escorted to the Airport Health Organisation (APHO) for "necessary assistance and support".

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 recoveries near 34 lakh; 5 states contribute 61% of total active cases

    The number of people recovered from COVID-19 in India has surged to 33,98,844, further improving the recovery rate to 77.77 percent, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.69 percent, the Union Health Ministry said Wednesday. It also said five states have contributed 61 percent of the total active cases. A record74,894 patients recovered from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, according to the ministry's data updated at 8 am. The total number of recoveries on a weekly basis has increased from 1,53,118 during the third week of July to 4,84,068 in the first week of September, the ministry said. A total of 89,706 new cases have been reported in a span of 24 hours, of which Maharashtra has contributed more than 20,000 and Andhra Pradesh more than 10,000 cases. Sixty percent of the new cases are reported from only five states, it said. There are 8,97,394 active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 20.53 percent of the total caseload, it said. Maharashtra is leading this tally with more than 2,40,000 active cases whereas Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh follow with more than 96,000 each.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Rajasthan records seven fresh COVID-19 fatalities


    Rajasthan recorded seven more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the COVID-19 death toll in the state to 1,171, according to a health department bulletin. The state also reported 728 new cases taking the total number of infected people to 94,854. As per the bulletin, 76,624 people have been discharged after treatment till now. In Jaipur, the death toll from the coronavirus infection is 292 followed by 113 in Jodhpur, 85 in Bikaner, 83 in Kota, 79 in Ajmer and 73 in Bharatpur, 47 in Pali, 44 in Nagaur, 31 in Udaipur, 30 in Alwar, 23 in Barmer and 22 in Dholpur. On Wednesday, Rajasthan recorded 728 new cases, including 101 in Jaipur, 89 in Kota, 70 in Jodhpur, 54 in Ajmer, 43 in Alwar besides cases reported in other districts of the state.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi Metro's Blue, Pink lines reopen; interchange facility at 9 stations start after 171-day COVID hiatus


    Delhi Metro's Blue Line and Pink Line resumed services with interchange facilities at nine stations on Wednesday after being closed for 171 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The services resumed with curtailed operations on these two lines at 7 am with strict safety and social distancing measures being in place. Trains are to operate in two batches of four-hour each from 7-11 AM and 4-8 PM in the first stage. "The Blue and Pink lines resumed services today. Slowly and steadily, Delhi Metro will be back to take you places! #MetroBackOnTrack," the DMRC tweeted. As the day began, some riders wearing face masks were seen entering the premises of key stations like Rajiv Chowk, Noida Sector 15 and Anand Bihar on the Blue Line, which connects Dwarka Sector 21 in Delhi to Electronic City (Noida) and Vaishali (Ghaziabad). Pink Line connects Majlis Park to Shiv Bihar.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: SC refuses to entertain pleas seeking deferment or cancellation of NEET exam


    The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a batch of pleas seeking deferment or cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled for September 13. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that authorities will take all necessary steps for conducting the NEET-undergraduate exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic for admission in medical courses. Sorry, we are not inclined to entertain, the bench said. The apex court had on September 4 dismissed petitions, including the one filed by ministers of six opposition-ruled states, seeking review of its August 17 order which had paved the way for holding NEET and JEE exams.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Dr Reddy's launches Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment in India


    Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd on   Wednesday announced the launch of Remdesivir, meant for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, under a brand name 'Redyx' in India. According to a press release from the drug maker, the launch is part of the licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead) that grants Dr Reddys the right to register, manufacture and sell Remdesivir, a potential treatment for Covid-19, in 127 countries including India. Remdesivir is approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for restricted emergency use in India for the treatment of Covid-19 patients hospitalized with severe symptoms. "Dr Reddy's Redyx is available in the strength of 100 mg vial," it said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: South Goa district hospital to treat COVID-19 patients


    The Goa health department has decided to convert the South Goa District Hospital into a facility for COVID-19 patients, state Health Minister Vishwanjit Rane said. The hospital located in Margao town will start operating as a COVID-19 treatment facility with 250 beds from Friday, Rane said on Tuesday. The decision has been taken in the wake of rise in number of COVID-19 cases in the coastal state. As of now, COVID-19 patients in the state are being treated at the ESI Hospital in Margao (South Goa), the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) near Panaji (North Goa) and the Sub-District Hospital in Ponda (South Goa).

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Plasma therapy not beneficial in reducing mortality, progression to severe COVID-19, says ICMR Study


    Use of convalescent plasma therapy in coronavirus-infected patients does not help in reducing mortality or progression to severe COVID-19, a multi-centric study funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found. The 'open-label parallel-arm phase II multicentre randomized controlled trial' (PLACID Trial) was conducted across 39 public and private hospitals across India between April 22 and July 14 to find the effectiveness of convalescent plasma (CP) for the treatment of COVID-19, it said. The CP therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 and transfusing those into an active coronavirus patient to help kick-start the immune system to fight the infection. A total of 464 participants (moderately ill COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals) were enrolled for the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed and has appeared on medRxiv, a preprint server.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Government unveils SOPs for reopening of schools for classes 9th to 12th from September 21

    The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday issued Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for a partial reopening of schools for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis. The SOP outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken when schools are permitting students (for 9th to 12th class) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All States/UTs are expected to comply with the COVID-19 related guidelines issued by the ministry of home affairs and the ministry of health & family welfare.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: SDMC panel clears proposal to allow the use of terrace by licensed eateries


    The standing committee of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday approved a proposal to allow the use of open-air spaces and terraces abutting licensed eateries as a service area, officials said. The proposal will now await the nod of the SDMC House. SDMC Standing Committee Chairman Rajdutt Gahlot said the panel approved the proposal on Tuesday. He said as per the proposal, only open-air spaces or terrace abutting licensed eating joints will be allowed to be used as a service area. Gahlot said an applicant will have to submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the person who owns the land for using an open space there as a service area. The permission will be given for serving food in the open-to-air terrace, part terrace (except refuge floor) on submission of the building's structural safety certificate by a registered structural engineer with clear mention of using the terrace for serving food (dining), the SDMC said in a statement.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha's COVID-19 caseload 1,31,382, recoveries cross one lakh mark


    Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,31,382 on Tuesday and recoveries crossed the landmark one lakh mark, a health department official said. A total of 3,490 people tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, while 2787affected persons were declared cured during the day, the official said. The states recovery figure now stands at 1,02,185, which is 77.77 percent of the total caseload.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: More than 9 lakh COVID-19 deaths around the world

    Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights: Recoveries near 34 lakh; 5 states contribute 61% of total active cases
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally near 44 lakh; Recoveries see the biggest single-day rise of 74,894

    COVID-19 India Updates:

    Total cases increase by 89,706, to record the 3rd biggest single-day increase

    Recoveries see the biggest single-day rise of 74,894

    Active cases rise by 13,697 & deaths by 1,115 in last 24 hours

    Deaths increase by more than 1,000 for 8th straight day

    Total cases at 43.70 lakh, active at 8.97 lakh, recoveries at 33.99 lakh & deaths at 73,890

    Total tests done in a single day more than 11 lakh; it’s at 11.54 lakh vs yesterday’s 10.98 lakh

    Recovery rate rises to 77.77% from 77.65% & death rate slips to 1.69% from 1.70%

    Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights: Recoveries near 34 lakh; 5 states contribute 61% of total active cases
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Blue Line, Pink Line of Delhi Metro resume services after 171-day COVID hiatus


    Delhi Metro's Blue Line and Pink Line resumed services with curtailed operation timings on Wednesday after being closed for 171 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. Trains are to operate in batches of four-hour each from 7-11 AM in the morning and 4-8 PM in the evening in the first stage. "The Blue and Pink lines resumed services today. Slowly and steadily, Delhi Metro will be back to take you places! #MetroBackOnTrack," the DMRC tweeted. On Monday, the Delhi Metro had resumed services with curtailed operation of the Yellow Line, since the closure of the urban transporter on March 22. The Ministry of Home Affairs had recently issued guidelines allowing the Delhi Metro to resume operations in a graded manner, following which the DMRC had said it would be done in three stages from September 7-12. Under stage one, Yellow Line or Line 2 and Rapid Metro were made operational with restricted service hours -- 7-11 AM and 4-8 PM. While nearly 15,500 passengers availed the Yellow Line and Rapid Metro combined on Monday, the figures stood at nearly 17,600 on Tuesday. Metro services in Delhi-NCR was closed since March 22 due to the pandemic. The DMRC has appealed to people to use the rapid transport only if urgently needed.

Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights:
With 89,706 infections being reported in a day, India's COVID-19 tally went past 43 lakh, while 33,98,844 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 77.77 percent on Wednesday, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 43,70,128, while the death toll rose to73,890 with 1,115 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.69 percent. There are 8,97,394 active cases of COVID-19, which is 20.53 percent of the total caseload in the country, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, reached 30 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 5,18,04,677 samples have been tested up to September 8 with 11,54,549 samples being tested on Tuesday.