The novel coronavirus tally in India crossed 36 lakh on Monday with 78,512 new cases, while the number of recoveries surged to 27,74,801, pushing the recovery rate to 76.62%, the Health Ministry said.
The death toll climbed to 64,469 with 971 more people succumbing to the infection in a span of 24 hours, according to the Ministry data.
Meanwhile, the government has allowed considerable relaxation of restrictions, including resumption of metro rail services, as a part of Unlock 4 guidelines.
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Here are the latest updates:
1.55 pm | New Delhi
Doing aggressive testing, aim is not to leave untraced cases: Jain
Amid the sudden spike in novel coronavirus infections in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the Kejriwal government was doing “aggressive testing” and the aim was to ensure no case was left untraced.
Mr. Jain said the government had sufficient stock of COVID-19 testing kits for 10-15 days, but it was procuring more from the market to meet the target of 40,000 tests per day.
The government has already increased the duration of testing hours at hospitals and dispensaries to five hours (9 a.m.-2 a.m.) from the earlier three-hour duration, he told reporters.
1.45 pm | Uttar Pradesh
Doctor in-charge of COVID-19 hospital in Deoria succumbs to virus
A doctor in-charge of a COVID-19 facility here died after contracting the virus, officials said.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alok Pandey, said that Dr. Rajiv Ranjan had tested positive for coronavirus on August 19 and was admitted to the Gorakhpur Medical College where he died late on Sunday.
Dr. Ranjan, who was posted at the Community Health Centre in Rudrapur, was made in-charge of the COVID-19 hospital in March.
1.35 pm | Maharashtra
Strict week-long lockdown in Chandrapur from Sep 3
A week-long lockdown with stricter provisions will be enforced in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur city from September 3 in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the district administration has said.
A notification issued by Collector Ajay Gulhane on Sunday said all shops, including those of essential commodities, will remain closed during the lockdown. Only medical shops and emergency services will be allowed to operate during the seven-long lockdown, it said.
The district reported 270 new COVID-19 cases in the last 36 hours, taking its tally to 2,344, a release issued by the district information officer said.
1.25 pm | New Delhi
Suspension of scheduled international passenger flights extended till Sept. 30
The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday. “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” noted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular.
Scheduled international passenger services continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
1.15 pm | New Delhi
Treat doctors losing lives in COVID fight on a par with martyrs of armed forces: IMA to PM
The Indian Medical Association has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that all doctors who have died of COVID-19 be treated on a par with martyrs of the armed forces, and their dependents be provided government jobs in accordance with their qualifications.
In a letter to the prime minister, the country’s largest body of doctors said only an “inclusive national solatium” for all doctors who have lost their lives fighting the pandemic would render justice to the sacrifice of their families.
The IMA cited government data and said 87,000 healthcare workers had been infected and 573 of them had lost their lives due to COVID-19.
1.05 pm | West Bengal
BDO succumbs to COVID-19 in W.B., Mamata pays tribute
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to a Block Development Officer in Murshidabad who contracted COVID-19 during the course of his work and died battling the disease, saying her government would be extending all possible help to his family.
Krishna Chandra Das, 51, BDO, Nowda, was undergoing treatment for the past 20 days. He died at a private hospital here on Sunday night, a Health department official said.
Describing his death as an “irreparable” loss, the CM said, “Grieved to know about the untimely demise of Krishna Chandra Das, who was posted as BDO Nowda in Murshidabad. A dedicated WBCS (Exe) Officer, Das was at forefront of our fight against COVID-19 & displayed great sense of sincerity & commitment in his work during the pandemic.”
1.00 pm | Maharashtra
Spike in cases due to aggressive testing: Maharashtra Health Minister
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State over the last one month was due to the government’s aggressive approach of “tracking, tracing, testing and treatment”.
Mr. Tope said the State government is focusing on preparedness and creating awareness of the disease. “We are aggressively focussing on four Ts- tracking, tracing, testing and treatment. There are 400 labs for COVID-19 testing and more than 50,000 tests are done daily in the State. The antigen test and RT-PCR tests are being done to the optimum capacity,” the Health Minister said.
12.45 pm | Assam
Increasing oxygen need worries Assam
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the gap between the demand for and production of oxygen in Assam, which has the State government worried.
The COVID-19 and non-COVID patients have together been consuming an average of 25 metric tonnes of oxygen per day and the requirement is inching closer to the daily production of 37.86 MT in the State, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
“We have 433 COVID-19 patients on oxygen support, 152 of them from Guwahati alone. From 5 MT in July, the oxygen consumption increased to 8.25 MT per day in August,” he said.
“… If the requirement increases we might have to bring oxygen from West Bengal and Jharkhand,” Dr. Sarma said.
12.30 pm | Uttar Pradesh
20 arrested in U.P. for not complying with govt order on religious gatherings
Twenty people, including three women, have been arrested for not complying with government order on religious gatherings and taking out processions on Muharram, police said. Three persons were arrested in Sadarpur Bahadurpur village when they took out a procession on Sunday evening.
“Tension prevailed in Narainpur village and Nahar Pulia crossing in Rupaideha on Sunday evening when people gathered there and tried to take out a procession. When police stopped them, they confronted it. After this, an FIR was registered against 12 people and they were arrested a number of charges including lockdown violation,” ASP (Rural) Ashok Kumar said.
The ASP said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uttar Pradesh government has denied permission for religious gatherings.
12.15 pm | Odisha
Another MLA in Odisha tests positive
BJD MLA Byomakesh Ray tested positive for COVID-19, raising the number of lawmakers infected with coronavirus in Odisha to 13.
“Tested Covid positive. Requesting all those who have got close contact with me to be cautious and isolate themselves. With the blessings of God I am stable now. Feeling Very sad not to be able to serve the flood affected people of Chandabali,” the Chandbali MLA posted on Facebook.
On Sunday, BJD vice-president and Badamba MLA, Debi Prasad Mishra, was diagnosed with the infection.
Of the 13 MLAs who contracted the disease, 11 are from the ruling BJD and two from the BJP.
12.00 pm | New Zealand
New Zealand lifts lockdown in nation’s largest city
New Zealand has lifted a lockdown imposed on the city of Auckland and also made it mandatory to wear masks on public transportation.
The nation’s largest city had been in a lockdown for more than two weeks after an outbreak of the coronavirus was discovered earlier this month. The new outbreak followed more than three months without any community transmission.
Health Minister Chris Hipkins said it was safe to reopen Auckland because all the recent infections have been linked to the same cluster through contact tracing.
11.45 am | Kerala
Low-key Onam celebrations in Kerala amid pandemic
A traditional pookalam at the Coimbatore Malayali Samajam in Coimbatore on Monday, August 31, 2020, as part of Onam celebrations.
| Photo Credit: M.Periasamy
Kerala celebrated a low-key Onam on Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Big celebrations were missing this year as the people largely celebrated Thiruvonam indoors to commemorate the visit of the righteous king King Mahabali to the lands and people he previously ruled.
The Atham festival, which heralds the start of the 10-day Onam festivities, was also held in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Extending his wishes, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had yesterday said Onam was a festival of hope and asked the people to celebrate it in line with the COVID-19 protocols.
11.30 am | Maharashtra
Shiv Sena hits out at BJP over demand to reopen temples
The Shiv Sena targeted the BJP for seeking reopening of temples in Maharashtra amid the COVID-19 crisis, and asked whether the NDA constituent will take responsibility if there is an “explosion” of coronavirus cases again.
The opposition BJP in Maharashtra last week staged protests outside temples in parts of the state, demanding reopening of the places of worship.
11.15 am | Odisha
Odisha reports 10 deaths
Odisha’s COVID-19 total increased to 1,03,536 following addition of 2,602 cases on Monday. After recovery of 73,233 cases, there are 29,758 active cases.
The State’s death-toll jumped to 492 after 10 deaths were reported on Monday. Khordha and Kandhamal had three COVID-19 fatalities each.
– Satyasundar Barik
11.00 am | Madhya Pradesh
M.P. village returns to conventional mode as e-learning remains elusive
The lockdown forced schools shut and learning outcomes of students went back by at least six months, said assistant teacher Neeraj Saxena, who teaches 98 students at a primary school in Salegarh hamlet of Intkhedi village in Raisen district. “Allowing the unlearning to continue unabated with schools shut will mean years of effort to bring girl students to school going waste,” said Mr. Saxena.
What about the State government’s e-learning modules transmitted through smartphones, TV and radio? “Parents of just two students have smartphones, while those of 10-12 have keypad ones. There is no electricity for five-six days at a stretch sometimes, and the Internet connectivity is poor,” said Mr. Saxena, supported by guest teacher Amitabh Rathore.
To bridge the digital divide and continue the learning of the 92 students from Bhil and Gond tribes and six from the other backward classes, conventional teaching in a physical form was the only option left. So, starting July, Mr. Saxena, who travels every day to the hamlet, nearly 48 km from Raisen — trudging 4.5 km along an uneven trail through a dense teak forest, a sling bag dangling on his shoulder — set up five informal study groups.
10.45 am | Odisha
Preparations on for second phase of human clinical trial of COVID vaccine
Preparations are underway at a hospital in Bhubaneswar for the commencement of the second phase of human clinical trial of ‘Covaxin’, India’s indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, officials said.
“The Phase I of the trial is still continuing as we are planning for the start of the Phase II trial shortly,” Dr E Venkata Rao, Principal Investigator of the trial at Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, faculty of medical sciences, said.
10.30 am | Singapore
COVID-hit Mustafa Centre to send back foreign workers
Singapore’s largest Indian-origin hypermarket, Mustafa Centre, on Monday said it will send home its foreign workers, mostly Indian nationals, whose work passes have expired, as its business has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company will also stop paying employees who have not been called to work a “sustenance allowance” – believed to be SGD300 per month – and it urged this group of staff to take on a second job to earn an income, according to media reports on Monday.
10.00 am | Kerala
The Thrikkakara temple in Kochi wore a deserted look on Thiruvonam day as only a limited number of people are being allowed into the temple premises in keeping with the COVID-19 protocol.
| Photo Credit: H. Vibhu
The Thrikkakara temple in Kochi is famous for the votive lunch on Onam day, which usually sees the participation of about 50,000 people. This year, however, there is no lunch being served.
9.45 am | New Delhi
Amit Shah discharged from AIIMS
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted to the AIIMS here on August 18 for post-COVID care, was discharged on Monday morning, sources said.
The AIIMS had said in a statement on August 29 that “he has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time“.
On August 2, Shah, 55, had said on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He had undergone treatment at Medanta Hospital and was discharged after he tested negative for the disease.
9.30 am | Uttar Pradesh
Eleven foreign nationals were arrested in Greater Noida on Sunday for allegedly partying in violation of curbs imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The police said they impounded seven vehicles and seized 237 cans and 51 bottles of beer besides three bottles of liquor from the house in Surajpur.
In view of the pandemic, rules have been issued which prohibit such gatherings.
9.00 am | West Bengal
COVID-19 cases in West Bengal near 1.6 lakh
West Bengal on Sunday recorded 3,019 cases of COVID-19, taking the total case tally to 1,59,785. The State also recorded 50 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll due to COVID-19 to 3,176.
With 3,308 people being discharged, the recovery rate improved to 81.96% while the active cases in the State declined to 25,657.
8.30 am | Tamil Nadu
SOP issued for supplementary exams in T.N.
The State government has issued standard operating procedures for conducting supplementary public examinations for Classes 10, 11 and 12 from September.
Supplementary exams for Classes 10 and 12 will begin on September 21, and the Class 11 exam on September 29. Apart from this, the Directorate of Government Examinations will be holding the Class 8 private-study public exam, diploma in elementary education first and second-year exams, government music school exam, diploma in physical education first and second-year exams and the government Sanskrit entrance exam in September. Hall tickets will be available online or be given in exam centres at pre-assigned time-slots.
8.00 am | Karnataka
Patients protest at COVID-19 care centre over food served
The police were called in on Sunday night after several patients at the COVID-19 care centre in Government Ayurvedic Medical College allegedly created a ruckus demanding non-vegetarian food.
The staff informed the authorities after the patients started accusing the management of ignoring their demands. “We pacified the patients and assured them that their demands would be met. The situation is back to normal,” a senior police officer said.
– Anjali Thomas