Coronavirus India lockdown Day 174 live updates | Delhi, Karnataka, Bihar, AP, Maha and TN asked to ramp up testing: Health Secretary

The battle in opposition to COVID-19 was still far from over, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan mentioned in Parliament on Monday.

“We are in the stage of unlock to revive the economy and it’s important that sustained community support is ensured consistently to control the spread of COVID-19 infection and break its chain of transmission,’’ he stated on the first day of the 18-day Monsoon Session.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

6.40 pm | New Delhi

Delhi Assembly’s main hall sanitised after 2 MLAs test COVID-19 positive

Delhi Assembly’s main hall has been thoroughly sanitised and those who came in contact with the two COVID-19 positive Legislators have been asked to take preventive measures, officials said on Tuesday.

Two AAP MLAs, who tested negative for COVID-19 when they underwent the mandatory rapid antigen test on Monday ahead of the one-day session, attended the proceedings but later left the House after reports of their previous RT-PCR test came positive in the evening, they said.

“The Assembly hall has been sanitised thoroughly. All the members and officers who came into contact with MLAs Vishesh Ravi and Parmila Tokas have been advised to take adequate precautionary measures,” a senior official of the Delhi Assembly Secretariat mentioned.

Besides Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues, the session was additionally attended by ruling AAP and Opposition BJP MLAs.

On a lighter word, Mr. Ravi, who’s AAP MLA from Karol Bagh constituency and had examined constructive for the virus beforehand, mentioned coronavirus appears to be in no temper to depart him alone. Earlier in May, Mr. Ravi and his brother had examined COVID-19 constructive.

It was necessary for all legislators to endure COVID-19 check so as to attend the House proceedings on Monday.

A complete of 180 folks underwent COVID-19 check on the coronavirus testing facility set up on the Assembly premises on Monday. Nine folks together with an AAP MLA and workers members had been discovered constructive, following which the Legislator didn’t attend the proceedings. – PTI

6.27 pm | Bihar

COVID-19 replace from Bihar: Total demise 836; complete recovered individuals 1,46,533 (90.96% restoration charge); complete lively instances 13,731; complete constructive instances 1,61,101 and complete pattern checks completed 50,94,239.

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6.15 pm | Tamil Nadu

COVID-19 depend from Tamil Nadu | 5,697 individuals examined constructive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, taking the general tally to 5,14,208; 5,735 individuals discharged right now and the whole discharged are 4,58,900; 68 deaths had been reported right now and the whole demise toll stands at 8,502; lively instances are 46,806.

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6 pm | Gujarat

Gujarat minister, BJP MLA check constructive for coronavirus

A minister within the Gujarat authorities and a BJP MLA on Tuesday mentioned they’ve examined constructive for coronavirus.

In a tweet, Gujarat Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs minister Jayesh Radadiya mentioned he has contracted the an infection and is dwelling quarantined.

“My coronavirus report is positive. I am currently home quarantined and my condition is stable. Those who have come in contact with me in the last one week should also get themselves tested,” Mr. Radadiya mentioned in a tweet.

Similarly, BJP MLA from Jamnagar Raghavji Patel additionally took to Twitter to say that he had examined constructive for the illness. – PTI

5.45 pm | New Delhi

Over 38.5 lakh COVID sufferers have recovered; one of many highest variety of recoveries globally: Govt.

Amid a spurt in COVID-19 instances, the federal government on Tuesday mentioned India learnt from the expertise of countries that suffered excessive mortalities and was ready to “distribute the curve” of coronavirus an infection due to a “very effective” lockdown and keep away from the “huge peak” these nations had when it comes to deaths.

Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Balram Bhargava, hailed a really efficient lockdown for India not experiencing a “huge peak” as among the European nations.

At a press convention, Bhargava additionally mentioned reinfection was “very, very rare” with COVID-19, however it might probably occur as had been seen in a case in Hong Kong

He, nevertheless, mentioned it’s not a matter of great concern.

Talking about India’s COVID-19 struggle, he mentioned, “If you look at the countries of Europe and the United States, they had a peak and then they came down and during that peak whether it was Spain, the UK or Sweden or Italy, there were huge number of mortalities. Then there was a peak which came down and then they had a second wave which is recently occurring in those countries.” – PTI

5.30 pm | Uttarakhand

U’khand govt asks Centre for 10,000 oxygen cylinders

With COVID-19 instances steadily on the rise, the Uttarakhand authorities on Tuesday asked the Centre to present 10,000 oxygen cylinders to assist the state be prepared to take care of any emergency scenario.

Though there isn’t any scarcity of oxygen at current, the request for 10,000 oxygen cylinders has been made to preserve ourselves ready to take care of any scenario in future, Health Secretary Amit Negi mentioned.

The oxygen cylinders might be put in on the COVID care centres within the state, he mentioned.

Of late, Uttarakhand has seen a sudden rise in coronavirus instances with 7,580 folks testing constructive for the an infection in only a week to take the state’s pandemic tally from 25,436 on September 7 to 33,016 on September 14. – PTI

5.15 pm | Rajasthan

Top docs urge folks to strictly comply with COVID-19 security protocol

In a video convention streamed live to panchayats throughout Rajasthan, high docs on Tuesday mentioned the coronavirus pandemic was right here to keep for some time and asked folks to adhere to well being protocols like masks and social distancing.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Health Minister Raghu Sharma and senior officers of the state authorities, amongst others, participated within the digital dialogue.

Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Health, mentioned the pandemic goes to final a yr and there’s a want to induct extra docs to deal with the scenario in future.

He mentioned outlets ought to open, travelling be began and different actions be run, however pointless gatherings and conferences ought to be stopped.

Several MPs, MLAs, district collectors, superintendents of police (SPs), sarpanch and ward panch in additional than 8,000 panchayats throughout the state attended the video convention streamed live on social media platforms like Facebook and Youtube, Chief Secretary Rajeeva Swarup mentioned. – PTI

5 pm | New Delhi

’Excellent security’ of two indigenous COVID candidate vaccines revealed throughout Phase-I trials: Minister

Phase-I scientific trials have revealed “excellent safety” of the 2 candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and Cadila Healthcare Ltd and their immunogenicity testing is now in progress, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Their section II scientific trials are occurring, Choubey mentioned in response to a query on the current standing of the vaccine programme/scientific trials for COVID-19 undertaken by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and different non-public analysis centres within the nation.

Choubey additional knowledgeable that discussions on collaborations on the recombinant vaccine developed by Russia are ongoing. However, no formal research have been initiated.

Serum Institute of India (SII) and ICMR have partnered for scientific improvement of two world vaccine candidates. – PTI

4.45 pm | United States

Some immunosuppressants don’t improve COVID-19 danger: Scientists

Therapeutics which suppress the immune system in these with inflammatory illnesses like psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis “are not associated with a significantly greater risk” for contracting COVID-19, in accordance to a research which says these sufferers ought to proceed taking their drugs as prescribed. Dermatology researchers from the Henry Ford Health System within the US, which treats numerous sufferers with inflammatory illnesses like psoriasis, eczema and lupus, mentioned most of those sufferers should not at any better danger for COVID-19 than the final inhabitants, regardless of their weakened immune system.

While sufferers who’re immunosuppressed are predisposed to higher respiratory infections just like the frequent chilly, which can trigger coughing, a runny nostril and a sore throat, the scientists mentioned this affected person inhabitants has not been reported to be at increased danger for COVID-19 to date.

According to the researchers, the research, revealed within the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, is likely one of the first to analyse the affiliation between immunosuppressive medicines for pores and skin illnesses and the danger of COVID-19 an infection and outcomes. – PTI

4.30 pm | Uttar Pradesh

UP information highest 113 recent coronavirus deaths

Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday recorded the best single-day spike in COVID-19 deaths with 113 folks succumbing to the an infection within the final 24 hours, elevating the whole fatalities due to it to 4,604, mentioned officers.

The variety of folks testing constructive for the an infection on Tuesday stood at 6,895, taking the general determine 3,24,036, they mentioned.

“The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 67,335 while 2,52,097 people have recovered till date. The death figure in the state has reached 4,604,” Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad informed reporters right here.

The demise toll until Monday was 4491. In the previous 24 hours, the state witnessed the best single-day spike of 113 deaths. Earlier on Aug 20, most of 95 deaths had been reported within the state. – PTI

4.15 pm | England

England hospitals warn of virus check shortages

The group that represents hospitals in England says a scarcity of COVID-19 testing is jeopardising efforts to restore medical providers and put together for a possible surge in coronavirus instances this winter.

NHS Providers mentioned Tuesday that insufficient testing is main to elevated absences within the National Health Service as workers members are pressured to self-isolate whereas they and their members of the family await check outcomes after doable publicity to the virus.

CEO Chris Hopson mentioned that final weekend hospital leaders in Bristol, London and Leeds all raised issues concerning the lack of testing.

He mentioned hospitals are working at the hours of darkness — they don’t know why these shortages are occurring, how lengthy they’re seemingly to final, how geographically widespread they’re seemingly to be and what precedence might be given to healthcare staff and their households in accessing scarce checks.” – PTI

Four pm | New Delhi

Delhi, Karnataka, Bihar, AP, Maha and TN asked to ramp up testing: Health Secretary

About 14 states nonetheless have lower than 5,000 lively COVID-19 instances, 18 states have between 5,000 to 50,000 instances and solely Four states have greater than 50,000 instances in India, mentioned Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a press convention right here on Tuesday.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu contribute 60.35% of the whole lively instances, he mentioned.

Of the brand new deaths, practically 69% are concentrated in 5 State/UTs of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi, he added.

India continues to be registering fewer instances per million inhabitants, among the many lowest in world. The similar might be mentioned of the deaths per million, he mentioned, including that the restoration charge has touched 78.28% right now.

We need Delhi to ramp up its testing, because the positivity charge is at 8.9% regardless of the excessive testing numbers, Mr. Bhushan mentioned, Karnataka, Bihar and AP have additionally been asked to ramp up testing. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have additionally been suggested the identical.

The nation’s positivity charge is now 8.4%, he mentioned.

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3.30 pm | Andhra Pradesh

Prasanthi Nilayam to reopen on September 27

The Prasanthi Nilayam at Puttaparti,  in Anantapur district, housing the Samadhi of Sri Satya Sai Baba, will reopen on September 27 for the devotees.

A launch from Prasanthi Nilayam mentioned all devotees had been welcome to participate within the morning and night Arati from that day conforming to all COVID19 protocols. 

However, for some extra time, the Accommodation Office contained in the Ashram will stay closed, it mentioned. – Ramesh Susarla

2.30 pm | Karnataka

Sex staff in Karnataka undertake group networking technique to meet wants throughout COVID instances

Thousands of intercourse staff, particularly these residing with HIV, in components of Karnataka adopted an inspiring community-led response to meet their primary and emergency wants throughout COVID-19-induced lockdown.

The sudden lack of livelihood and lack of entry to well being care and social safety intensified their vulnerabilities, in accordance to a gaggle of 12 authors whose perspective paper was revealed within the September subject of WHO (World Health Organisation) South-East Asia Journal of Public Health.

For folks residing with HIV, the lockdown of Mysuru metropolis instantly disrupted antiretroviral remedy (ART) entry, as the vast majority of ART dispensation takes place by way of the government-run district hospital, though there are two non-public hospitals being a part of the federal government ART programme, they mentioned.

Between 200 and 250 folks per day accumulate their remedy from the district hospital. – PTI

1.30 pm | Canada

Tiny antibody fully neutralises novel coronavirus: Study

Scientists, together with certainly one of Indian origin, have remoted the smallest organic molecule to date that they are saying fully and particularly neutralises the SARS-CoV-2 virus which trigger COVID-19.

Ten instances smaller than a full-sized antibody, the molecule has been used to assemble a drug — often called Ab8 — for potential use as a therapeutic and prophylactic in opposition to SARS-CoV-2, in accordance to the research revealed within the journal Cell.

The researchers, together with Sriram Subramaniam from the University of British Columbia in Canada, discovered that Ab8 is extremely efficient in stopping and treating SARS-CoV-2 an infection in mice and hamsters.

Its tiny measurement not solely will increase its potential for diffusion in tissues to higher neutralise the virus, but additionally makes it doable to administer the drug by different routes, together with inhalation, the researchers mentioned.

The drug doesn’t bind to human cells, which is an effective signal that it gained’t have destructive side-effects in folks, they mentioned. – PTI

1 pm | New Delhi

40 lakh folks saved underneath surveillance as a part of COVID contact-tracing: Centre

Around 40 lakh folks have been saved underneath surveillance as part of the contact-tracing efforts within the nation and 5.Four crore samples had been examined for coronavirus until September 10, Union minister Ashwini Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The minister of state for well being mentioned there have been 15,290 COVID-treatment amenities with 13,14,171 devoted isolation beds until September 10. There are additionally 2,31,269 oxygen-supported isolation beds and 62,694 ICU beds (together with 32,241 ventilator beds).

Guidelines on scientific administration of COVID-19 have been issued and are being up to date commonly. States are being supported when it comes to provide of logistics, Mr. Choubey mentioned.

So far, 1.39-crore PPE kits, 3.42-crore N-95 masks, 10.84-crore hydroxychloroquine tablets, 29,779 ventilators and 1,02,400 oxygen cylinders have been equipped to state and central authorities hospitals until September 10, in accordance to the minister.

More than 30 vaccine candidates have been supported and they’re in numerous levels of improvement. Three candidates are in superior stage of Phase I, II and III trials, and greater than 4 are in superior pre-clinical improvement stage, Mr. Choubey mentioned. – PTI

12.30 pm | Mizoram

Health secretary, 10-year-old lady amongst 40 new COVID-19 instances in Mizoram

Mizoram’s COVID-19 tally elevated to 1,468 as 40 extra folks, together with state well being secretary and a 10-year-old lady, have examined constructive for the illness, an official mentioned on Tuesday.

Of the recent instances, 35 had been reported from Aizawl, two from Hnahthial and one every from Lunglei, Khawzawl and Lawngtlai districts, he mentioned.

“State Health Secretary H Lalengmawia, a 10-year-old girl from Aizawl and an employee of the Border Security Force from Lunglei are among new patients. Twenty-three fresh cases were detected during contact tracing,” the official mentioned.

The COVID-19 affected person from Lawngtlai district has been referred to the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) as he’s additionally affected by diabetes, he mentioned.

The variety of lively instances now stands at 549 in Mizoram, whereas 919 folks have recovered from the illness.

According to the well being division official, 51,316 samples have been examined for COVID-19, together with 1,306 on Monday. – PTI

12 pm | Odisha

Odisha stories 3,645 new COVID-19 instances, Eight extra deaths

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally on Tuesday mounted to 1,58,650 with 3,645 folks, together with a ruling BJD MLA, testing constructive for the an infection, a well being division official mentioned.

The demise toll rose to 645 with eight extra folks succumbing to the an infection – three in Cuttack and one every in Boudh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Subarnapur, he mentioned.

Of the three,645 new instances, 2,151 had been reported from numerous quarantine centres, and 1,494 had been detected throughout contact tracing.

Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a component, reported the utmost variety of recent instances at 517, adopted by Cuttack at 357 and Puri at 246, the well being division official mentioned. – PTI

11.30 pm | Telangana

Ten extra deaths, 2,058 recent COVID-19 instances in Telangana

Telangana recorded 2,058 new COVID-19 instances and ten associated fatalities, pushing the tally of infections to 1.60 lakh within the state.

Out of the recent instances, 277 had been reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), adopted by Rangareddy 143, Karimnagar 135, Warangal Urban 108, Siddipet 106, and Khammam 103 districts, a state authorities bulletin mentioned on Tuesday, offering information as of Eight PM on September 14.

As 10 extra folks succumbed to the illness, the toll rose to 984.

The cumulative recovered instances stood at 1.29 lakh, whereas 30,400 had been underneath remedy.

The bulletin mentioned 51,247 samples had been examined on September 14.

Cumulatively, the variety of samples examined was 22.20 lakh. – PTI

11.15 pm | Dubai

COVID-19 will seemingly develop into seasonal, however not but, say scientists

Once herd immunity is attained, the novel coronavirus could comply with go well with and develop into a seasonal virus in nations with temperate climates, however till that point, COVID-19 will proceed to unfold throughout the seasons, a brand new research says.

According to the evaluation analysis, revealed within the journal Frontiers in Public Health, when a major part of the inhabitants turns into immune to the novel coronavirus and achieves herd immunity, the efficient transmission of the virus could drop considerably making it extra susceptible to seasonal fluctuations.

“COVID-19 is here to stay and it will continue to cause outbreaks year-round until herd immunity is achieved,” warned research senior creator Hassan Zaraket from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

“Therefore, the public will need to learn to live with it, and continue practising the best prevention measures, including wearing of masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and avoidance of gatherings,” Mr. Zaraket added.

According to the scientists, there might be a number of waves of COVID-19 earlier than herd immunity is achieved.

Citing earlier analysis, they mentioned different respiratory viruses related to the novel coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2 – comply with seasonal patterns, particularly in temperate areas.

They mentioned influenza and a number of forms of coronaviruses that trigger frequent chilly are recognized to peak in winter in temperate areas however flow into year-round in tropical areas. – PTI

10.15 am | New Delhi

India’s tally nears grim 50-lakh mark

India’s novel coronavirus tally crossed 49 lakh on Tuesday with 83,809 new instances, whereas 38.59 lakh folks have recuperated thus far, taking the restoration charge to 78.28 per cent, the Health Ministry mentioned.

The demise toll rose to 80,776 with 1,054 extra folks succumbing to the an infection. The case fatality charge stands at 1.64 per cent, in accordance to the ministry information.

There are 9,90,061 lively instances of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), comprising 20.08 per cent of the whole 49,30,236 instances, it mentioned.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 5.83 crore checks have been carried out thus far and 10.73 lakh samples had been examined on Monday.

9.30 am | Delhi

30% recovered COVID-19 sufferers haven’t any antibodies: govt. survey

Seventy-nine of 257 individuals who had COVID-19, recovered, and later examined for antibodies in opposition to the virus, didn’t have the antibodies, in accordance to a report of the second serological survey completed in August by the Delhi authorities.

Experts, nevertheless, mentioned that there was no want to “panic”, because the neutralising antibodies (IgG) have a tendency to vanish after three months, however usually the reminiscence cells will keep in mind the virus and set off an immune response if the one that recovered from COVID-19 is once more attacked by the virus.

9.00 am | Mumbai

Why deny insurance coverage to non-public docs?: Raj

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As complaints by households of personal docs, who misplaced their lives whereas treating COVID-19 sufferers, being denied ₹50 lakh insurance coverage cowl rise, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday questioned the sensitivity of the State authorities led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.


8.00 am | Telangana

At least 50 workers check constructive,rail Nilayam shut for sanitisation

South Central Railway (SCR) has determined to shut the Rail Nilayam headquarters for 2 days (Monday and Tuesday) to take up intensive sanitisation after not less than 50 workers examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout a mass RT-PCR testing drive final week.

All workplace blocks, staircases, bogs, lifts, concourses, and so forth., are being sanitised completely and all the workers have been asked to disclose their check outcomes in order that correct medical remedy might be given to them.

7.00 am

‘IICT is now working on a new antiviral drug for COVID-19’

CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has been one of many first indigenous labs to gear up to fight COVID-19 by scouring present anti-virals to deal with the an infection and has been profitable in offering the important Active Pharma Ingredient (API) to Indian corporations for making inexpensive medicine. The institute is engaged on a couple of extra APIs to deal with the novel coronavirus and different illnesses. In this interview, IICT Director S. Chandrashekar explains what goes into drug discovery and different associated points.


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