Here is a look at today’s development on coronavirus from India, its states and around the world—
- With the highest single day spike of 95,735 new cases and 1,172 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 44-lakh mark on Thursday. The total number of coronavirus cases stand 44,65,864 including 9,19,018 active cases, 34,71,784 cured/recovered/migrated and 75,062 deaths.
- India conducted over 9,000 RTPCR/CBNAAT/True Nat tests and 49,336 Rapid antigen test. A total of 19,62,120 tests done so far.
- India has adopted strategies to ensure that there are increased investments in health and emergency preparedness to prevent future pandemics, health minister Harsh Vardhan said.
- In the monsoon session, LS will meet at 9 am on Sept 14. Seats have been allocated to different parties proportionally in the two houses of the parliament as per their respective strengths. Members above 60-65 years have been advised to sit in galleries.
- Serum Institute of India has put trials of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate on hold until the British drugmaker restarts the trials, Serum said on Thursday. “We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials,” Serum said in a brief statement.
- United Airlines to operate daily flights on Delhi-Chicago, Bengaluru-San Francisco routes. “Together with the airline’s existing services from New Delhi and Mumbai to New York/Newark and New Delhi to San Francisco, United will offer more nonstop services from India than any other U.S carrier,” the airline said in a press release.
LADAKH: Tourism is one of the most important revenue-generating and economy driving industries in Chushul. Due to Covid-19, there are no tourists here this year. But we are working to implement SOPs to combat Covid. Tourists can come here with their negative test reports, said JT Namgyal, MP, Ladakh.
PUNJAB: Punjab blocks 108 social media accounts for spreading fake news on Covid.
HIMACHAL PRADESH: Over 4.53 lakh people returned to Himachal Pradesh during the coronavirus lockdown, a state minister informed the assembly Thursday.
UTTARAKHAND: The Covid-19 surge continued in Uttarakhand on Thursday with 1,015 more people testing positive taking the state’s pandemic tally to 28,226 while five more coronavirus positive patients died. It is for the second consecutive day that the state has reported more than one thousand cases on a single day.
HARYANA: Crime cases in Gurugram have seen a 35 per cent decline till August 31, 2020, as compared to the same period of the previous year due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the lockdown. This year a significent drop was noticed in the number of crime cases.
WEST BENGAL: Bengal government cancels the proposed lockdown on September 12 to remove any travel-related anxieties of NEET aspirants who will appear for their NEET (UG) examinations on Sunday, September 13.
MAHARASHTRA: While the doubling rate was 93 days on August 25, right in the midst of the Ganpati festival, it was 63 days on Tuesday. Mumbai reported 587 cases on August 25 (low due to a technical issue with the ICMR website), while the cases climbed to 2,227 on Wednesday. The city has, on an average, been registering 1,200 cases daily since May last week
KERALA: The Lord Krishna temple in Guruvayur in Kerala was opened on Thursday with devotees following Covid-19 protocol. As part of the Covid-19 protocol, the temple authorities have started allowing darshan for 1,000 people from today after they registered themselves through an online portal.
KARNATAKA: Pictures and videos shared widely on social media show how people blatantly violate norms as they shop, eat, pray and conduct business. Large numbers are seen at political, religious and social gatherings, and major markets in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka also draw crowds, where enforcing safety guidelines was a challenge even during lockdowns.
- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for $35 billion more, including $15 billion in the next three months, for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “ACT Accelerator” programme to back vaccines, treatments and diagnostics against Covid-19.
- Drugs giant AstraZeneca on Thursday said a Covid-19 vaccine could still be available by as early as the end of this year, despite a randomised clinical trial in the UK being paused.
- Addressing the editor of The Lancet, the international peer-reviewed medical journal in which Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute published its early-stage trial results, the scientists said they saw patterns in the data that looked “highly unlikely”.
- The United States remains the world’s worst-affected country, with deaths exceeding 190,000 and cases exceeding 6.3 million. Brazil is in second place with more than 127,000 deaths followed by India with nearly 74,000 dead.
- Asked about his response to the threat of Covid-19, US President Donald Trump admits he tried and still tries to “play it down”, in audio recordings from interviews with veteran US journalist Bob Woodward.
- With just eight weeks to go to the presidential election, Democratic challenger Joe Biden says from the campaign trail that Trump’s handling of the crisis was “a life and death betrayal of the American people”.
- Cases in the wider Middle East from Morocco to Pakistan have topped two million, the World Health Organization says, with the caseload for the 21 countries having more than doubled since July 1.
- The hardest-hit countries are Iran with more than 393,000 cases, Saudi Arabia with more than 320,000, Pakistan with just under 300,000 and Iraq with nearly 274,000.
- Lloyd’s of London insurance market says it expects to pay out up to £5 billion in coronavirus-linked claims, increasing its previous estimate.
- The new figure, equivalent to $6.5 billion or 5.5 billion euros, compares with an estimate of up to $4.3 billion given in May.
- South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules.