Top 10 coronavirus updates: Andhra Pradesh reports over 10,000 cases for sixth straight day
A look at the biggest Covid-19 developments of the day.
- India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 36 lakh-mark to reach 36,21,245 after 78,512 new cases were registered in 24 hours on Monday. The toll rose by 971 to 64,469. India has 7,81,975 active cases now while the number of recovered cases reached 27,74,801.
- Andhra Pradesh reported over 10,000 cases for the sixth consecutive day on Monday. The state reported 10,004 new cases, taking its tally to 4,34,771. The state’s toll rose by 85 to 3,969. Andhra Pradesh had overtaken Tamil Nadu as India’s second worst-hit state on Sunday. Tamil Nadu’s tally, meanwhile, stood at 4,28,041 on Monday. Its toll reached 7,322.
- The Directorate General of Civil Aviation extended the suspension of scheduled international flights till September 30, PTI reported. “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” the DGCA circular said. The flights were first barred on March 23.
- The Supreme Court has issued standard operating procedure for the resumption of physical hearings. Initial hearings will commence in three courtrooms and the same may be increased or decreased as per situation. Only a limited number of advocates/parties in person shall be allowed to enter the courtroom at any given time. Special hearing passes will be issued by the registry for limited entry of counsels/parties after thermal screening.
- Maharashtra announced several relaxations in coronavirus restrictions, allowing hotels and some government offices to operate with 100% capacity. Metro services, malls, theaters and educational institutions will however stay shut. Private offices in the state can operate with a 30% capacity, up from the 10% limit.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah was discharged from Delhi’s All India Institute Of Medical Sciences after post Covid-19 care. He was admitted on August 18.
- At least 61 pregnant women and 877 newborns have died in Meghalaya since April as resources were directed toward battling the spread of the coronavirus. These fatalities, from April to July, were due to diseases other than the coronavirus.
- Biju Janata Dal MLA Byomkesh Ray and Odisha Agriculture and Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday, BJD Vice President and Badamba MLA, Debi Prasad Mishra, were diagnosed with the infection.
- New Zealand lifted the lockdown imposed in the city of Auckland, but face masks have been made mandatory on public transport across the country. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “a bit of smiling with the eyes behind the mask” and kindness to Aucklanders in particular, would help get the country through the latest outbreak.
- Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 2.52 crore people and killed over 8.46 lakh others, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s tracker. Over 1.66 crore people across the world have recovered from the infection.