Delhi on Tuesday recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in nearly two months, with 2,312 new infections and 18 deaths reported in 24 hours. The city’s tally of infections rose to 1,77,060 and the toll is 4,462.
The World Health Organization, meanwhile, said that India led the global rise in coronavirus cases last week with 5 lakh new infections.
India’s coronavirus case count reached 36,91,166 on Tuesday after 69,921 new cases were registered in 24 hours. The toll rose by 819 to 65,288. There are 7,85,996 active cases, and 28,39,882 patients have recovered. India now has the world’s third-highest casualties, surpassing Mexico (64,414 deaths).
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 2.55 crore people and killed over 8.51 lakh, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s tracker. Over 1.68 crore people across the world have recovered from the infection.
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11.02 pm: Read today’s top updates.
10.47 pm: Arunachal Pradesh registers 100 new cases and 94 recoveries on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally of Covid-19 infections to 4,212, ANI reports. The toll from the disease stands at seven.
10.44 pm: In Rajasthan, the number of coronavirus cases rises to 83,163, after 1,470 new infections were reported on Tuesday, ANI reports. The toll stands at 1,069.
10.42 pm: Mumbai registers 1,142 new coronavirus cases and 35 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports. With this, the city’s tally rises to 1,46,947, including 7,690 deaths.
10.40 pm: The Railways announce that it will operate seven intra-state special trains in Bihar for students appearing for NEET, JEE and NDA exam, between September 4 to September 15, ANI reports.
10.39 pm: Maharashtra’s tally of coronavirus cases rises to 8,08,306, after 15,765 new infections were reported on Tuesday, ANI reports. The toll rises by 320 to 24,903.
10.37 pm: Andhra Pradesh records 10,368 new coronavirus cases and 84 deaths on Tuesday, pushing the state’s overall count of cases to 3,39,876, ANI reports. The toll from the disease rises to 4,0533.
10.36 pm: As many as 26 new coronavirus cases were reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Tuesday, taking the tally of cases in the Union Territory to 3,160, ANI reports. The toll stands at 46.
8.54 pm: Uttar Pradesh records 5,571 new coronavirus cases and 56 more deaths on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally of infections to 2,35,757, PTI reports. The toll rises to 3,452.
8.53 pm: Madhya Pradesh registers 32 deaths and 1,525 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, pushing the state’s tally of infections to 65,490, ANI reports. The toll from the disease is 1,426.
8.49 pm: Two more MLAs in Odisha test positive for the coronavirus, raising the number of lawmakers infected in the state to 16, PTI reports. The two MLAs are Sunanda Das and Ananta Narayan Jena.
8.47 pm: Goa registers its biggest single-day rise in coronavirus cases, after 588 people tested positive in the state in 24 hours on Tuesday, pushing the tally to 18,006, PTI reports. The toll rises by two to 104.
8.42 pm: West Bengal registers 2,943 coronavirus cases and 55 deaths on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally of infections to 1,65,721, ANI reports. The toll rises to 3,823.
8.35 pm: Delhi on Tuesday records its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in nearly two months, with 2,312 new infections and 18 deaths reported in 24 hours. With this, the city’s tally of infections rises to 1,77,060 and the toll is 4,462.
6.39 pm: Jammu and Kashmir records 525 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the Union Territory’s tally of infections to 38,223, ANI reports. The toll stands at 717 and as many as 29,484 people have recovered so far.
6.34 pm: Kerala registers 1,140 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours on Tuesday, says Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, according to ANI.
6.30 pm: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accuses the Narendra Modi government of “jeopardising India’s future” by forcing students to appear entrance examinations amid a pandemic. “Arrogance is making them ignore the genuine concerns of the JEE-NEET aspirants as well as the demands of those who took SSC and other exams.” he tweets. “Give jobs, not empty slogans.”
6.14 pm: Tamil Nadu reports 5,928 new cases on Tuesday, taking its tally to 4,33,969. The state’s toll rises by 96 to 7,418.
5.12 pm: India’s coronavirus tests cross 4.3 crore, the Union health ministry says.
5.08 pm: All 13 members of the Indian Premier League’s Chennai Super Kings contingent, who had tested positive for the coronavirus last week, have come out negative in the latest test results, the team’s Chief Executive Officer KS Viswanathan tells PTI.
5.02 pm: Restaurants and bars reopen in Goa, ANI reports.
4.58 pm: Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa tests positive for the coronavirus, ANI reports.
4.11 pm: The Goa Airport discontinues the rule for domestic travelers to carry negative Covid-19 certificates, PTI reports.
3.56 pm: The Ministry of Railways says it is consulting the states on running more special trains amid the coronavirus crisis, ANI reports.
3.47 pm: The World Health Organization says India reported the most new COVID-19 cases of any country in the past week, Reuters reports. “South-East Asia has reported the largest week-on-week increase, largely due to increased case detections in India,” WHO says. “India has reported nearly 500,000 new cases in the past seven days, a 9% increase compared to the previous seven days and the highest numbers of new cases globally.”
2.43 pm: Meghalaya’s coronavirus tally rises to 2,433 on Tuesday as it reports 65 new cases, according to PTI. The state’s toll rises by two to 12.
2.24 pm: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday said that nobody in his country will be forced to get the vaccine against the pandemic once it is developed, according to Reuters.
2.20 pm: Indian scientists have found a higher association between asymptomatic coronavirus cases and viral load, PTI reports. The researchers, including those from the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad, conducted the study on over 200 patients.
“It is important to consider the possibility of infection from asymptomatic patients, presumably harbouring good immunity, spreading into individuals possessing not so robust immunity leading to increased morbidity and mortality,” the researchers say.
2.15 pm: India records 65,081 recoveries in the last 24 hours, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
2.11 pm: Tripura reports its biggest one-day rise of 509 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, according to PTI. The state’s tally goes up to 12,156. Its tally rises by 10 to 113.
2.10 pm: Telangana reports 2,734 new cases on Tuesday, taking its tally to 1,27,697. The state’s toll rises by nine to 836.
2.06 pm: The third sero-survey in Delhi will begin on Tuesday, says Health Minister Satyendar Jain, according to ANI. “This time it is being done on a ward-wise basis,” he says. “The sample size is 17,000. Sampling will be complete within a week and it will take 7-10 days after that to process it.”
12.36 pm: The World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday cautioned against the opening up of societies too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports The Associated Press.
12.32 pm: The Delhi High Court’s five benches begin conducting physical hearings while the rest will continue to take up matters through video conferencing, reports ANI. The High Court will not completely function till September 30.
11.37 am: A study of 122 sanitisers in Mumbai and Thane has found that 50% of them are adulterated, Mumbai Mirror reports. Of them, 4% contain toxic methanol, which can have such serious side effects as causing blindness.
11.29 am: US President Donald Trump has announced that the vaccine for coronavirus being developed by AstraZeneca has reached phase three clinical trials in the country, and is very close to final approval, PTI reports. “That’s joining another group of vaccines that are very close to the end, and hopefully, approval,” he adds. Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc. also have vaccines in Phase 3 clinical trials.
11.19 am: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres claims that the coronavirus pandemic has increased inequality between men and women and reversed decades of limited progress on gender equality, AP reports. Guterres says that women have been on the front lines of the response since the pandemic began, but only a small percentage of them are in decision-making roles as healthcare workers.
11.08 am: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to provide insurance cover to journalists during the coronavirus pandemic, PTI reports. Her appeal to the government came after Neelanshu Shukla, a young journalist, died of the coronavirus.
11 am: The Krishna Raja Market and Kalasipalyam Market have reopened in Bengaluru, ANI reports. Many cases of the coronavirus had been linked to these markets, following which the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike shut them down for 15 days.
10.52 am: Odisha has reported 3,025 new cases, 4,053 recoveries and 11 deaths on Monday, according to ANI. Total number of cases now stands at 1,06,561 including 28,719 active cases, 77,286 recovered cases and 503 deaths.
10.44 am: Rajasthan reports 670 new cases, 117 recoveries and six deaths in the last 24 hours.
10.31 am: The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization forecasts that the number of undernourished people will increase by up to 13.2 crore in this year, AP reports.
10.23 am: The Odisha government has announced that cinema halls and places of worship will remain closed until September 30, The Hindu reports. Swimming pools, entertainment complexes, auditoriums, assembly halls and other places will also be shut.
9.57 am: Hong Kong starts mass Covid-19 tests as part of a strategy to avoid the third wave of infections that began in late June, reports AFP.
9.55 am: Schools in England and Wales reopen for a new term after being shut for months due to the pandemic, leading to cancelled examinations, according to Reuters.
9.53 am: Brazil on Monday reported 45,961 additional cases of Covid-19 and 553 deaths in 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said on Monday, reports Reuters.
9.52 am: Australia’s second-most populated state Victoria’s administration says 70 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in 24 hours, reports Reuters.
9.51 am: Bars will be allowed to resume services in Karnataka and Goa from September 1, reports The Indian Express.
9.50 am: Gujarat’s Rajkot and Jamnagar cities reported more than a 100 cases for the third straight day on Monday, reported The Indian Express.
9.48 am: West Bengal on Monday said the dates of a statewide lockdown in September would be unchanged and it will impose curbs on September 7, 11 and 12 to contain the spread of Covid-19, reports The Indian Express.
9.36 am: India’s coronavirus tally rises to 36,91,166 after 69,921 new cases. The country’s toll goes up by 819 to 65,288.
9.34 am: The Punjab government on Monday said the weekend and night curfews in the state will remain in place in all 167 cities in the state till September 30, reports The Indian Express.
9.32 am: All state government departments and sub-ordinate offices in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will operate with 50% strength in September and ensure that work does not suffer, reports ANI.
9.26 am: Oxygen levels of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who is receiving treatment after testing positive for Covid-19, have suddenly fallen, says state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, according to ANI.
9.20 am: The Delhi High Court instructed the Arvind Kejriwal-led government on Monday to rework its testing strategy to allow the maximum number of asymptomatic patients to undergo a Covid-19 test through swab-based lab tests (RT-PCR method), reports Hindustan Times.
7.44 am: Australia’s Victoria state reports the lowest daily deaths in two weeks, according to Reuters. Health authorities in Victoria says only five people died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
7.42 am: Brazil’s tally rises to 39 lakh and toll stands at 1,21,381.
7.41 am: Hong Kong begins mass coronavirus testing, reports AFP.
7.35 am: Children across England will resume their classes at schools and colleges from Tuesday after months of lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus since March, reports Reuters.
7.32 am: Mainland China reports 10 new cases. The National Health Commission says all new cases are imported infections. Monday was the 16th consecutive day of no local infections, reports Reuters.
7.30 am: Here are the top updates from Monday
- 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.
- 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.