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Temple Incident: TN CM Stalin Rs 5 lakh and PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh compensation

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the families of victims who died due to electrocution during the chariot procession of Appar Swami Temple in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

“Rs 5 lakh of compensation will be immediately provided to the to the families of victims (in electrocution incident) from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” said the Chief Minister’s office.
The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the death of 11 people in the incident.

“This morning in Kalimedu village of Thanjavur district, unexpectedly at the chariot festival eleven people died in the electrocution incident. I was deeply saddened to hear the tragic news. My deepest condolences to the families of the victim,” said CM Stalin.

The Chief Minister also said that he has ordered the district administration and police to expedite the rescue operation.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered and an investigation has started into the incident.

“A total of 11 people have died. Three people died on the spot and seven died in the hospital. 15 people are injured and have been taken to Thanjavur Medical College for treatment. FIR has been filed and an investigation into the matter has started,” said V. Balakrishnan Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi Range.

The incident took place in Kalimedu village after a temple car, part of an annual chariot procession of Appar Swami Temple in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, came in contact with a high voltage overhead line. (ANI)

Tamil Nadu: Probe begins in Thanjavur temple chariot festival electrocution incident, 11 dead

Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) [India]: An FIR has been registered and an investigation has started in connection with deaths due to electrocution during the chariot procession in Appar Swami temple of Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur on Wednesday.

“A total of 11 people have died. Three people died on the spot and seven died in the hospital. 15 people are injured and have been taken to Thanjavur Medical College for treatment. FIR has been filed and an investigation into the matter has started,” said V. Balakrishnan Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi Range.

The police official said that the incident occurred after the temple car came in contact with a high voltage power line and went up in flames.

“Prima facie it suggests that some high tension wire came in contact with the temple car (of chariot festival) during the annual chariot festival in the Kallimedu village,” said Balakrishnan.

“The temple car was negotiating a turn and faced some obstacle before being reversed when it came in contact with the overhead line,” he added.

More details are awaited. (ANI)

PM Modi condoles death of 11 workers killed in Hyderabad fire, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of 11 labourers killed in a fire at a scrap shop in Hyderabad’s Bhoiguda area and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in a tweet, said, “Pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Bhoiguda, Hyderabad. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of the deceased.”
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the victims.

As per Gandhi Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Mohan Rao, out of the 12 people present at the warehouse, one person survived.

Rao further informed that although the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained, “a short circuit could be the reason for the fire.”

Apprising of the incident, Hyderabad District Collector L Sharman told ANI, “The fire incident took place in the morning around 4 am. A team of firefighters arrived immediately and doused the fire. 11 people have died and one had escaped safely from the premises.”

Further, the District Collector said that details of the incident would be provided after investigation. (ANI)

US: 12 dead, including 8 children, in Philadelphia blaze

Philadelphia [US]: Philadelphia officials on Wednesday (local time) updated the death toll in the Philadelphia fire saying that 12 were killed, including 8 children.
“Fire officials now confirm that 12 people — eight children and four adults — died in the fire on N. 23rd Street. That total is one less than the number reported in an earlier press conference when recovery operations were still ongoing,” an updated news release from the city said, reported CNN. Philadelphia Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy initially said 13 people were killed; two others were taken to hospitals, and eight people were able to escape by themselves, reported CNN.
Firefighters faced heavy smoke, heat and limited visibility on all floors when they entered the building, according to the release, and were able to rescue one child, who did not survive.
The fire took place at a home that records show is owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, a municipal agency that leases homes to people with low income. The three-story row home was converted into two apartments, reported CNN.
Firefighters responded to flames around 6:40 am Wednesday at the row house at 869 N. 23rd Street in the city’s Fairmount neighbourhood.
Twenty-six people lived in the three-story building — eight on the first floor, and 18 on the second and third floors, fire officials said.
The housing authority was not aware 26 people were living in the building, said Dinesh Indala, the agency’s senior executive vice president of operations. The agency is checking how many were allowed to live there, he said, reported CNN.

South Korea confirms first 2 deaths linked to Omicron variant

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korea on Monday confirmed its first two deaths linked to the Omicron COVID-19 variant amid rising worry about the highly transmissible variant.
Two people in their 90s, who had been hospitalized at a nursing hospital in Gwangju, about 330 km south of Seoul, posthumously tested positive for the variant, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The first deceased in connection with the Omicron variant passed away on Dec. 27, before being confirmed to have been infected with the variant on Dec. 30.
The second case was a patient who died on Dec. 29. It has been categorized as an epidemiologically relevant case, which had yet to reach a final conclusion.
All the deceased were connected to a cluster infection at the nursing hospital, where 21 people tested positive for COVID-19.
The first patient completed the administration of two vaccine doses in late October, while the second patient was fully inoculated in May.
In the latest tally, the country reported 3,129 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, lifting the total number of infections to 642,207. The daily caseload hovered below 4,000 for two days.
The number of the Omicron variant infections was 1,318 so far, including 703 imported cases and 615 domestic transmissions, up 111 from the prior day.

Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 deaths continue to rise

Harare [Zimbabwe]: Zimbabwe recorded 27 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the highest ever since the omicron variant began, as the country’s deaths due to the virus continue to rise.
On Tuesday, deaths stood at 24. While confirmed cases have levelled around 2,000 per day from a peak of 6,181 on December 10, deaths are on an upward trend, rising from a single-digit number early this month to double-digit figures now. As of Wednesday, the country had recorded 209,655 cases, 173,916 recoveries and 4,967 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
A total of 4,596 people in the country have received their booster shot since the administering of the third shot began on Monday this week.
Some 4,112,241 people have received their first jab and 3,121,783 their second shot since the national vaccination drive began in February this year.

UK reports 98,515 COVID cases, 143 deaths in past 24 hrs

London [UK]: The UK reported 98,515 COVID-19 fresh cases and 143 deaths in the past 24 hours on Monday (local time).
The country in the past seven days has recorded 763,295 infections and 742 deaths, according to the official data released by the UK government. The Omicron variant is continuously increasing the transmission among people in the country. For some days, the UK has been reporting the highest single-day COVID-19 infections across the world following the emergence of the new variant.
In the wake of the rising cases, the National Health Service in the UK has said that all adults are now eligible to book a COVID-19 booster dose.
The booster helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19, NHS added.
Meanwhile, the UK government is urging its citizens to get vaccinated.
“We know two jabs do not give you enough protection against Omicron so whether it is your first, second or booster jab I urge you to book an appointment now,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet on Monday.
He also urged the people to act cautiously given the rising number of Omicron cases.
“Most importantly I urge everyone to get their first, second or booster jab without delay to protect yourselves and your loved ones,” Johnson added.

Malaysia reports 3,490 new COVID-19 infections, 17 deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia]: Malaysia reported 3,490 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Sunday, bringing the national total to 2,691,639, according to the health ministry.
Fourteen of the new cases are imported, with 3,476 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed. Seventeen more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 30,879.
A total of 5,399 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,601,908.
Among 58,852 active cases, 407 are being held in intensive care and 216 of those are in need of assisted breathing.
The country reported 67,376 vaccine doses administered on Sunday alone. Some 79.4 percent of the population have received at least one dose and 78.1 percent are fully vaccinated.

India logs 9,283 COVID cases, over 10,000 recoveries in 24 hrs; active cases at 537-day low of 1.11 lakh

New Delhi [India] : India recorded 9,283 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 437 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday, the country saw a total of 10,949 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 98.33 per cent which is the highest since March 2020 and total recoveries data reached to 3,39,57,698. The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 1,11,481 (lowest in 537 days), the ministry data showed today. More than 118.44 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,66,584. In India, the first death due to the COVID pandemic was reported in March 2020. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 63,47,74,225 samples have been tested up to November 23 for COVID-19. Of these 11,57,697 samples were tested on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kerala on Tuesday recorded a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, reporting 4,972 infections and 370 deaths, raising the caseload to 50,97,845 and the toll to 38,045. The state had on Monday seen a dip in cases at 3,698 after consistently maintaining a high level of infections over the past few months With 5,978 more people recovering from the virus since Monday, the total recoveries reached 50,18,279 and the active cases dropped to 52,710, an official press release said. Among the 14 districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest with 917 cases, followed by Thirssur (619) and Kozhikode (527). Of the 370 deaths, 57 were reported over the last few days and 313 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, the release said. As many as 60,265 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said.

Bangladesh reports zero deaths from COVID-19 in last 24 hours

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Bangladesh has reported no new death from COVID-19 in a day for the first time since April last year.
The country reported the first fatality due to COVID-19 on March 18. It logged zero single-day deaths a number of times in March and April last year, Dhaka Tribune reported. Since then, the health authorities had reported multiple deaths every day. The highest number of death in a day was reported on August 10 when 264 succumbed to the infection.
Meanwhile, in the 24 hours between 8 am Friday and 8 am Saturday, the country also recorded 178 new cases while seeing 190 patients recover.
As many as 27,946 people have died in Bangladesh due to COVID-19 so far. The caseload in the country has reached 1,573,889.
A total 15,107 samples were tested at 836 labs across the country between Friday and Saturday mornings, yielding a positivity rate of 1.18 percent.

Pak reports 637 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths in last 24 hrs

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan has reported 637 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Thursday.
As many as 48,882 samples were tested during this period, out of which 637 turned out to be positive, pushing the country’s caseload to 1,278,751, ARY News reported. The pandemic claimed the lives of nine people, increasing the death toll to 28,575.
The number of critical COVID-19 patients under treatment in various hospitals across the country stands at 1,156, ARY News reported.

Congress slams Centre for Suicides

New Delhi [India]: The Congress slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for the death of over 9.5 lakh people in the last seven years who allegedly committed suicide, saying it came to power with the promise of ‘Acche Din’ but forced people into “suicidal hopelessness”.
The opposition party also said that farmers were forced into committing suicide and in the past 7 years due to the “crony capitalist friendly and anti-farmer” policies of the Modi government. Citing the recent National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report on “Suicides and Accidental Deaths in India”, which states 9,58,275 Indians ended their lives by committing suicide between 2014-2020.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement said that there was an increase of 55 per cent in the number of students committing suicide, 58 per cent increase among the unemployed, and 139.37 per cent increase among farmers, labourers and daily wagers and overall the number of suicides across categories increased by 16.24 per cent, as per the report.
“The report, with its figures regarding suicide, underlines the unprecedented tragedy that is ruining India. Hapless citizens, being ground under extreme apathy and insensitivity of the government, are losing the last hope and taking their own lives. Be it ‘annadata’ (farmers), toiling labourers, daily wagers, housewives or unemployed educated youth, it is a saga of unending hopelessness all across. Opportunities for the aspiring have been converted into cesspools of suicidal depression,” said Congress spokesperson.
“During the last 7 years Between 2014 -2020 the failed and insensitive policies of the Modi government pushed 9,58,275 Indians into ending their lives by committing suicide. Today in an attempt to mask its failed anti-people policies the government is nakedly resorting to perpetuating divisiveness, negativity, hopelessness amongst the people,” he said.
Surjewala further said that the NCRB data displays the ‘Yamlok Sidhar’ picture of the government rather than that of ‘Lok Sudhar’.
He said that farmers were forced into committing suicide and in the past 7 years due to the “crony capitalist friendly and anti-farmer” policies of the Modi government, 78,303 farmers committed suicide of which 35,122 were farm labourers.
The Congress leader said that there was an increase of 19 per cent in the number of suicides from the year 2019 to 2020. The government literally forced the farmers into committing suicide, citing the rising input costs, absence of minimum support price (MSP), and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana which benefited private insurance companies and finally the three “black” farm laws as the main reasons.
“Even as students and unemployed are forced into committing suicide, India’s future is nothing but dark. During the Modi government’s tenure from 2014 to 2020, 69,407 students were forced to end their lives,” he added.
Surjewala further citing the OXFAM report said that the hundred richest Indians wealth was increased by 13 lakh crores while the 12 crore Indians lost their jobs.
He further said that 1,52,127 housewives committed suicide between 2014 to 2020.
The rate of suicide in India has gone up by 16 per cent in 2020 in comparison to the year 2014, he added.

Iran reports 6,803 new COVID-19 cases, 5,980,260 in total

Tehran [Iran] : The Iranian health ministry reported on Saturday 6,803 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total infections to 5,980,260.
According to an official briefing published on state TV, the pandemic has claimed 127,173 lives in the country so far, after 120 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. A total of 5,588,545 people have recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across the country, while 3,713 remain in intensive care units, the ministry said on its official website.
By Saturday, 54,977,728 Iranians have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 38,435,297 have taken two.
A total of 36,167,151 tests have so far been carried out across the country.
In the morning, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi praised the efforts of the country’s vaccine developers and stressed the importance of providing them with legal and financial support.

Mumbai reports 238 new Covid cases, 4 deaths

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As many as 238 fresh COVID-19 infections and four deaths were reported in Mumbai on Friday.
With this, the number of total positive cases reached 7,57,272 including 3,326 active infections, according to the data by the Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai. The four new deaths pushed the fatalities to 16,269.
At present, the Covid recovery rate stands at 97 per cent and the case doubling rate is 1,832 days.
Meanwhile, India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry.
The country’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. The total death toll has reached 4,59,873.

Brazil registers lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since April 2020

Brasilia [Brazil]: Brazil registered on October 31 the lowest daily average of deaths from COVID-19 practically since the disease was detected in the country in February 2020, the Brazilian scientific institution Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said.
According to the official “Monitora COVID-19” platform, Brazil registered 311.43 deaths in the moving average of the last seven days of October. It is the lowest figure since April 28, 2020, when the death toll reached an average of 325.14. Brazil witnessed the peak of deaths from COVID-19 on April 12 of this year when more than 3,100 people died from the coronavirus. However, since the end of June, the death toll has fallen significantly and since October 4, the records are below 500 lethal cases per day.
The drop in the number of deaths is connected with the advancement of the vaccination campaign: 74.7% of the Brazilian population has received at least one vaccine shot and 54.9% are fully immunized.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll in Brazil has risen to 607,922, and the number of detected cases to nearly 22 million people.

Assam records 273 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Dispur (Assam) [India]: A total of 273 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in Assam, as per a health bulletin released by the state government on Sunday.
A positivity rate of 0.63 per cent was reported in 43,625 samples tested in the state during the last 24 hours. During the same duration, 345 patients recovered from the infection while five people lost their lives fighting the deadly virus. The current recovery rate of the state stands at 98.35 per cent while the current fatality rate stands at 0.98 per cent.
As per the bulletin, active cases in the state are 2,690.
A total of 6,04,809 cases have been reported in the state so far, the bulletin says. Out of this, 5,94,851 people have recovered from the disease while 5,921 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus. A total of 2,39,59,248 samples have been tested in the state so far.

Congress-led UDF walks out

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) staged a walkout from the state assembly on Friday alleging that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is hiding the deaths caused to COVID-19.
UDF through a notice of adjournment motion moved by Congress MLA PC Vishnunath alleged that the Kerala government is hiding COVID deaths. After the speaker denied permission for discussion, the opposition staged a walkout.
Kerala reported 10,944 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, taking the total active cases in the state to 1,16,645, the state.

Biden reiterates need for more vaccinations as COVID-19 death toll in US tops 7,00,000

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden said that the fact that the US death toll from the coronavirus infection has surpassed 7,00,000 means that more people need to get vaccinated in the country.
“To heal we must remember, and as our nation mourns the painful milestone of 7,00,000 American deaths due to COVID-19, we must not become numb to the sorrow. …the astonishing death toll is yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated,” Biden said in a Saturday statement. The US leader pointed out that his country has made “extraordinary progress” in the fight against COVID-19 this year, thanks to vaccines.
“More than three-quarters of all Americans age 12 and up have now received at least one vaccine dose – including nearly 94 pe rcent of all seniors,” Biden emphasised.
On Monday, Biden got the Pfizer booster shot administered to him, in line with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 booster shots to be administered only to those over 65 years of age and to individuals at risk.
The United States has the largest total number of confirmed coronavirus cases and the greatest COVID-19 death toll of all the countries in the world. It is currently followed by the United Kingdom and India. According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the US has registered over 43.6 million cases since the start of the pandemic and the number of fatalities has surpassed 700,770.

Covid-19: India reports 41,965 new cases, 460 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Sep 1: India logged 41,965 new COVID-19 cases and 460 fatalities in the last 24 hours as the positivity rate rose to 2.61 per cent in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The latest addition has pushed the cumulative case tally to 3,28,08,845 whereas the death toll has climbed to 4,39,020 after 460 more people succumbed to the viral infection, according to the data.

The active caseload stands at 3,78,181 after reporting a rise of 7,541 cases in the last 24 hours, the figures showed.

The share of active cases now stands at 1.15 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, 33,964 more people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours making the recovery registry climb to 3,19,93,644. As per the data, the recovery rate is now reduced to 97.51 per cent.

The Ministry stated that the weekly positivity rate (2.58 per cent) has been under 3 per cent for 68 days now.

A total of 52,31,84,293 samples were tested up to August 31, 2021, for Covid-19. Of these, 16,06,785 samples were tested on Tuesday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

India performed highest-ever single day vaccination on Tuesday as it administered 1.33 crore doses in a single day.

So far, 65.41 crore vaccine doses have been administered under nationwide vaccination drive, the ministry informed.

Covid-19: India reports 30,941 new cases, 350 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 31: India logged 30,941 fresh cases and 350 fatalities due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours as the positivity rate of the infection came down to to 2.2 per cent in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The positivity rate was measured at 3.02 per cent on Monday after trading below the 3 per cent-mark for 34 consecutive days.

The latest addition has pushed the cumulative case tally to 3,27,66,880 whereas the death toll has climbed to 4,38,569 after 350 more people succumbed to the viral infection, according to the data.

The active caseload stands at 3,70,640 after reporting a slight fall of 5,684 cases in the last 24 hours, the figures showed.

The share of active cases remained at 1.13 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, 34,275 more people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours making the recovery registry climb to 3,19,59,680. As per the data, the recovery rate is now reduced to 97.53 per cent

The Union Ministry stated that the weekly positivity rate (2.51 per cent) has been under 3 per cent for 67 days now .

A total of 52,15,41,098 samples were tested up to August 30, 2021, for Covid-19. Of these, 13,94,573 samples were tested on Monday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The country’s vaccination coverage has surpassed the cumulative figure of 64.05 crores, the ministry informed.

Mah: Marathwada registers 220 Covid cases

Aurangabad, Aug 28: The Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 220 fresh Covid-19 cases and no deaths during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed on Saturday.

According to a report, of the eight districts, Beed was the worst-affected with 121 cases, followed by Osmanabad– 51, Latur–23 cases, Aurangabad– 22, Parbhani– two cases and single case in Nanded.

Jalna and Hingoli districts did not record any fresh infection, it said.

Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 4,654 fresh cases were recorded across Maharashtra, taking the total number of infections to 64,47,412.

The state also registered 170 fatalities during the same period, taking the death toll to 1,36,900.

Meanwhile, 3,301 patients recovered in the state, pushing the total number of recoveries to 62,55,451.

The recovery rate currently stands at 97.02 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

Currently, there are 51,574 active cases across Maharashtra undergoing treatment at different COVID-19 centres and hospitals, the health authorities said.

Maha: Marathwada registers 243 COVID cases, 4 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 20: The Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 243 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed on Friday.

The districts headquarters report stated that of eight districts, Beed was the worst-affected district with 143 cases and one death, followed by Osmanabad 51 cases, Aurangabad 20 cases, Latur 15 cases and two deaths, Nanded 7 cases, Jalna six cases and Parbhani district single

case.

Besides, Hingoli registered one death due to the virus.

Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 5,225 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 64,11,570.

The state also registered 154 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,35,570.

Meanwhile, 5,557 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number of recoveries to 62,14,921.

The state’s recovery rate currently stands at 96.93 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.11 per cent.

At present, there are 57,579 active cases across the state undergoing treatment at different COVID-19 centres and hospitals, added the health authorities.

Delhi reports 38 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in the last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: The national capital on Tuesday saw a slight surge in its daily count reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases and four fatalities in the last 24 hours.


As per the Delhi health bulletin, a total of 53,345 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours wherein a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent was reported. The total cases mounted to 14,37,156 including 471 active cases. As a sign of relief, 30 recoveries were logged thereby escalating the total recoveries to 14,11,612.


However, the death toll touched 25,073 including new deaths with 1.74 per cent case fatality rate.
As far as the COVID-19 vaccination status in the national capital is concerned, cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated so far stand at 1,16,59,932 wherein 1,56,217 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the last 24 hours.
Yesterday, Delhi reported 27 new COVID-19 cases which was the lowest daily count in this year so far.

405 new Covid cases, three deaths in Telangana

Hyderabad, Aug 16: Telangana reported three Covid-19 deaths and 405 infections on Monday even as the number of active cases further reduced to 7,093.

The death toll now stands at 3,845 and the caseload at 6,52,785.

So far, a total of over 2.34 crore covid-19 tests have been conducted in the state, out of which 6,52,785 have tested positive and 6,41,847 persons have recovered.

The number of active containment zones in the state also came down to 20. Karimnagar, Jagtial, Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri districts registered the majority of the active containment zones in the state.

The case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 0.58 per cent while the recovery rate rose to 98.32 per cent

So far, 79.8 per cent of overall cases in the state have been asymptomatic while 20.2 per cent symptomatic.

Of the 405 new cases, the highest of 67 were from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation followed by 36 in Warangal Urban, 32 in Karimnagar, 24 each in Medchal Malkajgiri and Nalgonda.

Goa reports 62 new cases of Covid 19, 5 deaths

Panaji, Aug 16: Goa reported 62 new cases of Covid 19 and five deaths during the last 24 hours.
According to a daily bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), with the new cases, the number of total confirmed cases in the state increased to 1,72,568 while the number of total deaths remained at 3176.
There were 96 recoveries during the last 24 hours which took the number of total recoveries in the state to 1,68,519.
Recovery rate in the state stood at 97.65 per cent.
On Monday, 55 patients were sent for home isolation, seven were admitted to hospitals while four were discharged.
As many as 4225 new samples were tested on Monday taking the number of total samples tested so far to 11,32,949.
The number of active cases in the state stood at 873.

Pakistan reports 3,711 new COVID-19 cases, 67 more deaths

Islamabad, Aug 15: Pakistan reported 3,711 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.

The NCOC, a department leading Pakistan’s campaign against the pandemic, said that the country’s number of overall confirmed cases has risen to 1,098,410, including 986,795 recoveries.

According to the NCOC, 67 more patients died during the period, bringing the death toll to 24,406, adding that 4,792 are in critical condition.

The southern Sindh province is the worst-affected region by the pandemic with 410,766 infections, followed by the eastern Punjab province which reported 371,605 cases.

The NCOC said on its website that the country has administered 42,173,424 doses of vaccines and has fully vaccinated 11,956,552 persons as of Saturday night.

PM announces infra push, talks of Covid deaths in I-Day speech

New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a major infrastructural push in form of a Rs 100 lakh crore plan as he addressed the nation on 75th Independence Day, and touched upon several issues from Covid deaths to Olympics medals and national security among others.
The Prime Minister hoisted the tri-colour, and for the first time, flower petals were showered by two Mi 17 V5 helicopters of Indian Air Force.
From the ramparts of Red Fort, the Prime Minister announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti National Master Plan’, a national infrastructure master plan which will set a foundation for holistic infrastructure and give an integrated pathway to the economy.
As the country faces high unemployment rates, the Prime Minister said this plan will boost employment opportunities as well.
Talking about the second wave of the Covid-19, the Prime Minister said the “intolerable pain” of losing people to the pandemic will always be there.
He said the situation in the second wave was challenging as India does not have as much resources as compared to “prosperous nations”.
“Many people could not be saved, many children became orphan. This intolerable pain is always going to be there,” he said.
He also lauded Indian scientists for the Corona virus vaccines developed domestically, and thanked all healthcare workers and citizens who helped others in the pandemic. Corona warriors were also invited to Red Fort to witness the Independence Day celebrations.
While refraining from making any direct comments on the ongoing farmers’ agitation, the Prime Minister launched a new moto in his speech for the small farmers.
“Chhota kisan bane desh ki shaan (small farmer is should be the pride of nation), this is our dream,” Modi said, adding that 80 per cent farmers in the country have less than two hectares of landholding.
Mentioning Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister assured elections would soon be held in the new Union Territory, and the exercise for delimitation has started.

“The Delimitation Commission has been constituted in Jammu and Kashmir and preparations are on for holding assembly elections in the future,” the prime minister said, though he did not give any timeline for holding the elections.
On national security, the Prime Minister said India is facing both terrorism and expansionism, even as he did not name any country.
This is at a time when India is facing a stand off with China along its northern border, and also facing the brunt of terrorism with the situation aggravating following developments in Afghanistan.
“India is fighting both terrorism and expansionism,” Modi said adding that India is facing the challenge with courage and determination.
He also mentioned the “surgical strikes”, and said, “By conducting surgical strikes and airstrikes, we have given a message of the emergence of a new India to our enemies. It also conveys that India can take tough decisions”.
The Prime Minister said the world is witnessing reforms in governance in India, the world can “there is no dearth of political will in India.” .
He described the coming 25 years in the run up to 100 years of independence as ‘Amrit Kaal’, and said government will ensure services reach every citizen to the last mile.
Mr Modi stressed that many old laws and procedures needed to be done away with, and said that his government has already abolished many old laws.

This was the eighth Independence Day speech of Prime Minister Modi from the ramparts of Red Fort. The Prime Minister spoke for 88 minutes.

Meghalaya records five COVID-19 related deaths, 429 fresh cases

Shillong, Aug 12: Five fatalities due to COVID-19 related complications increased the number of deaths due to the viral infection to 1,200 and 429 new cases of infection added up to 4,539 active cases, even as 381 more recoveries surged the number of recovered cases to 64,922 on Thursday in Meghalaya, which has so far registered 70,661 confirmed cases.
Four of the five fatalities recorded today were of those who were not vaccinated against COVID-19, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said, adding that four deaths due to the virulent infection occurred in East Khasi Hills district and one death was recorded in Ri-Bhoi district.
Out of the 429 fresh COVID-19 cases, the senior medical official said, 153 were detected in East Khasi Hills district, 80 in West Khasi Hills district, 71 in Ri-Bhoi district, 46 in West Garo Hills district,
43 in South West Khasi Hills district, 11 in West Jaintia Hills district, 10 in South Garo Hills district, five each in East Garo Hills district and North Garo Hills district, three in East Jaintia Hills district and two cases in the South West Garo Hills district.
The East Khasi Hills, which includes State capital Shillong is the most Covid-19 affected district with 1,903 active cases and 841 deaths, followed by West Khasi Hills district with 689 active cases and 39 deaths, West Garo Hills district with 551 active cases and 65 deaths, Ri-Bhoi district with 461 active cases and 67 deaths, West Jaintia Hills district with 418 active cases and 105 deaths and South West Khasi Hills district with 239 active cases and 12 deaths while the other districts had less than 100
active cases each as per the latest official count.
Of the 9,04,802 persons tested for COVID-19 in the State till Thursday, 8,34,141 were tested
negative for the virus.
While 31, 973 health care workers have received the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19, 24,233 have been administered with the second dose, 96,901 front-line workers got the first shot and 53,651 took the second shot, 8,22,144 persons from among the general public have been inoculated with the first dose and 1,64,778 citizens have been fully vaccinated with the second dose across the State as on date, as per official information.

Australian state sees worst day with highest new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Sydney, Aug 10: The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) saw another disastrous day with a record daily high of 356 new local cases and four deaths on Tuesday.

What is more concerning is around one third of the new locally acquired cases were in the community while infectious.

Among the four deaths, three cases were linked to the current outbreak triggered by Delta variant and one case got infected overseas, NSW Health said.

Despite the climbing local transmission, the government is reluctant to further tighten restrictions. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not take “any strategies that aren’t going to work” and is against the idea of imposing a ring of steel around the epicentre areas in southwest Sydney.

Berejiklian said the current restrictions for the eight local government areas in western and southwest Sydney had prevented a further skyrocketing of new infections, saying strong suppression works as there are no hundreds of thousands of cases and deaths.

“That gives us a chance to see what people can do in September and October but it is really important to ensure we provide the vaccine, targeted strategy to reduce the spread especially among key worker groups.”

In the neighbouring state of Queensland, police have warned residents living in the bordering areas with NSW to expect greater enforcement of border restrictions facing the growing transmission. Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Steven Gollschewski said residents would be aware of the situation and not travel unless absolutely necessary.

“We will increase operational capabilities there to ensure we are intercepting higher numbers of people coming across,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state of Victoria recorded 20 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as its regional areas enjoy the first day out of lockdown.

Marathwada registers 312 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 10: Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 312 new Covid-19 cases and 5 fatalities during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed.

Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region, Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 167 new cases and 3 deaths, followed by Latur which had 14 cases and single death, Aurangabad had 13 cases and single death, Osmanabad had 94 cases,Jalna had 14 new cases, Nanded recorded 9 cases, Hingoli had only single case and Parbhani nil.

Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 4,505 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,57,833.

The state also registered 68 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,34,068.

Meanwhile, the highest 7,568 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number of recoveries to 61,51,956.

The state’s recovery rate currently stands at 96.77 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.1 per cent.

At present, there are 68,375 active cases across the state undergoing treatment at different COVID-19 centres and hospitals, added the health authorities.

CM aggrieved over deaths in UP

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday expressed grief and extended condolences to the families of the victims who died in two mishaps in the state.

In a statement, Chief Minister’s office said, Adityanath instructed the administration to provide proper treatment to those injured in the accidents and to provide all possible help and relief to the affected people.
At least five people were killed and two others were seriously injured after a car went out of control and fell in a ditch in the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh.

As per the police, the car was en route from Chhattisgarh to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the death of a person in a road accident in Greater Noida.

As per Gautam Buddha Nagar Police, earlier today, a private bus going from Punjab to Bihar, hit the truck parked on the Eastern Peripheral from behind, leading to the death of one person and injuring about 19 people.

“And a woman has died, necessary action is being taken by taking the injured to the hospital,” police informed. (ANI)

Marathwada registers 392 Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 6: Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 327 new Covid-19 cases and 8 fatalities during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed.
Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region, Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 212 new cases and 4 deaths, followed by Aurangabad which had 30 cases and 2 deaths, Nanded had 7 cases and single death, Osmanabad had 99 new cases, Latur recorded 23 cases, Jalna had 17 cases and Hingoli and Parbhani recorded two cases each.
Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 5,539 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,41,759.
The state also registered 187 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,33,717.
Meanwhile, 5,869 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number of recoveries to 61,30,137.
The state’s recovery rate currently stands at 96.66 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.1 per cent.
At present, there are 74,483 active cases across the state undergoing treatment at different COVID-19 centres and hospitals, added the health authorities.

389 deaths in Brazil over COVID-19 in one day

Brasilia [Brazil]: Brazil recorded 389 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, raising its national death toll to 557,223, the health ministry said on Monday.
Meanwhile, the total caseload rose to 19,953,501 after 15,143 new cases were detected. The numbers released on Monday were less than half of the country’s daily average, due to fewer tests performed and fewer deaths certified on weekends.
According to the moving average of cases over the last seven days, Brazil recorded 960 daily deaths and 35,120 cases on average for the past week.
The South American country currently has a mortality rate of about 265 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and an incidence rate of 9,495 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a report from the health ministry.
As of Sunday, Brazil has vaccinated 142.3 million people against COVID-19, including 100.8 million with their first dose and 41.4 million people fully vaccinated.

AP: 2,287 new cases, 18 deaths

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): Andhra Pradesh recorded 2,287 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours and a total of 18 people from the state succumbed to the virus in the said period, according to a state health bulletin.


Out of those who died in the last 24 hours, four were from Chittoor district, three each in Krishna and Nellore districts, and two each in East Godavari and Prakasam districts. Guntur, Kurnool, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari districts reported one death.

With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 19,68,462 with 21,019 active cases and 13,395 deaths. The total number of people who have recovered from the debilitating virus have been recorded at 19,34,048.

India: 41,831 Cases, 541 deaths

New Delhi [India]: India reported 41,831 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. There are 4,10,952 active cases of COVID-19 in India. The active cases constitute 1.30 per cent of the total cases reported.


For the fifth straight day, India has recorded over 40,000 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate stands at 2.34 per cent.


As many as 541 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll due to the infection to 4,24,351.


So far, India has reported 3,08,20,521 recoveries and the recovery rate currently stands at 97.36 per cent.
India has substantially ramped up its COVID-19 testing capacity wherein 46.82 crore tests have been conducted so far.


As a part of the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country, India has administered 47.02 crore COVID vaccine doses so far.

India reports 41,831 new cases, 541 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, Aug 1: India recorded 41,831 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours pushing the case tally to 3,16,55,824, while the death toll mounted to 4,24,351 with 541 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the Ministry, the active cases declined by 2,032, to stand at 4,10,952. It is now 1.30 per cent of the total caseload.

The past 24 hours saw 39,258 people recovering from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 3,08,20,521, which is 97.36 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 46,82,16,516 samples have been tested so far for coronavirus. Of this, 17,89,472 were tested on Saturday.

Till now, 47,02,98,596 people have been administered COVID-19 vaccines, with 60,15,842 being inoculated against the virus in the past 24 hours.

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