Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past 29 lakh, a day after it crossed 28 lakh, with a single-day spike of 68,898 infections, while the recoveries have increased to 21,58,946 on Friday pushing the recovery rate to over 74 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total cases of coronavirus infections mounted to 29,05,823, while the death toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.89 percent while the recovery rate has risen to 74.30 percent. There are 6,92,028 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which is 23.82 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 14 Air India passengers tested positive until Thursday, says Hong Kong govt

Fourteen passengers who travelled from Delhi to Hong Kong on an Air India flight on August 14 have tested positive for COVID-19 till Thursday, the Hong Kong government said. Due to this incident, Air India’s passenger flights have been barred from landing in Hong Kong till August-end, it added on Friday. A passenger from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if he or she has a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey, according to the rules issued by the Hong Kong government in July. In a statement to PTI on Friday, a spokesperson of the Department of Health of the Hong Kong government said, “A flight operated by Air India (AI314) arriving Hong Kong from India on August 14 had 11 passengers confirmed to have infected with COVID-19.” As a result, the department invoked the “Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) on August 17 to prohibit landing of passenger flights operated by Air India for two weeks from August 18 to 31 in Hong Kong”, the spokesperson noted.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand’s tally mounts to 27,241 with 941 new cases; death toll at 291

Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 27,241 with 941 fresh cases, even as 13 more fatalities pushed the death toll in the state to 291, a health official said. Jharkhand now has 9,505 active cases, while 17,445 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said late on Thursday. A total of 13,863 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till Thursday evening, the official added.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 55 fresh cases take Meghalaya’s COVID-19 tally to 1,716

At least 55 more people, including five security personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, taking the northeastern state’s tally to 1,716, a Health Department official said. Of the new cases, 31 were reported from East Khasi Hills, 17 from West Khasi, three from West Garo, two from East Garo and one each from Ri-Bhoi and West Jaintia, Health Services Director Aman War said. “Three BSF personnel from West Garo Hills and two employees of the Indian Air Force from East Khasi Hills are among new patients,” he said. Fourteen more people were cured of the disease on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 744, war said, adding six patients have died so far. Meghalaya currently has 966 active COVID-19 cases, he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Scientists decode how severe COVID-19 patients develop low blood oxygen levels

COVID-19 is causing significant dilation of the blood vessels of the lungs, contributing to the very low oxygen levels seen in patients with respiratory failure, according to a new research that may help provide better treatment to those who are severely affected by the disease. The pilot study of 18 patients, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, helps explain how COVID-19 behaves differently than classic acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in which lung inflammation leads to leaky blood vessels in the organ. In ARDS, the study noted that the leaky blood vessels in the lungs flood the organ with fluid and make it stiff, impairing oxygenation. According to the scientists, including those from the Mount Sinai Hospital in the US, many patients with COVID-19 pneumonia experience severely low levels of oxygen in the blood that is markedly out of proportion to the degree of lung stiffness.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: SC allows prayers to be offered in 3 Jain temples in Mumbai with strict compliance of norms

The Supreme Court Friday allowed devotees to offer Paryushan prayers in three Jain temples in Mumbai on the condition of “strict compliance” with the standard operating procedures meant to contain COVID-19 pandemic. Making exception for the three Jain temples located at Dadar, Byculla and Chembur in Mumbai, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said however that the permission for ‘Ganpati ‘ festival will have to be taken on a case-to-case basis from the Maharashtra Disaster Management Authority. “Upcoming Ganpati festival in Maharashtra is altogether different and it will become uncontrollable and we understand the situation for that but in this case the situation is different,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. The apex court said that no permission for prayers would be given for any other temple in Mumbai.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: IPL players confined to hotel room, use balcony to interact, workout on day 1

Restricted to their rooms for six days, players who have landed in the UAE for the IPL, spent their opening day talking to each other through ‘balconies’ besides following a fitness plan handed out by the teams’ trainers. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab players arrived in Dubai on Thursday evening while Kolkata Knight Riders landed in Abu Dhabi in the night. While Royals’ squad completed its day 1 testing as per BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) at the airport itself, KXIP went for a repeat test on Friday. As per the BCCI SOP, testing will be done on day 1, 3 and 6 and after that teams can start training for the league, beginning September 19. Since no one is allowed to step out of the room in the six-day isolation period, players made full use of their dedicated balconies to speak to each other but following all social distancing guidelines.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Papua New Guinea turns back Chinese flight carrying 180 miners

Papua New Guinea prevented the arrival of a flight carrying Chinese workers after a Chinese mining company claimed to have immunised employees against COVID-19 in an apparent vaccination trial, authorities said Friday. The Pacific nation’s pandemic response controller, David Manning, banned COVID-19 vaccine testing or trials after Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd claimed to have vaccinated 48 Chinese employees. Manning also said he had sent back a flight carrying 180 Chinese workers on Thursday as a precaution. “In light of the lack of information of what these trials are and what possible risks or threat that it might cause our people if they were to come into the country, I had canceled that flight yesterday just to ensure that we continue to act in the best interests of our people and our country,” Manning told reporters in the capital, Port Moresby. “Until the Chinese government through the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby provides that information, I will be best guided by our health and medical experts here as to what would be the appropriate steps to take when considering looking at applications of Chinese nationals that have been subjected to these vaccination trials entering the country,” Manning added.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 cases reported in 41 schools in Berlin

At least 41 schools in Berlin have reported that students or teachers have become infected with the coronavirus not even two weeks after schools reopened in the German capital. Daily Berliner Zeitung published the numbers Friday and city education authorities confirmed the figures to The Associated Press. Hundreds of students and teacher are in quarantine, the newspaper reported. Elementary schools, high schools and trade schools are all affected, the paper wrote. There are 825 schools in Berlin. The reopening of schools and the possible risks of virus clusters building up in educational institutions and then spreading beyond to families and further into society have been a matter of great concern and it’s an issue that’s hotly debated in Germany. Education in Germany isn’t in the hands of the federal government, but under the auspices of the country’s 16 states and thus there are many differing COVID-19 rules in place depending on each state, especially when it comes to wearing masks.

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UK issues urgent call for more Indian, South Asian COVID-19 plasma donors

The UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) on Friday issued an urgent call for people of Indian and South Asian heritage who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma to help save lives of others infected with the deadly virus. According to experts, people from a South Asian background are around twice as likely to have high enough antibodies for their donations to be used in life-saving treatment trials, compared to white people. 

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Contact tracing apps may be ineffective for reducing COVID-19 spread, says study

Contact tracing apps are unlikely to contain the spread of COVID-19 without proper public health control measures such as physical distancing and closure of indoor spaces, according to a review of studies.

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 14 Air India passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 till Thursday, says Hong Kong govt



Fourteen passengers who travelled from Delhi to Hong Kong on an Air India flight on August 14 have tested positive for COVID-19 till Thursday, the Hong Kong government said. Due to this incident, Air India’s passenger flights have been barred from landing in Hong Kong till August-end, it added on Friday.

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Uproar in Raj assembly over issue of COVID-19 management, House adjourned thrice

The Rajashtan assembly on Friday witnessed uproar during a debate on COVID-19 management and economic impact of lockdown leading to repeated adjournment of the proceedings. Health Minister Raghu Sharma opened the debate and highlighted the management of COVID-19 done by the state government and efforts to strengthen health infrastructure. 

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 256 new cases push Tripura’s tally to 8,109

Tripura’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 8,109 on Friday as 256 people tested positive for the infection, while four more fatalities pushed its coronavirus death toll to 69, a health official said. Four patients, hailing from different parts of the state, died at Agartala Government Medical College here on Thursday, he said.



Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Institutional isolation must for 50-plus patients

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has modified quarantine guidelines and made institutional isolation compulsory for all COVID-19 patients above 50 years of age from this week in a bid to bring down morality rate. According to the modified guidelines issued on August 19, all COVID-19 patients above 50 years with or without co-morbidities should be insisted to get admitted in COVID Care Centres, irrespective of symptoms.

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Inquiry ordered into COVID warrior’s suicide, Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia for family

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday ordered an inquiry into the suicide of a government doctor who was handling COVID-19 cases in a taluk, allegedly due to severe work pressure. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh for the family of Nanjangud Taluk (Mysuru district) Health Officer, S R Nagendra.

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Delhi CM hands over Rs 1 crore cheque to family of sanitation work who died of COVID-19

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met the family members of a sanitation worker who recently died of COVID-19, and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore as an ex-gratia to them. Talking to reporters during his visit in North Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tilla area, Kejriwal said that sanitation worker Raju contracted the infection when he was on COVID-19 duty and died while serving the people of Delhi.a

Coronavirus LIVE Updates:  Institutional isolation must for 50-plus patients

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has modified quarantine guidelines and made institutional isolation compulsory for all COVID-19 patients above 50 years of age from this week in a bid to bring down morality rate. According to the modified guidelines issued on August 19, all COVID-19 patients above 50 years with or without co-morbidities should be insisted to get admitted in COVID Care Centres, irrespective of symptoms. “No home isolation should be allowed,” reads the modified guidelines of the BMC.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 27 Maharashtra jails record 1,478 cases; six deaths

As many as 1,478 cases of COVID-19 and six deaths have been reported from 27 jails in Maharashtra so far, an official from the prisons department said on Friday. A total of 1,166 inmates and 312 jail staff have contracted the infection and six prisoners have died of it, the official said. As far as inmates are concerned, Nagpur Central Jail is the worst-affected in the state with 219 cases, followed by Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail with 190 cases, he said.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: West Bengal Strict lockdown in Kolkata, violations reported in some district

Normal life came to a grinding halt in the city on Friday as a complete shutdown was enforced across West Bengal for the second consecutive day this week to stem the spread of COVID-19 cases, while violation of the lockdown restrictions was witnessed in some towns and rural areas in the state. Incessant overnight rain owing to a low-pressure system that continued this morning also forced people to stay indoors in the city and most other places in south Bengal. All public transport, government and private offices, banks and other commercial establishments, barring those dealing with essential services, were closed due to the


Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Scientists recommend at least 40% humidity in public buildings to curb COVID-19 spread

In addition to measures like social distancing and wearing masks, an Indian-German team of scientists recommend controlling indoor humidity conditions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. The researchers, including those from CSIR National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi, said in order to contain the pandemic, it is extremely important to implement standards for indoor air humidity in rooms with many people, such as hospitals, open-plan offices, or public transport.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Dilip Kumar’s younger brother Aslam Khan dies due to COVID-19

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s younger brother Aslam Khan, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, has died. He was 88. The cinema icon’s two brothers, Ehsaan Khan, 90, and Aslam Khan were admitted to Lilavati Hospital on August 15 after they complained of breathlessness and were tested positive for coronavirus. Aslam Khan was being treated by Dr Jalil Parkar. “Mr Aslam passed away at Lilavati Hospital due to COVID-19. He had pneumonia with diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. He had multiple organ failure. He died in the early hours of Friday,” Parkar told PTI. In March, Dilip Kumar, 97, had shared a health update on Twitter, saying that he and wife, actor Saira Banu, 75, were under “complete isolation” and quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Study to find the effectiveness of BCG vaccine in elders

The ICMR is undertaking a study in Mumbai to evaluate whether the BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin) vaccine, primarily used against tuberculosis, is effective in preventing COVID-19 in the elderly population, the city civic body said on Friday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that Seth G S Medical College, civic-run KEM Hospital and the public health department of the BMC will jointly conduct the study for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). “The study will also look at the degree of severity of the disease and development of immunity using immunological markers,” the BMC said.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Telangana reports 1,967 new COVID-19 cases

Telangana on Friday reported 1,967 new COVID-19 cases as the overall tally neared the one lakh mark in the state. The death toll rose to 737 with eight more fatalities, a state government bulletin said on Friday, providing data as of 8 pm on August 20. The 1,967 new infections pushed the overall count in the state to 99,391. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 473 fresh infections, followed by Rangareddy (202), Medchal-Malkajgiri (170) and Warangal Urban (101) districts. All 33 districts in the state reported cases in double digits.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 3,544 new COVID-19 cases found in Pune district

Pune district reported 3,544 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 1,35,837 on Thursday, a health official said. He said the death toll reached 3,361 with 71 more succumbing to the infection. Also, 1386 patients were discharged from hospitals in the district, he said. “Of the 3,544 cases, 1,669 were in Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which now has 79,037 patients. With 1105 cases, Pimpri-Chinchwad’s COVID-19 count now stands at 38,821,” he said. The number of positive cases in rural and Pune Cantonment board area increased to 17,979, he said.

Coroanavirus LIVE Updates: 77 more test COVID-19 positive in Amravati

Three COVID-19 deaths and 77 new cases took Amravati district’s toll to 103 and the coronavirus count to 4,216 on Thursday, an official said. With 167 patients getting discharged in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered patients reached 3,015, leaving 1,098 active cases, he said. A civil surgeon office’s report said a 40-year-old man, another aged 27 and a 63-year-old woman died due to COVID-19, taking the toll in the district to 103. The rural belt reported 16 new cases that took its count to 1,131, the report said.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 107-year-old Maharashtra woman beats COVID-19

A 107-year-old woman and her 78-year-old daughter have recovered from COVID-19 here in Maharashtra, overcoming the odds of high mortality rate among elderly people, an official said on Friday. The woman-daughter duo along with three other family members were discharged from a COVID-19 hospital in Jalna city on Thursday.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 1 more dead, 10 recover from COVID-19 in Shamli

One more person died of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli, taking the death toll from the disease in the district to 14, an official said Friday. Six new COVID-19 cases pushed the total number of active infections to 129, District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur said. Ten people recovered and were discharged from COVID-19 hospital Thursday, Kaur added. The data was updated late last evening.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Gap between recoveries & active cases reduces to 14.66 lakh vs 13.51 lakh yesterday

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: COVID-19 spike in S Korea capital may be spreading

South Korea has reported 324 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest single-day total since early March as the recent surge of COVID-19 in the greater capital area now appears to be spreading nationwide. Friday was the eighth consecutive day that South Korea has reported a triple-digit daily increase, for an eight-day total of 1,900 infections. Most of the recent new cases have been in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan region. But officials said Friday the latest new infections were recorded in practically all major cities nationwide. The daily jump was the highest since 367 cases were reported March 8. The country’s caseload is now at 16,670, including 309 deaths.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India records highest single-day recoveries at over 62,000 and other key COVID-19 data highlights

– Highest single day recoveries at 62.3k. India’s recovery rate is now 74.3%

– Total cases cross 29 lakh, likely to cross 30 lakh in the new two days.

– India’s deaths per million population is now 40. World average: 102

– Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Bihar report dip in active cases

– Maharashtra reports a spike of 14.6k new cases

– Recoveries in Tamil Nadu now over 3 lakh, with a recovery rate of 83.5%

– While total cases in Haryana have crossed 50k, the state has 7.5k active cases with a recovery rate of 84%, second only to Delhi’s.

– Andhra Pradesh total cases now more than that in UK. Deaths in Andhra cross3k.

– Bangladesh likely to overtake Pakistan in total number of cases over the next couple of days

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