The virus on Sunday claimed over 307,000 lives, the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Here is a look at the latest developments —
- India’s Covid-19 case tally crossed 48 lakh with 92,071 new infections being reported in a day, while over 37.8 lakh people have recuperated taking the national recovery rate to 78 per cent on Monday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
- India on Monday overtook Brazil to register the highest number of Covid-19 recoveries in the world at 37,80,107, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to data, 19,625,959 people around the world have recovered from the coronavirus infection.
- Seventeen MPs, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh, test positive for Covid-19.
- The National Green Tribunal Monday directed the Central Pollution Control Board to finalise an appropriate Standard Operating Procedure for restaurants and eateries along highways within two months.
- Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar, who was recently brought to Delhi from Mumbai by a team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, has tested positive for Covid-19.
- In a big relief for many Indian expats, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to India has assured that permission will be granted for companies to fly their most essential employees from India through special flights.
- More than 60 per cent of the active coronavirus cases are concentrated in the five states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the health ministry said on Monday, underlining that the recovery rate in the country had touched 78 per cent.
- Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday told the Lok Sabha that the nationwide lockdown had helped prevent up to 29 lakh coronavirus cases and 78,000 deaths in the country.
- Owing to the nationwide efforts the Covid-19 related deaths have been limited to 55 per million population, said Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday.
- Serum Institute’s chief executive says not enough Covid vaccine for all until 2024.
- US President Donald Trump has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for doing a great job in coronavirus testing, as he continued to slam his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for being a complete disaster in handling the swine flu during the previous administration.
- The government is considering emergency authorisation of Covid-19 vaccine so that it can be made available at the earliest for those in high-risk groups, including senior citizens and healthcare workers, health minister Harsh Vardhan said. “This shall be done after a consensus is reached,” Vardhan said during a social media interaction called ‘Sunday Samvaad’.
HIMACHAL PRADESH: With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has made poor arrangements at Covid care centres affecting the patients, Congress leader Sudhir Sharma said on Monday.
UTTARAKHAND: All inbound persons to Uttarakhand who are given exemption from institutional & home quarantine by submitting their Covid-19 test result from ICMR authorised lab, not earlier than 96 hours from the time of travel can opt for taking the test at a border check post on payment, reports ANI quoting State chief secretary
DELHI: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the coronavirus death rate in the national capital is perhaps the lowest in the world and the concern should be the number of deaths due to the virus and not the number of cases.
HARYANA: The government imposes a ban on the gathering of devotees during Amavasya on September 17 at pilgrimage sites like Kurukshetra and Pehowa, due to Covid-19 pandemic: Information & Public Relations Department, Haryana
UTTAR PRADESH: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has contracted coronavirus and undergoing treatment at the Lucknow’s SGPGI hospital, his grandson and state minister Sandeep Singh said on Monday.
RAJASTHAN: The Rajasthan government may introduce an online transfer system for all departments in view of the coronavirus pandemic, state Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra said. Dotasra, who is also the state Congress chief, said the system is already in place for the Education Department.
GUJARAT: All traders in Khedbrahma town of Sabarkantha and the main grain market at Rajkot in Gujarat have decided to enforce a week-long stringent lockdown in the wake of a spike in Covid-19 cases, officials said.
CHHATTISGARH: All traders in Khedbrahma town of Sabarkantha and the main grain market at Rajkot in Gujarat have decided to enforce a week-long stringent lockdown in the wake of a spike in Covid-19 cases, officials said on Monday.
PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry on Monday logged 414 new Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally past the 20,000-mark while nine people including four women succumbed to the virus.
ARUNACHAL PRADESH: The Covid-19 caseload in Arunachal Pradesh crossed the 6000-mark with 146 fresh cases reported in the northeastern state, a senior health department official said on Monday. With the fresh cases, the total virus count in the state rose to 6,121, the official said.
MIZORAM: Amid a shortage of health facilities for treating novel coronavirus patients in Mizoram, two local churches in the Christian majority state have offered their halls to the state government to be used as COVID-19 Care Centres.
TRIPURA: At least 255 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 19,187. The death toll has risen to 200 with six more fatalities.
ODISHA: Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said on Monday that he and his wife had tested coronavirus positive. Dash is the seventh Minister in the state to have tested corona positive. Over 30 lawmakers, including three MPs, have also tested positive in the state.
GOA: Goa BJP MLAs Antonio alias Tony Fernandes and Dayanand Sopte have tested positive for novel coronavirus infection
TELANGANA: A member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly belonging to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen tested positive for Covid-19. Jaffar Hussain Meraj, who represents Nampally constituency in Hyderabad, was found infected by the virus.
ANDHRA PRADESH: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee will be organising a round table meeting with all political parties, people organisations and representatives from the medical fraternity on Tuesday to discuss measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
KERALA: As many as 2,540 new coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala on Monday, even as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ruled out the reopening of educational institutions either in September or October.
- In a stunning revelation, a Chinese virologist has claimed that the coronavirus was created in a government-controlled laboratory in Wuhan, the original epicentre of the outbreak and offered scientific evidence to back her claims. In an exclusive conversation with ‘Loose Women’, a British talk show, Dr Li-Meng Yan, the scientist said she was assigned to investigate “new pneumonia” in Wuhan. She said that she discovered a cover-up operation regarding coronavirus during her investigation.
- British scientists are beginning a small study comparing how two experimental coronavirus vaccines might work when they are inhaled by people instead of being injected. In a statement on Monday, researchers at Imperial College London and Oxford University said a trial involving 30 people would test vaccines developed by both institutions when participants inhale the droplets in their mouths, which would directly target their respiratory systems.
- The World Health Organization reported 307,930 new cases worldwide on Sunday, the highest daily figure since the beginning of the pandemic in China late last year, as global cases rapidly approach 29 million.”It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said. But he stressed that the pandemic was “going to finish, at one moment or another”.
- Computer-designed synthetic antiviral proteins have been shown to protect lab-grown human cells from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, scientists say.
- The new so-called “rule of six” has come into effect in England from Monday, which would give the police the power to enforce rules against gatherings larger than six members with a fine of 100 pounds.
- A global development agency said the world’s 20 major industrialized nations have seen their economies shrink in an unprecedented manner between April and June amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Italy’s former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been released from the hospital after a 10-day stay with COVID-19 and pneumonia, saying he had never feared as much for his life as from this “insidious” disease.
- Pakistan’s prime minister and education officials say all arrangements are in place to ensure that every child can go to school safely.
- New Zealand will keep its virus restrictions in place for at least another week as the country continues to battle a small outbreak that began in Auckland last month.