India’s COVID-19 tally rises by 64,553; Well being Ministry’s joint secretary Lav Agarwal checks constructive
The best variety of samples have been examined COVID-19 on 13 August, the Centre mentioned, including that 8,48,728 samples have been examined
As many as 64,553 new coronavirus circumstances and 1,007 deaths have been reported in India within the final 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare mentioned on Friday, taking the entire tally to 24,61,191, contains 6,61,595 energetic circumstances, 17,51,556 discharged/migrated and 48,040 deaths.
With an rising variety of recoveries, whereas the restoration price has crossed 70 %, the case mortality amongst COVID-19 sufferers has additional regressed to 1.96 % and “is steadily declining”, the ministry mentioned.
The ministry additionally mentioned that India examined 8,48,728 samples, the highest quantity to date for COVID-19, on 13 August. Over 2.76 crore samples have been examined to date, in keeping with the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR).
On Thursday, the Union Well being Ministry mentioned that the week-wise common each day checks carried out noticed a pointy enhance from round 2.three lakh within the first week of July 2020 to greater than 6.three lakh within the present week.
Lav Agarwal checks COVID-19 constructive
Union well being ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal, who used to handle each day media briefings on the COVID-19 outbreak when it was selecting up tempo within the nation, has examined constructive for the novel coronavirus.
A 1996-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, Agarwal was the Centre’s official spokesperson at nationwide media briefings to offer updates on the COVID-19 state of affairs within the nation all through April and Could.
“Pricey all, simply to tell that I’ve examined constructive for Covid-19 and initiating house isolation as per pointers. Requesting all my mates, colleagues for self monitoring. Contact tracing shall be accomplished by Well being Crew. Hoping to see everybody quickly,” the 48-year-old mentioned in a tweet on Friday.
Well being ministry media briefings at the moment are addressed by Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan with Agarwal additionally remaining current.
In the meantime, Residence Minister Amit Shah mentioned that he has examined destructive for COVID-19, however he’ll keep in house isolation for a couple of extra days on the recommendation of docs. Shah had examined constructive for coronavirus on 2 August and was below therapy in Medanta Hospital, Gurugram.
“At this time, my corona check report has come destructive. I thank God and in the intervening time I specific my heartfelt gratitude to all those that have blessed me and my household by wishing me nicely. Will keep in house isolation for a couple of extra days on the recommendation of docs,” he mentioned.
“I additionally thank all of the docs and paramedical workers of Medanta Hospital who helped me in preventing Corona an infection and who’re treating me,” he added.
Pinarayi Vijayan undergoes COVID-19 check after Malappuram DC checks constructive
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and three different ministers on Friday examined destructive for coronavirus, hours after quarantining themselves as they got here within the major contact of an official who has contracted the virus, PTI reported.
The outcomes of antigen checks of Vijayan and Well being Minister KK Shailaja returned destructive, PTI quoted sources on the Kerala CMO, as saying. Ministers AC Moideen and VS Sunil Kumar additionally examined destructive.
A minimum of three different ministers, Meeting Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, Chief Secretary Dr Vishwas Mehta and DGP Loknath Behera additionally went into self-quarantine on Friday after they got here within the major contact checklist of Malappuram district collector Ok Gopalakrishnan who examined constructive for COVID-19.
EP Jayarajan, Ramachandran Kadanapally and KT Jaleel are the opposite three ministers below self-quarantine.
Evening curfew restrictions prolonged in Punjab
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday introduced extension of the night time curfew in all cities from 9 pm to five am, together with a slew of different measures to regulate the unfold of the pandemic.
The night-time curfew will now be relevant to all cities, with the exemption of industries, Amarinder mentioned, whereas saying sector-based division of huge cities, with a nodal officer to be appointed in every sector for contact tracing to help well being groups.
On 7 August, Singh had ordered night time curfew from 9 pm to five am within the worst-affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala. At the moment, night time curfew within the state stays in pressure from 11 pm to five am.
Singh additionally introduced weekends as ‘keep at house’ in an effort to keep away from pointless motion and socialising in Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar for the subsequent fortnight after which the state of affairs shall be reviewed, an official assertion mentioned.
In one other main determination, it was determined that in each marriage palace, restaurant, workplace, the place greater than 10 individuals collect, a ‘COVID-19 Monitor’ could be appointed to make sure full compliance of carrying masks, sanitisation and social distancing, mentioned the chief minister at his weekly Fb reside session. He warned that groups will examine these locations and violators shall be penalised.
Well being staff are ‘nationwide heroes’, says Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday appreciated the “super-human efforts” in containing the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic within the nation and mentioned these are “price emulating” globally.
In his tackle to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, the president complimented the ‘COVID-19 warriors’ and mentioned the nation is indebted to docs, nurses and different well being staff who’ve been constantly on the forefront of the nation’s struggle in opposition to this virus.
“All corona warriors deserve excessive reward,” Kovind mentioned in his televised tackle. He mentioned it’s “very reassuring” to notice that the Centre had “responded successfully and nicely in time.”
“For a rustic so huge and numerous with excessive inhabitants density, assembly this problem requires super-human efforts,” the president mentioned. He lauded all state governments for taking measures in accordance with native circumstances.
“Individuals additionally supported wholeheartedly. With our dedicated efforts, we have now succeeded in containing the magnitude of the pandemic and saving numerous lives. That is price emulating by the broader world,” he mentioned.
The nation is indebted to docs, nurses and different well being staff who’ve been constantly on the forefront of our struggle in opposition to this virus, he mentioned.
“Sadly, lots of them have misplaced their lives battling the pandemic. They’re our nationwide heroes. All corona warriors deserve excessive reward. They go a lot past their name of responsibility to save lots of lives and guarantee important companies,” Kovind mentioned.
These docs, well being staff, members of catastrophe administration groups, police personnel, sanitation staff, supply workers, transportation, railway and aviation personnel, suppliers of assorted companies, authorities workers, social service organisations and beneficiant residents have been scripting inspiring tales of braveness and selfless service, he mentioned.
Bollywood celebrities want speedy restoration for SP Balasubrahmanyam
A number of Bollywood celebrities, together with filmmakers Boney Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur, and singer Shankar Mahadevan, prayed for the speedy restoration of famend singer SP Balasubrahmanyam as he was positioned below life help on Friday after his situation deteriorated. Balasubrahmanyam was admitted to hospital on 5 August, and had examined constructive for coroanvirus.
“Praying for the Speedy restoration of Legendary Thiru S P Balasubrahmanyam. #SPBalasubrahmanyam” tweeted Kapoor.
Mr India director Kapur additionally took to Twitter and mentioned, “Praying for the good singer #SPBalasubrahmanyam on a ventilator with #Covid_19.”
Music composer and singer Mahadevan, then again, requested everybody to wish for the restoration of the seasoned singer. “Let’s all pray for SPB sirs well being situation ! Let’s pray that he recovers quickly and comes again to normalcy (sic),” he tweeted.
“Please pray for SPB sir,” tweeted southern star and Raanjhana actor Dhanush.
Virtually every week after he was admitted to Chennai’s MGM healthcare following coronavirus prognosis, Balasubrahmanyam was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as his situation deteriorated on Friday.
As per the most recent well being bulletin by the hospital, the singer is on life help and his situation stays crucial.
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