Coronavirus India Updates: India Tally Nears 34 Lakh With Over 77,000 New Cases
Covid-19 cases continue to mount with India reporting the highest number of new cases any country has reported in a day yet.
Over 77,266 people have tested positive in a matter of 24 hours taking the total tally to over 33.8 lakh in the Asia's third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8:00 am on Aug. 28. This includes over 61,000 deaths and over 25.8 lakh patients who have recovered.
Before today, U.S. had reported the biggest single day spike on July 16 with 77,255 new cases.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 33,87,500
- Active cases: 7,42,023
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 25,83,948
- Deaths: 61,529
- Fresh cases in 24 hours: 77,266
- One-day recoveries: 60,177
- One-day deaths: 1,057
Deaths spiked again with more than a 1,000 people who succumbed to the disease within 24 hours.
Indian authorities have ramped up testing with over 3.9 crore samples tested so far, according to ICMR data Friday morning. More than 9 lakh of these were tested on Aug. 27.
Positivity rate, on the other hand, has dropped to 8% now from 11% in the first week of August, the Health Ministry said in a briefing on Tuesday. The central government has been attributing its claimed success to effective implementation of the policy of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively through surveillance and contact-tracing and treating efficiently.
The number of Americans killed by Covid-19 surpassed 180,000. France reported the most daily virus cases since March even as Europe seeks to avoid a repeat of large-scale lockdowns. Japan’s most recent and largest wave of infections is showing signs of subsiding.
Globally, cases crossed 24.2 million leaving over 8,28,000 dead, as of Friday morning.
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NHRC Writes To Prison Heads, Seeks Details About Medical Infrastructure
The NHRC has written to heads of prisons in various states and union territories asking them to provide details about medical infrastructure and best practices followed by them with respect to Covid-19 management, officials said.
The rights panel has sent them a six-point questionnaire on the condition of prisons, they said. "The NHRC has written to DGs and IGs of prisons of all states and UTs to apprise the commission of medical infrastructure and best practices followed there in connection with Covid-19 pandemic and how to tackle the situation," an official said.
Responses are expected by Aug. 31, he added.
Last week, the NHRC had decided that jailed poet and activist Varavara Rao's medical report, sent by the Maharashtra government in response to its notices, will be examined by domain experts on its panel.
Rao, a Telugu poet and intellectual, is lodged in Maharashtra's Taloja jail for about two years, the NHRC said in a statement. He had tested positive for Covid-19.
Jharkhand CM Urges Centre To Postpone NEET, JEE
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren wrote to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhrial 'Nishank' on Thursday, urging him to postpone the JEE and NEET.
Soren said that since there is no way to detect and prevent a Covid-positive candidate from appearing in the examination, it would put the rest of the people present in a venue at the risk of being infected.
"...conduct of examinations of this scale would require public transport and hospitality units such as hotels, lodges and restaurants to function smoothly and optimally because of the movement of a large number of examinees and their guardians," he said.
However, the state government has neither permitted public buses to resume services nor allowed the opening of hotels and restaurants in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, he added. "Thus the examinees and their guardians are likely to face serious logistic issues," the chief minister said.
Soren further said that there would be some examinees who live in containment zones and it will be difficult for them to move out of the area.