Coronavirus India Updates: Fresh Cases Drop To Lowest In A Week, Tally Tops 42.8 Lakh
Covid-19 virus continues to infect people in India at a record pace at a time the country is opening up its public transport system to support revive economic activity.
India added over 75,800 fresh cases -- lowest in a week -- in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 42.8 lakh in the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 8. That's only behind U.S.’ 63 lakh cases which could also be eclipsed if the virus continues to spread in the country at the current rate.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 42,80,422
- Active cases: 8,83,697
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 33,23,950
- Deaths: 72,775
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 75,809
- One-day recoveries: 73,521
- One-day deaths: 1,133
Despite higher recoveries, deaths due to Covid-19, too, remain elevated. The country has reported more than 1,000 casualties due to the highly contagious pathogen for seven straight days.
As the nation with 1.3 billion people crosses yet another grim milestone, the pandemic is threatening to overwhelm an already-overworked healthcare system. Still, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a press briefing during the week ended Sept. 4, claimed that India has the lowest cases per million people in the world. The nation has 2,792 cases per million population compared to 18,802 in Brazil and 18,986 in the U.S., he said.
The U.S., India and Brazil account for more than half the world’s cases, which have now topped 27 million. While U.S. cases steadied, governors across the country urged citizens to be cautious during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Australia warned of mounting economic pain as Victoria state announced only a gradual easing of its lockdown.
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Schools To Partially Reopen For Classes 9-12 On Voluntary Basis
India’s health ministry has issued guidelines for partial reopening of schools of students of classes 9 to 12, who require teachers’ help on a voluntary basis, from Sept. 21. Written consent of the students’ parents or guardians will be required and such visits for teacher-student interactions must be organised in a staggered manner, the guidelines stated.
Get complete details on the guidelines issued for partial reopening of schools.
Pune Administration Sends Notice To Agency Operating Jumbo Covid-19 Facility
The Pune district administration has served notice to an agency operating a newly-created Covid-19 jumbo hospital here for alleged lapses and mismanagement at the facility, an official said.
Another agency has now been roped in to improve facilities at the hospital, set up in the premises of the College of Engineering here in Maharashtra, Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao said on Monday.
Last week, a news channel journalist died at jumbo medical facility. His family members alleged that he did not get a cardiac ambulance in time.
"We have not yet completely replaced the agency operating the facility, but have served notice to it after some lapses were observed. In the meantime, another agency has started working to improve things at the facility," Rao said.
Talking about issues at the hospital, he said it was set up as the number of Covid-19 cases were rising in Pune.
"The Sassoon General Hospital had some technical issue at the same time which prompted it to reduce its beds equipped with ventilator and oxygen support. Due to this, the number of patients at this newly-created facility suddenly increased and that overburdened the system," Rao said.
Senior Samajwadi Party Leader Dies Due To Covid-19
Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Member of Legislative Council SRS Yadav died due to Covid-19 here, the party said.
The 87-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on Sep. 1 and breathed his last at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here on Monday night, SP national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.
A native of Unnao district, he is survived by wife and three sons.
SRS Yadav, who worked as an administrative officer till 1992, joined the Samajwadi Party after his retirement. He was considered close to SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.
He held various posts in the party. Presently he was a member of the party's national executive.SP President Akhilesh Yadav, while condoling the demise of the senior party colleague, said he dedicated his entire life to the Samajwadi Party after his retirement.