Coronavirus India Updates: Total Tally Jumps By More Than 90,000 In Biggest One-Day Spike
India is closing in on Brazil to be the worst-infected nation by the coronavirus after the U.S. as its total tally jumped by more than 90,000 in a biggest single-day spike on continued easing of containment measures to revive an economy that’s headed toward a rare annual contraction in more than four decades.
India added 90,632 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 41,13,811 in the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 6. That compares with the U.S.' 62,44,970 cases and Brazil's 41,23,000 infections.
India's total tally includes 70,626 deaths and 31,80,865 patients who have recovered.
Total confirmed cases: 41,13,811
Total number of active cases: 8,62,320
Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 31,80,865
Total deaths: 70,626
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 90,632
One-day recoveries: 73,642
One-day deaths: 1,065
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 4,88,31,145 samples have been tested up to Sept. 5. Of these, 10,92,654 were tested on Sept. 5 alone. The number of active cases near 9 lakh. The recoveries exceeded active cases of the infection by 23,18,545.
India reported the biggest single-day spike in Covid-19 recoveries.
But deaths due to Covid-19, too, remain elevated. The country has reported more than 1,000 casualties due to the highly contagious pathogen for five straight days.
As the nation with 1.3 billion people crosses yet another grim milestone, its virus curve is showing no signs of flattening out with the pandemic 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.
Last Saturday, India had announced its ‘Unlock 4’ phase where metro rail will be allowed to operate in a graded manner effective Sept. 7. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political functions are permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons from Sept 21. There are no restriction on inter- and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements. These add to the list of activities allowed in the first, second and third phases.
But schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes will remain closed till Sept. 30. Also, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places to remain shut. Internal air travel of passengers as permitted by the MHA.
Globally, the coronavirus cases have surpassed 26.7 million, including more than 877,000 deaths.
The U.S.' tally trended higher heading into the Labor Day weekend, which has triggered concern in President Donald Trump’s administration and among state officials about another potential surge.
Brazil reported 30,168 cases, fewer than 51,194 reported the previous day, for a total of 4,123,000. Another 682 fatalities were reported, down from the 907 reported the day before. Total deaths are 126,203.
While cases rise in France, the U.K. and Italy, China said it will require passengers arriving on direct flights from the U.S. to provide negative Covid-19 nucleic-acid test results taken within 72 hours of the flight.
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80% Rise In Home Isolation Cases, Over 65% Jump In Containment Zones Count In Delhi
There has been a rise of 80% in the number of home isolation cases of Covid-19 in the national capital in the last 16 days. The containment zones count, too, has spiralled up to 976 over the same period, according to official data.
Amid a steady rise in fresh and active coronavirus cases in the last several days, the number of people in home isolation reached the five-figure mark again after over a month's time. The number of home isolation cases of Covid-19 on Sept. 5 stood at 10,514. The corresponding figure a day before was 9,822, according to the Delhi Health Department.
On Aug. 21, the home isolation cases count was 5,818.
Besides, the number of containment zones have multiplied from 589 on Aug. 21 to 976 on Sept. 5, according to official figures.
Five States, One Union Territory With High Covid-19 Caseload Asked To Scale Up Testing
The central government has asked five states and one union territory from where 35 districts have been reporting high active Covid-19 caseload and fatality rate to strengthen containment measures and scale up testing to bring down positivity rate below 5%.
These 35 districts comprise all 11 districts in Delhi, Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and 24 South Parganas in West Bengal; Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Raigad, Jalgaon, Solapur, Satara, Palghar, Aurangabad, Dhule and Nanded in Maharashtra; Surat in Gujarat; Pondicherry in Puducherry and East Singhbhum in Jharkhand.
In a review meeting held on Saturday, they were asked to ensure strict perimeter control, strengthen the active case search focusing on co-morbids and elderly population, early identification by ramping up testing and optional utilisation of RT-PCR testing capacity to break the chain of transmission of the disease, the Health ministry said on Sunday.
The district collectors and other functionaries were advised to prepare and update district specific plans to continue their efforts to manage the pandemic.
The states were also advised to effectively monitor home isolation cases and early hospitalisation in case of disease progression, seamless hospitalisation and early admission for patients requiring medical support, especially in cases of co-morbid and elderly population, besides following effective infection control measures in hospitals to safeguard healthcare workers from contracting the infection.
Covid Recovery Rate Rises To 77.32%, Case Fatality Rate Drops To 1.72%
With a record 73,642 patients having recuperated in a day, India's Covid-19 recoveries have surged to nearly 32 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 77.32%, while the case fatality rate, one of the lowest globally, has further dropped to 1.72% as on date, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
There are 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country accounting for only 20.96% of the total caseload, it said.
Chhattisgarh Fixes Cost For Covid-19 Treatment In Private Hospitals
The Chhattisgarh government has fixed the cost of Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals in the wake of a rise in the number of infections in the state, an official said on Sunday.
Patients will have to bear the cost of treatment in the private hospitals, which have been classified in A, B and C categories in various districts, based on the medical facilities available there, he said.
Hospitals in major districts like Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh have been listed in 'A' category, while those in Surguja, Mahasamund, Dhamtari, Kanker, Janjgir-Champa, Balodabazar-Bhatapara, Kabirdham and Bastar districts are in 'B' category. Hospitals in remaining 14 districts of the state have been placed in 'C' category, he said.
The 'A' category hospitals accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals can charge Rs 6,200 per day from moderately sick patients, Rs 12,000 per day for severely ill patients and Rs 17,000 per day for very severely ill patients, the official said.
The non-NABH accredited hospitals can charge Rs 6,200, Rs 10,000 and Rs 14,000 from moderate, severe and very severely ill patients, respectively, he said.
Hospitals in the 'B' category can charge 80% of the rate fixed for three categories of patients in the 'A' category hospitals, while hospitals in the 'C' category can charge 60% of it, he said.
Violation of the order will attract punishment, the official said.