Coronavirus India Updates: Amit Shah Tests Positive; Total Tally Crosses 17 Lakh
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Coronavirus India Updates: Amit Shah Tests Positive; Total Tally Crosses 17 Lakh

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to the social media to inform he has tested positive for coronavirus and is getting hospitalised on the advice of doctors.

"I have undergone a coronavirus test after showing initial symptoms and have tested positive. My health is fine but I am getting admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors," the 55-year-old tweeted in Hindi.

The minister also requested those who had come in contact with him in the last few days to get tested for coronavirus and isolate themselves.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane wished Shah a speedy recovery, PTI reported.

Separately, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has tested positive for Covid-19, but advised home isolation since his infection was mild, city-based Kauvery Hospital said on Sunday. The 80-year old was on self-isolation since July 29 after three people in the Raj Bhavan tested positive for the coronavirus, PTI reported.

Also, Uttar Pradesh Minister Kamal Rani Varun, the only woman cabinet minister in the state, died of Covid-19 at a hospital in Lucknow on Sunday. The technical education minister, 62, tested positive on July 18 and is the first minister in the state to succumb to the disease. She breathed her last at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, according to a PTI report.

Besides, Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party chief Swatantra Dev Singh also tested positive for coronavirus. He is currently under home quarantine.

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20 More Virus Cases In Himachal Pradesh; Total Count At 2,655

Himachal Pradesh's coronavirus count rose to 2,655 on Sunday as 20 more people, including six armed forces personnel, tested positive for the disease, a senior official said.

So far, 13 people have died from the infection in the state.

Among the fresh cases, eight were reported from Kangra, five from Shimla, four from Mandi and three from Chamba, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman said.

Four Army and one Navy personnel besides a five-year-old girl were among those who contracted the infection in Kangra, Superintendent of Police Vimukt Ranjan said.

In Shimla, five labourers tested positive at Dakolar in Rampur subdivision, SP Omapati Jamwal said.

In Mandi, a 27-year-old Army jawan from Pahlehra village and a 15-year-old girl of Samkhetar are among the fresh cases, a district official said.

Till now, 1,508 people have recovered from the infection while 15 migrated out of the state.

Six patients--four in Kangra and two in Shimla--recovered from the infection on Sunday, Dhiman said.

There are a total of 1,117 active Covid-19 cases in the state now, Dhiman said.

Solan has the highest number of active cases in the state at 386, followed by 189 in Sirmaur; 133 in Kangra; 127 in Mandi; 88 in Shimla; 67 in Una; 37 in Chamba; 35 in Bilaspur; 25 in Hamirpur; 19 in Kullu; and 11 in Kinnaur, Dhiman said.

(Source: PTI)

Amitabh Bachchan Tests Negative For Covid-19, Discharged From Hospital

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has tested negative for Covid-19 and has been discharged from the hospital, son Abhishek Bachchan shared on Sunday.

Amitabh, 77, and Abhishek were admitted to Nanavati hospital after they tested positive for Covid-19 on July 11.

Taking to Twitter, Abhishek, 44, wrote Amitabh will now be resting at home.

"My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him."

In a following tweet, Abhishek said he is still Covid-19 positive and will remain under medical care.

"I, unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. I'll beat this and come back healthier! Promise," he said.

Abhishek's wife, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 46, and eight-year-old daughter Aaradhya were discharged from the hospital on Monday after testing negative for Covid-19.

(Source: PTI)

New Sero-Survey

The new sero-prevalence survey in the national capital will exclude those who were part of the previous exercise and 25% of the fresh samples in all districts will be taken from persons aged 50 and above, according to a standard operating procedure prescribed for it.

As per the SOP for the survey that began on Saturday, each sample collection team is to collect 25-40 samples per day.

"All districts are to ensure that out of total number of samples, 25% are of those younger than 18 years of age, another 50% are in the age group of 18-49 years and the remaining 25% of those in the age group of 50 years or more," the SOP prescribed by the Delhi's Directorate General of Health Services said.

The fresh exercise is being undertaken for a comprehensive assessment of the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, but due to Eid holiday not many samples could be collected on Saturday, officials said. Hence, it has been decided to extend the survey till Aug. 7, a senior official said.

A sero-prevalence survey involves testing the blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against infection.

  • 15,000 samples would be collected as part of this exercise, spanning different areas and age groups. Representative samples will be taken from all the 11 districts.

  • Systematic random sampling methodology will be used for collection of samples with mandatory exclusion of individuals or households selected during the last sero survey conducted in June-July.

  • The survey began with samples collection from various districts, including North Delhi and Northwest Delhi, to start with on Saturday.

  • Sources said six districts are to be covered on Sunday.

  • According to the survey's SOP, selection bias must be avoided and any individual or household that was included in the previous round of sero-survey must be excluded.

  • Teams in the field will collect the samples and will transport the samples the same day to the designated laboratories for processing. Sample collection must be completed latest by 2 p.m. so that samples reach the designated labs latest by 4 p.m.

(Source: PTI)

Railways Moves Over 5 Lakh Files, 12 lakh Documents Online

In the past four months when the entire country was in various stages of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the railways has digitised over 12 lakh documents like letters, bills, office orders, project drawings and more than four lakh files, scrapping their manual handling and reducing not just physical contact between officials but also operational costs.

The use of railways' e-office has grown manifold since the pandemic hit the country — the number of e-receipts increased from 4.5 lakh during March 2019 to March this year, to 16.5 lakh in April-July this year; the number of e-files increased from 1.3 lakh to 5.4 lakh during the same period, respectively.

The e-office platform provided by RailTel is a cloud-enabled software developed by the National Informatics Centre and aims to provide reliable, efficient, and effective ways of handling office files and documents.

(Source: PTI)

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