Coronavirus India Updates: Fresh Cases Drop Below 90,000 For The First Time In Six Days
India reports the lowest number of fresh Covid-19 infections in six days, while daily recovery rate tops 90,000 for a third straight day.
The country added close to 87,000 new cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally near 55 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 21. This includes almost 44 lakh patients who have recovered and more than 87,000 deaths.
Fresh cases fell below 90,000 for the first time in almost a week.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 54,87,580
- Active cases: 10,03,299
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 43,96,399
- Deaths: 87,882
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 86,961
- One-day recoveries: 93,356
- One-day deaths: 1,130
India declared more than 90,000 patients cured of Covid-19 for a third straight day.
India is hoping that if all goes well, a Covid-19 vaccine will be available by March 2021, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed Lok Sabha on Friday.
The minister said no advance purchase agreement with any vaccine manufacturers have been entered into.
According to Choubey, the phase-I of clinical trials have revealed excellent safety of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research and Cadila Healthcare Ltd. and now their immunogenicity testing is in progress.
Covid-19 cases in the U.S. steadied as deaths approached 200,000. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the country is at a “tipping point” and more measures will be taken unless people comply with rules to contain the resurgent coronavirus.
Hong Kong halted Air India flights until Oct. 3 after six passengers on a plane from New Delhi tested positive. Myanmar tightened restrictions after a record number of new cases.
Globally, cases top 30.8 million, deaths exceed 958,000.
MNS Leaders Board Mumbai Suburban Trains To Protest Curbs
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leaders on Monday travelled in local trains, currently available only for essential services staff, as part of a protest to demand that the services be made available for common citizens also.
The Raj Thackeray-led party undertook the "savinay kaydebhang (civil disobedience) protest after its repeated demands to allow the general public to travel in local trains in Mumbai and suburbs.
Common citizens have not been allowed to travel in suburban trains so far given the Covid-19 outbreak. At present, only certain sections, including the essential services staff and government employees, are allowed to travel in local trains.
MNS general secretary Sandeep Deshpande in a video message said the Maharashtra government has allowed common people to travel by state transport buses to reach their work places, but not in local trains, which is "ironical".
"We requested the government several times to allow common people to travel in local trains as they face hardships while travelling in ST buses which consumes a lot of their time," he said in the video clip, in which he could be seen travelling in a local train with some other party leaders.
The government must be thinking that coronavirus does not spread in buses, but in local trains, Deshmukh said. "Hence, we staged the protest by travelling in local trains," he said.
Tablighi Jamaat Event Caused Spread To ‘Many Persons’ : Home Ministry
The Union Home Ministry on Monday said the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin locality in March led to the coronavirus infection spreading to “many persons”.
Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said in the Rajya Sabha that the Delhi Police have arrested 233 Tablighi Jamaat members, while 2,361 have been evacuated from the organisation's headquarters since March 29.
"However, regarding Jamaat Chief Maulana Mohd Saad, the investigation is underway," he said in a written reply.
As reported by Delhi Police, despite guidelines and orders issued by various authorities in pursuance of the Covid-19 outbreak, a huge gathering assembled inside closed premises over a protracted period of time without social distancing or provision of masks and sanitisers.
"This also caused the spread of Coronavirus infection amongst many persons," the minister said.