Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The number of coronavirus cases in Karnataka may double in the next 15 to 30 days and the coming two months would emerge as a big challenge for the government in tackling the pandemic, state Health Minister B Sriramulu has said. As on Saturday, the cumulative tally of COVID-19 cases in the state touched 36,216, including 613 fatalities and 14,716 discharges.
Amitabh Bachchan, who along with his son Abhishek, 44, was admitted to Nanavati hospital on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19, has been reported to be stable with mild symptoms. He is currently admitted in the isolation unit, the hosptial's Public Relation Officer said.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, has meanwhile, isolated himself after 16 people in the Raj Bhavan, including staff working in close proximity to him, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.
The Delhi government has written to the Centre, requesting it to initiate rapid-antigen testing for people falling in high-risk groups in central health facilities in the city. High risk group includes people aged above 60 or having comorbid conditions.
The city government on Wednesday revised its "Covid Response Plan" and said it will now enlist and screen people in high-risk groups (HRGs) for coronavirus through house-to-house surveys in containment zones, buffer zones and areas with isolated cases.”
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday, meanwhile, asked officials to expand plasma therapy facilities for COVID-19 patients after getting permission from the ICMR. After encouraging results of plasma therapy at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur, it should be expanded to other hospitals as well, he said in a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation in the state.
For this, Gehlot asked officials to seek necessary permission from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The Assam government would allow non-symptomatic COVID-19 positive patients to go for home quarantine only if they sign an undertaking agreeing to certain conditions, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.
Such patients have to ensure that their neighbours and housing societies have no objection to their home quarantine, there are no elderly persons in the family and they have a private physician to check their health condition every three hours, he said.
Besides, they need to have a pulse oximeter at home and should be able to reach in personal vehicle to a hospital, in case their condition deteriorates, Sarma told a press conference here.
Two COVID-19 patients died and 535 new cases were reported in Assam on Saturday, taking the tally to 16,071, Sarma said.
India’s tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) rose to 820,916 as 27,114 new infections and 519 deaths were reported between Friday and Saturday morning, according to the Union health ministry. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country mounted from seven lakh to eight lakh in just three days with more than 20,000 infections reported every day since July 1.