Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday, 15 September, informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He is presently in home isolation in New Delhi
Meanwhile, according to ANI, (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General (DG), ICMR said that India distributed the COVID-19 curve “in a way that we didn’t have many deaths”, and that “we didn’t have a huge peak at all.”
India's COVID-19 case tally on Tuesday crossed the 49-lakh mark with a spike of 83,809 new cases and 1,054 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total case tally stands at 49,30,237.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, 14 September, said that the coronavirus death rate in the national capital is the lowest in the world and the concern should be the number of deaths due to the virus and not the number of cases.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 death toll in India crossed 80,000 on Monday, with the country recording the highest fatalities in the world over the past fortnight.
- Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, 14 September
- The COVID-19 death toll in India crossed 80,000 on Monday
- According to Johns Hopkins’ data, global COVID-19 cases have crossed 28.8 million
- Clinical trials in Britain have resumed for the Astrazeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine
Arunachal Pradesh CM Tests COVID-19 +ive
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19, according to PTI. He is presently in home isolation in New Delhi
Govt Prevented 14-29 COVID-19 Cases By Imposing Lockdown: MoS Nityanand Rai
Government prevented 14-29 lakh Coronavirus cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths due to the disease by imposing nationwide lockdown announced on March 24, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai tells Lok Sabha, according to ANI
Uttarakhand Govt Asks Centre for 10,000 Oxygen Cylinders
Amid rising COVID-19 cases, Uttarakhand govt asks Centre to provide 10,000 oxygen cylinders to help state be ready to deal with any emergency situation, reported PTI.
7 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Dharavi, Total Tally at 2,945
COVID-19 tally in Mumbai slum colony Dharavi rises to 2,945 with addition of 7 new cases, reported PTI, citing BMC.
Mumbai Lawyers to Travel by Local Trains in on "Experimental Basis" to Attend Court Hearings
Bombay High Court directs Maharashtra government and Railways to let lawyers travel by local trains in Mumbai on 'experimental basis' from 18 September till 7 October to attend physical hearings of cases in the high court, reported PTI.
"We Didn't Have a Huge Peak at All": ICMR DG
According to ANI, (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General (DG), ICMR said that India “distributed the (COVID-19) curve in a way that we didn’t have many deaths”, and that “we didn’t have a huge peak at all.”
"“US and countries of Europe had a peak, then they came down and there is a second wave occurring there. We took learning from that. We distributed the curve in a way that we didn’t have many deaths. It was because we had an effective lockdown. We didn’t have a huge peak at all.”" - (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General (DG), ICMR
No Shortage of Oxygen: Union Health Ministry
Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry said that there is no shortage of oxygen.
"“Today’s capacity for production of oxygen is slightly more than 6,900 metric tonne.”" - Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry
However, Bhushan acknowledge that problem does tend to arise due to lack of inventory management.
"“Problems happen when at a facility-level if you do not have inventory management. Each state needs to ensure proper inventory management so that oxygen can be replenished in time.”" - Rajesh Bhushan
Plasma Therapy Has Been Used for Long, Whether it Helps or Not is Being Studied: ICMR DG
Referring to Plasma therapy as a treatment for COVID-19, Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General (DG), ICMR said “that it has been used for more than 100 years now in some form or the other for various virus infections. It is being used in COVID-19.”
“Whether it helps or not is being studied,” he added.
Dr Bhargava further said:
"It’s still undergoing peer review. Once peer review happens and we get full publication out, this data will be considered again by National Task Force and joint monitoring group of Health Ministry, then a decision will be taken if we should continue with it."
3 Vaccines at Clinical Trial Stage in India: ICMR DG
3 vaccines are at clinical trial stage in India. Cadila and Bharat Biotech have completed phase-I trials, Prof (Dr.) Balram Bhargava, Director General (DG), ICMR informed, according to ANI.
Dr Bhargava further said that Serum Institute has completed phase II-B3 trials, and will start phase-III trial (with 1500 patients at 14 locations) after clearances.
Further, according to PTI, MoS Health Ashwini Choubey said:
"Phase-I clinical trials have revealed ‘excellent safety’ of two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR, Cadila Healthcare Ltd, and their immunogenicity testing is now in progress."
14 States/UTs With Less Than 5k COVID-19 Cases: Union Health Ministry
Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry, on Tuesday, 15 September, said that there are 14 states and Union Territories in India where the total number of active cases are less than 5000. Further, according to ANI, he said that there are 18 states and Union Territories where total active cases are between 5000-50,000
India's COVID-19 Recovery Rate Rises to 78.28 per cent : Union Health Ministry
India's COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 78.28 per cent as total 38,59,399 people have recuperated, exceeding active cases by 28,69,338 as on date, reported ANI, citing Union Health Ministry.
COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out in Fairly Big Volume Next Year: Bill Gates
Bill Gates Tuesday told PTI that it’s very likely that roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine will take place in fairly big volume (in India) sometime next year.
He also said, “Brokering idea of taking a vaccine and manufacturing it in India, even if it comes from AstraZeneca, Oxford, Novavax or J and J.”
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on COVID
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that COVID-19 fatality and recovery rates stand at 1.67 percent & 77.65 percent respectively.
“India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,320 cases per million and 55 deaths per million which is one of the lowest in the world,” he added.
He also said that the lockdown prevented approximately 14 lakh to 29 lakh cases and 37,000 to 78,000 deaths. “These four months were utilised to created additional health infrastructure, enhance human resource and produce within Indian critical elements such as PPE kits, N95 masks and ventilators,” the Union Health Minister said.
Chinese Vaccine May Be Ready for Public in November: Official
Coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, according to Reuters.
China has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials. At least three of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use programme launched in July.
Andhra Tourism Minister Avanthi Srinivas Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Andhra state minister for Tourism, Avanthi Srinivas Rao on Monday tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The minister's office, in a press release, stated that Avanthi and his son Sai Sandeep, both were diagnosed to have COVID-19.
India Records Spike of Over 83K Cases
India's COVID-19 case tally crosses the 49-lakh mark with a spike of 83,809 new cases and 1,054 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total case tally stands at 49,30,237 including 9,90,061 active cases, 38,59,400 cured/discharged/migrated and 80,776 deaths, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare data showed on Tuesday.
Kalyan Singh Tests Positive, Hospitalised
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has been hospitalised after he tested positive for COVID-19, IANS reported.
Also a former Governor of Rajasthan, the 88-year-old was admitted to the Rajdhani Corona Hospital in the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) late Monday. He has been complaining of fever, dry cough and breathlessness for the past two days.
ICMR on COVID Testing
The ICMR said on Tuesday that 5,83,12,273 samples have been tested up to 14 September for COVID-19, of which 10,72,845 were tested yesterday.
BMC to Roll Out Campaign to Contain Spread of COVID-19
Starting Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will roll out the ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign, as part of the government’s statewide outreach programme to check the health status of over 26 lakh families in Mumbai to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Tests COVID-19 Positive
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday, 14 September, tested positive for COVID-19.
In a tweet, on Monday, Sisodia shared that he got himself tested after getting a mild fever. Further, Sisodia wrote: “I have kept myself in isolation. Right now there is no fever or any other problem, I am completely fine. Soon after getting all your blessings, I will return to work.”
Vehicles Carrying Oxygen to be Treated on Par With Ambulances in Maharashtra
Vehicles carrying oxygen for coronavirus patients will be treated on par with the ambulance service for the next one year, reported NDTV, citing the Maharashtra government.
According to the report, a severe oxygen crisis has been reported from several states, including Maharashtra. Doctors have said they are getting only 60 percent of the oxygen needed, leading to more deaths in rural areas.
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