Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi has passed away after being hospitalised with a Covid-19 infection. He had tested positive earlier this month, but had said he was asymptomatic at that point.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a virtual discussion with the Chief Ministers of seven states on Covid-19 management. As Unlock-4 phase ends on September 30, the meeting was held with Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab, states which have had a comparative high coronavirus caseload in the country.
Modi stressed on the adequate maintenance of oxygen supply in the states, and heeded improvement in testing to meet regular goals. The PM also discussed air pollution in the upcoming winter months and its effect on lungs amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the disease often targets the respiratory organs of the patient. He said the focus was to be put on effective testing, tracing, treatment, surveillance and clear messaging.
R P Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has tested positive for Covid-19.
HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
◕ Sikkim will be reopening for tourists from October 10 in a restricted and phased manner.
◕ Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged PM Modi to direct urgent steps and ensure adequate supplies from other states. He also sought expeditious release of Rs 200 crore that the state government had requested as the next tranche of central aid for Covid-19 management, said his Office.
◕ Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said all doctors above the age of 58 and below 60 are to be given an extension of three months starting October 1 to December 31, 2020.
◕ Punjab Caps Private Covid-19 Test Rates | The government of Punjab has set a limit on coronavirus test rates for private labs. No private laboratory will now be able charge more than Rs 1,600 for RT-PCR tests inclusive of taxes, and a limit of Rs 2,000 has been set for TrueNat tests. Cbnaat test rates have been capped at Rs 2,400.
◕ Manish Sisodia Hospitalised | Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was hospitalised on Wednesday due to coronavirus, sources said. The 48-year-old Aam Aadmi Party leader has been admitted to the state-run LNJP Hospital here, they added.
◕ India's Coronavirus Tally | India's Covid-19 case tally crossed the 56-lakh mark today with a spike of 83,347 new cases and 1,085 deaths in last 24 hours.The total case tally stands at 5,646,011 including 9,68,377 active cases. The number of people have been cured, discharged or have migrated is 45,87,614, while the total number of fatalities has risen to 90,020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
◕ ASHA Workers Protest in Bengaluru | Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers hold a protest at Freedom Park, demanding a fixed monthly honorarium of Rs 12,000, protective gear against coronavirus and regular health checks in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
◕ New Cases in Puducherry | A total 543 new Covid-19 cases, 439 discharges, and 8 deaths were reported in Puducherry today, taking the total number of positive cases to 24,227 so far, including 4853 active cases, 18,893 recovered cases and 481 deaths till date, informed the State Health Department, Government of Puducherry.
◕ Maharasthra Police said today that 253 police personnel of Maharashtra Police tested positive for Covid-19 and five died in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the state force to 21,827 including 3,435 active cases, 18,158 recovered cases and 234 deaths.
◕ Testing Remains Under 10 Lakh |9,53,683 Covid-19 samples were tested on Tuesday. With this, the total number of samples tested so far stands at 6,62,79,462, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today. The positivity rate stands at to 8.75%.
◕ US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having "unleashed" COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of "lies" and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation. China's President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting "either a Cold War or a hot war with any country." "We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world, China," he said in remarks taped on Monday and delivered remotely to the General Assembly due to the pandemic.
◕ Canada at 'Crossroads' as COVID-19 Cases Surge | COVID-19 infections have surged in Canada and if people do not take stringent precautions, they could balloon to exceed levels seen during the first wave of the pandemic, health officials warned on Monday. "Canada is at a crossroads and individual action to reduce contact rates will decide our path," the Public Health Agency said in a statement.