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COVID Updates: 52L Cases In India, Parliament Tweaks Testing After 2 MPs Test Positive

BP World Bureau | Sep 18 2020 10:58:33 AM
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NEW DELHI: India has reported 96,424 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 52,14,677 cases and out of that, 10,17,754 are active cases, 41,12,551 people have recovered and 84,372 people died. 

ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) reported that 61,572,343 samples tested up to 17th September.

The Union Health ministry reported that there are 13 states and union territories that even today have less than 5,000 active cases.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh reported close to half or 48.45% of the active cases of COVID-19. The data added that the recovered cases exceed active ones by more than 3 million in India.

After Nitin Gadkari, Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Patel and BJP’s senior Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe tested positive for COVID-19. 

This is lead to the norm where it has been declared necessary to have repeated RT-PCR tests for lawmakers, mandatory tests for government officials visiting parliament, and daily antigen tests for reporters and Parliament officials.

Business tycoon Harsh Goenka shared a video highlighting the importance of wearing a mask. 

In Delhi,  chief minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting in the final week of August to address the resurgence of cases and there were more tests and more cases reported. 

Globally, there are 3,01,67,738 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 87,01,353 are active cases, 2,05,20,324 people have recovered and 9,46,061 people died. 

In Spain, Madrid region admitted that it was overwhelmed, calling for “decisive” central government action on the eve of unveiling fresh restrictions.

In the race for the vaccine, US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, became the first to publish the complete blueprints.