Health & Wellness

COVID Updates: 97,894 New Cases, Nitin Gadkari Tests COVID Positive

BP World Bureau | Sep 17 2020 11:20:33 AM
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NEW DELHI: India has reported 97,894 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours pushing the total tally to 51,18,253 and out of that, 10,09,976 are active cases of the disease, 40,25,079 people have recovered and 83,198 people have died. 

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus infection and has isolated himself. 

The Minister of Road Transport and Highways tweeted urging people who came in contact with him also to isolate and take care of themselves. 

He is the latest union minister to test positive for the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus disease) after Union Home Minister Amit Shah. 

Before the monsoon session of the parliament, parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had undergone the mandatory COVID-19 tests. As per the reports, around 30 MPs and over 50 employees of the secretariats had tested positive.

In Delhi,  200 more isolation beds in two of its hospitals, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital at Rohini and Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital at Hari Nagar, for the treatment of coronavirus disease patients.

Union health ministry data said that 59% of the new recoveries came from five states - 23.41% from Maharashtra (19,423 recoveries); and a cumulative 35.5% from Andhra Pradesh (9,628 recoveries), Karnataka (7,406), Uttar Pradesh (6,680), and Tamil Nadu (5,735).

At the same time, India crossed the 60 million mark for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests.

In Maharashtra, the positivity rate in the first 15 days of September has been between 20% and 28% — higher than the state’s overall positivity.

Globally, there are 2,98,61,705 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 86,13,253 are active cases, 2,03,07,864 people have recovered and 9,40,588 people have died. 

US President Donald Trump announced his administration’s National Vaccine Distribution Plan to swiftly deliver vaccines free of cost to Americans.