Health & Wellness

COVID Updates: Harsh Vardhan Blame Irresponsible Behaviour For Cases Rise

BP World Bureau | Sep 21 2020 01:27:18 PM
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NEW DELHI: India has reported 86,961 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours pushing the total to 54,87,580 and out of that, 10,03,299 are active cases, 43,96,399 people have recovered and 87,882 people died. 

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that only 10 states are contributing 77% of active cases, that too concentrated in few districts. He thus played down fears the COVID-19 outbreak in India has reached the community transmission stage.

Dr Harsh Vardhan added that four vaccines against the coronavirus disease are in advanced stages of pre-clinical trials in the country.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is actively exploring saliva-based tests for the detection of Covid-19 and asserted that no significant or drastic mutation in strains of Sars-CoV-2.

Chhattisgarh's ten districts including state capital Raipur, have been put under lockdown from today amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

A 17th-century architectural marvel, the Taj Mahal, has reopened for the first time since March 17th. Officials said that 160 tickets were booked online and a tourist from Taiwan entered the wonder of the world. 

Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Gwalior bench, in its interim order, asked political parties and functionaries to strictly abide by the COVID-19 protocol, citing concerns regarding the huge crowds and gatherings. 

Maharashtra still sees the highest number of infections in the country. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers staged an agitation over their demand to resume the operations of suburban trains. At the same time, Maharashtra’s case fatality rate (CFR) for Covid-19 infections overtook Gujarat’s.

Globally, there are 3,10,16,124 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 88,02,653 are active cases, 2,12,52,813 people have recovered and 9,60,658 people died. 

In the US, the COVID-19 infections are still lethal but advances in medical care and the growing experience of doctors are improving the chances of survival as per reports.