The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 3 million just 15 days after the country reported 2 million cases, according to data. India logged more than 2 million coronavirus cases on August 7. The total cases in India are now 30,05,281, up by 29,580 since the last update 24 hours ago. India is behind Brazil and the US in biggest number of cases. India has been reporting the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases for the last 18 days.
In a first in India, the country’s top medical research body is working to create an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) vaccine portal, as a repository for all information related to vaccine development in India. The ICMR vaccine portal would be made public by the next week.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that India’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus could be available by end of this year.
Maharashtra with 6,57,450 has the highest cases in India, followed by Tamil Nadu (3,73,410) and Andhra Pradesh (3,45,216).
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Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has tested positive for COVID-19, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh informed, reports ANI.
The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 3 million just 15 days after the country reported 2 million cases, according to data. India logged more than 2 million coronavirus cases on August 7. Read Here
Rajasthan reported 1,310 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Saturday, according to the State Health Department. The total number of cases in the state to 69,264 including 54,144 recoveries, 944 deaths, and 14,176 active cases, reports ANI.
Haryana recorded 1,161 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Saturday, the State Health Department informed. The total number of coronavirus cases reached 53,290, out of which 8,680 cases are active, 44,013 are recovered cases, reports ANI.
A team of researchers after studying tissue removed from patients’ noses during surgery believe they may have discovered the reason why so many people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell, even when they have no other symptoms, reports ANI.
Manipur: Locals of Champu Khangpok, a village near Loktak lake, say it has become difficult to earn a livelihood due to #COVID19.
A villager says, “Most of us are fishermen & due to restrictions we aren’t able to sell fish in neighbouring markets.” pic.twitter.com/a6JjmFk1zb
– ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2020
India conducted over 1 million COVID-19 tests in a day
India has “crossed a significant milestone” of testing more than 10 lakh (1 million) samples in a day, taking the cumulative tests to more than 3.4 crore, Union Health Ministry said.
As has been reported from states and Union Territories that have pushed ahead with aggressive testing, there is a commensurate decline in the positivity rate, the Health Ministry said.
The cumulative tests conducted so far have reached 3,44,91,073 of which around 28 per cent samples were tested through rapid antigen tests, sources told news agency Press Trust of India.
Spike in COVID-19 cases in Ireland continues with 156 new infections
Ireland reported more than 100 daily COVID-19 cases for the fourth time in eight days on Saturday after the health service was notified of 156 new infections and two additional deaths.
Ireland significantly tightened its nationwide coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday to try to rein in the new spike, which began in late July after cases had fallen to a daily average of around 20 for much of the previous two months.
The government lifted separate stricter measures in two counties on Friday but extended them for two more weeks in Kildare, where there were 36 cases. Dublin accounted for 55 with the rest spread across the country, similar to previous days.
States announce fresh restrictions after rise in COVID-19 cases in India
Punjab ordered daily night curfew (7 pm to 5 am) from Friday and a weekend lockdown in all 167 cities and towns in the state, as part of a strict response to the worrying surge in coronavirus cases.
India to have its dedicated vaccine portal soon: Top Medical Body
In a first in India, the country’s top medical research body is working to create an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) vaccine portal, as a repository for all information related to vaccine development in India.
The ICMR vaccine portal would be made public by the next week.
In the first stage, the ICMR vaccine portal will reflect the information on COVID-19 vaccine in India. However, with time, the web portal will be strengthened with data available for all the vaccines used to prevent various diseases.