Chennai: Tamil Nadu touched a new high in respect of the number of persons infected with coronavirus with as many as 817 being tested positive over the past 24 hours, said the State Health Department on Wednesday.
The Department said six Covid-19 patients died, taking the death toll to 133.
In a statement, 817 persons turned into Covid-19 patients in Tamil Nadu taking the total tally to 18,545.
According to the Department, out of the new infections, 139 are from other states (Maharashtra 138, Kerala 1).
A total of 567 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state, taking the total tally to 9,909.
On Wednesday 11,231 samples were tested, taking the total to 4.42 lakh. Testing of 650 samples is under process.
The state capital Chennai with its high density of population continued to see the highest number of infections at 548 taking the total tally to 12,203.
The number of infected children in the age group 0-12 went up to 1,122.
There are 8,500 active cases reported in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami is expected to hold a meeting with District Collectors to decide on continuing with lockdown and the restrictions on May 29.
Ranchi: Around 88,500 of the 3.5 lakh returnees to Jharkhand since May 1 have been quarantined at the state government centres, according to an official, here on Wednesday.
Till May 26, 3.50 lakh labourers had returned as the state government allowed 80 trains to ferry them back.
The official said 100,000 more labourers were likely to return to the state by June 10. Majority of returnees kept in quarantine were from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan, said the official.
With the return of labourers, the number of coronavirus cases has surged. Till now, 440 people have tested positive in the state.
At Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s request, the central government has allowed to bring the stranded labourers, who couldn’t come through bus or train, back through flights.
According to a state government press release on Wednesday, 180 labourers will return from Mumbai through Air Asia flight on Thursday morning.
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh reported 68 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, taking the state’s tally to 2,787.
With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.
With one more death in East Godavari district, the state’s death toll touched 58 on Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday, Nellore district reported 9 cases and Chittoor district 1 case.
Continuing the trend of the past few days, a few new cases had travel histories to Koyambedu market in Chennai, while some cases were of foreign returnees.
There are a total 111 corona patients among returnees from abroad.
The corona tally among returnees from other states climbed to 219 from 153. The active cases fell to 75 from 117, as 38 more state returnees were discharged.
The state nodal officer said that 9,664 samples were tested during the past 24 hours as against 8,148 samples during the preceding cycle.
The state’s average in terms of tests conducted per million population stands at 6,224, below Delhi’s 9,158, and Jammu and Kashmir’s 10,442.
However, in terms of tests conducted, Andhra Pradesh with 3,32,378 tests conducted till date lags behind Rajasthan with 3,33,904 tests, Maharashtra with 3,90,170 tests, and Tamil Nadu’s 4,31,183.
Till date, 32,42,160 tests have been conducted across India as a whole.
In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.
New Delhi: The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 792 in a day, taking the total tally to 15,257 and the death toll reached 303, the Delhi Health Department said on Wednesday.
Out of the total cases, 7,690 were active, it said.
As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.
The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to those fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of the case sheets received from various hospitals.
“Total 792 new cases were reported and the positive cases in the city reached 15,257. At least 7,264 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 7,690 cases are active,” the Health Department said.
Bengaluru: As many as 89 per cent or 108 of the 122 new coronavirus cases reported in the past 19 hours in Karnataka were of Maharashtra returnees, even as the state’s total tally rose to 2,405, an official said on Wednesday.
The new cases were reported from 5 pm on Tuesday to Wednesday noon.
The total cases with domestic travel history were 116 of these new cases.
The corona cases spiked in Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Yadgir, Bidar, Raichur, Bengaluru Urban, Kalaburagi, Hasssan, Belagavi and Udupi.
Of the total cases, 1,596 are active, 762 patients discharged, and 45 deaths.
In the past 19 hours, 14 patients were discharged, including four in Shivamogga, three in Bidar, two each in Benglauru Urban and Kalaburagi, and one each in Chikkamagaluru, Haveri and Ballari.
A majority of the new infections are now occurring in younger people.
Of the new cases, 77 were men and 45 women, including 16 patients below the age of 10.
On Wednesday, a 69-year-old woman from Yadgir district succumbed to the virus. The Maharashtra returnee was brought dead to a designated hospital at Yadir on May 20 and had tested corona positive now, an official said.
Agra: With six new cases, Agra’s COVID-19 tally till late Tuesday evening was 870. The city is witnessing a recovery rate of 87.47 per cent, which has brought a sense of relief to the administration.
The daily new cases of Covid-19 patients has remained under ten for over eleven days in a row. On Monday, there were seven new cases. The highest number of cases, 54, was on May 3. And since then, the recovery rate in the city has shown a consistent improvement.
District Magistrate P.N.Singh said so far 761 had recovered and returned home. The number of active cases was 76. So far 12,384 samples had been collected, he said.
In neighbouring Firozabad, eight new cases were reported and Mathura had seven new positive cases.
Meanwhile, the mercury touched 46.1 degrees Celsius. Weathermen said, the wave could continue till Saturday. The rising temperature has not only triggered stress but also increased the city’s unending water woes. Late Tuesday evening half the city was without electricity due to an increased demand and technical fault.
The city administration has clearly indicated that till May 31, people should not expect any relaxation in the lockdown restrictions. Teams of health workers were conducting screening in the hotspots and mobile vans with loud speakers were continuously blaring Covid-19 related messages, to prepare people to learn to be on their own, once the lockdown is lifted.
Though the Agra model came in for sharp criticism following a surge in cases, after the Tablighi episode, the initiative of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to station a team of six senior bureaucrats from Lucknow, for a week in Agra, has helped tone up the lax administration and streamline health services. This has resulted in better management, and containment of the infection in the 44 hotspots.
The district administration’s strategy to deal with the interstate workers’ influx and provide transport, food and Medicare, has won many hearts. “Initially, there was some dragging of feet, as the administration itself lacked a focus, but once Yogi spelt out his strategy and was seen to lead from the front, the district authorities, the railways and the roadways, along with the local good samaritans, collectively addressed the issue bringing relief in a matter of few days,” social activist Shravan Kumar Singh said.