COVID-19: Congress MP from TN Dies; Punjab CM to Quarantine Self

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COVID-19 infected child dances inside a ward at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village sports complex, temporarily converted into a Covid care centre, in New Delhi, Thursday, 27 August, 2020. 

H Vasanthakumar, the Congress MP from Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, who had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away on Friday, 28 August. "We are deeply saddened by the untimely demise of H Vasanthakumar. A staunch Congressman, true leader of the people and beloved MP," the Congress party tweeted.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh has crossed the four-lakh mark in terms of the total number of COVID-19 cases, having recorded more than 10,000 new infections on Friday.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to go into seven-day self-quarantine, as per government protocol and on the advice of his doctors, after two MLAs who met him in the Vidhan Sabha tested positive for COVID-19, ANI reported on Friday, quoting the CM’s media advisor.

COVID-19: Congress MP from TN Dies; Punjab CM to Quarantine Self
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  • Maharashtra on Friday reported 14,361 new COVID-19 cases and 331 fatalities, taking the tally to 7,47,995 and the death toll to 23,775
  • Delhi reported 1,808 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally in the national capital to 1,69,412
  • The Haryana government on Friday said that shopping malls and shops, except those dealing with essential goods and services, will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday in urban areas
  • Earlier on Friday, India reported 77,266 new COVID-19 cases in what is the biggest one-day spike, taking the tally in the country to 33,87,501

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2:51 AM, 28 Aug

75% Cases Recovered in Last 5 Months, Says Govt

In the past 5 months, more than 75 percent of the cases have recovered and less than 25 percent are active now, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare tweeted on Friday. Effective implementation of Centre's strategic and graded Test-Track-Treat approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality, the ministry said.

4:01 AM, 28 Aug

Record Spike of Over 77,000 Cases Takes India's COVD Tallt to 33.87 L

With a record spike of 77,266 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 case tally stood at 33.87 lakh on Friday, 28 August.

The COVID-19 tally now stand at 33,87,501 including 7,42,023 active cases, 25,83,948 cured/discharged/migrated & 61,529 deaths.

4:20 AM, 28 Aug

3.94 Cr Samples Tested in India Till Date

The total number of samples tested up to 27 August is 3,94,77,848 including 9,01,338 samples tested yesterday. the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

4:58 AM, 28 Aug

Asyymptomatic Patients in Jammu to be under Home Isolation

All asymptomatic COVID-19 positive patients in Jammu will be under home isolation, the Jammu and Kashmir Government said. Patients will be provided with oximeter for free, and need to download Aarogya Setu app. Asymptomatic patients admitted to hospital to remain there till they test negative.

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