Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu Tests COVID-19 Positive

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Medics prepare to collect samples for swab tests from a COVID-19 mobile testing van, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Ramakrishna Mission area in New Delhi, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday, 15 September, informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He is presently in home isolation in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, according to ANI, (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General (DG), ICMR said that India distributed the COVID-19 curve “in a way that we didn’t have many deaths”, and that “we didn’t have a huge peak at all.”

India's COVID-19 case tally on Tuesday crossed the 49-lakh mark with a spike of 83,809 new cases and 1,054 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total case tally stands at 49,30,237.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, 14 September, said that the coronavirus death rate in the national capital is the lowest in the world and the concern should be the number of deaths due to the virus and not the number of cases.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 death toll in India crossed 80,000 on Monday, with the country recording the highest fatalities in the world over the past fortnight.

  • 20 pairs of clone trains to start from 21 September on specific routes, said Railway Ministry
  • Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, 14 September
  • The COVID-19 death toll in India crossed 80,000 on Monday
  • According to Johns Hopkins’ data, global COVID-19 cases have crossed 28.8 million
  • Clinical trials in Britain have resumed for the Astrazeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine
1:49 AM, 15 Sep

Vehicles Carrying Oxygen to be Treated on Par With Ambulances in Maharashtra

Vehicles carrying oxygen for coronavirus patients will be treated on par with the ambulance service for the next one year, reported NDTV, citing the Maharashtra government.

According to the report, a severe oxygen crisis has been reported from several states, including Maharashtra. Doctors have said they are getting only 60 percent of the oxygen needed, leading to more deaths in rural areas.

1:51 AM, 15 Sep

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Tests COVID-19 Positive

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday, 14 September, tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, on Monday, Sisodia shared that he got himself tested after getting a mild fever. Further, Sisodia wrote: “I have kept myself in isolation. Right now there is no fever or any other problem, I am completely fine. Soon after getting all your blessings, I will return to work.”

2:17 AM, 15 Sep

BMC to Roll Out Campaign to Contain Spread of COVID-19

Starting Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will roll out the ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign, as part of the government’s statewide outreach programme to check the health status of over 26 lakh families in Mumbai to contain the spread of coronavirus.

3:02 AM, 15 Sep

ICMR on COVID Testing

The ICMR said on Tuesday that 5,83,12,273 samples have been tested up to 14 September for COVID-19, of which 10,72,845 were tested yesterday.