COVID-19: 21,656 New Cases in Maharashtra, 4,127 in Delhi
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Maharashtra on Friday, 18 September, reported 21,656 new coronavirus cases and 405 fatalities, taking the tally in the state to 11,67,496 and the death toll to 31,791.
Meanwhile, 4,127 new infections and 30 deaths were recorded in Delhi, which took the national capital's case count to 2,38,828.
Earlier on Friday, India reported 96,424 new coronavirus cases, which pushed its tally to 52,14,678. The death toll increased by 1,174 to 84,372, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
- Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Friday wrote to the chief secretaries of all states and UTs, urging them to ensure uninterrupted movement of medical oxygen
- Former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials were quoted by PTI as saying on Friday
- BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti, who was admitted to the hospital with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, passed away late on Thursday
- Globally, over 30.2 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded so far, with the death toll standing at over 9,46,000
Ensure Uninterrupted Movement of Medical Oxygen: Centre to States
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Friday wrote to the chief secretaries of all states and Union territories, urging them to ensure uninterrupted movement of medical oxygen and to set up multi-disciplinary teams to continuously monitor the availability of medical oxygen.
Some states are trying to curb the inter-state movement of oxygen supplies from manufacturing units, the Home Ministry representative said, adding that such curbs should be ended.
National Parks, Zoological Gardens to Reopen in West Bengal from 23 Sept
All national parks, zoological gardens and ecotourism destinations in West Bengal will reopen for visitors from 23 September, with bookings to be made online, the forest department said, reported PTI.
Body temperatures will be checked at the entry points at these places.
21,656 New COVID-19 Cases in Maharashtra
Maharashtra on Friday reported 21,656 new coronavirus cases and 405 fatalities, taking the tally in the state to 11,67,496 and the death toll to 31,791.
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