Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Urdu poet Rahat Indori succumbs to COVID-19; India’s fatality rate is 1.99%, says Centre – Health News , Firstpost

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Urdu poet Rahat Indori succumbs to COVID-19; India’s fatality rate is 1.99%, says Centre – Health News , Firstpost

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: ‘Rahat Indori suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday, after testing positive for COVID-19. He had 60 percent pneumonia,’ said Dr Vinod Bhandari, Sri Aurobindo Hospital.


Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Urdu poet Rahat Indori on Tuesday passed away in a hospital after he tested positive for coronavirus.

“He suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday, after testing positive for COVID-19. He had 60 percent pneumonia,” said Dr Vinod Bhandari, Sri Aurobindo Hospital.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Health Ministry secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “For the first time, COVID-19 fatality rate in India has fallen below 2 percent and is currently at 1.99 percent.”

“More than 2.5 crore tests carried out in the past week, more than 15 lakh recoveries have been recoded so far,” he added.

He says these states need to increase testing, a matter that was discussed in the meeting.

An expert committee on vaccine administration will meet on Wednesday to consider “logistics and ethical aspects” of procurement and administration of vaccines against COVID-19.

The committee will be chaired by NITI Aayog’s Dr VK Paul. The coronavirus disease has infected more than 2.2 million people and killed over 44,000 in India.

Narendra Modi to hold a video conference with Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh today, to discuss corona related situation

The COVID-19 tally included 6,39,929 active cases, 15,83,490 cured/discharged/migrated and 45,257 deaths.

In yet another staggering landmark, the death toll is expected to surpass 750,000 in a matter of days as the global health crisis that began late last year in China rages on

The total number ofcoronavirus casesin India crossed 22 lakh with a rise of 62,064 new cases on Monday, while the toll rose to 44,386 with 1,007 new deaths, the Union health ministry said.  The total tally includes 6,34,945 active cases.

India’s COVID-19 recoveries crossed 1.5 million with the recovery of 15,35,743 patients in the past 24 hours, the ministry said, adding that the achievement was possible “because of the policy of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively and treating efficiently”.

“Better ambulance services, focus on standard of care and use of non-invasive oxygen have given the desired results,” the ministry said.

With the highest-ever single-day number of recoveries of 54,859, the recovery rate is almost at 70 percent.

The ministry added that the record number of recoveries “have ensured that the percentage of the active cases have reduced and currently comprise only 28.66 percent of the total positive cases”.

Early identification of cases has also led to a steep fall in the percentage of active cases, it said.

“Early identification helps to ensure timely and prompt isolation of the mild and moderate cases and hospitalisation of the severe and critical cases thereby leading to effective management of cases,” the ministry said.

However, this is the fourth consecutive day that the COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 60,000.

As many as 4,77,023 samples were tested on Sunday, taking the total to 2,45,83,558, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Pranab Mukherjee tests COVID-19 positive

Former president Pranab Mukherjee said that he tested positive for coronavirus and requested people who recently came in his contact to get tested for the virus.

“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID-19 today. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” Mukherjee tweeted.

The octogenarian leader is the latest among many political figures in India to have been tested positive for coronavirus.

Several Union ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State Arjun Ram Meghwal, MoS for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary have tested positive for the virus.

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu are among those who got infected with coronavirus.

PTIquoted that former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya as saying that he and his wife Medha had been detected with the coronavirus infection and have been hospitalised.

Additionally, earlier on Monday, Maharashtra Legislative Council member from Osmanabad, Sujitsingh Thakur, said he and some of his family members had tested positive.

The Superintendent of Police (Rural) in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, Harendra Kumar Singh, also tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

BS Yediyurappa ‘completely’ cured of COVID-19

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa hasrecovered ‘completely’from COVID-19 and was discharged from a private hospital nine days after being admitted, the state government said.

The 77-year old leader was admitted to the Manipal Hospital on 2 August after he tested positive for coronavirus.

“After recovering from COVID-19 completely, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has been discharged from the Manipal Hospital,” an official statement said. Later, the chief minister himself tweeted about his discharge.

“Thank you everyone for your wishes and prayers. I have been discharged from the hospital and will be in self-quarantine. Deeply grateful for your affection and support. I look forward to getting back to the routine very soon,” he said.

State-wise cases and deaths

Of the 1,007 new deaths on Monday, 390 are from Maharashtra, 119 from Tamil Nadu, 107 from Karnataka, 97 from Andhra Pradesh, 54 from West Bengal, 41 from Uttar Pradesh, 24 each from Gujarat and Punjab, 22 from Jharkhand, 19 from Madhya Pradesh, and 13 each from Delhi, Odisha and Jamm

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