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Highlights: Covid-19 death toll touches 500 mark in Bihar

More than 1.7 million people in India have recovered from the novel coronavirus infection so far and the overall recovery rate has crossed 71%.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Aug 15, 2020 07:43 IST
Highlights: Covid-19 death toll touches 500 mark in Bihar
A health worker in PPE kit conducts a coronavirus test.

India on Friday logged 64,553 Covid-19 cases, which pushed the overall tally to over 2.4 million. As many as 1,007 people succumbed to the infection, which took the overall death toll to over 48,000. More than 1.7 million people in India have recovered from Covid-19 so far and the overall recovery rate has crossed 71%. On Wednesday, the country tested more than 800,000 people for the infection, moving closer to the target of conduction a million tests per day.

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Karnataka continue to remain worst-affected from the pandemic. Assam on Wednesday registered over 4,500 cases in its highest single-day spike. The state’s recovery rate is now at 68.4%.

Delhi, which has seen a downward trend in its single day Covid-19 tally in the past few weeks, added 956 cases on Thursday. The national capital's Covid-19 tally has reached 1,49, 460 and the death toll stands at 4,167.

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New Zealand, which saw the formation of a new cluster of infections after being free from the disease for more than 100 days, reported 12 new cases which pushed the active cases in the country to 48. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that a lockdown to impose the spread of Covid-19 in Auckland has been extended by 12 days.

11:05 PM IST

Covid-19 death toll touches 500 mark in Bihar

The Covid-19 death toll in Bihar touched the 500-mark on Friday after 16 people succumbed to the disease, while the overall tally soared past 98,000 as over 3,900 fresh cases were reported, a health department bulletin said.

The state also conducted 1.21 lakh tests in the past 24 hours, compared with 1,04 lakh on the previous day and 92,414 on the day before.

10:37 PM IST

2,846 new coronavirus infections in France

The French health ministry reported 2,846 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Friday, setting a new post-lockdown daily high for the third day in a row and taking the country's cumulative total of cases to 212,211.

09:34 PM IST

Rajasthan reports 1,278 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day

08:54 PM IST

Lav Agarwal tests positive for Covid-19

Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of health ministry, have tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

08:19 PM IST

12,608 new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra

Maharashtra reported 12,608 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, which pushed the state tally to 5,72,734. While 364 others succumbed to the virus. The death toll has now risen to 19,427, the health department said.

07:49 PM IST

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu is asymptomatic: Hospital

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu who is undergoing treatment for Covid-19, is asymptomatic and being closely monitored, informed authorities of Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College & Research Institute in Bengaluru.


"Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu is responding to treatment. He is asymptomatic and cheerful and is being closely monitored. His vitals are stable," it said.

07:23 PM IST

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohi tests negative for Covid-19

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who was under treatment for Covid-19, tested negative on Friday, informed the hospital.

07:01 PM IST

Dharavi reports nine new Covid-19 cases

Nine new Covid-19 positive cases were detected in Mumbai's Dharavi area. The total number of cases now stands at 2,658 including 2,312 discharges and 87 active cases, informed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

06:38 PM IST

5,890 new Covid-19 cases detected in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu reported 5,890 new Covid-19 cases and 117 deaths today taking the total number of cases to 3,26,245 including 5,514 deaths and 53,716 active cases.

06:17 PM IST

Kerala reports 1,569 new Covid-19 cases

Kerala reported 1,569 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, chief minister's office informed on Friday.


The number of active cases now stands at 14,094. While, a total of 26,996 patients have recovered from the disease in the state so far, it also said.

05:05 PM IST

Home Minister Amit Shah tests negative for Covid-19

Home Minister Amit Shah was discharged from the hospital after he tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday.


"I thank God and I express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who blessed me and my family by wishing me well. Will stay in home isolation for a few more days on the advice of doctors," he said on Twitter.

04:05 PM IST

Maharashtra Police's Covid-19 tally reached nearly 12,000; death toll at 124

As many as 147 personnel of Maharashtra Police tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 11,920, the state police department said. The total cases in the police force includes 2,227 active cases, 9,569 recoveries and 124 deaths, reports ANI.

03:46 PM IST

Union AYUSH minister Shripad Y Naik , who was earlier in home isolation admitted to hospital, says family

Union AYUSH minister Shripad Y Naik, who was under isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 has been admitted to private hospital in Panaji, his family said, reports PTI.

03:43 PM IST

Former Congress MP from Ghaziabad dies of Covid-19

Former Congress MP Surendra Prakash Goel passed away on Friday morning due to Covid-19 complications, his family said. He was 74. He had tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted for treatment on July 27 in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, reports PTI.

03:12 PM IST

China’s air pollution falls by 10.8% due to Covid-19 slowdown

China saw average concentrations of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM2.5 fall by 10.8% from January to July as industry slowed due to Covid-19, though the levels were still well above WHO recommendations. China's national standard is 35 micrograms, though the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends levels of no more than 10, reports Reuters.

First published: Aug 14, 2020 07:42 IST