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Highlights: 12,614 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 322 deaths

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 2.8 crore tests have been conducted so far in the country. There are over 1,400 labs which are equipped to carry out testing across the country.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Aug 16, 2020 16:50 IST
Highlights: 12,614 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 322 deaths
A health worker shows the collected swab sample for Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for coronavirus test.

India’s coronavirus tally on Saturday crossed 2.52 million after 65,002 cases and 996 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases have now reached 6,68,220 while the recoveries crossed 1.8 million. The death toll now stands at 49,036.

India is constantly working towards increasing the number of Covid-19 tests conducted on a daily basis. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 2.8 crore tests have been conducted so far. There are over 1,400 labs which are equipped to carry out testing across the country. Delhi, which has seen a reduction in its daily Covid-19 tally, has reduced the number of tests conducted per day. The state government attributed this dip in daily testing to public holidays and weather conditions.

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In the United States, the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in its recent advisory said that those recovered from Covid-19 need not quarantine or get tested again for up to three months as long as the symptoms don’t develop again, the advisory said. With more than 5.4 million Covid-19 cases in total, United States still continues to remain worst hit from the pandemic.

04:50 PM IST

Mizoram reports highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases

Mizoram reported its highest single-day spike of 64 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the tally to 777, an official said. The figure also includes 40 security personnel.

04:23 PM IST

With just 4 in a day, China's local Covid-19 cases fall

The number of locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 dropped to four on Aug. 15 in China. All of these were reported in Xinjiang, according to the National Health Commission statement. That compares with eight cases nationwide a day earlier and is the lowest since July 16.

08:38 PM IST

12,614 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 322 deaths

Maharashtra's coronavirus case tally increased to 5,84,754 on Saturday with the addition of 12,614 new cases, the state health department said.

With 322 Covid-19 patients dying during the day, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 19,749, the department said.

08:24 PM IST

Bihar becomes 8th state to have Covid-19 tally of over one lakh

Bihar on Saturday became the eighth state in the country to have reported more than one lakh Covid-19 cases, marking a 10-fold rise in its tally within a period of a month and a half.

The state's Covid-19 death toll rose to 515 after 15 people succumbed to the disease, a bulletin issued by the department said.

08:13 PM IST

Sikkim reports 68 fresh Covid-19 cases

Sikkim on Saturday reported 68 new Covid-19 cases, taking the Himalayan state's tally to 1,148, an official said.

Director General (DG)-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pempa T Bhutia said that South Sikkim reported 41 positive cases and East Sikkim 27 cases.

07:36 PM IST

Delhi records 1,276 new coronavirus cases

Delhi reports 1276 new Covid-19 positive cases, 1143 discharges/recoveries and 10 deaths today. Total number of cases rise to 151928 including 136251 recovered/discharged/migrated cases, 11489 active cases and 4188 deaths.

07:14 PM IST

192 new virus cases recorded in Manipur

In the last 24 hours, Manipur reported 192 Covid-19 positive cases taking the total number of cases to 4390 including 1939 active cases and 2438 recoveries and 13 deaths: State Govt

07:03 PM IST

81 new coronavirus cases recorded in Chandigarh

81 new Covid-19 positive cases and one death reported in Chandigarh today. Total number of cases now at 2,009 and death toll is at 28: Health Department, Chandigarh

06:55 PM IST

WHO chief awarded for her role in combating Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan conferred with Tamil Nadu CM's special award in recognition of her advisory role in combating Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

06:51 PM IST

14,515 crore 'Restart Meghalaya Mission' launched

CM Conrad Sangma launches 14,515-crore Restart Meghalaya Mission to revive various developmental activities that have stalled because of Covid-19 pandemic.

06:16 PM IST

5,860 new coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu

5,860 new coronavirus 19 positive cases, 5,236 discharges and 127 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu today. Total number of cases now at 3,32,105 including 54,213 active cases, 2,72,251 discharges and 5,641 deaths: State Health Department

04:06 PM IST

Thousands of British tourists return from France to avoid quarantine

Thousands of British tourists beat a hasty retreat from France, packing out planes, trains and ferries to return to the UK by the early hours of Saturday morning to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home, reports AP.

03:46 PM IST

Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Patil tests positive for coronavirus

Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Balasaheb Patil tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Karad. As per a statement issued by Patil's office, the NCP leader tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and has been admitted to the Krushna hospital in Karad, reoports PTI.

03:44 PM IST

No dearth of medicines and PPE kits in Tripura, says CM Biplab

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Saturday that there is no shortage of medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE), amid the surge in coronavirus cases in the state. The total number of coronavirus patients in the state rose to 6,952 with 164 new cases reported on Saturday, while the toll climbed to 50, reports PTI.

03:10 PM IST

Over 3,500 fresh cases push Bihar’s Covid-19 tally to 36,237

As many as 3,536 people tested positive for Covid-19 Bihar, taking the total number of cases in the state to 36,237. The capital city of Patna remains worst-hit from the infection, reports ANI.

First published: Aug 15, 2020 07:44 IST