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Highlights: Pune's Covid-19 tally crosses 130k; 2,724 new cases reported

Maharashtra on Wednesday registered its highest ever single-day spike of 13,165 Covid-19 cases. The state's tally has now reached 628,642. 346 fresh deaths have taken the toll to over 21,000.

By Susmita Pakrasi | Updated: Aug 20, 2020 08:11 IST
Highlights: Pune's Covid-19 tally crosses 130k; 2,724 new cases reported

Countries around the world raced to develop a vaccine for coronavirus (Covid-19) as the pandemic continues to rage. Worldwide there are 22,295,983 million coronavirus cases and 783,491 confirmed deaths, according to worldometer. India recorded 64,531 new Covid-19 cases and 1,092 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry data. Maharashtra on Wednesday registered its highest ever single-day spike of 13,165 Covid-19 cases. The state's tally has now reached 628,642. 346 fresh deaths have taken the toll to over 21,000.

Meanwhile, Argentina confirmed 6,840 new cases of coronavirus and 172 new deaths, taking it simultaneously over the 300,000 case and 6,000 death threshold as the Latin nation battles a surge of contagions in recent weeks.

The number of global virus cases topped 22 million, with the US, Brazil and India accounting for more than half the total. Japanese exports plunged for a fifth month as the pandemic weighed on trade. One in five workers in Brazil’s meat plants have been infected.

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11:39 PM IST

Pune's Covid-19 tally crosses 130k; 2,724 new cases reported

Pune's coronavirus tally reached 1,32,293 on Wednesday after 2,724 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, a health official said. The death toll reached 3,290 with 90 more patients succumbing to the infection and 1,089 patients were discharged from hospitals, he added, reports PTI.

11:24 PM IST

Himachal's Covid-19 tally climbs to 4,412

As many as 176 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases in the state to 4,412. This is the second highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases in the state. On August 13, the state registered its highest single-day spike of 180 cases, reports PTI.

11:21 PM IST

Bangladesh to get Covid-19 vaccine developed by India on priority, says foreign secy

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that Bangladesh will be a priority recipient for the Covid-19 vaccine developed in India. Dhaka today said it is ready to hold trials of the potential Covid-19 vaccines being developed by India, reports ANI.

10:52 PM IST

Florida's Covid-19 death toll crosses 10,000

The number of people in Florida confirmed to have died from Covid-19 surpassed 10,000 on Wednesday, as teachers and state officials argued in court over whether brick-and-mortar schools should be forced to reopen this month. Florida reported 174 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths for residents and non-residents to at least 10,067, the fifth highest in the United States, reports AP.

10:28 PM IST

Haryana logs highest ever single-day spike of nearly 1,000 Covid cases

Haryana recorded its highest jump of 994 novel coronavirus cases, taking the tally near the 50,000 mark on Wednesday, while the toll rose to 567 with 10 more deaths, the health department said. It was for the third straight day that the state had a record spike in cases, reports PTI.

10:08 PM IST

UP minister Atul Garg recuperating well from Covid-19, says hospital

Uttar Pradesh minister Atul Garg's condition is stable and he is recuperating well from coronavirus, hospital officials said on Wednesday. The minister of state for health and family welfare was admitted to the private Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital, Kaushambi in Ghazibad, after he said he has tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, reports PTI.

09:28 PM IST

Gujarat adds 1,145 new Covid-19 cases

Gujarat's Covid-19 tally rose to 82,087 with the addition of 1,145 new cases on Wednesday, while 17 more patients succumbed to the infection, the state health department said. With 17 fatalities, the state's death toll rose to 2,839, it said, reports PTI.

08:53 PM IST

3,169 new cases push Bengal’s Covid-19 tally to over 125k

Total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Bengal reached 1,25,922 after 3,169 new cases and 53 deaths were reported today. The death toll has reached 2,581 while active cases stand at 27,678, reports ANI.

08:17 PM IST

Karnataka's Covid-19 tally nearing 250k-mark

As many as 8,642 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka, taking the total number of cases in the state to 2,49,590 which includes 81,097 active cases, 1,64,150 discharges and 4,327 deaths, reports ANI.

08:02 PM IST

Maharashtra records highest single-day spike of 13,165 Covid-19 cases

Maharashtra registered its highest ever single-day spike of 13,165 Covid-19 cases. The state's tally has now reached 628,642. 346 fresh deaths have taken the toll to over 21,000.

07:42 PM IST

US stocks steady after hitting records

Wall Street stocks were mixed early Wednesday following the prior session's records, while big-box retailer Target surged after announcing strong results. A day after hitting its first record since February, the broad-based S&P 500 edged up 0.1 percent to 3,392.77, reports AFP.

07:14 PM IST

EU executive to reroute 53 mln euros to help civil society, fight against Covid in Belarus

The European Commission will reroute 53 million euros earmarked for Belarus away from the government and towards civil society, victims of the state crackdown on protesters and the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the bloc's executive arm, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

06:55 PM IST

43 fresh Covid-19 cases reported in UP's Muzaffarnagar district

Forty-three people, including 18 jail inmates, tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar on Wednesday, an official said. The fresh patients included six bank employees. According to the official, the number of active cases in the district now stands at 336, reports PTI.

06:34 PM IST

Four new coronavirus cases reported in Mumbai's Dharavi

The number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai's slum-dominated Dharavi area rose to 2,680 on Wednesday with four new patients coming to light, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. The area, considered to be Asia's largest slum, reported a rise of four cases on the third consecutive day, reports PTI.

06:07 PM IST

Delhi registers 1,398 new Covid-19 cases, 1,320 recoveries in last 24 hrs

Delhi's Covid-19 tally climbed to 1,56,139 after nearly 1,400 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. 1,320 fresh recoveries have taken the total recovered cases to 1,40,767 and the death toll stands at 4,235, reports ANI.

First published: Aug 19, 2020 06:50 IST