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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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05:56 PM IST

SP Balasubrahmanyam's health continues to remain critical, is on ventilator and ECMO support: Hospital

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam health continues to remain critical and is on the ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support in ICU, MGM Healthcare, Chennai said.

05:35 PM IST

DDMA gives nod to re-open hotels in Delhi; weekly markets to open on trial basis, gyms to remain closed

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has approved the re-opening of hotels in the national capital. Weekly markets will re-open on trial basis whereas gymnasiums will still remain closed, reports ANI.

05:32 PM IST

Andhra’s Covid-19 tally reaches 3.16 lakh; death toll over 2,900

Total coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh touched 3.16 lakh on Wednesday after 9,742 more people tested positive for the infection. 86 fresh deaths have taken the state's death toll to 2,906. After seeing a downfall last week, active cases again spiked and have reached to 86,725. More than 2.26 lakh have recovered from the infection so far, reports PTI.

05:20 PM IST

Greece clamps down at party island Mykonos as infections spike

Greece will extend restrictions in the popular holiday island of Mykonos and the coastal area of Chalkidiki in the northern region to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections, Civil Protection authorities said on Wednesday. The measures include total ban on live parties and other festivities, a limit of nine people in all public and private gatherings and compulsory mask wearing in closed and open spaces, reports Reuters.

05:06 PM IST

Lucknow collectorate shut for 2 days after staffers test Covid-19 +ve

The district collectorate in Lucknow, which houses the offices of several administrative officers has been shut for two days after some staffers tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. An official order said that only disaster management staff and Covid-related staff will be allowed to enter the collectorate, reports ANI.

04:54 PM IST

Rich can’t get priority for Covid-19 vaccine, poor need help: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday warned against any prospect that rich people would get priority for a coronavirus vaccine. “The pandemic is a crisis. You don’t come out of it the same — either better or worse,’‘ Francis said, adding improvised remarks to his planned speech for his weekly public audience. “We must come out better” from the Covid-19 pandemic, the pope said, reports AP.

04:30 PM IST

Thailand considers emergency extension to prevent amid fears of second Covid-19 wave

Thailand is considering an extension of its state of emergency through September 30 to prevent a second wave of coronavirus cases and guard its streak of almost three months without a local infection amid mounting anti-government protests, reports Bloomberg.

04:09 PM IST

Iran’s Covid-19 death toll crosses 20,000

Iran surpassed 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the health ministry said — the highest death toll for any Middle East country so far in the pandemic, reports AP.

04:00 PM IST

Rajasthan Governor voices concern over rising Covid-19 cases in state

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday voiced concern over the growing Covid-19 cases in the state, and asked Health Minister Raghu Sharma to chalk out a new strategy to contain the spread of the disease.

03:44 PM IST

Total Covid-19 cases in Bihar stand at 31,460

2,884 new Covid-19 cases reported on 18th August in Bihar, taking the total number of active cases in the state to 31,460: State Health Department, Bihar

03:26 PM IST

Iran surpasses 20,000 confirmed deaths from coronavirus

Iran surpassed 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the health ministry said — the highest death toll for any Middle East country so far in the pandemic.

02:42 PM IST

236 new cases push Tripura's Covid-19 tally to 7,663; toll mounts to 65

Tripura's Covid-19 caseload rose to 7,663 on Wednesday as 236 people tested positive for the infection, while three more fatalities pushed its coronavirus death toll to 65, a health official said.

02:16 PM IST

93 new cases push Singapore's Covid-19 tally to over 56,000

As many as 93 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Singapore, taking the total number of cases in the country to 56,031, the heath ministry said. The ministry said that 183 more have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, taking the total number of recoveries to 52,533, reports PTI.

02:02 PM IST

Indonesia reports 1,902 new coronavirus infections, 69 deaths: health ministry

Indonesia reported 1,902 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 144,945, data from the country's health ministry showed.

01:23 PM IST

Britain to bring in mass testing for coronavirus

Britain is planning to bring in population-wide mass testing for coronavirus to help control the pandemic, said health minister Matt Hancock on Wednesday.

First published: Aug 19, 2020 06:50 IST