India Inches Towards 70 Lakh COVID-19 Cases

11.6 lakh tests were conducted in 24 hours on Saturday (File)

New Delhi:

India’s COVID-19 tally inched closer to the 70-lakh mark as the country reported 73,272 new cases of coronavirus and 926 deaths on Saturday, the Health Ministry data showed. 82,753 people successfully fought off the viral disease and were discharged.

India’s recovery rate increased marginally to 85.8 per cent, death rate stood steady at 1.5 per cent and daily positivity rate increased marginally to 6.3 per cent as more than 11.6 lakh tests were conducted in 24 hours.

As per the government’s “test, track and treat” policy more than 8.5 crore tests have been conducted in India till now, the Health Ministry tweeted.

Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

Trump no longer considered transmission risk to others, says his doctor

US President Donald Trump is no longer considered a transmission risk to others, the White House Physician has said, as the president held an in-person event on the White House lawns for the first time since contracting the COVID-19 disease.

White House Physician Dr Sean Conley said on Saturday, “This evening I am happy to report that in addition to the President meeting CDC criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning”s COVID PCR sample demonstration, by currently recognized standards, he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others.”

In a White House memorandum, Dr Conley said now at day 10 from symptom onset, fever-free for well over 24 hours and all symptoms improved, the assortment of advances diagnostics test obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus.

Watch| COVID-19 patients listen to music as part of music therapy introduced by the administration at Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat. 

Mini libraries set up at COVID-19 wards of the district hospital and Sagara Taluk sub-division hospital in Shivamogga. “Reading helps patients to relax & divert their attention from illness,” says Dr Sridhar, Director, Shivamogga Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Update| Recoveries in India cross 60-lakh mark. The five top States with maximum caseload  (61% active cases) are also contributing more than half (54.3%) of the total recoveries: Union Ministry of Health

Veteran Bengal Actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Covid+, In ICU

Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee is currently in intensive care due to complications linked to Covid-19. The octogenarian was admitted to the Belle Vue hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday, after testing positive a day before. His daughter said Mr Chatterjee is suffering from Covid encephalopathy and is disoriented and restless.

According to hospital sources, the actor may require an MRI of the brain to investigate the encephalopathy, which has led to “an acute confusional state.” Read more
Veteran Bengal Actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Covid+, In ICU

Trump “No Longer A Transmission Risk,” Says White House Doctor

Washington: President Donald Trump is no longer contagious, nine days after being stopped in his tracks by Covid-19, his physician said in a statement released late Saturday.

“This evening I am happy to report that in addition to the President meeting CDC criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning’s COVID PCR sample demonstrates, by currently recognized standards, he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others,” the president’s physician Sean Conley said in the statement.

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