Testing rises in A.P. as trend of lower infection rate holds; over 9,700 test positive in Karnataka; Telangana adds 2,273 cases
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Here are the latest updates:
11.25 am | New Delhi
Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel tests positive
Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has tested positive for COVID-19. Mr. Patel made the announcement in Twitter, saying his reports came yesterday night.
Yesterday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tested positive for the pandemic.
11.00 am | Assam
100-year-old woman beats COVID-19
Her age may have posed a challenge but 100-year-old Mai Handique’s battle against COVID-19 was won by her positivity, doctors said on Thursday.
Handique, Assam’s oldest COVID-19 patient, was discharged from the Mahendra Mohan Chowdhury Hospital (MMCH) in Guwahati on Wednesday, they said.
A resident of the Mothers’ Old Age Home, she was admitted to the hospital ten days ago after testing COVID- positive.
Handique, called Aita (grandma) by all at the hospital, told reporters that she enjoyed her stay and the food. “We were given fish or meat on most of the days while egg and banana were given daily. We were also given ‘ruti- bhaji’ (chappatis and vegetables) which I enjoyed the most,” she said.
She also thanked all those who treated her, saying, “The girls (the nurses) and the doctors’ took very good care.”
“Steely resolve of 100-year old Mai Handique is monumental. With brilliant support of doctors at MMCH, she defeated coronavirus, giving us a lesson in having the right will power,” he said.
A doctor treating Handique said, “Initially, we were worried due to her age and she also has hypertension, but she was always cheerful and in a positive frame of mind.”
10.30 am | Karnataka
Many home isolation patients reporting to hospitals after symptoms worsen
C.N. Manjunath, nodal officer for labs and testing in the State’s COVID-19 task force, said the viral load in some patients can increase after the fifth day and that is the reason for some under home isolation turning critical.
Volunteer doctors assisting the BBMP in triaging positive patients said they are getting at least 10 to 15 calls a day seeking admission from patients who had earlier refused hospitalisation. This apart, many are going to private hospitals directly after their symptoms worsened following five to six days of home isolation.
China’s Sinovac to test coronavirus vaccine candidate in teenagers, children
Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech plans to start a clinical trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine with children and adolescents later this month, widening its test on a shot that’s already in the final stage of study with adults.
Tripura Tribal Welfare Minister tests positive
Tripura Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia has tested positive for coronavirus even as the total cases crossed 20,000 in the State. He is the eighth MLA to have contracted the infection.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted on Wednesday that Mr. Jamatia, who is also holding the forest portfolio, has been infected with COVID-19.
9.00 am | Delhi
Delhi BJP chief tests positive for COVID-19
State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Adesh Gupta has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mr. Gupta had previously tested negative but got tested again due to bad health conditions over a week. As many as 17 staffers staying at the party’s State headquarters on Pant Marg had tested positive on Tuesday.
8.00 am | Tamil Nadu
63 doctors died after testing positive for COVID-19 in T.N.: IMA (HQ) data
Reaching out: A team of volunteers going around in PPE suits to spread awareness about maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
| Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak
Sixty-three doctors have died after contracting COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, according to data released by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) headquarters on Wednesday.
The association has published a list of 382 doctors who died after testing positive for COVID-19 in the country.
COVID-19 impact: Railways traffic earnings down 42% till August, says Piyush Goyal
With regular operations disrupted due to the COVID-19, the traffic earnings of the Railways has declined by over 42% to ₹41,844.31 crore till August over the same period last year, Parliament was told on Wednesday.
Up to the end of August, the number of originating passengers was just 1.27% of the corresponding period last year, while freight loading was 86.6% of the corresponding period last year.
7.00 am | Maharashtra
Plan for post-COVID care facilities, Shirole tells CM
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Siddharth Shirole has urged the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government to come up with post-COVID care guidelines to help ‘recovered’ patients who may be suffering from COVID-19 sequelae.