Close to 200 doctors, the majority of them general practitioners, have lost their lives to COVID-19 till August 7 according to information compiled and released by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has now written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to urgently ensure that these “at risk healthcare workers and their families at least get assured treatment when infected”.
Here are the latest updates:
12:20 p.m. | Odisha
Record 13 fatalities push COVID-19 death toll in Odisha to 272, 1734 new cases reported
Odisha recorded the highest single-day spike of 13 COVID-19 fatalities, which pushed the death toll in the coastal state to 272 on Sunday, a health department official said.
At least 1,734 fresh cases were registered in 29 districts of the state, raising the coronavirus tally to 45,927, he said.
12:10 p.m. | Andhra Pradesh
Toll in fire mishap in Andhra Pradesh’s private COVID-19 care centre rises to 10
The toll in fire mishap in a private COVID care centre in the city rose to 10, and the details of two patients undergoing treatment in the hotel-turned-quarantine centre, is not known immediately.
“According to information, 30 patients and ten hospital staff are in the hotel. Police, NDRF and Fire personnel rescued 28 persons from the spot, ten bodies were shifted to the Government General Hospital (COVID Hospital) mortuary and the particulars of two patients is known immediately,” said Police Commissioner Bathina Srinivasulu, who was monitoring the rescue operations.
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12 p.m. | Telangana
Telangana reports 1,982 new COVID-19 cases; 12 deaths push toll to 627
Telangana reported 1,982 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall infection tally to 79,495, while the death toll mounted to 627 with 12 more fatalities.
The declining trend in new positive cases (observed during the last several days) continued in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with 463 fresh cases being reported.
11.00 am | Andhra Pradesh
Congress leader Adiraju dies of COVID-19
APCC vice-president and former DCC president Yedla Adiraju (53) died of COVID-19 on Saturday. He is survived by wife, daughter and son. Mr. Adiraju tested positive for the virus five days ago and had been in home quarantine since then.
10.30 am | Karnataka
Committee to study high mortality rate at ESI Hospital in Rajajinagar
A committee will be formed to study the reasons for the high mortality of COVID-19 patients at the ESI Hospital in Rajajinagar, Bengaluru.
Medical Education Minister K.Sudhakar, who made a surprise visit to the hospital on Saturday, announced this after an interaction programme with patients through videoconferencing. Till now, 421 patients have been admitted to the hospital, and 54 have died, which makes the mortality rate as high as 12.8%.
10.00 am | Tamil Nadu
Madurai MLA tests positive for COVID-19
Sholavandan MLA, K. Manickam, has been admitted to a private hospital in Madurai for COVID-19 treatment. The ruling party MLA said that after he developed symptoms of tiredness, he went for a health check at the private hospital on Saturday. A CT scan report suggested he had chest congestion and was advised to get admitted for COVID-19 treatment.
9.30 am | Telangana
Cases in GHMC to dip by month-end: Senior officials
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has evoked a range of emotions in people, from helplessness and confusion to frustration and rage. At their wits’ end, many of them rhetorically ask, ‘when will the pandemic end?’. Senior officials in the Health department claim that COVID is now beyond its peak and cases are set to decline by month-end.
In case of other districts, officials estimated that the cases will decline will start by end of September. However, this relief might not last for long as experts have predicted a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
9.00 am | Tamil Nadu
Schools will reopen only when conditions are safe: CM
Schools in Tamil Nadu will reopen only when the conditions are safe, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.
The spread of COVID-19 in the State is yet to reduce and medical experts have advised that more care should be given to children, he said, emphasising that schools would reopen only once the conditions are safe.
Gendered impact of COVID-19
The pandemic and its gendered impact took centre stage at a virtual discussion organised by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation on Saturday, as experts deconstructed the effect COVID-19 has had on women’s work, nutrition security, reproductive health and education, and gender-based violence.
7.00 am | Uttar Pradesh
400-bed government COVID-19 hospital inaugurated in Noida
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Saturday inaugurated a dedicated 400-bed government COVID-19 hospital in Noida.
Spread across eight floors with its own diagnostic facility, dialysis unit, and blood bank, the Chief Minister also reviewed the facilities at the hospital that has come up in collaboration with the Tata Trusts and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.