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23:30 PM IST: Jharkhand reports 517 new Covid-19 cases, 754 recoveries and 8 deaths, taking total cases to 26,938, including 17,320 discharges and 286 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 9,332, says State Health Department.

22:51 PM IST: 76 new Covid-19 cases and 109 recoveries reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today, taking the total number of cases to 2,680. There are 1,011 active cases now. The death toll is at 31, says Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration.

22:50 PM IST: 1,741 new Covid-19 cases reported in Punjab today. Total number of cases rises to 37,824, including 13,830 active cases, 23,037 recovered cases & 957 deaths so far, says State Health Department, Government of Punjab.

22:13 PM IST: 1,330 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths reported in Rajasthan today; 1227 recovered and 1127 discharged. The total positive cases in the state rise to 66,619 including 921 deaths, 51,190 recovered and 50,560 discharged, says State Health Department.

21:30 PM IST: 29 new Covid-19 cases, 39 recoveries reported in Ladakh. Active cases in Ladakh has gone up to 623, says Department of Information & Public relations, Ladakh.

21:28 PM IST: 1,275 new Covid-19 cases, 976 recoveries & 46 deaths reported in Mumbai today. Total number of positive cases increase to 1,32,817 in Mumbai, including 18,170 active cases, 1,0,7033 recovered cases & 7,311 deaths till date, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

21:05 PM IST: 17 new Covid-19 positive cases, 2342 recovered cases reported in Dharavi area of Mumbai today. Total number of cases rise to 2697 including 2342 cured cases and 95 active cases, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

20:45 PM IST: 3,197 new Covid-19 cases, 3,126 recovered cases & 53 deaths reported in West Bengal today. Total number of Covid cases stands at 1,29,119 in the state, including 27,696 active cases, 98,789 discharged cases & 2,634 deaths so far, says Department of Health, Govt. of West Bengal.

20:44 PM IST: 996 new Covid-19 cases, 737 cured cases & 11 deaths reported today in Haryana. Total number of Covid cases stands at 50,926 in the state till date, out of which 7,555 are active cases, 42,793 are recovered cases & 578 people have died so far, says State Health Department.

20:24 PM IST: 350 new Covid-19 positive cases and 161 recovered cases reported in Goa today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 13,099, including 3,910 active cases, 9,063 recovered cases & 126 total death cases till date, says Health Department, Government of Goa.

20:02 PM IST: 7,385 new Covid-19 cases, 6,231 recovered cases & 102 deaths reported in Karnataka in the last 24 hours. Total number of positive cases stands at 2,56,975 including 82,149 active cases, 1,70,381 recovered cases & 4,429 total deaths till date, says State Health Department, Karnataka.

19:33 PM IST: 411 new Covid-19 cases reported in Uttarakhand today, 301 patients treated/cured. Total cases in the state rise to 13,636 including 187 deaths and 9433 recovered patients. Active cases stand at 3966, says Uttarakhand State Control Room.

19:29 PM IST: 683 new Covid-19 cases reported from Jammu and Kashmir today; 114 from Jammu division and 569 from Kashmir division, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 30,717. The death toll is at 578.

19:25 PM IST: "India has provided Covid related assistance to Bangladesh and has been organising capacity building courses for Bangladesh medical personnel following video conference of leaders of SAARC countries and creation of SAARC Emergency Response Fund for Covid-19," says Anurag Srivastava, MEA. "Bangladesh has committed USD 1.5 million to the fund. Foreign Secy informed Bangladesh PM Hasina about India’s efforts towards Covid-19 vaccine development and distribution. Both sides agreed to continue their discussions in area of vaccines & therapeutics," adds Anurag Srivastava, MEA.

19:23 PM IST: 1,968 new Covid-19 cases & 9 deaths reported in Kerala today. Total Covid-19 cases in the state rise above 52,000, with 18,123 active cases till date, says Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM.

19:20 PM IST: Government has decided to close all entry points to Meghalaya for one week every month in the next three months, starting September 2020, says Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. Government has decided to close all entry points to #Meghalaya for 1 week every month in the next 3 months starting Sept 2020. This is being done to unburden our health, frontline workers, and the respective District Administration engaged in intensive surveillance for #Covid_19 — Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) August 20, 2020

18:43 PM IST: A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics has found that children who had Covid-19 were shown to have a significantly higher level of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their airways than adults who were hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment.

18:38 PM IST: Manipur reports 49 new Covid-19 cases, including 9 Central Armed Police Forces personnel, in the last 24 hours. Total cases now at 4,925, including 1,905 active cases and 3,002 recoveries. The death toll stands at 18.

18:37 PM IST: Himachal Pradesh Covid-19 positive cases tally rises to 4,472 cases in the last 24 hours, including 1,343 active cases, 3,066 recoveries and 21 deaths till date: State Health Department, Govt of Himachal Pradesh

Coronavirus Updates: Punjab reports 1,741 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 37,824

New Delhi | August 20, 2020 23:30 IST

Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Global coronavirus cases now stand at 2.22 crore with 7.84 lakh people dead across the world. Meanwhile, as the global race for coronavirus vaccines continue, the Pope has warned against the chances of rich people getting priority for a coronavirus vaccine in the future. In India, coronavirus cases have gone past the 28 lakh-mark with nearly 70,000 new cases on Wednesday. Over 53,000 have died so far. A leading private laboratory in India has said that one in four Indians have already been infected with coronavirus. Thyrocare, which has conducted over 2.70 lakh antibody tests so far, has said tests have shown the presence of antibodies in an average of 26% of the people, indicating they have already been exposed to the coronavirus. A report by CMIE has said since April, 1.8 crore salaried jobs have been lost in India with 50 lakh in July itself. This has prompted Congress to target the Modi government over unemployment rate growing in the country due to the economic impact suffered by the country in the lockdown. Follow live updates on coronavirus news and coronavirus vaccine news:

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Jharkhand reports 517 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths; total cases reach 26,938

Jharkhand reports 517 new Covid-19 cases, 754 recoveries and 8 deaths, taking total cases to 26,938, including 17,320 discharges and 286 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 9,332, says State Health Department.

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Andaman reports 76 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 2,680

76 new Covid-19 cases and 109 recoveries reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today, taking the total number of cases to 2,680. There are 1,011 active cases now. The death toll is at 31, says Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration.

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Posted by Kritika Bansal
Punjab reports 1,741 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 37,824

1,741 new Covid-19 cases reported in Punjab today. Total number of cases rises to 37,824, including 13,830 active cases, 23,037 recovered cases & 957 deaths so far, says State Health Department, Government of Punjab.

Posted by Kritika Bansal
Rajasthan reports 1,330 Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths; tally reaches 66,619

1,330 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths reported in Rajasthan today; 1227 recovered and 1127 discharged. The total positive cases in the state rise to 66,619 including 921 deaths, 51,190 recovered and 50,560 discharged, says State Health Department.

Posted by Kritika Bansal
Ladakh reports 29 new Covid-19 cases, active cases reach 623

29 new Covid-19 cases, 39 recoveries reported in Ladakh. Active cases in Ladakh has gone up to 623, says Department of Information & Public relations, Ladakh.

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Mumbai records 1,275 new Covid-19 cases, 46 deaths; tally 1.32 lakh

1,275 new Covid-19 cases, 976 recoveries & 46 deaths reported in Mumbai today. Total number of positive cases increase to 1,32,817 in Mumbai, including 18,170 active cases, 1,0,7033 recovered cases & 7,311 deaths till date, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

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Dharavi reports 17 fresh cases of Covid-19, tally mounts to 2,697

17 new Covid-19 positive cases, 2342 recovered cases reported in Dharavi area of Mumbai today. Total number of cases rise to 2697 including 2342 cured cases and 95 active cases, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

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West Bengal reports 3,197 new Covid-19 cases, 53 deaths; tally reaches 1.29 lakh

3,197 new Covid-19 cases, 3,126 recovered cases & 53 deaths reported in West Bengal today. Total number of Covid cases stands at 1,29,119 in the state, including 27,696 active cases, 98,789 discharged cases & 2,634 deaths so far, says Department of Health, Govt. of West Bengal.

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Haryana reports 996 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths; tally 50,926

996 new Covid-19 cases, 737 cured cases & 11 deaths reported today in Haryana. Total number of Covid cases stands at 50,926 in the state till date, out of which 7,555 are active cases, 42,793 are recovered cases & 578 people have died so far, says State Health Department.

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Goa reports 350 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 13,099

350 new Covid-19 positive cases and 161 recovered cases reported in Goa today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 13,099, including 3,910 active cases, 9,063 recovered cases & 126 total death cases till date, says Health Department, Government of Goa.

Posted by Kritika Bansal
Karnataka reports 7,385 new Covid-19 cases, 102 deaths; tally reaches 2.56 lakh

7,385 new Covid-19 cases, 6,231 recovered cases & 102 deaths reported in Karnataka in the last 24 hours. Total number of positive cases stands at 2,56,975 including 82,149 active cases, 1,70,381 recovered cases & 4,429 total deaths till date, says State Health Department, Karnataka.

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Uttarakhand reports 411 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 13,636

411 new Covid-19 cases reported in Uttarakhand today, 301 patients treated/cured. Total cases in the state rise to 13,636 including 187 deaths and 9433 recovered patients. Active cases stand at 3966, says Uttarakhand State Control Room.

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J&K reports 683 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 30,717

683 new Covid-19 cases reported from Jammu and Kashmir today; 114 from Jammu division and 569 from Kashmir division, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 30,717. The death toll is at 578.

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Bangladesh committed USD 1.5 million to SAARC Emergency Response Fund for Covid-19: MEA

"India has provided Covid related assistance to Bangladesh and has been organising capacity building courses for Bangladesh medical personnel following video conference of leaders of SAARC countries and creation of SAARC Emergency Response Fund for Covid-19," says Anurag Srivastava, MEA.

"Bangladesh has committed USD 1.5 million to the fund. Foreign Secy informed Bangladesh PM Hasina about India’s efforts towards Covid-19 vaccine development and distribution. Both sides agreed to continue their discussions in area of vaccines & therapeutics," adds Anurag Srivastava, MEA.

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Kerala reports 1,968 new Covid-19 cases, 9 deaths; tally now at 52,000

1,968 new Covid-19 cases & 9 deaths reported in Kerala today. Total Covid-19 cases in the state rise above 52,000, with 18,123 active cases till date, says Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM.

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All entry points to Meghalaya to be closed for one week every month, says CM

Government has decided to close all entry points to Meghalaya for one week every month in the next three months, starting September 2020, says Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

Posted by Kritika Bansal
Children could be faster spreaders of Covid-19, finds new study

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics has found that children who had Covid-19 were shown to have a significantly higher level of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their airways than adults who were hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment.

Posted by Kritika Bansal
Manipur reports 49 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 4,925

Manipur reports 49 new Covid-19 cases, including 9 Central Armed Police Forces personnel, in the last 24 hours. Total cases now at 4,925, including 1,905 active cases and 3,002 recoveries. The death toll stands at 18.

Posted by Kritika Bansal
Covid-19 tally in Himachal Pradesh mounts to 4,472

Himachal Pradesh Covid-19 positive cases tally rises to 4,472 cases in the last 24 hours, including 1,343 active cases, 3,066 recoveries and 21 deaths till date: State Health Department, Govt of Himachal Pradesh

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