India records 78,357 COVID-19 cases, 1,045 deaths; metro to resume from Sep 7


New Delhi, (UNI)

India recorded 78,357 fresh COVID-19 cases and 1,045 fatalities from the virus, taking the total cases to 37,69,523 and deaths to 66,333, Union Ministry said on Wednesday.

As per the update, the active cases now stand at 8,01,282 while the recovered 29,01,908, clocking a recovery rate of 76.98 per cent. The fatality rate stands at 1.76 per cent.

Maharashtra remains the worst affected with 808306 cases and 25246 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 455531 infections and 4,125 fatalities and Tamil Nadu with 4,39,959 cases and 7,516 deaths.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 10,12,367 samples were tested on Tuesday.

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri announced SOPs for Metro operations from September 7.

The operations will resumed in a graded manner and those metro systems which have more than one line will open in a graded manner so that all corridors become operational by September 12, Mr Puri said.

"Wearing of masks will be mandatory. Only asymptomatic people will be allowed," he said.

The Union Health Ministry said that 54 pc of the COVID-19 cases reported in India are in the age group of 18-44 years, while 51 pc deaths are among people aged 60 and above.

It also said that 36 pc of the fatalities reported are in the age group of 45-60 years, 11 pc in the age group of 26-44 years and 1 pc each among people aged 18-25 years and those below 17 years.

The Health Ministry issued SOP for conducting exams with only asymptomatic staff and students be allowed inside the examination hall and only those examination centres which are outside the containment zone will be allowed to function.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. Sawant, 47, said he is asymptomatic and under home isolation.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has gone into self-quarantine once again with his OSD testing positive for COVID-19.

Karntaka's Khanapur MLA Anjali Nimbalkar has tested positive for COVID 19.

Four more MLAs have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan.A Congress MLA and three BJP legislators had tested positive for the virus last week in the desert state.

A 42-year-old reporter of a Marathi news channel died of COVID-19 infection in Pune. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had given instructions to probe the issue of non-availability of a cardiac ambulance.

Tamil Nadu government allowed government and private buses to ply within the State from September 7, as part of its unlock guidelines. Metro services in Chennai will also restart its operations from the same day.

Globally, the United States remains the worst-infected, with more than 62 lakh cases, followed by Brazil, recording over 39 lakh infections. The US also registered the highest 1.89 lakh fatalities, while 1.22 lakh deaths were recorded in Brazil.

India, at the third spot in terms of infections and fourth in fatalities, registered the first case and death on January 31 and March 13, respectively.