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At 8,603, India sees dip in Covid cases in a day

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India on Saturday reported 8,603 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. In the same time span, a total of 415 deaths have also been reported across the nation, said the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Saturday morning. With the addition of 415 new deaths, the death toll has climbed to 4,70,530.

The recovery of 8,190 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recoveries to 3,40,53,856. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.35 per cent, highest since March 2020.

India’s Active caseload presently stands at 99,974. Active cases constitute 0.29 per cent of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is lowest since March 2020.

Also in the same period, a total of 12,52,596 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 64.60 crore cumulative tests.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 0.81 per cent has remained less than 1 per cent for the last 20 days now.

The daily positivity rate stands at 0.69 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for last 61 days and less than 3 per cent for 96 consecutive days now.

With the administration of 73,63,706 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 126.53 crore as of Saturday morning. This has been achieved through 1,31,55,745 sessions.

More than 21.38 crore balance and unutilized Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, according to the health ministry as of on Saturday morning. India has administered over 126.53 cr vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

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India logs 12,608 new Covid cases, 72 deaths

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India on Thursday reported 12,608 new Covid-19 cases and 72 deaths, said the Union Health Ministry.

The new fatalities increased the nationwide death toll to 5,27,206.

The active caseload is 1,01,343, accounting for 0.23 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 16,251 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,36,70,315. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.58 per cent.

While the daily positivity rate marginally increased to 3.48 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.20 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,62,020 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 88.14 crore.

As of Thursday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 208.95 crore, achieved via 2,77,65,601 sessions

Over 3.98 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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No immersion of PoP idols in Hussain Sagar this year

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 Authorities in Hyderabad this year will allow immersion of Ganesh idols made by Plaster of Paris (PoP) only in baby/artificial ponds and not Hussain Sagar Lake this year.

The Supreme Court had last year allowed immersion of PoP idols for the last time and has asked Telangana authorities to come up with a plan for immersions at an alternate place.

The authorities have built 50 ponds in addition to the 25 already existing for immersion of idols.

Telangana High Court on September 9, 2021 directed the state government not to allow immersion of Ganesh idols made of PoP in Hussain Sagar Lake and other lakes in and around Hyderabad.

On a petition filed by the state government, the High Court refused to modify its order. The state government subsequently filed an appeal in the Supreme Court. The apex court allowed immersion of PoP idols for one last time.

The court directed the government to permit immersion of PoP Ganesh idols in baby ponds constructed by the GHMC or separate areas/ponds which do not result in the spread of pollution into the main water body.

The state government has also taken steps to promote environment-friendly Ganesh idols. It will distribute a total of six lakh idols made of clay this year.

Minister for animal husbandry T. Srinivas Yadav said Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) alone will distribute four lakh idols made of clay. Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) will distribute one lakh idols each.

Khairatabad Ganesh committee, which installs tallest idol every year, has agreed to use clay for its idol this year.

As part of the arrangements for the ensuing Ganesh Navaratri festivities beginning on August 31, Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand on Wednesday held a coordination meeting with all SHOs and senior officers of city police.

Anand gave a slew of instructions regarding setting up of idols, intimation forms and immersion of PoP s idols and clay idols, the procession routes and precautions.

With some of the SHOs and DCPs being fresh to the city police and doing this ‘bandobast’ for the first time, the CP and his staff officers spent a lot of time explaining the various aspects of the preparatory works for the biggest event in the calendar of Hyderabad City Police.

“Since January, all the festivals of various communities were conducted peacefully despite the huge turnout of crowds post-Covid, and so were so many other programmes and events. Those were all quarter finals and semi finals, Ganesh bandobast is the finals and I am sure u will all rise to the occasion and do equally well,” he told the officials.

The police chief said that the organisers must intimate the concerned SHOs about the setting up of the idol and obtain permission. Instructions were given to immerse PoP idols at baby/artificial ponds. The officials were given clarity about court orders.

There will be coordination meetings with the organisers of these mandapams at every level to decide about the installation so as not to inconvenience the general public. Power, water, barricading etc., will be discussed.

The peace committee members should be actively involved and precautions should be taken for watching social media and mischievous posts, the commissioner said.

The Ganesh festivities will conclude this year with immersion on September 9. Every year, thousands of idols are immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake in the heart of the city and dozens of other water bodies in and around the city.

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India’s daily Covid tally significantly dips to 9,062

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 In the last 24 hours, India logged 9,062 new Covid-19 cases, a significant decline against the 15,040 infections reported the previous day, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

In the same period, there were 36 additional fatalities which took the nationwide Covid death toll to 5,27,134.

The active caseload also declined to 1,05,058, accounting for 0.24 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 15,220 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,36,54,064. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.57 per cent.

While the daily positivity rate came down to 2.49 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.38 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,64,038 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 88.10 crore.

As of Wednesday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 208.57 crore, achieved via 2,77,24,081 sessions

Over 3.98 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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