Corona Updates You Must Track: India Records 75,760 Cases In 24 Hours, New Guidelines For COVID-TB Screening
India’s coronavirus tally has surged past the 33-lakh mark. With 1,023 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the country’s COVID-19 toll has reached 60,472
India cases and toll: In a record surge in daily cases, India reported 75,760 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. With this, India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 33,10,234, according to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
In another grim milestone, India’s coronavirus death toll moved past the 60,000-mark with 1,023 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The country currently has 7,25,991 active cases while 25,23,771 have recovered from the disease and 60,472 succumbed to it. India conducted 9,24,998 tests for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Health Ministry guidelines for TB-COVID screening: The MoHFW on Wednesday issued guidelines for bidirectional Tuberculosis-COVID screening. “Studies have shown that history of active as well as latent TB is an important risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection,” said the Health Ministry notification.
As per the guidelines, all newly diagnosed TB patients or those currently on treatment should be tested for COVID-19, and even after COVID-19 diagnosis, the treatment for TB should continue uninterrupted.
Likewise, all COVID-19 cases should be screened for TB symptoms using the 4-symptom complex (cough for more than two weeks, persistent fever for more than two weeks, significant weight loss and night sweats), history of contact with a TB case or history of TB. “All COVID-positive TB patients will be admitted to a dedicated COVID Care Centre/dedicated COVID Health Centre/dedicated COVID Hospital (level as per severity), if required,” the guidelines said.
Tracking COVID vaccine progress: Two volunteers, a doctor and a doctoral candidate, were administered the Oxford University-AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, in Pune. They are among the 1,600 volunteers who will be administered the vaccine as part of the human trials conducted by the Serum Institute of India. The Pune-based company will manufacture a billion doses of the vaccine, if successful, for low- and middle-income countries.
COVID-19 tracker for 27 August. Source: Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB
Maharashtra posts record numbers: The western state on Wednesday recorded the biggest spike in daily COVID-19 cases. With 14,888 cases in 24 hours, Maharashtra’s coronavirus tally surged to 7,18,711 with 1,73,195 active cases, 5,22,427 recoveries and 23,089 fatalities. A total of 295 people succumbed to the disease across the state in the last 24 hours.
Global corona update: The global COVID-19 count has reached 2,43,36,287 with 66,30,990 active cases, 1,68,75,614 recoveries and 8,29,683 deaths, as per Worldometer. At least 61,539 COVID-19 patients are in a critical or serious condition.
The US, which is leading the global tally for coronavirus, has logged 6 million or 60 lakh cases. The country’s COVID-19 count stands at 60,00,365, including 1,83,653 deaths. The US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quietly revised its testing guidelines on Monday to say that some people without symptoms for COVID-19 need not get tested even if they have been in close contact with a COVID-positive patient.
Meanwhile Brazil, which is the second worst-hit country by the virus, has so far reported 37,22,004 cases with 1,17,756 deaths.