Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Trump claims Modi told him he has done a great job in COVID-19 testing

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If Taj Mahal is reopening, why not Ajanta & Ellora: Experts

  • Tourism industry representatives want reopening of the Ajanta and Ellora caves, arguing that if the Taj Mahal is reopening for public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, why not the two world-famous heritage sites located near Maharashtra.
  • Digital promotion of tourist spots is also needed to resume tourism activities during the pandemic, they said during a panel discussion on ‘Aurangabad Tourism: Changed World and Challenges on Sunday.
  • The Taj Mahal at Agra in Uttar Pradesh is set to reopen on September 21, over six months after it was shut.

Mizoram’s reports 14 new cases

14 new COVID19 cases reported in Mizoram today, taking the total tally to 1,428 so far. The number of active cases is 598 while 830 people have been discharged. No death reported in the state till date: Government of Mizoram

Jharkhand reports 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, 13 fresh fatalities

  • Jharkhand’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 61,474 on Monday as 1,014 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 555, a health bulletin said.
  • The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases to 14,336, while 46,583 people have been cured of the disease so far, it said.
  • The state has tested 14,731 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin added.

Chelsea had at least 10 players in quarantine: Lampard

  • Chelsea’s coach Frank Lampard has revealed that the club had at least 10 players forced into quarantine as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus during the pre-season.
  • Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, and Emerson Palmieri were required to self-isolate amid the COVID-19 pandemic during the pre-season, Goal.com reported.

South Korea eases restrictions as virus cases drop

  • South Korea has reported its lowest daily virus tally in about a month as it began easing its tough social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area.
  • The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Monday that the 109 new cases added in the past 24 hours took the country’s total to 22,285 with 363 deaths.
  • Under new distancing rules that are formally effective from Monday for two-weeks, franchise cafes and bakeries are allowed to have customers drink and eat inside their shops while indoor gyms and after-school academics can reopen. A ban on dining at restaurants after 9 pm was also lifted.

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new countrywide lockdown will be imposed amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to shut down in a bid to bring down infection rates.
  • Beginning Friday, the start of the Jewish High Holiday season, schools, restaurants and hotels will shut down, among other businesses, and Israelis will face restrictions on movement.
  • The lockdown will remain in place for at least three weeks, at which point officials are expected to relax measures if numbers are seen declining.

Trump claims Modi told him he has done a great job in COVID-19 testing

“By far, we’ve tested more people than India, than many, many big countries put together. India is second (in coronavirus testing after the US). We’re 44 million tests ahead of India. They have 1.5 billion people. And Prime Minister Modi calls me and says, what a job you’ve done with testing,” Trump said at an election rally in Reno, Nevada.

Preparing for an online Ramleela

I don’t think we’ll be able to organise Ramleela due to increase in COVID-19 cases. Guidelines that will be issued by govt will be followed. However, we’re preparing to organise Ramleela online, rehearsals have also begun: Ashok Chaudhry, Joint Ram Leela Sangh, Advisor, Chandigarh

New Zealand to lift coronavirus curbs in most of country on Sept 21

  • New Zealand will lift coronavirus restrictions across the country on Sept. 21, except in its biggest city Auckland which is the epicentre of the second wave of infections.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland’s restrictions would be reviewed next week. She also said it was decided to immediately ease all physical distancing requirements on planes and other public transport.

Delhi govt permits gyms, yoga centres outside COVID-19 containment zones to reopen

  • The Delhi government on Sunday allowed gyms and yoga centres in the national capital to reopen after being closed for over five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In an order issued late in the night, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said that gymnasiums and yoga institutes will be permitted to reopen in the city, except in the containment zones, with immediate effect.

Spain to begin clinical trials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

  • Spain’s first trials of a coronavirus vaccine are scheduled to begin on Monday, Alberto Borobia, the chief of the clinical trials unit of the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, said on Sunday.
  • The vaccine to be tested was developed by US corporation Johnson & Johnson. Phase 1 trials were held in the United States and Belgium. The trials in Spain will fall under Phase 2, to be also held in Germany and Belgium.
  • The participants will get either one shot of the vaccine or two shots a month apart. There will also be a group that will be given a placebo. Doctors will monitor the participants throughout the entire period of trials.

Vande Bharat flights facilitated repatriation, outbound travel of over 16.25 lakh people

International flights under Vande Bharat Mission, in addition to other modes, facilitated repatriation and outbound travel of more than 16.25 lakh people from different countries, said Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister.

Brazil’s COVID-19 weekly death toll rises to about 4,000 fatalities

  • The number of coronavirus-related fatalities in Brazil has surpassed 131,600 with about 4,000 deaths registered over the past week, according to the country’s Health Ministry.
  • In the past 24 hours, Brazil confirmed 415 new deaths from COVID-19 and 14,768 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said on Sunday. Brazil’s total coronavirus death toll now stands at 131,625, while the country’s total number of cases is 4,330,455.

Daily record of 307,900 coronavirus cases confirmed globally: WHO

  • The number of coronavirus cases confirmed across the world in the past 24 hours stands at a record high of nearly 308,000, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • North and South America have the largest combined number of cases out of all the regions in the world.





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