Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the Ministry was not tracking the number of post-COVID syndrome cases in India, but it was following reports of re-infection confirmed in Hong Kong earlier this week. A technical body of experts is gathering data to develop a guideline for addressing post-COVID complications, he said.
“This is still a relatively new virus — only about 7-8 months old. We aren’t alarmed with the development but are following it closely. We still are understating the time period of immunity that the infection provides,” ICMR director general said.
Here are the latest updates:
9.45 am | Maharashtra
Demands for relaxations surge, but Uddhav firm on going slow
While Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is firm on not pushing the State government’s Mission Begin Again, demands, ranging from concessions to single-screen theatre owners and opening gymnasiums to seeking relaxations from e-pass, are increasing every day.
A delegation of the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors’ Association of India on Tuesday held a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule and submitted a list of demands, including concessions in electricity bills, exemption from property tax, and soft loans with minimum rates.
9.30 am | Tamil Nadu
T.N. records 5,951 fresh infections, 107 deaths
As many as 5,951 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, taking the State’s tally to 3,91,303. While 6,998 persons were discharged after treatment, 107 deaths were recorded in the State.
A total of 52,128 persons are currently undergoing treatment. As many as 3,32,454 persons have been discharged till date, while the death toll stands at 6,721.
9 am | West Bengal
Keep those with mild infections under isolation and not in health facilities: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an administrative meeting suggested that those with mild infections be released from health facilities and kept under isolation. She said a separate record should be kept for those from neighbouring States who are seeking treatment in the health facilities in W.B.
She directed police officials to make alternative arrangements for the stay of the personnel so that they do not crowd the barracks and the infection in the force can be contained.
8.45 am | Telangana
Jagtial Additional SP Dakshina Murthy died of cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Karimnagar, Telangana. He was undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
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8.30 am | Tamil Nadu
CPI(M) leader dies after contracting infection
Senior CPI(M) leader D. Lakshmanan, who played a major role in organising government employees, died on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 84.
8.00 am | Ireland
EU trade chief insists he broke no COVID-19 rules on Irish trip
The Irish government on Tuesday evening said there were clear breaches of COVID-19 public health guidelines during European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan’s recent trip to his native Ireland.
Mr. Hogan attended a golf dinner last week that outraged the Irish public and led to the resignation of an Irish minister and the disciplining of several lawmakers. He insisted on Tuesday he had adhered to all rules during the trip.
7.30 am | Maharashtra
Maharashtra’s case tally crosses 7 lakh
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 10,425 fresh COVID-19 cases , taking the State’s case tally to 7,03,823, a State health official said. With this, cases in Maharashtra crossed the seven lakh mark.
The death toll due to the pandemic in the State rose to 22,794 with 329 fatalities being reported during the day, the official said.