On Friday, Shah announced on Twitter that his latest Coronavirus tests have come back negative. He also thanked his well-wishers for their wishes.
India recorded 64,553 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally across the country to 2,461,542. With over 1,000 deaths reported on Thursday, the country’s death toll surged to 48,144.
India, the third worst-hit country by total cases and fourth by death tolls, has added 434,116 cases in the past 7 days alone.
The five most affected states by the pandemic are Maharashtra (560,126), Tamil Nadu (320,355), Andhra Pradesh (264,142), Karnataka (203,200), and Delhi (1,49,460).
India’s financial capital, Mumbai, now has more cases than Canada.
With 140,775 corona cases, Uttar Pradesh is catching up with Delhi, which at present is the fifth-worst-hit state in India.
Home Minister Amit Shah tests negative for coronavirus
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that he tested negative for coronavirus.
Shah had tested positive for the infectious virus last month, after which he was admitted to the Medanta hospital.
On Friday, Shah announced on Twitter that his latest tests have come back negative. He also thanked his well-wishers for their wishes.
He would remain in home isolation for a few more days, he said.
आज मेरी कोरोना टेस्ट रिपोर्ट नेगेटिव आई है।
मैं ईश्वर का धन्यवाद करता हूँ और इस समय जिन लोगों ने मेरे स्वास्थ्यलाभ के लिए शुभकामनाएं देकर मेरा और मेरे परिजनों को ढाढस बंधाया उन सभी का ह्रदय से आभार व्यक्त करता हूँ।
डॉक्टर्स की सलाह पर अभी कुछ और दिनों तक होम आइसोलेशन में रहूँगा।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 14, 2020
Rahul Gandhi Says Centre Must Declare “Covid Vaccine Access Strategy Now”
On Friday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi demanded that the government should clearly define an inclusive and equitable vaccine access policy to ensure its affordability and fair distribution.
India will soon be one of the COVID-19 vaccine producing countries and the government must spell out its strategy now, Gandhi added.
“India will be one of the COVID-19 vaccine-producing nations. It needs a clearly-defined, inclusive and equitable vaccine access strategy ensuring availability, affordability and fair distribution. The Government of India (GOI) must do it now,” the Congress leader said on Twitter.
India will be one of the COVID-19 vaccine-producing nations.
It needs a clearly-defined, inclusive & equitable vaccine access strategy ensuring availability, affordability & fair distribution.
GOI must do it now.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 14, 2020
Vaishno Devi Yatra To Resume From August 16
Nearly 5 months into the suspension as a precautionary measure amid coronavirus pandemic, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra would be resumed on August 16, the Jammu and Kashmir administration announced.
Preparations of the resumption of the Yatra had begun months in advance by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The temple premises are being sanitized and all SOPs in the context of Covid-19 are being followed to welcome pilgrims.
Maximum of 500 pilgrims per day will be permitted in a graded manner from outside Jammu and Kashmir, according to the guidelines set up by administration for the pilgrims visiting the shrine. In order to avoid any assembly of persons at current counters, registration of pilgrims should be made only through online mode.