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India surpasses 8 million Coronavirus cases
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment while caring for patients with coronavirus infection in the Indian state of Kerala.
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment while caring for patients with coronavirus infection in the Indian state of Kerala. Credit: Javed Anees (Public Domain)

Over 8,040,000 Coronavirus cases have been recorded in India, making it the second-worst hit country. 120,527 people have died due to the Coronavirus.

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Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for Coronavirus
Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for Coronavirus
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Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said he has tested positive for Coronavirus.

He tweeted: "Tested positive for CORONA. All parameters perfectly normal. Started with mild temp. No temp. for last 2 days. Admitted to AIIMS Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs normal. Will be back soon for campaigning."

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India: Schools reopen following a drop in Coronavirus cases
India: Schools reopen following a drop in Coronavirus cases
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Schools in India will reopen on Thursday after a drop in Coronavirus cases. Schools in the Dehli region and the western Maharashtra state will remain closed until October 31.

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Amnesty International to halt operations in India
Amnesty International Logo
Amnesty International Logo Credit: Amnesty International

Amnesty International said Tuesday it is halting work in India due to a "continuing crackdown" and "harassment" by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The human rights watchdog said the bank account of its India branch has been frozen by the right-wing government.

In a statement, Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of the organization, said: "The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental."

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India: almost 100,000 new Coronavirus cases in one single day
A Newspaper vendor in Tamil Nadu, India, wearing safety gloves, mask and safety glass.
A Newspaper vendor in Tamil Nadu, India, wearing safety gloves, mask and safety glass. Credit: Vaikunda Raja (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

India reported 96,551 new Coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period, reaching 4.5 million total cases since the beginning of the outbreak.

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India reports 80,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day - the highest number in the world
India reports 80,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day - the highest number in the world
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As the first country to cross the mark India has reported 80,000 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday. The growth rate of new cases and fatalities has more than doubled compared to the previous week.

In total India has reported 3,616,730 Covid-19 cases out of which 2,767,412 patients already have recovered.

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Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84,
Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84,
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Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has died at age 84. He tested positive for the Coronavirus and was in a coma following a brain surgery earlier in August. His death is followed by seven days of state mourning.

His son bhijit Mukherjee took to Twitter to release a statement: "With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers ,duas & prarthanas from people throughout India ! I thank all of You 🙏."

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India announces plans to invest $1,46 trillion into economy
India announces plans to invest $1,46 trillion into economy
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According to Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi his government has identified 7,000 infrastructure projects to invest in in order to boost the economy that has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The country currently has reported over 2,5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases with over 49,000 deaths.

Modi also stated that "infrastructure will not be created in silos anymore. All infrastructure has to be comprehensive, integrated and linked to each other. Multi-modal connectivity infrastructure is the way forward".

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India: Fire broke out at Covid-Clinic, least 7 dead

A fire broke out at the hotel Swarna Palace, a temporary Covid-Clinic, on Sunday. The cause seems to be a PPE kit that caught fire. Recent reports say that at least 7 people have died in the fire, all other patients were moved to another hospital. It was the second fire at a Covid clinic in recent days.

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Indian prince calls for end of conversion therapy, stating that he has been subject of one

The openly gay Indian prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has stated that "I was myself a victim of conversion therapy" after he outed himself to his parents. According to him, religious leaders were involved in his parents' attempt to convert his sexuality and they as well well talked to doctors for possible operations.

He is now calling for a ban on the conversion therapy and stated that "Lesbians are treated so badly, I’ve known cases where the family member with rape the child to prove she can have sex with a man" in a call for more acceptance of the LGBTQI+ community.

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India passes the 1 million Covid-19 cases mark
Health checks in India
Health checks in India Credit: Gwydion M. Williams (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

India became the third country to report more than one million Covid-19 infections, with a total of 1,077,618 confirmed cases on Sunday. Before India, only the United States and Brazil surpassed the one million mark.

The country has a death toll of 26,816, with a rate of 14.3 deaths per million inhabitants.

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India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps
iPhone displaying the TikTok app
iPhone displaying the TikTok app Credit: Kon Karampelas

The Ministry of Information Technology of India announced Monday the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok and WeChat. In a press release, the Ministry, states the ban is a response "of the emergent nature of threats" and that the apps "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.".

At the moment, all listed apps are still available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, and it is not clear how the Indian Government plans to enforce the ban.

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India: Father and son die in police custody over alleged torture

J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31 have died in police custody after being arrested on June 19. The police had detained the father and son over the accusation that they kept their store open past permitted hours during the reimposed Covid-19 lockdown in the southern state Tamail Nadu. Their family has filed written complaints about alleged abuse by the police and stated that both suffered from rectal bleeding. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami of Tamil Nadu has stated that two policemen have been suspended and that the case would be transferred to the federal agency the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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India runs out of ICU beds as 99% are in use in Mumbai

With a rising number of Covid-19 cases, India is running out of Intensive Care Units in Mumbai, which is most affected by the pandemic. The city reports the use of 99% of its ICU beds and 9% use of ventilators according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Out of the 1,181 ICU beds, only 14 are open for new patients.

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India records 7,964 new infections in a single day - highest number so far

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has published an open letter to the nation in which he wrote that "Many feared that India would become a problem for the world when corona hits it. But today, through sheer confidence and resilience, you have transformed the way the world looks at us". This comes as the infection numbers have reached a new all-time high for India with 7,964 new infections and 265 deaths in a single day.

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Modi Announces 21-Day Lockdown for India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has announced a nationwide lockdown of three weeks for the country to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. In a televised address, Modi again emphasised the importance of social distancing. The lockdown will be a complete ban on people leaving their homes. The Prime Minister said: "If we don't handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years."