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Gujarat’s Covid toll climbs over 1,500, case total crosses 24K

There are 5,926 active cases, out of which 71 critical patients are still on ventilator and the rest are stable.

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Gandhinagar, June 15 : Gujarat, which is witnessing almost 30 deaths every day due to Covid-19 since the last 15 days, on Monday saw its total toll cross the 1,500-mark to reach 1,506, while the almost 500 cases daily since the month”s beginning, took its case tally to 24,104.

A total of 514 new cases were detected from the 4,344 RT-PCR tests carried out across the state on Monday.

Though the number of positive cases being detected from the state”s worst-hit Ahmedabad are gradually coming down, the state”s cases are still spiralling with 7,310 positive cases have been detected so far this this month, at an average of 488 cases daily.

Out of the 514 cases detected on Monday, 327 were in Ahmedabad. Surat was a distant second at 64, followed by Vadodara with 44, Gandhinagar with 15, Jamnagar, Bharuch and Rajkot with eight each, Panchmahals with seven, Sabarkantha and Junagadh with four each, Patan and Surendranagar with three each, Bhavnagar, Mahesana, Valsad and Amreli with two each, Banaskantha, Anand, Kutch, Kheda, Navsari, Botad, Narmada, and Amreli with one case each. There was a patient from outside the state too.

Monday saw yet another 28 patients succumbing to the dreadful virus, out of which Ahmedabad accounted for 23. Four patients from Surat and one patient from Aravalli also died.

Despite the share of Corona positive cases from Ahmedabad having come down to 70.39 per cent, the death toll rate of the city remained the same, around 81 per cent of the total toll. A total of 465 people have succumbed there during the first fifteen days of June.

Till date, 1,213 people have died in Ahmedabad alone, trailed distantly by Surat with by 104, and Vadodara with 45. There have been 21 deaths in Gandhinagar, 14 each in Panchmahals and Aravalli, 13 in Bhavnagar, 12 in Anand, 10 in Patan, nine in Mahesana and eight in Banaskantha.

On Monday, a total of 339 patients were discharged, taking the total so far to 16,672.

Of the total cases, Ahmedabad continues to lead with 16,967, followed by Surat with 2,643, Vadodara with 1,602, Gandhinagar with 482, Mahesana with 187, Bhavnagar with 169, Rajkot with 157, Banaskantha with 152, Aravalli with 146, Sabarkantha with 141, Anand with 129, Panchmahals with 126, Mahisagar with 120, Patan with 117, Kheda with 106, Kutch with 104, Bharuch with 93, Jamnagar with 82, Surendranagar with 78, Botad with 67, Valsad with 59 and Gir-Somnath with 50.

A total of 2,92,909 RT-PCR tests have been carried out so far.

There are 5,926 active cases, out of which 71 critical patients are still on ventilator and the rest are stable.

A total of 2,11,867 people are quarantined in the state, where 2,07,290 are home quarantined and 4,658 in government facilities.

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Bengal govt withdraws state-wide lockdown on Aug 28

Hence, the statewide lockdown will only be observed on August 20, 21, 27 and 31.

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Kolkata, Aug 12 : The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Wednesday withdrew the complete lockdown on August 28 and imposed a curfew on August 20 instead.

The state government passed an order to this effect, saying the step was taken in response to various requests it had received.

As a result, the lockdown dates were once again revised to six days this month. This is the fourth time that the state government has revised the coronavirus lockdown dates for the month of August.

Hence, the statewide lockdown will only be observed on August 20, 21, 27 and 31.

According to the statement, the revision comes in view of difficulties cited by businesses and banking operators due to the consecutive two-day lockdown in the last week of August.

“Several communications have been received citing difficulty to conduct of businesses and banking operations because of the two-day lockdown on Thursday and Friday in the last week of August, followed by one-day lockdown on the following Monday. The state government has considered the requests for relaxation of lockdown,” the notification read.

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Action against cops after Aligarh incident involving MLA

After the incident, about half a dozen BJP MLAs conveyed to the chief minister that they wanted action against the police officer who reportedly misbehaved with Sahyogi.

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Lucknow, Aug 12 : The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has suspended the station officer of Gonda police station, Anuj Kumar Saini, who was involved in an alleged brawl with BJP MLA Rajkumar Sahyogi.

Superintendent of Police rural Atul Sharma has also been transferred after the incident which took place earlier on Wednesday.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the IG zone to probe the incident.

After the incident, about half a dozen BJP MLAs conveyed to the chief minister that they wanted action against the police officer who reportedly misbehaved with Sahyogi.

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Derogatory social media post accused arrested in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Aug 12 : City police have arrested the person accused of posting a derogatory message which triggered riots in Bengaluru east last night, an official said on Wednesday.

“With regard to the incidents in D.J. Halli, accused Naveen was arrested for posting derogatory posts,” said city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant.

Naveen is said to be the relative of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy.

Following his social media post, irate mobs resorted to rioting and arson in D.J. Halli, K.G. Halli, Pulikeshinagar and Kaval Byresandra.

Pant said 110 accused persons involved in the rioting have been arrested.

“Total 110 persons accused arrested for arson, stone pelting and assault on the police. Appeal to all to cooperate with the police to maintain peace,” said the police commissioner.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa said last night’s mischief lead to rioting and assault on Murthy’s home and the D.J. Halli police station.

He directed the officials to take action against the perpetrators.

“The attack on journalists, police and the public in the riot last night was unpredictable. The government will not tolerate such provocations and rumours,” said Yediyurappa in Kannada.

He said strict action against the perpetrators was certain and appealed to the people to act with restraint.

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