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PM Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath temple

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Dehradun, May 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

The portals of the holy shrine were opened for pilgrims last week after a six-month-long winter break.

After spending the night at Kedarnath, PM Modi will visit the Badrinath temple on Sunday before returning to the national capital.

Security has been tightened around both the shrines in view of the Prime Minister’s visit, Ashok Kumar, Director General (Law and Order) told media.

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New method pressed into service to curb Covid spread in Thane

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In a bid to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) in Maharashtra’s Thane district has rolled out a new pattern found successful in one region, officials said.

The pattern is derived from its success in Turbhe region and is now being implemented in other areas of the NMMC. The ‘Turbhe Pattern’ involves a complex task of contact tracing of 28 close contacts of a positive person, which has helped detect a large number of cases in the past few days.

“After a person is diagnosed as Covid-19 positive, we start tracing at least 28 of his close or recent contacts, check their health and send them to quarantine if needed,” explained a senior health officer.

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Punjab cancels pending school board examinations

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The Punjab Government has decided to cancel the pending examinations of various classes which were earlier announced to be conducted after July 15 by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

While divulging details, School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said that the state government has decided to cancel all the pending examinations of Class XII, open school and several other categories including reappear and golden chance students.

He added that the decision has been taken in view of the hard times due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Single-day record 1,608 new corona cases in Andhra

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Amaravati, July 10 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh witnessed an all-time high of 1,608 new coronavirus cases in 24-hour cycle ended at 9 am on Friday, including 32 returnees from other states.

On Thursday too, the state had reported a high of 1,555 new cases, while the previous single-day high of 1,322 cases was recorded on Monday.

Andhra Pradesh”s total corona cases breached the 25K-mark to touch 25,422 cases on Friday.

Continuing the trend, all 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh reported fresh cases on Friday, including the highest 208 in Chittoor district and followed by Anantapur (191), East Godavari (169), Kurnool and West Godavari (144 cases each), Guntur (136) and Prakasam (110), among others.

As many as 21,020 samples were tested compared with 16,882 samples a day earlier.

The recovery rate remains robust as 981 more patients were discharged from hospitals and Covid-19 treatment centres, taking the total cured persons to 13,194.

As of Friday, 11,936 persons are receiving treatment at hospitals and designated treatment centers in the state.

Friday also saw highest 15 deaths recorded in a day in Andhra Pradesh — Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur two deaths each, and Nellore, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and West Godavari districts one death each.

Andhra Pradesh”s total corona death toll now stands at 292.

Even as a decline was observed in the number of positive cases among returnees from other states, returnees from Telangana continued to dominate in this category.

Of the 32 new such cases reported on Friday, 22 were from among returnees from Telangana, 4 from Maharashtra, two each from Delhi and Odisha, and one each from Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Till date, 2,351 state returnees have tested positive in Andhra Pradesh. The active cases in this category total 686, whereas 1,665 persons have been discharged till date.

On Friday, no new cases were reported from persons with foreign travel history. The total corona patients in this category stands at 424, with 298 of them cured and discharged. As of Friday, 126 persons in this category were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

–IANS

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