India reported 42,766 new Covid-19 cases and 308 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. Of the fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, Kerala recorded 29,682 new cases and142 deaths yesterday.
The active caseload has risen to 4,10,048 out of which 2.5 lakh cases are in Kerala. The national recovery rate is at 97.42 per cent. Maharashtra reported 65 deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday said the total lockdown on Sundays and the 10 pm-6 am night curfews as part of Covid-19 restrictions will continue in the state until a review meeting next week, Addressing the press in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan said a detailed review meeting would be held on September 7 where a decision on extending restrictions would be taken. Micro-lockdowns in municipal wards with a weekly infection positivity rate (WIPR) higher than 7 would also continue until next week, the CM said. In other news, a new study shows that people with uncomplicated liver transplant and with no co-morbidities did “not have poor outcome” if they were affected by Covid. The independent study was conducted by Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, under the aegis of Dr Subhash Gupta, the chairman of the hospital’s centre for liver & biliary sciences. The study was conducted on a batch of people who went liver transplant since 2006, including those affected by COVID-19, to understand their response, as they are on “immunosuppressive medications” which predispose them to infections.