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New Delhi : Concerned over the rising number of Covid cases in the state, Punjab Chief Minister on August 9, 2020, ordered night curfew from 9 pm. to 5 am in the worst affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Patiala, while directing all big cities/towns to prepare integrated management plan for treatment of the disease at both Government and private facilities.

Haryana: Haryana Chief Minister ManoharLal has said that Faridabad district has done commendable work to put up a tough fight against COVID-19 Pandemic and currently the doubling rate of the district has reduced to 59 days, which is very reassuring. He directed the officers that more and more testing should be done to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases. Besides this, as much as possible, treatment should be done with plasma therapy, according to a PIB release.

Maharashtra: Pen in Raigad district adjacent to Mumbai is known for its exquisite Ganapati idols. However, the artisans are facing a bleak future this year on account of Covid pandemic and the resultant lockdown. The idol makers say they have witnessed 40% decline in domestic orders and over 60% drop in export orders.  Meanwhile, Covid cases in Maharashtra crossed the 5 lakh grim mark at 5.03 lakh cases, after 12,822 positive cases were reported on August 8, 2020.

Gujarat: The Covid 19 recovery rate in Gujarat has further improved to 75.48%. The state recorded 1,101 new cases and 1,135 recoveries on August 8, 2020. The number of active cases as on date is 14,530.

Rajasthan: Rajasthan Government has decided to use the reliable RT-PCR testing for Covid 19 rather than focusing on quick but not so accurate Rapid Antigen Test. Reviewing the Covid situation in the state, CM Ashok Gehlot said, despite the rising numbers, if the mortality rate is kept under control, it will be a major achievement. Rajasthan has 51,924 active cases and the death toll is 784.

Goa: In Goa, almost 20 doctors and 10 to 15 health workers connected to Goa Medical College have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  Goa has till date reported 8,206 Covid cases of which 2,232 are active cases.

Karnataka: Medical Education Minister said a committee will be formed to study the reasons for the high mortality of covid patients at ESI hospital Rajajinagara, Bangalore. Total death in the state due to covid crossed 3,000 on August 8. Highest number of 7,178 new cases in a single day was also confirmed on August 8.

Andhra Pradesh: AP Health Minister said a case was registered against Swarna Palace Hotel and Ramesh Hospitals management for death of 10 Covid19 patients in a fire accident in the early hours of August 9, 2020, at Vijayawada. The hotel has been taken for lease and  converted into a Covid19 Care Centre for treating coronavirus patients. The Health Minister said that there were 31 Covid19 patients undergoing treatment at the time of the mishap. The CM announced a compensation of Rs 50 lakh each to the families of the deceased. According to TTD Executive Officer, as many as 743 TTD employees were infected with Covid19. Among them 402 were discharged getting cured while the remaining are undergoing treatment.

Assam: In Assam, between July 16 to August 8, 2020,  the COVID-19 positivity rate has come down from 18% to 4.5%. The number of positive case per day is also slowing down, tweeted the state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.