DES MOINES — Wright County saw 40 more cases of COVID-19 confirmed over the 24-hour period between 11:00 AM Wednesday and 11:00 AM Thursday according to the latest statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health. That brings the total for the county to 65.Eight other confirmed cases have been confirmed in our immediate listening area — four in Hancock, and two each in Kossuth and Winnebago. One case was reduced from Cerro Gordo County and reassigned to another county’s total.The total number of cases in our listening area now is at 148 — the 65 in Wright; 19 in Cerro Gordo; 14 in Butler; 11 in Flory; nine each in Hancock and Winnebago; seven each in Franklin and Kossuth; four in Mitchell; and three in Worth. 54 area cases have recovered, three more than reported on Wednesday morning.Looking at the state numbers, 20 more deaths were reported for a total of 403; 420 new cases were confirmed for a total now of 15,954; 269 more people have recovered to bring that total to 8505.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that a church-backed fact-finding report into serial desecrations in Goa was part of a conspiracy hatched against him ahead of the bypolls. On August 21, the Council for Social Justice and Peace, an NGO affiliated to the Goa Catholic Church, had released the report on a series of cases of alleged desecration of Christian and Hindu religious symbols in South Goa.Mr. Parrikar said, “All methods were tried — legal, media, social media and scurrilous publicity. Even to the extent that two days before elections, some organisation released an untrue fact-finding report. I am calling it untrue, you will realise why in the coming days after details of the police investigation.”The report, co-authored by the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, has demanded a court-monitored probe into the cases of desecration. It has accused the Goa police of colluding with the State administration in covering up the investigation into the cases and so far arresting only one person. Earlier, a Church-run magazine had severely criticised the BJP governments at the State and Centre. The article compared contemporary India to Nazi Germany and implored Catholics to vote against communalism.