Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports lowest daily cases in nearly a month

Coronavirus update: India on Sunday saw over 80,000 new Covid-19 cases, a notch less than the average daily additions since last month. Total caseload currently stands at 6,073,348. The country has added over 1,000 deaths daily for 28 days. Death toll now stands at 95,162. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the findings of the soon-to-be-released second sero survey indicated that India was still far from achieving any kind of herd immunity. Warning against complacency, Vardhan said that the second sero survey findings make it necessary for everyone to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Coronavirus vaccine update: Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of Serum Institute of India, which is conducting trials of Covid vaccine candidates ahead of mass production, took to Twitter to highlight challenges in vaccine production and distribution in the country. "Quick question: will the Government of India have 80,000 crores available over the next one year? Because that is what the Ministry of Health needs to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India. This is the next concerning challenge we need to tackle," Poonawalla said.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 33,376,365. While 24,687,001 have recovered, 1,003,353 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,321,343 cases. It is followed by India, which has 6,087,454 cases, Brazil (4,732,309) and Russia (1,151,438).

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11:57 PM IST Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently, was on Monday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.   Ever since the senior BJP leader tweeted about her testing positive for the infection late on Saturday night, the AIIMS management had made arrangements, in-charge of COVID cases at the AIIMS, Madhur Uniyal, said.   Her condition is stable, the official said.

11:42 PM IST Karnataka Law and Parliamentary affairs minister J C Madhuswamy tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.   The private hospital where he was admitted said he tested positive for the virus.   The minister underwent the COVID-19 test after his driver and cook contracted the virus, his associates said.   He had attended the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly session.

10:18 PM IST The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched a portal which will provide information related to vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials and progress made in this area locally and globally at regular intervals.   While emphasising on the importance of elaborate and transparent information on the status of vaccine development, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Today, in the times of Covid, vaccine development is watched very closely. Thus, it becomes important to showcase the status of vaccine development in the country."   The Union Health Minister also launched the Mobile Stroke Unit. Vardhan said, "It is disheartening to see the susceptibility of people to heart disease and hypertension. Timely treatment can reduce fatality and prevent people from disability. This initiative will go a long way in addressing the needs of the people in this area."

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BJP leader Uma Bharti who tested Covid-19 positive admitted to AIIMS

Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently, was on Monday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.
 
Ever since the senior BJP leader tweeted about her testing positive for the infection late on Saturday night, the AIIMS management had made arrangements, in-charge of COVID cases at the AIIMS, Madhur Uniyal, said.
 
Her condition is stable, the official said.

Karnataka minister tests positive for Covid-19

Karnataka Law and Parliamentary affairs minister J C Madhuswamy tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
 
The private hospital where he was admitted said he tested positive for the virus.
 
The minister underwent the COVID-19 test after his driver and cook contracted the virus, his associates said.
 
He had attended the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly session.

Health Ministry launches portal for info on vaccine, clinical trials

The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched a portal which will provide information related to vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials and progress made in this area locally and globally at regular intervals.
 
While emphasising on the importance of elaborate and transparent information on the status of vaccine development, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Today, in the times of Covid, vaccine development is watched very closely. Thus, it becomes important to showcase the status of vaccine development in the country."
 
The Union Health Minister also launched the Mobile Stroke Unit. Vardhan said, "It is disheartening to see the susceptibility of people to heart disease and hypertension. Timely treatment can reduce fatality and prevent people from disability. This initiative will go a long way in addressing the needs of the people in this area."

Karnataka reports 6,892 new Covid-19 cases; tally up at 582,458

15 MLAs test Covid-19 positive in Odisha

At least 15 MLAs including Deputy Speaker Rajanikant Singh and three ministers have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the monsoon session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly starting on Tuesday, official sources said on Monday.
 
The MLAs underwent Covid-19 test on two days at the Assembly premises, ahead of the commencement of the Assembly session.
 
"I have been tested positive for Covid-19 and have been admitted in SUM Covid Hospital, Bhubaneswar. I request each and everyone who have come in close contact with me in recent few days to get themselves tested. Jai Jagannath," tweeted Deputy Speaker Singh.
 

Covid-19: 24 more fatalities, 1,630 fresh cases in Haryana

Haryana reported 24 more Covid-19 fatalities on Monday taking the death toll due to the disease to 1,331 while with 1,630 fresh cases the total infection count in the state rose to 1,25,412.
 
Of the 24 fatalities, five were from Panchkula district,four from Panipat, two each from Fatehabad, Sirsa, Hisar and Karnal while one death each was reported from Faridabad, Ambala, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Kaithal districts, according to the state health department's daily bulletin.
 
Among the districts which reported a big spike in cases included Gurugram (261), Faridabad (195), Kurukshetra (163), Rohtak (126), Hisar (107) and Sonipat (102).

Punjab reports 1,271 new Covid-19 cases; tally at 111,375

Gujarat records 1,404 new Covid-19 cases, 1,336 recoveries

As many as 1,404 fresh cases of coronavirus emerged in Gujarat in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 134,623 on Monday, said the state Health Department. A release by the Health Department said 12 persons with the Covid-19 infection also died across the state during the same period, taking the toll to 3,431.
 
It said 1,336 persons were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recovered cases to 114,476.
 
Gujarat Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 134,623, new cases 1,404, deaths 3,431, discharged 114,476, active cases 16,716, people tested so far 42,93,724.

Uttarakhand reports 457 fresh Covid-19 cases; tally at 47,502

The death from the novel coronavirus rose to 580 in Uttarakhand on Monday with six new fatalities, while 457 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 47,502, according to a health department bulletin.
 
Haridwar district reported a maximum of 129 fresh COVID-19 cases, Dehradun 113, Udham Singh Nagar 76, Tehri 27, Uttarkashi 25, Champawat 21, Almora 19, Nainital 16, Pauri 15, Chamoli 7, Rudraprayag 5, Pitgoragarh 2 and Bageshwar 2, the state health department bulletin said.

Covid-19: 438 more contract in Goa; active cases below 5,000

As many as 438 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Goa on Monday, taking the statewide tally to 32,396, while more than 600 people recovered from the infection, a health department official said.
 
Also, six patients died, taking the toll to 407 in the coastal state, he said.
 
The official said that 612 people were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, raising the number of recovered cases to 27,072.
 

Andhra Pradesh's daily Covid-19 count dips below 6,000

After many weeks, Andhra Pradesh's count of coronavirus cases increased by a little over 5,000 on Monday, as state Special Chief Secretary (Health) K S Jawahar Reddy said the infection spread has been on a declining trend over the last couple of weeks.
 
The state reported 5,487 fresh cases of Covid-19 from 66,121 sample tests in 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday while 7,210 patients got cured and discharged from hospitals.
 
The Covid-19 toll in the 24 hours was only 37, a significant drop over the past few days.
 

Covid-19: Delhi reports 1,984 new cases; toll at 5,272

Manipur reported 178 new cases; tally up at 10,477

Maharashtra reports 11,921 new Covid-19 cases, 180 deaths

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally rose to 1,351,153 on Monday with a single-day addition of 11,921 fresh cases, state health department said. With 180 people succumbing to the infection, the cumulative count went up to 35,751, it said.
 
Of the 180 deaths reported on Monday, 98 were from the past 48 hours, while 45 fatalities had occurred last week, the department said, adding that another 37 deaths were from the period before the last week.
 
A total of 19,932 patients were discharged after treatment in the state in the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,49,947, the department said.
 
Maharashtra now has 2,65,033 active cases.

Jharkhand govt caps cost of Rapid Antigen Test at Rs 550 for private labs

Record 2,112 Covid-19 cases in a day in Rajasthan; toll at 1,456

Rajasthan recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,112 coronavirus cases on Monday, raising its infection count to 1,30,971, while 15 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,456, a health department bulletin said.

Among the total number of people contracting the virus, 20,043 are under treatment while 1,08,476 have recovered, it said.

Of the 2,112 new cases, 444 were recorded in Jaipur, 361 in Jodhpur, 127 in Pali, 110 in Alwar, 106 in Bikaner, 100 in Bhilwara, 95 in Ajmer, 82 in Ajmer, 80 in Udaipur, besides cases reported in other districts of the state.

Jammu & Kashmir reports 824 new Covid cases, tally at 73,014

Jammu and Kashmir reported 14 more Covid-19 deaths on Monday, taking their number to 1,146 as 824 new cases pushed the Union territory's infection tally to 73,014. This is the first time in 26 days that the single-day spike of new cases in the UT is less than 1,000.
 
"The UT recorded 824 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours - with 540 in Jammu and 284 in the Kashmir Valley," an official said.
 
The cumulative figure of confirmed cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now risen to 73,014.
 

Mumbai's Dharavi area reports 12 new Covid-19 cases

The Covid-19 tally in Mumbai's slum colony Dharavi rose to 3,152 with the addition of 12 new cases on Monday, a senior BMC official said.

After reporting seven fresh cases on September 25, Dharavi has been registering double digit daily infections (between 10 and 20) since the past three days.

Kerala reported 4,538 new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate is 12.59%:

Govt develops National Clinical Registry to collect data on Covid-19

India's Feluda Covid-19 test cheaper, faster than RT-PCR diagnosis: Scientists

More accurate than a rapid antigen test and almost as quick, India's CRISPR Feluda' Covid-19 test that changes colour on detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus could be a cheaper, faster and simpler alternative to an RT-PCR diagnosis, say scientists.

Named after Satyajit Ray's famed detective, the Feluda test, which is priced at Rs 500 and can deliver a result in 45 minutes, is able to differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from other coronaviruses even if genetic variations between them are minute.

The Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) Feluda test, developed by the New Delhi-based CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) and the TATA Group, received regulatory approvals last week from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for commercial launch.

 

Covid-19 showed risk of dependence of global supply chain on any single source: PM Modi

The coronavirus pandemic has shown the risk involved in excessive dependence of the global supply chain on any single source, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a virtual bilateral summit on Monday with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen. The prime minister said India is working with Australia and Japan to diversify the supply chain, noting that like-minded countries are welcome to join the initiative.

In his opening remarks at the summit, Modi also said the events of the last few months have brought forth the need for countries believing in transparency, democratic value system and rules-based order to work together.

"The pandemic showed the risk involved in excessive dependence of the global supply chain on any single source," Modi said without naming any country or source.

 

Goa DGP Mukesh Kumar Meena tests positive for Covid-19

Jharkhand Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto tests positive for Covid-19

Jharkhand Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto on Monday said he tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here.
 
"Dear friends, my report for Covid-19 has come out positive. I have been admitted to RIMS for treatment," he said in a tweet.
 
The minister also appealed to all those who came in contact with him in the last few days to get themselves tested for coronavirus. Jharkhand reported 974 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 79,909, while the death toll mounted to 679 with nine more fatalities.

Tougher fines for breach of Covid-19 quarantine come into force across England

People across England will be required by law from Monday to self-isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus or face a 1,000-pound fine, which increases to 10,000 pounds for repeat offenders. The government said that as the infection is now spreading rapidly again across the country, the tougher measures are aimed at ensuring compliance and reducing the spread of Covid-19.

These new measures are about saving lives. Everyone must take personal responsibility and self-isolate if they test positive or if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, said UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Contributions of Covid-19 warriors unprecedented in history: Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday hailed the contributions made by Covid-19 warriors in the fight against the pandemic, saying that their role is unprecedented in the history of humanity.
 
Attending a programme to honour Covid-19 warriors in Bhopal, he said, "In their efforts to save lives, several doctors lost their lives, paramedical staff got infected, some of whom sacrificed their lives in the line of duties as also some policemen. I join my hands before you and thank you for services to humanity, which are unprecedented.

Iran experiences third Covid-19 wave, identifies 32 provinces as red zones

As Iran experiences the third wave of Covid-19, it has classified 32 provinces as red zones with the capital facing the most severe outbreak. As the country faces the worst Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, 195 new deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the total death count to 25,589. On Friday, the number of daily infections escalated above 3,500 for the first time since the start of the pandemic in Iran in February this year and the number of deaths was above 200 for the first time in almost two months, Al Jazeera reported.
 
Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari during her daily Covid-19 briefing announced that 3,362 more daily infections were registered, upping the total to 446,448. Hospitals are caring for 1,377 patients at the moment, Lari said.
 

Mizoram reports 44 new Covid-19 cases, tally up at 1,908

Jharkhand Education Minister tests Covid-19 positive

Jharkhand Education Minister Jaggarnath Mahto has tested coronavirus positive on Monday. He has been admitted at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi for treatment. Initially he was suffering from breathing problem. He was admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for treatment and later shifted to the Covid ward.

"The minister's condition is stable. He has been put on high flow of oxygen support system. We are watching his condition. After improvement in health condition his CT scan will be done," said Dr Nisith Ekka, posted in Covid task department of RIMS .

Two years ago the Education Minister had suffered a heart attack. His angioplasty was done in 2018.

Covid-19: Uttar Pradesh reports 3,838 fresh cases; tally up at 331,270

The Covid-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 5,652 on Monday with 58 more fatalities, while the infection tally reached 3,90,875 after 3,838 people tested positive for the disease, an official said. Briefing reporters here, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said 5,382 patients have been discharged after recovering from the infection.
 
So far, 331,270 Covid-19 patients have been cured of the contagion and the recovery rate stands at 84.75 per cent, he said. The number of active cases in the state stands at 53,953, Prasad said, adding that over 1.51 lakh tests were conducted in the state.

AP minister Vellampalli Srinivas Rao Covid-19 positive

Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas Rao has tested positive for coronavirus, however, he is currently fine. "Rao tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday evening. He is admitted in a hospital and everything is normal," an official confirmed.

Doctors performed 10 to 15 tests on the minister to check his health condition, all of which returned normal. He is doing absolutely fine," said the official.

Covid-19 update: 20 new cases push Andaman's tally to 3,794

The Covd-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,794 on Monday as 20 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. One more patient succumbed to the infection, taking the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 53, he said.
 
Six new patients have travel history, while 14 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said. Two more people have recovered from the disease, the official said. There are now 188 active coronavirus cases in the archipelago, while 3,553 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said.
 
The administration has so far sent 56,661 samples for Covid-19 tests, of which 25 reports are awaited while the remaining results have been received, the official 

Definitive data on Mexico's Covid-19 toll will take 2 years: Govt official

Mexico's top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country's death toll from Covid-19 won't be available for a couple of years. The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lpez-Gatell is likely to revive debate about Mexico's death toll, currently at 76,430, the fourth-highest in the world.
 
Officials have acknowledged in the past that the figure is a significant undercount, because it includes only those who died after a positive test result, almost always at a hospital. Mexico does very little testing, and many people die without a test. Read more

Delhi authority dresses up as Yamraj to fine people without masks

Covid-19: Parents allege steep fee hike by top private school

The parents of students of a top private school in the national capital have alleged that the authorities have increased the fee with effect from August despite a Delhi government order restricting any such raise till schools reopen. The city government had directed schools to not hike fees till schools remain closed due to Covid-19 and also not levy any charges in the name of development fees or annual fees.
 
The parents have approached the Directorate of Education (DoE) against the move by DPS RK Puram and also alleged disparities in fee structure of its two branches.

34 security personnel among 43 new Covid-19 patients in Mizoram

At least 43 people, including 34 security personnel, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, pushing the state's tally to 1,908, a statement said on Monday. Of the fresh cases, 37 were reported from Aizawl district and six from Lunglei, it said.
 
Thirty-four security personnel - 16 from Assam Rifles and 18 from Border Security Force - have contracted the disease and they have been quarantined, the statement issued by the Information and Public Relation Department said.
 
A Border Road Organisation (BRO) staffer was also diagnosed with the infection.

Puducherry reports 286 new Covid-19 cases; tally at 26,685

Tripura reports 193 new Covid-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Tripura on Monday reported 193 new cases of Covid-19, taking the state's tally to 24,921, a Health Department official said. Three more people died in the state, following which the toll rose to 270, he said. There are 5,692 active cases in the state at present.
 
So far, 18,936 people have recovered from the disease in the state.

Covid-recovered police personnel to donate plasma in Gurugram

Police personnel in Gurugram district who had suffered from Covid-19 and have made a full recovery will donate their plasma to help others combat the deadly virus. iN the district, 240 police personnel have tested positive for Coronavirus in all. Of these, 215 have recovered and 25 are undergoing treatment.

On June 10, a 58-year-old inspector with co-morbidities succumbed to the virus. This was the first Covid-19 related death involving police personnel in the district.

Online portal about Covid-19 vaccine launched: Vardhan

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan launched an online portal about coronavirus vaccine launched in an event.

Everyone will be able to go online to that portal & look-up all contemporary research-development & clinical trials related information about such vaccinations.

Covid-19: Aurangabad rural health staff to get GMCH training

The Government Medical College and Hospital in Maharashtra's Aurangabad will give seven days training to health staff in the district's rural areas to ensure better treatment for Covid-19 patients, its dean Dr Kanan Yelikar said on Monday.

The training of medical officers and nursing personnel in various protocols governing the outbreak will be carried out by the facility's microbiology department. GMCH, the premier medical facility in Aurangabad, is currently treating 347 COVID-19 patients, the condition of 232 of them being critical, an official said.

HC issues notice on Delhi govt's plea against stay on reserving ICU beds for Covid patients

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to all the respondents on a petition moved by the Delhi government challenging a stay on its order directing private hospitals to reserve 80 per cent beds for Covid patients.

A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, while seeking responses from the main petitioner Association of Healthcare Providers (India) and others, refused to vacate the stay on the Delhi government's decision instructing private hospitals in the national capital to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds for Covid-19 patients.

The bench, while posting the matter for October 9, said that those hospitals have complied with the Government of NCT Delhi order and expanded their bed capacity may voluntarily continue to comply.

Ladakh reports 10 fresh Covid-19 cases, one death

One more patient succumbed to coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the death toll to 58 in the Union Territory, while the infection tally reached 4,103 with 10 fresh cases, officials said on Monday. Fourteen patients were discharged after being cured of the contagion during the past 24 hours, they said.
 
With the death of one more patient from Covid-19 in Kargil district, the total number of fatalities in Ladakh has gone up to 58 - 34 in Kargil and 24 in Leh district. Five residents each in Leh and Kargil tested positive for the virus on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the region to 4,103, the officials said.
 

Russia records 8,135 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has registered 8,135 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 7,867 yesterday, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,159,573, the coronavirus response center said on Monday.

"In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 8,135 Covid-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 2,200 (27 percent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement, specifying that the total count has now reached 1,159,573.

Covid-19: Vaishno Devi Shrine starts home delivery of prasad

Maharashtra: 214 new Covid-19 cases in Aurangabad; 7 more die

Aurangabad has added 214 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally in the Maharashtra district to 32,993, an official said on Monday.
 
The district also reported seven more deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, raising the toll to 916, he said. As of now, there are 5,961 Covid-19 cases in the district, while 26,116 patients have recovered from the viral infection, the official said. 

Israel, West Bank, Gaza report Covid-19 resurgence

Fresh coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in Israel, West Bank and Gaza, leading to renewed proposals and measures aimed at curbing a further spread of the virus, it was reported.
 
As of Sunday, the Health Ministry reported 226 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total in Israel to 229,374, with 68,788 of them considered active, reports Haaretz news.
 
At least 1,512 patients are hospitalized, a record number since the outbreak began, while 749 of them are in serious condition, nearing the 800-patient threshold health officials have warned would lead to a collapse of the Israeli health system.

Dubai to restrict nightlife amid coronavirus increase

Dubai has announced new restrictions on nightlife to curb a rising tide of coronavirus infections.
 
Dubai's tourism authorities have ordered all bars and restaurants in the city-state to stop serving and halt entertainment activities at 1 a.m. Hotels will be restricted by law to offering only delivery and room service after 3 a.m.

'Teicoplanin' found more effective in treating Covid: IIT Delhi research

Clinically approved drug "Teicoplanin" is a potential therapeutic option against Covid-19 and can be ten times more effective than several drugs being currently used, a research by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has found.
 
The research by the institute's Kusuma School of Biological Science screened an assemblage of 23 approved drugs, which have shown leads towards being therapeutic options for coronavirus. Read on...

Coronavirus woes: Australia's Qantas 8 weeks away from running out of money

A Sydney court heard on Monday that Australia's flag carrier Qantas was just eight weeks away from running out of money due to massive losses incurred in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The airline was taken to the Federal Court by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, which has challenged the legality of terminating about 450 Qantas and Jetstar maintenance engineers, ABC said in a news report. Read on...

Senior Congress MLA H K Patil tests positive for coronavirus

Senior Congress MLA in Karnataka H K Patil on Monday said he had tested positive for coronavirus.
 
"I have been tested positive for #Covid19. I am asymptomatic but quarantined myself for 10 days," Patil, a former minister and Congress in-charge of Maharashtra, tweeted this morning.
 
Expressing hope that he would be perfectly alright soon, Patil requested all those who had come in his contact in the last few days to get themselves tested as a precaution.
 
He is the third MLA to have attended the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly session and tested positive for COVID-19.
 
Prior to him, Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol and Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao tested positive for coronavirus among those who had attended the assembly session recently.

UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms

The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different and more daunting than those it faced at its birth.
 
As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week, The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation a test we have essentially failed.
 
There is a disconnect between leadership and power, he said, warning that in the 21st century's interconnected world, solidarity is self-interest, and if we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses.

Goa DGP tests coronavirus positive

Goa's Director General of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena on Monday tested positive for coronavirus infection, a senior health department official said.
 
Meena is admitted in a private hospital and his condition is stable, he said.
 
"His test report came out positive on Monday morning. He has mild symptoms," the official said.

FDA approved drug 'Teicoplanin' found more effective in treating coronavirus: IIT Delhi research

Clinically approved drug "Teicoplanin" is a potential therapeutic option against COVID-19 and can be ten times more effective than several drugs being currently used, a research by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has found.
 
The research by the institute's Kusuma School of Biological Science screened an assemblage of 23 approved drugs, which have shown leads towards being therapeutic options for coronavirus.
 
"While the effect of Teicoplanin was compared with other important drugs in use, Teicoplanin was found to be 10-20 fold more effective than the chief drugs being used against SARS-CoV-2, such as Lopinavir and Hydroxychloroquine in our laboratory conditions," said Ashok Patel, Professor at IIT Delhi.

UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms

The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different and more daunting than those it faced at its birth.
 
As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week, The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation a test we have essentially failed.
 
There is a disconnect between leadership and power, he said, warning that in the 21st century's interconnected world, solidarity is self-interest, and if we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses.

Arunachal Pradesh's coronavirus tally crosses 9,000-mark with 135 new cases

Arunachal Pradesh's coronavirus tally crossed the 9,000-mark on Monday as 135 more people, including 26 security personnel, tested positive for the disease, a health department official said.
 
The fresh infections have taken the northeastern state's caseload to 9,004, he said.
 
Of the new cases, 62 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 18 from Kra Daadi, 13 from West Siang, eight from East Siang, seven from Lower Siang and six from Papumpare, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
 
Four fresh cases were also detected in Kurung Kumey, three in Upper Subansiri, two each in Longding, Tawang, Namsai, Tirap and Anjaw and one each in West Kameng, Changlang, Lower Subansiri and Lohit districts, he said.

Meerut coronavirus update: Police penalises people who were found to be not wearing masks,

Loan moratorium: SC adjourns hearing to Oct 5 as govt seeks more time

The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned for October 5 the hearing on the two petitions seeking an extension of the moratorium period on repayment of loans and to waive off the interest on the interest on loan amount in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Solicitor General representing the government told the court that the issues are under active consideration of the Government and a decision is likely to be taken within 2-3 days.
 
The apex court had earlier adjourned the hearing on September 10 directing that all decisions taken by the RBI, the Government of India, or the banks be placed before it for consideration. The court had given time to RBI to file the affidavit. Read on...

Bangladesh update: 68% lost jobs in Dhaka, Chittagong due to coronavirus

Around 68 per cent of the people who were working in Bangladesh's urban areas of Dhaka and Chittagong have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new World Bank report has revealed.
 
The rate of the job losses was 76 per cent in the capital, while it was 59 per cent in the port city, The Daily Star reported on Monday citing the survey, titled "Losing Livelihoods: The labour market impacts of Covid-19 in Bangladesh", as saying. Read on...

IISc incubated startup develops indigenous RT-PCR testing kit

Equine Biotech, a startup incubated at the Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit called "GlobalTM diagnostic kit," for accurate and affordable diagnosis of COVID-19.
 
The test kit, based on Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis, has been approved for use in authorised COVID-19 diagnostic labs by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The test takes about 1.5 hours to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples, according to Utpal Tatu, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, IISc, and founder of Equine Biotech.
 
“Our startup has been working on testing for coronavirus infections for many years, even before the COVID-19 pandemic started. This experience has helped us engineer the kit for COVID-19,” says Tatu.

Bangladesh reports 1,275 new coronavirus

Bangladesh reported 1,275 new novel coronavirus cases in a 24-hour time period, taking overall tally to 359,148, according to health officials.
 
The death toll jumped to 5,161 after 32 fatalities were registered on Sunday, bdnews24 reported citing data released by the health directorate.
 
The number of recoveries outpaced fresh cases in the same period as another 1,714 patients recovered from Covid-19 through treatment at home and in hospital care.

India coronavirus update: Covid-19 tally crosses 6 mn; 1,039 more deaths

India's Covid tally galloped past 60 lakh on Monday with 82,170 new cases, while the recoveries have surged to 50.17 lakh with 74,893 more people having recuperated, the Health Ministry said.
 
The death toll from the pathogen climbed to 95,542 with 1,039 more deaths. There are 9,62,640 active cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, comprising 15.85 per cent of the total caseload, according to the ministry data.

Jharkhand coronavirus update: 974 new Covid-19 cases, 9 more deaths

Jharkhand reported 974 new cases of Covid-19 and nine more deaths, officials said on Monday.
 
The state's death toll reached 679 with the latest fatalities, they said.
 
So far, 79,909 people have been infected by the virus in the state, they added.
 
There are 12,433 active cases at present.

Coronavirus pandemic: Beijing asks frozen food importers to shun countries with severe coronavirus

China's capital called on importers on Monday to shun frozen food from countries suffering from severe novel coronavirus outbreaks after several cases of imported seafood products testing positive for the virus.
 
"Customs and local governments have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported cold chain food, proving it risks contamination," the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau said in a statement issued to import companies.
 
The bureau urged them to closely monitor the overseas pandemic situation and "proactively avoid importing cold chain food from areas heavily hit by the coronavirus" and make alternative plans for imports.

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Thane's Covid-19 tally crosses 170,000

The Covid-19 tally in Thane reached 1,70,157 on Monday after 1,523 new cases were found in the Maharashtra district, an official said.
 
The death toll in the district rose to 4,365 after 30 people succumbed to the viral infection on Sunday, he said.
 
Out of the new COVID-19 cases, 418 were reported from Thane city, 347 from Navi Mumbai, 340 from Kalyan town and the remaining from other parts of the district, he said. Read on...

CCMB scientists launch study to assess how long and far the coronavirus can stay in air from an infected person

The CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here has launched a study in hospital environment to assess how long and far the coronavirus can stay in air from an infected person, in a bid to strengthen the safety of health workers.
 
The objective of the study, which began around ten days ago, was to know whether the virus actually travels in the air and if it does, how far it goes and primarily intended to help the healthcare personnel, CCMB Director Rakesh Mishra said.
 
The study comes two months after more than 200 scientists wrote to the World Health Organisation (WHO), claiming there was evidence that the coronavirus was airborne.

UP coronavirus update: As sample testing declines, coronavirus numbers drop in Agra

As the number of samples collected for testing has gone down in the past few days, the daily tally of Covid-19 figures has also shown a downward trend.
 
When around 3,000 samples were being daily tested till a week ago, the number of positive cases had gone up to 148. Now that the testing of samples has come down to around 2,200, the daily figure has also come down to 70-80. But the sample positivity rate of 3.04 per cent has not shown a decline.
 
However, the health department officials have denied this conclusion. Everyone who comes to the testing centre is being tested, an official said. Read on...

Indoco Remedies rallies 9% after launching Covid treatment drug

Shares of Indoco Remedies surged 9 per cent to Rs 284 on the BSE on Monday after the pharmaceutical company announced the launch of Fevindo (Favipiravir) 400 mg tablets in India.
 
Fevindo-400 (Favipiravir) is an antiviral drug, effective against the RNA‚Äźbased influenza virus. The drug has been approved by DCGI in the treatment of Covid-19. The drug reduces pill burden by 50 per cent and ensures convenient dosing and better patient compliance, Indoco Remedies said in press release on Saturday. Read on...

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (September 28)

Active cases: 962,640 (Net addition: 6,238)
Deaths: 95,542 (Net addition: 1,039)
Cured: 5,016,520 (Net addition: 74,893)
Total cases: 6,074,702 (Net addition: 82,170)

Life support helped many critically ill Covid-19 patients survive: Study

According to a new international study, the life-support option known as ECMO appears to be saving lives for many of the critically ill COVID-19 patients.
 
The 1,035 patients in the study faced a staggeringly high risk of death, as ventilators and other care failed to support their lungs. But after they were placed on ECMO, their actual death rate was less than 40%. That's similar to the rate for patients treated with ECMO in past outbreaks of lung-damaging viruses, and other severe forms of viral pneumonia. Read on...

Signs of falling Covid-19 numbers may be deceptive, warn experts

The seven-day rolling average of daily Covid-19 cases in India has declined from the peak of around 95,000 in mid-September to below 85,000 towards the end of the month, according to data maintained by COVID19India, an independent data repository.
 
This gives a sense that the epidemic is coming under “control” in India. Read on...

Virtual AGMs see lower shareholder representation amid Covid-19 pandemic

More shareholders attended their companies’ annual ge­neral meetings (AGMs) during the pandemic as video conferencing became the norm. However, the paradox is that these higher numbers translate into lower representation.
 
Business Standard checked the attendance numbers for the 30 companies comprising the Sensex. Data was available for 24 of them, some were yet to hold their meetings or make data available. The companies saw a median increase of 54 attendees. The number of attendees as a percentage of the total shareholding, however, fell from 0.08 per cent of the shareholding base last year to 0.06 per cent now. Read on...

IPL 2020: From shampoo to face masks, brands score a six this season

When Rajasthan Royals, an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, unveiled its principal sponsor recently, there was surprise all around. Women’s hygiene wear brand, Niine, had taken a prominent place on the team’s jersey, redeeming the tournament of its male bias.
 
Niine isn’t the only unusual name. There is Clear Shampoo, Apis Honey, BKT Tires, Mai Dubai and Levista Coffee, among others, all clamouring for attention in a packed edition. Read on...

Most Covid-19 positive patients in Kerala in 20-40 age bracket: KK Shailaja

Most of the COVID-19 patients in Kerala belong to the age category of 20-40 years, while 72 per cent of those who died of COVID-19 are above 60 years, State Health Minister KK Shailaja said on Sunday.
 
Addressing a press meet here on Sunday, she said: "Most of the COVID-19 positive patients in Kerala belong to the age category of 20-40 years, while 72 per cent of those who died of COVID-19 are above 60 years."
 
Till Saturday, 656 people died in the state due to COVID-19 which is 0.39 per cent of the total cases, she informed. Read on...

Kerala coroanvirus update: State reports 7,445 new Covid-19 cases

As many as 7,445 persons were tested positive for Covid-19 in Kerala on Sunday, said state Health Minister KK Shailaja.
 
"Covid-19 was confirmed in 7,445 persons in Kerala today while 3,391 patients under treatment for the same have recovered. Of the cases detected today, 6,965 were infected through contact out of which the source of infection was unknown in 561 cases," Shailaja said. Read on...

Global coronavirus cases past 33 million

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 33 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than one million.
 

Pandemic dampens spirits in Agra on World Tourism Day

Amid the growing socio-economic uncertainties and health concerns due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a new tourist season has begun in Agra but without the fervour and hopes of a revival of the hospitality industry.
 
The customary celebrations on the World Tourism Day are missing, though after a long break, the Mughal monuments including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are now open to tourists.
 
Hoteliers in the city are hoping for a turnaround in late October, if air connectivity and train mobility normalise. "Right now the international traffic is negligent. Over a dozen five-star hotels in the city depend on the international clientele. The bookings continue to remain dismal," founder president of Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association Surendra Sharma said.

Signs of falling coronavirus numbers may be deceptive, warn experts

The seven-day rolling average of daily Covid-19 cases in India has declined from the peak of around 95,000 in mid-September to below 85,000 towards the end of the month, according to data maintained by COVID19India, an independent data repository.
 
This gives a sense that the epidemic is coming under “control” in India.
 
The same period shows another positive trend: The rate at which new infections spread has also declined below 1, implying that 100 infected people now infect less than 100 new uninfected ones. This is so if one goes by the parameter R — the dynamic reproductive rate — formulated by University of Chicago-led researchers. However, data across most affected states shows that this positive turn has happened when testing has been slowing down in the country. Read on...

Virtual AGMs see lower shareholder representation amid Covid-19 pandemic

More shareholders attended their companies’ annual ge­neral meetings (AGMs) during the pandemic as video conferencing became the norm. However, the paradox is that these higher numbers translate into lower representation.
 
Business Standard checked the attendance numbers for the 30 companies comprising the Sensex. Data was available for 24 of them, some were yet to hold their meetings or make data available. The companies saw a median increase of 54 attendees. The number of attendees as a percentage of the total shareholding, however, fell from 0.08 per cent of the shareholding base last year to 0.06 per cent now. Read on...

Coronavirus impact: 6 months on, migrants caught between hope and despair

Government data shows that about one-third of the migrant workers who went back to their villages, belong to Uttar Pradesh. The Prayagraj district saw the highest reverse migration in the state — 104,009, after Siddharth Nagar (161,796).
 
Six months after the lockdown was imposed, Business Standard interviewed over two dozen migrant workers across five villages of Prayagraj. As the economy opens up, most of them are either hunting for a job or desperately waiting for a phone call from their previous employers.
 
But the bruises of the lockdown are still fresh in their minds. Read on...

Chhattisgarh coronavirus update: 2,272 new Covid-19 cases, 19 deaths

With 2,272 new Covid-19 cases and 19 more deaths, Chhattisgarh's total count rose to 104,733 and toll to 848 on Sunday, a health official said.
 
A total of 519 people were discharged from various hospitals following their recovery, while 441 patients completed their home isolation during the day, taking the recovery count to 72,224.
 
The state now has 31,661 activecases, he said. Read on...

Odisha coronavirus update: 3,922 new Covid-19 cases, 14 fresh fatalities

Odisha's Covvid-19 tally rose to 2,09,374 on Sunday as 3,922 more people tested positive for the infection, while 14 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 797, a health official said.
 
As many as 2,309 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 1,613 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.
 
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 818, followed by Cuttack (380), Keonjhar (212) and Angul (200), the official said. Read on...

Pune coroanvirus update: District reports 3,313 new cases; 80 die

The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Pune district rose to 2,76,325 with addition of 3,313 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, a health official said on Sunday.
 
With 80 more patients succumbing to the infection, the overall toll in the district mounted to 6,300, he said.
 
1,599 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the official said. Read on...

Karnataka coroanvirus update: Covid tally past 575,000

With 9,543 new cases across the state, Karnataka's Covid tally shot up to 575,566, including 104,724 active cases so far.
 
"As 6,522 recovered during the last 24 hours, 462,241 patients have been discharged till date across the southern state," said the state health bulletin on Sunday.
 
The death toll also increased to 8,582 so far with 79 more succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus India update: India's total recoveries cross 5-million mark

The last 1 million recoveries were added in just 11 days: Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus update: Adityanath directs officials to intensify surveillance, contact tracing

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the state, especially in 16 districts where more than 100 cases have been reported within a week, on Sunday.
 
As per the official release, the Chief Minister directed the officials to intensify surveillance and contact tracing in order to keep COVID positivity rate below five per cent and the death rate below one per cent in the state. Read on...

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