Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka education minister Suresh Kumar tests positive

Coronavirus update: India on Sunday registered 74,442 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally past the 6.6-million mark. With 902 fatalities in 24 hours, India's death toll stands at 102,714. Recovery rate has crossed 84 per cent, with over 5.5 million people having beaten the infection.

Coronavirus vaccine update: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the government is yet to take a final decision on Phase-III trials of the Russian coronavirus vaccine candidate Sputnik V.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 35,387,775. While 26,609,676 have recovered, 1,041,537 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,635,804 cases. It is followed by India, which has 6,623,815 cases, Brazil (4,915,289) and Russia (1,215,001).

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Karnataka reports over 7,000 cases; total tally nears 650,000

Karnataka reported 7,051 new Covid-19 cases, 7,064 discharges and 84 deaths today, taking total cases to 647,712 including 522,846 discharges and 9,370 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 115,477: State Health Department

250 new cases in Manipur; total tally crosses 12,000 mark

250 new Covid-19 cases, 129 recoveries and 1 death reported in Manipur today. Total positive cases now at 12,105, including 2,696 active cases, 9,334 recoveries and 75 deaths till date. Recovery rate is 77.10 %: Govt of Manipur

Karnataka education minister tests Covid-19 positive

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Monday said he has quarantined himself at home after testing positive for coronavirus. "I will be home quarantined for a few days on the advice of doctors after testing positive for Covid-19.There is no panic as there are no symptoms," the minister tweeted. He was among those ministers who had attended the recent Assembly session. Many others who had attended the session tested positive including Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, senior Congress leaders H K Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Maharashtra records 10,244 new cases; recovery rate at 80%

Maharashtra reports 10,244 new Covid-19 cases, 263 deaths and 12,982 discharges today. Total cases in the state rise to 1,453,653, including 38,347 deaths and 1,162,585 discharges. Active cases stand at 252,277: State Health Department

30% restaurants, bars in Maha to re-open immediately; rest will open gradually

Even as the industry rejoices reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility, as the lockdown continues till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a gradual process over the month, the industry said.

"The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month," Hotel and

Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty said in a statement.

10% of world population may have been infected by Covid-19: WHO

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organisation says its best estimates indicate that roughly one in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. Dr Michael Ryan, speaking Monday to a meeting of the WHO's 34-member executive board focusing on Covid-19, said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means the vast majority of the world remains at risk. The estimate which would amount to more than 760 million people based on current world population of about 7.6 billion far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide. Experts have long said that the number of confirmed cases greatly underestimates the true figure.

5,042 new cases in Kerala in last 24 hours

Kerala records 5,042 new Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours. There are 84,873 active cases in the state and 1,49,111 people have recovered from the infection till date: State Government

Delhi records 1,947 cases, tally reaches 292,560

Delhi reports 1,947 new Covid-19 cases, 3,588 recoveries/discharges/migrations and 32 deaths today. Total number of cases rise to 292,560 including 263,938 recoveries/discharges/migrations and 5,542 deaths. Active cases stand at 23,080: Delhi Government

Mizoram reports 30 recovered cases, no positives today

Mizoram reported 30 new recovered Covid-19 cases today. The total positive cases stand at 2,120, including 1,837 discharges, 283 active cases and no Covid death till date in the state: Department of Information and Public Relations, Govt of Mizoram

Education ministry releases SOP for reopening of schools from Oct 15

Ministry of Education releases guidelines for reopening of schools from 15th October in a graded manner; States/UTs to prepare their own Standard Operating Procedure for health, hygiene and safety and learning with physical/social distancing.

Restaurants and bars open with limited capacity after months of lockdown in Pune

Covid-19: 127 Maharashtra policemen tested positive; tally at 21,179

50% aspirants skip UPSC exam in Lucknow due to Covid-19 fear

Nearly 50 per cent of the candidates opted out of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary examination 2020 for selection to Indian Administrative and Allied Services in Lucknow.
The exam was conducted on Sunday. According to sources, as many as 43,921 candidates were registered for the examination at various centres in the city. About 21,790 (49.6 per cent) registered candidates appeared in the first shift for "general studies" paper.

Russia records 10,888 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has registered 10,888 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 10,499 yesterday, taking the cumulative case total to 1,225,889, the country's coronavirus response center said on Monday.
"In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 10,888 Covid-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 2,861 (26.3 per cent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement, specifying that the total count has reached 1,225,889.

3,064 new Covid-19 cases reported in UP; tally at 366,321

Health Minister, UP CM inaugurate dedicated Covid facility in Prayagraj

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan along with Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath digitally inaugurated  Super Speciality Block (SSB) at Motilal Nehru Medical College, Prayagraj. The 220-bedded facility  has been dedicated as a Covid Hospital (DCH) to nation: Ministry of Health

Biden tests negative for Covid-19 again

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tested negative for Covid-19 for the second time since US President Donald Trump's October 2 announcement that he and the First Lady were infected with the virus.

In a statement on Sunday, Biden's election campaign said that he was administered a PCR test, which came back negative, reports The Hill news website.

Just hours after Trump's announcement, Kevin O'Connor, the former Vice President's primary care physician, had said that Biden and his wife Jill had undergone PCR testing "Covid-19 was not detected".


World Coronavirus Dispatch: Paris to shut all bars, raise alert to maximum

Trump's campaign manager tests positive, UK's scheme to help jobless back into work, how Remdesivir moved from back shelf to best hope, and other pandemic-related news across the globe Read more

Compensation to kin if patient dies due to hospital laxity: HC

The Bombay High Court on Monday said if a Covid-19 patient dies in a state or civic-run hospital due to culpable negligence on part of the medical facility, then his/her family members would be entitled for compensation.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice N J Jamadar said the state government has a duty and responsibility towards its citizens.

The bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by BJP leader Ashish Shelar, raising concerns over the manner in which hospitals run by government and civic bodies across Maharashtra were managing and disposing bodies of Covid-19 patients.


With 1430 new Covid-19 cases Thane tally reaches 181,499

The Covid-19 tally in Thane reached 181,499 with the addition of 1,430 new cases in the Maharashtra district, an official said on Monday. The district also reported 30 deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, taking the toll to 4,589, he said.
Out of the new cases, 393 were reported from Kalyan town, 373 from Thane city, 285 from Navi Mumbai, and the remaining from other parts of the district, the official said.
As of now, there are 17,634 active Covid-19 cases in the district, while 1,59,276 patients have recovered, he said.

Odisha reports 2,617 new Covid-19 cases, 17 fatalities

At least 2,617 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Odisha on Monday, which raised the tally to 2,35,330, while 17 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 924, a health department official said.
Of the new cases, 1,521 were reported from various quarantine centres and the rest were detected during contact tracing, he said.
Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 506, followed by Bargarh at 148.

44 new Covid-19 cases detected in Ladakh

Forty-four new cases of coronavirus were detected in Ladakh, taking the infection tally in the Union Territory to 4,521, officials said on Monday.

With 39 more patients cured of the contagion, the number of active cases in the region stands at 1,106 773 in Leh district and 333 in Kargil district, the officials said.

They said 37 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Leh district and another seven in Kargil district during the past 24 hours.


West Bengal is seeing a consistent rise in new cases

West Bengal has been witnessing a steady rise in new cases additions. The state has added over 3,000 cases each for the last 30 days in a row. Overall cases tally in the state currently stands at 270,331, of which 237,698 cases have already recovered and over 5,000 people have lost their lives. Read on...

Covid-19 Factoid: India witnessed a drop in new cases for 4 straight days

India added 74,442 cases on 4th October, a massive drop in daily new cases from 86,821 cases added on the first day of the month.
The country has been witnessing a drop in daily new cases additions since the last four days. Read on...

Coronavirus vaccine: Bharat Biotech to use Kansas firm's adjuvant for Covaxin

Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech, whose Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin is one of the leading candidates from India, will use adjuvant from Kansas vased ViroVax for its vaccine to boost immune response and longer lasting immunity.
Vaccines typically use adjuvants to improve the immune response. Adjuvants are pharmacological or immunological agents that improve the immune response of a vaccine. It may be added to a vaccine to produce more antibodies and longer lasting immunity thus minimising the dose of antigen needed. An antigen is any substance that causes our immune system to produce antibodies against it. It can be any substance like chemicals, viruses, bacteria that the immune system does not recognise and tries to fight off. Read more here

Telangana coroanvirus update: Covid-19 tally breaches 200,000 mark

The coronavirus tally in Telangana crossed the two lakh mark with 1,335 new cases being reported, a state government bulletin said on Monday.
The fresh infections took the total count to 2,00,611, while the death toll rose to 1,171 with eight more fatalities, it said, providing data as of 8 pm on October 4.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for 262 of the 1,335 cases, followed by Rangareddy (137), Medchal Malkajgiri (91), Karimnagar (83) and other districts. Read on...

16 new coronavirus cases in Andaman and Nicobar; tally rises to 3,884

The coronavirus tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,884 on Monday as 16 more people tested positive for the virus, a health official said.
Twelve new patients were detected during contact tracing, while four have travel history, he said.
Seven more people were cured of the disease, the official said.
The Union territory now has 182 active coronavirus cases, while 3,649 people have been cured of the disease and 53 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, he said.

Constitutional crisis to succession: What lies ahead as Trump gets Covid-19

Since Donald Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for coronavirus treatment on Sept. 2, there have been conflicting messages about the status of the president’s health.
While his doctor, Sean Conley, gave an upbeat account around noon on Sunday, the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told reporters the day before, “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.” Read on...

Trump confronts a new form of risk in coronavirus, more personal and perilous

President Trump’s relationship to risk has often come down to an abiding self-belief: It will all probably work out for him because it generally has.
“Whatever happens, happens,” he said in 1991, declaring himself a “great fatalist” as his business fortunes wobbled.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said of North Korean nuclear diplomacy two years ago, blithely predicting that all would be fine.
“Risk plays a part in everything we do,” he advised in one of his pre-presidential how-to books. “I could get hit by a bus while I am crossing the street. Things happen.” Read on...

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (1443409)
Andhra Pradesh (719256)
Karnataka (640661)
Tamil Nadu (619996)
Uttar Pradesh (414466)

Mizoram coronavirus update: State sees no new Covid-19 cases

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, the State's Information and Public Relations department informed on Monday.
The COVID-19 tally in the State stands at 2,120 cases, including 313 active cases and 1,807 discharges.
No casualties due to the virus have been reported in the State so far.

Survey: Business economists see coronavirus as biggest risk

The US economy faces risks from a potential resurgence of the coronavirus and from the failure so far of Congress to provide additional financial support for struggling individuals and businesses.
That judgment emerges from a survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics of 52 forecasters who were polled last month.
Among the forecasters, 55 percent said they regarded a second wave of Covid-19 cases as the most serious threat. Twenty per cent said they thought a lack of further government economic aid would pose the biggest risk.

Pakistan coronavirus update: 380 school staffers test Covid-19 positive in Pak

At least 380 teaching and non-teaching staff members of private and government schools in Pakistan's Sindh province have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to an official report.
In the report released on Sunday, the Directorate General Monitoring and Evaluation said that of the 380 cases, 246 were recorded in the provincial capital of Karachi, The Express Tribune reported.
The report also revealed that 64,827 people associated with schools had been tested for the contagious disease from September 12 to October 2.
Of them, 54,199 had tested negative, while results were pending for 10,248.

South Korea reports coronavirus numbers trending lower

South Korea has reported 73 new cases of the coronavirus, its fifth straight day of below 100, although officials expressed concern that could rise because of increased travel during a five-day holiday period that ended on Sunday.
The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency Monday brought the national caseload to 24,164, including 422 deaths.
Fifty-one of the new cases were reported from the greater capital area, where health workers have scrambled to stem transmissions tied to various places, including churches, hospitals, schools, restaurants and workplaces.

Trump's 'irresponsible' drive-by is 'astounding': Walter Reed physician

Dr James Phillips, the physician attending the US President has slammed Donald Trump for driving past his supporters for a brief appearance outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The doctor said that the risk of Covid-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures.
"That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of Covid-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding," Phillips tweeted.
"Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theatre. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theatre. This is insanity," Phillips said. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 934,427 (Net reduction: 3,198)
Deaths: 102,685 (Net addition: 903)
Cured: 5,586,703 (Net addition: 76,737)
Total cases: 6,623,815 (Net addition: 74,442)

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Says "We Beat The Virus Again"

 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Monday New Zealand "beat the virus again" and announced restrictions in the country's largest city would be eased, after a second Covid-19 wave was contained.
The virus was believed to have been eradicated in late May after a strict national lockdown led to New Zealanders enjoying 102 days without community transmission. 
But a new cluster emerged in Auckland in August, forcing the city of 1.5 million into lockdown for almost three weeks.
With no new confirmed cases in Auckland for 12 days, Ardern said Monday the virus was now under control and congratulated residents for enduring the second lockdown.
"It felt longer and dragged on in what was already starting to feel like a very long year," she said.
"But despite this, Aucklanders and New Zealanders stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and beat the virus again." 

'Keep calm and carry on' may not work in a time of Covid-19 pandemic

During a recent visit to a private London hospital, I was horrified to encounter a delivery man wheeling in a load of supplies without wearing a face mask. An orderly in blue scrubs stood inside the elevator, three feet from me, with his mask draped around his chin.
The scene at the hospital may present an especially shocking example of the casual way in which many people in London continue to confront a pandemic that has killed more than 57,000 Britons, but it is hardly unusual. Read on...

Madhya Pradesh coronavirus update: 1,720 new cases take tally to 135,000

Madhya Pradesh on Sunday recorded 1,720 fresh COVID-19 cases which pushed the infection tally further to 1,35,638, while 35 more fatalities took the death toll to 2,434, an official said.
Of the new fatalities, seven deaths were reported in Indore district, three each in Jabalpur and Sagar, two each in Bhopal, Betul, Damoh, Sehore and Rajgarh and one each in Ujjain, Narsinghpur, Dhar, Ratlam, Hoshangabad, Barwani, Satna, Mandsaur, Dewas, Alirajpur, Shajapur and Umaria.
The official said 2,120 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the overall recovery count to 1,13,832 in the state. Read on...

Over 3,000 bank employees test positive for coronavirus in Odisha

As many as 3,066 bank employees in Odisha have tested positive for COVID-19, while 14 of them have lost their lives as on September 30, according to an official on Sunday.
In a letter, Arupananda Jena, State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) convenor informed that State Bank Of India has reported highest 968 COVID-19 positive cases with one death when it comes to public sector bank. Axis Bank has reported highest 390 COVID positive cases, with no deaths in private banks. Read on...

Global Covid-19 cases cross 35mn mark: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 35 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 1,036,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
As of Monday, the total number of cases stood at 35,396,479 and the fatalities rose to 1,036,095, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 7,420,779 and 209,821, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Kerala coronavirus update: State records 8,553 new Covid-19 cases

In the last 24 hours, Kerala recorded 8,553 new coronavirus cases, taking the state's active Covid-19 cases to 84,497.
The state government informed that 1,44,471 people in the state have recovered from the infection.
"Kerala records 8,553 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours. There are 84,497 active cases in the state and 1,44,471 people have recovered from the infection to date," said State Government on Sunday. Read on...

WHO says 1.5 million coronavirus cases now registered across Africa

The number of registered COVID-19 infection across Africa's 54 nations has now surpassed the 1.5 million mark, according to the continent's World Health Organization chapter.
Sunday's daily coronavirus update showed that 1,505,244 cases of infection have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic and led to 36,319 established fatalities.
South Africa accounts for about half of both metric, posting nearly 680,000 infections and 16,938 deaths. Read on...

Arunachal Pradesh coronavirus update: 126 new Covid-19 cases

126 new Covid-19 cases and 190 discharges reported in Arunachal Pradesh today

Delhi coronavirus update: 2,683 new Covid-19 cases and 38 deaths reported in the national capital

With a total of 2,683 new Covid-19 cases and 38 fatalities reported on Sunday the total number of novel coronavirus cases in the national capital rose to 2.9 lakh, the Delhi government said.
According to the official data, the city reported 3,126 recoveries today.
The total number of cases includes 2,60,350 recoveries or discharges or migrations and 5,510 deaths while active cases stood at 24,753.

India has exceeded 140 tests per day per million population as advised by the WHO by nearly 6 times: MoHFW

India has exceeded 140 tests per day per million population as advised by the World Health Organisation by nearly 6 times. Several states/UTs have demonstrated better performance than the national average: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Odisha spends Rs 472 crore from CMRF for Covid management

The state government has spent Rs 472.63 crores from Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) for Covid-19 management in Odisha so far.
As per an official release, 62 Covid hospitals have been established with 8245 beds, 1426 ICU/HDU beds, 531 ventilators. Apart from the hospitals, COVID Care Centres (CCC) have been established across the State with 16,828 beds.
"Amount of Rs 472.63 crores has been spent from CMRF for effective Covid Management and further funds have been committed for the fight against coronavirus in the coming months," the release said.
The Hospitals have not only taken care of the Covid-related ailments but also any other health diseases of the Covid patients. Plasma Therapy has also been started on a large scale and the entire treatment is free of cost to the patients.

Mohalla clinics relegated in Delhi's battle against Covid-19 pandemic

For half a decade, mohalla clinics became one of the storied successes of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi as they made primary healthcare more accessible to its residents and helped Arvind Kejriwal return to power in February this year.
And then came Covid-19. Read on...

Covid-19: We need a shift to sustainability, says Kiran Majumdar-Shaw

The pandemic has thrown us into the deep end in terms of using technology, and that is a positive development, says Shaw. Read on...

Fears of 'twindemic': Here is how flu symptoms differ from Covid-19

As influenza season approaches, some Americans, and especially parents, are worried that, if they or their children should become ill, it may not be easy to know which disease they have — the flu or Covid-19.
They are correct. Most symptoms of the two diseases are so similar that, short of a test — or two or three tests — it won’t be possible to know for sure. But there are some clues. (And it is possible to have both infections at the same time; some patients in China this year were found to have both.). Read on...

Statsguru: From socialising to learning, how the unemployed spend time

The National Statistical Office recently put out a report detailing how Indians spend their time. It also offered a split between the employed and the unemployed. Among other things, the unemployed spend significantly more time educating themselves than the employed, shows the data. Read on...

Manipur coronavirus update: State reports 206 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths

As many as 206 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Manipur on Sunday taking the total number of positive coronavirus cases to 11,855, said the state government.
The state has also reported 3 deaths and 124 recoveries. According to the state government, the death toll stands at 74 while recovery rate is at 77.64 % with 9,205 recoveries. Read on...

Ahmedabad reports 191 Covid cases taking tally to 37,623; death toll 1,841

The COVID-19 death toll in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district rose to 1,841 on Sunday with three more fatalities, while 191 fresh cases took the tally in the district to 37,623, the state health department said.
A total of 272 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the recovery count in the district to 31,879, the department said in its release.
The number of recoveries exceeded new cases in both Ahmedabad city and the rural parts of the district. Read on...

Chhattisgarh coronavirus update: 14 more deaths, 1,924 new Covid-19 cases

Chhattisgarh on Sunday reported 1,924 fresh coronavirus cases and 14 fatalities, taking the state's tally to 1,23,324 and the death toll to 1,045, a health official said.
The cumulative count of recoveries rose to 93,731 after 496 more people were discharged from hospitals and another 1,724 patients completed their home isolation period, he said. The state now has 28,548 active COVID-19 cases. Read on...

Chandigarh coronavirus update: 85 new Covid-19 cases reported in UT

Eighty-five new coronavirus cases were reported here in the last 24 hours, taking the tally in Chandigarh to 12,445, according to the Health Department of the Union Territory on Sunday.
Out of the total coronavirus cases, the active cases stand at 1,673. While 10,598 recoveries were reported, 174 deaths were recorded in Chandigarh. Read on...

Andhra Pradesh coronavirus update: State sees 6,242 new Covid-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh reported 6,242 new COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department said on Sunday.
The total count of cases in the state stands at 7,19,256, including 54,400 active cases and 5, 981 deaths.
In the last 24 hours 7,084 patients have recovered taking total recovered cases in the state to 6, 58,875. Read on...

Rajasthan coronavirus update: State reports 2,184 new cases, 15 deaths

Rajasthan on Sunday reported 2,184 new cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 1,44,030.
As per the state health department, 15 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, leading the death toll to 1,545. There are 21,154 active cases in the state.

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