Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi past 2nd wave peak, situation mostly controlled: CM

File photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Coronavirus update: India on Monday registered a sharp drop of 61,267 in the number of new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 6,685,082. With 886 fatalities in 24 hours, India's death toll stands at 103,600. The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization, Dr Michael Ryan, says its best estimates indicate that roughly one in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. Experts have long said that the number of confirmed cases greatly underestimates the true figure.

Coronavirus vaccine update: The Oxford coronavirus vaccine might be rolled out in six months' time or even less, a report said on Saturday. If reports in the UK media are to be believed, there is hope that a vaccine against coronavirus may get a clearance from health regulators in December.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 35,624,780. While 26,771,212 have recovered, 1,044,501 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,662,635 cases. It is followed by India, which has 6,685,082 cases, Brazil (4,918,022) and Russia (1,225,889).

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US FDA safety guidelines likely to push Covid-19 vaccine authorization past election

The US Food and Drug Administration told coronavirus vaccine developers on Tuesday it wants at least two months of safety data from half of their trial volunteers in order to authorize emergency use, a requirement that would likely push any US vaccine availability past the Nov.3 presidential election.
The FDA released the guidance laying out more stringent recommendations for drugmakers hoping to apply for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for their experimental vaccines.

Compulsory Covid tests, physical checks of tourists being considered by Karnataka govt

Compulsory Covid-19 tests and physical checks of visitors to tourist destinations in Karnataka are among the guidelines being considered to prevent spread of the virus, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said here on Tuesday.
"Instructions have been given to officials to introduce new and improved guidelines to ensure that Coronavirus does not spread due to people visiting tourist spots in the state," he told reporters.
The Minister was speaking after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the district headquarters town of Kodagu and the steps taken by the administration to prevent its spread.
"Guidelines like compulsory Covid-19 tests and physical checking of tourists, with the help of police, health and revenue department staff at tourist spots, are under consideration for framing new guidelines," Sudhakar added.
To a question on reopening school as per the Centre's guidelines, he said the state was not considering it now in view of the surge of infections in Karnataka.
On the Covid situation in the district, the minister there were certain shortcomings in the health services, which would be sorted out.
Referring to the mortality rate in the district, it was earlier in the green zone, but was now in the red zone due to increase in Covid-19 deaths after unlock relaxations The minister directed the officials to ensure that the that a death audit be conducted every day.
He also recommended that local people be inducted in the booth level task force committee.

Covid-19: Goa govt announces safe service to cater to needs of patients

The Goa government on Tuesday announced that it would be providing helpers to cater to the needs of COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at state-run ESI Hospital in Margao.

This would be the country's first-ever service for safe patient handling, state health minister Vishwajit Rane claimed.

Taking to Twitter, the minister said, "In addition to the treatment of patients, providing drug therapy, nutrition, etc, patients also require assistance in the ward with numerous things, to cater to the same, we have started Patient Handling Services at ESI Hospital for COVID patients."

Maharashtra: Nashik's Covid-19 count goes up by 983; tally at 81,895

With single-day addition of 983 new infections, the Covid-19 tally in Maharashtra's Nashik district rose to 81,895 on Tuesday, a health official said.

At least 12 persons died of the infection, taking the toll to 1,463, the official said.

Of the latest casualties, seven were reported from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits and five from other parts of the district.

Among the cases reported so far, 55,077 were from Nashik city, 22,371 from other parts of the district, 3,882 from Malegaon and 545 from outside the district, the official said.

Delhi records 39 new Covid-19 deaths, toll 5581 now; nearly 2700 fresh cases push tally to 295,000

The national capital recorded 39 Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday, pushing the toll to 5,581, while 2,676 fresh cases took the tally to over 295,000, authorities said.

These fresh cases came out of the 53,591 tests conducted the previous day.

Thirty-nine new fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 5,581,according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

The active cases tally on Tuesday stood at 22,720.

The bulletin said the total number of cases has climbed to 2,95,236

Italy prepares to make masks outdoors mandatory to fight coronavirus

Italy's health minister says the government is examining a proposal to make masks mandatory outdoors as the country enters a difficult phase of living alongside Covid-19, with the number of infections growing steadily for the last nine weeks.

Roberto Speranza told the lower house of parliament on Tuesday that as infections spread, it is necessary to return to restrictions that were gradually loosened over the spring and summer months after Italy's strict nearly three-month lockdown.

''We must raise our guard with the awareness that our county is better off than others,'' Speranza said.

48% of Covid-19 deaths concentrated in 25 districts of 8 states: Health Ministry

About 48 per cent of total Covid-19 deaths in the country are concentrated in 25 districts of 8 states, out of which 15 districts are in Maharastra alone, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India has recorded the highest number of recoveries from COVID-19 at over 56 lakh and India has also conducted the second highest number of tests in the world at 8.10 crore.

"New recoveries have been more than new cases over the last two weeks. New cases being reported in last 14 days are below previous highs of 90,000 cases per day," Bhushan said.

Giving figures on Covid deaths, Bhushan said about 48 per cent of total Covid-19 deaths in the country are concentrated in 25 districts of 8 states.

Over 65% of beds for Covid-19 patients vacant at Delhi hospitals

With coronavirus cases here witnessing a decline in the last few days, over 65 per cent of beds for Covid-19 patients in the city hospitals are vacant, data on Delhi Corona app showed.

However, the bed occupancy is higher in private hospitals as compared to government-run facilities.

At the LNJP Hospital, which is the Delhi government's biggest COVID facility, 1545 of 2000 beds are vacant, while the GTB Hospital has a vacancy of 1321 beds against its strength of 1500, according to Delhi Corona app.

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has 110 out of 300 beds vacant, while only 53 out of 250 beds are unoccupied in Max Smart Saket. At Sir Gangaram Hospital, 60 beds are vacant out of 200 beds earmarked for coronavirus patients.

Covid-19 vaccine may be ready by year-end, says WHO's Tedros Adhanom

A vaccine against Covid-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, without elaborating.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, addressing the end of a two-day meeting of its Executive Board on the pandemic, said: “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.”

J-K reports 739 new Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 738 fresh Covid-19 cases, while 16 deaths took place in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 80,476 and the death toll to 1,268, officials said.

Srinagar district reported the highest number of 183 new Covid-19 cases, followed by 91 in Jammu district, they said.

"The Union Territory recorded 738 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours -- with 290 in Jammu and 448 in the Kashmir Valley," they said.

There are 13,712 active coronavirus cases, while 65,496 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.

Over 480 Covid-19 patients given plasma therapy at two Delhi govt hospitals

Over 480 COVID-19 patients have been administered convalescent plasma therapy at the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital over the last few months, officials said on Tuesday.
LNJP Hospital and RGSSH are dedicated coronavirus facilities.
Plasma therapy was started at the LNJP Hospital, the largest under the Delhi government, in June. Later, Delhi's second plasma bank was set up at the hospital in July.

Tripura reports 275 fresh Covid-19 cases, state's tally now at 27,308

At least 275 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Tuesday, pushing the tally in the state to 27,308, a health department official said.

The death toll rose to 298 with two more people succumbing to the infection, he said.

West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 161 of the 298 Covid-19 deaths, the official said.

Tripura currently has 4,879 active coronavirus cases, while 22,108 people have recovered from the disease.

48% of total Covid-19 deaths concentrated in 25 districts of 8 states: Health Ministry

About 48 per cent of total Covid-19 deaths in the country are concentrated in 25 districts of 8 states, out of which 15 districts are in Maharastra alone, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India has recorded the highest number of recoveries from Covid-19 at over 56 lakh and India has also conducted the second highest number of tests in the world at 8.10 crore.
"New recoveries have been more than new cases over the last two weeks. New cases being reported in last 14 days are below previous highs of 90,000 cases per day," Bhushan said.
Giving figures on Covid deaths, Bhushan said about 48 per cent of total Covid-19 deaths in the country are concentrated in 25 districts of 8 states.

Noida reports 247 fresh Covid-19 cases; tally crosses 14,000-mark

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar registered 247 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the district's infection tally to 14,163, official data showed.

The district's active cases count rose to 1,434 from 1,345 on Monday even as 158 more patients were discharged, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.

The district has so far recorded12,673 recoveries, seventh highest in the state, according to the data.

The death toll stands at 56 with a mortality rate of 0.39 per cent, it stated.

Gurugram Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 88%: Officials

The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in Gurugram is steadily improving and now the district's recovery rate has increased to 88.23 per cent as compared to 86.71 per cent last week.

Health officials said due to increased awareness among residents and several awareness campaigns organised by the district administration and health department, the recovery rate of corona-infected patients is constantly improving.

They further said that while the recovery rate has increased in Gurugram district, the threat of the coronavirus pandemic has not been completely eradicated.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 tally in Gurugram rose to 22,204 as 266 more people tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, according to the daily health bulletin.

270 new Covid-19 cases take tally to 7,037 in Meghalaya

Meghalaya's Covid-19 death toll reached 60 with one more person succumbing to the disease on Tuesday, while 270 new infections took the tally to 7,037, a senior official said.

Health Services Director Aman War said that 115 patients were also cured of the disease, pushing the number of recoveries to 4,606.

The Northeastern state now has 2,371 active cases, he said.

East Khasi Hills district, of which state capital Shillong is a part, reported 195 of the fresh cases. The remaining 75 cases were registered in nine other districts.

Delhi past peak of 2nd Covid wave; situation largely controlled: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the national capital is past the peak of the second wave of coronavirus and the situation has been controlled to a large extent.

He said the city government increased the testing exponentially to detect the infection.

"Delhi hit the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 on September 17 when 4,500 cases were reported across the city. The situation has been controlled to a large extent," the chief minister said.

"I hope the second wave will slowly pass," Kejriwal told reporters here.

Testing in Delhi hit the 60,000 a day-mark in September compared to around 20,000 tests per day in August.

Politicians have greater onus to follow Covid-19 norms: Gujarat CM

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday said political leaders have a "greater responsibility" to follow Covid-19 guidelines of social distancing and wearing masks, so that they don't send a wrong message to the public.

Rupani's statement came even as several instances have emerged of senior leaders from the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress participating in functions, rallies and addressing large gatherings without following safety norms.

"Everybody should follow rules related to social distancing and wearing masks, and they should do so of their own accord in their fight against coronavirus. It is not that we are arresting common man and not politicians (for flouting these rules)," the chief minister said.

"Political leaders have a bigger responsibility. They should follow the rules properly so that no wrong message is conveyed to the public," Rupani said, and urged the public to support the administration's efforts to contain the viral spread.

White House nixes updated FDA guidelines on vaccine approval

The White House has blocked new Food and Drug Administration guidelines on bringing potential vaccines for COVID-19 to market that would almost certainly have prevented their introduction before the Nov. 3 election.

At issue was the FDA's planned instruction that vaccine developers follow patients enrolled in their trials for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval from the agency. A senior administration confirmed the move Monday evening, saying the White House believed there was no clinical or medical reason for the additional requirement.

The White House action was first reported by The New York Times.

The intervention by Trump officials is the latest example of the administration undercutting its own medical experts working to combat the pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn has been attempting to shore up public confidence in the FDA's vaccine review for weeks, vowing that career scientists, not politicians, will decide if the shots are safe and effective for mass vaccination.

Punjab health minister tests positive for Covid-19, shared stage with Rahul Gandhi

Punjab Health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu who recently shared the stage with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, a health officer said.
He has mild fever and a sore throat, Mohali civil surgeon Manjit Singh said.
The minister is stable and in isolation at home. People who have come in contact with him will also be tested, the doctor said.
Sidhu was in Sangrur on Monday for Kheti Bachao Yatra, taking part in a protest against the new farm laws.
The event was also attended by Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and other senior Congress leaders.

Uttar Pradesh reports 61 more Covid-19 deaths, 3,500 fresh cases

Uttar Pradesh reported 61 more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, taking their number to 6,153, while 3,500 new cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 4,20,937.
The number of active cases in the state stands at 44,031, of which 20,647 are in home-isolation, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said.
As many as 3,70,753 patients have fully recovered from the disease and were discharged from hospitals, he said, adding that the recovery rate of the state is at 88.07 per cent.

Puducherry coronavirus update: Three die of Covid-19, 407 cases added

Three people died of coronavirus in Puducherry on Tuesday, raising the toll in the union territory to 546.
Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar told PTI that 53-year-old Antony Dasanwas the first patient who succumbed to the pandemic in Mahe region ever since the outbreak of the disease.
In all, three died of the illness in the union territory during the last 24 hours.

Health Ministry guidelines: No festive events in containment zones

The Health Ministry on Tuesday issued the standard operating procedures (SOP) on preventive measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus during ensuing festivities and urged people in containment zones, and vulnerable populations to celebrate festivals at their homes.
"Festive events shall be permitted only outside the Containment Zones. Organisers, staff and visitors from Containment Zones shall not be permitted. People residing inside Containment Zones may be encouraged to observe all festivals inside their homes and not move out," the ministry added. Read more...

India to overtake China as largest LPG residential market by 2030: Report

India is expected to overtake China as the world's largest cooking gas LPG residential sector market by 2030, Wood Mackenzie said on Tuesday.

"Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) demand in the residential sector will continue to see sustainable growth at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3 per cent, reaching 34 million tonnes (MT) in 2030 as households' dependence on solid biomass diminishes in the long run supported by rising average household incomes and urban population," it said in a report.

Driven by environmental and health concerns, the government has also been implementing schemes to help lower-income families cope with the cost of switching from dirtier biomass to LPG. Read on...

Health Minister releases Covid-19 management protocol based on Ayurveda, Yoga

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday released a protocol for the clinical management of Covid-19, that lists dietarymeasures,yoga andAyurvedicherbs and formulations such as Ashwagandha and AYUSH-64 for prevention of coronavirus infection and treatment of mild and asymptomatic cases.

The 'National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for Management of Covid-19' was released byVardhanin the virtual presence of Shripad Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH.

"This protocol dealing with preventive and prophylactic measures is a significant step not only in management of Covid-19 but also in making traditional knowledge relevant to solving problems of the modern time," Vardhan was quoted as saying in a statement.

"Unfortunately, Ayurveda did not receive much attention after independence until Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up this cause with the importance it deserves," he said while stressing that Ayurveda had a significant impact in the foundations of modern medicine.

Govt removes export curbs on N-95 masks

The government on Tuesday removed export curbs on N-95 masks, to promote outbound shipments of the product.

"The export policy of N-95/FFP-2 masks or its equivalent is amended from restricted to free category, making all types of masks freely exportable," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

In August, a monthly export quota of 50 lakh units was fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent for issuance of export licences to eligible applicants.

Revamping infra to meet Covid-19 norms to scheduling classes, schools prepare to reopen

From revamping infrastructure to meet Covid-19 guidelines to preparing an "effective" time-line for completing syllabus, schools in Delhi-NCR are taking several steps to resume formal classes in a safe environment when they reopen after nearly six months.

While the Centre has allowed graded reopening of schools from October 15, the Delhi government has extended the closure of schools till October 31 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), a few schools have reopened for students from classes 9 to 12 to come on a voluntary basis to seek academic guidance. NCR covers the whole of Delhi and certain districts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

India continues to report declining trend of active Covid-19 cases: Health Ministry

India's active cases comprise merely 13.75 per cent of the total positive cases of the country standing at 9,19,023 and the country continues to report a trend of steadily declining active cases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Tuesday.

"The declining trend of the percentage active cases is commensurately supported by rising percentage of recovered cases," it stated.

So far, 56,62,490 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus in the country.

According to the statement, a higher number of recoveries has aided the national recovery rate to further improve to 84.70 per cent. 75,787 have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases stand at 61,267.

Woes of Delhi florists continue despite ease in Covid-19 lockdown

Florists in the national capital are struggling to earn livelihood despite the recent relaxations announced by the Central government. Gazipur flower market traders are complaining about a drop in sales due to the pandemic.

"Coronavirus lockdown has affected our business adversely. We don't even get 10 per cent of our earlier business. As the effect of demonetisation had started subsiding, we were slowly getting back on track. But then came Covid-19 and it devastated our business. We are forced to dump a big chunk of flowers as we barely make any sales," said the owner of Palni Flower in Gazipur.

The trader further said that even as they are making very little sales, they have no choice but to pay full taxes to maintain their shops. "Now we are pinning our hoping on Navratras that we will get to do some business," he added.

Covid-19 positive Indian teachers in Dubai take classes while in quarantine

Two Dubai-based Indian teachers were conducting online classes from their respective quarantine centres after they were tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the media reported on Tuesday.
The teachers, Mohammed Mohsin and Jose Kumar from Gulf Model School, made sure their students did not miss any lesson even when they tested positive for the virus, the Khaleej Times reported. Read on...

Mizoram coronavirus update: 8 new cases push Covid-19 tally to 2,128

Mizoram's Covid-19 tally rose to 2,128 on Tuesday as eight more people, including four security personnel, tested positive for the infection, an official said.

Four new cases were reported in Aizawl district, three in Kolasib and one in Serchhip, he said.

Three Assam Rifles jawans and one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are among the new patients, the official said.

Gujarat: Pharma wholesaler held for black marketing of remdesivir

A wholesaler of medicines was arrested for his alleged involvement in black marketing of remdesivir, a drug used in the treatment of COVID-19, in Gujarat's Rajkot city on Tuesday, police said.

Acting on a complaint, the Rajkot crime branch nabbed Paresh Zalavadia (35), owner of New Ideal Agency, a wholesale pharmacy, said inspector V K Gadhvi.

Earlier, another accused Rajnikant Faldu, a medical representative of a reputed pharma company, was arrested for a similar offence.

Remdesivir is in high demand and dealers are supposed to keep record of sales of the drug, which can only be sold against doctors' prescriptions, the official said, adding that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also keeps a track of these transactions.

New pandemic wave could delay euro zone rebound, Lagarde says

A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic risks delaying the euro zone's economic recovery, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday.

"We now fear that the containment measures that have to be taken by authorities will have an impact on this recovery, so instead of that V shape that we all long for and hope for, we fear that it might have that second arm of the V a little bit more shaky," she told the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in a pre-recorded conversation.


World stocks inch to two-week high after Donald Trump leaves hospital

 World stock markets neared a more than two-week high on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump's return to the White House from hospital where he was treated for Covid-19, and expectations of a new US stimulus package being agreed rose.

Europe saw a stuttering start with London's FTSE dipping and not much traction from France, Italy or Germany, despite a "remarkable" jump in German industrial orders.

Wall Street and most of Asia rallied overnight after Trump's return from the Walter Reed Medical Center military hospital outside Washington eased nerves about possible disruption to next month's Presidential election.

Gold, bonds and the dollar suffered losses amid the modestly improved risk appetite, though Wall Street futures had slipped into the red and oil was losing its strong overnight momentum.

NCLAT suspends court works after some staff members test Covid-19 positive

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has suspended all its court works, including virtual hearing and filing, after some of its staff tested Covid-19 positive.

Earlier, one staff member posted in its record section had tested positive on September 30, which necessitated the suspension of work on October 1 in order to carry out the sanitisation of the NCLAT premises and required judges and other staff to undergo testing.

After that test, four more staff members, out of which three are from the record section, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 4, 2020.

"Now, therefore, a fresh exercise of sanitisation/disinfection has to be undertaken and the record lying in the record room has to be subjected to the process of disinfection/sanitisation before laying before the benches.

"Hence, as directed by acting chairperson, the court work (virtual hearing) and filing etc, in the NCLAT will remain suspended till October 6, 2020," said an NCLAT notification issued by the Registrar on October 4.

Maharashtra: Thane adds 1,277 fresh cases to its Covid-19 tally

The Covid-19 case count in Maharashtra's Thane district rose to 1,82,776, after 1,277 more persons tested positive for the infection, a district official said on Tuesday.

Apart from the latest cases detected on Monday, the district also recorded 27 casualties that took the toll to 4,616, the official said.

Currently, the recovery rate in the district stands at 88.35 per cent, while the morality rate is 2.53 per cent, he said.

As many as 16,669 patients are undergoing treatment for the infection in the district, he added.

Although Kalyan has recorded 44,064 Covid-19 cases so far, it has improved its recovery rate to 90.24 per cent and brought down the death rate to 1.94 per cent, the official said.

Influenza vaccine may provide roadmap to prevent Covid-19: Study

Seasonal influenza vaccine development and mass production may lead to future efforts targeted at developing and evaluating vaccine strategies for Covid-19, say researchers.

In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the research team evaluated whether existing flu trial networks could offer primary and secondary prevention strategies for patients with cardiovascular disease at risk of complications from Covid-19.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that influenza kills as many as 6,50,000 people every year globally, citing influenza as a top 10 leading cause of death among people of all ages, especially those with one or more comorbidities like cardiovascular disease.

Delhi past peak of 2nd COVID-19 wave: CM Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the national capital is past the peak of the second wave of coronavirus and the situation has been controlled to a large extent.

Kejriwal said the Delhi government increased the testing to detect the infection exponentially.

"Delhi hit the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 on September 17 when 4,500 cases were reported across the city. The situation has been controlled to a large extent," he said.

The chief minister also said that 10,000 beds are now unoccupied in hospitals.

"I hope the second wave will slowly pass," Kejriwal said.

Active cases only 13.75% of total Covid-19 caseload

India's 9,19,023 active cases of COVID-19 constitute "merely" 13.75 per cent of the total caseload as on date and the country continues to report asteadily declining trend of percentage of active cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

So far 56,62,490 people have recovered from the disease in the country and exceed active cases of coronavirus infection by 47,43,467 as on date, it stated.

"The declining trend of the percentage of active cases is commensurately supported by the rising percentage of recovered cases," the ministry underlined.

Higher number of recoveries has aided the national recovery rate to further improve to 84.70 per cent, the ministry said.

Odisha reports 2,673 new Covid-19 cases, 16 fatalities

At least 2,673 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Odisha on Tuesday, taking the tally to 2,38,003, while 16 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 940, a health department official said.

Of the new cases, 1,554 were reported from various quarantine centres and 1,119 were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, registered the maximum number of new cases at 448, followed by Cuttack at 214 and Nuapada at 159.

"Regret to inform the demise of sixteen #COVID-19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals," the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter.

Of the 16 fatalities, four were reported from Balasore, three from Khurda, two from Cuttack and one each from Angul, Boudh, Mayurbhanj, Nawrangpur, Nayagarh, Puri and Subarnapur districts.

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee tests Covid-positive

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, health officials said. He has been admitted to a hospital in Kolkata, they said.
The octogenarian actor was unwell and he tested positive for the infection on Tuesday morning, a senior health official said. Read more

Marriage halls, restaurants becoming coronavirus hubs: Pakistan Minister

Marriage halls and restaurants in Pakistan were becoming the main hubs of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a Minister said.
Presiding over a National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) meeting on Monday, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said that the spike could be avoided if the establishments compiled with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), reports Dawn news.
Umar said monitoring of disease prevalence and containment measures were important, adding that wearing of masks was the key to controlling the spread of coronavirus.

DATA STORY: At 61,267, India's single-day jump in total cases smallest since Aug 25

In a positive sign for India on the coronavirus front, an increase of 61,267 was reported on Tuesday in the country’s total count of confirmed coronavirus cases. This was the smallest single-day increase since August 25. The number of active cases continued to decline, with a net reduction of 15,404 to 919,023, the lowest level since September 10. Read on...

2,673 new Covid-19 cases, 4,098 recoveries and 16 deaths reported in Odisha

2,673 new Covid-19 cases, 4,098 recoveries and 16 deaths reported in Odisha till October 5. The total number of cases rises to 2,38,003 including 2,06,400 recoveries, 30,610 active cases and 940 deaths: State Health Department

White House staff, Secret Service eye coronavirus with fear, anger

The West Wing is a ghost town. Staff members are scared of exposure. And the White House is now a treatment ward for not one but two Covid patients, including a president who has long taken the threat of the virus lightly.
President Donald Trump's decision to return home from a military hospital despite his continued illness is putting new focus on the people around him who could be further exposed if he doesn't abide by strict isolation protocols.
Throughout the pandemic, White House custodians, ushers, kitchen staff and members of the US Secret Service have continued to show up for work in what is now a coronavirus hot spot, with more than a dozen known cases this week alone.

Coronavirus India update: Five states with most number of deaths

Maharashtra (38,347)
Tamil Nadu (9,846)
Karnataka (9,370)
Uttar Pradesh (6,092)
Andhra Pradesh (6,019)

Coronavirus India update: Five states with most number of deaths

Maharashtra (38,347)
Tamil Nadu (9,846)
Karnataka (9,370)
Uttar Pradesh (6,092)
Andhra Pradesh (6,019)

Coronavirus India update: Five states with most active cases

Maharashtra (252,721)
Karnataka (115,,496)
Kerala (84958)
Andhra Pradesh (51,060)
Tamil Nadu (45,881)

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (1,453,653)
Andhra Pradesh (723,512)
Karnataka (647,712)
Tamil Nadu (625,391)
Uttar Pradesh (417,437)

Mid-recovery, coronavirus spreading, global central bankers take stock

The world's top central bankers have opened the taps with trillions of dollars in promised credit to prevent a global pandemic from causing a global economic depression.
On Tuesday they will update their plans in presentations that could begin to signal just how much more they feel they can do in response to a once-in-a-century economic shock triggered by the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite the efforts made so far, the global economy is not out of the woods given the unique risks posed by the health crisis, and top officials from the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are likely to acknowledge as much when they speak Tuesday at a virtual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics.

26 countries urge Western sanctions lifting to tackle coronavirus

China and 25 other countries have called for the immediate lifting of sanctions by the United States and Western countries to ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on behalf of the 26 countries at a meeting of the UN General Assembly's human rights committee on Monday, China's UN Ambassador Zhang Jun said unilateral coercive measures violate the UN Charter, multilateralism and impede human rights by hindering the well-being of the population in the affected countries and undermining the right to health.
Global solidarity and international cooperation are the most powerful weapons in fighting and overcoming COVID-19, the joint statement said. We seize this opportunity to call for the complete and immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures, in order to ensure the full, effective and efficient response of all members of the international community to COVID-19.

One-third of Covid-19 patients in US had deteriorating mental state: Study

Nearly a third of hospitalized Covid-19 patients experienced some type of altered mental function — ranging from confusion to delirium to unresponsiveness — in the largest study to date of neurological symptoms among coronavirus patients in an American hospital system.
And patients with altered mental function had significantly worse medical outcomes, according to the study, published on Monday in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. The study looked at the records of the first 509 coronavirus patients hospitalized, from March 5 to April 6, at 10 hospitals in the Northwestern Medicine health system in the Chicago area. Read on...

IMF urges infrastructure investment to boost post-coronavirus growth

The International Monetary Fund on Monday said member governments should seize a low interest rate opportunity to invest in infrastructure to drive recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and a shift toward greener energy.
The IMF said in chapters from it fiscal monitor that its research shows public investment in infrastructure, including investments in health care systems, digital infrastructure and addressing climate change can pay back more than two to one in economic growth within two years. Read on...

Global coronavirus cases top 35.6 million

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 35.6 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 1,045,928.

Asian stocks at two-week high as Trump returns to White House

Asian stock markets advanced to a two-week high on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump was discharged from hospital following treatment for COVID-19 and as prospects for a fresh U.S. stimulus package appeared to brighten.
Bonds and the dollar nursed losses amid the improving risk appetite, while oil extended gains.
Trump returned to the White House on Monday after a three-night hospital stay and said he felt "real good", though one of his doctors cautioned that he may not be out of the woods yet.

Economic recovery is patchy: Recent data should be interpreted cautiously

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After the storm: Taking stock of the economic scars of the coronavirus pandemic

Even as the number of cases and daily deaths are at unacceptably high levels, there are several reasons why the opening up of the economy is unlikely to be reversed. The case-fatality rate has been falling since June, and is now incrementally at 1.3 per cent. Epidemiologists offer several hypotheses for this: Improving medical protocols for treating patients (for both doctors and other medical staff); availability of proven medication for severe cases; a possible weakening of the virus’ potency (as seen earlier in diseases like chikungunya and swine-flu); and possibly the viral load causing the infection in less-densely populated areas (unlike denser urban areas) being small enough to cause only a mild infection. Read on...

Rupee gets cushion from stock flows, current account surplus amid pandemic

India’s strongest surplus in more than a decade is supporting a currency battered by the worst pandemic outbreak in Asia.
The currency has advanced more than 2% in the third quarter, outperforming the Indonesian rupiah, its high-yielding counterpart that has sunk around 4%. The gains come even with an economy ravaged by 6.6 million infections. Read on...

Coronavirus impact: US commercial bankruptcy filings up 33% so far this year

US commercial bankruptcy filings are up 33% so far this year with new cases in September surging by 78% from a year earlier as the recession triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic hits small businesses, data released on Monday showed.
Filings by individuals, however, are lower so far this year courtesy of government relief efforts.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings totaled 747 last month, up from 420 a year earlier and from 525 in August, legal services firm Epiq said in a monthly report. Year-to-date filings total 5,529, a third higher than in the first three quarters of 2019. Read on...

Trump says he will leave hospital Monday evening

US President Donald Trump has said that he will be leaving the hospital on Monday evening and his doctors confirmed that he is ready for discharge.
"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m.," he tweeted Monday afternoon.
His personal doctor Sean Conley told reporters, "He's met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria."
Trump was admitted to the military hospital in Washington on Friday for treatment of Covid-19.

CDC says coronavirus can spread indoors in updated guidance

The top US public health agency said Monday that the coronavirus can spread more than 6 feet through the air, especially in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials maintained that such spread is uncommon and current social distancing guidelines still make sense.
However, several experts faulted the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. They said the virus can spread more easily than the CDC seems to be indicating, and suggested that the public should wear masks even in prolonged outdoor gatherings when they are more than 6 feet apart.
The virus "is traveling through the air and there is no bright line. You're not safe beyond 6 feet. You can't take your mask off at 6 feet," said Dr. Donald Milton of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

'No isolation, few tests': Argentina has world's highest coronavirus positive

Argentina has the world’s highest rate of positive Covid-19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection, a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of lockdown rules.
Argentina was set to hit 800,000 confirmed cases on Monday, with an seven-day rolling average of around 12,500 new daily infections. The country, which started strongly against the virus, passed 20,000 fatalities last week. Read on...

Karnataka govt bans strike by officials, doctors amid coronavirus surge

Invoking the National Disaster Management Act, Karnataka on Monday banned officials and healthcare warriors from going on strike amid a surge in Covid cases in the state.
"Public servants, healthcare personnel, regular, contractual and outsourced employees of the state Health Department are prohibited from going on strike, non-cooperation and disobeying or refusing to work in view of the Covid-19 pandemic across the state," said Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar in an order. Read on...

Assam coronavirus update: Death toll climbs to 760 with 11 fatalities

Assam reported 11 more coronavirus deaths on Monday, pushing the toll to 760, even as the coronavirus tally soared to 1,87,718 with 1,518 fresh cases, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The deaths were reported from Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Darrang, Kamrup Metropolitan and Morigaon districts, he said.
The new cases include 355 from Kamrup Metropolitan -- the most affected district with over 46,000 infections so far, Golaghat (136) and Dibrugarh (108). Read on...

As coronavirus patient Trump rips off mask, Fauci urges Americans to put it on

In a remarkable split screen moment that will serve as an eerie reminder of America's chaotic response to the coronavirus pandemic, the country's top infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci issued yet another urgent plea for Americans to mask up, at precisely the same time Monday when US president Donald Trump, now a COVID-19 patient, climbed up the steps to the White House South Portico balcony, ripped off his mask, stuffed it in his pocket and struck a double thumbs-up pose for the photographers assembled below.
Trump, still contagious and "not out of the woods", according to his medical team, walked into the White House without putting his mask back on. Trump came back after three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was being treated for COVID-19.
"If you have a problem wearing masks and have a problem avoiding crowds, we can have a serious situation as we get into Fall and the winter", Fauci said at a ticketed event Monday night, as the sun went down on Washington DC.

Odisha coronaviurs update: State sees fewer than 3,000 cases after 34 days

Odisha on Monday reported below 3,000 new COVID-19 cases after a gap of 34 days, even as the states coronavirus caseload went up to 2,35,330 with 2,617 new infections, an official said.
The state also registered 17 fresh fatalities pushing the death toll due to the disease to 924.
Odisha had reported 2,602 new positive cases on August 31, and from the next day onwards, it continued to detect more than 3,000 cases daily till October 4, he said.
On Monday, 2,617 people tested positive for COVID-19.

West Bengal coronavirus update: 3,348 new Covid-19 cases, 61 fatalities

The Covid-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 5,255 on Monday after 61 more people succumbed to the virus, the health department said in a bulletin. At least 3,348 fresh infections were reported in the state, which pushed the tally to 2,73,679.
The metropolis accounted for 16 fatalities, while nine deaths were reported from neighbouring North 24 Parganas district, it said.
Of the 61 deaths, 45 were due to comorbidities where Covid-19 was incidental, the department said.
The new cases include 742 infections from North 24 Parganas and 669 from Kolkata. Read on...

United Kingdom hit by new coronavirus test failing, finds 16,000 extra cases

The British government has launched an investigation into how nearly 16,000 new coronavirus infections went unreported as a result of a technical glitch, a failing that could have given fresh impetus to an outbreak that critics say could easily get out of control.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told lawmakers Monday that the problem related to the automated transfer of files."
The problem is widely thought to be connected to the file size limitations on Excel spreadsheets used in the test-and-trace program. Read on...

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