Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh's Covid-19 tally nears 800,000-mark

Coronavirus update: India on Wednesday recorded 55,839 cases, taking the tally to 7,706,946. Death toll rose to 116,653. India recorded a test positivity rate of 4.99 per cent, a massive decline from the rate of almost 8 per cent at the start of September. India had recorded a test positivity rate of over 6 per cent throughout last month.

 
Coronavirus vaccine update: Vaccination of Russians against coronavirus was the top priority and more important than export of vaccines, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

 
World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 41,500,769. While 30,901,565 have recovered, 1,135,657 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 8,582,588 cases. It is followed by India, which has 7,706,946 cases, Brazil (5,300,649) and Russia (1,447,335).

 
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AstraZeneca's volunteer who died didn't get Covid-19 vaccine

A participant who died during a trial of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine in Brazil hadn’t received the company’s shot, according to a person familiar with the matter.
 
The person asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
 
Brazil’s health authority Anvisa said it had been informed on Monday of the study volunteer’s death and had received a partial report from an international committee assessing the trial’s safety. That committee suggested the trial should continue, Anvisa said in a statement.

Chhattisgarh records 2,491 new Covid-19 cases, 52 deaths

With 2,491 new Covid-19 cases and 52 more deaths, Chhattisgarhs total count rose to 1,70,130 and the toll to 1,680 on Thursday, a health official said.
 
The number of people who have recovered increased to 1,43,212 after 352 people were discharged from various hospitals while 2,370 patients completed their home isolation during the day, he said.
 
The state now has 25,238 active cases, the official informed.

Resources to be in place for effective Covid-19 vaccination: NITI VC

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Thursday expressed confidence that money and resources will be in place for a viable and effective vaccination system to fight Covid-19, even as he said it is quite premature to talk about the cost for getting the vaccination.

Europeans face more curfews, restrictions, as virus surges

Italy's three largest cities face new curfews as regional authorities try to slow the spread of Covid-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads.
 
A midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in Lazio, which includes Rome, begins on Friday and lasts for 30 days, under an order signed by regional governor Nicola Zingaretti who himself was seriously sickened with Covid-19 in the first weeks of the pandemic.
 
The governor of Campania, the southern region which includes densely populated Naples, on Thursday ordered residents to stay at home from 11 p.m. to shortly before dawn starting the next day. A similar curfew in Lombardy, where infections are particularly surging in its main city, Milan, will go into effect Thursday night.

Rajasthan sees 1,822 fresh coronavirus cases, 12 deaths

Rajasthan reported 1,822 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths due to the disease on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 180,755.
 
The coronavirus death toll stands at 1,800 in the state, an official report said here.
 
Out of the latest fatalities, two deaths were reported from Jaipur, while one death each was reported from Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Churu, Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Sikar and Udaipur, it said.

Andhra Pradesh govt starts 10-day coronavirus awareness drive

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy directed officials to focus on the 10-day special drive to create awareness about the precautions against Coronavirus.
 
The Andhra Pradesh government has started a 10-day coronavirus awareness program to make people more aware of the importance of social distancing and other precautions that should be taken in order to keep themselves and society safe from coronavirus.
 
The district administration officers and volunteers on the field imparting the ways of precautions, which can be taken at home for the next 10 days which will last till October 31, 2020.

Covid-19 LIVE update: 1,136 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat; state tally 164,121

The coronavirus infection tally in Gujarat mounted to 164,121 on Thursday after 1,136 people tested positive, the state health department said. The death toll due to the virus went up to 3,670 as seven more persons succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, it said in a release. A total of 1,201 patients also recovered during this period, the department said.
 
Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,64,121, new cases 1,136, death toll 3,670, discharged 1,46,308, active cases 14,143 and people tested so far 55,85,445.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Tamil Nadu Covid-19 tally breaches 700,000-mark

Tamil Nadu on Thursday became the fourth state in the country to cross seven lakh coronavirus cases with 3,077 new infections while the death toll touched 10,825 with 45 more fatalities. While the tally of positive cases stood at 7,00,193, the state capital accounted for 1,93,299, a bulletin said.
 
Reflecting the declining trend, it has taken 21 days for the state to register the last one lakh cases as against the 17 days it took to climb from five lakh to six lakh cases. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are the other three states with a caseload of over seven lakh.

Delhi reports 3,882 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours

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Coronavirus LIVE update: Andhra Pradesh's Covid-19 tally nears 800,000-mark

The two Godavari districts, West and East, in Andhra Pradesh continued to report a high number of new COVID-19 cases as the state's tally inched closer to the 800,000-mark on Thursday. In the 24 hours ending 8 am on Thursday, West Godavari reported 631 and East 482 of the 3,620 new cases added to the state's overall tally that now reached 7,96,919.
 
The two districts together have over 1.92 lakh cases. A total of 3,723 patients got cured, taking the cumulative recoveries to 758,138, according to the latest COVID-19 bulletin.

Maharashtra reports 7,539 new Covid-19 cases 198 deaths in last 24 hours

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine doing everything expected': Study

The Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine undergoing Phase III clinical trials with British pharma giant AstraZeneca is doing everything expected which means good news in the fight against the deadly virus, an independent analysis said on Thursday.
 
A team at Bristol University used recently developed techniques to validate that the vaccine accurately follows the genetic instructions programmed into it by the Oxford University team.
 
The experts say that the novel analysis provides even greater clarity and detail about how the vaccine successfully provokes a strong immune response.

Spain reaches 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases

Spain this week became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1 million confirmed infections, as it struggles to contain a resurgence of the new coronavirus.
 
The country of 47 million is among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 34,000 deaths attributed to the disease.
 
After being brought under control during a nationwide lockdown in the spring, the virus started spreading again a couple of months after restrictions were lifted and people started to move around and socialize again.

AstraZeneca Covid volunteer dies, trials to continue: Report

Clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University will continue in Brazil despite the death of a volunteer, Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said recently.
 
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Oxford University said it had carried out a careful assessment of the case in Brazil and found that there were no concerns about the safety of the trial. An independent assessment of the case did not present any concerns, AstraZeneca said. The volunteer was a man in his 20s from Rio de Janeiro. It was not immediately clear if the man received the vaccine or had been part of a placebo group.

Gautam Buddh Nagar: 180 fresh Covid-19 cases take tally to 16,489; death toll 66

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar rose to 66 on Thursday with one more fatality, while 180 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 16,489, official data showed.
 
The number of active cases rose to 1,105 from 1,090 on Wednesday, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period. On the brighter side, 165 more patients got discharged during the period, taking the overall recoveries in the district to 15,318, sixth highest in the state, it showed.

Durga Puja pandal in Bengal on the theme of wearing masks in view of Covid-19 pandemic

Uttar Pradesh reports 2,402 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours; state tally 463,858

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 6,790 on Thursday with 35 more fatalities, while 2,402 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,63,858, a health bulletin issued here said.
 
"At present, there are 29,131 active cases in the state, while 4,27,937 people have recovered from the infection and have been discharged," it said.
 
During the past 24 hours, 35 more people have died due to COVID-19, taking the toll in the state to 6,790 while the total number of cases has risen to 4,63,858, it said.

Nepal reports 3,637 new Covid-19 cases

Nepal on Thursday recorded 3,637 new Covid-19 cases, taking the country's tally to 148,509, health officials said. There are currently 44,877 active cases of infection. Of the active cases, 13,339 patients are in institutional isolation while 31,538 are in home isolation. Meanwhile, 3,751 people are staying at quarantine facilities across the country, the Himalayan Times reported.
 
A total of 3,215 people who had earlier contracted the disease have tested negative in the last 24 hours. So far, 102,820 people have recovered from Covid-19. So far, the country has reported 812 fatalities.

Once ready, we will provide Covid-19 vaccine free to everybody in Tamil Nadu: CM Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday announced that his government will provide Covid-19 vaccine to all the people in the state free of cost, once it is ready. Addressing media in Pudukkottai district of the state, Palaniswami said, "Once the COVID19 vaccine is ready, it will be provided to all people of the state free of cost."
 
The Tamil Nadu chief minister's promise of free Covid-19 vaccine comes after the BJP in its manifesto for the Bihar ahead of polls in the state promised free Covid vaccination for all in Bihar.
 
Earlier today, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had released the BJP's manifesto for the three-phased Bihar elections and promised that after the approval of the coronavirus vaccine from ICMR, every person in the State will get vaccinated free of cost.

Down syndrome may up Covid-19-related death risk: Study

Researchers have found that down syndrome is associated with a 10-fold increased risk for Covid-19-related death. Down syndrome (sometimes called Down's syndrome) is a condition in which a child is born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome - hence its other name, trisomy 21.
 
This causes physical and mental developmental delays and disabilities.
 
"Although the down syndrome was not specifically mentioned on official lists of conditions that put people at increased risk, the condition is associated with immune dysfunction, congenital heart disease, and pulmonary pathology," said study author from the UK.

Once Covid-19 vaccine is ready, it will be provided to all people of the state free of cost: Tamil Nadu CM

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh tops Covid-19 recovery rate across India with 95.1%

A total of 95.1 per cent of Covid patients in Andhra Pradesh have recovered from the virus, making it a state with the highest recovery rate in India.
 
Out of 7.93 lakh people detected to be infected with the virus until Wednesday, 7.54 lakh have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
 
Currently, active cases in the southern state stand at 33,396. Andhra Pradesh's mortality rate is at 0.82 per cent, which is lower than the national average of 1.51 per cent. Right from the beginning of the pandemic, Andhra has emerged as one of the states which has vigorously tested samples for the virus.

Bangladesh reports 1,696 new coronavirus cases, tally at 394,827

Bangladesh has reported 1,696 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 394,827, health officials said on Thursday.
 
The death toll surged to 5,747 after 24 fatalities were registered in 24 hours till Thursday morning, officials added. Another 1,704 patients recovered from the disease in the same period, pushing the recoveries to 310,532, bdnews24 reported.
 
A total of 14,958 samples were tested at 110 authorised labs across the country in the last 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 11.34 per cent, according to a data released by the Health Directorate. The official figures put the recovery rate at 78.65 per cent, while the mortality rate stands at 1.46 per cent.

Russia records 15,971 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours: Response Center

Russia has registered 15,971 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from yesterday's 15,700, taking the cumulative total to 1,463,306, the country's coronavirus response center said on Thursday.
 
"In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 15,971 COVID-19 cases in 85 regions, of which 4,116 (25.8 per cent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said, adding that the case count has reached 1,463,306.
 
The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 4,413 new positive tests were registered (up from 4,389 yesterday). A total of 697 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (up from 684 yesterday) and 462 cases were confirmed in the Moscow Region (down from 466 yesterday).

Uttar Pradesh reports 2,402 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours

Coronavirus latest update: Philippines reports 1,664 new Covid-19 cases

The Philippines' Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,664 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total tally to 363,888.
 
The department said that 843 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 312,333. The death toll climbed to 6,783 with 38 newly reported deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The health department said it has tested over 4.21 million people nationwide. The Philippines has a population of about 110 million.

Coronavirus LIVE: India's active Covid-19 cases remain below 10% of total caseload

Active cases of COVID-19 in India have remained below 10 per cent of the total caseload for the last three days suggesting that only 1 in 10 cases are active coronavirus patients, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The daily positivity rate has also been maintained at less than 5 per cent over the past three days. There are 7,15,812 active cases of coronavirus infection in the countrywhich comprises 9.29 per cent of the total caseload,the data stated.
 
"Registering another milestone, the daily positivity rate has also been maintained to less than 5 per cent over the past three days indicating that the spread of infection is being effectively contained through focussed strategies and actions of the Centre and the states and UTs," the ministry said.

Financial, physical health top stressors amid Covid-19 pandemic: Study

Financial and physical health has emerged as the top stressor for Indians ahead of relationship and family amid the COVID-19, according to a survey. Nine out of 10 Indians say financial health has a profound impact on their well-being, the survey by digital wealth management platform Scripbox revealed. The survey on Wealth & Well-being', aimed to understand investor behaviour and sentiment amid the coronavirus, was conducted ahead of World Savings Day celebrated on October 31.
 
Amid the pandemic, Indians have been the most stressed because of their physical health (54 per cent) followed by financial health (46 per cent) ahead of family (28 per cent) and relationships (23 per cent), according to the findings.

Odisha govt advises yoga, pranayama for cured Covid-19 patients

The Odisha government has issued an advisory on post-COVID-19 follow-up protocol, asking cured patients to practise yoga, pranayama and meditation and engage in household works, if health permits. More than 2.5 lakh coronavirus patients have recovered from the infection in the state.
 
A holistic approach is required for follow up care and well-being of all patients who have recovered from COVID-19, Additional Chief Secretary P K Mohapatra said. Quoting the advisory, Mohapatra said if health permits, regular household work can be done. However, professional work will be resumed in a graded manner.

Puducherry logs 212 fresh Covid-19 cases, two deaths take toll 582

Puducherry reported 212 new COVID-19 cases and two related fatalities which pushed the toll in the union territory to 582, a top Health department official said on Thursday. The 212 fresh infections saw the overall tally rise to 33,832, a release from the Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said.
 
A 65-year old woman from Karaikal was among the deceased, the release said. The new cases were identified after the examination of 3,847 samples, it added. As many as 195 patients were discharged during the last 24 hours, it said.

Inflation is a key risk to India's V-shaped economic recovery

India has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world and its economy shrank by around 24 per cent year-on-year in Q2-20 – one of the sharpest declines in economic output amongst the G20 nations. With the initial slower opening up of the economy, the consensus has been extrapolating this weaker growth dynamic into the future and continues to downgrade India’s growth outlook. Read on...
 

Inflation is a key risk to India's V-shaped economic recovery

India has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world and its economy shrank by around 24 per cent year-on-year in Q2-20 – one of the sharpest declines in economic output amongst the G20 nations. With the initial slower opening up of the economy, the consensus has been extrapolating this weaker growth dynamic into the future and continues to downgrade India’s growth outlook. Read on...
 

Odisha coronavirus update: 1,913 new cases, 15 fresh fatalities

Odisha's Covid-19 caseload rose to 2,76,094 on Thursday as 1,913 more people tested positive for the infection, while 15 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,196, a health official said.
 
The state reported less than 2,000 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday.
 
As many as 1,109 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 804 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.
 
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 254, followed by Cuttack (150) and Angul (106), the official said.

Regulators, experts take up thorny coronavirus vaccine study issues

The US regulators who will decide the fate of COVID-19 vaccines are taking an unusual step: Asking outside scientists if their standards are high enough.
 
The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year's end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus. Thursday, a federal advisory committee pulls back the curtain on that decision process, debating whether the guidelines FDA has set for vaccine developers are rigorous enough.
 
We will not cut corners, and we will only use science and data to make that determination, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn pledged at a meeting of the Milken Institute Wednesday.

Arunachal Pradesh coronavirus update: With 134 fresh cases, tally rises to 13,912

At least 134 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally to 13,912, a health department official said on Thursday.
 
Altogether 164 people have also been cured of the disease on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,199, the official said.
 
The recovery rate in the northeastern state now stands at 80.49 per cent. Read on...

India coronavirus update: India records 55,839 new infections, 702 deaths

The number of coronavirus infections reported in a span of 24 hours remained below 60,000 for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday as India's caseload went past 77 lakh, while recoveries have crossed 68 lakh, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry.
 
The COVID-19 caseload mounted to77,06,946 with55,839 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,16,616 with 702 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Read on...

Australia scraps plans for games in Europe amid Covid spike

Football Federation Australia says it has cancelled plans for its national teams to hold European training camps in November because of the "ongoing and evolving risks associated with Covid-19."
 
Plans had been in the advanced stages for two international friendlies in London in November but the FFA had to withdraw because countries in Europe are experiencing a resurgence of coronavirus infections after successfully slowing outbreaks during the middle of the year.
 
"Regrettably, the ongoing and worsening Covid-19 landscape across Europe has provided complexities and risks to assemble players from across Europe and Asia and, following the latest advice from medical professionals, FFA will not be proceeding with activities in Europe at this time," FFA said in a statement on Thursday.

Despite coronavirus, Indian traders stock up in hopes of festive cheer

Indian businesses are stocking up more ahead of this year's big festival season than at any time in the last five years, expecting people whose earnings were relatively unaffected by the pandemic to spend the money they saved during months of lockdowns.
 
India's biggest shopping season is at the time of the festivals of Durga Puja and Diwali, which fall 20 days apart in October-November each year. Traditionally, this is a time when houses are re-decorated, big-ticket items purchased, feasts held and gifts exchanged. Read on...

Maharashtra coronavirus update: 1,101 cases in Thane; tally at 203,727

The COVID-19 tally in Thane has reached 2,03,727 after detection of 1,101 new cases in the Maharashtra district, an official said on Thursday.
 
The district also reported 16 more deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the toll to 5,145, he said.
 
As of now, there are 12,698 active COVID-19 cases in the district, while 1,85,884 patients have recovered, he said.
 
The COVID-19 recovery rate in Thane is 91.24 per cent, while the mortality rate stands at 2.53 per cent. Read on...

DAILY INCREASE IN CASES (%) for India and its five most affected states in terms of positive coronavirus cases (% change over previous day)


Coronavirus DATA STORY: India sees sharpest single-day drop in active cases since Sep 22

A drop of 24,278, the most in a day since September 22, brought the total down to 715,812, which is the lowest since August 26 and 30 per cent lower than the September 18 peak of 1,017,754. Read on...

Coronavirus vaccine trials can't tell if the shots save lives: BMJ expert

Vaccines are being hailed as the solution to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the trials currently underway are not designed to tell us if they will save lives, according to a drug development expert from the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ).
 
Writing in The BMJ medical journal, Associate Editor Peter Doshi, said that several Covid-19 vaccine trials are now in their most advanced (phase 3) stage, but what will it mean exactly when a vaccine is declared "effective"?
 
Many may assume that successful phase 3 studies will mean we have a proven way of keeping people from getting very sick and dying from Covid-19. And a robust way to interrupt viral transmission.
 
Yet the current phase 3 trials are not actually set up to prove either, Doshi said.

German consumer morale darkens as coronavirus cases soar

German consumer morale fell heading into November as fears about a second coronavirus wave that is hitting Europe's biggest economy made Germans less willing to open their wallets, a survey showed on Thursday.
 
The GfK institute said its consumer sentiment index, based on a survey of around 2,000 Germans, fell to -3.1 heading into November from a revised -1.7 in the previous month.
 
The reading missed a Reuters forecast for a narrower drop to -2.8.
 
GfK consumer expert Rolf Buerkl said optimism among German consumers faded in October with coronavirus cases soaring in Germany, fuelling fears of another lockdown to contain the outbreak.
 
"The recovery in sentiment from early summer this year has come to a standstill, leaving the consumer climate to slide again," Buerkl said.

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (1617658)
Andhra Pradesh (793299)
Karnataka (782773)
Tamil Nadu (697116)
Uttar Pradesh (461475)

Pakistan warns of new lockdown as Covid-19 mortality rate increases by 140 per cent

Pakistan's top body, which oversees response to the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday warned that strict measures, including lockdown, could be initiated to contain the infection if people don't stop violating government guidelines, as the country's Covid-19 mortality rate increased by 140 per cent compared to past few weeks.
 
"The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) is closely monitoring the situation. If there is no improvement in SOPs compliance observed, NCOC will have no choice but to revert to strict measures leading to re-closures of services," the body said in a statement on Wednesday.
 
During a special session of the NCOC to monitor an increase in cases, the body led by Minister for Planning Asad Umar was informed that there is a clear resurgence of the virus while deaths are also increasing. All chief secretaries were directed to "strictly implement" standard operating procedures (SOPs), Geo TV reported, citing the statement.

Arthritis drug improves survival in critically ill coronavirus patients: Study

Anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab has been shown to reduce mortality by 30 per cent among critically ill Covid-19 patients when administered within the first two days of hospitalisation, according to a study led by an Indian-origin researcher in the US.
 
Unlike steroids, which suppress the immune system more broadly, tocilizumab specifically inhibits the receptor for the pro-inflammatory cytokine, IL-6.
 
The researchers led by Shruti Gupta and David E. Leaf from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital investigated the effects of the tocilizumab on critically ill patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19.
 
They found that when tocilizumab was administered within the first two days of intensive care unit (ICU) admission, there was a 30 per cent relative decrease in mortality compared to patients whose treatment did not include early use of tocilizumab.

Spain becomes first Western European nation to top 1 million coronavirus cases

Spain became the first Western European country to exceed 1 million coronavirus infections on Wednesday, doubling its tally in just six weeks despite a series of increasingly stringent measures to control the second wave.
 
Health ministry data showed total cases had reached 1,005,295, rising by 16,973 from the previous day. The death toll increased by 156 to 34,366.
After slowing to a trickle in the wake of Spain's strict March to June lockdown, the infection rate accelerated to frequently exceed 10,000 cases a day from late August, and hit a new peak of more than 16,000 last week.
 
A hurried exit from confinement before tracing systems were in place let transmission get out of hand faster than in other countries, said Dr. Rafael Bengoa, co-founder of Bilbao's Institute for Health and Strategy.

Assam coronavirus cases and deaths update

Odisha reports 1,931 new Covid-19 cases, 13 more fatalities

Odisha on Wednesday reported 1,931 new Covid-19 cases, which took the tally in the coastal state to 2,74,181, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,181, a health department official said.
 
The state also registered recovery of 2,716 patients taking the number of cured people to 2,54,913, which is 92.97 per cent of the total caseload.
 
Of the new cases, 1,120 were reported from various quarantine centres and 811 people detected during contact tracing, he said.

Jharkhand coronavirus update: 647 new Covid-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 98,061 on Thursday as 647 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
 
Two fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 851, he said.
 
Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 163, followed by East Singhbhum (97) and Bokaro (61), the official said.
 
The state now has 6,206 active coronavirus cases, while 91,004 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said. Read on...

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (October 22)

Active cases: 715,812 (Net reduction: 24,278)
Deaths: 116,616 (Net addition: 702)
Cured: 6,874,518 (Net addition: 79,415)
Total cases: 7,706,946 (Net addition: 55,839)

Coronavirus-affected Inter side held 2-2 by Gladbach

Romelu Lukaku scored a late equalizer with his second goal of the game to give a coronavirus-affected Inter Milan team a 2-2 draw against Borussia Mnchengladbach in their Champions League opener.
 
Ramy Bensebaini converted a penalty for Gladbach and Jonas Hofmann also scored for the German side before Lukaku's last-minute equalizer on Wednesday.
 
In the other Group B match, Real Madrid fell to a surprising 3-2 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.
 
In Milan, it was the first match between the former heavyweights in more than 40 years. The German side overcame Inter on its way to winning the UEFA Cup in 1979.
 
The Inter squad had been hard hit by the coronavirus. Full back Achraf Hakimi tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

S&P ends choppy session lower as US stimulus talks drag on

Wall Street's three major averages closed lower on Wednesday after a volatile trading session, as investors worried whether difficult negotiations in Washington would produce a deal for a fresh U.S. coronavirus stimulus package.
 
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that while there are a number of differences between the White House and Congressional Democrats, Republican President Donald Trump was "willing to lean into" working on an agreement.
 
Before starting afternoon talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was still a chance for a deal despite resistance from Senate Republicans, though she acknowledged it might not pass until after the election.
 
"As long as she keeps dangling the carrot out there that there's still a chance that something could get done investors continue to remain optimistic," said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.
 
"You would rather have more long exposure than have too much cash if an agreement is reached. That's a big if."

S Korea cases jump week after restrictions eased

South Korea has 121 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, its first triple-digit daily jump in a week amid concerns about the country easing social distancing restrictions just last week to cope with a weak economy.
 
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday that South Korea's caseload is now at 25,543 for the pandemic, including 453 deaths.
 
Hundreds of recent infections have been tied to hospitals in major cities such as Seoul and Busan.

Analysis: China and U.S. economies diverge over coronavirus response

The United States and China dealt with the spread of the devastating coronavirus pandemic in vastly different ways, and that split is reshaping the global battle between the world's two leading economies.
 
About 11 months after the Wuhan outbreak, China's official GDP numbers this week show not only that the economy is growing, up 4.9% for the third quarter from a year earlier, but also that the Chinese are confident enough the virus has been vanquished to go shopping, dine and spend with gusto.

Covid-19 underscored importance of investing in public health: WHO chief scientist

The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of investing in public health and primary healthcare, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said, noting that at least a couple of coronavirus vaccines could be available by early next year.
 
Addressing the 15th JRD Tata Memorial Oration from Geneva, Swaminathan highlighted the impact of Covid-19 on education, violence against women, reproductive health and services.
 
Of the lessons that I have learned over the last nine or ten months, the most important one is the importance of investing in public health and primary healthcare," she said.
 
"We see examples of countries where investments in primary healthcare over the past decade or two have paid off. On the contrary, you have high income countries where they've been overwhelmed and haven't been able to put in place some of the mechanisms that have been needed, she said.
 
Swaminathan said immunization for the novel coronavirus may be available by early next year.

Pandemic speeding up automation; 85 million jobs are on the line: WEF

The Covid-19 pandemic is making companies automate their workforce faster than expected globally, while firms with operations in India are accelerating their automation and digitisation above the global average, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study showed on Wednesday.
The year-long study on effects of automation in the workplace and the outlook for robot revolution found that the ‘future of work’ has arrived early due to Covid-19 and may lead to 85 million jobs getting displaced in the next five years in medium and large businesses across just 15 industries and 26 economies. Read on...

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain tests positive for coronavirus

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain said he has tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday. He said he got himself tested after exhibiting symptoms and appealed to those who came in contact with him over the past few days to check if they too were infected.


 

Manchester Utd count cost of Covid disruption as EPL continues without fans

Manchester United said its priority was to allow fans to return to its Old Trafford stadium safely after the impact of the coronavirus crisis pushed it to an annual net loss of 23.2 million pounds ($30.3 million).
 
The pandemic has played havoc with the sporting calendar, forcing the suspension of English Premier League fixtures for three months, with fans still unable to attend matches.
 
Lost revenues due to the restrictions amounted to 70 million pounds in the year to the end of June, the club said, adding that it would recoup 30 million pounds in broadcast revenue for 2019-20 fixtures that had been played only in July and August. Read on...

IMF cuts Asia's growth forecast, warns of Covid-19 pandemic-driven risks

The International Monetary Fund slashed this year's economic forecast for Asia, reflecting a sharper-than-expected contraction in countries like India, a sign the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the region.
 
While the IMF upgraded next year's growth forecast, it warned the recovery will be sluggish and patchy with countries dependent on tourism seen taking a particularly hard hit.
 
"Fear of infection and social distancing measures are dimming consumer confidence and will keep economic activity below capacity until a vaccine is developed," the IMF said in a report on the Asia-Pacific region released on Wednesday. Read on...

With consistently falling case fatality rate (1.51% presently), it also has one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality: Ministry of Health


On global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases/million population


Modi to meet 15 global funds as India seeks investment to lift economy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet 15 of the world’s largest funds to promote investments in capital-starved sectors like infrastructure. The main purpose of the meeting is to assess their views on reforms that are required to attract long-term capital into the country. Read on...

Brazil volunteer dies in AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine clinical trial

Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue.
 
Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment "there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial." A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the Covid-19 vaccine, suggesting the person was part of the control group that was given a meningitis vaccine. Read on...

Moscow's coronavirus death toll rises to 6,187

Moscow has registered 66 deaths of patients infected with Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 6,187, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Wednesday.
 
"Another 66 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow," the centre said.
 
In the previous day, 63 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

UK's Rishi Sunak to address parliament as lockdown pressure mounts

British finance minister Rishi Sunak will address parliament on Thursday about the outlook for the economy, as he faces growing pressure to offer more support to businesses and workers hit by tightening Covid lockdown rules.
 
Britain's main furlough programme ends this month, despite a resurgence in coronavirus cases that has led to a wave of restrictions that have fallen especially heavily on the hospitality industry. Read on...

Brazil's Bolsonaro rejects plan to buy China's coronavirus vaccine

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday the federal government will not buy a Covid-19 vaccine from China's Sinovac, one day after the health minister said it would be included in the nation's immunisation program.
 
The apparent about-face follows anti-China social media commentary by some of Bolsonaro's supporters and thrusts into the open a simmering debate over vaccine policy between the president and key governors, who have been exploring alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine the federal government has prioritized. Read on...

Pursuit of verified content: Covid infodemic can be as terrible as virus

Cow urine (applied or ingested), cow dung (ditto), turmeric, salt, vinegar, miracle vaccines, miracle drugs, conspiracy theories: The Covid-19 pandemic has created an “infodemic” of fake news.
 
This misinformation is dangerous in itself. Refuting misinformation and preventing its spread is crucial. When a famous politician pooh-poohs masks, or someone publishes pictures of himself swimming in cow urine, they put credulous individuals at risk. (The man who refuses to wear a mask, and the man who bathed in cow urine both got the disease.) Read on...

Park Street icons in Kolkata innovate as pandemic offers food for thought

From the Metro exit if you stroll down Park Street, the original party hub of Kolkata, Trincas is one of the first places to greet you. For decades, this iconic stop has transported the Kolkata connoisseur to its glory days of live music and legendary singer Usha Uthup. Often one drops by just to pay obeisance to its past, get a beer and something to go with it.
 
But in this period of gloom for restaurants in the country, something has changed. The Park Street regular will notice this from the outside. The entrance, which long had an unassuming look stewed in nostalgia, now wears polished woodwork and a sign with the letters aglow that makes its invitation to the past look at ease with the changing present. Read on....

IIT Kharagpur's low cost coronavirus testing method gets ICMR nod

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur has developed a low-cost portable unit for rapid diagnostics of coronavirus, which produces results in under an hour.
 
According to the IIT team, the unit called COVIRAP has been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research and various commercial units have already approached them for technology licensing. Read on...

Andhra Pradesh coronavirus update: Deaths cross 6,500 mark in the state

Coronavirus deaths in Andhra Pradesh have crossed the 6,500 mark to reach 6,508 deaths with 28 more fatalities on Wednesday.
 
Chittoor accounts for the highest Covid deaths - 752, followed by Guntur (594), East Godavari (593), Prakasam (563) and others.
 
On Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh reported 3,746 more infections, raising the state's tally to 7.93 lakh, inching closer to the 8 lakh mark. Read on...

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