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Coronavirus update: India on Monday witnessed a significant drop in the number of new Covid-19 cases. At 46,790, the country registered fewer daily infections than the US -- for the first time in over a month -- taking its tally to 7,597,063, according to Worldometer. India's death toll currently stands at 115,163. While Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in the country with over 1.6 mn caseloads, West Bengal has been adding over 3,000 cases daily for the past 45 days. The overall case tally in the state stands at 325,028.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned against any relaxation of response actions following the slight decline in Covid-19 cases in the Southeast Asia Region lately, saying the pandemic continues unabated and our response only needs to be strengthened further to curtail virus transmission.

Coronavirus vaccine update: US President Donald Trump has ordered defence and health chiefs to ensure that America is the first one to procure the UK's coronavirus vaccine, being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 40,462,338. While 30,232,844 have recovered, 1,120,715 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 8,393,773 cases. It is followed by India, which has 7,597,063 cases, Brazil (5,237,961) and Russia (1,415,316).

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11:59 PM IST The region of Greater Manchester in northern England remained at war with the central government on Tuesday as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped in to forcibly place it within Tier 3 of the strictest Covid-19 lockdown restrictions from later this week.   After talks failed over a substantial financial package to support the region's complete temporary shutdown as part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, Johnson declared in a briefing from Downing Street that he bitterly regrets the move but was left with no choice as Manchester is among the areas of the country bearing the brunt of the second wave of the virus.

11:06 PM IST Nine more people succumbed to Covid-19 in Assam on Tuesday taking the death toll to 884, while the state's caseload went up to 202,073 after 666 new infections were detected during the day, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.   He said that 1,201 patients recovered from the disease and were released from various hospitals and Covid Care Centres. The recovery rate is now 86.31 per cent.   Altogether 1,74,411 people have been cured of coronavirus in the state so far.

10:17 PM IST A private hospital group on Tuesday announced opening of post-recovery clinics across its network of facilities to address complications faced by people who have recovered from Covid-19.   These clinics will cater to a "rising number of patients who have recovered from Covid-19 but are suffering from the mid-term and long-term persistent effects of the infection," according to a statement issued by the Apollo Hospital group.

9:51 PM IST The Punjab health authorities on Tuesday reported eight more coronavirus deaths as 520 fresh infections took the state's case tally to 128,590.   So far, the infection has claimed 4,037 lives in the state, according to a medical bulletin.   The places which reported new coronavirus cases included Hoshiarpur (109), Bathinda (57) and Ludhiana (46), the bulletin said.

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Manchester at war as it is dragged into highest Covid-19 Tier in UK

The region of Greater Manchester in northern England remained at war with the central government on Tuesday as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped in to forcibly place it within Tier 3 of the strictest Covid-19 lockdown restrictions from later this week.
 
After talks failed over a substantial financial package to support the region's complete temporary shutdown as part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, Johnson declared in a briefing from Downing Street that he bitterly regrets the move but was left with no choice as Manchester is among the areas of the country bearing the brunt of the second wave of the virus.

Assam reports 9 more coronavirus deaths, 666 new cases

Nine more people succumbed to Covid-19 in Assam on Tuesday taking the death toll to 884, while the state's caseload went up to 202,073 after 666 new infections were detected during the day, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 
He said that 1,201 patients recovered from the disease and were released from various hospitals and Covid Care Centres. The recovery rate is now 86.31 per cent.
 
Altogether 1,74,411 people have been cured of coronavirus in the state so far.

Private hospital group opens post-Covid recovery clinics

A private hospital group on Tuesday announced opening of post-recovery clinics across its network of facilities to address complications faced by people who have recovered from Covid-19.
 
These clinics will cater to a "rising number of patients who have recovered from Covid-19 but are suffering from the mid-term and long-term persistent effects of the infection," according to a statement issued by the Apollo Hospital group.

8 deaths, 520 fresh virus cases in Punjab

The Punjab health authorities on Tuesday reported eight more coronavirus deaths as 520 fresh infections took the state's case tally to 128,590.
 
So far, the infection has claimed 4,037 lives in the state, according to a medical bulletin.
 
The places which reported new coronavirus cases included Hoshiarpur (109), Bathinda (57) and Ludhiana (46), the bulletin said.

Karnataka reports 6,297 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 776,901

241 more test positive for Covid-19 in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand's coronavirus infection tally rose to 58,601 on Tuesday with 241 more people testing positive for the virus, while 13 more infected patients died at different hospitals.
 
Dehradun reported the highest number of 90 cases, Haridwar 37, Nainital 23, Almora 20, Uttarkashi 18, Pithoragarh 15, Udham Singh Nagar eight, Chamoli seven, Pauri seven, Tehri six, Champawat six, Rudraprayag three, and Bageshwar one case, according to a state health department bulletin.
 
Thirteen more Covid-19 patients died at different hospitals in the state taking the overall toll to 946 so far, the bulletin said.
 
As many as 51,862 infected people have recuperated, 429 have migrated out of the state and 5,364 are under treatment, it said.

Virus can hit recovered Covid patients once antibodies start depleting: ICMR

Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 can again get infected by the virus once the antibodies of the viral disease starts depleting, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday. "According to the Centre for Disease Control (USA), you call it a reinfection (of Covid-19) if the person is reinfected after 90 days from turning negative to the Sars-CoV-2 after testing positive to it.
 
"However, there are multiple studies which suggest that the antibodies that develop after Covid-19 sustain for up to five months," said Balram Bhargava, Director-General of ICMR, while answering a query in the weekly press briefing of the Union Health Ministry.
 
"Since the disease is new, we do not have any further information about it. However, people can recontract the infection if antibodies start depleting from the body," he added.

Nagaland's Covid-19 tally breaches 8,000 mark

Nagaland's Covid-19 tally breached the 8000-mark on Tuesday as 67 more people tested positive for the virus, including 31 armed forces personnel, a health department official said.
 
The 67 new cases have pushed the state's Covid-19 tally to 8,020 and the number of active cases to 1,657, he said. "67 positive cases of Covid-19 detected today
 
Dimapur 38, Kohima 13, Tuensang 11 and Mon 5," Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom said in a tweet. "Also, 60 positive patients have recovered Tuensang 27, Kohima and Mon districts 13 each and Dimapur 7," he said.
 
Of the total 8,020 Covid-19 cases, 6,267 patients have recovered from the disease and the recovery rate in the state is at present 78.14 per cent, Additional Director of Health Department, Dr Denis Hangsing said in the daily Covid-19 bulletin.

41 more Covid-19 deaths take Delhi's toll to 6,081; tally at 336,00

The national capital recorded 41 Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday taking the death toll to 6,081, while 3,579 fresh cases took the infection tally to over 336,000, authorities said. These fresh cases were detected due to the 56,593 tests conducted the previous day, according to the health bulletin shared by the Delhi Chief Minister's Office on its Twitter handle.
 
Forty-one more fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 6,081, according to the latest bulletin.
 
The tally of active cases on Tuesday rose to 23,922 from 22,570 the previous day. The total number of cases has climbed to 3,36,750, the bulletin added.

Covid-19: Rajasthan records 14 deaths, 1,897 new cases

Rajasthan on Tuesday recorded 14 more fatalities due to Covid-19 taking the death toll to 1,774, a bulletin issued by the state's health department said.
 
The state also reported 1,897 new cases as the total number of cases reached 177,123, the bulletin said, adding that 20,254 infected people were under treatment.
 
According to the bulletin, 155,095 people have been discharged after treatment. So far, the maximum Covid-19 deaths have been reported from Jaipur (353), followed Jodhpur (169), Bikaner (131), Ajmer (129), Kota (113) among others.
 
Of the 1,897 new cases, the maximum were reported from Jaipur (386) followed by Jodhpur (233), Alwar (155) and Bikaner (148) among others.

Bengal reports record 4,029 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 329,057

940 new cases take Covid-19 tally in Haryana; death toll rises 1,660

Haryana on Tuesday reported 940 fresh cases of Covid-19 which pushed the infection tally in the state to 152,174, while the death toll rose to 1,660 and 12 more people succumbing to the disease.
 
Among the fresh deaths, two each were reported from Yamunanagar, Hisar and Gurgaon while one death each was recorded in Panipat, Nuh, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Kaithal and Charkhi districts, according to the daily bulletin by the state health department.
 
Among the districts which reported a big spike in cases included Gurgaon (255), Faridabad (109), and Hisar (88). Active cases in the state currently stood at 10,078 while the recovery rate was 92.29 per cent, the bulletin stated.

Meghalaya reports 57 new Covid-19 cases; tally rises to 8,593

At least 57 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Meghalaya on Tuesday, pushing the coronavirus tally to 8,593, a senior health official said.
 
The Covid-19 death toll in the state increased to 76 as one more person succumbed to the disease, he said. The state at present has 2,020 Covid-19 active cases, Health Services director Aman War said.
 
East Khasi Hills district, of which state capital Shillong, is a part, has 1,322 active Covid-19 cases, he said. War said 105 patients recovered from the disease on Tuesday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 6,497.
 
A total of 1.89 lakh samples have been sent for Covid-19 testing so far, War added.

Kerala adds 6,591 fresh coronavirus cases, 24 deaths push toll to 1,206

Kerala on Tuesday reported 6,591 new COVID-19 cases and 24 related fatalities taking the overall tally in the state to 340,472 and the death toll to 1,206.

Of those found infected today, as many as 105 reached the state from other places while 5,717 contracted the disease through their close contacts, Health Minister K K Shailaja said in a release.

"The sources of 707 infections are yet to be identified. Sixty-two health workers are also infected. Currently, there are 91,922 under treatment in the state. On Tuesday, the results of 7,375 people have turned negative taking the total number of those cured in the state to 2,60,243," she said.

No paucity, India in 'extremely comfortable position' in oxygen supply: Health Ministry

There has been no scarcity of medical oxygen in the last 10 months as daily production capacity was enhanced to 6,862 metric tonnes by September and projected to further increase to 7,191 metric tonnes by the end of October, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

At a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the Centre, as a part of proactive interventions, has begun the process of installing oxygen generation plants in 246 hospitals 18 states and union territories in the first phase, out of which 67 were at various stages of completion.

In the second phase, such plants would be installed in 150 more hospitals across 30 states and UTs, he said while stressing that India was in a "comfortable position" in terms of oxygen availability.

"There has been no shortage of oxygen in the last 10 months. There is no paucity at present also. We are in an extremely comfortable position," Bhushan added.

Andhra Pradesh reports 3,503 new Covid cases, tally at 789,553

Iran reports highest single-day spike of fresh 5,000 Covid-19 cases

Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission.
 
Iran's health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000. The new infection count on Tuesday eclipsed the previous high of 4,830 last week, shining a light on the nation's floundering efforts to combat the virus.
 
Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks. Monday's death toll shattered its previous single-day record, prompting state news outlets to declare it a black day. 

Heathrow Airport begins rapid Covid-19 tests for flyers out of UK

Heathrow Airport in London, one of the world's largest aviation hubs, on Tuesday launched new pre-departure rapid Covid-19 testing facilities for travellers flying out of the UK.
 
The private test costs 80 pounds and aims to provide departing passengers with their results in around 60 minutes.
 
The airport said its new test-on-departure process is aimed at helping passengers leaving the UK to meet requirements of governments worldwide alongside reassuring travellers that everyone who has boarded their plane will have only been allowed to do so by showing a negative test result.
 
"Many other countries are already using testing to keep their borders safe while restarting trade and travel. These facilities will make it easier for passengers going to those countries to get a test and have the potential to provide a service for arriving passengers," said Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye.

Jammu and Kashmir reports 589 new Covid-19 cases; tally at 88,958

Lab test to detect protective effects of Covid antibodies developed

Scientists have developed a new lab testing procedure for the detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 that gives results more quickly than existing assays and specifically identifies so-called "neutralizing" antibodies - those that protect by blocking infection of cells.
 
"With many assays currently in use, we can detect antibodies, but that doesn't tell us if they're neutralizing antibodies. We only know the level of antibodies someone has," said study author Shan-Lu Liu from Ohio State University in the US.
 
"Some antibodies might be protective, some might not be protective, and some might even enhance infection - we know with this type of coronavirus and some other viruses, some antibodies can even do harm," he said.

Virus can hit recovered Covid patients once antibodies start depleting: ICMR

Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 can again get infected by the virus once the antibodies of the viral disease starts depleting, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday. "According to the Centre for Disease Control (USA), you call it a reinfection (of Covid-19) if the person is reinfected after 90 days from turning negative to the Sars-CoV-2 after testing positive to it.
 
"However, there are multiple studies which suggest that the antibodies that develop after Covid-19 sustain for up to five months," said Balram Bhargava, Director-General of ICMR, while answering a query in the weekly press briefing of the Union Health Ministry.
 
"Since the disease is new, we do not have any further information about it. However, people can recontract the infection if antibodies start depleting from the body," he added.

Tamil Nadu reports 3,094 new Covid-19 cases, tally nears 700,000

SAT extends suspension of physical hearing till Oct 29 amid Covid-19

The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has extended the suspension of physical hearing till October 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Interim orders, if any, which are operational would remain in force till the next date of hearing, according to a notification.
 
"... the judicial work of the tribunal (physical hearing) shall remain suspended till 29th October, 2020," it said in a notification dated October 16.
 
The directions already issued and permitted from time to time shall be continued and all earlier orders shall be aligned with the present order and shall remain in force up to and inclusive of October 29, the tribunal said. Read more

Insurance claims related to Covid-19 treatment rise in September

The number of insurance claims related to treatment for Covid-19 rose to 40 per cent of the total health insurance claims in September, according to an analysis.

Based on its analysis of industry data, insurance aggregator Policybazaar.com said "most people filing the claim for Covid-19 treatment are senior citizens of age group 60 years and more, followed by people in the age bracket of 41-45 years".

In September, the insurance aggregator said Covid-19-related claims accounted for 40 per cent of the total health insurance claims. It has been steadily increasing from 8 per cent in May. In July and August, it stood at 23 per cent and 34 per cent, respectively.

Overall, coronavirus cases have been on the rise, especially in few states. The recovery rate is also high.

135 new cases take Tripura's Covid-19 tally to 29,688

At least 135 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Tuesday, pushing the state's tally to 29,688, a health department official said. The state currently has 2,612 active coronavirus cases, he said.
 
On Monday, 198 people were discharged from G B Pant Hospital, the main referral facility in the state for Covid-19 patients, taking the total number of recoveries to 26,725, he said.
 
Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, while 328 people died of the disease so far, the official said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, accounted for 174 of the 328 Covid-19 fatalities, he said.
 
The northeastern state has conducted 4,35,871 sample tests for Covid-19 so far, he added.

Important to wear mask, take precautions for recovered Covid-19 patients: ICMR chief

ASCI comes out with advisory for advertisers on Covid-19 messaging

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) on Tuesday came out with an "advisory" on Covid-19-related messaging on the do's and dont's to be followed by brands as part of steps to check misleading claims.
 
The self-regulatory body for the advertising industry said there has been a proliferation of advertisements with misleading message claims during the pandemic.
 
We want products and advertisements to stick to claims and promises that are well backed by adequate substantiation. The advisory to advertisers is meant to safeguard consumers as well as to ensure the highest standards for advertising, ASCI's secretary general Manisha Kapoor said.
 
She said the four-point advisory has been after consultations with advertisers, as well as with technical experts in different fields such as biochemistry, ayurveda, food and nutrition, she said, adding the pandemic cannot be a platform to mislead consumers.ASCI comes out with advisory for advertisers on Covid-19 messaging

Covid-19: WB BJP chief Dilip Ghosh discharged from hospital

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh who was admitted to a city private hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, was discharged on Tuesday, sources in it said. The 56-year-old BJP leader had tested positive on Friday folloewing he was admitted to the hospital's high dependency unit.
 
Ghosh told reporters that all the test reports have confirmed that he has recovered and he is feeling well now. Ghosh said he had got himself admitted to the hospital on October 16 after he developed high temperature along with persistent cough.
 
"There were no other complications. I am okay now. Let me assure everybody there is no reason to be anxious about my health conditios. Thanking you all and stay safe," Ghosh said.

Boost SOPs to prevent crimes against women in Covid centres: NCW

Alarmed by cases of rapes and molestations reported at Covid-19 centres in Maharashtra, the National Council for Women on Tuesday asked the state government to ensure that standard operating procedures are strengthened to prevent such crimes.

NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma, who is on a 3-day visit to Maharashtra, asked whether such SOPs have been established and adhered to for the safety and protection of women patients at Covid centres.

"She expressed her anguish at crimes of molestation and rape of women patients or doctors at Covid treatment centres. Among other things, she recommended strict background checks on staff and installation of CCTVs at such centres," said an NCW spokesperson.

Sharma pointed out that the appointment of Chairperson and members of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) was pending and urged that these should be filled up to ensure complaints of women and others are addressed in a timely manner.

Six states account for 64% of country's active Covid-19 cases

Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran tests positive for Covid-19

Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran on Tuesday said he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently under isolation. The 38-year-old actor was diagnosed with coronavirus while he was shooting for filmmaker Dijo Jose Anthony's "Jana Gana Mana." He has been filming since October 7.

"We had strict protocols in place with regards to Covid regulations and associated safety measures. As is the norm, all involved in the shoot were tested before the schedule started and after the last day of shoot in the courtroom set we had put up, tests were repeated.

"Unfortunately the test results this time came back positive and I have gone into isolation. I am asymptomatic and doing fine now," Sukumaran said in a statement shared on Twitter.

Singapore researchers develop breath test to detect Covid-19

Researchers in Singapore have developed a breath test to detect Covid-19 within a minute as authorities are working on a roadmap for the phase three of easing of safety measures in the country.
 
A person would simply have to blow into a disposable mouthpiece connected to a high-precision breath sampler, according to the National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers.
 
The test, which detects Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in a person's breath, achieved more than 90 per cent accuracy in a clinical trial involving 180 patients, Channel News Asia reported, citing the NUS statement.
 
The exhaled breath is then collected and fed into a mass spectrometer for measurement. A machine learning software subsequently analyses the VOC profile and generates the result in less than a minute. The technology, developed by NUS start-up Breathonix, offers a fast and convenient solution to identify Covid-19 infection, said the university.

UK to begin 'human challenge' trials to speed up Covid-19 vaccine hunt

Around 90 volunteers will be recruited to be exposed to small amounts of the novel coronavirus in a controlled setting for the first stage of "human challenge" trials to try and speed up the hunt for a viable Covid-19 vaccine, the UK government said on Tuesday.
 
It comes with a 33.6 million pound investment for experts from the National Health Service (NHS), academia and the private sector to join forces to make the UK among the first countries in the world to explore and establish human challenge trials to accelerate the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.
 
If approved by regulators and the ethics committee, the studies would start in January next year with results expected by May 2021.
 
"We are doing everything we can to fight coronavirus, including backing our best and brightest scientists and researchers in their hunt for a safe and effective vaccine," said UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

Daily gargling with mouthwash may inactivate human coronaviruses: Study

In a fight against the novel coronavirus, scientists have found that certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses.
 
The results, published in the Journal of Medical Virology, indicate that some of these products might be useful for reducing the amount of virus in the mouth after infection and may help to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
 
"While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, methods to reduce transmission are needed. The products we tested are readily available and often already a part of people's daily routines," said study researcher Craig Meyers from the Penn State University in the US. Read more

Ladakh's Covid-19 tally rises to 5,647 with 49 fresh cases

Ladakh's Covid-19 caseload climbed to 5,647 on Tuesday as 49 more people tested positive for the disease in the union territory, according to an official bulletin.

Of the 49 fresh cases, 46 were detected in Leh district and three in Kargil district, officials said.

The number of active cases in the region has fallen to 880. Of these, 724 are in Leh and 156 in Kargil, the bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health Services said.

Israel to start human trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate 'Brilife' by Oct-end

The human trial of Israel's Covid-19 vaccine candidate 'Brilife' will begin by the end of this month, with the Defence Minister terming it a "very significant moment" and "source of national pride" that could bring great news for the country and the world.

The prospective vaccine is being developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) that was established in 1952 as part of the Israel Defence Forces' Science Corps, and later became a civilian organisation.

Israel had claimed in August that it already has the vaccine against the coronavirus "in hand" but it has to go through regulatory processes that would begin with human trials following the autumn holidays.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz on Monday visited the IIBR and described the process of beginning human trials as a "very significant moment" and "source of national pride" that can bring great news for Israel and the rest of the world.

He was briefed on relevant details related to the vaccine's production and the anticipated timetable.

Covid-19 on mind, Durga Puja celebrations low key sans idols, pandals, bhog

It's that time of the year. The fragrance of shiuli', the delicate orange and white flowers that blossom right about now, mingles with the autumn breeze to herald Durga Puja but the frankincense is missing and a wary quiet has overtaken the sound of festivities.
 
In the air there is the virus and the fear of it.
 
The Bengali community in the Delhi-NCR region is staying away from Durga Puja festivities, a community affair in parks and other open spaces. And nowhere is this more evident than in Chittaranjan Park, often known as 'mini Bengal'..
 
It's two days before Durga Puja begins and Delhi's predominantly Bengali neighbourhood has never been quieter.
 
The parks that have for decades served as venues for larger than life themed pandals housing ornately decked Durga idols for five days every year are deserted.

78 per cent of new recovered Covid-19 cases emerge from 10 states/UTs

Union Ministry of Health on Tuesday said 78 per cent of the new recovered coronavirus cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states/Union Territories (UT) and 75 per cent of the new confirmed cases are from 10 states and UTs.
 
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala contribute more than 5,000 to the new confirmed cases, according to the ministry.
 
According to an official release, India has leaped across several significant milestones in its fight against Covid-19. The new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours have fallen below 50,000 (46,790) for the first time in nearly three months. The new cases were 47,703 on July 28.
 
With a high number of Covid-19 patients recovering every day and the sustained fall in the mortality rate, India's steady trend of dipping active cases continues.
 
In another achievement, the percentage of active cases has fallen below 10 per cent. The total positive cases of the country today are less than 7.5 lakh (7,48,538) and comprise merely 9.85 per cent of the total cases.

1,486 new Covid cases, 7 deaths in Telangana

Telangana on Tuesday reported 1,486 new Covid cases, while seven more people succumbed to the infection.
 
The state's Covid tally rose to 2,24,545. The fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,282. The fatality rate remains at 0.57 per cent against the national average of 1.5 per cent. Officials said the percentage of deaths due to Covid-19 was 44.96 while the remaining 55.04 had comorbidities.
 
The state continued to see more recoveries than the new infections. The Health officials said 1,891 people recovered from the virus during the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recoveries to 2,02,577.
 
The state's recovery rate jumped to 90.21 per cent as against the national average of 88.6 per cent. Of the new cases registered during the last 24 hours, Greater Hyderabad accounted for 235 cases.

Apollo hospitals launch clinics to help patients with post-Covid health effects

 
The Apollo Hospitals Group on Tuesday announced the launch of post-Covid recovery clinics across its network to help the patients, who have recovered from Covid-19, but are suffering from persistent effects of the infection.
 
According to the hospital, over 50 per cent of Covid-19 patients suffer from problems that include breathlessness, chest pain and heart issues, joint pains, vision problems, and memory loss months after contracting the novel coronavirus.
 
"The Post-Covid Recovery Clinics will be manned by a team of specialists including neurologists and immunologists to help patients deal with the aftermath of Covid-19 and restore them to health," the group said in a statement.
 
Speaking about the clinics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi Managing Director P Shivakumar said, "Many patients who have recovered from Covid -19 at our hospitals have been contacting us for symptoms that they are having, and not knowing where to go for them."
 
A Post-Covid Recovery Clinic will be conducted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Delhi's Sarita Vihar.

37,000 Durga pujas across Bengal: Can the state avoid a Covid-19 surge?

As Durga Puja festivities begin, experts warn that the West Bengal government’s guidelines to control the spread of Covid-19 during the state’s biggest festival would only work if there is less crowding. Many are worried about Covid-19 superspreader events and a possible spread to districts that currently have lower infection prevalence.
 
This year, 37,000 pujas will be organised across Bengal, including 2,509 in Kolkata, even as the fifth phase of the “Unlock” is under way. Last year’s pujo season saw 2,500 pandals across Kolkata alone that raked up six million visitors, said Partha Dutta, sergeant, Kolkata Traffic Police. Read more

Severe Covid-19 patients may be best donors for plasma therapy: Study

 
Covid-19 patients who are sick enough to be hospitalised are likely to have high levels of antibodies that can protect against the disease, and may be the best donors for convalescent plasma therapy, according to a study.
 
The research, published on Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, also found that older males who have recovered from Covid-19 after having been hospitalised are strong candidates for donating plasma.
 
Doctors have been using infusions of plasma -- the part of blood that contains antibodies -- from recovered Covid-19 patients to treat Covid-19 patients and also as a possible prophylaxis to prevent the disease, the researchers said.
 
Clinical trials of convalescent plasma treatment against Covid-19 are ongoing, and doctors until now haven't had guidance for selecting survivors who are likeliest to have strong antibody responses, they said.

Kidney disease linked to higher death risk for Covid-19 patients: Study

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that there is much higher risk of mortality faced by Covid-19 patients in intensive care, who have chronic kidney disease (CKD), or those who develop new (acute) kidney injury (AKI).
 
CKD is a type of kidney disease in which kidney function declines over a period of months to years, and is more common in older people.
 
AKI is an abrupt loss of kidney function that takes place over seven days or less and can have several causes, including the damage and inflammation caused by the Covid-19 virus itself.
 
"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive analysis of outcomes in critically unwell Covid-19 patients in the UK with kidney failure, particularly in patients with pre-existing chronic kidney disease," said study author Sanooj Soni from Imperial College London in the UK.

US reports over 58,000 new Covid-19 cases

Amid an ongoing resurgence, the US, currently the worst-hit country by the Covid-19 pandemic, has reported a total of 58,387 new cases, taking the overall infection tally to 8,210,849, according to Johns Hopkins University.
 
Besides the new cases on Monday, the US also reported an additional 445 fatalities, which the increased the death toll to 220,095.
 
The totals include cases from 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. Monday's figure was lower than the more than 70,000 new single day coronavirus cases reported a day earlier.
 
The new daily case count has set a new record high since July 31. Daily confirmed cases have been surpassing 45,000 since October 7, according to CDC data, with cases over 50,000 five times since last week.
 

3 in 4 brands cut marketing budgets post Covid in India: Report

Over three in four brand marketers (76 per cent) in India have reduced the marketing budgets post Covid-19, shifting advertising budgets towards social media (76 per cent) and paid search (64 per cent) in the post-pandemic environment, a new survey said on Tuesday.

Maximising marketing return of investment (ROI) remains on top of the mind (71 per cent) followed by driving sales (76 per cent) and brand positioning (36 per cent) among those surveyed in India, according to German market research firm GfK.

Covid-19 has not only disrupted businesses globally but also shed light on future-readiness of brands and marketers to drive growth

Odisha witnesses declining trend in Covid cases

The Covid-19 positive cases continue to show a declining trend in Odisha as the state recorded 1,904 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, informed the health department on Tuesday.

The total caseload of Odisha climbed to 2,72,250. As many as 16 more persons succumbed to Coronavirus in the state in the last 24 hours as the toll mounted to 1,168, the department said.

The deaths were reported from Jharsuguda, Bhadrak, Khurdha, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts.

Severe coronavirus patients may be best donors for plasma therapy: Study

COVID-19 patients who are sick enough to be hospitalised are likely to have high levels of antibodies that can protect against the disease, and may be the best donors for convalescent plasma therapy, according to a study.
 
The research, published on Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, also found that older males who have recovered from COVID-19 after having been hospitalised are strong candidates for donating plasma.
 
Doctors have been using infusions of plasma -- the part of blood that contains antibodies -- from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat COVID-19 patients and also as a possible prophylaxis to prevent the disease, the researchers said.

Case against coronavirus norms violation in MP CM's poll roadshow

Police have registered a case of alleged violation of Covid-19 guidelines during a roadshow of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Indore's Sanver area where an Assembly bypoll is scheduled on November 3, an official said on Tuesday.
 
The roadshow was held on Monday evening following which an FIR was registered against a local BJP leader on whose application the permission was given for the roadshow in Sanver area, he said.
 
The nod was given on the condition that COVID-19 norms of social distancing and others will be followed and only five vehicles would be allowed in the roadshow, Sanver police station in-charge Santosh Kumar Dudhi said.

Reckitt third-quarter sales top estimates on coronavirus demand for cleaning products

Reckitt Benckiser on Tuesday reported a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter sales that were boosted as the coronavirus pandemic spurred demand for cleaning products.
 
The British maker of Dettol and Lysol said sales on a like-for-like basis, excluding items such as foreign exchange fluctuations, rose 13.3%. Analysts on average expected a 9.5% increase, according to a consensus provided by the company.
 
Quarterly net revenue was 3.51 billion pounds, up from 3.21 billion a year earlier.
 
The company raised its full-year net revenue outlook, saying it expects a low double-digit rise, up from a previous forecast of high single-digit growth.

Coronavirus update: The percentage of active cases have fallen below 10% in India


Spitting in public places increases the risk of coronavirus transmission

Coronavirus India update: 75% of the new confirmed cases are from 10 states and UTs


Coronavirus India update: 78% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states/UTs


DATA STORY: India now has fewer active coronavirus cases than France

With yet another net decline on Tuesday, India’s count of active coronavirus cases came down to 748,538, which is fewer than France’s tally of 770,719 and the US’ 2,728,163. Read on...

Canada's coronavirus case tally tops 200,000

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Canada has exceeded 200,000, Health Canada reported.
 
According to the government health department, for the entire time of the pandemic, the number of people infected in the country totalled 201,437, with 9,778 deaths and more than 169,000 recoveries.
 
The largest number of cases was recorded in the provinces of Quebec (94,429) and Ontario (65,075).

37,000 Durga pujas across Bengal: Can the state avoid a Covid-19 surge?

As Durga Puja festivities begin, experts warn that the West Bengal government’s guidelines to control the spread of Covid-19 during the state’s biggest festival would only work if there is less crowding. Many are worried about Covid-19 superspreader events and a possible spread to districts that currently have lower infection prevalence.
 
This year, 37,000 pujas will be organised across Bengal, including 2,509 in Kolkata, even as the fifth phase of the “Unlock” is under way. Last year’s pujo season saw 2,500 pandals across Kolkata alone that raked up six million visitors, said Partha Dutta, sergeant, Kolkata Traffic Police. Read on...

Coronavirus tally in Pondy rises to 33,452 with 206 additions

Two more people, including a 90-year old woman from Mahe, died of Covid-19 on Tuesday pushing the toll in the union territory to 577.
 
Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that 206 fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 4,013 samples during last 24 hours raising the caseload to 33,452.
 
The Director said 252 patients were discharged during last 24 hours and the fatality and recovery rates were 1.72 percent and 86.02 percent recently.

Don't go out without a mask, says Bangladesh govt

The Bangladesh government has advised the citizens of the country to refrain from going outside without wearing a mask due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in an effort to curb the virus spread, the media reported.
 
The instruction came during a virtual meeting on Monday chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the use of masks, bdnews24 quoted Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam as saying.
 
"We are seeing a massive resurgence of coronavirus infections in the US and the countries across Europe. That's why the Prime Minister has emphasised face coverings. She has urged everyone to be more careful.
 
"Wearing mask is a key tool in the fight against coronavirus transmission. We need to create mass awareness over this as a large swathe of the population in Bangladesh is still reluctant to wear masks," Islam said.

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (October 20)

Active cases: 748,538 (Net reduction: 23,517)
Deaths: 115,197 (Net addition: 587)
Cured: 6,733,328 (Net addition: 69,720)
Total cases: 7,597,063 (Net addition: 46,790)

Gold inches lower on caution over US coronavirus aid

Gold prices eased on Tuesday, trading in narrow a range, as caution set in ahead of the deadline to reach an agreement on a new US coronavirus stimulus package and the upcoming presidential election.
 
Spot gold fell 0.2% to $1,901.16 per ounce by 0335 GMT. US gold futures were down 0.3% at $1,905.20.
 
"A lot of investors are on the sidelines and also in particular because the (U.S.) elections are coming up," Brian Lan, managing director at GoldSilver Central said, adding that a stimulus will make prices test the higher end of the $1,882-$1,932 range.
 
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "continued to narrow their differences" about a fresh aid package in a telephone conversation, her spokesman Drew Hammill said.

Amid drop in daily coronavirus tally, Goa CM Sawant advocates caution

Amid a second consecutive drop in the daily tally of new Covid-19 infections, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has urged people to not self-medicate in case of a fever and opt for testing themselves for the coronavirus infection.
 
Speaking to reporters late on Monday night outside the Bharatiya Janata Party state headquarters in Panaji, Sawant also said that social distancing norms and basic precautionary measures like wearing of masks and use of hand sanitiser would continue to be imposed in the coming days. Read on...

Elections amid coronavirus: Govt enhances expenditure limit of candidates

The poll spending limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections has been enhanced by 10 per cent based on the recommendation of the Election Commission that contestants be allowed to spend more on campaigning keeping in mind difficulties they may face due to Covid-19 curbs.
 
The hike in expenditure limit will help candidates contesting Bihar assembly poll as well asbypolls to one Lok Sabha and 59 assembly seats.
 
Over a month ago, the Election Commission had recommended a 10 per cent hike in expenditure for all elections to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on...

More Hispanic workers impacted by coronavirus in food processing units

A new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that more Hispanic workers at food processing and manufacturing plants were being affected by Covid-19 compared to workers of other races or ethnicities.
 
In the study released on Monday, the CDC said that among the food manufacturing and agriculture workers with Covid-19, 72.8 per cent were Hispanic or Latino, 6.3 per cent were non-Hispanic Black, and 4.1 per cent were non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander.
 
It said the figures suggested that Hispanic or Latino, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander workers in these workplaces might be disproportionately affected by the disease.

Maharashtra coronavirus update: 1,264 new cases in Thane, recovery rate over 90%

The COVID-19 tally in Thane rose to 2,01,734 with the addition of 1,264 new cases, while seven civic limits of the Maharashtra district reported a recovery rate of over 90 per cent, an official said on Tuesday.
 
The district also reported 29 deaths due to the viral infection on Monday, taking the toll to 5,100, he said.
 
So far, Kalyan town has recorded the maximum number of COVID-19 cases at 48,106, followed by Thane city-44,093 and Navi Mumbai-42,417 he said.

Trump says people tired of hearing about Covid

US President Donald Trump says people are tired of hearing from Dr Anthony Fauci and all these idiots about the coronavirus.
 
Trump has made no secret of his growing impatience with Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert.
 
Speaking Monday to campaign staffers, Trump called Fauci a disaster but said he'd create bigger issues for himself if he fired the doctor.

Jharkhand reports 490 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths

Three more people succumbed to Covid-19 in Jharkhand, raising the toll to 842, while 490 fresh cases pushed the tally to 96,842, a health department official said on Tuesday.
 
The deaths were reported from Bokaro, East Singhbhum and Deoghar.
 
Of the new cases, 152 were recorded in Ranchi, 77 in Bokaro and 52 in East Singhbhum, he said.

Researchers suggest mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronavirus

Certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, suggested a recent study conducted at Penn State College of Medicine.
 
The research finding indicated that some of these products might be useful for reducing the viral load, or amount of virus, in the mouth after infection and may help to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
 
Craig Meyers, distinguished professor of microbiology and immunology and obstetrics and gynaecology, led a group of physicians and scientists who tested several oral and nasopharyngeal rinses in a laboratory setting for their ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, which are similar in structure to SARS-CoV-2. The products evaluated include a 1 per cent solution of baby shampoo, a neti pot, peroxide sore-mouth cleansers, and mouthwashes.
 
Researchers found that several of the nasal and oral rinses had a strong ability to neutralise human coronavirus, which suggests that these products may have the potential to reduce the amount of virus spread by people who are Covid-19-positive.

Patients play 'garba' at Covid-19 facilities, videos go viral

Two videos of patients performing 'garba' at Covid-19 facilities in Mumbai have surfaced on social media, even as the Maharashtra government has appealed to people to hold health and blood donation camps instead of dandiya during the ongoing Navratri festival.
 
In one of the videos, a number of Covid-19 patients with masks on their faces are seen performing garba along with health workers wearing PPE kits on a Bollywood song in a female ward.
 
In the clip, some female patients are also seen watching the performance.

Coronavirus world update: Libya reports 1,159 new Covid-19 cases

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Monday reported 1,159 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the national tally to nearly 50,000.
 
Of 3,952 suspected samples it received, 1,159 tested positive, the centre said in a statement, adding that 373 patients have recovered while seven others died.
 
A total of 49,949 cases have so far been reported in Libya with 27,262 recoveries and 732 deaths, the centre said.

549 new coronavirus cases in Pune district

Pune district reported 549 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its caseload to 3,15,011, a health official said on Monday evening.
 
With 42 fatalities, the death toll in the district reached 7,491, he added.

Oil prices drop for fourth day as Covid-19 second wave worries intensify

Oil prices slipped for a fourth straight day on Tuesday on worries about a resurgence of coronavirus cases globally stifling a promising recovery in fuel demand, while growing output from Libya adds to plentiful supply in the market.
 
Brent crude futures fell 30 cents, or 0.7%, to $42.32 a barrel by 0149 GMT, after falling 31 cents on Monday.
 
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slid 26 cents, or 0.6%, to $40.57 a barrel, after losing 5 cents on Monday. Read on...

BJP leader booked for violating Covid-19 norms in Indore

An FIR has been registered against BJP leader Dinesh Bhawsar for alleged violation of COVID-19 guidelines on October 19 in Sanwer tehsil.
 
According to officials, Indore Police registered the case after he was seen flouting the guidelines during Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's roadshow on October 19 in Sanwer tehsil.
 
Further investigation is underway and more information is awaited.

US coronavirus update: Deaths top 220,000, says Johns Hopkins University

US Covid-19 deaths surpassed 220,000, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
 
With the national caseload topping 8.2 million, the death toll across the United States rose to 220,020 as of 4.25 p.m. local time (2025 GMT), according to the CSSE, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
New York state reported 33,366 fatalities, at the top of the US state-level death toll list. Texas recorded the second most deaths of 17,468. The states of California, New Jersey and Florida all confirmed more than 16,000 deaths, the tally showed. Read on...

Chennai's new confirmed coronavirus cases slide below 1,000 mark again

In welcome signs, the fresh and active Covid-19 cases continued to slide in Tamil Nadu with the state on Monday recording just above 3,500 infections and a little over 38,000 people remaining under treatment.
 
The state capital too saw fresh cases falling below the 1,000 mark after a gap of 25 days.
 
The 3,536 new infections on Monday took the state's Covid-19 tally to 6,90,936 while the death toll mounted to 10,691 with 49 more fatalities, the Health department said. Read on...

Tamil Nadu coronavirus update: State reports 3,536 Covid cases, 49 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Monday reported 3,536 new positive cases of Covid-19 and 49 deaths, said the state health department.
 
According to Tamil Nadu Health Department, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 6,90,936 while the death toll is at 10,691.
 
A total of 4,515 patients were discharged today taking the count of discharged cases to 6,42,152. However, the state still has 38,093 active cases. Read on...

US Market update: Dow drops over 400 points amid stimulus talks, coronavirus concerns

Wall Street's major averages closed sharply lower as investors looked to updates on a US stimulus deal, while weighing the impact of a continued increase in coronavirus cases.
 
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 410.89 points, or 1.44 per cent, to 28,195.42. The S&P 500 was down 56.89 points, or 1.63 per cent, to 3,426.92. The Nasdaq Composite Index decreased 192.67 points, or 1.65 per cent, to 11,478.88, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
All the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors pulled back, with energy down 2.1 per cent, leading the losses.

Daily spike in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra drops below 6,000

Maharashtra on Monday recorded 5,984 new coronavirus cases, a signficant drop in daily numbers, which took its caseload to 16,01,365, a health official said.
 
125 fatalities took the Covid-19 death toll in the state to 42,240, he added.
 
The state had reported a single-day rise of 9,060 cases on Sunday. Read on...

Coronavirus: Half of India may be infected by Feb 2021, says government panel

By February next year, at least half of India's 1.3 billion population is likely to have been infected by the novel coronavirus. This may help slow the spread of the disease, a government committee tasked with providing projections told news agency Reuters on Monday.

Bihar's Covid-19 death toll breaches 1,000-mark; recovery rate touches 94%

Bihar's coronavirus death toll crossed the 1,000-mark on Monday as seven more patients succumbed to the disease, while 912 fresh infections pushed the state's caseload to 2,05,123, a health bulletin said.
 
As many as 1,195 more people were cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 94.47 per cent, it said. Read on...

All outsourced employees of Haryana to get coronavirus lockdown dues

The Haryana government said that "full payment" of wages and salaries will be made to all employees, including contractual, outsourced or person engaged through Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON) and any other outsourcing machanism, for the entire duration of Covid-19 lockdown period, weather no attendance has been recorded or no work has been performed by them.
 
In this regard an instructions were issued to the special chief secretary, financial commissioners, heads of departments, commissioners of divisions, deputy commissioners, the Punjab and Haryana high court and the finance department. Read on...

Deadline looms, but coronavirus relief deal may be far off: Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reported some progress in advance of a Tuesday deadline for reaching a pre-election deal with President Donald Trump on a new coronavirus relief package, but the same core problems bedeviling the effort remain in place despite optimistic talk from the president and his team.
 
Pelosi negotiated for nearly an hour Monday with Trump's top emissary, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and a top aide called it productive. Pelosi hopes that further work will offer clarity on whether we will be able to pass a bill before the election, said spokesman Drew Hammill. Read on...

Mumbai coronavirus update: 1,233 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 45 additional deaths

The tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai increased to 2,43,172 on Monday with 1,233 new cases coming to light, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
 
The death toll in the city increased to 9,776 with 45 fresh fatalities, it said.
 
The number of recovered patients in the city increased to 2,12,905, with 2,092 patients being discharged from hospitals during the day.
 
The recovery rate in the city is 87 per cent. Read on...

Coronavirus-afflicted Jharkhand minister flown to Chennai for better treatment

Jharkhand Education Minister Jagarnath Mahato, who is in a critical condition after contracting coronavirus, was flown to Chennai in an air ambulance on Monday for better treatment, officials said.
 
Mahato will undergo treatment at MGM Hospital in Chennai, they said.
 
Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Animal Husbandry Minister Badal Patralekh were present at Ranchi Airport while Mahato was being flown to Chennai, the official said.
 
"He was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Ranchi but as there was no improvement in his condition, he was shifted to Chennai for better treatment, as per doctors' advice," Soren said.

Noida: Students back to class after 7 months; 11% attendance in pvt schools

Students from Class 9 to 12 returned to classes on Monday as schools reopened in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar after a seven-month hiatus due to COVID-19 outbreak, officials said.
 
There are 153 schools in the district -- 53 of them government and government-aided while remaining self-financed -- that reopened in adherence to COVID-19 norms like social distancing, face covers and sanitisation of hands, District Education Officer Neeraj Kumar Pandey said. Read on...

India's research, manufacturing critical to fighting Covid-19: Bill Gates

India's research and manufacturing will be critical to fighting Covid-19 especially for making vaccines on a large scale, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday.
 
Addressing the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020, Gates delved upon the difficulties in vaccine development and diagnostics of Covid-19.
 
The American business magnate said India is "very inspiring" as it has made huge strides in improving the health of its people in the last two decades. Read on...

WHO head of emergencies commends Asia's handling of Covid-19 pandemic

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization says Asia's follow-through in the fight against COVID-19 and its populations' greater trust in and compliance with their governments have given the continent a leg up against the coronavirus.
 
As Europe grapples with big surges in case counts in recent days, Dr. Michael Ryan said that if he had one golden wish that might change the game, it would be to make sure that every contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case would undergo quarantine to break the chains of transmission. Read on...

Coronavirus in US: Trump turns Fauci Into Republican campaign pawn, assailing him as 'Idiot'

Donald Trump is trying to turn the government’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, into a scapegoat for the nation’s struggle with the coronavirus, just weeks before the Nov. 3 election that hinges on the president’s handling of the pandemic.
 
Trump repeatedly assailed Fauci during campaign events on Monday, claiming at one point -- with no substantiation or explanation -- that had he followed the advice of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hundreds of thousands more Americans would have died. The attacks followed an interview with Fauci on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, where he said he wasn’t surprised that the president had contracted Covid-19 himself. Read on...

UK records another 18,804 new coronavirus cases with 80 deaths

Another 18,804 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 741,212, according to official figures released Monday.
 
The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 80 to 43,726, the data showed.
 
Earlier Monday, a Downing Street spokesman said coronavirus cases in the Greater Manchester area tripled over a two-week period and the entire intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in the region will be filled up with coronavirus patients in less than a month "if nothing changes".
 
"If nothing changes, we expect the entire ICU capacity to be full of Covid patients by Nov. 8. Entire 'surge' ICU capacity in Greater Manchester to be taken up by Nov. 12," said the spokesman.
 
The remarks came as the local government remains in a stand-off with the British government over the plan to impose Tier Three restrictions, the highest level of the three-tier coronavirus alert system, in the region.

Kerala reports 5,022 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

Kerala reported 5,022 new cases of Covid-19 and 21 deaths, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.
 
According to the Chief Minister, out of Covid-19 cases reported on today, 4,257 people were infected through contact while in case of 647 people -- the source of infection is unknown.
 
There are 59 healthcare workers among those infected with the virus. Meanwhile, 7,469 patients have recovered today from coronavirus infection. The death toll in the state due to coronavirus pandemic stands at 1,182.

MP coronavirus update: Indore Police register FIR against BJP leader Dinesh Bhawsar for alleged violation of Covid-19 guideline

Madhya Pradesh: Indore Police have registered an FIR against BJP leader Dinesh Bhawsar for alleged violation of Covid-19 guidelines during Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's roadshow on October 19 in Sanwer Tehsil.

Bihar's Covid-19 death toll breaches 1,000-mark; recovery rate touches 94%

Bihar's Covid-19 death toll crossed the 1,000-mark on Monday as seven more patients succumbed to the disease, while 912 fresh infections pushed the state's caseload to 2,05,123, a health bulletin said.
 
As many as 1,195 more people were cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 94.47 per cent, it said. Read on...

Coronavirus world update: Argentina is 5th nation to pass 1 million coronavirus cases

Argentina reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases Monday, making it the second nation in Latin America to reach the grim milestone and only the fifth in the world to do so.
 
The Ministry of Health said 1,002,662 people have now been diagnosed with the virus, and 26,716 have died.
 
Brazil reached 1 million cases in June and now reports 5.2 million total.

All outsourced employees of Haryana to get coronavirus lockdown dues

The Haryana government said that "full payment" of wages and salaries will be made to all employees, including contractual, outsourced or person engaged through Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON) and any other outsourcing machanism, for the entire duration of Covid-19 lockdown period, weather no attendance has been recorded or no work has been performed by them.
 
In this regard an instructions were issued to the special chief secretary, financial commissioners, heads of departments, commissioners of divisions, deputy commissioners, the Punjab and Haryana high court and the finance department. Read on...

Moscow's coronavirus death toll rises to 6,058

Moscow has registered 49 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 6,058, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Monday.
 
"Another 49 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow," the centre said.
 
In the previous day, 51 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

Indonesia to provide COVID-19 vaccine to 9.1 mln people at 1st phase

Indonesia will at the first phase provide the COVID-19 vaccine to 9.1 million people between November and December 2020, the Health Ministry's Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said.
 
The first phase of vaccination will be carried out on the groups of people with highest risk of COVID-19 infections, namely medical and public service workers including airport employees, soldiers and police personnel, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Israel to start human trials of coronavirus vaccine candidate 'Brilife' towards Oct-end

Israel has named its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'Brilife' and its human trials will begin by October-end, according to an official press release.
 
The prospective vaccine is being developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) that was established in 1952 as part of the Israel Defence Forces' Science Corps, and later became a civilian organisation.
 
Israel had claimed in August that it already has the vaccine against the coronavirus "in hand" but it has to go through regulatory processes that would begin with human trials following the autumn holidays.

Recovery eludes bus sales as schools, public transport remain shut

For a country that has a relatively low car and two-wheeler penetration and a low per capita income compared to several countries of the world, public transport has been nothing short of a lifeline. The Covid-19 outbreak has, however, suddenly shifted priorities. The fear of infection spreading in public transport has seen more people shunning it in favour of personal transportation.
 
A good indicator of the changing commuter behaviour is the sales number of auto companies. Though to some extent it is attributable to the inventory re-stocking at the dealerships ahead of the festive season and last year’s low base, personal segments including two-wheelers and cars have shown a smart recovery since May. The same cannot be said about vehicles deployed in public transportation including buses and three-wheelers. Read on...

Chhattisgarh coronavirus update: 2,376 cases, 56 deaths in ; 2,439 recover

Chhattisgarh's Covid-19 count rose to 1,62,772 on Monday after 2,376 people were detected with the infection, while the number of those who have recovered reached 1,35,259, an official said.
 
The toll reached 1,534 as 56 deaths were recorded in the state, 10 of which took place on Monday, six on Sunday and the rest earlier, he added.
 
"On Monday, 428 people were discharged from hospitals while 2,011 patients completed home isolation. The state now has 25,979 active cases," the official informed. Read on...

Tamil Nadu coronavirus update: State reports 3,536 Covid cases, 49 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Monday reported 3,536 new positive cases of Covid-19 and 49 deaths, said the state health department.
 
According to Tamil Nadu Health Department, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 6,90,936 while the death toll is at 10,691.
 
A total of 4,515 patients were discharged today taking the count of discharged cases to 6,42,152. However, the state still has 38,093 active cases. Read on...

Andhra Pradesh registers 2,918 new coronavirus cases, tally at 780,000

Andhra Pradesh on Monday registered 2,918 new Covid positive cases, increasing the state's tally to 780,000, even as 4,303 more patients recovered from the virus to outnumber infections.
 
East Godavari district accounted for the highest number of infections, 468, followed by West Godavari (447), Chittoor (380), Guntur (333), Prakasam (308) and Anantapur (218) among others.
 
With the new additions, East Godavari tally crossed 110,000 mark while West Godavari is just 400 cases shy of the 80,000 mark.
 
Meanwhile, 24 more patients succumbed to the virus, raising the statewide toll to 6,453. Read on...

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