Coronavirus LIVE: 5,739 fresh Covid-19 cases, 27 deaths in Delhi today

Voters undergo thermal screening as they queue up outside a polling station at Naubatpur in Patna on Wednesday, during the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections | Photo: PTI

Coronavirus update: India has reported a daily jump of 49,881 Covid-19 cases, even as the tally has soared past the 8-million mark. The country's death toll has mounted to 120,699. Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 603,687 are currently active, 7,315,989 have been discharged, while 1,20,527 lost the battle against the pandemic.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday informed that the country has conducted about 10 million tests to diagnose coronavirus in the last nine days. The government mentioned that on average, nearly 1.1 million Covid-19 tests were being performed every day for the past six weeks.

Amid the festive season and rising pollution level, Delhi on Wednesday recorded over 5,600 fresh cases for the first time, with the city witnessing a sudden surge in daily incidences in the past few days. According to the latest health department bulletin, the positivity rate has also jumped to 9.37 per cent, as the infection tally in the city has mounted to over 370,000.

Coronavirus vaccine update: Hyderabad-based pharma company Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) said it had engaged with partners in India to make the Russian vaccine candidate Sputnik V and was also open to partnering with other global and Indian firms to distribute vaccines or Covid-19 therapies.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 44,948,089. While 32,820,697 have recovered, 1,181,538 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 9,118,547 cases. It is followed by India, which has 8,040,203 cases, Brazil (5,469,755) and Russia (1,563,976).

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1:56 AM IST Odisha's Covid-19 tally mounted to 2,87,099 on Thursday as 1,617 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.   Thirteen fresh fatalities pushed the coastal state's coronavirus death toll to 1,297, he said.   As many as 941 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 676 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

1:45 AM IST The World Health Organization's Europe director said Thursday that the 54-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed cases, with more than 1.5 confirmed last week and more than 10 million since the start of the pandemic.   During a meeting with European health ministers, WHO European regional director Dr. Hans Kluge said, hospitalisations have risen to levels unseen since the spring and that deaths have risen by more than 30% in the last week.   Europe is at the epicenter of this pandemic once again, Kluge said. At the risk of sounding alarmist, I must express our very real concern

11:43 PM IST The Union Territory of Ladakh has reported 61 new Covid-19 cases and one more virus-related death, taking the infection case load to 6,085 and the fatalities to 74, officials said on Thursday.   A total of 107 patients also recovered from the disease, bringing down the active cases to 643, they said.   One patient, who had recently tested positive for coronavirus, died at a hospital in Leh, the officials said, adding that his death took the number of fatalities in the district to 36. The rest of the 38 deaths had taken place in Kargil.

11:38 PM IST Chhattisgarh's Covid-19 count rose to 1,83,588 on Thursday after 2,005 people tested positive, while the number of people who have recovered reached 159,268, an official said.   53 new deaths were recorded in the state, taking the toll to 1,989, he said.

11:16 PM IST Meghalaya's Urban Affairs Minister Sniwbhalang Dhar has tested positive for Covid-19 and is undergoing home isolation, an official said on Thursday.   Dhar is the third minister in the state to have contracted the disease. Earlier, health minister AL Hek and power minister James P K Sangma were diagnosed with the infection.   Sangma had recovered from the disease, while Hek is still under home isolation, Health Services director Aman War said.

9:18 PM IST With 4,025 fresh cases and 45 deaths on Thursday, Karnataka's Covid-19 tally and cumulative fatalities reached 816,809 and 11,091 respectively, the health department said.   A total of 7,661 people were discharged, taking the aggregate recoveries to 741,219 and the active cases stood at 64,480, including 935 in Intensive Care Units of various hospitals.

9:16 PM IST As the coronavirus infection rate climbs in Russia, the country's sports minister said Thursday he would try to ensure fans can still attend sporting events.   Russia has allowed some of the biggest crowds at sports events in Europe, even as some other countries revert back to empty stadiums.   Nearly 16,700 people watched a Champions League game last week between Zenit St. Petersburg and Brugge, the highest so far in the competition's group stage, and 10,500 were at Krasnodar's game against Chelsea on Wednesday.

8:56 PM IST As many as 1,068 people were cured of COVID-19 in Bihar on Thursday, totalling 2,05,385 recoveries as of date, the health department said. With this, the recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state has improved to 95.55 per cent, slightly up from 95.40 per cent on Wednesday, the department said in a bulletin.   The state has so far tested 1.06 crore samples, including 1,31,357 samples in the past 24 hours, it said.   However, a health department official expressed his inability to provide the number of rapid antigen, RTPCR and TrueNat tests. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 1,076 in the state after seven more people succumbed to the infection, it said. Of the seven fatalities, two were reported from Patna and one each from Siwan, Sheikhpura, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Jehanabad, the bulletin said.

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Odisha reports 1,617 new Covid-19 cases, 13 fresh fatalities

Odisha's Covid-19 tally mounted to 2,87,099 on Thursday as 1,617 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.
 
Thirteen fresh fatalities pushed the coastal state's coronavirus death toll to 1,297, he said.
 
As many as 941 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 676 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

Europe now has more than 10 million coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization's Europe director said Thursday that the 54-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed cases, with more than 1.5 confirmed last week and more than 10 million since the start of the pandemic.
 
During a meeting with European health ministers, WHO European regional director Dr. Hans Kluge said, hospitalisations have risen to levels unseen since the spring and that deaths have risen by more than 30% in the last week.
 
Europe is at the epicenter of this pandemic once again, Kluge said. At the risk of sounding alarmist, I must express our very real concern

Ladakh records 61 new Covid-19 cases, one death

The Union Territory of Ladakh has reported 61 new Covid-19 cases and one more virus-related death, taking the infection case load to 6,085 and the fatalities to 74, officials said on Thursday.
 
A total of 107 patients also recovered from the disease, bringing down the active cases to 643, they said.
 
One patient, who had recently tested positive for coronavirus, died at a hospital in Leh, the officials said, adding that his death took the number of fatalities in the district to 36. The rest of the 38 deaths had taken place in Kargil.

Covid-19: 2,005 new cases, 53 deaths in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh's Covid-19 count rose to 1,83,588 on Thursday after 2,005 people tested positive, while the number of people who have recovered reached 159,268, an official said.
 
53 new deaths were recorded in the state, taking the toll to 1,989, he said.

Meghalaya's urban affairs minister tests positive for Covid-19

Meghalaya's Urban Affairs Minister Sniwbhalang Dhar has tested positive for Covid-19 and is undergoing home isolation, an official said on Thursday.
 
Dhar is the third minister in the state to have contracted the disease. Earlier, health minister AL Hek and power minister James P K Sangma were diagnosed with the infection.
 
Sangma had recovered from the disease, while Hek is still under home isolation, Health Services director Aman War said.

Karnataka reports 4,025 Covid-19 cases, 45 deaths

With 4,025 fresh cases and 45 deaths on Thursday, Karnataka's Covid-19 tally and cumulative fatalities reached 816,809 and 11,091 respectively, the health department said.
 
A total of 7,661 people were discharged, taking the aggregate recoveries to 741,219 and the active cases stood at 64,480, including 935 in Intensive Care Units of various hospitals.

Russia wants to keep fans in stadiums despite pandemic

As the coronavirus infection rate climbs in Russia, the country's sports minister said Thursday he would try to ensure fans can still attend sporting events.
 
Russia has allowed some of the biggest crowds at sports events in Europe, even as some other countries revert back to empty stadiums.
 
Nearly 16,700 people watched a Champions League game last week between Zenit St. Petersburg and Brugge, the highest so far in the competition's group stage, and 10,500 were at Krasnodar's game against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Covid-19 LIVE: Bihar's coronavirus recovery rate increases to 95.55%

As many as 1,068 people were cured of COVID-19 in Bihar on Thursday, totalling 2,05,385 recoveries as of date, the health department said. With this, the recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state has improved to 95.55 per cent, slightly up from 95.40 per cent on Wednesday, the department said in a bulletin.
 
The state has so far tested 1.06 crore samples, including 1,31,357 samples in the past 24 hours, it said.
 
However, a health department official expressed his inability to provide the number of rapid antigen, RTPCR and TrueNat tests. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 1,076 in the state after seven more people succumbed to the infection, it said. Of the seven fatalities, two were reported from Patna and one each from Siwan, Sheikhpura, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Jehanabad, the bulletin said.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Nepal reports 2,364 new Covid-19 cases

Nepal reported 2,364 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the country's coronavirus caseload to 164,718, according to official data.
 
Of the new cases, 1,615 infections were from Kathmandu Valley. Nepal's COVID-19 death toll rose to 904 after 17 virus-related deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.
 
Of the 9,769 real-time polymerase chain reaction tests conducted in the last 24 hours, 1,380 males and 984 females were diagnosed with the disease, the ministry said.

5,739 fresh positive Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths in Delhi today

West Bengal reports record 3,945 coronavirus recoveries, 61 deaths

West Bengal on Thursday recorded the highest single-day recovery of 3,945 COVID-19 patients, taking the total number of cured people to 3,21,873, the health department said in a bulletin. The discharge rate currently is 88.02 per cent.
 
The state's coronavirus death toll mounted to 6,725 with 61 more patients succumbing to the disease. The bulletin said that the tally also rose to 3,65,692 after 3,989 people tested positive for the virus. West Bengal has 37,094 active cases at present, it said. Altogether 43,265 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Gujarat reports 987 new Covid-19 cases

The COVID-19 infection count in Gujarat reached 1,71,040 on Thursday after 987 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, the state health department said. As many as 1,083 patients recovered during this period, which took the state's recovery count to 1,54,078, it said. The death toll due to the virus now stands at 3,708 as four patients succumbed to the infection, the department said in a release.
 
The number of active cases in the state is 13,254. Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,71,040; new cases 987; deaths 3,708; discharged 1,54,078; active cases 13,254 and people tested so far 59,50,616.

Maharashtra reports 5,902 new Covid-19 cases and 156 deaths

Maharashtra's coronavirus tally on Thursday increased to 16,66,668 with 5,902 new cases being reported, a health official said. The state also recorded 156 deaths, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 to 43,710, he said. A total of 7,883 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the tally of recovered people to 14,94,809.
 
There are 1,27,603 active patients as of now.
 
Mumbai city reported 1,120 new cases which pushed its caseload to 2,55,360, while death toll in the city rose to 10,229 with 33 fatalities being recorded on Thursday. The state has so far conducted 88,37,133 tests. Maharashtra's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases: 16,66,668, new cases: 5,902, death toll: 43,710, discharged: 14,94,809, active cases: 1,27,603, people tested so far: 88,37,133.

Centre advises states/UTs to gear up 'testing, tracking and treatment' strategy during festivities

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday reviewed the status of response measures to COVID-19 in West Bengal, Delhi and Kerala and advised the states and Union Territories (UTs) to gear up testing, tracking and treatment strategy during the festive season. Bhushan has advised these states and UTs to ensure enforcement of precautionary measures like maintaining social distancing, sanitisation, wearing of masks, etc.
 
On Thursday, Delhi has reported 29,378 active COVID cases with a fatality rate of 1.76 per cent and a positivity rate of 7.9 per cent. As many as 5,673 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.
 
"There has been nearly 46 per cent increase in the new COVID cases over the past four weeks. The positivity rate over the last four weeks has escalated by nearly 9 per cent. The rising cases were attributed by the Delhi team to social gatherings during the festivities, the deteriorating air quality, increasing incidences of respiratory disorders, and clusters of positive cases at work places. The fatigue among frontline workers was also discussed," said the Health Ministry in a statement.

Maharashtra reports 5,902 new Covid-19 cases and 156 deaths

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,905 coronavirus cases

A new record high of 88,778 samples were tested in a single day for the coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh but only 2,905 of them turned positive, in what is seen as a clear indication of the continuing decline in the spread of the infection.
 
The latest bulletin said a total of 78,62,459 tests had been done in the state so far, which revealed an overall infection positivity rate of 10.40 per cent, after 8,17,679 cases were confirmed. In 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, as many as 3,243 patients had recovered from the disease, taking the total to 7,84,752.
 
Another 16 patients succumbed, the lowest in a day in many months, as the overall toll mounted to 6,659, the bulletin said. The active cases slumped to 26,268. West Godavari district added 494, East Godavari 414, Krishna 361 and Guntur 359 fresh cases.

Andhra Pradesh allows govt schools, colleges to reopen from Nov 2

Andhra Pradesh has allowed all government schools and colleges to reopen from November 2 with all precautionary measures amid the Covid pandemic. Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney confirmed that the state government is going ahead with reopening educational institutions. The date for reopening schools was already communicated earlier, even as the uncertainty over colleges has also been cleared now.
 
"Schools would be run on alternate days in three phases for which officials are making arrangements. Precautionary measures would be taken to contain the spread of Covid-19," Sawhney said.
 
As part of the reopening, classes 9, 10 and intermediate first and second year will function on alternate days for only half a day.

Coronavirus recovery count crosses 15,000-mark in Maharashtra's Amravati

The count of recovered COVID-19 patients crossed the 15,000 mark in Amravati district of Maharashtra, after 89 of them were discharged on Thursday, the authorities said. The recovery count now stands at 15,081, while its rate has reached 93.09 per cent, the civil surgeon office said in its report.
 
Seventy new cases were reported in the district during the day, which took the overall caseload to 16,200, it said. The district has 756 active cases at present, it added. The death of one patient took the toll to 363, the office said.

Social gatherings in festivities, poor air quality among reasons for Covid-19 cases rise in Delhi: Govt

Social gatherings during festivities, deteriorating air quality, increasing incidences of respiratory disorders are among a few reasons attributed to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
 
A review meeting on the status of the infection in Delhi, West Bengal and Kerala was held by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in the presence of V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, and Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, according to a statement by the health ministry.
 
Delhi with 29,378 active cases has recorded nearly 46 per cent increase in the fresh cases over the past four weeks, and the positivity rate over the past four weeks has escalated by nearly 9 per cent, the ministry said.
 
"The rising cases were attributed by the Delhi team to social gatherings during the festivities, deteriorating air quality, increasing incidences of respiratory disorders and clusters of positive cases at work places. The fatigue among frontline workers was also discussed," it said.

Covid-19 vaccine not likely to be available by next year: Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, has said that it was not likely for a Covid-19 vaccine to be available in the US until next year, the media reported. He made the remarks on Wednesday during a virtual session with the editor-in-chief of the JAMA medical journal, The Hill news website reported.
 
Fauci said that even though companies "would have enough data for the independent safety monitoring board to recommend applying for emergency authorization" by December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might not grant that authorization early next year.
 
The director of the National Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Diseases further said that the FDA's vaccine committee is going to want to see "good enough safety data and even prolonged efficacy data". READ ON...

SC takes into account WHO report on Remdesivir, seeks Centre's response

The Supreme Court on Thursday took into account a World Health Organisation report, indicating that Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect in the treatment of Covid-19. The top court sought a response from the Centre on a plea alleging that Remdesivir and Favipiravir are being used without approval.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said after going through the report they noted that it is a serious matter.
 
Advocate M.L. Sharma, who appeared in-person, citing the WHO report published on October 15, submitted that several hundred trials have been carried out with Remdesivir and it is found that this medicine has little or no effect in the treatment of Covid-19.

Rajasthan detects 1,790 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths today till 6pm

62-year-old Cancer patient recovers from coronavirus

A 62-year-old man who is suffering from third stage cancer has recovered from COVID-19 after a long battle, a private hospital here claimed on Thursday. The patient, who is suffering from follicular lymphoma, a type of cancer which affects blood cells, tested positive for the viral infection on July 30.
 
Though he was initially discharged a week after hospitalization, he continued to test positive for the infection and had fever, said Dr Minish Jain, an oncologist at Ruby Hall Clinic, the hospital where he was treated.
 
"His cancer status had made him vulnerable to COVID- 19. During the one and half months when he was COVID-19 positive, we asked him to follow good diet, perform basic mobility exercises.

Himachal Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur tests positive for Covid-19

Himachal Pradesh Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur has tested COVID-19 positive. The Minister underwent a rapid test on Thursday and Thakur has opted for home isolation as a precautionary measure after his corona report found positive.
 
In a tweet in Hindi, the Minister informed, "After coming in contact with a corona positive patient, I along with my staff got the rapid antigen corona test done this morning, which turned out positive. My health is good and I have isolated myself at home after consulting the doctors."
 
Himachal Pradesh reported 2,646 active cases, 18,203 discharges, and 300 deaths till Wednesday, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

New study finds coronavirus infections rising rapidly in England

New coronavirus infections are rising by an estimated 96,000 cases daily across England, according to the findings of a new government-backed study released in London on Thursday. An interim report led by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, which includes swab tests on thousands of people taken between October 16 and 25, shows that the prevalence of infection has more than doubled since the last round of similar testing.
 
This means an estimated 128 people per 10,000 of England's population has the virus that causes COVID-19, compared to 60 as of October 5.
 
These interim findings paint a concerning picture of the situation in England, where we're seeing a nation-wide increase in infection prevalence, which we know will lead to more hospitalisations and loss of life, said Professor Paul Elliott, director of the programme at Imperial College London.

Coronavirus latest update: Dharavi reports 14 new Covid-19 cases

The COVID-19 tally in Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi increased to 3,536 with the addition of 14 new cases on Thursday, according to a senior BMC official. He said 3,088 COVID-19 patients in Dharavi have already recovered and discharged from hospitals.
 
The official said the slum-dominated area has only 139 active coronavirus cases at present. The civic body has stopped sharing death figures from the densely populated locality. Spread across 2.5 square kilometres, Dharavi has a population of more than 6.5 lakh.

UP records 1,979 fresh coronavirus cases, 25 more fatalities

As many as 1,979 fresh COVID-19 cases pushed Uttar Pradesh's virus count to 4,77,895 on Thursday, while the death toll climbed to 6,983 as 25 more people succumbed to the disease, a senior official said.
 
"The number of active cases in the state is 24,858, while 4,46,054 patients have been treated and discharged," Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
 
A total of 2,465 patients were discharged the previous day, he said. The total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 4,77,895 with 1,979 fresh cases, Prasad said. "The death toll due to the disease has reached 6,983 with 25 fresh deaths," he said. The officer said Uttar Pradesh's recovery rate is 93.33 per cent.

Maharashtra minister Dilip Walse-Patil tests positive for coronavirus

Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil on Thursday said he has tested positive for coronavirus and is undergoing treatment for the infection. Over a dozen state ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, have tested positive for the disease over the past few months.
 
Taking to Twitter, the minister of excise and labour department said he had undergone a COVID-19 test and the reports have come out positive.
 
Walse-Patil informed that his health is fine and as a precautionary measure on the advice of doctors, he is undergoing treatment. The minister also urged people who had come in contact with him to get themselves tested as a precaution.

Coronavirus LIVE: India conducts 10 million Covid-19 tests in last nine days, says Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday informed that the country has conducted about one crore tests to diagnose coronavirus in the last nine days. The government mentioned that on average, nearly 11 lakh COVID-19 tests were being performed every day for the past six weeks.
 
"India has demonstrated a consistent rise in the COVID-19 testing infrastructure since Jan 2020. With 10,75,760 covid tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tests have crossed 10.65 crores (10,65,63,440). Nearly 11 lakh tests have been conducted daily on an average during the past six weeks," said the Health Ministry in a statement adding that the country is capable of doing 15 lakh tests every day now.
 
According to the Central Government, the cumulative positivity rate has been falling progressively as testing has increased and it has touched 7.54 per cent as of October 29. At least crore tests were conducted in the last nine days and the daily positivity rate stands at 4.64 per cent.

Marshall Islands records first Covid-19 cases

The Marshall Islands authorities have recorded two cases of the coronavirus infection in the country at the US military base on Kwajalein Atoll, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the Office of the Chief Secretary said.
 
"The Marshall Islands first border cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified on the military base on Kwajalein Atoll," a press release published on Facebook on Wednesday said. The statement that the two infected individuals arrived from Honolulu on October 27 on the same flight, their tests for coronavirus were positive while both people remained in a mandatory quarantine.
 
The Marshall Islands authorities said there was no internal transmission of the coronavirus and there was no need to impose new restrictions. Up until this incident, the Republic of the Marshall Islands had been one of the few nations in the world where no cases of COVID-19 were recorded. Only a few island states such as Samoa, Tonga and Nauru are free of coronavirus so far.

81% of new Covid-19 deaths in 10 states and UTs: Health Ministry

Covid-19 vaccine not likely to be available by next year: Fauci

Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, has said that it was not likely for a Covid-19 vaccine to be available in the US until next year, the media reported.
 
He made the remarks on Wednesday during a virtual session with the editor-in-chief of the JAMA medical journal, The Hill news website reported.
 
Fauci said that even though companies "would have enough data for the independent safety monitoring board to recommend applying for emergency authorization" by December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might not grant that authorization early next year.

Russia registers record 17,717 coronavirus cases in past 24 Hours

Russia has registered a new record single-day increase of 17,717 COVID-19 cases, up from 16,202 yesterday, taking the cumulative total to 1,581,693, the country's coronavirus response center said on Thursday. The previous single-day record of 17,347 COVID-19 cases was reported on October 26.
 
"In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 17,717 COVID-19 cases in 85 regions, of which 4,691 (26.5 percent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said, adding that the case count has reached 1,581,693.
 
The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 4,906 new positive tests were registered (up from 3,670 yesterday). A total of 758 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (up from 727 yesterday) and 514 cases were confirmed in the Moscow Region (up from 505 yesterday).

Coronavirus Factoid: India tally crosses 8 million, recovery rate above 90%

The global count of coronavirus cases is nearing 45 million, of which over 10.8 million are currently active. The global death toll is now over 1.17 million, with the US reporting the highest number of deaths.
 
In India, the confirmed case count is now over 8 million, of which 603,687 cases are currently active. Recovery rate has now crossed 90 per cent and the death toll stands at 120,527
 

95 Maharashtra Police personnel test positive for coronavirus

As many as 95 police personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the force to 26,395, the Maharashtra Police informed on Thursday. The total number of cases include 1,517 active cases and 24,595 recoveries.
 
So far, 283 Maharashtra Police personnel have lost their lives to the infectious virus. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country with 1,30,286 active cases, 14,86,926 recoveries and 43,554 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry.

Philippines reports 1,761 new coronavirus infections

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 1,761 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total tally to 376,935.
 
The DOH said 740 more patients have recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 329,848. The death toll climbed to 7,147 after 33 more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic.
 
The number of infections in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and the region south of Manila has continued to decline, Carlito Galvez, the chief implementer of the country's overall plan to fight COVID-19, said at an online press briefing. Galvez stressed the need to remain vigilant against the COVID-19 pandemic and said infections in the Mindanao region in the southern Philippines are increasing.

Two out of five Srinagar residents have Covid-19 antibodies, sero-survey shows

Over 40 per cent people living in Srinagar district have developed COVID-19 antibodies, according to a latest sero-prevalence study which suggests a large fraction of the population in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir may have been infected by the novel coronavirus.
 
The results of the study conducted by the Government Medical College Srinagar (GMC) reveal a quantum jump from 3.8 per cent sero-prevalence recorded in a similar study conducted in the city in June. A sero-survey involves testing the blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against an infection.
 
"We have conducted a sero-survey in Srinagar district which has revealed that over 40 per cent of the 2,400 persons tested negative but had developed antibodies," said Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, head of community medicine at GMC Srinagar.

79% of new coronavirus cases are from 10 States and UTs

SC seeks Centre's reply on plea alleging no approval for Remdesivir, Favipiravir to treat Covid-19

The Supreme Court Thursday sought response from the Centre on a plea alleging that two medicines Remdesivir and Favipiravir, are being used for treatment of COVID-19 without approval. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the Centre on the plea and sought its response in four weeks.
 
Advocate M L Sharma petitioner in-person referred to the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, the World Health Organization (WHO) report of October 15 and said that nowhere these medicines are designated officially as medicines for coronavirus.
 
The bench said that it is only going to make central government aware of it and therefore issuing notice. On September 16, the top court had said that there was an approval by the central government on use of Remdesivir and Favipiravir, as medicines to treat COVID-19.

20 school students among 49 new Covid-19 patients in Mizoram

Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,656 on Thursday as 49 more people, including 20 school students, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Aizawl district reported the highest number of new cases at 43, followed by four in Lawngtlai and one each in Sercchip and Lunglei, he said.
 
Seven new patients, including an Army jawan, have travel history, while 42 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said. Thirty-six infections were detected during RT-PCR tests, 11 through rapid antigen tests and two with the help of TrueNat machines, he said.

1 crore Covid-19 tests conducted in the last 9 days: ICMR

Going for aggressive contact tracing and testing for Covid-19: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

We have changed strategy, going for aggressive contact tracing and testing for Covid-19: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Some Covid recovered patients can still carry virus: Study

Researchers have reported that some patients recovered from Covid-19 could still carry the virus, suggesting that recovered patients should be more cautious and avoid close contact with others.
 
According to the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, close to 17 per cent of patients considered fully recovered from Covid-19 tested positive for the virus in follow-up screening.
 
Patients who continued to have respiratory symptoms, especially sore throat and rhinitis, were more likely to have a new positive test result.
 
This suggests the persistence of these two symptoms should not be underestimated and should be adequately assessed in all patients considered recovered from Covid-19.

980 new cases take Gujarat's Covid tally to 1,70,053

Gujarat on Wednesday reported 980 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state's coronavirus tally past the 1.7 lakh-mark to 1,70,053, while six fatalities in the past 24 hours took Gujarat's Covid death toll to 3,704. The state conducted 51,912 tests during the past 24 hours.
 
Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, hotspot Surat topped the chart with 227 cases, followed by Ahmedabad (186), Vadodara (113), Rajkot (91), Gandhinagar (39), Mahesana (32), Banaskantha (30), Junagadh (22), Amreli (20), Patan (18), Sabarkantha (17), Bhavnagar and Surendranagar (16 each), Bharuch and Panchmahalas (15 each), Kutch (14), Anand (10), Gir-Somnath, Morbi and Kheda (9 each), Chotta Udepur, Devbhumi Dwarka and Narmada (7 each), Dahod (6), Aravalli (4), Tapi and Mahisagar (3 each), Valsad and Navsari (2 each) and Botad (1).
 
Gujarat has reported 31,478 cases so far in October at an average of around 1,124 cases per day.

Why herd immunity through infection is dangerous, deadly and might not work

White House advisers have made the case recently for a “natural” approach to herd immunity as a way to reduce the need for public health measures to control the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic while still keeping people safe. This idea is summed up in something called the Great Barrington Declaration, a proposal put out by the American Institute for Economic Research, a libertarian think tank.
 
The basic idea behind this proposal is to let low-risk people in the U. S. socialize and naturally become infected with the coronavirus, while vulnerable people would maintain social distancing and continue to shelter in place. Proponents of this strategy claim so-called “natural herd immunity” will emerge and minimize harm from SARS-CoV-2 while protecting the economy. Read on...

Two more die of coronavirus in Pondy, toll touches 592

Two more people succumbed to Covid-19 in Puducherry on Thursday, pushing the toll to 592 while the aggregate rose to 34,761 with 181 additions.
 
Addressing a virtual press conference, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said 181 new cases were identified at the end of examination of 4,001 samples today.
 
Rao said 142 patients were discharged after recovery during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Thursday.

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Some Covid-19 'long haulers' experience lasting skin problems

Some patients with Covid-19 have persistent skin-related symptoms long after their initial infection has cleared, according to a new analysis.
 
The findings, presented at the 29th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), point to another burden experienced by so-called "long haulers" who get better but don't seem to fully recover from Covid-19.
 
For the analysis, researchers established an international registry for Covid-19 skin manifestations in April 2020, in collaboration with the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Coronavirus in India: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (1,660,766)
Andhra Pradesh (814,774)
Karnataka (812,784)
Tamil Nadu (716,751)
Uttar Pradesh (476,034)

Covid-19: Antibody response in most people strong, does not decline rapidly, study says

A vast majority of individuals infected with mild-to-moderate COVID 19 mount a "robust" defence via antibodies that is relatively stable for "at least five months", according to a new study which says this immune response significantly reduces the risk of re-infection with the novel coronavirus.
 
The research, published in the journal Science, found that this antibody response correlates with the body's ability to neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

West Bengal govt asks medical establishments to send list of workers to be given coronavirus vaccine

The West Bengal government has asked all state-run and private medical establishments to send details of frontline health care workers (HCWs) and other staff who would be administered Covid-19 vaccine on a priority basis, an official said on Thursday.
 
All medical establishments like medical colleges (allopathic, homoeopathic and AYUSH), health centres, private healthcare units and polyclinics have been asked to send the list of workers, the senior official of the Health department said.

Next crop of coronavirus vaccine developers take more traditional route

The handful of drugmakers dominating the global coronavirus vaccine race are pushing the boundaries of vaccine technology. The next crop under development feature more conventional, proven designs.
 
The world will need several different vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, given the sheer size of global need, variations in effects on different populations, and possible limits of effectiveness in the first crop.
 
Many leading candidates now in final-stage testing are based on new, largely unproven technology platforms designed to produce vaccines at speed.

Argentina's coronavirus death toll tops 30,000 after 345 new fatalities

Argentina on Wednesday reported 345 more deaths from COVID-19, pushing the national tally to 30,071, according to the Ministry of Health.
 
The ministry also reported 13,924 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide count to 1,130,533 with 931,147 recoveries.
 
Buenos Aires Province, the largest in the South American country, has so far registered 539,473 infections, remaining the worst hit among all provinces. Read on...

Telangana coronavirus update: 1,504 new cases, 5 deaths in Telangana

Telangana recorded 1,504 new coronavirus cases taking the tally to 235,000 while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,324 in the state.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 288, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 118 and Rangareddy 115, a government bulletin said on Thursday providing data as of 8 PM on October 28.

Coronavirus India update: Active COVID-19 cases in country stand at 603,687

Active Covid-19 cases in country stand at 603,687 while 7,315,989 people have recovered so far: Union Health Ministry

PM Modi assures vaccination for all, says India on its way to economic recovery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that everyone will be vaccinated and no one will be left behind. The statements came in an interview with The Economic Times, days after the BJP promised free vaccination in its poll manifesto in Bihar. "First and foremost, I would like to assure the nation that, as and when a vaccine becomes available, everyone will be vaccinated. None will be left behind, Modi said. Read on...
 

Delhi coronavirus surge: Blame it on laxity, pollution and festivities, say experts

While the spread of Covid-19 seems to be subsiding nationally, its tally is burgeoning in the capital city consistently for the last few days. Delhi witnessed the highest single day spike till date on Tuesday with 4853 new infections and 44 deaths reported. The tally in the national capital has crossed 3.64 lakhs.
 
Since Friday, Delhi has been reporting over 4,000 cases of Covid-19 daily. Over the last one week, the daily positivity rate - the percentage of people who test positive for the disease versus those who were tested - has also increased, faring above 8%. The situation suggests that the national capital is inching towards its third peak, as stated by the head of the national task force for Covid-19, Dr V K Paul on Tuesday.
 
Experts said that the situation will be challenging as the cases are expected to multiply in the coming weeks due to pollution, laxity and festivities.

Coronavirus testing update: India conducted 1,075,760 tests yesterday, had a positivity rate of 4.6%

Today, we know that the US, with over 9.1 million cases, is the most affected country. But it is also the country that has conducted most number of tests after China, where the virus was first reported. The US has so far conducted 140,194,814tests in total, or 422,735 tests per 1 million tests in total. By comparison, India, which has a population over four times as big as the US’, has conducted 106,563,440tests in total, or 76,973 tests per 1 million people. On Wednesday, it conducted 1,075,760 tests. India at present is the second-worst-hit country with 8,040,203 cases. Read on...
 

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (October 29)

Active cases: 603,687 (Net reduction: 7,116)
Deaths: 120,527 (Net addition: 517)
Cured: 7,315,989 (Net addition: 56,480)
Total cases: 8,040,203 (Net addition: 49,881)

There is a possibility of a second wave of Coronavirus in December: Pune Mayor

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Karnataka logs 3,146 Covid-19 cases, 55 deaths

With 3,146 fresh infections and 55 deaths on Wednesday, Karnataka's Covid-19 tally and cumulative fatalities reached 8,12,784 and 11,046 respectively, the health department said.
 
A total of 7,384 people were discharged, taking the aggregate recoveries to 7,33,558 and the active cases stood at 68,161, including 939 in intensive care units of various hospitals.
 
Bengaluru Urban district contributed almost 50 per cent of the fresh infections with 1,612 cases and reported 23 of the 55 mortalities due to Covid-19, a bulletin said.

Coronavirus vaccine update: Russia submits application to WHO for Sputnik V vaccine prequalification

Russia has submitted applications to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for accelerated registration and prequalification of its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V to make it available globally in a shorter time frame than usual procedures, according to an official statement on Wednesday.
 
The WHO prequalification of medicines assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines. A medicinal product is included in the list of prequalified medicinal products subject to compliance with established requirements and standards of the WHO.
 
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) submitted applications to the WHO for accelerated registration and prequalification of the Sputnik V vaccine, an official statement released by the Russian embassy in New Delhi said.

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,949 new Covid-19 cases, 18 deaths

Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday reported 2,949 new positive cases of Covid-19 taking the tally of total cases to 814,774.
 
According to the state government, 3,609 persons have recovered in last 24 hour taking the total recoveries to 7,81,509 while the state still has 26,622 active cases of coronavirus.
 
However, 18 people have succumbed to the coronavirus disease taking the death toll to 6,643.

Coronavirus update: 1,518 new cases and 8 deaths reported in Haryana

Total infections now standard at 162,223.

Maharashtra coronavirus cases: 737 new coronavirus cases in Pune district

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 737 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 3,21,398, a health official said.
 
With 31 fatalities, the death toll in the district reached 7,798, he added.

Assam reports 3 more Covid deaths, 448 fresh cases

Assam reported three more Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 917, while 448 new positive cases pushed the tally to 205,237, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 
He said that 1,487 cured patients were released during the day, increasing the total number recovered people to 192,514.
 
The recovery rate in Assam is now 93.80 per cent, the minister said.

Sikkim reports 23 new Covid cases, two more deaths

Sikkim's Covid-19 cases went up to 3,863 after 23 more positive cases were detected in the past 24 hours, while two fresh fatalities took the death toll to 67, an official said on Tuesday.
 
The Himalayan state has 262 active cases, while 3,452 patients have recovered and 82 others have migrated out.

Odisha coronavirus update: State reports 1,540 fresh cases, 12 fatalities

Odisha's Covid-19 caseload mounted to 2,85,482 on Wednesday after 1,540 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
 
Twelve fresh fatalities pushed the coastal state's coronavirus death toll to 1,284, he said.
 
Odisha also registered recovery of 2,015 COVID-19 patients taking the total number of cured people to 2,70,130, which is 94.62 per cent of the caseload.
 
Of the new 1,540 cases, 886 were reported from quarantine centres, while 654 were detected during contact tracing, the official said.
 
Khurda district, under which state capital Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 208, followed by Sundergarh (111) and Angul (100), he said.

France to go back into nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 second wave hits hard

France will go into national lockdown starting from Friday to stem the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday evening.
 
"The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated," said Macron in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. "Like all our neighbours, we are at the same point, overwhelmed by a second wave which will undoubtedly be harder and more deadly than the first."

Iran records its worst daily Covid-19 death toll; Iraq's tally over 460,000

Iran announced on Wednesday its highest daily figure of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic so far, after 415 people died in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, Iraq's tally rose to 463,951. Read on...

West Bengal reports record 3,925 single-day Covid-19 recoveries, 60 deaths

West Bengal on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day recovery of 3,925 COVID-19 patients, taking the the total number of those cured to 3,17,928, a bulletin issued by the health department said.
 
The discharge rate has now improved to 87.90 per cent.
 
The recoveries include 999 patients in North 24 Parganas and 993 in Kolkata.

Assam coronavirus update: Total number of cases rise to 205,237

Assam reported three more COVI-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 917, while 448 new positive cases pushed the tally to 2,05,237, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 
He said that 1,487 cured patients were released during the day, increasing the total number recovered people to 1,92,514.
 
The recovery rate in Assam is now 93.80 per cent, the minister said.

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