A health worker shows samples of a Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) employees for Covid-19 testing, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Coronavirus update: India has reported 50,465 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The total caseload now stands at 8,364,086. The country's death toll has mounted to 124,354. Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike of 6,842 new coronavirus cases and its total count of cases hit 409,000. Kerala's tally now stands at 448,000 with 8,516 fresh cases being detected.
Coronavirus vaccine update: A safe and effective vaccine against novel coronavirus may be available in India by January 2021 if approvals from regulatory bodies are in place in time, says Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer (CEO), Serum Institute of India. SII has joined hands with AstraZeneca to produce the coronavirus vaccine for low-and-middle income countries, developed by University of Oxford.
World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 48,387,339. While 34,633,159 have recovered, 1,229,542 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 9,794,741 cases, and 239,780 have died from the disease there. It is followed by India, which has 8,364,086 cases, Brazil (5,590,941) and Russia (1,693,454).
Greece announces 3-week nationwide lockdown to contain Covid
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a three-week nationwide lockdown on Thursday as part of measures to contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus.
"I opt to take drastic measures sooner rather than later. I will not put the lives of our citizens at risk," the Greek prime minister stated in an address broadcast live on public broadcaster ERT, Xinhua news agency reported.
He explained that he took this decision due to the exponential growth of Covid-19 cases in the last week.
Ladakh records 112 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths
Three more Covid-19 fatalities took the death toll in the Union Territory of Ladakh to 79 while 112 new cases pushed the virus caseload to 6,553, officials said on Thursday.
A total of 71 patients recovered from the disease, bringing down the active cases to 702 -- 581 in Leh and 121 in Kargil. Of the discharged patients, 60 were from Leh and 11 from Kargil, they said.
Assam coronavirus cases and deaths update
Delhi govt to increase homeless shelters to ensure social distancing
The Delhi government will set up 250 temporary shelters, four times more than the usual number every year, for the city's homeless people this winter season to ensure social distancing norms are followed amid the Covid-19 pandemic, an official statement said on Thursday.
Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain said the people will be fed three meals including breakfast everyday, it said.
The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) will set up 250 tents having fire retardant and waterproof quality with basic amenities at locations of homeless concentration, said the statement.
Delhi records 6,715 new cases, 66 deaths; govt to ramp up medical infrastructure
Delhi recorded 6,715 new Covid-19 cases and 66 fatalities on Thursday, the highest single-day spike in around four months as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a ban on firecrackers, deployment of mobile testing vans, and augmentation of bed capacity in hospitals to deal with the situation.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain, however, said that the national capital was doing much better than all other metro cities and was on the 17th position in terms of Covid-19 deaths per million population.
"Delhi is on the 17th position in Covid-19 death per million population. Far behind all metro cities," Jain posted on Twitter.
The positivity rate stood at12.84 per cent on Thursday while the infection tally rose to over 4.16 lakh even as 66 new fatalities, the highest in around four months, pushed the death toll to 6,769.
Health Minister backs mandatory retesting of all symptomatic RAT negative cases in Delhi
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday expressed concern over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Delhi and pressed for mandatory retesting of all persons who test negative in rapid antigen tests and develop symptoms of Influenza-like illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) later. He said false negative results of the disease might give way to complacency among the coronavirus infected.
During a meeting, Vardhan interacted with Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain in presence of senior officials, mayors, municipal commissioners and district magistrates of the city.
Vardhan expressed concern over the rise in the number of cases and the high positivity rate in the north, central, northeast, east, northwest and southeast districts of Delhi.
"We are particularly concerned over the rise of the positivity rate in these six districts," he said. In the meeting, he was told that 77 per cent of the tests are RAT-based while RT-PCR comprises only 23 per cent of the total tests.
480 more Covid-19 cases in Uttarakhand, tally goes past 64,000-mark
Uttarakhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 64,065 on Thursday with 480 more people testing positive while nine more infected patients died, official data showed.
Pauri district reported the highest number with 118 cases, Dehradun 84, Rudraprayag 73, Nainital 47, Almora 41, Haridwar 25, Tehri 19, Bageshwar 19, Chamoli 19, Pithoragarh 14, Udham Singh Nagar 10, Uttarkashi 9 and Champawat 2, a state health department bulletin said.
Meanwhile, nine more COVID patients died in the state taking the death toll to 1,047, the bulletin said. So far, 58,823 infected people have recuperated, 515 have migrated out of the state while 3,680 patients are still under treatment.
Covid-19 LIVE: 990 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, seven deaths
Gujarat recorded 990 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,77,598, the state health department said on Thursday evening. The death toll due to coronavirus in the state stands at 3,747 with seven more persons succumbing to the infection, it said.
At the same time, 1,055 patients also recovered during this period. Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,77,598, new cases 990, death toll 3,747, discharged 1,61,525, active cases 12,326 and people tested so far 63,13,668.
No crackers this Diwali as Covid-19 cases, pollution rise: Delhi CM
With rising COVID-19 cases and air pollution level, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced a ban on firecrackers in the national capital ahead of Diwali.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said that the coronavirus situation in Delhi was reviewed with the chief secretary, health officials and district magistrates, after which it was concluded that the COVID-19 cases in Delhi were rising due to the festive season and increasing pollution in the region.
The Delhi government has also decided to ramp up medical infrastructure, including oxygen facility and intensive care unit beds in the government hospitals.
Domestic flights' cap would be increased to 70-75% of pre-Covid levels as traffic surges: Govt
The cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate would be increased to 70-75 per cent of their pre-COVID levels as the passenger traffic surges, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) said on Thursday. The ministry had said last week that the Indian airlines can operate maximum 60 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights till February 24 next year due to the prevailing coronavirus situation.
In a press release on Thursday, the ministry said, "MOCA is monitoring traffic everyday, and it is expected that the traffic would further pickup because of the festival season and as passenger traffic increases, the upper cap would be revised to 70-75 per cent of normal capacity in the coming days."
The MOCA said 2.05 lakh passengers travelled in domestic flights on November 1.
The ministry had informed the airlines about the aforementioned 60 per cent limit through an official order on September 2 but it had not told them the period for which the cap would remain in place. Last Thursday, the ministry issued a new order clarifying that the September 2 order "shall remain in force until 2359 hrs on February 24, 2021 or until further orders" due to the "prevailing situation of COVID-19".
Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala records 6,820 new Covid-19 positive cases
Kerala reported 6,820 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday taking the caseload in the state to 4,45,467, while 7,669 persons recovered from the disease pushing the total recoveries to3,80,650. The state also reported 26 deaths today, pushing the death toll to 1,613, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The state tested 61,388 samples in the last 24 hours,taking the tally of specimens tested to 49,22,200 samples till date. Currently, there are84,087 active cases in the state, Vijayan said, adding that the state was witnessing a dip in the number of positive cases since last week.
"On October 24, the state had 97,417 active cases but it has come down to 84,087.That does not mean that we can lower our guard.We must continue with our health protocol," Vijayan said.
UGC notifies guidelines for reopening of universities, colleges
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday notified guidelines for reopening of universities and colleges across the country which have been closed since March in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. For central universities and other centrally funded higher education institutions, the decision for reopening of campuses has been left to the Vice Chancellors and heads. However, for state universities and colleges, the respective state governments will have to take a call, the guidelines said.
"For centrally funded higher education institutions, the head should satisfy herself or himself regarding the feasibility of opening of physical classes and decide accordingly," the guidelines said. "For all other institutions including state universities, private universities, and colleges, opening of physical classes to be done as per the decision of the respective state governments," they said.
The universities and colleges have been asked to plan the opening of campuses in a phased manner, with such activities that adhere to COVID-19 norms including social distancing, use of face masks and other protective measures.
"The universities and colleges shall only be allowed to open if they are outside the containment zones. Further, students and staff living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the colleges," the guidelines said.
LIVE: India bravely fought the global Covid-19 pandemic, says PM Modi
Through this year, as India bravely fought the global pandemic, the world saw India’s national character. The world also saw India’s true strengths: PM Narendra Modi speaks at virtual Global Investor Roundtable pic.twitter.com/INLxzCuFmU
Air pollution increases risk of mortality from Covid-19, NGT informed
Air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of mortality from COVID-19 as per latest research, the National Green Tribunal was informed on Thursday. Senior advocate Raj Panjawani and advocate Shibhani Ghosh, who have been appointed by the tribunal as amicus curiae in a case related to ban on fire crackers, told a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel that particulate air pollution contributed 15 per cent to COVID-19 mortality worldwide.
The latest research on exposure to air pollution and risk of death from COVID-19 infection suggests that 'air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of mortality from COVID- 19'," they said.
The study also states that this finding should provide 'extra motivation for combining ambitious policies to reduce air pollution with measures to control the transmission of COVID- 19'. The study estimates that particulate air pollution contributed 15 per cent to COVID-19 mortality worldwide, they added.
Rise in Covid-19 positivity rate across six districts key point of concern: Health Minister
Covid-19 LIVE: 524 new coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir
524 new #COVID19 cases (185 from Jammu & 339 from Kashmir), 651 recoveries & 6 deaths reported from J&K today. Total positive cases now at 97,224, including 5,802 active cases, 89,905 recoveries & 1,517 deaths: J&K govt pic.twitter.com/gfvdd0aXuk
Coronavirus latest update: 28 more deaths, 1,879 new cases in Uttar Pradesh
The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh reached 7,131 after 28 more people succumbed to the disease, while 1,879 fresh cases pushed the tally to 4,91,354, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Alok Kumar said on Thursday. There are 23,150 active cases in the state, of which 10,303 are in home isolation, he said.
A total of 4,61,073 people have recuperated from the infection so far and the state's recovery rate stands at 92 per cent. Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal said though the number of positive cases being detected from most places in UP is gradually coming down, there are reports of rise in cases in districts adjoining Delhi.
He said there is an urgent need to take all necessary precautions, including frequent hand washing, use of masks and social distancing, especially during the festive season. According to a health department bulletin, 11 fresh deaths have been reported from Lucknow, where 221 new cases have also been detected.
Dharavi reports single Covid-19 case on second consecutive day
The COVID-19 tally in Mumbai slum colony of Dharavi increased to 3,570 with the addition of one new case on Thursday, a senior BMC official said. This was the second consecutive day when the slum- dominated area has reported just one COVID-19 case.
The official said 3,182 COVID-19 patients in Dharavi have already recovered and discharged from hospitals, leaving just 78 active cases in the densely populated area. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stopped sharing COVID-19 death figures from the locality. Spread across 2.5 square km, Dharavi has a population of over 6.5 lakh.
Bangladesh signs deal with India for 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine
Bangladesh signed a deal with the Serum Institute of India on Thursday to buy 30 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine is seen as one of the most advanced candidates in the race against the novel coronavirus.
"Whenever the vaccine is ready, the Serum Institute will give us 30 million doses in the first phase," health minister Zahid Maleque told reporters after the deal was signed in Dhaka.
He said 5 million doses of vaccine per month would be purchased through Bangladesh's drug maker, Beximco Pharmaceuticals. "We'll be able to vaccinate 15 million people as two shots of vaccine are required for each person 28 days apart," Maleque said. He said Serum Institute would provide the vaccine at a price similar to that which India pays. Sources said the cost could be $4 to $5 per dose.
Culture Ministry issues standard operating procedures to contain Covid-19 spread
.@MinOfCultureGoI issues SOPs for “Re-opening of Museums, Art Galleries and Exhibitions” on preventive measures to contain spread of #COVID19
Museums, Art Galleries and Exhibitions allowed to re-open from 10th November 2020
Australia signs Covid-19 vaccine deals with Novavax, Pfizer
The Australian government has signed agreements on Thursday with pharmaceutical company Novavax and a consortium of companies, Pfizer and BioNTech, to supply 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
"Under the agreements, Novavax will supply 40 million vaccine doses and Pfizer/BioNTech will provide 10 million vaccine doses, should the vaccines be proven safe and effective," the statement on the Australian government website said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government's COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy had now secured access to four types of vaccines and over 134 million doses. "By securing multiple COVID-19 vaccines we are giving Australians the best shot at early access to a vaccine, should trials prove successful," the prime minister said.
Vaccines from Novavax and Pfizer-BioNTech are expected to be available in Australia starting in early 2021.
631 rescued children test positive for Covid-19 in Andhra Pradesh
As many as 631 rescued children among the 2,195 tested from the total 16,457 children rescued as part of Andhra Pradesh police department's 'Operation Muskaan' have tested positive for Covid-19.
"A total of 2,195 kids have already been tested for Covid until now, tests for the rest of them are underway. Unfortunately, out of those whose results have been declared, 631 kids have tested positive and are being given necessary medical attention," said a police official. 'Operation Muskaan' was not only aimed at rescuing the lost and wayward children but also to check if they had contracted Coronavirus.
In less than a week's time, the Andhra police saved 16,457 children in coordination with Child-Line and Child Welfare Committee (CWC), along with district police departments at all transit points such as railway stations, bus stations, parks, hotels and others. Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang supervised the rescue operation, deploying 794 police teams.
10 States/UT account for 78% of the total active cases in India
Kerala govt to offer financial aid to struggling artists due to Covid-19 restrictions
The Kerala government has announced a financial assistance of Rs 1000 to artists and performers facing crisis during the COVID-19 pandemicas there was no programme or work for them due to the restrictions imposed.
A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, decided to disburse Rs 1,000 each from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund as assistance to 30,000 artists who are suffering due to the COVID-19 restrictions and have not received any other financial aid.
"The artists, who had not received any assistance so far, will be given Rs 1000 each. The government will spend Rs three crore for the purpose," Cultural Affairs Minister, A K Balan said. The Left government was doing all possible things to help artists and performers who are in distress due to the pandemic, he said here in a statement.
Delhi can soon become corona capital', AAP govt going haywire on pandemic: HC
The Delhi High Court Thursday expressed displeasure over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital and observed that the city could soon become corona capital of the country'. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said the Delhi government has gone completely haywire on the pandemic. The bench said the AAP government took the health of citizens for a ride and it will deal with it separately.
The high court said the Delhi government made many claims that they are topping charts in testing but the number of cases have overshot.
"The city could soon become Corona capital of the country. Thanks to the number of cases shooting up," the bench said and added We are going to take it very seriously. The remarks were made by the bench while hearing a bunch of petitions relating to non-payment of salaries to doctors, paramedical staff, safai karamcharis, teachers and retired engineers and others, employed with North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
10 affiliated with US military in South Korea test Covid-19 positive
Ten more individuals affiliated with the American military in South Korea have tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon their arrival in the Asian country, the US Forces Korea (USFK) said on Thursday. A service member and a dependent arrived at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, about 70 km south of Seoul, on US government-chartered flights, Yonhap News Agency quoted the USFK as saying in a statement.
While, four service personnel and four family members arrived on board commercial flights at the Incheon International Airport. The 10 people arrived between October 28 and November 2. Five of them tested positive on their first mandatory Covid-19 test prior to entering quarantine, while the remaining were confirmed to be infected during their second testing, it added. All USFK-affiliated individuals arriving in South Korea are required to undergo a virus test and are quarantined for 14 days.
SC seeks Centre's response on plea against putting posters outside Covid-19 patients' homes
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the central government to respond on a public interest litigation (PIL) against the decision of States and Union Territories (UTs) to affix posters outside the homes of COVID-19 patients, divulging their identities. The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the central government to file an affidavit within two weeks on the plea.
The counsel appearing on behalf of the Solicitor General told the bench that the petition copy has been received and sought time to file an affidavit. He added the plea copy has also been forwarded to the departments concerned.
"We are granting two weeks time to Centre to file an affidavit," the bench said.
This PIL, filed by advocate Kush Kalra, challenged the affixing of posters outside the homes of COVID-19 patients as a mark of identification, as well as divulging names of such patients to housing societies' management and Resident Welfare Associations, saying such disclosure of the identity of patients is in gross violation of their fundamental right to privacy. The plea sought directions to ensure such disclosure of names does not take place and quashing of the executive orders of the States and Union Territories that allow affixing of posters outside homes of the COVID-19 patients.
79% of new Covid-19 cases found concentrated in 10 States and UTs: Health Ministry
AstraZeneca expects Covid-19 vaccine data this year
AstraZeneca, the British drugmaker working on one of the world's leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates, beat third-quarter sales estimates on Thursday and reiterated it expects data from late-stage trials of the vaccine later this year.
The company has taken on the development of Oxford University's potential COVID-19 vaccine, scoring billions in funding and signing multiple deals to supply over three billion doses to countries around the world.
Data in October showed the vaccine, called AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, produces an immune response in both old and young adults. AstraZeneca is expected to publish eagerly awaited late-stage clinical trial data in the coming weeks. Expectations are that Britain could start rolling out a successful vaccine in late December or early 2021.
Puducherry reports 125 fresh Covid-19 cases, one fatality
The union territory of Puducherry added 125 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally to 35,550 while one death pushed the toll close to 600, a top Health department official said on Thursday.
The new coronavirus cases were detected at the end of the examination of 4,110 samplesduring last 24 hours ending 10 AM, raising the overall tally to 35,550 after transfer of four cases to Tamil Nadu, the Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.
One person hailing from the Puducherry region succumbed due to Covid pneumonia, taking the toll to 598. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the three outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.
Islamabad's Covid-19 test positivity rate rises to 7.7%
Islamabad's Covid-19 test positivity rate has increased to 7.7 per cent amid a continued rise in the number of new coronavirus cases in the Pakistani capital, according to health authorities. On Wednesday, the capital registered 228 new Covid-19 cases and two additional fatalities, which increased the overall infection tally and the death toll to 20,471 and 224, respectively, reports Dawn news.
Officials from the capital administration said the number of active cases has been increasing gradually for the last few weeks, as the number of new cases reported daily outnumbered recoveries.
Also on Wednesday, a government college and a school were sealed after students and staff members tested positive for the virus. In a statement, the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) warned that Covid-19 would continue to spread across the country in the coming days, and that the nature of the disease this time was more severe.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands report 17 new Covid-19 cases; tally at 4,389
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,389 on Thursday as 17 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
Seven new patients have travel history, while 10 fresh infections were detected during contract tracing, the official said.
Ten more people have been cured of the disease, he said. Read on...
Telangana adds 1,539 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths push toll to 245,682
Telangana reported 1,539 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to2,45,682 while fivemore deaths pushed the toll to 1,362, the state government said on Thursday.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 285, followed by Rangareddy (123) and Medchal Malkajgiri (102) districts, it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 PM on November 4. Read on...
Indonesia sees first recession in over two decades as coronavirus hits
Indonesia fell into recession for the first time in over two decades in the third quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic battered consumption and business activity in Southeast Asia's largest economy, official data showed on Thursday.
Gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 3.49% on an annual basis in the July-September period, data from the statistics bureau showed, slightly more than the 3% contraction expected in a Reuters poll. The economy contracted 5.32% year-on-year in the second quarter.
Indonesia's first recession since the Asian financial crisis in 1998 - normally defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction - comes as the country has struggled to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Mizoram records 65 new Covid cases, active tally at 521
As many as 65 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, according to the State Ministry of Information and Public Relations (I & PR) on Thursday.
The total count of coronavirus cases have reached 2,958 with 521 active cases, while 2,435 patients have been discharged/migrated so far in the state. Two persons have succumbed to the disease in Mizoram to date.
Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (November 5)
Active cases: 527,962 (Net reduction: 5,825)
Deaths: 124,315 (Net addition: 704)
Cured: 7,711,809 (Net addition: 55,331)
Total cases: 8,364,086 (Net addition: 50,210)
Italy to impose nationwide curfew as coronavirus cases continue to surge
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has signed a decree imposing a nationwide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew as coronavirus cases continued to surge in the country.
The decree, which was signed around Tuesday midnight and goes into effect on November 5 and lasts until December 3, came as new cases jumped by 28,244 on Tuesday and 353 Covid-19 patients lost their lives, according to the Ministry of Health, Xinhua news agency reported.
By Tuesday, the total number of active infections reached 418,142, of whom 394,803 were quarantined at home, 21,114 were hospitalised and 2,225 were in intensive care units. Read on...
Johnson says will roll out Covid tests on scale never seen before
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday his government would roll out new types of Covid-19 testing “on a scale never seen before” to stem the growing pandemic when a new lockdown in England expires on December 2.
“At the expiry of this period on December 2 ... we will be rolling out across this country new types of testing on a scale never seen before,” Johnson told parliament.
West Bengal reports record recovery of 4,129 Covid patients
West Bengal on Wednesday registered the highest single-day recovery of 4,129 Covid-19 patients, taking the total number of cured people to 3,46,262, the health department said in a bulletin.
The death toll mounted to 7,068 after 55 more people succumbed to the disease.
Meghalaya reports 72 Covid-19 recoveries and 60 new cases
Meghalaya on Wednesday reported more Covid-19 recoveries than fresh cases as 72 were cured of the disease while 60 new infections pushed the tally to 9,801, a senior health department official said.
The total number of Covid-19 recoveries in the state rose to 8,752 with the 72 new recoveries on Wednesday, Health Services Director Aman War said.
UK records another 25,177 coronavirus cases, 492 deaths
Another 25,177 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,099,059, according to official figures released Wednesday.
The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 492 to 47,742, the highest daily increase since May 19 when 500 were reported. the data showed.
The figures were released as British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of the government's month-long lockdown for England by 516 votes to 38, a majority of 478.
The latest move paved the way for the new measures, announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday in a bid to quell the surging coronavirus infections.
US reports its second-highest number of new Covid-19 cases on Election Day
The United States set another record for daily confirmed coronavirus cases as states around the country posted all-time highs, underscoring the vexing issue that confronts the winner of the presidential race.
The surging cases and hospitalisations reflect the challenge that either President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden will face in the coming months over the pandemic, with winter and the holidays approaching.
Public health experts fear potentially dire consequences, at least in the short term.
Trump's current term does not end until January 20. In the 86 days until then, 100,000 more Americans will likely die from the virus if the nation does not shift course, said Dr Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, echoing estimates from other public health experts.
Iran's coronavirus cases increase to 646,164
Iran's coronavirus cases increased to 646,164 on Wednesday with an addition of 8,452 new infections.
The pandemic has so far claimed 36,579 lives in Iran, up by 419 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.
Jharkhand reports 301 more coronavirus cases
Three hundred and one more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Jharkhand on Wednesday.
As per the Covid-19 bulletin of the state, 505 people diagnosed with the virus were also discharged the same day.
The tally of the coronavirus cases in the state has reached 103,188, including 97,480 recoveries and 4,814 active cases. A total of 894 people have succumbed to the deadly pathogen so far.
USA coronavirus udpdate: US has recorded 101,775 fresh cases in the last 24 hours
Total caseload in the United States stands at 9,794,741.