Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Rajasthan bans sale, bursting of firecrackers to fight COVID-19
The Rajasthan government has banned the sale and bursting of firecrackers in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move is expected to help the government fight against the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the upcoming festival of Diwali and wedding season which traditionally witness surge in sale of firecrackers. The government has issued instructions to ban temporary license for sale of firecrackers and to ban use of fireworks during weddings and other functions. “The state govt has taken the decision to ban the sale and bursting of firecrackers in order to protect health of #COVID19 infected patients & public from poisonous smoke emanating due to fireworks. In this challenging corona pandemic time, protecting lives of ppl is paramount for govt,” Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote on Twitter.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Second wave unlikely but Maharashtra prepared, says Health Minister Rajesh Tope
A second wave of COVID-19 infections was unlikely but Maharashtra was ready to tackle it if such a situation arises, state health minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday. He said testing in Maharashtra had increased while the civic body in Mumbai was providing free tests at 44 places. Tope said a decision on opening places of worship would be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the appropriate time. Jalna on Monday reported 57 COVID-19 cases, taking its caseload to 10,905, while five deaths increased the toll to 293. So far, 10,025 people have been discharged, said an official.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala govt extends parole of aged prisoners in the wake of COVID-19 spike
The Kerala government has extended the ongoing parole of aged prisoners in jails for one more month in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. The home department, in its recent order, said that the ongoing parole of the prisoners aged 65 years and above has been extended in the wake of the pandemic. As the Coronavirus infection is yet to be contained completely, the ongoing parole of prisoners aged 65 years and above and belonging to all categories, is extended to one more month since their actual date of return, the order said. It also directed the jail heads to readmit the prisoners belonging to other age groups as per the prescribed time frame mentioned in the government order concerned issued earlier, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Hyderabad Airport launches COVID-19 test facility for international passengers
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Monday launched an on-site coronavirus testing laboratory, giving travellers the added facility for a safe journey, As per the government mandate, international passengers on arrival have to carry their RT-PCR negative report, conducted within 96 hours before departures from the origin country, a press release from GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) said. This report has to be furnished to the state government officials deputed at the airport to avoid institutional quarantine. However, with the RT-PCR testing facility available at the airport, now passengers can also get themselves tested once they land here, it said. GHIAL has collaborated with Mapmygenome, a city-based NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) certified agency to provide the services for testing COVID-19 samples.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Healthy export demand mitigates COVID-19 impact on specialty chemicals, says report
Even as domestic demand has remained subdued, improved export demand and positive outlook for segments like agro-chemicals and surfactants have reduced the COVID-19 impact on specialty chemicals, according to a report. The Indian specialty chemical sector, which had witnessed healthy revenue growth in the past few years aided by growth in domestic demand as well as increasing exports, was adversely impacted in the first quarter of 2020-21 due to the coronavirus-induced lockdowns and disruptions, ICRA Ratings said in a report. ICRA expects the impact on the sector to be mitigated during the rest of the financial year, due to growing demand from the export segment and positive demand outlook in the near term for segments like agro-chemicals and surfactants. However, segments catering to construction and auto sectors will witness some demand pressure and have more gradual recovery, it added. “With the impact on the specialty chemical industry mitigated by above-mentioned factors, the credit outlook for the sector remains stable, further aided by the robust balance sheets of the companies in this segment with moderate gearing and healthy coverage indicators,” Sai Krishna, assistant vice-president and associate head (corporate ratings) at ICRA, said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Study says mutation in novel coronavirus may have made it more contagious
The novel coronavirus is accumulating genetic mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious, according to a study involving more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients in the US. The research, published in the journal mBIO, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes. The researchers noted that the mutation, called D614G, is located in the spike protein that pries open our cells for viral entry. “The virus is mutating due to a combination of neutral drift — which just means random genetic changes that don’t help or hurt the virus — and pressure from our immune systems,” said Ilya Finkelstein, associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, US. The researchers noted that during the initial wave of the pandemic, 71 per cent of the novel coronaviruses identified in patients in Houston had this mutation. When the second wave of the outbreak hit Houston during the summer, this variant had leaped to 99.9 per cent prevalence, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 patient found hanging in Thrissur Medical College
A 57-year old man, who tested positive for coronavirus, allegedly died by suicide at the government medical college hospital here, police said. The deceased, identified as Srinivasan, a native of Puzhaykkal in this district, was found hanging from the window grill at the corridor leading to the hospital toilet on Monday morning, they said. Admitted to the corona isolation ward of the medical college on Thursday,the patient was also suffering from acutepancreatitis, hospital sources said. Srinivasan was last found by some co-patients on 9.30 PM Sunday and was found hanging at 5.30 AM by the hospital staff, police said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Cambodia reopens schools after coronavirus shutdown in March
Schools throughout Cambodia reopened Monday for the first time since March but with class sizes and hours limited by coronavirus precautions. Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said a second closing would be considered if any students became infected while attending classes. He said students and teachers would have to learn to work with vigilance and safety measures because COVID-19 was still raging in Europe and the United States and no vaccine for it has yet been developed. A trial phase of reopening for some schools in the capital Phnom Penh and parts of eastern Cambodia started last month, and Hang Chuon Naron said the good results prompted the approval for reopening nationwide.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 numbers decline in Bihar
The novel Coronavirus is surprisingly showing an impressive decline in Bihar even as political rallies and meetings are drawing huge crowds in the poll-bound state. In contrast to the alarming predictions of a possible spurt in COVID-19 cases during the election campaign, made months ago, the state on Monday reported that it has just over 7,400 active cases, with only 10 percent hospital beds occupied.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: School principals not in favour of postponing board exams
Several school principals in the national capital and adjoining areas are not in favour of postponement of the CBSE board exams next year in view of continuing closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school principals believe that the postponement of board exams will not be a right move as it will impact the schedule of higher education entrance exams and admission processes as well, which will be disturbing for students. The Delhi government had last month written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to not conduct the board exams next year before May and further reduce syllabus as schools still continue to remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: IITM students design digital COVID-19 awareness game
Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) have developed a multi-lingual free of cost digital game to create pubic awareness on COVID-19, the premier institute said on Monday. “IITM Covid Game” takes inspiration from the popular ‘Super Mario’ game and is available in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu, besides English, it said. Students have developed the browser-based digital game to create awareness among the general public, particularly children, on the importance of following precautions announced by the government to safeguard themselves against coronavirus.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Prince William’s COVID-19 kept secret in first wave of UK pandemic, says report
Britain’s Prince William kept his positive coronavirus test in April a secret in order to not worry anyone around the time his father, Prince Charles, was also self-isolating after his own COVID-19 diagnosis, UK media reports claimed on Monday. The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who is the second in line to the British throne, was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at his family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, eastern England. Despite his illness, he managed to carry out around 14 telephone and video call engagements in April, including phoning National Health Service (NHS) workers at Queen’s Hospital in Burton.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Oil falls 4 percent on fuel demand concerns as Europe widens COVID-19 lockdown
Oil prices fell 4% on Monday on worries that widening coronavirus lockdowns in Europe would weaken fuel demand and amid concerns about turbulence over this week’s U.S. presidential election.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Prince William’s COVID-19 kept secret in the first wave of UK pandemic, says report
Britain’s Prince William kept his positive coronavirus test in April a secret in order to not worry anyone around the time his father, Prince Charles, was also self-isolating after his own COVID19 diagnosis, UK media reports claimed on Monday. The 38yearold Duke of Cambridge, who is the second in line to the British throne, was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at his family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, eastern England. Despite his illness, he managed to carry out around 14 telephone and video call engagements in April, including phoning National Health Service (NHS) workers at Queen’s Hospital in Burton.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 717 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, 27 die
Pune district in Maharashtra reported 717 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the caseload to 3,24,294, a health official said. With 27 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the district reached 7,907, he added. Of the 717 cases, 377 were detected in areas within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, which has recorded 1,61,711 cases so far, he said. “However, 240 patients were discharged from city hospitals,” the official said. With 143 new cases, the tally in Pimpri Chinchwad industrial township rose to 87,883, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Karnataka reports 3,652 fresh infections &24 deaths, enhances tests
With 3,652 fresh coronavirus cases and 24 deaths on Sunday, Karnataka’s COVID-19 tally and cumulative fatalities reached 8,27,064 and 11,192 respectively the health department said. As the state continued to show steady decline in cases and mortalities, health minister Dr K Sudhakar appealed to the people to abide by the COVID protocols. “With 8,053 recoveries and 3,652 new cases, Karnataka witnessed more recoveries than new cases for the 18th consecutive day. Let us continue our fight against COVID-19 by wearing masks, ensuring hand hygiene and maintaining physical distance,” Sudhakar tweeted.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,543 new cases, 49 deaths in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 count reached 1,88,813 on Sunday after 1,543 people tested positive, while the number of recovered patients mounted to 1,64,537, an official said. With 49 deaths, the fatality count climbed to 2,150, he said. A total of 192 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 1,129 patients completed their home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 22,126 active cases, the official said. Raipur district reported 116 new cases, taking its total count to 41,481, including 595 deaths.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Bengal reports record single-day recovery of 4,053 COVID-19 patients, death toll rises to 6,900
West Bengal on Sunday reported the highest single-day recovery of 4,053 COVID-19 patients, taking the total number of those cured to 3,33,990, the health department said in a bulletin. The state also registered 59 more coronavirus deaths since Saturday, pushing the toll to 6,900, it said. The tally rose to 3,77,651 with 3,987 fresh cases in the past 24 hours. North 24 Parganas topped the fresh recoveries at 860, followed by 846 in Kolkata. The metropolis accounted for 16 deaths, followed by 14 in North 24 Parganas, seven in South 24 Parganas and five in Howrah, the department said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi man held for posing as police officer, issuing fake COVID norm violation challans
A 23-year-old man was arrested for allegedly posing as a Delhi Police officer and issuing fake ‘challans’ to people by accusing them of violating COVID-19 norms, police said on Sunday. Upender Singh, a resident of Swaroop Nagar, was arrested following an investigation based on information given by a security guard of a housing society in Ashok Nagar, they said. On late Thursday night, Singh along with his friend came to the housing society in a car and started taking details of residents. He also took money from some by accusing them of violating COVID-19 norms, a police officer said. The guard got suspicions when he asked Singh to give his rank and name. The accused, however, left the spot in the car, when he was further questioned, the officer said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports 1,709 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more fatalities
At least 1,709 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Sunday, taking the tally in the coastal state to 2,91,825, while 11 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,331, a health department official said. Of the 1,709 new cases, 985 were reported from various quarantine centres, and the remaining detected during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district, of which Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 221, followed by Mayurbhanj at 121 and Cuttack at 115. The positivity rate in the state stands at 6.34 percent.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 8 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death in Andamans
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,340 on Monday as eight more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. One more person succumbed to the infection, pushing the Union territory’s coronavirus death toll to 60, he said. Three new patients have travel history, while five fresh infections were detected during contract tracing, the official said. Twelve more people have been cured of the disease, he said. The archipelago now has 168 active coronavirus cases, while 4,112 people have recovered from the disease so far, the official said. The administration has tested 89,559 samples for COVID-19 so far, he added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Telangana adds 922 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths take toll to 1,348
Telangana reported 922 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to2,40,970while sevenmore deaths pushed the toll to 1,348, the state government said on Monday. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 256, followed by Rangareddy (56) and Sangareddy (44) districts, it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 PM on November 1. As many as17,630are under treatment and 25,643 samples were tested on November 1. Cumulatively,43,49,309 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,16,854, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent, while it was 1.5 per cent at the national level. The recovery rate in Telangana was 92.12 per cent, while it was 91.6 per cent in the country. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was14,717.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 326 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality
Jharkhand’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,02,087 on Monday as 326 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. One more patient from Simdega district succumbed to the infection, pushing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 885, he said. Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 95, followed by Bokaro (47) and Dhanbad (42), the official said. The state now has 5,229 active coronavirus cases, while 95,973 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said. Jharkhand has tested 20,384 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the official added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Over 5k new COVID-19 cases recorded for 5th consecutive day in Delhi; positivity rate nearly 13%
The national capital recorded 5,664 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the infection tally to over 3.92 lakh, even as the positivity rate jumped to nearly 13 per cent, authorities said. According to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin, the death toll has risen to 6,562 with 51 more fatalities. This is the fifth day on the trot that the city has reported over 5,000 new cases amid festivities and rising pollution in the city. A total of 5,062 new cases were reported on Saturday, 5,891 on Friday — the highest so far — 5,739 on Thursday and 5,673 on Wednesday. The number of deaths reported on Sunday was the highest in the last five days. The city reported 41 deaths on Saturday, 47 on Friday, 27 on Thursday, 40 on Wednesday, 44 on Tuesday and 54 on Monday. Of the 3,92,370 cases reported in Delhi so far, 3,51,635 have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out, the bulletin said. As many as 44,623 tests were conducted to detect COVID-19 infection on Saturday, of which 14,347 were RTPCR tests and 30,276 rapid antigen tests.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: US, France report more cases than India; Global cases per million population is over 6,000 now
Here are the main highlights from global COVID-19 data today:
– New cases below 50k in India for the 8th consecutive day. 45.2k new cases
– New deaths below 1k mark in India for 15 days now
– Fall in active cases in India for 30 consecutive days
– USA (71k) and France (46.3k) report more new cases than India
– Global cases per million population is over 6k now. India’s cases per million population is now below the world average (5944 cases/million)
– Tests in India cross 11 crore mark with almost 80k tests/million population
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally crosses 82 lakh mark; active cases fall to 5.62 lakh
Here are the salient points from today’s COVID-19 India data:
-Single-day testing sees a sharp drop of 2.35 lakh in last 24 hours
-Total testing in last 24 hours at 8.56 lakh vs previous day’s 10.91 lakh
-Total India cases rises above 82 lakh with an increase of 45,231 cases in 24 hours
-Active cases fall for 30 days in a row; slip to 5.62 lakh
-Active cases fall by 3.83 lakh in last 30 days to fall to lowest level since July 31
-Active cases fall by 8,550 in 24 hours; last week average is 13,115 vs previous average of 16,905
-Recovery rate rises to 91.68 percent from yesterday’s 91.54 percent
-Mortality rate remains at 1.49 percent; positivity rate slips to 6.83 percent
-Overall testing in the country cross 11 crore mark
-Total cases rise by 45,231; additions of less than 50,000 for 8th straight day
-Deaths rise by less than 500 for 2nd straight day; it’s up 496
-Recoveries increase by 53,285; lowest single-day rise in more than 2 months
-Total cases at 82.29 84 lakh, active 5.62 lakh, recoveries 75.45 lakh and deaths 1.22 lakh