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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,813 test COVID-19 positive; Mumbai active cases below 25,000
Mumbai’s COVID-19 tally rose to 2,15,465 on Monday with the addition of 1,813 new cases – the lowest daily count in five days – while 47 fresh deaths took the toll in the metropolis to 9,152, the city civic body said. After five days, the financial capital has recorded single-day COVID-19 cases below the 2,100-mark. On September 30, Mumbai had recorded the highest-ever single-day spike of 2,654 COVID-19 cases. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the number of recovered COVID-19 cases increased to 1,79,519 with 3,502 more patients, the highest so far in October,getting discharged from hospitals. At present, the city has a recovery rate of 83 per cent and24,199 active COVID-19 cases, it said. The BMC said after reconciliationprocess, 2,173 “duplicate” and out of Mumbai cases were removed from the active case count.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: New York governor closes schools in coronavirus hot spots
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered schools to close beginning on Tuesday in several coronavirus “hot spots” around the state, including parts of the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The announcement brings forward a plan by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to close schools in 11 neighborhoods beginning on Wednesday after coronavirus test positivity rates rose above 3% in those areas for seven days in a row. “I am not going to recommend or allow any New York City family to send their child to a school that I wouldn’t send my child,” Cuomo said at a news conference on Monday. He said the state would take over enforcement of social distancing rules from local authorities in the hot spots.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 7,051 new cases in Karnataka, 84 deaths
The COVID-19 tally in Karnataka almost reached the 6.5 lakh mark on Monday with the addition of 7,051 fresh cases while the death toll due to the disease rose to 9,370 after 84 more people succumbed to it. The day also saw 7,064 patients getting discharged in the state after recovery and the active cases stood at 1,15,477. Cumulatively 6,47,712 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 9,370 deaths and 5,22,846 discharges, the health department said in a bulletin. Out of fresh cases, as many as 2,189 were from Bengaluru Urban district. Of the active cases, 1,14,636 patients are in isolation and stable at designated hospitals, while 841 are in the intensive care units. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 34 of the 84 deaths followed by Mysuru (8), Dakshina Kannada (6), Ballari (5), Hassan and Tumakuru (4) and others.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 391 fresh cases reported in Goa, 4 more die
Goa’s COVID-19 caseload went up by 391 and death toll by four on Monday, while 423 people were discharged during the day, an official said. The state now has 35,719 cases, including 460 deaths, and 30,456 people have recovered, leaving the state with 4,803 active ones, he said. A total of 1,246 samples were tested for the infection during the day, he added. Goa’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 35,719, new cases 391, deaths 460, discharged 30,456, active cases 4,803, samples tested till date 2,62,241.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Ireland to resist lockdown, tighten COVID-19 restrictions, says reports
Ireland’s government has rejected a surprise recommendation by its health chiefs to go into lockdown and will instead tighten current COVID-19 restrictions, local media reported on Monday. The National Public Health Emergency Team called for a leap to the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions, Level 5, late on Sunday from Level 2 controls that are in place in 24 of Ireland’s 26 counties. The government will instead propose moving the whole country to Level 3, a number of local media including state broadcaster RTE reported after a meeting between senior ministers and health chiefs. Ireland’s cabinet is due to meet later on Monday.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Noida’s COVID-19 tally went from 1 to 13,916 in 7 months; toll at 56
Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar registered 186 new COVID-19 patients that pushed its infection tally to 13,916 on Monday, seven months since the district recorded its first case of coronavirus, official data showed. The number of active cases rose to 1,345 from 1,333 on Sunday as 173 more patients got discharged, according to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department for a 24-hour period. The district has so far recorded12,515 recoveries, seventh highest in the state, according to the data. As per official figures on Sunday, the recovery rate of patients rose to 89.93 per cent from 89.88 per cent on Sunday, while the mortality rate stood at 0.40 per cent. There were 45,024 active cases across Uttar Pradesh on Monday. So far, 3,66,321 patients have recovered across the state, while the death toll linked to COVID-19 climbed to 6,092, the data showed.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for COVID-19
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19. This comes days after President Donald Trump tested positive for cornorvirus. McEnany said in a statement that she tested positive on Monday morning and is experiencing no symptoms at this time. She spoke briefly with reporters on Sunday evening, but said that no members of the White House press corps spent enough time around her to be considered close contacts. She says that she is beginning the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Karnataka prohibits strike by doctors, health workers
The Karnataka government has prohibited strikes, non-cooperation and any other form of disobedience by public servants and health workers engaged in providing health services related to COVID-19. Chief Secretary of the state T M Vijay Bhaskar passed an order to this effect on Sunday in the wake of doctors, paramedics and health workers on government job or hired on contractual basis going on strike and threatening to stop work. In the order, the Chief Secretary said, “…as Chairman of the State Executive Committee, I hereby prohibit strikes, non-cooperation, disobeying or refusal to work related to health services; non-submission of reports, non-compliance to the orders issued by the higher authorities by any public servant, health personnel…” Noting that the state government has declared COVID-19 as an epidemic, the order said. “Disobeying or refusal of the work…will amount to contravention of the provisions of the said Acts, Rules or Orders,” the order said. The order comes in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the state.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Department of School Education and Literacy releases guidelines for reopening of schools post October 15
The Department of School Education and Literacy released guidelines for school to reopen from October 15. In the SOP, the department said that physical distancing should be planned in seating arrangements. Schools will also have to ensure staggered entry and exit timings and staggered time tables. They will have to plan academic calendar changes for all classes, for breaks and exams along with ensuring all students have textbooks before school reopens. The attendance will be flexible and sick leave policies for both students and teachers should encourage them to remain at home if they are unwell.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Department of School Education and Literacy releases guidelines for reopening of schools post October 15
The Department of School Education and Literacy released guidelines for school to reopen from October 15 and asked states and UTs to adopt or adapt the SOPs as per local requirement. Schools will have to arrange for cleaning and sanitisation of all areas, classrooms and equipment. Schools will have to form task teams for emergency care, support team, hygiene team and assign them with proper responsibilities. Students will attend schools only after written consent is received from parents. There will be flexibility in attendance norms. Students would be provided the option to attend online classes rather than physically attending school.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UP records 63 more COVID-19 deaths, over 3,000 new cases
Uttar Pradesh’ COVID-19 death toll reached 6,092 on Monday with 63 more fatalities, while 3,064 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,17,437, an official said. A total of 3,66,321 patients have been discharged from hospitals and the recovery rate is 87.75 per cent, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said. The number of active cases stands at 45,024, of which 21,361 are in home isolation and 3,525 others admitted to private hospitals, Prasad said. There has been a 34 per cent decline in the number of active cases in the past 18 days, he said. Eleven of the new deaths have been reported from Lucknow, eight from Kanpur Nagar, five from Varanasi, three each from Prayagraj, Gorakhpur and Bareilly among others, according to a health bulletin. It said 454 of the new cases were reported from Lucknow, 196 from Kanpur Nagar, 186 from Gautam Budh Nagar, 162 from Ghaziabad, 145 from Meerut among others.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi reports 1,947 fresh cases, 32 new COVID-19 deaths
The national capital recorded 32 COVID-19 fatalities on Monday, as the toll climbed to 5,542, while 1,947 fresh cases took the tally over 2.92 lakh, authorities said. The relatively low number of fresh cases came out of the 35,593 tests conducted the previous day. Thirty-two new fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 5,542, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. The tally of active cases stood at 23,080 on Monday. The bulletin said, the total number of cases has climbed to 2,92,560.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UK says tech glitch missed 15,841 COVID-19 cases
A technical glitch has resulted in 15,841 positive cases of coronavirus not being counted in the official daily of COVID-19 log in the past week, England’s health authority has admitted. Public Health England (PHE) said the issue had been identified overnight on Friday, and a rapid investigation calculated the list of cases that had gone unreported between September 25 and October 2. However, its chief sought to reassure the British public on Sunday that each of those who had tested received their COVID-19 result as normal and were advised to quarantine as per the current rules. A technical issue was identified overnight on Friday 2 October in the data load process that transfers COVID-19 positive lab results into reporting dashboards. After rapid investigation, we have identified that 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were not included in the reported daily COVID-19 cases, said Michael Brodie, Interim Chief Executive of the PHE.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Doctors to weigh if Trump can leave hospital on Monday, says White House aide
US President Donald Trump’s medical team will weigh whether he can leave the hospital later on Monday after being admitted last week for COVID-19, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said, adding that he was optimistic Trump will be discharged. Meadows, in an interview with Fox News, said he had spoken with Trump earlier on Monday morning and that his condition appeared to have improved overnight. He added that doctors would consult with Trump late Monday morning and that a decision about Trump’s possible discharge would likely not be decided until early Monday afternoon. “That determination has not been made yet,” he said. “His health continues to improve.” “We’re still optimistic … that he will be released, but that decision won’t be made until later today,” he added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Huge questions for UK govt after virus cases triple in days
The British government faced huge questions Monday over its coronavirus testing system after a big increase in the number of positive cases over the weekend that was blamed on a technical glitch. The main opposition Labour Party has asked the government why the cases were not tabulated when they should have been. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to make a statement to lawmakers later Monday. Public health officials revealed Sunday that 15,841 virus cases werent tabulated from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2. While all of those who tested positive were informed of the results, authorities werent able to trace and notify the people they had come in contact with, Public Health England said. The government said the technical issue was discovered Friday night and has now been resolved.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Americans fault US govt over foreign powers for virus crisis
More Americans blame the U.S. government instead of foreign nations for the coronavirus crisis in the United States, a rebuke to the Trump administration’s contention that China or other countries are most at fault, a new poll shows. The poll by The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was conducted before President Donald Trump tested positive for the virus Friday and was hospitalized. Trump has downplayed the severity and impact of the pandemic in recent months. Although many see plenty of blame to go around and there’s a wide bipartisan divide over who is responsible, 56% of Americans say the U.S. government has substantial responsibility for the situation. That compares with 47% who place that much blame on the governments of other countries and only 39% who say the same about the World Health Organization.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: F1 Turkish GP to be held without fans over COVID-19, says report
Formula One’s 2020 Turkish Grand Prix on Nov. 13-15 will be held without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak, state broadcaster TRT reported on Monday, citing the Istanbul governor’s office. Formula One has put the Turkish Grand Prix back on its calendar after almost a decade in August. The operators of the Grand Prix, to be held in Istanbul Park, said Turkey hoped to secure a permanent place on the F1 calendar after the race
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Govt to open up more activities; will roll out renewed campaign for COVID-19
The Union government will soon roll out a renewed campaign that aims to spread awareness about “appropriate COVID-19 behaviour” in view of the forthcoming festive season and further unlocking of public activities, officials said on Monday. Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla is expected to chair a meeting to chart out the new plan on Tuesday at 3 pm in the North Block office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The meeting, a senior home ministry official told PTI, will have participation from senior officials of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), ministry of information and broadcasting, chiefs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), field offices of the home ministry and few others. “The meeting is being held to discuss ways to increase the campaign for appropriate COVID-19 behaviour in the country,” the officer said. “A new or enhanced public campaign for ensuring self-sanitisation, physical distancing and wearing of masks is essential as the Centre has recently issued guidelines for further opening up of public facilities that allows more social activities,” the officer said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Tripura reports 159 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more fatalities
At least 159 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 27,033, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 296 with six more people succumbing to the infection, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 159 of the 296 COVID-19 deaths, the official said. Tripura currently has 4,861 active coronavirus cases, while 21,853 people have recovered from the disease and 23 patients have migrated to other states, the official said. At least 466 patients were discharged from G B Pant hospital, the main referral hospital for the COVID-19 patients, on Sunday as they have recovered from the disease. A total of 3,99,918 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, he added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Malaysian PM in self-quarantine after minister tests COVID-19 positive
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday said he will self-quarantine for 14 days after a minister who attended a high-level government meeting to discuss coronavirus developments on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19. The Southeast Asian country has seen a steady climb in cases in the past week in the aftermath of an election in the state of Sabah in Borneo on Sept 26. Authorities in Malaysia https://tmsnrt.rs/3lfp2Jv have warned that coronavirus restrictions may have to be reimposed if the trend continues, amid popular anger towards politicians who have been blamed for the spike. In a statement, Muhyiddin confirmed that Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri had tested positive, and that those identified as close contacts at Saturday’s National Security Council meeting to discuss COVID-19 had been issued a 14-day home surveillance order starting Oct 3.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Former Union Minister Rasheed Masood passes away
Former Union Minister Rasheed Masood died on Monday. He was 73. Masood died at a Roorkee nursing home, where he had been admitted recently for management of post COVID-19 complications, the former Union minister’s nephew Imran Masood said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Top rabbis in Israel, US envoy pray for Donald Trump’s recovery
Israel’s top rabbis prayed for U.S. President Donald Trump to recover from COVID-19 on Monday, invoking his name in a Jewish holiday ceremony at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Support for Trump, who recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to the city, is strong among Israelis, who mark the Jewish high holidays this year while under a second coronavirus lockdown. “May He who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon send healing to Donald John, son of Fred,” intoned Shmuel Rabinovitch, rabbi of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: SpiceJet to start flights from India to London from Dec 4
SpiceJet on Monday said it will operate non-stop flights connecting Delhi and Mumbai with London from December 4. In a press release, the airline said it is the first Indian low-cost carrier to operate flights to the UK. The Delhi-London flight and the Mumbai-London flight will operate under the air bubble agreement with the UK, it noted. “SpiceJet will use an Airbus A330-900 Neo aircraft for these flights. The 371-seater twin-aisle A330 has a configuration of 353 economy and 18 business class seats,” it added. These flights from India will be operating to London’s Heathrow airport, SpiceJet noted. SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said the Delhi-London return flights will operate twice a week while the Mumbai-London flight will operate once a week. He added the airline will announce flights to more long-haul destinations from India soon. Scheduled international passenger services continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements with other countries, including the UK, since July.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi CM launches anti-air pollution campaign, says polluted air can be life threatening in view COVID
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched a mega anti-air pollution campaign, saying polluted air can be life threatening in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the campaign “Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh”, separate plans have been prepared for each of the 13 pollution hotspots in the city, Kejriwal said during a digital press conference. “Polluted air can be life threatening in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both affect lungs,” he said. Kejriwal said a “war room” is being set up to monitor all anti-pollution measures being taken by his government.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Singapore in stable position to fight COVID-19, says Deputy PM
Singapore is in a stable position in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, but the city-state must remain vigilant amid profound uncertainties, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat told Parliament on Monday. Heng, also the Finance Minister, said these uncertainties include how effective other countries will be in containing the pandemic and reopening their economies, as well as when an effective and safe vaccine can be developed. “But Singapore will adapt to living with the coronavirus even with these unknowns,” said Heng in a ministerial statement as an update on Singapore’s response against the pandemic and its strategies to emerge stronger from the crisis. The government has worked out the steps on how to further reopen the economy safely, with details of a Phase 3 roadmap to be released by the multi-ministry task force in the coming weeks, said Heng.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra CM to soon decide on reopening places of worship, says Sanjay Raut
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is holding discussions with various religious organisations and he will soon take a decision on reopening places of worship in the state, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Monday. Raut said this when some reporters pointed out that restaurants have been allowed to operate again with their capacity not exceeding 50 per cent or as prescribed by local authorities, but temples have not been reopened in the state. “The chief minister has maintained from the beginning that things will be unlocked in a phased manner…you can impose 50 per cent restrictions on restaurants while reopening them, but it is not possible in the case of temples,” he said. “The states chief minister is speaking to organisations representing all religions. Soon, the chief minister will take a decision on it,” Raut said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Cases in UK cross 5 lakh; Cases continue to be on the rise in France
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 126 fresh cases take Arunachal’s COVID-19 tally to 10,548
At least 126 more people, including six security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the northeastern state’s tally to 10,548, a health department official said on Monday. Of the fresh cases, 48 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 15 from Changlang, 10 from West Siang, seven each from Tawang, West Kameng and Lower Subansiri, six from Lepa Rada and five each from Upper Siang and Papumpare districts. Four new cases were also detected in Tirap, three each in East Siang and Lower Siang, two each in Kurung Kumey and Lohit and one each in Longding and Lower Dibang Valley, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID-hit Trump makes surprise drive-by to greet supporters outside military hospital
US President Donald Trump made a surprise drivepast to greet his supporters outside a military hospital where he has been admitted since Friday for the treatment of the deadly coronavirus, drawing criticism from Democrats and a leading medical expert.