Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The US Food and Drug Administration told coronavirus vaccine developers on Tuesday it wants at least two months of safety data before authorising emergency use, a requirement that would likely push any US vaccine availability past the November 3 presidential election. A senior administration official confirmed to Reuters that the White House had approved the plan, which undercuts President Donald Trump’s hopes of getting a vaccine before voters go to polls. In August, President Trump had said it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the November 3 election, a more optimistic forecast than timing put forth by his own White House health experts. Asked on the Geraldo Rivera radio program when a vaccine might be ready, “Sooner than the end of the year, could be much sooner.” The development comes after President Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday, soon after it was known that their close aide Hope Hicks contracted the infection.

The US commander-in-chief has Covid-19 and the top military brass are isolating as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on the national security establishment of the most powerful nation in the world. As Covid-19 breached the walls of the Pentagon, the Defense Department was quick to stress on Tuesday that there had been “no change to the operational readiness or mission capability of the US Armed Forces.” President Donald Trump, custodian of the nuclear codes, tested positive for the coronavirus last week and was hospitalized for three days, returning to the White House on Monday. No sooner had Trump returned to work than the Pentagon announced that members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including General Mark Milley, the chairman, were self-quarantining.

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Oct 7, 2020 12:03 pm (IST)

Arunachal Reports 222 New Covid-19 Cases, 1 Fresh Fatality | Arunachal Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 11,007 on Wednesday as 222 more people, including three Army jawans, tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state’s coronavirus death toll to 20, a health official said. A 47-year-old junior engineer suffering from hypertension died at a COVID-19 hospital at Chimpu near Itanagar, he said.

Oct 7, 2020 11:44 am (IST)

READ | 72,049 New Cases Take India’s Coronavirus Tally to 67,57,131, Death Toll Rises to 1,04,555

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 67,57,131, while the death toll climbed to 1,04,555 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 986 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at…

Oct 7, 2020 11:43 am (IST)

Sri Lanka Widens Covid-19 Curfew Amid Rising Cases | Sri Lanka has widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital’s suburbs. The number of confirmed cases has risen to 830 while more than 1,500 people have been asked to quarantine at their homes, health authorities said.

Oct 7, 2020 11:22 am (IST)

UPDATE | Months after the coronavirus pandemic exposed the drawbacks of Japanese bureaucracy’s reliance on hankoseals, the country’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Sugita, today told officials to plan for a future without them. Suga, who has promised to improve efficiency by embracing digitalisation, has made little secret of his disdain for hanko, intricately carved personal seals that have long been used to sign off on official documents.

Oct 7, 2020 11:07 am (IST)

WATCH | Health Ministry Issues SOPs For Upcoming Festive Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Oct 7, 2020 10:54 am (IST)

Coronavirus Cases in Germany Increase by 2,828 to 306,086 | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 2,828 to 306,086, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday. The reported death toll rose by 16 to 9,562, the tally showed. Yesterday saw Germany’s highest toll since 17 April, with more than 3,100 new cases confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

Oct 7, 2020 10:41 am (IST)

Case Registered Against AAP MLA For Violating Covid Norms | A case has been registered against Delhi AAP MLA Kuldeep Kumar under Epidemic Act as he had announced on September 29 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and on October 4 he posted videos of his visit to Hathras, ANI reports. 

Oct 7, 2020 10:28 am (IST)

Oct 7, 2020 10:20 am (IST)

Jharkhand Reports 847 New Covid-19 Cases, 10 Fresh Fatalities | Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally rose to 88,873 on Wednesday as 847 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Ten more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the state’s coronavirus death toll to 757, he said.

Oct 7, 2020 10:06 am (IST)

13 New Cases Push Covid-19 Tally of Andamans to 3,912 | The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,912 on Wednesday as 13 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Five new patients have travel history, while eight fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Oct 7, 2020 9:56 am (IST)

Here’s the state-wise Covid-19 data

Oct 7, 2020 9:46 am (IST)

Today’s Data Highlights

– Fall in active cases for the 4th consecutive day

– 26 states and UTs report dip in active cases, 9 states/UTs report a rise. Highest in Kerala 2.9k

– 72k new cases, up from the 61k new cases yesterday

– 82k new recoveries, up from 75.8k yesterday

– Deaths below 1k for the 4th consecutive day. 986 new deaths

– India’s recovery rate is now 85%, world average is 75.3%

Oct 7, 2020 9:40 am (IST)

Oct 7, 2020 9:38 am (IST)

South Korea Has Biggest Case Jump in a Week | South Korea has reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus, its first daily jump of over 100 in a week. Health officials had raised concerns that infections will rise because of increased travel during the five-day Chuseok harvest holiday that ended Sunday. The figures released by health officials Wednesday brought South Korea’s case total to 24,353 for the pandemic, including 425 deaths. Ninety-two of the newly confirmed cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a viral resurgence since mid-August

Oct 7, 2020 9:35 am (IST)

Trump Had Restful Night, Says Doctor After Prez’s Return to White House Following Covid-19 Treatment | S President Donald Trump had a restful night and continues to do extremely well, his doctor said Tuesday, a day after he was discharged from a military hospital where he was being treated for coronavirus. “Feeling Great”, Trump said in a tweet. “This morning, the president’s team of physicians met with him in the Residence. He hax a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms,” Dr Sean Conley, the White House physician, said in a memorandum. Vital signs and physical exam remain stable with an ambulatory saturation level of 95-97 percent. Overall, he continues to do extremely well, Dr Conley said.

Oct 7, 2020 9:19 am (IST)

72,049 Fresh Cases, 896 Fatalities Reported Across India in Past 24 Hrs | India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 67-lakh mark with a spike of 72,049 new cases and 986 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Total case tally stands at 67,57,132 including 9,07,883 active cases, 57,44,694 cured/discharged/migrated cases & 1,04,555 deaths: Union Health Ministry

Oct 7, 2020 9:06 am (IST)

Over 11 Lakh Samples Tested in Past 24 Hours | 11,99,857 samples tested for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. A total of 8,22,71,654 samples have been tested in the country, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Oct 7, 2020 8:55 am (IST)

Brazil Registers Highest Number of New Cases in a Month | Brazil registered 41,906 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number for a single day since 11 September, the health ministry said. The number of deaths rose by 819 to 147,494, the second-highest death toll in the world. 

Oct 7, 2020 8:44 am (IST)

Nine new COVID-19 cases and 50 recoveries reported in Ladakh in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases now stands at 1195 (904 in Leh district and 291 in Kargil district. 

Oct 7, 2020 8:28 am (IST)

Democratic Representative Salud Carbajal Becomes Latest Member of Congress to Test Positive | California representative Salud Carbajal has tested positive for coronavirus, joining the three GOP senators who have tested positive since Trump’s infection was confirmed. Carbajal says that he initially tested negative after exposure to someone with the virus (reported to be Senator Mike Lee), but subsequently tested positive.

Oct 7, 2020 8:15 am (IST)

Odisha Reports 2,673 New Cases, 16 Fatalities | At least 2,673 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the tally to 2,38,003, while 16 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 940, a health department official said. Of the new cases, 1,554 were reported from various quarantine centres and 1,119 were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Oct 7, 2020 8:08 am (IST)

India’s total COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 56.6 lakh. This has boosted the national recovery rate to 84.7%. The sustained high figure is fuelled by 17 states/UTs reporting recovery rate higher than the national average. 

Oct 7, 2020 8:02 am (IST)

FDA Discloses Vaccine Guidelines Blocked by White House | The Food and Drug Administration laid out updated safety standards for makers of COVID-19 vaccines after the White House blocked their formal release, the latest political tug-of-war between the Trump administration and the government’s public health scientists.


Oct 7, 2020 7:58 am (IST)

Mizoram reported 20 new COVID-19 cases, taking total cases to 2,148 including 1,887 discharges

Oct 7, 2020 7:53 am (IST)

Top Trump Aide Stephen Miller Tests Positive | Senior policy adviser to President Donald Trump Stephen Miller has tested positive for coronavirus, the latest in a string of officials caught up in the White House outbreak. Miller said, “Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for Covid-19 and am in quarantine”. Last week Miller shared an umbrella with Hope Hicks the day before she tested positive:

Oct 7, 2020 7:46 am (IST)

Oct 7, 2020 7:46 am (IST)

Himchal BJP MLA Tests Positive, Warns of Legal Action Against those Claiming he ‘Hid’ Report | Himachal Pradesh BJP MLA Surender Shourie said he tested positive for Covid-19 on October 2, a day before he was supposed to attend the inauguration of the Atal Tunnel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Banjar MLA said he was asymptomatic and got himself tested on the directions of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which is responsible for the prime minister’s security.

Oct 7, 2020 7:42 am (IST)

Biden Against Second Debate if Trump Still Suffers from Covid-19 | Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden said he is against participating in his second debate with Donald Trump next week if the president still suffers from COVID-19. I think if he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate, Biden, a former US vice-president, told reporters on his return from Gettysburg. 

Oct 7, 2020 7:38 am (IST)

Trump Criticises FDA Vaccine Rules | Calling the FDA rules “just another political hit job”, Donald Trump tweeted his frustration at new rules proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration designed to ensure that the coronavirus vaccine is rolled out only when safe – which would almost certainly mean the vaccine is launched after election day. 

New FDA Rules make it more difficult for them to speed up vaccines for approval before Election Day. Just another political hit job! @SteveFDA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020

Oct 7, 2020 7:36 am (IST)

New Zealand Eliminates Domestic Spread of Coronavirus for Second Time | For the second time, New Zealand appears to have stamped out the domestic spread of Covid-19, with no active cases recorded in the community. The country recorded three new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, all diagnosed in travellers returning to New Zealand who remain in quarantine at government-run isolation facilities. Strict rules govern who can enter New Zealand and all travellers must stay in managed quarantine for two weeks, during which they are tested twice for the virus, The Guardian reported. 

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