Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 78,524 COVID-19 cases taking the virus caseload to over 68 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated surged to 58,27,704, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The national recovery stands at 85.25 percent. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 68,35,655, while the death toll climbed to 1,05,526 with 971 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The total recoveries have surged to 58,27,704 while there are 9,02,425 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 13.20 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection has dropped to 1.54 percent.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19, China and climate dominates lone vice presidential debate between Harris and Pence

The issues of COVID-19, China and climate change along with the Supreme Court nominee and race dominated the only vice-presidential debate with both Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris sticking to their known campaign positions on each of these pressing topics. While there were no surprises on policy issues from either side, there were far less interruptions and tense moments between Pence, 61, who comes from Indiana and his Democrat challenger Harris, 55, who is from California. Pence, who entered the debate as an underdog, was seen vigorously defending the actions of the Trump Administration during the past nearly four years. And at times he successfully challenged his opponent with questions like the one on Green New Deal and Supreme Court to which she had no answer.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Telangana adds 1,896 new COVID-19 cases; 12 deaths push toll to 1,201

Telangana reported 1,896 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections to 2,06,644, while the death toll rose to 1,201 with 12 more fatalities, a state government bulletin said on Thursday. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) registered  294 out of the 1,896 fresh cases, followed by Rangareddy (211), Medchal Malkajgiri (154), Nalgonda (126), Siddipet (100) and other districts, it said, providing data as of 8 pm on October 7. The bulletin said 50,367 samples were tested on October 7. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 33,96,839. The samples tested per million population was 91,264, it added.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Assam reports 7 more COVID deaths, 1,307 new cases


Assam’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 785 after seven more patients succumbed to the disease, while 1,307 new positive cases took the tally to 1,90,209, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the fresh fatalities, two were reported from Dibrugarh district and one each from Sivasagar, Charaideo, Golaghat, Kamrup Metropolitan and Kamrup Rural. The current mortality rate in the state is 0.41 percent. The 1,307 new positive cases in the state include 317 from Kamrup Metropolitan, 135 from Jorhat and 119 from Dibrugarh, Sarma said.

COVID_19 India Updates | Active cases fall for 5th consecutive day & 15th time in last 19 days. Active cases fall by 42,571 in last 5 days & more than one lakh in last 3 weeks. Recovery rate rises to 85.25% & positivity rate slips to 13.20% #Coronavirs #CovidIndia @MoHFW_INDIA

— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) October 8, 2020

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: WEF shifts annual meeting 2021 from Davos to Lucerne


The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday said it will hold its Annual Meeting 2021 in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland, from May 18 to 21, as against the traditional venue of ski resort town Davos in January-end. The change in schedule and venue was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Announcing the new place and schedule, the WEF said the annual meeting will take place as long as all conditions are in place to guarantee the health and safety of participants and the host community. In addition, as previously announced in late August, the Annual Meeting 2021 will be preceded by high-level ‘Davos Dialogues’, digitally convened by the WEF during the week of January 25, when key global leaders will share their views on the state of the world in 2021. The Annual Meeting 2021 in Lucerne-Burgenstock will be held around the theme of ‘The Great Reset’.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Two more Kerala ministers test positive for COVID-19


Kerala ministers M M Mani and K T Jaleel tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. With this five members of the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet have so far been  infected by the deadly virus. While Mani, the Electricity minister, has been admitted to the government medical college hospital here, Jaleel, Higher Education Minister, is under observation at his official residence. The 75-year old Mani, in a Facebook post, requested all those who had come in contact with him in the past few days to be on guard. Earlier, ministers — Thomas Isaac, E P Jayarajan and V S Sunil Kumar, had tested positive. They have all recovered. The state reported the highest single day surge of COVID-19 with 10,606 people testing positive and the infection tally crossed the 2.50 lakh mark on Wednesday.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India trails US by less than a million cases now; Brazil crosses 5 million cases

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally tops 68 lakh mark with over 78,500 cases; active cases just above 9 lakh

Here are the salient points from today’s Union health ministry’s state and Union Territories-wise data:

-Active cases fall for 5th consecutive day and 15th time in last 19 days

-Active cases fall by 42,571 in last 5 days and more than one lakh in last 3 weeks

-Recoveries continue to be more than total additions

-Recoveries rise by 83,011, biggest single-day rise in last 7 days

-Total cases at 68.35 lakh, active 9.02 lakh, recoveries 58.28 lakh and deaths 1.05 lakh

-Total cases rise by 78,524 and deaths by 971; active cases fall by 5,458

-Total tests on a single-day at 11.94 lakh vs yesterday’s 12 lakh

-Gap between recoveries and active cases increase to 4.92 lakh

-Recovery rate above 85 percent; it’s at 85.25 percent vs yesterday’s 85.02 percent

-Positivity rate at 13.20 percent vs yesterday’s 13.44 percent

Let us #Unite2FightCorona!

Let us always remember:

Wear a mask.

Wash hands.

Follow social distancing.

Practice ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori.’

Together, we will succeed.

Together, we will win against COVID-19.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India declines proposal to test Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine in large study

India’s drug regulator has knocked back a proposal from Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd REDY.NS to conduct a large study in the country to evaluate Russia’s Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine and has asked it to first test the vaccine in a smaller trial. The recommendations by an expert panel of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) noted that safety and immunogenicity data from early-stage studies being conducted overseas is small, with no inputs available on Indian participants. India’s move comes as a setback for Russia’s plan to roll-out the vaccine even before full trials show how well it works, while pushing back its efforts to win approval for the vaccine in the country that leads the world on average number of new infections. India is expected to overtake the United States over the next several weeks as the country with the world’s largest number of cases.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India’s coronavirus fight people driven; gets great strength from COVID warriors, says PM Modi


India’s coronavirus fight is people driven and gets great strength from its COVID warriors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday as he urged people to follow COVID appropriate behaviour. He made the appeal to people to follow social distancing norms and expressed confidence that the fight against the pandemic will be won. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had on Wednesday said the prime minister will launch a ‘jan andolan’ campaign for COVID appropriate behaviour on Thursday with a tweet in view of the upcoming festivals, winter season and opening up of the economy. “India’s COVID-19 fight is people driven and gets great strength from our COVID warriors,” Modi said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi tests COVID-19 positive


Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was under home quarantine. “I have tested positive for #COVID19 . As I am asymptomatic, as per doctor’s advice I am in home quarantine,” he tweeted. Joshi, an MP from Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency, played a crucial role in the conduct of the recent Parliament session amid the pandemic in his capacity as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister. Joshi is the latest addition to prominent politicians from the state who have tested positive for COVID.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Nagpur adds 976 new COVID-19 cases; 22 die


The COVID-19 tally in Nagpur district of Maharashtra rose to 84,081 on Wednesday with a single-day addition of 976 new cases, an official release said. With 22 deaths, the toll went up to 2,704, it said. The count of recoveries in the district mounted to 71,602 with 835 people getting discharged in the day, the release said. The district now has 9,775 active cases.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally breaches the 68-lakh mark

Welcome to’s coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Unlock 5.0 process. For starters, India’s COVID-19 case load breached the 68 lakh mark, while the number of recoveries stood at over 58 lakh on Wednesday. As per a PTI tally, the total caseload stood at 68,24,253, rising by 77,611 cases in a day.  In its most recent update, the Union health ministry placed the total number of cases at 67,57,131 and the death toll at 1,04,555. The ministry said that 57,44,693 people have so far recovered from the infection.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Sikkim reports 18 COVID-19 cases, 2 fatalities

Sikkim reported 18 new COVID19 cases, taking the coronavirus tally in the Himalayan state to 3,236 on Wednesday, an official said. The state also reported two COVID19 fatalities, pushing the death toll to 51, Information Education and Communication (IEC) member Sonam Bhutia said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Highest single-day spike of 10,947 cases in Karnataka

Karnataka on Wednesday reported its highest singleday spike of over 10,900 COVID19 cases and 113 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 6,68,652 and the toll to 9,574. The day also saw 9,832 patients getting discharged after recovery and the active cases stood at 1,16,153, the health department said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Chandigarh records 2 more deaths, 127 new cases

Chandigarh on Wednesday reported two more fatalities due to COVID19 taking the toll to 182, while 127 fresh cases pushed the infection count to 12,820 in the union territory. There are 1,448 active cases in the city as of now, according to a medical bulletin.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: To prevent large crowds, EC reduces no of star campaigners for Bihar polls, bypolls

Concerned over large gatherings during campaigning for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections and bypolls in several states amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Election Commission on Wednesday reduced the maximum number of ‘star campaigners’ for recognised national and state parties from 40 to 30. For unrecognised registered political parties, the maximum number of star campaigners has been brought down to 15 in place of 20 “during the period of pandemic”.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: 35 new COVID-19 deaths in Delhi take toll to 5,616; infection tally rises to 2,98,107

Delhi’s COVID19 death toll rose to 5,616 with 35 fresh casualties on Wednesday, while 2,871 new cases took the tally to over 2.98 lakh, authorities said. These fresh cases were detected after 51,505 tests were conducted the previous day.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Mumbai adds record 2,848 new COVID-19 cases; 46 die

Mumbai on Wednesday reported the highest singleday spike of 2,848 new COVID19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 2,19,938, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With 46 fatalities, the cumulative toll went up to 9,245, it said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: 188 new COVID-19 cases, 272 recoveries in Ahmedabad; four die

The COVID-19 tally in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat rose to 38,185 after 188 new cases were reportedon Wednesday, the state health department said. As the virus claimed four more lives, the district’s death toll rose to 1,851, it said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: 33 more die of COVID-19, 852 fresh cases in Punjab

Thirty three more fatalities due to coronavirus pushed the death toll to 3,712 while 852 new cases took the infection tally to 1,20,860 in Punjab on Wednesday. Six deaths were reported from Ludhiana, five each from Bathinda and Jalandhar, three from Amritsar, two each from Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Muktsar, Pathankot and Rupnagar and one each from Fazilka, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar and Sangrur, a health department medical bulletin said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi tests COVID positive

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID19 and was under home quarantine. “I have tested positive for #COVID19.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Nagpur adds 976 new COVID-19 cases; 22 die

The COVID19 tally in Nagpur district of Maharashtra rose to 84,081 on Wednesday with a singleday addition of 976 new cases, an official release said. With 22 deaths, the toll went up to 2,704, it said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Nashik reports 943 new COVID-19 cases; 818 recover, 13 di

The COVID19 tally in Nashik district of Maharashtra reached 82,838 on Wednesday with a singleday addition of 943 new cases, health officials said. With 13 people succumbing to the infection, the total toll in the district mounted to 1,476, they said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: AP records 6,349 recoveries, 5,120 new COVID-19 cases

Another 5,120 cases were added to Andhra Pradeshs COVID19 tally, taking it to 7,34,427 on Wednesday even as the number of active cases slid below the 50,000 mark. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday, 6,349 patients had got cured, making it a sum of 6,78,828.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Savlon to be first Rs 1,000 cr brand for ITC in personal care space

ITC expects Savlon, its leading brand in health & hygiene space, to cross Rs 1,000 crore sales this fiscal year as the company has logged four folds growth over 201920, riding on heightened demand due to the COVID19 pandemic, a company official said. The company is trying to expand in FMCG space and increase its earnings from noncigarette portfolio.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: Indian-origin couple pull off unusual COVID-secure drive-in wedding

An Indian origin couple, keen not to delay their wedding plans despite a strict restriction on the number of guests allowed to assemble under England’s coronavirus lockdown rules, are celebrating this week after pulling off a first of its kind drivein wedding near London. Londoners Roma Popat and Vinal Patel were originally due to get married on April 20 but when lockdown disrupted their plans, they discussed the concept of a drivein wedding with their wedding coordinator, Saheli Events, almost as a tongueincheek thought rather than a serious plan.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: MP adds 1,639 new COVID-19 cases, 2,228 recover; 30 die

Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday reported 1,639 fresh COVID19 cases, taking the count of infections to 1,40,307, a health official said. With 30 patients succumbing to the infection, the toll went up to 2,518, he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE update: 630 more people test positive for COVID-19 in U’khand

Uttarakhand’s COVID19 tally rose to 52,959 on Wednesday with 630 more persons testing positive while 11 more infected people died at different hospitals in the state. Dehradun district reported 224 positive cases, Udham Singh Nagar (82), Haridwar (73), Nainital (61), Pauri (43), Uttarkashi (32), Chamoli (28), Pithoragarh (27), Tehri (25), Bageshwar (19) , Champawat (9) and Rudraprayag (7),a state health department bulletin said.

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