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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mumbai reports 841 COVID-19 cases, 1,929 recoveries; 25 die
Mumbai reported 841 new cases, taking its COVID-19 tally to 2,61,684 on Thursday, while more than 1,900 patients recovered from the infection, the city civic body said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) updated data, the death toll in the city reached 10,374 with 25 fresh fatalities. This was the sixth consecutive day when the financial capital has reported less than 1,000 COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, 983 new cases and 29 deaths were recorded in the city. According to the BMC data, the number of recovered COVID-19 patients rose to 2,35,207 with 1,929 more people discharged from hospitals. Presently, the city has 90 per cent rate of recovery of COVID-19 cases. Mumbai has 15,466 active COVID-19 cases. The number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the city so far stood at 15.81 lakh. According to the civic body, the city’s average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases is 199 days, while the average growth rate is 0.35 per cent.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 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. The 6,715 fresh cases were detected following 52,294 tests conducted the previous day. This is the third consecutive day when the number of daily cases has crossed the 6000-mark in the city. Delhi reported 6,842 cases on Wednesday, the maximum till date, and6,725 cases on Tuesday.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Italy posts daily record of 34,505 new coronavirus cases as deaths surge
Italy has registered 34,505 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday, its highest ever daily tally and up from 30,550 on Wednesday. The ministry also reported 445 COVID-related deaths, up from 352 the day before and the first toll above 400 since May 2. A total of 40,192 people have now died because of COVID-19 in Italy, which becomes the sixth country in the world to report more than 40,000 deaths. It has registered some 824,879 coronavirus infections since the start of its outbreak. The northern region of Lombardy, centred on Italy’s financial capital Milan, remained the hardest hit area, reporting 8,822 new cases on Thursday against 7,758 on Wednesday. The southern Campania region was the second-worst affected, chalking up 3,888 cases.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala records 6,820 new COVID-19 cases, 7,669 recoveries
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. “Out of those infected today, 95 reached the state from outside and 5,935 were infected from their contacts. The source of infection of 730 persons is yet to be identified, while 60 health workers are also found infected,” Vijayan said. Thrissur district reported 900 cases on Thursday, the highest in the state, followed by Kozhikode with 828 and Thiruvananthapuram 756.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,810 fresh COVID-19 cases take Rajasthan’s tally to 2,05,800
Rajasthan recorded 1,810 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday which took its tally to 2,05,800, while 10 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,955, according to a health department bulletin. Of the total 2,05,800 cases, 16,301 people are under treatment, the bulletin said. So far, 1,87,544 people have been discharged after treatment, it said. The fresh cases were reported from Jaipur (333), Jodhpur (206), Bikaner (203), Ajmer (110), Alwar (102), Jalore (61), Nagaur (58), Pali and Sri Ganganagar (55 each) besides other districts. Jaipur has so far reported 379 deaths due to the coronavirus, followed by 189 in Jodhpur, 145 in Ajmer, 143 in Bikaner, 116 in Kota, 95 in Bharatpur, 76 in Pali.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Health Minister presses for mandatory retesting of all symptomatic RAT negative cases
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 number of cases and the high positivity rate in the North, Central, Northeast, East, Northwest and Southeast districts of Delhi.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Government to allow up to 75% capacity on domestic flights
The government is likely to allow domestic carriers to operate with 70 percent to 75 percent capacity in the coming days in view of festive season. At present the domestic aviation capacity is restricted to 60 percent.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Ukraine reports record daily number of coronavirus cases
Ukraine registered a record 9,850 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the health minister said on Thursday, up from a high of 9,524 reported a day earlier. Total infections so far stood at 430,467 with 7,924 deaths by Thursday, Maksym Stepanov said. The daily tally of coronavirus infections spiked in late September and remained consistently high throughout October, prompting the government to extend lockdown measures until the end of this year. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said later on Thursday the number of new cases could jump to 15,000 a day by the end of November and to 20,000 daily by the end of the year. Stepanov this week said that the coronavirus situation in Ukraine was close to catastrophic and that the nation must prepare for the worst.
2020 US Election Results LIVE Updates: Swedish PM self-isolates as nation sees rising virus cases
Sweden’s leader has gone into protective self-isolation even after a person close to him tested negative for COVID-19, as Sweden experiences its own fall surge of coronavirus cases. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven broke the news on Facebook on Thursday, the same day as the Scandinavian country appeared likely to pass the threshold of 6,000 overall coronavirus deaths. The developments are going in the wrong direction fast. More are infected. More die. This is a serious situation, he wrote. On the doctor’s advice, my wife Ulla and I will stay isolated for the time being, Lofven wrote. We are fine and have no symptoms. In accordance with recommendations from health officials, we will take a coronavirus test as soon as possible. This is the only responsible thing to do in this situation, he added, saying the person close to him had been in contact with another person who had tested positive.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: China suspends flights from India after 19 test positive
China has put flights from India on hold after 19 Indians tested positive on landing in Wuhan. China has taken up the issue with India and held back clearances on flights from India. The Vande Bharat Mission flight on November 6 has been rescheduled. Beijing has also barred entry of passengers from the UK and Philippines.
In a statement, China said, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hereby announced that China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals in India holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits. The Chinese Embassy/ Consulates in India will not stamp the Health Declaration Forms for the holders of the above-mentioned categories of visa or residence permits.”
“Foreigners holding Chinese diplomatic, service, courtesy and C visas are not affected. Foreigners with emergency or humanitarian needs to visit China, can submit visa application to the Chinese Embassy/ Consulates in India. The entry into China with visas issued after November 3rd, 2020 is not affected,” the statement read.
It added, “The suspension is a temporary measurement that China has to adopt to deal with the current pandemic. China will make further adjustment and announcement in accordance with the ongoing pandemic situation in a timely manner.”
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 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 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 five 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. Bangladesh was in talks with development partners, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, to secure funds for the vaccine, government officials said. Meanwhile, Sinovac Biotech’s late-stage trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine in Bangladesh has become uncertain after Dhaka refused to meet the Chinese company’s demand for co-funding.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 forces storied Rome barber to hang up his scissors
In nearly seven decades in the barber business, Luigi Pinzo has seen Italy go through some bad times, from myriad recessions to political assassinations, but it took the coronavirus to force him to hang up his scissors. Pinzo is 80. He first starting working in a hairdressers when he was 12, sweeping the floors and brushing down clients’ jackets, before going on to open his own barber shop in a well-to-do Rome neighbourhood in 1977. With a loyal roster of clients, Pinzo’s business was thriving until February when COVID-19 hit, keeping his patrons away and instilling a fear of infection. “People are staying at home and I am working a lot less, and then there is the fear. Given my age, I worry I could catch this virus at any moment,” said Pinzo, wearing his trademark lime green jacket. “It is sad, but that’s the way it is.” Business association Confcommercio estimates that up to 40% of shops in the capital Rome have been forced to close because of the pandemic, leaving streets dotted with empty windows.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UK minister warns of tough fines as England enters second lockdown
The UK government on Thursday reminded people about the tough fines in place over severe breaches as England entered its second stay-at-home lockdown in order to try and control the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections, expected to last at least until December 2. UK Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said that while the police forces of the country will continue to follow the principle of policing by consent, they would respond to “egregious breaches” and hand out fines where necessary. Under the legal requirements in place, people have been told to stay at home unless leaving for work if they can’t work from home or to shop for essentials or a form of daily exercise. All non-essential shops, pubs, bars, restaurants and gyms have been ordered to close and households are also banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens, unless in a so-called “support bubble”. There is a 200 pounds fine for each breach which doubles on every offence up to a maximum of 6,400 pounds and organisers of large gatherings face a 10,000 pounds fine.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Airbnb to make IPO filing next week, braving COVID-19 surge, says report
US home rental company Airbnb Inc plans to make its initial public offering (IPO) registration public as early next week, setting course for a stock market debut next month even as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The IPO filing will give outsiders their first detailed look into Airbnb’s business. It will shed light on the company’s reinvention after the virus outbreak pushed it to shift focus from city apartments to holiday home rentals. It has seen demand for house listings surge as vacationers snub hotels to practice social distancing during vacation breaks. The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with at least 102,591 new infections reported, according to a Reuters tally.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: New Delhi suffers most toxic air in a year, heightening coronavirus worries
New Delhi, the capital city with the worst air quality worldwide, suffered its most toxic day in a year on Thursday, recording the concentration of poisonous PM2.5 particles at 14 times over the World Health Organisation safe limit. A raging coronavirus epidemic, with more than 400,000 confirmed cases in the city of 20 million, has heightened alarm over the health hazard posed by the choking smog, with doctors warning of a sharp increase in respiratory illnesses. “At this time in Delhi, coronavirus and pollution are causing a major havoc,” Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s chief minister said in a recorded video on Twitter. “We are seeing all round the sky is covered with smoke, and because of this the situation from coronavirus is worsening.”
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Malaysia reports 1,009 new coronavirus cases, six deaths
Malaysia’s health ministry reported 1,009 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the total to 36,433 infections. The Southeast Asian country also recorded six new fatalities, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 277.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | COVID-19: Johns Hopkins, IIHMR University to offer online courses on ‘vaccine economics’
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has partnered with IIHMR University in Jaipur to offer two online courses on “vaccine economics” for policymakers and programme managers to educate them on optimising vaccine coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to IIHMR University, the courses have already received 400 applications, out of which 230 participants from the field of immunisation and vaccine delivery have been short-listed. The participants are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Somalia.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Another Odisha journalist dies of COVID-19
Another journalist died of COVID-19 in Odisha on Thursday. Prabir Pradhan, a senior reporter of an Odia news channel, died at a hospital in Bhubaneswar, his family said. He was 35. Pradhan, a native of Athamalik in Angul district, is survived by wife and a two-year-old daughter. His father, a retired police officer, had also succumbed to the infection a month ago. Pradhan had joined duty after completing the mandatory isolation period as his father was infected with the deadly virus.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Delhi govt to hold ‘Laxmi Puja’ this Diwali; Kejriwal asks Delhiites to join it from their homes
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the COVID-19 situation is deteriorating in Delhi due to the rising air pollution as he appealed to people not to burst firecrackers, and join him and his ministers instead in a ‘Laxmi Pujan’ programme to be organised by the AAP government this Diwali. Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said he along with his cabinet ministers will perform ‘Laxmi Pujan’ at 7.39 pm on November 14 and urged Delhiiites to join them from their homes by watching it on television and online mode and perform the rituals at the same time. The chief minister said that at present, Delhi has been facing two issues — the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising air pollution — and added that the AAP government is making all efforts to deal with the situation.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | TT veteran Amalraj recovers from COVID-19 but not to take part in training camp
Veteran table tennis player Anthony Amalraj, member of the bronze medal-winning men’s side at the 2018 Asian Games, has decided against joining his teammates at the ongoing national camp in Sonepat as a precautionary measure after recovering from COVID-19. Amalraj, also a two-time national champion, feared for his life in a Chennai hospital after contracting the virus last month. His parents also got infected, adding to the fear. However, all have recovered now with Amalraj being discharged from the hospital on October 25. “The training can wait. It was easily the worst week of my life when I was in the hospital. Luckily for me and my parents, we recovered quickly from the virus. We all know how deadly it can be. Grateful to god that we are okay now,” the 34-year-old told.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | 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. Read more here.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Active cases of COVID-19 less than 6 lakh for seven consecutive days: Health Ministry
The number of active cases of COVID-19 have been less than 6 lakh for seven consecutive days with 27 states and UTs having less than 20,000 active cases, the Health ministry said on Thursday. In a statement, the ministry said India continues to report a steady trend of declining active cases of COVID-19 which presently stands at 5,27,962.
“The active cases are less than 6 lakh for the last seven consecutive days. Twenty-seven states and UTs have less than 20,000 active cases and 10 states/UTs account for 78 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi and West Bengal together account for more than 51 per cent of the active cases,” it said.
The declining trend of the active cases is complemented by the unbroken increase, day on day number of recovered cases, the ministry said.
“The total recovered cases stand at 77,11,809. The gap between recovered cases and active cases has reached nearly 72 lakh (71,83,847). The national recovery rate has further improved to 92.20 percent,” it said.
Please don’t burst crackers at any cost. You’re playing with the lives of your own family by bursting crackers. On 14th Nov, 7.49 pm onwards, all 2 crores Delhi citizens will perform Laxmi Puja together. I’ll begin Puja which will be telecast live on TV: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/k4GEbJDNBV
— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2020
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | COVID-19 situation is deteriorating in Delhi due to rising air pollution, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to issue directions for banning the use of disinfectants and ultra violet rays on humans.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra’s Thane district reached 2,13,762 with the addition of 602 new cases of the viral infection, an official said today. The district also reported 13 deaths due to COVID-19 yesterday, taking the toll to 5,401, he said. There are currently 8,247 active coronavirus cases in the district, while 2,00,114 patients have recovered from the infection, he said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the district is 93.62 percent, while the mortality rate stands at 2.53 percent. (PTI)
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1,03,188 today as 301 more people tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 894, a health official told news agency PTI. Jharkhand now has 4,814 active coronavirus cases, while 97,480 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said.