Coronavirus News November 18 Highlights: India’s daily COVID-19 recoveries have outpaced the new infections for over 1.5 months now, while less than 50,000 fresh coronavirus cases have been reported for 11 straight days, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. A total of 44,739 COVID-19 patients recovered the previous day as against 38,617 new cases, it said.This translates to a net reduction of 6,122 in the active COVID-19 caseload which now stands at 4,46,805 and comprises merely 5.01 percent of the total cases as on date, it said. ”India has continued the unbroken trend of the daily new recoveries outpacing the daily new additions for more than 1.5 months. The country also reported less than 50,000 new daily cases for the eleventh continuous day,” the ministry said.
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Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Ladakh records 70 COVID-19 cases, tally climbs to 7,563
Ladakh reported 70 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 7,563, while 83 patients recovered during the past 24 hours, bringing down the active cases to 930, an official bulletin said on Wednesday. The union territory had recorded one more death due to COVID-19 from Leh district, taking the total number of deaths in Ladakh to 94 54 in Leh and 40 in Kargil district, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Bengal reports 3,668 new COVID-19 cases, 4,429 more recoveries
At least 3,668 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Bengal, raising the tally to 4,41,885, while 54 more fatalities pushed the toll to 7,820, a health department official said on Wednesday. As many as 4,429 people recuperated from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 4,07,769, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 178 new cases push Nagaland’s COVID-19 tally to 10,366
Nagaland on Wednesday reported 178 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 10,366, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said. The death of a COVID19 patient in Kohima during the day has increased the death toll to 58, Health Department Director Dr Denis Hangsing said in the daily COVID-19 bulletin.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Kerala adds 6,419 new COVID-19 cases, 7,066 recoveries
Kerala recorded 6,419 COVID19 positive cases on Wednesday and 7,066 recoveries while 69,394 people are undergoing treatment for the virus, which has so far claimed 1,943lives. In the last 24 hours, 67,369 samples were tested and the test positivity-rate was 9. 53 percent, Health minister K K Shailaja said in a press release.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Gujarat records 1,281 COVID-19 cases, 1,274 recoveries; 8 die
Gujarat reported 1,281 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking its COVID19 tally to 1,91,642, the state health department said. Eight more COVID19 patients died, raising the statewide fatalities to 3,823, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: CM Kejriwal calls all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss Delhi’s COVID-19 situation
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss the COVID19 situation in the national capital, which has been seeing a spurt in the number of cases in the last couple of weeks, officials said on Wednesday. They said leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP, Congress and other parties have been invited for the meeting.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UP’s COVID-19 tally rises to 5,16,616 with 2,390 fresh cases
Uttar Pradesh’s COVID19 case count mounted to 5,16,616 on Wednesday with 2,390 fresh infections, while the death toll climbed to 7,441 with 29 more fatalities, officials said. The number of active cases in the state stands at 21,954, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Singapore rolls out COVID-19 insurance coverage for travellers
Travellers arriving in Singapore would be able to purchase COVID-19 insurance cover up to 30,000 Singapore dollars during their stay in the country, a media report said on Wednesday. In a joint statement, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said that three insurance companies have developed the travel insurance products and it would cover coronavirus related cost incurred by the travellers during their stay in the country, The Straits Times reported, citing the government statement.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: HC refuses permission for Chhath Puja at public places
The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to interfere with AAP government’s decision to ban Chhath Puja celebrations at public places like ponds and riverbanks in the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The high court said the third wave of the infection was already underway in the national capital and allowing a large gathering would result in people becoming super spreaders. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad dismissed a petition by Durga Jan Seva Trust, challenging the November 10 order of chairman of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) not to allow any gathering in public places for Chhath Puja on November 20. The trust sought permission to hold a gathering of 1,000 people for Chhath Puja. To this, the bench remarked, Oh really! Today when the Delhi government is not allowing marriages with over 50 persons, you want only 1,000 persons. How come? The bench said the authorities passed the order after considering the spread of infection in Delhi and the petition was meritless. “In today’s day and time, such a petition is belied by the ground reality,” the bench said, adding that the petitioner should have taken into consideration the current circumstances in the city.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID deaths spike in Russia as infected governor sparks anger
A Russian regional governor’s decision to be treated for COVID-19 in a private Moscow clinic rather than in his own region drew public criticism on Wednesday, as Russia reported a new record daily high of 456 coronavirus-related deaths. The disparity in healthcare provision between the Russian capital and other regions is something that the Kremlin recognises. It has pumped extra resources into the regions, some of which have complained of staff, equipment and bed shortages, in an effort to narrow that gap. But in what some saw as a vote of no confidence in regional healthcare and as a sign that the elite always have access to better facilities than voters, Vladimir Sipyagin, governor of the Vladimir region, said on Facebook late on Tuesday that he had the virus and was being treated in a private Moscow clinic. He portrayed his decision as an altruistic one, saying he did not want to deprive someone of a hospital bed in his own region, about 180 kilometres (112 miles) east of Moscow.
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Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID deaths spike in Russia as infected governor sparks anger
A Russian regional governor’s decision to be treated for COVID19 in a private Moscow clinic rather than in his own region drew public criticism on Wednesday, as Russia reported a new record daily high of 456 coronavirus related deaths.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: HC refuses permission for Chhath Puja at public places as 3rd wave of COVID-19 underway
The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to interfere with AAP government’s decision to ban Chhath Puja celebrations at public places like ponds and riverbanks in the city due to the COVID19 pandemic. The high court said the third wave of the infection was already underway in the national capital and allowing a large gathering would result in people becoming super spreaders.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 39% of Kashmir’s population has COVID antibodies, says sero survey
A sero survey conducted in Kashmir has found that two out of every five people in the valley have developed antibodies against the coronavirus. The survey carried out in October found the highest prevalence of antibodies in Pulwama at 43.1 percent and the lowest in Kulgam at 28.5 percent.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Protein-based COVID vaccine candidates more suitable for India, scientists say
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Coronavirus News LIVE updates: LG approves Delhi govt’s proposal to allow only 50 people at weddings
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the AAP government’s proposal to allow only 50 people to attend wedding functions in the national capital, officials said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his government has decided to withdraw an order allowing 200 guests to attend weddings in the city, and sent the proposal to the LG for approval.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Railways providing coaches with 800 beds to Delhi for COVID-19 treatment, says MHA
As many as 45 doctors and 160 paramedics of the paramilitary forces have arrived in Delhi for deployment on COVID19 duties while the Railways will make available coaches with 800 beds at a station here to be used as COVID carecumisolation facilities, the MHA said on Wednesday. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is going to add 250 additional ICU beds to the existing 250 ICU beds in addition to creating 35 BIPAP beds in the next 3 to 4 days at its COVID19 hospital near the Delhi airport.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Zimbabwe shuts school after 100 students test positive for COVID-19
Zimbabwean authorities have closed a boarding school in the west of the country after at least 100 students tested positive for coronavirus, a state-owned newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak, sees lessons for COVID fight
Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of an almost six-month Ebola outbreak in the west of the country on Wednesday as health authorities looked to apply lessons from the successful response to the fight against COVID19 in Africa.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Pakistan allocates $100 million for advance procurement of COVID-19 vaccine
Pakistan has earmarked $100 million for advance payment to procure the coronavirus vaccine as and when it is available, as the number of COVID19 cases in the country reached 3,63,380 on Wednesday. The funds were approved for the initial purchase with the decision that vulnerable segments like senior citizens, health practitioners and those having chronic diseases will be given priority in treatment, according to a report in Dawn newspaper.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Bengaluru’s COVID-19 fatality rate lowest among major Indian cities, says Health Minister
Bengaluru’s COVID19 case fatality rate (1.1 percent) is the lowest among all major cities in the country, Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar K said on Wednesday. “With 3,36,880 recoveries and 17,707 active cases as on Tuesday, city’s recovery rate stands at a healthy 93.94 percent and active rate stands at 4.93 percent”, he tweeted.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Kenyans fear they’re on their own as COVID-19 surges again
A Kenyan doctor died of COVID19 over the weekend after no bed for him in an intensive care unit was available. Other doctors say they cannot afford the treatment they administer to COVID19 patients, yet many work while dangerously exposed without protection. Some health care workers organize fund drives for colleagues to pay medical bills.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Odisha reports 868 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities
Odisha’s COVID19 caseload mounted to 3,10,920 on Wednesday as 868 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Fifteen more patients succumbed to the infection, pushing the coastal state’s coronavirus death toll to 1,575, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Noida begins random COVID-19 tests at borders for people coming from Delhi
Gautam Buddh Nagar health officials were on Wednesday deployed at two key Noida Delhi borders where they started random COVID19 testing of people coming from the national capital. The random testing of inward coming people was announced by District Magistrate Suhas L Y on Tuesday after a meeting with senior administration and health officials amid a spike in COVID19 cases in Delhi.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 56 patients recover from COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, fresh cases at 36
For the fourth consecutive day COVID19 recoveries in Arunachal Pradesh surpassed fresh cases with 56 more patients being cured of the disease, a health department official said on Wednesday. The state registered 36 new coronavirus cases, including three healthcare workers, pushing the tally to 15,904, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Pondy reports no COVID-19 deaths for 5th consecutive day
No fresh coronavirus related deaths were reported in Puducherry for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday. However, 56 new infections were recorded, taking the total number of those infected by the virus to 36,465 in the union territory.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 541 new cases, 1,565 recoveries in Mumbai; 14 die
Mumbai reported 541 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its tally to 2,70,654, while more than 1,500 patients recovered from the infection, the city civic body said. On Monday, the financial capital had reported 409 cases, the lowest daily count in the past several months.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Surat district reports 180 new COVID-19 cases
Surat district in Gujarat on Tuesday reported 180 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the count of infections to 38,980, the state health department said. Three fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,041, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Maha reports 2,840 COVID-19 cases, 5,123 recoveries; 68 die
Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 17,52,509 with the addition of 2,840 new cases on Tuesday, while recoveries outstripped fresh infections with 5,123 patients discharged from hospitals, said the state health department. With 68 more COVID19 deaths, the state’s fatality count rose to 46,102, the department said in a statement.