Coronavirus Cases In India: Overall active cases now accounts for almost 13 per cent of total caseload
India added 73,272 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the data released by the Health Ministry this morning showed. The country also reported 926 Covid-related deaths during the period.
Total case tally now stands at 69,79,424 including 8,83,185 active cases, 59,88,823 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 1,07,416 deaths. India's recovery rate has increased marginally to 85.5 per cent while the death rate stands steady at 1.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, China on Friday claimed that the coronavirus broke out in the various parts of the world last year but it was the only one to have reported and acted first, refuting the widely-held view that the deadly contagion originated in Wuhan before turning out to be a pandemic.
China, besides denying the US allegations that COVID-19 has emerged from a bio-lab in Wuhan, also rejected that it emanated from a wet market in the central Chinese city from bats or pangolins before infecting humans.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that "the coronavirus is a new kind of virus as more and more facts emerge as reports reveal, we all know that the epidemic broke out in various places in the world at the end of last year, while China was the first to report the outbreak, identified the pathogen and shared the genome sequence with the world."
Here are the updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Coronavirus News: Assam's Kamakhya Temple To Reopen From Today
Kamakhya temple in Assam is set to open from today for devotees after months of remaining shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reported news agency ANI. "Kamakhya temple to open from tomorrow for devotees to perform 'parikrama'. The inner sanctum sanctorum will, however, remain closed," said Kamakhya Devalaya Management Committee. The committee said that the temple's Devalaya complex gate will remain open from 8 am till sunset. It further said that the maximum time allowed for each devotee will be 15 minutes.
Coronavirus News: Puducherry Reports 337 New COVID-19 Cases
Puducherry reported 337 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Saturday, reported news agency ANI. The total number of cases has risen to 31,233 including 559 deaths and 25,955 recoveries, its government said. Puducherry reported 411 discharges in the last 24 hours.
Coronavirus News: Schools In UP, Outside Containment Zones, To Reopen For Classes 9 To 12 From Oct 19
Uttar Pradesh on Saturday said schools for students of classes 9 to 12 will reopen from October 19 in the state, after remaining shut for over six months in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported news agency PTI. Classes will be held in shifts and all necessary protocols including social distancing and proper sanitisation of premises will have to be followed by schools, it said. Students will only be allowed to attend classes after furnishing written permission from their parents or guardians, the government said. After proper consideration by the government, it was decided that classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 of all boards outside containment zones will be resumed, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said in a statement.
25 More COVID-19 Deaths, 890 New Cases In Punjab
Twenty-five more deaths due to coronavirus pushed the death count to 3,798 while 890 cases took the infection tally to 1,23,317 in Punjab on Saturday.
Among the places which reported new cases included Mohali (125), Gurdaspur (109) and Jalandhar (77).
There are 9,752 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of now, according to the health department bulletin.
A total of 1,234 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, taking the number of cured persons to 1,09,767.
Forty-five critical patients are on ventilator support while 194 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said.
A total of 21,17,713 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, it said.
1,795 New Coronavirus Cases Reported In Pune District, 40 Deaths
Pune district reported 1,795 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total case count to 3,05,144, a health official said on Saturday evening.
The death count in the district reached 7,114 with 40 more COVID-19 deaths during this period, he added.
"Of 1,795 cases, 703 were from the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 1,53,600 patients so far. However, 1,117 patients were also discharged from city hospitals during the day," the official said.
With 440 new cases, tally in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation limits reached 83,433, he added
Uttarakhand reports 462 new COVID-19 cases today, taking total cases to 54,525 including 7,321 active cases, 46,186 recoveries and 734 deaths: State Health Department
Rajasthan records 2,123 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths today. The total cases in the state rise to 1,56,908, including 1,636 deaths, 1,33,918 recoveries and 21,354 active cases: Government of Rajasthan
Gujarat: Cinema halls in Ahmedabad gear up to resume operations as per the new guidelines issued by the central government amid COVID-19.
Cinema halls have been allowed to operate in the country with 50% seating from 15th October.
Covid Infections In Karnataka Breach 7-Lakh Mark With 10,517 Fresh Cases
The coronavirus infections in Karnataka breached the seven lakh mark with 10,517 fresh cases on Saturday whereas 102 fatalities took the death count to 9,891.
The cumulative count in the state now stood at 7,00,786 comprising 5,69,947 discharges including 8,337 today.
Active cases stood at 1,20,929 including 892 in the ICU.
There were as many as 1,12,770 tests done on Saturday including 48,403 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests taking the total tests done so far to 58.52 lakh, the health department said.
Bengaluru led the spike in cases with 4,563 fresh cases and 30 deaths.
Covid Recovery Rate Rises To 93.87 Per Cent In Bihar
The recovery rate of COVID patients rose to 93.87 per cent in Bihar on Saturday, while 1140 fresh cases took the tally of positive cases to 1,94,965 in the state, health department bulletin said.
Bihar reported 10 fresh COVID casualties in the past 24 hours, taking the death count to 944, the bulletin said.
A total of 1226 people were cured of the contagion disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 1,83,007.
The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stood at 93.87 per cent Saturday, marginally up from 93.79 on Friday, it said.
The state has total 11,014 active cases of coronavirus at present.
176 New Coronavirus Cases In Ahmedabad, 4 Deaths
Ahmedabad reported 176 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking its infection tally to 38,736, the Gujarat health department said.
With four deaths, highest for any district in the state during the day, the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the district rose to 1,861.
Recoveries outnumbered new cases in the district with 205 patients getting discharged, raising the number of recovered cases to 33,342, the official release said.
Against 163 new cases, Ahmedabad city reported 185 recoveries. The rural parts of the district reported 13 new cases and 20 recoveries.
All the four deaths were reported in the city, said the release.
Bengal Logs Record 3,591 Covid Cases, 62 Deaths
The COVID-19 tally in West Bengal mounted to 2,91,194 on Saturday after the state reported the highest single-day spike of 3,591 fresh cases, the health department said in a bulletin.
The death count rose to 5,563 after 62 more people died due to the disease.
The bulletin also said that 3,032 patients were cured of the infection in the last 24 hours and the discharge rate is now 87.86 per cent.
The state now has 29,793 active cases.
Since Friday, 42,855 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the state.
Delhi Records 48 More Covid Deaths, Taking Count To 5,740; Infection Tally At 3.06 Lakh
The national capital recorded 48 COVID-19 fatalities on Saturday, taking the death count to 5,740, while 2,866 fresh cases took the infection tally to over 3.06 lakh, authorities said.
On September 29 as well, 48 fatalities were reported in the city, the highest number of deaths recorded in a day since July 16, when Delhi recorded 58 fatalities.
The 2,866 fresh cases came out of the 49,736 tests conducted the previous day.
Forty-eight more fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 5,740, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.
The tally of active cases on Saturday rose to 22,007 from at 21,955 the previous day. The total number of cases has climbed to 3,06,559, the bulletin added.
Gujarat's coronavirus tally rises to 1,50,415 with 1,221 new cases; death count reaches 3,560 with ten more fatalities: Health Department
Maharashtra reports 11,416 new coronavirus cases, taking tally to 15,17,434; death count in state reaches 40,040 with 308 new fatalities, news agency PTI reported quoting official
5,242 Fresh Covid Cases In Tamil Nadu, Recoveries Near 6-Lakh Mark
Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded 5,242 new COVID-19 cases and 67 fatalities taking the infection count to 6,51,370 and death count to 10,187.
Recoveries neared the six-lakh-mark with 5,222 people walking out of various healthcare institutions, taking the cumulative recoveries to 5,97,033 till date, a health department bulletin said.
Active cases, including those in isolation, stood at 44,150.
With focus on stepping up testing of the samples by the government, 91,191 samples were examined today aggregating 82,32,725 so far.
Tamil Nadu does not use Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests (RADT) and all tests are RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction based).
5,653 new COVID-19 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the state is now at 7,50,517 including 46,624 active cases, 6,97,699 recoveries and 6,194 deaths so far: State Government
Karnataka Stops Vidhyagama Program To Prevent Possible Covid Spread
The Vidhyagama program of Karnataka's Education Department will be stopped for the time being after receiving suggestions by education experts, teachers and parents, said S Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister on Saturday.
The decision has been taken by the education department and State Government after some students tested positive in Kalburgi and Belagavi districts.
Meanwhile, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy slammed the State Government over starting the Vidhyagama program.
Some teachers, parents, education experts also requested the Karnataka Government not to start any such program which can lead to a "disaster".
So, after considering all the suggestions, the government took the decision to stop the Vidhyagama program.
This program was launched by the State Government to ensure that students do not suffer amid COVID-19 and their classes are not disrupted. It involves primary school teachers visiting villagers and teaching students in small groups in open spaces including temples while maintaining physical distancing.
3,099 Fresh Covid Cases Take UP's Tally To 4,33,712; Death Count At 6,353
The COVID-19 death count in Uttar Pradesh rose to 6,353 on Saturday with 60 more fatalities, while 3,099 fresh cases took the infection tally in the state to 4,33,712, officials said.
The number of active COVID-19 cases has seen a continuous fall and it has now come down to 40,210, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.
Of these, 18,654 are presently in home isolation and 3,116 are in private hospitals, he said.
The number of those who have fully recovered from the infection and are getting discharged from hospitals has now risen to 3,87,149, taking the recovery rate to 89.26 per cent, he said.
So far, 6,353 people have died due to the virus, he said.
Patnitop Ropeway In J&K Starts Commercial Operations After Being Closed For 6 Months Due To Pandemic
The Patnitop ropeway in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday started weekend commercial operations after being closed for over six months due to coronavirus pandemic.
The Empyrean Skyview Project is India's highest ropeway in terms of ground clearance of over 65 meters and the largest Indo-French collaboration in mountain infrastructure development. It was built in a record time of 2.4 years under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, officials said.
The ropeway started its commercial operations on July 20 last year.
Chhattisgarh: COVID-19 Ward Flooded In Ambikapur Medical Collage Due To Heavy Rains
The COVID-19 isolation ward of Ambikapur Medical College was flooded after heavy rains caused severe waterlogging in the hospital.
"The drainage system can handle regular water flow and operates very systematically. But the ward simply got flooded for a while due to heavy rain," according to Dr Ajay Tirkey, Ambikapur city Mayor.
Staff nurses, including doctors, were seen struggling to drain the water from inside the COVID-19 ward.
Ambikapur Medical College was recently recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
UK Plans New 3-Tier System Of Covid Lockdown Measures
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a new three-tier system of measures alongside local regions across the country being handed greater decision-making powers as part of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The new so-called "traffic light" system, to be laid out in the House of Commons on Monday, will see the most severe measures imposed for areas of England fall within the third tier and people being ordered not to have any social contact with anyone outside their household together with the expected closures of pubs, bars and restaurants where some of the highest numbers of cases are occurring.
Tier one is likely to see people expected to follow the "rule of six" on gatherings and maintain social distancing. Tier two could ban households from mixing in homes, gardens, pubs, bars or restaurants.
According to a letter seen by the BBC, the details of each tier, including the level of infection at which an area would qualify for it and the nature of the restrictions, are being debated this weekend.
Jharkhand Reports 768 Covid Cases, 6 Fresh Fatalities
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 91,254 on Saturday as 768 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
Six more patients died due to the infection, taking the state's coronavirus death count to 781, he said.
Jharkhand now has 8,819 active coronavirus cases, while 81,654 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said.
The state has tested 30,524 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, he added.
Active Covid Cases Below 9 Lakh For 2nd Consecutive Day
India's active COVID-19 cases remained below the nine-lakh mark for a second consecutive day and now constitute merely 12.65 per cent of the total caseload, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday.
The total COVID-19 recoveries have gone nearly up 60 lakhs (59,88,822) now, further increasing the difference with respect to the active cases, it highlighted.
"There are 8,83,185 active cases of COVID-19 which constitute merely 12.65 per cent of the total cases of the country. These are nearly 1/8th of the total cases in the country," the ministry underlined.
"For the second day after the active cases dropped below the 9 lakh mark after a month, the progressive decline continues," it said.
The national COVID-19 recovery rate has progressed to 85.81 per cent, it said.
With Over 58,000 New Infections, US Covid Cases Hit 2-Month High
New cases of COVID-19 in the United States hit a two-month high on Friday with over 58,000 infections of the new coronavirus reported and hospitalizations in the Midwest at record levels for a fifth day in a row, according to a Reuters analysis.
Ten of the 50 states reported record one-day rises in cases on Friday, including the Midwestern states of Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio. Wisconsin and Illinois recorded over 3,000 new cases for a second day in a row - a two-day trend not seen even during the height of the previous outbreak in the spring, according to Reuters data.
The Western states of Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming also reported their biggest one-day jumps in cases, as did Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Nineteen states have seen record increases in new cases so far in October.
Odisha reports 2,854 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total case tally to 2,49,693 out of which 28,246 are active cases. The state has recorded 1,006 deaths, including 15 in the last 24 hours.
127 police personnel tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total positive cases to 24,862 in the force, including 22,300 recoveries, 2,303 active cases, and 259 deaths: Maharashtra Police
Tripura Reports 171 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Fatalities
At least 171 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Saturday, pushing the tally in the state to 28,153 a health department official said.
The COVID-19 death count rose to 310 with two more deaths due to the infection, he said.
West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 168 of the 310 COVID-19 deaths, the official said.
Tripura currently has 4,042 active coronavirus cases, while 23,778 people have recovered from the disease and 23 patients have migrated to other states, the official said.
At least 327 patients were discharged from G B Pant hospital, the main referral hospital for the COVID19 patients, on Friday as they had recovered from the disease, he said.
As many as 4,11,570 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, he added.
1,800 new cases in Telangana in 24 hours
Telangana recorded 1,811 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Saturday.
With this spike in COVID-19 cases, the total number of people infected with the virus in the state reached 2,10,346, including 26,104 active cases and 1,83,025 recoveries.
As many as 2,072 people recovered from the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. While the recovery rate now stands at 87.01 per cent, the death rate is at 0.57 per cent.
Delhi has reported less than 3,000 daily cases for the last nine days, says Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
Odisha's COVID-19 toll crosses 1,000-mark
Odisha's COVID-19 toll crossed the 1,000-mark on Saturday with 15 more deaths, while 2,854 new cases were reported, a Health Department official said.
The number of dead rose to 1,006 with the latest fatalities, which included five persons from the Khurda district and two from Cuttack.
Coronavirus: 73,272 new cases, 926 deaths recorded in 24 hours; 69,79,423 cases, over 1.07 lakh fatalities reported so far
India's COVID-19 tally inched closer to the 70-lakh mark as the country reported 73,272 new cases of coronavirus and 926 deaths in the last 24 hours, shows the Health Ministry data released this morning. A total of 82,753 people also successfully fought off the viral disease and were discharged in this period. India's recovery rate increased marginally to 85.8 per cent, death rate stood steady at 1.5 per cent and daily positivity rate increased marginally to 6.3 per cent as more than 11.6 lakh tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. As per the government's "test, track and treat" policy more than 8.5 crore tests have been conducted in India till now, the Health Ministry tweeted."
One Covid death reported in Puducherry, 337 new cases
Puducherry registered one more death due to coronavirus on Saturday, raising the toll to 559 in the union territory.
Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that a 62 year old woman hailing from neighbouring Vanrapet village succumbed to the infection. Total patients discharged during the last 24 hours from hospitals stood at 411.
Ladakh records 85 new COVID-19 cases; 346 patients cured
The Union Territory of Ladakh reported 85 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the virus caseload to 4,987, an official bulletin said on Saturday.
With 346 more patients cured of the infection, the number of active cases in the region dropped to 1,038 -- 772 in Leh district and 266 in Kargil district, the bulletin released by the directorate of health services said.
Mizoram reports 5 new COVID-19 cases; tally rises to 2,162
Mizoram reported five new cases, pushing the state's coronavirus caseload to 2,162, an official said on Saturday.
Two new cases were reported from Aizawl district, one from Lawngtlai district and two from Kolasib district, he said.
Covid death rate in Kerala is 0.36 per cent, says state Health minister
Though Kerala is witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases of late, there is a silver lining as the mortality rate was only 0.36 per cent, Health Minister K K Shailaja has said.
"In the end all that matters is how we reduce the mortality rate. How many lives we could save. That''s our aim. Our mortality rate is still below 0.4 per cent. The mortality rate of 0.36 is the best among the world," Ms Shailaja noted.
Hathras Rape Victim's Family Refused To Undergo Covid Tests: Doctor
A team of medical experts who visited the family of 20-year-old woman who was allegedly gang raped and murdered in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh was not allowed to take medical examination of a family member who reportedly had Covid-related symptoms, a doctor who was part of the team said. All members of the family refused to undergo Covid tests, he added.
The team had visited the family in Hathras after they received complaint that the family member was having symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough and fever, he said. (Read full story here)
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Brazil nears 150,000 coronavirus deaths
Brazil reported 682 additional coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 27,444 new cases, the nation's Health Ministry said.
The South American country has now registered 5,055,888 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 149,639 total deaths
24 new cases push Covid tally of Andamans to 3,976
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the coronavirus caseload in the Union territory to 3,976, an official said.
Twenty-one of the new cases were detected during contact tracing while three patients have travel history, he said.
12,134 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra
Maharashtra reported 12,134 new COVID-19 cases, 302 deaths and 17,323 discharges on Friday, according to the State Health Department.
The total cases in the state have risen to 15,06,018, including 39,732 deaths and 12,29,339 discharges.
Active cases stand at 2,36,491, the State Health Department said.
Masks, 6-feet distancing must at Bihar election rallies: Government
Masks will be a must for attending political rallies in Bihar which is preparing to hold assembly elections later this month, the state government has said. In a set of guidelines issued by the home department, masks have been made mandatory at all indoor and outdoor rallies along with a cap of 200 people in closed halls and six feet of social distancing.
Leaders have been asked to avoid hugging, shaking hands and organisers have been asked to ensure availability of paper napkins and proper santisation of the venues. (Read full story here
Coronavirus news: Kerala reports 9,250 new coronavirus cases
Kerala on Friday reported 9,250 new coronavirus cases, taking the number of active patients to 91,756 in the state, according to the State government.
A total of 1,75,304 patients have recovered from the infection.
Latin America, Caribbean will suffer the worst from Covid: World Bank
Latin America and the Caribbean will suffer the worst economic and health impact from the coronavirus, the World Bank said in forecasting a nearly 8.0 percent drop in regional GDP.
"Our region is suffering the worst economic and health impacts of Covid-19 of anywhere in the world," according to Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, the Bank's regional vice president.
According to the government figures, total Covid cases in India now stand at 69,06,151, including 8,93,592 active cases, 59,06,069 recoveries and 1,06,490 total deaths. India's recovery rate has increased marginally to 85.5 per cent while the death rate stands steady at 1.5 per cent.
India recorded 70,496 fresh cases of coronavirus and 964 deaths on Friday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 69 lakh, according to the Health Ministry data. 78,365 people successfully fought off the viral disease on Friday, bringing down the overall active cases to almost 13 per cent of the total caseload.