This Article is From Oct 14, 2020

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Over 55,000 Covid Cases In 24 Hours, Lowest In Nearly 2 Months

Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Total case tally now stands at 71,75,880 including 8,38,729 active cases, 62,27,295 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 1,09,856 deaths.

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Over 55,000 Covid Cases In 24 Hours, Lowest In Nearly 2 Months

Coronavirus cases in India: The recovery rate now stands at 86.78 per cent.

New Delhi:

The downward trend in India's coronavirus cases continues as 55,342 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours taking the country's Covid tally past 71.75 lakh, shows data shared by the Health Ministry this morning. 

This is the first time since August 18 (55,079) that India has reported around 55,000 cases in a day, and second day when the total new infections were under 70,000 since the September surge of around 90,000 cases a day. With 77,760 new recoveries, active cases have further come down to 8.38 lakh. The total number of fatalities associated with the viral infection shot to 1,09,856 with 706 people succumbing to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said that a vaccine against coronavirus is expected to be available in India by early next year and there could be vaccines from more than one source.

"We're expecting that early next year, we should have vaccine in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are already formulating and devising strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccines in the country, who do we give the vaccine first and then of course we are strengthening the cold chain facilities," Dr Harsh Vardhan said during a meeting of the Group of Ministers.

Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

Oct 14, 2020 05:02 (IST)
World Bank Approves $12 Billion For Developing Countries To Finance COVID-19 Vaccines
The World Bank said Tuesday that it approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments.
Oct 14, 2020 04:28 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 1,341 Cases, 46 Deaths In Pune, 998 Discharged On Tuesday
The COVID-19 caseload of Pune district increased by 1,341 on Tuesday to reach 3,09,193, while 46 deaths during this period took the death count to 7,250, an official said, reported news agency PTI. 998 persons were discharged as well, he added. Pune city now has 1,55,067 cases, which is an increase of 486 in 24 hours, while the count reached 84,275 in Pimpri Chinchwad after 244 people were detected with the infection, the official said.
Oct 14, 2020 03:13 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Assam Logs 4 COVID Deaths, Lowest Single-Day Fatality Count In 3 Months
Assam reported four more COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, the lowest single-day death count in three months, taking the total number of casualties due to the disease to 830, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, reported news agency PTI. The state's tally went up to 1,96,786 after 1,482 fresh positive cases were detected. Assam also recorded the recovery 1,020 patients taking the number of cured people to 1,67,056, the minister said. "Deeply saddened to share the demise of four COVID patients.......Condolences to all bereaved families and friends", Mr Sarma tweeted.
Oct 14, 2020 01:24 (IST)
Delhi's Hindu Rao Hospital Removed From List Of Designated COVID Hospital
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)-run Hindu Rao Hospital, where resident doctors are agitating over non-payment of salaries, was on Tuesday removed from the list of designated COVID-19 hospitals in Delhi.
Oct 14, 2020 00:00 (IST)
Another Himachal Minister Tests COVID-19 Positive
Himachal Pradesh Technical Education Minister Ram Lal Markanda said on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

He is the fifth minister, including Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, and 12th MLA in the 68-member Assembly to have contracted the virus.

In a post on social media, Mr Markanda stated that he tested positive as he had developed some symptoms after coming in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

"I have isolated myself at my official residence on doctors'' advice," he added.
Oct 13, 2020 23:37 (IST)
Dr Reddy's Reapplies For Phases 2,3 Clinical Trials Of Russian Covid Vaccine: Report
The Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories has reapplied to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking permission to conduct combined phases 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India.

The firm has now submitted a revised protocol for carrying out the clinical trials, sources told PTI.

The Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on October 5 had deliberated on the application put up by the firm and had asked it to re-apply stating it will have to conduct both phases 2 and 3 clinical trials and cannot directly hold phase-3 trial for the vaccine in India.

The pharmaceutical company had applied to the DCGI seeking permission to conduct phase 3 human clinical trials of the potential vaccine against the coronavirus infection.

The Indian pharma giant has collaborated with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine as well as its distribution.
Oct 13, 2020 23:04 (IST)
47 Per Cent COVID-19 Deaths In India Aged Below 60 Years: Centre
About 47 per cent of the COVID-19 deaths in the country have been recorded among those aged below 60 years, the Centre said on Tuesday and cautioned against any laxity towards taking precautions, stating that respiratory diseases escalate in winter.

Addressing a press briefing, Secretary in the Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said about 70 per cent COVID-19 victims in the country have been men and 30 per cent women.

About 53 per cent of the victims were aged 60 years and above, he said, reiterating that elderly people and those with comorbidities are at high risk.

"Also, 35 per cent deaths were recorded in the age group of 45-60 years, 10 per cent in the age group of 26-44 years and one per cent each in the age group of 18-25 years and below 17 years," Mr Bhushan said.

Providing data on the case fatality rate among different age groups -- with and without comorbidities -- he said in the age group of 60 years and above, 24.6 per cent of the victims had comorbidities while 4.8 per cent had no comorbidity.

In the age group of 45-60 years, 13.9 per cent of the victims had comorbidities while 1.5 per cent had no comorbidity.

Among the patients aged below 45 years, those with comorbidities accounted for 8.8 per cent of the fatalities while 0.2 per cent did not have any comorbidity.


Oct 13, 2020 22:37 (IST)
COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan Cautions People To Be More Careful During Festive Season
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday cautioned people to be more careful and take the necessary precautions against coronavirus ahead of the festive season, saying the respiratory virus could show its effect more rapidly during the winters.

He said social distancing, wearing masks and repeatedly washing hands are crucial to prevent spread of the virus.

Mr Vardhan said if the necessary precautions are taken by people, then the chain of transmission of the virus will break.

"The next 2-3 months will have festivals and coincide with the winter season. As you are aware, the...respiratory virus could show its effect more rapidly during the winter," he said.

Mr Vardhan, who is also the Science and Technology minister in addition to being the country''s health minister, was addressing the directors of the institutes under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

He said if people act carelessly and forget about precautions while celebrating festivals, then COVID-related problems can aggravate.

"If we want to win the war against COVID-19, then precautions are very important," he said.
Oct 13, 2020 21:50 (IST)
Maharashtra Adds 8,522 New Covid Cases, 15,356 Recover; 187 Die
The number of fresh COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra remained below 10,000 on the second consecutive day on Tuesday, state health department said.

A day after reporting 7,089 COVID-19 cases, the state has added 8,522 new infections, taking the total tally to 15,43,837, it said.

With 187 deaths, the cumulative count went up to 40,701, a health official said.

A total of 15,356 patients were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the count of recoveries to 12,97,252.

The state is now left with 2,05,415 active cases.

With 1,325 new cases, Mumbai city's tally rose to 2,32,391, while the fatality count increased by 38 to 9,507, the health department said.
Oct 13, 2020 21:21 (IST)
We Have To Be More Careful About COVID-19 In Winter: NITI Aayog
There is a stabilization in the impact of COVID-19 in the country, but we have to be more careful in our hygiene practices as it is a respiratory virus and most respiratory viruses escalate during winter, said Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Health Ministry press briefing here, Dr Paul said, "But we have to be prepared and strictly follow Covid preventive measures. In European countries, the second peak is seen, so we have to be extra cautious. This is also a festive season. There are gatherings. And it is a favourable condition for the virus to create super spreader events."

He said that people in the country don't have to create such a situation which will be counterproductive. "We don't have to create such a situation which is not in our benefit. We have to follow this Jan Andolan for Covid precautionary measures," he said.

On the issue of preventing the virus, Dr Paul reiterated the need to wear masks to prevent transmission of the infection.

"The three-ply masks and homemade masks are beneficial for preventing the transmission of COVID-19. N95 masks are beneficial for health workers working in hospitals while surgical masks are effective in general practice use," he said.
Oct 13, 2020 21:03 (IST)
Centre Has Sufficient Financial Resources To Procure 400-500 Million Doses Of Covid Vaccine: Health Ministry
The Central Government has sufficient financial resources available to procure at least 400-500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, said Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary on Tuesday.

Responding to a query about COVID procurement by next year, Bhushan informed that various countries in the world have explored different options for extending financial support.

"The first one is-- advanced market commitments by different countries. The second one is-- providing financial help to vaccine manufacturers in terms of conducting their Research & Development (R&D). This financial support may not come directly from the government but from financial institutions. These are some of the international models."

Speaking about India's strategy, Mr Bhushan said: "In India, through Department of Bio-Technology (DBT)-- Direct Financial Assistance is being provided already to designated vaccine manufacturers to assist in R&D including presently pre-clinical trials and may get extended clinical trials also. The other options are also on the table under active consideration of the government."

Going ahead for the price of single and double dose coronavirus vaccine respectively is still evolving, said the official.
Oct 13, 2020 20:22 (IST)
1,081 new COVID-19 cases, 1,154 discharges, and 9 deaths reported in Haryana today, taking active cases to 10,319 and death count to 1,601: State Health Department
Oct 13, 2020 19:59 (IST)
"Jan Andolan" Launched To Spread Awareness About Precautions Against Covid
In view of reopening of economic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an intensive "jan andolan" has been launched to spread awareness among people about precautions against the virus, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said on Tuesday.

During a joint press briefing with the Ministry of Health and Niti Aayog, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting secretary Amit Khare said within its first week of launch, the ''jan andolan'' campaign garnered 2.33 billion impressions and trended on Twitter with the hashtag "Unite2fightCorona".

"I would like to thank the media on behalf of the ministry for its valuable contribution in spreading information about COVID-19 in the country. I do feel and appreciate that the media has been prominent in taking the message of precautionary steps to be taken against COVID-19 throughout the country. It has played a very important role," Mr Khare said.

He said that the winter season and religious and other festivities are approaching and the economy is also opening up, hence, precautions were essential.
Oct 13, 2020 19:39 (IST)
71 new positive cases and 5 deaths reported in Chandigarh today. The total number of positive cases now stands at 13,331 including 1,127 active cases, 12,007 recoveries and 197 deaths: UT Administration
Oct 13, 2020 19:19 (IST)
Kerala's COVID-19 Count Crosses 3-Lakh Mark With 8,764 Fresh Cases
Kerala's COVID-19 crossed the three lakh mark on Tuesday as 8,764 fresh cases were added and the death toll mounted to 1,046 with 21 more fatalities.

The total Covid cases in the state touched 3,01,896 with the addition of the new cases,Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters.

In the last 24 hours, 48,253 samples were sent for testing and 7,723 returned negative.

According to the chief minister, 36,76,682 samples have been sent for testing so far.

The total recoveries have climbed to 2,07,357 while 95,407 are undergoing treatment for the infection, Mr Vijayan said.

Four districts reported over 1000 cases-- Malappuram recorded the highest with 1,139 cases followed by Ernakulam (1,122), Kozhikode (1,113) and Thrissur (1,010).

The death count mounted to 1,046 with 21 more deaths being added to the tally.
Oct 13, 2020 18:56 (IST)
Delhi records 45 new COVID-19 fatalities, taking death count to 5,854; tally climbs to 3.14 lakh with 3,036 fresh cases, news agency PTI reported quoting authorities
Oct 13, 2020 18:40 (IST)
Mizoram Reports 18 New Covid Cases
Mizoram on Tuesday reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, taking the state's tally to 2,202, according to an official statement.

Among those who tested positive in the last 24 hours are six Army personnel stationed at Vairengte on the Mizoram-Assam border, it said.

Besides, five personnel of the Assam Rifles posted in Lunglei were also diagnosed with COVID-19, the statement issued by the Information and Public Relations Department said.

The Armymen will be sent to a military hospital in Assam for treatment, it said.

Two employees of Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte are also among the fresh cases, it said.

There are 156 active cases in the state at present, while 2,046 people have recovered.

Mizoram has so far tested 89,795 samples for COVID-19, it said. The state has not reported any fatality related to the coronavirus.
Oct 13, 2020 18:14 (IST)
47 Per Cent Of COVID-19 Deaths Registered Among Those Aged Below 60 Years: Health Ministry
About 47 per cent of COVID-19 deaths have been recorded among those aged below 60 years, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press briefing, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said about 70 per cent COVID-19 deaths have been of male patients while 30 per cent of fatalities from the infection has been reported in females.

"About 53 per cent COVID-19 deaths registered among those aged 60 and above, 35 per cent in 45-60 years, 10 per cent in 26-44 years and 1 per cent each in the age-group 18-25 years and below 17 years," Mr Bhushan said.

Providing data on case fatality rate among different age groups - with and without comorbidities, he said in the age group of 60 years and above, 24.6 per cent of deaths were of people with comorbidities while 4.8 per cent were of those without comorbidities.

In the age group of 45-60 years, 13.9 per cent of deaths were of patients with comorbidities while 1.5 per cent were of those without comorbidities, he said.

In the age group of less than 45 years, people with comorbidities constituted 8.8 per cent of deaths while 0.2 per cent didn't have any comorbidities, he said.

The overall case fatality rate of people with comorbidities stood at 17.9 per cent and 1.2 per cent for those without comorbidities.
Oct 13, 2020 17:55 (IST)
Puducherry records 268 new COVID-19 cases, 310 discharges & 2 deaths today. Total cases in the Union Territory rise to 32,004, including 4,572 active cases, 26,865 recoveries & 567 deaths: Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Puducherry
Oct 13, 2020 17:41 (IST)
Hindu Rao Hospital Removed From List Of Designated COVID-19 Facilities
The civic-run Hindu Rao Hospital, where resident doctors are agitating over unpaid salaries, was on Tuesday removed from the list of designated COVID-19 facilities in Delhi.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the Delhi government's health department said, Bara Hindu Rao Hospital was declared a designated hospital on June 14 in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases then.

"A request has been received from the Commissioner, North Delhi Municipal Corporation for converting the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital to a non-COVID hospital," the order said.

"The matter has been examined and in view of the low average bed occupancy of the hospital and request received from the NDMC, the hospital is being removed from the list of designated COVID-19 hospitals with immediate effect," the order said.

The Delhi government on Saturday had ordered shifting of COVID-19 patients from the civic-run hospital to its own facilities.

The move to shift patients had come a day after the resident doctors of the hospital went on a "symbolic indefinite strike" over their salaries remaining unpaid for the past three months.

Seventeen patients were shifted to LNJP Hospital and three to Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, while there in ICU were retained.
Oct 13, 2020 17:20 (IST)
Dharavi Reports 10 Fresh COVID-19 Cases
A day after reporting five COVID-19 cases, which were the lowest in over a month, Dharavi slum on Tuesday added ten new infections, taking its tally to 3,346, a Mumbai civic body official said.

2,882 of the 3,346 patients have already been recovered from the viral infection, he said, adding that the densely-populated slum colony is left with 162 active cases.

The last time Dharavi reported the lowest number of cases was on September 7 when it added five infections.

The slum sprawl, once a COVID-19 hotspot, reported fresh cases in double digits on most of the days in September.
Oct 13, 2020 16:56 (IST)
UP's Covid Situation Shows Signs Of Improvement; Active Cases Come Down
There has been a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh for the last 26 days, with the number of active cases less than those discharged from hospital, a senior official said here on Tuesday.

According to Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health Amit Mohan Prasad, the number of active cases in the state is 38,082.

The number of those treated and discharged is 3,97,570, while 6,466 people have died due to the disease.

So far, 1,21,92,619 tests have been done in the state.

"In the past 24 hours, the state had 3,033 fresh cases while in the same period 3,662 people were discharged," he told reporters.

On Monday, 1,51,367 samples were tested in UP, Mr Prasad said.

"There were 29 fresh deaths in the state since Monday. The state is witnessing a downtrend in the number of cases from the past 26 days and there is a 44 per cent decline in the number of active cases in this period," the official said.

The recovery rate of the state is now 90 per cent while among the active cases 17,162 are in home isolation, the official said.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a maximum of 781 people have died due to the virus in Lucknow, followed by 703 in Kanpur and 302 from Prayagraj. 
Oct 13, 2020 16:46 (IST)
14 States and Union Territories have higher Test Per Million and lower positivity rate than India average: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry

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Oct 13, 2020 16:32 (IST)
COVID-19 positivity rate in India is on a constant downward trend - cumulative positivity rate at 8.07%, weekly rate at 6.24% and daily rate at 5.16%: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry

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Oct 13, 2020 16:18 (IST)
India's COVID-19 recoveries cross 62 lakhs; highest in the world. Active cases are below 9 lakhs for the 5th consecutive day: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry

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Oct 13, 2020 16:03 (IST)
ASEAN-India Summit Focuses On Cyber Security During Covid Pandemic
The 2nd ASEAN-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Cyber Issues held virtually focused upon cooperation and security in the digital and cyber domain in the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the "digitization" and "cyberization" of engagements - work from Home has become a new norm. There is a greater dependence on digital payment platforms due to reduced cash handling. Presence on social media has also increased.

It was discussed in the meeting that with increased interconnectedness, the dangers related to cybercrime is also on the rise. COVID-19 related frauds, phishing campaigns, and online sale of fake medical supplies and PPEs are on the rise too.

Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in External Affairs Ministry highlighted the dangers involved with cybercrimes.

"Increased dependence on digital technologies has created both pressures and opportunities for creative policy solutions and regional collaboration to foster a secure, resilient and equitable cyberspace," he said.

In view of the lurking dangers involved with it, Mr Singh laid stress on the enhanced need to formulate and implement measures for securing cyber domain from the malicious actors.
Oct 13, 2020 15:45 (IST)
COVID-29 Graph In Assam Starts Flattening: Health Minister
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday claimed that the COVID-19 curve in the state has started flattening with constant fall in the positivity rate of coronavirus cases.

The positivity ratio has come down to 5.8 per cent on October 4 from a high of 9 per cent in September, he said.

"There had been a constant decline in the positivity rate last week and it reached a low of 1.8 per cent on Monday," Mr Sarma said, adding that the absolute number of new cases has also been falling, while the recovery ratio is currently at over 85 per cent.

"These were important developments during the last 15 days and we can claim that the flattening of the COVID graph has started.

"We continue to remain vigilant and careful for a few more days. If this trend continues, we will be sure to win the fight against the virus," he said.

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of samples testing coronavirus positive from the total number of samples.

The state has conducted more than 40 lakh tests including six lakh in Guwahati, so far, he said.
Oct 13, 2020 15:25 (IST)
Health Ministry issues guidelines for co-infection management of COVID-19 with seasonal epidemic-prone diseases

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday issued guidelines for the management of co-infection of COVID-19 with other seasonal epidemic-prone diseases.

With the aim of providing clear guidelines on prevention and treatment of co-infections of coronavirus with other diseases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, "As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) case definition, a COVID case may present with acute onset of fever and cough, or, acute onset of any three or more of the following signs or symptoms: fever, cough, general weakness or fatigue, headache, myalgia, sore throat, coryza, dyspnoea, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, altered mental status."

"This case definition, although sensitive, is not very specific. Seasonal epidemic prone diseases, as cited in the foregoing paragraphs may all present as febrile illness, with symptoms that mimic COVID-19. If there is a co-infection, then apart from the febrile illness there may be constellation of signs and symptoms that may lead to difficulty in diagnosis. A comparative analysis of disease onset, symptoms, signs, warning signs, complications and diagnosis is given at Annexure," the ministry added.
Oct 13, 2020 15:16 (IST)
Ladakh records 70 new COVID-19 cases; 89 more patients recover

Ladakh reported 70 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the union territory's caseload to 5,151, an official bulletin said.

All the new cases were detected in Leh district during the past 24 hours, it said.

Eighty-nine more patients were discharged from different hospitals on Monday. Seven out of them were from Kargil district and 82 from Leh.

So far, 4,126 COVID-19 patients have recovered, while 961 others are undergoing treatment.

The number of COVID-19 fatality in Ladakh stands at 64.
Oct 13, 2020 14:10 (IST)
Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche rolling out high-volume rapid Covid-19 test by year-end

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Tuesday it would produce a new antigen test for Covid-19, allowing high-volume and rapid testing for the deadly disease, by the end of the year.

The new Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen test is meant to be administered by healthcare professionals in a lab setting and allows the detection of the virus that causes Covid-19 in as little as 18 minutes, Roche said.

It said the "highly accurate" tests could be run through all so-called Cobas analysing equipment that is available in most labs, and that a single such machine could analyse up to 300 tests per hour. 

"Being able to quickly and correctly identify if someone has a SARS-CoV-2 infection is critical to informing patient management decisions and containing the spread of Covid-19," Thomas Schinecker, who heads Roche's diagnostics unit, said in a statement.

Oct 13, 2020 14:10 (IST)
Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche rolling out high-volume rapid Covid-19 test by year-end

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Tuesday it would produce a new antigen test for Covid-19, allowing high-volume and rapid testing for the deadly disease, by the end of the year.

The new Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen test is meant to be administered by healthcare professionals in a lab setting and allows the detection of the virus that causes Covid-19 in as little as 18 minutes, Roche said.

It said the "highly accurate" tests could be run through all so-called Cobas analysing equipment that is available in most labs, and that a single such machine could analyse up to 300 tests per hour. 

"Being able to quickly and correctly identify if someone has a SARS-CoV-2 infection is critical to informing patient management decisions and containing the spread of Covid-19," Thomas Schinecker, who heads Roche's diagnostics unit, said in a statement.

Oct 13, 2020 13:33 (IST)
PM Modi urges Maharashtra residents to follow health norms amid COVID-19

As Maharashtra continues to remain at the top of India's COVID-19 tally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the people of the State to follow all precautionary measures, stating that "jab tak davai nahi, tab tak dheelai nahi".

"The danger of coronavirus still persists. In Maharashtra, the situation is a little more worrying. I appeal to everyone, don''t be careless when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing. Remember - ''Jab tak davai nahi, tab tak dheelai nahi'' (No carelessness till a medicine is found)," Prime Minister Modi said at an event where he released the autobiography of Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renamed Pravara Rural Education Society as Loknete Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Pravara Rural Education Society.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was also present during the event.
Oct 13, 2020 13:18 (IST)
Maharashtra: COVID-19 number of deaths in Aurangabad crosses 1000-mark

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district reached 35,442 after 110 more people tested positive for the disease, an official said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 1,001 after two more patients succumbed to the viral infection, he said.

As of now, there are 2,776 active COVID-19 cases in the district, while 31,665 patients have been discharged after recovery, the official said.

The COVID-19 recovery rate in the district is 87.38 per cent, while the death rate is 2.70 per cent, he said.

So far, 3,70,315 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the district, he added.
Oct 13, 2020 12:40 (IST)
Age may not contribute to COVID-19 infection risk: Study

The age of a person may not decide how likely they are infected by SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, according to a study which found that development of symptoms, severity of the disease, and mortality are age-dependent.

It has been shown that elderly people disproportionately develop severe symptoms of COVID-19 and show higher mortality.

Scientists, including those from Hokkaido University, modelled available data from Japan, Spain and Italy to show that susceptibility to COVID-19 is independent of age, while occurrence of symptomatic COVID-19, severity and mortality is likely dependent on age.
Oct 13, 2020 12:21 (IST)
Expecting Vaccine Early Next Year, From More Than One Source: Minister
A vaccine against coronavirus is expected to be available in India by early next year and there could be vaccines from more than one source, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today. Read more

Expecting Vaccine Early Next Year, From More Than One Source: Minister
Oct 13, 2020 12:13 (IST)
JustIn| Coronavirus danger still persists; we will win the battle against COVID-19: PM Narendra Modi
Oct 13, 2020 11:51 (IST)
COVID-19 Reinfection Casts Doubt On Virus Immunity: Study
Covid-19 patients may experience more severe symptoms the second time they are infected, according to research released Tuesday confirming it is possible to catch the potentially deadly disease more than once. Read more

COVID-19 Reinfection Casts Doubt On Virus Immunity: Study
Oct 13, 2020 11:24 (IST)
One-Third Of Chinese City Of 9 Million Swabbed For Virus In Two Days

More than three million swabs have been taken in a matter of days in Qingdao, the Chinese port city where a minor coronavirus outbreak elicited a sweeping health response.

Queues for testing stretched deep into Monday night across the eastern city, which detected six virus cases the day before but swiftly swung into action to head off a wider outbreak.

In scenes which contrast with the fumbled efforts of other nations to establish effective testing regimes, Qingdao health workers in protective gear set up tents to take samples across neighbourhoods, where parents brought toddlers for testing.
Oct 13, 2020 11:02 (IST)
Arunachal's COVID-19 tally rises to 12,367 with 220 fresh cases

At least 220 more people, including five security personnel and two health workers, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally to 12,367, an official said on Tuesday.

Of the fresh cases, 88 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 23 from West Siang, 16 from East Siang, 13 from Upper Subansiri, 11 each from Changlang and Tirap, 10 from Lower Dibang Valley and eight from Lohit, the official said.

Six new cases each were also recorded in West Kameng and Upper Siang, five in Lower Subansiri, four each in Longding and East Kameng, three in Kamle, two each in Lower Siang, Namsai, Siang and Papumpare and one each in Pakke Kessang, Tawang, Kurung Kumey and Anjaw districts, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

Oct 13, 2020 10:28 (IST)
COVID-19: 1,708 new cases, 5 more deaths in Telangana

The number of COVID-19 cases appear to be relenting in Telangana as the infections reported are at sub-2000 levels and related casualties in single digit during the past five days.

The state reported 1,708 new cases, taking the tally to 2.14 lakh while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,233, a government bulletin said on Tuesday providing data as of 8 PM on October 12.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 277, followed by Rangareddy 137 and Medchal Malkajgiri 124 districts, the bulletin said.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.89 lakh while 24,208 are under treatment.

Oct 13, 2020 10:00 (IST)
China's biggest air show postponed because of COVID-19 pandemic

China's International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, the country's biggest air show, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the show's organiser said on Tuesday.

The air show had been scheduled to take place in the southern city of Zhuhai in mid-November. The organisers said they would announce new dates later, according to a statement on the show's website, which added that health and safety considerations were behind the postponement.


Oct 13, 2020 09:16 (IST)
JustIn| 55,342 fresh COVID-19 cases in India, 71.7 lakh total cases so far; 706 deaths in 24 hours, 1,09,856 total deaths
Oct 13, 2020 08:57 (IST)
South Korea reports first triple-digit rise in coronavirus cases in six days: Report

South Korea reported 102 new coronavirus cases as of Monday midnight, marking the first triple-digit increase in six days, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Tuesday.

Daily infections had fallen largely into the double-digit range in the past two weeks, which led the government to relax some rules on social distancing this week.

Oct 13, 2020 08:06 (IST)
UAE To Host Second Human Trial Abroad Of Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V
Human trials of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, named Sputnik V, will be held in the United Arab Emirates, the second country after Belarus to take part in the programme of which results are expected before the end of November, Moscow said on Monday. Read more

UAE To Host Second Human Trial Abroad Of Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V
Oct 13, 2020 07:47 (IST)
Thailand To Make, Supply UK Pharma Firm AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine

Thailand has agreed to manufacture and supply AstraZeneca Plc's experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the southeast Asian country and other nations in the region, the British and Thai governments said on Monday.

The announcement by the British embassy in Bangkok did not specify how many doses of the vaccine candidate, AZD1222, would be distributed in Thailand. It also did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

Oct 13, 2020 07:46 (IST)
JustIn| Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid vaccine trial as participant becomes ill: news agency AFP
Oct 13, 2020 06:07 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Nearly 100 Power Connections Disconnected By Industries In Nodia Due To Lockdown
Industrial units in the Gautam Budh Nagar have withdrawn about 100 power connections, due to the impact of Covid-19 imposed lockdown. Speaking to news agency ANI, Virendra Nath, Chief Engineer, Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, Noida division, said: "Many industries and businesses have been affected by lockdown. We have got many applications after lockdown from divisions regarding reducing electricity load and some wanted to end their connections. Till now, about 100 power connections have been permanently disconnected and around 150 applications have come to reduce the power supply according to a factory power usage."
Oct 13, 2020 06:03 (IST)
Trump Has Tested Negative For Coronavirus: White House Doctor Sean Conley
Donald Trump has been found negative for Covid-19 using a rapid test, his White House physician said Monday, 10 days after the president announced he had contracted the potentially-deadly illness.