Coronavirus cases in India: The recovery rate now stands at 86.36 per cent.
India added 66,732 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the data released by the Health Ministry this morning showed. The country also reported 816 Covid-related deaths during the period.
Total case tally now stands at 71,20,538 including 8,61,853 active cases, 61,49,535 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 1,09,150 deaths. India's recovery rate has increased marginally to 86.36 per cent while the death rate stands steady at 1.53 per cent.
Meanwhile, yesterday India crossed a "landmark milestone", the government said as the country reported 60 lakh recoveries from the novel coronavirus.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Coronavirus News: Punjab Schools To Reopen From October 15
Punjab said on Monday that a decision has been taken to reopen schools and coaching institutions from October 15 in a graded manner, reported news agency PTI. Students of only classes 9-12 are permitted to attend schools with parental consent and without making attendance compulsory, according to a statement. However, online classes shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and be encouraged. The schools, which are being allowed to open after October 15, will have to mandatorily follow the standard operating procedures, to be issued by the School Education Department.
Coronavirus News: Sikkim Reports Seven Fresh COVID-19 Cases, One Fatality
Sikkim reported seven fresh COVID-19 cases and one fatality on Monday, an official said, reported news agency PTI. East Sikkim registered six positive cases, while North Sikkim accounted for one infection. Sikkim has so far recorded 3,366 coronavirus cases, of which 384 are active and 2,844 patients have recovered from the disease, he said, adding, 81 patients have migrated out.
Thailand to make, supply 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.
Rajasthan's COVID-19 case count rises to 1,61,184
A total of 2,132 new cases of COVID-19 cases were reported in Rajasthan on Monday taking the total count of cases to 1,61,184 in the state.
According to the state government, 15 patients died due to the virus in the state taking the death count to 1,665.
The state currently has 21,671 active coronavirus cases, while 1,37,848 people have recovered from the viral infection so far.
Letting coronavirus "run free" with eye to herd immunity "unethical": WHO
The World Health Organization chief warned against suggestions by some to just allow Covid-19 to spread in the hope of achieving so-called herd immunity, saying this was "unethical".
"Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press briefing.
"It is scientifically and ethically problematic," he said.
Bihar reports 732 new COVID-19 cases
Bihar's COVID-19 case count rose to 1,96,999 as 732 more people tested positive for coronavirus today, while nine deaths pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 955, a health bulletin said.
As many as 1,369 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,85,593, it said, adding the recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in the state stands at 94.21 per cent.
Meghalaya reports 88 new COVID-19 cases, one more death
At least 88 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, pushing the tally to 7,771, a senior official said.
One more person died due to the infection, raising the death count to 64, Health Services Director Aman War said.
Altogether 131 people have recovered from the disease since Sunday, he said.
India generated over 18,000 tonnes of Covid waste since June: Government data
India generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19 biomedical waste in the last four months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum (3,587 tonnes) to it, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.
Around 5,500 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated across the country in September -- the maximum for a month so far.
All states and Union Territories have since June generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19-related biomedical waste which is being collected, treated and disposed of by 198 common biomedical waste treatment facilities
Kerala opens tourist destinations in phased manner for domestic visitors
After remaining shut for over six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerala opened up various tourist destinations, adventure parks, houseboats and boating services, except beaches, in a phased manner, for domestic visitors. The state has decided to reopen the tourism destinations in two phases, subject to central government guidelines.
Domestic tourists who visit Kerala for short trips (less than seven days) have been exempted from quarantine, but they should register in the COVID Jagratha portal.
If the tourists plan to extend their stay for more than seven days, they would have to undergo test from ICMR/State Government approved laboratories and follow all the COVID-19 health advisories.
J&K begins flu vaccination for health workers dealing with Covid patients
Jammu and Kashmir's health & medical education department began influenza vaccination for healthcare professionals dealing with patients infected by the coronavirus, officials said.
Healthcare workers are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 as compared to the general population, with potential threat for their health and for patients safety.
"The Health & Medical Education Department has started influenza vaccination for health care professionals dealing with COVID-19 patients from today in J&K", Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K Atul Dulloo said.
Can afford to be flexible in COVID-19 response, says Russia despite surge
The Kremlin said that Russia could afford to be more flexible in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic than earlier this year when it imposed a lockdown.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had more room for manoeuvre this time round because of better available treatment methods, more hospital beds, and a tried and tested system in place to tackle the virus.
Iran records 4,206 new coronavirus cases, count crosses 5,00,000
For the second day in a row, Iran announced its highest single-day death count from the coronavirus with 272 people confirmed dead. Iran also recorded its single-day highest count of new cases with 4,206 new patients.
Iran has seen the worst outbreak in the Middle East, with more than 500,000 confirmed cases. It has recorded over 28,800 deaths and 409,000 recoveries.
The situation in the capital, Tehran, has worsened, prompting officials to tighten restrictions last Saturday, shutting down universities, schools, libraries, mosques, cinemas, museums and beauty salons.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu recovers from COVID-19
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu tested negative for COVID-19 today, his office said. Mr Naidu had tested positive for coronavirus on September 29.
The 71-year-old was asymptomatic and under home-isolation during his recovery from the infection.
"As per today's RT-PCR test conducted by AIIMS, both the vice-president and his wife Usha Naidu have tested negative for COVID-19," the Vice-President's Secretariat said in a statement.
Follow COVID-19 safety protocols during festive season: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said there are instances of COVID-19 becoming air borne and the community transmission of the contagion has started in the state and urged people to strictly adhere to the regulations during the coming festive season.
Ms Banerjee, who was speaking after a cabinet meeting, said: "I ask everybody to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols during the festive season. There are instance of community transmission of COVID-19 and also the contagion becoming air borne."
Former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh recovers from COVID-19
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Kalyan Singh has been discharged from a Ghaziabad hospital after recovering from coronavirus, an official said.
Kalyan Singh was admitted to Ghaziabad's Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital on September 16 after he tested positive for the infection.He was shifted from Lucknow''s Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences to the hospital near the Kaushambi Metro station.
The hospital's Medical Superintendent, Dr Anuj Agarwal, said the BJP leader tested negative for the infection on Saturday.
India sustaining steady decline of COVID-19 active cases, reports 86.36 per cent recovery rate
India has sustained the trend of a steady decline of COVID-19 active cases which remained below nine lakhs for the fourth consecutive day, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed on Monday.
Active cases, currently stand at 8,61,853, comprise merely 12.10 per cent of total positive cases.
"India's total recovered cases stand at 61,49,535. The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing which stands at 52,87,682 today. 71,559 patients recovered in the last 24 hours," according to the MoHFW.
109 new COVID-19 cases, one more fatality in Tripura
At least 109 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 28,461 a health department official said.
The death toll rose to 313 with one more person succumbing to the infection, he said.
West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 169 of the 313 deaths.
Altogether 317 patients were discharged on Sunday from GB Pant hospital, the main referral facility in the state for COVID-19 patients, the official said.
1,341 new COVID-19 cases in Thane; tally rises to 1,91,823
Maharashtra's Thane district added 1,341 COVID-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,91,823, an official said on Monday.
The district also reported 32 deaths on Sunday, taking the toll to 4,846, he said.
So far, the maximum positive cases have been reported from the district's Kalyan town at 46,185, followed by Thane city-40,861 and Navi Mumbai 40,345, the official said.
Thane city has till now reported the maximum number of deaths-1,066, followed by Kalyan-903, Navi Mumbai-817 and Mira Bhayander-634.
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COVID-19 active caseload below 9 lakh for fourth consecutive day
India's COVID-19 recoveries have surged to over 61 lakh, while active cases of coronavirus infection remained below nine lakh for the fourth consecutive day, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.
The total recoveries have increased to 61,49,535 and exceed the active infections by 52,87,682 as on date, it highlighted.
Also, a total of 71,559 patients have recovered and were discharged in a span of 24 hours against 66,732 new infections reported during the same period.
"India continues to report a trend of steadily decreasing active cases.For the fourth day after the active cases dropped below the 9 lakh mark after a month, the decline continues," the ministry said.
Ladakh records 22 new cases, 64 more patients cured
The Union Territory of Ladakh reported 22 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 5081, an official bulletin said on Monday.
With 64 more patients cured of the disease, the number of active cases in the region dropped to 980 - 739 in Leh district and 241 in Kargil district, the bulletin released this morning by the directorate of health services said.
Ladakh had recorded a total of 64 COVID-related deaths, while 4037 patients have recovered from the disease till date.
Out of 22 new cases, the bulletin said 18 were detected in Leh and four in Kargil during the past 24 hours.
Puducherry logs 189 fresh COVID-19 cases, two deaths push tally to 565
Puducherry on Monday reported 189 new COVID-19 cases taking the overall count in the union territory to 31,737 while two people succumbed to the virus, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said.
The two deaths, both from the Puducherry region of the union territory, took the toll to 565, the Minister told a virtual press meet.
The 189 fresh cases were identified during the last 24 hours at the end of the examination of 2,579 samples, he said.
As many as 264 patients recovered and were discharged from various hospitals in the last 24 hours ending 10 am today, he added.
Mr Rao said the two patients who died Monday had Covid pneumonia
148 new cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 12,147
At least 148 more people, including three health workers, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally to 12,147, an official said on Monday.
The number of deaths rose to 24 after a 58-year-old man died to the infection at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Naharlagun near here, he said.
"The person from Assam's Biswanath district was admitted to the hospital after he suffered a stroke. He also tested positive for COVID-19 and breathed his last on Sunday. The man was working with a private firm here," State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
Telangana adds 1,021 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths take number to 1,228
Telangana recorded 1,021 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally of infections to 2,13,084, while the number of deaths rose to 1,228 with six more fatalities, the state government said on Monday.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for 228 of the 1,021 fresh cases, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (84), Rangareddy (68), Karimnagar (67) and other districts, it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 pm on October 11.
The bulletin said 30,210 samples were tested on October 11.
British PM to outline new virus lockdown system
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to present a new three-tiered alert system for coronavirus cases in England on Monday, with northwestern Liverpool expected to be the only city placed in the top category.
Like governments throughout Europe, Johnson's conservative cabinet is seeking to balance bringing down the rate of new infections against concern about the economy and frustration among voters.
The new alert system, which will classify all areas as either "medium", "high" or "very high" risk, is an attempt to bring transparency and uniformity to restrictions introduced to combat the spread of the disease.
China to test entire city in 'five days' after six virus cases
China aims to test more than nine million residents of the port city of Qingdao within five days following a minor outbreak of the coronavirus, health officials said Monday, the first mass testing in months.
The country where the virus first emerged has largely controlled the pandemic, cutting a stark contrast to many parts of the world still afflicted by rolling lockdowns and high case numbers.
On Sunday six cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Qingdao -- a northeastern city of 9.4 million -- originating in a hospital, Qingdao municipal health commission said in a statement on Monday.
Five districts will be tested "within three days" and the whole city "within five days", the statement said.
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Mexico's confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 8,17,503: health ministry
Mexico's Health Ministry on Sunday reported 3,175 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 139 additional fatalities, bringing the total to 8,17,503 cases and 83,781 deaths.
The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Coronavirus "can survive for 28 days on surfaces": study
The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can survive on items such as banknotes and phones for up to 28 days in cool, dark conditions, according to a study by Australia's national science agency.
Researchers at CSIRO's disease preparedness centre tested the longevity of SARS-CoV-2 in the dark at three temperatures, showing survival rates decreased as conditions became hotter, the agency said Monday.
The scientists found that at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), SARS-CoV-2 was "extremely robust" on smooth surfaces -- like mobile phone screens -- surviving for 28 days on glass, steel and plastic banknotes.
At 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), the survival rate dropped to seven days and plunged to just 24 hours at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
Haryana reports 1.065 new cases of COVID-19
Haryana reported 1,065 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total cases in the state to 1,42,155.
A total of 1,30,003 patients have been discharged so far, after recovering from the disease while 1,579 have succumbed to the virus. The active Covid-19 cases in the state are 10,573, as per the state's Health Department.
In Haryana, the COVID-19 positivity rate is 6.46 per cent, the recovery rate is 91.45 per cent and the fatality rate is 1.11 per cent.
Nagaland's COVID-19 tally crosses 7,000-mark with 70 fresh cases
Nagaland's COVID-19 tally crossed the 7,000-mark on Sunday as 70 more people, including 40 security personnel, tested positive for the disease, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.
The fresh infections increased the state's total caseload to 7,019.
Taking to Twitter, the minister said, "70 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected today Dimapur 51, Kohima 13, Peren 2 and one each in Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Mokokchung districts."
Forty-nine coronavirus patients - 33 from Dimapur, 15 from Kohima and one from Tuensang - were cured of the disease during the day, he said.
"I Am Immune" From COVID-19: Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump on Sunday declared himself immune from Covid-19 as he prepares to return to the campaign trail in a fight to regain ground against surging White House rival Joe Biden.
"It looks like I'm immune for, I don't know, maybe a long time and maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows, but I'm immune," Trump said in a Fox News interview, a day after his doctor affirmed he was no longer a transmission risk for the disease.
"You have a president who is immune... so now you have a president who doesn't have to hide in a basement like his opponent," he added -- in a jab at the Democrat Biden and his far more cautious approach to campaigning in a pandemic.