The active coronavirus infection cases remained below eight lakh for the sixth consecutive day.
India has seen a marginal improvement in its COVID-19 numbers in the past 24 hours, with both the number of positive cases as well as fatalities falling a little. It remained second in the global ranking of total cases, though, with over 7.7 lakh cases, behind the US's 8.4 lakh.
The number of coronavirus infections reported on Thursday remained below 60,000 for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday as India's caseload went past 77 lakh, while recoveries have crossed 68 lakh, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry.
The COVID-19 caseload mounted to 77,06,946 with 55,839 new infections being reported in a day, while the deaths climbed to 1,16,616 with 702 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A total of 68,74,518 people recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 89.20 per cent, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.51 per cent.
The active cases of coronavirus infection remained below eight lakh for the sixth consecutive day. There are 7,15,812 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which accounts for 9.29 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India also crossed the 10 crore-mark in conducting tests for the detection of COVID-19 as on Thursday with an average testing of more than 10 lakh samples per day in the last 17 days, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Till now, 74,000 tests per million population have been conducted.
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Coronavirus news: Argentina prolongs coronavirus-linked restrictions until November 8
Argentina decided to prolong the restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic until November 8, President Alberto Fernandez said.
The Latin American country introduced restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 20, ANI reported.
Coronavirus news: AstraZeneca resumes US COVID-19 vaccine trial
The clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine -- AZD1222 -- have resumed in the United States after approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company said on Friday (local time).
Coronavirus news: Moscow's COVID-19 death count rises to 6,312
Moscow has registered 63 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death count to 6,312, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Friday.
"Another 63 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow," the centre said.
In the previous day, 62 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow, ANI reported.
Coronavirus news: Europe, WHO sound alarm over resurgent virus crisis
The EU's disease control agency on Friday joined frantic health workers across Europe in sounding the alarm about the surge in coronavirus infections as the World Health Organization warned of an "exponential" rise in cases.
Several countries in Europe are reporting infection rates higher than during the first wave of the pandemic in March and April, AFP reported.
Coronavirus news: 721 new coronavirus cases, 730 recoveries in Pune district
Pune district reported 721 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its caseload to 3,18,329 on Thursday, a health official said.
With 39 more fatalities, the death count in the district reached 7,639, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Delhi records 4,086 COVID-19 cases, highest single-day spike in 34 days
The national capital on Friday recorded 4,086 fresh cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day spike in 34 days, while the death count from the disease mounted to 6,189.
These fresh cases resulted from 58,568 tests conducted the previous day, pushing the infection tally in the city to over 3.48 lakh, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Spain's "real" number of infections tops 3 million cases, says PM
Spain's "real number" of infections is more than three million, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday, as regional authorities demanded tough government action to slow the spread of the virus.
Just two days after Spain officially became the first country within the European Union to pass a million cases, Sanchez said the true number was more than three times higher.
Coronavirus news: Maharashtra reports 7,347 new COVID-19 cases, 184 deaths
Maharashtra reported 7,347 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 184 deaths on Friday.
According to the state Public Health Department, 13,247 people have recovered in the state taking the total discharged cases to 14,45,103. The recovery rate in the state stands at 88.52 per cent, ANI reported.
Over a million COVID-19 cases registered in France: Official
France has registered more than one million cases of coronavirus since the global pandemic began, with more than 40,000 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, French health services said on Friday.
A total of 42,032 cases of Covid-19 were reported on Friday, 410 more than a day earlier, a new record since widespread testing began, the public health agency said.
Millions more enter lockdowns amid pandemic in Britain
Millions more people headed into lockdowns across Britain on Friday, as the country's four home nations adopt differing criteria in their attempts to stem surging coronavirus rates.
Around 3.1 million people in Wales saw the most severe restrictions imposed, after the devolved government there ordered a 17-day "firebreaker" lockdown forcing people to stay at home from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT).
The first national lockdown since an earlier UK-wide shutdown over the summer, it bans all non-food retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels from opening.
Some Countries On Dangerous Track In Pandemic: WHO
The world is now at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing the prospect of health services collapsing under the strain, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Delhi records 4,086 COVID-19 cases, highest single-day spike in 34 days
Delhi has recorded 4,086 fresh cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day spike here in 34 days, while the death count from the disease mounted to 6,189.
These fresh cases resulted from 58,568 tests conducted the previous day, pushing the infection tally in the city to over 3.48 lakh.
According to the latest heath bulletin issued by the Delhi government, 4,086 fresh cases were reported.
West Bengal reports 4,143 new COVID-19 cases, 60 more deaths
West Bengal has reported 4,143 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 3,41,426, as per a bulletin released by the state health department.
The death count rose to 6,368 with 60 more fatalities, it said.
In the last 24 hours, 3,676 people recovered from COVID-19. There are 36,471 active cases in the state at present, it said.
Too many countries in "exponential" virus surge: WHO
The northern hemisphere is facing a crucial moment in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said, with too many countries witnessing an exponential increase in coronavirus cases.
"The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. "Too many countries are seeing an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases and that is now leading to hospitals and intensive care units running close to or above capacity -- and we're still only in October."
Jammu and Kashmir reports 586 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 586 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 90,752, while 12 fatalities took the death count to 1,424, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 206 are from Jammu and 380 from the Kashmir Valley, they said.
No Bijoya gathering at Mamata Banerjee's residence due to pandemic: Official
The Trinamool Congress said the usual gathering of well-wishers at the party office-cum-residence of West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of Bijoya Dashami will not take place this year due to the pandemic.
TMC Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee said he has asked party activists and other people to not visit the party office-cum-residence of at Kalighat this year keeping in mind the COVID-19 safety protocols.
"Situation very serious": France extends curfew as second wave surges in Europe
France has extended curfews to around two thirds of its population and Belgium's foreign minister has been taken into intensive care with COVID-19, as the second wave of the pandemic surges across Europe.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities would be extended to 38 more departments, confining 46 million out of the country's 67 million population to their homes from 9 pm to 6 am.
"A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe. The situation is very serious," Jean Castex said.
Over 1,800 total COVID-19 deaths in Rajasthan, case count rises to 1,82,570
Fourteen more people died from coronavirus in Rajasthan today and 1,815 new cases took the state's infection count to 1,82,570.
So far, 1,814 people have died from COVID-19 in Rajasthan, according to an official report.
Two fatalities were reported from Jaipur and Jodhpur while Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Jalore, Kota, Nagaur, Sikar and Udaipur reported one death each.
Kerala's active Covid cases nearing one-lakh mark
Active COVID-19 cases in Kerala inched toward the one-lakh mark as the daily positive count continued to rise with 8,511 fresh cases today while the death count rose to 1,281 with the addition of 26 deaths.
As many as 95,657 people are undergoing treatment for the infection as the total infection count stands at 3,64,895, the government said.
The fresh cases were detected after testing 64,789 samples and included 82 health workers, Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
US records second-highest single-day rise in COVID-19 infections
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States on Thursday was the second highest on record, coming in just short of a midsummer peak as the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerates in nearly every region of the country.
Cases, hospitalisations and deaths are all accelerating as cooler weather descends on much of the country. With 76,195 new cases on Thursday, the United States was approaching its one-day record high of 77,299 new cases on July 16, according to a Reuters analysis.
US deaths are also trending higher, with 916 fatalities reported on Thursday, a day after the country recorded over 1,200 new deaths for the first time since August. COVID-19 deaths are up 13% from last week, averaging 785 a day over the past seven days.
COVID-19 tally crosses eight lakh in Andhra Pradesh
COVID-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh crossed the eight lakh mark but the infections declining trend was clearly evident as the last lakh cases came in a longer span of 23 days.
A record 80,238 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, turning out 3,765 fresh cases of the pandemic and taking the cumulative to 8,00,684.
Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase-3 trials with 26,000 volunteers
Bharat Biotech, which is into developing Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19, said it has successfully completed interim analysis of Phase I and II trials and is initiating Phase-III trials in 26,000 participants.
"After successful completion of the interim analysis from the Phase 1 & 2 clinical trials of Covaxin, Bharat Biotech received DCGI approval for Phase 3 clinical trials in 26,000 participants in over 25 centres across India," the vaccine maker said in a communication.
Bihar reports 1,093 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths
Bihar on Friday reported 1,093 new cases of COVID-19, taking the state's tally to 2,10,388, as per a bulletin issued by the Health Department.
The state also recorded eight more COVID-19 deaths, following which the count rose to 1,034, it said.
In the last 24 hours, 1,244 people were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,98,437, the bulletin said.
Covid cases in Maharashtra Police rise to 26,057
As many as 69 new COVID-19 cases were reported from the Maharashtra Police in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the state police to 26,057.
As per a statement, the total figure includes 1,739 active cases, 24,053 recoveries, and 274 deaths.
"Real number" of Spain coronavirus cases over three million
The "real number" of coronavirus cases in Spain is more than three million, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday in a televised address.
Earlier this week, Spain officially surpassed one million confirmed Covid-19 infections but Sanchez said the actual figure was much higher because the number of cases detected at the start of the pandemic was very low.
India's active COVID-19 caseload below 7 lakh for first time in 2 months
India has reached a significant milestone in its fight against Covid as the active caseload of the country has fallen below 7 lakh for the first time after two months (63 days), while the total recoveries have crossed 69 lakh, the Ministry of Health said.
The active caseload was below the 7 lakh mark (6,97,330) last on August 22, according to an official release.
The total number of positive cases stand at 6,95,509 which is 8.96 per cent of the total cases. The total recovered cases stand at 69,48,497.
Poland adopts nationwide "red zone" lockdown
Poland's prime minister said on Friday that "red zone" measures including the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants would be adopted nationwide in the face of a record spike in coronavirus infections.
The move came as the EU country of 38 million people saw a new 24-hour record of 13,632 coronavirus cases on Friday.
Half of Poland, mostly large cities and surrounding areas, was already designated a high-risk "red zone" last Saturday on top of a previous rule making face masks mandatory in public places.
Coronavirus outbreak on rise again across Turkey: Minister
The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey has shown a nationwide rise again, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Friday, following a recent surge in daily patient numbers.
Mr Koca said 40% of total cases across the country were reported in Istanbul, where cases were five times more than those in the capital Ankara.
With 1,793 new cases, Odisha's tally reaches 2,77,887
Odisha reported 1,793 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths and 2,128 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases rises to 2,77,887, said State Health Department, Government of Odisha.
The total number of cases in the state include 2,57,041 recoveries, 1,214 deaths and 19,579 active cases.
Meanwhile, with an increase of 54,366 new cases and 690 deaths, India''s COVID-19 count reached 77,61,312 on Friday, as per the Union Health Ministry.
This morning, India added 54,366 new cases, besides 690 deaths in past 24 hours. It also reported 73,979 recoveries in this period. On Thursday, the figures stood at 55,839 new cases and 702 deaths, besides 61,775 recoveries.
Belgium further tightens COVID measures in bid to avoid lockdown
Belgium, one of Europe's hardest hit countries by the coronavirus, further tightened restrictions on social contacts on Friday, banning fans from sports matches, limiting the number of people in cultural spaces and closing theme parks.
Belgium, which has already closed cafes, bars and restaurants and imposed a night curfew, has Europe's second highest infection rate per capita after the Czech Republic
Puducherry adds 158 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 33,986
Puducherry registered 158 fresh coronavirus cases taking the overall tally in the union territory to 33,986, a top Health department official said on Friday.
The new cases in the last 24 hours were identified at the end of the examination of 3,784 samples, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.
The overall tally of infections rose to 33,986 (after transfer of four cases to Tamil Nadu).
Arunachal Pradesh reports 165 new COVID-19 cases, tally 14,077
At least 165 people, including three Army men, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the caseload in the state to 14,077, a senior official said on Friday.
Barring 29, all new patients are asymptomatic and have been shifted to COVID care centres, he said.
A 59-year-old man succumbed to the infection on Thursday, taking the total number of fatalities to 32, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
Of the 165 new cases, 43 were reported from Lohit, 32 from the Capital Complex region, 23 from East Siang, 13 from Namsai, 10 from West Siang and eight from West Kameng.
Odisha reports 1,913 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities
Odisha's COVID-19 caseload rose to 2,76,094 on Thursday as 1,913 more people tested positive for the infection, while 15 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,196, a health official said.
The state reported less than 2,000 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. As many as 1,109 new cases were reported from quarantine centres, while 804 were detected during contact tracing, he said.
Jharkhand reports 549 fresh COVID-19 cases, 8 fresh fatalities
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 98,610 on Friday as 549 more people tested positive for the virus, while 8 fatalities pushed the deaths to 859, a health official said. Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 151, followed by West Singhbhum (61) and Dhanbad (60).
The deaths were reported from Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Koderma districts, he said.
France extends curfew as COVID second wave surges in Europe
France extended curfews to around two thirds of its population on Thursday and Belgium's foreign minister was taken into intensive care with COVID-19, as the second wave of the pandemic surged across Europe.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities would be extended to 38 more departments, confining 46 million out of the country's 67 million population to their homes from 9 pm to 6 am."
A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe
Europe daily coronavirus cases double in 10 days, reports 200,000 daily cases for the first time
Europe's reported coronavirus cases more than doubled in 10 days, crossing 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with many Southern European countries reporting their highest single-day cases this week.
Europe reported 100,000 daily cases for the first time on October 12.
Europe has so far reported about 7.8 million total coronavirus cases and about 247,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
COVID-19 surges across U.S. as some hospitals stretched
Several US states, many of them in the Midwest, reported record single-day increases in COVID-19 infections on Thursday, further evidence that the pandemic is accelerating anew as cooler weather takes hold in many parts of the country Indiana, North Dakota, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Ohio posted daily records on Thursday, according to a Reuters analysis, while Florida reported more than 5,500 new cases, its highest single-day increase since August 15.
Twenty-eight states have reported their daily record high of COVID-19 cases in the month of October alone.
Ramleela held at Delhi''s Shastri Park with COVID-19 protocols in place
After receiving permission from the Delhi government and police, Vishnu Avatar Ramleela Committee has organised Ramleela in North East Shastri Park amid COVID-19.
The Ramleela has been conducted in compliance with all COVID-19 preventive measures and two persons wearing PPE kits come on the stage of Ramleela before the show starts and asked people to maintain social distancing.
The seating has been arranged for around 1,500 people and artists from Nataraj Kala Kendra are performing in the Ramleela.
Mexico reports 479 more coronavirus deaths, six states with new outbreaks
Mexico's health ministry reported on Thursday 6,612 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 479 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 874,171 and the number of deaths to 87,894.
Officials also said six of Mexico's 32 federal entities now are showing signs of new outbreaks, after previously bringing down the number of infections
COVID-19 to push 150-175 mn more people into extreme poverty: UN expert
Between 150 million and 175 million more people will fall into extreme poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert said at the UN.
Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Olivier De Schutter said that between 150 million and 175 million more people will fall into extreme poverty, due to the epic fallout from COVID-19.
Schutter told the UN General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Wednesday as delegates raised concerns about the plight of the world's most vulnerable in a series of interactive dialogues.
"We must rethink our development model," De Schutter said, adding that most of those who will fall into extreme poverty will be workers in the informal sector or in precarious employment conditions - most of them women.
Canada launches pilot programme to test travellers for COVID-19 upon entry
The Canadian government in conjunction with Alberta are launching a pilot programme looking to cut down quarantine time for international travellers by testing for COVID-19 at the point of entry, the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs said in a statement.
"A joint pilot programme from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada - the first of its kind in the country - will safely test an alternative to the current 14-day quarantine requirement for international travellers while continuing to protect Canadians from COVID-19," the statement said Thursday.