Coronavirus Highlights: Covid-19 Cases Cross 61 Lakh-Mark In India

Coronavirus India News Highlights: The number of recoveries reported in the past 24 hours is around 84,877, taking the total number of people who have fought off the virus past 51 lakh.

Coronavirus Highlights: Covid-19 Cases Cross 61 Lakh-Mark In India

COVID-19 Cases India Highlights: India's recovery rate is 83.01 per cent.

New Delhi:

With 70,589 new patients, the coronavius cases in India crossed 61 lakh-mark on Tuesday, data from the health ministry showed. The death count from the highly contagious virus climbed to 96,318 with 776 more fatalities.

The number of recoveries reported in the past 24 hours is around 84,877, taking the total number of people who have fought off the virus past 51 lakh.

India is the second worst-affected country by the Covid pandemic, second only to the United States in the total number of active cases.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases:

Sep 30, 2020 05:35 (IST)
Odisha to launch month-long COVID-19 awareness drive from October 2

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will launch a month-long campaign from Gandhi Jayanti for sensitising people in Odisha on the use of masks, hand washing, social distancing and following COVID-19 guidelines.

The BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to party office bearers and organisational heads, all MPs, MLAs, district presidents and observers to launch a campaign from October 2 to November 2 and distribute face masks at panchayat level and sensitise the people about COVID-19 guidelines.
Sep 30, 2020 05:05 (IST)
Disney To Lay Off 28,000 US Employees Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
Disney announced Tuesday it will cut 28,000 jobs from its US parks and experiences division, pointing to depressed demand caused by the coronavirus and uncertainty on when it will recover.
Sep 30, 2020 04:43 (IST)
New York City imposes mask fines up to $1,000

New York City on Tuesday said it would fine anyone caught in public without a mask.

More than 205,000 people have died in the United States and nearly 7.2 million people have been infected since the pandemic began, according to a Reuters tally.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will fine people up to $1,000 for refusing to wear a mask in public, as the rate of positive tests for the novel coronavirus climbed above 3% for the first time in months.
Sep 30, 2020 03:59 (IST)
World Bank seeks board approval for $12 billion vaccine financing plan: Report

World Bank President David Malpass said on Tuesday he is seeking board approval for a $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan to help poor and developing countries secure a sufficient share of vaccine doses when they become available in the coming months.

Malpass told Reuters in an exclusive interview that the initiative, part of $160 billion in coronavirus aid financing pledged by the multilateral lender, is aimed at helping countries procure and distribute vaccines early to health care and other essential workers and expand global production. He said the board was expected to consider the plan in early October.
Sep 30, 2020 03:34 (IST)
Karnataka reports 10,453 new COVID-19 cases

Karnataka reported 10,453 new COVID-19 cases and 136 deaths on Tuesday, said the state health department.

With the new cases, the total cases have risen to 5,92,91, including 4,76,378 discharges and 8,777 deaths. The number of active cases stands at 1,07,737, it said.

Sep 30, 2020 03:02 (IST)
Amid Rising Covid Cases In Kerala, All-Party Meet Decides Against Lockdown
Amid the continuing steep increase in COVID-19 cases in Kerala, an all-party meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has agreed on lockdown not being the way forward for the state, at this point.
Sep 30, 2020 02:33 (IST)
Maharashtra minister criticises private hospitals, diagnostic units

Maharashtra minister for public health and family welfare Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said private hospitals and diagnostic centres have taken undue advantage of the COVID-19 situation in the state.

Mr Tope said there have been instances of these private facilities overcharging people for their services.

"Private hospitals and diagnostic centres have taken undue advantage of the COVID-19 situation in the state. There have been several occasions where these centres and hospitals have charged exorbitantly for basic health services during the COVID-19 situation," he said.
Sep 30, 2020 02:06 (IST)
Jump in positive COVID-19 tests causes alarm in New York

New York's daily rate of positive coronavirus tests climbed to 3.25 percent over the last 24 hours, with a sharp increase in cases among Orthodox Jewish communities, authorities said Tuesday.

The elevated rate, which was at 1.93 percent just the day before, marks a worrisome step for a city that has made drastic progress in fighting the coronavirus.

New York City, where more than 23,800 people have died of coronavirus, became the global epicenter of the pandemic in spring but has recently touted some of the lowest test positivity rates and infection rates among major US cities.
Sep 30, 2020 01:28 (IST)
Odisha reports 3,067 new COVID-19 cases

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,15,676 on Tuesday as 3,067 more people tested positive for the infection, while 15 deaths pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 828, a health official said.

The state also registered the recovery of 3,896 patients taking the total number of people cured of the infection to 1,81,481, which is 84.14 per cent of the caseload.
Sep 30, 2020 01:01 (IST)
Maharashtra minister tests positive for COVID-19

Maharashtra minister Uday Samant has said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home quarantine.

The minister for higher and technical education said on Twitter: "I have tested positive for COVID-19. I had some initial symptoms and the test result has confirmed the infection. My health is fine and I have home quarantined myself."
Sep 29, 2020 23:59 (IST)
COVID-19: 2,197 new cases recorded in Chhattisgarh
With 2,197 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths, Chhattisgarh's total count rose to 1,10,655 and the count to 916 on Tuesday, a health official said.

A total of 563 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 2,532 patients completed their home isolation during the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 78,514, he said.

The state now has 31,225 active cases, he said.

The worst-hit Raipur district reported 456 new cases, Durg 202, Raigarh 193, Janjgir-Champa 180 and Bilaspur 109, among other districts, he said.

Among the latest 14 fatalities, 12 died on Tuesday and two on Monday. Besides, 25 deaths that took place in the past were added to the tally on Tuesday, he added.

The state has recorded over 81,000 COVID-19 cases in the last one month.
Sep 29, 2020 23:05 (IST)
COVID-19: Maharashtra government issues guidelines for Navratri, Dussehra
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday urged people to celebrate the upcoming Navratri and Dussehra festivals in a low-key manner due to the coronavirus outbreak and suggested organisation of health and blood donation camps instead of dandiya, garba and cultural events involving mass participation.

In guidelines issued during the day by the state home department, festivals organisers, also called mandals in local parlance, were asked to spread awareness on COVID-19, malaria and dengue among other diseases.

As per the guidelines, the height of Goddess Durga idols installed by mandals (during Navratri) have been capped at four feet and household ones at two feet, and immersion procession, crowded affairs during normal times, have been disallowed.

Sep 29, 2020 22:36 (IST)
COVID-19: Gujarat adds 1,381 new cases, 1,383 recover; 11 die
Gujarat's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 1,36,004 on Tuesday with addition of 1,381 fresh
cases in the last 24 hours, state health department said.

With 11 more people succumbing to the infection, including four in Surat, the cumulative toll in the state went up to 3,442, it said.

While three persons died in Ahmedabad, two fatalities were reported frorm Vadodara. One patient died each in Gandhinagar and Rajkot, it said.

1,383 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours, taking the total count of recoveries to 1,15,859, the department said in a release.

Gujarat's case recovery rate now stands at 85.19 per cent with 16,703 active cases.

Surat reported 311 new cases, followed by Ahmedabad with 195 infections.
Sep 29, 2020 22:19 (IST)
COVID-19: Delhi records 48 new deaths, highest since July 16
The national capital reported 48 COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, the highest in over 70 days, as the count climbed to 5,320, while 3,227 fresh cases pushed the tally to over 2.76 lakh, authorities said.

This is the highest number of deaths reported in a day since July 16, when the city recorded 58 fatalities.

On September 26, Delhi had recorded 46 deaths, 42 the next day and 37 on September 28.

The fresh cases reported on Tuesday came out of the 59,102 tests conducted the previous day.
Forty-eight new fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 5320, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

The active cases' tally on Tuesday rose to 27,524 from 27,123 the previous day.

The death count from COVID-19 in Delhi stood at 5,272 on Monday.
Sep 29, 2020 22:09 (IST)
COVID-19: Ahmedabad reports 195 new cases, 236 recoveries
As many as 195 new coronavirus cases emerged in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 36,650 on Tuesday, the state government said.

With the death of three more patients during the same period, the count in the district reached 1,825, nearly half of the total 3,431 COVID-19 deaths registered in Gujarat so far, it said.

Also, 236 patients undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the district recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours, said a state government release.

With this, the tally of recoveries in the district went up to 30,572, it added.

Out of the 195 persons who were found positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, 176 were from Ahmedabad city and 19 were from the rural parts of the district.
Sep 29, 2020 21:57 (IST)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Is Asymptomatic
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has tested positive for coronavirus during a routine test, his office said in a tweet this evening. The 71-year-old, who is in home quarantine, is asymptomatic and in good health, the tweet read." itemprop="description
Sep 29, 2020 21:33 (IST)
COVID-19: All party meet in Kerala decides to adhere to health protocol strictly
Amid rising COVID-19 cases, an all-party-meet in Kerala on Tuesday decided to fight the pandemic together and strictly follow the health protocol, while ruling out a lockdown to contain the virus spread.

The Left government had called an all-party-meet to discuss the situation with the state seeing a record spike in coronavirus cases in the past few weeks.

Dismissing reports that the state will go into another lockdown, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said "The all-party-meet has agreed that lockdown is not a solution.

The parties have agreed to fight the pandemic together.

We have decided that strict implementation of COVID-19health protocol is a must.
Sep 29, 2020 20:56 (IST)
COVID-19: Rajasthan reports 15 more deaths, 2,148 new cases
Rajasthan reported 15 more COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, taking their number to 1,471, while 2,148 new cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 1,33,119.

The number of COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment stands at 20,376, a Health department bulletin said.

It said 1,10,254 people have been discharged after recovering from the disease till now.

In Jaipur, the death count from the coronavirus infection has reached 320, followed by 143 in Jodhpur, 111 in Bikaner, 104 in Ajmer, 100 in Kota, 80 in Bharatpur, 61 in Pali, 46 in Nagaur, 49 in Udaipur, 41 in Alwar, 29 in Barmer and 24 in Dholpur.
Sep 29, 2020 20:34 (IST)
COVID-19: Maharashtra records 14,976 new cases, 19,212 recoveries
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 13,66,129 on Tuesday with the addition of 14,976 new cases, the state health department said.
As many as 430 more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the fatality count in the state to 36,181, it said.

Also, 19,212 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, raising the tally of recovered people to 10,69,159, the department said.

With this, the state now has 2,60,363 active cases. Mumbai city reported 1,713 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall count to 2,02,614, while its count rose to 8,883 after 49 more patients died due to the disease, the department said.
Sep 29, 2020 20:18 (IST)
COVID-19: Tamil Nadu Extends Lockdown Till October 31 With More Relaxations
Tamil Nadu has extended its coronavirus lockdown till October 31 but has also announced major relaxations, including re-opening of rural weekly shandies or local markers and government training centres.

The state government has also increased the limit of crew members at a film set from 75 to 100. Spectators will not be allowed.

Restaurants have also been permitted to run till 9 PM and takeaways till 10 PM.

In-person doubts clearing sessions in schools for class 10, 11 and 12, however, have been put on hold.
Sep 29, 2020 19:31 (IST)
COVID-19: Less than one-third deaths in Delhi in September compared to June in spite of more cases, says Satyendar Jain
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said the city recorded more COVID-19 cases in September as compared to June, but the number of deaths due to the disease was "less than one-third" of what it was three months ago.

He also said the health authorities in the national capital have been conducting RT-PCR tests on every symptomatic person.

"Delhi reported a large number of cases in September as compared to June. However, the number of deaths reported this month is not even one-third of the fatalities recorded in June," Mr Jain told reporters.

He said the authorities have been conducting more than 10,000 RT-PCR tests a day on an average.

"We have been conducting the RT-PCR test on every symptomatic person. The testing capacity does not matter. There is not even one symptomatic person in Delhi who has not undergone RT-PCR testing," the minister said.

Sep 29, 2020 18:35 (IST)
COVID-19: Delhi government increases beds by 1,000, says Satyendra Jain
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday informed that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led government has increased the number of COVID-19 beds by 1,000 in the national capital with 500 beds each in both private and government hospitals.

Responding to the Delhi High Court's notice to all the respondents on a plea moved by the Delhi government challenging a stay on its order directing private hospitals to reserve 80 per cent beds for COVID patients, the Health Minister said, "The high court has not given its decision yet, the hearing will be held on October 9. The government is trying its best and we will fight in the court."

"We have made arrangements for ICU beds in government hospitals, but a large number of people who are coming from outside are rich. They are coming to Delhi and want to be in private hospitals. We have increased 1,000 beds, 500 in private hospitals and 500 in government hospitals," he added.

Sep 29, 2020 18:11 (IST)
COVID-19: 3 new deaths take Meghalaya's death count to 46
The COVID-19 death toll in Meghalaya rose to 46 with three more persons succumbing to the disease, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek said on Tuesday.

The tally went up to 5,362 after 60 people tested positive for the infection, the minister said.

Mr Hek also said that 12 patients were cured of coronavirus taking the number of recovered people to 3,868.

The state has 1,448 active cases now. The 60 new positive cases included 46 from East Khasi
Hills district and 11 from West Garo Hills district.
Sep 29, 2020 17:05 (IST)
Considerable Population Susceptible To Covid, Shows Sero Survey: Centre
One in 15 individuals above the age of 10 were estimated to have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus by the end of August, with people in urban slums at greatest risk of contracting or further spreading the virus (followed by non-slum areas in urban centres and then rural areas), the results of the second national sero-survey, conducted by top medical body ICMR, have revealed.

The second sero-survey was conducted in the same 700 villages and (urban) wards from 70 districts across 21 states that were covered in the first. The survey was held between August 17 and September 22.

The results, presented by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday afternoon, also highlighted a lower infection-to-case ratio in August compare to May - a reflection, the ministry said, of a substantial increase in testing and detection across the country.
Sep 29, 2020 16:41 (IST)
Manish Sisodia Tests Negative For COVID-19, Discharged From Hospital
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has tested negative for the coronavirus and has been discharged from hospital, with advice to rest for at least a week more" itemprop="description
Sep 29, 2020 16:22 (IST)
COVID-19: India's recovery rate past 83%; recovered cases outnumber active ones by over 41.5 Lakh
The number of people who have recuperated from COVID-19 in India crossed 51 lakh, improving the national recovery rate to over 83 per cent and outnumbering the active cases by more than 41.5 lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

As much as 73 per cent of the new recovered cases were reported from 10 states and Union Territories -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Kerala, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

Maharashtra topped the list with nearly 20,000 recoveries, while Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh contributed more than 7,000 to the single-day recoveries, the ministry said.

The sustained high level of recoveries have led to a further widening of the gap between active and recovered cases, it said.
Sep 29, 2020 16:04 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Serum Institute Says Will Make Additional 100 Million Covid Vaccine Doses
Serum Institute of India said on Tuesday it would get a further $150 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines alliance to make an additional 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India and other low- and middle-income countries next year.

The collaboration builds upon an initial agreement signed in August by the company with the GAVI alliance and the Gates Foundation, with the total number of vaccine doses to be covered by the partnership now up to 200 million.
Sep 29, 2020 15:34 (IST)
COVID-19: Tripura reports 432 fresh cases, tally rises to 25,353

Tripura reported at least 432 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the tally to 25,353, a health department official said.

The death count rose to 273 with three more people succumbing to the virus, he said.

West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 149 deaths.

He also said that 244 patients have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, and altogether, 19,180 people have been cured so far.

Tripura now has 5,877 active cases, while 23 patients have migrated to other states, the official said.

Sep 29, 2020 15:13 (IST)
India's COVID-19 recovery rate past 83%; recovered cases outnumber active ones by over 41.5 lakh

The number of people who have recuperated from COVID-19 in India crossed 51 lakh, improving the national recovery rate to over 83 per cent and outnumbering the active cases by more than 41.5 lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

As much as 73 per cent of the new recovered cases were reported from 10 states and Union Territories -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Kerala, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

Maharashtra topped the list with nearly 20,000 recoveries, while Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh contributed more than 7,000 to the single-day recoveries, the ministry said.

The sustained high level of recoveries have led to a further widening of the gap between active and recovered cases, it said.
Sep 29, 2020 14:58 (IST)
Maharashtra police force reports 215 new COVID-19 cases

As many as 215 personnel of the Maharashtra Police Department tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 23,033 in the force, informed the state police on Tuesday.

Out of the total coronavirus positive cases, the active cases stand at 3,107. While 19,681 patients have recovered, the death toll has reached 245.

"215 police personnel tested positive for COVID19 in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 23,033 in the force including 19,681 recoveries, 3,107 active cases and 245 deaths," police said.
Sep 29, 2020 14:39 (IST)
Colombia extends selective COVID-19 lockdown until late October: President
 
The Colombian government has decided to extend partial lockdown until late October to prevent mass gatherings amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, President Ivan Duque said.

"The decree that we issued for the first month of selective isolation with responsible individual distancing will be extended for the whole of October," Duque said in a televised statement.

On September 1, the mandatory isolation regime was replaced by selective isolation, distancing, and individual responsibility. It aims to isolate suspected coronavirus carriers or those who have been in contact with infected people and allow others to move freely.
Sep 29, 2020 14:13 (IST)
Ladakh records 49 fresh COVID-19 cases

Forty-nine more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the number of confirmed cases in the union territory to 4,152, while 32 such patients were discharged after successful treatment, officials said on Tuesday.

There was no report of any COVID-related death during the past 24 hours, the officials added.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the region stands at 1,030 -- 621 in Leh district and 409 in Kargil district, they said.

Out of the total positive reports received on Monday, 43 positive sample reports were received by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Leh and six positive sample reports were received by CMO Kargil, the officials said.

Sep 29, 2020 13:20 (IST)
351 Jagannath Temple servitors test positive for COVID-19

At least 351 servitors and 53 employees of Shree Jagannath Temple here have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said.

A total of 404 persons engaged in the 12th century shrine have tested positive for the virus, said Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) administrator Ajay Jena.

He said the Lord Jagannath's rituals, however, are continuing as usual despite the absence of so many servitors.

The Jagannath temple is closed for devotees since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep 29, 2020 12:43 (IST)
Nine deaths, 2,072 new coronavirus cases in Telangana

The surge in COVID-19 cases continued in Telangana with 2,072 new cases being reported which pushed the total infection count to 1.89 lakh.

The toll rose to 1,116 with nine more fatalities, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 28.

The number of those recovered (2,259) on Monday outnumbered the fresh cases.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 283 fresh cases, followed by Rangareddy 161, Medchal Malkajgiri 160, Nalgonda 139, Karimnagar 109 and other districts.

Sep 29, 2020 12:22 (IST)
Odisha reports 3,067 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,15,676 on Tuesday as 3,067 more people tested positive for the infection, while 15 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 828, a health official said.

As many as 1,809 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,258 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 555, followed by Cuttack (230) and Puri (178).
Sep 29, 2020 11:16 (IST)
Kerala to allow Sabarimala pilgrimage complying COVID-19 protocol: Chief Minister

Kerala government has decided to conduct the forthcoming Mandala Makaravilakku pilgrimage season in Sabarimala for a limited number of pilgrims by following the COVID-19 norms, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

The pilgrimage season is from November 15, 2020 to January 20, 2021.

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, "Sabarimala is the most important pilgrimage centre in our state, but in the wake of COVID pandemic, it has been decided to hold this year''s Mandala Makaravilakku pilgrimage with a limited number of pilgrims without symbolically reducing any rituals."
Sep 29, 2020 11:01 (IST)
Thane COVID-19 caseload rises to 1,71,815

Thane district in Maharashtra has recorded 1,658 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its caseload to 1,71,815, an official said on Tuesday.

The district also reported 31 deaths on Monday, taking the toll to 4,396, he said.

So far, maximum COVID-19 cases have been reported from Kalyan at 41,773, followed by Thane city-35,983 and Navi Mumbai-35,934, the official said.

As of now, there are 17,787 active COVID-19 cases in the district while 1,49,632 patients have recovered from the viral infection, he said.
Sep 29, 2020 10:37 (IST)
UN Chief calls 1 million COVID-19 global number deaths ''agonizing milestone''

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the 1 million global death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) "an agonizing milestone."

According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide has topped 1 million, with over 33 million confirmed cases and more than 23 million recoveries.

"Our world has reached an agonizing milestone: the loss of one million lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. It''s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of this disease," Guterres said in a statement.

Sep 29, 2020 10:19 (IST)
Odisha imposes restriction on use of private vehicles for hire

The Odisha State Transport Authority (STA) has issued strict instructions to central and state government departments, central and state Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), industrial houses and individuals against hiring non-transport (private) vehicles.

In a circular dated September 28, it added that FIR will be lodged against the hirer of the private vehicle and action will be taken against the owner under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

However, non-erring vehicles or individual boarding the non-transport passenger vehicle should not by unduly harassed, it said.
Sep 29, 2020 09:58 (IST)
Indore allows reopening of religious places with COVID-19 guidelines

Indore administration allowed reopening of religious places for devotees by issuing guidelines in view of COVID-19 pandemic on Monday.

Collector Manish Singh has issued orders stating that religious places can be opened for the public while following social distancing norms and wearing face masks.

Entry to the sanctum sanctorum will be restricted to all major religious sites and darshan can be done from outside.
Sep 29, 2020 09:28 (IST)
JustIn| Over 61 lakh COVID-19 cases in India with 70,589 new cases; 96,318 total deaths

Sep 29, 2020 09:23 (IST)
COVID-19 : UN deputy chief calls for more USD 35 billion for vaccine, tests

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday called on countries to help fill the gap of USD 35 billion in order to meet the global goals of COVID-19 vaccine production, treatments and tests.

"The world urgently needs development, production and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 diagnostics therapeutics and vaccines," Mohammed told a hybrid press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York.

"The access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) is our global solution to help the world recover and rebuild from this devastating pandemic. Leading international health organisations, research institutes, foundations and the private sector have worked tirelessly," she said.
Sep 29, 2020 08:55 (IST)
COVID-19: Few Nepal schools re-open after seven months

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent rules, the playgrounds in Nepal schools are now seen with children donning masks and maintaining social distance.

A new academic session that usually starts from May or June got pushed by months this year due to the pandemic. Now some of the local bodies around Kathmandu have given permission to schools to open their gates for students abiding by the health protocol.

"During the lockdown, students were deprived of their right to study. They went onto the path of wrong deeds, depletion in reading and learning habits. After the parents voiced their concerns and getting a similar notice from the Kageshwori Manohara Municipality, we have started the classes from Sunday in two shifts following all the health protocols," Jit Bahadur Basnet, Executive Director at Vidyanath Boarding School in Kageshwori Manahara-6 of Kathmandu told ANI.
Sep 29, 2020 08:33 (IST)
Unlock 5 Rules Expected Soon As 4th Phase Ends Wednesday
The centre is expected to announce guidelines for the fifth phase of easing of Covid-related restrictions, or "Unlock 5", in the next couple of days as the current phase - "Unlock 4" - is due to end on Wednesday.

"Unlock 5" will likely come into effect on the following day - Thursday, October 1 - and is expected to stay in place till October 30. Read more

Unlock 5 Rules Expected Soon As 4th Phase Ends Wednesday
Sep 29, 2020 08:08 (IST)
Face Masks Absent As Chennai Market, Once A Covid Hotspot, Reopens
The Koyambedu wholesale vegetable market in Chennai, which was labelled a coronavirus hotspot in May, reopened today, but many seem not to have learned lessons from a pandemic that has infected over 5.8 lakh people in Tamil Nadu alone. Read more

Face Masks Absent As Chennai Market, Once A Covid Hotspot, Reopens
Sep 29, 2020 07:43 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Unlock 5 Rules Expected Soon As 4th Phase Ends Wednesday
The centre is expected to announce guidelines for the fifth phase of easing of Covid-related restrictions, or "Unlock 5", in the next couple of days as the current phase - "Unlock 4" - is due to end on Wednesday.

"Unlock 5" will likely come into effect on the following day - Thursday, October 1 - and is expected to stay in place till October 30.

While there is considerable speculation about what will and what will not be reopened, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra has prepared guidelines to reopen restaurants starting October 1.

Dine-in service at restaurants in Maharashtra - the worst affected state in the country - have been shut since the first lockdown in March. Restaurants (outside containment zones) had been "unlocked" by in July, but the state opted against this given the high active caseload and daily increase. Read
Sep 29, 2020 07:43 (IST)
Coronavirus Update: Maharashtra Looks To Reopen Restaurants Amid Covid, Drafts Dine-In Rules
As the lockdown in Maharashtra ends on September 30, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government has prepared guidelines with the intent to reopen restaurants in the first week of October and shared them with stakeholders for feedback.

Restaurants in Maharashtra have remained closed for dine-in services since March when the nationwide coronavirus lockdown was imposed. So far, restaurants have been only allowed to deliver food or pick-ups by customers.

"Once the rules are finalized (by stakeholders), we will take a decision to reopen restaurants," Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray said in a meeting with representatives of restaurant business associations from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur via video conferencing on Monday. 


Sep 29, 2020 06:18 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Latest Numbers
With over 82,000 new patients, the coronavius cases in India crossed 60 lakh-mark on Monday, data from the health ministry showed. The death count from the highly contagious virus climbed to 95,542 with 1,039 more fatalities.