Coronavirus Highlights: India Tops Globally With Highest Covid Recoveries, Lowest Mortality Rate

COVID-19 India Highlights: The country has been reporting more than 1,000 deaths a day for the past month, with the exception of September 28, the government data shows.

Coronavirus Highlights: India Tops Globally With Highest Covid Recoveries, Lowest Mortality Rate

Coronavirus cases in India: The country now has 9,44,996 active cases. (File)

New Delhi:

India continues to occupy the top global position with the maximum number of COVID-19 recoveries and accounts for 21 per cent of the recovered cases worldwide, while its share in the total cases stands at 18.6 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said today.

India has also maintained its global position with one of the lowest COVID-19 case fatality rates (CFR) when compared to several other countries.

While the global CFR stands at 2.97 per cent as on date, the comparative figure for India is 1.56 per cent, it said.

The deaths per million population in India is one of the lowest in the world. While the global average is 130 deaths per million population, India is reporting 73 deaths per million population, the ministry said.

More than one lakh people have died of coronavirus in India - the world's second worst-hit country - as the country recorded 1,069 deaths and total case load crossed 64 lakh with 79,476 new cases, data released by the Health Ministry this morning showed.

The country has been reporting more than 1,000 deaths a day for the past month, with the exception of September 28, the government data shows.

The country now has 9,44,996 active cases and more than 54 lakh recoveries, Health Ministry data shows.

India is in the number one position in terms of the number of recovered coronavirus cases followed by Brazil and the US, according to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus Cases:

Oct 04, 2020 05:37 (IST)
Oct 04, 2020 05:07 (IST)
Solomon Islands record first coronavirus case

The Solomon Islands announced they have lost the battle to stay free of the coronavirus, leaving just nine small, remote territories that have not reported a single case.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told the Pacific island nation in a televised address that a student who recently arrived from the Philippines on a repatriation flight carrying 96 passengers had returned a positive test.

He urged the population of 600,000 in the archipelago to remain calm and said contact tracing and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus had been activated and there was no need for a lockdown.
Oct 04, 2020 04:23 (IST)
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Oct 04, 2020 03:33 (IST)
Two US Republican members test positive for COVID-19

Two Republican members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about the timing of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and whether additional senators may have been exposed.

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the confirmation process was going "full steam ahead." 

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and Utah Senator Mike Lee both said that they had tested positive for the virus. Both had attended a ceremony for Barrett at the White House on September 25 with US President Donald Trump, who announced on Friday that he had tested positive and was later hospitalised.
Oct 04, 2020 03:00 (IST)
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Donates Plasma In Odisha

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday donated his plasma at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients.

Mr Pradhan, who had contracted the virus in July, also urged people who have recovered from COVID-19 to come forward and donate their plasma to save lives.
Oct 04, 2020 02:30 (IST)
Domestic Air Traffic To Reach Pre-COVID Levels By Year-End: Minister

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Saturday said domestic passenger traffic could reach the pre-COVID level by the end of current year.

He said the daily domestic traffic has reached 1.76 lakh passengers from 30,000 passengers when the civil aviation operations resumed on May 25 following a two-month gap due to the pandemic.

"On May 25, we resumed civil aviation operations and at that time, there were around 30,000 passengers. Today, I received data as per which there were 1.76 lakh passengers yesterday. We are going to achieve almost the pre-COVID level during the period between Diwali and the end of this year," said Mr Puri.
Oct 04, 2020 02:03 (IST)
COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Within 3 Months In UK: report
A mass roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain could be finished in as little as three months, the Times reported, citing government scientists.
Oct 04, 2020 01:32 (IST)
Ireland seeing "significant escalation" in COVID-19 cases

Ireland is seeing a "significant escalation" in COVID-19 infections, the acting chief medical officer said on Saturday after reporting the highest daily death toll since May and the third-highest number of daily cases recorded to date.

Like most of Europe, Ireland has seen a steady increase in infections since the end of July and has tightened restrictions as a result, including banning all indoor restaurant dining and most trips in and out of the capital, Dublin.

The 613 new cases on Saturday was the highest daily total since late April, when the country was still in a full lockdown. Ten more people died, bringing the total number of coronavirus- related deaths to 1,810.
Oct 04, 2020 01:04 (IST)
Record one-day spike of 423 COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya

Meghalaya registered its highest single-day spike of 423 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which pushed the tally in the northeastern state to 6,456, a health department official said.

The death count rose to 54 after two persons died due to the infection, Health Services Director Aman War said.
Oct 04, 2020 00:31 (IST)
Chinese President Xi Jinping Wishes Trump "Speedy Recovery" From COVID-19
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday wished US President Donald Trump a swift recovery from the coronavirus." itemprop="description
Oct 03, 2020 23:35 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Sikkim Reports 39 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths
Sikkim reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths on Saturday, an official said, reported news agency PTI. East Sikkim registered 37 cases and the other two cases were recorded in South Sikkim. There are 640 active cases in the state at present, the official said. So far, 2,367 patients have recovered from COVID-19, he said. The state's death count rose to 43 with the latest fatalities. Sikkim has so far reported 3,050 COVID-19 cases.
Oct 03, 2020 23:23 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 111 New Cases Take Nagaland's COVID-19 Tally To 6,429
At least 111 people tested positive for coronavirus in Nagaland on Saturday, raising the state's tally to 6,429, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said, reported news agency ANI. He appealed to the people to follow the health safety guidelines to contain the spread of the disease. "Altogether 111 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected - 63 in Kohima and 48 in Dimapur," the minister said on Twitter. Forty-six patients 43 in Dimapur and three in Kohima - 3 were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,207," he said.
Oct 03, 2020 21:58 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Thane Reports 1,552 Cases, 32 Deaths, Recovery Rate At 87 Per Cent
The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane district increased by 1,551 on Saturday to touch 1,80,069, while 32 deaths took the count to 4,559, an official said, reported news agency PTI. The recovery rate in the district is 87.72 per cent while 2.53 per cent is the mortality rate, he said. "A total of 1,57,962 people have been discharged, 4,559 patients have died, leaving the district with 17,548 active cases," he said.
Oct 03, 2020 20:55 (IST)
Coronavirus News: West Bengal Reports Record 3,340 New COVID-19 Cases
West Bengal today reported its highest single-day spike of 3,340 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,66,974, according to a bulletin issued by the Health Department, reported news agency PTI. Sixty-two more patients died in the state, following which the death count rose to 5,132, it said. The discharge rate in the state improved to 87.92 per cent as the state saw 3,013 recoveries.
Oct 03, 2020 20:25 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Maharashtra Adds 14,348 COVID-19 Cases
Maharashtra added 14,348 COVID-19 cases today, taking tally to 14,30,861, the state health department said, reported news agency PTI. The death count has mounted to 37,758 with 278 deaths, it said.
Oct 03, 2020 19:57 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 1,343 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Gujarat, 12 Deaths
Gujarat reported 1,343 new coronavirus cases today, increasing the state's infection count to 1,41,398, the health department said, reported news agency PTI. With 12 deaths, the number of coronavirus patients who died in the state rose to 3,490, it said. At the same time, recoveries rose to 1,21,119, with 1,304 patients being discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the department said in its release in the evening. Gujarat now has a recovery rate of 85.66 per cent.
Oct 03, 2020 19:38 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Gujarat's COVID Tally Rises To 1,41,398
Gujarat's coronavirus tally rises to 1,41,398 with 1,343 new cases, the state health department said today, reported news agency PTI. The death count has risen to 3,490 with 12 more fatalities, it said.
Oct 03, 2020 19:27 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Tamil Nadu Adds 5,622 New COVID-19 Cases, Tally Climbs To 6.14 Lakh
Tamil Nadu today recorded 5,622 new COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally to 6,14,507 while the death count jumped to 9,718 with 65 more people dying from to the virus, the Health department said, reported news agency PTI. The number of recoveries climbed to 5,58,534 with the addition of 5,596 today, the bulletin said. The total number of active cases, including those in isolation, stood at 46,255.
Oct 03, 2020 19:12 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Kerala Logs Highest Single-Day Recoveries Of 4476 COVID Patients
Kerala reported the highest single-day recoveries of 4,476 COVID-19 patients today, and 7,834 fresh cases, reported news agency PTI. The death count climbed to 813 with 22 more fatalities. "Samples of 4,476 people returned negative today, the highest recoveries on a single day so far," Health Minister KK Shailaja said in a press release. In the last 24 hours, 54,563 samples have been sent for testing. On Friday, the state's COVID count had crossed the 9,000-mark for the first time.
Oct 03, 2020 19:05 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Amravati Sees 96 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 5 Casualties
At least 96 persons have tested positive for coronavirus, while five died of the infection in Maharashtra's Amravati district today, an official said, reported news agency PTI. With the latest cases and casualties, the tally in the region has reached 13,867, while the death count stands at 301, the official said. The district had recorded its first 100 deaths by August 18 and reached 200 on September 14, he said. Currently, the death rate in the district is at 2.1 per cent, the official said.
Oct 03, 2020 18:56 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Delhi Records 2,258 Fresh COVID-19 Cases
Delhi today recorded 2,258 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking tally to 2,87,930, reported news agency PTI, quoting authorities. The death count has mounted to 5,472 with 34 more fatalities, they said.
Oct 03, 2020 18:06 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Maharashtra Police Record 190 New COVID-19 Cases, Taking Tally To 23,879
At least 190 personnel of the Maharashtra Police have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the count of infections in the force to 23,879, an official said today, reported news agency PTI. Apart from this, the death of two police personnel has taken the death count in the department to 250, which includes 25 officers, the official said. 20,871 personnel have recovered from the deadly infection so far, while 2,758 are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals and COVID-19 treatment facilities, he said.
Oct 03, 2020 17:25 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 185 Inmates Test Positive For Coronavirus, Temporary Jails Being Set Up Across Jammu, Says Official
185 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus in different jails across the Jammu region, Director General of Prisons VK Singh said today, reported news agency PTI. He said temporary jails are being set up in various districts to isolate the asymptomatic positive detenues as part of efforts to ensure safety of the jail inmates and staffers. Mr Singh said roughly 200 prisoners, primarily in south Kashmir's Anantnag district jail and Srinagar Central Jail, have recovered from the infection over the past one month.
Oct 03, 2020 15:28 (IST)
Dr Reddy's Seeks Nod For Phase 3 Trial Of Russian Covid Vaccine In India
Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories has applied to the Drugs Controller General of India for permission to conduct phase-3 human clinical trials of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V against COVID-19 in India, sources said.

The Indian pharma giant has collaborated with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik V as well as its distribution.

Upon regulatory approval in India, RDIF will supply to Dr Reddy's 100 million doses of the vaccine, the firm said last month.

"Dr Reddy's Laboratories has applied to the DCGI seeking permission to conduct phase-3 human clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Russia. The DCGI will carry out a technical evaluation of the application before giving its approval," a source said, news agency PTI reported.
Oct 03, 2020 15:17 (IST)
76% Active COVID-19 Cases From 10 States, Union Territories: Centre
At least 76.62 per cent of the active coronavirus cases have been reported from 10 states and union territories (UTs), the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, Maharashtra is leading the states' tally with more than 2.5 lakh cases. Karnataka follows with more than 1 lakh cases.

The government informed that active cases contribute only 14.74 per cent to the positive caseload of the country.

As per the health ministry data, Maharashtra alone has contributed to about 2,59,490 new COVID-19 cases, while Andhra Pradesh has reported at least 57,858 cases.
Oct 03, 2020 15:03 (IST)
200 New Covid Cases In Arunachal Pradesh, Tally Rises To 10,220
At least 200 more people, including eight security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the northeastern states caseload to 10,220, a senior health official said on Saturday.

A 54-year-old sub-inspector of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and a 51-year-old official of Border Road Task Force (BRTF), died due to the infection, taking the state's coronavirus death count to 18, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr L Jampa said.

The SSB sub-inspector working at Bomdila in West Kameng district died of COVID-19 related complications at Namsai district of the state on October 1.
Oct 03, 2020 14:45 (IST)
Under the new guidelines, termed "Graduated Return to Play" (GRTP), all SAI officials and centres have been asked to monitor the progression of athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 virus and are undergoing training in SAI facilities: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Oct 03, 2020 14:31 (IST)
Russia Confirms Nearly 9,900 Covid Cases In 24-Hour Period: Response Center
Russia has registered 9,859 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 9,412 yesterday, taking the cumulative case total to 1,204,502, the coronavirus response center said on Saturday.

"In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 9,859 COVID-19 cases in 85 regions, of which 2,680 (27.2 percent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement.

The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 2,884 new positive tests were registered (up from 2,704 yesterday). A total of 358 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (up from 302 yesterday) and 259 cases were confirmed in the Moscow region (up from 244 yesterday).
Oct 03, 2020 14:03 (IST)
Out of 56,258 samples tested yesterday, 2,920 samples tested positive for COVID-19. The positivity rate has decreased to 5.19%: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain
Oct 03, 2020 13:48 (IST)
India Maintains Top Global Ranking With Maximum COVID-19 Recoveries, Lowest Mortality Rate
India continues to occupy the top global position with the maximum number of COVID-19 recoveries and accounts for 21 per cent of the recovered cases worldwide, while its share in the total cases stands at 18.6 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said today.

India has also maintained its global position with one of the lowest COVID-19 case fatality rates (CFR) when compared to several other countries.

While the global CFR stands at 2.97 per cent as on date, the comparative figure for India is 1.56 per cent, it said.

The deaths per million population in India is one of the lowest in the world. While the global average is 130 deaths per million population, India is reporting 73 deaths per million population, the ministry said.
Oct 03, 2020 13:17 (IST)
Russia Conducted Over 47.2 Million Covid Tests
More than 47.2 million tests for COVID-19 have been performed in Russia since the outbreak, the country's consumer rights and human welfare watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said on Saturday.

"We have conducted over 47.2 million coronavirus tests in Russia. 226,435 people are remaining under medical supervision," the watchdog said in a statement.

Rospotrebnadzor added that Russia conducted 423,000 tests in the past 24 hours alone.
Oct 03, 2020 13:06 (IST)
190 police personnel tested positive for COVID-19 & 2 died in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 23,879 in the force including 20,871 recoveries, 2,758 active cases and 250 deaths. 78 health officials reported being attacked in the state: Maharashtra Police
Oct 03, 2020 12:56 (IST)
Covid Vaccine Roll-Out Expected In Less Than 3 Months In UK: Report
A mass roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain could be finished in as little as three months, the Times reported, citing government scientists.

Scientists working on the Oxford vaccine hope regulators approve it before the beginning of 2021, the newspaper said.

A full COVID-19 immunization programme, which would exclude children, could be quicker than experts predicted, the Times said, adding that health officials estimate that every adult could receive a dose of the vaccine within six months.
Oct 03, 2020 12:46 (IST)
Tripura Reports 190 New Covid Cases
Tripura's COVID-19 tally rose to 26,552 on Saturday as 190 more people tested positive for the virus, a health department official said.

The COVID-19 death count climbed to 286 with six more deaths due to the infection, he said.

West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 156 of the 280 COVID-19 deaths, the official said.

Tripura currently has 5,369 active coronavirus cases, while 20,874 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, the official said.
Oct 03, 2020 12:34 (IST)
69 New COVID-19 Cases In Ladakh, Tally Reaches 4,429
The Union Territory of Ladakh has reported 69 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising its tally to 4,429, while 42 patients were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.

The region has recorded 61 deaths -- 35 in Kargil district and 26 in Leh district -- since the outbreak of the pandemic while 3,274 patients have so far recovered from the infection, the officials said.

Of the 69 new cases -- 64 were reported from Leh and five from Kargil.

Thirty-one COVID patients in Leh and 11 more in Kargil were discharged after successful treatment, the officials said, adding that the number of active patients in Ladakh stands at 1,094 -- 766 in Leh and 328 in Kargil. 
Oct 03, 2020 12:20 (IST)
Odisha's COVID-19 tally rises to 2,29,387 with 3,053 new cases; 17 fresh fatalities push death count to 892, news agency PTI reported quoting health official
Oct 03, 2020 12:10 (IST)
Prohibitory Orders To Halt COVID-19 Spread Come Into Force In Kerala
With Kerala witnessing massive surge in COVID-19 cases, prohibitory orders came into force across the state on Saturday morning as per which not more than five people can assemble at any place, including banks, shops and commercial establishments.

There is no restriction on movement of public transport and government institutions, commercial establishments, industries, hospitals can function adhering to social distancing and break the chain protocols.

While in Idukki, only town areas, including the tourist hotspot of Munnar, Adimali and Vandiperiyar, the CrPC 144 order will come into force, in Kasaragod district, the order would be implemented till October 9.

In the remaining 12 districts, the prohibitory orders would be in place till the month end.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned that those defying the new restrictions will face stringent action.

While visiting shops, people should wear masks and gloves, ensure social distancing, and if they fail to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol, they will have to face action, Vijayan said speaking at an online function here on Saturday morning.

As gatherings pose an impending danger of a super spread of the infection, the prohibitory order, which came into effect from 9 am on Saturday, has been issued by the state government.

Kerala on Friday had reported the biggest single day surge of 9,258 coronavirus cases after over 60,000 samples were tested, forcing the government to take stringent measures to halt the spread of the virus, which has so far claimed 791 lives in the state.
Oct 03, 2020 11:43 (IST)
Scientists Develop New Tool To Uncover Patterns In Coronavirus Mutations
Scientists have developed a method to quickly identify and label mutated versions of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 using information from a global database of testing information, an advance that may aid in the development of therapeutics against the deadly disease.

The new tool, described in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, identifies patterns from volumes of genetic information, and can identify whether the virus has genetically changed.

According to the researchers, including those from Drexel University in the US, the method can be used to categorise viruses with small genetic differences using tags called Informative Subtype Markers (ISM).

In the current study, they categorised slight genetic variations in the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and generated labels that are publicly available for scientists worldwide.

"The types of SARS-CoV-2 viruses that we see in tests from Asia and Europe is different than the types we're seeing in America," said Gail Rosen, a co-author of the study from Drexel University, news agency PTI reported.
Oct 03, 2020 11:23 (IST)
Trump's Campaign Manager Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Bill Stepien, campaign manager of US President Donald Trump, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, US media reported.

According to the Politico media outlet, Stepien, 42, has "mild flu-like symptoms." He is going to work from home until the recovery.

On Thursday night, President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, announced that they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.
Oct 03, 2020 11:03 (IST)
UP Deputy Chief Minister Test Positive For Coronavirus Infection
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has tested positive for COVID-19.

After testing positive for the infection, the minister on Friday urged everyone, who came in his contact in the last few days, get themselves tested for COVID-19 and quarantine themselves.

Mr Maurya, 51, who holds the portfolio of PWD ministry, said in a tweet, "After the initial symptoms of corona infection, I got myself tested. My report has come positive today."

"I request you all who came in my contact in the last few days to go to the nearest health centre and get yourself tested and follow the COVID rules," he said.

Several ministers of the UP government have tested positive for the infection in the past few weeks and months. Two UP ministers -- Kamal Rani Varun and Chetan Chauhan -- have died of COVID-19.
Oct 03, 2020 10:50 (IST)
Kartarpur Corridor to re-open after 'improvement' in COVID-19 situation, news agency ANI reported quoting Pakistan Media
Oct 03, 2020 10:40 (IST)
14 Andhra Students Contracted Covid From Tuition Teacher: Officials
At least 14 children in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district have contracted coronavirus allegedly from a tuition teacher in the district, officials said.

All the children, who are below 12 years, had attended the tuition class by the teacher couple, who had tested positive, they added. Along with the students, a few parents have also tested positive for the contagious disease, they said

"On September 25, one person died of COVID-19 at Guntur government hospital. So far the area where he came from was a green zone with no cases. We tested 250 people of who 39 turned out positive. Fourteen were children from 8-12 years who had been attending tuition at a common point," Dr Seshu Kumar, PHC, Bhatluru village, said.

The district administration has issued notice to the teacher for holding classes in violation of Covid protocols issued by the government.
Oct 03, 2020 10:26 (IST)
10 New Cases Push COVID-19 Tally Of Andaman And Nicobar Islands To 3,858
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,858 on Saturday as 10 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

Five new patients have travel history, while five fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Eight more people were cured of the disease, the official said.

The Union territory now has 174 active coronavirus cases, while 3,631 people have been cured of the disease and 53 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, he said.

The administration had till Friday sent 59,676 samples for COVID-19 tests, of which 43 reports were awaited, the official added.
Oct 03, 2020 10:16 (IST)
A total of 7,78,50,403 samples tested for COVID-19 up to October 2. Of these, 11,32,675 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Oct 03, 2020 10:06 (IST)
COVID-19:1,718 New Cases, 8 Fatalities In Telangana
Telangana registered 1,718 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1.97 lakh while eight more deaths pushed the toll to 1,153.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 285, followed by Rangareddy 129 and Medchal Malkajgiri 115 districts.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.67 lakh, while 28,328 are under treatment. As many as 49,084 samples were tested on October 2.

Cumulatively, 31.53 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 84,729, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.58 per cent, while it was 1.6 per cent at the national level.

The recovery rate in Telangana was 85.05 per cent, while it was 83.8 per cent in the country.
Oct 03, 2020 09:56 (IST)
Oct 03, 2020 09:17 (IST)
Deaths from the novel coronavirus in India passed 100,000 on Saturday, official data showed as the pandemic continues to rage across the world's second-most populous country.

A total of 100,842 people have now died, health ministry figures showed, giving India the third-highest death count in the world behind the United States and Brazil. 

In terms of cases, India has recorded 6.47 million and is on course to overtake the US as the country with the most infections in the coming weeks.
Oct 03, 2020 09:09 (IST)
Former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway Tests Positive For Covid
Kellyanne Conway, a former counselor to U.S. President Donald Trump, on Friday said she had tested positive for COVID-19.

"My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I'm feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians," Conway tweeted.
Oct 03, 2020 08:59 (IST)
Kim Jong Un Hopes Trump, US First Lady Recover From Covid "Soon": Report
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a message to Donald Trump after the US president's diagnosis with coronavirus, wishing him a quick recovery, state media said Saturday.

"He offered his sympathy to the president and the first lady," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

"He sincerely hoped that they would be recovered as soon as possible. He hoped they will surely overcome it. He sent warm greetings to them."

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said it was the first time Kim had sent well wishes to a world leader who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Oct 03, 2020 08:42 (IST)
Ashok Gehlot Government Launches Anti-Covid Campaign
On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on Friday, the Rajasthan government launched a state-wide anti-COVID campaign aimed at defeating the pandemic through various preventive and precautionary measures.

The campaign was launched by the state Cabinet members with the ministers distributing face masks and urging people to wear them and take all precautionary measures to defeat coronavirus.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was to launch the campaign but he could not do it due to his ill health and the ministers launched the campaign by distributing masks in the markets of the walled city area.

With "No Mask-No Entry" theme, the campaign was inaugurated while maintaining social distancing norms.

The government will distribute one crore masks among the people. From October 3, the campaign will be started in other districts of the state as well.

All in-charge ministers will go to their respective districts and start the campaign and make people aware of the urgency to wear masks.
Oct 03, 2020 08:31 (IST)
Jharkhand reported 736 new COVID-19 cases, 967 recoveries and 8 deaths on Friday, taking total cases to 85,400  including 73,428 recoveries, 729 deaths and 11,243 active cases: State Health Department
Oct 03, 2020 08:13 (IST)
Assam reported 1,416 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking total cases to 1,83,812 including 1,47,519 recoveries, 721 deaths and 35,569 active cases: State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Oct 03, 2020 08:02 (IST)
Chinese Mainland Reports 10 New Imported COVID-19 Cases
The Chinese mainland reported 10 new imported COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 2,885, the National Health Commission said Saturday.

Of the new imported cases, four were reported in Shanghai, three in Guangdong, two in Sichuan, and one in Shaanxi, the commission said in its daily report.

Among all the imported cases, 2,696 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 189 remained hospitalized, with one in severe condition, the commission said.

No deaths had been reported from the imported cases.
Oct 03, 2020 07:32 (IST)
25 States/Union Territories have reported fall in the number of active cases during the last week: Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 

Oct 03, 2020 06:53 (IST)
Obama Extends Support To Trump After COVID-19 Positive Result

Former US president Barack Obama on Friday sent a message of support to White House successor Donald Trump and his wife Melania, setting aside the bitter election battle to wish them a rapid recovery from Covid-19.

"Although we're in the midst of a big political fight, and we take that very seriously, we also want to extend our best wishes to the president of the United States, the first lady," Obama said at the start of a fundraising event with vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

"Michelle and I are hopeful that they and others that have been affected by Covid-19 around the country are getting the care that they need, that they are going to be on the path to a speedy recovery." he said.
Oct 03, 2020 06:36 (IST)
Joe Biden Says Masks Not About Being A Tough Guy After Donald Trump Tests Coronavirus Positive
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Friday that President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis shows the importance of taking the pandemic seriously, telling Americans that wearing masks is more important than being a "tough guy."" itemprop="description
Oct 03, 2020 06:15 (IST)
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has tested positive for COVID-19. The minister asked everyone, who came in his contact in the last few days, to get themselves tested for COVID-19 and quarantine themselves.

Mr Maurya, 51, who holds the portfolio of PWD ministry, said in a tweet: "After the initial symptoms of corona infection, I got myself tested. My report has come positive today."
Oct 03, 2020 06:05 (IST)
Donald Trump moved to hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

US President Donald Trump moved to a military hospital for treatment on Friday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 as his administration and re-election campaign scrambled to adjust to an extraordinary twist in his turbulent presidency.

Roughly 17 hours after he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Trump walked slowly from the White House to a waiting helicopter to be taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He wore a mask and business suit and did not speak to reporters.

"I think I'm doing very well, but we're going to make sure that things work out," Trump said in a brief video posted to Twitter.
Oct 03, 2020 05:58 (IST)
76% Active COVID-19 Cases From 10 States, Union Territories: Centre

At least 76.62 per cent of the active coronavirus cases have been reported from 10 states and union territories (UTs), the Union Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, Maharashtra is leading the states' tally with more than 2.5 lakh cases. Karnataka follows with more than 1 lakh cases.

The government informed that active cases contribute only 14.74 per cent to the positive caseload of the country.