India Coronavirus Cases: There are now 6.5 lakh total active cases. (File)
With a jump of 36,370 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day India reported the lowest number of new coronavirus infections in the country since mid-July, taking its tally to 79.46 lakh, government data shows. July 18 was the last time India reported less than 36,000 cases with 34,884 cases.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 after over three months, while the new fatalities registered during the same period remained under 500, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.
India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 79,46,429, with 36,470 new infections being reported in a day, while the deaths reached1,19,502 with 488 new fatalities being recorded, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A total of 72,01,070 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 90.62 per cent while the case fatality rate stands at 1.50 per cent.
Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:
Mizoram Could Face Shortage Of Medical Facilities In Case Of More COVID-19 Patients Requiring Ventilation: Minister
Mizoram Health Minister R Lalthangliana on Tuesday said the state could face shortage of medical facilities if the number of symptomatic patients needing ventilation increases.
He said at least four patients are under ventilation at the Intensive Care Unit in Zoram Medical College (ZMC), the state's lone dedicated COVID-19 hospital.
Noting that the recent spike in coronavirus cases is considered as an indication of community spread, the minister said the state government has already announced a "No Tolerance Fortnight" in Mizoram from Monday and lockdown in Aizawl from Tuesday.
The no tolerance drive will be observed till November 9 while the lockdown in Aizawl municipal area till November 3.
Mr Lalthangliana said at least 485 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the state since October 1 and 166 of them were symptomatic.
He said the state government has set up 14 dedicated COVID-19 health centres in all the districts to treat patients who develop mild and moderate symptoms and to keep under observation people, who are suspected to be infected with the virus.
Besides, "several" coronavirus care centres have also been set up, where asymptomatic patients are kept, the minister added.
Sikkim Reports 23 New COVDI-19 Cases, Two More Deaths
ikkim's COVID-19 cases went up to 3,863 after 23 more positive cases were detected in the past 24 hours, while two fresh fatalities took the death count to 67, an official said on Tuesday.
The Himalayan state has 262 active cases, while 3,452 patients have recovered and 82 others have migrated out.
The official said that East Sikkim district reported 22 fresh cases, while West Sikkim accounted for one.
Sikkim has tested 55,898 samples for COVID-19 so far, he said.
Ahead of PM Modi's rally, BJP MP Ajay Nishad tests Covid-19 positive
BJP star campaigner and Muzzafarpur MP Ajay Nishad tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally scheduled on October 28.
Nishad was involved in preparations for the Prime Minister's rally for the last two days and was campaigning as well in the neighbouring areas.
Today, he was supposed to attend a program related to final inspection for PM Modi's rally but he received his COVID 19 report in which he was diagnosed positive.
Andaman and Nicobar reported 21 new COVID-19 cases and 22 recoveries on Tuesday.
Total number of cases rise to 4,274 including 197 active cases, 58 deaths and 4,019 recoveries: Andaman and Nicobar Administration
Punjab reported 353 new COVID-19 cases, 463 discharged cases & 13 deaths, taking total positive cases to 1,31,737 till date, including 1,23,510 discharges, 4,089 active cases & 4,138 deaths: State Health Department
Manipur reported 180 new COVID-19 infections today, taking the total cases to 17,604 out of which 4,246 are active cases. Total number of deaths stands at 150.
Some Evidence Shows Children Could Be COVID Spreaders: ICMR
There is some evidence which shows that children who were earlier thought to be protected against coronavirus infection can be "spreaders, rather than super-spreaders", ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday, news agency PTI reported.
Speaking on the coronavirus infection spread in the country among children, Mr Bhargava said that overall the figure in India is that below the age of 17 years, only 8 per cent are COVID-19 positive.
"Below five years, the figure would probably be less than a per cent but then we can come back with a figure for this," he said.
Haryana Reports 1,248 Fresh Coronavirus Cases
Haryana reported 1,248 fresh novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the caseload to 1,60,705, while 13 more fatalities linked to the infection brought the death count to 1,750 in the state, according to a bulletin.
A panel headed by a Delhi High Court judge has decided to give a final 30-day extension in interim bails granted to 3,337 undertrial prisoners on the basis of criteria laid down by it so that their surrender do not overwhelm prisons in the national capital, which are already filled beyond capacity, amid the coronavirus pandemic, news agency PTI reported.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,160,768 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally compiled by news agency AFP. At least 43,516,870 cases of coronavirus have been registered across the world. Of these, at least 29,437,300 are now considered recovered.
COVID-19: US' Utah doctors propose rationing care in overcrowded ICUs
Bracing themselves from the possible onslaught of coronavirus cases in Utah, doctors have proposed to begin rationing care in the coming weeks. Criteria they proposed to include doctors to decide which patients can stay in overcrowded intensive care units (ICUs).
Under the criteria, which would require Utah's Governor Gary Herbert's approval, patients who are getting worse despite receiving intensive care would be moved out first. In the event that two patients'' conditions are equal, the young get priority over the old, since older patients are more likely to die, reported The Salt Lake Tribune.
Russia tightens virus restrictions as cases spike
Russia on Tuesday tightened anti-coronavirus restrictions including mask-wearing in public spaces after registering a record daily spike in virus deaths.
According to the country's consumer safety regulator, face masks are to be worn in crowded areas, on public transport, in taxis and lifts from Wednesday. Rospotrebnadzor also banned public events between 11 pm and 6 am, saying cafes and restaurants should be closed during this time.
Russia has the fourth-highest virus caseload in the world, with a total of 1,547,774 registered infections and 26,589 deaths.
Indonesia reports 3,520 new coronavirus infections, 101 deaths
Indonesia reported 3,520 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, taking the total to 396,454, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed. The data added 101 new deaths, taking the total to 13,512. The number of cases and deaths in the Southeast Asian country is the highest in the region.
No fresh COVID-19 death in Puducherry for second straight day
The union territory of Puducherry did not record a fresh COVID-19 related death for a second straight day while 147 new infections were reported, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said on Tuesday.
While no deaths were recorded on October 18 for the first time this month, no fatalities were added in the last two days, Rao said at a virtual press conference. The number of deaths in the union territory remained at 588.
554 new COVID-19 cases in Thane
The COVID-19 tally in Thane has reached 2,07,591 with the addition of 554 new cases while the number of deaths has gone up to 5,240 with 17 more fatalities in the Maharashtra district, officials said on Tuesday.
As the number of new COVID-19 cases has come down, the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation has closed 31 out of the total 33 COVID-19 treatment facilities in the civic limits, they said.
As of now, there are 10,737 active COVID-19 cases in Thane district, while 1,91,614 patients have recovered.
The COVID-19 recovery rate in the district is 92.30 per cent, while the death rate is 2.52 per cent, an official from the district administration said.
Delhi BJP leaders participate in coronavirus awareness campaign
Delhi BJP leaders, including party president Adesh Gupta, on Tuesday participated in a coronavirus awareness campaign at prominent road intersections in the city and appealed to people to follow safety measures.
Gupta along with other party leaders participated in the campaign at ITO crossing in the morning and were seen carrying posters with the message "Jab Tak Dawai Nahi, Tab Tak Dhilai Nahi" (No laxity until there is a cure).
"Coronavirus crisis is not yet over, so a even a slight carelessness can cause infection and people need to follow social distancing and other safety measures," Mr Gupta said.
Odisha's COVID-19 tally rises to 2,83,942 with 1,247 new cases; with 13 fresh fatalities number of deaths rises to 1,272: Official
105 Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus staff contract COVID-19 in Mumbai
At least 105 drivers and conductors of the MSRTC's Sangli division, who were deployed in BEST buses in Mumbai earlier this month, have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Sangli, an official said on Tuesday.
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the Mumbai civic body's transport wing, had hired buses, drivers and conductors from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on contract for easing the woes of commuters in the state capital.
As part of the contract, nearly 400 drivers and conductors and 100 buses were sent to Mumbai from the MSRTC's Sangli division in the second week of October.
Arunachal Pradesh reports 147 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths
At least 147 people, including three security personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, pushing the caseload in the state to 14,391, while two more persons died due to the infection, raising the deaths to 35, a senior official here said.
Barring 32, all new patients are asymptomatic and have been shifted to COVID care centres.
34 new COVID19 cases reported in Mizoram
34 new COVID19 cases reported in Mizoram, taking the total number of positive cases to 2,527 till date. The number of active cases is at 315 while 2,212 people have been discharged so far.
No death reported in the state till date: Government of Mizoram
837 COVID-19 cases in Telangana
Telangana recorded 837 COVID19 cases, 1,554 recoveries and 4 deaths yesterday, taking total cases to 2,32,671 including 2,13,466 recoveries, 1,315 deaths and 17,890 active cases: State Health Department
Eight new cases take COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 4,253
At least eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, raising the tally in the Union Territory to 4,253, a health department official said on Tuesday.
Of the fresh cases, three were detected during contact tracing, while five have travel history, he said.
Fourteen more people were cured of the disease on Monday, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 3,997, and 58 patients have died, the official said. The Union Territory now has 198 active COVID-19 cases, he added.
Jharkhand reports 220 new COVID-19 cases, six more fatalities
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 99,906 as 220 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Tuesday. Six more patients have died, pushing the state's coronavirus deaths to 872, he said.
Of the fresh fatalities, three were reported from East Singhbhum district and one each from Ranchi, Koderma and Saraikela, the official said. Ranchi district registered the maximum number of new cases at 84, followed by East Singhbhum at 30 and Bokaro at 27.
Australia's COVID hotspot state records two days without new cases for first time in seven months
The Australian state of Victoria, the epicentre of COVID-19 infections, said on Tuesday it had gone 48 hours without detecting any new cases for the first time in more than seven months.
Victoria, the second most populous state, will allow restaurants and cafes in Melbourne to reopen from Wednesday after more than three months under a stringent lockdown
Spain adds more than 50,000 coronavirus cases over weekend
Spain's cumulative tally of coronavirus cases rose by 52,188 over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,098,320, health ministry data showed on Monday.The overall deaths from the virus jumped by 279 to 35,031, the data showed.
Spain entered a second state of emergency on Sunday, enabling a night-time quarantine to be enforced across the whole country except the Canary Islands.
More English cities face tightest COVID-19 lockdown rules
Britain announced wider coronavirus restrictions on Monday which will take the number of people under England's highest category of alert to nearly 8 million, as the government battles a sharp rise in cases.
The number of new COVID cases has risen by almost a quarter over the past week to 153,483, and new COVID deaths were 50% higher than the week before at 1,272, taking fatalities over the course of the pandemic to 44,998, the highest in Europe.
France sees highest number of COVID-19 patients going into hospital since April
French hospitals registered 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday in the highest one-day increase since April 2, which saw 1,607 new patients, as the health system comes under increasing stress from a runaway infection rate.
French health ministry data showed that France now has a total of 17,784 coronavirus patients in its hospitals, compared with a record 32,292 on April 14, at the height of the March-May lockdown.
The ministry also reported 26,771 new confirmed coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, from 52,010 on Sunday
US CDC reports 2,24,601 deaths from coronavirus
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported 8,617,022 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 63,195 from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 380 to 224,601.
The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 25 compared with its previous report a day earlier.
369 New COVID-19 Cases, 32 Deaths In Pune District
Pune district reported 369 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 3,20,112 on Monday, a health official said.
With 32 fatalities, the death count in the district reached 7,733, he added.
Also, 410 patients were discharged from hospitals," the official said.
"Of the 369 cases, 147 were detected in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 1,59,845 cases so far.
"With 124 new cases, the tally in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation areas rose to 86,924," he said.
Asymptomatic COVID-19 Sufferers Lose Antibodies Sooner: Study
Asymptomatic coronavirus sufferers appear to lose detectable antibodies sooner than people who have exhibited Covid-19 symptoms, according to one of the biggest studies of its kind in Britain published on Tuesday.
The findings by Imperial College London and market research firm Ipsos Mori also suggest the loss of antibodies was slower in 18-24 year-olds compared to those aged 75 and over.
Overall, samples from hundreds of thousands of people across England between mid-June and late September showed the prevalence of virus antibodies fell by more than a quarter.
The research, commissioned by the British government and published Tuesday by Imperial, indicates people's immune response to Covid-19 reduces over time following infection.
Air Pollution Linked To 15% Of Coronavirus Deaths, Study Shows
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally, according to research published Tuesday that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions.
Previous research has showed how air pollution from exhaust fumes and factories takes two years off the life expectancy of every man, woman and child on Earth.
Now experts in Germany and Cyprus say they have estimated the proportion of deaths from coronavirus that can be blamed of the exacerbating effects of air pollution.
Their study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, drew on health and disease data from the US and China relating to air pollution, Covid-19 and SARS -- a serious lung disease similar to Covid.
They combined this with satellite data of global exposure to particulate matter -- microscopic particles -- as well as ground-based pollution monitoring networks, to calculate to what extent air pollution can be blamed for Covid-19 deaths.
Rajasthan To Make Wearing Face Masks Mandatory
In a bid to check coronavirus, the Rajasthan government will bring a bill in the upcoming assembly session to make wearing face masks mandatory, a release said.
According to the release, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said coronavirus can be avoided only by adopting measures such as masks, social distancing and washing hands repeatedly.
The CM said the state government is considering making wearing face masks mandatory and a bill will be brought in this regard in the assembly session.
Interacting with district collectors, college principals and other officials through a video conference held to review the outcome of a movement against coronavirus, Mr Gehlot said every section of society should join the government to make this campaign successful.