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Highlights: After TN CM, Shivraj Chouhan assures free Covid vaccine for everyone in MP

At present, India has 7,15,812 active cases after a decrease of 24,278 in the last 24 hours. As many as 68,74,518 people have been recovered with 79,415 new discharges in the last hours.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2020 12:33:12 pm
Covid-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca manufacturing error, Coronavirus vaccines study, world news, Indian expressA test tube labeled with the vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo)

Hours after Tamil Nadu government made the announcement on free vaccine, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also assured free Covid-19 vaccine for everyone in Madhya Pradesh as soon as a vaccine is made available.

“Corona vaccine preparation work is going on fast in India, as soon as the vaccine is ready, it will be made available to every citizen of Madhya Pradesh for free,” the CM wrote on Twitter.

Earlier today, the BJP promised of providing free Covid-19 vaccination for the people of Bihar in its election manifesto that was released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 

Meanwhile, Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi  tested positive for Covid-19. Modi has been, over the past few days, campaigning for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.

The country today reported 55,838 coronavirus cases and 702 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am. With this, the total number of infections rose to 77,06,946 while the fatalities surged to 1,16,616. Active cases of COVID-19 in India have remained below 10 per cent of the total caseload for the last three days suggesting that only 1 in 10 cases are active coronavirus patients, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The daily positivity rate has also been maintained at less than 5 per cent over the past three days. “There are 7,15,812 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 9.29 per cent of the total caseload,” the data stated. As many as 68,74,518 people have been recovered with 79,415 new discharges in the last hours.

In other news, India has allowed all foreign nationals as well as all OCI and PIO cardholders to travel to India via air or sea. All such persons are now allowed to travel to India for any purpose, except tourism. The MHA stated that all existing visas, barring electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa, are being restored with an immediate effect.

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Sushil Modi tests positive; Over 7.7 million cases, 1,16,616 deaths in India; COVID-19 tightens grip on U.S. Midwest.

20:24 (IST)22 Oct 2020
After TN CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan assures free Covid vaccine for everyone in Madhya Pradesh

After Tamil Nadu CM, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured free coronavirus vaccine for the people the state once its developed.

19:33 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Refer to poll schedule to know when one will be inoculated: Rahul on BJP's 'free vaccine' promise 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a swipe at the BJP for promising free COVID-19 vaccine in its Bihar poll manifesto, saying one has to refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when one will have access to vaccine. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday released the BJP manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls which promised free COVID-19 vaccine once it has been cleared by the ICMR. "GOI just announced India's Covid access strategy. Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when you will get it, along with a hoard of false promises (sic)," Gandhi said on Twitter.

17:19 (IST)22 Oct 2020
TN CM assures free Covid vaccine

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday assured that the people of the state will be provided with free Covid-19 vaccine, once developed.

16:29 (IST)22 Oct 2020
India's active COVID-19 cases remain below 10 pc of total caseload

Active cases of COVID-19 in India have remained below 10 per cent of the total caseload for the last three days suggesting that only 1 in 10 cases are active coronavirus patients, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The daily positivity rate has also been maintained at less than 5 per cent over the past three days."There are 7,15,812 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 9.29 per cent of the total caseload," the data stated. The total recovered cases are close to 69 lakhs and exceed active cases by 61,58,706.

14:41 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for Covid-19

Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi Thursday afternoon tweeted saying he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Modi has been, over the past few days, campaigning for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.

“Tested positive for CORONA. All parameters perfectly normal. Started with mild temp. No temp. for last 2 days. Admitted to AIIMS Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs normal. Will be back soon for campaigning,” Modi tweeted. The first phase of elections are on October 28.

14:17 (IST)22 Oct 2020
To highlight Covid-19 crisis, Assam artist creates Durga idol using medical waste
An arts graduate, Basak is no professional idol maker and started trying his hand in various art forms as a hobby whenever he got spare time. (Source: Sanjib Basak)

Tablet by tablet, strip by strip, Assam-based artist Sanjib Basak burnt the midnight oil for nearly 60 days to create a glorious idol of Goddess Durga, using more than 30,000 capsules and syringes.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic taking away the sheen of Durga puja festivities, the annual festival is still being celebrated with pomp and show in parts of Assam. With theme pujas being integral to the festival, several artisans this year have given a coronavirus twist to Durga idols to increase awareness among the masses.

However, for Basak, who has been making Goddess Durga idols for the past eight years using waste materials like used match sticks and wires, this year’s idol could not be complete without merging the pandemic with the festival. Read more

13:55 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Japan researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not perfectly

Japanese researchers showed that masks can offer protection from airborne coronavirus particles, but even professional-grade coverings can’t eliminate contagion risk entirely.

Scientists at the University of Tokyo built a secure chamber with mannequin heads facing each other. One head, fitted with a nebulizer, simulated coughing and expelled actual coronavirus particles. The other mimicked natural breathing, with a collection chamber for viruses coming through the airway.

A cotton mask reduced viral uptake by the receiver head by up to 40% compared to no mask. An N95 mask, used by medical professionals, blocked up to 90%. However, even when the N95 was fitted to the face with tape, some virus particles still sneaked in.

13:35 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Oversea Indians, foreign nationals can visit India except on tourist visa

India on Thursday allowed all foreign nationals as well as all OCI and PIO cardholders to travel to India via air or sea. All such persons are now allowed to travel to India for any purpose, except tourism. The MHA stated that all existing visas, barring electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa, are being restored with an immediate effect.

13:00 (IST)22 Oct 2020
In poll manifesto, BJP promises free covid vaccination

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while releasing BJP's manifesto for the upcoming Bihar elections, said, "As soon as COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto."

11:54 (IST)22 Oct 2020
India reports biggest decline in active Covid-19 cases on Wednesday

Wednesday (October 21) saw one of the biggest declines in active cases. About 56,000 new cases were detected while almost 80,000 patients were declared to have recovered. The total number of active cases has dropped to 7.15 lakh now. At its peak, it had crossed 10.17 lakh. Read more here

11:21 (IST)22 Oct 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Major drop in Maharashtra active cases

Wednesday saw one of the biggest declines in active cases. About 56,000 new cases were detected while almost 80,000 patients were declared to have recovered. The total number of active cases has dropped to 7.15 lakh now. At its peak, it had crossed 10.17 lakh. Almost half of this reduction has come from Maharashtra, where the active cases have declined from over three lakh to less than 1.6 lakh now. Amitabh Sinha explained India's coronavirus numbers

11:02 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Quick Covid-19 test from IIT Kharagpur: How it works, why it matters

A new diagnostic test for Covid-19 from IIT Kharagpur, called COVIRAP, can be a potential game-changer in bringing high-end molecular diagnostics from the lab to the field. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has validated the efficacy of the method, IIT-KGP said Wednesday. Click here to read how it works, why it's special

10:54 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Tale of two Delhi Ramlilas: One that went ahead, one where Covid took centrestage

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) has been staging its dance-drama ‘Shri Ram’ for 64 years now. This time, while Covid-19 put a question mark on the live event, the institute’s director and choreographer of the drama, Padma Shri Shobha Deepak Singh, was certain the show must go on. “Rehearsals began in July, online. We decided if we don’t get permission to stage it, we will put the Ramlila on YouTube,” Singh says.

Permission came just days before the actual event. By now, the performers had rehearsed to perfection. What does it take to put up a play during a pandemic? Was there any fear, panic? Yashee speaks to Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's (SBKK) director and choreographer of the drama, Padma Shri Shobha Deepak Singh. Read more here

09:55 (IST)22 Oct 2020
India reports 55,838 cases in last 24 hours, active cases at 7,15,812

India reported 55,838 coronavirus cases and 702 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am. With this, the total number of infections rose to 77,06,946 while the fatalities surged to 1,16,616. At present, India has 7,15,812 active cases after a decrease of 24,278 in the last 24 hours. As many as 68,74,518 people have been recovered with 79,415 new discharges in the last hours.

09:00 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Telangana CM expresses shock over death of former minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy

Telangana Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the death of former Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy. The CM recalled his association with Nayani Narasimha Reddy during the Telangana separate statehood movement and in the state government. The CM has conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family. Rao instructed the Chief Secretary to arrange the last rites to the departed leader with official honours. He had recovered fully from covid recently and was admitted again to Apollo hospital due to some complications

08:57 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Doctors consulting experts on Soumitra Chatterjee’s neurological condition
A sudden deterioration was noticed in Soumitra Chatterjee's health on Tuesday. (Photo: Express Archives)

Doctors treating legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who was admitted to a city hospital with coronavirus about a fortnight ago and has since tested negative, are consulting experts for his neurological condition and he might require a prolonged period to recover completely, a spokesman of the medical facility said.

Though the octogenarian thespian’s oxygen saturation is adequate, doctors are concerned about his involuntary movement, agitation and restlessness, he said.

“Mr Chatterjee is as good as he has been in the last two days. His consciousness is a little down compared to what it was last week,” said Arindam Kar, who heads the team of doctors treating the Dada Saheb Phalke awardee.

08:15 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Durga Puja: HC firm on no entry to pandals, gives some relief to organisers

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday stood by its order of barring entry of visitors to Puja pandals in West Bengal in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hearing a review petition filed by an umbrella group of over 400 Durga Puja organisers — Forum for Durgotsab — the High Court, however, gave some relief by allowing dhakis (traditional drummers) to perform within the no-entry zones of the pandals — 5 metres around smaller pandals, and 10 metres for bigger ones.

The Division Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee also allowed entry of more Puja organisers — from 25 to 60 — for big Puja committees. For small Puja committees, the number of organisers allowed to enter the marquees or the pandals at a time will, however, remain the same — 15.

08:11 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Durga Puja: Calcutta HC order in place, low footfall on Panchami
Last year, the Kolkata Police had tough time controlling crowds specially outside big puja pandals on Panchami.

After the Calcutta High Court ordered a ban on visitors’ entry to pandals, Kolkata witnessed a low turnout on Panchami. Usually from Panchami, the pandal-hoppers swarm the streets from north to south, leading to huge traffic jams in several parts of the city. But this time, the roads were less congested. Last year, the Kolkata Police had tough time controlling crowds specially outside big puja pandals on Panchami. However, this time people are refraining from visiting puja pandals.

22:17 (IST)21 Oct 2020
COVID-19 case count in MP rises by 1,118, recoveries by 1,222

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh increased to 1,63,296 after 1,118 patients tested positive on Wednesday, while 17 fatalities took the toll to 2,828, a health official said. A total of 1,222 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state's overall recovery count to 1,48,082. Four patients died in Bhopal, two each in Indore and Ashok Nagar and one each in Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Hoshangabad, Dhar, Betul, Ratlam, Damoh and Shajapur, the official said. Of the 1,118 new cases, Indore accounted for 260, Bhopal 223, Jabalpur 72 and Gwalior 48.

21:49 (IST)21 Oct 2020
47 more COVID-19 deaths in Delhi take toll to 6128; infection tally mounts to 3.4 lakh

The national capital recorded 47 COVID-19 fatalities on Wednesday and the death toll mounted to 6,128, while 3,686 fresh cases took the infection tally to over 3.4 lakh, authorities said. These fresh cases were detected following the 59,064 tests conducted the previous day. Forty-seven more fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 6,128, according to the latest health bulletin issued by the government. On October 10 and on September 29 as well, 48 fatalities were reported in the city which is the highest number of deaths recorded in a day since July 16 when Delhi saw 58 fatalities. The tally of active cases on Wednesday rose to 24,217 from 23,922 the previous day. The total number of cases has climbed to 3,40,436, the bulletin added. The number of containment zones in Delhi slightly increased to 2,724 from 2,716 on Tuesday.

Commuters wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus wait for a bus in Kolkata(AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Over half of those up to the age of 40 years, who died of Covid-19 in the city, were not suffering from a co-morbid condition. Of 5,283 people who died of Covid-19 between March 1 and September 30, 650 were in the 0-40 year age group. Of these, 284, or around 43 %, had co-morbidities, while the remaining 57 % did not, data received under a RTI application filed by The Indian Express show. People upto the age of 40 make up a little over 12 % of the total deaths in the city. More than half of the deaths have been in the 50-70 age group.

Meanwhile, in his seventh address to the nation since the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the lockdown might have been lifted in the country but the “virus is still out there”. The Prime Minister spoke in the backdrop of repeated warnings by experts that with nearly all activities having returned to normal, the festival season may result in a surge of infections. The battle against Covid-19 would not be over and successful until a vaccine was found, the Prime Minister said.

The Health Ministry in its briefing on Tuesday said that India has the largest number of COVID-19 recovered cases in the world. The ministry added that while many countries have reported a surge, India has recorded 310 cases per million in the last seven days, which is among the lowest globally. Six states - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal - account for 64% of the country's total active cases. ICMR director-general Balram Bhargava said that there is a possibility of reinfection if antibodies reduce in any person in five months. "That is why it is important to wear masks and take precautions even if one was infected earlier", he added.

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