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Coronavirus India Highlights: Rise in cases in Delhi due to festive season, pollution, says Kejriwal

Globally, over 48 million cases have been recorded so far. The number of fatalities stood at 1.2 million. The United States continued to remain the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 12, 2020 10:16:12 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed Covid-19 situation with officials on Thursday and said that cases have increased due to festival season and pollution. The government decided to ban crackers in Delhi, ramp up medical infrastructure and add ICU beds among other measures, he tweeted.

A total of 262 students and about 160 teachers tested positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh in the past three days after schools were reopened on November 2 for classes 9 and 10, PTI reported a senior official of the school education saying on Thursday. Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure is not alarming when compared to the total number of students attending the schools and every care is being taken to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in every institution.

The detection of more than 50,000 cases within a span of 24 hours, after a 10-day gap, on Thursday took the Covid-19 tally to 8.3 million. The number of fatalities also increased to 124,315 after over 700 deaths were registered within the same period.

A total of 27.3 per cent of Karnataka’s population was exposed to Covid-19 by mid-September, according to the findings of the sero survey conducted by the State Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. Further, the study estimates that 16.4 per cent of the 15,624 samples studied during the survey had developed antibodies against COVID-19 as of September 16.

Globally, over 48 million cases have been recorded so far. The number of fatalities stood at 1.2 million. The United States continued to remain the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil.

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Covid-19 news: Over 50,000 coronavirus cases, more than 700 deaths in 24 hours in India.

21:55 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Himachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally at 23,809

Himachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally at 23,809 including 3,668 active cases, 19,755 recoveries and 355 deaths: State Government

21:02 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Karnataka reports 3,156 new COVID-19 cases

Karnataka reported 3,156 new #COVID19 cases, 5,723 discharges, and 31 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases now at 8,38,929 including 33,095 active cases, 7,94,503 discharges and 11,312 deaths: State Health Department.

20:08 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Delhi imposes complete ban on firecrackers

Delhi govt imposes a complete ban on crackers, including on green crackers, in the city from Nov 7 - 30. This will include green crackers. Env minister Gopal Rai had done a spot check of markets to assess the sale and availability of green crackers recently.

18:08 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Kejriwal reviews Covid situation in Delhi, decides to ban cracker, ramp up medical infrastructure

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reviewed Covid-19 situation with officials on Thursday. He said cases have increased due to festival season and pollution. The government decided to ban crackers in Delhi and ramp up medical infrastructure' among other measures.

17:58 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Top developments in Covid situation today

  • India recorded 50,210 new Covid-19 cases, 704 deaths; total caseload touches 83.64 lakh
  • 262 students test positive after schools reopen in AP; Government says its not alarming
  • 210 local trains to run daily during office hours in Kolkata
  • Cinemas, multiplexes, theatres reopen today in Maharashtra
  • Rising pollution worsening Covid situation in Delhi, says Kejriwal
  • More than 48.1 million people infected by Covid-19 worldwide; death toll at 1.2 million
  • More Paris shops to close at night to tackle worsening COVID-19 crisis
  • Bank of England ramps up stimulus again to tackle COVID and Brexit hit
  • Greece orders nationwide lockdown to curb COVID surge
  • AstraZeneca expects COVID-19 vaccine data this year

17:16 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Mental confusion could be an early sign of COVID-19, study says

Delirium or mental confusion accompanied by fever could be an early symptom of COVID-19, particularly in elderly patients, according to a review of studies. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy, suggests that together with the loss of the senses of taste and smell, and headaches that occur in the days prior to the manifestation of coughing and breathing difficulties, some patients also develop delirium. -- PTI

14:56 (IST)05 Nov 2020
262 students test positive after schools reopen in AP; Govt says not alarming

A total of 262 students and about 160 teachers tested positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh in the past three days after schools were reopened on November 2 for classes 9 and 10, PTI reported a senior official of the school education saying on Thursday. Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure is not alarming when compared to the total number of students attending the schools and every care is being taken to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in every institution.

13:32 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Covid vaccine: Entry of data of priority beneficiaries in Gujarat to be completed in five days

Collection and entry of data in the state for a future coronavirus vaccine for the priority beneficiaries — health workers and other health institution staff — for a national database is expected to be completed in the next five days, state health department’s immunisation officer said Tuesday. More than three lakh personnel have already been registered, while another one lakh is estimated to be included in the database, the official added. An approximate 2 to 2.10 lakh people who have been registered for the central vaccine database, state immunisation officer Dr Nayan Jani said, are affiliated to government facilities while another 90,000 are registered with private facilities. Click here to read more

13:30 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Another Odisha journalist succumbs to Covid-19

Another journalist succumbed to the virus in Odisha on Thursday, news agency PTI reported. Prabir Pradhan, a senior reporter of an Odia news channel, died at a hospital in Bhubaneswar, his family said. He was 35. He was admitted to a Covid Hospital last week and had to be put on ventilator support on Wednesday. "Saddened to learn of untimely demise of young and promising journalist Prabir Pradhan, who used to cover crime n police. Recently his father, a retired police officer, had left us all. Talked to his sister to convey condolence. May he attain Sadgati," Director-General of Police Abhay posted on Twitter. 

13:13 (IST)05 Nov 2020
210 local trains to run daily during office hours in Kolkata

Officials of the state government and the Eastern and Southern Railways met again in Nabanna on Wednesday to firm up plans for the resumption of suburban rail services in Kolkata. According to sources, it was decided that 210 local trains will be in service during office hours (morning and evening) daily. The number of trains will be minimised during the rest of the day. The local trains will not stop at every station. They will be “galloping trains” and will stop only at the “important and big stations”, the sources said. The final schedule and other related decisions will be announced on Thursday. During the meeting on Wednesday, it was decided that standing would not be allowed in the local trains. Hawkers will not be allowed inside the trains and “unnecessary gatherings” will not be allowed at the stations and platforms, the sources said. Click here to read more

12:58 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Maharashtra: Cinemas, multiplexes, theatres to reopen today

Cinema halls, drama theatres, multiplexes, swimming pools and yoga institutes will reopen from November 5 after the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government allowed resumption of indoor activities outside containment zones only, and by observing Covid-19 safety guidelines. Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar issued an order as part of ‘Mission Begin Again’ stating that cinema halls, multiplexes and drama theatres will be allowed to operate with 50 per cent seating capacity in areas outside containment zones. No eatables will be allowed inside, said the order, adding that a separate standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by the cultural affairs department and local authorities. Click here to read more

12:53 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Safety, burnout, job stability key concerns of Indian employees during COVID: Report

Not just health and safety but Indian employees also raised concerns over their emotional well-being as the working practices changed due to the pandemic. The recent study, Hindsight 2020: COVID-19 Concerns into 2021, commissioned by The Workforce Institute at UKG, reveals that more than half (55 per cent) of Indian employees are concerned about their organisation’s ability to help balance workloads in order to prevent fatigue/burnout. While 72 per cent of Indian employees and business leaders said their organisations have taken at least some measures to guard against burnout, 36 per cent wished organisations would act with more empathy, as per the report. Click here to read more

12:27 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Rising pollution worsening Covid situation: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the rising air pollution was worsening the Covid situation in the national capital. He appealed to everyone to avoid bursting crackers during Diwali.

12:08 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Arunachal reports 77 new Covid cases, 1 fresh fatality

Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally rose to 15,160 on Thursday as 77 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said, PTI reported. A coronavirus patient succumbed to the infection, pushing the state's virus death toll to 43, the official added.

11:13 (IST)05 Nov 2020
SC asks Centre to ban fumigation, use of disinfectant tunnels in view of health risks

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to ban installation and use of disinfectant tunnels, fumigation, etc on humans as well as the use of ultra violet rays in view of health risks associated with it. It gave the government a month's time to implement it. 

10:51 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Zero Covid cases in 4 districts, Gujarat tally over 1.76 lakh

At least 975 fresh coronavirus cases were recorded across the state Wednesday even as four districts reported zero infections, a bulletin released by the state health department said. The state now has a total of 1.76 lakh cases. Sixty-nine inmates and two staffers at an Aravalli sub-district jail in Modasa town, meanwhile, tested positive for the infection, officials said. The cases, however, did not reflect in the state’s record of daily new cases on Wednesday. DG (prisons) K L N Rao confirmed that 71 from the Aravalli sub-district jail had tested Covid-19 positive. “All are asymptomatic and are under hospital treatment as per standard operating procedure,” he said. The cases were detected after approximately 150 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the prison. Click here to read more

10:22 (IST)05 Nov 2020
‘Raksha Kawach’: AFMC in Pune develops patient isolation device

Even as healthcare workers (HCW) have been donning appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while on duty, the country’s Covid-19 caseload continues to grow exponentially in closed spaces such as intensive care units (ICUs) and wards designated for Covid patients, increasing the risk of infection to those working in the area. Oxygen delivery strategies such as non-invasive ventilation and high-flow nasal cannula for managing patients also generate large amounts of viral-laden aerosols. The same has led to an urgent need to develop a solution for reducing the contagious aerosol imprint in hospitals, thereby minimising the risks to HCW as well as patients. To address this issue amidst the ongoing pandemic, the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune has come up with ‘Raksha Kawach’, a patient isolation device to protect HCW from infectious aerosols. It was developed by a team led by Lt Col (Dr) Shamik Kr Paul, a neuro-anaesthesiologist and an assistant professor at AFMC’s department of anaesthesia and critical care, and Dr Ajay Suryavanshi, a biomedical engineer and an alumnus of IIT Bombay. The device is not merely Covid-specific — it is also intended to minimise the contagion load in a hospital’s atmosphere housing patients with other airborne diseases. Click here to read more

10:12 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Only 13 containment zones in Pune civic body's revised list

As Covid-19 cases fall in the city ahead of Diwali, Pune will have the smallest area under containment zones since the pandemic broke out in March. Usually, area, localities and even buildings that have five or more Covid-19 patients in close proximity are declared as containment zones. The list of such zones is revised by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) every 15 days, and Pune currently has 13 of them. On Wednesday, the PMC revised its list of containment zones by dropping 20 zones from its earlier list of 33 (declared on October 17), and keeping only 13 in it. At the end of September and beginning of October, the city had as many as 71 containment zones in the civic jurisdiction. Click here to read more

10:09 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Active Covid cases in West Bengal drop to 36,246

West Bengal’s Covid-19 discharge rate neared 89 per cent on Wednesday as a record 4,129 recoveries pushed it up to 88.88 per cent despite the addition of 3,987 new infections. The recovery surge over the past week and a half has pushed down the active caseload, which dropped to 36,246 on Wednesday. The toll, meanwhile, rose to 7,068 following 55 deaths. Keeping with the trend, a bulk of the latest cases (62.75 per cent) and deaths (43) were recorded in the South Bengal pandemic epicentre comprising Kolkata, its three neighbouring districts, and Hooghly. Click here to read more

09:44 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Covid vaccination: Massive exercise underway in Maharashtra to develop database of healthcare workers

Even as strategies are being worked out towards the preparation of Covid-19 vaccine, a massive exercise is underway by the state health department to collate data of total number of healthcare workers in government and private hospitals, and nursing homes. “We are in the process of preparing a database of beneficiaries that will be uploaded to the vaccine beneficiary management system for individualised tracking of all recipients,” Dr D N Patil, state immunisation officer told The Indian Express. A Covid-19 vaccine beneficiary management system has been developed and government and private health care facilities have been told to submit data of their workers who will be among the first to receive the vaccine against the virus. Click here to read more

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Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry of Wednesday said that India is expected to recover at a fast pace to reach pre-covid levels by the end of the financial year, conditional to incidence of a second wave triggered by fatigue with social distancing.

India’s active COVID-19 cases have fallen below 5.5 lakh and now comprise merely 6.55 per cent of the total infections as the number of recoveries crossed 76 lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The slide in active cases is supplemented by an exponential rise in recoveries, it said. The total number of recoveries has surged to 76,03,121 and exceed active cases by 70,61,716, the ministry highlighted.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has further escalated to 91.96 per cent. The ministry said new infections reported in a day have fallen below 40,000 as India registered a daily rise of 38,310 new cases on Tuesday. With 490 deaths on Monday, the toll rose to 1,23,097. Numbers usually dip on Mondays because of the relatively lower number of tests conducted on Sunday. Last Monday had recorded the lowest number of new cases in over three months. The country had reported 36,470 new cases in a span of 24 hours till 8 am on October 27. With a large number of coronavirus patients recovering every day and a sustained fall in the mortality rate, the ministry underlined, “India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues.”

Amid the pandemic, two big elections are taking place. In India, the second phase of voting for the Bihar Assembly elections is underway Tuesday. It is touted the largest election amid Covid-19 in the world. Second, the US presidential election is also taking place on November 3.


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