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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: Active COVID-19 cases fall below 5.5 lakh; recoveries exceed active cases by 70 lakh

Delhi recorded over 6,700 fresh COVID-19 cases for the first time on Tuesday taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2020 10:03:14 am
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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.”

Delhi recorded over 6,700 fresh COVID-19 cases for the first time on Tuesday taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4 lakh, even as the positivity rate stood at 11.29 per cent amid festive season and rising pollution in the city. The 6,725 fresh cases came out of the 59,540 tests conducted the previous day. This is the first time when the number of daily cases has crossed the 6,000-mark. The previous highest single-day spike till date here — 5,891 cases — was recorded on Friday.

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21:57 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Pakistan PM directs authorities to strike balance between livelihood and COVID-19 control measures

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the authorities to strike a balance between livelihood and COVID-19 control measures as the country grappled to contain the second wave of the pandemic. Khan made the comments while chairing the meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC) to formulate measures to combat the coronavirus. It was attended by key Cabinet ministers, while chief ministers took part in it through video link.

The surge in the number of cases and lack of regard for the COVID-19 guidelines by the public have led to fears among authorities that the situation could get worse, making it hard to turn the tide against the second wave. '(The) Prime Minister directed all stake holders to balance between disease control measures and livelihood of people,' according to the statement issued by the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), the country's coronavirus control body.

20:58 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Delhi records 6,725 cases, daily infection tally crosses 6,000-mark for first time

Delhi recorded over 6,700 fresh COVID-19 cases for the first time on Tuesday taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4 lakh, even as the positivity rate stood at 11.29 per cent amid festive season and rising pollution in the city. The 6,725 fresh cases came out of the 59,540 tests conducted the previous day. This is the first time when the number of daily cases has crossed the 6,000-mark.

The previous highest single-day spike till date here -- 5,891 cases -- was recorded on Friday. Forty-eight new fatalities were recorded, pushing the death toll in the national capital to 6,652, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. Delhi had recorded over 5,000 daily cases for five days on the trot, ending Sunday when the count stood at 5,664.

20:14 (IST)03 Nov 2020
169 new COVID-19 cases in Noida, tally at 18,339

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded 169 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the district's infection tally to 18,339, official data showed. The number of active cases came down to 1,280 from 1,289 on Monday, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.

On the brighter side, 178 more patients got discharged during the period and the overall number of recoveries in the district reached 16,991, sixth highest in the state, it showed. The district's death toll stood at 68 with a mortality rate of 0.37 per cent. The recovery rate of patients improved slightly to 92.64 per cent from 92.53 per cent for the previous day, the statistics showed.

Meanwhile, the number of active cases in UP came down to 22,538 from 23,035 on Monday. The overall recoveries in the state reached 4,57,708 as the death toll linked to COVID-19 climbed to 7,089 on Tuesday, the data showed.

19:46 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Nepal's COVID-19 death toll crosses 1,000

Nepal on Tuesday reported 20 COVID-19-related fatalities, bringing the country's death toll to 1,004.  The country also recorded 3,114 new cases, pushing the national infection tally to 179,614. There are currently 37,476 active coronavirus cases in the country.

19:23 (IST)03 Nov 2020
954 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, six deaths, 1,197 recover

Gujarat reported 954 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, raising its case tally to 1,75,633, the state health department said. With six new deaths, the state's COVID-19 death toll rose to 3,734, it said. Recoveries during the day again outnumbered new cases, with 1,197 patients getting discharged. The number of recovered cases in the state thus rose to 1,59,448. With this, Gujarat has achieved a recovery rate of 90.78 per cent. The health department said 52,739 tests were conducted for the virus in the last 24 hours, increasingthe total number of samples tested so far to 62,10,550.

18:45 (IST)03 Nov 2020
J&K reports 478 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 478 new COVID-19 cases and 12 fatalities, raising the tally to 96,188 and the death toll to 1,502, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 195 were reported from the Jammu division and 283 from the Kashmir Valley, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 111 cases, followed by 106 in Jammu. There are now 5,968 active cases in the UT, while 88,718 patients have recovered, they said. The union territory reported 12 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours -- four from the Jammu division and eight from the Kashmir Valley, taking the death toll 1,502, the officials said. (PTI)

17:49 (IST)03 Nov 2020
70% dedicated beds unoccupied in Bengaluru as active cases lessen

As Bengaluru continues to witness the trend of Covid-19 recoveries outnumbering new cases since mid-October, the same has left more dedicated beds vacant in hospitals and Covid Care Centres (CCC) in the city as well.

Data from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on live bed allocation in the city indicates that 70 per cent of the beds are vacant as on Tuesday. According to the Covid-19 hospital bed status portal, 8536 beds out of the total 12,207 beds allocated in the city are unoccupied. Of these, 72 per cent of the beds in government hospitals and medical colleges are available for patient intake while around 70 per cent of the total beds available in private facilities are unoccupied. As many as 548 beds in government-run CCCs are also vacant.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) set up by individuals and members of various NGOs and other organisations in the city have observed a drop in the number of people seeking their help to book a hospital bed for Covid-19 treatment. 'A decline of 50 to 60 per cent has been noted in the last fortnight as compared to the same during the first half of October,' Ameen Mudassar of the Sigma foundation, a member of ERT said.

However, he added that this cannot be directly attributed to the spread of the pandemic slowing down as cases where people prefer treatment at home has also seen a rise consequently. (With inputs from Ralph Alex Arakkal)

17:33 (IST)03 Nov 2020
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16:50 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Uttar Pradesh records 1,726 fresh cases, 13 deaths

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 7,089 on Tuesday with 13 more people succumbing to the disease, while 1,726 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,87,335, a government spokesman said. The recovery rate in the state has reached over 92 per cent and the number of deaths on Tuesday was the lowest in almost five months. The number of active cases currently stood at 22,538, of which 9,599 are in home isolation. On Monday, over 1.58 lakh tests were done and altogether over 1.53 crore tests have been performed, the spokesman said, adding that UP was the only state to have conducted over 1.50 crore tests.

15:45 (IST)03 Nov 2020
India's active COVID-19 cases fall below 5.5 lakh; recoveries exceed active cases by 70 lakh

Achieving a significant milestone in the fight against coronavirus, 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. 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."

15:24 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Some countries have still not removed restrictions on entry of Indians: Hardeep Singh Puri

Some countries have still not removed restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals and the central government is ready to fly passengers to these countries whenever they ease their limits, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is one such country that does not allow airlines to bring passengers from India currently amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are operating international flights under VBM (Vande Bharat Mission) since May 6, 2020. However, some countries, including some in the Gulf region, have still not removed restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals," Puri said on Twitter.

"We are ready to fly passengers to these countries whenever they ease restrictions," he added.

On October 22, the minister had said that the average fares on special flights operating between Kerala and Bahrain are between Rs 30,000 and Rs 39,000 as the Gulf country allows only 750 passengers to come from India per week. Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

15:09 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Sri Lanka postpones school reopening

Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a surge of COVID-19 patients from two clusters in Colombo and the capital's suburbs. Schools had been scheduled to reopen November 9, but the government announced Tuesday that classes would not resume until November 23.

Schools were suddenly closed last month as a precautionary measure after a new cluster of coronavirus infections centered on a garment factory erupted in the densely populated Western province, where the capital is. Another cluster centered on the country's main fish market arose later. The two clusters have now grown to 7,856 confirmed cases, with 275 in the previous 24 hours. The total caseload for the pandemic stands at 11,335 with 21 deaths from COVID-19. (AP)

14:03 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Gurgaon: Admin issues advisory ahead of festive season

With more than 300 cases of the novel coronavirus being detected in Gurgaon everyday, the district health department Tuesday released an "Advisory for the festival season". It urged people to follow protocol, including social distancing and wearing masks, and appealed not to "move unnecessarily out of home".

13:55 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Mumbai: Bandra court gets Covid-19 testing facility for lawyers

The family court in Bandra has got a Covid-19 testing facility for lawyers and litigants before entering the premises. The principal judge Monday made testing mandatory before entering court, but later revised it and said it was optional. Physical hearings began on Monday, months after the coronavirus outbreak began in India.

11:28 (IST)03 Nov 2020
India accuses Pakistan of taking advantage of pandemic to increase cross-border terrorism

India on Monday accused Pakistan of taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to enhance support to cross-border terrorism. "While the world has come to a standstill due to the pandemic, Pakistan has only enhanced support to cross-border terrorism taking advantage of the pandemic," First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Ashish Sharma said. He also said Pakistan had resorted to "unbridled hate speech trying to foment violence and intolerance in our country," reported PTI. Sharma was speaking at the Third Committee meeting of the General Assembly.

10:41 (IST)03 Nov 2020
On Centre’s plan to stem Covid surge in Delhi: Testing in markets, salons

After recording over 5,000 cases for five consecutive days, the national capital Monday recorded 4,001 new infections. The Centre, which has said the recent spurt was due to ongoing festivities, has come up with an elaborate plan to contain the spread of the disease in the coming days. The measures include targeted RT-PCR testing in restaurants, market places and barber shops; ensuring availability of enough beds and ventilators; and aggressive contact tracing of those quarantined. Read more here

10:18 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Haryana survey finds sero prevalence in 14.8% population

A second serological survey in Haryana has found Covid-19 antibodies in 14.8 per cent of the population. Haryana’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Usha Gupta, said, “Rural areas of Faridabad and Jind were found to have the highest positivity rate of 25.5 per cent. Urban areas of Faridabad, Yamunanagar and Panipat districts had the highest sero-positivity rates of 40.2 per cent, 37.1 per cent and 36.3 per cent, respectively”. Read more here

09:48 (IST)03 Nov 2020
India Coronavirus Update: Only 38,310 cases detected on Monday

Only 38,310 new cases of coronavirus infection detected on Monday. Numbers usually dip on Monday because of the relatively lower number of tests on Sunday. Last Monday had recorded the lowest number of new cases in over three months. Total number of people infected till now: 82.67 lakh. Death count over 1.23 lakh.

03:10 (IST)03 Nov 2020
20 years of life lost per Covid-19 death in India, but impact still less than road injuries: study

On an average, every person who dies from Covid-19 in India could have lived for at least 20 more years. The fatalities may cause a total loss of more than four million life years in a full year, according to experts. Still, the impact of Covid-19 deaths is expected to be far less than road injuries, a new study has found. Read More

03:09 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Over 8 lakh people in Pimpri-Chinchwad have Covid antibodies, shows sero-survey

Nearly 35 per cent of the 25 lakh-odd population in Pimpri-Chinchwad ― almost 8.5 lakh residents ― have developed Covid-19 antibodies, according to a sero-survey conducted by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Dr D Y Patil Medical College and Research Institute. Read More

Boating in Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake in resumed after 228 days on Sunday. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

A cross-sectional study conducted by researchers from AIIMS on 330 patients concluded that the rapid antigen test showed an excellent specificity to ‘rule-in’ Covid-19 patients within the first five days of illness with a moderate sensitivity.

The overall sensitivity and specificity of the test was 81.8% and 99.6% respectively, and the test accuracy was 95.4%. Sensitivity of the test was higher (85.9%) in participants with duration of illness lesser than five days.

The study, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, was done on patients admitted at AIIMS, Delhi, between May 31 and July 24. Researchers included symptomatic patients and asymptomatic/pre-symptomatic contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases with exposure between 5 and 10 days.

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