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Coronavirus India LIVE: Community transmission limited to certain districts, not happening across country, says Harsh Vardhan

Coronavirus India Live Updates: The country's tally of 74,94,552 cases included 7,83,311 active cases, 65,97,210 recoveries and 1,14,031 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2020 10:08:39 pm
Coronavirus India Live Updates: Govt says Pan-India Covid genome studies suggest virus genetically stableA health worker sorts samples for COVID-19 test at Nehru Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, in New Delhi, Saturday, Oct 17, 2020. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said community transmission of the coronavirus infection is restricted to certain districts in a limited number of states, clarifying that “this is not happening across the country”, news agency PTI reported. The minister said this during an interaction with his social media followers on the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad”. He also said that negligence during Onam led to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, and other states should ‘learn a lesson’ from this.

India reported 61,871 new Covid-19 cases and 1,033 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Sunday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The country’s tally of 74,94,552 cases included 7,83,311 active cases, 65,97,210 recoveries and 1,14,031 deaths.

Maintaining a “steady declining trend”, the number of active Covid-19 cases in India stayed below eight lakh for the second consecutive day on Sunday and comprised 10.45 per cent of the total caseload, the health ministry said. The Covid-19 recovery rate in the country has improved to 88.03 per cent, it said.

As many as 22 states and Union territories, including Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have less than 20,000 active cases. “The declining trend of the active cases is complemented by the unbroken rising number of recovered cases,” the ministry further said.

A total of 72,614 coronavirus patients have recovered and discharged in a day, with Maharashtra contributing over 14,000 single-day recoveries. India ranks second behind the United States in terms of total coronavirus caseload and active cases, and third in terms of fatalities globally behind the US and Brazil.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: 61,871 new Covid-19 cases and 1,033 deaths reported in last 24 hours; recovery rate improves to 88.03%. Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:08 (IST)18 Oct 2020
For first time in 135 days, no coronavirus fatality in Haryana

No coronavirus-related fatality was reported in Haryana during the past 24 hours even as the state reported 952 fresh cases Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily bulletin. The recovery rate of patients, meanwhile, reached 92.21 per cent.

“Haryana health department is happy to announce that no causality has been reported on account of Covid-19 today. This is after four months and 12 days or after 135 days as the last such day was 6th June. While it is heartening, there is no room for complacency and the Haryana health department will remain in highest position of alert till there is a lasting solution to the Covid-19 infection,” said Rajeev Arora, ACS (Health), Haryana.

In September, for several days Haryana had been reporting more than 20 fatalities during a 24-hour period.

21:36 (IST)18 Oct 2020
13 deaths, 476 fresh virus cases in Punjab

Thirteen more people died from coronavirus in Punjab on Sunday as 476 fresh cases took the state's infection tally to 1,27,630.
So far, 4,012 people have died from the infection in the state, according to a medical bulletin.  The places which reported new coronavirus cases included Ludhiana (67), Hoshiarpur (64) and Jalandhar (54). There are 5,735 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of now, according to the bulletin.  A total of 958 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from infection on Sunday, taking the number of cured people to 1,17,883. Twenty-three critical patients are on ventilator while 145 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said.

20:51 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Maharashtra: 9,060 new COVID-19 cases; 11,204 recover, 150 die

Maharashtra reported a single-day rise of 9,060 coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the state's COVID 19 tally to 15,95,381, the health department said. The death of 150 patients due to the pandemic pushed the toll further to 42,115, it said in a statement. As many as 11,204 patients were discharged during the day. With this, the state's recovery count went up to 13,69,810. There are 1,82,973 active cases in the state now. So far 81,39,466 people have been tested, the department said.

20:38 (IST)18 Oct 2020
French virus curfew produces eerie quiet on streets of Paris

The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed 9 p.m. curfew that is scheduled to last for at least four weeks. The measure was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron to curb the resurgent coronavirus as new infections peaked to over 30,000 a day. Macron said the curfews were needed to stop local hospitals from becoming overrun. In France, nearly 20 million people are covered by the curfew and eerily deserted scenes were observed in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse as well. The curfew runs until 6 a.m. daily. The country is deploying 12,000 extra police officers to enforce the new rules. Many bar and restaurant owners have bristled at the order. An earlier months-long lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus in the spring devastated the sector.

20:12 (IST)18 Oct 2020
No major mutation observed in SARS-COV 2, no indication vaccine strategy would be hindered: Study

A pan-India study by the Department of Biotechnology suggests that A2a strain of SARS-CoV-2, which is the prominent novel coronavirus subtype found in the country, has not undergone any major mutation since June and there is no indication that the vaccine or diagnostics strategy would be hindered.

The DBT’s National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani (West Bengal), along with its sister organisations ––– Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneshwar, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune, Institute of Cell Sciences and Regenerative Medicine (INStem), and National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru ––– have sequenced of 1,058 genomes in the past six months.

Saumitra Das, the director of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, said the institutes started sequencing the virus from different parts of the country from April.

19:48 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Hope of COVID-19 vaccine deployment in UK by New Year: Report

One of the UK’s senior-most medical chiefs has indicated that a vaccine against COVID-19 could be ready to be deployed by the start of the New Year, according to a media report on Sunday.

Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer and one of the government’s advisers on the coronavirus pandemic, has reportedly told members of Parliament (MPs) that the vaccine created at Oxford University and being manufactured by AstraZeneca could be ready for rollout soon after Christmas in December.

In India, the vaccine has a Serum Institute of India tie-up as it undergoes trials.

19:15 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Andhra logs 3,986 new COVID-19 cases, 23 more deaths

Another 3,986 cases of coronavirus were added in Andhra Pradesh taking its overall tally to 7.83 lakh on Sunday. The total recoveries now increased to 7.40 lakh after 4,591 got cured in 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. Also, the state reported 23 more COVID-19 deaths, the lowest in a day in more than four months. The total toll in the state was 6,429. Kurnool reported the lowest 55 new cases, the first time for any district in the state in many months. (PTI)

18:42 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Covid-19 community transmission limited to certain districts, not happening across country, says Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said community transmission of the coronavirus infection is restricted to certain districts in a limited number of states, clarifying that "this is not happening across the country". The minister said this during an interaction with his social media followers on the sixth episode of "Sunday Samvaad". He was responding to a question from a participant, who cited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's remark that there are instances of community transmission in her state and asked the minister which are the states that have witnessed community transmission of the disease.

"In different pockets across various states, including West Bengal, community transmission of COVID-19 is expected to occur, especially in densely-populated areas.

"However, this is not happening across the country. Community transmission is limited to certain districts, occurring in a limited number of states," Vardhan said. (PTI)

18:24 (IST)18 Oct 2020
28 more fatalities take Delhi's COVID-19 death toll past 6,000-mark; infection tally 3,31,017

Delhi recorded 28 more fatalities, taking the COVID-19 death toll past the 6,000-mark, while 3,299 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to over 3.31 lakh on Sunday, authorities said. According to Delhi government's health bulletin, 49,414 tests were conducted. The positivity rate stands at 6.68 per cent. The number of containment zones in the city stands at 2,770. The infection tally in the national capital stands at 3,31,017, including 3,01,716 patients, who have either recovered, have migrated out or have been discharged.  The number of active cases stands at 23,292, it added. (PTI)

17:42 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Italy approves USD 47 billion to counter pandemic's blow

The Italian government has approved 40 billion euros (USD 47 billion) in new spending to counter the pandemic's economic blow.
The stimulus package announced Sunday includes an additional 1 billion euros to the national health care system, plus funds to hire doctors and nurses to fill in during the emergency and money to pay for vaccines and other necessities to treat and combat the spread of COVID-19. There is also money to extend short-term layoff schemes, to support families, to help the underdeveloped south and to make it cheaper to hire workers under 35 years of age. Premier Giuseppe Conte is expected to approve new restrictions on people's movements later Sunday, after new infections are hitting 10,000 a day.

16:59 (IST)18 Oct 2020
4 inmates, nine prison staff COVID-19 positive in three Delhi jails

Four inmates and nine jail staff in the three prison complexes of Delhi are presently undergoing treatment for COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.  Of the four inmates undergoing treatment, three of them were recently sent to these jails, they said.
According to data shared by officials, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi Prisons till Thursday stands at 13, including nine jail staff.

"A total of 88 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Eighty-two of them have recovered and two have died, leaving four active cases. A total of 215 prison staff contracted the infection so far. Of them, 206 have recovered and nine are still under treatment," Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said. On August 21, the Delhi Prisons Department had stated that none of the inmates in the three jail complexes of Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli are COVID-19 positive and that the coronavirus situation in jails here has improved. (PTI)

16:22 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Kerala Covid-19 spurt price for ‘gross negligence during Onam’: Union health minister

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday said negligence during Onam led to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, and other states should ‘learn a lesson’ from this.

Kerala, which had successfully flattened the infection curve by the first week of May by bringing the number of active cases below 20, has added over three lakh cases since then. With daily new infections between 7,000 and 10,000, Kerala is back on the list of top 10 states with maximum caseloads.

The Union minister, answering a question from a citizen as part of his ‘Sunday Samvaad’ programme, said, “Between January 30 and May 3, Kerala reported just 499 cases and 2 deaths. The majority of the cases were concentrated in Kasaragod and Kannur districts. Subsequently, Covid-19 cases cropped up in other districts due to increase in inter and intra-state movement of people due to trade and tourism.”

15:48 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Here are Covid-19 updates from around the world

  • India records 61,871 new Covid-19 cases, 1,033 deaths; total caseload at 74,94,551
  • Covid-19 peaked in India; 10.6 million active cases by Feb 2021, says government panel
  • Nearly 100 people fined for violating Covid-19 norms on Delhi Metro
  • No mutation of coronavirus has been detected in India, says Health Minister
  • Monorail services resume in Mumbai from today
  • More than 39 million people infected by Covid-19 worldwide; death toll at 1.1 million
  • Australia's COVID-19 hotspot Victoria partially eases lockdown
  • Protest in London as Covid-19 alert level raised
  • Night curfew imposed in Paris and other French cities as cases rise
  • China finds active covid-19 virus on frozen food packaging

15:29 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Thailand closes Myanmar border crossings

Thailand has closed all border crossings between its northern province of Tak and Myanmar after five people in the Thai border town of Mae Sot tested positive for the coronavirus. The five, none of whom exhibited symptoms, are the first locally transmitted cases confirmed in Thailand since early September, when a prison inmate tested positive.

All five are members of a family of Myanmar nationals residing in Thailand. Two were initially confirmed to be affected and added to Saturday's total of Thai cases, while three were officially added Sunday. Along with cases found among people quarantined after arriving from abroad, seven additions on Sunday brought Thailand's total number of cases to 3,686, including 59 deaths. In response to the new cases, schools in the Mae Sot area were ordered closed for seven days and only take-out service is allowed at restaurants and food stalls. Shops, malls and fresh markets remain open but must take temperature checks and enforce social distancing.

14:50 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Russia shuns tough restrictions even as infections soar

It's Friday night in Moscow, and popular bars and restaurants in the city center are packed. No one except the staff is wearing a mask or bothers to keep their distance. There is little indication at all that Russia is being swept by a resurgence of coronavirus infections. "I believe that everyone will have the disease eventually," says Dr. Alexandra Yerofeyeva, an internal medicine specialist at an insurance company, while sipping a cocktail at The Bix bar in Moscow. She adds cheerfully: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The outbreak in Russia this month is breaking the records set in the spring, when a lockdown to slow the spread of the virus was put in place. But, as governments across Europe move to reimpose restrictions to counter rising cases, authorities in Russia are resisting shutting down businesses again.

13:43 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Covid-19 peaked in India; 10.6 million active cases by Feb 2021: Govt panel

A government-appointed scientific committee on Sunday said that the Covid-19 pandemic has peaked in India and that by February 2021 — when the epidemic is expected to end — the country is likely to have 10.6 million active cases. The committee also told The Indian Express that the protective measures against the virus must continue.

The committee said that had India not imposed a lockdown in March, the virus could have claimed over 25 lakh lives in the country. The present death toll stands at 1.14 lakh.

The committee was appointed by K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India and is headed by Prof M Vidyasagar of IIT Hyderabad. The Committee was constituted to co-ordinate, amongst science agencies, scientists and regulatory bodies, and take speedy decisions on R & D to implementation related to the SARS-Cov-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease.

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12:36 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Quixplained: How long can coronavirus survive on surfaces?

The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass, and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers said last week, highlighting the need for frequent cleaning and handwashing. Findings from the study by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, appear to show that in a very controlled environment the virus remained infectious for longer than other studies have found.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the study built on previous experimental studies used to draw up its existing guidance on handwashing and disinfection of surfaces. 

11:34 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Nearly 100 people fined for violating Covid-19 norms on Delhi Metro

The Delhi Police has issued 98 challans to metro passengers for violating guidelines pertaining to the Covvid-19 pandemic, PTI quoted officials as saying on Sunday.

Police personnel at metro stations have been conducting a drive to check on those violating Covid-19 guidelines. They said passengers who were not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing have been challaned.

At leats 1,903 metro trains were checked in the last four days and 98 challans were issued to passengers for violating the guidelines, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Jitendra Mani. (PTI)

11:34 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Nearly 100 people fined for violating Covid-19 norms on Delhi Metro

The Delhi Police has issued 98 challans to metro passengers for violating guidelines pertaining to the Covvid-19 pandemic, PTI quoted officials as saying on Sunday.

Police personnel at metro stations have been conducting a drive to check on those violating Covid-19 guidelines. They said passengers who were not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing have been challaned.

At leats 1,903 metro trains were checked in the last four days and 98 challans were issued to passengers for violating the guidelines, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Jitendra Mani. (PTI)

10:36 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Maharashtra: Octogenarian doctor braves pandemic to treat villagers

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has kept most senior citizens indoors, an 87-year-old doctor from Mul in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district has been going out of his way to attend to his patients in remote villages.

With only his bicycle for company, Ramchandra Dandekar has been travelling barefoot for at least 10 km every day to villages in Mul, Pombhurna and Ballarshah talukas for the last 60 years, providing free doorstep treatment to people.

The current health crisis has not deterred the practitioner of Homeopathy and Ayurveda from stepping out of his home.

Coronavirus India Live Updates: West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh tests positive for coronavirus A swab sample is being taken at a BMC medical facility for a Covid-19 rapid test in Mumbai. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Meanwhile, many Durga Puja committees in West Bengal have chosen themes such as the hardship faced by migrant labourers while returning home during lockdown to Covid-19 pandemic issue for the five-day festival starting from October 22, reported PTI.

While the journey of migrants and their plight in the first few months of the lockdown struck a chord with many organisers, others have either paid tribute to Covid-19 warriors or showed coronavirus as the demon Mahisasura to be destroyed by the Goddess.

The Durga Puja festival is relatively low-key this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession triggered by lockdown, but many Durga Puja organisers have still pitched for theme-based puja like in past years on contemporary issues, designing pandal decoration, illumination and interiors, a trend that has been prevalent for the past 20 years.

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