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Coronavirus India Highlights: Case fatality rate lowest since Mar 22, says health ministry

There are 6,53,717 active coronavirus cases at present and 71,37,229 people have recovered from the disease. 

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2020 8:20:31 am
Coronavirus India Live Updates: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar tests positiveA man walks past a painting to create awareness about wearing a mask during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in Noida. (Express file photo by Gajendra Yadav)

India on Monday reported 45,149 new Covid-19 cases, taking the country’s overall tally to 79,09,960, while 480 fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,19,014, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. There are 6,53,717 active coronavirus cases at present and 71,37,229 people have recovered from the disease. Active coronavirus cases have remained below 7 lakh for four days in a row, the health ministry said.

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The health ministry further said that India’s case fatality rate is 1.5 per cent at present, the lowest since March 22. Fourteen states/union territories have a case fatality ratio of less than 1 per cent.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Monday said he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. In a message, Pawar said his condition is fine and added, “I have tested positive for COVID-19. My health condition is fine. As a precautionary measure I have admitted self to Breach Candy Hospital on the advice of doctors.”

Meanwhile, the third phase of human trials of the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin will begin at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar soon, PTI quoted an official as saying. Principal Investigator in the Covaxin human trial and Professor in the department of Community Medicine at the Institute of Medical Science and SUM Hospital said on Sunday. IMS and SUM Hospital is among the 21 medical institutes selected across the country by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) where the third phase trial would be conducted.

The indigenous vaccine being developed by ICMR and Bharat Biotech has received the approval of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for initiating the third phase trial.

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22:13 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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21:18 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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21:06 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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20:35 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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20:14 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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"While Rs 900 will be the cost that can be levied by pathological laboratories, charges for tests conducted through laboratories at COVID-19 centres, hospitals and quarantine centres will be Rs 1400. A rate of Rs 1,800 has been allowed for testing samples collected from homes," the statement quoted Tope as saying.

19:43 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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18:54 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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18:15 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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A study by researchers at Harvard University in the US in September showed that an increase of only one microgram per cubic metre in PM 2.5 is associated with an 8 per cent increase in the COVID-19 death rate. 'Given the current limited literature, the surge of PM2.5 level in Delhi may be associated with increased COVID-19 cases... Although the literature is relatively sparse at this stage, Xiao Wu, corresponding author of the Harvard study, told PTI.

17:06 (IST)26 Oct 2020
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16:27 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Low-key Bijoya Dashami celebrations in West Bengal

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15:51 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Pakistan's active COVID-19 cases cross 10,000-mark

Pakistan's active coronavirus patients have crossed the 10,000-mark, showing a slow but steady rise in numbers, amidst fear of a second wave hitting the country, the health ministry said on Monday. The number of total reported cases reached 326,602 after 77 new cases surfaced in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of National Health Services. So far, 311,075 people have recovered while 6,739 died, including three, in the last one day. The number of active patients was 10,788 in the country, the ministry reported. The rise was seen in the last few weeks after the total number of active cases was reduced to less than 6,000 in September. The positivity rate was also reduced to 1.28 on August 31 but resurged and now stood at 2.78, it said.

15:13 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally nears 1-lakh mark

At least 258 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand, pushing the state's coronavirus caseload to 99,686 on Monday, a health official said. The COVID-19 death toll in the state rose to 866 with two more fatalities reported from Ranchi and East Singhbhum district, he said. Bokaro district reported the highest number of new cases at 49, followed by Dhanbad (39) and Ranchi (35), the official said. The state now has 5,844 active coronavirus cases, while 92,976 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said.

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar tests positive At the Daresi Dussehra Ground in Ludhiana on Sunday. (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Air pollution in Delhi doubles amid Dussehra celebrations

Air pollution levels rose in the capital on Dussehra as firecrackers were burned, nearly doubling the concentration of pollutants at five monitoring stations after 6pm on Sunday.

The rise in pollution levels were noticed even as wind speed at the five monitoring stations — a crucial meteorological factor that helps in dispersion of pollutants — remained constant and low, ranging between 0.1 and 1 metre per second, as per data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

Blueprint for coronavirus vaccine drive next year

An SMS delivered to the beneficiary days before vaccination, detailing the time and place; a QR code certificate, generated after each dose; and, health facilities involving the large network of schools, on the lines of elections, in the immunisation drive to ensure speedy access to the vaccine.

These are among the key features discussed in detail by an expert group, currently developing the blueprint for conducting the country’s largest immunisation drive against Covid-19 early next year, The Indian Express has learnt.

 

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