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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: Over 5,000 new cases recorded for 5th consecutive day in Delhi

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By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2020 9:57:16 am
Delhi coronavirus, delhi news, delhi airport, delhi international departure, Delhi airport covid testing, IGIA covid testingCovid-19 testing at a school in Saket, New Delhi. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Coronavirus India News HIGHLIGHTS: The national capital recorded 5,664 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the infection tally to over 3.92 lakh, even as the positivity rate jumped to nearly 13 per cent, authorities said.

According to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin, the death toll has risen to 6,562 with 51 more fatalities. This is the fifth day on the trot that the city has reported over 5,000 new cases amid festivities and rising pollution in the city. A total of 5,062 new cases were reported on Saturday, 5,891 on Friday — the highest so far — 5,739 on Thursday and 5,673 on Wednesday.

The number of deaths reported on Sunday was the highest in the last five days. The city reported 41 deaths on Saturday, 47 on Friday, 27 on Thursday, 40 on Wednesday, 44 on Tuesday and 54 on Monday. Of the 3,92,370 cases reported in Delhi so far, 3,51,635 have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out, the bulletin said.

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India records 46,964 new Covid-19 cases, 470 deaths in the last 24 hours; total caseload touches 81.84 lakh. Follow this space for the latest updates.

05:21 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Mumbai: Residential complexes in northern suburbs remain a challenge in Covid fight

High rises and residential complexes in Mumbai’s northern suburbs — Borivli, Kandivali and Malad — continue to pose a challenge to the civic body in managing Covid-19 situation. According to the BMC data, the highest number of sealed buildings are located in R Central ward, which covers Borivli and Gorai areas, which have recorded the highest active Covid-19 cases. Read More

04:40 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Gujarat: Daily Covid-19 cases dip to less than 900

Gujarat reported fewer than 900 fresh coronavirus cases Sunday, indicating a further dip in the number of daily cases reported over the past few days. A total of 860 new cases were reported in the state on the day, down from 935 cases reported Saturday and 969 a day earlier. Read More

01:27 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Compared with September, October sees 70% drop in Covid-19 cases in PCMC areas

Compare with September, October recorded a staggering 70 per cent drop in Covid-19 cases in Pimpri-Chinchwad. The civic administration, however, reiterated that it is too early to say the situation is fully under control. Read More

22:58 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Sikkim reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, one more death

Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,958 as 18 more persons tested positive for the virus while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 73, an official said on Sunday. Of the 18 new cases, East Sikkim district reported 16 cases and South Sikkim two, state Information Education and Communication (IEC) member Sonam Bhutia said.

Sikkim presently has 234 active COVID-19 cases, while 3,569 patients have recovered from the disease and 82 others have migrated to other states, Bhutia said. The Himalayan state has so far reported 73 deaths due to COVID-19.

East Sikkim district has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 2,947. A total of 56,699 samples have been tested so far for COVID-19 including 133 samples in the last-24-hours, the official added.

22:54 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases recorded for 5th consecutive day in Delhi; positivity rate nearly 13%

The national capital recorded 5,664 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the infection tally to over 3.92 lakh, even as the positivity rate jumped to nearly 13 per cent, authorities said. According to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin, the death toll has risen to 6,562 with 51 more fatalities. This is the fifth day on the trot that the city has reported over 5,000 new cases amid festivities and rising pollution in the city.

A total of 5,062 new cases were reported on Saturday, 5,891 on Friday -- the highest so far -- 5,739 on Thursday and 5,673 on Wednesday. The number of deaths reported on Sunday was the highest in the last five days. The city reported 41 deaths on Saturday, 47 on Friday, 27 on Thursday, 40 on Wednesday, 44 on Tuesday and 54 on Monday.

Of the 3,92,370 cases reported in Delhi so far, 3,51,635 have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out, the bulletin said.

21:56 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Punjab reports 325 fresh cases, 12 more deaths

Punjab recorded 325 fresh Covid cases and 12 deaths on Sunday. The total infections reached 1,33,975 and the toll climbed to 4,214. Among 12 deaths reported as per the state bulletin released by the health department, two each were reported from Jalandhar, Patiala and Tarn Taran; and one each from Ludhiana, Sangrur, Fazilka and Moga.

The maximum fresh cases were recorded in Ludhiana (68), followed by Jalandhar (61), Mohali (32), Patiala (28) and Amritsar (23). Just one fresh case was recorded in Fatehgarh Sahib district while the number stood at zero for Tarn Taran. As many as 368 patients recovered on Sunday while 16 patients continue to be 'critical and on ventilator support' and 99 are on oxygen support.

According to the district-wise data for total cases, Ludhiana is leading the tally with 20,360 total cases, 339 active cases and 840 deaths. It is followed by Jalandhar with 15,195 total cases, 608 active cases and 470 deaths. Patiala has recorded 12,837 total cases, 290 active cases and 380 deaths. At the bottom of the tally is Mansa district with 1,925 total cases, 75 active cases and 36 deaths. The total tally in Punjab stands at 1,33,975 total cases, 4,195 active cases, 1,25,566 recoveries and 4,214 deaths.

19:22 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Manipur govt issues new SOP for appropriate behavior at local level

Manipur health department issued a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for COVID Appropriate Behaviour to be enforced at local, village and community level.

Manipur Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar, in a notification issued late Saturday evening, stated that the new SOP was introduced to check the continued local spread of COVID-19 in different parts of the state owing to the failure of the people not following existing SOPs.

“The local spread of COVID-19 continues in different parts of the state. As such, there is need to implement a comprehensive set of public heatlh measures that are adapted to the local context and epidemiology of the disease”, said Rajesh Kumar.

As per the new SOP, it has not only restricted selling of tobacco products in all localities but also consumption of alcoholic drinks.

It said that local shops that do not enforce physical distancing by their customers may be forcibly closed for a week. Restriction has been put in place in the entry and exit of non-locals in any locality at night.

Social and customary ceremonies, rituals and funerals have been limited for the family members only. In case of where other persons are required to attend such functions, the size of the gathering should be limited to 20 or less, it said.

It maintained that get-togethers, mingling with neighbours, friends or relatives, playing cards/ ludos, gathering in tea shops, occupying public places/ spaces in groups should be avoided. Besides, restrictions may be made in the entry and exit of non-locals during night, it said.

To organised gathering of large people for social, sports, cultural event among others is permitted if there is concrete justification after obtaining permission of the DC concerned and 50 per cent limit of the hall by maintaining strict safety protocols.

The notification stated that the enforcement of the guidelines will be looked after by Covid Awareness cum Enforcement Committees at the state level, assembly level, district level and local level.

(By Jimmy Leivon)

18:56 (IST)01 Nov 2020
COVID-19 cases cross 18,000-mark in Noida

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded 173 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the district's infection tally to 18,012, official data showed. The number of active cases reached 1,261 from 1,225 on Saturday, according to the data released by the state health department for a 24-hour period.

On the brighter side, 137 more patients got discharged during the period and the overall number of recoveries in the district reached 16,683, 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 dropped to 92.62 per cent from 92.75 per cent the previous day, the statistics showed. Meanwhile, the number of active cases in the state came down to 23,323 from 23,768 on Saturday. It was 27,317 on last Sunday, the data showed.

The overall recoveries in the state reached 4,53,458 as the death toll linked to COVID-19 climbed to 7,051 on Sunday. So far, 4,83,832 people have tested positive for the infection in Uttar Pradesh, according to government officials.

18:02 (IST)01 Nov 2020
77 new COVID-19 cases in Tripura; tally rises to 30,794

Tripura's COVID-19 tally rose to 30,794 on Sunday as 77 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

Tripura at present has 1,403 active COVID-19 cases, while 29,025 people have recovered from the disease and 23 patients have migrated to other states, he said.

The state has so far reported 343 COVID-19 deaths, the official said. As many as 4,59,894 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, he said, adding that 2,72,711 samples were tested by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and 1,87,183 by RTPCR method.

16:30 (IST)01 Nov 2020
UP: Wife, daughter of Shahjahanpur DM test COVID-19 positive

The wife and daughter of the district magistrate of Shahjahanpur have tested positive for COVID-19, the senior official said on Sunday. The city magistrate of Shahjahanpur too has tested positive for the virus and is under home quarantine.

District magistrate of Shahjahanpur Indra Vikram Singh said his wife was feeling feverish since the last few days and got herself tested along with their daughter. Singh said he has tested negative but quarantined himself at his official residence while his wife and daughter are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Ghaziabad, he said.

15:28 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Delhi: Steady rise in home isolation cases since Oct 21; 5,866 in last 10 days

The number of COVID-19 patients under home isolation in Delhi has jumped by a margin of over 5,800 in the last ten days, even as crowding due to festivities, rise in pollution and other factors have led to a massive surge in daily cases lately.

The count of home quarantined cases on October 19 was 14,164 which fell marginally on October 20 to 14,046. However, since then, these cases showed an upward trend, and on October 31 the figures stood at 20,093, according to official data.

In this period, the number of containment zones have also increased from 2,724 on October 21 to 3,274 on October 31.

Delhi recorded 5,062 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the infection tally to over 3.86 lakh, even as the positivity rate jumped to nearly 11.5 per cent. This was the fourth consecutive day when over 5,000 cases were reported in a day. The highest single-day spike till date -- 5,891 cases -- was recorded on Friday.

14:55 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Comedian Bhuvan Bam tests positive for coronavirus

Comedian and YouTube personality Bhuvan Bam has tested positive for coronavirus. The artiste announced the news through a series of Instagram stories on Sunday.

Sharing that he had been unwell for the past few days, the YouTuber wrote, “Beetey kuch dino se tabiyat kharaab chal rahi hai (I’ve been unwell for the last few days). Test results have come and I’m Covid positive.”

Bam added, “Iss virus ko lightly mat lena (don’t take this virus lightly). Mask lagaao (wear a mask). Keep sanitising yourself. And social distancing maintain karo. Sab theek raha toh mil jaaunga yahin pe (You will find me here if everything goes well).” READ MORE

13:46 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Uttar Pradesh: Wife, daughter of Shahjahanpur DM test positive for COVID-19

The wife and daughter of Shahjahanpur district magistrate have tested positive for COVID-19, a senior official said on Sunday, reported PTI

The city magistrate of Shahjahanpur has also tested positive for coronavirus and is under home quarantine.

Indra Vikram Singh, District magistrate of Shahjahanpur, said his wife was feeling feverish since the last few days and got herself tested along with their daughter. Singh said he has tested negative but quarantined himself at his official residence while his wife and daughter are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Ghaziabad.

12:32 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Bharat Biotech likely to launch Covaxin in second quarter next year

Bharat Biotech is planning to launch its vaccine for COVID-19 in the second quarter next year if it gets the requisite approvals from the Indian regulatory authorities, a top company official said.

It said its immediate focus is to conduct the Phase 3 trials successfully across sites in the country.

The company’s vaccine candidate -Covaxin- has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology (NIV) using inactivated Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated in an ICMR lab.

11:22 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Bengal: Density, high number of elderly people push up Covid fatality rate, say officials

A large number of elderly citizens with co-morbidities, a high population density and negligence towards hospitalisation were among the reasons for rising Covid-related death and positivity rates in West Bengal, said health officials on Saturday.

At 1.86 per cent, West Bengal has the second highest death rate (proportion of fatality to Covid-19 cases) in the country after Maharashtra’s 2.6 per cent while the national average hovers around 1.5 per cent. In the initial phase of the pandemic, West Bengal’s Covid death rate was a whopping 12.5 per cent.

In the last one month, the positivity rate has jumped from 7.23 per cent to 9.33 per cent in West Bengal.

10:46 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Telangana's Covid-19 tally rises to 2.40 lakh

Telangana's Covid-19 tally rose to 2,40,048, with 1,416 new cases while five fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,341, PTI quoted the state government as saying.

There are 18,241 active cases in the state while as many as 15,388 people were in home isolation, a bulletin said on October 31.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent, as compared to the national average of 1.5 per cent.

02:30 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Mumbai: GT hospital to reconvert into non-Covid facility

Doctors at Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) hospital have now started pushing the state government to consider converting GT hospital back into a non-Covid facility, as routine non-Covid procedures have been on hold since March. Read More

02:05 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Study by Ahmedabad hospital: ‘Several Covid patients admitted in ICU developed acute kidney injury’

An observational study conducted by an Ahmedabad-based private hospital among 549 Covid-19 patients has found that those admitted in intensive care unit (ICU) often have higher prevalence of comorbidities and a greater predisposition of developing complications, even as age affected the disease course adversely, resulting in poorer outcomes in the elderly. Read More

01:21 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Gujarat: Dip in new cases, Covid tally crosses 1.73 lakh

Gujarat saw a further decline in daily Covid-19 cases with 935 fresh cases reported Saturday which took the state’s total virus count to over 1.73 lakh. In October, the state had added over 35,600 cases, a drop from September when it had reported around 41,000 cases. Read More

00:42 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu agriculture minister succumbs to Covid-19

Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikkannu died Saturday owing to COVID-19-related complications.

The 72-year-old AIADMK leader had been hospitalised in the second week of October. Late on October 31, Kauvery Hospital in Chennai released a statement saying he had passed away. Doraikkannu was a three-term MLA. 

Crowded Sarojini Nagar market ahead of festivals in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced more relaxations, allowing schools, colleges, cinemas, zoos and amusement parks to reopen from next month. According to the latest government release, classes for standards 9-12, colleges, research institutions and other educational institutions may resume from November 16. Suburban train services, as per the Central government's decision, have also been allowed to resume.

The Manipur government also extended the unlock guidelines issued on October 1 till November 30. Although the government had allowed opening of schools, colleges, education institutions and coaching institutions, separate guidelines and SOP would be issued soon.

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