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Coronavirus India highlights: Winters, festivities may reverse gains made against COVID-19, says Harsh Vardhan

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease also surged to 78,68,968, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.49 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2020 8:35:09 am
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed on Monday the COVID-19 situation in nine states, including West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, and expressed concern that the winters and the festive season could potentially threaten the gains made against the viral infection. Interacting with the state health ministers and principal secretaries or additional chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana and Kerala, he stressed that India has the highest recovery rate and one of the lowest fatality rate, globally.

India on Monday reported 45,903 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours. The caseload in the country now stands at 85,53,657. With 490 new deaths, the death toll in the country mounted to 1,26,611. There are a total of 5,09,673 active cases after a decrease of 2,992 cases in the last 24 hours. A total of 79,17,373 have cured from the disease, while 48,405 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours.

Amid growing backlash from the opposition BJP, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that his government will soon reopen places of worship across the state after Diwali and is ready to face any criticism for the welfare of his state till then. The chief minister also urged citizens to avoid burning fire crackers and continue wearing masks during the festive period. In a public address via video-conferencing, Thackeray said: “We will open the temples and places of worship soon. Let Diwali be over. But even when we open the temples, you can leave your chappals [slippers] outside but not your mask.”

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Over 8.5 million coronavirus cases in India; over 1.2 lakh fatalities; recovery rate at 92.49 per cent. Get latest updates here.

04:20 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Gujarat reports 971 fresh Covid cases, five deaths

Gujarat’s coronavirus tally touched nearly 1.82 lakh cases on Monday with 971 fresh cases, the state health department data said. Five persons, including one in Mehsana, succumbed to the viral infection on the day, it said. Read More

20:40 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Winters, festivities may reverse gains made against COVID-19, says Vardhan at review meet

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed on Monday the COVID-19 situation in nine states, including West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, and expressed concern that the winters and the festive season could potentially threaten the gains made against the viral infection.

Interacting with the state health ministers and principal secretaries or additional chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana and Kerala, he stressed that India has the highest recovery rate and one of the lowest fatality rate, globally.

Vardhan informed the meeting that of the total active cases in the country, only 0.44 per cent were on ventilator support, 2.47 per cent in ICU and just 4.13 per cent occupied oxygen-supported beds, according to a Health Ministry statement. He, however, said the nine states and some districts there have been reporting a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, high average daily cases on a weekly average, decline in testing, high rate of mortality within the first 24 or 48 or 72 hours of hospitalisation, high doubling rate and higher death among the vulnerable population.

19:46 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Hard-hit Belgium sees light at the end of virus tunnel

Belgian health authorities are confident the second wave of hospital admissions related to COVID-19 has peaked in the hard-hit country. Speaking at a news conference by the coronavirus crisis center Monday, virologist Yves Van Laethem said about 400 people were hospitalised due to coronavirus complications on Sunday, compared with 879 on November 3. 'Subject to an unpleasant surprise,' the peak in hospital admissions was reached that day, Van Laethem said.

Some 6,948 patients are currently being treated in Belgian hospitals following a COVID-19-infection. It's about 500 less than on November 3. To break the chain of contamination, Belgium has returned to partial lockdown measures including the closure of nonessential shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the extension of the autumn school vacation. (AP)

19:27 (IST)09 Nov 2020
3,593 new cases recorded in Kerala; Toll climbs to 1,714 with 22 deaths

In a dip in fresh coronavirus infections, Kerala recorded 3,593 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, pushing the caseload to 4,89,702, while the toll climbed to 1,714 with new 22 fatalities, Health minister K K Shailaja said. As many as 5983 people were cured of the
infection, taking the total recoveries to 4,08,460, while 79,410 people are undergoing treatment for the disease, the minister said in a press release. Kerala had recorded 5,440 fresh coronavirus cases yesterday. In the last 24 hours, 32,489 samples were sent for testing, taking the aggregate to 51,30,922 specimens examined so far.

18:49 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Bangladesh makes masks mandatory at places of worship

Bangladesh has made wearing of masks mandatory at places of worship, including mosques, churches and temples, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as the total number of cases crossed 420,000 in the country, according to a media report. The Religious Affairs Ministry, in a notice, said that people have become careless in their use of masks despite various guidelines issued by the ministry to wear them at all religious sites, the Dhaka Tribune reported on Sunday.

"So, fresh instructions have been issued to ensure social distancing, proper health guidelines, and the wearing of masks at religious sites," the notice said. All places of worship including mosques, temples, and churches have been requested to announce the directives regularly through their loudspeakers or megaphones, it added.

As of Sunday, Bangladesh registered 420,238 COVID-19 cases and 6,067 deaths from the deadly disease. (PTI)

17:55 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

Pfizer Inc on Monday said its experimental vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data from a large study, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed over 1 million people, roiled the world’s economy and upended daily life.

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE are the first drugmakers to show successful data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine. The companies said they have so far found no serious safety concerns and expect to seek U.S. emergency use authorization later this month.

If authorized, the number of vaccine doses will initially be limited. Many questions also remain including how long the vaccine will provide protection. However, the news provides hope that other vaccines in development against the novel coronavirus may also prove effective.

16:52 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Tripura reports 26 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities

Tripura's COVID-19 tally rose to 31,543 on Monday as 26 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Two fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 356, he said. West Tripura district, under which Agartala falls, has reported 184 coronavirus fatalities so far, the official said. Tripura now has 1,222 active coronavirus cases, while 29,942 people have recovered from the disease and 23 patients have migrated to other states, he said.

15:51 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Delhi: Fifty per cent jump in home isolation cases in 2 weeks; containment zones count up by 32 per cent

As the national capital reels under the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of patients under home isolation in Delhi has mounted to 24,723, a rise of 50 per cent in the last two weeks, while the containment zones count has expanded by over 32 per cent in the same period. Coronavirus cases have spiralled since October 28 when 5673 fresh cases were recorded and on November 8, the daily infection tally was 7745, the highest single-day spike here till date. In this period, a staggering over 74,000 new cases have been reported.

The number of home isolation cases on October 26 stood at 16,396 and the containment zones count that day was 2930, according to official data. On October 28, the number of fresh cases breached the 5000-mark for the first time and the home quarantined cases rose to 16,822. With the third wave of the pandemic hitting the national capital, daily cases surged and containment zones count kept mounting, standing at 3878 on Sunday. The positivity rate which stood at 8.23 per cent on October 26 spiralled to 15.26 per cent on Sunday. (PTI)

15:06 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Mask to turn campaign tool in COVID-19 era local body polls in Kerala

You may feel some difficulty to speak while wearing a mask but that small piece of cloth will 'speak' more in the upcoming local body elections in Kerala, the first to be held in the southern state adhering to COVID-19 protocols. The local body polls in the state would be held in three phases from December 8. Cloth masks, with party symbols and messages requesting vote, are wooing voters as the campaign for the three-phased polls is catching up in the state.

As restrictions are imposed on marches and mass gatherings and the number of people accompanying candidates for house visits is strictly regulated in the wake of the pandemic, various political parties are exploring novel ways to reach out to voters. Besides social media platforms, masks have become one of the most sought-after campaign materials in the state. (PTI)

14:30 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Uttar Pradesh: Covid count inches to 5 lakh

With 2,247 fresh cases of Covid reported in the past 24 hours, the cumulative number of cases has reached close to 5 lakh on Sunday. At the same time, 26 fresh deaths — five in Meerut, two in Gorakhpur — were reported in the state, taking the death toll to 7,206. Out of the total cases, 4,67,108 patients have recovered — 94 per cent recovery rate. In the past 24 hours, 1,858 patients were discharged. The state now has 23,249 active cases. The fresh cases reported include 231 from Lucknow, 223 from Ghaziabad, 204 from Meerut and 139 from Gautam Buddh Nagar.

14:17 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Harsh Vardhan holds review meeting with Health Ministers of states

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan holds a virtual meeting with Health Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, and West Bengal to review the coronavirus situation in each state.

14:01 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Mumbai civic body bans firecrackers till month-end, eases rules for November 14

Citing health risk to Covid patients and potential danger in increase in infections amid the festive period, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday announced a ban on firecrackers with immediate effect till November 30. However, the civic body allowed the use of less polluting firecrackers like anar, fuljhari for children within the society premises or outside their house on the evening of November 14.

In the guidelines issued today, the BMC said bursting of firecrackers in any other premises like hotel, club, gymkhana, organisation, commercial premises will not be allowed. “We have given an exception for November 14 when in the evening time, especially the children under the guidance of parents, can burst firecrackers that are mild in nature,” the guidelines read. Read more here

13:58 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Gujarat: Winter and festive season nearing, health experts warn of Covid spike

With the festive season and winter around the corner, health experts have raised concerns over a possible spike in Covid-19 cases in the state. The coronavirus cases in Gujarat crossed the 1.80-lakh mark on Sunday with 1,020 fresh cases, a state health department report said. Seven deaths were also reported on the day.

Pointing at the uptick in the number of daily cases in Ahmedabad, Prof Dileep Mavalankar, the director of Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Gandhinagar, said as in European nations, where a second wave of the disease has been witnessed, the number of cases in the state may rise too. On Sunday, Ahmedabad recorded 185 fresh Covid-19 cases up from 182 a day ago. Read more here

13:05 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Delhi covid cases at peak, increased beds in govt hospitals: Satendra Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satendra Jain on Monday said that the coronavirus cases in the national capital are at a peak, and added that experts say that it could last for another 4-5 days. He also added that the national capital's overall death ratio is 1.59 per cent. "It seems Delhi's Covid-19 cases are at peak now and experts say it can last for 4-5 days. Delhi's overall death ratio is 1.59 per cent. Many people aren't wearing masks. Most cases are from working class. We've increased 110 ICU beds in govt hospitals," Jain said.

11:30 (IST)09 Nov 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Delhi cases growing over three times faster than national rate

The peak in Delhi’s latest wave of coronavirus infections is getting higher by the day. With 7,745 new cases detected on Sunday, Delhi scaled a fresh record, and now is also the fastest-growing state in the country, having overtaken Kerala. In fact, in the last one week, Delhi has contributed more cases than any state, including Maharashtra and Kerala. More than 46,000 new cases were found in the national capital in the last week, a couple of hundred cases more than Kerala. Maharashtra has detected only about 36,000 cases this past week.

With a growth rate of 1.6 per cent a day, Delhi is currently growing more than three times faster than the national rate. It is one of the very few states that are currently witnessing an increase in their active cases. Delhi has close to 42,000 active cases right now, which is lower than only Maharashtra and Kerala.

11:21 (IST)09 Nov 2020
A ‘terrifying’ COVID surge will land in Biden’s lap

Hours after President-elect Joe Biden declared the coronavirus a top priority, the magnitude of his task became starkly clear Sunday as the nation surpassed 10 million cases and sank deeper into the grip of what could become the worst chapter of the pandemic yet. The rate of new cases is soaring and for the first time is averaging more than 100,000 a day in the United States, which has reported more COVID-19 cases than any other country. An astonishing number — 1 in 441 Americans — have tested positive for the virus just in the last week.

The nation’s worsening COVID-19 outlook comes at an extremely difficult juncture: President Donald Trump, who remains in control of the nation’s outbreak for the next 73 days, is openly at odds with his own coronavirus advisers, and the country is heading into a cold winter, when infections are only expected to spread faster as people spend more time indoors. Read more here

11:18 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Chiranjeevi tests positive for COVID-19

Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi on Monday announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The 65-year-old actor said that he did a COVID-19 test as part of the safety protocol before joining the sets of his upcoming movie Acharya. “I am currently asymptomatic & quarantining myself at home. Request all those who met me in the last 5 few days to also undergo covid tests. Will update you on my recovery soon,” he said in a letter to fans and the media. Read more here

10:31 (IST)09 Nov 2020
COVID-19 tally in Andamans rises to 4,450 with nine new cases

At least nine more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, raising the tally in the Union Territory to 4,450, a health department official said on Monday. Of the fresh cases, five were detected during contact tracing, while four have travel history, he said. Fifteen more people were cured of the disease on Sunday, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 4,221, the official said. The coronavirus death toll remained at 60 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as no fresh fatality was reported in the past 24 hours, he said. The Union Territory now has 169 active cases. (PTI)

09:43 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Over 45,000 fresh cases take country's caseload past 85.5 lakh

India on Monday reported 45,903 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours. The caseload in the country now stands at 85,53,657. With 490 new deaths, the death toll in the country mounted to 1,26,611. There are a total of 5,09,673 active cases after a decrease of 2,992 cases in the last 24 hours. A total of 79,17,373 have cured from the disease, while 48,405 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours.

09:12 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Recovery brings down active cases below 35K in Bengal

West Bengal’s Covid-19 recovery rate continued to climb on Sunday as it rose to 89.67 per cent after a record 4,383 patients were declared recovered. The state added 3,920 new cases, but its active caseload dropped to 34,566 on account of the recovery surge. However, in a worrying sign, active cases continued to rise in Kolkata (7,497) and North 24 Parganas (7,151) in the heart of the pandemic epicentre in South Bengal. The infection hotspot reported almost 60 per cent of the latest infections and 40 of the 59 deaths statewide that pushed up the toll to 7,294.

The recovery surge drove down active cases in the other South Bengal districts outside the epicentre with over a thousand patients — Purba Medinipur (1,426), Paschim Medinipur (1,649), and Nadia (1,655). However, Purba Bardhaman and Paschim Bardhaman made the major gains. At the end of last week, they had active caseloads of 1,177 and 1,227. On Sunday, Purba Bardhaman had 702 patients and 962 in its neighbouring district.

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The case fatality rate stands at 1.48 per cent.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 remained below 6 lakh for the tenth consecutive day.

There are 5,12,665 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 6.03 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 11,77,36,791 samples have been tested up to November 7 with11,94,487 samples being tested on Saturday.

- From PTI

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