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Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Bengal reports 3,281 new cases; 47 more deaths in Punjab

Of the total, 97,497 people have succumbed to the virus, 9,40,441 are active cases, while as many as 51,87,826 people have been treated and discharged so far.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: October 1, 2020 8:45:02 am
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Coronavirus News Live Updates: With India reporting 80,472 new cases and 1,179 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus infections crossed the 62 lakh-mark to reach 62,25,764. Of the total, 97,497 people have succumbed to the virus, 9,40,441 are active cases, while as many as 51,87,826 people have been treated and discharged so far.

While the last couple of weeks have been a period of welcome slowdown in the spread of novel coronavirus epidemic across the country, the most prolonged, consistent and significant decline in growth rates have been seen in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday said he has recovered from the coronavirus infection and thanked people for their blessings and good wishes. “I feel glad to inform you all that with your blessings and good wishes, I have recovered from coronavirus. Thanks for your affection,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, daily coronavirus cases in India dropped below 75,000 and less than 1,000 deaths were reported in a day after nearly a month. India’s recovery rate is 83.33 per cent, the highest in the world. The fatality rate, on the other hand, is 1.57 per cent. Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The global death toll due to Covid-19 passed the one million mark on Tuesday, most of which have been reported in the United States, followed by Brazil and India. These three countries account for nearly 45 per cent of Covid-19 deaths globally. According to Reuters, over 5,400 people die from the disease every 24 hours. This results into around 226 people succumbing to disease per hour, or one person every 16 seconds.

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22:04 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Bengal reports 3,281 new Covid-19 cases, 59 more fatalities

At least 3,281 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in West Bengal on Wednesday, which raised the tally to 2,57,049, while 59 fatalities pushed the death toll in the state to 4,958, the health department said in its bulletin.

Altogether 2,954 people have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.

The discharge rate stands at 87.83 per cent. (PTI)

22:03 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Punjab: 47 more deaths, 1,435 new cases

Forty-seven more Covid-19 deaths were reported in Punjab on Wednesday, taking the toll in the state to 3,406, while 1,435 new cases pushed the infection tally to 1,13,886.

Seven fatalities were reported in Hoshiarpur, six in Ludhiana, five each in Jalandhar and Mohali and four each in Bathinda and Gurdaspur, as per a medical bulletin issued here.

Three deaths were reported in Rupnagar, two each in Amritsar, Ferozepur and Sangrur and one death each was registered in Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Moga, Muktsar, SBS Nagar and Patiala.

Amritsar reported 167 new cases of the infection, Ludhiana 163, Jalandhar 143, Mohali 123, Patiala 96 and Bathinda 90 besides other districts. (PTI)

20:28 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Gujarat: Covid-19 count grows by 1,390, death toll by 11

The Covid-19 tally in Gujarat rose to 1,37,394 with the addition of 1,390 cases on Wednesday, the state health department said.

The death toll in the state rose to 3,453 as 11 patients succumbed to the infection, it said.

The number of recovered cases reached 1,17,231 after 1,372 more patients got discharge from hospitals, the department said in a release.

With this, the state's recovery rate now stands at 85.32 per cent. (PTI)

20:25 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Vrindavan's Bankey Bihari temple to reopen for devotees from Oct 17

The renowned Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan will open its doors to devotees on October 17, after remaining closed for over six months in view of the coronavirus pandemic, a temple priest said on Wednesday.

He said all devotees will have to follow the guidelines and protocols issued by the central and state governments to check the spread of Covid-19. The priest also said the closure time was utilised to carry out some renovation work.

The temple was closed for devotees since the lockdown was imposed by the central government to contain the spread of the pandemic, priest Shashank Goshwami said. (PTI)

18:20 (IST)30 Sep 2020
UP reports 69 more Covid-19 deaths, 4,271 fresh cases

Uttar Pradesh reported 69 more fatalities due to Covid-19 on Wednesday, pushing the death toll due to the disease to 5,784, while 4,271 fresh cases took the state's infection tally to nearly four lakh.

The recovery rate among the Covid-19 patients in the state is 85.80 per cent, he added. The total number of cases in the state has reached 3,99,082, according to a health department bulletin.

Among the patients, 13.77 per cent are aged between 0-20 years, the maximum of 47.99 per cent are aged between 21-40 years, 29.02 per cent are in the 41-60 years age group and 9.29 per cent are above 60 years of age.

Of the 69 fresh deaths, seven were reported from Kanpur, five each from Lucknow and Gorakhpur, besides other districts, according to the bulletin. (PTI)

18:13 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Kerala reports 8,830 Covid-19 cases

Kerala reports 8,830 cases Wednesday as testing increased to 63,682 per day. Total active cases in the state now at 67,061.

17:56 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Maximum impact of Covid-19 faced by women, children and adolescents: Vardhan

The maximum impact of COVID-19 has been felt by women, children and adolescents, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Tuesday.

Participating in a programme on maternal, newborn and child health via a video link, Vardhan said his ministry issued guidance to states to ensure that women, children and adolescents continue to get all the healthcare services, according to an official statement.

"We are in a constant dialogue to ensure that these services are made available to women, children and adolescents and remain in focus despite the health systems being under severe strain due to COVID epidemic," he was quoted as saying in the statement.

"From instilling a behavioral change to help more women deliver in hospitals to entitlement for absolutely free services, we have come a long way now in providing quality care throughout pregnancy and childbirth with interventions like LaQshya and midwifery care," Vardhan said.

"The idea is to have a fully responsive and accountable health system that will not only result in a positive birthing experience but also help end preventable maternal and newborn deaths," he said. (PTI)

16:34 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine well-tolerated, generates immune response in older adults: Study

Results from the Phase 1 trial of an investigational COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the American biotech company Moderna have shown that it is well-tolerated and generates a strong immune response in older adults.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, noted that the experimental vaccine, mRNA-1273, was well-tolerated by the older trial participants, who were over 55 years of age.

According to the researchers from NIAID, older adults are more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19, and are an important population for vaccination.They said understanding how the vaccine affects this section of the population is a critical part of measuring its safety and efficacy. Read more

16:29 (IST)30 Sep 2020
News reports on sero survey results fake: AAP govt

The AAP government told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that the news reports about preliminary results of the third sero survey were "fake" and its officials have not disclosed any information to the media about it.

"Don't show the press as unreliable. Don't play games with the court like this," the court said.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, not accepting the Delhi government claim that the news was fake, said no denial was issued by administration regarding the media reports.

Delhi government additional standing counsel Satyakam said according to the news reports, the preliminary findings of the survey were that prevalence of antibodies in those tested was 33 per cent, whereas in reality it was only 25.1 per cent as per the final report. (PTI)

16:12 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Union minister Nitin Gadkari recovers from COVID-19

Union minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday said he has recovered from the coronavirus infection and thanked people for their blessings and good wishes. "I feel glad to inform you all that with your blessings and good wishes, I have recovered from coronavirus. Thanks for your affection," he tweeted on Wednesday.

The road transport and highways minister on September 16 informed that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

14:26 (IST)30 Sep 2020
SC on UPSC CSE plea: Another attempt might be sought without increasing age limit
UPSC CSE is scheduled to be held on October 4 (Representational image)

The Supreme Court (SC) today asked the Centre to consider giving one more attempt to candidates who are in their last attempt for the Civil Services Exam (CSE). The bench said, “An extra attempt is sought for the ones who are taking the last attempt as they might not able to appear due to the pandemic.” The apex court further said, “Explore the possibility for giving them one more attempt to such exams without extending age limit”.

The top court also asked the UPSC to ensure separate sitting arrangements for candidates who are suffering from cough and cold during the test. There are 72 centres and 2500 sub-centres for the exam.

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) — held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) — is scheduled to be conducted on October 4. In the previous hearing, UPSC told the court that it is not possible to postpone the exam as doing so will also defer the CSE prelims 2021.

14:11 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Top 10 states with maximum Covid-19 caseload.

13:08 (IST)30 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained, Sept 30: Significant decline in growth rates of Andhra, Bihar and Tamil Nadu
Decline in Covid-19 growth rates (since August)

While the last couple of weeks have been a period of welcome slowdown in the spread of novel coronavirus epidemic across the country, the most prolonged, consistent and significant decline in growth rates have been seen in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu.

These three states have been showing a reduction in their growth rates for two months now. The coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu and Bihar have now been growing at less than one per cent per day, while Andhra Pradesh is just about to reach there.

Bihar has been adding fewer than 2,000 cases every day for the entire month of September, and on Tuesday it was also pushed out of the list of top ten states with maximum caseloads, having been replaced with Kerala, the fastest growing state right now.

12:21 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Delhi: Sero survey suggests 33% have antibodies
Health worker takes swab sample for Covid19 test in New Delhi.

Close to 33% of those tested in the city as part of the September sero survey had developed Covid-19 antibodiesThe Indian Express has learnt. The findings of the third survey will be presented to the Delhi High Court Wednesday.

The presence of antibodies indicates the individual has been exposed to the virus in the past. In the last sero survey, this figure was 29.1%. “The results show that only about a third of the population has been exposed to the virus so far and that precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks must be observed keenly to limit the spread of infection,” said a senior Delhi government official.

On Tuesday, meanwhile, 48 people succumbed to the disease. This is the highest toll since July 8. Over the past 10 days, the case fatality ratio has been 1.12% — up from 0.94% (10 day average) till a few days ago.

11:13 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Maldives thanks India for $250 million support amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Maldives has thanked India for the financial assistance of USD 250 million -- "the single largest financial assistance from a donor" -- to support the island nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of global cooperation. In the Maldives, without the support of our friends, our bilateral and multilateral partners, we would not be able to continue weathering this storm," Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid said in his address to the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

"I thank all our partners who have generously extended financial, material and technical support during this crisis, even when they themselves are going through challenging times. One such example is India. The recent budget support of 250 million US dollars, was the single largest financial assistance from a donor during this pandemic," he said.

10:41 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Unlock 5.0 guidelines October 2020: More relaxations expected from tomorrow
Graffiti to aware people on coronavirus in New Delhi

While several restrictions have been eased in different phases of ‘Unlock’ since June, the Union Home Ministry is slated to come out with fresh guidelines for October — which holds significance since it marks the beginning of the long festive season. Last month, the Home Ministry had said more relaxations and opening up of more activities would be gradually allowed in areas outside the containment zones. With industries hoping for a strong rebound in consumer demand this festive season, further easing of restrictions is expected. “Unlock 5” is likely to come into effect from Thursday, October 1, and is expected to stay in place till October 30.

What relaxations are expected in ‘Unlock 5’ for October?

While other public places like malls, salons, restaurants, gyms have been allowed to operate with restrictions, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks have still not received the go ahead. It remains to be seen if cinema halls are given the nod to reopen from October amid fervent requests by the Multiplex Association of India. Only open-air theatres were allowed to kickstart operations from September 21. Read More

10:09 (IST)30 Sep 2020
COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
Students return to Greenbrae Elementary School in Nevada for the first time since March with mandatory masks and social distancing to help guard against the spread of the coronavirus (AP)

After preying heavily on the elderly in the spring, the coronavirus is increasingly infecting American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears fuelled by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities.

Children of all ages now make up 10 per cent of all US cases, up from 2 per cent in April, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Tuesday.

And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the incidence of COVID-19 in school-age children began rising in early September as many youngsters returned to their classrooms.

09:54 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Assam targets over 3 lakh Covid tests in three days
A health worker helps another to wear personnel protection equipment before taking nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 during a door to door test in Kusumpur village, on the outskirts of Gauhati, Assam. (AP)

In an effort to understand better the pattern of the Covid outbreak in Assam, the state’s health department is undertaking an intensive exercise to test more than three lakh people within three days.

On Monday, the state carried out 1,20,156 tests and over 1.34 lakh tests were conducted on Tuesday. The state government planned to hit similar figures on Wednesday. “Next 2 days also, we’ll conduct 1 lakh+ tests. Compliments to the team,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on Monday.

Assam has registered over 1.7 lakh Covid-19 cases so far, including 667 deaths. As of Monday, the total tests per million stood at 94,482.

09:42 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Private hospitals taking undue advantage of pandemic: Maharashtra Health Minister Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said private hospitals and diagnostic centres have taken undue advantage of the COVID-19 situation and they are overcharging patients even for basic health services. Speaking at an event organised by the western region of industry body CII on Tuesday, Tope said there have been instances of these private facilities charging hefty sums from people for medical services.

"Private hospitals and diagnostic centres have taken undue advantage of the COVID-19 situation in the state. "There have been several occasions where these centres and hospitals have charged exorbitantly for basic health services during the COVID-19 situation," he said.

09:39 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Australia's Victoria marks steady downward trend in new COVID-19 cases

Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria state maintained its steady downward trend in new infections on Wednesday as states began easing internal border closures, fuelling optimism about a return to normal.Victoria's quick containment of a second wave of the outbreak prompted Western Australia state to relax its travel restrictions, allowing travelers from the southeastern state to quarantine at home rather than in a hotel from Monday.

Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House, a national symbol, said it would work to reopen its venues from November after the New South Wales state government raised the seating capacity in theatres to 50% from Thursday.Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, said cases rose slightly from the previous day but the key indicator of 14-day average cases in the state capital of Melbourne fell below 17.

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India Coronavirus Live News Updates:

Releasing the findings of the second nationwide sero-survey on Tuesday, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said 6.6 per cent of the 29,082 people (aged 10 years and above) surveyed from August 17 to September 22 showed evidence of past exposure to Covid-19. The prevalence was higher for adults (aged 18 years and above) at 7.1 per cent.

In the 24 hours ending 9 am Tuesday, India detected 70,589 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking its tally beyond 61 lakh. Of the country’s 61,45,292 cases, 9,47,576 people are undergoing treatment, 51,01,398 people have been discharged and 96,318 people have died.

Maharashtra has the highest number of cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday told his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen that Covid-19 had shown that it was risky for global supply chains to be highly dependent on any single source. "We are working together with Japan and Australia for supply-chain diversification and resilience. Other like-minded countries can also join this effort," he said, during their virtual interaction. PM Modi's comments come at a time when more and more countries are moving away from their dependence on China.

In other news, a three-member team of central government officials have submitted a report on the Covid-19 situation in Tripura. The lone designated Covid-19 hospital in the state has unutilised ventilators, dysfunctional X-ray and CT scan machines, no audit of deaths and non-existent waste management, the team has found.

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