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Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Centre estimates to utilise 40-50 cr vaccine doses on 20-25 cr people by July 2021, says Vardhan

With 75,829 new cases, the coronavirus tally in India on Sunday crossed the 65 lakh-mark. As many as 940 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 1,01,782

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune | Updated: October 5, 2020 7:36:33 am
Prabhu Shisharnappa Banshette, 37, offers rides to citizens, including Covid-19 patients, wearing a PPE kit in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)

The Centre estimates to receive and utilise 40-50 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine covering 20-25 crore of the country’s population by July next year, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. He added that the government is preparing a format for the states to submit by October-end their list of priority population group to receive the vaccine. He said that priority would be given to health workers engaged in COVID-19 management in getting the vaccine.

All schools in the national capital will remain closed till October 31 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi government officials said on Sunday. The Delhi government had earlier extended the school closure till October 5, though the Centre had permitted calling students of classes 9 to 12 to schools on a voluntary basis from September 21. The Centre had, in its announcement for “Unlock 5”, or the fifth phase of easing of Covid restrictions, allowed state and union territory governments to decide on reopening schools, colleges and other educational institutions in a graded manner after October 15.

With 75,829 new cases, the coronavirus tally in India on Sunday crossed the 65 lakh-mark. As many as 940 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 1,01,782. Of the 65,49,374 cases, 9,37,625 are active, while 55,09,967 patients have been discharged.  Only the United States, where over 2.12 lakh people have died and Brazil, where about 1.45 lakh have succumbed, are ahead of India. Globally, over 34 million people have been infected while more than one million have succumbed to the virus.

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Punjab’s Covid count falls below 1,000 in 2 months

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05:45 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Recoveries continue to exceed new Covid cases in Haryana

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05:45 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Chandigarh Covid tally at 12,445

The UT on Sunday reported 85 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths, taking the total tally to 12,445.

The total number of deaths due to the disease is now 174 and the number of active cases is 1,673. As many as 202 people were also discharged from various facilities.

An 87-year-old woman, a resident of Sector 19, a case of Type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension, tested positive and expired at GMCH-32, on October 3. A 67-year-old man, a resident of Manimajra, a case of coronary artery disease and SARI, tested positive and passed away at GMCH-32, on September 3. Read More

05:44 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Gujarat: First-time mother wins her battle against Covid, Marfan syndrome

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05:43 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Rally car driver dies in Rajkot

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22:38 (IST)04 Oct 2020
YSR Congress leader succumbs to COVID-19

s to COVID-19 Visakhapatnam, Oct 4 (PTI): YSR Congress leader and former MLA Dronamraju Srinivas succumbed to COVID-19 here on Sunday. He was 59 and survived by his wife, son and daughter. Srinivas got infected with coronavirus a month ago and was shifted to a corporate hospital for treatment after the initial home isolation period, YSRC sources said. --PTI

18:46 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Manipur reports 206 new Covid-19 cases, 124 recoveries, 3 deaths

A total of 206 new Covid-19 cases, 124 recoveries & 3 deaths reported in Manipur today. Total positive cases now at 11,855, including 2,576 active cases, 9,205 recoveries & 74 deaths till date. Recovery rate is 77.64 %, said Govt of Manipur.

18:40 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu reports 5,489 new Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu reported 5,489 new Covid-19 cases, 5,558 recoveries & 66 deaths today, taking total positive cases to 6,19,996, including 5,64,092 discharged cases, 9,784 deaths & 46,120 active cases, said the State Health Department.

17:03 (IST)04 Oct 2020
At Amphalla jail in J-K, musical concert lifts spirits of COVID-19 infected inmates

In a novel way to pep up the spirits of COVID-19 infected prisoners, the Amphalla district jail here organised a musical concert with trained inmates performing live for their fellow mates. The 40-minute programme on Saturday saw a group of trained prisoners, including two women, performing live amid adequate preventive measures to check the spread of the infection. "Music is a great healer and we have started the concert on humanitarian grounds to uplift the morale of the inmates who were recently tested positive for the viral disease and isolated in separate blocks," District Jail Superintendent Mirza Saleem Ahmad Beig told PTI. More such concerts will be organised for the COVID-19 positive prisoners to lift their spirits, officials said. --PTI

15:58 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Centre estimates to utilise 40-50 cr vaccine doses on 20-25 cr people by July 2021, says Vardhan

The Centre estimates to receive and utilise 40-50 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine covering 20-25 crore of the country's population by July next year, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. He added that the government is preparing a format for the states to submit by October-end their list of priority population group to receive the vaccine. He said that priority would be given to health workers engaged in COVID-19 management in getting the vaccine.

15:14 (IST)04 Oct 2020
For the first time annual DGPs, IGPs meeting to be held virtually; Modi, Shah to attend

For the first time, the annual conference of the country's top police brass will be held virtually next month amid pandemic situation, officials said Sunday. About 250 officers of DGP and IGP ranks from all states, Union Territories and central government will take part in the two-day meeting which is to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval among others, PTI reported.

14:39 (IST)04 Oct 2020
So what is powering the drop in Covid-19 cases?

The number of new detections of coronavirus infections in India fell further down on Saturday. Less than 76,000 people were found positive on Saturday, about three thousand less than the number on Friday, which itself was the lowest in a month that had not been caused by low testing

The last few days have thrown up very interesting numbers, for which no good explanation seems to be available right now. The new detections have dropped off significantly, but not because of any significant reduction in testing numbers. The number of samples being tested across the country is roughly the same as second and third week of September, when more than 90,000 cases were getting reported every day. And yet, in the last one week, less than 80,000 new cases have been discovered every day on an average.

That would seem like a very welcome development, but it is not clear what exactly is powering this decline. People’s movement and interactions would only have increased, not gone down, during this time. Anecdotal evidence would suggest that adoption of face masks and adherence to physical distancing measures are far from being universal. And the disease prevalence in the community, as measured by the sero-survey results, do not indicate to have reached levels from where the epidemic would be expected to begin its decline.

14:11 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Punjab board to honour doctors at Covid forefront

Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board (PKVIB) plans to honour doctors who are at forefront of the war against Covid-19.

The announcement was made by the PKVIB chairperson, Mamta Dutta, on Friday at a function to commemorate the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi.

“Doctors have led this battle from the front by taking enormous risks to their own lives. Doctors, especially who work for charitable hospitals which are not financially supported by either government budgets or big corporate houses, would also be honoured,” said Dutta.

13:48 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Indonesia’s Jokowi calls for balance between lockdown, economy

New policies should be more targeted than current large-scale social restrictions as Indonesia seeks to combat the coronavirus without further impacting the economy, President Joko Widodo said. Southeast Asia’s largest economy is poised to report first annual gross domestic product contraction since 1998. At the same time, Covid-19 cases have risen to about 4,000 cases a day.

13:26 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions

A very small, limited number of people donning the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage circled Islam's holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months. The kingdom had taken the rare step of suspending the smaller "umrah" pilgrimage that draws millions year-round from across the world in early March as the coronavirus morphed into a global pandemic and prompted countries to impose lockdowns and curfews to slow down transmission. But as nations begin to ease those restrictions, the Saudi government on Sunday started allowing a maximum of 6,000 pilgrims a day to enter the sprawling Grand Mosque in Mecca. Only Saudi citizens and residents will be permitted to enter the mosque during this first phase of reopening, and each person has up to three hours to complete the pilgrimage.

13:03 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Delhi schools to remain shut till Oct 31

All schools in Delhi will remain shut till October 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Center had, in its announcement for "Unlock 5", or the fifth phase of easing of COVID restrictions, allowed state and union territory governments to decide on reopening schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in a graded manner after October 15.

12:50 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Sri Lanka imposes indefinite curfew in 2 towns after detection of new COVID-19 case

Sri Lanka on Sunday imposed an indefinite curfew on two western provincial towns to contain the spread of the coronavirus following the detection of a community case after a gap of nearly six months, officials said. The island nation has so far recorded 3,395 coronavirus cases and 13 fatalities due to the disease. An indefinite curfew has been imposed on Divulapitiya and Minwangoda towns in the suburbs of Colombo after a COVID-19 positive patient was detected on Sunday, Army Commander and COVID-19 prevention task force head Shavendra Silva said. He said a female from Divulapitiya who works in an apparel factory was found positive for coronavirus after she was admitted to a hospital in Gampaha for fever. Nearly 50 people from her workplace and the hospital have been sent for home quarantine after she was detected positive for COVID-19.

A staff official wearing protective mask checks the display tems quantity on a shelf at a Keels super market, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Colombo (Reuters/File)
12:23 (IST)04 Oct 2020
BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy dies at 65

Biju Janata Dal MLA Pradeep Maharathy died at a private hospital in the early hours of Sunday, family sources said. He was 65. The seven-time MLA from Pipili in Puri district is survived by wife Prativa, son Rudra Pratap and daughter Pallavi.

Maharathy, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on September 14, was discharged from the hospital after recovery but was admitted again as his condition became critical. He was on ventilator support since Friday.

11:47 (IST)04 Oct 2020
UK PM Johnson to look beyond COVID crisis in next legislative agenda

British Prime Minister Johnson’s government will try to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, and honour Conservative Party election commitments in its agenda for the next year, Johnson’s office said in a statement on Sunday.

Since winning power with an election campaign built on a promise to get Brexit finished and start fixing regional imbalances and ageing infrastructure, Johnson’s leadership has been forced to take a different course by the COVID-19 outbreak.

His efforts to control the spread of the virus have been widely criticised, and the deal on trade with the European Union he hoped to secure easily is now in serious doubt. Both have caused public confidence in his leadership to fall.

11:04 (IST)04 Oct 2020
White House aide Luna said to test positive for coronavirus

Aide Nick Luna, who serves as personal attendant to President Donald Trump, has tested positive to coronavirus, according to people familiar with the matter. Luna, who runs Oval Office operations, joined Trump on his trip to Cleveland for the presidential debate on Tuesday and was also on the Minnesota flight where adviser Hope Hicks first started experiencing symptoms. (Bloomberg)

mumbai coronavirus latest updates, mumbai sero survey result, sero survey mumbai covid, mumbai covid antibodies, mumbai city news The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) second round of survey covered 5,384 people in three wards – Matunga (F North), Dahisar (R North) and Chembur (M West). (File)

Coronavirus India LIVE updates

President Donald Trump, who was admitted to a military hospital for treatment of COVID-19, said he has started to "feel much better" and thanked the American people and global leaders for their support. “I came here. Wasn't feeling so well. I feel much better now. We're working hard to get me all the way back. I have to be back because we still have to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a video message from the military hospital in a suburb of Washington on Saturday. However, White House physician Sean Conley has said the president is "not yet out of the woods".

Maharashtra accounts for more than a third of India’s deaths, having recorded almost 38,000 fatalities so far. It also has a very high CFR of 2.67 per cent. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have recorded more than 9,000 deaths each – but their CFRs are in line with the national average, around 1.5 per cent. Delhi, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have had more than 5,000 deaths each. Kerala, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, and even Andhra Pradesh seem to be doing relatively well in preventing deaths. These states have among the lowest CFRs among states with 1 lakh cases or more.

Deaths per million population are still less in India – nearly half the world average. Only about 72 deaths per million population have occurred in the country so far; globally this number is 131. This has led to questions about the authenticity of India’s death numbers. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump, in an effort to defend his own government’s record in minimising loss of lives, suggested that India was under-reporting deaths. Many scientists and health experts do, in fact, believe that deaths in India might be somewhat under-reported, but no one is quite sure to what extent.

Meanwhile, with no in-house production of liquified oxygen in Madhya Pradesh, much of its medical and industrial needs are met from neighbouring states, primarily Maharashtra. However, in early September, Maharashtra — itself dealing with rising Covid cases —directed its producers to restrict supplies outside the state. Since then, hospitals in Jabalpur and Indore, among other districts in Madhya Pradesh, have been hit.

While the Central government on September 18 urged states not to put any restrictions on movement of oxygen, supply remains affected. MP’s 11 ASUs manufacture oxygen on a much smaller scale and mostly to meet the needs of local steel industries.

In other covid-related news, India’s air transport bubble with Germany has been suspended after the European country prohibited national carrier Air India from flying to its airports, a senior government official told The Indian Express. The ban succeeded the Indian side asking Lufthansa to curtail its schedule, which led to the airline cancelling its flights to India till October 20.

Air India, too, has consequently cancelled its flights to Frankfurt from Delhi. “All our flights to and from Frankfurt had to be cancelled due to withdrawal of permission by the German authorities. 10 flights on the Delhi-Frankfurt sector and two between Delhi and Bangalore will not operate now till 14th October,” an Air India spokesperson said.

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