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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: 400 ICU beds added in Delhi, more coming up, says Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the number will be increased further in the coming days as these 400 beds are part of a total of 1,650 ICU beds being set up in the city.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 26, 2020 2:34:21 pm
The total recoveries in country have surged to 85,21,617, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.69 per cent. (File)

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Sunday said over 400 ICU beds have been added for Covid-19 patients in the city, which is witnessing a third wave of coronavirus infection, over the past few days.

Jain said the number will be increased further in the coming days as these 400 beds are part of a total of 1,650 ICU beds being set up in the city –250 in private hospitals, 650 in Delhi government facilities and 750 in those run by the Centre, PTI reported. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently issued directions in this regard.

With 45,209 new cases of coronavirus recorded on Saturday, new cases exceeded recoveries for the second time in three days, leading to a rise in active cases. So far, more than 90.95 lakh people have been found infected with the disease, the data updated by the Health Ministry at 8 am on Sunday said. Of these, about 4.4 lakh are currently active. A total of 501 fatalities were reported, taking the total death count is 1.33 lakh.

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Coronavirus India Live News Updates: Total cases exceed 90.95 lakh; Gujarat imposes night curfew in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot too. Check the space below for LIVE Updates.

04:05 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Delhi: Classes disrupted as govt teachers roped in for mega Covid-19 survey

Teaching-learning activities in several schools in Delhi have been disrupted as thousands of teachers have been roped in for the Delhi government’s mega survey to identify and isolate suspected Covid-19 patients.

Since November 20, three-member teams have been fanning out across the city’s containment zones and high caseload areas in a door-to-door survey to identify people showing symptoms of the infection and those who have come in contact with Covid positive patients.

Teachers of municipal corporation and Delhi government schools are being engaged as members of the three-member teams, supervisors of these teams, and also as ‘sector magistrates’ coordinating the supervisors. (Read more here)

21:41 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Don’t bring politics into opening up of places amid pandemic: Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray in address to state says politics should not be brought into the opening of places during Covid-19. “There are those who keep urging us to open up everything. But the responsibility of the people is on my government and me, not on those who are urging us to open up. Politics should not be brought into this.” The Chief Minister also said the ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's Maharashtra is used to doing what it wants to’, but he requests them with “great affection” to wear masks, keep washing hands, not go out unnecessarily, and keep distance from each other.

21:37 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Night curfews, restrictions back in some north, central states; south sees dip

After Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur, the Centre has deputed high-level central teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases in these states. The development comes in the backdrop of several states in north and central India deciding to bring back night curfews in districts witnessing a spike in infections amid the festive season even as the country reported less than 50,000 fresh daily cases for the 15th consecutive day, taking its tally to 90.95 lakh. Read the full report here.

21:34 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Uttarakhand Governor tests positive for Covid-19

Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya Sunday tested positive for Covid-19. Maurya is asymptomatic and has isolated herself under medical supervision. The governor has also asked people who came in contact with her to get themselves tested. She had recently met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Rajbhavan in Dehradun.

19:55 (IST)22 Nov 2020
400 coronavirus ICU beds added in Delhi, more coming up: Satyendar Jain

Health Minister Satyendar Jain Sunday said over 400 ICU beds have been added for Coronavirus patients in Delhi, which is witnessing a third wave of coronavirus infection, over the past few days.

Jain said the number will be increased further in the coming days as these 400 beds are part of a total of 1,650 ICU beds being set up in the city --250 in private hospitals, 650 in Delhi government facilities and 750 in those run by the Centre, PTI reported. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently issued directions in this regard.

Delhi: At top private hospitals, most ICU beds with vents full | Cities  News,The Indian Express

19:18 (IST)22 Nov 2020
China’s ‘bat woman’ has new evidence her lab isn’t virus source

Shi Zhengli, a Chinese virologist renowned for her work on viruses in bats, provided new evidence that her laboratory wasn’t the source of the global pandemic in research published in a scientific journal.

The deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology said the latest blood tests on miners, who became sick with a mysterious respiratory disease eight years ago after clearing bat faeces, showed they didn’t have the virus that caused Covid-19, according to the South China Morning Post. The paper cited Shi’s findings that were published in the Nature journal this week. Read the full report here.

19:16 (IST)22 Nov 2020
2,588 new COVID-19 cases, 35 deaths in UP

Uttar Pradesh recorded 2,588 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, pushing the tally to 5,26,780, while the death toll rose to 7,559 with 35 more fatalities.

The fresh cases were reported from Lucknow (351), Meerut (283), Ghaziabad (189), Gautam Buddh Nagar (171), Kanpur (118), Allahabad (110) and Varanasi (102), a health department bulletin said.

Of the fresh deaths, six were reported from Lucknow, four from Meerut, three from Jalaun, two each from Bahraich and Mathura, it stated.

17:14 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Ayurveda, Yoga to help deal with post-COVID-19 problems: Shripad Naik

Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik has said Ayurveda, Yoga and other systems will be greatly helpful for the entire world in dealing with the post-COVID-19 difficulties.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Naik said a new model of healthcare delivery with more emphasis on preventive measures is needed for effectively countering such a crisis in future.

"I am sure that Ayurveda, Yoga and other systems will be greatly helpful for the entire world in dealing with the Post Covid difficulties," tweeted Naik, who himself recovered from the coronavirus infection in September. (PTI)

16:23 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Cases in Japan hit record amid holiday travel

The daily tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth straight day at 2,508, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of harder hit nations. But fears are growing about another surge.

A flurry of criticism from opposition legislators and the public has slammed the government for being too slow in halting its "GoTo" tourism campaign, which encouraged travel and dining out with discounts. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday scrapped the campaign, but only after many people had already made travel reservations for a three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan. (AP)


15:56 (IST)22 Nov 2020
UP govt to test people coming from Delhi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary RK Tiwari Sunday said that the administration will begin testing people coming from Delhi via flight, bus or train, in the wake of surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital. "We are also discussing the number of people allowed to attend wedding or event," Tiwari was quoted as saying by ANI.

15:09 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Centre rushes high-level Covid response teams to Himachal, Punjab, UP

High-level central teams have been deputed to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to support them in Covid-19 response and management.

These states have been either reporting a rise in the number of active cases -- those who are hospitalised or are in home isolation under medical supervision, or demonstrating a rise in the daily new cases of coronavirus infections, news agency PTI reported citing the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. 

13:54 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Markets and shops remain shut in Shimla

Markets and shops remain shut in Shimla following district administration's order to close markets on Sundays until further orders. Shops selling groceries, milk, fruits, vegetables, meat, medicines, & restaurants exempted. 

13:18 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Ladakh reports two more COVID-19 deaths, 79 new cases

Ladakh has recorded two more coronavirus-related deaths and 79 fresh cases, taking the fatality figure to 98 and the virus tally to 7,866, officials said on Sunday. Both the deaths and new cases were reported from Leh district, which has witnessed a surge in the COVID-19 cases over the past one month, the officials said, as a civil society group called for a voluntary week-long lockdown from Monday to break the chain. The latest deaths took the virus toll in Ladakh to 98 -- 57 in Leh and 41 in Kargil -- district, they said, adding that 113 patients were discharged after successful treatment, taking the total number of recovered patients to 6,856, which is 87 per cent of the total cases. --PTI

10:59 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Jharkhand reports 175 new COVID-19 cases, 6 fresh fatalities

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,07,332 on Sunday as 175 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said. Six more persons succumbed to the infection in the last 24-hours, pushing the COVID-19 death toll in the state to 945, he said. Two deaths were reported from Ranchi district and one each from Jamtara, East Singhbhum, Hazaribagh and Godda districts, the official said. --PTI

09:32 (IST)22 Nov 2020
45,209 new cases; for second time in three days, new cases exceed recoveries

With 45,209 new cases of coronavirus recorded on Saturday, new cases exceeded recoveries for the second time in three days, leading to a rise in active cases. So far, more than 90.95 lakh people have been found infected with the disease. Of these, about 4.4 lakh are currently active. A total of 501 fatalities were reported on Saturday, taking the total death count is 1.33 lakh.

00:53 (IST)22 Nov 2020
Rajasthan govt imposes night curfew in eight districts

The Rajasthan government on Saturday announced night curfew in eight district headquarters with immediate effect. A government release said markets, restaurants, shopping malls and other commercial establishments in urban areas of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara will remain open till 7 pm, while night curfew will be imposed from 8 pm till 6 am.

Those going to attend weddings, people associated with essential services and medicines and those travelling by bus, train and flights will be exempted. The fine for not wearing masks has been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500, said the release.

The government also announced that in government and private offices where over 100 employees are engaged, during working days, the attendance of the staff shouldn’t be more than 75 per cent. Also, a maximum of 100 people can attend weddings and political, cultural and religious programmes, it added.

On-principle approval was given to allow acquisition of hospitals associated with private medical college as Covid dedicated hospitals. Colleges can start classes for medical students in third and fourth years and these students can also be deployed for Covid-19 duty, said the release. ENS

22:53 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Mussoorie: 57 officer trainees test positive at Lal Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration

At least 57 officer trainees at the Lal Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie have tested positive for coronavirus. blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck">

57 officer trainees @LBSNAA_Official at Mussoorie in Uttarakhand have tested positive to Covid-19. Out of them, 24 have tested positive today whereas 33 were tested positive on Friday. @IndianExpress

— Lalmani Verma (@LalmaniVerma838) November 21, 2020

21:01 (IST)21 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Markets in Shimla to be closed on Sundays

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, the administration has directed all markets in Shimla district to be closed on Sundays. In an order issued on Saturday, Shimla district magistrate Apoorv Devgan said that all shops except those selling essential commodities including food items, medical stores, restaurants would remain closed on Sundays till further orders. The step has been taken as a preventive measure due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the district, an official said.

20:58 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Women passengers allowed to travel during non-peak hours from Nov 23: Southern Railway

Southern Railway on Saturday said women passengers other than essential services staff would be allowed to travel in suburban train services during non-peak hours with effect from November 23. Southern Railway, in a press release said, it has scaled up the number of suburban services in Chennai to 244 trains per day which was 40 percent to the pre-COVID/-19 levels aimed at serving the essential services staff of both government and other organisations. Women passengers will now be allowed to travel in Chennai Suburban trains during non-peak hours from Monday to Saturdayand to travel throughout the day on Sundays,a press release said. They will be allowed to travel before 7 am and after 1030 am till 4.30pm and after 7.30 pm till 12 am Monday-Saturday.

20:50 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Covid crisis finds reflection at cremation grounds

As Covid death cases in Delhi rise, cremation grounds in the city is filling up fast. An MCD official told The Indian Express, “Over 100 bodies are being cremated here every day for the last two weeks, and roughly 20 a day are Covid patients.” A worker said that on November 18, when the Covid death was 131, over 30 cremations of patients took place here.

Haryana covid cases, Haryana coronavirus deaths, Chandigarh news, Haryana news, Indian express news In the last 24 hours, 2508 patients recovered in Haryana taking the total number of recovered patients (till date) to 190067 and recovery rate to 89.50 per cent. (Representational)

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said a digital platform used in the Universal Immunisation Programme was being repurposed to digitally track movement of stocks of COVID-19 vaccines, once available, and also trace those who will receive the shots thus ensuring last-mile vaccine delivery.

Interacting with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) via a video link, Vardhan mentioned that under Mission Indradhanush, the government has already ramped up its immunisation capability with an elaborate cold storage chain for inoculating children from 12 diseases.

In view of the rising Covid-19 cases in Gujarat that reported 1,420 fresh cases on Friday, the Gujarat government has decided to impose night curfew in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot from Saturday. People resorted to panic buying in Ahmedabad that will see a complete curfew from Friday night till Monday morning, leading the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to seal a mart that saw overcrowding.

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