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Coronavirus India Highlights: No let up in Covid tests, second wave likely in Jan-Feb, says Maharashtra govt

India recorded over 44,800 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am Friday. The country's total tally currently stands at over 87.28 lakh cases.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2020 8:45:59 am
Bracing for second wave: Maharashtra sanctions Covid drug supplies worth Rs 107 croreThe state has set aside Rs 300 crore in all for Covid-19 related medicine procurement and supplies in the ongoing fiscal.

Coronavirus India Highlights: Anticipating a second COVID-19 wave in January-February, the Maharashtra government has asked the authorities to ensure there is no complacency in testing and said labs should efficiently function in all districts.

A circular from the government’s health services directorate dated November 11 said that a second wave of the pandemic is likely in January-February. The second wave is expected based on what is happening in Europe, it said. The circular said since October, the number of Covid- 19 cases in Maharashtra has shown signs of decline. The second wave of the virus has hit many countries, especially those in Europe, it said.

India recorded over 44,800 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am Friday. The country’s total tally currently stands at over 87.28 lakh cases. With 547 people succumbing to the virus Thursday the death toll stands at 1,28,688. Out of the total cases, 4.84 lakh cases are active while 81.15 lakh people have recovered after testing positive. 

On the vaccine front, Serum Institute of India (SII) said that as many as 40 million doses of the Covishield vaccine have already been manufactured. The promising results of the trials so far give confidence that Covishield could be a realistic solution to the deadly pandemic, the institute’s statement read. The SII also announced completion of the enrolment of phase 3 clinical trials for the Covishield vaccine in the country.

Meanwhile, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday announced the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana to incentivise new job creation. Effective October 1, the scheme will provide incentives for EPFO-registered establishments taking a new employee or offering employment to those who lost their jobs between March 1 and September 30. The scheme is for those earning less than Rs 15,000 a month. It will be operational till June 30, 2021.

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00:02 (IST)14 Nov 2020
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21:52 (IST)13 Nov 2020
800 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 17 deaths

As many as 800 new coronavirus cases were reported in Mumbai on Friday, taking the tally to 2,68,404, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The COVID-19 death toll in the city rose to 10,539 with 17 new fatalities, PTI reported.

The civic body said that the number of recovered patients increased to 2,43,809, about 90 per cent of the caseload, with 1,834 patients being discharged from hospitals on Friday.

21:25 (IST)13 Nov 2020
As second Covid wave hits, should indoor dining be allowed when classrooms close?

Across much of Europe, even as coronavirus cases rise anew, governments are keeping classrooms open while forcing restaurants and bars to shut their doors. But in some US cities, officials have opted to keep students home even as dining rooms bustle with customers.

Facing a second wave of the virus, New York City stands on the precipice of once again closing its classrooms. But with restaurants still serving customers in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration faces a now-familiar conundrum: As the virus gains ground, should dining rooms be shuttered before classrooms? We explain here.

20:11 (IST)13 Nov 2020
UP: 25 more Covid-19 deaths, over 2K fresh cases

Twenty-five more people died due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, while 2,183 fresh cases were reported, taking the state's infection count to 5,07,602.

As many as 4,77,180 people have recovered from the infection and the number of active cases stands at 23,095, a health bulletin said.
So far, 7,327 people have died due to the disease in the state.

On Thursday, 1,56,787 samples were tested for COVID-19 in UP, taking the total tests conducted till date to over 1.68 crore, news agency PTI reported.

17:43 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Ensure compliance of Covid-19 norms during festival season: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday directed the officials to ensure compliance of all necessary precautions during the festival season in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

He also asked the officials to continue with special awareness drives for checking the spread of the infection.

The chief minister, in a meeting with senior officials, asked them to take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the festival season from Diwali to Chhath when people in large numbers meet each other, an official release said. (PTI)

16:11 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Vaccine alliance raises $2 bln to buy Covid-19 shots for poor nations

A facility set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI vaccine group has exceeded an interim target of raising more than $2 billion to buy and distribute COVID-19 shots for poorer countries but said it still needs more, news agency Reuters reported.

The GAVI alliance said on Friday that the funds for an advance market commitment (AMC) will allow the COVAX facility to buy an initial one billion vaccine doses for 92 eligible countries which would not otherwise be able to afford them.

'We've seen sovereign and private donors from across the world dig deep and help meet this target,' GAVI chief Seth Berkley told reporters, adding that there was an 'urgent need' to also finance treatments and diagnostics.

16:00 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Masks, handwashing: how adults changed behaviour over time

A new study examines whether age affected preventive or risky behaviours in response to Covid-19, and how these behaviours changed over the first three months of the pandemic. The research, from the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School is published in the journal PLOS. Click here to know about the findings.

15:22 (IST)13 Nov 2020
WHO to set up centre for traditional medicine in India

The World Health Organisation announced on Friday that it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India, with Prime Minister Narendra expressing confidence that just like the country has emerged as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, the WHO institution will become the centre for global wellness. Click here to know more.

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14:18 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Maharashtra expects a coronavirus second wave in January- February

Anticipating a second COVID-19 wave in January-February, the Maharashtra government has asked the authorities to ensure there is no complacency in testing and said labs should efficiently function in all districts. 

A circular from the government's health services directorate dated November 11 said a second wave of the pandemic is likely in January-February. The second wave is expected based on what is happening in Europe, it said. The circular said since October, the number of COVID- 19 cases in Maharashtra has showed signs of decline. The second wave of the virus has hit many countries, especially those in Europe, it said. (With PTI)

14:08 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Puducherry registers 75 new COVID-19 cases, toll rises to 608

Puducherry reported 75 fresh coronavirus cases while a 68-year old woman succumbed to the infection taking the toll in the union territory to 608, a top Health department official said on Friday. The 75 new cases took the overall tally in the union territory to 36,252 after transfer of two cases to Tamil Nadu, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release. As many as 70 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, he added. The fatality and recovery rates were 1.68 per cent and 95.36 per cent respectively. (PTI)

14:07 (IST)13 Nov 2020
COVID-19 test mandatory for people coming to Lucknow from other states on Diwali

People coming to Lucknow from other states, particulary Delhi and its adjoining areas, for Diwali will have to mandatorily undergo COVID-19 test at bus stands, railway stations and the airport, an official said on Friday. Thirteen teams of the Health Department have been deployed at all bus stands, railway stations and the airport for screening those coming to the state capital for Diwali and contact details of the passengers will also be noted down, Lucknow Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar said.

So far, 66,237 COVID-19 cases and 917 deaths have been recorded in Lucknow. (PTI)

13:16 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Pollution behind Delhi's surge, says Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal attributed the sudden spike of cases to Delhi’s pollution levels that have been oscillating between “very poor” and “severe” categories this week. Delhi's air quality remained in "very poor" category on Friday morning, and it is likely to enter the “severe” zone on Diwali night.

13:14 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Delhi's Covid-19 surge should come down in 7-10 days, says Kejriwal

As Delhi continues to experience record surge in daily covid infections, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday said that the Covid-19 situation in the national capital should come under control within 7 to 10 days.  Assuring the public he said that the state government is taking all the necessary measures possible to deal with the ongoing crisis. Kejriwal’s remarks come after Delhi once again reported the highest numbers of cases in the country.

11:55 (IST)13 Nov 2020
A third of the world’s air routes have been lost due to Covid-19

Before the coronavirus, a decades-long aviation boom spawned a network of nearly 50,000 air routes that traversed the world. In less than a year, the pandemic has wiped almost a third of them off the map.

Border closures, nationwide lockdowns and the fear of catching Covid-19 from fellow passengers have crippled commercial travel. As thousands of domestic and international connections disappear completely from airline timetables, the world has suddenly stopped shrinking.

The crisis is unwinding a vast social and industrial overhaul that took place during half a century of air-travel proliferation. In years to come, overseas business trips and holidays will likely mean more airport stopovers, longer journey times, and perhaps an additional mode of transport. Even when an effective vaccine is found, the economic reality of the recovery may mean some non-stop flights are gone for good.(Read Bloomberg's report here)

11:53 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Japan records its worst day of Covid cases amid fears of winter wave

Japan hit a new daily record of coronavirus infections Thursday as authorities began hinting they may take stronger measures to arrest the increase.

A total of 1,661 cases were recorded nationwide, according to a tally by national broadcaster NHK, topping the previous high set during a surge in August. While numbers are low in absolute terms compared to many other countries, a spike in northern Japan is leading to concerns cases could spread as winter sets in. 

11:35 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Arunachal reports 44 new COVID-19 cases, one more death

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally on Friday rose to 15,701 as 44 more people, including four security personnel, tested positive for the infection. The death toll increased to 47 after a 61-year-old man from Tirap district succumbed to the infection, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. "The COVID positive patient died on Wednesday due to acute respiratory failure. He was also suffering from malignant bowel obstruction," the official said.(PTI)

11:32 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Gujarat: No leave this Diwali for doctors, health workers, civic body staff

This Diwali, which comes more than six months after the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, is not for festivities and fun, at least for doctors, health workers, officials and administration staff of various civic bodies in the state. For them, it will be extended working hours, more workload and cancelled holidays.

After several doctors succumbed to Covid-19 and over 500 infected while on duty, the 11-year-old Doctor-on-Call service would see heavy work load of Covid patients as well as burn cases, during Diwali. Though the service that was available 24×7 was cut short to limited hours from 7 am to 10 pm, Diwali holidays of doctors who are on Covid duty had to be cancelled.

10:44 (IST)13 Nov 2020
13 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 4,507

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands mounted to 4,507 as 13 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Friday. The death toll rose to 61 after a patient succumbed to the disease in the Union Territory, he said. Three new patients have travel history, while 10 fresh infections were detected during contract tracing, the official said. (PTI)

10:43 (IST)13 Nov 2020
Telangana records 997 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Telangana reported 997 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to 2.56 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,397, the state government said on Friday.As many as 17,094 patients are under treatment and 42,163 samples were tested on November 11. Cumulatively, 48.12 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1.29 lakh, the bulletin said.  (PTI)

10:00 (IST)13 Nov 2020
JUST IN| About 44k new Covid-19 cases in India

India recorded about 45,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am Friday. The country’s total tally currently stands at over 87.28 lakh cases. With 547 people succumbing to the virus Thursday the death toll stands at 1,28,688. Out of the total cases, 4.84 lakh cases are active while 81,15,580 have recovered after testing positive. Delhi recorded a comparatively lower number of cases, about 7,000, but still highest in the country. Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir the latest to record one lakh cases.

In an effort to reduce Covid-19 mortalities, the Delhi government has asked all Covid testing centres to mandatorily check oxygen saturation levels of everyone who gets tested. Those having an oxygen saturation level below 94% will have to be mandatorily examined by a doctor. On Tuesday, 83 fatalities were recorded — the highest in over five months — taking the death toll to 7,143. For over four days now, Delhi has been recording over 70 fatalities a day — a total of 310 deaths were reported in these days alone.

The order, issued by Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Udit Prakash Rai, directs all centres to implement the guidelines with immediate effect. The directives were issued after several patients visiting hospitals were found to have progressed to either moderate or severe categories of Covid-19.

Mask must for passengers: SOP issued as trains resume in West Bengal today

The state government on Tuesday announced the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the restart of local train services from Wednesday. In it, the government divided responsibilities between its officials and the railways.

According to the SOP, released by the Home and Hill Affairs Department, the railways will make an adequate number of trains available as per the requirement, and sanitise coaches daily, and as and when deemed desirable.

Wearing a face mask or cover will be mandatory for passengers. Entry and exit points will be earmarked to facilitate passengers’ movement. Some existing entry and exit points may need to be blocked, according to the government.

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