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Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: With 59,88,822 recoveries, India’s recovery rate rises to 85.81%

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India HIGHLIGHTS: India has reported 1,07,416 deaths and 59,88,823 recoveries so far. The country has 8,83,185 active cases.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2020 9:26:24 am
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Coronavirus India News HIGHLIGHTS: India reported 73,272 coronavirus cases and 926 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday. With this, the total number of infections rose to 69,79,424 including 1,07,416 deaths, 8,83,185 active cases and 59,88,823 recoveries, according to the Union Health Ministry. The recovery rate has risen to 85.81 per cent and the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.54 per cent.

Kerala, the first state to get the novel coronavirus, took four-and-a-half months to record its first 10,000 infections. This Wednesday, it reported more than 10,000 infections in a single day. There was a time Kerala was feted globally for effectively containing the spread of the virus. Over the past few weeks, it has seen more cases every day than any other state barring Maharashtra and Karnataka.

On the vaccines front, a WHO-led initiative to make coronavirus vaccine accessible to all received a boost on Friday with China announcing its intention to join the initiative. The COVAX facility seeks to accelerate the development and production of coronavirus vaccines through pooling in resources from the member countries, and then ensure that it is equitably distributed amongst them.

Globally, more than 36.6 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,062,428 have died, according to a Reuters. The United States continues to remain the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil.

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Nearly 70 lakh coronavirus cases in India, more than 1.07 lakh deaths till now; More than 36.6 million global cases and 1,062,428 deaths. Get latest updates here.

17:02 (IST)10 Oct 2020
MP: COVID-19 patient jumps to death from hospital building

A 46-year-old COVID-19 patient allegedly jumped to death from the second floor of a government-run hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district, an official said on Saturday. This is a second such incident reported from Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College and Hospital since last month. The patient jumped off the second floor of the hospital's super-speciality wing on Friday and succumbed to his injuries within hours at night, the hospital's dean Dr P K Kasar told PTI. The man hailed from the adjoining Katni district, and was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 treatment, he said, adding that the patient also suffered some psychological ailment. The patient was examined by a psychiatrist two days ago upon his admission and was also given treatment for it, Kasar said.

16:48 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Active COVID-19 cases below 9 lakh for 2nd consecutive day

India's active COVID-19 cases remained below the nine-lakh mark for a second consecutive day and now constitute merely 12.65 per cent of the total caseload, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday. The total COVID-19 recoveries have gone nearly up 60 lakhs (59,88,822) now, further increasing the difference with respect to the active cases, it highlighted. "There are 8,83,185 active cases of COVID-19 which constitute merely 12.65 per cent of the total cases of the country. These are nearly 1/8th of the total cases in the country," the ministry underlined. "For the second day after the active cases dropped below the 9 lakh mark after a month, the progressive decline continues," it said.

16:00 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Delhi govt to shift Covid patients from Hindu Rao Hospital to state-run facilities

The Delhi government Saturday issued an order to shift coronavirus patients from the MCD-run Hindu Rao Hospital, where resident doctors have threatened to strike work over non-payment of salaries, to state government-run health facilities

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said 20-odd coronavirus patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, a Covid-19 dedicated facility, will be shifted to various hospitals under the state government over the possibility of healthcare workers withdrawing from work from Sunday. 

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14:39 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Odisha's COVID-19 toll crosses 1,000-mark

Odisha's COVID-19 toll crossed the 1,000-mark on Saturday with 15 more deaths, while 2,854 new cases were reported, a Health Department official said. The toll rose to 1,006 with the latest fatalities, which included five persons from the Khurda district and two from Cuttack. One patient each died in Balasore, Bolangir, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh, the official said.

Of the new cases, 1,659 have been reported from different quarantine centres while the remaining 1,195 people tested positive during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district, of which Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest 393 new cases, followed by Cuttack (244) and Sundergarh (143). The state has so far reported 2,49,693 cases of COVID-19.

14:20 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Regeneron's antibody cocktail may offer protection against COVID-19: Study

The experimental antibody cocktail which US President Donald Trump received when he tested positive for COVID-19 offers benefits against the novel coronavirus infection, according to a new study in animal models which provides more evidence of the clinical potential of the therapeutic.

While earlier studies had shown that the cocktail of two antibodies targeting the coronavirus spike protein could be used to neutralise the pathogen, scientists from the American biotechnology company Regeneron noted that further research in multiple animal models is needed to test the effectiveness of the formulation.

In the current study, published in the journal Science, the researchers tested REGN-COV2 in rhesus macaques, which manifest mild COVID-19 symptoms, and in golden hamsters, which show symptoms that are much more severe, including rapid weight loss.

14:12 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Hindu Rao doctors' strike: Delhi govt orders shifting of COVID-19 patients to own facilities

The Delhi government on Saturday ordered shifting of all COVID-19 patients from civic-run Hindu Rao Hospital to its own facilities, days after the resident doctors went on a "symbolic indefinite strike" over non-payment of their due salaries for the last three months. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, interacting with reporters, said, as of now 20 patients are at the Hindu Rao Hospital.

"Today, we have ordered to shift all COVID-19 patients from Hindu Rao Hospital to our own facilities. They have the choice to be shifted to LNJP Hospital or any other government hospital nearby their homes," he said. Hindu Rao Hospital is the largest municipal hospital in Delhi with 900 beds, and is currently a dedicated COVID-19 facility. Many of its healthcare workers had contracted the infection earlier.

13:16 (IST)10 Oct 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained, Oct 10: More recoveries than new cases for 7 straight days, a new record
Mumbai: Central Railway (CR) installation automated gates at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), for access to the concourse and platform area for long-distance train passengers, in Mumbai, Thursday. (PTI)

For seven straight days now, the detection of new cases of coronavirus infection in the country has remained lower than the number of people recovering from the disease. This is the longest unbroken run for this trend so far.

The new detections have remained lower than the recoveries on 17 of the last 22 days, resulting in an important reduction in the number of active cases in the country, from a high of 10.17 lakh to less than 8.9 lakh. On Friday, about 73,000 new infections were detected, while nearly 83,000 people were declared to have recovered from the disease.

New cases remaining lower than the recoveries is a very welcome trend, as it might be an indication of the epidemic having peaked, at least when the trend holds for at least a few weeks at a stretch. In the current epidemic, however, it is still too premature to talk about a peak, since the epidemic is nowhere close to having run its course. An epidemic like this can end only if there aren’t enough people left for the virus to infect, or people have been made immune to the virus through vaccination. None of this has happened right now.

12:53 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Odisha MLA booked for attending funeral despite being COVID- positive

A case was filed against BJD MLA Umakanta Samantray after he attended the funeral of party leader Pradeep Maharathy despite testing positive for COVID-19, police said on Saturday. The case was registered at the Sea Beach Police Station in Puri on Friday night under IPC sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act.

However, no case was registered against the party's Nimapara MLA and School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash who was also accused of attending Maharathys funeral on October 4, violating the COVID-19 guidelines. Jagannath Sena, a local outfit, had lodged a complaint against Dash and Samantray, alleging that they attended the funeral despite testing COVID-positive. The two ruling party leaders were also accused of violating quarantine protocols.

12:24 (IST)10 Oct 2020
How a healthy diet can help kids’ mental health during the pandemic
Turmeric milk may increase the child's production of brain derived neutrophic factor (BDNF), so raising BDNF levels may improve brain function. (FIle)

Today’s hectic schedules attending online classes and appearing for online exams, not going for outdoor activities left children feeling drained, with lack of concentration. Outside food is avoided, since most of the children take homemade meals. So mothers have to be very careful while serving them a variety of nutritious meals.

Food and drinks that boost or support brain function and concentration are a combination of antioxidants in large amount, probiotics, proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin B12. Our traditional herbs are found to be very useful to boost energy, cognitive health and immunity. Wholegrain foods are to be consumed in abundance as they are rich in Vitamin B 12 {Cobalamin}, proteins and fibre. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the production of red blood cells as well as the proper functioning of the nervous system. Eggs, salmon fish are good sources of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. It acts a protective measure for the body and prevents kids from covid and other deadly diseases. At least, one or two eggs (whole) or 60 gms of fish should be given every day to a child. Good commonly available antioxidant sources are cinnamon, mint, etc, which can be added to curd (a probiotic). Read More

11:45 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Though COVID-19 cases are surging in Kerala, death rate is 0.36 per cent, says Health minister

Though Kerala is witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases of late, there is a silver lining as the mortality rate was only 0.36 per cent, Health Minister K K Shailaja said as she praised the tireless efforts of Health workers and urged people not to overwhelm the healthcare system by their negligence. Lauding the services of the health workers, Shailaja said it was due to their tireless service, the state could keep the state's death rate at 0.36 per cent despite a high number of cases.

"In the end all that matters is how we reduce the mortality rate. How many lives we could save. That's our aim. Our mortality rate is still below 0.4 per cent. The mortality rate of 0.36 is the best among the world," Shailaja noted

11:26 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Trump official says vaccine expected starting in January

A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the US can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could begin this month.

And a growing, bipartisan chorus of lawmakers, experts and public health officials says the country is ill-prepared for a projected winter surge of COVID-19.

Dr Robert Kadlec said in an email on Friday that the administration “is accelerating production of safe and effective vaccines… to ensure delivery starting January 2021.”

 
11:12 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Further extension of loan moratorium period may affect credit discipline: RBI to SC
A more “durable solution” is provided by the Resolution Framework for Covid19-releted Stress, announced by it on August 6, 2020, the RBI said. (File Photo)

Continuation of the loan moratorium period beyond the six months already allowed may affect the overall credit discipline and it will be the small borrowers who will ultimately feel the pinch, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has told the Supreme Court.

A more “durable solution” is provided by the Resolution Framework for Covid19-releted Stress, announced by it on August 6, 2020, the RBI said, adding it “enables the lenders to implement a resolution plan in respect of personal loans as well as other exposures affected due to Covid19, subject to the prescribed conditions, without asset classification downgrade”.

11:03 (IST)10 Oct 2020
24 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 3,976

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the coronavirus caseload in the Union territory to 3,976, an official said. Twenty-one of the new cases were detected during contact tracing while three patients have travel history, he said.

Seventeen more people have been cured of the disease, the official said. The Union territory now has 197 active COVID-19 cases, while 3,724 people have recovered from the disease and 55 patients have succumbed to the infection, he said.

10:56 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Australia reports no COVID-19 deaths for third day, hotspot faces longer lockdown

Australia recorded no coronavirus deaths for a third straight day on Saturday, but its hotspot city of Melbourne faced a prolonged lockdown as new infections stayed stubbornly above the target for re-opening.The southeastern state of Victoria reported 14 new cases, taking the two-week average up slightly to 9.5, double the target of fewer than five set for easing curbs in its capital of Melbourne in eight days' time.Once the target was met, the state government had said, it would lift all restrictions on leaving home, as well as permitting public gatherings of up to 10 people, some household visits, outdoor dining and the re-opening of all shops.

10:54 (IST)10 Oct 2020
India donates 1.8 million N95 masks to Philadelphia city in US

India has donated 1.8 million N95 masks to Philadelphia, the largest city in the US state of Pennsylvania, to help in its fight against COVID-19, setting another example of a robust Indo-US partnership in the health sector. The move comes after the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, made a request to India for supply of masks to be used by the city's frontline workers.

"Philadelphia receives 1.8 million N95 masks from India to aid their fight against COVID-19," India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, tweeted on Friday. "Another example of the robust India-US reliable partnership in the health sector!" he added.

On October 5, at the request of the city mayor, 1.8 million N95 masks were delivered to Philadelphia for use of frontline workers.

10:34 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Covid-19 vaccine tracker, Oct 10: China, South Korea join WHO’s COVAX facility
A worker feeds vials for production of SARS CoV-2 Vaccine for COVID-19 at the SinoVac vaccine factory in Beijing. China said on Friday that it is joining the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX. (AP)

A WHO-led initiative to make coronavirus vaccine accessible to all received a boost on Friday with China announcing its intention to join the initiative. The COVAX facility seeks to accelerate the development and production of coronavirus vaccines through pooling in resources from the member countries, and then ensure that it is equitably distributed amongst them.

It is also meant to be a counter to the individual efforts of some rich countries, like the United States, which have been getting into bilateral billion-dollar deals with vaccine manufacturers for prioritised and assured supply of doses, when these vaccines become available. The United States, for example, has booked 800 million doses through six developers. The United Kingdom has booked 350 million doses. The prioritised supplies during the initial months of production of the vaccine could potentially starve other countries of the vaccines, because of limited production capacities.

09:56 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Just In | India reports 73,272 cases in 24 hours, total infections near 70 lakh

India reported 73,272 coronavirus cases and 926 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday. With this, the total number of infections rose to 69,79,424 including 1,07,416 deaths, 8,83,185 active cases and 59,88,823 recoveries, according to the Union Health Ministry.

09:26 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee shifted to intensive care as COVID symptoms worsen
Soumitra Chatterjee was hospitalised on Tuesday after he tested positive for COVID-19. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been shifted to intensive care in a private hospital where he is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 after his health condition worsened, a senior doctor at the facility said on late Friday night.

The 85-year-old actor was at an “acute confusional stage” following which the neurologist advised him to be shifted to the ITU, he said.

“Mr Chatterjee has been shifted to the ITU after he has been experiencing restlessness and reached an acute confusional stage. We have shifted him to the ITU for close monitoring. He is having several co-morbidities, that’s why we need to be more careful,” the doctor told PTI.

09:16 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 36.6 million, death toll at 1,062,428

More than 36.6 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,062,428 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019

09:02 (IST)10 Oct 2020
As Kerala sees spike in Covid cases, minister says not reached peak yet
A new testing lab at the Medical College Hospital in Ernakulam. (Express file photo)

Kerala, the first state to get the novel coronavirus, took four-and-a-half months to record its first 10,000 infections. This Wednesday, it reported more than 10,000 infections in a single day.

There was a time Kerala was feted globally for effectively containing the spread of the virus. Over the past few weeks, it has seen more cases every day than any other state barring Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Since September, Kerala has added more than 1.93 lakh cases – over 70 per cent of its current caseload of 2.68 lakh. And because most of its cases are recent, Kerala’s active caseload of more than 90,000 is, again, next only to Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has entered into an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for securing supplies of 400 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine that the company is developing. The deal will allow member countries to access guaranteed supplies of 200 million doses once the vaccine is ready, hopefully, early next year. The agreement keeps open the possibility of supplies of another 200 million doses, if the need arises.

This is the third such agreement that the European Commission has entered into. It has earlier signed similar contracts with AstraZeneca, which is developing a vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University, and with Sanofi-GSK. Those deals are worth 300 million doses each.

The latest agreement with Johnson & Johnson means European Union now has placed advanced orders of at least 800 million doses of vaccines. The United States has also secured advanced supplies of 800 million doses, having signed agreements with six developers. The United Kingdom has signed six agreements as well, and booked 350 million doses for its citizens.

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