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Coronavirus highlights: Kerala records highest single day spike of 9,258 cases, imposes prohibitory orders under Sec 144

The government has stated that India's active COVID-19 cases remained less than 10 lakh for the 11th consecutive day and that it continues to maintain its global position of having the maximum number of recovered patients.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2020 9:13:48 am
The state has the third highest number of active cases of 77482 in the country. 

The Kerala government on Friday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in eight of its districts as the state recorded its highest single day spike of 9,258 Covid cases. The orders will be in effect starting Saturday, 9 am onwards. Not more than five people will be allowed to gather at a time. The infection count touched 2,12,499 today while the death toll rose to 791 with 20 new fatalities. The state has the third highest number of active cases of 77482 in the country.

The country’s caseload rose to 6,394,068 today after over 80,000 cases were recorded in a day. With more than 1,000 people succumbing to the virus during the same period, the number of fatalities also rose to 99,773, according to latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

However, the government also stated that India’s active COVID-19 cases remained less than 10 lakh for the 11th consecutive day and that it continues to maintain its global position of having the maximum number of recovered patients. With 78,877 people having recuperated from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, India’s total recoveries surged to 53,52,078 pushing the recovery rate to 83.70 per cent, according to data updated at 8 am.

A first of its kind study on the coronavirus epidemic in India suggests that an overwhelming number of infected people, over 70 per cent, might not be passing on the virus to others. The disease could be spreading only through a small set of infected people.

Globally, over 34 million people have been infected while more than one million have succumbed to the virus. The United States continues to remain the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil. On Friday, US President Donald Trump said he and first lady Melania had tested positive for Covd-19 and would go into quarantine.

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As Covid-19 cases continue to surge, the Kerala government Thursday announced a ban on the assembly of more than five persons. The ban under Section 144 of the CrPC comes into effect from Saturday and will continue till the end of this month. This, in effect, will halt all social and political events in the state in October. It would also nullify the directive in the latest unlock guidelines allowing gatherings of up to 100 persons outside containment zones. District Magistrates were directed to use the relevant provisions and orders under Section 144, CrPC to control the spread of the disease. Strict restrictions shall be imposed in containment zones and in specific areas where the spread of the disease is apprehended.

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As part of Unlock 5.0, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday released a new set of guidelines, allowing cinemas and multiplexes to open with 50 per cent capacity from October 15. While states and Union Territories can take a decision on whether to open schools from the same date, the limits on outdoor gatherings have been removed whereas indoors gatherings will be allowed with 50 per cent capacity.

The new unlockdown norms mean that the only thing that remains completely barred (outside containment zones) are international flights, except “when permitted by the MHA”. India already has air bubble arrangements with 13 countries.

Business to business exhibitions are allowed, too, and swimming pools “being used for sportspersons” are also permitted to open, as are entertainment parks. All of these will have SOPs issued by their governing ministries and will be permitted to open from October 15.

On the re-opening of schools, the MHA said “State/ UT Governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner.”

The decision will be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation. However, the ministry said online learning shall continue to be the “preferred” mode of teaching and shall be “encouraged.

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