COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Nineteen passengers test positive in 'Vande Bharat' flight to Wuhan

The October 30 flight, the sixth operated by India to China in recent months and the first to Wuhan,  brought 277 Indians from New Delhi and evacuated 157 on its return under Vande Bharat Mission.

Published: 02nd November 2020 07:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2020 07:46 AM   |  A+A-

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Besides the 19 Indians who tested positive, antibodies were found in the tests of 39 others. (Representational Photo)

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India's COVID-19 caseload crossed the 82 lakh-mark, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 75.44 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 91.68 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 82,29,313 with 45,231 people testing positive for the infection in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,22,607 with 496 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

A total of 75,44,798 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far, taking the national recovery rate to 91.68 per cent, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.49 per cent.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 remained below six lakh for the fourth consecutive day.

10:10 Nov 2

Vande Bharat Mission: 19 passengers test COVID-19 positive in flight to Wuhan

Nineteen Indian passengers tested positive for COVID-19 in a recent flight from New Delhi to the Chinese city of Wuhan under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), even as India on Monday announced plans to operate four more such flights to China beginning November 13.

12:39 Nov 3

IN PIC | Safety first!

A woman passenger wearing protective suit, waits for train at New Delhi station. (Photo | PTI)

12:17 Nov 3

Tamil Nadu reports 2,481 COVID-19 cases, 31 deaths

While Chennai reported 671 cases, its neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur reported 136, 78 and Tiruvallur 115 cases respectively/

11:57 Nov 2

Masks are anti-Covid vaccine, says Gehlot as Rajasthan passes bill for face cover in public

The assembly provided for the new anti-COVID measure by amending the Rajasthan Epidemic Act, with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asserting that face masks are the sole anti-COVID vaccine as of now.

11:45 Nov 2

Jharkhand adds 403 fresh cases to its tally

11:27 Nov 2

COVID-19 antibodies present in 14.8 per cent people in Haryana

A sero-prevalence survey conducted last month in Haryana has found that 14.8 per cent people have antibodies against the COVID-19 infection, state Health Minister Anil Vij said on Monday.

11:04 Nov 2

Devotees flout social distancing norms, throng Golden Temple

Devotees, not adhering to social distancing norms, offer prayers at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) on the occasion of 486th birth anniversary of the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das, in Amritsar.
(Photo | PTI)

10:49 Nov 2

Odisha plans to administer COVID-19 vaccine to over three lakh healthcare workers

According to the initial estimation, 3,02,708 HCWs, including doctors, nurses and paramedics in both government and private settings besides the ASHA and Anganwadi workers associated with 3683 health centres across the state will be vaccinated first.

10:33 Nov 2

COVID-19 update from Himachal Pradesh

09:44 Nov 2

People, flouting social distancing norms, visit a crowded Sadar Bazar market during the festive season, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

09:24 Nov 2

Inspired by Super Mario, IIT Madras students develop game to help kids understand COVID

The 'IIT-M Covid Game' is browser-based and can be played on several devices including computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, among others. It is available free of cost.

09:07 Nov 2

Masks on, this festival season!

Women get their hands adorned with 'menhadi' on the eve of Karwa Chauth festival in Jammu. (Photo | PTI)

09:00 Nov 2
08:41 Nov 2

COVID-19 brings mental health to centre stage but postpartum depression remains in the shadows

Although the importance of mental health has been recognised during COVID-19 times, there is one condition that is rarely spoken about -- postpartum depression (PPD). Better known as ‘Baby blues’, this is a very common psychiatric complication associated with childbirth.

08:33 Nov 2

Karnataka's COVID-19 tally at 8.29 lakh with 2,576 fresh cases, 29 deaths

08:04 Nov 2

Global update | Second lockdown amid COVID-19 resurgence in Pakistan 'inevitable'

A second nationwide lockdown could be on the cards for Pakistan if Covid-19 cases continue to spike, health officials have warned. Director of General Health Services Islamabad Dr Hassan Orooj, while speaking to Geo News, said that the second lockdown now seems "inevitable".

07:45 Nov 2

IN PICS | APSRTC resumes for commuters

07:37 Nov 2

Drug regulator denies Dr. Reddy’s full marketing authorisation for Remdesivir

India’s apex drug regulator has turned down a proposal by a pharmaceutical major for full marketing authorisation for remdesivir for Covid-19 patients but has said that the emergency use authorisation for the drug will continue. 

07:31 Nov 2

Tamil Nadu reports 2,481 new COVID-19 cases

07:28 Nov 2

Gujarat reports 875 new COVID-19 cases

Gujarat reports 875 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths and 1,004 recoveries today. Total cases at 1,74,679 including 1,58,251 recoveries, 3,728 deaths and 12,700 active cases, as per State Health Department

07:26 Nov 2

Rajasthan detects 1,748 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths today

07:25 Nov 2
07:23 Nov 2

Tripura reports 135 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths

At least 135 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 30,852, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 345 after two more patients succumbed to the infection, he said.

07:04 Nov 2

Two DDCA employees test COVID positive, Kotla undergoes sanitisation drive before polls

The Feroz Shah Kotla premises is undergoing another round of sanitisation drive after two Delhi & Districts Cricket Association employees have tested positive for COVID-19, days before the state unit's elections.

06:51 Nov 2

Kerala government extends parole of aged prisoners in the wake of COVID-19 spike

The Kerala government has extended the ongoing parole of aged prisoners in jails for one more month in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. The home department, in its recent order, said that the ongoing parole of the prisoners aged 65 years and above has been extended in the wake of the pandemic.

06:47 Nov 2

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,916 new COVID-19 cases

06:36 Nov 2

Telangana-Andhra Pradesh inter-state bus services resume after seven months

After a gap of over seven months, inter-state bus services between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh resumed on Monday as officials of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation and its AP counterpart came to an understanding and signed a MoU, a senior TSRTC official said.

06:29 Nov 2

Gujarat bypolls: Voting in eight seats on Tuesday with COVID-19 norms

Voting for bypolls to eight Assembly seats in Gujarat will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on Tuesday and authorities are taking various steps to check the spread of COVID-19 during polling, officials said on Monday.

06:20 Nov 2

COVID-19 decoded: How does the coronavirus affect the heart?

06:15 Nov 2

Improvement in meeting time of Rajya Sabha panels; pandemic pulls down attendance

The eight department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees of the Rajya Sabha have reported a marked improvement in their functioning during 2019-20, clocking the best performance of the last three years, officials said on Monday.

06:08 Nov 2

Irked over quarantine, man kills complainant's son in Uttar Pradesh

Peeved at being sent to quarantine following a complaint against him, a migrant labourer allegedly abducted a 12-year-old son of the complainant, killed the boy and tried to extort Rs 30 lakh from his family, police said on Monday.

05:45 Nov 2

Mysuru district admin apprehensive about rise in COVID cases post Dasara festivities

There could be a spurt in coronavirus cases due to tourists from outside who came to the city to witness the Dasara festivities, Mysuru deputy commissioner Rohini Sindhuri said on Monday.

05:29 Nov 2

Decreasing temperatures accompanied by rising pollution was discussed: MHA

The strategy to contain spread of COVID-19 in Delhi, especially keeping in view the festival season and decreasing temperatures accompanied by rising pollution was discussed at length with representatives of MoHFW and the health experts who were present in the meeting: MHA

05:16 Nov 2

Government attributes festivals, laxity in adhering to protocol behind surge in COVID cases in Delhi

The government on Monday attributed the surge in active COVID-19 cases in Delhi to the festive season, greater movement of people and laxity in adhering to safe COVID behaviour and said efforts will be made to increase testing in critical zones.

05:04 Nov 2

Doctors in Goa withdraw services over accommodation issue

Doctors at two COVID-19 facilities who were asked to vacate their rooms by the Goa government withdrew services on Monday after pleas to overturn the order went unheard. GARD president Dr Pratik Sawant said resident doctors have withdrawn their services from ESI Hospital and South Goa District Hospital in Margao as the Saturday circular asking them to vacate government-provided accommodation was still in force.

04:35 Nov 2

Uttar Pradesh reports 25 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,788 new cases

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 7,076 on Monday after 25 more people succumbed to the disease, while 1,788 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,85,609, according to a statement.

04:10 Nov 2

India in pole position globally in COVID-19 recoveries, active cases witness steady downward trend

India continues to occupy the top position globally in terms of COVID-19 recoveries, while the total number of active cases have witnessed a sustained downward trend with its percentage having reduced more than three times in just two months, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

03:58 Nov 2

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar??????? discharged from hospital

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who was admitted to a city-based hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, was discharged from the medical facility on Monday.

03:25 Nov 2

School principals not in favour of postponing board exams

Several school principals in the national capital and adjoining areas are not in favour of postponement of the CBSE board exams next year in view of continuing closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

03:06 Nov 2

Wedding pandal organisers seek resumption of business in Maharashtra

Wedding pandal organisers, photographers and various other event management professionals staged a protest outside the Aurangabad district collector's office on Monday, demanding resumption of their businesses.

02:55 Nov 2

IITM students design digital COVID-19 awareness game

Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras have developed a multi-lingual free of cost digital game to create pubic awareness on COVID- 19, the premier institute said on Monday.

02:43 Nov 2

Beaches in Mangaluru re-open for public after months of closure due to COVID-19 pandemic

02:28 Nov 2

Schools reopen in Krishna district, after months of COVID-19 induced lockdown

02:08 Nov 2

Studying in classroom better than attending online classes: Student

02:01 Nov 2

Rajasthan to make wearing of masks compulsory

Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to enact a law making it compulsory to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Monday. The law will be enacted on Monday, he said in a tweet, describing mask as a vaccine to protect against coronavirus.

01:51 Nov 2

608 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 10 more die

The COVID-19 tally in Thane district of Maharashtra rose to 2,12,129 with the addition of 608 new cases, an official said on Monday. The district also reported 10 deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the toll to 5,352, he said.

01:46 Nov 2

Puducherry adds 70 new COVID-19 cases, no fresh fatalities

The union territory of Puducherry reported no fresh COVID-19 death while the new infections dipped to 70, a top Health department official said on Monday. The fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,820 samples, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.

01:11 Nov 2

Schools reopen in AP's Krishna district

01:03 Nov 2

Arunachal reports more recoveries than fresh cases

  • Single-day recoveries outnumbered new COVID-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh on Monday as 114 people were cured of the disease and 29 tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.
  • The new infections pushed the tally to 14,881, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
  • The number of people cured of the disease has increased to 13,073, he said, adding that the recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state currently stands at 87.85 per cent.
  • Of the 29 fresh cases, 11 were reported from the Capital Complex region, five each from West Kameng and Papumpare, two from West Siang and one each from Upper Subansiri, Siang, Namsai, East Siang, Lepa Rada and Upper Siang, Jampa said.
  • Barring five, all new patients are asymptomatic a
01:00 Nov 2

IG tests positive

Chitrakoot-Banda zone Inspector General of Police, Satyanarain, has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Monday. All those deputed at the IG's residence and office are being tested. "On Sunday 26 people, including IG Satyanarain, were found positive for COVID-19," Chief Medical Officer, Banda, Dr ND Sharma said.

12:42 Nov 2

Free online classes begin

  • The Maharashtra education department on Monday started free online classes for 11th standard students to prevent loss of the academic session due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an official said.
  • The classes have begun on YouTube and over 60,000 first-year junior college (FYJC or Class 11) students have so far enrolled for these classes, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) Director Dinkar Patil said.
  • The decision to start online classes free of charge for FYJC Arts, Science and Commerce students was taken to avoid the academic loss till colleges start functioning normally, he said.
12:41 Nov 2

Recovery rate stands at 91.68%

12:37 Nov 2

Make in India breaks pre-COVID manufacturing records

12:36 Nov 2

Total recoveries have crosses 75 lakhs

12:19 Nov 2

244 free testing centres started in Mumbai

  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started free COVID-19 testing at 244 centres in the city from Monday, officials said.
  • With this, the number of COVID-19 testing facilities in Mumbai, which is one of the worst affected by the pandemic, has gone up over 300, they said.
  • A person with COVID-19 symptoms can dial helpline number 1916 or visit the BMC's dedicated webpage '' for information about testing centres near their home, a BMC release on Sunday said.
  • The free COVID-19 testing facilities have been started at 244 locations in the BMC-run hospitals and dispensaries in the city, the release said.
  • The RT-PCR tests have been made available at some of these centres, while the antigen tests are available at the other facilities, it said.
12:16 Nov 2

Schools reopen in Guwahati

11:53 Nov 2

Rajasthan bans fire crackers to protect patients

11:43 Nov 2

More deaths in Odisha

11:01 Nov 2

Odisha Governor asymptomatic

11:00 Nov 2

Sunburn Festival returns to Goa

"Covid-19 has literally put the pause on life. In India, we have witnessed stringent lockdown measures since March 2020. An unprecedented 7 months of staying in and staying safe. With the Unlock procedures initiated and specially Unlock 5 permitting ground events, we figured it's time to restart lives," Karan Singh, COO, Percept Live said.

10:56 Nov 2

Jharkhand reports 326 new cases

  • Jharkhand's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,02,087 on Monday as 326 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
  • One more patient from Simdega district succumbed to the infection, pushing the state's coronavirus death toll to 885, he said.
  • Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 95, followed by Bokaro (47) and Dhanbad (42), the official said.
  • The state now has 5,229 active coronavirus cases, while 95,973 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said.
10:50 Nov 2

Schools reopen in Vijayawada

10:41 Nov 2

Odisha Guv, wife test positive

10:12 Nov 2

Athlete tests COVID positive at Karni Singh range

  • An athlete training in the national capital's Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range has tested positive for COVID-19, the Sports Authority of India said on Sunday but maintained that it will not hamper the ongoing national camp.
  • Last month, SAI had approved a two-month long coaching camp for the Olympic core group shooters from October 15 to December 14.
10:05 Nov 2

Andamans tally

  • The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,340 on Monday as eight more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
  • One more person succumbed to the infection, pushing the Union territory's coronavirus death toll to 60, he said.
  • Three new patients have travel history, while five fresh infections were detected during contract tracing, the official said.
  • Twelve more people have been cured of the disease, he said.
10:04 Nov 2

Telangana adds 922 more cases

  • Telangana reported 922 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to2,40,970while seven more deaths pushed the toll to 1,348, the state government said on Monday.
  • Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 256, followed by Rangareddy (56) and Sangareddy (44) districts, it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 PM on November 1.
  • As many as17,630are under treatment and25,643 samples were tested on November 1.
10:00 Nov 2
09:57 Nov 2

India's total cases surge to 82,29,313

07:32 Nov 2

WHO chief in isolation

07:31 Nov 2

433 active cases in Mizoram

07:30 Nov 2

Steady rise in home isolation cases in Delhi

  • The number of COVID-19 patients under home isolation in Delhi has jumped by over 5,800 in the last ten days, even as crowding due to festivities, rise in pollution and other factors have led to a massive surge in daily cases since October 23.
  • The count of home quarantined cases on October 19 was 14,164 which fell marginally on October 20 to 14,046.
  • However, since then, these cases showed an upward trend, and on October 31 the figures stood at 20,093, according to official data.
  • In this period, the number of containment zones have also increased from 2,724 on October 21 to 3,274 on October 31.


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