Swine flu shows spike during winter. Likely that COVID would also do the same. There's data that shows air pollution may also lead to higher prevalence of #COVID19. It's based on a study done in last few months in Italy & China: Delhi AIIMS Director, Dr Randeep Guleria (file pic) pic.twitter.com/GJlJfkGesL— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Coronavirus likely to show spike in winter, air pollution may also lead to higher prevalence: Delhi AIIMS Director
Dr Randeep Guleria said swine flu shows spike during winter and Covid-19 is likely to do the same.
India on Thursday recorded 55,838 fresh cases of virus infection and 702 deaths.
Total case tally in the country stands at 77,06,946 including 7,15,812 active cases, 68,74,518 recovered and 1,16,616 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As the country proceeds towards the winter season, experts said that cooler weather is likely to worsen the coronavirus spread as it happens with most viruses that attack the respiratory tract and may lead to possibly a second, even a bigger wave of cases and deaths in the country.
Swine flu shows spike during winter, Covid likely to do the same: Delhi AIIMS Director
Subject Expert Committee under Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has given the nod to Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase-III trials of COVAXIN, vaccine for COVID-19. . . . . . . . #bharatbiotech #hyderabad #covaxin #vaccine #covid_19 #covidvaccine #phase3 #humantrial #tnie #research #sec #cdsco
States' Covid updates
- Himachal Pradesh reports 223 new #COVID19, 231 cured cases and 5 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. The state's case tally is 19,844 with 16,914 cured cases, 2623 active cases and 279 deaths.
- Haryana has 1,128 new cases and 1,292 discharges. Total cases at 1,54,495 including 10,009 active cases, 1,42,798 discharges and 1,688 deaths: State Health Department
- Assam reports 508 new cases and 1584 discharges today. Total cases in the state rise to 2,03,282, including 1,77,659 discharges, 24,724 active cases and 896 deaths.
- Jharkhand reported 549 new COVID-19 cases, 625 recoveries and 8 deaths today, taking total cases to 98,610 including 91,629 recoveries, 859 deaths and 6,122 active cases.
Bharat Biotech gets nod for Phase-III Covaxin trials
The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) under Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has given the nod to Hyderabad-based firm Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase-III trials of Covaxin, the vaccine for Covid-19. The permission was accorded at the SEC meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
West Bengal reports 4157 new cases, 64 deaths
Delhi AIIMS director Guleria on ICMR observation- plasma therapy didn't reduce COVID mortality
- Too early to say, need to look at more data. In ICMR study large no.of patients who were given plasma already had antibodies. If you already have, giving it from outside may not be of much use
- Plasma isn't a magic bullet. We've to position it properly where it may be useful, rather than saying everyone will benefit from it. What we're learning from COVID is that, treatment may be useful if timing is proper
Covid updates from states
- Gujarat reports 1,136 new cases, 7 deaths & 1,201 discharges, taking total cases to 1,64,121, including 1,46,308 recoveries & 3,670 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 14,143
- Punjab reported 617 new cases, 935 discharged cases & 12 deaths, taking total positive cases to 1,29,693 till date, including 1,21,155 discharges, 4,466 active cases & 4,072 deaths
- Madhya Pradesh reported 1,045 new COVID-19 cases, 1,271 recoveries and 14 deaths today. Total number of cases stand at 1,64,341 including 1,49,353 recoveries, 12,146 active cases and 2,842 deaths.
- Karnataka reported 5,778 new COVID-19 cases (2,807 cases in Bengaluru Urban), 13,550 discharges and 74 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total number of cases now stand at 7,88,551 including 92,927 active cases, 6,84,835 discharges and 10,770 deaths.
Maharashtra reports 7539 new cases, 198 deaths in last 24 hours
Maharashtra reports 7,539 new #COVID19 cases, 198 deaths and 16,177 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per the state's Public Health Department.— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
Total cases in the state rise to 16,25,197, including 42,831 deaths and 14,31,856 recovered patients. Active cases stand at 1,50,011. pic.twitter.com/gGv8sW4EEQ
Delhi reports 3882 new cases, 35 deaths
Delhi reports 3,882 new #COVID19 cases, 2,727 recoveries/discharges/migrations and 35 deaths in last 24 hours.— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
The COVID tally here rises to 3,44,318, including 3,12,918 recoveries/discharges/migrations and 6,163 deaths. Active cases stand at 25,237. pic.twitter.com/gJpUo3qsTh
Woman jumps to death after husband succumbs to coronavirus in Hyderabad
Serum institute ties up with Merck to develop and market SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies
- Serum Institute of Indian signeed an agreement with Merck, a leading science&technology company, to develop SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) co-invented by IAVI & Scripps Research as innovative interventions to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Merck will lead commercialization in developed countries including the US while Serum Institute will do commercialization in low- and middle-low-income countries, including India.
Businesses too face the wrath of Covid
#COVID19 #Lockdown is over but my problems aren't: With the business dull despite #Unlock, a migrant labourer selling carpets is taking a nap.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) October 22, 2020
Place: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Express Photo | @KKSundar123 @xpresstn @shibasahu2012 pic.twitter.com/QYOnrkfI1U
Uttarakhand, Manipur Covid updates
- Uttarakhand reports 402 new cases today, 568 patients cured. Total cases in the state rise to 59,508 including 53,200 recoveries and 968 deaths.
- Manipur reports 345 new cases, taking total confirmed cases to 16,621 out of which 4,101 are active patients. Four new deaths reported taking toll to 127.
DMK chief reacts to free COVID vaccine announcement by EPS
DMK chief MK Stalin takes a dig at CM EPS for announcing that Corona vaccine would be administered free of cost to people; says it is the duty of a welfare govt and the CM boasting this as a big concession is just nauseating." @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) October 22, 2020
Even successful COVID vaccine may not give lasting protection, don't lower guard: CCMB Director
Stressing the importance of preventive measures including wearing masks and consumption of imunity-boosting food products, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Director Dr Rakesh Mishra said it might take a couple of years for a successful vaccine candidate to prove its efficacy among people of all ages and more importantly reach the length and breadth of the country.
Dr Reddy's Lab comes under cyber attack after getting nod for COVID-19 vaccine trials
The cyber attack comes within a week of the announcement that Dr Reddy's in collaboration with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has received approval from the Drug Control General of India (DCGI) to conduct an adaptive phase-2/3 human clinical trial for the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in India. This announcement was made on October 17.
Celebrate, but with a mask on
It's the festive season, but don't forget to wear masks and follow #COVID19 protocols!— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) October 22, 2020
Take a look at the Bommala Koluvu that has been arranged as a part of #Dussehra festivities in Tirupati.#Navratri2020
Express Photos | @KanchiMadhav @xpressandhra pic.twitter.com/Y1gAHhk7Tm
Tripura COVID tally
125 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, tally rises to 29,925; death toll reaches 331 with two more people succumbing to the disease: Official
Andhra reports 3620 new infections and 16 deaths
#COVIDUpdates in #AndhraPradesh (#October 22)— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) October 22, 2020
In last 24 hrs till #Thursday 9 am:#Tests - 76,726#Positive - 3,620#Discharged - 3,723#Deaths - 16
Tests - 73,47,776
Positive - 7,96,919#Active - 32,257
Recovered - 7,58,138#Toll - 6,524@NewIndianXpress #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/mfRlKExynQ
Rajasthan COVID tally
Rajasthan reports 1,822 new COVID19 infections out of which 349 are from Jaipur. The state has 1,80,755 total cases out of which 18,341 are active patients.1800 deaths have been reported.
Jammu And Kashmir reports 584 new cases COVID-19 cases
Jammu And Kashmir reports 584 new cases COVID-19 cases (192 from Jammu and 392 from Kashmir) and 10 deaths. Total cases stand at 90,166 out of which active patients are 7,952.
Coronavirus tally in TN crosses 7 lakh with 3077 new infections
Covid updates for Oct 22:— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) October 22, 2020
Total Corona positives in TN crosses 7 lakh mark today (7,00,193)
But the No of Covid patients discharged crossed stands at 4,314/6,55,170
New cases: 3,077
Samples tested today:81,259
COVID patient's body lies in Kerala hospital for 19 days, kin thought he had been cremated
Devarajan, 63, from Pathanapuram died on October 2. He was hospitalised due to breathing difficulties on September 18. Once he tested positive for COVID-19, his wife Pushpa went back home. Later, she also tested positive for the virus. On October 2, the hospital authorities informed the family about his death.
Kerala records 7482 new infections and 23 deaths
Hyderabad startup develops mushroom-based 'immunity booster' against COVID-19
The mushroom, Cordyceps militaris, is known for its immune boosting and anti-oxidant components. The novel nutraceutical developed by the startup Clone Deals has been named 'CoronAid'. The startup has obtained FSSAI approval for marketing and submitted a request to the central government for conducting clinical trials to establish the safety of their formulation with three All India Institutes of Medical Sciences -- Nagpur, Navi Mumbai and Bhopal. If the clinical trials are successful, the product is expected to be available in the market by December this year.
WATCH | Fall in COVID-19 cases short-lived? Centre worries over a bigger winter wave
Rahul retorts to BJP's free vaccine poll promise
GOI just announced India’s Covid access strategy.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 22, 2020
Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when will you get it, along with a hoard of false promises.
India's active COVID-19 cases fall below 10 per cent since last 3 days: MoHFW
"Presently the active cases comprise merely 9.29 per cent of the total positive cases of the country standing at 7,15,812. The daily positivity rate has also been maintained at less than 5 per cent over the past three days indicating that the spread of infection is being effectively contained through focussed strategies and actions of the Centre and the states/UTs. Today, the daily positivity rate is reported to be 3.8 per cent," the official statement said.
COVID cuts height of Ravana effigy
Punjab: Sri Ramlila Committee(Daresi), that burnt the tallest Ravan effigy of Ludhiana every #Dussehra, will burn only a 30-ft tall effigy this yr due to #COVID19. Committee's President says "Our effigy used to be 90-95 ft tall. But this yr we'll have only a 30-35 ft tall effigy" pic.twitter.com/n5Ga9DFvkp— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
Congress reacts to BJP's vaccine poll promise
In migrant workers crisis, Bihar CM & Deputy CM said they won't let Biharis enter. PM said vaccine can't possibly be made before a year. 1000 Biharis died due to COVID. Do central ministers care? They're deriding Biharis: Randeep Surjewala, Congress on BJP's vaccine poll promise
Uttar Pradesh reports 2402 new COVID19 cases
Uttar Pradesh reports 2402 new COVID19 cases, 2581 new discharges and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per state's health department. Active cases in the state stand at 29,131. A total of 4,27,937 discharges and 6790 deaths reported in the state so far.
Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi tests positive for COVID-19
Ministry of Home Affairs eases travel restrictions
- The validity of all existing visas, curtailed due to coronavirus pandemic, have been restored by the government. All OCI, PIO card holders and other foreign nationals to visit India for any purpose, except on a tourist visa, are permitted to enter India.
- Under this graded relaxation, Government to restore with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic visa, Tourist Visa & Medical Visa). Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can apply for a Medical Visa including for medical attendants.
Newly constructed Indoor-Outdoor sports stadium handed over
J&K: Newly constructed Indoor-Outdoor sports stadium in Kheora handed over to the youth of Pirpanjal region in Rajouri— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
"If youth are busy in sports activities, they won't feel depressed during #COVID19 pandemic & it will increase their immunity," says Cricketer Mazamal Hussain pic.twitter.com/85VhIHMZim
70 more Maharashtra cops test positive
Seventy new COVID-19 cases detected in Maharashtra Police over last 24 hours. Total cases in the force stand at 25,988 out of which 1,771 are active patients. 23,945 personnel have recovered while 272 deaths have been recorded.
Covid vaccine trials can't tell if shots save lives: Experts
Vaccines are being hailed as the solution to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the trials currently underway are not designed to tell us if they will save lives, according to a drug development expert from the prestigious British Medical Journal. (READ MORE)
1913 new cases in Odisha
Odisha on Thursday recorded 1913 cases of virus infection and 15 deaths.
Delhi doctors, healthcare workers continue their protest
(Photo| EPS/ Shekhar Yadav)
Arunachal's tally rises to 13,912
At least 134 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally to 13,912, a health department official said on Thursday.
Vaccine politics| NDA promises free vaccine if voted to power in Bihar
As soon as #COVID19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the launch of BJP Manifesto for #BiharPolls pic.twitter.com/x4VjVmkA3Q— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
WATCH| Covid-19 graph sliding, India may have hit first peak
IIT-Kharagpur develops low-cost, portable COVID-19 testing device
The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur has developed a low-cost portable COVID-19 testing device that can deliver results within an hour and it has also received certification from the Indian Council of Medical Research. (READ MORE)
Zone-wise status of COVID-19 cases in Chennai
Jain temples allowed to reopen dining halls
Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed Jain temples to reopen dining halls during 9-day fasting festival Ayambil Oli Tap from October 23. Temples will have to follow SOP issued by the state govt for restaurants and will not be opened for devotees to offer prayers. (READ MORE)
Cases in India breach 77 lakh-mark
India on Thursday recorded 55,838 fresh cases of virus infection and 702 deaths.
- Total cases: 77,06,946
- Active cases: 7,15,812
- Death toll: 1,16,616
BWF cancels World Junior Championships 2020
World Junior Badminton Championships 2020, slated to be held in New Zealand, have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Thursday.
NIE Editorial | Heed PM’s Covid warning for the festive season
With the festival season well underway and expected to last until December at least, the choice before the people is quite straightforward. To celebrate religious festivals as overtly and ostentatiously as in the previous years and risk a surge in Covid-19 cases, or to religiously follow health guidelines to keep the disease at bay.
Go virtual this Durga Puja
Police personnel stand guard near the barricades set up at a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. (Photo| PTI)
Over 5000 Delhi metro commuters fined for Covid-19 violations
Over 5,180 passengers of Delhi Metro were penalised for Rs200 each for creating nuisance inside the metro premises after being pointed out for not covering face with mask or wearing it incorrectly, officials said on Wednesday. (READ MORE)
Ex Telangana minister passes away due to post-COVID complications
Former Home Minister of Telangana, Nayini Narsimha Reddy passed away in the early hours of Thursday, October 22 due to post COVID-19 complications. The 76-year-old was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in a very critical condition for a week. (READ MORE)
Volunteer in Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil
A volunteer participating in clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has died in Brazil, officials announced Wednesday, though media reports said he had received a placebo, not the test vaccine. (READ MORE)
India's fatality rate at 1.51%
On a global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases/million population. With consistently falling case fatality rate (1.51% presently), it also has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality: Ministry of Health
Mizoram records 31 new cases
31 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mizoram, taking the total number of cases to 2,341. The number of active cases is at 167 while 2,174 people have been discharged so far.
Citizens rush to homeopathic centres for magic immunity pills
Karnataka has seen a drastic jump in the number of Covid-19 cases in the past few days, with a big surge in Bengaluru. Though these medicines were being given free of cost over the past few months, the rush has increased multifold in the past couple of days, in keeping with Covid cases. (READ MORE)
Odisha issues advisory and follow up procedures for post Covid care
Perturbed over rising post Covid complications leading to death of recovered
persons, Odisha Government on Wednesday issued an advisory for management and care of Covid-19 patients.
Collectors, municipal commissioners, Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers and superintendent of medical colleges have been directed to monitor the follow up care and wellbeing of all novel coronavirus affected patients after they are discharged. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Assam, Jharkhand Covid updates
- Assam reports 701 new COVID-19 cases and 1664 discharges today. Total cases in the state rise to 2,02,774, including 1,76,075 discharges and 889 deaths. Active cases 25,807
- Jharkhand reported 647 new COVID-19 cases, 619 recoveries and two deaths today, taking total cases to 98,061 including 91,004 recoveries, 851 death and 6,206 active cases
Covid times' Good Samaritan Sonu Sood's idol installed in a Puja Pandal in Kolkata
West Bengal: A Durga puja committee has chosen the hardships faced by migrant labourers during COVID-induced lockdown as the theme for its puja pandal in Kolkata. The committee has also installed an idol of actor Sonu Sood to honour his service to the labourers during lockdown. pic.twitter.com/dTLlJyetdG— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2020
Madhya Pradesh reports 1118 new cases
5872 new positive cases, 88 deaths reported in Karnataka
#TNIEUpdatesOnCovid19— Bosky Khanna (@BoskyKhanna) October 21, 2020
Active cases 100440
New +ve cases 5872
Deaths 88#Bengaluru urban 2717, rural 366#Davangere 304@NewIndianXpress @XpressBengaluru @santwana99 @MoHFW_INDIA @DHFWKA @CovidKarnataka @COVIDNewsByMIB @CMofKarnataka @mla_sudhakar pic.twitter.com/7rZEose4Xr
2636 active cases in Himachal Pradesh
17 districts in Karnataka have less than/around 1000 positive cases
Maharashtra reports 8142 new cases, 180 deaths
Maharashtra reports 8,142 new #COVID19 cases, 180 deaths and 23,371 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per the state's Public Health Department.— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2020
Total cases in the state rise to 16,17,658, including 42,633 deaths and 14,15,679 recovered patients. Active cases stand at 1,58,852. pic.twitter.com/EYAHgYiPxo
Punjab reports 499 new cases, 23 deaths
Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Haryana Covid updates
- Gujarat reports 1,137 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths & 1,180 discharges, taking total cases to 1,62,985, including 1,45,107 recoveries & 3,663 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 14,215.
- Uttarakhand reports 505 cases today, 770 patients cured. Total cases in the sate rise to 59,106 including 52,632 recoveries and 960 deaths.
- Haryana reports 1,193 new COVID-19 cases and 1,070 discharge today. Total cases at 1,53,367 including 10,187 active cases, 1,41,506 discharges and 1,674 deaths
Punjab govt waives penal interest for farmers
Keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic and already precarious financial position of the farmers in Punjab, the State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank has decided to waive penal interest to the farmers during the recovery campaign kharif 2020: State government— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2020
Jammu and Kashmir reports 624 new cases
WATCH | Chennai Metro becomes first in country to use high-end disinfectant
- Pakistan's top body, which oversees response to the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday warned that strict measures, including lockdown, could be initiated to contain the infection if people don't stop violating government guidelines, as the country's COVID-19 mortality rate increased by 140 per cent compared to past few weeks. (READ MORE)
- Day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways on Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe. (READ MORE)
Chennai sero survey-II results
Kerala records over 8,000 cases in last 24 hours
Delhi Metro penalises over 5,000 passengers for COVID norms violation
Over 5,180 passengers of Delhi Metro were penalised for Rs 200 each through September 11-30 for creating nuisance inside the premises of the network after being pointed out for not covering face with mask or wearing it improperly, officials said on Wednesday. (READ MORE)
Tamil Nadu cases continue to fall, adds 3,086 infections
Andhra Pradesh adds over 3500 new cases in last 24 hours
#COVIDUpdates: The state recorded 3,746 new cases and 4,739 recoveries in the last 24 hours. 27 deaths were recorded taking the toll to 6,508.— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) October 21, 2020
Total cases: 7,93,299
Recovered: 7,54,415@NewIndianXpress #coronavirus #COVID19 #AndhraPradesh pic.twitter.com/YNF6sB0mAg
Kerala-based TCM Ltd rolls out first batch of RT-PCR test kits
Kochi-based TCM Ltd, a chemicals manufacturer till recently, which was originally founded by Nobel laureate C V Raman back in 1943, on Wednesday said it has rolled out COVID-19 test kits based on technology developed by IIT Delhi.
TCM Ltd is among the six companies chosen by IIT Delhi nationwide to manufacture the much-awaited COVID test kits. (READ MORE)
Delhi govt directs clubs, liquor shops to ensure strict compliance of SOPs
Assistant commissioner (enforcement) has been asked to deploy teams to check compliance of SOPs at bars in hotels, clubs and restaurants.
An official said the department was taking action against those not following COVID-appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
EC frets as parties violate distancing norms during poll campaigning
In an advisory issued to presidents and general secretaries of all recognised national and state parties, the poll panel said chief electoral officers and the district machinery would be expected to invoke appropriate and relevant penal provisions against candidates concerned as well as organisers responsible for such violations.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to be used for the first time in Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council polls, Ladakh— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2020
"We've taken steps to ensure no voter is left with postal arrangements for senior citizens and #COVID19 patients," says Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh pic.twitter.com/hjRW23EcMg
16-18 per cent contraction in two wheeler volumes in the current fiscal: ICRA
"ICRA continues to maintain its expectation of 16-18 per cent year on year contraction in two-wheeler volumes in FY2021, amid an evolving COVID-19 situation and economic uncertainties," the rating agency said in a statement. (READ MORE)
UP records decline in Covid cases, recovery rate 91.91%
In the last 24 hours, 2,351 new cases were reported in the state, said the Health Department.
The active Covid cases have come down to 30,416 due to a greater number of persons recovering from the infection as compared to the newly infected cases. Nearly 4.59 lakh persons were affected out of which 4.22 lakh have recovered.
Over 3,000 people arrested for flouting COVID-19 protocol: Kolkata Police
The Kolkata Police has arrested over 3,000 people in the last 10 days for flouting COVID-19 protocol and not wearing masks, a senior officer said on Wednesday.
Police were arresting people from places in and around the market and shopping malls which have been witnessing people gathering in large numbers for Durga Puja shopping.
Tripura reports 112 new COVID-19 cases, 265 people recover
At least 112 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 29,800, a health department official said.
The death toll rose to 329 with one more patient succumbing to the infection, he said. Tripura currently has 2,458 active coronavirus cases, while 26,990 people have recovered from the disease.
Europe records weekly high of over 9 lakh virus cases, says WHO
The UN health agency said in its latest global report on the coronavirus that the continent saw a 25 per cent spike in confirmed cases last week and was responsible for 38 per cent of all new cases reported worldwide. (READ MORE)
ICMR shouldn't remove Plasma therapy: Delhi Minister
Lives of more than 2000 people, including mine, have been saved through Plasma therapy, so ICMR shouldn't remove it. Even U.S has said that it's beneficial: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on ICMR considering to remove plasma therapy from #COVID19 national treatment protocol pic.twitter.com/XqaydBK38v— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2020
Active cases remain below 7.5-lakh mark for second day
There are 7,40,090 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 9.67 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
With a high number of COVID-19 patients recovering every day, India's steady trend of posting high levels of daily recoveries also continues. (READ MORE)
All shops and commercial establishments can function till 10 pm: TN CM
Considering the forthcoming festival days, the need for redeeming the economy and prevailing status of Corona infection, the state government allows all shops and commercial establishments to function till 10 pm from tomorrow (October 22)," said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in a statement here. (READ MORE)
TN CM EPS announces: All shops & commercial establishments including those selling vegetables, groceries, hotels & tea shops except those in containment zones, will be allowed to function till 10 p.m from tomorrow; relaxation follows considering festival days ahead @xpresstn pic.twitter.com/C1wQV6GIyb— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) October 21, 2020
Coronavirus can cause male infertility: Study
The study, published in the journal of Fertility and Sterility, claims that the studied men had a reduction of around 50 percent on average of the number of sperm per milliliter. (READ MORE)
Western Railways start all women local trains in Mumbai
Chhattisgarh by-polls: Voters above 80 years, Divyang, COVID-19 affected person to vote by postal ballot
CEO Chhattisgarh Reena Babasaheb Kangale said that the facilities have been given in view of the Covid pandemic and as per the directives of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
"Postal ballot distribution, postal ballot voting and collection will be done from 22 to 24 October," said an official release of CEO Chhattisgarh. (READ MORE)
113 more Maharashtra cops test positive
113 police personnel tested positive for #COVID19 in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 25,918 in the force, including 1,809 active cases, 23,839 recoveries, and 270 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police
UEFA cancels men's under-19 Euros
Europe's governing football body says the cancellation in Northern Ireland is “due to the current unresolved epidemiological situation in Europe and resulting travelling difficulties.” (READ MORE)
Economist Banerjee supports Mamata's dole to Durga puja committees
Nobel laureate economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee has backed the West Bengal governments decision to support Durga puja committees of the state with Rs 50,000 each, saying that organisers need the additional amount to adopt COVID-19 safety protocols. (READ MORE)
Delhi airport declared second-safest in the world, scores 4.6/5
Besides Delhi, Frankfurt Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport have also secured the second position with 4.6 ratings. (READ MORE)
JNU to allow PhD scholars back on campus from next week
The Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ call to open campus for PhD scholars has finally been heard by the varsity administration. The JNU administration is planning to open the campus for PhD scholars in a phased manner after Durga Puja i.e, by next week. (READ MORE)
Resident doctors in Delhi protest salary dues
No entry zone order revised for Durga Puja pandals in Bengal
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday revised it's "no-entry zone" order for Durga Puja pandals in Bengal allowing 45 persons to enter at a time,
In big pandals, 60 persons (including committee members) will be allowed inside where a list of has to made public by 8 am. In smaller ones, 15 persons (including committee members) will be allowed.
WATCH| Micro-Plasma Oxidation system used for sanitisation
In an aim to make sanitisation chemical-free, @cmrlofficial starts using Micro-Plasma Oxidation system which uses surrounding air as its raw material producing sustainable water disinfectant to avoid exposure of harsh chemicals during sanitization. @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/LTdHmmu9gT— Omjasvin M D (@omjasvinMD) October 21, 2020
Most recoveries constant from 10 states/ UTs
National recovery rate (88.81%) is fast approaching 89%. 77% of new recovered cases observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs. Karnataka outnumbered Maharashtra in new recovered cases with more than 8,500 new recoveries: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Doctors welcome HC order declaring all pandals no entry zones
Describing the order as "historic", doctors said that if clubs and puja committees adhere to the directive the COVID-19 transmission would definitely be restricted to a certain level. (READ MORE)
1,931 new cases in Odisha
Odisha reports 1,931 new COVID-19 infections taking the total cases to 2,74,181 out of which 20,750 are active patients.
Air Pollution is the highest health risk for newborns in India
A comprehensive analysis of air pollution’s global impact on newborns finds that outdoor and household particulate matter pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 116,000 Indian infants in their first month of life in 2019, according to a new global study, State of Global Air 2020 (SoGA). (READ MORE)
Border Security Force personnel help each other wear masks at the Police Memorial parade ground. (Photo| PTI)
Arunachal reports more recoveries than fresh cases
The number of COVID-19 recoveries in Arunachal Pradesh surpassed fresh cases on Wednesday, with 255 people recuperating from the disease, even as 135 more people tested positive for the virus, pushing the tally to 13,778, a senior health official said.
Virus costs Odisha its 100-year-old ‘Aparajita Puja’
In view of the pandemic, the district administration has decided not to hold the ceremony which marks the end of the 10-day festival and directed temple management committees to hold the puja inside the Bhagabati temple. Bhagabati is the presiding deity of Jeypore. (READ MORE)
Jharkhand reports 542 new COVID-19 cases
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 97,414 as 542 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Wednesday.
One in six children living in extreme poverty: UN
An estimated one in six children "or 356 million globally" were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) analysis. (READ MORE)
All eyes on Calcutta High Court
The Calcutta High Court today will hear the review plea filed by 'Forum for Durgotsav' on order making all Durga puja pandals in the state a no-entry zone.
Zone-wise detailed status of cases in Chennai
Soumitra Chatterjee's health deteriorates
The neurological condition of legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee has deteriorated a little in the last 24 hours though his other health parameters are good, one of the attending doctors said in a statement on behalf of the hospital on Tuesday night.
India records spike in virus cases
India on Wednesday recorded 54,044 new virus infections and 717 deaths.
- Total case: 76,51,108
- Total deaths: 115914
- Active cases: 7,40,090
- Recovered: 67,95,103
Bails and paroles due to Covid-19 to be discontinued: Delhi HC
The Delhi High Court observed that its blanket order extending interim bails and paroles granted to prisoners in view of the Covid-19 pandemic should come to an end as number of infected persons in jails is currently only three. (READ MORE)
9,72,00,379 samples tested so far
Total 9,72,00,379 samples tested for #COVID19 up to 20th October. Of these, 10,83,608 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research
Prepare for both dengue and Covid-19 cases: Delhi govt
The Delhi government has written to hospitals a set of guidelines on treatment of diseases which mimic the symptoms of the coronavirus such as dengue, malaria and H1N1. (READ MORE)
Business of sweet shops in Delhi hit
'One may get infected if antibodies diminish within 5 months'
One may get reinfected with the coronavirus if the antibodies against the infection diminish in the body in five months' time after recovery, a top ICMR official said on Tuesday, urging people to continue wearing face masks and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. (READ MORE)
30 new cases in Mizoram
Tamil Nadu: Festive season a big worry as daily Covid count continues to dip
"Right now, our biggest concern is festivals. We are running campaigns to sensitize people on the importance of social distancing. We are also concentrating on workplaces and containment zones which are likely to throw up cases," the Health Secretary said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Alternate days, half-day classes, Schools to reopen in Andhra Pradesh from November 2
- Schools across the state are set to reopen from November 2.
- Schools will function for half-day for November, & students will be sent homes after midday meals.
- Classes will be held on alternative days for the different standards- 1, 3,5,7,9 will have classes one day, whereas 2,4,6,8 will have classes on the next day.
- Schools having above 750 students will have two working days per class per week, and schools with less than 750 students will have three working days per week
- Hand sanitation & physical distancing mandatory. Students will be divided into small sections to prevent congestion. These guidelines would be implemented in November.
- Further decisions to be taken in December. Online classes for those who can't attend schoolS
Durga idol wears mask to depict COVID-19 theme in West Bengal
Jharkhand reports 542 new cases
Jharkhand reports 542 new #COVID19 cases, 7 deaths and 605 cases of recoveries/discharges in the last 24 hours. Total cases in the state rise to 97,414, including 849 deaths and 90,385 recoveries/discharges. Active cases stand at 6,180: Jharkhand Health Department pic.twitter.com/PuIVapF5nB— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
Youth Congress workers protest in front of Ernakulam medical college
Carrying a coffin as the symbol of alleged medical negligence related to #COVID19 deaths at Ernakulam medical college, Youth Congress workers led by MP Hibi Eden protest in front of the hospital. #COVID19India— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) October 20, 2020
Express Photo | @sanesh_TNIE @xpresskerala pic.twitter.com/z6TyYOdhwW
The new normal? People view Durga Puja pandals from outside in West Bengal
Kolkata: People view pandals from outside as all Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal have been declared no-entry zone for visitors.— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
An organiser says, "We had anticipated such a step by government so we designed pandal in a way that people can view idols from far." #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/TYBWkwlIDe
6297 new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths in Karnataka
#Karnataka reports 6,297 new COVID-19 cases and 8,500 discharged cases today, according to the State Health Department.
Total cases are at 7,76,901 including 6,62,329 discharges and 1,03,945 active cases.
The death toll is at 10,608 including 66 deaths reported in State today. pic.twitter.com/GfjaZ331IM — ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
#TNIEUpdatesOnCovid19— Bosky Khanna (@BoskyKhanna) October 20, 2020
New +ve 6297
Active cases 103945
Tally 776901#Bengaluru urban 2821, rural 319#Mysuru 451@NewIndianXpress@XpressBengaluru @santwana99 @MoHFW_INDIA @DHFWKA @CovidKarnataka @COVIDNewsByMIB @CMofKarnataka @mla_sudhakar pic.twitter.com/8PFwVum6IG
Tipplers caught by surprise as COVID-19 testing begins at bars in Puducherry
If you want to enjoy a drink at a bar, then be prepared for a COVID-19 test. The Puducherry health department has started testing in bars as part of COVID control measures in the Union territory. The testing began at Dhanalakshmi bar on Ranga Pillai Street at around 6 pm on Tuesday catching tipplers by surprise. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Chandigarh, Mizoram Covid updates
- Chandigarh reports 57 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number to 13,743.
- Manipur reports 284 new COVID-19 cases, taking total confirmed cases to 16,062 out of which 3,882 are active patients. Four new deaths reported taking toll to 121.
Andhra adds 3,503 fresh cases in its COVID-19 tally
#COVIDUpdates: The state recorded 3,503 new cases and 5,144 recoveries in the last 24 hours. 28 deaths were recorded taking the toll to 6,481.— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) October 20, 2020
Total cases: 7,89,553
Recovered: 7,49,676@NewIndianXpress #coronavirus #COVID19 #AndhraPrdesh pic.twitter.com/WP4CBCf8BH
Insurance claims related to COVID-19 treatment rise in September
The number of insurance claims related to treatment for COVID-19 rose to 40 per cent of the total health insurance claims in September, according to an analysis. Based on its analysis of industry data, insurance aggregator Policybazaar.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH | Lockdown is over but virus is still around, be careful not careless: PM Modi
India in 'extremely comfortable position' in terms of oxygen availability: Health Ministry
There has been no scarcity in oxygen supply in the last 10 months with the daily production capacity enhanced to 6,862 metric tonnes by September and projected to further increase to 7,191 metric tonnes by the end of October, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 latest update from Kerala
Pointers | What did PM Modi say in his address to the nation?
- This is not time to be careless or to believe that COVID-19 has ended, reminded PM Modi
- 'Government is making all efforts to ensure that vaccine, whenever it is launched, reaches every Indian'
- 'It is festival time and a period of happiness; even small negligence can bring us grief'
- PM requested media personnel, people on social media to campaign to spread public awareness for following COVID-19 guidelines
- PM Modi urges citizens to take virus seriously after videos of people not taking precautions surfaced
Kerala reports single-day spike of 6,591 fresh cases
#CoronaVirusUpdates #Kerala #Tue— Dileep V Kumar (@dileepvk_TNIE) October 20, 2020
6591 new cases
5717 contact cases
707 source unknown
91922 active cases
260243 recovered cases
1206 deaths#IndiaFightsCorona @xpresskerala @NewIndianXpress
Centre likely to remove plasma therapy from Covid-19 treatment protocol
Plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients may soon be discontinued, the Centre on Tuesday said officially for the first time. Plasma therapy was earlier permitted as an investigational treatment in the national clinical management protocol for coronavirus.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
'Lockdown has gone, but virus has not': PM Modi in address to nation
In this festive season, markets are bright again but we need to remember that the lockdown might have ended but #COVID19 still persists. With efforts of every Indian over last 7-8 months, India is in a stable situation we must not let it deteriorate: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/8gxjd1EmHr— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
PM Modi in address to nation
India has a facility of more than 90 lakh beds for #COVID19 patients. There are 12,000 quarantine centres, around 2000 Corona testing labs. Number of tests will cross 10 Crores soon. In our fight against COVID, rise in the number of tests has been our strength: PM Narendra Modi. pic.twitter.com/t59McoYnQ6— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
Karnataka CPM leader Maruti Manpade dies of COVID-19, kin struggle to bring body home
Senior CPM leader Maruti Manpade, who was a key voice of farmers and labourers in Karnataka, especially in Kalaburagi district, died of COVID-19 and pneumonia in a private hospital in Solapur in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning. He was 67.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Mumbai Court acquits 20 foreign attendees of Tablighi event
A Mumbai court has aquitted 20 foreign attendees of a Tablighi Jamaat event who were booked by the city police for allegedly violating prohibitory orders during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
After gap of seven months, first passenger train between Karnataka and TN to run on October 23
The first pair of trains during the pandemic was proposed to be operated last month between Chennai and Mysuru (September 26/27) but was cancelled at the last minute. This followed a request from the Tamil Nadu government to defer its run due to the pandemic situation.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Schools in Andhra Pradesh to reopen from November 2
Singapore researchers develop breath test to detect COVID-19
Researchers in Singapore have developed a breath test to detect COVID-19 within a minute as authorities are working on a roadmap for the phase three of easing of safety measures in the country. A person would simply have to blow into a disposable mouthpiece connected to a "high-precision breath sampler", according to the National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
JUST IN | Nearly 60,000 COVID-19 patients in ICU
57,357 #COVID19 patients are on Oxygen support in the country as of now (ICU, ventilator, O2 supported bed);2503 MT O2 being consumed every day on an average nw; highest consumption was 9th and 15th last month: Rajesh Bhushan, secy @MoHFW_INDIA #covidbriefing @NewIndianXpress— Sumi Dutta (@SumiSukanya) October 20, 2020
Six states account for 64 per cent active COVID-19 cases in India
Israel to start human trial of COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'Brilife' by October-end
The human trial of Israel's COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'Brilife' will begin by the end of this month, with the Defence Minister terming it a "very significant moment" and "source of national pride" that could bring great news for the country and the world.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Students attend a class after schools re-opened for classes 9-12 with certain restrictions, in Bathinda (Photo | PTI)
Delhi health department tells hospitals to 'watch out' for co-infections
- The Delhi health department has written to all hospitals and district authorities to be alert about co-infections of COVID-19 with other seasonal ailments and implement management guidelines on it issued by the Union Health Ministry.
- Cases of dengue, malaria, chikungunya, seasonal influenza and other diseases are expected to rise with the onset of winter.
- Some of the COVID-19 patients have been diagnosed with dengue too.
- "The document provides clear guidelines on prevention and treatment of co-infections of COVID-19 with diseases like dengue, malaria, seasonal influenza (H1N1), leptospirosis, chikungunya, scrub typhus, bacterial co-infections etc," reads the letter sent by the department to all Delhi government hospitals and district magistrates on Monday.
(Inputs from PTI)
Actor @PrithviOfficial who was shooting for his upcoming movie ‘Jana Gana Mana’, tests positive for Covid-19; #Kochi-based transgender activist Sajna Shaji attempts suicide and other news updates of the hour.@NewIndianXpress @MSKiranPrakash pic.twitter.com/JJo8wx6BZ7— TNIE Kerala (@xpresskerala) October 20, 2020
Sports update | Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge golf tournament cancelled due to pandemic
The Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge golf tournament has been cancelled due to travel restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 18-player event, hosted by Woods, was scheduled to take place from December 3 to 6 at Albany, Bahamas.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 on mind, Durga Puja celebrations low key sans idols, pandals, bhog
C R Park’s B-Block puja committee has reduced the annual five-day affair to a single day celebration with a ‘ghot pujo’ on October 24 from 7 am onwards. Only the priest and two helpers will be allowed to participate in the rituals.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
IN PICS | No time for breaks!
"I get the impression we've learnt very little within society."— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 20, 2020
At Severo Ochoa hospital in Madrid the intensive care unit is once again full of COVID-19 patients and exhausted medics dread a repeat of the horrorhttps://t.co/8vgGXG7VeS
???? Pierre-Philippe Marcou pic.twitter.com/g5eb3WLWuQ
Global update | Britain to infect healthy volunteers with coronavirus to speed vaccine
The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents say it may produce results faster than standard research, which waits to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment get sick.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
IN PICS | Durga puja pandals open only for organisers in West Bengal
West Bengal: 'No Entry' boards placed outside Puja Pandal in Police Line area of Birbhum after Calcutta High Court's order.— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
All Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal have been declared no-entry zones by Calcutta High Court. Only organizers can enter the pandals. pic.twitter.com/EusUwhTQqu
Prithviraj tests positive for COVID-19 while shooting for movie 'Jana Gana Mana'
Leading Malayalam film actor Prithiviraj Sukumaran on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor was shooting for Dijo Jose Antony's movie 'Jana Gana Mana' in Kochi. Dijo Jose, who directed the hit movie 'Queen', has also tested positive for the virus.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Actor Prithviraj tests positive for COVID-19
PM to address the nation today
"Will be sharing a message with my fellow citizens at 6 PM this evening," the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Vegetable prices in Karnataka shoot up
Karnataka: Customers at a vegetable market in Bengaluru say that vegetable prices have shot up.— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
"Vegetable prices have soared so much that instead of 1-2 kgs, we can only afford to buy only half kg. Few shops have even stopped selling onions," says Chandrashekhar, a customer pic.twitter.com/VSSoKc6LQZ
Severe COVID-19 patients may be best donors for plasma therapy'
COVID-19 patients who are sick enough to be hospitalised are likely to have high levels of antibodies that can protect against the disease and maybe the best donors for convalescent plasma therapy, according to a study. (READ MORE)
Chennai's Kumaran silks store sealed for flouting norms
China's super rich got $1.5 trillion richer during pandemic
China's super-wealthy have earned a record $1.5 trillion in 2020, more than the past five years combined, as e-commerce and gaming boomed during pandemic lockdowns, an annual rich list said Tuesday. (READ MORE)
78% of the new recovered cases from 10 states/UTs
78% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states/UTs and 75% of the new confirmed cases are from 10 states and UTs. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala contribute more than 5,000 to the new confirmed cases: Ministry of Health
COVID cases fall below 50,000 in three months
The new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours have fallen below 50,000 (46,790) for the first time in nearly three months. The new cases were 47,703 on 28th July: Ministry of Health
Day four of Navratri amid pandemic
Devotees standing in a queue to offer prayers during the Navratri festival. (Photo| ANI)
1,904 new cases in odisha
1904 new #COVID19 cases in #Odisha, 16 more die— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) October 20, 2020
Local contacts: 789
Tests: 41,17,090@XpressOdisha @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/7XDHPAcuUZ
Durgotsav forum files review plea on HC's Durga Puja order
'Forum for Durgotsav' files a review petition on Calcutta High Court's order making all Durga puja pandals in the state a no-entry zone.
Matter to be heard tomorrow.
1,264 new cases in Thane, recovery rate over 90 %
The COVID-19 tally in Thane rose to 2,01,734 with the addition of 1,264 new cases, while seven civic limits of the Maharashtra district reported a recovery rate of over 90 per cent, an official said on Tuesday.
9,61,16,771 samples tested so far
Total 9,61,16,771 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 19th October. Of these, 10,32,795 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research.
WATCH | Patients play 'garba' at Mumbai COVID-19 facilitiy
UNICEF to stockpile half a billion syringes for vaccines
The UNICEF said it will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses, as part of a larger plan of one billion hypodermic needles by 2021, to guarantee initial supply and help ensure that syringes are available in countries before the COVID-19 vaccines arrive. (READ MORE)
Death toll in India rises to 1,15,197
India reports 46,791 new COVID-19 cases and 587deaths in last 24 hours.
- Total cases - 75,97,064
- Active cases - 7,48,538
- Cured/discharged/migrated - 67,33,329
- Deaths - 1,15,197
Antibodies fade quickly in recovering patients: Study
The antibody levels in the blood of COVID-19 patients drop rapidly during the weeks after their bodies have cleared the virus and symptoms have subsided, suggest the findings of a new study. (READ MORE)
1,486 fresh cases in Telangana
Telangana recorded 1,486 COVID-19 cases, 1,891 recoveries and 7 deaths yesterday, taking total cases to 2,24,545 including 2,02,577 recoveries, 1,282 deaths and 20,686 active cases: State Health Department
Three billion people may be deprived of vaccine
Despite enormous strides in equipping developing countries to maintain the vaccine "cold chain," nearly 3 billion of the world's 7.8 billion people live where temperature-controlled storage is insufficient for an immunization campaign to bring COVID-19 under control. (READ MORE)
Cases in Delhi may surge during festive season: Panel
As per a report by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) led by Dr VK Paul the next three months are going to be crucial in the city’s battle against Covid-19. (READ MORE)
Air quality further deteriorates in Delhi
Global Covid-19 cases top 40.3 million
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to 40.3 million, while the deaths have soared to 1,117,430, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Purported audio clip of nurse on 'medical negligence' goes viral
A purported audio clip of a senior nursing staff narrating alleged negligence in connecting the ventilator 'leading' to the death of a COVID-19 patient at a state-run hospital here triggered an outrage, prompting the Kerala government to order a probe on Monday. (READ MORE)
Staring at huge losses, say Bengal Durga Puja organizers
Community Durga Puja organisers in Kolkata said on Monday that they are staring at huge financial losses after the Calcutta High Court ordered that the pandals will be no-entry zones for visitors in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ MORE)
Festive business takes a Covid hit
The Covid-19 health pandemic has cast a shadow on the festive market. Every year before Dussehra, Bhubaneswar markets get overcrowded with people buying clothes, automobiles, household goods and jewellery. This year, though, is different with people facing pay cuts and salary delays. The numbers of buyers and their purchasing capacity is at an all time low.
Puja pandals being set up in Guwahati
Assam: Preparations for setting up puja pandals underway in Guwahati ahead of #DurgaPuja.— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
Bishnupur Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee Secy says, "Not doing big-budget puja this year due to COVID19. Following govt guidelines. Will spread awareness about COVID appropriate behaviour" pic.twitter.com/azAJ6Qqn6I
Covid updates from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh
- Assam reports 698 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 2,01,407 including 1,73,210 discharges and 875 deaths. Active cases stand at 27,319
- Active cases of COVID-19 reach 7,64,545 in Arunachal Pradesh while total cases stand at 75,74,167; death toll stands at 114902
Atleast 90 cases detected from Hyderabad Floods relief camps
All symptomatic people with even minor colds across the state have been urged by Health Minister Eatala Rajender to get tested for COVID-19 and other diseases. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)