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.

Published: 20th October 2020 07:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2021 10:46 AM   |  A+A-

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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.

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07:45 Oct 22

Swine flu shows spike during winter, Covid likely to do the same: Delhi AIIMS Director

11:40 Oct 22

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.
11:36 Oct 22

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)

11:33 Oct 22

West Bengal reports 4157 new cases, 64 deaths

10:12 Oct 22

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
10:06 Oct 22

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.
09:35 Oct 22

Maharashtra reports 7539 new cases, 198 deaths in last 24 hours

09:33 Oct 22

Delhi reports 3882 new cases, 35 deaths

09:30 Oct 22

Woman jumps to death after husband succumbs to coronavirus in Hyderabad

08:59 Oct 22

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.
08:36 Oct 22

Businesses too face the wrath of Covid

07:44 Oct 22

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.
07:16 Oct 22

DMK chief reacts to free COVID vaccine announcement by EPS

07:15 Oct 22

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.


07:14 Oct 22

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.

06:59 Oct 22

Celebrate, but with a mask on

06:49 Oct 22

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

06:49 Oct 22

Andhra reports 3620 new infections and 16 deaths

06:42 Oct 22

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.

06:42 Oct 22

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.

06:24 Oct 22

Coronavirus tally in TN crosses 7 lakh with 3077 new infections

06:23 Oct 22

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.


06:03 Oct 22

Kerala records 7482 new infections and 23 deaths

05:42 Oct 22

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.


05:38 Oct 22

WATCH | Fall in COVID-19 cases short-lived? Centre worries over a bigger winter wave

04:54 Oct 22

Rahul retorts to BJP's free vaccine poll promise

04:53 Oct 22

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.


04:48 Oct 22

COVID cuts height of Ravana effigy

04:35 Oct 22

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

03:41 Oct 22

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.

02:36 Oct 22

Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi tests positive for COVID-19

01:20 Oct 22

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.

READ HERE: Who can travel and under which category under eased visa restrictions

01:07 Oct 22

Newly constructed Indoor-Outdoor sports stadium handed over

12:49 Oct 22

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.

12:40 Oct 22

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)

12:15 Oct 22

1913 new cases in Odisha

Odisha on Thursday recorded 1913 cases of virus infection and 15 deaths.

12:12 Oct 22

Delhi doctors, healthcare workers continue their protest

(Photo| EPS/ Shekhar Yadav)

12:03 Oct 22

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.

11:25 Oct 22

Vaccine politics| NDA promises free vaccine if voted to power in Bihar

11:18 Oct 22

WATCH| Covid-19 graph sliding, India may have hit first peak

10:40 Oct 22

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)

10:15 Oct 22

Zone-wise status of COVID-19 cases in Chennai

10:12 Oct 22

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)

09:54 Oct 22

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
09:40 Oct 22

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.

09:36 Oct 22

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.


09:16 Oct 22

Go virtual this Durga Puja

Police personnel stand guard near the barricades set up at a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. (Photo| PTI)

08:54 Oct 22

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)

08:01 Oct 22

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)

07:58 Oct 22

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)

07:49 Oct 22

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

07:48 Oct 22

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.

07:47 Oct 22

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)

12:17 Oct 22

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)

11:45 Oct 21

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
11:43 Oct 21

Covid times' Good Samaritan Sonu Sood's idol installed in a Puja Pandal in Kolkata

10:39 Oct 21

Madhya Pradesh reports 1118 new cases

09:51 Oct 21

5872 new positive cases, 88 deaths reported in Karnataka

09:37 Oct 21

2636 active cases in Himachal Pradesh

09:10 Oct 21

17 districts in Karnataka have less than/around 1000 positive cases

08:20 Oct 21

Maharashtra reports 8142 new cases, 180 deaths

08:10 Oct 21

Punjab reports 499 new cases, 23 deaths

07:45 Oct 21

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
07:26 Oct 21

Punjab govt waives penal interest for farmers

07:16 Oct 21

Jammu and Kashmir reports 624 new cases

06:58 Oct 21

WATCH | Chennai Metro becomes first in country to use high-end disinfectant

06:51 Oct 21

Global updates

  • 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)
06:46 Oct 21

Chennai sero survey-II results

06:22 Oct 21

Kerala records over 8,000 cases in last 24 hours

06:15 Oct 21

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)

06:09 Oct 21

Tamil Nadu cases continue to fall, adds 3,086 infections

06:03 Oct 21

Andhra Pradesh adds over 3500 new cases in last 24 hours

05:55 Oct 21

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)

05:45 Oct 21

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.

05:36 Oct 21

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.

05:22 Oct 21
04:59 Oct 21

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)

04:46 Oct 21

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.

04:03 Oct 21

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.

03:42 Oct 21

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.

03:34 Oct 21

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)

03:25 Oct 21

ICMR shouldn't remove Plasma therapy: Delhi Minister

02:34 Oct 21

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)

02:21 Oct 21

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)

02:10 Oct 21

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)

01:49 Oct 21

Western Railways start all women local trains in Mumbai

01:37 Oct 21

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)

01:12 Oct 21

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

12:53 Oct 21

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)

12:51 Oct 21

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)

12:43 Oct 21

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)

12:40 Oct 21

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)

12:31 Oct 21

Resident doctors in Delhi protest salary dues

12:24 Oct 21

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.

12:15 Oct 21

WATCH| Micro-Plasma Oxidation system used for sanitisation

12:06 Oct 21

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.

11:54 Oct 21

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)

11:39 Oct 21

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.

11:32 Oct 21

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)

11:24 Oct 21

Mask away!

Border Security Force personnel help each other wear masks at the Police Memorial parade ground. (Photo| PTI)

11:21 Oct 21

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.

10:49 Oct 21

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)

10:33 Oct 21

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.

10:29 Oct 21

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)

10:20 Oct 21

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.

10:02 Oct 21

Zone-wise detailed status of cases in Chennai

09:57 Oct 21

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.

09:50 Oct 21

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
09:23 Oct 21

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)

09:09 Oct 21

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

08:59 Oct 21

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)

08:15 Oct 21

Business of sweet shops in Delhi hit

08:14 Oct 21

'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)

07:56 Oct 21

30 new cases in Mizoram

12:53 Oct 21

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)

11:48 Oct 20

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
11:43 Oct 20

Durga idol wears mask to depict COVID-19 theme in West Bengal

10:39 Oct 20

Jharkhand reports 542 new cases

09:27 Oct 20

Youth Congress workers protest in front of Ernakulam medical college

09:25 Oct 20

The new normal? People view Durga Puja pandals from outside in West Bengal

08:36 Oct 20

6297 new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths in Karnataka

The death toll is at 10,608 including 66 deaths reported in State today.

— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
08:05 Oct 20

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)

08:03 Oct 20

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.
07:12 Oct 20

Andhra adds 3,503 fresh cases in its COVID-19 tally

07:10 Oct 20

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.

07:02 Oct 20

WATCH | Lockdown is over but virus is still around, be careful not careless: PM Modi

06:59 Oct 20

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.

06:42 Oct 20

COVID-19 latest update from Kerala

06:36 Oct 20

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
06:29 Oct 20

Kerala reports single-day spike of 6,591 fresh cases

06:27 Oct 20

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.

06:16 Oct 20

'Lockdown has gone, but virus has not': PM Modi in address to nation

06:15 Oct 20

PM Modi in address to nation

05:52 Oct 20

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.

05:42 Oct 20
05:27 Oct 20

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.

05:16 Oct 20
04:54 Oct 20

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.

04:52 Oct 20

Schools in Andhra Pradesh to reopen from November 2

04:40 Oct 20

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.

04:28 Oct 20

JUST IN | Nearly 60,000 COVID-19 patients in ICU

04:18 Oct 20

Six states account for 64 per cent active COVID-19 cases in India

04:15 Oct 20

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.

04:09 Oct 20

Students attend a class after schools re-opened for classes 9-12 with certain restrictions, in Bathinda (Photo | PTI)

03:49 Oct 20

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)

03:26 Oct 20
03:10 Oct 20

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.

02:41 Oct 20

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.

02:37 Oct 20

IN PICS | No time for breaks!

02:25 Oct 20

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.

02:18 Oct 20

IN PICS | Durga puja pandals open only for organisers in West Bengal

02:00 Oct 20

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.

01:34 Oct 20

Actor Prithviraj tests positive for COVID-19

01:20 Oct 20

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.

01:05 Oct 20

Vegetable prices in Karnataka shoot up

01:04 Oct 20

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)

12:28 Oct 20

Chennai's Kumaran silks store sealed for flouting norms

12:22 Oct 20

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)

11:53 Oct 20

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

11:50 Oct 20

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

11:35 Oct 20

Day four of Navratri amid pandemic

Devotees standing in a queue to offer prayers during the Navratri festival. (Photo| ANI)

11:32 Oct 20

1,904 new cases in odisha

11:29 Oct 20

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.

11:03 Oct 20

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.

11:00 Oct 20

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.

10:39 Oct 20

WATCH | Patients play 'garba' at Mumbai COVID-19 facilitiy

10:32 Oct 20

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)

10:30 Oct 20

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
10:03 Oct 20

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)

10:02 Oct 20

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

09:33 Oct 20

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)

09:29 Oct 20

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)

09:21 Oct 20

Air quality further deteriorates in Delhi

09:17 Oct 20

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.

08:52 Oct 20

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)

08:11 Oct 20

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)

07:58 Oct 20

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.  

07:57 Oct 20

Puja pandals being set up in Guwahati

07:55 Oct 20

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
07:55 Oct 20

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)


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