A health worker collects Covid-19 test samples at the Nizamuddin Railway Station in New Delhi.
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With Gujarat witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases, the government has decided to impose night curfew in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot from Saturday. During the curfew, essential services such as medical shops, hospitals, clinics, dairy booths and petroleum/CNG pumps will remain open. Rail and air passengers as well as candidates appearing for various competitive exams will be allowed to commute during the curfew if they possess valid travel tickets and admit cards respectively. The state on Saturday recorded the highest single-day spike of 1,515 Covid-19 cases taking the tally to 1,95,917. The death toll has reached 3,846 with nine new fatalities.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government is toying with the idea of suspending train and flight operations to and from Delhi in view of the rising coronavirus cases in the national capital, PTI quoted a senior official said. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally on Friday went up to 17,68,695 with the addition of 5,640 cases during the day and the death toll reached 46,511.
India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 90.50 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to over 84.78 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.67 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 90,50,597 with 46,232 infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,32,726 with 564 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases remained below five lakh for the eleventh consecutive day. There are 4,39,747 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date, which comprises 4.86 per cent of the total caseload, as per the data.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting with key officials on India’s vaccination strategy for Covid-19. During the meeting, he reviewed various issues like prioritisation of population groups, reaching out to HCWs, cold-chain infrastructure augmentation, adding vaccinators and tech platform for vaccine roll-out.
21:01 (IST)21 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Markets in Shimla to be closed on Sundays
Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, the administration has directed all markets in Shimla district to be closed on Sundays. In an order issued on Saturday, Shimla district magistrate Apoorv Devgan said that all shops except those selling essential commodities including food items, medical stores, restaurants would remain closed on Sundays till further orders. The step has been taken as a preventive measure due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the district, an official said.
20:58 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Women passengers allowed to travel during non-peak hours from Nov 23: Southern Railway
Southern Railway on Saturday said women passengers other than essential services staff would be allowed to travel in suburban train services during non-peak hours with effect from November 23. Southern Railway, in a press release said, it has scaled up the number of suburban services in Chennai to 244 trains per day which was 40 percent to the pre-COVID/-19 levels aimed at serving the essential services staff of both government and other organisations. Women passengers will now be allowed to travel in Chennai Suburban trains during non-peak hours from Monday to Saturdayand to travel throughout the day on Sundays,a press release said. They will be allowed to travel before 7 am and after 1030 am till 4.30pm and after 7.30 pm till 12 am Monday-Saturday.
20:50 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Covid crisis finds reflection at cremation grounds
As Covid death cases in Delhi rise, cremation grounds in the city is filling up fast. An MCD official told The Indian Express, “Over 100 bodies are being cremated here every day for the last two weeks, and roughly 20 a day are Covid patients.” A worker said that on November 18, when the Covid death was 131, over 30 cremations of patients took place here.
20:16 (IST)21 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Maharashtra eyes suspension of train, flight operations to Delhi
The Maharashtra government is toying with the idea of suspending train and flight operations to and from Delhi in view of the rising coronavirus cases in the national capital, a senior official said on Saturday. This is one of the steps being considered by the state government to curb the spread of the virus, he said. “Various measures are being discussed in order to curb the virus spread in the state, and suspension of train and flight operations to and from Delhi is one of them,” Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar told PTI. “However, no decision has been taken so far on this,” he added. (PTI)
20:06 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Gujarat records highest single-day spike of 1,515 coronavirus cases
Gujarat records highest single-day spike of 1,515 coronavirus cases, tally rises to 1,95,917; death toll reaches 3,846 with nine new fatalities, says Health Department.
14:12 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Pakistan reports 42 COVID-19 deaths, 2,843 fresh cases
Pakistan has reported at least 42 new COVID-19 deaths and 2,843 fresh cases as the country struggled to contain the spread of coronavirus, the health ministry said on Saturday. The coronavirus deaths have reached 7,603 while the number of total reported cases rose to 371,508, the Ministry of National Health Services said. At least 328,931 people have recovered so far and some 1,613 are in critical condition. The ministry’s data showed that the number of active coronavirus patients was 34,974. Sindh has reported 161,028 cases, Punjab 113,457, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 43,730, Islamabad 26,177, Balochistan 16,699, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 5,911 and Gilgit-Baltistan 4,506.
13:17 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Deserted roads, shutters down: Glimpses from first day of Ahmedabad curfew
12:40 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Odisha reports 778 new COVID-19 cases, 17 fresh fatalities
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 3,13,323 on Saturday as 778 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Seventeen fresh fatalities pushed the coastal state’s coronavirus death toll to 1,625, he said. As many as 446 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 332 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said. Angul district reported the highest number of new cases at 68, followed by Sundergarh (64) and Khurda and Balasore (61 each), he said.
11:44 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Arunachal Pradesh reports more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases for 7th consecutive day
Arunachal Pradesh for the seventh consecutive day reported more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases as 70 patients were cured of the disease while 25 new infections pushed the tally to 16,001, a health department official said on Saturday. A total of 14,870 people have been discharged from hospitals so far, implying a recovery rate of 92.93 per cent, State Surveillance Officer (SSO), Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
Arunachal Pradesh now has 1,082 active cases with positivity rate at 7.07 per cent, while 49 people have succumbed to the infection so far with a fatality rate in the state at 0.30 per cent, he said. Of the 25 new COVID-19 cases, five were reported from West Kameng, four each from the Capital Complex region and West Siang and three from Changlang, the official said.
11:01 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Rise in Covid cases: Night curfew in Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot from today
In view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the state that reported 1,420 fresh cases on Friday, the Gujarat government has decided to impose night curfew in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot from Saturday.
People resorted to panic buying in Ahmedabad that will see a complete curfew from Friday night till Monday morning, leading the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to seal a mart that saw overcrowding.
During the curfew, essential services such as medical shops, hospitals, clinics, dairy booths and petroleum/CNG pumps will remain open. Rail and air passengers as well as candidates appearing for various competitive exams will be allowed to commute during the curfew if they possess valid travel tickets and admit cards respectively.
10:35 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Goa schools reopen for Classes 10, 12 amid COVID-19 protocols
Schools for Classes 10 and 12 in Goa reopened on Saturday after being shut for nearly eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The state government has asked the schools to strictly observe the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) like thermal screening of students, hand sanitising, wearing of masks, social distancing in classrooms, they said. The government had decided to allow the schools to reopen from November 21 onwards for Classes 10 and 12 in the initial phase. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio, had announced on November 4 that all the COVID-19 safety protocols would have to be followed by these institutions.
10:12 (IST)21 Nov 2020
South Korea, Japan mull steps as new cases rise
South Korea has reported 386 new cases of the coronavirus in a resurgence that could force authorities to reimpose stronger social distancing restrictions after easing them in October to spur a faltering economy. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday brought the national caseload to 30,403, including 503 deaths.
More than 270 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where health workers have struggled to track transmissions in schools, private tutoring academies and religious facilities.
Infections were also reported in other major cities including Busan, Daejeon, Gwangju and Asan. South Korea has so far managed to weather its COVID-19 epidemic without major lockdowns, relying instead on an aggressive test-and-quarantine campaign and mask-wearing.
09:48 (IST)21 Nov 2020
46,232 new cases, 564 deaths in past 24 hours; tally now at 90.5 lakh
With 46,232 new cases and 564 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally now stands at 90.5 lakh. After a day’s break, India reported fewer new cases of coronavirus infection than those who were declared to have recovered from the disease. The active cases in the country have dipped to 4.39 lakh while the death toll stands at 1.32 lakh. After 47 days, India Thursday reported a total of 45,882 new cases, slightly higher than the 44,807 who were declared to have recovered.
09:26 (IST)21 Nov 2020
With distancing, ghat art, pollution measures, Haridwar prepares for Covid Maha Kumbh
Less than two months from now, the Maha Kumbh will return to Haridwar, bringing with it a sea of pilgrims and enormous logistics challenges in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The last Maha Kumbh in Haridwar in 2010 was attended by 1.62 crore pilgrims according to estimates by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Officials have ruled out the possibility of the mega-event — which will begin on January 14 and continue until the end of April — being cancelled on account of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“The Kumbh Mela in Haridwar takes place once every 12 years. In 2021 it’ll be taking place after 11 years, a phenomenon that is happening after 80 years. Of course, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the management of the Kumbh Mela is tricky, and we are planning according to the guidelines issued by the government,” Kumbh Mela Adhikari Deepak Rawat said.
09:05 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr tests positive for COVID-19
Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesperson said on Friday.
Trump Jr tested positive at the start of the week and has been “quarantining out at his cabin since the result”, the spokesman said.
“He has been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines,” the spokesman added.
Trump Jr, 42, is the latest in the First Family to have been tested positive for coronavirus. In the middle of the election cycle, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Their son Barron had also tested positive.
09:04 (IST)21 Nov 2020
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In the last 24 hours, 2508 patients recovered in Haryana taking the total number of recovered patients (till date) to 190067 and recovery rate to 89.50 per cent. (Representational)
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said a digital platform used in the Universal Immunisation Programme was being repurposed to digitally track movement of stocks of COVID-19 vaccines, once available, and also trace those who will receive the shots thus ensuring last-mile vaccine delivery.
Interacting with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) via a video link, Vardhan mentioned that under Mission Indradhanush, the government has already ramped up its immunisation capability with an elaborate cold storage chain for inoculating children from 12 diseases.
In view of the rising Covid-19 cases in Gujarat that reported 1,420 fresh cases on Friday, the Gujarat government has decided to impose night curfew in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot from Saturday. People resorted to panic buying in Ahmedabad that will see a complete curfew from Friday night till Monday morning, leading the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to seal a mart that saw overcrowding.
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