Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Nears 80 Lakh; Recovery Rate Over 90%
Coronavirus cases in India are rising towards the 80-lakh mark as the economy continues to reopen amid the festive season. The pace of increase, though, has reduced with the country adding less than 40,000 fresh Covid-19 cases today - the lowest in over three months.
India added 36,470 new cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 79.9 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 27. This includes 1.19 lakh deaths and 72 lakh patients who have recovered.
The slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate kept active cases in India below the 7-lakh-mark for the fourth straight day. That’s just 8% of the total caseload. Recoveries, on the other hand, account for over 90% of all Covid-19 cases in the country.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 79,46,429
- Active cases: 6,25,857
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 72,01,070
- Deaths: 1,19,502
- New Cases in 24 hours: 36,470
- Recoveries in 24 hours: 63,842
- Deaths in 24 hours: 488
Authorities reported less than 500 deaths for the second consecutive day.
Eli Lilly & Co. said a U.S.-run clinical trial of its experimental antibody therapy will end after data suggested the treatment is unlikely to help hospitalized patients recover from advanced disease. AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine candidate produced a robust immune response in elderly people.
New research from the U.K. suggests antibody responses to Covid-19 may diminish over time as the World Health Organization said Europe might be able to avert a return to national lockdowns.
Globally, Covid-19 infections rose past 43.3 million with over 1.15 million dead.
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India Extends 'Unlock 5.0' Guidelines Till Nov. 30.
India has extended its fifth set of guidelines of reopening the economy till Nov. 30, 2020.
Under the 'Unlock 5.0' guidelines, the country had allowed cinemas and multiplexes to reopen with 50% of capacity. It had also opened up swimming pools for the training of sportspersons and exhibition halls for business-to-business events.
International air travel of passengers will be allowed as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The country has also extended strict lockdown in containment zones till Nov. 30. It said that states cannot enforce a lockdown outside containment zones without consulting the central government.
Source: Ministry of Home Affairs.
105 MSRTC Bus Staff Contract Covid-19 After Working In Mumbai
At least 105 drivers and conductors of the MSRTC's Sangli division, who were deployed in BEST buses in Mumbai earlier this month, have tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Sangli, an official said on Tuesday.
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport, the Mumbai civic body's transport wing, had hired buses, drivers and conductors from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation on contract for easing the woes of commuters in the state capital. As part of the contract, nearly 400 drivers and conductors and 100 buses were sent to Mumbai from the MSRTC's Sangli division in the second week of October.
As part of the contract, nearly 400 drivers and conductors and 100 buses were sent to Mumbai from the MSRTC's Sangli division in the second week of October.
"Out of these 400 staff members, 105 drivers and conductors have tested positive for Covid-19 so far. All these employees underwent the antigen test after they returned to the division on October 25," the official from the MSRTC's Sangli division said.
A driver who tested positive for coronavirus complained that they faced issues related to accommodation and food during their stay in Mumbai. "For a couple of days, we had to sleep on road as there are no restrooms in their depots," the driver said.
"Some of our drivers and conductors caught cold and fever, but they were not allowed to return home. After we complained, we were shifted to a lodge in Goregaon," he said on condition of anonymity.
Sangli's divisional transport superintendent Alam Desai said the drivers and conductors faced some issues only on the first day of their stay in Mumbai, but they were shifted to lodges from the second day.
Only 5 States See Rise In Active Cases
While people are still getting infected across India, most states are seeing a higher rate of recovery than infection. As a result, only five states -- West Bengal (173), Punjab (2), Mizorma (25), Manipur (57) and Himachal Pradesh (22) -- have reported a rise in active cases.
Below are the states that reported the highest rise in overall infections.