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Coronavirus India News Highlights: Smriti Irani tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus India News Highlights: Total confirmed cases in India have risen to 79 lakh. There are 6,10,803 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country.

Coronavirus India News Highlights: Today is the 219th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown, to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 79,90,322 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,20,010 deaths. A total of 72,59,509 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 6,10,803 active cases of coronavirus infection
in the country as on date, which comprises 7.64 percent of the total caseload. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Yet, India’s recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 90.85 percent. 'Unlock 5.0' is underway. Globally, more than 43 million people have been infected by the coronavirus and 1.15 million have died so far. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for all the latest updates on coronavirus pandemic:
  • October 28, 2020 / 11:05 PM IST

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  • October 28, 2020 / 09:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ Maharashtra reports 6,738 new cases; 8,430 recover, 91 die

    The number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra rose to 16,60,766 with the addition of 6,738 cases on October 28, a state health department official said.
    The fatality count in the state reached 43,554 after 91 persons died due to the infection, he said.

  • October 28, 2020 / 09:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ UP reports 2,049 new cases, 18 deaths

    With 2,049 fresh cases, the COVID-19 tally of Uttar Pradesh rose to 4,76,034 on October 28 while the death toll due to the disease reached 6,958 as 18 more people succumbed to the virus. 

  • October 28, 2020 / 07:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ Situation not normal, don't lower guard: Delhi's first COVID-19 patient

    With experts predicting a major surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming months in Delhi, the city's first coronavirus patient on Wednesday cautioned people to stay indoors as much as possible during the festive season while emphasising that the situation is "not back to normal".

    Rohit Datta, who was diagnosed with the infection on March 1, made an appeal to the masses to "not lower our guard" by getting into a casual festive mode.

  • October 28, 2020 / 06:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ Union minister Smriti Irani tests positive for COVID-19

  • October 28, 2020 / 06:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ Govt's eSanjeevani OPD completes six lakh tele-consultations amid COVID-19 pandemic

    The Union Health Ministry''s telemedicine initiative eSanjeevani OPD has completed six lakh consultations since its launch in April this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the last one lakh consultations being done in just 15 days.

    The health ministry said on October 28 that considering the usefulness and ease of its use for extending the reach of health services, states are actively considering using eSanjeevani OPD for inmates of old-age homes and prisons.

  • October 28, 2020 / 06:06 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ Over 2 million virus cases in just 1 week: WHO

    The World Health Organisation said countries globally reported more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases last week — the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase since the pandemic began.

    In a weekly analysis of COVID-19, WHO said for the second consecutive week, the European region accounted for the biggest proportion of new cases, with more than 1.3 million reported cases or about 46% of the worldwide total. The U.N. health agency said deaths were also on the rise in Europe, with about a 35% spike since the previous week.

  • October 28, 2020 / 05:07 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ COVID-19 deaths in India crosses 1.2 lakh mark

    India's COVID-19 death toll soars past 1.2 lakh with 508 fatalities; 43,893 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.

  • October 28, 2020 / 04:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ UK says COVID-19 vaccine roll out could start before Christmas

    A COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out in Britain for some people before Christmas but an early 2021 launch is more likely, the woman responsible for procuring possible jabs in Britain said on October 28. (Reuters)

  • October 28, 2020 / 04:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​​ Hong Kong bars Air India flights for fourth time as passengers test positive for COVID-19

    Hong Kong has banned Air India flights from Mumbai till November 10 after a few passengers on its flight earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival, a senior government official said on October 28.

    This is the fourth time that Air India flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong government for bringing passengers who tested positive for the infection after arrival.

    Previous bans were on the airline''s Delhi-Hong Kong flights during September 20-October 3 and August 18-August 31 and October 17-October 30.

  • October 28, 2020 / 04:34 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ Private schools in Noida struggle for attendance as parents still wary of COVID-19

    Private schools in Uttar Pradesh''s Gautam Buddh Nagar are struggling to get students of classes 9 to 12 back in classrooms as parents continue to feel unsafe to send their wards for physical classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Private schools recorded a mere 14 percent attendance of students on October 28, while government and aided schools clocked 39 per cent in Noida and Greater Noida, according to government officials.

  • October 28, 2020 / 04:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates |​ British Safety Council offers robust 'Return to Work' COVID-19 protocol

    The British Safety Council, one of the world's most trusted leaders in health, safety, and environmental management, has developed a detailed COVID-19 framework applicable to all sectors. The framework aims to enable organisations to develop robust protocols and arrangements, designed to effectively manage the risk of COVID-19 as far as is reasonably possible within their workplace.