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November 18, 2020 / 11:00 PM IST

Coronavirus News highlights | Tamil Nadu reports 1,714 fresh COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

Coronavirus India News highlights: Total COVID-19 cases in India have risen above 88 lakh. There are 4,46,805 active cases in the country.

Coronavirus News highlights: Today is the 240th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 89,12,908 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,30,993 deaths. A total of 83,35,110 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 4,46,805 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 5.01 percent of the total
caseload, the data stated. 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 93.52 percent. 'Unlock 5.0' is underway. Globally, more than 5.52 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 13.31 lakh have died so far. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for all the latest updates:
  • November 18, 2020 / 10:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Denmark LIVE Updates | Danish study finds face masks provide limited protection to wearer

    A Danish study released on Wednesday found face masks provide the wearer with only limited protection against COVID-19 infection, but said this should not be used to argue against their widespread use to prevent people infecting others.

    In the study, which was carried out in April and May when Danish authorities did not recommend wearing face masks, 6,024 adults were divided into two groups, one wearing face masks and one control group.

    After one month, 1.8% of the people wearing masks had been infected, while 2.1% of the people in the control group had tested positive, Copenhagen University Hospital said in a press release.

    "The study does not confirm the expected halving of the risk of infection for people wearing face masks," it said. "The results could indicate a more moderate degree of protection of 15-20%, however, the study could not rule out that face masks do not provide any protection."

  • November 18, 2020 / 09:51 PM IST

    Govt of Himachal Pradesh: In social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political, and other congregations a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 100 persons. 

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  • November 18, 2020 / 09:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus in West Bengal LIVE Updates | 3,668 new COVID-19 cases, 54 deaths and 4,429 discharged cases reported in West Bengal today, as per the State Health Department. Total cases: 4,41,885 Active cases: 26,296 Death toll: 7,820 Total discharges: 4,07,769. 

  • November 18, 2020 / 09:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Punjab LIVE Updates | Punjab reports 802 new COVID-19 cases, 651 discharges and 31 deaths today. Total cases in the state rise to 1,43,395, including 1,32,917 recoveries and 4,541 deaths. Active cases stand at 5,937.

  • November 18, 2020 / 08:54 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Europe LIVE Updates | Europe has half of world's 4 million new virus cases but sees hope

    Europe made up almost half of the world's 4 million new coronavirus cases last week but recorded a nearly 10 percent fall in infections compared to the week before, thanks in part to strict government lockdown measures that have fanned some discontent, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday.

    In the German capital of Berlin, violent clashes between those protesting coronavirus restrictions and police erupted Wednesday near the center of the city after protesters disregarded police advice to wear masks and social distance.

    Read more here.

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  • November 18, 2020 / 08:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 5,011 new COVID-19 cases, 6,608 recoveries and 100 deaths today. The total number of cases in the state is 17,57,520 There are 80,221 active cases in the State and 16,30,111 patients have recovered so far. The death toll is at 46,202. 

  • November 18, 2020 / 08:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Mumbai LIVE Updates | Mumbai reports 871 new COVID-19 cases, 1,372 recoveries/discharges and 16 deaths today. Total cases here rise to 2,71,525, including 2,48,711 recoveries/discharges and 10,612 deaths. Active cases stand at 8,658.

  • November 18, 2020 / 08:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw asks govt to let companies use CSR funds to vaccinate employees

    Kiran Majumdar-Shaw, Chairperson of Biocon, has asked the government to allow corporates to vaccinate their employees, using the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds.

    Currently, corporates with a net worth of Rs 500 crore, or revenues exceeding Rs 1,000 crore, or net profit over Rs 5 crore, have to set aside two percent of their average profit over the last three years on CSR programmes.

    Here's an exclusive interview with Kiran Majumdar-Shaw, in which she touches upon this and several other topics.

  • November 18, 2020 / 08:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Haryana LIVE Updates | Haryana reports 2,562 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally in the state to 2,07,039. A total of 1,85,403 discharged so far after recovering from the infection, death toll 2,093. Active cases stand at 19,543. 

  • November 18, 2020 / 07:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus in US LIVE Updates | Dolly Parton: Singer, songwriter, pandemic saviour?

    She wrote “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” on the same day and built a theme park around herself. She has given memorable on-screen performances as a wisecracking hairstylist and harassed secretary. She even helped bring about the creation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

    Now, Dolly Parton’s fans are crediting her with saving the world from the coronavirus. 

    Read more here.

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  • November 18, 2020 / 07:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu reports 1,714 new COVID-19 cases, 2,311 discharges, and 18 deaths today. Total positive cases in the State rise to 7,63,282 including 7,37,281 discharges and 11,531 deaths. Active cases stand at 14,470. 

  • November 18, 2020 / 07:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates | Gujarat reports 1,282 new cases of COVID19 and 1,274 recoveries today. The state's COVID-19 case tally rises to 1,91,642 including 1,75,362 recoveries and 3,823 deaths till now. Total active cases are 12,457.

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