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Coronavirus news highlights: COVID-19 in Vatican as 4 Swiss Guards test positive; Kerala's tally inching towards 3 lakh mark


Coronavirus news highlights: Four Swiss Guards have tested positive for coronavirus and were showing symptoms, the Vatican said Monday, as the surge in infections in surrounding Italy penetrates the Vatican walls. The Swiss Guards, the world's oldest standing army, provide ceremonial guard duty during papal Masses, man the Vatican gates and help protect the 83-year-old Pope Francis. The four are in isolation while their contacts are being traced, the Vatican said Monday.

Coronavirus news highlights: COVID-19 in Vatican as 4 Swiss Guards test positive; Kerala's tally inching towards 3 lakh mark
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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19: Classes I-VIII to remain shut in MP till Nov 15

    The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday said Classes I to VIII will remain shut till November 15, while those between IX and XII, which resumed on September 21, will continue partially with COVID-19 containment protocols. The Centre had recently asked state governments to take a call on re-opening schools from October 15.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 10,036 deaths reported in Karnataka, 7,606 new cases found

    The COVID-19 death toll in Karnataka crossed the 10,000 mark on Monday with the addition of 70 fatalities, while 7,606 fresh cases took the total number of infections to 7,17,915. The day also saw a record 12,030 patients getting discharged, overtaking the number of fresh cases reported. Cumulatively 7,17,915 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 10,036 deaths and 5,92,084 discharges. Out of the fresh cases, 3,498 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. Of the 1,15,776 active cases, 1,14,848 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 928 are in Intensive Care Units. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 18 of the 70 deaths, followed by Mysuru (7), Dakshina Kannada and Koppal (4), Dharwad, Hassan and Uttara Kannada (3) and others.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Over 2,000 fresh cases of COVID-19, 15 more deaths in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan on Monday registered 15 more fatalities due to COVID-19 and 2,132 fresh cases. The state's death toll has mounted to 1,665 and the infection count has risen to 1,61,184, a health department bulletin said. The number of active cases stands at 21,671, while 1,37,365 people have been discharged after treatment. Jaipur reported 338 new cases, Bikaner 353, Alwar 159 and Ajmer 88 among other places. The COVID death toll in Jaipur so far is 338, followed by 157 in Jodhpur, 124 in Bikaner, 120 in Ajmer, 108 in Kota, 85 in Bharatpur, 71 in Pali, 55 in Udaipur, 49 in Nagaur, 46 in Alwar, 43 in Sikar, 30 in Barmer and 26 each in Dholpur and Rajsamand.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 7,000 pilgrims to be allowed per day to pay obeisance at Vaishno Devi shrine from Oct 15

    As many as 7,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day to pay obeisance at the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in the Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district from October 15, an official of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said on Monday. Reviewing the "yatra" arrangements for the Navratras commencing from October 17, chief executive officer (CEO) of the board Ramesh Kumar said the earlier limit of 5,000 pilgrims per day is being increased to 7,000 pilgrims per day from October 15, irrespective of any limit on the number of pilgrims from within or outside the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Goa COVID-19 caseload rises by 308, toll by 4; 495 discharged

    Goa's COVID-19 count increased by 308 and the death toll by four on Monday, while 495 people were discharged after recovery from the infection, an official said. The state now has 38,674 cases, including 511 deaths, and the discharge of 33,698 people had left it with 4,465 active ones, he said. A total of 1,442 samples were tested for the infection during the day, he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 38,674, new cases 511, deaths 511, discharged 33,698, active cases 4,465, samples tested till date 2,73,404.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 4 Swiss Guards test positive as COVID-19 penetrates Vatican

    Four Swiss Guards have tested positive for coronavirus and were showing symptoms, the Vatican said Monday, as the surge in infections in surrounding Italy penetrates the Vatican walls. The Swiss Guards, the world's oldest standing army, provide ceremonial guard duty during papal Masses, man the Vatican gates and help protect the 83-year-old Pope Francis. The four are in isolation while their contacts are being traced, the Vatican said Monday. They join three other Vatican residents who tested positive in recent weeks plus the dozen or so Holy See officials who tested positive during the first wave of the outbreak. Despite the positive cases among his own guards, Francis on Monday was seen once again without a mask. He warmly greeted Cardinal George Pell in his private studio, and neither man wore a mask. Also unmasked were Pells secretary and the Vatican photographer.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 7 players, 1 assistant coach test positive for COVID-19 ahead of ISL

    Seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) football season, likely to start next month in Goa, sources told PTI on Monday. The tests were conducted in Goa after the arrival of the teams and all of them are asymptomatic cases. It could not, however, be ascertained which teams these players and the coach belong to. They have been kept in isolation in their respective hotels serving as bio-secure bubbles. Out of the 12 teams taking part this season, only newbies SC East Bengal are yet to arrive in Goa. "Yes, seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 and all of them are asymptomatic cases. They have been placed in isolation in their respective bio-secure bubbles," a source privy to the development told PTI.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala's COVID-19 tally inching towards 3 lakh mark

    Kerala reported 5,930 COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the infection tally to 2,93,132, while the death toll climbed to 1,025 with 22 fatalities. The state had recorded its highest single day spike on October 10 when it had reported 11,755 cases and on Sunday, 9,347 new cases were detected. In the last 24 hours, 38,259 samples were tested, of which 7,836 returned negative. With this, the total recoveries so far touched 1,99,634 and 94,388 people are presently under treatment, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post. While Kozhikode reported 869 cases, Malappuram had 740, Thrissur 697, Thiruvananthapuram 629 and Alappuzha 618 cases. The toll went upto 1,025 with the addition of 22 more fatalities which were confirmed today due to covid. Of the positive cases, 4,767 were infected through contact, 48 had come from abroad and 86 from other states. As many as 195 health workers were among those who tested positive today.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala opens tourist destinations in a phased manner for domestic visitors

    After remaining shut for over six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerala on Monday opened up various tourist destinations, adventure parks, houseboats and boating services, except beaches, in a phased manner, for domestic visitors. The state government has decided to reopen the tourism destinations in two phases, subject to the central government guidelines. Domestic tourists who visit Kerala for short trips (less than seven days) have been exempted from quarantine, but they should register in the COVID Jagratha portal. If for any reason the tourists plan to extend their stay for more than seven days, they would have to undergo test from ICMR/State Government approved laboratories and follow all the COVID-19 health advisories.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Situation not favourable to hold Ramlila, say committees post Delhi govt's new norms

    Various committees organising huge Ramlila celebrations across Delhi, including at Red Fort grounds, have decided to "not hold the event" this year as the situation is not feasible and there are "too many restrictions" in the fresh guidelines issued for holding events, an official of their umbrella body said on Monday. Representatives of various Ramlila committees also said the situation due to COVID-19 anyway means, holding large-scale gathering will not be a very suitable decision keeping public safety in mind. "We begin our preparations at least two months in advance. Dusshera is on October 25 and DDMA authorities issued fresh guidelines yesterday. Earlier, they couldn't do due to rising number of cases. "But, it is not possible to make arrangements at the last moment, so we have decided to not hold it this year," said Arjun Kumar of Lav Kush Ramlila Committee, which has been organising the event at the Red Fort front lawns for over 40 years. Kumar, also the general secretary of Delhi Shri Ramlila Mahasangh, which is an umbrella body of various Ramlila organising committees in Delhi, said, "Today, we had a talk with representatives of other major organising committees, and we all have decided not to hold the events this year as situation is neither conducive nor feasible to execute the plan now".

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: M Venkaiah Naidu recovers from COVID-19

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday tested negative for COVID-19, his office said. Naidu had tested positive for coronavirus on September 29. The 71-year-oldwasasymptomatic and in good health. He was under home isolation during his recovery from the infection. "As per today's RT-PCR test conducted by AIIMS, both the vice president and his wife Usha Naidu have tested negative for COVID-19," the Vice President's Secretariat said in a statement. Naidu is in good health and is expected to resume normal activities soon as per doctor's advice, it said. "He thanked all those who prayed for his well-being," the statement said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: China to test all 9 mn people in Qingdao city for COVID-19

    China's government says all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao will be tested for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found. The announcement Monday broke a string of weeks without any locally transmitted infections reported in China. The National Health Commission said authorities were investigating the source of the infections found in eight patients at Qingdao's Municipal Chest Hospital and one family member. The commission said the whole city will be tested within five days. China, where the pandemic began in December, has reported 4,634 deaths and 85,578 cases, plus nine suspected cases that have yet to be confirmed.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Malaysia to impose some movement restrictions in capital over COVID-19

    Malaysia on Monday announced that it will impose some restrictions on movement in its capital city and in the neighbouring state of Selangor from Wednesday, as the country grapples with a fresh surge of coronavirus cases. The government will bring in curbs on activities, ranging from attending schools and places of worship to playing sports, from Oct. 14 till Oct 27, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, Reuters reported. "However, all economic activities in Selangor, the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be allowed to operate as usual," Ismail Sabri said in an address broadcast over Facebook Live. The minister said the government will also extend limited movement restrictions to the entire state of Sabah, a key palm oil producing state.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mizoram reports 9 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 2,184

    At least nine more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, including a one-year-old child, pushing the state's tally to 2,184, an official said on Monday. All the fresh cases were reported from Aizawl, and were locally-transmitted ones, he said. Mizoram registered a recovery rate of 92 per cent in the last 24 hours after 2,010 people were discharged from hospitals. It now has 174 active cases. Of the state's 11 districts, Siaha, Khawzawl and Hnahthial have so far been unaffected by coronavirus, the official said. The northeastern state has not reported any COVID-19 fatality so far. Aizawl district has accounted for the highest number of 1,417 infections followed by Lunglei district (262). Altogether, 88,551 samples have been tested till date, the health department said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mass drive in Mumbai to penalise those not wearing mask

    In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the festive season, the Mumbai civic body on Monday launched a mass drive against those not wearing face masks and said it will penalise nearly 20,000 such citizens every day. The drive will continue for at least a month, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said, adding that he will himself monitor the situation every day. "A large number of citizens under the MCGM do not wear face masks and this can lead to the situation getting difficult in future, thereby delaying further opening up of Mumbai," Chahal said, highlighting the reason behind the mass drive. "The MCGM is initiating a mass drive of penalising approximately 20,000 citizens per day found without wearing masks in public life," he said in a statement.

  • Coronavirus in Tripura LIVE Updates: At least 109 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 28,461 a health department official said. The death toll rose to 313 with one more person succumbing to the infection, he said.

    Tripura currently has 3,745 active coronavirus cases, while 24,380 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, he said. As many as 4,16,492 samples have been examined for COVID-19 in the northeastern state so far, he added. (Source: PTI)

  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur tests positive for COVID-19: 

    Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur has tested positive for coronavirus. Taking to Twitter, Thakur said that he tested positive after coming in contact with a COVID-positive person. "I am isolating at my official residence on the advice of doctors," he said.

  •  UK PM Boris Johnson to impose further COVID-19 restrictions but anger rising

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Monday impose a tiered system of further restrictions on parts of England as the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates, though anger is rising at the cost of the stringent curtailment of freedoms. Johnson will hold a meeting of the government's emergency COBRA committee and then address parliament, offering lawmakers a vote later in the week on the measures.

    Johnson's three-tiered local lockdowns will include shutting bars, gyms, casinos and bookmakers in some areas placed into the "very high" alert level, probably across the north of England, British media reported. (Source: Reuters)

  • Coronavirus in Odisha LIVE Updates: Odisha's COVID-19 tally surged to 2,54,662 on Monday as 2,423 people tested positive for the virus, while 18 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,040, a health official said. The state's quarantine centres reported 1,417 infections and the remaining cases were detected during contact tracing.

    Odisha now has 25,954 active cases, while 2,27,615 patients have recovered from the disease. The state has thus far conducted over 37.96 lakh sample tests, including 41,096 on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

  • Ladakh records 22 new cases, 64 more patients cured

    The Union Territory of Ladakh reported 22 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 5081, an official bulletin said on Monday. With 64 more patients cured of the disease, the number of active cases in the region dropped to 980  739 in Leh district and 241 in Kargil district, the bulletin released this morning by the directorate of health services said.

    Ladakh had recorded a total of 64 COVID-related deaths, while 4037 patients have recovered from the disease till date. Out of 22 new cases, the bulletin said 18 were detected in Leh and four in Kargil during the past 24 hours. It said all the 64 COVID patients were discharged in Leh on Sunday after successful treatment.

  • Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar (file pic 1) given additional charge of Health Ministry, replacing B Sriramulu.

    Sriramulu (file pic 2) allocated Social Welfare department

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID-19 active caseload below 9 lakh for fourth consecutive day

    India's COVID19 recoveries have surged to over 61 lakh, while active cases of coronavirusinfection remained below nine lakh for the fourth consecutive day, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. The total recoveries have increased to61,49,535 and exceed the active infections by52,87,682 as on date, it highlighted.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Food delivery volumes in India reach pre-COVID-19 peaks, says Zomato CEO

    The food delivery volumes in India have reached preCOVID19 peaks,Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said on Monday. He also said it is anticipated that the food delivery sector will continue to grow at around 1525 per cent month on month for the foreseeable future.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates:1,341 new COVID-19 cases in Thane; tally rises to 191823

    Maharashtra's Thane district added1,341 COVID19 cases, raising its tally to 1,91,823, an official said on Monday. The district also reported 32 deaths on Sunday, taking the toll to 4,846, he said.

  • Novel coronavirus may survive on smartphones, banknotes for 28 days: Study

    The novel coronavirus responsible for COVID19 may survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces including banknotes, glass such as that found on smart phone screens and stainless steel, according to a laboratory study by Australia's national science agency.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 48 new cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 12,147

    At least 148 more people, including three health workers, have tested positive for COVID19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally to 12,147, an official said on Monday. The death toll rose to 24 after a 58yearold man succumbed to the infection at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Naharlagun near here, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UK needs further curbs to get COVID-19 under control, minister says

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government needs to impose further COVID19 restrictions and the risk of spreading the virus is higher in pubs, restaurants and nightclubs, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Monday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Hockey player Surender aiming to regain full fitness after recovering from COVID-19

    Indian men's hockey team defender Surender Kumar said it was mentally challenging to go through the recovery phase after being infected with COVID19 but he has fully recovered now and is aiming to return to full fitness as soon as possible.
  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Bangladesh cancels BPL 2020 due to COVID-19

    The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been forced to cancel this year's Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament in view of the raging COVID19 pandemic. The decision was announced by BCB president Nazmul Hasan on Sunday.

Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: In the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 tally crossed 71-lakh mark with a spike of 66,732 new cases and 816 deaths. Total case tally stands at 71,20,539 including 8,61,853 active cases, 61,49,536 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 1,09,150 deaths, said Union Health Ministry. Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that 9,94,851 samples tested for COVID-19 yesterday. Total 8,78,72,093 samples tested in the country up to 11th October.