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Coronavirus news highlights: No curbs on export of N-95 masks; a day after CBI search, DK Shivakumar's brother tests COVID positive

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Coronavirus news highlights: The government on Tuesday removed export curbs on N-95 masks, to promote outbound shipments of the product. "The export policy of N-95/FFP-2 masks or its equivalent is amended from restricted to free category, making all types of masks freely exportable," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

Coronavirus news highlights: No curbs on export of N-95 masks; a day after CBI search, DK Shivakumar's brother tests COVID positive
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra adds 12,258 new COVID-19 cases, 17,141 recover; 370 deaths reported

    Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally reached 14,65,911 on Tuesday with a single-day addition of 12,258 fresh cases, state health department said. With 370 deaths, the total toll went up to 38,717 in the state, it said. A total of 17,141 patients were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the cumulative tally of recoveries to 11,79,726, the department said, adding that the state is now left with 2,47,023 active cases. Mumbai added 1,625 new cases, taking its count to 2,17,113, while the death toll rose to 9,202 with 47 fatalities in the day. The state has so far conducted 72,41,376 tests.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Nashik's COVID-19 count goes up by 983; tally at 81,895

    With single-day addition of 983 new infections, the COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Nashik district rose to 81,895 on Tuesday, a health official said. At least 12 persons died of the infection, taking the toll to 1,463, the official said. Of the latest casualties, seven were reported from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits and five from other parts of the district. Among the cases reported so far, 55,077 were from Nashik city, 22,371 from other parts of the district, 3,882 from Malegaon and 545 from outside the district, the official said. As many as 983 patients were discharged from hospitals on Tuesday, raising the number of recoveries to 71,255, he added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi records nearly 2700 fresh cases; 39 new COVID-19 deaths

    The national capital recorded 39 COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, pushing the toll to 5,581, while 2,676 fresh cases took the tally to over 2.95 lakh, authorities said. These fresh cases came out of the 53,591 tests conducted the previous day. Thirty-nine new fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 5,581, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. The active cases tally on Tuesday stood at 22,720. The bulletin said the total number of cases has climbed to 2,95,236.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Over 65 pc of beds for COVID-19 patients vacant at Delhi hospitals

    With coronavirus cases here witnessing a decline in the last few days, over 65 per cent of beds for COVID-19 patients in the city hospitals are vacant, data on Delhi Corona app showed. However, the bed occupancy is higher in private hospitals as compared to government-run facilities. At the LNJP Hospital, which is the Delhi government's biggest COVID facility, 1545 of 2000 beds are vacant, while the GTB Hospital has a vacancy of 1321 beds against its strength of 1500, according to Delhi Corona app. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has 110 out of 300 beds vacant, while only 53 out of 250 beds are unoccupied in Max Smart Saket. At Sir Gangaram Hospital, 60 beds are vacant out of 200 beds earmarked for coronavirus patients. Out of the total 15,822 beds for COVID-19 patients in Delhi, only 5,402 are occupied, according to the Corona app, which provides the latest details about the availability of beds and ventilators in the city hospitals. Also, 561 of 1,321 COVID-19 ICU beds with ventilators are occupied, accounting for over 42 per cent of vacant status, data on the app showed. Delhi recorded 32 COVID-19 fatalities on Monday, taking the death toll to 5,542, while 1,947 fresh cases took the tally to over 2.92 lakh. The city reported 1,947 new cases on Monday, 2,683 on Sunday, 2,258 on Saturday, 2,920 on Friday, 3,037 on Thursday, and 3,390 on Wednesday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: A day after CBI search, D K Shivakumar's brother Suresh tests COVID positive

    A day after the CBI conducted searches at his premises and that of his brother and state Congress chief D K Shivakumar, Bengaluru Rural MP D K Suresh on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. He has also appealed to all those who had come in contact with him, including CBI officials, to get themselves tested. "I would like to let you know that I have tested positive for COVID-19.I am asymptomatic and in isolation. I request friends and family who have been in contact with me to test themselves.I also request the CBI officials and media friends who were with me to do the same," Suresh tweeted. CBI on Monday had conducted searches at 14 locations linked to Shivakumar, including Karnataka, Delhi and Mumbai, in connection with allegations of possession of disproportionate assets. Suresh's residence was also under the ambit of the CBI search.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Govt removes export curbs on N-95 masks

    The government on Tuesday removed export curbs on N-95 masks, to promote outbound shipments of the product. "The export policy of N-95/FFP-2 masks or its equivalent is amended from restricted to free category, making all types of masks freely exportable," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. In August, a monthly export quota of 50 lakh units was fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent for issuance of export licences to eligible applicants.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala tests positive for COVID-19


    Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus, adding that he was asymptomatic and feeling alright. Chautala, a JJP leader, urged people who had met him during the past week to get themselves tested. "My COVID-19 test report has returned positive. There are no symptoms of COVID-19 like fever etc, but as the report is positive, I am self-isolating," he said in a message on Twitter. Earlier, Chief Minister M L Khattar, some ministers, Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and a few legislators and MPs from the state had also contracted the infection and later recovered.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Thane adds 1,277 fresh cases to its COVID-19 tally

    The COVID-19 case count in  Maharashtra's Thane district rose to 1,82,776 after 1,277 more persons tested positive for the infection, a district official said on Tuesday. Apart from the latest cases detected on Monday, the district also recorded 27 casualties that took the toll to 4,616, the official said. Currently, the recovery rate in the district stands at 88.35 percent, while the mortality rate is 2.53 percent, he said. As many as 16,669 patients are undergoing treatment for the infection in the district, he added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: New testing method can diagnose COVID-19 in just 30 minutes, study finds


    Scientists have developed a new method that allows anyone to easily and quickly detect COVID-19 in just 30 minutes, and is as accurate as the current PCR diagnostic test. The SENSR technology developed by researchers at Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea diagnosis COVID-19 based on the RNA sequence of the virus, reducing the stress on one single testing location and avoiding contact with infected patients as much as possible. RNA is a nucleic acid that mediates genetic information or is involved in controlling the expression of genes. The biggest benefit is that a diagnostic kit can be developed within a week even if a new infectious disease appears other than COVID-19, according to the research published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pakistan wary of the second wave as winter approaches

    Pakistan's number of patients recovering from the coronavirus crossed 300,000, officials said on Tuesday, amidst simmering fear that a second wave coupled with winter season could reverse the gains against the pandemic. The Ministry of National Health Services showed that 300,616 people have fully recovered out of 315,727 reported cases of COVID-19, including 467 detected in the last 24 hours. At least six persons died in the last one day, taking the death toll to 6,523, the ministry said, adding that the number of active patients was 8,588. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in the largest province of Punjab crossed 100,000. Sindh reported 138,593 cases, Punjab 100,033, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 38,105, Islamabad 16,845, Balochistan 15,420, Gilgit-Baltistan 3,857 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 2,874, it said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Three die of COVID-19 in Pondy, 407 cases added


    Three people died of coronavirus in Puducherry on Tuesday, raising the toll in the union territory to 546.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: NCLAT suspends court works after some staff members test COVID-19 positive

    The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has suspended all its court works, including virtual hearing and filing, after some of its staff tested COVID19 positive. 

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Australia tips into record budget deficit as government cuts tax, boosts jobs support

    Australia pledged billions in tax cuts and measures to boost jobs on Tuesday to help pull the economy out of its historic COVID19 slump in a budget that tips the country into its deepest deficit on record.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Thane adds 1,277 fresh cases to its COVID-19 tally

    The COVID19 case count in Maharashtra's Thane district rose to 1,82,776, after 1,277 more persons tested positive for the infection, a district official said on Tuesday. Apart from the latest cases detected on Monday, the district also recorded 27 casualties that took the toll to 4,616, the official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Australia to pay businesses to employ young people after COVID-19 shutdowns

    Australia will spend A$4 billion over the next year to pay businesses that hire those under the age of 35, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday, as part of an ambitious plan to boost jobs and growth.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi past peak of 2nd COVID-19 wave, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

    Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the national capital is past the peak of the second wave of coronavirus and the situation has been controlled to a large extent. Kejriwal said the Delhi government increased the testing to detect the infection exponentially. "Delhi hit the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 on September 17 when 4,500 cases were reported across the city. The situation has been controlled to a large extent," he said. The chief minister also said that 10,000 beds are now unoccupied in hospitals. "I hope the second wave will slowly pass," Kejriwal said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 8 new cases push Mizoram's COVID-19 tally to 2,128


    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,128 on Tuesday as eight more people, including four security personnel, tested positive for the infection, an official said. Four new cases were reported in Aizawl district, three in Kolasib and one in Serchhip, he said. Three Assam Rifles jawans and one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are among the new patients, the official said. All the new patients had returned from other states and were placed under institutional quarantine, he said. Mizoram now has 291 active coronavirus cases, while 1,837 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said. The recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in the state stands at 86.33 per cent, he said. A total of 83,092 samples have been tested for COVID- 19 so far, the official added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 74% of the new recovered cases in 10 states, UTs

    A total of 75,787 people have recovered from COVID-19 and discharged in a span of 24 hours whereas 61,267 new infections were reported during the same period, according to the data updated at 8 am. The new recoveries have exceeded the new confirmed cases in 25 states and UTs, the ministry highlighted. Seventy-four percent of the new recovered cases are concentrated in 10 states and UTs -- Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, the ministry said. Maharashtra alone has contributed the maximum with nearly 13,000 single-day recoveries.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India active cases only 13.75% of total COVID-19 caseload


    India's 9,19,023 active cases of COVID-19 constitute "merely" 13.75 percent of the total caseload as on date and the country continues to report a steadily declining trend of percentage of active cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. So far 56,62,490 people have recovered from the disease in the country and exceed active cases of coronavirus infection by 47,43,467 as on date, it stated. "The declining trend of the percentage of active cases is commensurately supported by the rising percentage of recovered cases," the ministry underlined. Higher number of recoveries has aided the national recovery rate to further improve to 84.70 percent, the ministry said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Union minister Prakash Javadekar briefs on SoPs for multiplexes and cinema halls

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee tests positive for COVID-19


    Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, health officials said. He has been admitted to a hospital in Kolkata, they said. The octogenarian actor was unwell and he tested positive for the infection on Tuesday morning, a senior health official said. "His samples were tested for COVID-19 on Monday and the reports came today," he added.
     

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Govt releases SoPs for multiplexes and cinema halls

    Here are the key guidelines from the SoPs for multiplexes

    • No Exhibition Of Film Shall Be Allowed In Containment Zones
    • Physical Distancing Of 6 Feet Outside Auditoriums, common areas & waiting areas
    • Availability Of Hand Sanitizers, Preferably In The Touch-free Mode
    • Respiratory Etiquettes To Be Strictly Followed
    • Installation & Use Of Aarogya Setu App Shall Be Advised
    • Thermal Screening Of Visitors/Staff Is To Be Carried Out At Entry Points
    • Only Asymptomatic Individuals Shall Be Allowed To Enter The Premises
    • Exit Should Be Done In A Staggered Row-wise Manner To Avoid Crowding
    • Occupancy Shall Not Be More Than 50% Of Total Seating Capacity
    • Seats ‘Not to be occupied’ Shall Be Marked As Such During Booking
    • Number Of People In The Elevators Shall Be Restricted
    • Staggered Show Timings Shall Be Followed For Multiple Screens
    • Digital No-contact Transactions For Issue/Verification/Payments
    • Contact Number Shall Be Taken At The Time Of Booking Of Tickets
    • purchase Of Tickets At The Box Office Shall Be Open Throughout The Day
    • Frequent Sanitization Of The Entire Premises, Common Facilities
    • Auditorium Shall Be Sanitized After Every Screening
    • Temperature Setting Of Air Conditioning Devices In The Range Of 24-30°C
    • Relative Humidity Should Be In The Range Of 40-70%
    • Re-circulation Of Air To Be Avoided To The Extent Possible
    • Intake Of Fresh Air Should Be As Much As Possible
    • Only Packaged Food & Beverages Shall Be Allowed
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: GLOW' season 4 cancelled by Netflix due to COVID-19


    Streaming platform Netflix will not go ahead with the fourth and final season of female wrestling dramedy GLOW, due to production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. GLOW, starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, was renewed for its final season last year and had started production in February. It finished one episode and started filming on the second before the coronavirus pandemic led to production shutdown in mid-March. We've made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of GLOW' due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 15 new COVID-19 cases in Andamans; tally rises to 3,899


    At least 15 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, raising the tally in the Union Territory to 3,899, a health department official said on Tuesday. The death toll rose to 54 after a person succumbed to the infection, he said. Of the fresh patients, eleven were detected during contact tracing, while four have travel history, he said. Ten more people were cured of the disease on Monday, taking the number of recoveries in the archipelago to 3,659, the official said. The Union Territory now has 186 active coronavirus cases. The Andaman and Nicobar administration has sent 63,009 samples for COVID-19 tests so far, of which 136 reports are
    awaited, the official added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports below 3,000 new COVID-19 cases after 34 days

    Odisha on Monday reported below 3,000 new COVID-19 cases after a gap of 34 days, even as the states coronavirus caseload went up to 2,35,330 with 2,617 new infections, an official said. The state also registered 17 fresh fatalities pushing the death toll due to the disease to 924. Odisha had reported 2,602 new positive cases on August 31, and from the next day onwards, it continued to detect more than 3,000 cases daily till October 4, he said. On Monday, 2,617 people tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India active cases slip below 9.2 lakh to the lowest level in one month

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 816 new COVID-19 cases, four fresh fatalities


    Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally jumped to 88,026 as 816 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Tuesday. Four more patients succumbed to the disease, taking the state's coronavirus death toll to 747, he said. Fresh fatalities were reported from Ranchi, East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Dhanbad, the official said. Ranchi district reported the maximum number of new cases at 319, followed by East Singbhum at 70. Jharkhand now has 10,436 active COVID-19 cases, while 76,843 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said. The state has conducted 18,929 sample tests for COVID-19 on Monday, he added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Here are the highlights from today's data

    - India total cases cross the 8 crore mark. 58.6k tests per million population

    - 61.27k new cases, lowest in the last 42 days (total cases: 66.85 lakh)

    - 15.4k dip in active cases (total active cases: 9.19 lakh, down from 10.18 lakh on September 18)

    - 25 states report fall in active cases

    - New deaths: 884. Below 1k for the third consecutive day

    - Maharashtra recovery rate touches 80%. 2.5 lakh active cases out of a total of 14.5 lakh total cases

    - Maharashtra reports 10.2k new cases, lowest in the last 49 days

    - Delhi's recovery rate crosses 90% again after 42 days. Recovery rate in Haryana also crosses 90%.

    - 7 Indian states and UTs have a recovery rate of more than 90%

    - Mortality rate in Punjab continues to rise. From 2.4% on August 1, it has increased to 3.1% (highest in India). India's average mortality rate during the same period fell from 2.2% to 1.5%.

    Coronavirus news highlights: No curbs on export of N-95 masks; a day after CBI search, DK Shivakumar's brother tests COVID positive
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally at over 66.85 lakh with over 61,000 cases in the last 24 hours

    Here are the salient points from the Union health ministry data today:

    -Active cases below 9.2 lakh; it’s at lowest level in nearly one month

    -Active cases fall for 3rd day and 13th time in last 18 days

    -Total cases rise by 61,267; lowest single-day rise since august 25

    -Recoveries continue to be more than total additions

    -Deaths rise by 884; lowest single-day rise in last 7 days

    -Gap between recoveries and active cases increase to 4.74 lakh

    -Recovery rate near 85 percent; it’s at 84.70 percent vs yesterday’s 84.34 percent

    -Positivity rate below 14 percent; it’s at 13.75 percent vs yesterday’s 14.11 percent

    -Total cases at 66.85 lakh, active 9.19 lakh, recoveries 56.62 lakh and deaths 1.03 lakh

    -Total cases rise by 61,267, recoveries by 75,787 & deaths by 884

    -Active cases fall by 15,404, biggest single-day fall 3,198 in last two weeks

    -Total tests on a single-day nearly 11 lakh; it’s at 10.89 lakh vs yesterday’s 9.90 lakh

    Coronavirus news highlights: No curbs on export of N-95 masks; a day after CBI search, DK Shivakumar's brother tests COVID positive
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates:
After seven months of shutting down due to COVID-19, cinema halls will reopen on October 15 with 50 percent capacity and one-seat distance between the viewers, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said Tuesday.
"Cinema halls are shut for the last seven months. They are now opening on October 15. For the safety of people, we have come out with SOP to be followed," Javadekar said. "Cinema halls shall be allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity only and people will maintain one-seat distance. Alternate seats will be left vacant for social distancing. Wearing masks at all times inside the hall will be important," he added.
Briefing the press at his residence, the Union minister also said that online booking of tickets will be encouraged but the box office will be open for single-screen theatres.
India's COVID-19 tally went past the 66.85 lakh mark on Tuesday. The total number of active cases stays below the 9.2 lakh mark, which is nearly a month low. The overall recoveries went past the 56.6 lakh. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.
The daily spike in coronavirus infections dropped below 65,000 on Tuesday and the total recoveries surpassed 56 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 84.70 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry. However, the COVID-19 caseload rose to 66,85,082 with 61,267 new infections, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The death toll climbed to 1,03,569 with 884 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data showed. The total recoveries have surged to 56,62,490 while there are 9,19,023 active cases of the coronavirus in the country which comprises 13.75 percent of the total caseload. The fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded at 1.55 percent.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.
According to ICMR, a total of 8,10,71,797 samples have been tested until October 5 with 10,89,403 samples being tested on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Department of School Education and Literacy released guidelines for schools that wish to reopen from October 15. In the SOP, the department said that physical distancing should be planned in seating arrangements. Schools will also have to ensure staggered entry and exit timings and staggered time tables.