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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

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 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.

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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.

Oct 6, 2020 10:27 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 10:26 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 8:31 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 8:30 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 7:50 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 4:24 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 4:19 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 3:58 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 3:42 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 3:28 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 3:09 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 2:56 PM

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. 

Oct 6, 2020 2:41 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 2:25 PM

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.

Oct 6, 2020 2:17 PM

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