Coronavirus India lockdown day 220 updates | November 1, 2020

Children sanitising their hands after COVID test at ENT hospital in Visakhapatnam on Friday.   | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR) fell below 1.5% on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said, crediting the Centre-led strategy of ‘test, trace, track and treat’ for keeping coronavirus-related deaths low and within manageable numbers.

Deaths per million population in the country stand at a very low level of 88, it said.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:


Public buses resume plying with full seating capacity in Delhi

The DTC and Cluster buses resumed plying with full seating capacity on Sunday, with Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot urging travellers to wear masks and observe COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

In a tweet, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) said intra-state movement of buses has been permitted with full seating capacity on a trial basis, subject to condition that no passenger will travel standing and without mask.

Owing to closure of offices, the number of passengers who travelled on buses on Sunday was relatively low.

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Bharat Biotech plans to launch Covaxin in Q2 2021 upon approval from regulatory bodies

Bharat Biotech is planning to launch its vaccine for COVID-19 in the second quarter next year if it gets the requisite approvals from the Indian regulatory authorities, a top company official said. It said its immediate focus is to conduct the Phase 3 trials successfully across sites in the country.

The company’s vaccine candidate Covaxin has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV) using inactivated Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated in an ICMR lab.

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Beaches and parks in Kerala to be open for public

Beaches, parks and museums in Kerala will be opened for tourists from today, marking the resumption of tourism activities after they have remained shut for eight months.

The move, as part of reviving the tourism sector following the outbreak of the pandemic, comes close on the heels of the opening of tourist destinations and services across the State on October 10. Adhering to standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure the safety of visitors, houseboats, personalised boating, adventure tourism spots and hill stations had been thrown open.

“Tourism Department officials are making extra efforts to ensure that the guidelines are followed to the last detail,” Tourism Director P. Bala Kiran said on October 31.

Tamil Nadu

T.N. to allow classes 9 to 12, colleges, and cinemas to open in November

Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Edappadi K. Palaniswami  


While extending the lockdown in Tamil Nadu until midnight of November 30, the government further announced relaxations. The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced re-opening of schools—between 9th and 12th standard — colleges, research institutes and other educational institutions from November 16.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami also announced the re-opening of cinemas including multiplex and cinema halls in the shopping complexes with 50 % of the total capacity from November 10. Suburban train services will also begin.

He also announced the opening of all hostels in schools and colleges for students and other employees from November 16.


BBMP to take action against 7 hospitals

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has cracked the whip on hospitals that allegedly failed to reserve the mandated number of beds for government-sponsored COVID-19 patients. Some of them have also been accused of overcharging or denying beds to patients.

Seven hospitals are in the dock for allegedly not complying with the direction of the civic body to reserve beds for BBMP-sponsored COVID-19 patients, and the civic body has decided to take “exemplary action” against them.

According to a statement from BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad on Saturday: “Showcause notices have been issued to the seven hospitals under the KPME (Karnataka Private Medical Establishments) Act for suspension of licence. These hospitals have been directed to show cause within the next 24 hours as to why the KPME registration should not be cancelled. If no proper explanation is received within 24 hours along with compliance, the BBMP will be constrained to close down the OPDs (Out Patient Department) at the first instance, and thereafter all the existing patients admitted in these hospitals will be shifted to some other hospitals, and subsequently these hospitals will be closed down.”


Simona Halep tests positive

Simona Halep

Simona Halep   | Photo Credit: AP

Simona Halep has tested positive for Covid-19 but the former women's tennis world number one said on Saturday she was “recovering well and feels good”.

The 29-year-old Romanian made the announcement on Twitter, four weeks after she was knocked out of the French Open as top seed by Iga Swiatek, who went on to claim the title won by Halep in 2018.

Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champion, wrote: “Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I tested positive for COVID-19. I am self-isolating at home and am recovering well from mild symptoms. I feel good... we will get through this together.”


Tamil Nadu

50% residents don’t wear masks: Chennai Corporation Commissioner

Over 50% Chennai residents have not been wearing masks during the pandemic, said Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G. Prakash.

The civic body has planned to promote mask wearing among residents, during the festival season, to arrest the spread of COVID-19. “We have identified locations prone to crowding, ahead of the festival season. Teams of civic officials have been formed in Velachery, T. Nagar, Anna Nagar, Purasawalkam and George Town to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

Officials have collected fines amounting to over ₹3 crore from violators of COVID-19 safety norms. “We have been imposing fines on violators, without affecting business in commercial areas. We are determined to contain the spread of COVID-19. But we do not want to create hardship among residents and traders. We request people to wear masks and adhere to the rules during the festival season,” he said.

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