Coronavirus India lockdown Day 214 updates | October 26, 2020

Porters wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus chat by a roadside in Kochi.   | Photo Credit: AP

With a total of 70,78,123 people having recuperated from COVID-19, the national recovery rate for the disease has touched 90%, while 62,077 people have recovered in a span of 24 hours as against 50,129 new cases of the infection reported in the same period, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

This achievement is matched by the downward spiral fall in the number of active COVID-19 cases, which was maintained below the seven-lakh mark for the third successive day, it added.

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:

New Delhi

India’s COVID-19 fatality rate at 1.50%, lowest since Mar 22

India’s COVID-19 fatality rate has dropped to 1.50 per cent, the lowest since March 22, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday crediting the focused efforts of the Centre, states and UTs on effective clinical management of hospitalised cases.

There are 14 states and Union Territories including Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and Kerala where the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) is lower than 1 per cent, the ministry said.

With an effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on holistic standard of care protocol across government and private hospitals, the number of new deaths has significantly dipped, it said.

Less than 500 deaths (480) have been reported in a span of 24 hours in the country, according to the data updated at 8 am on Monday. - PTI

Bhubaneswar

Third phase human trial of Covaxin to begin in Bhubaneswar soon

The third phase of the human trial of the indigenous vaccine against COVID-19, Covaxin, will commence at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar soon, an official said.

The search for a suitable vaccine for COVID-19 has almost come to the final stage, Dr E Venkata Rao, Principal Investigator in the Covaxin human trial and Professor in the department of Community Medicine at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar said on Sunday.

IMS and SUM Hospital is among the 21 medical institutes selected across the country by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) where the third phase trial would be conducted. - PTI

Maharashtra

Ajit Pawar tests positive

Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar  

 

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has tested positive for COVID-19. Mr. Pawar was under home quarantine recently after he complained of fever and fatigue after touring flood-hit Pune and Solapur districts.

He had tested negative on Thursday, but a retest confirmed he has COVID-19.

Over a dozen Maharashtra ministers ave tested positive in the last few months. - Alok Deshpande

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Spain

Spain announces new state of emergency as infections soar

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus infections, imposing local night time curfews and banning travel between regions in some cases.

The measures go into force from Sunday night and will require all regions except the Canary Islands to impose a night time curfew and limit the number of people allowed to meet to six.

“We are living in an extreme situation ... it is the most serious health crisis in the last century,” he told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

Catalonia was one of the first regions on Sunday to use the new legislation to impose a curfew, which will take effect at 10 p.m. Establishments open to the public will have to close at 9 p.m.

Tamil nadu

Tamil Nadu’s Agriculture Minister critical, CM visits him at hospital

Tamil Nadu’s Minister for Agriculture R. Doraikannu, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13, remains critical on ventilator and Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support at Kauvery Hospital.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, accompanied by ministers D. Jayakumar and C. Vijaya Baskar, visited the hospital on Sunday to enquire about his health condition and interacted with his family members.

A statement issued by the hospital on Sunday said that the minister, who is 72-years-old, has multiple comorbidities and his latest CT scans showed that 90 % of his lungs has been affected.

New Delhi

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for COVID-19

Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on October 25 said he has been tested positive for COVID-19 and will continue to work from isolation.

Mr. Das said he is asymptomatic and has alerted those who came in contact with him in recent days.

“I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright. Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days. Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone,” he tweeted.

Odisha

All Indians to get free COVID-19 vaccine, says Union Minister

Union Minister Pratap Sarangi on October 25 said that all Indians will be given free COVID-19 vaccine, amidst the demand by Opposition parties in the country for it and not only in poll-bound Bihar as announced by the BJP.

The BJP announcement of free COVID-19 vaccine for Bihar had kicked up a controversy with the Opposition parties tearing into the NDA government alleging that the ruling party was using the pandemic for political reasons.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the announcement was in order as it was an election manifesto announcement.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that all people will be provided vaccines free of cost. An estimated ₹500 will be spent on vaccination of each person,” Mr. Sarangi told reporters after addressing a campaign meeting for the November 3 Assembly bypoll in Balasore.

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