Coronavirus India lockdown Day 193 live updates | Karnataka Education Minister tests positive for coronavirus

A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a man inside his shop during a door-to-door survey for COVID-19 in Gujarat.

A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a man inside his shop during a door-to-door survey for COVID-19 in Gujarat.

Data for the 14-day period from September 17 to 30 suggests that India may have crossed the peak of COVID-19 caseload, a report by the economic division of the Finance Ministry has noted.

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Here are the latest updates:

New Delhi

DBT’s THSTI recognised as global bioassay laboratory to assess COVID-19 vaccine by CEPI

The Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) has now been recognised by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) as one of the global network of laboratories for a centralised assessment of COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) said on Monday.

The mandate of the bioassay laboratory at the Faridabad-based THSTI, a premier research institute under the DBT, is to provide validated assays for vaccine development at par with global standards.

The CEPI network will initially involve six laboratories, one each in Canada, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Bangladesh and India. Under the CEPI global network, the laboratories will use the same reagents and follow a common set of protocols to measure the immune response of multiple vaccine candidates under development and trial.

The Ind-CEPI mission for the establishment of a BSL-3 facility is a translational laboratory for platform technologies and a bioassay laboratory for development of assays to measure clinical immunogenicity. - PTI


Tamannaah Bhatia tests positive for COVID-19, says being discharged from hospital

Actor Tamannaah Bhatia on Monday said she was being discharged from a Hyderabad hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and will now self quarantine.

The “Baahubali” star was shooting for a project when she developed mild fever and eventually underwent a COVID-19 test last week. In a statement, Bhatia, 30, said she feels “relatively well” now.

“Although my team and I have been very disciplined on set, I unfortunately succumbed to a mild fever last week. After undertaking the mandatory tests, I was diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. I admitted myself into a private hospital in Hyderabad to mitigate adverse health outcomes and after being under the care of expert medical professionals I am now being discharged,” the actor said. In August, Bhatia’s parents had tested positive for COVID-19. - PTI


Karnataka Education Minister tests positive for coronavirus

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar on Monday said he has quarantined himself at home after testing positive for coronavirus.

“I will be home quarantined for a few days on the advice of doctors after testing positive for COVID-19.There is no panic as there are no symptoms,” the minister tweeted.

He was among those ministers who had attended the recent Assembly session.

Many others who had attended the session tested positive including Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, senior Congress leaders H.K. Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao.


New Delhi

COVID-19: Containment zones in Delhi goes past 2,700

The number of containment zones in the national capital has gone past 2,700 with increase in tests to detect coronavirus infection, according to official data.

According to revenue department data, the number of containment zones had gone up to 2,707 by Sunday.

The number went up from 1,751 on September 17 to over 2,000 on September 24.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said last week that the increase in the number of containment zones is a part of Delhi’s strategy to tackle the spread of the virus.

“We tripled the number of tests and those who tested positive were isolated in small zones to contain the spread. We knew we would have to do it aggressively for two to four weeks and we are seeing positive results now as the cases are declining,” he had said last week.



30% restaurants, bars in Maharashtra to re-open immediately; rest will open gradually

Even as the industry rejoices reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility, as the lockdown continues till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a gradual process over the month, the industry said.

“The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month,” Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty said in a statement.

He said Mumbai restaurants are allowed to operate with only 33% capacity and a lot of them are facing shortage of staff due to the problem of mobility. Echoing the view, Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association president Shivanand Shetty said customers were supportive and patient as the standard operating procedures were carried out to ensure their, as well as the staff’s safety. - PTI

New Delhi

At campaign launch, Arvind Kejriwal says polluted air can be life threatening in view of COVID-19

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a mega anti-air pollution campaign on Monday, saying polluted air can be life-threatening in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the campaign 'Yuddh Pradushan ke Viruddh,' separate plans have been prepared for each of the 13 pollution hotspots in the city, Mr. Kejriwal said during a digital press conference.

Polluted air can be life-threatening in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both affect lungs, he said. Mr. Kejriwal added that a war room was being set up to monitor all anti-pollution measures being taken by his government. "The government was also preparing a Green Delhi mobile application," he said.

"Using it, people can bring pollution-causing activities such as garbage burning or industrial pollution, to our notice. There will be a deadline to address complaints. I will get a daily report about resolved and pending grievances," the Chief Minister said. - PTI


Complaint filed against Odisha Minister, MLA for violating corona guidelines

A police complaint was lodged against two lawmakers of the ruling BJD, one of them a Minister of the Naveen Patnaik Cabinet, in Puri on Monday for allegedly violating COVID-19 protocol during the cremation of ex-MLA Pradeep Maharathy.

It was lodged by the Jagannath Sena, a local outfit, who alleged that the Minister and the MLA had attended the cremation of Maharathy, who died on Sunday, despite testing positive for COVID-19. The complaint was lodged at the Sea Beach Police station in the pilgrim town against Odisha Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash and BJD MLA Umakanta Samantray, the police said.

Both of them had tested positive for COVID-19 and violated the guidelines by coming out of their homes or hospital isolation before the completion of the stipulated 21 days, the outfit’s convenor Priyadarshan Patnaik said. - PTI


Schools must ensure smooth transition from home-based schooling to formal schooling: Education Ministry

The Education Ministry released guidelines on Monday for reopening schools, which included thorough cleaning and disinfection of premises, flexibility in attendance, no assessment for up to three weeks and ensuring smooth transition from home-based schooling during COVID-19 lockdown to formal schooling.

It also asked States and Union Territories to frame their own Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for health and safety precautions based on their local requirements.

“Schools must arrange and implement for thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, furniture, equipment, stationery, storage places, water tanks, kitchens, canteen, washroom, laboratories, libraries, on school campus and ensure air flow in indoor space,” the ministry said in a set of guidelines for gradual reopening of schools from October 15.

“Schools may be encouraged to make their own SOPs based on the guidelines issued by states and UTs, keeping in view the safety and physical or social distancing norms, and ensuring that the notices, posters, messages, communication to parents in this regard are prominently displayed and disseminated,” it said.

The Ministry recommended that schools adopt flexible attendance and sick leave policies.


Uttar Pradesh

Ex-Union Minister Rasheed Masood dies of post-COVID complications

Former Union Minister and five-time Lok Sabha MP Rasheed Masood died on Monday at a Roorkee hospital where he had been admitted for the management of post-COVID-19 complications, his nephew said. He was 73.

Masood’s nephew Imran Masood told PTI that his uncle Rasheed Masood had tested positive for the coronavirus infection some time back and had undergone treatment at a Delhi hospital. He had even recovered from the infection there and had returned to Saharanpur, said Imran, himself a former MLA in Uttar Pradesh.

His condition, however, deteriorated again a few days ago and he was admitted to a nursing home in Roorkee where he died on Monday morning, said Imran. Masood was the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare with independent charge in the National Front government led by V.P. Singh. Masood had been a five-time member of the Lok Sabha, representing Saharanpur for a total period of 17 years. - PTI


Lithuania foreign minister self-isolates after French visit

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius will spend a week in isolation after having been in contact with two infected people who were part of the French delegation during last week’s visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, an official said Monday.

Mr. Linkevicius has been tested for COVID-19 and authorities were waiting for the results to come back, said Rasa Jakilaitiene, a spokeswoman for the minister. The minister feels perfectly OK. He will remain in self-isolation and will work from home for the rest of the week,” Ms. Jakilaitiene told The Associated Press .

“We are waiting for the test results (and) the ministry building was being disinfected." French Embassy spokesman Sami Fisek told the AP that two people with the diplomatic mission in Vilnius had tested positive. He declined to identify them. Both were part of the delegation that took part in the September 28-29 visit.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Mr. Macron had contact with the two infected people or if he has been tested. The whole delegation coming from Paris tested negative before leaving as requested by the Lithuanian authorities and all necessary precautions were respected during the visit,” said Mr. Fisek, adding they kept their distance and wore face masks. Mr. Fisek confirmed that the diplomatic mission in the Lithuanian capital was temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 cases as of Sunday. - AP


Karnataka prohibits strike by doctors, health staff

The Karnataka government has prohibited strikes, non-cooperation and any other form of disobedience by public servants and health workers engaged in providing health services related to COVID-19.

Chief Secretary of the State T.M. Vijay Bhaskar passed an Order to this effect on Sunday in the wake of doctors, paramedics and health workers on government job or hired on contractual basis going on strike and threatening to stop work.

In the Order, the Chief Secretary said, ” Chairman of the State Executive Committee, I hereby prohibit strikes, non-cooperation, disobeying or refusal to work related to health services; non-submission of reports, non-compliance to the orders issued by the higher authorities by any public servant, health personnel...”

The order comes in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the State. As on Sunday evening, cumulatively there were 6.41 lakh infections and 9,286 fatalities. Last week saw daily infections peaking over 10,000 cases. - PTI


WHO: 10% of world’s people may have been infected with virus

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said on Monday its best estimates indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus — more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases — and warned of a difficult period ahead.

Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking to a special session of the WHO’s 34-member executive board focussing on COVID-19, said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means the vast majority of the world remains at risk.

He said the pandemic would continue to evolve, but that tools exist to suppress transmission and save lives. Many deaths have been averted and many more lives can be protected,” Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said southeast Asia faced a surge in cases, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean were seeing an increase in deaths, while the situations in Africa and the Western Pacific were rather more positive.

The estimate — which would amount to more than 760 million people based on a current world population of about 7.6 billion — far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide. - AP


Active cases maintained below 10-lakh mark for two weeks

For straight two weeks, India has maintained a steady trend of recording less than 10 lakh active COVID-19 cases while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 55,86,703, pushing the recovery rate to 84.34%, the Health Ministry said.

The Centre-led strategies of ‘test, track, trace and treat’ have been followed by State governments and Union Territory administrations as part of the “whole of government” approach.

Early identification of cases through aggressive and accessible countrywide testing combined with other measures such as prompt and efficient tracking and tracing of contacts have borne results, the ministry said.

The Centre has issued a standard treatment protocol that has ensured a standard of treatment and cure across various public and private hospitals and health facilities. - PTI

United Kingdom

Huge questions for U.K. government after virus cases triple in days

The British government faced huge questions on Monday over its coronavirus testing system after a big increase in the number of positive cases over the weekend that was blamed on a technical glitch. The main opposition Labour Party has asked the government why the cases were not tabulated when they should have been.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to make a statement to lawmakers later Monday. Public health officials revealed on Sunday that 15,841 virus cases were not tabulated from September 25 to October 2. While all of those who tested positive were informed of the results, authorities were not able to trace and notify the people they had come in contact with, Public Health England said.

The government said the technical issue was discovered on Friday night and has now been resolved. The previously unreported cases were added to the government’s daily figures over the weekend, boosting new cases to 12,872 on Saturday and 22,961 on Sunday. That compares with about 7,000 cases on each of the previous four days. - PTI

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Marina beach to remain closed till Oct. 31

Marina beach will not be opened to the public till October 31 as the Tamil Nadu government has extended the lockdown, Greater Chennai Corporation told Madras High Court on Monday.

The Court, on September 29, had asked the Corportation when it intended to allow the public to access the Marina beach and then finalise the tenders for procuring and distributing new pushcarts to the vendors after regulating their presence through issuance of identity cards.

Addressing the Corportation's Counsel, Justice Vineet Kothari had said that he personally did not see any reason why the beach should be kept out of bounds when the government had relaxed the lockdown to a great extent and allowed people to access almost all commercial spaces. He, however, made it clear that it was up to the Corporation to take a final call.


Bharat Biotech, ViroVax sign licensing agreement

Coronavirus vaccine Covaxin will use adjuvant Alhydroxiquim-II to boost immune response and longer lasting immunity.

The technology is being used under a licensing agreement with Kansas-based ViroVax, said Bharat Biotech, which is currently conducting phase II human trials of Covaxin.

Andhra Pradesh

Pregnant worker killed, patient hurt in a roof collapse incident at COVID Hospital

A 30-year-old woman worker, who was two months pregnant, was killed on the spot and a 70-year-old COVID-19 patient was critically injured, when the roof of a floor under construction at an extension building collapsed on them at the SVIMS Padmavathi COVID Hospital in Tirupati on Sunday night.

According to sources, the deceased Ms. Radhika was moving a newly arrived COVID patient into a ward when a part of the roof with granite blocks fell on her, killing her on the spot, and injuring the patient, whose condition is said to be serious.


Shivamogga MLA tests COVID positive

Shivamogga Rural MLA K.B. Ashok Naik has tested positive for COVID-19 infection. He is now under home quarantined.

The BJP MLA, on his social media account, said he underwent the COVID-19 test at Mc Gann Hospital in Shivamogga on Sunday. Mr. Naik said that all those who came in contact with him recently should get tested for the infection.


Handlooms across Karnataka are now weaving a sad tale



Delhi schools to remain shut till Oct. 31: Sisodia

Refuting reports of partial reopening of schools in Delhi in the wake of fresh guidelines by the Centre, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, on Sunday tweeted that all schools in Delhi will remain shut till October 31 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre had announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu

It is all work and little or no pay for ASHA workers in Tamil Nadu

A group of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers are seen at a containment zone. File

A group of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers are seen at a containment zone. File


Every day, Malar (name changed) has to take an 8-km walk on an unmotorable stretch to reach a tribal hamlet. This has been her area of work for almost a decade. An ASHA (accredited social-health activist) worker, Ms. Malar neither minds the daily walk nor the distance; she carries out the many health-related tasks assigned to her. But what worries her is the poor pay and lack of recognition.

For hundreds of ASHA workers like Ms. Malar, it is a long wait for better pay. Even as their fight for minimum pay continues — their performance-based incentive is ₹1,500-₹2,000 a month — many of them have not received any amount in the last three to four months. The authorities have cited “insufficient funds” as reason for the same.



Doctors update families on patients’ health via videos

A file photo of health workers walking along the corridor of an ICU ward for COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Bengaluru.

A file photo of health workers walking along the corridor of an ICU ward for COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Bengaluru.


The isolation of COVID-19 patients is traumatic not just for those afflicted by the virus, but also for family members who are unable to care for their loved ones and are dependent on the hospital authorities to keep them updated at all times. With hospitals restricting visiting hours even for non-COVID-19 patients as a precautionary measure, there have been an increasing number of complaints from people that they are being kept in the dark about the health status of their family members after hospitalisation.

In an attempt to address this, many private hospitals in Bengaluru have started making short videos of their patients, which they send to families to keep them updated on treatment plans, how the person is responding, etc.



COVID-19 cases in India breach 66-lakh mark

India’s COVID-19 caseload went past 66 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 55,86,703 pushing the recovery rate to 84.34%, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 66,23,815 with 74,442 people testing positive for the infection in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,02,685 with the virus claiming 903 lives in a span of 24 hours,the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

There are 9,34,427 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 14.11% of the total caseload, the data stated. The COVID-19 case fatality was recorded at 1.55%. - PTI


Finance Ministry says COVID-19 past peak, predicts growth

India’s COVID-19 infections may have already peaked last month, setting the stage for a “further push up the frontiers of economic recovery”, the Union Finance Ministry said on Sunday, listing several indicators from September that “allude to a steady recovery across almost all sectors”.

The economic division of the Finance Ministry has pointed to several green shoots from the months of August and September, which combined with the healthy monsoon, augur well for a recovery after India’s growth slipped by 23.9% in the first quarter of 2020-21.


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