Just IN: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar tested COVID-19 positive. He is admitted in a hospital in Mumbai.

Coronavirus in Jharkhand LIVE Updates: About 258 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Jharkhand, pushing the state’s coronavirus caseload to 99,686 on Monday, a health official said. The death toll in the state rose 866 with two more fatalities reported from Ranchi and East Singhbhum district. (Source: PTI)

Latest Updates: India on Monday reported its lowest single-day spikes in total coronavirus infection tally and death toll in over three months. While the daily jump of 45,148 in total count was the lowest since July 22, the 480 Covid-19 fatalities reported on Monday were the fewest in a day since July 10.

Active cases across the country, meanwhile, saw another net reduction of 14,437 to 653,717 – the lowest total since August 13, and 36 percent lower than the September 18 peak of 1,017,754. And, 59,105 more cured cases in a day took the country’s count of recovered patients to 7,137,228, or 90.23 percent of all reported infections.

1,368 new cases, 25 deaths reported in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 count rose to 1,75,959 on Sunday after 1,368 people were found

infected, while the number of patients who have recovered in the state crossed the 1.50 lakh-mark and reached 1,50,398, an official said.

Meghalaya health minister tests positive for COVID-19

Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek has tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing home isolation, an official said on Sunday. Hek is the second minister in the state to have contracted the disease. Earlier, power minister James P K Sangma was diagnosed with the infection.

UN chief says COVID-19 is ‘the greatest crisis of our age’

The head of the United Nations said on Sunday that the COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our age”. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened an online session of the World Health Summit with a call for worldwide solidarity in the global crisis and demanded that developed countries support health systems in countries that are short of resources.

Israel to start human trials of COVID vaccine on November 1

Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) will start human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Brilife from November 1 after receiving all necessary approvals from the Ministry of Health and the Helsinki Committee, the Israeli Defence Ministry said.The Helsinki Committee deals with research approval and human experiments.

U.S. sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in past two days

The United States has seen its highest ever number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, keeping the pandemic a top election issue as Vice President Mike Pence travels the country to campaign despite close aides testing positive.

The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, close to the previous day’s record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally. 

So far in October, 29 states have set records for increases in new cases, including five considered key in the Nov. 3 presidential election: Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Hospitals are strained in several states including North Dakota, which is the hardest hit based on recent new cases per capita, according to a Reuters analysis.

Asia shares make guarded gains, virus breaks new records: Asian shares got off to a subdued start on Monday as surging coronavirus cases in Europe and the United states threatened the global outlook, while China’s leaders meet to ponder the future of the economic giant. The United States has seen its highest ever number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, while France also set unwanted case records and Spain announced a state of emergency.  That combined with no clear progress on a U.S. stimulus package to pull S&P 500 futures down 0.3 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.1 percent, but remained short of its recent 31-month peak. Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.2 percent, and South Korea’s main index was up 0.4 percent. (Inputs: Reuters)

AstraZeneca resumes COVID-19 vaccine trial in US; Johnson & Johnson prepares for the same

AstraZeneca has resumed the U.S. trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by regulators, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is preparing to resume its trial on Monday or Tuesday, the companies said on Friday.

The news signaled progress against the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 41 million globally, including 8 million Americans and comes 10 days before a U.S. presidential election that may hinge on plans to fight the pandemic.

AstraZeneca, one of the leading vaccine developers, paused its U.S. trial on September 6 after a report of a serious neurological illness, believed to be transverse myelitis, in a participant in the company’s UK trial. J&J paused its large, late-stage trial last week after a study participant became ill.

Both companies have contracts to provide vaccine to the United States and other governments if they are cleared by regulators. Read more here

Last Night Update: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Sunday said he has been tested positive for COVID-19 and will continue to work from isolation. Das said he is asymptomatic and has alerted those who came in contact with him in recent days. In his tweet, he said, “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 Deputy Governor and other officers through video call and telephone.”

Vaccine Update: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that all people will be provided vaccines free of cost in India. An estimated Rs 500 will be spent on vaccination of each person,” Union Minister of State Pratap Sarangi said. Meanwhile,  Israel’s Institute for Biological Research announced on Sunday that researchers would begin human testing for its coronavirus vaccine candidate next week.

Welcome to our COVID-19 live blog!

I am Mousumi Paul from the desk team of CNBC-TV18 and I will be taking you through all the ive updates on the coronavirus front. In the recent news, the  global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 43,323,383. While 31,897,079 have recovered, 1,158,807 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 8,889,179 cases. It is followed by India, which has 7,909,049 cases, Brazil (5,394,128) and Russia (1,513,877).

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 New LIVE Updates: Gujarat reports 919 new COVID-19 cases; 963 recover, seven die

Gujarat reported 919 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the overall infection count in the state to 1,67,173, the health department said. This is the second time within a week the number of new cases in a day came down to three digits. On October 19, the state had reported 996 cases, dropping below the 1,000-mark for the first time in nearly three months. With the death of seven more COVID-19 patients, the number of fatalities rose to 3,689, the department said in a release. A total of 963 patients recovered from the infection during the day, taking the count of patients discharged from hospitals in the state to 1,49,548, it said. With this, the state’s recovery rate further improved to 89.46 per cent. A total of 51,370 tests were conducted in the state in the last 24 hours, which pushed the test count further to 57,42,742. The number of active cases in the state stands at 13,936, with the condition of 65 patients being critical.

Coronavirus New LIVE Updates: Italy orders bars, restaurants to close early as COVID infections surge

Italy on Sunday ordered bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m. and shut public gyms, cinemas and swimming pools to try to halt a rapid resurgence in the coronavirus that has pushed daily infection rates to new records. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the measures were aimed at protecting both public health and the economy and should allow the rising curve of the epidemic to be brought under control in the next few weeks. “We think that we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December,” he told a news conference. Italy, once the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the industrialised world, has been overtaken by others in Europe including Spain, France and Britain, but infection rates have been rebounding rapidly and health services have come under increasing pressure.

Coronavirus New LIVE Updates: COVID-19 cases hit new record in the Netherlands, up by more than 10,000

The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 10,000 in 24 hours, hitting a new record, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) on Sunday showed. The RIVM reported 10,203 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Dutch government imposed partial lockdown measures to contain the spread of the virus on Oct. 14, including the closure of all bars and restaurants in the country.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 28 deaths, 2,052 fresh coronavirus cases in UP

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 6,882 on Sunday with 28 more fatalities while 2,052 fresh cases pushed the state’s infection tally to 4,70,270, an official said. The maximum eight deaths were reported from Lucknow, followed by three in Allahabad and two each from Varanasi and Ballia, a health bulletin said. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, maximum 857 deaths have been reported from Lucknow, 724 from Kanpur and 322 from Allahabad, it said. Among the fresh cases, the maximum 310 were reported from Lucknow, 133 from Meerut, 128 from Ghaziabad and 110 from Allahabad, the bulletin added. “In the past 24 hours, 2,052 fresh cases have been reported while 2,368 patients were discharged in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has tested positive for the coronavirus, he tweeted on Sunday.

2,052 fresh COVID-19 cases take UP’s tally to 4,70,270; death toll 6,882

The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 6,882 on Sunday with 28 more fatalities, while 2,052 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,70,270, an official said. “In past 24 hours, 2,052 fresh cases were reported while 2,368 patients were discharged in the same period. “The number of active cases has now come down to 27,317 and the number of those getting discharged from hospitals after recovery stands at 4,36,071,” Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.The recovery rate of the state has gone up to 93.72 per cent, he said.

Europe becomes second region to cross 250,000 deaths as second COVID wave hits

Europe became the second region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with record numbers of daily COVID-19 infections reported in the past two weeks. Europe reported 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, as many Southern European countries this week reported their highest number of cases in a single day. Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases, according to a Reuters tally.

Global COVID-19 cases top 42.5 million: Johns Hopkins University

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 42.5 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,148,940, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,532,198, while the death toll surged to 1,148,943, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

India reacted early and well on COVID-19, has potential to shape global agenda: WEF’s Founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab

Bullish on India’s power to shape the global agenda, the WEF’s Founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab has said the country’s early policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic was strong and now its biggest opportunity lies in leapfrogging to a more digital and sustainable economy. He further said he remains optimistic about India and as the country continues its quest to build “a stronger and more equal nation, the world will watch it for inspiration.” “With its demographic advantage and extensive diversity, India has the power to shape the global agenda and define our collective future,” Schwab told

Coronavirus in West Bengal LIVE Updates: West Bengal on Saturday reported the highest single-day discharge of 3,753 COVID-19 patients, taking the total number of recovered people to 3,02,340, the health department said in a bulletin.

The discharge rate is now 87.49 percent.

The coronavirus tally in the state rose to 3,45,574 after 4,148 people tested positive for the disease, while 59 fresh fatalities pushed the death count to 6,427, it said. The number of active cases is now 36,807.

US sees record Covid-19 numbers for second day straight: The United States saw a record high number of new daily COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row on Saturday, figures from Johns Hopkins University showed, as warnings grew over its spread.

The country reported 88,973 new infections between 8:30 pm Friday and 8:30 pm Saturday, the figures showed, substantially above the previous day’s 79,963.

A total of 8,568,625 cases have been reported in the United States with 224,751 deaths, the highest in the world in absolute terms.

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