Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID: Women in informal sector redefine WFH, join COVID-19 battle through SHGs and cooperatives



Making sanitisers, stitching masks and running community kitchens and quarantine centres, thousands of women in rural and urban centres across India are doing their bit to combat COVID19 while keeping the home fires burning. Part of the informal sector, the army of women has been organised into an impactful workforce through selfhelp groups (SHGs) and cooperatives. Redefining the concept of WFH, an acronym born in the lockdown, the women have been working from their homes to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The work started slowly soon after the nationwide lockdown that started on March 25 and picked up as the weeks and months went by with the pandemic showing no signs of abating. Women at the Lok Swasthya Sewa Trust, a health cooperative in Ahmedabad, for instance, have produced nearly 40,000 bottles of sanitiser since March. Registered in 2005, the trust, promoted by SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) has over 1,800 women members, including informal workers from different trades and communities, and has been undertaking welfareoriented activities such as health education and childcare. #PTI

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID: Record 1.01 lakh single-day recoveries



A record 1,01,468 patients recovered from COVID-19 in a single day in India, pushing the cumulative recoveries to nearly 45 lakh and the recovery rate to 80.86 percent, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. India’s total COVID-19 recoveries have surged to 44,97,867, with 79 percent of these being reported from nine states and a UT Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal and Punjab.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: PM to chair COVID review meeting with CMs of seven high-burden states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level virtual meeting with chief ministers and health ministers of seven high-burden states on Wednesday to review the COVID-19 situation. These states are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab, an official statement said, noting that more than 63 per of the active cases in the country are concentrated in these seven states. They also account for 65.5 per cent of the total confirmed cases and 77 per cent of the total deaths.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Influenza vaccine does not increase COVID-19 risk, says study

Receiving the influenza vaccine does not increase a person’s risk for contracting COVID-19 or worsen associated conditions or mortality, according to a study. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, shows the flu vaccine is the single most important intervention to help stay healthy. Seasonal flu activity is unpredictable, and otherwise healthy people are hospitalised due to serious respiratory infection each year, the researchers said. It is even more important to receive the flu vaccination this year to help prevent a ‘twindemic’ of flu and COVID-19, they said. Researchers led by Joe Zein, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic in the US, analysed over 13,000 patients tested for COVID-19 between early March and mid-April.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,550 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 29 fresh deaths

The COVID-19 count in  Maharashtra’s Thane district has gone up to 1,60,253 with the addition of 1,550 new cases, an official said on Tuesday. The death toll has gone up to 4,172 after 29 patients succumbed to the disease in the district on Monday, he said. Among the new cases, 413 were reported from Kalyan town, 345 from Navi Mumbai and 340 from Thane city. The remaining cases were detected in other parts of the district. Thane city has till now reported the maximum 938 deaths, followed by Kalyan-773 and Navi Mumbai-703. Among the total COVID-19 cases, Kalyan (39,172) topped the list, followed by Navi Mumbai (33,491) and Thane city (33,203), the official said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 210 fresh cases take Arunachal’s COVID-19 tally to 7,595


Arunachal Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 7,595 on Tuesday as 210 more people, including 13 security personnel, tested positive for the disease, a health department official said. The Capital Complex region reported the highest number of new cases at 101, followed by Changlang at 18, Pakke Kessang at 12, Lower Siang at 11 and West Siang at 10, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pondy registers 493 new cases and six more deaths due to COVID-19


Puducherry posted 493 fresh cases of coronavirus and six related fatalities on Tuesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 23,684. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that six more people including four women died of the illness in government hospitals, pushing the toll to 473. The new cases were identified after examination of 5,580 people. While the fatality rate continued to remain at two percent, the recovery rate was 77.92 percent.

Airborne COVID-19: CDC guidelines now acknowledge virus can spread through air

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its website on Friday to say coronavirus can spread through respiratory droplets and airborne particles formed when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. “There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or fitness classes),” the page now says. According to the CDC, these particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Trump panicked in the face of COVID-19, says Biden


US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has slammed President Donald Trump over his handling of the coronavirus which has so far claimed over 200,000 lives with nearly 700,000 confirmed cases in the country. Biden, 77, and his running mate Kamala Harris are challenging incumbents President Trump, 74, and Vice President Mike Pence in the November 3 presidential election. “What worries me now is we have been living with this pandemic for so long; I worry we are risking becoming numb to the toll it has taken on us and our country and communities. We can’t let that happen. We can’t lose the ability to feel the sorrow and loss and the anger for so many lives lost,” Biden said at a rally in Wisconsin, a key swing state, on Monday. In the 2016 polls, Trump had won the state. Biden questioned Trump’s leadership based on how he handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2-month-old baby among 107 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram

As many as 107 more people, including a two-month-old baby, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, a health official said on Tuesday. The fresh infections have pushed the northeastern state’s coronavirus tally to 1,692, he said, adding all the new cases were reported in Aizawl. Apart from the infant, four other minors below the age of 17 are among the new patients, the official said. Mizoram now has 680 active coronavirus cases, while 1,012 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said. A total of 1,905 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the official said. The northeastern state had reported its first coronavirus case on March 24 when a 52-year-old pastor contracted the disease. He recovered after 45 days of treatment.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: More than 1 lakh recoveries in a day for the first time

– Highest dip in active cases 27,400 fewer cases than the previous day. With this active cases in India falls below 1 million (9.75 lakh)

– Fall in active cases for 4 days in a row

– More than 1 lakh recoveries in a day for the first time (1.01 lakh)

– 19 states report dip in active cases. Highest fall in Maharashtra, followed by Andhra Pradesh

– Lowest rise in new cases in the last 21 days (75k)

– Delhi deaths cross 5,000 (mortality rate 2 percent)

– New deaths have been above 1k for the last 21 days

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 1,321 new COVID-19 cases, 9 fresh fatalities


Jharkhand’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 72,673 on Tuesday as 1,321 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Nine more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the state’s coronavirus death toll to 626, he said. The state now has 13,504 active COVID-19 cases, while 58,543 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said. Jharkhand has tested 37,483 samples for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, he added.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 crosses 55.5 lakh; active cases fall below 10 lakh

COVID-19 India Updates:

Active cases fall by 27,438; recoveries rise by more than 1 lakh

Active cases see a fall for 4th straight day; today’s fall of 27,438 biggest ever

Recoveries continue to be more than total new cases for 4rd straight day in the last three days, active cases decline by 41,893

Recoveries increase by 1.01 lakh, biggest single-day increase ever

Rise in deaths above 1,000, but sees the lowest single-day rise in last 15 days

Deaths increase by 1,053 in last 24 hours

Total cases see an increase of 75,143, lowest single-day rise in last 21 days

Total cases at 55.62 lakh, active at 9.76 lakh, recoveries at 44.98 lakh & deaths at 8.935

Total tests back above 9 lakh; it’s at 9.33 lakh vs yesterday’s 7.31 lakh

Recovery rate approaches 81 percent; it’s at 80.86 percent vs yesterday’s 80.12 percent

Positivity rate below 18 percent; it’s at 17.54 percent vs yesterday’s 18.28 percent

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Allow Ramleelas with all precautions against COVID-19, says Delhi BJP’s Bidhuri to Union minister G Kishan Reddy


Senior Delhi BJP leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri met Union minister G Kishan Reddy on Monday and urged him to grant permission for staging Ramleela performances in the city with all precautions against COVID-19. Emotions and faith of the people have been associated with the Ramleela going on for years and its a special year with the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said. “Ground breaking ceremony for Ram Mandir was done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya and the construction work for a grand temple has been started. In this perspective, Ramleela is even more special this year,” Bidhuri, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Assam reports 16 more COVID deaths, 2,640 new cases


Sixteen more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Assam on Monday taking the death toll to 578, while 2,640 new positive cases pushed the tally to 1,59,320, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Sarma also said that 1,795 patients recovered from coronavirus during the day, taking the total number of people who have been cured of the disease to 1,29,130.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: West Bengal reports record 62 COVID-19 fatalities, death toll


West Bengal reported 62 COVID-19 fatalities on Monday, the highest single-day spike so far, pushing the death toll to 4,421, a bulletin released by the health department said. The state’s caseload climbed to 2,28,302 with 3,165 new infections, it said. A total of 3,011 people recovered from the disease since Sunday, bettering the discharge rate to 87.16 per cent, the bulletin said. The total number of recoveries stood at 1,98,983. The metropolis accounted for 19 deaths, while 14 fatalities were registered from Howrah and North 24 Parganas districts, it said. Out of the 62 deaths, 48 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental, the department said. The fresh cases include 528 from Kolkata, North 24 Parganas (515), Howrah (210) and South 24 Parganas (190). The state has tested a total of 28,33,831 samples for COVID-19, including 43,313 in the past 24 hours, the bulletin added.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pune COVID-19 cases cross 2.54 lakh; 76 die


The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra’s Pune district rose to 2,54,506 with the addition of 2,338 new cases in the last 24 hours, a health official said on Monday. The overall death toll rose by 76 to 5,774, he said. “Of the 2,338 fresh cases, 884 cases were reported from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) areas and 655 cases were added from Pimpri Chinchwad area,” he said. A total of 1,256 patients were discharged after treatment. The tally of patients from PMC limits now stands at 1,32,665 while the number of patients from Pimpri Chinchwad is 70,827. The number of cases in rural, civil hospital and Pune cantonment board areas increased to 51,014, he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE: Parliament passes bill to punish those attacking healthcare workers

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed legislation that provides for up to seven years in jail for those attacking healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus or during any situation akin to the current pandemic. The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020, will replace an ordinance issued in April by the government. The Rajya Sabha has already passed the bill on Saturday. With the Lok Sabha giving its nod, it will soon become an act, which is going to amend 123-year-old legislation. The government had brought the ordinance on April 22 to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, to make incidents of violence on health workers treating COVID-19 patients a non-bailable offence, with provisions of a penalty and a jail term of up to seven years. The bill intends to ensure that during any situation akin to the current pandemic, there is zero-tolerance to any form of violence against healthcare personnel and damage to property.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra adds 15,738 COVID-19 cases; record 32,007 recover, 344 die


Maharashtra on Monday reported a record number of 32,007 recoveries from COVID-19 infection even as 15,738 new cases took the total count of infections in the state to 12,24,380, the health department said. The number of recovered persons in the state has reached 9,16,348, it said, adding that the case recovery rate stands at 74.84 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.7 percent. With 344 people succumbing to the infection, the cumulative toll crossed the 33,000 mark and reached 33,015, it said. The number of new cases in the day was significantly lower compared to 20,598 additions on Sunday. The state now has 2,74,623 active cases. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally is as follows: Positive cases: 12,24,380; new cases 15,738; deaths: 33,015; discharged 9,16,348; active cases: 2,74,623; people tested so far: 59,12,258.

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