Coronavirus Live Updates: Spike in cases due to aggressive contact tracing & testing, says Delhi Health Minister

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Spike in cases is due to aggressive contact tracing & testing: Delhi Health Minister

Around 35% per cent of our beds are occupied. Spike in cases is due to aggressive contact tracing & testing. Until there is a vaccine, masks should be considered as vaccine. If you wear masks, it’ll protect you from pollution & COVID-19 both: Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain

86 lakh or 40% of total calls received by CHILDLINE were ‘silent calls’

  • Forty per cent of calls received by CHILDLINE helpline number ‘1098’ since 2018 were “silent calls”, an official said, indicating that in many cases these may have been “muted” cries for help from people who could not muster the courage to report abuse or violence at that time.
  • In a “silent call” the receiver can hear background noise, but the caller, who remains on the line, does not speak, the official, who is with the service, said.

Gujarat: PM Modi to inaugurate Sardar Patel Zoological Park in Kevadia, Narmada district today.

Japan crosses 100,000 Covid-19 cases

  • Japan’s coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January, the health ministry said on Friday.
  • The country confirmed 808 new cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative COVID-19 cases to 100,334, including 712 people who were on a cruise ship that was docked off a Japanese port earlier this year.

AIIMS Bhubaneswar OPD services to reopen from November 2

  • After keeping its Out Patient Department (OPD) services closed for over three months, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar has decided to open the facility for patients from November 2.
  • The OPD was closed from July 10 due to COVID pandemic except for day-care services, radiotherapy, dialysis, trauma and the emergency and lifesaving surgery and IPD services.

Chhattisgarh: One ITBP jawan injured in an IED blast

One Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan of 53rd battalion’s Charlie company injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxalites in Narayanpur. Injured jawan rushed to the hospital. ITBP jawans were patrolling Kohkameta-Kachhapal road in the area when the IED exploded.

Gandhinagar: PM Modi meets the family members of brothers Mahesh and Naresh Kanodia who passed away recently.

Mahesh Kanodia was a musician and former BJP MP from Gujarat, while Naresh Kanodia was an actor.

Maharasthra: Trading resumes at onion wholesale market in Nashik after 4 days.

Traders were protesting against the stock limit imposed by the central government.

PM Modi pays last tribute to Keshubhai Patel in Gandhinagar

Keshubhai Patel was the former Chief Minister of Gujarat. He passed away yesterday.

PM Modi pays last tribute to Keshubhai Patel in Gandhinagar

France back in coronavirus lockdown as US surges to daily record

  • France headed into a second lockdown on Friday as the resurgent coronavirus pandemic hit new heights in the United States with a daily record of more than 90,000 cases, just five days before the presidential election.
  • From midnight, France’s 65 million population were largely confined to their homes, needing written statements to leave, in the latest drastic measure to curb a disease that has infected more than 44.5 million worldwide and killed nearly 1.2 million.

Delhi’s air quality ‘very poor’, likely to improve by Saturday

Munger firing incident is an attack on Hindutva: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

If such an incident were to happen in Maharashtra, West Bengal or Rajasthan, governors & BJP leaders would have demanded President’s rule. So, why is Bihar governor & BJP leaders not raising questions?: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

Task force sees ‘unrelenting’ COVID-19 spread; daily U.S. cases up by record 91,000

The White House coronavirus task force warned that much of the country is in the grips of an “unrelenting” surge in COVID-19 cases and urged tough countermeasures, as the number of U.S. infections reported on Thursday hit a new daily record of more than 91,000.

Sensex jumps over 200 pts in early trade; Nifty tops 11,700

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Ahmedabad.

He is on a 2-day visit to Gujarat.

World COVID-19 caseload nears 45 million

  • The Global COVID-19 caseload nears the 45 million mark while the fatalities due to the virus globally stand at 1.18 million deaths, as per the latest updates by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
  • According to the university’s tracker, the global caseload stands at 44,942,003 while 1,180,277 patients have succumbed to the disease worldwide.
  • The tracker reported that as many as 30,236,155 patients have recovered from the disease.

Telangana Covid-19 tally

Telangana recorded 1,531 COVID-19 new cases, 1,048 recoveries and 6 deaths on 29th October, taking total cases to 2,37,187 including 2,17,401 recoveries, 1,330 deaths and 18,456 active cases: State Health Department, Govt of Telangana

India’s Covid-19 tally

  • With 48,648 new COVID-19 infections, India’s total cases surge to 80,88,851.
  • With 563 new deaths, toll mounts to 1,21,090.
  • Total active cases are 5,94,386 after a decrease of 9301 in last 24 hrs.
  • Total cured cases are 73,73,375 with 57,386 new discharges in last 24 hrs.

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch.
  • With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo was visiting Hanoi on Friday ostensibly to celebrate 25 years of U.S.-Vietnam relations. But as he has at his previous stops in India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia, Pompeo is expected to highlight the Trump administration’s antipathy toward China, its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its human rights record and aggressiveness towards its smaller neighbours.

Covid-19 tests

Total 10,77,28,088 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 29th October. Of these 11,64,648 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Tamil Nadu CM, his deputy among several leaders pay tribute to freedom fighter Muthuramalingam

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam among several dignitaries observed Muthuramalingam Guru Pooja in Pasumpon village on Friday.
  • Leaders of the opposition also paid tributes to freedom fighter Muthuramalingam Thevar on his birth anniversary, marked as Guru Pooja.

NDRF inducts indigenous dog breeds for rescue operations

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has now started to train dogs of indigenous breeds as part of the force’s dog squad, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vocal for local” initiative.

NDRF inducts indigenous dog breeds for rescue operations

New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia but not marijuana

  • New Zealanders have voted in favour of legalising euthanasia in a binding referendum. But in preliminary results they were rejecting a measure to legalize marijuana.
  • With about 83% of votes counted, New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with 65% voting in favour and 34% voting against.
  • The “no” vote on marijuana was much closer, with 53% voting against legalising it and 46% voting in favour. That left open a slight chance the measure could still pass once all special votes were counted next week, although it would require a huge swing.

Holy dip

Prayagraj: Devotees gather at Triveni Sangam to offer prayers and take a holy dip in river Ganga on ‘Sharad Purnima’ today.

Holy dip

India’s Covid positivity rate at 7.54%: Ministry of Health

India has exponentially scaled up its testing capacity from one in January to more than 10.65 crore at present. The very high testing has resulted in the continuously falling positivity rate. It is 7.54% presently: Ministry of Health

Air pollution continues to rise in Delhi as Air Quality Index deteriorates

Two prominent Indian-Americans among Joe Biden’s core advisers

  • Two prominent Indian-Americans are among Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “core advisers” who have been guiding him on issues ranging from the coronavirus pandemic, economic recovery to foreign policy and climate change, a media report said.
  • Among those advising him on the pandemic are Dr Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General who was appointed by President Barack Obama and Harvard economist Raj Chetty is among those who have briefed Biden on economic issues, the report said.

Single-use plastic to be banned in Ambala from November 1

India, US hold consultations, agree to work closely at UNSC

  • Washington: India and the US held consultations on issues related to the UN Security Council here on October 28-29 and agreed to work closely during India’s upcoming term as a non-permanent member of UNSC during 2021-22.
  • The two countries also agreed to work closely together given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule-based international order.

Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam

  • A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country on Thursday after setting off landslides, sinking boats and knocking out power to at least 1.7 million people.
  • At least 35 people were killed and more than 50 were missing, state media said.

Ex-embassy worker suspected of sexually assaulting 24 women

  • A former US embassy worker in Mexico is believed to have drugged and sexually assaulted as many as two dozen women, filming many of them while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors.
  • Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested earlier this month in San Diego, where he had moved after leaving his job in June. He has been charged in one case involving an alleged assault on May 31 and prosecutors say they anticipate more charges involving 23 other women.

US, China launch first crisis communications working group

  • Amid the growing tensions, US and China completed two-day virtual conference to inaugurate the first Crisis Communications Working Group between the two nations on Thursday (local time).
  • The meeting provided an opportunity to build mutual understanding between the US military and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on principles to prevent and manage crisis and reduce risk to forces.

Paytm, Google representatives appear before house panel on personal data protection bill

  • Representatives of Paytm and Google on Thursday appeared before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) which is deliberating upon the various facets of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.
  • The JPC pooled ideas and detailed information from the representatives of these companies concerning consumer’s data protection.

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Over 60% voting in first phase of elections for 3 municipalities in Rajasthan

  • A total of 60.42 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first phase of polling in the municipal corporations of the state’s Jaipur Heritage, Jodhpur North and Kota North municipalities.
  • The highest voting percentage was observed in Kota North Municipal Corporation, where 65.12 per cent voters cast their votes.

No locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Taiwan in 200 days

  • At a time when the world is reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan in an astounding feat has gone 200 days without a locally transmitted case.
  • According to the US media report, among the 23 million people, the country has had 550 confirmed cases and seven fatalities even as the virus continues to spread across the world.

WHO: Europe now has more than 10 million COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization’s Europe director said Thursday that the 54-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed cases, with more than 1.5 confirmed last week and more than 10 million since the start of the pandemic.

Terrorists kill three BJP workers in J-K’s Kulgam

Terrorists fired upon three BJP workers identified as Fida Hussain Yatoo, Umer Rashid Beigh and Umer Ramzan Hajam in YK Pora, Kulgam on Thursday. They were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment where they were declared as brought dead, Jammu and Kashmir Police said.

Walmart removes guns, ammunition on display at US stores

Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its US stores, citing “civil unrest” in some areas. The nation’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores.

Water sports begin with enthusiasm at Dal Lake maintaining COVID-19 safety norms

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