Highlights: Cases in Israel decline, govt eases curbs
Coronavirus cases across the world are set to cross the 40 million mark. Countries in Europe see a surge in daily cases.
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Coronavirus cases across the world continue to surge as the United States and European Union report large spikes. Researchers in the US attribute the rise of cases to dip in temperatures across the nation. California, Texas and Florida have been hit hard and saw a rise in daily cases as well as deaths due to Covid-19.
Nations in European Union have also seen a huge rise in the number of cases. Several nations like Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium and Germany have registered a record rise in daily cases. These countries’ daily case tally have been the highest in the last two days ever since the pandemic began. Leaders across EU nations have urged for a societal response.
India’s health ministry attributed the drop in number of cases and positivity rate to increased testing. India has recorded less than 70,000 cases in the past week but the number of daily fatalities has remained above 600.
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Israel sees decline in number of coronavirus cases
After imposing a second national lockdown, Israel has seen decline in cases. Israel's caseload slowed down four weeks after the lockdown.
India records 61,871 new cases in last 24 hours
India's case tally reached 7,494,551 with 61,871 fresh cases. India has recorded less than 70,000 cases throughout the week.
India records 1,033 deaths in last 24 hours
India's death toll due to Covid-19 reached 1,14,031 with 1,033 deaths in last 24 hours.
MoHFW says mass testing led to fall in number of cases
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said that the health authorities across the nation have increased testing which has led to a drop in number of cases.
#IndiaFightsCorona#Unite2FightCorona— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) October 18, 2020
India has exponentially scaled up its TESTING capacity from one in January to more than 9.32 cr at present.
The very high testing has resulted in the continuous falling POSITIVITY RATE.
It has now fallen below 8%. pic.twitter.com/HBhQuIfxkf
First published: Oct 18, 2020 08:40 IST