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Highlights: New York City to fine those refusing to wear mask amid Covid surge

During a joint-press briefing of the Union health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) this afternoon, ICMR’s second Sero Survey report showed that a considerable population is still vulnerable to Covid-19 in India.

By Harshit Sabarwal | Updated: Sep 30, 2020 08:20 IST
Highlights: New York City to fine those refusing to wear mask amid Covid surge

After recording over 80,000 cases for the past few days, India on Tuesday registered 70,589 cases and 776 deaths due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease which pushed the overall over 6.1 million, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. The total cases include 947,576 active cases, over 5.1 million recoveries and 96,318 deaths.

During a joint-press briefing of the health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) this afternoon, ICMR’s second Sero Survey report showed that a considerable population still vulnerable to Covid-19. ICMR DG Balram Bhargava added in light of the upcoming festivities, winter season and mass gathering, inventive containment strategies need to be implemented by the states.

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A preliminary study conducted by South Korea showed that nine in ten Covid-19 patients after recovery experienced side effects such as fatigue, lost of smell and taste. This study comes after the global death toll crossed the one million mark on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, United States continues to be worst-hit nation from the pandemic and has registered over 7.1 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 205,000 deaths till now. According to media reports, two senior US public health experts have raised concerns that White House adviser Scott Atlas is providing misleading or incorrect information on the Covid-19 situation to President Donald Trump.

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11:09 PM IST

Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko tests positive for Covid-19

Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko contracted the novel coronavirus, he said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday. Poroshenko, 55, became president after the 2014 Maidan protests and was in power until 2019, reports Reuters.

10:58 PM IST

New York City to fine those refusing to wear mask amid Covid surge

New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face covering as the rate of positive tests for Covid-19 climbed above 3% for the first time in months, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. He said officials will first offer free masks to those caught not wearing one adding that she/he, they will face an unspecified fine, reports Reuters.

10:06 PM IST

195 new cases push Ahmedabad’s Covid-19 tally to nearly 37,000

Ahmedabad recorded 195 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 36,650 on Tuesday, the Gujarat government said. The total cases include 30,572 recoveries and 1,825 deaths, reports PTI.

09:29 PM IST

Vice Prez M. Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for Covid-19

The Vice President of India who underwent a routine Covid-19 test today morning has been tested positive. He is however, asymptomatic and in good health. He has been advised home quarantine. His wife Smt. Usha Naidu has been tested negative and is in self-isolation.

09:18 PM IST

493 cases push Uttarakhand's Covid-19 tally to nearly 48,000

As many as 493 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday which pushed the state's tally to 47,955. Meanwhile, 11 more patients died in the state, taking the death toll due to 591, the state health department bulletin showed, reports PTI.

09:01 PM IST

Haryana’s Covid-19 tally nearing 127,000; 1,562 fresh cases reported

Haryana reported 1,562 Covid-19 cases, 2,403 recoveries and 25 deaths on Tuesday, taking total cases to 126,974 including 1,10,814 recoveries, 1,356 deaths and 14,804 active cases, the state's health department said, reports ANI.

08:36 PM IST

UN chief appeals for 'responsible' pandemic leadership

The secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres, called Tuesday for "responsible leadership" in a message released to mark the stunning one million deaths globally from Covid-19, reports AFP.

07:35 PM IST

Boris Johnson apologises for getting his own Covid-19 rules wrong

Boris Johnson apologised after wrongly explaining his own government’s coronavirus restrictions, in a gaffe that will fuel growing criticism of his response to the pandemic. “Apologies, I misspoke today,” the UK Prime Minister said on Twitter. It was the third time in three hours that government spokespeople had failed to be clear on the new rules that are being brought in at midnight Tuesday to combat the disease in northeast England, reports Bloomberg.

07:22 PM IST

Tamil Nadu extends Covid lockdown till Oct 31, with some more relaxations

Tamil Nadu has extended its Covid-19 lockdown till October first with some more relaxations, reports ANI.

07:09 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh's Covid-19 tally nearing 690,000; 6,190 fresh cases logged

Andhra Pradesh registered 6,190 new cases, 9,836 recoveries and 35 deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally 687,351, reports ANI.

06:45 PM IST

Spain ends furlough uncertainty with last-minute extension

The Spanish government reached a last-minute deal to extend its furlough program after weeks of negotiations that left businesses and workers on edge in a country suffering one of Europe’s deepest economic shocks this year, reports Bloomberg.

06:28 PM IST

Nearly four lakh fake Covid-19 test kits seized in Noida; one held

The Noida Police on Tuesday busted a company manufacturing fake test kits for Covid-19 and arrested a person, officials said here. Nearly four lakh fake rapid test kits were recovered from the company located in Sector 7, under the Sector 20 police station area, they said, reports PTI.

05:53 PM IST

5,546 fresh cases push Tamil Nadu's Covid-19 tally to 591,943

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported 5,546 cases, 5,501 recoveries and 70 deaths due to Covid-19 which pushed the total cases in the state to 591,943, reports ANI.

05:37 PM IST

Bihar logs 1,439 new Covid-19 cases; active case nearing 15,000

As many as 1,439 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Bihar on Monday, taking the total count of active cases here to 14,390, the state's health department said on Tuesday. While the highest number of cases were reported from Patna at 195, districts like Bokaro, Gopalganj and Ranchi reported just one case each, reports ANI.

05:29 PM IST

Child poverty likely to increase in EU amid Covid-19 crisis

The European Union’s external auditor said Tuesday that child poverty has reached an “unacceptable" level across the world's largest economy, a situation likely to worsen during the coronavirus pandemic, reports AP.

First published: Sep 29, 2020 05:20 IST