Highlights: Half of England now under tougher Covid-19 restrictions
Former Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav became the latest politician to contract the virus, as his party announced Wednesday night he had tested positive. Also, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh continue to be the five worst-affected states.
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Schools, entertainment parks, cinema halls, multiplexes and swimming pools reopened across the country from today after the Union home ministry last month allowed these to reopen from October 15 for the ongoing fifth phase of unlock. Schools had reopened partially on September 21, albeit only for classes 9-12 and on voluntary basis, during the fourth phase of unlock. The other places, however, had continued to stay close. Also, on Wednesday, the Maharashtra government announced further relaxations under its ‘Mission Begin Again,’ including allowing Mumbai Metro to resume operations from Thursday.
Globally, France announced from Saturday, there will be a curfew from 9am to 6am, for four weeks. The global caseload has reached 38.7 million, as per worldometers, with the United States, India and Brazil the three worst-hit countries. Russia, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and France complete the list of ten worst-hit countries.
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Half of England now under tougher Covid-19 restrictions
Roughly half of England is now under tougher coronavirus restrictions, after the government on Thursday announced more stringent measures for London and seven other areas to try to cut surging numbers of cases, reports AFP.
EU chief self-isolates as Covid-19 makes its mark at a summit
As a fresh wave of the coronavirus sweeps across much of Europe, the reality of the disease struck a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday when one of the 27-nation bloc's top officials abandoned the meeting to go into self-imposed quarantine, reports AP.
Jewish leaders call Covid rules 'blatantly anti-Semitic'
Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state's coronavirus infection rate, reports AP.
Nepal’s coronavirus tally jumps to 121,745
Nepal’s coronavirus caseload on Thursday climbed to 121,745 with 3,749 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. With the death of 19 people, the death toll reached 694, it said, reports PTI.
Israel eases some lockdown measures as Covid-19 cases decline
Israel decided on Thursday to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak, reports AP.
Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally nearing 95,000
Jharkhand on Thursday recorded 583 new Covid-19 cases, 873 discharges and 8 deaths today, taking total cases to 94,952 including 87,240 discharges, 820 deaths, and 6,892 active cases, the state health department said, reports ANI.
Jharkhand reported 583 new coronavirus cases, 873 discharges and 8 deaths today, taking total cases to 94952 including 87240 discharges, 820 deaths, and 6892 active cases: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/LdFPBjvEs2— ANI (@ANI) October 15, 2020
London and Paris clamp down as Europe hits Covid-19 records
Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors and Paris is set for a curfew, as European leaders struggle to cope with record new coronavirus cases around the region. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government mandated tighter restrictions in the UK capital starting this weekend, while French President Emmanuel Macron will confine residents of nine of the country’s biggest cities to their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for four weeks from Saturday, reports Bloomberg.
New Covid-19 rules imposed in Moscow for bars, clubs and discos
Moscow has introduced new Covid-19 curbs for bars, clubs and discos, the city's mayor has said. staff and visitors will have to register their phone numbers to access the venues at night and scan a QR code upon entry.
2,261 new Covid-19 cases, 50 more deaths in Philippines
Philippines'health ministry has said the country on Thursday recorded 2,261 new cases of Covid-19, taking its tally to 348,698. 50 more deaths took the death toll to 6,497.
Indonesia's Covid-19 tally inches closer to 3.5 lakh mark
Indonesia on Thursday recorded 4,411 new cases of Covid-19, taking its overall caseload to 349,160. With 112 new fatalities, its death toll rose to 12,268.
80% of fatalities in last 24 hours from ten states, Maharashtra highest: Govt
80% of new deaths concentrated in ten states/UTs. More than 23% of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra (158 deaths): Health ministry
Russia records 13,754 new cases of Covid-19
Russia registered 13,754 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, down from the country's highest-ever spike of 14,231 on Wednesday. The country's tally rises to 1,354,163.
77% of new confirmed cases from ten states/UTs: Health ministry
77% of new confirmed cases are from ten States and UTs. Maharashtra has the highest number with more than 10,000 cases followed by Karnataka with more than 9,000 cases: Health ministry
Highest number of recoveries in last 24 hours from Maharashtra: Health ministry
Ten states/UTs account for 79% of the new recovered cases. Maharashtra has contributed more than 19,000 to the single day recoveries followed by Karnataka with more than 8,000 recoveries: Union health ministry
Movie theatres to open in Bengaluru from tomorrow
Movie theatres to open in Bengaluru from tomorrow at 50% capacity.
Karnataka: Movie theatres set to open in Bengaluru from tomorrow, operating at 50% capacity— ANI (@ANI) October 15, 2020
"We are preparing for running operations from tomorrow & will follow all the mandated protocols to prevent the spread of COVID," says the manager of Santosh Theatre, Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/AQ6IbTWQZy
First published: Oct 15, 2020 06:54 IST