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Highlights: Delhi health minister says ICMR shouldn't remove plasma therapy

The global Covid-19 tally has crossed the 41 million mark to reach 41,018,201, a worldometers tally showed. The United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Spain are the five worst-hit countries, the tally showed.

By Karan Manral | Updated: Oct 22, 2020 05:23 IST
A health worker collects swab samples for coronavirus testing.

India has continued its downward trajectory of low single-day Covid-19 cases as the country on Wednesday reported 54,044 new infections, taking its caseload past 7.6 million to 7,651,107. However, the latest spike was higher than the previous one of 46,790 , which was the first time since July-end the country had reported under 50,000 new cases, according to the health ministry.

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Also on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation ahead of the upcoming festive season, urging people not to let the guard down even as the country is witnessing a gradual fall in its new daily coronavirus cases. This was PM Modi’s seven address to the nation during the pandemic season. Maharashtra, meanwhile, remains the worst-hit state, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, with Kerala overtaking Delhi as sixth worst-hit.

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06:21 PM IST

Kerala reports 8,369 new coronavirus cases

Kerala reports 8,369 new Covid-19 cases, taking active cases in the state to 93,425. A total of 2,67,082 people have recovered till now: Government of Kerala

04:24 PM IST

Over 2,000 patients benefited from plasma therapy in Delhi: Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday asserted that over 2,000 Covid-19 patients here have benefitted from plasma therapy, a day after a top ICMR official indicated that the Centre was considering removing it from the clinical management protocol.

02:57 PM IST

ICMR shouldn't remove plasma therapy, says Delhi health minister

"Lives of more than 2,000 people, including mine, have been saved through Plasma therapy, so ICMR shouldn't remove it. Even the US has said that it's beneficial," says Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain.

02:50 PM IST

UK's South Yorkshire to move into highest tier of Covid-19 curbs

England's South Yorkshire will move into the UK's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions, its mayor announced on Wednesday.

02:18 PM IST

Telangana reports 1,579 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths

Telangana reported 1,579 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths on Tuesday. Total coronavirus cases in the state reach 226,124, including 204,388 discharges and 1,287 deaths.

01:49 PM IST

1,509 new Covid-19 cases, 60 deaths in Philippines

Philippines' health ministry has said the country recorded 1,509 new Covid-19 cases and 60 deaths, the country's lowest daily increase in cases in more than six weeks. Total cases have risen to 362,243 while deaths have reached 6,747.

01:37 PM IST

60 people for large pandals and 15 for small ones during Durga Puja: Calcutta HC

Hearing a petition over setting up of pandals during Durga Puja, Calcutta HC allows 15 people for small pandals and 60 for large ones.

12:58 PM IST

113 more Maharashtra Police personnel test Covid-19 positive

113 more personnel of Maharashtra Police test Covid-19 positive as force's total tally reaches 25,918. 1,809 active cases, 23,839 recoveries, and 270 deaths thus far.

12:27 PM IST

National recovery rate approaching 89%: Health ministry

National recovery rate (88.81%) is fast approaching 89%. 77% of new recovered cases observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs. Karnataka outnumbered Maharashtra in new recovered cases with more than 8,500 new recoveries: Health ministry

12:04 PM IST

India has sustained its trend of maintaining active cases below 7.5 lakh

India has sustained its trend of maintaining the active cases below the 7.5 lakh mark for the 2nd successive day. 14 states/UTs have achieved Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of less than 1%. National Case Fatality Rate has fallen to 1.51% today: Health ministry

11:41 AM IST

Odisha's Covid-19 tally rises to 274,181

Odisha reports 1,931 new Covid-19 infections taking the total cases to 274,181 out of which 20,750 are active patients.

11:17 AM IST

Pakistan's Covid-19 caseload rises to 324,744

Pakistan's health ministry has said the country recorded 660 new Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths in last 24 hours. Tally rises to 324,744 including 6,692 deaths.

11:02 AM IST

Union health minister to review Covid-19 preparedness of Madhya Pradesh

"I will be holding a virtual conference with Health Minister of Madhya Pradesh Dr Prabhuram Chaudhary at 2:30pm today. Convened to review Covid-19 preparedness and promote Covid appropriate behaviour in Madhya Pradesh," tweets Union Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

10:27 AM IST

Venezuela will use Russian and Chinese Covid-19 vaccines, says govt

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has said his govt wants to vaccinate citizens with Russian and Chinese Covid-19 vaccines, which, he said, could arrive in the country in December or January.

10:12 AM IST

11 new Covid-19 cases in mainland China, down from a day ago

Mainland China reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, down from 19 a day ago. Total confirmed cases reach 85.715, including 4,634 deaths.

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First published: Oct 21, 2020 06:20 IST

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