National Coronavirus News Update November 15, 2020
Assam: In Assam, 202 cases detected out of 24,350 tests conducted today, with positivity rate of 0.83%, 771 patients discharged. Total cases- 209835, recovered- 97.25%, active cases- 2.29%.
Mizoram: Mizoram reports 25 new cases of COVID-19.
Nagaland: With 37 new cases, Nagaland's COVID-19 total reaches 9,615. Active cases comes down to just 786 cases.
Sikkim: 25 new cases take Sikkim’s COVID caseload to 4,368.
Kerala: Amidst fears that the ensuing civic body polls may trigger another Covid-19 wave in Kerala, State Health Minister K.K. Shylaja has said that the candidates, political activists and the public should be cautious while campaigning for the elections. She pointed out that even though the daily number of cases is coming down, there are high chances of spread in many places. Only a maximum of five people, including the candidate should go for house visits during the campaign. No handshakes to be made and under no circumstances the masks should be lowered. The Minister also urged to include messages in their campaign materials that voters should adhere to Covid appropriate behavior. Meanwhile the test positivity rate dropped below 10% after the state touched 77,183 active cases on Thursday. The current Covid death toll in the state stands at 1797.
Tamil Nadu: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami flagged off ambulances with Rs 24 crore equipment; CM flagged off a total of nine 108 ambulances as a token of launching as many vehicles, from the Secretariat.
Karnataka: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K. Sudhakar said that new improved Primary Health Care Centres will be set up in the state with the help of World Bank which will be functioning 24*7; necessary policy changes will be made to implement the project. High Court of Karnataka on Friday allowed to burn green crackers during Deepavali. Karnataka Government has decided to reopen all the medical, dental, AYUSH, paramedical, nursing and pharmacy colleges affiliated to RGUHS from 1st December adhering to Covid guidelines.
Andhra Pradesh: State has issued orders revising the rates being charged for Covid-19 tests in private laboratories approved by NABL and ICMR. The lab managements have been instructed to charge only Rs 800 for the samples sent by the government. The government has made it clear in its orders that up to Rs 1,000 can be charged for incoming samples. Meanwhile, 1728 positive cases were reported on Thursday bringing the total number of cases to 8,49,705. A total of 8,22,011 covid affected patients have been discharged after treatment. So far 8 9,40,488 people have undergone corona diagnostic tests. There are currently 20,857 active cases in the state. The number of fatalities climbed to 6837 with the addition of 9 more yesterday.
Telangana: 997 new cases, 1222 recoveries & 04 deaths reported in the last 24 hours; 169 cases reported from GHMC. Total cases: 2,55,663; Active cases: 17,094; Deaths: 1397; Discharges: 2,37,172.
Maharashtra: The state government has requested the railways to allow teachers and school staff to travel by local trains. The move comes days after the Maharashtra education department made 50% attendance mandatory for teachers and non-teaching staff in schools. Mumbai’s local trains may be thrown open to all commuters about a fortnight after Diwali festival, if there isn’t a significant spike in Covid-19 cases. Officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that daily Covid-19 cases will be closely monitored for two weeks following which a final call on resuming local trains will be taken.
Gujarat: Gujarat recorded 1,120 new cases during the last 24 hours. Recovery rate has improved to 91.29 percent. Ahmedavad Municipal Corporation has appealed to the citizens not to go for a free Coronavirus test unnecessarily. AMC said that only those in need should go for the Coronavirus test. It is found that a lot of citizens are queuing up at AMC facilities for free Coronavirus tests only for curiosity. AMC has also started using indelible ink in order to identify those who have already undergone Coronavirus tests. Meanwhile,
Rajasthan: Rajasthan reported 13 more COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, taking the death toll to 2,032 as 2,176 new cases pushed the state''s infection tally to 2,19,327. According to a Health department bulletin, 17,352 patients are currently undergoing treatment in the state, and the number of recoveries stands at 1,99,943. In Jaipur, the death toll from the coronavirus infection stands at 391, followed by 199 in Jodhpur, 151 in Ajmer, 149 in Bikaner, 116 in Kota, 97 in Bharatpur and 78 in Pali. Among the new cases reported in the state, 475 are in Jaipur, 366 in Jodhpur, 258 in Bikaner, 131 in Ajmer, 111 in Alwar, 95 in Kota and 71 each in Sikar and Udaipur, besides those reported in other districts of the state.
Madhya Pradesh: The five-day Diwali festival started on a dull note under the shadow of COVID-19 on Thursday in Chitrakoot - a holy place in Madhya Pradesh closely associated with Lord Ram. Devotees in small numbers turned up at the banks of the Madakani river in Chitrakoot to do deep daan (offering of lighted lamps) on Dhanteras evening to mark the start of the five-day-long festival. In contrast, the place saw visits by more than 35 lakh devotees during the festival of lights last year, most of them coming on the day of Laxmi Pujan.
Chhattisgarh: Multiplexes and cinema halls have been allowed to reopen with 50 per cent of their seating capacity in areas outside containment zones in Chhattisgarh's Raipur. Raipur is the latest addition to the list of districts where screening of films has been allowed by the state government. Screening of films is expected to start by Saturday, the Diwali day, or Sunday in Raipur.