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Published On: Fri, Oct 2nd, 2020

India’s death toll crosses 100,000 Covid-19 cases

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keralaTHIRUVANANTHPURAM: India on Thursday registered 81,484 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally near the 6.4-million mark. With 1,096 fatalities in 24 hours, the country’s death toll reached 99,804.
One of the biggest epidemiological surveys conducted in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh has found that 8 per cent of individuals with Covid-19 infection accounted for 60 per cent of new infections and 70 per cent of those who caught the virus did not infect any of their contacts.
The study suggests that the spread of the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic in India, the second most affected country, may have been triggered by super-spreaders. US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for corona virus.
An experimental vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19 may be ready for review as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists worldwide.
 The global tally of corona virus cases stands at 6,397,896 . While 25,647,737 have recovered, 1,027,040 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,494,284 cases. It is followed by India, which has 6,394,068 cases, Brazil (4,849,229) and Russia (1,185,231).
Meanwhile, the Kerala government has imposed section 144 of CrPC in Thiruvananthapuram prohibiting the assembly of more than five people as the state reported its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases on Friday.
According to District Collector Navjot Khosa, the order shall come into force from 9 am on October 3 and will remain in effect till October 31 midnight. The order states that gathering of more than five people in front of any bank, shops or commercial establishments will be prohibited. It also directed people to stay at home unless for essential activities.

All public exams announced before October 2 will be conducted as per schedule. Strict compliance of Covid-19 protocol shall be ensured. For exams scheduled to be conducted during the restricted period, announcements on the same will be issued after consultation with the district disaster management authority. All banks will be functioning as per Covid protocols.
Any gathering (indoor and outdoor) of more than five persons will be prohibited, except for marriages and funerals where gathering up to 20 persons will be allowed. Only essential activities and shops selling groceries, medicines and food items like milk, vegetables, meat and fish will be allowed to open.
Movement of people in or out of containment zones will not be permitted except for medical emergencies and maintaining the supply of essential goods and services.
Congregation or public function of more than 5 persons in outdoor spaces will be prohibited. All indoor gatherings such as social, cultural, political, academic, religious, inaugural functions, etc.; shall be limited to 20 participants, including religious prayers and funerals. For marriages, a maximum of 50 people will be allowed to gather, provided they follow strict social distancing rules.
Public transport, government institutions, commercial establishments, industries, hospitals can function fully. However, social distancing and other covid protocols must be followed.
Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta had issued a late night order on the imposition of section 144 across Kerala on Thursday stating gatherings pose an impending danger of a super spread of the infection. “In light of the surge in number of COVID-19 cases in the state, public congregations and gatherings pose an impending danger of a super spread of the infection,” the order said.
Kerala on Friday recorded 9,258 positive cases and 4,092 recoveries, the highest single-day spike and recoveries respectively. The infection count touched 2,12,499 while the death toll rose to 791 with 20 new fatalities.
(With Agency Inputs ).

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