COVID-19 | Top 10 developments in India this Saturday morning

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India’s COVID19 tally crosses 69-lakh mark and around 1. 6 lakh people have died till now.

Here are the top 10 developments this morning:

  1. The Election Commission on Friday doubled the broadcast time allotted to recognised political parties in Bihar on Doordarshan and All India Radio during the upcoming state assembly polls in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the enhanced relevance of “non-contact based” campaign.
  2. Multiple news reports say, Maharashtra government has postponed the Maharashtra Public Service Commission. The examination was to be held on October 11. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said fresh date for examination will be announced soon. 
  3. Kerala sees spike in Covid cases, Chief minister says not reached peak yet.Kerala, the first state to get the novel coronavirus, took four-and-a-half months to record its first 10,000 infections. This Wednesday, it reported more than 10,000 infections in a single day.
  4. For more than two weeks now, Chandigarh  has witnessed a steady decline in new positive cases, with the number of active cases also seeing a decrease. As many as 63 new positive cases and two deaths were reported on Friday, taking the total tally of cases to 12,985 and the total number of deaths to 188. As many as 161 people were discharged from various facilities. 
  5. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that starting next week the state government will rope in AYUSH doctors in providing treatment to COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
  6. In Delhi, doctors at Hindu Rao hospital have threatened to withdraw from Covid services if the salary for three months, which are due to them, are not paid in the next 48 hours. They, along with nurses, have been protesting since the past five days outside the hospital against the administration.
  7. The Gujarat government on Friday issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for upcoming festivals like Navratri, Dussehra, Sharad Purnima, Diwali and New Year and announced that garba dance will not be allowed anywhere in the state this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. No public events such as like Ramleela, Ravan Dahan, processions and fairs will be permitted to take place
  8. The Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it does not have any objection now to increase the frequency of local trains in Mumbai and said the services may be used by the general public provided they wear masks and follow social distancing norms. Presently only persons working in essential services are permitted to use the local trains that are running in limited numbers amid the virus pandemic. 
  9. Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala was closed for devotees after 12 priests, including the chief priest, tested positive for Covid-19.
  10. The national capital’s cumulative Covid-19 infection count rose to 303,000 with the authorities reporting 2,860 new cases on Friday, while 39 fatalities took the number of deaths to 5,692.

( With ANI inputs)

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