The coronavirus pandemic has infected at least 42 million people and claimed over a million lives around the world.
India has reported over 50,000 new daily coronavirus infections.
The Health Ministry said 50,129 new cases have taken the overall tally to nearly 7.9 million.
It also reported 578 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 118,534.
The ministry also said India’s active cases were below 700,000 across the country and almost 7.1 million people had recovered.
India is second to the US with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus.
Last month, India hit a peak of nearly 100,000 cases in a single day, but since then daily cases have fallen by about half and deaths by about a third.
Some experts say the decline in cases suggests that the virus may have finally reached a plateau, but others question the testing methods.
India is relying heavily on antigen tests, which are faster but less accurate than traditional RT-PCR tests.
Germany’s confirmed cases rise by 11,176 to 429,181
The number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 11,176 to 429,181, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.
The reported death toll rose by 29 to 10,032, the tally showed.
Pence’s top aide tests positive for virus
A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his Chief of Staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus and remain in good health.
Short is Pence’s closest aide and the vice president is considered a “close contact” under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
O’Malley says that “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”
Those guidelines mandate that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms and wear a mask whenever around other people.
After a day of campaigning Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two once the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public.
Sri Lanka on partial shut down as cases surge
Sri Lankan authorities have terminated a number of passenger trains and widened the curfew as cases related to a new cluster at a garment factory continue to surge.
The Railway Department canceled at least 16 trains — mostly ran through busy office hours — after the number of commuters declined due to the curfew imposed in many parts of the country.
More than a dozen villages are isolated in densely populated Western province, which includes capital Colombo.
Authorities on Saturday closed at least two fishery harbours and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country’s main fish market.
Last week the island’s main fish market on Colombo’s outskirts was closed after 49 traders tested positive.
By Sunday, the number of cases from the fish market went up to nearly 900.
Australia’s epicentre delays lifting of lockdown restrictions
Victoria state, Australia’s virus hotspot, delayed an eagerly awaited announcement of the removal of lockdown restrictions for cafes, restaurants and pubs in the capital Melbourne because of an outbreak in the city’s northern suburbs.
The restrictions have kept most retail businesses in Melbourne providing online services only since early August and 5 million people living under stay-at-home orders were hoping for an announcement on Sunday.
State premier Daniel Andrews told a media conference the outbreak would likely delay the reopening of retail and hospitality businesses by a few days, as officials preferred to wait for hundreds of test results.
He had planned to announce some restrictions would be lifted from mid-week but preferred to wait until there was more clarity about whether all known infections and expected positive cases from the tests were linked, Andrews said.
“We will get (the test results) today and tomorrow and hopefully we are able to make, not only announcements but to take the big steps safely around the middle of this week.”
The 14-day moving average of new cases in Victoria fell to 4.6, below the threshold of five Andrews had previously set for the next band of restrictions to be lifted.
Australia has recorded nearly 27,500 infections and more than 900 deaths, a fraction of those in some other countries. Victoria accounts for over 90% of lives lost to the virus.
Colombia surpasses one million cases
Colombia has surpassed the benchmark of one million cases of Covid-19 registered in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The last 24 hours saw 8,769 new infections, bringing the total to 1,007,711 since the first case was detected on March 6, the health ministry said.
China reports 15 new cases vs 28 previous day
China has reported 15 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for October 23, down from 28 cases in the previous day, the health commission said.
All 15 of the new infections were imported, according to a statement by the National Health Commission.
It also reported 19 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 27 a day earlier.
According to a statement issued by the health commission in China’s northwestern region Xinjiang on Saturday, one local asymptomatic case was detected in Kashgar city, China’s first local detected case since October 14.
As of Saturday, mainland China had 85,790 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The Covid-19 death toll stands at 4,634.
Mexico reports 6,025 new cases, 431 more deaths
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 6,025 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 431 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 886,800 and the death toll to 88,743.
Health officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Beaches in Panama reopen after months of closure
After seven months of confinement in which it was prohibited to go to the beach in Panama for recreational purposes, small groups of people arrived on Saturday at beaches to bathe in the waters of the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Veracruz is one of the most popular beaches in Panama because of its proximity to the capital, only 18 kilometres to the west.
It attracts tourists and Panamanians throughout the year, but like all the beaches in the country, it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Veracruz there are about twenty restaurants and other attractions such as small boats or horse rides on the sand, sales of handicrafts.
Tourism is one of the main sectors of the Panamanian economy.
Panama announced this week the opening of its beaches to the public as of Saturday and the lifting of the absolute quarantine on Sundays, in effect since last March.
North Carolina church ordered to close
A North Carolina health official jas ordered a large church to close its doors temporarily because of concerns it is helping spread the coronavirus by disregarding social distancing measures.
Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris ordered the United House of Prayer for All People to close all of its buildings and said the church has not cooperated with efforts to stem the virus’s spread, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Harris said at least three deaths and more than 121 confirmed cases of the virus have been linked to the church, which held a weeklong church event earlier this month.
The county said the church has continued to hold large gatherings despite recommendations not to do so and has failed to implement social distancing measures. The church did not immediately return a request for comment.
Courtesy: TRT World