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NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 caseload rose to 72,39,389 with 63,509 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 63 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 87.05 per cent, according to the health ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,10,586 with the virus claiming 730 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8am showed. For six days in a row the active cases of Covid-19 remained below 9 lakh.

There are 8,26,876 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.42 per cent of the total caseload, while the recoveries have surged to 63,01,927, the data stated.

The Covid-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.53 per cent.

India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,00,90,122 samples have been tested up to October 13 with 11,45,015 samples being tested on Tuesday.

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Covid: India’s active cases below 7 lakh after 21-day decline

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NEW DELHI: India’s active Covid cases went below the 7-lakh mark on Thursday as the downtrend continued for the 21st day running, with the number of discharged patients outstripping fresh cases in most states.

Active cases on Thursday were 6,99,527, a fall of more than 21,000 from the previous day. The slide in active cases has been continuous since October

2. With 54,723 testing positive for the virus, fresh infections remained below the 60,000-mark for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday. There were 675 fresh casualties on Thursday, after staying above the 700-mark for two days, taking the cumulative toll to 1,17,275.

Tamil Nadu crossed the 7-lakh mark with 3,077 fresh cases, becoming the fourth state after Maharashtra, Andhra and Karnataka to record more than seven lakh infections.

With 7,539 cases, Maharashtra reported less than 10,000 infections for the fifth day in a row. Daily deaths in the state saw a marginal increase from Wednesday but, at 198, continued to remain under 200. The state’s toll is now 42,831.

However, the situation continues to be of concern in Bengal with a steady rise in daily infections leading to active cases crossing the 36,000-mark on Thursday at 36,064. Bengal reported 4,157 new cases, its highest daily spike. Since October 8, Bengal has been reporting highest spike in cases daily.

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Autopsy finds Covid patient’s lungs ‘hard as a leather ball’

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BENGALURU: The first autopsy of a Covid-19 patient in Karnataka has revealed presence of the virus in nasal and throat swab samples even 18 hours after death.

Dr Dinesh Rao of Oxford Medical College, who performed the autopsy, said the lungs of the 62-year-old patient were “hard as a leather ball”, with air sacks ruptured and clots in the blood vessels.

“Autopsy of Covid victims helps in understanding the disease progression,” said Rao, who heads the forensic medicine department. The procedure was completed in an hour and 10 minutes on October 10 and the last of the microscopic evidence came on Wednesday.

Rao took five swab samples from the cadaver’s nose, throat and mouth, lung surface, respiratory passages (trachea, bronchi) and skin on the face and neck. RTPCR tests showed the nose and throat samples were positive for coronavirus. “This means that a Covid patient’s body can be infectious. Most surprisingly, it was negative on the skin.”

The autopsy was conducted with the family’s consent. When the patient died, his family members were either in home isolation or quarantine and could not claim the body. “My findings are unique to the findings seen in autopsy reports from the US and Italy. This could mean the virus strains seen in India are different,” said Rao.

Rao plans to publish his findings in a peer-reviewed jour nal.

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NEW DELHI: In a rebuke to global micro-blogging site Twitter, the government has warned the American company over its location setting that showed Leh in China. India said that any “disrespect” of the country’s sovereignty and integrity is “totally unacceptable”.

In a strongly worded letter dispatched on Wednesday, IT and electronics secretary Ajay Sawhney asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to respect the country’s sensitivities, this being the second run-in that government has had with the company in the recent past after it had sought an explanation in September after an account linked to PM Narendra Modi’s personal website was crashed into.

“…any attempt by Twitter to disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by maps, is totally unacceptable and also unlawful,” Sawhney is believed to have written in the letter. The incident had seen Twitter face flak from social media users after its geotagging feature displayed “Jammu & Kashmir, People’s Republic of China” in a live broadcast from Leh’s Hall of Fame, a war memorial.

This triggered angry responses from netizens who demanded that stringent action be initiated against the micro-blogging platform. Twitter, earlier this week, called it a technical issue, which has been resolved. Sawhney warned Twitter that any attempt to undermine the sovereignty and integrity of the country will not just bring disrepute to the micro-blogging site but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary.

Conveying strong disapproval of the government over misrepresentation of the map of India, Sawhney in his letter reminded Twitter that Leh is the headquarters of the UT of Ladakh.

And that both Ladakh as well as Jammu & Kashmir are integral and inalienable parts of India, governed by the Constitution of India. When contacted, Twitter in an e-mail response said: “Twitter remains committed to working with the government of India. We respect the sensitivities involved and have duly acknowledged the letter.”

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