Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Kerala's famed Sabarimala temple will open for pilgrims during the main pilgrimage season beginning November 16. The temple will follow all coronavirus-related protocols. The entry will only be through a virtual queue system and devotees will have to upload their Covid-19 negative certificates. There will be thermal screening and social distancing will be followed. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran today.
President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The 84-year-old requested people who came in contact with him in the last one week to get tested as a precaution. "On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today," Mukherjee tweeted. "I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19," the Congress leader, who was the president from 2012-17, said. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala along with several other party leaders wished a speedy recovery to Mukherjee.
A single-day spike of 62,064 cases and 1,007 deaths was reported in India in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry figures revealed. The Covid-19 tally rose to 22,15,075, including 6,34,945 active cases, 15,35,744 cured/discharged/migrated & 44,386 deaths. India's coronavirus recoveries crossed the 15 lakh-mark. Infections still remain concentrated in 10 states that contribute more than 80% of the new cases, it added.
Meanwhile, Australia reported a record number of daily coronavirus deaths today, however, the number of new cases in the country's virus hotspot dropped to a near two week low. Officials in Victoria state, which is the epicentre of Australia's second Covid-19 wave, told Reuters that 19 people succumbed to the infection over the past 24 hours. With other states still to report daily new case and death numbers, that already marks the country's biggest single-day rise in fatalities.
The COVID-19 case count in Maharashtra's Pune rose by 1,390 in the last 24 hours to 65,966, a health official said on Sunday. With 24 people succumbing to the infection, the death toll went up to 1,540, he said. A total of 1,879 patients were discharged during the day, the official told news agency PTI. Odisha recorded the highest single-day spike of 13 COVID-19 fatalities, which pushed the death toll in the coastal state to 272 on Sunday, a health department official said. The number of coronavirus cases reaches 620 in Mizoram; active cases stand at 322, the Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Mizoram said today.
Italy's tally of daily new COVID-19 cases leaped higher on Sunday, with 463 cases, according to Health Ministry figures. Many of the latest cases have been found in young people returning from vacations abroad.