Health & Wellness

COVID Updates: Smriti Irani COVID +ve, Total Tally Over 80 Lakhs

BP World Bureau | Oct 29 2020 10:46:31 AM
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NEW DELHI: India has reported 49,881 cases of COVID-19, pushing the total tally to 80,40,203, and out of that, 6,03,687 are active cases, 73,15,989 people recovered and 1,20,527 people died. 

The Union Health Ministry said that India is in pole position in terms of the number of recoveries, followed by Brazil and the US.

Union Minister Smriti Irani revealed on social media that she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The women and Child development minister also requested people who came in contact with her to test for the virus.

She is one of the major politicians to test positive for the virus, apart from Home Minister Amit Shah, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the citizens that India can still reach the $5 trillion economy goal by 2024 despite the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He defended the nationwide lockdown as it was able to contain the spread of the disease. 

India should assess its coronavirus fight against the metric of how many lives it is able to save, he said. 

Bombay high court (HC) directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to compensate their blind employees by paying them salary arrears in two parts.

The high court added that BMC not paying salaries to specially-abled employees for not attending work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown was discriminatory and illegal.

Their judgment was per public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the National Association for the Blind (NAB) on behalf of around 250 blind employees of the civic corporation.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) observed that Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is also beneficial against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among elderly people.

Globally, there are 4,44,51,707 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 1,32,31,846 are active cases, 3,00,46,052 people have recovered and 11,73,809 people died. 

US presidential nominee Joe Biden said that a clear cut plan is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.