10.45 pm: An Air India official tells ANI that 19 passengers on its Vande Bharat flight to Wuhan in China tested positive for the coronavirus on October 30. “The airline is aware of the incident,” the official adds. “All passengers boarded the flight after thorough checks of their Covid negative certificate.”

10.30 pm: Delhi reports 4,001 new coronavirus cases and 42 deaths today, reports PTI. Delhi had recorded over 5,000 daily cases for the last five days, ending Sunday when the count stood at 5,664. The highest single-day rise of 5,891 cases was recorded on Friday.

The Delhi government bulletin says that the total number of cases has climbed to 3,96,371 and the positivity rate stood at 10.91%. The toll stands at 6,604.

10.15 pm: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij says the second sero survey shows that 14.8% of people in the state have developed antibodies, reports ANI.

7.32 pm: Tamil Nadu reports 2,481 new coronavirus cases, 31 deaths and 3,940 recoveries today, according to ANI. The state now has 7,29,507 total cases and the toll rises to 11,183.

7.27 pm: Mumbai’s Dharavi area records 11 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 3,617. A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official tells PTI that 3,152 patients in the densely populated locality have recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals.

7.25 pm: Kerala reports 4,138 new coronavirus cases and 21 fatalities, reports PTI. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan says as many as 3.55 lakh people have recovered from the infection, while the caseload touched 4,31,329 with the addition of the new cases. Meanwhile, the toll rises to 1,533.

5.43 pm: Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla holds review meeting over Covid-19 situation in the capital with Delhi government officials, reports ANI.

Home Ministry says that the strategy to contain spread of the virus amid the festive season with rise in pollution levels and decrease in temperatures was discussed.

4.35 pm: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who had tested positive for the coronavirus on October 26, has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from the infection, according to Pune Mirror. Pawar will remain in isolation for the next few days.

4.29 pm: The health ministry says that active Covid-19 cases in India was only 6.83% of the total positive cases and the recovery rate stood at 91.68%, according to ANI. The ministry says there were 53,285 recoveries as against 45,321 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

4.26 pm: Uttar Pradesh reports 1,788 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally in the state to 4,85,609, reports PTI. The toll stands at 7,076 after 25 more people died in the state.

3.12 pm: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been admitted to a hospital a week after he was discharged following recovering from the coronavirus, reports PTI, citing a doctor treating him. The 86-year-old Congress has been put on ventilator support.

3.04 pm: Several school principals in Delhi and adjoining areas are not in favour of postponing the Central Board of Secondary Education exams for 2021 in view of the continued closure of schools because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports PTI.

1.41 pm: Japan’s largest airport has opened a Covid-19 testing facility as it takes measures to reopen international travel, reports Reuters.

1.37 pm: The Indian Council of Medical Research says it has tested 11,07,43,103 samples upto November 1.

12.06 pm: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said that his administration has decided to ban the sale and bursting of firecrackers to protect the health of coronavirus patients and the public.

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12.02 pm: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says state will today enact a law, making wearing masks compulsory. He said Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to bring in such a law to fight Covid-19 since “mask is the vaccine”.

12.01 pm: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and his wife have tested positive, reports PTI. They have advised all who have come in close contact recently to get themselves tested, say the Raj Bhavan.

11.51 am: Telangana registers 922 new cases. A look at the state’s tally

11.50 am: Schools reopen in Vijayawada.

11.49 am: The health ministry says India occupies the top global position as the country with the maximum number of recoveries. The total recoveries have crossed 75 lakhs today.

11.48 am: Schools reopen in Guwahati after 7 months.

10 am: Indian Embassy in Japan releases Standard Operating Procedures for India-bound passengers under “Air Bubble”, reports ANI.

9.59 am: England’s lockdown may extend to next year, warn ministers, reports Reuters.

9.55 am: Protests have erupted in Brazil over the Sao Paulo Governor’s mandatory vaccination campaign and the use of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, Sinovac, which is under trials in the country, reports India Today.

9.32 am: India registered 45,231 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, says the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With this, the country’s tally is now 82,29,313. The toll in the country also rose by 496 to 1,22,607.

8.47 am: Britain’s Prince William contracted coronavirus in April, BBC reports. He did not reveal his diagnosis as he did not want to alarm the country.

8.43 am: Here’s a look at Mizoram’s tally.

8.41 am: A new study by Stanford University has found that about 18 election rallies by Donald Trump led to more than 30,000 confirmed cases and claimed over 700 lives, reports The New York Times. In the study titled ‘The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread of COVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies’, the researchers said the communities where these 18 rallies by Trump were held between June 20 and September 22 “paid a high price in terms of disease and death”.

8.39 am: United States’ top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warns that the country may witness over 1 lakh daily cases and more fatalities in the coming weeks. He tells The Washington Post that the nation is “in for a whole lot of hurt”.

8.38 am: The World Health Organization chief says he is under quarantine after someone he had been in contact with tested positive.

8.35 am: Here are the top updates from Sunday

  • India’s coronavirus count rose to 81,84,082 on Sunday with 46,963 new cases being recorded in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed. The country’s toll increased by 470 to 1,22,111. The number of active cases stood at 5,70,458, while the recoveries reached 74,91,513.
  • The recovery rate stood at 91.54%, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.49%. The number of active coronavirus cases remained below 6 lakh for the third consecutive day.
  • On Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-week lockdown across England as a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the hospitals. “Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, but it’s my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now we can allow families across the country to be together,” he said.
  • On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also ordered their countries back into lockdown.   
  • Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 4.59 crore people and killed 11,94,325, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Over 2.95 crore people have recovered from the infection.