Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India's Covid Tally Crosses 79 Lakh-Mark, Over 1.19 Lakh Deaths

India Coronavirus Cases: There are now 6.5 lakh total active cases. (File)

New Delhi:

New coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 50,000 for the second time this month, while the new fatalities registered during the same period fell under 500 after 108 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

India reported 480 fatalities linked to the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, when country’s Covid tally crossed the 79-lakh mark with 45,148 fresh cases. This is the lowest number of Covid-related deaths the country has reported since July 10 (475). 

Data shows that India was recording an average of 900-1,000 Covid-related deaths in August. This number rose to an average of 1,100 in September when coronavirus cases peaked with a daily average of 90,000 fresh cases. But, October has seen a steady decline in cases and deaths. For the past week, India has been recording less than 1,000 Covid deaths, which have remained below the 1,100-mark since October 2.

Here are the Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:

Air Pollution Linked To 15% Of Coronavirus Deaths, Study Shows

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally, according to research published Tuesday that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions.

Previous research has showed how air pollution from exhaust fumes and factories takes two years off the life expectancy of every man, woman and child on Earth.

Now experts in Germany and Cyprus say they have estimated the proportion of deaths from coronavirus that can be blamed of the exacerbating effects of air pollution.

Their study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, drew on health and disease data from the US and China relating to air pollution, Covid-19 and SARS — a serious lung disease similar to Covid.

They combined this with satellite data of global exposure to particulate matter — microscopic particles — as well as ground-based pollution monitoring networks, to calculate to what extent air pollution can be blamed for Covid-19 deaths.

Rajasthan To Make Wearing Face Masks Mandatory

In a bid to check coronavirus, the Rajasthan government will bring a bill in the upcoming assembly session to make wearing face masks mandatory, a release said.

According to the release, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said coronavirus can be avoided only by adopting measures such as masks, social distancing and washing hands repeatedly.

The CM said the state government is considering making wearing face masks mandatory and a bill will be brought in this regard in the assembly session. 

Interacting with district collectors, college principals and other officials through a video conference held to review the outcome of a movement against coronavirus, Mr Gehlot said every section of society should join the government to make this campaign successful.



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