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India’s active cases fall below 7 lakh for first time in 2 months, positivity rate at 3.7%

ThePrint’s daily Covid tracker that brings you the numbers that matter — from total cases, tests done and recoveries to positivity rate and deaths.
Representational image for the novel coronavirus test | Photo: PTI

Rwandan researchers’ devise algorithm that can detect a Covid sample from pool of 99 swabs

Researchers from the University of Rwanda used the geometry of the hypercube to increase the accuracy of pooled Covid testing, making the test 20 times cheaper for individuals.
AstraZeneca sells the drug Acalabrutinib under the brand name Calquence | Image: ThePrint Team

ICMR recommends dropping Interferon, adding cancer drug Acalabrutinib to WHO Solidarity trial

ICMR has submitted a proposal to the Modi govt recommending the cancer drug developed by AstraZeneca, which apparently improved clinical outcomes of patients with severe Covid-19.
Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

India records 54,366 new Covid cases, 690 deaths in last 24 hours

A total of 69,48,497 people have recovered from Covid so far pushing the national recovery rate to 89.53 per cent.
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Remdesivir is first Covid drug to get US FDA approval

The approval of remdesivir, sold under the brand name Veklury, will allow Gilead to market the drug and talk about its benefits to doctors, nurses, and patients.
A crowd gathered outside a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Ban on public events can bring down Covid transmission rate by 24%, Lancet study says

Conducted by researchers at University of Edinburgh, the study is based on data from 131 countries. It seeks to assess the effect different lockdown measures have on R.
A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US | Bloomberg

Moderna enrols 30,000 participants for final stage of Covid vaccine trials

Moderna has said it could get an initial readout on whether the vaccine works by late November.
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Modi govt has set aside Rs 50,000 crore to give Covid vaccine to entire country

Modi govt estimates an all-in cost of about Rs 440-515 to vaccinate a person & the Rs 50,000 crore provisioned so far is for the current financial year.
The post-Covid clinic at Delhi's Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital | Photo: Simrin Sirur | ThePrint

As Covid cases spike again, Delhi govt tells hospitals to be prepared for dengue, malaria too

Delhi govt advisory details the tests hospitals should be ready to conduct, and directs physicians to give antiviral oseltamivir to all Covid patients if there’s a flu outbreak.

India’s positivity rate touches 4-month low at 3.7% as daily tests rise to second-highest ever

ThePrint’s daily Covid tracker that brings you the numbers that matter — from total cases, tests done and recoveries to positivity rate and deaths.

On Camera

The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.