Up to 50,210 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in India on Thursday, 8.5% more than the day before. About 83.64 lakh of cases in total have been recorded so far, with 1.24,315 deaths so far. Up to 77,11,809 have recovered across the country so far.
The average number of deaths per day has also declined over the past seven weeks, from 1,165 between September 16 and 22 to 513 between October 28 and November 3, according to data from the Department of Health.
Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly decided on Thursday to hold a special session focused on international coordination in response to the coronavirus pandemic from December 3-4 in New York.
China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationals from India even with valid visas or residence permits due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi said on Thursday.
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Air pollution contributes 15% to Covid mortality, Green court informed
Air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of COVID-19 mortality according to the latest research, the National Green Tribunal has informed.
Senior lawyer Raj Panjawani and attorney Shibhani Ghosh, who have been appointed by the court as amicus curiae in a case related to the firecracker ban, told a bench led by NGT chairman Judge AK Goel , that particulate air pollution contributes 15% to COVID-19 mortality worldwide.
“The latest research on exposure to air pollution and the risk of death from COVID-19 infection suggests that” air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of death from COVID-19 “, they declared.
China bans foreign arrivals over fears of coronavirus resurgence
China has defended a ban on non-Chinese arrivals from a growing list of countries as “reasonable and fair” as it is guarding against a resurgence of the coronavirus.
The Chinese Embassy in the UK said on Wednesday that Beijing had decided to “temporarily suspend” entry into Britain by non-Chinese nationals.
Embassies in Belgium, the Philippines, India, Ukraine and Bangladesh have since issued similar notices.
Covid-19 first appeared in central China late last year, but Beijing has largely brought its outbreak under control thanks to strict travel restrictions and strict health measures for anyone entering the country.