India’s COVID-19 count reached 73,70,469 on Friday with a spike of 63,371 new cases and 895 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
As per the Ministry, the COVID-19 count includes 8,04,528 active cases, and 64,53,780 cured and discharged or migrated cases.
Further, with 895 deaths, the total fatalities due to the disease reached 1,12,161.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, the total samples tested for COVID-19 in the country crossed the 9.2-crore mark.
A total of 9,22,54,927 samples have been tested in the country for COVID-19 till Thursday. This includes 10,28,622 samples tested on October 15.
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Aam Aadmi Party Government defended its decision to reserve 80 per cent ICU capacity exclusively for COVID-19 patients in private hospitals before Delhi High Court on Friday and said that plea filed by private hospital association was an attempt to secure the financial interests of the member hospitals.
Countering the petition filed by Association of Healthcare Providers India challenging the local government decision, the Delhi Government said, “The association plea is wholly misplaced, baseless and an attempt on the part of the petitioner to mislead the court and looking to secure the financial interests of the member hospitals under the garb of expressing masked concerns over securing healthcare facilities for Non-Covid patients, to be able to levy arbitrary and exorbitant medical treatment fee and other such charges from critical COVID-19 patients.”
In an affidavit filed through Delhi Government Standing Counsel Sanjoy Ghose and advocate Urvi Mohan, the government reiterated that the decision only covers 33 subject private hospitals and nursing homes, out of over 1,150 private nursing homes and hospitals across the national capital city.
Sikkim reported 31 fresh novel coronavirus cases in the past one day taking the tally in the state to 3531, an official said on Friday.
A total of 3096 people have recovered from the disease, while the number of fatalities is 59 so far, state IEC member Sonam Bhutia said.
East Sikkim registered the highest number of 25 positive cases, while South Sikkim accounted for four cases and West Sikkim and North Sikkim reported one case each during the time.
As per the district-wise distribution of COVID-19 cases, East Sikkim reported 2572 cases followed by 706 in South Sikkim, 159 in West Sikkim and 13 in North Sikkim.
The mountain state has 295 active cases, he said adding 81 others have migrated from the state.