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India logs 10,302 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : India reported 10,302 new COVID-19 cases and 267 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.Out of these, Kerala reported 5,754 new cases of the COVID-19 infection and 49 deaths. Meanwhile, India’s active caseload stands at 1,24,868 which now account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.36 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,787 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,39,09,708. The recovery rate is currently at 98.29 per cent, the highest since March 2020.As per the health ministry, the daily positivity rate stands at 0.96per cent. It has remained below 2 per cent for the last 47 days while the weekly positivity rate is at 0.93 per cent, less than 2 per cent for the last 57…

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COVID-19: Research explores how genetic differences leave immune cells at disadvantage

La Jolla (California) [US]: New research findings show how genetic variations are linked to severe cases of COVID-19 affecting our immune cells.The study, led by scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), is one of the first in-depth look at the connections between COVID-19 severity and gene expression in many types of immune cells. This work could guide the development of new COVID-19 therapies to boost immune cell function. Among their findings, the researchers report that a gene in a cell type called non-classical monocytes, which are part of the body’s “first responder” team of innate immune cells, could be a potential target for COVID-19 therapies.“This study highlights the power of human genetics to uncover novel pathways linked to disease,” says LJI Professor Pandurangan Vijayanand, M.D., PhD, senior author of the Nature Communications study.The science community has identified many genetic differences, called polymorphisms,…

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Quad has resilient, reliable supply chain of COVID-19 vaccines, says Jaishankar

Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday lauded Quad’s– comprising of Australia, India, Japan and US– efforts in producing, distributing COVID-19 vaccines and said that the group has a “resilient, reliable supply chain”.Speaking at a panel “Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order” at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum in Singapore, Jaishankar said, “It’s interesting, one of the initiatives under Quad (Australia, India, Japan and US) to jointly produce and distribute vaccines, which would be an American vaccine, made in India, Japanese will come in with a lot of financial support and Australians with a lot of logistics support.” “For me, it’s decentralized globalization, a more resilient, reliable supply chain. More trust and transparency, but also more flexible combinations, sit down and produce solutions to particular challenges,” the minister said“If I look not just at vaccines, if you look at the pharma world,…

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Austria introduces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination from February 1

Vienna [Austria] : Mandatory vaccination campaign against coronavirus will start in Austria from February 1, 2022, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced on Friday.“Today we have made a very difficult decision – to introduce compulsory vaccination very quickly, it should be in effect as early as February 1, 2022,” Schallenberg said at a press conference. Schallenberg also announced the introduction of a total national lockdown from Monday for a maximum of 20 days. According the chancellor, the lockdown for the unvaccinated people increased the readiness of the population to vaccinate, but not sufficiently.Since November 15, a lockdown has been in effect in the country for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Nevertheless, the epidemiological situation continues to deteriorate – the daily incidence regularly breaks records, the intensive care units are on the verge of being overloaded with COVID-19 patients. 

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Brazil records over 21.98 million COVID-19 cases

Brasilia [Brazil]: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 12,301 to 21,989,962 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Thursday.According to the ministry, the death toll has risen by 293 to 612,144 people within the same period of time. More than 21.2 million patients have recovered since the start of the outbreak.A day earlier, the country confirmed 11,977 new cases, with 373 fatalities.Brazil comes second in terms of the death toll following the United States with more than 768,000 fatalities, and third in terms of the number of confirmed cases after the US and India.The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. To date, more than 255.93 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 5.13 million fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Japan tops G-7 chart with highest fully vaccinated population

Tokyo [Japan]: Topping charts among the Group of Seven industrialized nations (G-7), Japan has so far vaccinated 75.7 per cent of its population with two COVID-19 shots, reported local media.Japan has successfully immunized its 125 million populations with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, reported Kyodo News citing government sources. Leaving Canada behind, which earlier was at the top with a 75.5 per cent vaccination rate, Japan has left behind other G-7 nations including the US, Germany, France, and Britain.According to the government records, 195.32 million COVID-19 vaccination shots have been administered so far, with 99.4 million having received the first shot, reported Kyodo News. Among the people of age group 65 and above, over 91 per cent are fully vaccinated.With ramped-up vaccination drive in Japan, which commenced earlier this year has resulted in the significant plunge of new COVID-19 cases. Coming down from the…

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India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 114.46 cr

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 114.46 crores, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.“With the administration of 73,44,739 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage is 1,14,46,32,851 as per provisional reports till 7 am today,” said the Ministry’s statement. As many as 1,17,53,091 sessions have been administered so far.Meanwhile, India reported 11,919 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.With this, India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,762. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,242 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,38,85,132. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, the highest since March 2020.The country also reported 470…

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Russia confirms 37,374 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hrs

Moscow [Russia]: Russia has confirmed 37,374 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,219,912, the response center said on Thursday. “Over the past day, 37,374 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,617 cases (7.0 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.41per cent.Moscow registered 4,062 new COVID-19 cases. The Russian capital was followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,645 new cases, and the Samara region with 1,781 new cases. The response center reported a record 1,251 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 260,335. In the same 24 hours, 36,414 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 7,919,250.

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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy greatest threat in overcoming pandemic, says Adar Poonawalla

New Delhi [India]: Chief Executive Officer of the Serum Institute of India (SII) Adar Poonawalla on Wednesday said that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is the greatest threat in overcoming the pandemic. The SII chief also urged all the adults to get vaccinated as soon as possible.“The vaccine industry has worked tirelessly to provide enough stocks for the nation. Today there are over 200 million doses available with states. Vaccine hesitancy is now the greatest threat in overcoming this pandemic.” he added.SII is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer and has manufactured hundreds of millions of doses of Covishield. The company has also exported the COVID-19 vaccine to the WHO-backed COVAX under the Government of India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative.Recently, the Centre has launched the program ‘Har ghar dastak’ campaign which aims to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.In…

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India reports 11,919 new COVID-19 cases, 470 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi: India reported 11,919 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday. With this, India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,762. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,242 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,38,85,132. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, the highest since March 2020. The country also reported 470 deaths in a day. With this, the death toll has gone up to 4,64,623. Of the total new cases, recoveries and deaths in the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 6,849 cases, 6,046 recoveries and 61 deaths. As per the health ministry, the daily positivity rate stands at 0.97 per cent. It has remained below 2…

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New COVID-19 wave in France may accelerate in coming weeks, hints Health Advisor

Paris [France]: France will face the acceleration of the fifth wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the coming weeks, Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises the government on COVID-19, warned on Wednesday.Speaking on radio France Inter, Delfraissy said that the fifth wave has hit France since mid-October. “With the level of vaccination that we have, we are equipped with the capacity to face this fifth wave, under the condition of using all the tools in the toolbox,” he said, referring to the vaccination of the non-vaccinated, the booster shot, the barrier gestures and the application of health pass.The immunologist estimated that the fifth wave would be “difficult” for the French health system since “the hospitalizations will rise, up to … 1,200 or even 1,400 new admissions per day, probably at the beginning of December.”Delfraissy also defended the efficiency of COVID-19 vaccines. “It…

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Russia records 36,626 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has confirmed 36,626 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,182,538, the response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past day, 36,626 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,335 cases (6.4%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.40%. Moscow registered 2,966 new COVID-19 cases. The Russian capital was followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,793 new cases, and the Samara region with 1,785 new cases.The response center reported record 1,247 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 259,084.In the same 24 hours, 36,388 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 7,882,836.

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Germany reintroduces free COVID-19 tests amid rising corona cases

Berlin [Germany]: Germany has resumed free COVID-19 tests from Saturday (local time), as the country is reeling under the fourth wave of the pandemic. This comes one month after the country had ended free COVID-19 testing in October.The COVID-19 situation is deteriorating in Germany, like much of Europe. The country is reporting a daily rise of over 40,000 COVID-19 cases. According to a German broadcaster DW, the country is facing the brunt of rising coronavirus cases and hence the government has taken the decision to reintroduce free COVID-19 tests.The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, stated that 45,081 new cases and 228 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, reported German broadcaster DW.In the wake of the upcoming fourth wave, RKI is stressing about establishing stringent restrictions on public life.…

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Philippines approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine as booster shots

Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of China’s Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine and three other brands as booster shots against the COVID-19, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said Tuesday. During a pre-recorded meeting aired on Tuesday, Domingo said the FDA has already amended the emergency use authorization of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light, “meaning six months after the second dose, another can be administered.”The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said that all fully vaccinated healthcare workers could get the booster doses starting on Wednesday, as well as people with underlying health conditions and the elderly with comorbidities. To date, the Philippines has received almost 125 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from different vaccine makers. China, the biggest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines, was the first country to provide vaccines to the Philippines, allowing the Southeast Asian country to…

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Kerala reports 4,547 new COVID-19 cases

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : Kerala reported 4,547 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours.A state government bulletin said 6,866 more people have recovered from the infection, taking the recoveries to 49,64,375. With 57 people succumbing to the virus, the death toll in the state has gone up to 35,877.The state has 64,738 active cases.The bulletin said that 325 people were hospitalised due to the virus during the last 24 hours. 

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New variant of COVID-19 Delta strain detected in Norway

Oslo [Norway], Russia: A new variant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus has been detected in Norway, which is assumed to be no more infectious than other strains, the NRK broadcaster reported Monday, citing the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).The NIPH reported the first case of the Norwegian version of the Delta virus in late June, and since then it has spread around the country, according to the news. Experts believe it to be no more dangerous than the regular Delta virus, and the existing vaccines do not lose their efficiency against it, the NRK noted. “We have no data that the vaccine does not work against this variant, there are no significant reasons for concern,” Karoline Bragstad, a senior researcher at NIPH, was quoted as saying.The variant has been recognized internationally as AY.63 and labeled as “first seen in Norway,” the…

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India records 10,229 new Covid cases; active cases decline to 1,34,096

New Delhi [India] : India’s Covid tally rose to 3,44,47,536 with 10,229 more people testing positive for coronavirus, while the active cases have declined to 1,34,096, the lowest in 523 days, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Monday. The death toll reached 4,63,655 after 125 new fatalities were reported, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 38 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 141 consecutive days now. The active cases have declined to 1,34, 096 comprising 0.39 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.26 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the Health Ministry said. A decrease of 1,822 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload…

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Israel approves COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Nachman Ash, director-general of the Israeli health ministry, on Sunday approved the expert panel’s recommendation to start COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11.According to a statement issued by the ministry, the recommendation approved by Ash was made on Wednesday by the ministry’s vaccination advisory committee and pandemic response team. The starting date of the vaccination for this age group will be determined in the coming days, the ministry statement said.“Most experts believed that the level of benefit in administering the vaccine at these ages outweighed the risk involved,” Ash noted.Earlier in the day, Israel’s national coronavirus czar Salman Zarka told the state-owned Kan Radio that vaccine doses for children will arrive in Israel this week.Today, the minimum eligibility age for receiving the vaccine in Israel is 12, having been gradually lowered from 65 since the start of the general…

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Austria announces lockdown on unvaccinated amid rising COVID cases

Vienna [Austria]: Austria will start from Monday to impose a lockdown on those who have not been vaccinated, the Austrian government announced on Sunday.“We have decided with a heavy heart to take this step,” Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said after a cabinet meeting on Sunday. According to Schallenberg, unvaccinated individuals above the age of 12 will be prohibited from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, shopping or doing exercises, while those under 12 will not be affected.The lockdown, currently limited to 10 days, is expected to affect 2 million Austrians in the country of 8.9 million people, and the police have been asked to check people outside to make sure they are vaccinated, Schallenberg said.“Now we have to do everything we can to raise the embarrassingly low vaccination rate. With the vaccination rate we have now, we will never get…

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Australian COVID-19 cases fall to recent low amid battle against 3rd wave

Canberra [Australia] : Australia has reported its fewest daily COVID-19 cases in recent weeks as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.There were 1,115 new locally-acquired cases and five deaths from the pandemic reported across Australia on Sunday morning. The majority of new cases were in Victoria, the country’s second-most populous state with Melbourne as the capital city, where 905 cases and four deaths were reported.As of Saturday 90.4 percent of Australians aged 16 and over had received one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 83 percent were fully inoculated, according to the Department of Health.More than 250,000 Australians have had a third booster shot.As the booster rollout accelerates Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday said the government would not change its definition of “fully vaccinated”.“The advice at this stage of Professor Brendan Murphy’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group is that you’re regarded…

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India reports 11,271 new COVID-19 cases, active caseload lowest since March 2020

New Delhi [India] : India reported the lowest COVID-19 active caseload since March 2020 with the tally at 1,35,918, the Ministry of Health informed on Sunday.“Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.39 per cent- lowest in 17 months (522 days),” the ministry said. As many as 11,271 new COVID-19 cases and 285 Covid deaths were also reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The death toll from the virus has now reached 4,63,530, the ministry informed.Of these, Kerala reported 6,468 new cases and 23 deaths.As per a press release of the ministry, 12,55,904 Covid tests had been conducted in the last 24 hours. India has so far conducted over 62.37 Crore (62,37,51,344) COVID-19 tests.“While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate at 1.01 per cent remains less than 2 per…

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Children under 5 years of age exempted from COVID-19 tests upon arrival in India: Health Ministry

New Delhi [India] : Children under five years of age are exempted from both pre-and-post-arrival testings upon arrival in India, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. However, if they are found to be symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treatment as per protocols. “Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol,” the Health Ministry guidelines on November 11. The Health Ministry said that the guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed in view of increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic. “The global trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional…

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India requests UAE to remove requirement for airport RTPCR test

Dubai [UAE]: India has requested the UAE to remove the RTPCR test requirement at the airport as, according to present rules, passengers travelling to the UAE have to arrive six hours before at the airport to get their RTPCR test done.India said that UAE is in talks with its health authorities on the issue. The high cost of the RTPCR test at the airport is also an issue often raised by passengers travelling to the UAE, Indian Ambassador to UAE Pavan Kapoor told reporters.“We have formally taken it up with the UAE government. We have told them given the level of vaccination in India, given the low level of COVID-19 cases now and the fact that these vaccines are recognised now, we have suggested that they should try and remove this RTPCR requirement at the airport. We think it is in keeping with the…

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Russia registers 39,256 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 39,256 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 9,031,851, the federal response center said Saturday.In the last 24 hours, Russia registered 1,241 deaths of patients with COVID-19, which is the highest number since the start of the pandemic. In the same period, 33,803 recoveries have been registered across the country. 

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India reports 11,850 fresh COVID-19 cases, 555 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,850 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative case count to 34,426,036, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.The country’s active caseload declines to 1,36,308 which is the lowest in 274 days. The active cases presently constitute 0.40 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is the lowest since March 2020. With 12,403 new recoveries, the total number of recoveries in the country rises to 3,38,26,483 and the recovery rate stands at 98.26 per cent.Currently, the daily positivity rate stands at 0.94 per cent, less than 2 per cent for the past 40 days. The weekly positivity rate is 1.05 per cent, less than 2 per cent for the last 50 days.The country also reported 555 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,63,245. The…

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Har Ghar Dastak campaign focuses on at least 90 pc adult vaccination coverage, says Dr Agnani

New Delhi [India]: The major focus of the Centre’s Har Ghar Dastak campaign is to vaccinate at least 90 per cent of the adult population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, said Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Dr Manohar Agnani on Friday. During a national interactive webinar for the media, organised by the ministry on further strengthening and creating awareness about the month-long campaign, Agnani said, “Under Har Ghar Dastak, we want the first dose coverage to reach 90 per cent by November 30 and maximum coverage for the second dose.”“Eighty per cent single dose and 39 per cent double doses have already been covered so far,” he added.When asked about the need for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Agnani said, “Right now we are focusing on vaccination for adults.”Further, talking about the due second doses…

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Putin calls on WHO to accelerate recognition of new COVID-19 vaccines

Moscow [Russia]: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on the World Health Organization to accelerate the recognition of new COVID-19 vaccines, adding that the accessibility to doses in developing countries is low due to unfair compassion.“The WHO could expedite procedures for the prequalification of new vaccines and drugs, that is, assessing their quality, safety and efficacy,” Putin told the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

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India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 110.79 cr doses

New Delhi [India]: India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 110.79 crores on Friday, the Union Health Ministry informed.According to the ministry, more than 53.81 lakh doses (53,81,889) were administered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of doses to 1,10,79,51,225, till 7 am today. Meanwhile, the country reported 12,516 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.At present, the active caseload stands at 1,37,416, the lowest in 267 days. The overall recovery rate stands at 98.26 per cent.A total of 3,38,14,080 people have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far in the country, including 13,155 new recoveries reported in the past 24 hours.The weekly positivity rate is 1.10 per cent, less than 2 per cent for the last 49 days, the ministry said.

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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin phase 3 data shows 77.8 pc efficacy against COVID-19, says Lancet

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech on Friday announced that the Lancet peer-review confirmed the efficacy analysis of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.As per phase-three clinical trials data, Covaxin demonstrates 77.8 per cent efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. “COVAXIN is the only COVID-19 vaccine to have demonstrated efficacy data from phase III clinical trials against the delta variant at 65.2 per cent,” the official statement issued by Bharat Biotech said citing the study by the Lancet.“Efficacy analysis demonstrates Covaxin to be 77.8 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19, through evaluation of 130 confirmed cases, with 24 observed in the vaccine group versus 106 in the placebo group,” said the company’s statement.Further, it said that Covaxin will be 93.4 per cent effective against severe symptomatic COVID-19.“Safety analysis demonstrates adverse events reported were similar to placebo, with 12 per cent of subjects experiencing commonly known side effects and less…

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Assam to launch COVID-19 vaccination drive to achieve 100 pc administration of first dose by month-end

Guwahati (Assam) [India]: With an aim to achieve 100 per cent administration of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the state, the Assam government is set to launch a new vaccination campaign from November 22 to 27 for those yet to get vaccinated.“First dose vaccination is around 94-95 per cent (completed). We’ll complete the first dose this month… and go from village to village to verify whether 100 per cent vaccination has been done,” said Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. “If we complete the first dose this month, we will complete the second dose in February,” he added.Under this drive, vaccination will take place at every polling booth in the state and every booth would be headed by a gazetted officer. These officers will visit households under the purview of their respective booths to ensure everyone is at least vaccinated with their…

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COVID-19: States, UTs must work together in collaborative spirit, says Union Health Minister

New Delhi [India] : Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said all the state and union territories should work together in a collaborative spirit to give COVID-19 pandemic the last mile effort, informed sources.The Union Minister said this during the meeting with state and union territories health ministers on the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ COVID19 vaccination campaign. “In the national interest, all states and UTs must work together in a collaborative spirit to give this in the last-mile effort. So that no household, no citizen is left unvaccinated in the country,” said Mandaviya.He also said that the CoWIN can be used to prepare district-specific action plans.“We should not think that COVID is over. Cases are rising globally, ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign being monitored daily. CoWIN can be used to prepare district-specific action plans. CoWIN portal to focus on expiry of vaccines,” he said…

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India reports 13,091 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 13,091 fresh COVID-19 cases and 340 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Thursday.Of this, Kerala reported 7,540 new COVID-19 cases and 211 fatalities. The total cases reported in the country so far mounted to 3,44,01,670 with the active caseload standing at 1,38,556, which is the lowest in 266 days. Active cases account for less than one per cent of the total cases.Further, 13,878 recoveries were reported during the past 24 hours thereby mounting the recovery tally to 3,38,00,925. With this, the recovery rate currently stands at 98.25 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate stands at 1.10 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 38 days. The weekly positivity rate stood at 1.18 per cent and has been less…

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Pak reports 637 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths in last 24 hrs

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan has reported 637 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Thursday.As many as 48,882 samples were tested during this period, out of which 637 turned out to be positive, pushing the country’s caseload to 1,278,751, ARY News reported. The pandemic claimed the lives of nine people, increasing the death toll to 28,575.The number of critical COVID-19 patients under treatment in various hospitals across the country stands at 1,156, ARY News reported.

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COVID-19 confirmed in pet dog in UK

London [UK]: COVID-19 has been detected in a pet dog in the United Kingdom, confirmed UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer in a statement on Wednesday.According to him, the infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge on November 3. The dog is now recovering at home. All available evidence suggests that the dog contracted the coronavirus from its owners who had previously tested positive for coronavirus. There is no evidence to suggest that the animal was involved in the transmission of the disease to its owners or that pets or other domestic animals are able to transmit the virus to people, according to the statement.“Tests conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Agency have confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet dog in the UK. The infected dog was undergoing treatment…

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More than 25,000 tons of COVID-19 protection waste floats in oceans

Sofia [Bulgaria]: Since the start of the 2020 pandemic, many have become accustomed to using personal protective equipment, which is often disposable and not used for a long time. The problem of mass pollution of the environment with used masks, gloves and bottles of antiseptics poses a significant threat to the biosphere worldwide.More than 25,000 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other types of plastic waste associated with COVID-19 have landed in the oceans, new research reveals. Researchers from the School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, are leading the new analysis, which looks at the period from the pandemic in 2020 to August 2021 predicts that almost three-quarters of it, about 71 per cent, will be dumped on beaches by the end of the year.According to the study, from…

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Malaysia reports 5,403 new COVID-19 infections, 78 more deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] : Malaysia reported another 5,403 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the national total to 2,517,173, according to the health ministry.Some 25 of the new cases are imported, with 5,378 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed. Another 78 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 29,427.About 5,311 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,425,943.There are some 61,803 active cases, 542 are being held in intensive care and 268 of those are in need of assisted breathing.The country reported 116,642 vaccine doses administered on Tuesday and some 78.3 percent of the population have received at least one dose and 75.5 percent are fully vaccinated. 

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India reports 11,466 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,466 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.The country’s active caseload stands at 1,39,683, which is the lowest in 264 days and it accounts for less than 1 per cent of total cases. It is currently at 0.41 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. The recovery rate is currently at 98.25 per cent and it is the highest since March 2020 the beginning of the pandemic.The country has also conducted over 61.85 crore COVID-19 tests.Meanwhile, 109.63 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

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96 countries recognised Covishield, Covaxin: Health Minister Mandaviya

New Delhi [India]: As many as 96 countries have recognised Covaxin and Covishield and both of these COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organisation (WHO), said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday. “WHO has included 8 vaccines in EUL (emergency use listing) so far. We are happy two out of these are Indian vaccines– Covaxin and Covishield. 96 countries of the world have recognised both these vaccines,” Mandaviya told ANI.Among 96 nations include Canada, the United States of America, Australia, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, and Switzerland.He also informed that over 109 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the country.Under the Centre’s ‘Har ghar dastak’ mega vaccination campaign, the minister said, “Healthcare workers are going to all houses to carry out the vaccination drive.”He further said that the Union government…

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Oral COVID-19 pill to be imported into S Korea in February next year

Seoul [South Korea]: A new type of COVID-19 treatment developed overseas will be imported into Korea from February next year.According to Koh Jae-young, the spokesman of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KCDC), at the KCDC briefing on the 8th, the Korean government has decided to import oral COVID-19 treatment for 404,000 people and will phase it in from February next year. This is the first time that the government has specifically announced the import schedule of COVID-19 oral treatments. Previously, Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol said he hopes to import it between January and February next year.In order to minimize the COVID-19 severe cases in the ‘phased recovery of daily life’ process, the government has been steadily promoting the purchase of oral treatments for 404,000 people. It signed a purchase contract with Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) for 200,000 patients…

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Russia records 39,160 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia], November 9 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia registered 39,160 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from 39,400 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,873,655, the federal response center said on Tuesday. “Over the past day, 39,160 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,200 cases (8.2 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.44 per cent.Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 5,287 infections, up from 4,982 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by the Moscow region with 2,818 cases, down from 3,429, and St. Petersburg with 2,680 cases, up from 2,597. The response center reported a new record of 1,211 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,190 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 249,215. In the same 24 hours, 32,036 COVID-19…

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India reports 10,126 new Covid cases in last 24 hrs, lowest in 266 days

New Delhi [India] : India reported 10,126 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 266 days hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.The country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rises to 3,43,77113. The active caseload stands at 1,40,638, which is the lowest in 263 days. Currently, the active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.41 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.With 11,982 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries mounted to 3,37,75,086. India’s recovery rate stands at 98.25 per cent, which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.The death toll climbed to 4,61,389 with 332 fresh fatalities.The weekly positivity rate at 1.25 per cent remains less than 2 per cent for the last 46 days now while the daily…

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Over 80,000 eligible COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries didn’t turn up for 2nd dose in Tripura, says State health department

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Principal Secretary to Tripura Health and Family Welfare Department, JK Sinha on Monday informed that over 80,000 eligible beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccine did not turn up for the second dose after the stipulated period of 84 days in the state.The state government has started the ‘Knock the Door’ programme to reach out to the people who did not turn up for the second dose. According to Sinha, it has affected the state’s performance at the national level in administering the vaccine doses effectively.“If we take Agartala Municipal Corporation as an example, everyone received the first dose of the COVID vaccine but more than 80,000 people did not turn up for the second dose even after the 84 days period passed. The exact number as of today stands at 81,465 but approximately the figure stands close to 80,000. They should have…

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Sri Lanka mulls making COVID-19 vaccine cards mandatory

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lankan Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said on Monday that legal advice had been sought on if COVID-19 vaccine cards could be made mandatory for people to visit public places in the country.Speaking to legislators in the parliament, Rambukwella said that following discussions, the attorney general had informed him that legal procedures could be taken against those who had not been vaccinated with both doses of COVID-19 vaccines if they visit the public places in the future. Rambukwella said the Health Ministry will introduce a mobile app to display whether both doses of the vaccine had been obtained and if not, people will not be allowed to enter public places.According to the ministry, over 60 per cent of its total population had so far been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a mass vaccination program, which began in January, is still underway.The…

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India logs 11,451 new COVID-19 cases, 266 deaths

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,451 fresh COVID-19 cases, 13,204 recoveries and 266 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry.Out of that, Kerala reported 7,124 cases, 7,488 recoveries, and 21 deaths. Active cases account for 0.42 per cent of total cases which is the lowest since March 2020India’s active caseload currently stands at 1,42,826, the lowest in 262 days.The recovery rate stands at 98.24 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.

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US reopens land, air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from today

Washington [US]: After 20 months of travel restrictions, the US is reopening its land and air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from Monday.The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travellers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months, reported CNN. The United States is largely wide open, although there are some state and local restrictions that still apply.For example, there are mask mandates in Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Washington, DC and Puerto Rico also require masks in indoor public spaces.In some cities, including New York and San Francisco, there are vaccine requirements for indoor public spaces including restaurants, reported CNN.Hawaii, which had some of the strictest entry requirements in the US, will now align with the new federal rules for international air travel. Although capacity…

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Hundreds join protests against mandatory vaccination across Australia

Canberra [Australia]: Rallies against mandatory vaccination were held throughout Australia on Sunday, national media reported.The peaceful protests were held across the state of New South Wales (NSW) as part of the ‘Reclaim The Line’ rally, with people carrying signs that read: “No mandatory vaccine,” 9News reported. Adelaide in the state of South Australia and the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland also saw the start of anti mandatory vaccination demonstrations on Sunday.Meanwhile on Saturday, massive anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown protests took place in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, and Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory, where protests got violent and seven people were arrested.People could be heard chanting phrases like “free Victoria” and “sack Dan Andrews” in Melbourne as they marched towards the Parliament House to rally against mandatory vaccination and a proposed COVID-19 pandemic bill, which would see COVID-19 rules remain in action…

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COVID-19 affects 250 million people worldwide in last 24 hours

Hanoi [Vietnam] : The world had recorded 250.2 million COVID-19 infections as of 4 pm on Sunday, including more than 5 million deaths, according to worldometers.com.The US is the hardest hit country with 47.3 million infections and 775,000 deaths. India ranked second with more than 34.3 million cases and 460,787 deaths, followed by Brazil with 21.8 million infections and 609,417 deaths. China will continue to implement strict COVID-19 control measures and a “zero tolerance” policy, a senior official of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday.He said China’s strict policy is prompt to the current conditions in the country and scientific philosophy behind pandemic prevention and control. In the past weeks, China had reported 918 cases in 44 cities across 20 provinces with viral chains linked back to multiple imported sources which are unrelated to each other.On Sunday, China recorded 55 new cases,…

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Iran reports 6,803 new COVID-19 cases, 5,980,260 in total

Tehran [Iran] : The Iranian health ministry reported on Saturday 6,803 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total infections to 5,980,260.According to an official briefing published on state TV, the pandemic has claimed 127,173 lives in the country so far, after 120 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. A total of 5,588,545 people have recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across the country, while 3,713 remain in intensive care units, the ministry said on its official website.By Saturday, 54,977,728 Iranians have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 38,435,297 have taken two.A total of 36,167,151 tests have so far been carried out across the country.In the morning, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi praised the efforts of the country’s vaccine developers and stressed the importance of providing them with legal and financial support. 

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Pakistan reports 471 new COVID-19 cases, 20 more deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan on Saturday confirmed 471 new COVID-19 cases and 20 more deaths, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.The NCOC, a department leading the campaign against the pandemic, said that the country has conducted 21,101,314 tests so far, confirming 1,276,711 cases, including 1,225,363 recovered cases. There are 22,810 active cases under treatment across the country, including 1,233 in critical condition.The pandemic killed 20 people on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 28,538.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province is the most affected region of the country with 471,733 infections, followed by the eastern Punjab province which has reported 441,051 infections.

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 108.21 cr

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 28,40,174 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 108.21 crore (1,08,21,66,365) as per provisional reports till 7 am on Sunday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States, UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that are being reported for 133consecutive days now. Meanwhile, India reported 10,853 new cases in the last 24 hours.With new cases, the active caseload is presently at 1,44,845 which is the lowest in 260 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.42% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is the lowest since March 2020 according to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare early Sunday.The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours…

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Over 116.58 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to States, UTs so far, says Centre

New Delhi [India]: More than 116.58 crore (1,16,58,27,955) COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far through the Centre and direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.More than 15.77 (15,77,70,771) crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered, it said. The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country, it added.As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalisation of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs, the…

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UP CM holds high-level meeting on COVID vaccination

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : In a high-level meeting held on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath released detailed guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination, the spread of Zika virus in the state and other issues in the state.Instructing the officials regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, the Chief Minister said “a target should be set to vaccinate up to 25-30 lakh people on daily basis in the next two months.” He asked the state’s Additional Chief Secretary of Health to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination process by holding a meeting with all the CMOs of the state. “The action on vaccination has to be accelerated,” the Chief Minister said.Speaking further, Adityanath noted that due to the correct implementation of the policy of “tracing, testing, treatment and vaccination”, there is effective control on COVID-19 infection in the state.“In the last 24 hours, 72 thousand 969 samples were…

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Philippines logs 2,656 new COVID-19 cases

Manila [Philippines] : The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,656 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,800,621.The DOH also reported that 154 more people died from COVID-19 complications, bringing the country’s death toll to 42,239. Eight laboratories failed to submit data. The number of deaths reported in the daily bulletin includes deaths from previous months, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a virtual news conference Saturday.She said the country now tallies an average of dozens of deaths daily from a peak of 193 in September. In October, the average number of deaths per day was 73.Of the 154 deaths reported on Saturday, 118 were previously tagged as recoveries and reclassified as deaths after final validation, the DOH said.The country has battled three waves of infections since the outbreak last year. The last…

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Over 107.92 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in India

New Delhi [India] : India has administered over 107.92 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday.As per the ministry, 1,07,92,19,546 vaccines doses have been administered in the country so far. Meanwhile, India reported 10,929 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,46,950 the lowest in 255 days.Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.43 per cent, lowest since March 2020.With 12,509 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries in the country have been increased to 3,37,37,468. The recovery rate is currently at 98.23 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.35 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 33 days and the weekly…

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S.Korea reports 2,248 more COVID-19 cases, 377,712 in total

Seoul [South Korea] : South Korea reported 2,248 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Friday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 377,712.The daily caseload was down from 2,344 in the previous day, but it hovered above 2,000 for the fourth straight day. The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.Of the new cases, 912 were Seoul residents. The number of the newly infected people residing in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 687 and 142.The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 478, or 21.5 percent of the total local transmission.Twenty-nine cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 15,223.The number of infected people who were in a serious condition grew 29 to 411.Twenty more…

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India logs 10,929 new COVID-19 cases, 392 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 10,929 new COVID-19 cases and 392 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday.According to the ministry, the active caseload in the country, which accounts for less than one per cent of the total cases, stands at 1,46,950. The active cases account for 0.43 per cent of the total cases which is the lowest since March 2020.With 392 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the country now stands at 4,60,265.As many as 12,509 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours taking the number of recovered patients to 3,37,37,468. The recovery rate is currently at 98.23 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.35 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 33…

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Massive COVID wave unlikely if large population already infected, says AIIMS Doctor

Delhi [India] : Responding to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) warning of a new COVID-19 wave, AIIMS Doctor and Epidemiologist Dr Sanjay K Rai on Friday said that it is unlikely if a large population has already been already infected by the virus.The WHO had earlier warned of a massive COVID-19 wave in Europe and Central Asia. It also said that over 5,00,000 deaths (combined) are likely in this region by February 2022. “When large populations get infected, massive waves of the virus are unlikely. Natural infections lead to natural immunity which leads to a decline in the number of cases. Vaccinations also reduce disease severity and deaths. It will happen in Russia and Central Asia. A wave of infections is going on there, but this will reduce by February. This happened everywhere, including in India. A large amount of the population was infected,…

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Massive COVID wave unlikely if large population already infected, says AIIMS Doctor

Delhi [India] : Responding to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) warning of a new COVID-19 wave, AIIMS Doctor and Epidemiologist Dr Sanjay K Rai on Friday said that it is unlikely if a large population has already been already infected by the virus.The WHO had earlier warned of a massive COVID-19 wave in Europe and Central Asia. It also said that over 5,00,000 deaths (combined) are likely in this region by February 2022. “When large populations get infected, massive waves of the virus are unlikely. Natural infections lead to natural immunity which leads to a decline in the number of cases. Vaccinations also reduce disease severity and deaths. It will happen in Russia and Central Asia. A wave of infections is going on there, but this will reduce by February. This happened everywhere, including in India. A large amount of the population was infected,…

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Over 107.92 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in India

New Delhi [India] : India has administered over 107.92 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday.As per the ministry, 1,07,92,19,546 vaccines doses have been administered in the country so far. Meanwhile, India reported 10,929 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,46,950 the lowest in 255 days.Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.43 per cent, lowest since March 2020.With 12,509 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries in the country have been increased to 3,37,37,468. The recovery rate is currently at 98.23 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.35 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 33 days and the weekly…

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New Zealand reports 207 new cases of COVID-19

Wellington [New Zealand] : New Zealand reported 207 new cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday.Of the 207 new cases, 206 were community cases and one was an imported case at the border, said the Ministry. The total case number of COVID-19 in the current Delta variant outbreak in New Zealand community reached 4,240, including 4,047 in Auckland, 154 in Waikato, 17 in Wellington, 17 in Northland, four in Canterbury and one in Nelson-Marlborough, said the Ministry.There were 73 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals including seven in ICU or HDU, it said.New Zealand has recorded 6,981 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, said the Ministry.According to the Ministry, 78 per cent of eligible New Zealanders have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, part of the Waikato region and Upper…

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WHO chief warns about spike in COVID-19 as cases surge in Europe, Central Asia

Geneva [Switzerland]: Amid the latest rise in COVID-19 in Europe and Central Asia, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday (local time) warned about the rising number of cases and deaths.More than 5 million deaths have now been reported, and WHO believes the real number is higher. More than 50,000 people are losing their lives every week, UN News reported. In the last seven days, 56 countries, from all regions, reported an increase in deaths of more than 10 per cent. Tedros highlighted reports about lack of intensive care unit beds, lack of supplies, overwhelmed health workers, and hospitals deferring other needed procedures.“Let me be very clear: this should not be happening”, he said. “We have all the tools to prevent COVID-19 transmission and save lives, and we continue to call on all countries to use those tools.”According to the WHO, every single country…

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Delhi cabinet approves Rs 1,544 cr for health facilities to combat COVID-19

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday approved Rs 1,544 crores for health facilities to combat COVID-19.As per the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the Cabinet also approved the proposal for the induction of 190 AC low-floor buses into Delhi’s transport system. According to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gaglot, the buses will have CCTV cameras, GPS, panic buttons and will be differently-abled friendly. 

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Pfizer says its COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate reduces risk of hospitalisation by 89pc

New York [US]: American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on Friday that its investigational COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate, Paxlovid, showed an 89 per cent reduction in hospitalisation or lethal cases in high-risk patients.“The scheduled interim analysis showed an 89% reduction in risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization or death from any cause compared to placebo in patients treated within three days of symptom onset (primary endpoint),” Pfizer said in a statement. None of the patients who received Paxlovid died during the testing that lasted 28 days, compared with 10 deaths (1.6%) among those who received a placebo.“Today’s news is a real game-changer in the global efforts to halt the devastation of this pandemic. These data suggest that our oral antiviral candidate, if approved or authorized by regulatory authorities, has the potential to save patients’ lives, reduce the severity of COVID-19 infections, and eliminate up to nine out…

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Kerala: 6,580 fresh COVID-19 infections, 46 deaths recorded

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala reported 6,580 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state government’s data, 62,219 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.As many as 7,085 fresh recoveries pushed the overall discharges/recoveries to 48,94,435. The death toll mounted to 33,048. Meanwhile, India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. The total death toll has reached 4,59,873. (ANI)

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Russia logs 40,735 new COVID-19 cases, 1,192 deaths in last 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia recorded 40,735 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative total of the cases to 8,714,595, reported Sputnik citing the Federal Response Centre on Friday. “Over the past day, 40,735 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,793 cases (9.3 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” Sputnik reported quoting the centre as saying.Total of 40,217 cases were reported a day before. The rate of increase in the number of cases is reported to be 0.47 per cent. The capital city of Moscow reported the highest number of new infections with 6,407 new additions to the tally. Following the capital, the next highest number of cases were reported in St. Petersburg with 3,363 cases. 1,192 new fatalities were reported mounting the death toll to 244,447, reported Sputnik citing the response centre. The number of discharged patients from the…

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Pakistan’s Sindh wastes over 700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Karachi [Pakistan] : A whopping 760,935 doses of different Covid-19 vaccines have been wasted in Pakistan’s Sindh due to the “incompetent handling” and non-maintenance of vaccine temperature and cold chain issues, reported local media.As per the standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the wastage of only two per cent vaccines is acceptable. The amount of vaccines lost due to the “incompetent handling” falls way beyond the WHO accepted two per cent vaccine wastage, reported The News. As many as 220,675 doses of SinoVac, 170,675 doses of Sinopharm, 70,876 doses of single-dose Pakvac, 23,096 doses of Astrazeneca, 10,675 doses of Moderna, 10,178 doses of Pfizer and 85 doses of Sputnik were wasted, reported the newspaper citing the officials of the Sindh Health Department.According to the Health Department officials primarily the vaccine temperature, cold chain issues along with vaccine administration due to the unprofessional…

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Pakistan records 515 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan reported 515 new COVID-19 infections in the county in the last 24 hours, while 11 patients succumbed to the viral infection, reported a local media citing the statistics shared by National Command and Operation Centre.A total of 44,148 samples were tested during this period, reported ARY News. With the fresh deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the country mounted to 28,507.The rate of infection in the country stands at 1.16 per cent, reported ARY News citing NCOC data.NCOC head Asad Umar on Thursday said that Punjab has administered more than half of its eligible population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.“Punjab becomes the first province to have more than half its eligible population with at least one dose at 52 per cent. KP follows with 48 per cent, Sindh 40 per cent and…

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India reports 12,729 fresh cases, 221 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry.India’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. Meanwhile, the total death toll has reached 4,59,873.As per the ministry, 1,07,70,46,116 COVID-19 vaccination has been done so far. 

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WHO says rising pace of Covid-19 transmission in Europe of ‘grave concern’

Geneva [Switzerland]: World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge on Thursday raised “grave concern” about the rising pace of Covid transmission in Europe.“Last week with nearly 1.8 million new cases and 24,000 new deaths reported, Europe and Central Asia saw a six per cent increase and 12 per cent increase respectively, as compared to the previous week,” Kluge said during a press briefing. “Over the past four weeks Europe has seen a greater than 55 per cent increase in new COVID19 cases,” he added.Noting that Europe is once again “at the epicentre” of the pandemic, the WHO Regional Director said the current pace of transmission across the 53 countries of the European Region, is of grave concern.“COVID19 cases are once again approaching record levels – with the more transmissible Delta variant continuing to dominate transmission across Europe and central Asia,” Kluge…

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WHO EUL approval opens up Covaxin for worldwide use, says ICMR DG

New Delhi [India]: Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava on Wednesday said the approval has now opened up the indigenous vaccine for worldwide use.Speaking to ANI, Bhargava said, “It is a great day for India. It is a classic example of how private-public partnership has been a success in this field. The hard work of scientists and healthcare workers has led to this approval today. This makes India very proud. We should keep up this momentum.” Asked about the significance of getting EUL from WHO, the ICMR DG said, “It means the whole world is open for us for sending this vaccine. And, in India, we have already administered a large number of doses, therefore we will be able to send this vaccine to…

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Covaxin ‘extremely suitable’ for low, middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements: WHO

Geneva [Switzerland]: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Covaxin — COVID-19 vaccine developed by Bharata Biotech — is extremely suitable for low and middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements.The UN health body — which granted approval for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of Covaxin on Wednesday — said that the Bharat Biotech’s vaccine was found to have 78 per cent efficacy against the COVID-19 of any severity, 14 or more days after the second dose.“Covaxin was found to have 78 per cent efficacy against #COVID19 of any severity, 14 or more days after the second dose, and is extremely suitable for low- and middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements,” WHO said in a tweet on Wednesday.The UN health body’s emergency use listing procedure assess the vaccine under the procedure based on the review of data on quality, safety, efficacy, a risk…

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S Korea reports 2,667 more COVID-19 cases, 370,640 in total

Seoul [South Korea] : South Korea reported 2,667 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 370,640.The daily caseload was up from 1,589 in the previous day, hovering above 1,000 for 120 straight days since July 7. The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.Of the new cases, 997 were Seoul residents. The number of newly infected people residing in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 895 and 181.The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 567, or 21.5 percent of the total local transmission.Twenty-seven cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 15,150.Eighteen more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,892. The total fatality rate stood at…

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Russia logs 40,443 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 40,443 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 39,008 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,633,643, the federal response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past day, 40,443 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,452 cases (8.5 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase grew to 0.47 per cent. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 6,827 infections, up from 5,736 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,269 cases, up from 3,066, and the Moscow region with 2,744 cases, down from 2,893.The response center reported a new record of 1,189 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,178 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 242,060.In the same 24 hours, 32,807 COVID-19 patients were discharged from…

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India reports 11,903 new COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,903 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry.India’s active caseload stands at 1,51,209, which is the lowest in 252 days. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and is currently at 0.44 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020. With 14,159 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,36,97,740. Consequently, the recovery rate is currently at 98.22 per cent, the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.11 per cent and it has remained below 2 per cent for last 30 days. The weekly positivity rate is 1.18 per cent, which also remained less than 2 per cent for last 40 days.As per the ministry, 61.12 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far.In the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive, 107.29…

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US formally recommends Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11

Washington [US]: Following rigorous review and authorization process by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday (local time) has formally recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11.“Today, following a rigorous review and authorization process by the FDA, the CDC has formally recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. This is encouraging news, and a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus,” tweeted US President Joe Biden. “It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others,” read White House statement.Over the last several weeks, the Biden administration has been working hard to be prepared for this moment.“We are ready to act. We have already secured enough vaccine supply for every child in America,…

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Tamil Nadu logs 973 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 973 new COVID-19 cases and 21 fatalities in the last 24 hours on Tuesday. According to the health bulletin released, the total number of active cases in the state now stands at 11,147.The state reported 1,114 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recoveries to 26,57,282. The death toll has gone up to 36,157 with 21 more deaths in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 107 cr

New Delhi [India] : India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 107 crore (107,25,41,626) as per provisional reports till 7 pm on Tuesday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.More than 37 lakh (37,38,574) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s data, India has administered a cumulative 73,61,08,324 first vaccine doses while 33,64,33,302 second doses.

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Brazil registers lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since April 2020

Brasilia [Brazil]: Brazil registered on October 31 the lowest daily average of deaths from COVID-19 practically since the disease was detected in the country in February 2020, the Brazilian scientific institution Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said.According to the official “Monitora COVID-19” platform, Brazil registered 311.43 deaths in the moving average of the last seven days of October. It is the lowest figure since April 28, 2020, when the death toll reached an average of 325.14. Brazil witnessed the peak of deaths from COVID-19 on April 12 of this year when more than 3,100 people died from the coronavirus. However, since the end of June, the death toll has fallen significantly and since October 4, the records are below 500 lethal cases per day.The drop in the number of deaths is connected with the advancement of the vaccination campaign: 74.7% of the Brazilian population has received…

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Guyana adds Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin to list of recognised COVID-19 vaccines

Georgetown [Guyana] : Guyana has recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine, said High Commission of India in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday.“#Guyana has recognized #India’s indigenous vaccine #COVAXIN-important step forward in the post-COVID partnership between India and Guyana,” the Indian Embassy tweeted. On Monday, Australian government gave recognition to Covaxin for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status in the country.The UN health body — World Health Organisation — has sought additional clarifications from Bharat Biotech, which manufactures Covaxin, and a decision on emergency use authorisation is expected soon.Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said that the government is carefully following the discussions taking place within the health body and hoped that approval for the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine will be granted soon.“WHO’s technical advisory group (TAG), which is a regulatory body, met Bharat Biotech officials on October 26. They had a few questions for…

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India logs 10,423 fresh COVID-19 cases, 443 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India], November 2 (ANI): India reported 10,423 fresh COVID-19 cases and 443 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. With the addition of new cases, the active caseload of the country now stands at 1,53,776, which is the lowest in 250 days. The country’s active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases reported so far, currently at 0.45 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.With 15,021 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, a total of 3,36,83,581 people have recovered from the virus so far. The country’s recovery rate stands at 98.21 per cent. The weekly positivity rate, which has remained less than two per cent for the last 39 days, is 1.16 per cent. The daily positivity rate, which remains less than two per cent for…

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Covaxin recognition by Australia important step in post-COVID bilateral partnership, says PM Modi

Glasgow [UK]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison after Canberra recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine.“I thank my dear friend @ScottMorrisonMP for Australia’s recognition of India’s COVAXIN. It is an important step forward in the post-COVID partnership between India and Australia,” PM Modi tweeted. The Australian government gave recognition to Covaxin vaccine for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status in the country.“Today, the Therapeutic Goods Administration determined that Covaxin (manufactured by BharatBiotech) vaccine would be ‘recognised’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status,” Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell informed in a tweet.Recognition of Covaxin, along with the previously announced recognition of Covishield (manufactured by AstraZeneca, India), means many citizens of India, as well as other countries where these vaccines have been widely deployed, will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry to…

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India administered first COVID19 vaccine dose to 78% eligible population: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India] : In another milestone, 78 per cent of India’s eligible population has been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 38 per cent have received both shots, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday.Talking to Twitter, the Minister said: “An extraordinary feat of an extraordinary nation! India has administered 1st #COVID19 vaccine dose to 78 pc of the eligible population and 2nd dose to 35 pc of the eligible people. Congratulations to all as we rapidly progress on our path to defeat the virus!” tweeted Mandaviya. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s data, 106.31 cr vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.Meanwhile, 12,514 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is currently at 98.20 per cent.

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UN chief calls for vaccine equity as global COVID-19 deaths exceed 5 million

New York [US] : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for vaccine equity and continued vigilance against the coronavirus as global COVID-19 deaths exceeded 5 million.“Today, the human family crosses a painful new threshold: 5 million lives lost to COVID-19,” he said in a statement. “This devastating milestone reminds us that we are failing much of the world.” While wealthy countries are rolling out third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, only about 5 percent of people in Africa are fully vaccinated. This is a global shame, he said.The five-million threshold should also stand as a clear warning: guard against the virus cannot be lowered, he said.There are still more deaths, overcrowded hospitals and exhausted health workers, and the risk of new variants spreading and claiming more lives. At the same time, other dangerous threats continue to allow COVID-19 to thrive — misinformation, vaccine…

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With 12,514 new COVID-19 cases, India’s active caseload stands at1,58,817, lowest in 248 days

New Delhi [India] : India has reported 12,514 new COVID-19 cases and 251 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry on Monday.Of these, Kerala reported 7,167 new cases and 167 deaths. As per the COVID-19 update issued by the ministry, India’s active caseload stands at 1,58,817, which is the lowest in 248 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and are currently at 0.46 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 12,718 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries mounted to 3,36,68,560. The recovery rate is presently at 98.20 per cent.India’s death toll is 4,58,437.The daily positivity rate is 1.42 per cent, which is less than 2 per cent for last 28 days. The weekly positivity rate is 1.17 per cent. It has remained below 2 per cent for last…

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G20 leaders agree to strengthen WHO process for COVID-19 vaccines approval: Piyush Goyal

Rome [Italy]: The G20 leaders have agreed to strengthen the World Health Organisation’s processes for approval of COVID-19 vaccines so that the world can have a “larger bouquet of vaccines” for faster recovery from the effects of the pandemic, India’s G20 Sherpa Piyush Goyal said on Saturday.Talking to ANI after the conclusion of the G20 Summit, Goyal said that it was also agreed that once the vaccines are accepted by World Health Organisation, there should become kind of a travel document to reflect the vaccines taken. The G20 leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, noted that fighting the pandemic has been a challenge but “we all are in it together”.The leaders adopted Rome declaration at the Summit.Referring to the significance of G20 Summit, Piyush Goyal said it will give a big message of recovery and the discussion around the table by the leaders and…

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Delhi reports 45 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and no death occurred for the 9th consecutive day.According to Delhi Health Bulletin on Sunday, as many as 25,091 people have succumbed to the virus so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,870 and the active caseload in the city stands at 348. The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate is 0.08 per cent.With 46 more persons recovered in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,14,431, the bulletin said.As many as 2,94,27,753 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in Delhi including 46,468 RT-PCR tests and 10,283 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours.As many as…

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Russia reports 40,993 new COVID-19 cases

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has registered 40,993 daily new COVID-19 cases and 1,158 coronavirus-related deaths, the federal response center said on Sunday.In the past 24 hours, 27,115 recoveries have been registered across the country. Moscow recorded 7,603 new cases, which marks the highest number of new cases among the Russian regions.

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India preparing to produce over 5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for world next year, says PM Modi

Rome [Italy]: India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for the world next year to fight against the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the first session of the G-20 Summit in Rome on Saturday.Speaking at the first session on the global economy and global health, PM Modi said, “India has always been serious about its global obligations. Today, on this G-20 platform, I want to tell you all that India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion vaccine doses for the world next year.” In his address, the Prime Minister spoke about the recognition of Indian COVID-19 vaccine certificates. He said, “This commitment of India will go a long way in preventing the global infection of COVID-19. Therefore, it is necessary that Indian vaccines be recognised by WHO at the earliest.”PM Modi stressed the ‘One Earth,…

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Mizoram: 579 new Covid cases

Aizawl (Mizoram) [India]: Mizoram reported 579 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the active caseload to 6,926 informed the state Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) on Sunday. The state’s positivity rate stands at 9.74 per cent. Also, one death was reported as per the bulletin in the last 24 hours.According to the state health bulletin, the number of cumulative cases in the state has mounted to 1,21,359 including 1,14,002 recoveries and 431 deaths. Aizawl accounts for the most active cases in the state with 3,840 infections followed by Lunglei at 798, and then 621 active cases in Serchhip. 27 new cases were confirmed by TrueNAT test, 344 cases were reported through the Rapid Antigen test and 208 samples were reported positive through Zoram Medical College (ZMC) RT-PCR test. (ANI)

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UK to donate 20 million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses to countries in need by end of 2021

London [UK]: The United Kingdom on Saturday announced that it would donate 20 million more Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses by the end of the year to countries in need.“In 2022, the UK will donate at least 20 million more Oxford-AZ doses,” a statement released by 10 Downing Street said. So far, 10 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were sent to countries in need as part of the COVAX sharing programme and 10 million more will be sent in the next few weeks. The sent vaccine doses are part of a promised 100 million doses plan for emergency vaccination of people living in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries.“These additional donations mean 30.6 million surplus doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca will have been given to those in need in 2021,” the statement added.The UK will also donate 20 million doses of the Janssen vaccine that it…

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India administers over 56 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses in last 24 hrs, cumulative coverage exceeds 105.43 cr

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 56,91,175 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 105.43 crore, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.As per provisional reports till 7 am today, 1,05,43,13,977 doses have been administered through 1,05,30,690 sessions. Meanwhile, India logs 14,313 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and witnessed 13,543 recoveries.The active caseload of the infection is presently at 1,61,555.According to the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.19 per cent.A total of 11,76,850 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today.A total number of 60,70,62,619 tests have been conducted so far. 

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India reports 14,313 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]n: A total of 14,313 new Covid-19 cases and 549 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Saturday.Also, 13,543 people recovered from Covid-19 taking the overall recovery count (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,36,41,175. “The Active Caseload is presently at 1,61,555. Active cases presently constitute 0.47% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the medical bulletin.Meanwhile, India administered 56.71 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s cumulative vaccination coverage over 105.43 cr, as per the official release.“The last 24 hours saw a total of 11,76,850 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 60.70 Cr (60,70,62,619) cumulative tests,” said the official release.

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Italian PM, other EU leaders laud India’s achievements in COVID-19 vaccination

New Delhi [India]: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Friday said European Union leaders including Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s excellent progress on COVID-19 vaccination.“EU leaders, as well as the Italian PM, congratulated PM Modi for India’s excellent progress on vaccination both in terms of the number of vaccines administered in our country and also in terms of percentage of people covered in the first dose,” Shringla said during the special briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Italy. Highlighting that the EU is one of India’s very important partners, Shringla said that in today’s meetings, the leaders reviewed India-EU cooperation covering political and security relations, trade and investment relations, as well as roadmap 2025 adopted for the India EU summit.They also discussed developments around climate change, COVID-19 pandemic and contemporary global and regional developments…

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462 students, 49 staff test COVID-19 positive in a month in Kangra

Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) [India] : In the last one month, 462 school students and 49 staff members have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kangra, informed Dr Gurdarshan Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra district.Talking to ANI, the Chief Medical Officer said, “After the reopening of schools for selected classes from September 27, 462 school students and 49 staff members including teachers have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the district. It accounts for 25-30 per cent of the total positive cases during this period. We are worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. We have to follow basic precautionary measures and people who are above the age of 18 should undergo vaccination, if not vaccinated yet.” Talking about the SOPs laid down by the Education Department, the Chief Medical Officer said, “If the cases of COVID-19 are higher within students and staff…

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SC says ‘it will wait for WHO’s response over Covaxin recognition’

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Friday said that “it will wait for the response of the World Health Organisation (WHO) over Covaxin recognition.” and cannot simply direct the Centre to revaccinate people with Covishield who are fully vaccinated with Covaxin against COVID-19.A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna said it cannot play with the lives of people by directing the Centre to permit people to voluntarily get vaccinated with Covishield vaccine even if they have been fully vaccinated with Covaxin. The top court said that it does not have any data of what will be effect on people and it cannot simply direct the Centre to re-vaccinate people with Covishield.“We cannot play with the lives of people by directing Centre to revaccinate. We don’t have any data with us. We have read in newspapers that Bharat Biotech has filed…

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India reports 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Friday.With this India’s active caseload stands at 1,61,334. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.47 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. The country also registered 13,198 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 98.19 per cent.India has so far conducted over 60.58 crore COVID-19 tests.Meanwhile, more than 104.82 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive Russia records 39,849 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 39,849 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from the record 40,096 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,432,546, the federal response center said on Friday.“Over the past day,…

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Most people have either been infected with COVID earlier or have taken jabs: Satyendra Jain

Delhi [India]: Claiming that 97 per cent of those under the sixth serological survey in Delhi have developed antibodies against coronavirus, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday while specifying the reason for the same said that this is because most of the population in the national capital has already been infected with the virus earlier or have taken the COVID-19 vaccination.Speaking to ANI, Jain said, “The recent serosurvey shows that 97 per cent of people have developed antibodies. It means most of the people have either been infected with the disease earlier or have taken COVID-19 jabs.” The sixth survey was conducted between September 24 and October 27 and as many as 27,811 samples were tested, of which, 24,895 were seropositive.According to the survey, antibodies were found in 95 per cent of people who are fully or partially vaccinated, antibodies were present in…

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Delhi logs 42 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 42 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday and no single death was reported in the city for the six consecutive days.According to Delhi Health Bulletin, as many as 25,091 people have succumbed to the virus so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,751 and the active caseload in the city stands at 345.The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate is 0.07 per cent.With 45 more persons recovered in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,14,315.As many as 2,92,52,619 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in Delhi including 47,895 RT-PCR tests and 15,279 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours.As many as 61,097 beneficiaries were vaccinated in…

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India to procure 30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses in November: Sources

New Delhi [India]: India would procure an estimate of 30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses in the month of November, government sources informed on Thursday. The Sources further added that of these, six crore vaccines would be Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, 22 crore of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, and two crore of Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D.“India will have 30 crore doses of COVID vaccines in November including six crore doses of Covaxin, 22 crore doses of Covishield and 2 crore doses of Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D,” Official sources said. With the aim to achieve full vaccination by the end of November, the Centre will soon start a mega COVID-19 vaccination campaign ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ in poor-performing districts, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday. (ANI)