TOP NEWS UPDATES

Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in 23 countries: WHO chief

Geneva [Switzerland]: The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.Speaking at a press briefing here, Tedros said the emergence of the Omicron variant has understandably captured global attention. “At least 23 countries from five of six WHO regions have now reported cases of Omicron and we expect that number to grow. WHO takes this development extremely seriously,” Tedros during a press conference.“WHO takes this development extremely seriously, and so should every country. But it should not surprise us. This is what viruses do. And it’s what this virus will continue to do, as we long as we allow it to continue spreading,” he added.Tedros said that WHO is learning more all the time about Omicron, but there’s still more to learn…

State's Latest

Uttarakhand logs 53 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand has logged 53 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the state Health bulletin said on Tuesday.As per the health bulletin, zero COVID-19 fatalities were recorded in the state. As many as 11 recoveries were also reported in the state taking total recoveries to 3,30,557. The death toll so far stood at 7,408, stated the bulletin.Total recoveries so far stood at 3,44,303.

International Middle East

Saudi Arabia detects 1st case of Omicron variant

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]: Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the detection of its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The variant was detected for an inbound citizen coming from a North African country, the Saudi Health Ministry said, adding that the infected one was quarantined and those close contacts were tested. The ministry called on the public to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations to protect the safety of all.Saudi Arabia has been witnessing a drop in daily COVID-19 cases after serious efforts were made in fighting the spread of the virus, especially the nationwide vaccination drive.

Europe International

Russia confirms 32,837 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has confirmed 32,837 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,669,718, the federal response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past 24 hours, 32,837 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 85 regions in Russia, including 2,350 cases (7.2%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.34%. Moscow registered 2,757 new COVID-19 cases over the given period, followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,419 new cases, and the Moscow region with 2,008 new cases.The response center also reported 1,226 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 276,419.In the same 24 hours, 35,679 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total of recoveries to 8,364,932.

State's Latest

Maharashtra mandates 7-day institutional quarantine for international passengers

New Delhi [India] : As fresh guidelines will be effective for international passengers arriving in India in view of Omicron concern from December 1, the Maharashtra government has made it mandatory a 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers coming from ‘at risk’ countries. “From December 1, arriving passengers from high-risk countries will be segregated from those arriving from low-risk countries. Adequate RT-PCR testing facility in international arrivals in form of 48 registration counters and 40 sampling booths will be set up,” Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport said in a statement. “In addition to normal RT-PCR, 30 Rapid PCR machines, are also available for the passengers having connecting onward flights with short connecting time. This facility will be upscaled further if required,” they said. “For passengers who haven’t done pre-booking of RT-PCR test online, QR codes displayed at various locations in the arrival corridor will be…

City News Kolkata

West Bengal extends Covid-19 restrictions in wake of Omicron scare

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal government on Tuesday extended the COVID-19 restrictions in the state till December 15 in view of the newly detected coronavirus variant Omicron.According to an order issued by the government, all outdoor activities including the movement of people and vehicles will remain prohibited between 11 pm and 5 am except for the health services, law and order and essential commodities that include agricultural products and other emergency services. “Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocol must be followed at all times,” said the order.Meanwhile, amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ first detected in South Africa, India added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to…

Bengaluru City News

COVID test mandatory for all international passengers arriving in state: Karnataka

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing.Speaking to the media after the technical advisory committee meeting, Dr K Sudhakar said, “A mandatory RTPCR test is being carried out for travellers from countries where the new virus is found. Chief Minister has instructed us to test travellers from any country.” Sudhakar informed that about 2,500 passengers come to the state every day, from various nations. Those who will be tested negative will be home quarantined for seven days. “Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized. And they will be treated separately,” he added.Covid’s new variant, the ‘Omicron’ virus has…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Covaxin for 2-18 yrs: Centre examining Expert Committee recommendations

New Delhi [India] : The Central government is examining the recommendation of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) regarding the grant of market authorization of Covaxin for the age group of 2 to 18 years for restricted use in an emergency situation subject to various conditions, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF) told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar shared the information through a written reply, mentioning “this recommendation is being examined and additional information has been requested at the level of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO)”. “The Interim Phase II/III clinical trial data of COVAXIN on healthy volunteers aged 2 to 18 years submitted by Bharat Biotech was deliberated in the meeting of Subject Expert Committee (SEC),” Pawar said.“The committee recommended for grant of market authorization for the age group of 2 to 18 years for…

City News Hyderabad

Telangana govt sets up cabinet sub-panel to tackle Omicron

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The Telangana government on Monday set up a cabinet sub-committee to tackle the situation that may arise due to Omicron, the new variant of Coronavirus found in some countries.The four-member committee, headed by State Health Minister T Harish Rao, will recommend to the state government the measures needed to tackle the current pandemic situation and also to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination. Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, Panchayati Raj Minister E. Dayakar Rao and Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy will be the members of the panel.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’ and alerted countries of the new variant.

City News Mumbai

Mumbai: Reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7 postponed till Dec 15, amid threat of Omicron

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Amid the worry of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7, in Mumbai, has been postponed till December 15, informed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Earlier, the schools for classes 1 to 7 was scheduled to reopen from December 1. School for classes 8 to 12 had reopened earlier on October 4.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

City News Delhi

Delhi govt designates Lok Nayak Hospital as dedicated facility for ‘Omicron’ variant cases

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak Hospital as a dedicated hospital to treat patients infected with the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.As per the order issued by the Health and Family Department of the Delhi government, the decision has been taken following the new guidelines by the Central government for international travellers in the context of the new variant. “Lok Nayak Hospital will designate one or more separate wards ( as per need) for isolating and treating such patients…It is hereby directed that no COVID-18 patient of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will be denied admission on any ground,” the order stated.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India offers support to Africa to fight Omicron variant of COVID-19, says ready to supply vaccines, life-saving drugs

New Delhi [India]: Expressing solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, which are affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, India on Monday said it stands ready to supply Made-in India vaccines, essential life-saving drugs, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators.“We have noted the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron. We express our solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, who have so far been affected by the Omicron variant,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. “The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of Made-in-India vaccines. Supplies can be undertaken through COVAX or bilaterally,” it added.The government has cleared all orders placed so far by COVAX for supplies of Covishield vaccines including to African countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia,…

State's Latest

Do not panic, it is being tracked, checked regularly: CM Bommai on Omicron

Davanagere (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Monday asked people not to panic about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, and suggested them to follow covid precautionary measures strictly.“People should not be afraid of the new COVID-19 variant. It is being tracked and checked regularly,” the chief minister said. The government is taking strict measures to prevent new variant. The city airport is tightened with precautionary measures and the students coming from Kerala are being advised to take a covid-19 negative report, Bommai said.Speaking further, the chief minister said the districts have been instructed to avoid gatherings. The state government is also constantly in touch with experts and with the Central government from time to time.Asked about the possibility for a covid booster dose for state people, Bommai said “it should be directed by the Central government. The action will be taken according…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Singapore, Malaysia reopen border after being shut for nearly two years due to Covid

Singapore: Singapore and Malaysia have reopened their land borders after nearly two years since it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which started early last year.Singapore and Malaysia stated that only individuals who have been inoculated against COVID-19 will be permitted to cross the land border and also must test negative for the novel coronavirus, two days before travelling, reported Kyodo News. The restoration of travel through land borders by Singapore and Malaysia comes amid rising concerns for the new COVID-19 variant- ‘Omicron’.The reopening of Causeway, connecting Singapore and Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor enabled thousands of Malaysian workers and students stranded in Singapore to return home if they are fully vaccinated, without being subjected to quarantine, reported Kyodo News.Before the pandemic, more than 300,000 Malaysians traveled across the Causeway every day to work in the city-state, making it one of the busiest…

International World Updates

New Zealand reports 182 new community cases of COVID-19 Delta variant

Wellington [New Zealand] : New Zealand reported 182 new Delta variant cases of COVID-19 in the community on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country’s current community outbreak to 8,298.Among the new infections, 167 were recorded in the largest city of Auckland, 10 in nearby Waikato, and five in Northland, according to the Ministry of Health. A total of 93 cases are being treated in hospitals, including 10 in intensive care units or high dependency units, a ministry statement said.The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Zealand stands at 11,074 currently, according to the health ministry.To date, 92 per cent of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 85 per cent are fully vaccinated, it said. 

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India reports 8,309 new COVID-19 cases, 236 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported as many as 8,309 new COVID-19 cases and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.With this, the active caseload in the country has now reached 1,03,859, which is the lowest in the last 544 days. Of these, Kerala has the highest number of active cases at 47,652 followed by Maharashtra (11,863) and Tamil Nadu (8,337).According to the ministry, the active cases in the country account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.30 per cent which is the lowest since March last year.With 236 new deaths, the death toll in the country has climbed to 4,68,790. Kerala reported 159 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (33) and West Bengal (12).With 9,905 people recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours,…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India’s vaccination coverage crosses 121 crore

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 122 crore landmark milestone (122,34,81,344) on Sunday. More than 36 lakh (36,58,756) Vaccine Doses were administered till 7 pm on Sunday. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day, said a press release from the Ministry of Health.The recovery of 9,481 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,39,98,278. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.34 crore.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that is being reported for 154 consecutive days now.8,774 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.The Active Caseload presently stands at 1,05,691. Active cases presently constitute 0.31% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan records 303 cases, 5 deaths amid ‘Omicron’ threat

Islamabad, [Pakistan] : Amid the global threat of a new COVID variant ‘Omnicron’, Pakistan has reported over 303 COVID-19 cases and five more people have succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours on Sunday, taking the death toll to 28,709.According to Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), coronavirus has claimed five more lives in the country during the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 28,709. “Statistics 28 Nov 21: Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 36,979 Positive Cases: 303 Positivity %: 0.81% Deaths : 5 Patients on Critical Care: 946,” NCOC tweeted.A total of 36,979 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, out of which 303 turned out to be positive, showing an infection rate of 0.81 per cent.At present, 946 critical patients have been admitted to hospitals across the country, the NCOC said.On Saturday, Federal Planning Minister…

International World Updates

Australia confirms two cases of ‘Omicron’ coronavirus variant

Sydney, [Australia] : Australian health officials on Sunday confirmed two cases of the new ‘Omicron’ coronavirus strain in the country for the first time.According to Kyodo News, the state of New South Wales reported two cases of the new ‘Omicron’ variant. The state government said it had confirmed that two travellers who arrived in Sydney on Saturday from Southern Africa were infected with the variant, Kyodo News reported.The travellers were both vaccinated and had no symptoms, the state government said.Earlier on Saturday, the United Kingdom had also reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant.The new Omicron variant, which has been detected first in South Africa, has escalated tensions across the world as it is considered more dangerous than the delta variant.It has been declared as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.WHO identified the new South African…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Delhi CM urges PM Modi to stop flights from countries affected by Covid Omicron variant

New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to stop flights from countries affected by the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.In an official letter, Kejriwal wrote, “Our country has fought a tough fight against Corona for the last one and half years. We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern from entering India.” “We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern, recently recognised by WHO, from entering India. A number of countries, including the European Union (EU), have suspended travel to the affected regions. I urge you to stop flights from these regions with immediate effect. Any delay in this regard may prove harmful if any affected person enters India,” he stated.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant…

State's Latest

People of Gujarat need not worry on Covid New Variant: Gujarat Health Minister

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel on Saturday assured the people of the state that there is no need to worry about another COVID-19 wave as the state government is well prepared and has increased preparedness by 2.5 times.“We are well prepared, irrespective of whether a third wave hits India or not. From oxygen cylinders, ventilators to beds, arrangements have been increased by 2.5 times. Be it third, fourth, or fifth wave, it won’t affect us. People of Gujarat need not worry,” the state’s health minister told ANI. His statement comes amid rising concern over the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, that was first detected in South Africa.“Omicron cases have been reported in 7-8 nations, we have made an action plan for travellers from the said nations. Travellers from Hong Kong, South Africa, Botswana will be screened at the airport and quarantined as…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

US expert expresses concern that Omicron COVID strain might spread widely

Washington [US]: A top US health expert has said that the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 is likely to spread widely.As reported by Sputnik, the remarks came from Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the US Anthony Fauci who said that the Omicron variant has not been detected in the US yet, but the strain is highly likely to spread far and wide. “We have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you are already having travel-related cases that they have noted in Israel and Belgium, and other places; when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over…” Fauci said.Earlier in the day, the Chairperson of Council of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expressed concern that the new coronavirus strain might…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan restricts travel from 6 South African nations, Hong Kong over new COVID-19 variant

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan on Saturday restricted travel from six southern African nations and Hong Kong amid rising concerns over the newly detected variant of COVID-19.Taking to Twitter, Pakistan Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar on Saturday said , “the emergence of new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older”, Dawn reported. “Based on the emergence of the new covid variant, notification has been issued to restrict travel from 6 south African countries and Hong Kong. The emergence of new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older,” Umar tweeted.The new Omicron variant, which has been detected first in South Africa, has escalated tensions across the world as it is considered more dangerous than the delta variant.It has been declared as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health…

Bengaluru City News

People coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries to take RT-PCR: K’taka Health Min

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said that the people coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries has to take RT-PCR after landing in Bengaluru. While speaking to the media in Bengaluru, Dr K Sudhakar, said, “We are constantly in touch with the Union Health Ministry and have information that this new strain in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, & Botswana is very contagious & has overtaken the Delta variant.”“People coming from these affected countries will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru. If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport and will be treated, if needed. The home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival,” added the Minister. The minister added that 281 students tested positive in SDM College of Medical Sciences in Dharwad. “We have tested all 1,788 students of the college, some…

International US News

New York declares State of Emergency amid spike in COVID-19 infections

New York [US]: New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued a state of emergency in the state due to a spike in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, according to her executive order.“Whereas, New York is now experiencing COVID-19 transmission at rates the State has not seen since April 2020…Whereas, the rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions has been increasing over the past month to over 300 new admissions a day…I do hereby declare a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York through January 15, 2022,” the executive order said on Friday evening. The state of emergency will increase hospital capacity in New York and support vaccination efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.Hochul issued the state of emergency amid concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and many…

PMO TOP NEWS UPDATES

PM Modi chairs meet on Covid situation, vaccination

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting on the situation relating to COVID-19 and vaccination with top officials.Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Principal Secretary to PM Modi, PK Mishra and NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul among others attended the meeting. India reported 8,318 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Health Ministry.As many as 465 people succumbed to the COIVD-19 infection in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,67,933.With 10,967 fresh recoveries, the total recoveries stand at 3,39,88,797. The recovery rate is currently at 98.34 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020.The active case accounts for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.31 per cent, lowest since March 2020, at 1,07,019.Amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Pfizer, BioNTech not sure on vaccines’ effectiveness on new COVID variant ‘Omicron’

Washington [US]: The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech on Saturday issued a statement stating that they are not sure whether their vaccines would be able to help in the treatment of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.The companies also promised to develop a new vaccine against the variant in about 100 days, Sputnik reported. This came after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it identified a new COVID-19 strain, the B.1.1.529 that was initially found in southern Africa. WHO named the variant with the Greek letter ‘Omicron’.“In the event that vaccine-escape variant emerges, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to be able to develop and produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in approximately 100 days, subject to regulatory approval,” they added in the statement.As reported by Sputnik, Pfizer and BioNTech said they expect more data on Omicron within the next two weeks and noted the variant…

Africa International

South African Minister calls travel bans by countries over variant ‘Omicron’ as unjustified

Cape Town [South Africa]: South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla on Friday termed the countries’ decision of imposing restrictions on travellers from the country amid concerns over the detection of ‘Omicron’ COVID-19 variant as ‘unjustified’ and said there is no proof that the new COVID variant is more dangerous or resistant to vaccines.The reaction came after the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’ and alarmed the siren among countries of the new variant. As reported by Sputnik, Joe Phaahla said that the reaction of countries in Europe and other regions to the emergence of a new coronavirus strain is “unjustified,” as currently there is no proof that it is more dangerous or resistant to vaccines.“We want to assure South Africans and other people elsewhere in the world that we…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India to screen, test travellers from several countries including UK amid new Covid variant ‘Omicron’

New Delhi [India]: Amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ first detected in South Africa, India on Friday added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing considering the detection of new COVID variant ‘Omicron’ in South Africa. Countries from where the travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India are South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Israel, Hong Kong, countries in Europe including the UK.Earlier, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter to health secretaries of all states and Union Territories, said: “lt has now been reported…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

New COVID-19 variant confirmed in Belgium

Brussels [Belgium]: A new COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.529 has been confirmed in Belgium, Belgian Minister of Health and Social Affairs Franck Vandenbroucke said on Friday.Two suspect samples were being analyzed, according to Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst of the Catholic University of Louvain. One sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529, the virologist tweeted on Friday. The new variant first detected in South Africa features “unusual” alterations that are concerning since they may let it evade the immune system and become more transmissible.Belgium decided on Friday to suspend flights from the southern African region, following a proposal from the European Commission. Belgian travellers returning from South Africa and other nearby countries must adhere to a ten-day quarantine.Several European countries, notably the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, have already decided to close their borders to the region.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Serum Institute of India resumes exports of COVID-19 vaccine under COVAX programme

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday resumed the exports of its COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ to the international COVID vaccine sharing programme COVAX.The first batches of Covishield left the SII manufacturing facility in Pune earlier today, for distribution to low and middle-income countries via the COVAX mechanism. SII’s supply of doses via COVAX is expected to increase substantially in Quarter 1 of 2022. Taking to Twitter, Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India said, “I am pleased to announce, that the much-awaited COVAX supplies will resume today from Serum Institute of India. This will go a long way in restoring vaccine supply equality in the world and especially in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries).”According to SII, the resumption of exports is linked to SII surpassing its original target to produce 1billion doses of Covishield by the end of this year. SII…

Europe International

Germany logs record 76,414 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hrs

Berlin [Germany]: Germany has registered 76,414 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking thus the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, Robert Koch Institute said on Friday.The total number of COVID-19 cases in Germany currently stands at 5,650,170. The death toll has risen by 357 to 100,476 people within the same period of time. A day earlier, the country recorded 75,961 new COVID-19 cases and 351 fatalities.Like many other countries, Germany is currently facing the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which bring record numbers of new cases.The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. To date, more than 259.94 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 5.18 million fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

No case of B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant reported in India so far: Official sources

New Delhi [India]: The new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which is causing an increase in new COVID-19 infections in South Africa, has not been found in India so far, said official sources on Friday.Newly identified COVID-19 variant — B.1.1.529 — is causing an increase in new COVID-19 infections in South Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a special meeting to discuss the new Covid variant.“We don’t know very much about this yet. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves,” Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s the technical lead on Covid-19, said in a briefing.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Covid-19: Health Secretary writes to States, UTs to implement Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate measures

New Delhi [India]: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday wrote to the additional Secretary, principal Secretary, secretary of health of all states and Union Territories to adhere to strict implementation of the Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate measures in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the foreign countries, the relaxation of visa restrictions, and opening up of international travel.“lt is critical for the States/UTs to adhere to the overarching ‘Test-TrackTreat-Vaccinate’ principle to ensure stringent implementation of containment measures as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines,” said the letter. “It has now been reported by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NDMC) that multiple cases of a COVID-19 variant 8.1.1529 have been reported in Botswana (3 cases), South Africa (6 cases) and Honk Kong (1 case). This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

15 more countries recognise India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate

New Delhi [India]: As many as fifteen more countries have recognised India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed late on Thursday.“Mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates continues! Fifteen more recognitions for India’s vaccination certificate,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted. “Mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates with India: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Philippines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine,” MEA said in a statement.Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said that nearly 100 countries have agreed to the Mutual Acceptance of vaccination certificates of India’s COVID vaccines and vaccination process.Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said the Union Government is in communication with the rest of the world so that beneficiaries of the world’s largest COVID vaccination program gets accepted and recognized, thereby easing…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

UK suspends flights to six African countries as new COVID variant emerges

London [UK]: UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Thursday announced a temporary suspension of flights from six countries after reports emerged that a new COVID variant with more than 30 mutations is spreading in South Africa.It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a Variant under Investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). “The variant includes a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome. These are potentially biologically significant mutations which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility. More investigation is required,” UK Health Security Agency said in a statement.Taking to Twitter, Javid said UKHSA is “investigating a new variant and more data is needed but we’re taking precautions now.” “From noon tomorrow six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi [India]: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre to file an affidavit on the aspects of the administration of booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine necessary or not and the timeline within which the same is proposed to be rolled out.A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh asked the Centre to file a reply on the aspects relating to the booster disease of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Court also asked the Centre to mention the timeline when the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if concerned necessary, to be rolled out in the Aarogya Setu app. “Let the Union of India file an affidavit for the administration of booster dose and timeline within which it is proposed to be rolled out on the Aarogya Setu app if it is necessary,” the Court said.The Court’s remark came while observing growing…

International UK News

Study finds COVID infection risk rises after second vaccine dose

London [UK] : A new study has found a gradual increase in the risk of COVID-19 infection from 90 days after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.Results confirm that protection wanes with time and suggest a third (booster) dose might be warranted. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘BMJ’.The study was carried out by the Research Institute of Leumit Health Services in Israel. Israel was one of the first countries to roll out a large scale covid-19 vaccination campaign in December 2020, but it has seen a resurgence of infections since June 2021.The findings confirm that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provided excellent protection in the initial weeks after vaccination, but suggest that protection wanes for some individuals with time.Across the world, large scale covid-19 vaccination campaigns are helping to control the spread of the virus, but even in countries…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan reports 363 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths in last 24 hrs

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan reported 363 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,283,223, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Thursday.The death toll reached 28,690 after 13 people have lost lives in the last 24 hours, reported Xinhua citing NCOC. Additionally, 1,002 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition. Reportedly, Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has been facing the brunt of the pandemic and is the worst hit, with a total of 474,772 cases. Sindh is followed by the eastern Punjab province of Pakistan where a total of 442,714 people have been infected by COVID-19, reported Xinhua.As per NCOC, the total number of recoveries in the country has reached 1,240,995, reported Xinhua citing NCOC.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

International Flights Expected To Return To Normal By End Of Year: Centre

New Delhi [India] : International flight operations are expected to return to normal “by the end of the year”, Rajiv Bansal, the Aviation Ministry Secretary, was quoted by news agency PTI on Wednesday. All international flights (except those on repatriation missions and carrying essential goods, like medicines and food) were grounded in March last year, as the country went into a Covid lockdown. Restrictions were eased once the number of cases dropped and as vaccination coverage increased, with ‘air bubble’ arrangements negotiated with other countries. India currently has 25 such deals. Under an air bubble arrangement, international passenger flights can be operated by member countries’ respective carriers into each other’s territories, subject to certain conditions. He said that while the government was keen for things to return to normal, it would take measures to guard against a renewed wave of coronavirus infections, particularly since…

State's Latest

Over 21.65 cr unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses available with States, UTs

New Delhi [India] : The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday said that more than 21.65 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered.The ministry further stated that over 131crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to the states and UTs so far. “As many as 1,31,62,03,540 vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. 21,65,09,916 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered,” the ministry said.The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021.The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India logs 9,283 COVID cases, over 10,000 recoveries in 24 hrs; active cases at 537-day low of 1.11 lakh

New Delhi [India] : India recorded 9,283 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 437 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday, the country saw a total of 10,949 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 98.33 per cent which is the highest since March 2020 and total recoveries data reached to 3,39,57,698. The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 1,11,481  (lowest in 537 days), the ministry data showed today.  More than 118.44 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,66,584. In India, the first death due to the COVID pandemic was reported in March 2020. According to the Indian Council of…

International US News

Is US Covid Rebound bad?

Washington [US] : The latest US Covid-19 wave is taking its toll on some states’ intensive-care units, with several parts of the country seeing outbreaks that are as bad as ever. In 15 states, patients with confirmed or suspected Covid are taking up more ICU beds than a year earlier, according to Department of Health and Human Services data. Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan have 41 per cent, 37 per cent and 34 per cent of ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, respectively, the data show. The dramatic uptick means there’s proportionately less space in hospitals for those suffering from other potentially deadly ailments. “Many of our physicians are at a breaking point,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “It’s not easy to be day in and day out in an emergency room, in an…

Asia International

Malaysia reports 4,885 new COVID-19 infections, 63 more deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] : Malaysia reported another 4,885 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight Monday, bringing the national total to 2,591,486, according to the health ministry.Some 18 of the new cases are imported, with 4,867 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed. Another 63 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 30,063.About 5,628 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,493,437.There are some 67,986 active cases, 549 are being held in intensive care units and 274 of them are in need of assisted breathing.The country administered a total of 109,016 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday alone, and some 78.7 per cent of the population have received at least one dose and 76.6 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

South Asian Countries

Bangladesh reports zero deaths from COVID-19 in last 24 hours

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Bangladesh has reported no new death from COVID-19 in a day for the first time since April last year.The country reported the first fatality due to COVID-19 on March 18. It logged zero single-day deaths a number of times in March and April last year, Dhaka Tribune reported. Since then, the health authorities had reported multiple deaths every day. The highest number of death in a day was reported on August 10 when 264 succumbed to the infection.Meanwhile, in the 24 hours between 8 am Friday and 8 am Saturday, the country also recorded 178 new cases while seeing 190 patients recover.As many as 27,946 people have died in Bangladesh due to COVID-19 so far. The caseload in the country has reached 1,573,889.A total 15,107 samples were tested at 836 labs across the country between Friday and Saturday mornings, yielding a positivity…

State's Latest

Mansukh Mandaviya urges states to formulate micro plans for Covid vaccination

New Delhi [India] : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya virtually conducted a meeting on Monday to review the status of COVID-19 vaccination in Puducherry, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur. “We are in the last lap of COVID19 vaccination. Let us launch an aggressive campaign to ensure full COVID-19 vaccination by increasing the pace of vaccination and expanding the coverage,” stated Mandaviya.The meeting was attended by the health secretaries and senior officials of the Health Department from Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry.According to the Union Health Ministry, these states and Union Territory have been reporting low vaccination coverage. While India’s first dose coverage is at 82 per cent and second dose coverage at 43 per cent, Puducherry (66 per cent, 39 per cent), Nagaland (49 per cent, 36 per cent), Meghalaya (57 per cent, 38 per cent) and Manipur (54 per cent, 36 per cent) lag…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan reports 313 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan recorded 313 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,281,872, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.A total of 28,659 people have died from COVID-19 in Pakistan, including four new deaths, Xinhua reported citing the NCOC. According to the NCOC, over the last 24 hours, 309 more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 to 1,230,734 in the Asian country.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has been the worst hit, with a total of 474,058 cases, followed by eastern Punjab province with 442,422 coronavirus infections, Xinhua reported.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India conducts over 1 million COVID-19 tests in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: Over 10 lakh samples were tested for COVID-19 across the country in the last 24 hours, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed on Sunday.The total sample tested for COVID-19 in the country so far stands at 63,16,49,378. “As many as 10,74,099 samples were tested yesterday,” ICMR said.Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry on Sunday informed that India reported 10,488 new COVID-19 cases, 12,329 recoveries and 313 deaths in the last 24 hours.

International World Updates

Vietnam reports 9,531 new COVID-19 cases, 1,084,625 in total

Hanoi [Vitenam]: Vietnam reported 9,531 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 9,518 locally transmitted and 13 imported, according to its Ministry of Health.Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 1,046 in Ho Chi Minh City, 669 in Binh Duong province, and 621 in Dong Nai province. The infections brought the total tally to 1,084,625, with 23,685 deaths, said the ministry. Nationwide, as many as 900,337 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered, up 16,773 from Friday.Over 106.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including more than 40 million second doses, have been administered, according to the ministry.Vietnam has by far gone through four coronavirus waves of increasing scale, complication, and infectivity. As of Saturday, the country has registered nearly 1,080,000 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.

Corona Updates

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,…

Football Sports

Kevin De Bruyne is Covid Positive

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Belgium, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday.“Unfortunately Kevin tested positive for COVID in Belgium,” Guardiola said in the pre-match press conference, as per goal.com. The City boss added that the midfielder would isolate for 10 days. The 30-year-old playmaker has been away on World Cup qualifying duty with his country, helping Roberto Martinez’s side to book their place at next year’s showpiece event in Qatar.“We found out two days ago, he’s here. Forget about fitness and momentum, he’s positive, now he has to recover. We have to be careful, people are dying from COVID. He’s vaccinated so hopefully he will be okay,” Guardiola added.The defending champions will host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Corona Updates

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,…

Corona Updates

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.

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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.

Corona Updates

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.…

Chennai City News

Tamil Nadu to set up COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) : The Tamil Nadu government has decided to COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple in Kerala, said Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Minister Sekar Babu.Addressing the media persons, Babu said, “Devotees who are fully vaccinated or those who produce negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before will be allowed inside the temple.” Every year lakhs of devotees from Tamil Nadu come to the Sabarimala temple to pay obeisance.The minister also said that the SIMS hospital in Chennai has agreed to set up a medical mobile ambulance van attached with a ventilator at Sabarimala.

Corona Updates

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. 

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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. 

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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.

Corona Updates

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.

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Europe International

Bulgaria: From today, a green certificate will be issued to those who had COVID-19

Sofia [Bulgaria] : From today, a green certificate will be issued to people with antibodies after suffering from Covid. Laboratories expect increased interest in the tests, but there are fears that the reagents will not be enough.The green certificate for antibodies will be valid only within the country for a period of 90 days. In order to get it, the test subject must have antibodies after Covid in a certain value – over 150 BAU, explained Nedyalko Kalachev – the owner of laboratories: “We send the information to the NHIS (National Healcertificate, antibodies, covid, bulgariath Information System), where they generate the patient’s certificate, we take it figuratively speaking and send the patient an SMS to which he has a link to download this certificate on his phone or computer. However, if it is less than 150 (balounits) there will simply be no certificate.”The state…

Corona Updates

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…

Bengaluru City News

No new variant of COVID-19 detected in Bengaluru, says Karnataka health secretary

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Karnataka Health Secretary D. Randeep said no new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Bengaluru. The state health secretary said, “No new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Bengaluru recently. The number of deaths in the state has risen to 9. It could be due to late reporting of deaths by some hospitals.” On Wednesday, Karnataka reported 328 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, as per the state health bulletin.During the same duration, 247 people recovered from the infection while nine people succumbed to the deadly virus, taking the tally of the current active COVID-19 cases to 8,027. 

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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.

Politics State's Latest

Delhi govt sets up COVID-19 vaccination camp for devotees near Chhath puja ghat

New Delhi [India]: In a unique initiative, the Delhi Government set up a COVID-19 vaccination camp for devotees near a Chhath puja ghat in the Gavdi locality of Bhajanpura in the national capital.“The camp has been organized for those who have not taken the vaccine or whose second dose is due. Around 8,000 people are offering prayers here,” said Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sharat Kumar. Meanwhile, the devotees in the national capital were compelled to make offerings to Sun God while standing in knee-deep water of the toxic foam-laden Yamuna river. The four-day-long Chhath festival concluded today with the ‘Usha Arghya’ (prayers to the rising sun).Devotees gathered on the bank of ghats across the country to perform the ‘Usha Arghya’ in various parts of the country.This year, the Chhath festival began on November 8 with the ‘Nahai Khai’ ritual and concluded today with devotees performing…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka govt issues COVID-19 guidelines for short term travellers from Maharashtra

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka Government on Monday issued COVID-19 guidelines for short term travellers (2 days or less) from Maharashtra to Karnataka by any mode of transport as the daily caseload is slightly higher in Maharashtra than in Karnataka.As per an official statement issued by the Karnataka government, the travellers should be asymptomatic like free from fever, cough cold, throat pain, fever, difficulty in breathing, etc. “The travellers are mandatory to undergo thermal scanning for fever on arrival and carry COVID-19 vaccination certificate for both the two doses,” the statement said.The statement further stated that the travellers from Maharashtra including Mumbai need to wear face masks and follow the Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) throughout their stay in Bengaluru and Karnataka.“Persons complying with the norms strictly may be exempted from mandatory RT-PCR negative test reports for the short duration of the visit. Therefore, the…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

City News Mumbai

Mumbai reports 238 new Covid cases, 4 deaths

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As many as 238 fresh COVID-19 infections and four deaths were reported in Mumbai on Friday.With this, the number of total positive cases reached 7,57,272 including 3,326 active infections, according to the data by the Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai. The four new deaths pushed the fatalities to 16,269.At present, the Covid recovery rate stands at 97 per cent and the case doubling rate is 1,832 days.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.

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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. 

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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)

Corona Updates

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…

Corona Updates

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…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Travellers vaccinated with Covaxin can now enter US

Washington [US]: Travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Covaxin have been given the green light to enter the US from November 8. Talking to ANI over updating the approved travel list for Covaxin, CDC press officer, Scott Pauley said, “CDC’s travel guidance applies to FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines and encompasses any new vaccines that may be added to either of those lists over time.”The last-minute addition comes less than one week before the US launches its new travel system, which grants entry to foreign travellers who have received a vaccine that has been approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or WHO.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday acknowledged the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) granting emergency use listing (EUL) to India’s indigenous vaccine Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech.The WHO said in…

Corona Updates

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…

City News Mumbai

No COVID-19 vaccination at civic, govt-run centres in Mumbai for 4 days

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced that no COVID-19 vaccination will take place at civic and government-run centres in Mumbai between November 4 to 7 owing to Diwali celebrations.The vaccination will resume on November 8. According to the BMC, it has a sufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 1,078 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths. The active cases stand at 15,485.

Corona Updates

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…

error: Content is protected !!