The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 104 crore on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 66 lakh (66,55,033) vaccine doses have been administered on Thursday till 7 pm , it said. According to the ministry, the daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports by late in the night. Read More
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If granted emergency use approval, the company could scale up production to 80 million capsules a month and is targeting a price of 40 cents per capsule, said D. Srinivasa Reddy, managing director at the Hyderabad-based company. READ MORE
India will have 30 crore doses of COVID vaccines in November including 6 crore doses of Covaxin, 22 crore doses of Covishield & 2 crore doses of Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D: Official sources
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#WATCH | We got info that Bharat Biotech will give answers to them (WHO) & once their questions are responded properly, then approval will come soon. We are carefully following the process & hopeful that we will get WHO recognistion for Covaxin soon: Foreign Secretary HV Shringla pic.twitter.com/FKEvZBDChI
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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has been included to the approved list of Covid-19 vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine. In a tweet, Bharat Biotech noted: “Covaxin has now been added to the approved list of #COVID19 vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine. This will facilitate travelers from India vaccinated with Covaxin.” The vaccine major cited a press release issued by the Embassy of India, Muscat, in this regard.
Haryana | This year more cases of dengue are coming as compared to previous years. Till y’day 491 positive cases were there. As of now, no casualty reported. As covid cases are few, we are using those beds for dengue patients: Dr Mukta Kumar, CMO Panchkula pic.twitter.com/hMnCFq6ghy
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Many vaccinated people are concerned about the prospect of mixing with unvaccinated people. This mixing might be travelling on trains or at the supermarket initially. But also at family gatherings, or, in NSW at least, at pubs and restaurants when restrictions ease further, slated for December 1.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in its order said that the “guidelines for reopening” issued last month, permitting cinema halls, entertainment parks, and swimming pools for sportspersons to open, will continue to be applicable till November 30 in areas outside the containment zones. READ MORE
Thirty-two students — 10 girls and 22 boys – from Jawahar Navodaya Vidayalaya in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, have tested positive for the coronavirus. They are students of classes 9 to 12 and of the total 32, 10 students are symptomatic, NDTV reported. A staff member of the school has also tested positive and remains symptomatic. READ MORE
Slovenia’s health minister on Wednesday warned that the country could face a nightmare scenario if it does not contain the virus outbreak raging in the small Alpine nation and other low-vaccination countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Health Minister Janez Poklukar said hospital beds have been filling up as the country logged the highest number of daily cases since January. With more than 3,000 confirmed infections in the past 24 hours, Poklukar said a lockdown is looming.
Due to #COVID19, all of us had to face a lot of challenges, this challenging time was also a test of India-ASEAN friendship. Our mutual cooperation in COVID era will keep strengthening our relations in future & form base for goodwill b/w our people: PM Modi at India-ASEAN Summit pic.twitter.com/FfTxTBJp86
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An inexpensive repurposed drug, fluvoxamine, may reduce hospital admissions in high-risk COVID-19 patients by up to 30 per cent, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Fluvoxamine is currently used to treat mental health conditions such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. It was chosen for study as a potential treatment for COVID-19 due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers treated 739 randomly selected Brazilian COVID-19 patients with fluvoxamine, with another 733 receiving a placebo, between January 15 to August 6 of this year.
Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has been included to the approved list of COVID-19 vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine. In a tweet, Bharat Biotech noted: “Covaxin has now been added to the approved list of #COVID19 vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine. This will facilitate travelers from India vaccinated with Covaxin.” The vaccine major cited a press release issued by the Embassy of India, Muscat, in this regard. “Embassy of India, Muscat, is pleased to inform that the Government of the Sultanate of Oman has added Covaxin to the approved list of COVID-19 vaccines for travel to Oman. The Civil Aviation Authority issued a notification on 27 October regarding this,” the release stated.
Europe stood out as the only major region worldwide to report an increase in both coronavirus cases and deaths over the last week, with double-digit percentage increases in each, the U.N. health agency said. The World Health Organization said new COVID-19 cases in its 53-country European region, which stretches as far east as former Soviet republics in Central Asia, recorded an 18% increase in COVID-19 cases over the last week — a fourth straight weekly increase for the area.
Ladakh recorded eight fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 20,925 while the active cases in the union territory rose to 47, officials said. Ladakh has registered 208 Covid-related deaths, 150 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Two patients of coronavirus were cured and discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of cured patients to 20,670, they said.
New Zealand unveiled plans to tentatively reopen its borders amid growing pressure from Kiwis stranded overseas by some of the world’s toughest pandemic travel restrictions. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said arrivals from a handful of tiny Pacific island states would be granted quarantine-free travel from next month and other low-risk countries would be considered early next year.
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Singapore is being looked into, the country’s health ministry has said after it registered a record single-day spike of 5,324 new infections on Wednesday. The figure includes 661 residents from dormitories of migrant workers and 12 cases who arrived from abroad, it said, adding that 10 more fatalities due to the disease have been reported as well. The ministry said it was looking into the “unusual surge in cases within a relatively short window”, and that it will closely monitor the trend for the next few days.
Thane has reported 188 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,65,118, while five more deaths have pushed the toll to 11,491, an official said on Thursday. These new cases and fatalities were recorded on Wednesday. The COVID-19 mortality rate in the district is 2.03 per cent, he added.
– 16.16k new cases, 733 new deaths, 17.1k new recoveries, 1.67k dip in active cases
– New cases below 20k for the 20th day
– 7-day moving average of new cases below 15k (14,908) for the first time in 243 days
– Kerala reports 9.45k new cases, Maharashtra 1.49k, Tamil Nadu 1.08k
– Kerala reports 622 deaths (including 529 backlog), Maharashtra 38, West Bengal 15
– 19 states/UTs report rise in active cases
– Active cases in Maharashtra now below 25k
– Difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the preceding 7 days in India is -2% (world average is +4%)
– 49.09 lakh new vaccinations. 104.05 crore total. 18.25 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 30.85 lakh second dose
– 12.9 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 1.25% (1.03% the previous day)
– Test positivity rate below 2% for the 24th day
– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 10.60%, Mizoram 9.10%, Manipur 3.98%
India reports 16,156 new cases, 733 deaths in the last 24 hours, active caseload stands at 1,60,989, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.