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110 Countries Recognise Covishield, Covaxin; Govt Plans to Expand CoWIN to Blood Banks, Kids Vaccination

On the basis of reciprocity, travelers from all such countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians are allowed certain relaxations on arrival.

By: News Desk

News18.com

Last Updated: November 19, 2021, 07:12 IST

So far 110 countries have agreed to mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates with India, official sources told PTI on Thursday. The Union government continues to be in communication with the rest of the world so that beneficiaries of the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination program are accepted and recognised, thereby easing travel for education, business and tourism purposes. There are countries which have agreement with Read More

Nov 19, 2021 16:46 IST

Maha's Palghar District to Give Extra Funds to Gram Panchayats That Complete 100% Vaccination by Dec 31

In a bid to achieve 100 per cent vaccination against COVID-19, the administration in Maharashtra’s Palghar district has decided to give extra funds to gram panchayats that finish vaccinating their entire population by December 31, a senior official said on Friday.

Nov 19, 2021 15:14 IST

Puducherry Adds 27 New Cases; Two Deaths Push Toll to 1,869

The union territory of Puducherry logged 27 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,28,588, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Friday. The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,182 samples and were spread over Puducherry (12), Karaikal (9), Mahe (4), Yanam (two), Director of Health department G Sriramulu said in a release.

Nov 19, 2021 15:11 IST

Britain to Add Booster Shots to COVID-19 Travel Pass

Britain’s health ministry on Friday said it would add booster shots to the COVID-19 pass for outbound international travel, though it added they would not be added to the domestic pass at this time.

Nov 19, 2021 14:39 IST

Immune-suppressed Not at Higher Risk of Poor Covid Outcomes: Lancet Study

People taking medications that suppress the immune system overall do not have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19 or being put on a ventilator than those not taking these drugs, according to a study published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal. The team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US analysed electronic health records of adults hospitalised with COVID-19 from January 2020 to June 2021 in the US. READ MORE

Nov 19, 2021 13:55 IST

Austrian Media Report Full Lockdown Coming as Decision Looms

Some Austrian media reported on Friday that a full COVID-19 lockdown would be introduced nationally as of Monday, ahead of a government announcement due later in the day on whether it would take that step amid record infection levels. Roughly 66% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. Its infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 971.5 per 100,000 people, and daily cases keep setting records.

Nov 19, 2021 13:25 IST

Uttarakhand Cancels Covid Restrictions From Nov 20

Nov 19, 2021 12:23 IST

Arunachal Pradesh Reports 10 New COVID-19 Cases

Arunachal Pradesh reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the tally to 55,242, a health official said. The toll remained at 280 as no fresh fatality was recorded in the last 24 hours, he said.

Nov 19, 2021 11:26 IST

India Reports 11,106 Fresh Covid Cases, 459 Deaths

Nov 19, 2021 09:07 IST

Private Hospital in Mumbai Becomes 1st to Provide Free Covid-19 Vaccination for All

A private hospital in Mumbai is set to become the first to provide free vaccination for all adults from Friday. Having a stock of nearly 17,000 vaccines, the Bombay Hospital in Marine Lines has partnered with LIC HFL and an NGO called the Golden Hour Foundation to fund the vaccine doses. READ MORE

Nov 19, 2021 08:56 IST

Thane's Infection Count Grows by 98, Death Toll by One

Thane district in Maharashtra reported 98 more cases of coronavirus, which pushed its overall tally to 5,68,140, while the death of one patient took the fatality count to 11,566, an official said on Friday. These cases and death were recorded on Thursday. Thane’s COVID-19 mortality rate stands at 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the infection figure has gone up to 1,38,390, while the death toll is 3,290, another official said.

Nov 19, 2021 08:23 IST

Eight New Cases Take Nagaland's Covid Tally to 32,032

Nagaland on Thursday reported eight fresh COVID-19 cases, two more than the previous day, with the caseload increasing to 32,032, a health official said. Four new cases were detected from Mokokchung district, three from Dimapur and one from Kohima.

Nov 19, 2021 07:29 IST

'No Proof Needed': Madhya Pradesh to Sell Liquor for Those Who Claim to be Fully Vaxxed

Nov 19, 2021 07:16 IST

Hundreds Gather in Paris to Protest Over New Austria Restrictions

Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Austrian Embassy in Paris on Thursday to demonstrate against Austria’s new COVID-19 restrictions, fearing France might be next to re-impose curbs aimed at reducing the circulation of the virus. The event, which passed off peacefully, was organised by far-right politician Florian Philippot, who has been at the forefront of protests in France against the COVID-19 health pass and vaccination certificate required for many daily activities.

Nov 19, 2021 07:16 IST

French President Macron Says No Need to Lock Down Non-vaccinated People as Covid Spreads

France does not need to follow those European countries imposing COVID-19 lockdowns on unvaccinated people, because of the success of its health pass in curbing the virus’ spread, President Emmanuel Macron said. Europe has again become the epicentre of the pandemic, prompting some countries including Germany and Austria to reintroduce restrictions in the run-up to Christmas and causing debate over whether vaccines alone are enough to tame COVID-19.

Nov 19, 2021 07:15 IST

Rajasthan Toddler Dies of Covid; Marks 1st Death in State After 3 Months

A2.5-year-old child died here due to Covid-19 — the first fatality reported in Jaipur after three months. “The child passed away on late Wednesday night. However, the test reports came on Thursday,” Jaipur CMHO Narottam Sharma told IANS. He further said that the 2.5-year-old kid is from Jaipur’s Chomu area and his parents are working as labourer. READ MORE

Nov 19, 2021 07:13 IST

Bengal's Covid Positivity Rate Below 2% for Second Consecutive Day

The positivity rate of daily Covid-19 infections in West Bengal was below two per cent for the second consecutive day, as the state recorded 14 more deaths due to the disease and 860 new cases on Thursday, a health department bulletin said. The state’s caseload went up to 16,07,516 while total the death increased to 19,355, it said.

India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines.

Similarly, there are countries which presently do not have such an agreement with India, but they exempt Indian citizens fully vaccinated with nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines, according to the Health Ministry guidelines. On the basis of reciprocity, the travellers from all such countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians are allowed certain relaxations on arrival (Category A countries), the guidelines read.

India plans to expand its indigenous Covid-19 mobile app called CoWIN to a slew of other public health initiatives in a bid to create a national repository of medical data, plug gaps and smoothen people’s access to some emergency services. The digital platform, which currently captures vaccination data of adult Indian citizens and helps schedule inoculation appointments, can be extended to record data on child immunization as well as blood banks, according to R. S. Sharma, chief executive officer of the National Health Authority.

Canada reported 1,827 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,758,706 cases, including 1,705,513 recoveries and 29,448 deaths, according to state media channel. Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, reported the highest daily number of new Covid-19 cases since September 24 with 711 new cases of Covid-19 and five deaths on Thursday.

Today’s report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 609,429, including 9,955 deaths, Xinhua news agency reported. The rolling seven-day average in Ontario now stands at 597, which is up from 532 this time last week. There are at least 278 Covid-19 patients, including 129 in the intensive care units.

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