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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Fresh 10,488 Covid Cases in India; WHO 'Very Worried' about Virus Spread in Europe

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: In the last 24 hours, India recorded 10,488 cases and 313 deaths, as per data released by the Health Ministry.

News18.com | November 21, 2021, 10:53 IST
Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: In the last 24 hours, India recorded 10,488 cases and 313 deaths, as per data released by the Health Ministry. Meanwhile, the total number of vaccinations climbed to 1,16,50,55,210 on Sunday. Read More

Nov 21, 2021 10:53 IST

Daily Rise in Infections Below 20,000 for 44 Days

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 44 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 147 consecutive days now. The active cases comprise 0.36 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.30 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

Nov 21, 2021 10:14 IST

Active COVID-19 Cases in Country Decline to 1,22,714

A decrease of 2,154 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

Nov 21, 2021 09:38 IST

India Records 10,488 New Cases in Last 24 Hours

India reports 10,488 new cases, 12,329 recoveries and 313 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.

Total cases 3,45,10,413 Total recoveries 3,39,22,037 Death toll 4,65,662 Active cases 1,22,714

Total Vaccination: 1,16,50,55,210

Nov 21, 2021 09:24 IST

Only 6 Active COVID-19 Cases in Andamans

Only six COVID19 patients are currently undergoing treatment in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a health bulletin said. The Union territory’s caseload remained unchanged at 7,676 as no new case was reported on Sunday. A total of 7,541 people have recovered from the disease and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date, it said. The administration has tested over 6.24 lakh samples for COVID-19 thus far, the bulletin said, adding that the cumulative positivity rate stood at 1.23 per cent.

Nov 21, 2021 09:23 IST

Maharashtra: Thane District Sees 94 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Death

With the addition of 94 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,68,356, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said. As the virus claimed the life of one more COVID-19 patient, the death toll in the district rose to 11,572. The mortality rate is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,38,437 while the overall death toll stood at 3,292, an official from Palghar said.

Nov 21, 2021 08:39 IST

Bengal's Covid Positivity Rate Above 2 Pc

The positivity rate of daily Covid19 infections in West Bengal rose above 2 per cent again on Saturday after remaining below it for three consecutive days, as the state recorded 12 more deaths due to the disease and 725 new cases on Saturday, a health department bulletin said. The state’s caseload increased to 16,09,118, while the death toll went up to 19,376. The state recorded a positivity rate of 2.01 per cent on Saturday as against 1.98 per cent on Friday, the data said. The positivity rate was 1.95 per cent on Thursday, and 1.97 per cent on Wednesday. On November 16 and 15, the figures were 2.21 per cent and 2.88 per cent respectively. A total of 36,117 samples were tested on Saturday, compared to 44,322 on Friday, the bulletin said. The state recorded 725 new cases on Saturday, 152 less than the previous day’s count. Kolkata recorded the highest number of positive cases at 201 as against 242 on Friday, according to the data. North 24 Parganas followed in the second position with 125 cases on Saturday, decreasing from 158 the previous day, the bulletin said.

Nov 21, 2021 08:32 IST

Tens of Thousands March in Vienna Against COVID Measures Before Lockdown

Tens of thousands of people, many of them far-right supporters, protested in Vienna on Saturday against coronavirus restrictions a day after Austria’s government announced a new lockdown and said vaccines would be made compulsory next year. Whistling, blowing horns and banging drums, crowds streamed into Heroes’ Square in front of the Hofburg, the former imperial palace in central Vienna, in the early afternoon, one of several protest locations. Many demonstrators waved Austrian flags and carried signs with slogans such as “no to vaccination”, “enough is enough” or “down with the fascist dictatorship”. A police spokesman said there had been fewer than 10 arrests, for breaches of coronavirus restrictions and the ban on Nazi symbols.

Nov 21, 2021 07:59 IST

Bengal's Covid Positivity Rate Above 2 Pc

The positivity rate of daily Covid19 infections in West Bengal rose above 2 per cent again on Saturday after remaining below it for three consecutive days, as the state recorded 12 more deaths due to the disease and 725 new cases on Saturday, a health department bulletin said. The state’s caseload increased to 16,09,118, while the death toll went up to 19,376. The state recorded a positivity rate of 2.01 per cent on Saturday as against 1.98 per cent on Friday, the data said. The positivity rate was 1.95 per cent on Thursday, and 1.97 per cent on Wednesday. On November 16 and 15, the figures were 2.21 per cent and 2.88 per cent respectively. A total of 36,117 samples were tested on Saturday, compared to 44,322 on Friday, the bulletin said. The state recorded 725 new cases on Saturday, 152 less than the previous day’s count. Kolkata recorded the highest number of positive cases at 201 as against 242 on Friday, according to the data. North 24 Parganas followed in the second position with 125 cases on Saturday, decreasing from 158 the previous day, the bulletin said.

Nov 21, 2021 07:46 IST

Three in Hospital After Police Fire on Dutch COVID-19 Protesters

Three people were being treated in hospital in Rotterdam on Saturday after they were seriously injured when Dutch police fired shots during a violent protest against COVID-19 measures, authorities said. Crowds of several hundred rioters torched cars set off fireworks and threw rocks at police during the protests on Friday evening. Police responded with warning shots and water canons. Rotterdam police posted on Twitter on Saturday that 51 people had been arrested, half of whom were under 18.

Nov 21, 2021 07:42 IST

Bangladesh Reports Zero Covid Death for First Time

Bangladesh on Saturday reported zero Covid fatality for the first time since the pandemic broke out in the South Asian country in March last year. The first Covid death was reported on March 18, 2020. Dr. Ayesha Akhter, Assistant Director (Admin) of the 250-bedded TB Hospital of Dhaka, told IANS that 190 patients also recovered from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, adding the recovery rate now stands at 97.72 per cent.

Nov 21, 2021 07:40 IST

New Covid-19 Measures Enter into Force in Belgium

New measures to curb the spike in Covid-19 infections approved by the Belgian authorities have entered into force, requiring the wearing of mask in areas where a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is required. A “Covid Safe Ticket Plus” rule, combining the CST with mandatory mask wearing, is now applied indoors for anyone above the age of 10 years. The authorities, who are expected to meet again in January, have asked people to respect the 1.5-metre social distancing indoors, and limit social contacts outdoors, though no “bubbles” will be imposed for now, Xinhua news agency reported.

Nov 21, 2021 07:39 IST

UK Records Another 40,941 New Coronavirus Cases

Britain registered 40,941 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 9,806,034, according to official figures released. The country also reported a further 150 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 143,866, with 8,079 Covid-19 patients still in hospital.

Nov 21, 2021 07:38 IST

Covid Crisis in Europe Leaves WHO 'Very Worried'

The World Health Organization late on Saturday said that it is “very worried” about the rapid surge in Covid-19 cases in Europe as the continent continues to face a fresh wave of infections. WHO’s Regional Director for Europe told the BBC that 50,000 more deaths are likely by March unless urgent action is taken to curb the rise in infections. Kluge said among a number of measures, increase in mask wearing could immediately help. “Factors like the winter season, insufficient vaccine coverage and the regional dominance of the more transmissible Delta variant were behind the spread. increased vaccine uptake and the implementation of basic public health measures and new medical treatments to help fight the rise,” Dr Kluge said.

Nov 21, 2021 07:34 IST

Uttarakhand Govt Cancels All Covid Restrictions in States

The opposition Congress slammed the BJP-led Uttarkhand government for withdrawing state-wide Covid-19 restrictions in the state after the ‘Char Dham Yatra’ is over. Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority said in its latest guidelines that wearing masks has been made mandatory at public places, workplaces and on public transport.

The BJP-led Uttarakhand government has withdrawn all Covid-19 restrictions from the state. However, wearing masks remains mandatory at public places, workplaces and on public transport, the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority said in its latest guidelines. The decision of the state government has drawn flak from the opposition Congress, which called the move “careless”.

Harish Rawat said, “I think the state govt decided this without considering precautionary measures, without seeing Covid situation in the state and the country or perhaps without taking note of reports of an increase in Covid cases in many countries. They should take all take precautionary measures.”

Meanwhile, the critical Covid-19 situation in Europe has left people in a state of helter-skelter as one section of the population continues to protest against vaccination, and the inoculated other half is pitted against the former. In an interview with the BBC, the World Health Organization’s Europe director Dr Hans Kluge said that he is “very worried” about the spread of coronavirus in Europe as the continent battles a fresh wave of infections. He has warned that the continent may register 500,000 more deaths by March unless urgent action is taken.

“An increase in mask wearing could immediately help,” Kluge said, adding that factors like the winter season, insufficient vaccine coverage and the regional dominance of the more transmissible Delta variant were behind the spread.

Besides, the world health body has called for increased vaccine uptake and the implementation of basic public health measures and new medical treatments to help fight the rise.

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