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Coronavirus Updates: Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Approval Requested in US for Ages 2-18, India Records 10,929 New Cases in 24 Hrs

Coronavirus Updates: US company Ocugen announced on Friday that it had asked authorities for emergency use authorization for Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, which was developed in India, for ages 2 to 18.

Last Updated: November 06, 2021, 07:40 IST

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Coronavirus Updates: India reported 10,929 new Covid cases, 392 deaths and 12,509 recoveries in the last 24 hours; active caseload stands at 1,46,950. The tally of total vaccination stands at 1,07,92,19,546. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) 61,39,65,751 samples tested for COVID19 up to 5th November 2021. Of these, 8,10,783 samples were tested yesterday. Read More

Nov 06, 2021 16:22 IST

Mumbaikars, 2nd Covid Vaccine Dose Pending? Expect a Call from BMC Soon

Ramping up the inoculation drive in Mumbai, the city’s civic body has taken over the task of straightening vaccination rolls for the next 10 days. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has 24 ward-level war rooms which were set up last year to smoothen Covid-related hospitalisation and data. This time, these war rooms will call up three lakh people who took their first shot in a vaccination centre in Mumbai but didn’t turn up for the second one.

Nov 06, 2021 15:39 IST

India Logged 10,929 Fresh Covid Cases Today

India on Saturday reported 10,929 fresh Covid-19 cases, 14.2 per cent lower than Friday’s overall infections, according to the Union Health Ministry. Also in the last 24 hours, a total of 392 fresh fatalities were recorded which increased the nationwide death toll to 4,60,265.

Nov 06, 2021 15:37 IST

Odisha Logs 208 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 Fatalities

Odisha on Saturday logged 208 new COVID-19 cases, 38 more than the previous day, taking the state’s tally to 10,43,151 while four fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,354, a health department official said. The 208 cases included 23 children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years. The rate of infection in this age group now is 11.05 per cent against the previous day’s 14.11 per cent.

The state had reported 170 new cases, the lowest in the last seven months, on Friday, 351 on Thursday, 322 on Wednesday, 327 on Tuesday and 316 on Monday.

Nov 06, 2021 15:35 IST

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome After COVID in Children is Rare But Makes the Body Fight Itself

After COVID emerged, it didn’t take long for clinicians and scientists to notice the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects children and adults very differently. One of the earliest studies, from March 2020, reported 4050% of infected children suffered cough and fever, but they had much milder symptoms than adults.

Subsequent information from health authorities noted children were less likely to develop severe disease and rarely died from COVID. However, clinicians found a very small number of children, despite having mild or even no symptoms initially, developed an inflammatory reaction about four weeks after infection.

Nov 06, 2021 14:26 IST

The Era of Anti-Covid Pills Begins

US pharma giants Merck and Pfizer have announced encouraging results for oral drugs, while an anti-depressant has also shown promise in what could open up a new chapter in the fight against the pandemic. They are pills taken orally as soon as the first symptoms of Covid-19 appear, to avoid serious forms of the illness, and therefore hospitalisation. This form of treatment has been sought since the start of the global health crisis. After months of research, Merck and Pfizer say they have reached that elusive goal.

Early October, Merck said it was seeking authorisation in the United States for its pill molnupiravir, and Pfizer followed suit on Friday with paxlovid. They are both anti-virals that act by reducing the virus’s ability to replicate, slowing down the disease. Both companies say clinical trials showed a strong reduction in the risk of hospitalisation.

Nov 06, 2021 13:49 IST

Nawab Malik Calls For Thorough Investigation in Ahmednagar Hospital Fire

Maharashtra Minister, Nawab Malik, said that it has to be investigated if the hospital had conducted fire audits and if not those responsible should be held. Malik said, “It will be investigated if the fire audits were conducted or not. In case it was done, then how did the fire begin and in case the fire audit was not conducted, then who is responsible? All of this will be investigated.

Nov 06, 2021 13:44 IST

10 Covid Patients Dead in Ahmednagar Hospital Fire

At least 10 coronavirus patients were killed after a major fire broke out in the ICU ward of the civil hospital in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar on Saturday, officials said. Ahmednagar district collector Rajendra Bhosale confirmed that 10 patients died and one patient was critical after the blaze erupted in the ICU section of the civil hospital, where COVID-19 patients were admitted. Shankar Misal, chief of the fire department of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation said the fire erupted around 11 am. Further details are awaited.

Former Chief Minister, and leader of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis offered condolences to the families of the deceased Covid patients in the Ahmednagar fire and called for an in-depth injury. In a Twitter post, Fadnavis wrote, “Very shocking & disturbing news from Nagar. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in Nagar Civil Hospital ICU Fire incident. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured. In-depth inquiry should be conducted & strict action against all responsible people!”

Nov 06, 2021 13:24 IST

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 249 million

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 249 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.03 million and vaccinations soared to over 7.18 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 249,087,384, 5,037,731 and 7,189,437,027, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 46,435,555 and 753,900, according to the CSSE. In terms of infections, India follows in second place with 34,333,754 cases and Brazil third with 21,862,458 infections.

Nov 06, 2021 13:12 IST

German State Strikes Out with Sweeping Curbs for Unjabbed

The German state of Saxony on Friday announced sweeping new curbs for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the disease, as the country grapples with a dramatic surge in infections. From Monday, access to indoor dining and other indoor events will be limited to those who are fully vaccinated or can show proof of recovery, local government minister Petra Koepping told a news conference in Dresden.

“We have not managed to build a protective wall of vaccinated people over the past few weeks and months,” Koepping said.

Nov 06, 2021 12:59 IST

Odisha Logs 208 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 Fatalities

Odisha on Saturday logged 208 new COVID-19 cases, 38 more than the previous day, taking the state’s tally to 10,43,151 while four fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,354, a health department official said. The 208 cases included 23 children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years. The rate of infection in this age group now is 11.05 per cent against the previous day’s 14.11 per cent.

The state had reported 170 new cases, the lowest in the last seven months, on Friday, 351 on Thursday, 322 on Wednesday, 327 on Tuesday and 316 on Monday. Of the new cases, 119 were reported from quarantine centres while the remaining 89 were local contacts. Khurda district of which Bhubaneswar is a part, recorded the highest of 99 cases, followed by Cuttack (20). Nine districts reported zero cases.

Nov 06, 2021 12:50 IST

Ladakh Reports 1 New Covid-19 Case

Only one fresh Covid-19 case was reported in Ladakh in the last 24 hours, officials here said on Saturday. A total of eight patients recovered on Friday bringing down the tally of active cases to 91. Seven patients were discharged from Leh after treatment, and one recovered in Kargil, a government official said. The number of overall cases in Ladakh so far has been 21,006.

The Union Territory has registered one death and 44 cases since the beginning of this month with majority of the cases reported from Leh district. The new case was detected in Leh, taking the district tally to 17,387, the official said, adding that compared to Leh, Kargil district has only recorded 3,619 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of the virus last year. Ladakh has so far registered 209 Covid-related deaths — 151 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — while a total of 20,706 patients have recovered from the infection. There are currently 87 active cases in Leh and four in Kargil. No death was reported from the UT on Friday.

Nov 06, 2021 12:33 IST

K'taka Registers 40 Percent Drop in Covid Vaccination

Karnataka has registered a 40 per cent decline in Covid vaccination in October leaving the health authorities, a worried lot. According to the state health department, compared to September, there is a slump of 40 per cent in number of Covid vaccinations in October. The department has identified 4.87 crore beneficiaries of above 18 years of age for the same. Till November 4, as many as 4.26 crore people had got first dose. Since the state is recording lesser number of Covid cases, the people seem to have lost interest in getting themselves inoculated, according to health experts.

About 60 lakh people are yet to be jabbed. The state has set a target to achieve 100 per cent vaccination by December which looks tough as the turnout for vaccinations is declining.

Nov 06, 2021 12:27 IST

Covid Vaccine: Suctioning May Generate Higher Levels of Antibody Compared to Needles

Delivering Covid-19 vaccines via a suctioning technique may help generate higher antibody levels and provide more protection than traditional needles, suggests a new study. When traditional vaccines are injected into the arm, they are not automatically absorbed by cells. In fact, some of it degrades before it even gets to the cells so the body can mount an immune response.

According to researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey, providing suction on the skin immediately after the shot would create strain on the skin, forcing cells to automatically absorb the vaccine, Daily Mail reported. A suctioning vaccine is faster and cheaper to manufacture, and can be more widely distributed than the vaccines currently in use, they explained.

Nov 06, 2021 12:22 IST

Puducherry Sees 20 New COVID-19 Cases

Puducherry registered 20 fresh cases of coronavirus identified at the end of the examination of 1,523 samples on Saturday. The overall infection count stood at 1,28,165. All the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam registered less than 10 new cases with five in Puducherry, six in Karaikal, two in Yanam and seven in Mahe. One more person hailing from Yanam succumbed to the infection raising the overall toll to 1862.

Director of Health G Sriramulu said the active cases were 304 of whom 64 were in hospitals and 240 in home isolation. He said that 35 patients recovered during the last 24 hours while the overall recoveries were 1,25,999. The test positivity rate was 1.31 per cent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 per cent and 98.31 per cent, respectively.

Nov 06, 2021 12:13 IST

Kids Under 12 Account for Over 20% New Daily Covid Cases in Canada

Children under the age of 12 now account for over 20 per cent of Canada’s daily new cases coronavirus cases, health authorities have confirmed. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said Friday that Canadians under 12 represent 12 per cent of the country’s population of 38 million. There are about 4.3 million children under 12 who are not vaccinated in the country, reports Xinhua news agency. READ MORE

Nov 06, 2021 11:57 IST

Endemic More About Pattern of Disease, Not About Severity or Impact: WHO

Dr Mike Ryan and Maria Van Kerkhove of the WHO Health Emergencies explain what it means when a virus becomes endemic, and what will it mean if Covid-19 becomes endemic.

Nov 06, 2021 11:41 IST

Japan to Reduce Quarantine Period for Business Travellers

The Japanese government said that it would shorten the Covid-19 quarantine period for vaccinated business travellers from overseas upon their arrival to three days starting from November 8 onwards. The eased quarantine rules will apply to short-term business travellers who are inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines deemed effective by the Japanese authorities, reports Xinhua news agency. Companies accepting them will need to report in advance on their planned activities for the seven days after quarantine and supervise them accordingly.

Nov 06, 2021 11:37 IST

French Parliament Passes Draft Law to Extend Health Pass to July 2022

French parliament passed a draft bill that extends the use of health pass to July 31, 2022, as a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country. The draft bill, passed by 118 to 89 votes in the French National Assembly, would allow the Prime Minister to issue a decree mandating the health pass in certain places according to the epidemic situation in the country, reports Xinhua news agency.

The head of the French government can also restrict or prohibit travels, order the closure of shops and places open to the public, and even order a curfew or lockdown. Also, it allows school directors and secondary school principals to learn about the vaccination status of students, which the opposition considers as a breach of medical confidentiality.

Nov 06, 2021 11:32 IST

Mizoram Reports 513 New COVID-19 Cases, Positivity Rate at 9%

Mizoram on Saturday reported 513 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,24,539, a health department official said. Among the new patients are 162 children, he said. The death toll rose 445 as five more people succumbed to the infection, he added. The single-day positivity rate dipped to 9.20 per cent from 14.18 per cent on the previous day, the official said.

There are 6,044 active cases in the state at present, while 605 people recovered on Friday, taking the total recoveries to 1,18,050. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients is 94.78 per cent and the fatality rate is 0.35 per cent. The new cases were detected after testing 5,577 samples in the last 24 hours. So far, 5.23 lakh people have received both doses of COVID vaccines in the state.

Nov 06, 2021 10:38 IST

Arunachal Pradesh Logs Two Fresh COVID-19 Cases

Arunachal Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 55,176 as two more persons tested positive for the infection, a senior health department official said here on Saturday. The frontier state had reported zero COVID-19 cases on Thursday, seven cases on Wednesday and six on Tuesday.

Arunachal Pradesh now has 61 active COVID-19 cases of which 11 are in Tawang district and 10 each in Lohit and East Siang district. Nine more patients recuperated from COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 54,835, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

Earlier today, At least ten patients died out of 17 Covid positive patients who were admitted in the Ahmednagar Civil Hospital on Saturday after a massive fire ripped through the ICU. Four fire tenders were rushed to battle the blaze which was spreading to other adjoining wards with attempts underway to control the flames and shift the patients from the affected areas.

According to eyewitnesses, there were at least 20 patients undergoing treatment in the ICU and scores of relatives rushed to the hospital for details on their near and dear ones. Senior police, district and fire brigade officials have reached the spot and are supervising the rescue and relief operations. More details on the incident is awaited.

Meanwhile, US company Ocugen announced on Friday that it had asked authorities for emergency use authorization for Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, which was developed in India, for ages 2 to 18. Ocugen’s data, gathered from clinical trials conducted outside of the United States with only a small group of children, may not be enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant the request.

Covaxin, developed in India by Ocugen’s partner, Bharat Biotech, gained emergency approval from the World Health Organization on Wednesday and has already been cleared for use in 17 countries.

Just as the United Kingdom delayed the acceptance of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, Canada too is yet to accept India made vaccine despite WHO’s approval for emergency use. According to a spokesperson at the Canadian High Commission, the list of approved vaccines for Canada include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. A media report states that the timing of completion of Health Canada’s review depends on several factors like additional data, discussion with sponsors and safety information.

On Friday, India recorded a single-day spike of 12,729 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 3,43,33,754. The current tally of active cases stands at 1,48,922. The death count due to the infection rose to 4,59,873, with 221 daily deaths being recorded, according to recent data. The total tally of people who have recovered so far is at to 3,37,24,959.

West Bengal, on the other hand, recorded 763 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday, 155 less than the previous day’s figure, while the number of fresh fatalities also dropped marginally from 14 on November 4 to 13, according to a health department bulletin. The state’s Covid-19 death toll went up to 19,201 with 13 fatalities while 763 new cases pushed the tally to 15,97,095.

Kolkata accounted for four deaths during the day, while North and South 24 Parganas reported three fatalities each. The remaining deaths were recorded in other districts, the bulletin said. Of the 763 new infections, Kolkata registered the highest at 203, followed by North 24 Parganas (145) and South 24 Parganas (68). The respective figures on Thursday were 228, 156 and 77.

The number of active cases was 8,137, as against 8,193 on Thursday. In the last 24 hours, 806 recoveries were reported as the discharge rate was recorded to be at 98.29 per cent. So far, 15,69,757 people have recovered from the disease in the state. The positivity rate was recorded at 2.53 per cent.

Since Thursday, 30,212 samples were tested for coronavirus in West Bengal, which took the total number of such examinations to 1,94,09,097, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, 3,65,253 Covid vaccine doses were administered in the state in the last 24 hours taking the total number of people getting at least one dose to over 8 crore, a senior health department official said.

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