Last Updated: November 18, 2021, 23:11 IST
India’s Covid tally rose to 3,44,66,598 on Wednesday with 10,197 fresh cases, while the active cases have declined to 1,28,555, the lowest in 527 days, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data. The death toll climbed to 4,64,153 after 301 more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. Read More
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The latest study shows the prevalence of the Delta AY.4.2 Covid Variant has been growing at the rate of 2.8 percent a day since September.
It’s that time of the year when on a full-moon night, the world’s largest inhabited river island Majuli wears its unique mask. The mask that embodies the rich culture and the identity of the island, which floats proudly as the granary of Vaishnavite culture of Assam in the mighty Brahmaputra. READ MORE
Ladakh has recorded 23 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 21,252 while the number of active cases in the union territory has gone up to 206, officials said on Thursday. Ladakh has registered 211 Covid-related deaths — 153 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Fourteen patients were discharged after recovery from hospital in Leh. The total number of those recovered is 20,835, they said.
The union territory of Puducherry added 41 fresh COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours pushing the overall tally to 1,28,561, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Thursday. The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,820 samples and were spread over Puducherry (24), Karaikal (10), Yanam (five) and Mahe (two), Director of the Health department G Sriramulu said in a release here.
Long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with an increased risk of developing COVID-19 among people who get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a study conducted in Spain. The research, published in the journal Environment Health Perspectives on Wednesday, provides further evidence on the health benefits of reducing air pollution, and highlights the influence of environmental factors on infectious diseases. READ MORE
Half of the eligible population in Madhya Pradesh has received both the doses of vaccine against coronavirus and the state government has set a target of providing both the jabs to everyone by December 25, state’s Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Prabhuram Choudhary said on Thursday. On Wednesday, 16,83,512 eligible people were administered the vaccine doses till 9 pm under the mega campaign-6 in the state, he said, adding that the figures will go up as statistics from remote areas and those collected through offline mode were yet to be added.
At least 570 people, including 118 students, teachers and staff of a private school in Aizawl tested positive for novel coronavirus, pushing Mizoram’s COVID-19 tally to 1,30,415, an official statement said on Thursday. The state had reported 495 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
China reported on Thursday a third COVID-19 case among foreign athletes at preparatory events ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which are being organised with stringent measures in place to control any outbreaks. A foreign athlete participating in the Luge World Cup in Beijing was confirmed on Tuesday as being an asymptomatic case after a routine COVID-19 test, state media reported.
With 11,919 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 3,44,78,517, while the number of active cases has gone up to 1,28,762, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. The death toll due to the viral disease has shot up to 4,64,623 with 470 more fatalities, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the country is gradually easing COVID-19 safety measures and making sure the situation stabilises with each step, so as to avoid “unsettling” U-turns. “What I am trying to do is to ease up a little bit, make sure things stabilise, ease up a bit more, make sure things stabilise again and ease up a little bit more,” Lee said.
Announcing that the number of fully vaccinated persons in the country has surpassed the partially vaccinated, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday expressed confidence that the country will have vaccinated every Indian by the end of the month-long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign. Mandaviya appealed all eligible citizens to get vaccinated and assured people that there was no shortage of vaccine doses. READ MORE
The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 114 crore on Wednesday, the Union health ministry said. More than 65 lakh (65,73,687) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said.
Spains panel of vaccine experts approved Wednesday the use of a COVID-19 booster shot for people between 60-69 years old and for health workers, as part of an effort to combat an uptick in infections. The final go-ahead for the shot must be given by Spains health minister and the country’s regional health chiefs. Spain has already given 2.7 million booster shots to people age 69 and over and to people of all ages with suppressed immune systems.
Belgium extended the use of facemasks and mandatory remote work on Wednesday in an attempt to contain a new surge of COVID-19 cases. The alarm signals are flashing red, said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The premier added that the mandatory use of facemasks in crowded places would now include those 10 and older and that remote work, when possible, would mandatory for 4 days in the 5-day workweek until Dec. 12.
Two men, who had tested positive for coronavirus in a rapid antigen test conducted at a city-based zoo, sent two dummy patients to a medical facility by offering Rs 10,000 to them in order to avoid hospitalisation, police said on Wednesday. The fake patients were arrested by the Aurangabad city police from a civic-run COVID-19 facility soon after their real identity came to light on Monday, while one of the actual patients, Gaurav Kathar, was nabbed on Wednesday, police said. Search is on for another patient named Gagan Pagare, they said.
As the schools across India remain shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students had resorted to supplementary classes including coaching or tuition. Regardless of classes, states, or type of school (government or private) enrolled, students across India have relied heavily on tuition. In a contrasting trend, the largest increases in the proportion of children taking tuition are seen among children from the most disadvantaged households. As kids turned towards family support during the Covid-led school shutdown, first-generation learners or those whose parents had ‘low’ education qualifications, found it hard to keep with online studies. READ MORE
Dutch health authorities said on Wednesday they were running short of COVID-19 tests, as the Netherlands registered more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, the highest since the pandemic began. “We are coming up against the maximum of our capacity,” said Jaap Eikelboom, head of COVID-19 operations at the National Public Health Service, in a statement.