Coronavirus Updates: From November 8, an estimated 3 million visa holders from India, with proof of vaccination, will be able to travel to the United States under the new international air travel policy, the US Embassy in India tweeted.
Meanwhile, even as Mumbai’s Covid graph has shown a downward trend, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), comprising nine municipal corporations and nine municipal councils, continue to report a high Covid-19 daily caseload. While Mumbai on Friday saw under 400 cases in 24 hours, the MMR recorded 1,338 cases with 36 deaths, taking its tally to 6,609,292 and toll to 140,170.
The Mumbai suburbs have been reporting almost half the daily cases in the state of late and has 46% of the active cases, a report in a national daily stated. MMR includes Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad districts, with a cumulative projected population of more than 25 million, over 20% of the state population. It is regarded as one most urbanised pockets in Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, outside India, the United States have authorized the Pfizer Covid vaccine for children aged five-to-11, paving the way for 28 million young Americans to soon get immunized. The decision came after a high-level medical panel advising the government this week endorsed the shots, ruling that the known benefits outweighed the risks of side-effects.
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In view of rising coronavirus cases, weekly positivity rates and decreasing testing figures in Assam and West Bengal, the Centre has asked the state governments to undertake a review of these parameters while stressing on strict enforcement of Covidappropriate behaviour.
In a letter to the chief secretaries of Assam and West Bengal on October 26, Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Arti Ahuja highlighted an increase in weekly new Covid cases over the previous week (October 20-26) and early signs of a positive trend over the last four weeks until October 25.
• Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva Tuionetoa warned Saturday that residents on the country’s main island Tongatapu faced a possible lockdown next week after recording its first case of Covid-19. The tiny Pacific kingdom had been among only a handful of countries to escape the virus so far, and the infection was detected in a person in managed isolation after returning to Tonga on a repatriation flight from New Zealand.
• A study ‘Targeting the pentose phosphate pathway for SARS-CoV-2 therapy’, published by the scientific journal Metabolite, has identified a potential new treatment that suppresses the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The research revealed that cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 can only produce novel coronaviruses when their metabolic pentose phosphate pathway is activated. The study said that that pentose phosphate pathway inhibitors like benfooxythiamine are a potential new treatment option for Covid-19, both on their own and in combination with other treatments.
• Ten states have filed a lawsuit to stop President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, arguing that the requirement violates federal law. Attorneys general from Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming signed on to the lawsuit, which was filed in a federal district court in Missouri on Friday. The states asked a federal judge to block Biden’s requirement that all employees of federal contractors be vaccinated against the coronavirus, arguing that the mandate violates federal procurement law and is an overreach of federal power.
• After administering seven crore Covid-19 vaccine doses, the Madhya Pradesh government has announced to launch a special inoculation drive from November 15 by holding vaccination and testing camps at public events to cover its entire eligible population by the end of this year. The state government had earlier held mega vaccination drives in August and September. The government also plans to make phone calls to those people, who have received their first vaccine dose, to remind them about getting the second jab.
• From November 8, an estimated 3 million visa holders from India, with proof of vaccination, will be able to travel to the United States under the new international air travel policy, the US Embassy in India tweeted.