West Bengal reopens in-person classes for school students in class IX, X, XI and XII after a gap of nearly two years. The last time students went to school was in March 2020. Physical classes had started for a brief period for senior school students in mid-February this year to shut down again in April due to the second wave. Meanwhile, Singapore is planning to allow quarantine-free travel for fully-vaccinated passengers from India and Read More
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A total of 167 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Telangana on Tuesday and one related fatality was reported due to the virus. With the fresh cases, the total number of positive cases in the state rose to 6,73,889 and the death toll increased to 3,976 respectively. The number of active cases stood at 3,737. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported the highest number of 55 cases followed by Medchal Malkajgiri district (14) and Rangareddy district (12). A total of 37,283 samples were tested today. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 2,81,22,607. A total of 164 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today taking the total number of recoveries to 6,66,176.
Ukraine reported record daily COVID-19 deaths Tuesday as authorities struggle to boost the country’s vaccination rate amid rising coronavirus infections. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised Monday to pay 1,000 hryvnias ($38) to each Ukrainian who gets vaccinated. Ukrainians can receive their payments starting Dec. 19, authorities said. With this money, it will be possible to purchase a gym or fitness club membership, visit a cinema, theatre, museum, concert hall or exhibition center, or buy tickets for domestic travel, Zelenskyy said in a video message posted on Facebook.
Health workers in Belgium who don’t want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will face losing their jobs. Amid a surge of new coronavirus cases that has led hospitals to reserve half of their ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, Belgium’s federal government finalized a draft bill late on Monday to make vaccination of health care workers mandatory.Starting Jan 1, they will have a three-month window to get their shots.
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,45,862 on Tuesday as 206 more people tested positive for the infection, 21 more than the previous day, while two fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 8,381, a health official said. The new cases were registered in 15 of the 30 districts of the state. Khurda registered the highest number of new cases at 120, followed by Cuttack (15) and Jajpur (12).
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday chaired a meeting with non-governmental organisations, civil society groups and development partners to discuss ways to take the Covid vaccination campaign across the length and breadth of the country. The government recently launched a month-long Har Ghar Dastak campaign for house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take a dose and those whose second dose is overdue. “Interacted with NGOs & CSOs of the country.Discussed how an enhanced partnership between Govt & these organisations will strengthen our #HarGharDastak vaccination campaign. Our Govt seeks support of the organisations to take our campaign to every nook and corner of the country,” Mandaviya tweeted after the meeting.
Three Karnataka districts have successfully contained the menace of Covid-19. According to a health bulletin released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, there is not a single Covid positive case reported in Gadag, Haveri and Bidar districts of north Karnataka region according to the latest statistics released on Monday evening.
West Bengal: Schools in the state reopen for classes 9 to 12 with COVID measures. Visuals from Siliguri Boys High School.
Students are being welcomed with chocolates here, their temperature being checked and their hands being sanitised at the entrance of the school. pic.twitter.com/8LY2XKm2FA
— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2021
#COVID19 | India reports 8,865 new cases (lowest in 287 days), 11,971 recoveries & 197 deaths in last 24 hrs.
Active caseload 1,30,793 – lowest in 525 days. Daily positivity rate (0.80%) less than 2% for last 43 days, Weekly Positivity Rate (0.97%) less than 2% for last 53 days. pic.twitter.com/sRqxzpVCXM
— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2021
The global coronavirus caseload has topped 253.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.10 million and vaccinations to over 7.49 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 253,807,313, 5,106,530 and 7,492,843,205, respectively.
WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan on Monday said there has been an expected rise of Covid-19 cases globally and added that the vaccination of the vulnerable population has led to ‘uncoupling between infections and deaths.’ In an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18, Swaminathan said, “Many countries in Western Europe is seeing a surge in infections, some increase in hospitalisation due to a number of reasons… but not a significant increase in deaths. So, an uncoupling between infections and deaths, largely because the vulnerable groups have been almost entirely vaccinated.” READ MORE
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a ‘Level One’ COVID-19 notice for Americans travelling to India, saying the risk of contracting the infection and developing severe symptoms may be lower if one is fully vaccinated. The travel health notice has also been issued for Pakistan. In its advisory for India, the State Department urged US citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir due to terrorism and civil unrest, and also within 10 kilometres of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.
Tamil Nadu added 802 new Covid-19 infections including two returnees from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, pushing the overall tally to 27,15,632, the health department said on Monday. As many as 12 people have succumbed to the virus, mounting the toll to 36,296, a medical bulletin said.
You may soon have to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination or recent recovery, as the country becomes the latest in Europe to consider drastic steps to tackle a new surge in cases in the region. Germany registered yet another record rate of cases over the past week on Monday as more indoor gatherings due to cold weather and flatlining vaccination campaigns turn Europe once more into the pandemic epicentre.
Mumbai on Monday reported 184 new coronavirus cases and four fresh fatalities, taking the infection tally to 7,59,777 and the death toll to 16,296, a civic official said. For the second time in November, the daily COVID-19 cases have dipped below the 200-mark in the financial capital. On November 6, the city had reported 176 COVID-19 cases.
Hospitals in Slovakia, one of Europe’s least-vaccinated nations, have been filling up with coronavirus patients, with the northeastern region of Presov reporting almost no spare intensive care beds, authorities and hospitals said on Monday.
Maharashtra on Monday reported 686 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 19 fatalities, taking the tally in the state to 66,24,986 and the toll to 1,40,602, an official said.
The United Kingdom health authorities on Monday extended the rollout of the COVID-19 booster vaccine shots to all those aged 40 and over, from the current over-50s age cohort. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised the government that a third top-up dose should be offered to the wider age range six months after their second doses to to-up the immunity against the deadly virus.
The JCVI, an independent expert committee that advises ministers on immunisation, also advised that all 16 and 17 year olds be given a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, at least 12 weeks after their first jabs. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that the National Health Service (NHS) in all four parts of the UK intend to follow the JCVI advice to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
India on Monday resumed quarantine-free entry for foreign travellers from 99 countries, which have agreed to a mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates with it, almost 20 months after restrictions were imposed due to COVID-19.
Travelers from these 99 countries, including the US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and Russia, which have been listed under “Category A”, have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal (newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel, apart from uploading a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report, according to the revised Guidelines for International Arrivals released by the Union health ministry on November 11.