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Coronavirus Updates: 53 Students in Odisha's Sundargarh Test Covid Positive; India Logs 7,579 New Cases and 236 Deaths

Of the 7579 new cases, 12,202 recoveries and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 3698 cases, 7515 recoveries and 75 deaths. | November 23, 2021, 22:40 IST
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India reports 7,579 new cases (lowest in 543 days), 12,202 recoveries and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry. Active cases stand at 1,13,584, which is the lowest in 536 days (account for less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.33% – lowest since March 2020).

Of the 7579 new cases, 12,202 recoveries and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 3698 cases, 7515 recoveries and 75 Read More

Nov 23, 2021 22:02 IST

10% Discount on Country Liquor for People Taking Second Covid-19 Vaccine Jab in MP's Mandsaur

Liquor shops in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur city will offer a 10 percent discount on country liquor to people who take the second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, an official said on Tuesday. However, the move drew criticism from an MLA of the ruling BJP, who said it will encourage people to consume liquor. The Madhya Pradesh government will organise a mega campaign on Wednesday to cover more population under its coronavirus vaccination programme. A 10 per cent discount will be given on purchase of country liquor at three shops located at Sitamau Fatak, Bhuniakhedi and Old Bus Stand, Mandsaur’s district excise officer Anil Sachan said.

Nov 23, 2021 22:02 IST

MP Records 12 New Cases, 1 Death; Active Tally at 90

With an addition of 12 new cases, the COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,93,052 on Tuesday, while one more patient succumbed to the infection, a health department official said. The death toll increased by one to reach 10,527, the official said. The state’s recovery count increased to 7,82,435 after 12 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, he said.There are now 90 active coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh.

Nov 23, 2021 20:38 IST

Exposure to Harmless Coronaviruses Boosts Covid Immunity: Study

Immune responses to other human coronaviruses, which mostly only cause harmless colds, can provide some protection against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications’. It is known that infections with the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and vaccination lead to strong antibody responses against SARS-CoV-2. This week, researchers at the University of Zurich (UZH) revealed a cross-reactive immune response which experts believe could be an important piece of the puzzle of how to achieve comprehensive coronavirus immunity. People who have had strong immune responses to other human coronaviruses also have some protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection, said Alexandra Trkola, head of the Institute of Medical Virology at UZH.

Nov 23, 2021 19:55 IST

EU Kicks off Debate on Need for Booster Shots to Travel

European Union governments kicked off a debate on Tuesday about how long vaccines are effective against COVID-19 and whether evidence of a booster dose will be required to maintain free travel across the bloc as cases spike. The executive European Commission is due to present a proposal this week to coordinate free movement using COVID-19 passes, after Austria became the first country in western Europe on Monday to reimpose a lockdown since vaccines were rolled out. EU coordination on the passes, showing if a holder is fully vaccinated or has a recent negative test or recovery from infection, has allowed an easing of curbs on cross-border travel.

Nov 23, 2021 18:47 IST

There'll be No Relaxation on Covid Testing: Uttarakhand Health Minister

Nov 23, 2021 18:31 IST

Kerala Logs 4,972 New Covid-19 Cases, 370 Deaths

Kerala on Tuesday recorded a rise in number of COVID-19 cases, reporting 4,972 infections and 370 deaths, raising the caseload to 50,97,845 and the toll to 38,045. The state had on Monday seen a dip in cases at 3,698 after consistently maintaining a high level of infections over the past few months With 5,978 more people recovering from the virus since Monday, the total recoveries reached 50,18,279 and the active cases dropped to 52,710, an official press release said. Among the 14 districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest with 917 cases, followed by Thirssur (619) and Kozhikode (527).

Nov 23, 2021 17:45 IST

Four Army Officers Test Positive for Coronavirus in Indore

Four fully-vaccinated Army officers, two of them participating in a course of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district, an official said on Tuesday. “Four Army officers have tested positive for coronavirus in the last three days in Indore. They had received both doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine. They have no symptoms and their condition is fine,” said Dr Amit Malakar, nodal officer, COVID-19, Indore.

Nov 23, 2021 17:40 IST

Dutch Covid Patients Transferred to Germany as Hospitals Struggle

The Netherlands on Tuesday started transporting COVID-19 patients across the border to Germany to ease pressure on Dutch hospitals struggling to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases. A patient was transferred by ambulance from Rotterdam to a hospital in Bochum, some 240 km (150 miles) east, on Tuesday morning, and another would follow later in the day, health authorities said. The number of COVID-19 patients in Dutch hospitals has swelled to its highest level since May in recent weeks and is expected to increase further as infections jump to record levels.

Nov 23, 2021 15:58 IST

4 Lakh People in Ahmedabad City Yet to Take Second Dose

At least 4 lakh residents of Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city have not taken the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine despite being eligible for the same, a civic official said on Tuesday. To ensure 100 per cent vaccination, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched a door-to-door survey to trace people who have not taken both doses of the vaccine against COVID-19, the AMC’s medical officer of health Dr Bhavin Solanki said.

Nov 23, 2021 15:50 IST

53 School-going Girls, 22 MBBS Students Test Positive for Covid in Odisha

Fifty-three girl pupils of a government-aided high school in Odisha’s Sundargarh district and 22 MBBS students of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla in Sambalpur tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three days, a health official said. The state’s coronavirus tally rose to 10,47,386 on Tuesday as 212 more people, including 70 children, tested positive for the infection; while two fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,396, he said.

Nov 23, 2021 11:55 IST

Israel Vaccinates Children As Young As 5 To Combat 'Children's Wave'

Israel began rolling out Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 on Monday, becoming one of a handful of countries to inoculate children so young as it seeks to ward off another pandemic wave. Over the summer, the Jewish state experienced an upsurge in coronavirus infections, fuelled by the Delta variant, and launched one of the earliest campaigns for booster shots.

Nov 23, 2021 08:35 IST

Ladakh Reports 16 New Covid Cases

Ladakh has recorded 16 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 21,327 while the active cases in the union territory has come down to 230, officials said on Monday. Ladakh has registered 212 Covid-related deaths — 154 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Ten patients were recovered and discharged from a hospital from Leh. The total number of those recovered is 20,885, they said. All the 16 fresh cases were reported in Leh, the officials said. A total of 492 sample reports in Ladakh were found negative, they said. There was no death reported due to Covid in Ladakh on Sunday. With this, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Ladakh has gone up to 230, including 219 in Leh and 11 in Kargil district.

Nov 23, 2021 08:34 IST

New Zealand to End Tough COVID Curbs, Adopt New Virus-fighting System

New Zealand will adopt a new system of living with the coronavirus virus from Dec. 3, which will end tough restrictions and allow businesses to operate in its biggest city, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. New Zealand remained largely COVID-19 free until August but has been unable to beat an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, forcing Ardern to abandon an elimination strategy and switch to treating the virus as endemic. Its biggest city Auckland has been in lockdown for over 90 days, although some measures were eased recently.

Nov 23, 2021 08:33 IST

French Possible Presidential Candidate Zemmour: COVID Fears Are Overblown

Eric Zemmour, the hard-right French political commentator and possible presidential candidate, said on Monday that he felt fears over the COVID-19 virus had been overblown. “We have gone too far, and we have gone too far since the beginning,” Zemmour told France Info radio.

Nov 23, 2021 08:32 IST

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose of 18 Lakh People in West Bengal Overdue: Report

Around 18 lakh people in West Bengal have not turned up in time for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, owing to a number of reasons – contracting the virus after the first shot, death or migration to other states for work – according to a recent survey conducted by the health department. The figure includes beneficiaries of the first dose of both Covaxin and Covishield, the prescribed duration of the second dose of which are 28-42 days and 84-112 days, respectively, the study conducted in 23 districts and five health districts of the state showed. “Close to 18 lakh people have not appeared for the second dose. It’s a very serious matter,” a senior health department official told PTI.

Nov 23, 2021 08:08 IST

India Has No COVID Vaccine Booster Plan Yet as Natural Infection Rate High, Says Sources

India is not considering authorising booster COVID-19 doses yet as many in the country have been naturally infected and the government believes two doses of a vaccine offers sufficient protection for now, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

As vaccine supplies have increased, some doctors and public health experts in India have urged the government to start a booster programme for the most vulnerable like many Western nations have done. But authorities will instead concentrate on having most of India’s 944 million adults complete a two-dose vaccination by January before shifting their focus to a big expansion in exports, said the sources who are involved in vaccine-policy discussions.

Nov 23, 2021 08:07 IST

Island Anger: Guadeloupe Closes Schools After COVID Rioting

Schools closed across the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Monday and France’s president warned of a very explosive situation in the territory, after protests against COVID-19 rules and vaccinations descended into days of rioting and looting. France’s central government sent in police special forces to try to restore order to the former colony, as emergency workers said they were unable to reach neighborhoods barricaded by angry crowds.

Nov 23, 2021 08:06 IST

Austria Locks Down, Merkel Says New Steps Needed, as Europe Faces COVID Freeze

Austria became on Monday the first country in western Europe to reimpose lockdown since vaccines were rolled out, shutting non-essential shops, bars and cafes as surging caseloads raised the prospect of a third winter in deep freeze for the continent. Germany will also need tighter restrictions to control a record-setting wave of infections, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted as saying, remarks that erased gains on European stock markets and sent bond yields down.

Nov 23, 2021 08:04 IST

SC Asks Centre to Collect Data on Disbursal of Ex-gratia to Kin of COVID Victims, Pulls Up Guj Govt

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to gather information from the States on the progress made on disbursal of ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 to the kin of COVID-19 victims and pulled up the Gujarat government for issuing notification constituting a scrutiny committee contrary to its directions. A bench of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna which sought to know from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, as to how many people have got the payment, said he should collect the data from all the States, and a grievance redressal committee should be set up before the next date of hearing on November 29.

Nov 23, 2021 08:00 IST

Over 117 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Administered in India: Govt

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 117 crore on Monday, the Union health ministry said. More than 63 lakh (63,98,165) vaccine doses were administered to the beneficiaries till 7 pm on Monday, it said, adding that the daily vaccination tally is likely to increase with the compilation of the final reports by late night. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with the healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of the frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.


France’s prime minister tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, hours after returning from a visit to neighboring Belgium and just as France is seeing a nationwide resurgence of infections, according to his office. French Prime Minister Jean Castex will adapt his schedule for the coming 10 days to continue his activities in isolation, his office said. Officials at the prime minister’s headquarters did not comment on whether Castex has any virus symptoms.

One of Castex’s daughters tested positive Monday after her father returned from a meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo in Brussels, and Castex himself then took two tests that were both positive, his office said. De Croo’s office said he will be tested Tuesday and will self-isolate while awaiting the result, according to Belgian state broadcaster RTBF.

While 75% of France’s population is vaccinated, the number of virus infections has risen quickly in recent weeks. Hospitalizations and deaths linked to the virus are also rising in France, though are so far well below the crisis levels of earlier surges. French President Emmanuel Macron contracted Covid-19 last December, and other government ministers have also had the virus.

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