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Assam Relaxes Covid Curbs, Allows More People in Weddings, Funerals

So far, 5,987 people have died in the state of COVID-19 and 6.09 lakh people infected.

PTI | October 27, 2021, 23:17 IST
Tamil Nadu reports 306 new cases, 17 deaths and 1,374 recoveries in the past 24 hours. (File photo: PTI)

The Assam government on Wednesday further relaxed COVID-related restrictions, allowing 200 people with at least one dose of vaccination to attend weddings and religious functions. Issuing a new set of guidelines, Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua said the overall COVID-19 situation in the state has “considerably improved”.

The order, issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), which will come into effect on Read More

Oct 27, 2021 18:16 IST

Bharat Biotech's US Partner Ocugen Files Request with FDA for Covaxin Trials

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Oct 27, 2021 16:23 IST

COVID-19: Karnataka Govt Issues Fresh Guidelines for International Travellers

The Karnataka government has issued fresh travel guidelines and made negative RTPCR report mandatory for those coming to the state from abroad, in view of the new superspreader AY.4.2 Delta variant of COVID19, which is spreading in some foreign countries. Releasing the guidelines for international arrivals, the government said the global trajectory of the COVID19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations.

It, however, noted that the need to monitor the continuously changing nature of virus and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern must still remain in focus. The new guideline makes it mandatory for travellers to submit a self-declaration form regarding the authenticity of the COVID negative report on the online portal ‘Air Suvidha’ before the scheduled travel, since a fake report will be liable for criminal prosecution.

Oct 27, 2021 15:51 IST

Health Min Mandaviya Chairs Covid Meet

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya holds a meeting with health ministers of states and UTs to discuss scaling up the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country.

Oct 27, 2021 14:36 IST

All Schools in Delhi Permitted to Open from Nov 1: Manish Sisodia

Oct 27, 2021 13:50 IST

Four Mumbai Players in Mushtaq Ali Trophy Team Test Positive for Covid-19

Four players of Mumbai’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy squad have tested positive for COVID-9 and their replacements have been picked. Four players from the senior team have tested positive, they are Shams Mulani, Sairaj Patil, Prashant Solanki, and Sarfaraz Khan, a well-placed source told.

Oct 27, 2021 13:24 IST

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As many as 41 pregnant women have so far succumbed to COVID-19 in Kerala after the virus infection broke out in the southern state one and half years ago, state Health Minister Veena George said. The number of the COVID positive persons, who had committed suicide in the state, stood at 149, she told the state Assembly during the question hour. The minister was replying to a question in this regard raised by Congress legislator T J Vinod. “As per the figures reported from the districts, 41 pregnant women have succumbed to the disease in the state. Besides, 149 patients affected with the viral infection have committed suicide,” George said.

Oct 27, 2021 13:10 IST

Cases of AY.4.2 Variant Reach 7 in K'taka

The number of Delta AY.4.2 variant of coronavirus, which is spreading rapidly in some foreign countries, has increased to seven in Karnataka with three more people found to be infected with it in the city. Speaking to reporters here, State Health and Family Welfare Commissioner D Randeep said, “There are seven cases (of AY.4.2) in the state — three in Bengaluru and four in different parts of the state.” Maintaining that the COVID-19 cases are under control in the state, Randeep said the government is making a negative RT-PCR test report, obtained 72 hours before arrival, mandatory for those coming from abroad to the state.

Oct 27, 2021 12:44 IST

China to Start Vaccinating Children to Age 3 as Cases Spread

Children as young as 3 will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines in China, where 76% of the population has been fully vaccinated and authorities are maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward outbreaks. China becomes one of the very few countries in the world to start vaccinating children that young against the virus. Cuba, for one, has begun a vaccine drive for children as young as 2. The U.S. and many European countries allow COVID-19 shots down to age 12, though the U.S. is moving quickly toward opening vaccinations to 5- to 11-year-olds.

Oct 27, 2021 11:56 IST

Facebook Yanks Bolsonaro Video Claiming Vaccines Cause AIDS

acebook and Instagram have removed from their platforms a live broadcast that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro delivered in which he said people in the U.K. who have received two coronavirus vaccine doses are developing AIDS faster than expected. Facebook’s press office confirmed in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that the content was removed Sunday night because it violated Facebook policy regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Oct 27, 2021 11:22 IST

'Jumla' Version of COVID-19 Vaccine Story will Not Save Lives: Rahul Gandhi

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Oct 27, 2021 11:12 IST

Mizoram's Fresh Recoveries Outnumber New Cases; Death Toll Rises to 422

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Oct 27, 2021 10:38 IST

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When first wave of COVID-19 hit, the world didn’t have (Corona) medicines. We not only brought our own situation under control, met our own medicine requirements but also supplied medicines to over 150 nations, said Chemical & Fertilisers Min Mansukh Mandaviya.

Met Own Medicine Requirements, Also Supplied to Over 150 Nations: Union Min

Oct 27, 2021 10:29 IST

Himachal Tourism Industry Deals with Coronavirus Crisis & Hike in Fuel Prices

Oct 27, 2021 09:56 IST

Today's Data Highlights

– 13.45k new cases, 585 new deaths, 14.2k new recoveries, 1.16k dip in active cases

– New cases below 15k for the 3rd day

– Kerala reports 7.16k new cases, Maharashtra 1.2k, Tamil Nadu 1.09k

– Kerala reports 482 new deaths (including backlog), Maharashtra 32, Tamil Nadu 15, West Bengal 15

– 13 states/UTs report rise in active cases

– Difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the preceding 7 days in India is -1% (world average is +3%)

– 55.89 lakh new vaccinations. 103.53 crore total. 22.25 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 33.64 lakh second dose

– 13.05 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 1.03% (1.10% the previous day)

– Test positivity rate below 1.5% for the 11th day

– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 10.95%, Mizoram 9.25%, Sikkim 4.72%

Oct 27, 2021 09:24 IST

India Logs 13,451 Fresh Cases, 585 Deaths in 24 Hrs

Oct 27, 2021 08:48 IST

New Zealand Expands Vaccine Mandate to 40 pc of All Workers

New Zealand’s government said Tuesday it will expand a vaccine mandate to include thousands of workers who have close contact with their customers, including employees at restaurants, bars, gyms and hair salons. The changes will mean that about 40 per cent of all New Zealand workers will need to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs, up from about 15 per cent previously. Speaking with reporters, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she didn’t believe the new rules were an overreach of government power.

Oct 27, 2021 08:32 IST

Australia To Lift Outbound Travel Ban For Vaccinated Residents From Next Week

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Oct 27, 2021 08:24 IST

MP Logs 27 New Cases, Zero Death; Active Tally at 99

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,92,784 on Tuesday with the addition of 27 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,523, an official said. The recovery count stands at 7,82,162, leaving the state with 99 active cases, he said. With 52,182 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,00,06,707, he added. An official release said 6,91,07,513 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in MP so far, including 1,36,819 on Tuesday.

Oct 27, 2021 08:13 IST

EU Drug Regulator OKs Booster Doses of Moderna's Covid Shot

The European Medicines Agency said that a booster dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine “can be considered” in people aged 18 and above. In a statement, the EU drug regulator said its analysis had shown that a third dose given of Moderna’s vaccine — which is usually given in a two-dose schedule — at least six months after the second dose, led to an increase in antibody levels in adults whose levels were waning. The booster dose consists of half the dose normally given to adults.

EU Drug Regulator OKs Booster Doses of Moderna's Covid Shot
FILE – In this Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are seen at the Assad Iben El Fourat school in Oued Ellil, outside Tunisa. The European Medicines Agency said a booster dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine “can be considered” in people aged 18 and above. In a statement on Monday, Oct. 25, the EU drug regulator said its analysis had shown that a third dose given of Moderna’s vaccine – which is usually given in a two-dose schedule – at least six months after the second dose, led to an increase in antibody levels in adults whose levels were waning. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, file)
Oct 27, 2021 07:39 IST

Centre Flags Kolkata As 'District of Concern' Amid Covid Spike Post Durga Puja; Orders Review

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan expressed concerns over rising coronavirus cases and deaths registered in the state over the last 30 days to his West Bengal counterpart Narayan Swaroop Nigam. Bhushan flagged Kolkata as one of the primary districts of concern, where the daily average caseload and weekly positivity rate has been increasing in the last few weeks. This comes a day after Nigam told News18 that there is indeed an increase and all necessary steps are being taken to keep the virus from spreading further. READ MORE

Thursday morning, also allowed up to 100 persons in funerals and last rites.

The district disaster management authorities shall fix the limit of gatherings for open spaces depending on COVID-19 situations in their jurisdictions and it will not be more than 50 per cent of seating capacities in closed venues, the order added.

On October 26, the government had cut the number of people attending weddings to a maximum of 50 single-dose vaccinated persons from 200 fully vaccinated persons in the earlier order, issued on October 1. On the other hand, 50 people were allowed to attend the last rites. The state reported 244 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while six more people lost their lives.

There are 2,491 active cases in Assam at present, it added. Two deaths each were reported from Kamrup Metro and Kamrup Rural districts, while one death each happened in Dhubri and Jorhat districts.

So far, 5,987 people have died in the state of COVID-19 and 6.09 lakh people infected. The new cases were detected after testing 37,836 samples.

Kamrup Metro reported the highest number of new cases at 75. Till now, 5.99 lakh people have recovered from the disease in the state, including 391 in the last 24 hours.

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