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Coronavirus Updates: Karnataka Lifts Night Curfew as Covid Graph Dips; Odisha, Andhra Pradesh See Lowest Cases in Months

Covid-19 Updates: As per Health Ministry's data, in the last 24 hours, India logged 12,729 fresh coronavirus cases and 221 deaths.

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Coronavirus Updates: No Covid vaccination will take place in Mumbai between November 4 and 7 owing to Diwali festivities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. The vaccination will begin again on November 8, the civic body added. In the last 24 hours, India logged 12,729 fresh cases and 221 deaths, as per the health ministry’s data. . Read More

Nov 05, 2021 20:29 IST

Why Pfizer's Antiviral Covid Pill Could be a Game Changer | All You Need to Know

In a significant development, Pfizer Inc. on Friday announced that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalisation and death by nearly 90%. It released preliminary results of its study of 775 adults. READ MORE

Nov 05, 2021 17:38 IST

Pfizer Says Its Experimental Covid Pill Cuts Hospitalisation, Death Risk by Nearly 90%

Pfizer Inc said Friday that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% as the drugmaker joins the race to bring the first easy-to-use medication against the coronavirus to the US market. Currently all COVID-19 treatments used in the U.S. require an IV or injection. Competitor Merck’s COVID-19 pill is already under review at the Food and Drug Administration after showing strong initial results, and on Thursday the United Kingdom became the first country to OK it. READ MORE

Nov 05, 2021 16:58 IST

Andhra Pradesh Logs 150 New Covid-19 Cases, Lowest in 9 Months

Andhra Pradesh on Friday reported 150 fresh cases of Covid-19, the lowest number in a day after more than nine months. Only 23,824 samples were tested in 24 hours because of Diwali festival and that reflected in the lesser number of new cases, though the state has been showing a general declining trend in the last few days. The state also logged 217 recoveries and three deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am today, the latest bulletin said. The cumulative coronavirus positive cases now went up to 20,67,706, recoveries to 20,49,555 and toll 14,391.

Nov 05, 2021 16:16 IST

Odisha Logs 170 new COVID-19 cases, Lowest in 7 Months

Odisha on Friday registered 170 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in seven months and 181 less than the previous day, pushing the state’s tally to 10,42,943, a health department official said. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 8,350 as three more persons succumbed to the infection. This apart, 53 other COVID-19 patients have also died in the state due to comorbidities. The official said that the state had for the last time reported 170 new cases on March 24 this year. The new cases reported on Friday included 24 children and adolescents in the age group of 0-18 years. The rate of infection in the age group of 0 to 18 years, now stands at 14.11 per cent against the previous day’s 12.82, he said. The state had reported 351 new cases on Thursday, 322 on Wednesday, 327 on Tuesday and 316 on Monday.

Nov 05, 2021 15:37 IST

'Breakthrough Cases Likely, Jabbed Among Infected': An Update on Kerala as State Sees 50% of India's Tally

Kerala health officials stated that cases among those fully vaccinated for Covid-19 constituted a sizable chunk of the daily Coronavirus case count over the past two weeks. Experts added that of all the infected individuals only some required oxygen beds or ICU admission as vaccination reduced the severity of symptoms. READ MORE

Nov 05, 2021 15:04 IST

Some Key Decisions by MVA Govt Helped in Bringing Down Covid-19 Cases: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar hailed the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, saying that “some important decisions” taken by it helped in bringing down the COVID-19 cases, and also expressed confidence that things will go back to normal and the pandemic-hit economy will revive. He said the Maharashtra government has indicated that it will provide relief to people in fuel prices after the Centre’s excise duty cut on petrol and diesel, but it will be in a position to do so if the central government pays the GST compensation to the state.

Nov 05, 2021 15:02 IST

Odisha Logs 170 New Cases, Lowest in 7 Months

Odisha on Friday registered 170 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in seven months and 181 less than the previous day, pushing the state’s tally to 10,42,943, a health department official said. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 8,350 as three more persons succumbed to the infection. This apart, 53 other COVID-19 patients have also died in the state due to comorbidities. The official said that the state had for the last time reported 170 new cases on March 24 this year. The new cases reported on Friday included 24 children and adolescents in the age group of 0-18 years. The rate of infection in the age group of 0 to 18 years, now stands at 14.11 per cent against the previous day’s 12.82, he said.

Nov 05, 2021 14:50 IST

Karnataka Govt Withdraws Night Curfew

Nov 05, 2021 14:50 IST

Karnataka Govt Withdraws Night Curfew

Nov 05, 2021 14:29 IST

CVS Health Expects Growth in 2022 as Pandemic Impact Eases

CVS Health and Wall Street share the same view of the drugstore chain’s growth potential as COVID-19’s impact on the company begins to ease. Average analyst expectations for 2022 earnings of $8.20 per share fit within CVS Health’s expected initial forecast for the new year, Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin said Wednesday morning, promising to provide more details at the company’s annual investor meeting on Dec. 9. Company shares that have already advanced more than 30% so far this year jumped again in morning trading after Guertin made his comments on a call with analysts to discuss third-quarter results.

Nov 05, 2021 13:41 IST

Novavax Completes Process for WHO Emergency Use Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine developer Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said it has completed the submission process for emergency use listing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate with the World Health Organization. The company submitted to the health agency all modules required for the evaluation of NVX-CoV2373, its protein-based COVID-19 vaccine, days after receiving its first emergency use authorization from Indonesia.

Nov 05, 2021 13:34 IST

UK Official Warns of Hard Months Amid High COVID Rates

England’s deputy chief medical officer said Wednesday that too many people believe the pandemic is over, warning that the U.K.’s very high coronavirus rates and rising deaths mean that there are “hard months to come in the winter.” Jonathan Van-Tam also said he was worried that increasing numbers of deaths showed infections were “now starting to penetrate into older age groups.”

Nov 05, 2021 13:13 IST

Germany Reports Record Number of New Cases

Germany’s disease control agency on Thursday reported the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute, or RKI, said 33,949 new cases had been registered in the last 24 hours, up from 28,037 daily cases a week ago. The previous record was 33,777 new cases on Dec. 18, 2020.

Nov 05, 2021 12:58 IST

Puducherry Adds 11 New Cases, One Death Pushes Toll to 1,861

The union territory of Puducherry recorded 11 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours ending taking the overall tally to 1,28,145, a senior official of the Department of Health said. Director of the Department of Health G.Sriramulu said that the new cases spread over Mahe (6), Puducherry (3) and Karaikal (2) and were identified at the end of the examination of 848 samples. The Yanam region did not report any fresh infections during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Friday. The number of active cases stood at 320 with 63 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals while the remaining 257 were in home isolation, the Health department Director said.

Nov 05, 2021 12:58 IST

Puducherry Adds 11 New Cases, One Death Pushes Toll to 1,861

The union territory of Puducherry recorded 11 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours ending taking the overall tally to 1,28,145, a senior official of the Department of Health said. Director of the Department of Health G.Sriramulu said that the new cases spread over Mahe (6), Puducherry (3) and Karaikal (2) and were identified at the end of the examination of 848 samples. The Yanam region did not report any fresh infections during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Friday. The number of active cases stood at 320 with 63 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals while the remaining 257 were in home isolation, the Health department Director said.

Nov 05, 2021 12:25 IST

Andaman & Nicobar Reports One New Case

Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported one new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, pushing the coronavirus tally to 7,659, a health department official said on Friday. The union territory had recorded zero COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, four cases on Tuesday, three on Monday and zero on Sunday, he said. The archipelago now has 10 active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district of which the capital Port Blair is a part. The other two districts- North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar – are coronavirus free, he said.

Nov 05, 2021 12:18 IST

Gene Common in South Asians May Double Risk of Covid-19 Death: Oxford-led Study

Scientists at the University of Oxford have identified a gene that may double the risks of lung failure and death from COVID-19, and could explain why people of South Asian ancestry have a higher risk of severe disease. The LZTFL1 gene changes the way the lungs respond to viral infection, and is the most important genetic risk factor identified so far, the researchers said. They noted that the gene version is carried by nearly 60 per cent of people with South Asian background, compared with 15 per cent of those with European lineage. The finding, published in the journal Nature Genetics on Thursday, could also partly explain the impact of COVID-19 in the Indian subcontinent.

Nov 05, 2021 12:03 IST

Biden Sets COVID-19 Vaccine Rules for Businesses

President Joe Biden will enforce a mandate that workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting Jan. 4, spurring legal challenges from Republican governors who say Biden is overstepping his authority. Within hours governors from Florida, Iowa and Indiana had vowed to fight the new rule, arguing it infringes on individual freedom.

Nov 05, 2021 11:35 IST

No Vaccination in Mumbai Till Sunday Due to Diwali Festivities

No Covid vaccination will take place in Mumbai between November 4 and 7 owing to Diwali festivities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on Wednesday. The vaccination will begin again on November 8, the civic body said.

Nov 05, 2021 11:07 IST

COVID-hit China Keeps Vigil at Borders, Restricts Local Tourism

China is on high alert at its international ports of entry to reduce the risk of COVID-19 cases entering from abroad, and it has stepped up restrictions within the country amid a growing outbreak less than 100 days before the Beijing Winter Olympics. The National Immigration Administration (NIA) said on Thursday it would continue to guide citizens not to go abroad for non-urgent and non-essential reasons. The dramatic drop in Chinese travellers since early last year has left a $255 billion annual spending hole in the global tourism market. The Chinese immigration authority also vowed to strictly implement COVID-19 restrictions on the movement of people involved in the Winter Olympics in and out of China.

Coronavirus Updates: No Covid vaccination will take place in Mumbai between November 4 and 7 owing to Diwali festivities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. The vaccination will begin again on November 8, the civic body added. In the last 24 hours, India logged 12,729 fresh cases and 221 deaths, as per the health ministry’s data.

A White House aide who accompanied Joe Biden to international summits in Europe last week tested positive for coronavirus infection in the rapid test, while reports for the RT-PCR tests are still awaited, Bloomberg reported.

The World Health Organisation has warned that as many as 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia face the “real threat” of a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. The UN health body stated that in the coming weeks or these countries are already battling a new wave of infections, exacerbated by the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus.

“We are at another critical point of pandemic resurgence. Europe is back at the epicentre of the pandemic, where we were one year ago,” WHO’s Europe head Hans Kluge told reporters from the WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kluge said case counts are beginning to near-record levels again and the pace of transmission in the region, which stretches as far east as the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, is of ‘grave concern.’

Meanwhile, in India with ramped vaccination drive, the Covid-19 graph is declining- Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 945 new Covid-19 positive cases, continuing with the less than 1,000 infections per day trend for the fourth consecutive day, and the caseload stood at 27,06,493. The active number of cases dropped to 10,895 with 1,047 patients getting discharged following treatment in various hospitals and in total, 26,59,407 people recovered.

The Britain government on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by the U.S.-based Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to the fight against the pandemic. Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recommended- mhra the drug, molnupiravir, for use in people with mild to moderate COVID-19 and at least one risk factor for developing severe illness, such as obesity, older age diabetes, and heart disease. It will be administered as soon as possible following a positive COVID-19 test and within five days of the onset of symptoms.

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