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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Hong Kong Recognizes Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for Int'l Travellers; India Records 11,466 Fresh Cases in Past 24 Hrs

Covid Updates: The Mumbai civic body has banned mass gatherings of Chhath Puja at seafronts and has decided to make designated spots for the celebration.

By: Bharvi Dasson

Last Updated: November 10, 2021, 07:55 IST

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: In the past 24 hours, India reported 11,466 Covid-19 cases and 460 deaths, as per the Health Ministry’s data.

Delhi Police appealed to people to follow Covid protocol and directions issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) during Chhath Puja celebrations on Wednesday. “Delhi Police has made proper arrangements at the spots. We request people to celebrate in accordance Read More

Nov 10, 2021 20:15 IST

Nashik Records 41 New Covid-19 Cases, 46 Recoveries

With the addition of 41 new cases of COVID-19, the tally of infections in Maharashtra’s Nashik district rose to 4,11,379 on Wednesday, an official said. As many as 46 patients were discharged from hospitals, while one died of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 4,02,160 and toll to 8,688. Of the total number of cases reported so far, 2,31,520 were from Nashik city, 1,57,290 from other parts of the district, 12,680 from Malegaon and 5,973 from outside the district, the administration stated. As many as 27,75,889 swabs have been tested till date, of which 3,574 were tested on Wednesday.

Nov 10, 2021 16:09 IST

Ideal Time for Booster Dose is 6 Months After 2nd Dose: Bharat Biotech MD

The ideal time for a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccine is six months after the second dose, Bharat Biotech Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella said on Wednesday. He also emphasised the importance of having a nasal vaccine and pointed out that his company was the first in the world to develop a Zika vaccine.”The ideal time for a booster dose is six months after the second dose,” Ella stated. Bharat Biotech is also looking at nasal vaccine as a booster dose as its scaling up capacity is very easy when compared with Covaxin, he added.

Nov 10, 2021 14:34 IST

Over 16,000 Villages, Five Cities Achieve 100 pc Coverage of First Dose of Covid-19 Vaccine

Over 16,000 villages and five municipal corporations in Gujarat have inoculated 100 per cent of their eligible population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, state Health Minister Rushikesh Patel said. Speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar, Patel said the entire eligible population in the cities of Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Surat, Junagadh and Rajkot have been administered the first jab of the vaccine. Apart from this, residents of 16,109 out of nearly 18,500 villages have taken the first dose of the vaccine so far, he said, adding that Junagadh, Ahmedabad, Tapi and Mahisagar have also achieved 100 per cent coverage of the first dose till now.

Nov 10, 2021 13:25 IST

Arunachal Pradesh Reports 7 New Covid Cases

Arunachal Pradesh reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a health official said. No death was reported in the last 24 hours and the toll remained at 280. So far, the state has reported 55,197 COVID-19 cases, the official said. Of them, 54,873 patients have recovered, including nine on Tuesday.

Nov 10, 2021 12:58 IST

Covaxin Now on Hongkong's 'Approved Vaccines' List

Nov 10, 2021 12:48 IST

Four Lions at Singapore Zoo Test Positive for Covid-19

Four Asiatic lions at a Singapore zoo have tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with infected staff, according to a news report. “All the lions remain bright, alert and are eating well,” the Channel News Asia report quoted Dr Sonja Luz, vice president of conservation, research and veterinary at Mandai Wildlife Group, the zoo operator, as saying. Meanwhile, the country also reported 3,397 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 169 from dormitories for migrant workers. With this, the total number of cases in the country has increased to 2,24,200. The Ministry of Health reported 12 deaths due to coronavirus-related complications that pushed the death toll to 523.

Nov 10, 2021 12:40 IST

12 New Cases Take Sikkim's Covid Tally to 32,058; Nearly 88pc of Eligible People Fully Vaccinated

Sikkim on Tuesday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, eight more than the previous day, with the caseload rising to 32,058, a health department bulletin said. Seven new cases were recorded in East Sikkim, three in West Sikkim and two in North Sikkim. The death toll remained at 400 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the past 24 hours, the bulletin said. The Himalayan state now has 122 active cases, while 332 patients have migrated out and 31,204 people have recovered from the disease. Sikkim is among the leading states in the country with nearly 88 per cent of eligible beneficiaries having received both doses of vaccines, an official claimed on Tuesday.

Nov 10, 2021 12:33 IST

Covid-19 Pandemic Generated 8 Million Tonnes of Plastic Waste: Study

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated more than eight million tonnes of plastic waste globally, with over 25,000 tonnes of it entering the oceans, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a significant portion of this ocean plastic debris is expected to make its way onto either beaches or the seabed within three to four years. A smaller portion will go into the open ocean, eventually to be trapped in the centres of ocean basins, which can become garbage patches, and accumulate in the Arctic Ocean. The researchers noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for single-use plastics such as face masks, gloves, and face shields.

Nov 10, 2021 12:19 IST

BJP MP Pours Water Into Chhath Ghat After Delhi Govt Bans Celebration on Yamuna Ghat

Nov 10, 2021 11:39 IST

Thane Logs 115 New Covid-19 Cases, 2 Deaths

Thane has added 115 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection tally in the Maharashtra district to 5,67,002, an official said. Besides these new cases reported on Tuesday, the virus also claimed the lives of two more persons, which took the death toll in the district to 11,547, he said.

Nov 10, 2021 11:21 IST

Chhath Celebrations Not Allowed at Yamuna Ghats

Chhath celebrations are not allowed at Yamuna ghats. Few devotees who came here have been asked to leave by the police.

Nov 10, 2021 10:19 IST

More than a million prisoners have been released during COVID-19, but it's not enough

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on prisoners. By March 2021, an estimated 527,000 prisoners globally had contracted the virus, a number that has continued to grow as the pandemic goes on. This, unfortunately, is not surprising. There are longstanding issues within prisons overcrowding, inadequate medical treatment and a lack of ventilation to name just a few that make them spaces where viruses can easily spread. Many prisoners who often come from the most marginalised groups in societies also have underlying medical conditions. Finally, prisoners have not been prioritised when it comes to accessing personal protective equipment or vaccines during the pandemic.

Nov 10, 2021 10:15 IST

COVID Vaccine Developer BioNTech Sees Profits Rise

German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, which partnered with Pfizer to develop the first widely used COVID-19 vaccine, said that its earnings grew again in the third quarter. BioNTech, which is based in Mainz, reported a net profit of more than 3.2 billion euros ($3.7 billion) for the July-September period. That compares with the company’s loss of 210 million euros ($243 million) in the same period a year earlier and a second-quarter profit of almost 2.8 billion euros ($3.2 billion). Vaccinations with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine started started in December.

Nov 10, 2021 09:43 IST

Today's Data Highlights

– 11.47k new cases, 460 new deaths, 11.96 new recoveries, 955 dip in active cases

– New cases below 12k for the 5th day. Below 15k for the 17th day

– Active cases in India now 1.39 lakh. Lowest in 264 days. India ranks No.15 in the world in active cases

– Kerala reports 6.4k new cases, Maharashtra 982, Tamil Nadu 835

– Kerala reports 384 new deaths (including 337 backlog), Maharashtra 27, Tamil Nadu 12, West Bengal 12

– Kerala has reported 5998 backlog deaths over the last 19 days

– 15 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 -12% (world average is +7%)

– 52.69 lakh new vaccinations. 109.64 crore total. 15.15 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 37.55 lakh second dose

– 12.79 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 0.90% (0.93% the previous day)

– Test positivity rate below 1% for the 2nd consecutive day

– Daily tests highest in last 12 days

– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Mizoram 10.99%, Kerala 10.43%, Ladakh 5.34%

Nov 10, 2021 09:29 IST

India Reports 11,466 New Cases, 460 Deaths in Last 24 Hrs

Nov 10, 2021 09:23 IST

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in States/UTs

More than 118 Crore vaccine doses provided to States/UTs. More than 16.13 Crore balance and unutilized vaccine doses still available with States/UTs.

Nov 10, 2021 08:58 IST

Individuals Jabbed with Atleast One Covid Dose Allowed in R'than Cricket Stadiums

Nov 10, 2021 08:50 IST

Officials Spray Water in Yamuna River to Dissipate Toxic Foam As People Gather to Celebrate Chhath

Nov 10, 2021 08:48 IST

Daily Covid Tally Rises Slightly in Maharashtra and Mumbai as Testing Numbers Increase Post Diwali

The daily new Covid-19 case tally in Maharashtra and its capital Mumbai increased slightly on Tuesday, as testing numbers improved following the Diwali holiday. Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 982 coronavirus infections, with Mumbai accounting for 274 of them. The number of deaths in Maharashtra increased from 15 on Monday to 27 on Tuesday. The daily death toll in Mumbai was zero on October 17 and one on September 21. READ MORE

Nov 10, 2021 08:35 IST

Mizoram Logs 525 New Cases, 2 Deaths

with DDMA guidelines and COVID rules, “ said Chinmoy Biswal, Delhi Police PRO. This comes as Delhi recorded 33 new COVID-19 cases and zero death in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent on Tuesday.

The Mumbai civic body has banned mass gatherings of Chhath Puja at seafronts as the threat of a third wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic looms large. The BMC said it will make artificial ponds in several areas across the city and the regional offices concerned will be responsible for filling them once the festivities are concluded. Offices have to ensure that there is no overcrowding in these artificial structures and all Covid-19 norms are followed.

The number of devotees for indoor celebrations has been restricted to 100. On the other hand, a maximum of 200 people can take part in outdoor celebrations.

In Jharkhand, as Covid-19 cases continued to rise, especially capital Ranchi, amid the festive fervour of Diwali and Chhath, records with the health department indicated that complacency during Chhath may lead to a further spike in cases. As per the latest data compiled by the National Health Mission (NHM), the count of active Covid cases in the state has jumped from 97 on November 1 to 140 on Sunday, while the active caseload in Ranchi almost doubled and reached 76 during this period.

Meanwhile, In Gurgaon, the health department has directed all schools in the city to submit data of students in classes 1 to 12, ahead of an anticipated rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine for children by the last week of this month. In an order issued, the department asked all schools to submit the data within 10 days.
So far, there are a total of 127 government and 232 private schools in Gurgaon. The health department aims to create a database on children in the city as part of the plan for inoculating them, officials said.

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