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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Tamil Nadu Eases Covid-19 Restrictions, Theaters, Bars & Buses to Operate at 100% Capacity

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority, in its September 30 order, had prohibited celebration of Chhath Puja at public places

News18.com | October 23, 2021, 20:28 IST
Tamil Nadu reports 306 new cases, 17 deaths and 1,374 recoveries in the past 24 hours. (File photo: PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi will be meeting seven Indian Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers later today. This meeting comes in the wake of the country achieving the landmark of administering 100 crore doses. A statistical analysis by scientists from the International Institute for Population Studies has revealed that life expectancy in India has dropped by Read More

Oct 23, 2021 20:28 IST

COVID-19: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy a Challenge, Says Maha Minister

Around 70 per cent of eligible beneficiaries in Maharashtra have got the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while the remaining people may be showing vaccine hesitancy, state health minister Rajesh Tope said in Jalna on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, he said getting these people to overcome their hesitancy was the health department’s biggest challenge now. “Around 70 per cent people have got the first jab. The remaining are reluctant. It is a challenge for the health department to pursue them to take the vaccine dose,” he said.

Oct 23, 2021 20:13 IST

Tamil Nadu Allows Buses to Operate at 100% Capacity

Oct 23, 2021 18:28 IST

PM Modi Meets Indian Covid Vaccine Manufacturers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Indian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers on Saturday, within two days of the country achieving a key milestone of administering 100 crore doses of the jabs, official sources said. During the meeting, Modi discussed various issues including furthering the vaccine research, sources said. Representatives from seven vaccine makers — Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech — participated in the meeting. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar were also present in the meeting. The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 101.30 crore, according to the latest health ministry data.

Oct 23, 2021 18:28 IST

PM Modi Meets Indian Covid Vaccine Manufacturers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Indian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers on Saturday, within two days of the country achieving a key milestone of administering 100 crore doses of the jabs, official sources said. During the meeting, Modi discussed various issues including furthering the vaccine research, sources said. Representatives from seven vaccine makers — Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech — participated in the meeting. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar were also present in the meeting. The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 101.30 crore, according to the latest health ministry data.

Oct 23, 2021 17:47 IST

Sikkim logs 26 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to 31,868 as 26 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the Himalayan state’s coronavirus death toll to 394, a health bulletin said. East Sikkim registered the highest number of new cases at 13, followed by eight in West Sikkim and five in South Sikkim. Sikkim now has 195 active cases, while 30,960 people have recovered from the disease, and 319 patients have succumbed to the infection to date.

Oct 23, 2021 17:26 IST

PM Narendra Modi Interacts with Vaccine Manufacturers Including Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla

Oct 23, 2021 17:04 IST

Singapore Removes India, 5 Other South Asian Nations from Travel Restriction List

Singapore on Saturday announced the removal of India and five other South Asian countries from its travel restriction list as the island-state continues to adjust border measures in response to the global Covid-19 situation. All travellers with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from Wednesday, the health ministry said. However, travellers from these countries will be subjected to the tightest of border measures, which involve a 10-day, stay-home notice period at a dedicated facility, it said. The ministry said in a release that it has reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the six South Asian countries it was previously closed off to. READ MORE

Oct 23, 2021 16:26 IST

COVID-19 Cases on Rise in China as Beijing, Several Provinces Continue to Report Spike

Authorities in the Chinese capital are ramping up measures like testing and restricting hotel bookings as the total number of coronavirus cases climbed to nine on Saturday, while other parts of the country reported 38 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, according to the National Health Commission. Five persons who tested positive in Beijing had travelled to Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Shanxi Province from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, and returned to Beijing on Oct. 16. Another person was a close contact, according to the municipal health commission. This is in addition to the 32 cases reported nationwide on Friday.

Oct 23, 2021 15:32 IST

Mizoram Reports 745 New Covid-19 Cases

Mizoram reported 745 new COVID-19 cases, including 147 children and 10 prisoners, in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 1,16,689, a health department official said. The state on Friday had reported 748 COVID-19 cases and has registered below 1000 COVID-19 cases in single-day for nine consecutive days. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 400 as no new fatality was reported during the same period, the official said. The 745 new cases were detected from 7,318 sample tests, with a single-day positivity rate of 10.18 per cent, he said.

Oct 23, 2021 12:35 IST

We've set up 50,000 mega camps in addition to daily camps, says J Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary

Oct 23, 2021 11:58 IST

PM Modi To Meet 7 Indian Covid-19 Vaccine Manufacturers Today at 4 PM At His Residence

PM Narendra Modi will meet seven Indian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers later today, a meeting that comes in the wake of the country achieving the landmark of administering 100 crore doses, say sources

Oct 23, 2021 10:44 IST

India Registers 16,326 New Covid Cases, Active Cases Decline to 1,73,728

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.20 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 1.24 per cent, according to the health ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,35,32,126, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 101.30 crore.

Oct 23, 2021 10:42 IST

Kerala Adds Backlog of 563 Deaths Taking State Covid Fatality to 27,765

Registering a hike in the Covid death toll, the state of Kerala on Saturday added a backlog of 563 deaths taking the number of covid fatalities in India for today to 666. Kerala recorded 9,361 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, informed the health department in a press release. In addition to this, 292 deaths till June 14, which had not been confirmed due to the lack of enough records, have been included. With these total deaths have climbed to 27,765.

Oct 23, 2021 09:37 IST

Covid Update

India reports 16,326 fresh cases and 666 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases stand at 1,73,728: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Oct 23, 2021 09:26 IST

Bill Gates Says India's 100 Crore Covid-19 Vaccination Feat a 'Testament to Innovation'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday thanked a host of world leaders for their wishes to India on crossing the 100-crore vaccine doses milestone and underlined that the country remains a steadfast partner in global efforts towards fighting the Covid pandemic. Wishes continued to pour in for India from various heads of state and government a day after the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore milestone.

Oct 23, 2021 08:20 IST

Bengal Stares at Spike in Covid Cases as Durga Puja Revelry Ends; Officials Blame Protocol Violation

Atin Ghosh, KMC board member in-charge of Health, told reporters that the spike, though anticipated, was caused by a large section of people moving around for puja shopping and pandal hopping without wearing masks and overcrowding at certain spots. “The figures are not that alarming though Covid cases are on steady rise. Many cases are asymptomatic and we have to watch out till next week,” Ghosh explained. READ MORE 

Oct 23, 2021 08:06 IST

A team of healthcare workers cross a river on bamboo boat to hold a Covid-19 vaccination drive in Rajnandgaon's remote village

Oct 23, 2021 08:02 IST

90% of eligible population of the Rajnandgaon district has been inoculated with single dose of the vaccine

More than 15 lakh people have been vaccinated both the doses of Covid-19. 90% of eligible population of the district has been inoculated with single dose of the vaccine, says  Taran Prakash Sinha, District Collector of Rajnandgaon

 90% of eligible population of the  Rajnandgaon district has been inoculated with single dose of the vaccine

Oct 23, 2021 07:52 IST

Covid-19 Cases On Rise In Bengal; 846 More Infections, 12 Fresh Fatalities Recorded

West Bengal’s Covid-19 cases surged for the third day on trot with 846 more people testing positive for the disease, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 19,033, a bulletin by the state health department said. Of the 846 cases, 242 were recorded in the metropolis North 24 Parganas district accounted for four deaths, Kolkata for three and Hooghly for two. One each fatality was registered in South 24 Parganas Purba Bardhaman and Birbhum.

Covid-19 Cases On Rise In Bengal; 846 More Infections, 12 Fresh Fatalities Recorded

Oct 23, 2021 07:50 IST

Beijing Launches New Mass Testing Wave After City Detects 4 Covid Cases

Beijing plans to test thousands of people after four new Covid-19 cases were found in a suburban district on Friday, as a new outbreak prompts school closures and flight cancellations across the country. China has maintained a staunch zero-Covid strategy with strict border closures, lengthy quarantines and targeted lockdowns.

roughly two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Life expectancy at birth for men and women has declined from 69.5 years and 72 years in 2019 to 67.5 years and 69.8 years respectively in 2020,” said IIPS assistant professor Surayakant Yadav to TOI. ‘Life expectancy at birth’ refers to the average number of years a newborn is expected to live if mortality patterns at the time of his/her birth remain constant in the future. The new study also looked at ‘length of life inequality (the variation in the length of life within populations), and found the Covid toll on men in the 35-69 age group was the highest. “The 35–79 age group had excess deaths caused by Covid in 2020 compared to normal years and it is this group that has contributed immensely to the drop,” said the author. The IIPS study was conducted to look at the burden repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on mortality patterns in the country. Across the world, Covid-19 has resulted in excess deaths in comparison to the previous years.

The DDMA will meet on October 27 to discuss the current Covid-19 situation in the national capital, and is also likely to “reconsider” its ban on Chhath Puja celebrations at public places, officials said on Friday. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority, in its September 30 order, had prohibited celebration of Chhath Puja at public places, including Yamuna riverbanks, water bodies and temples in the city, in view of the pandemic. Delhi BJP leaders, including party MP Manoj Tiwari, had attacked the Kejriwal government over the ban and asked it to send a proposal to the DDMA for allowing the celebration of the festival at public places in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Beijing plans to test thousands of people after four new Covid-19 cases were found in a suburban district on Friday, as a new outbreak prompts school closures and flight cancellations across the country. China has maintained a staunch zero-Covid strategy with strict border closures, lengthy quarantines and targeted lockdowns.The latest flare-up has prompted the grounding of hundreds of flights, the closure of scenic areas and schools and a flurry of stay-home orders in affected housing compounds.The outbreak was traced to an elderly couple who were in a group of domestic tourists who flew from Shanghai to Xi’an, Gansu province and to Inner Mongolia.

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