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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Australia Recognises Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, China's Sinopharm Jab

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2.04 crore doses have been administered in Delhi, of which 74 lakh people are fully vaccinated. | November 01, 2021, 17:34 IST

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: With 12,514 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 3,42,85,814, while the active cases declined to 1,58,817, the lowest in 248 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 4,58,437 with 251 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. Read More

Nov 01, 2021 17:34 IST

Covid Booster Dose Effective in Reducing Severe Disease Outcomes: Lancet Study

It is the first to estimate the effectiveness of a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA Covid-19 vaccine against severe outcomes with adjustment for various possible confounders, including comorbidities and behavioural factors. A recent clinical trial conducted by BioNTech included a smaller sample size and did not estimate the third-dose’s effects for more severe outcomes.

Nov 01, 2021 16:22 IST

Australian Government recognises Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for the purpose of establishing a traveller's vaccination status

Australian Government recognises Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for the purpose of establishing a traveller's vaccination status

Nov 01, 2021 16:20 IST

Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar gives updates on Covid-19

315 new infections, 429 recoveries were reported in Mumbai in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases is 3,849

Nov 01, 2021 16:18 IST

Most Covid cases are being found in people coming from outside, says Bihar CM

Nov 01, 2021 15:09 IST

Pace of Covid Vaccination in India Drops to 3-month Low in October

After a consistent increase in monthly Covid vaccination in India for four months, the pace of the exercise in October has dropped to a three-month low, the union health ministry data shows. Since June, the monthly vaccination rate had been going up every month and was a record each month until September. Against 18.38 crore in August and 23.60 crore in September, October recorded 17.29 crore doses administered, the statistics reveal.

Nov 01, 2021 14:45 IST

Mandaviya Reviews Dengue Situation in Delhi; Centre to Send Teams to States with Rising Cases

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday directed the Union health secretary to identify and send team of experts to states with high active dengue cases, as he reviewed the situation in Delhi and assured the Centre’s full support. Mandaviya chaired a high-level meeting with the Delhi government to review the public health measures taken for control and management of dengue.

Nov 01, 2021 14:39 IST

These 8 States Contribute The Most in India's Daily Tally

Even though the daily rise in new coronavirus cases has been below 20,000 for 24 straight days, there are some states which are contributing the maximum number of daily new Covid-19 cases to India’s overall tally. The coronavirus situation is most likely to become worrying in the coming days as an alarming scene of people thronging markets neck-to-neck without following social distancing norms is being witnessed from various states across India. READ MORE

Nov 01, 2021 13:07 IST

Australia Recognises Bharat Biotech's Covaxin

The Australian government on Monday recognised India’s Covaxin, a vaccine against the coronavirus. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s Covishield are the two widely used vaccines in India. Australia has already recognised Covishield. “Today, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) determined that Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech, India) and BBIBP-CorV (manufactured by Sinopharm, China) vaccines would be ‘recognised’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status, Australia’s medicines and medical devices regulator TGA said in a tweet.

Nov 01, 2021 12:55 IST

70% Population in Puducherry Vaccinated Against Covid-19: CM

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Monday said that the Department of Health here has so far covered about 70 per cent of the population in the union Territory under the vaccination programme against coronavirus. Speaking after unfurling the tricolour at an event to mark the 67th Liberation Day (De Facto Merger Day) of Puducherry, which marked the French colony’s merger with the Indian Union, the Chief Minister appealed to the people to get vaccinated so that they could protect themselves against the pandemic.

Nov 01, 2021 12:42 IST

Australia Eases International Border Restrictions for First Time in Pandemic

Australia eased its international border restrictions on Monday for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing some of its vaccinated public to travel freely and many families to reunite, sparking emotional embraces at airports. After more than 18 months of some of the world’s strictest coronavirus border policies, millions of Australians are now free to travel without a permit or the need to quarantine on arrival in the country.

Nov 01, 2021 12:39 IST

Australia Recognises Covaxin For Travel

Australian Government recognises Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell AO said.

Australia Recognises Covaxin For Travel

Nov 01, 2021 12:24 IST

Booster Dose Effective in Reducing Severe Disease Outcomes: Lancet Study

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is effective in reducing severe disease outcomes compared to individuals who have received two doses at least five months ago, according to the largest real-world study of Pfizer booster shot published in The Lancet. The study by researchers from The Clalit Research Institute and Harvard University was conducted in Israel, an early global leader in third-dose COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Nov 01, 2021 11:54 IST

8 New Cases in MP, Active Cases at 116

“Eight new Covid-19 cases, 7 recoveries were reported in the state yesterday. The state’s active case tally is at 116. Recovery rate is 98.6 percent,” Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Dr Narottam Mishra said.

8 New Cases in MP, Active Cases at 116

Nov 01, 2021 11:09 IST

Maharashtra Saw 35% Drop in Covid Deaths in October

Maharashtra saw 35% drop in the number of Covid deaths in October as compared to those registered in September. The state reported 1,172 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, which raised the infection tally to 66,11,078, while the death of 20 patients pushed the toll to 1,40,216. The state clocked less than 1,500 fresh cases in 24 hours for the eighth consecutive day. The recovery rate is 97.57 per cent and fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. The state reported 60,222 cases in October, a 29.95% drop from September, when it had reported 85,980 cases.

Nov 01, 2021 10:54 IST

Kerala Govt Reopens Schools in Staggered Manner From Monday

After a gap of more than a year-and-a-half, Kerala reopened its schools in a staggered manner on (Monday), starting with classes one to seven and 10 and 12 with covid appropriate behaviour protocols. The schools were shut in March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kerala government has reopened schools after citing a decrease in the novel coronavirus cases in the state and 95 percent of its population above the age of 18 administered with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Nov 01, 2021 10:27 IST

India Reports 12,514 New Covid Cases, 251 Deaths

India Reports 12,514 New Covid Cases, 251 Deaths

Nov 01, 2021 09:54 IST

Schools Reopen for All Classes in Delhi After 19 Months

Several schools in the national capital reopened on Monday with 50 per cent seating capacity for junior classes after remaining closed for 19 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several private schools, however, have chosen to defer the reopening post Diwali. Masked students, thermal scanning, and volunteers guiding staggered entry and exit for students was a common sight at the schools which reopened on Monday. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited the Rajkiya Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in East Delhi’s Vinod Nagar and interacted with students. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had last week announced that schools would reopen for all classes from November 1, even though teaching and learning would continue in blended mode.

Nov 01, 2021 09:38 IST

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to Chair Meet on Dengue Situation Today

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will chair review meeting on dengue situation in Delhi today.

Nov 01, 2021 09:16 IST

Delhi Schools to Reopen for All Classes with 50% Capacity from Today

Delhi schools will reopen for all classes with 50 percent capacity from today. The picture from Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya Raj Niwas Marg.

Nov 01, 2021 09:08 IST

Railways to Issue Daily Tickets to Fully-vaccinated People in Mumbai Trains

The Maharashtra government directed the railways to issue single journey daily tickets for local train passengers in Mumbai from Sunday, irrespective of the nature of their jabs, who have received both their jobs. The State Disaster Management Authority sent a letter to Western and Central Railways, asking them to issue all kinds of tickets, including daily ones, which were earlier not allowed, Times of India reported. So far, owing to Covid-19 protocols, the Central Railway and the Western Railway had been issuing a monthly pass to vaccinated commuters instead of daily tickets to curtail the crowd.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infection has been below 20,000 for 24 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 127 consecutive days now. The active cases comprise 0.46 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.20 per cent, the ministry said.

Delhi has administered more than 2 crore vaccine doses, highest in any city in the country, as nearly half of the city’s population is fully vaccinated. But, over 19 lakh eligible population is yet to receive Covid-19 shots.

As of Sunday, 2.04 crore doses were administered, of which 1.3 crore people being given the first dose and 74 lakh people being given the second dose. With around 1.5 crore eligible people in the National Capital region, 49.5 percent have been fully vaccinated and 87 percent have received their first dose.

Sources told Times of India that the 19.4 lakh people still not vaccinated has become a cause of concern for the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. The report added that the efforts were underway to identify the population left out of the vaccination drive, either due to hesitancy or any other reason.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has directed hospitals that a third of their beds, which were earlier reserved for Covid-19 patients can be used for patients suffering from dengue, malaria and Chikungunya. The government had reduced the number of beds reserved for Covid patients in private hospitals from 30 percent to 10 percent. The decision has been taken in the view of declining cases of coronavirus and the rise in the cases of dengue, malaria, and chikungunya in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said in a statement.

He said the Delhi government took the decision so that there are enough beds in hospitals to fight dengue. These beds will be completely separated from those of the Covid-19 patients and the staff here will also be separate so that there is no possibility of transmission of infection, the minister said. “The Delhi government is fully prepared to prevent the spread of dengue and all preparations for the treatment of the vector-borne disease have been made in all the hospitals,” he said.

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