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India Sees 11,271 New Covid Cases, 285 Deaths; Active Infections Lowest Since June, 2020

Active Covid-19 cases in the country, at 1,35,918 are now the lowest since June 11, 2020.

News18.com | November 14, 2021, 23:11 IST

India on Sunday reported 11,271 new Covid-19 cases, and 285 deaths in 24 hours as 11,376 people also recovered from the disease. Active cases in the country, at 1,35,918 are now the lowest since June 11, 2020.

Meanwhile, three German state health ministers urged parties negotiating to form a new government to prolong states’ power to implement stricter pandemic measures such as lockdowns or school closures as the country’s Read More

Nov 14, 2021 19:52 IST

RT-PCR Report Must for Covid-19 Death Compensation, Says Maharashtra Govt

Covid-19 death compensation, or ex-gratia compensation, of Rs 50,000 from the Maharashtra government will be given to the next of kin of coronavirus victims only if the RT-PCR report of the deceased was positive, even if the death certificate does not mention the cause of death as Covid. READ MORE 

Nov 14, 2021 19:52 IST

RT-PCR Report Must for Covid-19 Death Compensation, Says Maharashtra Govt

Covid-19 death compensation, or ex-gratia compensation, of Rs 50,000 from the Maharashtra government will be given to the next of kin of coronavirus victims only if the RT-PCR report of the deceased was positive, even if the death certificate does not mention the cause of death as Covid. READ MORE 

Nov 14, 2021 17:52 IST

Indian Medical Association Pushes for Covid-19 Vaccine for All Diabetes Patients

Noticing their vulnerabilities, Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday demanded Covid-19 vaccination for all diabetes patients, including a third dose, if needed. The IMA on Sunday launched a campaign for early detection and mitigation of diabetes complications with organising of walkathon, marathon, screening camps, and a social media drive. The campaign also included research paper promotion among young doctors and an “intense” personal intervention at hospitals.

Nov 14, 2021 16:55 IST

Health Department Recommends 3 Containment Zones in Gurugram

In an effort to curb the further spread of Covid-19 in Gurugram, the district Health Department has decided to include three areas in the containment zone. The three zones are South Close of Nirvana Country, Chandra Apartment Sector-55, and Ridgewood Estate. The Health Department has given the recommendation to Deputy Commissioner Gurugram.

Nov 14, 2021 16:01 IST

People yet to take 2nd dose of Covid vaccine barred from public spaces in Surat

People in Gujarat’s Surat, who are yet to take their second dose of a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine, will not be allowed to enter public spaces such as gardens and zoos, the city’s municipal corporation has announced. The rule, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) said, will come into effect from November 15.

Nov 14, 2021 15:26 IST

COVID-19 in Delhi: Daily Cases Count Stood in Excess of 60 Nearly 25 Times During July-Oct

Daily cases of COVID-19 in Delhi were reported in excess of 60, nearly 25 times in the four-month period from July to October, according to official data. The national capital on Friday had recorded 62 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest daily count since August 8, and two deaths due to it after a gap of nearly three weeks as the positivity rate rose to 0.12 per cent.

Nov 14, 2021 14:57 IST

5 of Gujarat family test coronavirus positive after return from Maha

Five members of a family, including three-year-old twins, have tested positive for coronavirus in Gujarat’s Surat city after returning from a trip to Mahabaleshwar in neighbouring Maharashtra, a health official said on Sunday. Three adult members of the family, including a 67-year-old man, his son and daughter-in-law, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the official said. The elderly person first went on a trip to Pune in Maharashtra. He then came back to Surat following which all the five family members, including the twins, went to Mahabaleshwar, for a one-day trip, Surat Municipal Corporation’s medical officer of health P H Umrigar told PTI.

Nov 14, 2021 14:05 IST

Australian Rules-AFL player retires over COVID-19 vaccine stance

Carlton Blues defender Liam Jones has announced his Australian Football League (AFL) retirement for personal reasons, the club announced on Sunday, days after local media reported he had chosen not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Jones, 30, had a contract with the Melbourne-based club for the 2022 season and was required by the AFL to be fully vaccinated before their return to training next month. “It is understood Jones’ decision to retire is related to the vaccination policy implemented by the AFL in preparation for the 2022 season,” the AFL said.

Nov 14, 2021 12:52 IST

42 Children Among 262 New COVID-19 Cases in Odisha, 2 Fresh Fatalities

At least 42 children were among 262 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Sunday, pushing the tally to 10,45,471 while two fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,377, a health department official said. The rate of infection among children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years increased to 16.03 per cent from 14.97 per cent the previous day. Of the state’s total 10,45,471 COVID-19 cases reported so far, 90,368 were children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years, he said. The second wave of the pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 46 children and adolescents in Odisha. At least 13 of these deaths were reported between August 10 and 31, he said.

Nov 14, 2021 11:39 IST

Ladakh Records Two New Covid Deaths, 13 Fresh Cases

Two people died of coronavirus in Ladakh, while 13 fresh cases pushed the overall virus tally in the Union Territory to 21,148, officials said on Sunday. In view of the recent spike in the cases, the Leh district administration ordered closure of all government and private schools from November 15 but said the board examinations for classes 10, 11 and 12 would be conducted as per schedule. The officials said both the patients died of coronavirus in Leh district on Saturday, taking the overall death toll in Ladakh to 211 153 in Leh and 58 in Kargil. Of the new cases, 12 people tested positive in Leh and one in Kargil, they said, adding that nine people were discharged after successful treatment for COVID-19 in Leh, thereby taking the number of recoveries in Ladakh to 20,783.

Nov 14, 2021 11:20 IST

Morocco plans additional airport COVID testing amid Europe surge

Morocco will conduct rapid COVID-19 tests to passengers arriving in its airports and ports, and will deny access to any visitor with a positive result, the government said on Saturday. The measure, which strengthens an existing requirement of a negative PCR test 48 hours before departure, aims to protect the country amid a surge of cases in Europe, the government said in a statement. Travelers with positive test must be returned at the cost of the airline that brought them into the country, unless they have a permanent residency document, it said.

Nov 14, 2021 11:03 IST

Australia aims to vaccinate children under 12 against COVID-19 from January

Australia, quickly becoming one of most-vaccinated nations against COVID-19, will likely start administering the shots for children under the age of 12 in January, officials said on Sunday. Health Minister Greg Hunt said medical regulators are still reviewing the health and safety data for the vaccinations to be administered for children between the ages of five and 11 and are unlikely to decide this year. “The expectation that they have set is the first part of January, hopefully early January,” Hunt told the Australian Broadcast Corp’s Insiders programme. “But they’re going as quickly as possible.”

Nov 14, 2021 10:41 IST

155 New COVID-19 Cases in Thane District, 2 Deaths

Thane has reported 155 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,67,564, while two more deaths pushed the toll to 11,553, an official said on Sunday. These new cases and fatalities were recorded on Saturday, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in the district is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,38,302, while the death toll stands at 3,289, another official said.

Nov 14, 2021 09:59 IST

No New COVID-19 Case in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Sunday. The COVID-19 tally in the archipelago remained at 7,670. The union territory now has seven active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district while the other two districts – North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar – are coronavirus free, he said. Two more persons recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 7,534. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality was reported. The administration has so far tested over 6.12 lakh samples for COVID-19 and the cumulative test positivity rate is 1.25 per cent.

Nov 14, 2021 09:35 IST

Covid-19: State-wise Update of Cases, Deaths

Covid-19: State-wise Update of Cases, Deaths

Nov 14, 2021 09:23 IST

India Sees 11,271 New Covid Cases, 285 Deaths; Active Infections Lowest Since June, 2020

India on Sunday reported 11,271 new Covid-19 cases, and 285 deaths in 24 hours as 11,376 people also recovered from the disease. Active cases in the country, at 1,35,918 are now the lowest since June 11, 2020.

Nov 14, 2021 08:38 IST

Gujarat: People Due for Covid-19 Vaccine Second Dose Barred from Entering Gardens, Buses in Surat

The civic body in Gujarat’s Surat city has barred people who have not taken the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from entering public spaces such as gardens, zoos and boarding city buses, an official said on Saturday. At least 6.68 lakh people in the city have not taken the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine shots despite crossing their due date, Surat Municipal Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said. Such people will be barred from entering public gardens, parks, zoos, aquariums, science centres, etc., and using city BRTS buses, the official said, adding that the new rule will come into force on November 15 (Monday).

Nov 14, 2021 08:09 IST

Japan prepares beds, booster shots in COVID-19 lull before winter

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida outlined on Friday an urgent plan to increase hospital beds and medical resources in preparation for a possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections this winter. After a deadly fifth wave of infections almost overwhelmed the medical system during the summer, infections and deaths have fallen dramatically as vaccinations have increased to cover more than 70% of the population. Emergency measures covering most of the country were lifted last month, but health experts warn that cases will likely rebound, as they did in Japan last winter. Ahead of that, the government plans to boost hospital bed capacity by about 30%, bolster in-home care, and collect data to predict which hospitals will come under pressure.

Nov 14, 2021 07:49 IST

8 dead from COVID, 89 infected at Connecticut nursing home

Eight residents of a nursing home in Connecticut have died during a coronavirus outbreak while 89 residents and employees have tested positive for the disease, nursing home officials say. The outbreak at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan began Sept. 30, chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement Friday. The eight residents who died had serious health problems, according to the officials. Those who tested positive included 67 residents and 22 staff members. The officials said 48 residents and 21 employees have recovered.

Nov 14, 2021 07:24 IST

Protest Breaks Up in Dutch City on 1st Night of New Lockdown

Protests broke out in a northern Dutch city Saturday night as a new coronavirus lockdown imposed amid soaring infections forced bars and restaurants to close at 8 p.m. Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that hundreds of young people gathered in a central square in Leeuwarden, 140 kilometers (85 miles) north of Amsterdam. Video showed them setting off fireworks and holding flares billowing smoke. NOS reported that riot police later moved in to push the protesters off the square. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, media reported that bars in the southern city of Breda remained open beyond the new lockdown mandated closing time.

seven-day COVID incidence rate hit record highs.

The number of people per 100,000 infected last week rose to 277.4, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Saturday, and has risen to over 500 in some regions of the country.

The head of Germany’s largest doctors association Marburger Bund told German media group Funke Mediengruppe that overburdened intensive care units may need to move patients between regions to find beds in coming weeks.

The federal government and leaders of Germany’s 16 states are due to discuss new pandemic measures next week, but the three parties negotiating to form a new government have agreed to let a state of emergency, in place since the start of the pandemic, expire on Nov. 25 as planned.

But state health ministers of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hessen and Brandenburg argued that states needed to keep the option open of implementing policies which required a state of emergency to enforce – such as curfews, lockdowns or school closures – if the situation worsened.

“In the face of the burden on hospitals, which in some regions are close to absolute overload, the epidemic status should be prolonged on a national level,” the three health ministers said in a joint statement on Saturday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged unvaccinated people to reconsider their decision in a video message on Saturday morning. She also called for stronger enforcement of rules requiring a negative test, vaccination or proof of recovery before entering closed spaces, and faster rollout of booster vaccines.

“Difficult weeks lie ahead of us, and you can see that I am very worried,” Merkel said, speaking in her weekly video podcast. “I urgently ask everyone who has not yet been vaccinated: please reconsider.”

The German army is preparing to mobilise 12,000 soldiers by Christmas to assist overrun healthcare services, Spiegel newspaper reported, and will provide booster vaccinations and tests in care homes and hospitals.

So far, 630 soldiers have been deployed, Spiegel reported. The army was not immediately available for comment.

Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns.

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