West Bengal witnessed an uptick in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday after the state recorded 919 new infections and 14 fatalities, a health department bulletin said. This is a rise from Tuesday when 862 fresh cases and 14 COVID-19 deaths were registered. Kolkata alone reported 245 new cases in a single day, a marginal drop from 249 infections on Tuesday. North 24 Parganas had the second-highest number of single-day cases at 147, as against 135 on Read More
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The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday allowed unrestricted entry into Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Kartick Puja pandals in West Bengal for visitors, provided each of them is double vaccinated and wears a mask. Subject to the maximum number of persons permitted inside a puja pandal and compliance with other conditions, all activities and rituals such as Anjali (floral libations) are permitted inside the marquees, the vacation bench comprising justices Rajasekhar Mantha and Kesang Doma Bhutia said.
In what can be touted as a win for India, the Technical Advisory Group of WHO, which met today gave its nod for the Emergency Use Listing status for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
The Technical Advisory Group of WHO, which met today, has recommended the Emergency Use Listing status for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, PTI reported. The World Health Organisation’s panel had last week sought additional clarifications from the Hyderabad-based firm.
In its weekly report on the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said new cases jumped by 6%, or 3 million, in Europe compared to an 18% increase the previous week. The weekly number of new infections in other regions either fell or remained about the same, according to the report.
The Covid-19 pandemic is not over in Britain and there are hard months to come as winter nears, England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Wednesday. “Too many people believe that this pandemic is now over. I personally feel there are some hard months to come in the winter and it is not over,” Van-Tam told BBC TV.
No COVID vaccination will take place at centres of State Govt and BMC in Mumbai between Nov 4 and Nov 7 owing to #Diwali festivities. The vaccination will begin again on Nov 8: BMC
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In a massive announcement, Bharat Biotech confirmed that the CDSCO has approved the extension of the shelf life of Covaxin up to 12 months, from the date of manufacture. This approval of shelf-life extension was based on the availability of additional stability data, which was submitted to CDSCO.
PM Modi stressed that there is a need to adopt innovative ways to increase vaccination in districts with low coverage. “So far you’ve been working to take people to vaccination centres, now it’s time to reach every house and work with ‘har ghar dastak’ campaign,” he said. Ensure that the first dose is given to unvaccinated people, but also give equal attention to second dose, the prime minister told the officials. The districts in focus at the meeting were those with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of vaccine.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asserted that the COVID-19 vaccination drive needed to be taken door-to-door and asked officials of districts having low inoculation to adopt innovative ways to boost the campaign. Modi made the remarks at a meeting, held via video conferencing, with district magistrates of over 40 districts having low vaccination coverage. Pointing out that he recently met Pope Francis at the Vatican City, the prime minister said special emphasis was needed on taking message of religious leaders spreading awareness and encouraging the vaccination drive to the people. He urged the district officials to take the help of local religious leaders to spread awareness about COVID-19 vaccines and fight rumours.
Doors of all those houses will be knocked where people still don't have protection of double dose. So far, you arranged for people to come to vaccination centres & have safe vaccination. We'll now have to go to every house with the spirit of 'Har ghar teeka, ghar ghar teeka': PM pic.twitter.com/FlEhsTJqJE
— ANI (@ANI) November 3, 2021
“Progress made so far is due to your hardwork. Every member of administration, ASHA workers worked a lot, walked for miles and took vaccination to remote locations. But if we become lax after 1 Billion, a new crisis can come,” PM Modi said at review meet with district officials where Covid-19 vaccination could pick pace.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday is holding a review meeting with district magistrates of over 40 districts having low COVID-19 vaccination coverage. The meeting, being held via video conferencing, includes districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of vaccine. The 40 districts are spread across Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Meghalaya, among other states, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently holding a meeting with Chief Ministers of the 11 states and District Magistrates of over 40 districts.
“Covid-19 has reduced, people are visiting markets during Diwali festival, but, we’re seeing images of people not wearing masks. I appeal to all to wear face masks. Dengue cases are also rising. By removing all sources of stagnant water, we can prevent dengue,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
PM Narendra Modi’s review meeting with Chief Minister of 11 states has started. In the virtual meeting, PM Modi will discuss in detail boosting the vaccination capacity of at least 11 states whose current numbers are below the national average.
Scientists have identified and tested an antibody that limits the severity of infections from a variety of coronaviruses, including those that cause COVID-19 as well as the SARS illness. The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine on Tuesday, isolated the antibody by analysing blood from a patient who had been infected with the SARS-CoV-1 virus, which caused the SARS outbreak, and from a current COVID-19 patient.
A final call on the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is likely to be be taken today. The WHO Technical advisory group will reconvene today after Bharat Biotech provided additional data on the vaccine to the panel last week. Additional information of the India-made vacine was sought by the WHO panel at its last meeting for the EUL approval on October 26.
Sabarimala Temple opens for devotees for Chithira Attavishesha puja. It’ll close at 9 pm after the puja. Devotees are allowed by virtual queue booking system and they have to produce vaccination certificate or recent RT-PCR test.
Kerala: Sabarimala Temple opens for devotees,for Chithira Attavishesha puja. It'll close at 9 pm after the puja. Devotees allowed by virtual queue booking system.They've to produce vaccination certificate, showing they're fully vaccinated or RTPCR -ve report not older than 72 hrs pic.twitter.com/x080lyPVU3
— ANI (@ANI) November 3, 2021
New cases were also recorded in the districts of South 24 Parganas (75), Howrah (80), and Hooghly (81), according to the bulletin. Of the fresh fatalities, the metropolis and neighbouring North 24 Parganas district accounted for four deaths each, Jalpaiguri (two) and South 24 Parganas, Paschim Medinipur, Purulia, and Darjeeling districts recorded one death each, it said. The coronavirus death toll is now 19,714. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state reached 15,95,414 during the day while the number of active cases was 8152, 26 more than Tuesday. The positivity rate increased to 2.24 per cent from 2.20 per cent on the previous day, while the number of daily tests increased from 39,112 to 41,017, it said. With 879 coronavirus patients recuperating from the infection on Wednesday, the recovery rate stood at 98.29 per cent, it said.
A total of 15,68,088 patients have been discharged so far, it said. As many as 1,93,37,544 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal so far, the bulletin said.