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Cumulatively, out of the entire adult eligible population in the country, more than 73.16 crore people have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus Highlights: In a little bit of relief, the number of new COVID-19 cases declined by about 1,500 in the last 24 hours, with India reporting a total of 12,830 new cases. Not only is the decline a reason for relief, but so is the fact that after a gap of two days, the number of recoveries is finally more than the number of new cases again. In the last 24 hours, India witnessed 14,667 recoveries, and now, the active caseload in India is 1,59,272, the lowest it has been in the past 247 days.

This is good progress for India in terms of coming out of the pandemic. However, the festive season is just around the corner, and states have already begun lifting restrictions for celebrations and festivities. Over the past one and a half years of the pandemic, India has seen multiple times how relaxations during festive season has led to an increase in the number of cases, with the most recent example being that of Kerala post the Onam celebrations.

Still, this time, even though restrictions are being lifted, vaccination drives are also going strong. Since the drive began in mid-January this year, the country has administered over 106.14 crore vaccine doses. Cumulatively, out of the entire adult eligible population in the country, more than 73.16 crore people have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, nearly 33 crore people have been fully vaccinated in the country.

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    22:31 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    G-20 leaders agreed to strengthen WHO to fast-track process for emergency use authorisation for Covid-19 vaccines: Piyush Goyal

    The G-20 leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have agreed that the WHO would be strengthened to fast-track the process for emergency use authorisation for Covid-19 vaccines, India’s G-20 Sherpa Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.

    Briefing the media here, Goyal said the Leaders adopted the ‘Rome Declaration’ at the G20 Summit and the communiqué gives a very strong message under the health section with the countries agreeing that the COVID-19 immunization is a global public good. | Read More

    22:14 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,009 fresh COVID cases, 19 deaths today

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,009 fresh COVID cases, 1,183 discharges, and 19 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 11,492Total recoveries: 26,55,015Death toll: 36,116 (ANI)

    21:43 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jammu and Kashmir logs 95 fresh Covid cases 

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 95 fresh Covid cases, taking the infection tally to 3,32,249 while no new death due to the virus was reported from the Union Territory in the 24 hours ending at 5 pm on Sunday, officials said.

    Out of the 95 fresh cases, six were from the Jammu division and 89 from the Kashmir division, they said.

    Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 49 cases followed by 10 cases each in Baramulla and Budgam districts.

    There are 902 active cases in the Union Territory, while the number of recovered patients was 3,26,915, the officials said.

    The death toll in the Union Territory remained at 4,432 as no fresh fatality was reported in the past 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, the officials said there were 49 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in the Union Territory as no fresh case was reported since Saturday evening. (PTI) 

    21:08 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana adds 121 new COVID-19 cases

    Telangana on Sunday added 121 new cases to its COVID-19 tally, which climbed to 6,71,463 while one more person succumbed to the virus taking the toll to 3,956.

    The number of active cases stood at 4,009, a state government bulletin said.

    The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported the highest number of 55 cases followed by Rangareddy district 10.A total of 25,021 samples were tested today. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 2.75 crore.

    A total of 183 people recovered from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 6,63,498.

    The recovery rate and case fatality rate in the state was 98.81 per cent and 0.58 per cent, compared to the national average of 98.17 per cent and 1.3 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

    20:41 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Schools in Kerala to reopen from November 1 in staggered manner, with bio-bubble

    After a hiatus of more than one-and-a-half year due to coronavirus outbreak, schools in Kerala are set to reopen in a staggered manner from November 1 starting with classes 1 to 7, 10 and 12 and with COVID protocols, like bio-bubbles in place, the state government said on Sunday.

    With 95 per cent of the population who are over 18 years of age being vaccinated with at least the first dose and a reduction in the number of new cases and people undergoing COVID-19 treatment, the state has been able to relax social restrictions, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. | Read More

    20:23 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,009 fresh COVID cases, 19 deaths today

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,009 fresh COVID cases, 1,183 discharges, and 19 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 11,492Total recoveries: 26,55,015Death toll: 36,116 (ANI)

    20:04 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 292 new COVID cases, 11 deaths today 

    Karnataka reports 292 new COVID cases, 345 recoveries, and 11 deaths today 

    Active cases: 8,644Total recoveries: 29,41,578Death toll: 38,082 (ANI)

    19:41 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reported 7,167 new COVID cases, 14 deaths today

    Kerala has reported 7,167 fresh COVID-19 cases and 167 related deaths which raised the caseload to 49,68,657 and the fatalities to 31,681.

    Of the 167 deaths, 14 were reported over the last few days, 146 were those which were not confirmed until June 18 last year due to lack of adequate documentation and seven were designated as COVID deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and Supreme Court directions, an official press release said on Sunday.

    With 6,439 more people recovering from the virus since Saturday, the total recoveries touched 48,57,181 and the active cases reached 79,185, the release said.

    As many as 65,158 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

    Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest with 1,046 cases followed by hiruvananthapuram (878) and Thrissur (753).

    Of the new cases, 42 were health workers, 25 from outside the state and 6,879 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 221.

    There are currently 2,72,248 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 2,64,972 are in home or institutional quarantine and 7,276 in hospitals. (PTI) 

    19:41 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reported 7,167 new COVID cases, 14 deaths today

    Kerala has reported 7,167 fresh COVID-19 cases and 167 related deaths which raised the caseload to 49,68,657 and the fatalities to 31,681.

    Of the 167 deaths, 14 were reported over the last few days, 146 were those which were not confirmed until June 18 last year due to lack of adequate documentation and seven were designated as COVID deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and Supreme Court directions, an official press release said on Sunday.

    With 6,439 more people recovering from the virus since Saturday, the total recoveries touched 48,57,181 and the active cases reached 79,185, the release said.

    As many as 65,158 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

    Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest with 1,046 cases followed by hiruvananthapuram (878) and Thrissur (753).

    Of the new cases, 42 were health workers, 25 from outside the state and 6,879 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 221.

    There are currently 2,72,248 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 2,64,972 are in home or institutional quarantine and 7,276 in hospitals. (PTI) 

    19:25 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus vaccination in India: PM Modi to hold review meeting for districts with low coverage on Nov 3

    India’s vaccination drive is going strong, with more than 106 crore doses having been administered across the country. However, India still has a long way to go before the entire adult population of the country has been vaccinated. Amid this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his visit to Italy and to the UK, and is expected to leave for India on November 2. He is visiting the countries for meetings with his counterparts in Italy and the UK, heads of European Council and European Commission, as well as the G20 summit and the COP26 meet. Now, the Prime Minister’s Office has told news agency ANI that immediately after returning to India, PM Modi would be holding a review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage. | Read More

    19:25 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus vaccination in India: PM Modi to hold review meeting for districts with low coverage on Nov 3

    India’s vaccination drive is going strong, with more than 106 crore doses having been administered across the country. However, India still has a long way to go before the entire adult population of the country has been vaccinated. Amid this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his visit to Italy and to the UK, and is expected to leave for India on November 2. He is visiting the countries for meetings with his counterparts in Italy and the UK, heads of European Council and European Commission, as well as the G20 summit and the COP26 meet. Now, the Prime Minister’s Office has told news agency ANI that immediately after returning to India, PM Modi would be holding a review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage. | Read More

    19:06 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russia hits new high daily coronavirus cases 

    Russia has recorded a new daily high number of coronavirus cases as much of the country's businesses remain closed in an effort to counter a weeks-long surge in infections.

    The national coronavirus task force on Sunday reported 40,993 new infections over the previous day, up more than 700 on the previous record of a day earlier.

    Russia has tallied new record of infections or deaths almost daily during October.

    The death toll reported Sunday was 1,158, just slightly down from Friday's record 1,163.

    That brought Russia's official COVID-19 death count to 238,538, by far the largest in Europe.

    More than 8.51 million infections have been recorded in the country of 146 million during the pandemic.

    The task force counts only deaths directly caused by the virus.

    The state statistics service Rosstat, which counts COVID-19 deaths by wider criteria, released figures Friday indicating a much higher toll.

    Rosstat counted 44,265 deaths in September caused directly by the virus, or in which it was a contributing cause or of patients believed to have been infected.

    That would bring Russia's pandemic-long death toll to about 461,000 as of the end of September, nearly twice the task force's count.

    To contain the spread of infection, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a nonworking period from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, during which most state agencies and private businesses are to suspend operations.

    Moscow introduced the measure beginning Thursday, shutting down kindergartens, schools, gyms, entertainment venues and most stores, and restricting restaurants to takeout or delivery.

    Food stores, pharmacies and companies operating key infrastructure remained open.

    Access to museums, theatres, concert halls and other venues in Russia is limited to people holding digital codes on their phones to prove they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, a practice that will remain after Nov. 7.

    Unvaccinated people older than 60 have been ordered to stay home.

    The government hopes that by keeping most people out of offices and public transportation, the nonworking period will help curb the spread of the virus, but many Russians rushed to use the time off for a seaside Black Sea vacation or to take a trip to Egypt or Turkey.

    Authorities have blamed soaring infections and deaths on Russia's lagging pace of vaccinations.

    About 51 million Russians — just over a third of the country's people — were fully vaccinated as of Sunday.

    Russia was the first country in the world to authorise a coronavirus vaccine in August 2020 and proudly named the shot Sputnik V to showcase the country's scientific edge.

    But the vaccination campaign has stalled amid widespread public skepticism blamed on conflicting signals from authorities. (AP)

    18:50 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 22 new COVID-19 cases, one more fatality 

    Sikkim's COVID-19 caseload rose to 31,979 on Sunday after 22 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, 12 more than the previous day, a health department bulletin said.

    The death toll increased to 396 as one more person succumbed to the infection, it said.

    The Himalayan state now has 195 active cases, while 325 patients have migrated to other states.

    Altogether 31,063 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease.

    Over 2,61,343 samples have been tested for coronavirus in the state so far.

    Sikkim's COVID-19 positivity and recovery rates are 5.4 per cent and 98.1 per cent, respectively, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

    18:27 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi adds 45 COVID-19 cases, positivity rate stands at 0.08%

    The national capital on Sunday reported 45 new COVID-19 cases, while the positivity rate stood at 0.08 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

    No fresh deaths were recorded.

    Delhi has recorded only four deaths due to COVID-19 in October. Last month, five people had succumbed to the viral disease.

    With the new infections, Delhi's coronavirus caseload climbed to 14,39,870. So far, over 14.14 lakh patients have recovered, the bulletin said.The death toll stands at 25,091, it said.

    According to the bulletin, authorities conducted 56,751 COVID-19 tests, including 46,468 RT-PCR ones, the previous day.

    There are 348 active cases in Delhi. Of these, 142 patients are in home isolation. The number of containment zones stands at 86, the bulletin said.Delhi reported 37 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and Wednesday.

    In April and May, Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic that claimed a large number of lives and led to a shortage of oxygen and essential drugs in hospitals.

    On April 20, the city reported 28,395 cases, the highest since the pandemic began last year. On April 22, the case positivity rate stood at 36.2 per cent, the highest so far.

    The highest number of 448 deaths was reported on May 3.

    According to the sixth sero survey, 97 per cent of Delhi's population has developed antibodies against coronavirus as a result of a large number of people getting exposed to the virus during the second wave and a robust vaccination drive.

    All districts in the capital have a seroprevalence of more than 93 per cent. Four districts – South, Central, Northeast and East – recorded a seropositivity rate of 99 per cent, 99.5 per cent, 99.7 per cent and 99.8 per cent, respectively.

    Women (90.1 per cent) have a higher seropositivity rate than men (88.2 per cent). Those aged below 18 have a seropositivity rate of 88 per cent.

    Ninety-five per cent of the vaccinated people who have a history of COVID-19 have developed antibodies as compared to 82 per cent of unvaccinated ones.

    According to government data, over 2.04 crore vaccine doses have been administered in Delhi since the inoculation exercise started on January 16. Over 74 lakh people have received both doses. (PTI) 

    18:12 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 385 COVID-19 cases, four deaths 

    Andhra Pradesh on Sunday recorded 385 new daily COVID-19 cases, taking the total infection count to 20,66,450, while the toll rose to 14,373 with four additional deaths.

    With 675 people getting cured, total recoveries stood at 20.47 lakh, leaving 4,355 active cases.

    East Godavari district accounted for the highest number of fresh cases with 87 followed by Chittoor at 64, a state government bulletin said, providing details during the last 24 hours ending 9 AM today.

    East Godavari district topped the chart with 936 active cases followed by Chittoor 844.

    Over 39,000 samples were examined today and cumulatively more than 2.95 crore have been tested.  (PTI)

    17:32 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russia reports daily record of new COVID-19 cases

    Russia on Sunday reported 40,993 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day case tally since the start of the pandemic.The country's coronavirus task force also reported 1,158 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. – Reuters

    16:58 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Amid Diwali shopping, socialising, Covid protocol compliance hits new lows in India: Survey

    As the country gets ready to celebrate Diwali, only 2 per cent of Indians think that masking compliance around them is effective, while only 3 per cent feel that people in their localities and districts are following social distancing norms, according to a survey. The survey conducted by LocalCircles, a digital community-based platform, received more than 39,000 responses from over 20,000 citizens in 366 districts of India on how people are complying with masking and social distancing protocols during the festive season and travel. Forty-seven per cent of respondents were from tier 1 districts, 30 per cent from tier 2 districts and 23 per cent from tier 3, 4 and rural districts. While 65 per cent of respondents were men, 35 per cent were women. On the masking front, the survey found that only 2 per cent of respondents said that "more than 90 per cent" people in their area, district or city are compliant and only 16 per cent respondents said that masking compliance is effective at airports, stations and bus stands, etc. during travel.- PTI

    16:38 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gehlot advises people to follow Covid protocols during festivities

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday advised people to follow the COVID-19 protocols during the festive period as the number of cases are rising rapidly in many countries. "I would like to make people aware that the cases of corona are increasing rapidly in many countries in the world. In India as well, the cases of corona have increased as compared to earlier. Do not forget to follow the Covid protocol in this happy festive atmosphere," Gehlot said in a tweet. He also asked people to wear masks and maintain social distancing, besides getting both the doses of the vaccine against the virus. In Rajasthan, three positive cases were reported on Saturday. There were 32 active cases. So far, 8,954 people died since the outbreak of the pandemic. PTI

    15:30 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Low Covid vaccination coverage: PM to hold review meeting with DMs of over 40 districts

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a review meeting on November 3 with district magistrates of over 40 districts having low COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the PMO said on Sunday. The meeting, which will be held via video conferencing, will include districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of the vaccine, it said. The 40 districts are spread across Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Meghalaya among other states, and chief ministers of these states will also attend the meeting. Modi will be holding the meeting immediately on his return from abroad after attending the G20 and COP26 meetings, the PMO noted. Highlighting the need to accelerate the pace and coverage of vaccination, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had recently stated that there are more than 10.34 crore people in the country who have not taken the second dose of the vaccine after the expiry of the prescribed interval.PTI 

    14:54 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Zydus Cadila agrees to reduce its Covid vaccine price to Rs 265 a dose, final decision soon: Sources

    Zydus Cadila has agreed to bring down the price of its COVID-19 vaccine to Rs 265 a dose following persistent negotiations by the government but a final deal is yet to be reached, sources said on Sunday. To administer the needle-free ZyCov-D vaccine, a disposable painless jet applicator costing Rs 93 is required for each dose, which would take the price to Rs 358 per dose. The Ahmedabad-based pharma company earlier had proposed a price of Rs 1,900 for its three-dose regimen, a source had said. "The company has brought down the price to Rs 358 for each dose which includes Rs 93, the cost of a disposable jet applicator, following repeated negotiations by the government.... A final decision in the matter is likely to be taken this week," a source in the know of developments told PTI. The three doses are to be administered 28 days apart, with each dose comprising a shot in both arms. - PTI

    14:23 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Khurda reports more than half of Odisha's new COVID cases

    More than half of the new coronavirus cases in Odisha on Sunday were reported from the Khurda district where state capital Bhubaneswar is situated, the Health Department said. Seven districts reported no new infections, while Kandhamal and Nabarangpur have one and two active cases, respectively, according to official data. The toll rose to 8,333 with four more deaths -- two in Khurda, and one each in Mayurbhanj and Puri. Fifty-three other coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities so far, it said. Of the 488 new cases, 250 were in Khurda and 54 in Cuttack. Seventy-seven new patients were minors, the department said. There are 4,734 active COVID-19 cases, including 2,088 in Khurda, while the infection tally mounted to 10.41 lakh. As many as 490 more people recuperated, taking the number of recoveries to 10.29 lakh. PTI

    13:37 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi test positive for COVID-19, cancel events

    Veteran musicians Bryan Adams and Jon Bon Jovi have tested positive for the novel coronavirus following which the duo pulled out from two separate events. According to Variety, Adams was scheduled to appear at Tina Turner's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A representative for Adams said that the singer is fully vaccinated and showed no symptoms, but a last minute positive COVID-19 test rendered him unable to attend the event. Adams was supposed to perform a medley of songs including "It's Only Love", which is a duet between Adams and Turner from his 1984 album, 'Reckless'. Country star Keith Urban filled in for Adams at the ceremony to perform with R&B recording artist, H.E.R. in a recreating the Turner/Adams song. Jovi's scheduled concert called "Runaway With JBJ", organised by Runaway Tours, was scrapped after an awaiting crowd was informed of the "It's My Life" singer's diagnosis. - PTI

    13:30 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Urmila Matondkar tests positive for COVID-19

    Actor-politician Urmila Matondkar on Sunday said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home quarantine. The 47-year-old actor took to Twitter to share her diagnosis and requested those who came in contact with her to get tested for the coronavirus. "I've tested positive for COVID-19. I'm fine and have isolated myself in home quarantine. Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately," Matondkar wrote on the microblogging site. "Also humbly request all you lovely people to take care of yourselves during the Diwali festivities," she added. On Saturday, Mumbai reported 301 new coronavirus infections and three fatalities. It took the city's caseload to 7,55,632 and death toll to16,244. There are 3,966 active COVID-19 cases. Matondkar, who unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket, joined the ruling Shiv Sena last year. PTI

    13:00 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sri Lanka ends domestic travel restrictions amidst warnings

    Sri Lanka's inter-provincial travel ban, which was imposed in May due to the raging third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, ended on Sunday despite warnings from medical professionals. The travel ban was continued despite the government ending the quarantine curfew on October 1, which was continuously in force from August 20. Public Transport Minister Dilum Amunugama said that transport services would come into operation from Monday. The lifting of the travel ban came as the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) warned of a possible new wave with restrictions being relaxed. In a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the SLMA said it was more important than ever before the precise steps are taken at this point of time. It recommended close monitoring as health guidelines are not being implemented and the general public keeps disregarding them. They recommend a third dose or a Pfizer vaccine booster to priority groups such as the elderly and the frontline health workers. - PTI

    12:39 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mexico receives 6 mln COVID-19 vaccines as pressure grows to up jabs

    Mexico's health ministry said it had on Saturday received nearly 6 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses against COVID-19 as pressure grows on the government to widen its vaccination roll-out to include children.The shipment of 5,993,700 doses followed the arrival of almost 6.5 million Sputnik V vaccine doses on Tuesday, easily the two biggest vaccine consignments Mexico has received, according to data on the ministry's website.Mexico has fully vaccinated against COVID-19 around 56 million people, or over 43% of the population, according to Our World in Data, a research group at Oxford University.The government has yet to undertake a broad inoculation program for children, saying only that it would vaccinate up to a million aged between 12 and 17 deemed to be at high risk.However, media reported this week that a court had ordered health authorities to give more vaccinations to children aged 12-17 just as other countries do so. - Reuters 

    12:25 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Australia set for international border reopening for vaccinated public

    Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia will resume from Monday, Australia's tourism minister said on Sunday, as the country readies itself for a partial reopening of its international borders for the first time since March 2020. Vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents living in New South Wales, Victoria and the capital Canberra will be free to fly internationally from Monday without the need of an exemption or to quarantine upon return.For now, however, only tourists from neighbouring New Zealand will be allowed into Australia, provided they are vaccinated."The resumption of quarantine free travel from New Zealand to Australia is another important marker on our road to recovery," Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement.Australia closed its borders at the start of the pandemic, allowing only a limited number of citizens and permanent residents to return from abroad, subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in a hotel at their own expense.Over 80% of people 16 and older in New South Wales, Victoria and Canberra are fully vaccinated - a condition for the resumption of international travel - meaning that some 14 million Australians will be free to leave and re-enter the country if they are fully vaccinated. - Reuters

    12:11 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker:India saw 31 children die by suicide every day in 2020; experts say Covid upped psychological trauma

    An average 31 children died by suicide every day in India in 2020, according to government data, with experts underlining that the COVID-19 pandemic may have accentuated the psychological trauma faced by children to a great extent. According to the National Crime Records Bureau data, 11,396 children died by suicide in 2020, an 18 per cent rise from 9,613 such deaths in 2019 and 21 per cent rise from 9,413 in 2018. 'Family Problems' (4,006), 'Love Affairs' (1,337) and 'Illness' (1,327) were the main causes of suicide among children (below 18 years of age). Ideological causes or hero worshipping, unemployment, bankruptcy, impotency or infertility and drug abuse were other reasons behind suicide by some children. - PTI

    12:00 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India ready to produce over 5 billion Covid vaccine doses next year: PM Modi at G20

    India is ready to produce over 5 billion Covid vaccine doses next year to help the world in the fight against the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a G-20 Summit session here on Saturday and asserted that it was necessary that the WHO approves Indian vaccines at the earliest. The prime minister in his intervention at the session on "global economy and global health" also flagged the issue of facilitating international travel and talked about the mechanism of mutual recognition of vaccine certification as a means of achieving this, according to the text of his intervention shared by his office. Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction over the G20's decision to come up with a 15 per minimum corporate tax to make the global financial architecture more "just and fair", Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, briefing reporters on Modi's engagements here. The decision is aimed at ensuring that companies pay a certain amount of tax in countries they are located in, Shringla said. "It is pertinent to mention that it was in 2014 that the prime minister had first proposed the idea of a minimum corporate tax in order to prevent to some extent evasion of taxes," Shringla said. - PTI

    11:56 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 169 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 3 deaths

    With the addition of 169 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,65,744, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said. The virus also claimed the lives of three more people, which raised the death toll in the district to 11,519, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.03 per cent. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,37,985, while the death toll stands at 3,282, another official said. PTI

    11:55 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Arunachal Pradesh reports 11 new COVID-19 cases

    Arunachal Pradesh reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, two more than the previous day, pushing the coronavirus tally to 55,154, a senior health department official said here on Sunday. Ten more people recuperated from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries in the north-eastern state to 54,765, the official said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state remained at 99.29 per cent while the active percentage dipped to 0.20 per cent, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The coronavirus death toll in the frontier state remained at 280 as no new fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, he said. Arunachal Pradesh currently has 109 active COVID-19 cases. - PTI

    11:40 (IST)31 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ten new COVID-19 cases recorded in Ladakh

    Ten persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh, taking the overall virus tally in the Union Territory to 20,951 and the active cases to 65, officials said on Sunday. Ladakh has registered 208 Covid-related deaths -- 150 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The officials said 1,619 people were tested for COVID-19 in the twin districts on Saturday and 10 of them returned positive for the disease. They included nine in Leh and one in Kargil. Three coronavirus infected patients were discharged from a hospital in Leh, taking the number of recoveries in Ladakh to 20,678, they said, adding after the fresh recoveries, the number of active cases stands at 65 with 60 in Leh and five in Kargil. The officials said no COVID-related death was reported in Ladakh on Saturday. PTI

    23:21 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 101 new COVID-19 cases reported in J-K

    Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 101 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the total infected number of people to 3,32,154 while no fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union territory in the past 24 hours, officials said.

    Of the 101 fresh cases, 11 were from Jammu division and 90 from Kashmir division of the UT, the officials said.

    They said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 42 cases followed by 25 cases in Baramulla district.

    There are 886 active cases in the UT, while the number of recovered patients was 3,26,836, the officials added.

    The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic was 4,432 as no fresh death was reported in the past 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, the officials said there were 49 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the UT as no fresh case was reported since Friday evening. (PTI) 

    23:19 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai records 301 COVID-19 cases, three deaths

    Mumbai on Saturday reported 301 new coronavirus infections and three fatalities, a civic official said.

    It took the city's caseload to 7,55,632 and death toll to 16,244.

    There are 3,966 active COVID-19 cases. As many as 463 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 7,32,889.

    As many as 37,058 coronavirus tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

    Presently, Mumbai has 35 sealed buildings.

    The city's COVID-19 recovery rate is 97 per cent.

    The doubling rate -- period during which cases double -- is 1,555 days, while the average growth rate of infections stood at 0.04 per cent between October 23 and 29. (PTI) 

    22:28 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu inoculates 17.14 lakh in 7th mega COVID vax drive 

    Tamil Nadu inoculated 17,14,111 people against Covid-19 in the seventh mega vaccination drive conducted across the state on Saturday, the health department said.

    A total of 6,26,955 people received the first shot while 10,87,156 people received the second, a press release said.

    The earlier camps were held on September 12, 19, 26 and on October 3, 10, and 23.

    Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian inspected the vaccination drive that was conducted in over 32,205 camps between 7am and 7pm in places like primary health centres, government hospitals and schools.

    Among districts, Chennai topped the list by vaccinating 1,52,849 people followed by Villupuram 1,05,694 and Cuddalore 98,619 while Mayiladuthurai recorded the least with 10,872.

    In view of the vaccination today, there would not be any special camp on October, the release said. (PTI) 

    22:13 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat sees 31 COVID-19 cases, 1 death; over 3.64 lakh given vaccine jabs

    Gujarat recorded 31 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking its tally to 8,26,557, while one death, in Surat, took the toll to 10,089, an official said.

    The recovery count reached 8,16260 after 14 people were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 208 active cases, including five patients on ventilator support, he said.

    Surat led with six cases, followed by five each in Jamnagar and Vadodara, four in Valsad, among other districts, he added.

    A release said 3.64 lakh people were inoculated against COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the total number of doses administered in Gujarat to 7.06 crore.

    Neighbouring Dadra and Nahar Haveli, Daman and Diu has so far reported 10,654 COVID-19 cases and 10,645 recoveries, leaving the Union Territory, which has seen four deaths so far, with an active tally of five.

    Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,26,557, new cases 31, death toll 10,089, discharged 8,16,260, active cases 208, people tested so far - figures not released.  (PTI) 

    21:56 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: At G20, PM highlighted India's contribution to fight against COVID

    In his intervention at the first session, PM highlighted India's contribution to fight against COVID. He mentioned India's medical supplies to over 150 countries & spoke about our vision of One Earth, One Health which is essentially collaborative approach in fight against COVID: Foreign Secretary HV Shringla in Rome (ANI) 

    21:39 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha reports 347 new cases, 255 recoveries and 10 deaths

    COVID19 | Odisha reports 347 new cases, 255 recoveries and 10 deaths; active cases 8,708 (ANI) 

    21:24 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India's vaccination coverage crosses 106 crore doses 

    The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 106 crore on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said.

    Almost 62 lakh (61,99,429) vaccine doses were administered on Saturday till 7 pm and this number is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said.

    The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined.

    The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

    The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

    The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.

    The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. (PTI) 

    21:04 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Minister says Centre allotted 140 crore vaccines to Tamil Nadu for November, asks everyone to get inoculated 

    Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian on Saturday said the Centre allotted 140 crore Covid-19 vaccines to the State for November and appealed to members of the public to take part in the vaccination camps being conducted by the Health Department.

    The increase in the monthly allotment by the Centre follows the performance of the department in vaccination over the last few months, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said here.

    Stating that the Centre has been sending sufficient vaccines to the State, Subramanian said there was demand for vaccines in May, June and July.

    "Following the Tamil Nadu government's performance and based on the request by Chief Minister (M K Stalin), the Union government enhanced the allotment of vaccines for September, October and November," he said. In September, over and above the monthly allotment of 104 crore doses, an additional 43 lakh vaccines were released by the Union government and the doses were increased by three lakh to the allotted 122 lakh for October, he said.

    "For November, based on the request by the Chief Minister, 140 crore doses have been allotted," he told reporters.

    The Minister requested the people to extend their cooperation towards ensuring Tamil Nadu as the first State to vaccinate 100 per cent of its population with the first dose and 50 per cent with the second dose by November-end.

    Stating that the third wave of Covid-19 was posing a threat to countries like the United States, China, Russia and Singapore, Subramanian appealed to everyone to come forward to get inoculated since vaccination camps have been set up closer to the residential areas for the convenience of the public.

    Till date 5.73 crore people in the State have been inoculated. Of this, 70 per cent have received the first dose while 29 per cent of them second dose, he said. (PTI) 

    20:51 (IST)30 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: China's Xi calls for COVID-19 vaccine mutual recognition

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccines based on the World Health Organization's emergency use list, according to a transcript of his remarks published by the official Xinhua news agency.

    Speaking to the Group of 20 Leaders' Summit in Rome via video link, Xi said China had provided more than 1.6 billion COVID shots to the world, and was working with 16 nations to cooperate on manufacturing doses.

    "China is willing to work with all parties to improve the accessibility and affordability of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries," Xi said.

    Xi reiterated China's support of the World Trade Organization (WTO) making an early decision on waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, and he called for vaccine companies to be encouraged to transfer technology to developing countries.  (Reuters)

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