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Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News Live Updates, Lockdown, Third waveThe single-day rise in Coronavirus infections in India has been below 20,000 for the past 46 days.

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India News, November 23 Highlights: As the Covid-19 situation continues to improve across the globe, except in Europe, the focus has been shifted to booster dose (Third dose) against the Coronavirus infections. The US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, and Brazil have already started administering booster shots. According to data, nearly 12% of doses administered around the globe on November 18 were booster doses. Chile, Israel, and Uruguay have administered the highest number of booster shots per 100 people as of now.

India has so far administered more than 117.63 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country. Around 82% of the eligible population have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and nearly 43% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The government has been taking many initiatives to speed up the ongoing nationwide vaccination drive. It has launched a month-long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign for house-to-house Covid-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take a dose and for people whose second dose is overdue. More than 12 crore beneficiaries are still overdue for their second dose after the expiry of the prescribed interval between the two doses.

“Completion of the second dose is the priority for the government for now,” Dr. Balram Bhargava, ICMR Director-General, on Monday said. He said, “There is no scientific evidence so far to support the need for a booster vaccine dose against Coronavirus. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has also said adequate stocks are available with states and the aim is to complete the vaccination of the target population with two doses. “After that, a decision on booster dose would be taken based on expert recommendation,” he added. However, according to sources, the booster dose issue is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India.

Meanwhile, India reported 7,579 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 543 days, taking its overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,45,26,480, while the number of active cases declined to 1,13,584, the lowest in 536 days, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. With 236 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,66,147, the Health Ministry said. The single-day rise in fresh Coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for the past 46 days and below 50,000 for 149 consecutive days now. The active cases now account for 0.33% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate improved to 98.32%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

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    22:23 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat logs 36 new COVID-19 cases

    Gujarat reported 36 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising its infection tally to 8,27,267, while the death of a patient in Navsari, the third fatality in November so far, took the toll to 10,092, an official said. He said 25 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the recovery count to 8,16,856 and leaving the state with 319 active cases, he added. Ahmedabad led with 17 cases, followed by six in Vadodara, three each in Surat, Navsari and Jamnagar, among other districts, he added. As many as 5.10 lakh people received COVID-19 vaccination shots on Tuesday, which increased the number of doses administered so far in the state to 7.79 crore, an official release said. Adjoining Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu reported no new infection or patient discharge post recovery on Tuesday, leaving the Union Territory with one active case. The UT has so far registered 10,655 COVID-19 cases and four deaths. (PTI)

    22:01 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra logs 766 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

    Maharashtra recorded 766 new COVID-19 infections and 19 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours even as the active cases in the state remained below 10,000 for the third consecutive day, the health department said on Tuesday. With addition of new infections and fatalities, the statewide caseload increased to 66,31,297 and the toll to 1,40,766, the department said in a bulletin. The state had reported eight fresh fatalities and 656 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, lowest one-day figures since April 2020. The health department said 929 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours. With this, the number of recovered cases rose to 64,77,379. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state stands at 97.68 per cent, while the case fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. There are now 9,493 active cases in the state, the bulletin said. Currently, 85,335 people are in home quarantine and 1,077 people are in institutional quarantine, it added. The cumulative number of coronavirus tests in the state climbed to 6,48,44,896, of which 87,506 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. Twelve districts and seven civic bodies did not report any new COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

    21:41 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records zero death, 27 COVID-19 cases in a day

    The national capital reported zero death and 27 COVID-19 cases in a day with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the Delhi government on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, the total number of cases reported in the city rose to 14,40,719. The death toll stayed at 25,095. A total of 49,590 tests for the detection of COVID-19 were conducted the previous day. It included 39,341 RT-PCR, CBNAAT and True Nat tests while the rest were rapid-antigen tests. (PTI) 

    21:27 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu's Covid-19 tally reaches 27.21 lakh with 741 fresh cases

    Tamil Nadu added 741 new Covid-19 infections pushing the tally to 27,21,762 while the death toll rose to 36,401 with 13 more fatalities, the Health department said on Tuesday. Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 808 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,76,825 leaving 8,536 active infections, a medical bulletin said. A total of 1,00,817 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,35,60,440. Coimbatore and Chennai accounted for the majority of new infections with 119 and 114 cases, respectively, while the remaining was scattered across other districts. As many as 23 districts reported new Covid-19 infections below 10, which include Tuticorin reporting zero active cases in the district, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    21:08 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim logs 5 new COVID-19 cases

    Sikkim reported five new COVID-19 cases, three more than the previous day, pushing the tally to 32,176, a health department bulletin said on Tuesday. East Sikkim district registered four new cases, while West Sikkim accounted for one case. The Himalayan state now has 115 active COVID-19 cases, while 334 patients have migrated to other states. A total of 31,324 patients have recovered from the disease so far, it said, adding that the COVID-19 recovery rate is 98.4 per cent. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 403 as no fresh fatality has been reported in the last 24 hours. The state has so far tested 2,68,511 samples for COVID-19 including 303 in the last 24 hours, it added. (PTI) 

    20:49 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai records 196 fresh Covid-19 cases, 1 death

    Mumbai reported 196 new coronavirus cases and just one fresh fatality on Tuesday, taking the infection tally to 7,61,518 and the death toll to 16,311, a civic official said. For the second day in a row, the city has reported less than 200 COVID-19 cases. The financial capital had on November 22 reported 176 COVID-19 cases and four fatalities. As many as 29,527 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours which took their cumulative number to 1,21,94,972, the official said. The official said the city is left with 2,388 active COVID-19 cases after 258 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals during the day. With this, the cumulative number of recovered patients rose to 7,40,260. According to the official, currently, Mumbai has 13 sealed buildings, while the çity is free of containment zones in slums and 'chawls' (old row tenements) since mid-August. Mumbai's COVID-19 recovery rate is 97 per cent. The case doubling rate in the metropolis has crossed the 2,500-day mark to stand at 2,526, while the average growth rate of infections was 0.03 per cent between November 16 and November 22, he said. (PTI)

    20:15 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa records 32 new Covid-19 cases

    With the addition of 32 new COVID-19 cases, the tally of infections in Goa reached 1,78,709, while the toll stood at 3,378 as no fresh fatalities were reported on Tuesday, an official from the state health department said. As many as 19 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 1,75,087, the official said. With this, the coastal state is now left with 244 active cases, he said. After 2,541 swabs were tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has reached 15,28,789, the official added. Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,78,709, new cases 32, death toll 3,378, discharged 1,75,087, active cases 244, samples tested till date 15,28,789. (PTI) 

    19:52 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Doctors in Maharashtra suggest booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine

    In light of the rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe, several medical practitioners in Maharashtra have suggested that a booster dose of the vaccine against coronavirus should be administered to healthcare and frontline workers. Talking to PTI, Dr Gautam Bhansali, consultant physician of Bombay Hospital, said the count of antibodies in people, who have completed their vaccination some six to eight months ago, is declining. “The count of antibodies in people who have taken the second dose of vaccine some six to eight months ago is going down. We should administer a third dose or booster dose of vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers, as they are more vulnerable to the infection,” Dr Bhansali said. People with co-morbid conditions also face similar challenges, and should be considered for the booster dose, he said. (PTI) 

    19:31 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live tracker: Karnataka logs 224 new Covid-19 cases
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    19:10 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: French PM singled out for ire after testing Covid-positive

    The Prime Minister of France, who tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, is being singled out on social media and beyond as the prime example of what not to do in the pandemic. Multiple videos are being circulated widely of a maskless Jean Castex vigorously shaking hands with elected officials in an enclosed space at a Paris mayoral congress on Nov. 16. Angry users are pointing out that that goes against the official line that everyone should continue taking preventative measures. They also noted that Castex had called French territory Guadeloupe “irresponsible” in the enforcement of COVID measures when he cannot abide by the rules himself. Gabriel Attal, the French government's spokesman, had leaped to Castex's defense at the time the video first began circulating. “We are all only human,” he said. But the Castex's positive test is a potential embarrassment for the French government and President Emmanuel Macron ahead of April's presidential election. Castex's office says the 52-year-old was infected by his 11-year-old daughter and is self-isolating for 10 days.It's unclear if Castex, who was double vaccinated in the spring, has symptoms. Experts are saying that Castex's behaviour is indicative more widely of a drop in vigilance now that most of the population has received vaccine shots. (AP)

    18:48 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala records 4,972 fresh Covid-19 cases, 370 deaths

    Kerala on Tuesday recorded a rise in number of COVID-19 cases, reporting 4,972 infections and 370 deaths, raising the caseload to 50,97,845 and the toll to 38,045. The state had on Monday seen a dip in cases at 3,698 after consistently maintaining a high level of infections over the past few months With 5,978 more people recovering from the virus since Monday, the total recoveries reached 50,18,279 and the active cases dropped to 52,710, an official press release said. Among the 14 districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest with 917 cases, followed by Thirssur (619) and Kozhikode (527). Of the 370 deaths, 57 were reported over the last few days and 313 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, the release said. As many as 60,265 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said. Of the new cases, 35 were health workers, 17 from outside the State and 4,576 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 344. There are currently 1,84,581 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 1,79,531 are in home or institutional quarantine and 5,050 in hospitals, the release said. (PTI)

    18:31 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: WHO Europe warns of possible surge in Covid-19 deaths topping 2 million

    The World Health Organisation's Europe office says projections show its 53-country region could face another 700,000 deaths in the coronavirus pandemic by next spring, topping 2 million in total. WHO Europe, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, also cited growing evidence of a decline in protection against infection and mild disease through vaccines, and said a “booster dose” should be given as a priority to the most vulnerable populations — including people with weakened immune systems — as well as people over age 60 and health care workers. “Today, the COVID-19 situation across Europe and Central Asia is very serious. We face a challenging winter ahead, but we should not be without hope, because all of us — governments, health authorities, individuals — can take decisive action to stabilise the pandemic,” said Dr. Kluge, the regional director for WHO Europe, in a statement. The European region, which stretches deep into central Asia, reported that deaths due to COVID-19 rose to nearly 4,200 per day last week — a doubling of levels recorded at the end of September.

    Cumulative deaths have now reached 1.5 million in the region. The three factors driving the increase are the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus, an easing of restrictive measures like requirements for mask-wearing and physical distancing in places, and large swaths of the European population that remain unvaccinated, WHO Europe said. “We can expect that there will be high or extreme stress on hospital beds in 25 countries, and high or extreme stress in intensive care units (ICUs) in 49 out of 53 countries between now and 1 March 2022,” a WHO Europe statement said. “Cumulative reported deaths are projected to reach over 2.2 million by spring next year, based on current trends.” It said the region could face a cumulative 2 million deaths due to the pandemic by March 1. (AP) 

    17:55 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nepal, India sign MoU on reciprocal recognition of COVID vaccination certificate

    India and Nepal on Tuesday inked a Memorandum of Understanding for reciprocal recognition of COVID vaccination certificate to significantly ease the travel woes for fully vaccinated people from the two neighbouring countries. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay M Kwatra signed the MoU along with Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population Secretary Roshan Pokhrel at a ceremony organised at the ministry office in Kathmandu, according to a press release issued by the Indian Embassy here. Health Minister Virodh Khatiwada was also present at the event. The MoU, between the health ministries of the two countries, is a significant step in easing travel for fully COVID-19 vaccinated travellers of both the countries, it said. It "marks another milestone in robust COVID-19 related cooperation and coordination between India and Nepal," the release said. (PTI) 

    17:37 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal Health Department to turn most COVID-19 facilities into non-Covid units

    The West Bengal Health Department has decided to turn most hospitals, which were made dedicated COVID-19 facilities, into non-Covid-units, after a decline in the number of fresh cases, a senior official said on Tuesday. It has also decided to shut several safe homes that were set up during the peak phase of the pandemic to accommodate infected patients, he said. The department has issued a notification to this effect, adding that two Covid hospitals will function in each district. There are at least 203 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in West Bengal - government and private - with 23,947 beds, the official said. The state has 200 safe homes with around 11,505 beds. As per the directive, 150 dedicated COVID-19 facilities will be turned into non-Covid units and an equal number of safe homes will be shut, he added. The state reported 615 fresh infections on Monday, while 14 more people succumbed to the virus. (PTI)

    17:17 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Dutch COVID-19 patients transferred to Germany as hospitals struggle

    The Netherlands on Tuesday started transporting COVID-19 patients across the border to Germany to ease pressure on Dutch hospitals struggling to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases.A patient was transferred by ambulance from Rotterdam to a hospital in Bochum, some 240 km (150 miles) east, on Tuesday morning, and another would follow later in the day, health authorities said.The number of COVID-19 patients in Dutch hospitals has swelled to its highest level since May in recent weeks and is expected to increase further as infections jump to record levels.German hospitals in total have offered 20 beds for patients from the Netherlands, after treating dozens during previous waves of the pandemic. – Reuters

    17:00 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: German soldiers face vaccine mandate as COVID cases rise

    The German military is poised to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for troops as COVID-19 infections continue to rise across the country. The Defense Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a report in the German military blog Augen Geradeaus that officials and soldiers' representatives agreed late Monday to add the coronavirus shot to the list of vaccines soldiers must get. The measure still needs to be formally added to military regulations, the ministry said in a statement. There were 1,215 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday reported within the military and the ministry's civilian staff. The nationwide tally of newly confirmed cases rose by 45,326 in the past 24 hours, the country's disease control agency said Tuesday. A further 309 deaths from COVID-19 were reported, taking the total toll since the start of the outbreak to 99,433. AP

    16:55 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Thailand has over 20,000 foreign visitors in Oct after gradual reopening

    Thailand welcomed 20,272 foreign tourists in October, up from 1,201 foreign arrivals in the same period a year earlier, tourism ministry data showed on Tuesday, due to a pilot tourism programme on the islands of Phuket and Samui. – Reuters

    16:43 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Britain's Prince Charles to open new AstraZeneca research centre

    Britain's Prince Charles will formally open a new 1 billion pound ($1.3 billion) AstraZeneca research and development (R&D) facility on Tuesday, as the company aims to fuel the growth of its drug pipeline.AstraZeneca has supplied two billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, and is also looking to bring a preventative antibody cocktail against COVID-19 to market.But while the company is setting up a separate division for vaccine and antibody therapies in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it has also beefed up other areas of researchEarlier this year, AstraZeneca completed the $39 billion purchase of rare-disease specialist Alexion."Our new Discovery Centre in Cambridge... will allow us to break new boundaries in the understanding of disease biology, bring life-changing medicines to patients and power the next stage of our company's growth," Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said in a statement.Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth and heir to the throne, will take a walking tour of the centre and give a short address at the opening. - Reuters

    16:25 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 423 new cases push Mizoram's COVID-19 tally to 1,32,320

    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,32,320 on Tuesday as 423 more people, 211 more than the previous day, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. However, single-day recoveries surpassed fresh infections as 454 more people were cured of the disease. The northeastern state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 479 as no fresh fatality was registered, he said. Aizawl district registered the highest number of new cases at 174, followed by Lunglei (67) and Champhai (38), the official said, adding that the single-day positivity rate dipped to 8.61 per cent from 19.31 per cent on the previous day. Mizoram now has 4,715 active cases, while 1,27,126 people have recovered from the disease so far. The recovery rate stood at 96 per cent, while the mortality rate was at 36 per cent. The administration has tested over 13 lakh samples for COVID-19 so far, including 4,914 on Monday. More than 7.11 lakh people have been inoculated so far, of whom 5.49 lakh have fully vaccinated, the official said. PTI

    16:23 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Four Army officers test positive for coronavirus in Indore

    Four fully-vaccinated Army officers, two of them participating in a course of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district, an official said on Tuesday. "Four Army officers have tested positive for coronavirus in the last three days in Indore. They had received both doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine. They have no symptoms and their condition is fine,” said Dr Amit Malakar, nodal officer, COVID-19, Indore. He said two of the infected officers are residents of the Army Cantonment located in nearby Mhow town and two others are enrolled for the IIM Indore's Certificate Course in Business Management for Defence Officers (CCBMDO). - PTI

    15:56 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker:53 school-going girls, 22 MBBS students test positive for COVID-19 in Odisha

    Fifty-three girl pupils of a government-aided high school in Odisha's Sundargarh district and 22 MBBS students of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla in Sambalpur tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three days, a health official said. The state's coronavirus tally rose to 10,47,386 on Tuesday as 212 more people, including 70 children, tested positive for the infection; while two fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,396, he said. "The girls have been isolated and special provisions have been made for their treatment. Their health condition is normal, while the educational institute has been shut for a week," Sister Petrica, headmistress of St Merry Girls' School, said. The infected students are studying in classes 8, 9 and 10, and were tested for COVID-19 after a majority of them exhibited symptoms of cold and cough, she said, adding that the district administration and health authorities have been informed about it. - PTI

    15:55 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Most COVID-19 facilities in Bengal to turn into non-Covid units as infections ebb

    The West Bengal Health Department has decided to turn most hospitals, which were made dedicated COVID-19 facilities, into non-Covid-units, after a decline in the number of fresh cases, a senior official said on Tuesday. It has also decided to shut several safe homes that were set up during the peak phase of the pandemic to accommodate infected patients, he said. The department has issued a notification to this effect, adding that two Covid hospitals will function in each district. There are at least 203 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in West Bengal - government and private - with 23,947 beds, the official said. The state has 200 safe homes with around 11,505 beds. As per the directive, 150 dedicated COVID-19 facilities will be turned into non-Covid units and an equal number of safe homes will be shut, he added. The state reported 615 fresh infections on Monday, while 14 more people succumbed to the virus. PTI

    15:16 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Plea against PM's pic on vaccine certificate: Kerala HC seeks Centre, state stand

    The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the Centre and state government's response to a plea seeking removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photograph from the COVID-19 vaccination certificate. "Admitted," Justice N Nagaresh said and issued notice to the Centre and the Kerala government seeking their stand on the petition by a senior citizen who has contended that the PM's photo on his vaccination certificate was a violation of fundamental rights. The court directed the Centre and the state to file their reply affidavits before the next date of hearing. The petitioner, Peter Myaliparampil, has contended that he had paid for the two doses of vaccine and therefore, the certificate was his "private space" with his personal details on record and therefore, it was inappropriate to intrude into the privacy of an individual. (PTI)

    15:15 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Israel begins giving COVID shots to children age 5 to 11

    Israel on Tuesday began administering the coronavirus vaccine to children age 5 to 11. The country recently emerged from a fourth COVID wave, and daily infections have been relatively low for the last few weeks. But Health Ministry statistics show that a large share of the new infections have been in children and teenagers. Children age 5 to 11 make up nearly half of active cases. Officials hope the new inoculation campaign will help bring down the numbers and perhaps stave off a new wave. Israeli media reported low demand for the shots on the first day they were available to this age group. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was expected to accompany his son later Tuesday to get his jab in a bid to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated. (AP)

    14:58 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 4 lakh people in Ahmedabad city yet to take second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

    At least 4 lakh residents of Gujarat's Ahmedabad city have not taken the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine despite being eligible for the same, a civic official said on Tuesday. To ensure 100 per cent vaccination, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched a door-to-door survey to trace people who have not taken both doses of the vaccine against COVID-19, the AMC's medical officer of health Dr Bhavin Solanki said. "We have formed 150 teams to conduct a door-to-door survey to trace people who have not taken the vaccine against COVID-19, despite being eligible for it. Till now, our health teams have surveyed 30,000 households and identified 3,000 persons who have not taken both doses," Solanki said. The door-to-door exercise is in addition to the computerised data already available with the AMC's health department to identify fully and partially vaccinated residents of the city, he said. (PTI)

    14:44 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Hybrid' immunity, vaccination behind low Covid cases, big third wave unlikely, says experts

    Is the worst of the Covid crisis behind India? As cases dip three weeks after Diwali, the answer is a possible yes, say several experts, attributing the downslide to a large section of the population already exposed to the virus during the second wave and a stepped up vaccination campaign. Though there are always imponderables, including the possibility of a new, transmissible variant and the onset of winter in large parts of the country, a third wave as devastating as the second one is unlikely, they said while advising caution and vigilance. READ FULL STORY

    14:09 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Germany considers more COVID-19 curbs as U.S. advises against travel there

    Germany's health minister called on Tuesday for further restrictions to contain a "dramatic" surge in coronavirus cases as the country's infection rate hit a record high and the United States advised against travel there. The seven-day incidence rate - the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week - hit 399.8 on Tuesday, up from 386.5 on Monday, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed. Health Minister Jens Spahn called for more public spaces to be restricted to those who were vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 and also had a negative test, in a bid to contain Germany's fourth wave. Spahn did not rule out lockdowns, although he said this would be decided region by region. Some regions such as the hard-hit Saxony and Bavaria are already taking measures such as cancelling Christmas markets. "The situation is not only serious, in some regions in Germany it is now dramatic," Spahn told German Radio. "We are having to move patients around as the intensive care units are full and that doesn't just affect COVID-19 patients. (Reuters)

    13:43 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pondy sees 38 new COVID-19 cases

    Puducherry added 38 fresh cases of coronavirus during last 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday raising the overall caseload to 1,28,718. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 2615 samples, and they were spread over Puducherry  19, Karaikal 7, Yanam two and Mahe 10. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam today and the fatalities remained 1870. Director of the Department of Health G Sriramulu said the active cases were 301 of whom 63 were in hospitals and the remaining 238 were in home isolation. While 41 patients recovered and were discharged during last twenty-four hours the overall recoveries were 1,26,547. The test positivity rate was 1.45 percent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 percent and 98.31 percent, respectively. (PTI)

    13:21 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Thailand has over 20,000 foreign visitors in Oct after gradual reopening

    Thailand welcomed 20,272 foreign tourists in October, up from  1,201 foreign arrivals in the same period a year earlier, government data showed, due to a pilot tourism programme on the islands of Phuket and Samui. The scheme was launched ahead of the country's wider quarantine-free reopening on Nov. 1, aimed at restarting its important tourism sector. (Reuters)

    13:20 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Aurangabad admin orders impounding of autorickshaws if drivers not received even single jab

    In a bid to ramp up anti-COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district, authorities have ordered impounding of autorickshaws if their drivers are found to have not taken even a single jab. Simultaneously, tour and travel operators cannot sell tickets to passengers who are not inoculated, as per the orders issued late Monday night by district collector Sunil Chavan. These orders will come into effect from November 25. Aurangabad district in the Marathwada region is one of the laggard districts in terms of vaccination coverage. The district collector had virtually attended a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month of districts with low vaccination coverage. As per official data, out of the 32,24,677 targeted population in the Aurangabad district, 64.36% of people have received the first dose and 27.78% the second dose till November 22. "If it is found that drivers of autorickshaws have not taken even the first dose of vaccine, the authorities concerned will impound the autorickshaw and impose a fine," an official release said. The new set of instructions comes days after the district administration directed operators of petrol pumps not to sell petrol to those who have not taken either dose of vaccine. The latest order said autorickshaw drivers need to be vaccinated as many people use this mode of transport and thus there is a risk of the infection spreading. (PTI)

    12:44 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Australian PM's legislative agenda threatened by division over COVID vaccine rules

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's legislative agenda came under risk on Tuesday after a conservative lawmaker in his coalition government threatened to withhold support if the government does not abolish mandatory COVID-19 vaccine rules. Australia's two largest states, New South Wales and Victoria, have banned unvaccinated people from entering places such as restaurants and shops, citing a threat to public safety, while also requiring that they work from home. George Christensen - a backbench lawmaker from the junior National party - threatened to abstain from voting on government legislation in the House of Representatives unless those rules are scrapped. Morrison's government has a single vote majority in Australia's lower house. Without Christensen's vote, Morrison would have to rely on opposition support to pass legislation into law. The prime minister is hoping to pass several pieces of key legislation in the final sitting period of the year in a bid to improve his standing in the polls ahead of an election that must be held by May 2022. "Until federal action is taken against vaccine discrimination, I will be voting according to my conscience, or abstaining from votes ... rather than just voting with the government," Christensen said in a statement. (Reuters)

    12:31 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 22 new COVID-19 cases

    Ladakh has recorded 16 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the virus tally to 21,349 while the active cases have declined to 218, officials said on Tuesday. The union territory has registered 212 Covid-related deaths -- 154 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Thirty-four patients were cured and discharged from hospital from Leh. The total number of cured patients is 20,919, they said. There was no death reported due to Covid in Ladakh on Monday. (PTI)

    12:27 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala witnesses sharp decline in births during pandemic year

    Kerala witnessed a sharp decline in live births in the first nine months of 2021 as the state battled against a raging pandemic amid the new normal of work from home that saw the return of hundreds of thousands of expatriates. According to data from Kerala’s Chief Registrar of Birth and Deaths, the state has been witnessing a steady decline in birth numbers. However, the decline in 2021 has been the steepest. Kerala recorded 4.80 lakh births during the pre-pandemic year. The number fell to 4.53 lakh in 2020, before plunging to 2.17 lakh as on September 30. READ MORE

    12:04 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: US not heading toward COVID lockdown, White House says

    The United States does not need to impose a lockdown or shut down its economy to curb the spread of COVID-19 and will rely on other tools, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Monday. "We are not headed in that direction. We have the tools to accelerate the path out of this pandemic; widely available vaccinations, booster shots, kid shots, therapeutics," Zients told reporters at a White House briefing. "We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy." U.S. regulators expanded eligibility for booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to all adults on Friday, and 3 million people received them since, Zients said. "In fact, just across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we got 3 million booster shots into arms. A million booster shots per day," he said. "Don't delay, get your booster shot so you can have enhanced protection for COVID as we head into the winter. "Separately, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said U.S. health officials are not currently recommending lockdowns or economic restrictions to curb rising COVID-19 cases. (Reuters)

    11:49 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Arunachal reports four new COVID-19 cases

    Arunachal Pradesh logged four fresh cases of COVID-19, while eight more patients were discharged from hospitals, improving the recovery count to 54,937, a senior health official said here on Tuesday. The coronavirus tally rose to 55,251, but the death toll remained unchanged at 280 as no new fatality was registered in the past 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said. The northeastern state now has 34 active cases. Tawang district recorded the highest number of eight active infections, followed by the Capital Complex Region - comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas - and West Kameng district (6 each). A total of 11,96,491 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, Jampa said, adding, the positivity rate stood at 0.86 per cent. (PTI)

    11:06 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: US issues 'Do Not Travel' Covid-19 warning for Germany, Denmark

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department on Monday advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries. The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to "Level Four: Very High" for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid travel there, while the State Department issued parallel "Do Not Travel" advisories for both countries. The CDC currently lists about 75 destinations worldwide at Level Four, with many European countries on the list including Austria, Britain, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Romania, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of her conservative party that measures being taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Europe's biggest economy were insufficient and that stronger action needed to be taken, Reuters reported on Monday. Case numbers in Germany have been soaring, especially among the elderly whose first two shots of COVID-19 vaccine were at the start of the year, and among children who are not eligible for inoculation. (Reuters)

    11:03 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mexico records 53 COVID-19 deaths

    Mexico recorded 53 coronavirus deaths on Monday, according to health ministry data, bringing the overall death toll to 292,524. (Reuters)

    10:58 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Prince Charles to open new AstraZeneca research centre

    Britain's Prince Charles will formally open a new 1 billion pound ($1.3 billion) AstraZeneca research and development (R&D) facility on Tuesday, as the company aims to fuel the growth of its drug pipeline. AstraZeneca has supplied two billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, and is also looking to bring a preventative antibody cocktail against COVID-19 to market. But while the company is setting up a separate division for vaccine and antibody therapies in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it has also beefed up other areas of research. Earlier this year, AstraZeneca completed the $39 billion purchase of rare-disease specialist Alexion. "Our new Discovery Centre in Cambridge raises the bar for sustainable R&D and global collaboration across our industry," Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said in a statement. (Reuters)

    10:45 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Only 2 active cases in Andamans

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands now has only two active cases, a health bulletin said. The Union territory's caseload remained unchanged at 7,676 as no fresh infection was reported. A total of 7,545 people have been cured of the disease, while 129 patients have succumbed to the infection so far. The administration has tested over 6.26 lakh samples for COVID-19 to date, it said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 1.22 per cent. A total of 2.95 lakh people have been inoculated so far, of whom 2.41 lakh have been fully vaccinated, it added. (PTI)

    10:24 (IST)23 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Longtime reliever Doug Jones dies at 64 after COVID battle

    Doug Jones, who shined as a relief pitcher during a 16-season career and notched 303 career saves, died at age 64. The Cleveland Guardians announced Jones' passing Monday. "We are saddened by the loss of one of our (organization's) all-time greats, Doug Jones," the team stated. Fellow former big-league pitcher Greg Swindell said Jones died of complications from COVID-19. "Sad to tweet, that a long time friend, teammate, husband father grandfather and one (heck) of a pitcher Doug Jones has passed from complications from COVID," Swindell wrote on his Twitter account. "RIP JONSEY. Please keep the family in your prayers." Jones went 69-79 with a 3.30 ERA in 846 career games (four starts) with seven organizations, including the then-Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics. He also had short stints with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. (Reuters)

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