Coronavirus News Highlights: Ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to & from India extended till November 30

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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today News, October 29 Highlights: As Kerala reconciles data, India sees huge jump in daily Covid-19 deaths; logs 14,348 fresh infections; Active cases surge to 1,61,334

Coronavirus LIVE updates, Covid-19 third wave, festive guidelinesIn the week after Durga Puja, West Bengal, Assam and Himachal Pradesh witnessed up to a 40% spike in fresh Coronavirus infections. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 29 Highlights: With reports localized spread of Coronavirus in some states/UTs. The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended Covid-19 containment measures across the country till November 30 to prevent any further spread of the pandemic. In an official communication to all states/UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that existing protocols for curbing the spread of Covid-19 will continue till November 30. States like West Bengal, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh have been witnessing a surge in fresh Coronavirus infections after festivals. In the week after Durga Puja, these three states reported up to a 40% spike in new cases. The emergence of the new Delta ‘sub variant’ is also posing threat.

The Centre, state/UTs government, and health experts have been advising people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour strictly, especially during the festival season. Any laxity might trigger a surge in fresh infections. India has been reporting below 30,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past 34 days. The number of active cases in the country is on a steady decline. The recovery rate has improved to 98.2%, the highest in March 2020. The vaccination drive has picked up the pace. Last week, India crossed the 100 crore milestone in Covid-19vaccination. Overall Covid-19 situation in India is under control.

Meanwhile, India reported 14,348 fresh Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,42,46,157, while the active cases surged to 1,61,334, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Friday. The death toll also climbed to 4,57,191 with 805 fresh fatalities, including 708 from Kerala, the Health Ministry said. Kerala has been reconciling Covid deaths in the past few days, ministry officials said. The active cases now account for 0.47% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.19%, the Health Ministry said. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for the past 35 days and below 50,000 for 124 consecutive days now.

The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet. Even nearly after two years, Coronavirus continues to pose threat globally. Countries like the US, China, and Russia are still battling new waves. China has imposed a lockdown on a city with around six million populations, the third such incident in a week. The administration in China earlier in the week has put Lanzhou city (with a population of over four million) and Ejin in the Inner Mongolia region under lockdown as these regions witnesses resurgence of Coronavirus infections.

Here are the latest updates on Coronavirus from India and around the globe: 

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    23:04 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,039 fresh COVID cases, 11 deaths today

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,039 fresh COVID cases, 1,229 discharges, and 11 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 11,850

    Total recoveries: 26,52,660Death toll: 36,083 (ANI) 

    22:59 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 257 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths in last 24 hours

    Himachal Pradesh reports 257 new COVID-19 cases, 232 recoveries, and three deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 1,978

    Total recoveries: 2,18,150Death toll: 3,732 (ANI) 

    22:48 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 1,338 new COVID-19 cases take Maharashtra's tally to 66,09,292 

    1,338 new COVID-19 cases take Maharashtra's tally to 66,09,292; 36 fresh fatalities push death toll to 1,40,170: Health department official (PTI)

    22:32 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 37 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 37 new COVID-19 cases, 48 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 14,39,788Total recoveries 14,14,363Death toll 25,091

    Active cases 334 (ANI) 

    22:17 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: From Sept 27 to Oct 28, 362 students & 49 staff members tested COVID positive after the reopening of schools in Himachal Pradesh 

    Himachal Pradesh | From Sept 27 to Oct 28, 362 students & 49 staff members tested COVID positive after the reopening of schools for selected classes. It accounts for 25-30% of the total positive cases during this period: Dr Gurdarshan Gupta, CMO Kangra (ANI) 

    21:13 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa records 47 fresh coronavirus cases

    Goa records 47 fresh coronavirus cases, infection tally climbs to 1,78,063: Health department official (PTI) 

    20:54 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana adds 174 coronavirus infections

    Telangana adds 174 coronavirus infections, caseload rises to 6,71,174. Two more fatalities push death toll to 3,954: Government bulletin (PTI) 

    20:19 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 7,722 new COVID cases, 86 deaths today

    Kerala reports 7,722 new COVID cases, 6,648 recoveries, and 86 deaths today.

    Active cases: 78,722

    Total recoveries: 48,43,576Death toll: 31,156 (ANI) 

    19:52 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chhath Puja allowed only at designated sites not a Yamuna river ghat, says DDMA

    Chhath Puja allowed only at designated sites not a Yamuna river ghat. Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes are allowed to operate with 100% capacity; auditoriums and assembly halls allowed with 50% capacity from November 1 : Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) (ANI) 

    19:40 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to/from India extended until November 30

    The ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to/from India extended until 30th November: DGCA (ANI)

    19:38 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mizoram's COVID-19 caseload climbs to 1,20,088 as 592 more people test positive 

    Mizoram's COVID-19 caseload climbs to 1,20,088 as 592 more people, including 155 children, test positive for the disease. Death toll increases to 427 with three fresh fatalities: Health department official (PTI) 

    19:19 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Serum Institute seeks DCGI nod for Covid vaccine Covovax

    The Serum Institute of India on Friday sought permission from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations at its Manjari manufacturing site, official sources said.

    The company has submitted interim phase 2/3 clinical study report on Indian adults, the interim report of Novavax UK and USA-Mexico phase-3 clinical study and response to the queries raised by the DCGI office, along with its application. | Read More

    19:02 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mizoram's COVID-19 caseload climbs to 1,20,088 as 592 more people test positive 

    Mizoram's COVID-19 caseload climbs to 1,20,088 as 592 more people, including 155 children, test positive for the disease. Death toll increases to 427 with three fresh fatalities: Health department official (PTI) 

    18:47 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 381 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths in last 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 381 new COVID-19 cases, 305 recoveries and 7 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 8,626

    Total cases: 29,87,694Total recoveries: 29,40,978Death toll: 38,061 (ANI)

    18:32 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal govt allows cinema halls, stadiums, restaurants and gyms to operate with 70% capacity from Oct 31 

    West Bengal govt allows cinema halls, stadiums, restaurants and gyms to operate with 70 per cent capacity from Oct 31: Official (PTI) 

    18:02 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal govt allows movement of intra-state trains with 5% per cent seating capacity from Oct 31

    West Bengal govt allows movement of intra-state trains with 50 per cent seating capacity from Oct 31: Official (PTI) 

    17:44 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Cannot play with lives of people by directing revaccination with Covishield without any data, says SC 

    The Supreme Court on Friday said that it cannot play with the lives of people by directing the Centre to revaccinate people with Covishield who are fully vaccinated with Covaxin to enable them to travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The apex court was hearing a petition that said that Covaxin was not approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and people here are facing difficulty in getting permission to travel abroad.

    A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna said that the court does not have any data of what will be the effect on the people and it cannot simply direct the Centre to re-vaccinate people with Covishield.

    "We cannot play with the lives of people by directing Centre to revaccinate. We don't have any data with us. We have read in newspapers that Bharat Biotech has filed an application with the World Health Organisation for recognition. Let us wait for the response of WHO. We will take up this matter post-Diwali vacation," the bench said.

    Advocate Kartik Seth, appearing in person, contended that every day some students and people are willing to go abroad but they are denied entry as Covaxin is not recognised by the WHO.

    He said that under the present mechanism a person vaccinated with Covaxin cannot register himself on the CoWIN portal to get the Covishield vaccine and a direction can be issued to the Centre in this regard.

    “We cannot pass a direction to administer another vaccine without any data. We understand your concern but let's wait for the WHO's response,” the bench said.

    The top court said that there is also concern that competitors may in the garb of the PIL try to take advantage of the litigation.

    Seth said that his PIL is purely a Public Interest Litigation as several students who go abroad to study are denied entries in various countries.

    The plea filed by Seth said that at the time of rolling out of Covaxin, the government did not make the public aware that it was not approved by WHO.

    It said that Bharat Biotech has submitted its application for approval as late as April 2021 and in May people came to know many countries are not allowing entry of those who are vaccinated with vaccines other than those enlisted in WHO's emergency use list.

    The plea prayed for a direction to the concerned department and release of official data and reasons for the delay in getting approval to Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.

    It also sought direction for disclosing the actual data and records to WHO to obtain approval in favour of Covaxin. (PTI) 

    17:22 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Five new COVID-19 cases take Ladakh's tally to 20,930, no new deaths reported

    Five new COVID-19 cases take Ladakh's tally to 20,930, no fresh deaths reported: Officials  (PTI) 

    16:14 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: West Bengal govt announces additional relaxations from October 31; check details

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    15:47 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: More than 12.31 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses still available with states/UTs, says Centre

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    15:41 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Russia marks another daily deaths record as infections soar

    Russia on Friday recorded another record of daily coronavirus deaths as authorities hoped to stem contagion by keeping most people off work. The government's coronavirus task force reported 1,163 deaths in 24 hours, the largest daily number since the pandemic began. The latest deaths brought the total toll to 236,220, by far the highest in Europe. To contain the spread of infection, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a nonworking period from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, when most state organisations and private businesses are to suspend operations. He encouraged Russia's worst-hit regions to start sooner, and some ordered most residents off work earlier this week. Moscow introduced the measure starting from Thursday, shutting kindergartens, schools, gyms, entertainment venues and most stores, and restricting restaurants and cafes to only takeout or delivery. Food stores, pharmacies and companies operating key infrastructure remained open. Access to museums, theatres, concert halls and other venues is limited to people holding digital codes on their smartphones to prove they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, a practice that will remain in place after Nov. 7.  Unvaccinated people older than 60 have been ordered to stay home. (Reuters)

    15:07 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: SC refuses to entertain plea against Ktk govt's move to limit inter-state travel due to COVID

    The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain a plea challenging the Karnataka government's decision to restrict entry from Kerala at borders of Kasaragod and Mangalore only to those having a negative RT-PCR report saying there was no violation of the fundamental rights of persons. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai observed that COVID has not yet ended and the conditions imposed are not unreasonable and issued in the larger public interest. The apex court said otherwise there is no restriction on the movement of citizens from Kerala to Karnataka. The bench said the earlier restrictions have been relaxed by Karnataka by issuing a revised circular dated July 31, 2021, which had relaxed the requirement for RT-PCR test taken within 15 days from the date of travel. This was done in the interest of students, business professionals, and others, it said. (PTI)

    14:49 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Calcutta HC orders complete ban on sale/use of firecrackers during Diwali, Chhath Puja, Christmas & New Year due to Covid-19

    Calcutta High Court has ordered a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers this Diwali/Kali Puja/Chhath Puja/Christmas/New Year due to the #COVID19 pandemic situation in the state. (ANI)

    14:37 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Malaysia to ease migrant worker entry restrictions next year - govt report

    Malaysia plans to relax restrictions on the entry of migrant workers in the second half of 2022 in order to ease a pandemic-induced labour crunch and boost output in the palm oil sector, a government report said on Friday. Output in the world's second largest producer of the ubiquitous vegetable is expected to fall to multi-year lows in 2021 after border restrictions designed to curb the coronavirus outbreak halted the entry of workers from countries like Indonesia, India and Bangladesh. The sector is expected to rebound next year, however, in anticipation of the improved production of palm fruit bunches and a better oil extraction rate, according to the government's 2022 economic outlook report, which was released ahead of Malaysia's budget announcement on Friday. "The continuation of the national B20 biodiesel programme for the transportation segment, along with higher demand of crude palm oil from India and China, are expected to further support the production of crude palm oil," the report said. (Reuters)

    14:19 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Delhi’s bike-ambulance services stop during COVID–here’s why

    The bike-ambulance facility that launched in February 2019 was discontinued in March 2020; when the pandemic hit the country. The service was launched by the AAP government under Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The reason cited behind the move was the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. As per the response to the RTI, 16 such bike ambulances were bought by the government. The RTI was filed by Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana. In the response, it is found that the bus ambulance services were cut short as covid infection started to spread in the city. READ MORE

    14:09 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Puducherry adds 45 fresh cases, reports zero fatalities for 5th day

    Puducherry logged 45 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,27,936, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Friday. No fresh fatality was recorded from any of the four regions for a fifth straight day and the death toll remained at 1,857. The union territory has not reported any Covid-related fatality since Monday. The 45 fresh infections were identified at the end of the  examination of 2,918 samples, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release here. While the Puducherry region accounted for 28 of the fresh cases in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Friday, Mahe added nine and Karaikal registered seven cases while Yanam reported one, he said. The Health department Director said the number of active cases stood at 446 with 84 patients in hospitals and the remaining 362 in home isolation.As many as 52 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours, he said, adding the overall recoveries was  1,25,633. (PTI)

    13:48 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Assam to vaccinate all eligible population by Jan 15, says CM Himanta

    The Assam government is targeting to complete COVID-19 vaccination of all its eligible population, estimated to be around 2.1 crore, with both doses by January 15 next year, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. Accordingly, the first doses of vaccines to all the people above 18 years will be completed by November 20, Sarma said at a press conference here. "We have given 2.78 crore jabs to our people, including 77 lakh people with double doses. We have around 2.1 crore eligible population for the vaccines and around 2,00,76,000 have received the first dose," he added. All the willing and concerned people above 18 years of age have almost taken at least the first dose of vaccine and the remaining around 10 lakh people are a "resistant population", who are either not willing to take the jabs or some very senior people not able to come to the vaccine centres, Sarma said. (PTI)

    13:42 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Odisha logs 365 fresh COVID-19 cases, 3 new fatalities

    Odisha on Friday logged 365 fresh COVID-19 cases including 56 children, taking the state's tally to 10,40,595 while three new fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,325, a health department official said. The state had reported 412 new cases on Thursday, 549 on Wednesday, 433 on Tuesday, and 425 on Monday. The rate of infection among children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years was 15.34 per cent against the previous day's 15.29 per cent. Of the 365 new cases detected in 24 of the state's 30 districts, 212 were reported from quarantine centres while the remaining 153 were local contacts. Khurda district of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest of 157 cases, followed by Cuttack (34). Khurda alone accounted for over 43 per cent of the day's caseload. The state's daily test positivity rate (TPR) is 0.54 per cent as 365 people tested positive out of 66,610 samples tested on Thursday. (PTI)

    13:16 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker:Brazil registers 389 new COVID-19 deaths, Health Ministry says

    Brazil on Thursday registered 389 new COVID-19 deaths and 15,268 additional confirmed cases of the virus, according to data released by the Health Ministry. Brazil has registered 607,068 deaths due to the coronavirus, the world's second highest toll behind only the United States. (Reuters)

    12:57 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Mexico's confirmed COVID-19 death toll rises to 287,631

    Mexico added 357 new confirmed coronavirus fatalities on Thursday, health ministry data showed, bringing the country's overall death toll from the pandemic to 287,631. Officials have said the ministry's official figures likely represent a significant undercount of COVID-19 deaths due to a lack of widespread testing. (Reuters)

    12:43 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: One new COVID-19 case in Andamans

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported only one new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally in the archipelago to 7,651, a health department official said on Friday. The union territory had recorded zero COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and two cases on Wednesday. The archipelago now has six active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district while the other two districts - North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar - are coronavirus free, the official said. A total of 7,516 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, he said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours. (PTI)

    12:42 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: One new COVID-19 case in Andamans

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported only one new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally in the archipelago to 7,651, a health department official said on Friday. The union territory had recorded zero COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and two cases on Wednesday. The archipelago now has six active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district while the other two districts - North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar - are coronavirus free, the official said. A total of 7,516 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, he said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours. (PTI)

    12:31 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Japan keeps tourism freeze despite plunge in virus cases

    Filled with pink and fuzzy things and cuddly bears, 6%DOKIDOKI, a tiny store in the heart of Tokyo's Harajuku district, is bursting with "kawaii," the Japanese for "cuteness." What it doesn't have enough of, as in zero, are foreign tourists. And it could sure use some. Like much of Asia, including Taiwan, Vietnam and Australia, Japan's borders remain closed to tourists. While other Asian countries are inching toward reopening, Japanese borders will likely remain shut for some time to come. That's a hardship for the many businesses that had come to rely on foreign tourists, who numbered 32 million in 2019, before the pandemic.  "Foreigners understand kawaii' more emotionally than do Japanese. They use, Kawaii!,' in the same way they say, Wonderful,' 'Awesome,' or Lovely,' " said manager Yui Yoshida, noting Japanese tend to use the word mainly for tangible things like cute puppies.  "We had so many foreign customers before the pandemic," she said. "Then suddenly no one could come." 6%DOKIDOKI opened 26 years ago and has a loyal following: when it was imperiled by the pandemic downturn, supporters in and outside Japan started up crowd-funding campaigns to keep it afloat. It is also boosting mail-order sales and has introduced colorful face masks in a psychedelic flurry of hues and bear-shaped pouches useful for carrying hand sanitizers. Yoshida doesn't expect foreign visitors to return until cherry blossom season next year. That even might be optimistic. While mandatory quarantine requirements have been eased somewhat after the number of new coronavirus cases plunged from hundreds per day to a few dozen per day in Tokyo, unlike the Indonesian resort island of Bali and some destinations in Thailand, Japan remains off-limits to foreign tourists. Japan has also effectively shut out foreign students and business travelers. A big exception, much criticized, was made for athletes and officials arriving for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year.  (AP)

    12:20 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: COVID-19 can be transmitted by fully vaccinated people at home, says Lancet study

    Fully vaccinated people can contract and pass on Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in household settings, but at lower rates than unvaccinated people, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Researchers led by Imperial College London, UK, found that vaccinated people clear the infection more quickly, but the peak viral load among them is similar to that seen in unvaccinated individuals, which may explain why they can still readily pass on the virus at home. The researchers noted that most COVID-19 transmission is known to occur in households yet there is limited data on the risk of transmission of the Delta variant from vaccinated people with asymptomatic or mild infections in the community. 'Vaccines are critical to controlling the pandemic, as we know they are very effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19,' said Professor Ajit Lalvani of Imperial College London, who co-led the study. 'However, our findings show that vaccination alone is not enough to prevent people from being infected with the Delta variant and spreading it in household settings,' Lalvani added. (PTI)

    12:10 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: South Korea eases curbs in first step toward 'living with COVID-19'

    South Korea said on Friday it will drop all operating-hour curbs on restaurants and cafes and implement its first vaccine passport for high-risk venues such as gyms, saunas and bars, as it tries to "live with COVID-19". The first phase will go into effect on Monday and last for a month, officials said, with plans calling for all restrictions to be scrapped by February. "Beginning November 1, our community will take the first step of resuming our normal life," Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said at a televised government meeting. "However, we must be aware that this doesn't mean the fight against coronavirus is over, but a new beginning. "The push comes as South Korea grapples with high daily case numbers, though they remain far below many of the worst hit countries, and serious infections and deaths are low. (Reuters)

    11:44 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Ukraine reports record daily high of 26,870 new coronavirus cases - ministry

    Ukraine registered a record daily high of 26,870 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, exceeding the previous high of 26,071 a day earlier, the health ministry said on Friday. Ministry data also showed 648 new coronavirus-related deaths. Ukraine's pandemic tally of infections stands at 2.88 million, with 66,852 deaths. (Reuters)

    11:17 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Malaysia to buy Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

    Malaysia said on Friday it would proceed with the procurement of the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children, following a U.S. expert panel's recommendation for the shot to be authorised for those aged 5 to 11.A panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Tuesday to recommend the authorisation, saying the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. The agency's decision is still pending. Malaysia's Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Twitter other options, such as the vaccine made by China's Sinovac BioTech, would also be considered to ensure schools can reopen safely. About 62% of teenagers aged between 12 and 17 in the Southeast Asian country are fully vaccinated, government statistics showed on Friday. (Reuters)

    11:03 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Arunachal Pradesh logs 14 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 55,134

    Arunachal Pradesh reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, eight more than the previous day, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 55,134, a senior health department official said here on Friday. The COVID-19 death toll in the frontier state remained at 280, as no new fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said. Arunachal Pradesh now has 115 active COVID-19 cases, while 54,739 people have recuperated from the disease so far, including 14 on Thursday, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Coronavirus recovery rate in the state now is 99.28 per cent while the percentage of active cases stood at 0.21, he said. West Kameng district has the highest number of active cases at 23, followed by Tawang (22), Lower Dibang Valley (15) and East Siang (13), the SSO said. (PTI)

    10:54 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: Bengal schools, colleges to reopen on Nov 16 with strict adherance to Covid protocol

    Schools and colleges in West Bengal will reopen for offline classes on November 16, as per official notifications issued by the state government, days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement. The schools will reopen for students of classes 9 to 12, according to a notice issued by the School Education Department on Thursday evening. In another notification, the Higher Education Department asked teaching and non-teaching staff to go to their colleges and universities from November 1, so that necessary preparations can be made for reopening on November 16. The District Magistrates have been asked to ensure schools are made ready by October 31 for reopening from November 16. The vice-chancellors and college principals have also been asked to make the buildings ready by November 1 to pave the way for the resumption of offline classes in undergraduate and postgraduate courses from November 16. The concerned railway authorities be intimated by the educational institutions for issuing train passes, the notifications said. Standard COVID-19 protocols be strictly adhered to while holding classes on the campus, the government said. Principal of Kolkata's Lady Brabourne College Siuli Sarkar said, "We will be deciding on ways to hold classes without any crowding of students." (PTI)

    10:31 (IST)29 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Tracker: India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 104.82 crore

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