Coronavirus News Highlights: New infections hit record as Russia’s COVID-19 wave persists; Kerala logs 6,546 new cases

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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today, November 6 Highlights: India achieves highest recovery and lowest active case count since March 2020

Coronavirus LIVE updates, Covid-19 third wave, festive guidelines, school reopeningThe single-day surge in Covid-19 cases in India has been below 20,000 for the past 28 days. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today’s News, November 6 Highlights: Covid-19 in India is finally seeming to be taking a reverse turn. India achieved its highest recovery rate at 98.23 per cent since March 2020. More than 12, 500 Covid-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, and 10,929 new cases were recorded. Active case count at 0.4 per cent is also lowest since March, the Union Health ministry data said.

At present, there are 1, 46, 950 Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 255 days. The daily positivity rate at 1.35 per cent is less than 2 per cent in the last 33 days. Moreover, the daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 28 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 131 consecutive days now.

Experts, however, have warned that the rising pollution levels can cause havoc to Covid-recovered patients who are vulnerable to residue lung problems, and the toxic gases and particulate matter in the air can affect the lungs directly.

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

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    23:17 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 36 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 36 new COVID-19 cases, 13 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 14,40,071Total recoveries 14,14,629Death toll 25,091

    Active cases 351 (ANI) 

    23:16 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Parents who send their children to playschools should be fully vaccinated, says BBMP

    Necessary COVID protocols have to be followed. All teachers should be fully vaccinated. They have to take consent letter from children's parents. In 1st phase it'll open for 2 hrs from 10 am to 12 pm. Parents who send their children to playschools should be fully vaccinated: BBMP (ANI)

    22:06 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: BBMP allows to reopen Anganwadis/playschools from 8th Nov in the limits of BBMP

    BBMP allows to reopen Anganwadis/playschools from 8th Nov in the limits of BBMP as per recommendations of the Technical advisory committee while following COVID-19 protocols. It has advised opening of play schools where Testing Positivity Rate is less than 2%: BBMP (Karnataka) (ANI)

    21:50 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Working with firms that have taken up sewage sampling, says BBMP Chief Commissioner

    We have been working with firms that have taken it up. If an increase in viral load shows up, we will do further tests in that area to identify the positive cases: Gaurav Gupta, BBMP Chief Commissioner (ANI) 

    21:50 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sewage sampling is a new thing identified by INSACOG, says BBMP Chief Commissioner

    Sewage sampling is a new thing identified by INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium). That basically tells us if there is an increase in viral load in a particular area. That has been taken up on an experimental basis: Gaurav Gupta, BBMP Chief Commissioner (ANI) 

    21:15 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana clocks 151 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths 

    Fresh COVID-19 infections in Telangana continue to hover below 200, with 151 new cases being recorded on Saturday, taking the tally to 6,72,203.The death toll rose to 3,963 with two more deaths reported, a state government bulletin said.The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation accounted for the highest number of new cases with 45 followed by Karimnagar district-16, a state government bulletin said.Active cases stood at 3,838.With 190 people being cured, the total recoveries are at 6,64,402, according to the bulletin.Over 33,000 samples were tested today and cumulatively more than 2.77 crore samples have been tested.The samples tested per million population were over 7.45 lakh, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    20:55 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala logs 6,546 new COVID-19 cases, 50 deaths

    Kerala logged 6,546 new COVID-19 cases and 50 deaths on Saturday, taking the infection count to 50,08,381 and the death toll to 33,515.

    “There are 72,876 persons under treatment for COVID-19 in the state of which only seven per cent are hospitalised,” the health department said in a release.The department said 66,486 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and there are 46 wards across 39 local self government bodies where the weekly infection population ratio is above ten per cent. | Read More

    20:36 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: New infections hit record as Russia's COVID-19 wave persists

    Russia's COVID-19 cases hit another one-day record as the country struggles to contain a wave of infections and deaths that has persisted for more than a month.The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 41,335 new cases since the previous day, exceeding the previous daily record of 40,993 from October 31. The task force said 1,188 people with COVID-19 died, just seven fewer than the daily death record reported Thursday.Officials cite Russia's low vaccination rate as a major factor in the sharp rise in cases that began in mid-September.The task force reported about 57.2 million full-course vaccinations, or less than 40 per cent of the country's 146 million people.Last month, President Vladimir Putin ordered many Russians to stay off work between October 30 and November 7.He authorised regional governments to extend the number of nonworking days, if necessary.Several regions, including Novgorod in the northwest, Tomsk in Siberia, the Chelyabinsk region in the Ural Mountains and Kursk and Bryansk regions southwest of Moscow, have extended the nonworking period through the end of next week.Moscow's mayor said the situation in the capital had stabilized sufficiently for people to return to work there on Monday.People in the Russia-annexed Crimea region also will resume working next week.Certain restrictions will remain in place in the Russian capital, such as a stay-at-home order for older adults and a mandate for businesses to have 30 per cent of their staffs work from home.Access to theaters and museums is limited to those who either have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months or can present a negative coronavirus test.Russia has recorded more than 8.75 million confirmed virus cases and 245,635 deaths in the pandemic, according to the national task force, which counts only deaths directly attributed to the virus.Figures from the state statistical service, which also counts deaths in which the virus was a contributing factor or was suspected but not confirmed, indicate the virus' impact is significantly more severe; its most recent report tallied about 462,000 virus-connected deaths through the end of September. (AP)

    20:13 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 9 new cases take Sikkim's COVID tally to 32,039 

    Sikkim reported nine new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the tally to 32,039, a health department bulletin said.East Sikkim registered seven positive cases, followed by two in West Sikkim.The Himalayan state had reported 11 fresh cases on Friday.The coronavirus death toll of the state rose to 399 as one more person succumbed to the infection during the day, it said.No fatality due to the infection was reported on Friday.Sikkim now has 153 active COVID-19 cases, while 31,159 people have recovered from the disease. Altogether 328 patients have migrated to other states.The state has thus far tested 2,62,961 samples for COVID-19.Sikkim's COVID-19 positivity and recovery rates are 4.78 per cent and 98.3 per cent, respectively. (PTI) 

    19:59 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 862 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 862 new COVID-19 cases, 1009 recoveries and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 27,08,230Total recoveries 26,61,428Death toll 36,214

    Active cases 10,588 (ANI) 

    19:41 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra sees 661 new COVID-19 cases as number of tests dips due to Diwali; 10 die 

    Maharashtra on Saturday reported 661 fresh coronavirus positive cases and ten fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 66,16,762 and the toll to 1,40,372, the state health department said.With 896 patients being discharged during the day, the number of recoveries in Maharashtra rose to 64,58,045, leaving the state with 14,714 active cases.However, the new cases were recorded after testing only 70,179 samples as the number of tests decreased due to Diwali. Maharashtra has so far examined 6,31,75,053 samples.Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 97.6 per cent. The fatality rate is 2.12 per cent, the department said.Mumbai reported 176 new cases and four deaths, which raised the caseload to 7,58,215 and the death toll to 16,273.Mumbai division recorded 339 fresh cases, taking the number of the cases to 17,03,506. A total of 35,604 patients have died so far due to COVID-19 in the Mumbai division.Nashik division reported 97 cases including 64 in the Ahmednagar district. No death due to COVID-19 was reported from the Nashik region.Pune division added 165 cases, the Kolhapur division 26, the Aurangabad division 12, the Latur division 11, the Akola division 5, and the Nagpur division 6 cases, as per the department.Maharashtra's tally of COVID-19 is as follows: Positive cases 66,16,762, deaths 1,40,372, recoveries 64,58,045, active cases 14,714, tests 6,31,75,053, tests today 70,179. (PTI) 

    19:25 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 224 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 224 new COVID-19 cases, 317 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 29,89,713Total recoveries 29,43,487Death toll 38,107

    Active cases 8090 (ANI) 

    19:08 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Pfizer, Merck develop antiviral drug for Coronavirus, check efficacy, price, safety standards

    In a significant development strengthening the fight against Coronavirus pandemic, US pharma majors Pfizer Inc and Merck & Co Inc have developed antiviral pills against Coronavirus which have shown promising results during their preliminary trials. The efficacy of the antiviral pills were put to trial among the adults who were at high risk of contracting Coronavirus. The pharma companies have also begun the trials of the antiviral pills among adults who have already been exposed to Coronavirus, news agency Reuters reported. Here is an explanation of the differences in the two pills. | Read More

    18:34 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UK cuts booking time for COVID booster vaccines by a month

    The UK’s health service on Saturday announced a one-month slash in booking times for a top-up COVID-19 vaccine shot, inviting those aged 50 and over to book their booster jabs after a five-month gap from their second dose.

    From Monday, the National Health Service (NHS) National Booking System will allow people to pre-book their booster appointment a month before they are eligible.

    Everyone aged over 50 and all those classified as most at risk from COVID-19 should qualify for a booster six months after their second dose. Currently, they can only book an appointment at the six-month mark. | Read More

    18:17 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: I appealed to the public to come forward for the vaccination without delay, says MoS L Murugan 

    We achieved 100 crore vaccinations. Two days back the PM took a review meeting with all District Collectors. I appealed to the public to come forward for the vaccination without delay: MoS L Murugan (ANI) 

    17:58 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Door-to-door-vaccination drive inaugurated in Tamil Nadu 

    Tamil Nadu: MoS L Murugan inaugurates and inspects door-to-door-vaccination drive, earlier today. Visuals from Chennai (ANI)

    17:23 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: One more blaze, same old woes as Covid patients die in hospitals

    The fire in the ICU of a hospital in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district is one more in a series of devastating blazes in the state, claiming lives of coronavirus patients. Eleven Covid patients being treated in the ICU died in the blaze in the district hospital at Ahmednagar on Saturday. On April 23 this year, when the second wave of the pandemic was at its peak, 13 Covid patients died as fire engulfed the ICU of the Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar, around 60 km from Mumbai. There were 90 patients in the hospital, 18 of them in the ICU, when the fire broke out after a blast in the AC unit. The dead included six women and eight men. - PTI

    17:00 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: New Zealand's daily coronavirus cases cross 200 for first time in pandemic

    New Zealand's 206 new daily community infections on Saturday carried it past the double-hundred mark for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic, as the nation scrambles to vaccinate its population of 5 million.The most populous city of Auckland, which reported 200 of the new cases, has lived under COVID-19 curbs for nearly three months as it battles an outbreak of the infectious Delta variant, although restrictions are expected to ease on Monday.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wanted Auckland residents to be able to travel for the southern hemisphere summer and Christmas."We will not keep Aucklanders isolated to Auckland through that period - we simply cannot do that," Ardern told a news conference at the national gathering of her Labour Party.Saturday's cases served to remind people of the importance of vaccination as the number one protection against the virus, the health ministry said in a statement. - Reuters

    16:19 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 15.69 crore balance, unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states/UTs: Govt

    More than 116.54 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union territories so far through the Centre and direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. More than 15.69 crore (15,69,46,111) balance and unutilised covid vaccine doses are still available with the states/UTs to be administered. The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of Covid vaccination throughout the country. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said. Under the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the states/UTs by providing them COVID-19 vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of universalisation of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the central government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by vaccine manufacturers in the country to states/UTs, the ministry added. PTI

    15:42 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 10 COVID-19 patients killed, one critical in fire at Ahmednagar civil hospital

    At least 10 coronavirus patients were killed and another one suffered serious burn injuries after a major fire broke out in the ICU of the district civil hospital in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar city on Saturday, officials said. The blaze erupted around 11 am in the intensive care unit (ICU), where 20 COVID-19 patients were undergoing treatment, they said. Rajendra Bhosale, district collector of Ahmednagar, located around 120 kms from here, confirmed that 10 patients died in the blaze, which also left one patient critical. Shankar Misal, chief fire officer of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation, said that after the fire broke out, police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the facility and began the rescue and fire fighting operation. - PTI

    14:20 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Britain allows early booking of booster shots to speed up rollout

    Britain's health ministry on Saturday said it would open up bookings for booster shots a month before people were eligible to receive the shots to help speed up the rollout ahead of the challenging winter months.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is relying on booster doses as a major plank of his plan to avoid lockdown this winter through COVID-19 vaccines rather than social distancing rules or mask mandates, but has been criticised for a slow start to the programme.Around 3 in 5 eligible over-50s have had booster shots in England, with more than 9 million people getting booster doses in Britain overall so far.Over-50s and vulnerable people will still become eligible for their booster shots 6 months after their second dose. But from Monday, they can book the appointment after five months.Currently, people can only book the appointment six months after their second dose. - Reuters

    14:03 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mainland China reports 55 new COVID-19 cases vs 78 a day earlier

    Mainland China reported 55 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 6, down from 78 a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Saturday.The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that 40 of the new cases were locally transmitted, down from 68 the previous day, with 16 in the northeast border province of Heilongjiang.The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, stood at 27, down from 42 a day earlier.Mainland China has reported 97,660 coronavirus cases, with 4,636 deaths. Reuters

    13:23 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ukraine reports record 793 daily coronavirus-related deaths

    Ukraine registered a record 793 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.The previous high of 734 deaths was on Oct 26.The ministry's data showed 25,063 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours. Ukraine has reported a total of 3.06 million coronavirus cases and 71,635 deaths. – Reuters

    13:02 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 1 new Covid-19 case

    Only one fresh Covid-19 case was reported in Ladakh in the last 24 hours, officials here said on Saturday. A total of eight patients recovered on Friday bringing down the tally of active cases to 91. Seven patients were discharged from Leh after treatment, and one recovered in Kargil, a government official said. The number of overall cases in Ladakh so far has been 21,006. The Union Territory has registered one death and 44 cases since the beginning of this month with majority of the cases reported from Leh district. The new case was detected in Leh, taking the district tally to 17,387, the official said, adding that compared to Leh, Kargil district has only recorded 3,619 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of the virus last year. Ladakh has so far registered 209 Covid-related deaths -- 151 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- while a total of 20,706 patients have recovered from the infection. There are currently 87 active cases in Leh and four in Kargil. No death was reported from the UT on Friday. PTI

    12:10 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Australia hits 'magnificent milestone' with 80% rate of vaccinations

    Australia reached on Saturday a full inoculation rate of 80% of those aged 16 and older, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a "magnificent milestone" on the path to becoming one of the world's most vaccinated countries against COVID-19.Once a champion of a COVID-zero strategy to manage the pandemic, the country of 25 million has moved towards living with the virus through extensive vaccinations, as the Delta variant has proven too infectious to suppress."Another, magnificent milestone, Australia," Morrison said in a video post on Facebook. "That's four out of five, how good is that? This has been a true Australian national effort."While vaccinations remain voluntary on the federal level, Australia's states and territories introduced mandatory measures for many occupations and workers. The unvaccinated are barred from many activities, such as dining out or concerts.On Monday, Australia eased international border curbs for the first time during the pandemic, but only for vaccinated people from highly inoculated states. - Reuters

    11:45 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No new COVID-19 case in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

    The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Saturday. The COVID-19 tally remained at 7,659, he said. The union territory had recorded one COVID-19 case on Thursday, zero on Wednesday, four on Tuesday, three on Monday and zero on Sunday, the official said. The archipelago now has 10 active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district of which the capital Port Blair is a part. The other two districts - North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar - are coronavirus free, he said. A total of 7,520 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, the official said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, he said. The administration has so far tested over 6 lakh samples for COVID-19 and the cumulative test positivity rate is 1.27 per cent. A total of 5,00,758 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, the official added. PTI

    11:44 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mizoram reports 513 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate at 9%

    Mizoram on Saturday reported 513 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,24,539, a health department official said. Among the new patients are 162 children, he said. The death toll rose 445 as five more people succumbed to the infection, he added. The single-day positivity rate dipped to 9.20 per cent from 14.18 per cent on the previous day, the official said. There are 6,044 active cases in the state at present, while 605 people recovered on Friday, taking the total recoveries to 1,18,050. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients is 94.78 per cent and the fatality rate is 0.35 per cent. The new cases were detected after testing 5,577 samples in the last 24 hours. So far, 5.23 lakh people have received both doses of COVID vaccines in the state. PTI

    10:47 (IST)06 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Arunachal Pradesh logs two fresh COVID-19 cases

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 55,176 as two more persons tested positive for the infection, a senior health department official said here on Saturday. The frontier state had reported zero COVID-19 cases on Thursday, seven cases on Wednesday and six on Tuesday. Arunachal Pradesh now has 61 active COVID-19 cases of which 11 are in Tawang district and 10 each in Lohit and East Siang district. Nine more patients recuperated from COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 54,835, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The COVID-19 recovery rate now is 99.38 per cent, Dr Jampa said. The COVID-19 death toll in the state remained at 280 as no new fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, the SSO said. - PTI

    23:08 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam reports 239 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours

    Assam reports 239 new COVID-19 cases, 210 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 6,11,895Total recoveries 6,02,417Death toll 6,024

    Active cases 2,107 (ANI) 

    22:47 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nagaland reports 11 fresh COVID cases, one more fatality 

    Nagaland on Friday reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, four less than the previous day, with the tally rising to 31,905, a health department official said.

    Of the fresh cases, nine were registered in Dimapur and one each in Mokokchung and Phek districts.

    The death toll rose to 688 as one more person from Dimapur succumbed to the disease, the official said.

    Twenty-three people were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,985.

    The recovery rate among coronavirus patients now stands at 93.98 per cent, he said.

    Nagaland currently has 185 active cases, while 1,047 COVID patients have migrated to other states.

    Over 3.98 lakh samples have been tested for the infection in the state so far, the official said.

    State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said 12,15,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to 7,13,342 people till Thursday. (PTI) 

    22:29 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat reports 20 COVID-19 cases

    Gujarat recorded 20 new coronavirus infections on Friday which took its caseload to 8,26,700, the state health department said.With no new fatality being reported, the death toll remained unchanged at 10,090.Seventeen persons got discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of recovered patients to 8,16,387.There are 223 active cases in the state including four patients who are on ventilator.As many as 7.15 crore doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the state so far, including 4,365 doses given during the day.No new case of COVID-19 was recorded in the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, local authorities said.Of total 10,654 persons found positive for coronavirus in the Union Territory so far, four died while 10,650 recovered.Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Total cases 8,26,700, New cases 20, Total deaths 10,090, Discharged 8,16,387, Active cases 223 and people tested so far - figures not released. (PTI) 

    22:07 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Punjab records 31 new Covid cases

    Punjab's Covid tally rose to 6,02,496 on Friday with 31 fresh cases, according to a medical bulletin issued here.

    Fourteen new cases were reported on Thursday, while 17 on Friday.

    The death toll remained at 16,562 as no new Covid-related fatality was reported in the state.

    Of the fresh cases, Ludhiana reported seven cases, followed by three each in Fazilka and Jalandhar and two in Bathinda, among others.

    There are 219 active cases in the state, while 51 people have recovered from the infection on Thursday and Friday, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,85,715.

    Meanwhile, three fresh cases were recorded in Chandigarh, taking the total count to 65,359.

    The death toll stood at 820 as no new fatality was reported in the Union Territory.

    There are 33 active cases in the city, while 64,506 people have recuperated from the infection. (PTI) 

    21:51 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sangma asks for 100 % COVID vaccination in Meghalaya

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Friday asked the authorities concerned to acheive 100 per cent COVID vaccination before Christmas year end.

    He reviewed the vaccination status in the state with deputy commissioners of the districts of the state and directed them to intensify the vaccination drive, officials said.

    Sangma asked the adminsitrations of the districts to try and achieve total vaccination in the state before Christmas as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent virtual review of the COVID situation with the chief ministers. He also set the target of nine lakh vaccinations in the state in the next 40 days, a CMO statement said.

    “We must remember the times. We had multiple deaths and inadequate facilities to handle the cases. We must use that experience to intensify our efforts to save lives,” it quoted Sangma.

    “We must assume that the third wave (of coronavirus) is coming, this should be our motivation to work on ways to save lives through vaccination,” he added.

    The director of health services Aman War said that till date 17.77 lakh doses of the vaccine have been administered in the state. Over 6.68 lakh have availed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 11.09 lakh have taken the first jab.

    He said there are 391 active COVID-19 cases in the state at present and 1456 people have died due to the infectious disease accounting for case fatality rate of 1.74%.

    According to the health official, 11.58 lakh people have been tested for the contagion so far and 83,763 of them have tested positive. (PTI) 

    21:16 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal reports 763 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths in last 24 hours

    West Bengal reports 763 new COVID-19 cases, 806 recoveries and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 15,97,095Total recoveries 15,69,757Death toll 19,201

    Active cases 8,137 (ANI) 

    20:51 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttar Pradesh reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in last 24 hours

    Uttar Pradesh reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, 8 recoveries and 1 death in the last 24 hours.

    Total recoveries 16,87,192Active cases 91 (ANI) 

    20:28 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: MP govt plans 100% vaccination coverage by year end through mega drives on four days 

    In a bid to achieve the target of COVID-19 vaccination of the entire eligible population in Madhya Pradesh by the end of this year, the state government has decided to conduct mega inoculation drives on four days, with the first one scheduled to be held on November 10, an official said.

    In order to make this campaign - ‘COVID Vaccination Maha Abhiyan' - successful, government officers and employees of all departments have been given the responsibility of identifying those people who are yet to get either both the doses or the second jab of anti-coronavirus vaccines, he said.

    The drives will be conducted on November 10, 17, 24 and December 4. This will be in addition to the regular vaccination programmes conducted throughout the week, he said.

    "The government has instructed the authorities to adopt innovative ways and strategy for achieving the target of 100 per cent vaccination. They have been asked to make systematic efforts so that no person remains unvaccinated in the state," the official said.

    ASHA workers, self-help groups, village panchayat secretaries, rozgar sahayaks (employment assistants), kotwars and patwaris (local revenue officers), teachers, sales representatives of government fair price shops, MNREGA workers, members of the cooperative institutions and forest guards, among others, have been entrusted the responsibility of identifying unvaccinated people and their eligible family members, he added.

    Department-wise responsibilities have been given to ensure 100 per cent vaccination of eligible persons with both the doses. School and college students have been given the responsibility to make their families aware and motivated to get the second dose of the vaccine, according to him.

    The responsibility of ensuring the vaccination of pregnant women and lactating mothers has been given to the anganwadi and ASHA workers of the Women and Child Development Department. Similarly, inoculation of labourers and their families by self-help groups will be ensured by the employees of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Rural Livelihood Mission.

    Vaccination of persons living in remote forest areas will be ensured by forest guards and forest committees, while the transport department will cooperate in increasing public awareness about vaccination through bus stops and vehicles, he said.

    NCC cadets and scout guides will motivate the families that are against vaccination to get themselves inoculated.

    As part of the plan, the district collectors will review the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations on a daily basis, the official said.

    "The concerned district collectors, district panchayat's chief executive officers and chief medical and health officers will visit such places, where the vaccination coverage is low, and ensure necessary action to achieve the 100 per cent target," he added.

    Till Thursday, 7,13,39,290 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. (PTI) 

    20:19 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jammu and Kashmir reports 109 new cases

    Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported 109 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection tally to 3,32,760, while two more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, officials said.

    Of the new cases, 11 were from the Jammu division and 98 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said.

    Srinagar district recorded the highest 64 cases followed by 12 in Baramulla district, officials said.

    There are 1,009 active cases in the Union Territory, while the number of recovered patients is 3,27,311, they said.

    The death toll due to the pandemic rose to 4,440 after two more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.

    According to officials, there are 49 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in Jammu and Kashmir as no fresh case was reported since Thursday evening.  (PTI)

    20:07 (IST)05 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai logs 238 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths; tests dip below 25,000 

    Mumbai on Friday reported 238 new coronavirus cases and four fresh fatalities, taking the infection tally to 7,57,272 and the toll to 16,269, a civic official said.

    On the second day in a row, Mumbai has reported less than 300 COVID-19 cases, a tally coming on the back of under-25,000 single-day tests during the Diwali week.

    The financial capital had logged 262 new COVID-19 cases and six fatalities on Thursday.

    The official said the city is left with 3,326 active COVID-19 cases after 276 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 7,35,135.

    The number of daily COVID-19 tests, however, dropped below the 25,000 mark.

    The official said 24,901 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, pushing their cumulative number to 1,16,08,806.

    On Thursday, 35,018 swab samples were examined in the metropolis.

    Presently, Mumbai has 22 sealed buildings (where certain number of residents have tested positive for coronavirus), while the çity is free of containment zones in slums and 'chawls' (old row tenements) since mid-August, he said.

    According to the official, Mumbai's coronavirus recovery rate is 97 per cent.

    The city's case doubling rate is 1,832 days, while the average growth rate of infections stood at 0.04 per cent between October 29 and November 4, he said.

    This year, Mumbai reported the highest cases at 11,163 on April 4 and most deaths at 90 on May 1. (PTI) 

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