Coronavirus India News November 18 Highlights: Govt places order for 1 crore doses of Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine; Kerala logs 6,111 new cases, 51 deaths

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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today's News, November 18 Highlights: India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 115 crore

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News: India records 11,919 new cases, 470 more fatalities; over 114.50 crore vaccine doses administered so far in countryWednesday's daily vaccination tally had crossed 65 lakh (65,73,687) vaccine doses till 7 pm, the Union health ministry said. (PTI/File Photo)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today’s News, November 18 Highlights: India has reported 11,919 new cases, 11,242 recoveries and 470 deaths in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Of these, Kerala accounted for 6,849 fresh cases, 6046 recoveries and 61 deaths, the health ministry added. The number of active cases in the country stands at 1,28,762.

The daily rise in the number of coronavirus cases has been below 20,000 for 41 straight days now and less than 50,000 fresh cases have been reported for 144 consecutive days. The number of active cases of the infection has gone up to 1,28,762, accounting for 0.37 per cent of the total caseload, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.28 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 114.50 crore, as per the data on Cowin dashboard. Over 73.44 lakh Covid-19 doses were administered on Wednesday, the Union health ministry said.

All coronavirus-related restrictions withdrawn in Madhya Pradesh

Earlier on Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the withdrawal of all coronavirus-related restrictions with immediate effect in the state. “There is complete control over the COVID-19 pandemic in Madhya Pradesh. So, we have decided to withdraw all the restrictions imposed during the pandemic with immediate effect. Now all social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious events can be held with full capacity,” he said in a statement.

However, it will be mandatory for government employees, shopkeepers/vendors, and employees of cinema halls to be completely vaccinated, while movie-goers must have had at least one dose of anti-coronavirus vaccines, Chouhan added.

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    23:06 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Delhi records 47 new cases; positivity rate at 0.08%

    Delhi on Thursday recorded zero daily deaths due to COVID-19 and 47 fresh cases of the disease with a positivity rate of 0.08 per cent, data shared by the city's health department showed. The number of cumulative cases now stands at 14,40,575. Over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered from the infection, according to the data. The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,095, it showed. Four COVID-19 fatalities have been reported so far this month, two on November 12, and one each on November 14 and 15. The city reported four COVID-19 deaths in October and five in September. The case positivity rate stood at 0.08 per cent on Thursday, according to the latest bulletin. (PTI)

    22:40 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Gujarat reports 44 COVID-19 cases

    Gujarat reported 44 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, the state health department said on Thursday evening. No death due to the pandemic was reported during the day, it said. The case tally in the state rose to 8,27,112, while the death toll stood unchanged at  10,090. With 23 persons getting discharged from hospitals, the tally of recoveries increased to 8,16,710. Of 312 active cases in the state, six patients were on ventilator. As many as  4.93 lakh doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines were administered in the state on Thursday, taking the total of jabs given to 7.62 crore. (PTI)

    22:31 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Punjab records 38 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1 death

    One more COVID-related death was reported in Punjab on Thursday while 38 fresh coronavirus cases took the infection tally to 6,02,906, according to a medical bulletin. One death was reported in Fatehgarh Sahib district taking the toll to 16,577, according to the bulletin. Among the districts, Jalandhar reported 11 cases followed by six in Bathinda and five in Pathankot. The number of active cases across the state stood at 308. Thirty-five people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,86,021, the bulletin stated. The Union Territory of Chandigarh reported three COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 65,394. No death was reported in the UT as the toll remained unchanged at 820. (PTI)

    22:23 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 1 COVID-19 death, 18 new cases reported in Rajasthan

    One COVID-19 death was recorded in Rajasthan, while 18 new cases were reported across the state on Thursday, officials said. The lone death was recorded in Jaipur where 12 positive cases surfaced. Four positive cases were logged in Ajmer along with one each in Baran and Pali. A total of 9,54,568 positive cases have been reported in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic last year and 8,955 deaths have occurred. Presently, there are 95 active cases undergoing treatment in the state. To ensure cases do not rise, the medical and health department has directed officials to take special vigilance and strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines. Medical Department Secretary Vaibhav Galaria said coronavirus guidelines are being largely ignored during the festival season and the ongoing marriage season. (PTI)

    22:01 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India places order for 1 crore doses of Zydus Cadila's Covid-19 vaccine; to get supply by December

    Zydus Cadila's COVID vaccine for persons above 18 years of age will be supplied to Govt by December. Govt has placed an initial order for one crore doses of the vaccine: Govt sources (ANI)

    21:53 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: J&K sees two Covid deaths, 223 new cases

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 223 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, pushing the infection count to 3,34,823, while two deaths due to the virus were reported from the Union territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. Thirty-two of the new cases were from the Jammu division and 191 from the Kashmir division, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 74 fresh coronavirus cases, followed by Baramulla district which registered 54 new infections. There are 1,581 active cases in the union territory, while the count of recoveries has reached 3,28,783, the officials said. The death toll from the pandemic now stands at 4,459. (PTI)

    21:52 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: COVID-19 pandemic showed need for move towards single window system: Health secy

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that various departments and ministries within Government of India will have to shun their territorial approach and move towards a single window system which is part of recommendations of multiple committees, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. Addressing the Global Innovation Summit 2021 on Thursday, he said there has to be a constant dialogue between the regulator, local ministries, departments, and the segment that is expected to ideate and innovate and manufacture. "The last one and a half years have taught us that various departments and ministries within Government of India should shun their territorial approach and move towards a single window system, which is part of multiple recommendations of multiple committees," he said. (PTI)

    21:48 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu inoculates 8.36 lakh people in 9th mega vaccination drive

    Tamil Nadu inoculated 8.36 lakh people against Covid-19 in the ninth edition of the mega vaccination drive on Thursday, the Health Department said. Of the 8,36,796 people, 3,36,468 were administered with the first dose and 5,00,328 the second, a press release from the department said. Vaccines were administered inover 50,000 places, including primary healthcare centres, government hospitals and anganwadis. State Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian and department secretary J Radhakrishnan were monitoring the camp since it began at 7 AM with the Minister personally inspecting in some parts of the city. The first edition was held on September 12. In its move to achieve 100 per cent vaccination in the State by this month-end, the Health Department recently decided to hold two mass vaccination exercises every week, hitherto a weekly exercise, targeting those eligible for the second dose. (PTI)

    21:34 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh logs 26 new cases, 1 death

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 count reached 10,06,459 on Thursday with an addition of 26 new cases, while the death toll rose to 13,591 after one more patient succumbed to the infection in the state, an official said. The recovery count increased to 9,92,596 after five people were discharged from hospitals and six others completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 272 active cases, he said. No fresh coronavirus cases were reported from 15 districts, the official said. With 26,802 swab samples examined during the day, the number of tests in the state went up to 1,40,15,377, he said. Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 10,06,459, new cases 26, death toll 13,591, recovered 9,92,596, active cases 272, total tests 1,40,15,377. (PTI)

    21:33 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Goa reports 25 COVID-19 infections, one death

    Goa reported 25 new coronavirus cases and one death on Thursday, the state health department said. The caseload in the coastal state rose to 1,78,594 while death toll reached 3,377. With 31 patients getting discharge from hospitals, the number of recovered patients rose to 1,74,965. There are 252 active cases in Goa now, the official said. With 2l,635 samples tested during the day, the total of coronavirus tests conducted in the state rose to 15,16,544. Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,78,594, new cases  25, death toll 3,377, discharged 1,74,965, active cases 252, samples tested to date 15,16,544. (PTI)

    21:21 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Maharashtra records 963 new Covid-19 cases, 24 deaths; active tally at 11,732

    Maharashtra on Thursday reported 963 new coronavirus cases and 24 fresh fatalities, while 972 more patients  recovered from the infection, the health department said. With new additions, the coronavirus caseload in the state rose to 66,27,838, while the death toll increased to 1,40,692, a health department bulletin said. Eleven districts and 6 civic bodies did not report any new COVID-19 cases, it said. On Wednesday, the state had recorded 1,003 COVID-19 cases and 32 fresh fatalities. With 972 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases rose to 64,71,763, it said. The state now has 11,732 active cases. Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.65 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. The number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state climbed to 6,43,84,736 after 1,11,783 swab samples were examined in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. Mumbai district reported the highest 226 new infections during the day, followed by Pune district at 107. Of the eight administrative regions of Maharashtra (each consisting of a set of districts), the Mumbai region reported the highest 400 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 304 in Pune and 144 in the Nashik region. (PTI)

    21:02 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pharma sector rose to challenge during Covid-19, needs to focus on raw materials, traditional medicine, says PM Modi

    Indian pharmaceutical industry: As every aspect of the healthcare industry received global attention during COVID-19, the Indian pharmaceutical industry rose to this challenge, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance’s Global Innovation Summit 2021. He added that it was this work carried out by the Indian pharma companies that led to India being known as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’. PM Modi also credited the pharmaceutical industry as a key driver of the economic growth in the country. His statement does have some merit, since when most sectors were brought to a halt due to the pandemic and the ensuing global lockdown, the pharmaceutical industry continued to strive and find a solution to the crisis. READ MORE

    20:45 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Haryana reports 14 fresh cases, 1 death

    Haryana reported 14 COVID-19 cases and one fatality due to the disease on Thursday, pushing the state's infection tally to 7,71,495 and its death toll to 10,052. According to the health department's daily bulletin, the latest death was reported from Gurgaon. The district also reported 13 of the new cases. The number of active cases of the disease in the state stands at 113, while the count of overall recoveries is at 7,61,307. The recovery rate was recorded at 98.68 per cent, the bulletin showed. (PTI)

    20:20 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu sees 775 daily Covid-19 cases, 12 fatalities

    Tamil Nadu added 775 new infections to its COVID-19 tally, which mounted to 27,17,978 while the toll reached 36,336 with 12 additional deaths. Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 896 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,72,564 leaving 9,078 active infections, a medical bulletin said. A total of 1,01,635 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5.30 crore. Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 126 and 112 cases respectively, while the remaining cases were scattered across other districts. As many as 20 districts reported less than 10 new COVID-19 cases. Mayiladuthurai and Theni recorded zero new infections, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    20:19 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: EU drug agency starts evaluating new COVID-19 treatment

    The European Union's medicines authority said on Thursday that it is evaluating a new drug for treating COVID-19 patients who do not require extra oxygen but are at increased risk of developing severe symptoms of the disease. Xevudy, developed by US company Vir Biotechnology Inc. and Britain-based GlaxoSmithKline, is a so-called monoclonal antibody treatment -- a laboratory-made version of virus-blocking antibodies that help fight off infections. Antibody treatments remain one of a handful of therapies that can blunt the worst effects of COVID-19, and they are the only option available to people with mild-to-moderate cases who aren't yet in the hospital. The European Medicines Agency said it has begun evaluating an application for marketing authorization and could issue an opinion within two months, if the data submitted with the application is sufficiently robust. The agency's human medicines committee already reviewed some data on Xevudy during a rolling review.  (AP)

    20:17 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: More synergy between industry, academia in India after COVID-19 pandemic, says PSA Vijay Raghavan

    Synergy between industry and academia has enhanced after the COVID-19 pandemic in India and it is now time to embed this interaction by scaling it up for new development and research at a higher level, said Professor K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. Addressing the Global Innovation Summit on the pharmaceutical sector on Thursday, he said India is playing at a scale in the innovation space, and this will not only help the country but also create a source of sustainable revenue bringing new solutions to unmet healthcare needs. "Synergy between industry and academia is an area which the COVID 19 pandemic has enhanced and shown really well in India and we want to see more of that happening. We've seen that in developing test kits, vaccines, PPE and so on. It's now time to embed this interaction on a scale so that new developments and research can go on at a higher level," he said. Raghavan asserted that India will lead not only in the creation of new jobs, but also reducing disease burden here and all over the world such as the development of drugs for both India-specific concerns, like tuberculosis and leprosy, which do not get global attention. (PTI)

    20:15 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mumbai sees 230 new COVID-19 cases, one death; active count at 2,845

    Mumbai on Thursday reported 230 new cases of coronavirus infection and one fatality, a civic official said. With this, the city's tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 7,60,500 and death toll to 16,300. The country's financial capital witnessed a marginal dip in the number of daily cases and fatalities as compared to Wednesday when it had reported 275 infections and two deaths. This is for the third time in the last 10 days that Mumbai has recorded one COVID-19 death in a day. On November 9 and 16, it had witnessed one death each.  At present, there 2,845 active coronavirus cases in Mumbai after 204 patients were discharged from hospitals following their recovery. With this, the city's cumulative recovery count rose to 7,38,803. As 38,824 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, the city's overall test figure reached 1,20,37,912, he said. Currently, there are 15 sealed buildings in Mumbai although it is free of containment zones since mid-August. (PTI)

    19:54 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh logs 7 new infection cases, zero deaths

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,993 with the addition of seven cases on Thursday, a health official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,525 as no fresh fatality due to the virus was reported in the state, he said. The state's recovery count increased to 7,82,390 after six patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, he said. Madhya Pradesh is now left with 78 active coronavirus cases. As 52,264 swab samples were examined on Thursday, the overall test count of MP went up to 2,12,06,072, the official added. An official release said that 7,88,10,734 anti-coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 7,06,299 on Thursday. (PTI)

    19:42 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Austria's focus shifts to full lockdown as COVID-19 cases keep rising

    Pressure on Austria's government to impose a full COVID-19 lockdown grew on Thursday as its worst-hit provinces said they would adopt the measure for themselves since infections are still rising despite the current lockdown for the unvaccinated.Roughly 66% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. Its infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 971.5 per 100,000 people. As winter approaches, cases have surged across Europe, prompting governments to consider reimposing unpopular lockdowns. (Reuters)

    19:39 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: EU assesses GSK-Vir COVID-19 antibody therapy for authorisation

    European health regulator said on Thursday it was assessing a marketing authorisation application for GSK-Vir Biotechnology's monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 and could give its opinion within two months. The drug, sotrovimab, branded as Xevudy was already under a speedy review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and GSK's application makes the drug the fourth application currently under EU lenses for the treatment of COVID-19. The drug is authorised for emergency use in the United States to prevent mild or moderate cases of COVID-19 from worsening. The EMA has given its go-ahead for use by member states but Thursday's application would count for an EU-wide approval, if recommended by the EMA. Unlike oral options from Merck and Pfizer, sotrovimab is given via an infusion. Sotrovimab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies that are lab-generated compounds mimicking the body's natural defences. However, last week GSK and Vir said a study showed the antibody treatment would work when given as a shot in the arm as well, potentially offering more convenience. (Reuters)

    19:32 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 313 new cases, 4 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka has reported 313 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,92,897 and the toll to 38,165, the health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 369 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,47,354. Out of 313 new cases reported today, 179 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 236 discharges and 2 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is at 7,349. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.36 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.27 per cent. Out of 4 deaths reported on Thursday, 2 are from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Ramanagara and Uttara Kannada. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 179, Mysuru 51, Tumakuru 20, Hassan 13, Uttara Kannada Kannada 11, followed by others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,54,642, followed by Mysuru 1,79,494 and Tumakuru 1,20,984. (PTI)

    19:24 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: AstraZeneca's preventative Covid-19 shot shown to work longer-term

    AstraZeneca on Thursday cemented its lead in bringing a preventative COVID-19 shot for the non-infected to market for people who do not respond well to vaccines, saying its antibody drug cocktail offered 83% protection over six months. The therapy, called AZD7442 or Evusheld, had previously been shown to confer 77% protection against symptomatic illness after three months, in an earlier readout of the late-stage PROVENT trial in August. The Anglo-Swedish company also said a separate study in patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 showed a higher dose of AZD7442 cut the risk of symptoms worsening by 88% when given within three days of first symptoms. The treatment is given in one go, as two sequential shots in the arm. The latest results from the longer-term follow-ups potentially position AstraZeneca, like rival Pfizer as a future supplier of both COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, with AstraZeneca having said the therapy's "real advantage" was as a preventative shot. (Reuters)

    19:22 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: U.S. govt to buy 10 million courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 pill for $5.29 billion

    Pfizer Inc said on Thursday the U.S. government had signed a $5.29 billion deal for 10 million courses of its COVID-19 oral antiviral drug for delivery by 2022. If authorized, Pfizer said it would supply the drug beginning later this year and concluding in 2022. "This promising treatment could help accelerate our path out of this pandemic by offering another life-saving tool for people who get sick with COVID-19," said Xavier Becerra, secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. (Reuters)

    19:11 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Search in local languages, voice-based COVID-19 vaccine booking and more: Top announcements from Google for India 2021 event

    Google today announced several new product features and partnerships to extend the benefits of the country’s growing digital economy. The announcements at the seventh Google for India event underline the tech giant’s focus on product innovations to help India’s new Internet users get easier access to information. Google India Country Head and Vice President Sanjay Gupta said: “Across people, businesses, and institutions, the outbreak of Covid-19 has catapulted India’s adoption of digital to unprecedented levels.” “It is now imperative that we step up our efforts in building products that are even more inclusive of India’s diverse and unique needs. Today’s announcements aim at bridging more gaps and further broadening the inclusive base of India’s digital economy.” READ MORE

    18:45 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik records 53 new COVID-19 cases; two more fatalities

    With the addition of 53 new cases of coronavirus, the tally of infections in Maharashtra's Nashik district rose to 4,11,778 on Thursday, an official said. As many as 31 patients were discharged from hospitals, while two died of the disease during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 4,02,632 and toll to 8,698, the official said. Of the cases reported so far, 2,31,743 were from Nashik city, 1,57,454 from other parts of the district, 12,683 from Malegaon and 5,982 patients were from outside the district, it was stated. A total of 28,12,415 swabs have been tested till date, of which 4,617 were tested on Thursday, the official added. (PTI)

    18:31 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 6,111 new Covid-19 cases, 51 deaths

    Kerala reported 6,111 new COVID cases, 7,202 recoveries, and 51 deaths today Active cases: 72,288 Total recoveries: 49,84,328 Death toll: 36,847 

    18:28 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Dutch weigh options to slow rising COVID-19 infections among children

    Virologists in the Netherlands have proposed extending holidays over Christmas to slow a surge in COVID-19 cases among children that has forced half of schools nationwide to send classes home. The National Institute for Health (RIVM) this week reported a record of over 110,000 cases through Nov. 16, an increase of 44% from the week before. The strongest rise was among children aged 4-12.Infections among children of primary school age, five to nine, jumped almost 85% and rose 76% among children aged 10-14. "Keeping primary schools closed for longer is an effective way to keep the virus under control," immunologist Ger Rijkers told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper. "Children are virus factories and infect adults as well as each other." Not all experts say closing schools is the best option but Marion Koopmans, a virologist and member of the country's leading COVID-19 advisory board, told the paper "we need to consider other measures” if rates don't fall.All 12 Dutch provinces were expected to be dark red - the highest alert level - for the first time on a weekly chart published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday. (Reuters)

    18:12 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Greece calls up private doctors as COVID-19 cases surge

    Greece on Thursday ordered private sector doctors in five regions in the north of the country to assist its health system as it grapples with a surge in COVID-19 infections. The government had called on private sector doctors to help out earlier this month, as Greece's public hospitals and intensive care wards have been overwhelmed by rising infections in recent weeks. The requisition order, published in the official government gazette, is effective for a month. Greece reported 6,682 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday and 87 deaths, bringing total infections to 853,841 since the pandemic began last year, while 17,012 people have died. Earlier in November, the government imposed restrictions to unvaccinated citizens in an effort to curb soaring infections. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to address the nation later on Thursday, calling for more Greeks to get vaccinated. About 61.8% of a population of about 11 million are fully vaccinated, while authorities had hoped for a rate of about 70% by autumn. (Reuters)

    17:48 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 115 crore vaccine doses administered in India till now, says Health Ministry

    The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 115 crore on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said. According to officials, over 80 per cent of the eligible population in India have received the first dose of the vaccine while more than 41 per cent have been fully inoculated. In a tweet, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, "The country is getting protected through vaccination every day. As India's vaccination coverage crosses the 115 crore mark, PM Narendra Modi ji's words ring true -- once Indians decide to do something, nothing is impossible! "Har Ghar Dastak strengthening the world's largest vaccination drive!" he said. The ministry had on Wednesday declared that the number of individuals fully vaccinated individuals against COVID-19 surpassed the partially vaccinated population. (PTI)

    17:37 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit record for 2nd straight day

    Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit record highs for the second straight day Thursday, while new daily cases appeared to be taking a downward trend but still remained higher than during previous waves of the pandemic. Russia's state coronavirus task force reported that 1,251 people died of COVID-19 since the day before, the most since Russia had its first virus outbreak in March 2020. The previous record of 1,247 deaths was recorded Wednesday. The task force also reported 37,374 new confirmed cases. Until this week, Russian authorities had recorded higher daily case numbers since late October. Health experts have blamed the latest surge in infections and deaths on low vaccination rates and lax public attitudes toward taking precautions. Fewer than 40 per cent of Russia's nearly 146 million people have been fully vaccinated, even though the country approved a domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine months before most of the world. To boost immunisation rates, the government said new restrictions would take effect next year and limit access to many public places, as well as domestic and international trains and flights, to those who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or are medically exempt from vaccination. Officials have urged Russians to get vaccinated in the meantime. (AP)

    17:26 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 222 fresh Covid-19 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh

    Andhra Pradesh saw a further decline in active Covid-19 cases as 222 fresh positives were added against 275 recoveries and two deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday. The total coronavirus positives touched 20,70,738 while recoveries increased to 20,53,755, according to the latest bulletin. The Covid-19 toll so far in the state was 14,423, it said. The number of active cases is now 2,560. In 24 hours, Guntur district reported 38, Visakhapatnam 35, Krishna 31, Chittoor 28, SPS Nellore 24, West Godavari 22, East Godavari 17 and Kadapa 10 new cases. The remaining five districts added less than six new cases each. (PTI)

    17:25 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delta AY.4.2 Covid variant less likely to show any symptoms, says UK study

    A mutation of the Delta variant of COVID-19, classed in the UK as a Variant Under Investigation (VUI) amid concerns of its increased transmissibility, is less likely to display any symptoms, a new real-world study said on Thursday. The latest results from the long-running Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission [REACT-1] study show the prevalence of the Delta AY.4.2 variant has been growing at a rate of 2.8 per cent a day since September and is driving some of England's high infection rate. The analysis by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI is based on swab tests taken at home by over 100,000 people in England between October 19 and November 5. It found that people who were infected with AY.4.2 were less likely to have any of the "classic" symptoms of loss or change of sense of taste or smell, fever or new persistent cough and also less likely to have any other kind of symptoms. (PTI)

    17:19 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 11 students from Govt General Zorawar Singh Memorial Degree College test positive for Covid-19

    J&K: Reasi's chief medical officer, 11 students from Govt General Zorawar Singh Memorial Degree College test positive for COVID-19, classwork suspended till November 24. (ANI)

    16:32 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Google will soon allow users to book COVID-19 vaccination slots using voice in 8 Indian languages

    Google held the Google for India 2021 event on Thursday, and before we delve into more details about the event, here is (what we think to be) the most important announcement from the digital inclusion aspect at the moment. Google has made it easy for new internet users and for those not very well-versed with apps and such technologies to book their vaccination appointments on their own. Google Assistant will now be able to act as a step-by-step guide for those who might need it and help them book their vaccination slots using the CoWIN app. | Read More

    16:19 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 23 new Covid cases

    Ladakh has recorded 23 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 21,252 while the number of active cases in the union territory has gone up to 206, officials said on Thursday.Ladakh has registered 211 Covid-related deaths -- 153 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.Fourteen patients were discharged after recovery from hospital in Leh. The total number of those recovered is 20,835, they said.All the 23 new cases were reported from Leh, the officials said.A total of 635 sample reports in Ladakh were found negative, they said.

    There was no death reported due to Covid in Ladakh on Wednesday.With this, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Ladakh has gone up to 206, including 197 in Leh and nine in Kargil district. (PTI)

    16:10 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 115-crore mark 

    India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 115-crore mark: CoWIN data (ANI)

    15:52 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delta AY.4.2 COVID variant less likely to show any symptoms, says UK study

    A mutation of the Delta variant of COVID-19, classed in the UK as a Variant Under Investigation (VUI) amid concerns of its increased transmissibility, is less likely to display any symptoms, a new real-world study said on Thursday.The latest results from the long-running Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission [REACT-1] study show the prevalence of the Delta AY.4.2 variant has been growing at a rate of 2.8 per cent a day since September and is driving some of England's high infection rate.The analysis by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI is based on swab tests taken at home by over 100,000 people in England between October 19 and November 5.It found that people who were infected with AY.4.2 were less likely to have any of the “classic” symptoms of loss or change of sense of taste or smell, fever or new persistent cough and also less likely to have any other kind of symptoms.“Why it is more transmissible we don't know. It does seem to be less symptomatic,” said Professor Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme from Imperial's School of Public Health.The data show that only 33 per cent of those with the mutation had these classic symptoms, compared to 46 per cent of those with Delta.Overall, the study found that infections across England have been falling but are still very high, and are now at a similar rate to January this year.  | Read More

    15:36 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: In Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa, District Excise Officer orders tha alcohol will only be sold to fully vaccinated people 

    Alcohol will be sold at the liquor stores to only those people who have received both doses of COVID vaccine: Khandwa  District Excise Officer in Madhya Pradesh (ANI) 

    15:21 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No fresh COVID-19 case in Andamans

    The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case for the third consecutive day, a health department official said on Thursday.The COVID-19 tally remained at 7,674, he said.The archipelago had recorded zero COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, Tuesday, and Monday, four cases on Sunday, zero cases on Saturday, and two on Friday.A total of 7,539 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far, including three persons in the last 24 hours, the official said.The union territory now has only 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, he said.The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours.The administration has so far tested 6,20,619 samples for COVID-19 and the cumulative test positivity rate is 1.24 per cent.A total of 5,26,368 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, of which 2,95,542 have received the first dose and 2,30,826 both doses of the vaccine, he said. (PTI)

    15:06 (IST)18 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Moderna Inc applies with USFDA for authorisation of its COVID-19 booster vaccine for all aged 18 and above

    Moderna Inc said it had applied with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for authorisation of its COVID-19 booster vaccine for all adults aged 18 and older. (Reuters) 

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