Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News Highlights: Faced with difficulties in producing other vaccines, SII urges Centre to fast-track Covishield movement

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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India highlights, Coronavirus Cases in India News, November 21 highlights: The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 116.56 crore-mark, as per the data on Cowin dashboard.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News LIVE Updates: India registers 10,488 new cases; active cases in country lowest in 532 daysA decrease of 2,154 cases has been recorded in the national active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. (PTI image)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India, November 21 Highlights: India logged 10,488 new coronavirus infections taking the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,10,413, while the active cases declined to 1,22,714, the lowest in 532 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 4,65,662 with 313 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am on Sunday.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 44 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 147 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.36 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.30 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 2,154 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 116.56 crore-mark, as per the data on Cowin dashboard.

Rising number of Covid-19 cases in Puducherry, Ladakh worries Centre

The Health Ministry has written to Puducherry and Ladakh over the rising number of weekly Covid-19 cases. The Centre in a letter has urged the state governments to take control of the situation. According to the data shared by the government, Ladakh has logged an increase of 143 percent in weekly positivity rate from 1.98 percent in the week ending on October 26 to 4.81 per cent in the week ending on November 16.

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    22:22 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh records 24 new Covid-19 cases

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 count reached 10,06,542 on Sunday with the addition of 24 cases, while the death toll touched 13,592 with one fatality, an official said. The recovery count stood at 9,92,655 after six people were discharged from hospitals and 17 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 295 active cases, he said. "Rajnandgaon district recorded five new cases, followed by four in Durg and three in Raipur. No fresh cases were reported in 19 districts, while five districts had no active case as on Sunday. With 12,848 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests in the state went up to 14,065,723," the official said. Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 10,06,542, New cases 24, Death toll 13,592, Recovered 9,92,655, Active cases 295, today tests 12,848, Total tests 14,065,723. (PTI) 

    21:55 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu clocks 756 new COVID-19 cases; 14 fatalities

    Tamil Nadu saw 756 new infections on Sunday, pushing the total coronavirus count to 27,20,271 while the toll rose to 36,375 with 14 more deaths, the health department said. Recoveries outnumbered new infections with 847 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,75,174 leaving 8,722 active infections, a medical bulletin said. A total of 1,00,767 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5.33 crore. Coimbatore and Chennai accounted for the majority of new infections with 130 and 112 cases, respectively, while the remaining was scattered across other districts. As many as 20 districts reported new cases below 10, while Tenkasi and Thirupathur recorded zero new infections, respectively, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    21:19 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh logs 17 new Covid-19 cases, no death

    With the addition 17 cases, the COVID-19 infection tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,93,027, a health official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,526 as no fatality due to the infection was reported in the state during the day, he said. The state's recovery count increased to 7,82,416 after 10 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day. There are 85 active coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh now, the official said. With 52,278 swab samples examined during the day, the number of tests conducted in the state went up to 2,13,66,758, he said. According to an official release, a total of 8,02,25,114 anti-coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 1,24,932 on Sunday alone. The coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 7,93,027, new cases 17, death toll 10,526, recoveries 7,82,416, active cases 85, total tests 2,13,66,758. (PTI)

    20:59 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: J&K sees 165 new cases, no death

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 165 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the infection tally to 3,35,368, while no death due to the virus was reported from the Union territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. Twenty-three of the new cases were from the Jammu division and 142 from the Kashmir division, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 45 fresh COVID-19 cases, followed by Baramulla district which registered 35 new infections. The number of active cases stands at 1,701 in the Union territory, while the count of recoveries has reached 3,29,206, the officials said. The death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged at 4,461. (PTI)

    20:38 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai records 213 new Covid-19 cases & three deaths

    Mumbai on Sunday reported 213 new coronavirus positive cases and three deaths, which pushed its infection tally to 7,61,146 and fatality count to 16,306, the city civic body said. A total of 281 patients were discharged during the day, which took the city's recovery count to 7,39,707, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a statement. All the three patients who succumbed to the infection on Sunday were women above 60 years of age, who suffered from co-morbidities. As 31,801 more people were tested, the overall test figure of the financial capital of the country reached 1,21,40,647. There are 2,577 active cases in Mumbai at present. Its recovery rate is 97 per cent, while the doubling rate is 2,403 days. Although there is no active containment zone in the metropolis, 12 buildings have been sealed to contain the spread of the virus. (PTI)

    20:03 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala clocks 5,080 new cases of COVID-19, 196 deaths

    Kerala recorded 5,080 fresh coronavirus infections and 196 deaths on Sunday, raising the caseload to 50,89,175 and the toll to 37,495. With 7,908 more people recovering from the virus since Saturday, the total recoveries crossed 50 lakh to reach 50,04,786 and the active cases dropped to 58,088, an official press release said. Of the 196 deaths, 40 were reported over the last few days and 156 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, the release said. As many as 53,892 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said. Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest with 873 cases followed by Kozhikode (740) and Thiruvananthapuram (621). Of the new cases, 24 were health workers, 28 from outside the State and 4,776 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 252. There are currently 1,92,768 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 1,87,604 are in home or institutional quarantine and 5,164 in hospitals, added the release. (PTI)

    19:26 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records 29 new Covid cases, zero death in a day

    The national capital reported 29 cases of COVID-19 and zero death in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here on Sunday. Delhi has recorded four deaths due to the infection in November so far. Four had succumbed to the viral disease in October and five in September. With the new cases, the coronavirus infection tally in the city climbed to 14,40,666. Of this, over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered. The death toll stands at 25,095. According to the health bulletin, authorities conducted 49,139 tests, including 41,107 RT-PCR ones, the previous day. There are 309 active Covid cases in Delhi, of which 133 are in home isolation. The number of containment zones stands at 124. Delhi reported 32 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 30 on Friday. In April and May, Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic that claimed a massive number of lives and led to a shortage of oxygen and essential drugs at hospitals. According to government data, over 2.28 crore vaccine doses have been administered in Delhi since the inoculation exercise started on January 16. Over 82 lakh people have received both doses. (PTI)

    18:54 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nagaland reports 10 new Covid-19 cases

    Nagaland on Sunday reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 32,050, a health official said. The state had reported zero COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The fresh cases were detected from Dimapur district. The COVID-19 death toll in the state remained at 695, with no new fatality reported for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, the official said. Five more patients were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 30,173. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state now is 94.14 per cent. Nagaland now has 126 active COVID-19 cases, while 1,056 patients have migrated to other states. Altogether, 4,06,652 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, the official said. State Immunisation Officer Ritu Thurr said 12,52,936 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 7,23,707 people till Saturday. (PTI)

    18:33 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh logs 174 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths

    Andhra Pradesh added 174 fresh Covid-19 cases, 301 recoveries and no deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday. The state's Covid-19 chart now showed a total of 20,71,244 positives, 20,54,553 recoveries and 14,426 deaths. The latest bulletin said the active cases reduced to 2,265. For the first time in seven months, one district showed active coronavirus cases in only single digit as Kurnool is now left with only eight. Five districts had active cases in double digits and seven more had between 100 and 450 each. In 24 hours, Krishna district reported 32, West Godavari 31, Chittoor 29 and Guntur 26 fresh cases. The remaining nine districts added less than 15 new cases each. (PTI) 

    18:11 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: SII urges govt to fast-track movement of increasing Covishield stock

    Serum Institute of India (SII) has urged the government to fast-track Covishield movement citing the difficulties being faced in production and cold chain space planning for other vaccines because of the increasing stock of its COVID-19 jab, official sources said on Sunday. Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII, is learnt to have recently communicated to the Union Health Ministry that it has a manufactured stock of 24,89,15,000 Covishield doses and it is increasing every day. In addition to the Covishield vaccine, the Pune-based firm also manufactures and supplies various life-saving vaccines to EPI, UNICEF and different countries, Singh is learnt to have told the ministry.

    The Centre has allowed SII to export 50 Lakh doses of Covishied under the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme to Nepal, Tajikistan and Mozambique. SII will also export Covishield to Bangladesh under COVAX, an official source said. The Serum Institute will commence its Covid vaccine export under the COVAX programme from November 23 and Nepal will receive the first lot of Covishiled on November 24. The government had in October permitted SII to export 10 lakh Covishield doses, each to Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh under the 'Vaccine Maitri' programme. (PTI)

    17:20 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bookings open for UK's expanded COVID booster vaccines 

    The UK's health service will open up for over-40s to book in their COVID-19 booster vaccine dose from Monday, as the UK government warned top-up doses were important to prevent an infection spike and winter lockdowns currently being faced by many European countries.

    The National Health Service (NHS) said on Sunday that following new advice from the government's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) this week, the vaccination programme has been expanded, with over 40s eligible for boosters and people aged 16 and 17 able to book a second COVID-19 vaccine jab.

    Those eligible for a booster can book an appointment in advance – five months after their second dose – to be vaccinated as soon as they reach the six month mark, so far being offered to those aged over 50 and in medically vulnerable groups. “Getting your COVID-19 booster vaccine is the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter and will help reduce the pressure on the NHS,” said UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

    “While the government is continuing to monitor a wide range of data to ensure the country remains protected, we have very sadly seen a surge in cases in parts of Europe. The most important thing we can do to stop a similar rise in this country is get the jab – so please get your vaccines as soon as you can so we can keep the virus at bay,” he said. New data from the first real-world study on the effectiveness of booster vaccines by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows top-up jabs boost protection back up to over 90 per cent against symptomatic COVID-19 in adults aged over 50.

    The findings reveal that two weeks after receiving a booster dose, protection against symptomatic infection in adults aged 50 years and over was 93.1 per cent in those with Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – being administered in India as Covishield – as their primary course and 94.0 per cent for Pfizer/BioNTech. Following a rise in cases and a return of lockdown restrictions in Europe, those eligible for a booster have been urged by the NHS to take up the offer as soon as possible.

    “Please get your boosters when eligible, and get your first and second doses if you haven't already, to secure vital protection during the winter to keep you and your loved ones safe,” said UK Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup. According to the NHS, a total of 14 million people in the UK have already received their booster vaccines and more than 50 million first doses (88.2 per cent) and 46 million second doses (80.2 per cent) have been administered across the country.

    The NHS said the booster programme is designed to top up this waning immunity. Last month, clinical guidance was updated to enable boosters to be given slightly earlier to those at highest risk, where this makes operational sense to do so. This includes care home residents who may have received their second doses at different times to be vaccinated in the same session, as long as it has been five months since their second dose. (PTI) 

    17:12 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Austrians enjoy final day before impending lockdown 

    Austrians were enjoying a last day out in coffeehouses and at Christmas markets Sunday before the government imposes a nationwide lockdown to combat a growing fourth wave of coronavirus infections.

    The measures, which take effect Monday and are expected to last for a maximum of 20 days but will be reevaluated after 10, require people to stay home apart from basic reasons like getting groceries, going to the doctor and exercising.

    Restaurants and most shops will close, and larger events will be cancelled. Schools and nurseries will remain open, but parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.

    Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg also announced Friday that Austria will introduce a vaccine mandate as of Feb. 1. The details of how the mandate will work aren't yet clear.

    In an interview published Sunday in the newspaper Kurier, Schallenberg said it's “sad” the government had to resort to a mandate in order to ensure that enough people get vaccinated.

    Just under 66 per cent of Austria's 8.9 million population are fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. Of the impending lockdown, Schallenberg said he and other officials had hoped this summer that such restrictions would no longer be necessary, and that it was a tough decision to impose a new lockdown also on vaccinated people. (AP)

    16:58 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Puducherry logs 32 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,28,663 

    The union territory of Puducherry logged 32 fresh coronavirus infections during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,28,663, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Sunday.

    The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,099 samples and were spread over Karaikal (17), Puducherry (11), Yanam and Mahe (two cases each), Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release.

    He said the number of active cases in the union territory stood at 323 with 70 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals and the remaining 253 in home isolation.

    As many as 25 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday and the overall recoveries rose to 1,26,470, he said.

    One more person hailing from Puducherry succumbed to the infection pushing up the overall toll to 1,870.

    The Health Department has so far tested 19.63 lakh samples and found 16.63 lakh out of them to be negative.

    Sriramulu said the test positivity rate was 1.52 per cent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 per cent and 98.30 per cent respectively.

    The Health Department has so far administered 11,75,748 doses which comprised 7,37, 461 first doses and the remaining 4,38.287 were second doses. (PTI)

    16:39 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha logs 205 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more fatalities

    Odisha on Sunday registered 205 new COVID-19 cases, 34 less than the previous day, with the tally rising to 10,47,003, a health department official said. Two fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,393, he said. The daily count of COVID-19 cases in the coastal state remained above 200 for six consecutive days.

    Forty-five children and adolescents are among the new patients, the official said. The single-day positivity rate among people below 18 years of age was at 21.95 per cent, up from the previous day's 15.48 per cent.

    The new cases were reported from 19 districts, while 11 others did not register any fresh infection in the last 24 hours, the official said. Of the new cases, 119 were recorded in quarantine centres and the remaining 86 detected during contact tracing, he said.

    Khurda district, which comprises the state capital Bhubaneswar, reported the highest number of fresh cases at 107, followed by Sundargarh (22) and Cuttack (10). The two new COVID fatalities were registered in Khurda, the official said.

    Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have so far died due to comorbidities, he said. Odisha now has 2,327 active cases, while 263 more people were cured of the disease on Saturday, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,36,230.

    The state has thus far conducted over 2.32 crore sample tests, including 50,233 on Saturday, for the infection and the positivity rate stands at 4.5 per cent. Over 1.43 crore people have received both doses of COVID vaccines, the official added. (PTI)

    16:23 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ukraine's doctors pushed to the limit by COVID-19 wave

    As coronavirus infections hit Ukraine, a single shift for Dr. Oleksandr Molchanov now stretches to 42 hours — 24 of them in Kakhovka's hospital, followed by another 18 hours spent visiting tents set up to care for 120 COVID-19 patients.

    While vaccination rates in Eastern Europe have generally lagged, Ukraine has one of the lowest in the region. But because of its underfunded and struggling health care system, the situation has turned dire nearly two years since the virus swept into Europe. The country is setting records almost every day for infections and deaths, most recently on Tuesday, when 838 deaths were reported.

    “We are extinguishing the fire again. We are working as at the front, but our strength and capabilities are limited,” said Molchanov, who works at the hospital in the city in southern Ukraine on the Dnieper River. “We are working to the limit.” After his gruelling shift, the 32-year-old doctor goes home to sleep and recover for two days. The next one may be even more challenging.

    "The situation is only getting worse,” Molchanov said. “Hospital beds are running out, there are more and more serious patients, and there is a sore lack of doctors and medical personnel.” The tents beside Kakhovka's hospital have 120 beds, and 87 of them are occupied, with more patients arriving every day. But Molchanov is one of only three doctors to care for them.

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's administration inherited a health care system that was undermined by reforms launched by his predecessor that closed many small-town hospitals. In those communities, people have to seek care in large cities. If the problem is severe enough that a patient needs an ambulance, the wait can be as long as eight hours. (AP) 

    15:53 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mandaviya to review Covid vaccination progress in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Puducherry on Monday

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a meeting on Monday to review the progress and planning of COVID-19 vaccination in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry where the first dose coverage is less than 70 per cent, official sources said. The first dose coverage in Meghalaya was 56.7 per cent, Manipur 54.2 per cent, Nagaland 49 per cent and Puducherry 65.7 per cent, they said quoting government data updated on Sunday.

    The government has launched a month-long 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign for house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take the first dose and those whose second dose is overdue. According to officials, over 12 crore beneficiaries are overdue for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine after the expiry of the prescribed interval between the two jabs.

    "Mandaviya will hold a meeting to review the progress and planning of COVID-19 vaccination in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry on Monday where the first dose coverage is less than 70 per cent. The aim is to encourage vaccination there," an official source said. According to officials, around 82 per cent of the eligible population in India have received the first dose of anti-Covid vaccine while around 43 per cent have been fully inoculated.

    The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 116.50 crore. This has been achieved through 1,20,41,157sessions. | Read More

    15:37 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Quarantine-free travel between India to Singapore to start from November 29 

    It'll facilitate quarantine-free travel on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) from India to Singapore, which will start from 29 Nov 2021 with 6 designated VTL flights daily from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Airlines can also operate non-VTL flights between India and Singapore: CAAS (ANI) 

    15:19 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) reaches agreement with India's Ministry of Civil Aviation on resumption of scheduled commercial passenger flights 

    Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has reached an agreement with India's Ministry of Civil Aviation on the resumption of scheduled commercial passenger flights between Singapore and India: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (ANI) 

    15:04 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Right now the scientific evidence from within the country does not underline the need for a booster dose, says ICMR's Head of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases

    So, policy formulation & decisions are based on scientific evidence. Right now the scientific evidence from within the country does not underline the need for a booster dose. Public health considerations are on the priority now: Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases Division, ICMR on booster dose (ANI) 

    14:43 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Reaching out to over 80% of eligible individuals is public health priority now, says Dr Samiran Panda 

    If you ask me, the need of the hour is to attain 80% coverage or more among the individuals with 2 doses of vaccine. Reaching out to over 80% of eligible individuals is public health priority now: Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases Division, ICMR (ANI) 

    14:13 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ministry of Health gets guided by scientific evidence & also advised by NTAGI, says ICMR's Head of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases on booster dose

    The Ministry of Health gets guided by scientific evidence & also advised by NTAGI. These are advisory bodies & considered by the Ministry & the respective depts to develop a policy: Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases Division, ICMR on booster dose (ANI) 

    13:37 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Offline classes for std 1 to 5 to begin from tomorrow in Gujarat 

    Offline classes for std 1 to 5 to begin from tomorrow in the state. Attendance will be optional and consent of the parents (for their children to attend the classes) will be needed: Gujarat Minister of Education, Jitu Vaghani (ANI)

    13:25 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Vaccine hesitancy forces Bengal to conduct door-to-door surveys; 21.8 lakh people due for second dose

    Vaccine hesitancy among a section of the population has forced the West Bengal government to conduct door-a-door surveys to identify people due for their second Covid-19 shot and inoculate them.

    According to West Bengal Health Department data, around 13 lakh people are due for their second dose of Covaxin and another 8.8 lakh people for Covishield. The gap between the two doses of Covaxin, developed jointly by the Indian Council of Medical Research and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is 28 days. The gap for Covishield, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured in the country by Serum Institute of India, is 84 days. | Read More

    13:10 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 3 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 55,246 

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 55,246 on Sunday as three more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said.The coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 280 as no fresh fatality was registered, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.The northeastern state now has 43 active cases, while 54,923 people have recovered from the disease so far, including eight on Thursday, the official said.The recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in the state stood at 99.41 per cent.The Capital Complex region comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas, and Tawang district have the highest number of active cases at 10 each, followed by East Siang (six) and West Kameng (four).The state has thus far tested 11,95,854 samples for COVID-19, including 342 on Saturday, the SSO said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 0.87 per cent.State Immunisation Officer Dr Dimong Padung said that a total of 13,81,208 people have been inoculated thus far, including 5,007 on Saturday. (PTI)

    12:55 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi High Court grants bail to four men for hoarding, selling COVID-19 medicines at exorbitant rates 

    The Delhi High Court has granted bail to four men, who were arrested for allegedly hoarding and selling at exorbitant rates life-saving medicines to treat COVID-19 patients during the second wave of the pandemic. The high court said though the men are accused of a nefarious and depraved offence, taking into account the fact that the evidence is primarily documentary in nature and is already in the custody of police, it was of the opinion that no useful purpose would be served in prolonging their incarceration.

    “It is settled law that the magnitude of the offence cannot be the only criterion for denying bail. The object of bail is to secure the presence of the accused at the trial. The object of bail is neither punitive nor preventative and the person who has not been convicted should be held in custody pending trial only to ensure his attendance at trial; and to ensure that the evidence is not tampered with and the witnesses are not threatened,” Justice Subramonium Prasad said.

    The high court granted bail to Mohan Kumar Jha, Mohd Shoiab Khan, Pushkar Chandrakant Pakhale and Aditya Gautam, who are in custody for last seven months, on furnishing a personal band of Rs one lakh each with two sureties of the like amount and directed them not to leave the national capital without prior court permission.

    It further directed the four accused to report to the police station concerned thrice a week and not to tamper with the evidence or contact any witnesses. According to the prosecution, during the second wave of COVID-19 in April, the crime branch police officials received inputs of illegal hoarding and supply of life-saving medicines, including Remdesivir, to treat coronavirus patients.

    Police officials got the information that two of the accused are going to supply Remdesivir injections near Batra Hospital and they were apprehended along with the medicines but they were unable to given any prescription of doctor or bills or satisfactory answers, it said, adding that similarly, other accused were also arrested from other places.

    The police said that at the time of arrest of one of the accused persons, empty vials, vial caps and a batch coding machine which was apparently used for the production of fake Remdesivir injection labels were also recovered. The accused sought bail on the grounds that they were lodged in judicial custody for the last seven months and a charge sheet has been filed and that no useful purpose would be served by keeping them in jail.

    The bail pleas were opposed by prosecutor Amit Chadha, who contended that a coordinated nexus of these individuals was operating to dupe innocent and desperate people whose family members were ill and these persons exploited the gullibility of innocent persons by selling fake Remdesivir injections at exorbitant prices. (PTI)

    12:40 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 13 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Thirteen people tested positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh, taking the overall tally to 21,311, officials said on Sunday.Of the 224 active cases in the Union Territory, Leh has 213 and Kargil 11, the officials said.Ladakh has so far registered 212 Covid-related deaths with 154 in Leh and 58 in Kargil since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The officials said 1,559 persons were tested for COVID-19 in twin districts on Saturday and 13 of them returned positive for the infection. They included 10 in Leh and three in Kargil.They said 13 coronavirus-infected patients were discharged from a hospital in Leh, taking the number of recoveries in Ladakh to 20,875.  (PTI)

    12:22 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India sees single day rise of 10,488 COVID-19 infections, 313 fatalities

    Single day rise of 10,488 COVID-19 infections, 313 fatalities push India's tally of cases to 3,45,10,413, death toll to 4,65,662: Union Health Ministry (PTI)

    11:44 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala is trying to report every Covid case, says state’s Health Minister Veena George

    Kerala’s Health Minister Veena George says the state’s Covid strategy has always been to “delay the peak", points out that despite the cases, the state’s fatality rate is among the lowest in country, and explains why she has reached out to Centre on booster doses. | Read More

    11:31 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active COVID-19 cases in country decline to 1,22,714

    Active COVID-19 cases in country decline to 1,22,714: Union Health Ministry (PTI)

    11:17 (IST)21 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active COVID-19 cases in country lowest in 532 days

    India logged 10,488 new coronavirus infections taking the country's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,10,413, while the active cases declined to 1,22,714, the lowest in 532 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 4,65,662 with 313 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. (PTI) 

    22:00 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bangladesh reports first zero deaths from COVID-19 since last year: Official

    Bangladesh on Saturday reported zero deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, a senior official said. The achievement came as constant efforts were being made by the Bangladesh authorities to contain the fatalities due to the contagious coronavirus that has so far claimed the lives of 27,946 people and infected over 1.5 million others till now. “I am happy to inform you that no death was reported from coronavirus in the past 24 hours . . . 178 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the time,” a health ministry spokesman told newsmen. Bangladesh's health authorities reported the first COVID-19 death on April 3 last year. Professor Nazmul Islam, the spokesman for Directorate of health Services (DGHS), said it was a “great relief” for the country that the infection cases came down but it remained a matter of observation if the death rate remained zero. According to DGHS, the virus has so far killed 27,946 people and infected over 1.5 million others while the death rate now stands at 1.78 against 100 infected people. The DGHS said 1.18 per cent COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the past 24 hours as 15,107 samples were tested. It said from the beginning of the pandemic, 97.72 per cent COVID-19 patients recovered while 1.78 per cent died. (PTI)

    21:30 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat sees 36 new COVID-19 cases, 44 recoveries

    Gujarat reported 36 fresh coronavirus positive cases while 44 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the state to 8,27,184 and recoveries to 8,16,770, the state health department said on Saturday. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,091 as no new fatality due to COVID-19 was reported in this period, the department said in a release. Gujarat is now left with 323 active cases, it said. With 4.10 lakh people receiving anti-COVID-19 jabs in the last 24 hours, the total number of doses administered so far in Gujarat rose to 7.69 crore. Ahmedabad district reported the highest number of nine new cases, Vadodara seven, Surat and Valsad four each, and Jamnagar three cases. Kutch, Rajkot and Sabarkantha reported two cases each. Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Navsari reported one case each. No new case or recovery was reported from the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu which is free of active cases, officials said. Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,27,184, new cases 36, death toll 10,091, discharged 8,16,770, active cases 323, people tested so far - figures not released. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim records 14 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 32,161

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 32,161 on Saturday with the detection of 14 fresh cases, a health department bulletin said. The toll remained unchanged at 403 as no new fatality was reported, the bulletin said. Of the 14 new cases, East Sikkim registered 12, and West Sikkim and South Sikkim one each. The Himalayan state currently has 125 active cases, while 31,299 people have recovered from the viral disease. Altogether 334 patients have migrated to other states. As many as 2,67,709 sample tests have been conducted in Sikkim so far. The positivity rate stood at 4.9 per cent and the recovery rate at 98.3 per cent, the bulletin added. (PTI)

    20:30 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Thousands protest in Vienna against COVID restrictions before lockdown

    Thousands of people, many of them far-right supporters, protested in Vienna on Saturday against coronavirus restrictions a day after Austria's government announced a new lockdown and said vaccines would be made compulsory next year. Whistling, clapping, blowing horns and banging drums, crowds streamed into Heroes' Square in front of the Hofburg, the former imperial palace in central Vienna. Many protesters waved Austrian and other flags and carried signs with slogans such as "no to vaccination", "enough is enough" or "down with the fascist dictatorship". Roughly 66% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. Many Austrians are sceptical about vaccines, a view encouraged by the far-right Freedom Party, the third-biggest in parliament. "We are not in favour of our government's measures," said one protester who was part of a group with tin foil on their heads and toilet brushes in their hands. Like most protesters who spoke to the media, they declined to give their names, though the mood was festive. (Reuters)

    19:50 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik records 58 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

    The COVID-19 tally in Nashik in Maharashtra reached 4,11,893 on Saturday after 58 cases were detected, while two deaths took the toll to 8,702, an official said. The recovery count increased by 53 during the day to touch 4,02,717, he added. With 3,810 samples being examined on Saturday, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 28,20,379, the official said. (PTI)

    19:22 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala logs 6,075 new Covid-19 cases

    Kerala logged 6,075 fresh COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths on Saturday, taking the total caseload to 50,95,924 and the toll to 37,299. Among the districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest number of cases-- 949, followed by Ernakulam with 835 and Kollam with 772. Recoveries numbered 6,061, taking the total cured in the state to 49,96,878, the health department said in a release. Active cases stood at 61,114, out of which only 6.8 per cent have been hospitalised, it said. Out of those found infected today, 24 reached the state from outside while 5,686 contracted the disease from their contacts. The sources of infection of 330 are yet to be traced. Thirty five health workers were also among the infected. A total of 60,437 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said, adding that 46 wards across 39 local self government bodies in Kerala have a weekly infection population ratio above 10 per cent. There are 1,92,854 persons under observation in the state, out of which 5,162 are in isolation wards of various hospitals. (PTI)

    18:54 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Puducherry records 43 new COVID-19 cases

    No fresh fatalities were reported on Saturday in the four enclaves of Puducherry and the toll remained at 1,869 as the Union Territory added 43 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 1,28,631. Puducherry topped in the number of cases (19), followed by Karaikal (16), Yanam (7) and Mahe (1), the Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release. He said the active cases stood at 317, of whom 74 patients were in hospitals and the remaining 243 in home isolation. Forty patients recovered and were discharged, taking the overall number to 1,26,445, the Director said. He said that the Test Positivity Rate was 2.02 per cent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 per cent and 98.30 per cent respectively. A total of 11,72,390 doses, comprising 7,36,675 first doses and the remaining 4,35,715 second shots, had been administered so far, he said. (PTI)

    18:26 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh records 164 new Covid cases, 1 death

    Andhra Pradesh on Saturday added 164 fresh cases to its COVID-19 tally, which has now gone up to 20,71,070. The total recoveries increased to 20,54,252 after 196 more persons got cured of the infection in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, a health department bulletin said. One fresh fatality took the gross toll so far to 14,426, it said. The active caseload decreased to 2,392. Krishna district reported 32, Visakhapatnam 24, Guntur 22, Chittoor 19 and West Godavari 18 fresh cases in 24 hours while the remaining eight districts added less than 10 each. Only Krishna district reported one coronavirus death in a day. (PTI)

    17:48 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russia's record virus death toll persists 

    Russia's record high coronavirus death toll persisted for a second straight day on Saturday, as the number of new infections declined. The state coronavirus task force reported 1,254 COVID-19 deaths, matching Friday's tally. The task force also reported 37,120 new confirmed cases. The daily new infections in recent weeks appear to have a downward trend but still remain higher than during previous surges of the virus. The latest surge in infections and deaths comes amid low vaccination rates and lax public attitudes toward taking precautions. About 40% 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. In total, the coronavirus task force has reported nearly 9.3 million confirmed infections and 262,843 COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest death toll in Europe.Some experts believe the true figure is even higher. Reports by Russia's statistical service, Rosstat, that tally coronavirus-linked deaths retroactively reveal much higher mortality. They say 462,000 people with COVID-19 died between April 2020 and September of this year.Russian officials have said the task force only includes deaths for which COVID-19 was the main cause, and uses data from medical facilities. Rosstat uses wider criteria for counting virus-related deaths and takes its numbers from civil registry offices where registering a death is finalised. (AP)

    17:30 (IST)20 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Now when the devotees are not cooming here, they are lifting restrictions, says Harish Rawat on COVID restrictions being lifted in Uttarakhand

    They wake up late. When we were asking them to resume the Chardham Yatra as the number of infections were declining, they didn't take a decision at that time. Now when the devotees are not cooming here, they are lifting restrictions: Uttarakhand Congress leader Harish Rawat (ANI) 

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