Coronavirus November 27 Highlights: Amid concern over new Covid variant, two South Africans test Covid-19 positive in Bengaluru

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coronavirus, covid-19, new covid variantIn India, the government has said that as of now, no cases of Omicron have been detected so far.

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India News, November 27 Highlights: The markets crashed the world over, airport shutdowns have been reintroduced and several nations are looking at new round of curbs as the newest variant of novel coronavirus – Omicron – was detected in Africa. While the WHO has said that it would not be wise to jump to conclusions and resort to knee-jerk reactions, health experts and policymakers have said that the the evolution of Omicron highlights a troubling aspect of the new world order in the times of the cintagion. It is the vaccine inequity that has played a key role in creating favourable conditions for the virus to circulate and mutate.

In India, the government has said that as of now, no cases of Omicron have been detected so far. But it should not lead to any complacency. We need to be prepared for every eventuality as well as increase the national vaccine coverage.

Here are the latest and verified Covid updates from India and around the globe:

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    22:24 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh records 27 Covid-19 cases, no death

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 tally reached 10,06,733 on Saturday as 27 new cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 13,593, an official said. The recovery count stood at 9,92,814 after nine people were discharged from hospitals and 11 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 326 active cases, he said. "Raigarh recorded 10 cases, followed by three in Durg and one in Raipur. No fresh case was reported from 16 districts. With 22,995 samples being examined during the day, the number of coronavirus tests conducted so far in the state went up to 1,42,11,110," he added. Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 10,06,733, New cases 27, Death toll 13,593, Recovered 9,92,814, Active cases 326, today tests 22,995, Total tests 1,42,11,110.(PTI)

    22:01 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi logs 27 new COVID-19 cases

    Delhi on Saturday recorded one more death due to COVID-19 and 27 fresh cases with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to health department data. With this, the death toll has climbed to 25,096 and the caseload stands at 14,40,834. Over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered from the viral disease, the health department bulletin said. The death recorded on Saturday is Delhi's fifth this month. Two deaths were recorded on November 12 and one each on November 14 and 15. The city had reported four COVID-19 deaths in October and five in September. On Friday, 23 cases were recorded in the national capital with a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent. On Thursday, 30 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent. A total of 59,651 tests, including 49,102 RT-PCR ones, were conducted the previous day, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    21:25 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Efficacy of vaccines against new Covid-19 variant under examination, says ICMR scientist

    Genomic variations and structural changes have been reported from other countries in the new variant of coronavirus but whether these alterations would impart increased transmissibility or make vaccines ineffective is under examination, senior ICMR scientist Samiran Panda said Saturday. "Vaccines which have been directed towards spike protein of the virus may find difficulty in mounting adequate immunity against the mutated version because of the structural changes that have been reported in the viral genome, according to WHO. "However, we have to wait and watch in order to figure out how the emergence of this new mutant evolve and play out at the population level," said Panda, the head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division, Indian Council of Medical Research. He said that vaccines used in India -- Covaxin and Covishield -- have been reported to work against previously identified mutants from within India and other countries. "Whether they would be effective against newly reported mutant B.1.1.529 needs to be seen over a period of time," he said. A World Health Organisation panel has named the new COVID-19 strain 'Omicron' and classified it as a highly transmissible variant of concern, the category that also includes the delta variant. (PTI)

    21:08 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Two South Africans test positive for COVID-19 as threat of new variant looms

    Amid fears of the spread of new Covid strain 'Omicron' looming large, two South African nationals have tested positive for the coronavirus, and their samples have been sent for further tests to ascertain about the variant, a top official said on Saturday. Both of them have been quarantined and there was no need for worry, he said. "From (November) 1 to 26, a total of 94 people have come from South Africa, out of them two have tested positive for regular Covid-19. So people need not worry," Bengaluru Rural Deputy Commissioner K Srinivas, under whose jurisdiction Kempegowda International Airport comes, said. Speaking to reporters here, he said, both the infected persons have been quarantined, are being monitored by the authorities and their samples have been sent for further tests to ascertain the variant.Noting that ten countries have been identified as high risk, the DC said all those coming from there are made to compulsorily undergo tests, and those tested positive are being quarantined.

    As many as 584 people have arrived in Bengaluru from ten high-risk nations from November one to 26, he said.Observing that cases of the new variants have been detected in the last one week in countries like Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong and Israel, state Health Minister K Sudhakar earlier today said guidelines have been given to airports stating those travelling from these countries to the city have to undergo a test despite having negative Covid test report, and they will be allowed outside the airport only after testing negative. "Even after testing negative they will have to remain at home and after seven days they will have to undergo a test once again, and after getting a negative report, one can go out," he added. The new potentially more contagious B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 24, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel and the UK. It was on Friday designated as a “Variant of Concern” by the WHO, which named it “Omicron”. A “variant of concern” is the WHO's top category of worrying COVID-19 variants. (PTI)

    21:00 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rajasthan CM urges Centre to decide on booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said the Centre should decide on allowing booster doses of coronavirus vaccine to people, expressing worry over rising infection cases. He also stressed on increasing efforts to ensure that the second dose of the vaccine is administered to those who have taken the first dose. He said unless the second dose is administered, the first is of no use. "It is necessary to take both doses for prevention," he told reporters here. Gehlot said along with it, the Centre should consider allowing booster doses. The CM said he has already written a letter to the prime minister in this regard but no decision has been taken on this so far by the Centre. (PTI)

    20:40 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra records 889 new Covid-19 cases

    Maharashtra on Saturday reported 889 new coronavirus positive cases and 17 related fatalities, taking the tally to 66,33,612 and the death toll to 1,40,908, state health officials said. The state had added 852 cases and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours preceding Friday. With 738 people being discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recoveries in Maharashtra went up to 64,80,799, leaving the state with 8,237 active cases, a health official said. Among 8,237 active patients in Maharashtra, the Mumbai district has the highest 2,250 such cases. Of 64,80,799 recovered patients in Maharashtra, the highest 11,38,342 recoveries are from the Pune district, the official added. Coronavirus figures for Maharashtra are as follows: Total cases 66,33,612, new cases 889, total deaths 1,40,908, fresh deaths 17, total recoveries 64,80,799, active cases 8,237, total tests conducted 6,52,56,850. (PTI)

    20:18 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mauritius to suspend flights from South Africa from November 28

    Mauritius will suspend all commercial passenger flights from South Africa from Nov. 28 due to the new coronavirus variant Omicron, its foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday. A ministry statement also said any passengers who have been physically present in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be denied entry or transit through Mauritius. (Reuters)

    20:09 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UK detects 2 cases of new COVID-19 variant

    The UK on Saturday detected two cases of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, according to health secretary Sajid Javid. The patients were detected in Chelmsford and Nottingham, Javid was quoted as saying by the BBC. He said that the cases are linked and the two people are self-isolating alongside their households while further tests and contact tracing takes place. The new variant has also been identified in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. (PTI) 

    19:59 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 214 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

    Mumbai on Saturday reported 214 fresh coronavirus positive cases and four deaths, taking the tally to 7,62,399 and the toll to 16,326, a civic official said. This was the second consecutive day when the metropolis reported more than 200 cases. The discharge of 296 people increased the recovery count to 7,41,253, which is 97 per cent of the tally of the infections, leaving Mumbai with 2,254 active cases, the official said. The city's caseload doubling time is 2,711 days and the average growth rate of cases stood at 0.03 per cent between November 20 and November 26, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation data showed. With 35,692 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests conducted in Mumbai went up to 1,23,36,270, it revealed. The data also showed Mumbai had 16 sealed buildings currently but no containment zone since mid-August. (PTI)

    19:43 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Majority of Indians want Centre to reconsider decision on international flights, says Survey

    As much as 64 per cent of respondents in a survey conducted over the government's decision to allow scheduled international operations to and from India from December 15 want the Modi dispensation to reconsider it in the wake of a new Covid variant. Conducted immediately after the government announced the resumption of scheduled international flight services, which remain suspended since March 2020 due to the pandemic, the survey carried out by the online platform LocalCircles, also revealed that some 72 per cent of Indians want the government to implement mandatory RT-PCR test for Covid at boarding as well for international travellers coming from countries with high TPR. The government on Friday announced revising travel guidelines for international travellers. As per the latest notification issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India will resume from 15th December 2021 barring 14 countries classified as “at risk”. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has categorised these international countries into three categories—"not at risk", "at risk", and air bubble, with separate restrictions and bubble flight arrangements, will continue as is with some capacity changes. The revised travel guidelines, however, come as several other countries are reimposing travel restrictions in view of the newly discovered and possibly vaccine-resistant Covid-19 variant — B.1.1529, as per LocalCircles. (PTI) 

    19:23 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hungary to strengthen rules on air travel from seven African countries

    Hungary will impose restrictions on travellers from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, the government said on Saturday after a new coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa. Hungary said it was joining a European Union move to curb air travel from southern Africa and that its measures would be published in a government decree later in the day. On Friday, all 27 EU member states "agreed on the need to activate the emergency brake & impose temporary restrictions on all travel into EU from southern Africa", the current Slovenian presidency of the EU said on Twitter. (Reuters)

    19:12 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik logs 65 new Covid-19 cases, two more deaths

    As many as 65 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while two died of the infection in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Saturday, an official said. With this, the tally of infections in the district reached 4,12,257, which includes 8,720 casualties, the official said. At least 39 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 4,03,056, he said. Of the total number of cases reported so far in the region, 2,31,019 were from Nashik city, 1,57,633 from other parts of the district, 12,688 from Malegaon and 6,001 patients were from outside the district, it was stated. A total of 28,52,137 swab samples have been tested till date, of which 6,100 were tested on Saturday, the official added. (PTI)

    18:50 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Congress asks for Rs 4 lakh compensation to kin of COVID-19 victims in J&K

    Jammu and Kashmir Congress president GA Mir on Saturday demanded an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the families of COVID-19 victims, alleging that the mishandling of the pandemic took a heavy toll on people across the country. Mir expressed concern over the recent spike in new cases and demanded adequate measures to deal with a possible third wave of the pandemic. "We are taking up (with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha) the issue of compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of COVID-19 victims via a memorandum and are writing to him today itself," he told reporters here. Mir said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had suggested to the government that a compensation of Rs 4 lakh be paid to the families of those who died of COVID-19. "It is the duty and responsibility of the government to safeguard the public. The response of this government was lackluster during the first wave and pathetic when the second wave hit the country, resulting in more loss of lives,” he said. He said the states being ruled by the Congress or its allies have expressed their readiness to contribute Rs 1 lakh per person, out of the proposed Rs 4 lakh compensation.(PTI) 

    18:34 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala govt urges to exercise caution amid fear of new Covid-19 variant

    The Kerala government on Saturday said a vigil has been sounded in the state in view of the presence of Omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus, reported abroad, but as of now there is no cause for concern in the state. Health Minister Veena George said the state has taken all precautionary steps as per the guidelines of the Centre and surveillance would be strengthened in all airports. Urging everyone to follow the COVID guidelines strictly, she also said those who have not been vaccinated yet should take the jab at the earliest. The Health Department conducted review meetings and preventive measures have been strengthened based on that. According to the central guidelines, all passengers arriving in the country from abroad should undergo an RT-PCR test within 72 hours and upload it in the concerned portal. Those coming from the countries mentioned in the central guidelines would be closely monitored, the minister said, adding that such people should take the RT-PCR test again at the state airports. The suspected samples of the passengers coming from these countries would be sent for genetic testing for virus variants, she added. (PTI) 

    18:15 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh records 248 new Covid-19 cases

    Active COVID-19 cases remained steady in Andhra Pradesh as fresh infections and recoveries were almost equal in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, but no death was reported. A health department bulletin said 248 new cases and 253 recoveries were registered in the state on Saturday. The active cases stood at 2,158, as total positives climbed to 20,72,446, recoveries to 20,55,856 and toll 14,432. Krishna district reported the highest number of 56 fresh cases, Guntur 39, East Godavari 38 and Chittoor 28. Six districts added 10-16 new cases each. Vizianagaram logged zero new cases, while Kurnool added one and Prakasam four in 24 hours. (PTI)

    17:55 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Passengers from `at risk' countries to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival in Gujarat

    Passengers from countries categorized as `at risk' by the Union Health Ministry will have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arrival in Gujarat if they are not fully vaccinated, an official said here Saturday. Nine countries have been classified as `at risk' following worldwide concern about a new variant of coronavirus, designated as Omicron. "As per the letter issued to us on Friday by the Union Health Ministry, RT-PCR test is mandatory for all incoming travelers who do not have vaccination certificate," said state Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Manoj Aggarwal. Those who are fully vaccinated will also be screened at the airport and allowed to proceed if they do not show any symptoms of the infection, he said. The countries categorized as `at risk' are United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, Aggarwal said. There are two international airports in Gujarat -- one in Ahmedabad and another in Surat. The state has been asked to follow the November 11 guidelines of the Union home ministry. The guidelines prescribe that if travelers from countries categorized as 'at risk' (and with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines) are fully vaccinated, they will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days post arrival. If they are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated, they will have to submit samples for COVID-19 test. Such passengers will have to remain in home quarantine for seven days, and will have to take another test on the 8th day of arrival in India. They will be required to undergo further self-monitoring for another week even if tested negative for the virus. Scheduled international flights to and from India will be resumed from December 15 after 20 months of coronavirus-induced suspension, the Civil Aviation Ministry had said on Friday. The countries deemed 'at risk' by the Union Health Ministry will be allowed to operate only a certain percentage of their pre-COVID scheduled flights, the Aviation Ministry had said. (PTI)

    17:50 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Passengers from ‘at risk’ countries will have to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival in Gujarat

    Passengers from countries categorized as `at risk’ by the Union Health Ministry will have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arrival in Gujarat if they are not fully vaccinated, an official said here Saturday.

    Nine countries have been classified as `at risk’ following worldwide concern about a new variant of coronavirus, designated as Omicron. | Read More

    17:41 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ongoing ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Zimbabwe abandoned with immediate effect

    The ongoing ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Zimbabwe has been abandoned with immediate effect due to COVID-19 risk: ICC (ANI)

    17:21 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    South Africa President Ramaphosa advances crucial COVID-19 meeting as global concern over new Omicron variant spike

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has advanced an urgent meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to Saturday, amid growing global concern about the potentially more contagious new Omicron variant, which was first detected in the country. The meeting was originally scheduled for Sunday.

    The meeting comes as a growing number of European countries are following UK’s lead in banning travel to and from South Africa and neighbouring countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, as well as Lesotho and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), both of which are landlocked within South Africa. | Read More

    17:09 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Covid-19 infections at Karnataka’s Dharwad medical college rise to 281; Govt hints at action

    With the number of COVID-19 infections at Dharwad’s Medical College reaching 281 and new clusters emerging in Bengaluru amid the threats of new variant ‘Omicron’, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday hinted at putting in place certain precautionary measures to control the spread of virus.

    The state government has already issued guidelines for those travelling from certain foreign countries, where the new variant is prevalent, aimed at checking its spread. | Read More

    16:57 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Covid-19: Relaxation given in waiting time for arriving passengers at Pune airport, says Maharashtra Deputy CM

    Passengers arriving in Pune by flights will not have to spend too much time at the airport for verification of COVID-19 norms due to relaxation provided recently, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday.

    He said airline operators check the vaccination or RT-PCR status of all passengers at the time of selling tickets as well as boarding, so the norm of waiting at the airport here for a few hours after arrival has been relaxed. | Read More

    16:40 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 61 arrivals from South Africa test positive for COVID-19

    A total of 61 people who arrived in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa on Friday tested positive for the coronavirus and were in isolation on Saturday as the world anxiously sought to contain a highly transmissible new coronavirus variant. | Read More

    16:21 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Covid-19 Omicron variant update: Families stuck after sudden decision to ban flights to and from South Africa

    Hundreds of foreigners on family or business trips in South Africa desperately tried to get back home on the last available flights as several nations imposed restrictions on travellers due to the discovery of the new Omnicron variant of COVID-19 in this country. The UK announced on Thursday that all flights to and from South Africa and five neighbouring countries would be banned from Friday noon following an announcement that the new Omnicron variant of COVID-19 had been detected in South Africa. | Read More

    16:07 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra Govt issues stringent guidelines for Covid-appropriate behaviour

    If default found inside taxi/private transport 4-wheeler or inside any bus, along with individual defaulting Covid appropriate behaviour being fined Rs 500; driver/helper/conductor shall be fined Rs 500; owner transport agency in cases of buses shall be fined Rs 1000: Maharashtra Govt (ANI) 

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    15:54 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra Govt issues fresh restrictions & permissions

    Maharashtra Govt issues fresh restrictions & permissions.

    All travellers into state from any int'l destination shall be governed by directions of Govt of India in this respect. Domestic travellers shall either be fully vaccinated or carry RT-PCR test valid for 72 hrs. (ANI) 

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    15:45 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: PM Modi said that in light of new threat, people need to be more cautious 

    PM Modi said that in light of new threat, people need to be more cautious, take proper precautions: PMO (PTI)

    15:35 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: PM Modi briefed about new 'Omicron' strain of coronavirus, PMO says

    PM Modi briefed about new 'Omicron' strain of coronavirus along with its characteristics and impact seen in various countries: PMO (PTI) 

    15:25 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: PM Modi briefed about global trends on COVID-19, says PMO

    PM Modi was briefed about global trends on COVID-19; he also reviewed national situation relating to coronavirus cases: PMO (PTI) 

    15:19 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    PM Modi briefed about ‘Omicron’; asks officials to review plans to ease international travel restrictions

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday briefed about the new ‘Omicron’ variant of the coronavirus, and he asked officials to review the plans to ease international travel restrictions in light of the “emerging new evidence”. At a meeting to review the Covid situation, Modi was briefed about the global trends on coronavirus cases and officials highlighted that countries across the world have experienced multiple COVID-19 surges since the onset of the pandemic, a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said. | Read More

    15:03 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand CM instructs officials to ensure compliance of COVID appropriate behavior & make necessary arrangements in hospitals 

    Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami has instructed the chief secretary, DGP & health secretary to ensure compliance of COVID appropriate behavior in public places & make all necessary arrangements in hospitals in view of the new variant of COVID: Chief Minister's Office (ANI) 

    14:48 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Every person returning from South Africa will be quarantined on arrival in Mumbai, says Mayor 

    Every person returning from South Africa will be quarantined on arrival in Mumbai and their samples will be sent for genome sequencing: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar (ANI) 

    14:40 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Families stuck after sudden decision to ban flights to and from South Africa

    Hundreds of foreigners on family or business trips in South Africa desperately tried to get back home on the last available flights as several nations imposed restrictions on travellers due to the discovery of the new Omnicron variant of COVID-19 in this country. The UK announced on Thursday that all flights to and from South Africa and five neighbouring countries would be banned from Friday noon following an announcement that the new Omnicron variant of COVID-19 had been detected in South Africa. Many other countries followed suit, most of them indicating that only their own citizens would be allowed back, subject to a quarantine period. In New Delhi, the central government asked all states and union territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all international travellers coming from or transiting through South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, where a new variant has been detected. According to the government's decision on Friday, airlines will be allowed to operate 50 per cent of their pre-COVID scheduled passenger flights between India and South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana from December 15. - PTI

    14:21 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: PM highlights need for monitoring all international arrivals at key Covid meet

    • Officials briefed PM Modi about the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics & impact seen in various countries. Its implications for India were also discussed. PM spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant: PMO
    • PM highlighted need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at risk’. PM also asked officials to review plans for easing international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence: PMO
    • PM directed officials to work closely with state govts to ensure that there is proper awareness at state & district levels. He directed that intensive containment & active surveillance should continue in clusters reporting higher cases: PMO

    13:55 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi CM urges PM to stop flights from countries affected by new Covid variant

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop flights from countries affected by new Covid variant. (PTI) 

    13:41 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 73,58,017 vaccine doses administered in last 24 hours

    73,58,017 vaccine doses administered in last 24 hours: Health ministry  

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    13:27 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 121 crore vaccine doses administered so far

    In total, 1,21,06,58,262 vaccine doses administered so far, says health ministry

    13:06 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Door-to-door COVID vaccination sessions going on for eligible beneficiaries in Arunachal Pradesh
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    12:51 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: PM Narendra Modi chairs meeting with top govt officials on COVID-19 situation & vaccination

    PM Narendra Modi chairs meeting with top govt officials on COVID-19 situation & vaccination; Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Principal Secretary to PM, PK Mishra, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan & NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul are among the attendees (ANI)

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    12:39 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Brazil to shut its borders to six African countries

    Brazil will shut its borders to travelers arriving from six southern African countries, the chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday, the latest in a slew of major nations to announce restrictions meant to combat the newly identified Omicron variant of the coronavirus."Brazil will close its aerial border to six countries in Africa due to the new coronavirus variant," Chief of Staff Ciro Nogueira wrote in a Twitter post. "We're going to protect Brazilians in this new phase of the pandemic in this country. The official notice will be published tomorrow and will be going into effect on Monday."The six countries are: South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, he said in another Twitter post.Brazilian health regulator Anvisa had recommended earlier on Friday that travel be restricted from some African countries due to the detection of the new COVID-19 variant.The European Union and several countries, including Britain and the United States, have also announced tightened border controls as researchers investigate whether the new mutation is vaccine-resistant. - Reuters

    12:30 (IST)27 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Australia sets out curbs for travellers from virus-hit southern Africa

    Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine southern African countries, as the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 raises concerns about another wave of the pandemic. The countries are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique. Effective immediately, the government will ban non-citizens who have been in those countries from entering and will require supervised 14-day quarantines for Australian citizens and their dependents returning from the countries, said Health Minister Greg Hunt. These restrictions also apply to people such as international students and skilled migrants arriving from countries with which Australia has travel bubbles, who have been in any of the nine countries within the past 14 days. - Reuters 

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