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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today's News, November 25 Highlights: Bharat Biotech says Covaxin meets WHO efficacy criteria for COVID-19 vaccines for Delta variant; EU authorises Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11; Kerala reports 5,987 fresh infections, 56 deaths

Coronavirus News November 25 LIVE Updates: Bharat Biotech says Covaxin meets WHO efficacy criteria for COVID-19 vaccines for Delta variantThe Lancet study has stated that two doses of Covaxin are 50 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19. (Reuters/File Photo)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India November 25 News: Bharat Biotech has said in a statement that its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin meets WHO efficacy criteria for COVID-19 vaccines for the dreaded Delta variant. This comes after Lancet published the results of an interim study showing that two doses of Covaxin had 77.8% efficacy against symptomatic disease and presented no serious safety concerns.

The Lancet study also stated that two doses of Covaxin are 50 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19. Bharat Biotech has said that these results compare well with 65.2% efficacy against Delta variant obtained during controlled phase 3 clinical trials of Covaxin conducted among general population.

In a statement Bharat Biotech said: “Bharat Biotech commends the investigators from AIIMS on the BBV152 study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. These results provide evidence for effectiveness for COVAXIN in real life settings.

An effectiveness result of 50% achieved during the peak COVID-19 delta variant wave in India, in a high risk study population of physicians and health care workers, in a hospital environment, and who are challenged repeatedly with high viral loads, provides insights into the efficacy and effectiveness of COVAXIN.

These results compare well with the 65.2% efficacy against the delta variant obtained during the controlled phase III clinical trials of COVAXIN conducted among the general population. This study also shows that COVAXIN meets the WHO efficacy criteria for COVID-19 vaccines for the dreaded Delta variant.”

 

India reports 9,119 new cases, 10,264 recoveries and 396 deaths in last 24 hours

Meanwhile, India has reported 9,119 new cases, 10,264 recoveries and 396 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry data. The current number of active cases stand at 1,09,940 — which is the lowest in 539 days.


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    23:18 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India willing to supply Covishield, Covaxin: Mandaviya to Latin American, Caribbean envoys

    Interacting with ambassadors of Latin American and Caribbean nations, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said India is willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to these countries. Explaining India's strategy to curb COVID-19, he spoke on the six vaccines approved in the country, of which two are indigenously developed. Near 1.2 billion doses have been administered with 82 per cent of Indians receiving at least one dose of vaccine and 44 per cent of Indians being fully vaccinated, according to a health ministry statement. "India has been able to fight COVID-19 under a 'whole of government' approach where provincial and local governance provided a fillip to the efforts of the Government of India," Mandaviya said. "India is driven by the philosophy of 'Vasudaiva Kutumbakam' which has inspired us to gift COVID-19 vaccines, Hydroxychloroquine and other medical necessities to all our friends. Further, India is willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to all the countries present," Mandaviya told the ambassadors. He thanked them for easing people to people contact by recognising vaccination in India. Vaccination in India is recognised by 110 countries at present, he said. (PTI)

    22:57 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Punjab sees 41 new cases, 2 deaths

    Two more Covid-related deaths were reported in Punjab on Thursday while 41 new cases of coronavirus took the infection tally to 6,03,132, according to a medical bulletin. The death toll in the state rose to 16,591, officials said, adding that the two fatalities were reported from Ludhiana and Patiala. Among the fresh cases, Pathankot reported 11, followed by five each in Jalandhar, Patiala and Mohali. The number of active cases increased to 314 from 300 on Wednesday. Twenty more people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,86,227, as per the bulletin. Meanwhile, the Union Territory of Chandigarh reported nine new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 65,430. (PTI)

    22:50 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Karnataka CM asks officials to intensify vaccination drive to improve 2nd dose coverage

    Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday instructed the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to intensify the COVID-19 vaccination drive to improve state's coverage of second dose. The Chief Minister today held a video conference with Deputy Commissioners of the districts to review the progress of Covid vaccination drive. "The state has achieved 90 per cent coverage of the first dose and the extent of coverage of the second dose stands at 57 per cent. The second dose coverage should touch 70 per cent by the end of December," Bommai said. According to a release from the CM's office, Bengaluru Urban district tops the list, while Kalaburagi is at the bottom. (PTI)

    22:49 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Congress seeks Covid compensation fund, Rs 4 lakh each for victims' kin

    The Congress on Thursday demanded the establishment of a COVID-19 compensation fund with a promise to pay Rs 4 lakh each to the families that have lost at least a member to the pandemic. Addressing reporters here, Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh questioned the Centre for dithering on compensating the families traumatised by the virus. He said a commission to ascertain the actual number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the country should also be set up soon. "The National Disaster Management Act provides for a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to any person who dies due to a disaster in the country. The government, to begin with, did not even acknowledge that Covid is a disaster. Later, when the Supreme Court rapped it for failing to help the families of the victims, the government said it had no money," the Congress leader said. He hit out at the Centre for agreeing to pay Rs 50,000 instead of Rs 4 lakh to the families of Covid victims. Vallabh said the families spent Rs 5 to 7 lakh on an average and yet could not save their loved ones from the deadly virus. (PTI)

    22:36 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Assam reports 142 COVID-19 positive cases, five deaths

    Assam recorded 142 new COVID-19 infections and five fresh fatalities on Thursday, pushing the caseload to 6,16, 137, a National Health Mission bulletin said. The number of coronavirus cases registered during the day was 72 less than Wednesday. With the detection of 142 COVID-19 patients against the testing of 32,597 samples on Thursday, Assam has reported a positivity rate of 0.44 per cent for the day, the bulletin said. The overall positivity rate stands at 2.41 per cent against the total testing of 2,55,93,387 samples so far. The new cases were reported from Kamrup Metropolitan (60), Sivasagar (11), Barpeta (10) and Lakhimpur (eight). The number of people who succumbed to the infection on Thursday was three more than the previous day. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 6,086 with five more people succumbing to the disease on Thursday. (PTI)

    22:29 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Goa reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths; active tally at 255

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 34 and reached 1,78,765  on Thursday, while two more patients succumbed to the infection in the state, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 3,380 with addition of the two fatalities, he said. The cumulative number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,75,130 after 23 patients were discharged from hospitals during the last 24 hours, he said. Goa now has 255 active COVID-19 cases. "With 2,121 new coronavirus tests, the number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 15,33,783," the official added. (PTI)

    22:24 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Over 120 cr Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far, says Union health ministry

    The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 120-crore mark on Thursday, the Union health ministry said. More than 74 lakh (74,59,819) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions. The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. (PTI)

    22:23 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mumbai logs 179 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths; active tally at 2,364

    Mumbai reported 179 new coronavirus cases and four fresh fatalities on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 761955 and the death toll to 16,319, a civic official said. The daily COVID-19 cases in the city dipped below 200 after crossing that mark a day earlier. The financial capital had reported 258 COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Wednesday. As many as 33,108 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking their cumulative count to 1,22,65,888, the official said. He said the city is left with 2,364 active COVID-19 cases after 162 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day following recovery. With this, the cumulative number of recovered cases rose to 7,40,709. (PTI)

    21:26 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Would you be able to render services in case of another COVID-19 wave -- HC to Delhi govt

    The Delhi High Court Thursday sought a status report from the Delhi government on how its existing system and infrastructure to deal with the pandemic was functioning and said that its concern was only whether the authorities would be in a position to render services on short notice in case of another COVID-19 wave. A bench headed by Justice Vipin Sanghi, which was hearing a batch of petitions concerning the pandemic in the national capital, asked the Delhi government to respond to the issue of periodically updating 'Delhi Fights Corona' website, translating certain web pages to Hindi and other concerns to ensure that the system put in place works efficiently. The bench, also comprising Justice Jasmeet Singh, observed that its purpose is to sensitise both the Centre and Delhi government of the need to be prepared for the possibility of a third wave. (PTI)

    21:06 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 739 new Covid-19 cases, 17 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 739 new #COVID19 cases, 764 recoveries and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total cases 27,23,245Total recoveries 26,78,371Death toll 36,432Active cases 8,442 (ANI)

    21:05 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Maharashtra records 848 COVID-19 cases, 50 deaths; active cases stay below 10,000

    Maharashtra recorded 848 new coronavirus infections and 50 fatalities in the last 24 hours, health officials said on Thursday evening. The number of active cases remained below 10,000 for the fifth straight day, they added. The caseload increased to 66,33,105 and death toll to 1,40,857. On Wednesday, the state had reported 960 new infections and 41 fatalities. The recovery rate in the state stands at 97.68 per cent while fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. There are 9,187 active cases, including the highest 2,525 in Mumbai. As many as  974 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients to 64,79,396. The number of coronavirus tests carried out so far rose to 6,50,47,491  with 95,497 samples tested since Wednesday. Twelve districts and five civic bodies did not report any new infections. Mumbai reported the highest 174 new infections, followed by 100 in Pune district. Among eight administrative regions of Maharashtra, the Mumbai region reported the highest 339 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 308 in Pune and 133 in the Nashik region. (PTI)

    20:54 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu inoculates 12.01 lakh in mega COVID vaccination drive

    Tamil Nadu vaccinated 12,01,832 people against COVID-19 in the 11th mega vaccination campaign held across the state on Thursday. A total of 4,52,969  people received the first dose while 7,48,863 people received the second jab.  With this, 77.02 per cent of the population has received the first dose and 41.60 per cent second, an official release said. According to Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian, the department has set a target to vaccinate 100 per cent of the eligible population with single dose by month-end. (PTI)

    20:51 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: MP records 14 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

    With 14 new cases coming to light, COVID-19 infection tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,93,088 on Thursday, a health official said. The death toll reached 10,528 with one new fatality, he added. The state's recovery count increased to 7,82,458 after 15 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day. There are 102 active coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh now, the official said. With 59,038 swab samples examined during the day, the number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state went up to 2,15,88,241. According to an official release,  7,13,901 anti-coronavirus vaccine doses were administered in MP on Thursday, taking the total to  8,39,99,704. (PTI)

    20:50 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Telangana sees 147 new coronavirus cases; Assembly Speaker tests COVID-19 positive

    Telangana on Thursday registered 147 fresh COVID-19 cases and one related fatality taking the total positives in the state to 6,75,148 and the toll to 3,986. Telangana Legislative Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy was among those who tested positive for the virus. The number of active cases stood at 3,531, a state government bulletin said. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported the highest number of 56 cases followed by Rangareddy 12 and Karimnagar districts 11. A total of 33,836 samples were tested today. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested stood at 2.84 crore. A total of 148 COVID-19 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours taking the total  to 6,67,631. The recovery rate and case fatality rate in the state was 98.88 per cent and 0.59 per cent respectively, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker tweeted that he tested positive for COVID-19. (PTI)

    20:39 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: As new Covid variant detected in South Africa, Botswana & HK, Health Ministry heightens screening & testing of international travellers

    • Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary/Secretary(Health) of all States/UTs that 'multiple cases of a COVID-19 variant 8.1.1529 have been reported in Botswana (3 cases), South Africa (6 cases) and Honk Kong (1 case).'
    • 'Imperative that all int'l travellers travelling from & transiting through these nations & incl other 'at risk' nations indicated in revised guidelines for int'l arrivals are subjected to rigorous screening &testing. Their contacts must also be tracked & tested,' reads the letter. (ANI)

    20:30 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: UK data shows good safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy

    COVID-19 vaccination is safe for pregnant women and not associated with higher rates of complications, data released by the UK Health Security Agency showed on Thursday, as officials urged pregnant women to take up the offer of shots. The real-world data from the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Britain support other studies around the world that the vaccines are safe to give at any stage of pregnancy, the UKHSA said. It found that there were not substantial differences in rates of stillbirths, rates of births of babies with low birthweight and the proportion of premature births between vaccinated women and unvaccinated women. Officials said the data were especially reassuring given that the first pregnant women to be offered the vaccine were those with underlying health conditions who would be expected to be at a higher risk of complications. (Reuters)

    20:08 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Switzerland says it is open to compromise in COVID vaccine talks at WTO

    Switzerland is open to compromise in talks on the intellectual property (IP) rights of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs at the World Trade Organization, but remains opposed to a full waiver of those rights, a senior Swiss diplomat said on Thursday. Switzerland is one of a handful of WTO members alongside the United Kingdom and the European Union opposed to a waiver of IP rights protected by the TRIPS agreement in negotiations at the WTO that began in October 2020. Proponents and activists are heaping pressure on those hold-out countries ahead of a ministerial conference in Geneva next week and plan to stage protests. "We remain convinced that the TRIPS waiver will not result in one additional dose of vaccine and may jeopardizes existing partnerships that have allowed us to increase production," Switzerland's ambassador to the WTO Didier Chambovey told reporters on Thursday. (Reuters)

    19:51 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 306 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

    Karnataka reports 306 new #COVID19 cases, 224 recoveries and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total cases 29,94,561Total recoveries 29,49,853Death toll 38,187Active cases 6,492 (ANI)

    19:49 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 3 more Army officers at IIM course in Indore test positive for coronavirus; tally at 14

    Three more fully vaccinated Army officers, participating in a course at the Indian Institute of Management in Madhya Pradesh's Indore, tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of infected personnel to 14 in the last five days, an official said on Thursday. Five persons, including three Army officers, tested positive for the infection in the district in the last 24 hours, the official said. The infected personnel were asymptomatic and were undergoing treatment at the Military Hospital at Mhow, about 25 km from the district headquarters, district chief medical and health officer Dr B S Satiya said. The 14 infected officers had joined the six-month certificate course in Business Management nearly two-and-a-half-month ago, he said. Meanwhile, an IIM-I official said that offline (physical) classes for the Army officers has been discontinued after they contracted the disease and the course is now being conducted online. (PTI)

    19:48 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Delhi reports 30 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths

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    19:39 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Six new COVID-19 cases in Nagaland, tally rises to 32,092

    Nagaland on Thursday reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, four more than the previous day, pushing the tally to 32,092, a health department official said. Of the fresh cases, eight were reported from Dimapur district, four from Kiphire district and one each from Mokokching and Wokha districts, he said. The COVID-19 death toll in the state remained at 696 as no fresh fatality was reported for the third consecutive day, the official said. Only three more persons were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered patients to 30,195. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state is 94.08 per cent. At present, Nagaland has 141 active COVID-19 cases, while 1,060 patients have migrated to other states. (PTI)

    19:33 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: EU proposes booster jabs for 2022 travel as COVID cases soar

    European Union residents will need to have COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs if they want to travel to another country in the bloc next summer free of tests or quarantines, the European Commission proposed on Thursday. The Commission wants to harmonise rules across the 27 EU nations to allow free movement, a cornerstone of the European Union, but is facing new restrictions as cases break records in Europe and many EU countries roll out booster doses. It made its proposal as Europe again became the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic even after successful vaccination campaigns, prompting some countries to consider new curbs on movement as the continent heads into winter. (Reuters)

    19:30 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Slovaks lock down to slow world's highest COVID infection rate

    Slovakia went into a two-week lockdown on Thursday, as the country with one of the EU's lowest vaccination rates reported a critical situation in hospitals and new infections that topped global tables. Slovakia, a country of 5.5 million, ordered all but essential shops and services closed and banned people from travelling outside their districts unless going to work, school, or a doctor. Gatherings of more than six people were banned. The decision comes as coronavirus cases surge across Europe, making the continent the centre of the pandemic again, and follows neighbouring Austria which started a lockdown on Monday. (Reuters)

    19:17 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: France opts for 3rd shots, not lockdown, to fight new wave

    France has launched a plan Thursday to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, as it opted against a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the country. Coronavirus infections have peaked in France over the last few days, with daily new cases rising above the 30,000 mark. French Health Minister Olivier Veran laid out the plans during a press conference in which he announced a reduction in the time gap between second and third shots from six to five months. He said France already has enough vaccines to launch the nationwide booster campaign. Veran also laid out a swathe of measures seen as tightening the use of masks in public areas and said that the country's COVID pass, which is required in many indoor places across the country, will become invalid if a person has not received a booster shot within seven months of a second dose. (AP)

    19:14 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Denmark to offer COVID-19 booster jabs to those over 18

    Denmark has joined other European nations in offering a third COVID-19 vaccination shot to everyone over the age of 18 amid a rise in coronavirus cases. The Danish Health Authority said Thursday the "decline in immunity is also happening for people in the younger age groups." Helene Probst, deputy head of the government agency, said "revaccination is offered at the same interval to everyone over 18 years of age." Denmark, like many other countries in Europe, has seen an uptick in infections, with health authorities saying the numbers of cases and hospitalisations have risen faster than expected. "When we see the epidemic flare up right now, it is primarily due to the transition from summer to autumn and winter, and at the same time we have an open society with only a few restrictions. Combined with the fact that the effect of the vaccines decreases over time, it is expected that the infection will increase," Probst said in a statement. (AP)

    19:04 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Haryana sees one death, 17 new cases

    Haryana reported one coronavirus-related death and 17 fresh cases on Thursday, pushing the fatality count to 10,054 and the infection tally to 7,71,622 in the state. According to the health department's daily bulletin, the death was reported from Faridabad district. Among the districts, while five cases each were reported from Gurugram and Faridabad, four fresh infections were from Panchkula. The number of active cases in the state stands at 133 while the recovery count has reached 7,61,412. Haryana has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 98.68 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    19:03 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Govt nod to commercial export of Covishield, Covaxin in view of sufficient stock

    Union government has allowed commercial export of Covishield and Covaxin considering the sufficient stock of the COVID-19 vaccines available with states and Union Territories as well as with manufacturers, official sources said on Thursday. However, the quantity of Covid vaccines to be exported will be decided by the government every month to ensure there is no dearth of domestic availability. India recently resumed Covid vaccine supply to the UN-backed COVAX with the government allowing Serum Institute of India (SII) to export 50 Lakh doses of Covishield to Nepal, Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Mozambique. The Covishield shipment will reach Nepal and Tajikistan this week. "More than 22.72 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and Union Territories. The vaccine production is increasing and there will be surplus supplies. "Keeping this in mind, a decision has been taken to allow commercial export of Covishield and Covaxin," an official source told PTI. Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII had recently communicated to the Union Health Ministry that the Pune-based firm has 24,89,15,000 doses of Covishield and the stock is increasing every day. The official, however stressed, "The quantity of vaccines to be exported will be decided by the government on a monthly basis to ensure that domestic availability is not hampered in any way." About 31 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin are expected to be received by the government from SII and Bharat Biotech in December, while Zydus Cadila is likely to supply around two crore jabs of its three-dose Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D by that time. (PTI)

    18:58 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: France extends COVID-19 booster shots to all adults

    France said on Thursday it would make COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults, toughen rules on wearing face masks and ramp-up health pass checks as it seeks to curb a fifth wave of infections that risks undermining its economic recovery. The number of infections is doubling every 11 days in France but officials said there was no need to follow European countries such as Austria that have reimposed lockdowns. Health Minister Olivier Veran said anyone aged 18 or over would be eligible for booster jabs and that the period between full vaccination and the booster shots would be shortened to five months instead of six. (Reuters)

    18:56 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: German COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 mark in fourth wave

    Germany crossed the sombre threshold of 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday with a surge in infections posing a challenge for the new government. Another 351 people have died from coronavirus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 100,119, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The number of new daily cases hit a new record of 5,961. Hospitals in some areas, especially in eastern and southern Germany, are under pressure and leading virologist Christian Drosten warned that another 100,000 could die in the pandemic. The head of the Robert Koch Institute has put the mortality rate at about 0.8%, meaning that at daily case numbers around 50,000, some 400 people per day will end up dying. Germany's incoming three-party government, which announced its coalition deal on Wednesday, said it would create a team of experts who would assess the situation on a daily basis. (Reuters)

    18:22 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Experts allay Covaxin concerns, say 50% effectiveness against Delta-driven Covid surge not bad

    The decline in the effectiveness of Covaxin, India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, from 77.8 per cent to 50 per cent during a Delta-driven case surge in April and May this year is neither bad nor surprising, say scientists. The differing figures led to some concern, particularly among those who had received Covaxin, but several scientists allayed the misgivings, pointing to the potency of the Delta strain, the intensity of the second Covid wave in India and the level of exposure among healthcare workers. The results of the first real-world assessment of Covaxin published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on Wednesday showed that two doses of the vaccine, also known as BBV152, are 50 per cent effective against the symptomatic disease. The study assessed 2,714 hospital workers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, from 15 April to 15 May, who were symptomatic and underwent RT-PCR tests. Earlier, an interim study based on Phase 3 clinical trials showed that two Covaxin doses had 77.8 per cent efficacy against symptomatic disease and present no serious safety concerns. (PTI)

    18:08 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala reports 5,987 new Covid-19 cases, 56 deaths

    Kerala reports 5987 new #COVID19 cases, 5094 recoveries and 56 deaths in the last 24 hours (328 deaths were added to COVID death list as per the new guidelines of central government) - state govt issues COVID dataDeath toll 38,737Active cases 51,804 (ANI)

    18:05 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Andhra logs 183 new Covid-19 cases and one death

    Andhra Pradesh reported 183 fresh cases of Covid-19, 163 recoveries and one death in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday. The total positives now rose to 20,72,014, the latest bulletin said. After 20,55,389 total recoveries and 14,431 deaths so far, the number of active cases stood at 2,194, the bulletin said. Guntur reported 30, Krishna 27, Chittoor 25, Srikakulam 21, Visakhapatnam 17, SPS Nellore 15, East Godavari 13 and West Godavari 12 fresh cases in 24 hours. The remaining five districts added less than seven new cases each. Only Krishna district reported one fresh fatality in a day. (PTI)

    18:04 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: EU proposes 9-month vaccination certificates, also linkage to booster jabs

    The European Commission on Thursday proposed that from Jan. 10 next year the European Union's COVID-19 vaccination certificates be valid for nine months after full vaccination, and also opened the way for boosters to be linked to such passes. "The Commission is proposing a stronger focus on a 'person-based' approach to travel measures and a standard acceptance period for vaccination certificates of nine months since the primary vaccination series," the Commission said in a statement. "The Commission may, if needed, propose an appropriate acceptance period also for vaccination certificates issued following a booster," it added. (Reuters)

    18:01 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Dutch health experts advise tighter lockdown against COVID-19 surge

    Dutch health experts have advised the government to close restaurants and non-essential stores by 5 p.m. as part of tighter lockdown measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, national broadcaster NOS reported on Thursday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce new measures to slow new infections, which are currently at record highs, on Friday. (Reuters)

    17:44 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Sikkim logs 19 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 32,198

    Sikkim reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 16 more than the previous day, pushing the tally to 32,198, a health department bulletin said. Of the fresh cases, 18 were registered in East Sikkim and one in West Sikkim. The Himalayan state now has 125 active cases and 334 coronavirus patients have migrated to other states. Altogether, 31,336 persons have recovered from the disease in Sikkim so far. The state's coronavirus death toll stood at 403, as no new fatality was reported in the past 24 hours. As many as 2,69,127 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    17:37 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: EU authorises Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11

    The European Union drugs regulator authorised Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for use on children aged from 5 to 11 years on Thursday, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school children on the continent amid a new wave of infections sweeping across Europe. It is the first time the European Medicines Agency has cleared a COVID-19 vaccine for use in young children. The agency said it "recommended granting an extension of indication for the COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty to include use in children aged 5 to 11". (AP) 

    17:36 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: HC asks Centre, DGCA to respond to plea to scrap COVID-19 self-declaration form

    The Delhi High Court Thursday sought response of the Centre and DGCA on a plea seeking to do away with the mandatory online self-declaration form, provided under the Air Suvidha App, which has to be filled up by the passengers before boarding a flight that they are COVID-19 negative. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Ministry of Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and Air India Ltd on the petition which said the self-declaration form requires knowledge of technology and a smartphone along with the seat number which is not there with many passengers. The court listed the matter for further hearing on December 23. The petition by Sumita Kapil, a practicing advocate, sought direction from the authorities to do away with/scrap with the self-declaration form provided under the Air Suvidha App. The petition, filed through advocate Shaan Mohan, gave instances of various passengers who were not able to board the flight from abroad to India as they were unable to fill their forms on smartphones and submit them online before boarding the plane despite having tickets and negative RTPCR test reports. Thereafter, the passengers had to get their forms filled by the travel agent and book another flight due to which they suffered a huge loss, it said. (PTI)

    17:33 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Sikkim logs 19 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 32,198

    Sikkim reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 16 more than the previous day, pushing the tally to 32,198, a health department bulletin said. Of the fresh cases, 18 were registered in East Sikkim and one in West Sikkim.  The Himalayan state now has 125 active cases and 334 coronavirus patients have migrated to other states. Altogether, 31,336 persons have recovered from the disease in Sikkim so far.  The state's coronavirus death toll stood at 403, as no new fatality was reported in the past 24 hours. (PTI) 

    17:30 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Logistical challenges hampering Africa's COVID-19 vaccination drives

    As deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa finally pick up, many nations are struggling with the logistics of accelerating their inoculation campaigns, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday. Only 6.6% of Africa's population of 1.2 billion is fully vaccinated, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told a virtual news conference. That means Africa is far from reaching the African Union's aim of fully vaccinating 70% of people by the end of 2022, he added. "What we are seeing now is a lot more vaccines coming in and the uptake is challenged because of the logistics and delivery," said Nkengasong. "It's not necessarily about hesitancy, it's about moving vaccines from the airport to the arms (of people), it's about logistics." He named Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon as having particular logistical challenges but said many other African countries faced similar problems. Congo has so far administered about 168,000 doses of COVID vaccines, a Reuters tracker showed, enough to have fully vaccinated just 0.1% of the population. In April, authorities reallocated to other African countries most of the 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses Congo had received a month earlier from the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility because they were set to expire. Across Africa, authorities successfully conduct routine mass vaccination campaigns against diseases such as measles. (Reuters)

    17:27 (IST)25 Nov 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: South Africa detects new COVID-19 variant in small numbers

    South African scientists have detected a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday. The NICD said in a statement that 22 cases of variant B.1.1.529 had been recorded following genomic sequencing. "Although the data are limited, our experts are working overtime with all the established surveillance systems to understand the new variant and what the potential implications could be," the statement quoted the NICD's Professor Adrian Puren as saying. South Africa was the first country to detect the Beta variant last year. Beta is one of only four labelled "of concern" by the World Health Organization because there is evidence that it is more transmissible and vaccines work less well against it. The country detected another variant, C.1.2, earlier this year, but it has not displaced the more common Delta variant and still only accounts for a relatively small percentage of genomes sequenced. (Reuters)

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