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Coronavirus News: With domestic manufacturing picking up pace, India unlikely to buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for now

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Coronavirus News: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 82 crore on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 68 lakh (68,26,132) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm, it said. The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, 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 on 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 co-morbid 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.

Coronavirus News: With domestic manufacturing picking up pace, India unlikely to buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for now
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  • Biden to double US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots

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  • Centre can't say it has no role in ex-gratia disbursal, says Kerala CM

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  • Maharashtra logs 3,608 new COVID-19 cases, 48 deaths; active tally below 40,000

    Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 3,608 new COVID19 cases, up 477 from a day ago, and 48 fresh deaths, taking the infection tally to 65,31,237 and the toll to 1,38,664, a health department official said. The official said with 4,285 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases rose to 63,49,029.

  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,682 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

    Tamil Nadu on Wednesday witnessed 1,682 new coronavirus cases with Coimbatore, Erode and Tiruppur districts contributing the maximum numbers, taking the overall caseload to 26,50,370. With 21 deaths due to the infection, including six in private hospitals and 15 in government facilities, the toll has risen to 35,400. With 1,627 patients getting discharged following treatment today, the cumulative recoveries stand at 25,97,943. The number of active cases, including isolation as on today, remains at 17,027, according to a bulletin.

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  • 258 new COVID-19 cases, one death

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  • UK to give 1 million doses to South Korea in shot swap

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  • MP sees 12 new COVID-19 cases

    The COVID19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,422 on Wednesday with the addition of 12 cases, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,517, he added.

  • Goa records 102 COVID-19 cases, 38 recoveries; no new death

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  • COVID-19: Four deaths, 212 fresh cases in Himachal Pradesh

    Four more people died of coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, raising the death toll to 3,643, while 212 fresh cases pushed the infection count to 2,17,615, a health official said. Of the fresh deaths, two were reported from Shimla and one each from Hamirpur and Mandi, he said.

  • Mumbai adds 488 COVID-19 cases, four more die; active tally 4,706

    Mumbai reported 488 coronavirus positive cases and four fatalities on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 7,39,364 and the fatality count to 16,063, a civic official said. As compared to Tuesday, the city recorded 136 more cases, while the number of fatalities rose by three. Mumbai had reported 352 infection cases and one death on Tuesday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said that with 40,484 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, due to which the cumulative test figure increased to 100,59,254.

  • Schools in Kerala to re-open in staggered manner from November 1, says CM

    Schools, closed in Kerala for a year and half following the COVID19 outbreak, would reopen from November 1 starting with classes 1 to 7, 10 and 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said the remaining classes would commence from November 15 and preparations for reopening of the schools are in full swing.

  • With domestic manufacturing picking up pace, India unlikely to buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for now: Sources

    India is unlikely to buy Pfizer and Moderna COVID19 vaccines for now as the domestic manufacturing of anticoronavirus jabs has picked up pace, sources said with the total doses administered in the country crossing 83 crore on Wednesday. Though there is no official word, the sources said the government is not ready to give in to the indemnity demands of the US drug manufacturers against liabilities in case of adverse effects.

  • 847 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka logged 847 new COVID19 cases and 20 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,70,208 and the toll to 37,668. The day also saw 946 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,18,890.

  • 204 new COVID-19 cases in J&K, no virus-related death

    Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded more than 200 fresh cases of coronavirus, the highest daily tally in more than two months, taking the total number of infected people to 3,28,418 while no fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union Territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. Out of the 204 fresh cases, 45 were from Jammu division and 159 from Kashmir division of the UT, the officials said. This was the biggest single-day tally of fresh cases since July 16 when 221 cases were reported.

  • Over 1.74 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Chhattisgarh

    More than 1.74 crore COVID19 vaccine shots have been administered so far to eligible beneficiaries in Chhattisgarh since the launch of the nationwide inoculation drive in January, an official said on Wednesday. More than 1.29 crore people have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 45.21 lakh have taken both jabs, the official from the state's public relations department said. A total of 1,74,40,152 vaccine doses have been administered to people in the state till Tuesday, he said.

  • Nagaland logs 31 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

    Nagaland's COVID19 tally rose to 30,990 on Wednesday as 31 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 658, a health bulletin said. Dimapur district registered the highest number of new cases at 19, followed by Mokokchung (five) and Kohima and Phek (three each), it said, adding that the fresh fatality was recorded in Dimapur.

  • Nashik reports 107 new coronavirus cases; two more die

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  • Andhra Pradesh adds 1,365 new COVID-19 cases

    Andhra Pradesh reported 1,365 fresh cases of coronavirus, 1,466 recoveries and eight deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday. The state's gross COVID19 positives increased to 20,42,073, recoveries to 20,14,180 and toll 14,097, a health department bulletin said.

  • Kerala records 19,675 fresh COVID cases, 142 deaths

    Kerala on Wednesday reported 19,675 fresh COVID19 cases and 142 deaths, which took the caseload to 45,59,628 and fatalities to 24,039. The number of people who recovered from the infection since Tuesday was 19,702, which brought the total recoveries to 43,73,966 and the number of active cases to 1,61,026, an official press release said.

  • NDMA for Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to kin of those who lost lives to COVID, Centre tells SC

    The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended that Rs 50,000 be given to the kin of those who died of COVID19, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday. It said that exgratia assistance will also be given to the kin of those who died of the virus due to involvement in COVID19 relief operations or activities associated with the preparedness for dealing with the pandemic.

  • Issue with vaccine certification and not Covishield: UK officials

    Indian travellers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield will still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK even as the vaccine has been approved under the revised British guidelines for travel, according to UK officials. They said the main issue is vaccine certification and not the Covishield vaccine and that both India and the UK are holding talks to mutually resolve the matter.

  • Covishield added to UK travel advisory, but Indians to follow non-vaccinated' rules

    The UK government on Wednesday clarified that while it has included AstraZeneca Covishield in its international travel advisory of approved formulations, Indians would be required to follow rules set out for nonvaccinated travellers. Under new international travel norms that come in force for England from October 4, India is not yet on a list of 17 countries on an approved vaccinations list and therefore not exempt from quarantine rules. There was widespread condemnation of the Serum Institute of India manufactured Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, not being covered under the reviewed international travel norms and fully vaccinated travellers from India being subjected to the compulsory 10day quarantine in line with nonvaccinated travellers.

  • Full vaccination mandatory for I-League players, except U-18 and those recovered from COVID recently

    All the footballers taking part in the ILeague starting in December will have to be fully vaccinated except for U18 players and those who have recently recovered from COVID19 infection, League CEO Sunando Dhar said on Wednesday. The ILeague 202122 is expected to be held under biosecure environment with strict COVID19 protocols in Kolkata and its surrounding suburbs.

India logged 26,964 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,35,31,498, while the active cases declined to 3,01,989, the lowest in 186 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 4,45,768 with 383 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.90 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.77 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. A reduction of 7,586 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.