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Coronavirus News Highlights: Delhi HC says it expect Centre to continue vaccination programme, supply of COVID-19 vaccines; Kerala reports 7,540 new cases – The Financial Express

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Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Highlights: A 19-year-old boy died after taking the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Wednesday. According to the local health administration, the cause of death will be confirmed once the post-mortem report arrives in Bhopal from AIIMS.
India recorded 11,466 new cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per recent data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Out of these, Kerala alone reported 6409 new COVID cases and 47 deaths today. 109.63 crore doses of vaccine have been administered across the country under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The active caseload stands at 1,39,683 which is the lowest in 264 days.
As of November 9, Delhi had recorded 33 new cases of Covid-19 and zero deaths. The national capital had recorded four Covid deaths in October and five deaths in September. So far in November, no deaths have been recorded in the city. Haryana too reported no new death due to coronavirus but did log 15 fresh cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 7,71,355, as per health department’s daily bulletin. Maharashtra on the other hand reported a total of 982 fresh cases and 27 fatalities on Tuesday. West Bengal too, reported a spike with a total of 788 new cases.
The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has revealed that at present, 96 countries have agreed to mutual acceptance of vaccination certificates. The 96 countries include US, UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, and Switzerland. Consecutively, people who are travelling from these countries have a few relaxations as is mentioned in the Union Health Ministry’s Guidelines on International Arrivals issued on 20th October.
In the global scenario, the UK on Tuesday reported 262 COVID-19 deaths which is up from 57 a day earlier. The official data also confirmed 33,117 new cases of Covid-19 in Britain. Meanwhile, the UK government told Parliament on Tuesday that it will be mandatory for frontline healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated if they want to continue working for the National Health Service in England.
Here are the latest COVID-19 updates:
Haryana on Wednesday reported no Covid-related death but thirteen fresh cases of infections, pushing the total case count to 7,71,368.

According to the Health Department’s daily bulletin, the death toll remained unchanged at 10,050.

Among the districts, nine cases were reported from Gurugram.

The total active cases in the state were 95 while the overall recoveries were 7,61,200.

The recovery rate was 98.68 percent, the bulletin said. (PTI) 
MP | Till now, 9.49 lakh people haven’t taken their 2nd dose. Y’day we called different associations&they all themselves decided to ensure strictness. They’ve given  Nov 30 as deadline. After that, they’ll offer services after seeing vaccination certificate: Manish Singh, Indore DM (ANI)
Tamil Nadu reports 828 new COVID-19 cases, 931 recoveries and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 27,11,584
Total recoveries 26,65,178
Death toll 36,247
Active cases 10,159 (ANI)
Assam reports 263 new COVID-19 cases, 284 recoveries and 1 death in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 6,13,061
Total recoveries 6,03,747
Death toll 6,035
Active cases 1,932 (ANI) 
Delhi reports 54 new COVID-19 cases, 15 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 14,40,230
Total recoveries 14,14,751
Death toll 25,091
Active cases 388 | Read More
Karnataka reported 328 fresh COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,90,856 and the toll to 38,131.

The day also saw 247 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,44,669, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban continued to top in the number of cases (176), as the city saw 102 discharges and five deaths.

The total number of active cases in the state is now 8,027.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.27 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.74 per cent, the bulletin said.

Out of 9 deaths reported on Wednesday five were from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Dakshina Kannada (2) and one each from Bengaluru Rural and Ramanagara.

Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 176, Hassan 29, Mysuru 15, Chikkamagaluru 14, Dakshina Kannada 13, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district also headed the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,53,353, followed by Mysuru 1,79,345 and Tumakuru 1,20,911.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,30,482, followed by Mysuru 1,76,750 and Tumakuru 1,19,632.

Cumulatively a total of 5,16,90,177 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,17,748 were done on Wednesday alone.(PTI) 
Himachal Pradesh recorded five coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday that raised the toll to 3,773, while 154 fresh cases pushed the infection count in the state to 2,25,319, an official said.

Two fresh deaths were reported from Kangra and Hamirpur each and one from Mandi district.

Besides, 71 more patients recovered from the infection, taking the recovery count to 2,20,368, the official said.

The number of active cases in the state rose to 1,161 from 1,083 the previous day. (PTI) 
West Bengal reports 853 new COVID-19 cases, 809 recoveries and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 16,00,732
Total recoveries 15,73,520
Death toll 19,267
Active cases 7,945 (ANI)
Kerala reports 7540 new COVID-19 cases & 7841 recoveries in last 24 hrs. A total of 211 deaths (48 in last 24 hrs) reported today as per changed Central Govt guidelines – state govt issues COVID numbers
Death toll 34,621 
Active cases 70,459
76,380 samples tested in last 24 hrs (ANI) 
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the United States has brokered a deal between Johnson & Johnson and vaccine-sharing program COVAX for the delivery of the company’s COVID-19 vaccines to people living in conflict zones.

He announced the agreement at the opening of a meeting of global foreign ministers convened by Washington on the COVID-19 pandemic, but provided no details such as how many doses would be delivered, when or to which countries.

‘We need to ensure that people who cannot be reached by government vaccination campaigns aren’t left out of our efforts. They need to be protected too,’ Blinken said. ‘We’re eager for people in these difficult circumstances to get protection against COVID-19 as soon as possible.’

The meeting follows a virtual summit of world leaders arranged by President Joe Biden on Sept. 22, when he pledged that Washington would buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries.

Health experts say rich countries have not done enough in that regard and have criticized the United States in particular for planning booster shots for fully vaccinated Americans while much of the world’s population still has no access to vaccines.

They say the planned U.S. dose donations are welcome but insufficient and note the Pfizer vaccine is difficult to scale up and to administer in poorer countries, which lack sophisticated infrastructure for storing and shipping shots. (Reuters)
At least 32 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while one died of the infection in Goa on Wednesday, an official from the state health department said.

With this, the tally of infections in the coastal state has reached 1,78,399, which includes 3,371 fatalities, he said.

The count of recoveries rose to 1,74,734 after 22 patients were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 294 active cases, the official said.

With the addition of 3,422 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 14,95,561, he added.

Goa’s COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,78,399, new cases 32, death toll 3,371, discharged 1,74,734, active cases 294, samples tested till date 14,95,561. (PTI)
Andhra Pradesh reported 348 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, but the weekly infection positivity rate has now fallen below the one per cent mark after nine months.

Medical and Health Department data showed that the infection positivity rate has come down from 1.3 per cent to 0.8 per cent in the week ending November 9.

After a total of 2.98 crore sample tests, the cumulative positives rose to 20,69,066 at an overall infection positivity rate of 6.94 per cent.

The average number of daily fresh cases also declined to 256.The recovery rate climbed to 99.20 per cent after a total of 20,51,440 persons got cured, including 358 in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday.

The mortality rate remained at 0.70 per cent after a gross toll of 14,406, including three in the last 24 hours.AP now slipped ten places to 30 in the COVID-19 mortality rate in the country.

With 3,220 active cases, the state now stands at No. 8 in the country, the Medical and Health Department data showed.Guntur district now has the highest weekly positivity rate of 2.2 per cent, followed by East Godavari and Visakhapatnam with 1.8 per cent each. Krishna and SPS Nellore have 1.1 per cent each, while the remaining eight districts have less than one per cent each.

Meanwhile, the day’s bulletin said East Godavari reported 69, Chittoor 52, Visakhapatnam 44, Krishna 37, Guntur 32, West Godavari 31 and Prakasam 21 fresh cases in 24 hours.

The remaining six districts added less than 20 new cases each.Chittoor, Krishna and Visakhapatnam reported one more COVID-19 death each in a day. (PTI)
Germany’s vaccine advisory committee recommends people under 30 be vaccinated only with the Biontech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as it showed a lower number of heart inflammations in younger people than the Moderna vaccination, it said on Wednesday.

The committee, known as STIKO, also recommended that pregnant women, independent of their age, be inoculated only with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine as well.

STIKO based its recommendation on new safety data from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), Germany’s authority in charge of vaccines, and new international data.

Germany is the latest European Union country to recommend limiting use of the Moderna vaccine on younger people.

France’s public health authority this week recommended people under 30 be given Pfizer’s vaccine when available instead of the Moderna jab. Finland and Sweden have also limited use of the Moderna shot.

Moderna on Tuesday applied for European authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6-11 years, weeks after it delayed a similar filing with U.S. regulators.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Robert Koch Institute public health authority reported 39,676 new COVID-19 cases in Germany, a record for the third day in a row. That brought the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 4,844,054.

The total number of deaths increased by 236 to 96,963.

The institute also reported a rise in the coronavirus seven-day incidence rate – the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week – to the highest level since the start of the pandemic, also a record for the third day in a row.

Germany has already had to relocate some patients from regions with overburdened hospitals.

The three German parties in talks to form a coalition government by early December have agreed not to extend a nationwide state of emergency.

Instead, they presented a draft law late on Monday that would amend existing legislation to allow for measures such as compulsory face masks and social distancing in public spaces to continue to be enforced until March next year.

The draft law is due to be presented to the Bundestag lower house of parliament on Thursday and voted on in a special session a week later. (Reuters) 
French vaccines company Valneva’s share price jumped more than 20% on Wednesday after it won European Commission approval for a deal under which it would supply up to 60 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate over two years.

The eighth such deal by the European Union’s executive body in the fight against rising infections is a welcome boost for Valneva as it negotiates what has been a bumpy road for its COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Valneva vaccine adds another option to our broad portfolio, once it is proven to be safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency (EMA),” EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said. “The message remains the same: trust the science, and vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.”

Delivery of the VLA2001 inactivated vaccine is expected to begin in April 2022, subject to EMA approval, Valneva said.

The company hopes its candidate, which uses more traditional technology than the mRNA vaccines, could be a more reassuring option for Europeans still reluctant to be immunised.

Valneva last month said that it demonstrated efficacy “at least as good, if not better” than AstraZeneca’s shot in a late-stage trial comparing the two, with significantly fewer adverse side effects.

The European Commission said the contract with Valneva provides the possibility for EU member states to purchase nearly 27 million doses in 2022.

Member states can then make a further order of up to 33 million additional vaccines in 2023.

The deal includes the possibility to adapt the vaccine to new variant strains.

“We are grateful to the European Commission for its support and are eager to help address the ongoing pandemic,” Valneva Chief Executive Thomas Lingelbach said in a statement.

The deal will be a relief for Valneva after the European Commission said in April that conditions to conclude a deal had not been met.

Then, in September, Britain scrapped a contract for about 100 million doses of the vaccine over concerns that it might not receive approval.
Though Valneva shares have taken several hits along the way, they are up by 175% since the start of the year. (Reuters) 

The Delhi High Court Wednesday said it expected the Centre to continue the National Vaccination Programme and supply of vaccines against COVID-19 as per its policy.
The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice D N Patel, hearing a plea seeking supply of COVID-19 vaccines at “reduced” rates, that it was providing free of cost vaccines to all states and Union Territories.
Central government lawyer Anurag Ahluwalia said that pursuant to the National Vaccination Programme, all states and UTs were giving free COVID-19 vaccines to all the people above 18 years at government centres.
In view of the Centre’s stand, the bench, which also comprised Justice Jyoti Singh, said that there was no reason to monitor the case.
“We expect the respondent government to continue the National Vaccination Programme and they will continue to supply COVID19 vaccines as per their policy,” the bench said.
In the plea filed in May, petitioner Rakesh had highlighted the increase in the cost of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, saying that it is “not easy” for most people to pay for the vaccines.
“Earlier the price of Covaxin at private hospital was Rs 250 and this was easy to pay… Hyderabad-based vaccine major Bharat Biotech has now fixed price of Covaxin to state government at Rs 600 per dosage and the same is fixed for private hospitals at Rs 1200, which is higher in India…
“Pune-based Serum Institute of India, manufacturer of Covishield vaccine, fixed price at Rs 400 per dose for state government and Rs 600 for private hospital,” the petition said.
The petitioner asserted that it was the Central government’s duty to provide free vaccination but was not being done on account of shortage of sufficient number of doses.
The plea had claimed that while “people have no option but to cut their pockets”, the Centre was distributing vaccines to other countries. (PTI) 
Sikkim in the last 24 hours recorded 16 fresh coronavirus cases, two more than the previous day, that took its infection tally to 32,074, a health department bulletin said on Wednesday.

The number of active cases has also increased to 124 from 122 on Tuesday.

The death toll remained at 400 as no COVID-19 fatality was registered in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.

While 333 coronavirus patients have migrated to other states, 31,217 people have recovered from the disease.

East Sikkim registered nine fresh cases followed by South Sikkim (six), and West Sikkim (one).

East Sikkim has logged the highest number of COVID-19 cases so far at 17,855, followed by South Sikkim at 7,056, West Sikkim at 6,159, and North Sikkim at 671.

The state has so far conducted 2,64,233 sample tests for the infection, including 507 in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate and the recovery ratio are currently at 3.1 per cent and 98.3 per cent respectively, it said. (PTI) 
Germany’s national disease control centre reported a record-high number of new coronavirus cases Wednesday as one of the country’s top virologists warned that another lockdown would be needed if vaccinations do not quickly accelerate. The 39,676 cases registered by the Robert Koch Institute surpassed the previous daily record of 37,120 new cases reported Friday. The institute said Germany’s infection rate rose to 232.1 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days. “We have a real emergency situation right now,” Christian Drosten, the head of virology at Berlin’s Charite Hospital, said regarding the situation at many hospital intensive care units across the country. “We have to do something right now.” Government officials have repeatedly said they do not intend to impose lockdowns and have instead appealed to residents to get vaccinated. Germany currently has a caretaker national government following a September federal election. The parties that are expected to form the next government plan to introduce legislation this week that would allow a declaration since March 2020 of an “epidemic situation of national scope” to expire at the end of the month and provide a new legal framework for instituting coronavirus measures. (AP)
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,44,428 on Wednesday as 387 more people tested positive for the infection, 91 more than the previous day, while four fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 8,368, a health bulletin said. Khurda district, where Bhubaneswar is situated, continued to register over half of the new cases in the state. It reported 195 fresh infections, followed by Cuttack at 33. Seventy-five of the 387 new patients are in the 0-18 age group. Three fresh fatalities were recorded in Khurda, and one in Angul. Fifty-three other patients have died due to comorbidities so far, it said. The number of active cases dropped to 2,980 as 461 more patients recuperated in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to over 10.33 lakh, the bulletin said. (PTI) 
Hungarian authorities recorded 8,434 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, the highest daily tally since early April, with new cases again doubling from last week. Hospitalisations grew to 4,830, including 463 people in intensive care, in the nation of 10 million. In Hungary, 31,619 people have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. (Reuters)
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands remained unchanged at 7,665 as no fresh infection was detected on Wednesday, a health bulletin said. The Union territory’s coronavirus death toll also remained unchanged at 129 as no fresh fatality was registered, it said. The archipelago now has nine active cases, while 7,527 people have been cured of the disease to date, including one on Tuesday. The administration has thus far tested over 6.09 lakh samples for COVID-19, and inoculated over 2.94 lakh people, of whom 2.16 lakh have been fully vaccinated, it added. (PTI)
A 19-year-old man died within 48 hours of being administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore district, an official said on Wednesday. According to the local health administration, the necessary vaccine protocol had been followed, and the cause of death will be ascertained once the report of the post-mortem conducted by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhopal arrives. Shubham Parmar was administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Bhanvra village on the afternoon of November 6, and had returned home after being monitored by the health team for half an hour, it was stated. The next morning, Shubham started vomiting and was taken to a civil hospital in Ashta and was later referred to Sehore district hospital, where he died on Monday morning, the deceased man’s family said. The block medical officer of Ashta Dr Praveer Gupta said Shubham’s health was monitored as per the post-vaccination protocol, and the cause of death will be probed. A post-mortem was conducted by doctors at AIIMS in Bhopal and the exact reason for the death will be known once the report arrives, he said. The deceased man’s father Man Singh said that AIIMS doctors have informed that the report will be submitted in eight days to the concerned police station in the area. (PTI)
Vietnam will by the end of this month have sufficient vaccines to cover its population against COVID-19, a deputy prime minister said on Wednesday. “The fight against the pandemic, however, will continue,” Vu Duc Dam told the national assembly, adding people must maintain health protocols. (Reuters)
Arunachal Pradesh reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a health official said. No death was reported in the last 24 hours and the toll remained at 280. So far, the state has reported 55,197 COVID-19 cases, the official said. Of them, 54,873 patients have recovered, including nine on Tuesday. Arunachal Pradesh currently has 44 active cases. The new cases were detected after testing 772 samples on Tuesday. (PTI) 
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated more than eight million tonnes of plastic waste globally, with over 25,000 tonnes of it entering the oceans, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a significant portion of this ocean plastic debris is expected to make its way onto either beaches or the seabed within three to four years. A smaller portion will go into the open ocean, eventually to be trapped in the centres of ocean basins, which can become garbage patches, and accumulate in the Arctic Ocean. The researchers noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for single-use plastics such as face masks, gloves, and face shields. The resulting waste, some of which ends up in rivers and oceans, is intensifying pressure on an already out-of-control global plastic problem, they said. (PTI)
Thane has added 115 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection tally in the Maharashtra district to 5,67,002, an official said on Wednesday. Besides these new cases reported on Tuesday, the virus also claimed the lives of two more persons, which took the death toll in the district to 11,547, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,38,250, while the death toll stands at 3,289, another official said. (PTI)
In order to ramp up the vaccination programme against covid-19 further, the West Bengal government has decided to initiate a house-to-house campaign to identify beneficiaries who are yet to be administered the first dose of the vaccine. This can be done by forming a team of frontline workers who can reach all the families of an area, register all such beneficiaries, create awareness and encourage people to get their dose of vaccine, according to an order issued by the health department. “This strategy can also be used for mobilising the due beneficiaries of the second dose,” it added. The team may also prepare a list of all vulnerable and bedridden unvaccinated persons for inoculating them early, the order added. – PTI
Greece has hit a record high in new COVID-19 cases for a second day running, with the government ruling out a lockdown or school closures but warning that it might need to mobilise private doctors in badly hit areas. A total of 8,613 new infections were recorded, marking a substantial leap from Monday’s 7,300. Another 46 deaths were registered, bringing the total in the country of 11 million to about 16,400. The surge over the past week has put pressure on Greece’s health system, with hospitals filling up in parts of the country. Health Minister Thanos Plevris said the situation was “manageable, but very pressing.” Plevris said private clinics in Greece’s worst-hit northern areas were providing extra beds for state hospital patients, while medical staff were being transferred to struggling areas. He said private doctors have been invited to voluntarily assist the state health system where needed. “If there is no response within this week … then their services will be requisitioned,” he told private Skai TV. – AP
French President Emmanuel Macron has issued a mass appeal for people to get booster shots to fight rising virus infections that are raising concerns across Europe. Anyone over 65 who was vaccinated more than six months ago will need to get a booster shot by mid-December for their “health pass” to remain valid, Macron said on Tuesday. He promised stepped-up enforcement of the health pass, which is required to go to all restaurants and many public venues in France. To get a pass, people must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative virus test or a recent recovery from the virus. Booster shots, currently authorised in France for anyone over 65 or with underlying health conditions, will be expanded to those 50 and over in December, Macron said. – AP
Four Asiatic lions at a Singapore zoo have tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with infected staff, according to a news report. “All the lions remain bright, alert and are eating well,” the Channel News Asia report quoted Dr Sonja Luz, vice president of conservation, research and veterinary at Mandai Wildlife Group, the zoo operator, as saying. Meanwhile, the country also reported 3,397 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 169 from dormitories for migrant workers. With this, the total number of cases in the country has increased to 2,24,200. The Ministry of Health reported 12 deaths due to coronavirus-related complications that pushed the death toll to 523. – PTI
Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings. Older Americans and other groups particularly vulnerable to the virus have had access to a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine since September. But the Food and Drug Administration has said it would move quickly to expand boosters to younger ages if warranted. Pfizer is submitting early results of a booster study in 10,000 people to make its case that it’s time to further expand the booster campaign. While all three vaccines used in the U.S. continue to offer strong protection against severe COVID-19 illness and death, the shots’ effectiveness against milder infection can wane over time. – AP
Thane has added 115 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection tally in the Maharashtra district to 5,67,002, an official said on Wednesday. Besides these new cases reported on Tuesday, the virus also claimed the lives of two more persons, which took the death toll in the district to 11,547, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,38,250, while the death toll stands at 3,289, another official said. PTI 
Frontline health service staff will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue working for the National Health Service (NHS) in England, the UK government told Parliament on Tuesday. In an oral statement to the House of Commons, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that only those workers who can show they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can be employed or engaged in the health service. The cut-off for this requirement is expected to begin on April 1, 2022, subject to parliamentary approval. “While our health and social care colleagues are a cross-section of the nation at large there’s no denying that they carry a unique responsibility,” said Javid. “They have this responsibility because they are in close contact with some of the most vulnerable people in our society people that we know that are more likely to suffer serious health consequences if they get COVID-19. So, whether it’s in our care homes, or in our hospitals — or any other health or care setting the first duty of everyone working in health and social care is to avoid preventable harm to the people that they care for,” he said. (PTI)
President Joe Biden is extending the federal government’s 100% reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories through April 1, 2022, the White House is announcing Tuesday. On a conference call Tuesday morning, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients is informing governors that Biden is approving the extension of Federal Emergency Management Agency support to help continue FEMA-backed efforts like vaccination clinics and public education campaigns surrounding the shots.  The extension also continues 100% federal reimbursement for National Guard personnel deployed to help combat the virus, including those tasked with assisting local hospitals treating coronavirus cases. The extension into early 2022 is an indication that after premature declarations of victory over the pandemic in July, the Biden administration is preparing for continued COVID-19 disruptions well into next year. A White House official detailed the announcement to The Associated Press on Tuesday in conjunction with the private call to governors. “This is an extension of the order the president signed on his second day in office and will ensure you continue to have the resources you need to get shots in arms and fight the virus,” Zients planned to tell the governors, according to the official. (AP)
Amid a decline in COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, the state government allowed cinema halls and multiplexes to operate with 100 per cent capacity in Raipur and some other districts with patrons needing to possess COVID-19 vaccination certificate, an official said on Tuesday. Raipur Collector Saurabh Kumar, during the day, issued an order in this regard along with a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) for exhibiting films in cinema halls and multiplexes, a public relations department official said. The state government had in June this year allowed reopening of cinema halls and multiplexes, which were shut after cases surged during the second wave of the pandemic, with a 50 per cent attendance cap. “As per the fresh order, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will be allowed to run with full occupancy. Audiences must possess COVID-19 vaccination certificate. However, in containment/buffer zones, such facilities will not be allowed to open. The facility owners must ensure their staffers are fully vaccinated. Entry and exit points and common areas should have touch free dispensers besides sanitisers,” the official informed. (PTI)
Gujarat on Tuesday reported 20 new coronavirus cases, pushing its infection tally to 8,26,784, while no fresh death due to the respiratory illness was registered in the state, the health department said. Also, 28 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the tally of recovered cases to 8,16,485, it said. Gujarat now has 209 active cases, of which four patients are in critical condition, the release said. With no new death, the state’s COVID-19 fatalities remained unchanged at 10,090, said the department in a release. On COVID-19 vaccination front, 4.86 lakh people received their shots on Tuesday, increasing the tally of doses administered so far in the state to 7.24 crore, it said. District-wise, Ahmedabad reported four new cases, Valsad and Vadodara three each, Rajkot and Junagadh two each, while Gandhinagar, Kutch, Navsari, Sabarkantha, Surendranagar and Surat logged one infection each, the release said. (PTI)
Chhattisgarh reported 22 new coronavirus infections and two deaths on Tuesday, the state health department said. The caseload in the state rose to 10,06,220, while the death toll reached 13,586. The recovery count increased to 9,92,401 after six people were discharged from hospitals and 19 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 233 active cases. Raipur district recorded eight new cases, Korba recorded five and Durg district recorded three cases. No fresh case was reported in 20 districts. With 29,225 samples being examined during the day, the number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state went up to 1,37,97,302. (PTI)
Maharashtra reported 982 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 27 fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of infections to 66,19,329 and the toll to 1,40,430, the state health department said on Tuesday. The state had reported 751 cases and 15 fatalities on Monday. A total of 1,293 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, which raise the number of  recoveries in Maharashtra to 64,61,956, leaving the state with 13,311 active cases.  The case recovery rate in Maharashtra now stands at 97.62 per cent.  With 96,866 new tests, the number of samples examined so far in Maharashtra went up to 6,33,99,355, the department said. On Tuesday, 18 districts and five municipal corporations in Maharashtra did not report any new COVID-19 cases.  Mumbai districts reported the highest 206 new infections in the state, followed by the Ahmednagar district with 46 cases. Among the eight regions of Maharashtra, the Mumbai region saw the highest 460 cases during the day, followed by 306 cases reported from the Pune region. (PTI)
The state capital has been witnessing an increase in fresh COVID-19 infections over the past five days, even as the infections in the rest of Tamil Nadu are on a downward trend. On Tuesday, Chennai accounted for 131 of the total of 835 cases, an increase from 106 reported on November 5. The overall numbers pushed the aggregate to 27,10,756 till date, the health department said on Tuesday. Twelve more people succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 36,238 so far, it said. Recoveries eclipsed new cases with 924 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,64,247 leaving 10,271 active infections. Chennai accounted for the majority of the new infections with 131 cases, while the remaining was spread across districts. After reporting a decline in daily cases to 106 on November 5, new cases have been on rise in Chennai since then. On November 6, the capital city added 122 cases, a sharp rise from the previous day (November 5), while on November 7 it further rose to 129. On November 8, the figure was 126. (PTI)
A group of hospitals in the southern Dutch province of Limburg on Tuesday called for the government to take new measures to stem rising COVID-19 cases, saying they have no space or staff to handle more coronavirus patients. Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands, as in other parts of Europe, are approaching all-time highs despite adult vaccination levels around 85%. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government announced last week new measures to slow the spread of the virus, two months after scrapping social distancing rules. The steps included the reintroduction of face masks in stores and broader use of the country’s proof-of-vaccination “corona pass”. Cases have continued to rise, however, and the Netherlands’
Institute for Health (RIVM) on Tuesday reported weekly cases were up 45% to 76,790, or more than 400 per 100,000 inhabitants. “We are heading straight for a healthcare disaster and the whole system is becoming jammed,” the five hospitals in Limburg said in a letter to Rutte’s government. “We’re convinced the rest of the Netherlands will be following us shortly. “They urged fresh measures including beginning immediately with booster vaccination shots for elderly and vulnerable patients.Rutte’s government has said it will offer booster shots to patients over the age of 60 once six months has passed since they were fully vaccinated.His government is due to announce whether it will take new measures at a news conference scheduled for Friday. (Reuters)
Haryana reported no new coronavirus-related death, even as it added 15 fresh cases on Tuesday, pushing the infection tally to 7,71,355, according to the health department’s daily bulletin. The death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged at 10,050, the bulletin said. Among the districts, nine cases were reported from Gurugram. The number of active novel coronavirus cases in the state stands at 93, while the overall recoveries has reached 7,61,189, the bulletin said. Haryana has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 98.68 per cent, it said. (PTI)
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