India on Tuesday reported 18,795 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily count in 201 days. Meanwhile, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has declined to 2,92,206. Stay with TOI for all updates:Read Less
Tamil Nadu Govt allows physical classes to resume for students of Classes 1 to 8 from November 1; extends Covid restrictions till October 31; religious places to remain shut on all Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.
Tamil Nadu allows physical classes to be conducted for Classes 1 to 8 from November 1
TN also extends lockdown till October 31. It says the ban will continue for cultural, festivals and docial events. It further said places of worship will continue to remain closed on Friday to Sunday till October 31
Tracking the spread of Covid vaccination
220 new Covid-19 cases, one death in Telangana
Telangana on Tuesday logged 220 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 6,65,504, while the toll rose to 3,915 with one more fatality.The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 80, followed by Karimnagar (21) and Khammam (13) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM.
Karnataka reports 629 new Covid-19 cases, 782 recoveries and 17 deaths today.
Covid TPR in Kerala now comes down to 11%
After a long time, Kerala appears to have come out of the spell of high daily Covid tallies and a high test positivity rate.A statement issued by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Tuesday saw 11,196 people turn Covid positive after 96,436 samples were tested in the past 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 11.60 per cent.The day also saw 18,849 people turn negative while the total active cases in the state was 1,49,356, of which 12.7 per cent were in hospitals.
The Centre on Tuesday extended the nationwide Covid-19 containment measures till October 31 in view of localised spreads of the virus in a few states and the disease continuing to be a public health challenge in the country.
Delhi reports 34 new Covid-19 cases, 25 recoveries and two deaths in the last 24 hours.
MHA extends Covid containment measures till October 31, 2021.
Scheduled international flight suspension extended by another month. Now till Oct 31, 2021
Turkish health minister says schools will never close despite high Covid-19 infections
Turkey will "never" close schools again despite a recent rise in COVID-19 infections and the government is mulling various methods to continue in-person education, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.After months of online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey reopened schools this month, while removing most restrictions over the summer. It also began asking for a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination from teachers and also for certain public events.Turkey's daily infections have risen over the last month at a rate higher than most peer countries to just below 30,000 per day, as have average positive tests, according to global data.
Sheffield Shield match postponed due to Covid-19 scare in Queensland
The Sheffield Shield match between defending champions Queensland and Tasmania was postponed due to COVID-19 scare in Queensland. Queensland were set to begin their title defence by hosting Tasmania in the second match of the Shield at the Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane from Tuesday. But the match was postponed just minutes before the match could start after four new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state.
Sanofi ditches mRNA Covid-19 vaccine amid rivals' success
Sanofi is dropping plans for its own mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine because of the dominant role of the BioNTech-Pfizer alliance as well as Moderna in the fight against the pandemic, the company said on Tuesday. The move highlights the challenges of competing in particular with pioneer BioNTech, which rose from obscurity through its alliance with pharma major Pfizer last year. The pair have delivered close to 1.5 billion doses so far, making them the western world's largest Covid-19 vaccine maker. (Reuters)
Japan to end Covid-19 emergency measures nationwide this week: PM Yoshihide Suga
The Japanese government will end this week the Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 prefectures as well as the quasi-state of emergency in other areas, as the number of infections declined steadily, PM Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. Japan's coronavirus advisory panel has approved a government plan to end the state of emergency and quasi-measures on Thursday as scheduled. (ANI)
Pakistan to begin vaccinating children 12 and above
Pakistan's planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 and above to protect them from coronavirus. The announcement on Tuesday by Asad Umar comes amid a steady decline in fatalities from coronavirus across the country. (AP)
Covid virus expected to continue to transmit for a very long time: WHO
Stressing that the Covid virus may continue to transmit for a “very long time”, senior WHO official Poonam Khetrapal Singh says the level of immunity in a community, through vaccination and previous infection, will determine whether it will become endemic in the long run. WHO's South-East Asia region regional director added that there is need to get to a situation where "we are fully in control of the virus, and not the virus in control of us". Read more
Read: India allows Serum Institute to enrol 7-11 year old children in Covid-19 vaccine trial
India's drug regulator on Tuesday allowed vaccine maker Serum Institute to enrol kids aged 7-11 years for its Covid-19 vaccine trial as the country prepares to protect children from the coronavirus. It has already administered more than 870 million doses to adults among its population of nearly 1.4 billion.
Read: SC declines to hear pleas for registration of Covid-19 vaccine by toll-free number, medical facilities to non-Covid patients
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain two pleas seeking directions for adequate medical facilities to non-Covid-19 patients during the second wave of pandemic and registration for Covid vaccine by a toll-free number. A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said that petitions have become infructuous due to changed circumstances.