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Covid-19 live updates: India willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to other countries, says Mandaviya

Covid-19 live updates: India willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to other countries, says Mandaviya

Scientists in South Africa said they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations, in an announcement that came after a recent rise in infection numbers. Stay here for real-time updates-Read Less

THE TIMES OF INDIA | Nov 25, 2021, 22:47:44 IST
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Covid-19 live updates: India willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to other countries, says Mandaviya
22:47 (IST) Nov 25

Indian Railways rolls back the increased platform ticket prices during Covid-19 pandemic time. Platform tickets will now be available for Rs 10 as before.

The prices were earlier increased with the aim of reducing the crowd at railway stations during the pandemic.

22:10 (IST) Nov 25

India willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to other countries: Mandaviya

India is willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin vaccines to all the countries, said Union Health Minister Mandaviya at a meeting with the ambassadors of Latin American and Caribbean nations on Thursday.He said, "India is driven by the philosophy of 'Vasudaiva Kutumbakam' which has inspired us to gift COVID-19 vaccines, HCQs and other medical necessities to all our friends. Further, India is willing to supply Covishield and Covaxin to all the countries."Mandaviya in his address underlined the need to strengthen the public health system to fight outbreaks in the future. He stated, "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".

22:09 (IST) Nov 25

Over 120 cr Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far: Union health ministry

The Centre on Thursday asked all states and union territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all international travellers coming from or transiting through South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, where a new COVID-19 variant of serious public health implications has been reported.

21:44 (IST) Nov 25

Chhattisgarh logs 38 new cases, no fresh death

Chhattisgarh's Covid-19 tally rose to 10,06,673 on Thursday after 38 new cases came to light, while no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said.

20:41 (IST) Nov 25

Govt warns of new Covid variant

Govt warns of new Covid variant
20:41 (IST) Nov 25

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

20:40 (IST) Nov 25

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)."

20:07 (IST) Nov 25

EU proposes booster jabs for 2022 travel, opens to WHO vaccines

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 EU executive also proposed accepting all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for travel purposes, which would allow non-essential travel to the EU from outside the bloc for people vaccinated with Chinese shots and vaccines made in India.

19:50 (IST) Nov 25

Karnataka reports 306 new Covid-19 cases, 224 recoveries and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours.

19:48 (IST) Nov 25

Delhi reports 30 new Covid-19 cases, 32 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

19:47 (IST) Nov 25

New Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa: All you need to know

19:22 (IST) Nov 25

S African health minister Joe Phaahla said it was too early to say whether the government would impose tougher restrictions in response to the variant.

18:34 (IST) Nov 25

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 small percentage of genomes sequenced in recent months.

18:34 (IST) Nov 25

South Africa was the first country to detect the Beta variant last year.

18:15 (IST) Nov 25

South Africa has requested an urgent sitting of a World Health Organization (WHO) working group on virus evolution on Friday to discuss the new variant.

18:15 (IST) Nov 25

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.

South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in a statement

18:15 (IST) Nov 25

South Africa has confirmed around 100 specimens as B.1.1.529, but the variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong case a traveller from South Africa. As many as 90% of new cases in Gauteng could be B.1.1.529, scientists believe.

18:14 (IST) Nov 25

Early signs from diagnostic laboratories suggest the variant has rapidly increased in the most populated province of Gauteng and may already be present in the country's other eight provinces.

18:14 (IST) Nov 25

The variant - called B.1.1.529 - has a "very unusual constellation" of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body's immune response and make it more transmissible, scientists told reporters at a news conference.

17:19 (IST) Nov 25

South Africa detects new Covid-19 variant: Scientists

Scientists in South Africa said Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations, in an announcement that came after a recent rise in infection numbers. "Unfortunately we have detected a new variant which is a reason for concern in South Africa," virologist Tulio de Oliveira told a hastily-called news conference.

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