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Melbourne Plans To Exit World's Longest Covid-19 Lockdown

The Australian government has made some changes in the decision to exit the Covid-19 lockdown on October 21, even if the cases are hovering at record levels. However, the residents of Melbourne have been under the COVID lockdown since August, due to the highly infectious Delta strain of viruses. Several clubs, restaurants, and cafes have started to restock but the officials are still concerned over the rising cases.

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 - 05:30 PM / by SAM RAHUL RAJASHEKHAR

Tags: Covid-19, COVID-19 outbreak, Australia, Sydney

Courtesy: Reuters

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4 Death, 463 Fresh COVID Cases Reported In Mumbai; 4,550 Active Cases

Mumbai has reported 463 fresh COVID-19 cases on October 20, taking the total active cases to 4,550. Besides, the city reported 4 deaths, taking the death toll to 16,192. Reportedly, the number of active cases in the metropolitan city stands at 7,51,957. Further, as many as 40 buildings have been sealed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to avoid virus spread due to the ongoing pandemic.

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 - 02:58 PM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: Covid-19, Mumbai, India, Coronavirus Pandemic, health care

Courtesy: The Times Of India

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India Surpasses 100-Cr Vaccination Drive; PM Greets Medical Staffs

India finally achieves the 100-crore Covid-19 vaccination benchmark on October 21. PM Narendra Modi on the occasion expressed his gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and everyone who contributed to the success. Modi tweeted, "We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise, and the collective spirit of 130 crore Indians." However, Modi was joined by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya as he engaged with hospital officials.

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 - 01:59 PM / by Vidhi Jhunjhunwala

Tags: Covid-19, Covid Vaccine, India, PM Narendra Modi

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India Likely To Reach 100 Cr Covid Vaccination Mark On Oct 21

India is anticipated to reach the milestone of 100 crore Covid vaccinations on October 21, including first and second doses. As of October 20, around 99.70 crore vaccination doses have been distributed across the country, as per preliminary statistics. Although 74% of the projected adult population has got the first dose, only 31% has received both the doses. Ministry of Health has advised the government to prioritise second dose coverage.… read-more

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 - 10:01 AM / by Vidhi Jhunjhunwala

Tags: Covid-19, India, Covid Vaccination, Health Ministry

Courtesy: The Indian Express

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Singapore Extends COVID-19 Curbs To Ease Pressure On Hospital Staff

Singapore is planning to extend its social curbs in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 for a month. Reportedly, the move is to ease the pressure on the healthcare system. While Singapore has vaccinated more than 80% of its 5.45 million population, asymptomatic or mild cases have been rising steadily, spreading the virus and mounting pressure on the hospitals and medical staff.

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 08:14 PM / by SAM RAHUL RAJASHEKHAR

Tags: Covid-19, Covid-19 Test, COVID-19 outbreak, SINGAPORE

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Kerala and Covid-19

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Kerala Reports 7,643 Fresh Cases, 10,488 Recoveries, 77 Deaths In 24 Hours

Kerala recorded 7,643 fresh cases and 77 deaths in the last 24 hours. On the brighter side, 10,488 recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours, making the total number of recoveries at 47,60,781. There are 80,262 active cases in the state as of October 19, whereas, there are 1,83,118 active cases across India. Notably, India's recovery rate stands at 98.14 percent, the highest since the start of the pandemic.

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 07:38 PM / by Shibu Immanuel S

Tags: Kerala, Covid-19, Covid-19 cases, India, Recovery rate

Courtesy: ANI

School students in Karnataka.

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Karnataka Govt Allows Physical Classes 1 To 5 From Next Week

Karnataka's Primary and Secondary Education Minister B.C. Nagesh on October 18 announced that Classes 1 to 5 will be reopened in the state from October 25 with only 50% of the capacity of a classroom. Reportedly, parents' consent is mandatory for schools. Meanwhile, teachers and students have to follow all COVID-19 protocols. However, the government will further decide on November 1 to run classes at full capacity. 

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 03:50 PM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: Primary Class, Karnataka, Schools, Covid-19

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Over 300 COVID Vaccines Under Development, Says WHO

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, pharmaceutical companies are developing over 300 vaccines. Reportedly, 126 and 194 vaccines stand at the clinical development and pre-clinical development stage respectively. India has developed the Covaxin, and is also manufacturing Covishield. According to WHO, few Indian vaccines are in the clinical trial phase. Notably, Bharat Biotech and Thomas Jefferson University have reportedly signed a deal to develop a… read-more

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 01:40 PM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: Covid-19, Coronavirus Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals, India, WHO

Courtesy: LiveMint

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India's Expected Potential GDP Slashed By IMF To 6%

The pandemic has impacted investments and labour market severely in India, due to which India's expected potential growth has decreased by 25 basis points to 6%, said Mission Chief for India at the virtual IMF meeting on October 18. As per reports, negative impact of the pandemic could delay the recovery, affecting medium term growth of India. However, India's FM believes India can maintain 7.5%-8.5% growth in the next decade. 

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 11:50 AM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: India, IMF, GDP growth, Covid-19, Investment

Courtesy: LiveMint

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Puducherry & Cuddalore Report Zero Deaths Due to COVID-19

Puducherry reported 24 fresh cases, while zero deaths due to COVID-19 was reported in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate has decreased to 0.73%, and the recovery rate stands at 98.14%. Out of nearly 18.72 lakh tests conducted so far, 15.88 lakh were tested positive. Cuddalore also reported zero deaths on October 18. Villupuram and Kallakurichi districts report 10 and 14 positive cases respectively. 

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 11:27 AM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: Covid-19 Test, India, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Covid-19

Courtesy: The Hindu