Coronavirus India Live Updates: China claims Covid-19 detected on fish exports from India; Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine candidate 95% effective

Coronavirus India Live News Updates: India, as a whole, detected 38,617 cases and 474 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, taking the country’s overall coronavirus caseload to 89.12 lakh. India’s 89,12,908 cases includes 4,46,805 active cases, 83,35,110 recoveries and 1,30,993 deaths.

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Delhi’s coronavirus tally on Wednesday climbed to over 500,000 after 7,486 fresh cases and 131 new fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 7,943. This is the highest number of deaths reported in the city so far. Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the city, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday reiterated that there will be no lockdown in the national capital, but said that there can be local restrictions at some busy places.

The Covid lockdown has set off sweeping economic distress in cities but its crucial dimension has remained untold: the silent, devastating toll on the working woman in the city suddenly out of work. Now locked out of the job market, they are being pushed to debt; some are selling off household items their incomes had helped buy, others are returning to places where they came from – all in desperate search for a job. The Indian Express spoke to a few of them about their hardships

In another story, Chinese officials have claimed that traces of Covid-19 were found on more cold-chain imports from different countries, including India, amid increasing criticism from several nations that the testing and restrictions are not based on science and would disrupt trade. This is the second-time Chinese officials claimed to have found coronavirus on Indian fish exports. On the vaccine front, Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical-trial data showed its vaccine was 95% effective.

Globally, over 56 million people are infected with toll at 1.34 million. At the same time, India, as a whole, detected 38,617 cases and 474 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, taking the country’s overall coronavirus caseload to 89.12 lakh. India’s 89,12,908 cases includes 4,46,805 active cases, 83,35,110 recoveries and 1,30,993 deaths.

Coronavirus India Live News Updates: 38,617 cases and 474 deaths take India’s tally to 89.12 lakh; PM Narendra Modi, Joe Biden discuss Covid-19 pandemic; Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine candidate 95% effective; MHA steps in to aid Delhi; Kejriwal limits guests at weddings to 50. Read latest news and updates below

South Australia began one of the world’s toughest lockdowns Thursday with even outdoor exercise and dog-walking banned as the state tries to contain a cluster of Covid-19 infections. For six days, only one person from a household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for essential reasons, authorities said. Schools, universities, cafes and restaurants are closed, weddings and funerals are banned and mask-wearing is mandatory.

Twenty-three people in the state capital Adelaide have been infected after a cleaner at a hotel used to quarantine people arriving from overseas was exposed to the virus, and health authorities say the “circuit breaker” measures are necessary to avoid a wider outbreak.

A woman passenger, wearing a protective suit, waits for train at New Delhi Railway Station (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

Kashmir sero survey: The first pan-Kashmir sero-prevalence survey has revealed that close to 40 per cent of the people in the Valley have developed antibodies for Covid-19. The survey, in which 6,000 samples from all 10 districts of Kashmir were tested, showed that 38.8 per cent of the population has developed the antibodies. The highest prevalence of antibodies was among participants in Pulwama (43.1 per cent), followed by Budgam (43 per cent), with Srinagar district showing a sero-prevalence of 40.7 per cent.

Gujarat govt issues guidelines for re-opening of schools: The state education department has fixed Monday, Wednesday and Friday for Class X and XII while Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for Class IX and XI for re-opening of secondary and higher secondary schools from November 23. The state government issued a Government Resolution (GR) on Wednesday outlining the conditions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed by schools, parents and students once the schools are re-opened.

60,000 tests a day, doubling ICU beds in Delhi: To achieve this, the ICMR will help in augmenting capacity of existing Delhi labs by 2,000 tests by deploying more manpower, increasing number of shifts and placing more equipment. It will also involve private sector labs even as five RT-PCR labs including at AIIMS, Delhi have already started functioning round the clock, an MHA official said.

 

 

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