Coronavirus LIVE: Cases close to 8.6 mn in India, death toll at 127,104

A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a man at the Sadar Bazar market to conduct tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Delhi on Wednesday.
Coronavirus update: With 38,074 new Covid-19 infections, India's total cases surged to 85,91,731 on Wednesday. The death toll mounted to 1,27,059 with 448 new deaths. Total active cases are 5,05,265 after a decrease of 4,408 in the last 24 hrs. India's active cases have come down to nearly 50 per cent lower than the September 18 peak of 1,017,754.

Delhi logged the highest single-day spike of 7,745 new coronavirus cases, taking its total count of cases to 438,529. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the third wave of Covid-19 in Delhi had hit the peak and the number of cases suggested it had been the worst so far. 

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World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 51,227,995. The US, the worst-hit country, has 10,416,629 cases, and 244,424 have died from the disease there. US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday (local time) implored Americans to wear masks in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and exuded confidence that the virus can be brought under control in the country and the economy can be rebuilt.

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EU negotiators clinch deal on huge budget, coronavirus plan

After months of wrangling, European Union negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday on the bloc's next seven-year budget and a coronavirus support package worth a total of some 1.8 trillion euros ($2.1 trillion), which could enter force early next year.
The deal, clinched between European Council negotiators representing the EU's 27 member countries and the European Parliament, must still officially be endorsed by the bloc's ministers and the full EU legislature. The budget is meant to take effect on Jan. 1.
We have finally made it, Germany's EU envoy, Michael Clauss, said. We urgently need the recovery fund up and running in order to cushion the dire economic consequences of the pandemic.

Vaccine hope dampens prospects for corporate stay-at-home darlings

The surge in shares of Netflix, Zoom and other of this year's stay-at-home corporate winners has been brought to a sudden halt by promising vaccine data suggesting a possible way out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The jury was still out on Tuesday, however, as to whether that reverse, sparked by positive data from trials run by US drugs giant Pfizer and Germany's BioNtech, would last.
Shares in video conferencing network Zoom fell 4% on Tuesday after plunging about 17 per cent a day earlier. But both exercise bike maker Peloton, which sank more than 20 per cent on Monday, and Netflix, actually gained ground on Tuesday.
Tech heavyweights from Google-parent Alphabet to Apple and Amazon also suffered but have still mushroomed hugely in value this year.
"Even if a vaccine proves effective, inoculating a large enough part of the population will take time and leave these segments prone to economic lockdown fallout," said Commerzbank analyst Christoph Rieger.
The shakiness of moves may have reflected both those doubts about the speed at which a vaccine can be produced and distributed as well as the remaining doubts about whether it will work as a solution in the long-run.

EU to buy up to 300 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

The European Commission will sign a deal to secure up to 300 million doses of the experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU's executive arm, said the commission will authorize the deal on Wednesday after working tirelessly to secure doses of potential vaccines in recent months.
This is the most promising vaccine so far, von der Leyen said. Once this vaccine becomes available, our plan is to deploy it quickly, everywhere in Europe. Pfizer said Monday that early results from the vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing Covid-19.

Myanmar reports 1,266 new Covid-19 cases, 24 more deaths

Myanmar reported 1,266 more Covid-19 confirmed cases on Tuesday, bringing the country's tally to 63,241, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
A total of 24 more Covid-19 deaths were also reported on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the country to 1,461, the release said.
According to the ministry's figures, 47,411 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery.

BioNTech to price vaccine below market rates

BioNTech, first in the race to disclose interim data from a large-scale trial showing a highly effective Covid-19 vaccine, is planning to price the two-shot regimen below "typical market rates" and would differentiate pricing between countries or regions.
Speaking at a Financial Times online event, the German biotech firm's strategy head Ryan Richardson said the price tag of the vaccine, which is co-developed with Pfizer and which has yet to win regulatory approval, would reflect the financial risks that its private-sector investors have incurred.
"We've tried to pursue a balanced approach that recognises that innovation requires capital and investment so we plan to price our vaccine well below typical market rates reflecting the situation that we're in and with the goal to insure broad-based access around the world," Richardson said at the FT event.

900 new Covid-19 cases in MP, eight deaths; 793 recover

Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday recorded 900 new Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 179,068, while eight fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,042, health officials said.
793 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the state's overall recovery count to 167,877, they added.

Another Covid-19 death, 39 new cases in UP's Muzaffarnagar

One more Covid-19 patient succumbed to the infection, bringing the death toll from the disease to 81 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, while 39 fresh cases pushed the active case count to 292 on Tuesday, officials said.
The 60-year-old patient, who was taken to Muzaffarnagar Medical College Begarajpur on November 2, died on Tuesday, they said.

Ladakh records one more Covid-related death, 125 fresh cases

One more patient died of coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the fatality count to 85, while 125 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the Union Territory to 6,934, an official bulletin said on Tuesday

Karnataka reports 2,362 new Covid-19 cases

West Bengal reports 3,891 new Covid-19 cases

Manipur records 219 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths today

Gujarat reports 1,049 new Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu reports 2,146 new Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 test centres to mandatorily measure oxygen saturation level: Jain

Seeking to reduce coronavirus-related deaths in the national capital, the Delhi government has ordered Covid-19 test centres to mandatorily check the oxygen saturation level of people, and persons found having it below 94 per cent are to undergo compulsory medical examination.

Kerala records 6,010 new Covid-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,886 new Covid-19 cases

Senior Palestinian official Erekat dies of Covid-19

Saeb Erekat, the veteran Palestinian peace negotiator, who was in a critical condition due to Covid-19, died on Tuesday, members of Erekat's inner circle confirmed to Sputnik

Over 11.96 cr Covid-19 tests done in India till now, which is second highest in world: Govt

Jammu and Kashmir reports 492 new Covid-19 cases

Air pollution, cold weather, crowding leading to spike in Covid in Delhi: ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava

During Bihar poll campaigns, our team found adherence to Covid norms like wearing masks less than satisfactory: Rajesh Bhushan

World Archery Para Championships postponed due to Covid-19

The 2021 World Archery Para Championships, which were due to take place early next year, have been postponed until February 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governing body has announced

Tripura reports 79 new Covid-19 cases; tally rises to 31,622

At least 79 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Tuesday, pushing the tally in the state to 31,622, a health department official said.

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque tests positive for Covid-19

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has tested positive for Covid-19 and he is undergoing home isolation, according to a report

Singapore may get first shipment of Covid-19 vaccine early next year

Singapore may get the first shipment of a Covid-19 vaccine, co-developed by Singapore researchers along with US pharmaceutical company Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc, early next year, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Move HC, says SC to Delhi govt plea for more ICU Covid beds

The Delhi government's plea stressing the urgent need for keeping more ICU beds for Covid patients in view of cases increasing every day failed to move the Supreme Court which on Tuesday declined to lift the Delhi High Court's stay on the order to reserve 80 per cent ICU beds in private hospitals for such patients

Covid-19 triggers OCD in children and young people, study says

Children and young people with obsessive thoughts and compulsions may experience their OCD, anxiety, and depressive symptoms worsen during a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new study

Severe Covid-19 infection rare in newborns: Study

A new research adds to the growing body of evidence that severe Covid-19 infection appears rare in newborn babies.

Covid: SC sends to HC, Delhi govt's plea against stay on reserving ICU beds

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent to the Delhi High Court for hearing on November 12 a plea filed by the Delhi government challenging the stay on its order for the reservation of 80 per cent ICU beds in private hospitals for Covid-19 patients.

Two more die of coronavirus infection in Puducherry, toll reaches 604

Daily new Covid-19 infections remain below 50,000 mark

For the third day in a row, daily new coronavirus infections in the country settled below the 50,000-mark, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday

California Covid-19 cases at highest levels

California's coronavirus cases were at their highest levels in months, with the "sobering" numbers possibly leading to the delay of reopening the economy in some counties, state Governor Gavin Newsom has warned

Odisha reports 987 new Covid-19 cases, 13 fresh fatalities

After a gap of around 110 days, the number of new infections reported daily across Odisha dropped below 1,000 on Tuesday as 987 more persons tested positive for Covid-19, taking the states caseload to 303,780, a health department official said.

As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

In Italy lines of ambulances park outside hospitals awaiting beds, and in France the government coronavirus tracking app prominently displays the intensive care capacity taken up by COVID-19 patients: 92.5 per cent and rising. In the ICU in Barcelona, there is no end in sight for the doctors and nurses who endured this once already. Intensive care is the last line of defence for severely ill coronavirus patients and Europe is running out of beds and the doctors and nurses to staff them. In country after country, the intensive care burden of COVID-19 patients is nearing and sometimes surpassing levels seen at last spring's peak.

China Covid-19 vaccine trial halted in Brazil after serious adverse event

The final-stage trial of a Chinese frontrunner vaccine candidate has been halted in Brazil due to a serious adverse event, the first time that any of the Asian nation’s rapidly developed Covid-19 shots have met with such a setback. Testing of Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s vaccine, called Coronavac, has been halted in Brazil after an event that occurred on Oct. 29, said the Brazil Health Agency on Tuesday, without giving any further detail on what happened. The study is interrupted in accordance with regulations while the agency analyses if the study should continue, it said. Read More

US Fed warns of financial risks amid raging pandemic

The US Federal Reserve has warned of a potential decline in asset prices and other financial risks as the raging Covid-19 pandemic and recession still persisted in the coountry. "Given the high level of uncertainty associated with the pandemic, assessing valuation pressures is particularly challenging, and asset prices remain vulnerable to significant declines should investor risk sentiment fall or the economic recovery weaken," the Fed said in its latest biannual Financial Stability Report released on Monday. "Business and household earnings have fallen and business borrowing has risen, which leave households and firms more vulnerable to future shocks," Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying and added that loan defaults might rise, leading to material losses for lenders. The report also noted that the Covid-19 shock highlighted how vulnerabilities related to leverage and funding risk at non-bank financial institutions could amplify shocks in the financial system in times of stress.


Japanese PM orders drawing up of third COVID-19 economic relief package

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga instructed his cabinet to form an economic relief package, the third of its kind, to stave off the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic, media reported Tuesday. The new budget looks to shore up the country's economic foundations through the first quarter of 2021, although a sum has yet to be estimated, NHK news broadcaster reported. The package will look to address recovery in the job market, new measures to curb the spread of virus, natural disaster relief among others, the broadcaster reported.

UK PM warns against easing efforts to fight Covid-19

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonhas warned against relaxing efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic amid looming hopes of a vaccine against the fast-spreading disease. "We cannot rely on the news about a vaccine as a solution" in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Xinhua news agency quoted Johnson as saying at a virtual press briefing in Downing Street on Monday. "It would be a mistake to slacken our resolve in fighting the virus," the Prime Minister said. Mass testing can be a substitute to the restrictions, he said, adding that it was now more important than ever that people follow the lockdown rules. 

COVID-19 impact: Disneyland to lay off more employees as shutdown continues

As theme parks remain closed in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disneyland has announced that it is furloughing more employees. According to Variety, the furloughs were announced in a letter to staff sent from Disneyland President Ken Potrock on Monday. Though the exact number of furloughs is unknown, the action will include executives, as well as salaried and hourly employees. Affected employees will be able to maintain their health insurance and other benefits. The memo read, "After nearly eight months our parks and hotels remain closed, and while we have had some successes -- like the opening of the Downtown Disney District in July, shopping and dining coming soon to Buena Vista Street and today's announcement that we will reopen Disney Vacation Club units -- the recently released state guidelines put us in limbo regarding a reopening timeline in the foreseeable future."


Covid scare: 66% consumers set to visit markets just for festive shopping

Due to the impact of Covid-19, 66 per cent consumers are expected to just visit the local market for festive shopping instead of visiting main markets in town, this Diwali. Twenty per cent consumers are expected to visit the main market in their town for festive shopping while only 16 per cent consumers expected to visit malls this festive season. Local and neighbourhood retailers and traders to see higher consumer footfalls, as per a survey by Local Circles.

Odisha reports 987 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours

With 987 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours, the count of active cases rose to 12,584 in Odisha, as per the State's Health Department on Tuesday. The total cases of Coronavirus stood at 3,03,780 and as many as 2,89,689 people recovered from the infection so far in the state. The death toll is at 1,454 in Odisha. With 38,074 new COVID-19 infections reported in the last 24 hours, India's total cases surged to 85,91,731, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday.

Italy reports over 25k new coronavirus cases

Italy registered 25,271 new coronavirus cases and 356 fatalities in the last 24 hours, which took the overall caseload and death toll to 960,373 and 41,750, respectively, the Health Ministry said. Monday's figure marked a moderate slowdown compared to the 32,616 new cases reported a day earlier, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying. The total number of active cases in the country is 573,334, the vast majority of which (542,849) are currently isolated at home with no or mild symptoms.


Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally rises to 15,484

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally mounted to 15,484 as 48 more people, including an Assam Rifles jawan and a health worker, tested positive for the infection, an official said on Tuesday. Of the 48 new cases, 13 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 5 from Lepa Rada and 4 cases each from Tirap and West Kameng. Three fresh cases each were also registered in Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and Lohit, two each in Lower Siang, Papumpare, Shi-Yomi and Anjaw and one each in West Siang, East Kameng, Upper Siang, Namsai and Longding districts respectively, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

Covid-19 tracker for today

60 new Covid-19 cases in Mizoram; tally rises to 3,156

Mizoram on Tuesday reported 60 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 3,156, an official said. Fifty-one cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) with RT-PCR machines, 8 with Rapid Antigen Test and one case was confirmed at Champhai district hospital with TrueNat machine, the official said. Of the 60 cases, 57 cases were reported from Aizawl district, 2 from Lawngtlai district and 1 case was reported from Champhai district.

SC asks Delhi to move HC on reserving 80% ICU beds for Covid patients

The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the AAP government to approach the Delhi High Court with its plea against staying of its decision to reserve 80 per cent ICU beds in 33 private hospitals for Covid-19 patients. A vacation bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and B R Gavai took note of the urgent plea of the Delhi government on the ground of a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in the national capital and said its appeal be listed for hearing on Thursday instead of November 27 by a division bench of the high court.

Shanghai airport worker gets virus; 8,000 tested

Authorities in China's financial hub of Shanghai have quarantined 186 people and conducted coronavirus tests on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at the city's main international airport tested positive for the virus. No additional cases have been found, the city government said on its microblog Tuesday. It remains unclear how the 51-year-old man contracted the virus, which has largely spared the sprawling metropolis despite its dense population and strong international links In the northern port city of Tianjin, more than 77,000 people have been tested after a locally transmitted case was reported there on Monday. That case was believed to be linked to a cold storage warehouse, reinforcing suspicions that the virus may be spreading to victims from frozen food packaging.

Death toll mounts to 1,27,059 in India

With 38,074 new Covid-19 infections, India's total cases surge to 85,91,731. With 448 new deaths, toll mounts to 1,27,059. Total active cases are 5,05,265  after a decrease of 4,408 in the last 24 hrs. Total cured cases are 79,59,406 with 42,033 new discharges in the last 24 hrs

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COVID-19: 1,267 new cases, 4 deaths in Telangana

Telangana has registered 1,267fresh coronavirus cases taking the total infection count to2.52 lakh while fourmore deaths pushed the toll to 1,385. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 201, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 109 and Rangareddy 104, a government bulletin said on Tuesday, providing details as of 8 pm on November 9.


Worst of the Covid-19 pandemic yet to come for US: Experts express worry

Health experts have expressed serious concerns that the US was ill-prepared for the upcoming winter season and the holidays when the Covid-19 pandemic could spiral into its deadliest phase. As of Tuesday morning, the overall number of global coronavirus cases in the US has increased 10,051,722, while the deaths have surged to 238,201, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Read More

World Health Assembly resumes as global Covid-19 cases top 50mn

The 73rd World Health Assembly has resumed, where participants will address some of the most pressing global health issues and emergencies, including the raging Covid-19 pandemic that had claimed over 1.25 million lives and infected more than 50 million people globally. The six-day session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) which resumed on Monday, is the continuation of a short two-day event that took place in May. Like the May event, the resumed session also took place virtually.


13 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 4,463

The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,463 on Tuesday as 13 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Eight new patients have travel history, while five fresh infections were detected during contract tracing, the official said. Eighteen more people have been cured of the disease, he said. The archipelago now has 164 active coronavirus cases, while 4,239 people have recovered from the disease so far, the official said.


China's Covid-19 vaccine trials suspended in Brazil after 'severe incident'

Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said on Monday it has suspended clinical trials of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, following a "severe incident". The health regulator in a statement referred to the "incident", that occurred on October 29, without revealing further information. "National Health Surveillance Agency ANVISA has temporarily suspended human testing of the Chinese vaccine Coronavac due to 'a serious adverse effect,'" Sputnik reported, citing Anvisa's statement. President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday had said that their government would buy whatever coronavirus vaccine is certified by Anvisa

What's ahead for Covid-19 vaccines

Pfizer's surprising news that its COVID-19 vaccine might offer more protection than anticipated an announcement right after a fraught US presidential election campaign is raising questions about exactly how the different shots will make it to market. Pfizer Inc. and the maker of the other leading US vaccine candidate, Moderna Inc., have been cautioning for weeks that the earliest they could seek regulatory approval for wider use of their shots would be late November. In Britain, AstraZeneca recently said it hoped to prove its own vaccine was effective by year's end.


Jharkhand reports 246 new COVID-19 cases, 8 fresh fatalities

Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally rose to 1,04,688 on Tuesday as 246 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 905, he said. Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 52, followed by East Singhbhum (48) and Palamu (27), the official said.

India's Active Cases have fallen below 6% of the total cases

India's Active Cases have fallen below 6% of the total cases. The Recovered Cases have leaped past 92% of the cumulative cases. Health Ministry said, "Calibrated & effective strategy of the Centre focused on high levels of Testing for early identification combined with timely tracing, isolation & hospitalisation for the severe cases have resulted in a manageable number of active cases & continuously rising number of recoveries.

Behind Pfizer's Covid vaccine, an understated husband-and-wife 'dream team'

Positive data on BioNTech and U.S. partner Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine is an unlikely success for the married couple behind the German biotech firm, who have devoted their lives to harnessing the immune system against cancer.Pfizer said on Monday said its experimental vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data from a large study. Pfizer and BioNTech are the first drugmakers to show successful data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine. The companies said they have so far found no serious safety concerns and expect to seek U.S. emergency use authorization later this month. Read More

Trump accuses FDA and Pfizer of withholding COVID-19 vaccine announcement before elections

US President Donald Trump on Monday accused the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Pfizer of withholding the announcement on COVID-19 vaccine before elections to prevent him from getting a "vaccine win". The US Food and Drug Administration "and the Democrats didn't want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later - As I've said all along!" Trump said in a tweet. Early in the day, pharma major Pfizer announced that its vaccine, as per preliminary estimates, has been found to be 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Oil prices drop as near-term demand concerns overshadow COVID-19 vaccine hopes

US oil prices fell in early trade on Tuesday as concerns over demand in the near term in coronavirus-hit economies in Europe and the United States returned to haunt the market after an overnight surge on progress towards a COVID-19 vaccine. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures dropped 81 cents, or 2%, to $39.48 a barrel at 0029 GMT, having jumped 8% on Monday, its biggest daily gain in more than five months, after drugmakers Pfizer PFE.N and BioNTech 22UAy.F said an experimental COVID-19 treatment was more than 90% effective based on initial trial results.

Vaccine progress injects optimism into global stocks

Global stocks and oil jumped and Treasuries sold off on Monday as progress in the development of a coronavirus vaccine lifted investor confidence in a world economic recovery. "Preliminary trials have caused markets to come alive, not that they needed much encouragement," Chris Weston, Pepperstone's Melbourne-based head of research, wrote in a note Monday. Pfizer Inc said its COVID-19 vaccine, developed with German partner BioNTech SE , was more than 90% effective in preventing infection, marking the first successful results from a large-scale clinical trial.

Pfizer coronavirus vaccine results leave questions about safety, longevity

Covid-19 vaccine results from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE fueled optimism that the world will soon have a potential way out of the pandemic, yet experts cautioned that the shot still has many hurdles to clear. Questions about production, distribution and, most importantly, the performance and capability of the shot itself still need to be answered, even if the numbers look highly promising, according to vaccine specialists. The Pfizer trial started less than four months ago, and how long the vaccine will confer protection and how many will benefit are almost complete unknowns for now. Read More

Top 5 worst affected countries by Covid-19

Top 5 worst affected countries by Covid-19. (Source: Worldometer)

Eli Lilly's Covid-19 antibody drug gets emergency USFDA clearance

Eli Lilly & Co.’s antibody therapy was granted an emergency-use authorization by U.S. drug regulators for treating Covid-19, widening access to a treatment that early data suggests is effective in keeping people infected with the coronavirus out of the hospital. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the experimental treatment, called bamlanivimab, for use against mild-to-moderate Covid-19 in adults, including those who are 65 and older, and pediatric patients, the agency said on its website.Eli Lilly & Co.’s antibody therapy was granted an emergency-use authorization by U.S. drug regulators for treating Covid-19, widening access to a treatment that early data suggests is effective in keeping people infected with the coronavirus out of the hospital. Read More

Wall Street rallies on coronavirus vaccine trial results

The S&P 500 and the Dow rallied sharply but closed shy of their records on Monday as investors bet that a full economic reopening was finally in sight following the first positive data from a late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial. U.S. crude oil rose more than 8% and pushed up energy stocks while safe-haven U.S. Treasuries sold off after U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said a large-scale trial of their vaccine showed it was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19. Investors said they were also reassured by Saturday's news that Joe Biden had garnered enough votes to win the U.S. presidential election as they had priced in this news last week.

Ukraine's president tests positive for Covid-19

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus infection and will be working in self-isolation while being treated.
"There are no lucky people in the world for whom Covid-19 does not pose a threat," Zelenskiy said on Twitter.
"However, I feel good. I promise to isolate myself and I continue to work."

India still in first Covid wave: Experts

Battling apprehension, Nisha Punjabi, a Bahrain-based blogger, decided to visit India to see her family after almost a year. Armed with a bagful of masks, sanitisers and gloves, Punjabi landed in Delhi this week.

Much to her dismay, the taxi she booked to pick her up from the airport did not have the shield between the driver and the passenger as promised. “I was so surprised when the manager of the taxi company told me that Covid has gone from India so we have removed the shields.”
The shield, in fact, seems to be coming off for a larger population that is fatigued with wearing masks and social distancing nine months into the pandemic. The decline in the national curve of the disease has further encouraged people to throw caution to the wind.

Pfizer has a 90% effective vaccine. What happens next?

Stock markets are booming, scientists are hailing Pfizer's vaccine which has shown 90 percent effectiveness and corporates are already imagining the sunny prospect of a return to on-campus work but Pfizer is reminding everyone that it still needs to check off three boxes before its silver bullet progresses toward emergency use authorisation.
Pfizer explains that there needs to be "success" in the following three areas: Evidence of efficacy in most vaccinated patients, evidence of safety with data from thousands of patients and manufacturing which is consistently at the highest quality standards.
Early Monday, Pfizer and German partner BioNTech released efficacy results from a late stage study of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate 'BNT162b2'. The company reported it was 90 per cent effective after looking at 94 infections in a study that has enrolled more than 43,000 people in the US and five other countries. Some got the vaccine, others got dummy shots.

Boris Johnson cautiously welcomes loud toot' of the vaccine bugle

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday struck a note of caution as he welcomed the promising results from the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and warned that the new possible vaccine against COVID-19 has cleared only one significant hurdle and there are several more to go.
Addressing a briefing from 10 Downing Street here, Johnson urged the British public not to slacken their resolve as it is still very, very early days, even as he confirmed that the UK had pre-ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine enough for about a third of the UK population, taking into account that two doses each are required.
We have talked for a long time, or I have, about the distant bugle of the scientific cavalry coming over the brow of the hill, and tonight that toot of the bugle is louder. But it is still some way off. And we absolutely cannot rely on this as a solution, he said.

Biden says goal is to reduce Covid-19 spread and save lives

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said that the goal of his administration would be to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and save lives from the deadly virus.
We cannot forego the important work that needs to be done between now and then to get our country through the worst wave yet of this pandemic. To reduce spread. To save lives, Biden said after major media networks declared him winner of the November 3 presidential elections.
Early this morning, Biden announced the formation of a Covid-19 advisory board. Comprising of a panel of eminent experts, it is co-chaired by Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy, Dr David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith.

Odisha reports 1,219 new Covid-19 cases, 16 fresh fatalities

Odisha's Covid-19 tally rose to 3,02,793 on Monday as 1,219 more people tested positive for the infection, while 16 fresh fatalities took the coastal state's coronavirus death toll to 1,441, a health official said.

The state also registered recovery of 1,521 patients taking the total number of Covid-19 cured people to 2,89,689. The recovery rate is 95.67 per cent now.

As many as 708 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 511 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

Joe Biden urges Americans to wear masks to prevent Covid-19 spread

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday (local time) implored American to wear masks in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and exuded confidence that virus can be brought under control in the country and economy can be rebuilt.
"Maybe we saved the life of a person who stocks the shelf at your local grocery store. Maybe saves the life of a member of your place of worship. Maybe it saves the lives of one of your children's teachers. Maybe it saves your life. So please, I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbour," he said while speaking from Wilmington, Delaware, after being briefed by his newly formed coronavirus advisory board.

Surat records 189 Covid-19 cases, 209 recoveries; no new death

Surat reported189 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest for a district in Gujarat, taking its tally to 37,551, the state health department said.
No new Covid-19 fatality was reported from the south Gujarat district with its death toll remaining unchanged at 1,030, it said.
Recoveries exceeded new cases in the district with 209 patients getting discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the department said in a release.
Surat city reported 156 new cases and 162 recoveries, while the rural parts of the district recorded 33 fresh infections and 47 discharges, it said.

Doctors considering tracheotomy on Soumitra Chatterjee

Doctors treating Soumitra Chatterjee are considering tracheotomy on the veteran actor, hoping that the surgery may improve his condition, a senior official said on Monday.
The doctors are also mulling to carry out plasmapheresis after consulting nephrologists, he said.
"We may consider administrating tracheotomy on Wednesday. This may improve his condition," the official said.
A team of senior doctors from the state health department visited Chatterjee at the private hospital and held elaborate discussions with the doctors treating him.

1,963 new Covid-19 cases, 19 more deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,963 new Covid-19 cases 19 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,48,850 and the toll to 11,410, the health department said on Monday.
The day also saw 2,686 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Out of the fresh cases, 978 were from Bengaluru urban alone.

Gujarat records 971 Covid-19 cases, 993 recoveries; 5 die

Gujarat's Covid-19 tally rose to 1,81,670 with the addition of 971 new cases on Monday, while nearly 1,000 patients recovered from the infection, the state health department said.
The number of Covid-19 fatalities in Gujarat increased to 3,768 after five more patients died, it said.
Recoveries outnumbered new cases with 993 patients getting discharged in the last 24 hours, the department said.
This pushed the number of recovered cases to 1,65,589, said the department in a release.

Karnataka reports 1,963 new Covid-19 cases, 2,686 discharges and 19 deaths

Kin not allowed to meet prisoners amid Covid-19: Maharashtra minister

As Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked state home minister Anil Deshmukh to allow kin of arrested television journalist Arnab Goswami to see him, the senior NCP leader on Monday said relatives of inmates of jails are currently not allowed to meet them in  view of the Coronavrius epidemic

Goa sees 144 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths; 232 recover

Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 144 to reach 45,209 on Monday, while the toll touched 647 as four people succumbed to the infection, an official said

West Bengal logs record recovery of 4,396 Covid-19 patients

West Bengal on Monday reported the highest single-day recovery of 4,396 Covid-19 patients,  taking the total number of cured people to 3,67,850, the health department said in a bulletin

Pawar-led education body donates Rs 2.75 crore for Covid-19 fight

An educational institution in Maharashtra headed by NCP president Sharad Pawar on Monday contributed over Rs 2.75 crore to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund for combating the Covid-19 pandemic

Gujarat reports 971 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths and 993 recoveries today

25-30% of daily Covid-19 cases detected through targeted testing in crowded places: Satyendra Jain

The Delhi government is conducting aggressive testing to detect Covid-19 cases and 25-30 per cent of the daily infections are diagnosed through targeted testing in crowded places like railway stations and bus terminals, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Monday.

Union minister Harsh Vardhan reviews Covid-19 situation in 9 states

Rajasthan reports 1,859 new Covid-19 cases, 9 deaths and 1,684 recoveries

Uttarakhand reports 10 deaths and 398 new positive cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,392 new Covid-19 cases

Kerala records 3,593 new Covid-19 cases today

PGI-Chandigarh warns of spike in Covid-19 cases

With the rise in coronavirus cases again, the PGI-Chandigarh on Monday said with the prevailing low humidity promotes evaporation of viral particles and aerosol formations that can increase the airborne spread of the disease

Kerala Governor hospitalised two days after testing positive for Covid-19

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, who tested positive for Covid-19 on November 7, was on Monday admitted to the Trivandrum Medical College Hospital

Pfizer says early data signals Covid-19 vaccine is effective

Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90 per cent effective at preventing Covid-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with US regulators.

Vh1 Supersonic 2021 called off due to Covid-19 scare

The popular music festival Vh1 Supersonic has been cancelled next year owing to the pandemic, it was announced On Monday. The organisers plan to bring back the music gala in 2022.

India is likely to see behavioural change in urban mobility in aftermath of Covid-19: Puri

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday that India is likely to experience a behavioural change in urban mobility in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic

Vivek Murthy to headline 'Joe and Kamala's plan to beat Covid-19'

Rebuilding America's coronavirus response from amidst the wreckage of the Donald Trump administration's slash and burn strategy over the last nine months is right up there on US President-elect Joe Biden and deputy Kamala Harris' to-do list.

Tripura reports 26 new Covid-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities

Tripura's Covid-19 tally rose to 31,543 on Monday as 26 more people tested positive for the  infection, a health official said.

Covid-19: India performed better than any big developed country, says Dr Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a virtual meeting with Health Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, and West Bengal to review the Covid-19 situation

5th Israeli Minister tests Covid-19 positive

A fifth Israeli Minister has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office confirmed in a statement on Monday, adding he was self-quarantining at home

Tata launches faster Covid-19 test as cases rise

Tata Group launched a Covid-19 test kit on Monday that it says will process results more easily and faster than the RT-PCR method considered the gold standard for detection, at a time when cases are still rising in the country

Apprehension of Covid protocol violation as local train services set to resume in Bengal

Apprehension of violation of Covid safety protocol is looming large as the Eastern and South Eastern Railways geared up to resume suburban train services from Wednesday on a request by the West Bengal government

Dr Harsh Vardhan holds meeting with Health Ministers of various states, reviews Covid situation

Delhi overtakes Maharashtra, Kerala as highest contributor to new Covid-19 cases

Seventy-nine per cent of the 45,903 new Covid-19 cases are from 10 states and UTs, with Delhi overtaking Maharashtra and Kerala by reporting 7,745 infections in a span of 24 hours to become the largest contributor to the single-day infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

Six more people test positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram

Texas becomes first US state to surpass one million coronavirus cases

Texas has become the first US state to cross over a million coronavirus cases as President-elect Joe Biden is getting to work to battle the deadly virus which has infected more than 9.8 million people in the country.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Texas is one of the 31 states that has hit a record number of coronavirus cases this week. In Harris County, there are more than 167,000 cases and more than 2,300 deaths with the numbers climbing.
"We have to remember we're still in the middle of a public health crisis. Now, it's starting to creep back up into the 8 per cent range and that starts to concern us," said Dr. Umair Shah, the executive director of Harris County Public Health.

It seems Delhi Covid-19 cases are at peak now, says health minister Satyendra Jain

It seems Delhi Covid-19 cases are at peak now & experts say it can last for 4-5 days. Delhi's overall death ratio is 1.59%. Many people aren't wearing masks. Most cases are from working class. We've increased 110 ICU beds in govt hospitals: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (November 9)

Active cases: 509,673 (Net reduction: 2,992)
Deaths: 126,611 (Net addition: 490)
Cured: 7,917,373 (Net addition: 48,405)
Total cases: 8,553,657 (Net addition: 45,903)

Arunachal Pradesh reports 47 new Covid-19 cases

Arunachal Pradesh reports 47 new Covid-19 cases, one more fatality. Infection tally mounts to 15,436, death toll 46. The state currently has 1,509 active cases of the disease.

Study reveals how economic worries can up Covid-19 risk

Workers experiencing job and financial insecurity are less likely to follow the guidelines for Covid-19, such as physical distancing, limiting trips from home and washing hands, say researchers.
The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, revealed that a scarcity mindset can play a role in how well people are able to focus on responding to the pandemic.
"The extent to which economic stressors will impact that behaviour is in part a function of where we live," said study author Tahira Probst from Washington State University in the US.
"Having a fall back, a strong safety net to catch you, seemed to help mitigate the risk factors of job insecurity that was otherwise associated with less adherence to the guidelines," Probst added.

Coronavirus LIVE updates: Tollywood actor Chiranjeevi tests positive

Taking to Twitter, Chiranjeevi wrote, "Took a test for COVID-19 before resuming 'Acharya' shoot as a protocol and unfortunately tested positive. I am currently asymptomatic and quarantining myself at home. Request all those who met me in the last few days to also undergo COVID-19 tests. Will update you on my recovery soon."

India registers 45,903 fresh coronavirus cases, 490 more fatalities

It would be good if India learns something from US President Donald Trump's defeat, said Shiv Sena on Monday while comparing the US Presidential election scenario with Bihar Assembly polls.
Shiv Sena, through party mouthpiece Saamana, said, "President Trump never deserved the position of head of the state. The American public rectified the mistake made about the same Trump in just four years. He could not fulfil even a single promise. If we can learn anything from Trump's defeat, it would be good." Read on...

Delhi air pollution: Akshardham Temple engulfed in heavy smog

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Covid-19 tally rises to 4,450 with 9 new cases

At least nine more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, raising the tally in the Union Territory to 4,450, a health department official said on Monday.
Of the fresh cases, five were detected during contact tracing, while four have travel history, he said.
Fifteen more people were cured of the disease on Sunday, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 4,221, the official said. Read on...

Canada's Covid-19 cases surpass 260,000-mark; death toll stands at 10,522

Amid a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Canada's overall Covid-19 caseload has surged to 264,045, while the death toll stood at 10,522, according to health authorities.
There have been more than 100,000 new cases and over 1,000 additional deaths in the country since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in late September that Canada was at a "crossroads" in the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency. Read on...

Gujarat coronavirus update: 1,020 new Covid-19 cases added, 819 recover

Gujarat on Sunday reported 1,020 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 1,80,699, the state health department said.
With seven more patients, including two each in Ahmedabad and Surat and one each in Banaskantha, Gandhinagar and Sabarkantha, succumbing to the viral infection, the cumulative toll climbed to 3,763, it said.
A total of 819 patients were discharged in the day, which raised the number of recoveries to 1,64,596, the department said,adding that the case recovery rate in the state now stands at 91.09 per cent.
51,191 tests were conducted across the state in the day at the rate of 787.55 tests per day per million population.

Gurgaon coronavirus case: 964 fresh Covid cases in Gurugram, 412 recover

Gurugram district on Sunday recorded 964 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest number of positive cases in a single day so far. Two deaths were also reported from the city, taking the district's Covid-19 death toll to 227, officials said.
The Covid-19 tally in Gurugram has now risen to 34,742, according to the official daily health bulletin.
There a total of 5,183 active cases. A total of 29,332 people have been cured and discharged, including 412 on Sunday.
The health department said out of 227 deaths, 172 died due to co-morbidities and the remaining 55 without co-morbidities.
According to the health department, the coronavirus infection has increased again in the last one week.

Trump's election night party at White House adds to coronavirus scrutiny

It was supposed to be a scene of celebration. Instead, the Trump campaign's election night watch party in the White House East Room has become another symbol of President Donald Trump's cavalier attitude toward a virus that is ripping across the nation and infecting more than 100,000 people a day.
Polls suggest that attitude was a serious drag on the president's reelection bid as voters chose to deny Trump a second term in favour of his Democratic rival, now President-Elect Joe Biden. Read on...

Joe Biden to appoint a 12-member coronavirus task force on Monday

President-elect Joe Biden said he would appoint a 12-member coronavirus task force on Monday, his first step toward fulfilling one of his biggest campaign promises — to mount an effective response to the pandemic that has infected millions and damaged the US economy.
The task force will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor of public health at Yale University, according to a person familiar with his plans. Read on...

Jharkhand coronavirus update: 203 new coronavirus cases reported, state's tally over 104,442

The Covid-19 tally of Jharkhand surged to 104,442 with 203 new positive infections, the state health department said on Sunday.
The death toll stands at 897.
Ranchi district registered the maximum number of new positive cases at 60, followed by Hazaribagh at 24.

Bidenomics: Sanity in post-Covid world, but expect no instant big changes

Personal vs institutional, bilateral “favouritism” vs multilateralism, mood vs process, bluster vs restraint, mercurial vs considered... Donald Trump’s international economic policy was a populist mix of harking back to “splendid isolation”, muscular 'my way or the highway' approach, and his 'art of the deal'. At its heart, though, it had a domestic focus. It was left to the bureaucracy to keep trade discussions going — distinct from Trump’s tweets. Read on...

Global coronavirus update: Russia reports 20,498 coronavirus cases, taking tally to 1,774,334

Russia registered 20,498 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 1,774,334, the country's Covid-19 response center said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 286 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 30,537, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
Moscow, the country's worst-hit region, reported 5,751 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 468,269, the response center said. Read on...

As Covid casts doubts over higher education, is a college degree worth it?

Is a traditional college degree still worth the investment?

Ans: It really depends on the degree, the discipline and the institution itself. A highly-ranked degree from a highly-ranked institution probably has the right kind of return on the investment. But a degree from a lesser known institution in a discipline that historically has not led to a better job — I think we have to start questioning the value. Students should be wise consumers and institutions should be more sensitive to the return on the investment for the students that they recruit, says David Andrews, president of National University, a non-profit private university based in San Diego. Click here to read on

Cipla expects surge in demand for respiratory drugs, inhalers in winter

Cipla, the market leader in respiratory therapies, expects a surge in demand for respiratory drugs and inhalers during the coming months when the winter and an anticipated second Covid wave are likely to push up demand for these medicines.
The firm enjoys a massive 68.7 per cent market share in the respiratory inhalation segment in India and has started working on aligning supplies so that there is no shortage of these critical medicines. Read on...

Madhya Pradesh coronavirus update: 108 new coronavirus cases in Indore

Indore reported 108 new cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, taking the district's tally to 34,725, according to the Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia.
The death toll due to Covid-19 in the district now stands at 697 while 32,325 have recovered from the disease so far.

Coronavirus world update: France reports 38,619 Covid-19 cases over past 24 hours

France registered 38,619 Covid-19 cases and 270 related deaths over the past 24 hours, data from the health authorities showed.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, a total of 1,787,324 Covid-19 infections have been confirmed, including 40,439 fatalities, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
The number of people in hospital with coronavirus rose by 822 to 30,243, getting closer to a peak of 32,113 during the lockdown in the spring. Further 118 patients were placed on ventilators in the last 24 hours, bringing the total in intensive care to 4,539.

US coronavirus update: America reports record-high average daily Covid-19 cases at nearly 100,000

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a record-high average daily increase of Covid-19 cases at nearly 100,000, a new milestone since the onset of the pandemic in the country.
The seven-day average daily cases and deaths have been on sharp rise recently, and stood at 99,320 and 938, respectively, as of Sunday, CDC data showed, Xinhua news agency reported.
Daily case count in the country set a new record on Friday at 132,830, which is an all-time high in the United States and around the world, according to the CDC.

Coronavirus Uttar Pradesh update: UP reports 2,247 new coronavirus cases, 26 deaths

Uttar Pradesh reported 2,247 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths on Sunday, according to state's government data.
1,858 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the overall recoveries count to 4,67,108.
At present, active cases in the state stand at 23,249 and death toll at 7,206.

Coronavirus Chhattisgarh update: Cases go past 200,000-mark with 1,375 additions

Chhattisgarh on Sunday reported 1,375 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of infections to 2,00,937, a health official said.
The state had crossed the one-lakh mark on September 26, when it had recorded 1,02,461 cases.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the state mounted to 2,447 with 13 more fatalities being reported during the last two days, he said. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus update: Record single-day spike of 7,745 coronavirus cases

Delhi recorded its biggest single-day jump of 7,745 coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the positivity rate increasing to 15.26 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution, the health department said.
The new infections, which took the national capital's tally to 438,529, came out of 50,754 tests conducted the previous day, according to a health bulletin.
There are 41,857 active cases in the city, the bulletin said.
Seventy-seven more fatalities took the death toll to 6,989, it said. Read on...

Karnataka coroanvirus update: 2,740 new coronavirus cases, 22 fresh fatalities

Karnataka has reported 2,740 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,46,887 and the death toll to 11,391, the Health Department said late on Sunday night.
The day also saw 2,360 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Out of 2,740 fresh cases reported on Sunday, 1,579 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. Read on...

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