Coronavirus Live Updates | November 16, 2021

The government recently launched a month-long “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign for house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take a dose and those whose second dose is overdue. 

Updated - November 16, 2021 06:45 pm IST

Published - November 16, 2021 07:49 am IST

A health care worker administering COVID-19 vaccine on their door to door campaign as part in Vellore. File Image.

A health care worker administering COVID-19 vaccine on their door to door campaign as part in Vellore. File Image.

India added 8,865 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,44,56,401, while the active cases declined to  1,30,793, the lowest in 525 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here . A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:


Pfizer agrees to let other companies make its COVID-19 pill

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has signed a deal with a U.N.-backed group to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental VOID-19 pill, a move that could make the treatment available to more than half of the world's population.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Pfizer said it would grant a license for the antiviral pill to the Geneva-based Medicines Patent Pool, which would let generic drug companies produce the pill for use in 95 countries, making up about 53% of the world's population.

The deal excludes some large countries that have suffered devastating coronavirus outbreaks. - AP



Mandaviya chairs meeting on COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday chaired a meeting with non-governmental organisations, civil society groups and development partners to discuss ways to take the Covid vaccination campaign across the length and breadth of the country.

The government recently launched a month-long “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign for house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take a dose and those whose second dose is overdue. 

"Interacted with NGOs & CSOs of the country.Discussed how an enhanced partnership between Govt & these organisations will strengthen our #HarGharDastak vaccination campaign. Our Govt seeks support of the organisations to take our campaign to every nook and corner of the country," Mr. Mandaviya tweeted after the meeting.- PTI


If citizen loses job due to vaccine administered, is state not duty bound to redress it? Kerala HC poser to Centre

If someone loses their livelihood due to the vaccine administered by the state, is the government not duty bound to redress his grievance? the Kerala High Court asked the Centre on Tuesday.

The poser came during the hearing of a man's plea for a third jab of an internationally recognised vaccine so that he can go back to Saudi Arabia, where he was working as a welder prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

He has moved the high court for a third jab of an internationally recognised vaccine as the two doses of Covaxin he received is not recognised or approved in the Gulf nation and therefore, he is unable to travel there.- PTI


New Delhi

Discontinue distribution of ration, vaccination on premises during board exams: DoE to schools

The Directorate of Education (DoE) of Delhi has issued a circular asking schools to discontinue public activities such as distribution of ration and vaccination during examination hours with the Term-I Board examinations of CBSE Class 12 commencing Tuesday.

The Term-I Board examinations of CBSE of classes 10 and 12 for minor subjects will commence from November 17 and 16. The exams for major subjects for Class 10 and Class 12 will commence from November 30 and December 1 respectively. The mid-term examinations of classes 9 and 11 are also scheduled from December 1. These examinations will be conducted offline.

"For smooth conduct of all the examinations and in order to avoid any kind of disturbances which may affect the sanctity of examination, the heads of all government, government aided and un-aided recognized schools are hereby directed to discontinue all public activities like distribution of ration, vaccination centres or other public related activities during the examination hours," the circular issued on Monday read.- PTI

West Bengal

Bengal schools reopen for classes 9-12 after 20 months

Schools in West Bengal reopened on Tuesday for students of classes 9-12 after shutting doors for physical classes for nearly 20 months owing to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Classes for students of junior and middle schools will continue in the online mode for the time being, even as the state's Education Minister Bratya Basu has said that efforts are on to gradually bring all pupils back to the classrooms.

Students queued up at school gates across West Bengal since morning as per the schedule announced by the state government for holding classes in different timings for secondary and higher secondary sections. This segregation was undertaken to minimise mingling to prevent the spread of COVID-19.- PTI


Active COVID-19 cases in the country lowest in 525 days

India logged 8,865 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 287 days, taking the country's tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,44,56,401, while the active cases settled at 1,30,793, the lowest in 525 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The death toll climbed to 4,63,852 with 197 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise  in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 39 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 142 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.38% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.27%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.- PTI

New Delhi

Currently permitted & restricted activities to continue till Nov-end in Delhi, says DDMA order

An order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Monday said the currently permitted and restricted activities in the national capital amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak will continue till the end of this month.

Under the phased reopening of the city with improved Covid situation, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had permitted most of the public activities, except for political, social, cultural, religious and other such gatherings.

No standing passengers are allowed in Metro trains and public transport buses in the city. Bars and restaurants are allowed to run with half seating capacity only.

The DDMA order stated that the "currently permitted and restricted activities will continue till intervening night (00.00 hours) of November 30 and December 1 or till any further order".- PTI


AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine supply hits two billion doses

Two billion doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine have been supplied worldwide, the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker and its partner said on Tuesday, in just under a year since its first approval.

The shot, which is the biggest contributor to the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme backed by the World Health Organization, is being made in 15 countries for supply to more than 170 countries, London-listed AstraZeneca and Oxford University said in a joint statement.

AstraZeneca in June last year signed on India's Serum Institute, the world's biggest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, to help double the vaccine's manufacturing capacity to two billion doses.- Reuters

United Kingdom

U.K. extends COVID vaccine booster program amid 'storm clouds'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Monday of a “blizzard” of new coronavirus infections coming into the U.K. from continental Europe, as his government extended the vaccine booster program to younger people in an effort to bolster waning immunity levels during the winter months.

With concerns mounting about a new wave of the pandemic in Europe, the independent body of scientists that makes vaccine recommendations to the British government said people aged 40 to 49 will also be eligible for a vaccine booster shot six months after their initial shot.

Up until now, people aged 50 and over, as well as those working in hospitals and care homes, and younger people deemed to be vulnerable, had been eligible for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine boosters.- AP

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