French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace announced on Thursday. It said the president took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared.” The brief statement did not say what symptoms Macron experienced. It said he would isolate himself for seven days. “He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance,” it added.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Announced Free Corona Vaccine for State Citizens

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday announced that the coronavirus vaccine will be provided free to every citizen of the state. “COVID vaccine will be provided free of cost in the state,” announced Kerala CM. He said the day saw 5,949 people turn coronavirus positive after 59,690 samples was send for testing in the past 24 hours.

BJP Chief JP Nadda Tests Positive For Coronavirus

BJP president JP Nadda announced today that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has isolated himself at home. Nadda shared the news on his Twitter account today. “My condition is alright and I am following all instructions after going for home isolation on the advice of doctors. I request everyone who got in touch with me in the last few days to isolate themselves and undergo test,” he said.

COVID Positive Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij shifted to the PGIMS Hospital at Rohtak

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij, who had tested positive for coronavirus recently, has been shifted to the PGIMS hospital at Rohtak from the civil hospital here after he complained of discomfort, doctors here said on Sunday. Vij, who had last month got one shot of the two-dose trial of the COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin after he offered to be a volunteer, had on December 5 tested positive for the coronavirus.

Navy is Prepared to Face both these Challenges – Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on COVID-19 & China

COVID-19 and Chinese attempts to change status quo along northern borders have posed new challenges. The Navy is prepared to face both these challenges. We have deployed the P-8I aircraft at various locations on the requirement of Army and Indian Air Force. In addition, we have deployed the Heron surveillance drones on the northern borders. As of now, three Chinese warships are in the Indian Ocean region. The Chinese have been maintaining three ships since 2008 for anti-piracy patrols.

Rahul Gandhi attacked Modi Government on Matter of Coronavirus Vaccine

Congress MP and former party President, Rahul Gandhi has attacked the central government on the matter of Coronavirus vaccine. In a tweet, Rahul asked the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, ‘what does he (PM) stand by?’. The tweet adds, earlier the Prime Minister had said that everyone will get the vaccine, BJP in the Bihar elections said that Bihar will get the free vaccine, and now the government of India is saying never said that everyone will get the vaccine.

BJP Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol tests positive for COVID-19

Bollywood actor and BJP MP from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol has tested positive for COVID-19, the Himachal Pradesh health secretary said on Tuesday. The health secretary told media that according to information received from the district chief medical officer, the MP and his friends were planning to leave for Mumbai, but his COVID-19 test result came out positive on Tuesday.

PM Modi will chair all-party meeting on Friday to discuss the COVID-19 situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an all-party meeting on Friday to discuss the COVID-19 situation. The second all-party meeting, which comes amid a sudden spurt in COVID-19 cases will be held virtually at 10.30 am. The meeting assumes significance as it is being held after the prime minister’s visit to Zydus Cadila, Bharat Biotech, and Serum Institute of India (SII) to personally review coronavirus vaccine development work there.

Congress leader Anand Sharma lauded PM Modi’s visits to Corona Vaccine Development Institutes

Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi visit to Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadilla was a recognition of Indian scientists and their work to produce the vaccine for COVID-19 That alone will lift morale of frontline warriors and reassure the nation. Also respecting the Institutions that India has built over decades that have expertise and potential making India worlds largest vaccine manufacturer. Urging PM to ensure that an efficient and equitable platform is functional as the vaccine arrives.

COVID-19 Vaccine Review: PM Modi visited a facility of Bharat Biotech located at Genome valley

PM Modi visited a facility of Bharat Biotech located at Genome valley and reviewed the progress of Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 being developed by the company. Modi landed at Hakimpet Air Force station at around 1 pm, as part of his three-city tour to take the stock of COVID-19 vaccine development. He was received by Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Director General of Police Mahendar Reddy and other officials.

PM Modi began his three-city visit to review coronavirus vaccine development work

PM Modi began his three-city visit on Saturday to review coronavirus vaccine development work by going to pharma major Zydus Cadila’s manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad in the morning. After Ahmedabad, the PM is scheduled to visit vaccine maker Bharat Biotech’s facility in Hyderabad, after which he will proceed to Pune, where he will visit the SII, which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for the vaccine.

A scientifically approved vaccine is the need of the hour – Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao

People are eagerly waiting for the vaccine. A scientifically approved vaccine is the need of the hour. The Telangana state government is ready to distribute and administering the vaccine to people on a priority basis. Accordingly, we have drawn an action plan. However, one has to take into consideration whether the vaccine has any side effects.

Coronavirus did not affect the country in a uniform manner – Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao

There are different weather and climatic conditions in the country. Coronavirus also did not affect the country in a uniform manner. Vaccine too may give different side effects in different regions. Hence, initially send a batch of vaccine doses to the States, which can be administered on some people. Let us assess the situation after administering vaccine on these people and then administer it to the rest.

Government is keeping a track of each development in vaccine development – PM Modi

Government is keeping a track of each development in vaccine development. We are in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers. We are also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisations and international companies.

States are required to establish cold storage facilities for COVID19 vaccine – PM Modi

states are required to establish cold storage facilities for COVID19 vaccine. It is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine. It is also not decided what will be the price of the vaccine. We still don’t have answers to these questions. It’s yet not decided which vaccine will cost how much? Though two India-based vaccines are at the forefront, we’re working with global firms also. Few people react to vaccines after years, this is possible in this case also. So a decision needs to be taken on a scientific basis.

Congress Veteran Ahmed Patel Passes Away

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest political advisers, died at a Gurgaon hospital. He was 71. The veteran politician had been at Medanta Hospital since his health worsened after a Covid infection. “With profound grief & sorrow, I regret to announce the sad & untimely demise of my father, Mr. Ahmed Patel at 25/11/2020, 03:30 AM. After testing positive for Covid-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures. May Allah grant him Jannatul firdaus, inshallah,” his son Faisal tweeted.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Maharashtra Government has Formed a Task Force – CM Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra government has formed a task force to manage the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine and how vaccination will be carried out in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday. According to an official statement, Thackeray made the remarks during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting via video conferencing with chief ministers of eight states which have reported higher number of COVID-19 cases.

Covid-19 test is being done on all newly elected MLAs in Bihar

In Bihar, Covid-19 test is being done on all newly elected legislators in view of the five-day winter session commencing from tomorrow. Eight MLCs took the test today before taking their oath. Additional arrangements have been made as a precautionary measure against the Coronavirus pandemic. Arrangements have also been made for conducting Covid-19 tests on the staff of the assembly and legislative council secretariats.

Things have worsened in Delhi especially in November – Supreme Court on Rising COVID cases

Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and all states to file within two days status reports detailing steps taken to deal with the current COVID-19 situation, noting that the pandemic has “worsened” in places like Delhi and Gujarat. The court said the situation is “going out of control” in Gujarat. “Things have worsened in Delhi especially in November. You file a status report on what steps have been taken,” a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who was appearing for Delhi government.

Rahul Gandhi posed four questions relating to potential coronavirus vaccines before PM Modi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday posed four questions relating to potential coronavirus vaccines before Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi sought to know which COVID-19 vaccine will the government choose and why. He asked by when will all Indians be vaccinated.

“Unprecedented Situation” emerged in Delhi or COVID cases, according to a Niti Aayog assessment

An “unprecedented situation” has emerged in Delhi, which could worsen in coming weeks with Covid-19 cases rising to 500 cases per million population from around 361 currently, according to a Niti Aayog assessment highlighting violation of Covid norms during the festive season. The estimates show there are around 9,839 isolation beds in Delhi with oxygen support. The Centre has suggested increasing this capacity to at least 10,630 to be able to tackle the current surge.

I appeal to Delhiites with folded hands to wear masks and follow social distancing norms – Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Since cases are rising in Delhi, we are sending a general proposal to Central government that if required, Delhi government can implement shutting down those markets for few days, where norms are not being followed and they are becoming a local Covid-19 hotspot. I want to thank central govt for helping people of Delhi in such difficult times. I appeal to Delhiites with folded hands to wear masks and follow social distancing norms.

Positive vaccine news raises hopes but still a ways to go – IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath

Positive vaccine news raises hopes but still a ways to go. As of 3rd quarter of 2020 GDP yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, with exception of China (+3.5%). Significant gaps remain as pandemic surges. US -3.5%, Germany -4.2%; France -4.1%; Spain -9.1%, Italy -4.5%.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after a meeting with a Member of Parliament who later tested positive for COVID-19, Downing Street said. Johnson had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace that he came in contact of someone who has tested positive and he must self-isolate, the prime minister’s spokesperson said.

There will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi – State Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Dismissing the speculations, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said no lockdown will be imposed in the national capital, in the wake of the third wave of COVID-19 since it has already peaked out. “There will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi. I don’t think it will be an effective step now, wearing of masks by everyone will be more beneficial,” media quoted Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain as saying.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called meeting to take stock of COVID-19 situation in Delhi, meeting, to be attended by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called a meeting to take stock of COVID-19 situation in Delhi today. The meeting, to be attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at North Block, comes amid a sudden spike in coronavirus infections in the national capital. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal will remain present at the meeting.

COVID-19 cases have been increasing for the last few days, I am also concerned about it – Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said the COVID-19 situation in the national capital should come under control in seven to 10 days. Terming pollution as the “biggest reason” behind the spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the chief minister said the situation was under control in the city till October 20. “COVID-19 cases have been increasing for the last few days. I am also concerned about it. We have been taking all appropriate measures to control it. We are considering taking more steps next week. I think the situation should come under control in seven to 10 days and the cases should start decreasing,” he said at a press conference.

Chaired a meeting to review the surge in Delhi’s Covid-19 cases – Amit Shah

Chaired a meeting to review the surge in Delhi’s Covid-19 cases and take stock of medical infrastructure here. In May, the Modi government took a series of steps with the Delhi government to save the people from the virus. We all witnessed the positive results.

Shri Ahmed Patel had tested positive for Covid19 a few weeks ago – Ahmed Patel’s son Faisal Patel

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago, has now been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon for further treatment, his family said. In a tweet, Ahmed Patel’s son Faisal said, “On behalf of his family, we would like to share that Shri Ahmed Patel had tested positive for Covid19 a few weeks ago. He has now been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon for further treatment.”

If final-stage trial data show AstraZeneca’s candidate gives effective protection from the virus, the Serum Institute of India – Adar Poonawalla

If final-stage trial data show AstraZeneca’s candidate gives effective protection from the virus, the Serum Institute of India — which is partnered to produce at least one billion doses – may get emergency authorization from New Delhi by December.

Serum Institute of India is ramping up production of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot to have 100 million doses ready by December

Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, is ramping up production of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot to have 100 million doses ready by December for an inoculation drive expected to begin across India that same month. SII and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) are collaborating on the clinical trials of the vaccine in the country. While ICMR has funded the clinical trial site fees, SII is taking care of other expenses for Covishield. At present, SII and ICMR are conducting II/III clinical trial of the vaccine at 15 different centres across the country.

Main reason behind the spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi is pollution – Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said one of the prime reasons behind the fresh surge in coronavirus cases in Delhi is air pollution, which increases during winters. “The main reason behind the spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi is pollution,” Kejriwal said at an online press conference.

Third wave of COVID-19 is at its peak in Delhi – Satyendar Jain

The national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of COVID-19 and the number of cases suggests it is the worst so far, said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. The minister further said that the government has increased the number of beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi; however, there is no plan to rope in hotels and banquet halls. “The third wave of COVID-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon” Jain said

Delhi High Court said that the city could soon become the “corona capital of the country”

Expressing displeasure over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi High Court on Thursday said that the city could soon become the “corona capital of the country”. The bench further said that the AAP government took the health of citizens for a ride, adding that it will tackle the matter separately.

Union Health Ministry said that Kerala, Delhi, West Bengal and Manipur witnessed a rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases

Union Health Ministry on Tuesday (November 3) said that Kerala, Delhi, West Bengal and Manipur witnessed a rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases between October 3 and November 3, while Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh registered a decline in active infections during this period despite being the top states.

Delhi has witnessed a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases – Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi has witnessed a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases. I think we can call it a third wave. We have been monitoring the situation continuously and there is no need to panic. We will take whatever steps are needed. However, there is scarcity of ICU beds in some big, private hospitals. But we are trying to set things right. The Delhi government had increased their numbers (ICU beds in private hospitals) but unfortunately, the Delhi High Court stayed our decision. We are moving the Supreme Court today to urge it to vacate the stay.

There has been no positive year-on-year growth in the motorcycle industry since the Covid-19 pandemic began – Rajiv Bajaj

These are wholesale figures. There is still a bit of struggle in the retail sector. We still have a long way to go in that sector. There has been no positive year-on-year growth in the motorcycle industry since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The sales of the last three months have barely been able to match last year’s. I’m worried about what will happen from December when festivals are over. A -3% growth is a matter of discomfort. We must see a double-digit growth from January.

More than wishing me on my birthday, I know some of work that you boys & girls have been doing (during COVID) – Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on his birthday

Hi everybody, this is to thank you for all the wonderful wishes that I have been getting on social media and how much love you guys are spreading… to all the loving fans and all the boys and girls. More than wishing me on my birthday, I know some of the work that you boys and girls have been doing, giving your time and resources to people who are in need right now, in these times, the PPE kits that you have been doing, the blood donations that have been happening, going and helping out people everywhere, I think that’s the most wonderful work we can do because you can’t be a loverboy like me without spreading love! So, thank you all of you for spreading the love.

19 passengers of Air India’s Delhi-Wuhan Air India flight tested Covid positive on arrival

Nineteen passengers of Air India’s Delhi-Wuhan Air India flight tested Covid positive on arrival in the origin city of the global pandemic last Friday (October 30). In addition, about 40 of the 277 passengers of this flight were also found to have Covid antibodies.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will soon announce the next set of stimulus package to boost the coronavirus-hit economy

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will soon announce the next set of stimulus package to boost the coronavirus-hit economy, Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said on Tuesday. The Finance Ministry is looking into suggestions and requests received from various sectors of the economy, he said in a virtual conference with media.

Former Assam CM & Congress Leader Tarun Gogoi hospitalised again

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been admitted to a state-run facility again and put on ventilator support as his health condition has deteriorated. Gogoi is mentally stable and conscious. Gogoi’s health condition is being monitored by a nine-member committee of doctors, which was formed by the state government after he had tested positive for COVID-19 in August.

Promise of providing free coronavirus vaccine not violation of poll code – Election Commission on BJP’s election promise

Election Commission said that it did not find Bharatiya Janata Party’s promise of providing free coronavirus vaccine in its Bihar manifesto “violative” of the provisions of the model code. The poll panel said this in response to a complaint by RTI activist Saket Gokhale who had claimed that the promise is discriminatory and a misuse of powers by the central government during elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured citizens that everyone will be vaccinated for Corna Vaccine

I would like to assure the nation that, as and when a vaccine becomes available, everyone will be vaccinated. None will be left behind. Of course, initially we may focus on protecting the most vulnerable and the frontline workers. We should also realise that vaccine development is still work in progress. Trials are on. Experts can’ say what the vaccine will be, its dosage per person, periodicity or how it’s to be administered etc. All this, when finalised by experts, will also guide our approach on taking the vaccine to citizens.

In the face of COVID-19-induced challenges, the Indian startup ecosystem has gone beyond resilience to showcase antifragility – Pari Natarajan

In the face of COVID-19-induced challenges, the Indian startup ecosystem has gone beyond resilience to showcase antifragility, as is evidenced by its faster than estimated recovery. To circumvent the challenges, start-ups reduced cash burn and redeployed existing capabilities to focus on tiding over the uncertainty. The decided shift to digital consumption certainly provided an opportunity.

West Bengal Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker & Trinamool Congress MLA from Jhargram constituency Sukumar Hansda died due to the deadly Covid-19

West Bengal Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker and Trinamool Congress MLA from Jhargram constituency Sukumar Hansda passed away. Though it is not clear yet what exactly caused his death, the state government has confirmed his death.

I am sure we all agree that this virus is something unknown – Narendra Modi

I am sure we all agree that this virus is something unknown, nothing like what has happened earlier in the past. So, while tackling this new unknown enemy, our response also evolves.

In marketing solutions, advertiser demand on LinkedIn returned to near pre-Covid levels – Satya Nadella

In marketing solutions, advertiser demand on LinkedIn returned to near pre-Covid levels, up 40 per cent year-over-year, as marketers use our tools to connect with professionals ready to do business. Organisations continue to tap into the combination of LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365 to ensure salespeople have the context they need to sell remotely.

Union minister Smriti Irani Tests Positive for Covid

It is rare for me to search for words while making an announcement; hence here’s me keeping it simple — I’ve tested positive for Covid and would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest.

Journalist Navika Kumar of TimesNow Tests Corona Positive

“Have tested positive for COVID 19. Have isolated myself & will be off the grid for some time. Hope to be back soon.” tweeted Navika Kumar. ANI’s Smita Prakash tweeted “Oh no! take care. Get well soon.” Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted “You will be fine. Please take rest. Get well soon!”

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The news was confirmed by Pawar on Monday, who said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is admitted in a hospital in Mumbai on the advice of doctors. In a message, Pawar said his health condition is fine. “I have tested positive for COVID-19. My health condition is fine. As a precautionary measure I have admitted self to Breach Candy Hospital on the advice of doctors,” the NCP leader said.

With 45,149 new coronavirus cases, India records lowest in 3 months

India on Monday (Oct 26, 2020) recorded about 45,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus, which is the lowest number of single-day cases in the last three months. According to the health ministry figures published 8 am on Monday, less than 500 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. With this, India’s total COVID-19 cases have surged to 79,09,960.

Uddhav Thackeray also slammed the BJP over its poll promise of free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar

Uddhav Thackeray also slammed the BJP over its poll promise of free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar and wondered whether the saffron party thinks that those from other states hail from Bangladesh or Kazakhstan. “You promise free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar, then are people of other states from Bangladesh or Kazakhstan,” Thackeray said. “Those speaking like that should be ashamed of themselves. You are at the Centre,” he added.

Delhi might report a spike in coronavirus cases during festivals – Health Minister Satyender Jain

Delhi might report a spike in coronavirus cases during festivals and the winter season, with around 12,000 to 14,000 infections daily, said UT’s Health Minister Satyender Jain on Sunday. Citing a prediction of an expert committee, Jain said, “Dr. Paul expert committee had said that due to winter and festive season cases (of Covid-19 per day) can spike up to 12,000-14,000 but right now it is around 4,000 so the situation is contained.”

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for Covid-19

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for Covid-19. “I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright.Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days.Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone.” RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tweeted.

Devendra Fadnavis will now realise Covid-19 situation is serious: Sanjay Raut

Against the backdrop of former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis contracting Covid-19, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday saidthey were telling him to take care and he will now realise that the situation outside is serious. Raut’s remarks came in the wake of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray being recently targeted by the opposition for not moving out of his house during the pandemic.

Mike Pence’s chief of staff tests Covid-19 positive

Marc Short, US Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it was announced. “Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for Covid-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process,” Xinhua news agency quoted Devin O’Malley, Pence’s press secretary, said in a statement on Saturday.

Under Vande Bharat Mission, Air India will operate its flight to Wuhan on October 30

Air India will operate its flight to Wuhan on October 30, the first after the central Chinese city from where the coronavirus initially emerged in December was officially declared safe from the virus in June and all curbs were lifted. A Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flight would be operated from Delhi-Wuhan sector on October 30, the Indian Embassy here announced on Friday.

From recording over 95,000 Covid-19 cases in a day, they have been substantially reduced to less than 55,000 per day – Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan

From recording over 95,000 Covid-19 cases in a day, they have been substantially reduced to less than 55,000 per day. The recovery rate of India is nearing 90 per cent. The Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is also declining. CFR stands at 1.51 per cent and is moving towards the target of being less than 1 per cent. The number of active cases are less than 7 lakh and the doubling rate has increased to 97.2 days, as of now.

Coronavirus vaccine, once available, will be distributed under a special COVID-19 immunisation programme

The coronavirus vaccine, once available, will be distributed under a special COVID-19 immunisation programme with the Centre procuring the doses directly and making it available for priority groups. According to reports, the Centre will procure the vaccine directly to make it available to the priority groups free-of-charge through the existing network of states and districts.

Joe Biden said he would ensure free vaccination for all Americans if elected president in the November 3 election

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would ensure free vaccination for all Americans if elected president in the November 3 election. In a major policy speech on the coronavirus, a day after the final presidential debate with Republican incumbent Donald Trump, Biden said over 220,000 Americans have lost their lives, which is more than one-fifth of the total global death.

We will vaccinate everyone in Puducherry (UT) whether the Centre provides us with funds or not – Chief Minister V Narayanasamy

The vaccines were given free to people for smallpox and polio. It is our stand that vaccines should be given to everyone. We will vaccinate everyone in Puducherry (UT) whether the Centre provides us with funds or not.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy made a announcement that his government would offer free vaccination for Covid-19 for all the citizens of the Union Territory

After slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for announcing free coronavirus vaccine in Bihar, the Congress government in Puducherry has made a similar announcement. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has that his government would offer free vaccination for Covid-19 for all the citizens of the Union Territory.

54,366 new COVID-19 cases in India, active cases below 7 lakh

COVID-19 caseload mounted to 7,761,312 with 54,366 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,17,306 with 690 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. There are 6,95,509 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which accounts for 8.96 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready – Donald Trump

This has been a worldwide problem, but I’ve been congratulated by many countries on what we’ve been able to do. We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready. It’s going to be announced within weeks and it’s going to be delivered.

As soon as Coronavirus vaccine is ready, it will be made available to every citizen of Madhya Pradesh for free – Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a announcement of providing free vaccines to every citizen of the state. The chief minister shared a tweet that reads, “Coronavirus vaccine preparation work is going on fast in India. As soon as the vaccine is ready, it will be made available to every citizen of Madhya Pradesh for free.”

COVID-19: India’s recovery rate has improved further to 88.81% – Union Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday informed that India’s recovery rate has improved further to 88.81%. India’s nearly 89% recovery rate is one of the highest in the world while the fatality rate of the country stands to be the lowest at 1.51%. According to the Health Ministry, in the last 24 hours, more than 61 thousand COVID-19 patients have recovered and the total number of recoveries has reached over 67.95 lakh.

COVID-19: E-commerce company Amazon has decided to let its employees work from home until June 2021

E-commerce company Amazon has decided to let its employees work from home until June 2021, extending the timeline to return to office due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021,” an Amazon spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Reuters in an emailed statement. The guidance is applicable globally, it said.

Mortality rate of coronavirus in Pakistan increases by 140%, govt warns of new lockdown

Pakistan’s top body, which oversees response to the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday warned that strict measures, including lockdown, could be initiated to contain the infection if people don’t stop violating government guidelines, as the country’s COVID-19 mortality rate increased by 140 per cent compared to past few weeks.

India Records 54,044 new COVID-19 cases, once again over 50,000

The number of new coronavirus infections reported daily in India dropped below 60,000 nearly after three months, taking the COVID-19 caseload to above 76 lakh on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry. A total of 54,044 fresh infections were reported in a day, taking the tally to 7,651,107 cases. The death toll climbed to 1,15,914 with 717 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The pandemic has impacted the economy badly and safety from the infection is also important – Abhijit Banerjee

The pandemic has impacted the economy badly and safety from the infection is also important. However, I think in a years time we will be able to recoup to a great extent helping an improved job market.

In India, we have a strong and vibrant scientific community – Narendra Modi

Today, we are seeing a decline in the number of daily cases and the growth rate of cases. India has one of the highest recovery rates of 88 per cent. In India, we have a strong and vibrant scientific community. We also have very good scientific institutions. They have been India’s greatest assets, especially during the last several few months, while fighting COVID-19. From containment to capacity building, they have achieved wonders.

COVID-19: India reports less than 50000 Corona cases in a day

India on Tuesday recorded as many as 46,790 new infections, lowest in last three months while 587 people succumbed due to deadly coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to Union health ministry data. The COVID-19 tally inched closer to 76 lakh-mark while death toll breached 1-lakh mark.

COVID-19: In Europe, America and other countries, the number of cases have seen a hike yet again after seeing a reduction – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In Europe, America and other countries, the number of cases have seen a hike yet again after seeing a reduction. We should continue to be careful and not be callous until the vaccine of the virus is created. Several versions of vaccines are being worked upon in India as well. Some of them are at advanced stage. The government is also working to prepare the nation to ensure that the vaccine reaches every India as soon as possible.

India will soon cross the 10 crore test number, which has been a major asset in our fight against the pandemic – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In India, the death rate at per million population is 83. On the contrary, in several countries such as US, UK and Brazil, the number is over 600. India has been successful in saving lives of its citizens better than more prosperous countries. India will soon cross the 10 crore test number, which has been a major asset in our fight against the pandemic. Our doctors, nurses and health workers have all served our massive population minutely. This is not the time to be careless.

We should design a system that can do 10 million vaccinations (COVID) a day – Nandan Nilekani

I have been recommending that we should design a system that can do 10 million vaccinations a day across the length and breadth of the country, but all unified by a common digital backbone, so that every person gets the same experience and the same information is recorded. It is basically bringing population scale approach that we used in Aadhaar to a new issue (vaccination) which is, in fact, much more complicated.