This Article is From Oct 23, 2021

Coronavirus Highlights: India Reports 15,786 New Cases, 231 Deaths In 24 Hours

COVID-19 Highlights: India witnessed a sharp rise in itsdaily Covid graph on Thursdayas 18,454 new cases were reported.

Coronavirus Highlights: India Reports 15,786 New Cases, 231 Deaths In 24 Hours

Covid India Cases: Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of the total cases in the country

New Delhi:

India reported 15,786 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Friday. Of these new infections, Kerala reported 8,733 COVID-19 cases. At present, India's caseload of active cases stands at 1,75,745 that is the lowest in 232 days. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of the total cases in the country, currently at 0.51 per cent. It is the lowest since March 2020.

Meanwhile, India achieved a significant feat on Thursday as it completed administering 100 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine to eligible beneficiaries. The landmark figure was reached at 9:47 AM yesterday, according to the government's Co-WIN portal. India's COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described India's COVID-19 vaccination drive as a journey from "anxiety to assurance" that has made the country emerge stronger, and credited its success to people's trust in the vaccines despite "various efforts to create mistrust and panic".'

"When everyone takes ownership, nothing is impossible. Our healthcare workers traversed hills and crossed rivers across difficult geographies to vaccinate people. Our youth, social workers, healthcare workers, social and religious leaders, all deserve credit for the fact that India faces minimal vaccine hesitancy when compared to even developed nations," PM Modi wrote in an opinion piece a day after the cumulative vaccine doses crossed the landmark figure of 100 crores.

Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus cases:

Oct 23, 2021 05:41 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Tamil Nadu Reports 1,152 New Cases, 19 More Deaths
Tamil Nadu reported 1,152 new COVID-19 cases and 19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, reported news agency ANI. According to the state health department, the total number of active cases in the state now stands at 13,531. The state reported 1,392 recoveries in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative recoveries to 26,43,431. The death count has mounted to 35,987 with 19 more deaths in the last 24 hours. The state has conducted 4,91,32,122 tests so far.
Oct 23, 2021 05:00 (IST)
COVID-19 News: Karnataka Reports 378 New Cases, 11 More Deaths In Last 24 Hours
Karnataka reported 378 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours, said a bulletin from the health department on Friday, according to news agency ANI. The state also recorded 464 recoveries in the past 24 hours. There are 8891 active cases of COVID-19 in the state. The total number of cases stands at 29,85,227, total recoveries at 29,38,312 and death count at 37,995.

Bengaluru Urban reported 195 cases, the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka out of all the districts, followed by Dakshina Kannada (24).
Oct 23, 2021 04:35 (IST)
Oct 23, 2021 03:35 (IST)
UK Minister Rules Out Return To Major Covid Curbs: Report
British finance minister Rishi Sunak said there must be no return to "significant economic restrictions" despite a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, The Times newspaper quoted him as saying, according to Reuters. "I think we're just in a very different place to where we were a year ago because of the vaccine," he said in an interview.

"There's this enormous wave of protection, and that changes things. That's our first line of defence." The Times quoted Sunak as saying the economy was the priority.
Oct 23, 2021 00:52 (IST)
COVID-19: Poland Recognises Covishield, Beneficiaries Exempted From Quarantine
Poland has recognised Covishield as a Covid vaccine equivalent to those recognised by the European Union, granting the person inoculated with it exemption from quarantine on entering the country, reported PTI. India has in the past asked several European countries to accept Covishield and other vaccines being used in India for Indian nationals travelling to Europe.

"Poland has recognized #Covishield as a vaccine equivalent to those recognized by the European Union, exempting from quarantine after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland," the Polish Embassy here said in a tweet on Friday.

Earlier this month, the UK announced that Indians, fully vaccinated with Covishield vaccine, will no longer require to undergo quarantine on their arrival in Britain from October 11.

Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
Oct 22, 2021 23:13 (IST)
Assam sees over 300 daily COVID-19 cases for fourth straight day
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Assam continued to be over the 300-mark for the fourth consecutive day on Friday, though the fatalities came down by two over the previous day, the National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.

The total COVID-19 caseload in the state has reached 6,08,126 following the detection of 315 new cases with a test positivity report of 0.81 per cent.

The number of new cases has been over 300 in the state for the last four days, with the figure as high as 384 on Thursday.

The daily count was below 300 since October 8 and it breached the 300-mark in Assam after a gap of 11 days on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, Kamrup Metropolitan district reported the highest at 115, followed by Jorhat (24), Barpeta(23) and Lakhimpur (18).

Oct 22, 2021 23:03 (IST)
UK Scientists Probe COVID-19 Delta Subvariant After Rise In Cases

British health officials on Friday said they were formally looking into a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, after it was seen in a growing number of cases. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 22:44 (IST)
Siddaramaiah Questions Celebration Of 1 Billion COVID Vaccinations

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday questioned the celebration over administration of one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses in the country when only 21 per cent of the people have been fully vaccinated so far.

In a series of tweets, the Congress stalwart hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for not yet vaccinating the entire eligible population.

"''1 billion doses'' sounds fancy number but the devil is in the details. Only 29 Cr people out of 139Cr are fully vaccinated, which means only about 21% are fully vaccinated. What are @BJP4India leaders celebrating for? For vaccinating just 21% of the population?" Siddaramiah asked in a tweet.

According to the Congress veteran, only 29 crore people have received two-doses and 42 crore have got only one, leaving 62 crore without any single dose of vaccine.

"With just 29 Cr (21%) people fully vaccinated, India's position is still in danger. Are @BJP4India leaders celebrating India's vulnerability?" he asked.

The leader of opposition in the assembly also claimed that India still needed about 106 crore doses to fully vaccinate the target by December 31, which means 1.51 crore doses have to be administered everyday.

He asked PM Modi whether India is prepared to administer 106 crore doses by December end and ensure all Indians are fully vaccinated by this year.

Siddaramaiah noted that 56 per cent of the population in the US is fully vaccinated, in China it is 70 per cent and in Canada 71 per cent.

"But India's vaccine coverage is just 21%. Mr. @narendramodi, let us raise the bar before celebrating!!" the former Chief Minister took a jibe."
Oct 22, 2021 22:34 (IST)
Over 101.2 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Government

More than 101.2 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country, including over 62 lakh doses administered on Friday, the Union health ministry said.

The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports by late night, it added.

Cumulatively, 40,41,65,807 first doses and 12,24,71,539 second doses of the vaccine have been administered to individuals in the 18-44 age group since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive, according to the ministry's data.

Cumulatively 71,21,01,258 first doses and 30,03,07,997 second doses of the vaccine have been administered across the states and Union territories.
Oct 22, 2021 22:15 (IST)
No fresh COVID-19 case in Andamans

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands remained unchanged at 7,646 as no fresh case was registered on Friday, a health bulletin said.

The Union territory now has seven active cases, while 7,510 people have been cured of the disease, and 129 patients have died due to the infection so far.

The administration has thus far tested over 5.84 lakh samples for COVID-19, and inoculated over 2.92 lakh people, of whom 1.81 lakh have been fully vaccinated.
Oct 22, 2021 22:00 (IST)
Maharashtra reopens theatres after six months

There was a sigh of relief as well as joy among the exhibitors as audiences returned to the theatres, which reopened in Maharashtra on Friday with the necessary COVID-19 guidelines in place.

For the first time in the history of cinema, theatres remained shut for about seven months starting mid-March in 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

The business restarted for a few months starting from October and November in various parts of the country as the number of COVID-19 cases plummeted.

However, the pandemic returned with a devastating second wave in the country in April this year, leading theatres to be shut down once again.

As the country witnessed a drop in COVID-19 cases, from July-August onwards states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana gave permission to resume operations in cinema halls.

But Maharashtra, a key market and home to India''s Hindi film industry, remained shut.

It was only in September when the Maharashtra government announced that theatres will reopen from October 22, with 50 per cent capacity and other key protocols.

Since then, cinema owners, producers and audiences had been waiting for the day to arrive.
Oct 22, 2021 21:42 (IST)
Bengal Cases Double, Officials Blame Covid Rule Break During Durga Puja

The COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in Kolkata since the end of Durga Puja festivities and now the graph is rising so sharply, civic authorities are reopening safe houses and quarantine centres on Monday for patients who need to isolate. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 21:32 (IST)
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective In Children Aged 5-11

Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease among children aged 5-to-11, the company said in a document released Friday that put forward its case for authorization. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 21:10 (IST)
Fresh COVID-19 Lockdown Not On The Cards, Says UK PM Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday a new COVID-19 lockdown is not on the cards, as advisers warned that acting early with lighter measures to cut rising case numbers would reduce the need for tougher restrictions later. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 20:54 (IST)
Thailand To Allow Quarantine-Free Travel From 45 Countries From November 1: PM

Thailand announced rules on Friday for its quarantine-free reopening to visitors from 45 countries, in an effort to revive an economy struggling to recover from the collapse of its vital tourism sector. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 20:32 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh records 8 COVID-19 cases, zero death; over 2.36 lakh inoculated in a day

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,729 on Friday with the addition of eight fresh cases, while no new death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said.

The deaths remained unchanged at 10,523, he added.

The recovery count stands at 7,82,126, leaving the state with 80 active cases.

With 53,517 swab samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 1,97,82,872, the official added.

An official release said 6,80,81,265 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people so far in the state, including 2,36,763 on Friday.

Oct 22, 2021 20:19 (IST)
COVID-19 India Updates: Mumbai's daily cases remain above 400; 5 dead

Mumbai reported 421 new coronavirus infections and five fresh fatalities on Friday, taking the tally of COVID-19 cases to 7,52,807 and the deaths to 16,202, a civil official said.

For the third day in a row, the financial capital has reported more than 400 COVID-19 cases.

A day before, the city had witnessed 421 COVID-19 cases and five fatalities. On Wednesday, 473 cases and four deaths were registered.

The official said the city is left with 4,461 active COVID-19 cases after 490 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 7,29,621.

As many as 38,242 new COVID-19 tests were conducted, pushing their cumulative number to 1,11,34,004, he said.

Presently, Mumbai has 37 sealed buildings, while the city is free of containment zones in slums and "chawls" (old row tenements) since mid-August, the official said.

Oct 22, 2021 19:56 (IST)
Canada scraps COVID-19 advisory to avoid unnecessary foreign travel

Canada has scrapped an official advisory urging its citizens to shun non-essential foreign travel, dropping a warning that was issued in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic erupted.

The Canadian government, however, is still telling people to avoid cruise ship travel outside of the country.

In an update to its travel advisory page posted late on Thursday, Ottawa removed the advice to avoid unnecessary travel and reverted to its usual practice of issuing notices for individual countries.

"Community transmission of COVID-19 continues in many countries. You should be fully vaccinated by completing a COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada or abroad at least 14 days before traveling," it said.

The federal health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Oct 22, 2021 19:30 (IST)
"Testament To Innovation": Bill Gates Cheers India's 1 Billion Jabs Feat

Administering 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines is a testament to India's innovation and efforts of millions of health workers, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said today and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the feat. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 19:04 (IST)
China's Zero-COVID policy under stress amid recurring virus spikes

A retired Chinese couple who tested positive for COVID-19, days after they went on a travel spree across the country, has been blamed for the latest spike in cases in the country, raising questions about the efficacy of China's Zero-COVID policy.

China on Friday reported 32 coronavirus cases, including four positive cases in Beijing, the spurt in the capital city causing a sense of disquiet among officials ahead of the winter Olympics early next year.

Beijing has been reporting stray cases since Tuesday this week, ending the zero-case record for over two months.

Critics say despite periodic outbreaks of infections in different parts of the country posing huge logistic challenges, China has shown no signs of relaxing its costly Zero-COVID policy.

China's National Health Commission, which releases daily updates of cases, said in its latest report that 28 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday in different parts of the country.

Separately, Beijing's health authorities reported four cases in the city.

The places where the cases were reported included Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Guizhou and Qinghai.
Oct 22, 2021 18:04 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh logs 478 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

Andhra Pradesh on Friday recorded 478 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 20,62,781, while the deaths climbed to 14,333 with six more deaths.

With 574 people being cured, the total recoveries are at 20,43,050, leaving 5,398 active cases.

East Godavari district accounted for the highest number of new cases with 119 followed by Chittoor with 96, a state government bulletin said, providing details during the last 24 hours ending 9 AM today.

Chittoor District topped the chart with 982 active cases followed by East Godavari-971.

Over 43,000 samples were examined today and cumulatively more than 2.91 crore samples have been tested.
Oct 22, 2021 17:30 (IST)
Sri Lanka orders COVID-19 booster shots for frontline workers, tourism industry

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday ordered frontline workers and tourism staff to be given a third booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine next month, part of a bid to reopen the travel industry and revive the economy.

More than 1 million people including security personnel, health care staff and tourism industry workers will be given third shots of the Pfizer vaccine beginning Nov. 1, the president's office said in a statement.

So far Sri Lanka has fully vaccinated a little over 60% of its 22 million people. The country depends on international tourism, and partially rolled back COVID-19 restrictions late last month, allowing fully vaccinated travellers with a negative test to enter without quarantine.
Oct 22, 2021 17:03 (IST)
Covid pandemic showed how technology can be game-changer: AIIMS director

The COVID-19 pandemic has showed the importance of technology and how if used properly can be a game-changer in the country where there is a big issue of resources and manpower crunch as far as the health sector is concerned, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Friday.

Speaking at Public Affairs Forum of India's 8th National Forum 2021, he said the pandemic showed that if you do not have a healthy nation, you will have a fate on your economy, it could affect tourism, it will affect travel, and it will have a lot of other effects which are so-called collateral damage.

"The COVID-19 pandemic showed the importance of technology and it really showed that technology used properly can be a game-changer in our country where there is this big issue of resources and manpower crunch, as far as the health sector is concerned. So we've adopted teleconsultation very quickly, which allowed us to consult with a large number of patients across the country without them having to come to hospital. It was cost-effective," he said
Oct 22, 2021 16:30 (IST)
Ukraine shuts schools as coronavirus death toll hits new record

Ukraine shut schools in coronavirus hotspots on Friday and announced a requirement for vaccine certificates or negative tests to access public transport in the capital, after COVID-19 deaths hit a record high.

Schools in the capital Kyiv were ordered to close for a two-week holiday. In other "red zone" areas of high infection, schools would be permitted to reopen only if all teachers are vaccinated.

One of Europe's poorest countries, Ukraine fell behind in the race for vaccine supplies this year and so far only 6.8 million in a population of 41 million are fully vaccinated.

Infections have soared after a lull in the summer. Official data showed a record 614 new deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, up from 546 on Thursday.

Countries in Eastern Europe, including both former Soviet states and ex-communist members of the EU, have many of the continent's lowest vaccination rates. Several have experienced record-setting waves of infection, with some of the highest death rates in the world in recent days.

Oct 22, 2021 16:14 (IST)
Melbourne Reopens As World's Most Locked-Down City Eases Covid Curbs

Melbourne residents flocked to the city's pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world's most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Read Here
Oct 22, 2021 15:57 (IST)
Beijing launches new mass testing wave after four Covid cases found

Beijing plans to test tens of thousands of people after four new Covid-19 cases were found in a suburban district on Friday, as a new outbreak prompts school closures and flight cancellations across the country.

China has maintained a staunch zero-Covid strategy with strict border closures, lengthy quarantines and targeted lockdowns.

But the world's most populous nation is now scrambling to tamp down dozens of infections across several provinces.

The latest flare-up has prompted the grounding of hundreds of flights, the closure of scenic areas and schools and a flurry of stay-home orders in affected housing compounds.

The outbreak was traced to an elderly couple who were in a group of domestic tourists who flew from Shanghai to Xi'an, Gansu province and to Inner Mongolia.

Dozens of cases have since been linked to their trip, with close contacts in at least five provinces and regions -- including sparsely populated Inner Mongolia and the capital Beijing.
Oct 22, 2021 15:00 (IST)
Covid pandemic showed how technology can be game-changer: AIIMS director
The COVID-19 pandemic has showed the importance of technology and how if used properly can be a game-changer in the country where there is a big issue of resources and manpower crunch as far as the health sector is concerned, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said.

Speaking at Public Affairs Forum of India's 8th National Forum 2021, he said the pandemic showed that if you do not have a healthy nation, you will have a fate on your economy, it could affect tourism, it will affect travel, and it will have a lot of other effects which are so-called collateral damage.
Oct 22, 2021 14:56 (IST)
With increase in COVID vaccination coverage, economy will continue to grow: Union MoS Finance
Union Minister of State for Finance, Bhagwat Karad on Friday lauded the efforts of countrymen on completion of administering 100 crores COVID-19 vaccinations and assured that the Indian economy will continue to grow amidst growing vaccination coverage.

Speaking to ANI, Karad said, "During COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to come together. Our scientists helped in the development of vaccines and we have attained more than 100 crore vaccines and we are proud of that. We need to praise the people of India for this. This is a perfect example of unity in diversity."

"We are proud to use Made-in-India vaccines. Our production in agriculture and other sectors is increasing. I am a Minister in the finance ministry and our economy is growing and will grow... I am sure of it," he added.
Oct 22, 2021 14:42 (IST)
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Oct 22, 2021 13:08 (IST)
Maharashtra COVID-19 unlock: Cinema halls, theatres to reopen from today
Maharashtra government on Friday reopened cinema halls, theatres, and auditoriums with 50 per cent seating capacity as COVID-19 cases are going down in the state. Addressing a press conference, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that if the situation is in control after Diwali then the seating capacity will be increased.

"We have re-opened theatres with 50 per cent capacity from today. The theatre owners are demanding to reopen with 100 per cent seating capacity but we have told them to wait till Diwali. After Diwali if the situation is under control, then we will increase the capacity," said Mr Pawar.

Earlier on Monday, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that amusement parks, auditoriums and theatres would be reopened from October 22.
Oct 22, 2021 12:51 (IST)
Coronavirus: Maharashtra's Thane district's case count rises by 148, death toll by two
With the addition of 148 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in the Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,64,123, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said. As the virus claimed the lives of two persons, the death toll in the district grew to 11,470. There's COVID-19 mortality rate is 2.03 per cent, he added.

In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload stood at 1,37,677 and the fatality count at 3,282, another official said.
Oct 22, 2021 12:42 (IST)
Oct 22, 2021 12:32 (IST)
Brother-sister duo would have fled to Italy if COVID-19 struck during Cong regime: Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that if pandemic had occurred during the Congress regime then the "brother-sister duo would have fled to Italy".

UP Chief Minister slammed the Opposition parties and said, "When COVID-19 struck, if there had there been a Congress government, then brother and sister would have fled to Italy. If there had been Samajwadi Party (SP) government, then there would have been a competition between the uncle and the nephew to misappropriate aid and the poor would not have been cared for. God knows what would have happened under ''Behenji''."

Further attacking the Samajwadi Party, the Chief Minister said, "No one would have dared to open fire at Ram Bhakts on November 2, 1990, had there been a BJP government. They were ''Ramdrohi'' who ordered firing at Ram Sewaks for vote-bank. Those who do not belong to Ram, do not belong to us."
Oct 22, 2021 12:24 (IST)
Oct 22, 2021 12:08 (IST)
Over 104.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre
More than 104.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

Over 11.65 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses still available with states/UTs, it said.

The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said.
Oct 22, 2021 11:54 (IST)
Puducherry sees 57 new COVID-19 cases, one death
Puducherry registered 57 fresh cases of coronavirus, 56 recoveries and one related fatality in the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. The cumulative positives rose to 1,27,621 with the addition of the new cases that were identified at the end of the examination of 3126 samples.

The new cases were spread over Puducherry 31, Karaikal 14 and Mahe 12. Yanam an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh did not report any new case of infection.

The total active cases were 454 of whom 93 patients were in hospitals and the remaining 361 patients were in home isolation.
Oct 22, 2021 11:43 (IST)
Coronavirus: PM Narendra Modi On Vaccine Program After 1 Billion Feat: Science-Born, Driven And Based
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a nation today after the country crossed a massive milestone of 100 crore Covid vaccinations, said it was "not just a number" but the symbol of the country's ability and of "new India".
Oct 22, 2021 11:32 (IST)
Oct 22, 2021 11:21 (IST)
Bill Gates Congratulates PM Modi
"India has administered 1 billion vaccine doses, a testament to India's innovation, ability to manufacture at scale, and the efforts of millions of health workers backed by CoWIN. Congratulations," Bill Gates tweeted. 
Oct 22, 2021 11:06 (IST)
Arunachal Pradesh reports 22 new COVID-19 cases
Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload rose to 55,065 as 22 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said here on Friday. The COVID-19 death toll in the frontier state remained at 280, as no new fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said.

Arunachal Pradesh now has 140 active COVID-19 cases, while 54,645 people have recuperated from the disease thus far including 20 on Thursday, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state now is 99.24 per cent while the percentage of active cases is 0.25, he said.
Oct 22, 2021 11:00 (IST)
15,786 Fresh Covid-19 Cases In India, 14% Lower Than Yesterday
India reported 15,786 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 14 per cent lower than yesterday's 18,454 cases. The government has been continuously speeding up the vaccination drive across the country.
Oct 22, 2021 10:45 (IST)
PM Modi changes Twitter profile picture to mark 100 crore COVID-19 vaccinations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday changed the profile picture of his Twitter handle to mark India's landmark achievement of administering more than 100 crore COVID-19 vaccinations.

The profile picture of PM Modi read, "Congratulations India-100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered." Further, the Prime Minister will address the nation at 10 AM on Friday. "PM @narendramodi will address the nation at 10 AM today," tweeted PMO India.

India attained the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday morning. Several world leaders congratulated India on this achievement.

Oct 22, 2021 10:23 (IST)
Everyone must ask others to take vaccine: PM Modi
As far as the masks are concerned, design has entered that market. Just like you wear shoes, make masks a habit. Everyone who has been jabbed must ask others to take the jab as well. Greetings on the coming festivals, PM Modi said. 
Oct 22, 2021 10:22 (IST)
We need to be vigilant, says PM Modi
Last Diwali everyone was tensed. But this Diwali 100 crore jabs have given the country faith and belief. During Diwali, economy is at its boom. 100 crore vaccine doses will help our small workers and small businesses. It is a ray of light for everyone. We can say today that this country can achieve the big goals it sets for itself. But, we need to be vigilant. Armours might be superior and best but till the time the war is over, we don't let the weapons down, PM Modi concluded his address to the nation. 
Oct 22, 2021 10:20 (IST)
Experts are positive about Indian economy: PM Modi
There is optimism everywhere. Experts are very positive about the Indian economy. There is employment for the young but there are also unicorns will record capital. From Gati Shakti to new drone rules, the economy will get a boost. During Covid, our agriculture sector helped the country's economy. Along with vaccine coverage, the economy is seeing optimistic signs, PM Modi said.
Oct 22, 2021 10:19 (IST)
Manufacturing vaccines and delivering it to remote areas was difficult: PM Modi
Manufacturing vaccine was hard for sure but making them reach the remote areas was a difficult task as well. Allotment of vaccines and how that must be done was also based on scientific decisions. CoWin has not only given help to the common people but also the medical workers. Today everywhere there is faith, festivity and happiness, said PM Modi
Oct 22, 2021 10:15 (IST)
Our entire vaccine programme is a result of technology: PM Modi
People said how will taali thalli help eradicate the virus. But it was a reflection of people's participation and capacity. This success reflects the important place of technology that not even big nations have today. Our entire vaccine programme is a result of technology. It is science-born, science-driven and science based. Science and scientific approach are at the heart of it, said PM Modi.
Oct 22, 2021 10:11 (IST)
VIP culture was not seen in the vaccine drive: PM Modi
VIP culture was not seen in the vaccine drive. People were saying that there will be vaccine hesitancy in India and it is a real challenge in many big countries today. But Indians have achieved this feat and left everyone speechless. This is because of the huge participation of people in the vaccine drive. Our first line of defence was people's participation, PM Modi said. 
Oct 22, 2021 10:10 (IST)
India's position as a pharma hub will get more acceptance in the world: PM Modi
India has vaccinated 100 crore people, and that also for free. India's position as a pharma hub will get more acceptance in the world. The vaccine programme shows sabka vikas saba prayaas.
People were saying how will India have that discipline. But democracy relies on sabka vikas, says PM Modi.
Oct 22, 2021 10:08 (IST)
100 crore vaccine jabs is an answer to all questions: PM Modi
Everyone is comparing India to other countries but remember India's starting point was different. The other countries have always participated in medicine and vaccination for a long time and everyone questioned whether India will be able to do the needful. But 100 crore vaccine jabs is an answer to all the questions, said PM Modi.
Oct 22, 2021 10:07 (IST)
100 crore vaccine jabs is reflection of capacity of this country: PM Modi
100 crore vaccine jabs is just not a number. It is the reflection of the capacity of this country, this is a new chapter of the country, a country that knows how to achieve huge targets, PM Modi said
Oct 22, 2021 10:06 (IST)
PM Modi's Address To Nation LIVE:
Today I am going to begin my talk with a sentence, Our country has followed its responsibility and at the same time has been able to be extremely successfully. Yesterday, India was able to achieve the target of a billion jabs, tough but exceptional feat. This is the success of the entire country.
Oct 22, 2021 10:02 (IST)
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PM Narendra Modi To Address Nation At 10 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted today that he will address the nation today at 10 AM. The announcement comes a day afterthe country reached the one billion COVID-19 vaccinations milestone mark.
Oct 22, 2021 09:35 (IST)
Coronavirus Live Updates: No fresh COVID-19 case in Andamans
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands remained unchanged at 7,646 as no fresh case was registered on Friday, a health bulletin said.

The Union territory now has seven active cases, while 7,510 people have been cured of the disease, and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection so far.

The administration has thus far tested over 5.84 lakh samples for COVID-19 and inoculated over 2.92 lakh people, of whom 1.81 lakh have been fully vaccinated. 
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Melinda French Gates Congratulates PM Modi On India Crossing 1 Billion Vaccinations
"Congrats to @MoHFW_India, @MansukhMandviya, @DrBharatiPPawar, and the people of India on their huge feat of administering 1 billion doses and vaccinating more than 478 million women. And thank you to the frontline workers who made it possible," Melinda French Gates, an American philanthropist and former computer scientist and general manager at Microsoft tweeted.
Oct 22, 2021 08:54 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi On India Crossing 1 Billion Vaccinations: From Anxiety To Assurance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described India's COVID-19 vaccination drive as a journey from "anxiety to assurance" that has made the country emerge stronger.
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We're on right path: Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman lauds PM Modi's leadership for 100 cr vaccination feat
As India completes the administration of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and said India is going on the right path under his leadership.

Rajiv Kumar said, "This achievement is historic. It tells us if we Indians are determined about something, we can achieve it."

He said, "We're going on the right path under PM Modi's leadership."
Oct 22, 2021 07:19 (IST)
J-K: Medical teams should be credited, says official on India administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses
As the country achieved the milestone of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far, the community health officer in the Balakote area of Poonch district says the medical team officials should be credited for going door to door in the hilly border areas to achieve the target.

"Our medical teams worked very hard and visited door to door in border areas for vaccination. Since January, we ensure that no man above the age of 18 years leaves from here unvaccinated," said Mushtaq Ahmad, Community Health Officer, Balakote. The residents of the area are also delighted about the fact that the country achieved the milestone.

"This is a big achievement for the country and as we have done 100 crore vaccinations. If people would not have supported this achievement could not have achieved," said Rampal, a local resident.
Oct 22, 2021 07:09 (IST)
100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses: Bharat Biotech chairman lauds government; terms it significant feat
As India on Thursday achieved the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech Dr Krishna Ella lauded the government's system for this achievement.

Terming the country's nationwide vaccination drive, a "significant success", Dr Ella said, "Credit goes to country's scientists and also government system that delivered vaccine to the last mile of delivery. We proved to the world that Indian industry can do it." "It is a significant achievement and sets a mark for Indian industry that we can help global health at large," he added.

Oct 22, 2021 06:46 (IST)
Deep appreciation in US over India crossing 100 crore COVID-19 vaccinations: Envoy
Indian envoy to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has said that there is "very strong and deep appreciation" in the United States as India achieved the one billion COVID-19 vaccinations milestone. Speaking at Public Affairs Forum of India's 8th National Forum 2021 on Thursday, Sandhu said: "It is a very proud moment for us and I can tell you that there is very strong and deep appreciation in the US that we have crossed the one billion landmark and all through the vaccines manufactured in India."

India attained the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday morning. Several world leaders congratulated India on this achievement. India's COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021. Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.
Oct 22, 2021 06:21 (IST)
"Next Billion Doses Likely In 3 To 4 Months": Vaccine Panel Head To NDTV
It took India a little over nine months to achieve the one billion vaccination milestone, but the next billion doses will only take about three to four months, said Dr NK Arora, who heads the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration
Oct 22, 2021 05:57 (IST)
Coronavirus: India's Journey To 1 Billion COVID-19 Shots. See Timeline
India on Thursday reached the milestone of one billion or 100 crore Covid shots administered in the country, the second after China to do so. India reached the landmark in 278 days, having begun the vaccination drive on January 16. Read here.