Coronavirus News Highlights: COVAXIN added to approved list of vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine; 7 cases of Delta Plus variant reported in Karnataka

Coronavirus LIVE updates, Covid-19 third wave, festive guidelinesAccording to data, nearly 10 crore people have their second dose overdue despite a huge availability of vaccines with states/UTs. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 27 Highlights: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has called a meeting with health ministers of all states/UTs today (Wednesday) to review the Covid-19 situation and vaccination in the country. The central government is encouraging people to take Covid-19 vaccines, particularly the second dose, as the daily number seen falling for the past few days with people delaying the second dose. As India crossed the milestone of 100 crore in Covid-19 vaccinations, the government has asked states/UTs to hasten the pace of inoculation with a special focus on the seocnd doses. According to data, nearly 10 crore people have their second dose overdue despite a huge availability of vaccines with states/UTs. Meanwhile, India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 103 crore with over 51 lakh vaccine doses administered on Tuesday.

In another development, WHO’s approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin further got delayed. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization said its Technical Advisory Group for Emergency Use Listing has decided that additional clarifications are needed from Bharat Biotech to conduct a final EUL risk-benefit assessment for global use of Covaxin. TAG is expected to receive these clarifications from Bharat Biotech by end of this week, said WHO, as reported by The Indian Express. “…Aims to reconvene for the final risk-benefit assessment on November 3 (Wednesday),” WHO said. Last Monday, WHO had said it was expecting “one additional piece of information” from Bharat Biotech on Covaxin, which is being examined by WHO’s experts for grant of EUL.

Meanwhile, India reported 13,451 new Coronavirus infections, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,42,15,653, while the active cases declined further to 1,62,661, the lowest in 242 days, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday. With 585 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,55,653, the Health Ministry said. The daily rise in new Covid-19 has been below 30,000 for the past 33 days and less than 50,000 for 122 consecutive days. The active cases in the country now account for 0.48% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate improved to 98.19%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

Here are the latest updates on Coronavirus from India and around the globe: 

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