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Fire erupts at toy manufacturing factory in Thane

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Fire breaks out at a plastic manufacturing factory in Murbad area of Thane, Maharashtra. Fire tenders have been pressed into action.

12 killed in bus accident in Nepal

A passenger bus skidded off the road in Western Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 12 people and wounding nearly 20, a senior police official told PTI. According to the preliminary investigation conducted by the police, the accident took place due to high speed.

Maharashtra to allocate funds for fire audits of district hospitals: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said on Sunday that the state government will allocate funds for fire safety audits in all district hospitals, adding a post of ‘fire safety officer’ has also been proposed in all such hospitals.

Over 70 million Covid vaccine doses administered in Bihar so far

Bihar on Sunday reached another milestone in its Covid-19 vaccination drive when the number of doses administered crossed seven-crore mark in its target population of 72.2 million, state’s health minister Mangal Pandey said. Read more

After Goa CM’s jibe, Arvind Kejriwal accuses him of copying AAP’s poll promises

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP)’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant of copying the AAP’s promises in Goa, which will go into elections next year.

Cop shot dead by terrorists in J-K’s Srinagar

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A Jammu and Kashmir police personnel was shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar on Sunday. The cop has been identified as Tauseef Ahmad.

Madhya Pradesh adds 7 new Covid-19 cases, tally nearing 793,000

Madhya Pradesh’s Covid-19 caseload surged to 792,907 on Sunday after seven new cases were reported. No deaths were reported and the toll remain unchanged at 10,524. The total recoveries, meanwhile, have climbed to 782,283 with 13 patients discharged on Sunday.

Gurugram Namaz row: Religious events should be held inside places of worship, says Vij

Days after attempts were made to disrupt Friday Namaz in Haryana’s Gurugram on October 29, state home minister Anil Vij said on Sunday that people should hold their religious events inside the respective places of worship. Read more

From November 8, Afghanistan to begin nationwide polio vaccination campaign

A four day-nationwide door-to-door polio inoculation vaccination campaign will begin in Afghanistan from Monday, to inoculate children below the age of five, the Taliban ruled-government said on Sunday. The vaccination campaign in the war-ravaged country was announced by the United Nations in October.

Andhra Pradesh reports 320 new Covid-19 cases, 5 more deaths

Andhra Pradesh on Sunday recorded 320 new cases of the coronavirus disease, which pushed the caseload to 2,068,241, according to the state health department’s bulletin. Five more patients died while 425 recovered from the viral disease on Sunday. With this, the cumulative count of deaths and recoveries has climbed to 14,397 and 2,050,386 respectively.

Tripura violence: Cong, CPI(M) condemn police action against lawyers, others

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Opposition parties on Sunday condemned the Tripura Police for acting against 102 people over their social media posts on alleged communal violence in the state. These people, which included journalists, rights activists, have been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) along with criminal conspiracy and forgery charges.

Ten more people tested positive for the Zika virus in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur city on Sunday. With this, the tally in Kanpur has climbed to 89.

BJP to contest on all seats in upcoming Punjab polls

Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma said on Sunday that the party will contest on all seats in the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

Fisherman shot dead by Pak Navy at Gujarat coast

A fisherman from Palgarh, working on a Diu-based trawler at the Gujarat coast was killed by the Pakistani Navy on Saturday noon, while the captain of the trawler was injured.

Tamil Nadu CM announces 2-day rain holiday for schools in Chennai, 3 other districts

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin on Sunday announced a two-day rain holiday for schools in Chennai and adjoining districts of Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpattu.

‘Delhi will again suffocate if stubble burning doesn’t reduce’: Gopal Rai

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Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai warned that the national capital will again suffocate if stubble burning does not come down. Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Rai cited official data from November 1 till November 6, which revealed that whenever stubble burning increased in neighbouring states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the level of pollution also went up in Delhi. Read more

From Nov 10, MP to hold Covid-19 vaccination drive every Wednesday

From November 10, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Madhya Pradesh will hold a special mega vaccination drive every Wednesday in order to achieve 100% vaccination by the end of this year, an official told news agency PTI on Sunday.

Setting smoke tower ‘colossal’ waste of public money, says Medanta doctor

Installing a smoke tower is a colossal waste of public money and a grave mistake. The answer lies in preventing the air from getting polluted. Pollution has killed more people than Covid-19 has: Dr Arvind Kumar, chairman, Institute of Chest Surgery, Medanta

Iran’s Covid-19 tally nears 6 million

With 6803 fresh Covid-19 infections, Iran’s Covid-19 tally rises to 5,980,260. Toll mounts to 127,173 with 120 fresh fatalities.

Anil Deshmukh in ED custody till November

Bombay high court remands former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh to Enforcement Directorate custody till November 12.

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Australia’s Sydney to further ease Covid-19 relaxations

Australia’s largest city of Sydney will further ease social distancing curbs on Monday, with removal of limits on house guests or outdoor gatherings, among other measures.

PM Modi at BJP’s national executive meeting in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Delhi’s NDMC Convention Centre to attend BJP’s national executive meeting.

BJP’s Mohit Kamboj ‘mastermind’ of Aryan Khan case: Nawab Malik

“Aryan Khan didn’t purchase the ticket for the cruise party. It was Pratik Gaba and Amir Furniturewala who brought him there. It’s a matter of kidnapping and ransom. Mohit Kamboj is the mastermind and partner of Sameer Wankhede in demanding ransom,” says Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik.

2 dead, 1 injured in accident in Maharashtra’s Thane

Driver and cleaner killed on spot as vehicle carrying chickens meets with an accident in Maharashtra’s Thane. One other person injured as well.

India sees 10,853 fresh Covid-19 infections and 526 deaths

India logs 10,853 new Covid-19 cases and 12,432 recoveries, while daily toll rises to 526. Tally mounts to 34,355,536 including 33,749,900 recoveries, 460,791 deaths and 144,485 active cases.

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Lahore HC acquits 6 JuD leaders

Lahore high court acquits six Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders in connection with a terror financing case, reports Pakistani media.

Iraq PM escapes unhurt in ‘assassination’ attempt

Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi escapes unhurt after a drone laden with explosives targets his residence in Baghdad. Iraqi military calls it ‘assassination attempt.’

Over 25 vehicles gutted as fire breaks out in Gujarat’s Kheda

More than 25 vehicles, including bikes, autorickshaws and cars, gutted as fire breaks out on the premises of Kheda Town Police Station in Kheda district in Gujarat.

Over 3500 new Covid-19 cases in Mexico

Mexico records 3574 new Covid-19 cases and 261 related deaths. Total infections rise to 3,825,404 including toll of 289,674.

Delhi’s overall air quality remains ‘severe’

Delhi’s overall air quality continues to remain ‘severe’ with Air Quality Index (AQI) standing at 436: System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy will meet in Bhubaneshwar on Nov 9 to discuss issues concerning both neighbouring states, including construction of barrage over Vamsadhara river and Polavaram project on Godavari river

Mumbai | Delhi NCB’s vigilance team has summoned Prabhakar Sail, who is a witness in drugs-on-cruise-case, and asked him to appear before the NCB tomorrow to record his statement. Earlier, NCB had summoned Sail but he did not appear.

A policeman was killed by terrorists in J&K’s Srinagar district on Sunday, police said. Police sources said militants fired at constable Tauseef Ahmad in SD Colony of Batmaloo area in Srinagar district.

Jammu & Kashmir | A 29-year old policeman shot dead by terrorists in Batamaloo area of Srinagar: Police source

Nine more people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to latest figures from Public Health Wales.

New figures published on Sunday, November 7, which covers the 24 hours up to 9am on November 5, shows the total number of Covid-related deaths in Wales now stands at 6,223.

There were also 2,583 new positive cases recorded in the latest update bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 455, 023.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (for the seven days up to November 1) now stands at 546.8 – a slight drop from the 548.4reported on Friday.

The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Vale of Glamorgan with 767 cases per 100,000 population over seven days followed by Torfaen with 755.6 and Caerphilly with 710.2.

The test positivity rate across Wales is at 22.5%, which is slightly down on the 23.2% reported on Friday.

The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period were Cardiff with 398 and Swansea with 205, Caerphilly with 174, Caerphilly with 174 and Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot both with 152.

Meanwhile the Vale of Glamorgan has 147 cases, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 133, Powys with 132, Torfaen with 119, Newport with 118 and Bridgend with 116.

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Eleven places had under 100 cases, including Flint with 97, Wrexham with 87, Conwy 90, Monmouthshire with 68, Gwynedd with 66, Blaenau Gwent with 58, Denbighshire with 56, Pembrokeshire with 53, Merthyr Tydfil with 44.

The two lowest figures were 43 in Angelsey and 41 in Ceredigion.

Vale of Glamorgan had 96 new cases, Powys had 91, Neath Port Talbot had 89, Wrexham had 84, Torfaen had 73, Gwynedd had 72 and Pembrokeshire and Conwy both had 65.

As of November 4 there were 761 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering), a fall on the 785 reported the day before.

Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on November 4 with 187 followed by Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 145, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 134, Hywel Dda UHB with 104, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 96 and Swansea Bay UHB with 94.

As of November 4 there were 73 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Cardiff and Vale UHB had 20, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 14, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB had 12, Hywel Dda UHB had 11, Aneurin Bevan UHB had 10 and Swansea Bay UHB had six.

On Sunday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,448,879 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,246,996 have had both doses.

PHW has now released figures on the number of people who have received their Covid booster vaccine. To date 492,433 have had it including more than two-thirds of care home residents (71.6%), two-thirds of healthcare workers (66.6%), and more than half of care home workers (56.5%) and those over 80 years old (64%).

On Tuesday the Welsh Government confirmed that it has now offered a Covid jab to all 12 to 15-year-olds. However to date only 46.5% of people in this age group have actually had it. You can read more about that here.

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Flights for fully-vaccinated travelers from Europe to the U.S. begin Monday, though the lucrative market will be very different from the one before the pandemic. The U.S. is lifting entry restrictions for more than 30 countries, including China, Brazil and India.

Europe, meantime, is confronting its new wave of infection. France is to consider spending an extra 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) to bolster the hospital system. Italy plans to vaccinate children in December.

In the U.K., a return to lockdown restrictions is still under consideration, the Guardian reported.

New antiviral treatments under development for Covid-19 show promise but vaccination remains the surest way to end the pandemic, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said.

Flights for fully-vaccinated travelers from Europe to U.S. begin Monday, though the lucrative market will be very different from the one before the pandemic.

Demand compared with before the pandemic will be lower. The corporate road warriors who were once the North Atlantic’s lifeblood are still largely grounded as firms avoid unnecessary travel, putting the onus on attracting leisure passengers.

And the U.S. is letting in Europeans just as virus infections surge again across the continent. On Friday, German cases rose by a record for a second day as a fourth wave of the pandemic hits the region.

The U.S. is lifting entry restrictions for more than 30 countries, including China, Brazil and India.

Murthy Says Covid Pills Can’t Replace Vaccines (11:56 a.m. NY)
New treatments under development for Covid-19 show promise but vaccination remains the surest way to end the pandemic, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said.

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“There is an 100% effective strategy to avoid hospitalization and death, and that’s not getting Covid in the first place,” Murthy said on ABC’s “This Week.” “A therapeutic, a pill is not a substitute for getting vaccinated.”

Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. Inc. have presented data showing their new antiviral drugs can significantly reduce the risk of serious infection. Both must go before U.S. regulators for approval.

German Parties Plan Legislation to Fight Covid (8:39 a.m. NY)
The German parties currently in talks to form the next government under Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will introduce draft legislation in the lower house of parliament on Monday to address the country’s surge in new infections.

The SPD, Green party and the Free Democrats will propose a bill for an “appropriate and decisive” measure to fight the country’s fourth wave, FDP parliamentary whip Marco Buschmann tweeted on Sunday.

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