The daily dose: October 24, 2021

PT Jyothi Datta | Updated on October 24, 2021

Here is a compilation of daily Covid-19 stories

# Staying ahead: Across the world, countries are going to invest in vaccine production and India needs to stay ahead- India’s vaccine-makers said to the PM.

Read more: To keep up momentum, PM meets vaccine makers

#Deaths over 500: India added 15,906 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 3,41,75,468, while the active cases declined to 1,72,594. The death toll climbed to 4,54,269 with 561 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am, Sunday.

Read more | Covid-19: India’s active cases decline to 1,72,594

# On Saturday, it was 666: India's Covid-19 death count rises as Kerala's adds 'missing' deaths.

Kerala reported a steep spike in Covid-19 cases with 563 deaths being recorded on Saturday morning. According to the state government, the higher death count on October 22 is due to release of pending appeal counts.

Read more: India's Covid-19 death count rises as Kerala's adds 'missing' deaths

#TN relaxes, cautiously: The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday extended the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions till November 15 with further relaxations.

Read more: TN extends Covid-19 lockdown restrictions till November 15

# Too early to call: India is unlikely to see a Covid wave like the devastating second one unless there is a new immune escaping variant but the lower number of cases does not necessarily mean the pandemic is now endemic, several experts have said.

Read more: Big new Covid wave unlikely but too early to say India in endemic stage: Scientists

# Singapore open to India, but ...: Singapore has decided to lift the ban on travellers from India from October 26 permitting them to enter and transit through the country. Travel from India, however, is subject to a ten-day compulsory Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) requirement at a dedicated SHN facility in the country.

Read more: Singapore to lift ban on travel from India, neighbouring countries

# Life cut short: The coronavirus pandemic, which has affected the lives of people at different levels, has also caused a drop in the life expectancy of the country by almost two years, a statistical analysis by scientists of the city-based International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS) has revealed.

Read more | Life expectancy in India dropped by two years due to Covid-19: Study

Published on October 24, 2021

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