.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A child looks at her mother's hand after she received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine as India crossed the 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine dose milestone, in Bengaluru. (Photo credit: PTI file)

  • Active COVID cases now stand at 1,75,745
  • It is lowest in last 232 days
  • India crossed the one million vaccination mark on Thursday

.Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a press conference. (Photo credit: AP)

  • Auckland has been under lockdown for more than two months
  • In order to regain freedom, 90% of people need to get vaccinated
  • To visit bars, restaurants and gyms, commuters will be required to carry new vacine certificates

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: AP)

  • Health officials also approved the mix and match of the vaccines
  • The final call was taken by CDC director Rochelle Walensky
  • FDA and a CDC panel had already approved the step

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The vote on vaccine recommendation was conducted on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • The CDC vote for booster shots was unanimous
  • FDA also granted the same apporval earlier this week
  • The final call will be taken CDC director Rochelle Walensky

.California City, CA, USA
US citizens are undergoing rapid vaccination (Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • The White House announced plans for the expected approval of the Pfizer vaccine for primary school children
  • Millions of doses, as well as the smaller needles needed for injecting young children, will be sent out to providers
  • State officials are planning to use school clinics

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Unemployment claims in the US dropped from 29,000 to 6,000 last week (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Unemployment claims in the United States are gradually returning to normal: Labour department
  • Hiring too has slowed down in the last few months
  • Layoffs have declined as companies hold on to workers

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
New Delhi: Humayun’s Tomb illuminated with tri-colour lights as India crossed the 1 billion COVID-19 vaccination milestone, in New Delhi, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • Hundred heritage monuments in India were lit up in colours of the national flag on Thursday
  • This was to mark the 100 crore COVID 19 vaccine doses being administered in the country
  • The monuments include the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, Tughlaqabad Fort, Purana Qila and Fatehpur Sikri Agra

.Moscow, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a nationwide 7-day paid holiday (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Russia has been reporting its highest COVID numbers since the beginning of the pandemic
  • The east European country reported 36,339 new COVID cases on Thursday
  • Russia now has the highest COVID-19 death toll in all of Europe

.Panjim, Goa, India
Direct foreign tourists will arrive in Goa after a gap of nearly 18 months. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • RT-PCR testing mandate continues to remain in place
  • Charter flights will resume arriving by November 15
  • India eased travel restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A community puja pandal based on the theme of 'Fight Against Coronavirus' during the Durga Puja festival. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • It took nine months for India to administer over a billion vaccine doses
  • Around 30 percent of the country's adult population is fully vaccinated
  • 75 percent of the adult population has received at least one vaccine dose