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COVID-19 News Highlights: India doesn't need to consider booster shots now, need to wait and watch, says Dr Gagandeep Kang

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India logged 38,948 new coronavirus infections and 219 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 167 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. With the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 3,30,27,621, while the death toll has climbed to 4,40,752. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.33 percent after 48 days, according to the data updated at 8 am. India had reported 199 deaths in a single day on March 23. The active cases have declined to 4,04,874 comprising 1.23 percent of the total infections while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.44 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 5,174 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.76 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.58 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,21,81,995.

COVID-19 News Highlights: India doesn't need to consider booster shots now, need to wait and watch, says Dr Gagandeep Kang
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
  • Meeting of G-20 could help ensure COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries: Italian minister

    Rome (AP) The Italian health minister has indicated that a meeting of his G-20 counterparts could yield a pledge about ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach everyone in poor countries. Minister Roberto Speranza told reporters on Sunday, after the opening session of the two-day meeting in Rome, that he hopes the gathering would yield a pact about the challenge to bring vaccines to everyone, including the more fragile populations..

  • Centre writes to Kerala recommending measures to be taken in wake of Nipah outbreak in  Kozhikode 

    Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy, recommending measures to be taken in wake of Nipah outbreak in  Kozhikode, based on a report submitted by a Central team from National Centre for Disease Control that visited the district

  • SC raps Manipur govt over COVID preparedness, says will not give character certificate
     
    The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up Manipur government for the pathetic conditions in COVID19 quarantine Centres in the state and said we are not going to give you character certificate.    The top court said that High Courts were the bastion of ensuring justice during the COVID19 period and it is not going to interfere with the orders passed against the state government.  A bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli, dismissed an appeal of Manipur government against the two orders of the High Court passed last year on a PIL with regard to ensuring facilities at hospitals and COVID19 quarantine centres. We are not going to give you a character certificate. High Courts were bastions of ensuring justice during the COVID19 period. 
  • COVID 3rd wave unlikely with no new variants, need more data to take decision on vaccination of kids: Dr Gangandeep Kang
    “India doesn't have enough data on vaccinating kids as of now" says Virologist Doctor Gagandeep Kang. When asked about the UK vaccine advisory body not supporting jabs for children aged 12 to 15, he…
    COVID-19 News Highlights: India doesn't need to consider booster shots now, need to wait and watch, says Dr Gagandeep Kang
  • India plans 50% increase in oxygen production before third COVID-19 wave

    India aims to ramp up its medical oxygen production capacity to 15,000 tonnes per day before a potential third wave of coronavirus infections that is expected to hit the country as soon as mid-September, an industry executive said. The target implies a 50% jump from the maximum output of almost 10,000 tonnes reached earlier this year during the peak of the second COVID-19 wave, when hospitals ran short of the gas and relatives of patients had to search out oxygen cylinders.

  • Kerala reports 19,688 new COVID cases, 135 deaths

    Kerala on Monday reported 19,688 fresh COVID-19 cases and 135 deaths pushing the total infection count to 42,27,526 and the fatalities till date to 21,631, the state government said. The test positivity rate (TPR) was found to be 16.71 per cent after testing 1,17,823 samples in the last 24 hours, according to a state government release. With this, 3,25,08,136 samples have been tested till now, it said. The bulletin also said that since Sunday, 28,561 people have recovered from the infection taking the total recoveries to 39,66,557 and the number of active cases to 2,38,782.Among the 14 districts of the state, Thrissur recorded the highest with 3,120 cases followed by Kozhikode (2,205), Ernakulam (2,029), Malappuram (1,695), Kollam (1,624), Palakkad (1,569), Thiruvananthapuram (1,483), Alappuzha (1,444), Kannur (1,262) and Kottayam (1,020), the release said.

  • Singapore to expand COVID-19 testing regime

    Singapore on Monday announced that its COVID19 testing regime will be expanded after an increase in number of new coronavirus infections was reported last week. Announcing a range of measures to check virus spread, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said workers in more sectors will now have to undergo mandatory rostered testing, The Straits Times reported.

  • Kerala HC allows a petition filed by Kitex Garments Ltd seeking to administer the 2nd dose of Covishield vaccine to its workers before completion of the 84 day-gap. The court directed Union Health Ministry to make necessary provisions forthwith in the CoWIN portal

  • Climate action cannot wait for Covid pandemic to end, 220 journals warn

    The world leaders need to take immediate action to limit climate change, restore biodiversity, and protect health, according to an editorial published in over 220 leading journals, including The Lancet and the National Medical Journal of India. The editorial is being published ahead of the UN General Assembly, one of the last international meetings taking place before the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, UK in November.

  • Delhi records 32 new COVID cases, no death; over 14.12 lakh patients recovered so far 

    No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Monday, while 32 fresh cases of the infection were reported with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. The national capital has not recorded any fatality due to the infection in September so far. The low number of cases can also be attributed to fewer tests (54,611) conducted on Sunday. With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbs to 14,37,991. Of this, over 14.12 lakh patients have recovered from the disease.

  • Greece begins administering COVID vaccines outside churches

    Greece: Greece has begun administering vaccinations for COVID-19 outside churches in a pilot program recently announced by the government as a means of encouraging more people to get the shots. Mobile National Health Organization units began administering shots Monday in a church yard in Archanes, a town near the city of Heraklion on the southern island of Crete.

  • India administering 1.25 crore Covid vaccines daily: PM Modi

     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India is administering a record 1.25 crore Covid vaccine shots everyday, stressing that this figure is higher than the entire population of several countries. Addressing the people of Himachal Pradesh virtually on achieving the target of administering the first dose of Covid vaccine to all eligible people, Modi said as many as 70 crore vaccines have been administered so far in the country. At the same time, Modi said, we should not forget the mantra of "Davai Bhi, Karai Bhi' (get vaccinated, strictly follow Covid protocols).' "India is creating a record by administering 1.25 crore vaccines every day. The number of vaccines administered in a single day by India is more than the entire population of several countries," Modi said apparently referring to a landmark figure reached recently. Modi said Himachal Pradesh has become a "champion" by being the first state to administer the first dose of Covid vaccine to all eligible people despite logistic difficulties and about 30 percent of its residents have got their second dose as well. Sikkim, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli too have achieved this target and several other states are approaching it, he said.

  • Tamil Nadu enforces strict monitoring at Walayar checkpost in view of rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala

  • COVID lockdown to be lifted across New Zealand, except Auckland
     

    Most of New Zealand will move out of lockdown Tuesday except for the largest city of Auckland, which will remain in the strictest type of lockdown until at least next week, the government announced Monday. The nation has been battling an outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus since last month. All recent cases have been found in Auckland, including 20 that were found on Monday. There have been a total of 821 cases found in the outbreak. The government is pursuing an unusual strategy of trying to eliminate the virus entirely.

  • Israel says it will open gates for foreign tour groups amid spike in COVID cases

     

    Israel says it will soon reopen its gates to foreign tour groups - even as it battles one of the world's highest rates of coronavirus infections. The country's Tourism Ministry on Sunday said it will begin allowing organised tour groups into the country beginning September 19. Tourists will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, present a negative PCR test before their flight and undergo both PCR and serological testing upon arrival. Visitors would have to quarantine in their hotels until the test results come back -- a process expected to take no more than 24 hours. Tourists from a handful of red countries with high infection rates -- including Turkey and Brazil -- will not be permitted to visit for the time being.

  • Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar urges people to follow COVID norms.
     

    "Many people are still not wearing masks. I urge everyone to follow COVID-19 protocols," says Pednekar.

  • Shastri found COVID positive in RT-PCR test as well, to isolate for 10 days: BCCI source

     

    India head coach Ravi Shastri has tested positive for COVID-19 in the confirmatory RT-PCR test as well and will remain in isolation for at least the next 10 days, ruling him out of the team's fifth and final Test against England in Manchester this week. The 59-year-old Shastri returned positive in a lateral flow test (Rapid Antigen Test) on Sunday and on Monday, his RT-PCR test report confirmed the infection. The fifth and final Test is scheduled to start on September 10. "After testing positive in two lateral flow tests, Shastri has also returned a positive result in RT-PCR test. He has mild symptoms like sore throat. He will undergo 10 days of isolation," a BCCI source informed.

  • Puducherry adds 32 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,24,184

    The union territory of Puducherry logged 32 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,24,184, Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said on Monday. The test positivity rate was 0.93 percent as against Sunday's 2.09 percent. The fatality and recovery rates were 1.46 per cent and 97.80 per cent, the Health Department official said in a release.

  • Hetero's Tocilizumab biosimilar gets emergency use authorisation from DCGI for COVID treatment

    Drug firm Hetero on Monday said it has received emergency use authorisation from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for its biosimilar version of Tocilizumab for treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalised adults. The company will market the drug under the brand name 'Tocira', Hetero said in a statement. This authorisation will enable medical practitioners to use the drug for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalised adults who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, it added.

  • Puducherry adds 32 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,24,184

     

    The union territory of Puducherry logged 32 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,24,184, Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said on Monday. The test positivity rate was 0.93 percent as against Sunday's 2.09 percent. The fatality and recovery rates were 1.46 percent and 97.80 percent, the Health Department official said in a release. The Health Department Director said the number of active cases stood at 914 with 175 in hospitals and the remaining 739 patients in home isolation.

  • DCGI approves Hetero's Tocilizumab for treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalised adults

  • READ | Karnataka allows five-day Ganesha festival with strict COVID protocol adherence


    The Karnataka government has allowed five-day Ganesha festival celebrations from September 10 in those districts where the COVID test positivity rate is below 2 percent. The government has, however, prohibited any cultural events and processions while bringing the idol to the Pooja 'pandal' or during immersion. "Ganesha idols should be immersed within five days of their installation and there should not be any procession during their immersion," Revenue Minister R Ashoka said. The government said in its order that the event should be organised in a simple manner and less than 20 people should assemble.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of COVID vaccination program in Himachal Pradesh, via video conferencing. 

    He says:

    - Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh has become one of the favorite destinations among youngsters to continue work in 'work from home' mode.

    - Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a champion. It became the first state to vaccinate 100 percent of its eligible population with the first dose & one-third of the population with the second dose.

    - Himachal Pradesh has given me an opportunity to be proud. I have seen the state struggling for basic facilities but today we see them doing well. I want to congratulate and thank the government and teams here

    - After Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have vaccinated 100 percent of their population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. More states are about the vaccinate their population with the first dose.

  • Bengaluru: Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh interacts with students of Karnataka Public School on the resumption of physical classes for students of standard 6th-8th in the state.

  • No new COVID-19 case in Andamans, tally at 7,572
     

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record a single fresh COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Monday. The caseload in the archipelago remained at 7,572. The death toll stood at 129 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported during the period, he said. According to him, the Union Territory now has six active cases, and one more patient was cured of the disease on Sunday, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,437.

  • Assam: Schools for class 12 and colleges reopen from today.

  • COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till September 13

     

    The Goa government has extended the coronavirus-induced curfew till September 13. In a notification issued here, the state administration announced the extension of the curfew till 7 am on September 13. "As part of the curfew, the state government has retained the restrictions that are currently in force," a senior official said. The COVID-19 curfew was first imposed in the state on May 9 and has since been extended regularly.

  • No cash, only soft incentives for taking Covid-19 vaccines: S African Health Minister

     

    South Africa is exploring the possibility of incentivising people to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, but there will be no cash incentives, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Sunday. Phaahla also said that government would not participate in any debate to make vaccines compulsory, leaving this to the private sector to implement as it saw fit. "What we are exploring is the possibility where with some kind of confirmation that you are vaccinated, we could start opening up various activities sports, cultural and more business and other kinds of get-togethers," Phaahla said while speaking to reporters here. The minister said among the things being considered was allowing access to football matches and music concerts to those who were vaccinated.

  • Maharashtra: Thane logs 239 new cases, 3 more deaths

     

    Thane has reported 239 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,52,901, an official said on Monday. These new cases were reported on Sunday, he said. Three more people also succumbed to the viral infection, which took the death toll in the district to 11,317, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 percent. In the neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,754, while the death toll stands at 3,293, another official said.

India logged 38,948 new coronavirus infections and 219 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 167 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. With the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 3,30,27,621, while the death toll has climbed to 4,40,752. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.33 percent after 48 days, according to the data updated at 8 am. India had reported 199 deaths in a single day on March 23. The active cases have declined to 4,04,874 comprising 1.23 percent of the total infections while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.44 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 5,174 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.76 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.58 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,21,81,995.