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Coronavirus News Highlights: 20% adults fully vaccinated; 62% administered 1st dose, says govt

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Coronavirus India News Highlights: With 30,570 more people testing positive for COVID-19, India's overall infection tally has risen to 3,33,47,325, while the count of active cases has dipped to 3,42,923, according to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 4,43,928 with 431 daily fatalities being recorded, according to data updated by the ministry at 8 am. The number of active cases has dropped to 3,42,923, which comprises 1.03 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.64 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 8,164 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, the data showed.

Coronavirus News Highlights: 20% adults fully vaccinated; 62% administered 1st dose, says govt
  • 20 percent of India's adult population have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 62 pc have got at least one dose, says government

  • Booster doses are not the central theme at the moment in the scientific and public healthcare discussion. Getting a full vaccination of two doses remains a major priority. Several agencies have recommended that antibody levels should not be measured: ICMR DG Balram Bhargava

  • Mizoram is a state of concern, says Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog


    In coming 2-3 months, we have to maintain caution against any upsurge of COVID cases. We request everyone to remain careful in the coming quarter. We're happy to see the number of cases stabilising, even in Kerala, says Dr Paul.

  • Almost 68% of total cases reported nationally are from Kerala, says Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

    - Kerala has over 1.99 lakh active cases, while 5 other states - Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra - have more than 10,000 active cases: Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary

    - Weekly positivity rate for last 11 weeks is below 3%. 64 districts are still reporting above 5% COVID positivity. They are districts of concern where COVID appropriate behaviour, vaccination, surveillance in these areas must be strictly monitored: Rajesh Bhushan

  • If children contract Covid, but are asymptomatic, shouldn't be matter of concern: Experts

     

    COVID-19 in children should not be of much concern if they are asymptomatic and do not have a severe infection, experts said on Thursday, amid some states, including Mizoram and Kerala, reporting a rise in cases among those aged below 10 years. They, however, stressed the need for preparing and ramping up arrangements for any eventuality, including more children requiring hospitalisation. The percentage of infected children aged below 10 years in the total active COVID-19 cases has risen since March this year, official sources said, adding that a larger number of cases among children are being reported from Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and Kerala, among others. Mizoram registered its highest-ever single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as 1,502 more people, including 300 children, tested positive for the infection, pushing the state's tally to 72,883.

  • LifeCell gets DCGI nod for clinical trial of cell therapy to treat COVID patients

     

    Leading stem cell bank LifeCell on Thursday said it has received approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for a clinical trial of Mesocel to treat patients with moderate to severe COVID-19. The company has received the approval for the clinical trial of Mesocel, a new therapy derived from mesenchymal stem cells of the umbilical cord tissue, set to treat patients suffering from COVID 19 pneumonia and acute respiratory distress, from the Biological Division of the DCGI, LifeCell said in a statement. The clinical trial, to be conducted in two phases, will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Mesocel for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe COVID-19, it added. "This new cell therapy utilising the potent anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating and tissue regenerative properties of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) will further strengthen our fight against COVID-19 and help save lives, which is our primary objective," LifeCell Managing Director Mayur Abhaya said.

  • Haryana: Schools to reopen for classes 1 to 3 from September 20


    "We are resuming classes for Standard 1st to 3rd from September 20. Students need to get written consent from their parents. They will have the option of attending the classes either offline or online," state Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar.

  • Odisha records 580 new COVID-19 cases; over 66 lakh people fully vaccinated

    Seventy-seven children are among the 580 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Thursday, pushing the tally to 10,18,298, a health department official said. The rate of infection among children and adolescents stands at 13.2 percent, he said. Four fresh fatalities in the state raised the toll to 8,118, the official said. The state currently has 5,963 active cases, while as many as 10,04,164 patients, including 561 on Wednesday, have recovered from the highly infectious disease. Odisha's positivity rate clocked 5.34 percent.

  • Assam: Classes for standard 10 students in all high schools, high madrassas, residential schools, and day boarding schools will be reopened from September 20. School employees and workers to be fully vaccinated, says Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

  • Iran reports 19,731 new cases

    The Iranian Health Ministry reported 19,731 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,360,387.

  • Tripura: CPM secretary Goutam Das dies due to COVID-19

    CPM's Tripura unit secretary Goutam Das died at a private hospital in Kolkata on Thursday while undergoing treatment for COVID-19, party sources said. Das, 70, is survived by wife Tapati Sen and daughter Swagata. He had tested positive for COVID-19 in August-end and was admitted to a private hospital in Agartala. As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to a private hospital in Kolkata on September 6 where he died at 7.20 am. (PTI)

  • Senior nursing officers deputed in private health facilities for COVID-19 to be repatriated


     

    The Delhi government has directed that all senior nursing officers, who were posted in private hospitals for monitoring COVID-19 patients, be sent back to their parent hospitals. "The competent authority is pleased to repatriate all senior Nursing Officers... who were posted as Nodal Officer in various private health care facilities from Delhi Govt. Hospitals to monitor management of COVID-19 patients along with monitoring the Covid vaccination... to their parent hospitals," the order that was issued last week said. The order also said that if any substitute of the senior nursing officers were deployed by the parent hospital, they should be relived and repatriated, it added. The second wave of the pandemic swept through the city in April-May.

  • Uttarakhand: Nainital High Court lifts the ban on Chardham Yatra, orders to follow COVID-19 rules.

    The court also orders mandatory COVID-19 negative report and double vaccination certificate for devotees.

    The court says only 800 devotees will be allowed at Kedarnath Dham, 1200 at Badrinath Dham, 600 at Gangotri and 400 devotees at Yamunotri Dham in a day.

  • UN says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions

     

    The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations said on Thursday. The virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary downturn in CO2 emissions last year and it was not enough to reverse the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. Reduction targets are not being met and there is a rising likelihood the world will miss its Paris Agreement target of reducing global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the WMO said in its United in Science 2021 Report.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin says not one or two but dozens of people in his entourage tested positive for Covid before he went into self-isolation, reports AFP.

  • Active COVID-19 cases in Andamans dip to 13 as no fresh infection detected


    The total number of active cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands dipped to 13 on Thursday as no fresh infection was detected, while two more persons recovered from the disease, a health bulletin said. The Union Territory's caseload stood unchanged at 7,592, of which 7,450 were recoveries and 129 fatalities. The administration has tested over 5.19 lakh samples for COVID-19 so far, it said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 1.46 percent. A total of 2.78 lakh people have received the first COVID-19 dose, while 1.18 lakh have been fully vaccinated.

  • 71 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 53,943

     

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 53,943 on Thursday as 71 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 271 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The state now has 545 active cases, while 53,127 people have been cured of the disease so far, including 54 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 98.49 percent. The administration has thus far tested over 11.05 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 3,681 on Wednesday, Jampa said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 1.01 percent.

  • 71 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 53,943

     

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 53,943 on Thursday as 71 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 271 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The state now has 545 active cases, while 53,127 people have been cured of the disease so far, including 54 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 98.49 percent. The administration has thus far tested over 11.05 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 3,681 on Wednesday, Jampa said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 1.01 percent.

  • COVID vaccine effects wane over time but still prevent death and severe illness


    Several countries including the UK are now offering third COVID-19 shots amid reports of vaccines proving less effective over time. But do these countries really need to embark on widespread booster campaigns? Here's what research tells us so far about how vaccines are performing. One study suggests that after four months of the second dose, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is less effective at preventing infection (classified as a positive PCR test), with protection falling from 96% to 84%. However, the research is a preprint, meaning that its results have yet to be formally reviewed by other scientists.

  • Over 76.11 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre


    More than 76.11 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Further, more than 1.65 crore doses are in the pipeline. Over 5.33 crore balance and unutilised COVID vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them COVID vaccines free of cost, the ministry said.

  • Maharashtra: 278 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 5 more deaths

    With the addition of 278 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,55,368, an official said on Thursday. Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, the virus also claimed the lives of five more people, raising the death toll in the district to 11,359, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 percent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,35,211, while the death toll stands at 3,273, another official said.

  • Today's Data Highlights (September 16)

     

    - 30.57k new cases, 431 new deaths, 38.3k new recoveries, 8.16k dip in the active cases

    - New deaths above 400 after 13 days

    - New cases above 30k after 4 days

    - Fall in the active cases for the 5th consecutive day 

    - 7-day moving average of new cases below 30k (29,621) for the first time in about 6 months (181 days)

    - Active cases below 3.5 lakh after 20 days 

    - Kerala reports 17.68k new cases, Maharashtra 3.78k, Tamil Nadu 1.66k

    - Kerala reports 208 new deaths, Goa* 70, Maharashtra 56

    - *Goa adds 68 backlog deaths 

    - 18 states/UTs report a rise in the active cases

    - Difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the preceding 7 days in India is -27% (world average is -8%)

    - 64.51 lakh new vaccinations. 76.57 crore total. 37.47 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 27.04 lakh second dose

    - For the first time, daily vaccinations over 50 lakh for the last 10 consecutive days 

    - 15.8 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 1.94% (1.69% the previous day)

    - Test positivity rate below 2% for the 3rd day

    - Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 16.26%, Mizoram 13.66%, Sikkim 8.44%

  • India reports 30,570 new COVID-19 cases, 38,303 recoveries, and 431 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.

    Total cases: 3,33,47,325

    Active cases: 3,42,923

    Total recoveries: 3,25,60,474

    Death toll: 4,43,928 

    Coronavirus News Highlights: 20% adults fully vaccinated; 62% administered 1st dose, says govt
  • Uttar Pradesh: A COVID-19 patient was discharged from the hospital after 130 days in Meerut

  • Over 80% of eligible populace received first dose of COVID vaccine: Kerala CM

     

    Over 80 percent of the population which is eligible for vaccination in the state has been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday. The CM, at a press conference, said that over 32 percent of the population eligible for vaccination have received both jabs of the vaccine. He said the state government's endeavour was to ensure that all those above 18 years of age are administered the first dose of vaccine by the end of September and both doses in 2-3 months time. Speaking to the media about the COVID-19 situation in the state, the CM said that there was an increase in the number of people who are reaching hospitals late after getting infected by COVID-19 and that this trend was not heartening or encouraging.


     

  • 9 days stock of vaccine left in Delhi: Vaccination bulletin

     

    The current stock of doses for vaccination against COVID-19 in Delhi will last for nine days, authorities said on Wednesday. A total of 1.64 lakh doses, including 1.01 lakh first shots and 63,176 second jabs, were administered on September 14, according to the latest vaccination bulletin. Over 1.53 crore doses have been administered to date, it said. The city has nine-day vaccine stock as of Wednesday morning, which includes 1,06,225 Covaxin doses and 13,97,030 Covieshield doses.

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With 30,570 more people testing positive for COVID-19, India's overall infection tally has risen to 3,33,47,325, while the count of active cases has dipped to 3,42,923, according to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 4,43,928 with 431 daily fatalities being recorded, according to data updated by the ministry at 8 am. The number of active cases has dropped to 3,42,923, which comprises 1.03 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.64 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 8,164 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, the data showed.