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Coronavirus News: India's vaccination figure crosses 84 crore doses

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Coronavirus India News Updates: India added 31,923 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,35,63,421, while the active cases declined to 3,01,640, the lowest in 187 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,46,050 with 282 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.90 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.77 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,28,15,731, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 percent.

Coronavirus News: India's vaccination figure crosses 84 crore doses
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  • Novavax, SII apply to WHO for emergency use listing of COVID vaccine

    Biotechnology firm Novavax Inc and its partner Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday said they have submitted an application to the World Health Organization for emergency use listing (EUL) of Novavax's COVID19 vaccine. The application to WHO is based on the companies' previous regulatory submission to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), Novavax Inc said in a statement. "Today's submission of our protein-based COVID19 vaccine to WHO for emergency use listing is a significant step on the path to accelerating access and more equitable distribution to countries in great need around the world," Novavax President and Chief Executive Officer Stanley C Erck said.

  • Talks on to make Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 DNA vaccine part of inoculation programme: Govt
    Zydus Cadila's indigenously-developed needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D received the Emergency Use Authorisation from the Drugs Controller General of India last month and will be administered to…
    Coronavirus News: India's vaccination figure crosses 84 crore doses
  • Maharashtra logs 3,320 new coronavirus cases, 61 deaths; active count 39,191

    Maharashtra on Thursday reported 3,320 COVID19 cases and 61 deaths, which took its infection tally to 65,34,557 and toll to 1,38,725, a health department official said. With 4,050 patients getting discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the recovery count rose to 63,53,079.

  • Talks on to make Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 DNA vaccine part of inoculation programme: Govt

    Preparations are on to make Zydus Cadila's COVID19 DNA vaccine available to people and although the price is a "clear issue", a decision will be taken soon to make it a part of the country's vaccination programme, the government said on Thursday. Responding to a question at a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said to bring Zydus Cadila's DNA vaccine in practical shape and implementation, preparations are going on and repeated discussions have been held.

  • 14 new Covid cases in Haryana

    Haryana reported no new coronavirus-linked death even as the state added 14 fresh cases on Thursday, pushing the infection count to 7,70,784, according to an official bulletin. According to the health department's daily bulletin, the death toll remained unchanged at 9,809.

  • Coronavirus: MP sees 13 new infections; active cases 93 now

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,435 on Thursday with the addition of 13 cases, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,517 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, he said. The overall recovery count stands at 7,81,825 and there are 93 active cases in the state at present. As 68,716 samples were examined during the day, the cumulative test figure went up to 1,81,14,489 in the state, the official added.

  • Govt announces Covid jabs at home for differently-abled, people with restricted mobility

    The government Thursday announced that differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility and special needs will be given COVID19 vaccine doses at their homes. The relevant orders and advisory have already been issued to states and union territories, officials said, adding authorities concerned have been asked to initiate the "process of linelisting" these beneficiaries and their vaccination "at the earliest". Addressing a press conference here on the overall Covid situation, the officials said the country is still in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic even though the number of daily new cases are declining.

  • India's vaccination figure crosses 84 crore doses

    The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 84 crore on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said. As many as 65,26,432 doses were administered on Thursday till 7 pm, it said The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night. The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined.

  • 2 Pak health department workers suspended for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine certificate in Nawaz Sharif's name

    Two officials of the health department in Pakistan's Punjab province were suspended on Thursday for issuing a fake coronavirus vaccine certificate in the name of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a government hospital here. Sharif, who is currently based in London, where he has been undergoing medical treatment since November 2019, was administered the first dose of the Chinese COVID19 vaccine Sinovac on Wednesday as per National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) records, a Punjab government official told PTI.

  • Telangana records 247 new COVID-19 cases, one death

    Telangana on Thursday logged 247 new COVID19 cases, taking the caseload to 6,64,411, while the death toll rose to 3,909 with one more fatality. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 71, followed by Karimnagar (21) and Khammam (17) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today.

  • 66% of India's adult population administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine: Govt

    The Centre on Thursday said 66 percent of the country's adult population has been administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 23 percent has received both doses. Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 63.7 percent vaccine doses have been administered in rural areas and 35.4 percent in urban areas.

  • Maha: Aurangabad hospital ramps up bed capacity in anticipation of COVID-19 third wave

    The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Maharashtra's Aurangabad has increased its bed capacity by five folds as part of its preparedness for a probable third wave of the COVID19 pandemic, an official said on Thursday. The largest health facility in Marathwada, the GMCH had earlier reserved 208 beds for COVID19 patients, and the number has now increased to 1,000, of which 60 beds are reserved for children, the official said. GMCH Dean Dr Kanan Yelikar chaired a meeting to review the preparedness of the hospital's oxygen system.

  • Kenya reopens borders for Indian travellers

    Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) on Thursday said the African nation has reopened its borders for Indian travellers, which were closed for a brief period due to the second wave of Covid19. The temporary ban of passenger flights from India was revoked after a brief period of suspension since May this year as a result of the spike of the Covid19 pandemic in the country, KTB said in a statement.

  • Sikkim reports 62 new COVID cases, one more fatality

    Sikkim on Thursday reported 62 new COVID19 cases, two more than the previous day, with the tally increasing to 31,136, a health department bulletin said. One more fatality due to the infection raised the death toll in the state to 382, it said. Of the fresh cases, 30 were reported from East Sikkim, 18 from West Sikkim,13 from South Sikkim and one from North Sikkim. The Himalayan state now has 644 active cases, while 29,798 people have recovered from the disease. At least 312 coronavirus positive patients have migrated out.

  • 1,171 fresh cases and 11 Covid-19 deaths in Andhra Pradesh

    The cumulative Covid19 cases in Andhra Pradesh climbed to 20,43,244 as 1,171 were added afresh in 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday. The total recoveries increased to 20,15,387 with 1,207 more getting cured of the infection, the latest bulletin said.

  • J&K reports 172 more coronavirus cases; no new virus-related death

    Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 172 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infected number of persons to 3,28,590 while no fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union Territory, officials said. Out of the 172 fresh cases, 21 were from Jammu division and 151 from Kashmir division of the UT, the officials said.

  • Goa reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, 54 recoveries; no fresh death

    Goa's coronavirus caseload rose by 80 and reached 1,75,872 on Thursday, while no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 3,297, he said.

  • UK rule of 10-day quarantine for those vaccinated in India discriminatory: Govt

    India believes the UK's decision of 10day quarantine for those vaccinated with Covishield here is "discriminatory" and New Delhi do reserve the right to reciprocate in a similar manner, the government said Thursday, but hoped a quick resolution would be found. Amid a growing outcry in the country over the UK's new travel rules, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a press conference here both the countries are engaged in a dialogue on the matter.

  • HC told PM CARES Fund not of government; 3rd party info can't be disclosed under RTI

    The PM CARES Fund is not a government fund as donations to it do not go to the Consolidated Fund of India and no third party information can be parted with irrespective of its status under the Constitution and the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Delhi High Court has been informed. An affidavit filed by an Under Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) who is discharging his functions in the PM Cares Trust on honorary basis, has said the trust functions with transparency and its funds are audited by an auditor a chartered accountant drawn from the panel prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

  • Congress, Left conspired against Modi in Covid 2nd wave: Himanta Biswa

    Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday attacked the opposition Congress and Left parties for allegedly conspiring to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi in difficulties during the second wave of Covid19. Addressing the Assam BJP's executive committee meeting at Amingaon locality here, Sarma said other political parties supported the government in the twin calamities of flood and pandemic. "For the first time, all political parties supported the government in the flood and pandemic. But a conspiracy was hatched under the leadership of the Congress as they thought there would be no better opportunity to put Narendra Modi in an embarrassing situation," he alleged.

  • Kin of person committing suicide in 30 days of being COVID positive to get ex-gratia: Centre to SC

    Family members of people who committed suicide within 30 days of being diagnosed with COVID19 will be entitled to Rs 50,000 exgratia assistance as per the guidelines, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday. Deaths occurring within 30 days from the date of testing or from the date of being clinically determined as a COVID case will be treated as deaths due to COVID19', even if the death takes place outside the hospital/ inpatient facility, the government clarified. A bench of Justices M R Shah and A S Bopanna was informed by the Centre that a COVID19 case, admitted to the hospital/inpatient facility, and who continued to be admitted beyond 30 days but died, will also be treated as a COVID-19 death.

  • Kerala logs 19,682 fresh COVID cases, 152 deaths

    Kerala on Thursday reported 19,682 fresh COVID19 cases and 152 deaths, which took the caseload to 45,79,310 and fatalities to 24,191. The number of people who recovered from the infection since Wednesday was 20,510 which brought the total recoveries to 43,94,476 and the number of active cases to 1,60,046, an official press release said.

  • Vaccines to be required for Albania lawmakers

    The Albanian Parliament decided Thursday to make the coronavirus vaccination mandatory for all lawmakers. Taulant Balla of the governing Socialist Party said the leaders of every parliamentary group had agreed to make vaccines mandatory and also for most legislative committee hearings to be held online.

  • Covid: Delhi records 48 new cases, zero death; positivity rate 0.07%

    Delhi recorded 48 fresh COVID19 cases and zero death on Thursday as the positivity rate slightly rose to 0.07 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. Three Covidrelated fatalities have been reported this month, one each on September 7, 16 and 17, according to official figures.

  • Norway rules out mandating vaccines ahead of Beijing Games

    Norway, the most successful country in the history of the Winter Olympics, will not follow in the footsteps of the United States and insist that those travelling to the Beijing Games are vaccinated against COVID19, a representative told Reuters.

  • India, UK hold talks on vaccine certification process: British envoy

    British High Commissioner Alex Ellis on Thursday said India and the UK held "excellent" technical discussion on the issue of vaccine certification. Referring to new British travel rules, Ellis had on Wednesday said there was no problem with Covishield vaccine and that the main issue is COVID19 vaccine certification done through the CoWIN app.

  • No evidence of any new variant of SARS-CoV2 in country: INSACOG

    There is no evidence of a new variant of SARSCoV2 and presently there is no additional or public health concern regarding the Delta sublineages, the INSACOG, a genome sequencing consortium, has said. In its latest bulletin dated September 20, the INSACOG said Delta continues to be the main variant of concern in India.

  • Vaccine at home for differently-abled, people with restricted mobility: Govt

    The government Thursday announced that differently abled people and those with restricted mobility will be given Covid vaccine at home. Addressing a press conference here, Health Ministry officials also said the country is still in the midst of the second wave of COVID19 even though the number of daily new cases are declining. However, they added, 62.73% of total infections reported last week were from Kerala alone, which is the only state with over 1 lakh active Covid cases.

  • Mandaviya releases guidelines on treatment of sequelae of COVID-19

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday released guidelines on the treatment of sequelae of COVID-19 which will help in building the capacity of doctors, nurses, paramedics and community health workers across India to deal with long-term effects of the coronavirus infection. The minister said that the modules have been prepared to provide guidance to doctors and healthcare workers to deal with the issue of long-term effects of COVID-19, the Health Ministry said in a statement. (PTI)

India added 31,923 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,35,63,421, while the active cases declined to 3,01,640, the lowest in 187 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,46,050 with 282 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.90 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.77 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,28,15,731, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 percent.