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Coronavirus News Highlights: DCGI gives permission to CMC Vellore to start trial on mixing of vaccines

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 25,404 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally in the country to 3,32,89,579, while the count of active cases declined to 3,62,207, according to Union health ministry data on Tuesday. The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 4,43,213, with 339 daily fatalities being recorded, the data updated at 8 am showed. The tally of active cases has declined to 3,62,207, which comprises 1.09 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.58 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 12,062 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Coronavirus News Highlights: DCGI gives permission to CMC Vellore to start trial on mixing of vaccines
  • 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.
     
  • Chandigarh administration to increase number of guests at social gatherings from 200 to 300

    Chandigarh administration to increase the number of guests at social gatherings from 200 to 300, or 50% capacity of banquet halls/hotels. Guests are required to compulsorily receive at least one dose of COVID vaccine or have negative RT-PCR report 72 hours prior to the event.

  • Loss of learning has been disastrous for children across developing world: Gates Foundation
    COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more than 31 million people worldwide into extreme poverty According to the Annual Goalkeepers report by the Gates Foundation. CEO Mark Suzman tells CNBC-TV18 that Bill…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: DCGI gives permission to CMC Vellore to start trial on mixing of vaccines
  • COVID is still out there, warns UK PM as he sets out winter plan
     
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday warned that COVID is still out there as he set out his winter strategy for dealing with the pandemic without having to resort to further lockdowns. Addressing a Downing Street press conference, he pointed to higher coronavirus case numbers than this time last year making things "actually more challenging" for the government. However, he said the success of the country's vaccination programme meant that the easing of lockdown can continue, with a backup Plan B in place to reimpose some restrictions over time.
  • Gujarat reports 11 new COVID cases, zero death

    Gujarat reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its infection tally to 8,25,640, while no fresh death due to the infection was registered in the state, the health department said. As many as 19 coronavirus patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases to 8,15,405, it said in a release in Ahmedabad.

  • Despite COVID-19, South Africa to hold key local polls

    After uncertainty if COVID19 would force South Africa to postpone local government elections, the courts have ruled that the crucial polls should move ahead.

  • A maximum of 100 devotees every hr will be allowed in big religious places, small religious places will be allowed to have 50% devotees of their total capacity. COVID guidelines need to be followed. Restaurants will be allowed till 11 pm: Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta

  • Schools to open for Classes 6 and above, colleges will re-open: Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta  

    Schools will remain closed for now, for students below std 6th. Classes will resume for students of std 6th and above, from 8 am to 12 pm. All colleges will re-open, they will function just like earlier: Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta 

  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,591 new Covid-19 infections, 27 deaths
     
    Tamil Nadu reported less than 1,600 new COVID19 cases for the second day, adding 1,591 fresh infections pushing the overall caseload to 26,37,010 till date, while 27 people succumbed to the virus taking the toll to 35,217, the Health department said on Tuesday.  The state has been witnessing an increasing trend with regard to new infections over the last few weeks and was adding over 1,600 daily infections. However, on  Monday, the new infections fell to 1,580.
  • DCGI gives permission to CMC Vellore to start a trial on mixing of vaccines

    DCGI has given permission to CMC Vellore to start a trial on the mixing of vaccines. A couple of such studies have been initiated. We need more scientific data to get more clarity: Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology,  Government of India

  • COVID curfew in Dehradun extended from Sept 14 to Sept 21 

    Uttarakhand | COVID curfew in Dehradun extended from Sept 14 to 6 am on Sept 21 to prevent new cases. Tourists will only be allowed to visit Mussoorie on weekends and must provide negative test report 72 hours before arrival: Dehradun DM R Rajesh Kumar

  • Delhi reports 38 new COVID cases, zero deaths 

    Delhi reports 38 new #COVID19 cases, 15 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 14,38,288 
    Total recoveries 14,12,805
    Death toll 25,083 

    Active cases 400

  • Relief payments staved off hardship in COVID crash

    The share of Americans living in poverty rose slightly as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the economy last year, but massive relief payments pumped out by Congress eased hardship for many, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official poverty measure showed an increase of 1 percentage point in 2020, indicating that 11.4% of Americans were living in poverty. It was the first increase in poverty after five consecutive annual declines.

  • Karnataka reports 559 new COVID cases, 12 deaths 

    Karnataka has reported 559 new cases of COVID19 and 12 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,62,967 and death toll to 37,529, the Health department said on Tuesday. The day also saw 1,034 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,09,656.

  • Mumbai reports less than 400 COVID cases for 4th day in row; 5 deaths

    Mumbai reported 367 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the fourth straight day of under-400 cases, and five fresh fatalities, while 408 more patients recovered from the disease, a senior civic official said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said that with these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 7,35,770, while the death toll climbed to 16,033. This was the fourth day in a row when the financial capital has reported less than 400 COVID-19 cases.As many as 28,498 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking their cumulative number to 97,69,953, he said.

  • WHO-backed vaccine hub for Africa to copy Moderna COVID-19 shot

    Efforts to develop an African base for COVID-19 vaccine production will focus on trying to replicate Moderna's shot, but a lack of progress in talks with the U.S. company mean the project will take time, a senior WHO official told Reuters. The drive to produce vaccines in Africa is designed to help more developing countries access COVID-19 shots after rich nations bought up most of this year's supply. Moderna said last October it would not enforce patents related to its shot during the pandemic, raising hopes that other companies might be able to copy it and help boost COVID-19 vaccine production.

  • Govt planning to increase monthly stipend of children who lost parents due to COVID-19 to Rs 4,000

    The central government is planning to increase the monthly financial support given to children who lost their parents to COVID-19 from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, a senior official said on Tuesday. The official said a proposal may go to the Cabinet for approval in the next few weeks. The Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed that the monthly stipend given to children who lost their parents to the pandemic be increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, the official said. The government in May had announced that children who have lost both parents or surviving parent or legal guardian/adoptive parents due to COVID-19 will be supported under the 'PM-CARES for Children' scheme.

  • Kerala reports 15,876 new COVID cases, 129 deaths

    After reporting more than or close to 30,000 COVID19 cases daily during the first week of September, Kerala has been logging comparatively lesser fresh infections since then with the state reporting 15,876 cases on Tuesday, which took the total caseload to 44,06,365.       The number of active cases in the state dropped below two lakh  1,98,865 to be exact  with 25,654 people recovering from COVID19 since Monday and the total recoveries rose to 41,84,158, a state government release said.

  • UK expert panel recommends COVID booster jabs for over-50s
     
    Britain's expert advisory panel on Tuesday recommended that a third booster dose of a COVID19 vaccine would be beneficial for people aged over 50 and frontline healthcare workers to boost their protection against the deadly virus over the winter months. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's (JCVI) recommendation notes that six months after a second COVID vaccine dose is the optimum timing to boost immunity with another dose, with the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines among those ideal for use as a third jab.
  • Favipiravir saw highest sales in past 1 year among COVID drugs; here's how other emergency-use drugs fared
    Favipiravir is one of the cheapest COVID-19 drugs available in the market with at least 45 companies selling it.
    Coronavirus News Highlights: DCGI gives permission to CMC Vellore to start trial on mixing of vaccines
  • Andhra Pradesh reports 1,125 new COVID cases, 9 deaths 

    Andhra Pradesh reports 1,125 new #COVID19 cases, 1,356 recoveries and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases: 20,31,974
    Total recoveries: 20,03,543
    Death toll: 14,019

    Active cases: 14,412

  • Britain and neighbours set out paths for coping with COVID-19

    Britain was setting out its coronavirus strategy for the winter months on Tuesday, with booster vaccinations for the most vulnerable and elderly a central part of the plans for a country with one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls. Following is a summary of some of the COVID-19 precautions being taken by Britain and other countries on the European continent, with states listed in alphabetical order:

  • Odisha logs 428 fresh COVID-19 cases, lowest in five months

     

    The daily COVID-19 caseload maintained its downward curve in Odisha, which recorded 428 infections on Tuesday, the lowest single-day spike in five months, a health department official said. The state's coronavirus tally stood at 10,17,261, while four more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,108, he said. On Monday, it had reported 471 fresh cases. The coastal state now has 6,290 active cases, and 10,02,810 patients, including 682 since Monday, have recovered from the disease so far. Odisha has conducted over 1.89 crore sample tests for COVID-19, taking into account 48,086 such clinical examinations on Monday. It has administered more than 2.56 crore vaccine doses.

  • More than 72.77 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Govt

     

    More than 72.77 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and direct state procurement category, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Further, more than 1.6 crore doses (1,60,75,000) are in the pipeline. More than 4.49 crore (4,49,03,025) balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states/UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states/UTs by providing them Covid vaccines free of cost, it stated.

  • Night curfew in Gujarat will be from 11 pm to 6 am in 8 major cities including Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot from September 15 to September 25 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases, says the state government.

  • Russia President Vladimir Putin to self-isolate over coronavirus cases in inner circle, AFP quotes Kremlin as stating.

  • Ladakh reports 4 new COVID cases

     

    Ladakh recorded four fresh COVID-19 cases Tuesday, taking the tally to 20,608 while the active cases in the union territory went down to 30, officials said. Ladakh has registered 207 Covid-related deaths 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Four patients of coronavirus were cured and discharged from hospitals on Sunday, thereby taking the number of recoveries to 20,371, which accounts for 98.8 percent, officials said. All the four fresh cases Tuesday were reported in Leh, they said. There was no death reported due to Covid in Ladakh Monday. .

  • Himachal Pradesh: All schools in the state to continue to remain close, except the residential schools further up to September 21, says state government.

  • England school children aged 12-15 years to be offered COVID vaccine first dose

    School children aged between 12 and 15 years will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID19 vaccine starting next week, the UK government has announced after the country's Chief Medical Officers gave their go-ahead for the jabs for younger age groups. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Monday evening that ministers have accepted the advice of the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and the National Health Service (NHS) is now preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme.

  • 75 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 53,807

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID19 tally rose to 53,807 on Tuesday as 75 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 270 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

India saw a single-day rise of 25,404 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally in the country to 3,32,89,579, while the count of active cases declined to 3,62,207, according to Union health ministry data on Tuesday. The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 4,43,213, with 339 daily fatalities being recorded, the data updated at 8 am showed. The tally of active cases has declined to 3,62,207, which comprises 1.09 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.58 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 12,062 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.