Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India recorded 43,263 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,31,39,981, while the active cases increased to 3,93,614, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,41,749 with 338 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 1.19 per cent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.48 percent, the ministry said. An increase of 2,358 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded as 2.38 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,23,04,618, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 percent.
Govt develops COVID vaccine tracker to give vaccination-related information
The Centre has developed a COVID-19 vaccine tracker by synergising data from three platforms to give information on various aspects of vaccination like effectiveness post inoculation. Speaking at a briefing of the Union health ministry, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said the vaccine tracker has been developed by synergising data from CO-WIN potal, National COVID-19 testing database and COVID-19 India portal. The data have been synergised based on ICMR identification number and on the basis of mobile numbers. We have been able to get a vaccine tracker which is going to be online very soon on the Ministry of Health's website, he said. The tracker gives week by week coverage of the first and second dose of vaccine and also their effectiveness.
Airlines say rise in COVID-19 cases is hurting ticket sales
Several leading U.S. airlines warned Thursday that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant is hurting their bookings and further delaying a recovery for the travel industry. American Airlines said a slowdown that started in August has continued into September, and the airline further lowered its outlook for third-quarter revenue.
US Representative presses Facebook, Amazon on efforts to curb COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
US Representative Adam Schiff on Thursday called on Facebook and Amazon to provide a more thorough explanation of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. "Despite some concrete and positive steps previously taken, these companies owe both the public and the Congress additional answers about the exponential and dangerous proliferation of misinformation, and what the platforms are doing to address the viral spread of conspiratorial falsehoods and myths, over good science," Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said in a statement after sending letters to the companies.
Mumbai reports 458 COVID cases, six deaths
Mumbai reported 458 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths on Thursday, a civic official said. The caseload in the country's financial capital rose to 7,48,066 and death toll reached 16,010, he said. On Wednesday, the city had logged 530 new COVID-19 cases, highest since July 15.The number of active COVID-19 cases increased to 4,010 on Thursday. The number of daily fatalities crossed five after a gap of two weeks, as per the data of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Tamil Nadu reports 1,596 new COVID infections, 21 deaths
Tamil Nadu reports 1,596 fresh #COVID19 infections, 1,534 recoveries and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours
Active cases: 16,221
Total recoveries: 25,77,646
Death toll: 35,094
Karnataka reports lowest number of COVID deaths since beginning of second wave
Karnataka on Thursday reported the lowest number of deaths due to COVID-19, since the beginning of the second wave, with 4 fatalities, taking the toll so far due to the pandemic to 37,462, the health department said. The state logged 1,074 new cases of corona infections taking the total number of cases so far to 29,59,164. The day also saw 1,136 discharges, taking the total recoveries in the state to 29,04,683."Karnataka records the lowest death tally in the 2nd wave today," Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said in a tweet sharing the details of today's COVID bulletin.
Cricket: India cancel practice after physio tests positive for COVID-19
India's practice session ahead of the fifth and final test against England was cancelled on Thursday after a member of their support staff tested positive for COVID-19, an Indian cricket board official said. Second physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive on Wednesday and the team were awaiting the results of a fresh round of tests carried out on Thursday morning, the official said requesting anonymity.
Cannot order for use of traditional remedies like Red Ant Chutney' as cure for COVID-19: SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it cannot direct for use of traditional knowledge or home remedies as a cure of COVID19 for whole of country and dismissed a plea seeking direction for use of Red Ant Chutney' as cure for the deadly virus. You see there is a lot of traditional knowledge, even in our homes we have traditional knowledge. These remedies you can have for your own consumption facing the consequence, if any on yourself but we cannot ask for applying this traditional knowledge across the country, a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli said.
Kerala reports 26,200 new COVID cases, 125 deaths
Kerala on Thursday reported 26,200 fresh coronavirus cases and 125 deaths which pushed the total infections in the state to 43,09,694 and the fatalities till now to 22,126, the state government said. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was recorded at 16.69 per cent after testing 1,56,957 samples in the last 24 hours and with this, 3.29 crore samples have been tested till now, a state government release said.
EUA status is well-known for Moderna,J&J vaccines: Dr VK Paul
EUA status is well-known for Moderna,J&J vaccines. That option is open. Regarding import or deployment from local production of J&J within country, there are issues around which we have to find a common ground with respect to manufacturers: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog
Two doses of COVID vaccine show complete protection: Dr VK Paul
It's clear that two doses show complete protection, 58% above 18 years given single dose, it should be 100%. No one should be left behind...About 72 crore vaccine doses given, those left should get administered to develop herd immunity: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog
Vaccinating children is not a condition for reopening schools, says Dr VK Paul
Vaccinating children is not a condition for reopening schools. This criterion is not acceptable anywhere in the world, no scientific body, epidemiological evidence suggests it as a condition...However, vaccination of staff is desirable; Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog
Female scribe booked for raising fund for Covid and flood victims and misappropriating it
A woman journalist has been booked by the Ghaziabad police on a slew of charges including those of cheating and money laundering for allegedly raising donations for Covid patients and flood victims in some eastern states and misappropriating them. Other charges that journalist Ayub Rana faces are criminal breach of trust and cheating by using computer resources under the Information Technology Act.
Mumbai Police prohibits darshan of Ganapati idols in pandals; only digital darshan allowed
India vs England 5th Test: Team India's training cancelled as a support staff member tests COVID positive, say BCCI sources
Goa govt to start disbursing compensation for COVID-19 affected people by Sept 13
The 10-day Ganesh festival will begin from September 10 and states have issued guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. States like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi have issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) to maintain social distancing, follow COVID-appropriate behaviour during the festival. India has recorded 43,263 new COVID-19 cases and the toll rose to 3,31,39,981. The active cases increased to 3,93,614, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,41,749 with 338 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. An increase of 2,358 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded as 2.38 percent.
Maharashtra: People in Mumbai prepare for Ganesh Chaturthi tomorrow, in accordance with COVID norms.
Arunachal reports 77 COVID-19 cases, 1 more dead
Arunachal Pradesh reported 77 more COVID19 cases, taking the tally to 53,551, a Health Department official said on Thursday. One more person died of COVID19, pushing the toll to 269, he said.
Japan extends COVID-19 emergency in Tokyo and 18 other areas until Sept. 30 as medical systems remain severely strained
Japan extends COVID19 emergency in Tokyo and 18 other areas until Sept. 30 as medical systems remain severely strained.
Puducherry logs 82 new COVID-19 cases
The Union Territory of Puducherry logged 82 new cases of coronavirus after testing 5,348 samples during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 1,24,518, Health Department Director G Sriramulu said. There were 993 active cases of whom 175 were in hospitals and the remaining in home isolation. The overall recoveries rose to 1,21,705 with 74 patients recovering from the disease, while the death toll went up to 1,820. The test positivity rate was 1.53 percent while the fatality and recovery rates were at 1.46 percent and 97.74 percent respectively.
COVID-19: Over five crore people vaccinated in Madhya Pradesh so far
More than five crore people have been given anti-coronavirus vaccine doses in Madhya Pradesh so far, with nearly 94 lakh of them getting the second jab as well, a health official said on Thursday. "Till Wednesday night, a total of 5,00,69,857 people have been vaccinated in the state," managing director of the National Health Mission (NHM) in MP, Priyanka Das, said. Of them, 4,06,90,004 people have been given the first dose and 93,79,853 others both the jabs, Das said. State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated the health department employees, officials, especially the staff associated with the vaccination programme, on the achievement. He said that in order to completely wipe out the virus, inoculation of all was very essential. Chouhan urged the people of the state to participate in large numbers in the mega vaccination drive to be held on September 17 on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. The chief minister also said that after achieving the 100 percent target of administering the first dose to the population of 18 years and above by September end, the government would strive hard to give them the second jab at the earliest.
RT-PCR accounted for over 70% tests conducted in Delhi in last five months
RT-PCR, the most recommended method for tracing coronavirus, accounted for over 70 percent of the total tests conducted to identify infected patients in Delhi in the last five months, according to government data. Between August 1 and August 25, health authorities conducted 16.17 lakh tests, including 11.18 lakh RT-PCR ones. In July, 21.79 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in the capital. Of this, 15.18 lakh were conducted through the RT-PCR method. RT-PCR tests accounted for 71.42 percent of the total 21.88 lakh tests conducted in June and 75.17 percent of the 21.41 lakh tests conducted in May. In February, March and April; 64.81 percent, 64.29 percent and 66.02 percent tests were conducted through this method. Over 20 lakh tests were conducted in January, of which 11.78 lakh (57.65 percent) were RT-PCR tests.
Over 70.63 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Centre
More than 70.63 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Further, more than 96 lakh doses are in the pipeline. The ministry said more than 5.58 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry stated.
More than 15 lakh COVID vaccine doses were administered in Maharashtra yesterday, a new record of vaccination in a single day in the state: Dr Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health)
Sydney pubs set for mid-Oct reopening cheer under roadmap to COVID lockdown exit
Sydney's cafes, restaurants and pubs are set to reopen in the second half of October after months of strict COVID-19 lockdown, according to an exit roadmap published by New South Wales state officials on Thursday. They said bars and eateries, as well as gyms, across the city of 5 million people will be able to reopen at reduced capacity within days of the state reaching a 70% double-vaccination target, now expected around mid-October. Stay-at-home orders for the fully vaccinated will be lifted on Monday after the target is achieved, the officials said. The plans come as daily infections linger near-record levels in New South Wales (NSW) amid a spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, with the state registering 1,405 new local cases on Thursday, down from 1,480 a day earlier. Five new deaths were recorded.