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Coronavirus News Highlights: Govt extends visas of all foreign nationals stuck in India till Sep 30

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Coronavirus India News Highlights: With 47,092 people testing positive for COVID-19, India's total tally of cases rose to 3,28,57,937, while active cases have increased to 3,89,583, according to Union health ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll has climbed to 4,39,529 with 509 more fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The number of active cases has increased to 3,89,583 and comprises 1.19 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.48 percent, the ministry said. It said that active cases increased by 11,402 in a span of 24 hours. The weekly positivity rate has been recorded at 2.62 percent.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Govt extends visas of all foreign nationals stuck in India till Sep 30
  • Govt extends visas of all foreign nationals stuck in India due to COVID-19 till Sep 30

    The government on Thursday extended till September 30 visas of all foreign nationals stuck in India due to COVID-19 pandemic, an official spokesperson said here. The spokesperson said the decision was taken because a number of foreigners who came to India on various types of visas prior to March, 2020 got stranded in the country in the absence of flights to their destinations due to the pandemic.

  • India will start exporting Covid vaccines after its public health needs are met: Govt


     The Centre on Thursday said India would start exporting COVID-19 vaccines after its public health needs are met. Responding to a question at a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said every country works with an aim of keeping its people, economy and social system safe

  • Cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in India cross 67 crore: Health ministry

    The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 67 crore on Thursday, the Union health ministry said. More than 64.70 lakh (64,70,901) vaccine doses were administered on Thursday, according to the 7 pm provisional report.


  • Full vaccination prerequisite if attending mass gathering essential: Govt ahead of festive season

    Mass gatherings should be discouraged but if attending it is essential then full vaccination should be a prerequisite, the Union government said on Friday and urged people to get the jabs and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, especially during the festive season. In a press conference, it warned the second wave of coronavirus infection in India was not yet over even though the weekly positivity rate was showing an overall declining trend.

  • We administered 18.38 crores of doses in the month of August 2021 alone. The average dose per day administered in August is 59.29 lakh. In the last week of the month we administered more than 80 lakh doses per day: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

  • Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan addresses the media on the COVID-19 situation in India. He says:

    - Kerala is one state that has more than 1 lakh active cases. 

    - Four states have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

    - Rest of the states/UTs have less than 10,000 active cases.

    - From 279 districts that were reporting 100 cases on a daily basis in June 2021, the number has come down to 42 districts that are reporting more than 100 cases on a daily basis on August 30.

  • 16% of the total adult population of this country has been fully vaccinated. 54% of the total adult population of this country has received at least one shot: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

    Sikkim, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Himachal Pradesh have administered the first dose of vaccine to 100 percent of their adult population.

  • Puducherry logs 92 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,23,802

     

    The union territory of Puducherry logged 92 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,23,802, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Thursday. Two more patients- one each from Karaikal and Mahe- succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Thursday taking the death toll to 1,815, Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release. The Health department Director said the number of active cases stood at 837 with 176 in hospitals and the remaining 661 in home isolation. Sriramulu said the test positivity rate was 1.77 percent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.47 percent and 97.86 percent respectively.

  • Passengers from Brazil, S Africa can  leave K'taka airports only if they test negative for COVID
     

    The Karnataka government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for passengers from select countries arriving at airports in the state even if they possess a negative COVID-19 report. However, those coming from Brazil and South Africa will have to wait at the airport for test results and be allowed to leave only after testing negative. "The passengers arriving from the UK, Europe, (the) Middle East, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe on arrival at the Kempegowda International Airport and other entry airports in Karnataka shall provide the sample and leave the airport for further compliance as per the Standard Operating Procedure," an order said on Wednesday. The order further said, "The passengers arriving from Brazil and South Africa after providing the samples at Kempegowda International Airport/ other entry airports shall wait for the results at the airport. They shall leave the airport only after testing negative."

  • Over 64.65 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Govt

     

    More than 64.65 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far by the Centre for free and under the direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. As many as 4,78,94,030 unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, it said. The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country, the ministry said in a statement. 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 statement said.

  • South African train brings COVID-19 vaccines closer to people

     

    At Springs train station in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, Simphiwe Dyantyi and her partner wait their turn to board. But they are not going anywhere, instead they are getting COVID-19 jabs inside a stationary train. The initiative by South African state logistics firm Transnet is meant to bring vaccines closer to people and save them from travelling long distances as the government ramps up its COVID-19 vaccination drive. From the Springs station, the Transvaco train will in the first week of September move to rural Eastern Cape province. Once there, it will make stops in different places in the province, bringing relief to poor villagers who are often without basic health facilities. It will be stationed there until November.

  • Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai says students/employees coming from Kerala have to undergo quarantine for a week.
     

    "We are vaccinating the population in districts bordering Kerala. Students/employees coming from Kerala have to quarantine for one week and do an RT-PCR test at the end of the 7-day quarantine. We're taking all possible measures to prevent spread of COVID," says the Chief Minister.

  • Kerala to set up an expert panel to study the practicality of reopening schools

    Despite concerns about increasing COVID-19 cases, the Kerala government is mulling to reopen schools as it has decided to set up an expert panel to study the present circumstances in the state and submit a report in this regard. General Education Minister V Sivankutty said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the high level committee monitoring the COVID situation and guiding actions to deal with the disease in the state would take a final decision on the school reopening. (PTI)

  • Australia reports record new cases amid raging third wave

    Australia reported 1,477 new cases on Thursday as the country continued to battle the raging third wave of the infections. The new cases took the overall infection tally to 56,212, while the death toll stood at 1,012.

  • New Mu variant could be more vaccine-resistant, warns WHO

    The World Health Organisation has said that it is closely monitoring a new coronavirus "variant of interest" named Mu, warning that the new variant shows signs of possible resistance to vaccines. Mu - also known by its scientific name as B.1.621 - was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been "sporadic reports" of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe, the UN health agency said in its weekly bulletin on the pandemic on Tuesday. The cases of the Mu variant have also been reported in the UK, Europe, the US and Hong Kong. The new 'variant of interest' is being closely monitored, the UN health agency said. (PTI)

  • Australian doctors warn health system may 'capsize' when COVID-19 curbs ease

    Australian doctors on Thursday warned the country's hospitals are not ready to cope with the government's reopening plans, even with higher vaccination rates, as some states prepare to move from a virus suppression strategy to living with COVID-19. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) said the health system was in danger of being locked into a "permanent cycle of crisis" and has called for new modelling to check if staffing levels in hospitals can withstand an expected surge in cases when lockdown rules ease. "If you have opened up and you haven't looked at the safety nets or the life rafts that we've got, we might end up actually trying to push more people on the life rafts and capsizing them," AMA Vice President Chris Moy told broadcaster ABC.

  • Over 300 Mumbaikars getting vaccinated per minute against COVID: Maharashtra govt

    As many as 336 people are getting vaccinated against coronavirus in Mumbai every minute considering the number of doses administered in the last few days, the Maharashtra government claimed on Wednesday. A total of 97 lakh vaccine doses have been administered at civic-run vaccination centres and private hospitals in the city to date, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). At least 71 lakh people have got the first dose, while 26 lakh people are now fully vaccinated, the data revealed.

  • Taiwan gets first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines after long delay

    Taiwan received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines on Thursday after a prolonged purchasing process that gave rise to a political blame game with China. Taiwan had been unable to buy the vaccine itself directly from BioNTech, the German company that had partnered with U.S.-based Pfizer to develop the mRNA vaccine. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen earlier accused China of blocking Taiwan from getting the Pfizer vaccine through BioNTech, saying that they had all but signed the contracts when the deal was delayed indefinitely. China has denied any interference. Eventually, two private companies, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. and Hon Hai Precision Electronics, as well as a Buddhist organization Tzu Chi, stepped in to buy the vaccines and donate them to Taiwan.

  • Odisha registers 754 new COVID-19 cases, 6 fresh fatalities

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,09,223 on Thursday as 754 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The state's coronavirus death toll rose to 8,028, he said, adding that the single-day spike of six fresh fatalities was the lowest since July. Odisha's case fatality rate of 0.79 percent was one of the lowest in the country. The state now has 7,241 active cases, while 9,93,901 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 666 on Wednesday. Fifty-three coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities to date. The cumulative positivity rate stood at 5.54 percent, while the daily test positivity rate was at 1.13 percent. 

  • Maharashtra: Thane sees 268 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths


    With the addition of 268 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,51,712, an official said on Thursday. Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, the virus also claimed the lives of six more people, which raised the death toll in the district to 11,295, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 percent, he said. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,588, while the death toll stands at 3,293, another official said.

  • 71 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 53,102

     

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 53,102 on Thursday as 71 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The northeastern state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 260 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The state now has 873 active cases, while 51,969 more people have been cured of the disease so far, including 61 in the last 24 hours, he said, adding that the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 97.87 percent. The state has so far tested over 10.62 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 2,849 on Wednesday, Jampa said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 2.49 percent.

  • READ | WHO to monitor new COVID variant ‘Mu’ for vaccine resistance


    The World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring the new COVID-19 strain ‘Mu’ recently designated as a variant of interest (VOI) for vaccine resistance, the health body has said. Mu, also known as B.1.621, was first identified from Colombia in January this year. Infections from Mu have since been recorded in South America and Europe. Based on the latest round of assessments, B.1.621 was classified as a VOI on 30 August 2021 and given the WHO label "Mu".

  • READ | COVID-19: What can employers do if workers avoid vaccines?

    What can employers do if workers avoid COVID-19 vaccines? They can require vaccination and fire employees who don't comply or take other actions such as withholding company perks or charging extra for health insurance. Businesses for months have been encouraging workers to get vaccinated, in some cases offering incentives like time off or gift cards. But more are taking a harder stance and requiring vaccinations for any remaining holdouts, a push that has gained momentum since Pfizer’s vaccine recently received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • Uttarakhand: Only 15,000 people can visit Mussoorie during weekends

    It is mandatory for the visitors to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report, says DM Dehradun Dr R Rajesh Kumar.

  • Today's Data Highlights (September 2)


    - 47.09k new cases, 509 new deaths, 35.18k new recoveries, 11.4k rise in the active cases

    - New cases highest in last 63 days

    - Kerala reports 32.8k new cases, Maharashtra 4.45k, Mizoram 1.99k

    - Maharashtra reports 183 new deaths, Kerala 173, Odisha 53

    - 15 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 +26% (world average is -3%)

    - 81.09 lakh new vaccinations. 66.3 crore total. 58.03 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 23.06 lakh second dose

    - 16.84 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 2.80% (2.61% the previous day)

    - Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 18.62%, Manipur 9.96%, Sikkim 9.01%

  • India reports 47,092 new COVID-19 cases, 35,181 recoveries and 509 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.

    Total cases: 3,28,57,937

    Active cases: 3,89,583

    Total recoveries: 3,20,28,825

    Death toll: 4,39,529

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Govt extends visas of all foreign nationals stuck in India till Sep 30
  • Ask for COVID vaccine proof, face a $5,000 fine in Florida
     

    Florida will start issuing $5,000 fines to businesses, schools, and government agencies that require people to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that banned vaccine passports. The fines will start on September 16 if people are asked to show proof of a vaccine. "Promises made, promises kept," DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said Wednesday.

  • Schools for classes 6 to 8 reopen in Gujarat starting today

  • New COVID-19 strain: Mandatory RT-PCR test for passengers arriving in Mumbai from Europe, China, Middle East

  • DGCI gives nod for phase 2/3 trials of Biological E's vaccine on children aged between 5 and 18 years


    The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Wednesday granted permission to Hyderabad-based Biological E Limited to conduct phase 2/3 clinical trials of its 'Made in India' COVID-19 vaccine on children aged between 5 and 18 years with certain conditions, sources said. The phase 2 and 3 clinical trials have be conducted as per approved protocol titled 'A Prospective, Randomised, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Phase-2/3 Study to Evaluate Safety, Reactogenicity, Tolerability and Immunogenicity of Corbevax Vaccine in Children and Adolescents', a source said. The trial will be conducted across 10 sites in the country. The DCGI's permission was given based on the recommendations by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19.

With 47,092 people testing positive for COVID-19, India's total tally of cases rose to 3,28,57,937, while active cases have increased to 3,89,583, according to Union health ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll has climbed to 4,39,529 with 509 more fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The number of active cases has increased to 3,89,583 and comprises 1.19 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.48 percent, the ministry said. It said that active cases increased by 11,402 in a span of 24 hours. The weekly positivity rate has been recorded at 2.62 percent.