Coronavirus News Highlights: Delhi govt launches new COVID-19 WhatApp Helpdesk number


Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India logged 37,875 new cases of coronavirus infection taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,30,96,718, while the active cases declined to 3,91,256, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 4,41,411 with 369 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 1.18 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.48 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 1,608 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Delhi govt launches new COVID-19 WhatApp Helpdesk number
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  • No fresh COVID-19 death in UP, 16 more cases reported

    No fresh COVID19 death was reported from Uttar Pradesh, and the death toll stood at 22,863; while the total cases in the state touched 17,09,494 with as many as 16 fresh cases, an official statement said on Wednesday. Of the 16 fresh cases, three were reported from Lucknow, two each from Prayagraj, Jalaun, Kanpur Nagar and one each from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Unnao, and Hardoi, the state government said in a statement.

  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,587 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reported a slight increase in new COVID19 cases on Wednesday with 1,587 infections, pushing the overall caseload to 26,27,365 till date, while 18 people succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 35,073. The state had on Tuesday logged 1,544 cases and 24 deaths. Recoveries marginally eclipsed new infections today with 1,594 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,76,112, leaving 16,180 active infections, a health department bulletin said. A total of 1,60,303 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 4,35,88,378.                                   

  • Swiss will need COVID certificates to go to bars, restaurants

    People will need to show a COVIDstatus certificate to enter  bars, restaurants and fitness centres in Switzerland from Monday, the government ordered, in a move to relieve pressure on hospitals that are struggling to cope with a fourth wave of infections.

  • COVID-19: Oppn parties in BMC question Mayor over 'third wave' claim

    Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar's claim on arrival of a "third wave" of COVID19 in the city found few takers with opposition parties in the Shiv Senaruled BMC on Wednesday taking a dig at her and questioning the basis of the assertion.  Pednekar on Tuesday said a third wave of the pandemic had already arrived, only to issue a clarification a few hours later. "Third wave is not coming, it is already here," she had told reporters at a function.

  • Pro-China social media campaign expands to new countries, blames US for COVID

    A misinformation campaign on social media in support of Chinese government interests has expanded to new languages and platforms, and it even tried to get people to show up to protests in the United States, researchers said on Wednesday. Experts at security company FireEye and Alphabet’s Google said the operation was identified in 2019 as running hundreds of accounts in English and Chinese aimed at discrediting the Hong Kong democracy movement. The effort has broadened its mission and spread from Twitter, Facebook and Google to thousands of handles on dozens of sites around the world.

  • Mumbai reports 530 new COVID cases, 4 deaths 

    COVID19 | Mumbai reports 530 new cases, 349 recoveries and 4 deaths; active cases 3,895

  • Kejriwal govt launches new COVID-19 WhatApp Helpdesk number

    People of Delhi can get easy & authentic COVID-related information by just sending 'Hi' to +911122307145 on WhatsApp. Vaccine locator, teleconsultation facility & information about oxygen cylinder refilling stations will be readily available on the helpdesk. Delhites can now search for & book COVID-19 vaccine slots directly through Delhi government's new WhatsApp COVID-19 Helpdesk. The WhatsApp chat-bot will aid citizens of Delhi to access credible information & resources related to COVID-19 at one place, said Satyendar Jain.

  • COVID-19: Goa reports 86 new infections, two deaths

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 86 to reach 1,74,646 on Wednesday, while the death of two patients pushed the fatality count to 3,212, a health department official said. With 82 patients getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the state's recovery figure increased to 1,70,578. There are 856 active cases of coronavirus in the coastal state at present, the official said."A total of 5,727 tests were conducted during the day, which took the overall test count in Goa to 12,52,255," he added.

  • Kerala reports 30,196 fresh COVID cases, 181 deaths

    After recording less than 30,000 cases since last Friday, Kerala on Wednesday reported 30,196 afresh, pushing the total infections in the state to 42,83,494. The southern state also reported 181 deaths, which took the total fatalities till now to 22,001, a government release said. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR), which was witnessing a gradual decline and had dipped below 16 per cent, rose to 17.63 per cent on Wednesday after testing 1,71,295 samples in the last 24 hours. With this, 3,28,41,859 samples have been tested till now, the release said.

  • Karnataka reports 1,102 new COVID cases, 17 deaths 

    COVID19 | Karnataka reports 1,102 new cases, 17 deaths and 1,458 recoveries; active cases 17,058

  • Oxygen generation plant set up at Delhi's Batra Hospital which faced crisis during Covid 2nd wave

    An on-site oxygen generation plant has been set up on the premises of Batra Hospital that faced a severe shortage of the life-saving gas during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Delhi. The company which installed the 500 litres per minute (LPM) oxygen generation plant, said on Wednesday that it is expected to serve around 150 hospital beds. "This is the first on-site plant at the nearly 500-bed capacity hospital, a prominent destination for both national and international patients," it said in a statement. Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic in April-May that claimed a massive number of lives, with the issue of oxygen shortage at city hospitals across the city adding to the woes.

  • Kerala to set up vaccine manufacturing zone at Life Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram 

    Kerala Cabinet has decided to set up a vaccine manufacturing zone at the Life Science Park, Thonnakkal in Thiruvananthapuram district.

  • Afghan Solidarity Committee chief booked for Covid guideline breach during stir at UNHCR: Police

    A case has been registered against Afghan Solidarity Committee chief Ahmad Zia Ghani for allegedly violating COVID19 guidelines while protesting outside the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) office here, the Delhi Police said on Wednesday. Amid the crisis in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the wartorn nation, a large number of Afghan refugees in India held protests in front of the UNHCR office at Vasant Vihar in South Delhi demanding the release of "support letters" from the UN agency to migrate to other countries for better opportunities.

  • Delhi reports 41 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths; positivity rate at 0.05%

    The national capital recorded zero fatalities due to COVID-19 and 41 new cases with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to the health bulletin issued by the Delhi government on Wednesday. In a day 13 patients were discharged. The number of active cases has increased to 414 on Wednesday from 386 the previous day. Of these, 107 people are in home isolation. The overall infection tally in the city has climbed to 14,38,082, of which over 14.12 lakh patients have recovered. The death toll was 25,083 while the case fatality rate stood at 1.74 per cent. According to the health bulletin, 75,079 tests were conducted a day ago to detect CCOVID-19. It included 51,328 were RTPCR, CBNAAT and TrueNat tests while the rest were rapid-antigen tests.

  • New COVID-19 vaccine candidates that need not keep in refrigerator 

    Scientists have used key ingredients from plant and bacterial viruses to develop new COVID-19 vaccine candidates that do not need to be refrigerated. The fridge-free vaccines, described in the Journal of the American Chemical Society on Tuesday, triggered high production of neutralising antibodies in mice against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. If they prove to be safe and effective in people, the vaccines could be a big game changer for global distribution efforts, including those in rural areas or resource-poor communities, the researchers noted. "What is exciting about our vaccine technology is that is thermally stable, so it could easily reach places where setting up ultra-low temperature freezers, or having trucks drive around with these freezers, is not going to be possible," said Nicole Steinmetz, a professor at the University of California San Diego, US,.

  • Odisha for stricter implementation of COVID-19 norms in schools amid surge in infection among children

    The Odisha government has issued a fresh guideline calling for stricter implementation of COVID norms in schools amid a surge in infection among children. Of the 762 new COVID-19 patients in the state, 102 are in the 0-18 age group. However, the infection rate among the children slightly dipped to 13.38 per cent on Wednesday from 14.57 per cent on the previous day. (PTI)

  • Ganpati festival: Mumbai civic body bans physical darshan, restricts participation in processions

    The Mumbai civic body has issued fresh guidelines for the Ganpati festival beginning from Friday and has banned physical darshan for devotees at public pandals as well as imposed restrictions on the number of participants in processions during the celebrations.  For bringing the idols of the deity and during their immersion, there will not be more than 10 people in the processions of public mandals and not more than five for the household Ganpatis, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the guidelines issued on Tuesday. (PTI)

  • Centre says over 70 crore vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far

    More than 70.31 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. Further, more than eight lakh doses are in the pipeline.The ministry said more than 5.64 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. (PTI)

  • Global caseload now above 22 crore

     The global coronavirus caseload has topped 22.18 crore, while the deaths have surged to more than 45.8 lakh and vaccinations soared to over 552 crore, Johns Hopkins University report said.

  • Assam reports 471 new cases and 9 deaths

    Assam reported 471 new cases on Tuesday as the total cases increased to 5,93,087, according to the National Health Mission. The number of daily fatalities due to the disease also registered a decline with nine deaths reported, two less than Monday's 11.

  • Thane logs 253 new cases, 4 more deaths

    Thane has reported 253 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,53,366, an official said on Wednesday. These new cases were recorded on Tuesday, he said. Four more people also succumbed to the viral infection, pushing the death toll in the district to 11,326, he said. (PTI)

  • Third wave of COVID-19 is here, says Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar

    Mumbai Mayor Kishnori Pednekar on Tuesday said the financial capital has been hit by the third wave of COVID-19. The remarks came a day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's data revealed that Mumbai reported over 28 percent of the total COVID-19 cases it had recorded in August in the first six days of September, as per the civic data. "Third-wave of COVID-19 is not coming, it is here," said Pednekar, reported ANI.

  • New Zealand marks downward trend in new COVID-19 cases


    New Zealand reported a further fall in locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the largely coronavirus-free nation looks to eradicate an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. New Zealand reported 15 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, down from 21 a day earlier, on the first day of an easing of tough restrictions in all regions outside its largest city Auckland. Daily infections hit a peak of 85 on August 29. All of the latest cases were in Auckland. Officials earlier this week said schools, offices and businesses can reopen outside Auckland from Wednesday after near-zero cases in the rest of the country, but there will be a cap on gatherings and masks will remain mandatory in public venues.

  • Today's Data Highlights (September 8)

    - 37.88k new cases, 369 new deaths, 39.11k new recoveries, 1.6k dip in the active cases

    - Dip in the active cases for the third consecutive day

    - Deaths below 400 for the 6th consecutive day

    - New cases below 40k for the 3rd day

    - 7-day moving average of deaths lowest in 160 days 

    - Kerala reports 25.77k new cases, Maharashtra 3.9k, Tamil Nadu 1.5k

    - Kerala reports 189 new deaths, Maharashtra 86, Tamil Nadu 19

    - 11 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 -5% (world average is -8%)

    - 78.48 lakh new vaccinations. 70.75 crore total. 53.45 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 25.02 lakh second dose

    - 17.54 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 2.16% (2.05% the previous day)

    - Test positivity rate below 3% for the 9th day

    - Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 17.82, Mizoram 14.14%, Sikkim 9.19%

  • India reports 37,875 new COVID-19 cases, 39,114 recoveries and 369 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.

    Total cases: 3,30,96,718

    Active cases: 3,91,256 

    Total recoveries: 3,22,64,051

    Death toll: 4,41,411

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Delhi govt launches new COVID-19 WhatApp Helpdesk number
  • Mumbai crosses 1 crore COVID-19 vaccination mark: BMC data


    Mumbai hit the milestone of administering more than 1 crore vaccine doses against coronavirus on Tuesday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, nearly eight months after the nationwide inoculation drive began on January 16. A total of 1,00,41,579 vaccine doses have been administered so far to beneficiaries across all eligible age groups, the data showed. According to the BMC, 71,61,427 beneficiaries have been given the first dose of the vaccine, while 28,80,152 have received both shots. So far, 91,49,489 beneficiaries have been given Covishield, while the indigenous vaccine Covaxin has been administered to 8,59,343 and Russia-made Sputnik V to 32,747 people, the figures showed. The highest 45,63,716 doses were given to beneficiaries in age group 18 to 44 followed by 28,47,204 in the 45 to 59 age group, according to the data. As many as 18,44,078 beneficiaries aged 60 and above have been covered under the vaccination drive so far.

  • Lockdown may return if COVID norms violated: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday cautioned people that the government may be forced to reimpose lockdown if COVID-19 guidelines are not followed. Patnaik said this while reviewing the coronavirus situation of the state and its preparedness for tackling the possible third wave of the pandemic. "Keeping in view the public interest, the state has relaxed the lockdown norms. But, that does not mean that we will become carefree. If required in the interest of public health, the government may go for lockdown again, Patnaik said." Highlighting that the rise in coronavirus infections from the USA to Kerala is a matter of concern, Patnaik said, keeping this in mind, people have to be extra careful. "As the children have not been vaccinated yet, so we have to be careful for them, the chief minister said. Educational institutions would be held accountable if any negligence is observed on their part," Patnaik said. "We shall be in danger even if minor negligence is done, the chief minister said while directing the administration to set up special teams to undertake regular inspections of educational institutions."

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India logged 37,875 new cases of coronavirus infection taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,30,96,718, while the active cases declined to 3,91,256, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 4,41,411 with 369 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 1.18 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.48 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 1,608 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.