Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: With 30,256 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,34,78,419, while the active cases declined to 3,18,181, the lowest in 182 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 4,45,133 with 295 more fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases have declined to 3,18,181 comprising 0.95 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.72 percent, the health ministry said. A reduction of 13,977 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 3,27,15,105, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 percent, it said.
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Delhi reports 20 new cases; positivity rate 0.04%
The national capital reported 20 COVID-19 cases and zero deaths on Monday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. The capital has recorded only three fatalities due to the infection in September so far. With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbs to 1,43,869. Of this, over 14.13 lakh patients have recovered from the disease. The death toll stands at 25,085. (PTI)
Schools in Assam reopen for class 10 students today
"We're following the SOP issued by govt, including social distancing. We're only allowing students after the consent of their parents," says Vice Principal R. M. Thakre
Under 'Vaccine Maitri, we will help the world and contribute to COVAX in the fourth quarter: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya
Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11
Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon -- a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children.
TN seeks 50 lakh additional doses of Covid vaccines
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday urged the Centre to allocate an additional 50 lakh doses of COVID vaccines every week, to enable the state in vaccinating all the uncovered eligible persons by the end of October, apart from administering the second dose to those due to receive them. Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citing the "resounding success" of two mega Covid vaccination camps held on September 12 and 19, where a cumulative 45-lakh odd jabs were administered to the public across the state. The Government of India has supplied 3.97 crore doses of Covid vaccine and 2.21 crore (0.5 ml) AD syringes to the state, till September 19, 2021. doses out of each 10 ml vial, the state has been able to vaccinate 4.13 crore persons in Government Covid Vaccination Centres. The state realises that despite the levels of vaccinations achieved in the state, it still has a large eligible population which is yet to get vaccinated and this continues to make the state vulnerable for Covid cases," Stalin said.
COVID-19 virus evolving to get better at becoming airborne, study shows
The variants of SARS-CoV-2 are getting better at travelling through the air, and people must wear tight-fitting masks and ensure better ventilation, in addition to getting vaccinated, to help stop spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study. The team led by researchers at the University of Maryland in the US found that people infected with SARS-CoV-2 exhale infectious virus in their breath, and those infected with the Alpha variant put 43 to 100 times more virus into the air than people infected with the original strains of the virus. (PTI)
Odisha registers 510 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more fatalities
Odisha on Monday registered a slight decline in the daily COVID-19 cases with 510 people testing positive for the infection which pushed the state's caseload to 10,20,754, a health department official said. The state on Sunday had reported 623 cases while on Saturday it was 695. Of the 510 new cases, 79 were children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years. The rate of infection among the children and adolescents was 15.49 percent against 15.24 percent on Sunday. The Health and Family Welfare department said six fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 8,141. This apart, 53 other COVID-19 patients have also died due to comorbidities, he said. The state currently has 5,494 active COVID-19 cases while as many as 10,07,066 patients including 746 on Sunday, recovered from the highly infectious disease.
Chris Rock shares COVID-19 diagnosis, urges vaccinations
Actor-comic Chris Rock says he has contracted the novel coronavirus months after he was vaccinated. The 56-year-old comedian, who has been vocal about following safety protocols during the pandemic, also encouraged people to get vaccinated. "Hey, guys. I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don't want this. Get vaccinated," Rock wrote Sunday in a brief Twitter post. The "Fargo" star is not the first Hollywood celebrity to contract the virus following vaccination. Actors Hilary Duff and Melissa Joan Hart are some of the stars to have had a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
New Zealand eases COVID-19 curbs slightly in biggest city
New Zealand eased coronavirus curbs slightly on Monday in its largest city of Auckland, as the government expressed confidence that there was no widespread regional transmission of the Delta variant. But tough restrictions will continue even after midnight on Tuesday, when the alert level drops to 3 from 4 in the city of about 1.7 million at the centre of the latest Delta outbreak. Schools and offices must still keep closed, for instance, with businesses limited to offering only contactless services. Residents must still keep to their own "bubbles", cannot visit friends or neighbours, or let children play together, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Delhi: BJP national president JP Nadda visits a vaccination centre at AIIMS. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is also present.
SC seeks Centre's response on door-to-door COVID vaccination for differently-abled
The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response on door-to-door Covid vaccinations for persons suffering with disability within two weeks. Issuing notice to the Centre, a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna also sought the assistance of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta about steps taken so far to vaccinate the differently-abled and the government's proposals on the matter. At the outset, advocate Pankaj Sinha, appearing for the NGO Evara Foundation, said there are two documents, including one by the Indian Medical Association that has said COVID-19 vaccination needs to be done door-to-door to ensure maximum coverage. He said Jharkhand and Kerala have successfully done so and it could therefore be carried out for the differently-abled.
India administers lowest number of COVID-19 tests in a month
India conducted the lowest number of daily COVID-19 tests since mid-August on Sunday, but the Health Ministry urged local governments not to let their guard down during the September to November festival season. States and union territories carried out 1.18 million tests on Sunday, government data showed on Monday, down from 1.56 million on Saturday and against a capacity of more than 2 million. It comes as most states dropped compulsory testing for fully vaccinated travellers in recent weeks, as they try to boost their economies by making it easier for people to commute.
The Supreme Court refuses to entertain a plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to consider and take a time-bound decision with regard to the physical re-opening of schools and conduct offline teaching.
The court says it cannot direct states to reopen schools for physical teaching.
Madhya Pradesh schools reopen for classes 1 to 5 at 50% capacity
A total of 17 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh out of 1,82,742 samples tested in the last 24 hours. No fresh cases have been detected in 31 districts. Over 9.42 Cr people have been vaccinated so far, says the state government.
Over 79.58 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre
More than 79.58 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Further, more than 15 lakh doses are in the pipeline. Over 5.43 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
Maharashtra: Thane logs 267 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
Thane has reported 267 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,56,368, an official said on Monday. These new cases were recorded on Sunday, he said. The virus also claimed the life of one person, which raised the death toll in the district to 11,369, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 percent. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,35,400, while the death toll stands at 3,273, another official said.
Today's Data Highlights (September 20)
- 30.26k new cases, 295 new deaths, 43.94k new recoveries, 13.97k dip in the active cases
- New cases below 40k for the 11th day
- Sharpest dip in active cases in last 27 days
- Active cases lowest in 183 days
- Kerala reports 19.65k new cases, Maharashtra 3.41k, Tamil Nadu 1.7k
- Kerala reports 152 new deaths, Maharashtra 49, Tamil Nadu 27
- 12 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 -9% (world average is -12%)
- 37.78 lakh new vaccinations. 80.85 crore total. 23.36 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 14.33 lakh second dose
- Daily vaccinations below 50 lakh for first time in 14 days
- 11.78 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 2.57% (1.97% the previous day)
- Daily tests lowest in the last 56 days
- Test positivity rate below 3% for the 21st day
- Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 17.09%, Mizoram 15.31%, Sikkim 7.89%
India reports 30,256 fresh cases of COVID-19, 43,938 recoveries, and 295 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry.
Total cases: 33,478,419
Total Active cases: 3,18,181
Total Recoveries: 3,27,15,105
Total Death toll: 4,45,133
Andaman & Nicobar reports more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases
Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported more single-day COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases as three more persons recuperated from the disease while two new infections pushed the tally in the union territory to 7,600, a health official said on Monday. A total of 7,458 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the archipelago so far, including three persons on Sunday, he said. The union territory now has 13 active COVID-19 cases of which 12 are in the South Andaman district and one in the North and Middle Andaman district, he said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no new fatality was reported in the last 24 hours. The administration has so far tested 5,29,828 samples for COVID-19 and the cumulative test positivity rate is 1.43 percent, he said.
Stringent lockdown where COVID cases are at high level, says Kerala govt
Special intensified, stringent lockdown restrictions will be enforced in areas of Kerala, where the spread of COVID-19 is at critical levels, the state government said on Sunday. The stringent lockdown restrictions would be in force in areas where the weekly infection population ratio (WIPR) is above 10 and the affected places would be notified by the district disaster management authority (DDMA) on a weekly basis, said an order from Chief Secretary VP Joy. The order said the affected areas would be publicised through websites and other media. The District Collectors shall further notify micro-containment zones as per guidelines and enforce the lockdown restrictions therein, the order read.
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