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Coronavirus news highlights: Delhi records zero COVID-related death; Philippines lifts travel ban on India

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Coronavirus news highlight: India's COVID-19 infection tally rose by 42,618 in a day to reach 3,29,45,907 while the number of active cases touched 4,05,681 following an increase for the fourth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 4,40,225 with 330 more people succumbing to the viral disease, showed the data updated at 8 am.In a span of 24 hours, the active caseload rose by 5,903. The number of active cases now comprise 1.23 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.43 percent, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.50 percent and the weekly positivity rate was 2.63 percent. It has been below three percent for the last 71 days. Here are all COVID-related highlights 

Coronavirus news highlights: Delhi records zero COVID-related death; Philippines lifts travel ban on India
  • 26 fresh COVID-19 cases in UP, no deaths

    With 26 coronavirus cases being reported in a day, the infection tally in Uttar Pradesh rose to 17,09,427 on Saturday while the state did not report any new death due to the virus. Of the 26 fresh cases, six have been reported from Jalaun, five from Prayagraj, three each from Lucknow and Gautam Budhnagar, and one each from Rae Bareli, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Farrukhabad, Kushinagar, Jhansi, Lakhimpur Kheri and Mau, according to a government bulletin.

    In the past 24 hours, 15 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease and have been discharged taking the total number of patients discharged so far in the state to 16,86,323. The recovery rate of the state now stood at 98.7 per cent. The bulletin said the COVID-19 death toll stood at 22,854.

  • Florida grapples with COVID-19's deadliest phase yet

    Florida is in the grip of its deadliest wave of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, a disaster driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

    While Florida's vaccination rate is slightly higher than the national average, the Sunshine State has an outsize population of elderly people, who are especially vulnerable to the virus; a vibrant party scene; and a Republican governor who has taken a hard line against mask requirements, vaccine passports and business shutdowns.

    As of mid-August, the state was averaging 244 deaths per day, up from just 23 a day in late June and eclipsing the previous peak of 227 during the summer of 2020.

    Hospitals have had to rent refrigerated trucks to store more bodies. Funeral homes have been overwhelmed.

  • India pitches for early outcome of TRIPS waiver for COVID vaccines, diagnotics

    India has pitched for an early outcome of the TRIPS waiver proposal for COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), an official release said on Saturday. Addressing a meeting, which was attended by trade and economic ministers of BRICS countries on Friday, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal also stressed on finding a permanent, adequate and equitable solution to the public stock holding programmes for food security purposes.

  • Mizoram reports 825 new COVID cases, one more fatality

    Mizoram on Saturday reported 825 new COVID-19 cases, 57 less than the previous day, with the tally increasing to 62,817, an official said. The death toll rose to 220 as one more fatality due to the infection was recorded in the last 24 hours, he said. The single-day positivity rate was at nine per cent as the fresh cases were detected from 9,083 sample tests.

    At least 203 children were among the newly infected people, the official said. Aizawl district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 413, followed by Lawngtlai at 89 and Lunglei at 68.

    Mizoram now has 10,517 active cases, while 690 people were cured of the disease on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 52,080, the official said. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the northeastern state stands at 82.90 percent.

  • Delhi records zero death, 55 new cases of COVID-19; positivity rate rises to 0.08%

    Delhi did not report any death due to COVID-19 for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday while the number of new infections was 55 with a positivity rate of 0.08 percent, according to data shared by the city health department. This is also the 23rd time since the start of the second wave of the pandemic in the national capital that zero fatality has been reported in a day.

    On March 2 this year, the national capital had reported zero death due to the virus. On that day, the number of new infections stood at 217 and the positivity rate was 0.33 percent. The second wave swept the city during April-May.

  • Kerala BJP chief slams state govt over mounting cases 
     
    "Kerala is reporting almost 70 percent of the total cases in India with the test positivity rate of 20 percent. The government has failed to contain the spread of the virus and is not focusing on COVID-19 first-line treatment (CFLT) or home quarantine. This is a serious lapse by the state government," Kerala BJP chief K Surendran told ANI.
     
  • Philippines lifts travel ban on India, 9 other countries amidst rise in COVID-19 cases

    The Philippines on Saturday decided to welcome travellers from India and nine other countries from September 6, according to a Presidential Palace announcement. The announcement came even as the country recorded its second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 20,310 infections on Friday, pushing the national tally to 2.04 million, The Manila Times newspaper reported.

    President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the current travel restrictions on India and nine other countries starting September 6, Presidential Palace spokesperson Harry Roque was quoted as saying by the newspaper. The other countries are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the official said.

  • Raikkonen ruled out of Dutch Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19

    Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be replaced by Robert Kubica for the Netherlands Grand Prix. The 41-year-old Raikkonen, who is retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, tested positive following on-site testing at the Zandvoort track..

  • Philippines lifts travel ban on India, 9 other countries amidst rise in COVID-19 cases

    The Philippines on Saturday decided to welcome travellers from India and nine other countries from September 6, according to a Presidential Palace announcement. The announcement came even as the country recorded its second highest number of COVID19 cases with 20,310 infections on Friday, pushing the national tally to 2.04 million, The Manila Times newspaper reported.

  • Over 66.07 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Govt


    More than 66.07 crore COVID19 vaccine doses have so far been provided to states and Union territories by the Centre for free and under the direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. It also said that more than 4.49 crore (4,49,68,620) balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states/UTs.

  • SAfrica will let businesses decide whether to make COVID vaccinations mandatory

     South Africa's Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the government will let businesses decide whether to make vaccinations mandatory for employees and clients. He says restaurants, bars, grocery stores and other businesses must set their own policies on deciding if patrons must be vaccinated. He says the government plans to encourage people to get inoculated, with incentives such as allowing soccer matches and music concerts for vaccinated people..

  • Italy considers making COVID vaccines mandatory

    Italy officials say they'd consider making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory, but for now they're generally pleased at the public's turnout for shots. On Friday, 71per cent of those in Italy age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. The government says it's confident it will meet its target of having 80per cent of the eligible population vaccinated by the end of September..

  • Thane reports 356 new cases, seven deaths; vaccination count crosses 50-lakh mark

    The coronavirus infection tally in Thane district of Maharashtra grew by 356 to 5,52,337, while the death of seven patients took the toll to 11,309, an official said on Saturday. These cases and fatalities were reported on Friday, he said. The COVID19 mortality rate of Thane is 2.04 per cent. District information officer Ajay Jadhav said that the number of people vaccinated against the viral infection in Thane crossed the 50lakh mark on Friday. The exact count of vaccinated people in the district stands at 50,26,256, of whom 59,308 were given the jabs on Friday alone.

  • Motor racing-Raikkonen positive for COVID-19, Kubica to stand in

    Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen has tested positive for COVID19 at the Dutch Grand Prix and will be replaced by Polish reserve driver Robert Kubica, the Formula One team said on Saturday.

  • US plans for COVID booster shot facing complications

    resident Joe Biden's plan to start delivery of booster shots by September 20 for most Americans who received COVID-19 vaccines is facing complications that could delay the availability for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration officials said Friday. Biden announced last month that his administration was preparing to administer boosters to provide more enduring protection against the coronavirus, pending approvals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. He recommended boosters eight months after the second shot..

  • India sends 150 tonnes of oxygen to Sri Lanka to help it tackle coronavirus surge

    India has sent about 150 tonnes more oxygen to Sri Lanka to help the island nation combat the third wave of the COVID19 pandemic. Sri Lanka on Friday extended its nationwide lockdown till September 13 amidst a surge in the number of COVID19 deaths and mounting pressure on the healthcare system. Lifeline from India to Sri Lanka close to 150 tonnes of oxygen from Vizag and Chennai reached the shores of Colombo," the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted on Saturday.

  • Ladakh records 3 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Ladakh registered three fresh cases of COVID19, taking the overall infection tally in the region to 20,576, officials said on Saturday. The Union territory has registered 207 Covidrelated deaths 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. As many as 20,299 patients have recovered till date. The officials said 4,159 people, including 2,192 air travellers, were tested for COVID19 in the twin districts on Friday and three of them tested positive for the disease in Leh. One patient was cured of coronavirus infection in Leh, they said, putting the number of active cases in the region at 70 52 in Leh and 18 in Kargil. .

  • COVID-19 cases spike among children in Odisha

    Coronavirus infection among children continued to rise in Odisha even as the total number of new cases dropped to 681 on Saturday, a Health Department official said. The state had reported 849 new cases on Friday, he said.

  • Andaman & Nicobar reports 3 new COVID-19 cases

    The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported three new cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 7,570, a health department bulletin said on Saturday. Of the three new cases, two were detected during testing at airport and one during contact tracing. Passengers arriving by flight have to undergo a mandatory RTPCR test at the the airport before they are allowed entry into the islands. The archipelago now has nine active COVID19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district. The other two districts North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar are now COVID19 free, it said.

  • Arunachal Pradesh reports more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases

    Arunachal Pradesh reported more COVID19 recoveries than fresh cases, as 97 patients recuperated from the disease while 61 new cases pushed the tally to 53,217, a senior health official said here on Saturday. The COVID19 death toll in the frontier state increased to 262, with a woman from Leparada district succumbing to the infection on Friday, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

  • COVID-19 cases spike among children in Odisha

    Coronavirus infection among children continued to rise in Odisha even as the total number of new cases dropped to 681 on Saturday, a Health Department official said. The state had reported 849 new cases on Friday, he said

Coronavirus news Highlights:
India's COVID-19 infection tally rose by 42,618 in a day to reach 3,29,45,907 while the number of active cases touched 4,05,681 following an increase for the fourth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 4,40,225 with 330 more people succumbing to the viral disease, showed the data updated at 8 am.
In a span of 24 hours, the active caseload rose by 5,903. The number of active cases now comprise 1.23 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.43 percent, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.50 percent and the weekly positivity rate was 2.63 percent. It has been below three percent for the last 71 days.
Here are all COVID-related highlights