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Coronavirus Highlights: Fair distribution of vaccine a big challenge, says WHO Chief


Coronavirus Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 32.34 lakh on Wednesday with 67,151 more people testing positive for the infection, while the recoveries have surged to 24,67,758, the Health Ministry said.

Coronavirus Highlights: Fair distribution of vaccine a big challenge, says WHO Chief
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  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 163 new COVID-19 cases found in Ahmedabad; 5 die, 164 recover
    Ahmedabad's COVID-19 tally rose to 30,682 with the addition of 163 new cases on Wednesday, the Gujarat health department said. With five more patients succumbing to the virus, the death toll rose to 1,697 in Ahmedabad district, it said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Goa's COVID-19 cases cross 15,000; eight die
    Goa's COVID-19 tally mounted by 497 cases to 15,027 on Wednesday, the state health department said. With 8 fatalities in the day, the toll went up to 165, it said. A total of 287 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of recoveries to 11,511.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Northeast crucial for India's post-COVID economy: Jitendra Singh
    Union minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said the Northeast is crucial for India's post-COVID economy and and the agro products of the region will play an important role in the economic resurgence of the entire country.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Violation of COVID protocol: 16 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members get bail
    Sixteen members of the Tablighi Jamaat from Indonesia and Thailand were granted by the Allahabad High Court in a case involving the violation of the coronavirus protocol. According to the FIR, they were accused of staying in Allahabad without informing the administration during the coronavirus lockdown. Granting them bail on Monday, Justice S S Shamshery directed them not to tamper with prosecution witnesses and appear for hearing on the dates fixed for it by the trial court.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 1 more COVID-19 death pushes toll to 44, tally of cases reaches 7,376
    After a gap of 25 days, Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded one more fatality linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the death toll in the district to 44, official data showed. The district also recorded 89 new patients, pushing its caseload to 7,376, while the active cases stood at 926, according to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department for 24 hours. Also, 62 more patients got discharged during the period.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 48 fresh COVID-19 cases in UP's Muzaffarnagar
    Forty-eight more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district on Wednesday, raising the active case count to 474, officials said. A trader from Muzaffarnagar city, who had caught the novel coronavirus, died at a hospital in Modinagar on Tuesday, they said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: S P Balasubrahmanyam stable, conscious: Hospital
    Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam is stable, conscious and continues to be on ventilator and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation support, a heart-lung assistance machine, the hospital treating him for COVID-19 infection said on Wednesday. The veteran playback singer's "current clinical condition is stable.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi tests positive

    Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    The veteran Congress leader urged all those who came in contact with him recently to get tested.
    "I have been tested COVID-19 positive yesterday. People who came in contact with me during the last few days, should go for COVID test immediately," he tweeted.
    His wife Dolly Gogoi has tested negative, party sources told PTI.
    Doctors have advised the 85-year-old politician to stay in home isolation, a party spokesperson said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine a big challenge, says WHO Chief Scientist

    Distributing COVID-19 vaccine around the world fairly without letting the rich countries corner the limited doses is going to be a big challenge, the World Health Organisation's Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Wednesday.
    On vaccine development for the novel coronavirus, she said "By early 2021, we should have some good news."
    Then, there is the big challenge of being able to scale, distribute and allocate fairly around the world without letting the rich countries corner the limited doses, Swaminathan said.
    She made the comments while addressing the valedictory of the XV international conference on public policy & management hosted by the Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in a virtual mode,
    according to an IIM-B statement.
    But India is in a good position because many companies are working on vaccine development, either on their own or in collaboration, she said, adding, the country is a manufacturing hub for vaccines.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Rajasthan Royals introduce virtual coaching, set up digital cricket academy app

    Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday became the first IPL franchise to introduce virtual coaching by setting up a digital cricket academy application named 'The Pavilion - where player meets coach'.
    The aim is to enhance the skills of every cricketer, playing professionally or for recreation, across all countries and age groups.
    The app has been built by Yellow Panther Technology Private Limited.
    It is based on proprietary technology that allows coaches to annotate on the player's video, use a split screen to display and compare videos side-by-side, while providing audio and video feedback along the way.
    The free to download app (available on Android and IOS) is open to all budding cricketers who will get personal feedback on their game from the Royals first-team coaches, including Amol Muzumdar, Sairaj Bahutule, Dishant Yagnik and Steffan Jones to name a few.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: I condemn people who are going against NEET and JEE, says Karnataka deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan

    Coronavirus Highlights: Fair distribution of vaccine a big challenge, says WHO Chief
  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Karnataka govt announces all colleges to start offline classes from October 1; online classes from Sept 1

    The Karnataka government has announced that all colleges will start functioning from October 1. The announcement was made by deputy chief minister and higher education minister Dr Ashwath Narayana CN.

    Here are the salient points from the state govt announcement:

    * academic year for various degree courses will commence from the 1st of September with online classes.

    * Offline classes will be conducted starting in October.

    * department is awaiting guidelines from the central government on conducting offline classes as well as the few degree exams to be conducted in September.

    * all colleges will start in October and students are expected to attend classes in person.

    * Preparations underway for this asper protocols/ guidelines on safety

    * Final Year Examinations will be scheduled for all the undergraduate, diploma and engineering students once the academic year starts

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: COVID-19 testing to be doubled, says Kejriwal as cases rise in Delhi

    COVID-19 tests in Delhi will be doubled to 40,000 per day within a week as there has been a marginal increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday. Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said that at present, 20,000 tests are being conducted per day in the city. The chief minister said that the government has issued directions for stringent enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines, adding that everyone should wear face mask and maintain social distancing at public places. He said that after August 17, there has been a marginal increase in COVID-19 cases in the national capital. In the last 24 hours, 1,693 new COVD-19 cases have been reported in Delhi, he said, adding that the government has a total of 14,130 COVID beds and of those, 10,448 are vacant.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Delay in testing led to a rise in COVID-19 deaths in Palghar

    Delay in testing and admission of critical patients has led to an increase in the COVID-19 death toll in Maharashtra's Palghar district, collector Dr Kailash Shinde said on Wednesday. In an official statement, the collector said that 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths were of patients who succumbed to the infection within 72 hours of being admitted to hospitals. This indicates that majority of COVID-19 suspects don't come forward for testing at the right time and are admitted to hospitals in a critical condition at the eleventh hour, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Padmanabha Swamy temple opens for devotees with strict COVID- 19 protocols

    The Lord Padmanabha Swamy temple here opened for devotees on Wednesday morning adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. The temple had not allowed worshippers inside since March 21 in view of the pandemic. As many as 200 devotees offered worship this morning, temple sources said. Floor markings had been made for devotees to ensure social distancing. Congress MLA V D Satheeshan, who had moved the no-confidence motion against the Pinarayi Vijayan government on August24was among those who offered worship to Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Increase daily COVID tests to 1.50 lakh, says UP CM Adityanath

    Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over daily 1.46 lakh novel coronavirus tests being done in Uttar Pradesh and issued directions for increasing the capacity to 1.50 lakh per day. In a meeting with senior officials, Adityanath said there was a need to think "two steps ahead" to effectively check the coronavirus spread. He said 1.46 lakh tests were done in the state on Tuesday and it should be increased to 1.50 lakh per day, adding that testing plays the most important role in controlling the infection. Work on enhancing the testing capacity should be continued, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: CGHS starts teleconsultation services through e-Sanjeevani in Delhi-NCR

    The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) has started teleconsultation services to facilitate consultations by its beneficiaries with specialists through the virtual mode without physically visiting a healthcare facility. To begin with, specialist consultations under the services will be available for four specialties -- Medicine, Orthopaedics, Eye and ENT, the health ministry said. The ministry said it has been receiving requests from various quarters, including senior citizen beneficiaries, to start teleconsultation services with specialist doctors in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic due to which it is not advisable for them to visit public places, particularly healthcare facilities. "In order to facilitate consultations with specialists by CGHS beneficiaries through virtual mode without physically visiting a healthcare facility, CGHS has started teleconsultation services with effect from August 25," the ministry said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Pakistan reports 482 new COVID-19 cases

    Pakistan registered 482 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the national tally to 294,193, the health ministry said. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 12 patients died of the disease in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of fatalities have reached 6,267. A total of 278,939 people have recovered across the country. There are 8,987 active COVID-19 patients, it said. Sindh reported the maximum 128,676 cases, Punjab 96,466, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 35,831, Islamabad, 15,546, Balochistan 12,664, Gilgit-Baltistan 2,745 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 2,265 cases. So far, total 2,512,337 tests have been carried out in the country, including 24,593 in the last 24 hours.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Cops in Karnataka do their bit to fight coronavirus

    As the nation continues its battle against coronavirus, several officers and constables of the Karnataka police have come forward to donate their blood plasma to treat COVID-19 patients, state Director General of Police Praveen Sood said. Till now 15 policemen, who have recovered from the viral infection, from state reserve police and state industrial security force have donated their plasma. Sharing the information on Twitter on Tuesday, Sood called them not just corona warriors but 'saviours' too.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Record 3,371 cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 87,602; death toll mounts to 441

    Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 3,371 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 441, a health official said. The new cases were reported in all the 30 districts, while the fatalities were registered in seven, he said. As many as 2,053 cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,318 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 547, followed by 357 in Cuttack and 196 in Ganjam. Eleven of the 30 districts registered more than 100 fresh infections each, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Scientists evaluate how effective COVID-19 vaccine needs to be to stop pandemic

    Using a computer simulation model, scientists in the US have assessed the effectiveness and coverage levels a potential COVID-19 vaccine needs to have in order to completely extinguish the disease spread, an advance that may help shape expectations for policy makers. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, evaluated the impact of introducing a vaccine in the US with varying abilities to protect against infection without other measures, such as social distancing, in place. According to the scientists, including those from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy in the US, the overall goal of the research was to identify the vaccine efficacy thresholds above which vaccination could prevent a wave of the epidemic, or extinguish an ongoing epidemic.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Himachal Pradesh's Kangra reports sixth COVID-19 death

    The COVID-19 death toll in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district rose to six with one more fatality being reported on Wednesday, an official said. A 45-year-old woman of Fareed village in Palampur died at Tanda Medical College on Wednesday morning, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Kangra, Gurdarshan Gupta, said. The woman was admitted on August 12 as she had developed some complications following surgery at a private hospital. On August 24, her sample was taken for a coronavirus test and it was found to be positive, Gupta said. On August, 17 COVID-19 deaths were reported from Himachal Pradesh including three from Kangra district. Of those, 12 deaths occurred in the last 10 days.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Chinese envoy says Australia betrayed China for US on virus

    A senior Chinese diplomat on Wednesday likened Australia's call for an inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic to the betrayal of Roman dictator Julius Caesar in a Shakespearean tragedy for the benefit of the United States. Wang Xining, the Chinese Embassy in Australia's deputy head of mission and its second-in-charge, spoke at the National Press Club about Australia's call for an independent inquiry into the origins of and international responses to the pandemic. The call has been blamed for a major deterioration in bilateral relations that has resulted in the Chinese government refusing to take phone calls from Australian ministers and disruptions to Australian exports including beef.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi tests positive for COVID-19

    Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The veteran Congress leader urged all those who came in contact with him recently to get tested. "I have been tested COVID-19 positive yesterday. People who came in contact with me during the last few days should go for COVID test immediately," he tweeted. His wife Dolly Gogoi has tested negative, party sources said. Doctors have advised the 85-year-old politician to stay in home isolation, a party spokesperson said. Gogoi, who represents the Titabor assembly constituency in Jorhat district, is the 13th Assam legislator to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Govt needs to spend more, not lend more, says Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the government over the state of the economy and said it needs to give money to the poor to restart the economy through consumption. Gandhi said "distractions" through media won't help the poor or make the "economic disaster disappear". His attack on the government came after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday that demand in the economy will take quite some time to mend and that an assessment of aggregate demand during the year so far suggests that the shock to consumption is severe. "RBI has now confirmed what I have been warning for months. Govt needs to: spend more, not lend more," Gandhi said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Senior Telangana cop succumbs to COVID-19 days before retirement

    A senior police officer in Telangana died of COVID-19 here on Wednesday, just days before his retirement from service. Additional Superintendent of Police of Jagtial district, K Dakshina Murthy (58), contracted coronavirus and was admitted to a private hospital here a week ago, police said. He died of a heart attack at about 5.30 am, while undergoing treatment for the viral infection, they said. The 1989 batch officer hails from Karimnagar and was due to retire by the end of this month. He is survived by wife, son and two daughters. "Dakshina Murthy was a dedicated police officer. Unfortunately, we lost him," Karimnagar Police Commissioner, V B Kamalasan Reddy told PTI.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Over 1.16 COVID-19 cases in Thane; death toll reaches 3,348

    With the addition of 788 positive cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 1,16,413, an official said on Wednesday. These new cases were reported on Tuesday, the official from the district collectorate said. The fatality count in the district reached 3,348 with the death of 47 patients on Tuesday. Twelve of them were from the rural parts of the district, he said. The recovery rate in the district is now 86.65 percent, while the mortality rate is 2.88 percent, the official said. In neighbouring Palghar district, the number of positive cases reached 22,745, while the death toll mounted to 456 on Tuesday, another official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Bata plans to add 100 stores in FY'21 amid COVID-19 outbreak

    Footwear major Bata India is planning to open around 100 outlets during this financial year despite the COVID-19 outbreak, an official said on Wednesday. The shoemaker, which currently has around 1,500 stores across India, plans to add 500 outlets by 2023 to strengthen its network in semi-urban and rural markets, he said. "We will open around 100 stores this year and 80 percent of these outlets will be opened through a franchise model in tier-II and tier-III cities," Bata India chairman Ashwani Windlass told PTI over the phone.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: India has scaled its testing from one in January to 1 million per day in August, says Union health ministry

    India has exponentially scaled its testing from one in January to 10 lakhs/day in August 2020. With Positivity Rate progressively falling, testing has worked as an effective tool to limit the spread of COVID19 infection, says Ministry of Health, Govt of India.

Coronavirus Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 32.34 lakh on Wednesday with 67,151 more people testing positive for the infection, while the recoveries have surged to 24,67,758, the Health Ministry said.
The death toll from the pathogen climbed to 59,449 with 1,059 more fatalities. There are 7,07,267 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), comprising 21.86 percent of the total 32,34,474 cases, the ministry said.
The case fatality rate has declined to 1.83 per cent, the ministry data stated.
According to the ICMR, a total of 3,76,51,512 tests have been conducted so far, including 8,23,992 samples on Tuesday.

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