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Coronavirus News Highlights: Stringent lockdown where COVID spread is critical, says Kerala govt

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: With 30,773 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,34,48,163, while the active cases declined to 3,32,158, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 4,44,838 with 309 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.99 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.68 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 8,481 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Stringent lockdown where COVID spread is critical, says Kerala govt
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
  • UP govt relaxes COVID curbs by allowing 100 people to gather in non-containment zones
     
    The Uttar Pradesh government has relaxed the COVID19 lockdown norms from Sunday by allowing a maximum of 100 people to gather at a place outside COVID19 containment zones.  In a letter addressed to police and administration officials in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, "In closed and at open places, a maximum of 100 persons have been allowed to gather at a place, while following COVID19 protocol. Earlier, as per June 19 government order, a maximum of 50 persons were allowed to gather at open and closed places." A distance of two yards will have to be maintained in seating arrangement for guests.
  • Delhi reports 28 COVID-19 cases; positivity rate 0.04%
     
    The national capital reported 28 COVID19 cases and zero daily deaths due to the disease on Sunday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent, according to data shared by the Health department here.  Delhi has recorded only three fatalities due to the infection in September so far.
  • Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining COVID cases

    Tens of thousands of devotees packed the old palace courtyard in the heart of Nepal's capital on Sunday to celebrate the feast of Indra Jatra, marking the return of the festival season in the Himalayan nation after it was scaled down because of the pandemic. The weeklong Indra Jatra precedes months of other festivals in the predominantly Hindu nation.

  • Kerala reports 19,653 fresh COVID cases, 152 deaths

    Kerala on Sunday reported 19,653 fresh COVID19 cases and 152 deaths, which took the caseload to 45,08,493 and fatalities to 23,591 till date.  The number of people who recovered from the infection since Saturday was 26,711 which brought the total recoveries to 43,10,674 and the number of active cases to 1,73,631, an official press release said.

  • Stringent lockdown where COVID spread is critical, says Kerala govt

    Special intensified, stringent lockdown restrictions will be enforced in areas of Kerala, where the spread of COVID19 is at criticallevels, 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 V P Joy.

  • TN COVID-19 aggregate touches 26.45 lakh

    Tamil Nadu's cumulative coronavirus cases rose to 26.45 lakh with 1,697 positives being reported on Sunday, while 27 people died of the deadly disease taking the toll to 35,337. The number of recoveries were less than new cases with 1,594 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,93,074 leaving 16,969 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

  • India reports 30,773 new COVID cases as it seeks to welcome back tourists

    India on Sunday reported 30,773 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 33.4 million, as it seeks to reopen the country to overseas tourists. The death toll rose by 309 to 444,838, the health ministry said. India, which has so far administered 804.3 million vaccine doses, is looking to protect the population and welcome back tourists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

  • World sprint and relay championships in Bermuda cancelled due to COVID
    This year's World Triathlon sprint and relay Championships have been called off due to a surge in COVID19 infections in Bermuda, organisers said on Sunday.
  • New Zealand sees small increase in daily COVID-19 cases over weekend

     

    New Zealand reported 24 new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Sunday, up from 20 on Saturday, showing an upturn after several days of lower numbers, as the country's largest city Auckland awaits to hear if its lockdown restrictions will ease. All of the new cases have been reported in greater Auckland, a city of about 1.7 million people which has been in a full level 4 lockdown since mid-August. The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to announce on Monday whether the alert levels for Auckland and the rest of the country will be changed. Until the weekend, New Zealand was on a path to eliminate the latest outbreak, which began in mid-August and has infected 1,050 people with the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus.

  • No fresh COVID-19 case reported in Ladakh

    No fresh case of COVID-19 was reported in Ladakh on Saturday, with the number of active cases staying at 109, officials said on Sunday. The overall tally of COVID cases in the Union Territory stands at 20,702. Since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, Ladakh has registered 207 COVID-related deaths -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil. The officials said a total of 4,640 people, including travellers coming by air and road, were subjected to COVID-19 screening on Saturday and all of them were found negative.

  • Rahul Gandhi takes dig at govt over record COVID-19 vaccinations

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a swipe at the government over the record COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, and said the "event" is over now. He also shared a graph of the vaccination trend in the last 10 days as per data from the Cowin website to show the decline in inoculations after the record. India vaccinated 2.5 crore people in a single day on Friday to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. Using the hashtag vaccination, Gandhi said in a tweet, "Event over". Gandhi on Saturday had hoped more such record vaccinations happened in the country.

  • Australia reports 1,607 COVID-19 cases as states learn to live with virus


    Australia reported 1,607 new coronavirus cases on Sunday as states and territories gradually shift from trying to eliminate outbreaks to living with the virus. Victoria, home to about a quarter of Australia's 25 million people, recorded 507 cases as its premier said a week-long lockdown will end once 70% of those 16 and older are fully vaccinated, whether or not there are new cases. Premier Daniel Andrews said the state might reach that vaccination threshold around October 26. About 43% Victorians have been fully vaccinated and just over 46% of people nationwide. "We will do so cautiously, but make no mistake, we are opening this place up. There is no alternative," Andrews said. We "cannot perennially or permanently suppress this virus. Lockdowns have been about buying time to get to 70% and 80% vaccination."

  • Rahul Gandhi takes dig at govt over record COVID-19 vaccinations

     

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a swipe at the government over the record COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day and said the "event" is over now. He also shared a graph of the vaccination trend in the last 10 days as per data from the Cowin website to show the decline in inoculations after the record. India vaccinated 2.5 crore people in a single day on Friday to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. Using the hashtag vaccination, Gandhi said in a tweet, "Event over". Gandhi on Saturday had hoped more such record vaccinations happened in the country. "Looking forward to many more days of 2.1 crore vaccinations. This pace is what our country needs," he had said on Twitter.

  • Active cases dip below 1% of Arunachal's COVID-19 tally

     

    The number of active cases dipped below 1 percent of Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally on Sunday, even as single-day recoveries outnumbered fresh infections. As many 76 more people recover from the disease, while 32 fresh infections were registered in the northeastern state. The coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 271 as no fresh fatality was reported, a health official said. The state now has 461 active cases, which is 0.85 percent of the caseload of 54,060. As many as 53,328 people have been cured of the disease thus far, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said, adding that the recovery rate slightly improved to 98.64 percent from 98.56 percent on the previous day.

  • Over 78.58 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Centre

     

    More than 78.58 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. Further, more than 1.16 crore doses are in the pipeline. The ministry said over 5.16 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. 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, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said.

  • 2 more persons test positive for COVID-19 in Andamans

     

    Two more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands taking the total number of active cases in the union territory to 14, a health official said on Sunday. Both the cases were detected during testing at the Veer Savarkar Airport. Of the 14 COVID-19 patients in the archipelago, 13 are in the South Andaman district and one in the North and Middle Andaman district, he said. The two new cases pushed the COVID-19 tally to 7,598 of which 7,455 people have recovered from the disease including two persons in the last 24 hours, he said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no new fatality was reported.

  • Maharashtra: 230 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 2 more deaths

     

    With the addition of 230 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,56,101, an official said on Sunday. Besides these new cases reported on Saturday, two more people also died of the viral infection, which raised the death toll in the district to 11,368, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 percent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,35,352, while the death toll stands at 3,273, another official said.

  • Today's Data Highlights (September 19)

    - 30.77k new cases, 309 new deaths, 38.9k new recoveries, 8.5k dip in the active cases

    - New cases below 40k for the 10th day

    - Kerala reports 19.33k new cases, Maharashtra 3.39k, Tamil Nadu 1.65k

    - Kerala reports 143 new deaths, Maharashtra 80, Tamil Nadu 22 

    - 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 -12% (world average is -9%)

    - 85.43 lakh new vaccinations. 80.44 crore total

    - India crosses 80 crore total vaccinations mark in 246 days at an average of 32.7 lakh daily vaccinations

    - 15.6 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 1.97% (2.46% the previous day)

    - Test positivity rate below 3% for the 20th day

    - Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 17.32%, Mizoram 15.03%, Sikkim 7.78%

  • India reports 30,773 new COVID-19 cases, 38,945 recoveries and 309 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.

    Active cases: 3,32,158

    Total cases: 3,34,48,163

    Total recoveries: 3,26,71,167

    Death toll: 4,44,838

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Stringent lockdown where COVID spread is critical, says Kerala govt
With 30,773 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,34,48,163, while the active cases declined to 3,32,158, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 4,44,838 with 309 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.99 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.68 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 8,481 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.