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Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala logs 29,836 new Covid-19 cases, 75 deaths

Coronavirus India Highlights: India's active caseload stands at 3,68,558, registering an increase for the fifth consecutive day.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 2, 2021 12:36:54 pm
Noida: A beneficiary receives COVID-19 vaccine dose, at a district hospital in Noida, Saturday, Aug 28, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala on Sunday reported 29,836 new Covid-19 cases and 75 more fatalities. The active caseload in the state stands at 2,12,566, with 22,088 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

A state-wide lockdown has been imposed in Kerala in view of a rise in coronavirus cases. A review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to impose night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am from next week.

Meanwhile, India reported 45,083 new cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 AM on Sunday. With 35,840 recoveries in the same period, the active caseload stands at 3,68,558. The nationwide recovery rate is currently at 97.53 per cent.

In other news, the government has extended the suspension of international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India till September 30.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reports 45,083 new cases, 460 deaths in last 24 hours; Kerala reimposes Sunday lockdown

20:35 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi records zero Covid death, 31 new cases

Delhi, on Sunday, recorded no new Covid-related deaths for the fourth consecutive day. It reported 31 new cases, according to the state health bulletin.

20:06 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Maharashtra to vaccinate teaching, non-teaching staff by September 5: State health minister

In a step towards reopening schools, the Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said the state government plans to fully vaccinate all teaching and non-teaching staff against Covid-19 by September 5. A special drive will be conducted for the same.

He added that the state task force was of the view that schools in districts where there were no positive cases can be reopened, PTI reported.

19:38 (IST)29 Aug 2021
In Pics | Tamil Nadu reopens Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club

With the new relaxations in the Covid-19 guidelines, Tamil Nadu reopened the Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club for tourists. 

19:25 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mumbai records 345 new Covid cases, 2 deaths

Mumbai on Sunday recorded 345 new Covid-19 deaths and two fatalities. With 280 recoveries, the active cases in the city stood at 3,036.

19:15 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Recruitment of volunteers for trial of Covovax on children begins

Recruitment of volunteers for the phase 2/3 clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax among children aged 2 to 17 years began on Sunday at the Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Delhi.

The trial would be held across 10 sites and would cover 920 children - 460 each in the age groups of 12-17 and 2-11 - according to official sources.

Indigenously developed Zydus Cadila's needle-free Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D has received emergency use authorisation from the drug regulator, making it the first vaccine to be administered in the age group of 12-18 years in the country. (PTI)

19:11 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Karnataka reports 1,262 new Covid-19 cases, 17 deaths

Karnataka reported 1,262 fresh Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths on Sunday. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,758, while the death toll is at 37,278.

19:08 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Israel offers Covid-19 booster shots to all vaccinated people

Israel on Sunday began offering a Covid-19 booster shot to anyone who has been fully vaccinated, lowering the age of eligibility to 12.

"Starting today, the third vaccine dose is open to all," said Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash, referring to the Pfizer vaccine. (Reuters)

18:49 (IST)29 Aug 2021
In the past month, Delhi saw 17 days with zero Covid deaths

More than half the days in the last month have seen no Covid deaths in Delhi. Since July 29, zero Covid deaths were recorded on 17 days – the longest stretch with no deaths was five days from August 20 to 24. The highest number of deaths in one day in the last month was on August 6, when the city recorded five fatalities. A total of 31 people died of Covid in the last month.

These are positive numbers for a city where the second Covid wave did not just see a large number of cases, but fatalities as well. The Covid death count had gone as high as 448 on a single day on May 3. In April and May, the city had recorded 13,201 deaths from the virus. May alone had seen 8,521 deaths. Read more.

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18:39 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Kerala renews Covid testing plan as cases rise

As cases in Kerala continue to rise, Health Minister of the State Veena George on Sunday said the government has renewed its plan to test more number of people than before.

The Minister, in her post on Facebook, said new centres and clusters would be created based on the outcome of the sample testing methods. In districts of the State where the first dose of vaccine has been administered, she said RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction)is recommended for individuals with symptoms such as sore throat, cough and diarrhoea. Rapid antigen tests (RATs) would be done on people who frequent shops, malls, offices, institutions, and transit sites, the Minister said. RAT would be enough to assess the Covid-19 situation in a district and the method would be adopted in areas where the first dose of the vaccine has been given to more than 80 per cent of the people there. (PTI)

18:17 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Kerala reports 29,836 new Covid-19 cases, 75 deaths

Kerala on Sunday reported 29,836 new Covid-19 cases and 75 more fatalities. The active caseload in the state stands at 2,12,566, with 22,088 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

18:11 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Andhra Pradesh records over 1,500 fresh Covid-19 cases

On Sunday, Andhra Pradesh recorded 1,557 fresh positive coronavirus cases, taking its active cases to 15,179. With 18 more fatalities, the state's death toll stands at 13,825.

17:50 (IST)29 Aug 2021
J&K: Higher educational institutes to resume physical classes if staff, students vaccinated

The higher educational institutions in Jammu and Kashmir have been granted persmission by the administration to hold offline classes if all the staff members and students are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Schools and coaching centres, however, will be closed until further orders. 

The administration has also decided to do away with Covid testing at the entry point to the Union Territory in Lakhanpur for all those fully vaccinated. However, other measures including the night curfew, are still in place, PTI reported.

17:20 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Maharashtra health survey: Prime focus on Covid-19, staff shortage affected patients most

Focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the postponement of several types of surgeries, and shortage of staff at hospitals were among the factors that affected patients in Maharashtra, as per a survey conducted recently.

In a release issued on Saturday, the Jan Arogya Abhiyan, a non-profit public health campaign involving activists, experts and NGOs, which carried out the survey, said cesarean section procedures, trauma care etc took a hit, especially in rural parts of the state.

At least 11 hospitals that were surveyed did not treat accident cases due to the pandemic, 22 rural and sub-district hospitals stopped performing C-section procedures and and 12 did not perform a wide range of surgeries, forcing many to rush to private hospitals and bear the resultant high costs, it said, adding that cataract operations, minor surgeries and sterilisation procedures were also postponed.

Highlighting the shortage of staff at health facilities, the survey report informed that only 51 per cent of the surveyed PHCs had one permanent medical officer, which meant only one doctor for around 30,000 people, and only 53 per cent had permanent nurses. (PTI)

16:26 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Chhattisgarh issues guidelines for Janamashtami in view of Covid-19

According to the 22 guidelines issued by the Raipur district administration ahead of the Janamashtami celebrations, restrictions have been placed on the 'dahi handi loot' ritual and distribution of prasad.

People will have to maintain a distance of six metres at the festivities, PTI reported. Organisers must ensure that entry is allowed only to those showing no symptoms. Thermal screening, wearing of masks and using hand sanitizer would be mandatory at all festivities.

16:20 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Explained: What is being done to distribute Covid-19 vaccines globally?

Several groups are working to get shots to poor countries, but they’re falling far short of what’s needed to curb outbreaks around the world. Among the efforts is COVAX, which relies on donations from rich countries and private funders. The group has missed its own distribution targets largely because it didn’t have the resources to secure vaccine supplies early on in the pandemic.

As of mid-August, COVAX has distributed about 207 million doses to 138 countries and territories. That’s compared with more than 417 million doses distributed in just the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Without enough purchased vaccines, COVAX is now relying on donated shots from wealthy countries, but most of the pledged doses won’t be delivered this year. Logistics are another problem. Read more.

16:13 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Bharat Biotech seeks international manufacturing partners

Bharat Biotech is seeking international manufacturing partners as it targets a billion doses of its Covid-19 vaccine each year, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

"We want to ensure that Bharat Biotech can ably meet the demand for Covaxin such that individuals across the country, and the globe, have access to the vaccine," chairman and managing director Krishna Ella said, according to Reuters. The company said that it is exploring opportunities with its international partners who have expertise in commercial-scale manufacturing of inactivated viral vaccines.

16:02 (IST)29 Aug 2021
SC issues fresh SOP to facilitate resumption of physical hearing

The Supreme Court has issued fresh standard operating procedures to accord final hearing of cases in physical mode from September 1, and will employ a hybrid option from Tuesday to Thursday amid strict observance of Covid appropriate norms.

The SOP, issued by the Secretary General on August 28, made it clear that the courts would keep hearing miscellaneous cases through virtual mode on Mondays and Fridays.
"Wearing of mask, frequent use of hand sanitiser and maintaining physical distancing norms are mandatory for all entrants into the Supreme Court premises, including into the Courtrooms," the SOP said. The procedures mandated that once litigants and the lawyers opt for the hearing through physical mode then "hearing through video/tele-conferencing mode to the party concerned will not be facilitated". 

If the number of advocates for parties are more than 20, the average working capacity of the courtrooms as per Covid norms, the bench "at any given time" resort to virtual mode of hearing, the SOP said. (PTI)

15:42 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Madhya Pradesh: Minor boy receives Covid-19 shot, falls sick; probe ordered

A 16-year-old boy fell ill after he was allegedly administered a Covid-19 vaccine in Bagh Ka Pura locality in Ambah tehsil of Morena district in Madhya Pradesh, prompting authorities to order a probe on Sunday. A senior health official said the probe will find out how the teenager was given the shot even though the government is yet to roll out any anti-Covid-19 vaccination programme for minors.

Pillu, son of Kamlesh Kushwaha, was administered the jab at a vaccination centre, nearly 35 km away from the Morena district headquarters, on Saturday following which his head spun and he started frothing from the mouth, sources said. Read more.

15:35 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Devotees not permitted to visit temples on Janamashtami: South-East Delhi DCP

The South-East Delhi DCP, RP Meena, said Sunday that devotees will not be permitted to visit temples on Janamashtami in line with the DDMA guidelines prohibiting religious gatherings. "We will urge people to celebrate it at their homes and not to gather at temples. Action will be taken against those violating guidelines," the DCP was quoted as saying by ANI.

15:20 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Odisha launches sero survey, logs 849 new Covid-19 cases

Odisha has launched a sero survey to determine "the age-specific prevalence of SARC-CoV-2 antibodies among common people and healthcare workers in the state," that will help strategising for further Covid-19 management, PTI reported. The regional centre of ICMR will conduct the exercise in 12 districts of the state - Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Khurda, Puri, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur - till September 15.

On Sunday, Odisha reported 849 new Covid-19 cases and 69 fresh fatalities. According to a health official, at least 119 children are among the new patients.

A medic administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in the presence of Kerala Minister for Health Veena George, during State's first drive-through vaccination, at Government Womens college in Thiruvananthapuram, Thursday, August 19, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Since July 27, when restrictions were relaxed in the state for a few days on account of two festivals, the state has been logging more than or close to 20,000 case almost every day. On Saturday, Kerala reported 31,265 Covid cases in the past 24 hours. This is the fourth consecutive day, the state reported over 30,000 daily infections. With 153 new fatalities, the death toll mounted to 20,466. The test positivity rate was recorded at 18.67 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs, in its latest Covid guidelines, on Saturday said that containment measures will remain in force across the country till September 31. The MHA urged states to ensure that areas having no virus or low transmission are adequately protected by ramping up testing and surveillance.

India reported 46,759 coronavirus cases and 509 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 AM on Saturday. With this the country's total Covid caseload rose to 3.26 crore (3,26,49,947), while the death toll increased to 4.37 lakh (4,37,370)

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