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Coronavirus India highlights: With low testing, Kerala sees 11,699 new cases, 58 deaths

Covid-19 highlights September 27: India Monday reported 26,041 new Covid-19 cases and 276 deaths. The active infection in the country fell below three lakh after six months. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 28, 2021 8:58:40 am
People wait to get vaccinated at a centre in in Thiruvananthapuram (File/PTI)

Kerala on Monday recorded 11,699 new Covid-19 cases along with 58 more deaths. The test positivity rate in the state stands at 14.55 per cent. 80,372 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The state also witnessed 17,763 discharges taking the total recoveries to 44,59,193. The total death toll stands at 24,661 while there are 1,57,158 active cases in Kerala.

Meanwhile, India Monday reported 26,041 new Covid-19 cases and 276 deaths. The active infection in the country fell below three lakh after six months.

Launching the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the CoWIN platform – the government’s centralised digital service provider and records-keeper for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and certificates, declaring “from registration to certification, no system is as massive”. The Prime Minister underlined that India had administered over 86 crore vaccine doses since the inoculation drive began in January, and credited the CoWIN platform with a “big role”.

In other news, the Covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile. There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall. The university said most life expectancy reductions across different countries could be linked to official COVID-19 deaths.

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22:29 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Maharashtra logs 2,432 Covid-19 cases, lowest since Feb 8; 32 die, 2,895 recover

Maharashtra reported 2,432 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the lowest daily count since February 8, and 32 fresh deaths, taking the infection tally to 65,41,762 and the toll to 1,38,902, a health department official said. At 2,432, the state has reported the lowest number of new coronavirus infections since February 8, when it had witnessed 2,216 cases.

Maharashtra witnessed a dip in Covid-19 cases as well as deaths as compared to Sunday, when it reported 3,206 infections and 36 fatalities. The official said with 2,895 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases rose to 63,62,248. Maharashtra now has 37,036 active cases. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Covid-19: 504 new cases, 20 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Monday reported 504 new cases of Covid-19 and 20 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,73,899 and death toll to 37,746, the health department said. The day also saw 893 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,23,320.Of the new cases recorded, 181 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 265 discharges and 5 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is at 12,804. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.48 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 3.96 per cent.

18:52 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Active cases in India below 3 lakh for first time in six months, 55% in Kerala

After a gap of more than six months, the number of active cases of Covid-19 infections in India has fallen below three lakh (2,94,497). At the peak of the second wave in May, this number had risen to as high as 37.45 lakh.

This number has been falling steadily since the middle of May, except for brief periods when Kerala reported an unusually high number of cases. About 55 per cent of all the active cases in the country, or more than 1.63 lakh, is in Kerala right now. After Kerala, Maharashtra has the highest active cases, at around 37,000.

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18:34 (IST)27 Sep 2021
With low testing, Kerala sees 11,699 new cases, 58 deaths

Kerala on Monday recorded 11,699 new Covid-19 cases along with 58 more deaths. The test positivity rate in the state stands at 14.55 per cent. 80,372 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The state also witnessed 17,763 discharges taking the total recoveries to 44,59,193. The total death toll stands at 24,661 while there are 1,57,158 active cases in Kerala.

17:36 (IST)27 Sep 2021
China defends visa curbs against stranded Indians, says it's ‘appropriate' to combat Covid-19

China on Monday defended its visa curbs which have prevented thousands of stranded Indians from returning to Beijing, saying they are "appropriate" to control the spread of Covid-19 and do not target India alone, but are applied to even Chinese citizens coming back from overseas.

Responding to questions on Indian ambassador to Beijing Vikram Misri's criticism of China's prolonged stringent travel restrictions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying also ruled out the easing of the curbs in the near future. Misri, in his address to the Track-II Dialogue on China-India Relations last week, expressed “disappointment” over China's reluctance to permit the return of thousands of stranded Indian students, employees and their families due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He described China's restrictions as an "unscientific approach" to a purely humanitarian issue.

Asked for her reaction, Hua told a media briefing here that the measures were taken for the safety and wellbeing of the people. “China's measures are appropriate and also I would like to say that China applies quarantine measures to all inbound travellers. China is willing to have good arrangements on the bilateral travel of personnel,” she said. Hua also said the travel curbs are applied to Chinese citizens returning from abroad. (PTI)

15:41 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Over 84.50 cr Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre

More than 84.50 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union Territories so far and nearly 21 lakh doses are in the pipeline, the Union health ministry said on Monday. Over 4.74 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs for inoculation, it said.

The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of Covid-19 vaccination throughout the country. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through 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, the ministry stated.

As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them Covid-19 vaccines free of cost, the ministry said. In the new phase of the universalisation of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, the Union government will procure and supply for free 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced in the country to states and UTs. (PTI)

14:21 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Third wave of Coronavirus: ‘No evidence that children will be more infected’

“There is no scientific evidence that children will be more infected during the third wave,” said Dr Piyush Gupta, President of Central Indian Academy of Pediatrics (CIAP), during the on-going North Zone Pedicon 2021 held by the Association of Pediatricians of Chandigarh here on Sunday.

During the conference, faculty members of institutions of national and international repute presented talks and papers on various aspects of child health, discussing extensively about Covid-19 and its impact on the mental, physical and emotional health of children.

13:36 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Covid-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War Two: Study

The Covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile. There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall. The university said most life expectancy reductions across different countries could be linked to official COVID-19 deaths.

12:18 (IST)27 Sep 2021
PM Modi praises CoWIN platform

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised the CoWIN platform - the government's centralised digital service provider and records-keeper for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and certificates, declaring "from registration to certification, no system is as massive".

The Prime Minister underlined that India had administered over 86 crore vaccine doses since the inoculation drive began in January, and credited the CoWIN platform with a "big role".

"Vaccinations for everyone (have been made available) under the free vaccine campaign... India has been able to apply about 90 crore vaccine doses... CoWIN has a big role in this," he said.

11:59 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Thailand to further ease coronavirus restrictions

Thailand will further ease its coronavirus restrictions later this week, the country's COVID-19 task force said on Monday. From Oct. 1, some more businesses, which include spas and cinemas, will be allowed to reopen in 29 "dark red" provinces listed under maximum control, including the capital Bangkok, the task force said.

10:50 (IST)27 Sep 2021
New Zealand to begin letting people isolate at home as it looks to ease border curbs

New Zealand eliminated COVID-19 last year and remained largely virus-free until an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant in August led to a nationwide lockdown. Its biggest city, Auckland, is still in lockdown and new cases are being reported every day. Ardern said at least 90% of its eligible population needed to be vaccinated before the tough lockdown measures can be dropped.

10:22 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Daily positivity rate at 2.24%

Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 92 consecutive days, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.24 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for last 28 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.94 per cent. It has been below three per cent  for the last 94 days, according to the  ministry.

09:34 (IST)27 Sep 2021
India reports 26,041 new Covid-19 cases, 276 deaths

India Sunday reported 26,041 new Covid-19 cases and 276 deaths. Kerala continues to be the area of concern with 15,951 cases and 165 deaths. The active infection in the country fell below three lakh after six months. Of the 2.99 lakh active cases, 1.63 lakh of these are in Kerala

22:30 (IST)26 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu inoculates 24.85 lakh people in 3rd mega vaccination camp

The third mega Covid-19 vaccination camp held on Sunday covered 24,85,814 people, pushing the total number of inoculations in September to 1,38,60,328 in the state.

The vaccination camp was held at 23,436 centers in the state. The government declared the camp a huge success as the 15 lakh target set by them was surpassed. Read More

20:31 (IST)26 Sep 2021
Half a million and counting: Covid-19 in Pune

Pune city, the area under Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), has reached the unwanted milestone of recording half a million cases of Covid-19 and more than 9,000 deaths since the first case was reported on March 9, 2020. It has taken us 18 months to get there, with most of the cases being reported in the span of eight months – July-October 2020 and March-June 2021.

Joy Merwin Monteiro from IISER, Pune reflects on this period and the lessons it has for us.

18:37 (IST)26 Sep 2021
Kerala reports 15,951 new Covid-19 cases, 165 more deaths

Kerala on Sunday witnesses 15,951 new Covid-19 cases taking the total active infections in the state to 1,63,280. With 165 more Covid-related deaths, the toll rose to 24,603. The state also logged 17,658 recoveries pushing the total recoveries to 44,41,430.

17:42 (IST)26 Sep 2021
1,184 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh added 1,184 fresh coronavirus cases to its tally that now touched 20,46,841 on Sunday. The latest bulletin said 1,333 patients had recovered from the infection in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday while 11 others succumbed. The gross recoveries now increased to 20,19,657 and toll to 14,136. The number of active cases is now 13,048.

16:13 (IST)26 Sep 2021
Canada lifts ban on direct flights from India

Canada will allow direct flights from India from Monday, lifting the ban on them after a gap of more than five months. Announcing the decision, Transport Canada on Saturday in a tweet said: “Beginning at 00:01 EDT on September 27, direct flights from India can land in Canada with additional public health measures in place.”

“Travellers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada,” it added. Read More

15:02 (IST)26 Sep 2021
Kerala: Hotels, restaurants and bars reopen with 50% seating capacity from today

Kerala: Hotels, restaurants and bars reopen with 50% seating capacity from today

13:35 (IST)26 Sep 2021
Puducherry adds 78 fresh COVID-19 cases,  2 deaths push toll to 1,838

Puducherry logged 78 new Covid-19 cases during the last 24 hours as the overall caseload rose to 1,26,090, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Sunday. The union territory reported two deaths in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday as the toll increased to 1,838, Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release here. The 78 fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 4,677 samples and were spread over Puducherry (50), Karaikal (19) and Mahe (9). The Yanam region, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, did not report any new infections. (PTI)

In a further relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the Maharashtra government on Saturday announced that cinema halls, multiplexes and auditoriums will be allowed to reopen from October 22 while observing Covid-19 safety protocols. While the standard operating procedure (SOP) will issued next week, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said cinema halls, multiplexes and auditoriums will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made the announcement after meeting a delegation of film producers on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Raut, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, health officials and Covid-19 task force members.

READ | Maharashtra: Cinema halls, auditoriums to reopen from October 22

People who are fully inoculated and want to travel abroad will have a CoWin certificate with their full date of birth, official sources said on Saturday amid ongoing discussions between India and the UK over Covid vaccination certificates. Currently, CoWin certificates mention the beneficiary’s age based on the year of birth besides other details. The new feature is being introduced in compliance with the WHO norms and likely to be available from next week.

READ | CoWin certificates to mention date of birth of fully vaccinated travelling abroad

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