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Coronavirus India Highlights: India records 22,842 new cases, 244 deaths; active cases at 2.70 lakh

Coronavirus Highlights: Kerala again remained the top contributor with 13,217 new infections and 121 deaths. In Kerala, there are over 1.4 lakh active cases.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: October 3, 2021 3:28:22 pm
The total active case count has come down to 2.70 lakh. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Coronavirus India Highlights: India recorded 22,842 new Covid-19 cases ad 244 deaths on Saturday. The total active case count has come down to 2.70 lakh. Kerala again remained the top contributor with 13,217 new infections and 121 deaths. In Kerala, there are over 1.4 lakh active cases.

The Kerala government on Saturday decided to open colleges and training centres for all classes from October 18, with a rider that teachers, staff and students should have taken both vaccine doses, and reopen theatres and indoor auditoriums with 50-per cent seating capacity from October 25.

On the other hand, the Mizoram government has issued new Covid-19 guidelines with a few more relaxations to ease economic and other activities in Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area and other parts of the state. The new guidelines will come into effect on October 3 and will remain in force in the state till October 16.

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Coronavirus India Highlights: India reports 22,842 new cases, 244 deaths; active cases drop to 2.70 lakh; Kerala remains top contributor with 13,217 infections.

14:36 (IST)03 Oct 2021
Over 88.94 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre


More than 88.94 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
      
Over 5.38 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said.
    
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 said.
    
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them Covid-19 vaccines free of cost. (PTI) 

13:38 (IST)03 Oct 2021
Mangaluru Dasara from October 7 to 16 amid Covid-19 restrictions

The Mangaluru Dasara will be celebrated from October 7 to 16 at Kurdoli Gokarnanatheswara temple with traditional festivities in accordance with the Covid guidelines, the temple committee announced on Saturday.

Committee president H S Sairam told reporters in Mangaluru that the installation of Navadurga and Sharada goddess will be held on October 7.

Through the 10 days of Dasara, rituals will be carried out in the temple. The festival will be conducted adhering to the Covid protocols. Public should compulsorily wear masks and maintain social distance. (PTI)

13:24 (IST)03 Oct 2021
Puducherry logs 32 fresh Covid-19 cases, one death pushes toll to 1,841

The union territory of Puducherry reported 32 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking  the overall infection tally to 1,26,545, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Sunday.
          
The fresh cases, identified at the end of the examination of 4,237 samples, were spread over Puducherry (16), Karaikal (9) and Mahe (7), Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release.          

Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, did not report any new cases. 
        
One person hailing from Karaikal succumbed to the infection, pushing the death toll to 1,841, he said. 
       
The number of active cases stood at 709 with 103 patients under treatment in hospitals and the remaining 606 patients in home isolation. (PTI)
        

12:52 (IST)03 Oct 2021
PCMC to strictly enforce Covid-19 guidelines as schools reopen Monday

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to keep a close watch on schools under its jurisdiction to ensure that they follow Covid-19 guidelines even as it allowed them to reopen on Monday.

“We will be constantly monitoring the functioning of all schools in our jurisdiction to ensure that standard operating guidelines are followed strictly,” PCMC deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Khot told The Indian Express Sunday. Pimpri-Chinchwad has 282 schools, including civic and private ones.

PCMC said its inspectors will visit schools on a daily basis and find out whether Covid-19 norms are followed or not by the school administration. Officials said action would mean closing down the school for a specific time. Read more

11:52 (IST)03 Oct 2021
Single-day recoveries surpass fresh Covid-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh

Single-day recoveries outnumbered fresh Covid-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh as 37 more people recuperated from the disease while 13 new infections pushed the tally to 54,693, a senior health official said on Sunday.
              
State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said 54,011 people have recovered from Covid-19 so far.
            
The Covid-19 recovery rate in the frontier state improved marginally to 98.75 per cent from 98.71 per cent the previous day, the official said, adding the active percentage remained at 0.74.
            
The Covid-19 death toll in the state remained at 277 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, the SSO said. (PTI)

10:43 (IST)03 Oct 2021
One new Covid-19 case in Andamans, tally rises to 7,622

The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,622 on Sunday as one more person tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.
              
The Union territory now has nine active cases, while 7,484 people have recovered from the disease, and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date.
            
The administration has thus far tested over 5.5 lakh samples for Covid-19, and inoculated over 2.89 lakh people, of whom 1.53 lakh have been fully vaccinated, it added. (PTI)

09:53 (IST)03 Oct 2021
Covid-19: Thane district adds 254 infection cases, three deaths

With the addition of 254 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,59,898, while the death of three patients pushed the toll to 11,416, an official said on Sunday.
          
These cases and fatalities were reported on Saturday, he said. The Covid-19 mortality rate of Thane is 2.03 per cent, he added.
        
In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload has gone up to 1,36,048, while the death toll is 3,277, another official said. (PTI)

09:35 (IST)03 Oct 2021
India observes second day with decline in active cases

India records 22,842 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, but the active case count has come down to 2.70 lakh. There were 244 deaths reported. Meanwhile, in Kerala 13,217 new Covid-19 cases were reported and 121 deaths due to the deadly virus. Kerala's total death toll is 4.48 lakh and total active cases 1.4 lakh so far. (ENS)

07:46 (IST)03 Oct 2021
1 Covid death, 7 new cases in Tricity

The Tricity reported one Covid-related death and seven new coronavirus cases Saturday. There are 83 active cases here now.

One Covid-related death was reported in Mohali district on Saturday, along with seven new coronavirus cases. The total number of fatalities in the district increased to 1,067, while the tally of cases rose to 68,746. There are 35 active cases here now. DC Isha Kalia said that at least five patients were also cured. Read more

21:24 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Karnataka reports 589 new Covid-19 cases, CFR at 2.2%

Karnataka reported 589 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths Friday, taking the total number of infections to 29,76,589 and the toll to 37,807. The day also saw 887 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,26,284. Of the new cases, 221 were reported from Bengaluru Urban even as the city saw 212 discharges and five deaths. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.46 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.20 per cent. Read More

20:35 (IST)01 Oct 2021
India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 89.67 crore

India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage crossed 89.67 Crore (89,67,51,334) today. More than 62 lakh (62,86,379) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

20:31 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Karnataka govt awaits Covid panel’s advice to decide audience limit for Mysore Dasara festival

With less than a week left for the 10-day annual Dasara celebrations to begin in Mysuru, the Karnataka state government is awaiting advice from the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) constituted to decide on the permissible limit of audience for cultural events to be held within the palace premises and for the Jumbo Savari (elephant procession).

According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the government has sought the TAC’s advice on whether it can allow 500 persons to watch the daily cultural events. “The final decision will be taken based on the TAC’s advice,” he said. Read More

18:35 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Kerala logs 13,834 new Covid cases; TPR at 13.12%

Kerala recorded 13,834 new infections on Friday with a test positivity rate of 13.12 per cent. The state also recorded 95 Covid-related deaths taking the death toll to 25,182.

18:01 (IST)01 Oct 2021
India to impose reciprocity: All UK nationals will require Covid tests and mandatory 10-day quarantine

India has decided to impose reciprocity on United Kingdom nationals arriving in the country from the UK, sources told The Indian Express. The new regulations will come into effect from October 4, and will be applicable to all UK nationals arriving from the UK.

From October 4, all UK nationals arriving in India from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undergo mandatory home quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Read More

16:00 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Centre amends provisions, kin of Covid victims to get Rs 50,000 compensation

After Supreme Court orders on compensation for Covid-19 victims, the Centre amended provisions for assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), enabling states to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of those who died due to the pandemic.

The Ministry of Home Affairs Friday said it has already approved the release of over Rs 7,400 crore to 23 states as second installment of the Centre’s share in the SDRF for this purpose. The order in this regard was issued on September 25. (Read full report here)

14:21 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Mumbai: 30 students of KEM medical college test positive for Covid-19, BMC orders mass testing

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration has ordered RT-PCR tests for medical students of the civic-run GS Medical College in the KEM hospital and their relatives after 30 students were tested positive for Covid-19.

“We have asked KEM hospital administration to do Covid test for 1,100 persons — the fellow students and also relatives of affected students,” said additional municipal commissioner Kakani.

“In the last three days, we found 30 students to be positive for Covid-19. They are quarantined and some of them are shifted to Seven Hills Hospital – a dedicated Covid facility at Marol. Some of them have mild symptoms and we have kept them under observation. Most of them are vaccinated,” he said. (With Yogesh Naik)

13:36 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Zydus Cadila’s monoclonal antibody cocktail promising candidate for therapy in early Covid cases: study

A new monoclonal antibody (mAb) cocktail appears to be a promising candidate for prophylactic use and for therapy in early Covid-19 cases which have not progressed to severe disease, according to a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Virology.

The mAb cocktail ZRC-3308, developed by Zydus Cadila Healthcare Limited, Gujarat, has shown effective prophylactic and therapeutic activity against SARS-CoV-2 infection in Syrian hamsters.

Zydus Cadila, a pharmaceutical company, had earlier announced that its biological therapy ZRC-3308, a cocktail of two SARS-CoV-2-neutralising monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), can emerge as one of the main treatments for mild Covid-19. The therapy is a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies which mimic natural antibodies that the body generates to fight infection.

12:12 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Covid impact: Survey by school association to assess learning gaps

Acknowledging that school closure due to the COVID-19 may have led to serious gaps in learning, a survey is being undertaken on a national level by the National Independent Schools Association to assess learning loss amongst school students of 3rd, 5th and 8th grade during the pandemic.

Stating that the situation arising out of the lockdown and restrictions has led to complete disconnect from education for the vast majority of children or inadequate alternatives like community-based classes or poor alternatives in the form of online education, including mobile phone-based learning, the association has started the survey whose objective is to understand and identify the learning gaps that occurred in this pandemic. Besides the learning gaps, the survey hopes to evaluate the impact on their mental health. From each school, 12 students of grade 3, 5 and 8 are being administered the survey as a sample size. (Read the full report here)

12:09 (IST)01 Oct 2021
West Bengal: Covid curbs extended, but Puja curfew at night relaxed

The West Bengal government on Thursday extended the Covid restrictions by another month — till October 30. However, in view of the upcoming festival, the government in its notification said that there would be no night restrictions (11 pm to 5 am) from Durga Puja to Lakshmi Puja (October 10 to October 20), thereby allowing the movement of people and vehicles at night.

“In continuation of the earlier order, restriction and relaxation measures as already in force stand extended up to October 30… In view of the ensuing festive period the said restriction relating to the movement of people and vehicles between 11 pm to 5 am is relaxed during October 10 to 20,” the order read.

The government, however, has decided not to allow local trains to run, though Metro Railway trains would continue to be operational.

10:10 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Kerala records highest covid cases in India

Out of the new cases recorded in India, Kerala reported the highest with 15,914. In terms of deaths Kerala had 122 while Maharashtra had 56 deaths.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-brutal-second-wave-mortality-vaccines-made-all-the-difference-7542762/ Earlier this month, the UK updated its travel guidance, clarifying that the formulations of Covishield qualify it as an “approved” vaccine but not the Covid-19 certificates issued by India. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

India has decided to impose reciprocity on the United Kingdom nationals arriving in the country from the UK, sources told The Indian Express. The new regulations will come into effect from October 4.

All UK nationals arriving in India from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undergo mandatory home quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. They will also have to undertake pre-departure Covid-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travel, again at the airport on arrival and then on day 8 after the arrival.

Earlier this month, the UK updated its travel guidance, clarifying that the formulations of Covishield qualify it as an “approved” vaccine but not the Covid-19 certificates issued by India. This meant that following the new UK travel rules coming into effect from October 4, Indian travellers would have been continued to be treated as “unvaccinated” and would have still had to take a pre-departure RT-PCR test, further RT-PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8 of arrival, and self-isolate at their destination address for 10 days after entry.

Last week, Sharma had said: “There can be no concern because our product is as perfect as it can be. It is QR code-based and absolutely verifiable. Its authenticity can be verified; its integrity can be verified.” He further said India’s vaccination certificate was WHO-compliant, except on the minor issue of providing complete details of birth. “We don’t collect things that are not relevant. We only collect the year of birth, because the passport already has the date of birth.”

1 Covid death, 7 new cases in Tricity

The Tricity reported one Covid-related death and seven new coronavirus cases Saturday. There are 83 active cases here now.

Mohali: 1 death, 7 new cases

One Covid-related death was reported in Mohali district on Saturday, along with seven new coronavirus cases. The total number of fatalities in the district increased to 1,067, while the tally of cases rose to 68,746. There are 35 active cases here now. DC Isha Kalia said that at least five patients were also cured.

Chandigarh: 3 new cases

The UT reported three new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the tally of cases to 65,235 cases. There are 33 active cases here now, with four new cases reported every day on an average for the last seven days. In the last 24 hours, 2,111 samples were tested.

Panchkula: No new cases

No new Covid-19 positive case was reported in Panchkula on Saturday. No virus-related death was reported. The active cases tally was recorded at 15. A total of 40,430 people have tested positive here, of which 30,738 hail from Panchkula. Meanwhile, 377 have succumbed to the virus here. The district tested 841 samples on Saturday.

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