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Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala reports 12,161 new Covid-19 cases, 155 deaths

Coronavirus Highlights: Meanwhile, the Centre extended the ban on international flights till October 31.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: September 30, 2021 7:58:50 am
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Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala on Wednesday recorded 12,161 new Covid-19 cases and 155 deaths. The figure is up from yesterday’s 11,196 cases. With 17,862 recoveries, the active cases in the state stood at 1,43,500

Overall, India on Tuesday recorded 18,870 new cases of coronavirus infections and 378 deaths. The country is reporting less than 20,000 cases for the last two days, which has resulted into dropping of active cases in the country to 2.82 lakh.

Meanwhile, the Centre extended the ban on international flights till October 31. The Centre, however, stated, “International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.”

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Coronavirus India Highlights: India reports 18,870 new Covid-19 cases, 378 deaths; Almost 25 per cent of India fully vaccinated against Covid-19; Gujarat govt to pay Rs 50,000 to kin of Covid-19 victims. Follow for all the latest updates here.

20:18 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Govt staffers, teachers & bus drivers in Delhi should be compulsorily vaccinated: Experts

Government employees, teachers and bus drivers should be mandatorily vaccinated against Covid as they interact with multiple people on a daily basis, said experts at a DDMA meeting held here on Wednesday.

At the meeting, it was also decided to undertake a "targeted" and "intensified" vaccination drive through camps and mobile vans with ambulances to facilitate the elderly, differently abled, indisposed and domestic helps, etc. for inoculation. (PTI)

20:17 (IST)29 Sep 2021
245 new COVID-19 cases, one death in Telangana

Telangana on Wednesday reported 245 new Covid-19 cases and one fatality. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 73.

The number of active cases in the state stood at 4,620.

19:45 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi records 41 cases, zero fatality

Delhi on Wednesday recorded 41 coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent and zero deaths. Currently, the national capital has 392 active cases.

18:24 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Kerala reports 12,161 new Covid-19 cases, 155 deaths

Kerala on Wednesday recorded 12,161 new Covid-19 cases and 155 deaths. The figure is up from yesterday’s 11,196 cases. With 17,862 recoveries, the active cases in the state stood at 1,43,500.

18:00 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Over 91% of Kerala's population covered with first dose: Health minister

Kerala Health Minister Veena George stated Wednesday that over 91 per cent of the eligible state population has been covered with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. "We are now focusing on the second dose," she told ANI.

17:26 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Seven symptoms jointly predict Covid-19 diagnosis: Study

A set of seven symptoms, considered together, can be used to maximise detection of Covid-19 in the community, according to a study by the Imperial College London's researchers. These include: loss or change of smell, loss or change of taste, fever, new persistent cough, chills, appetite loss, and muscle aches.

In order to improve PCR positivity detection rates and consequently improve control of viral transmission via isolation measures, the researchers propose to extend the list of symptoms used for triage to all seven symptoms they identified, PTI reported.

17:01 (IST)29 Sep 2021
‘Worked risking lives during Covid-19 crisis’: Tamil Nadu contract nurses demand permanent jobs

Nearly 800 nurses hired temporarily for Covid-19 duty protested at the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) campus in Chennai on Tuesday demanding their jobs be made permanent. The nurses withdrew the protest by midnight after state Health Minister Ma Subramanian had assured them that he would hold talks with their representatives and listen to the demands on Monday.

At the protest site on Tuesday, the nurses carried placards and raised slogans urging the government to take immediate action. They said they worked during the pandemic risking their lives to save patients and now they have been pushed to a situation like this. Some of them alleged that they were not even paid properly in this period and they are asking for their basic rights. Read more.

Nurses protesting at the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) campus in Chennai. (Express photo)
16:27 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Explained: How Karnataka govt plans to disburse Covid-19 compensation to kin of victims

With 37,763 people in Karnataka reported to have died due to Covid-19 (as of September 28) since the beginning of the pandemic, the government is now “in the process” of verifying and disbursing ex gratia amounts to the kin of the victims.

What has the Karnataka government promised as compensation?
The Karnataka state government, during the tenure of B S Yediyurappa as its chief minister, had announced a death compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to below poverty line (BPL) families that have lost their earning member to the pandemic. But it has not been disbursed yet. While the announcement was made on June 14 by the CM, an order specifying guidelines to claim the same was issued on July 8. Read more.

15:52 (IST)29 Sep 2021
No stalls or fairs allowed in Delhi during festivals: DDMA

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has decided during a meeting on Wednesday that Covid appropriate behaviour will have to be followed at any gatherings held during the festival season, including Durga Pooja, Navratri, Dusshera and Diwali.

This means that standing crowds will not be allowed, separate entry and exit points will have to be set up, appropriate social distancing for seating will have to be maintained, no activities (like fairs, stalls and giant wheel etc) that attract crowds will be allowed, sources said. Only 50 per cent of the seating capacity can be occupied.

15:28 (IST)29 Sep 2021
New data show Covid-19 combined with funding shortfalls are devastating for TB fight

The Covid-19 pandemic along with dismally low levels of funding to fight tuberculosis (TB) have significantly impacted the much-desired goal of eradicating the disease by 2030, data released by Stop TB Partnership show.

Data from 2021 show that the impact of Covid-19 on the TB response has continued to be profound: 1.2 million fewer people have been diagnosed and treated for TB in 2021 with four months still left in the calendar year. Currently, only $6.5 billion per annum is available for the TB response globally, less than half of the commitments made at the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB. Read more.

15:13 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka education dept on alert after new Covid-19 clusters identified in Bengaluru, Kolar schools

With a few days left for schools and PU colleges (classes 6 to 12) to resume functioning with 100 per cent attendance from October 1, new Covid-19 clusters reported from educational institutions in Bengaluru and Kolar have caught the attention of officials from the health and education departments in Karnataka.

The cluster in the Karnataka capital was identified by the health authorities after tests were conducted at the hostel of Sri Chaitanya PU and CBSE College located near Electronics City Phase 2, after a student tested positive on September 26. Read more.

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14:48 (IST)29 Sep 2021
60 students of residential college near Bengaluru test Covid-19 positive

A residential college on the city outskirts has been shut after 60 students tested positive for the Covid-19.

"We tested 195 students after one of them got fever. Results showed that 60 of them had Covid. The results of the remaining are yet to come," District Health Officer of Bengaluru Urban district, G Srinivas told PTI on Wednesday.

While 59 students are asymptomatic and quarantined, the student with high fever has been admitted to the Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital. (PTI)

12:08 (IST)29 Sep 2021
At high-level UNGA session, world leaders thank India for COVID-19 vaccine shipments

World leaders thanked India for its help and support in combating the coronavirus pandemic through "early and meaningful" shipments of COVID-19 vaccine doses, as they addressed the high-level UN General Assembly session this year.

Several world leaders expressed their gratitude to India and other nations for the help provided through exports of vaccines and other critical medical supplies in their national statements at the 76th UNGA session's General Debate that ran through September 21-27.

Suriname President Chandrikapersad Santokhi, in his address, expressed his sincere gratitude to the countries and organisations "who expressed solidarity and had provided valuable support to my country and people in the battle against this pandemic, at a very early stage." Read more 

11:29 (IST)29 Sep 2021
708 new Covid cases in Bengal, 13 more die

West Bengal on Tuesday recorded 708 new Covid-19 cases and 13 more deaths. On Monday 472 fresh cases were recorded. North 24 Parganas and Kolkata recorded three deaths each while Nadia and Purba Medinipur recorded one death each. Read more 

09:42 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Almost 25 per cent of India fully vaccinated against Covid-19

MORE THAN eight months after it rolled out the Covid-19 vaccination drive, India on Tuesday completed administering both doses of the vaccine to almost 25% of the estimated adult population.

According to provisional data, more than 53 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday, taking the cumulative number to 87.59 crore. With Tuesday’s vaccinations, 68% of the estimated adult population has received their first dose and 24.61% are fully vaccinated. Read the full report here. 

09:39 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Maha: Man given anti-rabies shot instead of COVID-19 vaccine; doctor, nurse suspended

A man was administered an anti-rabies medicine instead of COVID-19 vaccine at a medical centre in Maharashtra's Thane district, following which a doctor and a nurse of the facility were suspended, a civic official said.

Local resident Rajkumar Yadav went to the civic-run medical centre in Kalwa area here on Monday to get a jab against the coronavirus infection. He stood in a wrong queue and after being vaccinated, he was informed that he was administered the vaccine against rabies, a spokesperson of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) told reporters on Tuesday. (PTI)

09:36 (IST)29 Sep 2021
India reports less than 20,000 cases for second day in a row

India reported 18,870 new cases of coronavirus infections and 378 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday. The country is reporting less than 20,000 cases for the last two days, which has resulted into dropping of active cases in the country to 2.82 lakh. Kerala, which has been contributing the most number of cases, reported 11,196 cases and 149 deaths on Tuesday, while Maharashtra and Haryana reported 64 each. 

22:40 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Punjab sees 41 more Covid-19 cases

Punjab on Tuesday reported 41 fresh cases of the coronavirus that took the infection tally to 6,01,578, according to a medical bulletin.

No new coronavirus-related fatality was reported in the state. The death toll stands at 16,509. Two deaths were added to the toll after reconciliation of data, according to the bulletin.

Among new COVID-19 cases, Mohali reported eight cases, followed by seven in Amritsar and five in Jalandhar.

The number of active cases stood at 299. (PTI)

22:39 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Back to school from November 1 for primary students in Tamil Nadu

After over a year and a half, physical classes for students from class 1 to 8 would resume in schools with effect from November 1, the Tamil Nadu government said on Tuesday.

Following a meeting chaired by Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Secretariat to review the ongoing measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said the ban in respect of social, political, cultural and religious congregations would continue to be in place.

Places of worship would continue to be shut on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, an official release said.

In a relaxation, the government said meetings at district collectorates, every Monday, to address public grievances would be allowed and every month, similar gatherings to address farmers grievances shall be conducted.

Considering feedback from medical experts, educationists and parents, physical classes for children in all schools (government-run, state-aided and other boards as well) would resume from November 1, the government said.

The classes shall be held by following the Standard Operating Procedures to prevent virus spread. (PTI)

22:38 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Gujarat govt to pay Rs 50,000 to kin of COVID-19 victims

Gujarat Health Minister Rishikesh Patel on Tuesday told the state Assembly here that committees will be formed at the district level to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of those who died due to COVID-19.

The opposition Congress had raised the issue of deaths caused by the pandemic in the state, after which the minister came out with the statement.

The Congress had claimed that over three lakh people died due to the pandemic in Gujarat, while the official figure, given by Patel, is 10,082.

"As per a letter of the central home ministry, the state government has decided to give Rs 50,000 as financial assistance to the relatives of those who died due to COVID-19.

"The state government will give this compensation as per the guidelines of the centre. Committees will be formed at the district level to distribute the compensation," the health minister told the House. (PTI)

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Meanwhile, the Gujarat government on Tuesday announced that committees will be formed at the district level to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of those who died due to Covid-19. The opposition Congress had raised the issue of deaths caused by the pandemic in the state, after which the state's health minister Rishikesh Patel came out with the statement.

Over eight lakh vaccine doses wasted so far: Gujarat govt

The Gujarat government told the Legislative Assembly here on Tuesday that some 8.33 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines could not be used in the state since the inoculation drive began. The information was given by health minister Rishikesh Patel in a written reply to a question by Congress MLA from Una, Punja Vansh. A vial of vaccine which contains ten doses has to be used within four hours once opened, the minister said. (PTI)


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