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Coronavirus India Live Updates: 66% of adult population administered at least one dose of Covid vaccine, says govt

Covid-19 Live Updates today September 23: Also, as many as 282 deaths in the last 24 hours took the total number of fatalities in the country to 4.46 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 23, 2021 10:25:25 pm
Coronavirus vaccination News live updatesPune's weekly Covid-19 positivity rate has dropped below 5 per cent from September 15 to 21, as per state Health Department. (PTI)

Coronavirus pandemic live news update: The Centre Thursday said 66 per cent of the country’s adult population has been given at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 23 per cent has received both the jabs. Addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 63.7 per cent doses have been administered in rural areas while 35.4 per cent vaccine doses has been administered in urban areas. A total of 68.2 lakh doses (approximately 0.95 per cent) has been administered at vaccination centres not marked as rural or urban, he said.

The government on Thursday announced that differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility will be administered Covid vaccine doses at their homes. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Union Health Ministry officials also said the country is still in the middle of the coronavirus second wave even though the number of daily new cases are declining.

They however added that 62.73% of total infections recorded last week were from Kerala alone, which is also the only state with more than 1 lakh active cases.

India on Wednesday logged 31,923 new Covid-19 infections out of which Kerala reported 19,675. There are about 3.01 lakh active cases in the country and Kerala has over 1.61 lakh active infections. Also, as many as 282 deaths in the last 24 hours took the total number of fatalities in the country to 4.46 lakh.

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Covid-19 India LIVE updates: India reports 31,923 new cases, 282 deaths; UK updates, Covishield okay, not jab certificate; Centre okays ex-gratia, state funds to cover Covid deaths. Follow for more updates.

22:25 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Expert committee tells state to push for shorter Covishield dosage interval

A technical advisory committee of the Karnataka government on matters of Covid-19 pandemic has asked the State to write to the Centre requesting to reduce the gap between doses of the Covishield vaccine from 84 days to around a month, similar to when the vaccine was first introduced in January this year.

The committee has sought the shortening of the span of dosages to broaden the spread of vaccination as preparation for a possible third wave caused by any variants of the virus.

“We had a meeting on Sunday and we told the government to write to the Centre to reduce the gap between the first and second dose of Covishield. It is primarily because the vaccine supplies are good now and we have to keep in mind a possible third wave if a new variant emerges. It is safer to have good vaccine coverage in preparation for such a situation,” said Dr MK Sudarshan, a retired professor of community medicine and chairman of the technical advisory committee. Read more

20:47 (IST)23 Sep 2021
66% of India's adults administered at least one dose of Covid vaccine, says govt

The Centre Thursday said 66 per cent of the country’s adult population has been given at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 23 per cent has received both the jabs. Addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 63.7 per cent doses have been administered in rural areas while 35.4 per cent vaccine doses has been administered in urban areas. A total of 68.2 lakh doses (approximately 0.95 per cent) has been administered at vaccination centres not marked as rural or urban, he said.

18:13 (IST)23 Sep 2021
India, UK hold talks on vaccine certification process: British envoy

British High Commissioner Alex Ellis on Thursday said India and the UK held "excellent" technical discussion on the issue of vaccine certification.

Referring to new British travel rules, Ellis had on Wednesday said there was no problem with Covishield vaccine and that the main issue is COVID-19 vaccine certification done through the CoWIN app.

"Excellent technical discussions with @rssharma3 @AyushmanNHA. Neither side raised technical concerns with each other's certification process. An important step forward in our joint aim to facilitate travel and fully protect public health of UK and India," he tweeted on Thursday. --PTI

18:01 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Vaccine at home for differently-abled, people with restricted mobility: Govt

The government Thursday announced that differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility will be given Covid vaccine doses at their homes. Addressing a press conference here, Union Health Ministry officials also said the country is still in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 even though the number of daily new cases are declining.

However, they added, 62.73% of total infections reported last week were from Kerala alone, which is also the only state with over 1 lakh active Covid cases.

Thirty-three districts in the country are now reporting over 10 per cent weekly positivity rate, while 23 are recording between 5-10 per cent, the officials said. --PTI

14:56 (IST)23 Sep 2021
List of Covid-19 deaths will be updated based on Centre's guidelines: Kerala Health Minister

The list of those who succumbed to Covid-19 was being updated based on the new guidelines of the Centre, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Thursday.
          
The minister, speaking to reporters after visiting the new ICUs at the Government Medical College here, also said that even the state's guidelines would be updated as per the Centre's norms and the finalised version would be ready in a few days.
        
She said that the new guidelines would cover various aspects, including considering deaths 30 days after turning negative as a COVID fatality.
        
A comprehensive list will be published in this regard, she added. (PTI)

14:27 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Arunachal Pradesh reports 51 new Covid-19 cases

Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 caseload rose to 54,241 as 51 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said here on Thursday.
              
The Covid-19 death toll in the frontier state remained at 273 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
            
Arunachal Pradesh now has 442 active Covid-19 cases, while 53,526 people have recuperated from the disease thus far, including 22 in the last 24 hours, the official said.
            
The Covid-19 recovery rate in the state now is 98.68 per cent while the percentage of active cases is 0.81 and the positivity ratio stood at 1.77 per cent, Jampa said. (PTI)
            

13:34 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Odisha logs 644 new Covid-19 cases, seven fresh fatalities

Odisha Thursday reported 644 new Covid-19 cases, including 72 children, taking the tally to 10,22,594 while seven fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,157, a health department official said.
              
The new cases were detected in 24 of the state's 30 districts, with 375 reported from different quarantine centres while the remaining 269 were local contact cases.
            
Khurda district of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part reported the highest 283 new cases followed by Cuttack (77) and Balasore (34). The new cases included 72 children and adolescents whose rate of infection stands at 11.18 per cent, he said.
            
Health and Family Welfare department said seven Covid-19 deaths were reported from Angul, Cuttack, Jajpur, Khurda, Nabarangpur, Puri and Sundergarh districts which pushed the death toll to 8,157.
            
This apart, 53 other COVID-19 patients have also died due to comorbidities, he said. (PTI)
           

13:10 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Covid-19 may be linked to risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome: Study

Infection with the virus that causes Covid-19 may be associated with risk of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which a person's immune system attacks the nerves, causing muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis, according to a study published on Thursday.
       
Besides the well-known severe respiratory signs, and the risk of long-term complications in Covid-19, researchers and public health officials have also reported neurological complications linked with the disease.
     
Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder which can last for weeks or several years, is relatively rare but can be severe. The condition is triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection.
     
"Our study shows that Covid-19 may precede Guillain-Barre syndrome in rare cases," said Bart C Jacobs from the University Medical Center Rotterdam in The Netherlands. (PTI)
     
     

12:24 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Covid-19: Fresh cases dip below 100 in Puducherry

Puducherry witnessed a dip in number of fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours with 91 infections pushing the overall tally to 1,25,826, a top official of the Health department said on Thursday. 
          
After reporting 117 new cases on Wednesday and 101 on Tuesday, the union territory logged 91 in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM today, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release here. 
        
The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 5,883 samples and were spread over Puducherry (66), Karaikal (19) and Mahe (six), he said, adding Yanam did not report any fresh cases. 
        
The Health department Director said the number of active cases stood at 969 with 132 in hospitals and the remaining 837 in home isolation.
        
The union territory did not report any fresh fatalities during the last 24 hours and the death toll remained at 1,834. (PTI)
         

12:03 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Eight new Covid-19 cases push Andamans tally to 7,615

Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported eight new Covid-19 infections, three more than the previous day's count, which pushed the number of active cases in the union territory to 20, a health official said on Thursday.
              
All the eight new cases were detected during testing at the Veer Savarkar Airport here, he said.
            
Passengers arriving by flight have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test at the airport before they are allowed entry into the islands.
            
The eight new Covid-19 cases pushed the tally to 7,615 of which 7,466 people have recovered from the disease, including five on Wednesday, he said.
            
The Covid-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality due to the contagion was reported in the last 24 hours. (PTI)
            

11:32 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Ladakh reports seven new cases of Covid-19

Ladakh recorded seven fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 20,750 while the active cases in the union territory climbed to 148, officials said.
      
Ladakh has registered 207 Covid-related deaths -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
    
All the fresh cases were reported in Leh, they said. 
     
A total of 1,927 samples in Ladakh, including 925 from Leh and 995 from Kargil, were found negative, they said.
    
There was no death reported due to Covid in Ladakh on Wednesday. (PTI)
    

10:11 (IST)23 Sep 2021
No survivor certificate needed for Covid relief

People who have lost their spouse to Covid need not submit a surviving member certificate when they apply for compensation under the Delhi government’s scheme to support families of those who lost members during the pandemic.

If the applicant who is seeking compensation is the spouse of the person who died, the document will not be needed for application. It will, however, be required in other cases, for example in case children of the deceased are the applicants.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot with officials of the department on Wednesday. Read more

09:58 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Weekly Covid positivity rate in Pune district drops below 5 per cent

Pune district’s weekly Covid positivity rate has dropped below 5 per cent in the week from September 15 to 21, according to a new state Health Department analysis. The positivity rate, however, remains higher than the state average, which also dipped to 2.28 percent.

Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary (health), Maharashtra has urged district administrations to expedite the vaccination process and inoculate people in large numbers.

“We have to be vigilant for any rise in Covid-19 cases post Ganpati celebrations,” Dr Vyas told The Indian Express, adding that testing also should be increased in addition to maintaining social distancing and other measures. Read more

09:07 (IST)23 Sep 2021
West Bengal: Covid cases increase by 683; 13 more die of virus

The number of new Covid-19 cases in West Bengal saw a slight jump from 592 on Tuesday, with 683 cases being reported in the last 24 hours. The fresh cases took the overall tally to 53,63,393.

The state also reported 13 Covid deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 18,691. North 24 Parganas district accounted for most the deaths on Wednesday at 5, followed by 3 each in Kolkata and Howrah.

With the discharge of 687 more Covid patients on Thursday, the cumulative count of recoveries rose to 15,36,978. The state’s active case count currently stands at 7,724, of which 6,364 patients are in home isolation and 227 at safe homes.  Read more

22:31 (IST)22 Sep 2021
India now running largest vaccination campaign: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi also said at the Global Covid-19 Summit, “India is now running the world’s largest vaccination campaign. Recently, we vaccinated about 25 million people on a single day. Our grassroots-level healthcare system has delivered over 800 million vaccine doses so far. Over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated.

“This has been enabled through the use of our innovative digital platform called CoWIN. In the spirit of sharing, India has made CoWIN & many other digital solutions available freely as open-source software.”

He added, “Earlier this year, we shared our vaccine production with 95 other countries & with UN peacekeepers. Like a family, the world also stood with India when we were going through a second wave. For the solidarity & support extended to India, I thank you all… The pandemic has been an unprecedented disruption and it is not yet over. Much of the world is still to be vaccinated. That is why this initiative by President Biden is timely and welcome.” (ANI)

22:28 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Need to address pandemic's economic effects: PN Modi at Global Covid-19 Summit

“We also need to focus on addressing the pandemic’s economic effects. To that end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates,” PM Narendra Modi said at the Global Covid-19 Summit which was streamed on Wednesday.

He added, “As newer Indian vaccines get developed, we're also ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines. As our production increases, we'll be able to resume vaccine supplies to others too. For this the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open. With our Quad partners, we're leveraging India's manufacturing strength to produce vaccines for Indo-Pacific region. India & South Africa have proposed a TRIPS waiver at WTO for COVID vaccines diagnostic & medicines. It'll enable rapid scaling of the fight against pandemic.” (ANI)

21:58 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Not aware of any concerns being raised by the UK, says NHA CEO on vaccine certification issue

National Health Authority CEO RS Sharma on Wednesday said he was not aware of any concerns being raised by the UK about India's COVID vaccine certification and stressed that the Co-WIN system is WHO-compliant. Indian travellers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield will still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK even after the vaccine was approved under the revised guidelines for travel on Wednesday.

British officials suggested the main issue is COVID vaccine certification and not the Covishield vaccine and that both India and the UK are holding talks to mutually resolve the matter. "I am not aware of any concerns being raised by the UK. The British High Commissioner met me on September 2 and wanted to know details about the Co-WIN system.

"So we connected their technical team with our technical teams that had two rounds of discussion, with the second one being just yesterday. They have conveyed to us there is no need for any further discussion as all information has been exchanged between the two parties," Sharma told PTI.

He further said the Co-WIN system is WHO compliant and that so far they have not received any communication about any concerns from the Ministry of External Affairs or the British High Commission. (PTI)

21:58 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 1,682 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday witnessed 1,682 new coronavirus cases with Coimbatore, Erode and Tiruppur districts contributing the maximum numbers, taking the overall caseload to 26,50,370.

With 21 deaths due to the infection, including six in private hospitals and 15 in government facilities, the toll has risen to 35,400. With 1,627 patients getting discharged following treatment today, the cumulative recoveries stand at 25,97,943.

The number of active cases, including isolation as on today, remains at 17,027, according to a bulletin here. Coimbatore saw 235 new cases, Chennai 194, Erode 130, Chengalpattu 110 and Tiruppur 101. Ramanathapuram, Perambalur, Theni, Tenkasi, Dindigul and Virudhunagar saw new cases in single digits while 27 districts reported fresh cases below 100, the bulletin said. (PTI)

21:57 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Gujarat's coronavirus tally grows by 20; active cases now 133

Gujarat on Wednesday reported 20 new COVID-19 cases, which took its overall caseload to 8,25,771, the health department said.

No fresh death due to the virus was recorded during the day. The fatality count in the state stood at 10,082. There are 133 active cases in the state right now and three of these patients are on ventilator support, the department said in a release.

The recovery count stands at 8,15,556 after 20 persons got discharge during the day, it said.

As many as 5.79 crore doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered to the eligible population till now in the state, of which a little over 6.35 lakh doses were given on Wednesday.

No new COVID-19 case was registered in the adjoining union territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu in the last 24 hours, the authorities said, adding that there are zero active cases in the territory at present. (PTI)

21:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Bring transgender community under ambit of Covid relief scheme: Manipur HC to govt

The High Court of Manipur on Tuesday directed the state government to include people from the transgender community within the ambit of the state’s Covid-19 relief scheme. The court also directed authorities to extend the date for the submission of the application beyond August 7.

Under the scheme, beneficiaries, whose livelihoods has been affected by the pandemic, are provided Rs 5,000, in two instalments of Rs 2,500 each.

The directive was issued in response to a PIL filed by Santa Khurai, secretary of All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMNMA), seeking inclusion of transgenders as beneficiaries of the Chief Minister Covid-19 Affected Livelihood Support Scheme. Read more

The initiative, through which 6.63 crore doses were exported, came to a halt in May, with India facing a severe shortage for its immunisation programme. (PTI)

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management (NDMA) has recommended an ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 for loss of life due to Covid-19 — an amount that will be provided by states from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and distributed by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) or the district administrations.

On Wednesday, a day after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of non-recognition of Covishield with newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, 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.

Two days after India announced its decision to resume its flagship Vaccine Maitri initiative, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. "Thank you Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for announcing India will resume crucial COVID vaccine shipments to COVAX in Oct. This is an important development in support of reaching 40% vaccination target in all countries by the end of the year," he said.

The initiative, through which 6.63 crore doses were exported, came to a halt in May, with India facing a severe shortage for its immunisation programme amid a surging second wave.

On the global front, China's northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for the first time since early February. Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

According to Karnataka Health Department, there 218 Covid-19 recovered individuals or their close contacts who have been diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB). The state Health Department has ramped up screening to avoid such outbreaks. As per Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, 133 people recovered from Covid-19 and 85 household contacts of such people have tested positive for TB across the Karnataka till September 20.

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