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Coronavirus highlights: Kerala sees 17,681 new cases, 208 deaths; active infections dip to 1.9 lakh

Coronavirus in India highlights: India recorded 27,176 new Covid-19 cases and 284 deaths in the last 24 hours. The active cases have come down to 3.51 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 16, 2021 8:52:57 am
There was a dip in number of active cases, it came down to 3.51 lakh and the number of deaths reported were 284. (PTI)

Coronavirus India News Latest highlights: Kerala recorded 17,681 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. 208 new Covid-19 fatalities were also reported in the state. With this, the total caseload increased to 44,24,046 and fatalities to 22,987. The number of people who recovered from the infection since Tuesday was 25,588 which brought the total recoveries to 42,09,746 and the number of active cases to 1,90,750, a state government release said.

While the release said that 97,070 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it did not state what the Test Positivity Rate was. However, the TPR was calculated to be 18.21 per cent.

India recorded 27,176 new Covid-19 cases and 284 deaths in the last 24 hours. The active cases have come down to 3.51 lakh. Less than 50,000 daily cases have been reported for 80 consecutive days now.

Meanwhile, the WHO said there were about 4 million coronavirus cases reported globally last week, marking the first major drop in new infections in more than two months. In recent weeks, there have been about 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases, PTI reported. In its weekly update released on Tuesday, the UN health agency said every region in the world saw a drop in Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week. Although the worldwide number of deaths decreased to about 62,000, with the sharpest decline in Southeast Asia, there was a 7 per cent increase in deaths in Africa, it added.

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India records 27,176 new covid-19 cases, 284 deaths on Wednesday; Less than 50,000 daily cases have been reported for 80 consecutive days now. Follow this space for the latest Coronavirus updates. 

21:11 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi reports 57 new cases, 53 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi reports 57 new cases, 53 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

18:51 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Moderna Covid vaccine produces lasting immune response, study finds

Immunity generated by the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine lasts for at least six months, and there is no indicator that vaccinated people will need a booster shot, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Science, noted that this time point of six months is critical because that is when true immune memory has formed.

While the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine led to strong immune and antibody responses for at least six months after clinical trial participants were fully vaccinated, it is likely that the immune response could last much longer, the researchers said. They also show that this strong immune memory lasted in all age groups tested, including in people over age 70, a demographic especially vulnerable to severe Covid-19. (PTI)

18:49 (IST)15 Sep 2021
WHO reports big drop in new coronavirus infections

The WHO said there were about 4 million coronavirus cases reported globally last week, marking the first major drop in new infections in more than two months. In recent weeks, there have been about 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases, PTI reported.

In its weekly update released on Tuesday, the UN health agency said every region in the world saw a drop in Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week. Although the worldwide number of deaths decreased to about 62,000, with the sharpest decline in Southeast Asia, there was a 7 per cent increase in deaths in Africa.

18:44 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Kerala reports 17,681 new Covid cases, 208 deaths; TPR at 18.21%

Kerala on Wednesday reported 17,681 fresh Covid-19 cases and 208 deaths, which took the total caseload to 44,24,046 and fatalities to 22,987. The number of people who recovered from the infection since Tuesday was 25,588 which brought the total recoveries to 42,09,746 and the number of active cases to 1,90,750, a state government release said.

While the release said that 97,070 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it did not state what the Test Positivity Rate was. However, the TPR was calculated to be 18.21 per cent.

17:17 (IST)15 Sep 2021
In pandemic year, Covid violations push up crime rate by 28%: NCRB

In a year impacted massively by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the overall crime in the country increased by 28% in 2020 over the non-pandemic year of 2019, the latest report on crime in India by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows. However, this increase has been largely attributed to crimes registered for Covid-19 violations, as the number of other crimes actually decreased in 2020 compared to 2019.

The NCRB released its crime data for 2020 on Wednesday. The report lists a total of 66,01,285 cognizable crimes comprising 42,54,356 Indian Penal Code (IPC) violations and 23,46,929 crimes under Special and Local Laws (SLL). It shows an increase of 14,45,127 (28%) in registration of cases over 2019 (51,56,158 cases). The crime rate (number of cases registered per one lakh population) has also increased from 385.5 in 2019 to 487.8 in 2020.

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16:13 (IST)15 Sep 2021
MP: Passenger stopped from boarding Dubai-bound flight after testing positive for coronavirus

A 26-year-old passenger was stopped from boarding a Dubai-bound Air India flight at an airport in Madhya Pradesh's Indore city on Wednesday after his report came out positive for coronavirus in a rapid test, an official said. He was later admitted to a care centre set up for the Covid-19 patients.

"As per the Covid-19 protocol, the rapid RT-PCR tests were carried out on 117 passengers of the Indore-Dubai flight at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport here on Wednesday, and a 26-year-old man out of them tested positive for the coronavirus,” said Dr Amit Malakar, the nodal officer for Covid-19 prevention. (PTI)

14:20 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Bengal extends Covid restrictions till September 30, night curbs to continue

The West Bengal government on Wednesday extended the COVID-related restrictions till September 30 with the existing relaxations, as per an official notification.
      
The restrictions, first imposed on May 16 and extended at regular intervals, were set to expire on Wednesday.
    
"Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocols must be followed at all times," the notification said.
    
The state government has allowed offices, both government and private, to function with half the manpower, as per the order. (PTI)

13:38 (IST)15 Sep 2021
PCMC ‘temporarily shuts’ Covid-19 helpline service run by kids

Two months after it started a Covid-19 helpline run by kids for kids, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has temporarily closed down the centre.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane said the helpline has been shut down temporarily due to the ongoing festive season, “After Ganesh festival, there will be Dassera and Diwali. During this period, children will be busy with festive activities and won’t be available at the helpline centre. The helpline is handled by children who have been trained for the purpose. We have closed it down temporarily. We will review the situation and take a decision regarding restarting it after the festive season is over.” Read more

13:05 (IST)15 Sep 2021
India considers resuming vaccine exports soon, focus on Africa, says source

India is considering resuming exports of Covid-19 vaccines soon, mainly to Africa, as it has partly immunised a majority of its adults and supplies have surged, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

India, the world's biggest maker of vaccines overall, stopped vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.

The government wants to vaccinate all of its 944 million adults by December and has so far given at least one dose to 61% of them.

The resumption of exports deliberations come ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington next week where vaccines are likely to be discussed at a summit of the leaders of the Quad countries - the United States, India, Japan and Australia. (Reuters)

12:18 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Pimpri-Chinchwad records 157 new covid cases 

Pimpri-Chinchwad on Tuesday registered 157 Covid postive cases. There were 153 patients who recovered after 10 days and were discharged from various hospitals. 

The total number of active cases in the industrial city now stand at 1,007. Of these, 463 are in home isolation and 544 are hospitalised. Three deaths were registered on Tuesday, taking the total count to 4,413. (ENS)

11:30 (IST)15 Sep 2021
WHO South-East Asia Region AGM endorses health-promoting schools

Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have resolved to work towards making every school a ‘health-promoting school’, while also committing to safe school operations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Schools have an important role in promoting healthy lifestyles, life-long healthy behaviours and to nurture human capital for sustainable development of any society. We need a whole-of-government approach to ensure children from all socio-economic backgrounds, including those with special needs, benefit from healthy schools,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region at the five-day regional committee meeting held recently from September 6-10.

The annual governing body meeting, hosted by Nepal, was held virtually for the second year running due to Covid-19. Read more

11:01 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Ensure continuous administration of vaccines to prisoners: HC to Kerala govt

The Kerala High Court has directed the state government to "continuously" administer vaccines to the prisoners and others in central prisons and other jails to prevent spread of COVID-19 there.
  
The high court also directed the Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services to monitor the administration of vaccines.
With the directions, the court disposed of a plea initiated by it on its own based on a prisoner's letter claiming that no vaccination was being carried out in prisons in the state.

The court's order came after the state government informed it that there were only 4,808 prisoners in the prisons in Kerala and that majority of them have been given the first dose of vaccination and special initiatives have been taken to vaccinate the prisoners in different age groups. (PTI) 

10:33 (IST)15 Sep 2021
‘Illegal’ Covid testing at home: HC asks Delhi, Gurgaon police to respond

The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed Delhi and Gurgaon police to file their responses within two weeks in a contempt petition alleging that authorities have failed to act against online health aggregators illegally collecting Covid samples from people’s homes in Delhi.

While the Delhi government, in a complaint to the police departments, has already identified one such entity, the court said it would be open for the government to identify more such entities who may be in breach of the protocol currently in place for conducting Covid tests. “You have to work a little more on this,” Justice Najmi Waziri told the government.

Delhi’s Special Secretary Health Udit Prakash Rai, in a complaint to the Commissioners of Police of Delhi and Gurgaon in June, had said that the Gurgaon-based entity has been found to be illegally collecting samples, and also violating the confidentiality and privacy law by sharing confidential patient information. Read more

10:12 (IST)15 Sep 2021
India logged 27,176 Covid-19 cases on September 15

India on Tuesday records 27,176 new Covid-19 cases.

There’s a dip in number of active cases, it is down to 3.51 lakh and the number of deaths were 284.

Kerala on the other hand, reported 15,876 cases, making it the second day with Covid-19 tally below 20,000. Death toll due to Covid-19 infection was 129 in Kerala and 54 in Maharashtra.

09:40 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Pune Municipal Corporation records 178 new cases, administers free Covishield

On September 14, Pune Municipal Corporation recorded 178 new Covid-19 cases adding up to the existing poll making it 1,887 cases. Recovery case were 194 and two succumbed to the viral infection pushing the death toll to 8,983. 

Free Covishield doses were administered in Pune Municipal Corporation in 186 government centres on September 15. People receiving their second dose comprised of 70 per cent and 30 per cent for first dose.  (ENS)

09:30 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Speedy sample testing in India, says ICMR

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 56,60,55,796 samples were tested for Covid-19 in India till September 14. There were 16,10,829 samples tested yesterday.

09:18 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Single-day recoveries outnumber fresh Covid-19 cases in Nagaland

Single-day recoveries exceeded fresh Covid-19 cases in Nagaland for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday as 43 more people recuperated from the disease while 37 new infections were reported, a health bulletin said. 
             
The new cases pushed the tally to 30,694 and 28,538 people have recovered from the disease thus far. 
            
The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients was 92.97 per cent during the day. 
            
The demise of a coronavirus patient in Dimapur district has raised the death toll to 646. 
             
Nagaland currently has 571 active cases, while 939 COVID-19 patients have migrated to other states. (PTI)
        

08:29 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Staffers test Covid positive at presidential retreat, Kovind to stay at pvt Shimla hotel

President Ram Nath Kovind will stay at a private hotel here instead of the presidential retreat, where he normally stays, during his visit beginning Thursday to Himachal Pradesh.

The choice of venue follows after four staff members of the retreat tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, an official said.

The President during his four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh will address a special session of the state Assembly and will be the chief guest at the Valedictory Ceremony of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts at Shimla, the official added. Read more

08:02 (IST)15 Sep 2021
West Bengal: 703 new Covid cases, 12 more deaths in a day

With 138 new cases and 5 deaths, North 24 Parganas district topped the Covid tally in West Bengal over the last 24 hours. State capital Kolkata trailed closely at 127 cases and 3 deaths.

Overall, the state recorded 703 new cases on Tuesday, taking the cumulative figure to 15,58,117. The overall toll rose to 18,599 with 12 fresh fatalities.

The state’s active case count currently stands at 8,074, of which 6,707 patients are in home isolation and 249 are in safe homes. Overall, 3.43 per cent of the state’s total available hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients. Over the last 24 hours, 713 patients were certified cured and discharged, taking the overall recoveries to 15,31,444 and the discharge rate to 98.29 per cent. Read more

21:35 (IST)14 Sep 2021
UK to roll out Covid booster jabs for over-50s from next week

The British government will be accepting an expert panel's recommendation and begin the rollout of booster vaccine shots across England for over-50s from next week, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on Tuesday. Tabling the government's winter strategy to tackle COVID-19, Javid told the House of Commons that the National Health Service (NHS) in England is preparing for the rollout following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's (JCVI) recommendation earlier. --PTI

Covid antigen test organised by an NGO for the street children of Hastings, Kolkata on September 06, 2021. (Express photo)

The Union Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have jointly come out with guidelines for issuing “official document” in case of Covid-related deaths. As per these guidelines, submitted by the Centre to the Supreme Court in a case seeking compensation for Covid deaths, those cases that are diagnosed through an RT-PCR/ Molecular Test/ Rapid Antigen Test, or that have been clinically determined in a hospital or an in-patient facility by a physician while one is admitted there, will be recognised as Covid cases.

READ | Covid death or not: Prodded by Supreme Court, Centre issues rules

Himachal Pradesh on Saturday reported five more COVID-19 deaths, which took the toll to 3,619, while 167 fresh cases pushed the tally to 2,15,604 in the state, a health official said. Of the fresh deaths, three were reported from Kangra district and one each from Shimla and Mandi districts. The official said that 224 more patients have recovered from the infection. There are 1,620 active cases in the state, he added.

Tamil Nadu logged 1,639 fresh COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths on Saturday, pushing the overall caseload to 26,32,231 and the toll to 35,146. Recoveries were lesser than new infections with 1,517 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,80,686, leaving 16,399 active infections, a health department bulletin said. Coimbatore topped in number of cases (224), followed by Chennai 170, Erode 151, Chengalpet 120 and Thanjavur 117.

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