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Coronavirus Highlights: In less than 4 days, India again administers 1 crore vaccinations

Coronavirus India Highlights: India's active cases have shown a small decline, and have come down to 3,70,640. The death toll has risen to 4,38,560.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 1, 2021 9:25:47 am
Indore, Indore vaccination, Indore news, Indore covid1-19 cases, Madhya Pradesh govt, Mp covid situation, Mo vaccination, Indian expressChief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated the residents of Indore for achieving this feat and said, “Indore has once again made a new record." (PTI)

Coronavirus India Highlights: In less than four days, India again administered 1 crore vaccinations in a day. As many as 1,08,83,963 vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government announced that it has decided to do away with the weekend shutdown across the state from September. In view of the declining cases in the state, essential services like cab and food delivery aggregators will be allowed to operate during night curfew hours from 10 pm to 5 am.  Commercial vehicles, including passenger buses and goods carrying trucks will also be allowed to ply, PTI reported.

Kerala on Tuesday reported over 30,000 new Covid-19 cases and 115 deaths. Its test positivity rate stands at 18.86 per cent.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: Kerala reports over 30,000 new Covid cases; Second time this month, Maharashtra vaccinates over a million in a day. Follow this space for the latest updates

20:25 (IST)31 Aug 2021
HP has vaccinated all adult residents with one dose of Covid vaccine: CM

Every adult resident of Himachal Pradesh has got the first dose of his Covid vaccine and to commemorate this achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the people of the hill state on September 6.

The state has attained the unique distinction of achieving the cent per cent target of the first dose of Covid vaccination for all residents of 18 years and above, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said in a statement on Tuesday. (PTI)

19:34 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Telangana: After HC rap, govt hurries to put SOPs in place to reopen educational institutions

Hours after the Telangana High Court stayed the state government’s August 24 order on reopening all educational institutions and sought clarifications on Covid measures, the Education Department issued a memo with “certain clarifications” while reiterating the High Court’s directions.

The memo from Sandeep Kumar Sultania, secretary to the government, stated all schools other than the government residential schools, social welfare schools, and tribal welfare schools with hostel facilities, are permitted to open from September 1, and “that no child shall be compelled by any school management to physically attend offline classes if his or her parent is not inclined to send the child to school.”

The memo said it is left to the school management to “conduct either only offline or only online or both offline and online classes. Any undertaking obtained from parents by any school management absolving the school management of any liability if the child gets with the virus, while in school, shall not have any legal effect.” Read more.

19:29 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka records 1,217 new Covid cases, 25 deaths

Karnataka recorded 1,217 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. It also reported 25 deaths and 1,198 recoveries.

19:07 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Confident that India will be able to vaccinate eligible population by year end: JP Nadda

In a statement on Tuesday, Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda expressed confidence that "with the increased supply of vaccines, we will be able to vaccinate all the citizens of the country by the end of this year."

"It is a matter of pride for the Indian health system to deliver one crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines in one day. So far no country has administered so many vaccines in a day," he was quoted as saying by PTI. "Under the prime minister's leadership, India has shown the world the path of victory over the coronavirus," Nadda added.

18:57 (IST)31 Aug 2021
US adds Canada to its ‘do not travel’ advisory list amid Covid-19

The US State Department has raised its travel advisory alert for Canada to a “level 4 – do not travel” status amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it said in a statement on Tuesday. (Reuters)

18:42 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Stampede at Covid vaccination centre in Bengal, 20 injured

At least 20 people were injured in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Tuesday after hundreds of local residents tried to enter a vaccination centre together, leading to a stampede, police said. Four of them were critically injured in the incident, and they are undergoing treatment at Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital, a senior officer said. While the matter is being probed, the inoculation programme at the centre has been stopped following the incident, the officer added. (PTI)

18:25 (IST)31 Aug 2021
India administers 1 crore vaccinations again

In less than four days, India has again administered over 1 crore vaccinations in a day. On Tuesday, the country administered 1,08,83,963 vaccine doses.

18:24 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Kerala reports over 30,000 Covid cases, 115 deaths

Kerala Tuesday reported 30,203 new Covid-19 cases and 20,687 recoveries taking its active cases to 2,18,892. It also reported 115 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 20,788. The state's test positivity rate stands at 18.86 per cent.

17:34 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Odisha relaxes weekend shutdown restrictions in September

On Tuesday, the Odisha government announced that it has decided to do away with the weekend shutdown across the state from September. 

In view of the declining cases in the state, while the night curfew will continue to be in place from 10 pm to 5 am, essential services like cab and food delivery aggregators will be allowed to operate during those hours.  Commercial vehicles, including passenger buses and goods carrying trucks will also be allowed to ply, PTI reported.

Shops, business establishments will be allowed to function and other activities will be allowed between 5 am to 10 pm, Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said.

17:17 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Breakthrough Covid-19 infections found in 25% healthcare staff: Study

A little more than 25 per cent of healthcare workers were infected with coronavirus despite getting fully jabbed, a recent study has revealed, giving an insight on the breakthrough infections due to the Delta variant. The study, jointly conducted by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) and Max hospitals in Delhi-NCR, found that vaccination breakthroughs were far more common during the Delta-outbreak in Delhi than previously reported.

However, the severity of the infection was low and vaccination is crucial to avoid severe illnesses, said Shantanu Sengupta, senior scientist with the IGIB and one of the lead researchers of the study. He also cautioned that of the 25 per cent who were infected, a large number were asymptomatic, so masking is also very important to arrest the spread of infection. (PTI)

17:06 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Kerala aims to complete first dose Covid vaccination of all above 18-years by Sept 10: Health Minister

Kerala Health Minister Veena George Tuesday said that the state government plans to vaccinate everyone above 18 years with the first dose September 10. "This will actually depend on the availability of the vaccine doses. The union government has agreed to provide us with the doses," George added.

16:42 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Coronavirus buildup in lungs likely driver of Covid deaths: Study

A study by researchers at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine, US found that viral buildup in the lungs is the likely driver behind the high mortality rates seen in the Covid-19 pandemic, PTI reported. 

Research shows that people who died of the coronavirus had on average 10 times the amount of virus in their lower airways as did severely ill patients who survived their illness. The finding contradicts previous theories that simultaneous infections, such as bacterial pneumonia or overreaction of the body's immune defence system, played major roles in heightened risk of death.

16:20 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Delhi reports 28 new Covid cases, one death

Delhi recorded 28 new Covid-19 cases and one fatality in the last 24 hours. With 53 recoveries, the active cases in the national capital stand at 349.

16:03 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Telangana High Court stays government order to reopen schools

The Telangana High Court Tuesday stayed a state government order to reopen all schools and educational institutions from Wednesday. The court said educational institutions can continue to conduct online classes.

The court directed the state government to place before it all the precautions that would be taken to ensure the safety of students, teachers and other staff. It also directed the government not to coerce or put pressure on parents to send their children to schools and colleges if they do not feel it is safe.

The high court also directed the government not to take action against students if they do not attend school or college, or the management of educational institutions if students fail to attend. Read more.

15:45 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Monoclonal antibody treatment combo cuts hospitalisation among high-risk Covid patients: Study

A combination of two monoclonal antibody treatments keeps high-risk Covid-19 patients out of the hospital when infected with mild to moderate disease, according to an observational study published in The Lancet’s E-Clinical Medicine journal.

The research enrolled nearly 1,400 patients at Mayo Clinic in the US, of whom 696 received the drug combo between December 2020 and early April, while an equal matched cohort did not receive it. The disease status of the patients was evaluated at 14, 21 and 28 days after treatment.

The study found that at the end of 28 days, 1.6 per cent of those treated were hospitalised versus 4.8 per cent of those who had not been treated. This translated to 60-70 per cent relative reduction in hospitalisation among treated patients, according to the researchers. Read more.

15:33 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Pune: PMC directs no public celebration of festivals should be held to prevent Covid-19 spread

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has directed everyone to strictly follow the state government’s instructions which had stated that big public events should not be held to celebrate Janmashtami, Dahi Handi and the Ganesh festival.

“As per the guidelines state government has issued guidelines, the Janmashtami and Dahi Handi celebrations should be done in a simple way. Those violating the guidelines and will face legal action,” said municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar. Read more.

15:19 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Mumbai: HC raises concern over crowding in public places, says it should be controlled

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday raised concern over crowds assembling at public places in Mumbai and said if it was not controlled or restricted, the city would face a similar situation as earlier this year when the number of Covid-19 cases surged, leading to the second wave of the pandemic.

“In our meeting of the administrative committee of the HC, lawyers and other experts held on Monday, an expert, Dr Rahul Pandit, who heads the Special Task Force appointed by the Supreme Court, informed that the third wave of the pandemic is knocking at our doors,” Chief Justice Datta said.

“Unless all the safety protocols are not followed, the state will face an imminent danger. Dr Pandit was also of the view that at least till April 2022, the nation may not get rid of Covid-19,” he said. Read more.

14:37 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka to impose week-long institutional quarantine on those entering from Kerala

The Karnataka government Monday stated that it will impose a week-long institutional quarantine on those entering from Kerala, in the wake of the high Covid-19 positivity rate in the neighbouring state.

During a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to assess the pandemic situation, it was also decided to relax other restrictions such as the night curfew and reopen schools for grades 6 to 8.

14:29 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka to decide on relaxing curbs on Ganesha festival based on inputs from experts: CM Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the government will take a decision on relaxing restrictions on Ganesha festival celebrations, on September 5, after getting necessary inputs from the districts and the expert committee, PTI reported.

The Chief Minister who held a meeting with senior Ministers, officials and experts on Monday had deferred a decision on allowing full-fledged Ganesha festival celebrations for which several BJP leaders and groups with Sangh Parivar background were mounting pressure.

14:29 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka to decide on relaxing curbs on Ganesha festival based on inputs from experts: CM Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the government will take a decision on relaxing restrictions on Ganesha festival celebrations, on September 5, after getting necessary inputs from the districts and the expert committee, PTI reported.

The Chief Minister who held a meeting with senior Ministers, officials and experts on Monday had deferred a decision on allowing full-fledged Ganesha festival celebrations for which several BJP leaders and groups with Sangh Parivar background were mounting pressure.

Coronavirus India LIVE updates: India reports 42,513 new Covid-19 cases, 380 deaths Covid-19 testing at a municipality-run hospital in Navi Mumbai. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Eighteen children from a children’s home in Mankhurd at Mumbai’s eastern suburbs tested positive for Covid-19. All the infected children have been shifted to a Covid care centre at Vashi in Navi Mumbai. Officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said all of them are stable.

After two children from the centre showed Covid symptoms, an RT-PCR test was conducted at the Shatabdi hospital on August 25. The test results of the two children came positive on Wednesday and Thursday, following which a special screening for 102 resident kids was organized.

Meanwhile in Punjab, fifty-four more people tested positive for coronavirus in Punjab on Saturday, taking its infection tally to 6,00,514, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 16,366, according to a medical bulletin.

While Mohali and Patiala reported eight cases each, Bathinda reported six and Amritsar five, the bulletin said.

The latest deaths were reported from Jalandhar and Patiala.

The number of active cases in the state dropped to 405 from 410 on Friday, the bulletin stated.

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