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Coronavirus India Highlights: Full vaccination prerequisite if attending mass gathering essential, says govt ahead of festive season

Coronavirus India Highlights: Meanwhile, government consortium INSACOG said in its recent bulletin that the reported breakthrough Covid-19 infections in India are well within the expected numbers taking into account the total infections and other factors.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 3, 2021 9:30:03 am
Srinagar: Teachers and students wait for a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a special vaccination drive for them, at a school in Srinagar, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus India Highlights: Warning against lowering the guard against coronavirus disease ahead of festive season, the Health Ministry on Thursday said people should celebrate festivals at home, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated as and when their turn comes. The ministry, in its presser, also stated that mass gatherings have to be discouraged and full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending a gathering is essential.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it is closely monitoring a new coronavirus “variant of interest” named Mu, warning that the new variant shows signs of possible resistance to vaccines, PTI reported. The new variant was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been “sporadic reports” of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe

Meanwhile, India reported 47,029 coronavirus cases and 509 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Thursday. With this the country’s overall caseload rose to 3.28 crore (3,28,57,937) and the death toll increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,529). The total number of active cases presently stands at 3.89 lakh (3,89,583). Out of the new cases and deaths reported, Kerala reported 32,803 fresh cases and 173 deaths yesterday.

Following the discovery of new, more virulent strain of Coronavirus, C.1.2., the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has called for all international passengers arriving from Europe, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, China and the Middle East to present a negative RT-PCR report from September 3.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reported 47,029 new Covid cases, 509 deaths

22:23 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Mumbai logs over 400 COVID-19 cases for 2nd day; count of sealed buildings up

Mumbai reported 441 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the second straight day of more than 400 infections, and three fresh fatalities, while over 200 patients recovered from the disease, a senior civic official said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said with these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 7,45,012, while the death toll jumped to 15,984. The case doubling rate dropped to 1,446 days from 1,479 in the last 24 hours, indicating a steady rise in coronavirus infections. The financial capital has logged over 400 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day. Also, the number of sealed buildings has increased to 47 from 32 on Wednesday, indicating spread of infections in residential apartments. --PTI

21:46 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Amid fear of new Covid strains, RT-PCR test compulsory for those arriving from 7 more nations

Discharging former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain’s brother and two others in a Northeast Delhi riots case, a city court Thursday pulled up Delhi Police, saying “when history will look back at the worst communal riots since Partition” in Delhi, “the failure of the investigating agency” to conduct a “proper investigation… will surely torment the sentinels of democracy”.

Criticising lack of supervision by senior police officers, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav, in the discharge order, said the investigation tried to “merely pull wool over the court’s eyes” and this case is a “colossal wastage of the hard earned money of tax-payers, without there being real intent of investigating the matter”. Read more

20:49 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Indian visa period of stranded foreign nationals to be considered to be valid till Sept 30

"Indian visa or stay stipulation period of foreign nationals stranded in India, due to #COVID19 pandemic, to be considered as deemed to be valid till 30.09.2021," said Government of India.

19:40 (IST)02 Sep 2021
67 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered across in India so far

A total of 67 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered across the country so far: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

17:03 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Andhra Pradesh reports 1,378 new Covid-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,378 new Covid-19 cases, 1,139 recoveries and 10 deaths in the past 24 hours. Active cases: 14,702 Total cases: 20,16,680 Death toll: 13,877

16:56 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Health Ministry stresses upon social distancing, vaccination

Warning against lowering the guard against coronavirus disease, the Health Ministry on Thursday said people should celebrate festivals at home, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated as and when their turn comes. The ministry in its presser also stated that mass gatherings have to be discouraged and full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending a gathering is essential.

16:44 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Pointers from Health Ministry presser

What Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in the presser

      • Kerala is one state that has more than 1 lakh active cases. Four states have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Rest of the states/UTs have less than 10,000 active cases
      • From 279 districts that were reporting 100 cases on a daily basis in June 2021, the number has come down to 42 districts that are reporting more than 100 cases on a daily basis on 30th August 2021:
      • We administered 18.38 crores of doses in the month of August 2021 alone. The average dose per day administered in August is 59.29 lakh. In the last week of the month we administered more than 80 lakh doses per day
      • 16 per cent of India's adult population received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 54 pc have been administered at least 1st dose
      • Sikkim, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Himachal Pradesh have administered the first dose of Covid vaccination to 100% of their 18 plus population
      • About 300 cases of Delta plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in India so far
      • 39 districts reported over 10 per cent weekly Covid positivity in week ending Aug 31; 38 districts showed 5-10 per cent weekly positivity rate
14:10 (IST)02 Sep 2021
WHO warns new Mu variant of COVID-19 could be more vaccine-resistant

The World Health Organisation has said that it is closely monitoring a new coronavirus "variant of interest" named Mu, warning that the new variant shows signs of possible resistance to vaccines.

Mu - also known by its scientific name as B.1.621 - was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been "sporadic reports" of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe, the UN health agency said in its weekly bulletin on the pandemic on Tuesday.

The cases of the Mu variant have also been reported in the UK, Europe, the US and Hong Kong. (PTI)

12:39 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Delhi govt invites applications for purchase of cryogenic tankers, setting up O2 generation plants

The Delhi government has invited applications for setting up oxygen generation plants at health care facilities and purchase of cryogenic tankers to prepare for a possible third wave of the coronavirus.

The last date to submit applications is September 16. The applications have been invited under the "Medical Oxygen Production Promotion Policy" for providing incentives to the private sector to set up production plants and storage facilities to help improve availability of the life-saving gas in the national capital. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Covid-19 vaccines effective at reducing severe illness and hospitalisation, new UK study confirms

People who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) after one or two vaccine doses had significantly lower odds of severe disease or hospitalisation than unvaccinated people, according to a large-scale study investigating Covid-19breakthrough infections published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal Wednesday.

Researchers also found that the odds of experiencing long Covid (illness lasting 28 days or more after a positive test) were cut in half for people fully vaccinated with two doses. Read the full report here. 

10:18 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Moderna, Japan partner recall 1.6 million doses

Moderna Inc. and its Japanese partner are recalling more than 1 million doses of the U.S. drug maker's coronavirus vaccine after confirming that contamination reported last week was tiny particles of stainless steel. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is in charge of sale and distribution in Japan of the Moderna vaccine.

The two companies said an investigation at a Spanish factory that produced the vials in question concluded the contamination occurred in the process of putting stops on the vials. The companies on Aug. 26 announced suspension of 1.63 million doses produced at the line after reports of contamination. Japanese officials said about a half million people had received shots from the Moderna vials before the problem surfaced. (AP)

09:39 (IST)02 Sep 2021
India reported 47,029 new Covid cases, 509 deaths

India reported 47,029 coronavirus cases and 509 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the country’s overall caseload rose to 3.28 crore (3,28,57,937) and the death toll increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,529). The total number of active cases presently stands at 3.89 lakh (3,89,583).

08:57 (IST)02 Sep 2021
WHO leader opposes 'widespread' use of boosters

The head of the World Health Organisation says he opposes "widespread use of boosters" for healthy people for now, underscoring the need to get doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to poorer countries. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke in Berlin on Wednesday. He says the U.N. health agency last week witnessed the first decline in new global cases in more than two months.

He says, "this is obviously very welcome but it doesn't mean much," since many countries are still seeing steep increases and "shocking inequities" in access to vaccines. Tedros says he's called for a moratorium on booster shots at least until the end of September "to allow those countries that are furthest behind to catch up." (PTI)

22:39 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Haryana reports no Covid deaths after months, 20 fresh cases

Haryana reported no Covid-related death after months, even though it added 20 new infections Wednesday, pushing the total case count to 7,70,506. According to the health department's daily bulletin, the death toll remained unchanged at 9,677 as no fresh deaths were reported.

It was after a gap of several months that the state reported no death during a 24-hour period. Among the districts, nine cases were from Gurgaon district. (PTI)

22:15 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Uttar Pradesh reports 19 Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

Uttar Pradesh reported 19 COVID-19 cases and two fatalities due to the disease on Wednesday, taking its infection tally to 17,09,351 and the death toll to 22,825.

One death each was reported from Maharajganj and Ballia, an official statement said here. Of the fresh cases, four each were reported from Lucknow and Allahabad, three from Gautam Buddh Nagar, and one each from Meerut, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Azamgarh, Saharanpur, Fatehpur, Maharajaganj and Sant Kabirnagar, it showed.

Twenty more COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 16,86,276. (PTI)

21:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Explained: Karnataka’s quarantine protocols for those coming from Kerala

The Karnataka government has recently issued orders making a week-long institutional quarantine mandatory for all students and employees entering the state from neighbouring Kerala, which continues to record an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases.

However, there was confusion that persisted after the guidelines were published. Here’s what the government has said in the latest guideline. Read the explained by Ralph Alex Arakal

21:30 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Covid norms for going outside meant to protect public health: Kerala HC

The state has mandated having one dose of vaccine or a negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours for entering shops or going to work for protecting people's health, the Kerala High Court said on Wednesday while hearing the plea of a man who refuses to be vaccinated and has challenged the COVID guidelines.

Justice P B Suresh Kumar said the state has laid down these guidelines "to protect the health of the public at large" as it has an obligation to do so.

The court was hearing a plea moved by a KTDC employee who refuses to get vaccinated and at the same time was not in favour of getting a RT-PCR every 72 hours, which was not a pleasant experience, for going to work.

He has contended that he has the right to refuse to be vaccinated and not taking a vaccine should not affect his right to livelihood.

He has sought setting aside of the COVID guidelines or to permit him to report for work without having to undergo a RT-PCR test every 72 hours. (PTI)

21:28 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Colleges open after over five months as Himachal records 5 deaths, 251 fresh virus cases

Colleges in Himachal Pradesh opened on Wednesday after a gap of over five months even as five more people died from coronavirus, with 251 fresh cases pushing the state's infection count to 2,13,799. 

The colleges were closed by the state government on March 26 due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Only those students were allowed to enter the colleges who followed the Covid protocol.

So far, the infection has killed 3,587 people in the state, according to a health official. Of the fresh deaths, two were reported from Kangra and one each from Kullu, Una and Chamba, he said. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Weekly Covid positivity rate rises again in Pune, now more than double of state average

Pune district remains among ‘districts of concern’ in Maharashtra, with a rising weekly Covid positivity rate that is currently over two times higher than the state average.

While the weekly Covid positivity rate in the week of August 18 to 24 in Pune was 5.5 %, it rose to 6.15% in the week of August 25 to 31.

Maharashtra’s Covid positivity rate also rose in the week of August 25 to 31, to 2.58%, compared to the week of August 18 to 24, when it was 2.5%, according to a report by the state Health Department. Read more

21:04 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi records no death, 36 new cases

No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Wednesday, while 36 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.

This is the 20th time since the start of the second Covid wave in the national capital that zero fatality has been logged in a day.

On March 2 this year, the national capital had reported zero death due to the virus. On that day, the number of single-day infections stood at 217 and the positivity rate was 0.33 per cent. The second wave swept the city during April-May period.

On Wednesday, 36 fresh cases were recorded with a positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent, while no death was reported due to COVID-19, according to the latest bulletin. (PTI)

India covid numbers, India coronavirus, Covid-19 numbers India, India Covid caseload, India covid deaths, India oxygen shortage, Indian Express news A health worker administers a dose of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre in Gurugram. (PTI Photo)

Meanwhile, India reported 41,956 new coronavirus cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours, data updated at 8 am on Wednesday stated. With this, the country's total Covid caseload has risen to 3.28 crore (3,28,10,845), while the death toll has increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,020). Active cases presently stand at 3.78 lakh (3,78,181).

Earlier on Wednesday, government consortium INSACOG said in its recent bulletin that the reported breakthrough Covid-19 infections in India are well within the expected numbers taking into account the total infections and other factors. INSACOG said that number of reported vaccination breakthroughs in India are well within the numbers expected from the total number of infections, the fraction of population that is vaccinated and the known reduction in the effectiveness of Covishield/Covaxin against infections by Delta.

Vaccines continue to protect against severe disease and remain a cornerstone of public health strategy, the bulletin dated August 30 said. INSACOG said Delta continues to be the dominant lineage in India and globally. It added that based on high stringency reclassification by INSACOG, the total number of Delta sub-lineages - Delta Plus AY.1 to AY.12 - in India are only 856 out of all samples analysed, which is much less than what is reported on some global websites.

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