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Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 1 crore people vaccinated by 1.30 pm; India reports 34,303 new cases

Covid-19 Live Updates: So far, India has administered a total of 76,57,17,137 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the World Health Organisation said in a statement. Over a billion doses have been administered in total in all South-East Asian countries affiliated with the WHO.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 17, 2021 5:39:38 pm
menstrual changes, Covid vaccinationBeneficiaries at D.Y.Patil Hospital in Navi Mumbai for Sputnik Vaccination on Tuesday morning. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Coronavirus India News Latest Update Live News: On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday, the BJP is preparing to set a new vaccination record by administrating the highest number of inoculations in a single day. As of 1:30 PM, over 1 crore people were inoculated across the country.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

In the last 24 hours, India reported 34,303 new coronavirus cases, as per the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The government Thursday said Covid-19 booster dose is not the central theme in scientific as well as public health domain at the moment, while  adding that getting the two doses is the topmost priority. Responding to a question at a press briefing, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said administering both the shots to all adults is absolutely essential and there should be no breakage in that.

 

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India reported 34,403 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours; On PM Modi's birthday, BJP prepares to set vaccination record. Follow this space for the latest Coronavirus updates.

17:39 (IST)17 Sep 2021
India administers over 2 cr Covid-19 vaccine doses

Setting a new record on Friday on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 71st birthday, India administered more than 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses. The BJP aims to set a new vaccination record by administrating the highest number of inoculations in a single day.

16:33 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Khurda, Cuttack account for over 57 pc of 628 new COVID-19 cases in Odisha

Khurda and Cuttack districts accounted for over 57 per cent of the 628 new COVID-19 cases detected in Odisha on Friday, a health official said.
              
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), on the other hand, sealed two government offices for two days after several employees tested positive for the infection.
         
Though the overall COVID situation in the state has improved substantially, the detection of a large number of cases in Khurda, and its constituent Bhubaneswar, remains a cause of concern, he said.
            
The state's tally rose to 10,18,926 as Khurda reported the highest number of new cases at 291, followed by Cuttack (72). Seven of the 30 districts did not register any fresh infection, while 14 districts recorded cases in single-digit figures. Of the 291 new cases reported in Khurda, Bhubaneswar alone registered 190 infections. As many as 367 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 261 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing. 
            
Ninety-six children were among the new patients. The rate of infection among the 0-18 age group stood at 15.28 per cent, while the daily positivity rate was at 1 per cent. (PTI)

14:29 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Over 1 crore people vaccinated by 1.30 pm

India has administered over 1 crore daily vaccinations till 1.30pm today.  On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday, the BJP is preparing to set a new vaccination record by administrating the highest number of inoculations in a single day. 

14:25 (IST)17 Sep 2021
SC dismisses plea challenging Kerala govt's decision to hold Class XI physically

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging the Kerala government's decision to hold class XI examinations physically, amid rising Covid-19 cases. 

A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said it was convinced by the explanation offered by the state government.
 
10:48 (IST)17 Sep 2021
India reported 34,403 new coronavirus cases, 37,950 recoveries in last 24 hours

India reported 34,403 new coronavirus cases and 37,950 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active cases have dropped to 3,39,056.

10:01 (IST)17 Sep 2021
No Delta plus variant of COVID-19 found in 376 samples tested in Mumbai: BMC

No Delta plus variant of COVID-19, considered highly contagious, was found among 376 samples tested in the second round of genome sequencing in Mumbai, a senior civic official said on Thursday.

Additional municipal commissioner (western suburbs) Suresh Kakani said the samples were examined at a genome sequencing facility inaugurated in the city last month. In a statement issued by the BMC, Kakani said, "The genome sequencing facility at civic-run Kasturba Hospital has tested 376 samples so far (in second round). Not a single sample was found with the Delta plus variant of COVID-19." (PTI)

10:01 (IST)17 Sep 2021
BJP to bring out 'black paper' on 'frauds' in Kalyan civic body: Somaiya

Senior Maharashtra BJP leader and former MP Kirit Somaiya on Thursday said his party would bring out a "black paper" on alleged frauds committed in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) . He was talking to newspersons during a visit to Kalyan town, where he attended a meeting of the BJP. Somaiya said a committee of local BJP leaders and experts will be formed which will collate data relating to "frauds" in the KDMC, including ones committed during the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)

22:46 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Covid-19 booster dose not central theme at the moment, says govt

The government on Thursday said Covid-19 booster dose is not the central theme in scientific as well as public health domain at the moment, while  adding that getting the two doses is the topmost priority. Responding to a question at a press briefing, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said administering both the shots to all adults is absolutely essential and there should be no breakage in that.

22:41 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Maharashtra logs 3,595 Covid-19 cases, 45 deaths

Maharashtra on Thursday reported 3,595 new coronavirus cases and 45 fatalities, taking its infection tally to 65,11,525 and death toll to 1,38,322, a health department official said. As many as 3,240 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recovered cases to 63,20,310. There are 49,342 active cases in the state. There are 2,89,425 people in home quarantine and 1,908 in institutional quarantine. Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.06 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. --PTI

22:39 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Novel coronavirus may infect a higher proportion of pregnant women: ICMR study

The novel coronavirus may infect a higher proportion of pregnant women and they can develop moderate-to-severe diseases, an ICMR study has said, underlining the need for them to seek immediate medical attention. According to the study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, the most common complication were a pre-term delivery and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Comorbidities such as anaemia, tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus were associated with an increased risk of maternal death in pregnant and post-partum women with COVID-19, the study said. --PTI

16:06 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Link between menstrual changes and Covid vaccination should be investigated: BMJ editorial

A link between changes in the menstrual cycle and COVID-19 vaccination is plausible, and should be investigated, according to an editorial published in the British Medical Journal on Thursday. In the editorial, Victoria Male, a reproductive specialist at Imperial College London, UK noted that periods or unexpected vaginal bleeding are not listed as common side effects of COVID-19 vaccination. Over 30,000 such reports had been made to the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) surveillance scheme for adverse drug reactions by September 2, she said. The expert, however, noted most people find that their period returns to normal the following cycle and, importantly, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination adversely affects fertility. --PTI

14:30 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Uttarakhand HC permits Char Dham yatra

The Uttarakhand High Court Thursday lifted the ban on Chardham Yatra and allowed the devotees to visit the shrine but with Covid-19 protocols. Only 800 devotees will be allowed at Kedarnath Dham, 1200 at Badrinath Dham, 600 at Gangotri and 400 devotees at Yamunotri Dham in a day, the court said. The court also ordered mandatory Covid-19 negative report and double vaccination certificate for devotees.

13:36 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Senior nursing officers deputed in private health facilities for Covid-19 to be repatriated

The Delhi government has directed that all senior nursing officers, who were posted in private hospitals for monitoring COVID-19 patients, be sent back to their parent hospitals.
      
"The competent authority is pleased to repatriate all senior Nursing Officers... who were posted as Nodal Officer in various private health care facilities from Delhi Govt. Hospitals to monitor management of COVID-19 patients along with monitoring the Covid vaccination... to their parent hospitals," the order that was issued last week said.
    
The order also said that if any substitute of the senior nursing officers were deployed by the parent hospital, they should be relived and repatriated, it added.
    
The second wave of the pandemic swept through the city in April-May. (PTI)

12:17 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Gujarat plans to administer 35 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses on PM Modi’s birthday

The Gujarat health department plans to administer 35 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines in a mega vaccination drive on Friday, the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to additional chief secretary of the health department Manoj Aggarwal, the state plans to complete nearly 100 per cent first-dose vaccination for the eligible population in 7,500 out of the 18,215 villages in the state.

The state has covered 5,906 villages with nearly 100 per cent first-dose vaccination. With the mega drive, it plans to cover 1,600 more villages in a single day. Gir Somnath has seen the highest village coverage among all districts with 235 of the total 345 villages (68 per cent) having nearly 100 per cent first-dose vaccination. Read more

12:05 (IST)16 Sep 2021
71 new cases push Arunachal's Covid-19 tally to 53,943

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 53,943 on Thursday as 71 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said.
              
The coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 271 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
            
Lower Subansiri district registered the highest number of new cases at 19, followed by Tawang (17) and Capital Complex region (13), he said.
            
The state now has 545 active cases, while 53,127 people have been cured of the disease so far, including 54 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 98.49 per cent. (PTI)     
            

11:46 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Free vaccine in Pune by PMC, Pimpri-Chinchwad records 155 positive cases

In Pune paid vaccines are available in private hospitals but there will be 6,000 free doses of Covishield adminstered in government centres under Pune Municipal Corporation.

On Wednesday, Pimpri-Chinchwad logged 155 Covid-19 positive cases; there were 101 patients who recovered and were discharged after 10 days.

Total number of active cases in the industrial city stands at 1,059. Of these, 543 are in home isolation and 516 people are hospitalised. Death toll in Pimpri-Chinchwad is 4,415 so far.  (ENS)

11:04 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Over 76.11 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre

More than 76.11 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
      
Further, more than 1.65 crore doses are in the pipeline.
    
Over 5.33 crore balance and unutilised COVID vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said.
    
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them Covid-19 vaccines free of cost, the ministry said. (PTI)

11:03 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Pune: 75.35% eigible beneficiaries got vaccinated 

At least 75.35 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries in Pune district have been vaccinated with the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine. 

Over 65 lakh persons in Pune district have got the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while more than 26 lakh have been fully vaccinated. The target of eligible beneficiaries in Pune district is an approximate 87 lakh. (ENS)

10:23 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Pune records 199 fresh Covid-19 cases 

Pune recorded 199 new Covid-19 cases on September 15, as per Pune Municipal Corporation. The active count at present is 1,858; there 225 cases of recovery and three succumbed to the deadly infection taking the death toll to 8,986 so far.

Pune has been observing decline in number of active cases leading to dip in positivity rate.  (ENS)

09:41 (IST)16 Sep 2021
West Bengal govt extends Covid curbs till Sept 30

THE STATE government on Wednesday extended the Covid-related restrictions till September 30, with no new relaxation announced. Local train services will remain suspended while movement of vehicles at night will be strictly restricted.

“Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocols must be followed at all times,” read a notification.

The state government has allowed offices, government and private, to function with half the staff strength. Read more

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand High Court lifted the ban on Chardham Yatra and allowed the devotees to visit the shrine but with Covid-19 protocols. Only 800 devotees will be allowed at Kedarnath Dham, 1200 at Badrinath Dham, 600 at Gangotri and 400 devotees at Yamunotri Dham in a day, the court said. The court also ordered mandatory Covid-19 negative report and double vaccination certificate for devotees.

India recorded 30,570 new cases of coronavirus infection on Wednesday. There was a dip in number of active cases, which was 3.42 lakh and the death toll due to Covid-19 infection was 431. Kerala on the other hand reported 17,681 new cases and active cases coming down to 1.9 lakh. Death toll n Kerala was 108.

In a year impacted massively by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, overall crime numbers in the country increased by 28 per cent in 2020 over the non-pandemic year 2019, according to the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). However, this increase has been largely attributed to crimes registered for Covid-19 violations as other crimes actually decreased in 2020 compared to 2019. According to the report, due to complete lockdown from March 25 and May 31 last year, cases registered under crimes against women, children and senior citizens, theft, burglary, robbery and dacoity declined.

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