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Coronavirus Highlights: 26,200 new cases, 125 deaths in Kerala, TPR at 16.69%

Coronavirus News September 8 Highlights:  India reported 43,263 new coronavirus cases and 338 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 10, 2021 9:46:34 am
The union government on Thursday said that Covid-19 vaccine is 96.6 per cent effective in preventing death after first dose while it prevents death by 97.5 per cent after second dose. 

Coronavirus Highlights: Kerala on Thursday reported 26,200 new Covid-19 cases along with 125  deaths. The test positivity rate in the state was recorded at 16.69 per cent. With this, the total infections in the state rose to 43,09,694 and the fatalities till now to 22,126. 29,209 people recovered from the infection taking the total number to 40,50,665 and the number of active cases to 2,36,345, the state government said in press release.

Meanwhile, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava  on Thursday said that Covid-19 vaccine is 96.6 per cent effective in preventing death after first dose while it prevents death by 97.5 per cent after second dose.

Earlier in the day, India reported 43,263 new coronavirus cases and 338 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Thursday. With this, the country’s tally of cases rose to 3.31 crore (3,31,39,981), while the death toll increased to 4.41 lakh (4,41,749). Over 40,000 (40,567) patients recovered from coronavirus, taking the active number of cases to 3.91 lakh (3,93,614).

The cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in India crossed 72 crore on Thursday.

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22:42 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Cooperation on study of SARS-COV-2 origins important aspect of fight against Covid pandemic: BRICS

The BRICS nations on Thursday noted that the cooperation on study of origins of SARS-COV-2 is an important aspect of the fight against the Covid pandemic and expressed support for science-based processes, free from politicisation or interference, to strengthen international capabilities to better understand the emergence of novel pathogens.

In the Delhi Declaration, adopted after a summit between leaders of the member states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the grouping also noted the ongoing discussions in the WTO on a COVID-19 vaccine Intellectual Property Rights waiver, with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa strongly emphasising the proposal for it. The proposal was mooted by South Africa and India. (PTI)

21:02 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Explained: What does the latest govt data reveal about Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness and preventing mortality?

The Union Health Ministry has released the data of the national vaccination drive that showed the Covid-19 vaccines being administered in the country offer near-total protection against serious disease and death.

On Thursday, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava released the preliminary data of the soon-to-be-launched vaccine tracker that has been synergised using the Cowin platform and the national Covid-19 testing database of the ICMR.

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19:19 (IST)09 Sep 2021
No scientific body suggests Covid vaccination of kids should be condition to reopen schools: Govt

The Union government on Thursday said no scientific body suggests that vaccination of children against COVID-19 should be a condition for reopening schools, but inoculation of teachers, school employees and parents is desirable.

At a press conference, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said whether children have to be vaccinated and who among them should get the jabs is an evolving scientific and public health discourse. Only a limited number of nations have introduced vaccination of children so far, he said.

Besides the aspect of vaccination, the overall epidemiological situation has to be safe for opening schools, he said. Most importantly, following standard operating procedures about ventilation, seating arrangements, staggered classes and wearing masks among others will be critical when schools reopen, Paul stressed. (PTI)

19:18 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Kerala reports 26,200 new cases, 125 deaths, TPR at 16.69%

Kerala on Thursday reported 26,200 new Covid-19 cases along with 125  deaths. The test positivity rate in the state was recorded at 16.69 per cent. With this, the total infections in the state rose to 43,09,694 and the fatalities till now to 22,126. 29,209 people recovered from the infection taking the total number to 40,50,665 and the number of active cases to 2,36,345, the state government said in press release.

17:28 (IST)09 Sep 2021
58% of adult population got least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 18% got both: Government

The government on Thursday said 58 per cent of India's adult population has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 18 per cent got both the shots as the total number of jabs administered in the country crossed 72 crore.

Addressing a press conference, officials said India is still going through the second wave of coronavirus infections and it is not over yet.

They said 35 districts in the country are still reporting a weekly Covid positivity rate of over 10 per cent while in 30 districts it is between five to 10 per cent.

17:27 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Covid vaccine effective in preventing 96.6% mortality after 1st dose, 97.5% after 2nd: Government

Covid-19 vaccine is 96.6 per cent effective in preventing death after first dose while it prevents death by 97.5 per cent after second dose, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava said on Thursday.

15:10 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Goa govt to start disbursing compensation for COVID-19 affected people by Sep 13

The Goa government on Thursday announced that it will start releasing compensation to the families of people affected by Covid-19 in the state by September 13, according to PTI. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that amendments have been made in forms, which beneficiaries need to fill, to make the process simpler.

The state government had earlier announced two schemes for Covid-affected persons, which includes Rs 2 lakh compensation to families of people who have died of the disease and Rs 5,000 for traditional occupants, whose businesses have suffered due to the pandemic. The state government has received 200 applications from families who have lost people to COVID-19 infection, and all applications are being processed and compensation will be paid to them, Sawant said.

13:26 (IST)09 Sep 2021
COVID-19: Over five crore people vaccinated in Madhya Pradesh so far

More than five crore people have been given anti-coronavirus vaccine doses in Madhya Pradesh so far, with nearly 94 lakh of them getting the second jab as well, a health official said on Thursday. "Till Wednesday night, a total of 5,00,69,857 people have been vaccinated in the state," managing director of the National Health Mission (NHM) in MP, Priyanka Das, said. Of them, 4,06,90,004 people have been given the first dose and 93,79,853 others both the jabs, Das said. (PTI)

13:25 (IST)09 Sep 2021
COVID-19: Mumbai Cong urges Maha govt to reopen cinema halls, auditoriums, swimming pools

Seeking reopening of cinema halls, multiplexes, auditoriums citing financial losses faced by these establishments, the Mumbai unit of the Congress has also urged the Maharashtra government to restart swimming pools so that professional swimmers can practise for tournaments. Mumbai Congress chief Bhai Jagtap made the demand while talking to reporters here on Wednesday. 

"Swimming pools have been shut for more than 18 months now. Professional swimmers, who wish to participate in the upcoming national as well as international tournaments, need to practise. The pools should be opened but adherence to COVID-19 protocols must be ensured," he said.

The Congress leader, who is also a member of state Legislative Council, said that cinema halls have been shut for more than a year and they have faced losses to the tune of Rs 400 crore so far. In normal times, major economic activity is seen around the cinema halls in Mumbai, he added. (PTI)

11:52 (IST)09 Sep 2021
More than 15 lakh vaccine doses administered in Maharashtra yesterday, setting new record

More than 15 lakh doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in Maharashtra on Wednesday, setting a new record in the state, Dr Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) told ANI. 

11:16 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Steadily rising cases of Covid-19 in Mumbai and Pune cause of concern, warn experts

While the Covid19 numbers in Maharashtra have remained more or less stable in the last three weeks, a small but appreciable spike in cases in Mumbai, and a couple of other districts, has been enough to raise the scare of an impending “third wave”.

Two days ago, state Energy Minister Nitin Raut said the “third wave” had already arrived in Nagpur, after the city reported two consecutive days double-digit increase in confirmed cases. Nagpur had been reporting less than ten cases since the start of August. On Tuesday, Mayor Kishori Pednekar made a similar statement about Mumbai, probably with a little more justification. There has been a noticeable rise in the number of cases in Mumbai in the last few days, from less than 300 a day till the last week of August to over 400 now.

Overall, there has been a slight improvement in the Covid situation in the state in the last three weeks. Daily case count has remained firmly below 5,000 for almost two weeks now. The death count has remained below 100 for about a week. Active cases have declined from about 65,000 in the middle of last month to less than 48,000 now. Read the full report here. 

09:47 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Japan to extend COVID emergency curbs in Tokyo, other areas

Japan said on Thursday it will extend emergency COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo and other regions until the end of this month to curb infections and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, saying it was too early to let down its guard.

Japan has been struggling with a fifth wave of the virus and last month extended its long-running curbs until Sept. 12 to cover about 80% of its population.

However, the number of severe cases and the strain on the medical system have not eased sufficiently in Tokyo and surrounding areas to allow restrictions to be lifted. (Reuters)

09:42 (IST)09 Sep 2021
India reports 43,263 new cases, 338 deaths

India reported 43,263 new coronavirus cases and 338 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Thursday. With this, the country’s tally of cases rose to 3.31 crore (3,31,39,981), while the death toll increased to 4.41 lakh (4,41,749). Over 40,000 (40,567) patients recovered from coronavirus, taking the active number of cases to 3.91 lakh (3,93,614).

Of the new cases and deaths reported in the last 24 hours in India, Kerala recorded 30,196 cases and 181 deaths yesterday. 

23:48 (IST)08 Sep 2021
WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

Rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines should refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year and make the doses available for poorer countries, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday, doubling down on an earlier appeal for a "moratorium" on boosters that has largely been ignored.
      
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said he was "appalled" after hearing comments Tuesday from a top association of pharmaceutical manufacturers that vaccine supplies are high enough to allow for both booster shots for people in well-supplied countries and first jabs in poorer countries that face shortages. He said that's already been the case.
    
"I will not stay silent when companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world's poor should be satisfied with leftovers," he told a news conference. (AP)

23:47 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi: Over 8 lakh people booked, Rs 135 cr fine imposed in 4 months for Covid norm violations

Delhiites coughed up more than Rs 135 crore in fines with over eight lakh violations of Covid-appropriate behaviour norms in the last four months, officials said on Wednesday. The fines were imposed by Delhi government teams and police personnel, they said.
    
Official data showed that enforcement teams of the city government's revenue department and the Delhi Police booked over six lakh and two lakh people, respectively,  in May-August for violating various Covid-related guidelines like not wearing masks, crowding and spitting in public places.
    
While government teams imposed fines of more than Rs 103 crore, the Delhi Police imposed over Rs 32 crore of penalties. The police also arrested over 15,600 people in the past four months for violating guidelines, it showed.
    
Officials said that nearly 1.8 lakh people were booked and Rs 32.41 crore in fine was imposed in August by the revenue department and the Delhi Police. (PTI)

20:41 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi govt launches WhatsApp number to provide Covid info, locate vaccination centres, book slots

The Arvind Kejriwal government on Wednesday launched a new COVID-19 'WhatsApp Helpdesk Number' which will help people in Delhi access credible information about the viral disease, locate nearest vaccination centres and book slots for receiving the jabs.
      
Tele-consultation and information about oxygen cylinder refilling stations will also be available through the WhatsApp chatbot, according to a statement.
    
It will be a single-window source of accurate, authentic and up-to-date information about Covid-related resources in Delhi. To avail it, all that a user has to do is send 'Hi' to +911122307145 on WhatsApp, it said. (PTI)

20:40 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi's stock of coronavirus vaccines to last for six days

With over 1.7 lakh vaccines administered on the previous day, Delhi's present stock of vaccines will only last for six days, according to the health bulletin issued on Wednesday.
      
The national capital, as on Wednesday morning, had a balance stock of 11,14,800 coronavirus vaccines, out of which 9,97,910 doses were of Covishield and 1,16,890 of Covaxin, according to the government data.
    
A total of 1,72,852 vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday, of which 1,14,769 were first doses and 58,083 second doses. (PTI)

20:39 (IST)08 Sep 2021
COVID-19: Oppn parties in BMC question Mayor over 'third wave' claim

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar's claim on arrival of a "third wave" of COVID-19 in the city found few takers with opposition parties in the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC on Wednesday taking a dig at her and questioning the basis of the assertion.
  
Pednekar on Tuesday said a third wave of the pandemic had already arrived, only to issue a clarification a few hours later. "Third wave is not coming, it is already here," she had told reporters at a function.
Later, her office issued a press statement saying what she meant was that the third wave of COVID-19 was on the "threshold of Mumbai".

A day later, Pednekar came under attack from opposition leaders in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Slamming the Mayor,  BJP leader Bhalchandra Shirsat said the ruling Shiv Sena in the BMC wants COVID-19 waves to "loot" by giving various civic contracts. (PTI)

20:38 (IST)08 Sep 2021
No fresh COVID-19 death in UP, 16 more cases reported

No fresh COVID-19 death was reported from Uttar Pradesh, and the death toll stood at 22,863; while the total cases in the state touched 17,09,494 with as many as 16 fresh cases, an official statement said on Wednesday.
       
Of the 16 fresh cases, three were reported from Lucknow, two each from Prayagraj, Jalaun, Kanpur Nagar and one each from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Unnao, and Hardoi, the state government said in a statement.
     
In the past 24 hours, 28 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, and have been discharged, taking the number of patients discharged so far to 16,86,417. (PTI)

20:36 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai reports over 500 daily COVID-19 cases for first time since July 15

Mumbai on Wednesday recorded 530 new coronavirus positive cases, the highest since mid-July this year, and four fatalities, a senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.
          
With this, the city's infection count rose to 7,47,608 and death toll to 16,004.
        
On July 15, the financial capital of the country had logged 545 COVID-19 cases. But after that its daily case count remained below 500 and even went under 190 by mid-August.  
        
However, since the beginning of September, the city has started reporting over 400 COVID-19 daily, barring the last two days when there were 379 cases (on Monday) and 353 cases (on Tuesday).
        
After a long gap, a new containment zone was declared in Mumbai - this time in R-South ward in western suburbs. The city was free of containment zones since mid-August. (PTI)

 

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 70 crore, with the last 10 crore doses being given in just 13 days, the fastest so far, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. The coronavirus has to be defeated and vaccination is the way to victory, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.

India took 85 days to touch 10 crore vaccinations, 45 days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach 30 crore. The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark and took only 13 days to reach 70 crore from 60 crore, the fastest so far, he said on Twitter.

India recorded 31,222 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the total tally to over 3.30 crore. Out of these, 3.92 are active cases while 3.22 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 290 new deaths, the total death toll now stands at 4.41 lakh.

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