Coronavirus India Highlights: Amid Durga Pooja rush, daily caseload in Bengal nears 1,000; Kolkata tops state tally

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Updated: October 12, 2021 10:22:58 pm

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Another 23.83 crore doses would be needed for administering at least the first dose to the unvaccinated adults. If children are included, the country would need another 25 crore doses for its 12 crore children.Another 23.83 crore doses would be needed for administering at least the first dose to the unvaccinated adults. If children are included, the country would need another 25 crore doses for its 12 crore children.

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 12 Highlights: India celebrates Durga Puja with caution amid Covid-19 in the country. The fear of the third wave is still there with a spike in new cases in some parts of the country. The R-value of Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Mumbai is hovering near 1, which further triggers the fear of another round of surge in Coronavirus infections. The Union Health Ministry, several states, and UTs have already issued Covid-19 guidelines for the celebration of festivals. Governments and experts have been advising people to follow Covid-19 protocols such as wearing marks, maintaining distance, and avoid crowding in order to limit spike in Covid-19 cases.

There is fear among people that the looming third wave might affect children more than adults. A serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed that almost 60% of children were infected with Covid-19. However, the death rate is 2 in a million in children, which is very low. But the worry is: What will happen if the third wave hits India. “There’s no such study to justify that vaccine will be very beneficial for children, said Dr. Sanjay Rai, Prof, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS Delhi. Which means children will be at risk.

However, in a positive sign, the latest serosurvey conducted by the Kerala Health Department to estimate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection showed the presence of antibodies in 82.6% of samples taken from residents aged 18 years and above. Kerala, a concern till now, has started witnessing a sharp fall in new Coronavirus infections for the past few days.

Meanwhile, India has been reporting below 20,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past few days. On Tuesday, India added 14,313 fresh Covid-19 infections, the lowest in 224 days, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,39,85,920, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The daily deaths linked to Coronavirus complications remained below 200. With 181 new fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll in the country increased to 4,50,963. The number of active cases in the country declined to 2,14,900, the lowest in 212 days, and now accounts for 0.63% of the total caseload.

The country so far has administered 95.89 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses.

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    22:13 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Bengal logs 768 new COVID cases, 10 more fatalities

    West Bengal on Tuesday reported 768 fresh COVID-19 cases, 162 more than the previous day, with the tally increasing to 15,77,711, according to a health department bulletin. Ten more fatalities due to the infection raised the toll to 18,924, it said. Of the new COVID deaths, two each were recorded in Kolkata, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and Nadia and one each in Hooghly and Jalpaiguri. Kolkata reported the highest number of fresh cases at 180, followed by North 24 Parganas at 126, the bulletin said. The positivity rate increased marginally to 2.56 per cent from Monday's 2.32 per cent. At least 735 people were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 15,51,115. The discharge rate stood at 98.31 per cent. - PTI

    22:10 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Guj records 22 COVID-19 cases, no death

    Gujarat reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its case tally to 8,26,184, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,086, an official said. The discharge of 19 people during the day increased the recovery count to 8,15,909, leaving the state with 189 patients, five of whom are in critical condition, he said. Surat and Valsad districts reported five cases each, followed by Ahmedabad and Navsari with three cases each. Kutch reported two new cases while Gandhinagar, Kheda, Rajkot and Vadodara reported one case each. As many as 3.11 lakh people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the overall number of doses administered in the state to 6.57 crore. - PTI

    21:50 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: New Covid-19 infections drop below 1,300 in TN

    Fresh COVID-19 cases dropped below the 1,300 mark in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday with the state logging 1,289 infections, pushing the overall caseload to 26,80,857. As many as 18 people succumbed to the virus, pushing the toll to 35,814 till date, a health department bulletin said. Recoveries eclipsed newer infections with 1,421 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,29,201 leaving 15,842 active infections, the bulletin said. A total of 1,37,548 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,87,41,297 till date. Chennai topped the list of fresh cases (164), followed by Coimbatore 137 and Chengalpet 104, while the remaining were scattered across other districts. Nine districts reported new cases in 10 while there were no fresh deaths in no fresh deaths in 26 districts, the bulletin said. One of the deceased did not have any co-morbidity or pre-existing illness. PTI

    21:39 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 196 new COVID-19 cases, one death in Telangana

    Telangana on Tuesday recorded 196 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 6,68,266, while the toll rose to 3,933 with one more fatality. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 59, followed by Karimnagar (16) and Ranga Reddy and Warangal Urban (15 each) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today. The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases on Tuesday with 201 people recuperating from the infectious disease, taking the cumulative number till date to 6,60,143. The number of active cases was 4,190, the bulletin said. It said 44,310 samples were tested on Tuesday, taking the total so far to 2,68,74,778. PTI

    21:19 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: J-K logs 80 COVID-19 cases

    Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 80 new coronavirus cases that pushed its infection tally to 3,30,666, while no fresh deaths were reported, officials said. The death toll stands at 4,426, they said. Of the new cases, 13 were reported from the Jammu division and 67 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, the officials said. At 37, Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases, followed by eight in Anantnag district. There are 993 active COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir. So far, 3,25,247 patients have recovered from the disease, the officials said. There are 47 cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory. No fresh case has been reported since last evening, they said. PTI

    21:13 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 96 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

    The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed 96 crore on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 46 lakh (46,23,892) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm, it said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people aged above 60 and those of 45 years of age and above with specified co-morbid conditions. The country launched vaccination for all people aged above 45 from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. PTI

    21:12 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Odisha reports over 500 new Covid cases again, after a day's break

    Odisha on Tuesday registered 529 new COVID-19 cases, 48 more than the previous day, taking the state's tally to 10,32,673 while six fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,261, a health department official said. The new COVID-19 cases included 62 children and adolescents. The rate of infection in the age group of 0 to 18 years population is 11.72 per cent, he said. The infection count had dropped to 448 on Monday after remaining above 500 for five consecutive days. The state had seen 652 positive cases on Sunday, 526 on Saturday, 524 on Friday, 582 on Thursday, 593 on Wednesday and 453 on Tuesday. - PTI

    19:56 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Haryana reports 9 new Covid cases

    Haryana recorded no new coronavirus-related death, even as it added nine fresh cases on Tuesday, pushing the infection count to 7,71,009, according to an official bulletin. The death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged at 9,875, the health department's daily bulletin said. Among the districts, a maximum of four new cases were reported from Gurugram. The total active cases in the state were 90 while the overall recoveries was 7,60,871. Haryana has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 98.69 per cent, the bulletin said. PTI

    19:07 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 332 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka logged 332 fresh COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,81,732 and the toll to 37,906. The day also saw 515 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,34,085. Bengaluru Urban continued to top in number of cases (145), as the city saw 125 discharges and five deaths. The active cases in the state is now 9,712. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.41 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 3.31 per cent. Out of 11 deaths reported on Tuesday, five were from Bengaluru Urban, while Dakshina Kannada logged three. Bengaluru Rural, Shivamogga and Uttara Kannada each reported one fatality. - PTI

    18:53 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Goa records 80 new COVID-19 cases; two more fatalities

    At least 80 people tested positive for coronavirus, while two died of the infection in Goa on Tuesday, an official from the state health department said. With this the tally of infections in the coastal state rose to 1,77,228 and the toll reached 3,332, the official said. As many as 81 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,73,252, leaving the state with 644 active cases, he said. With the addition of 3,542 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 14,03,944, the official added. Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,77,228, new cases 80, death toll 3,332, discharged 1,73,252, active cases 644, samples tested till date 14,03,944. PTI

    18:47 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Special pooja at all govt controlled temples in K'taka on Vijayadashami against COVID-19: Minister

    A special pooja will be offered at all temples in Karnataka that come under the Muzrai department on Vijayadashami, against the spread of COVID-19 and for the control of a possible third wave, Minister for Muzrai, Haj & Wakf, Shashikala Jolle said here on Tuesday. Vijayadashami, the last day of the ongoing Dasara festivities, will be celebrated on October 15. "As we celebrate the victory of good over evil on Vijayadashami, it has been decided to pray to goddess Chamundeshwari on behalf of the department, for the safety of our people from COVID-19 and its ill effects, end of the pandemic, and for control of the the possible third wave, which according to experts is likely to affect children the most," Jolle said. Speaking to reporters here, she said for the good health and prosperity of the people of the state, especially the children, on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami, a special pooja will be organised at Muzrai temples across the state. - PTI

    18:44 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Issue guidelines for the upcoming Chhat festival - Delhi Dy CM to Union Health Minister

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia writes to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to issue guidelines for the upcoming Chhat festival

    18:19 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Biological E seeks DCGI's nod for phase-3 trial of Corbevax as booster dose

    Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Biological E has sought permission from India's drug regulator to conduct the phase-3 clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax as a single booster dose for those who have been fully vaccinated with Covishield or Covaxin. Currently, phase 2/3 clinical trials of the second indigenously developed Corbevax, an RBD protein sub-unit vaccine to be administered in adults aged 18 years to 80 years, is underway and the results are likely to be declared this month. The company, meanwhile, has put in an application seeking the nod of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct the phase-3 clinical study of Corbevax as a single booster dose in those fully inoculated with either Covishield or Covaxin. "Currently there are several literatures indicating the decline in antibodies in the vaccinated individuals, and that several countries have begun or are in the process of administering booster dose to the people who have completed the primary vaccination," it said. - PTI

    18:12 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Active COVID-19 cases drop below 7,000 in Andhra

    Active coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh dropped below the 7,000 mark to 6,932 even as the state added 503 fresh positives on Tuesday. The state also reported 817 recoveries and 12 deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, a health department bulletin said. The gross COVID-19 positives has now increased to 20,58,065, it said. The total recoveries went up to 20,36,865 and toll to 14,268. Chittoor district reported the highest 108 fresh cases and four fatalities in 24 hours. Krishna added 88 and Guntur 68 while the remaining 10 districts logged less than 50 new cases each. Krishna also reported two COVID-19 deaths in a day, along with SPS Nellore and Prakasam districts. Guntur and Visakhapatnam added one each to their toll count. PTI

    18:00 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Pakistan records lowest number of COVID-19 cases since June

    Pakistan has reported the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day since June, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as the pandemic situation improved markedly in the country. The Ministry of National Health Services has reported 689 new cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest since June 21, when 663 cases had surfaced. The total number of active cases now stands at 41,754 while the new infections have pushed the total caseload in the country to 12,59,648. With 18 more deaths being reported in the last 24 hours, the toll has touched 28,152. On Monday, Pakistan conducted a total of 42,476 tests, with the positivity ratio standing at 1.62 per cent. - PTI

    17:59 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Sikkim lifts curbs on inter-state travel; schools to open for all students from Oct 18

    The Sikkim government on Tuesday lifted inter-state travel restrictions in the festive season allowing people to enter the state without producing negative RTPCR test reports or vaccination certificates at the border, as the Covid-19 situation has improved, according to a notification. The notification was issued by the home department. This will help both homegrown and outside tourists who want to travel during the festive season. In another notification, the education department of the Himalayan state said students from Lower KG to Class 8 can now attend offline classes from October 18. Classroom teachings have already started for classes 9 to 12 from September 27. - PTI

    17:59 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: UK Parliament panel finds 'big mistakes' in early COVID-19 handling

    The UK government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic combined some "big achievements with some big mistakes", a Parliament panel concluded in a report published on Tuesday. The Coronavirus: lessons learned to date' joint inquiry by cross-party MPs from the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee is highly critical of the government's early response to the pandemic and concludes that thousands of lives were lost due to delays and mistakes by ministers and their scientific advisers. It also highlights the successes, praising the country's vaccine rollout against COVID-19 as a "guide for the future". "The UK response has combined some big achievements with some big mistakes. It is vital to learn from both to ensure that we perform as best as we possibly can during the remainder of the pandemic and in the future,” said MPs Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clarke in a joint statement on behalf of both Commons committees. - PTI

    17:34 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: No Covid curbs on domestic flights now

    Ministry of Civil Aviation permits to restore the scheduled domestic air operations from 18th October, without any capacity restriction

    16:15 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi reports 34 new cases, zero deaths

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    15:51 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Awaiting regulatory approvals to launch Covaxin for children-Bharat Biotech

    After getting approval from Subject Expert Committee (SEC) for Covaxin to be used for children in the 2 to 18 years age group with certain conditions, Bharat Biotech on Tuesday said they are awaiting further regulatory approvals from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to launch the product. The expert panel of India's Central Drug Authority has recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children in the 2 to 18 years age group with certain conditions. "This represents one of the first approvals worldwide for COVID-19 vaccines for the 2-18 age group. Bharat Biotech sincerely thanks the DCGI, Subject Experts Committee, and CDSCO for their expedited review process. We now await further regulatory approvals from the CDSCO prior to product launch and market availability of Covaxin for children," Bharat Biotech said in a statement. (PTI)

    15:34 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: MoS Health clears confusion over approval to Covaxin for for 2-18 years age group

    The evaluation is still going on. There is some confusion & the talks are underway with the experts' committee. Till now Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) hasn't approved it: MoS Health, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar on approval to Covaxin for 2-18 years age group (ANI)Image

    15:05 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Approval to Covaxin is yet to be given by DCGI for vaccine for kid aged 2-18 years

    Approval to Covaxin is yet to be given by DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) after the evaluation of Data for 2-18 years: Official sources (ANI)

    14:59 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: India is rapidly moving towards 100 crore vaccination

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    14:57 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan working on starting COVID-19 booster shots by year-end

    The Japanese government is working on starting COVID-19 booster shots by year-end, deputy chief cabinet secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki said at a news conference on Tuesday. Isozaki added that details such as who would get booster shots first and how they would be administered are currently under discussion by experts. "We would like to ensure that the roll-out of the booster shots is done seamlessly, based on the advice of experts," he said. The statement comes amid increased interest in booster shots as more of Japan's population gets vaccinated. New prime minister Fumio Kishida told parliament earlier on Tuesday that he plans to have the booster shots publicly funded. The health ministry also announced on Friday that Pfizer Inc will supply Japan with another 120 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from January 2022. As of Tuesday, some 74% of Japan's population had received their first shot, and about 65% are fully vaccinated, according to broadcaster NHK. (Reuters)

    14:15 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Russia reports record daily COVID-19 death toll of 973

    Russia reported 973 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, its highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. It also recorded 28,190 new infections in the space of 24 hours, the government coronavirus task force said. (Reuters)

    14:02 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 3 students of primary school in Junagadh test coronavirus positive

    Three students of a government-run primary school have tested positive for coronavirus in Gujarat's Junagadh district, prompting the authorities to shut the educational institution for a week, officials said on Tuesday. While the infected children from Classes 6 and 7 were isolated at their respective homes after their tests came out positive on Monday, the health authorities have started testing nearly 300 other children of the primary school in Meswan village of Keshod taluka, said a release issued by the Junagadh District Panchayat's Education Committee. After the three children tested positive, the committee, which runs the school, informed local officials of the state education department that the educational establishment will remain closed for a week from October 11 to 16, it said. The school conducts classes for children from Classes 1 to 7. The committee also urged parents of the other students, who came in contact with the infected children, to get them tested. Meanwhile, the ongoing Navratri celebrations in Meswan were cancelled from Monday to prevent the spread of the disease, village sarpanch Ramesh Ladani said. (PTI)

    13:56 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Covid vaccination linked with reduced household transmission: Study

    People without immunity against COVID-19 are at a significantly lower risk of infection and hospitalisation as the number of family members with immunity from a previous infection or full vaccination increases, according to a nationwide study in Sweden. The research, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that there was a dose-response association between the number of immune individuals in each family and the risk of infection and hospitalisation in non-immune family members. Non-immune family members had a 45 to 97 per cent lower risk of infection and hospitalisation, as the number of immune family members increased, the researchers said. "The results strongly suggest that vaccination is important not only for individual protection, but also for reducing transmission, especially within families, which is a high-risk environment for transmission," said Peter Nordstrom, a professor at Umea University in Sweden. The researchers noted that there is a vast body of research showing that vaccines strongly reduce the risk of COVID-19. (PTI)

    13:35 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: SEC recommends Covaxin vaccine for kids aged 2-18 years

    Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has given a recommendation to DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) for the use of BharatBiotech's Covaxin for 2-18 year olds: Official sources (ANI)

    13:33 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 1 fresh COVID-19 case in Ladakh

    The number of active cases in Ladakh went down to 46 Tuesday as the union territory recorded only one COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, officials said.  The new case took the virus tally to 20,853, they said. There was no death reported due to Covid in Ladakh on Monday, they said. Ladakh has registered 208 Covid-related deaths -- 150 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Seven patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, thereby taking the number of recoveries to 20,599, they said. A total of 638 sample reports in Ladakh -- 332 in Leh and 306 in Kargil -- were tested negative, they said. (PTI)

    13:22 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: SC directs charitable trust to approach Ghaziabad DM for vaccination of inmates at shelter home

    The Supreme Court has asked a charitable trust to approach the District Magistrate with its plea seeking directions for the vaccination of 13 inmates, who do not possess Aadhaar cards, of a shelter home at Loni in Ghaziabad district. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna asked the Collector to scrutinise the grievance of the petitioners and, if it is found to be genuine, to ensure that necessary steps are taken for vaccinating the inmates without their being required to travel. "We must make it clear that since we are not issuing notice at this stage, there is no material in regard to the veracity or authenticity of the information which has been provided in the writ petition. "However, having regard to the nature of the grievance, the ends of justice would be served by permitting the petitioners to move the Collector and District Magistrate, Ghaziabad, together with a certified copy of this order," the bench said. At the outset, the apex court made it clear that it was not inclined to issue notice at this stage as there is no material in regard to the veracity or authenticity of the information which has been provided in the writ petition. The top court, in its October 8 order, said it had no occasion to verify the correctness of the grievance or to comment on any of the factual aspects which have been adverted to in the petition, including the legal status of the Home. The apex court was hearing a plea filed by 'Ek Ehsaas Foundation' seeking directions for the vaccination of thirteen inmates of a shelter home maintained at Flat No 001, Plot No B-43, SLF, Ved Vihar, Loni, District Ghaziabad. (PTI)

    13:20 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Mizoram reports 1,430 new COVID-19 cases, 5 fresh fatalities

    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally surged to 1,07,566 on Tuesday as 1,430  more people tested positive for the virus, while five new fatalities pushed the death toll to 363, an official said. The single-day positivity rate was 15.18 per cent as the fresh cases were detected from 9,422 sample tests. At least 288 children were among the newly infected people, he said. Aizawl district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 761, followed by Lunglei district (149) and Siaha district (113), he said. Five patients have travel history and the rest 1,425 were found to have contracted the virus locally, he said. The number of COVID-19 active cases now stands at 14,381, while 92,822 people have recovered from the infection. (PTI)

    12:54 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 75,000 people in Raigad inoculated against COVID-19 in 3 days under spl drive

    A total of 75,627 people were administered vaccine against COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Raigad district in three days from Friday under a special vaccination drive undertaken by the state government, an official said on Tuesday. As part of the 'Mission Kawach Kundal', 37,630 people were inoculated at a primary health centre of the Raigad zilla parishad, 21,692 at a hospital of the Panvel Municipal Corporation, 12,764 at district civil hospital and 3,541 at private vaccination centres in the district, Raigad zilla parishad CEO Dr Karan Patil said in a release. The Maharashtra government last week announced the special vaccination drive against coronavirus from October 8 to 14, with a target of inoculating 15 lakh people everyday. (PTI)

    12:40 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: China administered 2.223 bn doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Oct 11

    China administered about 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Oct. 11, bringing the total number of doses given to 2.223 billion, data from the National Health Commission showed on Tuesday. (Reuters)

    12:29 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: India's Everest Organics starts making ingredient for Merck's Covid-19 pill

    India's Everest Organics Ltd said on Tuesday it had started making the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for a generic version of Merck & Co's experimental antiviral drug molnupiravir to treat mild to moderate COVID-19. Shares of Everest Organics jumped as much as 11.6% after the news came in, and were last up 9.9% at 330 rupees in a weak Mumbai market. The Indian bulk drugs manufacturer joins Divi's Laboratories Ltd as an API maker for Merck's experimental oral drug. Merck has separately entered into voluntary licensing agreements with at least eight Indian generic drugmakers for molnupiravir, with an aim to turn the country into a manufacturing hub for the drug. "After the successful development and commercialisation of various COVID-19 drugs such as Oseltamivir, Remdesivir...Everest Organics is on its path of expansion of this portfolio," Chief Executive Officer Srikakarlapudi Sirisha said in a statement. Merck said on Monday it had sought U.S. emergency use authorisation for the drug, putting molnupiravir on course to become the first oral antiviral medication for COVID-19. (Reuters)

    12:21 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Pondy witnesses 56 new coronavirus cases

    Puducherry added 56 new cases to its COVID-19 tally, which climbed to 1,27,151 on Tuesday. The fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 4,537 samples and they were spread over Puducherry 27, Karaikal 17 and Mahe 12. No new fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam and the fatalities remained 1848. Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said there were 617 active cases of whom 95 were in hospitals and the remaining 522 patients in home isolation. While 78 patients recovered and were discharged during last 24 hours the overall recoveries stood at 1,24,686. (PTI)

    12:05 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Andaman & Nicobar reports one new COVID-19 case

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported one new COVID-19 case, pushing the tally in the union territory to 7,634, a health department official said on Tuesday. The new case was detected during testing of passengers at the Veer Savarkar Airport here, he said. The archipelago now has 10 active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district of which the capital Port Blair is also a part. The other two districts - North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar - are coronavirus free, the official said. One more person recuperated from the disease, taking the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 7,495. The COVID-19 death toll in the union territory remained at 129 as no fresh fatality has been reported in the last 24 hours, he said. The administration has so far tested 5,70,492 samples for COVID-19 and the cumulative test positivity rate is 1.34 per cent. (PTI)

    11:43 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Brazil sees 6,918 new coronavirus cases, 202 deaths

    Brazil registered 6,918 new cases of coronavirus and 202 additional COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Monday. (Reuters)

    11:33 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: China reports 12 new coronavirus cases for Oct 11 vs 25 a day earlier

    China reported 12 new coronavirus cases for Oct. 11, compared with 25 a day earlier, the health authority said on Tuesday. All of the new infections were imported cases, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. There were no new deaths. China reported 14 new asymptomatic patients, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, up from eight a day earlier. As of Monday, mainland China had 96,435 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The death toll remained at 4,636. (Reuters)

    10:50 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 97 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States, UTs, says Union Health Ministry

    Health Ministry said more than 97 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States, UTs so far through Centre's free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. (AIR News)

    10:30 (IST)12 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Jordan backs league's COVID-19 vaccination stance

    Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan said he is a "firm believer in science" and that he backed the National Basketball Association's (NBA) stance on COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the new season starting on Oct. 19. The NBA has said unvaccinated players must comply with a long list of restrictions to play in games and take part in team activities such as practice. U.S. media reported earlier this month that 95% of players have had at least one shot but some players, including Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving, have not said publicly if they have been vaccinated. Jordan, who played 13 seasons with the Bulls winning six championships and currently owns the Charlotte Hornets, said he was not concerned by the league's protocols. "Not at all. I'm total in unison with the league," Jordan said on NBC's Today show. "I'm a firm believer in science and I'm going to stick with that and hopefully everybody abides by whatever the league sets the rules. "I think once everybody buys in, we're going to be fine. "The new season is going ahead despite concerns over the contagious delta variant of the novel coronavirus that has hit those who are unvaccinated particularly hard. (Reuters)

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