Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala logs 12,297 new cases; state education dept working on guideline regarding school reopening on October 5

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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today, October 3 News Highlights: India logs 22,842 new Covid-19 cases, 244 deaths

Coronavirus Cases in India Latest Update, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Online, Covid-19 third wave, festive restrictionsOut of 22,842 new COVID cases and 244 deaths, Kerala reported 13,217 cases and 121 death. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News October 3 Highlights: India on Saturday crossed an important milestone of administering over 90 crore doses since the inoculation drive began in the country back in January. Of these, more than 65 crore are first doses and over 24 crore are second doses. The country is maintaining an average of administering more than 60 lakh people a day. This is an important milestone because, at this rate, India might be able to provide complete vaccine coverage to a significant portion of its adult population, as till the end of September, nearly 69% of the adult population had received the first dose, which means that these people are also due to get their second dose before December-end. Notably, a quarter of the Indian adult population has been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, India reported 22,842 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,38,13,903, according to data from the Union Health Ministry data on Sunday. The number of active cases in the country declined to 2,70,557, the lowest in 199 days. With 244 fresh fatalities, The Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,48,817, the Health Ministry said. Active cases now account for 0.80% of India’s total infections, the lowest since March 2020, as per health ministry data.

India has been witnessing just over 20,000 Covid-19 cases daily for the past few days. While India has been maintaining a robust vaccination drive, cases need to decline if India is to beat the pandemic and prevent a third wave. However, so far, the country has been succeeding in keeping a surge in cases at bay, with Kerala being the state where most of the cases are being reported in absolute numbers. Mizoram has also been reporting a high number of cases as compared to its population. While Kerala has seen a decline in absolute numbers of the past few days though the figures are still well above 10,000, Mizoram has seen a surge in cases instead. However, both the states have announced further relaxations in restrictions ahead of the festive season, which could trigger a sharp spike in cases and undo the advantage India has gained over the disease so far.

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    23:01 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 102 new cases in Jammu and Kashmir

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 102 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday that took the infection tally to 3,29,789, officials said.       No Covid-related death was reported in the past 24 hours, they said.    Of the fresh cases, 21 were from Jammu division and 81 from Kashmir division, the officials said.    Srinagar district recorded the highest 53 cases followed by 11 cases in Budgam.    There are 1,201 active cases in the Union Territory, while the number those who have recovered from the infection has reached 3,24,164, officials said.    The death toll stands at 4,424, they said.    There were 46 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in the Union Territory. No new case was reported since Saturday evening, officials added. (PTI) 

    22:46 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 664 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths today

    Karnataka reports 664 new COVID-19 cases, 711 recoveries and 8 deaths today

    Active cases: 12,301Total recoveries: 29,27,740Death toll: 37,819 (ANI)

    22:30 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,531 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,531 new COVID-19 cases, 1,582 recoveries and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

    Active cases: 16,972Total recoveries: 26,15,873Death toll: 35,650 (ANI)

    22:16 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 9 COVID-19 cases, no death; over 33,000 vaccinated

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,92,556 on Sunday with the addition of nine cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,522, an official said.The recovery count stands at 7,81,917, leaving the state with 117 active cases, he said.With 54,533 samples being examined during the day, the number of coronavirus tests conducted so far in MP went up to 1,87,18,797, the official added.An official release said 6,39,67,936 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state so far, including 33,836 on Sunday.Coronavirus figures of MP are as follows: Total cases 7,92,556, New cases nine, Death toll 10,522 (No change), Recovered 7,81,917, Active cases 117, Number of tests conducted so far 1,87,18,797. (PTI) 

    22:02 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Dip in COVID-19 active cases in Nagaland; 17 new infections recorded

    The COVID-19 situation in Nagaland improved on Sunday with fewer fresh infections, no fatalities for the third consecutive day, and a dip in the number of active cases. 

    The northeastern state reported 17 cases on Sunday, 13 less than the previous day, a health department bulletin said. 

    Eight new cases were recorded in Kohima, four in Dimapur, and one each in Longleng, Mokukchung, Mon, Phek, and Wokha, Dr Nyanthung Kikon, the state nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, said. 

    Nagaland's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 31,312.

    The death toll remained unchanged at 666. 

    Thirty-seven more patients were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,314. 

    The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stands at 93.61 per cent, the official said. 

    The northeastern state currently has 329 active cases. 

    Altogether 1,003 COVID-19 patients have migrated to other states, he said.

    As many as 3.76 lakh sample tests have been conducted in Nagaland thus far.        

    State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said over 6.90 lakh people have been inoculated till Saturday with 3.75 lakh of them having received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccines. (PTI) 

    21:40 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra sees 2,692 COVID-19 cases, 2,716 recoveries, 41 fatalities

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 2,692 new coronavirus positive cases and 41 fatalities while 2,716 patients were discharged, the state health department said.  The new additions pushed Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally to 65,59,349, the death toll to 1,39,207 and the number of recoveries to 63,80,670, it said, adding that the state is now left with 35,888 active cases. With 1,47,603 new tests, the number of samples examined in Maharashtra so far went up to 5,92,22,263.Mumbai city reported 573 COVID-19 cases and three deaths during the day, taking the tally of infections to 7,44,389 and the number of fatalities to 16,125, the department said.Mumbai division reported 1,053 more cases and four fatalities during the day which pushed the number of total cases in this region to 16,79,422 and the toll to 35,291.Nashik division reported 500 new cases including 424 in the Ahmednagar district.Pune division reported 809 cases, Kolhapur division 202, Aurangabad division 29, Latur division 73, Akola division 10, and Nagpur division 16.Akola and Nagpur divisions did not report any fresh COVID-19 death on Sunday. Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally is as follows: Positive cases 65,59, 343, deaths 1,39,207, active cases 35,888, total tests 5,92,22,263, tests today 1,47,603. (PTI) 

    21:28 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Pune city schools gear up for classroom teaching from Monday

    Schools for classes VIII to XII will start in physical mode from Monday for the first time in 18 months in Pune city, and those running these institutions said all COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government will be adhered to strictly. 

    Physical distancing norms in the classrooms, mask usage, vaccination of teachers, thermal and oximeter screening of students, getting written consent from parents, and ensuring cleanliness, hand hygiene of students etc will be followed completely, Mahendra Ganpule, state spokesperson, Maharashtra Headmaster Association, told PTI.

    "There will be three-clock hours working in the school. The students will come to the school after taking meals at home. Almost all teachers have been fully vaccinated. There are 1600 schools in the Pune district and we expect over 90 to open on Monday," he said.   

    Devyani Mungali, founder-director at Sanskriti Group of Schools, said they have made the student's attendance optional for Classes VII to XII till the end of this year, adding that staff were being checked on a daily basis.

    "Students and staff will be immediately sent home if they exhibit any symptom of the virus. We are also thinking to follow a procedure called classroom suspension. If one or more students or staff in a class is detected with COVID-19, that class will be suspended for 14 days. In such a scenario, classes will be held online," Mungali said.

    She said the response from PTA representatives and parents was encouraging and students would also understand the need to follow protocols in the current situation.Anagha Mande, principal of Ahilyadevi High School For Girls, said all preparations to welcome students by adhering to SOPs laid down by the state government have been completed.

    Vikas Garad, Deputy Director, State Council of Educational Research and Training, said a webinar was organized where education department officials and COVID-19 task force members sensitized principals, teachers and parent about the current situation.  (PTI)

    21:14 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Colleges in Kerala re-opening on October 4

    After remaining closed for over one-and-a-half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and other higher educational institutions in Kerala are to re-open on October 4 as was announced by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan subject to the condition that all final year students, faculty and staff receive at least the first dose of vaccination.

    State Higher Education Minister R Bindhu today, in a video message, welcomed the students to the colleges and reminded them to give up violence while he referred to an incident of a girl murdered by her estranged boyfriend on a college campus at Pala in Kottayam two day ago. | Read More

    21:00 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russia reports new record daily COVID death toll

    Russia has reported a record daily death toll from COVID-19. It's the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high in the country. 

    The national coronavirus task force said Sunday that 890 deaths were recorded over the past day.

    That exceeds the 887 reported on Friday. The task force also said the number of new infections in the past day was the second-highest of the year at 25,769. 

    But officials say there are no plans to impose a lockdown. Mask-wearing regulations are in place but loosely enforced. 

    The country of 145 million has recorded about 7.5 million infection cases and nearly 210,000 deaths during the pandemic. (AP) 

    20:45 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Former union minister Pratap Sarangi says he has tested positive for COVID-19

    Former union minister and BJP MP from Odisha Pratap Sarangi says he has tested positive for COVID-19 (PTI) 

    20:31 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: For the third day, Andhra Pradesh logs less than 1,000 Covid-19 cases

    For the third day in a row, Andhra Pradesh recorded less than 1,000 fresh cases of coronavirus, with 765 added in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday.

    This was the first time since the COVID-19 second wave began in March this year that such low numbers were reported in the state in consecutive days.

    A health department bulletin said 973 infected persons got cured and another nine succumbed in 24 hours.

    The cumulative COVID-19 positives has touched 20,52,763, recoveries 20,28,202 and deaths 14,204.

    The number of active cases in the state came down to 10,357, the bulletin added.

    Only Chittoor district reported 161 fresh cases while four districts registered between 90 and 100 each. Two districts logged 70-plus cases and three added less than 50 each.

    Three other districts reported less than 10 new cases each, with Anantapuramu adding just one in 24 hours.

    Guntur and Krishna districts reported two fresh fatalities each and Chittoor, East Godavari, Kurnool, SPS Nellore and Visakhapatnam one each in a day.

    Kurnool has the lowest number of 17 active cases, while East Godavari topped the chart with 2,100. Four districts have between 1,100 and 1,700 active cases each, five have less than 1,000 each and two have just about 60 each. (PTI)

    20:07 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha logs 528 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

    At least 528 more people, including 73 children, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the tally to 10,27,959, while Boudh became the first coronavirus-free district in the state with no active case, an official said on Sunday. 

    The daily infection rate among people below 18 years of age was at 13.82, up from 11.92 per cent on Saturday, he said.

    Khurda district, which comprises the state capital Bhubaneswar, recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 243, followed by Cuttack at 69. 

    Nine districts - Bolangir, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Nuapada and Rayagada- did not report any new case in the last 24 hours.

    "Boudh became the state's first COVID-free district as there was no active case for the last two days. It has so far reported 12,594 infections, of which 12,482 patients have recuperated and 112 succumbed to the disease," the official said. 

    Five fresh fatalities - two from Khurda and one each from Cuttack, Ganjam and Jajpur- raised the coronavirus death toll in the state to 8,214, he said. 

    Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have so far died due to comorbidities.

    Odisha now has 5,280 active cases, while 579 more people were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,14,412, the official said. 

    The state has so far conducted over 2.01 crore sample tests, including 69,030 on Saturday, and the positivity rate now stands at 5.09 per cent. 

    Over 87 lakh people have received both doses of COVID vaccines, he added. (PTI) 

    19:53 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 18 new cases push Sikkim's COVID tally to 31,525

    Sikkim on Sunday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases, seven less than the previous day, with the tally increasing to 31,525, a health department bulletin said.  The death toll remained at 388  as no new fatality due to the infection was registered in the last 24 hours, it said.Of the fresh cases, 13 were recorded in East Sikkim, four in South Sikkim and one in North Sikkim.The Himalayan state now has 493 active cases, while 30,328 people have recovered from the disease. At least 316 coronavirus-positive patients have migrated out.East Sikkim has logged the highest number of COVID-19 cases thus far at 17,518, followed by 6,983 in South Sikkim, 6,048 in West Sikkim and 660 in North Sikkim.Over 2.50 lakh samples, including 354 in the last 24 hours, have been tested for COVID-19, the bulletin said.The positivity rate currently stands at five per cent and the recovery ratio at 97.1 per cent. (PTI) 

    19:35 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 33 new COVID-19 cases and 30 recoveries today

    Delhi reports 33 new COVID-19 cases and 30 recoveries today

    Active cases: 386Total recoveries: 14,13,492Death toll: 25,088 (ANI)

    19:21 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa's COVID-19 tally reaches 1,76,638 with addition of 44 cases 

    Goa's COVID-19 tally reaches 1,76,638 with addition of 44 cases, death toll remains unchanged at 3,317; number of active cases now 773: Official (PTI) 

    19:03 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala records 12,297 fresh COVID-19 cases, 74 fatalities 

    Kerala records 12,297 fresh COVID-19 cases, 74 fatalities, taking infection tally to 47,20,233 and death toll to 25,377; active case count 1,37,043: Official statement (PTI) 

    18:48 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala education dept working on releasing a guideline regarding school reopening on October 5 

    Education dept is working on releasing a guideline regarding school reopening on October 5. Govt is considering to accommodate students in nearby schools, in view of schools which lack infrastructure facilities to follow COVID19 guidelines: Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty (ANI)

    18:30 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Preparations underway for Ramlila at Delhi's Red Fort ground

    Preparations underway for Ramlila at Delhi's Red Fort ground.

    "It will be organised from Oct 6 to Oct 16.  We're following DDMA guidelines in view of COVID including 50% occupancy in the ground," says Arjun Kumar, Secretary, Luv Kush Ramlila Committee (ANI) 

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    18:09 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Zydus Cadila proposes Rs 1,900 for three-dose COVID vaccine; Govt negotiating to bring it down

    With talks underway between the central government and Zydus Cadila over the pricing of the COVID-19 vaccine ZyCov-D, the pharma company is learnt to have proposed a price of Rs 1,900 for its three-dose jab that can be given to those above 12 years of age.

    However, the government is negotiating for a reduction in price and a final decision on it is likely to be taken this week, sources in the know of the developments told PTI. | Read More

    17:52 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Once Covaxin is recognised by WHO, then we'll see whether we can recognize it, says German Envoy to India

    Once Covaxin is recognised by WHO, then we'll see whether we can recognize it. But so far it's not recognised. People who are travel after being administered with Covaxin would have to undergo quarantine and get themselves tested in Germany: Walter J Lindner, German Envoy to India (ANI) 

    17:14 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 90% COVID deaths in last 2 months were people who did not get single dose, says TN govt

    Nearly 90 per cent of people who succumbed to COVID-19 in the state-run hospitals in Tamil Nadu over the last two months, have not received even a single vaccine dose, Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare department J Radhakrishnan said on Sunday. After inspecting the fourth mega vaccination camp in the city, he said some western districts in the state, where prevalence of the virus was high, have started witnessing a downward trend in the new cases. Appealing to public to get vaccinated against Covid-19, he said, ".. in government run hospitals during the last two months, 90 per cent of deaths occurred because the patient did not get vaccinated even partially." "Vaccination has become the prime strategy to combat the virus. People who are in the ICU after being infected by Covid-19, are also those who have not been vaccinated at all..," he told reporters. Radhakrishnan noted that 7.4 per cent COVID deaths reported in the last two months from government hospitals were those who received only single shot while 3.6 per cent had received both the doses. (PTI)

    17:03 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: We'll prioritise COVID19 vaccination for children with comorbidities, says NTAGI chief

    We'll prioritise COVID19 vaccination for children with comorbidities so that we immediately immunise them & rest of children who are healthy can be immunised subsequently: Dr NK Arora, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) chief on vaccination for children (ANI)Image

    16:47 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Centre hopeful of positive outcome from final talks with Zydus Cadila for Covid vaccine for kids, says Karnataka Health Minister

    The Centre is hopeful of a positive outcome from the final round of discussions currently underway with Zydus Cadila for its COVID-19 vaccine for children, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Sunday after a meeting with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya here in the national capital. Sudhakar, who discussed children's vaccination and other state initiatives over a breakfast meeting with the Union minister, said the second clinical trial of a nasal vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech has been completed and the third one is expected to be done by November-December. Bharat Biotech Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella was also present at the breakfast meet. At the meeting, Sudhakar urged Mandaviya for the Centre's support to upgrade 250 primary health centres (PHCs) in Karnataka under the National Health Mission (NHM). Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Sudhakar said, "I had a lengthy discussion with the Union minister about children vaccination. He (Mandaviya) informed that the government is having a final round of discussion with Zydus with regard to its COVID-19 vaccine for children. He said he was hoping for a positive outcome soon." He said he also discussed with the Bharat Biotech chief about the status of the nasal vaccine. "It was informed that the second clinical trial of this vaccine has been completed and the third clinical trial will be over by the end of November-December," Sudhakar said, adding that Ella said the company has a capacity to manufacture 20 crore doses of the vaccine a month. (PTI)

    16:45 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Final decision on reopening K'taka schools for classes 1-5 after festival season, says minister

    Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Sunday said a decision regarding reopening of schools for classes 1-5 in the state will be taken after the festival season. He also said the state government has reopened educational institutions not in a "hurry" but in a phased manner after discussion with parents and experts. First higher education institutions was reopened, then pre-university and later classes 9-12 and classes 6-8, Sudhakar told reporters here after meeting Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. "We will take a decision shortly after the festival season. Let the Dussehra vacation get over," he said. Sudhakar said that a final call will be taken after consultation and the Cabinet's decision. Asked about a school in Bengaluru being shut after children tested COVID-19 positive, he said the government is aware of it. But that one incident cannot determine whether to reopen schools for classes 1-5, Sudhakar said. "That school is shut now and many children are isolated. Two children had symptoms and they are not in a serious condition. We are keeping a watch on every school in the state," he said. (PTI)

    16:38 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Countries need not wait for widespread COVID-19 vaccination before reopening schools, says World Bank

    Evidence suggests that young children are less likely to contract COVID-19 and given the "safe" school reopening experiences in various countries prior to vaccine development, education systems do not need to wait for widespread vaccination before returning to offline schooling, according to the World Bank. In a new policy note, the World Bank's Education team has noted that the experiences from countries around the world where schools have reopened suggest that with adequate mitigation strategies, schools pose low risks for disease transmission among students, staff, and communities. The team has also noted that one year after the pandemic hit, we know much more about both the virus and the disease and how to mitigate transmission and health authorities like the WHO recommend school closures only as a "last resort".  "Available evidence suggests that young children are less likely to contract COVID-19, less likely to become seriously ill or die and less likely to transmit the disease to others. Transmission within schools has been low, particularly for pre-primary and primary schools, and staff in schools are more likely to get the virus from other staff, not from students," the World Bank said. (PTI)

    16:11 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha logs 528 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

    At least 528 more people, including 73 children, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the tally to 10,27,959, while Boudh became the first coronavirus-free district in the state with no active case, an official said on Sunday. The daily infection rate among people below 18 years of age was at 13.82, up from 11.92 per cent on Saturday, he said. Khurda district, which comprises the state capital Bhubaneswar, recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 243, followed by Cuttack at 69. Nine districts - Bolangir, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Nuapada and Rayagada- did not report any new case in the last 24 hours. "Boudh became the state's first COVID-free district as there was no active case for the last two days. It has so far reported 12,594 infections, of which 12,482 patients have recuperated and 112 succumbed to the disease," the official said. Five fresh fatalities - two from Khurda and one each from Cuttack, Ganjam and Jajpur- raised the coronavirus death toll in the state to 8,214, he said. (PTI)

    15:54 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: UP govt to withdraw court cases registered against people under Covid pandemic Act

    Uttar Pradesh government to withdraw court cases registered against people under #Covid19 pandemic act in state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says, "Keeping in view the wider public interest, the cases registered related to the violation of the Covid Pademic Act should be ended." (ANI)

    15:25 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Plea in SC seeks high-level inquiry commission to look into shortage of medical oxygen during second wave of COVID-19

    A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a high-level inquiry by a commission into the alleged non-supply and non-availability of medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients during the second wave of the pandemic from March to May this year. The petition, which is scheduled to be taken up for hearing on Monday by a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna, has alleged that non-availability of medical oxygen during the second wave of the pandemic had resulted in the death of several patients in various parts of the country. The plea, filed by a Delhi resident, has also urged the apex court to direct a court-monitored inquiry by the CBI or any other investigating agency in the matter relating to non-availability of medical oxygen in the months of March to May this year. It has sought a high-level inquiry by a commission headed by a retired judge of the apex court or retired chief justice of any high court in the matter. It said that the inquiry would identify negligence on the part of officials, if any, that had led to the shortage of medical oxygen supply. The plea has arrayed the Centre and others, including the National Disaster Management Authority and health departments of several states, as respondents. (PTI)

    15:14 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mexico reports 7,369 new cases of COVID-19, 614 deaths

    Mexico's Health Ministry on Saturday reported 7,369 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 614 fatalities, bringing its total to 3,678,980 infections and 278,590 deaths. The government has said the real number of cases is likely significantly higher, and separate data published recently suggested the actual death toll could be 60% higher than the official count. (Reuters)

    14:36 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Israel tightens COVID 'green pass' rules, sparking protest

    Israel restricted its COVID Green Pass on Sunday to allow only those who have received a vaccine booster dose or recently recuperated from coronavirus to enter indoor venues. Technical problems hamstrung the Health Ministry's rollout of the updated green pass - a kind of digital vaccination passport - as millions of Israelis tried to reissue digital documentation that would allow entry to shops, restaurants, cultural events, gyms and other indoor venues. Under Sunday's new guidelines, people eligible for a green pass must have received a booster shot. Those who have received two vaccine doses, or those who have recovered from coronavirus, are only eligible for six months after the date of their vaccination or recovery. The new criteria mean that nearly 2 million people will lose their vaccination passport in the coming days. The government's advisory cabinet on coronavirus was set to convene Sunday to discuss existing restrictions. Scores of Israelis staged demonstrations around the country in protest of the green pass system, with convoys of cars clogging morning commutes as many Israelis returned to work Sunday after September's Jewish High Holidays. Opponents of the system said it is a form of forced vaccination. (PTI)

    14:21 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports highest single-day death toll from COVID-19

    Russia reported 890 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, the largest single-day death toll it has recorded since the pandemic began. The government coronavirus task force also said it had recorded 25,769 new cases in the last 24 hours, including 4,294 in Moscow, an increase from a day earlier. (Reuters)

    13:57 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Virus cases decline in hard-hit Australia states

    Australia's New South Wales state has recorded 10 new deaths and 667 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, as its outbreak continues to ease. "Three weeks ago we had 1,599 cases," state Health Minister Brad Hazzard said Sunday. "And just three weeks later today I am very pleased to be able to tell the community that we are down, I wanted it down to zero if we can get it there, but 667 today locally acquired cases." Meanwhile, the state of Victoria recorded 1,220 new community acquired cases of COVID-19 and three deaths in the past 24 hours. The state, Australia's second most populous, set a record of 1,488 new cases on Saturday. "I want to thank each and every one of those more than 71,000 Victorians who went and got tested," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Sunday. "It is critical to us, knowing where this virus is, where it isn't. There were 71,275 tests conducted Saturday in Victoria and 36,248 vaccine doses administered. There are now 11,785 active cases in the state. The Australian Capital Territory recorded 38 locally acquired cases in the past 24 hours. (AP)

    13:47 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Over 88.94 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs, says Centre

    More than 88.94 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. Over 5.38 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them COVID-19 vaccines free of cost. (PTI)

    13:45 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Dubai Expo revises worker fatalities to six after including COVID-related deaths

    Expo 2020 Dubai, a major world fair that opened last week, on Sunday said three workers on the project had died after contracting COVID-19, revising up the number of fatalities since 2015 to six workers. The organiser had for the first time on Saturday disclosed three work-related deaths and 72 serious injuries among 200,000 workers during construction of the site, defending the accident rate as less than half of that of building work in Britain. "Unfortunately we had three worker related deaths due to COVID. That was during the course of the pandemic," Expo representative Sconaid McGeachin told a daily briefing. McGeachin said the three deaths disclosed earlier were construction-related. She referred reporters to local authorities for comment on how many Expo workers had so far caught COVID-19. The Dubai government media office did not immediately respond to an emailed Reuters request for comment. (Reuters)

    13:29 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Beijing to resume marathon after one-year COVID-19 suspension

    Beijing will hold its city-wide marathon on Oct. 31, resuming the annual race after suspending it last year due to COVID-19, state media Xinhua said on Sunday. The marathon is expected to host about 30,000 runners, starting in Tiananmen Square and finishing at Olympic Forest Park, Xinhua said, citing organisers. Ahead of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics, China has been hosting other large events, now that the authorities have largely contained the spread of the coronavirus, first detected in central China two years ago. Beijing marathoners will be required to stay in the capital at least 21 days before the race, declaring their health status online every day during the period, Xinhua said. The race will be open to permanent residents of Beijing, aged 20 years or older. Runners must submit proof of vaccination and a negative nucleic acid test to compete. The organising committee will also invite domestic elite athletes, who will be remain under "closed-loop management" until the end of the competition, Xinhua reported. (Reuters)

    13:18 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: China administered 2.213 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Oct. 2

    China administered about 755,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Oct. 2, bringing the number of doses administered to 2.213 billion, data from the National Health Commission showed on Sunday. (Reuters)

    13:01 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Puducherry logs 32 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1 death pushes toll to 1,841

    The union territory of Puducherry reported 32 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking  the overall infection tally to 1,26,545, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Sunday. The fresh cases, identified at the end of the examination of 4,237 samples, were spread over Puducherry (16), Karaikal (9) and Mahe (7), Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release. Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, did not report any new cases. One person hailing from Karaikal succumbed to the infection, pushing the death toll to 1,841, he said. The number of active cases stood at 709 with 103 patients under treatment in hospitals and the remaining 606 patients in home isolation. Sriramulu said as many as 89 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday while the overall recoveries climbed to 1,23,995. He said the department of Health has so far tested 18.07 lakh samples and found 15.33 lakh out of them to be negative. The test positivity rate was 0.76 per cent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 per cent and 97.98 per cent respectively. (PTI)

    12:44 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mumba Devi Temple to open for fully-vaccinated devotees from Oct 7

    Maharashtra: Mumba Devi Temple to open for fully-vaccinated devotees from Oct 7; registration at temple website & COVID negative certificate for unvaccinated persons must; flowers, garlands & prasad not to be allowed (ANI)

    12:28 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Distribution problems, hesitancy slow Uganda vaccination bid

    The light bulb hanging from the ceiling flickered on and off, infuriating the technician in this remote Ugandan town as he checked the refrigerators filled with vaccine doses to confirm they were still working. If the power supply didn't stabilise, he said, he would have to requisition fuel and start the generator. "It keeps going on and off, like a disco light," said the technician, Tony Elong. "This is our biggest problem. ... If I am not here and power is off for many hours, we are likely to lose the vaccines. It needs a timely response." Power failures are rampant in northern Uganda's Gulu district. For Elong the problem is urgent; two fridges were destroyed by power outages this year. It's among the many logistical issues facing health officials as they expand COVID-19 vaccination into rural areas with the arrival of substantial doses in the previously vaccine-starved nation. Gulu, home to 325,000 people, has given out about 9,000 doses, with only 2,795 people fully vaccinated. The district had 30 AstraZeneca doses and 300 Chinese-made Sinovac ones as of September 23, an artificial shortage in a country with a growing vaccine stock of millions of doses. (PTI)

    12:02 (IST)03 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ladakh records 3 new COVID-19 cases

    Ladakh has registered three fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 20,812, officials said on Sunday. However, the active cases in the Union Territory dropped to 64 after seven patients were discharged after treatment, they said. Ladakh has registered 207 deaths due to Covid -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. A total of 20,541 patients have recovered till date. The officials said 3,355 people were tested for COVID-19 in the twin districts on Saturday and three of them --  two in Leh and one in Kargil -- tested positive. (PTI)

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