Coronavirus News Highlights: No quarantine for Indian travellers to UK fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from October 11

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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Covid-19 India Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today, Covid-19 third wave, Covid guidelines for festival celebrationTotal Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 92.63-crore mark on Wednesday. India has already vaccinated 70% of its eligible citizens with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 7 Highlights: In what could further strengthen India’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, a report suggests hesitancy against Covid-19 vaccine in the country is currently at the lowest level. Only 7% of adults in the country are currently hesitant to get inoculated against Covid-19. Around 46% of unvaccinated citizens plan to take their first dose soon, according to a survey.

Meanwhile, the vaccination drive in the country has been progressing at a robust pace. India has so far administered 92.63 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. As many as 6.93 crore doses are still available with the states/UTs. As the vaccination drive picks up the pace, the total number of administered doses is set to cross the 100-crore milestone in the next few days.

After staying below 20,000 for few days, daily Covid-19 cases in India witnessed a huge surge on Thursday. As many as 22,431 people tested positive for Coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking India’s overall Covid-19 tally to 3,38,94,312, while the active cases declined to 2,44,198, the lowest in 204 days, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. With 318 fresh fatalities, Covid-19 death toll climbed to 4,49,856, the health ministry said. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 13 straight days.

India has been reporting below 30,000 new Coronavirus infections for the past 13 days in a row. However, any laxity in maintaining appropriate Covid-19 behaviour during the ongoing festive season will reduce the gain India has achieved so far in its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, warned experts. The government has urged people not to lower the guard and wear masks, follow Covid-19 restrictions, and avoid crowding during the festive celebrations as it might further trigger a spike in Coronavirus infections. Several states/UTs have already issued fresh Covid-19 guidelines and re-imposed restrictions ahead of the festivals.

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    23:02 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Punjab logs 24 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Punjab on Thursday reported 24 fresh COVID-19 cases that pushed its tally to 6,01,805, according to a medical bulletin.No fresh fatalities were reported. The death toll stands at 16,526.Of the fresh cases, eight were reported from Pathankot, three from Hoshiarpur and two each from Faridkot, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran, the bulletin stated.There are 259 active COVID-19 cases in Punjab, it said.Twenty-eight more patients recovered from the disease, taking the number of recoveries to 5,85,020, it added.Chandigarh's COVID-19 caseload increased to 65,268 as six more people tested positive for the disease, the bulletin said.The tally also includes 10 cases that were not reported earlier, it said.The death toll remained unchanged at 820.The number of active COVID-19 cases in Chandigarh stands at 40, while 64,408 people have recovered from the disease so far, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    22:43 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana adds 176 new COVID-19 cases

    Telangana's overall COVID-19 tally mounted to 6,67,334  with 176 fresh infections being reported on Thursday, while the toll rose to 3,926 with one related fatality.

    The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 53, followed by Karimnagar and Ranga Reddy 14 each, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM on Thursday.

    The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases today with 216 people recuperating from the infectious disease.  The cumulative number of recoveries till date was 6,59,043.

    The number of active cases stood at 4,365, the bulletin said.

    As many as 37,857 samples were tested on Thursday and the total number of samples tested till date was 2.66 crore.

    The samples tested per million population was 7,16,469.

    The case fatality rate in the state was 0.58 per cent, while it was 1.3 per cent at the national level.

    The recovery rate in Telangana was 98.75 per cent, while it was 97.93 per cent in the country. (PTI) 

    22:26 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No quarantine for Indian travellers to UK fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from Oct 11, says British High Commissioner

    No quarantine for Indian travellers to UK fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from October 11: Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India (ANI) 

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    22:25 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Haryana reports 12 new Covid cases

    Twelve more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Haryana, raising the infection count to 7,70,961 on Thursday, while the state did not record any new fatality linked to the virus, according to an official bulletin.

    The death toll remained unchanged at 9,875, the health department's daily bulletin said.

    Among the districts, seven cases were reported from Gurugram district.

    The number of active cases in the state stands at 100 while the recoveries reached 7,60,813.

    Haryana has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 98.68 per cent, the bulletin said.  (PTI) 

    22:15 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat registers 20 new COVID-19 cases, 1  death, 22 recoveries

    Gujarat reported 20 fresh coronavirus cases and one new death on Thursday, while 22 more patients recovered from the infection, the state Health Department said.

    With these additions, Gujarat's COVID-19 tally rose to 8,26,080, while the death toll increased to 10,085, said a department release.

    The lone death in the last 24 hours was reported from Valsad district, said the release.

    The tally of recoveries increased to 8,15,816 after 22 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, it said.

    Gujarat now has 179 active cases, of which four patients are on ventilators, the department said.

    As many as 6.33 crore doses of coronavirus vaccines have been  administered to eligible people so far in the state. Of these, a little over 4.72 lakh doses were given during the day, it said.

    No new cases of COVID-19 were registered in the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu in the last 24 hours, said an official release.

    There are two active coronavirus cases in the UT at present, it said.

    Out of the total 10,644 people found positive for coronavirus in the Union Territory since the outbreak last year, four have died, while 10,638 have recovered, said the release.

    Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,26,080, new cases 20, deaths 10,085, discharged 8,15,816; active cases 179,  people tested so far (figures not released).  (PTI) 

    22:01 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 44 COVID-19 cases, zero daily deaths

    Delhi reports 44 COVID-19 cases, zero daily deaths; positivity rate 0.07 per cent: Health bulletin (PTI) 

    21:48 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 442 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka has reported 442 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 7 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29.79 lakh and the toll to 37,861, the health department said on Thursday.

    The day also saw 635 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,30,264. Out of the 442 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, 166 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 173 discharges and 2 deaths.

    Total number of active cases in the state is at 11,619.

    While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.36 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.58 per cent.Out of 7 deaths reported on Thursday 2 each are from Bengaluru Urban and Belagavi; and one each from Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga and Tumakuru.

    Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 166, Dakshina Kannada 43, Tumakuru 36, Hassan 35, Mysuru 31, followed by others.

    Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,47,830, followed by Mysuru 1,78,329 and Tumakuru 1,20,393.

    Cumulatively a total of 4.84 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,22,647 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI) 

    21:35 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra's infection tally rises by 2,681, death toll by 49; active tally at 33,397

    Maharashtra on Thursday reported 2,681 new coronavirus positive cases, taking its overall infection tally to 65,70,472, while the death of 49 persons pushed the toll to 1,39,411, the health department said. 

    A total of 2,413 patients recuperated and were discharged during the day, which increased the recovery count to 63,94,075, it said in a statement. 

    There are 33,397 active cases in the state at present. 

    Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.32 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

    As 1,47,320 people were tested during the day, the state's cumulative test count reached 5,97,66,957.

    Mumbai city reported 453 cases and five deaths. So far, 7,47,156 cases and 16,141 deaths have been recorded in the metropolis. 

    Mumbai division, which comprises the city and its satellite townships, logged 995 cases and seven deaths during the day.

    The number of infection cases and deaths recorded so far by this region is 16,83,489 and 35,320 respectively. 

    Nashik division reported 490 new cases, including 376 in Ahmednagar district; Pune division 878 cases, including 343 in Pune district; Kolhapur division 167 cases, Aurangabad division 43 cases, Latur  division 71 cases, Akola division 19 cases and Nagpur division 18 cases. 

    Three deaths were reported in Akola division, while no fatality due to the virus was reported in Aurangabad and Nagpur divisions.

    The coronavirus figures in Maharashtra are as follows: Positive cases 65,70,472, new cases 2,681, death toll 1,39,411, recoveries 63,94,075, active cases 33,397, total number of tests 5,97,66,957. (PTI) 

    21:21 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 'Govt prepared to tackle a surge of up to 5 lakh Covid cases a day'

    The government on Thursday said it has made healthcare preparations to handle a surge of up to 5 lakh coronavirus cases a day, but stressed that it does not imply that such a high number of infections will be reported in the future.

    Listing details of India's preparations for a possible surge, NITI Aayog member (health) V K Paul said at a press conference that according to reports from states, 8.36 lakh hospital beds are available for COVID-19 patients in the country and almost one million (9,69,885) additional isolation beds are available in dedicated COVID-19 care centres that are complementing home care.

    In addition, 4.86 oxygen-supported beds and 1.35 lakh ICU beds are available, he said.

    He said that though the number of cases is now low, preparedness is not low. "It is robust, sustained and being accounted for and catalysed and supported for on a daily basis," he said.

    "...this is tremendous work that has been done by the state governments and to an extent also supported by the private sector in participation with the Union government," Paul said.

    He said about 1,200 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants are functional now and there is no district in the country where a such a plant is not working.

    About 4,000 PSA plants will be established across the country, he said, adding that "this is our security before any future oxygen crisis".

    Paul further said there is no issue of COVID-19 vaccine availability in the country now and urged people to come forward to take the second dose to be fully vaccinated.

    "The dynamics of the virus after vaccination and infection which can lead to herd immunity...we do not have a straight formula for that. As one can see, despite the administration of vaccines, cases are being reported and we are still learning. The preparation will be of the level to make us safe. We move with preparation of 4.5 to 5 lakh cases per day surge but it does not mean that it will happen, should happen or may happen," he said.

    Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said the government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure full preparedness to tackle any surge.

    "Whenever a sense of complacency comes, there comes a risk of rise in cases. We cannot fit it in an equation as it has multiple parameters. Can we work in the coming three months so that we don't let the infection spread. Next three months are very crucial in the country's fight against COVID-19," he said.  (PTI) 

    21:02 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Science relating to booster doses of Covid vaccines still evolving, says Govt

    The science relating to the use of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines is still evolving and the developments are being closely watched, the government said on Thursday.  NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said there are several studies that are looking into the subject of booster doses."This is an evolving science and a paradigm of information...that data is still emerging. We are watching this science very very carefully through our NTAGI system. We know that COVAXIN has done a study on booster doses and those results can be available anytime. We are also aware that although the antibody can disappear, the presence of T-cell immunity is a huge protection that also has to be accounted for," he said."We also know that WHO has not given a clear-cut recommendation on the matter. The situation is that it is an evolving, learning phase and we are watching science as it emanates and in India also, there are studies which are looking at this aspect," Paul told reporters at a press briefing. (PTI) 

    20:49 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 18 positive cases, COVID-19 caseload rises to 31603

    Sikkim on Thursday reported 18 positive cases in the past 24 hours taking the COVID-19 caseload to 31603, according to a health department bulletin on Thursday.

    East Sikkim district registered 12 positive cases, followed by West Sikkim which reported six, it said.

    Sikkim has 367 active cases, while 316 others have migrated out of the state and 30532 people have recovered from the pandemic.

    The state's coronavirus toll remained unchanged at 388 as no fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. 

    As per the district-wise break up, East Sikkim has logged the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases at 17578, followed by 6989 in South Sikkim, 6060 in West Sikkim and 660 in North Sikkim district, it said.

    Sikkim tested 419 samples during the day taking the total number of tests done so far to 252150, the bulletin said adding the state's COVID-19 positivity rate and recovery rate are 4.2 per cent and 97.6 per cent respectively. 

    Sikkim has administered first dose of anti-covid vaccine to 100.72 per cent eligible population, including visitors from outside, while 77.73 per cent people have been fully vaccinated. (PTI) 

    20:35 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik records 90 new COVID-19 cases; two more fatalities

    As many as 90 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Thursday, taking the tally of infections in the region to 4,09,042, an official said. At least 95 patients were discharged from hospitals, while two died of the infection during the day, the official said.With this, the count of recoveries has risen to 3,99,501 and the toll reached 8644, he said. Of the total number of cases reported in the region so far, 2,30,670 were from Nashik city, 1,55,929 from other parts of the district, 12,661 from Malegaon and 5,865 from outside the district, it was stated.As many as 2,61,5287 swabs have been tested till date in the district, of which 3,709 were examined on Thursday. (PTI) 

    20:22 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Govt allows Serum Institute to send 10 lakh Covishield doses each to Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh

    Govt allows Serum Institute to send 10 lakh Covishield doses each to Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh under Vaccine Maitri; bulk to AstraZeneca: Official sources (PTI) 

    20:08 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Govt permits Bharat Biotech to send 10 lakh doses of Covaxin to Iran

    Govt permits Bharat Biotech to send 10 lakh doses of Covaxin to Iran under Vaccine Maitri programme: Official sources (PTI)

    19:53 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 12,288 new COVID cases, 141 deaths today

    Kerala reports 12,288 new COVID cases, 15,808 recoveries, and 141 deaths today

    Active cases: 1,18,744Total recoveries: 46,18,408Death toll: 25,952 (ANI)

    19:35 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Germany recommends booster shots for J&J vaccine recipients     

    Germany's vaccine advisory committee recommends a booster mRNA COVID-19 vaccination shot for people who were inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it said on Thursday. 

    The committee, known as STIKO, said it had seen higher COVID-19 breakthrough infections and a comparatively low vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant among people who had had a single shot of the J&J vaccine.

    The committee also recommended booster shots for people over 70, regardless of which vaccine they had received. (Reuters) 

    19:35 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Germany recommends booster shots for J&J vaccine recipients     

    Germany's vaccine advisory committee recommends a booster mRNA COVID-19 vaccination shot for people who were inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it said on Thursday. 

    The committee, known as STIKO, said it had seen higher COVID-19 breakthrough infections and a comparatively low vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant among people who had had a single shot of the J&J vaccine.

    The committee also recommended booster shots for people over 70, regardless of which vaccine they had received. (Reuters) 

    19:13 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pfizer, BioNTech ask U.S. regulators to OK COVID-19 vaccine for kids    

    Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, Pfizer said in a tweet on Thursday.

    The application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes as COVID-19 infections have soared in children, hitting their highest point in the pandemic in early September, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    The FDA has set a date of Oct. 26 for outside advisers to meet and discuss the Pfizer application, making it possible for kids to begin receiving the vaccines shortly afterwards.

    A rapid authorization could help mitigate a potential surge of cases this fall, with schools already open nationwide.

    The vaccine, which is already authorized in 12 to 15 year olds and fully approved for ages 16 and up, has been shown to induce a strong immune response in the target age group in a 2,268 participant clinical trial, the companies said on Sept. 20.

    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized in kids aged 12-15 roughly a month after the companies filed for authorization. While kids are less susceptible to severe COVID-19, they can spread the virus to others, including vulnerable populations that are more at risk of severe illness. (Reuters) 

    18:43 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: White House adviser says Pfizer vaccine for children may be ready by Thanksgiving

    Pfizer Inc's new vaccine for children aged five to 11 could be ready as early as November pending approval from federal regulatory health agencies, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients said on Thursday.

    The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled time to review the Pfizer/BionNTech application for emergencyuse with its advisory panel at the end of October, to be followed by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zients told CNN.

    Once the authorization is complete, Zients said: 'We are ready. We have the supply. We're working with states to set up convenient locations for parents and kids to get vaccinated including pediatricians' offices and community sites.'

    Asked if he thought vaccines could begin before the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday at the end of November, Zients said, 'Up to the FDA and CDC scientific processes, but yes it could.' (Reuters) 

    18:34 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala logs 12,288 fresh COVID-19 cases, 141 deaths

    Kerala on Thursday logged 12,288 fresh COVID-19 cases and 141 deaths, taking the infection count to 47,63,722 and fatalities to 25,952. The number of people who recovered from the disease since Wednesday was 15,808, which brought the total recoveries to 46,18,408 and the active cases to 1,18,744, an official press release said. (PTI)

    18:31 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: WHO ships COVID-19 medical supplies to N Korea

    The World Health Organization has started shipping COVID-19 medical supplies into North Korea, a possible sign that the North is easing one of the world's strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help. WHO says it has started the shipment of essential COVID-19 medical supplies through the Chinese port of Dalian for strategic stockpiling and further dispatch to North Korea. WHO representative told AP the items included emergency health kits and medicine. (AP)

    18:24 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: COVID infection plus double vaccine gives maximum protection: UK study

    Recovery after a previous COVID infection followed by being double vaccinated increases an individual's protection against COVID-19 to as much as 94 per cent, a new real-world UK study revealed on Thursday. The ZOE COVID Study, a not-for-profit app-based initiative that has been studying real-world data in the UK on COVID-19 since last year, found two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine 'administered in India as Covishield' provided 71 per cent protection against infection up to six months after vaccination.

    18:22 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Vaccine certificates or negative test reports must for non-Maha devotees at Nanded temple

    Pilgrims from outside Maharashtra visiting the famous Renuka Mata temple at Mahurgad in Nanded district will have to carry certificate showing their fully vaccinated status, while those not inoculated should possess latest negative COVID-19 test reports, an official said on Thursday. Temples of Mahur and Tuljapur in Osmanabad district, including the Goddess Tulja Bhavani temple, along with Jyotirlings of Ghrishneshwar in Aurangabad and Parli Vaijnath in Beed district opened for devotees this morning after remaining closed for nearly 6 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)

    17:40 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 'Please watch your Oct, Nov, Dec,' govt warns people of Covid surge during festival, wedding season

    "Please watch your October, November, December," a senior Health Ministry official warned people on Thursday about the threat of COVID-19 resurgence during the coming festival and wedding season, and advised them to avoid crowded places and celebrate festivals virtually. Asserting repeatedly that the second wave of the pandemic is not over, the government said that though the situation is plateauing, the country is still reporting as high as 20,000-odd new infections every day. (PTI)

    17:21 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Over 93.94 cr Covid vaccine doses sent to states, UTs so far: Govt

    More than 93.94 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union Territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Over 7.64 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs for inoculation, it said. (PTI)

    17:11 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Maha govt to launch 'Mission Kawach Kundal' to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination: Health minister Rajesh Tope

    Maharashtra will undertake a special vaccination drive against coronavirus from October 8 to 14, with a target of inoculating 15 lakh people everyday, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. The 'Mission Kawach Kundal' is being undertaken as the Centre has set a target to inoculate 100 crore people by October 15, Tope told reporters, adding that Union Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a discussion with him over this on Wednesday. (PTI)

    16:51 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Penalty for not wearing masks on railway premises extended

    The Railways will keep imposing fines of up to Rs 500 on those found without face masks on its premises, the Railway Board said on Thursday, extending the practice which began in view of the coronavirus pandemic. According to an order issued by the board, the penalty was supposed to be in place till September but has now been extended for another six months.

    16:35 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 27 per cent of India's adult population fully vaccinated

    71 per cent of India's adult population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 27 per cent have got both doses: Govt. (PTI) 

    15:20 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Uzbekistan starts producing Russian Sputnik V vaccine

    Uzbekistan has started producing the Russian-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine domestically in a joint project with Russia, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's office said on Thursday. The Central Asian nation also manufactures the Chinese-developed ZF-UZ-VAC2001 vaccine on its territory. (Reuters)

    15:05 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: People exercise caution as religious places reopen in Nagpur

    As places of worship reopened in Maharashtra on Thursday after remaining shut for nearly six months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, temples, churches and other places did not see a lot of footfalls, as citizens exercised caution on the first day. Temples, churches and other religious places were thrown open to devotees with all the necessary COVID-19 protocols in place. "We have not witnessed the kind of rush we used to before. While we are permitting 200 devotees at a time, only 50 to 60 are showing up," said Avinash Shegaonkar, the secretary of Shree Sai Baba Seva Mandal, which runs the famous Sai Temple in Nagpur. Two boards have been placed at the entrance and one inside the temple premises urging devotees to follow the COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, sanitisation etc, he said. Thermal screening is being done before permitting devotees to enter the temple premises, Shegaonkar said, adding that only people who have taken both vaccine jabs were allowed entry. Citizens above 60 years of age and children below 10 years are not permitted, he said. (PTI)

    14:57 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports biggest one-day COVID-19 case tally of 2021

    Russia reported 27,550 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the biggest one-day tally it has recorded this year, amid a wave of infections that has pushed officials to urge people to get vaccinated. The government coronavirus task force also said that 924 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the last 24 hours, close to a record one-day toll. (Reuters)

    14:16 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mizoram assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo tests positive for COVID-19

    Mizoram assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Thursday. The 62-year-old Mizo National Front (MNF) leader's wife T Lalthangpuii and son also caught the infection, they said. The speaker and his son are asymptomatic, while his wife has developed symptoms of COVID-19. They have isolated themselves in their residence, the officials said. With Sailo, at least seven Mizoram legislators, including three ministers, have been infected with COVID-19 so far. Five of them have already recovered. Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister K Lalrinliana (61), who had tested positive for COVID-19 on September 27, is currently undergoing treatment at Zoram Medical College near Aizawl, they said. Meanwhile, a four-member central team, which was scheduled to visit Champhai district along the India-Myanmar border during the day, has deferred its visit by one day, the official spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, said. (PTI)

    14:07 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Moderna plans African mRNA vaccine factory as pressure grows

    Moderna plans to invest about $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot, as pressure grows on the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture drugs on the continent. Moderna's proposed site will also include bottling and packaging capabilities. The company said it would begin the process of deciding the country and location soon. "We expect to manufacture our COVID-19 vaccine as well as additional products within our mRNA vaccine portfolio at this facility," CEO Stephane Bancel said in a statement on Thursday. The move comes as a debate rages between drugmakers and governments about waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines to help end the pandemic and give more developing countries access to shots after rich nations bought up most of this year's supply. The United States said it would support it, but the idea has faced opposition from pharmaceutical firms, which argue they need to oversee any technology transfer due to the complexity of the manufacturing process.Pfizer and its partner BioNTech struck a deal in July for South Africa's Biovac to help make around 100 million doses a year of their COVID-19 vaccine for Africa. But Moderna is the first company to plan its own factory on the continent. It has supplied more than 500 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine so far. (Reuters)

    13:40 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: No reason to continue case for monitoring COVID-19 steps, says Delhi HC

    The Delhi High Court Thursday said there was no reason to continue the case on monitoring measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as much care has already been taken by the Centre and state government on that front. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, hearing a public interest litigation by lawyer Triveni Potekar, noted that the government has provided adequate healthcare facilities and is presently providing free vaccines to the public. Central government counsel Anil Soni said the petition, filed in March 2020, was now infructuous as adequate measures have already been taken by the authorities against the virus. The bench closed the proceedings on the petition and granted liberty to the petitioner to approach an appropriate forum again in case of any difficulty. "We see no reason to further monitor the case. Liberty is reserved with the petitioner to file proper litigation in case of difficulty," the court said. (PTI)

    13:39 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 3 children among 582 new COVID-19 cases in Odisha, 7 fresh fatalities

    In Odisha, at least 582 people including 83 children and adolescents tested positive for COVID-19, pushing the tally to 10,29,994 on Thursday, while seven fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,234, a health department official said. The rate of infection of children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years now is 14.26 per cent against the previous day's 13.49 per cent, he said. Of the 582 new cases, 337 were reported from quarantine centres and the remaining 245 were local contact cases. Khurda district of which Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest 282 new cases followed by Cuttack (46). Five districts - Boudh, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Rayagada and Angul, did not report any new cases in the last 24 hours, he said. Khurda and Cuttack district together accounted for 56.35 per cent of the state's new COVID-19 cases. There has been steady increase of COVID-19 cases in Bhubaneswar even as the rate has substantially come down in comparison to the previous month, said chief of the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET), Prof CBK Mohanty. (PTI)

    13:34 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 263 children among 1,302 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram

    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,02,629 on Thursday as 1,302 more people, including 263 children, tested positive for the infection, while six fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 341, a health official said. The state had reported 1,471 cases and four fatalities on Wednesday. Aizawl district registered the highest number of fresh infections at 728, followed by Lunglei (147) and Champhai (113), the official said, adding that the single-day positivity rate stood at 13.35 per cent. Seven people have travel history, while 1,295 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said, adding that 38 inmates of Kolasib District Prison were among the new patients. Mizoram now has 16,075 active cases, while 86,213 people have been cured of the disease thus far, including 1,226 on Wednesday. The recovery rate stood at 84 per cent, while the mortality rate was at 0.33 per cent. (PTI)

    13:24 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Resident doctors in Karnataka hold protest demanding Covid allowance & reduction in PG academic fee

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    13:21 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: BHP to require COVID vaccinations at Australian sites

    BHP Group, the world's largest listed mining company, announced on Thursday that from the end of January all workers and visitors entering its workplaces in Australia will need to  be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those requirements will be introduced earlier for some sites in high risk areas, such as Mt Arthur coal mine in New South Wales state, BHP said in a statement. Australia has struggled since mid-year to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19. It is now pushing to increase vaccination rates so that cities can begin lowering their lockdowns.“The science is clear that widespread vaccination saves lives," BHP Minerals Australia President Edgar Basto said in a statement. "We recognise the path forward is through widespread vaccination in Australia and we are looking at a range of practical ways to support that while protecting communities and workforces," he said. (Reuters)

    13:09 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Finland pauses use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in young men

    Finland will pause the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for men born in 1991 and later due to reports of a rare cardiovascular side effect, the institute for health and welfare said on Thursday. Swedish and Danish health officials had announced on Wednesday afternoon they would pause the use of the Moderna vaccine for all young adults and children. Norway already uses Pfizer's vaccine for all children and now also recommends it for men under the age of 30. The Nordic countries based the decision on an unpublished Nordic research study including data from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. (Reuters)

    12:52 (IST)07 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Sydney to exit COVID-19 lockdown next week after vaccination rate hits 70%

    COVID-19 restrictions will be eased further in Sydney from Monday, authorities said, as Australia's largest city looks set to exit a nearly four-month lockdown after hitting its 70% full vaccination target. Fully vaccinated people in New South Wales (NSW) state will be able to leave their homes for any reason including visiting pubs, retail stores, cinemas and gyms, which will reopen under strict social distancing rules. The number of vaccinated visitors allowed to gather in a home will double to 10, while the limit on vaccinated people at weddings and funerals will be raised to 100. Nightclubs can partially reopen to vaccinated people once inoculations reach 80%, earlier than previously planned, and masks will not be mandatory in offices. The state will use a vaccination-passport system to ensure those who have not been fully inoculated remain under strict stay-home orders until Dec. 1. "Vaccination is the key to our freedom and the sacrifices and the effort of people right across NSW have ensured that we can open up as quickly and safely as possible," state PremierDominic Perrottet told reporters in Sydney on Thursday. (Reuters)

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