Coronavirus News Highlights: When 100 crore vaccine doses are administered, it will be announced at railway stations, on planes, says Union Health Minister

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Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 14 Highlights:  India is set to cross the 100 crore vaccination target in October as the central government is likely to showcase its Covid-19 vaccination programme in the upcoming election as a big achievement. The country has so far administered as many as 96.82 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Looking at the pace of vaccination, India may achieve the target early next week. While 73% of the eligible people have received the first dose, 29% have got both doses, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. Amid the festive rush, there is a fear of third-wave among people, with some parts of the country already witnessing a surge in fresh Coronavirus infections for the past few days. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the focus is now on vaccinating the entire population at the earliest, and the government will consider exporting Covid-19 vaccine doses only in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, India added 18,987 fresh Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,40,20,730, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. With 246 new fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll surged to 4,51,435, the Health Ministry said. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has stayed below 20,000 for the past six consecutive days, below 30,000 for 20 straight days, and less than 50,000 for 109 consecutive days. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has declined to 2,06,586 and now accounts for 0.61% of the total infections while the national Covid recovery rate has improved to 98.07%, the ministry said.

The Covid-19 situation in the country is under control, with the vaccination drive continuing at a robust pace. Both fresh infections and active cases have been declining steadily. The country has been reporting below 20,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past few days. However, eminent scientist Prof G Padmanaban feels India might need a third dose of vaccine by the middle of next year. He said, “The Delta variant is not the end of the story. The larger question is – do we have a vaccine for every variant being created? Perhaps not. So, I feel that by the middle of next year, India may need a third dose of vaccine. According to sources, India has not decided yet on the booster doses for Covid-19.

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    22:04 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: When 100 crore vaccine doses are administered, it will be announced at railway stations, on planes, says Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

    Announcements will be made on airplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations when India achieves its target of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses while private carrier Spicejet will wrap its planes with posters of this milestone carrying images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and health workers, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday.

    The 100 crore doses target is expected to be achieved by October 18 or 19, he said while launching a coffee table book on Covid warriors.

    The total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 97 crores on Thursday with 73 per cent of all adults having administered the first dose and 30 per cent having received both doses.

    "The nation is rapidly approaching the 100 crore vaccination mark! 97 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to date. Keep it up India, let us fight corona," Mandaviya tweeted.

    "After 100 crore doses is achieved, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against COVID-19," he told reporters.

    Mandaviya said that Spicejet will wrap planes with posters of one billion vaccine with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and healthcare workers on the day the target of 100 crore doses is achieved. (PTI) 

    21:54 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 182 new cases, 4 deaths & 173 recoveries in past 24 hours 

    COVID19 | Himachal Pradesh reports 182 new cases, 4 deaths & 173 recoveries in the past 24 hours; active cases is at 1,387 (ANI) 

    21:53 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses the 97 crore mark 

    India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses the 97 crore mark with more than 27 lakh doses administered till 7 pm today: Government of India (ANI) 

    21:38 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records zero COVID-19 fatality, 28 fresh cases; positivity rate 0.05%

    Delhi records zero COVID-19 fatality, 28 fresh cases; positivity rate 0.05 pc: Authorities (PTI) 

    20:58 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 2,384 new cases, 35 deaths and 2,343 recoveries

    COVID-19 | Maharashtra reports 2,384 new cases, 35 deaths and 2,343 recoveries; active cases 29,560 (ANI)

    20:03 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Announcements will be made at the time India completes 100 crore vaccinations, says Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

    Announcements will be made at seaports, railway stations, bus stations, metro stations and airports at the time India completes 100 crore vaccinations: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya (ANI)

    19:39 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 9,246 COVID cases, 96 deaths

    Kerala on Thursday recorded 9,246 new COVID cases and 96 deaths, taking the total caseload to 48,29,944 and fatalities to 26,667.

    The state has been showing a decline in the daily cases after crossing the 30,000-mark post-Onam festival in August. | Read More

    19:06 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India resumes COVID-19 vaccine export

    Coronavirus vaccines have been sent to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Iran according to the government’s decision to resume their supplies, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government has decided to send the supplies to the neighbourhood initially.

    India, the world’s largest producer of vaccines overall, suspended exports of COVID-19 vaccines in April to focus on inoculating its own population following a sudden spike in infections. | Read More

    18:36 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: NCPCR pulls up Delhi CM for violating COVID-19 protocol guidelines 

    National Commission for Protection of Child Rights writes to Delhi Government on a complaint against it for 'using minor school children of Delhi for a promotion advertisement shoot, violating COVID19 protocol guidelines & endangering the lives of minor school children.' (ANI) 

    18:36 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: NCPCR pulls up Delhi CM for violating COVID-19 protocol guidelines 

    National Commission for Protection of Child Rights writes to Delhi Government on a complaint against it for 'using minor school children of Delhi for a promotion advertisement shoot, violating COVID19 protocol guidelines & endangering the lives of minor school children.' (ANI) 

    18:14 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covaxin final approval for 2-18 yrs old is under expert opinion and evaluation 

    Covaxin final approval for 2-18 yrs old is under expert opinion and evaluation: Govt sources (ANI) 

    18:14 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covaxin final approval for 2-18 yrs old is under expert opinion and evaluation 

    Covaxin final approval for 2-18 yrs old is under expert opinion and evaluation: Govt sources (ANI) 

    17:53 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Biological E will submit final data of Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax till November end

    Biological E will submit final data of Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax till November end: Govt sources (ANI) 

    17:33 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Lockdown with relaxation to continue in Tamil Nadu till October 31

    Lockdown with relaxation to continue till 31.10.21. From today onwards, all shops, hotels can operate till 11 pm. All religious organizations can operate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday; beaches to open from Nov 1; 50 people allowed at funerals & 100 at weddings: Govt of Tamil Nadu (ANI) 

    16:43 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: China warns against ''manipulation'' of WHO virus probe

    China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned against what it called possible "political manipulation" of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavirus, while saying it would support the international body's efforts. The WHO on Wednesday released a proposed list of 25 experts to advise it on next steps in the search for the virus' origins after its earlier efforts were attacked for going too easy on China, where the first human cases were detected in late 2019. Beijing was accused of withholding raw data on early cases during a visit by a WHO team in February and has since resisted calls for further investigation, saying the US and others were politicizing the matter.  Foreign Ministry spoksperson Zhao Lijian said China would "continue to support and participate in global scientific tracing and firmly oppose any forms of political manipulation." (AP)

    15:50 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia to lift COVID ban on flights to Thailand, Norway, other countries

    Russia will lift its COVID-19 ban on flights to countries including Tunisia, Thailand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Iran, Slovenia, and Oman from Nov. 9, the government coronavirus task force said on Thursday. The government stopped normal commercial flights abroad when the pandemic struck last year, but it has since been gradually relaxing the restrictions. The flight bans dealt a heavy blow to Russia's airlines. (Reuters)

    15:43 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Half of COVID survivors experience lingering symptoms six months after recovery, says study

    More than half number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 experience post-COVID symptoms, known as long COVID, up to six months after recovering, according to a study. The researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in the US noted that governments, health care organisations and public health professionals should prepare for the large number of COVID-19 survivors who will need care for a variety of psychological and physical symptoms. During their illnesses, many patients with COVID-19 experience symptoms, such as tiredness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, sore joints and loss of taste or smell, they said. The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, reviewed 57 reports that included data from 250,351 unvaccinated adults and children who were diagnosed with COVID-19 from December 2019 through March 2021. Among those studied, 79  per cent were hospitalised, and most patients (79 per cent) lived in high-income countries. Patients' median age was 54, and the majority of individuals (56 per cent) were male. (PTI)

    15:31 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: English school return spurred COVID in children, but cases fell in adults - study

    COVID-19 infections in children in England rose in September after schools returned from summer holidays, helping to keep cases high even as there was a fall among adults, a large prevalence study showed on Thursday. The REACT-1 study, led by Imperial College London, is the latest to find that more children are getting infected with COVID-19 following the reopening of schools at the start of September.Infection numbers in Britain are currently much higher than in other western European countries, but have not risen above summer levels following the return of schools in England despite the higher infection rates in children.The study found that prevalence in 13 to 17-year-olds was 2.55% between Sept 9-27, with prevalence in those aged 5 to 12 at 2.32%. Prevalence for every adult age group was estimated below 1%.The study found that the epidemic was growing among those under 17, with an estimated reproduction "R" number of 1.18. An R number above 1 implies exponential growth, while a number below 1 implies the epidemic is shrinking. (Reuters)

    15:19 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Lateral Flow Tests reliable tool against COVID-19 spread: UK study

    Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs), being used widely in the UK in schools and workplaces to test COVID-19 transmission risk, are more accurate than previously reported and cannot be compared directly to how Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests work, a new study led by University College of London (UCL) researchers said on Thursday. In a paper published in 'Clinical Epidemiology', the scientists note that LFTs are likely more than 80 per cent effective at detecting any level of COVID-19 infection and likely over 90 per cent effective at detecting those who are most infectious when using the test. This level of accuracy is much higher than some previous studies have suggested, and the authors say the tests are a reliable public health tool in stopping the spread of the infectious virus. "Previous studies comparing the reliability of lateral flow tests and PCR tests could be potentially misleading because a PCR test is a marker of having been infected at some point within a certain window of time and does not necessarily mean someone is infectious when testing positive," said Professor Irene Petersen of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and lead author of the paper. (PTI)

    15:11 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mortality from Covid-19 around the world dropped to lowest level, says WHO

    The number of weekly coronavirus deaths worldwide continues to decline and is now at its lowest level in nearly a year. This was announced on Wednesday at a briefing in Geneva by the Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, quoted by TASS. The number of reported deaths from Covid-19 continues to decline and is now at its lowest level in nearly a year," he said. However, this number is still unacceptably high -- almost 50 thousand a week, and the real number is undoubtedly even higher, he said. (ANI)

    15:04 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports record daily coronavirus cases and deaths

    Russia on Thursday reported a record 986 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours and 31,299 new cases, its highest one-day infection tally since the pandemic began. The Kremlin has blamed the rising death toll on Russia's slow vaccination campaign and has appealed to people to get the shot. Take-up has been slow, with many Russians citing distrust of the authorities and fear of new medical products. (Reuters)

    14:59 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha logs 521 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6 new fatalities

    Odisha on Thursday logged 521 new COVID-19 cases, 94 less than the previous day, taking the state's caseload to 10,33,809 while six fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,274, a health department official said. The 521 new cases included 65 children and adolescents in the group of 0 to 18 years. The rate of infection in the group stands at 12.47 per cent against the previous day's 11.05 per cent. Odisha on had Wednesday registered 615 cases, it was 529 on Tuesday, 448 on Monday, and 652 on Sunday. Of the 521 new cases detected in 25 out of the 30 districts of the state, 304 were reported from quarantine centres and the remaining 217 were local contacts. Khurda district of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest of 249 cases followed by Cuttack at 60. Khurda district alone accounted 47.79 per cent of the total cases reported on Thursday. Five districts - Deogarh, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Nuapada - did not report any new cases.  (PTI)

    14:16 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 97 crore
    14:04 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Judge bars United from putting unvaccinated workers on leave

    A federal judge has extended a ban on United Airlines putting employees on unpaid leave for seeking a medical or religious exemption from the airline's requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth, Texas, granted a restraining order Tuesday in favor of employees who are suing the airline over the mandate.  Lawyers for the employees and the airline agreed last month that United wouldn't put the workers on unpaid leave, but the judge wrote that the agreement will expire before he can rule on the merits of the matter. That would leave "hundreds of workers" at risk of being put on indefinite unpaid leave or forced to get a vaccination that violates their religious beliefs or medical restrictions. The restraining order expires Oct. 26. (AP)

    13:46 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Hungary's daily COVID-19 cases rise above 1,000 for first time during fourth wave of pandemic

    Hungary reported 1,141 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with the number rising above 1,000 for the first time during the fourth wave of the pandemic, the government said. The virus has infected 831,866 people in the country of 10 million so far and killed 30,341. Nearly 5.7 million people have been fully vaccinated in Hungary and 948,000 people have already received a third, booster shot as well. (Reuters)

    13:46 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Hungary's daily COVID-19 cases rise above 1,000 for first time during fourth wave of pandemic

    Hungary reported 1,141 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with the number rising above 1,000 for the first time during the fourth wave of the pandemic, the government said. The virus has infected 831,866 people in the country of 10 million so far and killed 30,341. Nearly 5.7 million people have been fully vaccinated in Hungary and 948,000 people have already received a third, booster shot as well. (Reuters)

    13:30 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 5 fresh cases

    With five fresh cases, Ladakh's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 20,861, while the number of active cases of the infection has gone up to 42 in the Union Territory, officials said on Thursday.  No death due to the coronavirus infection was reported in Ladakh in a 24-hour period, they added. The death toll due to the viral disease in Ladakh stands at 208 -- 150 in Leh and 58 in Kargil. Nine coronavirus patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Leh, thereby taking the tally of cured patients to 20,611 in the Union Territory, the officials said. (PTI)

    13:16 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Puducherry reports 49 new Covid-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,27,259

    Puducherry logged 49 fresh coronavirus cases and zero fatalities during the last 24 hours, a senior Health Department official said on Thursday. The 49 new infections pushed the overall tally to 1,27,259, Director of the Department of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 3,714 samples during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Thursday. They were spread over Puducherry (33), Karaikal (12), Yanam (3) and Mahe (one). The Health department Director said there were 647 active cases in the union territory with 96 in hospitals and the remaining 551 in home isolation. As many as 53 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours, he said, adding the overall recoveries in the union territory stood at 1,24,763. The test positivity rate was 1.32 per cent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 per cent and 98.04 per cent respectively, he said. (PTI)

    12:46 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Isolated populations of India at higher risk of COVID-19, says study

    Some isolated populations of India like the Onge and Jarawa tribes of the Andaman islands have a higher genetic risk for COVID-19, according to a study led by researchers at CSIR-CCMB and BHU. The study, published in the journal Genes and Immunity, suggests that the government should consider high priority protection and utmost care of these isolated groups, so that "we should not lose some of the living treasures of modern human evolution". The research team co-led by Kumarasamy Thangaraj from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) Hyderabad and Professor Gyaneshwer Chaubey of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi noted that the expansion of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has impacted various ethnic groups all over the world. Recently, it has been reported that the indigenous groups of Brazil have been massively affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, who had twice the death rate compared to other communities, they said. It was also shown that many of the indigenous communities have reached the verge of extinction due to this pandemic, according to the researchers. They noted that India also has several indigenous and smaller communities including Andaman Islanders living in isolation. The researchers, involving 11 scientists from 13 institutions across the world, conducted a genomic analysis of 227 Indian populations, finding that populations carrying long homozygous segments in their genome have higher susceptibility to COVID-19. Homozygous is a genetic condition where an individual inherits the same gene variants or alleles for a particular gene from both parents. (PTI)

    12:41 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Britain's COVID-19 situation stable - health minister

    Britain's defences against COVID-19 are working and the pandemic situation is currently stable, health minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday. "Overall things feel quite stable at this point. The numbers are a bit up, a bit down over the last few weeks," he told Times Radio."Our primary defences against this virus are working. "Britain reported 42,776 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest number since mid-July, and 136 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test, official data showed. (Reuters)

    12:24 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tiny Pacific nation beats the world with 99% COVID vaccination, says Red Cross

    The tiny Pacific nation of Palau has the world's highest percentage of people vaccinated against COVID-19, the Red Cross said on Thursday, urging the country's laggard neighbours to follow its example and step up incoluation efforts. Fully 99% of Palau's population over 12 has had both shots of vaccine for the new coronavirus, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said, citing government figures which also show that this amounts to 16,152 people. That puts Palau, an archipelago of 500 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, in the "top spot", the IFRC said in a statement, ahead of countries like Portugal which was named one of the world's most vaccinated countries when 80% of its 10 million people were fully immunized last month. It also presents a stark contrast with other small nations in the region that have had sluggish vaccine rollouts due to supply constraints and population hesitancy. Less than 10% of the Solomon Islands (population 650,000) and Kiribati (population 119,000) are vaccinated, the IFRC said. (Reuters)

    12:06 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Indonesia's Bali reopens to international tourists, but with no flights

    Indonesia's holiday island of Bali reopened to foreign tourists after 18 months of pandemic hiatus on Thursday, but the island is lacking one crucial ingredient: international flights.Tourism-reliant Bali is scheduled to reopen on Thursday and though its Ngurah Rai international airport has carried out simulations preparing for tourists to return, it is not expecting much to happen soon."So far there is no schedule," said Taufan Yudhistira, a spokesman for the airport.Indonesia's tight immigration measures during the pandemic have devastated the island, with widespread closures of hotels, shops and businesses. The government is eager to revive Bali's beleaguered tourism industry in response to a sharp fall in new coronavirus cases since July, when Indonesia was Asia's COVID-19 epicentre. But details about the reopening, such as visa requirements and which countries they apply to, have so far been patchy. Indonesia only confirmed the 19 eligible countries in a statement late on Wednesday, which include China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, and several countries from Western Europe and the Arabian Gulf. The move follows Thailand's calibrated reopening that began in July with much fanfare, with the islands of Samui and Phuket welcoming vaccinated tourists from multiple countries, with hundreds on the opening days. Vietnam plans to welcome foreigners to its Phu Quoc  island next month. (Reuters)

    11:52 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Covid situation is better in Delhi. In my view, we should permit Chhath Puja following all Covid protocol, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

    "COVID situation is better in Delhi. In my view, we should permit Chhath Puja following all the COVID protocol," writes Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to Delhi LG Anil Baijal over Chhath celebration in the National Capital (ANI)Image

    11:35 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Southern Railway collects Rs 1.63 crores as penalties from passengers for not wearing face masks

    During the period of April 2021 to 12th October 2021, Rs 35.47 crores have been collected as penalties from passengers for various offences during traveling. Rs 1.63 crores was recovered as fine for not wearing face masks: Southern Railway (ANI)

    11:30 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: More than 98.88 cr COVID vaccine doses have been provided to States, UTs so far, says Govt

    More than 98.88 cr COVID vaccine doses have been provided to States, UTs so far: Govt (AIR News)

    11:23 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mizoram reports 1,028 new COVID cases, positivity rate at 12.81%

    Mizoram reported 1,028 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and three more deaths, an official said. There are 14,036 active cases in the state at present, he said. Among the new patients are 207 children. The state has so far recorded 1,09,818 COVID-19 cases and 370 deaths, the official said. The single-day positivity rate dipped to 12.81 per cent from 14 per cent on the previous day as the fresh cases were detected after testing 8,025 samples, he said. Aizawl district reported the highest number of new cases at 587, followed by Lunglei district (115) and Serchhip district (107), he said. (PTI)

    11:12 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: New Zealand reports biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in six weeks

    New Zealand reported on Thursday its biggest rise in COVID-19 infections in six weeks, with all cases detected in Auckland, raising prospects of a further extension of lockdown restrictions in the country's largest city beyond next week. Some 1.7 million people in Auckland are under strict stay-home orders until Monday as officials look to stamp out the highly infectious Delta outbreak, the first major spate of community cases in the country since early in the pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said the surge in case numbers in Auckland was not unexpected "but they are rising more quickly," and blamed illegal home gatherings for the spike. "Now is not the time for complacency," Robertson said during a media conference in Wellington, urging residents in Auckland to strictly follow the level-three rules, under which most people are required to stay at home unless they have urgent reasons to go out. A total of 71 new local cases were reported in the country, all detected in Auckland, up from 55 a day earlier. (Reuters)

    11:09 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Melbourne set for COVID lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike

    Melbourne will exit months of COVID-19 lockdown next week helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday, ahead of schedule even though daily infections hit a record the same day. In the worst day of an outbreak of the Delta variant coronavirus that began in early August, Victoria logged 2,297 new cases on Thursday, up from 1,571 the day before and the highest for any Australian state or territory since the pandemic began. Eleven people died, bringing the total toll in the latest outbreak to 125. But the surge comes as Victoria also nears the 70% threshold for double-dose vaccination among eligible adults - the level at which authorities have promised to end strict stay-home restrictions. That target was originally expected to be met on Oct. 26, and the vaccination level was 62% as of Thursday. "We will deliver the (reopening) road map ... You get vaccinated and we will open up and I do what I say," Victoria Premier Andrews said, speaking during a media briefing in Melbourne, the state capital. (Reuters)

    10:35 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala remains top contributor to India's Covid tally

    Of 18,987 new #COVID cases and 246 deaths in India in the last 24 hours, 11,079 cases and 9,972 recoveries were reported in Kerala yesterday (ANI)

    10:34 (IST)14 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: US to ship 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan

    The U.S. government will ship 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan on Thursday, bringing the total number of doses sent to the South Asian country to about 18.3 million, more than any other country, a White House official said. The latest shipments of the vaccine lots made by Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech, are due to arrive on Saturday via the COVAX distribution program, said the official, who asked to remain unidentified. Pakistan has administered at least 93.6 million doses so far, according to data compiled by Reuters. Assuming every person needs two doses, that would suffice to have vaccinated about 21.6% of the country's population. Previous U.S. shipments of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have gone to Pakistan every month since June. (Reuters)

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