Coronavirus Latest Highlights: Kerala may see up to 5 lakh cases till August 20, Central team raises alarm over Onam festivities

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Coronavirus Cases in India Latest Update, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Online, Covid-19 third wave, Schools and Colleges reopenSome states in northeast and Kerala have been witnessing a surge in Coronavirus infection, though last week's data suggests plateauing in the number of cases.

Coronavirus Third Wave India Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India August 10 Highlights: With improvement India’s Covid-19 situation and pick up in the vaccination drive, several states/UTs have allowed schools and colleges to reopen for offline classes. Daily cases have been hovering around 40,000 for the past few weeks in India. However, some states in northeast and Kerala have been witnessing a surge in Coronavirus infection, though last week’s data suggest plateauing in the number of cases in these states, too.

India reported 28,204 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 147 days (since March 16), taking the overall Covid-19 tally to 3,19,98,158, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. The number of per day deaths linked to Covid-19 complications has also dropped below 400. With 373 fatalities in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,28,682, the health ministry said. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country also dropped to 3,88,508, the lowest in 139 days. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has also improved to 97.45%, which is the highest ever recovery rate achieved, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

As the Covid scenario remains under control, several states/UTs have announced the reopening of schools for offline classes. Schools in Delhi reopened for classes X to XII from Monday. The Maharashtra government has also announced the reopening of physical classes in schools in both rural and urban areas from August 17; Uttar Pradesh to reopen schools for intermediate students from August 16. The Odisha government had already reopened schools for students of classes 10-12 on July 26 after a gap of more than three months. Northeastern state Meghalaya is also looking to reopen educational institutions after mid-August. Karnataka has recently announced to resume offline classes for students of Class 9-10, and for pre-university college students from August 23.

Meanwhile, India’s vaccine production got a major boost on Tuesday as the government approved Bharat Biotech’s Ankleshwar-based manufacturing plant to produce COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin. “Govt of India approves vaccine manufacturing facility for production of @BharatBiotech’s #Covaxin in Ankleshwar, Gujarat,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted. The approval would help increase the availability of Covid-19 vaccines in the country, he added.

Globally, the Delta variant is still causing more trouble for many countries. China yesterday reported more Covid-19 infections in its latest outbreak of the disease. Many Chinese cities added rounds of mass testing in the bid to limit locally transmitted infections. The highly infectious Delta variant has been detected in more than a dozen cities in China since July 20. Officials have ordered local governments to keep close track of infections and close loopholes in control efforts. The UK has reported 25,161 new coronavirus infections on Monday. According to health department data, between August 3 and August 9, the number of cases has surged 5.2% compared with the previous seven days. In the US, too, Covi-19 cases and hospitalisations are at a six-month high due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant and low vaccination rates. Daily cases averaged above 100,000 for the past three days, up 35% over the past week, according to public health data.

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    22:42 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Kerala may witness around 4.6 lakh Covid cases from Aug 1-20: Central team

    A six-member central team that visited eight districts of Kerala has said from August 1 to August 20, the state may witness around 4.6 lakh COVID-19 cases. The unlocking of activities, approaching of the Onam festival (August 20) and reopening of tourism pose challenging scenarios and it is a cause of concern, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director Dr Sujeet Singh, who headed the central team, said at a press conference here on Tuesday. Kerala accounted for more than half of the COVID-19 cases recorded in the country in the last seven days, the Centre said on Tuesday. Singh said the southern state has recorded a high number of reinfections even after two doses of the vaccine being administered and the issue is being probed. - PTI

    22:37 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Belur Math to be opened for the devotees from August 18th

    West Bengal: Belur Math will be opened for the devotees and visitors from 18th August 2021 until further orders. Devotees have been directed to follow all the Covid-19 protocols while entering the Math. - ANI

    22:36 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates:113 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths in J-K

    Jammu and Kashmir's COVID-19 tally increased to 3,22,771 on Tuesday with 113 fresh cases while the death toll climbed to 4,392 as two more people succumbed to the disease, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 40 were reported from the Jammu division and 73 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of new cases at 38, followed by 10 in Jammu district, the officials said. There are 1,298 active COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir. So far, 3,17,081 patients have recovered from the disease, they said. There are 37 mucormycosis (black fungus) cases in the union territory. No fresh case has been reported since last evening, they said. - PTI

    22:35 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Gujarat sees 21 COVID-19 cases, 24 recoveries; over 5 lakh vaccinated

    Gujarat on Tuesday added 21 cases to its COVID-19 tally, which reached 8,25,085, while the toll remained unchanged at 10,077 and the number of people discharged rose by 24, an official said. The recovery count in the state stands at 8,14,802, which is 98.75 per cent of the tally, leaving the state with 206 active cases, of which four patients are on ventilator support, he informed. A government release said the overall number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the state reached 3.76 crore, including over five lakh on Tuesday. Neighbouring Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu reported one COVID-19 case and three recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 10,626 and the recovery count to 10,618. The Union Territory, which has seen four deaths so far, has an active caseload of four, an official informed. - PTI

    22:35 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Chhattisgarh sees 112 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

    Chhattisgarh on Tuesday reported 112 new COVID-19 cases and four fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 10,03,356 and the toll to 13,544, a health official said. The number of recoveries reached 9,88,189 after 74 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 111 others completed their home isolation during the day. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 1,623, he said. Raipur district reported three new infections, taking the caseload to 1,57,792, including 3,139 deaths. Bastar recorded 17 new cases, Kanker 11 and Janjgir-Champa 10, among other districts, the official added. With 42,034 samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted to detect COVID-19 in Chhattisgarh went up to 1,17,50,267, the official said. -PTI

    22:31 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Himachal records 419 new Covid cases, 2 deaths

    Himachal Pradesh recorded 419 fresh coronavirus cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections and fatalities to 2,08,616 and 3,521 respectively. A total of 185 patients cured from the infection, according to the data provided by state health department. Few days ago, the number of active cases had dipped to around 800 but the sudden surge took the figure to 2,318 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also expressed concern in the State Assembly on Monday over the increasing number of Covid cases. - PTI

    22:28 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Nigeria to resume COVID vaccinations on Aug. 16

    Nigeria will restart COVID-19 inoculations on Aug. 16 after taking delivery of 4 million doses of Moderna vaccine, with shipments of Johnson & Johnson shots also due imminently, the head of the primary healthcare agency said on Tuesday.Nigeria has so far vaccinated only a tiny fraction of its population of 200 million, largely due to a lack of supply. The latest data, in June, showed that 2 million people had received one dose and 700,000 had received two.The rollout of vaccines was halted on July 9 because supplies had run out.The Moderna doses, which arrived in Nigeria from the United States last week, were being prepared for rollout, said Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.In particular, he said labels with barcodes were being prepared that would allow for efficient record-keeping of administered doses.- Reuters

    22:15 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Suspected saline switch sparks vaccine stir in Germany

    Authorities in northern Germany appealed to thousands of people on Tuesday to get another shot of COVID-19 vaccine after a police investigation found that a Red Cross nurse may have injected them with a saline solution.The nurse is suspected of injecting salt solution into people's arms instead of genuine doses at a vaccination centre in Friesland - a rural district near the North Sea coast - in the early spring."I am totally shocked by this episode," Sven Ambrosy, a local councillor, said on Facebook as local authorities issued the call to around 8,600 residents who may have been affected.While saline solution is harmless, most people who got vaccinated in Germany in March and April - when the suspected switch took place - are elderly people at high risk of catching the potentially fatal viral disease.Police investigator Peter Beer, speaking earlier at a news conference covered by German media, said that based on witness statements there was "a reasonable suspicion of danger". – Reuters

    21:56 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Delhi deputy CM discusses reopening plans with school principals

    Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia interacted with school principals on Tuesday to discuss plans for reopening of schools in the national capital and stressed on bridging the learning gap of children and catering to their social-emotional wellbeing. Asserting that COVID-19 cases in Delhi have been controlled to a great extent, he said that during the special PTM most of the parents agreed that schools should reopen because in the last one-and-half years, there has been a lot of damage to the education of children. "We have to bridge the loss of learning as well as cater to the mental and socio-emotional wellbeing of children. Our children and teachers have gone through a harrowing phase of Covid and we need to get them out of that phase," Sisodia said during the interaction. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on August 8 allowed students of class 10 to 12 to visit schools from Monday for work related to admission and practical activities for the board exams and also said health checkup camps on school campuses can resume. - PTI

    21:54 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Tamil Nadu logs 1,893 fresh cases, 27 deaths push toll to 34,367

    New infections in Tamil Nadu were fluctuating over the last few weeks triggering the government to step up the preventive measures which include screening of passengers from Kerala at entry points; denying entry to devotees at places of worship on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays among others. Meanwhile, Coimbatore topped the new infections among districts with 224 people contracting the contagion, followed by Chennai (209), Erode (169), Chengalpet (105). Ramanathapuram recorded the least by adding three cases. A total of 1,50,868 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 3,90,02,757 till date, the bulletin said. As many as 30 districts reported new cases in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 24 districts. - PTI

    21:50 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Gujarat resident doctors stir: Govt promises redressal panel, nearby postings

    The Gujarat government on Tuesday tried to mollify resident doctors on strike for the last six days primarily over bond conditions by offering concessions such as job posting near their native places as well as the setting up of a grievance redressal committee. The 2000-odd doctors, from government-run medical colleges in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar, struck work on August 4. After a meeting with top officials on Tuesday, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also holds the health portfolio, said, "I have asked the deans to convey to the agitating doctors to end their strike without any condition and join their respective duties as allotted by the government. If someone feels his place of duty is very far from his hometown, we will definitely try to transfer them to a nearer place." - PTI

    21:38 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: South Korea reports more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily tally yet

    South Korea recorded more than 2,000 new coronavirus infections in the last 21 hours, Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday, an almost 50 percent increase from the previous day and a new record high.By 9 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Tuesday, South Korea had logged 2,021 new coronavirus cases for the day so far, Yonhap reported, citing health authorities and local governments. This compares to 1,384 new cases registered by 9 p.m. on the previous day.Yonhap said 1,380 new infections were from the Seoul metropolitan area. The latest coronavirus death toll stood at 2,134 on Monday.South Korea is struggling with its worst COVID-19 outbreak yet. Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol apologised on Monday for COVID-19 vaccine shortages and shipment delays. – Reuters

    21:36 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: NIH assesses third COVID-19 vaccine dose in kidney transplant recipients

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday it had launched a new study to assess how patients on immunosuppressive therapy after kidney transplant, who did not respond to the first two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, respond to a third dose.The study, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), aims to determine whether a third dose of either Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine could help kidney transplant patients overcome the problem of not developing immune response to the coronavirus even after vaccination.U.S. health regulators have said more scientific evidence was needed to ascertain the need for booster vaccine shots, but have indicated that a third shot may be needed for people with compromised immune systems. – Reuters

    21:32 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: US, Mexico to discuss border reopening, agree on more vaccines

    Senior U.S. and Mexican officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss plans to reopen their shared border, and Washington has agreed to send Mexico up to 8.5 million more coronavirus vaccine doses, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.Ebrard told reporters U.S. Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas and national security adviser Jake Sullivan will meet in Mexico City for talks with their Mexican counterparts as part of a drive to get cross-border activities back to normal.The meeting comes after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke to U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, discussing migration, the fight against COVID-19, and the need to strengthen Central American economies.During their phone call, the United States agreed to send Mexico 3.5 million doses of drugmaker Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine and up to 5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Ebrard told a regular morning news conference. – Reuters

    21:29 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Italy reports 31 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, 5,636 new cases

    Italy reported 31 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday against 22 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 5,636 from 4,200.Italy has registered 128,273 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.4 million cases to date.Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 2,880 on Tuesday, up from 2,786 a day earlier.There were 26 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 39 on Monday. The total number of intensive care patients fell slightly to 322 from a previous 323.Some 241,766 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 102,864, the health ministry said. – Reuters

    21:28 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Merkel urges Germans to get vaccinated as Delta variant spreads

    Germany needs to speed up a slowing vaccination campaign to avoid overwhelming its health care system, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday after talks with leaders of the country's 16 states on containing COVID-19."The bad news is that the vaccination rate has lost pace substantially," Merkel told a news conference after the talks. "I hope it will pick up pace again after the (summer) holidays."Merkel said that starting Oct. 11 Germany would end subsidies for free coronavirus tests and would require people to be either vaccinated, test negative or have a coronavirus recovery certificate to be able to visit places like restaurants, care homes and fitness centres. – Reuters

    21:20 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Bavarian premier says 4th COVID-19 wave coming to Germany in autumn

    A fourth wave of COVID-19 is coming to Germany this autumn, Bavarian premier Markus Soeder said on Tuesday."What is clear is that this fourth wave is coming, and definitely in the autumn," Soeder told a news conference after a meeting of state leaders with Chancellor Angela Merkel. "The current infection rates are not sufficient to be carefree." – Reuters

    21:19 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: UK records highest daily COVID-19 death toll since March

    Britain reported 146 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test on Tuesday, the highest daily total since March 12, as the impact of last month's surge in cases fed through into fatalities, government data showed.The number of new cases reported on Tuesday fell to 23,510 from 25,161 on Monday - less than half the peak of 54,674 recorded on July 17, shortly before most social distancing measures were removed in England.But coronavirus cases have begun to creep up again, with 196,047 Britons infected with COVID-19 in the past week, 7% more than the week before and the highest rolling seven-day total this month.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government went ahead with easing COVID-19 restrictions in England due to the broad roll-out of vaccinations which he said had largely broken the link between infections and subsequent hospitalisation and death. – Reuters

    21:04 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: India's R factor worries

    India reported its lowest Covid numbers today with less than 30,000 new coronavirus cases. This was the first time in the last 150 days or so that India witnessed such a drop in daily caseload. Moment of relief? Yes. Is it time to rejoice? No! It is because, while India is seeing a consistent drop in the fresh Covid-19 infections, there is another key factor that may ruin any future plans of further unlocking cities etc. It is the disturbing increased value of the ‘R’ factor that shows that the third wave fears are very real and has all the potential to turn into another catastrophe, even if in a somewhat blunted manner. Read full story here 

    20:13 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: After Centre sought data, only one state has so far reported suspected death due to oxygen shortage: Official

    Only one state has till now reported "suspected" death due to oxygen shortage during the second wave of COVID-19 after the Centre sought data from them on such fatalities following the raising of the issue in Parliament, a top official said on Tuesday. "When the question was raised in Parliament, states were specifically asked this question and as per reports received only one state mentioned suspected death and no state has so far said that there were deaths because of oxygen shortage," Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said while replying to a query at a press conference. According to sources, 13 states and UTs including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have responded. - PTI

    19:53 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Moderna to start local production of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in Canada

    Moderna Inc said on Tuesday it had agreed with the Canadian government to start domestic production of mRNA vaccines as the country looks to boost supplies to fight respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and seasonal influenza.Under the memorandum of understanding, Moderna will set up an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Canada and also give access to its mRNA development engine.The COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna, based on mRNA technology, is already being used in the United States, the European Union, and Canada.Scientists believe mRNA has the potential to target diseases that cannot be reached by conventional drugs. Such vaccines, which have shown high efficacy in preventing COVID-19 disease, contain no actual virus, instead providing instructions for human cells to make proteins that mimic part of the coronavirus.Last week, Moderna said its COVID-19 shot was about 93% effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial.Canada has reported 1.4 million infections and 26,678 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began, according to Reuters tally. – Reuters

    19:32 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Myanmar army attacks medics, hampering COVID response, rights groups say

    Myanmar's army carried out at least 252 attacks and threats against health workers since a Feb. 1 coup, killing at least 25 medics and hampering the response to a resurgent outbreak of COVID-19, a report by rights groups said on Tuesday.More than 190 health workers have been arrested and 86 raids on hospitals carried out since the coup, said the report by Insecurity Insight, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), and Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR).They identified 15 incidents in which the response to the COVID-19 outbreak had been obstructed - including confiscation of personal protection equipment and oxygen supplies for the exclusive use of the army.Some COVID-19 care centres were forced to close, it said. - PTI

    19:12 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Portugal recommends COVID vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds

    Portugal on Tuesday recommended that 12 to 15-years-old kids be vaccinated against COVID-19, ideally before the start of the academic year, as the Delta variant has led to a surge of cases in the country.About 400,000 youth included in that age group will get one of the two vaccines authorized for teenagers by European Union's medicines regulator: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the Health Authority DGS said."The vaccines will be available to adolescents accompanied by parents or legal guardians without the need for a doctor's prescription," Health Authority head Graca Freitas said at a news conference.She added data in the EU and the U.S. have shown no increased risk of rare side effects like myocarditis and pericarditis for the 15 million teenagers who got vaccine shots. – Reuters

    19:03 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: PM's photo, words in Covid vaccination certificate reinforce awareness message, says govt

    The photo along with the words of the prime minister in vaccination certificates reinforce the message for creating awareness about following Covid-appropriate behaviour even after inoculation, the Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday. The formats of COVID-19 vaccination certificates being issued from CoWIN are standardised and conform to the evolving WHO guidance on verifiable inoculation certificates, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply. She was responding to a question on whether it is necessary and compulsory to print photographs of the prime minister on the Covid vaccination certificate. "Given the context of the pandemic, its evolving nature and the fact that following of Covid-appropriate behaviours has emerged as one of the most critical measures for preventing the spread of disease. "The photograph along with the message of the prime minister in the vaccination certificates reinforces the message for creating awareness about the importance of following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour even after vaccination, in the larger public interest," Pawar said. - PTI

    18:51 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Delhi has overcome Delta variant; new sero survey soon: Satyendar Jain

    Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said Delhi has already overcome the Delta variant of coronavirus detected in over 80 per cent of Covid samples sent for genome sequencing during the second wave of the pandemic and thereafter. The minister told reporters the Centre has not yet asked for data on deaths due to shortage of oxygen and that a new sero survey will be undertaken in the city soon. The first sero survey conducted in June-end last year found Covid antibodies in 22.6 per cent of the samples. (PTI)

    18:45 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 21,119 fresh COVID-19 cases, TPR rises to nearly 16 per cent in Kerala

    Kerala on Tuesday reported 21,119 fresh COVID cases pushing the total infection caseload to 35,86,693, with the test positivity rate in the state rising close to 16 per cent. The number of people who succumbed to the virus rose to 18,004 with 152 more deaths. As many as 18,493 people have been cured of the infection since Monday, taking the total recoveries to 33,96,184 and the number of active cases in the state to 1,71,985, a state government release said. (PTI)

    18:38 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 21,119 fresh COVID-19 cases, TPR rises to nearly 16 per cent in Kerala

    Kerala on Tuesday reported 21,119 fresh COVID cases pushing the total infection caseload to 35,86,693, with the test positivity rate in the state rising close to 16 per cent. The number of people who succumbed to the virus rose to 18,004 with 152 more deaths. As many as 18,493 people have been cured of the infection since Monday, taking the total recoveries to 33,96,184 and the number of active cases in the state to 1,71,985, a state government release said. (PTI)

    18:23 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Portugal approves vaccines for children 12-15

    Portugal is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine rollout to all children between the ages of 12 and 15. The General Directorate for Health's announcement Tuesday came after days of uncertainty about the move. Authorities initially limited shots in that age group to children with chronic illnesses. (PTI)

    18:12 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: If giving 3rd jab is at others expense, so is priority in vaccination: Kerala HC to Centre, state govt

    If someone needing a third dose of vaccine to travel aboard cannot be given that on the ground that it would be at the expense of others in need of a jab, then it would be inappropriate to give priority in vaccination as that too would be at expense of others, Kerala High Court said on Tuesday. The observation by Justice P B Suresh Kumar came after the central and state governments expressed their reservations in granting a third jab of vaccine to a man who has received two doses of COVAXIN but wants a third dose of an internationally recognised vaccine for travelling back to Saudi Arabia for work. (PTI)

    17:59 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Sikkim reports 110 new COVID-19 cases, one more death

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 28,018 as 110 more people tested positive for the virus while one new fatality pushed the death toll to 356, a health department bulletin said on Tuesday. The new COVID-19 cases were reported from East Sikkim district (51), followed by South Sikkim (37) and West Sikkim (22), it said. The Himalayan state now has 2,567 active cases, while 24,817 persons have recovered from the disease so far. (PTI)

    17:39 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Mizoram reports 937 fresh COVID-19 cases, one more fatality

    Mizoram's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 45,457 on Tuesday after 937 people, including 196 children, tested positive for the virus, a health department official said. A 47-year-old man from Aizawl died due to the contagion at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Monday night, raising the toll to 169. The state now has 12,434 active cases, while 32,854 patients have so far recovered from the disease, including 648 since Monday, he said. (PTI)

    17:29 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar inspects door-to-door vaccination of bedridden patients
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    17:10 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 20.32 lakh tests, 7.08 lakh hospital admissions related to Covid authorised under AB-PMJAY: Govt

    As of July 25, 20.32 lakh tests and 7.08 lakh hospital admissions related to COVID-19 were authorised under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the government informed Parliament on Tuesday. Public health being a state subject, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is primarily directed by the state governments, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The National Health Authority (NHA) has been providing the necessary support to the states and Union territories for ensuring free COVID-19 testing and treatment to all eligible beneficiaries under AB-PMJAY. (PTI)

    17:09 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Delhi records 52 fresh Covid cases, one new death; positivity rate at 0.08 pc

    Delhi reported 52 fresh coronavirus cases and one new fatality on Tuesday, with the positivity rate at 0.08 per cent, according to data shared by the Health Department. Forty-five patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the city to 14,11,280. Delhi had reported 39 Covid cases and one fatality on Monday, while the number of active cases in the city dropped below 500 for the first time since April last year. With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city rose to 14,36,852. The death toll now stands at 25,068. (PTI)

    16:46 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Pak to ban train travel for unvaccinated people from October

    Pakistan has announced to ban train travel for unvaccinated people starting from October as part of the government's efforts to counter the reluctance shown by citizens to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) after the top anti-coronavirus body expressed concern over the spread of the virus. (PTI)

    16:24 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Kerala reported 51.51 per cent of total COVID-19 cases recorded in India in past seven days

    Kerala reported 51.51 per cent of total COVID-19 cases recorded in India in past seven days. 37 districts across 9 states, including Kerala and Tamil Nadu, showing rising trend in daily COVID-19 cases over last two weeks: Govt. 

    16:02 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: On alert regarding Delta Plus variant, says Maharashtra Health Minister

    Yesterday, the state recorded 4,505 new COVID19 cases. It is a good thing that the number of new infections is going down but testing needs to be increased. We are on alert regarding the Delta Plus variant of COVID19: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope

    15:51 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: COVID-19 during pregnancy linked with higher risk of preterm birth

    People who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 while pregnant face a higher risk of having a very preterm birth, as well as any preterm birth, according to a large US study published in The Lancet Regional Health - Americas journal. The researchers at University of California (UC) San Francisco in the US found that the risk of very preterm birth, which occurs at less than 32 weeks of gestation, was 60 per cent higher for people infected with COVID-19 at some point in their pregnancy. The risk of any preterm birth or giving birth at less than 37 weeks was 40 per cent higher in those with the SARS-CoV-2 infection, they said. (PTI)

    15:34 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 1,016 claims settled till Aug 5 under PMGKP scheme for health workers fighting Covid: Govt

    The government Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that as on August 5, 1016 claims have been settled and paid under a central insurance scheme for health workers fighting Covid while 276 claims have either been withdrawn by the states and union territories or found ineligible. Further, 111 claims are pending due to incomplete claim documents or delay in receipt of documents from states and union territories, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19 was launched on March 30, 2020 to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakh to 22.12 lakh health care providers including community health workers and private health workers who may have been in direct contact and care of Covid patients and may be at risk of being impacted by this. (PTI)

    15:23 (IST)10 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Odisha reports 64 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,041 new cases

    Odisha Tuesday logged 1,041 fresh cases of COVID-19, pushing the tally to 9,88,997, while the death toll mounted to 6,565 with 64 more fatalities, a health department official said. The coastal state now has 10,988 active cases, and 9,71,391 patients have so far recovered from the disease, including 1,475 since Monday, he said. Odisha's case fatality rate stands at 0.66 per cent, which is 'one of the lowest in the country', the official said. (PTI)

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