Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala reports 29,836 cases; state to conduct rapid antigen on people who frequent shops, malls, offices, institutions

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Coronavirus India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update India, Third Wave, Record vaccinationIndia has been reporting around 40,000 Covid-19 cases for the past few days.

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave August 29 Highlights: As the third wave of Covid-19 looms large, India on Saturday recorded the highest single-day rise in nearly last two months in the number of daily Coronavirus infections. Kerala, which has been contributing the most to India’s Covid tally for the past few weeks, remains the pain point. The state reported 32,801 cases on Saturday. As cases continue to rise, the Kerala government has decided to reimpose a night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am starting Monday. The state has also reimposed Sunday lockdown.

India reported 45,083 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,26,95,030, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Sunday. With 460 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll has increased to 4,37,830, the health ministry said. The number of active Covid-19 cases has also increased to 3,68,558, comprising 1.13 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.53 per cent, the ministry said.

In the meanwhile, the home ministry has issued new containment guidelines for Covid-19. The new Covid guidelines further underline that special intensified stringent lockdowns will be enforced in the urban wards/panchayats with critical spread where WIPR (weekly infection population ratio) is above 7. The ministry has cautioned states/UT ahead of the festive season and asked them to take necessary action to avoid public gatherings in order to check the Covid-19 spread.

India administered more than 65 lakh (65,39,745) COVID vaccine doses on Saturday after achieving the 1 crore milestone on August 27, taking total vaccine coverage to over 63 crores (63,00,67,629) as per the 7 pm provisional report by the Union Health Ministry. India’s daily positivity rate at current at 2.19 percent remains less than 3 per cent for the last 28 days Active cases constitute 1.10% of total cases, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands 97.56 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said.

Here are the latest updates from India and around the world on Coronavirus:

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    22:24 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat reports 12 COVID-19 cases; no vaccination drive on Sunday, Monday

    Gujarat on Sunday reported 12 COVID-19 cases, including three each in Ahmedabad and Vadodara, taking the infection count to 8,25,398, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,081, an official said. The recovery count increased by 12 to touch 8,15,166, which is 98.76 per cent of the caseload, leaving the state with 151 active cases, he said.

    The COVID-19 vaccination drive was not held on Sunday and has also been suspended for Monday due to festivals, a release said, adding that so far 4,54,69,490 doses have been administered in the state.

    Neighbouring Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu's tally and recovery count remained unchanged at 10,635 and 10,625 respectively during the day, leaving the Union Territory, which has seen four deaths so far, with an active caseload of four.

    Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,25,398, new cases 12, death toll 10,081, discharged 8,15,166, active cases 151, people tested so far - figures not released. (PTI)

    22:16 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,538 new COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,538 new COVID-19 cases, 1,753 recoveries and 22 deathsActive cases: 17,322Total recoveries: 25,59,637Death toll: 34,878 (ANI) 

    21:58 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 123 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in last 24 hours

    Himachal Pradesh reports 123 new COVID-19 cases, 186 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 1,750Total recoveries: 207,899Death toll: 3,576 (ANI)

    21:51 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra wants to vaccinate teaching, non-teaching staff by Sep 5, says Tope

    Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said the state government plans to fully vaccinate all teaching and non-teaching staff against COVID-19 by September 5, and this would be the first step towards reopening of schools.   Speaking to reporters in Jalna, the minister said a special drive was being conducted for this, adding that a state task force was of the view that schools in districts where there were no positive cases can be reopened.The state government is being alert due to the upcoming festival season, taking cue for Kerala where 31,000 COVID-19 cases were recorded in a single day post Onam celebrations, he added. (PTI) 

    21:35 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal reports 650 COVID-19 cases, six fatalities 

    West Bengal reports 650 COVID-19 cases, six fatalities. Infection tally rises to 15,47,548, death toll 18,423. The state now has 9,070 active cases of the disease. (PTI)

    21:21 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana records 257 COVID-19 cases, one fatality 

    Telangana records 257 COVID-19 cases, one fatality. Infection tally rises to 6,57,376, death toll 3,870. Number of active cases stands at 5,912. (PTI)

    21:07 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: August 27 was a historic day for India as more than 1 crore vaccinations were administered in a single day, Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya tweets

    August 27 was a historic day for India as more than 1 crore #COVID19 vaccinations were administered in a single day. We salute our health care workers for making this possible. Here is a glimpse of the journey which was started by our visionary PM @NarendraModi ji on Jan 16, 2021: Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya tweets 

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    20:52 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa sees 74 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, 79 recoveries

    Goa's COVID-19 tally went up by 74 on Sunday to reach 1,73,791, while the day also saw two deaths, which took the toll to 3,195, an official said.The recovery count in the state rose by 79 and reached 1,69,651, leaving the state with 945 active cases, he said.

    With 5,694 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 11,99,547, he added.

    Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,73,791, new cases 74, death toll 3195, discharged 169651, active cases 945, samples tested till date 11,99,547.  (PTI) 

    20:29 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 31 new COVID-19 cases and 32 recoveries in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 31 new COVID-19 cases and 32 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 392Total recoveries: 14,12,244Death toll: 25,080 (ANI) 

    20:16 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 345 new COVID-19 infections, two deaths in last 24 hours

    Mumbai reports 345 new COVID-19 infections, 280 recoveries and two deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 3,036Total cases: 743,498Death toll: 15,974 (ANI) 

    19:54 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Covid-19 vaccine: Recruitment of volunteers for Covovax trial on children begins

    Recruitment of volunteers for the phase 2/3 clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine Covovax among children aged 2 to 17 years began on Sunday at the Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here.

    The trial would be held across 10 sites and would cover 920 children -- 460 each in the age groups of 12-17 and 2-11 -- according to official sources.

    Indigenously developed Zydus Cadila's needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D has received emergency use authorisation from the drug regulator, making it the first vaccine to be administered in the age group of 12-18 years in the country. | Read More

    19:32 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 29,836 new COVID-19 cases, 75 deaths today

    Kerala reports 29,836 new COVID-19 cases, 22,088 recoveries and 75 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 2,12,566Total recoveries: 37,73,754Death toll: 20,541 (ANI) 

    19:15 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 80 new cases push Sikkim's COVID-19 tally to 29,809

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,809 on Sunday as 80 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.The Himalayan state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 369 as no fresh fatality was reported.

    East Sikkim recorded the highest number of new cases at 38, followed by 35 in West Sikkim and seven in South Sikkim.

    The state now has 1,222 active cases, while 27,936 people have been cured of the disease and 282 have migrated to other states so far, it said, adding that the recovery rate stood at 94.6 per cent.

    Sikkim has thus far tested over 2.29 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 725 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 11 per cent. (PTI)

    18:59 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 1,262 COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka reported 1,262 fresh COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths on Sunday, taking the total number of infections to 29,47,255 and the toll to 37,278.The day also saw 1,384 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,91,193.Out of 1,262 new cases reported on Sunday, 361 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 334 discharges.

    The total number of active cases stood at 18,758.

    While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.70 per cent, the CaseFatality Rate (CFR) was 1.34 per cent.

    Bengaluru Urban topped in the number of deaths (6), Dakshina Kannada reported three and Hassan two, followed by others.

    Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 361, Dakshina Kannada 202, Udupi 96, Mysuru and Kodagu 86, while the rest were scattered in other areas.

    Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,37,286, followed by Mysuru 1,75,879 and Tumakuru 1,19,199.

    Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,13,959, followed by Mysuru 1,72,542 and Tumakuru 1,17,423.

    Cumulatively a total of 4,31,94,662 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,78,664 were on Sunday alone.  (PTI)

    18:43 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rise in COVID-19 cases in Kerala — plan on tests recast

    With Kerala recording over 30,000 COVID-19 cases in the last four days, Health Minister of the State Veena George on Sunday said the government has renewed its plan to test more number of people than before.The Minister, in her post on Facebook, said new centres and clusters would be created based on the outcome of the sample testing methods. In districts of the State where the first dose of vaccine has been administered, she said RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction)is recommended for individuals with symptoms such as sore throat, cough and diarrhoea. 

    Rapid antigen tests (RATs) would be done on people who frequent shops, malls, offices, institutions, and transit sites, the Minister said.

    RAT would be enough to assess the COVID-19 situation in a district and the method would be adopted in areas where the first dose of the vaccine has been given to more than 80 per cent of the people there.

    She said the earlier methods of testing would continue in areas where the first dose of the vaccine has been given to less than 80 per cent of the people. In cases where two weeks have elapsed since the second dose and if an individual is asymptomatic, he or she would not be subject to the tests.

    Those diagnosed with the coronavirus in the past two months would also be excluded from the tests, she said. | Read More

    18:25 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jammu and Kashmir allows higher educational institutions to resume physical classes if staff, students vaccinated

    The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday granted permission to higher educational institutions to resume off-line classes provided all staff members and students are fully vaccinated, over four months after shutting them owing to the second wave of COVID-19.

    The administration, however, extended the closure of schools and coaching centres till further orders. | Read More

    18:10 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club reopens for tourists in wake of new relaxations in COVID-19 guidelines 

    Tamil Nadu | Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club reopens for tourists in wake of new relaxations in COVID-19 guidelines.

    "I wanted to visit the Club for a long time. It's pretty safe around here. Police are checking vaccination certificates, masks and sanitisers," says a tourist (ANI) 

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    17:51 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Andhra adds over 1,500 fresh Covid-19 cases

    The cumulative coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh climbed to 20,12,123 with the addition of 1,557 fresh positives on Sunday. The gross recoveries went up to 19,83,119 as 1,213 infected persons got cured in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday. A health department bulletin said 18 more people succumbed to COVID-19 in 24 hours, pushing the total toll up to 13,825. Continuing the oscillating trend, the number of active cases increased to 15,179 due to a substantial gap between fresh cases and recoveries in 24 hours. Three districts reported more than 200 fresh cases each, four reported more than 100 each and the remaining six, less than 100 each. (PTI)

    17:48 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: J&K allows higher educational institutions to resume physical classes if staff, students vaccinated

    The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday granted permission to higher educational institutions to resume off-line classes provided all staff members and students are fully vaccinated, over four months after shutting them owing to the second wave of COVID-19. The administration, however, extended the closure of schools and coaching centres till further orders. It also decided to dispense with the mandatory testing for COVID-19 at the entry point to the Union Territory at Lakhanpur for those who have received both dosages of vaccine and allow entry of vaccinated persons into public parks. The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A K Mehta. (PTI)

    16:57 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra health survey focuses mainly on Covid-19, staff shortage affected patients most

    Focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw the postponement of several types of surgeries, and shortage of staff at hospitals were among the factors that affected patients in Maharashtra, as per a survey conducted recently. In a release issued on Saturday, the Jan Arogya Abhiyan, a non-profit public health campaign involving activists, experts and NGOs, which carried out the survey, said cesarean section procedures, trauma care etc took a hit, especially in rural parts of the state. The survey was carried out in July this year and covered 122 primary health centres (PHCs), 24 rural hospitals and 14 sub-district hospitals in 17 Maharashtra districts, namely Akola, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Osmanabad, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Thane, Nandurbar, Parbhani, Palghar, Pune, Beed, Yavatmal, Solapur and Hingoli, the JAA release informed. At least 11 hospitals that were surveyed did not treat accident cases due to the pandemic, 22 rural and sub-district hospitals stopped performing C-section procedures and  and 12 did not perform a wide range of surgeries, forcing many to rush to private hospitals and bear the resultant high costs, it said, adding that cataract operations, minor surgeries and sterilisation procedures were also postponed. (PTI)

    16:55 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 80 new cases push Sikkim's COVID-19 tally to 29,809

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,809 on Sunday as 80 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The Himalayan state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 369 as no fresh fatality was reported. East Sikkim recorded the highest number of new cases at 38, followed by 35 in West Sikkim and seven in South Sikkim. The state now has 1,222 active cases, while 27,936 people have been cured of the disease and 282 have migrated to other states so far, it said, adding that the recovery rate stood at 94.6 per cent. (PTI)

    16:35 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: UP reports 14 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

    With two fresh COVID-19 deaths reported from the state, the toll due to the viral disease in Uttar Pradesh rose to 22,818 as the total cases of infection touched 17,09,248 with 14 new ones. One death each occurred in Mathura and Allahabad, the UP government said in a statement on Sunday. Of the 14 new COVID-19 cases, Lucknow and Varanasi reported two each. In the past 24 hours, 37 Covid patients recovered from the disease and were discharged, taking the total number of cured patients so far in the state to 16,86,165. The total count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 265, the statement said. (PTI)

    16:20 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 11,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in Delhi's three jails, say officials

    Over 11,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to inmates of three jails in the national capital so far by the Delhi Prisons Department, officials said on Sunday. A total of 11,525 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, they said. As on Friday, 1,710 Tihar jail inmates aged above 45 and 6,328 below the age of 45 years were given COVID-19 vaccine, they said. Similarly in Rohini jail, 172 inmates above 45 years and 600 below that age were administered the vaccine while in Mandoli jail, 483 inmates aged above 45 and 2,232 below it have been inoculated, according to the data. The prisons department launched a Covid vaccination drive for the inmates in the 45-plus age category on March 18, while the inoculation of prisoners in the 18-44 age group began on May 18. Since March, around 383 coronavirus cases have been reported among the inmates of the three jails and eight of them have succumbed to the infection, officials said, adding 225 prison staff have been infected with Covid so far.  (PTI)

    16:02 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: McGinn to sit out Scotland game due to COVID-19

    John McGinn will miss Scotland's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Denmark after testing positive for COVID-19, the Aston Villa midfielder said on Sunday. McGinn was left out of Villa's squad for their last two matches, a 1-1 draw with Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday and a 6-0 win over Barrow in the League Cup in midweek. The 26-year-old said he would also not be able to play for Scotland in their first match of the international break against Denmark at Parken Stadium on Wednesday. (Reuters)

    15:45 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Devotees not permitted to visit temples on Janamashtami in Delhi

    Devotees will not be permitted to visit temples on Janamashtami as DDMA guidelines prohibit religious gatherings. We will urge people to celebrate it at their homes & not to gather at temples. Action will be taken against those violating guidelines: RP Meena, DCP South-East,Delhi (ANI)

    15:20 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Bharat Biotech scouts international COVID-19 vaccine partners

    Indian vaccine maker Bharat Biotech is seeking international manufacturing partners as it targets a billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine each year, the company said on Sunday. COVAXIN, the company's home-grown COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in India, is one of two shots driving the country's massive vaccination programme. But Bharat Biotech has struggled to boost output, missing supply commitments to the Indian government, which is also relying on a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India and Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. On Sunday, the company rolled out the first batch of COVAXIN shots from a facility in Ankleshwar in western India that has the capacity to produce more than 10 million doses per month. Bharat Biotech said it was exploring opportunities with its international partners who have expertise in commercial-scale manufacturing of inactivated viral vaccines. 'We want to ensure that Bharat Biotech can ably meet the demand for COVAXIN such that individuals across the country, and the globe, have access to the vaccine,' chairman and managing director Krishna Ella said in a statement. (Reuters)

    15:02 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Yemen gets first batch of J&J COVID-19 vaccines

    Yemen received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson on Sunday, roughly 151,000 doses, the health ministry said. The desperately poor country, where health infrastructure has been devastated by six years of war, received 360,000 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine in March through COVAX. This shipment is the first batch of a total of 504,000 doses it is set to receive from the United States. The single-dose vaccines arrived as the United Nations warned early this month that Yemen, where only roughly 1% of the population is vaccinated, faces a third wave of COVID-19. The disease has killed 1,450 people in areas controlled by the internationally-recognised government of Yemen based in Aden, out of a total 7,751 recorded infections. (Reuters)

    14:54 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Minor boy receives Covid-19 shot in Madhya Pradesh, falls sick; probe ordered

    A 16-year-old boy fell ill after he was allegedly administered a COVID-19 vaccine in Bagh Ka Pura locality in Ambah tehsil of Morena district in Madhya Pradesh, prompting authorities to order a probe on Sunday. A senior health official said the probe will find out how the teenager was given the shot even though the government is yet to roll out any anti-COVID 19 vaccination programme for minors. Pillu, son of Kamlesh Kushwaha, was administered the jab at a vaccination centre, nearly 35 km away from the Morena district headquarters, on Saturday following which his head spun and he started frothing from the mouth, sources said. Doctors in Ambah referred him to Gwalior for treatment, they said. (PTI)

    14:10 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan eyes mixed use of COVID-19 shots to speed vaccine rollout

    Japan is looking into the possibility of mixing shots of AstraZeneca Plc's COVID-19 vaccine with those developed by other drug makers in a bid to speed up its vaccine rollout, the minister in charge of vaccinations said on Sunday. Japan, which has previously relied on the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc vaccines, approved AstraZeneca's vaccine in July and has secured two million doses. "I have asked the health ministry to come up with an opinion about the use of AstraZeneca vaccines for the first dose and Pfizer's with the second, or the AstraZeneca's as the first shot and Moderna as second," vaccine programme chief Taro Kono said on the Fuji Television network. This could speed up the vaccination rollout by shortening the intervals between the first and second shots when using the AstraZeneca vaccine, he said. (Reuters)

    14:09 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: German region plans tougher restrictions for unvaccinated

    At least one region in Germany is planning to impose tougher restrictions on people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 as the country faces a fourth wave of the pandemic, a state official was quoted as saying on Sunday. The German government currently requires people to be vaccinated, test negative or have a recovery certificate to enter indoor restaurants, visit hospitals and nursing homes and attend events, parties or do sports inside. The southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg's social ministry has proposed banning unvaccinated adults from restaurants and concerts altogether, and restricting their contacts."If it hits the intensive care units, we have to act," Thomas Strobl, Baden-Wuerttemberg's deputy leader, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "It would be wrong to hold everyone jointly liable, including the vaccinated. That's why there will be different rules for the unvaccinated than for the vaccinated." The health minister in neighbouring Bavaria also supports the proposals, the paper said. (Reuters)

    14:06 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Odisha launches sero survey, logs 849 new COVID-19 cases, 69 more fatalities

    Odisha on Sunday reported 849 new COVID-19 cases which took the tally in the state to 10,06,503, while 69 fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 7,834, a health official said. At least 119 children are among the new patients, he said. The infection rate among people below 18 years of age was at 14 per cent, up marginally from 13.47 per cent recorded on Saturday, the official said. The daily positivity rate was at 1.23 per cent as 849 new COVID cases were detected from 68,667 sample tests. The Odisha government launched a state-level serological survey during the day, he said. Regional Medical Research Centre of ICMR has been asked to conduct the exercise in 12 districts. "The serological survey will help assess the age-specific prevalence of SARC-CoV-2 antibodies among common people and healthcare workers in the state," the official said. (PTI)

    13:31 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Thailand allows local flights to resume in COVID-risk areas

    Thailand will allow some domestic flights to and from Bangkok and other high risk areas for COVID-19 to resume from Sept. 1, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said Sunday. The announcement follows the easing of tough restrictions in high risk areas from next month, including allowing more provincial travel and the reopening of shopping malls, as the government tries to help a struggling economy hit by the outbreak. (Reuters)

    12:51 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Puducherry adds 96 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,23,394

    Puducherry logged 96 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,23,394, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Sunday. The fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 4,950 samples and the cases were spread over Puducherry (65), Karaikal (18) and Mahe (13), Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release. Yanam did not report any new case of infection. He said that the active cases stood at 692 with 157 in hospitals and the remaining 535 in home isolation. The Health department Director said 100 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday while the overall recoveries rose to 1,20,890. The Department of Health has tested so far 16.32 lakh samples and has found 13.86 lakh of them to be negative. (PTI)

    12:31 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 166 children among 880 new COVID patients in Mizoram

    At least 880 more people, including 166 children, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 57,522, a health department official said on Sunday. The death toll rose to 212 as three fresh fatalities due to the infection were reported during the period, he said.  At least 166 children, six health professionals and a Border Security Force jawan were among the new patients, the official said. Aizawl district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 386, followed by Mamait at 138 and Lunglei at 118. The daily positivity rate was at 8.32 per cent as the new cases were detected from 10,575 sample tests. Eight new patients have travel history, while the remaining 872 were found to have locally contracted the disease, the official said. (PTI)

    12:15 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Mandaviya releases first commercial batch of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech's new plant in Gujarat's Ankleshwar

    The first commercial batch of Covaxin was released on Sunday from the new plant of Bharat Biotech at Ankleshwar in Gujarat's Bharuch district by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. "Vaccination is the most important thing to strengthen the country's fight against coronavirus. Released the first commercial batch of #COVAXIN from Bharat Biotech's plant at Ankleshwar, Gujarat today. This will increase the supply of vaccine in the country and will help the vaccine reach every Indian," Mandaviya tweeted soon after the event. The government had earlier this month given approval to Bharat Biotech's Ankleshwar-based manufacturing plant to produce anti-COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin. (PTI)Image

    11:37 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Ladakh records 14 new COVID-19 cases

    Fourteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh, taking the overall infection tally to 20,544 and the number of active cases to 72, officials said on Sunday. Ladakh has registered 207 Covid-related deaths -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. As many as 20,265 patients have recovered till date. The officials said 3,782 persons were tested for COVID-19 in the twin districts on Saturday and 14 of them were positive. The new positive cases included 13 in Leh and one in Kargil. (PTI)

    11:23 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Australia's COVID-19 cases hit new record as 'reopening' debate heats up

    Australia logged a record 1,323 local COVID-19 cases on Sunday as debate rages on whether the country should start living with the virus in the community, after initially being successful with suppressing coronavirus. Australia's most populous state New South Wales (NSW), the epicentre of the nation's Delta-fuelled outbreak, reported 1,218 cases as authorities there are set to slightly ease restrictions after nine weeks in lockdown. The lockdown is scheduled to last until the end of September. NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed to reopen the state once 70% of those 16 and older get vaccinated. "No matter what the case numbers are doing (...) double-dose 70% in NSW means freedom for those who are vaccinated," Berejiklian said. On Sunday, she said the state has reached the halfway point of achieving the target. In Victoria, the country's second-most populous state which is in its sixth lockdown since the start of the pandemic, there were 92 new infections on Sunday, the highest in nearly a year. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said his state's lockdown, due to end on Thursday, will be extended, but would not say for how long. (Reuters)

    11:05 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 71 new COVID-19 cases push Arunachal Pradesh's tally to 52,831

    Seventy-one more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the total caseload in the northeastern state to 52,831, a senior health official said here on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll in the frontier state remained at 260, as no new fatality due to the contagion was reported in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Lower Subansiri reported the highest number of fresh cases with 12, followed by the Capital Complex Region and Lower Dibang Valley at 10 each, West Siang (7), Upper Siang (6), Pakke Kessang (5), East Siang (4), three each from Leparada, ChAanglang and West Kameng, two from Papumpare and one each from Kamle, Lohit, Longding, Tawang, Shi-Yomi and Tirap district respectively, the official said. Sixty-eight new cases were detected through rapid antigen test, two through RT-PCR and one through TrueNAT method, the official said. (PTI)

    10:53 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Odisha reports 849 new Covid-19 cases, 69 deaths

    COVID19 | Odisha reported 849 new cases, 69 deaths and 956 recoveries yesterday; active cases 7,820 (ANI)Image

    10:37 (IST)29 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Thane sees 240 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

    With the addition of 240 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,50,817, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said. With three more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the death toll in the Thane district rose to 11,279. The mortality rate is 2.04 per cent, he added. In neighboring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,437 while the death toll is 3,292, the official said. (PTI)

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