Coronavirus News Highlights: Bihar to administer 30 lakh vaccine doses during Friday’s special vaccination drive to commemorate PM Modi’s birthday

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Covid-19 vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave Highlights, Coronavirus Cases and Fatality Rate India, India Coronavirus R Factor Today's News September 16: At 30,570, India reports sharp rise in daily Covid-19 cases; 431 deaths; Kerala remains top contributor; Over 5.33 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses still available with states/UTs, says Centre

Coronavirus India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update India, Third wave, record vaccination, test positivity rateKerala, which has been contributing the most to India's Covid-19 tally for the past few weeks, has started witnessing decline in daily Covid-19 cases. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Today News September 16 Highlights: It has been more than 18 months since the Covid-19 pandemic stuck the nation. When will it end? Even after so many restrictions, lockdowns, curfews, social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccines, there is still no clear answer. But, there are a lot of signs/evidence from which some realistic expectations can be made on how the Coronavirus pandemic will progress over the next year so. Last week, the world saw nearly 4 million Coronavirus cases, marking the first major decline in new infections in more than two months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the recent weeks, weekly new cases were above 4.4 million globally. In its weekly release, the WHO said every region in the world saw a drop in new Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week.

After reporting below 40,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past 7 days and less than 30,000 for the past four days, India witnessed 30,570 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the overall Covid-19 tally to 3,33,47,325, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. The Covid-19 death toll has climbed to 4,43,928 with 431 new fatalities. The number of active cases in the country has dropped to 3,42,923, and now comprises 1.03% of India’s total infections, the health ministry said.

According to weekly analysis of Covid-19 cases, except four, all states/UTs have seen a decline in their seven-day average of cases. Kerala, which has been contributing the most (60-70%) to India’s Covid-19 tally for the past few weeks, has seen a sharp decline in this seven-day average; from 27,673 on September 8, it has dropped to 20,079 on Wednesday. In Maharashtra, the second-biggest contributor, the average fell to 3,589 for 4,077 a week ago.

As the Covid-19 situation continues to improve in India, the Delhi government on Wednesday allowed public fairs and exhibitions from today in the city. However, the West Bengal government has extended Covid restrictions till September 30 ahead of the festivals in order to check the Covid-19 spread.

Globally, the Delta variant continues to create problems for nations. The US, Australia, and China have been battling to check its spread.

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

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    23:26 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Government of Jharkhand issues guidelines for Durga Puja

    Durga Puja may generally be performed at temples or privately at home. Puja may also be performed in specially erected small pandals/mandaps, only with the objective of performance of rituals, by respective Puja Committee members without public participation: Govt of Jharkhand (ANI)

     
    22:57 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Government of Jharkhand allows opening of schools for certain classes

    Schools, including residential schools, are permitted to operate offline classes for std 6, 7 and 8 from 20th Sept apart from offline classes for std 9, 10, 11, and 12 which shall continue: Government of Jharkhand (ANI)

    22:42 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 77 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in India 

    Over 77 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in India: Union Health Ministry (PTI) 

    22:28 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: China says it has vaccinated 1 billion people

    Chinese health officials announced Thursday that more than 1 billion people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the world’s most populous country, or about 72% of its 1.4 billion people.

    Through Wednesday, 2.16 billion vaccine doses had been administered and 1.01 billion people had been fully vaccinated, National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng said at a news conference. | Read More

    22:12 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: ICMR study highlights issues faced by healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 management

    Excessive workload with erratic timings accentuated by the extended duration of inconvenient personal protection equipment usage, periods of quarantine, long durations of separation from family, risk of infecting families and stigma from community were among the most common issues reported by healthcare workers involved in the COVID-19 management, according to an ICMR study.

    The study was conducted between September and December last year through telephonic interviews with 111 healthcare workers (HCWs) involved in the COVID-19 management across 10 states. | Read More

    21:58 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Novel coronavirus may infect a higher proportion of pregnant women: ICMR study

    The novel coronavirus may infect a higher proportion of pregnant women and they can develop moderate-to-severe diseases, an ICMR study has said, underlining the need for them to seek immediate medical attention.

    According to the study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, the most common complication were a pre-term delivery and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. | Read More

    21:41 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 127 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths in last 24 hours

    Himachal Pradesh reports 127 new COVID-19 cases, 206 recoveries and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases: 2,16,430Total recoveries: 2,11,215Death toll: 3,631

    Active cases: 1,568 (ANI)

    21:27 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa reports 95 new coronavirus cases, zero death, 96 recoveries

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 95 and reached 1,75,183 on Thursday, while no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 3,289, he said.The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,71,195 after 96 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the official said. Goa now has 699 active cases, the official said. "With 5,072 new coronavirus tests, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 12,84,660," he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,75,183, new cases 95, death toll 3,289, discharged 1,71,195, active cases 699, samples tested till date 12,84,660. (PTI) 

    21:12 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jammu and Kashmir reports 170 fresh coronavirus cases

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 170 fresh cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the infected tally to 3,27,466 while no fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union territory in the past 24 hours, officials said.  Of the fresh cases, 41 were from Jammu division and 129 from Kashmir division of the UT, the officials said.They said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 70 cases followed by 27 cases in Budgam district. Srinagar has 698 active cases, which is the highest among the 20 districts in the UT. There are 1,421 active cases in the Union territory, while the number of recovered patients stands at 3,21,630, the officials said.The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic was 4,415 as no fresh death was reported in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, the officials said there were 46 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in Jammu and Kashmir as no fresh case was reported since Wednesday evening. (PTI) 

    20:52 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 28 new COVID-19 infections, one death in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 28 new COVID-19 infections, 22 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases: 14,38,373Total recoveries: 14,12,880Death toll: 25,084

    Active cases: 409Test positivity rate at 0.04% (ANI)

    20:39 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana adds 259 new COVID-19 cases, one death

    Telangana on Thursday added 259 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection count to 6,62,785, while the death toll rose to 3,900 with one more fatality.  The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 72, followed by Khammam (22) and Warangal Urban (16) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today.With 301 people recuperating from the infectious disease, the cumulative number of recoveries till date was 6,53,603. Active cases stood at 5,282. It said 58,261 samples were tested on Thursday and the total number tested till date was 2,57,11,341.The samples tested per million population were 6,90,793. The case fatality and recovery rates in the state were at 0.58 per cent and 98.61 per cent compared to 1.3 per cent and 97.61 per cent, respectively, at the national level.  (PTI) 

    20:22 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bihar to administer 30 lakh vaccine doses during Friday's special vaccination drive to commemorate PM Modi's birthday, says health minister Mangal Pandey

    CM Nitish Kumar has directed the Health Dept to conduct a special vaccination drive across the state tomorrow, on the occasion of PM Narendra Modi's birthday. So, State Health Dept has decided to administer 30 Lakh vaccine doses on 17th Sept: Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey (ANI)

    20:05 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: As festivals near, govt calls for vaccination, Covid-appropriate behaviour, responsible festivities

    As the festival season approaches, the government on Thursday cautioned against a spike in coronavirus infections, and stressed that the call of the hour is vaccine acceptance, maintenance of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, responsible travel and responsible festivities.

    “Overall there is stabilisation in COVID-19 cases and Kerala has also reported drop in cases…. In the coming two-three months, we need to be cautious that there is no upsurge…. It is also the period of festivities and also when flu cases rise…we request everyone to be careful and retain the gain that we have achieved (in the pandemic management),” an official said at a press briefing. | Read More

    19:54 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 booster dose not central theme at the moment, Govt says

    The government on Thursday said COVID-19 booster shot is not the central theme in scientific discussion as well as in the public health domain at the moment and getting the two doses remain the main priority.

    Responding to a question at a press briefing, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said administering both the doses is absolutely essential and there should be no breakage in that. | Read More

    19:41 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Timely diagnosis, medical management upped survival chances in Covid-linked black fungus cases, study says

    A study on Covid-associated mucormycosis, spanning patients from 11 hospitals across five states in northern India, has suggested that timely diagnosis along with early surgical and medical management offered better chances of survival for them, a leading healthcare group said on Thursday.

    The study was based on clinical profile of Covid-associated mucormycosis (CAM cases during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic from March-July this year at units of the Max Healthcare group, it said. | Read More

    19:41 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Timely diagnosis, medical management upped survival chances in Covid-linked black fungus cases, study says

    A study on Covid-associated mucormycosis, spanning patients from 11 hospitals across five states in northern India, has suggested that timely diagnosis along with early surgical and medical management offered better chances of survival for them, a leading healthcare group said on Thursday.

    The study was based on clinical profile of Covid-associated mucormycosis (CAM cases during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic from March-July this year at units of the Max Healthcare group, it said. | Read More

    19:28 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1,108 fresh COVID-19 infections, 18 deaths today

    Karnataka reports 1,108 fresh COVID-19 infections, 809 recoveries and 18 deaths today

    Total cases: 29,65,191Total recoveries: 29,11,434Death toll: 37,555

    Active cases: 16,174 (ANI)

    19:15 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,693 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,693 new COVID-19 cases, 1,548 recoveries and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases: 26,40,361Total recoveries: 25,88,334Death toll: 35,271

    Active cases: 16,756 (ANI)

    19:01 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 64 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 30,802

    Sikkim reported 64 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours taking the state's tally to 30,802, according to a health department bulletin on Thursday. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 379 as no fresh fatality was registered. (PTI)

    18:56 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: AP logs 1,367 new COVID-19 cases

    The Covid-19 caseload in Andhra Pradesh increased to 20,34,786 as 1,367 were added afresh on Thursday. In the 24 hours ending 9 am today, 1,248 infected persons got cured while 14 succumbed, leaving 14,708 active cases, the latest bulletin said. (PTI)

    18:40 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Govt calls recent NYT article on Covid response 'provocative, attention seeking'; condemns it

    The government called the recent New York Times article on India's Covid response a "provocative, attention seeking" piece that comes at a time when the country is doing well in tackling the pandemic. The article claimed that the "ICMR tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's optimistic narrative despite a looming crisis". (PTI)

    18:28 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala reports 22,182 fresh COVID19 infections

    Kerala reports 22,182 fresh COVID19 infections, 26,563 recoveries and 178 deaths today.

    Active cases: 1,86,190Total recoveries: 42,36,309Death toll: 23,165

    1,21,486 samples tested in the last 24 hours

    18:18 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ladakh records 9 new Covid cases

    Ladakh recorded nine fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 20,625, officials said. The number of active cases in the Union Territory stands at 40, including 38 in Leh and two in Kargil district, they said. (PTI)

    18:02 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency

    The European Union said Thursday that it will fund its new health preparedness and rapid response agency to the tune of 30 billion euros (USD 35 billion) over the next six years, even pushing it higher if individual efforts from the member nations and private sector are taken into account. Caught off guard by the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the 27-nation bloc long lagged behind the US and Britain in vaccination rates before regrouping and meeting its goal of having 70 per cent of EU adults vaccinated this summer. (AP)

    17:30 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 20 per cent of India's adult population vaccinated

    20 per cent of India's adult population have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 62 pc have got at least one dose: Govt. (PTI)

    17:18 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: France suspends 3,000 health staff as Europe targets vaccine refusal

    Hospitals, care homes and health centres have suspended around 3,000 workers across France for failing to comply with mandatory COVID vaccination, the government said on Thursday, as countries around Europe weigh how far to go to combat the pandemic. (Reuters)

    17:02 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 20 per cent of India's adult population have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

    20 per cent of India's adult population have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 62 pc have got at least one dose: Govt. (PTI)

    16:41 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mizoram is a state of concern.

    Mizoram is a state of concern. In coming 2-3 months, we have to maintain caution against any upsurge of COVID cases. We request everyone to remain careful in the coming quarter. We're happy to see the number of cases stabilising, even in Kerala: VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog. (PTI)

    16:31 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala reported 67.79 per cent of India's total COVID-19 cases last week

    Kerala reported 67.79 per cent of India's total COVID-19 cases last week, it is only state with more than 1 lakh active cases: Govt. (PTI)

    16:29 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pakistan's COVID toll crosses 27,000

    Pakistan's coronavirus death toll crossed 27,000 on Thursday after another 66 people died in the last 24 hours, according to the official data on Thursday. In its daily bulletin, the Ministry of National Health Services said 3,012 new cases were also reported in this period, taking the confirmed cases to 1,215,821 while the death toll touched 27,004. The data showed that another 3,897 patients have recovered and with it the number of people who have completely recovered reached 1,112,236 in the country. The latest positivity rate was 5.3 per cent, which was slightly higher than 4.78 per cent of the previous day.  (PTI)

    16:09 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mizoram reports 1,402 new COVID cases, positivity rate at 12.1%

    Mizoram on Thursday reported 1,402 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 75,470, a Health Department official said. The new cases were detected after testing 11,599 samples in the last 24 hours, registering a positivity rate of 12.10 per cent, he said. Four more people died in the state, pushing the toll to 250, he said. Aizawl registered the highest number of new cases at 779, followed by Siaha (265) and Serchhip (78), he said. At least 242 children were among the newly-infected people, the official said. There are 13,973 active cases in the state at present, while 61,247 people have recovered, including 950 people on Wednesday. (PTI)

    15:54 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Hospitals, doctors two sides of same coin, one can't function without other: Health minister

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday inaugurated patient-centric facilities at the Safdarjung Hospital here and said hospitals and doctors are the two sides of the same coin and one cannot function without the other. He also said that doctors enjoy tremendous respect in society and their commitment in protecting people from COVID-19 has vastly increased this respect. (PTI)

    15:43 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: If children contract Covid, but are asymptomatic, it shouldn't be matter of concern: Experts

    COVID-19 in children should not be of much concern if they are asymptomatic and do not have severe infection, experts said on Thursday, amid some states, including Mizoram and Kerala, reporting a rise in cases among those aged below 10 years. They, however, stressed on the need for preparing and ramping up arrangements for any eventuality, including more children requiring hospitalisation. (PTI)

    15:30 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: New AI tool can help treat COVID-19 patients globally: Study

    A team of international researchers has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can predict how much extra oxygen a COVID-19 patient might need during hospital care. To check the accuracy of the AI tool, it was tested out in a number of hospitals across five continents. (PTI)

    15:14 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Malaysia reopens resort island as vaccinations rise

    Hundreds of holiday-makers flocked to Malaysia's northern resort island of Langkawi as it reopened Thursday to fully vaccinated travelers. Langkawi is the first holiday destination in the country to welcome visitors as part of a domestic tourism bubble. If successful, it could see other holiday destinations following suit in a bid to revive the economy. Malaysia has reported more than 2 million infections while deaths have surged above 21,000 despite a lockdown in June. (PTI)

    14:57 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha records 580 new COVID-19 cases; over 66 lakh people fully vaccinated

    Seventy-seven children are among the 580 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Thursday, pushing the tally to 10,18,298, a health department official said. The rate of infection among children and adolescents stands at 13.2 per cent, he said. Four fresh fatalities in the state raised the toll to 8,118, the official said. Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest number of new cases at 261, followed by Cuttack at 87. The two districts together accounted for 60 per cent of the new cases. (PTI)

    14:32 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Senior nursing officers deputed in private health facilities for COVID-19 to be repatriated

    The Delhi government has directed that all senior nursing officers, who were posted in private hospitals for monitoring COVID-19 patients, be sent back to their parent hospitals. "The competent authority is pleased to repatriate all senior Nursing Officers... who were posted as Nodal Officer in various private health care facilities from Delhi Govt. Hospitals to monitor management of COVID-19 patients along with monitoring the Covid vaccination... to their parent hospitals," the order that was issued last week said. (PTI)

    14:10 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports 19,594 new Covid-19 cases, 794 deaths

    • Russia reports 19,594 new Coronavirus cases in past 24 hours (vs. 18,841 cases on previous day)
    • Russia reports 794 deaths from Covid-19 in past 24 (Reuters)

    13:38 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Assam to reopen schools for Class X students from September 20, says CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Classes for Class X students in all high schools, high madrassas, residential schools and day boarding schools will be reopened from 20th September. School employees and workers to be fully vaccinated: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI)Image

    13:27 (IST)16 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Senior nursing officers deputed in private health facilities for COVID-19 to be repatriated

    The Delhi government has directed that all senior nursing officers, who were posted in private hospitals for monitoring COVID-19 patients, be sent back to their parent hospitals. "The competent authority is pleased to repatriate all senior Nursing Officers... who were posted as Nodal Officer in various private health care facilities from Delhi Govt. Hospitals to monitor management of COVID-19 patients along with monitoring the Covid vaccination... to their parent hospitals," the order that was issued last week said. The order also said that if any substitute of the senior nursing officers were deployed by the parent hospital, they should be relived and repatriated, it added. (PTI)

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