Coronavirus India News Highlights: Kerala logs 15,876 fresh Covid cases; TPR at 15.12 per cent

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India has administered 60% of its adult population with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 19% have received both doses, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave News Today September 14 Highlights: India achieved another milestone on Monday in its fight against Coronavirus infection; the country has crossed the 75-crore mark in vaccination, the fastest among the world to achieve the feat. However, at this rate, India will be able to cover 43% of its population by the end of the year. India needs to vaccinate at least 60 of its population to avoid the impending Covid-19 third wave, as per experts. According to the estimate, India requires 12 million doses per day to achieve the target. Now, India has the most partly immunized people in the world. The country has administered 60% of its eligible adult population with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 19% have received both doses, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

India has administered the last 10 crore jab in just 13 days. Though the supply of vaccines has improved, vaccine hesitancy and growing complacency over the second dose might make it difficult for India to achieve its December target of vaccinating all above 18 years. Along with this, any laxity during the ongoing festive season might reverse India’s gain in its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

With an increase in the pace of vaccination, new infections and Covid-19 deaths have started declining. At 25,404, India reported below 30,000 new Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, the number of total Coronavirus infections in the country increased to 3,32,89,579, according to Union Health Ministry data. The Covid-19 death toll also climbed to 4,43,213, with 339 daily fatalities in the last 24 hours. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has declined to 3,62,207 and now accounts for 1.09% of the total infections. With 15,058 new infections, Kerala contributed the most to India’s Covid-19 tally. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.78%. This has been below 3% for the past 15 days.

Here’s the FE Online’s live blog on the latest updates on the Coronavirus pandemic from India and around the globe:

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22:38 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: COVID is still out there, warns UK PM as he sets out winter plan

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday warned that ‘COVID is still out there’ as he set out his winter strategy for dealing with the pandemic without having to resort to further lockdowns. Addressing a Downing Street press conference, he pointed to higher coronavirus case numbers than this time last year making things “actually more challenging” for the government. However, he said the success of the country’s vaccination programme meant that the easing of lockdown can continue, with a backup Plan B in place to reimpose some restrictions over time. (PTI)

22:29 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh reports 35 coronavirus cases, 1 death; active tally at 371

Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,04,937 on Tuesday as 35 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality took the toll to 13,559, a health official said. The number of recoveries reached 9,91,007 after 16 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 23 others completed their home isolation during the day, he said. The state now has 371 active cases, the official said. (PTI)

22:08 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Despite COVID-19, South Africa to hold key local polls

After uncertainty if COVID-19 would force South Africa to postpone local government elections, the courts have ruled that the crucial polls should move ahead. Despite concerns about political rallies spreading the disease, South Africa’s courts ruled earlier this month that the Independent Electoral Commission should hold the polls on November 1. The elections may see erosion of support for the ruling party, the African National Congress party, which failed to register candidates in about 90 municipalities across the country before the deadline. However, the electoral commission threw the ANC a lifeline by reopening registration for candidates to be councilors in the nation’s cities. (PTI)

22:07 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: A sum of 3.5 crore doses administered in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh crossed a major milestone by administering a total of 3.50 crore doses (first and second) of the coronavirus vaccine to the eligible target groups. Of the total, 1.08 crore people got both the does administered while another 1.33 crore took only the first jab so far, health department data showed. The state government started vaccinating persons in the 18-44 age group only late last month but so far covered 44.51 per cent of the total 1,93,80,368 eligible with the first dose. While 74,20,492 got the first dose, 12,05,445 of them completed the second as well. (PTI)

21:48 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Gujarat reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, zero death; active tally at 153

Gujarat reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its infection tally to 8,25,640, while no fresh death due to the infection was registered in the state, the health department said. As many as 19 coronavirus patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases to 8,15,405, it said in a release here. There are currently 153 coronavirus patients under treatment in Gujarat, of which four are in critical condition, it said. With no new death, the state’s COVID-19 toll remained unchanged at 10,082, said the department. (PTI)

21:44 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Maha logs 3,530 new coronavirus cases, 52 deaths, 3,685 recoveries

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 3,530 new coronavirus cases and 52 fresh deaths, taking the infection tally to 65,04,147 and the toll to 1,38,221, a health department official said. The number of daily cases and fatalities witnessed a rise as compared to Monday, when the state had reported 2,740 COVID-19 cases and 27 fatalities. The official said 3,685 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative recoveries to 63,12,706 and leaving Maharashtra with 49,671 active cases. The state has 2,96,176 people in home quarantine and another 1,875 in institutional quarantines, he said. (PTI)

21:44 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu logs 1,591 new Covid-19 infections, 27 fatalities: Health dept

Tamil Nadu reported less than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases for the second day, adding 1,591 fresh infections pushing the overall caseload to 26,37,010 till date, while 27 people succumbed to the virus taking the toll to 35,217, the Health department said on Tuesday. The state has been witnessing an increasing trend with regard to new infections over the last few weeks and was adding over 1,600 daily infections. However, on Monday, the new infections fell to 1,580. (PTI)

21:20 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Haryana reports 17 new cases

No Covid-related deaths were reported in Haryana on Tuesday, but 17 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the overall infection tally to 7,70,676. According to the health department’s daily bulletin, the death toll stands at 9,807. Among the new cases, six were reported from Panchkula and four from Gurgaon. No fresh case was registered in 13 of the 22 districts in the state. The count of active cases stands at 118, while the tally of recoveries has reached 7,60,521. The recovery rate was recorded at 98.68 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Nashik sees 107 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, 60 recoveries

The COVID-19 tally in Nashik reached 4,06,882 on Tuesday with the detection of 107 cases, while the day also saw four deaths and 60 people being discharged from hospitals, an official said. The toll in the district is 8,606 and the recovery count stands at 3,97,384, he said. With 4,594 samples being examined on Tuesday, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 25,13,594, he added. (PTI)

20:56 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 38 fresh COVID-19 cases in Delhi, no new fatality

The national capital recorded zero fatality due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 38 fresh infections at a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. The national capital had recorded 17 COVID-19 cases, the lowest since March 28 last year, and zero death on Monday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent. The capital has recorded only one fatality due to the infection in September so far. The total number of tests conducted the previous day stood at 70,308. With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbed to 14,38,288. Of this, over 14.12 lakh patients have recovered from the disease. The death toll stands at 25,083, according to the bulletin. (PTI)

20:41 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: In-person classes for primary students to resume in Madhya Pradesh from Sep 20

With daily COVID-19 cases falling significantly in Madhya Pradesh, the state government has allowed physical classes for students of primary schools – grades 1 to 5 – from September 20 with 50 per cent cap on attendance and by following COVID-19 protocols, an official said on Tuesday. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he said. The government had earlier reopened schools for in-person classes for students of grades 6 to 12 across the state with 50 per cent capacity. It was also decided at the meeting that classes 8, 10 and 12 in residential schools can operate with cent per cent student strength from September 20, Deputy Secretary of School Education Department Pramod Singh said. (PTI)

20:15 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Nashik sees 107 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, 60 recoveries

The COVID-19 tally in Nashik reached 4,06,882 on Tuesday with the detection of 107 cases, while the day also saw four deaths and 60 people being discharged from hospitals, an official said. The toll in the district is 8,606 and the recovery count stands at 3,97,384, he said. With 4,594 samples being examined on Tuesday, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 25,13,594, he added. (PTI)

19:47 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: J&K reports 150 new cases

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 150 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the infected tally to 3,27,140 while no death was reported in the last 48 hours, officials said. Of the new cases, 38 were from the Jammu division and 112 from the Kashmir division, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 75 cases followed by 11 cases in Budgam district, they said. There are 1,325 active cases in the Union Territory, while the number of recovered patients was 3,21,401, they said. (PTI)

19:35 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Govt planning to increase monthly stipend of children who lost parents due to COVID-19 to Rs 4,000

The central government is planning to increase the monthly financial support given to children who lost their parents to COVID-19 from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, a senior official said on Tuesday. The official said a proposal may go to the Cabinet for approval in the next few weeks. The Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed that the monthly stipend given to children who lost their parents to the pandemic be increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, the official said. (PTI)

19:25 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Goa records 109 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Goa reported 109 new coronavirus cases and two deaths on Tuesday, the state heath department said. The tally of infections recorded in the state thus rose to 1,75,000 while the death toll reached 3,219. The number of recovered patients in the state rose to 1,71,064 as 92 persons got discharged from hospitals during the day. (PTI)

19:07 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala logs 15,876 fresh COVID cases, 129 deaths

After reporting more than or close to 30,000 COVID-19 cases daily during the first week of September, Kerala has been logging comparatively lesser fresh infections since then with the state reporting 15,876 cases on Tuesday, which took the total caseload to 44,06,365. The number of active cases in the state dropped below two lakh — 1,98,865 to be exact — with 25,654 people recovering from COVID-19 since Monday and the total recoveries rose to 41,84,158, a state government release said. The state also reported 129 deaths in the last 24 hours, which took the total fatalities to 22,779, the release said. (PTI)

18:52 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 1,125 COVID-19 cases added to AP’s tally

Another 1,125 cases were added to Andhra Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally, pushing it up to 20,31,974 on Tuesday. Recoveries increased to 20,03,543 as 1,356 more people got cured in 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, a health department bulletin said. The overall coronavirus toll touched 14,019 as nine more succumbed in a day. The active caseload has come down to 14,412, the bulletin added. (PTI)

18:29 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: UK payrolls above pre-pandemic level and job vacancies soar

The number of people on payroll in the UK has soared back to levels last seen before the coronavirus pandemic struck a year and a half ago, official figures showed Tuesday in the latest clear signal that the lifting of lockdown restrictions has prompted businesses to ramp up hiring. The Office for National Statistics said that payroll numbers rose by 241,000 between July and August to 29.1 million. The total is now 1,000 higher than it was the month before the pandemic struck in March 2020. (AP)

18:19 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: UK expert panel recommends COVID booster jabs for over-50s

Britain’s expert advisory panel on Tuesday recommended that a third booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine would be beneficial for people aged over 50 and frontline healthcare workers to boost their protection against the deadly virus over the winter months. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) recommendation notes that six months after a second COVID vaccine dose is the optimum timing to boost immunity with another dose, with the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines among those ideal for use as a third jab. (PTI)

17:59 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Delhi CM provides Rs 10 lakh compensation to kin of doctor who died during 2nd wave

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh as financial assistance to the wife of Amit Singh Damia, a doctor who lost his life while on Covid duty earlier this year. Kejriwal met his wife Manmeet Alang at the former’s residence. “This is a small gesture of help from our side. We will always stand with the frontline workers. We are proud of Dr Amit Singh’s service. We hope this financial aid helps the family of Dr Amit Singh. We will always stand by the family,” the CM said. (PTI)

17:28 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: China permits flights from EU to bring stranded employees but not yet from India

China is permitting chartered flights from Germany, France and Italy organised by their chambers of commerce to bring back employees stranded due to COVD-19 but it is yet to decide on extending the facility to hundreds of Indians stuck back home. Asked why such a facility was not extended for the stranded Indians, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here on Tuesday China is dynamically adjusting to the pandemic situation to permit international travel. (PTI)

16:54 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Booster vaccine shots can keep a lid on COVID this winter, UK health official says

A plan to administer vaccine booster shots to people over 50 and the vulnerable will play a substantial part in keeping a lid on the COVID pandemic this winter, England’s deputy chief medical officer said on Tuesday. “The booster programme will make a very substantial impact on keeping the lid on things COVID wise in terms of hospitalisations and deaths and keeping pressure off the NHS (National Health Service) this winter,” Jonathan Van-Tam told reporters. (Reuters)

16:38 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kochi Infopark to be fully vaccinated by Sept

Setting the stage for the IT companies to resume normal operations, the Kochi Infopark here will achieve complete vaccination coverage against COVID-19 by this month. The second dose vaccination drive by Infopark in association with Technopark Employees Cooperative (TEC) Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram will be held from September 22 to 24. The second dose vaccination is in full swing with many companies inoculating their employees, family members and also support staff, Infopark said. “Infopark will get 10,000 doses of vaccine from TEC Hospital for the drive. The first dose of vaccination was completed in June,” Infopark officials said in a release. John M Thomas, the CEO of Kerala IT Parks said some companies that have already completed vaccination have resumed normal operations. 
“While companies may not completely shift from the work-from-home mode, more companies will return to IT parks in the coming months. In addition to the complete vaccination, the reopening of schools will also pave the way for more staff to return to their offices,” Thomas said. (PTI)

16:26 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha logs 428 fresh Covid-19 cases, lowest in 5 months

The daily COVID-19 caseload maintained its downward curve in Odisha, which recorded 428 infections on Tuesday, the lowest single-day spike in five months, a health department official said. The state’s coronavirus tally stood at 10,17,261, while four more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,108, he said. On Monday, it had reported 471 fresh cases. Khurda district, comprising state capital Bhubaneswar, recorded the highest number of new infections (179), followed by Cuttack (46) and Jajpur (21). Eight districts – Bolangir, Boudh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Subarnapur – did not register any fresh case in the last 24 hours, the official said. The four fatalities were reported from Khurda (2), Cuttack and Puri (one each). (PTI)

16:11 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Gujarat govt announces night curfew in 8 major cities from Sept 15 to curb Covid-19 spread

Night curfew in Gujarat will be from 11 pm to 6 am in 8 major cities including Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot from Sept 15 to Sept 25 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases: Gujarat govt (ANI)

16:03 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mizoram registers highest single-day spike of 1,502 new COVID-19 cases

Mizoram registered its highest-ever single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as 1,502 more people, including 300 children, tested positive for the infection, pushing the state’s tally to 72,883, a health official said. The notheastern state’s coronavirus death toll rose to 244 as six more people succumbed to the infection, he said. However, the daily test positivity rate dipped to 16.39 per cent from 31 per cent on the previous day as 9,165 samples were tested for the infection. Aizawl district registered the highest number of fresh cases at 879, followed by Champhai (144) and Siaha (101), he said. At least 300 children, two healthcare workers and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan were among the new patients, the official said. Five new patients have travel history, while the remaining 1,497 infections were detected during contact-tracing, he said. Mizoram now has 13,366 active cases, while 59,273 people have recovered from the infection so far, including 526 on Monday. (PTI)

15:57 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: More than 72.77 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Govt

More than 72.77 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through Government of India (free of cost channel) and direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. Further, more than 1.6 crore doses (1,60,75,000) are in the pipeline. More than 4.49 crore (4,49,03,025) balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states/UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, the ministry said. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states/UTs by providing them Covid vaccines free of cost, it stated. (PTI)

15:40 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pakistan announces restrictions on unvaccinated

Pakistan’s planning minister has warned that people who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to work from offices after this month. In a televised message Tuesday, Asad Umar said unvaccinated people will also not be eligible to enter shopping malls, use public transport or to travel by air after the September 30 deadline. Umar also asked people to keep social distancing in comments that came hours after Pakistan reported a steady decline in cases of coronavirus. Umar said about 52% of the adult population in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, had been vaccinated and other cities should also try to vaccinate at least 40% of their eligible population as soon as possible to avoid lockdowns and COVID-19 related restrictions. (AP)

15:30 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Study finds big drop in Covid antibodies within 4 months of vaccination

A study of 614 fully vaccinated health workers in India found a “significant” drop in their COVID-fighting antibodies within four months of the first shot.The findings could help the Indian government decide whether to provide booster doses as some Western countries have done. Waning antibodies do not necessarily mean that immunised people lose their ability to counter the disease, as the body’s memory cells may still kick in to offer substantial protection, said the director of a state-run institute that did the study. “After six months, we should be able to tell you more clearly whether and when a booster would be needed,” Sanghamitra Pati of the Regional Medical Research Centre, based in Bhubaneswar, told Reuters on Tuesday. “And we would urge similar studies in different areas for pan-India data.” British researchers said last month that protection offered by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fade within six months. The Indian study, published in the Research Square pre-print platform but yet to be peer reviewed, is one of the first such done in the country involving its main two vaccines – Covishield, a licensed version of the AstraZeneca shot, and domestically developed Covaxin. (Reuters)

15:11 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: VK Paul on Covid-19 vaccine for children

Our attention at this moment should be to vaccinate all adults. Throughout the world, opening up of vaccination for children is small. WHO doesn’t recommend general vaccination for children even today. There’s no need to panic, we are in step with the developments: Dr. VK Paul (ANI)

15:07 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: We hope WHO will take decision on Covaxin quickly, says VK Paul

  • We must give time to WHO to make their decision based on Science & yet we hope that the decisions will be taken quickly because people who are receiving Covaxin have certain imperatives of travel etc for which WHO’s concurrence is important: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog
  • We know of positive developments-data sharing, data evaluation going on through multiple reviews&we know that we’re close to decision point. We believe that positive decision could be coming in before month end: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health,Niti Aayog on WHO nod for Covaxin expected (ANI)

15:04 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 4 new Covid cases

Ladakh recorded four fresh COVID-19 cases Tuesday, taking the tally to 20,608 while the active cases in the union territory went down to 30, officials said. Ladakh has registered 207 Covid-related deaths — 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Four patients of coronavirus were cured and discharged from hospitals on Sunday, thereby taking the number of recoveries to 20,371, which accounts for 98.8 percent, officials said. All the four fresh cases Tuesday were reported in Leh, they said. (PTI)

15:00 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India looking to include Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine in national vaccination program, says VK Paul

The discussion on its pricing is ongoing, a decision will be taken soon. We are looking to include this vaccine in the national vaccination program: Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog on Zydus Cadila’s COVID19 vaccine ZyCoV-D (ANI)

14:41 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Vladimir Putin is to self-isolate after COVID-19 detected in entourage – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will go into self-isolation after cases of the new coronavirus were detected in his entourage and will therefore not travel to Tajikistan this week for regional security meetings, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

14:35 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports 17,837 new Covid-19 cases, 781 deaths

  • Russia reports 17,837 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours (vs. 18,178 cases on the previous day)
  • Russia reports 781 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours (Reuters)

14:02 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: All schools in Himachal to remain shut till September 21 amid Covid-19

In view of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh, all schools in the state to continue to remain close, except the residential schools further up to September 21: State Govt (ANI)

13:42 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: England schoolchildren aged 12-15 years to be offered COVID vaccine first dose

Schoolchildren aged between 12 and 15 years will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine starting next week, the UK government has announced after the country’s Chief Medical Officers gave their go-ahead for the jabs for younger age groups. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Monday evening that ministers have accepted the advice of the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and the National Health Service (NHS) is now preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme. This will be based on what the NHS says is their “successful model” used for vaccinations including for HPV and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP), supported by general practitioners (GPs) and community pharmacies. “I have accepted the recommendation from the Chief Medical Officers to expand vaccination to those aged 12 to 15, protecting young people from catching COVID-19, reducing transmission in schools and keeping pupils in the classroom,” said UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid. (AP)

13:31 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Little capacity to help Idaho, say Washington hospital execs

Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighbouring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday. Taya Briley, executive vice president of the Washington State Hospital Association, called the situation “very sobering” during a media briefing, saying Washington faces its worst COVID wave since the pandemic began “even before big recent events like fall fairs and a return to school. Hospitals are cancelling necessary surgeries and taking longer to deal with heart attacks and strokes because COVID patients are taking up so many beds. Nearly 1,700 patients are hospitalised with COVID, up from 350 in June and early July before the delta variant’s spread among the unvaccinated drove the spike, Briley said. More than 95% of hospitalised patients are unvaccinated, a staggering amount of unnecessary suffering, Briley said. Some 260 patients are on ventilators. “When you walk down a hall that is full of COVID patients, it becomes very real,” Briley said. “These patients cannot catch their breath. … They are, in effect, drowning. It’s horrible for the patients and it’s also something that causes horrible anguish for our staff.” About two-thirds of Washington residents age 12 and older had been fully vaccinated as of last week, and 74% have received at least one dose, according to Washington Department of Health data. (AP)

13:20 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Vaccines minister Zahawi says UK had right to end Valneva deal

Britain’s vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Tuesday that the British government had the right to cancel a deal with French drugmaker Valneva to supply a COVID-19 vaccine and had told the company it had done so. “There are commercial sensitivities around this but we have a right to cancel the Valneva vaccine and that’s what we’ve informed the company we would do,” Zahawi said. Valneva said on Monday that Britain had ended a 1.4 billion euro ($1.65 billion) vaccine supply deal because it had alleged that the company was in breach of its obligations. (Reuters)

13:13 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala govt decides to restore Saturdays as working days as Covid-19 cases fall

After withdrawing the night curfew and stringent lockdown measures on Sundays, which were imposed in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Kerala government on Tuesday decided to restore Saturdays as working days, wherever applicable. “All employees are instructed to report for duty (on Saturdays) accordingly,” an order issued by the Disaster Management Department said. It said that on August 4, all government offices, quasi government, public sector undertakings, companies, autonomous bodies and commissions were allowed to work from Monday to Friday with full attendance. “After assessing the present COVID-19 scenario and the restrictions imposed in the State to contain the same, the government is pleased to restore Saturdays also as working days, wherever applicable,” it added. (PTI)

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