Coronavirus India News August 30 Highlights: Covid third wave could peak between Oct-Nov; intensity expected to be 1/4 of second wave

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The study report would be submitted to the CM, General Education and other concerned officials, who would take a call on the reopening of schools after that.The study report would be submitted to the CM, General Education and other concerned officials, who would take a call on the reopening of schools after that.

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave August 30 Highlights: The Covid-19 surge is almost under control in most of India, with the pace of vaccination increasing and the number of Coronavirus infections declining. However, the possibility of a third wave can’t be ruled out, as some states/UTs like Kerala and Maharashtra have been showing an increasing trend in Covid-19 cases.

India reported more than 2.9 lakh new Coronavirus infections in the week ended August 29, a 32 rise in the number of Covid-19 cases over the previous week. The week also recorded the highest weekly cases since the seven-day period of June28-July 8 (3.05 lakh Covid-19 cases). With the coming festive season, the challenge to restrict the Covid-19 spread is going to be tougher. Kerala remains the concern. The southern state alone contributed 66% to India’s Covid-19 tally. With 1.9lakh new infections (the highest weekly spike since the week ended May 23), the state reported a massive surge of 55% over the previous week (1.25 lakh cases). In order to limit the Coronavirus spread, the Kerala government has reimposed lockdown on Sundays and announced night curfew from today.

The number of new coronavirus infections in India has been hovering around 30,000. However, it has shown an upward trend for the past few days, with the country reporting more than 40,000 cases. India reported 42,909 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,27,37,939, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, according to Union health ministry data on Monday. With 380 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll has climbed to 4,38,210, the ministry said. The number of Covid-19 active cases in the country has increased to 3,76,324 and now accounts for 1.15 per cent of the total infections.

The Indian Council of Medical Research has recently predicted the third wave could hit the nation anywhere between September and October. However, it could be less severe than the second wave, the ICMR said, adding the third wave may rear its head if states/UT remove Covid restrictions prematurely. Ahead of the festive season, the Home Ministry has also extended Covid containment guidelines till September 30. The ministry has also asked states/UTs not to lower the guard and take necessary measures to avoid and public gatherings and ensure strict Covid protocol in order to avoid any spread.

In the meanwhile, Bharat Biotech has released the first batch of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin from its new plant in Gujarat. This will further boost the vaccine supply. The company is also scouting for global manufacturing partners to increase vaccine supply. On August 27, India administered a record 1.03 lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, thanks to the higher uptake in rural areas.

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

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    22:42 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Himachal Pradesh sees 96 fresh COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

    Himachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally increased to 2,13,341 on Monday with 96 fresh cases, while the death toll climbed to 3,579 as three more people succumbed to the disease, a health official said. Two deaths were reported from Mandi and one from Kangra, he said. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh stands at 1,643, the official said. As many as 209 more patients recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,08,109, he said. (PTI)

    21:54 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Coronavirus booster shots can help vulnerable, WHO Europe head says

    A COVID-19 booster shot is a way to keep the most vulnerable safe and not a luxury robbing people who have yet to have even a single jab, a senior World Health Organization official said on Monday.The comments from WHO Europe head Hans Kluge appeared to be more positive than the U.N. health body's past assessments of the third vaccinations being administered by a growing number of countries.Last week, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said data on the third shots was inconclusive.  (Reuters)

    21:42 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Italy reports 53 coronavirus deaths on Monday, 4,257 new cases

    Italy reported 53 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, up from 37 the previous day, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 4,257 from 5,959, the health ministry said.A total of 129,146 deaths linked to COVID-19 have been registered in Italy since its outbreak emerged in February last year. That is the second-highest tally in Europe behind Britain and the eighth-highest globally. Italy has reported 4.53 million cases to date.Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 4,264 on Monday, up from 4,133 a day earlier.There were 50 new admissions to intensive care units, increasing from 44 on Sunday. The total number of intensive care patients rose to 548 from a previous 525.Some 109,803 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 223,086, the health ministry said. (Reuters)

    21:21 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 973 new cases in Karnataka, 15 deaths

    Karnataka on Monday reported 973 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,48,228 and death toll to 37,293, the health department said. The day also saw 1,324 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,92,517. Bengaluru Urban recorded 264 new cases as the city saw 261 discharges and three deaths. Active cases stood at 18,392.

    20:56 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Gujarat sees 12 COVID-19 cases, 13 recoveries

    Gujarat reported 12 COVID-19 cases on Monday, including three in Ahmedabad, taking the state's tally to 8,25,410, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,081, an official said. The discharge of 13 people from hospitals took the recovery count to 8,15,179, leaving the state with 150 active cases, including four critical patients, he said. The COVID-19 vaccination drive remained suspended on the second day on Monday for Janmashtami festivities, a release said, adding that 4,54,69,490 doses had been administered in the state so far. (PTI)

    20:32 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 'Ayodhya Ki Ramleela' to have fully vaccinated performers this time

    The popular 'Ayodhya Ki Ramleela' to be staged in October this year in Uttar Pradesh will have fully vaccinated performers against the novel coronavirus infection, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said on Monday. No actor will be allowed to take part in the Ramleela unless he or she has taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, he said. The north east Delhi BJP MP will play the role of 'Angad' in the programme. The Ramleela will be staged and broadcast live on Doordarshan from October 6 to October 15. It will also be available on Youtube and other social media platforms, Ramleela Committee chairman Subhash Malik said. (PTI)

    20:23 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Maharashtra logs 3,741 new COVID-19 cases, 52 deaths, 4,696 recoveries

    Maharashtra reported 3,741 new coronavirus cases and 52 fresh fatalities on Monday, taking the infection tally to 64,60,680 and the toll to 1,37,209, a state health department official said. The official said 4,696 patients were discharged from hospitals across the state in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of recovered patients to 62,68,112. The state, which now has 51,834 active cases, has 2,88,489 people in home isolation and another 2,299 in institutional quarantine, he said. Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.02 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. (PTI)

    20:20 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Jammu and Kashmir records 105 cases

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 105 fresh cases of the coronavirus on Monday taking the number of infected people to 3,25,253, while the union territory registered no fresh death due to the virus in the past 24 hours, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 30 were from the Jammu division and 75 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 48 cases, followed by 14 cases in Doda district. The number of active cases rose to 1,264 in the union territory, while 3,19,582 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. (PTI)

    20:01 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Denmark suggests a third vaccine for compromised

    Danish Health Authorities recommended Monday that people with severe immune deficiency get a third dose of coronavirus vaccine. The Danish Medicines Agency said that some people may have insufficient effect of vaccination against COVID-19, just as they may have reduced effect of other vaccines. (Reuters)

    19:22 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Denmark suggests a third vaccine for compromised

    Danish Health Authorities recommended Monday that people with severe immune deficiency get a third dose of coronavirus vaccine. The Danish Medicines Agency said that some people 'may have insufficient effect of vaccination against COVID-19, just as they may have reduced effect of other vaccines.' The government agency said it was a recommendation as to which groups should be offered revaccination with a third dose COVID-19 vaccine on the basis of severely weakened immune systems.

    18:57 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Goa sees 59 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, 59 recoveries

    The COVID-19 tally in Goa reached 1,73,850 on Monday with the addition of 59 cases, while the day also saw three deaths and 59 recoveries, an official said. The toll in the state stands at 3,198 and the number of people discharged so far is 169,769, leaving it with 883 active cases, he said. With 3,966 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 12,03,513, the official added. (PTI)

    18:46 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Kerala records 19,622 new positive cases; TPR is 16.74 per cent

    Kerala on Monday reported 19,622 new positive cases and 132 COVID-19-related deaths, taking the caseload to 40,27,030 and the death toll to 20,673. State health minister Veena George said 1,17,216 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 16.74 per cent. Till now 3,13,92,529 samples have been tested in the state. Among the districts, Thrissur reported the highest number of cases today--3,177, followed by Ernakulam with 2,315 and Kozhikode 1,916. (PTI)

    18:30 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Covid third wave could peak between Oct-Nov; intensity expected to be 1/4 of second wave

    India may see a third wave of COVID-19 peaking between October and November if a more virulent mutant than the existing ones emerge by September, but its intensity is expected to be much lower than the second wave, a scientist involved in the mathematical modelling of the pandemic said on Monday. Manindra Agrawal, an IIT-Kanpur scientist who is part of the three-member team of experts that have been tasked with predicting any surge in infections, said if no new virulent emerges, then the situation is unlikely to change. If the third wave peaks, the country may see only 1 lakh daily cases as against more than 4 lakh when the deadly second wave was at its peak in May. The second wave killed thousands and infected several lakh.  (PTI)

    18:13 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Karnataka striving to make Bengaluru first metro to completely vaccinate eligible population

    Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday said the government is aiming to make Bengaluru the first metro city in India to completely vaccinate all its eligible residents against COVID-19. The aim is to fully vaccinate the entire eligible population by the end of December, the minister said. The government has set a target of vaccinating five lakh people everyday and on Wednesday, a special vaccination drive will be carried out to vaccinate 10 lakh people. Sudhakar said the Centre has provided 1.10 crore vaccines in August. The supply has increased after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and he had a discussion with the centre, the minister said. "We are aiming to make Bengaluru the first metro city to complete vaccination for all its eligible residents," Sudhakar said. (PTI)

    17:07 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: VP Naidu urges scientists from DIPAS to intensify research to tackle future pandemic

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday lauded the contribution of scientists and frontline workers from the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences in the fight against COVID-19 and advised them to intensify their research to effectively combat any such pandemic in the future. Around 25 scientists and technicians from DIPAS, a Defence Research and Development Organisation lab, were invited to Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas by the vice president. They were accompanied by DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy. Interacting with them, Naidu said the pandemic has triggered unprecedented health crisis and severely impacted lives and livelihoods across the world. Lauding DIPAS and other DRDO labs for rising to the occasion and developing various indigenous products for treatment and management of COVID-19, he said in the wake of the emergence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2, it is important to be ever vigilant to effectively tackle any future threats. - PTI

    17:03 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: MNS activists held over 'Dahi Handi' protest in Thane

    Some 20 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists were arrested on Monday in Thane for sitting on a 'dharna' demanding permission from authorities for traditional 'Dahi Handi' celebrations which have been banned in view of the coronavirus pandemic, police said. They were released later. The activists, led by the party's Thane-Palghar unit chief Avinash Jadhav, said they would, irrespective of the police ban, celebrate the festival, which involves formation of human pyramids by youngsters to break curd-filled pots kept at a height. The popular festival organized during Gokulashtami, which attracts a lot of crowds, is to be celebrated on Tuesday. - PTI

    16:43 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: New Covid variant, C.1.2, may be more infectious, evade vaccine protection: Study

    A new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which cause COVID-19, has been detected in South Africa and many other countries globally which could be more transmissible and evade protection provided by vaccines, according to study. Scientists from National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa said the potential variant of interest, C.1.2, was first detected in the country in May this year. C.1.2 has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13, they said. According to the yet-to-be peer-reviewed study posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on August 24, C.1.2 has mutated substantially compared to C.1, one of the lineages which dominated the SARS-CoV-2 infections in the first wave in South Africa. The new variant has more mutations than other variants of concern (VOCs) or variants of interest (VOIs) detected worldwide so far, the researchers said. - PTI

    16:36 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Covid restrictions at border with Kerala to continue: Official

    Restrictions on the movement of people enforced at the border with Kerala will continue as there has been no change in the Covid-19 situation in Kerala, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said. Giving a clarification on reports claiming that the Centre has lifted the requirement of RT-PCR certificates to cross the border, he said the Karnataka government's order mandating the RT-PCR test negative certificates for those coming to DK from Kerala is still in force. The order is meant to contain the spread of Covid-19 and the district administration will continue to implement the same, he said. Rajendra said more than 30,000 new Covid cases are being reported from Kerala daily and the test positivity rate in neighbouring Kasaragod district is around 12 per cent. - PTI

    16:11 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 1,100 challaned in Delhi on Sunday for not wearing mask

    The Delhi Police Sunday issued 1,100 challans to people for not wearing a mask, according to official data. The data provided by the Delhi Police showed a total of 1,225 challans were issued Sunday of which 76 were for violating social distancing norms, eight for spitting and 41 for consumption of liquor at a public place, and chewing pan, gutkha, and tobacco. A total of 2,38,721 people were prosecuted for not wearing a mask in the national capital during the lockdown from April 19 to August 29. In the same period of time, police penalised 28,734 people for violating social distancing norms, 1,463 for large public gatherings or congregations, 1,482 for spitting and 1,509 for consumption of liquor, pan, gutkha, and tobacco, the data showed. - PTI

    15:58 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon self-isolates after close contact with COVID-19 case

    The head of the devolved Scottish government in the UK, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is self-isolating after she was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Sturgeon, 51, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), announced on Twitter on Sunday that she had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Protect, Scotland's local tracing system. She said that in line with the current guidelines in the region, she would self-isolate pending a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result. "I've had notification tonight that I've been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for Covid. "Accordingly, and in line with the rules, I'll be self-isolating pending a PCR test result. My thanks to all the contact tracers working so hard in NHS Test & Protect," said Sturgeon. (PTI)

    15:50 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 2 oxygen generator plants installed at Govt Hospital in Hosur

    Two oxygen generator plants were set up at a cost of Rs 1.18 crore in a government hospital in Hosur on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border for the benefit of COVID-19 patients. The plants have a capacity to generate 500 litres of liquid oxygen per minute and have a storage capacity of 400 litres with a bottling facility. The plants were sponsored by Hinduja Group company Ashok Leyland, a press statement from the company said here on Monday. (PTI)

    15:32 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Coronavirus booster shots "not a luxury", WHO Europe head says

    A third-dose booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is a way to keep the most vulnerable safe and "not a luxury", the World Health Organization said on Monday. The WHO said earlier this month data did not indicate a need for booster shots, while topping up already fully vaccinated people would further increase vaccine inequity between rich and lower-income countries. "A third dose of vaccine is not a luxury booster (that is) taken away from someone who is still waiting for a first jab. It's basically a way to keep the most vulnerable safe," Hans Kluge, head of WHO Europe, told a press briefing. Kluge also said an increase in COVID-19 transmission rates across Europe over the last two weeks, combined with low levels of vaccination in some countries, was "deeply worrying". (Reuters)

    15:18 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Higher European COVID-19 transmission rates "deeply worrying" - WHO Europe head

    An increase in COVID-19 transmission rates across Europe over the last two weeks combined with low levels of vaccination in some countries are "deeply worrying", the head of WHO in Europe, Hans Kluge, told a news briefing on Monday. (Reuters)

    15:16 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Over 63.09 crore Covid vaccine doses supplied to states so far, says Centre

    More than 63.09 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have so far been provided to the states and Union territories by the Centre for free and under the direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Monday. Further, more than 21.76 lakh (21,76,930) doses are in the pipeline, it added. More than 4.87 crore (4,87,39,946) balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, the ministry said. (PTI)

    15:02 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: France requires virus pass for 2M workers

    Some 2 million French workers in restaurants and other service jobs must now show a health pass to go to work, as part of government virus-fighting efforts. The public is already required to show the pass to go to French restaurants, tourist sites and many other public venues.  Starting Monday, all staff members must also show the pass, which requires proof of vaccination, a fresh negative virus test or recovery from COVID-19. Those who don't risk suspension or other punishment, and businesses that don't comply face potential fines. Nearly 72% of French people have had at least one virus dose and more than 64% are fully vaccinated. A small but vocal minority of people who oppose vaccinations or the health pass system have held weekly protests around the country since July. (AP)

    14:47 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: LNJP Hospital is gearing up to tackle possible third wave

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    14:25 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: New Covid variant, C.1.2, may be more infectious, evade vaccine protection, says study

    A new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which cause COVID-19, has been detected in South Africa and many other countries globally which could be more transmissible and evade protection provided by vaccines, according to study. Scientists from National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa said the potential variant of interest, C.1.2, was first detected in the country in May this year. C.1.2 has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13, they said. (PTI)

    14:12 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Russia reports 18,325 new Covid cases, 792 deaths in past 24 hours

    • Russia reports 792 deaths from Covid-19 in past 24 hours
    • Russia reports 18,325 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours (vs. 19,286 cases on the previous day) (Reuters)

    13:55 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Non-bailable warrants against three in fake Covid testing scam during Kumbh

    A Haridwar court has issued non-bailable warrants against Mallika and Sharat Pant of Max Corporate services and Dr Navtej Nalwa of Nalwa Path Labs in connection with fake Covid tests conducted during Kumbh. The NBWs against the three main accused in the case were issued on Saturday by the court of chief judicial magistrate, Haridwar. The two firms and their owners were among three companies named in an FIR lodged in connection with the case. After obtaining the NBWs from the CJM's court, efforts are being made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to arrest them, Haridwar SSP Senthil Avoodai Krishna Raj S said. Police teams have been sent to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and New Delhi in search of the accused, he said. The scam pertains to issuing negative Covid test reports to a host of people whose samples were never taken and who did not even attend the Kumbh mela. (PTI)

    13:54 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Odisha logs 609 new COVID-19 cases, 67 fresh fatalities

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,07,112 on Monday as 609 more people, including 97 children, tested positive for the infection, while 67 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 7,901, a health official said. The detection of 609 fresh infections was the lowest daily spike since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic in April this year. Of the 64,991 samples tested on Sunday, only 609 reports returned positive keeping the test positivity rate at 0.93 per cent. "The TPR has come down below 1 per cent for the first time in five months," he said. However, despite a sharp decline in fresh cases, the infection rate among children is on the rise. It was 15.92 per cent on Monday, 14.01 per cent on Sunday, 13.47 per cent on Saturday, and 12.99 per cent on Friday. As many as 354 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 255 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing. (PTI)

    13:43 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Ladakh records 7 new Covid cases

    Ladakh reported seven new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall infection tally to 20,551, officials said Monday, even as the Kargil district administration allowed schools to reopen from September 1 for classes 6th to 8th. The union territory has registered 207 Covid-related deaths -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. As many as 20,273 patients have recovered till date. The officials said 4,218 people were tested for COVID-19 in the twin districts Sunday and seven of the samples returned a positive result. The new positive cases included five in Leh and two in Kargil. Eight patients were discharged after recovering from the diseases, bringing down the active cases in the region to 71 -- 51 in Leh and 20 in Kargil, the officials said. Those discharged Sunday included six in Leh and two in Kargil. (PTI)

    13:22 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Thailand approves $1.4 bln in outbreak relief measures

    Thailand's cabinet on Monday approved a further 44.3 billion baht ($1.37 billion) in relief measures, a government spokesman said, as the Southeast Asian country struggles to tackle its worst COVID-19 outbreak. The support will be for those affected by tough restrictionsin 29 high-risk provinces, including Bangkok, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana told a briefing. (Reuters)

    13:07 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Indonesia schools start cautious reopening after devastating virus wave

    Indonesia's capital Jakarta reopened 600 of its schools on Monday as coronavirus restrictions eased, though a teacher federation urged caution and warned of clusters in classrooms caused by the highlytransmissible Delta variant. Jakarta's infection rate has dropped, authorities said, from a peak last month that saw Indonesia become Asia's coronavirus epicentre, with more than 4 million cases and 131,000 fatalities overall. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said 610 of 10,000 schools deemed safe had opened at 50% capacity in a resumption of a trial that started in April. "The conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic are much more under control," he said on Instagram. Vaccinations are not mandatory for at-school learning, Anieshas said, adding that 91% of children aged 12-18 and 85% of educators have been fully inoculated. Nearly 70% of Jakarta's 10 million population have been vaccinated. (Reuters)

    12:53 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: China administers total of 2.045 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of August 29

    China administered about 11.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Aug. 29, bringing the total number of doses administered to  2.045 billion, data from the National Health Commission showed on Monday. (Reuters)

    12:50 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Japan's Moderna vaccine contamination woes widen as 1 mln more shots withdrawn

    Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine contamination woes in Japan have widened with another million doses being suspended, after foreign substances were found in more batches and two people died following shots from affected lots. The suspension of Moderna supplies, more than 2.6 million does in total, comes as Japan battles its worst wave of COVID-19 yet, driven by the contagious Delta variant, with new daily infections exceeding 25,000 this month for the first time amid a slow vaccine rollout. The latest reports of vaccine contamination came from the Gunma prefecture near Tokyo and the southern prefecture of Okinawa, prompting the suspension of two more lots in addition to the 1.63 million doses already pulled last week. A tiny black substance was found in a Moderna vaccine vial in Gunma, an official from the prefecture said, while in Okinawa, black substances were spotted in syringes and a vial, and pink material was found in a different syringe. The fresh suspensions followed a government report on Saturday that two people died after receiving Moderna shots that were among lots later suspended. (Reuters)

    12:28 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Malaysian PM in quarantine after contact with COVID-19 patient

    Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is under quarantine following a close contact with a COVID-19 patient, his office said in a statement on Monday. His office did not say how long he would be in quarantine or whether he had been tested for the coronavirus. Ismail Sabri was sworn in as prime minister earlier this month, succeeding Muhyiddin Yassin who had resigned after failing to hold onto a narrowmajority in parliament. He takes charge amid public anger over the handling of the pandemic, with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases to record highs and downgraded growth forecasts after the economy has been battered by extended lockdowns. (Reuters)

    12:26 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Schools to reopen for classes 6-8th from September 1 in Kargil

    Ladakh | District Magistrate Kargil has issued orders for reopening of schools for classes 6th to 8th from 1st September in the district (ANI)

    12:24 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Delta Plus COVID variant cases in Rudraprayag rise to 15

    Number of Delta Plus COVID variant cases in Rudraprayag has risen to 15 after a fresh case was reported today. In Udham Singh Nagar, 3 more cases of Delta Plus variant have been reported, taking its number to 5, out of which one infected person is missing: Uttarakhand Health Dept (ANI)

    12:16 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Puducherry adds 63 fresh Covid-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,23,457

    The union territory of Puducherry added 63 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,23,457, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Monday. The 63 fresh infections were identified at the end of the examination of 3,565 samples, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. He said the new cases were spread over Puducherry (52), Mahe (6) and Karaikal while Yanam did not report any infections. The number of active cases stood at 667 with 155 in hospitals and 512 patients in home isolation. As many as 88 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Monday as the total recoveries climbed to 1,20,978. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions and the death toll remained  at 1,812. (PTI)

    12:02 (IST)30 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: 88 children among 440 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram

    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally soared to 57,962 on Monday as 440 more people, including 88 children, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The northeastern state's coronavirus death toll rose to 213 as a 68-year-old woman from Aizawl succumbed to the infection. Aizawl reported the highest number of new cases at 310, followed by Mamit (74) and Kolasib (15), he said, adding that all the fresh infections were detected during contact tracing and the single-day positivity rate stood at 22.59 per cent. Mizoram now has 8,510 active cases, while 49,239 people have recovered from the infection so far, including 271 on Sunday. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 84.95 per cent, while the mortality rate was at 0.36 per cent. (PTI)

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