Coronavirus News Highlights: India administers over 74 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far; Kerala posts 20,240 new cases

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Updated: September 13, 2021 9:21:47 am

Covid-19 vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave, Coronavirus Cases and Fatality Rate India, India Coronavirus R Factor Latest News Today September 12 Highlights: Vaccination is the medicine to boost economy, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Coronavirus India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update India, Covid-19 third wave, Covid protocol for celebration of festivalsThe Centre is also expecting Zydus Cadila's needle-free coronavirus vaccine ZyCoV-D to be available in early October. It will be the first vaccine in India which would be administered in the age group of 12-18 years.

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave News Today September 12 Highlights: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a high-level meeting on the Covid-related situation in India ahead of the festival season, India witnessed a slight dip in daily Covid-19 cases on Saturday and its cumulative vaccination coverage crossed 73.73 crore. Kerala, although continues to share the highest load of Covid-19 cases, has started witnessing a dip in new Coronavirus infections for the past few days.

India reported 28,591 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,32,36,921, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. With 338 fatalities, India’s Covid-19 death toll also climbed to 4,42,655. The number of active cases declined by 6,595 in a span of 24 hours to stand at 3,84,921, and now accounts for 1.16% of India’s total infections, the health ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Centre has told the Supreme Court that the health ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have come out with guidelines for issuing “official document” for Covid-related deaths. Those Covid-19 cases would be considered which have been diagnosed through RT-PCR test, rapid-antigen test, molecular test or clinically determined through investigations at a hospital or by a treating physician at an in-patient facility.

The CoWIN portal has added a new feature called ‘Know Your Customer/Client’s Vaccination Status (KYC-VS) where individuals can now check the vaccination status of their employees, employers, clients, or service providers. The Centre is also expecting Zydus Cadila’s needle-free coronavirus vaccine ZyCoV-D to be available in early October. It will be the first vaccine in India which would be administered in the age group of 12-18 years.

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    22:50 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam reports 259 new cases, 11 deaths today 

    COVID-19 | Assam reports 259 new cases, 459 recoveries and 11 deaths today. Active cases 4,355 and total cases 5,95,105 (ANI)

    22:33 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload grows by 14; active cases stand at 138

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,92,341 on Sunday with the addition of 14 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,517, an official said. The recovery count stood at 7,81,686, leaving the state with 138 active cases, he said.

    With 65,193 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests across the state went up to 1,73,94,193, the official added. An official release said that 5,16,28,132 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in MP so far, including 1,64,867 on Sunday.

    The coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 7,92,341, new cases 14, death toll 10,517 (no change), recoveries 7,81,686, active cases 138, number of tests so far 1,73,94,193. (PTI) 

    22:16 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 11,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in Delhi on Sunday

    With over 11,000 Covid vaccine shots given on Sunday, the cumulative number of doses administered in the national capital so far has reached 1,50,22,686, according to the Co-WIN portal.

    The number of doses was low since a majority of government vaccination centres are shut on Sundays. | Read More

    21:56 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 3,623 fresh Covid cases, tally rises to 64,97,877 

    Maharashtra reports 3,623 fresh Covid cases, tally rises to 64,97,877; 46 more deaths push toll to 1,38,142. Number of active cases in state stands at 50,400: Health Department (PTI) 

    21:56 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 3,623 fresh Covid cases, tally rises to 64,97,877 

    Maharashtra reports 3,623 fresh Covid cases, tally rises to 64,97,877; 46 more deaths push toll to 1,38,142. Number of active cases in state stands at 50,400: Health Department (PTI) 

    21:41 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,608 new cases, 22 deaths 

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,608 new cases, 22 deaths and 1,512 recoveries today; active cases 16,473 (ANI)

    21:27 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 74 crore Covid-19 vaccine jabs administered in India; all adults in 6 states, UTs got 1st dose

    All adult people in Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Ladakh and Lakshadweep have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine as the cumulative jabs administered in the country crossed 74 crore on Sunday, the Union Health Ministry said.

    Around 50,25,159 vaccine doses have been administered till 8 pm on Sunday, according to data from the CoWIN portal. | Read More

    21:08 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra's Parbhani collector leads drive to check COVID-19 norm violations, several fined

    The top district official of Parbhani in Maharashtra along with a team toured several areas on Sunday fining people who had not worn masks or had opened shops without getting their staff vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Collector Anchal Goyal visited Gandhi Park, Shivaji Chowk Janta Market, Kacchi Bazar and old Mondha areas of the city, officials said. Shopkeepers were warned that they would have to pay Rs 5,000 as fine if they opened their outlets without staff getting at least one dose of the vaccine, officials added.

    During this period, 77 people not wearing masks were fined Rs 15,400, while a shop was fined Rs 10,000, an official informed. (PTI) 

    20:49 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bengal reports higher single-day recoveries than fresh cases; death toll rises to 18,577

    West Bengal's Nadia district reported four out of 10 single-day coronavirus fatalities on Sunday, as the state's death toll mounted to 18,577, a health department bulletin said.Recoveries outnumbered daily COVID-19 cases with 751 new infections recorded as against 757 more patients getting discharged, it said.The state's tally stands at 15,56,908. The fresh cases include 125 infections from Kolkata and 124 in North 24 Parganas. According to the bulletin, West Bengal now has 8,187 active cases, after a total of 15,30,144 people were discharged. Altogether, 1,74,78,452 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, it added. (PTI)

    20:49 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bengal reports higher single-day recoveries than fresh cases; death toll rises to 18,577

    West Bengal's Nadia district reported four out of 10 single-day coronavirus fatalities on Sunday, as the state's death toll mounted to 18,577, a health department bulletin said.Recoveries outnumbered daily COVID-19 cases with 751 new infections recorded as against 757 more patients getting discharged, it said.The state's tally stands at 15,56,908. The fresh cases include 125 infections from Kolkata and 124 in North 24 Parganas. According to the bulletin, West Bengal now has 8,187 active cases, after a total of 15,30,144 people were discharged. Altogether, 1,74,78,452 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, it added. (PTI)

    20:35 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Union Health Minister lauds 6 states and UTs for administering first vaccine dose to 100% of adult population

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya lauds 6 states and UTs - Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Dadra  & Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu for administering the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to 100% of the adult population (ANI)

    20:21 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 1,190 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths in last 24 hours

    Andhra Pradesh reports 1,190 new COVID-19 cases, 1,226 recoveries and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 15,110Total cases: 20,29,985Total recoveries: 20,00,877Death toll: 13,998 (ANI)

    20:04 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka's Covid tally reaches 29,61,735 with 803 new cases 

    Karnataka's Covid tally reaches 29,61,735 with 803 new cases, 17 more fatalities push death toll to 37,504; recoveries surge to 29,07,548. Number of active cases in state stands at 16,656: Health bulletin (PTI) 

    19:47 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 87 new COVID-19 cases, one death in last 24 hours

    Himachal Pradesh reports 87 new COVID-19 cases, 170 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 1,536Total cases: 2,15,691Death toll: 3,620 (ANI)

    19:33 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 354 new cases, 7 deaths today

    COVID-19 | Mumbai reports 354 new cases, 188 recoveries, and 7 deaths today. Total positive cases 735056 and active cases 4,823 (ANI)

    19:17 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana records 249 new COVID-19 cases

    Telangana on Sunday added 249 fresh infections to its coronavirus tally, which rose to 6,61,551 while the toll mounted to 3,895  with two related fatalities. The number of active cases stood at 5,258, a state government bulletin said.

    The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported the highest number of 82 cases followed by Nalgonda 18, Medchal Malkajgiri 17 and Warangal Urban 14. Six out of the 33 districts recorded zero cases, it said.

    A total of 53,789 samples were tested on Sunday. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 2.54 crore. A total of 313 COVID-19 recoveries were reported on Sunday taking the total number of recoveries to 6,52,398.

    The recovery rate and case fatality rate in the state was 98.61 per cent and 0.58 per cent, compared to the national average of 97.48 per cent and 1.3 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

    19:03 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 803 fresh COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths today

    Karnataka reports 803 fresh COVID-19 cases, 802 recoveries and 17 deaths today.

    Total cases: 29,61,735Total recoveries: 29,07,548Death toll: 37,504

    Active cases: 16,656 (ANI)

    18:48 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Special Covid vaccination drive on cards in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar

    Authorities in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday finalised the modalities for a door-to-door vaccination drive for inoculation of over 63,000 remaining beneficiaries in the district, officials said.

    Out of the total 1,74,970 beneficiaries, 1,11,242 have received the first dose of Covid vaccine whereas 63,728 beneficiaries are left in the district, they said. The decision to go for a door-to-door vaccination drive was taken at a meeting chaired by Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Sharma.

    In the meeting, it was decided that block and panchayat wise mopping exercises, intensification of Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities, registration for Sehat scheme, vaccination of left out persons would be conducted on a mass mode basis to sweep for the 100 per cent coverage, they said. They said the additional district development commissioner in Kishtwar, who is the nodal officer for the vaccination drive, would monitor the constitution of the panchayat level teams headed by an executive magistrate for the successful conduct of the drive in the district.

    All the tehsildars were asked to furnish panchayat specific list of the teams with their members by Monday which shall be deputed to conduct the vaccination in each panchayat on mass mode basis so that 100 per cent inoculation shall be completed by September 25 in a scheduled manner, the officials said. Sharma directed for conducting side by side registration of left out persons for golden cards in order to ensure that beneficiaries may avail the benefit of the health insurance scheme.

    The Kishtwar deputy commissioner asked the officers concerned to adopt a target driven approach to cover the left out persons besides exhorted the officers to rope in the PRIs at grassroots level in the process to aware and motivate the masses for the vaccination and to register under Sehat scheme, the officials said. The chief medical officer in Kishtwar was asked to conduct a special vaccination camp in the premises of the colleges and schools to ensure 100 per cent vaccination of the students and staff members.  (PTI) 

    18:32 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala posts 20,240 fresh COVID cases, 67 deaths

    Kerala on Sunday reported 20,240 fresh coronavirus cases and 67 deaths which pushed the total infections in the state to 43,75,431 and the fatalities till now to 22,551, the state government said. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was recorded at 17.51 per cent after testing 1,15,575 samples in the last 24 hours, a state government release said.

    The bulletin also said that since Saturday, 29,710 people recovered from the infection taking the total number to 41,30,065 and the number of active cases to 2,22,255. Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest number of cases with 2,572 followed by Thrissur 2,451, Thiruvananthapuram 1,884, Kozhikode 1,805, Kottayam 1,780, Kollam 1,687, Palakkad 1,644, Malappuram 1,546, Kannur 1,217 and Alappuzha 1,197, the release said.

    Of the new cases, 101 were health workers, 114 from outside the state and 19,251 infected through contact, with the source of the contact not being clear in 774 cases, it said.

    There are currently 6,03,315 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 5,72,761 are in home or institutional quarantine and 30,554 in hospitals.  | Read More

    18:18 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: England drops plans for compulsory vaccine passes for events

    A scheme for vaccine passports or so-called “COVID pass” for entry to nightclubs and other large events in England will not go ahead, the UK government announced on Sunday.

    The passes, proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a recent negative test, were expected to be rolled out from the end of this month at most venues and crowded events. However, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has now confirmed that the plan has been axed. | Read More

    17:22 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Video shows Covid-19 norm violations at Maharashtra minister's event; no case, say cops

    A video that went viral on social media of an event attended by Maharashtra minister Dattatray Bharne in Indapur in Pune showed him and several of his supporters not maintaining social distance nor wearing masks, despite both being mandatory as per COVID-19 norms. Bharne, the local Nationalist Congress Party MLA, was attending the inauguration of a new bank building in Pimpri Budruk village on Saturday, and the videos in circulation showed his supporters carrying him on their shoulders. However, when contacted, Indapur police station Inspector T Mujawar on Sunday said no case was registered in this connection as no one had come forward to complain. (PTI)

    17:15 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Delhi reports 22 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; positivity rate at 0.04%

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    17:10 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Mysuru Dasara to be held adhering to Covid protocol!

    • Cultural events will be held for 9 days at Mysuru Palace. We will observe COVID situation till September 25, then we'll ask CM to allow more people. He and experts will take the final decision on the matter: Karnataka Minister S T Somashekar on Mysuru Dasara celebrations
    • We'll ask CM to allow at least 400 people for cultural events in Mysuru Palace, and 1,000 people for 'jambu savari' (procession of elephants). We'll do virtual & physical celebrations. COVID-negative report is mandatory for people coming from Kerala: Karnataka Min S T Somashekar (ANI)Image

    17:00 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Get a jab! Merkel tells Germans before vaccination "action week"

    Chancellor Angela Merkel implored Germans on Sunday to make use of a week-long COVID-19 vaccination campaign in which people can get a free jab at mosques, shops and football pitches. Worried that Germany's vaccination rate of around 62% will not be sufficient to stave off a winter wave of COVID-19 infections, especially due to the dominant Delta variant, the government is making a big push to encourage waverers. "Never was it simpler to get a vaccination. Never has it been quicker," Merkel said in her weekly podcast, adding people could from Monday get a dose without an appointment on public transport and at places of worship and sports facilities.Some 4 million people in Germany have suffered from COVID-19 and more than 90,000 people have died. (Reuters)

    16:54 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Puducherry adds 100 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths take toll to 1,823

    The union territory of Puducherry logged 100 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,24,775 while two fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,823, a top Health department official said on Sunday. Director of Health and Family Welfare Services G Sriramulu said the fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 5,032 samples and they were spread over Puducherry (60), Karaikal  (26), Mahe (13) and Yanam (one). The number of active cases stood at 930 with 178 in hospitals and 752 in home isolation. As many as 82 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday, he said, adding the overall recoveries stood at 1,22,022. The Health department Director said  two more people, both hailing from Karaikal, succumbed to the infection during the last 24 hours taking the toll to 1,823. Both the deceased had diabetes and hypertension as comorbidities. He said that the Department of Health has so far tested 17.02 lakh samples and has found 14.44 lakh out of them to be negative. (PTI)

    16:53 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Covid-19 recoveries cross 2-million mark in Andhra

    The gross Covid-19 recoveries in Andhra Pradesh crossed the two million mark and touched 20,00,877 as 1,226 infected persons got cured in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday. The cumulative coronavirus cases increased to 20,29,985 with the addition of 1,190 in 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. The overall Covid-19 toll rose to 13,998 as 11 more people succumbed to the pandemic in a day. The number of active cases in the state stood at 15,110, the bulletin said. Chittoor district reported 219 fresh cases and Krishna 164 while the remaining 11 districts added less than 150 new cases each in 24 hours. (PTI)

    16:15 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: New milestone! India administers over 74 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far

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    15:56 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: No vaccine passports: UK PM to set out winter COVID-19 plan

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will this week set out his plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in the winter months, announcing a decision to scrap the introduction of vaccine passports and steps to end some emergency powers. Johnson, under fire from some in his governing Conservative Party for raising taxes to fix a health and social care crisis, looks set to try to soothe those critics by ditching plans to introduce passports despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases. Speaking to broadcasters, Health Minister Sajid Javid said he did not anticipate more lockdowns and that the vaccine passports would not be introduced in England, as the government depends instead on vaccines and testing to defend the public. "Now that we're entering autumn and winter ... the prime minister this week will be setting out our plans to manage COVID over the coming few months and in that we will be making it clear that our vaccine programme is working," Sajid Javid told Sky News. (Reuters)

    15:44 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Indonesia reports lowest daily COVID-19 cases since mid-May

    Indonesia reported 3,779 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, the lowest since May 16, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed.Deaths, at 188, were the fewest since mid-June. The positivity rate was 3.05%, the task force data showed. Southeast Asia's biggest country has reported more than 4 million COVID-19 cases and more than 138,000 deaths. (Reuters)

    15:30 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Vaccination is the medicine to boost economy, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

    Holding that 73 crore people of the country's population have received their vaccination, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said vaccination was the only medicine to boost the economy as it allows people to conduct businesses regularly or farmers to carry out farming activity. "Vaccination programme has been going on smoothly in the country and so far 73 crore people have already received jabs free of charge. Today, through vaccination programme, people were able to conduct business, traders were able to procure products to run businesses, (thereby) boosting economy, or farmers were able to do farming...So, vaccination is the only medicine (to combat the virus, to boost economy)...," she said. Sitharaman made those comments while delivering her address at the centenary celebrations of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank here on Sunday. On Sunday, the health ministry in Tamil Nadu eyeing to inoculate 20 lakh people is holding a 'Mega Vaccination Camp' through 40,000 camps being conducted across the State. "All our prayers are not for a third wave (of the Covid-19 virus). Suppose, if it occurs, then one has to think about the availability of hospitals, even if there is an hospital, does it have an ICU and even if there is an ICU, does it have an oxygen support? For all these questions, the Ministry announced a scheme allowing hospitals to ramp up expansion when there was huge impact in the country caused by the second wave (of Covid-19)," she said. (PTI)

    15:29 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Vehicles move without any restrictions in Kochi after Kerala govt lifts Sunday lockdown

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    15:23 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 20% of fully vaccinated people in Odisha fail to develop antibodies, says ILS

    The city-based Institute of Life Science (ILS) said about 20 per cent of the fully vaccinated people in Odisha have failed to develop antibodies against SARS-CoV2 and they may require booster doses. Though Odisha has so far inoculated over 61.32 lakh people with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including more than 10 lakh people in Bhubaneswar, about 20 per cent of them have failed to develop antibodies against SARS-CoV2 and they may require booster doses, said ILS director Dr Ajay Parida. "Though the antibody level is 30,000 to 40,000 in some Covid infected people, it is below 50 in a significant number of vaccinated individuals. If the antibody level is 60 to 100, then we can say the person is antibody positive," the ILS director said. He said the efficacies of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines are only 70 to 80 per cent. (PTI)

    15:16 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: China''s FM Wang visiting Cambodia to discuss virus, trade

    China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Cambodia, where's he expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials to discuss COVID-19 and other regional issues. Cambodia's foreign ministry said Wang's meetings on Sunday and Monday would include discussions of trade and security as well. Wrapping up a visit to neighbouring Vietnam on Saturday, Wang said China planned to donate 3 million vaccine doses to that country, which is under a lockdown to contain a COVID-19 surge. China is Cambodia's biggest investor and closest political partner. Beijing's support allows Cambodia to disregard Western concerns about its poor record in human and political rights, and in turn Cambodia generally supports Beijing's geopolitical positions on issues such as its territorial claims in the South China Sea. (AP)

    14:56 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha logs 649 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths

    Odisha's COVID-19 caseload rose to 10,16,362 on Sunday as 649 more people tested positive for the virus, which is 19 more than the previous day's count, an official said. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 8,098 as six more persons succumbed to the disease. The 649 new COVID-19 cases included 103 children and adolescents in the age-group of 0-18 years. The rate of infection among children now is 15.87, he said. Khurda district of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part reported the highest of 235 new cases followed by Cuttack at 84. These two districts reported about 49 per cent of the state's total daily caseload. The state currently has 6,957 active COVID-19 cases, while 10,01,254 patients have recovered from the disease, including 706 on Saturday. (PTI)

    14:45 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: No more Covid19 lockdowns, UK health minister suggests

    British health minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday he did not expect the country to see any more lockdowns to fight the COVID-19 crisis and ruled out the use of vaccine passports to allow people to attend mass events. "I am not anticipating any more lockdowns. I think it would be irresponsible for any health minister around the world to take everything off the table but I just don't see how we get to another lockdown," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.Asked about so-called COVID passports, Javid added: "What I can say is that we've looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I am pleased to say we will not going be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports." (Reuters)

    14:44 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: School bells ring in Bangladesh after 543 days of COVID break

    School bells rang after a hiatus of 543 days in Bangladesh on Sunday, as tens of thousands of students returned to classes, amid an ease in the coronavirus situation in the country and the vaccination programme picking up pace. News channels aired footages of students in school uniform entering campuses with broad smiles, visible despite masks. Many reached their classes many hours in advance as excitement among students was palpable. In many schools, teachers welcomed their pupils with flowers and chocolates. Guardians were barred from entry in the campuses as precaution against overcrowding and infection-spread. Education Minister Dipu Moni has warned against any lax enforcement of safety measures, while authorities earlier said every class will convene only once a week initially, while schools are to strictly maintain the health guidelines. "If it appears that the infections were reappearing, the government may decide to re-introduce online classes," she told newsmen after visiting a school in the capital's Azimpur area. (PTI)

    14:29 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports 18,554 new Covid-19 cases, 788 deaths

    • Russia reports 18,554 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours (vs. 18,891 cases on the previous day)
    • Russia reports 788 deaths from covid-19 in the past 24 hours (Reuters)

    14:11 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ahead of third wave, Centre issues new guidelines for issuing ‘official document’ for Covid deaths

    The Union Health Ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have together come up with the guidelines that will issue “official documents’ ‘ in case of COVID-related deaths. The guidelines, as submitted by the Centre to the Supreme Court in case of seeking compensation for COVID deaths, noted that cases that are diagnosed through an RT-PCR/ Molecular Test/ Rapid Antigen Test, or that have been clinically determined in a hospital or an in-patient facility by a physician while one is admitted there, will be recognised as Covid cases. READ FULL STORY HERE

    13:49 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: UK PM to set out COVID winter strategy next week, says health minister

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will this week set out plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic over the colder months, his health minister said on Sunday, suggesting the government could remove some restrictions by relying on vaccines. "Now that we're entering autumn and winter ... the prime minister this week will be setting out our plans to manage COVID over the coming few months and in that we will be making it clear that our vaccine programme is working," Sajid Javid told Sky News. "Of course we still want to remain very cautious, and there are some things, when it comes to travel for example, there are some rules that have to remain in place, but the PCR test that's required upon your return to the UK from certain countries, look I want to try to get rid of that as soon as I can." (Reuters)

    13:08 (IST)12 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 12 police personnel test positive for Covid-19 in Pune

    12 police personnel have tested positive for COVID19. They had attended a 10-day training program at Pune: Nagpur City Police (ANI)

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