Coronavirus News Highlights: 51.88 lakh doses on Friday takes India’s vaccination coverage to 67.65 crores; Kerala facing scarcity of Covishield vaccine

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Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Highlights, Coronavirus Covid Tracker September 3rd News: India’s Covid tally saw a marginal dip today with 45, 352 new infections being detected in a span of 24 hours. After the 2-month high of 47,092 on Thursday, the daily caseload witnessed a slight decline on Friday. Similarly, there was a sharp fall in the Covid fatalities today. The health ministry data says that 336 people succumbed to the Covid-related ailment across India in the last 24 hours. The biggest worry right now remains the steady uptick in the active cases in India. For the third day running, the active cases saw addition of more than 10,000 new infections. The government data says that at present, India has nearly four lakh active cases at 3,99,778. The situation remains critical in Kerala. The state saw 32,000 Covid cases in the last 24 hours.

Schools are reopening, gyms, cinema halls and restaurants are getting back their patrons. As the world completes two years of the coronavirus pandemic this December, have we finally learnt to live with the virus? Should we feel safe after getting the Covid jabs and resume our pre-pandemic lifestyle? First the facts – a: the coronavirus vaccines work. Numerous studies including the latest Lancet research have shown that the Covid shots significantly reduce the scale of hospitalisation. The latest study by the US CDC also shows that when compared to those who have taken both Covid jabs, the unvaccinated population is 17 times more likely to be admitted in the hospitals.

Second – the data on quick vaccination shows hope but the new strains of the virus can upset this. The latest figures by the ‘Our World in Data’ website, India is still way below many countries when it comes to the fully vaccinated population. While the UAE tops the tally with an impressive 74 per cent, others who have good numbers include Spain (71%), Uruguay (72%), Chile (71%). Other major nations are – France (59%), the UK (63%), Germany (60%), the US (52%). In comparison with these nations, India’s share of the fully vaccinated population is just 11%.

Now, let’s talk about the strains and impact on the countries. Despite having a much better rate of vaccination, Israel and the US have seen a fresh surge in cases due to the Delta variant. So, what’s the way out – Well, get vaccinated and keep following the Covid norms – mask up in public and maintain social distancing. In all the third wave warnings for India, the key factor is our social behaviour. If we see people breaking rules or flouting Covid norms, we may be staring at a bleak scenario in no time.

Here are the latest Covid updates from India and around the globe:

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    23:14 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttar Pradesh reports 18 COVID-19 cases

    With 18 fresh cases reported in the state, the COVID-19 infection tally in Uttar Pradesh climbed to 17,09,401 on Friday, with no daily death due to the disease being registered in a day.Four cases were reported from Gautam Buddh Nagar, three from Rae Bareli, two each from Lucknow and Kannauj, and one each from Varanasi, Agra, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Sant Kabirnagar, Jhansi and Sultanpur, a government bulletin said.Twenty-one more COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, taking the number of recoveries so far to 16,86,308. The bulletin said the death toll due to the disease stood at 22,854.The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 239. Over 7.29 crore samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, including more than 2.37 lakh on Thursday, the bulletin stated. Over 7.58 crore vaccine doses have so far been administered in the state, it added.  (PTI) 

    22:44 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Two more deaths, 32 new cases in Punjab

    Two more Covid-related fatalities were recorded on Friday in Punjab that took the death toll to 16,437, while 32 new cases pushed the infection tally to 6,00,745, according to a medical bulletin. The number of active cases in the state stands at 351, it said.  Of the new cases, six were reported from Hoshiarpur followed by four each in Pathankot and Mohali, the bulletin said. Thirty people recovered from the the infection, taking the overall recoveries to 5,83,957, according to the bulletin.

    Chandigarh reported four new Covid cases, taking the infection count to 65,114, it said. With no new fatality, the death toll stands at 814, it said.

    The number of active cases in the city stands at 40, while the number of those who have been cured from the infection stands at 64,260, the bulletin added.  (PTI) 

    22:31 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Haryana records two more deaths, 12 fresh cases

    Haryana on Friday reported two more COVID-19-related fatalities that took the death toll to 9,681, while 12 new cases pushed the infection count to 7,70,534.  According to the health department's daily bulletin, the latest deaths were reported from Gurgaon and Yamunanagar districts.

    Of the new cases, three cases were from Gurgaon, it said. The total active cases in the state stand at 301. The overall recoveries so far have reached 7,60,208, while the recovery rate was 98.66 per cent, the bulletin said.  (PTI) 

    22:20 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has ruled out a complete lockdown in the state 

    COVID-19: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has ruled out a complete lockdown in the state stating that it will create a huge crisis for the economy and livelihoods, as per CMO (ANI)

    22:07 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 1,220 fresh coronavirus cases take Karnataka's infection tally to 29,53,064 

    1,220 fresh coronavirus cases take Karnataka's infection tally to 29,53,064; 19 fatalities push death toll to 37,380: Health department bulletin (PTI) 

    21:55 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 189 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths today

    Himachal Pradesh reports 189 new COVID-19 cases, 206 recoveries and 4 deaths today.

    Active cases: 1,767Total cases: 2,14,193Death toll: 3,592 (ANI) 

    21:39 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 35 fresh COVID cases and 17 recoveries in the last 24 hours 

    Delhi reports 35 fresh COVID cases and 17 recoveries in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 362Total recoveries: 14,12,430Death toll: 25,082 (ANI) 

    21:27 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,568 fresh COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,568 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1,657 recoveries and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 16,370Total recoveries: 25,68,161Death toll: 34,980 (ANI)

    21:10 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Schools are still not witnessing full attendance, says Bihar Education Minister

    Schools are still not witnessing full attendance. There is still doubt in minds of guardians over the spread of COVID. We re-opened schools following ICMR guidelines. We ran a campaign to ensure that no student is left. Workers of our Education Department went door-to-door to convince guardians to send their children to schools. We are making efforts to ensure maximum attendance in schools: Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Bihar Education Minister (ANI)

    20:51 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 1,220 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka reported 1,220 fresh COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths on Friday, pushing the total number of infections to 29,53,064 and the toll to 37,380. The day also saw 1,175 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,97,254. Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of cases (319), as the city saw 202 discharges and eight deaths, the highest in the state. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,404, a health department bulletin said. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.68 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.55 per cent.      Behind Bengaluru Urban in the number of deaths was Dakshina Kannada (4) and Uttara Kannada (2), followed by others. Of the fresh cases in districts, Dakshina Kannada again followed Bengaluru Urban with 232, Udupi had 150, Mysuru 86, Hassan 81, followed by others.Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,38,834, followed by Mysuru 1,76,344 and Tumakuru 1,19,370.  Bengaluru Urban was on top among discharges too with 12,15,103, followed by Mysuru 1,72,999 and Tumakuru 1,17,594. Cumulatively a total of 4,39,94,470 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,79,227 were on Friday alone. (PTI) 

    20:35 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: More than 51.88 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been administered today

    More than 51.88 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been administered today, taking India’s vaccination coverage to 67.65 crores (67,65,00,301): Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    20:25 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh records 1,520 new COVID-19 cases,10 deaths

    Active Covid-19 cases increased by 220 as Andhra Pradesh added 1,520 fresh positives in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. The state reported 1,290 recoveries and 10 deaths in 24 hours, the latest bulletin said.

    The gross coronavirus positives increased to 20,18,200, recoveries to 19,89,391 and deaths 13,887, the bulletin said. The state's active caseload is now 14,922, it added.East Godavari reported 263, Chittoor 188, SPS Nellore 186, West Godavari 171, Guntur 162, Krishna 159 and Prakasam 123 fresh cases in 24 hours. Kadapa added 99 and Visakhapatnam 90, while the remaining four districts logged less than 40 new cases each, with Kurnool registering only six.Krishna had four fresh fatalities, Chittoor three, Prakasam two and SPS Nellore one in a day. Nine districts did not report any fresh death. (PTI) 

    20:10 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: After dropping below one, Covid R-value rises sharply to 1.17 in second half of August

    The R-value which reflects how rapidly coronavirus pandemic is spreading, has sharply risen close to 1.2 over the last fortnight, mainly driven by cases in states like Kerala and Maharashtra, say researchers.

    The R-value calculated between August 24-29 stood at 1.17 as against 0.89 between August 14-17, according to the researchers at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. | Read More

    19:55 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 422 fresh COVID cases, 303 recoveries, and 3 deaths  

    Maharashtra: Mumbai reports 422 fresh COVID cases, 303 recoveries, and 3 deaths 

    Active cases: 3,532 Total recoveries: 7,23,458Death toll: 15,987 (ANI)

    19:37 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: "Economy is booming in the country after the second COVID wave," Supreme Court says

    "Economy is booming in the country after the second COVID wave", said the Supreme Court on Friday as it refused to entertain a batch of pleas seeking contempt action against Governor of Reserve Bank of India and senior officials of other banks for declaring the loan accounts as Non-Performing Assets (NPA). The top court said that contempt is between court and contemnor and it is not inclined to initiate contempt action against senior officials of banks.

    "In our considered view, we are not inclined to exercise our contempt jurisdiction, since it is not in the interest of justice," said a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli. The bench said that petitioners are at liberty to seek remedy under the e Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI Act), 2002.

    Advocate Vishal Tiwari, appearing in a batch of petitions said that despite the top court's order of September 3, 2020 that the accounts which were not declared NPA till August 31, 2020 shall not be declared NPA till further orders, banks unilaterally declared the accounts as NPA under the SARFAESI Act.

    At the outset, the bench said, "Economy is booming in the country after the second COVID wave. That's what we have read in newspapers. Since the second wave, when these orders were passed, a lot of development has taken place. We are not going to haul up the RBI for this. Contempt is between court and the contemnor". (PTI) 

    19:22 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal reports 686 fresh COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths today

    West Bengal reports 686 fresh COVID-19 cases, 715 recoveries and 11 deaths today

    Active cases: 8,694Total cases: 15,50,664Death toll: 18,483 (ANI)

    19:10 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker:  Nashik reports 128 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, 209 recoveries

    Nashik's COVID-19 tally increased by 128 on Friday to touch 4,05,781, while the toll and recovery count rose by four and 209 respectively, an official said.

    The number of deaths from the infection in the district stands at 8,591 and the recovery count is 3,96,212, he said. 

    With 4,914 samples being examined on Friday, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 24,69,026, he added. (PTI) 

    18:52 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim logs 46 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 30,070 on Friday as 46 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the Himalayan state's coronavirus death toll to 373, a health bulletin said. East Sikkim reported the highest number of new cases at 28, followed by 14 in West Sikkim, three in South Sikkim and one in North Sikkim, it said. Sikkim now has 989 active cases, while 28,425 people have recovered from the disease, and 283 patients have migrated to other states so far. (PTI)

    18:34 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No further relaxation of COVID-19 measures in Singapore as cases rise: Finance Minister

    Singapore will stay in the current preparatory stage of its reopening and will continue to rely on vaccination and testing to keep the COVID-19 situation under control, amid a recent spike in infections, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday. In an update on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, Wong said there are no plans to loosen or tighten curbs at this stage as the country transitions to living with the disease. The multi-ministry task force tackling COVID-19, which Wong co-chairs, will tighten measures only as a "last resort", to keep the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, according to a report by The Straits Times. (PTI)

    18:14 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 35 fresh COVID-19 cases in Delhi, no deaths

    Delhi on Friday recorded 35 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. No fresh deaths were recorded in the city, the data stated. This is the 22nd time since the start of the second wave of the pandemic that the national capital has not seen any deaths in a day. The second wave swept Delhi during April-May. On Thursday, Delhi had recorded 39 cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to official data. (PTI)

    18:02 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: South African health minister says C.1.2 variant not a threat for now

    South Africa's Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday that scientists had told the government that at this stage the C.1.2 coronavirus variant detected locally was not a threat.The C.1.2 variant was first identified in May and has now been seen in all of the country's nine provinces.It contains some mutations associated in other variants with increased transmissibility and reduced sensitivity to neutralising antibodies, leading researchers to flag its detection to the government and the World Health Organization (WHO)."At this stage they (scientists) have assured us it's not really a threat, they are just watching it," Phaahla told a news conference, noting C.1.2 had only been detected in small numbers so far. (Reuters)

    17:40 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: EU reviewing risk of rare inflammation after COVID-19 vaccinations

    Europe's medicines regulator said on Friday it was reviewing if there was a risk of a rare inflammatory condition after inoculation with COVID-19 vaccines, following a report of one case with Pfizer/BioNTech's shot.The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) safety committee is looking into multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) after a 17-year-old male in Denmark reported the condition, the regulator said https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/meeting-highlights-pharmacovigilance-risk-assessment-committee-prac-30-august-2-september-2021, adding that the teenager had since fully recovered.The panel is also looking into cases of blood clots in veins with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the regulator said, adding that the issue was distinct from a rare side-effect identified earlier. (Reuters)

    17:26 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Singapore to hold off on further reopening measures

    Singapore will hold off on further steps to reopen the country while it monitors an increase in daily coronavirus cases, but sees no need to consider re-imposing heightened restrictions, a senior official said on Friday.Singapore had sufficient vaccine coverage to protect its citizens and the country was becoming more resilient in living with the virus, Lawrence Wong, finance minister and co-chair of government coronavirus taskforce told a news conference.Wong said a tightened posture would only be taken as a last resort to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. (Reuters)

    17:05 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: EU reviewing cases of rare body inflammation after COVID-19 shots

    Europe's medicines regulator said on Friday it was reviewing cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome after inoculation with COVID-19 vaccines, following a report of a similar case with Pfizer/BioNTech's shot.The European Medicines Agency's safety committee is also looking into cases of blood clots in the vein with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the regulator said, adding that the issue was distinct from a rare side-effect identified earlier. (Reuters)

    16:41 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: HC notices to Maha govt, Centre on plea to include sale of books in essential services

    The Bombay High Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and the Maharashtra government over a writ petition seeking that sale of books be included in the list of essential services in view of the COVID-19 safety-related restrictions imposed in the state. A single bench of the high court presided over by Justice K K Tated issued the notices, asking the governments to respond to the plea filed by the Marathi Prakashak Parishad, an organisation of Marathi book publishers from Pune. In its plea filed through advocates Asim Sarode, Ajinkya Udane, the petitioner organisation said that restrictions on opening of book stores as part of the COVID-19 safety restrictions imposed in the state had adversely affected the book publishing industry. (PTI)

    16:03 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: EU, AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine delivery dispute

    The European Union says it's reached an agreement with drugmaker AstraZeneca to end their legal battle over the slow delivery of the Anglo-Swedish company's coronavirus vaccine. The EU's executive branch, the European Commission, said Friday that AstraZeneca made a 'firm commitment' to deliver a total of 300 million vaccine doses by March next year. The commission says it involves the pharmaceutical company providing 135 million doses by the end of this year plus another 65 million doses in the first quarter of 2022. (PTI)

    15:53 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala facing scarcity of Covishield vaccine: Health Minister

    A day after Kerala's overall COVID-19 cases crossed the 41 lakh mark, state Health Minister Veena George on Friday said the Covishield vaccine stock is completely over in at least six districts and the government has asked for more vaccine doses from the Centre. The districts- Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur- are facing the shortage and only 1.4 lakh doses are remaining in the state's reserve, she said. However, all districts have limited stock of Covaxin, the minister said. "We have already requested the Centre to provide more doses of vaccine at the earliest," George said here in a statement.  (PTI)

    15:37 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Australian PM seeks quicker reopening after COVID-19 vaccine swap with Britain

    Australia will receive an additional 4 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this month after agreeing a swap deal with Britain, to help accelerate its vaccination programme amid a record surge in infections.The deal, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, will double the availability of Pfizer vaccines this month, with the first shipment of vaccines from Britain expected to arrive over the weekend.Australia on Friday recorded its biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 infections, with 1,657 new cases and 13 deaths reported in the past 24 hours."On a difficult day like this, it’s important to bring hope. And, I can assure you, there is hope," Morrison told reporters in Canberra. (Reuters)

    15:24 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India gives Biological E nod to study its COVID-19 vaccine in children, teens

    India has granted homegrown drugmaker Biological E permission to begin midstage studies of its COVID-19 vaccine in children and adolescents, according to an official statement on Friday.The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) gave the approval to the Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company on Sept. 1, the statement https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1751664 said.The company will study the safety and tolerability of its vaccine, CORBEVAX, in this population, it added.So far, six vaccines have been authorized for use in the country where only about 11.28% of the entire population has been fully vaccinated so far, according to Johns Hopkins data https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/india.Of these, the COVID-19 shots for adults by Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila have been indigenously developed.In late August, India also approved Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine, the world's first DNA shot against the coronavirus, for emergency use in children aged 12 years and above.Biological E. is also running a late-stage trial of its vaccine in adults. (Reuters)

    15:13 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Brief gains in air quality in 2020 over COVID lockdowns, says UN

    The UN weather agency says the world - and especially urban areas - experienced a brief, sharp drop in emissions of air pollutants last year amid lockdown measures and related travel restrictions put in place over the coronavirus pandemic. The World Meteorological Organization, releasing its first ever Air Quality and Climate Bulletin on Friday, cautioned that the reductions in pollution were patchy and many parts of the world showed levels that outpaced air quality guidelines. Some types of pollutants continued to emerge at regular or even higher levels. (PTI)

    15:00 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ahead of Ganesh fest, Mumbai cops begin crackdown on people found not wearing mask

    With the Ganesh festival just a few days away, the Mumbai police have started taking action against those people who are found roaming on streets and other public places in the city without face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, an official said on Friday. The ten-day Ganesh festival, which is celebrated with fervour across Maharashtra, will begin on September 10. "Mumbai police are gearing up to provide security across the city during the upcoming festive season. As people come out on streets to celebrate the festival, police have started taking action against people if they are found not wearing masks," the official said. (PTI)

    14:41 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Free vaccination drive for construction workers at Central Vista

    Delhi government has started a free vaccination drive for workers who are involved in the construction work of Central Vista.  

    14:34 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: New Covid cluster in Karnataka

    34 students of Christian College of Nursing in Horamavu have tested positive for COVID since Aug 28. Most of them are asymptomatic. Primary and secondary contacts of these students are also being tested. Most students from Kerala,& some from West Bengal: Karnataka Health Minister -ANI

    14:02 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: AstraZeneca, EU reach settlement on delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses

    The European Commission and AstraZeneca said on Friday they have reached a settlement on the delivery of the remaining COVID-19 vaccine doses by the British drugmaker and also ended the pending litigation in Brussels.Under the settlement, AstraZeneca has committed to deliver 60 million doses of its vaccine, Vaxzevria, by the end of the third quarter this year, 75 million by the end of the fourth quarter and 65 million by the end of the first quarter of 2022.The European Commission launched legal action against AstraZeneca in April for not respecting its contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a "reliable" plan to ensure timely deliveries. – Reuters

    13:53 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Arunachal logs 54 new COVID-19 cases, one more fatality

    At least 54 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the tally in the northeastern state to 53,156, an official said on Friday. The death toll in the state rose to 261 as a 56-year-old man from the Capital Complex Region succumbed to the infection on Wednesday at a dedicated COVID hospital here, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. "The patient died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome with COVID Pneumonia and was also suffering from hypertension," the SSO said. Fifty fresh cases were detected through rapid antigen test, three through TrueNat method and one through RT-PCR, the official said, adding that 23 people have developed symptoms of the coronavirus infection. The Capital Complex Region reported the highest number of new cases at 18, followed by Lower Subansiri (11), Tawang (six), Lohit (four), East Siang (three), Papumpare, Upper Siang and West Kameng (two each). - PTI

    13:31 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker:Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 26,000

    Pakistan's coronavirus death toll crossed the grim figure of 26,000 on Friday, even as the country reported 3,787 new cases during the last 24 hours. So far the country has recorded 1,171,578 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 26,035 total deaths since the first patient was diagnosed on February 26, 2020, the Ministry of National Health Services reported. The data showed that the pandemic death rate has been 2.2 per cent in Pakistan, whereas an overwhelming number of 1,055,467 or over 90 per cent cases have fully recovered so far. Another 88,076 or 7.5 per cent are still active patients. The ministry reported that 59,745 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, confirming 3,787 new cases which showed a positivity rate of 6.34 per cent. In the same period, 6,595 people recovered, showing the number of people who recovered was more than those reported as infected. - PTI

    13:31 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sri Lanka begins vaccinating 20-30 yrs age group

    Sri Lanka has begun vaccinating 20-somethings as it nears full vaccination of older people and struggles with a surge of delta variant infections. The health ministry says 3.7 million people are in the 20-30 age group and they plan to complete their inoculation before the end of October. Nearly 14.6 million of Sri Lanka's 22 million people are older than 30 and will be fully vaccinated this month. Sri Lanka has expedited the inoculation drive as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging. Doctors and trade unions have warned that hospitals and morgues are reaching their maximum capacities. The island nation imposed its most recent lockdown on Aug. 20 and it will run through Monday. Sri Lanka has confirmed 444,130 infections and 9,400 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic began. - AP

    13:29 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha logs 849 new COVID-19 cases, 7 fresh fatalities

    Odisha's COVID-19 caseload on Friday surged to 10,10,072 as 849 more people including 120 children tested positive for the infection while seven fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 8,035, a health department official said. Of the 849 new cases, 495 came from quarantine centres while the remaining 354 were local contact cases. The new infected 120 children and adolescents were in the age group of 0 year to 18 years. The rate of infection in this group now stands at 14.13 per cent. The new infections were detected in 28 of the state's 30 districts. Khurda district of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, recorded the highest 341 new cases followed by Cuttack (117) and Balasore (51). Koraput and Nuapada districts did not report any new cases in the last 24 hours, he said. - PTI

    11:34 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Venezuela has fully vaccinated around 10% of its population, doctors group says

    At least 3.3 million Venezuelans, or just over 10% of the population, have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a survey by a group of doctors linked to the South American nation's universities.The survey showed that 25.3% had received one dose and 10.6% had received both. Applying those results proportionally to the entire population, he concluded that 6.4 million people, or 22% of the population has received one shot and 3.3 million, or 11%, has received both.The data is similar to vaccinations rates tracked by Our World in Data https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations, which shows 21% receiving at least a first dose and 12% fully vaccinated.The country's information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. – Reuters

    11:33 (IST)03 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: U.S. administers 372.1 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC

    The United States has administered 372,116,617 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Thursday morning and distributed 445,672,595 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.Those figures are up from the 371,280,129 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Sept. 1 out of the 443,741,705 doses delivered.The agency said 205,911,640 people had received at least one dose, while 174,973,937 people are fully vaccinated, as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Thursday.The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech , as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine.About 1.15 million people received an additional dose of either Pfizer or Moderna's vaccine since Aug. 13, when the U.S. authorized a third dose of the vaccines for people with compromised immune systems who are likely to have weaker protection from the two-dose regimens. – Reuters

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