Coronavirus News Highlights: Cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crosses 94.62 crore; Kerala reports 9,470 new cases

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Updated: October 9, 2021 11:00:16 pm

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Coronavirus India Live News, Coronavirus Cases in India LiveIndia administered more than 79.12 Lakh doses in the last 24 hours, the government data says. (Reuters photo)

Cases of Coronavirus in India, Coronavirus Cases Covid Highlights: The center remains vigilant ahead of the festive season that started with Navratri on Thursday as India registered 19,740 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 7.1 percent lower than yesterday, bringing the total caseload to 3,39,35,309. As many as 248 deaths were reported during the same time, increasing the total reported death count to 4,50,375.

Night curfew has been extended by a month in eight cities – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh & Bhavnagar – between 12 pm and 6 am, till 10th November as the state decks up for ‘garba’ celebrations to avoid overcrowding amid all festivities.  Kerala continues to have the highest number of Covid cases. The state, however, has been showing a decline in the daily fresh cases after crossing the 30,000-mark post-Onam festival in August.

Meanwhile, 93.99 crore vaccines have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination drive as India inches close to the 100 crore milestone. More than 71 lakh vaccines were administered yesterday, said the Health Ministry data. AIIMs Director Randeep Guleria has, however, warned not to lower the guards as the pandemic is not yet over.

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    23:00 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Further relaxing COVID restrictions, West Bengal Govt allows all shops, restaurants & bars to remain open 

    Further relaxing COVID restrictions, West Bengal Govt allows all shops, restaurants & bars to remain open as per the normal operational hours between Oct 10 and Oct 20

    "Late closing of bars may be allowed as per the extant rules," the order reads (ANI) 

    22:51 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 8 new COVID-19 cases

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,614 on Saturday with the addition of eight cases, while one fatality pushed the toll to 10,523, a health department official said.

    The number of recoveries in Madhya Pradesh now stands at 7,81,984, leaving the state with 107 active cases, he said.

    With 60,369 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in MP went up to 1,90,70,160, the official added.

    A total of 6,51,96,835 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in MP including 2,21,884 on Saturday, an official release said.

    Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 7,92,614, new cases 8, death toll 10,523, recovered 7,81,984, active cases 107, number of tests so far 1,90,70,160. (PTI) 

    22:41 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 18 new Covid cases take Sikkim's tally to 31,654

    Sikkim's Covid-19 caseload rose to 31,654 on Saturday after 18 new positive cases were registered, a health department bulletin said.

    The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 388, with no reports of any fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours.

    Of the new cases, East Sikkim district registered 13, while West Sikkim reported five.

    Sikkim now has 278 active cases, while 30,671 patients have recovered from the disease. 

    Altogether 317 patients have migrated to other states.

    The Himalayan state has tested 2,53,269 samples for coronavirus so far.

    Sikkim's COVID-19 positivity and recovery rates are 4 per cent and 97.8 per cent respectively.

    The state has administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 100.82 per cent of the eligible population including visitors, while 79.48 per cent of people have received both doses. (PTI)

    22:30 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Haryana sees nine new COVID-19 cases

    Haryana reported no fresh coronavirus-related death, even as it added nine new infections on Saturday, pushing the case count to 7,70,984, according to an official bulletin.

    The death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged at 9,875, the health department's daily bulletin said.

    Meanwhile, among the districts, six fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from Gurugram district.

    The total active cases in the state were 108 while the overall recoveries was 7,60,828. Haryana has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 98.68 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

    22:17 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nagaland reports 31 new COVID cases, two more fatalities

    Nagaland on Saturday reported  31 new cases, 18 more than the previous day, with the tally increasing to 31,441, a health department official said.  

    The death toll rose to 671 as two more persons from Dimapur succumbed to the infection,  Integrated Disease Surveillance Project state nodal officer Dr Nyanthung Kikon.

    Of the fresh cases, 25 were registered in Dimapur, two each in Kohima and Phek and one each in Kiphire and Mokokchung, he said.

    Thirty-five more people were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,480, he said.

    The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stands at 93.77 per cent.

    Nagaland now has 277 active cases, while 1,013 COVID patients have migrated to other states.

    Over 3.81 lakh sample tests have been conducted in the northeastern state. 

    State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said 6,95,743 people have been inoculated till Friday, with 4,02,013 of them having received both doses of the vaccines.  (PTI) 

    22:06 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra logs 2,486 COVID-19 cases, 44 fatalities

    Maharashtra on Saturday reported 2,486 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally of infections to 65,75,578 while 44 fatalities pushed the toll to 1,39,514, the health department said. A total of 2,446 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recoveries in Maharashtra to 63,99,464, it said in a statement. Maharashtra is now left with 33,006 active cases.

    With 1,42,647 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra went up to 6,00,57,326.

    Mumbai city reported 510 new cases and three deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the number of cases to 7,48,195 and fatalities to 16,152, it said.

    Mumbai division saw 978 cases and nine COVID-19 fatalities. The overall number of cases in the Mumbai region now stands at 16,85,477 and the death toll at 35,344.

    Nashik division reported 430 new cases including 340 cases in the Ahmednagar district alone. 

    Pune division reported 779 cases, Kolhapur division 160, Aurangabad division 31, and the Latur division 85, the department said.

    Akola division reported 12 new cases and Nagpur division 11 cases.

    COVID-19 figures for Maharashtra are as follows: Positive 65,75,578, deaths 1,39,514, recoveries 63,99,464, active cases 33,006, tests done 6,00,57,326, tests today 1,42,647. (PTI) 

    21:36 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crosses 94.62 crore 

    Cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crosses 94.62 crore: Union Health Ministry (PTI) 

    21:21 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 190 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths in Telangana

    Telangana on Saturday recorded 190 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 6,67,725, while the toll rose to 3,929 with  two more fatalities.

    The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for most number of cases with 58, followed by Karimnagar (22) and Warangal Urban  (18) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM.

    The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 245 people recuperating from the infectious disease, taking the cumulative number of recoveries till date to 6,59,508.              

    The number of active cases stood at 4,288, the bulletin said.

    With 42,166 samples being tested, the total number of specimens examined so far was 2,67,56,608.

    The samples tested per million population was 7,18,877.

    The Case Fatality Rate in the state was 0.58 per cent, while it was 1.3 per cent at the national level, the bulletin said.

    The recovery rate in Telangana was 98.76 per cent, while it was 97.95 per cent in the rest of the country.  (PTI) 

    21:03 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu adds 1,344 new Covid-19 infections, 14 deaths

    Chennai, Coimbatore and neighbouring Chengalpet district accounted for a majority of new Covid-19 infections as Tamil Nadu on Saturday added 1,344 new cases, pushing the caseload to 26,76,936.

    As many as 14 people succumbed to the infection today, taking the toll to 35,768, a medical bulletin said.

    Recoveries eclipsed fresh cases with 1,457 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,24,916 leaving 16,252 active infections.

    The State capital added 164 cases followed by Coimbatore 137 and Chengalpet 101 while the remaining was scattered across districts.

    A total of 1,43,863 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,83,23,822.

    Five districts reported new cases below 10, while there were no fresh deaths in 29 districts. Perambalur recorded the least with two infections.

    Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said 5.02 crore people have been vaccinated in Tamil Nadu as of Friday and 65 per cent of them have received the first dose of COVID-vaccine and 22 per cent the second dose.

    Chennai was ranked top in terms of the total number of vaccinations with 68.56 lakh people receiving the jabs, of which 83 per cent received the first dose and 40 per cent second dose, he told reporters.

    Noting that 4.80 lakh pregnant women were administered the vaccine, making Tamil Nadu achieve the top rank, he said nearly 3.87 lakh who received the jabs were 'lactating mothers'.

    For the fifth edition of Mega Vaccination Camp scheduled on Sunday, he said awareness campaigns were being conducted towards ensuring that the number of people getting the jab reach an all time high. (PTI) 

    20:46 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 9,470 new COVID-19 cases

    After a four day gap, Kerala logged below 10,000 cases on Saturday -- 9,470--, and 101 deaths, taking the caseload to 47,84,109 and the toll to 26,173.                                                                                                                            

    The state had on October 5 logged 9,735 cases, which shot up to 12,616 the following day, touched 12,288 on October 7 and came down to 10,944 on October 8.

    Kerala has been showing a declining trend in daily fresh cases after crossing the 30,000 mark post Onam festival in August.                       

    State health minister Veena George said there are 1,13,132 active COVID-19 cases in the state now, out of which 10.4 per cent patients have been admitted in hospitals.

    Among the districts, Ernakulam reported the highest number of cases on Saturday--1,337, followed by Thiruvananthapuram with 1,261 and Thrissur, 930.

    Meanwhile, 12,881 persons recuperated from the disease, taking the total cured in the state to 46,44,211.                                                                                                                "Out of those found infected today, 54 contracted the disease through their contacts while the sources of infection of 8,971 are yet to be traced. Forty eight health workers are also among the infected," the minister said in a release.

    In the last 24 hours, 88,310  samples were tested, she said, adding there are 332 wards across 227 local self government bodies in the state with the weekly infection population ratio above 10 per cent.                                                                                          

    There are 3,66,250 persons under observation in the state, of whom 13,399 are in isolation wards of various hospitals.                            

    The Minister also said that 93.3 per cent (2,49,34,697) of the targeted population of Kerala has been administered the first dose of vaccine, while 43,6 per cent (1,16,59,417) have received the second dose.  (PTI) 

    20:27 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa sees 60 COVID-19 cases, 1 death; 74 recover

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Goa increased by 60 and reached 1,77,040 on Saturday, while the day also saw one patient succumbing to the infection and 74 getting discharged, an official said.

    The toll in the coastal state stands at 3,326 and the recovery count is 1,72,981, leaving it with an active tally of 733, he said.

    With 4,658 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 13,91,366, he said. 

    Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,77,040, new cases  60, death toll 3326, discharged 172981, active cases 733, samples tested till date 13,91,366. (PTI) 

    20:14 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra Govt announces special incentive of Rs 1.21 lakhs for resident doctors treating COVID-19 patients in all govt & municipal medical colleges

    Maharashtra Government announces a special incentive of Rs 1.21 lakhs each for resident doctors treating COVID-19 patients in all government and municipal medical colleges (ANI) 

    19:56 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 451 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka logged 451 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of infections to 29,80,621 and the toll to 37,875.

    The day also saw 1,455 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,32,322.

    Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (187), as the city saw 1,009 discharges and three deaths.

    The total number of active cases in the state is now 10,395.

    While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.37 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.99 per cent.

    Out of nine deaths reported on Saturday, three were from Bengaluru Urban, Tumakuru (2) and Davangere, Dharwad, Hassan and Uttara Kannada, one each.

    Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 187, Mysuru 48, Hassan 43, Uttara Kannada 37, Dakshina Kannada 27, followed by others.

    Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,48,157, followed by Mysuru 1,78,430 and Tumakuru 1,20,430.

    Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,25,246, followed by Mysuru 1,75,547 and Tumakuru 1,18,994.

    Cumulatively a total of 4,86,74,279 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,20,045 were on Saturday alone. (PTI) 

    19:41 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi makes it mandatory for govt employees to get at least one vaccine dose by Oct 15 to join offices

    The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has ordered all government employees to receive at least one dose of vaccine by October 15 to be able to attend work. The order includes all government employees, including frontline and healthcare workers and teachers who work in schools and colleges. The order stated that they would not be allowed to attend work until they get the first dose of vaccine. According to a report in IE, DDMA further said that from October 16, such employees who do not receive at least the first dose would be marked ‘on leave’ until they get the dose administered. | Read More

    19:30 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UK health service hits 2 million COVID-19 booster vaccine shots

    More than 2 million so-called “top up” COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs have been delivered in three weeks, the UK’s health service announced on Saturday.

    The National Health Service (NHS) said people in the high-risk categories have been quick to take up the offer of the booster jabs ahead of winter, with a total of 2.08 million “top ups” administered so far. | Read More

    18:52 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh records 629 fresh Covid-19 cases

    Andhra Pradesh added another 629 fresh cases to its Covid-19 tally, which now climbed to 20,56,628 on Saturday.

    In the 24 hours ending 9 am today, the state reported 797 recoveries and eight deaths, the latest bulletin said.

    The number of active cases declined to 8,134 after a total of 20,34,244 recoveries and 14,250 deaths, it said.

    Chittoor district logged the highest 104 fresh cases, while eight districts recorded more than 20 cases each.

    Four districts added less than 20 new cases each in 24 hours.

    Prakasam district had three fresh fatalities, Krishna two, Chittoor, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam one each in a day. (PTI) 

    18:37 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: France’s Adrien Rabiot out of Nations League final with COVID-19    

    France's midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been ruled out of Sunday's Nations League final against Spain after testing positive for COVID-19, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Saturday.

    Rabiot, who plays for Juventus, was isolating and would not travel to Milan from Turin with the squad, the FFF said.He will not be replaced in the group and Aurelien Tchouameni is likely to start in the clash at the San Siro. (Reuters)

    18:20 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: China has administered nearly 2.219 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine on the Chinese mainland 

    Nearly 2.219 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered on the Chinese mainland as of Friday: National Health Commission (China Xinhua News)

    17:58 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tokyo daily coronavirus cases fall to one-year low 82    

    Tokyo's government said on Saturday that new daily infections of COVID-19 in the Japanese capital declined to 82, the lowest since Oct. 19 last year.Cases have been on the decline since peaking at more than 5,000 a day in August in a wave driven by the highly infectious Delta variant. Tokyo and much of Japan last week exited a state of emergency that had lasted for almost six months.  (Reuters)

    17:37 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mandaviya urges states to increase vaccination pace, adherence to Covid protocols during festivities

    COVID-19 containment can derail if festivals are not celebrated following protocols, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya warned on Saturday and exhorted 19 states to escalate their inoculation pace so that India can achieve administering 100 crore vaccine doses in the next few days.

    India has so far administered over 94 crore Covid vaccine doses.

    Reviewing the progress of COVID-19 vaccination with principal secretaries and mission directors of the National Health Mission from all major states, Mandaviya underlined that administering 100 crore doses of Covid vaccine is the immediate milestone in India's inoculation journey.

    According to a Health Ministry statement, Mandaviya noted that if festivals, synonymous with auspiciousness, joy and large gatherings, are not observed as per Covid protocols, containment of COVID-19 can get derailed.

    "The two-pronged solution is to follow Covid protocols very strictly and to speed up vaccination," the minister said.

    He cited results of experiments that pegged the number of first dose recipients not developing severe COVID-19 to be 96 per cent and further pointed out that the number increases to nearly 98 per cent for people who have taken both doses of the vaccine.

    Officials of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal took part in the meeting.

    Observing that over eight crore balance vaccine doses are physically available with states, Mandaviya enquired about specific hurdles, if any, faced by them in increasing their pace of vaccination and vaccine coverage among the target population, the statement said.

    Many states are nearing saturation of coverage in urban areas and are catering to the floating population in the city, it said.

    Labour and time-intensive door-to-door vaccination is being undertaken in some geographically aloof pockets where first dose coverage is nearing saturation. Uttar Pradesh state that comparatively limited supply of Covaxin and its shorter span between the doses as a rate inhibiting factor, according to the statement.

    "In consultation with the states, the minister exhorted each state to increase their target so that the administration of the last six crore doses for reaching the mark of 100 crore is achieved in the next few days," the health ministry stated.

    Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged all the state health administrators to be strict with observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour during festivities to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.

    He underlined the need to adhere to a detailed standard operating procedure issued through a ministry's letter on September 21.

    It included no mass-gatherings in containment zones and in districts with over 5 per cent case positivity. Gatherings with advance permissions and limited people to be allowed in districts with a positivity rate of 5 per cent and below. Relaxations and restrictions to be imposed based on weekly case positivity.

    States should closely monitor case trajectories in all districts daily to identify any early warning signal to ensure the imposition of restrictions and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour accordingly. 

    All rituals like the burning of effigies, Durga Puja pandals, Dandia, Garbas and Chhatt Puja should be symbolic. The number of people allowed to participate in gatherings and processions should be regulated. Places of worship should have separate entry and exit points while the use of common prayer mats, offering of 'prasad', the sprinkling of holy water should be avoided. (PTI) 

    17:04 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Italy widens COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign to frail and over 60s

    Italy has decided to provide a booster shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to frail people regardless of their age as well as people aged 60 and over, the health ministry said on Friday.The booster dose would be available on condition that at least six months have passed since people completed their primary vaccination cycle, the ministry said in a statement.The European Union's drugs regulator said on Monday people with weakened immune systems should get a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, but left it to member states to decide if the wider population should have a booster.Beginning Sept. 20, a third dose had been given in Italy to immunocompromised people, those age 80 or over and to nursing home residents and operators, and health workers over 60 or with comorbidities or other factors leading to increased exposure to possible infection.Italy's National Health Institute said on Wednesday that seven months after the second dose, there was no reduction in the efficacy of the mRNA vaccines - the technology used in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna shots - in the general population, while a slight decline was seen for some specific groups.Italy recorded 30 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, down from 41 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 3,023 from 2,938. – Reuters

    16:44 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Depression cases surge during contagion, says Lancet

    The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on people's mental health. Yet, the global extent of this impact remains largely unknown. By leveraging the best available data from surveys around the world with measurements of anxiety and depression both before and during the pandemic, and analysing these data using the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) model, the COVID-19 Mental Disorders Collaborators1 provide global insight into the burden of depression and anxiety disorders during the pandemic to date. The Lancet study estimated a significant increase in the prevalence of both major depressive disorder (with an estimated additional 53·2 million [95% uncertainty interval 44·8–62·9] cases worldwide 

    16:28 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records zero COVID-19 fatality, 30 fresh cases; positivity rate 0.05 pc

    The national capital recorded zero death due to COVID-19 and 30 fresh cases in a day with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the Delhi health department on Saturday. One death due to coronavirus infection has been recorded so far in October. Last month, five fatalities were reported in Delhi. The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,088. On Saturday, 30 cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent. A total of 62,450 tests -- 43,170 RT-PCR and 19,280 rapid antigen tests -- were conducted a day ago. The tally of cases reported in Delhi so far stood at 14,39,166. Over 14.13 lakh patients have recovered from the virus. - PTI

    15:51 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russia's daily COVID-19 death toll hits record high 968

    Russia reported 968 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, its highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic.There were 29,362 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, the government coronavirus task force said. - Reuters

    15:30 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 5 new Covid cases

    Five fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported from Ladakh, taking the virus tally to 20,848 while the active cases in the union territory stands at 60, officials said on Saturday. Ladakh has registered 208 Covid-related deaths -- 150 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Two patients of coronavirus were cured and discharged from a hospital in Leh, thereby taking the number of recoveries to 20,580, the officials said. All the five fresh cases were reported from Leh, they said, adding no death was reported due to Covid in Ladakh Friday. PTI

    14:48 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha logs 526 new COVID-19 cases, 4 fresh fatalities

    Odisha on Saturday registered 526 new COVID-19 cases, just two more than the previous day, which pushed the state's tally to 10,31,044, a health department official said. The new cases which were detected in 25 of the state's 30 districts, included 68 children. The rate of infection among the children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years was recorded at 12.92 per cent against Friday's 14.31 per cent. Of the 526 new cases, 303 were reported from different quarantine centres while the remaining 223 were local contact cases. Khurda district of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, recorded the highest of 233 new cases followed by Cuttack (63). Both the districts accounted for 56.27 per cent of the single day new cases, he said. Five districts - Boudh, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Nabarangpur and Nuapada, did not register any new cases in the last 24 hours. - PTI

    13:50 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russians flock to Serbia for Western-made COVID-19 vaccines

    When Russian regulators approved the country's own coronavirus vaccine, it was a moment of national pride, and the Pavlov family was among those who rushed to take the injection. But international health authorities have not yet given their blessing to the Sputnik V shot. So when the family from Rostov-on-Don wanted to visit the West, they looked for a vaccine that would allow them to travel freely -  a quest that brought them to Serbia, where hundreds of Russian citizens have flocked in recent weeks to receive Western-approved COVID-19 shots. Serbia, which is not a member of the European Union, is a convenient choice for vaccine-seeking Russians because they can enter the allied Balkan nation without visas and because it offers a wide choice of Western-made shots. Organized tours for Russians have soared, and they can be spotted in the capital, Belgrade, at hotels, restaurants, bars and vaccination clinics. AP

    13:31 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Australia braces for more COVID-19 infections as country moves towards re-opening

    Australia was bracing for more COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, officials said on Saturday, even as it moves toward gradually easing pandemic restrictions with the vast majority of its people getting vaccinated against the virus.Sydney, in a lockdown for more than 100 days, is to ease some key restrictions for the fully vaccinated from Monday. More than 70% of people across New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, have been fully vaccinated. Reuters 

    12:35 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Two Indian drugmakers to end trials of generic Merck pill for moderate COVID-19

    Two Indian drugmakers have requested permission to end late-stage trials of their generic versions of Merck & Co's promising experimental oral antiviral drug molnupiravir to treat moderate COVID-19, a week after Merck said its own trial had succeeded for mild-to-moderate patients.Merck earlier this year suspended its own development of molnupiravir as a treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients since many of them have reached a phase of the disease that is too late for an antiviral drug to provide much help.The Indian companies - Aurobindo Pharma Ltd and MSN Laboratories - did not exclude hospitalized patients in designing their moderate COVID-19 trials, according to study documents, although it was not known if the trials ultimately included people in the hospital.Merck spokesperson Melissa Moody said Merck and the Indian companies had defined “moderate” disease differently.Merck's trials are based on U.S. Food and Drug Administration definitions, which for moderate COVID-19 describe blood oxygen levels as no lower than 93%. It defines blood oxygen levels for severe COVID-19 as 93% or lower.The trials in India define moderate COVID-19 blood oxygen levels as 90% to 93%, according to the trial documents for the two companies.Aurobindo and MSN are continuing to conduct studies of molnupiravir in patients with mild COVID-19 who have not been hospitalized, according to trial documents and the website of the Indian drug regulator's internal expert committee. Reuters

    11:45 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Singapore PM says COVID-19 'new normal' could take up to 6 months

    Singapore may need as much as six months to get to a "new normal" in terms of easing restrictions and people resuming their previous routines in the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday."It will take us at least three months, and perhaps as long as six months, to get there," Lee said in an address to the island nation, which has largely kept the virus at bay since last year with masks, contact tracing and a closed border.The Southeast Asia city-state with a population of 5.45 million has been reporting more than 3,000 daily COVID-19 infections over the past few days, though almost all of them are asymptomatic or mild. About 83% of the population is fully vaccinated."After this surge stabilises, we may still see future surges, especially if new variants emerge. We may have to tap on the brakes again if cases again grow too fast, to protect our healthcare system and healthcare workers," Lee said.Singapore recently reimposed coronavirus restrictions to buy time to prepare to live with the disease. - Reuters 

    11:25 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Brazilians seek pre-pandemic normalcy as deaths top 600,000

    Bars in Sao Paulo are full again for evening happy hours, lawmakers in the capital of Brasilia have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom, and Rio de Janeiro's beaches are packed. Calls for strict social distancing seem but a memory. Brazil appears intent on returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, even as its death toll tops 600,000, according to official data on Friday from the health ministry. Relief in both COVID-19 cases and deaths have been particularly welcome given experts' warnings that the delta variant would produce another wave of destruction in the country with the second-most victims. So far, that hasn't materialized. The country's average daily death toll has hovered around 500 for a month, down sharply from more than 3,000 in April. Almost 45% of the population is fully vaccinated, and a booster shot is being administered to the elderly. A greater percentage of Brazilian - APs are at least partially vaccinated compared to Americans or Germans, according to Our World in Data, an online research site.AP

    11:16 (IST)09 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Here are October 9 updates

    The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Saturday. The COVID-19 tally in the archipelago remained at 7,629, he said. The union territory now has 10 active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district. The other two districts - North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar - are now COVID-19 free. One more person recuperated from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,490. - PTI

    22:53 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India and Hungary agree to recognise each other's COVID-19 vaccination certificates 

    "India and Hungary agree to recognise each other's COVID-19 vaccination certificates," tweets MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi (ANI) 

    22:37 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UK COVID vaccine trial participants to be given top up doses 

    People in Britain who took part in trials of COVID-19 vaccines which are yet to be approved, such as Novavax, will be offered two doses of another approved vaccine from next week, UK health officials said here on Friday.

    The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that while the UK recognises those who are in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials as fully vaccinated, the majority of other countries currently do not.

    The new measure will allow trial participants to have the necessary certification status to travel abroad to countries which do not currently recognise trial vaccinations.

    “The measures we have taken will allow UK COVID-19 vaccine trial participants to travel freely overseas once they have had the additional vaccinations. Those volunteers now have the flexibility to make a decision for themselves so they can, for example, visit loved ones abroad,” said Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor.

    “We should be very clear that the results from these trials benefit the whole world, and it has to be said that if more countries around the world had reciprocated by allowing UK volunteers to enjoy fully vaccinated status for overseas travel, these measures would not have been necessary,” he said.

    The additional doses will initially be offered to those taking part in the Novavax trial, which includes the vast majority of those in ongoing trials for vaccines not yet approved for deployment.

    The offer will then be rolled out to participants in other relevant trials within the coming weeks. Novavax participants will be offered two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with an eight-week interval between first and second doses.

    In addition, people who have received both doses of a vaccine as part of a clinical trial will also be offered a booster jab, if eligible in line with the wider boosters advice from the UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

    This is to ensure the protection they've received from vaccination as part of the trial is prolonged over the winter months. (PTI) 

    22:20 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID gave opportunity to introspect on ensuring food & nutrition for all, says Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman Harivansh

    COVID gave opportunity to introspect on ensuring food & nutrition for all. It's matter of great satisfaction that even during worst phases of pandemic, the agriculture sector in India remained resilient: Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman Harivansh at 7th G20 Speaker’s Summit in Rome, Italy (ANI)

    21:59 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 532 new cases, 8 deaths and 287 recoveries 

    COVID19 | Mumbai reports 532 new cases, 8 deaths and 287 recoveries; active cases 5,017 (ANI) 

    21:46 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat extends night curfew by a month in eight cities including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot & Gandhinagar 

    Gujarat: Night curfew has been extended by a month in eight cities - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh & Bhavnagar - between 12 pm and 6 am, till 10th November (ANI)

    21:27 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala clocks 10,944 fresh COVID-19 cases, 120 deaths 

    Kerala on Friday logged 10,944 fresh COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths, taking the infection count to 47,74,666 and fatalities to 26,072.

    With 12,922 more people recovering from the virus infection, total recoveries touched 46,31,330, an official release said.

    Active cases stood at 1,16,645, it said.

    As many as 95,510 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said.

    Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest number of cases with 1,495, followed by Thiruvananthapuram (1,482) and Thrissur (1,311).

    The state has been showing a decline in the daily fresh cases after crossing the 30,000-mark post-Onam festival in August.

    Of the new cases, 61 were health workers, 43 from outside the State and 10,397 infected through contact with the source of it not clear in 443.

    There are currently 3,71,196 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 3,56,899 are in home or institutional quarantine and 14,135 in hospitals. (PTI) 

    21:11 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal's COVID-19 tally climbs to 15,74,801 as 784 more people test positive 

    West Bengal's COVID-19 tally climbs to 15,74,801 as 784 more people test positive, death toll rises to 18,882 with six new fatalities; active case count 7,625: Health department (PTI) 

    20:52 (IST)08 Oct 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa schools get nod for offline mode Class XI-XII exams 

    The Goa Education Department on Friday gave permission to higher secondary schools to hold Class XI and XII examinations in offline mode.

    In a circular issued during the day, Director of Education Bhushan Savaikar said requests to hold these examinations in offline mode had come in from many schools and permission was being given on condition that pandemic norms will be adhered to strictly.

    “Only vaccinated staff shall be allowed in the school premises. Those who cannot produce vaccination certificate shall be allowed after producing the negative report of RTPCR test. Such report shall be valid for seven days and a fresh report shall be produced after seventh day,” the circular read.

    It added that the number of students, who will have to wear a mask at all times, will be limited to 50 per cent of the capacity of the classroom, with seating arrangement to be made keeping in mind social distancing.

    "Every student and staff shall be checked for body temperature before entering the school premises. which shall be sanitized every day prior to opening," the circular further said. (PTI) 

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