Coronavirus News Highlights: Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till September 6 with relaxations; Kerala reports 17,106 new cases

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Covid-19 vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave News, Coronavirus Cases and Fatality Rate India, India Coronavirus R Factor Latest News Today August 21 Highlights: India logs 34,457 new Covid-19 cases, 375 deaths; Active cases lowest in 151 days; Zydus Cadila's ZyCOV-D vaccine 66% effective against Covid-19; supply to start in mid-September, says MD

Coronavirus India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update India, Covid-19 Third Wave, Schools & Colleges reopen, vaccine for childrenIndia on Friday approved emergency use authorisation to Zydus Cadila's three-dose Covid-19 vaccine for use in adults and children above 12 years, making it potentially the first vaccine to be administered to the adolescent population in India. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Live August 21 Today Highlights: India has been witnessing between 25,000 and 40,000 new Covid-19 cases every day for the past few weeks, but the rising cases in some states are raising the concerns of a possible third wave. India is just at the tail end of a deadly second wave, during which the country saw a severe shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, and medicines. A third wave could make things difficult for India if adequate measures are not in place, especially since it had been predicted by experts that the third wave could impact children more severely, and at a larger scale.

However, on Friday, in a major development for the vaccination drive in India, the country gave emergency-use authorisation to Zydus Cadila’s COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, which requires three doses to be administered for an individual to be considered fully vaccinated, is key because not only can it be used to vaccinate adults, but children above the age of 12 years can also be inoculated with the help of this vaccine. This means that ahead of the third wave, India could likely begin vaccination for children in the age group of 12 years to 18 years.

India reported 34,457 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the overall Covid-19 tally to 3,23,93,286 on Saturday, while the number of active cases declined to 3,61,340, the lowest in 151 days, according to data from the health ministry on Saturday. With 375 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll also climbed to 4,33,964, the health ministry said. India reports less than 50,000 daily cases for 55 consecutive days.

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    23:02 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports fresh 4,575 COVID cases, 145 deaths today 

    Maharashtra reports fresh 4,575 COVID cases, 5,914 discharges, and 145 deaths today.

    Active cases: 53,967Total discharges: 62,27,219Death toll: 1,35,817 (ANI)

    22:40 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra govt claims to have set a new record by inoculating over 10.96 lakh people in single day

    Maharashtra govt claims to have set new record by inoculating over 10.96 lakh people against COVID-19 in single day (PTI) 

    22:29 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1350 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Karnataka reports 1350 new COVID-19 cases, 1648 recoveries and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 20,845Total cases: 29,37,427Death toll: 37,123 (ANI)

    22:13 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 58 crore landmark milestone 

    India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 58 crore landmark milestone, with the administration of more than 43 lakh vaccine doses today: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    22:04 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 200 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in last 24 hours

    Himachal Pradesh reports 200 new COVID-19 cases, 336 recoveries, and 1 death in the last 24 hours.

    Total positive cases: 2,11,632Active cases: 2276 (ANI) 

    21:51 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: At least 190 oxygen generation plants are being set up in Madhya Pradesh, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says

    At least 190 oxygen generation plants are being set up in Madhya Pradesh, of which 68 have been completed and 65 are operational. All 190 plants with a capacity to generate 221 MT of oxygen will be functional by September end: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan (PTI) 

    21:40 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu extends COVID lockdown by another 2 weeks; theatres, schools, colleges to function

    The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday extended the Coronavirus lockdown by another two weeks to September 6 and allowed the opening of theatres from August 23 and educational institutions from September 1.

    With the COVID-19 related lockdown, which was extended with restrictions drawing to a close at 6 pm on August 23 , Chief Minister M K Stalin chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials today and announced extending the lockdown further by another two weeks till 6 pm on September 6 with additional relaxations.                                                               

    He announced that schools will reopen for classes 9 to 12 students from September 1 with 50 per cent capacity on a rotation basis .               A decision on re-opening the school for classes 1 to 8 will be decided after September 15, a release from the government said.                    

    Polytechnics and colleges have been allowed to re-open from September 1.

    Detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be released by the secretaries of the two departments concerned and all teaching and non-teaching staff should have been vaccinated, it said.

    The release further said that Anganwadis will be opened to provide mid-day meals from September 1. Cr�ches will be permitted and the staff should be vaccinated.

    While permitting the opening of beaches, zoos, parks and boathouses for the public, the government said cinema halls could be opened from August 23 with 50 percent occupancy.

    Swimming pools can be opened for the purpose of training. Public transport service will be allowed to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka following the guidelines.

    All shops will be allowed to function till 10 pm - a one hour extension - from Monday.         

    IT and ITES firms can function with cent per cent strength by following the SOPs.

    The CM announced these decisions after reviewing the pandemic situation with secretaries and medical experts and appealed to the people to judiciously use the relaxations.                                                                                                                  

    "The members of the public should utilise the relaxations being extended by the government in a responsible manner. I appeal to the people to utilise the relaxations properly as the decisions have been made taking into consideration people's livelihood, besides students' education and future," the Chief Minister said. (PTI) 

    21:27 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,652 fresh COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths today

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,652 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1,859 discharges, and 23 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 19,391Total discharges: 25,45,178Death toll: 34,686 (ANI)

    21:14 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai sees 259 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths, 281 recoveries

    The financial capital on Saturday reported 259 fresh COVID-19 cases and five fatalities while 281 patients recovered, a civic official said.  With the new additions, Mumbai's COVID-19 tally rose to 7,40,871 and the toll to 15,946, he said. The count of recoveries in Mumbai has gone up to 7,19,662, leaving the city with  2,825 active cases. With 34,883 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Mumbai went up to 88,89,888, the official said.All the deceased persons were above 40 years of age, he added.Mumbai's recovery rate now stands at 97 per cent while the doubling rate of cases is 2,023 days. Mumbai is free of COVID-19 containment zones but 24 buildings remain sealed because of the detection of coronavirus positive cases. (PTI)

    20:51 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hope to start supply of ZyCoV-D vaccine by mid to end Sept, Zydus Group MD says

    Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Saturday said it is looking to supply its COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D by the middle to end of September, adding the pricing of the dose will be announced in the next one or two weeks.        The company's indigenously developed needle-free three-dose COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D was granted emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the drug regulator on Friday, making it the first vaccine to be administered to beneficiaries in the age group of 12-18 years in the country.   "Post the emergency use authorisation, now we will work closely with the regulatory authorities to work on the pricing and modality of delivery of the doses of our vaccine. In next one or two weeks we will have better clarity on the pricing," Zydus Group Managing Director Sharvil Patel said in a virtual press conference. The company hopes that "by middle to end of September, we can start supplying the vaccines, and as I said we need to scale up to 1 crore doses and we believe by October we can achieve this. We believe by October we will start producing 1 crore doses and that would mean by end of Jan we can have 4 to 5 crore doses," he added. Asked if the company was considering partnering with other firms to scale up production of its vaccine, Patel said Zydus Cadila is actively looking at ramping up manufacturing both domestically through partnerships and also outside of the country. The company is also seeking approval for a two-dose regimen of the vaccine, he added.  (PTI) 

    20:32 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh adds 1,217 new Covid-19 cases

    Andhra Pradesh reported 1,217 fresh cases of coronavirus disease in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday.

    While 1,535 infected people recovered, another 13 succumbed in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said.

    The gross positives increased to 20,01,255.

    The active cases came down to 15,141 after a total of 19,72,399 recoveries and 13,715 deaths.

    SPS Nellore district reported the highest 198 fresh cases, followed by East Godavari 182, Chittoor 171, Krishna 136, West Godavari 123, Prakasam 113 and Guntur 101 in 24 hours.

    The remaining six districts reported less than 60 new cases each.

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

    20:10 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu Govt allows theatres to reopen with 50% capacity from Aug 23 

    Tamil Nadu Govt allows theatres to reopen with 50% capacity from Aug 23; all shops allowed to operate till 9 pm can function till 10 pm from Aug 23; IT-related organizations can function with 100% workforce (ANI) 

    19:51 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till September 6 with relaxations

    Tamil Nadu Govt extends lockdown till Sept 6 with additional relaxations; schools for students of classes 9-12 to reopen from Sept 1 with 50% capacity

    All colleges to function from Sept 1 on a rotational basis with vaccinated teaching & non-teaching staff (ANI) 

    19:35 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 17,106 new COVID-19 cases, 83 deaths in last 24 hours

    Kerala reports 17,106 new COVID-19 cases, 20,846 recoveries, and 83 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

    Active cases: 1,78,462  Death toll: 19,428

    96,481 samples tested for COVID in the last 24 hours. Test positivity rate is 17.73% (ANI) 

    19:30 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We haven't started studies for the younger age group (2-12 yrs), says Dr Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group

    We haven't started studies for the younger age group (2-12 yrs). We're working with regulators to work on a program to do a study in the younger age group also. We're going to the regulator with the proposed trial in next 5-7 days. We hope to do trials very soon: Zydus Group MD

    19:20 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Full phase 3 data shows efficacy & safety & long-term immunogenicity, says Dr Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group

    The full phase 3 data doesn’t only shows efficacy but also means safety & long-term immunogenicity which is at least followed up for next 3-6 months. So, for the full report to be published in a peer-reviewed journal will take at least 4-5 months: Dr Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group (ANI)

    19:10 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Trials were conducted in 50 centers in the country, says Dr Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group

    Trials were conducted in 50 centers in the country. Overall, the trials on 28,000 volunteers were conducted. We've done the trials on 1400 adolescents of 12-18 yrs. In all the trials, we've not seen any severe side effects related to the vaccine: Dr Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group (ANI)

    19:01 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker:  Delhi records 19 cases, lowest since Apr 15 last year; zero death

    No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, the second consecutive day the daily fatality count stood nil, while 19 fresh cases were reported, the lowest since April 15 last year, according to data shared by the city health department.

    This is the twelfth time since the starting of the second wave of the pandemic in the national capital that zero fatality has been logged in a day.

    On July 18, July 24, July 29, August 2, August 4, August 8, August 11, August 12, August 13, August 16 and August 20 too, no death due to COVID-19 was recorded, according to official data. 

    On March 2 this year, the national capital had reported zero death due to the virus. On that day, the number of single-day infections stood at 217 and the positivity rate was 0.33 per cent.

    The second wave swept the city during April-May period.

    On Saturday, 19 fresh cases were recorded as the positivity rate dropped to 0.03 per cent, according to the latest bulletin.

    According to covid19India.org, a crowdsourced initiative that collects data on COVID-19 and vaccination in India, Delhi had recorded 17 cases on April 15, 2020.

    On Friday, 57 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.08 per cent.

    Twenty-five cases of COVID-19 and two deaths due to the disease were recorded on Thursday, while the positivity rate had stood at 0.04 per cent, according to the official figures.

    On Wednesday, the city had registered 36 cases and four fatalities, while the positivity rate had stood at 0.05 per cent. (PTI) 

    18:46 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 vaccine to be administered at health clinics every day

    The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will be holding COVID-19 inoculation drive at the city's health clinics all seven days a week, starting Monday, chairman of the civic body's board of administrators, Firhad Hakim, said, while also observing that the rush for the first jab is "far more" than that of the second.    Hakim, who is also the state's transport minister, further said that the civic body has the infrastructure to vaccinate as many as one lakh people in a day.Earlier, the drive was held on specific days in a week."The number of people visiting the health clinics to get the first dose is far more than what was coming for the second dose. We are unable to manage the rush for the first jab," Hakim told reporters here.The first dose would be administered in the morning and the second dose after 3pm, he added.At least 3,57,27,819 people in Bengal have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine thus far. (PTI)

    18:31 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Pandemic not over yet, Maharashtra  CM reminds people

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said people should not let their guard down as the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic still looms. Talking to the media after inaugurating a pediatric COVID-19 care centre in suburban Santacruz, he said the pandemic is not over yet, and "people should behave responsibly"."Don't forget that COVID-19 restrictions have been eased to keep the economic cycle moving. People should not fall prey to any kind of provocation which may endanger their lives and those of others," the chief minister said.     The daily rise in infections and the deaths due to COVID-19 need to be brought down, he said.Experts had voiced concern that a third wave might affect children the most, therefore his government set up a pediatric COVID-19 task force and also a genome sequencing lab to get proper information about the virus, Thackeray said.Maharashtra had on Friday reported 4,365 new coronavirus cases and 105 deaths. (PTI)

    18:15 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 1.21 lakh doses of Covid vaccine administered in Delhi on Friday

    A total of 1,21,318 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the national capital on Friday, according to the Delhi government's vaccination bulletin.The bulletin issued on Saturday showed that 90,882 people received their first dose while 30,436 were administered the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.The city has administered 1,22,37,895 vaccine doses so far, of which 87,77,612 were first doses and 34,60,283 second doses, it showed.As of Saturday morning, the national capital had only four days of vaccine stock left, the bulletin claimed.Delhi had a balance stock of 5,35,460 doses, of which 3,57,930 doses were of Covishield and 1,77,530 of Covaxin.The national capital has 915 vaccination centres with a capacity of inoculating 1,77,496 beneficiaries a day. (PTI) 

    18:00 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Zydus Cadila’s ZyCov-D: All you need to know about country’s sixth vaccine

    India’s drug regulator, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), on Friday approved Zydus Cadila’s three-dose COVID-19 DNA vaccine for emergency use authorisation in adults and children aged 12 years and above. This is by far the sixth vaccine authorised for use in the country. The company plans to manufacture 100 to 120 million doses of ZyCoV-D vaccine annually and has started to stockpile the vaccine. Here is everything you need to know about the ZyCov-D. | Read More

    17:33 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 250 arrested at Australia anti-lockdown protests

    Authorities in Australia say more than 250 people have been arrested while protesting coronavirus lockdowns in the country. Many faced fines for defying health orders. The protests took place Saturday in several cities nationwide, with the largest and most violent protest in Melbourne. At least seven police officers were treated for injuries after skirmishes broke out at some of the protests. Sydney has been in lockdown for two months, while Melbourne and Australia's capital, Canberra, went into lockdown earlier this month. Under the rules of the lockdown, people are mostly confined to their homes and have limits placed on their social interactions. Protestors say the lockdowns should end, but authorities say they are necessary to suppress the spread of the virus and save lives. (AP)

    17:32 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Sri Lanka announces lockdown as coronavirus cases surge; president to address nation

    Sri Lanka announced a 10-day lockdown starting on Friday night in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as surging infections and deaths overwhelm the island's health system. The Indian Ocean nation recorded its highest single-day death toll of 187 and 3,793 cases on Wednesday. "Nationwide Lockdown in effect from 10pm today (20/08) to Monday (30/08). All essential services will function as normal," Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said on Twitter. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with members of the presidential task force on coronavirus and was expected to address the nation on Friday evening. Medical professionals, religious leaders, politicians and businessmen have called for an immediate nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of infections. (Reuters)

    16:45 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Covid-19 vaccine to be administered at health clinics every day, says Kolkata civic body

    The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will be holding COVID-19 inoculation drive at the city's health clinics all seven days a week, starting Monday, chairman of the civic body's board of administrators, Firhad Hakim, said, while also observing that the rush for the first jab is "far more" than that of the second. Hakim, who is also the state's transport minister, further said that the civic body has the infrastructure to vaccinate as many as one lakh people in a day. Earlier, the drive was held on specific days in a week. (PTI)

    16:44 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Pandemic not over yet, Maharashtra CM reminds people

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said people should not let their guard down as the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic still looms. Talking to the media after inaugurating a pediatric COVID-19 care centre in suburban Santacruz, he said the pandemic is not over yet, and "people should behave responsibly".  "Don't forget that COVID-19 restrictions have been eased to keep the economic cycle moving. People should not fall prey to any kind of provocation which may endanger their lives and those of others," the chief minister said. The daily rise in infections and the deaths due to COVID-19 need to be brought down, he said. Experts had voiced concern that a third wave might affect children the most, therefore his government set up a pediatric COVID-19 task force and also a genome sequencing lab to get proper information about the virus, Thackeray said. Maharashtra had on Friday reported 4,365 new coronavirus cases and 105 deaths.(PTI)

    16:36 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Mumbai's Dharavi reports 1 new Covid-19 cases; active cases at 10

    Maharashtra: One new COVID positive case has been reported in Mumbai's Dharavi area today; active cases in the area stand at 10, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

    16:26 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Andhra adds 1,217 new Covid-19 cases

    Andhra Pradesh reported 1,217 fresh cases of coronavirus disease in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday. While 1,535 infected people recovered, another 13 succumbed in the last 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. The gross positives increased to 20,01,255. The active cases came down to 15,141 after a total of 19,72,399 recoveries and 13,715 deaths. SPS Nellore district reported the highest 198 fresh cases, followed by East Godavari 182, Chittoor 171, Krishna 136, West Godavari 123, Prakasam 113 and Guntur 101 in 24 hours. The remaining six districts reported less than 60 new cases each. (PTI)

    16:14 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurates 10 oxygen plants in MP via video conference

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    16:06 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Kejriwal lifts restrictions on market opening

    Markets of Delhi were allowed to function till 8 pm due to COVID-19. In wake of decreasing cases, this restriction will be removed starting Monday. Now the markets can open as per their normal time: CM Arvind Kejriwal (ANI)Image

    15:51 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi reports 19 new Covid-19 cases; No fresh death for 12th time since onset of second wave

    No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, the second consecutive day the daily fatality count stood nil, while 19 fresh cases were reported, the lowest since April 15 last year, according to data shared by the city health department. This is the twelfth time since the starting of the second wave of the pandemic in the national capital that zero fatality has been logged in a day. On July 18, July 24, July 29, August 2, August 4, August 8, August 11, August 12, August 13, August 16 and August 20 too, no death due to COVID-19 was recorded, according to official data. On March 2 this year, the national capital had reported zero death due to the virus. On that day, the number of single-day infections stood at 217 and the positivity rate was 0.33 per cent. The second wave swept the city during April-May period. (PTI)

    15:28 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Traders' body asks DDMA to allow malls, markets to operate till 10 pm as Covid situation improves

    The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) on Saturday demanded that the closing time of malls and markets in the national capital should be extended from the present 8 pm to 10 pm. In its letter to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the CTI said the permission to operate shops till 8 pm is proving to be insufficient for most of the retail markets, especially during the festive season. We are getting suggestions from many markets, including those in Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension, Rajouri Garden, Laxmi Nagar, Rohini, Pitampura, Greater Kailash, and Karolbagh, to increase the closing time, it said. "Along with this, the mall owners of Delhi have also requested that their opening time should also be increased," said CTI president Brijesh Goyal in a statement. Even if the opening time of shops is changed from 10 am to 11 am in the morning, their closing time must be increased in the evening, the trade body noted. (PTI)

    15:26 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Germany sees steady rise in virus infection rate

    New COVID-19 infections in Germany have reached their highest level in nearly three months amid a steady rise powered by the delta variant. The national disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute, said Saturday that 51.6 new cases per 100,000 residents were reported over the last seven days. It's the first time since May 25 that the infection rate has been above 50, but it has been increasing since hitting a low of 4.9 in early July. The disease control centre said that 8,092 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours -- up from 5,644 a week earlier. More cases are getting detected as summer vacations end and children return to schools in some parts of Germany. (AP)

    15:04 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 10K Covid vaccine doses given to Delhi prison inmates

    A total of 10,885 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to the inmates of three jails in the national capital so far, the Delhi Prisons Department said on Saturday. As on Thursday, 1,648 Tihar jail inmates aged above 45 and 5,750 below the age of 45 years were given COVID-19 vaccine. In Rohini jail, 172 inmates above 45 years and 600 below that age were administered the vaccine while in Mandoli jail, 483 inmates aged above 45 and 2,232 below it have been inoculated, according to the data. "The inmates who received their first dose inside the prisons and released on interim bail or emergency parole were asked to get the second dose in the dispensaries and hospitals nearby their homes. If they face any difficulty in getting the vaccine, then they can approach the jail authorities," Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said. (PTI)

    15:02 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray inaugurates Covid hospital for children

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    14:37 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Russia reports 797 COVID-19 deaths and 21,000 new cases

    Russia reported 797 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours on Saturday and 21,000 new cases, including 1,852 in the capital Moscow. Russia has been hit by a surge in cases this summer that peaked in July and that authorities blamed on both the Delta variant and the slow uptake of vaccines produced domestically. The country has vaccinated more than 43 million people so far against COVID-19 out of a population of more than 144 million, the RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing the health ministry. (Reuters)

    14:14 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Odisha's COVID-19 tally crosses 10-lakh mark, death toll at 7,289

    Odisha's COVID-19 caseload surpassed the 10-lakh mark on Saturday as 911 more people tested positive for the infection, while 66 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 7,289, a health department official said. The fresh infections took the state's COVID tally to 10,00,084, he said. At least 116 new cases were found among people below 18 years of age, the official said. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.27 per cent as the fresh cases were detected from 71,264 sample tests, he said, adding that the infection ratio among children and adolescents was at 12.73 per cent. (PTI)

    13:51 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Zydus Cadila Covid-19 vaccine shows 66% efficacy against Delta variant, says MD

    • Next week will have clarity on the price of the ZyCOV-D vaccine. The supply of vaccines will start in mid-September. We can scale up production of vaccines to 1 crore a month from October at the new production plant: Dr. Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group
    • The efficacy of our COVID19 vaccine is over 66%, and its efficacy against the Delta variant is about 66%: Dr. Sharvil Patel, MD, Zydus Group

    13:09 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Sri Lankan president warns of consequences if longer Covid lockdown enforced

    Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has warned of the consequences the public will need to face if a longer lockdown is enforced as he ordered a 10-day nationwide shutdown to combat the spike in coronavirus cases. In a televised address to the nation on Friday, Rajapaksa said he agreed to enforce a brief lockdown from 10 pm till 4 am on August 30, however, if a longer shutdown is enforced in future then the public will need to be prepared to make sacrifices. "At this crucial juncture, everyone should take the country forward strategically by acknowledging the gravity of the situation," he said. Rajapaksa also underlined that a lockdown will damage the country's economy, including the tourism sector which is trying to revive. (PTI)

    12:36 (IST)21 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Pondy sees dip in number of new coronavirus cases

    Puducherry witnessed a drop in daily cases of COVID-19 with 59 fresh infections being reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 1,22,832. The number of new cases recorded today were identified at the end of examination of 3,501 samples. While Puducherry region accounted for 48 cases, Karaikal reported three and Mahe eight cases. Yanam region an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh did not report any fresh case of infection. The active cases were 908 of whom 151 were in hospitals and the remaining 757 patients were in home isolation,  Director of Health and Family Welfare Services G.Sriramulu said on Saturday. (PTI)

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