Coronavirus India August 17 Highlights: India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 56 crore; Mumbai reports below 200 new Covid-19 cases for 2nd day in a row

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Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave August 17 Highlights: India has beaten its own best performance of June 21st to create a new world record in terms of the highest vaccination done in a single day. The health ministry data released this morning says that India vaccinated 88.13 lakh people in the last 24 hours. This makes August 16 numbers the highest ever that India has seen since the mass vaccination against the coronavirus began on January 16 this year. With this world record, India’s cumulative vaccine coverage has reached 55.47 crore doses.

There is another good news in terms of daily caseload. India on Tuesday reported 25,166 fresh Covid-19 infections. This is the lowest number of new cases in a single day in the last 154 days, the government data says. The number of active cases has also gone down to 3,69,846. This is the lowest number of active cases in the last 146 days. The recovery rate has surged to 97.51 per cent, the highest that India has ever seen. The number of daily recoveries was more than the new cases showing some relief in the transmission rate of the virus. However, the Covid deaths saw a marginal increase to 437 today.

As we look at the possibilities of third-wave cases, here are the latest Covid updates from India and across the world.

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    22:31 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat reports 17 new coronavirus cases

    Gujarat reported 17 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of infections in the state to 8,25,213, the health department said on Tuesday evening. With 22 patients given a discharge from hospitals, the tally of recoveries went up to 8,14,956 at a recovery rate of 98.76 per cent, the official release said. No death due to the viral infection was recorded during the day. The death toll due to the pandemic in Gujarat stands at 10,078, it added. Of 179 active patients, six are on ventilators while 173 are stable, said the release. As many as 4.12 crore doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the state till now, including over 5.92 lakh on Tuesday. (PTI)

    22:28 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Meghalaya relaxes curfew in Shillong Agglomeration

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    22:27 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Night curfew is fully withdrawn from Chandigarh

    Night curfew is fully withdrawn from the UT. All restaurants/bars can remain open with 50% capacity from 8 am to 12 midnight. Restriction of 50% capacity of passengers for public transport is withdrawn: Chandigarh Administration (ANI)

    22:01 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bengal records 547 new COVID-19 cases, 6 fresh fatalities

    West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 15,39,612 on Tuesday as 547 more people tested positive for the infection, while six fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 18,318, a health bulletin said. As many as 637 more people were cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate to 98.18 per cent.  The state now has 9,736 active cases, while 15,11,558 people have recovered from the infection thus far. (PTI)

    22:01 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 4,408 COVID-19 cases, 116 deaths, 5,424 recoveries

    Maharashtra reported 4,408 new coronavirus cases and 116 fresh fatalities on Tuesday, while 5,424 patients recovered from the infection, a state health department official. With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 64,01,213, while the death toll rose to 1,35,255, he said. Significantly, Nandurbar district in North Maharashtra did not report a  single active case of coronavirus for the second day in a row. The official said 5,424 patients were discharged from hospitals across the state in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of recovered cases to 62,01,168. Maharashtra now has 61,306 active cases. The state has 3,53,807 people in home quarantine and another  2,233 in institutional quarantine, according to the official. (PTI)

    21:27 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 56 crore

    India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 56 Crore (56,00,94,581) landmark milestone, as per the 7pm provisional report today. Nearly 50 lakh (49,48,965) vaccine doses have been administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (ANI)

    21:24 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UP adds 27 COVID-19 cases, one death

    Twenty-seven people tested for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh while one person succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, pushing the infection tally to 17,089,91 and the death toll to 22,786 on Tuesday, according to a health bulletin. The new fatality was reported from Prayagraj, it said. The COVID-19 recovery count has reached 16,85,785 in the state, the bulletin said, adding the number of active cases stands at 420. So far, over 6.94 crore samples have been tested in the state for COVID-19, including 1.83 lakh tested the previous day, it said. (PTI)

    20:47 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Andhra CM holds review meeting, directs officials to take measures to implement strict Covid protocols in schools

    CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the prevailing COVID situation& vaccination and directed the officials to take measures to implement strict COVID protocols in schools. CM said to make arrangements for testing of symptomatic students in schools: Andhra Pradesh CMO (ANI)

    20:36 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, 90 recoveries

    The count of COVID-19 cases in Nashik district of Maharashtra rose to 4,04,225 with the addition of 80 new patients on Tuesday, health department officials said. The viral infection also claimed two more lives, one of them in Nashik city, taking the death toll in the district to 8,553, they said. Also,  90 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases to 3,94,604, the officials said. (PTI)

    20:36 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu adds 1,804 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths

    Tamil Nadu on Tuesday recorded 1,804 new COVID-19 cases pushing the caseload to 25,92,436 on a day when the total number of samples tested by the health department breached the four crore mark in the state. The death toll rose to 34,579 with the addition of 32 new fatalities, a  government bulletin said. Recoveries outnumbered new infections with 1,917 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,37,632 leaving 20,225 active infections. A total of 1,50,724 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,01,08,888. (PTI)

    20:35 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Lanka deploys naval ship to fetch oxygen from India to avoid delay in supply

    Sri Lanka on Tuesday deployed a naval ship to India to avoid delay in fetching oxygen, urgently needed to meet the shortage of supply in hospitals, following the rapid surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. Sri Lanka has recorded over 3.58 lakh coronavirus cases, while the death toll has touched 6,263. Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Shakthi left the eastern port of Trincomalee in the morning and is heading for the Port of Chennai, India, the Lankan Navy said. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the Navy to bring the oxygen supplies from India in order to minimise the delays, it said. (PTI)

    20:34 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Third dose cannot be administered to those who received two jabs, Centre tells HC

    The Centre on Tuesday informed the Kerala High Court that a third dose cannot be administered to those who have already taken two doses of vaccine. The centre filed the affidavit before Justice Murali Purushothaman on a plea seeking a third jab of vaccine by a man who has received two doses of COVAXIN but wants a third dose of an internationally recognised vaccine for travelling back to Saudi Arabia for work. The petitioner, a welder by profession in the Gulf nation, has claimed that COVAXIN is not internationally recognised and therefore, he would not be allowed to travel abroad resulting in loss of his livelihood. In the affidavit, the centre submitted that the guidelines do not allow a third dose. Sympathising with his plight the court had on August 10 asked the central and the state governments why the petitioner cannot be given a third dose as it is a question of his livelihood. (PTI)

    20:33 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka registers 1,298 new Covid-19 cases, 32 deaths

    Karnataka reported 1,298 new COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,31,827 and the toll to 37,039. The day also saw 1,833 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,73,281. Bengaluru Urban accounted for most of the fresh cases (340), as the city saw 471 discharges and 10 deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is at 21,481. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 1.01 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.46 per cent. Out of 32 deaths reported on Tuesday 10 were from Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada had five, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Mysuru and Shivamogga two each, followed by others. (PTI)

    20:32 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: US shipping 488,000 vaccine doses to Rwanda

    The United States this week is shipping the first vaccine doses of the 500 million COVID-19 global sharing commitment it made at the Group of Seven summit in June. The U.S. is sending 488,370 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Rwanda, of which 188,370 come as the first batch of the half-billion dose order placed by the U.S. to share with lower and moderate-income countries. The White House says the balance of the doses will come from existing U.S. surplus of shots. (AP)

    20:31 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: J&K reports 83 COVID-19 cases, 1 death

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 83 fresh COVID-19 cases and one fatality on Tuesday, pushing the union territory's infection tally to 3,23,582 and its death toll 4,399, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 38 were from Jammu division and 45 from Kashmir division, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 17 new cases, followed by Jammu with nine. The number of active cases now stands at 1,158, while 3,18,025 patients have recovered from the disease so far, they added. (PTI)

    20:30 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa logs 115 new COVID-19 cases; active infections at 884

    With the addition of 115 new COVID-19 cases, the tally of infections in Goa rose to 1,72,683 on Tuesday, an official from the health department said. As many as 103 patients were discharged from hospitals, while one died of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,68,622 and toll to 3,177, the official said. With this, the coastal state currently has 884 active cases, he added. (PTI)

    20:29 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai logs under 200 COVID-19 cases for 2nd day; 2 die

    Mumbai reported 198 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and two fresh deaths, the lowest fatality count since March 9, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. The official said with this, the tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 7,39,724, while the death toll jumped to 15,994. This was the second day in a row that the financial capital logged less than 200 COVID-19 cases. On Monday,  the city had witnessed 190 new cases, which were the lowest since April 2020.The city also reported the lowest coronavirus death count in more than five months. On March 9, Mumbai had witnessed only two fatalities. Also, on the fourth consecutive day, slums and 'chawls' (old row tenements) in the city remained free of containment zones, while the number of sealed buildings has come down to 21. The civic body seals buildings or declares containment zones if at least five residents there test positive for coronavirus. With 28,508 tests being conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative number of tests reached 87,07,254, the official said. He said the number of recovered cases increased to 7,18,658 after 304 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day. Mumbai now has 2,640 active cases. (PTI)

    19:58 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Queen decides to stay on at Scottish castle after a worker tests positive

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II decided to stay on at her Balmoral Castle summer retreat in Scotland despite a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. The 95-year-old monarch, who is fully vaccinated against coronavirus, has chosen to continue with her vacation at the Scottish castle after the employee in question was sent home on Saturday, 'The Sun' newspaper reports. "We have procedures in place should a member of any team get COVID," Buckingham Palace said in a statement. (PTI)

    19:49 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 11 new COVID-19 cases; active infections at 95

    The COVID-19 caseload in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,054, after 11 persons tested positive for the infection on Tuesday, an official from the state health department said. The toll in the state stands at 10,515, while the count of recoveries has reached 7,81,444, the official said, adding that the state is left with 95 active cases. With the addition of 68,740 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state went up to 1,56,55,846, the official said. (PTI)

    19:16 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UK lifts 'all but essential' travel advice for India as COVID pressure eases

    The UK government on Tuesday updated its official travel advisory for India to reflect the country's upgraded status under the COVID-19 based traffic light system, no longer advising against 'all but essential travel'. India moved from the UK's red list travel ban to amber on August 8 and now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advisory has been updated to coincide with the easing of rules. "Following the peak of India's second COVID-19 wave in May, pressure on the Indian health care system has lifted, as the number of COVID-19 cases has fallen," reads the FCDO update. "A limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book tickets and to see important guidance prior to travel you should check airline websites," it notes. "Before you travel, check the 'Entry Requirements' section for India's current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider," it adds. (PTI)

    18:50 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ladakh sees 4 new Covid-19 cases, active cases down to 77

    Ladakh recorded four fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 20,455 while the total active cases in the Union territory has gone down to 77, officials said on Tuesday. Ladakh has registered 207 COVID-related deaths -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. A total of 20,171 patients have recovered till date. Of the total 4 new cases, three were from Leh and one from Kargil. A total of 2,509 sample reports in Ladakh, including 934 from Leh and 1,575 from Kargil, were found negative, they said. There was no new death due to coronavirus in Ladakh in the past 24 hours. (PTI)

    18:44 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Malls in Maharashtra decide to close ops after state govt insists on allowing only fully-jabbed staff

    Shopping malls in Maharashtra state on Tuesday decided to close down operations, after the government modified guidelines mandating them to operate with fully-vaccinated staff. It would take at least a month before a "sizeable number" of staff gets both the doses of vaccine and meets the criteria provided there is no shortage of the jabs, the Shopping Centres Association of India (SCAI) said in a statement. Maharashtra had allowed malls to open up last Wednesday after months of closure to contain the spread of infections. However, the government had asked the malls to operate only with double-vaccinated employees and also admit only fully-vaccinated patrons. "In light of the modified guidelines issued by the Government of Maharashtra on 16 August 2021, restraining mall staff from returning to workplace unless they are vaccinated with two doses with a gap 14 days after the second dose, it is unfortunate that malls across the state have decided to close down," a statement from the SCAI said. The statement said since the order last Wednesday, citing the malls' inability to operate, specifying that 80 per cent of the staff had received the first shot of the vaccine and the primary reason for not taking both the doses was supply constraints. (PTI)

    18:33 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 21,613 fresh COVID-19 cases, 127 more deaths in Kerala

    Kerala on Tuesday logged 21,613 new COVID-19 cases pushing the infection count to 37,03,578, as the number of people succumbing to the disease rose to 18,870 with 127 additional deaths. As many as 18,556 people have been cured of the infection since Monday, taking the total recoveries to 35,29,465 and the number of active cases to 1,75,167, a state government release said. In the last 24 hours, 1,39,623 samples were tested and the TPR was found to be 15.48 per cent. So far, 2,96,85,152 samples have been tested, it said. Among districts, Malappuram recorded 3,193 coronavirus cases followed by Ernakulam (2,643), Thrissur (2,470), Kozhikode (2,322), Palakkad (2,134), Kollam (1,692), Kannur (1,306), Alappuzha (1,177), Kottayam (1,155) and Thiruvananthapuram (1,155). (PTI)

    18:29 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covid infection rate among children remains at 12%, no need to panic, says Odisha govt

    Amid panic over the number of children getting infected with COVID-19 in the state in the last few days, the Odisha government on Tuesday said the positivity rate among people below 18 years of age has been remaining at around 12 per cent, which is on a par with the pan-India phenomenon. The government suggested parents and teachers to get inoculated with both doses of the COVID vaccine so that the possibility of children contracting the infection gets minimised. "There is no need to panic over the number of children getting infected. We cannot conclude that the infection rate among them has increased by considering the caseload in a single day," Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra said. It is important to keep those who have not been vaccinated in a safe environment, he said. The government's advisory came after people got panic over the number of children testing positive for COVID-19 in the last three days. At least 138 children were among 1,058 patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, while 104 people below 18 years of age contracted the disease on Monday.  (PTI)

    18:18 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Centre announces Rs 1,300 crore package for Northeast to tackle pandemic

    The Centre will provide a financial package of Rs 1,300 crore to the Northeastern states to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Tuesday. Reviewing the COVID-19 situation with health ministers of all the Northeastern states in Guwahati, Mandaviya said the fund is being provided to purchase medicines, enhance oxygen supply, increase beds -- general, ICU and children -- at local and district-level hospitals. "The fund will also be utilised to speed up the vaccination drive by the states in the region. The Government of India is committed to provide enough vaccines to the states," he told a press conference following the review meeting. (PTI)

    18:16 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active Covid-19 cases drop further in Andhra

    Andhra Pradesh witnessed a sharp fall of 877 in active coronavirus cases in a day as recoveries were much higher compared to the fresh infections on Tuesday. Consequently, the active caseload decreased to 16,341, a health department bulletin said. In 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, the state reported 1,063 fresh Covid-19 cases, 1,929 recoveries and 11 deaths, it said. The cumulative positives rose to 19,95,669, recoveries to 19,65,657 and toll 13,671. Chittoor reported 211, SPS Nellore 198, West Godavari 147, Guntur 104 and Krishna 103 new cases in 24 hours. (PTI)

    17:57 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rakhi at 50% discount for fully vaccinated people!

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    17:56 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Japan expands virus emergency, weighs legal penalties

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga officially expanded and extended the nation's coronavirus state of emergency on Tuesday, as government advisers recommended legal changes that would allow penalties for violations. The measures, approved by a government task force, add seven prefectures to the six areas already under a state of emergency and extend it to September 12. Ten other prefectures were put under a "quasi-emergency," which had previously encompassed six prefectures, bringing about two-thirds of the nation under some form of emergency as COVID-19 infections "explode" across the nation, in Suga's words. Hospitals have been stretched thin and some seriously sick people have been turned away. More than 15,000 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus. (AP)

    17:27 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No new coronavirus case in Dharavi

    The slum-dominated Dharavi area of Mumbai did not report a single new coronavirus infection on Tuesday, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The area, spread on 2.5 sq km and home to over six lakh people, has not reported a new case for the sixth time this month, he said. The tally of infections recorded in Dharavi so far stands at 6,996, of which 6,596 patients have recovered. The BMC does not publish the death toll from the area. (PTI)

    17:21 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Blood clotting may be root cause of long COVID syndrome, finds study

    Patients with long COVID syndrome continue to have higher measures of blood clotting, which may explain their persistent symptoms such as reduced physical fitness and fatigue, according to a study. The symptoms of long COVID syndrome, including breathlessness, fatigue and decreased exercise tolerance, can last weeks to months after the initial infection has resolved, and is estimated to affect millions of people worldwide. The researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ireland examined 50 patients with symptoms of long COVID syndrome to better understand if abnormal blood clotting is involved. Their study, published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, found that clotting markers were significantly elevated in the blood of patients with long COVID syndrome compared with healthy controls. (PTI)

    17:20 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 139 children among 639 new Covid-19 patients in Mizoram

    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 49,350 on Tuesday as 639 more people, including 139 children, tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 184, a health bulletin said. Aizawl district registered the highest number of new cases at 399, followed by Kolasib (97) and Mamit (32), it said, adding that the single-day positivity rate stood at 6.25 per cent. Three new patients have travel history, while the remaining 636 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing. Mizoram now has 9,510 active cases, while 39,656 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 963 on Monday. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stood at 80.35 per cent, while the death rate was at 0.37 per cent. (PTI)

    17:19 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: US to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months

    US health experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country. Federal health officials have been actively looking at whether extra shots for the vaccinated would be needed as early as this fall, reviewing case numbers in the U.S. as well as the situation in other countries such as Israel, where preliminary studies suggest the vaccine's protection against serious illness dropped among those vaccinated in January. An announcement on the U.S. booster recommendation was expected as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Doses would only begin to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines. That action is expected for the Pfizer shot in the coming weeks. (AP)

    17:13 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 2 Indian nationals sentenced to jail for breaching Covid safety measures in Singapore

    Two Indian nationals in Singapore were on Tuesday sentenced to three weeks each in jail for breaching their mandatory COVID-19 quarantine period in a hotel here after returning from India. Bojanki Suresh Naidu, 37, and Bharati Tulshiram Choudhari, 48, who are permanent residents in Singapore, pleaded to a charge of exposing others to the risk of infection while having reason to suspect they may have been carriers of COVID-19, The Straits Times reported. Both of them had arrived in Singapore on March 14 during the height of the second wave of COVID-19 in India and breached their stay-home notice (SHN) in a hotel, a mandated safety measure against the deadly coronavirus. (PTI)

    17:08 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 38 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

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    16:30 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chinese ports choke over 'zero tolerance' COVID-19 policy

    Several Chinese ports are facing congestion as vessels due to call at Ningbo are bing diverted and cargo processing is slowed partly due to stricter disinfection measures under China's "zero-tolerance" coronavirus policy.On Tuesday, more than 50 container vessels were queuing at Ningbo port, China's second largest marine centre, Refinitiv data showed, up from 28 on Aug. 10 when a COVID-19 case was reported at one of its terminals.Leading international shipping groups have warned their clients of delays and route adjustments. At least 14 vessels operated by CMA CGM, five Maersk vessels and four Hapag-Lloyd ships have decided to skip Ningbo, while dozens of vessels are adjusting their schedules, the shipping groups said.China's economy is losing momentum as a result of new coronavirus restrictions and global supply chains face further strains with the curbs adding to queues at major Chinese transportation hubs, already stretched by a resurgence of consumer spending, shortage of container ships and logjams at ports. – Reuters

    16:26 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: After Kerala, Mandaviya visits Assam today

    ‘Had a fruitful meeting with Assam CM Shri @HimantaBiswa ji on COVID management. I noted the steps being taken by the State Govt to curtail the spread of #COVID19 in Assam. The Central Govt will continue to support the State in its endeavours to mitigate the pandemic,’ tweets Mandaviya

    16:15 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: WHO concerned about COVID-19 in Afghanistan as jabs slow

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is worried about the spread of the coronavirus in Afghanistan as the upheaval caused by the Taliban advance and seizure of power has slowed vaccinations, a spokesperson said on Tuesday."As the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate rapidly, WHO is extremely concerned over the unfolding safety and humanitarian needs in the country, including risk of disease outbreaks and rise in COVID-19 transmission," Tarik Jasarevic told a U.N. briefing.WHO mobile health teams have been on hold in the capital for the past 24 hours due to the insecurity and the unpredictable situation, he said. Chaos at Kabul airport, where thousands of people have been seeking to flee the Taliban, was slowing deliveries of medical supplies, worsening existing shortages.Jasarevic said the WHO, like those of other U.N. agencies, was committed to remain in the country. – Reuters

    15:51 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: SII acquires 50% stake of SCHOTT Kaisha

    SII acquires 50% stake of SCHOTT Kaisha to become its jt venture partner & secure pharma packaging supply "Securing supply chain is of strategic importance...As longtime customer, we use their vials, ampoules & syringes to store vaccines, incl Covishied" says CEO Adar Poonawalla - ANI

    14:53 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 11% people in Assam have taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccine: Health Minister

    Altogether 11 per cent of the eligible population in Assam has so far received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, state Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said on Tuesday. He claimed that there was adequate stock of vaccines in the state and urged the people to come forward for their jab. Addressing a press conference here, Mahanta said, "As on date, 1.18 crore people have received their first dose of vaccine, while 25.21 lakh have taken their second dose also." In terms of percentage, 51 per cent have taken the first dose and 11 per cent have received both the doses, he added. The minister had earlier informed the state Assembly that of the 3.50 crore projected population of the state, about 2.37 crore are above 18 years of age, making them eligible for the vaccine. Mahanta further said about 2.50 lakh to 3 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were being administered daily in the state now. - PTI

    14:48 (IST)17 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam exempts fully vaccinated travellers from mandatory COVID testing

    The Assam government on Tuesday exempted fully vaccinated incoming people carrying the latest COVID-19 negative report from mandatory testing for the virus on arrival in the state. The order will come into immediate effect, but the exemption will not be applicable for symptomatic passengers, a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare department said. All incoming passengers who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be exempted from mandatory testing on arrival at airports, railway stations, road border points, etc, it said. The passengers must possess a negative COVID test report taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Assam, it added. - PTI

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