Coronavirus News August 24 Highlights: India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccine coverage crosses 59.47 crore; Kerala logs 24,000-plus new cases nearly after 3 months

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Covid-19 vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave News, Coronavirus Cases and Fatality Rate India Latest News, India Coronavirus R Factor Latest News Covid updates August 24 Highlights: India reports less than 30K cases for second day running; Covid-19 lab leak theory highly unlikely, scientists say; Delhi logs 39 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; Afghanistan evacuees to undergo 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine, says Union Health Ministry; Mumbai logs 270 new cases; Karnataka govt exempts passengers from UK, Europe, Middle East from mandatory RT-PCR testing on arrival

Coronavirus India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update India, Corona Tally Today, Covid Variants latest NewsWhile the daily Covid vaccination has picked up some pace in India, there is still a large number of people who haven't got their second corona jab. (PTI photo)

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Updates, Covid tally August 24 updates: India’s Covid tally is consistent with its current trend of low daily caseload. In the last 24 hours, India detected 25,467 new Covid-19 infections. Though Tuesday’s caseload is slightly higher than Monday, the fresh cases remain below 30,000-mark for the second consecutive day. In terms of Covid fatalities, 354 citizens lost their lives due to various complications. The national recovery rate has also improved on Tuesday, the daily health bulletin said. India’s current recovery stands at 97.68 per cent, which is the highest that the nation witnessed since March last year. The active cases also remain much below the 4-lakh mark. At present, the country has around 3.2 lakh active Covid cases, the government data says.

While the data may show a consistent decline in overall Covid numbers, the Centre has once again written to states to make sure that the local curbs are in place to avoid any corona cluster or outbreak during the festive season. The cumulative numbers show that cases are declining even in surge states such as Kerala and Maharashtra. However, the Centre’s latest communication highlights the unpredictable nature of the virus. One important point to remember right now is that it was around this time last year when the Indian scientists had identified the Delta variant of the coronavirus. So it is very critical to maintaining the downward trajectory of the corona tally. Because one case can lead to a fresh outbreak or worse can mutate into a new, far more transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus.

As the world sees a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, here are the latest, verified Covid updates from India and around the globe:

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    22:21 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh sees 47 cases, 1 death; over 35k tested

    Chhattisgarh on Tuesday recorded 47 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, taking the total number of infections to 10,04,230 and the toll to 13,555, a health official said. The number of recoveries reached 9,90,022 as 60 people were discharged from hospitals and 42 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 653 active cases, he said. "Raipur district reported seven new infections, taking the caseload to 1,57,849, including 3,139 deaths. Jashpur recorded seven new cases as well and Janjgir-Champa six, among other districts. With 35,855 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests in the state went up to 1,21,97,950," the official said. (PTI)

    22:20 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: CoWIN is proving to be extremely powerful in keeping track of vaccination details, says RS Sharma

    CoWIN is proving to be extremely powerful in keeping track of vaccination details. Now we're basically creating another instance of this programme to monitor immunisation. Now we'll be able to keep track of every child's immunisation: Dr RS Sharma on new vaccine tracking platform (ANI)

    21:52 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Hindu refugees from Pakistan living in Guj to be given anti-COVID-19 jabs

    Hindu refugees from Pakistan living in Gujarat on a Long Term Visa (LTV) will be vaccinated against coronavirus as instructed by the Centre, the Gujarat government said on Tuesday. Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Pradipsinh Jadeja, has held a review meeting with top officials, including state DGP Ashish Bhatia, to resolve various issues faced by these refugees settled in the western state. After the meeting, Jadeja said the BJP government in Gujarat will ensure that refugees do not face any problems. He added the state government has decided to vaccinate these refugees against coronavirus as instructed by the Centre, the release said. (PTI)

    21:35 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in India cross 59.47 cr: Govt

    The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 59.47 crore so far, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. More than 54 lakh vaccine doses have been administered on Tuesday, according to the 7 pm provisional report. Final reports would be completed for the day by late Tuesday night, the ministry said. Cumulatively, 22,33,59,860 individuals in the age group of 18-44 years across states and union territories have received their first dose and 2,11,37,082 have received their second dose since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive, according to health ministry data. (PTI)

    21:30 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Kerala to increase COVID-19 tests in districts with poor rate of vaccination

    Amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala after the Onam season, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday directed the authorities to conduct more tests in the districts which have a poor rate of vaccination. Kerala on Tuesday reported 24,296 COVID-19 cases and 173 deaths, pushing the total infection count to 38,51,984 and fatalities to 19,757 till date. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) jumped to 18.04 per cent from 15.63 per cent on Monday. At a COVID-19 evaluation meet, Vijayan directed those district administrations which have administered the first dose vaccination to 70 per cent population to complete the vaccination process within next two weeks. "Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam Districts have a high rate vaccination and hence only those with symptoms will be tested there. Testing will be increased in other districts," Vijayan said in a release. The chief minister also directed the local self-government bodies to submit a report on vaccination in their jurisdiction. (PTI)

    21:18 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: 389 COVID-19 cases, one more death in Telangana

    Telangana on Tuesday recorded 389 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 6,55,732, while the toll rose to 3,862 with the death of one more person. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for most number of cases with 70, followed by Karimnagar (36) and Nalgonda (28) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM on Tuesday. Recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 420 people recuperating from the infectious disease. The cumulative number of recoveries till date was 6,45,594, it said. Active cases stood at 6,276. It said 88,347 samples were tested on Tuesday, taking the total number of specimens examined so far to 2,41,04,984. (PTI)

    21:17 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: 2 oxygen storage tanks inaugurated at Rajiv Gandhi Govt General Hospital

    Augmenting supply of oxygen to cater to a possible increase in intake of COVID-19 patients, two oxygen storage tanks of 20 litres capacity were inaugurated at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital here on Tuesday by Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian. The two units, set up at a cost of Rs two crore, can produce over 500 litres of oxygen per minute and would be useful when there is a huge requirement,  he said. The Minister said the earlier practice was that liquid oxygen would be filled in the two units and later supplied to other wards in the hospital. "However, during the second wave of Covid-19 when there was huge requirement of the life saving gas, it was realised an oxygen plant should be set up at the hospital," he told reporters. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Karnataka govt exempts UK, Europe, Middle East passengers from mandatory RT-PCR testing on arrival

    • Passengers arriving from the UK, Europe and the Middle East are exempted from mandatory RT-PCR testing on arrival at Karnataka airports: State government
    • The passengers arriving from the UK, Europe and the Middle East can provide the samples and leave the airport for further compliance as per Standard Operating Procedures: Karnataka Government (ANI)

    20:51 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Gujarat sees 14 COVID-19 cases; over 4.63 lakh people vaccinated

    Gujarat's COVID-19 tally increased by 14 on Tuesday to touch 8,25,330, while the day also saw 25 people getting discharged, taking the recovery count to 8,15,091, an official said. The toll remained unchanged at 10,079 as no death was reported during the day, he said. "The state's recovery rate stands at 98.76 percent, and the number of active cases is 160. Ahmedabad district reported five new cases, followed by Surat with four, Vadodara three, and Bhavnagar and Kutch one each," he added. With 4,63,036 people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, the total number of doses administered so far in the state rose to 4,36,31,533, a release informed. (PTI)

    20:41 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: At least 10 evacuees from Afghanistan test Covid positive

    At least 10 evacuees from Afghanistan tested COVID-19 positive after their arrival at the Indira Gandhi International airport here on Tuesday, according to people coordinating evacuation efforts with the Indian government. An Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) official said 81 people, who arrived from Afghanistan on Monday and Tuesday, have been sent to the ITBP's quarantine facility at Chhawla in south-west Delhi. According to an office memorandum issued by the Union Health Ministry on Monday, people arriving from Afghanistan have to undergo a mandatory "minimum 14-day institutional quarantine" at the ITBP facility. "Any person testing positive or detected as symptomatic shall be shifted to dedicated Covid Care Centre or Covid hospital of NCT of Delhi," the memorandum read. (PTI)

    20:38 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: 28 new Coronavirus cases in UP, 2 more die

    Two more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradsesh, raising the death toll to 22,794, while the number of cases rose to 17,09,152 with 28 fresh infections, according to an official statement issued on Tuesday. The new fatalities were reported from Prayagraj and Deoria, the UP government said in the statement. Of the fresh COVID-19 cases, six were registered in Mathura, followed by three each in Lucknow and Gorakhpur, and two each in Prayagraj and Gautam Buddh Nagar. In the past 24 hours, 34 patients have recovered from the viral disease, and have been discharged, taking the recovery count to 16,86,006 in Uttar Pradesh. (PTI)

    20:32 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 5 new Covid-19 cases

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,109 on Tuesday with the addition of five cases, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,516, he said. The overall number of recoveries in Madhya Pradesh now stands at 7,81,509, leaving the state with 84 active cases. With 54,080 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in MP for coronavirus went up to 1,61,09,127, the official added. An official release said 4,02,04,272 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Madhya Pradesh so far, including 8,122 on Tuesday. (PTI)

    20:25 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Centre has stood by states throughout COVID-19 pandemic: Mandaviya

    The Centre has stood by states throughout the coronavirus pandemic and emergency packages have played a huge role in mounting a sturdy public response to COVID-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday. He also said that the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana is addressing regional imbalance in tertiary medical care and is providing quality medical education in under-served states, according to a health ministry statement. Mandaviya was speaking at an event in which he dedicated an AYUSH building and night shelter at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jharkhand's Deoghar district and also inaugurated outdoor patient department (OPD) services at the new building, it said. (PTI)

    19:43 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports 281 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

    Himachal Pradesh reports 281 new #COVID19 cases, 253 recoveries, and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours.Active cases: 2,054Total positive cases: 2,12,260Death toll: 3,562 (ANI)

    19:37 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Covid in India maybe entering some kind of stage of endemicity, says WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

    COVID-19 in India may be entering some kind of stage of endemicity where there is low or moderate level of transmission going on, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation Dr Soumya Swaminathan said. The endemic stage is when a population learns to live with a virus. It's very different from the epidemic stage when the virus overwhelms a population. On clearance to Covaxin, she said she is fairly confident that the WHO's technical group will be satisfied to give Covaxin clearance to be one of its authorised vaccines and that could happen by mid-September. In an interview to journalist Karan Thapar for news website The Wire, Swaminathan said given the size of India and heterogeneity of population and immunity status in different parts of the country, it is "very very feasible" that the situation may continue like this with ups and downs in various parts of the nation. "We may be entering some kind of stage of endemicity where there is low level transmission or moderate level transmission going on but we are not seeing the kinds of exponential growth and peaks that we saw a few months ago," Swaminathan said. "As far as India is concerned that seems to be what is happening and because of size of India and heterogeneity of population and immunity status in different parts of country in different pockets, it is very very feasible that the situation may continue like this with ups and downs in different parts of the country, particularly where there are more susceptible population, so those groups who were perhaps less affected by first and second waves or those areas with low levels of vaccine coverage we could see peaks and troughs for the next several months," she said. She said she hopes that by the end of 2022 "we would be in that position that we have achieved vaccine coverage, say 70 per cent, and then countries can get back to normal". (PTI)

    19:35 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Goa logs 136 new cases, 79 recoveries; no fresh death

    Goa's coronavirus caseload increased by 136 and reached 1,73,357 on Tuesday, while no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said. The daily case tally has more than doubled from Monday, when the state  had registered  57 COVID-19 infections. The death toll remained unchanged at 3,186 as no new COVID-19 death was reported in Goa in the last 24 hours, he said. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,69,239 after 79 patients were  discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said. Goa now has 932 active cases, the official said. (PTI)

    19:33 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,585 new cases, 27 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,585 new #COVID19 cases, 1,842 discharges, and 27 deaths today. Active cases: 18,603Total discharges: 25,50,710Death toll: 34,761 (ANI)

    19:28 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 270 new cases, 1 death; Recovery rate at 97%

    COVID19 | Mumbai reports 270 new cases, 279 discharges and 1 death; Recovery rate at 97% (ANI)

    19:26 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Fully vaccinated in Saudi Arabia? No need for quarantine on returns

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    19:22 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Disney reaches vaccination agreement with union workers

    Florida's Walt Disney World will now require union employees as well as non-union and salaried workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep their jobs at the theme park. The deal was reached Monday with a union coalition, shortly after the Pfizer vaccine earned full Food and Drug Administration approval. It requires the workers to show proof of vaccination by October 22 to remain employed, although employees can request exemptions for medical or religious reasons, a union statement said. Any employee who doesn't comply, and doesn't request an exemption, will be "separated from the company with a yes' rehire status," according to the Service Trades Council Union. Before layoffs and furloughs due to the pandemic, the coalition covered about 43,000 of 77,000 Disney World workers. (AP)

    19:20 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1,259 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

    Karnataka reports 1,259 new #COVID19 cases, 1,701 recoveries and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours.Active cases: 19,784Total recoveries: 28,84,032Death toll: 37,184  (ANI)

    19:19 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: First batch of 81 people evacuated from Afghan to be quarantined at ITBP camp in Chhawla (Delhi)

    First batch of 81 people evacuated from Afghanistan will be quarantined at ITBP camp in Chhawla for 14 days. Those tested COVID-19 positive will be later shifted to dedicated COVID-19 hospitals: ITBP (ANI)

    19:07 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Nigeria approves Sinopharm COVID vaccine, expects 7.7 mn doses

    Nigeria has approved the Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19 in the past three days, the head of the country's primary healthcare agency said on Tuesday. Nigeria has been allocated 7.7 million doses of the vaccine through the COVAX scheme aimed at providing vaccines to developing countries, although it has not yet received the doses. (Reuters)

    18:56 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: 37,000 beds with 12,000 for ICUs being set up to tackle 3rd Covid wave, says Delhi Health Minister Jain

    Medical infrastructure being ramped up and 37,000 beds in total dedicated for COVID-19 patients are being set up to tackle the anticipated third wave of the pandemic in the city, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday. He also underlined that though the positivity rate has shown a downward trend and the number of fatalities has been zero in the past few days, the Delhi government is not dropping its guard. Jain on Tuesday inspected the healthcare facilities to see preparations being done for the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the national capital. The positivity rate in the capital stood at a low of 0.04 per cent on Monday with 17 Covid cases and no deaths being reported for the past three days, he said. On Tuesday too, no fresh death was reported, according to the latest health bulletin. He said 37,000 beds, including 12,000 ICU beds, dedicated for COVID-19 patients are being prepared and medical oxygen capacity along with essential drugs supply are also being "appropriately boosted". Special arrangements are being made for children and the elderly as well, and the Delhi government is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, he was quoted as saying in the statement issued by the health department. Even though the positivity rate is very low, the Delhi government has not dropped its guard and is consistently working to avoid a possible outbreak of the third COVID-19 wave in Delhi, he said. (PTI)

    18:47 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Decide within 6 weeks complaint against overcharging by pvt hospital for Covid-19 treatment, says HC

    The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed a Delhi government-appointed committee to decide within six weeks a senior citizen's complaint against overcharging by a private hospital here for his COVID-19 treatment. "The committee is directed that as and when the petitioner files a complaint, the same be decided expeditiously after following due procedure and within six weeks," ordered Justice Rekha Palli who was hearing the senior citizen's petition seeking a refund of the excess amount charged by the private hospital in violation of the government order fixing rates for COVID related treatment. The court also granted liberty to the petitioner to take appropriate legal recourse if he felt aggrieved by the decision of the committee. (PTI)

    18:34 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: EU okays increase in mRNA COVID-19 vaccines manufacturing capacity

    Europe's medicines regulator said on Tuesday it had approved additional manufacturing sites to increase production capacity of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech  and Moderna for the region. The recommendations do not require a decision by the European Commission and the sites can become operational immediately, the European Medicines Agency said. (Reuters)

    18:33 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: US shipping 3 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan

    The United States will ship just over 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan via the COVAX global distribution program on Tuesday, bringing the total number of doses sent there to around 8.5 million, a White House official said. An additional 700,000 doses will follow, the official said. It was not immediately clear when they would be shipped to Pakistan. Scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from both countries worked together to ensure the delivery of the 3,006,900 vaccine lots made by Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech, the official said. The shipment is part of a U.S. vaccine diplomacy effort that has sent vaccines to dozens of countries. The doses will be delivered through the COVAX program, jointly run by the World Health Organization, the official said. (Reuters)

    18:31 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Meghalaya logs 162 new cases, 4 deaths

    Meghalaya on Tuesday recorded four COVID-related deaths, which pushed the toll to 1,285, while 162 new cases raised the tally to 74,232, a senior official said. Three out of the four who died had not taken COVID-19 vaccine, Health Services Director Aman War said. Of the 162 new cases, 88 were from East Khasi Hills, 20 from West Khasi Hills and 18 from West Garo Hills. East Khasi Hills also accounted for three fatalities and West Khasi Hills for one. Meghalaya currently has 2,820 active cases, War said. (PTI)

    18:28 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Nashik sees 65 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, 126 recoveries

    The COVID-19 tally in Nashik in Maharashtra on Tuesday reached 4,04,803 with the addition of 65 cases, while the day also saw two patients succumbing to the infection and 126 recovering from it, said an official. The toll in the district stands at 8,565 and the recovery count is 3,95,303, he said. With 5,561 samples being examined on Tuesday, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 24,19,585, he added. (PTI)

    18:27 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    No reason for LG to object to HPC to probe deaths: Delhi govt to HC on oxygen shortage during COVID-19

    The Delhi government has told the Delhi High Court that there is no reason or lawful justification for the Lieutenant Governor to object to the constitution of a high powered committee (HPC) by the state to probe deaths caused by alleged oxygen shortage during the second wave of COVID-19. The government said the reasons stated by the LG in his noting dated June 8 for interdicting the constitution of the HPC are "misconceived" and do not withstand the test laid down by the Supreme Court for exercise of power under the proviso to Article 239AA (4). "In these circumstances, the decision of the answering respondent (Delhi government) to constitute a High Powered Committee has to be considered to be final and binding," it said in an affidavit filed before a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh. (PTI)

    18:17 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Kerala reports 24,296 new cases, 173 deaths

    COVID19 | Kerala reports 24,296 new cases, 173 deaths and 19,349 recoveries today; Test positivity rate at 18.04% (ANI)Image

    18:14 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Afghanistan evacuees to undergo 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine

    COVID19 | Afghanistan evacuees to undergo mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine at ITBP's Chhawla Camp in Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (ANI)

    18:10 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Iran's COVID-19 deaths hit record daily high of 709

    Iran on Tuesday reported a record daily 709 deaths from COVID-19 as the worst-hit country in the Middle East faced a fifth surge in infections led by the highly contagious Delta variant. The health ministry said the total number of cases had reached 4.75 million with 40,623 new infections over the past 24 hours. Total fatalities rose to 103,357, state TV reported. Authorities imposed a two-week road travel ban between cities in the Islamic Republic until Aug. 27, except for essential vehicles. Non-essential businesses and public offices were allowed to reopen on Sunday after a week of mandatory shutdown to help limit the spread of coronavirus infections. (Reuters)

    18:06 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: BMC sets up COVID-19 vaccination centre for transgenders, LGBT community

    A special civic-run COVID-19 vaccination centre for transgenders and those from the LGBT community was inaugurated on Tuesday in Vikhroli in Mumbai, an official said. In the first few hours of the centre, located in Saint Joseph School under the BMC's N Ward limits, being operational, some 100 transgenders and LGBT community members received vaccine doses, he said. Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope, who inaugurated the centre, said on the occasion that preventing the spread of diseases like COVID-19 in a city like Mumbai, with its geographical location and population, was very challenging, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had handled the situation effectively. In a statement, the BMC said the N Ward-run centre would be operational for the next six months, with jabs being given even to those without identity cards, and asked NGOs and other groups working with transgenders and LGBT community members to encourage vaccination among them. (PTI)

    18:04 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 137 new COVID-19 cases

    Sikkim reported 137 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally in the Himalayan state to 29,477, a health department bulletin said on Tuesday. West Sikkim district registered 65 new cases followed by East Sikkim (57), South Sikkim (14) and North Sikkim district (1), it said.  Sikkim's COVID-19 positivity rate is 15 per cent and the recovery rate is 93.4 per cent, the bulletin said. The Himalayan state now has 1,548 new COVID-19 cases, while 27,281 patients have recovered from the disease so far. (PTI)

    17:52 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Fauci says he expects more COVID vaccine approvals in coming weeks

    Further full U.S. approvals for COVID-19 vaccines could come within weeks, with separate approval for children under 12 as soon as mid-autumn, the nation's top infectious disease official said on Tuesday, one day after Pfizer-BioNTech won wider FDA approval for its shot. Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's top medical officer and the head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told MSNBC he expects Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to secure full Food and Drug Administration approval relatively soon, possibly within several weeks to one month. (Reuters)

    17:44 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Fully-vaccinated NZ batsman Finn Allen tests Covid-19 positive on arrival in Bangladesh

    New Zealand batsman Finn Allen has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Bangladesh, his country's cricket board said on Tuesday. Allen, who represented the Birmingham Phoenix in England's new Hundred competition, is fully-vaccinated and passed all his pre-departure tests in England before testing positive 48 hours after his arrival in Dhaka. "He has been quarantined at the team's hotel and immediate advice is that he is experiencing moderate symptoms," New Zealand Cricket said in a statement. "Allen is receiving treatment from the Bangladesh Cricket Board's chief medical officer, has been in contact with NZC's chief medical officer, and will be monitored during his stay in quarantine by BLACKCAPS doctor Pat McHugh," the statement added. New Zealand are scheduled to play five T20s against Bangladesh, beginning from September 1. (PTI)

    17:43 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Pakistan makes full vaccination mandatory for air passengers from Sept-end

    Pakistan on Tuesday announced full coronavirus vaccination was mandatory for all air passengers from the end of next month as the country scrambled to tackle the fourth wave of the pandemic. The decision was taken in a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). Speaking to the media, NCOC chief Asad Umar said "only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel domestically and internationally from September 30".  The vaccination requirement will also apply on incoming passengers.  It was also decided full vaccination by October 15 would be compulsory to use public transport facilities, said Umar, also the minister for planning. He added vaccination for those aged between 17 and 18 years will start from the September 1 and from the same date the immunocompromised people aged above 12 will get a specific vaccine at certain centers. All visitors to shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and weddings should get first dose by August 31 and second jab by September 30 to enter the premises. (PTI)

    17:41 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Gennova's mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine gets approval for Phase 2/3 clinical trials

    India's first mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate HGCO19 by Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd has been granted approval for Phase 2/3 clinical trails, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) said on Tuesday. The Pune-based biotechnology company had submitted the interim clinical data of the vaccine's Phase 1 study to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), it said. The Vaccine Subject Expert Committee (SEC) reviewed the interim Phase 1 data and found that the HGCO19 vaccine was safe, tolerable, and immunogenic in the participants of the study. "Gennova submitted the proposed Phase 2 and Phase 3 study entitled 'A Prospective, Multicentre, Randomised, Active-controlled, Observer-blind, Phase 2 study seamlessly followed by a Phase 3 study to evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of the candidate HGCO19 (COVID-19 vaccine) in healthy subjects' which was approved by the office of the DCG(I), CDSCO," the DBT said. (PTI)

    17:40 (IST)24 Aug 2021
    Covid Live Tracker: Andhra reports 1,248 new Covid-19 cases, 15 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh reports 1,248 new #COVID19 cases, 1,715 recoveries and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours.Active cases: 13,677Total recoveries: 19,77,163Death toll: 13,750  (ANI)

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