Coronavirus India September 28 Highlights: Tamil Nadu extends Covid-19 restrictions till Oct 31; UP relaxes Covid lockdown norms for functions at open spaces

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Coronavirus India September 28 Highlights: Covaxin's emergency nod delayed as WHO asks Bharat Biotech to submit more data; Union Home Ministry urges states and UTs to follow Covid-19 safe behavior ahead of festive season; Delhi logs 34 new cases, 2 deaths; Kerala reports 11,196 new Covid-19 cases, 149 deaths; Mumbai logs below 400 new cases for second day in a row

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India TodayAs India races against time to vaccinate its eligible population, despite the WHO reservation, wealthy nations are rolling out booster doses. The CDC has okayed the third dose for the vulnerable population in the US. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus fresh cases in India, Coronavirus active cases in India September 28 News Update: First, some good news! After more than six months, India’s daily cases have dropped below 20,000-mark. The health bulletin shows that 18, 795 fresh Covid-19 infections were registered in the last 24 hours. Covid fatalities also saw a decline. The government data saw that 179 Covid deaths were officially recorded in the country on Tuesday. The recovery rate has also improved to 97.81 per cent. The updated CoWin data shows that for the fifth time, India managed to administer more than 1 crore Covid jabs in one day on September 27. So, all is well? The second wave of coronavirus is gone?

Well, if you look at larger picture, the answer maybe a cautious yes. The warnings of third wave have not seen actualisation except in Kerala. But if you scratch the surface, you realise that there are areas of concern. While as many as 20 states report less than 100 cases now, there are still five major states that are reporting over 1,000 cases per day. Apart from worst-hit Kerala, situation is still worrisome in Maharashtra, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Another point is the testing rate. The latest ICMR data shows that little over 13 lakh tests were conducted in the country. India must test more to know the extent of the transmission. Plus with festive season around the corner and all major temples and other religious places reopening, local authorities would have to ensure strict compliance of the Covid protocols.

As India races against time to vaccinate its eligible population, despite the WHO reservation, wealthy nations are rolling out booster doses. The CDC has okayed the third dose for the vulnerable population in the US. Joe Biden,  the US President was among the first beneficiaries of the booster shot.  In South Korea, vaccination will soon begin for children and booster shots for the elderlies. This brings us back to the question of vaccine inequity.

The latest data published by Reuters shows that COVAX allocated more Covid-19 vaccines to nations rich countries such as the UK. Whereas poorer peer such as Botswana had to manage with just 20,000 corona shots. This kind of imbalance will force the world into a vicious loop. Because the unvaccinated population cannot only transmit the virus at a higher pace but also contribute to the deadly mutation.

It will take less than 30 days to bring the world to a halt if such a situation arises. The money used to buy ultra-cold temperature equipment for storing the vaccines can be instead used in buying more jabs for poorer nations. After the vaccine revolution, it is time for scientists to bring some newer solutions for low-maintenance vaccination set-up.

Here are the latest Covid updates from India and the world: 

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    23:04 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 64 new cases take Sikkim's COVID tally to 31,355

    Sikkim on Tuesday reported 64 new COVID-19 cases, 39 more than the previous day, with the tally increasing to 31,355, a health department bulletin said. The death toll remained at 387 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, it said. Of the fresh cases, 52 were reported from East Sikkim, six from South Sikkim, five from West Sikkim and one from North Sikkim. The Himalayan state now has 601 active cases, while 30,053 people have recovered from the disease. At least 314 coronavirus-positive patients have migrated out. (PTI)

    22:58 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UP relaxes Covid lockdown norms for functions at open spaces

    The Uttar Pradesh government has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown norms by allowing more people to gather at open spaces outside containment zones for marriages and other functions. However, for closed places, the earlier provision of allowing a maximum of 100 persons to be gathered at a time with proper Covid protocols in place remains intact. In a letter, dated September 27, addressed to police and administration officials in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, "A maximum of 100 persons will be allowed to gather at closed places at a time while following the COVID-19 protocol. A COVID helpdesk has to be set up at the entrance point of the event." "For open places, people will be allowed to gather as per the area (of the programme venue), and a COVID helpdesk has to be set up at the entrance point of the event," the letter said. (PTI)

    22:49 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over eight lakh vaccine doses wasted so far, says Gujarat govt

    The Gujarat government told the Legislative Assembly here on Tuesday that some 8.33 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines could not be used in the state since the inoculation drive began. The information was given by health minister Rishikesh Patel in a written reply to a question by Congress MLA from Una, Punja Vansh. A vial of vaccine which contains ten doses has to be used within four hours once opened, the minister said. "So if people do not come for vaccination within that period, a vial has to be discarded after four hours (with some doses unused)," he said, adding that this was the main reason for the wastage. (PTI) 

    22:48 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 2 lakh doses administered in Delhi on Sep 27

    Over two lakh doses of Covid vaccine were administered in Delhi on September 27, according to data shared by authorities on Tuesday. As per the latest vaccination bulletin, the total number of doses, including the second shots, given to people in Delhi stands at over 1.73 crore. The present stock of doses will last another two days, according to the city government's vaccination bulletin. On September 27, over 2.05 lakh doses, including 90,923 first shots and 1.14 lakh second jabs, were administered, it said. The cumulative number of first doses administered till Monday stood at over 1.18 crore, while the corresponding figures for the second doses stood at over 55 lakh, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    22:44 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat govt to pay Rs 50,000 to kin of COVID-19 victims

    Gujarat Health Minister Rishikesh Patel on Tuesday told the state Assembly here that committees will be formed at the district level to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of those who died due to COVID-19. The opposition Congress had raised the issue of deaths caused by the pandemic in the state, after which the minister came out with the statement. The Congress had claimed that over three lakh people died due to the pandemic in Gujarat, while the official figure, given by Patel, is 10,082. "As per a letter of the central home ministry, the state government has decided to give Rs 50,000 as financial assistance to the relatives of those who died due to COVID-19.  "The state government will give this compensation as per the guidelines of the centre. Committees will be formed at the district level to distribute the compensation," the health minister told the House. (PTI)

    22:30 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Punjab sees 41 more COVID-19 cases

    Punjab on Tuesday reported 41 fresh cases of the coronavirus that took the infection tally to 6,01,578, according to a medical bulletin. No new coronavirus-related fatality was reported in the state. The death toll stands at 16,509. Two deaths were added to the toll after reconciliation of data, according to the bulletin. Among new COVID-19 cases, Mohali reported eight cases, followed by seven in Amritsar and five in Jalandhar. The number of active cases stood at 299. (PTI)

    22:27 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu govt extends Covid restrictions till October 31; check details

    Tamil Nadu Govt allows physical classes to resume for students of Classes 1 to 8 from November 1; extends COVID restrictions till October 31; religious places to remain shut on all Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (ANI)

    22:23 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh logs 26 new cases, zero death; active tally at 283

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,05,295 on Tuesday with the addition of  26 new cases, while no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said. The state's COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 13,564, he said. The number of recoveries rose to 9,91,448 after 10 people were discharged from hospitals, while 15 others completed their home isolation during the day, the official said. The state now has 283 active cases. "Sukma district recorded 8 new cases and Raipur 6. No fresh cases were reported from 15 districts, while 10 districts, including Durg, reported one case each," he said. (PTI)

    22:17 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 60 students from Bengaluru boarding school test positive for Covid

    Karnataka | 60 students from a boarding school in Bengaluru tested positive for COVID, on Sunday: J Manjunath, DC Bengaluru Urban District (ANI)

    22:11 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker:Sanofi drops plans for messenger RNA vaccine against virus

    French drugmaker Sanofi said Tuesday it was shelving plans for a COVID-19 vaccine based on messenger RNA despite positive results from early-stage testing. The Paris-based company said it will continue to develop another vaccine candidate that is already undergoing late-stage human trials. That vaccine, developed jointly with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, is based on the characteristic spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19. Messenger RNA vaccines use a different technology that uses genetic information from the virus to trigger an immune response. This technology is already being used in the vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna. (AP)

    22:09 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat logs 24 new COVID-19 cases; 18 recover

    Gujarat on Tuesday reported 24 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the count of infections to 8,25,896, the health department said. No new COVID-19 death was reported on Tuesday as well, it said. The death toll remains unchanged at 10,082 in Gujarat since September 4. With 18 patients getting discharged during the day, the tally of recovered cases in Gujarat rose to 8,15,666, it said. Gujarat is now left with 148 active cases. A total of 3,15,813 people were inoculated on Tuesday, taking the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in Gujarat to 6,03,36,757, the department said.  At 10, Surat district reported the highest number of new cases during the day in Gujarat, followed by four cases in Valsad, three in Ahmedabad, two each in Navsari and Vadodara. Gandhinagar and Jamnagar reported one case each during the day, it said. (PTI)

    21:39 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Singapore reports 2,236 Covid-19 cases, its highest ever single-day rise

    Singapore's health ministry reported 2,236 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. A recent rise in cases after the relaxation of some COVID-19 measures has prompted Singapore to pause further reopening. More than 80% of its population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. From this week, Singapore tightened some COVID-19 curbs such as limiting social gatherings to two people and making work from home a default. (Reuters)

    21:30 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 87.6 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far, says health ministry

    The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 87.6 crore on Tuesday, the health ministry said. It said over 49 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm and the tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports by late in the night. The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started on February 2. (PTI)

    21:22 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No choice but to impose travel curbs to contain COVID-19, says China

    China said on Tuesday that it has "no choice" but to take preventive measures like travel restrictions to contain COVID-19, as it reacted to a demonstration by stranded Indian students in front of its embassy in New Delhi. China's response came after reports from New Delhi said several Indian students, mostly studying medicine, held a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy on Monday demanding Beijing to permit their return to re-join their studies. Asked for her reaction to the Indian students' demonstration in Delhi, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here: "COVID-19 is still spreading in many parts of the world". "So, in this context, the Chinese government has no choice but to take a lot of prevention and control measures," Hua said. Given the situation, China is adjusting its measures in accordance with the evolving situation, in order to ensure the safe, healthy and orderly flow of Chinese and foreign travellers, she said. "I want to stress that China's inbound prevention and control measures are applied to all inbound travellers, including its own citizens," she said. (PTI)

    21:20 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 4 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Andhra

    Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday crossed another milestone in Covid-19 vaccination by completing administration of over four crore doses. According to the Medical and Health Department data, 4,00,47,088 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in the state so far. Of the total, 2,68,15,370 persons got inoculated with the first dose and 1,32,31,718 of them took the second as well. The state has a population of 3,47,31,282 in the 18-plus age group, which is targeted under the Covid-19 vaccination programme. About 76 per cent of the targeted group has so far taken at least the first dose of the vaccine in the state, the data showed. (PTI)

    21:04 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Ahead of festive season, Home Ministry directs all states/UTs to implement 'Prompt & Effective Containment Measures' until Oct 31

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    20:53 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bengal logs 708 new COVID-19 cases, 13 fresh fatalities

    West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 15,67,573 on Tuesday as 708 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 18,764, a health bulletin said. Kolkata and its neighbouring North 24 Parganas district reported three fresh fatalities each, it said. The state now has 7,586 active cases, while 15,41,223 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 693 in the last 24 hours. West Bengal has tested over 1.80 crore samples for COVID-19, including 36,712 in the last 24 hours, it added. (PTI)

    20:52 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik reports 61 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths; 91 recover

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Nashik reached 4,08,215 on Tuesday after 61 people were detected with the infection, while the toll rose by two to touch 8,628, an official said. So far 3,98,702 people have recovered, including 91 during the day, he said. With 5,248 samples being examined on Tuesday, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 25,72,742, he added. (PTI)

    20:51 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai records 394 COVID-19 cases, six deaths

    Mumbai reported 394 new coronavirus infections and six fatalities on Tuesday, taking the tally of cases detected in the city so far to 7,42,011 and death toll to 16,097, a civic official said. In good news, the daily increase in cases remained below 400 on the second day in a row. On Monday, Mumbai had reported 377 new cases and seven fatalities. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with 28,838 tests carried out during the day, the tally of coronavirus tests conducted in the city till now climbed to 1,02,76,502. The city has now 4,611 active COVID-19 cases after 477 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals. It took the total of recovered patients to 7,18,813. (PTI)

    20:45 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nagaland registers 28 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

    Nagaland's COVID-19 tally rose to 31,195 on Tuesday as 28 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 664, a health bulletin said. Dimapur registered the highest number of new cases at 15, followed by Kohima (seven) and Mokokchung (three), it said, adding that the fresh fatality was recorded in Dimapur. Nagaland now has 401 active cases, while 29,145 people have been cured of the disease so far, including 51 in the last 24 hours, and 985 patients have migrated to other states to date. (PTI)

    20:37 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UP reports 18 new Covid cases, 1 death

    Uttar Pradesh has reported one new Covid-related death and 18 fresh cases, taking the number of fatalities and infections in the state to 22,891 and 7,09,794 respectively. The lone COVID-19 death was reported from Banda, the UP government said in a statement here on Tuesday. Of the 18 fresh cases, four were reported from Lucknow, followed by three from Gautam Buddh Nagar and two from Sitapur. In the past 24 hours, 14 hospitalised COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease, taking the total number of patients discharged to 16,86,726 so far. The count of active cases in the state stands at 177, the statement said. (PTI)

    20:30 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 220 new COVID-19 cases, one death in Telangana

    Telangana on Tuesday logged 220 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 6,65,504, while the toll rose to 3,915 with one more fatality. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 80, followed by Karimnagar (21) and Khammam (13) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM. Recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 255 people  recuperating from the infectious disease, taking the cumulative number to 6,57,040 so far.  Active cases stood at 4,549, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    20:29 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Educational institutions to reopen in Assam in phased manner from Oct 1 as Covid situation improves

    All educational institutions in Assam will reopen in a phased manner from next month with physical classes in colleges, universities and technical institutions as well as for class 9 students to resume from October 1. Offline classes for students of classes 1 to 8 will begin from October 19, an education department notification said on Tuesday. Physical classes for final year students of  higher secondary, degree and post-graduation courses as well as technical courses have resumed from September 6, while those of class 10 commenced from September 20. All classes have to be conducted as per COVID-19 protocols and attendance in the educational institutions is not compulsory, the notification said. Parents or guardians are required to give their written consent for their wards to attend offline classes, it said. The institutions will also have to ensure the continuation with online classes, it added. However, educational institutions in containment zones will not reopen until further orders, it said. The decision to reopen the educational institutions has been taken given the improving COVID-19 situation, the notification said. However, the deputy commissioner of a district reserves the right to close them if the COVID positivity rate in that district breaches 2 per cent on a particular day. (PTI)

    20:21 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 7 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,511 on Tuesday with the addition of seven cases, a health department official said. With two more patients succumbing to the COVID-19 infection, the death toll went up to 10,520 in MP, the official added. The recovery count stands at 7,81,875, leaving the state with 116 active cases. With 59,494 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 1,84,31,662, the official said. A total of 6,26,07,490 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in Madhya Pradesh, including 1,63,220 on Tuesday, an official release said. (PTI)

    20:10 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 2,844 Covid-19 cases, 60 deaths

    Maharashtra reported 2,844 new coronavirus cases and 60 deaths on Tuesday, the health department said.It took the infection tally to 65,44,606, and the death toll to 1,38,962. As many as 3,029 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 63,65,277. Maharashtra now has 36,794 active cases. There are 2,54,985 people in home quarantine and another  1,514 in institutional quarantine. The state's COVID-19 recovery rate is 97.26 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. The total of coronavirus tests conducted in the state climbed to 5,84,29,804, including 1,43,768 samples examined since Monday evening. Ahmednagar district reported the highest 457 new infections in the state on Tuesday. Among eight regions of Maharashtra, the Pune region reported the highest 914 new COVID-19 cases, followed by the Mumbai region at 874. (PTI)

    20:03 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jammu & Kashmir records 95 fresh Covid cases

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 95 fresh Covid cases, taking the infection tally to 3,29,220 on Tuesday, while the death toll remained at 4,422 as no new fatality was reported in the past 24 hours, officials said. Twenty-eight fresh cases were reported from the Jammu division and 67 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said. There are 1,420 active cases in Jammu and Kashmir, while 3,23,378 people have recovered from the infection so far, the officials said. Meanwhile, there are 46 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the Union Territory and no fresh case has been reported since Monday evening. (PTI)

    20:02 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: No need for toll-free number for vaccination registration, walk-in facility available, says SC

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that there is no need for a toll-free number for registration for COVID-19 vaccination as the Centre has already started walk-in vaccination, where people can go for jabs without prior enrolment. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath, and BV Nagarathna said that prayers in PIL filed by one Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra have become infructuous. "Your petition was filed in the month of May seeking setting up of a toll-free number for COVID-19 vaccination registration. Since then lots of development has taken place and after our June 1 order, the government has started a walk-in facility for vaccination. Now people, who are not registered can go to these centres and get themselves registered and vaccinated. The prayer in the petition has become infructuous," the bench told Mishra, who was appearing in person. The petitioner said that a toll-free number will take care of the difficulty people in rural areas face in registration. The bench said people who are not registered on the CoWIN portal can simply go to these walk-in centres and get themselves registered and take the vaccination for COVID-19. (PTI)

    19:57 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Suspension of scheduled international passenger flights extended till Oct 31 due to Covid-19

    The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till October 31, India's aviation regulator DGCA said on Tuesday. "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation added. Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under bilateral "air bubble" arrangements with selected countries since July 2020. India has formed air bubble pacts with approximately 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories. (PTI)

    19:41 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa sees 90 Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths, 114 recoveries

    Goa's COVID-19 tally reached 1,76,235 on Tuesday with the addition of 90 cases, while the day also saw five deaths and 114 people getting discharged, an official said. The toll in the state stands at 3,308 and the recovery count is 1,72,094, leaving it with an active tally of 833, he said. With 5,139 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 13,43,105, he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,76,235, new cases 90, death toll 3308, discharged 172094, active cases 833, samples tested till date 13,43,105. (PTI)

    19:37 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tesla seeks Covid rules waiver to host 9,000 at Berlin 'Giga-Fest'

    Tesla, well-versed in German bureaucracy as it tries to build a huge factory near Berlin, is seeking a waiver from COVID-19 rules on mass gatherings to host up to 9,000 people at a "Giga-Fest" to showcase its plans. The electric vehicle maker, which began construction in the town of Grunheide in December 2019 but is still awaiting final approval for its site, announced in August it would hold an event on Oct. 9 to let locals see the factory in construction.Its outspoken boss, Elon Musk, tweeted earlier this month he would attend. Local authorities told Reuters the company had applied for permission to have 9,000 people on-site, beyond pandemic rules which limit such gatherings to 5,000. "The documents available suggest that the application will be approved," a spokesperson for the local authorities said,confirming an earlier report by newspaper B.Z. Tesla was not immediately available for comment. (Reuters)

    19:36 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chelsea's Kante to miss Juventus trip due to Covid-19, says Tuchel

    Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will not be involved in Wednesday's Champions League group game at Juventus after testing positive for COVID-19, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday. Kante's positive test is another blow for Tuchel as the Premier League side are also without winger Christian Pulisic, midfielder Mason Mount and full back Reece James due to injuries. Tuchel said he does not know how many of his players are vaccinated and although he has taken the jab, he will not force others to do so. "We are a reflection of society, the players are adults and they have a free choice. We should accept it, this is more or less all I can say. I know the situation is far from over... It makes you very aware it is not over," Tuchel told reporters. (Reuters)

    19:25 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala clocks 11,196 fresh COVID cases, 149 deaths

    Kerala on Tuesday recorded 11,196 fresh COVID-19 cases and 149 deaths, which took the caseload to 46,52,810 and the toll to 24,810. The number of people who recovered from the infection since Monday was 18,849, which brought the total recoveries to 44,78,042 and the number of active cases to 1,49,356, an official press release said. As many as 96,436 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said. Among the 14districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest number of cases with 1,339, followed by Kollam (1,273), Thrissur (1,271), Ernakulam (1,132), Malappuram (1,061) and Kozhikode (908). Of the new cases, 76 were health workers, 74 from outside the state and 10,506 infected through contact, with the source of it not clear in 540. (PTI)

    19:21 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,630 fresh Covid-19 infections, 17 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,630 fresh #COVID19 infections, 1,643 recoveries and 17 deaths in the last 24 hoursTotal cases: 26,60,553Total recoveries: 26,07,796Death toll: 35,526Active cases: 17,231 (ANI)

    19:05 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records 2 Covid deaths, 34 new cases; positivity rate 0.05%

    Delhi recorded two COVID-19 deaths and 34 fresh instances of the infection in a day with a 0.05 per cent case positivity rate, according to a health bulletin issued by the city government on Tuesday. Before Tuesday, the national capital has recorded five fatalities due to the viral infection in September so far. With the new cases, the Covid case tally in the city climbed to 14,38,780 of which over 14.13 lakh patients have recovered. The death toll has risen to 25,087. The city has 373 active COVID-19 cases, up from 366 on Monday. As many as 105 patients are in home isolation, down from 107 the previous day. The number of containment zones in the city stands at 94, according to the bulletin. The authorities conducted 65,101 tests, including 41,359 RT-PCR ones, on Monday. The rest were rapid-antigen tests. Delhi had recorded 32 COVID-19 cases and zero deaths due to the disease on Monday while the positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent. The city reported 29 cases of the infection on Sunday, 27 on Saturday and 24 on Friday. Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic in April and May that claimed a massive number of lives with the issue of oxygen shortage in hospitals adding to the woes. (PTI)

    19:04 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra timetable process for new colleges-courses postponed amid pandemic

    The timetable for opening new colleges and introducing new courses was on Tuesday postponed for a period of one month by the Maharashtra government as meetings mandated for the exercise could not be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, he said. As per Article 109 of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016, a timetable is defined to decide the opening of new colleges, introducing new courses and curriculum, increasing the number of classes or batches and setting up of satellite centres, among others. (PTI)

    19:04 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sri Lanka likely to end nation-wide COVID-19 lockdown on October 1: Spokesman

    Sri Lanka is planning to end the nation-wide lockdown on October 1 as the health authorities feel the current COVID-19 situation in the island nation has improved and is conducive to lift the curfew, the government spokesperson said on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government imposed a nation-wide lockdown on August 20 and extended it thrice as health authorities grappled with the crisis of the raging third wave since mid-April. "Sri Lanka is bracing to end its lockdown on October 1. Health  officials say the current condition is conducive to lift the curfew and the government was hopeful of resuming normal functioning of the country from next week," Ramesh Pathirana, who is also the Minister for Plantation, said. The government announced on Monday that the full work force in both state and private sectors are required to report to work from October 1. Since the lockdown came into effect on August 20, only a limited number of staff were asked to report as the public transport services were stopped. (PTI)

    19:00 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 629 new #COVID19 cases

    Karnataka reports 629 new COVID19 cases, 782 recoveries and 17 deaths today.

    Total cases: 29,74,528Total recoveries: 29,24,102Death toll: 37,763

    Active cases: 12,634 (ANI)

    18:44 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active Covid-19 cases fall below 12,000 in Andhra Pradesh

    The number of active Covid-19 cases dropped below the 12,000 mark to 11,912 in Andhra Pradesh as 771 fresh infections, eight deaths, and 1,333 recoveries were reported in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. (PTI)

    18:42 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Pfizer submits data for COVID-19 vaccine use in younger kids

    Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE on Tuesday submitted initial trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year olds and said they would make a formal request with U.S. regulators for emergency use in the coming weeks.

    18:40 (IST)28 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Five new COVID-19 cases in Ladakh

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