Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala logs 32,803 fresh Covid cases; Govt reviews reopening of schools across country

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Coronavirus Latest News Today August 31s, Covid-19 vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave News, Coronavirus Cases and Fatality Rate India, India Coronavirus R Factor Latest News September 1 Highlights: At 41,965, India reports sharp rise in daily cases; 460 deaths; No case of new Covid-19 variant C.1.2 in India so far – govt sources

Coronavirus live updates, Covid 19 India updates, Delta Delta Plus news, Cowin news, Vaccine news, Third WaveThe daily average of vaccination also has also increased to 58.46 lakh from 43.41 lakh in July. (Picture: Reuters)

Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Today September 1 Highlights: Covid-19 vaccination has picked up pace ahead of the possible third wave in the country. According to provisional data, India on Tuesday administered over 1.25 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the highest so far in a single day. This is the second time in five days that the country has crossed the 1-crore milestone in vaccination. With the record inoculation, India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccine coverage also crossed 65 crore. As many as 50 crore have been administered with the first dose. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya lauded the entire country for the achievement of more than 1 crore doses being administered for the second day within a span of five days. In the month of August, India administered a record 18.12 crore doses, compared to 13.45 crore in July. The daily average of vaccination also has also increased to 58.46 lakh from 43.41 lakh in July.

India took 85 days to administered 10 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. It then took 45 days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to touch 30 crore. The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore and then 20 more days to cross 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark on August 25, according to data from Union Health Ministry.

As the Covid-19 situation improves in the country, several states/UTs including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir have allowed educational institutes to reopen. Schools and colleges will reopen in Delhi from today.

However, some states are still witnessing an upward trend in the number of Coronavirus infections. Kerala has been the main concern. The southern state has been reporting more than half of India’s Covid-19 cases for the past few weeks. Kerala has reimposed night curfew and lockdown on Sundays to limit the Covid spread. Also, the state government will screen visitors from nations with C.1.2 Covid-19 variant cases. The variant, first found in the UK, is now spreading rapidly. With the upcoming festival season and state/UT governments allowing more and more activities, any laxity in adhering to Covid protocol will make it difficult to check Coronavirus infections.

India reported 41,965 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,28,10,845, while active cases have increased to 3,78,181, according to data from the Union health ministry data on Wednesday. The death toll also climbed to 4,39,020 with 460 more fatalities in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases in the country has increased to 3,78,181 and now comprise 1.15% of India’s total infections, the ministry said. Active cases have increased by 7,541 in a span of 24 hours.

Here are the latest and verified Covid updates from India and around the globe:

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    23:06 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: One more death, 38 new cases in Punjab

    Punjab recorded 38 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday which took the infection tally to 6,00,651, while one more fatality took the death toll to 16,434, according to a medical bulletin. The only Covid-related death was reported from Sangrur, it said.The death toll also includes two fatalities which were not reported earlier. The number of active cases in the state stands at 330, the bulletin said.    Of the new cases, Mohali reported six followed by five in Ferozepur and four in Ludhiana, it said. Twenty-eight people recovered from the infection, taking overall recoveries to 5,83,887, the bulletin said. Chandigarh reported two more cases, taking the total count of coronavirus cases to 65,108, according to a health bulletin.The death of a 31-year-old man took the fatality count to 814, it said. The number of active cases in the city stands at 37, while the overall recoveries have reached 64,257, the bulletin added. (PTI) 

    22:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Incoming passengers vaccinated with 2 doses of vaccines to be exempted from mandatory testing on arrival in Assam 

    Assam govt in a new notification said, "All incoming passenger who are vaccinated with 2 doses of #COVID19 vaccines & possess such certificate, in production of the same in front of screening Authority, shall be exempted from mandatory testing on arrivals." (ANI)

    22:16 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India records highest daily tally of 1.25 crore jabs on August 31

    Coronavirus vaccination in India: The country witnessed the administration of a whopping 1.25 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on August 31, i.e. Tuesday, which is the highest single-day tally in the country for this vaccination drive that began mid-January. This led to India recording the administration of a total of 18.12 crore vaccine doses in August, an increase of close to 5 crore doses as compared to July’s 13.45 crore doses, according to a report in IE. As per the data of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country has cumulatively administered over 65 crore doses of the coronavirus vaccines. | Read More

    22:00 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Deadlier, more transmissible COVID variant ‘C.1.2’ detected in South Africa! Has it reached India yet?

    A new covid variant has been detected by scientists which is said to be potentially more transmissible compared to previous known variants. This deadly variant called C.1.2 has been found in South Africa and some other countries as well. The PTI report suggests that C.1.2 variant, deemed to be a ‘variant of interest’ was first detected by scientists from National Institute for communicable diseases (NICD) and the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa this year in May (2021). | Read More

    21:44 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Under Prarthana Scheme, Assam Cabinet has decided to give 6.5 thousand beneficiaries a one-time grant of Rs 1 lakh 

    Under Prarthana Scheme, Assam Cabinet has decided to give 6.5 thousand beneficiaries (next of the kin) of those who died of COVID, a one-time grant of Rs 1 lakh. The Guardian Ministers of each district will hand over the amount to the beneficiaries on October 2nd. (ANI)

    21:28 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 36 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 36 new COVID-19 cases, 42 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 14,37,800Total recoveries 14,12,375Death toll 25,082Active cases 343

    Test positivity rate is 0.06% (ANI)

    21:02 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1509 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1509 new COVID-19 cases, 1719 recoveries and 20 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 26,16,381Total recoveries 25,64,820Death toll 34,941

    Active cases 16,620 (ANI)

    20:52 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: All students/employees coming to Karnataka from Kerala to compulsorily bring negative RT-PCR certificate 

    All students/employees coming from Kerala to compulsorily bring negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hrs  irrespective of their vaccination status. The persons to compulsorily be in institutional quarantine for seven days & to be RT-PCR tested on 7th day: Karnataka Govt (ANI) 

    20:40 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka government orders mandatory RT-PCR test for international arrivals in the state

    Karnataka government orders mandatory RT-PCR test for international arrivals in the state (ANI)

    20:31 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 66 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country

    66 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country till now: Ministry of Health (ANI)

    20:21 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: RT-PCR test mandatory for international passengers arriving at Mumbai Airport in wake of new COVID strain

    RT-PCR test mandatory for int'l passengers arriving at Mumbai Airport from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe upon arrival at airport at their own cost, in wake of discovery of a new strain of COVID-19: BMC (ANI)

    20:08 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala logs 32,803 fresh COVID cases, 173 deaths

    Kerala on Wednesday reported 32,803 new COVID-19 cases and 173 deaths which pushed the total infection count to 40,90,036 and the fatalities to 20,961.The test positivity rate (TPR) was found to be 18.76 per cent after testing of 1,74,854 samples in the last 24 hours, according to a state government release. With this, 3,17,27,535 samples have been tested till now, it said.It also said that since Tuesday, 21,610 people have recovered from the infection taking the total recoveries to 38,38,614 and the number of active cases to 2,29,912. Among the 14 districts of the state, Thrissur recorded the highest with 4,425 cases followed by Ernakulam (4,324), Kozhikode (3,251), Malappuram (3,099), Kollam (2,663), Thiruvananthapuram (2,579), Palakkad (2,309), Kottayam (2,263), Alappuzha (1,975), Kannur (1,657), Pathanamthitta (1,363), Wayanad (1,151) and Idukki (1,130).Of the new cases, 108 were health workers, 154 from outside the state and 31,380 infected through contact with the source of the contact not being clear in 1,161 cases, the release said.There are currently 5,57,085 people under surveillance in various districts. Of these, 5,24,380 are in home or institutional quarantine and 32,705 in hospitals. (PTI)

    19:57 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviews COVID-19 situation in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu 

    Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviews COVID-19 situation in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu. Highlighting need to take adequate steps to contain the inter-state spread of COVID, the minister asked respective states to increase vaccination in bordering districts to Kerala (ANI)

    19:54 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 416 new cases, 4 deaths today 

    COVID-19 | Mumbai reports 416 new cases, 4 deaths and 329 discharges today; active cases 3,187 (ANI) 

    19:43 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa opens COVID-19 vaccination for foreigners

    Foreign nationals staying in Goa can now take COVID-19 vaccines after showing the passport, a state government official said on Wednesday.  Goa Vaccination Nodal Officer Dr Anup Netravalkar told reporters that foreign nationals can either book a slot online through the CoWIN portal or visit vaccination centres to receive the jab.  He said the foreigners, who had received their first dose of the vaccine outside Goa, can take the second jab in the coastal state. Netravalkar also said the state government has decided to reduce the gap between two doses of vaccine for the teaching and non-teaching staff from 84 days to six weeks. He said the vaccination drive won't be organised on September 10 and 11 on the occasion of Ganesh festival.

    "This would be the first time in Goa that vaccination will take a break. The vaccination drive has been going on for the last 228 days without a break," Netravalkar said. He said a total of 15,63,726 people had received the first jab in the state and "35 per cent of them were administered the second jab". Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 95 to reach 1,74,050 on Wednesday, a health department official said. (PTI) 

    19:28 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 416 new cases, 4 deaths today 

    COVID-19 | Mumbai reports 416 new cases, 4 deaths and 329 discharges today; active cases 3,187 (ANI) 

    19:13 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa records 95 new COVID-19 cases; one casualty

    Goa records 95 new COVID-19 cases; one casualty (PTI) 

    19:00 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: A sound bite reexamined: 'Pandemic of the unvaccinated'

    This summer's coronavirus resurgence has been labelled a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' by government officials from President Joe Biden on down. The sound bite captures the glaring reality that unvaccinated people overwhelmingly account for new cases and serious infections, with a recent study of government data showing that hospitalisation rates among unvaccinated adults were 17 times higher than among those fully vaccinated.

    18:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Chile's economic activity climbs further in July as recovers from COVID

    Chile's economic activity rose 18.1% year-on-year in July, supported by a low base of comparison and a recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, its central bank said on Wednesday.The Monthly Indicator of Economic Activity (Imacec), which represents about 90% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the South American country, also increased 1.4% compared to June."This result was mainly explained by the lower basis for comparison with July of the previous year, the gradual opening of the economy and the greater adaptation of households and companies to the COVID-19 health emergency," the central bank said in a statement. (Reuters)

    18:52 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: English study finds long COVID affects up to 1 in 7 children months after infection

    As many as 1 in 7 children may have symptoms linked to the coronavirus months after testing positive for COVID-19, the authors of an English study on long COVID in adolescents said on Wednesday.Children rarely become severely ill with COVID-19 but they can suffer lingering symptoms, and the study is one of the largest of its kind on how common so-called long COVID is in the age group.The study, led by University College London and Public Health England, found that 11- to 17-year-olds who tested positive for the virus were twice as likely to report three or more symptoms 15 weeks later than those who had tested negative.Researchers surveyed 3,065 11- to 17-year-olds in England who had positive results in a PCR test between January and March, and a control group of 3,739 11- to 17-year-olds who tested negative over the same period.Among those who tested positive, 14% reported three or more symptoms such as unusual tiredness or headaches 15 weeks later, compared with 7% reporting symptoms by that time among the control group. (PTI)

    18:33 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 1,186 new Covid-19 deaths, 10 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh logged 1,186 fresh Covid-19 cases, 1,396 recoveries and 10 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday. The state's Covid-19 chart now showed 20,15,302 total positives, 19,86,962 recoveries and 13,867 deaths so far. The latest bulletin said the number of active cases has come down to 14,473. For the first time in many weeks, all 13 districts reported less than 200 fresh cases in a day, with East Godavari topping with 175. Kurnool and Vizianagaram were at the bottom with 13 each. (PTI)

    18:30 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala logs 32,803 fresh COVID cases, 173 deaths

    Kerala on Wednesday reported 32,803 new COVID-19 cases and 173 deaths which pushed the total infection count to 40,90,036 and the fatalities to 20,961. The test positivity rate (TPR) was found to be 18.76 per cent after testing of 1,74,854 samples in the last 24 hours, according to a state government release. With this, 3,17,27,535 samples have been tested till now, it said. It also said that since Tuesday, 21,610 people have recovered from the infection taking the total recoveries to 38,38,614 and the number of active cases to 2,29,912. (PTI)

    18:09 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: ED conducts search operations in Kolkata in connection with COVID-linked corruption

    The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday conducted searches at 10 locations in Kolkata in connection with its probe into corrupt practices such as hoarding, profiteering and black marketing of COVID-related essentials, an agency source said. The central agency has registered six cases against persons who are allegedly involved in hoarding and overcharging of essential life-saving drugs such as Remdesevir injection, he said. (PTI)

    17:59 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: No tougher Swiss coronavirus curbs for now despite rising cases

    Switzerland will not tighten curbs on public life for now despite rising coronavirus cases, the government said on Wednesday, reserving the right to make people show a COVID-status certificate to access many indoor spaces.The government had signalled such a move last week when it ordered millions more doses of COVID-19 vaccine for possible use as booster shots, amid concerns that a rising number of serious cases could soon overwhelm hospitals."The number of hospital admissions of coronavirus patients remains high, but has not increased in the last week. Therefore, the (cabinet) has not yet decided (on widening use of certificates) today," a government statement said on Wednesday.It would decide on measures to relieve hospitals "at any time should this become necessary", it added.The certificate provides proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test result.President Guy Parmelin acknowledged at a news conference in Bern that the government's plans had provoked a lively debate about how far it should intrude into people's lives, but appealed for national unity. (Reuters)

    17:59 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pfizer starts dosing patients in oral COVID-19 drug trial

    Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday it had started dosing in a mid-to-late-stage trial of its oral antiviral therapy for COVID-19 in non-hospitalized, symptomatic adult patients.The company and its rivals, including U.S.-based Merck & Co Inc and Swiss pharmaceutical Roche Holding AG, have been racing to develop the first antiviral pill to be taken on early signs of the illness.Pfizer's mid-to-late-stage trial in 1,140 participants would study the therapy, PF-07321332, in combination with a low dose of ritonavir, which has been used with other antivirals too, the company said. (https://bit.ly/3kJWzg9)PF-07321332 is designed to block the activity of a key enzyme that is needed for the coronavirus to replicate.To date, Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir, administered intravenously, is the only approved antiviral treatment for COVID-19 in the United States.Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics' molnupiravir is already being studied in a late-stage trial in non-hospitalized patients to see if it reduces the risk of hospitalization or death. (Reuters)

    17:10 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Schools for classes 6 to 12 start regular physical sessions in Madhya Pradesh

    With COVID-19 cases falling significantly in Madhya Pradesh, schools for classes 6 to 12 started regular physical sessions in the state on Wednesday with 50 per cent cap on attendance, and students expressed happiness on returning to their educational institutions. The MP government had earlier reopened schools for Classes 9 to 12 in the last week of July with 50 per cent cap on attendance, but these classes were being held only on specific days a week. On Wednesday, while the attendance was thin in schools, students were glad to attend physical classes after nearly 17 months.  (PTI)

    16:56 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: France starts COVID-19 booster shot campaign for the elderly

    France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions to shore up their vaccine protection, as the highly contagious delta variant is spreading in the country. People can get the shot on condition a minimum six-month period has passed since they got fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab can get a booster shot of Pfizer or Moderna at least four weeks after they first got vaccinated. In nursing homes, a nationwide booster campaign is to start on Sept. 12. About 18 million people are estimated to be eligible for the booster shot, according to the Health Ministry. (AP)

    16:25 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Kerala govt's 'over-reliance' on antigen tests turn homes into COVID clusters: Cong

    The Opposition Congress on Wednesday said the LDF government's over-reliance on "less accurate" antigen tests had resulted in the state homes turning into COVID-19 clusters. The pandemic had spread widely as the infection was not detected in the rapid tests and the number of RT-PCR tests was limited to just 25 per cent in the state, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly V D Satheesan said. Taking a swipe at the government's latest decision to carry out the entire COVID tests in six districts in RT-PCR format only, the leader said it was a wisdom that dawned late upon the government. (PTI)

    16:02 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pradhan reviews status of reopening of schools in country

    Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting with senior ministry officials on Wednesday on the status of the reopening of schools across the country and the roadmap for vaccinating their staff. Schools were closed in March last year ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus infection. The Centre had allowed the reopening of schools as per the COVID-19 situation in respective states in October last year. While several states began partial reopening of schools, there was a complete closure again in April this year when an aggressive second wave of COVID-19 hit the country. (PTI)

    15:41 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ministry of Health takes another significant initiative to enhance access to COVID19 vaccine
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    15:24 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: COVID vaccine mandates - and prizes - boost uptake among Palestinians

    After mandating vaccinations for workers and many students - and offering prize money - to nudge a sceptical public to get the jab, Palestinian officials report a big boost in vaccine uptake they hope will stem a surge in COVID-19 infections.Officials in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank announced the new rules last week after many shunned the vaccine due to misinformation online - even as authorities accumulated enough doses to cover most Palestinians over 12.In addition to mandating jabs for public sector workers and those in jobs dealing with the public, as well as teachers and students above 15, Gaza now offers a chance at $200 - a hefty sum for Palestinians in the impoverished territory - to anyone over 50 who gets inoculated.  (Reuters)

    15:12 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Israeli students return to school amid surge in COVID-19 cases

    Israeli pupils returned to school on Wednesday with mask requirements and mandatory COVID-19 testing aimed at stemming a surge in coronavirus cases that has overshadowed the highly-vaccinated country's reopening.Health officials worry the launch of a new school year - with most students attending in-person - will exacerbate the current wave ahead of this month's Jewish holiday season, potentially forcing another national lockdown.New infections have soared since the emergence of the Delta variant, reaching a pandemic-high 10,947 on Tuesday among Israel's 9.3 million population. (Reuters)

    14:51 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Warnings as Southeast Asia's biggest economies ease COVID-19 curbs

    As Indonesia and Thailand start to ease COVID-19 curbs after seeing case numbers fall, health experts say cases of new infections could rise again with vaccination rates still low.After containing the coronavirus better than much of the world last year, Southeast Asia has turned into a global epicentre in recent months with the arrival of the virulent Delta variant.Although case numbers are still rising fast in most of the region, Indonesia and Thailand, which have its largest economies, have started to lift curbs on dine-in restaurants and shopping malls to ease the economic pain of their lockdowns.Indonesia reported 10,534 new cases on Tuesday, five times fewer than its peak in mid-July, while Thailand reported 14,802 new cases on Wednesday, down 37% from its mid-August peak.However, experts said relaxations carried dangers with a low level of vaccination and a shortage of testing, with rates of positive tests often above the 5% recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Reuters)

    14:37 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Record number of over 23 lakh people vaccinated in Bihar in one day

    A record number of 23.5 lakh people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in a single day in Bihar, the state health department said on Wednesday. The feat was achieved with several districts like Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Gaya and East Champaran reporting inoculation of more than one lakh beneficiaries each on Tuesday, which was marked for 'Tikakaran Mahaabhiyan' (vaccination megadrive). In tweets put out late Tuesday night, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed elation over the state having crossed the 20-lakh mark, and said the brisk pace would enable it to achieve the target of "six crore vaccine doses in six months". He also stated that so far, more than two crore doses of vaccines have been administered in Bihar. (PTI)

    14:32 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Farah Khan tests positive for COVID-19, says contracted virus despite being fully vaccinated

    Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan Kunder on Wednesday said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and hopes to recover soon. The director, known for films like "Main Hoon Na", "Om Shanti Om" and "Happy New Year", said she contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated. "Despite being double vaccinated and working with mostly double vaxxed people, I have still managed to test positive for COVID. I have already informed everyone I came in contact with to get tested," the 56-year-old director wrote in an Instagram post. "However, if I have forgotten someone (because of old age and fading memory), please test yourself. Hoping to recover soon," she further said. (PTI)

    14:02 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Odisha logs 719 new COVID-19 cases, 53 fresh fatalities

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,08,469 on Wednesday as 719 more people, including 125 children, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. An eight-year-old girl from Jharsuguda was among 53 more patients who succumbed to the infection, taking the state's coronavirus death toll to 8,022, he said. As many as 422 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 297 infections were detected during contact tracing. The daily infection rate among children slightly increased to 17.38 per cent from 17.24 per cent on Tuesday, while 38 children have succumbed to the infection during the second wave of the pandemic so far. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, recorded the highest number of new cases at 259, followed by Cuttack (89). Gajapati and Nuapada districts did not register any fresh infection, he said, adding that the test positivity rate stood at 1.11 per cent. (PTI)

    13:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: All educational institutes in Meghalaya reopen adhering to Covid protocol

    All educational institutes in Meghalaya opened from today adhering to Covid protocol. In urban areas, classes 1 to 5 will continue in online mode; Classes 6 to 8 will entail only school visits, classes 9 to 12 will be open for regular offline classes. (AIR News)

    13:40 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar reopens for fully vaccinated devotees from today

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    13:35 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Indian-led team develops online search system to limit COVID-19 misinformation

    A team led by an Indian-origin researcher in Canada has developed a new system that increases the correctness and reliability of online health-related searches by 80 per cent to help people make better decisions about topics such as COVID-19. The team at the University of Waterloo in Canada noted that the internet search engines are the most common tools the public uses to look for facts about COVID-19 and its effect on their health. A proliferation of misinformation can have real consequences, so the team created a way to make these searches more reliable. "With so much new information coming out all the time, it can be challenging for people to know what is true and what is not," said Ronak Pradeep, a PhD student in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo and lead author of a study. "But the consequences of misinformation can be pretty bad, like people going out and buying medicines or using home remedies that can hurt them," Pradeep said. The researchers said even the big search engines that host billions of searches every day can not keep up since there has been so much scientific data and research on COVID-19 in such a short time. (PTI)

    13:24 (IST)01 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: North Korea proposes Sinovac shots go elsewhere

    North Korea has proposed a UN-backed immunisation programme send its allotment of almost 3 million doses of a Chinese-made vaccine to countries with severe COVID-19 outbreaks while it continues to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus. UNICEF, which procures and delivers vaccines on behalf of the COVAX program, said Tuesday that North Korea's Ministry of Public Health has communicated that the 2.97 million Sinovac shots COVAX planned to deliver to the North may be sent elsewhere. The North Korean ministry also said it will "continue to communicate with COVAX Facility to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months," UNICEF said in an email to The Associated Press. (AP)

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