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Covid-19 News Highlights: Health expert believes 6 months gap between COVID vaccine and precautionary dose better for immunity

Coronavirus Updates, Covid-19 cases and deaths in India : The official data says that the active cases recorded in the last 24 hours was 821 taking the total number of active cases to 17,801.

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The country also reported 60 deaths today taking the total death toll to 5,23,753.

Coronavirus April 29 News Highlights: Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chairman of the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) national task force on coronavirus, has said that the gap between second dose of Covid-19 vaccine and booster dose should be reduced from the currently stipulated gap of 9 months to 6 months. He was quoted by ANI saying that this is optimum for better immunity against the infection.

India reported 3,377 new Covid-19 cases, slightly up from yesterday’s number which was 3,303 — as of 8 am Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry. The official data says that the active cases recorded in the last 24 hours was 821 taking the total number of active cases to 17,801. The country also reported 60 deaths today taking the total death toll to 5,23,753.

Delhi Health Minster Dr Satyendra Jain had said on Thursday that the national capital has around 5000 active Covid cases but very few hospital admisssions. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had also stated that the Ministry of Health will wait for recommendation from the Covid working group of NTAGI to begin the vaccination of kids aged 5 to 12.

To know more about the Covid situation in India and around the world, stay tuned to Financial Express Online.

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23:17 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live: Health expert believes 6 months gap between COVID vaccine and precautionary dose better for immunity

Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chairman of the Indian Medical Association's (IMA) national task force on coronavirus, has said that the gap between second dose of Covid-19 vaccine and booster dose should be reduced from the currently stipulated gap of 9 months to 6 months. He was quoted by ANI saying that this is optimum for better immunity against the infection. (ANI)

22:48 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Eight fresh COVID-19 cases take Andhra Pradesh’s tally to 23,19,683

Eight fresh COVID-19 cases take Andhra Pradesh's tally to 23,19,683: Health bulletin (PTI)

22:09 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Gujarat adds 17 COVID-19 cases, tally climbs to 12,24,322

Gujarat adds 17 COVID-19 cases, tally climbs to 12,24,322: Health department (PTI)

21:48 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: It may take 12 years for Indian economy to overcome COVID losses, says RBI

It may take 12 years for Indian economy to overcome COVID losses: RBI (ANI)

20:21 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Odisha records 10 new coronavirus cases

Odisha records 10 new coronavirus cases, infection tally rises to 12,88,034: Health department bulletin (PTI)

19:37 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Health expert believes 6 months gap between COVID vaccine and precautionary dose better for immunity

Health expert believes 6 months gap between COVID vaccine and precautionary dose better for immunity (ANI)

19:12 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: SC directs Kerala prisoners on parole due to COVID-19 surrender within two weeks

SC directs Kerala prisoners on parole due to COVID-19 surrender within two weeks(ANI)

18:46 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: No decision has been taken by NTAGI on vaccinating children between the age group of 5-12 years against COVID19

No decision has been taken by NTAGI on vaccinating children between the age group of 5-12 years against COVID19: Sources (ANI)

18:03 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: India hands over 12th consignment of medical supplies to Bhutan

It's my honour to hand over the 12th consignment of medical supplies to Bhutan, as a gift from the govt & people of India to the govt & people of Bhutan. We'll continue to stand resolutely by your side through a post-COVID sustainable recovery: EAM Dr S Jaishankar, in Bhutan (ANI)

16:36 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: China to permit ‘some’ Indian students to return, says Chinese Foreign Ministry

China on Friday announced plans to permit the return of “some” Indian students stranded in India for over two years following the visa and flight restrictions imposed by Beijing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here that “China attaches high importance to Indian students' concerns about returning to China for studies. We have shared with the Indian sides the procedures and experience of other countries' students returning to China”. (PTI)

16:20 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Hybrid learning in schools can significantly reduce COVID-19 spread, says Study

Hybrid learning utilising alternating school days for children offers a significant reduction in community spread of COVID-19, according to a study conducted in the US. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows that total closure in favour of remote learning, however, offers little additional advantage over the hybrid option. The finding will help decision-makers in the event of another COVID-19 wave or a similar infectious disease, the researchers said. (PTI)

15:57 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Puducherry adds three new COVID-19 cases

The union territory of Puducherry reported three fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the overall caseload to 1,65,788 while no fresh fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, a senior Department of Health official said on Friday. The three fresh infections were detected after the examination of 263 samples, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. The cumulative caseload went up to 1,65,788 with the addition of the three cases while the total recoveries remained at 1,63,815. (PTI)

15:40 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Govt to expedite process of recognition of Biological E Corbevax by other countries

The government plans to expedite the process of recognition of COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax by other countries while its manufacturer Biological E pursues WHO's emergency use listing for the jab being administered in India among the 12-14 years age group. According to an internal document circulated to the members of the Empowered Group-5 on COVID-19 Vaccination, which will be meeting soon, some authorities abroad such as in Hong Kong have begun demanding vaccination certificates for children and only accept m-RNA based vaccines for them. “It is necessary to quickly initiate the process of recognition of the Corbevax vaccine and its certificate by other countries while Biological E continues to pursue WHO's EUL (emergency use listing ) for it,” the document mentioned. (PTI)

15:12 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: South Africa says it may be entering fifth COVID wave

South Africa may be entering a fifth COVID wave earlier than expected after a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days that seems to be driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants, health officials and scientists said on Friday. The country that has recorded the most coronavirus cases and deaths on the African continent only exited a fourth wave around January and had predicted a fifth wave could start in May or June, early in the southern hemisphere winter. Health Minister Joe Phaahla told a briefing that although hospitalisations were picking up there was so far no dramatic change in admissions to intensive care units or deaths. (Reuters)

14:43 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: IIT Madras reports 182 more Covid-19 cases
IIT Madras COVID cluster | 11 more positive cases reported today. Total positive cases 182 now: Tamil Nadu Health Secretary, Dr J Radhakrishnan— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2022
14:17 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: GSK and SK bioscience’s COVID vaccine submitted for S.Korea approval

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed with SK bioscience has been submitted for regulatory approval in South Korea after positive positive Phase III clinical data, the British drugmaker said on Friday. GSK said that SK bioscience will also apply to the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use listing and seek authorisations at individual regulatory agencies around the world. The company said an extended clinical trial is planned to test the vaccine's effectiveness against the Omicron variant of the virus. (Reuters)

13:26 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea to relax outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 slows

South Korea will ease its outdoor mask mandate starting next week as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to decline. Starting Monday, people will only be required to wear a mask outdoors when participating in gatherings of more than 50 people or attending sports and cultural events with potentially large crowds, health authorities said in a briefing Friday. The mask mandate for indoors and public transport will also remain in place. (AP)

13:03 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: No sign new Omicron COVID sub-variants much more severe, says South African expert

A senior scientist at South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Friday there was no sign so far that new sub-lineages of the Omicron coronavirus variant were causing significantly more severe disease. The NICD's Waasila Jassat said there was no pressure on hospital beds or oxygen in South Africa currently, after the health minister said the country could be entering a fifth COVID-19 infection wave. (Reuters)

12:45 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea to relax outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 slows

South Korea will ease its outdoor mask mandate starting next week as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to decline. Starting Monday, people will only be required to wear a mask outdoors when participating in gatherings of more than 50 people or attending sports and cultural events with potentially large crowds, health authorities said in a briefing Friday. The mask mandate for indoors and public transport will also remain in place. (AP)

11:54 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Mizoram logs 99 fresh COVID-19 cases

Mizoram on Friday reported 99 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more than the previous day, taking the state's tally to 2,27,336, a health official said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 696 as no new fatality was reported since Thursday, the official said. The single-day positivity rate increased to 10 per cent from 7.49 per cent the previous day, as the fresh cases were detected from 990 samples tested, he said. (PTI)

11:28 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi records 1,490 fresh Covid cases, 2 Deaths, positivity rate at 4.62%

Delhi’s fresh Covid-19 cases rose by nearly nine per cent in last 24 hours as the city recorded 1,490 infections on Thursday and two deaths. The positivity rate stood at 4.62 per cent. It was the seventh consecutive day that the national capital recorded over 1,000 daily new cases. The total tally in the national capital rose to 18,79,948 and the death toll was 26,172, the bulletin stated.

11:10 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Beijing closes gyms, malls to contain COVID as anger grows in Shanghai

China's capital Beijing closed more businesses and apartment blocks on Friday, with authorities ramping up contact tracing to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, while resentment at the draconian month-long lockdown in Shanghai continued to grow. In the finance hub, fenced-in people have been protesting against the lockdown and difficulties in obtaining provisions by banging on pots and pans in the evenings, according to a Reuters witness and residents. (Reuters)

10:45 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Tourist favourite Thailand’s recovery lags on COVID rule changes

When 23-year-old Norwegian Anastasia Johansen and her boyfriend were planning their first vacation in two years, they considered going to Thailand but chose nearby Vietnam instead, for its simpler entry rules on the coronavirus. “The regulations to enter Thailand … were complicated to me and we had to pay for the hefty PCR test,” Johansen said. Thailand, one of the world's tourism destinations before the pandemic, was among the first nations in Asia to reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors last year with limited quarantine norms, hailed at the time as a model for re-opening. But as regional peers have eased entry requirements, Thailand has clung to a cumbersome process. (Reuters)

10:26 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra’s Thane district records 21 new Covid-19 cases

With the addition of 21 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 7,09,023, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said. No fresh fatality was reported in the district and the death toll stood at 11,892, he said, adding that its COVID-19 mortality rate is 1.67 per cent. In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload is 1,63,612 and the fatality count is 3,407, another official said. (PTI)

10:08 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: More than 12 mln in Shanghai can leave homes as COVID risk ebbs

As many as 12.38 million Shanghai residents, nearly half the population of China's financial hub, are now in lower-risk areas, meaning they can leave their homes, the government said on Friday. Shanghai, battling China's biggest-ever COVID-19 outbreak, put the entire city into lockdown at the beginning of the month, though it has cautiously lifted some restrictions on residential areas that have gone two weeks without a positive case. The city classifies each housing unit according to three levels of risk, designating those that have not seen a COVID-19 positive case for 14 days as “prevention zones”, allowing residents to go out for “appropriate” activities. (Reuters)

09:53 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: India records 3,377 new cases, 60 deaths
COVID-19 | India reports 3,377 fresh cases, 2,496 recoveries and 60 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases 17,801 pic.twitter.com/wkaLxHxjPn— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2022
09:39 (IST) 29 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Live Updates: Active COVID-19 cases in country rise to 17,801

The official data suggests that the active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent. An increase of 821 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

22:44 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Mumbai’s daily COVID-19 count again dips below 100; no new death, active tally at 562

After recording more than 100 coronavirus cases for two straight days, Mumbai reported 90 new infections on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 10,59,635, but no fresh death linked to the disease was registered, the city civic body said.

The city has reported less than 100 daily COVID-19 cases after a gap of two days. A day ago, the financial capital had recorded 112 cases, the highest daily count since February 25, while 102 coronavirus patients were detected on Tuesday.

With no coronavirus-linked fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll remained unchanged at 19,562, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin.

As many as 8,862 new COVID-19 tests were carried out in the city, taking their cumulative number to 1,68,76,617, said the bulletin said.

The city's positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, was 0.011 per cent, while the coronavirus recovery rate was 98 per cent, it said.

Out of the 90 new cases, 87 patients were asymptomatic, while the remaining three were admitted in hospitals, but one of them was on oxygen support, the BMC said.

With 91 more patients recovering from the infection during the day, the count of recoveries jumped to 10,39,511, leaving the metropolis with 562 active COVID-19 cases, the bulletin said.

The case doubling rate of Mumbai was 8,861 days, while the growth rate of COVID-19 infections between April 22 and April 27 stood at 0.007 per cent, it said.

At present, out of 26,044 hospital beds earmarked for coronavirus patients, only 10 beds are occupied in the city, according to the bulletin.

The metropolis has been free of sealed buildings and containment zones for several weeks now.

On January 7, 2022, Mumbai had reported the highest-ever 20,971 cases during the third coronavirus wave which started from December 21, 2021. (PTI)

22:03 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Delhi reports 1490 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths in last 24 hours

Delhi reports 1490 new COVID-19 cases, 1070 recoveries, and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Active cases 5250 (ANI)

21:47 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Total Covid vaccine doses administered in India crosses 188.62 crore, says govt

The total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crossed 188.62 crore on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said.

Over 20 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Thursday till 7 pm, it said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of final reports for the day by late in the night.

In the 18-59 years age group, 6,14,589 precaution doses have been administered so far, of which 49,331 were given on Thursday till 7 pm, according to health ministry data.

India began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years at private vaccination centres on April 10. Those above 18 years who have completed nine months after the second Covid vaccine dose are eligible for the precaution jab.

Over 2.63 crore precaution doses have been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 and above, so far.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 last year for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.

India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1 last year.

The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to be inoculated against the viral disease from May 1 last year. The next phase of vaccination commenced on January 3 for adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years.

India began administering precaution dose of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10.

The country began inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16 and also removed the comorbidity clause making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precaution dose of Covid vaccine.(PTI)

21:27 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: NTAGI may recommend vaccination for 5-12 age group on Friday

A decision on vaccinating children aged 5-12 years will be taken on the basis of the recommendation by an expert committee, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday.

According to sources, the issue may be discussed in a meeting of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) scheduled on Friday.

“The decision (on vaccination for 5-12 age group) will be taken on the basis of the recommendation of an expert committee,” Mandaviya told reporters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interaction with chief ministers on Wednesday had said that the government's priority is to vaccinate all eligible children at the earliest with “special campaigns” in schools.

India's drug regulator, DCGI, had on Tuesday granted emergency use authorisation for Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax for those aged five to 12 years and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children in the age group of six to 12 years.

Corbevax is currently being used to inoculate children against COVID-19 in the age group of 12 to 14 years.

Covaxin had been granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the DCGI for 12-18 age group on December 24, 2021.

India began inoculating children aged 12-14 on March 16. (PTI)

20:47 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Bharat Biotech must address WHO’s Covaxin suspension to avoid EUL cancellation, says MEA

Weeks after WHO suspended the supply of Covaxin through UN procurement agencies, the MEA suggested that vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech addresses the issue immediately to avoid cancellation of the world health body’s emergency use approval for the jab.

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20:19 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: Not an opportune moment to discuss resumption of issuance of tourist visas to Chinese nationals, says MEA

Ministry of External Affairs says it is not an opportune moment to discuss resumption of issuance of tourist visas to Chinese nationals in view of COVID-19 situation there (PTI)

19:41 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: NTAGI may recommend vaccination for 5-12 age group on Friday

A decision on vaccinating children aged 5-12 years will be taken on the basis of the recommendation by an expert committee, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday.

According to sources, the issue may be discussed in a meeting of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) scheduled on Friday.

“The decision (on vaccination for 5-12 age group) will be taken on the basis of the recommendation of an expert committee,” Mandaviya told reporters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interaction with chief ministers on Wednesday had said that the government's priority is to vaccinate all eligible children at the earliest with “special campaigns” in schools.

India's drug regulator, DCGI, had on Tuesday granted emergency use authorisation for Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax for those aged five to 12 years and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children in the age group of six to 12 years.

Corbevax is currently being used to inoculate children against COVID-19 in the age group of 12 to 14 years.

Covaxin had been granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the DCGI for 12-18 age group on December 24, 2021.

India began inoculating children aged 12-14 on March 16. (PTI)

19:03 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Updates: One fresh case reported from Puducherry

The Union Territory of Puducherry has registered one fresh case of Covid-19 at the end of examination of 238 samples during the 24 hours ending 10 AM on Thursday. Director of Health G.Sriramulu said in a release that the cumulative caseload has shot up to 1,65,785 and the total recoveries 1,63,815.

The Department of Health has tested 22,33,802 samples so far, the Director said. As no fresh fatality was reported from any of the regions of Puducherry – Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam – during the last 24 hours, the toll of fatalities remained at 1,962, the Director said.

The test positivity rate was 0.42 per cent while rate of fatalities was 1.18 per cent, he said. Health Department has vaccinated 16,79,733 people till now, he pointed out.

There were no new cases and no deaths either on Wednesday. (PTI)

16:33 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: High vaccination coverage cuts COVID-19 death rate by 80 per cent, says US study

Death rates were over 80 per cent lower in communities with high vaccination coverage, according to a large US study published in The BMJ. The observational study, based on data across 2,558 counties in 48 US states, show that counties with better vaccination significantly lowered death rates compared with largely unvaccinated counties. This large benefit complements the growing body of evidence indicating individual level benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, the researchers said. (PTI)

16:26 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: One fresh case reported from Puducherry

The Union Territory of Puducherry has registered one fresh case of Covid-19 at the end of examination of 238 samples during the 24 hours ending 10 AM on Thursday.

15:50 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Taiwan faces largest COVID-19 outbreak yet

Taiwan, which had been living mostly free of COVID-19, is now facing its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic with over 11,000 new cases reported Thursday. Cases have been on the upswing since late March. In April, the island's central authorities announced that they would no longer maintain a “zero-COVID” policy like the Chinese government's in which they would centrally quarantine positive cases. Instead, the government is asking people to quarantine at home if they test positive, unless they show moderate to severe symptoms. (AP)

14:57 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Health Ministry to wait for NTAGI nod to begin Covid vaccination of 5-12-year-olds
Ministry of Health will wait for NTAGI recommendation to begin the vaccination of 5 to 12-year-olds: Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister(file photo) pic.twitter.com/dS3pAlfVCE— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2022
14:17 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Covid virus could evolve in animals, spawn variants that can jump back to humans, say scientists

The role of “animal reservoirs” in the spread of Covid is still being studied but evidence of zoonosis, or the virus jumping from animals to humans, is growing and scientists are concerned this new frontier could potentially spawn dangerous and difficult to monitor mutants. While there is no consensus about the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, many scientists believe it likely jumped from bats to humans, either directly or through another species being sold live in a market in Wuhan, China. Some experts also forward the theory that the highly mutated Omicron variant, which caused a deluge of cases globally, including in India, emerged from animals, potentially rodents, rather than an immune-compromised human. (PTI)

13:59 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Taiwan’s daily COVID cases top 10,000 for first time

Taiwan reported on Thursday that the daily number of confirmed domestic COVID-19 cases had topped 10,000 for the first time, in line with predictions, and the health minister said infections would continue to rise. Taiwan, population 23 million, has reported a spike in cases since the start of the year – 51,504 so far – after having previously well controlled the pandemic with tight border controls and tough quarantines. (Reuters)

13:29 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Covid cases rising in Delhi but people not developing severe diseass, says Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that though COVID-19 cases have increased in the capital, people are not developing severe disease and the hospitalisation rate is low. He attributed the low hospitalisation rate to vaccination and naturally acquired immunity. “Though Covid cases have increased in Delhi, people are not developing severe disease and the hospitalisation rate is low. This is because our population is fully vaccinated and a large number of people have had the disease in the past,” Jain told reporters here. (PTI)

13:11 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Malaysia to ease more Covid restrictions from next month

Malaysia will ease more COVID-19 curbs from the start of next month, including lifting restrictions on those who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus and scrapping the need to wear masks outdoors. (Reuters)

12:53 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Wear masks to keep COVID-19 away, Minister appeals to citizens

The Goa government has issued an advisory asking people to wear masks in public places, with state Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte saying this is required to keep COVID-19 away and to ensure revival of the coastal state's economy. Goa, popular among travellers for its scenic beaches, earns a major part of its revenue from the tourism industry. (PTI)

12:39 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: India’s Vaccination Coverage exceeds 188.40 Cr

India’s Cumulative COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage exceeds 188.40 Cr

Over 2.78 Cr 1st dose vaccines administered for age group 12-14 yearsIndia's Active caseload currently stands at 16,980Read here: https://t.co/eKiql3IQBC #indiafightscorona pic.twitter.com/71shMsTGdt— PIB India (@PIB_India) April 28, 2022

12:17 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: Shanghai death numbers raise questions over its COVID accounting

China's biggest COVID-19 outbreak, in Shanghai, has again raised questions about the country's official data – especially a death rate that despite a recent jump, remains far lower than elsewhere. Shanghai had reported no COVID-19 deaths for more than a month after the current outbreak began in early March. But deaths suddenly started to creep up over the past 11 days. The city of 25 million people has now reported 285 COVID-related fatalities since April 17, from around confirmed 500,000 cases.

Hong Kong, by comparison, recorded more than 9,000 deaths since February, with around 1.2 million confirmed infections among its 7.4 million residents.

Shanghai's numbers are also surprising international observers because of the unusually large proportion of asymptomatic cases. (Reuters)

11:51 (IST) 28 Apr 2022
Covid-19 Live Tracker: China reports 11,367 new COVID cases on April 27 vs 14,298 a day earlier

Mainland China reported 11,367 new coronavirus cases for April 27, of which 1,503 were symptomatic and 9,864 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Thursday. That compares with 14,298 new cases a day earlier – 1,824 symptomatic and 12,474 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There were 47 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 4,923. (Reuters)