August 10, 2022

Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala reports 19,325 Covid-29 cases; state to hold Class XI exams from September 24 – The Financial Express


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Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave Today News September 18 Highlights: India achieved a significant milestone in the battle against Covid-19, administering more than 2.50 crore vaccine doses, according to information on CoWIN, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday.
The vaccination drive will receive further push after Serum Institute of India, the makers of Covishield, announced that it would scale up production to supply 200 million doses from October. Availability of more doses would bring India much closer to achieving the target of vaccinating the entire population with at least one dose by the end of December.
However, India’s battle against the deadly virus is far from over. With the upcoming festival season, health experts fear the third wave could strike within three months. Some experts believe the third wave will not be as deadly as the second one of there is no new variant of the coronavirus.
Kerala remains a concern for India with the southern state’s active caseload remaining high around 1.86 lakh. The country’s overall daily caseload addition also remains steady around the 30,000 mark.
In the US, an expert panel approved a booster shot of Pfizer’s vaccine for people over 65 years and those at risk, rejecting an initial proposal to vaccinate every eligible person with the third dose.
Here are the latest and verified updates on coronavirus from India and around the globe:
Government of Kerala imposes special intensified stringent lockdown restrictions in the urban and panchayat wards with critical spread of Weekly Infection Population Ratio (WIPR) above 10. Classes in colleges, including professional colleges, can function from October 4 (ANI)
Madhya Pradesh on Saturday recorded six new cases of COVID-19 which took the tally of infections in the state to 7,92,386, a health department official said. With no new fatality recorded, the death toll remained unchanged at 10,517, while the count of recoveries stood at 7,81,772, the official said.

There are 97 active cases in the state now, he added. As many as 67,283 samples were tested during the day, raising the total of coronavirus tests conducted in the state to 1,77,93,949.   

According to an official release,  6,02,949 coronavirus vaccine jabs were given on Saturday. It took the total of doses administered in the state to 5,71,35,131. Coronavirus figures of MP are as follows: Total cases 7,92,386, New cases six, Death toll 10,517 (no change), Total recovered 7,81,772, Active cases 97, Number of tests conducted so far 1,77,93,949.  (PTI) 
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 152 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which took the tally to 3,27,773, while no death due to the infection was reported in the past 24 hours, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 15 were from the Jammu division and 137 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 67 cases followed by 23 cases in Baramulla district, the officials said. 

There are 1,479 active cases in the Union Territory, while the number of those who have recovered form COVID-19 is 3,21,878, they said. The death toll in Jammu and Kashmir due to the pandemic stands at 4,416, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the officials said, there were 46 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory as no fresh case was reported since last evening. (PTI) 
Fresh COVID-19 cases outnumbered single-day recoveries in Nagaland after nine consecutive days as 60 more people tested positive for the infection, while 37 people were cured of the disease on Saturday.
The new cases pushed the northeastern state’s COVID-19 tally to 30,840, while one fresh fatality took the death toll to 653, a health bulletin said. Tuensang district registered the highest number of new cases at 21, followed by Dimapur (20) and Kohima (12), it said, adding that the fresh fatality was recorded in Dimapur.

The state now has 491 active cases, while 28,752 people have been cured of the disease, and 944 patients have migrated to other states so far. The recovery rate slightly dipped to 93.22 per cent from 93.29 per cent on the previous day.

Nagaland has tested over 3.56 lakh samples for COVID-19 thus far, and inoculated over 6.76 lakh people, of whom 2.91 lakh have been fully vaccinated.  (PTI) 
Uttar Pradesh recorded nine fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 17,09,652 on Saturday, while the death toll stood at 22,887 with no new fatality, an official statement said.
One case each was reported from Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi, Meerut,  Bulandshahr, Ghazipur, Kaushambi, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur, it said. 
In the past 24 hours, seven patients recovered from the infection, taking the overall recoveries to 16,86,572, the statement said. The number of active cases in the state stands at 193, it said.

In the past 24 hours, more than 1.82 lakh samples were tested, while over 7.61 crore tests for the detection of COVID-19 have been conducted in the state so far, the statement added.  (PTI) 
Gujarat reported 13 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, raising its tally of   cases to 8,25,715, the state health department said. With 24 patients getting discharged from hospitals, the number of recovered cases in the state rose to 8,15,490.

The death toll remained unchanged at 10,082 with no new fatality reported on Saturday. There are 143 active cases in Gujarat, with the condition of three patients being critical.

District-wise, Surat and Kutch reported three new cases each, Vadodara two cases and Anand, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Rajkot and Valsad one case each. As many as 4,81,733 people were vaccinated against coronavirus on Saturday, increasing the tally of doses administered so far in the state to 5,64,35,133.

The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu reported three recoveries, raising the total of COVID-19 patients discharged there so far to 10,637. With no new case reported Saturday, the total of COVID-19 cases in the UT remained unchanged at 10,642. There is one active case and four COVID-19 patients have died there so far. 

Gujarat’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,25,715, new cases 13, death toll 10,082, discharged 8,15,490, active cases 143, people tested so far – figures not released. (PTI) 
A mega vaccination camp will be conducted in Erode district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged above 18 years, the district Collector H Krishnanunni said adding that the vaccine would be given to 48,700 people in 538 centres. (PTI) 
Goa’s COVID-19 tally reached 1,75,414 on Saturday with the addition of 123 cases, while the day also saw two deaths, taking the toll to 3,292, an official said.  The discharge of 81 people took the recovery count to 1,71,351, leaving the coastal state with 771 active cases, he said.

With 5,629 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 12,95,428, he added.

Goa’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,75,414, new cases 123, death toll 3292, discharged 171351, active cases 771, samples tested till date 12,95,428. (PTI) 
COVID19 | Kerala to reopen schools from November 1. School-based classes for standards 1 to 7 (primary section) and 10 and 12 will begin on November 1, other classes will begin on November 15.  The decision was taken at a Covid-19 review committee meeting. (ANI) 
Odisha Govt: State public universities and govt, as well as non-govt degree colleges, are hereby directed to commence physical classroom teaching for 2020-21 UG 1st Year students (for both 3 year and 4 year UG courses) from 20th September following COVID-19 prevention guidelines (ANI)
A day after the Supreme Court allowed the Kerala government to hold physical exams for Class 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government on Saturday announced that the examinations will be held from September 24 to October 18.
General Education Minister V Sivankutty said the exams will be held in the forenoon and strictly adhering to the COVID-19 health protocol. | Read More
COVID-19 | Maharashtra reports 3,391 new cases, 3,841 patients, and 80 deaths in the state. Active cases 47,919. Recovery rate in the state is 97.09% (ANI) 
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the Covid pandemic hit the country’s economy hard and the government has taken various fiscal measures to alleviate distress and help the poor.
Kovind said this at the valedictory ceremony of the National Academy of Audit and Accounts for the Indian Audit and Accounts Services (IA&AS) trainee officers here. | Read More
COVID-19 | Tamil Nadu reports 1,653 new positive cases, 1,581 recoveries, and 22 deaths today. Active cases as on today 16,893 (ANI) 
Karnataka reports 889 new COVID cases, 1,080 recoveries and 14 deaths today.
Active cases: 15,755
Total recoveries: 29,13,713
Death toll: 37,587 (ANI) 
Thousands of vulnerable health service patients in the UK hospitals due to COVID-19 are set to benefit from a life-saving new antibody treatment called Ronapreve, which was given to former US president Donald Trump.
A combination of two monoclonal antibodies, Ronapreve, will be targeted initially at those in hospital who have not mounted an antibody response against the coronavirus. | Read More
Kerala reports 19,325 fresh COVID-19 infections, 27,266 recoveries and 143 deaths today.
Active cases: 1,80,842
Total recoveries: 42,83,963 
Death toll: 23,439
1,21,070 samples tested in the last 24 hours (ANI) 
Chardham Yatra begins following COVID-19 protocol, after remaining suspended for months due to second wave of pandemic (PTI) 
No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, while 41 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.
The death toll due to COVID-19 in Delhi stands at 25,085. | Read More
More than four months after the COVID-19 outbreak halted the world’s richest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League resumes in Dubai on Sunday with a mouth-watering clash between the IPL’s two most successful franchises — Mumbai and Chennai.
With India grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases, the eight-team league was suspended near its halfway stage in May after two franchises reported several positive cases. | Read More
The United Kingdom on Friday eased travel restrictions for people arriving in the country. The relaxations would help vaccinated people coming to and from England, and could particularly benefit Indians.
The UK will scrap the red, green, and amber countries — the traffic-light system — based on Covid-19 risk levels from 4 October. It will only retain the red list that denotes Covid-19 hotspots. | Read More
The capital of the United Arab Emirates has ended a policy requiring those coming in from other emirates to have a recent negative coronavirus test. Abu Dhabi made the announcement Saturday, saying that people from the UAE’s six other emirates could enter the capital from Sunday without getting a test. For months, oil-rich Abu Dhabi had restricted travel, even as neighbouring Dubai rapidly opened itself up to tourists. (PTI)
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday congratulated the residents of Bihar for the inoculation of over 30.67 lakh people in the state on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on the previous day. He said that Bihar has written a golden chapter in history by vaccinating the highest number of people among states and Union territories on the occasion.
Andhra Pradesh on Saturday added 1,174 fresh cases to its Covid-19 tally, which now increased to 20,37,353. The latest bulletin said 1,309 recoveries in 24 hours took the total recoveries up to 20,08,639. Nine more deaths pushed the gross up to 14,061, the bulletin added. East Godavari district added 208 fresh cases, Prakasam 161, Chittoor 159, Krishna 140, Guntur 131 and SPS Nellore 122 in 24 hours.
States and Union Territories should undertake in-depth analysis of the COVID-19 situation and strengthen health infrastructure, stock essential medicines and augment human resources, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba said on Saturday, stressing that there is no room for any complacency. Gauba chaired a high-level meeting to review and discuss the Covid management and response strategy through video conference on Saturday. In the meeting, Gauba told the states that there is no room for complacency and stressed the need to strictly enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour (CAB). (PTI)
No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, while 41 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. The death toll due to COVID-19 in Delhi stands at 25,085. Three Covid-related fatalities have been reported this month, one each on September 7, 16 and 17, according to official figures. On Saturday, 41 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin. (PTI)
Goa would become the first state in the country to achieve the target of fully vaccinating its entire eligible population by October 31, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant expressed confidence on Saturday. He was speaking while welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his interaction with healthcare workers and vaccination beneficiaries in Goa via video link to mark the first dose vaccination to the entire eligible population in the state. (PTI)
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked people to undergo COVID-19 test on returning to the city from their hometowns after the Ganpati festival, as a precautionary measure, an official said on Saturday. READ MORE
Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval.The panel also recommended that the FDA include healthcare workers and others at high risk of occupational exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, such as teachers.Despite the narrowed scope of the proposed authorization, the panel’s recommendation would cover most Americans who got their shots in the earliest stages of the U.S. vaccination campaign. (Reuters)
India has administered 80 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday. The countrywide vaccination drive against the coronavirus was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. “Standing tall against COVID-19. India administers 80 crore vaccine doses. Congratulations to the nation on this momentous feat,” Mandaviya tweeted using the hashtag “WorldsLargestVaccinationDrive”. (PTI)
The Chanakyapuri district administration has ordered the closure of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib here for alleged violation of COVID-19 norms, prompting outgoing Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa to demand action against the officials concerned. The order by the Chanakyapuri sub divisional magistrate (SDM) was issued on September 16. The order stated that a report submitted by executive magistrate (Chanakyapuri) found that the management of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara “allowed visitors/prayers inside the Gurudwara” in violation of DDMA directions.
The Delhi Police has issued over 2.90 lakh challans so far between April 19 and September 17 this year for violation of various COVID-19-related guidelines, of which the maximum were issued to those found not wearing masks, officials said on Saturday. According to the data shared by Additional Delhi Police PRO Anil Mittal, 2,91,423 challans have been issued for various Covid-related violations in the national capital. The data showed that of the total challans so far, the maximum 2,56,616 were issued for mask violation, followed by 29,698 for violation of social distancing norms and 1,463 for holding large public gatherings and congregations. (PTI)
More than 78 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Further, over 33 lakh doses are in the pipeline. More than 6.02 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. (PTI)
Abu Dhabi will cancel COVID-19 testing requirements to enter the emirate for travellers from the UAE starting on Sunday, the United Arab Emirates’ state news agency WAM said on Saturday. The UAE’s capital had restricted entry into the emirate to those with a negative PCR test. Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi removed the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving from international destinations. (Reuters)
Vietnam has approved Cuba’s Abdala vaccine for use against the new coronavirus, the government said on Saturday. Abdala becomes the eighth COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which is battling its worst outbreak in months. (Reuters)
Over 22.15 lakh people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Gujarat during the state government’s mega drive on Friday, with Surat administering the highest number of 2.77 lakh doses, an official said on Saturday. As per the figure released by the state health department, a record 22,15,027 people were administered COVID-19 vaccine till 10 pm on Friday during the mega campaign organised to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. Surat administered the highest number of 2,77,121 doses among 33 districts, the official said. (PTI)
A top official associated with Odisha’s COVID-19 vaccination drive has expressed concern over people not turning up for their second dose, a lacuna that is slowing down the exercise in the state. Odisha has administered the first jab to over two crore people so far, while only 69.8 lakh have taken both the doses, the official said. “Around 28 lakh more people should have taken the second dose by now. The second dose administration has been slow in parts of the state, especially in tribal areas,” Dr Bijay Panigrahi, the nodal officer for Odisha’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, stated. Despite being given reminders, several people have failed to take their second dose on time, he rued.  (PTI)
Will a booster shot provide the turbocharge for Covid immunity that India is looking for? Maybe in an ideal situation where most people are fully vaccinated but not when less than a quarter of the adult population has received both doses, say experts. As the global debate on booster shots gathers momentum, several scientists here said the priority must be to ensure that more people are inoculated with at least their first jab. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was an unforgettable and emotional moment for him as over 2.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the country on his 71st birthday. (PTI)
Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska. They also encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing, officials said. U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar said Friday that the declaration will remain in effect for 30 days, but could be shortened or extended based on cases and community transmission of COVID-19. Hospitalisations and COVID-19 cases across the state have increased as a result of the highly contagious delta variant. Alaska on Friday reported more than 1,200 newly confirmed cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. (AP)
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