Covid-19 LIVE: 3 vax candidates in advanced stage of trials, says Vardhan

Coronavirus update: India has recorded 96,424 Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours, taking its tally past the 5.2-million mark. With this, India is rapidly nearing the US tally of 6.8 million. The death toll has risen by 1,140 to 84,404. In the past seven days alone, India has recorded 652,355 coronavirus cases.

 
The worst-hit states are Maharashtra (1,145,840) Andhra Pradesh (600,000), Tamil Nadu (525,000), Karnataka (494,356), and UP (336,000). Delhi recorded 4,432 fresh coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 234,000. Covid cases in the national capital will show a rise in the next 10-15 days as testing capacity has been quadrupled, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday. Maharashtra recorded 24,619 news cases.

 
Coronavirus vaccine update: Close to Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announcing that it was partnering with Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd for distribution of Russia's covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, in India, the Soviet nation's health minister, Mikhail Murashko, in a statement to Moscow Times said that nearly 14 per cent of patients who had been administrated the vaccine had reported suffering from side-effects. "One in seven volunteers have complained of side effects, including weakness and muscle pain, after taking Russia's highly touted coronavirus vaccine," Russia's health minister said.

 
World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 30,333,687. While 22,019,308 have recovered, 950,132 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 6,874,006 cases. It is followed by India, which has 5,214,677. cases, Brazil (4,457,443) and Russia (1,085,281).

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2:20 AM IST The Tripura High Court on Friday sought more detail on the states' preparedness and measures undertaken to fight the novel coronavirus.   The court also asked the state government to clarify if it has any complaint resolution system in place to address inconveniences faced while patients undergo treatment of the disease.   "The chief justice has appealed to act responsibly and also asked if there is any complaint cell to address the problems of people," Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik said.

2:19 AM IST The Haryana government on Friday issued new guidelines to strengthen the home isolation care of Covid-19 patients across the state, wherein emphasis is on in-person visits by the 'district home isolation monitoring team' on every alternate day.   During a virtual meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Rajeev Arora, said that around 60 to 70 per cent of coronavirus infected persons are in home isolation. "Thus, we need to augment the home isolation policy providing appropriate care and treatment to the patients," he added.

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HC seeks details from Tripura govt on Covid-19 preparedness

The Tripura High Court on Friday sought more detail on the states' preparedness and measures undertaken to fight the novel coronavirus.
 
The court also asked the state government to clarify if it has any complaint resolution system in place to address inconveniences faced while patients undergo treatment of the disease.
 
"The chief justice has appealed to act responsibly and also asked if there is any complaint cell to address the problems of people," Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik said.

Haryana issues new guidelines for home isolation care of Covid-19 patients

The Haryana government on Friday issued new guidelines to strengthen the home isolation care of Covid-19 patients across the state, wherein emphasis is on in-person visits by the 'district home isolation monitoring team' on every alternate day.
 
During a virtual meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Rajeev Arora, said that around 60 to 70 per cent of coronavirus infected persons are in home isolation. "Thus, we need to augment the home isolation policy providing appropriate care and treatment to the patients," he added.

UK joins Covax initiative for Covid-19 vaccine discovery, distribution

The UK government on Friday formally joined the global Covax initiative, set up to boost the discovery, manufacture and effective distribution of a vaccine against Covid-19.
 
UK Business Minister Alok Sharma said the initiative, co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), will expedite the process for the worldwide search for a vaccine against the deadly virus.

“The global effort to find a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine is not a competition, but is among the most urgent shared endeavours of
our lifetime – it benefits us all to be better equipped to fight this virus,” said Sharma.

Govt talking to Russia for advancement of its Covid vaccine: Health Minister

The Centre is in consultations with the Russian government for exploring the possibility of cooperation between the two countries for advancing the COVID-19 vaccine in India, Parliament was told on Friday.
 
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has informed that it has received information about one COVID-19 vaccine developed and approved in Russia,  Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Lok Sabha.

Karnataka reported 8,626 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 500,000

3 vaccine candidates in advanced stage of clinical trials: Vardhan

Three of the nearly 30 coronavirus vaccine candidates in the country are in advanced stages of clinical trials, while four are in pre-clinical development stage, Science and Technology Ministry Harsh Vardhan said on Friday.
 
A high-level expert group is looking into matters related to vaccine distribution and immunisation, he said.
 
"Nationally, nearly 30 vaccine candidates are under development, by both industry and academia. These vaccines are in different stages of pre-clinical and clinical development of which three candidates are in advanced stage of Phase I/II/III trials and four are in advanced pre-clinical development stage," Vardhan said in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Govt talking to Russia for possible advancement of its Covid vaccine here: Health Min

The Central govt is in consultations with the Russian government for exploring the possibility of cooperation between the two countries for advancing the Covid-19 vaccine in India, Parliament was told on Friday.
 
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has informed that it has received information about one Covid-19 vaccine developed and approved in Russia, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Lok Sabha.
 
Further, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an autonomous organisation under the Department of Health Research, has informed that as per information available from WHO draft landscape of Covid-19 vaccine (last update on September 17), globally there are 36 candidate vaccines which are under various stages of clinical trials.

Maharashtra's coronavirus count rises by 21,656, death toll by 405

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally rose to 11,67,496 on Friday with the single-day addition of 21,656 cases, the state health department said. Due to the death of 405 patients during the day, the fatality count in the state mounted to 31,791, it said.
 
A total of 22,078 patients were discharged on Friday after treatment, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 8,34,432, it said, adding that the state now has 3,00,887 active cases.
 
Mumbai city reported 2,283 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 1,80,668, while its death toll rose to 8,375, of which 52 were reported on Friday alone. Pune city added 1,875 Covid-19 cases, which took its tally to 1,38,268, while 28 deaths pushed toll to 3,165.

Two more Maharashtra ministers test Covid-19 positive

Two Maharashtra ministers- Nitin Raut and Hasan Mushrif- on Friday said they have tested coronavirus positive. The leaders shared the information on their Twitter handles. With this, the number of ministers in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, who tested positive for the infection has reached 11 so far.
 
Raut (63), who is the Energy Minister and the working president of the state Congress, tweeted, "I have tested positive for Covid-19. I would request all those who had come in contact with me to get themselves tested as a precautionary measure.
 
Mushrif, the Rural Development Minister and NCP leader, said on the micro-blogging site, "I have tested positive for Covid-19 and those who came in my contact should get themselves tested. I will soon be at your service defeating coronavirus. My health is fine."
 

89 new Covid-19 cases take Meghalaya tally to 4,447

Eighty-nine more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, taking the state's tally to 4,447, a senior health official said. Two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 34.
 
At present, the state has 1,976 active cases, he said.
 
Altogether 95 patients recovered from Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total number of people who have been cured of the disease in Meghalaya to 2,437, Health Services director Aman War said.

Nearly 30 Covid-19 vaccine candidates being developed: Health Ministry

Nearly 30 Covid vaccine candidates in pre-clinical and clinical stages are under development by pharmaceutical industry and academia in India. While three of them are in advanced stage of Phase I/II/III trials and 4 are in advanced pre-clinical development stage, union health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, told the Parliament on Friday.
 
Vardhan informed the House that the government has extended its support for the development of vaccine associated research resources, establishment of clinical trial sites and notifying enabling regulatory guidelines.

2817 new Covid cases push Punjab's tally to 92,833

Effective Covid-19 vaccine likely to be available by first quarter of 2021: Choubey

If the advanced clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine succeed, then an effective vaccination is likely to be available by the end of first quarter of 2021, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed Lok Sabha on Friday. He was responding to a question about the time by which an effective Covid-19 vaccine is likely to be commercially launched.
 
The minister further said that no advance purchase agreement with any vaccine manufacturers have been entered into.
 
Responding to another question, Choubey said that the phase-I of clinical trials have revealed excellent safety of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Cadila Healthcare Ltd and now their immunogenicity testing is in progress.

Manipur reports 177 Covid-19 cases, recovery rate at 77.01%

4,127 new Covid cases push Delhi's tally to 238,000; death toll mounts to 4,907

Delhi's coronavirus tally breached the 238,000 mark with 4,127 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 4,907 on Friday, authorities said. Thirty fresh fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.
 
According to the Delhi government's health bulletin, a total of 61,037 tests were conducted the previous day.
 
The total number of cases stands at 2,38,828, out of which 2,01,671 patients have either recovered, migrated out or been discharged while there are 32,250 active cases, as per the bulletin.
 
The positivity rate stands at 6.76 per cent. The number of containment zones has increased to 1,751, the bulletin said.

Kerala reports over 4,000 Covid-19 cases for second day in row; toll crosses 500

For the second successive day, Kerala reported over 4,000 Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the total infection count to 1,26,381 while the toll crossed the 500 mark. At least 102 health workers were among the 4,167 new positive cases and 12 more people succumbed to the disease as the toll climbed to 501, Health Minister K K Shailaja said.
 
On Thursday, the state had recorded its single-day highest of 4,351 cases as fresh cases crossed the 4,000 mark for the first time. State capital Thiruvananthapuram reported the highest ever single day spike on Friday with 926 cases followed by Kozhikode (404) and Kollam (355).

51 new cases push Nagaland's Covid-19 tally to 5,357

Nagaland reported 51 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, pushing the tally in the state to 5,357, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said. The state currently has 1,213 active cases.
 
"Out of 544 results received, 51 positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed 23 in Kohima, 20 in Dimapur, 4 in Mokokchung, 2 in Mon and 1 each in Peren and Tuensang districts," the minister tweeted.
 
As many as 4,108 patients have been cured of the disease, 15 have died and 21 migrated to other states, a health department official said.
 
The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in the state is 76.68 per cent. A total of 72,596 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Tripura so far, the official said.

Uttarakhand logs 868 new cases, tally at 38,007

High RTPCR machine cost a hurdle in ramping up Covid-19 testing in Delhi: officials

High cost of procuring RT-PCR machines might prove to be a hurdle in implementing the Delhi High Court's suggestion to ramp up RT-PCR testing in the national capital amid a surge in the cases, officials said on Thursday.
 
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday suggested that the AAP government increase the RT-PCR test capacity to the maximum possible to detect Covid-19 infection, as Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) were only 60 per cent accurate.
 
The high court asked an expert committee, set by the Lieutenant Governor (LG), to convene a meeting on priority basis to consider the extent to which capacity of testing by RT-PCR should be ramped up.
 
The bench also noted that in the week from September 8-15, the testing done through RT-PCR was less than one-fourth of the total number of tests and rest was done by the RAT process.

5,488 new Covid cases pushes Tamil Nadu's tally to 4,75,717

Day after lifting lockdown, Nepal reports 2020 new Covid-19 cases

With 2020 new Covid-19 cases, Nepal on Friday recorded an all-time high just a day after the six-month-long lockdown restrictions were lifted in the country.
 
From Thursday, the restrictions imposed were relaxed though the local authorities have still put a ban on activities that could have a high risk of contagion.
 
"In last 24 hours, number of total people discharged after recovery stands at 871. The total number of recovered ones stand at 43,820," the Health Ministry spokesperson said.
 

Jammu and Kashmir reported 1,330 Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 60,000

Dharavi's coronavirus tally goes up by 18 to 2,993

The Covid-19 infection count in Dharavi, the largest slum in Mumbai, rose to 2,993 with the addition of 18 cases on Friday, a senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.
 
The tally is now close to the 3,000-mark about five- and-a-half months after the first Covid-19 case was detected in the area on April 1. Out of the total number of 2,993 patients, 2,562 have already recovered and discharged from hospitals, the official added. Dharavi currently has 168 active cases, he added.
 
The civic body has, however, stopped sharing the death toll from the area, if any, since June. Dharavi is considered the largest slum in Asia with a population over 650,000. It is spread over 2.5 square kms of area

EU seals second Covid-19 vaccine deal as WHO scheme deadline looms

The European Union has agreed to buy a potential Covid-19 vaccine from Sanofi and GSK in its second such deal to secure supplies, as a deadline for joining the World Health Organization's (WHO) vaccine purchase programme looms.
 
The deal will see the French and British drugmakers, which have teamed up to manufacture a recombinant protein-based vaccine they hope to get approved next year, provide the EU with up to 300 million doses. Friday's agreement confirms an announcement made on July 31 by the two companies and follows an earlier deal between the EU and AstraZeneca for up to 400 million shots.
 
In return for the right to the doses, the European Commission will finance part of the upfront costs faced by vaccine producers. The vaccine doses themselves will be bought by EU countries.

Yoga helping Covid-19 patients boost immunity, reduce stress: Ashwini Choubey

Yoga is helping Covid-19 patients across the country boost immunity and reduce stress levels, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told Parliament on Friday. In a written reply to a question, he said the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH, has imparted yoga training to almost 6,500 Covid-19 patients.
 
"The practice of Yoga is benefitting the Covid-19 patients across the country, in terms of enhancing the immunity, reducing the stress level etc," Choubey said.
 
The MDNIY has imparted yoga training to around 6,500 Covid-19 positive patients. Out of these, the institute has compiled the data of around 200 patients, as part of a pilot project, he said.

500 ICU beds for Covid-19 patients added in Delhi private hospitals: Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said over 500 extra ICU beds are now available for Covid-19 patients after an order was issued recently to several private hospitals to earmark designated percentage of those beds for the purpose.
 
Last week an order was issued that 80 per cent ICU beds in 33 private hospitals here are to be reserved for Covid-19 patients, Jain had earlier said. "As per the Corona app, over 500 extra ICU beds are now available for Covid-19 patients," he told reporters on Friday.
 
Delhi recorded 4,432 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday, as thetally in the city mounted to over 2.34 lakh, authorities said.

273 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths in Tripura

At least 273 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Friday, pushing the tally in the state to 20,972, a health department official said. Six more fatalities took the death toll to 228.
 
West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 127 of the 228 Covid-19 deaths.
 
The northeastern state currently has 7,162 active coronavirus cases, while 13,559 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states. A total of 3,47,962 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Tripura so far, the official added.

6 NE states' recovery rate below national average, Tripura's death rate worst

Tripura figures in the bottom of Covid-19 death rate, while six of the eight northeastern states' recovery rates are less than the national average of 78.86 per cent, Union Health ministry data revealed on Friday.
 
According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Tripura topped the death ratio among the eight northeastern states in terms of Covid-19 cases with 1.09 per cent, followed by Sikkim (0.97 per cent), Meghalaya (0.71), Manipur (0.60), Assam (0.35), Nagaland (0.28) and Arunachal Pradesh (0.19 per cent).
 
Mizoram is the only state where no people have died so far due to novel coronavirus. According to the health officials in Aizawl, Mizoram so far reported 1,534 positive cases, including 274 women, while 949 patients have recovered from Covid-19.

Dubai suspends AI Express flights till Oct 2 for bringing people with Covid-positive certificates

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Express flights till October 2 for bringing passengers with Covid-positive certificates twice during the last couple of weeks, senior government officials said on Friday.
 
As per the UAE government rules, each passenger travelling from India is required to bring an original Covid-negative certificate from the RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.
 
"A passenger, who had a Covid-positive certificate dated September 2, travelled on Air India Express' Jaipur-Dubai flight on September 4. A similar incident had happened with a passenger on one of the airline's other Dubai flights previously," said one of the government officials.

Can yoga help Covid-19 patients? Research on in Delhi hospitals

Clinicians and meditation practitioners have undertaken research in at least three Delhi hospitals to ascertain if yoga can improve the overall condition of Covid-19 patients.
 
The Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Science and Technology had invited proposals for the study in April. In the national capital, the research is being conducted at the AIIMS, the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and the Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH).
 
The study evaluates the effect of yoga -- pranayama and relaxation -- on stress, mood, sleep quality, symptom severity, quality of life and clinical outcomes in coronavirus patients, Dr Ajit Jain, the nodal officer for Covid-19 at RGSSH, said.
 
Only those diagnosed with Covid-19 through RT-PCR testing, who have mild symptoms and are aged between 18 and 60 years are being included in the research, he said.

Czech Republic reports month-worth number of new Covid-19 cases in one day

The increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic over the past day was equivalent to the entire toll of cases detected in March, the Czech Ministry of Health said on Friday.
 
"The number of new daily coronavirus cases has for the first time surpassed 3,000 and reached 3,130. The number of active cases is 20,289, including 413 hospitalised patients, including 91 in serious condition," the ministry said.
 
The Czech Republic reported its first coronavirus cases on March 1 and by the end of the month the cumulative toll grew to 3,002 cases.

Andhra Pradesh reports 8,096 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 6,09,558

Phase 2 clinical trial for Covid vax underway with 600 volunteers: AIIMS Doctor

UP reports 98 more Covid-19 deaths; tally climbs to 342,000

Uttar Pradesh reported 98 more fatalities due to Covid-19 on Friday, taking the death toll to 4,869, while 6,494 fresh cases took the infection tally to 3,42,788. The state now has 67,825 active Covid-19 cases and 2,70,094 people have recovered from the disease till date, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.
 
On Thursday, the total number of Covid-19 cases were 3,36,294. Taking it into account the fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours were 6,494.
 
Prasad said the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in the state is 78.79 per cent.

Schools in Delhi to remain closed for all students till Oct 5, says govt

All schools in the national capital will continue to remain closed till October 5 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delhi government announced on Friday.
 
"All government and private schools will remain closed for all students till October 5. However, online teaching and learning activities will continue as usual," an official order issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) said.
 
School principals are authorised to call "staff as per requirement for smooth conduct of online classes or any other work", it said.
 
Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Day after RS speech BJP MP tests Covid positive; TMC leader sounds alarm

Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has tested positive for Covid-19 after giving an elaborate speech on Maharashtra's handling of the pandemic on Wednesday, and TMC MP Derek O Brien has raised a red flag.
 
"He made a 15 min speech in Parliament sitting in the Treasury benches. He would have also spent time in RS lobby & Central Hall. I appeal to all RS colleagues who came into contact with him or were sitting near him, Please Isolate," O'Brien remarked by taking to Twitter.
 
Sahasrabuddhe said that after having a headache and mild fever, he got examined following which he tested positive for Covid-19. Interestingly, he tested negative before attending the monsoon session of Parliament.

UV light kills Covid-19 virus without harming people: Study

In a significant breakthrough, researchers have discovered that using Ultraviolet C (UVC) light with a wavelength of 222 nanometres (touted as safer to use around humans) effectively kills the Covid-19 virus.
 
Other studies involving 222 nm UVC, also known as Far-UVC, have so far only looked at its potency in eradicating seasonal coronaviruses, that are structurally similar to the SARS-CoV-2 but not on the Covid-19 causing virus itself.
 
According to the study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, in-vitro experiment by Hiroshima University researchers showed that 99.7 per cent of the SARS-CoV-2 viral culture was killed after a 30-second exposure to 222 nm UVC irradiation.

Former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel tests Covid positive

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has tested positive for novel coronavirus, health officials said on Friday. He underwent a Covid-19 test as one of his attendants was detected with the infection on Thursday after which samples of the former were taken for antigen and the RT-PCR process, said Gandhinagar Civil Hospital Superintendent Dr Niyati Lakhani.
 
"His antigen test returned positive while the results for the RT-PCR test is yet to come," Lakhani informed.
 
The 92-year-old leader's family said he is in home isolation in Gandhinagar.

Karnataka MLAs undergo Covid-19 tests ahead of Assembly session

Himachal Pradesh records 100 new Covid-19 cases tally at 11,290

Singapore reports 11 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore on Friday reported the lowest number of 11 new Covid-19 cases in six months as the national tally of infections reached 57,543, the health ministry said. Of the new cases, one is from the community who is a Singaporean and another is an imported case placed on stay-home notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
 
This is the lowest daily figure since March 12 when nine new Covid-19 cases were reported, according to the Channel News Asia.
 
The total number of cases in Singapore has reached 57,543, the ministry said.

Kolkata Police DCP tests Covid-19 positive, admitted to hospital

A Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police has been admitted to hospital after she tested positive for Covid-19, police sources said on Friday.
 
Deputy Commissioner of South East Division of Kolkata Police Debasmita Das was taken to the hospital on Thursday where she is undergoing treatment, they said.
 
"She is undergoing treatment and we are keeping a close watch on her health conditions," hospital sources said.

Students sit on the floor: Covid-19 fears loom in overcrowded French varsities

Can mandatory masks offer enough protection in lecture halls so packed that late arrivals have to sit on the floor? That's what worries many students at the centuries-old Sorbonne University in Paris as the coronavirus is on the rebound across France.
 
At least a dozen COVID-19 clusters have emerged since French campuses and classrooms opened this month. The clutches of cases are a warning sign for countries elsewhere in Europe, where most universities are readying to resume teaching and research in coming weeks.
 
We go back to university in conditions that are a bit extreme, and we fear we might get COVID-19, Elise Gilbert, 20, who is studying literature at the Sorbonne, said of the overcrowding students encountered.

Bacterial outbreak infects thousands in China amid Covid-19

Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, now several thousand people in northwest China have tested positive for brucellosis, a bacterial disease, the authorities has confirmed recently. The Brucellosis outbreak was caused by a leak at a bio-pharmaceutical company last year. According to the media reports, the disease, also known as Malta fever or Mediterranean fever, can cause symptoms including headaches, muscle pain, fever and fatigue.
 
While these may subside, some symptoms can become chronic or never go away, like arthritis or swelling in certain organs, as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jharkhand assembly begins with Covid measures in place

Central team rushed to Jammu to help strengthen Covid-19 containment measures

With Jammu reporting a rise in Covid-19 cases, the health ministry has decided to depute a high-level Central team to the district to assist in strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of positive cases. Jammu has so far reported 9,428 infections and has6,115 active cases of coronavirus infection, the ministry said, adding the total cases one week ago were 6,878.
 
Jammu has been reporting doubling time of 15.4 days, recovery rate of 33.9 percent and case fatality rate of 1.24 per cent.
 
The team comprises DrS K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr Vijay Hadda, Professor, Department of Pulmonary Critical Care, AIIMS, New Delhi, the ministry said.

Aus govt announces $3.7 mn grant for ailing news agency to sail through Covid-19 pandemic

The Australian government on Friday announced a grant of 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) to its ailing national news agency to sustain through the Covid-19 pandemic, acknowledging that its existence was vital for regional journalism and media diversity.
 
The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said that Australian Associated Press (AAP) is critical to media diversity and has consistently demonstrated its commitment to accurate, fact-based and independent journalism over its 85-year history, including a strong contribution to regional news.
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered unprecedented challenges for Australia's regional media sector, with severe declines in advertising revenue threatening the sustainability of many news outlets, Fletcher said. Public interest journalism is important now, more than ever. This $(AUS) 5 million in funding will allow AAP to continue delivering its important news service for communities Australia-wide," he said.

Maharashtra Minister Nitin Raut tests positive of Covid-19

Maharashtra Congress leader and Energy Minister Nitin Raut tested Covid-19 positive here on Friday. The minister made the announcement in a tweet and urged all those who had come in contact with him in the past few days to get themselves tested.
 
"I have been tested positive for Covid-19 today. I would like to request all those who had come in contact with me in the past few days to get themselves tested as a precautionary measure. Stay safe everyone and take care," Raut said.
 
Raut becomes the 8th Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to be infected in the past six months of the pandemic gripping the planet.

Maharashtra Police force reports 434 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

As many as 434 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths were reported in the Maharashtra Police force in the past 24 hours, police informed. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the Police force has reached 20,801, while the death toll stands at 212. So far, 16,706 recovered cases have been reported and there are 3,883 active cases.
 
Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country with 3,02,135 active Covid-19 cases.

Top 5 states with high active Covid caseload report high level of recoveries too: Govt

The top five states with a high number of active Covid-19 cases -- Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh -- are also the ones that are reporting a high level of recoveries, the health ministry said on Friday.
 
With a record 87,472 patients having recuperated or having been discharged from home or facility-supervised care and hospitals in a span of 24 hours, the total number of Covid-19 recoveries has surged to 41,12,551 in the country, taking the recovery rate to 78.86 per cent, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.63 per cent, it added.

Covid-19: Takes humility to put others first in this battle for survival, says Kaif

Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has paid tributes to Covid-19 workers, saying their willingness to work in a selfless manner is what made them stand out during difficult times.
 
Earlier this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, countless frontline workers risked their lives for the sake of others, with their selfless efforts. As a token of gratitude, Delhi Capitals, through its digital initiative 'Salaam Dilli', recognised the contribution of some frontline workers from Delhi NCR.
 
On Thursday, members of the Delhi Capitals squad, including CEO Dhiraj Malhotra, Kaif, and senior players Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra, interacted with the Covid heroes through a virtual meet ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

90-minute British DnaNudge Covid-19 test is accurate, Lancet study finds

A British Covid-19 test known as DnaNudge that gives results in just over an hour and which requires no laboratory was accurate in almost all cases, an academic review in the Lancet has found. Faster testing could allow more people to return to work or permit testing on entry to hospital, thus slowing a second spike in coronavirus infections.
 
The new test, based on the design of a DNA test developed by a professor at Imperial College London, received approval for clinical use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) at the end of April after successful trials.
 
In a study in The Lancet Microbe, the test was found to have an average sensitivity - the ability to correctly identify those with Covid-19 - of 94.4% and a specificity - correctly identifying those without the disease - of 100%.

Delhi Capitals to thank Covid-19 warriors throughout IPL campaign

IPL team Delhi Capitals on Friday said its players will don jerseys bearing the message "Thank You COVID Warriors" during the entire tournament in UAE, calling the initiative a "small token of gratitude" towards the frontline workers fighting the pandemic.
 
IPL starts on Saturday in Abu Dhabi withh defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.
 
"...the Delhi Capitals official match jersey will bear the 'Thank You COVID Warrior' message for the entire duration of this season," the franchise said in a statement.

Covid-19 may lead to declines in life expectancy globally, study finds

The Covid-19 pandemic could cause a short-term decline in life expectancy in the severely affected areas of the world, unless the spread of the disease is contained, according to a study.
The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined the impact of Covid-19-related deaths on life expectancy for four broad world regions across multiple rates of infection and age groups.
"Our study provides the first assessment of the potential impact of Covid-19 on period life expectancies according to a range of scenarios of prevalence rates over a one-year period," said Guillaume Marois, from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, who led the study. Read more

Bangladesh to halt Covid-19 services in 12 hospitals

Covid-19 services will be halted in 12 hospitals across Bangladesh due to the lack of patients, according to the Directorate General of Health Services. The remark was made by the Directorate in a letter dated August 27 to Health Secretary Md Abdul Mannan, bdnews24 reported on Thursday.
 
The hospitals comprised five in Dhaka, six in Chattogram and one in Sylhet. As many as 11,165 beds out of 14,275 in Covid-19 hospitals were without any patients on Wednesday. The rate was a little over 68 per cent by the end of June.

810 fresh Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan, 8 more die

Rajasthan recorded eight more fatalities linked to the novel coronavirus on Friday, raising the death toll from the disease to 1,301 in the state, according to a health department bulletin.
 
The state also reported 810 new cases, bringing the infection count to 1,10,283. A total of 18,282 people are currently under treatment for Covid-19 in Rajasthan, the bulletin said.
 
According to the bulletin, 89,211 people have so far been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection.

Thane district records 1,903 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths

At least 1,903 new cases of COVID-19 were detected, while 44 more patients died of the infection in Maharashtra's Thane district, an official said on Friday.
 

With the addition of the latest infections and deaths on Thursday, the tally in the district reached 1,53,139 and the toll rose to 4,053, the official said.

Russia's health watchdog says 22 stable mutated Covid-19 strains identified worldwide

There are about 22 stable mutations in the genetic makeup of the coronavirus detected worldwide, with two of them being the most resistant, Russia's consumer rights and human welfare watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, told Sputnik on Friday, adding that there were thousands of COVID-19 genetic mutations.
 

"The total number of mutations that are collectively identified in the sequenced genomes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus amounts to many thousands, but only a few of them have been fixed and are stably inherited. Currently, there are about 22 such single mutations. It should be noted that these mutations have taken place in January - March 2020, and after that, there were no detected mutations in the genome of the virus," Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

US Congress needs to provide $6 bn to distribute coronavirus vaccine: Top health official

A top US health official has said that Congress needs to provide about USD 6 billion to help the country prepare for what is expected to be the largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign ever undertaken, Washington Post reported.
 

The Trump administration has released a detailed road map on Wednesday of their plan to speed doses of coronavirus vaccine into millions of Americans.

Stroke scans could reveal Covid-19 infection

New research from King's College London has found that COVID-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke.
 

The findings have important implications in the management of patients presenting with suspected stroke through early identification of COVID-19.

 

2,043 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths in Telangana

Telangana recorded 2,043 fresh coronavirus cases and 11 fatalities, taking the tally of infections in the state to 1.67 lakh.
 

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 314, followed by Rangareddy 174 and Medchal Malkajgiri 144, a government bulletin said on Friday, providing data as of 8 PM on September 17.
 

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.35 lakh while 30,673 are under treatment.

Odisha reports 4,180 new Covid-19 cases, 13 fresh fatalities

Odisha's Covid-19 tally rose to 1,71,341 on Friday as 4,180 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 682, a health official said.
 

As many as 2,466 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,714 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.
 

Odisha reported more than 4,000 new cases for the third consecutive day on Friday. The state had registered 4,270 infections on Wednesday and 4,241 on Thursday, the official said.

New rapid Covid-19 test with improved sensitivity developed

Researchers have developed a new rapid test for the detection of the novel coronavirus that can be performed in less than an hour, and with minimal equipment, and "can detect nearly as many cases as the standard COVID-19 diagnostic."


With further research, the scientists, including those from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, said the new test, known as STOPCovid, could be made cheaply enough so that people could test themselves every day.

HC seeks Maharashtra govt reply over PIL on Covid-19 drugs

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to file a reply to a PIL seeking that drugs used to treat COVID-19 patients be made available directly at hospitals, isolation and quarantine centers where such patients were being admitted.
 

The direction was given by a bench led by Justice K K Tated while hearing the PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed by a local NGO, All Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association.

No new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand for 1st time in a month

There were no new coronavirus cases in New Zealand on Friday for the first time early August, according to the Health Ministry.
 

In a statement, the Ministry said that currently there were 54 people linked to a community cluster which was detected last month in Auckland, the country's largest city, reports Xinhua news agency.
 

They remain in an Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 22 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their household contacts.

 

28 new cases push Mizoram's Covid-19 tally to 1,534

Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,534 on Friday as 28 more people, including 24 security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
 

Twenty-seven new patients have travel history, while one infection was detected during contact tracing, he said.

Pakistan reports 752 new cases of coronavirus: Health Ministry

Pakistan has reported 752 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infections to 304,386, the health ministry said on Friday.
 

The Ministry of National Health Services said nine more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours due to which the toll stands at 6,408.

Total number of Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan rises to 1,10,283



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Google adds Search trends symptoms data to Covid-19 repository

In an effort to help researchers find useful health data to fight new coronavirus, Google has added its Search Trends symptoms dataset, which aggregates anonymised search trends for over 400 symptoms, to its Covid-19 Open Data repository.

This will help researchers better understand the spread of Covid-19 and its potential secondary health impacts.
 

Lack of access to useful high-quality data has posed a significant challenge, and much of the publicly available data is scattered, incomplete, or compiled in many different formats.

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre for neglecting healthcare staff who test positive for Covid-19

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a fresh attack on the Central government and accused it of neglecting healthcare staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.
 

"Adverse data-free Modi government! The beating of 'thali' and the lighting of a lamp is more important than security and respect. Modi Government, why are corona warriors being insulted?" the Congress leader tweeted (roughly translated from Hindi).

6,15,72,343 samples tested to detect Covid-19 cases till September 17: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Friday said that around 6,15,72,343 samples to detect the coronavirus infections have been tested up to September 17.
 

It added that out of these 10,06,615 were tested on Thursday alone.

Goa to prepare SOP on providing oxygen to Covid-19 patients

The Goa government will prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to ensure that all Covid-19 patients, whether with mild, moderate or severe symptoms, get oxygen on time in state-run facilities, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has said.

With spike of 96,424 cases, India's Covid-19 tally crosses 5.2-million mark


IPL 2020: All umpires, referees have cleared Covid-19 tests, says report

All 12 Indian and three foreign umpires, besides five Indian match referees, have tested negative ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Their quarantine period is about to end on a positive note, and they are ready to officiate in the much-awaited IPL 2020 starting on September 19. 

Weekly coronavirus cases top 300,000 in Europe, WHO issues warning

The World Health Organisation's European director Dr Hans Kluge warned that Europe was facing a “very serious” situation and advised against "even a slight reduction in the length of the quarantine".

The number of weekly coronavirus cases in Europe topped 300,000 last week – higher than during the first peak in March – triggering grave warnings from health experts.

Emergency use authorisation of drugs or vaccines: What, when, how

The US Food and Drug Administration had recently allowed the emergency use of convalescent plasma therapy for Covid treatment, besides existing drugs such as Remdisivir. Several countries, including India, have frameworks for allowing such authorisations for drugs and vaccines. 

Click here to know when emergency use authorisation of drugs or vaccines allowed

Covid-19 vaccine updates | Mass production of Sputnik V likely to take several months

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) is preparing for clinical trials of the Sputnik V in India even though major manufacturers here did not show much interest in making the vaccine candidate.
 
Vaccine makers here feel the Sputnik is still a work in progress and needs time to develop. 

G V Prasad, co-chairman and managing director, DRL, said that data on Sputnik V is positive and the technology is good and there was no reason to doubt it.

Indian economy staring at double-digit decline as Covid-19 cases spike

India’s economic recovery prospects have gone from bad to worse after the nation emerged as a new global hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic with more than 5 million infections.

The failure to get infections under control will set back business activity and consumption -- the bedrock of the economy -- which had been slowly picking up after India began easing one of the world’s strictest and biggest lockdowns that started late March. Read more here

Google adds Search trends symptoms data to Covid-19 repository

In an effort to help researchers find useful health data to fight new coronavirus, Google has added its Search Trends symptoms dataset, which aggregates anonymised search trends for over 400 symptoms, to its Covid-19 Open Data repository.
 
This will help researchers better understand the spread of Covid-19 and its potential secondary health impacts.
 
Lack of access to useful high-quality data has posed a significant challenge, and much of the publicly available data is scattered, incomplete, or compiled in many different formats.

First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out.
 
Friday's report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission.
 
All recent cases have been found among quarantined travellers returning from abroad.

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (September 18)

Active cases: 1,017,754 (Net addition: 7,778)
Deaths: 84,372 (Net addition: 1,174)
Cured: 4,112,551 (Net addition: 87,472)
Total cases: 5,214,677 (Net addition: 96,424)

'Covid patients from outside straining Mumbai hospitals, city is prepared'

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has now crossed the 5 million mark. In Mumbai, the number is now over 175,000 with over 8,200 deaths. The hospital beds in the city, particularly in intensive care units, seem to be under much greater pressure than they were until a few weeks ago. Why is this happening? How is the administration responding to this? Click here to understand

Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally climbs to 67,100

Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally climbs to 67,100 as 1,026 more people test positive, 11 fresh fatalities push death toll to 590; active case count 13,703: Health official

Pfizer vaccine trial bets on early win against coronavirus, documents show

Pfizer Inc is betting that its coronavirus vaccine candidate will show clear evidence of effectiveness early in its clinical trial, according to the company and internal documents reviewed by Reuters that describe how the trial is being run.
 
 
In recent weeks, Pfizer has said it should know by the end of October whether the vaccine, developed together with Germany's BioNTech SE, is safe and effective. If the vaccine is shown to work by then, Pfizer has said it would quickly seek regulatory approval. It has not said what data it would use.

Jharkhand reports 1,026 new Covid-19 cases, 11 fresh fatalities

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 67,100 on Friday as 1,026 more people tested positive for the infection, while 11 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 590, a health official said.
 
The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases in the state to 13,703, while 52,807 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said.

Kerala Govt issued revised instructions for quarantine norms for guest workers, specialized workers visiting Kerala from other states

Coronavirus in Dehradun: Uttarakhand's infection tally surges to 37,139

1,192 new Covid-19 cases take Uttarakhand's infection tally to 37,139; 13 more fatalities push death toll to 460: Health dept bulletin

Kerala coronavirus update: Highest one-day spike of 4,351 cases recorded

Kerala on Thursday registered the highest one-day spike of 4,351 Covid cases, health officials said.
 
" At present 34,314 people are Covid positive, while 87,345 people has been cured. 45,370 samples was tested in the past 24 hours," said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
 
 
10 Covid patients died on Thursday taking the toll to 489.
 
Across the state 2,13,595 people are under observation which includes 23,836 people in various hospitals.
 
There are 608 hot spots in the state.

Resurging coronavirus biggest threat to euro zone economy: Economists

The resurgence in coronavirus cases is the biggest threat to the recovering euro zone economy, according to a Reuters poll of economists, who say growth and inflation are more likely to create negative surprises over the coming year than positive ones.
 
Around 30 million people have been infected by the virus globally, and more than 900,000 have died, triggering some of the deepest recessions on record and breaking up supply chains around the world. COVID-19 global tracker https://www.reutersagency.com/en/coverage/covid-19-global-tracker
 
While a strong euro zone rebound is underway as lockdown restrictions have been eased and businesses reopened, France and Spain among others in the 19-member bloc are grappling with a virus resurgence.
 
That is raising the possibility of renewed restrictions and lockdowns.

Himachal Pradesh coronavius update: 7 deaths, 395 cases; tally at 11,191

Seven people died from coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday as 395 fresh infections surfaced, pushing the number of cases to 11,191, according to an official.
 
So far, the state has reported 97 coronavirus deaths.
 
Four women, two men and a 14-year-old boy succumbed to the virus on Thursday, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said.
 
He said three of the fatalities were reported from Shimla and one each from Kullu, Kangra, Mandi and Chamba. Read on...

U.S. economic rebound may be a slow train for the unemployed

In a week when leading forecasters boosted their view of the U.S. economic recovery, data on retail store traffic, small business hiring and other high-frequency indicators largely worsened, signaling a potential decoupling in which growth presses ahead while the job market slows to a painful crawl.
 
Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday projected a much smaller economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic than initially expected, with U.S. output forecast to fall 3.7% in 2020 instead of 6.5%, as was forecast in June, a difference in dollar terms of more than $1.5 trillion. That stronger outlook came alongside upgrades from Goldman Sachs and others.

Covid-19 scene remains grim in Agra region

With 118 fresh cases and 117 deaths till now, the Covid-19 scene in Agra remains grim. Health officials said the rising graph of infection was a matter for worry, though all required measures were being taken to control the spread.
 
Agra's total tally now stands at 4,495, and of this 3,529 have recovered. The number of active cases is 850, including those in home isolation. The total number of samples tested so far is 1,59,806. A medical college doctor and three health workers, around half a dozen municipal corporation officials, several lawyers in Sadar Tehsil, and the Agra Civil Court were among the new cases.

Global Covid-19 cases cross 30mn mark: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 30 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 944,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 30,065,728 and the fatalities rose to 944,604, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
 
The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,674,070 and 197,615, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Pfizer vaccine trial bets on early win against coronavirus, documents show

Pfizer Inc is betting that its coronavirus vaccine candidate will show clear evidence of effectiveness early in its clinical trial, according to the company and internal documents reviewed by Reuters that describe how the trial is being run.
 
 
In recent weeks, Pfizer has said it should know by the end of October whether the vaccine, developed together with Germany's BioNTech SE, is safe and effective. If the vaccine is shown to work by then, Pfizer has said it would quickly seek regulatory approval. It has not said what data it would use. Read on...

Indian economy staring at double-digit decline as Covid-19 cases spike

India’s economic recovery prospects have gone from bad to worse after the nation emerged as a new global hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic with more than 5 million infections.
 
Economists and global institutions like the Asian Development Bank have recently cut India’s growth projections from already historic lows as the virus continues to spread. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now estimates a 14.8% contraction in gross domestic product for the year through March 2021, while the ADB is forecasting -9%. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development sees the economy shrinking by 10.2%. Read on...

Biden rejects Trump claim that Covid-19 vaccine is imminent

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday bluntly contradicted President Donald Trump's suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may be only weeks away, warning Americans they cannot trust the president's word."The idea that there's going to be a vaccine and everything's gonna be fine tomorrow - it's just not rational," Biden said during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pennsylvania.Trump again said on Wednesday that a vaccine for Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, could be ready for distribution ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Follow corona guidelines, make planet healthy: PM Modi on what he wants on birthday

Noting that many people have asked him what he wants on his birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that he would want COVID-19 guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to be followed and that everyone should work to make "our planet healthy".
 
Modi turned 70 on Thursday, with world leaders and politicians and other leading personalities from the country extending their wishes to him.
 
In a tweet, he said, "Since many have asked, what is it that I want for my birthday, here is what I seek right now: Keep wearing a mask and wear it properly. Follow social distancing. Remember 'Do Gaj Ki Doori.' Avoid crowded spaces. Improve your immunity. Let us make our planet healthy."

Japan's August consumer prices fall at fastest pace in four years

Japan's core consumer prices fell at their fastest pace in almost four years in August, dragged mostly by government-sponsored discounts for domestic travel aimed at supporting the battered tourism sector.
 
The weak consumer price data comes after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday it would monitor not just price trends but jobs growth in guiding policy, signalling a readiness to ramp up stimulus if job losses heighten the risk of deflation.
 
Japan's new premier Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday pledged to contain COVID-19 and retain his former boss's "Abenomics" growth policies while pushing reforms such as deregulation and digitalisation.

Assam coronavius update: 1,380 Covid cases reported, tally at 150,349

Assam on Thursday reported 1,380 COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 1,50,349, according to state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
 
"Of 20,557 samples tested, 1,380 samples resulted positive for coronavirus," said Sarma.
 
The positivity rate is at 6.71 per cent in the state, he added.
 
The total number of cases include 1,19,364 discharges, 30,454 active cases and 528 deaths.

Govt's stake divestment to be credit negative for public sector banks: Icra

The proposed divestment of the Centre's majority stake in certain PSBs will be credit negative for these lenders, ratings agency ICRA said on Thursday.
 
Citing recent reports which suggest a possible divestment of majority stake in few PSBs that were left out of the PSBs consolidation exercise announced last year, ICRA said that most of these PSBs have weak credit profile and their credit ratings are primarily supported by their sovereign ownership and a stable deposit base, which in turn is supported by their ownership. Read on...

Telugu Desam Party leader demands debt waiver for farmers

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and former MLA Tangirala Saumya has demanded debt waiver for farmers.
 
She visited Krishna District Central Cooperative Bank Peddapuram branch in Veerulapadu Mandal of Krishna district and submitted a memorandum to the branch manager of the bank.
 
 
Speaking on the occasion she said farmers in the state are facing a severe crisis. She also sought a zero-interest loan scheme for farmers. Read on...

France won't buy Covid-19 vaccines through WHO's COVAX scheme: Report

France will provide funding for an initiative led by the World Health Organization to buy potential Covid-19 vaccines, but will not source shots through the programme, an official at the French health ministry said on Thursday.
 
The decision by one of the U.N. agency's biggest supporters is a big blow to its strategy aimed at uniting governments around the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic together. Read on...

Federal Reserve weighs bank dividends as it prepares second stress test

The US Federal Reserve said on Thursday it would decide by the end of September if it would continue capping bank dividend payments and laid out two hypothetical severe recessions it will use to test further big bank resilience amid the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The central bank said it will release the results of the new analysis by the end of 2020. The upcoming test marks an unprecedented second stress test in a year for the Fed, which said the "continued uncertainty" from the pandemic made it necessary to keep testing bank resilience. Read on...

WHO warns of 'alarming' virus spread in Europe

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned of "alarming rates of transmission" of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned against shortening quarantine periods as countries in the region scrambled to find ways to reduce infections without resorting to new lockdowns.The WHO's regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said a September surge -- Europe set a new record last week, with some 54,000 cases recorded in 24 hours -- "should serve as a wake-up call for all of us".

Covid-19 crisis: 1 in 7 reporting side-effects from Sputnik V, says report

New reports to come out of clinical studies have found that 1 in 7 people suffered from side-effects post being inoculated by the Russian vaccine. The Soviet nation's health minister, Mikhail Murashko, in a statement to Moscow Times said that nearly 14 per cent of patients who have been administrated the vaccine reported suffering from side-effects.
 
However, terming the side-effects to be mild and routine, Murashko still said that the Russian vaccine is still safer and at-par with global competitors. Read on...

Moderna shares Covid-19 vaccine trial blueprints, Pfizer follows

US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, became the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency.Pfizer, the other American company currently carrying out Phase 3 trials in the US, followed suit a short time later and there is now added pressure for the remainder to do the same.

Chhattisgarh records highest one-day spike of 3,809 Covid-19 cases

Chhattisgarh on Thursday recorded the highest single-day spike of 3,809 new COVID-19 cases, taking the states count of infections to 77,775, while a sero survey was launched in select districts, a health official said.
 
The death toll also climbed to 628 with 17 more people succumbing to the infection and co-morbidities, he said.
 
As many as 2,019 people were discharged from hospitals following their recovery while 3,207 patients completed their home isolation, taking the tally of recoveries to 41,111, the official said.

Mainland China reports 32 new Covid-19 cases vs 9 a day earlier

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections involving travellers from overseas. It also reported 20 new asymptomatic cases, also up for 14 a day earlier, though China does not classify these symptomless patients as confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Coronavirus update: Assam registers 1,380 Covid-19 cases, state tally at 1,50,349

Assam on Thursday reported 1,380 COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 1,50,349, according to state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. "Of 20,557 samples tested, 1,380 samples resulted positive for coronavirus," said Sarma. The positivity rate is at 6.71 per cent in the state, he added

Maharashtra coronavirus update: 4,571 new Covid cases in Pune district

Pune district reported 4,571 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours which took its case count to 2,40,423, a health official said on Thursday evening.
 
The death toll in the district reached 5,451 with 85 patients succumbing to the infection during this period.
 
"Of 4,571 cases, 1,964 are from Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 1,26,532 patients so far. However, 2,219 patients were also discharged from hospitals in the city on Thursday," he said. Read on...

Gujarat Covid update: Highest single day spike of 1,379 cases reported

Gujarat recorded the highest single day spike in Covid-19 with 1,379 cases, taking the tally to 1,19,088, while 14 more deaths pushed the toll to 3,273, health officials said on Thursday.
 
Surat reported 280 cases, Ahmedabad 171 Rajkot 145, Jamnagar 129, Vadodara 127, Bhavnagar 55, Gandhinagar 47, Mahesana 41, Banaskantha 39, Junagadh 37, Kutch 30, Panchmahals and Patan with 28 each, Amreli and Morbi with 26 each, Bharuch 25, Mahisagar 19, Dahod 17, Gir-Somnath 13, Valsad 12, Aravalli 9, Botad, Kheda and Narmada with 8 each, Anand and Sabarkantha with 7 each, Chotta Udepur and Navsari with 6 each, Dang and Porbandar with 5 each and Surendranagar and Tapi with two positive cases each. Read on....

Practo is looking to scale faster riding on Covid-19, says CEO Shashank ND

Practo is preparing for a phase of rapid growth as health care gets the utmost importance amid the pandemic and its delivery rapidly moves online.
 
The Bengaluru-headquartered digital health care firm, backed by investors such as Sequoia and Tencent, is looking at positioning itself as an ‘integrated digital platform’ and rapidly expanding its base of doctors, diagnostic centres, and the cities and towns it caters to. Read on....

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