Covid LIVE: India's cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 830 mn

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Coronavirus updates: India recorded a spike of 26,964 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The country also witnessed 383 deaths, taking the death toll to 445,768. So far, India has recorded 33,531,498 corona cases in total. Delhi reported 39 Covid-19 cases and no fatality. Kerala recorded 15,768 new Covid-19 cases and Maharashtra 3,131 cases. 

India has called the UK government’s move to treat fully vaccinated Indians as unvaccinated a “discriminatory policy” and indicated that it has the right to take reciprocal action.

“Covishield is a licensed product of a UK company manufactured in India. We have supplied 5 million doses of Covishield to the UK on its request. Therefore, non-recognition of Covishield is a discriminatory policy and impacts those citizens travelling to the UK,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.

World coronavirus update: Covid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with 230,272,090 confirmed cases and 4,721,547 deaths across nearly 200 countries recorded since China reported its first cases in December 2019. The US remains the worst-hit country with 43,238,127 cases, followed by India, Brazil, UK and Russia.

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Haryana reports one Covid death, 16 new cases

Haryana reported one coronavirus-related fatality and 16 fresh cases on Wednesday, pushing the death toll to 9,809 and the infection count to 7,70,770, according to an official bulletin.
 
The new death was reported from Jhajjar district, the health department's daily bulletin said.
 
Gurugram and Panchkula districts reported five and three fresh cases, respectively. The number of active cases stands at 102, while a total of 7,60,629 people have recovered from the infection in Haryana.
 
The state has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 98.68 per cent, the bulletin said.

Tamil Nadu reports 1,682 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday witnessed 1,682 new coronavirus cases with Coimbatore, Erode and Tiruppur districts contributing the maximum numbers, taking the overall caseload to 26,50,370. With 21 deaths due to the infection, including six in private hospitals and 15 in government facilities, the toll has risen to 35,400.
 
With 1,627 patients getting discharged following treatment today, the cumulative recoveries stand at 25,97,943. The number of active cases, including isolation as on today, remains at 17,027, according to a bulletin here.
 
Coimbatore saw 235 new cases, Chennai 194, Erode 130, Chengalpattu 110 and Tiruppur 101. Ramanathapuram, Perambalur, Theni, Tenkasi, Dindigul and Virudhunagar saw new cases in single digits while 27 districts reported fresh cases below 100, the bulletin said.
 
The State capital reported three deaths due to the infection taking the COVID-19 related fatalities to 8,453. With 2,068 active cases, Chennai's total cases have mounted to 5,48,289. The total recoveries, including 176 today, stand at 5,37,768.

UK includes Covishield in approved vaccine list for travel but keeps India out

The UK government on Wednesday issued an updated international travel advisory to include AstraZeneca Covishield among the eligible COVID-19 vaccine formulations but kept India out of the 18 countries on an approved vaccinations list, requiring Indians to follow rules set out for "non-vaccinated" travellers.
 
Despite the inclusion of Covishield, Indian travellers are not exempt from the quarantine rules under the UK's new international travel norms that will come into force from October 4, with the British officials in New Delhi maintaining that the main issue is vaccine certification and not the vaccine and that both India and the UK are holding talks to mutually resolve the matter.
 
There is no official reaction from India on the inclusion of Covishield to the approved list of vaccines by the UK.

Biden to double US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.
 
The stepped-up U.S. commitment is to be the cornerstone of the global vaccination summit Biden is convening virtually Wednesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where he plans to push well-off nations to do more to get the coronavirus under control.
 
World leaders, aid groups and global health organisations are growing increasingly vocal about the slow pace of global vaccinations and the inequity of access to shots between residents of wealthier and poorer nations.

Over 83 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 83 crore on Wednesday, the Union health ministry said. More than 64 lakh (64,98,274) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Wednesday, it said, adding that the tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final report for the day by late night.
 
The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined.
 
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated against the viral disease in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

US is buying another half-billion Pfizer doses to donate to low, middle-income countries: Biden



Madhya Pradesh sees 12 new Covid-19 cases

The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,92,422 on Wednesday with the addition of 12 cases, a health department official said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 10,517, he added.

The count of recoveries in Madhya Pradesh now stands at 7,81,815, leaving the state with 90 active cases.

India at forefront of global response to Covid pandemic: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind reiterated on Wednesday that India has been at the forefront of the global efforts to forge a decisive and coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure collective health and economic well-being.

Kovind also stated that under the world's largest vaccination campaign, Indians have received more than 800 million doses so far.

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 830 mn landmark milestone



Four deaths, 212 fresh cases in Himachal Pradesh

Four more people died of coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, raising the death toll to 3,643, while 212 fresh cases pushed the infection count to 2,17,615, a health official said.

Of the fresh deaths, two were reported from Shimla and one each from Hamirpur and Mandi, he said.

Goa records 102 Covid-19 cases, 38 recoveries; no new death

Goa's coronavirus caseload rose by 102 and reached 1,75,792 on Wednesday, while no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 3,297, he said.

Mumbai adds 488 Covid-19 cases, four more die; active tally 4,706

Mumbai reported 488 coronavirus positive cases and four fatalities on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 7,39,364 and the fatality count to 16,063, a civic official said.

As compared to Tuesday, the city recorded 136 more cases, while the number of fatalities rose by three. Mumbai had reported 352 infection cases and one death on Tuesday.

847 new Covid-19 cases, 20 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka logged 847 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,70,208 and the toll to 37,668.

The day also saw 946 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,18,890.

Out of 847 new cases reported on Wednesday, 312 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 219 discharges and six deaths.

Close-knit society, ignoring Covid-appropriate behaviour behind rising cases in Mizoram

A close-knit society, negligence towards COVID-19 appropriate behaviour (CAB) and presence of the highly contagious Delta variant have resulted in a significant increase in the transmission of coronavirus infections in Mizoram, recent studies have revealed.

The state registered a sustained rise in COVID-19 cases since April this year and over 1,000 single-day cases were reported several times.

Mizoram has only one dedicated COVID-19 hospital, Zoram Medical College (ZMC), and one laboratory for conducting RT-PCR tests.

Africa's Covid-19 cases near 8.18 million: Africa CDC

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa reached 8,177,919 as of Wednesday noon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 207,132, Xinhua news agency reported.

Nagaland logs 31 new Covid-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

Nagaland's Covid-19 tally rose to 30,990 on Wednesday as 31 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 658, a health bulletin said.

Dimapur district registered the highest number of new cases at 19, followed by Mokokchung (five) and Kohima and Phek (three each), it said, adding that the fresh fatality was recorded in Dimapur.

Kerala reports 19,675 new infections, 142 deaths



Ex-gratia assistance to kin will be provided from state disaster response fund: Centre



Rs 50k ex-gratia to kin of those who died due to Covid: Centre



Nearly 28% urban Indians plan to spend on gold this Diwali as Covid effects wane: Survey

Nearly 28 per cent of urban Indians are planning to spend on gold in the next three months, signalling a renewed appetite for the yellow metal amid the waning effects of second wave of COVID-19, as per a survey.

The gems and jewellery industry, which was impacted by the COVID-induced disruptions in 2020, had shown signs of recovery in January-March this year. However, the second wave of the pandemic put a halt to it.

Businesses are beginning to look up as state governments are slowly easing restrictions on movements, and organised retailers are hoping consumer demand to show positive sentiment during the festive season this year.

US to donate 500 million additional Covid vaccines to world



Andhra Pradesh reports 1,365 new Covid-19 cases



HC questions Kerala govt rationale behind fixing rates for treating post Covid complications

When deaths even after 30 days of a person turning negative for coronavirus is treated as a Covid death, then by the same rationale treatment for post-Covid complications should also be reckoned as part of corona care was the prima facie view expressed by the Kerala High Court on Wednesday.

A bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Kauser Edappagath expressed the view while directing the state government to clarify why it issued the August 16 order by which treatment charges were fixed for post-Covid complications for those above poverty line. 

Delhi reports 30 new Covid-19 cases, 19 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours



Pull up your socks to protect lives of Covid warriors from attacks: Kerala HC to police

Pained by a recent attack on a woman health worker at night by two bike-borne assailants while she was returning home after duty, the Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the police to pull up their socks to protect lives of COVID-warriors like her from unscrupulous elements.

"We are not taking it as a solitary issue. We are taking note of it as the issue will have larger ramifications for the future. Time has come to put a stop to it," a Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Kauser Edappagath said.

 

Full vaccination mandatory for I-League players, except U-18 and those recovered form Covid recently

All the footballers taking part in the I-League starting in December will have to be fully vaccinated except for U-18 players and those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 infection, League CEO Sunando Dhar said on Wednesday.

The I-League 2021-22 is expected to be held under bio-secure environment with strict COVID-19 protocols in Kolkata and its surrounding suburbs.

"It will be mandatory for all the players and officials taking part in the I-League and I-League qualifiers to have both doses of COVID-19 vaccination. The only exception will be the players who are under-18 years and those who cannot be vaccinated due to recent recovery from the infection," Dhar told PTI in an interview.

President Biden doubling vaccine purchase, calls for more global shots

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.

The stepped-up U.S. commitment is to be the cornerstone of the global vaccination summit Biden is convening virtually Wednesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where he plans to push well-off nations to do more to get the coronavirus under control.

Indians still require to undergo 14-day quarantine on arrival in the UK



Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan tests positive for COVID-19



Delta Covid variant now spread to 185 countries: WHO

The Delta Covid variant is the current dominant strain of the infectious virus, with its presence reported in 185 countries, as of September 21, the World Health organisation has said.

"The Delta variant now accounted for 90 per cent of the sequences submitted to GISAID with a sample collection date (between 15 June-15 September, 2021)," the global health agency said in its weekly epidemiological update on Tuesday. GISAID, which stands for Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data, is an open-access database.

Hoping that with start of Vaccine Maitri, we'll be able to get more vaccines from India: Nepal envoy



Delighted that UK has cleared Covishield, says Serum CEO

Delighted that the UK has cleared Covishield, Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla told a news channel. While UK has updated its accepted vaccines list to clarify that Covishield is accepted, it still does not recognise the Co-WIN certificate.
 
India and UK continue to discuss recognition of CoWIN certificate. Indians will still have to take tests on arrival and quarantine for 10 days.
 

Odisha logs 734 new Covid-19 cases, over 7.5 million fully vaccinated

Odisha on Wednesday logged 734 new Covid-19 cases, including 101 children, which pushed the tally to 10,21,950, a health department official said.
 
On Tuesday the state had reported 462 cases while on Monday it was 510, he said.

Vaccine must not be entry barrier for nations: Bharat Biotech Co-Founder

The Co-founder and Joint Managing Director of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, Suchitra Ella has said that vaccines should not be a barrier to enter into any nation.

Amid the ongoing row over new UK travel restrictions that consider fully Indian vaccinated as unvaccinated and prescribes 10-day quarantine, she said, "Vaccines must not be entry barriers for nations".

Underlining that India has supplied billions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine the world over, Suchitra Ella tweeted, "Our vaccines will prove yet again that they are world class."

UK govt says Covishield qualifies as an approved vaccine

Sri Lanka seeks $100 million assistance from IMF for Covid-19 vaccination

Sri Lanka has decided to ask for a $100 million loan from the IMF to procure 14 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and finance other vaccination programme related costs, it was announced here on Wednesday.
 
Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella had proposed that Sri Lanka obtain the additional loan grant of $100 million under the programme of strategic preparation and response to Covid-19," the government said in a statement.
 
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to grant a supplementary loan of $100 million to assist Sri Lanka's Covid-19 response, it added.

Severe Covid infection can lead to delirium: Study

Patients hospitalised with severe Covid-19 infection are highly at risk of developing cognitive impairment -- including depression and delirium -- both during the treatment and after it, finds a study.
 
Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental state wherein a patient is confused, agitated and unable to think clearly.
 
The study, published in BMJ Open, looked at nearly 150 patients hospitalised for Covid at the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 73 per cent had delirium.
 
Patients with delirium tended to be sicker, with more comorbidities like hypertension and diabetes, and appeared to have more severe Covid-related illness as well, said study author Phillip Vlisides, from the Department of Anesthesiology at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan.
 
"Covid is also associated with a number of other adverse outcomes that tend to prolong hospitalisation and make recovery difficult," he added.

Arunachal logs 64 fresh Covid-19 cases, one new fatality

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload rose to 54,190 on Wednesday as 64 more people tested positive for the infection, while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 273, a senior health official said.
 
A 51-year-old man from Papumpare district died at the Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCH) at Chimpu, near here on Tuesday due to acute respiratory distress syndrome with Covid Pneumonia, State Surveillance Officer, Dr Lobsang Jampa said here.
 
Arunachal Pradesh now has 413 active COVID-19 cases, while 53,504 people have recovered from the disease thus far, including 61 in the last 24 hours, the official said.

Serum Institute to invest $68 mn in UK vaccine-maker Oxford Biomedica

Vaccine producer Serum Institute of India will invest 50 million pounds ($68.24 million) in Oxford Biomedica, one of the Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers for drug major AstraZeneca, the British cell therapy firm said on Wednesday.

Pondicherry reports 117 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

Puducherry posted 117 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Wednesday raising the overall tally to 1,25,735. The fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 5,097 samples and the cases were spread over Puducherry 73, Karaikal 29, Yanam one and Mahe 14.

German health minister sees end to pandemic in spring 2022

German  Health Minister Jens Spahn predicted that the pandemic will be over by next spring once so-called herd immunity has been achieved. “As long as no new virus variant emerges against which a vaccination has no effect -- which is very unlikely -- then we will have overcome the pandemic in the spring and can return to normal,” Spahn said in a newspaper interview, according to Bloomberg.

Andaman and Nicobar logs 5 new cases

Andaman and Nicobar Islands' Covid-19 cases increased to 7,607 after it reported five new ones in 24 hours, PTI reported. The archipelago had recorded three cases on Tuesday. No new death due to the disease was reported overnight.

India to vaccinate children October: Reuters

All Indian children aged 12 or older will become eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations from next month, when drug maker Cadila Healthcare launches its ZyCoV-D product, Reuters reported quoting two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
 

3 Covid deaths reported from Bihar's Gopalganj in 3 days

Bihar is returning to the clutches of Covid-19 as its Gopalganj district reported three deaths last 3 days, an official said.
 
All three deceased were Covid positive and died due to low oxygen levels.
 
Two of the deceased, who were residents of Gopalganj Sadar area, were admitted to the hospital on Monday. The doctors are unable to control the oxygen level of their bodies. They finally died on Tuesday evening.
 
Another woman of the district was also admitted in Sadar hospital. As her oxygen level was also down, the doctors of Sadar hospital referred her to Gorakhpur medical college but she died on the way.
 
Nawal Kishore Chaudhary, the district magistrate of Gopalganj said that three Corona cases were also detected in the district. They were directed for home isolation.

Covid-19 pandemic: What we know about Delta variant and children

Covid-19 cases among children are surging across the world amid Delta-fuelled outbreaks, spurring hospitalisations and raising concern about the risk of severe illness and persistent “long hauler” symptoms. It’s also prompted questions about the safety of schools.
 
How common is Covid in children?
 
In the US, as of September 16, more than 5.5 million children and adolescents had tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics. That represents 15.7 per cent of all cases, though individuals under 18 make up 22.2 per cent of the US population. However, after declining in early summer, paediatric cases have increased exponentially and comprise a higher share of the total — 25.7 per cent in the week ending September 16, or almost 226,000 cases. That surge, coinciding with increased circulation of the Delta variant, has translated into more Covid-related hospitalisations among children and adolescents, although serious cases remain proportionately rare. Read on...

More Americans lost to Covid-19 than 1918 flu pandemic: Report

Despite all the scientific and medical advances of the past 103 years, the Covid-19 pandemic has now killed more Americans than the 1918 flu pandemic did. Over 675,000 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
 
That surpasses the estimated US death toll from the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century. According to a report by AFP, some 50 million died worldwide in the flu pandemic making it the deadliest event in human history, according to epidemiologists.
 
But the United States has borne a disproportionate 14 percent of those fatalities, despite making up only five percent of the world's population. Read on...

Johnson & Johnson says its Covid booster shot prevents severe infection

A booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine provided 100% protection against severe disease when given two months after the first inoculation, according to widely anticipated data that suggests it increases the potency of the one-time shot.
 
The booster was 94% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infections in the U.S. portion of the Phase III trial, and 75% effective overall when it was given 56 days after the initial dose, the company said in a statement. A second study found the additional shot spurred a 12-fold increase in production of antibodies against Covid when it was given six months after the first. Read on...

EU says people vaccinated with AstraZeneca should be able to travel to US

The European Commission said on Tuesday it would make sense for the United States to allow travel by people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots, although existing U.S. guidance already authorises those travellers.
 
On Monday, the White House said it would lift restrictions from November that bar EU citizens, including those fully vaccinated, from traveling to the United States.
 
"We believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe," Eric Mamer, a spokesperson for the EU Commission, told a news conference.
 
"From our point of view, obviously it would make sense for people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel," the spokesperson added, noting that this, however, was a decision for the U.S. authorities. Read on...

OECD urges rich nations to share Covid-19 vaccines to even-up growth

A leading international economic watchdog urged developed countries to put more effort into providing low-income countries with coronavirus vaccines in order to ensure that the global recovery from the pandemic is more even.
 
In its latest assessment of the state of the global economy, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday that the global recovery from the shock of the pandemic is faster than it anticipated a year ago.
 
Though the global economy has more than recouped the 3.4 per cent output lost in 2020, it cautioned that the recovery is uneven. Read on...

President Biden bets on rapid Covid tests but they can be hard to find

President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country.
 
But the tests have already disappeared from pharmacy shelves in many parts of the US, and manufacturers warn it will take them weeks to ramp up production, after scaling it back amid plummeting demand over the summer.
 
The latest shortage is another painful reminder that the US has yet to successfully manage its Covid-19 testing arsenal, let alone deploy it in the type of systematic way needed to quickly crush outbreaks in schools, workplaces and communities. Read on...

Karnataka coronavirus update: 818 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

Karnataka logged 818 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,69,361 and the toll to 37,648.
 
The day also saw 1,414 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,17,944.
 
Out of the total number of new cases reported, 359 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 381 discharges and eight deaths.
 
The total number of active cases in the state was 13,741.
 
While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.80 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.56 per cent. Read on...

Mumbai reports 352 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death; tests top 10 million

Mumbai reported 352 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and one fresh fatality, the lowest death count in three weeks, while 363 patients recovered from the infection, a civic official said.
 
The metropolis also crossed the milestone of one crore Covid-19 tests. Mumbai reported less than 400 daily Covid-19 cases after a gap of six days and witnessed only one fatality for the first time since August 31. With these additions, the Covid-19 tally in the city rose to 7,38,876, while the death toll increased to 16,059, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. The city reported a marginal dip in Covid-19 cases and fatalities as compared to Monday, when it had logged 419 infections and five deaths. Significantly, for the first time this month, the number of daily Covid-19 tests fell below 25,000, while the tally of tests crossed the 1 crore mark. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Summary of MoHFW data (September 22)
Active cases: 301,989 (Net decrease: 7,586)
Deaths: 445,768 (Net increase: 383)
Cured: 32,783,741 (Net increase: 34,167)
Total cases: 33,531,498 (Net increase: 26,964)
Total vaccination: 826,515,754 (Increase over previous day: 7,557,529)

China keeps coronavirus at bay ahead of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

China's zero tolerance strategy of trying to isolate every case and stop transmission of the coronavirus has kept the country of 1.4 billion people largely free of the disease.
 
But the public and businesses are paying a steep price. The government has renewed city lockdowns and travel controls in some areas to quash outbreaks that began in July.
 
Most of China is open for travel, but tourists are reluctant to risk getting caught in a lockdown. That led to a slump in August consumer spending.
 
International athletes are due to compete in the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February, but authorities haven't said if spectators from abroad will be allowed into the country.

More Americans lost to Covid-19 than 1918 flu pandemic: Report

Despite all the scientific and medical advances of the past 103 years, the Covid-19 pandemic has now killed more Americans than the 1918 flu pandemic did. Over 675,000 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
 
That surpasses the estimated US death toll from the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century. According to a report by AFP, some 50 million died worldwide in the flu pandemic making it the deadliest event in human history, according to epidemiologists.
 
But the United States has borne a disproportionate 14 percent of those fatalities, despite making up only five percent of the world's population.

Coronavirus LIVE: WHO thanks India for its plan to resume Covax shipment

Delhi logs 39 Covid-19 cases, zero deaths

Delhi reported 39 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero fatality on Tuesday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent, according to the city government's health bulletin.
 
The national capital has recorded only three fatalities due to the infection in September so far.
 
The cumulative case tally stands at 14,38,556, while over 14.13 lakh people have either been discharged or have recovered or migrated out, it said. Eighteen patients were discharged in the last 24 hours.
 
The death toll stands at 25,085 and the case fatality rate is at 1.74 per cent, the bulletin stated.
 
It said that 66,278 tests were conducted on the previous day, of which 42,261 were RT-PCR tests, while the rest rapid antigen tests.

Total Covid vaccine doses administered in country crosses 820 mn: Govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 82 crore on Tuesday, the Union health ministry said.
 
More than 68 lakh (68,26,132) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm, it said.
 
The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night.
 
The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry said. Read on...

Coronavirus LIVE updates: Active infections in Tamil Namil near 17,000

Tamil Nadu has added 1,647 new Covid-19 infections, including a returnee from Andhra Pradesh, pushing the overall caseload to 26,48,688 till date, while 19 people succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 35,379, the Health department said on Tuesday.
 
Recoveries were lesser than new infections with 1,619 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,96,316 leaving 16,993 active infections, a medical bulletin said.
 
A total of 1,50,159 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined till date to 4,56,04,563.
 
As many as four districts comprised the majority of new infections with Coimbatore leading with 218 cases, followed by Chennai (198), Erode (112), Chengalpet (109) while the remaining were scattered across other districts.

Maharashtra adds 3,131 Covid-19 cases, 70 deaths, 4,021 recoveries

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 3,131 new COVID-19 cases and 70 fresh fatalities, while 4,021 patients recovered from the infection in the state, a health department official said.
 
With these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 65,27,629, while the death toll increased to 1,38,616 and the number of recoveries shot up to 63,44,744, he said. Maharashtra now has 40,712 active cases, the official said. The number of daily cases and fatalities witnessed a rise as compared to Monday, when the state had reported 2,583 new COVID-19 cases and 28 fatalities. The state has 2,72,098 people in home quarantine and another 1,704 in institutional quarantine, according to the official.

Covid insurance makes sense if you have a comprehensive policy: Experts

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has asked insurers to extend the validity of Covid-specific policies – Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak - till March next. The current validity expires on September 30.
 
Sanjay Datta, chief-underwriting, reinsurance, claims & actuarial at ICICI Lombard General Insurance, says, "Irdai earlier last year introduced these Covid-specific products which are simple to understand and affordable to encourage maximum health insurance penetration. Keeping in mind the uptake of these policies and the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic, Irdai has extended the timeline." Read on...
 

Delta variant clouds developing Asia's growth outlook - ADB

Developing Asia's economic rebound this year could be dented by the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, the Asian Development Bank said on Wednesday, as it urged economies to adapt to a 'new normal' after COVID-19 to underpin recovery.
 
Growth in developing Asia, which groups 46 countries in the Asia-Pacific, is projected to reach 7.1% this year, the ADB said in an update to its Asia Development Outlook report, down from its 7.2% forecast in July and 7.3% in April.
 
While seeing a slight downgrade, this year's growth estimate is a turnaround from the region's 0.1% contraction last year. For 2022, the ADB kept its 5.4% growth forecast for developing Asia.
 
The growth projections are not without risks, the ADB said, given the threats posed by the emergence of new coronavirus variants, slower-than-expected vaccine rollouts, and waning vaccine effectiveness.

US coronavirus update: Doctor cleared of Covid-19 vaccine theft sues Harris County

A doctor who was fired after Houston-area public health officials accused him of stealing vials of COVID-19 vaccine to administer to family and friends sued the county Tuesday, accusing it of discriminating against South Asians and issuing disinformation about him.
 
The lawsuit filed on Dr. Hasan Gokal's behalf seeks unspecified damages.
 
Gokal said his supervisor in the Harris County Public Health department and a representative from the department's human resources office accused him of giving the vaccine to too many people of South Asian origin or descent late the first night of the Moderna vaccine rollout in a north Harris County parking lot last December.
 
All those present had been vaccinated, and there were 10 doses left.

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