Coronavirus Updates: India Reports 25,072 New Coronavirus Cases

Coronavirus Updates: India has so far administered 58.25 crore doses under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

Coronavirus Updates: India Reports 25,072 New Coronavirus Cases

COVID-19: India's active caseload stands out at 3,33,924 (File)

India saw a single-day rise of 25,072 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 160 days, while active cases declined to 3,33,924, comprising 1.03 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday.

The tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 3,24,49,306, while the death count has climbed to 4,34,756 with 389 daily fatalities, PTI reported.

India has so far administered 58.25 crore doses under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

Meanwhile, New Zealand is set to stay in COVID-19 lockdown until at least midnight Friday, New Zealand Herald reported without giving the source of the information.

Auckland, which is the epicentre of the latest Delta variant outbreak, may be in lockdown for longer, the report said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce a decision shortly on whether she will extend or end the lockdown, Reuters reported.

Here are updates on coronavirus cases:

Aug 24, 2021 05:52 (IST)
UK Government Warns Over-Charging Covid Travel Test Firms
More than 80 private COVID-19 travel testing companies are being issued a two-strike warning from Monday that they could be removed from the official government-approved list for misleading prices if they fail to rectify discrepancies.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said his department conducted a "rapid review" of the pricing and service standards offered by approved testing companies of the mandatory day two and day eight test, required by all international passengers entering Britain including from India.

Of the providers listed on the official GOV.UK platform, 82 providers - making up around 18 per cent listed - were identified as displaying lower prices than are available on their own website at the point of checkout.


Aug 23, 2021 23:27 (IST)
Maharashtra's Delta Plus Variant Count Crosses 100 After 27 New Cases
Maharashtra recorded 27 new cases of the Delta Plus COVID-19 variant today, taking the total number of Delta Plus cases in the state to 103, according to the state health department.

Meanwhile, out of the 188 samples of the first batch sent to Mumbai's Kasturba hospital for genome sequencing of COVID-19 positive patients in the capital, 128 have been identified with the Delta variant -- 68 per cent of the samples.

Two samples, or 1.06 per cent of samples, were detected with the Alpha variant while 24 samples, or 12.76 per cent, had traces of the Kappa variant.
Aug 23, 2021 23:08 (IST)
UK Government Warns Over-Charging Covid Travel Test Firms
More than 80 private COVID-19 travel testing companies are being issued a two-strike warning from Monday that they could be removed from the official government-approved list for misleading prices if they fail to rectify discrepancies.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said his department conducted a "rapid review" of the pricing and service standards offered by approved testing companies of the mandatory day two and day eight test, required by all international passengers entering Britain including from India.

Of the providers listed on the official GOV.UK platform, 82 providers - making up around 18 per cent listed - were identified as displaying lower prices than are available on their own website at the point of checkout.

A total of 57 companies will be removed from the GOV.UK list from Monday as they no longer exist or don't provide day two and day eight testing.
Aug 23, 2021 22:26 (IST)
No Covid Report For Fully Vaccinated Air Travellers Arriving In Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh government on Monday exempted fully vaccinated air passengers arriving in the state from carrying a negative RT-PCR coronavirus test report, officials said.

Earlier this month, the state government had issued guidelines in connection with mandatory COVID-19 test report for air passengers. 

Under the rules, it had stated that travellers inoculated with both the doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines will also have to produce at airports a negative RT-PCR report of test conducted within 96 hours of boarding the flight from outside Chhattisgarh.

Aug 23, 2021 21:47 (IST)
Vaccination Must For Priests, "Dhakis" In Kolkata Housing Society Durga Pujas
Large housing complexes of Kolkata are gearing up to organise the Durga Puja this year, albeit in a low-key manner amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making vaccination compulsory for priests, "dhakis" (drummers) and everyone associated with the four-day festival to be held in October.

Though several housing societies have completed the "khuti puja" - a ritual of worshipping a pole before putting up Durga puja pandals, they may have to alter some plans later as the threat of a possible third wave of the pandemic is there.

"Priests, dhakis, pandal makers, electricians, those who will go through the nitty-gritty - all associated with the puja have to be inoculated with at least one dose of vaccine," Silver Spring housing complex secretary Indranil Choudhury said.

Entry of visitors from outside during the puja will be regulated and it has been made mandatory for them to get at least one jab of the vaccine or carry COVID-19 negative certificate, he said.
Aug 23, 2021 20:31 (IST)
US Grants Pfizer Covid Vaccine Full Approval: Report
The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday fully approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, a move expected to trigger a new wave of vaccine mandates as the Delta variant batters the country.

"The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic," acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement.

"While millions of people have already safely received Covid-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated."

The Covid vaccine, which may now be marketed under its brand name Comirnaty, is the first to receive full approval.
Aug 23, 2021 19:44 (IST)
1,151 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in Karnataka
Karnataka on Monday logged 1,151 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 29.38 lakh, while 10 deaths pushed the count to 37,155. The day also saw 1,442 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,82,331. 

Active cases stood at 20,255, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 270 cases, but reported nil fatalities after a gap of many weeks, it said. Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala remained a major COVID-19 hotspot with 236 fresh infections and three fatalities.

Other districts too reported fresh cases, including Udupi 137, Hassan 115, Mysuru 76, Kodagu 54 Tumakuru 44 and Chikkamagaluru 42. 

Bidar, Bagalkote,Dharwad and Raichur districts reported zero infections and zero deaths. Twenty four districts reported zero fatalities, it said. A total of 1,06,364 samples were tested in the state on Monday, taking the total so far to 4.21 crore. The number of those vaccinated in the state rose to 3.73 crore, with 3,58,775 people being inoculated on Monday, it said. 
Aug 23, 2021 19:00 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh Adds 1,002 Covid Cases In Last 24 Hours
Andhra Pradesh's COVID-19 tally increased to 20,03,342 as 1,002 new cases were added afresh in 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday.

The total recoveries went up to 19,75,448 as 1,508 more people got cured during this period, a health department bulletin said.

With 12 fresh deaths, the gross count climbed to 13,735, it said.

The number of active cases came down to 14,159.

East Godavari reported 265 fresh cases, Kadapa 132, SPS Nellore 118 and Chittoor 113 in a day.

While four districts added between 50 and 90 new cases, five more registered less than 50 each, with Kurnool logging the least seven.

Chittoor reported four fresh fatalities, Krishna three, West Godavari two, East Godavari, SPS Nellore and Prakasam one each in a day.
Aug 23, 2021 18:03 (IST)
Delhi reports 17 COVID-19 cases; positivity rate 0.04 per cent
Delhi reported zero daily deaths due to COVID-19 for the fourth day on the trot on Monday and 17 new cases of the infection, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent, according to the health department.

This is the 14th time since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic that the national capital has logged zero fatality due to the disease in a day.

With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbs to 14,37,334. Of this, over 14.11 lakh patients have recovered from the disease, and the death count stands at 25,079, a bulletin issued by the department showed.

Twenty-six people have succumbed to the disease this month so far. The cumulative death count was 25,053 on July 31.

On Sunday, the city reported 24 coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent.
Aug 23, 2021 16:13 (IST)
Two passengers who landed in Delhi from Afghanistan today found COVID positive
Two persons out of the 146 passengers who landed in Delhi from Afghanistan on Monday were found positive for COVID-19.

Speaking to ANI, Rajendra Kumar, Sub Divisional Magistrate said, "Two people coming from Afghanistan have been found Covid positive. They have been sent to LNJP Hospital."

The second batch of 146 Indian nationals who were evacuated from Afghanistan via Doha arrived in the national capital on Monday on various flights.

India on Sunday brought back nearly 400 people including 329 of its nationals in three different flights.

Aug 23, 2021 15:32 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 57.05 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to States, says Centre
More than 57.05 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories, said the Central government in a press release on Monday.

More than 3.44 crore unutilized vaccine doses are still left with the states and UTs while 13.34 lakh doses are currently in pipeline, ANI reported.



Aug 23, 2021 14:38 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Israel to offer Covid jabs in schools to avoid closures

Israel said Monday it would offer Covid-19 vaccinations to students on school grounds as it announced the school year would open on time next week, despite surging coronavirus cases.

"Pupils... will be vaccinated on school grounds during school hours, subject to parental approval," a government statement said, confirming classes would begin on September 1, AFP reported.
Aug 23, 2021 13:21 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Vietnam deploys troops to enforce lockdown in largest city

Vietnam deployed soldiers to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday to help enforce a strict lockdown in the country's biggest urban area and the current epicentre of its worst coronavirus outbreak to date.

After managing to contain COVID-19 for much of last year, Vietnam has recorded a total of 348,000 infections and at least 8,277 fatalities, Reuters reported.
Aug 23, 2021 12:03 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Thane logs 196 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

With the addition of 196 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,49,596, an official said on Monday.

These new cases were reported on Sunday, PTI reported.

Aug 23, 2021 11:12 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: No new COVID-19 case in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, a health official said on Monday.

The COVID-19 tally in the union territory remained at 7,557, PTI reported.
Aug 23, 2021 10:52 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Puducherry Chief Minister takes first dose of COVD-19 vaccine
Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Sunday received his first dose of COVD-19 vaccine at his residence, ANI reported.

The door-to-door vaccination facility has been launched for the elderly, physically challenged and others with special needs in the Union Territory.
Aug 23, 2021 09:53 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: New Zealand lockdown to be extended until at least Friday, Says Report

New Zealand is set to stay in COVID-19 lockdown until at least midnight Friday, New Zealand Herald reported without giving the source of the information.

Auckland, which is the epicentre of the latest Delta variant outbreak, may be in lockdown for longer, the report said.
Aug 23, 2021 08:48 (IST)
Active Covid cases in Andhra Pradesh dip below 15,000

Andhra Pradesh reported 1,085 fresh cases of coronavirus, 1,541 recoveries and eight deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday.

The state's Covid-19 chart now showed a gross of 20,02,340 positives, 19,73,940 recoveries and 13,723 deaths.

The latest bulletin said number of active cases dropped below the 15,000-mark to 14,677.

In 24 hours, the number of fresh cases ranged from 10 to 137 in all districts of the state.
Aug 23, 2021 08:17 (IST)
Aug 23, 2021 08:17 (IST)
Aug 23, 2021 08:00 (IST)
India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 58 crore landmark

India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 58-crore landmark, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

"With the administration of 52,23,612 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage has surpassed the cumulative figure of 58.14 crore (58,14,89,377) as per provisional reports. This has been achieved through 64,39,411 sessions," read the Union Health Ministry's release.
Aug 23, 2021 07:53 (IST)
India coronavirus updates: Delhi reports zero deaths in last 24 hours

Delhi reported zero daily deaths due to the virus for the third consecutive day on Sunday. Twenty-four new cases of the infection were reported in the national capital, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent, according to the health department, reported news agency PTI. This is the 13th time since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic that Delhi has logged zero fatality due to the disease in a day.
Aug 23, 2021 07:20 (IST)
Over 92,000 doses of Covid vaccine administered in Delhi on Saturday
Over 92,300 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Delhi on Saturday of which 64,931 received their first dose, according to official data.

The vaccination bulletin released by the Delhi government on Sunday said over 1.23 crore doses have been administered in Delhi since the inoculation exercise started on January 16.

As many as 34.86 lakh people have received both the doses, it said.

According to the Delhi government's data, the city had over five lakh vaccine doses - over two lakh Covaxin and 2.99 lakh Covishield -- left as on Sunday morning.
The bulletin said the stock can last up to four days.