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Coronavirus Highlights: India Reports 30,256 New Cases In Last 24 Hours

Coronavirus Highlights: India, which has so far administered 80.43 crore vaccine doses, is looking to protect the population and welcome back tourists.

Coronavirus Highlights: India Reports 30,256 New Cases In Last 24 Hours

Coronavirus India Updates: The active cases stood at 3,18,181, the Centre said.

New Delhi:

India on Sunday reported 30,256 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours as the country seeks to reopen the country to overseas tourists. The active cases in the country stood at 3,18,181, it said.

India, which has so far administered 80.43 crore vaccine doses, is looking to protect the population and welcome back tourists.

First five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive the tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced.

Top Union Home Ministry officials are deliberating with all stakeholders on the expected date and modalities for opening up of the country for foreign tourists.

Here are the Highlights on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

Sep 20, 2021 23:31 (IST)
Schools In Jammu Reopen For Classes 10, 12
After remaining closed for months to prevent the spread of coronavirus, various schools reopened on Monday for students of Classes 10 and 12 across Jammu in accordance with the fresh government guidelines, officials said. However, they said the attendance in both private and government schools for the two classes was low but expected to pick up in the coming days.

All educational institutions, including universities and colleges, were closed for offline classes on April 18 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sep 20, 2021 21:10 (IST)
US To Lift Covid Travel Ban For Fully Vaccinated Passengers From November
The United States announced Monday it will lift Covid travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing.

Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters the new "consistent approach" would take effect "early November."

The easing of travel restrictions, imposed 18 months ago by Donald Trump as the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted, marks a significant shift by Biden and answers a major demand from European allies at a time of strained diplomatic relations.
Sep 20, 2021 19:59 (IST)
US To Lift Covid Travel Ban For Vaccinated EU, UK Passengers: Report
The United States will lift an 18-month-old travel ban on the European Union and Britain, allowing vaccinated travelers to enter beginning in November, reports said Monday.

The easing of travel restrictions, imposed by Donald Trump as the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted, would mark a significant shift by President Joe Biden at a time of strained relations with European allies.

The news was reported by the Financial Times and CNN. The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

According to the reports, the new rule will open the door to fully vaccinated passengers and also those in clinical trials for vaccines not yet approved in Britain -- a policy applying to about 40,000 people.
Sep 20, 2021 17:33 (IST)
India To Resume Export Of Surplus Covid Vaccines, Donations Next Month
India will resume the export and donations of surplus vaccines from next month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Monday, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the US where the issue was likely to be raised by President Joe Biden.

India, the world's biggest maker of vaccines overall, stopped vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.

The government wants to vaccinate all of its 94.4 crore adults by December and has so far given at least one dose to 61 per cent of them.

The resumption of exports deliberations come ahead of PM Modi's visit to Washington starting Tuesday where vaccines are likely to be discussed at a summit of the leaders of the Quad countries - the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
Sep 20, 2021 16:30 (IST)
Pfizer Covid Vaccine Safe For Children Aged 5-11: Clinical Trial Results
Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday said clinical trial results showed their coronavirus vaccine was "safe, well tolerated" and produced a "robust" immune response in children aged five to 11, adding that they would seek regulatory approval shortly.

The vaccine would be administered at a lower dosage than for people 12 and over, the companies said in a statement. They said they would submit their data to regulatory bodies in the European Union, the United States and around the world "as soon as possible".

Sep 20, 2021 15:16 (IST)
"Focus On Studies": Supreme Court To Student On Plea To Reopen Schools
Focus on studies, not filing petitions, the Supreme Court today advised a Class XII student who petitioned the top court seeking resumption of physical classes in schools arguing that the coronavirus pandemic has "substantially subsided".

"Tell the child to focus on studies and not on filing petitions...I am not saying it's a publicity gimmick but the kind of relief that has been sought, is misplaced," said the two-judge bench, of DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathnam, dismissing the plea.

The top court spotlighted that different states have different rules and it can't be one size fits all, adding that children should refrain from filing such pleas.
Sep 20, 2021 14:19 (IST)
COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker: 35.26 Lakh Vaccine Doses Administered In India On 20 September 2021 - NDTV
Coronavirus Vaccination Tracker: According to the Union Health Ministry's latest update, more than 35.26 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in India on20 September 2021.
Sep 20, 2021 13:42 (IST)
Nearly 81 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Administered In India So Far
India has administered over 80.85 crore vaccine doses under the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Sep 20, 2021 13:25 (IST)
Puducherry Adds 54 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, Overall Tally Up To 1,25,517
Puducherry logged 54 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours as the overall tally climbed to 1,25,517. The number of active cases in the union territory stood at 867. The 54 new infections were identified at the end of the examination of 4,069 samples and were spread over Puducherry (34), Karaikal (15) and Mahe (five).

The overall caseload stood at 1,25,517.

Sep 20, 2021 12:59 (IST)
Pakistan Reports Over 2,167 Fresh Cases Of COVID-19 In Last 24 Hours
Pakistan reported 2,167 fresh cases of COVID-19 after 51,348 tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, according to Pakistan''s National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data. As many as 40 deaths were reported due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, said NCOC data. The positivity rate fell to 4.22 per cent, as compared to the previous day''s 4.68 per cent. According to NCOC data, at least 4,840 patients were in critical care.
Sep 20, 2021 11:54 (IST)
"Smacks Of Racism": Congress' Jairam Ramesh On UK's Covid Travel Rules
A new travel advisory by the United Kingdom - which says people arriving from India and a few other countries will be considered "unvaccinated" even if they have had two doses of Covishield - has renewed concern over freedom of international travel.
Sep 20, 2021 11:14 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 31 Districts Of Uttar Pradesh Are Covid Free, Says State Government
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said there are no active cases of COVID-19 in 31 districts of the state. According to data, these 31 districts are -- Aligarh, Amroha, Auraiya, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Ballia, Banda, Basti, Bahraich, Bhadohi, Bijnor, Etah, Farrukhabad, Gonda, Hamirpur, Hapur, Hathras, Kanpur Dehat, Kasganj, In Mahoba, Mirzapur, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Pilibhit, Pratapgarh, Rampur, Saharanpur, Shamli, Shravasti and Sultanpur.
Sep 20, 2021 10:40 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Nearly 81 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Administered In India So Far
India has administered over 80.85 crore vaccine doses under the ongoing nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Sep 20, 2021 09:39 (IST)
Sep 20, 2021 09:16 (IST)
Coronavirus: A 6,000-KM Sailing Trip Shows Why Strict Quarantine Is Failing
Stuck in Tahiti with no available flights, Paul Stratfold was running out of time to get back home to Australia and renew his residency visa. The Briton decided his best option was to sail 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles).
Sep 20, 2021 09:02 (IST)
Maharashtra's Thane Logs 267 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Death
Thane has reported 267 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,56,368. These new cases were recorded on Sunday. The virus also claimed the life of one person, which raised the death count in the district to 11,369. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 per cent.

Sep 20, 2021 08:46 (IST)
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Sep 20, 2021 07:59 (IST)
US Panel Recommends Pfizer Covid Boosters For Only Elderly, People At High Risk
A panel of leading US medical experts advising the government voted in favor of authorizing boosters of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for everyone aged 65 and up, as well as people at high risk of developing severe Covid.
Sep 20, 2021 06:39 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: WHO Emergency Approval For Covaxin Delayed Till October 5

World Health Organisation's (WHO) approval for the emergency use authorisation (EUA) to COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is likely to be delayed till October 5. As per WHO, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) will be meeting on October 5 to grant EUA to Covaxin.

Sep 20, 2021 06:20 (IST)
Centre Warns 11 States About Emerging Challenge Of Dengue Virus Strain, Covid-19
The 11 states reporting a more dangerous type of dengue have been asked by the centre to take steps for early detection of cases, start fever helplines and stock adequate testing kits, larvicides and medicines.
Sep 20, 2021 06:15 (IST)
AIIMS Study Observes Long Term Effect Of COVID-19 On Lifestyle
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi in a study observed obesity and allied comorbidities pose an enormous healthcare burden that requires a lifestyle modification by counselling and support from the provider.

The study titled ''Practice-based recommendations Lifestyle-related advice in the management of obesity: A step-wise approach'' stated that, "physicians'' regular encounter with obese patients and involvement in all aspects of medical management such as assessment, counselling and management of multidisciplinary teams makes them important stakeholders. For better prevention and management of obesity practise based recommendation is required"
Sep 20, 2021 06:14 (IST)
Kerala Records 19,653 Fresh Covid Cases, 152 Deaths
Kerala on Sunday reported 19,653 fresh COVID-19 cases and 152 deaths, which took the caseload to 45,08,493 and fatalities to 23,591 till date.

The number of people who recovered from the infection since Saturday was 26,711 which brought the total recoveries to 43,10,674 and the number of active cases to 1,73,631, an official press release said.

As many as 1,13,295 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the release said.

Of the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest with 2,810 cases followed by Thrissur (2,620), Thiruvananthapuram (2,105), Kozhikode (1,957), Palakkad (1,593), Kollam (1,392), Malappuram (1,387), Kottayam (1,288) and Alappuzha (1,270), it said.