India's daily Covid numbers jumped by 12 per cent as the country reported 47,092 new cases on Thursday. Active cases constitute 1.15% of total cases, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands 97.48 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said.
A new variant of S-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, has been detected in South Africa and many other countries globally which could be more transmissible and evade protection provided by vaccines, according to a study. The new variant has more mutations than other variants of concern or variants of interest detected worldwide so far, researchers said.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
As part of efforts to inoculate every eligible person in Tamil Nadu's Nilgiris district, authorities have made it compulsory for those wanting to buy liquor from state-run TASMAC outlets to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
Assam on Thursday reported seven more COVID-19 deaths which took the count to 5,677, according to a bulletin issued by the National Health Mission, reported PTI.
The coronavirus caseload in the north-eastern state increased to 5,90,553 as 573 more people tested positive for the infection.
Mumbai reported 441 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the second straight day of more than 400 infections, and three fresh fatalities, while over 200 patients recovered from the disease, a senior civic official said.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said with these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 7,45,012, while the death toll jumped to 15,984.
More than half of India's adult population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 16 per cent have got both, the Union government said on Thursday as the cumulative number of doses administered in the country crossed 67 crore, reported news agency PTI.
In Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Himachal Pradesh all the adult population have got at least one dose of vaccine, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference.
Karnataka on Wednesday administered a record 12.04 lakh vaccines and topped the entire country in single-day vaccination during the maiden statewide ''Lasika Mela'' (Vaccination Fair), state Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Sudhakar said 10 lakh doses was the target set on Wednesday.
"However, thanks to the voluntary participation by citizens and effective work of all the staff of Health Department, we could administer 12,04,402 doses," Mr Sudhakar said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday stressed on ensuring strict adherence of the standard operating procedures (SOP) related to the pandemic in educational institutions.
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 89 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the number of infections to 3,25,618, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 16 were from the Jammu division and 73 from Kashmir division, they added. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 48 cases followed by 11 in Budgam district. There are 1,320 active cases in the union territory, while 3,19,889 patients have recovered so far.
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 96 on Thursday to reach 1,74,146, a health department official said. The death count remained unchanged at 3,201 as no patient succumbed to the infection during the day, he said. As 72 patients recuperated and got discharge from hospitals on Thursday, the recovery count in the state rose to 1,70,031. There are 913 active COVID-19 cases in the state at present.
A negative RT-PCR result not older than 72 hours has been made mandatory for passengers travelling to India from seven more countries, including, China and South Africa.
Pakistan reported 4,103 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours on Thursday, according to the National Command and Operation Centre data. According to NCOC, out of 61,651 COVID-19 tests, 4,103 people tested positive, taking the total number of cases to 1,167,791. The positivity rate has gone up to 6.65 per cent from 6.63 per cent. The total number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours is 89, taking the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 25,978, reported The News.
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Kerala reports 32,097 new #COVID19 cases, 21,634 recoveries and 188 deaths in the last 24 hours.- ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2021
Death toll: 21,149
Active cases: 2,40,186
The test positivity rate is 18.41%. A total of 1,74,307 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.
Phase 3 trial work of Biological E going on. Stockpile being produced. We should wait for results, we hope it'll be in next month or 2. They've made broad commitment that they'll supply significant amount by year-end: Dr VK Paul,Member-Health,Niti Aayog on Biological E for adults pic.twitter.com/jsnRxnR7YV- ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2021
We administered 18.38 crores of doses in the month of August 2021 alone. The average dose per day administered in August is 59.29 lakh. In the last week of the month we administered more than 80 lakh doses per day: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan#COVID19pic.twitter.com/6qArCErQxg- ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2021
India is still not out of the woods when it comes to the second wave of COVID-19 and people should celebrate festivals like Diwali, Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi at home without gathering in large numbers, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
Kerala is one state that has more than 1 lakh active cases. Four states have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Rest of the states/UTs have less than 10,000 active cases: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan#COVID19pic.twitter.com/I761SkYpRq- ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2021
The new C.1.2 variant of Covid, found in South Africa, has become the new cause for worry in the middle of a Delta-driven surge in many countries. Scientists say the strain may have a greater ability to evade antibodies that protect the body.
The Karnataka government has issued a revised circular for people arriving from neighbouring Kerala, which has been contributing over 50 per cent of new cases and a third of deaths being reported across the country.
The union territory of Puducherry logged 92 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,23,802, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Thursday. Two more patients- one each from Karaikal and Mahe- succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Thursday taking the death count to 1,815.
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Coronavirus #FactsVsMyths | "Natural immunity does not last as long as the vaccine immunity. So even if you have had Covid, it is important to take the vaccine": Dr Kartik Cherabuddi (@kartc), Epidemiologist, University of Florida, on the importance of vaccination#COVID19pic.twitter.com/EF2OzGQTA3- NDTV (@ndtv) September 2, 2021
We're vaccinating the population in districts bordering Kerala. Students/employees coming from Kerala have to quarantine for one week &do an RT-PCR test at the end of the 7-day quarantine.We're taking all possible measures to prevent spread of COVID: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai pic.twitter.com/KBbOrJt7ng- ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2021
As part of COVID-19 preparations, 700 additional ICU beds have been provided in Dehradun hospitals. District Magistrate of Dehradun, R Rajesh Kumar, said, "We have increased 700 ICU beds. Now we have 879 ICU beds and 1,400 oxygen concentrators in the district."
The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as "Mu", which was first identified in Colombia in January.
Mumbai's civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made RT-PCR tests mandatory for international passengers arriving at the city airport from September 3 after the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus - C.1.2.
Moderna on Wednesday announced it had begun submitting an application to the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize a booster of its Covid vaccine after trial data showed a significant increase in antibodies against variants.
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Schools for classes 6 to 8 reopen in Gujarat starting today; visuals from a school in Ahmedabad- ANI (@ANI) September 2, 2021
"I'm happy to be able to come back to school almost after 1.5 years. I'm excited to meet my friends. We will follow the COVID guidelines & will be careful," says Anya Shah, a student pic.twitter.com/6vidGKYzMR
BJP is preparing its workers to face the possible third wave of pandemic, said Andhra Pradesh BJP president Somu Veerraju, reported news agency ANI.
While addressing the media, Somu Veerraju said that BJP has been spreading awareness regarding Covid-19 precautions by distributing pamphlets through "Arogya Swayam Sevaks".
A 35-year-old woman from Gujarat's Vadodara district has recovered from Covid-19 after four months of medical treatment at a hospital, reported news agency ANI.
According to the Nodal Officer of the hospital, the woman was admitted for the past four months and is still on oxygen support at home.