India's success will help the world succeed: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the World Economic Forum's online Davos Agenda Summit today said despite dire predictions, India beat all odds in the global fight against the coronavirus. "Last year, in February-March, a lot of experts had said the India will be the worst-affected country, there will be tsunami of cases. They predicted 2 million deaths in the country. But India moved ahead with a proactive public participation," PM Modi said, addressing the World Economic Forum's Davos Dialogue.
PM Modi also said India had launched the world's biggest vaccination programme. "In just 12 days, India has vaccinated more than 2.3 million healthcare workers," he said.
The eight-year-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest elections in six states that go to polls next year, its chief Arvind Kejriwal said at the party's Ninth National Council meeting on Thursday.
"The AAP will contest Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab," Mr Kejriwal said pushing for action against those responsible for the January 26 violence in Delhi after the farmers' tractor rally went rogue.
Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 tally of cases crossed 1.07 crore with 11,666 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,03,73,606 pushing the national recovery rate to 96.94 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The total infections have mounted to 1,07,01,193. The death count increased to 1,53,847 with 123 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,03,73,606 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.94 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent.
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Farmers stay put at UP Gate, ''excess force'' removed
Hundreds of Bharatiya Kisan Union members stayed put on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway early on Friday, notwithstanding the Ghaziabad administration's ultimatum to vacate the UP Gate protest site, PTI reported.
Novavax Covid vaccine highly effective, but not against South Africa variant
US biotech firm Novavax said Thursday its two-shot Covid-19 vaccine candidate showed 89.3 percent efficacy in a major Phase 3 clinical trial in Britain.
But the positive news was offset by results that showed it was much less effective against a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first identified in South Africa that is spreading quickly around the world.
The company said it would immediately begin developing a new vaccine targeting this variant, AFP reported.
Haryana government extends suspension of mobile internet, SMS services in 3 districts
The Haryana government on Thursday extended the suspension of mobile Internet services, SMS services, and all dongle services in the districts of Sonipat, Palwal and Jhajjar for the next 24 hours till Friday 5 pm.
However, voice calls have been exempted, from the order, ANI reported.
Farmers move towards Singhu border from Burari ground
Around 30 farmers from DDA Ground in Burari have moved towards the Singhu border and around 15 have been detained for their possible involvement in violence on January 26 and for violating laws, Delhi Police said on Thursday.
The Burari ground is being cleared, the police said.
AAP leaders will voluntarily court arrest if farmers' protest sites forcibly vacated: Sanjay Singh
AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Thursday said the party stands with farmers agitating against the Centre's contentious farm laws and its leaders will "voluntarily" court arrest if the police will try to forcibly remove peasants from protest sites, PTI reported.
Conspiracy to end farmers' agitation: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday alleged that an attempt was being
made to end the farmers' agitation on Delhi borders, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Delhi reports 199 new COVID-19 cases
Delhi reported 199 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking total cases in the national capital to 6,34,524.
According to the Delhi government health bulletin, the recoveries in the national capital reached 6,22,114 after 119 new discharges today.
The death toll has mounted to 10,835 with six more deaths.
R-Day violence: Antiquities inside Red Fort missing, tableaux damaged, says Union minister
Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Thursday said some antiquities inside the Red Fort are missing and tableaux showcased at the Republic Day parade damaged, two days after a section of protesting farmers laid siege to the iconic structure.
During the tractor parade of farmers on Republic Day, a group of farmers had entered the Red Fort premises and climbed on to the ramparts.
"All the tableaux are kept in the Red Fort premises after the Republic Day celebrations. These are viewed by the public for seven to 15 days. When I went there, I saw that these have been damaged. These include the culture ministry tableau and the Ram Mandir tableau. In fact, all the tableaux have been messed with," said Mr Patel at a press briefing.
EU could ban vaccine exports under new checks
The European Union is setting up a Covid-19 vaccine export monitoring system giving member states an opportunity to ban shipments out of the bloc if they are not "legitimate", officials said Thursday.
European Council President Charles Michel welcomed the move in a letter to the leaders of four member states, saying: "The EU needs to take robust action to secure its supply of vaccines and demonstrate concretely that the protection of its citizens remains our absolute priority."
Some details of the new system were given by EU officials speaking to journalists on condition of anonymity a day ahead of its expected adoption by the European Commission.
Ghaziabad administration asks protesting farmers asked to end their protest and vacate the road
A volatile situation has developed at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghazipur as protesting farmers were asked to end their protest and vacate the road.
The Ghaziabad administration, which gave the order, plans to clear the road by tonight, sources said.
But the farmers have refused to budge, with farmer leader Rakesh Tikait declaring that he is ready to face bullets. "The Supreme Court has justified the peaceful sit-in," Rakesh Tikait said.
"There has been no violence on the Ghazipur border. Despite this, the government is adopting a repressive policy. It is the face of the Uttar Pradesh government," he added.
Covid Contained, No New Cases In Fifth Of Country, Says Government
India said on Thursday it had curbed an increase in COVID-19 infections, with a fifth of its districts reporting no new cases for a week, even as its immunisation campaign has covered 2.4 million people.
The country of 1.35 billion has recorded the highest number of cases in the world after the United States, though the rate of infection has come down significantly since a mid-September peak. Some studies have suggested pockets of India have attained herd immunity through natural infection.
"India has successfully contained the pandemic," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, noting that fewer than 12,000 cases were reported in the past 24 hours.
Vietnam reports first virus outbreak in nearly two months
Vietnam recorded its first coronavirus outbreak in almost two months on Thursday, with more than 80 new cases reported as authorities began testing tens of thousands of people to contain the spread.
The infections were detected in northern Vietnam, where one cluster has been linked to a case of the more contagious coronavirus variant first spotted in Britain.
The figure was a new daily record for the communist nation of 96 million people, which has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic -- recording just over 1,500 cases before the new cluster and only 35 deaths.
The latest outbreak in the provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh is "more complicated and serious" than anything Vietnam has dealt with before, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said.
Guidelines issued to states, UTs to ensure no wastage of COVID vaccines: Health secretary
The Union health ministry has issued detailed guidelines to the states and Union territories to ensure that there is no wastage of COVID-19 vaccines and for that purpose, the vaccinators at the session sites have been allowed to add additional beneficiaries, apart from the 100 scheduled for the day, in case they do not turn up.
Responding to a question at a press conference on how the ministry is dealing with vaccine wastage across the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday said when the vaccination programme was rolled out, a 10-per cent wastage was factored in.
"We have issued detailed guidelines to the states and Union territories on how to avoid wastage of vaccines. We have made our digital platform more flexible and have permitted that apart from the scheduled 100 beneficiaries, the person handling the vaccination session at a particular site can add additional people as long as they are part of the database. This is being done to ensure that there is a lesser wastage of the vaccines."
Infrastructure is a supporting pillar for growth: PM Modi
- Infrastructure is a supporting pillar for growth. In the last six years, in India, 57,000 km inter-state highways have been built while over 58% of railway lines were electrified.
- Multimodal connectivity plan is being made to connect all the economic zones.
- Despite the pandemic, FDI increased by 13% in the country in 2020
- It's important that the nation and industries grow together. By 2040, the country's infrastructure needs would be around 4.5 trillion rupees.
- From infrastructure, clean energy, to technology and mobility, there are lots of opportunity, as it's in a democracy and a climate-friendly environment. We invite you and we are ready to help you in any way possible.
- Digitisation is our country's priority. Through its inclusion the transfer of money to banks and its transaction have been made possible.
- In MSMEs, to promote equity and innovation, we have started several funds. We are trying to connect MSMEs to AI and machine learning. We are aiming to connect them to digital marketing as well. Government e-marketplace comes in as a perfect example
- COVID crisis has taught us the basics of human values. Industry 4.0 is for humans, and not robots.
- We must ensure that technology becomes a tool for ease of living, and not a trap.
India is among those whose number of cases is gradually going down: PM Modi
- Last year February-March, a lot of experts had said the India will be the worst-affected country, there will be tsunami of cases. Lots of them predicted 2 million deaths in the country. But, India with a proactive public participation kept moving ahead
- We used technology to manufacture PPE kits, Corona vaccines, masks and are also exporting them.
- Today, India is among those whose number of cases is gradually going down.
- The country is among those countries which has turned out to be successful in saving lives.
- The country, which comprises of 18% of the world's population, has saved the world from disaster by bringing the situation under control.
- In just 12 days, we have inoculated more than 2.3 million of our healthworkers. In a few months, we will inoculate around millions of our elderly
- The country has sent the vaccines to other countries, we have trained healthworkers from other countries online. Right now, there are just 2 made-in-india vaccines. In coming times, there will be more.
- Today, 1.3 billion people in the country have Aadhaar. In December, there was a transaction of Rs 4 trillion in UPI
- During corona, we have transferred 1.3 trillion to the bank accounts rupees during corona times, this was made possible due to our digital infra
- India's success will help the world succeed. We are committed to strengthen the global supply chain. We are capabale of it.
- We have to ensure that technology becomes the tool for ease of business and not a mere trap
- During tough times, India has been undertaking its global responsibility from the beginning. When airspace was closed in many countries, India took more than 1 lakh citizens to their countries and delivered essential medicines to more than 150 countries
- Our companies maintained the stock for maintaining medical supplies during the pandemic and we have to maintain that in every sector
Bahrain receives delivery of AstraZeneca vaccine from India
Bahrain has received its first delivery of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, state media said on Thursday.
The vaccine will be free to citizens and residents of the Gulf Arab state, state media said.Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is also prime minister, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi "and our friends in India for working with us to secure the delivery of" the vaccine, his court said in a Twitter post.
Too early to ease virus curbs in Europe, says WHO
The World Health Organization's European branch on Thursday said it was too early to ease virus restrictions in Europe despite a drop in new cases in most countries.
"Thirty countries have seen a significant decrease in 14-day cumulative incidence... Yet, transmission rates across Europe are still very high, impacting health systems and straining services, making it too early to ease-up," the WHO's regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said at an online press conference.
251 fresh COVID-19 cases take UP's tally to 5,99,624
The COVID-19 deaths in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,642 on Thursday with six more fatalities, while 251 new cases pushed the infection tally to 5,99,624, an official here said.
"The state recorded 251 fresh cases in the past 24 hours while 380 patients were discharged in this period. There are 6,230 active cases while the total number of those discharged stands at 5,84,752," Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
With six more fatalities, the deaths in the state has increased to 8,642 and the total number of cases stands at 5,99,624.
Mr Prasad said of the total active cases, 1,722 are in home isolation, 534 are in private hospitals and the rest are undergoing treatment in government facilities.
Germany plans travel restrictions over virus variants
Germany is planning to ban most travellers from countries hardest hit by coronavirus variants, the interior minister said on Thursday, in a bid to stop the strains from reversing recent progress on lowering infections.
"At the moment within the government, we are coordinating towards the aim of refusing inbound travel from mutation areas," said Horst Seehofer.
"We are concentrating these travel restrictions on mutation areas, that is at the moment Britain, Portugal, South Africa and Brazil."
AstraZeneca To Produce 90 Million Covid Vaccine Shots In Japan: Official
AstraZeneca Plc will make more than 90 million coronavirus vaccine shots in Japan, the top government spokesman said on Thursday, as concerns mount over whether the country will have enough doses to begin its delayed inoculation campaign.
WHO Experts Leave Wuhan Quarantine To Start Coronavirus Probe
A team of experts from the World Health Organization left quarantine in Wuhan on Thursday to begin a heavily scrutinised probe into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, after Washington urged a "robust and clear" investigation.
Actor-Activist Deep Sidhu Hits Out At Farmer Leaders
Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu, who has been accused by farm bodies of trying to defame their agitation and termed a "traitor", has hit out at farm leaders for allegedly spreading false propaganda and hatred against him. The 36-year-old Sidhu, who is in the eye of a storm for being among the protesters who put up a religious flag atop the Red Fort on Republic Day, claimed that youth did not agree to follow the route which was decided by farmer leaders and the Delhi Police.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait today said that that farmer will head to the local Police stations around Ghazipur border if the electricity is cut in the area, warns that the onus of what happens next would lie on the government.
Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait says that the violence that occurred on January 26 was a conspiracy to malign the farmer unions and distance Punjab from the rest of the country.
We are with farmers and we want the withdrawal of these laws. The farm laws have been passed forcibly. Modi government has badly handled the situation in Delhi and BJP is responsible for what had happened there.First tackle Delhi then think of Bengal: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Pfizer-BioNTech Say Their Covid Vaccine Works Against UK, South Africa Variants
Pfizer and BioNTech, makers of a Covid-19 vaccine, said on Thursday that their product is effective against coronavirus variants that have emerged in Britain and South Africa. In a statement, the two companies said the "small differences" detected in tests comparing the original virus and the recent versions "are unlikely to lead to a significant reduction in the effectiveness of the vaccine".
India's COVID-19 Recovery Rate Now Nearly 97 Per cent
With a consistent rise in cumulative recoveries of coronavirus, India's recovery rate has reached nearly 97 per cent, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday, while adding that it is one of the highest globally. Total cumulative recoveries stand at 1,03,73,606 today with 14,301 patients recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours.
Lookout Notice Against Farmer Leaders, Actor Deep Sidhu In FIR
Delhi Police's probe into the unprecedented violence during a tractor rally by farmers on Republic day is now focused on finding those involved in planting a Sikh religious flag at the Mughal-era Red Fort. Read Here
Received 5,00,000 COVID-19 vaccines provided by people of India today. Thank you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people, of India for the generosity shown towards people of SriLanka at this time in need: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka.
39 New Coronavirus Cases In Puducherry, Tally Touches 38,973
Puducherry clocked 39 fresh cases of COVID-19 and one related death on Thursday, taking the aggregate to 38,973. A 74-year-old person hailing from Karaikal succumbed to the viral infection.
The eight-year-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest elections in six states that go to polls next year, its chief Arvind Kejriwal said at the party's Ninth National Council meeting on Thursday. "The AAP will contest Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab," Mr Kejriwal said pushing for action against those responsible for the January 26 violence in Delhi after the farmers' tractor rally went rogue.
The government will not take any such risk during COVID-19 Pandemic that will turn Haridwar into Wuhan. In view of the same, state government has issued SOPs for Kumbh Mela: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat
A dependable partner, a reliable friend. Made in India vaccines reach Sri Lanka now: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Arunachal Pradesh
Three more people including an Army man, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the tally in the northeastern state to 16,824, a senior health department official said on Thursday. Of the three cases -- all asymptomatic -- two were reported from the Capital Complex Region and one from West Kameng district, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
70% Covid Cases in Maharashtra, Kerala, says Harsh Vardhan
147 districts in the country haven't seen a case of COVID-19 in the last 7 days, 18 haven't seen a case in the last 14 days, 6 have not seen a case in the last 21 days and 21 haven't seen a case in last 28 days: Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
South Korea Reports 497 More COVID-19 Cases
South Korea reported 497 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 76,926.
India Reports 11,666 Fresh Covid-19 Cases
India's COVID-19 tally of cases crossed 1.07 crore with 11,666 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,03,73,606 pushing the national recovery rate to 96.94 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
A total of 19,43,38,773 samples tested for COVID-19 up to January 27. Of these, 7,25,653 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
11,845 Healthcare Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine In Punjab
As many as 11,845 healthcare workers in the Ludhiana district have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine so far, which is the highest number in any other district of Punjab, said Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday.
Flight carrying the first consignment of COVID19 vaccine to Sri Lanka has been delayed.
1 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Arrive From India On February 1: South African Health Minister
South African Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday a million coronavirus vaccine doses will arrive from India in the country on February 1. After the arrival of the vaccine doses via Dubai, these will undergo some processes for 10 to 14 days, after which these will be distributed among provinces, he said during a virtual press conference. Dr Zweli Mkhize had earlier announced that South Africa would receive the first batch of a million vaccine doses form India by the January-end and a further 500,000 doses in February.
UK Covid Variant In 70 Countries, South African Strain In 31: WHO
New Covid-19 variants that make the virus more contagious and could render vaccine and antibody protection less effective have spread rapidly across dozens of countries, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
India To Send 5,00,000 Doses Of Covishield Vaccine To Sri Lanka
India is expected to send 5,00,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine to Sri Lanka on Thursday. It is learnt that the consignments are being sent to the island nation as a "gift" from India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a commitment to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during a virtual summit in September last that India will provide all possible support to the island nation to minimise the health and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Increased Theatre Occupancy, Swimming Pools Open For All: New Guidelines
Cinema halls and theatres will be allowed to operate with higher occupancy, the centre has announced in its revised coronavirus guidelines. The updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been issued amid a steady decline in daily Covid numbers across the country, also allow the reopening of swimming pools for all. Read Here
Protesters Vacated From Site In UP, Officials Say No Force Used
The Baghpat administration on Wednesday night got a protest site vacated in the district after receiving a request from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) which said that it had to complete pending construction work. Baghpat Additional District Magistrate Amit Kumar Singh said, "NHAI had written to us because their work was getting obstructed due to the protests. We had come here to get the site vacated. The protesters including a few elderly people left the site peacefully."
Covaxin "Effectively Neutralises" UK Covid Strain, Claims Bharat Biotech
Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech said today that its coronavirus vaccine Covaxin has been found effective against the UK variant of the virus, which is considered 70 per cent more infectious than the Wuhan variety and is more lethal. In a tweet today, Bharat Biotech said "Covaxin effectively neutralises UK variants of SARS-CoV-2 reducing the possibility of mutant virus escape". Read Here