Chief Economic Advisor Dr K Subramanian on Friday said India's COVID-19 response strategy helped the country to prevent 37 lakh cases and 1 lakh deaths, PTI reported.
Addressing a press conference on Economic Survey 2020-21, Dr Subramanian said India's COVID-19 response was guided by research, epidemiology and economics.
India recorded 13,083 new coronavirus cases today, one year after the first infection was reported in the country, taking the total number of cases to 1.07 crore. Kerala logged the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours with 6,268 infections, followed by Maharashtra with 2,771 cases.
Over 14,000 people recovered in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to over 1.4 crore. 137 people died due to the deadly disease in the last 24 hours taking the total fatalities to 1,54,147.
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Saudi Arabia's health minister warned Sunday that new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed amid an uptick in infections, as the kingdom slows the rollout of vaccines due to supply delays.
Dutch nursery and primary schools are set to reopen on February 8 amid falling coronavirus infection rates, the government announced Sunday, despite concern over new, more infectious variants of the disease.
Schools in the Netherlands have been closed since mid-December amid a second wave of infections in the lowlands nation of 17.2 million people, where almost 14,000 have now died of Covid-19, AFP reported.
Madhya Pradesh's COVID-19 tally on Sunday rose to 2,55,112 after the state recorded 226 fresh
cases, a health official said. With three more people dying due to the infection, the death count rose to 3,810, PTI reported.
As many as 4,816 healthcare workers were administered COVID-19 vaccine shots in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, taking the total number of those inoculated so far to over 27,000, PTI reported.
The health ministry has asked states and Union Territories to increase percentage coverage of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccines and increase and optimise vaccination sessions per day.
#UPDATE: Internet services except voice calls to remain suspended in Ambala, Yamuna Nagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Fatehabad, Rewari, Sonipat,Palwal&Jhajjar till 5 pm tomorrow:Haryana Directorate of Info&Public Relations https://t.co/v8leLOKX5M- ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2021
It's been a year since we're struggling with COVID. But we can say we're in a safe position. There's a bit of increase in cases in Kerala but the mortality rate is 0.4. We're still following the strict 'test quarantine isolate & treat' strategy: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja pic.twitter.com/jC4Jd6yTpk- ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that his government's proposal to pause implementation of the controversial agriculture laws for 18 months - while negotiations to resolve a weeks-long deadlock with irate farmers continue - remains on the table.
Delhi Police Mahasangh and family members of the police personnel injured in violence during farmers' tractor rally on January 26, staged a demonstration at Shaheedi Park in protest against the attack. They were also accompanied by the retired as well as current Delhi Police officers at the protest.
AIMIM MP from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel has tweeted a video, which purportedly shows two men in a car waving guns at a truck driver on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in a bid to clear way for their own vehicle, following which the police have registered a case against the unidentified duo.
The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported on Saturday 2,109 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 523,516.
The death toll climbed to 10,669 after 71 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.
It added 146 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 475,904.
The way to Tamil Nadu's heart may be through its stomach this poll season. Even if not, Rahul Gandhi's recent appearance in a video of the Village Cooking Channel has surely left the men behind the increasingly popular YouTube group beaming and starry-eyed. Appearing only months ahead of the state assembly elections, the video is making quite a splash.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is stable and he is likely to be discharged from the hospital on Saturday if the results of the medical examinations to be conducted on him return normal, an official of the establishment where he is being treated said. "Ganguly's health condition is stable. He slept well on Friday night and had light food in the morning," the official told PTI.
Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine maker, is hopeful of launching Covovax - developed in partnership with American vaccine developer Novavax - by June, its CEO Adar Poonawalla said today. The US-based pharma firm's Covid jab was found to be 89.3 per cent effective in a UK trial.
The nation on Saturday remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 73rd death anniversary with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the country in paying homage to the Father of the Nation.
A team of Delhi Police's Special Cell is investigating the blast outside the Israel Embassy that took place on Friday evening, and sparked scare in the national capital's VIP zone.
Farmer groups protesting for the past two months against the Centre's new agricultural laws will observe "Sadbhavna Diwas" on Mahatma Gandhi's 73rd death anniversary today with a day-long fast. The gesture comes amid a stiffening of the face-off between them and the Central government and the breakout of violence in the course of their agitation over the past week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on his 73rd death anniversary, stating that his ideas continue to motivate millions.
As the internet services were shut down in parts of Delhi-NCR close to farmers'' protest sites, Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshal Pal has appealed to the government to restore the services, else the farmers will protest against it.
"We demand the restoration of internet services in areas where agitation is going on. Otherwise, we will hold a demonstration against it in the country," Pal said while addressing the media on Friday.
The Haryana government on Friday suspended all mobile internet, SMS, and dongle services in 17 districts including Sonipat, Palwal, and Jhajjar till 5 pm on January 30. The voice calls, however, are exempted as earlier from the suspension.
The districts under the fresh suspension order include Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Fatehabad, Rewari, and Sirsa.
India recorded 13,083 new coronavirus cases today, one year after the first infection was reported in the country, taking the total number of cases to 1.07 crore. Kerala logged the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours with 6,268 infections, followed by Maharashtra with 2,771 cases. Over 14,000 people recovered in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to over 1.4 crore. 137 people died due to the deadly disease in the last 24 hours taking the total fatalities to 1,54,147.
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,18,602 as 45 more people tested positive for
Haridwar Police increased patrolling and tightened security on Saturday following a low-intensity explosion that took place near the Israel Embassy in Delhi.
"Haridwar is on high alert after the low-intensity explosion occurred in Delhi. Police have been instructed to increase patrolling," said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Haridwar, Senthil Abudai Krishnaraj.
Colombia reported 371 more deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the country's death toll to 53,284, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection said on Friday.
Up to 10,058 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the same period, taking the country''s total caseload to 2,077,633,
The Colombian government has extended the health emergency over COVID-19 till Feb. 28, urging people to avoid crowds and observe safety measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Only a few weeks ago, Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca was being applauded for the speed with which it developed its Covid-19 vaccine.
Two terrorists surrendered today in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama after an encounter broke out in Lelhar area of the district, police said.
Brazil reported on Friday 1,119 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its death count to 222,666, the Health Ministry said.
Meanwhile, 59,826 new cases of COVID-19 were detected, bringing its nationwide tally to 9,118,513.
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populated in the country, is the hardest hit, with 1,759,957 cases and 52,722 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 516,868 cases and 29,563 deaths.
Brazil has the world's second-highest COVID-19 death count, after the United States.
The EU backtracked Friday over threats to restrict vaccine exports to Northern Ireland after London voiced "grave concerns" over the proposed move.
A furious row over shortages of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine has risked stoking conflict with the UK just weeks after London and Brussels sealed a Brexit trade agreement.
The EU had warned it would invoke Article 16 -- overriding part of a deal with London allowing the free-flow of goods over the Irish border -- but backed down after criticism from the UK and Ireland.
"The Commission will ensure that the Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol is unaffected," the EU Commissioner said in a statement late Friday.
The WHO said the move was part of a "very worrying trend" that could jeopardise the global supply chain for vaccines.
Although the EU has rowed back from the Article 16 threat, a Commission statement said if there were vaccines circumventing the European system, "the EU will consider using all the instruments at its disposal".
The EU earlier justified the "safeguard measure" as an attempt to keep member states' vaccine rollouts on track.
And Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides insisted: "We are not protecting ourselves against any specific country. And we're not in competition or in a race against any country."
Five people died in Cuba on Friday when their helicopter crashed on its way from the province of Holguin to Guantanamo in the east of the island, the armed forces ministry announced.
The helicopter "crashed against a hill" and "the five people on board died," the ministry said in a statement released by state media.
The ministry has set up a commission to investigate what caused the accident, according to the statement. It gave no other details, including the identities of the victims.
The last serious air accident in Cuba occurred in May 2018, when a plane crashed shortly after take-off from Havana airport, killing 112 people, with only one passenger surviving.
An investigation found errors in the calculations of the aircraft's weight and center of gravity.
Assam on Friday reported 20 new COVID-19 cases, according to an official bulletin.
New arrivals will have to pay to quarantine in hotels for up to three days under strict supervision, AFP reported.