Srinagar: Teachers and students wait for a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a special vaccination drive for them, at a school in Srinagar, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Coronavirus India Highlights: Warning against lowering the guard against coronavirus disease ahead of festive season, the Health Ministry on Thursday said people should celebrate festivals at home, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated as and when their turn comes. The ministry, in its presser, also stated that mass gatherings have to be discouraged and full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending a gathering is essential.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it is closely monitoring a new coronavirus “variant of interest” named Mu, warning that the new variant shows signs of possible resistance to vaccines, PTI reported. The new variant was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been “sporadic reports” of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe
Meanwhile, India reported 47,029 coronavirus cases and 509 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Thursday. With this the country’s overall caseload rose to 3.28 crore (3,28,57,937) and the death toll increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,529). The total number of active cases presently stands at 3.89 lakh (3,89,583). Out of the new cases and deaths reported, Kerala reported 32,803 fresh cases and 173 deaths yesterday.
Following the discovery of new, more virulent strain of Coronavirus, C.1.2., the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has called for all international passengers arriving from Europe, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, China and the Middle East to present a negative RT-PCR report from September 3.
Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reported 47,029 new Covid cases, 509 deaths
A health worker administers a dose of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre in Gurugram. (PTI Photo)
Meanwhile, India reported 41,956 new coronavirus cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours, data updated at 8 am on Wednesday stated. With this, the country’s total Covid caseload has risen to 3.28 crore (3,28,10,845), while the death toll has increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,020). Active cases presently stand at 3.78 lakh (3,78,181).
Earlier on Wednesday, government consortium INSACOG said in its recent bulletin that the reported breakthrough Covid-19 infections in India are well within the expected numbers taking into account the total infections and other factors. INSACOG said that number of reported vaccination breakthroughs in India are well within the numbers expected from the total number of infections, the fraction of population that is vaccinated and the known reduction in the effectiveness of Covishield/Covaxin against infections by Delta.
Vaccines continue to protect against severe disease and remain a cornerstone of public health strategy, the bulletin dated August 30 said. INSACOG said Delta continues to be the dominant lineage in India and globally. It added that based on high stringency reclassification by INSACOG, the total number of Delta sub-lineages – Delta Plus AY.1 to AY.12 – in India are only 856 out of all samples analysed, which is much less than what is reported on some global websites.