Coronavirus India Live Updates: India logs 26,964 new Covid-19 cases, dip in active cases

Coronavirus vaccination News live updatesPune’s weekly Covid-19 positivity rate has dropped below 5 per cent from September 15 to 21, as per state Health Department. (PTI)

Coronavirus pandemic live news update: The Centre Thursday said 66 per cent of the country’s adult population has been given at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 23 per cent has received both the jabs. Addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 63.7 per cent doses have been administered in rural areas while 35.4 per cent vaccine doses has been administered in urban areas. A total of 68.2 lakh doses (approximately 0.95 per cent) has been administered at vaccination centres not marked as rural or urban, he said.

The government on Thursday announced that differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility will be administered Covid vaccine doses at their homes. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Union Health Ministry officials also said the country is still in the middle of the coronavirus second wave even though the number of daily new cases are declining.

They however added that 62.73% of total infections recorded last week were from Kerala alone, which is also the only state with more than 1 lakh active cases.

India on Wednesday logged 31,923 new Covid-19 infections out of which Kerala reported 19,675. There are about 3.01 lakh active cases in the country and Kerala has over 1.61 lakh active infections. Also, as many as 282 deaths in the last 24 hours took the total number of fatalities in the country to 4.46 lakh.

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The initiative, through which 6.63 crore doses were exported, came to a halt in May, with India facing a severe shortage for its immunisation programme. (PTI)

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management (NDMA) has recommended an ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 for loss of life due to Covid-19 — an amount that will be provided by states from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and distributed by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) or the district administrations.

On Wednesday, a day after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of non-recognition of Covishield with newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the UK updated its travel guidance, clarifying that the formulations of Covishield qualify it as an “approved” vaccine but not the Covid-19 certificates issued by India.

Two days after India announced its decision to resume its flagship Vaccine Maitri initiative, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. “Thank you Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for announcing India will resume crucial COVID vaccine shipments to COVAX in Oct. This is an important development in support of reaching 40% vaccination target in all countries by the end of the year,” he said.

The initiative, through which 6.63 crore doses were exported, came to a halt in May, with India facing a severe shortage for its immunisation programme amid a surging second wave.

On the global front, China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for the first time since early February. Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

According to Karnataka Health Department, there 218 Covid-19 recovered individuals or their close contacts who have been diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB). The state Health Department has ramped up screening to avoid such outbreaks. As per Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, 133 people recovered from Covid-19 and 85 household contacts of such people have tested positive for TB across the Karnataka till September 20.

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