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Coronavirus News: Vaccine panel to discuss procurement, logistics and priority groups on Wednesday

The Centre has set up an expert committee headed by NITI Aayog member VK Paul which will meet on Wednesday to consider the logistics and ethical aspects of procuring and administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

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12:24 AM

All you need to know:

  • Russia has reportedly developed the Coronavirus vaccine and named it Sputnik V
  • COVID-19 fatality rate comes down to 1.99 per cent: Health Ministry
  • COVID-19 vaccine panel to discuss procurement, logistics and priority groups Wednesday
  • Punjab records 1,002 new COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths today.
  • The country's COVID-19 count has risen to 22,68,676 including 6,39,929 active cases, 15,83,490 cured/discharged/migrated patients and 45,257 deaths.

10:52 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed on the need to increase coronavirus testing in Gujarat in view of the "high positivity rate" prevailing in the state.

10:41 PM

Over 1 lakh COVID patients discharged so far in Karnataka, 6,257 new infections

10:34 PM

Rajasthan Covid tally

09:45 PM

Goa records new 415 COVID-19 cases; tally rises to 9,444

09:29 PM

India's COVID-19 case count crossed the 23 lakh mark, while the number of recoveries went past 16 lakh on Tuesday: Health Ministry

09:28 PM

COVID-19 vaccine panel to discuss procurement, logistics and priority groups Wednesday

  • The Centre has set up an expert committee headed by NITI Aayog member VK Paul which will meet on Wednesday to consider the logistics and ethical aspects of procuring and administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The committee on vaccine administration will engage with all stakeholders including state governments and vaccine manufacturers and its terms of reference include selecting suitable vaccines, their procurement and delivery and prioritising groups to administer them.
09:26 PM

710 COVID-19 patients get plasma from Delhi govt's bank

The Delhi Government's Plasma Bank has administered plasma to a total of 710 COVID-19 patients while 921 COVID recovered patients have donated plasma so far, the Delhi Chief Minister's Office said in a statement on Tuesday.
09:20 PM

Religious places in Jammu and Kashmir to reopen from Aug 16

09:19 PM

Due to relatively large number of pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra, there shall be a ceiling of maximum 5000 pilgrims per day till September 30. A maximum of 500 pilgrims per day will be permitted within this ceiling in a graded manner from outside J&K: UT Govt

08:54 PM

6,257 COVID-19 cases reported on 10th August in Karnataka.

-6,473 people discharged today, 86 new deaths also reported. -Total number of cases in the state is now at 1,88,611, including 1,05,599 discharged, 79,606 active cases, and 3,398 deaths.
08:29 PM

88 new COVID-19 cases reported in Manipur including 13 personnel from CAPF.

The total number of cases in the State stands at 3,941 including 889 central security personnel. The recovery rate is 54.68%: State Health Department
08:00 PM

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Russian vaccine

08:00 PM

India-Israel relations are strong. Earlier, India helped Israel with medicines and safety gear. Now Israel has sent equipment including robotic teleconsultation & telemonitoring equipment.

- AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria

07:59 PM

Embassy of Israel has contributed state-of-the-art artificial intelligence based technologies and high-end equipment to the AIIMS, Delhi as part of Israel-India cooperation to fight ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: All India Institute of Medical Sciences

07:59 PM

Madhya Pradesh reports 843 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths today

Total number of cases rises to 40,734 including 1,033 deaths and 9,105 active cases: State Health Department
07:52 PM

Janmashtami: No entry to devotees in Mathura temples, 'puja' to be live streamed at Janmasthan

  • Janmashtami festival in Krishna Janmasthan here will be observed on Wednesday with all the rituals
  • The devotees will not be allowed entry to the temple due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • However, arrangements have been made to live stream the 'puja' for devotees.
07:50 PM

1,417 Covid cases in Kerala; 36 health workers also infected

07:50 PM

One more succumbs to COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, death toll now 17

  • A 78-year-old woman died of COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district on Tuesday
  • Himachal also reported 18 fresh infections, taking the COVID-19 case tally to 3,482
07:35 PM

Tamil Nadu reports <6,000 new cases

Tamil Nadu, which is among the worst affected states in the country has managed to remain under the 6,000 cases mark for a few days, which has come as a huge relief as the number of cases were rapidly increasing earlier with the formation of several clusters. Total cases are now at 3,08,649.
07:14 PM

Poet-lyricist Rahat Indori passes away in Indore after testing Covid positive

07:14 PM

140 percent increase in user engagement for assessment-based learning during COVID - Study by educational initiatives

In a study conducted on 15,000 students by Educational Initiatives (EI), India's leading edtech company, it was found that students who are assessed methodically on their basic learning concepts in every class, demonstrate greater engagement towards learning, apart from receiving feedback on their levels of understanding and standing compared to their peers.
06:57 PM

Trump expected to give update on U.S. COVID-19 vaccine development: White House

06:54 PM

5,834 Covid cases, 6,005 discharged and 118 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu today

Total number of cases in the state is now at 3,08,649, including 2,50,680 discharged, 52,810 active cases and 5,159 deaths: State Health Department
06:47 PM

COVID-19 fatality rate comes down to 1.99 per cent: Health Ministry

  • The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen below two per cent for the first time and stood at 1.99 per cent in India.
  • Addressing a press conference here, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Health Ministry said over 2.5 crore COVID-19 tests have been done in the country.
  • The country's COVID-19 count has risen to 22,68,676 including 6,39,929 active cases, 15,83,490 cured/discharged/migrated patients and 45,257 deaths.
06:40 PM

Delhi reports 1257 Covid cases, 727 recovered cases and 8 deaths today.

The total positive cases here rise to 1,47,391 including 1,32,384 recovered/discharged/migrated cases and 4139 deaths: Delhi Government
06:22 PM

We are in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine

- UN agency's spokesman Tarik Jasarevic in Geneva on Sputnik V vaccine

06:19 PM

564 cases, 604 recoveries, and 12 deaths reported in Jammu & Kashmir today.

Total number of cases in the Union Territory is now at 25,931 including 17,979 recovered/discharged, 7,462 active cases, and 490 deaths: UT Government
06:18 PM

Bihar Covid-19 tally

05:27 PM

National recovery rate rises to 69.8% due to effective and prompt clinical management of COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry

05:07 PM

MP CM says he tests negative for coronavirus

  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he has tested negative for coronavirus infection, six days after being discharged from a private hospital here.
  • Chouhan, 61, had tested positive for coronavirus infection on July 25. He has been in home quarantine since he was discharged on August 5.
04:52 PM

Russia names new COVID-19 vaccine 'Sputnik V' in reference to Cold War space race

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the country's RDIF sovereign wealth fund, said Russia had already received requests from more than 20 countries for 1 billion doses of its newly-registered COVID-19 vaccine.
04:35 PM

COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh reach 263,503 with nearly 3,000 new infections

Total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 151,972 including 1,535 new recoveries on Tuesday.
The COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is now 1.32 per cent and the current recovery rate is 57.67 per cent in the country.
Bangladesh recorded the highest daily new cases of 4,019 on July 2 and the highest daily deaths of 64 on June 30.
04:21 PM

Russia says 20 countries have pre-ordered a billion doses of vaccine

Russia says industrial production of vaccine to start in September
03:55 PM

Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in Delhi now over 50 days while India is at around 20: Satyendar Jain

"The country doubling rate is around 20 days and Delhi's doubling rate is over 50 days. One-third of people admitted in Delhi's hospital are outsiders," Jain said
03:49 PM

WHO says discussing new COVID-19 vaccine with Russia

"We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a U.N. briefing in Geneva
03:15 PM

Coronavirus found on frozen seafood in China

  • Authorities in China have found the coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived from the port city of Dalian.
  • The virus was found on the outer packaging of frozen seafood bought by three companies in Yantai, a port city in eastern Shandong province.
  • Coronavirus is believed to have emerged in a market that sold seafood and wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
03:10 PM

Canadian finance minister could lose job amid dispute over virus response

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau could lose his job amid disagreements with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over how to steer the economy through the coronavirus outbreak, the Globe and Mail said.
03:08 PM

Mizoram orders fuel rationing amid shortage due to COVID-19 restrictions

  • 3 litres for scooters; 5 litres for other two-wheelers; 10 litres for light motor vehicles; 20 litres for maxicabs, pickup trucks, mini trucks, Gypsys and trucks; and 100 litres for city buses and medium trucks.
  • Shortage was caused as oil tankers are either stranded or moving at a snail's pace due to the announcement of containment zone between Hmangkhawthlir and Sethawn areas on Aizawl Bypass Road.
02:57 PM

'Blood test may tell if you are at risk of severe COVID-19 infection'

  • A simple blood test may predict the risk of severe COVID-19 infection, say scientists who have identified a particular molecular signature in the blood that increases the chances of hospitalisation by 5 to 10 times in people infected by the novel coronavirus.
  • The test can be used to identify people who'll need special precautions to avoid infection and prioritise those in most need of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the scientists at Nightingale Health, a biotechnology company in Helsinki, Finland.
02:41 PM

Need to increase COVID-19 testing in 10 most-affected states: Modi

Modi said that there is a need to increase coronavirus testing in states where the testing rate is low and the positivity rate is high. He added that "if we defeat coronavirus in these 10 states then the country will also win".
02:36 PM

Russia approves first COVID-19 vaccine: Putin

  • Russia's health ministry has given regulatory approval for the world's first COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, after less than two months of human testing, President Vladimir Putin said.
  • Putin says own daughter was vaccinated
  • Says he hopes mass production will start soon
  • Experts have raised safety concerns
01:33 PM

Vrindavan ISKCON temple sealed as 22 persons test corona positive

  • An ISKON temple in Vrindavan was sealed on Tuesday after 22 persons, including its priests, tested positive for coronavirus.
  • A majority of main temples in Vrindavan have been shut for devotees due to the pandemic.
  • Vrindavan's Chandrovodaya temple has reportedly planned a virtual tour of the city for the devotees to coincide with the Janamashtami to mark Lord Krishna's birth.
  • The main temples included in the virtual tour of the Vrindavan Dham are Vaishno Devi temple, Chandroday temple, Prem Mandir, ISKCON temple, Krishna-Balaram tree, Kaliya Dah Ghat, Madan Mohan temple, Banke Bihari temple, Radha Damodar Dev Ji temple, Nidhivan temple, Radha Gopinath temple, Chir Ghat, and the Yamuna river flowing in the holy city.
01:15 PM

Odisha's Covid cases cross 48,000 mark

  • Covid-19 tally reached 48,796 with 1,341 new positive cases reported in the last 24 hours.
  • Active cases: 15,427
  • Recovered: 33,020
01:02 PM

Punjab CM seeks liberal financial package for states from PM Modi to fill the collection gap caused by the pandemic

12:57 PM

UK suffers biggest job losses since 2009 due to coronavirus

  • The number of people in work in Britain fell by 220,000 in the three months to June, the most since 2009.
  • The number of self-employed people fell by a record amount, led by older workers, while the number of employees rose.Job losses are expected to rise as Britain winds down its huge job retention scheme which protects employees.
  • It is due to close at the end of October.
12:46 PM

COVID-19 does not directly cause loss of taste: Study

  • COVID-19 does not directly damage taste bud cells, according to a study which found that taste loss is likely caused indirectly by events induced during inflammation due to the disease.
  • An increasing number of COVID-19 patients have reported losses of smell or taste, prompting the researchers to add it to the growing list of symptoms for COVID-19.
  • The study also indicates that taste bud cells are not vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection, because most of them do not express ACE2, a gateway that the virus uses to enter the body.
12:02 PM

India could have been in top 3 world economies in next 7-8 years if COVID-19 had not hit the country

- Rajnath Singh

11:58 AM

PM Modi holds COVID-19 review meeting with CMs

  • PM holds meeting with CMs of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also attending the meeting.
  • PM has held several meetings with CMs over the COVID-19 situation after the announcement of the first lockdown in March this year.
11:24 AM

NZ reports new COVID-19 case after 102 days

  • New Zealand reported one new after 102 days, taking the total number of active cases in the country to 22.
  • This brought New Zealand's total number of confirmed cases to 1,220.
11:21 AM

Bhutan imposes nationwide lockdown to curb COVID-19 spread

  • PM Lotay Tshering said the positive case was reported in Gelephu town and the female patient had come in close contact with many people in Paro, Thimphu and several other places.
  • Lotay said the lockdown is expected to last between five days to a maximum of three weeks.
  • Bhutan has a total of 113 positive cases.
11:18 AM

Gargling with mouthwashes might lower spread of COVID-19: Scientists

  • Coronavirus can be inactivated using commercially available mouthwashes.
  • Gargling with these products may reduce the quantities of viral particles in the mouth and throat, and possibly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
  • However, the study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, cautions that mouthwashes are not suitable for treating COVID-19 infections or protecting oneself against catching the virus.
11:13 AM

1,896 new COVID19 cases reported in Telangana on August 10

  • Total cases: 82,647
  • Active cases: 22,628
  • Recoveries: 59,374
  • Deaths: 645
11:10 AM

620 fresh COVID19 cases & 10 deaths reported in Rajasthan

  • Total cases: 54,290
  • Death toll: 810
11:09 AM

1,341 new COVID19 cases & 1,236 recoveries reported in Odisha

11:08 AM

Expert committee on COVID-19 vaccine administration to meet tomorrow

  • An expert committee under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul will meet on Wednesday to consider the logistics and ethical aspects of procuring and administering the COVID- 19 vaccine.
  • The committee would chalk out strategies on the aspects of prioritisation of the vaccine administration once it is developed, rollout and cold chain logistics and training of the people who would be administering it.
  • The committee will engage with all the stakeholders including state governments and vaccine manufacturers.
10:47 AM

More than 15 COVID-19 patients take shelter under a tree shade in Vizianagaram

More than 15 COVID-19 patients in Kharasavalasa village, Salur Mandal of Vizianagaram district have taken shelter under a tree shade claiming lack of facility being provided by the administration.
10:37 AM

Karnataka issues revised guidelines for home isolation of COVID-19 patients

  • COVID-19 patients under homeisolation will stand discharged after 10 days of symptom onset or date of sampling, and no fever for three days.
  • Thereafter, the patient shall be advised to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for further 7 days.
  • Only those who are asymptomatic or mild symptomatic shall be allowed to be in home care.
  • Health team from district health authority or authorised private institution or agency shall visit the house and assess the suitability of house for home isolation and also do medical triage of the person.
  • Dedicated tele-monitoring link shall be established for daily follow-up of the person during the entire period of home isolation or home care.
10:24 AM

COVID-positive hockey player Mandeep shifted to hospital after drop in oxygen level

  • Indian hockey team forward Mandeep Singh has been admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru after his blood oxygen level dropped but his condition is stable, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said.
  • Mandeep and five other national players -- captain Manpreet Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak -- were tested positive for COVID-19 last week after reaching Bengaluru for the national camp, which starts on August 20.
10:22 AM

Brazil's coronavirus case tally up 22,000 in past day to top 3,050,000

  • Brazil's number of Covid-19 cases has increased by more than 22,000 over the past 24 hours, with over 700 deaths.
  • The death toll increased by 703 to 101,752.
  • More than 2.1 million people have recovered.
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